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to accommodate a dozen bikes in a single space. “A shop with a heavy number of bicycle customers might like that,” Meehan said. Tina Woolston, program director for Tufts’ Office of Sustainability, believes the new lanes will increase biking’s appeal in the local community. “One barrier to biking in an area is that the roads are pretty dangerous,” Woolston said. “They’re kind of narrow, there are cars parked along the side of them. I see bike lanes as a way to make biking safer, and I’m sure more people might do it as a result.” Woolston thinks that the bike lanes will enable Tufts students to travel to more distant parts of the city. “This is a way of making other parts of Somerville accessible, especially to students who don’t have cars,” she said. Senior Emily Ruff, one of the Office of Sustainability’s Eco-Reps, has already made good use of Somerville’s bike lanes. “I’ve found the bike lanes very, very useful, and even though I rode around Somerville before the bike lanes, I certainly noticed them and have been planning my routes to use them,” Ruff said. She said that the bike lanes add to her sense of safety when traveling through the area. “I feel much safer using the bike lanes than just riding around,” Ruff said. “As much as cars should give equal rights to the roads to bikes,

often this doesn’t happen, so it’s nice to have clear lines and lanes to keep people safe and not interrupt traffic.” Sally Sharrow, a member of Environmental Consciousness Outreach (ECO) and Tufts Bikes, believes that the new bike lanes will help demonstrate to automobile drivers the need to share the road. “Bikes have a right to be on the road,” Sharrow, a senior, said. “Drivers don’t necessarily know that. I think with more bike lanes, it will be clearer that bikes have a right to be there.” Sharrow hopes that more Tufts students can gain access to bikes in order to utilize the new bike lanes. Sharrow is a co-founder of Tufts Bikes, a new student group aiming to bring a bike-share program to Tufts. “We’re trying to make bikes available for Tufts students,” Sharrow said. “If we get money from Senate, we’d buy 30 bikes to be checked out from the library with a student ID, and students would bring them back within a given amount of time.” Tufts Bikes also plans to host bike workshops, teaching users simple mechanics as well as how to ride safely in the city, according to Sharrow. She said that the new Somerville bike initiative reflects a more widespread biking trend. “I think that biking is becoming so much more popular around the States,” Sharrow said. “It is exciting to see these initiatives take place that will make biking easier.”

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A cyclist speeds along a Somerville street. The city has more than doubled the number of its bicycle lanes and is planning to expand them further next year.

Police Briefs A SMOKING GUN Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) officers at 1:21 a.m. on Nov. 3 saw three male students by the side of Lane Hall. When the officers approached, they smelled marijuana and saw one of the individuals throw a metal object over the railing. The officers retrieved the item, which turned out to be a marijuana grinder with marijuana in it. They also found a bag that contained a bong with smoke still inside the chamber. The students all denied ownership. TUPD confiscated and destroyed all of the items and sent a report to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

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TUPD at 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 6 received a call about a loud party taking place in Hillside Apartments. Officers reporting to the scene found loud music, underage drinking and a beer pong game set up. One of the residents stated that some of the alcohol was his, but that he

had not given it to any of the underage attendees. “What do you think?” TUPD Sgt. Robert McCarthy said. TUPD broke up the party and confiscated the unclaimed alcohol.

PLEASE RECYCLE THIS DAILY TUPD officers at 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 7 reported to a South Hall dorm room in response to reports of a strong odor of marijuana. When the residents opened the door, officers saw a marijuana vaporizer machine with an attached hose that had burnt marijuana residue in it. Officers also found an old issue of the Daily rolled with “something white” in it, according to McCarthy. “They recycle; let’s put it that way,” he said. The students turned over three small plastic bags to TUPD officers. —compiled by Alexandra Bogus based on reports from the Tufts University Police Department

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan delivered the keynote address on Friday at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy’s symposium, titled ‘Nutrition Security: Challenges and Advances.’ After the keynote, Merrigan spoke with the Daily about her efforts to aid local farmers in the United States. See Jumbo Slice at blogs.tuftsdaily.com for the full interview.

Senate hopes resolution will catalyze creation of new Africana studies major AFRICANA continued from page 1

“I’d like to see more concrete evidence about the classes that would fulfill the major, and I’d like to see whether or not a new professor would have to be hired in order to create a major and support it,” Maciejewski, a freshman, said. Shaidani, a sophomore, said students supporting the establishment of an Africana studies department have heard varying estimates about the costs of doing so. Clark said that students involved in the project have located a few dozen alumni who have committed to donating specifically to an Africana studies program, but she said details were not available for immediate release. Korovikov, a sophomore, said the bulk of the courses for an Africana studies major could come from existing courses offered by several departments. “I know specifically of a large number of anthropology courses and dance courses, arts courses, English courses, history courses

and political science courses that all deal with issues that are relevant to Africana studies,” Korovikov said. “If you look at a lot of the American studies courses right now, they really fit into Africana studies.” The ANW website lists across 17 different departments 38 professors who teach courses that currently count toward the ANW minor. Assistant Professor of Music Stephan Pennington, Associate Professor of English Christina Sharpe and Assistant Professor and Director of the ANW Interdisciplinary Minor Pearl Robinson have expressed support for an Africana studies department, according to Clark. Clark said Students for Educational Equality (SEE) last year began lobbying for an Africana studies department, and the Pan-African Alliance (PAA) currently spearheads the effort. Clark, the vice president of the PAA, said the resolution granted additional legitimacy to the groups’ efforts.

“From this point on, the resolution will basically serve as a lobbying tool for a lot of student organizations who are pushing forward the initiative with the administration,” Clark said. She said that a department in Africana studies, unlike an interdisciplinary major, would be able to hire professors holding degrees in the field. Chair of the Liberal Arts and Jackson Curricula Committee Frances Chew said in an e-mail to the Daily that the faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences must approve all proposals for new majors. Chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering Educational Policy Committee Jack Ridge said the Board of Trustees must also approve proposals for the creation of new departments. The Senate’s fall semester survey will ask students questions relating to Africana studies, including whether they would consider declaring a major or minor in the field, according to TCU Historian Tomas Garcia, a junior.

Working group, community members discuss Green Line extension plans GREEN LINE continued from page 1

Lackner emphasized that the overall design of each station remains flexible to accommodate its location. “Almost every station is going to have a unique plan in relation to the street,” she said. One of the proposed stations along the Green Line’s route will fall near the Tufts campus at the intersection of Boston and College Avenues. Eric Bourassa, the transportation manager at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, gave a presentation on a planning study done on a proposed site of the final stop of the extension to be located at Mystic Valley Parkway/ Route 16.

After a discussion of design principles for the station, the floor was opened for several members of the community and representatives of community groups to ask questions and voice their opinions about the project. Fichter, calling the meeting a success, told the Daily afterward that she was encouraged by the public’s participation. “It was nice to have the working group together as well as the members of the public … and there were a lot of good questions raised,” she said, adding that MassDOT relies on the input of the working group during the design process. “The most important … part [of the group] is to help us sort through all the … tradeoffs

that come to play during the design,” she said. The group will meet again sometime after Jan. 1, although members discussed scheduling for upcoming community workshops to accept more feedback from the communities surrounding each station. Seth Rau, a junior who attended the meeting as a member of the public, emphasized the need for increased student involvement in discussion about the project. “I feel like even though I’m a junior right now and I … will not see the fruition of this project,” Rau said, “right now there’s a lot of voices — there’s five thousand of us — and our voice was not heard in this.”

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The Tufts Daily for Wednesday, November 10, 2010