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VOLUME LIX, NUMBER 31

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Flooding occurs across campus, rain wreaks havoc on buildings BY

MARTHA SHANAHAN Daily Editorial Board

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Cousens Gym flooded heavily during yesterday’s rainstorm.

The incessant rain of the last two days has caused buildings all across the Medford/ Somerville campus to flood extensively, and facilities workers have been trying to manage the effects. Students in residences across campus yesterday notified authorities of heavy flooding caused by the rain that began Saturday morning and continued through Sunday. “There’s a number of building that are taking on water,” John King, senior director of public and environmental safety, said. “[The Department of Public and Environmental Safety] received several calls during [Saturday night] from students reporting water coming in their windows.” King mentioned Lewis and Haskell Halls as two dorms that have experienced flooding problems. Residents of Wren Hall and Latin Way have also complained of flooding in the buildings. King said that extra staff members came in to work on problems caused by the rain.

“They are continuing to work throughout [Sunday] and into [Sunday night].” Additional staff from the department also came in to field phone calls from students complaining about flooding. Richard Reynolds, interim vice president for operations in the Facilities Department, said that workers on campus have been trying to contain the effects of the rain. “We’ve got crews on campus trying to mitigate, but while it’s still raining and blowing, there’s nothing we can really do,” he said. Reynolds added that the nature of the rainstorm exacerbated the flooding problem. “Most of the damage is because of wind-driven rain,” he said. “The horizontal movement attacks the walls. You don’t know what it’s going to do, and that’s what makes it so crazy. It’s not just normal roof leakage. The wind drives it through the cracks in the walls.” Non-residential buildings have also been affected by the flooding. According to Reynolds, the Facilities Department has also see FLOODS, page 2

Tufts makes Service Honor Roll BY

AMELIE HECHT

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Tufts on Feb. 25 was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commendable volunteer contributions in the local area. This is Tufts’ second consecutive year making the honor roll — the highest federal recognition for service and civic engagement — although the university dropped a level from last year’s standings, in which it was named to the 2008 Honor Roll with Distinction. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, named over 700 institutions of higher learning to the honor roll this year, according to Kevin Days, the program

coordinator for Learn and Serve America, a program under the corporation; 29 schools in Massachusetts, including Tufts, received the award. Institutions of higher education are evaluated on a number of criteria laid out by the agency. “Overall, we look at the institutional commitment that the school is making to support student service on campus,” Days told the Daily. The judges consider the percentage of students engaged in community service on campus and the percentage of federal work-study funds that the institution uses to sustain service projects, according to Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service Dean Robert Hollister. The number of service-learning

courses offered and the incentives used to promote students’ participation in service initiatives are also integral to the final decision. The corporation then reviews up to three project descriptions for individual initiatives at each school, according to Days. “We look not just at the number of inputs, the number of students and hours, but also the impact of the projects and who is benefited,” Days said. Hollister cited the contributions of the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the Jumpstart program, the Greek community and non-affiliated service groups as pivotal in helping to secure Tufts’ place on the honor roll. see SERVICE, page 2

Cultural groups perform at Parade of Nations

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The Tufts Garba Team on Saturday night performed at the International Club’s annual Parade of Nations event featuring a fashion show and performances by student cultural groups like the Irish Step Team. Food was available during the intermission, with the profits donated to the Boryana Fund, a scholarship fund for international students.

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Students and faculty on Friday discussed the future of Tufts over lunch.

Students, faculty look ahead to Tufts in 2020 BY

ELLEN KAN

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Students and faculty gathered Friday afternoon to envision Tufts in 2020 in light of potential trends that could affect the future of higher education. Over lunch in the Chase Dining Room at Carmichael Dining Hall, tables of faculty, administration and student representatives debated “Tufts in the Year 2020,” the theme of this year’s Feedback program organized by the Experimental College (ExCollege). The discussion touched on topics such as pre-major advising, the growing emphasis on pre-professional training, standardized testing and the role of teaching in the tenure process. A similar event was held a decade ago discussing what Tufts would look like in 2010, and organizers wanted to replicate that conversation. “Those things [predicted 10 years ago] haven’t necessarily come to fruition today, but some of their predictions have actually come true,” senior Ally Gimbel, a

member of the ExCollege board, said in opening remarks to the program. “We want to mimic that and talk about what Tufts is going to look like in 2020 with everything changing economically and socially in the world around us.” Gimbel is also the outreach director for the Daily. In his keynote address intended to start off the discussion, Provost and Senior Vice President Jamshed Bharucha expressed his belief that the future of education would be one of increased integration, whether between research and teaching, across disciplines or between undergraduate and graduate study. Bharucha noted that his own personal experiences with students showed that their long-term retention of what they had learned in college is often minimal. “The dirty little secret about learning is that we forget,” he said. “As educators, we forget that students forget.” Pointing out that students often distinctly recalled their work on see FEEDBACK, page 2

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Tufts alumna Tiphanie Yanique debuts a collection of stories about the Virgin Islands.

Tufts’ track and field teams competed at Nationals this weekend, earning three AllAmerican honors.

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Visiting the Hill this week MONDAY “Jeanne and Martin Sussman Endowed Lecture in Chemical & Biological Engineering” Details: Professor Enrique Iglesia from the University of California, Berkeley will present on “Nanostructures and Nanospaces in Catalysis.” When and Where: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall Sponsor: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering TUESDAY “Transnational Guinea Pigs” Details: Assistant Professor María Elena Garciá from the University of Washington will speak about the transnational process

and its consequences, specifically highlighting the case of the Andean guinea pig. When and Where: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room Sponsors: Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Latin American Studies Program, Tufts Museum Studies WEDNESDAY “Tisch College Research Prize” Details: Professor Doug McAdam from Stanford University, the winner of this year’s Tisch Civic Engagement Research Prize, will discuss “From Freedom Summer to Teach for America: Understanding the Impact of Youth Activism.” When and Where: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.;

Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center Sponsor: Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service “Is Manliness for Men Only? Details: Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield from Harvard University will discuss what it means to be manly in today’s gender-neutral society. When and Where: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Barnum 104 Sponsor: Tufts Republicans THURSDAY “Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series” Details: Associate Professor Demoz GebreEgziabher from the University of Minnesota will be presenting on “In-situ Step Size

Estimation Using an IMU and a Kinetic Model of Human Gait.” When and Where: 3 p.m to 4:15 p.m.; Nelson Auditorium, Anderson Hall Sponsor: Department of Mechanical Engineering FRIDAY “Philosophy Lecture” Details: Hubert Dreyfus, the Edward A. Dickson Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, will present on “The Myth of the Pervasiveness of the Mental: Merleau-Ponty vs. John McDowell on Ground-Level Coping.” When and Where: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Eaton Hall Room 206 Sponsor: Department of Philosophy

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Flooding caused the light fixture in the kitchen of 45 Sawyer Ave. to collapse.

Facilities workers try to contain flooding FLOODS continued from page 1

responded to water leakages in Bendetson Hall as well as in Granoff Music Center and Aidekman Arts Center. The department has sought the services of an external provider to manage the flooding in Granoff and Aidekman and to help abate groundwater accumulation in the basement and ground floors. “[We] decided to bring in an outside company with major pumping capabilities … and air-dry blowers,” Reynolds said. He added that no instruments were damaged despite groundwater coming in through the areas around pipes but that “flooring is going to be a problem.” “We’re just trying to keep even,” Reynolds said. Meredith Packer, a freshman who witnessed the flooding in the music buildings, described the scene. “There was standing water everywhere in the practice rooms, in the hallways,” she said. “It was probably as deep as one inch in some places. When I got there they were vacuuming everything out.” The light fixture in the ceiling over the kitchen at 45 Sawyer Ave. fell yesterday morning as a result of water coming into the room above the kitchen. “We woke up and it was kind of flooded,” Frances Wilburn, a sophomore living in the house, said. “A bunch of water had been coming in from the ceiling.” Staff from the Facilities Department came to the house to remove the water, but that did

not stop the collapse of the light fixture later in the morning. “We heard this huge crashing noise … and the light fixture and the ceiling tiles all around it fell from the ceiling,” Wilburn said. Reynolds said that a diverter has been set up in the house to collect additional water. “When it stops raining, we can start a vacuum and start putting in pumps where we can.” Andressa Osta, a sophomore living in Latin Way, said her suite was being inundated with rainwater. “Our rooms are flooding; we’re not exactly sure where it’s coming from,” she said. “At least three of the rooms in my suite have water coming in. Even the staircase is completely flooded. We’ve all put our stuff in the hallway, and I put some towels in my room, but there’s really nothing we can do.” Osta said that she and her suitemates contacted Tufts University Police Department (TUPD), but the staff responding could not really solve the problem. “They took a while to come because they’ve been dealing with a lot of other stuff on campus,” she said. “[Facilities] sent a guy in with a [vacuum], and they vacuumed the water. My friend said the minute they moved on from her room and moved to the next room, there was already a puddle under her bed.” King added that the city of Medford yesterday was pumping out sections of Boston Avenue that flooded after a storm drain clogged. The Office of Residential Life and Learning and TUPD could not be reached for comment.

