Why pollinators matter and how Brandeis’ use of herbicides affects them

When most people think of pollination, they picture bees and flowers. They may be aware that pollination is necessary for the growth of plants, but what exactly is pollination and why is it so important? Technically speaking, it is the transfer of pollen from the male anther to the female stigma of a flower. For […]

Prof.’s book covered in New York Times column

A New York Times article titled “Joe Klein Explains How the History of Four Centuries Ago Still Shapes American Culture and Politics” highlights that the divide between two groups in a nation is by no means a new phenomenon. Klein cites David Hackett Fischer’s (HIST) book, “Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America,” about the […]

‘No Time to Die’ leaves you shaken, but sadly not stirred

Among the many movie franchises that have strung about through cinematic history, the James Bond series has always stood out for its self-contained identity. For decades, each film had been a stand alone feature, with the only throughline being James Bond and his pit crew at MI6. Even when James got married in 1969, Tracy […]

Burger King’s ghost pepper nuggets: a spicy disappointment

For a limited time only you can get the “ghost pepper” nuggets at Burger King (right in time for Halloween). According to the Burger King website, the nuggets are “made with white meat chicken kicked up with fiery ghost pepper, our Ghost Pepper Chicken Nuggets are the perfect balance between flavor and heat.” The nuggets […]

Usdan closure of Hoot Market, Lower Usdan and game room

 Signs were posted outside of Usdan Student Center on Monday, Oct. 11, saying that the Lower Usdan Dining Hall, the Hoot Market and the game room would be closed for the day, according to photos obtained by The Brandeis Hoot.  “Please be advised that Usdan Dining Hall and a section of the Hoot Market are […]

What makes the Red Sox dangerous?

Going into the final week of the Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season, the Boston Red Sox were fighting for a Wild Card spot. This was a team that was very far ahead in first place of their division before a swift collapse following the All-Star break. The collapse could be attributed to how at […]

Student ensembles will resume in-person concerts this semester

In-person music is returning to Brandeis, according to the Brandeis Concert Series page. Every student ensemble in the music department will be performing in Slosberg Music Center, including the Brandeis Chamber Singers, University Chorus, Brandeis Wind Ensemble, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble, Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, Fafali: Music and Dance from Ghana, Brandeis Improv Collective and […]

Alumni return for Homecoming

On Saturday, Oct. 9, many Brandeis alumni returned to campus to celebrate Homecoming. This year, the annual celebration of Homecoming featured both men and women’s soccer competing against Case Western Reserve University, along with two volleyball matches, according to an email sent out by the athletics department. In addition to the sports games, the event […]

Honorary degree nominations form open

The university announced the opening of the 2022 Honorary Degree Nomination Form,  according to an email sent by President Ron Liebowitz to community members on Oct. 12. Community members can now fill out the form to nominate individuals who they believe should receive the award, according to the email.  “Today, I write to invite you […]

‘Homegrown Sprouts:’ the homegrown, refreshing album to reflect on your past year

Released by Brandeis University’s very own April Ginns ’21 and Maya Kattler-Gold ’21 (vocals), Gavin McIsaac ’20 (guitar, keys, synth), Chami Lamelas ’22  (guitar) and Sam Stern ’20 (drums), the album “Homegrown Sprouts” is composed of hopeful songs that mesh well with the overall mood of 2021 thus far. This album features an impressive range […]

Marvel’s ‘What If’: a refreshing take on Marvel stories

The newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) takes the characters we know from the films outside of the MCU and into the Marvel cinematic multiverse. Each episode of this series takes place in a different universe, where one alternate event leads to an entirely different outcome for that universe. The series also offers […]

Healthcare as a right

Healthcare in America remains a contested debate across the aisle; a combination of private and public health insurance companies work towards ensuring access to healthcare to be unaffordable and highly strenuous yet there still is the perverse notion that the state ought not to carry the financial burden of providing coverage. While a portion of […]

Chadra Pittman highlights mistreatment of Indigenous and African peoples

Chadra Pittman explained the long history of dehumanization of Indigenous and African people, and warned that the battle for justice is still not yet won. In her virtual presentation—titled ​​ “‘I, Too, Am America:’ Stolen Land, Stolen People and the Forced Migrations of the Native and the African”—she dove into the different ways Black, Indigenous […]

Women’s volleyball Oct. 9

The Brandeis University women’s volleyball team competed against two of the top regional teams at Brandeis’ Annual Homecoming celebration. While Auerbach Arena was filled with enthusiastic family members, friends and alumni, the women were unable to defeat #22-ranked Babson in their first game of the day; and, unfortunately, Brandeis fell short in their second game […]


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Brandeis women’s volleyball are on a cold streak

The Brandeis volleyball team played three matches this past week, losing to New York University 3-1 (19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25) and Washington University 3-1 (26-28, 17-25, 25-22, 13-25) on Sunday. The Judges then welcomed UMass-Boston on Tuesday, losing 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-22). The Judges’ record is now 5-12 and 0-5 in University Athletic Association (UAA) […]

In the Senate Oct. 10

The procedure for impeachment of senate members was amended to the bylaws during the Senate Meeting by Chair of the Rules Committee, Joseph Coles ’22. Coles mentioned that he realized that according to the constitution, the procedures for impeachment are supposed to be stated in the bylaws but were not.  Coles wrote up the process […]

Brandeis celebrate the 49th annual Rosenstiel award

The 49th annual Rosenstiel award honored the pioneering work of David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian concerning temperature, touch and pain sensation in a recent webinar. The ceremony featured congratulatory remarks from President Ron Liebowitz, Professor of Biology James Haber (BIOL) and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry Chris Miller (BCHM).  The timing of this Rosenstiel award ceremony […]

‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ is rather unremarkable

Stephanie Perkins was one of my favorite young adult romance authors growing up, so I was incredibly disappointed when she switched to the horror genre. I’ve never been a fan of horror, but because I loved Perkins, I decided to give the book a chance. When I read “There’s Someone Inside Your House,” I was […]

Prof. creates AI technology to amplify voices of students of color

Brandeis professor James Pustejovsky (COSI/LING) is currently working on a software titled the Diana program, which is an artificial intelligence (AI) program meant to aid teachers in seeing which students are engaged during class. According to the article, “TeachFX and Diana have a common goal of making sure the voices of all students are heard […]