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THE TUFTS DAILY
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009
VOLUME LVIII, NUMBER 26
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Medford power outage hits Tufts campus Campus left in dark for nearly a day BY
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A power outage caused by an electrical fire in Medford Square lasted over 19 hours on Friday.
Emergency alert system improved but still misses some students BY
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As workers labored to restore power to Tufts’ Medford/ Somerville campus and parts of Medford on Friday and Saturday, university administrators relied on an improved emergency alert system to keep students, faculty and staff abreast of the situation. Administrators sent out four alerts via SMS text message and e-mail to members of the
Tufts community registered in the emergency alert system over the course of the day on Friday, and one at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday when power was restored. Geoffrey Bartlett, technical services manager in the Department of Public Safety, said he was not aware of any significant faults in Send Word Now’s functioning, although some students reported not receiving text message notification. Junior Ha Vo said that she
only received e-mail alerts from the system, which were not particularly useful since the internet accessibility was down in most dorms. “I lost internet access in my room, and it was only until I went to a friend’s house that I had access to e-mail,” she said. After last fall’s power outage, the university altered the way it employs the system, popularly called Send Word Now see ALERT, page 2
When Tufts went dim on Friday, upperclassmen got a serious case of déjà vu. But this time, the university says it was better equipped to help students make their way through the darkness. An underground cable failure and subsequent electrical fire in downtown Medford on Friday caused a power outage that blanketed Tufts’ campus and most of the city, leaving students without power until early Saturday morning. The outage, which coincided with the annual Parents Weekend, hearkened back to the 14-hour blackout that had overtaken Tufts almost exactly one year before. After that incident, which was sparked by a blown fuse on campus, most students complained that a flawed emergency alert system had offered
About 10 to 12 computers were infiltrated during the following week and weekend, Irish said on Tuesday. Of all the computers originally impacted, only two belonged to students one fewer than she had said were affected last week, Irish added. Over the past couple of weeks, information technology officials identified impacted computers, worked with users to strengthen passwords and tweaked network infrastructure settings to bolster security. UIT requires that users create passwords for Tufts’ local area network that are at least eight characters long and include uppercase and lowercase letters, at least one symbol and at least one number. “Many of the passwords of the computers that were compromised did not employ as safe passwords as they could have been,” Irish said. Irish declined to comment on network changes, saying that if the information were made public, it could compromise security. The Tufts network is relatively open compared to other large computer networks, like those at corporations, which often block access to sites like Facebook.com and YouTube.com or do not allow their users to download files that may not be secure. A diverse population of researchers, students, faculty and staff uses the Tufts network for a variety of purposes, making these sorts of restrictions untenable. “We can’t lock things down that other
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RAs, TEMS workers staﬀ dorms BY
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When the power went out on Friday, the electricity-powered fob system went down after burning through about a half-hour’s worth of backup battery. The system allows students to unlock the front doors to their residence halls with small key fobs. When the electricity failed because of a Medford power outage, the fobs became useless and most students were unable to open their halls’ front doors from outside.
Once it was clear that power would not be restored soon, the Department of Public Safety worked with the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ResLife), Tufts’ facilities department and the administration to man residential houses. External generators restored full power and heat to several residence halls, including West, Carmichael and Stratton Halls and Richardson House. All residential assistants (RAs) were asked to remain on duty. Two see POWER, page 2
Anti-war rally draws thousand protesters
Weak passwords lead to security breach, UIT says This month’s hacking attack on over 100 computers at Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus came about after hackers compromised a number of passwords which allowed them onto the network, according to Dawn Irish, director of communications and organizational effectiveness for University Information Technology (UIT). The hackers used their newfound access to take over storage space, saving files like movies and music that could be used for peer-to-peer sharing, Irish said. The attackers did not destroy any files and the security breach did not leave any lasting damage, according to Irish. “We call it a brute force attack with a password,” she said. Hackers can easily guess passwords that are not complicated enough. “Hackers have tools to process millions of passwords a minute,” Irish added. Beginning on the morning of Oct. 3 and continuing for a couple days, UIT officials noticed increased activity on over 100 machines in faculty and staff offices in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, in Tisch Library and in Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs and Student Services (USS), according to Irish. Some computers in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy also came under attack, she added. The breach caused USS’ technology team to pull WebCenter offline for about two days to protect sensitive student data used by the Web portal.
slow and limited information. This time, Tufts used Send Word Now, its alert system, to circulate four text messages and e-mails over the course of Friday, and one on Saturday when power was restored. When dormitories’ fob entry systems died, the university put all resident assistants (RAs) on duty to supplement an increased police force. Students largely said they felt safe despite the lack of power and eventual darkness. “I didn’t feel unsafe,” said freshman Laurie Rabin, who lives in Houston Hall. “There were a lot of people on my floor, so it seemed pretty safe. And someone was at the door all night.” Rabin said the outage did disrupt her parents’ visit, though. “They wanted to see everything around
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places would,” Irish said. “We are cautious in areas that we can be cautious.” Despite security updates, this breach will probably not be the last, according to Irish. “We have to be constantly vigilant against attacks,” she said. “People are constantly scanning our system for holes.” — by Ben Gittleson
Activists from across New England converged on Copley Square on Saturday to protest U.S. involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the demonstration culminating in an organized march through downtown Boston. The anti-war rally drew approximately 1,000 participants, according to rally organizer and Tufts graduate student Rebecca Batorsky. Over a dozen speakers and performers rallied the crowds for more than two hours in the 40-degree weather. Among the headlining speakers was Matthis Chiroux, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who, after an honorable discharge, refused redeployment to Iraq. Chiroux currently serves as a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “We’re not fighting terrorists; we’re fighting people,” Chiroux told the crowd amassed in front of Trinity Church. “Death is not a solution to terror. We cannot kill ourselves out of this problem.” see RALLY, page 2
Inside this issue
Departments struggle to keep pace as Arabic and Chinese language courses see increase in student enrollment.
The Tufts field hockey team lost a regular-season game for the first time in over two years, falling to Trinity 2-1.
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Additional police, security on hand made students feel secure OUTAGE continued from page 1
campus, but everything was shut down. It wasn’t that they were that inconvenienced, but more disappointed,” she said. Power across campus went out at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday, when an underground electrical cable failed in Medford Square, causing damage to a cluster of cables nearby and sparking the fire, according to Deborah Drew, company spokesperson for National Grid, the utility company responsible for the area and the primary supplier of Tufts’ power. The feed for Tufts was one of the cables compromised by the flames, Drew told the Daily. The fire interrupted power service for approximately 7,000 Medford residents. National Grid workers were able to restore power that afternoon to about half of those affected, by temporarily moving their power sources to other feeds, Drew said. The other half, which included the Tufts campus, underwent a “rather lengthy” outage that lasted close to 19 hours while workers made repairs to the cable. National Grid workers were able to restore power to Tufts at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. The power outage affected most
of the campus, as the majority of Tufts’ buildings on the Medford/ Somerville campus rely on National Grid, according to Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler. Some buildings and departments with external generators, including Ballou and Barnum Halls and the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) office in Dowling Hall, retained power throughout the day. Wood-framed houses on Tufts’ downhill campus, including a number of Greek houses on Professor’s Row, use a different power feeder and were not affected by the outage. As soon as the university was notified of the outage, a number of departments collaborated to respond. TUPD benefits from timely staff meeting TUPD called in extra officers and stationed them throughout campus. Capt. Mark Keith said that the police immediately canceled the monthly staff meeting scheduled for that day and put the supervisors who had come for the meeting on regular duty. “That worked out well, having an extra half a dozen people at our disposal,” Keith said. TUPD also called in at least three
officers from a later shift. By noon on Friday, Keith said 10 to 12 police officers were on duty for the rest of the day until 7 a.m. Saturday. Five campus security officers were also on campus for the overnight shift. Keith said that TUPD received no reports of crime incidents stemming from the outage. “The entire overnight shift while the power was out was relatively quiet as far as calls,” Keith said. “Two off-campus party calls and a couple of regulars, but nothing to do with the blackout.” Senior Director of Public Safety John King said that the night was “remarkably quiet,” adding that he saw a considerable number of students leaving campus to avoid the outage. Power outage comes full circle Friday’s outage brought back memories of last year’s blackout, which occurred on Oct. 12, 2008, as a result of a power failure in a transfer station near Dowling Hall. Technical Services Manager Geoffrey Bartlett said that the administration worked to improve its protocol following last year’s blackout after a number of students voiced concerns. He said the improvements were manifested in the response this year.
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Students on Friday braced the darkness in Hotung Café. “In general, the utility outage went remarkably well, no reports of any injuries, [and] a number of different organizations of the university came together to try to address the situation.” Keith, of TUPD, agreed that last year’s response had offered a valuable foundation for administrators. “I think that our response this time around seemed to be effective,” Keith said. “I’m not aware of anything right now that went ter-
ribly wrong, but there’s always room for improvement.” Various departments of the university, including public safety, facilities, TUPD and other administrators, will likely meet sometime this week, both King and Keith said, to discuss the university’s response and strategies for future incidents of this nature. Katherine Sawyer contributed reporting to this article.
Rally-goers denounce Afghan war in Copley Square
Emergency alert system updated after last year’s blackout
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The rally came at a time when President Barack Obama is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, a strategy similar to the 2007 troop surge in Iraq. Obama was elected in large part due to his opposition to the Iraq war, but many at the rally felt betrayed by his desire to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Chiroux said that any U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan is bound to fail, even if the military were to follow a strategy that places greater emphasis on development over combat. “The idea of having U.S. military personnel distribute that aid to me is pretty asinine,” Chiroux told the Daily after his speech. “Make no mistake: We are a bull in the china shop. And when you get a bull inside a china shop, you don’t make him fix the broken china; you get him the heck out and write a check. Right now we’re trying to force the bull to fix the china.” Brendan Curran, who is studying to become a priest at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, attended the rally and expressed his anger about Obama’s first nine months in office. “I thought he was going to be a peace candidate, and he’s not following through,” Curran told the Daily. “I danced in the streets when he got elected. And he’s not following through on the war ... He’s being spineless.” Curran, who is 25 years old, was part of a minority of young people in attendance; the crowd was mostly made up of longtime peace activists. Batorsky was disappointed by the low turnout from college-aged students. She said a similar rally held last year saw large student involvement and was surprised by the small number of youths that came out on Saturday. “This year, I can’t imagine that people’s sentiments about the war have
changed, but maybe they’re not as forceful as they were because they’re not sure what to think about Obama … They’re not sure how to make their voices heard,” she said. Cynthia Snow, a retiree from Brookline, emphasized what she saw as a misallocation of government resources. “I don’t think killing people is going to solve anything,” Snow told the Daily. “If you put half the resources that are going into killing people into supporting education, better health care and well-being, here and around the world, it would do a lot more good than we’re doing now.” Dave Tiffany, who traveled from his home in New Hampshire for the rally, is retired but keeps busy as a full-time activist. He has held weekly vigils for four years and attends several anti-war events a week in his home state. He prides himself on being the questioner who, in January 2008, pushed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to say that he would be willing to keep American troops in Afghanistan for 100 years, which became a contentious campaign issue. Tiffany, like most of those at the rally, rejected the notion of “the good war,” a term which Obama has used to describe U.S. military action in Afghanistan. “I understand that we have to do something about al-Qaeda, but nation-building in Afghanistan has nothing to do with that,” Tiffany said. “I don’t understand why we’re expending all these lives.” The one-and-a-half mile march through Boston, which included a brass band and a puppet troupe, was punctuated by chants of “Our streets, their war,” and “U.S. out of the Middle East — no peace, no justice.” The march was relatively peaceful, despite several shouting matches between marchers and a man wearing a dishdasha, a traditional Arabic tunic, who was carrying a sign with the slogan, “Obama is a Jewish puppet.”
