What does playing a sport at a D3 school feel like?

If you have ever watched any trending Netflix shows about American college life it may not be new to you how big sports can be in a person’s college life. In these shows, there is always a football player who never shows up to class and never studies for his exams. Then there’s that kid […]

The art of ghosting

“Hey, how’s your week going?” “Do you want to go get brunch this weekend?” The two texts above were sent three days ago, but they were always on “read” and you never received anything back from the other side. You remembered it was a great date that you had been on, but the person just […]

The newest trending fitness on campus could be pole dancing

What is your first impression when you hear the phrase “pole dancing?” No matter if you chuckle or start to get excited, do not get overwhelmed by it. Pole dancing is a full-body fitness that requires the participant’s overall strength and flexibility. Parker Skutt ’25 and Sarah Shiffman ’25 are thinking about bringing this seemingly […]

The curation behind the Peter Sacks exhibition at the Rose Art Museum

The Rose Art Museum is one of the hidden gems on campus. Founded in 1961, it has attracted visitors all over the campus and from the greater Boston area for more than 50 years with free admission. This August, the Rose newly installed the exhibition “Peter Sacks: Resistance,” which is a series of portraits by […]

The hardest jump in history was landed at Skate America

The 2022-2023 figure skating season officially began last weekend with Skate America which took place in Norwood, Massachusetts, as the first station in the Grand Prix of Figure Skating.  As the season right after the Winter Olympics, this season did not seem interesting to figure skating fans: the greatest-of-all-time Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) announced his retirement […]

Why do so many Asians hate cinnamon?

You know it’s that time of the year when the fall weather turns cold. No matter if it is a drink or a home supply, or if you walk into a Starbucks or Bath & Body Works, you will definitely notice a seasonal limited edition flavor: pumpkin spice.  I was fooled by the warm orange […]

Why are Americans so obsessed with boba?

I went to a Mid-Autumn Festival event that was hosted by some Asian cultural clubs this semester. Their flyers were all around campus, saying there would be games, moon cakes and boba provided. I came in 15 minutes after the event started, and I realized the boba was already gone. Most people who came did […]

The future of journalism: Interview with Prof. Adriana Lacy

This is Professor Adriana Lacy’s first semester teaching in the journalism program at Brandeis. Besides teaching at Brandeis, she is also the Digital and Audience Engagement Editor for Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation. Before coming to Brandeis, she worked for the New York Times, Axios and the Los Angeles Times, and taught at the Annenberg School […]

Secrets revealed behind Brandeis Chungles, the unofficial univ. meme account

@brandeis.chungles has been the go-to meme account for hundreds of Brandesians. As an anonymous meme account that posts Brandeis-specific jokes, it has gained 553 followers with 70 posts at the time of publication. To reveal the secrets behind the daily memes, The Brandeis Hoot spoke with Brandeis Chungles in an exclusive interview.   Why did […]

Behind Fresh Check Day, the first mental health awareness promotion fair at Brandeis

On Sept. 9, the Univ. had its first Fresh Check Day in history, which was a mental health promotion and suicide prevention fair that contained 10 booths, including support from multiple departments and student organizations, peer education, free food and giveaways. More than 17 departments including the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion and Department […]

Behind the failure of Storage Squad’s box delivery to Skyline

The move-in experience for Skyline residents who used Storage Squad this year has not been ideal, according to student interviews with The Brandeis Hoot. Storage Squad is an outside company that has partnered with Brandeis for the past few years and is in charge of moving students’ boxes out of and into their dorms at […]

Student Union elections

The Student Union is currently hosting its fall elections; there are 24 open positions for the Senate, three Judiciary seats available and two Allocations Board seats open. Voting will be held on Sept. 14.    For this round of elections, students could run for the Class of 2026 Senator position, Class of 2025 Senator Position […]

Brandeis in Siena: The good and bad

I was part of the Brandeis in Siena program in the past summer, in which I took classes on Tuscan art history and oil painting in Italy. As one of the Brandeis-led summer study abroad programs that was highly advertised by the study abroad office, it deserved the good words spoken and written about it, […]

Univ. surge of COVID-19 cases and campus policy updates

Since the university announced its easing of COVID-19 policy on March 3, there has been a significant surge of cases. This is shown in the most recent cases report according to the Brandeis COVID-19 dashboard: from the past week of March 20, there have been 133 positive cases out of 4,026 individuals who got tested.  […]

A review: the new dining hall vendors who may be replacing Sodexo

As the contract of Sodexo will expire by the end of this semester, five dining hall vendors—including Sodexo itself who planned to renew their contract—took turns to present the Brandeis Community food samples in the past week. I had a chance to taste three of the five vendors last week, by which I will give […]

NBC’s biased commentary harms the fair mission of the Beijing Olympics

The long-expected Beijing Winter Olympics officially opened on Feb. 4th. I was sitting with excitement in front of my computer, using my just-purchased NBC membership, and waiting for the start of the Opening Ceremony. It was supposed to be a spectacular ceremony with well-designed artistry and expression of global unity, however the NBC commentator disrupted […]

The first two weeks of grab-and-go: what to eat? where to eat?

Due to the university’s protocol towards COVID-19 prevention, along with all the classes being online, both Sherman and Usdan closed their dining areas and became grab-and-go only in the first two weeks of school. This untraditional college dining experience concerns both the returning students and the incoming midyears who just had their first exposure to […]