SciFest XII celebrates undergraduate scientific research

The Brandeis community recently celebrated SciFest, the largest annual poster symposium for undergraduates conducting scientific research. This year marked the 12th annual SciFest and was held at the Shapiro Science Center on Aug. 10. Altogether, there were 104 presenters from a wide range of scientific backgrounds. Student presenters described their experience conducting research and presenting […]

10 Pieces of advice for incoming first-years

Hello, Brandeis class of 2027! At this moment, you are probably feeling some strange combination of excitement, anticipation, anxiety, dread and uncertainty. At least, I was this time last year. If you are particularly anxious (like I was) you may have fallen down an internet rabbit hole of college advice. In my experience, a lot […]

COMPACT works with FCAS to open Fall Fellowship Program

As part of the Vic ’63 and Bobbi Samuels ’63 Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformation (COMPACT), undergraduate and graduate students are now able to apply to the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism’s fellowship program (FCAS). According to an email sent to Waltham Group members by Francesca Panorese, the Department of Student Engagement’s Program Specialist […]

Why should I write for The Brandeis Hoot?

If you’re reading this article, you may have picked up a copy of The Hoot on a walk around campus. Maybe you found a copy in the Campus Center, maybe you found one in the Shlounge or maybe you grabbed a copy when you were grabbing food from Upper Usdan.   Wherever you may have […]

Was it Smart to extend Brown?

As the 2022-23 NBA season came to an end in June, we were all expecting trades to be imminent. However, from a Celtics fan’s perspective, I am betting many of us were not expecting what unfolded once the trading commenced.    Two of our most prominent players were faced with career-altering contract changes. On the […]

The 2023 MLB trade deadline: Was there drama?

Considering the stakes of professional sports trade deadlines, I feel that the Major League Baseball (MLB) Trade Deadline is often the most emotional of all. Not only is there a significant amount of money involved, but strong connections are also at stake. Professional baseball is unique in the sense that every team plays nearly every […]

‘Mutant Mayhem’ makes waves in the TMNT franchise

Before we delve into this new movie, I’d like to preface this article by stating that I stand with the Writers Guild of America strike! Writers are the reason why movies such as this one are filled with life, love, and wonder! And they, in conjunction with the animators, voice actors and everyone else behind […]

Let’s review all the books I read this summer

Ah, summer, the time when we attempt to catch up on all the reading we didn’t manage to do during the school year. I began this article as a way of keeping myself accountable for my summer reading, so think of this as a book diary of sorts. I ended up reading more than I […]

BookTalk: the book vs. the movie

If you’ve turned on your TV this summer, you’ve probably noticed a few new releases that everyone’s been talking about. What you might not know is that a good number of them started out as books—but are they worth reading? We’ll be going through some of the summer’s most anticipated romance releases, answering the age […]

Report on November bus crash reveals new details; new transportation service announced

CONTENT WARNING: The following article contains details about the bus crash that occurred in November. Reader discretion is advised. On Brandeis Public Safety’s website, a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that contains details surrounding the November bus crash is now available. It can be found on Brandeis Public Safety’s website or […]

‘Barbie’ causes tears of laughter and slight sorrow

The Barbie doll was invented in 1959. Since then, generations of children have played with the dolls. They have been an expression of their imaginations and have taught young girls that they can be anything they want. From doctor to astronaut to mermaid and everything in between. Some people may have come to see Barbie […]

2023 NFL season preview (from a Patriots fan’s perspective)

With the 2023-24 National Football League (NFL) season on the horizon, it is shaping up to be another exciting year. With many of the veteran quarterbacks retired by this point, it is essentially a young quarterback’s game now.    To be honest, this article could take up the entire Sports Section this week. I will […]

FIFA Women’s World Cup check-in

By the time you are reading this article, the winners of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup (FWWC) will have been crowned. Based on the current standings, Spain and England are set to face each other in the Finals on Sunday, August 20.    This Women’s World Cup has played out vastly differently than it […]

The Ups and Downs of Finding an Internship

Remember when summer was all about freedom? You could spend your days doing whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, because no one expected anything from you. Summer is not that simple anymore. In college, you can not just turn off your brain and relax at a summer camp. Now, summer is all about internships and […]

Minecraft multiplayer servers struggle with excess money supply and inflation

As a middle schooler, I often played on Minecraft multiplayer servers. The sandbox video game offered almost infinite ways to play, but I would almost always spend my time in multiplayer Skyblock servers. Skyblock is a gamemode offered by many Minecraft servers. In it, a player starts on a small floating island over a void […]

Global Thrift: a Waltham staple

Having just passed its 27th anniversary in July, Global Thrift is a Waltham establishment located along Moody Street. The thrift store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. most Mondays through Saturdays, and Brandeis students frequently spend their afternoons wandering up and down the different aisles. In an interview with The Brandeis Hoot, Global Thrift […]

Some like it hot

July 3 was the hottest day in our planet’s recorded history. Oh wait, sorry, let me start over. July 4 was the hottest day in our planet’s recorded history. Nope, that’s still not quite right. I’ll try one more time. July 5 was the hottest day in our planet’s recorded history.   That first statement, […]