Students share vision for future of Brandeis

In light of President Fred Lawrence’s impending departure from Brandeis, students were invited to join Larry Kanarek, member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, members of the Board of Trustees and the Student Union this past Thursday to vocalize their concerns and aspirations for Lawrence’s successor and the future […]

Brief: Tuition increases announced for next year

In an email sent to the Brandeis community last week, President Fred Lawrence announced a 3.7 percent increase in annual billed charges for the 2015-2016 academic year, a decision approved by the Board of Trustees. The rise is identical to the tuition increase for the 2014-2015 academic year, according to an article from The Brandeis […]

Facilities employee Rivera passes away at age 57

Ricardo Rivera, a former facilities employee who was with Brandeis for 34 years, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the young age of 57. Over two weeks later, the Brandeis community was notified of his passing in an email sent by the Office of Communications. According to the email, which was sent on March […]

Brandeis to host first Plympton family night

In light of the success of Stanley Family Night, Clubs in Service (CIS) will be hosting the first annual Plympton Family Night on April 13. The event will be hosted at the local Plympton Elementary School, where Brandeis students and organizations will have the opportunity to volunteer with children and their families. According to Ariana […]

From exile to performance, activist Gayflor inspires hope

Exiled from her home country in the midst of civil war, Fatu Gayflor, renowned vocalist, founder and artistic director of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, spoke to the Brandeis community on Thursday, March 5 to share legacies of loss, violence, resilience and hope. Now settled in Philadelphia, Gayflor stated, “Telling my story has helped […]

Sorensen Fellows prepare for summer projects

Awarded the prestigious Sorensen Fellowship, eight undergraduate students will soon be preparing to embark on summer internship experiences located across the globe, from New York to Ethiopia. The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, which sponsors the program, announced Bezaye Toshome ’16, Bethlehem Seifu Belaineh ’16, Tove Freeman ’16, Shaoleen Khaled ’16, Anni […]

Community highlighted in heartfelt student testimonies

Following a successful online campaign, the social media event #BrandeisIsOurHouse came to Brandeis again this week in a physical form on campus. The event was organized by Kelsey Segaloff ’15, who, upset by the wave of negativity at on social media, conceived of the hashtag #BrandeisIsOurHouse to inspire a positivity campaign and foster a sense […]

‘Selma’ resonates amid current racial tensions

Following the previous night’s showing of the critically acclaimed film “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, Rapaporte Treasure Hall filled to capacity as students gathered for a discussion on race and civil rights on Thursday, Jan. 22. Moderated by President Fred Lawrence, the panel featured speakers including Chad Williams, professor and chair of the African and […]

Online controversy provokes intense debate

In the wake of the controversy sparked by the tweets of student Khadijah Lynch ’16 published by Daniel Mael ’15 on Dec. 20 to conservative news website Truth Revolt over winter break, the safety of students and the nature of race relations on campus have surged to the forefront of campus discussions. Lynch, who was […]

V.P. of Operations Jim Gray speaks out on student dining concerns

Brandeis dining has undergone many alterations since last year, including a full revamp of Usdan (to include an all-you-can-eat venue) and changes in the meal system as a whole. Jim Gray, vice president of operations and the man in charge of both dining and the mailroom, sat down with The Hoot this past week to […]

Ambitious alumnus debuts film

Having written, directed and produced the film “Wild Ruse,” David French ’13 eagerly anticipates the premiere of the surrealist heist film, an ambitious project which required approximately 10 months to produce and involved the near arrest of the entire cast while filming. Depicting a dramatic armed robbery complete with violence, gunshots and a chilling pig […]

‘The Children’s Hour’ is the event to watch this weekend

Amid anticipated debuts of the musical “Cabaret” and performances by Adagio, Hillel Theater Group’s production of “The Children’s Hour” stunned audiences through its dramatic performances, disturbing themes of manipulation, and exquisitely talented cast. Delving into the psychologically disturbed mind of a young girl who incites claims of homosexuality to destroy the lives of those around […]

SEAC explores culture through cuisine

With events dedicated to desserts, exotic fruits and karaoke, the Southeast Asia Club (SEAC) sponsored a week of events designed to immerse members of the Brandeis community in the culture and authentic cuisine of Southeast Asia. Flower Le ’15, co-president of SEAC, expressed the desire to “spread awareness about Southeast Asian culture and to share […]

Professor shares illustrious vocal career

From performing before entire villages to singing in the intimate, galley kitchens of France, adjunct professor Nancy Armstrong (THA) led an exciting career before joining the Brandeis community in 1996. She shares her singing expertise and enriching experiences by mentoring students aspiring to careers in performance arts. Unable to trace a singular moment in which […]

‘Cinema Paradiso’ a nostalgic and poignant piece

“Cinema Paradiso,” an Italian film, traces the lifelong journey of a filmmaker who looks back upon his life in sorrow, unable to reconcile lost loves and memories of his childhood with his successful career in modern Italy. Although I have always been more of a fan of horror movies, psychological thrillers and comedies, and actually […]

Uncovering the life of Vivian Maier

Pouring through thousands of film reels and prints, Northwestern lecturer Pamela Bannos delivered her presentation “Vivian Maier’s Fractured Archive: A Woman’s Story” to the Women’s Studies Research Center this past Wednesday. Bannos has dedicated herself to piecing together the mystery behind the identity of Vivian Maier, a street photographer and nanny who lived in poverty, […]

“The Seagull” starts slow but enthralls audiences

Exploring distraught mother-son relationships, marriages tainted by romantic affairs and the tortures of fame, The Brandeis Theater Company’s production of “The Seagull,” although slow to start, quickly enthralled the audience through its dramatic and comedic performances. Written by Anton Chekhov, the play was originally produced in 1896, with its opening night a complete failure. Reportedly, […]

Rose debuts five highly anticipated exhibits

On Sept. 17, The Rose Art Museum debuted five highly anticipated exhibits, including “Image Machine: Andy Warhol and Photography;” “Omer Fast: 5,000 Feet is the Best;” “Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1973;” “Minimal and More: 60s and 70s Sculpture from the Collection” and “Collection in Focus: Al Loving.” Ranging from the sexually explicit photographs by Warhol […]

Perkins ’14 pursues dance both on and off campus

Landing a lead role in the upcoming web series “Why Colored Men Don’t Cry,” Shaquan Perkins ’14, a talented theater major, commences his final year at Brandeis University with a taste of the future successes to come. Originally from the Bronx, NY, Perkins has delved into the performing arts on campus, choreographing dance routines, starring […]

Abrams encourages students to explore technology in art

Having cast aside his original intention to major in physics decades ago, Christopher Abrams, artist-in-residence and professor in Fine Arts at Brandeis, gravitated away from pop culture, fantasy film and the collaborative potential of digital media as sources of inspiration in order to create work that was more innovative in style and form. After attaining […]