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January 2010 Issue

Of fists and fist pumps

MTV’s “Jersey Shore” has come and gone, and it was undoubtedly a goldmine. Before the season was even halfway over, the cast members were making appearances with Jay Leno, getting paid upwards of $5,000 to make club and bar appearances and receiving condemnation from commercial sponsors and government officials alike. They even graced the pages […]


Film ‘Measures’ extraordinary

In the film “Extraordinary Measures,” an ill eight-year-old, Megan Crowley (Meredith Droeger), has one request for a medicine that could very well save her life—it needs to be pink. But the medicine can’t be just any pink; it has to be dark pink because, as she maturely assesses, light pink is for babies. Like many […]


An album of ‘Contra’-dictions

The problem that’s plagued Vampire Weekend as a band has been that, while audiences might enjoy music that can be played while yachting, that won’t change the resentment and distrust towards those select few that dare to be part of a yacht club. And though I have no idea if any of the members of […]


Outer space on the upper campus

Day in and day out, students and professors alike take on the Rabb steps. Most, however, are unaware that beneath those steps lies the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab. Under the direction of Professor James Lackner (PSYCH) and Professor Paul DiZio (PSYCH) the lab was built in 1982 to study how people adapt to foreign […]


Alumni share Brandeis experience through new video challenge

In an effort to keep alumni connected to the university and to solicit donations, the university’s Department of Development and Alumni Relations has instituted a Brandeis “Alumni Video Challenge.” Inspired by entrepreneur and producer Daniel Adler ’85 and Emmy Award winning film and TV producer Stanley Brookes ’79, the video challenge asks alumni to “tell […]


Women’s basketball splits the weekend

The Brandeis women’s basketball team opened up home University Athletic Association play this past weekend. The Judges bested the Rochester University Yellowjackets on Friday night 55-48, but fell 73-65 to the Emory University Eagles on Sunday afternoon. With the split Brandeis moved to 9-6 on the season and 2-3 in conference play. The Judges got […]


Men’s basketball defeats Rochester

The men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to five games with a win Friday night over the University of Rochester Yellowjackets before falling on Sunday to the Emory University Eagles. The Judges moved to 12-3 on the season and 3-2 in University Athletic Association play. The Yellowjackets got the first basket of the game […]


Women’s fencing claims Northeast Conference title, excel against Wellesley

The Brandeis women’s fencing team had a dominating performance last Saturday at the Northeast Fencing Conference Meet at Boston College when they finished 6-0 to take the Conference crown for the second year in a row. “I’m very happy with how the season [is going],” captain Alex Turner ’11 told The Hoot. “We lost six […]


The Snow Men

It rained all day long on Monday. It rained all day long and the wind blew hard—breaking umbrellas and soaking shivering students as it pushed bloated raindrops sideways. Walkways became streams, doorways of buildings became safe havens and the shoes of anyone not wearing rain boots became soggy. On the whole, the weather was miserable. […]


‘Cheers, mate!’: Where nobody knows your name

When I returned from my semester abroad in London, some of my friends were disappointed that I didn’t turn into a British person, or, at the very least, have a swanky accent. But—though it may seem counter-intuitive—if anything my stay in London made me more of an American. Faced with cultural differences, especially in the […]