Heller School faculty analyze Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student debt plan

Professor Thomas Shapiro (HS) and Senior Research Associate at The Heller School Laura Sullivan contributed to an analysis of Massachusetts Senator and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s recent plan to eliminate most student debt and make public colleges tuition-free. Warren’s plan proposes to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for households that […]

An Ode to The Hoot: What I learned in the BMC

Four years later. Here I am, a senior approaching the end. I have spent eight semesters at Brandeis, which means apparently now I have accumulated some sort of wisdom to share. What invaluable lessons have I learned walking up and down Rabb steps for 1,460 days? I can’t tell you that, but I can tell […]

Dr. Leanne Day to teach four AAPI Studies courses in 2019-2020 academic year

Dr. Leanne Day (WGS/GRALL), the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Studies, has been officially hired as one of the faculty members who will spearhead the Asian American Pacific Islander Studies minor at Brandeis. Day sees her role in the new AAPI program largely as a support for incoming faculty member […]

The Hague abroad program will have final run this summer

After a 10-year run, the Brandeis in The Hague summer study abroad program will have its last session this summer. The program is no longer able to function as one that “meets Brandeis’s standards” after this summer, said Associate Dean of Study Abroad J. Scott Van Der Meid in an email to The Brandeis Hoot. […]

Online platform instituted to help unprepared graduate students

Last summer, Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management implemented a pilot version of an online platform that is meant to help incoming graduate students feel better prepared to participate in their programs when they arrive to start the semester. The program came as a response to feedback received in January 2017 from many […]

CEEF proposals selected to receive funding

The CEEF Board has announced the four projects they have selected to receive funding for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Community Enhancement and Emergency Fund (CEEF) is managed by the Student Union. It consists of $250,000 total, $150,000 of which is put towards campus emergencies, while the other $100,000 is allocated towards student projects that […]

MKTYP celebrates its 50th anniversary

The Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Started in 1968, the program is “the oldest continuous program of its kind in the country,” according to the program’s website. The MKTYP is one of the ways in which students can be admitted to the Brandeis undergraduate program. The program […]

Student Union fall elections garner impressive voter turnout

UPDATED 9/14 3:30 PM The Student Union held their fall elections yesterday, giving students 24 hours—from 12 a.m. on Wednesday to 12 a.m. on Thursday—to vote. The ballots were sent out by email for students to vote electronically, but students could also vote (earning a treat as an incentive) at new voting booths in the […]

Brandeis hosts 74th Composers Conference

Brandeis University has become the new home for the annual Composers Conference, a two-week long program in which musicians and composers of all ages come together to study, compose and perform. Brandeis was chosen to host the 74th season of the conference this year, from July 29 to Aug. 12. Brandeis will also host the […]

Liebowitz urges Trump to maintain DACA

President Ron Liebowitz emailed a statement Tuesday denouncing President Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA. “This news is very upsetting, undermines the academic endeavors of our own students, and is contrary to our basic values,” Liebowitz said. DACA, since its implementation in June 2012, has protected […]

Waltham Group Recruitment Night inspires students to better their community

Over 100 students came to Waltham Group Recruitment Night on Wednesday to learn about and sign up for community service opportunities. Founded in 1966, Waltham Group is an umbrella community service organization that contains 18 different volunteer programs. The programs vary widely, ranging from volunteering with the elderly, working with kids at after-school programs, tutoring, […]

McMahon, Rickey leave positions, univ. searches for replacements

Brandeis is seeking new employees at the Office of Prevention Services (OPS) and Rape Crisis Center (RCC) after both Sheila McMahon, the director of Sexual Assault Services and Prevention, and Julia Rickey, the Survivor Advocate and Education Specialist, left Brandeis over the summer. With McMahon and Rickey gone, the OPS and the RCC fall under […]

Brandeis receives $50 million gift for student scholarships

More Brandeis students will now be able to receive financial aid, thanks to a $50 million donation from the estate of Chicago philanthropists Rosaline Cohn and her daughter Marcia, the largest single gift Brandeis has ever received. The Cohns requested that their donation, which the university received in June, be added to the already established […]

Demonstration against sexual violence removed

A demonstration against sexual violence on campus was removed sometime after 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, according to members of Brandeis Students Against Sexual Assault (B.SASV). The group created two displays for Admitted Students Day. The first was a set of flags depicting statistics about sexual assault on the Brandeis campus. These flags lined […]

Visiting speaker offers conservative viewpoint

Conservative author, filmmaker and speaker Dinesh D’Souza spoke about the Democratic Party and its abandonment of liberal values to a packed Schwartz auditorium on Tuesday, April 25. The event was sponsored by Young America’s Foundation. D’Souza was named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by The New York Times Magazine, according to the Brandeis […]

Take Back the Night march braves the storm

A crowd of about 50 students participated in the Take Back the Night march on Thursday evening, April 6. Take Back the Night is an annual event that is meant to raise awareness about sexual violence, empower one another and show solidarity with, or as, survivors of sexual assault, as Gaby Sandor ’19 said in […]

$90,000 in C.E.E.F. funds allocated to student initiatives

C.E.E.F. grant proposal winners were chosen by the Student Union C.E.E.F. committee this week. C.E.E.F., or the Community Enhancement and Emergency Fund, is a source of funding that provides emergency funding for students, as well as allocates money for student-led initiatives, according to the Student Union website. C.E.E.F. contains $250,000 total and is divided into […]

BLM Symposium brings Khalil Gibran Muhammad to campus

Harvard Kennedy School Prof. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D., gave the keynote speech about black criminality and systemic racism at the Black Lives Matter: Local Movements, Global Futures symposium on Thursday, March 23. Hosted by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, the symposium is a two-day event composed of student-led teach-ins, panels, forums, presentations and […]

Brandeis Faculty Forward continues collective bargaining

Brandeis Faculty Forward, Brandeis’ non-tenure track faculty organizing committee that is part of a nationwide campaign, has made advances in bargaining with the administration since their formation in December 2015 and their opening presentation to administration in late May. Brandeis Faculty Forward, which is part of SEIU 509 (the Service Employees International Union, Local 509), […]

Univs should lead renewable energy transition

Institutions of higher learning like Brandeis are the perfect candidates for making the complete transition to renewable energy, Rachel Gerber ’19, campus coordinator for Environment of Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, told students at an informational event on Wednesday, March 15. “We’re here today to stress the urgent need for rapid transition to renewable energy […]