‘Orlando:’ style over substance but in a good way

This past weekend, Brandeis’ Department of Theater Arts premiered its newest production “Orlando,” based on the novel by Virginia Woolf and adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl. Brandeis’ production is carried by an amazing ensemble cast whose already compelling performances are enhanced through creative costumes and a minimalist set design.  The story follows the […]

‘Dirrty’: self-expression or self-contradiction?

In my Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies class, I was asked to analyze a feminist and thought-provoking music video. The reason I picked Christina Aguilera’s music video, “Dirrty” was because of how avant-garde it was. Indeed, it was truly ahead of its time. For those who don’t know, Christina Aguilera is an American Latin songstress […]

A tribute to Marty Wyngaarden Krauss

Former Brandeis university provost Marty Wyngaarden Krauss PhD ’81 passed away on the evening of Jan. 12, according to a news article at the Heller School. Specifically, according to the article, Krauss was able to complete her PhD at the Heller School, and later joined Brandeis faculty in 1984, where she spent the vast majority […]

‘Star Trek Picard’ sets the stage for an incredible new season

It would be an understatement to say that the first season of Paramount+’s “Star Trek Picard” was divisive. Although fans were thrilled to return to the TNG era of the “Star Trek” universe, many found the conclusion of the season-long arc to be disappointing and— I’m sorry, I need to address the elephant in the […]

‘Pirates: the Last Royal Treasure:’ funny, but a bit lost

Every once in a while, you want to watch a silly movie. When I say that there are some films that are silly, I’m talking about films that might have humor, but they might also have a million other little elements that make for a somewhat jarring (although not always unpleasantly so!) watch. The recently-released […]

Dr. Zhang-Wu unpacks research of multilingual international students

Dr. Qianqian Zhang-Wu—Assistant Professor of English and Director of Multilingual Writing at Northeastern University—has found that international students face a lot more challenges than just a vocabulary barrier. In “Languaging Myths and Realities: Journeys of Chinese International Students”—a virtual talk at Brandeis on Wednesday, March 6—she explained that cultural differences also play a large role […]

The 94th Oscars: what will win and what should win?

It is that time of year again! Oscar season is once again upon us. On March 27, 2022, the 94th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre and will air on ABC. All of Hollywood comes together to honor the best in film from 2021. Nominees came out on February 8, and that […]

Rules for the club

To my travel enthusiasts I regret to inform you that the pause in travel stories has continued one more week. I promise that next week I will inform you as to how my weekend in London went but as for right now there is something more pressing on my mind—etiquette in a club or bar. […]

The forgotten indigenous roots of hockey

While the roots of ice hockey have been debated by historians over the years, many North American First Nation tribes played a version of the ice hockey we know today. Ice hockey was first observed by Europeans being played by Mi’kmaq (or Micmac) people in Nova Scotia, Canada in the late 1600s. It was called […]

UAA and ITA recognizes Brandeis tennis

Adam Tzeng ’22 of the men’s team and Bhakti Parwani ’25 of the women’s team achieved University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week. The award recognized Tzeng’s dominant week, losing a total of six games, and Parwani’s showings against Bentley and Colby this past week, getting the Judges their sole singles win in their […]

Tom Brady go away

“You finished right?”, said soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo to quarterback Tom Brady. Brady proceeded to respond with a face of uncertainty before the video ended.    On Feb. 1, Brady announced his retirement from football after 22 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). This was huge news because Brady in his 22nd season was […]

Brandeis does housing right

It is everyone’s favorite time of the year: housing selection season. The time where everyone is wondering whether they will end up living a blissful life in Ridgewood or stuck in the swamps of East. We also know that we here at The Hoot are quite critical of the university, so we wanted to acknowledge […]

Senate log 3/13

The Brandeis Chess club, also referred to as Deis Chess, was successfully chartered during last Sunday’s senate meeting. The representatives of the club that attended the meeting were the two co-presidents, Zared Cohen ’25 and Marcus Sutton ’25, who shared a presentation explaining the workings of the club.  The club will harbor a community of […]

COVID-19 updates: increase in close contacts

The university saw a surge in close contact numbers during the week of March 6, this surge came the week after the university announced the relaxing of its masking policy on campus. Shelby Harris, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Campus Life and Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam, Dean of Students, wrote to students regarding the […]

Mesoud Awol ’23 nominated as finalist for Truman Scholarship

Out of 790 applicants, Mesoud Awol ’23 was nominated to be one of the 189 finalists to be considered for the Truman Scholarship, according to a BrandeisNOW article. The Truman Scholarship is a scholarship of $30,000 for any undergraduate student across the nation with a specific interest in public service, according to the BrandeisNOW article. […]

Magill places sixth, earns All-America honor

Erin Magill ’22 competed in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in North Carolina. Magill finished with a time of 16:54.62, finishing in under 17 minutes for the first time in her career. Her fastest lap of the race was finished in 36 seconds. She was off the […]

PAX and SJSP minors discontinued in Fall 2022 semester

The university will be discontinuing the Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence (PAX) Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP) minors starting in the Fall 2022 semester, according to an email obtained by The Hoot.  “Two social justice minors have been killed,” wrote Professor Gordon Fellman (SOC/ WGS), Program Chair of the PAX minor, in an […]

3D-Printed Smithsonian exhibit honors Deborah Berebichez ‘96

Brandeis alum Deborah Berebichez ’96 is being honored for her work as an ambassador for women in STEM fields and in her prominent role in science media through a new Smithsonian exhibit called #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit. The exhibit will be installed at the National Mall and features 120 life-size, 3D-printed statues of female STEM […]