Univ. should promote non-Jewish holidays

Muslim students celebrated Eid al-Adha, one of the most significant holidays on the Islamic calendar, from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening last week. However, despite the fact that classes were canceled for Jewish holidays four weeks in a row, the university did not give students the day off. Rather, the Multifaith Chaplaincy sent out an […]

Yuskavage addresses female form in rose exhibition

Lisa Yuskavage shared the inspiration behind her paintings featured in her Rose Art Museum exhibition “The Brood,” and gave advice to budding artists when she spoke to over 100 Brandeis community members at the Pollack Fine Arts Teaching Center on Saturday, Sept. 26. An artist known for her paintings of the female body, Yuskavage is […]

Divestment campaign readies for an uphill climb

Sitting in a circle at their weekly meeting, the members of Brandeis Climate Justice (BCJ) had a lot to think about as they faced a new semester and another year fighting to have the university divest its endowment from fossil fuels. These investments represent between seven and 10 percent of the university’s current endowment. As […]

North Quad renovations nearly complete

Construction projects in Cable and Reitman residence halls in North Quad are finally completed, except for a few small projects such as installing signage, according to Senior Vice President for Operations Jim Gray. The campus renovations first began during the summer, in early July. According to Gray, renovations include new furniture, paint, new flooring across […]

MFA introduces a multitude of new exhibitions

Brandeis is located right outside of Boston, so not quite in the thick of it, but just close enough that students can conveniently explore its depths. There is quite a lot to explore—if you like eating out and don’t mind spending your weekly paycheck on fine dining. Something else to consider, however, is the thriving […]

Brandeis hires Maryam Sharrieff as interim Muslim Chaplain

Brandeis hired Maryam Sharrieff as interim Muslim Chaplain beginning on Sept. 14. Sharrieff will work with the Muslim community on campus, including the Muslim Students Association, the chaplains and others to “respond to the needs of a spiritually diverse campus community,” said Sharrief in an email to The Brandeis Hoot. The previous Muslim Chaplain, Imam […]

This week in singles

Last Friday, elusive and exceptional singer Sia released the first single from her upcoming album “This Is Acting.” According to Stereogum.com, the album will be composed of songs written for other artists or from other people’s perspectives. When it was written, the single titled “Alive” was initially meant for Adele, and according to Sia in […]

‘Everest’ barely peaks critics’ interest

The author of “Into the Wild,” Jon Krakauer, is the same mind behind “Into Thin Air,” which is about eight climbers who attempted the quixotic attempt to reach the peak of the Mount Everest. Both books have become bestselling non-fiction works and are both about survival—well, sort of. In the end (spoiler alert) the protagonists […]

Reimagining Abbas’ speech at the U.N. General Assembly

Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the president of the Palestinian National Authority, gave a speech to the U.N. this week, and this is a revised and reimagined version of the speech. It’s the speech I think Palestinians needed to hear, a kind of best-case scenario for what a Palestinian leader […]

Student performers flood Chum’s in support of Relay For Life

Chum’s was packed with performance groups on Thursday, Sept. 24 for the Relay for Life kickoff event. Preceded by Relay organizers describing the cause and how to help raise money, Voicemale, the first act, energized the crowd with their beautiful voices. Their voices were full of soul, love and beautiful harmony. For those students who […]

Women’s soccer continues undefeated with win over Tufts

The 30th-ranked Brandeis women’s soccer team improved their record to 9-0 on Saturday, Sept. 26 with a 1-0 win against Tufts University. It’s the team’s best start to the season since they achieved a matching record in 2003. The Brandeis victory dropped Tufts’ record to 2-4. The win continued the team’s shutout streak. The 1-0 […]

Brandeis introduces contemporary Russian movie series

To further enrich the university’s international character, the Russian Studies Program and Eurochannel, in conjunction with the Russian Club, are hosting the Russian Contemporary Film Festival this fall. The Russian Studies Program welcomes any and all film connoisseurs, upcoming Russian studies scholars, curious explorers and any other interested students. The festival consists of five renowned, […]

Brandeis for Bernie gears up for presidential campaign

The student group Brandeis for Bernie held their kickoff event on Sept. 29. Brandeis for Bernie is an on-campus group in support of Bernie Sanders, an independent candidate running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. The event, held in the Schwartz Auditorium, provided students with bumper stickers, pamphlets and information on how to […]

Art exhibition ‘Reconnaissance’ explores violence in the Middle East

One of Brandeis’ newest art exhibitions, “Reconnaissance,” is making waves with its contemporary take on the traditional world of social statements. Artist and Resident Scholar of the Women’s Studies Research Center Linda Bond creates a truly unique display of the realities of wartime violence of the Middle East and South Asia and its effect on […]

Students should acknowledge privileged position

This is an issue I take rather personally. I have never had anyone noticeably look down on me, though I am quiet about my economic position altogether. I consider myself to be middle class—my home back in Oregon is a nice, country property that has its price offset by being located acutely in the middle […]

Multifaith Chaplaincy in transition

The overall structure and some positions at the Multifaith Chaplaincy are currently in transition. The university has hired Maryam Sharrieff as interim Muslim Chaplain, and spiritual advisor Allison Cornelisse is serving in place of an official Catholic Chaplain. To examine and propose changes to the Chaplaincy, the university commissioned a Working Group, which released its […]

Tennis teams fall short in three-day tournament

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams faced losses over the weekend at two separate tournaments. The women’s team traveled to Middlebury, VT, for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association New England Regional Tournament at Middlebury College, while the men’s team competed in the same tournament at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. The men’s team put up […]

Clubs could benefit from more resources

Brandeis loves to promote how active and engaged the student community is, by pointing out how many different clubs are active and how many students decide to pursue more than one major. It is something that leaves a strong impression on both prospective students and potential employers, and is a great selling point. One of […]

Dharmic prayer space opens in SCC after years of controversy

A Dharmic prayer space opened in the Shapiro Campus Center on Monday, Sept. 21, following several years of controversy over the appropriate location of this space. Located in the former art gallery, the room will serve as a prayer space for Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. The space will also be open for all students […]

CAST-sponsored Ebony Axis debuts

After performing in “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is not enuf” last fall, Lashawn Simmons ’18, a Posse Scholar, decided to create a zine, Ebony Axis, that contained poetry from black women on campus. To celebrate the launch of her publication and its contributors, a coffeehouse was held at Chum’s over […]