Hopes for positive change

UPDATED: 9/16, 2:10 p.m. With all the changes happening within the Student Union and university administration, we as an editorial board are unsure of how these internal instabilities will affect the student body. The administration has had a large staff turnover, and the Union has on occasion acted without the approval of the student body. […]

17 seats filled in the Senate and Allocations Board

The Student Union announced on Thursday that 17 seats were filled following Wednesday’s election. The Class of 2023 comprised almost 60% of the total voter turn-out, providing 290 out of 507 total voters. Elections were held for both Senate and Allocations Board (A-Board) positions. Allocations Board Jordy Piñeiro ’23 and Emma Fiesinger ’23 won the […]

‘Remnant: From the Ashes’ review: a stellar shooter with a bright future

Prior to release, lots of people were calling “Remnant: From the Ashes,” “Dark Souls with guns.” The game features a lot of things that one would consider trademarks of the “Souls” games: a stamina system, rolling mechanics, bonfire-like checkpoints and difficult gameplay. But the similarities stop there. The “Remnant” experience is less like “Dark Souls” […]

Democratic nominees vs. climate change. Who won?

It is becoming more and more apparent that we are in a climate emergency. People of all ages across the world are standing up and urging others to join them in making the difference to save our planet. Whether it is Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old who skipped school to stand against climate change and started […]

Making the 24-Hour Musical: a behind-the-scenes look

Allow me to clear up some technicalities for you sticklers out there. No, “The 24 Hour Musical” is not literally made in 24 hours. That isn’t the point. Loads of time and labor are put into simply organizing the show weeks before the start date. Without that preemptive bureaucratic infrastructure, all but the most powerful […]

Alumna calls for Univ. action on inclusion

Dr. Blanca Vega ’98 has always been critical of the spaces she finds herself in and Brandeis University—with its shortcomings in providing equality for all its students regardless of their racial backgrounds—is no exception, she explained in a keynote speech at the Faculty Club on Friday, Sept. 6. Though Vega has spent 16 years in […]

Brandeis reflects on mission and purpose, planning and evaluation

Brandeis reflected on how the university is living up to its mission and its plans for the future in the first part of a self-study conducted by the university in September 2018. The self study, a part of Brandeis’ reaccreditation process by the New England Commissions of Higher Education (NECHE), requires each school to reflect […]

Branda relaunches in a new version

The Branda app relaunched with updates and new features. A group of undergraduate students built the application to provide students with convenient access to accurate data and information, according to an earlier article by The Brandeis Hoot. Before the update, the developers, Sam Stern ’20 and Benjamin Segal ’20, were working on providing new features. […]

Study abroad fair pushes student boundaries

Pushing boundaries, exploring beyond our peripheral vision and snatching an opportunity while it lasts are but a few characteristics that students at Brandeis share. Even with a course catalog that takes hours upon hours to sift through, students want more. To adhere to its students’ greed for knowledge and new experiences, Brandeis has developed partnerships […]

‘It 2’ is a thoroughly watchable sequel

“It: Chapter Two” is the long-anticipated sequel to the 2017 blockbuster horror film “It.” Set 27 years after the original, “It: Chapter Two” follows The Losers’ Club as adults who reunite in their hometown of Derry, ME in order to finally kill the murderous, child-eating clown known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). When I saw “It” […]

Hasan Minhaj’s show remains an oasis amid the Netflix desert

Oh Netflix, consistency is not your strong suit. From the failure that was “Iron Fist,” the mediocrity that is and always will be the sixth season of “Orange is the New Black,” and the nostalgic brilliance of “Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus,” Netflix has an issue with reliably producing quality content. Despite this fact, I […]

Koslofsky’s Corner: A New York Film Festival Briefing

Goodbye, Brandeis! I know, it feels like I just got here, but by the time you read this, I’ll be all packed for my two-week trip to New York City. What’s pulling me away from beautiful Waltham, MA and back to the grimiest metropolis in the world, you ask? Only the 57th New York Film […]

Brandeis warns students about mosquito-borne diseases

Several communities in Massachusetts, including Middlesex County where Brandeis resides, are at risk of two mosquito-borne diseases: Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus and West Nile Virus, according to a Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) press release. The risk for Waltham is low though the surrounding area is moderate, according to an email from Student […]

A life-long orgo prof. in the making

Although Professor Kristen Mascall (CHEM) is in her sixth year at Brandeis University, she still has a campus map clipped to one of the drawers in her office, maybe because most of her time is spent within the labyrinthine halls of the Shapiro Science Center (SSC). Her office is tucked away in a hidden corner […]

Women’s soccer wins three straight

The Brandeis University women’s soccer team defeated Bridgewater State University 3-0 in the Judges’ home opener at Gordon Field. It was quite the night for Juliette Carreiro ’22 as she netted her first career multi-goal game. The start of the match was delayed by 45 minutes due to lightning but that did not slow down […]

Director of SAS to retire

The director of Student Accessibility Support (SAS), Beth Rodgers-Kay, is retiring from Brandeis after 14 years at the university, wrote Accessibility Specialist for Undergraduate Students Kaitlyn Rogers in a Sept. 6 email obtained by The Brandeis Hoot. Rodgers-Kay’s final day at Brandeis will be around the middle of this month, wrote Dean of Academic Services […]

Men’s soccer picks up two wins for the week

This weekend, the Brandeis men’s soccer team added two wins to its record by beating the Clark University Cougars 2-1 on Wednesday and the Babson University Beavers 2-1 on Saturday. With these two wins, the Judges improve their record to 3-1 on the season while the Cougars fall to 1-1 and the Beavers fall to […]

Volleyball drops three on the road

Brandeis Volleyball competed in three matches this past weekend at the Connecticut College/Coast Guard Invitational, competing against DeSales University, Johnson and Wales University and, host, Connecticut College.  In their first match of the tournament, the DeSales Bulldogs took a strong 7-1 lead against the Judges in the first set. A kill by Emma Bartlett ’20 […]

24-Hour Musical: ‘Legally Blonde’ continues to delight

I am once again charmed by the unpolished, anything-goes nature of the 24-Hour Musical. I’m not the only one either, if the completely packed Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Theater (full house, including people sitting in the aisles and in the front) is anything to go by.  There is no wonder that this is one of […]

Andreescu stuns Williams in US Open championship match

All eyes were focused on tennis phenom Serena Williams last week as she looked to bring home a seventh US Open title and a 24th Grand Slam title to add to her impressive collection.  She faced 19 year-old Canadian star Bianca Andreescu, an opponent who she lost to in the Canadian Open one-month prior, making […]