a thesis or when partnering with a faculty member on research while forgetting what had been taught in lecture, Bharucha expressed his belief that integrating “active learning” more seamlessly into teaching was the solution to improving education in the future. “One of the things that makes retention of learning more robust is … involving the students in the process of the discovery of knowledge,” he said. “Integration of teaching and research means that faculty members need to find more ways to bring students into their area of study and give them some ownership.” Bharucha later told the Daily in an interview that he firmly believes that this balance and integration of the two are possible. “I feel very strongly we should hold our professors to the highest levels of teaching excellence so that tenure is not assured if somebody is not committed to undergraduate teaching,” he told the Daily. “My vision for the future for Tufts is that the faculty be passionate teachers and thought leaders in their fields.” The second theme Bharucha emphasized was globalization and the growth of technology. “Your experience here at Tufts is going to be much more globalized and international than today,” he said. Learning how to adapt to this new technology, Bharucha added, would be critical to the future of education. “There will be seamless engagement in the cyber world,” he said. “I think what that means is that as educators we will not be able to fight all this information coming at you … we’re going to have to join it and be part of this live stream of information.” Bharucha later expanded on this idea of the challenge technology poses to educators. “Technology is going to be much more advanced, and students are going to be more easily distracted … because they’ll have the whole world at their fingertips,” he told the Daily. “It’s going to be important for us as teachers to join our students in their use of technology, so that will require some innovation in how we teach.” Bharucha highlighted, however, the fact that a tremendous opportunity presented itself along with the challenge. “It should become easier for teachers to incorporate global experiences and

other cultures into their teaching,” he told the Daily. Associate Director of the ExCollege Howard Woolf at the end of the roundtable discussion summarized some of the sentiments he had heard as he was making his rounds from table to table, including the suggestions that it should be mandatory for senior faculty to be pre-major advisers and that standardized tests should be avoided. Director of the ExCollege Robyn Gittleman at the end of the event told the Daily that she was pleased with how the event went. “I think it went well,” she said. “It’s great that we had so many students and faculty at the same table, as well as faculty who didn’t know each other.” Bharucha said that the discussion at his table was a success. “It was a great discussion … It was great to get student’s feedback — it’s always important for me to get students’ feedback,” he said. He also lauded events such as Feedback that make an effort to create opportunities for faculty and students to interact. “[Such events] are tremendous … in fact, some of the students at the table were saying we should do this more often,” Bharucha said.

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Provost and Senior Vice President Jamshed Bharucha delivered the keynote address at this year’s Feedback lunch.

Tufts among nation’s collegiate leaders in community service SERVICE continued from page 1

“There are a lot of departments and student organizations that contributed to the overall institutional achievement,” Hollister said. “We definitely have a strong combination of ongoing programs and new student initiatives on campus.” Hollister said that Tufts’ commitment to service is unique because new student initiatives are continually being created each year. “We not only have well-established ongoing service and social change efforts on campus, but each year there are new public service programs that students initiate,” Hollister said. “It is encouraging that there are always new initiatives that add to the opportunity for

service and grow our institution.” Days explained that there are three levels of recognition offered by the corporation. The top six institutions are named Presidential Awardees and represent the best examples of institutional commitment to civic engagement in the nation. Institutions at the second level — the Honor Roll with Distinction — are identified as having exceeded the corporation’s criteria by demonstrating an exemplary commitment to service, but fell just short of being named Presidential Awardees. The final level attained by Tufts is for institutions that meet the basic service requirements set forth by the agency for strong volunteer

service programs. “This level of award is really about giving schools the opportunity to talk about the work that they are doing in their community,” Days said. “We don’t spend a lot of time talking about the contributions of higher education, and this is a means of doing that and recognizing the contributions schools make to their communities.” The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll program began in 2006. According to Days, the agency has seen a dramatic increase in the number of applicants since its inception, from 500 in 2006 to nearly 750 in 2009. “The honor roll was designed to point out to the public all the really

important work that higher education institutions are carrying out to help their communities and the nation as a whole,” Days said. LCS Press Secretary Audrey Kuan, a sophomore, said that the recognition was a significant achievement for the university and for the LCS. “It’s a big applaud,” Kuan said. “We are happy that we can say we had our hand in it.” Kuan hopes that the award will result in increased student involvement in service organizations on campus. “It’s a great first step. Our goal is to support service on campus, and to have Tufts recognized in this way is very encouraging,” Kuan said. “It is definitely an extra push to keep encouraging us to promote service

around campus.” Hollister is excited by the recognition, particularly since it is the second year in a row that Tufts has been named to the honor roll. “We are really pleased to receive this recognition from the primary federal agency whose mission is to promote national service,” said Hollister. “It is satisfying and definitely reinforcing.” He added that the national recognition was symbolic of higher education’s growing focus on service. “It’s a reminder we are part of a broader movement in higher education,” said Hollister. “We are in an exciting period in which higher education is elevating its community and civic mission.”


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The residents of Shilongo Village live on less than $1 a day and have numerous health problems, likely due to a lack of clean water.

Tufts students hope to engineer a drinking water solution for Ugandan village BY

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Clean water is something most Tufts students take for granted, but for the residents of Shilongo Village, Uganda, it’s a constant concern and just one of many quality-of-life issues that a group of Tufts students hopes it can help improve. This May, members of the Tufts branch of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will be making the trek to Shilongo Village to assess the most pressing issues of the community and assess potential solutions. They will later return to implement their plans. The Uganda trip is only the latest of several for the Tufts branch, which has previously done projects in Tibet, Ecuador and is currently in the middle of a project in El Salvador. EWB was founded in 2002 and now has over 12,000 members from 300

chapters. The organization focuses on “low-tech, high-impact projects in … developing countries” according to its Web site. Shilongo Village is located in Uganda’s Mbale region. There is currently only one polluted water source for the village of 1,000 people, all of whom live on an income less than $1 a day. Sophomore Scott McArthur proposed the idea for an EWB project in Uganda. Last summer, McArthur visited Shilongo village and has been in contact with Samuel W. Watulatsu, the founder of the Foundation for the Development of Needy Communities, an NGO devoted to improving the quality of life for Ugandans. These sorts of connections with local communities are common for EWB projects. “The projects usually come from some sort of pre-assessment connection … we have to turn down more projects than we can do. We sometimes

refer engineers to projects that we can’t do,” sophomore and EWB member Ian MacLellan said. The group usually works for a semester or two after its assessment before returning on its implementation trip. EWB members will do a followup trip after that to make sure their implemented projects are functioning smoothly. The length of these trips often depends on how far away their destination is. The Uganda trip will be three weeks, while a recent trip to El Salvador lasted one. “You want to stay as long as possible because you want to build a relationship and get as much value [from your visit] as possible,” MacLellan said. Even if individual visits might be only a few weeks, EWB projects represent lengthier commitments to the see UGANDA, page 4

CAMPUS COMMENT

What did you do for your Wilderness Support Staff application? Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO) is known as one of Tufts’ most popular programs for incoming freshmen, but trying to get on TWO’s support staff is just as competitive a process, if not more so. Jumbos occasionally go to great lengths to stand out. ”It said ‘dress appropriately’ on the interview sign-up sheet, so I wore business formal clothes — a buttondown shirt and heels, but with my hiking backpack, and I pulled out a copy of my resume. I know that a lot of people who did TWO had such great times and were trying to have that experience again. I had a different motivation, because I did FOCUS (Freshman Orientation CommUnity Service) for my pre-orientation, so I wanted to get what I missed out on last year.” —Rose Eilenberg, freshman ”I wrote my application as an epic poem, and I baked before my interview. I made dessert nachos, which are only nachos in that they had chip-like substances. It was graham crackers, Nutella, peanut butter, chocolate chips and marshmallows.” —Carly Boxer, freshman

“I rolled around in the mud before my interview to show them how comfortable I am being dirty. I could roll around in the mud again for a photo, if you want.” —Emily Paine, freshman ”Last year, I brought a Rubik’s Cube and I did it for them. It takes a lot of effort to do the most crazy things — two of my friends went in dressed as Avatars — because as much as it’s about fun, safety is really the key [during TWO], so it’s most important to show you’re capable of maintaining some sort of diligence, and then be personable, welcoming, exciting.” —Allister Chang, sophomore —compiled and photos by Alexa Sasanow

o some people, a blind date sounds like a miserable proposition, but who better to set you up than a friend who says, “I know the perfect person for you!” On the other hand, a blind date is an interesting adventure and a chance to meet someone new, regardless of the outcome. You run the risk of an awkward hour or two, but on the other hand, maybe you’ll meet someone you really click with. And hey, what’s the worst that can happen? Matching people up on blind dates has become my guilty pleasure of the moment. It started a couple of weeks ago when some girl friends and I were joking around about dating, and a guy friend’s name popped into my head as an interesting match for one of them. It seemed perfect: They’re both originally from Chicago, had been in the same Jewish youth group and are interested in medicine. I set them up to meet for dinner the following weekend and was probably more anxious about whether the set-up would work out than they were. The plan was for him to meet her at her house on Saturday evening. That afternoon, I got a few text messages from each party. She asked what she should wear; he asked for suggestions on where to take her for dinner. Half an hour before the accorded time, I texted him her address and first name. Later that night, he sent me a text message that said, “Haha well done! We had an amazing night.” I had barely finished my little victory dance before my phone started ringing. This time, it was my girl friend who called to say that she had a good evening too. Success! Finally, after meddling in other people’s love lives and setting up a few more dates, two friends decided to give me a taste of my own medicine. This past week, I ended up on the receiving end of two blind dates. One friend, joking around, sent me a mysterious text message with instructions to meet at the campus center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, dress nicely and wear something blue. “I can at least have some fun doing this, right?” he laughed. That first blind date was somewhat formal; we drove into Cambridge, where he had made reservations at a restaurant, went out for dessert and got amusingly lost trying to navigate back roads on the return to campus. The second date was more casual and relaxed, although it started off a little awkwardly when he asked, “Oh wait, do you write a column for the Daily?” I giggled nervously. After missing the Joey (my fault) and trekking through the pouring rain to a yet-unopened restaurant in Ball Square (my fault again), we ended up seeking shelter from the storm in Mr. Crepe in Davis. We chatted about theater at Tufts, Buddhist meditation and the fact that he’s coincidentally best friends with my old roommate. The two guys were attractive, talkative and interesting (and maybe reading this column right now). I had a great time on both dates, despite their differences, but they were more friendly and getting-to-know-you informative, rather than date-y. After thinking about my experiences and catching up with the friends that I set up, I feel like the best blind date advice is to relax, be open and not expect anything serious. If conversation is awkward, remember that you can always talk about that friend who set you up or just blind dates in general. Last, if your date is a fellow Jumbo, remember the Tufts mantra — once you meet someone new, you will continue to see them everywhere. Unlike in romantic comedies, it’s improbable that sparks will fly immediately, so I think it’s best to take advantage of the opportunity to meet someone new and see where things go afterwards. Emily is a senior majoring in engineering psychology. She can be reached at Emily. Maretsky@tufts.edu.


