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Reflections on a semester of new opportunities

My experience with clubs has been pretty standard among Brandeis first-years. A week and a half into the semester, I visited the club fair with an interest in six clubs, signed up for 40 and ended up (regularly) attending almost none of them. When I discovered that the email system was set up in such […]


The Best Hip-Hop of 2013

The hip-hop world has seen a lot this year. Many great independent artists cemented themselves with sophomore releases, Earl Sweatshirt finally released an album and Kanye West, well, Kanye’d all over the place. I listened to most of it, and I liked most of what I heard. 10. Pusha T – “My Name Is My […]


‘365 Plays/365 Days’ is an abstract wonder

Contrary to what some people may think, Brandeis’ production of “365 Plays/365 Days” does not actually consist of 365 plays in one show. The plays performed at Spingold were selected based on three themes that director Akiba Abaka noticed as she read the entire play. Suzan-Lori Parks, who wrote the show, actually wrote 365 plays […]


Fisher strives to reach more alumni

A new addition to the Brandeis community this year is Patsy Fisher, the new vice president for alumni relations. Fisher attended Dartmouth College for undergraduate and then gained a Master’s Degree in international relations from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Although she never thought that she would end up in the field of […]


Yale on lockdown; no cause for panic

Yale University went into lockdown on Nov. 25 after an anonymous male called local police from an off-campus pay phone saying that his roommate was headed to the university with a long gun to shoot people. Yale and the surrounding area were on high alert as university police, New Haven Police, State Police, SWAT, FBI, […]


“Delivery Man” an unlikely feel-good film

“Delivery Man” is unlike most Vince Vaughn movies. Vaughn is known for playing the raunchy, underachieving, unlikable lead; his film credits include “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Wedding Crashers” and “The Break-Up.” In “Delivery Man,” Vaughn still acts as the character who doesn’t live up to his potential; he works as a meat truck delivery […]


Cross country women find success

It has been 12 years since the Brandeis cross country women have reached the NCAA Division III Championships, but this year’s team finally did it. Amelia Lundkvist ’14 was the women’s top finisher. “It was so awesome to accomplish something that has seemed impossible for the past few years,” Lundkvist said of going to nationals. […]


Transferring? Don’t let first look keep you away

In a few short weeks, I will graduate; however, I am not focusing this article a semester prematurely on finishing college. Instead I want to talk about my college journey that started 447.7 miles away in Fairfax, Virginia, compared to where I now am in Waltham, Mass. In other words, I will dwell on the […]


Q&A: Grand Master Sam Shankland ’14 to pursue professional career

Sam Shankland ’14 says that when he started playing chess competitively at age 10, is considered very old by today’s standard. That hasn’t seemed to handicap him, as just five years later, he became a national master in the United States. Today, Shankland is a recognized Grand Master (GM) in chess. The Hoot spoke with […]


Rose to install permanent art from controversial artist

Chris Burden is an artist known for his installation and performance art, controversial pieces expressing extreme imminent danger. In 1971, through his performance piece “Shoot,” Burden instructed his assistant to shoot him in the arm with a .22 rifle. In 1974, Burden lay on top of a Volkswagen Beetle and was crucified, nails driven into […]