Effective Altruism speaks on doing good

On Sunday, Nov. 21, Brandeis Effective Altruism and the Philosophy Undergraduate Department Representatives brought in a speaker, Kaleem Ahmid, to speak to Brandeis students on the topic of effective altruism (EA).    Ahmid began by giving the audience five potential ways of increasing the amount of children that go to school, asking the audience to […]

The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Performs at Slosberg Music Center

The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra performed Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 the week before Thanksgiving break for their final fall semester concert at the Slosberg Recital Hall. The entire program consisted of a pre-concert lecture by Katie Ball ’22 contextualizing the symphony and the four-movement piece itself.  Ball’s pre-concert lecture integrated an […]

It’s the mintiest season of the year

There is a special place in hell for the person who decided that peppermint is only a seasonal flavor. I want to enjoy my peppermint lattes, peppermint candy, peppermint hot chocolate and basically all things peppermint all year long. But alas that would be too good to be true, so instead, I binge on all […]

‘Hellbound’ bound to either hate or hope for humanity

Whether you’re religious or not, you probably at least understand the concept of Hell, and you probably know the general rule that bad people are supposed to wind up there. Or at least, that’s what you might think. “Hellbound” delves into this exact concept, and in the span of just six episodes, this new Netflix […]

Differences in higher level education between France and the U.S.

Navigating the higher education system in France has been a significant part of my study abroad experience and one that has given me an insightful perspective on the French students’ relation with education. Coming from Brandeis University, I can say I was immersed in a pretty standard Northeastern Liberal Arts college culture. One that focuses […]

Dining Petition circulates to support union dining workers

A petition has been circulating around campus, aiming to support dining workers. At the time of writing, the petition has gained 444 concerned students signatures. The petition was shared with the public in late November and was spread virtually.  According to the petition, there are four main goals that they are trying to achieve. Firstly, […]

A reflection on the semester

We have had quite a semester, both in good and bad ways.  First, on the good. As the editorial board of The Hoot, we are very happy to be writing this in our cozy room. We are grateful that we are able to do the things we love in person. It warms our hearts to […]

A running back wins MVP?

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the National Football League (NFL) is like other sports. In many cases, the MVP is obvious. The 2020 season was the most recent example. Quarterback Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens had a season that easily made him the MVP that year. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Jackson led his […]

Library Workers Union protest for ‘fair contract’

A rally of concerned community members took place on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 12 p.m. in front of the Bernstein-Marcus building, the area near the Office of the President and other administrators to support library workers. University library workers held a strike in order to push for a change in their contract.   According to […]

Organic farming the US and Germany

At the event entitled, “CGES Online: Good Food for All—Towards Sustainable Food Systems in Germany and the US,” Friedhelm Von Mering and Ed Stockman discussed organic farming in Germany and the US. Friedhelm Von Mering is a political liaison manager at Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW), also known as the German Association of Organic Farmers, Food […]

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences discusses doctoral program reform

Brandeis’ Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) recently published an article concerning updates to doctoral programs at Brandeis. According to their website, this article was the first of a series of newsletters to be published in order to fully outline the efforts underway towards various career pathways.    The article addresses the discrepancy between […]


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Univ. in-person commencement resumes

The university announced that the Class of 2022 will be having a live and in-person on-campus commencement, according to an email sent to community members by university president Ron Liebowitz on Nov. 22. This will be the first in-person commencement since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  “We can’t wait to celebrate with our graduates and their […]

Brandeis swimming & diving competes twice

On Saturday, Nov. 27 the Judges competed against the United States Coast Guard Academy, with both teams losing, 185-93 for women and 185-97 for men. The Judges did win first place in two individual events.  Ema Rennie ’23 was the only winner on the women’s side, winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.18, […]

Harpoon’s Dunkin’ is surprisingly good

Although this is the third year that Harpoon and Dunkin’ have teamed up to give fans holiday flavors, this is the first year that both of us are over 21 so of course we had to review these. These come in packs of 12 and include three of each of the four flavors: the classic […]

‘Army of Thieves’ stole my time

The very existence of this movie feels like a joke. In a wasteland of endless remakes, spin offs, prequels and sequels, I cannot conceive of a better apotheosis of pointlessness than a film recounting the backstory of a safe cracker from “Army of the Dead,” a movie everyone thought was okay, and nobody still talks […]

Univ. announces finalist for Diversity Officer

The university has announced three candidates as the finalists for the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion position, according to an email sent out on Nov. 23 by Carol Fierke, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The current Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity […]

Past Schusterman Center director lectures on updates to Israeli law

David Ellenson, a past director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, broke down the changing thoughts on who is considered “a Jew” by the state of Israel. On Thursday, Dec. 2, in a Zoom event titled “Who is a Convert? The Law […]

In the Senate, Nov. 21

The student union saw three clubs for charters, recognitions and de-charters. The three clubs were Period Activists at ‘Deis (PAD), Brandeis Undergraduate Consulting Club and Quant Club Chartering.  PAD—a club promoting menstrual justice according to their constitution—was seen for a constitution change that was passed. The change was to the media and outreach chair position. […]