The Zoom experience

It’s crazy to think that a little over a year ago, we all had no idea what Zoom was or how big of a role it would eventually play in our lives. Now, we are all intimately familiar with Zoom and understand how it works, including breakout rooms, polling and even Zoom etiquette. However, despite […]

When recreation takes a wrong turn

Have you ever had that one friend that is super quiet in public and in class, but then in private, goes absolutely crazy? Unfortunately, people will often let their guard down for the sake of fun and entertainment while they’re with their friends, which can often lead to medical issues, such as overdosing.  Incidents of […]

The Hoot’s favorite cereal

Aaron LaFauci – Honey Bunches of Oats I’m into health cereals. I don’t know if Honey Bunches of Oats is actually good for you, but it has crunchy stuff in it and isn’t neon. I think that crap is granola? On the other hand, the cereal flakes themselves are injected with grams upon grams of […]

Manufactured outrage and myths of cancel culture

If you are unlucky enough to be like me and have swaths of people you vaguely knew in high school sharing propaganda on Facebook, you likely have seen the outrage regarding Dr. Seuss’ “cancelation” and “Mx. Potatohead” recently. To any sane person, this seems unimportant. Decisions made by private companies and estates are not anything […]

Chipotle’s quesadilla fail

One of the more low-key launches of this month has been Chipotle’s quesadilla, which came out on March 11, in the U.S. and Canada, as an online only option. It consists of cheese in a tortilla with a meat or vegetable filling and three sides. You can choose sides from any of the usual fillings […]

Dedicating to self-care

Throughout the past year, I have been committed to self-care, and I truly cannot thank myself more. Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many, I have had to address the unnecessary stress and anxiety that has unknowingly plagued me for years. In academic circles, stress and anxiety are often written off 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 […]

Dr. Eddie Moore gives talk on diversity and inclusivity through 21-Day Challenge

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is based on a need for better skills when dealing with social justice in order to create a more inclusive community, creator Dr. Eddie Moore explained in a talk. “We are not just talking about diversity and anti-racism, but we are being about diverse and being about anti-racist,” […]

The beginning of the Brandeis quarantine experience

Coming to campus is a risk and it comes with the potential of being placed into isolation or quarantine. On March 14, I was placed into a ten-day quarantine in my room. Now, I know for many, being put into quarantine is a scary thing, but I want to write this article now and another […]

The greatest rivalry in soccer history is coming to an end

Rivalries are a great way to understand sports. Whether they are team rivalries like Celtics vs. Lakers, Red Sox vs. Yankees or individual rivalries like Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, Frazier vs. Ali, we love creating these types of narratives to interpret sports. The rivalry that shaped the narrative of the last 15 years in […]

Liebowitz refuses one-year extension on current contract

President Ron Liebowitz will not be accepting a one-year “dead-end” contract proposed by the Board of Trustees six months before the end of his current contract, which is set to expire June 30, according to a statement obtained by The Brandeis Hoot. The statement, released by a public relations firm representing Liebowitz independent of the […]

Coping with COVID-19 cancellations: student-athletes still sidelined

Despite remaining hopeful that competition would return for the 2021 spring semester, student-athletes at Brandeis University have continued to face disappointments regarding their timeline for returning to play. In July 2020, Brandeis Athletics announced a suspension of all intercollegiate varsity athletics through the new year, canceling seasons for fall and winter sports. This semester, not […]

Univ. prof. receives $300,000 to document sacred spaces

The project Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces, a program which supports spiritual missions in secular places in the greater Boston area according to their website, has received a $300 thousand award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), according to a BrandeisNOW article. Through the use of 3D technologies, the project is able to record […]

78 athletes named to UAA All-Academic Team

On March 2, 2021, the University Athletic Association (UAA) announced the student- athletes of the 2020-2021 winter season who would be honored with All-Academic Recognition. According to the press release from the UAA, there were 856 student-athletes from eight universities participating in five men’s and four women’s sports that received this honor. The student-athletes awarded […]

Univ. responds to Atlanta shootings

The university released a statement in response to the deadly shootings at Asian spas in Atlanta, calling March 16 “a new horrifying low,” in an email sent by Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mark Brimhall-Vargas, on March 17. The response follows three shootings in three different locations across Georgia […]

Elias Rosenfeld, DACA recipient, Immigration advocate and Brandeis Alum

Elias Rosenfeld ’20 immigrated to the United States from Caracas, Venezuela at the age of six. According to Rosenfeld, his mother decided to make this move due to the rise in antisemitism in Caracas. “Members of the synagogues were being kidnapped leaving bar mitzvahs or weddings, and swastikas were being drawn on cinema doors,” said […]

Latest TSA event made me very hungry

Last Saturday night was the Taiwanese Student Associtation’s (TSA) Formosa 2021: Tour of Taiwan, an online event that promised to give a virtual tour of the island nation. Having been away from campus for the past year and a half, I was excited to finally go to a cultural club event, though I wondered how […]

‘Black Messiah’ unveils the FBI’s government sanctioned violence

The phrase “Black Messiah” is used only once in Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah,” but its use carries a great significance. The messiah in question is Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) during the late 1960s. He was an activist whose popularity and […]

In memoriam: Andreas Teuber

The Brandeis community, especially within the philosophy community, have recently mourned the loss of the late Professor Andreas Teuber (PHIL), who peacefully passed away at home on Feb. 15, 2021, at the age of 78.  As a professor, he “tried to get each and every one of his students to do philosophy,” Provost Carol Finke […]