Hoot staff recommends: Midterm music edition

Sasha Skarboviychuk When it comes to studying, the best background noise is silence. But in cases when my roommates or anything else in my surroundings is making noise, I opt for classical music. My big thing with this is that the music I listen to while studying cannot have lyrics; if the song has lyrics […]

Yu-Gi-Oh! 101

We’ve all heard of this classic card game and the hit anime show, but not a lot of people know how to play it, so let me give you the basics. Overview First, you and your opponent have to decide who goes first. You can do this by rock paper scissors, rolling dice or some […]

Gillian Flynn discusses background in journalism

Before Gillian Flynn was a best-selling author best known for “Gone Girl,” she was a journalist, with a focus on reviewing the arts. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, she visited the university to discuss how her background in journalism helped with her fictional writing career, both for her novels and for her television screenplays.  “I don’t […]

Men’s and women’s soccer fall to Case Western during Homecoming

Homecoming weekend took place at Brandeis on Oct. 9 and 10, where both men’s and women’s soccer played against Case Western Reserve University. Both teams suffered a loss, pushing the men’s team to 3-6-2 in the season and 0-1-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), and the women’s team to 5-3-2 in the season and  […]

Board of Trustees re-elects Stephen Berger ’59

Stephen Berger ’59 has been re-elected to the Board of Trustees, according to a BrandeisNOW article. Berger served on the Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2003, according to the article.  Berger will be rejoining under the investment committee, according to the Board of Trustees page. The board is made of nine standing committees. In […]

Test-optional is not far enough, Brandeis should go test-blind

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) are disturbingly evil. They’re statistically invalid tests that favor wealthy students, and they’ve been around for far too long. The standardized tests don’t measure a student’s abilities, they measure their socioeconomic background. Brandeis is currently test-optional, but I believe that Brandeis should go test-blind and […]

Disparities in justice for missing and murdered women

The spectacle of true crime has become a popular topic in recent years, particularly among women that I know. Even I am obsessed with true crime podcasts, documentaries and am excited about the claim that the Zodiac killer has potentially been found. But behind these stories are real people. There is real suffering within each […]

Keeping up with ‘Saturday Night Live’

Live from New York it’s … Kim Kardashian West! On Oct. 9, “Saturday Night Live,” the hit sketch comedy show, was hosted by reality television star, influencer and billionaire Kim Kardashian West. She does not exactly have acting or comedic experience, so wary expectations were the general reaction when her show was first announced. While […]

A conversation with HappyHappy: a DIY musician you should listen to

HappyHappy (she/they), also known as Eve, is an Indiana-based musician who has released eight full-length albums in the last six years and has 5600 monthly listeners on Spotify. She describes herself as “folk punk adjacent,” but notes that none of her recent albums really fall into the same genre. They vary based on what she […]

Why is Brandeis falling apart

Earlier this semester, we discussed how uneventfully it began: it seemed abnormally quiet for Brandeis. Evidently, we spoke too soon. From the plague that was the black mold in Village to the roof issues in Usdan to the lead in the water fountains, the structural issues at Brandeis know no end.    Although all of […]