Waltham Public Library: the coolest place on Main Street

         There is nothing like stepping into a room and seeing books, wall to wall. Better yet, there is nothing like seeing a room filled with books that you can take home to read—at any time. The Waltham Public Library (WPL) is one of these special places. Located on Main Street, practically just down the road […]

Brandeis National Committee will honor journalist Judy Woodruff at 75th anniversary

At Brandeis’ 75th Anniversary celebration, broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will be honored with the Brandeis National Committee’s (BNC) Abram L. Sachar Award, named in honor of Brandeis’s founding president. The BNC, which has existed since the school started in 1948, provides support for the university through fundraising and events. Awarded annually since its establishment in […]

What to know about the Real Federación Española de Fútbol drama

Though Spain’s national soccer team came away as the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup (FWWC) Champions, their victory was not nearly as sweet as they had hoped.    Leading up to the 2023 FWWC, significant drama had already plagued Spain’s team. However, the drama only continued to snowball even after they secured the World Cup […]

Hoot Recommends: study spots

Welcome to Hoot Recommends! In this series, members of The Hoot’s editorial board talk about their favorite or least favorite things on campus and in life. In this edition, we’ll be talking about our favorite study spots on campus!   Cyrenity I had often heard that working in your room wasn’t a great idea, and […]

Let’s review all the books I read this summer (part 2)

Welcome back to part two of my fun little book diary! By this point in the summer I had started a Shakespeare program, which means I had to read a lot of Shakespeare books. I’m quite proud of how many novels I managed to slip in between. This will conclude my summer reading reviews, and […]

Musings on the LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a test the majority of prospective law school students must take in order to apply for law school. As a prospective law student myself, it has overtaken my life since September of 2022. One full year of obsessive studying, practice tests and close following of the pre-law subreddit […]

Brandeis wraps up orientation week with VolunteerFest

VolunteerFest at Brandeis occurs each semester where students can learn about the different service and leadership opportunities that Brandeis has to offer. VolunteerFest is an opportunity for new and existing students to learn about the various service-oriented organizations on campus to get involved in.    In the past, VolunteerFest has been held in either the […]

“You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah” exceeded my low expectations

“You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah” (YASNITMBM) is a Netflix Original from Happy Madison Productions starring Adam Sandler and his entire family. This spiritual sequel to “Uncut Gems” (not really, but a girl can dream) outlines the many dramas and difficulties that can occur during a middle school girl’s bat mitzvah year. […]

A day at the US Open

Have you ever wanted to go to an amusement park, but it is centered around tennis matches? Well, that is the best way to describe my experience of going to the first day of the US Open. It was a day full of chaos, but it was the good kind of chaos. I have been […]

Coffee cakes should have coffee in them: marketing coffee adjacency

 Coffee tables do not come with coffee when you buy them from IKEA. The concept of a coffee table is that it is a table that is the ideal kind of table to put a cup of coffee down on. However, the presence of coffee is not required. It is a table. Similarly, coffee cakes […]

Phi Beta Kappa speech

Editor’s Note: This speech was delivered by Prof. David Katz at the Phi Beta Kappa commencement ceremony earlier this year. Ron DeSantis … those are words that can stop a Phi Beta Kappa commencement speech dead in its tracks … but I digress. Ron DeSantis was asked in a British television interview recently where he […]

BookTalk: We’ll always have summer

Welcome back to campus! Are you sick of school yet? If you’re missing spending afternoons at the pool or lounging at the beach with a good read, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got some book recommendations that will make you feel as if you’re on an island in the middle of nowhere and […]

Athletic Director Lauren Haynie promoted to AVP of Health, Wellness and Career

Two weeks ago, Vice President of Student Affairs Andrea Dine announced that Athletic Director (A.D.) Lauren Haynie has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Health, Wellness and Career here at Brandeis University.    Lauren Haynie served as the University’s 12th athletic director. Haynie has an impressive resume that is chock-full of notable experience within […]

Reader’s Report: ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Hi there! My name is Ani and this is Reader’s Report, where I review a book that I’ve read recently and explain exactly how I feel about it to you lovely people. I was inspired to continue these book reviews from the previous articles featured on the Hoot called “BookTok: Worth it or Not?” and […]

Professor Sabine von Mering discusses the impact of the climate crisis on elderly populations

Brandeis professor Sabine von Mering discusses the need for greater support and attention towards the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to elements of the climate crisis, in a CommonWealth journal article titled, “Nobody should be facing the climate crisis alone.” The article cites statistics demonstrating the rising trend of elderly people living alone and lists […]

Gathering the Magic: The Gathering

About a year ago, over the summer between my freshman year and my sophomore year here at Brandeis, I began playing a tabletop card game called Magic: The Gathering. If you haven’t heard of it I don’t blame you, its name had barely crossed through my life before I began playing that summer.   After […]

Family of bus crash victim files wrongful death lawsuit

CONTENT WARNING: The following article contains details about the bus crash that occurred in November. Reader discretion is advised.   In August, the family of Vanessa Mark filed a wrongful death lawsuit against both Joseph’s Transportation and the bus driver who was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash.   The crash, which […]