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BU biosafety lab Architects return from D.C. defeated but proud ignites critiques BY


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The Curio House team traveled to Washington with high hopes, but they’re coming home feeling a little under-appreciated. The solar-powered house, which students from Tufts and the Boston Architectural College (BAC) built on Tufts’ campus over the summer, placed 15th out of a field of 20 international competitors at the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored competition was held on the National Mall in downtown Washington from Oct. 9 through this past Sunday. The results of the competition were announced on Friday. For many members of Team Boston, the approximately 100 Tufts and BAC students who constructed the Curio House, the result proved less than satisfactory. “We were a little disappointed,” said Senior Matthew Thoms, head engineer for

The solar-powered Curio House, designed by students from Tufts and the Boston Architectural College, placed 15th among 20 competitors in last week’s 2009 Solar Decathlon.

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Boston University’s (BU) recently-constructed Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) laboratory has raised concerns among local residents and academics who question the new building’s ability to facilitate the safe study of dangerous pathogens that have no known cure. Located on the campus of the BU Medical Center, the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) was completed in late 2008 after three years of construction. The lab is designed to allow researchers to study infectious and often life-threatening diseases and pathogens, including smallpox, Ebola and anthrax. The American Biological Safety Association gives labs with a level-4 designation permission to work with “dangerous and exotic agents that pose a high individual risk of aerosol-transmitted laboratory infections, agents which cause severe to fatal disease in humans.” At present, there are no vaccines or see LAB, page 2

Students can now add JumboCash to accounts with online feature BY

BRIONNA JIMERSON Contributing Writer


A new lab for studying dangerous disease has raised worries among residents near BU.

JumboCash can now be added to student accounts online with credit or debit cards, as part of a feature that debuted in early September on a new Web site, The JumboCash Web site lets students manage their accounts, track spending and budget funds. It does not utilize deposit slips for credit card transactions, as JumboCash online allows students to set up personal-

ized accounts to deposit funds. The new payment options resulted from efforts by Dining Services and the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate’s Services Committee to make JumboCash, a debit program run by Dining Services, more accessible to students. “Moneys you add online can be used anywhere JumboCash is accepted,” said Patricia Klos, director of dining and business services. The Web site allows students to extend access to family members, who can add money to students’ accounts and can receive

Send Word Now reports 98 percent success rate in outage As Tufts students and staff dealt with the campus’ power outage on Friday, the university’s Emergency Alert System had a largely successful run. Despite firsthand accounts of students not receiving alerts, the system reported a 98 percent success rate. Five alerts were sent throughout the day on Friday and Saturday via text message and e-mail, according to Dawn Irish, director of communications and organizational effectiveness for University Information Technology (UIT). University Relations sent 140,000 text and e-mail alerts in total during the blackout, reaching faculty, staff and students on the Medford/

Somerville campus, Irish said. The system improved its efficiency throughout the day. The first alert sent out 9,619 SMS messages in the first five minutes. The subsequent four alerts sent out roughly the same number of messages in only three minutes. The success rate of those messages sits at about 97 to 98 percent with only a 2 percent failure rate. Irish attributed most of the failures to technical difficulties involving some students’ cell phone carriers and phone numbers that were designated as cell phones when they were actually landlines. Irish believes that students who did not receive the alerts

most likely failed to correctly enter their contact information into the system. “If [students] put their cell phone number into the system but don’t specify if the number is a landline or cell phone, Send Word Now will not try to send an alert to it,” she said. “That was the most likely reason they didn’t get the alerts.” Students looking to make sure that they receive emergency alerts in the future can contact the UIT support center or e-mail UITSC@tufts. edu and request a Send Word Now invitation, at which point they can enter or update their information. — by Harrison Jacobs


Tennis duo captures another doubles national title BY SAPNA


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In the span of little over a year, tri-captains junior Julia Browne and senior Meghan McCooey of the women’s tennis team have amassed quite a résumé as doubles partners. What they accomplished over the weekend, however, may be their crowning achievement. The Jumbos’ duo captured its second consecutive ITA Small College national championship Friday evening in Mobile, Ala.,

knocking off TCNJ’s pairing of senior tri-captain Jackie Shtemberg and sophomore Felice Trinh in the final 7-5, 6-3. With the victory, Browne and McCooey became one of only two repeat champions in the history of the women’s Div. III doubles tournament. It was the latest triumph for a tandem that has posted a lifetime mark of 35-6 in dual-match and tournament play. “Winning these two titles with Julia, it’s just something when I look back years from now that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life,” McCooey said.

“It was really just so exciting,” she continued. “We both wanted to give it our best effort and come home proud of the way we played, and we definitely did. Winning it was just icing on the cake. It was really awesome.” Seeded second in a draw that featured the winners of the eight ITA regional tournaments held in September, Browne and McCooey encountered little resistance en route to the title. They blazed through the first two rounds by see WOMEN’S TENNIS, page 12

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alerts when balances are low. Students can also report stolen or lost cards via the site. The online option has been in the works for over two years, according to junior Sam Wallis, a co-chair of the Services Committee. “We knew students wanted an easy way to access [JumboCash],” Klos added. “It was just a matter of getting a contract, working out the financial details of being able to take credit cards and having funds deposited into the correct accounts.” see JUMBOCASH, page 2

Students help nonprofits navigate rough waters BY

BETHLEHEM MEBRATU Contributing Writer

Today’s rough economic times have hit nonprofits hard, and contributions from Tufts student volunteers have recently proven particularly helpful to a variety of organizations in the university’s neighboring communities. A decrease in fund-raising earnings and other drops in revenue have forced nonprofit organizations to cut their budgets by large percentages. As a result of the budget cuts, they have had to slim down their operating capacities as well. Recent student assistance has made a greater impact than usual at several local organizations that rely on such help. “We’ve lost almost 20 percent of our budget,” Mechilia Eng, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County, said. “There are waiting lists at our clubs; it’s a really trying time for us.” The Boys & Girls Clubs last year had about 12 student volunteers from Tufts in addition to members of the men’s and women’s track teams, who have worked with youths interested in running, according to Eng. The students’ assistance, Eng said, helped her organization

survive. Students can provide crucial infrastructure support to nonprofits with small administrative staffs, Eng added. Volunteers have done such great work for the Boys & Girls Clubs, she said, that the organization hired two Tufts alumni to work in its after-school programs. Hundreds of students, on their own initiative and through Tufts groups, have for years partnered with local nonprofit organizations. see VOLUNTEERING, page 4


The Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service sends students to volunteer in surrounding communities.

Today’s Sections

A crop of ambitious Tufts students balances entrepreneurial aspirations with schoolwork.

Spike Jonze finds his ‘Wild’ side with a raw, emotional film that conveys the beauty and complexity of childhood.

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2 Police Briefs THIS WEED IS DANK! OR IS IT? A resident assistant (RA) in Tilton Hall called the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) at 1:14 a.m. on Oct. 14, saying she smelled marijuana in the dormitory. TUPD officers responded and found two students smoking the drug. The pair turned over a bong and a small bag of pot. TUPD officers confiscated and destroyed the materials. TUPD responded to a call at 12:58 a.m. on Oct. 17 of a female student in Tilton Hall who smoked some marijuana and afterward reported feeling “weird,” according to TUPD Sgt. Robert McCarthy.

Tufts Emergency Medical Services, Cataldo Ambulance Service and the Somerville Fire Department responded as well, and the student was transported to Somerville Hospital for further observation.

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other person causing the disorder.

Dining Services streamlines JumboCash accessibility JUMBOCASH continued from page 1

ROUND TWO WET WEDNESDAY An RA in Carmichael Hall called TUPD at 1:14 a.m. on Oct. 15 because of two rowdy males disturbing students in the Carmichael lobby. When TUPD officers arrived at the scene, one intoxicated male was found by the Olin Center and refused to cooperate. The male, a non-Tufts student, was placed in protective custody and taken to the Medford police station. He was staying with a Tufts student, the

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TUPD officers responded at 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 17 to a report of a loud party at 94 Curtis St. Approximately 50 people were attending the party, and loud music blared from inside. The officers broke up the party, and the music was turned off. An hour and a half later, at 2:50 a.m., TUPD received a call to return. The party had started up again, with about 20 people inside. — compiled by Ben Gittleson

The payment option comes after a slew of changes designed to streamline the way students use money on campus. The university has combined a number of services that had previously used different payment systems, including Dining Dollars and Points Plus, into the JumboCash program; oncampus printers and copiers transitioned earlier this semester to taking JumboCash. “JumboCash encompasses and cuts down on confusion about which credits apply to

what,” Wallis said. Dining Services has not experienced any problems with the new feature yet, Wallis said. “The credit transactions are completely safe,” he said. Students can also use JumboCash at the campus bookstore, laundry rooms and on- and off-campus eateries through the Merchant Off-Campus Partners (MOPs) program. Wallis said that the Services Committee plans to bring more eateries into the MOPs and JumboCash fold, increasing dining options for Tufts students and supporting local businesses.