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after the company that supplies it, this year sending more messages and limiting the communication channels utilized. The changes resulted from meetings over the past year between administrators, staff and student leaders after a number of students voiced concerns over the university’s alert system during the blackout last October, according to Bartlett. A crisis communications work group including representatives from the Department of Public Safety, University Information Technology (UIT) and University Relations met and laid the groundwork for a “subaccount” of the emergency alert system, used for urgent but not life-threatening situations when “we don’t need to push all the buttons at once,” Bartlett said. Send Word Now can contact people over telephone with voice recordings, but administrators elected not to use that mode of communication because the situation was not life-threatening, according to Bartlett. The frequency of alerts this year stood in stark contrast to the one message sent out during the power outage last year, which left most of the Medford/ Somerville campus in the dark after a failure in a transfer station located near Dowling Hall. That blackout lasted about 14 hours; this weekend’s continued for a little over 19 hours. In mid-September, the alert system sent an e-mail to Tufts students asking them to update contact information. Sophomore Hilary Ross, who did not receive text messages during the blackout either, was among several who did not update her information. “It’s my own fault for not signing up for the texts,” Ross said. “At first, I felt
really lost and confused when I didn’t get the texts because everyone else knew what was going on and I didn’t.” Bartlett said the contact information of Tufts students and staff entered into the system last year rolled over this year. But if individuals did not identify their phone number as coming from a cell phone, as opposed to a landline, the system would not send a text message to that number. Bartlett said students and staff can request another invite to register or update their information by contacting the UIT support center. Last year’s sole alert — which came in the form of text messages and voice recordings was sent out over five hours after power went out. Administrators had been hesitant to employ the system last year, as they did not term the power outage a life-threatening emergency. One change to the system this time around appeared to be more cosmetic. Instead of labeling transmitted messages as emanating from the Tufts Emergency Alert System, as had been done in the past, this year’s texts and e-mails said they came from “Tufts University.” The former label had aroused anxiety in many, Bartlett said. Freshman Laurie Rabin, who received all of the alerts via text message, said that she was pleased with the university’s constant updates but found the information lacking in details. Sophomore Taylor Perkins felt differently, saying that he felt that the university updated students adequately but often with unnecessary information. “Saying things like ‘power out in Medford’ to the people in Medford is kind of redundant,” Perkins said. Katherine Sawyer and Alexandra Bogus contributed reporting to this article.
Student workers monitor residence halls during outage POWER continued from page 1
RAs were on duty in some dorms throughout the day and night, one to make sure that only Tufts students with IDs entered the buildings and the other to monitor activity throughout the dorm. Freshman Tabias Wilson, who lives in Houston Hall, said that he felt safe the whole night, and that Friday’s security measures actually seemed tighter than the typical fob system. “I went to an off-campus party and as soon as I walked in the door,
security seemed to be tighter than when the electricity is on,” Wilson said. “That’s ironic.” Student workers with Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) manned unstaffed residence halls from 6 p.m. onward. Two TEMS workers each were stationed at Hillside Apartments, Latin Way and Sophia Gordon Hall. Latin Way resident Eric Johnson, a sophomore, left campus and went home for the night to avoid the darkness. Johnson said that a friend living in an unstaffed dorm was nervous because she was alone
in her suite, but he said that he likely would have felt secure had he stayed the night. “I feel like if I were here, there are still two locked doors,” he said, referring to his Latin Way apartment’s front door and his room door. The outage came at an inopportune time for the university, as Parents Weekend programming began Friday and lasted through Sunday. All parents — including those not visiting the university — received an e-mail alert from Tufts notifying them that programming would
continue as scheduled. Thurler said most Parents Weekend programming on Friday, involving mainly lectures, proceeded as planned. Activities throughout the weekend continued, though some of the locations changed to accommodate the power failure. Sari and David Binder visited their son Justin, a junior, this weekend. Sari Binder said that she was “slightly inconvenienced” by the outage, but felt the university responded well and appreciated the e-mail update. “We probably would have spent
more time at the bookstore and some of the other buildings that were closed,” she said, “but we made up for it [on Sunday].” Laura and Rich Hameister, visiting daughter Kirsten, a freshman, said that the regular Tufts updates helped them “plan accordingly.” “The blackout wasn’t a problem for us,” Laura Hameister said. “We ended up spending more time with her in her dorm room, and we went out to lunch instead of going to the dining hall. I also did her laundry at a laundromat because we couldn’t do it in the dorm.”
JESSIE BORKAN | COLLEGE IS AS COLLEGE DOES
Pilates: a tragedy
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Arabic is becoming an increasingly popular language of study among college students.
Asian language depts. barely meet demand Popularity of Arabic and Chinese evident nationally and at Tufts BY
Students watching the Olympics in Beijing last summer may have been interested in more than sporting events. Although the Tufts language requirement has always stimulated high enrollment in language courses, current events seem to heavily impact which languages students choose to study. The past few years have seen a dramatic rise in the number of students enrolled in Chinese and Arabic, languages spoken in regions that have received high media coverage in recent years. According to a study by the Modern Language Association released in 2007, from 2002 to 2006, enrollment in 11 of the 15 most popular language classes
grew faster than the overall 6.2 percent increase in the number of college students enrolled during that period. The same study showed that, on a national level, the two languages with the greatest increase in enrollment during that period were Chinese, which rose by 51 percent, and Arabic, which rose by 126 percent. Tufts has not been immune to this national trend. “Students are practical,” said Professor Mingquan Wang, the language coordinator and a senior lecturer in the Chinese department. “They are going to enroll in courses that reflect economic and political development on the world stage.” Wang noted that the numbers of students in his classes have steadily increased each of the past 10 years that
he has been at Tufts. Professor Rana Abdul-aziz, a lecturer for the Arabic program, also noted a steady rise in student enrollment in Arabic courses. “As long as international relations is a popular major at Tufts, current events will play a large role in what languages students choose,” Abdul-aziz said. However, such an increase in student interest can make it hard for departments to keep up. The Arabic department lost two professors last year and only hired one, and with the demand for the classes continuously increasing, it has had to resort to larger class sizes. According to Professor Abdul-Aziz, while last year most classes had no more than 12 or see LANGUAGES, page 4
Developing Davis without forgetting its past BY
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Restaurants and stores that have opened recently in Davis Square have caused Tufts students to take note of the area’s growth. But few people understand the evolution and the history of the Davis area as well as Lee Auspitz. Auspitz, a long-time resident of Davis Square, has been active in the area for nearly 40 years. Like many others, Auspitz became a resident at a young age, in 1974, when he settled in with his family. “Back then, the prices were much lower in Somerville, and so we decided to buy a house and raise our family there. We knew that the red line was coming, and so it seemed like a good place to be,” he said. Auspitz joined the Davis Square Task Force, a group which discusses and prepared for developments in the area, many years ago and has contributed to the community through this committee ever since. Although it took the red line almost 10 years to come after he settled in, Auspitz remembers that it was an important topic long before the project was completed.
“In the very first meeting I went to in the library, they were discussing how to prepare for the red line,” he said. “There were a number of things done in Davis Square to prepare well in advance for this change.” Additional parking spaces were created, and commercial businesses increasingly settled in the area due to the high transit of people. Recently, the planning for the green line’s extension to Medford has been a subject of main interest. “This planning is still an ongoing process,” Auspitz said. Furthermore, as an active resident, Auspitz finds interesting the degree of new growth, defined as the addition or renovation of a house that changes its structure, in the Davis Square and Somerville areas over the past 10 years, which has been around $1 billion. Surprisingly, this amount is more than double than what has come from all commercial and industrial growth in Somerville in the same period of time, which shows how important residential life is for the Davis Square community. “That’s a very significant number which contributes revenue to the city, and it should be an important factor in the planning for the green
line,” Auspitz said. As for today, Davis has already become a very popular place. According to Auspitz, there are three factors that give the square its charm. The first is the fact that everything is within such a close walking distance. “We do not need to have a car,” he said. From Somerville Theatre to the homeless shelter to one of the designer stores on Holland Street, anything in Davis is within a 10-minute walk. Second, the diversity of the community is very appealing for him. Due to the affordability of the houses in the area in the past and the present demand for residences, people from the Davis community do both bluecollar and white-collar work. “There are people not only from all over the world, but also from different social classes,” Auspitz said. Finally, the residential community that Davis maintains is a special characteristic of the place. “The residential aspect and the diversity of the square is what draws people to it,” Auspitz said. Because of its popularity, Davis Square has garnered the attention of many see DAVIS, page 4
t had been almost two months, and I still had faith that I was going to get the hang of Pilates ... and then came the giant bouncy balls. Like Goldilocks, I went through three sizes of these inflatable spheres of humiliation, but never found that just-right ball. Instead, I spent most of class sunk into a partially deflated globe, knees to my chest and rolling off every five to seven minutes. Pilates and I were an awkward match from the start, somewhere between the levels of the first dinner with your boyfriend’s parents and asking a non-pregnant woman when she’s due. I should have known better than to attempt an exercise class; from day one, I went into it with the wrong attitude (that attitude being that I was secretly hoping someone would fart at a horribly inopportune moment). I see now that my relationship with Pilates, while not destined to fail, will actually suffer a worse fate: to be strung out over 16 weeks as a series of incidents ranging from mildly uncomfortable to legitimately mortifying. They say that 90 percent of success is just showing up (that has been said, I swear). In this case, showing up is actually 100 percent ... of my grade. But sometimes I fool myself into thinking that it could constitute some percentage of my success as well. I’m sore. Could that be from Pilates? What about that epic under-table dive I made during ‘ruit last weekend? My pants are a little loose, but couldn’t it be because I am slowly losing what little sanity I have left and haven’t had the peace of mind to feed myself anything but raw pasta and strawberry pop-tarts for the past week? Pilates has a weird language of its own. Words and phrases I was sure I understood present a challenge. Suddenly a head nod was not the agreeable gesture I knew but an unfathomably complicated and elusive calisthenic movement. I know the word “pelvic,” and I know the word “floor,” but I’ll be damned if I know what you’re talking about when you use them together, and it only gets worse when you throw another wrench in there — try “elevator” or “zipper.” With each class, I am increasingly able to fake knowing what is going on; my instructor will say something like “articulate your spiiiiine,” I sit up, and what do you know! This is apparently an acceptable response. I knew this was supposed to be a workout, giving me defined abs and a much needed posture makeover, but this was just not the case. Despite my misguided strategy of tensing a random muscle every time we are given a directive, I still can be found slouching around campus, hunched over my laptop, bearing the midriff of a four-year-old transitioning out of her baby-fat stage. I even stayed after class and spoke with my instructor, hoping to get some insight on how I was supposed to breathe without moving my stomach (thanks a lot, yoga) or wave my arms in circles in a way that could be considered exercise. Unfortunately, the combination of my flailing limbs and apparent inability to understand anything coming out of my instructor’s mouth was so painful for both of us that I just faked enlightenment and left the gym with my tail “articulated” between my legs. I have, after all the flying foam rings and accidental classmate slapping, come to a conclusion. Pilates and I are just not meant to be. Apparently, neither are me and a six-pack. Knowing your own limitations is important, and just like “The Big Lebowski” and Twitter, I know that I will never understand the intricate dance that is PE 0008-A. The semester, however, is not even half over, so for 75 minutes twice a week until December, I will be faking and flailing my way to fitness. And now that the pressure’s off to make it work, I will be loving every minute of it. Jessie Borkan is a senior majoring in psychology. She can be reached at Jessie. Borkan@tufts.edu.