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communities involved. “An EWB project is usually a fourto five-year commitment from pre-implementation to followup, so that’s sort of more reinforcing education, checking out how community ownership of the project is going and sort of figuring out what the impact of it was,” MacLellan said. “Were there changes in the community from an epidemiological perspective? Was there an improvement in health, and was this project successful? How could we make it better?” Because the duration of an EWB project usually outlasts an undergraduate’s time at Tufts, the group works to get students involved in leadership positions quickly to keep the projects going. “Generally, we’ll have somebody who’s been [there] go on each trip so that it’s not completely new people. That’s not always the case, but that’s something we generally try to do,” McArthur said. “The community and the people we work with know us as Tufts EWB and not as individuals necessarily so that kind of works out OK that way.” The group members try to keep an open mind before going on their implementation trips. However, Tufts EWB does strive to take its project community’s suggestions into account. “[This is] kind of a waterspecific project; that’s what the community identified as their greatest need. We’ll be doing water quality testing, so we try to acquire as much data and information as we can and build a strong relationship with

the community and then our next trip will be an implementation trip,” McArthur said. “We want to go into the community kind of without a specific idea in mind and hear from them what they want. “So far, the community has said that they most need better access to water, machinery for grinding grain and fuel efficient stoves,” he added. Cultural and linguistic differences are one of the biggest issues EWB encounters in communities. The people of Shilongo Village speak Lugisu, so the group will be communicating through interpreters. “Beyond that, it’s really trying to figure out how to work with what they have because the village we’re going to, there’s no electricity,” Tufts EWB member and freshman Drew Fuchs said. EWB strives to make the communities part of the project process. “You don’t want to offend anyone there so we have to be careful about how we approach the situation. A lot of communities will be offended by people coming in and saying, ‘Here, we’re going to give you this,’ and we try and make the point that’s not what we’re doing. We don’t come here to build something for you and take off. It’s a very integrated learning and participation project,” McArthur said. “It’s more of a partnership than a ‘we’re telling you what to do because we know better.’ It’ll never be successful if they don’t own their own project. They won’t be able to sustain it by themselves,” Fuchs added. EWB tries to avoid engineering solutions for the community that use parts the community cannot obtain. “It’s either

we’ll design and make something here or we’ll try and use the resources that they have on site to make something so that way if the thing breaks down, they have everything the village might need to rebuild it, replace it or fix it up. We’re not just bringing in some fancy gizmo and gadget that breaks,” Fuchs said. “Otherwise the project will only last so long. We want it to last as long as the village needs it.” Although Engineers Without Borders’ name emphasizes its engineering members, there is no one type of engineer or even student that EWB attracts. “The misconception is that we’re all engineers that all work on the project, but it’s actually split about 50-50 with liberal arts students and engineers because something we really stress is having the kind of holistic viewpoint: getting the scope that other students have because we deal with community health issues as well,” McArthur said. McArthur added that the group has a large contingent of community health majors. “Generally, for actual implementation of projects … the actual engineering designs that we deal with are civil and environmental,” he said. Although the projects are all student-led, a professor or mentor — such as a professional engineer — is always present on EWB trips. The professor traveling with the assessment group to Uganda is Associate Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Chris Swan. “The more we can use faculty to our advantage, the more we try to. There’s a lot of good professors here that are inter-

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Tufts students hope to improve access to clean water in Shilongo Village. ested in getting involved and are eager to help us out, which is great,” McArthur said. “They serve more of an over-

sight role; they don’t tell us what to do, it’s more they make sure we’re not doing anything stupid,” MacLellan said.

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Tiphanie Yanique isn’t content remaining within her own mind. Instead, the writer and Tufts alumna (LA ’00) enters the minds of others — a coffin dealer, a teen with leprosy, a Gambian priest — in order to weave tales from the threads of hardship and longing. Yanique’s book, entitled “How to Escape from a Leper Colony,” was released on March 2, marking her entrance into the published world of storytelling. And what a debut it is. “How to Escape from a Leper Colony” has already received considerable praise; it was featured in Oprah’s O Magazine and garnered Yanique a spot among The Boston Globe’s list of 16 up-andcomers for 2010. The collection of stories is a threeyear project born in part out of Yanique’s Tufts experience and her post-grad research as a Fulbright Scholar. She majored in English after toying with the notion of a psychology concentration at Tufts. “Psychology classes were actually among the best classes for creative writing because they taught me about how human beings work,” Yanique said. Like many Jumbos, Yanique also caught the “active citizenship” bug during her time at Tufts, participating

in the International Orientation program and adding a concentration in Peace and Justice Studies to her education. “I began to think about my writing in a more socially conscious way,” Yanique said. “I didn’t want to write just vapid poems and navel-gazing stories.” For Yanique, a Virgin Islands native, socially conscious writing means contextualizing many of her stories within Caribbean culture and exploring issues of identity formation. After graduating from Tufts in 2000, Yanique studied Caribbean literature in Jamaica and Trinidad under a dual-country Fulbright Scholarship. “My grandmother’s generation didn’t have much access to American pop culture, but my parents’ and my generation have incredible access,” Yanique said of life in the Virgin Islands. “The Virgin Islands are still having a conversation about identity. They have a very American influence but a Caribbean identity at the same time.” Yanique explained that although she wasn’t consciously moving toward a collection, the stories she developed during and after her studies contained similar emotional cores, and eventually they morphed into “How to Escape.” The stories are varied in length — from 10 pages to a 60-page novella — as well as in content. Yanique said she

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Tufts alumna Tiphanie Yanique poignantly enters lives of others in her storytelling. used each story as a way to experiment with storytelling techniques, which included taking on a variety of voices — male, female, young and old. “Emotionally they’re all trying to do the same thing, which is talk about what it means to be longing for attachment — either to a person or a physical place,” Yanique said. see YANIQUE, page 7

Blind date goes bad in ‘Becky Shaw’ BY

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From a writer and director of the television series “Law and Order” comes a gut-splittingly hilarious play that contains some characters seriously in need of a good lawyer.

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Even diehard fans acknowledge that “Gossip Girl” jumped the shark near the end of the second season when

Gossip Girl Starring Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW Lily Bass (Kelly Rutherford) spent an entire episode uselessly reminiscing about her own wild years of teenage rebellion. The CW’s most addictive drama has since veered onto the path of unnecessary intensity paved by that exemplar of the melodrama “One Tree Hill.” Even as its plotline tumbles into over-the-top absurdity, the relationships developing in the show’s third

season make “Gossip Girl,” which returned last week from its winter hiatus, as delightfully addictive as ever. It is with an arched eyebrow and a superior tone that Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) advises her best frenemy, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), “Don’t be silly, Serena. We all need to play games.” That sage counsel pertains to Serena’s budding romance with Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), their longtime mutual friend who also happens to be Blair’s ex-boyfriend. Blair warns Serena to take things slowly in order to keep Nate interested, while Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) echoes similar suggestions to Nate. Of course, why either Serena or Nate would take advice from a notoriously manipulative beauty or a poet of dubious success with the female gender is anyone’s guess. Accordingly, see GOSSIP, page 7

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Written by Gina Gionfriddo Directed by Peter DuBois At the Boston University Theatre through April 4 Tickets $15 to $82.50 In The Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Gina Gionfriddo’s “Becky Shaw,” sharp wit and dialogue cut through issues of class, culture and politics in a hilarious rendition of a very bad blind date. At first, “Becky Shaw” is simply shocking if the audience is unable to register the dark, sometimes slightly offensive humor. But it slowly becomes see SHAW, page 6

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Characters Andrew and Becky go on an unsuccessful blind date in “Becky Shaw.”