Curio House creators meet tough competition at D.C.’s Solar Decathlon CURIO continued from page 1

Team Boston. But the group fared better in several of the 10 specialized contests on which the overall scores were based. Team Boston placed sixth in the architecture contest, which measured the aesthetics and design of the house, and eighth in communications, which judged the group’s success in spreading information about the project through its Web site and exhibit at the decathlon. Other competition categories included lighting design, market viability and comfort zone, which measured the house’s ability to maintain a comfortable indoor atmosphere. Thoms pointed out that the team faced some extenuating circumstances during the competition. For one, he said that a lack of sun hurt the Curio House’s prospects. “I think we would have done better with a little more sun, but it was cloudy and rainy,” Thoms said. “You get a hundred points if you make more energy than you consume throughout the week; that would’ve put us at eighth or ninth place.” Members of Team Boston traveled to Washington with the house they had built in Medford broken down into pieces. Once they arrived on the National Mall, the students reassembled it for display at the decathlon. Associate Provost and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Vincent Manno, who oversaw the project, said that the stu-

dents seemed not to focus too much on their scores. Instead, he said, they were glad to have competed. Team Boston was among 20 teams selected by the Department of Energy from a pool of about 60. “There were no losers on the mall because we’d already been accepted,” Manno said. Thoms offered several reasons to explain the Curio House’s low standings. Thoms said that many of the other teams had more people involved in the building process throughout the summer. While these teams had the manpower to build nearly every day of the week, Tufts and BAC students only built about three days a week. Team Boston was also only able to test its systems once the members got to Washington, whereas many teams finished their houses early for testing. “Not being able to test anything in our house ended up hurting us and losing us some points,” Thoms said. “But I think that our design was comparable to everyone else’s.” He also noted that the students working on the Curio House entered the competition as a side project, not a full-time occupation. Manno said that Spain’s government granted its team one million euros for construction and transportation, while the University of Darmstadt allowed Team Germany, which won the decathlon for the second time in a row, to take off from school for three semesters to work on the project. “It wasn’t like the Olympics, where two

competitors are running on the same track,” Manno said. Manno praised Team Boston’s students for building a sustainable, economically viable home while remaining in line with the group’s priorities. He believed that the Curio House achieved its vision in spite of the competition’s strict stipulations. “We played by the rules, but not to the rules,” Manno said. “If there was something that didn’t make sense for the vision that students had, then we didn’t incorporate it.” Thoms had hoped that the Curio House would take first place in the market viability competition, which measures the house’s ability to remain both affordable and commercially appealing to the public. Thoms said that the house would cost around $350,000 on the market and that Team Germany, with a house that would cost $2 million, had placed higher in the market viability category. Still, both Thoms and Manno stressed that the reception the Curio House received from people walking through the mall was incredibly favorable. “There were really only a few teams that targeted low-income housing the way we did,” Thoms said. “We were disappointed [by] our standing in the market viability competition, but we were happy with the input from the public.” During the competition, Team Boston closed a deal to sell the house to the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod, an

affordable housing and development organization. The corporation plans to build a green village and use the houses there to train workers for practicing sustainability. “We’re really excited about the outcome,” Thoms said.


Participants in the Solar Decathlon lined up along the National Mall, allowing visitors to casual observe the competition.

Lab studying disease in heavily populated area concerns community members LAB continued from page 1

treatments available for illnesses caused by BSL-4 agents. Located on BU’s medical campus in Boston’s densely populated South End, the lab has led many community members to fear for their safety. There are 50,000 residents within one mile of the site. “They are working with pathogens for which there is no known cure, which could potentially be turned into biological weapons,” Vicky Steinitz, co-coordinator of the Greater Boston Committee of the Coalition to Stop the BioTerror Lab, told the Daily. “In theory, these are biodefense labs. But to learn how to cure against these weapons, you essentially have to weaponize them.” NEIDL officials have assured the public that bioweapons research is illegal and they will not engage in research related to biological weaponry.

“We’ve repeatedly stated that this is a center for studying re-emerging biological diseases for which there are no cure,” BU Medical Campus Spokesperson Ellen Berlin told the Daily. “The sole purpose is to conduct and improve health, and we will not be studying biological weapons.” Plans for the biolab got underway in 2003, but it was not until later that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) selected the BU campus over five other sites to host a National Biocontainment Laboratory. Steinitz felt that BU officials chose the South End specifically because of its demographics. “This lab would never be placed in a middle-class area, the citizens wouldn’t stand for it,” Steinitz said. “I think the assumption was that this was a low-income neighborhood of color, and people wouldn’t have the power to protest it.” An initial risk assessment run in July 2007 concluded that the lab would pose

no risk to the surrounding urban community. But this assessment was deemed “not sound and credible” in November 2007 after community protesters commissioned the National Research Council to run a second risk analysis. A third risk assessment, run by risk analysis company Tetra Tech, Inc., is currently underway and expected to be completed by 2010. NEIDL is proceeding with safety and training exercises using non-live agents to test the lab’s standard operating procedures. Lab staff has already begun training to work in a BSL-4 environment and are preparing to apply for a research grant to study the pathogens. Berlin expressed confidence in the lab’s ability to maintain a safe environment for its neighbors. “BU has long been a research medical institution, and we have the expertise and the experience to operate this institution safely,” she said. Steinitz said that community members

were misled by BU administrators. “BU started out by calling this a lab to research common diseases like tuberculosis, but it’s not that at all,” Steinitz said. “Tuberculosis does not require a level 4 lab.” Alan Meyers, associate professor of pediatrics at BU’s School of Medicine and primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, had a similar experience with the lines of communication. “Clearly the forces that wanted to have this happen did not want to hear the general BU medical community’s dissent,” Meyers told the Daily. “The voices of opposition are really not welcome.” Berlin emphasized that the lab will maintain complete transparency in its research. “[The community] will know what we’re studying,” she said. “There is no secret or classified research, and all our studies will be published in peer-reviewed medical journals.”

Visiting the Hill this week TUESDAY “THE UNHEARD TRUTH: POVERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS” Details: Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, will speak on her work combating human rights issues and violence against women. When and Where: 8 p.m.; ASEAN Auditorium Sponsor: Institute for Global Leadership WEDNESDAY “KHALED ABU TOAMEH: ISRAEL-ARAB POINT OF VIEW” Details: Jerusalem Post reporter Khaled Abu

Toameh will discuss his experience in the field, specifically current relations between Fatah and Hamas. When and Where: 12 p.m.; Paige Hall Crane Room Sponsors: Friends of Israel, Tufts Roundtable, the Arab Student Association, Camera, Hasbara Fellowships

who currently serves as advisor to special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke. When and Where: 5:30 p.m.; Cabot 702 Sponsors: Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Major, and the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program

“REFLECTIONS ON U.S.- IRAN RELATIONS” Details: Mohsen Milani, politics professor at the University of South Florida, will share his perspective on prospects for engagement between the U.S. and Iran as part of the Fares Lectures Series. The discussion will be moderated by Fletcher Professor Vali Nasr,

“QUEER THEORIST LECTURE: JACK (JUDITH) HALBERSTAM” Details: Jack (Judith) Halberstam, director of the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California, will give a talk entitled, “From Tom of Finland To Bruno: Homosexuality and Fascism.”

When and Where: 5:30 p.m.; Sophia Gordon Hall Multipurpose Room Sponsor: LGBT Center THURSDAY “THE KNOWLEDGE REVOLUTION IN HEALTHCARE” Details: R. Bharat Rao, head of the Knowledge Solutions group in Siemens Healthcare, Inc. will discuss the changing landscape of American healthcare and, in particular, current and evolving methods of data collection. When and Where: 2:50 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Halligan 111A Sponsor: Computer Science department




Pity dates



FindJoey is a business started and run by Tufts students, who must balance their schoolwork with business responsibilities.

Venturing into business, but barely adults Tufts entrepreneurs aim to make the big bucks sooner rather than later BY


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Artem Efremkin’s age doesn’t usually come up until the second or third meeting with potential clients and investors for his business. “Most times they don’t know,” Efremkin, a junior, said. “If they do ask, I’m truthful, of course.” Efremkin is the director of Future Energy Corporation, a company with a team of in-house physicists developing a series of devices that utilize light energy to affect the bonding properties of water. Efremkin says this can both increase the growth rate of cells as well as slow cell division. Practical applications of this technology may range from the acceleration of plant growth to potential cancer treatments, Efremkin said. The company’s first consumer product, a tabletop device targeted at agribusiness, is expected to be on the market in about six months. Efremkin is one of several students applying skills from a variety of Tufts-

based entrepreneurial programs to the real business world. The budding entrepreneurs are forced to balance the course load of a full-time student with responsibilities related to their own start-ups or to businesses contracting their services. One on-campus resource for students like Efremkin is Young Entrepreneurs at Tufts (YET), an organization comprised of both students with previous experience in business and those with none. YET holds weekly meetings and organizes a yearly conference featuring opportunities for networking with successful Tufts alumni in the business world who share insight on starting companies. This year’s conference, held Oct. 14, featured a keynote address from Brian Shin (LA ’97), the founder and CEO of Visible Measures Corporation, a measurement firm for web-based video publishing and advertising, according to the company’s Web site. A more exclusive organization is the growing campus chapter of the Kairos Society, a worldwide, invitation-only association comprised of “the top stu-

dent entrepreneurs, people who have already generated high levels of sales,” said Efremkin, who is the Tufts chapter’s president. Sophomore Louis Tamposi is working on starting a company through his ELS101: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning class. Students in the class are tasked with developing a business model, and he, along with fellow sophomores Owen Rood, Maggie Kullman, and Casey McCurdy, are currently attempting to implement their idea for a business, tentatively called Recyclical, that can be hired to clean and recycle goods after parties. “I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurship, and I come from a family of entrepreneurs,” Tamposi said. “I’ve just never had the plan to follow the traditional work model.” Because Tamposi’s potential business is an extension of a class assignment, he finds that balancing his entrepreneurial endeavors with schoolwork “is see ENTREPENEUERS, page 4

Students suffer from gambling addictions BY WILLIAM C. WINTER AND WILLIAM K. WINTER

Daily Staff Writers

The activity that put Las Vegas and Atlantic City on the map is quickly spreading to universities across America. While gambling is discounted as a form of entertainment by profitseeking casinos, many university officials are discovering that, for some students, placing bets is no longer just a game — it is a debilitating addiction. Marc Lefkowitz, director of training for the California Council on Problem Gambling, believes that there are many reasons for the prevalence of gambling addictions among college students. “A major problem is that there’s tremendous access to gambling,” Lefkowitz said. “Not only are students getting their first credit cards, but they also have access to Internet gambling.” Sophomore Shir Livne believes that it could be easy for students to fuel their gambling addictions by misusing their credit cards. “With a credit card, it could be pretty hard to realize how much money is being spent,” she said. While Internet casinos provide a

venue for compulsive gamblers, the way society views gambling can also foster addiction. From ESPN’s broadcasting of “The World Series of Poker” to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” the media has taken strides to glamorize the activity. “Gambling has become socially acceptable,” Lefkowitz said. “While everyone is told ‘Don’t do drugs and don’t drink,’ most people don’t know the possible dangers associated with gambling. Even though 90 percent of the people that gamble aren’t going to get in trouble, it’s the 10 percent that do.” The roughly 10 percent of gamblers who become addicted are not just seeking riches. According to Lefkowitz, for compulsive gamblers, “it’s not about the money; it’s about the way it makes them feel. When they’re winning they’re happy, but when they’re losing, they don’t get out of bed.” According to the University of New Hampshire’s Health Services Web site, nearly five percent of college students can be classified as having a gambling addiction. Shaun Engstrom, a sophomore, isn’t surprised by this finding. “We’re all looking for something to do,” Engstrom

said. “Some people get a thrill from taking risks.” Unfortunately, the risks compulsive gamblers take aren’t just financial. According to a study conducted in 2003 by Richard LaBrie and Howard Shaffer of Harvard University, college students who gamble weekly are also very likely to engage in various reckless behaviors, most notably excess alcohol consumption. Despite the consequences of compulsive gambling, many universities do not prohibit gambling. According to the National Center for Responsible Gaming, 78 percent of universities permit gambling. Currently, Tufts University is one of them. However, according to the Student Affairs Web site, Tufts abides by provisions set forth by the towns of Somerville and Medford that prohibit gambling for money unless a permit is obtained. Fortunately, there is hope for those looking to break from their gambling addictions. According to Lefkowitz, family members and friends play a critical role in initiating the rehabilitation process. “One little conversation will go a long way,” Lefkowitz said.

