All things end, new things begin

I’ve been procrastinating writing this piece. You see, when I first joined The Brandeis Hoot I remember being told about the legacy that is senior ops. It’s a tradition that our little paper established for itself where, at the end of the academic year, each senior writes a piece reflecting on their time here at […]

The final ‘Tommy Time’

It’s funny. I am confronted with the final article of my Brandeis Hoot career. A time and place I thought at one point would never come, yet also a time and place, in some moments, I could not wait for. Beginning my time at Brandeis I was sure that senior year would never come. That […]

Rat meets world

It took me a while to feel at home at The Hoot, and at Brandeis in general. There was something so vague and disorienting about freshman year, and when we got sent home in March 2020 I felt like I was just starting to get the hang of everyone’s names and positions on the editorial […]

Brandeis is a place to grow out of

The past few weeks at work I’ve had many tables ask me if I go to Brandeis. I guess I radiate some sort of strange energy that tells people that I definitely do not go to Bentley and also that I do not belong in the service industry long-term. I hope this is because of […]

The baseball article is how long?

Too long. I admit that I have spent a ridiculous amount of my time at Brandeis University writing long baseball articles that no one understands. But I do not think that took anything away from my experience.    When I was looking at schools to visit in Massachusetts, my mom suggested that I come visit […]

Softball concludes UAA season by clinching second place in conference

This past week, the softball team wrapped up their University Athletic Association (UAA) games for the season with four games against Washington University (WashU). The Judges won three of the four games in their meeting with the WashU Bears which earned the softball team second place in the UAA after a successful 13-7 record for […]

Brandeis’ housing process failures

In an email sent to students on April 26, Brandeis Vice President of Student Affairs Andrea Dine gave an update on the housing process. She notes “that housing selection can be fraught under the best of circumstances, particularly at campuses that can not guarantee housing to all undergraduates,” adding that she is “aiming to provide […]

The peculiarity of undergrad

In a recent conversation with a beloved professor of mine, I asked “Why are you answering emails at 11 p.m.? What are you, an undergraduate?” Now mostly I was being cheeky at the fact that my very-much-past-undergraduate-aged professor was answering emails way past times ordinary laborers consider ‘working hours’; yet I think that, beneath the […]

CinderBeth, or Cinderella MacBeth

Upon a time in a land faraway,  Within the great green plains of old Scotland, There outside town a creaky mansion lay, The penned sheep bleated and the postal donkey brayed.  Once with a lovely father now quite dead, Upon the hearth lay our lady CinderBeth.  Slept among ashes instead of a bed, Plotted and […]

What is the worst candy ever created?

This week’s ranking will be even more controversial than normal. I am going to rank 50 candies. The problem with candies is that there are so many of them and there are so many versions of them. There are probably 10+ versions of M&Ms that I could have ranked. In this case, I mixed up […]

An Interview with Ghaith Al-Omari and David Makovsky

During their recent visit to Brandeis’ campus, The Brandeis Hoot spoke with the Washington Institute’s Ghaith Al-Omari and David Makovsky. The pair spoke about their backgrounds, the importance of communication and the potential for a two-state solution in the Palestine-Israeli conflict.    In the interview, Makovsky does note that himself and Al-Omari are not from […]

PARC holds annual Take Back the Night event

On April 20, Brandeis’ Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center (PARC) held its annual Take Back the Night event. In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the U.S., PARC held this event for those who have experienced sexual violence on campus and around the world. Take Back the Night also collaborates with the Brandeis Sociology […]

Boolean gemini

I tend to read before I go to bed, until the clock hits an hour so unreasonable that I won’t dare to put it down in writing, and I dog ear the page I’m on before slamming my head into my pillow. This time I set aside for reading has led me through some thoroughly […]

Tennis goes to Florida

As the end of class approaches on campus, the men’s and women’s tennis teams end their seasons in Florida playing in the University Athletic Association (UAA) tournament. At the event, play ends in each head-to-head match after one team reaches five wins.   The two teams left the tournament with almost the exact same scores. […]

Judges’ track team competes at UAAs

This past weekend, on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, the Brandeis Judges’ men’s and women’s track team traveled to the University of Chicago to compete in the 2023 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships. The competition on April 22 was a qualifying round, where some athletes could progress to the finals which took place […]

‘Bake Off’: Enter the bakeverse

We (or at least I) all know and love “The Great British Bake Off.” But, in “Bake Off’s” time off the air, you might be craving equally soothing, low stakes television that involves lovely people and sugary substances. This leads me to my next point: the existence of a whole world of “Bake Off” spin-offs. […]

Things found on the ground: A sophomore year collection

There are bits and pieces all over the ground. They are left behind in a moment. They pockmark sidewalks and university campuses, stubbornly determined to stay put. Throughout my sophomore year (fall 2022, spring 2023), I have documented some of my many things found on the grounds of Brandeis University’s campus and the immediate surrounding […]

BookTok worth it or not: The final review

I’m not going to lie, it is pretty hard for me to admit this is the end of my column. What started as a way for me to cope with my feelings by reading more has turned into one of my greatest joys of the week. It has been great to be able to call […]

Distribution of menstrual products on campus

Period Activists at ’Deis (PAD) led an initiative this year through funding from the Student Union to bring menstrual products to facilities across campus, free of charge to community members. The group was denied funding from the administration after requesting funding to continue the program for the next academic year has been denied, according to […]

GSAS 70th anniversary features keynote speaker Dorothee Kern

Brandeis celebrated the 70th anniversary for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) this week, bringing together current graduate students, alumni, faculty and administrators. This year’s speaker was Dorothee Kern, who is a Professor of Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Beyond her responsibilities leading her research group at Brandeis, Kern also […]