oger Ebert has one of the most famous body parts of all time: Achilles’ heel, Helen of Troy’s face, St. John the Baptist’s head, Roger Ebert’s thumb. While the Fonz may have popularized the wagging “aaaay” thumbsup, Ebert really brought this gesture to the mainstream. OK, so that might not be true, but it certainly feels like it is. While the thumbs up has always been a part of the human experience — ancient Romans voting on the outcome of gladiator matches, hitchhikers trying to grab rides, fighter pilots confirming take off — Ebert’s thumb is the first to come to mind when the topic is discussed. Starting in 1975, Ebert appeared, along with his longtime friend and rival, the late Gene Siskel, on a weekly TV show called “Sneak Previews,” and then, from 1982 onward, “Siskel & Ebert & the Movies” (aka “At the Movies”), where he and Siskel argued about new releases. They rated each film with a number of thumbs: two up for a great film, two down for a real clunker, etc. Simple. Perfect. Beautiful. The beauty of the thumbs up comes from its understated power. Something like a dozen muscles contribute to one swift motion that says it all: “Yes!” “Awesome!” “Absolutely!” “OK!” While fingers can say many things — the pointer for accusing, the middle for telling off, all five for greetings and goodbyes — only the thumbs up can be so wholly positive and optimistic. The thumbs up is always genuine; try jabbing the sky with that little opposable guy with any hint of irony. Aesthetically, the thumb suffers from being, similar to a little teapot, both short and stout. Despite the basic form, no two pairs of thumbs are exactly alike: Some people’s curve toward their wrists, known as hitchhiker’s thumb, while others are wide and flat toward the top, a condition known as Brachydactyly type D (toe thumbs, for the layman). No matter what sort of thumb one possesses, the thumbs up is a unifying experience to be shared by all; the thumbs up is universal, understood and spoken by everybody. It’s lucky for Roger Ebert, then, that he’s associated with such a useful gesture. Over the past few years, Ebert has undergone a tough battle with cancer that’s left him unable to speak. Despite his lack of words, he’s never lost his ability to flip up his fifth finger to give an insightful opinion. Roger Ebert is a longtime hero of mine (and one of the inspirations for “Slings and Arrows”), with or without his famous thumbs. Since a Feb. 16 piece in Esquire magazine profiling Ebert and his adjustment to his post-cancer life, everyone has been coming out of the woodwork to praise and honor him. I’d like to do this as well, but it’s been done so much lately it would just seem trite. What no one else has done yet, however, is honor his thumbs. This isn’t meant to belittle the man, his career, his vast body of work or his recent increase in popularity; this is simply to say, “Wow, those are some fine thumbs you’ve got there, Mr. Ebert.” Thumbs up and Roger Ebert: They go together like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, or Sudoku and the Daily. The former is the best thing you can do with your hand (short of a high five at least), and the latter is the best thing to happen to criticism since Pauline Kael (not to mention a lot kinder). The thumbs up is ultimately what separates humans from animals. It’s the opposable thumb being used to its fullest potential, and it’s absolutely perfect. Paired with Roger Ebert, the two are a Voltron of awesomeness that simply can’t be beat. Roger Ebert’s thumbs up: five out of five stars. Mitchell Geller is a junior majoring in psychology and English. He can be reached at Mitchell.Geller@tufts.edu.


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MOVIE REVIEW

‘The Yellow Handkerchief’ frames dual love stories with destitution in post-Katrina South BY

RENA OPPENHEIMER Daily Staff Writer

“The Yellow Handkerchief” is a story of three travelers in postKatrina Louisiana searching for

The Yellow Handkerchief Starring William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart Directed by Udayan Prasad human connection. William Hurt is fantastic as the sufferin-silence ex-con Brett Hanson who has made mistakes and is trying to pick up the pieces of his life. Brett and the lovely May (Maria Bello) make up an illfated couple, constantly torn apart by their own insecurities. Over the course of “The Yellow Handkerchief,” in which three lost souls drift throughout the South, fragmented details are revealed about the relationship between Brett and May. This enthralling secondary storyline is an intimate glimpse into the lives of two hardworking loners trying to make it together. Just watching the film is a reflective experience. Given selective pieces of their history, audience members are quick to label Hurt’s character as a stalker, a rapist or even a coldhearted murderer. Viewers are led to draw all sorts of judgmental conclusions until, like

the characters in the movie, they discover Brett’s true self and feel guilty for condemning him. Audiences get to know and identify with these otherwise misunderstood people who were brought together by fate on an initially aimless road trip. Brett’s struggle and the fragments of the love story that come together throughout the movie are beautifully contrasted with the innocent courtship between Martine (Kristen Stewart) and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne). Stewart, who filmed this movie before her involvement in the “Twilight” (2008, 2009) series, gives a beautifully honest performance as a strong-willed Southern girl. Her often-mocked lip-biting and fidgeting don’t distract too much from the way she carries her character. Martine is a 15-year-old girl who is wise beyond her years. She acts as the voice of reason and the judge of people’s true selves. Stewart deftly balances innocence (Martine is constantly on pointed toe, dreaming of becoming a ballerina) with the untimely maturity of a girl thrown into independence. She even almost pulls off the accent. Stewart and Redmayne work together naturally. Gordy is a geeky teenage drifter who happens to own a sweet convertible that’s perfect for luring in nice country girls. During their travels and the drama that ensues, the ever-wandering characters find both a renewed hope in

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Kristen Stewart plays a nice Southern girl lured by a teenage drifter. humanity and a place to belong with each other. Directed by Udayan Prasad, the film’s consistent golden tones and depiction of destitute Southern life provide a sentimental backdrop in which Brett, Martine and Gordy interact. The buildings they find for refuge are abandoned and dusty, marked by cobwebs and broken windows; their environment is as wrecked and lost as the lives they lead. The camera pans across the wide country roads, exposing patched-up residen-

tial areas, industrial centers and the skeletons of buildings destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Prasad mirrors the stories of these three individuals with the destroyed region through which they find themselves traveling. The image of the yellow ribbon, a symbol of domestic support for U.S. troops abroad, could not be any more applicable to the story and themes of “The Yellow Handkerchief:” love lost, reunion and redemption. The story of these characters works as a synecdoche for

Americans affected by disaster, whether rebuilding physically from a hurricane or emotionally from a loved one lost to war or prison. Quiet yet powerful, “The Yellow Handkerchief ” was never meant to be a box-office smash and is not destined to become 2010’s little indie film that could. It is worth seeing for the understated beauty of the actors’ performances and as a brief escape into the emotional realities of life in the ravaged South.

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evident that the show is one of the best finds this season. Suzanna Slater (Keira Naughton) is the daughter of a wealthy family from the South who finds herself depressed and bankrupt after her father’s death. She is dependent on Max Garrett (Seth Fisher), whom her parents took in but never adopted after Max’s mother died. Suzanna and Max are intimate because they are so similar and understand one another. They embody all of the prejudices and stereotypes of the upper-class, though it is often their graphic metaphors and offensive comments that elicit laughs from the audience. Max’s rude and dismissive attitude is neither understood nor appreciated by all of the characters, in particular Suzanna’s husband, Andrew Porter (Eli James). Andrew is four years younger than Suzanna and a world apart from her, which is

accentuated by the fact that Andrew keeps close to his college identity and youthful dreams. While considered the only good and decent person in the story, Andrew is not without his flaws: He’s a dreaming idealistic hipster whom Max enjoys tearing to pieces with as many snipes and side comments as possible. It’s the work of Suzanna and Andrew to set up Max and Becky Shaw (Wendy Hoopes) on a blind date. They instantly regret their decision, realizing their friends’ incompatibilities. It’s an action that creates turbulence and irrevocable realizations for all of the characters. The commentary throughout the show is fresh and full of contemporary references. Jibes are constantly made at today’s indie-hipster culture and members of the upper-class. These two worlds are represented through the characters of Andrew and Max. Often at odds with one another, the two can never come to the same conclusion about anything. Max loves porn,

for example, while it makes Andrew cry. As a result, while the show itself might not be timeless, it makes it all the more appreciable in the moment. Relationships between the characters and their individually strong personalities are what drive the plot. Conversations make up the climactic moments of the show. The interactions between Suzanna’s mother, Susan Slater (Maureen Anderman), Suzanna and Max are highlights in the production. Anderman is simultaneously stunning and terrifying; she gracefully captures her character’s ridiculous snobbery and blatant vulgarity. Her relationship with a man half her age hardly assuages her tasteless prejudices, but it brings tension to her rapport with Suzanna, who finds this man more than an unacceptable replacement for her father. The dichotomy of opposing classes and opinions is central to the performance. Max and Andrew represent entirely different worlds, and through Suzanna, those

two worlds meet, creating a war zone of pointed arguments and hissy fits. When Becky arrives, everything is skewed. It is difficult to decide whether she is the delicate and mistreated individual that Andrew sees or the desperate blackmailing person that Max imagines. Despite being the titular character of the show, Becky Shaw is not so much the main protagonist, but the elusive character who, after making her entrance, brings out everyone’s secrets. To Andrew, her self-destructiveness is a siren call, while to Suzanna and Max, she is the figure of a magnetic repulsion. Similar to the class collisions central to the script, Becky is another point of opposition between Suzanna and Max — one that their relationship may not survive. The Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Becky Shaw” is onstage at the Boston University Theatre until April 4. Student rush tickets are available for $15.