ollowing a knock at my door the other night, one of my housemates promptly crashed in my chair to agonize about her current guy situation. After she had subtly deflected a couple of informal date invites, the guy involved had finally gotten himself together to ask her on a real dinner date. After reading his Facebook message proposal out loud, she sighed and said, “I mean, I really don’t think I’m attracted to him, but he’s so nice. I don’t want to turn him down again.” “Woa,” I thought. “This is turning into such a classic pity date situation.” Most people have made the mistake of going on one at some point — a pity date is when you go out with someone for reasons other than being attracted to them. It’s a date you feel guilted into for one reason or another. They’re not unlike pity hookups, except you usually can’t just blame it on the al(al-al-al-al-al)cohol. Why do so many of us soberly agree to go on these dates that we don’t really want to be on? You have my housemate, on one hand, who dreaded turning someone down. It’s a pretty common way to react. No one wants to hurt someone else’s feelings, but leading someone on is just going to end up hurting him worse down the line. Others blame social pressure. A guy friend of mine was recently involved with a girl that he had so many friends in common with that he couldn’t imagine turning her down for fear of making things awkward for everyone else. To make the situation worse, none of those friends could stop talking about how cute the two of them would be together. Another one of my housemates suggested that, sometimes, you agree to a pity date because you really just want the situation to work out. Maybe you really want to be in a relationship or you want to go out on a date. Maybe you just want there to be a spark, when it’s really just not happening. Don’t settle. If you’re 98 percent sure that you have no chemistry with someone, don’t try convincing yourself that you’re only 80 percent sure and that “there’s still potential!” Hoping for a spark isn’t going to create one. If it’s not there, don’t force it. “But they’re really, really cool and nice and reliable and …” Well, great, but isn’t that what friends are for? The aforementioned guy friend of mine offered up another reason why someone might accept a pity date: “It’s called being a p--sy,” he said. And you know what? He’s right. No more pity dates. If you’re not interested, bite the bullet and go through with the rejection. If you accept a date that you’re really just not that into, you’re only getting the other person’s hopes up. You’re leading him or her on. And thinking about it from the pity date’s perspective, would you really want to be on a date with someone who was secretly feeling squeamish the whole time? Would you want to put effort into getting ready for a date when the other person had already decided that things weren’t going to work out? It might not seem like it during the rejection phase, but you’re doing the other person a favor by not leading them on and suffering through an awkward date. Everyone makes mistakes. Despite my best arguments, my housemate still felt guilted into going out with Mr. Facebook Message. We’ll see how that goes. Sometimes it takes suffering through your first pity date to realize just how bad they can be. But at least you’ll know for next time that if you’re just not feelin’ it, it’s best not to pursue it. Emily Maretsky is a senior majoring in engineering psychology. She can be reached at



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actually convenient,” he said. “I have three hours a week of class time to devote to this idea and I make the most of my free time for research.” Tamposi is an active member of YET, a program he said “is great because it gets people who are like-minded together, in addition to getting people to network with.” Senior Dan Schoening found another source of support for his entrepreneurial aspirations: his family. “I grew up in an entrepreneurial family, and I was interested in it from a young age,” he said. Schoening, along with seniors Ari Kobren and Zach Bialecki, is one of the organizers of FindJoey, a web-based company ( that sends users free text messages with an up-to-date Joey schedule. Schoening said that he, Kobren and Bilecki personally financed the project, which launched this fall. “We enjoy taking on a product and seeing if it can grow and seeing if we can fill a need,” Schoening said. “If we make money off of it, then great, but if not, it’s a big learning experience.” Schoening would not give specifics on FindJoey’s finances, but he expects the company “to make a profit at some point through small advertisements,” with the service remaining free of charge. “The idea is to look at our pattern of growth and analyze that closely and then see what our next step should be, if we can move it to other campuses or whatever,” Schoening said. He plans to minor in entrepreneurial leadership and is involved in

the Kairos Society. “I had some experience going in to my classes,” said Schoening, who founded a small soccer camp in high school. “I think that the best way to learn about something like this is to get real experience in different ventures and not being taught about it in a class environment. That being said, it’s a great program and I’ve learned a lot. Tufts creates a network and a community for you to kind of develop the confidence you need to do this, because starting a company from scratch can be overwhelming.” Senior David Mok, who served as market director for Oxford Entrepreneurs, Europe’s largest university entrepreneurship society, while studying abroad at the University of Oxford last year, is, like Schoening and Tamposi, developing a servicebased start-up. “I’m working on an Internet company that hooks people up with social causes,” he said. Mok added that his plans for launching the business are “very preliminary right now.” “We are doing early stage recruiting,” he said. “You’ve got to develop an idea, you work, you meet with investors, and then, when you have a prototype, the ball gets rolling.” Mok sees entrepreneurship as “the root of social change.” “What helped me gravitate towards it was the ability to make a change and to make a difference,” he said. “The risks are large, but the rewards and benefits are worth it.” All four entrepreneurs interviewed acknowledged that juggling the responsibilities of their companies and the demands of pursing an undergraduate degree can be tricky. Although

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these priorities often intertwine — all students interviewed indicated that they have taken classes or are pursuing a minor in entrepreneurial leadership through the Gordon Institute at the School of Engineering — business-savvy students still find the responsibilities of their two worlds difficult to juggle. “You kind of have to lower your academic standards,” Mok said. “Someone might say, ‘I can’t get an A on everything.’ Do I answer this e-mail or do I study for my econ test? It’s tough.” Schoening finds that prioritizing is key. “If you’re excited about doing something, then you will make the time for it,” he said. “Everyone has their passions that they need to balance, and for me, that’s working on ventures like this. I just have to be focused.” An additional element to balance is interaction with clients and potential investors who may be reticent to conduct business with a partner who can’t legally meet for cocktails. “It can be a little difficult for people to take you seriously, but for the most part I think people like our enthusiasm,” Schoening said. Mok has found that “investors are good about it because they understand and they might have been there themselves and they can [potentially] benefit from your idea.” Efremkin said that, at a certain point, age becomes irrelevant. “It’s not a big factor, because I’m very well-prepared,” he said. “It’s all about professionalism. If you can demonstrate that you are knowledgeable and able to do the work, then companies will let you do the work.”

Local nonprofits rely on student volunteers VOLUNTEERING continued from page 1

Community service-focused Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), the largest student-run organization on campus, sends over 1,000 undergraduates to volunteer in 40 different service programs. Group members travel to local homeless shelters, raise cancer awareness, tutor local schoolchildren and participate in a host of other activities. The Citizenship and Public Service Scholars Program, run by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, engages students in community service both on and off campus, according to Sarah Shugars, communications manager at Tisch College. Fifty-one students, called Tisch Scholars, participate in projects the range from exploring how the planned MBTA Green Line corridor will affect the community to working in the Middlesex District Attorney’s office to help juveniles avoid getting jail time for minor crimes, according to Melissa DeFreece, the coordinator of the Tisch Scholars program. DeFreece said that the Scholars program does its “best to make sure students are as prepared as possible” in a variety of environments. Through the program, scores of Tufts students have made a significant impact in the lives of hundreds of local residents by working with the Medford Family Network, an arm of Medford Public Schools that provides programming for families with young children. Tisch Scholars hold family programs on Saturdays for several hundred families, and student interns assist staff with simple tasks such as helping with storage and day-to-day operations, according to Marie Cassidy, the program coordinator for the

Medford Family Network. Cassidy said she appreciated students’ help “now more than ever.” “Because cuts have been so great, we have had to lose lots of staff,” she said. “To have lively college students is such a positive piece to all of this.” About 70 students volunteer each year at the Medford Family Network, Cassidy said. The annual International Family Festival stands out as one of the most important events of the year in which students are involved. Not all support comes in the form of manpower. LCS raised and donated $1,500 to the Medford Family Network last year, a sum shocking to the organization’s administrators, Cassidy said. “It was such a surprise, and they did this all on their own,” Cassidy said. “Tufts students have been just exceptional to work with. They’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty, full of energy and creativity.” Groundwork Somerville, a small nonprofit that focuses on improving the environment through community-based partnerships, is similarly appreciative of student help. The group’s executive director, Jen Lawrence, says Tufts students play an important role in the nonprofit’s functions. “All of our Tufts students have a great impact on our organization,” Lawrence said. The organization has four volunteers during the academic year and two during the summer who work on tasks relating to environmental policy and community health, among other projects, Lawrence said. Nonprofit administrators agree that, without student help, their organizations would be much worse off during the recession.

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Emotional extremes, vibrant imagery make cinematic exploration of childhood ‘Wild’ Spike Jonze brings Maurice Sendak’s classic to the silver screen BY

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Childhood is a lot of things. It’s fun, sad, dark and wild — and “Where the Wild Things Are” exhibits every one of those qualities. The

Where the Wild Things Are Starring Paul Dano, Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener Directed by Spike Jonze much-anticipated new film adaptation of the 1963 children’s book by Maurice Sendak is about childhood, but it is not necessarily a children’s movie. Director Spike Jonze brings the lens down to the level of one young boy — Max (Max Records) — without patronizing his story. Jonze instead respects Max’s reality and all of the whirlwind emotions that come with it. Sendak’s 48-page classic had all of nine sentences, but Jonze and screenwriter Dave Eggers cull a rich and nuanced story from this foundation. They give Max an absent father, a disenchanted sister and a tired mother with a new boyfriend. The important people in Max’s life seem distant and preoccupied, and that upsets him. The intricacy of his imagination seems directly proportional to the complexity of the real world. Jonze does a good job of characterizing his protagonist from the start. In the yellowed light of a suburban snow day, Max stockpiles snowballs for an imaginary war. His room is filled with handcrafted ships and creatures. He builds impressive igloos and forts, and when he needs the courage to do something really bold, Max puts on his hooded wolf pajamas.


