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April 2014 Issue

BIEI’s DREAM Monologues translates advocacy through poetry, music and dance

Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative hosted DREAM Monologues: Moments of Transitions in Chum’s last Wednesday night. The event aimed at creating a platform for sharing and witnessing the stories of Brandeis students’ experiences of being in transition. Whether this means existing in a dual identity, going through family immigration statutes, or even leaving home for the […]


Hockey team triumphs in championships

The Brandeis Club Hockey Team rose to victory recently, winning a championship they had coveted since the spring of 2010. This title was somewhat unexpected. “We never expect to win any of our games. We knew that at our best we could beat any team in the league and had proven that through the season. […]


Reminiscing on four years of good stories

After working on nearly 100 issues of The Hoot, this will be my final one. It has been a journey full of wonderful things and disappointments, triumphs and mistakes, but there is nothing quite like being part of a college newspaper. Next week, it will feel strange for me to be somewhere other than the […]


Luikens to speak on Bernstein’s musicals for Festival of the Creative Arts

Charming, intelligent, well-spoken and easily one of the most popular instructors at Brandeis, Georgia Luikens has taught not only UWS classes ranging in topics from musical theater to adaptation and appropriation of Shakespearian plays, but also undergraduate courses for the music major and minor. A recipient of The University Prize Instructorship, Luikens currently teaches a […]


Eliana’s Advice

Dear Eliana, I thought that by living in an apartment with a kitchen, I would be able to have better control over my diet. Instead of having to rely on what’s being served at Sherman or Usdan, I could just cook my own food. Little did I know that I actually had to know how […]


Changing seasons: will you be ready?

Winter is over and spring is here; is everyone happy? It’s the end of what most people would consider the harshest season to weather while living in New England, and presumably it’ll be nothing but sunny days, leafy trees, nice breezes and tiny flowers. And for much of the time, it’ll be exactly that. But […]


Tennis teams win on Senior Day

The 22nd-ranked women’s tennis team defeated Bates College 6-3 on April 18. On their Senior Day, seniors Roberta Bergstein ’14, Allyson Bernstein ’14, Alexa Katz ’14 and Marissa Lazar ’14 were honored before the match. Brandeis swept the doubles matches. Bernstein and Lazar won 8-1 for the first match. Bergstein and Carley Cooke ’15 won […]


Bernstein Festival opens with interactive event at The Rose

The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts began Thursday when The Rose Art Museum hosted a guided sketching tour, presented by SCRAM (the Student Committee for The Rose Art Museum), starting at 7 p.m. I was amazed by all the abstract paintings displayed on the walls, but what really struck me was one of […]


Teaching at Brandeis: An Extraordinary Experience

A few years ago, I became a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis. My field is behavioral neuroscience, but I applied to carry out new research on gender issues in foster care, with particular emphasis on exemplary foster care by women. As soon as I became a Scholar, I learned that […]


Softball team splits doubleheader with UMass Boston

The softball team went 2-4 in their last six games, each a part of a doubleheader. Brandeis began a doubleheader at UMass Boston with a tough 8-7 loss on the 18th. The Judges began the game on a high note, with Madison Gagnon ’16 and Cori Coleman ’15 earning walks and Liana Moss ’17 reaching […]