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Sunny 48/29 THE TUFTS DAILY Where You Read It First Est. 1980 TUFTSDAILY.COM VOLUME LX, NUMBER 37 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 ‘Pepper spray’ incident mars Senior Pub Night Jumbos in D.C. call for a return to ‘sanity’ at Stewart/Colbert rally BY MATT REPKA Daily Editorial Board An otherwise uneventful Senior Pub Night came to an unexpected end Thursday night as attendees fled what seemed like a pepper spraylike substance in the air. The second Senior Pub Night of the semester drew praise from students, administrators and event staff for running smoothly and remaining mostly unmarked by the drunken behavior that has dogged the event’s reputation in past years. The only hitch in the event occurred shortly after 1 a.m., when dozens of attendees headed for bathrooms and exits in an attempt to get away from some kind of irritant that had apparently been sprayed in the air above the dance floor. Roughly 700 seniors bought tickets to the event at Tequila Rain, a bar located in the Fenway. Office for Campus Life (OCL) Director Joe Golia called the event a success. “We were really pleased,” Golia said. “There’s always individual incidents, like this one. But nothing that we’d label as a problem for the whole class.” Numerous students standing in close proximity to the dance floor reported a reaction to the spray. “I was on the dance floor with a couple of my friends, and immediately, you couldn’t inhale all the way,” senior Elley Rohrer said. “You couldn’t breathe.” Rohrer said she moved away from the main room to a bathroom in search of clearer air. “Everyone was drinking water and coughing,” Rohrer said. “We were just dancing in the middle of the dance floor, and suddenly it was an intense burning sensation in your throat — really bad,” senior Max Pinto said. “It made you cough, but it didn’t burn your eyes. Everyone around me had the same sensation.” “All of a sudden, everyone started flooding out of the dance floor,” Senior Class Council President Lindsey Rosenbluth said. The venue staff actively tried to clear the room, she said. OCL Assistant Director David McGraw, who spoke with staff from the bar after the event’s conclusion, said they cleared the dance floor for safety reasons. “We know what you know,” Golia said. “We were basically told that they labeled it pepper spray and that someone sprayed it in the air.” Pepper spray is an aerosol designed to cause irritation of the eyes and throat. It is sold at the consumer level as a self-defense product and is widely available. see PUB NIGHT, page 2 BY ALEXANDRA BOGUS Daily Editorial Board Charged with the goal of reviving levelheadedness in politics, a swarm of Tufts students traveled by plane, car and bus to attend a Saturday rally in Washington. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/ or Fear, hosted by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the National Mall, was Stewart’s “call to reasonableness,” an effort to stem what he believes is an overly-politicized mainstream media that often succeeds more in fear-mongering than informing the public. “The country’s 24-hour politicopundit-perpetual-panic ‘conflictinator’ did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder,” Stewart said in remarks at the end of the three-hour rally. “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” He urged Americans to inject reason into discussions of politically charged issues and called for a rejection of the extremes projected through certain media outlets. “This is not a rally to ridicule people of faith or people of activism … or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do,” he said. “But we live now in hard times, not end times.” In addition to a comedy skit between Colbert and Stewart, the event, which by some estimates drew over 215,000 attendees, featured performances by a number of musicians, including Cat Stevens, Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne AMELIE HECHT/TUFTS DAILY Tufts students were among the thousands in Washington on Saturday for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. and Sheryl Crow. Approximately 50 Tufts students traveled by charter bus to the event. Sophomore Simon Senior Lauren Wielgus honored with $10,000 Astronaut Scholarship award BY MINYOUNG SONG Senior Staff Writer Senior Lauren Wielgus on Oct. 22 received an Astronaut Scholarship award in recognition of her achievements in physics. Former NASA space shuttle commander Rick Hauck (A ’62, H ’07) presented Wielgus with the $10,000 award, given to the top undergraduate science and engineering students from the colleges and universities associated with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization. The ASF’s mission is to maintain American leadership in the sciences by giving scholarships to science and engineering students, according to the foundation’s website. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest national merit-based monetary award given in the sciences at the undergraduate level. “I was so excited when I was presented with the scholarship,” Wielgus said. She said the scholarship money will be applied toward her Tufts tuition. At the presentation, Hauck praised Wielgus’ achievements. Inside this issue see SANITY, page 2 TUPD investigating sexual assault in fraternity The Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) is investigating a report of a sexual assault that may have occurred in a fraternity house over the weekend, it said in an e-mail to the Tufts community last night. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no suspect has been apprehended, TUPD said in the e-mail. TUPD declined to provide further information to the Daily. The presidents of all fraternities on campus individually told the Daily last night that they had no additional knowledge about the incident. Inter-Greek Council President Luke Metcalf and Interfraternity Council President Alex Stein, both juniors, echoed that message. Some fraternity presidents reiterated their chapter’s stance against sexual assault, and some said they are in the process of trying to ascertain more information from their fraternity brothers. —by Ben Gittleson and Matt Repka MEAGAN MAHER/TUFTS DAILY Senior Lauren Wielgus receives the Astronaut Scholarship Award from former NASA commander Rick Hauck (A ’62, H ’07). Wielgus was recognized for her achievements in undergraduate science. Metcalf organized the bus ride after surmising that such a route see SCHOLARSHIP, page 2 Today’s Sections Some students have started a petition calling for the Joey to service Cousens Gym. Lewis Hydes makes the case against copyright laws in ‘Common as Air.’ see FEATURES, page 3 see ARTS, page 5 News Features Arts | Living Editorial | Letters 1 3 5 8 Op-Ed Comics Classifieds Sports 9 10 13 Back


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