If there’s anything cuter than this, we don’t know what it is. The first scenes appear to be the most mundane in the film, but they are some of the most poignant. Nearly wordless, a few quick vignettes neatly sum up what it is like to be a little kid. In these first minutes, Max experiences a whole spectrum of emotions full force. It is difficult for him to deal with sublime happiness, devastation, blind rage and remorse so quickly, and it’s nearly as difficult for the audient to watch. But this intensity is a reminder of the harsh realities of childhood, when emotions are raw, unfiltered and surprising. The world of the Wild Things, where Max escapes when he feels overwhelmed by reality, is stark and beautiful, its landscapes vastly impressive. It is full of extremes: a tumultuous black sea, dense woods, desert dunes,


sea cliffs and rocky caverns. The nights are inky black, with enormous shadows creeping in at the edge of the firelight by which Max first introduces himself to the Wild Things. The days are bright, with images onscreen appearing nearly overexposed. The Wild Things themselves are everything their name implies. They’re big monsters, capable of brute strength and real violence. They fight each other and destroy things; they sleep when and where they want. Their emotions are just as raw as Max’s, and developmentally, they seem like kids. Often it’s hard to tell if the Wild Things are good or bad; at any moment, Max might anger the Wild Things and they could just eat him up. This see WILD, page 6


Gliding through history on a song BY

MICHELLE BEEHLER Contributing Writer

Bob Dylan. Joni Mitchell. The Beatles. James Taylor. Simon and Garfunkel. What do these artists

A Long and Winding Road Written by Maureen McGovern and Philip Himburg Directed by Philip Himburg At the Huntington Theatre through Nov. 15 Tickets starting at $15

The Daily sat down with Brian Knep, whose current exhibit “Exempla,” at the Tufts University Art Gallery, examines the inextricable force of change in life through interactive projections — and, surprisingly, humor. Knep spoke about his recent exhibit, his artistic beginnings and the reasoning behind his work.

Brian Knep: Art has always been a part of my life as background, but I didn’t take it seriously until 2003. The gallery where I first showed was the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. My whole identity had been as an engineer, so I didn’t take [art] seriously. I came from a family that appreciated art, but where it wasn’t considered a career. I also had no formal training. I didn’t go to art

have in common? Right now it’s the Huntington Theatre Company’s production “A Long and Winding Road,” an autobiographical tribute to Grammy Award-nominated singer and actress Maureen McGovern. McGovern’s voice is the strong and stirring vessel through which this captivating performance celebrates and pays respect to the musicians and music that defined a generation. McGovern and Philip Himberg were the joint conceivers and writers of “A Long and Winding Road,” a production that has no ordinary narrative. The play uses popular and well-loved songs to recall important moments, funny memories and traumatic events that occurred throughout McGovern’s life. The result is a musical scrapbook that McGovern shares and sings

Anna Majeski: When did you first start

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A visitor interacts with Brian Knep's video installation “Healing 1.”

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The truth about lying


n the words of Jack Donaghy on last week’s episode of “30 Rock,” “I’m a big ol’ liar.” To my three or four loyal readers: Don’t have a conniption. I’ve been completely honest with you in my previous columns. I did sob at a Grizzly Bear concert, I do think that Kanye West and Serena Williams were in the right, and I am, in fact, absolutely nothing like Jason Schwartzman. W h e n I say “lies,” I’m not talking about outright, Balloon Boy-style fabrications. (Speaking of the Flight of the Falcon, I could write an entire column, if not a dissertation, about the simultaneously fascinating and disturbing spectacle of that poor kid being used as a pawn by his parents before revealing the scheme on national television and subsequently vomiting all over himself. I can totally relate to his plight. We’ve all been there, right?) I’m talking about some subtler stuff. Prepare for me to shake your values to their very core. Indulge me and guess whether the following statements are true or false: I think that the Kings of Leon are a pale imitation of a freakish Strokes/Lynyrd Skynyrd love child; I did not see “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009) in theaters; I do not occasionally enjoy “Two and a Half Men.” All lies. I like the Kings of Leon probably more than they deserve, I paid a hard-earned 12 bucks to sit through “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (and didn’t mind that little head-trip one bit), and I often find myself laughing when a certain Charlie Sheen sitcom happens to be on. So, I lie. And it’s become a habit. Due to some blend of intense snobbery and an absurd need for affection and affirmation, I’ve been stretching the truth about my cultural preferences in a semi-subconscious way for quite some time. It all probably started when I realized, as a 12-year-old with a bowl cut, that saying I would rather listen to some weirdo named Bowie than the Backstreet Boys would probably lose me some friends among the popular crowd. It’s become second nature in my neverending quest, like that of every teenager, for a modicum of social acceptance. This being an official sociological analysis of societal norms and all, I’ve broken down the lies into two categories. Category one: mainstream movies, television shows, music and books that I actually love but profess to either enjoy “ironically” or to not like at all. Category two: off-the-beaten-path work that I say I like despite feeling no such way. These lies are all about combinations — of high brow and low class, of a popular movie that’s “so bad it’s good” and of a Sundance Channel show used more effectively as a sleep aid than as a source of entertainment. In my warped mind, some almighty cultural arbiter/ bartender creates the ultimate cocktail of elitism and down-with-the-people “realness,” and I’ve let this imagined collective opinion dictate a few too many of my cultural choices. I fear that, in attempting to impress others or fit in, I’ve lost touch with my own feelings. I’m sure you’re confused, and so am I. What do I actually like? Is Radiohead really my favorite band, or have I been conditioned to think that because that’s what “people” want to hear? Do I think that J.D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey” (1961) is a great book because these “people” whom I aspire to be like say it’s a great book? I’m sure this all sounds ridiculous and melodramatic, but for someone who spirals into meaning-oflife-questioning when he can’t decide between a bagel and an English muffin see SCHLOM, page 6



‘Wild Things’ does justice to imaginary world WILD from page 5

uncertainty imbues the film with a constant buzz of excited anticipation. The film’s plot proceeds in fits and starts. Time is disjointed, but this becomes irrelevant because the story is more an exercise in emotional experience than a linear sequence of events. The plot becomes less about a progression of mornings and nights, and more about what Max does and how he handles new feelings. Dialogue in the film is simplistic, sometimes to the point of being vague or confusing. Max delivers his lines with the sincerity of a real 9-year-old, sometimes breathlessly trying to get all of his ideas out at once, other times hesitantly “umm-ing” his way through explanations. The story ultimately belongs to Max, and thus is told through his eyes. Events are explained insofar as Max would be able to explain them. The Wild Things are already in the midst of ongoing conflicts when Max arrives. They make him their king, but he is ruling over subjects whose politics he can barely comprehend. There are delicate issues between Wild Things Carol (James Gandolfini) and KW (Lauren Ambrose), as well as Judith (Catherine O’Hara) and Ira (Forest Whitaker), that seem to have been building for some time. Those issues are never fully explained, and the muddled plot is a little unnerving at first. But as an expression of Max’s limitations of understanding and a commitment to keeping the film at his level, the enigmatic nature of tensions between characters works. Ultimately, “Where the Wild Things Are” is about the experience of being a child. The film evokes deeply visceral reactions; it is powerfully sad and overwhelmingly exuberant. When viewers enter the roller coaster world of the Wild Things — and of Max Records — they’ll find a childhood rumpus worth eating up: something at once bizarre, frightening and beautiful.

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‘Road’ recounts moments from Maureen McGovern’s own life as well as major events in American history ROAD from page 5

wholeheartedly, and that the audience hears and appreciates. The music, which McGovern strings together and breaks up with comedic anecdotes and personal short stories, is the attraction for this show. Each song is symbolic, and when McGovern sings, specific memories are effortlessly evoked. The songs and stories distributed throughout the performance are a reminder that the production is not only a memorial to great music, but also a commemoration of a great life — and one that continues with gumption. Parsing the mixture of songs and memories is like solving a puzzle — one that McGovern helps to solve with her own personal history, but that audience members can solve for themselves on an individual level. From World War II to John F. Kennedy’s assassination to the Vietnam War, the decades that make up McGovern’s life are momentous historically as well as musically. Broader associations and historical context make the show a shared walk down memory lane for McGovern and the audience, more like a conversation with an old friend than a self-indulgent monologue. McGovern’s voice remains impressive at age 60, as she continues to belt out lyrics from Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and The Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon” with confidence. Also on stage is Jeffrey Harris on piano, whose playing nicely complements McGovern’s voice and presence and who provides small moments of comedy. Though he could be easily forgotten on the side of the stage, Harris makes a few jokes to help remind the audience that he is there, and his humor is refreshing in an otherwise McGovern-dominated performance. The set is the only element lacking


‘A Long and Winding Road’ uses projected images as the backdrop to monologues. in “A Long and Winding Road.” While the curtains and tapestry on the piano are appropriately simple and elegant, they are also vaguely reminiscent of a lounge — an environment that doesn’t seem to fit revolutionary music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The curtained background also creates an uneven surface for the photo and video projections displayed throughout the performance, making it difficult to read some of the slides shown. McGovern is perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning recordings of “The Morning After” and “We May Never Love Like this Again,” which garnered fame in the 1970s from their use in

the classic disaster films “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972) and “The Towering Inferno” (1974), respectively — earning her the nickname “Maureen the Disaster Queen.” McGovern’s diverse career also includes appearances in “Little Women: The Musical” (2005) and “The Pirates of Penzance” (1981), and a cameo as the singing, guitar-playing nun in the film “Airplane!” (1980). “A Long and Winding Road” is showing Oct. 9 through Nov. 15 at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre, Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Student rush tickets are $15 and are available two hours before the performance.