THEATER PREVIEW

Torn Ticket II presents ‘Journey to the Past’ Feeling a little nostalgic? What better way to reconnect with childhood than a Disney musical performance? Tonight and tomorrow, some of the best songs to come from Disney’s animated classics are being presented out of context and with a fresh perspective in Torn Ticket II’s minor production of “Journey to the Past.” The performance is the brainchild of director sophomore Josh Glenn-Kayden. Glenn-Kayden’s idea is a song cycle that excludes dialogue and strings together songs from various Disney films. There is a loose plot that GlennKayden says is “true to the Disney model, keeping the Disney feeling.” It is a story that, not too surprisingly, contains a prince, a couple of villains and a love interest. But the plot is not the main point. The idea is to explore the music, looking at HUNTINGTONTHEATRE.ORG

Sharp-witted comedy spans class, culture and politics in “Becky Shaw.”

lesser-known Disney songs and changing up more popular ones, creating a balance of old favorites and new tunes for the audience. Be prepared to listen to highlights such as “Go the Distance” from “Hercules” (1997), “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from “The Little Mermaid” (1989) and “Be Prepared” from “The Lion King” (1994). One of the songs, “If I Never Knew You,” never even made it into a Disney movie. It was cut from the film “Pocahontas” (1995) but, according to Glenn-Kayden, is a great song nonetheless. The songs themselves are the stars of the show. Glenn-Kayden hopes that by the end, the audience will realize how good the songs truly are. Performances of “Journey to the Past” are on March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Barnum 008. — by Michelle Beehler


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This theme of longing often makes for stories that appear tragic, but Yanique, who speaks of her characters as if they could speak back, believes that unhappy circumstances don’t necessarily make for unhappy protagonists. “I think it’s just that life is kind of hard, as beautiful as Earth is,” she said. “Some of the characters are dealing with difficult stuff, but I think many of them handle their difficulties with sensitivity and grace.”

“I think it’s just that life is kind of hard, as beautiful as Earth is.”

is in the process of crafting two novels and a poetry collection — a multi-tasker, she almost always works on more than one project at once. “As an artist, I don’t ever want to bore myself,” Yanique said. “I’m definitely interested in flexing my muscles and experimenting.” “[Yanique] has the imaginative ability to enter into lots of people convincingly,” Strong said. “You feel like you’re not being led down a single road; you’re opening up to a lot of people ... which leads me to believe that [Yanique] has got a lot more to tell.” “How to Escape From a Leper Colony” is now available at the Tufts University bookstore. To learn more about Yanique, visit tiphanieyanique.com.

Tiphanie Yanique author While at Tufts, Yanique took creative writing classes with Professor Jonathan Strong and completed an undergraduate Senior Honors Thesis under his supervision: a 150-page novel set in the Virgin Islands. The thesis, Strong said, was the single longest fiction project he’s had from a student in the last 10 years, and it provided a sample of the sort of flavor Yanique would bring to “How to Escape from a Leper Colony.” “Her thesis had in it the seeds of a very fertile, chock-full-of-people imagination,” Strong said. “It was clear to me that this was someone who had the possibility of going on to be a writer because she doesn’t just strike in one note. She was exploring a lot of territory and a lot of different kinds of people.” What’s the Tufts alumna up to next? Yanique, who is an assistant professor of creative writing at Drew University,

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Blair and Dan’s cries happily fall on deaf ears at first. Viewers-cum-voyeurs are treated to a sexy scene between the blonde bombshell and her divinely chiseled new beau before their inevitable first fight. Of course, there could not be a couple more aesthetically pleasing than Nate and Serena, yet this pretty duo also makes sense on a deeper level. Throughout the show, both Nate and Serena have kicked their old habits of inebriated frivolity — for the most part, anyway — and have grown increasingly down-to-earth. Their love seems fated, as though these free spirits only mellowed in order to fit more flawlessly together. At the very least, even the staunchest opponents of “Serenate” will prefer their relationship to Nate’s dull liaison with hipster Vanessa Abrams ( Jessica Szohr). Meanwhile, Dan’s younger sister Jenny ( Taylor Momsen) becomes more deeply entangled with the sinister Damian Daalgard (Kevin Zegers), an international drug dealer with diplomatic immunity and a mischievous smile. As they plot together to smuggle pills into high-security locations, Jenny schemes privately to win the affections of her handsome partner-in-crime. Jenny’s tendency to make life-ruining decisions has been beaten to death by the show’s writers. That unfortunate proclivity of hers was made clear enough when she ran away from home, dropped out of school and nearly emancipated herself from her loving father. And what about when she was caught stealing from a classmate’s closet, or when she chose “Queen Bee” status over her best friend, Eric van der Woodsen (Connor Paolo)? Despite the overemphasis on this self-destructive motif, Jenny herself is as lovably loathsome as ever. Her calculating determination is admirable, her newfound confidence is charming, and like a cat, she always seems to land on her feet.

Less edgy, but infinitely more venerable, is the relationship between Blair and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick). Blair and Chuck have evolved from their days of mind games and racy bets. Their witty and steamy repartee has been swapped with sincere love. Blair has recently assumed a maternal role in Chuck’s life, a transformation highlighted by Chuck’s search for his mother, whom he believed to be dead until recently. As the once-selfish Blair morphs into the well-dressed embodiment of unconditional love, viewers will both coo in awe and sigh wistfully at this settled relationship. As beautiful as Chuck and Blair’s mature union may be, it is far less guiltily gratifying than their days of fiery, sexually charged combat. In fact, it is unnerving to see the former queen of self-involvement and king of unabashed debauchery develop a bond more stable than that of the show’s two token adults, the newly married Lily and Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle). When Rufus discovers that Lily secretly spent a night with her ex-husband in a hotel room, his trust in her is thoroughly shattered, and he stalks out of her apartment into the arms of Vanessa’s mother, Gabriela (Gina Torres). The tumultuous nature of Lily and Rufus’ relationship is another redundantly exhausted motif. Of course, a prolonged honeymoon phase would be boring, but if the unlikely Chuck and Blair are managing to work things out, why is the middle-aged couple so incapable of getting its act together? Lily and Rufus have split and gotten back together too many times to count already — will they ever earn the right to happiness marred solely by cute domestic disputes? Despite its redundancy and use of cheesy, shock-factor plot twists, “Gossip Girl” is full of indulgent cliffhangers that continue to tease viewers into urgent devotion. After all, even on the Upper East Side, scandal need not be sophisticated to draw a crowd.


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EDITORIAL

Expanding community service

KERIANNE M. OKIE Editor-in-Chief

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Of the many things Tufts is known for, its commitment to civic engagement and public service is certainly near the top of the list. At first glance, it appears that the university’s recent appointment to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll would serve as confirmation of this aspect of its reputation. Indeed, with Tufts’ extensive array of organizations, events and courses that claim to facilitate active citizenship and public service on campus, it seems only natural that the university should garner such a prestigious award. The President’s Honor Roll, which features over 700 institutions, is divided into three categories: Presidential Award Winners — the top six schools — followed by the second level, Honor Roll with Distinction and then finally, the Honor Roll. Tufts, along with the majority of the institutions chosen, falls into that third category. Last year the university made the second-tier category, Honor Roll with Distinction. Though the Daily recognizes the

honor and significance of this year’s award, we have to wonder why, when Tufts proclaims its commitment to public service and civic engagement, it falls into the lowest rank of those institutions honored and has even fallen from its previous status. Though there is no public release about how each institution was rated, the award takes into account the amount of student participation in community service and the level of the institution’s projects’ impact on the local community, as well as special programs and endeavors. While it may be unclear in exactly which areas Tufts was deficient, it is apparent that we can better live up to our reputation of a university committed to public service. The university puts admirable emphasis on hosting speakers, symposiums and lectures on the ideas of civic engagement, public service and active citizenship. But Tufts’ hands-on, community-focused volunteer opportunities need to be equally available.

Even if such opportunities do exist, community activities can get lost in the flood of information on TuftsLife. com or the flyers around campus. The current system, while it is not broken, clearly needs to be revitalized. Additionally, while discussing why the university achieved a spot on the Honor Roll, Robert Hollister, the dean of Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, cited organizations like Jumpstart and the Tisch Scholars program. It is important to note, however, that both programs, which are certainly beneficial and valuable, require an application process, meaning that students who don’t get in are automatically cut off from those specific avenues of engagement. Whatever the reason for the university’s apparent move off the Honor Roll with Distinction, Tufts needs to be aware that, if it’s going to bill itself as an institution that emphasizes public service and civic engagement, it should ensure that those values are represented consistently in practice.

that Tufts was publicly at the forefront of exploring innovative ideas in protecting students from the dangers of binge drinking. I am now saddened to read that in practice Tufts is simply forging ahead with the same flawed and outdated policy that made this country’s Prohibition experiment such a complete failure. A total alcohol ban is the antithesis of the new ideas that the Amethyst Initiative seeks. A ban is certainly the safe public relations move in light of last year’s event. However, as last year proved, student health and safety is truly at stake. Perhaps this year public relations should take a backseat to a new policy that realistically addresses the fact that we are dealing

with college students attending a fourhour concert. Tufts’ strength is its ability to draw on very courageous and intelligent people who possess an amazing ability to collectively solve difficult real-world problems. I now call on the President and other members of the Tufts administration to revisit this decision and to, at the very least, have an informed and debate on this matter. Hopefully, innovative and more successful policies can be freely explored and implemented in time for a safe concert.

