Jonah’s New York Film Festival Dispatch (Part 1)

Look, I like to think I know the current Hollywood landscape. I keep up with the industry and try to watch as many movies as I can, partially because I love it, and partially so that when I talk about a movie I can know what I’m talking about! But this will always be a […]

‘More Weight’ reminds us of current political climate

The Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center’s Kniznick Gallery is currently featuring “More Weight,” a thought-provoking solo exhibition by Philadelphia artist Rachel Stern. The gallery was transformed, decorated with royal blue carpeting and richly colored draping over the walls. Velvet-gloved, bodiless, red and blue hands poke out of the drapery and point accusingly at the artwork, […]

Basement Records embraces the flow

Basement Records helps Brandeis musicians get professional. By assisting with branding, audio production and publishing, the club gets aspiring musicians to up their game. “Another Saturday Night in the Basement,” Basement Records’ first live performance this semester, was an opportunity for student artists to showcase their talent and hone their craft. Featuring hip-hop, and R&B […]

Coming-of-age ‘La Familia’ reflects cyclical urban violence

“La Familia,” a Venezuelan film about growing up amidst urban violence, was shown at Wasserman Cinematheque on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF). “La Familia” won Best Film in the 2017 Miami Film Festival and was selected as a finalist at Cannes this year. In its 16th year, […]

Students share poems on identity at Gittler Prize event

Numerous speeches and poems connected to aspects of identity and education were performed at the Evening of Art, Identity, and Lived Experience with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Intercultural Center. The evening began with Daniella Castillo ’22 giving a speech “Perfecta,” about being an outsider and having the expectations of […]

Implement community guidelines in ‘Express Yo Self’ corridor

The “Express Yo Self” corridor in the library, next to the first floor elevators in Goldfarb, is on hold until further notice, pending a discussion between the library and the provost’s office. Until then, the walls have all been painted white and the markers have been removed. The wall was painted over due to staff […]

Gittler Prize award-winner speaks on race demographics in education

Members of the Brandeis community and Waltham High School gathered to hear Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, this year’s recipient of the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize Award, speak about the impact of the demographic shift on education. The discussion was facilitated by Maria Madison, the associate dean for diversity and inclusion. Professor Joseph Assan […]

Dr. Beverly Tatum receives Gittler Prize

Brandeis University awarded Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, an author and academic on racial identity, The Joseph B. and Tony Gittler Prize Wednesday, Oct. 3. The award comes with a $25,000 cash prize and a medal. After President Ron Liebowitz awarded Tatum the Gittler Prize medal, she gave a talk on how to close the empathy […]

Voter absentee jamboree informs students on how to vote absentee

The Brandeis library’s Public Services hosted their annual “Voter Absentee Jamboree” at the front desk of Goldfarb Library, where five rotating staff members distributed state specific forms and assisted students in the process of becoming absentee voters in their home states, on Thursday, Sept. 4. This event is aimed at clarifying and aiding absentee voter […]

Improv comedy student becomes the teacher

Mina Bond ’19, a women’s, gender and sexuality studies major at Brandeis, has loved performing since middle school. Now, she will be teaching an improv course with ImprovBoston, a not-for-profit theater that offers classes in stand-up, sketch, improv and musical improv while also offering shows Wednesday through Sunday nights. Bond, one of the co-presidents of […]

Don’t Ruin Us, God Said

On Jan. 20, 2015, Lupe Fiasco released “Tetsuo & Youth”. On Sept. 21, 2018, he released “DROGAS WAVE.” While these two albums are separated by three and a half years and even another Lupe album, they are very tightly linked. “Don’t Ruin Us, God Said”, the backronym for drugs (which Drogas is Spanish for), represents […]

Inside the mind of an artist: Alfredo Gisholt

Alfredo Gisholt, assistant professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis, spoke to The Brandeis Hoot about the thought process that occurs behind his art. Last semester, Gisholt took his sabbatical. According to him, Brandeis allows professors to go on sabbatical every seven years for “personal development.” In Gisholt’s case, this meant working full-time in his studio […]

PARC open house welcomes students and advocates

The Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center (PARC), which consolidated the Office of Prevention Services (OPS) and the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) into one office, held an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 2. PARC’s mission is to provide education, empowerment and support for members of the Brandeis community who have faced sexual assault or harassment, domestic […]

Vote, and vote Democratic: polarization

Fourteen years ago, Barack Obama rose to national prominence endorsing John Kerry with a Democratic National Convention speech in which he declared, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s a United States of America.” At a time when political polarization looked like a growing issue for people across the country, the message […]

‘Express Yo Self’ space painted over after obscene content

After staff complaints about drawings and writings that created a hostile work environment, the “Express Yo Self” space on the first floor of Goldfarb Library outside of the elevators has been painted over, University Librarian Matthew Sheehy told The Hoot in an interview. The images were drawings of two nude figures depicted in different scenes […]

BPYO values shouldn’t reflect former criminal actions of St. George

The entirety of my summer was spent practicing double bass excerpts for Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony, hoping I would earn a place in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) under the baton of Benjamin Zander, a legendary British conductor. After marveling over numerous master-class videos where Zander completely transformed musicians’ interpretations in a mere 30 minutes, […]

Four join the Brandeis Board of Trustees

Four new members have been elected to the Board of Trustees, and each will serve a four year term. The new trustees, Fran Bermanzohn ’78, Bram Shapiro, Cynthia Berenson and Jayne Beker joined the board on Wednesday, Sept. 26 according to a BrandeisNOW article. Bermanzohn was the Deputy General Counsel of Goldman Sachs prior to […]

Man exposes himself to Brandeis community member

A male exposed himself to a Brandeis community member, said an email sent by Director of Public Safety Edward M. Callahan. The incident occured on Oct. 1 on South Street near Boston Children’s Hospital Waltham. The community member was walking down the street towards Highland Street when a small silver or light-colored sedan driving on […]

Quiet society: Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’

  I thought I’d seen this story before: man and child living off the land in the Pacific Northwest—and then of course Big Brother steps in to perturb their bucolic idyll, such as in 2016’s indie heart-warmer “Captain Fantastic.” But though the story beats may be similar, Debra Granik’s film “Leave No Trace” proves how […]

Volleyball hosts the UAA’s first round robin

The entirety of the UAA women’s volleyball teams gathered in Waltham this past weekend, as the Judges hosted the first round robin tournament of the season. Brandeis volleyball fell to Chicago, Washington University and lastly to Case Western Reserve in the Round Robin. The competition was at its highest, with Chicago ranking at No. 14 […]