Sometimes the truth hurts SCHLOM from page 5

for breakfast, this is heady stuff. My realization came when someone asked me recently if I was a “Lost” fan. Having given up on any hope that there would be a satisfying conclusion to that messy yarn around the time the hatch blew up, I was caught in a conundrum. Do I say that I remain devoted and face having to recall key plot points from episodes I’ve missed? Or do I face the truth (and my own lack of patience for complex serial dramas with countless over-my-head references to obscure moments from three years prior)? Refreshingly, I went with the truth. I’ve been a fool, subscribing to some stupid theory in which there is value in denying the merits of good music or a show that brings the funny, however cheap the laughs are. Give or take a few too many wasted dollars (and tears) on

star-crossed-lover movies, I’m proud of my taste. Maybe my newfound inclination to tell the truth will prompt me to expand my cultural horizons — if so many people like “Weeds,” maybe I should actually watch it to see what all the fuss is about rather than just say I watch it. I look forward to some honest discourse about the merits of things for which I’ve suppressed my affection or that I’ve lied about enjoying. I’m rediscovering music and television shows I had always felt obligated to like or ignore and figuring my feelings out for myself. So, to the guy I talked to last week about My Bloody Valentine: I lied. The band’s music is pretty overrated. Sorry, but sometimes the truth hurts. Derek Schlom is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at

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Artist Knep grapples with change through interactive pieces KNEP

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school, so I had no language for it … no context for it. I was scared to show [my art], but I got feedback from some creative friends, and they liked it. AM: What was the work from your first show? BK: My first show was actually one piece, “Healing #1” (2003). It was a floor projection, about size of a carpet, nine by six feet. It was an organic pattern. As you walked across the pattern, you wounded it, you erased it. The pattern then healed itself behind you, but whenever it grew back, it never grew back the same way. It left a scar where you walked. Over time, other people’s lines erased your line but your interaction changed it forever. Every interaction causes a permanent change. AM: Do you always use interactive projections in your work? BK: I often do interactive work, but only when it makes sense. I also do non-repeating videos, regenerating videos which are responsive to time — as time changes, the video changes. But I’ve done prints and photographs as well as some sculptural work. AM: What are you interested in communicating through your art? BK: All of my work is somehow about change, impermanence, how everything changes, how everything is connected. In life there is only one constant, the fact that everything changes — your thoughts, your age, weather — everything changes, and one of the struggles in life is how you deal with that. People are actually quite scared of change. One of our struggles is how you change ... with the piece “Healing #1,” it was really about idea that you interact with piece and that changes you. [Change] also continues forward, and I’m very interested in how those changes continue. So my work is all about how nothing is permanent, how everything changes and is connected. AM: How did you come to decide on a digital medium? Do you think it conveys what you

BK: I was an engineer first, [I] worked in computer science. I worked in the film industry, so I’ve always been interested in technology. So it seemed natural to use [technology]. I could express myself with that. Painters are good at paint; they know how to mix the paints, use them. Sculptors understand their material, so my craft is technology. So that’s one answer. The other answer is that I love and hate technology. I have a lot of fun with it, but often what we consider progress — email, etc. — actually [disconnects] us with our environment, and that creates a less rich experience. Technology is powerful, but it can be used in a bad way. I sort of thought, how can I use technology to create a richer experience with the world? I make a program where you interact with the piece, with each other. You become aware of your environment through it. AM: What is the main concept behind “Exempla?” BK: A lot of pieces are about futility, running around on walls, not getting anywhere. [The figures in the pieces] are doing things: running around, building towers and, from their point of view, they are constantly getting somewhere. From our point of view, it’s obvious that they are just cycling, but they can never see that. It’s hard to get perspective on your own life — actually it’s pretty much impossible. There are moments where we can break out, but mostly it’s impossible, so it’s sort of about trying to accept that. I get up, go to the gym, go to work, meditate. Who knows if the things we do will make us better? AM: In “Exempla”, you are talking about mindless forces in humanity, the way that we go through the motions with little or no thought. Do you think you’re combating that through your work? Or do you feel that you’re participating in it also? BK: [I think I’m] accepting it … Accepting it, and trying to get other people to accept it and laugh at it, and then maybe take a step to get perspective on it. If you accept it, then you can make small steps.


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Blue Dogs should take the muzzle off of progress My constituents will abandon me. They say this plan smacks of socialism. They’re afraid it will force them to lose their coverage. They are sure the president is going to destroy private industry. Blue Dog Democrats and their copious vexations are widely known. More importantly, they’re accepted as practical, as just another political reality. When a politician says her constituents simply cannot get behind something, that sounds just about final. The rationale, of course, is that elected officials are there to represent their constituencies. If the voters in their districts threaten to abandon them at the polls, politicians have the right — and, some say, the duty — to respond. But the fears of a small, changeaverse political minority seem to have put the administration of national progress on hold. A coalition of conservative Democrats that prides itself on two major concerns — cutting government profligacy and increasing military spending (markedly contradictory goals) — has crept its way into the spotlight. The main sticking point for the Blue Dogs in the hot-button debate over health care reform has been, until recently, their reluctance to embrace

any legislation with a “public option,” or a government-sponsored health insurance provider. Apart from the political right’s insistence on “good, healthy debate” and the news media’s inherent need to perpetuate it, there is little need to even dispute the merits of the public option: Dispassionate experts widely agree that it is the only way to significantly stem the constantly mounting surge in health insurance costs. What has been holding the country back from acting on the clear need for reform? The nation has moved to the left in each of the past two election cycles, putting the Democrats in control of Congress in 2006 and then reinforcing that control in 2008 while also electing President Obama. A major part of those election cycles was the debate over health care reform. But now the Blue Dogs, responsible for many of the Democrats’ gains in Congress, are insisting on, well, inaction. One of their main priorities, according to Coalition Co-chair Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), is not to move faster than the Senate. Essentially, the Blue Dogs are afraid of making a stir — afraid of seeming too progressive. But an ABC News/Washington Post

poll released yesterday proves that after a long, hot summer of protest, the nation is taking a deep breath and looking at the facts with a newly clear-eyed perspective. Fifty-seven percent in the poll now favor “having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private” insurers, the highest level of support since the beginning of the summer, when mudslinging began at congressional representatives’ town hall meetings. Only 40 percent in the poll said they opposed a government-run plan. Senate Democrats often say their magic number is 60. As the percentage of Americans hoping for a public option creeps back toward that number, it is time for the self-declared “center” to stop holding the rest of the country hostage to its own fears. Politicians are subject to the voters who put them in office, yes. But there was a time when they were leaders, too, when they listened to reason and egalitarian values, when they considered themselves federal officials responsible for the betterment of the nation — not just their own re-election. As that nation articulates a need for change, these fence-sitters must listen.


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Media fans rejoiced Wednesday evening when The New York Times announced that it would not be selling The Boston Globe, after months of tenuous deliberation. This decision came after The Globe managed to prove itself stable enough, following the adherence to a strategic plan set forth by The Times to encourage financial restructuring. Though The Globe managed to pull itself together, it only did so after enduring massive sacrifices like pay and benefit cuts for its reporters. This development is simultaneously inspiring and disappointing for the public, which is wondering what costs the survival of journalism will demand from its reporters and editors. It’s comforting to know The Globe is here to stay — and all of the headlines triumphantly proclaiming that

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Wednesday were like breaths of fresh air for skeptics and hardcore readers alike, who see such developments as signs that the print journalism and economic crises may be gradually healing. But with Globe staff being slapped with significant pay cuts, those glimmers of hope quickly fade. These kinds of immense sacrifices will only go so far — what happens when reporters and editors can no longer afford to place proving themselves and their craft to the higher-ups as priority over survival and self-respect? And it’s important to note that just because The Globe is safe for the time being, the fight to save the printed word isn’t over. A real exodus from the print media crisis will take a more viable revision to the newspaper business model than just pay cuts, and above that, more esteem from readers. Skeptics and umbrella media industries like The Times should consider how close they came to a Globe-less world,

what that world might have looked like and how it would have created a domino-effect toward the demise of many other prominent papers. The disappearance of a mainstay like The Globe is unthinkable — yet it would have been realized if its staff hadn’t made sacrifices for the greater good. This kind of selflessness should hint at the tenacity journalists have for their trade, and should make clearer the larger problem of the print media crisis. Globe writers are not out of line to ask to be put on the record saying that The Times shouldn’t soon forget what The Globe gave up to save itself, and to request that The Times recognize that beyond just a pat on the back. The Globe staff is now at the epicenter of the print media crisis, under a microscope to see what they’ll do next after their grand gestures bought them more time. Those watching should support them accordingly — it’s the least they can do.

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Commitment pledge, where’s the credit? BY JILLIAN JOSEPH In the Daily’s Oct. 13 editorial, “Pledge a commitment to philanthropy,” sweeping assumptions and factual inaccuracies depicted the Greek community as lacking dedication to charitable causes. This is not the case. Fraternities and sororities have never been “simply social organizations,” and it is unfounded and callous to generalize them as such. If indeed, “little is known about what fraternities and sororities do to help the community,” as the editorial states, perhaps the Tufts community should focus more energy on supporting Greek philanthropic causes, which are well publicized and often reported in this newspaper. The Daily calls for philanthropy-based activities during the recruitment and new member periods while blatantly ignoring that these already exist. Sorority recruitment currently commits a great deal of discussion to each chapter’s philanthropic causes. One recruitment event is required to be devoted entirely to philanthropy, and potential new members and sisters often use the occasion to volunteer while simultaneously getting to know each other. All members of Greek organizations realize they are making a commitment both to a sisterhood or brotherhood and to the philanthropic ideals of that organization. New members (the correct name for a “pledge,” the archaic term used by the Daily) of the organizations on campus are required to participate in their chapters’ philanthropic activities in addition to community-wide events such as the Tufts University Dance Marathon, Tufts Relay for Life, Read by the River, Kids’ Day and various other charitable events. These events, I will add, would suffer from an extreme lack of leaders, volunteers and fundraising if Greeks were not involved. For example, sorority and fraternity teams are nearly always the top fundraisers in Relay for Life. As the Daily mentions, the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS) is a great presence on campus. Greeks have a long tradition of involvement in LCS activities and participation with its directional staff. For several years the Greek community has encouraged members to participate in its activities by co-sponsoring the annual LCS Semi-Formal and making generous donations to its Faculty Waits on You Dinner and Auction. Additionally, nearly all of the chapters on campus will be participating in LCS’ Halloween on the Hill this Saturday, as they have since its inception. You have only to look back through the Daily’s own archives to see what an impact Tufts Greeks make on our community. So far this year, Chi Omega has held its annual charity basketball tournament and raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Delta Tau Delta has brought a Sudanese lost boy to campus to raise awareness of his plight and that of his homeland. Upcoming philanthropic events include Alpha Phi’s annual Charity Denim event and Alpha Omicron Pi’s Taste of Davis night, which benefit cardiac care and juvenile arthritis research, respectively, and will both take place in November. Zeta Beta Tau is currently organizing their annual Get on the Ball event to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Sigma Phi Epsilon will be pumpkin carving with


