THE TUFTS DAILY
VOLUME LX, NUMBER 32
Where You Read It First Est. 1980 TUFTSDAILY.COM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010
Engineering consultant calls team management essential BY
BRIONNA JIMERSON Senior Staff Writer
Engineering consultant Pamela McNamara (E ’81) returned to the Hill Wednesday night to speak with students in the Alumnae Lounge about the significance of critical thinking and problem solving in the workplace, skills that she called essential to engineers and liberal arts students alike. McNamara is the president of U.S. operations at Cambridge Consultants, a technology consulting firm that specializes in product development and marketing for engineering companies. Her talk was part of the Lyon & Bendheim Alumni Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and the Office of Alumni Relations. In her lecture, McNamara emphasized the significance of teamwork, recalling group projects in her first engineering science course at Tufts. She said these projects played a significant role in teaching her how to organize teams and be an effective team member. “Find teams that you want to work with,” she said. Expanding on the role of teamwork in the workplace, McNamara supported the idea of having a “characteristically diverse” team, which she said offers a wider range of abilities and talents. “People are more important than product,” McNamara said. “You may have a great idea that may look like a great product, but to make it successful, you have to launch it with a great team.”
McNamara’s endeavors in the field have spanned over 20 years and have included several leadership positions. Prior to joining Cambridge Consultants, McNamara was the chief operating officer of CRF Inc., a company that provides electronic devices to monitor hospital patients. She joined Cambridge Consultants in February 2009 and leads the company’s work in technology and product development in medical and wireless technology, among other sectors, she said. McNamara graduated from Tufts’ School of Engineering in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering complemented, with coursework in International Relations, political science and philosophy. She credited her business success to the breadth of courses she took at Tufts. In an interview with the Daily before the lecture, she remarked on the “international flavor” that Tufts afforded her during her undergraduate career. “[My coursework] had a large impact on my time at Tufts, my career endeavors and the nature of my role at an international company,” she said. She credited Tufts professors with inspiring and encouraging her to pursue a career in civil engineering. In her talk, McNamara discussed her division’s focus on developing ways to track patients using a Cambridge Consultants-developed software technology that utilizes Bluetooth-equipped microprocessors. see MCNAMARA, page 2
MEAGAN MAHER/TUFTS DAILY
Astronaut Rick Hauck (A ‘62, H ‘07) on Friday spoke about his career and the future of the space program.
Astronaut: As space program transforms, research still vital BY
MARTHA SHANAHAN Daily Editorial Board
Astronaut Rick Hauck (A ’62, H ’07) is a former NASA space shuttle commander whose many accomplishments include leading the first crew into space after the Challenger space shuttle tragedy in 1986. He returned to Tufts on Friday to deliver a talk
Tufts participates in Medford emergency drill
for Parents Weekend and to present senior Lauren Wielgus with the Astronaut Scholarship, an award given by the nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to exceptional science and engineering undergraduates. Hauck, a retired Navy captain, sat down with the Daily on Friday aftersee ASTRONAUT, page 2
Community joins Greeks for annual block party BY
Daily Staff Writer
OLIVER PORTER/TUFTS DAILY
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Medford Fire Department yesterday morning conducted an emergency response drill at Canal Street in Medford. Members of Tufts Emergency Medical Services participated as simulated victims in the exercise, while Tufts Department of Public and Environmental Safety officials attended to observe the drill.
Inside this issue
Tufts students and local residents on Friday afternoon gathered on Professors Row for the annual Greek block party. The Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) closed off the portion of Professors Row between Packard and Curtis Avenues to car traffic, allowing fraternities and sororities to set up tables featuring free activities like tie-dying, barbecuing and pumpkin carving. The tradition of holding a block party began three years ago, according to Inter-Greek Council President Andrew McGowan. “The idea was to have a social event that didn’t involve alcohol and to incorporate all students and other members of the larger community,” McGowan, a senior, said. “It’s also [a] way to foster better relations with the houses and to unite the Greek community.”
The Inter-Greek Council distributed funds to each house to finance the event’s activities, according to McGowan. Senior Maya Hauer-Laurencin, a sister in the Chi Omega sorority, praised the block party for its communal spirit and for showing a different aspect of the Greek community. “This is a really fun event, but it’s also nice to show the Greek system in another light, other than throwing parties,” she said. An AMP Energy representative distributed free energy drinks at the Sigma Nu fraternity’s tie-dye table. Sigma Nu President Ryan Flood, a senior, said he is a Tufts representative for the brand and that Sigma Nu has run a tie-dye table in previous block parties. “We decided to go with tiedye because we’ve done it in years past and we always run out of t-shirts,” Flood said. “We thought we’d do it again this year since it is always so popular.” see BLOCK PARTY, page 2
Young people are not likely to turn out with the same force this year as they did in the elections of 2008.
Adobe challenges convention and forgoes an actual physical entity for its digital art museum.
see FEATURES, page 3
see ARTS, page 5
News Features Arts | Living Editorial | Letters
1 3 5 8
Op-Ed Comics Classifieds Sports
9 11 12 Back
THE TUFTS DAILY
Monday, October 25, 2010
Visiting the Hill this week MONDAY “Managing Abroad with Gridlock at Home” Details: Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione and Executive Director Naila Bolus (LA ‘87) will discuss Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, China and nuclear armament. When and Where: 7 p.m., Barnum 008 Sponsor: Tufts Institute for Global Leadership “Ethnic Cleansing or Resource Struggle in Darfur? An Empirical Analysis” Details: Ola Olsson, a professor of economics at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, will deliver a presentation on Darfur as part of a seminar series. When and Where: 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., Tisch Library, Room 304. Sponsors: Department of
Economics and The Fletcher School TUESDAY “Medical Risk in Infancy” Details: Nancy Terres (GA ‘99), a clinical associate professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, will speak about medical risks for infants. When and Where: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Eliot-Pearson Child Development Center, Stevens Library Sponsor: Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development THURSDAY “An International Perspective on the Human Rights of Children” Details: James Garbarino, the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology at the Loyola University of Chicago,
will deliver a lecture. When and Where: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Cabot ASEAN Auditorium Sponsors: Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, The Fletcher School, the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, International Relations Department, Office of the Provost FRIDAY “New at Noon Concert” Details: Pianist David Holtzman inaugurates the Tufts Composers’ New at Noon Series for the 2010-11 academic year with a recital and discussion. When and Where: Noon; Distler Performance Hall Sponsor: Department of Music —compiled by Daphne Kolios
McNamara credits experience at Tufts for her interest in international business JUSTIN MCCALLUM/TUFTS DAILY
Theta Chi President Danny Wittels, a senior, and Sigma Phi Epsilon President Jacob Schiller, a junior, watch party-goers carve pumpkins.
Greek block party offers food, tie-dye and pumpkins BLOCK PARTY continued from page 1
Junior Jacob Schiller, president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, was glad to see an enthusiastic crowd participate in pumpkin carving at his house’s table. “We just love the Halloween season and felt there was no way to celebrate it without the carving of pumpkins,” Schiller said. The Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) sorority also hosted a table featuring pumpkin decorating. “It’s a little bit quiet today, probably because it’s so cold, but it’s great to have fun extended to a non-Greek community,”
junior Nathalie McClure, an AOII sister, said. Theta Delta Chi brother Max Gray, a senior, was pleased that so many Greek organizations were represented at the event. “It’s not every day you see all of the frats and sororities at one event. This is a nice way to bring everyone together,” he said. Senior Shabazz Stuart, a brother of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, stood behind two large trays of chicken wings at his house’s table. “We were going to have a wing eating competition, but it didn’t happen, so now we’re just giving away free wings,” Stuart said.
MCNAMARA continued from page 1
“I am in the business of delivering results,” McNamara told the Daily. “Tufts University has the ability to have people who work with cross-disciplines and really challenge themselves. That’s what I’m all about.” Sophomore Victoria Sims, an environmental engineering major who attended the lecture, said McNamara’s character speaks to the quality of students Tufts sends into the workforce. “It was an inspiration to me to hear Pam McNamara,” Sims said. “She’s a strong woman in her field, and it’s refreshing to see someone like her in a leadership role and being very successful while simultaneously remaining down-to-earth and approachable.”
MEREDITH KLEIN/TUFTS DAILY
Engineering consultant Pamela McNamara (E ‘81) spoke to students on Wednesday night about leadership in the workplace.
