Men’s tennis falls, women’s tennis wins twice

Since the last publication of The Hoot, the Judges men’s tennis team has played and lost against Skidmore, while the women’s team played against Wesleyan, Springfield and Trinity, losing at Wesleyan and winning 9-0 against the other two. On March 23, the men’s team played against Skidmore in Saratoga Springs, NY. Doubles started out well […]

Brandeis baseball team on five-game losing streak

Since last publication, the Brandeis baseball team has played five games against Wheaton, Lasell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Nichols. The Judges have lost all five games. On March 22, the Judges traveled to Norton, MA to play against Wheaton. Pitcher Mark Maestri (GRAD) had an amazing performance, allowing just five hits throughout eight innings, […]

‘Dune: Part 2’ review: Let’s Dune it 2 it

Warning: contains slight spoilers for “Dune: Part 2.” Yep, you probably saw this coming. “Dune: Part 2” is sheer genius. What more can I say? After Denis Villeneuve’s phenomenal success adapting the first half of Frank Herbert’s novel to the big screen, it was basically a given that he would direct an equally impressive sequel. […]

Men’s and women’s tennis suffer disappointing start to spring season

Since the last publication of The Hoot, the Brandeis men’s tennis team faced off against Bryant, Bentley, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Caltech and Redlands, tying against Bentley and falling to everyone else. The women’s tennis team beat Whittier and Caltech, but fell to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.    On Feb. 3, Brandeis faced […]

Board of Trustees discuss important issues affecting Brandeis

On Feb. 21st, Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz sent an email to Brandeis students, faculty and staff to report on the events of the most recent Board of Trustees meetings. These meetings took place virtually on Jan. 29 and 30, although some board committees had been meeting earlier throughout the month of Janurary. In the email, […]

Reviewing and ranking all of Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ novels

(Warning: contains minor spoilers for the “Dune” novels) I will admit, I was very, very late to the “Dune” hype. I had never seen the 2021 movie until this Thanksgiving break, thinking that it was overhyped; way too complicated and incomprehensible for anyone except the most obsessive of sci-fi nerds. However, as soon as I […]

‘Napoleon’ review: There’s nothing Ridley Scott can do

Napoleon Bonaparte was not short, as many people think he was today. He was actually about average height for his time—if not taller. The perception that he was short comes from a sustained British propaganda campaign, which portrayed the emperor as a raving, childish brat, screaming about the British or wearing drastically ill-fitting bicorne hats. […]

Brandeis researchers explore solutions for spatial disorientation of astronauts

On Nov. 10, 2023, Vivekanand Pandey Vimal, GSAS PhD’17, a research scientist at Brandeis University’s Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab, published an article in the explanatory journalism outlet “The Conversation” detailing his team’s work on countermeasures for spatial disorientation in spacefight.    In the field of aeronautics, spatial disorientation is a deadly threat. Between 1993 […]

Ranking the architects who designed Brandeis

Have you ever wandered around campus and thought to yourself, “Man, this building is so ugly! Who designed it?!”  I have been pondering this question for far longer than any sane person should, as this semester I am taking a wonderful class in Modern Architecture (please check FA-80A out! Prof. Güvenç is amazing!) As I […]

Why is Brandeis on a hill? (and other weird facts about campus)

As I was walking down the Rabb Steps this Monday, my foot stumbled, and I narrowly managed to balance myself before I fell down all three flights of stairs (and possibly broke all of my bones/died). This catastrophic near miss made me wonder, why does our school have to be on a hill?  Surely if […]

Don’t forget: We have a literal castle on campus

When I was on a tour of Brandeis for the first time, we were told something along the lines of “Brandeis isn’t like other universities because we have a castle!” How Usen Castle helps set us apart remains unclear, however, considering that it remains largely abandoned. Usen Castle, or at least what’s left of it, […]

‘Indiana Jones and the Dial Of Destiny’ review: destined to disappoint

(WARNING! Contains spoilers for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”) When I was watching “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” there was one moment, near the start of the film, which really stood out to me. Indy (Harrison Ford), in a crowded and hostile bar, pulls out his trusty whip. We see the […]