As the Spring 1999 semester began, a group of thirteen students grew tired of the limited opportunities at Brandeis University to express themselves in a magazine without associated political connotations, either real or assumed. They set out to make a new magazine, a clean slate on which Brandeisians could engage in free socio-political discussion.
As a result, Louis was chartered by the Brandeis University Student Senate on Sunday, February 14, 1999, with the following aim:
To provide a superior medium to the Brandeis University student body for the purpose of intellectual discourse unfettered by the constraints of any one political ideology.
Jonathan Abbett, Editor-in-Chief
Laura Alton, Associate Editor