Evaluating the scope of campus journalism

The Brandeis Hoot has been in conversation with Vice President for Student Affairs Sheryl Sousa ’90 and The Justice regarding the rights and responsibilities of student journalists on campus. The purpose of these meetings is to eventually update the student handbook’s, Rights and Responsibilities, language detailing the rights of student journalists and what rules they […]

DCL must take responsibility for their mistake

The Ides of March is more than just the commemoration of the death of Julius Caesar. March 15 is, perhaps appropriately, also the day when the Department of Community Living (DCL) releases its priority numbers for the housing lottery. In a way, the two events are almost identical, replete with alliances, secrets and backstabbing. However, […]

Baseball, softball look to gain momentum in a packed schedule

Following their week-long trip to Florida, the Brandeis baseball team picked up their first win of the season against University of Massachusetts Boston on Monday, March 6. The 3-1 victory was highlighted by a strong performance from pitcher Sean O’Neill ’18. O’Neill pitched seven innings while giving up just three hits and one earned run. […]

Working to remember important global issues

I’ve been exposed to quite a bit of social justice in my time. It’s been a generally virtuous—if broad—banner which has rallied the hearts and minds of innumerable people across recent history and geographical space to mostly positive results. Before I had come to this university, I had never really encountered such a smattering of […]

Johanne Legrand hopes to bring culture to Lower Usdan

Johanne Legrand is the executive chef for Lower Usdan, and has been working at Brandeis for just over a year. Originally starting as a chef manager in Sherman, she was promoted to executive chef, although she still occasionally helps in Upper Usdan and Sherman when necessary. Legrand’s responsibilities include creating the menus for Lower Usdan […]

Foilists Gets ’20 and Carminucci ’19 barely miss NCAA fencing qualification

After March 12’s NCAA Northeast Regional Fencing Championships, foilists Jessica Gets ’20 and Joanne Carminucci ’19 were named at-large candidates for NCAA Championships because they were the two top-scoring women foilists not to win a general bid to NCAAs. However, they were not granted bids to NCAAs in the end because other at-large candidates from […]

JSA shares culture through traditional snacks

The International Cultural Center smelled of chocolate and strawberries due to an event for the Japanese Student Association’s (JSA) celebration known as Japan Week. Wednesday, March 15 marked day three of Japan Week, also known as Snack Night. There were tons of food for those in attendance. The snacks consisted of strawberries, pineapple, apples and […]

Poet Neil Hilborn finds humor even in the sadness

Laughter and smiles filled Slosberg Recital Hall last Saturday night, March 11 as Neil Hilborn took the mic and recited poems from his book, “Our Numbered Days.” His poems focus on relationships, heartbreak and the difficulties of having obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder. At age 11, Hilborn was diagnosed with both OCD and […]

Sodexo’s Lunardi makes Sherman home

From experience as a bank manager, garde manger chef and even a mother, Elaine Lunardi, dining manager of Sherman, ensures not only the production of high-quality food, but that the dining hall is a place that students and staff alike can feel at home. “I am all about the kids,” said Lunardi. “If I wouldn’t […]

Innovative plans to draw crowds to Upper Usdan

Cathleen Jordan is the retail manager for Upper Usdan and in charge of making Upper Usdan run smoothly. Relatively new to the position, she has been working as manager since last October. Her job is to make sure that students want to eat there. She explained that she “tries to create special and exciting events […]

Women’s tennis extends winning streak to six

The women’s tennis team, currently ranked #21 in Division III, took down unranked St. Lawrence 9-0 on Saturday, March 11 to improve their record to 7-1. It was the team’s fifth straight win. The Judges then achieved their sixth straight win with a victory over New York University the next day. In the doubles matches, […]

Club rowing offers training and competition

Ever wanted a full-body workout before your class? Ever want to try a new sport? Then crew may be the team for you! The Brandeis rowing team, a club sport, has a novice and varsity team to accommodate all skill levels. The novice program teaches first-time rowers the basics of the sport, while the varsity […]

The drama of March Madness begins

There is nothing in sports that embodies drama like March Madness. Sixty-eight teams will compete. Only one will be crowned the national champion. With so much unpredictability in a single-elimination tournament, perhaps the only semblance of order might be in the seeding. The teams with the top seed have shown their dominance throughout the regular […]

Club Support Committee to hold publicity workshop for clubs

The Club Support Committee will hold a public relations workshop to educate club leaders on advertising events and membership on Wednesday, March 22. This committee has traditionally assisted clubs with recognition and chartering, so this will be the first workshop created to assist clubs after the chartering process. The first half of the event will […]

Profs discuss implications of Supreme Court nominee

Four Brandeis professors discussed the significance and implications of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, at a panel on Thursday, March 9. The panel, moderated by Prof. Jill Greenlee (POL/WMGS), was composed of professors Michael Willrich (HIST), Jeffrey Lenowitz (POL), Anita Hill (HS/WMGS) and Eileen McNamara (AMST). “The court is an institution that […]

Emily Bryson places ninth in mile run at NCAAs

Emily Bryson ’19 represented Brandeis women’s indoor track in the NCAA Division III national championships on March 11 and placed ninth in the mile run and 14th in the 3,000-meter run. Going into the meet at North Central College in Naperville, IL, Bryson said that she was excited to participate in the event and was […]

Univs should lead renewable energy transition

Institutions of higher learning like Brandeis are the perfect candidates for making the complete transition to renewable energy, Rachel Gerber ’19, campus coordinator for Environment of Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, told students at an informational event on Wednesday, March 15. “We’re here today to stress the urgent need for rapid transition to renewable energy […]

‘We the Art. We the Vibez.’ unites talented artists

Students braved the frigid weather Friday night, March 10, to come together for art, music and community at Chum’s for “We the Art. We the Vibez.” The event highlighted musicians and visual artists from the Brandeis community and beyond—inviting two rappers from the greater Boston area to perform alongside Brandeis students. The doors opened at […]

Improving LGBTQ life on campus

The main focus when it comes time to talk about diversity is people of color, and I agree this is a topic of conversation that students should be having on the Brandeis campus and the many other campuses across the nation. Nonetheless, there is barely any talk about the other marginalized groups that exist, such […]

Searching for an end to the crisis in Syria

March 15, 2017 marks the six-year anniversary of the war in Syria. Since 2011, there have been thousands killed and injured in fighting, 4.9 million refugees and 6.3 million displaced people within the country’s borders. The numbers are unimaginable, and the stories told through photos are unbelievable. Apart from a country self-destructing and countless cities […]