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Arabic and Chinese departments work to satiate increased student interest
Auspitz imagines future of Davis with Green Line and Tufts-run hotel
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15 students, this year’s classes were capped at 15 and there was overflow in several cases. The Arabic and Chinese departments are not only seeing an increase in the number of students enrolling in introductory courses but also in the number of students continuing to study the language throughout their entire four years at Tufts. Wang confirmed that 70 students were placed into upper level Chinese classes this year, which is the highest number yet. “One of the most telling indicators of the trend is that there are more students than ever enrolled in fourth and fifth year classes,” Abdul-aziz said. “The language requirement only reaches to the third year, so after that you have students who are really committed. Some people decide they want to use it in their future career, and others are just pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoy it.” Senior Phaedra Brucato, who studied abroad last fall with Tufts-in-China, has studied Chinese for all of her four years at Tufts. She said that taking Chinese is one of the most important parts of her education since she believes it will play a role in her life after Tufts. “I’m planning on traveling to China after I graduate, and hopefully [I] can use the skills I learned at Tufts and can get more out of my time there,” she said. This trend in retention means that both departments must now offer more high-level language and literature classes as well as culture classes. The Chinese department is offering 14 courses in Chinese literature and culture this semester, including “Martial Arts in Chinese Literature and Film” and “The Chinese Ghost Story.” The Arabic department also includes literature and culture courses and hopes to continue to add courses taught in other Arabic dialects in addition to Modern Standard Arabic.
Unfortunately for Chinese language students, many Chinese culture courses are taught in English, which can make it hard to continue studying the language at the upper level. “My experience this semester was that it was hard for me to find a course that fit my schedule. I wanted to take Chinese 123 or 125, but they were both at the same time and wouldn’t fit into my schedule no matter what,” Brucato said. She added that although she could have completed an Independent Study program, the already overloaded faculty said they would not be able to offer her that option. Despite both languages’ growing popularity, Chinese and Arabic pose considerable challenges to English speakers. Both languages use entirely different alphabets and include unfamiliar sounds and tonalities. This often makes the classes difficult because it may take students longer to complete assignments with the new alphabet and sounds than those of other languages. “[Arabic students] have the same amount of time in class to learn, but because there are more aspects of the language to learn initially, more time is required outside of class in order to obtain proficiency,” Abdul-aziz said. The departments have handled this issue in a variety of different ways. For example, the Chinese program offers a comprehensive online program with supplementary audio and video materials that allows students to get extra practice through listening, reading and even writing online. For some students, excitement about learning a language makes all hurdles seem minor. “Although I think learning Chinese involves vast amounts of memorization, the grammatical structures in romance languages are much more difficult to learn,” Brucato said. “Furthermore, since I have a more visually-oriented brain, I found memorizing characters to be somewhat enjoyable”.
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businesses and companies. However, Auspitz fears that due to the popularity that the Davis area has acquired, the social and class diversity of the square will progressively decline. “We’ve tried to slow down the amplification of the square, but it is inevitable that it will happen; the prices of the houses will go up, and this will drive low- and moderate-income people out,” Auspitz said. Over the years, the Chamber of Commerce has tried to create parking areas in the plaza and to build highrise office buildings. “They even had a plan to turn Davis Square into a mall which would have caused all the traffic to move into the residential streets,” Auspitz said. “We have fought all of this, and we were lucky. We’ve had a resident-friendly administration.” Resisting commercialization has been an ongoing process. The residents’ main purpose is to make Davis hospitable and maintain its friendly community atmosphere, another part of its charm. “If you go for a neighborhood- and community-oriented strategy, the business will come along and the tax revenues will be there; whereas, if you go for strict business development, you have neighborhood deterioration, and that is what we are trying to resist,” Auspitz said. Despite the popularity of the area for Tufts students, Auspitz explained that the favorite hangouts for Jumbos are only a portion of the thriving businesses in the area. “Davis is a playground for Tufts students. However, they are actually a much smaller part of the square than you would think.” He added that students seem to only see the recreational activities, while the largest sources of employment in Davis are medical and social services. The Social Security office, medical facilities, dentist, acupuncturist and optical offices are some examples of these institutions that employ the
majority of the community. Auspitz encouraged the Tufts population to get more involved with the Davis community and noted that Tufts’ involvement in Davis Square has been fairly limited. He proposed a few suggestions for areas in which Tufts could increase its impact. “The development of the Powder House School is something that Tufts should take a greater interest in. The Tufts Administration Building is next to this school, and so Tufts could be more involved,” he said.
“Sometimes by being too ambitious you can kill the character of the place. Harvard Square is an example of what we do not wish to become,” Lee Auspitz member of Davis Square task process committee Auspitz also felt that the area, as well as the university, could benefit from the creation of a small hotel in Davis Square. “The real market is the academic visits to Tufts, and it would be a commercial success if Tufts made the commitment,” he said. A small boutique hotel with around 50 rooms of a moderate price and close proximity to Tufts would not only benefit the university, but it would be a service for the community, Auspitz added. Still, even with these ideas for development, Auspitz prided himself on the area’s commitment to maintaining its personality and valuing its past. “Sometimes by being too ambitious you can kill the character of the place. Harvard Square is an example of what we do not wish to become,” he said.
Committee on Student Life (CSL) is now accepting nominations for the…
2010 WENDELL PHILLIPS AWARD The Wendell Phillips Memorial Scholarship is one of two prize scholarships (the other being assigned to Harvard University), which were established in 1896 by the Wendell Phillips Memorial Fund Association in honor of Boston’s great preacher and orator. The award is given annually to the junior or senior who has best demonstrated both marked ability as a speaker and a high sense of public responsibility. The recipient of the award receives a cash prize and traditionally is selected as the only student speaker at the Baccalaureate Ceremony in May. Nominees will be invited to apply and following a throughout review of finalists, the Committee on Student Life will select this year’s recipient in March 2010. .
To nominate student(s) go to Office for Campus Life Website at ocl.tufts.edu Click on Wendell Phillips Award Nominations Use “Wendell Phillips” as Account/Username.
Nomination Deadline: November 2, 2009, 5:00 pm Nominated students must be a current Senior or Junior. Students may nominate themselves or other students. For further information contact Joseph Golia, Director Office for Campus Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or x73212
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Audiences love ‘New York’ BY
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Paris may be the city for lovers, but New York has a je ne sais quoi that can’t be beat. Based on the French film “Paris, Je T’aime”
New York, I Love You Starring Chris Cooper, Natalie Portman, Ethan Hawke, Maggie Q Directed by Fatih Akin and Yvan Attal (2006), “New York, I Love You” paints a gritty and often witty picture of the ups and downs of love in New York City. With its myriad of quirky, bittersweet love stories featuring a star-studded cast, “New York, I Love You” is the perfect feel-good movie for romantics and city dwellers. From “Paris, je t’aime” creators Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné, “New York, I Love You” isn’t a typical Hollywood movie. As an anthology film, a group of notable directors — Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth,” 1998), Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” 1998) and Mira Nair (“The Namesake,” 2006), to name a few — each directed their own vignettes showing the CELEBUZZ.COM
‘New York, I Love You’ presents a series of vignettes about love in the Big Apple.
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INTERVIEW | BENNY HOROWITZ, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
Gaslight Anthem drummer discusses fame, influences and playing with Springsteen
‘Game’ plays well, doesn’t always win
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The Gaslight Anthem played to an enthusiastic audience at the Boston House of Blues this past Saturday night, with openers Murder By Death, Jesse Malin and Broadway Calls. The New Jersey soul-punk band has been receiving more mainstream attention since the release of their critically acclaimed second album, “The ’59 Sound” (2008), which ranked among “New Musical Express’” (NME) 50 Best Albums of 2008. The Daily sat down with drummer Benny Horowitz before the show to talk about Jersey, Bruce Springsteen and soul-punk. Josh Zeidel: 2008 was a big year for your band. “The ’59 Sound” represented a huge step forward for Gaslight, and it catapulted you into a wider spotlight. How has your live show evolved to fill larger venues? Benny Horowitz: I think just through the process of playing together for a few years we’ve adapted our style … We like going from song to song, not wasting a lot of
Most current and former student athletes won’t soon forget the raw emotion expressed in locker rooms
More Than a Game
Benny Horowitz drums with Gaslight Anthem. time. We play a lot longer, but we feel a responsibility to do that as well, because these are our shows now, and whatever the ticket price is, if it’s a sh-t show, that’s on us … So we want to make sure that people are getting their money’s worth.
Starring LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton Directed by Kristopher Belman
JZ: This past summer, you were joined on stage twice by fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen — what was it like for
after a big win or loss. Friendships forged on bus rides and during long hours in the gym are similarly forever fixed in memory. “More Than a Game” captures the intensity of team experience as it documents the journey of the St. Vincent-St. Mary high school boy’s basketball team, which featured a young LeBron James. The documentary centers around
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‘Sleep’ awakens theatergoers BY
REBECCA SANTIAGO Contributing Writer
Palming the walls for guidance, the audience filters through a narrow, dark hallway lit only by a few strategically placed can-
Sleep No More Written and Directed by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle At the Old Lincoln School through January 3rd Tickets $25 to $39
Vinicius Salles in “Sleep No More.”
dles. The hallway leads to an antiquated dressing room; some audience members pause to rifle through the drawers of the
fussy bureau, while others round the corner to find themselves before a heavy crimson curtain, reminiscent of those that drape over the stage. A brave hand dares to part the dense folds, revealing a spirited bar where the guests are embraced by an expensively-outfitted hostess, delighted that her guests could attend her soiree. Presently, the baffled members of the audience have stepped onto the stage and into the heart of “Sleep No More,” a unique, immersive experience that calls into question the passive nature of traditional dramatic theater. “Sleep No More” is the North American debut of Punchdrunk, a British theater company determined to not only break the fourth wall, the barrier between actors and their audience, but also shatsee SLEEP, page 7
CHARLES LAUBACHER | EARS OPEN
Don’t hate, collaborate!
his week, seeking inspiration, I turned once again to my favorite mag-rag Rolling Stone. Flipping through the first few pages of content (post-ads), I saw evidence of a growing trend. I encountered a brief blurb about the hottest concert in LA this fall: a collaboration between Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band, also featuring Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich among others, is just one of many new and exciting collaborations to hit the scene in recent months. So-called “supergroups” have periodically dotted the landscape of popular music. Though many be anything but “super,” they always inspired excitement because they allow fans to hear favorite musicians work together in a new context. Hip-hop artists have kept the spirit of sonic collaboration alive and well. Contemporary hip-hop records are riddled with cameos and guest artistry. Likewise, pop artists often stumble onto one another’s tracks — though in this case, it is often the draw of two famous names on a single piece of merchandise that motivates the co-op rather than genuine artistic exploration. For some time, however, the rock scene has seemed relatively bereft of collaboration between artists with different musical leanings. Many lament the changing landscape of the contemporary music industry, but perhaps the collapse of the traditional album-singlesvideos-tours-paycheck structure has given musicians more freedom to explore outside the realm of their own bands. Whatever the factors responsible for this recent influx of “supergroups,” I think it is an exciting move forward for the music industry. In addition to Thom Yorke’s new project, four of today’s foremost folkies and indie players have teamed up to create Monsters of Folk. Comprised of Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, producer Mike Mogis, Jim James of My Morning Jacket and M. Ward, Monsters has an eclectic yet cohesive sound that is a testament to each member’s individual ability. On the other end of the decibel counter, a vicious new tri-generation rock trio has arisen in the form of Them Crooked Vultures. TCV features Dave Grohl, frontman of Foo Fighters, reprising his role from his days in Nirvana as the gorilla behind the drum set, John Paul Jones, bass and everything-else player for Led Zeppelin, and Josh Homme, evil genius behind the heavy machinations of Queens of the Stone Age. Each member makes their presence known in some of the dirtiest blues you’ve heard in a long time. These are just the most recent in a growing number of entities that are bringing together great musicians. Acknowledging the excellent efforts by these groups, I would like to see some musicians take it further. One of my favorite pairings of the past few years appeared on the “Quantum of Solace” (2008) soundtrack. The seemingly mismatched Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather) and Alicia Keys tore into “Another Way to Die,” showing us that, stripped of all association with genre and listener base, the two aren’t really very different; the music the play is rooted in the same traditions. When you take away our superficial categorizations of genre, music is just music. Years of playing with the same people means that the longest lasting bands are also often those with the most distinct and tight sounds. However, when musicians only perform with a singular musical entity, we don’t get a chance to hear the wonderful things they might be able to offer with in a different context. These new collaborative efforts are opening new doors and (I hope) herald the return of more genuine musical exploration. In the next few years, I hope to see more artists work together to break down the confines of heavy vs. quiet, pop vs. indie. So come on, Lady GaGa and Bon Iver, hit me with your best shot.