LOUIE ZONG

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, I am writing to you because I feel that the ban of alcohol at this year’s Spring Fling is a flawed and outdated policy. As an alumnus of Tufts, I was proud to see that University President Lawrence Bacow was a signatory to the Amethyst Initiative. The initiative, according to their Web site, “supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21-year-old drinking age. Amethyst Initiative presidents and chancellors call upon elected officials to weigh all the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use.” I was proud

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A response to McCarthyite Zionism BY

DANIEL BLEIBERG

Der Judenstaat: It’s German for “The State of the Jews.” More than a century later, Theodor Herzl’s vision of a democratic and Jewish homeland as described in his 1896 book “Der Judenstaat” has not only been fulfilled, but also exceeded the most optimistic of expectations. Despite being one of the world’s smallest countries and having to constantly defend itself against existential military threats, Israel has truly thrived. Israel has managed in 60 years to have the highest per capita rate of university degrees and museums and the third-largest number of companies in the NASDAQ Stock Market, to develop the origins of the cell phone and maintain state-of-theart desalination capabilities, among many other miraculous achievements. In recent years, Israel has been at the forefront of humanitarian missions around the world, with journalist Anderson Cooper of CNN recently praising the Israeli-run field hospital in earthquake-torn Haiti, which is estimated to have performed 140 life-saving operations in the matter of a week. Though dissent may be stifled throughout the Arab world, Israel boasts one of the most transparent and multifaceted civil societies in the world. The State of Israel is highly ranked in civil liberties and was labeled as “Free” by the non-partisan organization Freedom House, a feat no other nation in the Middle East can boast. Domestic freedoms within Israel manifest themselves through exceptional women’s and gay rights, freedom of the press and a vibrant political process. Israel is the only country in the Middle East to adopt gay rights legislation, such as recognizing foreign same-sex marriages and allowing gays to openly serve in the military. Furthermore, Tel Aviv is considered worldwide to be a hub for what the Israeli Ministry of Tourism calls “gay tourism,” drawing in thousands of visitors yearly. With regard to women’s rights, Israel was one of the first nations to have a female prime minister (the late Golda Meir), many female CEOs make up the ranks of Israel Fortune 500 companies and its first Olympic medal was awarded to female athlete Yael Arad in 1992 for judo. Within the political system, women have held critical leadership positions as speakers of Parliament, Supreme Court justices and prominent cabinet members. Freedom of the press is widely respected throughout Israel, with all newspapers privately owned and unrestrained in critiquing their own government. Although Israel enjoys full diplomatic relations with only two members of the Arab League, Egypt and Jordan (20 out of 22 members refuse to recognize Israel’s existence), it has attempted to make the most out of its relationships with its neighbors. Just to note a few recent examples, Jordan and Israel just established a joint emergency response team in preparation for a natural disaster. Dr. Bruria Adini, head of the collaborative team, hopes to one day bring the pilot program to the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Syria — envisioning concrete normalization of relations in the region. In addition, Israel also plans to construct a mega-solar plant in coordination with Egypt to supply alternative energy sources. Moreover, Israel’s contributions in the cultural realm are abundant. For example, nine Israelis have been awarded Nobel

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prizes, ranging from achievements in the promotion of peace, chemistry, literature, biology and economics. Tel Aviv’s White City is composed of 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, and its architectural splendor is protected by its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a matter of a century, Hebrew has been revived from an ancient Biblical language to the spoken tongue and written vernacular. The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, devised a method to create a cultural melting pot within Israeli society by creating an Israeli Defense Force and a pluralistic education system that incorporate citizens from any background or heritage. In understanding Israel today, one must return to the roots of the Zionist movement. Zionism originates from the national liberation struggle by the Jewish people who sought refuge in their historical homeland in the face of persecution, state-sponsored pogroms and ultimately, the calamity of the Holocaust. In 1947, the United Nations overwhelmingly approved the Partition Plan, thus enabling the State of Israel to be founded with the full backing of international law and the global community. Since its founding, Israel has

absorbed more immigrants per capita than any other nation worldwide. A shocking three million immigrants have been integrated into Israeli society in the last 62 years. Zionism has always aimed to provide Jews from all corners of the world with a sense that they can find protection and refuge in their ancestral homeland, even implementing covert operations to rescue tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the 1990s. The State of Israel will continue to fulfill its promise to provide a protective umbrella for the Jewish Diaspora worldwide, and for this reason, Israel’s purpose continues to be not only relevant, but of pressing and critical importance. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could not have prophetically depicted Israel better when he stated in 1968, “Israel is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy.” Daniel Bleiberg is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He is the political vice president for Tufts Friends of Israel.

Re-examining prejudice BY JOSHUA

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University of California, San Diego has the smallest African-American population of the nine-campus University of California (UC) system: a meager three percent. It has been a statistic which as of late many black students have been very cognizant of. On the night of Feb. 25, a noose was found hanging in Geisel Library on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. The incident triggered demonstrations by outraged students on campus and also drew widespread condemnation from professors and administrators who saw this as a despicable act of racial hatred. Admittedly, the motives behind this incident have yet to be confirmed as racially motivated; however the incident undeniably invoked vivid imagery of this country’s violent racial history and understandably outraged and intimidated African-American students on campus. This was also only one in a string of other racial incidents on the UCSD campus, including a joint fraternity party that made a mockery of Black History Month by hosting a “Compton Cookout,” encouraging guests to wear rapper-style clothing, including baggy clothes, jerseys, chains and gold teeth. Guests were also encouraged to start fights and drama, and chicken, watermelon and purple drink were the extent of the food that was to be served. For me, this is where a more nuanced controversy begins, one inextricably linked to popular media and specifically to rap music. The ascendance of commercial rap in my lifetime has

meant the projection of a narrow slice of African American life onto a larger American narrative. A widespread fascination with gangster elements of black culture present in rap music has led to the rapid homogenization of this musical genre. On the radio waves, where there was once a great diversity of voices and experiences in hip-hop, there are now almost exclusively artists boasting about criminal pasts and sexual exploits (there is of course a vibrant hip-hop culture outside the bounds of commercial hip-hop music). It’s interesting to note that over 70 percent of rap is purchased by white listeners; that is to say that the majority of its listeners presumably have limited experience with the content of the music they are listening to. The consequence of this statistical reality is disastrous: Many people see only a fraction of black life in poor urban centers as depicted in commercial rap with nothing against which to contrast it. This leaves listeners with a misleading and dangerous notion: that they understand the spectrum of life experiences “in the hood” through rap. Here’s a simple example to illustrate my point. Have you ever heard a rap song on the radio about the strong religious foundations of a particular community a rapper grew up in? How about the dynamics of public education at under-funded schools an entertainer attended? Or the importance of a strong nuclear family throughout an artist’s life? As a listener of commercial rap, I would be pressed to find rhymes that speak to these points — let alone songs, even albums, dedicated to them. I would argue that

these select topics are of equal, if not greater, importance than predatory gangster culture in the lives of many of the chosen commercial rappers of our day. It is accurate to say that a majority of African Americans live in urban environments and also fair to suggest that the subjects harped upon by mainstream rappers are realities in many urban centers. It is, however, completely absurd to characterize the modern African American experience through mainstream rap culture; experiences of young African Americans within and outside of urban areas are complex and varied. As obvious as this may seem, this reality is frequently missed and in this instance, at UC San Diego, it was missed in an overtly racist manner. In this framework it is then not surprising that fraternities at UC San Diego would host a joint party regurgitating stereotypes about black culture and assume that this behavior would not be scrutinized. These developments beg the question of whether there is a causal relationship between a lack of racial and ethnic diversity and prejudicial behaviors such as those unfolding at UC San Diego. Regardless, the actions of ignorant students at UC San Diego need to be understood both within the context of a school atmosphere in which racial incidents have been frequent but also within a larger culture wrought with black stereotyping. Joshua Reed-Diawuoh is a freshman who has not yet declared a major.

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“It started really spreading out with about a thousand to go,” Faller said. “I passed three guys with 600 meters left in the race and moved into fourth place, and then finally moved into third place going into the last lap, so it was definitely an all-out sprint and that played right into my hands. “The talent of the field was definitely unquestioned, and the times don’t reflect the talent. I think some of the guys who are more strength runners might have not had a good race because of how fast the finish was, but it was a very competitive field,” Faller continued. Faller’s finish this weekend garnered him his third indoor All-American honor and sixth overall recognition as an AllAmerican in his decorated four years at Tufts. The senior has proved that he can perform just as well running outside in cross-country events, for which he is also a three-time All-American, in addition to keeping the pace with the best in the country in the indoor events. While Faller was busy prepping for his race on Saturday, his teammate Engelking finished the pentathlon on Friday with a score of 3,491 to secure

seventh place among 12 athletes. “It was a pretty good performance. I did what I needed to do,” Engelking said. “I didn’t hit my [personal record], but no one really did. All the guys were under their qualifying scores. All in all I was pretty pleased, except for my long jump.” Senior Todd Wildman of Trinity University in Texas took home the title in the pentathlon, accumulating a point total of 3,751. Wildman entered the meet with the highest qualifying score at 3,876 points. The competition began bright and early at 9 a.m. on Friday with the 55-meter hurdles, Engelking’s strongest event. The fourth-year boasted a runner-up finish in that event, with a time of 7.77 seconds, putting him in second place as he moved on to the second event. “[My hurdle time was] pretty good for me for opening up, basically like a trials. I really needed that to boost my points,” Engelking said. The pentathlon has only one hurdle race, unlike the normal preliminary and final races of the event. According to Engelking, the early-morning scheduling of the hurdles race put some athletes

off guard, an advantage which he was able to use to vault into a high position. In the final event, the 1,000meter run, Engelking took sixth with a time of 2:50.85 to secure his spot as seventh overall and as an All-American, which is given out to the top eight finishers. “I basically ran a strategic race,” Engelking said. “I wasn’t really going for time. I knew who I needed to beat, and by how much time I needed to beat them to podium. So going into the 1,000 I had that in mind, and time was really secondary.” Along with Engelking’s thirdplace finish in the decathlon at NCAA’s last outdoor season, the senior now holds two AllAmerican titles. The distance medley relay (DMR) also competed on Friday. In a disappointing finish, the relay placed ninth among 11 teams. The squad from Trinity took a strong lead during the race, going into the final leg with a large gap over the rest of the field, but was outkicked by University of WisconsinStevens Point, whose unit ran a time of 10:02.38 to win the event by a margin of seven hundredths of a second. Tufts’ relay team of fresh-

man Sam Haney, senior quadcaptain Billy Hale, sophomore Ben Crastnopol and Faller ran a time of 10:13.93, nearly 17 seconds slower than the team ran to qualify for NCAA’s last weekend (9:56.97). “It didn’t turn out as we would have liked,” Faller said. “I would be lying to say that we weren’t disappointed with the race. I think we went into Nationals with the hope and the expectation of finishing in the top eight, so to not accomplish a top-eight finish was a disappointment. That being said, I think we also ran good races and we put out a good effort, and things just didn’t go our way. “Our lead-off leg, Sam Haney, didn’t have his best race, and he got stuck in the back of the pack and wasn’t really able to move up,” Faller continued. “When I got the baton, we were too far behind the other teams for me to make up the ground. I didn’t run my best race or my best time, but our team doesn’t match up well against other national DMR teams because a lot of other teams have a solid runner on the first leg and a solid runner on the mile leg. Our team depends a lot on anchor leg, and I just wasn’t able to meet the challenge.”

