Better safe than sorry

Frankly, universities should not have reopened. In the past weeks, several large universities have seen a recent spike in cases of the coronavirus—over 500 total at the University of Alabama, 200 new cases at Auburn University (also in Alabama) and University of Southern California has over 100 students in quarantine after being exposed, according to […]

Univ. receives bomb threat

Brandeis community members were notified of a bomb threat on the Brandeis campus on Aug. 20 at 10:50 a.m. via phone call, text and email through the Brandeis Emergency Notification System (BENS). At 1:40 p.m., community members were notified that the threat was “all clear” and that public safety had concluded their search and determined […]

Student-athletes react to fall sports seasons cancellations

As the coronavirus continues to affect millions of people across the globe, many collegiate athletes in the United States have had to cope with the fact that there will be an extremely limited, if any, fall season for their sport.  As of July 27, intercollegiate varsity athletics at Brandeis have been suspended until Dec. 31, […]

Brandeis Rabbi responds to criticism of student union president

Rabbi and Executive Director of Brandeis Hillel Seth Winberg responded to social media criticism of Brandeis’ Student Union president’s Instagram comments about a New York Senate Bill—a bill that would require school children in the state to be educated on the meaning of swastikas and nooses as symbols of hatred and intolerance—according to its text.  […]

Model says Brandeis will ‘perish,’ analysts and economists say the conclusion is unscientific

New York University (NYU) Marketing Professor Scott Galloway said that hundreds of universities and colleges around the country, including Brandeis, will fail under current fall coronavirus reopening plans, but analysts and university administrations have refuted the professor’s claims and said that his blog post has had harmful consequences. Professors from other institutions told The Brandeis […]

‘Surveillance Camera Man:’ The greatest video on Youtube

Imagine yourself out in public. You could be alone or with your family. It could be noon or three in the morning. A man approaches you holding a camera. He is a complete stranger, and you can think of no reason as to why he would be filming you, so you ask him what he’s […]

The success of July’s Boston Student Film Festival

The 2020 run of the Boston Student Film Festival was live-streamed the second weekend of July, and, to the collective relief of myself and the ten or so other viewers in virtual attendance, the show went off without a hitch. My half-semester experience with Zoom had trained me to expect disaster in all things livestream, […]

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, a Second Season Done Right

Kipo is back and better than ever. The excellent first season of “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts” ended on a massive cliffhanger with many questions left unanswered. Luckily the second season starts right where the first leaves off and exceeds the quality of the first season in almost every way. While Kipo herself grows […]

Emma Bartlett ’20 named Brandeis nominee for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Emma Bartlett ’20, a four-year starting middle blocker on the volleyball team, was named Brandeis’ nominee for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award in early July. She is just the second player in Brandeis volleyball history to receive an honorable mention, All-American honoree by the American Volleyball Coaches Association during her junior season, […]

Brandeis and Mass. travel protocols include restrictions; noncompliance could result in fines

As many students return to campus for the fall semester, they will face travel restrictions and quarantine requirements implemented by Brandeis University and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Failing to comply can result in fines of up to $500 per day.  Any travelers entering Massachusetts, including returning […]

Julián Cancino to lead new vision for Gender and Sexuality Center

Julián Cancino, a transgender LGBTQ activist, joined Brandeis in July 2020 as inaugural director fo the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC), according to an email obtained by The Brandeis Hoot from Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mark Brimhall-Vargas. Though the center opened in 2015, according to an article by […]

Avatar: The Last Airbender: A Beautiful Anomaly

With many people quarantined at home and their eyes glued to Netflix, the recent addition of “Avatar: The Last Airbender (ATLA)” on the streaming service has offered itself as a form of escape in these chaotic times. This phenomenon has inadvertently led to a random (or possibly fateful) reignition of the show that first aired […]

Read ‘Today Tonight Tomorrow’ today, tonight and tomorrow

Rachel Lynn Solomon has once again proven that the best books are a blend of too good to be true and heartbreakingly real. With her third novel, “Today Tonight Tomorrow,” Solomon said that she wanted to write a lighter novel, and, for the most part, she did. “Today Tonight Tomorrow” is filled with antics, mishaps […]

Friendship, queer love and big pharma in ‘The Old Guard’

If you can die a thousand times and always wake up, what is the point in living? This is the central, if unspoken, question in “The Old Guard.” The answer: friendship. “Friends are good” might not sound like a particularly hot take, however for a big, shiny superhero movie, this is quietly radical. In Netflix’s […]

Detention: an original Taiwanese horror adventure

“Detention” is a 2D side-scrolling, point-and-click horror game that takes place in 1960s in Taiwan under a period known as the “White Terror.” This was a time when the country was put under martial law by the Chinese Nationalist Party after its defeat in a civil war against the Chinese Communist Party. You play as […]

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 […]

Self-care in the time of COVID: resisting the urge to overcommit

It’s common knowledge: Brandeis students are chronically overcommitted. I think it’s part of what attracts us to this school: the active extracurriculars, the ease with which students can double or triple major in different fields. But I’ve seen so many people here committed to an extent that they neglect their studies––and worse, themselves. I’ve also […]

President of no one

The Trump administration’s abhorrent ignorance and subversion of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement not only signals a radicalization of right-leaning racial politics but also a likely steep decline in American global reputation. The BLM movement is likely to be the largest movement in U.S. history, and rightfully so. Recent decades of propaganda pushing for […]

The ultimate mask guide

The masks discussed in this article are listed in order from most effective to least effective: choose your weapon of choice wisely.  Sasha Skarboviychuk  N95  Ah, the king of all masks. How did you get your hands on one? You surely have connections to the mask mafia. If you are one of those people who […]