Administration updates policies on student protests and diversity, equity and inclusion

President Ronald Liebowitz responded to calls for university action to address issues pertaining to Brandeis students of color on Aug. 28 in an email to the Brandeis community.  “This has been a year of growth for Brandeis,” said Liebowitz in his email. “Last fall, through the Independent Investigators’ report on campus climate, we learned that […]

Give candidates more time to campaign

With the Student Union elections coming up, it is time to think about how Brandeis as a community treats elections. Students who are interested in running for positions on the Student Union are given seven days to reach out to the entire student body and present their reasons as to why they are the best […]

Panelists discuss the Middle East

Topics such as the U.S. policy of maximum pressure on Iran, climate change in the Middle East, the brutalization of government in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, and elections as a tool for change in Turkey and Israel are often overlooked in conversations about the Middle East. Experts on the Middle East spoke about these […]

What really is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a holiday that most of us in the United States take for granted. For students, it’s another day off of school and a great ease into the new school year. For adults, it’s an extra day off to sleep in and relax. But what really is the history behind this holiday that […]

Volleyball goes 1-2 on the weekend

Brandeis Volleyball opened up its 2019 season with a three-set victory over Westfield State University as part of the Springfield College Classic.  The first set was a battle going back and forth, as Brandeis opened up with a 5-2 lead only to see Westfield State go on to score seven of the next nine points, […]

University to consider other dining vendors

Stewart Uretsky announced that the university’s contract with Sodexo will end in 2020, and the school is currently developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the dining services program.  This announcement came after months of reported issues between the university and Sodexo.  According to a previous Brandeis Hoot article, Sodexo mislabeled foods in the dining […]

Nine of thirteen open races uncontested in student union elections

Nine races are unopposed in the upcoming Student Union Senate and Allocations Board elections. With 13 open seats on the Senate, six seats have more than one person running to fill them and one A-board election has more than two candidates. The elections for the Student Union Senate, which represent the student body on a […]

Gaming’s Most Hated: EA

Electronic Arts (EA) is one of the biggest and most successful video game companies in the world. It is the publisher/developer for some of the most iconic game series ever released: “FIFA,” “Madden,” “Battlefield,” “The Sims” and “Mass Effect.” Even if you’ve never heard of EA, chances are you have played at least one of […]

Soccer teams open season

The men’s and women’s soccer teams made their season debuts this past weekend. The men’s team opened the season on Friday against Roger Williams University (RWU), where they defeated the Hawks 1-0. The Judges then went on to face Washington and Lee (W&L) on Saturday where the Generals defeated Brandeis 1-0. The women’s team also […]

Fall in love with ‘Lover’

At this point, I have listened to Taylor Swift’s “Lover” album more times than I can count. I can confirm that this is the best album of 2019. This album is the sunset on a fantastic day, the morning where you feel refreshed, the day where everything seems to go right. Every song on this […]

Brandeis Israel investment organization ranked first in consulting

Brandeis TAMID, an international business consulting organization advising start-ups in Israel, was awarded the Outstanding Consulting Award out of 54 TAMID chapter organizations on Sunday, Sept. 1, at TAMID’s national convention in Maryland. Brandeis TAMID is part of an international non-profit with three collegiate chapters abroad, said club president Mitchell Dodell ’21 in an interview […]

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ review: a return done right

On August 30, Netflix added a new series to its ever-expanding roster, a prequel to the beloved Jim Henson masterpiece “The Dark Crystal.” Released almost 37 years after the initial film, “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns to the fantastical and imaginative world of Thra and follows the story of the Gelflings prior to […]

Koslofsky’s Corner: what are we going to do with Dave Chappelle, old man?

“A guy your age wouldn’t even know the pain. It’s like in your generation the space shuttle [The Challenger] blows up every fucking day. How can you care about anything, when you care about every goddamn thing? […] I can’t keep track of all this shit, so you just, give the fuck up. That’s the […]

Professor testifies in lawsuit, J&J pays $572 million

Judge Thad Balkman has ordered Johnson and Johnson (J&J) to pay the state of Oklahoma $572 million for their contribution to the opioid crisis in the state, citing a Brandeis professor’s testimony in his decision. This decision is the first time a pharmaceutical company has been deemed responsible for contributing to the opioid crisis in […]

‘The Farewell’ is a funeral disguised as a wedding

Lulu Wang’s sophomore film “The Farewell” begins with the words “based on an actual lie” –– a catchy tagline to its poignant exploration of family politics and the falsehoods we use to protect our loved ones. Based in part on Wang’s own life, the story unfolds from the perspective of Billi (Awkwafina), a 20-something New […]

PERIOD: Starting the Conversation

There is no question that there is a stigma surrounding the discussion of periods. This is the reason that Linzy Rosen ’22 began a chapter of PERIOD, a global organization, at Brandeis in spring 2019.  Now the president of PERIOD at Brandeis, Rosen started the club in order to spur conversation about menstrual equity that […]

Cross country runs to victory in first meet

Mark Murdy ’21 and Andrea Bolduc ’21 won their respective races as both cross country teams opened their seasons last Friday in the Wellesley Invitational at the hilly five kilometer course at Nehoiden Golf Club. Murdy, who missed last season due to injury, averaged 5:22.7 per mile to finish with a time of 16:42.6. Murdy’s […]

Brandeis Improv Society teaches improv to all

Comedy is enjoyable for all but hard as a craft to master on its own. On campus, while we are known for our numerous a cappella groups, we shouldn’t fail to notice the large quantities of comedy groups that exist, advertising their craft to all that want to relax for a night and get a […]

SSIS advice column

Welcome back to the SSIS (Student Sexuality Information Service) column, where we answer any and all of Brandeis students’ questions about sex, sexuality, identity and relationships. If you have a question you’d like answered in our next column, email or leave a question in the Google Form link on our Facebook page. (Note: These […]