Senate explores changes to club recognition

The Senate began to more seriously discuss how clubs are recognized and chartered on campus as they voted to recognize Brandeis’ 261st club last Sunday. The discussion was continued later in the week in a meeting with Student Activities administrators, and a Senate ad hoc committee is investigating areas in which there may be inefficiencies […]

Editorial board apologizes

We, The Brandeis Hoot Editorial Board, would like to apologize for an opinion piece published in our last issue that made generalizations about Tim Touchette and the Community Advisors within the Department of Community Living. There were many ethical issues involved in this article that we would like to take the time to address. Verification […]

Moving forward: Don’t let the conversation die

Last week, The Brandeis Hoot published an anonymous opinion article about Department of Community Living policies that we should have been more critical of from the start. We should have investigated the claims, verified the sources and been more transparent with our decision to grant the author anonymity. Our apology to Director Tim Touchette and […]

Cult Leader make tradition impressive on debut album

Salt Lake City’s Cult Leader is a band born of death and hatred. To be specific, the death of Utah metal/grindcore band Gaza and the hatred between band members that led the band to fire vocalist Jon Parkin. After Parkin was accused of sexual assault 2013, Gaza started facing cancelled shows and calls to boycott […]

‘Love of the Nightingale’ has a promising opening night

The spirit of Ancient Greece was brought to the Carl J. Shapiro Theater last night as the Brandeis Ensemble Theater premiered their latest play, “The Love of the Nightingale.” Originally written in 1989 by British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, “The Love of the Nightingale” is an adaptation of the classic Greek myth of the rape of […]

BCJ holds first divestment march of the year

Brandeis community members marched into the Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) demanding the university divest its endowment from fossil fuels this Tuesday, Oct. 27, an event that ended with Brandeis Interim President Lisa Lynch joining the activists to promise more substantive action on the issue of the environment. Lynch had just had a meeting of Brandeis’ […]

Availability of student’s data cause for concern

In a recent interview for The Brandeis Hoot I had the pleasure of conducting with John Unsworth, the Chief Information Officer (among other positions) of the university, we touched upon the topics of fair use and protection of student data. With all of the data everyone leaves in their 21st-century wake, controversies regarding the use […]

Women’s volleyball goes 1-2 in tourney

This past weekend the women’s volleyball team played in the Hall of Fame Invitational at Amherst College. The Judges played three games, ending with a record of 1-2. On Friday the Judges snatched a victory from Wesleyan, but dropped games to both Amherst and Trinity. Friday’s game was a heated match between the Judges and […]

Student Union releases financial survey results

Results from the Student Finance’s Survey were sent out to the Brandeis community, reporting discontent and confusion with the financial aid process and expressing students’ desire for more transparency in university finances. Representatives Grady Ward ’16 and Emily Conrad ’17 sent out the survey results, including their own analysis and suggestions for how the university […]

Lynch frames State of Univ. from parental perspective

To a crowd of parents, Interim President Lisa Lynch gave the annual State of the University Address in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall on Sunday, Oct. 25. Her speech highlighted the achievements of students and faculty and provided advice for parents about how to support their students. Brandeis, as she began her speech by saying, has […]

Off-campus students regain access to residence halls after outcry

The 2015-2016 “Student Rights and Responsibilities” handbook was finalized and submitted to the student community in an email from Director of Student Rights and Community Standards Kerry Guerard on Aug. 22. Some of the policy changes included in this year’s handbook, however, were not enforced until recently. Around the beginning of October, off-campus residents were […]

Women’s volleyball goes 1-2 in tourney

This past weekend the women’s volleyball team played in the Hall of Fame Invitational at Amherst College. The Judges played three games, ending with a record of 1-2. On Friday the Judges snatched a victory from Wesleyan, but dropped games to both Amherst and Trinity. Friday’s game was a heated match between the Judges and […]

A fresh start for the swimmers

The Brandeis swimming and diving team opened the new season with a meet at Wheaton College on Saturday, Oct. 17. The men’s team fell short with a 107.5 to 177.5 decision while the women’s team rallied only 84 points against the Lyons’ 206. However, sophomore Zach Diamond ’18 and Kylie Herman ’19 both topped their […]

A fast and furious face-off on Tuesday night

After a 10-day rest period, the men’s soccer team rolled over Lasell College with a 1-0 win on Tuesday night, Oct. 27. The Judges are now ranked No. 7 in Division III on and No. 12 in the NCSAA with a record of 13-2-1. Both teams started off strong on the field in an […]

Halloween costumes can be horrifyingly ignorant

Halloween, in my opinion, is one of the best holidays. As a child you get to dress up as a princess or a superhero and go door to door, getting a pillowcase-full of candy to sneakily eat later once your parents are asleep. As a teenager and a young adult, Halloween is a time to […]

The expectations of putting on the gloves

Expectations carry many forms and reflect themselves in almost every aspect of our existence. We often associate people with our expectations: how they disappoint or surprise us. Nevertheless, they are only small parts of the environment that we find ourselves in. What actually happened on move-in day or during something similar were probably nothing like […]

Univ.’s unique contract structure makes adjunct union unnecessary

Dear Editors, There may be many good reasons for welcoming a union for non-tenured faculty, but let’s set the record right about Brandeis. For example, any non-tenure-line Brandeis faculty person is currently eligible for benefits if s/he works .5FTE [a part-time workload that receives full-time benefits]. Moreover, there are two different kinds of non-tenure-line faculty […]

New club plans to donate to wide range of charities

Five Brandeis first-years founded Giving What We Can, a new club that aims to determine which charities most effectively utilize donations and then donate to those organizations. The founders, Hannah Sussman, Rachel Gifeisman, Danni Tang, Rachel Lederer and Geoffrey Kao, were inspired by a Facebook post about “effective altruism,” a philosophy that recognizes that some […]

Ensemble Showcase fearlessly jumps into the abyss

Over the past few weeks, Brandeis University’s 2015-2016 Concert Series has seen the likes of the Lydian String Quartet, the jazz band New Black Eagles and even the renowned fortepianist Robert Hill, all of whom have received considerable honors and recognition for their musical abilities. Even so, Brandeis’ Ensemble Showcase outshone them all. Most importantly, […]