Weightlessness, floating M&Ms fond memories of space for Hauck ASTRONAUT continued from page 1
noon to discuss some of his accomplishments and endeavors throughout his career. Martha Shanahan: There’s a lot of focus from NASA, and obviously from organizations like the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, to encourage student involvement in science and technology education. What do you see as the most effective way to reach students who are interested in the sciences? Rick Hauck: I think you need to bring the science and engineering down to earth so that the youngsters can understand and … appreciate the human interaction with the world around them, and to give young people an understanding of why things behave the way they do. MS: Do you still see the U.S. as a leader in space research? RH: Absolutely. The world has changed and there are more players on the playing field, but the U.S. remains a premier environment for advanced science and technology. Many countries send their best students to study in the United States. MS: What do you think is going to
be the future of the space program now that the government is considering scaling it down? RH: At some point it’s a given — there’s no argument — that we need to develop a new rocket for carrying people and cargo into space. Much of the discussion has to [do] with whether it should be done by NASA or a government agency … or whether it should be done by a commercial entity, and that’s the main thing. I think it is certainly true that NASA should be more involved in research and development than it is with running a transportation system, so that’s an argument in favor of encouraging commercial providing of space transportation, especially when we’re talking about going into lower orbit.
country. I think the specter of the war issue has receded quite a bit, although it has not faded. It’s still seen as a marker of national capabilities. MS: Do you see yourself as a role model for future astronauts and scientists? RH: I don’t see myself as a role model. I think I’ve probably been representative of the opportunities that can be translated into success if people are given those opportunities. MS: You mentioned that not all of your colleagues on the space shuttle had been trained in engineering or physics. What kind of qualities make a person a good partner to have on a space mission?
RH: The Obama policy does mention various possibilities. It’s not fixed yet, but those possibilities include going back to the moon, going to Mars, going to an asteroid. I think the jury’s out on which of those will be the chosen direction. MS: What was something that all the training you went through couldn’t have prepared you for on your first trip into space? RH: The joy of weightlessness. You can emulate weightlessness 20 seconds at a time on an airplane that flies up and down parabolas, but 20 seconds of weightlessness is followed by two times the force of gravity. You can’t compare it to the real thing.
MS: You touched, in your talk, on the race between different nations to be the first to get to space. Does space travel still have the same political significance as it did during your career?
RH: Personal, intellectual strengths and discipline, a person who knows how to work in a group, in a collegial environment, and who is adventurous and willing to put forth the effort and initiative to take on difficult challenges.
MS: [Referring to your 1988 command of Discovery, the first space shuttle launched after the Challenger incident,] how did you decide it was something you were willing to do, given the risks?
RH: That is not as strong as it was then. The perception then was that the country that was pre-eminent in rockets was potentially, from a war-making standpoint, the dominant
MS: Your talk touched on how [President Barack] Obama’s proposed space budget doesn’t specify a new destination for our astronauts. What do you see as the new frontiers for space research?
RH: I had known that the focus of everyone that works on the space program was on making it as best they could so nothing would go wrong, so I really did believe it when I told
my family that this would be potentially the safest mission that NASA had launched. MS: How does seeing the Earth from outer space affect your perspectives on things back on Earth? RH: Being able to look down on the Earth and not seeing political boundaries, just seeing the beauty of the Earth and realizing that human beings on Earth are first and foremost brothers and sisters who are trying to survive. I just came back from that experience and felt that I wish I could share it with everyone; it made me appreciate the uniqueness of humans. MS: What kind of things did you eat in space, and what was your favorite? RH: Well, in the early days before me, there were pureed foods that you squeeze out of a tube. We had pretty everyday foods — we could have hamburgers that we could reheat and reconstitute scrambled eggs. We carried packages of cookies and M&Ms, which are fun. Even though your parents say don’t play with your food, it’s fun to just float M&Ms over to your buddies.
November midterms unlikely to stir up young-voter interest as in 2008 elections BY
TIEN TIEN/TUFTS DAILY
In 2008, Tufts students were involved in the presidential campaigns, culminating in a celebration of Obama’s election, above. Trends predict that it is unlikely students will get as worked up over the midterm elections next week. out rate for elections in presidential years, which was as high as 51 percent nationwide in 2008. “Midterms have a low turnout in general, among older voters as well,” CIRCLE Director Peter Levine said. “There’s a lot less campaigning, there’s not a single set of names associated with the two sides, there are [many] different House races in Massachusetts, the issues are more complicated because they’re divided by district and less money is spent, which means less mobilization.” Levine expects the percentage of youth voters to be roughly the same as the 2006 numbers. Many, however, have high hopes for the youth demographic in light of its impressive participation rates in 2008, he said. “The youth turnout is getting more media attention ... because of how strong the percentage was in 2008 and how they were a significant part of the coalition [to elect President Obama],” Levine said. Tufts Democrats President Seth Rau, a junior, has his doubts about youth voter
turnout this year, though, and explained that 2008 did not necessarily mark a longlasting shift in political involvement among youth but rather a special interest in one leader’s charisma. “The youth vote is going to be lower because Barack Obama isn’t on the ballot,” Rau said. “He got more people excited to vote than have ever voted before, and if he’s not on the ballot, you’re not going to get the same turnout.” Still, according to Rau, the predicted low youth turnout for the November midterms cannot only be attributed to an Obama hangover. “Youth turnout is low for all elections, to be honest,” Rau said. “Even in 2008, our percentage was lower than the national average. Young votes are more mobile than the rest of the population and more transient; they don’t live in one place, and they don’t register [to vote] again every time they move because it’s a cumbersome process and they’re not familiar with the system, so it’s see VOTE, page 4
Teachers who use red ink are likely to grade students’ work more harshly, study finds BY
If your less-than-desirable paper grade is circled in thick red ink, you may have more than just your own poor work to blame. Red ink encourages harsh grading, according to a study recently conducted by Tufts Department of Psychology graduate student Michael Slepian and Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at California State University, Northridge, Abraham Rutchick. The idea that an everyday object can bring to mind a thought, feeling or experience is hardly novel, Slepian said. But the idea that such associations can subconsciously influence the way we interact with the world at large is a concept that’s being developed in the scientific world more and more. “A lot of previous stuff looks at how objects influence behavior,” Slepian said. “Seeing a sports drink can give more endurance.” Slepian and Rutchick’s study investigated the relationship between the use of red ink and the harshness of corrections and found that graders using red tended to grade more harshly when presented with both objective and subjective assignments. As part of the study, the team gave the participants “word stems,” tests involving incomplete words such as “FAI_,” and asked them to fill in the blanks. “People with a red pen were more likely to fill out ‘fail,’ while those with a black pen might say ‘fair,’” Rutchick told the Daily. “The act of picking up a red pen activates this connotation of harshness.” The researchers also asked study participants to correct and grade sample essays for grammatical mistakes and writing style, separately, in order to measure the
What I've learned
Daily Editorial Board
With the Nov. 2 midterm elections looming and polls projecting a shift in power in Washington, a key question remains unanswered in national, statewide and local races: Will the youth vote? According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), based in the Tisch College of Public Service and Citizenship at Tufts, 68 percent of young voters preferred then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election — the single largest share of that demographic obtained by a candidate since at least 1976. But a poll last month administered by Rock the Vote, an organization that aims to engage young citizens in politics, revealed that 35 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 self-identified as Democrats, compared to a recorded 41 percent who identified as Democrats prior to the 2008 presidential election. President Obama has been campaigning for Democrats on several college campuses in recent weeks and has planned an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” this week, presumably in an attempt to appeal to his youth base. So, will the young voters who helped Obama sweep into the Oval Office two years ago back Democratic candidates in gubernatorial, congressional and Senate races next month, or has their interest in politics subsided? CIRCLE data states that turnout for voters under 30 in the 2002 midterms was 23 percent in Massachusetts and 22 percent nationwide and increased to 34 percent in Massachusetts and 26 percent nationwide for the 2006 midterms. Those numbers are significantly lower than the turnout rate for older voters, as well as the youth turn-
STEPHEN MILLER | COUNTERPOINT
results for objective assignments against subjective ones. Slepian and Rutchick found that in both cases, those using red pens marked more errors than those using blue or black. Because red is associated with harshness and low grades, Slepian said, he hypothesized that just the sight of red ink could give one cause to give an assignment a lower grade. Rutchick was originally inspired to carry out the project by a student in one of his summer courses on social psychology at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He was discussing the notion that simple objects can carry preconceived notions, connotations and associations when one of his students asked whether the concept could apply to red pens. “I had this kind of ‘holy crap!’ moment,” Rutchick said. “We cancelled the final paper and spent the last few weeks developing this [idea] and testing it.” Rutchick had his students give acquaintances sample essays similar to those used in the controlled experiment and have them correct for errors using either red or different-colored pens. When the results came back and the red-ink users’ papers were significantly more marked up and harshly graded, Rutchick realized the project’s research potential. Soon after, Rutchick asked Slepian, an old classmate — and, since, research partner — to get involved. The study sought to illustrate scientifically what Ritchick’s student noticed intuitively: that people tend to associate red ink with failure. “If you pair two things together often enough, they become associated,” Rutchick