Faller was able to pass two teams during his leg of the relay, but it was not enough to boost the Jumbos into the top eight teams. “For the DMR, I think the younger guys might have their shot again at Nationals, and I think this year is definitely a good experience for them for the future, and for me I’m glad that I could finish my indoor track career on a high note,” Faller said. The team had hoped to match the Jumbo’s strong DMR finish at Nationals last indoor season, when the squad, which featured Hale and Faller, took third in a time of 10:04.78. With the indoor season wrapped up, Tufts now turns its attention to its outdoor campaign, which will commence when it hosts the Snowflake Classic on April 3 after spring break. But that certainly will not diminish the feeling of earning All-American honors for Engelking and Faller. “I don’t think there is any better way to end the season, with an All-American at Nationals,” Engelking said. “It’s a culmination of everything I’ve done this season — I was able to stay healthy for the most part, work hard and do all the workouts. Everything just seemed to fit into place.”

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Jumbos look to non-conference Wellesley match to build confidence as a team WOMEN’S LACROSSE continued from page 16

minutes, two Trapp assists to Amherst freshman offensive midfielder Wyatt Davis put the visitors up 2-0. Then, Johnson answered with her first goal at 21:43 left in the period. However, Trapp would feed two more to sophomore attacker Allie Horwitz before Johnson scored unassisted again. With the score 4-2, Trapp assisted Horwitz a third time and scored one of her own to knock the Jumbos down by four. After freshman midfielder Kerry Eaton’s first career goal, the Jumbos headed into halftime unexpectedly down by three, needing to regroup. “We just decided we needed to communicate more and just be more composed on the

kinks that plagued them on Saturday. “I think it will be really beneficial because you can only do so much when you practice against your own team,� Perez said. “Especially for attack, playing against a team we’re not familiar with I think will really help us find our sense of rhythm and flow on offense.� “That’s the biggest advantage of playing a team like Wellesley: It gives us a chance for people to get really comfortable and build some confidence in those players that haven’t played on this level as much,� Kopp added. “They can get to see how this team can be at our best, how the offense is supposed to run and the defense is supposed to work. But still, it’s always a big game for us.�

spurts and short breakdowns. I think we’re beginning to become comfortable with each other on the field more and more, and we’ll be able to figure it out before our next games.� Tufts outshot Amherst 23-21, but Amherst managed to fire off one more shot on goal. Junior goalkeeper Sara Bloom finished with five saves in the match, while Johnson rounded out her offensive performance with six draw controls, one caused turnover and one ground ball. Tomorrow, the Jumbos will travel to Wellesley for their first non-conference game of the season. The Jumbos have beaten the Blue by an average of 12 goals per game the last five seasons, and they look to the game as an opportunity to work out the early-season

ball,� Perez said. “We turned it over a lot in the beginning, which resulted in quick Amherst goals, so we decided the most important part of the game is possession — ‘if we have it, they don’t.’ We definitely just came together and calmed down. It helped a lot.� Egan started the second half with a goal for Tufts, and it looked briefly as if a comeback was in order. But a four-goal Lord Jeffs run rattled the defense, and the Jumbos weren’t able to recover, despite the eventual run of their own. “I think the biggest thing has been inconsistency,� senior co-captain Alyssa Kopp said. “I think we have a lot of potential, and it showed for 10 minutes at a time; we just need to play together as a team for 60 minutes without

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Bowdoin Conn. Coll. Middlebury Tufts Williams Amherst Bates Colby Trinity Wesleyan

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Individual Statistics G A P Ryan Molloy Kevin McCormick Patrick Devine Brian Donovan Mike Droesch Doug DiSesa Matt Witko Jamie Atkins D.J. Hessler Nick Rhoads Team

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Emily Johnson Casey Egan Kerry Eaton Steph Perez Jenna Abelli Kaitlyn Leidl Lara Kozin Kelly Hyland Sara Bloom Lily Colahan Team

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0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

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0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

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she, like Jones, set at the AllNew England Championships. Wilfert ran 5:03.22 in the preliminary race on Friday afternoon, positioning her among the top 10 runners. But in the finals, she fell over four seconds behind the eighth-place competitor, sophomore Maeve Evens of New York University. Like Jones, Wilfert had mixed feelings about her results. “The season for me was a lot of ups and downs, and the [NCAA’s] didn’t go exactly the way I had hoped,” Wilfert said. “It was a good learning experience, though.” The junior athlete isn’t new to the NCAA Championships, having qualified last year for the 1,200-meter portion of the distance medley relay (DMR) in the Div. III indoor meet, as well as the 1,500 meter in the Div. III outdoor meet. Her DMR team won the championships — and an All-American honor — last March. “It was different last year,” Wilfert said. “It was more of a team effort for the DMR, whereas outdoor was my way of figuring out how to run the trials. This time around, I knew coming in [to the NCAA’s] what I had to do to make the finals ... and then I just had to go from there.” While Wilfert came up short of garnering an All-American honor this indoor season, she said that the championship race helped her better understand the competition. “It’s a different sort of race

than the others I’ve run because it’s more tactical,” Wilfert said. “It’s hard to hang on to the people in front of you, and everyone is running around the same time. You don’t want to lose the pack.” Jones’ runner-up finish scored eight points for Tufts during the NCAA meet, putting the Jumbos in 27th place, along with six other schools. Wartburg College won the championship meet with 33 points. Last year, six Jumbos represented the women’s team at the championships, but the smaller showing of just Jones and Wilfert made for what Wilfert pegged as a more intense, personal experience. “It was definitely different,” said Wilfert. “I think we spent a lot more time getting ready and trying to be prepared. Last year, in a way, was almost less pressure because we were there as a team [for the DMR].” Though both girls expressed some dissatisfaction with their season performances, spring break marks a welcome transition to a fresh outdoor season — and another chance at the championships. “It was a pretty lackluster season for me,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to the good weather [in the outdoor season]. Who knows, maybe it’ll help me out.” Wilbert echoed her teammate’s sentiments. “Indoor was a little inconsistent for me,” she said. “I’m hoping for a better, more consistent outdoor season.”

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Junior Amy Wilfert finished in ninth place in the mile run at the Div. III NCAA Championships. Wilfert just barely missed receiving All-American honors for her swiftness on the track.

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Jumbos trample Lord Jeffs in season opener Twelve different players score for Tufts in electrifying 2010 debut BY

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The men’s lacrosse team opened its season slate against familiar NESCAC foe Amherst, MEN’S LACROSSE (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) at Amherst, Mass., Saturday Tufts Amherst

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and for the second straight year, the Jumbos garnered what has become a familiar result against the Lord Jeffs: a resounding victory. The nationally ninth-ranked Jumbos scored 18 goals on 42 shots Saturday in Amherst, Mass. While the Lord Jeffs’ defense committed itself to shutting down Tufts junior DJ Hessler — who in last year’s meeting lit up Amherst with four goals and six assists — an array of Jumbos stepped up to propel the team to its seventh consecutive win over Amherst dating back to 2004. “We had a lot of different players score, which is a testament to how hard we’ve been working in the off-season,” senior tri-captain Doug DiSesa said. “Everyone’s still pretty upset about the way last season ended, so we’ve been training pretty hard and working on our mental toughness.” Saturday’s 18 goals were spread out among 12 Jumbos, including a pair each from DiSesa and a pair from junior attacker Ryan Molloy. Molloy contributed two assists as well, leading the team with four total points. Sophomore midfielder Kevin McCormick, junior attacker Brian Donovan, junior midfielder Matt Witko and senior tri-captain midfielder Mike Droesch all chipped in two goals apiece as part of a balanced Jumbo attack. “I was a little surprised, but I’m really happy that the scoring was spread around,” Droesch said. “It shows that the talent on this team is spread out and that everyone is capable of stepping up and

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Senior tri-captain Doug DiSesa blazed two goals past the Amherst defense as part of the Jumbos’ torrential 18-goal offensive explosion on Saturday in their season-opening win on the road. making plays.” The game started with two quick Amherst face-off wins and ensuing goals by sophomore midfielders Alex Fox and Evan Redwood, which put Tufts in a 2-0 hole early in the first quarter. But the Jumbos kept their cool and reeled off eight consecutive goals to close out the quarter. Tufts came out strong in the second quarter, scoring four goals and putting 14 of its 16 shots on goal. The lead was 12-2 at the half, and the Jumbos never looked back. “We’ve prepared all along to never let the score affect how we play,” McCormick said. “We go one goal at a time, so it didn’t really faze us to be down

