Stand united, not divided

The outbreak of the respiratory disease caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has left a large impact on the entire world. One of several strains of coronavirus, the spread of COVID-19 is currently a public health emergency, with cases in at least 48 countries at the time of publication, according to a New York […]

Community members offer admin. feedback on Brandeis climate initiatives

Community members gathered to discuss climate change and Brandeis’ role in a forum hosted by the President’s Task Force on Campus Sustainability on Monday in the International Lounge.  The discussion focused on the questions: “What should be Brandeis’ role and responsibility in the face of the climate crisis?” “What is within Brandeis’ power to do […]

Student Union fills three seats in uncontested special elections

As a result of Feb. 13 special elections, Shivam Nainwal ’22 and Tyler Carruth ’23 were elected as community senators and Chloe Yu ’22 was elected as an international senator. All candidates ran unopposed. In an interview with The Brandeis Hoot, Carruth said that he’s currently “working with the Dining Committee to communicate with students […]

The love of look: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

To love is to look. To gaze at the one you care about, learning their perspective, their point-of-view and the manner in which they move through the world. To find yourself pulled deeper. To learn the little movements and muscles, catching every stray and repeated gesture and motion. To be loved is to be seen, […]

Professor writes book on relationship between secular and religious law in Israel

There’s an increasing trend toward theocratic nationalism with an ethnic character in both Israel and the world at large, according to Professor of Israel Studies Alexander Kaye (NEJS) who spoke about his new book, “The Invention of Jewish Theocracy,” in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall on Wednesday.  The book, which Shayna Weiss, the Director of the […]

‘Shameless’ season 10: are politically charged shenanigans getting old?

Somehow, even after 10 seasons, “Shameless” has been able to keep surprising us and also not surprising us. The show follows the Gallaghers, a family living in poverty in the south side of Chicago. With everyone back to their usual shenanigans (I use the term ironically because the show is about the unlikely ways a […]

D’Aguanno breaks men’s basketball records

On Feb. 7, the Judges traveled to Cleveland, OH where Eric D’Aguanno ’20 became the Judges’ all-time leader in three-pointers. There, the Brandeis men’s basketball team also fell short to Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), 84-76, for the first time this season.  Tying the school’s record with his 231st three-pointer with 13:54 to go in […]

The drawbacks of dining

Last summer, I found myself binge-watching Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” or “Kitchen Nightmares” all the time. It could be because I really enjoy cooking, or maybe it was the catharsis of him yelling at inadequate people, who knows. Although it’s hilarious to watch his outbursts, there is an important reason for them: food poisoning. This […]

Students protest univ. investments in fossil fuel companies

Members of the community gathered in the rain to protest the university’s investments in fossil fuels on Feb. 13 at the Peace Circle outside of Usdan. The protest, organized by Brandeis Climate Justice (BCJ), heard from professors and representatives from student groups including Dissenters and Sunrise Waltham.  “It is unacceptable that we are still profiting […]

New semester, new Rose Art Museum

The Thursday before break, Feb. 13, was a big day for the Rose Art Museum. The building opened its doors to the public for the first time this semester for a catered opening celebration.The Rose is typically a quiet, empty place, but this was not the case on opening night. Huge crowds of visitors began […]

Baseball starts season with best record since ’02

In the first game of the season, the Brandeis Judges baseball team won easily 14-2 against the Elmira Soaring Eagles. This game was played in Winter Haven, FL on Feb. 17. This game was the first of two games against Elmira.  Everything for Brandeis started off well. First baseman Isaac Fossas ’21 hit a two-run […]

What do two thousand calories look like?: The cookie edition

We have all heard that the average person should eat about 2,000 calories a day. It varies from person to person, depending on things such as sex, age, how active you are and a bunch of other factors (but since I’m not a nutritionist I cannot think of other factors). For example, according to, […]

In the Senate 2/9

Vice President Kendal Chapman ’22 said that Senator for International Students Shuorui “Capo” Wang ’22 and Senator for the Class of 2021 Sissel Tan ’21 were removed from the Senate due to a lack of attendance. She added that they had been warned. The Senate passed a resolution proposed by Senator Joseph Coles ’22 which […]

Brandeis prof. comments on racial discrimination in standardized testing

The Education Records Bureau and the Boston Public School system decided to end their affiliations in the spring of last year, according to an article in The Boston Globe. Joshua Goodman, an Associate Professor of Economics at Brandeis, told the Globe that he worked previously on a study which assessed racial descrimination within the school […]

Prof. comments on medically assisted death

Medically assisted death is the path of most resistance for individuals looking to die with dignity in the United States, Professor Anita Hannig (ANTH) wrote in a commentary with WBUR.  Out of all the countries in the world that allow medically assisted death, the United States has the most restrictive policies, which vary state to […]

Running the Brandeis University Press

Not many students at Brandeis University are aware that Brandeis has its own press, but in fact Brandeis University Press (BUP) has existed for over 40 years. Until January of last year, however, BUP was published under the umbrella of the University Press of New England (UPNE), a once-large consortium serving various New England schools […]

The Michigan Rattlers were delightfully decent

The Michigan Rattlers are the perfect definition of white mediocrity. Don’t get me wrong, the band wasn’t bad. To certain midwestern tastes, the Rattlers probably have a pretty great sound, and they certainly know how to play. I was impressed to find that their live performance was similar in quality to the studio recordings, which […]

Softball team splits season opener during trip to California

Over February break, the Brandeis softball team traveled to California to compete against Occidental College, Whittier College and the University of Redlands. The team kicked off their 2020 season in Los Angeles, splitting a double header against Occidental College. The Judges won their first game 7-3, but lost the second game 5-4. Brandeis then went […]

The impact of the NBA’s young players and the development of ‘micro ball’

After his historic freshman season at Duke last year, many anticipated that the eventual number one pick in the 2019 NBA draft, Zion Williamson, would come to dominate the NBA. What few anticipated however, is how immediately dominant Williamson would be. Playing his first professional games coming off a surgery on a torn meniscus, some […]