Professor comments on tensions between Iran and US

Tensions between the United States and Iran have been escalating after a series of airstrikes killed both Iranian and American people. Brandeis Professor Nadar Habibi (ECON) commented on the current situation in an article from Sputnik News where he assessed the manner in which the Trump administration is handling the situation. Habibi also provided potential […]

Professor comments on Dep. of Labor rule

The U.S. Department of Labor released a final Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule on Sunday to replace the one joint employer guidance that the Trump administration rescinded in 2017. Dean of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management David Weil, former administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division under then-President […]

15 years of The Brandeis Hoot

The Hoot published its first issue on January 14, 2005. At our 15-year mark, we wanted to look back to where we started when three former members of the Justice founded The Brandeis Hoot, and reflect on our progress since then. The Hoot was created as a community newspaper, written about, by and for members […]

Study shows walking more leads to better sleep

Increasing the number of steps an individual walks every day has been linked to deeper sleep, Alycia Sullivan Bisson (GRAD) found in a recent Brandeis study that looked at the effects of exercise on a person’s sleep quality. The study, published in the National Sleep Foundation Journal, looked at the correlation between a person’s amount […]

Mitch Albom ’79 talks about his new memoir

Best-selling author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Mitch Albom ’79, said that his life was transformed by the child that he raised, Chika Jeune, in a book talk for his new book, “Finding Chika,” on Thursday in Spingold Theater. Jeune, who was born three days before the 2010 Haiti earthquake and faced many familial hardships, was […]

‘1917’ Review: World War One-Take

A “cut” is an elementary filmmaking term that refers to the point at which one shot ends and another begins. The camera “cuts,” and suddenly we’re looking at another angle, another scene or another perspective. It’s a basic tool of editing, an essential aspect in the construction of a film. Or maybe it isn’t. After […]

‘Bombshell’ and ‘Richard Jewell’ stage tone-deaf portraits of the recent past

This past winter break, I had the unfortunate pleasure of wasting $20 and 240 minutes of my time watching “Bombshell” and “Richard Jewell” in theaters. Thankfully, I was also able to catch “Little Women” and stream a couple of other great 2019 movies online, many of which were snubbed in this year’s Academy Awards (while […]

Mom Rock is cool for kids and dads too

WBRS, if you’re reading this, I have the perfect band to play in Chum’s. Boston-based and incredibly talented, Mom Rock is the band to have on your radar. I first heard Mom Rock at the 2019 Boston Book Festival, planned on only staying for one song, then stayed for two, then three. This band is […]

In season three, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is still mostly marvelous

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an Emmy-award-winning show, debuted its third season by the end of 2019. While the show still delivered on its trademark features such as witty, fast paced dialogue, dazzling performances and an alluring sense of the ’50s and ’60s, this season the show seemed to not run as tight a ship. There […]

‘You’ Season Two: the same old open curtains

I’ve realized two things over winter break: first, I watch far too much television, and second, second seasons of television shows rarely ever live up to the first. The first season of “You” introduced us to a generic white guy, Joe Goldberg, artfully played by the effortlessly disturbing Penn Badgley, who meets and falls in […]

The ambitious paintings of the senior midyear exhibition

Brandeis University might not have the most rigorous fine arts program in all of New England, but our student painters possess more than enough skill and creativity to stand out in a gallery. Any skeptics need only visit this year’s Senior Midyear Exhibition to be amazed into submission. For context, seniors looking to explore and […]

The way of the fan: a brief retrospective of Disney’s ‘Star Wars’

If it isn’t already clear from the headline, I am a huge Star Wars fan and have loved the franchise ever since I watched the original trilogy on my grandparents’ VHS. Throughout these three films, George Lucas and company created a vast science-fiction/fantasy universe that spawned worlds and creatures beyond our wildest dreams and characters […]

The best of video game soundtracks

What do I mean by “best soundtracks?” As much as I would love to analyze the composition of these pieces and give you a very technical answer, my education in music theory stopped prematurely when I abandoned the piano in seventh grade. Instead, I want to show to you what makes these tracks unique and […]

President Liebowitz condemns anti-Semitism, emphasizes safety of Brandeis campus

Over winter break, University President Ron Liebowitz condemned anti-Semitism and affirmed the safety of the Brandeis campus in a statement issued via email on Jan. 3. Liebowitz began by acknowledging “the recent rash of violence directed at members of the Jewish community in New York and New Jersey,” which he called a reminder of “the […]

Letter from the Editors: thank you for your continued support

On Jan. 14, 2005, Igor Pedan ’05, M.A. ’06, Daniel Silverman ‘05 and Leslie Pazan ‘05 founded The Brandeis Hoot. As the second newspaper founded on the Brandeis campus, the goal of The Hoot is to be “a publication that provides deep, insightful, meaningful news coverage and commentary about interests of direct concern to Brandeis […]

Brandeis alumnus testifies in ‘Crossfire Hurricane’

Inspector General Michael Horowitz ’84 gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11, two days after releasing a 434-page report reviewing an investigation opened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in July 2016, according to a CNN article. The report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reviews four Foreign […]

A novel idea

Brandeisians looking for a chance to discuss a book with students and faculty from multiple institutions this summer need look no further than the upcoming Brandeis Novel Symposium (BNS). Faculty from the likes of Brandeis, Brown, University of Colorado-Denver and Wesleyan amongst others will descend upon the Mandel Center for the Humanities this April. The […]

Howard C. Stevenson named 2020 Gittler Prize winner

Nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher of racial stress, Howard C. Stevenson, is the winner of the 2020 Gittler Prize, according to a BrandeisNOW article.  “Not only has Howard Stevenson brought a better understanding to the detrimental effects caused by racial stress and trauma through his scholarship, he actively leads the way in improving the […]

Pushing the limits of alcohol

On almost every college campus in America, whether you look up, down, left or right, parties seem like ubiquitous constants. At many of these parties, alcohol is present, and unfortunately, there are many students who do not think twice about the amount of alcohol they consume and the impact it has on their bodies. Maybe […]