Univ sexual assault policy shifts

More than one year after the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance regarding Title IX and university sexual assault cases, Brandeis has adopted a separate grievance process for cases of sexual misconduct. The new addition to Rights and Responsibilities this year, titled “Special Examiner’s Process,” and listed under section 22.6, applies to one or […]

Sarna discusses Jewish voting on WGBH

There has been a lot of talk of religion during this election cycle, Kara Miller noted on WGBH on Monday. From Mitt Romney’s Mormonism to the evangelical right, theories and predictions have permeated the media. She spoke about the role of Jewish voters in 2012 with Professor Jonathan Sarna (NEJS), a professor of American Jewish […]

Former VP Peter French paid 3.2 mil upon leaving

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Peter French received more than $3.2 million in reportable compensation in 2010, in large part because illness forced him to retire earlier than expected, a university spokesman said. His total reportable compensation is listed at $3,225,538 on the university’s 990 form, part of its federal tax filings […]

Improvements ahead for LTS

An extra half a million dollars has been allotted to LTS each year, which should help them recover from the large budget cuts of the economic downturn. John Unsworth, Vice Provost for Library & Technology Services, explained that LTS plans to use the extra funds for continued improvement and library development. A number of projects […]

Waltham waters alive, swimmers beware

For the majority of the summer, Newton’s Crystal Lake has not been so crystalline. Cyanobacteria, a kind of algae bloom, was detected in the Charles River in Waltham and Weston at the end of July. In addition, two mosquitos were discovered with cases of West Nile Virus in Crystal Lake. Both are dangerous to humans. […]

Brandeis Briefs

Police: Boyfriend attempted murder A 31-year-old Waltham man has been arrested for attempting to murder his girlfriend, police said. Authorities took Brett Savage, of Adams Street, into custody Aug. 22. Savage was engaged in an argument with his partner when he placed his hand over her mouth and nose and punched her in the stomach, […]

Bentley microfinance lends small for big impact

A group of students at Bentley University recently founded a microfinance group intended to provide loans for small start-up companies in or around the Boston area. The organization, Bentley Microfinance Group was first founded in 2008 but has expanded greatly in the past few months. The first loan they provided was to Aspire Magazine in […]

Castle to undergo overdue renovation

As students return to Brandeis, they will notice a number of improvements around campus: new sidewalks between the Castle and East, and a new entry floor in the Shapiro Admissions Center. More than 23 bathrooms in East Quad were renovated, and new steam pipes were installed in North Quad. Buildings were made more energy efficient, […]

Chum's to welcome unusual fare

With the new semester upon us, students will be looking to balance their coursework with a slew of campus events. For the musically inclined, Punk Rock ’n’ Roll Club has a bevy of bands lined up for this semester. No dates have been set yet, but flyers will be around campus advertising each show. The […]

“Nothing But the Truth”: an honest review

In 2008, “Nothing But The Truth” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The distributor went bankrupt before the U.S. release, resulting in little to no publicity here in the States. In fact, I had never heard of it until a friend of mine decided to watch Kate Beckinsale movies every day at the end […]

Literary podcasts educate and inspire

This past spring, the Creative Writing department began a program called Literature Lab. Literature Lab is a series of podcasts, available on iTunes with a free subscription, featuring different authors who discuss different genres of writing. David Sherman, an assistant professor in the English department, leads all of the podcasts. The podcasts are well produced […]

Student artist finds true passion in music

Far from only labeling himself a rapper, Osaze Akerejah ’14, a philosophy major who is more recognizable by his stage name Saz.É , identifies himself first and foremost as an artist. Rebuking the pressure merely to conform to what is deemed popular by mainstream artists or society, his creative passion becomes evident as he adamantly […]

Vollyball team looks to take step forward this season

Last fall, the volleyball team had no seniors and finished 9-21, 0-10 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. While they struggled, they had a chance to rebuild for this year. Yael Einhorn ’14, last season’s captain, wrote in an email, “We had all young players, [and] no seniors. Now that we have played together for […]

Brandeis' Artistic Early Days

Throughout the past 60 years, Brandeis has indisputably been a hotbed of protest and other significant political activity. As political movements have come and gone through the university, so have the artistic and cultural ones, going hand in hand with these fresh political leanings. Brandeis has always had a role in the cultural history of […]

Drugs and sports: an uncomfortable partnership

Over the past month the issues of steroids and drugs has resurfaced in the sports world. In the mere span of a week, reports surfaced that San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon were both suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games, for the use of performance enhancing drugs […]

Summer Internship with Obama Campaign

Sarah Margulies ’15 understands the intangible benefits of working an unpaid internship. This summer she served as a Summer Organizing Fellow for the Obama campaign, combining her love of politics with a cause she believes in. “[This internship] made me a lot more interested in community organizing and in developing better personal skills. The Obama […]

Setting the table: an in-depth look at basketball’s trip to Croatia

The men’s basketball team funded their overseas trip to Croatia by raising nearly $50,000 during the past five years. In a follow up interview with The Hoot, forward Alex Schmidt ’14 said the international competition should serve as key preparation for the NCAA tournament later this season. “Coach [Meehan] does it every four to five […]

International students’ orientation prepares class of 2016

Brandeis hosts an orientation for new undergraduate international students two days prior to the arrival of domestic students. Run by the Brandeis International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) and the Department of Orientation and the Core Committee, the international student orientation offers students from around the globe a chance to get acclimated with their new […]

Women’s soccer optimistic for with twelve new members

The women’s soccer team plays their first game at MIT Friday, and Coach Denise Dallamora is optimistic about the team’s prospects this year. The team has 12 new first-years, Dallamora said, who are part of the “awesome group of players in both talent and as people.” When asked about the impact of the new recruits, […]