In the Senate 3/1

An Asian American and Pacific Islander minor is coming to Brandeis, according to Director of Academic Affairs Jacob Diaz ’20. The Club Support Committee voted to give the club “Period” another probationary period. They will still have meetings and funding but are not a fully established club, according to Senator Joseph Coles ’22. Co-Chair for […]

Rose Art Museum acquires significant art

The Rose Art Museum received 50 works from collector Stephen Salny, according to a press release sent to The Hoot on Feb. 28.  The gift has pieces from Ellsworth Kelly, Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Sonia Delaunay, Helen Frankenthaler, Damien Hirst, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Richard Serra and Frank Stella, according to […]

Brandeis first US univ. to endorse drugged drink testing devices

UPDATED: 3/10 6:30 p.m. Brandeis University is the first university in the United States to officially endorse and fund the distribution of SipChips, small single-use devices that test if a drink has been contaminated with date rape drugs, according to Ricki Levitus ’20. The chips work by applying a drop of liquid to the test […]

Students protest univ. investments in fossil fuel companies

Members of the community gathered in the rain to protest the university’s investments in fossil fuels on Feb. 13 at the Peace Circle outside of Usdan. The protest, organized by Brandeis Climate Justice (BCJ), heard from professors and representatives from student groups including Dissenters and Sunrise Waltham.  “It is unacceptable that we are still profiting […]

Community members offer admin. feedback on Brandeis climate initiatives

Community members gathered to discuss climate change and Brandeis’ role in a forum hosted by the President’s Task Force on Campus Sustainability on Monday in the International Lounge.  The discussion focused on the questions: “What should be Brandeis’ role and responsibility in the face of the climate crisis?” “What is within Brandeis’ power to do […]

In the Senate 2/2

Three candidates ran for Senate representative to the Allocations Board (A-Board), with newly-elected Racial Minority Senator Jasmyne Jean-Remy ’22 winning the spot. The Senate voted to clarify the quorum. “For the purposes of the Senate, quorum will be defined as more than 50% of the voting body present,” reads the amendment. “If there are less […]

Cause of water leak found

The cause of the water leak that was detected near Usdan, the library and Pearlman Hall was found on Tuesday, Vice President of Campus Operations Lois Stanley told The Hoot in an email. Stanley said that no more construction will take place. “The repair that took place on Tuesday—placement of a large clamp over the […]

Student’s family treats coronavirus, trapped in Wuhan

Vee Zhu ’22, whose parents work at a military hospital in Wuhan, China, and have been treating patients infected with the 2019-novel Coronavirus, (2019-nCOv), said that she and other students from China have supported each other since they found out that Wuhan was on lockdown. “I have friends who also come from China and Wuhan, […]

PARC implements two new online features

The Brandeis Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center (PARC) implemented a new feature on its website that allows users to message with an advocate during noon-5 p.m. office hours on weekdays. All conversations that are held with advocates in the chat are confidential, according to the group’s website. Another new feature allows users to make an […]

Community packages meals for MLK Day

Dozens of students and members of the community packaged meals for food pantries and congregations that serve the homeless community, and participated in social justice discussions with members of the Brandeis and Waltham community on Monday in Levin Ballroom and Usdan as a part of the 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Day of […]

Provost Lynch steps down

Provost Lisa Lynch is stepping down from her positions as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, according to an email from President Ron Liebowitz sent to faculty, staff and students on Tuesday evening.  Liebowitz said that Lynch will be taking a sabbatical leave and will resume her work as a scholar of labor […]

In the Senate 1/19

UPDATED: 1/30 10:55 p.m. Jake Rong ’21 stepped down from his position as the Senator to the Class of 2021 at the Senate meeting. “I hope to stay involved in the Union and the projects that many of you have started to see come to fruition,” he said. According to Rong, he “has not made […]

Mitch Albom ’79 talks about his new memoir

Best-selling author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Mitch Albom ’79, said that his life was transformed by the child that he raised, Chika Jeune, in a book talk for his new book, “Finding Chika,” on Thursday in Spingold Theater. Jeune, who was born three days before the 2010 Haiti earthquake and faced many familial hardships, was […]

Brandeis first American univ. to prohibit caste discrimination

President Ron Liebowitz announced on Dec. 17 that Brandeis now expressly prohibits discrimination based on caste, making it the first American university to do so, according to a WGHB article.  Caste discrimination will be included in Brandeis’ non-discrimination policy “just as discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or […]

Professor arrested after protesting coal plant, charges dropped

Professor Sabine von Mering (GRALL/ENVS/WGS) was one of 12 people arrested in Ayer, MA for blocking a freight train delivering coal to a New Hampshire power plant on Dec. 8. The charges against von Mering and the other protesters were dropped “based on the facts and circumstances,” a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s […]

Stein menu updated, RFP sent out

The Stein menu is being redesigned for this semester and will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as more allergen labeling, according to the Chair of Dining Committee and Senator-at-Large Nancy Zhai ’22. Zhai said that this semester, the Senate Dining Committee’s focus has been on four main pillars: dietary representation, extensive outreach, […]

Branda team works on fulfilling students’ needs

The Branda app is being updated to meet the unique needs of the student body, including addressing accessibility concerns, according to the app’s development team, who gave a community update on Nov. 22. Sam Stern ’20, who co-founded the app in 2018 with Benjamin Segal ’20, said that Branda has many potential sources of revenue […]

In the Senate 11/24

The Racial Minority Senator special election will be held on Dec. 10, according to Student Union secretary Taylor Fu ’21. The candidates running are Sampada Pokharel ’23, Kurtis Lee ’22 and Ishaan Khurana ’23.  Executive Board has been working on attendance, according to Vice President Kendal Chapman ’22. President Simran Tatuskar ’21 is making a […]

Giving Tuesday donations nearly double, President debunks rumors

The university raised $865,000 from 2,559 gifts this Tuesday, a 60.2 percent increase in gifts and 97.4 percent increase in donation amount from last year’s $438,000 from 1,597 gifts, President Ron Liebowitz told The Brandeis Hoot in an interview. “They [the Giving Tuesday committee] engaged and involved the alumni board leadership,” Liebowitz told The Hoot. […]