Thirteen announce candidacy for special elections

The Student Union is holding Special Elections to fill five empty seats in the Senate and two empty seats in the Union Judiciary. Interested candidates gathered at the Student Union Office to learn more about the positions on Thursday evening. Elections will be held next Thursday, March 7, from midnight to 11:59 pm. Campaigning began […]

Joining the Union: What do you have to lose?

The barrier for involvement in the Student Union is not as high as it may seem. The Union might seem like an exclusive club from the outside, but is not that difficult to join. While the Special Elections are this coming week, general elections will open later in the semester for positions in the next […]

GirlUp raises awareness for human rights

In 2010, GirlUp was founded by the United Nations Foundation as a global movement of young leaders. As their website explains, the empowered young women go through leadership development training to transform themselves, their communities and the world around them. Along with a community of global partners, GirlUp works to achieve gender equality worldwide. About […]

‘One Foot Planted’ opening event presents beautiful art, but problematic

The Hadassah Brandeis Institute (HBI) has promoted art relating to Jewish women for nearly 20 years on the Brandeis campus. This semester’s exhibit is a celebration of the female form and its relationship to Israel through cinematography. “One Foot Planted” is a series of videos by Israeli artists Ayelet Carmi and Meirav Heiman. The videos […]

Online platform instituted to help unprepared graduate students

Last summer, Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management implemented a pilot version of an online platform that is meant to help incoming graduate students feel better prepared to participate in their programs when they arrive to start the semester. The program came as a response to feedback received in January 2017 from many […]

Secretary general of Israel’s Labor Party calls for a two-state solution

Anyone who cares about promoting a peaceful relationship between Israel and its neighbors and wants to secure the future for Israel as a Jewish, Democratic state should be in support of a two-state solution, according to a member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, who spoke in Upper Sherman on Tuesday. The two-state solution calls for […]

$20k grant to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM classes

Brandeis received a $20,000 grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to improve diversity and inclusivity in STEM classes. The goal is to create less of a barrier in STEM classes for students from all backgrounds and levels of experience. The grant funding will provide for three to four student-faculty partnerships in select STEM […]

Sodexo updates procedures after mislabeling

A dining station in Lower Usdan displayed “gluten-free” labeling while listing and serving foods that contained gluten on Nov. 8 last semester. A student with celiac disease—an autoimmune disease in which the gluten protein causes harm to the small intestine—became ill. The “gluten-free stir fry” station where the mislabeled foods were served is one of […]

The subtle benefits of gatekeeping for communities

When I think of a “community” I think about a group of individuals with shared interests and values unifying under a common label for a unique purpose. There is a distinct difference between liking something and being a part of its community. This much should seem obvious at a glance. I may enjoy casting a […]

Softball clutches four straight wins

The Judges started their softball season off strong, winning their first four games, two of which were away. They started the season in North Carolina against South Virginia and Frostburg State on Feb. 16. The Judges started the game with three runs in the first inning and continued their success in the second inning earning […]

Women’s basketball closes out the 2018-19 season

The women’s basketball team couldn’t hold off Case Western Reserve University on Senior Day for their last home game in the Red Auerbach Arena and lost 67-55 on Feb. 10. The Judges honored four seniors: guard Sarah Jaromin, forward Joelle MarkAnthony, forward Gillian O’Malley and guard Ellery Riccio. At their last home game of the […]

Hortense Spillers ’74 PhD receives alumni achievement award

Provost Lisa Lynch presented the Alumni Achievement Award to Hortense Spillers ’74 Ph.D. for her work as a literary critic, black feminist scholar and pioneer in the development of African American Studies. Spillers, who is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, spoke about how black studies as a field was not […]

New Minority and Philosophy chapter at Brandeis

What does one think of when they imagine philosophers? Maybe they think of the names Immanuel Kant, Noam Chomsky, Sigmund Freud, René Descartes and Karl Marx. What do all of these people have in common? They are all white male philosophers that are well known for discovering some sort of theory, phenomenon or fact about […]

Hoot Recommends: March 1, 2019

“Head Above Water” She ain’t no sk8er boi anymore. Since her more recent, self-titled album, “Avril Lavigne,” was released in 2013, Lavigne has really been laying low. And no, she was not replaced by a clone named Melissa. When she disappeared, I was honestly really disappointed because the album was not my favorite. Maybe her […]

Tennis heads out west for February break

To start off their spring season, both the Brandeis University men’s and women’s tennis teams left the cold Boston weather behind and got to embrace the California sunshine over February break. The two teams are ranked nationally, at number 21 and at number 19 respectively, with each taking on and defeating the West Coast’s top […]

Track and field digs deep at indoor conference meet

This past weekend, Brandeis hosted all the other teams in the University Athletic Association (UAA) at the indoor conference track and field meet. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed fourth overall in the stacked field of schools. This meet was the men’s best UAA performance since 2006 and the second time since 1999 that […]

Men’s fencing tops MIT at Beanpot

The Brandeis University fencing team hosted the Beanpot tournament Wednesday, Feb. 13. The men went 1-2 on the evening, beating MIT, while the women were 0-3. Harvard University won the meet with top ranked teams with the women ranked No. 2 in the nation by CollegeFencing360 and men No. 5. The Brandeis men finished in […]

Panelists discuss violent extremism

Three experts on violent extremism from various backgrounds participated in a panel discussion on countering and preventing violent extremism, moderated by Prof. Jytte Klausen (POL). The discussion was focused on understanding the relationship between Islamophobia and countering violent extremism and preventing violent extremism policies. Violent extremism is a challenge the contemporary world faces every day. […]

Second accessibility forum establishes priorities

Students, faculty and staff discussed improving accessibility to Brandeis buildings, professor office hours, classrooms and residence halls on Wednesday as a follow-up on points brought up at the first accessibility forum held on Jan. 22. Mark Brimhall-Vargas, chief diversity officer and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion stated that the first accessibility forum gathered […]

Panelists question how far university has come since Ford Hall 1969

Alumni who led the Ford Hall 1969 protests that established the department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) gathered to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Feb. 8. But some of the panelists expressed the feeling that Brandeis hasn’t done enough since the protest in 1969. “The question I keep wondering is has the university […]