A chip on your shoulder months

As the singer Katy Perry once sang, “You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no.” It is a safe assumption that she was singing about the shoulder months. The shoulder months are that exciting time of year when we transition from the hot seasons of the summer to the colder seasons of the […]

Hoot Recommends: favorite restaurants

Welcome back to Hoot Recommends! In this article, members of The Hoot editorial board will be sharing their favorite restaurants on Moody Street. Cooper: In a Pickle I know it’s stereotypical, but In a Pickle is great. I’ll never order the giant, heart-attack-waiting-to-happen dishes that can be found on their menu, but I like knowing […]

COVID comeback

If you’re reading this editorial, you probably know or know of at least five people who have gotten COVID-19 since the semester started. For some of you, that may even be a lowball.   Professors, students and university staff have all gotten sick over the first few weeks of the semester, at a pretty alarming […]

Hoot Recommends: dorm essentials

Hello and welcome back to “Hoot Recommends,” where members of The Brandeis Hoot’s editorial board share our thoughts on different topics. This week, members of our board will be sharing the things they have in their dorms or homes that they just can’t live without. Naomi: One of the best investments I made for my […]

Club leader training needs improvement

If you are on an executive board (e-board)—any e-board—of any club, you probably got a wave of emails early in the semester about club leader training. So much club leader training. For those of you who aren’t on e-boards, let us summarize for you: mandatory modules on CampusGroups that took an hour and half to […]

Dining and transportation begin the year with a swing and a miss

As Brandeis students, we all love to complain to each other about the various facilities on and around campus. Oftentimes, this constant annoyance can be overblown, but it admittedly does stem from genuine systematic issues within services that students use day-to-day. And, now that a full week of classes has passed and the new academic […]

Hoot Recommends: study spots

Welcome to Hoot Recommends! In this series, members of The Hoot’s editorial board talk about their favorite or least favorite things on campus and in life. In this edition, we’ll be talking about our favorite study spots on campus!   Cyrenity I had often heard that working in your room wasn’t a great idea, and […]

Explore Waltham and Boston!

School is back in session which means we are all back on the Brandeis campus. As far as campuses go, this one is okay. A little hilly, but manageable. However, you should not spend all of your time just on campus. You should get your work done, but you should also be able to have […]

Welcome to Brandeis, Class of 2027

Hello, Brandeis! Specifically, hello Brandeis first-years! Welcome to Brandeis. We are The Brandeis Hoot, your community newspaper. All of us here want to welcome you to the Brandeis community and to campus. Brandeis, and college in general, can be daunting. It’s a new place with new people, and most students find themselves away from home […]

What is happening to the SCC?

In a disastrous email entitled “SCC review and space allocation,” Brandeis’ Department of Student Engagement (DSE) has kicked numerous clubs out of their spaces in the Shapiro Campus Center (SCC). Unfortunately, as a non-secured club, The Brandeis Hoot was unlucky enough to receive this email. If you’re a club leader, a club member or even […]

Empowering women outside of Women’s History Month

The U.S. recognizes March as Women’s History Month as a way to commemorate the women who have contributed to contemporary society. It is a month to celebrate women’s impact on history and all of their great achievements that may otherwise go unrecognized. This is a month where feminism is alive and well. But as we […]

The blue wave at Brandeis

The landscape of college admissions is rapidly changing and its impacts are far further reaching than most may think at first glance. Before we engage with the topic of how altered admissions processes impact the lives of students on campus, it is crucial to first investigate the evolving nature of the college admissions process. So […]

In the words of Bon Jovi, ‘we’re halfway there’

Well, folks, we’ve made it halfway through the spring 2023 semester. And while right now you may not be rejoicing over this milestone because you’re drowning in midterms, know that we here at The Brandeis Hoot are proud of you. And we know it can be hard to look at the bright side of things […]

Remember we’re here too

This past week, community members returned from break and campus resumed operating at full capacity. But some students were unable to leave campus for the week-long February break, and many were left feeling like the university forgot they were there. Between having minimal dining hours and options and lack of maintenance in corridor-style housing, students […]

Over break, recharge and reconnect

Even though we’re only a month into the spring semester, it feels like we’ve been back on campus for a year already. As we hear whispers of that dreaded affliction—burnout—in the halls of Olin-Sang or among the booths in Upper, it seems as though the February break is coming at the perfect time. So much […]

Hoot Recommends: Tapestry edition

One of the most interesting things about the campus is getting to see other people’s room decorations. You get glimpses into people’s personalities through the way they style their living spaces. A popular decoration for many college students are tapestries, which have a range in style from artistic mountainscapes to Nicki Minaj saluting the American […]

Stay safe out there, Brandeis pedestrians!

With the, let’s say unique, layout of our campus, and the fact that it’s still dark at 5:30 p.m., it’s important for both drivers and pedestrians at Brandeis to remain aware of measures they can take to ensure safety. Loop Road creates many blind spots for cars climbing the hill, such as at the crosswalk […]

Upper: a clash of normalcy and confusion

To many Brandeisians, Upper Usdan appears to have a new and updated look which comes with a new function—countertop ordering. But to many, if not all, seniors this is a return to the Upper we once knew as young and spry first-years. The removal of the kindergarten-style cubbies which prevented students from ordering from the […]

Thank you, Brandeis

In the wake of an unbelievable tragedy, we as an editorial board have never been prouder to be members of the Brandeis community. From the check-ins on the night of Nov. 19 that we all received from friends and classmates to the extremely accommodating response from the university’s administration, this community has been full of […]

Just in time: Break is here

The final push to get to Thanksgiving break is under way with the last full week of classes prior to the holiday wrapping up. But, among ourselves and in conversations with others, we have found a common theme running through the campus—burnout.  The fall semester at Brandeis offers a lot to students when it comes […]