a local elementary school in the next few weeks. Zeta Psi and Alpha Omicron Pi continue to serve local schools with the Cooperative Peace Games program. This is only a taste of what our organizations support and doesn’t begin to cover the individual commitments of our members to various groups and causes on campus. Individually, members of the Tufts Greek community lead service trips abroad, coordinate large-scale outreach activities like Read by the River, tutor local students, organize events like Peace Day and participate in Tisch College Citizenship and Public Service Scholars Program projects, to name only a few endeavors. Nearly every service-oriented organization on campus counts Greeks among its members, and many of these groups call them their leaders. “Is an interest in volunteering and community service a determining factor for the average freshman deciding whether to pledge a fraternity or sorority?” asks the Daily. Maybe not at Tufts, but it is a testament to the quality of our campus’ philanthropy and activism; not a statement against members of the Greek community. When chapters recruit new members, they value students’ participation in other campus activities, especially service-oriented ones. While other schools might rely solely on the Greek community for philanthropic events and activities, Tufts is lucky enough to have an active student body that gives on its own, so it’s easy to forget that Greek organizations

make important contributions to Tufts’ community-service arena. It’s also important to realize that Tufts funds the philanthropic activities of most non-Greek groups on campus. Greek chapters receive no budget from the Tufts Community Union Senate, so funding for every community service event comes from members’ dues. This is certainly not hidden from members, so the claim simply cannot be leveled that individual members don’t care about the philanthropy of a house — they’re paying for it. To ignore all of these accomplishments, most of which have in fact been covered before by the Daily, implies not only a disrespect for the portion of the student body involved in Greek Life, but a lack of effort to report the facts on campus. The outrageous claim that fraternity and sorority members don’t care about philanthropy is insulting and simply incorrect, and I sincerely hope that the Daily, and everyone in the Tufts community, will think twice before making any similar assertion. Greek philanthropic events are open to all, so come and see for yourself what Tufts’ chapters are doing to help out our community. Jillian Joseph is a senior majoring in international relations and French. She is the former president of the Panhellenic Council and the president of Chi Omega.

A weak majority BY MICHAEL BENDETSON After Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was finally seated in July, the Democrats were optimistic about the possibilities of the 111th Congress. Since taking control of Congress in 2006, the Democrats have struggled with a Republican president and filibusters in the Senate. Whenever questioned about their failure to legislate campaign policies, Democrats lectured about their need for 60 Senate seats in order to enact any sort of legislative agenda. In July, the time finally arrived with the all-powerful supermajority. The opportunities seemed endless for drastic shifts in foreign, environmental and health care policy. The country was in awe of the Democrats’ newfound power. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez remarked, “I think it gives us a tremendous opportunity to move a progressive agenda ahead. It obviously changes the dynamics in the Senate.” Republican Sen. John Ensign added that with a supermajority Democrats “can take this country radically to the left. That means higher taxes [and] it means more spending.” However, three months have passed and most Americans are perplexed by the Democrats’ legislative record on key issues. The most obvious issue of Democratic inaction is health care. Despite widespread support from the American public and President Obama for some sort of a

public option, Democrats proved incapable of advancing it out of a Senate Committee. Recently, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance resoundingly rejected two amendments for a public option. As a result of Democratic inaction, support for the Democratic Congress, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has fallen to 21 percent. The problem for Democrats may not lie with the blue donkey, but rather with the Blue Dog Coalition. While political commentators and pundits have been fixated on the divides of the GOP, the real civil war may be going on in the Democratic caucus. The Blue Dogs define themselves as a coalition dedicated to what they say is a “core set of beliefs that transcend partisan politics, including a deep commitment to the financial stability and national security of the United States.” There is nothing new about this moderate faction in American politics; Reagan Democrats made up a solid portion of the Republican Revolution of 1994. However, the fact that these Blue Dog congressmen are members of a party associated with spending is bound to lead to conflict. Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, a proponent of a public option and chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, recently admitted his frustration with the whole legislative process, stating, “No one has been able to show me how we can count up to 60 votes with a public option. I want a bill that can become law.” Blue Dog Democrats

have voiced considerable objection to a public option for fears of massive costs and deficit increases. Why are these Blue Dogs so uncompromising? The majority of Blue Dog Democrats in both the House and the Senate serve moderate districts or states and face a conservative constituent base. It would be nothing short of political suicide for some of these congressmen to support the public option. In the House, 49 Democrats carried a district won by Republican Sen. John McCain in the last presidential election. In the Senate, numerous Democratic senators in the Midwest are facing difficult reelections as a result of support for a public option. Even former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean acknowledged the difficulty for moderate Democrats to support the proposed public option. The former governor claimed, “If the Democrats want to hold on to their majority, you’re going to have a problem. That’s because the public option wouldn’t be up and running until 2013, long after the 2010 elections, meaning voters won’t really see any benefits until long after the election.” Blue Dog Democrats have heeded Dean’s warning and are engaging in health care reform, but have drawn the line in the sand with the public option. Despite Pelosi’s insistence that health care reform and a public option are inextricably linked, the Democrats need to take a more pragmatic view on

the issue of health care. Baucus understands that the best bill is one that can be passed. His bill, which was recently passed by the Senate Committee on Finance, does not contain any public option. However, the bill succeeds in many other areas. The bill creates a requirement for all Americans to have health care coverage and creates a market exchange for the purchase of it. The reforms would extend health care coverage to 94 percent of Americans, and at $829 billion over 10 years, it is well within Obama’s limit of $900 billion. This is a piece of legislation that all Democrats, including Blue Dogs, can really rally around. Although the Baucus bill would leave approximately 17 million Americans uninsured, it is a crucial step in ensuring universal health care in the United States. While both House and Senate committees have proposed bills with a public option, the costs are simply too high for Blue Dog support. Democratic leadership need not worry about courting Republican support, but rather ensuring Blue Dog support. These conservative Democrats will make or break health care reform. Pelosi’s all-or-nothing approach with the public option is not what the Democrats or the country need. The Baucus bill, though far from perfect, can provide immediate relief to the millions of Americans who need it. Michael Bendetson is a sophomore majoring in political science.

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Jumbos get second win of the season at Plansky Invite BY

LAUREN FLAMENT Senior Staff Writer

With only four teams competing in the Plansky Invitational at Williams on Saturday, the MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Plansky Invitational Williamstown, Mass., Saturday 1st out of 4 teams (8k) 1. 4. 6. 7. 8.

Jesse Faller, 26:19 Christopher Brunnquell, 26:53 Kyle Marks, 27:06 Ryan Lena, 27:08 Connor Rose, 27:09

men’s cross country team faced little opposition. The Jumbo’s lack of competition was evident, as they came away from the meet with an easy win. The Jumbos scored 26 points, followed by RPI with 55 points, in a field of four teams. Tufts had eight runners finish in the top 15 of the race’s 65 competitors. Senior Jesse Faller led the way for the Jumbos, finishing the 8,000-meter race in third place with a time of 26:19. Faller was supported by junior Chris Brunnquell, who claimed fourth with a time of 26:53. The Jumbos also filled out spots 6 through 10. Freshman Kyle Marks led the pack with a time of 27:06, while senior Ryan Lena and sophomore Connor Rose rounded off the scorers for Tufts in places 7 and 8, running 27:08 and 27:09, respectively.

Rose was followed by junior Jeff Ragazzini, freshman Matt Rand and sophomore Scott McArthur, who placed ninth and tied for tenth respectively. “I thought the team ran well,” Rose said. “We packed up for basically the whole race, and we all felt really good … The strategy was to work together and stay comfortable. The coaches said we could pick it up at the end of the race if we were feeling good, but not to go too hard.” “We were going into the race with a mentality that we were tempo-ing through it, and that it was going to be more of a workout,” assistant coach Mark Carberry added. “So to see the guys run considerably faster than they did on the course last year makes us pretty happy with where we are. “[Brunnquell and Rose] are two that particularly stepped it up,” he continued. “They wanted to go out there and put in a really good effort, and they both did without hesitation.” Both Brunnquell and Rose ran faster in the tempo effort this weekend than in the Open New England Championship last weekend at Franklin Park — Brunnquell by 27 seconds and Rose by nine. “[My race] was a good tempo effort, and it was the pace I wanted to go,” Brunnquell said. “[Franklin Park] last week was probably one of my worst races in college, and this was a very good one … I wanted to try to stay with Jesse [Faller] as best I could, so I did that for three or

so miles, and ran by myself for the last two. “Everyone did pack running for pretty much the whole time,” Brunnquell continued. “Our strategy was to go something like 5:25 [mile] pace for the first two miles, and feel good for at least two, and if you felt good pick it up a little for the last three or at least keep 5:25 going.” Rose was similarly happy about his effort after a poor showing at last week’s meet, where the Franklin Park course caused some trouble for the Jumbos. “Franklin Park was a bit rough for me, so this was a good confidence boost with NESCACs coming up in two weeks,” Rose said. “I felt really fresh and with championship season coming up, it was a nice tune-up and I feel very ready. “I wanted to work with Matt Rand, Jeff Ragazzini and Scott McArthur, and that’s basically what we did,” he continued. “Some people were feeling better than others, so we kind of broke apart a little in the last mile, but there were six of us who finished within 10 seconds of each other.” The team raced on the Williams course last year in both the Plansky Invitational and NCAA New England Championships. According to Carberry, among the 12 competitors Saturday, there was an average improvement of nearly 55 see MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, page 15


Jumbos triumph in 5k after missing out on 6k race BY JEREMY


Junior Chris Brunnquell claimed second for the team and fourth overall with a time of 26:53 in leading the Jumbos to an easy victory at the Plansky Invitational at Williams this past weekend.