Charles Laubacher is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at Charles.Laubacher@tufts.edu.
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Star-studded cast not a crutch; film relies on heartwarming storylines NEW YORK continued from page 5
different forms that love can take with an eclectic group of New Yorkers. Unlike the picturesque architecture and dreamy feel emphasized in “Paris,” the directors of “New York, I Love You” highlight the more edgy, fast-paced New York lifestyle. The film opens with choppy, grainy images of the Brooklyn Bridge, cabs stuck in traffic on Manhattan streets and crowds of people walking like they’ve got somewhere more important to be. While most films — and clueless tourists — romanticize New York as the home of Times Square and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), true New Yorkers will appreciate how “New York, I Love You” embraces the rawness, attitude and unpredictability of the city. While the storylines stand as their own separate snapshots of New Yorkers dabbling in love, many of the characters cross paths throughout the movie, making the film a bit more complex than its French counterpart. Unlike “Paris, je t’aime” where one vignette is abruptly followed by the next, Benbihy and Carné thoughtfully create short, necessary transitions between scenes in “New York, I Love You.” Showing strangers exchanging a few words at a café or accidentally getting into the same cab effortlessly ties seemingly unrelated tales of love together. These chance encounters also capture the big-butsmall essence of New York City, proving that six degrees of separation isn’t just a game about Kevin Bacon.
Although a few of the vignettes seem a tad too trite or extreme in their portrayals of love, their underlying themes are still believable. The cliché NYU college student (Rachel Bilson) meets her married professor and lover (Andy Garcia) at a bar in the Village, but this pairing is then juxtaposed by the more unusual tale of an Indian jeweler (Irrfan Khan) in Midtown dealing more than diamonds to a soonto-be married Orthodox Jewish woman (Natalie Portman). At first, stories like the latter appear far-fetched, but that doesn’t make them any less relatable. The audience can empathize with unusual characters because their emotions are universal even if their circumstances are not. Fortunately, “New York, I Love You” also doesn’t expect the mere popularity of its all-star cast to carry the weight of the stories. Though well-known faces frequent the film, the various plots are strong enough that audiences aren’t drooling over celebrities instead of actually paying attention to the stories. To be fair, “New York, I Love You” has its share of famous actors: Ethan Hawke, Natalie Portman, Shia LaBeouf, Bradley Cooper, Hayden Christensen, Andy Garcia, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci and Rachel Bilson are a few examples. For the most part, the film’s directors do a notable job of keeping the artistry of their vignettes up to par with these celebrity powerhouses. One of the more heartwarming stories is director Joshua Marston’s endearing portrayal of love between bickering elderly
“New York, I Love You” explores relationships from the unexpected to the cliché. couple Abe and Mitzie (Brooklyn native Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman, respectively) as they slowly take a trip to Coney Island for their 63rd wedding anniversary. As Mitzie continually lectures Abe about “lifting his feet” like the doctor told him to, the pair shuffles down to the ocean by the Coney Island boardwalk. In the end, watching the two of them lovingly banter their way to
the Brooklyn shore leaves audiences with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Ultimately, “New York, I Love You” skillfully captures the complexities of love in a city full of raw passion and unique individuals. With some of its more unconventional portrayals of love and its all-star cast, “New York, I Love You” is bound to leave audiences eagerly searching for love in unlikely places.
Gaslight Anthem mixes Jersey punk roots with a little bit of soul GASLIGHT continued from page 5
you to play with a rock musician who has been so influential on your band? BH: It was really surreal, you know? But in a way, it kind of humanizes him, someone you’ve been seeing on TV your whole life … He was really relaxed, didn’t seem to want to talk about himself at all, he was interested in what was going on with us … He was just a really nice guy. In retrospect, looking back, I’m still having a hard time believing we met him. JZ: How did The Gaslight Anthem form? What does the name mean, and how did you settle on it? BH: Brian [Fallon, guitar, lead vocals] had a project called This
Charming Man. They were signed to a label and did a tour, and I guess a couple members combusted on tour. So he needed a new rhythm section … and he started playing with his brotherin-law Alex [Levine, bass, backing vocals]. One of the guys he was working with … was an old friend of mine from the hardcore scene who knew that I was … playing with whoever at the time. So he hooked me and Brian up, and I went up there to practice … We got Alex Rosamilia [lead guitar, backing vocals] who I had previously played with in other bands, and that’s when we formed for real, in late 2005 … I was thinking some of the songs were coming out anthem-ic and big, so I suggested “The Anthem,” which would have been totally cliché. The Gaslight was this folk bar in New York back in the ’60s, which
[Bob] Dylan and Joni Mitchell used to play [in], that was Brian’s idea, and it was sort of the combination of the two things. JZ: The music, lyrics and recording process of “The ’59 Sound” are influenced by an older generation of musicians, from Tom Petty to Otis Redding. How do you reconcile these influences with your New Jersey punk roots? BH: It was a process. There were times when the combination of those elements was difficult to put together. That EP we did, “Señor and the Queen” (2008), was sort of like us learning how to write “The ’59 Sound.” It was a semi-conscious effort, because we all love [soul] music and it was an idea to see how it could happen, how you could mix the
you been listening to recently?
JZ: Many of your songs contain references to the New Jersey region you call home. How much would you say your music is a product of your environment?
BH: A ton of stuff, and if you looked at all of our iPods, there’d be some pretty singularly different things. A lot of the bands that we reference are bands that all of us love: The Clash, Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls, The Descendants, a lot of the soul stuff, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson … We’re all pretty big Constantines fans, those guys are a big band for us right now.
BH: Quite a bit. All four of us were born and raised and still live in that area. It happens to be a pretty unique place with a lot of glory and a lot of struggle … When you’re from there, it makes your life more trying, but in a way it kind of solidifies a lot of things in yourself, just being able to get through it. Not to say that we all grew up with massive struggle, but it’s what you see and what you listen to. Even if we’re not struggling, we’re watching other people struggle. JZ: What bands or artists have
JZ: When can your fans expect to hear the next album? BH: By the middle of January we’re going to start recording in New York with producer Ted Hutt who did the last record. It should come out by the middle of next summer, barring any major catastrophes.
Documentary stays engaging but doesn’t explore players’ lives oﬀ the court GAME continued from page 5
five boys and a coach from Akron, Ohio, as they make the journey from being a middle-school team playing on a linoleumfloored gym to becoming a national basketball powerhouse. The movie uses home videos and TV footage from local stations to show how the boys grew and developed as a basketball team and sprinkles in a series of interviews with the players and coach through which the audience gets a brief glimpse of their personal lives. Any avid sports follower will be immediately captivated by the events on screen. The action on the court is dynamic, and highlight-reel footage of James and company makes the attempts of other competing high school teams look like child’s play. Though basketball fans are now accustomed to seeing James complete astonishing dunks on a nightly basis, watching him make windmill jams and alley-oops over helpless 16-yearolds gives the viewer a sense of how truly talented an athlete he is. Despite focusing primarily on James during the highlights, the film as a whole captures more than just the star player of the team. “More Than a Game” could have easily devolved into “The LeBron James Show,” but it remains fair to the other players, and each team member gets an equal amount of attention. Considering how easy it would be to make a movie focused on the world icon so well-loved today, the filmmakers deserve credit for taking a risk and trying to tell a different story. There are a number of fantastic people in this film, as each of the players has a
Look, we’re the Sports section now! unique personality and brings something different to the table. Dru Joyce III, the team’s point guard, is the most compelling team member and has some of the best moments in the film. Joyce III, who is by far the shortest member of the team, plays with a chip on his shoulder and an enviable level of confidence. His father, Dru Joyce Jr., is the head coach of the team, and brings a much-needed perspective to the team’s journey as the lone adult with any major role in the documentary. The cinematography is slick and fast-
paced, quickly cutting back and forth from highlight reels to flashy graphics and interviews. This keeps the story and the action moving at a rapid pace and creates a heightened level of excitement as the team races closer to its final game. While the story of this basketball team stays engaging, there is never an attempt to dig deeper into the lives of the kids involved. There are moments during some interviews when the boys discuss their family life, growing up and some of the hardships they had to endure, but not nearly
enough time is allotted to let these stories develop. Some dramas are shared, but so many questions are left unanswered: Was there any resentment towards James from the other players? Were there any issues with racism at the nearly all-white school they attended? During the season, were there any family troubles, school troubles, girl troubles, etc.? All of the intimate details that made “Hoop Dreams” (1994) one of the best documentaries of all time are left out, and as such, the film loses some of its emotional gravitas. The drama that ensues on the basketball court would be far more engrossing if viewers better understood the motivations and feelings of the players when they’re off the court. To be fair, “More Than a Game” was compiled after the story had unfolded (as opposed to “Hoop Dreams”), and after-thefact interviews can’t capture the unadulterated emotion of the actual moment. The filmmakers did well with the material they were given, but the film ultimately suffers from this lack depth. In the end, while the film falls short of its goals, it does most things well. The production is sharp, the action is engrossing and when true emotion does come through, the film is heartfelt and inspirational. Before he was a celebrity and a megastar, LeBron James was just one of the boys — though one who could run circles around his teenage competitors on the court. Despite all the fame, fortune and accolades James now has, when he says that he still thinks about a game he lost in middle school, we can see that he’s telling the truth.
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Macbeth and Hitchcock provide a welcome blend of style in unusual theatrical experience SLEEP continued from page 5 ter it beyond possible repair. The troupe has united with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) to metamorphose the Old Lincoln School in Brookline into a cavernous stage-meets-haunted-house that conveys a Shakespearian play noir. Theatergoers are given masks to wear throughout the performance and, in what resembles the final scene in “V for Vendetta” (2005), they traipse through the four floors of the building, encouraged to pioneer their own dramatic adventure. This gives each individual a completely singular experience, whether that involves getting lost in the ornate artistry of the set installations, chasing down one of the ever-wandering actors or heading back to the bar to have a drink and listen to the 1930s-style band. While the storyline of the show, enacted off and on the stage, is predominantly a nonverbal rendition of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”(1603), its tone and aesthetics flirt shamelessly with the dark glamour of a Hitchcock film. According to the production’s Web site, the show is inspired by Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and told through the lens of a Hitchcock thriller using the “shadow of suspense” Hitchcock so masterfully conjures in his movies. To that end, characters from Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” (1940) weave in and out of the show’s primary plot, and the music from his films disconcertingly blares through overhead speakers, lending a sinister feeling to the prismatic performance. This melding of Shakespeare and Hitchcock could be confusing if it were not executed so impeccably: In one scene, as Macbeth (Geir Hytten) breaks down in anguish at the appearance of Banquo’s (Vinicius Salles) ghost at the banquet table, a screeching strain of Hitchcock’s horror soundtrack crescendos, complementing the scene so perfectly that it is a wonder no one has thought of it before. Although it seems counterintuitive to cut words from a play famed for its language, Punchdrunk preserves the plotline and major themes of “Macbeth” through methods that appeal more to the senses and less to the mind. The stunning and sexually charged dance routines, choreo-
Careena Melia and Hector Harkness in “Sleep No More.” graphed by co-director Maxine Doyle, highlight the carnal undertones of the story. Most memorable is the explosively erotic dance between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (Sarah Dowling) at the story’s commencement. The scene is suggestive of their passion not only for one another, but also for power — a desire that eventually begets their downfall. The actors also work with the scenery to evoke emotional responses from the audience, a method that is extremely effective due to the elaborateness of the set. While the image of a naked and frantic Lady Macbeth scrubbing vainly at a blood-sodden body is certainly a haunting one, it is ten times more so for the eeriness of a dark, institutionalized room filled with bathtubs — even
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before she drifts through the doorway, the space is an asylum waiting to be filled. Every other room in the building is likewise perched on the cusp of action, which makes it almost too easy for the actors to manipulate the atmosphere for the purpose of thrilling the audience. As exhilarating as Punchdrunk’s performance may be, there are a few drawbacks to the troupe’s unorthodox approach to theater. The lack of actual dialogue places a spectator without prior introduction to “Macbeth” at a great disadvantage. The less adventurous may become frustrated quickly because the nonlinear nature of the play demands an exploratory nature, and those unwilling to actively seek a story may not find one. Still, these are minor snags, and
should in no way deter a prospective guest from attending the performance. In press notes, Punchdrunk promises “a unique theatrical experience where the line between performer and spectator is extraordinarily blurred.” The troupe inarguably stays true to their word, and the result is an extraordinary experience for those who are willing to embrace Punchdrunk’s nonconformist modus operandi. “Sleep No More” runs from October 8, 2009 to January 3, 2010, at the Old Lincoln School on Boylston Street. Tickets range from $25 to $39 (group rates are available) and can be purchased online at www.americanrepertorytheater.org, by phone at 617-547-8300 or in person at the A.R.T box office.
