Brandeis CGES professor discusses new book

On Oct. 11 WPTV out of West Palm Beach featured Brandeis professor Sabine von Mering (CGES) in an article discussing her newly co-edited book with University of Haifa Ph.D. student Monika Hübscher, entitled “Antisemitism on Social Media.” The book, published in March 2022, addresses how social media has increased the dissemination of antisemitism across numerous […]

Biden’s pardon gives some hope for expungement

Last week President Biden issued a proclamation granting pardons to those imprisoned for marijuana possession under federal law or in D.C. In his statement, President Biden urged the states to follow suit, a unique turn in the nearly 50-year-long American war on drugs. But, despite Biden’s call to action, states will continue to prosecute individuals […]

It’s 2022, tipping is compulsory

If you don’t tip 20% every time you go out to a restaurant, you can’t be my friend. After working in restaurants for a year and a half now, it’s surprising how many people don’t know that servers don’t make a normal wage—there’s a normal minimum and a tipped minimum wage. In Massachusetts, tipped minimum […]

Student Union fall 2022 election results announced

On Sept. 16, Student Union secretary Ashna Kelkar ’24 announced the results of the recent election to the Brandeis community via email.    Voting opened on Sept. 14 at midnight and closed 24 hours later at 11:59 p.m., explained the voting email sent by Kelkar.    Overall, 583 students voted in the election, with the […]

GSC Open House: ‘Out at the Fair’

On Thursday, Sept. 15 the Brandeis Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) hosted its annual Open House event, this year titled “Out at the Fair.” Over 50 students gathered inside the GSC Office in Usdan and outside on the grass to experience the county fair-themed event by eating snacks, petting service animals and learning about the […]

Brandeis University listed on Mapping Project website

University president Ron Liebowitz sent an email to the Brandeis community discussing the Boston area group known as the Mapping Project, according to an email sent on June 14. The Mapping Project is an initiative that looks at organizations and institutions in the greater Massachusetts area and their connection to the colonization of Palestine, according […]

‘Beatopia’: a no skip album for the fall

On July 15, the artist beabadoobee released her fifth album “Beatopia.” Beabadoobee is known for her catchy bedroom pop and TikTok-worthy tunes, but “Beatopia” shows a slight venture into different styles of music for Bea, while still maintaining the light and airy vocals listeners love. The album consists of 14 songs; one of which, “10:36,” […]

Brandeis University 2022 Annual Security Report published on Wednesday

The Brandeis Chief of Public Safety shared the Brandeis University 2022 Annual Security Report on Sept. 7 in an email to community members. The publication and collection of the data in the report is required by federal statutory law, which was recently amended in 2020.  Brandeis Public Safety writes in the publication that they “maintain […]

Re:wild Brandeis organizes reservoir cleanup

Re:wild Brandeis, formerly known as Herbicide-Free Brandeis, met on campus and ventured to the nearby water reservoir to pick up trash, on Saturday, Sept. 3. The cleanup began around 1 p.m. and lasted approximately two hours.  In an interview with The Brandeis Hoot, a representative of Re:wild Brandeis explained that there were 11 people 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 student and faculty pair receive 2022 Gilliam Fellowship

  In July, Brandeis Ph.D. student Natasha Baas-Thomas and her thesis adviser, Donald Katz, were awarded the 2022 Gilliam Fellowship. The fellowship, which was created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2004 to honor the late James H. Gilliam Jr, is awarded to students who are leaders in the scientific community and are “persons […]

Money: and never having enough of it

I’ve been a server for over a year now—with a few breaks in between jobs for school purposes. This job isn’t my favorite thing, of course, I mean, who dreams of fake smiling and relying on the generosity of others to be able to live comfortably? The pay isn’t always good, but when it’s good […]

Honorary degree recipient nomination opened

On Monday, Aug. 29 President Ron Liebowitz sent an email to the Brandeis community calling for nominations for 2023 Brandeis honorary degree recipients. President Liebowtiz stated that the “joyous time” of Brandeis Commencement “provides the university with the opportunity to recognize … individuals who embody the Brandeis spirit through their leadership…” in numerous areas.    […]

The case for abolishing cash bail in Massachusetts

Despite priding itself as one of the most progressive states in the U.S. when it comes to criminal justice reform, Massachusetts continues to utilize the practice of cash bail. On the state’s webpage on the bail process, state officials characterize bail as not a “form of punishment” but a “way of helping ensure that a […]

‘The Boys’ is the superhero political satire that I never knew I needed

Like most of the world, I love superheroes. Superhero movies, television shows and entire franchises have millions of adoring fans waiting for the next part of the story to unfold. What makes superheroes so enticing is they are almost always a character to root for; their power isn’t terrifying to the public but comforting. Superheroes […]

‘Heartstopper’ is the feel-good LGBT coming of age show we needed

Based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Alice Oseman, “Heartstopper” very literally stopped the hearts of viewers when it was released on Netflix on April 22. The British TV show follows the lives of queer high school students as they come into their own, recognize their identities and grow as individuals […]

Thoughts on over-achievement and expectations

I constantly put way too much pressure on myself and somehow, despite always being overwhelmed and anxious, the fact that I complete everything I throw at myself means I will never learn. This might just be a me thing, but it’s something I have grappled with a lot at Brandeis since most people put up […]

‘Inviting In:’ a ball celebrating diverse queer identities on campus

On Saturday April 2, students from various groups on campus hosted the second ever queer drag ball at Brandeis University entitled “Inviting In: A Ball Celebrating Pride.” The ball was a follow up to a similar event, “Drag Me to the Stein,” which occurred in October.    The event was hosted in the lobby of […]

Brandeis Relay for Life: raising funds and healing together

On Sat. March 26 at 5 p.m., student organizers hosted Relay For Life of Brandeis University, a fundraising event put on as an extension of the American Cancer Society to raise money for cancer research. Brandeis Relay For Life is run by a group of students with a passion for cancer awareness who have been […]