said. “Every time you see red ink on a paper, you think you messed up.” It seems almost inevitable that students would learn to associate red with a coming sense of failure, he explained — receiving a paper that looks as though it has been bled on is never the sign of a satisfying grade. Of course, Rutchick is not the first psychologist to realize that associations can have powerful real-world effects, and Sam Sommers, associate professor of psychology at Tufts, was not surprised by the outcome of Rutchick’s study. “It makes sense that we have expectations built up over time for what certain groups and categories mean,” he said. “The way a message is presented has meaning above and beyond the message itself; the mode of communication is often just as important.” The association of red ink with failure results from a self-sustaining cycle driven by teachers who use red ink to grade and were graded in red ink while they were growing up, Rutchick said. “The thing with teachers is [that] they were students for 18 years too,” he said; teachers who were graded harshly with red pens when they were students maintain the color’s connotation of failure. This manifests in their grading, creates the association in their students’ minds and perpetuates the association. So what’s so special about red? Nothing, Rutchick said; it is important to note that while the association may be passed on from generation to generation, there is nothing inherently special about the color. “Purple could have the same effect if we use it for the next 15 years,” he said. see RED INK, page 4
was strolling across the quad on a crisp autumn day last week, when I reached a large group of prospective students. As I passed by, I couldn't help but pick up a bit of the tour guide's polished routine. He was mentioning something about how 635 percent of Tufts students go abroad junior year. "How true," I thought, and it led me to ponder, "What are some phenomena I've observed at Tufts that the administration doesn't know about?" I bustled home and gathered with my roommates, seniors Brian Rowe and Jeff Prunier, and we huddled together in our “sunroom” to come up with a list of our observations about the life of a Tufts student. 1. People are always better looking in the dining hall that you don't frequent. 2. You will never pay the same amount twice at Anna's Taqueria. 3. When hosting a party, you will never get paid back. 4. When there is a mugging, the suspect is always a hoodie-clad male between 5'10" and 6'2". 5. The dining hall food always improves when there are prospective students or parents visiting. 6. There is always one old man using the showers in the men's locker room — can't speak for the ladies'. 7. You will always hit the red light on College Avenue while driving into Davis Square. 8. The most expensive books you bought can never be sold back to the bookstore. 9. When you need it, SIS Online will be down. 10. Brown and Brew is always cutting its hours. 11. The bananas in the dining halls are always bright yellow but somehow never ripe. 12. The Joey is always at the exact opposite point from wherever the Joey Tracker puts its location. 13. Eighty percent of college landlords are scum bags. 14. The pep band outnumbers the fans at every non-Homecoming football game. 15. The classes below you are always better looking than your own. 16. No matter how many times you vow to travel to Boston, you'll make it in no more than once a month. 17. Three different students will have as many opinions on the best burrito place. West Coast students will say they all suck. 18. This is a sad one: People come and go during your college years. You will pass them on the quad and suggest grabbing coffee sometime. It won't happen. 19. You will see approximately no Tufts apparel outside of Tufts/Davis. 20. As a freshman, you will think Wren is awesome. As soon as you move in, you will realize it is very much not. 21. Forty to 50 percent of morning class time will be spent doing the crossword or Sudoku. 22. JumboCash is stupid. It's money that can only be used at certain places, not incluing the liquor store. 23. The library, though the least appropriate place to socialize, is where you will find the most people you want to "socialize" with. But not the Ginn library — that place is terrifying. 24. Ninety-five percent of students who are awake before noon on Fridays are fres men in language classes. 25. Zero percent of things you did in high school still matter. 26. The combined attendance of the first, mid term and final exams for any course that meets in Cohen Auditorium will equal the cumulative attendance of all other classes. 27. Some people have terribly annoying voices. They will always try to lead class discus sions. 28. The beers in Hotung are bought solely by students on their 21st birthdays. 29. There will be precisely one guy on the elliptical in the weight room, and he will be the squirreliest dude in the gym. 30. A handle of Mr. Boston is not a good idea.
Stephen Miller is a senior majoring in English. He can be reached at Stephen. Miller@tufts.edu.
THE TUFTS DAILY
Monday, October 25, 2010
Without Obama on the ballot, youth voters are slow to spring into action VOTE continued from page 3
harder.” Tufts Republicans Vice President Kevin McDonald, a senior, said that eligible voters often consider midterm elections as less relevant to their needs than the presidential election. “The impression I get of how people see midterms is that they don’t see as much of an importance as they do in presidential election years,” McDonald said. “Those people need to rethink their voting records because [midterm elections] are just as important, if not more important, than quadrennial elections because you get a sense of how people are reacting to Congress and to the president, two years into the term — if they think the country is going on the right track or if there needs to be a change.” Rau still believes there’s a way to attract youth interest in midterm elections. “I think that once you start talking to young people about what you lose from cutting taxes, or if you want your roads repaired, then they understand the importance of ballot measures [in midterm elections],” Rau said. “Local public schools and local communities are hurt by [issues at stake in midterm elections], and those are things that we don’t want to have affecting us.” McDonald noted that many youth voters are not aware that certain midterm election issues of interest to them are even on the table. “There are a lot of ballot measures and elections that focus on local and state-wide issues, and it’s very important for people to have a say in who their governor is,” McDonald said. According to Levine, the midterm youth vote usually functions as a voting bloc in favor of Democratic candidates and causes. “I would like to say that [young voters] are important because we care about that issue, but society is divided into lots of little segments, and their turnout is historically low compared to other age groups,” Levine said. “In this decade, they’ve been significantly to the left of older groups, which means that their turnout becomes important to the for-
tunes of Democrats.” McDonald and Rau both said that the race of greatest significance for young local voters is the Massachusetts gubernatorial contest between Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick and Republican Charles Baker. “We’ve had Deval Patrick as governor for a couple of years now, and right now Massachusetts has record unemployment, and things haven’t been going well, so Charlie Baker will be able to pull the state out of the funk that it’s in right now,” McDonald said. Rau, not surprisingly, disagreed, arguing that Massachusetts is headed in a favorable direction. “If you want Massachusetts going down the path it is now, Charlie Baker isn’t going to help you,” he said. Rau and McDonald do concur that, as midterm elections approach, the primary issues on the minds of the eligible young voters who actually intend to cast ballots are the economy and the high rate of unemployment nationwide. “I think the question for people going to college right now is, ‘Are we going to be able to have jobs when we get out of school?’” Rau said. “As graduation creeps closer and closer, we want to make sure that there are jobs for us if we don’t want to go directly to grad school.” Levine said that the economy is also the top priority for older voters, while the youth vote’s main issue-related impact will be their positions on the environment, civil liberties and gay rights. “Those matter for turnout because there’s a fair number of people, an important minority, that are motivated by those issues,” Levine said. “They’ll vote because they see the Democrats as closer to their concerns and more responsive to those issues.” Levine emphasized that more important than how they vote, though, is whether the youth vote at all. “[The youth vote] is important to us because we care about the future of democracy,” Levine said. “It’s important for society to worry about because [we] want to make sure that young people are engaged and included in the democratic process.”
TIEN TIEN/TUFTS DAILY
Graders’ use of red pens is negatively correlated with students’ grades.
Teachers are more likely to grade you harshly in red, researchers say RED INK continued from page 3
While some may take the research as a cue to stop using red pens while grading, Marie-Pierre Gillette, a French lecturer at Tufts, sees even more reason to use red in light of the experiment results. “[Students] have to be shocked so they don’t make those mistakes again,” Gillette said. Sommers disagreed, explaining that he finds it important to reward students for their good work rather than punish them for their mistakes. “It’s very easy to focus on what’s negative in a paper. [As teachers,] we should take the time to mark what’s good,” he said. When grading, Sommers never subtracts from 100 percent but rather adds from zero, which he finds more encouraging. “If that were to be the initial assumption, and a student loses credit, they’ll be angry, but the other way around, students are more satisfied. I tell my [teaching assistants], when grading, you write ‘8 out of 10,’ not ‘minus two,’” he said. But, given that the research’s findings are relatively recent, teachers often do not make an intentional choice when they pick up a pen to start grading, Gillette said. “I don’t say I’m going to use red pen,” Gillette said. “It’s whatever color pen I
have at the time.” And even if they do have color preferences, they may not be cognizant of the association between red ink and harshness, Sommers said. “I would bet substantial sums of money that if you asked teachers if they thought this made a difference, they would say no,” he said. While the evidence would prove these teachers wrong, Rutchick is worried that people might misinterpret the implications of the study as a warning to avoid red pens at all costs. “Red pens aren’t wrong; they just have an effect,” he said. “For example, if you grade your own paper, you’d use a red pen so you could improve.” Rutchick would like to expand his research and study the adverse effects red ink may have on students, but right now there’s no evidence to support his hunch that there is a connection. Even without proof of red ink’s possible effects, however, Rutchick explained that teachers must face the realization that something as common as red ink can have an uncommon effect on their work. “The little ordinary things we take for granted often make a difference in ways we often don’t expect,” Sommers said.
Arts & Living
Adobe’s virtual museum brings art exhibitions into the digital age BY
ALLISON DEMPSEY Daily Staff Writer
Valley At the Adobe Museum of Digital Media adobemuseum.com
COURTESY O’REILLY MEDIA INC.
