The tortures of traveling

It’s that wonderful time of year where in a little under three weeks, I spend almost three days in various airports. To make things even better, it’s also the holiday season, and you know what that means? Holiday travelers. And holy sh*t are they annoying.  Don’t get me wrong, traveling sucks in general. As someone […]

Say goodbye to UTIs

Did you know that over 50 percent of women will contract a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point during their lifetime? In fact, it is the cause of over 8.1 million visits to healthcare providers every year. A UTI is an umbrella term for any infections inside of your urinary system, commonly affecting organs […]

Looking back on the past decade and forward into 2020

The past decade has been a time of great change on the Brandeis campus and in the world at large. We, the editorial board of The Brandeis Hoot, would like to take a moment to focus on our university—both the achievements our community has made in the past ten years and the areas Brandeis needs […]

Women’s basketball on a roll headed into second half of season

Senior forward Hannah Nicholson ’20 is having a career season. In 11 games thus far, Nicholson is averaging 13.5 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game, both career highs. Furthermore, Nicholson leads the University Athletic Association (UAA) in rebounds per game and field goal percentage. “I went into this season with the mentality that […]

Survey shows extracurricular participation affects academic performance

Participation in extracurricular activities is among the top five factors that affect individual academic performance at Brandeis, a survey conducted through the American College Health Association (ACHA) in fall 2018 found. Leah Berkenwald ’07, the Wellness Program Manager for the Health and Wellness Promotion (HAWP), told The Hoot that she was not surprised that “participation […]

Director of Accessibility Support candidates seek to increase accessibility

The University hosted three finalists for the new Director of Accessibility Support for Student Accessibility Services, after the retirement of the previous director, Beth Rodgers-Kay.  The search committee, led by Dean of Academic Services Erika J. Smith, narrowed down the total number of applicants to three final candidates: Catherine Dugan, Christopher “Chip” Kennedy and Andrea […]

Senator Warren misquotes IASP study in Democratic debate

During the fifth Democratic Presidential Debate held on Nov. 20, Senator Elizabeth Warren misquoted a study from the Institute of Assets and Social Policy (IASP) in the Heller School at Brandeis regarding the statistics on the amount of debt needed to be paid back by minority groups, according to an article by Politifact. Although Warren’s […]

Track and field opens season at Emmanuel College Invitational

The Brandeis University indoor track and field team opened its 2019-2020 season at the Emmanuel College Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA on Dec. 7 2019. Devin Hiltunen ’22 secured one win during the meet and Jack Allan ’20 had two top-two finishes. In the 200-meter dash, Hiltunen crossed the finish line […]

Team IMPACT player signs with men’s basketball

Just before winter break, the Brandeis men’s basketball team added another player to the roster for the season. The team boosted their squad with the addition of Jack Dollar, an 11-year-old native of Newton, Massachusetts who is living with epilepsy. Dollar was able to join the Judges via an organization, Team IMPACT, which is a […]

Brandeis swimming finishes 10th at Gompei Invitational

The Brandeis swimming and diving team finished 10th place in the three-day Gompei Invitational, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Despite their 10th place finish, the Judges showed the impressive depth of their team and were competing against Division I and Division II teams. Brandeis finished with 555.5 points on the first day, 1161 points […]

Greed, heliocentrism and the future of the NBA

As children we are taught certain values. Sharing, compassion and cooperation. This is exemplified in the childhood rhymes we all remember like “sharing is caring.” However, it is these exact American social values of sharing and cooperation that are deliberately being ignored by some of the best and smartest basketball teams on the planet. Welcome […]

Men’s basketball picks up two wins and one loss

The Brandeis University men’s basketball team took on Tufts University in the opening round of the New England Big Four Challenge. Despite a big night from Chandler Jones ’21 with 25 points, tying his career high, the Judges’ three-game winning streak would come to an end as they fell 68-61 to the Jumbos. Tufts established […]

Hoot’s winter in …

Iceland  Sabrina Chow Don’t get me wrong. I love being from the Midwest. The overly-polite stereotypes, flat lands and four lane highways are some of my favorite things to return to after being in Massachusetts all semester. But I also love to travel. Logically, people traveling during winter break would want to escape the cold […]

SSIS advice column

Welcome back to the SSIS 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 the Student Sexuality Information Service Facebook page. Any and […]

Professors want papers, students want letters

Sasha Skarboviychuk  At the end of every semester comes this tedious time when you find out what your semester’s efforts resulted in: grades are released. Usually the registrar sets a date when you should have all your grades on Sage—finally professors have a deadline for a change—usually a week after the last final exam. Which, […]

Union reports on 2019, looks ahead to 2020

Brandeis Student Union President Simran Tatuskar ’21 and other Union representatives reported on their progress on various Union initiatives—including diversity training for Union officials and campus accessibility—in the student government’s State of the Union report on Dec. 10. Diversity Union Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Nakul Srinivas ’21 spoke about his efforts to reach out […]

Stein menu updated, RFP sent out

The Stein menu is being redesigned for this semester and will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as more allergen labeling, according to the Chair of Dining Committee and Senator-at-Large Nancy Zhai ’22. Zhai said that this semester, the Senate Dining Committee’s focus has been on four main pillars: dietary representation, extensive outreach, […]

Professor arrested after protesting coal plant, charges dropped

Professor Sabine von Mering (GRALL/ENVS/WGS) was one of 12 people arrested in Ayer, MA for blocking a freight train delivering coal to a New Hampshire power plant on Dec. 8. The charges against von Mering and the other protesters were dropped “based on the facts and circumstances,” a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s […]

Brandeis first American univ. to prohibit caste discrimination

President Ron Liebowitz announced on Dec. 17 that Brandeis now expressly prohibits discrimination based on caste, making it the first American university to do so, according to a WGHB article.  Caste discrimination will be included in Brandeis’ non-discrimination policy “just as discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or […]

SEA Thrift Store offers alternative shopping opportunity on campus

The Students for Environmental Action (SEA) Thrift Store was started in fall 2019 in an attempt to make students more aware of the environmental footprint that the fashion industry has left on the world. As the second-largest polluter in the world, the fashion industry has a large environmental footprint, created from an excess of water […]