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In the dark, Tufts sees a new need They say elephants never forget. But, as the power outage that began late in the morning of Friday, Oct. 16 and affected most of the university proves, sometimes Jumbos remember but refuse to learn from the past. Although the Daily commends the fast response of the Tufts administration, the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ResLife) and the Residential Assistants (RAs) to Friday’s power outage, certain drastic emergency response measures should not have been necessary. If Tufts had taken preventative steps following the blackout that hit campus in October 2008, many of Friday’s problems would not have been as dire. Last year, an electrical failure that occurred at a power-transfer station near Dowling Hall left campus in the dark for 14 hours. The administration quickly realized that the power outage made Tufts more susceptible to security breaches. Non-functional fobs and inactive fire alarms in residential buildings were only some of the problems. Flash forward 368 days. ResLife declares Tufts in a state of emergency because fobs and fire alarms are down due to power outages — again. As was the case last year, because
the power failure prohibited fobs from working, doors had to be propped open to allow students — and anyone else — access into the building, thus creating a threat to the safety of residents. ResLife attempted to prevent nonTufts persons from entering the building by instructing RAs to rotate shifts and patrol at the entrance of each building from sun down to sun up, ID’ing every person who entered. Although this made residents feel safer and appeared to be a practical solution, as no incidents were reported to have occurred that night, the fact is that it still would not have been particularly difficult for a non-Tufts person to force entry past a lone RA and disappear into the dorm’s darkness. The lack of functioning fire alarms and smoke detectors was a significant issue, as well. Because many students do not have flashlights, they may have attempted to light candles despite policy barring open flames, thereby increasing the risk of a fire. Last year a candle used for light indeed caused a small fire in the Hillside Apartments. With students eager to avoid venturing into the 36-degree weather and with smoke detectors out of commission, the temptation to light cigarettes
indoors could also have produced open flames. If fires erupted with the alarms and smoke detectors idle, no one would have been swiftly alerted to escape the building and sprinklers would not have responded to extinguish the flames. The night was left to chance with the faith that no students would make ill-fated decisions to light candles or cigarettes. In no way is Tufts to blame for the power outage that stemmed from an underground cable failure in downtown Medford. However, there are certain security and safety measures that must be functional in such a crisis. Fobs and fire alarms are crucial to students’ safety. After last year’s blackout, Tufts should have worked to make sure fobs and fire alarms were connected to backup generators in case of an emergency. When the school becomes aware of safety hazards that emerge during power outages, it becomes the school’s obligation to find ways to plan for similar situations in the future. This time, the Daily hopes that the Jumbos will remember and make the necessary changes to be prepared for a similar occurrence in the future.
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Costumes make young girls out to be sugar and spice and everything sexy It’s that time of year again. It’s time for pumpkin pie, apple cider, changing leaves and, of course, the mad dash for the perfect Halloween costume. While a white sheet with two eye holes may have been a sufficient outfit a generation ago, these days finding the right costume is a little more complex. Aside from the variety of costumes now available, there have been some notable changes since the Halloweens of generations past. Attend your local Halloween parade or peruse any of the plethora of online costume vendors, and it will become apparent that while boys can still be ninjas, knights, firemen and zombies, girls’ costumes often look more suited for a peep show than trick-or-treating.
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It’s no secret that the media and society as a whole seem intent on the sexualization of young women. Hannah Montana’s blonde wigs, high boots and sequined short skirts seem to be the trademarks of a generation of girls who, at increasingly young ages, are being taught that “hotness” is the greatest of virtues. Typically unsexy costumes for pirates, army cadets or witches suddenly come with short skirts, low-cut tops and knee-high boots — not to mention the fact that the child models featured on the Web sites that sell these costumes are often plastered with pounds of makeup and doused in a bevy of hair products. Meanwhile, it is glaringly obvious that boys’ options differ significantly from those of their female counter-
parts. For instance, while there are an abundance of doctor costumes available for boys, there are relatively few for girls. Nurse costumes, however (and sexy ones at that), are readily available. Girls can also be cheerleaders with skirts the size of beer cozies, pop divas with fishnet stockings or corseted fairies — all costumes that feature not-so-subtle sexual names like “Devil Delight” and “Drama Queen ScarLet.” As much as the old adage “sex sells” has become an accepted justification for many trends in modern culture, the Daily finds it worrisome that we increasingly support selling sex appeal as an identity to some of the most impressionable members of our society.
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Monday, October 19, 2009
March heralds hope for equality BY
I didn't sojourn to Washington D.C. for the National Equality March on Homecoming weekend as a vocal advocate for gay rights. I went because I was (tentatively) ready to show my support more openly for my gay friends. I wanted to see change and fight injustice. I went because I had never participated in a national march, nor had I been to D.C. Midterms were approaching, and the time was ripe for adventure. I went, in short, not knowing at all why I was marching or why it was crucial that all Americans understand the importance of this civil rights movement. I returned to Tufts, first of all, with a better understanding of who the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in America are. The people I marched with were friendly. I arrived at the march knowing only one other person, but I left it with more friends than I can count on fingers. I marched next to Keith, who was in charge of holding the bullhorn and leading chants. My favorite was a call-and-response chant to an army marching song: "I don't know but I've been told, 'Don't ask, don't tell' is getting old. I don't know but it's been said, who cares what people do in bed." The chants were clever and optimistic. There was little anger shown outwardly by the marchers; the prevailing feeling was a sense of hope. I also returned pleasantly surprised at America. I was proud that I could march peacefully, respectfully and resolutely with my fellow Americans down the streets of our nation's capitol, bluntly and humbly address our president, and know that we would be heard. At one point I was just feet from comedian and Daily Show correspondent John Oliver as he interviewed a rainbow-clad woman, asking if she really needed those equal rights anyway. America would know what we were doing because The Daily Show and other national news networks cared to be there to report it. Whether or not all Americans agreed with the cause, everyone would have the chance to hear about it because America has set up the beautiful institution of democracy. Everyone is allowed to speak out, profess the truth they know, theoretically, without fear of retribution — at least from their government. Unfortunately, the last sentiment that returned with me to Tufts was sadness at the inequality and intolerance present in my country. Cars drove by the march route with "Protect D.O.M.A." (Defense of Marriage Act) signs and images of happy gay couples circled in red, with big X's over their faces. This was appalling. To think that my fellow Americans don't want our LGBT brothers and sisters to have the right, for example, to visit an ill spouse in the hospital is disgusting. Do they realize that federal rights are granted to Americans under the institution of marriage, and that over 1,000 rights are denied to the LGBT community because they are not allowed to legally marry in the majority of states in America? Do they know that there are high school students across the country that consider committing suicide daily because they are told by society that they are inferior, that they need to change, that they have to hide who they are if they want to get a job and become successful adults? This is the message that is sent to children when they are raised in a country that denies rights to a portion of its citizens. I would like to think that the bigots driving around in their cars with their signs — or leading summer camps, or directing large corporations, or preaching in churches or teaching in schools — are simply ignorant of the hate they are actually purveying. The alternative — that these people are willfully and
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actively trying to harm their neighbors, their leaders and their co-workers — is too horrifying for me to even consider. The National Equality March was not the beginning of the fight for equality in America. This fight has been evolving since Europeans brought Africans here before this nation was formed and Africans resisted their oppressors, since women fought for the right to vote early in the twentieth century, since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in Washington in 1963 to end segregation and win equal rights for all Americans — just as I marched in Washington on Oct. 11, 2009 to win equal rights for all Americans. I too have a dream, that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. Nor is the march the end of the battle. It was, as a wise man recently said, a call to action, not just for President Obama or gay rights activists, but for all Americans. I believe that Americans are intelligent enough to understand this issue or to want to educate themselves about it. I believe Americans are hungry for justice and will fight for equality for all people. I believe that Americans — even those who disagree with me and think marriage is a sacred institution that should be reserved for non-gay, non-heathens — are humane enough to understand that a lesbian woman living in America deserves the same right to access to her partner's medical insurance as a straight woman in America. I return to Tufts with these beliefs and invite everyone to consider their own. One of the most powerful moments of the march was the concluding rally at the capitol, where the more-than-250,000 marchers gathered to listen to speakers such as actress Cynthia Nixon, activist Judy Shepard, singer
Lady Gaga and various members of Congress. It was there that I realized that even though this is a fight that does not win me any rights personally, it is my duty to work toward equality and speak out when I see injustice. This is my fight just as much as my gay or bisexual friend's fight because, as Cynthia Nixon so elegantly stated, "When a country has different laws for different categories of people, it sends its population a message that the group of people with lesser rights are somehow inferior and less deserving of respect. That message is heard loud and clear by the worst elements in our society. And it instructs them that if they are looking for someone vulnerable to prey upon, gay people are a ready target." This movement is not about rights for marriage; it is about demanding equal responsibilities, opportunities and treatment for all citizens. I know I am not alone at Tufts in my belief that equality under the law is an inherent right and that this country will be inherently unequal until we address this issue. I am a busy student with many responsibilities, many aspirations and many time commitments. I don't have to give up all of my possessions and become a traveling advocate in order to work towards equality — I only have to think critically about how my nation is being run, vote responsibly and talk with people about this subject. This is our generation's issue, and we have the power to change this country for good. Katie Vogel is a senior majoring in history. She is co-director of the Tufts Dance Collective and active with the CAFÉ (Conversation, Action, Faith, Education) pre-orientation program and the Tufts Timmy Foundation.
Tufts Greeks: Too often the Daily’s punching bag? BY
The Daily and the Tufts Greek community have a fraught relationship. Frequent editorials on fraternities and sororities are oft criticized as unnecessarily harsh. Editorialists are often table-thumpers, arguing about issues they likely will not address in any meaningful way outside of their pieces (I myself am guilty of this). Greek life at Tufts is a particularly easy table on which to thump, and maybe that is why the issue comes up so frequently. Many members of the Greek community feel they are underrepresented in the administration and given little logistical support, and criticisms of past directors of fraternity and sorority affairs on campus are widely known. Budget cuts motivated the administration’s decision to place Dean of Student Affairs Bruce Reitman in the position once filled by former Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Patrick Romero-Aldaz, in addition to his other responsibilities. This change makes now a salient time for reform of the Greek system at Tufts. Yet the Daily’s best contribution to this debate was its suggestion that the Greek system add more philanthropic events during rush. There are at least three shortcomings to the Oct. 13 editorial, “Pledge a commitment to philanthropy.” First, it fails to consider a plethora of philanthropic events hosted
by Greek houses in the past year, all of which were reported in the Daily’s own pages. From Delta Tau Delta’s speaker on Sudan on Sept. 29 to Zeta Psi’s Peace One Day on Sept. 22 to fraternities fundraising for non-profits last April, the Daily has reported plenty on charitable events in the Greek community. (Thanks to Oct. 13’s anonymous online commenter for posting your research.) If the Daily knows all this philanthropy is going on and still writes an editorial like the one published on Oct. 13, there must be a more systemic problem with the Greek community’s marketing and image. Second, the Daily makes questionable, unattributed statements. Editorials should still be subject to the same standards of rigorous fact checking the Daily employs in its news section. For example, the editorial claims pledging is marked by “clandestine” and “questionable practices, sometimes including group binge drinking.” Who said this, or where has it been reported before? Is this actually the case at Tufts, or is it simply a remnant of our perceptions of the film Animal House that cast all Greek houses as stupefied monoliths of alcoholism? The editorial’s third and most important shortcoming is that it addresses a concern that is secondary to the central question of the role of the Greek community on campus. The editorial assumes philanthropy is the panacea for the Greek system’s problems and negative image, if these problems exist in the first place. Philanthropy certainly is
important and laudable, but certainly Greek houses can find another way to engage the campus community in a productive way beyond just fundraising. The Daily repeats a common criticism — that fraternities are only visible on a “typical Saturday night” — and suggests more philanthropic events during rush would help change their image. But a new program like this could only go so far. What about the 80-plus percent of students who don’t go through rush? And is the answer to the Greek system’s problems to work more off campus, or to find a place on campus during the week? Or, does the Greek system need to change at all? Does it serve the 15 percent of the campus that it should with a space for camaraderie, and most of the rest with weekend parties? These are the kinds of systemic questions we should be asking and answering about the Greek system. If campus media is going to table-thump, we should at least talk about salient issues. Duncan Pickard is a senior majoring in history. He is the Public Editor of the Media Advocacy Board and his opinions are strictly his own. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his blog at www. tuftsroundtable.org/publiceditor.