Architect Filippo Innocenti’s massive conceptual space is superimposed over New York City to give viewers an idea of its physical size. The Adobe Museum is hardly just a website. It is a true space that happens to only exist in the digital world. Italian architect Filippo Innocenti, who works in the field of digital architecture, has designed a building for the museum that, were it to exist in the real world, would span 57,680 square meters. To illustrate the colossal size that this building represents, the website’s introductory video superimposes the building in many of the world’s major cities, such as New York, San Francisco, Venice and Paris. The building has a widespread
‘I Am Hamlet’ delivers with its one-man show premise BY
Daily Editorial Board
Gently put, “I Am Hamlet” gets off to a rocky start. The one-man show opens with hokey musical tracks and
I Am Hamlet Written by Steven Berkoff Directed by Joe Siracusa At the BCA Plaza Black Box Theatre Theatre through Nov. 6 Tickets $10 to $15
reveals his brilliant flexibility and depth as an actor and single-handedly transforms the piece into an amusing, enthralling and lucid interpretation of Shakespeare’s celebrated play. Joe Siracusa directs this so-called “American ‘pop’ vaudeville,” which is playing through Nov. 6 at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Plaza Black Box Theatre, a small and extremely intimate space. These close quarters foster strong and unique connections between the audience and Morey, bringing viewers close enough to the stage to hear his clothes rustle and see beads of sweat form on his forehead. When his eyes pan the crowd, there’s not a moment of doubt that his gaze actually momentarily locks on yours.
atrium serving as its base and consists of three intertwining towers that shoot skyward. The atrium is the virtual location of the current show in progress, while the towers will serve as a space where the museum’s permanent collection and retired shows are displayed. A small flying robot serves as the guide to the museum and accompanies the visitor on the introductory tour. The Adobe Museum functions exactly like a regular museum. Different artists see ADOBE, page 6
‘Hereafter’ fails to deliver on its strong premise BY
“Hereafter” is willing to sacrifice anything to be considered a serious film. Unfortunately, interesting characters
Hereafter Starring Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Frankie & George McLauren Directed by Clint Eastwood
COURTESY BRIAN MOREY
and convincing plot developments seem to be the only sacrificed traits. By the time the movie finishes sermonizing the audience, both characterization and plot have been carted off and shot. What’s left is a banal morality tale that plays out like a middle school dance with less grace. In the film, three people have suffered encounters with death: Marie (Cecile de France), a French journalist, Marcus (played by both Frankie McLauren and George McLauren), a London school boy, and George Lonegan (Matt Damon), an American ex-professional psychic. The details of their traumas presumably matter — or would, if the characters weren’t too boring to care. What’s really important is that these people have suffered in topical ways. Through the power of hokey sentimentality, the magic of the Internet and the science of talking to dead people, these people will meet and recover. Honestly, that isn’t a terrible plot, though it certainly presents challenges: Any movie that tries to ambitiously plumb the weighty concept of death and trauma is going to need a powerful cast that can reach poignant emotional depths. In the hands of a great director, its interwoven plot structure
Brian Morey gives the audience a more contemporary rendition of a famous scene in ‘I Am Hamlet.’
see HEREAFTER, page 6
jarring costume changes from its star, Brian Morey. But hang tight, wincing theatergoes, and don’t rush to the doors. As the night goes on, Morey
A Soulja by any other name
Up until this point in history, what it means to be an art museum has essentially been straightforward and unchang-
ing: Ornate buildings, sweeping galleries and large crowds tend to be consistently present across the board. Lovers of art museums expect these features and may be wary of museums that present themselves in a different light. In today’s technologically evolving society, however, certain adjustments can be made to bring art museums into the digital age, taking their visitors with them, be they young or old, local or international, art lovers or otherwise. Enter the Adobe Museum of Digital Media, adobemuseum.com. Adobe, known for its software such as Photoshop and Flash, has recently expanded its repertoire into the display of digital artwork. The Adobe Museum serves as a gallery space for artists who may have difficulties implementing their work and ideas in the physical world or those for whom graphic design art is a new or existing interest.
MITCHELL GELLER | MAKES IT RAIN
see HAMLET, page 6
n the first line of “Whip My Hair,” Willow Smith quotes Soulja Boy: “Hopped up out the bed/turn my swag on,” she sings, not only introducing her club banger about head-banging, but cementing Soulja Boy’s place as Important Rapper Who Matters. When Willow was born on Oct. 31, 2000, Soulja Boy was 10 years old. Now he’s twice her age and, apparently, someone she looks up to. And we should, too. This seems ridiculous to most people because most people don’t consider Soulja Boy to be a “good” “rapper.” Now, to be fair to Soulja — because so few people ever are — I do enjoy “Turn My Swag On” (2008). As a matter of fact, it was a significant song in my last relationship. But even I can sometimes enjoy things that I can’t defend, — have you seen “You’ve Got Mail” (1998) as many times as I have? No. No one has. But it doesn’t really matter if Soulja Boy is good or not. Soulja Boy hit on a formula and it works. And he’s now unquestionably important. Do you know who else did that? William Shakespeare. Soulja Boy Tell ’Em (DeAndre Cortez Way) does for rap music today the exact same thing that William Shakespeare did for theater in the 16th century. Shakespeare merely took ideas from other sources such as plays, poems, novels, folklore and myths and reinterpreted them through his unique lens to present them to 16th century theatergoers. This, in essence, is what Soulja Boy does, but replace all of the words in that sentence with other words: Soulja Boy merely takes ideas from other rap songs and reinterprets them through his goofy lens to deliver them, over silly FruityLoop beats, to internet-going teenagers. “Turn My Swag On” is basically Young Jeezy’s “Go Getta” (2006). “Gucci Bandana” (2008) borrows heavily from Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” (2008) (in structure, at least). And Soulja Boy’s most famous composition, “Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)” (2007)? It’s Mr. C The Slide Man’s “Cha-Cha Slide” (2000)! If you “crank that Soulja Boy,” I will “slide to the right.” Shakespeare and Soulja Boy both exist in spaces where, although it may be impossible to create anything new, original or unique, re-imagining what has been previously produced is the hottest game in town. While some rappers are out there doing their own new things, some to greater effect than others, Soulja is doing other people’s old things and has money in the bank to show for it. Just like William Shakespeare. It goes back to the argument that cliches are cliche for a reason. There is something undeniably attractive about the same idea, over and over again. It’s comfortable and easy. When a “new” Soulja Boy song comes on the radio, you’ve almost certainly heard it before. He isn’t popular because he has a groundbreaking style or some radical new ideas. He posted a video of himself doing a little dance in an empty swimming pool to a song that was simple, catchy and full of cliches, and skyrocketed to fame. Do you think it would have gone any differently for Shakespeare if he had access to YouTube? So call him the “Bard of Atlanta,” if you will. While Soulja Boy may be mocked and derided where Shakespeare was celebrated and loved, the two do share many similarities that scholars will better understand after centuries of research and debate. And who’s to say that in 400 years all high school students won’t be forced to write essays about “Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)”? “Romeo and Juliet” is about melodramatic young lovers killing themselves because they’re stupid, and “Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)” is about surreptitiously ejaculating on a sleeping woman and sticking a blanket to her. And one day there may be room in the classroom for both.
Mitchell Geller is a senior majoring in psychology and English. He can be reached at Mitchell.Geller@tufts.edu.
THE TUFTS DAILY
ARTS & LIVING
Monday, October 25, 2010
One-man ‘I Am Hamlet’ proves intimate, experimental and lucid HAMLET continued from page 5
The Adobe Museum of Digital Media features interactivity at every turn. Seen here is the featured exhibition’s main menu.
Interactivity and intimacy set Adobe’s digital museum apart ADOBE continued from page 5
showcase their work on a rotating basis, and curators work on each of the shows. The inaugural show is by renowned digital artist Tony Oursler, entitled “Valley.” Tom Eccles, executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, curated the show. The exhibit itself is presented in a completely unprecedented fashion. The homepage has an icon to access the exhibit, and, once clicked, the icon leads the visitor to a screen where Oursler has drawn many different icons. Each icon is a different work to click on and view. Each work includes a unique graphic design, some moving and some static. Surrounding the image, bubbles with faces pop up periodically — a common trope in Oursler’s oeuvre. Clicking on these faces enlarges them, and, once enlarged, they speak words of wisdom, some related to the theme of the work, others less so. An icon is available in the top right corner of the screen to click for an artist’s comment on the work. Tony Oursler is featured in an interview that is available from the main
page of the website. He discusses his inspirations and his involvement with digital media in a discourse with the curator. “I’ve really felt like I was born at the right time to play with technology because I think that … the moving image was kind of passed into the hands of the everyman,” he says on the website. “Why did I do this? It’s a complete challenge … How do you define the space? And it gives me a chance to define it for myself: how do we look at the Internet, what the possibilities are.” Such an interactive design for an art museum exhibit is both interesting and off-putting. There are few other places where artists can directly communicate with their audiences in such a way, and therefore, the setting might feel too intimate to be considered a real museum by aficionados of the physical entity. However, being able to have such contact with the mastermind behind the works could be the future of art museums. Adobe is taking the next step into the digital age, and before we know it, physical art museums could become a thing of the past.
