59 members of Congress need to be impeached

In case you haven’t heard, congresspeople are evil. Their terrible legislative decisions aside, 59 members of Congress have committed insider trading according to 15 U.S. Code § 78u–1. The statute says that if any person buys or sells a “security or security-based swap agreement while in possession of material, nonpublic information,” they have committed insider […]

Interviews with Brandeis University’s academic leadership: the GRALL department

The chair of Brandeis University’s GRALL (German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature) department, Professor Robin Miller, sat down for an interview with The Brandeis Hoot to shed a little light on the GRALL department, its future and herself. This interview is part of a series of interviews with the chairs of a plethora of […]

Brandeis moves from Sodexo to Harvest Table

On April 14, Brandeis announced that we will be transitioning to a new dining vendor. The university will be switching from Sodexo to Harvest Table (A subsidiary of Aramark). As members of the Brandeis community who have been eating Sodexo’s “food” for a year now, we wanted to weigh in on the decision.   Vincent’s […]

In the belly of the Beast: a review of Mr. Beast Burger

Ordered through the BiteU app and delivered by KiwiBot, Mr. Beast Burger has been a huge hit on campus since its introduction. So we decided to try it. Spoiler alert: it’s just ok.   The ordering process Max: Any excitement from Mr. Beast Burger being added to Brandeis’ dining options was quickly extinguished by the […]

An interview with former UCS Chief Climate Scientist Peter Frumhoff

During his recent visit to Brandeis’ campus, former Chief Climate Scientist and Director of Science and Policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists Dr. Peter Frumhoff sat down with The Brandeis Hoot for an interview. He spoke about his work in the field of climate science, what tomorrow’s answer to climate change may be and […]

Per audacia ad astra

The last NASA launch was over a decade ago, in 2011. That mission, known as STS-135, carried four people and the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and a Lightweight Multi-Purpose Carrier, which were then delivered to the International Space Station. NASA has largely unheard of since then, but there’s an innovative new space program that appears to […]

It’s about time!

On Sunday March 13 most Americans resumed daylight saving time (DST), and moved their clocks ahead by one hour. The U.S. will resume standard time in November, when the clocks get pushed back by an hour. Like nearly 75 percent of Americans, I feel that we should do away with the practice of changing our […]

Sodexo’s mobile ordering app is almost as bad as their food

As Brandeis prepares to choose a new dining vendor, I feel myself drawn to reflect on our current vendor, Sodexo. They do many things wrong, but there is perhaps nothing more egregious than their mobile ordering solution: BiteU. This app, which is intended to be a universal remote for ordering on-campus food, is an unwieldy, […]

Interviews with Brandeis University’s academic leadership: the theater arts department

The chair of Brandeis University’s theater arts department, Professor Dmitry Troyanovsky, had an email interview with The Brandeis Hoot to shed a little light on the theater arts department, its future and himself. This interview is part of a series of interviews with the chairs of a plethora of different academic departments and programs at […]

Brandeis students organize ‘Rally to Defend Dining Workers’

On Friday, Feb. 18, dozens of Brandeis students joined dining workers in a protest for the dining workers’ union rights. The protest, organized by the Brandeis Leftist Union (BLU), was held with three demands regarding the treatment of union workers.  “We will not stand for this. Labor issues are student issues, and it is our […]

It’s a long road. Enjoy it.

The three most common words on any college campus: “what’s your major?” It’s a question that everyone that’s ever gone through an undergraduate education has had to answer countless times. Some folks will have a solid answer, and some have even planned out the rest of their college careers course by course. It’s amazing to […]

Interviews with Brandeis University’s academic leadership: the anthropology department

The chair of Brandeis University’s anthropology department, Professor Charles Golden, sat down with The Brandeis Hoot to shed a little light on the anthropology department, its future and himself. This interview is part of a series of interviews with the chairs of a plethora of different academic departments and programs at Brandeis.   Why did […]

The first Nintendo Direct of 2022

Nintendo’s first “Nintendo Direct” of the year took place this week. As usual, this 40-minute broadcast was full of news on what’s coming to the Nintendo Switch. In this article, I’ll give my thoughts on most of what Nintendo revealed on Feb. 9.   Nintendo revealed that “No Man’s Sky” is coming to the Switch. […]

A reflection on two weeks of remote learning

Having attended online classes during my junior and senior years in high school, and now my first year in college, I’ve developed a fair amount of ill will for them. Zoom classes bring with them many difficulties and distractions, and I’ve always found it difficult to adapt to the new challenge of attending school virtually. […]