Alumni fund new fellowship to help students engage with local community

UPDATED 10/11 Brand new this year, the Rich/Collins Community Leadership and Impact Fellowship (CLIF) is offering Brandeis students the chance to apply for mini-grants between 500 and 5,000 dollars to implement their own community project. The fellowship aims to build students’ leadership skills while expanding their engagement in the Waltham and Boston communities. Students will […]

Sustainability committee asks university to continue efforts

Speakers at the bi-annual State of Sustainability commended the university for meeting energy use goals and moving away from fossil fuels while challenging the administration to stop wasteful consumption of water and energy, especially regarding light pollution. Students filled Usdan’s International Lounge on Sept. 25 to hear from Professor Laura Goldin (ENVS), Director of Sustainability […]

Capitol Steps’ performance falls short of a ‘comedy nerd’s’ expectations

Political comedy group “The Capitol Steps” came to Brandeis to perform on Thursday, Sept. 29. The troupe, consisting of former Senate staffers turned comedians, sang a variety of parody songs aimed at making fun of various politicians and current events. Some of the jokes, however, fell a little flat. We live in an interesting political […]

‘Buyer Beware’ strikes controversy, remains on fall production lineup

For up-to-date coverage of the “Buyer Beware” story, see The Hoot’s most recent article at this link. After weeks of controversy, members of the theater department and administrators determined on Sept. 26 that “Buyer Beware,” a play by Brandeis alum, Michael Weller ’65 will be rescheduled for the spring semester. Concerned students and faculty decided, […]

Making progress but still a ways go for campus sustainability

While Brandeis is taking some steps to become greener, there is still a long way to go. At the most recent State of Sustainability, campus leaders made clear that even though Brandeis is doing more to reduce its environmental impact, it is still lagging behind in sustainability. Speakers argued that, at a university so strongly […]

Election mishap leads to concession

Agnes Nkansah is the new Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (TYP) Senator after Stephanie Woodland was incorrectly named the winner of the position. Woodland received three votes and Agnes received three write-in votes, but Woodland decided to concede rather than having a tiebreaker election, according to Student Union President Jacob Edelman ’18. Lian Chen ’18, […]

Student-athlete spotlight: Yvette Cho ’19

“I don’t have a life outside of volleyball,” Yvette Cho ’19 joked, capturing the busy life of a student-athlete at Brandeis University. As a member and captain of the Brandeis women’s volleyball team, she must balance her double major in Economics and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) with a busy fall season of practice […]

Women’s soccer advances to 7-1-1

The Brandeis women’s soccer team continued to dominate their opponents, securing a six-game win streak with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Babson Beavers this Tuesday, Sept. 19. Julia Matson ’19 took over the game, scoring two goals over an eight-minute span in the second half. In the 62nd minute, Matson went into overdrive and […]

Task Force on Free Expression comes out with aspirational principles

The Task Force on Free Expression held one of three open meetings on Sept. 27 to discuss a set of principles aimed at guiding free speech and expression on campus. The three-page document, available at the event and released through email, uses broad language to reaffirm Brandeis’ commitment to free expression. The statement is the […]

‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ a must see that really makes you think

“The Phantom of the Opera” is a Broadway classic, and it’s a classic for a reason. Whether or not you like opera music, “Phantom” is an absolute must see. Personally, I am not a fan of the opera genre, yet somehow “The Phantom of the Opera” is my favorite musical. It has been since I […]

Party ideology hurts the American economy

A mindset based on economic development was once the cornerstone of American prominence, but is now ignored in the face of ideology. An economic policy that supports reasonable competition, promotes the growth of new markets and encourages investment is not unique to the left or right. A lack of focus on pragmatic economic policy, free […]

NBA Super-teams Continue to Form: Why It’s Bad For the League

The New York Knicks traded their top star, Carmelo Anthony, to the Oklahoma City Thunder Sep. 25. Anthony, who most expected to be traded before the beginning of the season, will join forces with the reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and four-time All-Star Paul George. The Thunder are now just the latest in what’s become […]

Police remove posters targeting pro-Palestinian group

Brandeis police removed two swastikas and posters targeting pro-Palestinian student groups early this week in seemingly unrelated incidents, according to a campus-wide email from Edward Callahan, Director of Public Safety. Both incidents are being investigated. A community advisor called campus public safety officers around 7:30 p.m. on Monday after finding a small swastika drawn on […]

#TakeAKnee and the patriotism of protest

This week, hundreds of NFL players knelt during the national anthem in protest of growing racist sentiment in America. The protests were inspired by former 49’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who stirred controversy by kneeling during the national anthem in August 2016, in protest of police brutality against people of color. Other players joined in his […]

Pay attention to Puerto Rico

Devastation struck Puerto Rico on Sep. 20. Hurricane Maria, at Category 4 intensity, rocked the densely populated American territory to a point of crisis. A beautiful Caribbean Island home to nearly 3,500,000 people (almost as much as Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, South Dakota and North Dakota combined)—American citizens—is on the brink. The federal government, meanwhile, is […]

The Writing Center: coaching cohesion, coherence, and confidence

Nestled in the back of the Goldfarb Mezzanine, the Writing Center is a hub of creativity and passion for the written word. Its primary goal is to mold confident writers with the ability to craft “cohesive and coherent” arguments in a way that is catered to the specific writer, said one of the Writing Center’s […]

Advantages of the a research help desk

Being a college student usually means a lot of homework, some of which will inevitably include writing a research paper or two (or more). For those who have never had to write one before, or even those seasoned pros who might need a bit of guidance, the research help desk in the Goldfarb section of […]

Cross Country places top in meet

The women’s and men’s cross country teams took the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Cross Country meet by storm, placing third and second respectively. The women’s cross country team is currently ranked #34 and the men’s team is currently ranked #33 in the Division III NCAA. The Judges put three runners among the top 15 runners […]

Univ. response to updated Title IX guidelines maintains standard of proof

Brandeis will continue using the “preponderance of the evidence” standard in adjudicating sexual assault cases, despite new guidelines from the Department of Education (DOE) which roll back Obama-era requirements for schools to use this standard—the lowest standard of proof—in deciding guilt. In a 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, the Obama administration warned universities to get more […]

Volleyball hits stride

The women’s volleyball team has come out full force in the last two weeks with clean sweeps of their opponents in the last three matches, going 3-0. The start of their winning streak came against Southern Vermont College who had a tough time putting up a fight against the Judges with just enough players to […]