Poor directing, script hurt ‘Hereafter’ HEREAFTER continued from page 5
could bring the film to new heights of cinematic mastery. After all, this film has Matt Damon co-starring and Clint Eastwood directing. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, apparently. “Hereafter” begins with a terrifying depiction of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that occurs before the audience has time to care about the characters. This sequence is subsequently thrown out the window — the film only wanted to appropriate the disaster so it could draw the audience in. The film then moves us to the more personal trauma of Marie, the pretty Western journalist. The cowardice of this move — bringing us away from a complex situation into a simple, comfortable setting — reflects a self-censoring trend the film pursues until its conclusion. This tendency extends to George, whose characterization is a textbook case of telling and not showing. For instance, George always rolls up his sleeves before giving a reading. This is all the proof we need that he is the real deal, unlike the other charlatan psychics. If that isn’t convincing, one of the other characters tells us directly that George is “the real deal.” So there you go, characterization acquired. We know George is tortured, however, because he says, “It’s not a gift, it’s a curse,” just enough times to make the audience wish for a thesaurus or something to break the monotony of the phrase. There’s one more piece of characterization: George loves Charles Dickens — and this is made out to be a sign of his rebellious intellect. “Everyone else loves Shakespeare,” he says.
Marcus, on the other hand, receives no character traits at all. After all, he’s cute. Audiences like cute kids. He just needs to act shy and determined, and by doing this, his actions reveal the filmmaker’s opinions on religion and spirituality. Marie, on the other hand, boldly derides her former bosses at her television station, proclaiming that they are trying to hide the truth about the afterlife. To be fair to the actors, none of them were given a lot to work with. But Matt Damon is especially disappointing. He plays his character in a restrained way, presumably to give himself depth. The result, however, is a contrived and, for lack of a better word, boring characterization. The plot does not help his cause, for it is clumsily strung together in a way that lacks the skill of such multiplot films as “Babel” (2006) or “Amores Perros” (2000). “Hereafter” proclaims everything with moral bombast, wanting us to think it is delivering a great and bold message about life in the 21st century. But none of the characters have anything approaching the level of psychological power needed to back up such a message, or they simply back off whenever they seem to get ready to push themselves. As a result, the film is too pretentious to make a good love story with New Age vibes, and too tame to make a good psychological meditation with romantic overtones. If anything, “Hereafter” is like listening to existential Livejournal.com poetry read aloud for two hours, except you are expected to keep a straight face the entire time. Perhaps this makes it a good bad movie night candidate, but Eastwood can do better than this. This is cowardly filmmaking.
Unfortunately, there’s a downside to this immersive proximity: Every fumble is laid out across the stage, plain as day to the audience. This becomes a problem at the beginning of the show, which kicks off with a half-musical, half-voiceover track that blares from speakers on the side of the stage. The recording itself is interesting and helpful, using quotes from Shakespeare’s original text to foreshadow the course of the production. The track is interrupted with a series of computerized clicks, the unmistakable sound of volume adjustment. Though this little glitch occurs within the first few seconds of the show, it makes the poignant introduction seem cheesy, robbing it of its potency. Flawed as it was, that soundtrack would have been a welcome addition to Morey’s series of costume changes behind large black screens on stage. As he dresses in complete darkness and silence, audiences can hear his every movement. The ability to audibly discern his wardrobe preparation makes it a little less magical when he steps out as a changed character. Yet the majority of the show’s pitfalls end there: Less than half an hour into the performance, Morey’s incredible breadth compensates for that lost magic 10 times over. Morey has no small task in keeping the script fresh, as the play occurs through a series of monologues; happily, he’s a captivating speaker and a convincing actor. It’s difficult to name the role that he plays best. Morey’s King Claudius is arrestingly sinister, despite the Burger King-esque crown adorning the villain’s head, but the star’s portrayal of Hamlet is even heartier. Not only does he aptly portray the protagonist’s anguish and confusion, but he also brings an unexpected innocence to the role.
In Morey’s hands, Hamlet is not a mad schemer in a play of impossibilities, but rather a devastated young man as real as any member of the audience. Admittedly, by dint of conspicuous facial scruff, Morey’s Ophelia certainly departs from the traditional image of the woman wronged. That said, theatergoers are unlikely to ever experience a better bearded Ophelia than his: She is more of a drunk, just-dumped woman singing karaoke at a bar’s singles’ night than Shakespeare’s frail female figure, and audiences will delight in this spirited, fresh and heartbreaking depiction. Morey’s gift aside, “I Am Hamlet” also brings an impressive variety of genres to the table. Within the performance, Morey presents the viewers with a film — and a film within the film — to first portray an exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia. He next presents the play that Hamlet forces the royal court to watch, during which he peruses Claudius’ face for flickers of guilt. Not only is the film wickedly funny, but it also provides visible character interaction for the first time in the performance. Morey also tries his hand at puppetry and performs a few high-energy musical numbers. Thankfully, his tight vocals save him from appearing too much like a wannabe rock star. Well, almost. As a result of its talented star and its experimentalism, “I Am Hamlet” is remarkably easy to follow. None of the original play’s meaning is lost in Shakespearean jargon, and the costumes that Morey dons for each character keep their identities separate and distinct. The lucidity of the storyline is perhaps the show’s greatest accomplishment. In fact, the play could probably only be explained more clearly through a historical tale as told by “The Simpsons,” and that’s saying something.
Monday, October 25, 2010
THE TUFTS DAILY
THE TUFTS DAILY
THE TUFTS DAILY BENJAMIN D. GITTLESON Editor-in-Chief
EDITORIAL Managing Editors
Ellen Kan Carter Rogers Matt Repka Executive News Editor Alexandra Bogus News Editors Michael Del Moro Nina Ford Amelie Hecht Corinne Segal Martha Shanahan Brent Yarnell Jenny White Daphne Kolios Assistant News Editors Kathryn Olson Romy Oltuski Executive Features Editor Sarah Korones Features Editors Alison Lisnow Emilia Luna Alexa Sasanow Derek Schlom Jon Cheng Assistant Features Editors Maya Kohli Amelia Quinn Emma Bushnell Executive Arts Editor Zach Drucker Arts Editors Mitchell Geller Rebecca Goldberg Benjamin Phelps Anna Majeski Assistant Arts Editors Rebecca Santiago Matthew Welch Rachel Oldfield Larissa Gibbs Elaine Sun Seth Teleky Devon Colmer Erin Marshall Lorrayne Shen Louie Zong Rebekah Liebermann Ashish Malhotra Josh Molofsky Alexandra Siegel
Executive Op-Ed Editor Assistant Op-Ed Editors
Monday, October 25, 2010
EDITORIAL | LETTERS
WikiLeaks release informative but irresponsible WikiLeaks’ release last week of close to 400,000 documents concerning the Iraq war showed brazen disregard for human life yet provided a revealing glimpse into the operations of the Iraq War. The responsibility for the largest leak of classified documents in the history of the nation falls on the shoulders of the anti-war Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange, an Australian citizen reportedly staying in London, has been called a cybergenius and a man with a penchant for hacking. It is unsure how exactly these documents were obtained, though suspicion has fallen on an American Army intelligence analyst. Assange’s disclosure deserves condemnation. It is the duty of those with access to sensitive information to handle and present information responsibly. In many of the documents on the war in Afghanistan published by WikiLeaks in July, the names of Afghan informants were not removed. Assange has been rightly criticized for the danger this has placed those people in and, despite claiming to have taken steps to scrub the documents of such names this time, has still not proven himself responsible enough for the classified information he possesses.
Reputable news organizations with which WikiLeaks shared the documents before releasing them publicly, on the other hand, have taken significant steps to make sure the documents they released would not endanger the lives of those in Iraq and Afghanistan. From the perspective of the American government, WikiLeaks obviously represents a grave danger, and the release only undermines the perceived strength of the U.S. military. It provides condemning facts to critics of the war effort and catalyzes opponents both domestic and foreign. Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morell described the release of information as a handout for terrorist organizations, saying that WikiLeaks’ actions “put at risk the lives of our troops.” Even from a neutral political stance on the war, the nature of the information released may put a large group of people in harm’s way. Despite the way it was released, the information contained within the classified documents is startling. In the vast collection of leaked material, as reported by the news organizations that got an advanced look, a few themes have emerged: The number of civilian deaths in Iraq was
grossly underrepresented by the U.S. military. Iran’s involvement seems much more significant than previously realized, as does the role of contractors. Iraqi police forces were cited in numerous instances of abuse in the treatment of detainees, including allegations of torture, practices passively allowed by American and coalition forces. In one case, suspected insurgents, despite surrendering, were killed by a helicopter; the justification presented was that one cannot surrender to an aircraft. The list of abuses will only get longer as the large cache of material is sorted through. But it is already clear that the reporting of casualties was in no way reflective of fact and that detainee treatment under U.S. oversight has been reprehensible. Three weeks ago, the Daily editorialized about a story concerning the alleged war crimes of five American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. WikiLeaks has again brought the issue of our military’s conduct to the fore. In an age in which secrecy is rarely maintained, the conduct of our military and our allies should not be a secret we have to try to keep.