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Trinity remains immaculate with dramatic OT win over Tufts BY SAPNA
Daily Editorial Board
In an instant, one of the great new rivalries in NESCAC field hockey turned on its head. FIELD HOCKEY (10-1, 6-1 NESCAC) Bello Field, Saturday Trinity Tufts
OT 1—2 0—1
Junior forward Christy Bradley’s goal 7:59 into overtime gave nationally ranked No. 5 Trinity a 2-1 victory over nationally ranked No. 3 Tufts in a showdown of undefeated conference elites Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. After losing two overtime games to the Jumbos a year ago, the Bantams exacted a measure of revenge, spoiling Senior Day and Parents Weekend festivities at Tufts and taking over sole possession of first place in the NESCAC. “It’s amazing,” Trinity coach Anne Parmenter said. “I’ve never won on this field since they built it [in 2004] … so of course, it’s an incredible win for our team. “[Tufts coach] Tina McDavitt said to me on the sideline, ‘Do we have to do this again in overtime?’” she continued. “It’s just crazy. It seems like this really has developed into a rivalry.” Prior to Saturday’s setback, Tufts had not lost in the regular season since Oct. 6, 2007, a span of 30 games. The Jumbos had been particularly stingy at home over recent years, yielding no more than one goal in 24 of their previous 25 games at Bello Field. Needless to say, the dramatic conclusion to this weekend’s contest left the team in an unfamiliar position. “It’s definitely a different feeling than some of us have ever felt in a while,” senior
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Senior Michelle Kelly had Tufts’ lone goal in a 2-1 overtime defeat to Trinity. The Jumbos lost for the first time all season, while Trinity now has sole possession of first place in the NESCAC. co-captain Margi Scholtes said. “It’s been over two years since we lost a regularseason game, so half the team has never experienced this. Not to say that this is a good feeling, but we need to remember how this feels so that we can bounce back and get better.” A Jumbos offense that had put up gar-
gantuan scoring numbers in the month of October was suddenly silenced by a stellar Bantams defensive effort. After recording 24 goals in its previous three games, Tufts managed just a single tally in its lowest scoring output of the season. The first-half goal came courtesy of senior forward Michelle Kelly. The Jumbos had their chances but were
unable to capitalize on a 24-16 edge in shots and a 19-8 advantage in penalty corners. “I just think we need to be more composed,” McDavitt said. “We had plenty of opportunities — 3-on-1s, 2-on-the-goalie — and we just didn’t finish. We were almost
Stampede ends, but bid to host playoﬀs still alive BY
Daily Editorial Board
Try as it might, the Tufts volleyball team finally had to yield to one of life’s inescapable truths: No one is perfect. VOLLEYBALL (21-2, 7-1 NESCAC) at Middlebury, Vt., Saturday Williams 25 19 22 Tufts 16 25 25 LAURA SCHULTZ/TUFTS DAILY
Tufts’ defense held an explosive Trinity offense to just 10 points on Saturday, but the offense had trouble finding a rhythm in a 10-3 loss to the Bantams.
Tufts’ comeback, upset bid falls short BY
see FIELD HOCKEY, page 12
Senior Staff Writer
With the score 10-3 in favor of Trinity and time winding down, the Tufts football team looked FOOTBALL (2-2, 2-2 NESCAC) Zimman Field, Saturday Trinity 0 3 7 0 — 10 Tufts 0 0 3 0 — 3
like it would be able to pull off its second miraculous comeback in as many weeks and send the game into overtime. Senior quarterback Tom McManama hit junior running back Pat Bailey down the right sideline for a 65-yard completion on third and 11 with under five minutes remaining in regulation, giving Tufts the ball on Trinity’s 20-yard line. But soon after, following
two consecutive plays which netted negative eight yards, the Jumbos were once again faced with another long thirddown situation. On third and 18, McManama found first-year wide receiver Mike Howell for a gain of five, setting up a huge fourth and 13. On the critical play, McManama took the snap, see FOOTBALL, page 14
13 — 1 25 — 3
17 21 16 — 0 25 25 25 — 3
at Middlebury, Vt., Friday Midd. Tufts
26 25 26 25 — 3 28 22 24 22 — 1
A trip to Middlebury this weekend for a four-team conference showdown saw the Jumbos’ 19-game winning streak finally come to an end with a loss to the Panthers on Friday night -- the Jumbos’ first NESCAC defeat of the year. Fortunately, Tufts was quick to bounce back and easily handled both Hamilton and
Williams on Saturday, maintaining its spot atop the NESCAC standings and keeping its hopes of hosting the conference tournament alive. After the crushing loss on Friday, the Jumbos were clearly out to prove something on Saturday. Though Williams threatened early on in the afternoon contest, taking a 25-16 win in the first set, the Jumbos were determined not to let the Ephs get a hold on the match and hand them their second loss of the weekend. And with a season-high 24-kill effort by junior Dawson JoyceMendive, there was not much the Ephs could do to halt the resurgent Jumbos. Tufts claimed the next three sets 25-19, 25-22 and 25-13, and when all was said and done, the team walked away with its 21st win of the season. It was the second time this year that the Jumbos have defeated the defending NESCAC champion Ephs, who are currently tied for third in the conference with a 5-2 NECAC record. The Jumbos, meanwhile, are still alone at the top of the standings (7-1). “Williams we knew was going see VOLLEYBALL, page 15
FIELD HOCKEY: TRI 2, TUF 1 - MID 4, CON 1 - WES 3, BAT 1 - BOW 1, WIL 0 - AMH 4, COL 1 MEN’S SOCCER: TRI 1, TUF 0 - MID 3, CON 0 - WIL 3, BOW 2 - AMH 2, COL 0 - WES 2, BAT 0 - WES 2, MID 0 WOMEN’S SOCCER: TUF 1, TRI 1 - WES 2, BAT 1 - MID 6, CON 0 - AMH 2, COL 0 - WIL 4, BOW 0 VOLLEYBALL: MID 3, TUF 1 - TUF 3, HAM 0 - TUF 3, WIL 1 - TRI 3, WES 1 - BOW 3, HAM 0 - CON 3, AMH 1 - AMH 3, WES 2 - WIL 3, BOW 1 - MID 3, BOW 1 - CON 3, TRI 0 - MID 3, HAM 0 FOOTBALL: TRI 10, TUF 3 - BOW 21, HAM 7 - AMH 23, COL 13 - WES 28, BAT 20 - WIL 37, MID 27
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Dinallo, Trinity defense silence Tufts offense
Monday, October 19, 2009
Jumbos’ NESCAC win streak ends at four BY SARAH
After romping to two straight 3-0 wins at home, the Tufts women’s soccer team suffered flashbacks to the
FIELD HOCKEY continued from page 11
a little bit frantic, so I think we just need to learn to calm down. “It’s just disappointing because if we get beat, I want to get beat because the other team was better than we were, and that wasn’t the case,” she continued. “I think we had a lot of opportunities, and we didn’t finish when we should have. When you’re playing a team that’s ranked fifth in the country, you need to play your best.” The Jumbos were stymied on offense by the play of a bend-but-don’t-break Bantams defense, anchored by sophomore goalkeeper Gina Dinallo. The reigning NESCAC Player of the Week was a proverbial wall in net, making several sprawling stops in overtime as part of a 15-save afternoon. “The goalkeeper was absolutely unbelievable,” Parmenter said. “She played a key, key role in this game.” Trinity was particularly effective in neutralizing Tufts’ potent forward line. After allowing junior Tamara Brown to torch them for three goals in two games last year, the Bantams largely kept the All-American in check, limiting her to just five shots. “[Senior co-captain] Meghan Ryan did an amazing job man-marking Tamara Brown,” Dinallo said. “That was a huge part of it. Not having to worry so much about her just helped the rest of our defense work that much better.” “They definitely knew how to play against us,” Scholtes added. “Tamara, Michelle and [junior forward Melissa Burke] were getting double-teamed, and so we just weren’t working the ball the best that we could. But they’re definitely a really good defensive team, and their goalie was shutting us down.” Kelly gave the Jumbos some early momentum with seven minutes to play in the first half, ripping a blast from the top of the circle past Dinallo for a 1-0 advantage. Tufts carried that lead until Bradley notched the equalizer nine minutes into the second period and set the stage for her overtime heroics. “Tying it up, it was anybody’s game again,” Dinallo said. “I don’t think anybody thought it was going to be a high-scoring game, so once we tied it up, it was just going to come down to whoever scored next.” Tufts will be forced to regroup quickly, with a non-conference matchup against Gordon set for tomorrow afternoon. The Jumbos’ NESCAC fate will be decided over the course of the next two weekends, when they travel to Williams and Bowdoin for critical contests against two of the conference’s historically successful programs. Tufts will try to move past Saturday’s disappointment in preparation of some stiff competition lying ahead. “I think we’ll take this as a learning experience and maybe a reality check,” McDavitt said. “You have to come to play every game, and you have to get down to business when you’re out there. I think maybe this will fire us up and propel us into the second half of the year.”
