Lost and found activities during COVID-19

Last weekend, I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and for the first time in a very long time, felt as if I had physical proof that things can eventually slowly return back to “normal,” whatever this new normal is. Due to this, I decided to take some time to reflect on the […]

Top fast food picks of the year

In case you couldn’t tell from all of our food reviews, we love fast food. Most of the food we eat is cooked at home, but the occasional fast food treat? Sign us up! Well, as a nice conclusion to this fast-food full year, we thought that the best way to conclude it would be […]

Advice on reading books at Brandeis University

I’m an English major at the end of his rope. After years of reading books and writing essays, the startling prospect of having to actually make something of myself beyond the loving sphere of the university glimmers out of the darkness ahead. A part of me already writhes in terror. Perhaps there will be no […]

Vaccination required for all students in fall 2021

All students coming or returning to campus in fall 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized vaccine, according to an email sent to the Brandeis community by Provost and Executive President for Academic Affairs Carol Fierke, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Stew Uretsky and […]

Univ. discusses timeline for hiring new Chief of Public Safety

The university’s search committee for a new Chief of Public Safety is looking for a candidate who will be involved in reimagining what public safety is on campus, according to the job description posted for the position. Lois Stanley, Vice President for Campus Planning and Operations, spoke to The Brandeis Hoot about recent efforts in […]

Raising awareness for the farmers’ protests in India

On March 26, Professor Avinash Singh (HIST/IGS/SAS) gave a talk on the farmers’ protests in India to raise awareness of the ongoing issue. He explained that India has had many farmers’ protests, and the majority of farmers who protest are from Punjab and are Sikh. The protests date back to the British rule over India. […]

Brandeis’s first, but hopefully not last, Craft Market

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away so much, art has persevered. The many various people—both buyers and sellers—at the Craft Market prove just that. The Craft Market was one of the many events that made up this year’s Festival of the Arts. It took place on both the afternoon of Tuesday, April 27 and […]

Springfest 2021 was like a virtual mosh pit, minus the sweat

Charli XCX always puts on a stellar show, even from the comfort of her living room. As the headliner for this year’s Springfest, Charli utilized all the elements available to her, from lighting to camera work to choreography.  This year, Springfest was completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) brought […]

‘The Lathe of Heaven:’ the pinnacle of pandemic entertainment

The COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on many things in our lives as we have had to learn how to reinvent the way we interact, learn and live in a world separated by at least six feet. One casualty of the pandemic was live theater. I have seen many shows this past year of varying […]

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:’ what it really means to be Captain America

The MCU/Disney+ hit series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has just concluded its six-episode season, and its six hour-long episodes covered and packed more of a punch than almost anything that the MCU has ever released, mostly for its nuance in discussing issues of race and American history. These themes are most explicitly demonstrated […]

The Oscars make history but misses the beat

Perhaps as a result of the pandemic or maybe as a result of a larger issue of the place film has in the modern age, the Oscars was not a hit this year with the general public. Ratings were lower than ever and everything felt, to say the least, “off.” In an age where we […]

Student writer spotlight: Cyrenity Augustin ’24

When I became an Arts Editor at The Brandeis Hoot last year, I set myself a couple of goals to enrich the section. Chief among these was to actually get student art into the newspaper. We cover theater and gallery events when the resources are available, of course, but our direct engagement with student artists […]