Volleyball ends season at UAA Championships

Between Nov. 5 and 6, the Brandeis women’s volleyball team played three games for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. The first game was a quarterfinal game against second-seeded Emory University.  In their first set against Emory, the Judges quickly went down six points to start off the set. After a few attack errors from […]

Kindness Day brings Univ. ‘back together again’

The 2021 Kindness Day Coffee House event was hosted in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Goldfarb Library on Nov 8. The event was the university’s kick-off to their Kindness Day events, according to the Kindness Day events page. The two-hour event hosted eight performances, including five a capella groups with a full crowd.  “Honestly, I […]

Ziva Hassenfeld explores Jewish day school communities

Ziva Hassenfeld (ED), a Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Assistant Professor of Education, has recently explored the factors that have led families to transfer from public schools to Jewish day schools during the pandemic. To this end, she analyzed interviews conducted by Prizmah, the center for Jewish day schools in New York City in an […]

Why Brandeis was the 6th happiest university in 2012

In 2012, Brandeis University was ranked number six  by Unigo for the happiest universities in the United States for the 2012-2013 year. Don’t believe me? I don’t either. Yet, it’s on the university Wikipedia page, and more importantly, a skilled user of the wayback machine can find it on Unigo itself. Naturally, I am not […]

Guest lecturer Akwaeke Emezi speaks at Eleanor Roosevelt lecture series

Akwaeke Emezi is a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. They were this year’s Eleanor Roosevelt speaker series guest. Emezi, writer of “Dear Senthuran” and “The Death of Vivek Oji,” came to speak at Brandeis about their experience as a Black writer, previewed one of their […]

Food is love: going vegan for the planet

Growing up, love tasted like bagels and lox at Uncle John’s apartment in the Bronx, Nai Nai’s homemade sticky rice with pork over stories about her childhood in China and Poppy’s angel hair with white clam sauce after a day at the beach. Food is how we show love, and it’s at the heart of […]

Author writes about Jewish Indian food traditions

Esther David, Jewish Indian author and illustrator, published a post on the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) blog discussing her book “Bene Appetit: The Cuisine of Indian Jews” and her findings while researching the book.  David explained that after fleeing the area that is now Israel, many Jews settled in India. In the mid-1950s and 1960s there […]

Was ‘Eternals’ worth the wait?

[Warning: this article contains spoilers] Last Friday, the newest installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was introduced to the world: “Eternals.” Now you could go to official movie reviewers and get a far more holistic and comprehensive review of the movie but why would you do that when you have us, your friendly neighborhood uninformed […]

In the Senate Nov. 17

The Senate discussed a few reminders, such as spreading the word about Kindness Day events occurring throughout the week and a reminder to purchase the remaining Turkey Shuttle tickets to Logan Airport.  Student Union Vice President, Courtney Thrun  ’22, then brought up how Wireless Brandeis Radio Station (WBRS) recently reached out to the Student Union […]

We are both dreading and anticipating ‘Riverdale’ season six

“Riverdale” has been a questionable show at best since season two. As you can imagine, by season five, “Riverdale” is beyond insane. Somehow, we’ve gone from a small town murder to war, an endless slew of serial killers and, of course, constantly shifting relationship dynamics.    Any semblance of a plot was replaced by singing […]

Men’s soccer finishes season strong

The Brandeis University men’s soccer team traveled to New York to defeat their University Athletic Association rival New York University, 1-0, in the Judges final game of the 2021 season. With the win, the Judges finished their season with a 6-7-3 record, 3-2-2 in the UAA. Following two early shots on goal from Skylah Dias […]

Dean of Students issues COVID-19 policy reminders

Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam, Dean of Students, and Shelby Harris, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Campus Life, sent out an email to students to remind them of the  Brandeis COVID-19 Policies that are enforced on campus.  “As colder weather approaches and we begin spending more time indoors, it is more important than ever that […]

The real Brandeis housing survey

On Monday, Nov. 8 the student body received what I would consider to be one of the least and most important emails we may ever get—a housing survey. My eyes watered at the thought of being able to rip Brandeis a brand new one as I would tear the survey apart and criticize every part […]

The Student Union needs transparency, now.

James Feng ’22, the former Student Union secretary, was impeached from his position on Oct. 27 due to neglect of his responsibilities, according to a previous Hoot article. Feng believed that the other members of the Student Union chose to hold him accountable for his mistakes that he made due to internal political bias. A […]

Unexpected Berlin

Going into Berlin, I was filled with excitement and expectations of a lively city with a grunge vibe renowned all over Europe. Even in America, I heard time and time again that Berlin’s scene was just vibrant, mysterious, interesting and weird; all aspects of a city that I look for and thrive off of. I […]

Washington Post article features commentary from Brandeis Professor of Politics

Brandeis Associate Professor of Politics Jill Greenlee (POL) recently co-authored a Washington Post article titled, “Most Americans want Congress to support child care and elder care, our research finds—even many Republicans.”    The article was written in response to President Joe Biden’s announcement of the latest revision of the “Build Back Better” bill concerning domestic […]

Brandeis women’s soccer wins

Heading into their final three matches of the season, the Brandeis women’s soccer team needed a strong showing to improve their chances to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Judges defeated then-no. 18 Emory University 1-0 on Oct. 29 and the University of Rochester 2-1 on Oct. 31 on senior day. The Judges concluded the […]

‘We Couldn’t Become Adults’ is a time capsule worth visiting

I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of movies about middle-aged people reflecting on their pasts before having some huge epiphany about the way they’ve been living their lives. Admittedly, some of them walk that thin line between profound and purposely convoluted—but the Netflix film “We Couldn’t Become Adults” (dir. Yoshihiro Mori) thankfully fits the […]