Philip Dear Executive Sports Editor Lauren Flament Sports Editors Jeremy Greenhouse Claire Kemp Ben Kochman Alex Lach Alex Prewitt Daniel Rathman Noah Schumer Ethan Sturm Assistant Sports Editor Aalok Kanani Meredith Klein Danai Macridi Andrew Morgenthaler Tien Tien Josh Berlinger Virginia Bledsoe Kristen Collins Alex Dennett Emily Eisenberg Dilys Ong Jodi Bosin Jenna Liang Meagan Maher Ashley Seenauth
Executive Photo Editor Photo Editors
Assistant Photo Editors
Mick B. Krever Executive New Media Editor James Choca New Media Editors Kerianne Okie
PRODUCTION Leanne Brotsky Production Director Andrew Petrone Executive Layout Editor Sarah Davis Layout Editors Adam Gardner Jason Huang Jennifer Iassogna Alyssa Kutner Steven Smith Sarah Kester Assistant Layout Editor Zehava Robbins Executive Copy Editor Alexandra Husted Copy Editors Isabel Leon Vivien Lim Linh Dang Assistant Copy Editors Andrew Paseltiner Melissa Roberts Elisha Sum
Darcy Mann Executive Online Editor Audrey Kuan Online Editors Ann Sloan Ammar Khaku Executive Technical Manager Michael Vastola Technical Manager
BUSINESS Benjamin Hubbell-Engler Executive Business Director Laura Moreno Advertising Director Dwijo Goswami Receivables Manager The Tufts Daily is a nonprofit, independent newspaper, published Monday through Friday during the academic year, and distributed free to the Tufts community. P.O. Box 53018, Medford, MA 02155 617 627 3090 FAX 617 627 3910 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prop 19 good for finances, civil liberties On Nov. 2, residents of California will vote on whether to approve Proposition 19, which would legalize limited recreational use and growth of marijuana for anyone over 21. The law would also allow the government to license distributors to sell limited amounts of marijuana within state borders. Proposition 19 would limit personal possession to one ounce or less and restrict growth to no more than 25 square feet of cannabis, though the law allows for the local government to authorize the production of larger amounts of marijuana, including commercial production. It would remain illegal for private citizens to sell marijuana. Similar to laws governing the sale of alcohol, sellers would be required to obtain a license from the state government to operate an establishment that sells marijuana, and such establishments would be subject to government regulation. The sale of marijuana would be limited to one ounce per transaction. The Daily supports the passage of Proposition 19, as legalizing marijuana is a sensible step toward both expanding the civil rights of residents of California and improving the state’s financial situation. Like marijuana, alcohol consumption was once considered a vice so destructive that its use was banned in the United States. And as anyone who has studied U.S history knows, the Prohibition of 1920-33 was a spectacular failure that led not to a more
EDITORIAL POLICY Editorials that appear on this page are written by the editorialists, and individual editors are not necessarily responsible for, or in agreement with, the policies and editorials of The Tufts Daily. The content of letters, advertisements, signed columns, cartoons and graphics does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tufts Daily editorial board.
temperate society but to a vast underground market for alcoholic beverages characterized by violence. The prohibition of marijuana has similarly failed. Its criminalization in the United States has done little more than spur the creation of a massive black market. Rather than curbing the use of marijuana, prohibition merely prevents the government from collecting any potential revenue from marijuana’s sale and taxation. The legal status of other, significantly more dangerous substances like alcohol and nicotine creates a stunning hypocrisy when it comes to Americans’ civil rights. Why is it within our rights to consume alcohol, which causes about 2 million deaths worldwide each year, but not marijuana, which several studies have shown to be minimally risky and unhealthy? The passage of Proposition 19 would be a significant step toward addressing this hypocrisy. California already has some of the laxest marijuana policies in the nation. As in Massachusetts, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana has been decriminalized and is currently punishable only by a $100 fine. Use of marijuana in California is extremely common compared to in many states, and its recent decriminalization measures indicate that the state government takes no issue with it. And yet, by failing to legalize — and therefore regulate — non-medicinal marijuana use, the government of California
would fail to profit from this permissive attitude. Legalization would create a profitable new industry, creating jobs for sellers and commercial growers alike, while providing a new source of tax revenue for the state government. The federal government is strongly opposed to the legislation, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will continue to enforce in California federal laws that prohibit the sale or growth of marijuana. According to Holder, Proposition 19 would complicate the federal government’s attempts to crack down on drug traffickers because many traffickers who deal in marijuana also deal in more dangerous substances like cocaine and heroine. But Proposition 19 would legalize such small amounts of marijuana that prosecuting citizens who use or grow it within the boundaries stipulated by the new law would be a waste of federal law enforcement resources — it is highly unlikely that anyone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana is part of a major drug trafficking network. Landmark legislation in the United States often appears in California before the rest of the nation catches on. If Proposition 19 passes there, you should expect similar propositions to crop up throughout the United States, as it may be the first step toward widespread legalization of marijuana, which has been a long time coming.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters must be submitted by 4 p.m. and should be handed into the Daily office or sent to email@example.com. All letters must be word processed and include the writer’s name and telephone number. There is a 450-word limit and letters must be verified. The editors reserve the right to edit letters for clarity, space and length.
ADVERTISING POLICY All advertising copy is subject to the approval of the Editor-in-Chief, Executive Board and Executive Business Director. A publication schedule and rate card are available upon request.
THE TUFTS DAILY
Monday, October 25, 2010
A ‘serious imbalance’ indeed: Reassessing justice for the sake of peace BY
This is a response to the op-ed piece “Balancing the narratives: Israel and Palestine” featured in the Oct. 14 issue of the Daily by Sean Smith. I agree that too often, one narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is defended at the expense of the validity of the other. A balanced view that not only pays lip service to the legitimacy of the other side’s claims but that also empathizes with them is an imperative advancement to the road to reconciliation and peace. Unfortunately, each side is still too busy protecting and molding its version of the truth, its own sense of historical justice. And in this conflict, injustice is paid for in blood. So we must be careful about the kinds of behavior we condone because of the supposed sense of justice they claim to represent. Yes, there are historical and present-day justifications for why Hamas leaders feel morally unrestrained or even obliged to launch rockets indiscriminately at an Israeli city full of civilians. But while such actions can retroactively be justified, they must not be excused. Excusing such behavior is tantamount to believing that violence is a valid path toward some sort of resolution. Such hypocrisy hides behind the slogan of unbiased, objective balance but fails to proactively side with the passionate moderates who desperately and honestly desire to see a cessation of violence. Recognizing the traumatic experience Sderot residents have had to endure should not be seen as a denial or a dwarfing of the Palestinian narrative. Tufts Sderot Awareness Day was about people siding against political recourse to violence under the pretense of justice. By publicly stating that solidarity against violence fails the test of impartiality, Sean is getting too close to playing the blame game. It is dangerous to say that a stand against Palestinian violence is imbalanced when it doesn’t discuss Israel’s role in stoking the violence. It entails an accusation that Israel bears the guilt for the Palestinians’ response while also relieving them of the burden of their transgressions. Balance is a very sensitive subject because of how historically loaded this conflict is. What might Israelis say in response to Sean’s appeal for balance? Gaza is no longer occupied Palestinian territory. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in August 2005, leaving behind an economic infrastructure that yielded products worth billions of dollars and that, instead of being appropriated by the Palestinians and used for their benefit, was promptly looted and rendered unusable. Israel signed an agreement on movement and access with the Palestinian Authority to ease economic restrictions that had been in place
since late 2000, at the start of the second intifada. This easing was reversed after Hamas won the 2007 election that made it the governing authority in Gaza. Hamas is a group that is responsible for at least 15 years of suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israeli civilians, justified on the basis of the occupation, not on an economic blockade on Gaza. It is the same group that is responsible for kidnapping an Israeli soldier and keeping him captive for the last four years, for attacking the border crossings that they emphatically argue should be open, and for unabashedly launching rockets from Gaza at civilians for nine years. The “imbalance” that Sean raises can be reapplied back and forth to no end. But a diminution of either narrative threatens to provoke a sense of injustice and historical obtuseness in what we already know is a cycle of “he said, she said.” Is it a coincidence that the accusation of a
“serious imbalance” directed at the observation of Tufts Sderot Awareness Day emanates from a member of a group called Students for Justice in Palestine? If Sean is serious about balance and its role in advancing the prospects for peace, why not change the name of the group to “Students for Justice in Palestine and Israel”? Doesn’t this group’s interpretation of history lay most of the blame for Palestinian violence on Israel? Many would agree with this judgment that Israel, as the stronger of the two parties, bears the responsibility for creating such a bleak Palestinian reality so as to convince us that there really is no other choice but Palestinian violence. But to do so would ignore the complex and detailed historical evidence. To ignore all the violence that has been waged against Israel as a result of an absolute stance against coexistence is to be naive and hypocritically uninformed. This is a two-way street. Excusing the violence Israel wages against the Palestinians,
even when such action can be considered just, only perpetuates the cycle of violence. To break free of it, we must overcome past grievances, and this means sacrificing a portion of each side’s claim to absolute historical truth. Mutual sacrifice is an inevitable part of any future resolution. There are people who would vehemently disagree on this point and argue that such an attitude amounts to appeasement — that it signifies weakness and means either an Israeli surrender to unconditional hatred or a Palestinian betrayal of core principles. But this rigidity gives credence to a state of perpetual war that none of us would like to see continued. Courage, leadership and pragmatism: These should be the guiding values which pave the way forward, not ideology and unrepentant pride, or more concisely, politics as we know it. We can’t always expect every group, every protest and every political stump speech to fully recognize and balance all the moral and historical truths that play their part in this conflict. What we can do is denounce violence and other destructive forms of action which hinder the prospects for a peaceful solution in the near future. If there is any hope for a respectful resolution to this exhausting conflict, most people agree it has to happen fast. So before frustration makes the moderates throw in the towel, we should be even more careful of tiring out ourselves talking about the past and worrying about the supposed imbalance in identifying with victims of spontaneous rocket attacks. We should not elevate the narrative of one side over the other. But when it comes to balance, we must be sensitive enough to know the difference between standing up for a position which both sides have in common and rejecting the kinds of behavior we would like to see relegated to the footnotes of history, irrespective of the actor who leads the charge. Common understanding is essential, but to achieve real peace, shouldn’t our efforts be directed at moving closer to the center instead of adding weight and tension to either side? Is this not the essence of compromise and reconciliation? History will judge if we are able to sacrifice pride, even a pride rooted in two different interpretations of historical justice, for the sake of peace. More practically, don’t some of the activities that Tufts Friends of Israel and Students for Justice in Palestine engage in focus exclusively on the justice of each narrative, wallowing in historical grievances, instead of moving forward together against what both sides should unconditionally condemn as destructive behavior? Amit Paz is a senior who is majoring in International Relations and political science.
