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April 2006 Issue

The Hoot sits down with Richard from O.A.R.

Hoot: The history of O.A.R. goes way back. Tell us a little bit about how the band got started.

Get ready for it: feel-good hit of the summer

In the most recent issue of Spin, the usually insightful Chuck Klosterman declared how our generation will forever be defined by the music of the Killers. I sincerely hope Klosterman is incorrect on that stance;

sure, Mr. Brightside managed to entertain Americas youth for a good chunk of last year, but was Hot Fuss really that good? There is no conceivable way that the Killers could possibly be paired off with our generation the way that the Beatles help define the late Sixties and Nirvana inspires the image of the flannel colored early Nineties. In fact, there doesnt seem to be any noteworthy artist that appears destined to rise above the other artists in todays music scene, ready to take the crown as the definitive band of whatever our generation is called. On that note, summer provides the perfect breeding grounds for particularly brilliant acts to rise above the rest with the massive number of summer concerts and festivals. Heres a highlight of what the summer of 2006 has to offer.

Chicken and asparagus

This is it. My last column for the Hoot. I've been dithering between, on the one hand, writing one more meaningless piece of senseless flack and, on the other, picking a bone with an issue I think is actually worth writing about in a senseful and flackless fashion. I have decided to do both: write about a serious issue sensefully, and put some flack on the side, kind of like overcooked asparagus that's not supposed to be eaten, just looked at and admired for its hideous poultry-decorating abilities. We'll start with the side dish.

Homebound Instruction 101

(Part II of my previous article)
In the mid-1990s, my mom was called to teach a fifteen-year-old quadriplegic girl who had become paralyzed in an automobile accident. While also working as a substitute teacher, my mom taught this girl as she recovered at the local rehab center. Little did my mother know that this encounter would be the start of her newfound career as a homebound instructor, teaching students who cannot attend school for some period of time. Ive told my mom she could write a book about all the homebound experiences she has had. She keeps pretty busy these days, however, with homebound instruction during the day and private tutoring after school, so for the time-being this article will suffice.

Exploration of academic integrity

The culture and atmosphere of Brandeis can be utterly exhilarating. The discourse on issues from politics to spirituality, even sex, demonstrates intellect and freedom at its most meaningful level. Controversial and sensitive issues can be better understood if elevated into the light of public discussion. Our campus media often does publish pieces and stories that seem designed to create attention and controversy. One topic that should be explored with more openness on our campus is academic integrity. Sure, it lacks the sexiness of dancers clad only in latex, or dramatic legal entanglements but it is the number one offense on the campus of Brandeis University. That has to be shocking enough to get our communitys attention.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Letter to the Editor: “I will never read this publication again”

In response to the article “Cheers to Mike” that was published back in March, about one man (or boy, I should say) and his disrespect for the homeless population: that article was one of the most disgusting things I have ever read in a newspaper. Never have I seen such blatant stereotyping, judging, and rudeness in a so called piece of journalism.

Editorial: MayDay: It’s not about skipping classes

Many of our parents were once immigrants in this country. Even Native Americans are decended from ancestors that immigrated here over the Bering Straight. Native-born American citizens should all be thankful that, beacause our ancestors traveled to this country, we were granted full citizenship, whih allows us to enjoy the rights and freedoms that we here in America tend to underestimate the value of.

Unwanted calls plague phones

There has been a recent increase in telemarketing calls to campus, according to Library and Technology Services (LTS).

Frank visits campus

U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D) visited Brandeis Monday for a short discussion on Iran and nuclear proliferation. The visit was sponsored by BIPAC and the Brandeis Democrats.