2-0 because we knew we could come back and win.” The third quarter began with a lull in the action, as the Lord Jeffs controlled possession, outshooting the Jumbos 13-1 but failing to capitalize. The lone goal of the quarter — an unassisted score by Amherst freshman midfielder Jeff Izzo — narrowed the lead to 12-3 going into the final stanza. In the fourth quarter, Tufts stretched its lead out to 16-4. Amherst produced a run of four goals late in the period, but ultimately the Jumbos lived up to their top-10 ranking and were able to cruise to a victory. While the team is content with Saturday’s season-opening rout, there are still some

potential problem areas in which the Jumbos can improve as they enter the meat of the season. Tufts spent 10 minutes playing a man down on Saturday after committing 11 penalties. The Lord Jeffs, by comparison, had seven penalties for six total minutes. Still, the Jumbos only gave up one goal while disadvantaged and scored on three of their own man-up opportunities. For Tufts to maintain its high national ranking, discipline is essential. As the Jumbos start to face tougher offensive teams, staying on the field and out of the penalty box may make the difference in the game. “We played a lot of mandown, and we did a good job

of it, but we need to limit our penalties,” Droesch said. With Saturday’s win, Tufts moves to 1-0 on the year. Tomorrow afternoon the Jumbos will host Lasell College in the home opener at Bello Field. In 2009, Tufts trounced Lasell 22-8 in the midst of an eight-game, season-opening winning streak. This Tuesday, the Jumbos hope for a repeat performance. “We expect to win every game that we go into,” DiSesa said. “Lasell is a good program, and we’ve got to prepare for it like every other game. We need to have all of our focus on Lasell because they are the only team that can affect our season right now.”

Athletes of the Week NAKEISHA JONES, WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD As the No. 1 seed in the triple jump, sophomore Nakeisha Jones was expected to deliver at this weekend’s 2010 National Indoor Track and Field Championships at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. And deliver she did. With a 38-foot, 6 3/4-inch distance in the finals, Jones took second place in the event and earned the third All-American honor of her young indoor and outdoor career. Jones recorded a qualifying mark of 39-2 1/2 at the All-New England Championships hosted by Boston University two weeks ago to receive the national top spot. Then, in the NCAA preliminaries Saturday morning, she again proved to be the best of the 14 qualifiers when her 38-foot, 5 1/2-inch jump surpassed all other competitors. Later, in the finals, Jones improved on her preliminary mark jumping 38-6 3/4. However, Springfield senior Nikki Hay broke out a 39-foot, 3 3/4-inch distance in her second-to-last pass to upset Jones and take first place. Jones’ eight points helped Tufts tie for 27th place at the meet. COURTESY DEPAUW UNIVERSITY

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Senior quad-captain Jared Engelking and classmate Jesse Faller capped their decorated indoor track careers over the weekend by garnering All-American honors at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Greencastle, Ind. The final qualifier in the field of 12 in the pentathlon, Engelking finished seventh in the event on Friday to earn a place on the podium at indoor nationals for the first time. He achieved his final score of 3,491 points thanks, in part, to a 7.77-second run in the 55-meter hurdles, which was good enough for second place. Engelking’s performance came nearly 10 months after he earned the first All-American award of his career at outdoor nationals, where he came in third in the decathlon. Buoyed by a late charge in the 5,000-meter run, Faller secured the third top-five NCAA finish and the sixth AllAmerican honor of his career on Saturday. Faller’s time of 14:50.39 earned him third place and was six-tenths of a second faster than the top qualifier in the event, senior Daniel Murner of Amherst. Faller now heads into the outdoor track season with both an eighth-place finish at the NCAA cross country championships and a career-best showing at indoor nationals on his 2009-10 résumé. The Burlington, Mass. native also anchored the distance medley relay team, which came in ninth place. For the weekend, coach Ethan Barron’s Jumbos tied for 27th place overall.


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The women’s track and field team sent two athletes to compete in the 2010 NCAA Div. III Indoor WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD NCAA Championships at Greencastle, Ind., Friday-Saturday

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Senior Jared Engelking competes in the high jump during the pentathlon of the NCAA Championships on Friday. Engelking finished seventh to capture All-American honors.

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Seniors Jesse Faller and quad-captain Jared Engelking returned from the NCAA Championships at DePauw University MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD NCAA Championships at Greencastle, Ind., Friday-Saturday 1. North Central College 2. Wisc.-Stevens Pt 3. Wisc.-La Crosse 4. Wisc.-Oshkosh 5. Trinity (Texas) 27. Tufts

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with another set of All-American honors added to their track and field careers. On Saturday, Faller crossed the line

third in the 5,000-meter run out of a field of 12 competitors. Faller went into the race seeded seventh with his qualifying time of 14:34.07. To secure his third-place finish at Nationals, though, Faller ran a time of 14:50.39, half a second behind SUNY Geneseo sophomore Lee Berube and two and a half seconds behind North Central College senior Kyle Brady, who finished in first with 14:47.97. Less than 10 seconds separated the top nine finishers in an extremely tight race that ran much slower than the individual seed times. “I expected [the race] to go out slow, and it did go out very slow, but what I didn’t expect [was] how long it would remain at a slow pace. We came through the 3K at 9:15, which is very slow, about 30 seconds slower than what we should have been running,” Faller said. “From

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the beginning I knew it was going to be a tactical race, but I was shocked that no one made a big move earlier than 3K.” The race began to pick up around the 3,000-meter mark and proceeded to finish with a very fast last mile that finally began to spread out the pack of 13 runners. “I made a couple of key moves to stay in the race, and I knew that when it was down to one mile, and everyone was still together, I had a good shot at doing well because I was probably one of the fastest mile runners in the race,” Faller said. The race was decided by who had the most speed in the last mile, according to Faller, who closed the race with a sub-4:30 mile. see MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD, page 11

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Amherst upsets No. 9 Tufts in season opener BY

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It was too little, too late on Saturday for the women’s lacrosse team. After falling behind 11-5 to the nationally unranked Amherst Lord WOMEN’S LACROSSE (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) Bello Field, Saturday Amherst 6 Tufts 3

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Jeffs in the season opener, the No. 9 Jumbos went on a run in the last five minutes to close the gap to three before time ran out. The 11-8 final margin drops the team to 0-1 in both overall record and in the NESCAC standings. The late spark was triggered by a series of quickly controlled draws that led to two Tufts goals in an 11-second span. The first came from sophomore midfielder Steph Perez at 4:24 left in the game and the second from senior attacker Emily Johnson — her fourth in the game. “I think that we finally felt a sense of urgency,” Perez said of the late surge. “In the beginning of the game we weren’t fighting as hard for balls, but we saw time was running down, so we realized we needed to step it up and do something with the ball.” With the score at 11-7 and just over four minutes left to play, the draw was key. Tufts needed to control the draw and the ball for the rest of the game in order to prevent the Lord Jeffs from running out the clock. But Amherst won possession, and the Jumbos were only able to capitalize on one more

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Despite senior attacker Emily Johnson’s four goals and two assists, the No. 9 Jumbos were unable to hold off unranked and visiting Amherst on Saturday, falling 11-8 in the season opener. opportunity after a turnover yielded a goal from sophomore midfielder Casey Egan at 2:27 remaining. The Jeffs continued to use the clock to their advantage, controlling possession and slowing the game down. Ultimately, the buzzer sounded too early for a scrambling Tufts squad.

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Championships over the weekend at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., marking the close of a successful indoor season for the Jumbos. Junior Amy Wilfert traveled nearly 1,000 miles west to run just once for the weekend meet, while sophomore Nakeisha Jones also hopped on a plane to face 13 competitors in the triple jump. Jones took second place in her event, with a distance of 38-6 3/4. She entered the Indiana competition with the nation’s best automatic qualifying mark of the season: an impressive 39-foot 2 1/2-inch jump that planted her in third place behind two Div. I athletes at the All-New England Championships held at Boston University on Feb. 27. While the second-place slot at the NCAA’s secured Jones’ third AllAmerican honor during her participation in Div. III indoor and outdoor track thus far, she admitted to feeling somewhat disappointed with her performance at the meet. “I was pretty happy with second place, but I did really want to win,” Jones said. “I had a better position [than in last year’s NCAA Championships] on the medal stand, but I wasn’t too happy with my distance.” That might be because last season, during the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships, Jones won fourth place with a better mark of 39-3 1/4. She also improved on that distance during the outdoor season, when she jumped 39-5 3/4 for a third-place medal in the championships. “I would have liked to improve on my distance, but it’s pointless to wish or to hope [with the meet over],” Jones said. The overall win that Jones had been preparing for was snagged instead by Springfield senior Nikki Hay, who slid ahead of the Tufts sophomore during the finals — even after Jones had established the weekend’s best preliminary triple jump of 38-5 1/2 on Saturday morning. Hay surprised during the finals with 39-foot, 3 3/4inch jump on her penultimate leap, beating Jones’ NCAA qualifying mark for the season. “If I was going to lose to anyone, I’m glad it was [Hay],” said Jones. “She’s a senior and she’s worked really hard and deserves it, so I couldn’t be too upset. Seniors so often come in and have great performances because it’s their final year and their last chance to win.” Wilfert finished ninth in the NCAA mile run with a time of 5:09.95, leaving her just one spot away from capturing All-American honors. Wilfert approached the NCAA Div. III meet in ninth position among the qualifiers with a season-best of 4:59.46 — which

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