Brandeis to close music PhD program

Brandeis plans to put its two music PhD programs (Musicology and Composition and Theory) on “hiatus” beginning this semester with plans to permanently close the programs.   According to information obtained by The Boston Globe, Provost Carol Fierke and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) sent a letter to Music Department […]

Brandeis Women’s XC and T&F go through coaching turnover

At the end of last season, Brandeis women’s track and field lost their assistant distance coach, Andrew Merdith, who informed the team that he would be quitting after his first year with the team. Calli Morvay ’26, a member of both the women’s cross country and track and field teams, added that a few weeks […]

Brandeis welcomes the class of 2027

In an email sent to Brandeis students, faculty and staff on Aug. 29, President Ron Liebowitz welcomed everyone back to campus for the coming year. He mentioned that, as we begin Brandeis’ 75th year, he is “very much looking forward to the start of classes later this week, as we begin another semester of teaching […]

Brandeis provides updates to students as fall semester begins

In an email sent to Brandeis students on Aug. 30, Vice President for Student Affairs Andrea Dine provided updates on changes to campus that occurred over the summer, housing and the university’s 75th anniversary.   Vice President Dine mentioned that several updates occurred “in and adjacent to Student Affairs’ spaces.” These changes included a “refreshed” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Brandeis professor named Pew Scholar

Chrstine Grienberger (BIOL) was recently selected as a Pew Scholar for her work in Biomedical Sciences. This honor came as part of the Pew Scholars Program, an organization that provides financial support to “early-career, junior faculty whose scientific research offers promise to the advancement of human health.” As part of this honor, Prof. Grienberger will […]

Winners named for 25th Gabbay Award

On July 9, Scientists Craig Crews and Raymond Deshaies were named the winners of the 25th Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award. Crews and Deshaies were awarded the prize for their work against cancer and other diseases, specifically for the development of PROTACs. PROTACs (PROteolysis-TArgeting Chimeras) are small molecule compounds that “redirect the cellular machinery responsible […]

Village Fitness Center overhaul is complete; changes to Gosman weight room coming soon

Over the summer, the renovations that were planned for the Village Fitness Center were completed. The Hoot spoke with Mo Re Kim ’24, a personal trainer for the University, about the recently completed changes. Kim mentioned that all cardiovascular endurance training equipment was replaced, citing treadmills, rowing machines and ellipticals specifically. Kim added that strength […]

Brandeis’ housing process failures

In an email sent to students on April 26, Brandeis Vice President of Student Affairs Andrea Dine gave an update on the housing process. She notes “that housing selection can be fraught under the best of circumstances, particularly at campuses that can not guarantee housing to all undergraduates,” adding that she is “aiming to provide […]

An Interview with Ghaith Al-Omari and David Makovsky

During their recent visit to Brandeis’ campus, The Brandeis Hoot spoke with the Washington Institute’s Ghaith Al-Omari and David Makovsky. The pair spoke about their backgrounds, the importance of communication and the potential for a two-state solution in the Palestine-Israeli conflict.    In the interview, Makovsky does note that himself and Al-Omari are not from […]

Boolean gemini

I tend to read before I go to bed, until the clock hits an hour so unreasonable that I won’t dare to put it down in writing, and I dog ear the page I’m on before slamming my head into my pillow. This time I set aside for reading has led me through some thoroughly […]

Judges’ track team competes at UAAs

This past weekend, on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, the Brandeis Judges’ men’s and women’s track team traveled to the University of Chicago to compete in the 2023 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships. The competition on April 22 was a qualifying round, where some athletes could progress to the finals which took place […]

Distribution of menstrual products on campus

Period Activists at ’Deis (PAD) led an initiative this year through funding from the Student Union to bring menstrual products to facilities across campus, free of charge to community members. The group was denied funding from the administration after requesting funding to continue the program for the next academic year has been denied, according to […]

Univ. hosts annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

The university held its annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts over the week of April 21 to April 30. The theme of this year’s festival was “Make Art to Make Change” featuring events that celebrate the creativity of the Brandeis community along with special guest artists. “The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative […]

Brandeisian reflections: a graduating senior and a rising junior

One of the, perhaps silliest but, most storied traditions here at The Hoot is the Editorial Board’s practice of tracing our lineages. Not our actual lineages with 23andme or Ancestry.com but rather who our “Hoot Parents” and “Hoot Grandparents” are. In writing this article Thomas Pickering ’23, current editor-in-chief, and Cooper Gottfried ’25, current opinions […]

An interview with the incoming Student Union President and Vice President

Recently, Brandeis’ Student Union has gone through a new round of elections in preparation for the 2023-24 academic year. On April 26, The Brandeis Hoot spoke with Noah Risley ’24, the new Student Union President, and Erica Hwang ’25, the new Student Union Vice President about their plans for their time in office, why they […]

Hannah Peters named senior vice president of institutional advancement

In an email sent to the Brandeis community by university president Ron Liebowitz, it was announced that Hannah Peters—previously interim senior vice president of institutional advancement—would take the position of senior vice president of institutional advancement.   Liebowitz described Peters as “a knowledgeable, versatile and experienced advancement professional.” As the email also states, Peters was […]