Adjunct profs. deserve better

This week, I wrote a feature article on Prof. Jillian Powers (AMST), a lecturer who was not asked to renew her one-year contract. In talking to Powers about her experience, I was horrified to learn about the way that the university exploits her labor and the labor of many other adjunct professors at this school. […]

Prof. Powers rejects univ. exploitation

“I’m in an abusive relationship with my employer.” When Professor Jillian Powers (AMST) says something like this, it’s hard to believe that she enjoys teaching at Brandeis. Yet it’s true, and it’s why she is so disappointed to have to leave. Powers came to Brandeis in 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow. After spending two years […]

UTC votes yes on schedule changes

The Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC) recently passed a vote to only offer two mainstage shows per semester for the 2016-2017 school year. Mainstage shows are the major shows for each individual club within the UTC, performed in the SCC Theater.   The UTC is made up of performing groups Brandeis Ensemble Theater (BET), Brandeis Players, […]

Senior tears: Turning in your ‘athlete’ card

As a second semester senior editor on The Brandeis Hoot, I get to write an opinion piece at the end of the year reflecting on my time at the newspaper and how it has helped me to grow as a person. This is not that piece, yet. However, it is me using the paper to […]

Brandeis welcomes Midyear Class of 2019

On Jan. 8, Brandeis’ Midyear Class of 2019 moved into their rooms in the Village to begin their first-year orientation. Midyear Orientation takes place in the days leading up to the first day of classes for the spring semester. Due to classes starting on a Wednesday, Midyear Orientation took place over five days this year […]

Spingold Theater celebrates 50 years of student performance

50 years ago, in June 1965, Brandeis’ Spingold Theater was opened in dedication to Nate B. and Frances Spingold. Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Stacey Winkler ’98 wrote an article on the theater, found on the theater’s website, celebrating its 50 years. “The development of the Spingold Theater Arts Center was a fitting […]

Brandeis alum nominated for Emmy for ‘Last Week Tonight’

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is the Sunday-night sensation that began airing in April of 2014. The show is surprising audiences around the country with its comedic investigative journalism, and one lucky Brandeisian is along for the ride. Josh Gondelman ’07 started working for the show last February and has now been nominated for […]

The Decemberists release well-made album

Last week, The Decemberists released their newest album, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.” It is the band’s first full-length album since 2011 when “The King is Dead” was released. The new album came out on Tuesday, Jan. 20, and immediately found success. Within “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World,” The […]

'Serial' podcast mystifies and hooks listeners

This past October, a new podcast “Serial” was released and immediately became a hit. “Serial” is a spin-off of WBEZ’s “This American Life,” which has been on air since 1995. The podcast is released weekly on Thursdays, and is a non-fiction account of one woman’s attempt to uncover the details of a murder that happened […]

Playwriting club debuts

At the core of theatre (and life) is storytelling.” So says Ayelet Schrek ’17, one of the founders of the new club BARD—Brandeis Association of Rising Dramatists. Schrek came up with the idea for the club last year with friend Sarah Duffet ’17. The name for the club came in part from their desire to […]

‘Spring Awakening’ combines musical talent with dark reality

This weekend, Typanium Euphorium presents “Spring Awakening.” Directed by Rachel Liff ’16, the musical premiered on Thursday night in the SCC Theater. The play opened as Sarah Steiker ’17, playing Wendla Bergmann, walked on stage toward a chair. She put on a short dress and began to sing. Immediately, the discipline and determination of the […]

The Decemberists get better in ‘Make You Better’

This week, The Decemberists released their first new single in almost four years. “Make You Better” is the first track to be released off of their upcoming album, to be titled “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.” The album is set to be released mid-January 2015. For long-time Decemberists fans, “Make You Better” […]

‘Angels in America’ impresses with bold commitment

On Thursday night, Oct. 23, Brandeis Players presented the opening night of “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches.” Directed by Sarah Waldron ’17, “Angels in America” was made of a surprisingly young ensemble cast: All of the actors were sophomores or first-years. The main cast was made up of two couples— one gay and […]

YouTube artist defies all odds

Orla Gartland was 13 years old when she posted her first video on YouTube, after only about a year of being able to play the guitar. Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, Gartland first learned how to play the violin and fiddle, but it wasn’t until she was 12 that she got into the guitar. At […]

Duggan celebrates passion for comedy

With the fall semester in full swing, seniors all around campus are settling in for their last year as undergraduates before they head off into the real world. Some, however, have decided to embark on that journey a bit earlier than usual, by graduating a semester early and packing up this December. Emily Duggan ’14 […]

Founder of Office of Arts directs ‘Far From Heaven’

Scott Edminston, founder and former director of the Brandeis Office of Arts, has found a new home at Northeastern University. Edminston is now the first professor of the practice and chair of the theater department at the Boston school. The move took place after 11 years at Brandeis. However, some parts of Edminston’s career have […]

Brandeis alum’s video goes viral

On Sept. 8, Paul Gale Comedy uploaded the video “Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong” to YouTube. In the four days after, the video received over 5 million views. In an interview with People NOW, Gale said that this video has gotten twice as many views as all his others combined. The name Paul Gale […]

Positive changes in Brandeis theater future

As the theater season starts up again, students may notice some missing people in Spingold Theater. The graduate program in Theater Arts at Brandeis has not taken any new students for the 2014-2015 year. The Hoot spoke with Professor Adrianne Krstansky, the head of the Theater Arts Department, about the changes in the curriculum that […]

New volleyball coach joins Brandeis team

Head Volleyball Coach Michelle Kim recently stepped down from the position when she was promoted to assistant athletic director. Kim has been replaced this summer by Alesia Vaccari. Vaccari comes to Brandeis after spending three years as the head coach at Simmons College. Before working at Simmons, Vaccari was the graduate assistant at Clarkson University […]