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September 2014 Issue

Prof. Wright followed winding path to psychology and Brandeis

This year marks Professor Ellen J. Wright’s seventh year as a professor at Brandeis University. She serves as assistant professor of psychology at Brandeis University, with an expertise in areas such as clinical psychology, depression, gender, development and emotional regulation. Wright, in an interview with The Hoot, discussed her life journey and her fields of […]


College Notebook: This year’s rankings

It is that time of year again—college rankings have been released. The U.S. News rankings of national universities is topped this year by Princeton University. Rounding out the top three are Harvard University and Yale University. Brandeis University made the list, tying for 35th with Georgia Institute of Technology. Between 2000-2013, Brandeis’ rankings were consistently […]


The madness with our meal plans

Education, food and shelter: a minimal list of the things provided to us by our school. There are always going to be students complaining about how much work they have to do or the not-so-luxurious living of dorm life. Nevertheless, I have heard complaining about the food and our access to it more than anything […]


24-Hour Musical celebrates its 10th anniversary with ‘Grease’

Last Sunday, Sept. 7, marked the 10th anniversary of the 24-Hour Musical at Brandeis. Co-sponsored by Hillel Theatre Group and Tympanium Euphorium, this year’s production was of the beloved 1971 musical “Grease.” As tradition goes, the rehearsals, costume making and set building were completed in one day. Students began waiting for tickets more than three […]


Campus police and students need to create rapport

Last week, the Brandeis community united at Chapel’s pond to commemorate the violence in Ferguson, MO, over the shooting of Michael Brown. While I regret not being able to attend, these types of events, where the whole community comes together in observance of a tragedy that stretches beyond our campus, is really what makes Brandeis […]


Rose’s ‘Light’ illuminates campus

On Sept. 10., the Rose Art Museum kicked off its opening ceremony with the installation of “Light of Reason,” a sculpture created by Boston native and iconic artist Chris Burden. This ceremony was attended by hundreds of people and professional artists who came to witness the lightning of the lampposts. The event also included food […]


Massachusetts primaries declare November candidates

On the night of Tuesday Sept. 9, Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Massachusetts Democratic primary nomination for governor, defeating state treasurer and former Democratic Party chairman Steve Grossman by a narrow six percentage points. She also defeated former health care administrator Don Berwick. General Coakley will go on to run against Republican Charlie Baker […]


Eliana’s Advice: Navigating campus conundrums

Dear Eliana, The new meal plans and dining hall options have made me exceedingly frustrated. Trying to get food has become a restrictive activity. Last year, I could use a meal at Einstein’s if I had an extra one and it was late at night. This year, I regularly have extra meals at the end […]


President takes first step concerning sexual assault

On the night of Wednesday, Sept. 10, Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence’s dedication of Chris Burden’s “Light of Reason” at the Rose was attended by a group of students silently protesting the university’s insufficient response to sexual violence on campus. Among the many signs held by protesters, several directly asked President Lawrence why he had not […]


Gustavo Gutiérrez awarded Gittler Prize for theology work

Next month, Gustavo Gutiérrez will accept the Gittler Prize at Brandeis for his influential work as a world renowned theologian and priest. The prize, which includes $25,000 and a medal, is awarded every year to recognize individuals who “make lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations.” Gutiérrez, born in Lima, Peru, spent a […]