Univ. must continue to stand up to travel ban and Islamophobia

Following President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning travel into the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, Brandeis University joined with seven other Boston-area colleges and universities to file an amici curiae in support of a civil action launched against the order. In addition to this institutional action, University President Ron Liebowitz, along with 46 […]

Take kids to protests

A couple of weeks ago, a picture of a toddler at the Women’s March swept the Internet. This toddler was holding a sign that was clearly self-made, containing no words or recognizable designs, and rather was covered in crayon scribbles. The picture depicts the toddler hoisted on her parent’s shoulders, holding up the sign with […]

Swimming travels to Chicago for UAAs

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams left mid-week for Chicago to compete in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship, hosted by the University of Chicago. The team will look to take home wins against seven schools within the conference: Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, University of […]

Basketball’s Cooper ’18 reaches 1,000 points

On Sunday, Feb. 5, Jordan Cooper ’18 successfully made a free throw, with 26.3 seconds left in the second half of the men’s basketball game against University of Rochester, for his 1,000th point. Cooper ended the home game with 1,001 total points, racking in another point on a final free throw. The Floridian is the […]

Noisy neighbors and the selfishness epidemic

Please, by all means, continue standing in the doorway to have a conversation with a friend. Nobody else needs to get in or out of the building five minutes before class starts. Please, leave more hair in the public showers and sinks. It’s not at all disgusting for other people to clean up. Please, invest […]

Advice for underclassmen seeking lab positions

Brandeis is a factory that pumps out pre-meds, and it is a fact that to be pre-med there are a ton of prerequisites that need to be met by students. Aside from the courses that students are required and recommended to take, medical schools also look for whether or not a student has experience researching […]

Union holds midyear elections, filling 10 seats

Students filled 10 vacant positions in the Student Union, according to midyear election results that the Student Union emailed to The Brandeis Hoot. The closest race was between Alanna Levy ’19 and Winnie Zhao ’20  for the two semester A-Board Position. Zhao won with 159 votes, or 28.39 percent of the vote, compared to Levy […]

Are we criticizing Betsy DeVos enough?

Betsy DeVos has received quite a bit of criticism in recent weeks, and frankly I find this initial level of criticism to be both unfair and un-American. As Americans, we should be criticizing DeVos much more. To understand why, we must first look at what the federal government’s relationship with education actually is, because that’s […]

The election from abroad

I have been spending this year in London, and as a result I missed the election and its fallout, as well as the inauguration and its fallout. I had cricket practices the afternoon following the election in November, for which I had stayed awake until 6:30 a.m. and then had to fight through a 9 […]

Liebowitz shares highlights of Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees discussed four resolutions including the approval of a $50 million bond to begin construction of a new residence hall to replace the Castle, according to a campus-wide email sent out by President Liebowitz on Friday, Feb. 3. The heads of committees presented ongoing topics of discussion with trustees. Administrators, students and […]

Amicus brief opposes Jan. 27 executive order

Brandeis is one of seven other private universities in Massachusetts that signed an amici curiae (friend of the court) brief on Feb. 3 in opposition to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order. The other signatories include Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University and Worcester Polytechnic […]

The Brandeis response to the immigration order

There is something in the air on the Brandeis campus that gives the impression that nothing is occurring. Yes, Donald J. Trump is President of the United States. Yes, his policies are somehow uproarious, but so far the most affected seem to be international and immigrant students. Their fear and anguish increases, but it is […]

Yasemin Akar and Mark Kohen: Turkish students on Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

For a student coming from Turkey and studying in America in the current political climate, “I’m going from a dictator to a chimpanzee,” said Yasemin Akar ’20. Akar has had this staple joke in her repertoire since the election. Meanwhile, another Turkish Brandeis student, Mark Kohen ’20, says he thought he “was leaving a dictator, […]

Students comment on the ban

On Friday, Jan. 27, the news of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries spread like wildfire across the Brandeis campus. The news rapidly spawned devastation, protests and intense forums of debate across social media platforms. As of now, the travel ban has been temporarily suspended, and Brandeisians have had much to […]

Fencing competes at Eric Sollee Invitational

Coming off a 5-0 sweep meet at Brown University, the men’s fencing team returned to battle again at the Eric Sollee Invitational at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The team could not hold on to the winning streak, however, and ended the Invitational with a 3-3 record. The team walked away with wins against Stevens […]

Sociology Prof. Vijayakumar advises on student activism, effecting change

Prof. Gowri Vijayakumar, a sociology professor with a focus in gender and sexuality, currently teaches a class called Protest, Politics and Change: Social Movements, which focuses on activism across many contexts. The class falls at a unique and opportune time, as students across the country look to mobilize in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration […]

Patriots win Super Bowl in historic finish

Whether a Patriots supporter, a Falcons supporter or a fan of any other team in the National Football League, Sunday’s Super Bowl may have shifted opinion closer to fact: Tom Brady is the greatest football player of all time. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons put on a Super Bowl performance that will […]

Drop it like it’s H.O.T.

The rhythm of tap shoes, the enthusiasm of performance and the thrill of original choreography all combine when Hooked on Tap dancers are onstage. The only group of its kind on campus, Hooked On Tap, or H.O.T., is a dance and performance club for students who are hooked on tap dancing. With an upcoming show, […]

Prof. Fellman urges against complacency

“Do you know the movie, ‘The Hunger Games’? That’s kind of the image I think of,” said Prof. Gordon Fellman (SOC) about the possible effects of the Trump administration on Brandeis students. The popular movie was a perfect reference to the rich elite who have come into power.   Students used to say to Fellman […]

Women’s tennis triumphs over Division I Bryant

Brandeis women’s tennis opened their 2017 spring season with an underdog win against Division I team Bryant University. The team won the home match 4-3. The women began with a rocky start in doubles. The closest battle was mounted by Keren Khromchenko ’19 and Michele Lehat ’19. The two fell just short against Bryant’s Stefanie […]