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Author discusses Jewish literature

Author Tova Mirvis attempted to answer the question ‘Is she a Jewish writer?’ in a lecture on Wednesday evening. The question is one Mirvis has been asked countless times. The lecture was hosted by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, a program created to expand ways of thinking about the relationship between Jews and gender while promoting scholars […]


Students Crossing Boundaries show summer experiences

Students Crossing Boundaries displayed a cardboard checkpoint reprepresenting the Israeli-Palestinian and United States-Mexican Borders in the Shapiro Campus Center ballroom. The checkpoint was 20 feet wide and seven feet tall and was covered with physical artifacts, such as maps, photographs and stories, from the ten Brandeis Students who spent their summers along the two boarders. […]


Donor appointed to represent United States at UN

The United States Senate recently confirmed Brandeis donor Elaine Schuster as the country’s delegate to the 64th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The appointment is an unpaid position lasting one year beginning in September. Representatives serve as experts sharing their views and advice in specific areas. Schuster and her husband Gerald […]


Senate passes SMR, raises money to fight cancer

The Student Union passed an emergency Senate Money Resolution (SMR) Sunday for $ 1,275 in order to create 150 T-shirts to be sold on campus in recognition of Eddie Senibaldi ’12 who is currently being treated for cancer. The proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to the Center for Pediatric Hematology and […]


Constitutional review process should be transparent

If you’re wondering why The Hoot did not cover the first meeting of the Constitutional Review Committee last Saturday, we are too. Though The Hoot strives to make the student government process as transparent as possible for students, we have been unable to perform that duty when it comes to the Constitutional Review because all […]


Dining location a positive step, more work to be done

The Hoot applauds the Student Union for working with the administration to bring more dining options on campus. The time slots chosen for the new ‘Upstairs Café’ can certainly be out of control at the Usdan dining locations, and as such, this new café will help to alleviate overcrowding in Usdan. While this represents an […]


Letter to The Editor: Correcting the record on the ‘stimulus bill’

Bret Matthew’s article in The Hoot (Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican, Oct.23, 2009) was biased and uninformed, so I’m clarifying what was written with the truth. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the $787 billion “stimulus bill,” was proposed by Congress on Jan. 26 and signed into law less than a month […]


A different take on Thanksgiving

Next week most students will travel home to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their families, others will just enjoy the free time with friends and yet some others won’t even remember what they did for Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, this is a tradition deeply rooted in American society. It all began in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, when the […]


Book of Matthew: Mr. Priest goes to Washington: Same-sex marriage in our nation’s capital

For those of you who hail from Washington D.C., I have something for you to think about as you head home for the Thanksgiving and winter breaks: The Catholic Church is blackmailing your city. And I bet you’ll never guess what they’re fighting over. The D.C. Council—the district’s legislative branch—is considering a bill that would […]


This was once my home: The effect of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis on Brandeis students

There is an Israeli song called “Zeh Haya Beiti” (“This was once my home”). It’s about the pain felt when Israelis were forced out of their homes in Gush Katif—a bloc of 17 Israeli settlements in the southern part of the Gaza Strip—in 2005 when Israel completely terminated its occupation there. “This was once my […]