What truly classifies as ‘anti-American’? BY
The phrase “anti-American” is often exploited to reduce the objections to traditional law as somehow diminishing the ideals inherent in American society. I, however, deem the “don’t ask, don’t tell” forced discharge policy toward openly gay and lesbian members of the military to be “anti-American” in a different manner. It is anti every taxpaying American citizen forced to compensate for the tens of thousands of dollars wasted in the process of discharging and rehiring soldiers. It is anti the provisions of the U.S. Constitution set in place to protect the minority from the whims of the majority. Most importantly, it is anti every discharged homosexual or bisexual individual whose financial stability, quality of life and dignity are diminished by legally recognized bigotry. See, I don’t “support the troops,” as many a bumper sticker would demand of me. I don’t support the soldiers who assaulted Joseph Rocha due to his sexual orientation, locking him in a dog kennel and feeding him dog food, nor do I support those who have murdered Middle Eastern civilians or those convicted
of maltreating terror suspects. My support is reserved for soldiers like Pat Tillman, an individual who gave up a career in the National Football League because he believed that his athletic abilities would be better served protecting our country from further attacks after Sept. 11. I certainly have the same respect for all of the gay and lesbian men and women who have vowed to re-enlist if “don’t ask, don’t tell” is dismantled. I support certain troops, just like I support certain police officers and certain politicians. This is, of course, an issue neither of loyalty nor of strength. Sexual orientation, just like religion, race or gender, does not dictate how one responds under the line of fire. As a Sept. 23 editorial in the Daily mentioned, countries that allow homosexuals to openly serve in their armed forces do not suffer because of it. Denying someone, willing and able, the right to serve in the armed forces is blatantly contrary to the principles of military service that are so often highlighted — by social conservatives, nonetheless — as being a fundamental part of citizenship. The fact that senators like John McCain (R-Ariz.) deem it necessary
to filibuster an act aimed at repealing this archaic policy is an affront not only to leftist supporters of equality but also to more conservative supporters of the military: The amount of time and money wasted on keeping a statistically identical — in terms of military performance — group of motivated individuals from serving is, almost unquestionably, inhibiting progress overseas. What ought to happen, however, is not necessarily what can happen. According to U.S. Code, “during any period members of a reserve component are serving on active duty pursuant to an order to active duty ... the President may suspend any provision of law relating to promotion, retirement, or separation applicable to any member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to the national security of the United States.” Yet an act of Congress would be required to fully repeal the law, and partisanship remains in the way of further action. The freedom to be openly gay in the military without present fear of discharge would encourage a number of closeted individuals to come out and live their lives as they desire; at the same time, if a more
conservative-leaning president or Congress repeals such a mandate, every individual who comes out due to President Barack Obama’s courtesy would be subject to discharge. It is thus more important than ever, now, that the community in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is not silent. When Washington, D.C., politicians are anxious to vocalize their own views at risk of losing precious votes in upcoming elections, it is vital that they understand the very real threat that silence can bring: Failure to promote equality will cost votes. Not just votes from fence-sitting moderates and independents looking for a good reason to go to the polls, but from people like myself, who would agree with a candidate on many issues yet are fed up with the crime of inequality being sanctioned by our government. What is written in American law books is not sacred; the founding fathers of this country would be the first to tell you that. While many of the concepts of the Constitution are honorable, they are not dogma. Inviolability, to me, applies only to the right of every living human being to have as much freedom as they may without violating that of
another. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is, in that regard, morally irresponsible and consequently has absolutely no place in enforceable regulation by a governing body. We, as American citizens, have an obligation to take hold of the megaphone and denounce this inane policy: a policy which has cost up to $43,000 per discharged individual to replace, a policy which is devastating the lives of thousands of homosexual soldiers, a policy which is reflecting upon us, members of this nation, and making us appear prejudiced and small. Let’s prove the stereotype right: Americans are loud and proud. But we don’t take pride merely in our nationality; we take pride in our unique commitment to equality, independence and fortitude. We defend each other; we are the mutual guardian angels of the individuals in our national community. It is high time that we extend our hands to those persecuted under “don’t ask, don’t tell”; let us match their commitment to our nation with our commitment to their freedom. Walker Bristol is a freshman who has not yet declared a major.
OP-ED POLICY The Op-Ed section of The Tufts Daily, an open forum for campus editorial commentary, is printed Monday through Thursday. The Daily welcomes submissions from all members of the Tufts community; the opinions expressed in the Op-Ed section do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Daily itself. Opinion articles on campus, national and international issues should be 600 to 1,200 words in length. Op-Ed cartoons are also welcomed for the Campus Canvas feature. All material is subject to editorial discretion and is not guaranteed to appear in the Daily. All material should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 p.m. on the day prior to the desired day of publication; authors must submit their telephone numbers and day-of availability for editing questions. Submissions may not be published elsewhere prior to their appearance in the Daily, including but not limited to other on- and off-campus newspapers, magazines, blogs and online news websites, as well as Facebook. Republishing of the same piece in a different source is permissible as long as the Daily is credited with originally running the article.
THE TUFTS DAILY
Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
THE TUFTS DAILY BY
MARRIED TO THE SEA
SUDOKU Level: Pulling off a sexy Playboy Bunny costume
LATE NIGHT AT THE DAILY Friday’s Solution
Ellen: “Wait, he wasn’t in a space suit? What’s the point of an astronaut if he’s not in a space suit?”
Please recycle this Daily.
THE TUFTS DAILY
12 Wanted $$ SPERM DONORS WANTED $$ Become a California Cryobank donor and earn up to $1,200/ month, receive free health and infectious disease testing, and help people fulfill their dreams of starting a family. Convenient Cambridge location. Apply online: SPERMBANK.com
Housing Across from Professors Row 6 BR, 2 bath w livingroom, hardwood floors throughout, ceramic tile eat in kitchen, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer, front/rear porches, 4 car off st parking. $4650/ mo incl heat and hot water. Avail 9/1/11. Call Bunny (954) 942-4848
Monday, October 25, 2010
College Ave 5 BR Apt 2 1/2 Baths, kitchen, living room, off-street parking, w/d basement. Available June 1, 2011. Rent: $3250. First and last month rent required. Tenants pay utilities. Larger apts available. Call Guy (617) 590-7656.
Going Fast-Apartments Two 4 BR, One 5 BR, One 6 BR. Available June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. Very convenient to school. Call (617) 448-6233.
CLASSIFIEDS POLICY All Tufts students must submit classifieds in person, prepaid with check, money order, or exact cash only. All classifieds submitted by mail must be accompanied by a check. Classifieds are $15 per week or $4 per day with Tufts ID or $30 per week or $8 per day without. The Tufts Daily is not liable for any damages due to typographical errors or misprintings except the cost of the insertion, which is fully refundable. We reserve the right to refuse to print any classifieds which contain obscenity, are of an overly sexual nature, or are used expressly to denigrate a person or group. Questions? Email email@example.com.
