Safe and scary this Halloween

Under any other circumstances, Halloween 2020 would be legendary. Not only is this an election year (which naturally increases the intensity of all things horrific), but Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday this year. Can you imagine the parties? Plus, there is a full moon on Halloween night, which would only add to the frightening […]

The Hoot’s Halloween candy

Halloween is traditionally a time of magic, bone-chilling costumes, pigging out on candy and watching scary movies until you’re cowering with fear and turning every light on. This year, Halloween instead is a time when a lot of decisions have to be made: What costume you will wear, when the best time to go trick […]

No mom, I don’t have a drinking problem: St. George Absinthe Verte

In the spirit of Halloween (pun intended), it feels only appropriate to dedicate this next review to the Goths, by drinking the most Goth beverage in existence: absinthe.  Before we get into the review, it’s vital to cover some basics about absinthe, which I will do in the form of a “frequently asked questions” section: […]

Pre-Health faces its biggest health crisis yet: the coronavirus

As with many clubs at Brandeis that have been forced to adjust to the “new normal” brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the Pre-Health Society now offers its services, resources and helping-hands to fellow pre-health students in a slightly different fashion.  Co-events coordinator, Jigme Dolma Dorji ’22 shared the club’s goals for this unconventional semester. […]

Understanding party polarization in 2020 and beyond

As former United States president Abraham Lincoln famously said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Although the context of this speech emphasized a tumultuous time in our history, the same concept can be applied today. Our nation has divided once again, not in militarized conflict but rather in politics. We have an ideological gap […]

Preparing for the worst: presidential election

As we near the 2020 presidential election, I can’t help but feel a need to prepare myself, in any way possible, for an inevitable outcome of despair and a distrust in American politics. Knowing that our only options are Biden and Trump, my own hope for a candidate that actually views me and my identity […]

Guest speaker talks on economic management of pandemic

Dr. John Lipsky is no stranger to predicting how the economy will be affected by major world events—and the pandemic is certainly major event. Professor Stephen Cecchetti (IBS) moderated a discussion on Oct. 21 with Lipsky where he talked about the current state of the economy and what policies may or may not have to […]

Hoot Recommends: Halloween edition

“Halloween” The 1978 spooky classic Halloween is perfect if you are looking for a nostalgic 70s movie about a rogue psychiatric patient turned stabbing murderer. Although the violence definitely appears toned down to modern day viewers, and the stabbing and the gore are almost comically fake, the film maintains its worth through the surprisingly deep […]

How to Halloween during the coronavirus

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again! Yes, that’s right—it’s getting close to that time to let your hair down, let it all hang out and just let it be … Sorry, I couldn’t think of a third one to finish the set. Halloween is coming, and it is the night when caution is thrown […]

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 […]

Burrito? More like burrit-no

Anna’s Taqueria is a local chain of “Mexican-fusion restaurants,” founded in 1995, with headquarters in Brookline, MA, according to its website. It has eight locations throughout the Greater Boston Area. It was “first conceived with the mission of bringing the home-style flavor of Mexican street food to the people of Boston,” according to its website. […]

To what do we owe the success of Halloween?

When the darkness descends on Oct. 31, one can imagine that the electric spirit of Halloween will alight with no less intensity than in years past. As an occasion that is among the most immersive of American cultural traditions, it would be foolhardy to expect the pumpkins to remain unlit. The underground parties will go […]

Brandeis administration discusses spring semester at community check-in

Brandeis administrators responded to questions about the upcoming spring semester, coronavirus-related restrictions and Brandeis’s financial health in a community check-in on Monday night. Students should not expect restrictions to be loosened on the Brandeis campus, said President Ron Liebowitz, and the university is working to follow state guidelines on the pandemic.  On the panel answering […]

Brandeis Athletics inducts 2021 Athletics Hall of Fame class

The hall of fame is something held in high esteem for all athletes. No matter the league, sport or position you play, being inducted into such a place is a sign of honor, respect and, of course, a recognition of just the pure skill possessed by the inductee.  At Brandeis, that’s no different. The university’s […]

Starbucks cafe opened, employees redeployed to other locations

Starbucks in Farber Library reopened Tuesday after being closed for several days while management awaited parts for plumbing repairs, Sodexo Resident District Manager Michael Reilly wrote to The Brandeis Hoot in an email. Any time that Starbucks is closed, including any time last week, Sodexo has been able to “re-deploy” team members to other locations […]

In the Senate Oct. 25

The Student Union Senate chartered the club Students Demand Action in their weekly meeting on Sunday. The club is part of a national organization of campus groups with the goal of educating students about gun violence prevention. The national organization advocates for gun control laws, according to its website. The club was chartered unanimously and […]

Prof. Anita Hill shares concerns about the future of the Supreme Court

Prof. Anita Hill (AAAS/LGLS/HS/WGS) said that the goal of the Grand Old Party (GOP) is to implant a conservative body of reasoning that will change the judicial understanding and precedent of equality in America in a Q&A facilitated by Prof. Jill Greenlee (POL) on Zoom on Monday, prior to Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to […]

Brandeis 6TALK: mental health support that’s only one call away

College can be a stressful time for students who need to juggle rigorous academics, family expectations, social life, finances, etc. In the midst of all these stressors, it can be (and often is) difficult to take care of, and prioritize, one’s mental health. During the years students spend obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree, a […]

Brandeis Justice Initiative hopes to provide prison education

While the Brandeis Justice Initiative may be a mostly virtual operation without a physical office on campus, the initiative hopes to tangibly impact the local community through education and awareness programs about the criminal justice system. It launched in early September 2020 and is recruiting students to educate incarcerated people and provide education, tutoring and […]