Week six separates contenders from pretenders BY


Daily Editorial Board

Senior Staff Writer

Transportation issues marred Saturday’s meet for the women’s cross country team, but junior Amy Wilfert had no problem

In a jumbled week six that saw records fall, beasts tumble and Brett Favre stay true to his old game-winning self, a few perennial victors returned to their past dominance, convincingly establishing themselves as the teams to beaten in their respective conferences. One such team the is New England Patriots, who posted a dominant 59-0 victory Sunday that had many wondering if they were back to their 2007 form or if the Tennessee Titans were just that bad. This game was over before it even started. Tom Brady, who had been fairly average throughout the first five weeks of the 2009 season, exploded for the Patriots’ win. Brady finished the day 29 for 34, passing for 380 yards and six touchdowns. But most impressively, Brady did it all in just over a half. The Patriots quarterback threw an NFLrecord five touchdowns in the second quarter alone, and after throwing for another score on the Patriots’ first drive of the second half, was given the rest of the afternoon off. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer then proceeded to go nine for 11 for 52 yards and a rushing touchdown. On a snowy day that normally would not be conducive to an aerial attack, the Patriots dominated an injury-depleted Titans team that, at 0-6, is effectively done. New England certainly reasserted itself as one of the top teams in the league — and reminded the world how scary it can be when Brady and wide receiver

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Plansky Invitational Williamstown, Mass., Saturday 22nd out of 49 teams (5k) 1. 4. 7. 8. 10.

Amy Wilfert 18:50 Anya Price, 20:03 Bryn Kass, 20:16 Grace Hafner, 20:55 Jennifer Yih, 21:00

reaching the finish line, winning her second race of the season in the Plansky Invitational 5k race on Saturday. The Jumbos were scheduled to compete in several events at Williams this weekend, but arrived late to Williamstown. The team bus had mechanical problems which delayed the team and left the 5k open event as the only race it could compete in. “We were hoping to run the 6k,” Wilfert said. “Williams’ course is a really challenging 6k, and it’s good preparation for future tournaments, but you can’t control what happens to the bus.” Wilfert finished the race in 18:50, 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Amy Zindell, a graduate student from Williams. Only 49 runners from four schools competed in the event, including 19 Jumbos. The race did not include team scoring. “We didn’t expect a whole lot of competition because it was open race and there


Junior Jen Yih and the women’s cross country team encountered transportation difficulties en route to the 6k race at the Plansky Invitational. were [junior varsity] teams,” Wilfert said. The transportation issues were not the only surprise for Tufts. For the first time this year, sophomore Bryn Kass did not trail Wilfert as the second Tufts runner to finish. Instead, classmate Anya Price see WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, page 15

Randy Moss are on the same page. The game also confirmed just how horrendous Tennessee is this year. The Titans now have to start looking ahead to 2010. The only thing they can can do with this year is find out what backup quarterback Vince Young has to offer. Young is in a contract year, and the Titans front office needs to decide whether they want to retain him in 2010 or go in another direction. Current starter Kerry Collins turned in another poor performance, finishing the day 2-for12 for minus-seven yards and two interceptions and a pathetic quarterback rating of 4.9. This game might just spell the end of Collins’ career in the NFL, just like it did for the Titans’ chances at repeating last year’s 13-3 run. In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints established themselves as the best team in the league, but do not be deceived by their 48-27 victory over the New York Giants. Sunday’s showdown between the Saints and the Giants was labeled by most as the biggest matchup of season’s first half, but it’s fair to say that the final result was not what most expected. The Saints dominated the Giants from the first drive of the game, thanks largely to the efforts of quarterback Drew Brees. Brees picked the Giants’ secondary apart, going 23 for 30 for 369 yards and four touchdowns. In particular, Brees preyed on backup safety C.C. Brown and exposed gaping holes in the Giants’ secondary throughout the entire game. see NFL, page 13


12 Four Jumbo duos compete at elite tennis tournament While tri-captains junior Julia Browne and senior Meghan McCooey were off winning their second straight Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College National Championship in doubles in Mobile, Ala., the rest of the women’s tennis team was taking care of business at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament at Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. The Jumbos sent four different pairs to compete in the New England tournament. The format was rather unique: Each team’s two players split up to play singles matches against an opposing team’s player, followed by one final doubles match, with the best of all three winning. The best finish for Tufts came from senior Erica Miller and first-year Lindsay Katz, who won their first two matches in the top flight Gail Smith Division before being eliminated in round16. The Miller-Katz duo squashed its first opponents, Amherst seniors Jennifer Ouyang and Anuja Ankola, 3-0 in the opening round, and then went on to beat Trinity’s No. 1 doubles pair of first-year Hillary Hoyt and senior Olivia Merns by a tally of 2-1. Miller and Katz ultimately fell 2-1 at the hands of senior Leslie Hansen and sophomore Anastasia Vishnevetsky from MIT, who were the eventual runnersup in the event. Junior Edwina Stewart and sophomore Jenn LaCara won their first match of the tournament in a 3-0 sweep over Roger Williams sophomore Amanda Wolfe and freshman Tracy Klein, but came up just short in the second round, losing 2-1 to Hannah Hoerner and Emily Lombardi, a pair of sophomores from Bowdoin. The Tufts duos of first-years Janice Lam and Lauren Hollender as well as senior tri-captain Laura Hoguet and sophomore Natalie Schils both had first-round byes but were eliminated in their first matches. All three Tufts pairs, including Stewart/ LaCara, Lam/Hollender and Hoguet/Schils played in consolation matches after their losses and won those matches 3-0. — by Philip M. Dear


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Browne takes third in singles after knocking off friend WOMEN’S TENNIS continued from page 1

identical 6-4, 6-3 scores to set up a finals showdown against Shtemberg and Trinh, who had upset the tournament’s top seed in the first round and a one-time NCAA national semifinalist in the second. But the upstart TCNJ duo could not mount much of a challenge against Browne and McCooey, who clinched their second title with a straight-sets win. Since being paired together for the first time at the start of last season, the Jumbos’ tandem has twice appeared in the finals of the ITA New England Regional Championships, winning the crown this year, and posted a quarterfinal finish at the 2009 NCAA championships. “It’s really amazing — neither one of us were doubles players before we came to college at all,” Browne said. “When we started playing together last year, we both knew that we’d click because we were really good friends and because we were always were competing on the team and pushing each other. But I don’t think either one of us could have guessed the level of success that we’d wind up having.”

“We both wanted to give it our best effort and come home proud of the way we played, and we definitely did. Winning it was just icing on the cake.” Meghan McCooey junior tennis tri-captain

“I think we’ve come so far,” McCooey added. “I remember starting college, I had barely played doubles. Coach [Kate Bayard] just taught us so much, between formations and how to be aggressive and take control of the net. From where I began my freshman year to where I am now are just


Julia Browne and Meghan McCooney are one of only two duos to repeatedly win the Div. III ITA Small College National Championship. two completely different places as far as doubles. It’s really cool to recognize that.” Browne also tacked on a third-place showing in the singles draw, putting an exclamation point on Tufts’ banner fall campaign. She reached the semifinals of the singles tournament for the second straight year. Despite finishing as the runner-up at the ITA New England Singles Championship, Browne received an invitation to represent the region at Nationals when champion Kristin Alotta of Williams decided not to attend. In the semifinal, Browne squared off against Chapman junior Liz Lewis in a rematch of last year’s third-place match. Lewis once again got the better of the Tufts junior, taking a 6-4, 6-0 decision. “Obviously, going into the tournament, I really wanted to win the whole thing, but the girl that I lost to in the semifinals, she just outplayed me,” Browne said. “She hit a lot of winners and made very, very few errors. She really just pushed me back off the court, and I couldn’t really get a rhythm against her. There really wasn’t much I could do to throw her off.” But Browne bounced back in the thirdplace match, where she faced off against Carnegie Mellon sophomore and child-

hood friend Laura Chen. Browne’s 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory against her one-time practice partner and high school rival gave her the best singles finish at a national tournament of her career. “We grew up in New York together playing tennis our whole lives,” Browne said. “We practiced together all the time, so I knew exactly how to play her. I really wanted to win that third-place match because I wanted to go out of the tournament playing really well, and I definitely think I did that. I’m proud of the way I played, and hopefully I’ll get another chance next year to win it all.” With the fall portion of their 2009-10 season now behind them, the Jumbos will head into the offseason optimistic about what awaits them in the spring, when they’ll play the bulk of their dualmatch schedule. “This fall, definitely throughout our whole lineup, we just showed a lot of talent,” McCooey said. “It’s going to be really exciting to see what happens in the spring. I think our whole team is just really excited to start training and get ready for the spring season, especially since everyone ended on such a great note.”

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NFC East loses mystique with another down weekend


What’s your fantasy?

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Seven different Saints found the end zone on Sunday, and the defense forced Giants quarterback Eli Manning into one interception and one lost fumble. While the Saints proved that they are the cream of the crop in the NFC, the Giants did not show up at the Superdome. New York’s highly regarded defensive front-four didn’t even come close to Brees all afternoon, and as a result, the Saints quarterback was able to sit back and pick apart a depleted Giants’ secondary. New York has been able to hide their injury issues against the cupcakes of the NFL — the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers — but against the Saints it became obvious that they need to get healthy if they want to win the bigger games. The Giants weren’t the only ones who suffered from losing; the NFC East took a tumble in reputation as well. Though the division has been regarded as the deepest and strongest in the NFL, after this week, that notion has effectively been dispelled. Aside from the Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins enjoyed their own respective abysmal performances on Sunday. The Redskins have been in a downward spiral since week one, but the team finally hit rock bottom after their 14-6 loss to the Chiefs. The Redskins had the softest schedule possible throughout the first six weeks of the season — every team they faced entered the game with a winless record — yet they still managed to come out with a 2-4 ledger. Washington’s two victories have been three-point squeakers against the winless St. Louis Rams and the Buccaneers. Starting quarterback Jason Campbell was benched at halftime during Sunday’s game, and after the loss, general manager Vinny Cerrato and head coach Jim Zorn met and decided that Zorn would be relieved of his offensive play calling duties. The Redskins’ organization is in shambles and it all starts at the top with owner Daniel Snyder and Cerrato. Earlier in the week, anonymous Redskins players asked that Snyder give Zorn some public support, but after the team’s latest blunder, the Redskins’ trigger happy owner has no reason to follow through on that request.