WOMEN’S SOCCER (6-4-1, 4-2-1 NESCAC) Kraft Field, Saturday Trinity 0 1 Tufts 0 1
OT 2OT 0 0 — 1 0 0 — 1
beginning of the year in its last home game of the regular season against the Trinity Bantams. In a grueling doubleovertime matchup against the sixth place NESCAC foe, the fourth place Jumbos couldn’t undo a 1-1 knot by the end of play. “We’re frustrated that the score didn’t really reflect how well we played,” junior defender Sarah Nolet said. “We’re obviously not thrilled about the tie, but we’re all pleased with our performance as a team,” sophomore midfielder Alix Michael said. “No one was upset about how we played, just the result.” During the extended time on Saturday afternoon, the Jumbos were unable to take advantage of several opportunities, resulting in their first conference tie. The Jumbos had been clicking offensively in their last contests, but, as in their first few matches of the season, they seemed unable to
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Senior co-captain Whitney Hardy’s sixth goal of the season led Tufts to a 1-1 draw with Trinity. The Jumbos had numerous chances to win the game in overtime but couldn’t manage to net a game-winner. “We had a lot of opportunities to score, but in the heat of the moment, things happen, and that’s part of the game,” Michael said. “The better team doesn’t
exploit key chances to score. Late in the game and into overtime, Tufts seniors Ali Maxwell and Fanna Gamal tried to make the most of their Seniors’ Day game, each nearly scoring on two separate occasions.
see WOMEN’S SOCCER, page 14
SCHEDULE | Oct. 19 - Oct. 25 MON
at Williams 1:30 pm
at Gordon 5:00 pm
Quinsigamond Head of the Fish Fall Novice Saratoga, NY Championships tba
vs. Conn. College 7:00 p.m.
at Williams 12:00 p.m.
at Salem St. 4:00 p.m.
at Endicott 7:00 p.m.
at Williams 1:30 pm at Smith 5:00 p.m.
at Hall of Fame Tournament tba Mayor’s Cup Boston tba
Cross Country Quinsigamond Fall Novice Championships
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STATISTICS | STANDINGS Field Hockey
NCAA Div. III Field Hockey
(10-1, 6-1 NESCAC)
(6-4-1, 4-2-1 NESCAC)
(2-7-2, 0-5-1 NESCAC)
(21-2, 7-1 NESCAC)
(2-2, 2-2 NESCAC)
(Oct. 13, 2009)
T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
W Trinity 7 Tufts 6 Williams 5 Amherst 4 Bowdoin 4 Middlebury 4 Conn. Coll. 2 Wesleyan 2 Colby 1 Bates 0
L W 0 11 1 10 2 5 3 9 3 9 3 8 5 3 5 5 6 5 7 1
T. Brown A. Russo M. Burke M. Kelly M. Scholtes T. Guttadauro L. Griffith J. Perkins K. Eaton
G 13 8 6 6 3 3 2 1 2
A 7 2 3 2 1 1 3 4 0
Goalkeeping M. Zak K. Hyder
GA 5 2
S S% 23 .821 10 .833
L 0 1 6 3 3 3 7 5 6 8
Pts 33 18 15 14 7 7 7 6 4
W 7 Williams 6 Amherst Middlebury 6 4 Tufts 3 Bowdoin 2 Trinity Wesleyan 3 1 Colby 1 Bates Conn. Coll. 0
L 0 1 1 2 4 3 4 5 6 7
G W. Hardy 6 C. Cadigan 2 A. Michael 3 S. Nolet 2 A. Maxwell 2 B. Morgan 1 L. O’Connor 0 J. Love-Nichols 0 A. Almy 0
T W L T 0 11 0 0 0 9 2 0 0 8 1 1 1 6 4 1 0 6 5 0 2 4 3 3 0 7 4 1 1 4 6 1 0 4 7 1 0 3 8 0 A 0 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 1
Pts 12 8 6 5 5 2 2 1 1
Goalkeeping GA S S% K. Minnehan 7 41 .854
Wesleyan Trinity Williams Amherst Bowdoin Conn. Coll. Middlebury Colby Bates Tufts
W 5 5 5 4 3 3 2 1 0 0
L 0 1 1 2 3 3 3 5 5 5
G 2 Blumenthal 2 B. Duker D. Schoening 1 S. Saropoulos 1 1 A. Lach 1 R. Coleman 1 F. Silva N. Muakkassa 0 0 B. Green
T 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 1
W 9 10 10 8 8 6 6 3 3 2 A 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
L 0 1 1 2 3 3 4 6 6 7
T 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 2
Pts 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 1 1
Goalkeeping GA S S% 18 42 .700 P. Tonelli 0 7 1.00 A. Bernstein
Tufts Conn. Coll. Amherst Middlebury Williams Trinity Bowdoin Wesleyan Bates Colby Hamilton
W 7 7 5 5 5 4 4 4 0 0 0
Offensive C. Updike D.Joyce-Mendive B. Helgeson L. Nicholas E. Lokken B. Neff K. Ellefsen Defensive A. Kuan D. Feiger C. Updike B. Helgeson N. Shrodes K. Engelking
L 1 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 6 8
W L 21 2 17 4 16 4 14 4 13 7 10 7 15 8 8 12 11 7 6 13 4 23
Kills SA 271 19 245 0 204 14 89 1 77 10 45 12 34 0 B Digs 0 352 25 171 23 169 31 168 3 106 1 94
Amherst Trinity Williams Bowdoin Tufts Wesleyan Colby Hamilton Middlebury Bates
Rushing P. Bailey D. Ferguson McManama
W 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0
L 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 4
PF 77 109 112 105 46 62 48 53 117 48
PA 47 46 79 80 46 65 104 94 107 109
Att. Yds. Avg. 62 239 3.9 36 83 2.3 32 62 1.9
TD 0 0 0
Passing Pct. Yds TD INT McManama 45.7 530 4 2 Receiving P. Bailey B. Mahler
No. Yds Avg. TD 15 252 16.8 2 7 75 10.7 0
Defense T. Tassinari M. Murray F. Albitar
Tack INT Sack 0 47 0 1 35 0 2 27 0
Points (First-place votes) 1. Messiah, 914 (43) 2. Salisbury, 858 3. Tufts, 790 (2) 4. Ursinus, 779 (1) 5. Trinity College, 686 6. SUNY Cortland, 671 7. Lebanon Valley, 662 8. Lynchburg, 570 9. Rowan, 448 10. Johns Hopkins, 439
N.E. Div. III Volleyball (Oct. 11, 2009) 1. Tufts 2. Williams 3. UMASS Boston 4. Springfield 5. MIT 6. Conn. College 7. Brandeis 8. Plymouth State 9. Amherst 10. Coast Guard
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Tufts can’t come back from early deficit BY
The new Mr. October
Coming off their first win in two weeks, the men’s soccer team fell just short of making it two in a row against the nationMEN’S SOCCER (2-7-2, 0-5-1 NESCAC) Kraft Field, Saturday Trinity Tufts
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ally ranked No. 15 Trinity Bantams, losing 1-0 on Saturday. The game marks the team’s fifth one-goal loss of the season and drops the Jumbos’ record to 0-5-1 in the NESCAC and 2-7-2 overall. The Bantams, who sit second in the conference, struck early when junior midfielder Peter Marlette assisted freshman Anthony El-Hachem from the right side just 5:54 into the game. Despite an intense effort from the Jumbos’ offense, Tufts was not able to even the scoreboard. “I think [Senior goalkeeper Pat] Tonelli kept us in the game with a lot of big saves and we did a good job counter-attacking with scoring opportunities throughout the first half,” sophomore Matt Blumenthal said. “We’re working on staying positive and not getting down and looking at the good opportunities we did have at goal.” And there were plenty of good opportunities for Tufts on the day. Although none of the Jumbos’ four shots in the opening 45 minutes were on goal, they came out in the second half with a sense of urgency. The new aggression showed, as four of Tufts’ six shots in the half were slammed on goal, forcing Trinity sophomore goalie Grant Schonberg to make four saves to maintain the lead. Senior forward Dan Schoening launched three of Tufts’ shots on goal in the half, while junior midfielder Ron Coleman contributed on as well. “I think many players played well, but we couldn’t come together as a team to put together more than individual attempts at the goal, which is probably why we missed a lot of our chances,” sophomore defender Rafael RamosMeyer said. “And we couldn’t capitalize; we need to work on finishing our chances and on our organization.” The intensity became palpable when yellow cards were given to both teams as the game became more physical, with Trinity’s lead in danger and the Jumbos’ frustrations rising. Combined, the teams racked up eighteen fouls. Unfortunately, the Jumbos’ offense continued to post a series of near-misses, finishing the day with 10 shots and four corner kicks, the same number as Trinity. The defense, for its part, stayed strong in the 84 minutes after the one goal, with Tonelli racking up seven saves on 16 Trinity shots. And, as evidence of Tufts’ continuing
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Senior forward Dan Schoening had three shots on goal for the Jumbos on Saturday but couldn’t manage to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to Trinity. attention to detail in its game, the team was caught offsides only once after previously averaging over three per game. “Recently there have been plenty of injuries on our back line; it has been kind of rag-tag and we have been trying to find the right players,” Ramos-Meyer said. “I think we found a very strong unit. It was the first time all four of us have played together and I think we found a very good unit, and I think our strong play comes partially from a desire not to lose anymore. “I think [sophomore] Jesse Poon is a big reason for our success; he came in and got a shot and he has played wonderfully,” he continued. It seems minor improvements are all the team needs to come out with a conference win, with one-goal games plaguing their record. Tomorrow, the Jumbos will have a chance to get back in the win column against the Conn. College Camels, who sit at sixth in the NESCAC with a 3-3 record. “We just want to come out with high
intensity like [we did on Saturday], because we definitely think we can get the win,” Blumenthal said. “We beat them last year, and we just have really high hopes.” Indeed Tufts beat Conn. 2-1 in 2008 and the Jumbos’ defense has been solid, with Trinity recording the only goal for the opposition in the Jumbos’ last 188:35 of play. Tufts will need to continue to be strong, as the Camels have tallied a 4-1 win over a strong Amherst team already this season. Tufts’ offensive line will also have to find a way to convert on opportunities against a stingy Camels defense that has recorded shutouts in four of the team’s six overall wins. “I think what we need to do is really focus on what we did well as a team, which was defend pretty well and move the ball well,” Ramos-Meyer said. “We need to improve on things like finishing and being able to break down other teams’ defense, and if we can work on that a little bit, we still have a shot of making the playoffs. If we make it to the playoffs, it is like a whole new season.”
Athletes of the Week MEGAN MCCOOEY AND JULIA BROWNE, WOMEN’S TENNIS Returning to the women’s tennis Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College National Championships in Mobile, Ala. this season, the Tufts doubles team of senior tri-captain Meghan McCooey and junior tri-captain Julia Browne is beginning to start a tradition at the annual tournament — winning first place. Representing the Tufts women’s tennis team’s second national title in program history, the McCooeyBrowne tandem entered the contest as the No. 2 seed in the Div. III doubles draw. Winning in straight sets, McCooey and Browne silenced their opponents from Linfield College and University of the Redlands in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. The victories were enough to launch the Jumbo team to the finals on Friday against The College of New Jersey’s Jackie Shtemberg and Felice Trinh. In the final doubles competition, McCooey and Browne tamed the Lions team 7-5, 6-3. The straightset victory marks the duo’s second, as they also won the 2008 national title 6-2, 6-2 over Denison.
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Senior quad-captain Tom Tassinari led a strong defensive effort in Saturday’s 10-3 loss to the Trinity Bantams. The 15 tackles were a season high for the pre-season All-American, who leads the NESCAC with 11.8 tackles per game. The Bantams had averaged 33 points per game coming into the contest, but Tufts held them to a single touchdown and field goal. Last year, the Bantams scored 28 points on the Jumbos, a game in which Tassinari tallied 14 tackles. The conference champion Bantams have not been held to as few as 10 points since Oct. 13, 2007, when the Jumbos defeated them 16-10. Last year, Tassinari was second in the conference with five interceptions, and he has been instrumental in this year’s passing defense, which has allowed fewer than 150 yards per game, easily the best in the conference. The Bantams had averaged 222 yards per game through the air before being held to 154 by Tufts.
or those of you that are unfamiliar with this column (that is, for everyone besides my three loyal readers), I am a diehard New York Yankees fan. I’m also a firm believer that coming through in the “clutch” is a distinct skill (call it Derek Jeter Fan Syndrome). From those two facts alone, you can probably already see where this piece is going. The Yankees are 5-0 this postseason, and a huge part of this success has been the clutch performance of Alex Rodriguez — a man that has constantly been disparaged (by me as well as other fans and members of the media) for his inability to come up with a big hit in big spots. A-Rod’s struggles had been well-documented. Coming into this year’s playoffs, he was riding an 0-for-29 streak with runners in scoring position in the postseason, dating all the way back to 2004. My, how quickly things change. Already this year, A-Rod has hit three huge game-tying home runs in the late innings — with one of them coming off the Twins’ perennial All-Star closer Joe Nathan in the ninth inning, and another coming on an 0-2 pitch from Angels closer Brian Fuentes in the 11th inning. A-Rod has set the postseason record for career game-tying home runs in the seventh inning or later — and he’s done it in all of five games. So what’s been the difference with Rodriguez? How has he managed to turn his performance around so drastically? Rodriguez has long been known for all of his management personnel: his agent, Scott Boras, his public relations firm, his specialized “crisis manager” — hell, A-Rod even signed on with a Hollywood talent agency in 2008. As such, anything Rodriguez ever said seemed incredibly contrived and insincere — in other words, it was complete, unadulterated bull. But after the steroid scandal at the beginning of the season and the monthlong break that he took to recover from hip surgery, Rodriguez eschewed all the different voices and opinions in his ear. Instead, Rodriguez listened only to the Yankees Director of Media Relations Jason Zillo, whose advice for A-Rod was rather simple: Stop talking. Don’t throw any more gas on the fire. And Rodriguez has done exactly that. He barely talked to the media during the year — his only postgame conference during the regular season came after he hit a walkoff, 15th-inning home run against the Red Sox — and even when he does talk, his answers are short, relatively ambiguous and focused on the team. In other words, Rodriguez’s comments have become indistinguishable from those made by the eternally media-savvy Derek Jeter. But that’s not all that changed for A-Rod. Not only is he keeping his comments out of the sports section of the paper, but he has also started to keep his face out of the tabloids section. No more affair with Madonna, no more distracting divorce from his wife. Just a stable relationship with Kate Hudson, who is universally loved by everyone from the New York media to the Yankees players’ wives. ( This is a surprisingly difficult feat — just ask Jeter’s girl, Minka Kelly.) For the first time since he’s come to New York, Rodriguez seems comfortable both on and off the field. Whether it was his use of performance enhancers in the news, his lower-key personality in the clubhouse or his newfound relationship, A-Rod has finally been liberated from the obvious burdens that he’s always suffered as the biggest superstar on baseball’s most storied team in professional sports’ biggest market. “Right now, I’m playing with the house’s money, basically,” A-Rod told the New York Daily News two weeks ago. “I feel like I have nothing to lose.” As long as he keeps playing the way he has, neither he nor the Yankees look like they will anytime soon.
