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Smiling, swimming and saving lives

Edan Zitelny, a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, had the chance this summer to intern as a research assistant for pediatric oncologist, Dr. Ken Onel. The Hoot caught up with Edan to talk about how he was presented with such an opportunity and also to discuss what compelled him to become involved […]

Brandeis think tank works to combat drug abuse

In June, Brandeis University hosted a meeting between the governors of five New England states, who gathered to discuss the problems of prescription drug abuse and overdoses and strove to work toward solutions. Their long-term goals are to respond to the increase in prescription drug-related deaths, better monitor the doctors who prescribe these drugs and […]

Brandeis responds to sexual assault allegations

This past April, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel addressed the Brandeis community in an email with an “Update on Sexual Assault Prevention.” In the email, Flagel highlighted the efforts the Brandeis administration had taken to combat sexual violence. These include hiring a sexual assault services and prevention coordinator, creating a conduct […]

Brandeis mailroom transitions to Xerox, longtime employees left jobless

On a cloudy day in 2009, William “Bill” Bowen, also known as “The Singing Mailman” crooned “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” His performance marked the minting of the new Louis Brandeis stamp. His act was met with cheers, similar to the everyday smiles he earned from students by singing in […]

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 […]

Diane Hessan receives Asper Award from IBS for outstanding entrepreneurship

The International Business School (IBS) at Brandeis has recognized Diane Hessan for her outstanding entrepreneurship with the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship. Brandeis IBS Dean Magid presented her with the award on Thursday, April 3. Len Asper ’86 established the Asper Center and the Global Entrepreneurship Award in 2004, bestowed annually to an “entrepreneur who […]

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 […]

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 […]

THA professor Krstansky to direct play next fall

It may be the end of the semester, but that doesn’t mean that the theater is quiet. This Monday, in the Crawford Studio in Spingold Theater, Professor Adrianne Krstansky (THA) held auditions for a play that she will be directing next fall at Brandeis through the Brandeis Theater Company. The play is called “Dead Man’s […]

Take Back the Night march brings attention to sexual assault issues

Candles were handed out to everyone gathered on the Rabb Steps at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 for the annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) march through campus. Participants lit their candles and carried them in a vigil to raise awareness about sexual violence. Co-sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the Queer Resource […]