Tom Brady singlehandedly thrashed the Tennessee defense on Sunday, putting up a record five touchdown passes in the second quarter alone as the Patriots squashed the Titans by an astounding score of 59-0. Meanwhile, the Eagles missed out on a key opportunity to gain some ground on the Giants in the race for the NFC East crown. The Eagles laid an egg in what was supposed to be a blowout victory over the Raiders. Last weekend against Tampa Bay, the Eagles found the end zone four times in Donovan McNabb’s return to the field, but on Sunday they could not score a single touchdown against a weak Raiders defense. The 13-9 loss

dropped Philadelphia to 3-2, and they are now tied with the Dallas Cowboys, who had a bye in Week Six, for second place in the NFC East. With the East powerhouses clearly out of the picture for now, the Saints have established themselves as the class of the NFC. And with the Patriots quickly finding their form in the AFC, a Nov. 30 date in the Superdome between the two squads could be a preview of the Super Bowl.


14 Consecutive home games in which the field hockey team had allowed no more than one goal, including the postseason, prior to Saturday’s match against No. 5 ranked Trinity. The Bantams defeated the Jumbos 2-1 in overtime, handing Tufts its first loss of the year and snapping the aforementioned streak.

5 Touchdowns thrown by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter of Sunday’s 59-0 blasting of the hapless Tennessee Titans. Brady’s five scores set a new NFL record, helping build the largest halftime lead in league history, 45-0. New England’s signal-caller hit Randy Moss for 129 yards and three scores and hooked up with Wes Welker for 150 yards and two scores, finishing with 380 yards and six touchdowns on the day.

36 Days that the Tufts volleyball team had gone without a loss before it fell on the road to Middlebury on Friday, effectively ending its 19-game winning streak. The 3-1 loss was the first of the season in NESCAC play, but the Jumbos remained atop the conference standings at 5-1. Though Tufts took the first set 28-26, the Panthers rallied for three consecutive victories.

310 Minutes that the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dueled in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday. The contest lasted 13 innings beneath heavy rain, finally ending when Jerry Hairston Jr. scored on a throwing error by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis, giving the Yankees a 4-3 victory and a 2-0 series lead.

246 Rushing yards for Alabama running back Mark Ingram in Saturday’s 20-6 win over South Carolina. Ingram has now rushed for 905 yards this season, averaging a remarkable 6.7 yards per attempt. The sophomore speedster is the centerpiece of the Crimson Tide offense, and his performance on Saturday vaulted him to the front of the Heisman Trophy race and Alabama into the No. 1 spot in this week’s AP Top-25 poll.

16 Rushing yards accumulated by the Jumbos against Trinity this Saturday in their 10-3 Parents Day loss. Tufts, who entered the game ranked second in the NESCAC in ground yardage, ran into a stiff Bantams defense, which allowed the Jumbos to a 0.6 yards-per-carry average. Junior Pat Bailey was held to just 27 yards on 11 carries while senior quarterback Tom McManama finished with a net -7 yards.

very fall is a little different. We get older, Halloween costumes get a little more slutty, and the Washington Redskins find a way to suck a little bit more. But for me at least, one thing has always remained constant during the autumn months: fantasy football. After co-owning a team in fourth grade with one of my best friends, my fantasy football passion continued through my first solo draft the following year, when I selected three Jacksonville Jaguars with my first three picks because their logo looked cool. I then confidently took Tennessee Titans kicker Al Del Greco in the seventh round, because his name sounded more like a fancy cheese than a stud. But in my 12 years of drafting, ranking and crying, never have I seen something so farfetched as Fantasy Sports Insurance (FSI). Founded in 2008 by Long Island insurance brokers Anthony Giaccone and Henry Olszewski after Tom Brady suffered his season-ending knee injury, FSI is the first company offering fantasy owners a policy that recoups all costs should a key player suffer a season changing injury. Let’s all shake our heads in disbelief. You heard it right. Someone is actually putting insurance on a fake sport. FSI lists 50 “key” players on its website, and fantasy owners can pick a certain policy if they believe any of those players on their team will get injured for an extended period of time. Say Brady goes down for 10 out of the first 15 games: you’re insured for all league costs, magazine fees and even online subscriptions. On the surface, this seems more ridiculous than the Shake Weight — haven’t seen it? Look it up. Why bring a serious, business-like concept into a game designed to connect people through having fun? Maybe it’s their convincing nature as insurance writers, but talk to the FSI guys more and more and you start to believe that insurance has a place in fantasy sports. “Once we explain the product, they accept that it’s a good idea,” Olszweski said. “It’s just a tool. You can use it to protect your own investment, use it as a draft strategy.” And the more you think about it, the more it begins to sound like just another way to enhance the football experience, just as wearing Wrangler jeans helps Brett Favre win football games. Clearly, FSI is not for people like me who complain about spending $10 to finish in last place. But for those coughing up hundreds or even thousands to play, having a policy to recover losses sounds reasonable. “In these hard economic times, you want to get the most bang for your buck, which is a lot of what drives fantasy sports,” Olszewski said. “If that investment is gone, you lose 16 weeks of entertainment.” Having played in numerous leagues where less intense participants refuse to set their lineup because their first-round draft pick got injured, FSI makes surprising sense. According to them, some commissioners now require that participants insure their players to avoid drop-outs. Yet, the critics have a legitimate argument. At what point did fantasy sports get so serious that they require a binding legal insurance policy? Fantasy football has always been fun for me and was never a moneymaking opportunity. And who needs real legal things for something that’s fake? It’s a good thing that Olszewski is confident this will pan out, because the skeptics are certainly plentiful. “The reality is, you’re making an investment based on their ability to perform, and we’re giving you the opportunity to recoup that investment in case they can’t perform,” he said. “It’s going to take people a little while to accept it, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s here to stay.” Maybe if my friend had found FSI after drafting Brian Westbrook year after year, he would stop crying about losing a few bucks and be able to afford those Taco Bell chicken quesadillas he loves so much.

Alex Prewitt is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, Amnesty International USA and Rosie’s Place present


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Jumbos anticipate tougher compeition in next meet

Tufts looks ahead to NESCAC Championships WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY finished ahead of Kass, placing fourth overall with a time of 20:03. In fact, of the Tufts runners who placed at last week’s All-New England Championship 5k, Price was the only one to improve her time. “Last week, I didn’t run as well as I could have,” Price said. “[Saturday] I was very mentally and physically there. It was a smaller race, which makes it much easier to focus on the runners ahead of me rather than getting lost in the crowd.” Kass placed seventh overall, trailing Price by 13 seconds. Price explained the unusual results as being directly correlated to the team’s strategy. “Our coach wanted [Kass] to go out for the first mile with Amy Wilfert, so she went out faster than she would have normally,” Price said. “Because it was a lowkey meet, we could take risks like that. I caught up to her probably around mile two, and we finished about 15 seconds apart, so we were able to run together some of the way.”

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seconds over times run on the course last year. The Jumbos will look to further improve on these times when they return to Williams on Nov. 7 for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship The Jumbos hope they can carry over the pack-running technique from this tune-up race to the upcoming championship season. “It’s definitely the goal [to pack run] because we have so many guys all really close in terms of what kind of shape we’re in,” Rose said. “We should be able to pack up, and if we do, it will help us a lot in terms of running faster and hopefully working up and passing people as a pack.” The racers from this weekend will rest Saturday and return for the NESCAC Championship at Trinity on Nov. 1. “Going off of this race being a tuneup, we’re all looking forward to the championship races,” Rose said. “We’re looking forward to a good peak, and our top group looks really strong, so hopefully we can have a successful showing at NESCACs and all the championship races.” The Jumbos feel confident after their win, but they know that the NESCAC race will bring significantly tougher competition. “The NESCAC conference is really deep this year, so we know that we’re not going in as favorites and I think that’s a good thing,” Carberry said. “These guys have shown throughout the bulk of this season that they run intelligently, they run tough, and they run with a lot of passion for the team. If we can go in with a similar mentality to the championship races, I think we can surprise a lot of people.” The team member who did not qualify for the NESCAC Championships will look to finish off their season on a high note in the Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park in Boston. “For a lot of guys, this is going to be the end of their season, so I’d love nothing more than to see some great PRs on Franklin Park,” Carberry said. “It’s a course that we know well … so I think a lot of guys are wanting to go in there and put an exclamation point on a season that has already been successful for just about every guy.”

through 15 were occupied by six Jumbos — including three freshmen — who all ran within 15 seconds of each other. Wilfert, already a two-time NESCAC Performer of the Week this season, said that she will sit out of next week’s Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park in Boston as the Jumbos prepare for November, when championship season begins. The first weekend in November will see Tufts race in the NESCAC Championships at Trinity. “In two weeks we’re focusing on the NESCAC Conference Championship meet, which will be only the second 6k we’ll run,” Price said. “It will be the first chance to see how we fare against top competitors in the region, and give us an idea of how the team runs the 6k.” “We would’ve preferred to run the 6k for that reason — to get more experience with that distance,” she continued. “We have a lot of young runners and freshmen are mainly used to 5k races, so it would’ve been nice for them to run the longer distance, but that’s why NESCACs are an important step before Regionals.”

“The strategy was to have me pull some of the people behind me along a little bit,” Wilfert added.

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“We were hoping to run the 6k ... Williams’ course is a really challenging 6k, and it’s good preparation for future tournaments, but you can’t control what happens to the bus.” Amy Wilfert junior

Freshman Grace Hafner was 39 seconds slower than Kass, finishing immediately behind her teammate in eighth place. Junior Jen Yih finished two spots behind, giving the Jumbos five runners in the top 10 of the race. In all, spots 10

SCHEDULE | Oct. 20 - Oct. 26 TUE







at Williams 1:30 pm


at Gordon 5:00 pm

Field Hockey

Quinsigamond Head of the Fish Saratoga, NY Fall Novice tba Championships

Women’s Crew

Men’s Soccer

vs. Conn. College 7:00 p.m.

at Williams 12:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

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

Men’s Crew

Head of the Fish Saratoga, NY tba


Women's Soccer

Men's Soccer



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




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Center for the Humanities At Tufts THE HUMANITIES AND THE BODY I: Beauty and the Pact of Aliveness Keynote Lecture Professor Elaine Scarry Harvard University Department of English and author of the seminal study The Body in Pain

Wednesday October 21 Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall 5:30- 6:30pm Reception to follow

Introduction by Professor Nancy Bauer, Department of Philosophy


The Tufts Daily for Tues. Oct. 20, 2009