David Heck is a senior majoring in philosophy. He can be reached at David.Heck@ tufts.edu.
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rolled out to his right and fired a 14-yard completion to junior wide receiver Billy Mahler for the first down. The clutch reception gave Tufts four plays to score from Trinity’s nine-yard line, but the Jumbos failed to find the end zone and wound up dropping the game to the Bantams.
“It’s in the past, and there’s nothing we can do about it now ... We just need to learn from our mistakes and move on. We’re going to come out fired up and hungry [next] Saturday.” Tom McManama senior quarterback Tufts’ best scoring opportunity came on first down when McManama threw to a wideopen Nick Croteau in the end zone. However, the sophomore tight end could not haul in the pass, and the ball fell incomplete. On second down, a fouryard completion to senior fullback Noah Hatfield-Biondo was nullified by an illegal touching penalty, and on third down, McManama completed a sixyard pass to Mahler at the Trinity four-yard line. The offense would move no farther than that, as McManama’s fourth-down throw to freshman tight end Nick Kenyon fell incomplete. The story of the game was Trinity’s run defense, which held the Jumbos to a net total of 16 yards on the ground. Top tail-
backs Bailey and senior Darren Ferguson combined for just 29 yards on 17 carries, which forced the offense to punt on its first seven possessions. The Jumbos’ offense never had the ball for more than two minutes at a time throughout the first half and did not collect a first down until its final possession just before halftime. “Trinity has a great rush defense, and they did a really good job of filling the gaps,” McManama said. “They definitely made it tough because we ended up having a lot of long second and third downs where they knew we were going to pass.” The lack of a Tufts running game enabled Trinity to put an enormous amount of pressure on McManama, resulting in five sacks and four additional quarterback hits throughout the contest. Junior linebackers Francois Auzerais and Ben Sherry led the Bantams with 11 tackles apiece. The Trinity defense, which held Tufts to 43 yards in the first half, stopped the Jumbos’ offense for a loss 15 different times throughout the course of the game. However, McManama stood behind his offensive line and shouldered the blame for most of Trinity’s sacks. “I thought our line played extremely well, but Trinity’s defensive line is excellent,” McManama said. “Two or three of those sacks came on roll-out plays where I either should have thrown the ball away or made a move to get by their rush end.” While Trinity’s defense was impressive, the Jumbos’ defensive unit also had a great game. Prior to Saturday’s game, Trinity’s lowest offensive output was 26 points in a victory over
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Williams. The Bantams were averaging 33 points per game coming into the contest, but the Tufts defense was able to limit them to a mere 10 on Saturday. Despite all of their defensive success, however, the Jumbos could not stop the Bantams in the third quarter when Trinity took over possession on their own 30-yard line. The Jumbos did force the Bantams into a punting situation when Trinity faced a fourth and one on their own 44 yard line, but a fake punt run yielded four yards and a first down at the Trinity 48-yard line. From there, junior quarterback Craig Drusbosky completed two big passes to classmate Michael Galligan and then ran the ball into the end zone from the six-yard line on second and goal. Next weekend the Jumbos will travel to Williams College (3-1), where they will face an Ephs team coming off of a 37-27 victory over Middlebury. The Ephs’ lone setback of 2009 came in the second week of the season when they lost to Trinity by a score of 26-21. Despite the heartbreaking loss, both McManama and senior quad-captain Tom Tassinari are fully confident that their team will once again bounce back. “When you lose you tend to look at your errors even more,” Tassinari said. “We talked as a team about thinking about the loss [on Saturday] and now we are going to move forward starting with practice on Monday.” “It’s in the past, and there’s nothing we can do about it now,” McManama added. “We just need to learn from our mistakes and move on. We’re going to come out fired up and hungry [next] Saturday.”
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necessarily always win.” After an uneventful start for both teams, the game remained scoreless at halftime. Though the Jumbos had more chances to get on the board, with five attempted shots as opposed to the Bantams’ singular attempt, neither team capitalized on its opportunities. The Jumbos had a chance to grab a lead in the middle of the first half when Trinity keeper Emily Weedon accidentally diverted the ball to Tufts senior forward Jesslyn Jamison, but she fired the ball over the net. With about a minute left in the half, the Jumbos had another opportunity thanks to junior forward Bailey Morgan, but her shot bumped off the far post. The Bantams came into the second half on fire, finding the back of the net in the 53rd minute on just their second attempt of the game. On an assist from sophomore Leigh Howard, Trinity sophomore Jenny Ley shot the ball past Tufts keeper Kate Minnehan for Ley’s fifth goal of the season. “They didn’t get a lot of opportunities, but they capitalized on them,” Michael said. Senior co-captain Whitney Hardy led the Jumbos’ offense with nine attempted shots on the goal, finally connecting in the 63rd minute for Tufts’ only goal after an assist from fellow senior co-captain Cara Cadigan. The Jumbos kept up with Hardy’s strong offensive energy as they tallied 27 attempted shots throughout the game in comparison to the Bantams’ 10. High energy has been an impor-
tant component of the Jumbos’ season thus far, and has definitely worked in their favor. “We had a rough start to the season and needed to go back to the basics of why we want to play. That made it easier to remember why we love the game, and that passion comes through on the field,” Nolet said. Despite their slower offense, the Bantams were able to stay in the game. The Tufts team blamed bad luck for Trinity’s parity. “We had some good chances that just hit the post or had an unlucky bounce,” Nolet said. “It wasn’t necessarily [Trinity], we just didn’t get as lucky as we should have been.” The tie marked the end of the Tufts’ conference game win streak at four and brought to a close a four-game home stand for the Jumbos, who play the last three games of their season on the road, starting with Salem State on Wednesday. Despite the tie, the Jumbos are still 4-2-1 in NESCAC games and 6-4-1 in the regular season. Tufts has two more NESCAC games: first against the Williams Ephs, who are 7-0-0 in conference games, followed by a regular season-ending match-up with the Bowdoin Polar Bears, who are 3-4-0. The Jumbos will look to maintain their fourth-seed standing until the start of the NESCAC tournament on November 1st. “We’re just going to come out hard,” Nolet said. “We need to not get intimidated by the other teams or their records, and just come out as strong as we can.”
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to be tough, and we brought our A-game,” senior co-captain Brogie Helgeson said. “We run a fast offense, and that is one of our strengths. So in a game like Williams, when we’re passing really well, it allows us to run our offense the way we want.” Pounding the Ephs along with Joyce-Mendive were her usual partners in crime, classmate Caitlin Updike and Helgeson, who chipped in with 15 and 13 kills apiece as the Jumbos landed a total of 58 kills on the match. Defensively, Updike and sophomore libero Audrey Kuan both had outstanding performances, posting 25 digs each, while sophomore Lexi Nicholas stood tall with five blocks — two of them solo. “In volleyball you need every aspect of the defense and offense to be flowing together to have a good game and really connect,” senior co-captian Dena Feiger said. “When the defense is having a good game, everyone else is able to convert on that and everything becomes 1000 percent easier. Our defense is very good, and that’s why we’ve been so good this year. Everything starts from [the defense].” The win against Williams was a high note of the weekend, as the eight-time conference champions always pose a serious threat and are one of the Jumbos’ greatest rivals. “We never like losing, and we never expect to lose,” Feiger said. “And when we do it, it makes us mad. We are one of the best teams in New England, and we just went out there Saturday to prove that.” In the day’s earlier match with the lowly Hamilton Continentals, the Jumbos seemed to have already forgotten the previous night’s disappointment — a testament to their mantra of one match at a time. Tufts handily dispatched the
last-place Continentals in straight sets 25-17, 25-21 and 25-16 to earn its sixth NESCAC win. Joyce-Mendive and Updike paced the effort with 10 and nine kills, respectively, while Helgeson came up with another seven of her own in addition to a teamleading eight digs. The Jumbos’ offense was remarkably efficient throughout the match, converting setter Feiger’s 30 assists into 36 kills with just 13 errors. “[Playing] Hamilton was a good way for us to refocus and get out the frustration from the night before and get our flow back,” Helgeson said. It was Friday night that provided the biggest shock of the weekend — and the entire season thus far. After making the trip up to Vermont, the Jumbos took the court against the middling host Panthers, then 11-4 (2-2 NESCAC). It looked at first to be business as usual, with the Jumbos taking the first set 28-26, though the need for extra points may have been a sign of things to come. Soon after their first-set win, the Jumbos began to unravel. Despite a combined 66 kills — 55 of them coming from the Updike, Helgeson, Joyce-Mendive trio — and a season-high 55 assists by Feiger, the Jumbos could not keep a handle on the match, committing an uncharacteristically high 25 offensive errors and 16 blocking errors. The Jumbos’ mistakes opened the door for the Panthers, who were quick to pounce on the rare opportunity at the upset and pulled off the feat by taking three straight sets: 25-22, 26-24 and 25-22. “It was a combination of errors and just team chemistry as a whole,” Helgeson said. “We weren’t expecting them to be as good as they were. “When we play Williams or Amherst or other bigger teams,
we know what to expect. We weren’t ready for the way that [Middlebury] played. They were swinging really hard and they had nothing to lose, and they were playing [that way]. We were being lazy, and they took advantage of our weaknesses.” Tufts’ defense did its best to try to hold the match together, scrambling for 75 digs. With 20 digs, Kuan was the biggest stopper, but four other Jumbos registered double-digit efforts as well. No amount of grit or determination, however, was able to save the Jumbos; though they were never blown out of the water, they were forced to watch their winning streak, which stretched back to the second match of the season, finally come to end. “Every team is so excited to play us because of our record and our winning streak,” Feiger said. “Teams have absolutely nothing to lose against us, and Middlebury went out there and played one of their best matches of the season. But we hope to see them again in the future.” Though the streak is over and the Jumbos’ conference slate is imperfect for the first time in two seasons, they still have much to be happy about. Thanks to their conference wins on Saturday, the Jumbos still lead Conn. College (7-2) in the NESCAC standings and have easily the best overall record in the conference. And with just two conference matches left on the schedule, the Jumbos’ dreams of hosting the NESCAC tournament and bringing volleyball back to Cousens Gymnasium are still very much alive. “I said to the team on senior night that that wasn’t our last home game,” Helgeson said. “The loss to Middlebury was a wake-up call. This isn’t going to be handed to us, and we’re going to need to work for it.”
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Senior Brogie Helgeson had 38 combined kills in the three games over the weekend, including a loss to Middlebury on Friday night which snapped Tufts’ 19-game winning streak.
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