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Allies enhance Brandeis experience

This week’s edition of The Brandeis Hoot features two news articles about two different trusted campus allies, one leaving his duties on campus and the other returning. As most of the Brandeis community knows by now, Father Walter Cuenin will no longer serve as Brandeis’ Catholic chaplain due to health reasons, and Sheila McMahon will […]


Student protests need respect from administration

Dean of Students Jamele Adams sent an email to the Brandeis community on Thursday morning, Dec. 4, explaining the reasoning behind the administration’s decision to take down the signs placed around campus this past weekend in support of the national “Black Lives Matter” campaign. Dean Adams cited the lack of any identifying student organization associated […]


Community benefits from student-staff interactions

This past Thursday, Nov. 13, the Student Union organized an ice cream social in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, inviting students to mix and mingle with officers who are responsible for ensuring the safety of the Brandeis community. As part of the itinerary for Brandeis Kindness Day, the ice cream social signifies a […]


Administration can offer more than just lip service

University administrators and the Student Union recently hosted a roundtable discussion for the Brandeis community to address various issues, ranging from tuition to campus sustainability, in a free and open setting. While the event was an honest effort by the Student Union to alleviate student concerns, the answers provided by the administration were unfortunately vague […]


Univ. should lead in environmental issues

In this week’s issue, The Brandeis Hoot featured an article about on-campus environmental activism, past, present and future. The article addresses, among other important points, the lack of effort made by Brandeis administration to meet goals related to environmental sanity and campus sustainability. Students and faculty members spoke at the event and made their opinion […]


Hanging of pride flag a display of necessary support

This month marks the annual observance of LGBT History Month. In addition to numerous events around campus marking the event, such as the Trisk coffeehouse, the Catholic Chaplaincy on campus has also supported the cause. Father Walter Cuenin and the Catholic community have placed a gay pride flag on display outside the chapel. We at […]


Univ must continue to lead in mental health

In the news section of this week’s Hoot, readers can find two articles about the ways in which the university is seeking to improve its health services, in both the realm of mental health and the realm of insurance and bureaucracy. The Hoot commends the university’s efforts to improve student life, but we do so […]


Commendable efforts by students create awareness of sexual assault

As the semester gets underway, the main issues on campus that need to be addressed this year are beginning to form. Students have continuously voiced their concerns and made sure that the issue of sexual assault is not swept under the rug. Whether by a mattress placed on top of the Louis Brandeis statue to […]


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 […]


Brandeis community calls on Sodexo to adapt

Despite the fact that an incredible numbers of changes and renovations have been implemented to the Brandeis dining facilities this year, student frustrations with the meal services have reached an all-time high. Complaints are rampant on social media sites, garnering mass attention, and even spoken aloud in the lines of Lower Usdan. A satirical “Sodexo […]