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April 2014 Issue

Rohleder publishes on self-compassion and reduced levels of stress

Psychology professor Nicholas Rohleder published a paper in “Brain, Behavior and Immunity” that reports a connection between self-compassion and reduced levels of stress-related inflammation. Rohleder, the co-director of the Laboratory for Biological Health Psychology or the Health Psychology Laboratory at Brandeis University, conducts research that addresses the question of “how acute and chronic stress is […]


Walia ’15 wins Student Union presidency

The Brandeis University Undergraduate Student Union represents the voice of the students and sets out with the intent of improving University life. With the school year coming to a close, the positions for next year’s members became available once more. After weeks of campaigning, on Saturday, April 12, the votes were tallied for the newly […]


Year in review

To mark The Brandeis Hoot’s 10-year anniversary and to celebrate the closing of the 2013-2014 school year, The Hoot decided to take a look back on the events that have shaped the life of students over the past year. The following five articles all involve concerns that students have raised, and that in turn, have […]


Springfest is here: happiness and cheer

After a semester of waiting, the time has finally come for Springfest 2014: The Beach Party. There was much anticipation around the reveal of the bands, and after the customary build-up of a Student Events announcement, it is now known to be Icona Pop, Atmosphere, American Authors and RJD2. “Brandeis easily takes the top spot […]


Baseball team loses to Roger Williams in Extras

Despite a strong 10-inning performance by Kyle Brenner ’15 on the mound, the baseball team lost to Roger Williams University 3-2 on Thursday, April 17 at home. The Judges had a 2-0 lead that lasted five innings until the eighth. After striking out the side in the second, Brenner stepped to the plate to deliver […]


South Korean ferry disaster hits home for Brandeis community

On Wednesday, April 16, a 460-foot-long, five-story ferry in South Korea sunk, leaving more than 280 people, mostly students, missing. At 60 percent capacity, there were more than 460 people on board, and 325 of the passengers were students from Danwon High School in Ansan, a town about 20 miles south of Seoul. These were […]


Remedial courses pose problems for schools

Many high school graduates are not prepared for college-level work, as shown by the number of remedial courses that students must take to advance their education. According to Thomas Bailey of the Community College Research Center, Teachers College of Columbia University, more than a third of all college students and half of community college students […]


Guest speaker explores the mysteries of Tolkien

As part of the Martin Weiner Lecture Series, Maria Cecire, assistant professor of literature and director of experimental humanities at Bard College, was invited to speak about Tolkien’s works on Thursday. Tolkien is well known as the creator of the world of Middle Earth and the writer of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Cecire’s […]


Students demand more resources for sexual violence

In January of this year, President Obama created a White House Task Force of senior administration officials to address the increased rates of sexual assault on college campuses. In a press release from the Office of the Press Secretary at the White House, they call the prevalence of rape and sexual assault at universities in […]


Solitary day of class offers opportunity for civil disobedience

When I first saw the schedule for this semester and noticed that there is a day of class nestled between a weekend and April break, I didn’t think it was all that big a deal. I thought it was a bit unfair that there would be one day of class blocking me from a glorious […]