New Gen. Ed. requirements go to far

The Task Force on General Education released new General Education Requirements in early September. The Brandeis Hoot sees value in certain changes to the system, but we are concerned the requirements will become too extensive or complicated. Among the several new requirements is the “Schools of Thought” requirement. This is the same as the current […]

737 Hoot Market items donated to hurricane relief

Over the course of a two-week drive in the Hoot Market (C-store), 737 items were donated and are to be sent to the Red Cross for hurricane relief. The drive was a collaboration between the university and dining services, according to General Manager of Brandeis Dining Services Andy Allen. “We know that the community wanted […]

Required classes rise in new general education proposal

On Sunday night, several members of the Task Force on General Education met with the Student Union to discuss the recently released General Education Requirements proposal. The 45 page document alters current requirements and splits them into five new categories. The Task Force on General Education released the report in early September. According to the […]

Second Free Expression open meeting yields low student, faculty, staff turnout

The Task Force on Free Expression held its second meeting on Oct. 2 to review free expression principles that will guide campus discourse. The open meeting, meant to act as a forum for students, faculty and staff to express opinions or concerns about the principles, was attended by three undergraduate students. One student was on […]

Film screening brings human rights discussion to Brandeis

On Oct. 4, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life hosted a film screening of “Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity.” The 40 minute documentary paints a stark picture of an international criminal legal system unable to fully deliver justice to war-torn areas around the world. The film opens by […]

Let’s Hangout Sometime

We are becoming more encompassed within our own world and own little bubble. We have become better at isolating ourselves. I wish I had realized this earlier on and that I’d had the guts to branch out more socially. But it is senior year, and I am glad that I finally realized it sooner rather […]

Farmal enlivens rooftop garden with food, music and dancing

Farmers, food lovers and community members alike gathered around Farmers Club’s rooftop garden above Gerstenzang Science Library to partake in Farmal 2017, on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 1. This year, Farmal offered a homemade dinner, live music and dancing. Farmal is an annual fall event hosted by Farmers Club in celebration of the fall […]

Cross Country places first at Keene

This past weekend the men’s and women’s cross country teams won both team and individual titles at the Keene State Cross Country Invitational in New Hampshire. The men’s team excelled, placing first as a team among nine schools. Ryan Stender ’18 placed first overall in the race with a time of 25:46. The win was […]

Two Brandeis professors awarded Nobel Prize

Two Brandeis professors were awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday morning for their work studying circadian rhythms. Biology Professor Michael Rosbash and Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Hall both came to Brandeis in the 1970’s and soon developed a professional partnership, and close friendship, that led to major breakthroughs in our understanding of humans’ […]

Crime Statistics show decline in sexual assaults reported

Reported cases of sexual assault and drug abuse are down compared to last year, according to annual crime statistics released by the university on Friday in accordance with the federally mandated Clery Act. “Our campus crime statistics are relatively consistent and if numbers decrease it may be attributed to the number of campus education resources […]

Reality TV matters

Reality TV is trashy, right? Many people think it plays to our basest desires, giving us cheap, stupid entertainment without forcing us to have any of those pesky thoughts or feelings related to actual art. Reality TV is the modern circus, the opiate of the masses that religion once was. It holds no true value […]

Andy Nagy: 40 years and still going strong on WBRS

Andy Nagy’s “Black Jack Davy Show” has been airing weekly since the spring of 1976 on WBRS. Every Monday he drives 100 miles round-trip between Amesbury and Waltham, Massachusetts. When the clock strikes 8:30 p.m., it’s show time for Nagy. Nagy fell in love with folk music at four years old when one day his […]

A conversation with @crocsofbrandeis

If you have a particular affinity for a shoe that is flexible, comfortable, waterproof, durable and, above all, stylish, you have probably heard of the instagram account @crocsofbrandeis. With over 670 followers and 89 posts of Crocs sightings from around the Brandeis campus, the account’s bio reads, “Simply displaying Brandeis’ finest fashion trend.” “I was […]

Club Spotlight: Campus Activities Board

Want to be more involved at Brandeis? Do you enjoy planning events and having the opportunity to host concerts and other fun events on campus? If so, the Campus Activities Board (CAB), previously known as Student Events, may be the right group for you! One of the co-presidents, Alissa Fagin ’20, an Anthropology and Psychology […]

German Diplomat warns of crisis in European Union after Brexit

The former German diplomat Thomas Matussek gave a speech at Brandeis this past Monday evaluating the state of affairs in Europe. Matussek was the German ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2006, the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York from 2006 to 2009, and the German ambassador to […]

America’s gentrification problem will require a large-scale solution

American cities are struggling with the dual issues of gentrification and homelessness. Google defines gentrification as “the process of renovating a district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.” It results in higher rents and cost of living, forcing the neighborhood’s original residents to move out in search of a cheaper place to live. Gentrified […]

Men’s soccer secures victories in tough matchups

The Brandeis men’s soccer team dominated in a tough week of games before gearing up for Homecoming this weekend. The Judges played in their first University Athletic Association (UAA) conference match against Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) on Sunday, squeaking by with a 1-0 victory. They then took on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) […]

Hugh Hefner: a precursor to Trump’s misogyny

In the days since the passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, some media outlets, such as the liberal publications “Vox” and “Newsweek,” have praised him as an equal rights pioneer and staunch advocate of social justice issues. Much of the defense lies with Charles Beaumont’s 1955 story envisioning a world where the majority of people […]