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November 2014 Issue

An uncomfortable situation around campus

Of the many issues around campus, I should not have to be complaining about the furniture and room amenities. However, as I sit in a chipping wooden chair probably older than myself, I wind up thinking that it’s time to finally put this issue to rest. The Brandeis campus, as accommodating as it is, simply […]


Second-round heartbreak

Women’s soccer made it past the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday with a 2-0 win over Penn State-Behrend. The Judges got their first goal in the 18th minute when Cidney Moscovitch ’17 ran down the right side of the field before cutting inside for a shot to the left post. The second goal […]


‘Art’: one of the most compelling and artistic shows of semester

“My friend Serge has bought a painting. Serge is one of my oldest friends.” So begins “Art,” written by Yasmina Reza, a play that follows the tension between three friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan—when one of them spends an exorbitant amount of money on a modern painting. The avant-garde piece appears white—there are no distinct lines, […]


Cheerleaders fundraise for Dana-Farber

To support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Brandeis Cheerleaders held a bake sale in Upper Usdan on Nov. 4-6. All baked goods were homemade with vegan and gluten-free options for sale as well. Founded in 1947 in Boston, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks to provide both children and adults with compassionate inpatient care while also […]


Students could manage schedules much better

It’s a little late, but one of the most important, yet frequently overlooked things at this school is the matter of scheduling. Class registration has come and gone, but when it opens up again in January for the spring term, many people will find things are going to get all scrambly as plans fall through […]


Eliana’s Advice: Vexing pranks, frustrating mornings and necessary breakups

Dear Eliana, I let my friends borrow my laptop every now and again when we’re in the library together. Sometimes, when I’m not paying attention, they head over to Facebook and start playing around with my statuses and profile pics. I find it a lot easier to just leave myself logged into Facebook on my […]


Prof. researches gene mutation in fruit flies

Brandeis professor Nelson Lau (BIO) and his lab published two studies on the P-Element Induced Wimpy testis pathway (PIWI) this September, a pathway that, when blocked in fruit flies, results in underdeveloped reproductive organs. Fifty percent of the DNA serves no particular function. Jumping genes comprise 50 percent of the DNA and are genetic parasites, […]


Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center founded at IBS

The Hassenfeld family donated $2.5 million to the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) to establish the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center. The center will work to foster connections between outside corporations and the innovators on the Brandeis campus, as well as help to promote the research and technological advances that occur on campus by helping researchers […]


Board of Trustees must improve transparency

This week’s issue of The Brandeis Hoot features a news article outlining an email update on the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, sent out by the two Student Union representatives to the board. The email informed Brandeis students about the representatives’ efforts to make the Board of Trustees more aware of student concerns, including […]


Senior’s resilience drives triumphant return

Jordan Zides ’15 is not your everyday guy. While he crushes on Scarlett Johansson, can spend an entire day watching sports on TV and will never turn down a date to dinner and a movie, he has overcome a greater challenge than most will ever face in their lives. On July 25, the summer after […]