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August 2012 Issue

Editorial: French compensation package unacceptable

When Brandeis’ former Executive Vice President and COO Peter French retired in 2009, he was given $2.99 million in his termination package, and an additional $226,000 in consultation fees on top of it. Even given the circumstances of French, who was very sick and retired unwillingly, we find the size of this package beyond the […]


International students’ orientation prepares class of 2016

Brandeis hosts an orientation for new undergraduate international students two days prior to the arrival of domestic students. Run by the Brandeis International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) and the Department of Orientation and the Core Committee, the international student orientation offers students from around the globe a chance to get acclimated with their new […]


Drugs and sports: an uncomfortable partnership

Over the past month the issues of steroids and drugs has resurfaced in the sports world. In the mere span of a week, reports surfaced that San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon were both suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games, for the use of performance enhancing drugs […]


Setting the table: an in-depth look at basketball’s trip to Croatia

The men’s basketball team funded their overseas trip to Croatia by raising nearly $50,000 during the past five years. In a follow up interview with The Hoot, forward Alex Schmidt ’14 said the international competition should serve as key preparation for the NCAA tournament later this season. “Coach [Meehan] does it every four to five […]


Women’s soccer optimistic for with twelve new members

The women’s soccer team plays their first game at MIT Friday, and Coach Denise Dallamora is optimistic about the team’s prospects this year. The team has 12 new first-years, Dallamora said, who are part of the “awesome group of players in both talent and as people.” When asked about the impact of the new recruits, […]


Summer Internship with Obama Campaign

Sarah Margulies ’15 understands the intangible benefits of working an unpaid internship. This summer she served as a Summer Organizing Fellow for the Obama campaign, combining her love of politics with a cause she believes in. “[This internship] made me a lot more interested in community organizing and in developing better personal skills. The Obama […]


Vollyball team looks to take step forward this season

Last fall, the volleyball team had no seniors and finished 9-21, 0-10 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. While they struggled, they had a chance to rebuild for this year. Yael Einhorn ’14, last season’s captain, wrote in an email, “We had all young players, [and] no seniors. Now that we have played together for […]


Literary podcasts educate and inspire

This past spring, the Creative Writing department began a program called Literature Lab. Literature Lab is a series of podcasts, available on iTunes with a free subscription, featuring different authors who discuss different genres of writing. David Sherman, an assistant professor in the English department, leads all of the podcasts. The podcasts are well produced […]


“Nothing But the Truth”: an honest review

In 2008, “Nothing But The Truth” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The distributor went bankrupt before the U.S. release, resulting in little to no publicity here in the States. In fact, I had never heard of it until a friend of mine decided to watch Kate Beckinsale movies every day at the end […]


Call Me, Tweet Me: If you can’t do it, let someone know

Last week, my column mentioned several times that I try to be accommodating whenever possible. Part of that includes taking the initiative in being helpful—if I see a way in which I can help someone, there’s a good chance that I’ll offer my assistance. In no way am I trying to say that I’m perfect, […]