Transportation updates following Boston/Cambridge shuttle accident

Brandeis administration is currently in the process of determining future transportation service options for students. These decisions are being informed by a transportation study from early in the summer as well as the ongoing investigation of the Boston/Cambridge shuttle crash.  Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Andrea Dine announced via email that the Boston/Cambridge shuttle […]

Supportive community initiatives follow shuttle accident

Editor’s Note: This article may be emotionally challenging to read as it concerns a recent Boston/Cambridge shuttle crash. While this article’s primary focus is the response of the community, reader discretion is advised.  The Brandeis community experienced a shocking tragedy when the Joseph’s Transportation Boston/Cambridge shuttle carrying 27 students crashed on a routine route down […]

A review of the first seven episodes of ‘Chainsaw Man’

Over the recent holiday, I headed home and spent some time with friends. After catching up on “Blue Lock” (which is fantastic), my friends convinced me that we should watch all of the available episodes of “Chainsaw Man.” I was not disappointed; this show delivers with action-packed combat, beautifully animated scenes of horrific creatures and […]

German and WMGS prof receives ‘Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize’

Professor Sabine von Mering (GER & WMGS)—Director of the Center for German and European Studies—has been awarded the Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize by Deutsches Haus at New York University (NYU). It’s given annually to individuals who help build relationships between German and American culture, politics and academics, according to the prize page. von Mering […]

A cop out at the COP

The 27th annual UN climate summit, or Conference of the Parties (COP), has wrapped up in Egypt. For anyone that’s attuned to the natural world in any capacity, myself included, this event brings (unfounded) hope and a (misguided) belief that substantial change will be made. The results of COP 27 were disappointing, seeing as “Fossil […]

USMNT is going to win the World Cup

The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) soccer team is going to win the 2022 World Cup. I am exaggerating here because I was very surprised to see them make it out of the group stage. Over the past 20 years, the USMNT has not been great. There have been a few great players, such […]

Perspectives from student leaders and community members following shuttle crash

On Nov. 29, in an interview with The Brandeis Hoot, Student Union President Peyton Gillespie ’25 and Student Union Vice President Lia Bergen ’25 spoke about the recent shuttle crash. They spoke on the sense of togetherness that swept the community in the wake of the crash, the administration’s response to the incident and more. […]

America’s faulty educational standards

At many higher education institutions across the country, students complain about how poorly their high schools prepared them for “the real world.” Students lament the lack of financial literacy they learn, the shortage of life skills they receive, and the utter lack of climate change education (more on that in the YOCA column soon). In […]

The grass is always greener on the other side

As we look around local parks, around our homes and even around Brandeis’ campus, the majority of the green we see is made up of grass. But the American ideal of a manicured, uniform law is not as environmentally friendly as it appears upon first glance. It’s green, but it’s not “green.”   For decades, […]

‘Patch-seq’ electrophysiology gaining popularity

A powerful neuroscience technique, patch-seq electrophysiology, is coming “back in vogue.” Christine Grienberger’s (BIOL) lab’s patch-seq work was featured in a Nov. 3 “Nature” technology feature titled “Patch-seq takes neuroscience to a multimodal place.” This powerful neuroscience technique “links patch clamping to single-cell transcriptomics approaches,” and allows scientists to “acquire an electrophysiological readout with patch-clamp […]

Brandeis Leftist Union holds protest to support dining workers

On Nov. 17, the Brandeis Leftist Union (BLU) held an “emergency action to support dining workers,” according to a post on their Instagram. The protest was held because, according to the BLU, dining workers are not being given their vacation time fair and square. The BLU added that if workers want to take their vacations, […]

Brandeis swim and dive travels to WPI and Bentley for meets

On Nov. 4, the Brandeis men’s and women’s swim and dive teams traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for a meet. The men’s team competed against Babson College, The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), while the women’s team competed against Babson College, the USCGA, WPI and Smith College.   […]

BLU holds ‘Red October’ event to discuss the October Revolution

On Nov. 7, the Brandeis Leftist Union (BLU) held an event with the purpose of “looking back to look forward” on the early days and the future of the socialist revolution, according to fliers for the event. According to a post on the BLU’s Instagram, the event was held “to educate community members on the […]

Brandeis women’s basketball goes 2-2 to start the season

The Brandeis women’s basketball team started their season earlier this month, and have a 50% win rate so far. The team has played four games this season, facing off with Bridgewater State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Maine Maritime Academy and Emerson College.   In their first game of the season, the Judges fell to […]

Brandeis Leftist Union holds protest in support of dining workers

Brandeis Leftist Union (BLU) members, students and dining workers gathered in Usdan on Oct. 27 to protest Harvest Table’s unfair treatment of dining workers. The BLU announced that “in response to consistent disrespect and mistreatment from Harvest Table, the Dining Union will be holding another delegation in Usdan this Thursday at 2:45 PM,” via an […]

Turning pessimism into climate action

I recently saw an image from the James Webb Space Telescope of the “Pillars of Creation” in the Eagle Nebula. In addition to having one of the coolest names ever, the Pillars of Creation are unreal, and I believed that they were computer-generated for a moment. They’re very real, though we may not get to […]

Tommy Time

Tom Brady is the greatest football player of all time. After winning six Super Bowls in New England, he (like all old men) went to Florida and won another. His legacy is absolutely undeniable, but what has he given up to keep playing the game he loves?   Brady has changed his personal life substantially […]

Great expectations

Brandeis students do a lot. From research to volunteering to partying, we are a busy student body. My friends and I often talk about the “stereotypical Brandeis student”: president of five clubs, takes six classes and works in seven different research labs. Although this caricature of a Brandeis student may not exist, the temptation to […]

Brandeis ends the use of meal periods

In an email sent to Brandeis students on Tuesday, Oct. 25, Brandeis’ Campus Card Office announced the end of meal periods. “Effective Monday October 31, 2022,” the email reads, “students with a Traditional Meal Plan (10, 12, 15, 19) will no longer be restricted to only one meal per meal period.”    According to an […]