VIRGINIA BLEDSOE/TUFTS DAILY
After growing up playing football under his father’s leadership, Anthony Fucillo, in his final season wearing brown and blue, reunites with his father Tony.
Anthony Fucillo to follow in father’s footsteps after graduation FUCILLO continued from page 16
could happen,” senior linebacker Matt Murray, who played under coach Fucillo for three years and alongside Anthony for one year at Winthrop, said. “It’s unbelievable because they have such a special relationship, and a huge part of that is built around football. They’re a huge football family, and everyone at Tufts and Winthrop knows that. It’s the perfect ending to the football career for Anthony.” In order to do so, though, he had to sacrifice seeing his son, James, play in his junior year at Catholic University, trading in pennants for clipboards and hours in the stands for hours in the film room. “It was a hard decision because he retired from coaching football to watch his sons play college football, and if he coached here, he wouldn’t be able to see his other son play,” Carolyn Fucillo, Anthony’s mother and Tony’s husband, said. “But James insisted that he take this job and be with Anthony for his senior year. I can’t tell you how much it means to see them reunited again after all those years in high school and youth football.” Before grasping the player-coach relationship shared by Anthony and Tony, it’s important to understand the unbreakable father-son bond born out of the suburbs of Eastern Massachusetts. Long before Anthony even picked up a football — or was born, for that matter — coach Fucillo was building a legacy as one of the best coaches in the state. As a second-grader, Anthony became the water boy for Winthrop, working his way up to ball boy, statistician and, eventually, starting quarterback. “My father introduced me to the game as a kid, and I fell in love with it,” Anthony said. “As a kid, it’s something I always dreamed of, of playing for Winthrop High and playing for my father. And I think all
of those dreams came true.” Coach Fucillo, who finished his career with the Vikings with a 126-88-1 overall record, fondly recalls coming home from Winthrop late on Friday nights, weary after finishing preparations for Saturday’s contest. There on the table would be a play, usually pass-oriented, drawn by Anthony, intended to help his father add yet another tweak to the Vikings’ runheavy playbook. “It’s been wonderful that he’s coached him for so many years, but yet they don’t really bring it home,” Carolyn said. “It is all football all the time, but they don’t bring things home that happened during the day at the college or high school level. They just bond together as father and son watching and talking about football.” The memories continued throughout Anthony’s tenure at Winthrop, where in 2004 he helped lead the Vikings to a 9-2 record his senior year, setting the stage for the team’s Northeastern Conference title in 2005 and its undefeated season in 2006. Anthony remembers the hot summer days when the 50-something father willingly stood on the receiving end of passes from the 18-year-old son with a bullet arm. “In the summer, it was just me and him,” Anthony said with a smile. “He would put on his receiver’s gloves and he would go out there with me, and when I was 18 years old I probably had the strongest arm at the time, and he’s 50-something and still catching my passes.” In Winthrop, a small town of just under 20,000 on the North Shore, the Fucillos have quickly become a household name. In addition to James, Anthony and Tony, Jenny Fucillo is a freshman on the Bates track and field team. In Anthony’s senior year, five of the nine starters on the Vikings’ baseball team were from within the family. “The whole family has just a huge presence in the town,” Murray said. “Coach Fucillo wasn’t just the football teacher
or the gym teacher; he had a relationship with everyone. Everyone called him coach and he’d walk down the halls fistpounding his students and players.” Stories frequently surface of football nepotism — of the coach vicariously living through his offspring’s success and simultaneously being accused of favoring blood over talent. No such problem exists in Medford, however. Not only is Anthony one of the unquestioned leaders of the Jumbos, both on and off Zimman Field, but finding the perfect balance between football and family has become second nature to the Fucillos. After all, standardization organically occurs when a given act is practiced year after year. “It’s easy because it’s normalized,” coach Fucillo said. “It’s been that way since his freshman year in high school. I think that the father-son-coach thing can be difficult where you have a son who’s competing with somebody else. And people will say, ‘No wonder he’s playing, because his father’s the coach.’ I haven’t really had that situation.” That’s not to say, however, that the shared emotions aren’t heightened when family is thrown into the mix. Coaches ordinarily experience the same joys and pains as their players. An innate spiritual connection, one solely possible in the parent-child realm, only enhances such feelings. “The greatest piece will be being able to share his senior year in a very different capacity than just parent-fan, to be able to really go through his ups and his downs,” coach Fucillo said. “It hurts a little bit more, and I’m sure it does for him, but the highs are a little bit higher, too.” Anthony has thrived this season under Tufts’ revamped offense, which has become a pass-first system built around a no-huddle, spread attack. He currently holds the program’s single-
game records for yards, attempts and completions, gaudy statistics which can be partially attributed to the stellar receiving corps his father leads. Four wideouts are currently averaging at least 48 yards per game and all four have double-digit receptions. Perhaps more importantly, coach Fucillo has brought the motivational skills developed at Winthrop to Medford. For instance, each receiver is given a piece of a detachable chain to keep throughout the week and then all the pieces are forged together on Saturday, a symbolic uniting of the group. “I laugh sometimes because you get the same quips and lines he had in high school,” Anthony said. “But he always had sayings in high school that motivated us, and I think he’s brought that here.” As Anthony plays his final games in a Jumbos uniform, he excitedly looks to the future when he can follow in his father’s footsteps and don a headset himself. When Anthony suffered a season-ending ankle injury in 2009, he honed his coaching skills. This time, upon graduation, he hopes to make a career out of it, just like his dad. “People laugh because I go to Tufts and I want to be a football coach, but I think I’m lucky in that sense where people go to college and have no idea what they want to do,” Anthony said. “Growing up, obviously I wanted to play in the NFL like everyone else did, but when you realize where you are and you hit earth a bit, I always wanted to be a coach. Wherever I am down the road, he will definitely have a big stake in everything I want to do.” “I think that both my boys will end up coaching and possibly teaching, because I think they’ve seen how much it meant to me, how much I enjoyed what I did,” coach Fucillo said. “As I always told them, I never went to work for 35 years. I just found my passion, and every day was a great day.”
Monday, October 25, 2010
THE TUFTS DAILY
Want the most current campus news? I wish I knew who won that men’s soccer game last night! And how active are Jumbos in the ROTC?
Follow us on Twitter! To stay in the know, follow @TuftsDaily and @TuftsDailySport
With NCAA at-large bid out of question, Jumbos must get hot in postseason VOLLEYBALL continued from page 15
after a weekend that ended with a pair of losses to the top two teams in the NESCAC standings — Middlebury and Amherst. Playing in the top-tier Gold Bracket, Tufts thumped Brandeis on Friday to advance to the semifinals. But on Saturday afternoon, the Jumbos fell in straight sets to the Panthers and then dropped the third-place match to the Lord Jeffs in a closer, four-set contest. Amherst’s defense (second in the NESCAC in blocks, 11 total against the Jumbos) caused problems for the Tufts attack. “Both of the teams have good, scrappy defenses and put up a really strong block,” senior quad-captain Nancy Shrodes said. “We played much better against Amherst, but they’re both solid teams. We’re in a really tough conference.” Senior quad-captain Caitlin Updike, who is playing on a fractured ankle that she suffered at Middlebury two weeks ago, winced her way through the weekend, earning her way onto the AllTournament team. “I can play on it as long as the swelling stays down,” Updike said. “It’s a pain-tolerance thing. I try not to think about it because when I think about it, I stay cautious.” In a year when the Jumbos lineup seems perpetually in flux, first-year setter Michaela Sinrod continued to step in for sophomore Kendall Lord, who remains away from the team for personal reasons. Sinrod’s teammates rave about her poise and say that with every match, her chemistry with the hitters is improving. “Michaela’s really been amazing,” Spieler said. “But each setter has a different tempo. [As a hitter] you kind of get to know your setter and are able to judge who she’ll set to and the speed of the set.”
After the two losses on Saturday, Tufts has now dropped six of its past nine matches. The Jumbos’ record on the year is now 17-9, and the nine losses this season are as many as the team had in 2008 and 2009 combined. But as they prepare for this weekend’s Judges Classic at Brandeis — the team’s final test before the NESCAC Tournament — the Jumbos remain resolute in their goal of making the national tournament.
“Both of the teams have good, scrappy defenses and put up a really strong block. We played much better against Amherst, but they’re both solid teams. We’re in a really tough conference.” Nancy Shrodes senior quad-captain With nine losses, Tufts won’t be making it to the NCAA bracket as an at-large bid like the team did in 2008, when the Jumbos went 10-0 in the NESCAC before being upset by Williams in the NESCAC Tournament. Instead, the Jumbos must win the NESCAC tournament to earn an automatic bid. In order to do so, they will need to quickly find the form that they had during a 10-match winning streak earlier this season. This weekend is a chance to gain some momentum heading in to what will be a do-or-die conference tournament. “If we stay focused with intensity, we know that we can beat all these teams,” Shrodes said. “We haven’t figured out all the small details yet, but hopefully when it comes down to it, we’ll take care of business.”
THE TUFTS DAILY
Monday, October 25, 2010
Despite loss, Diss earns honors for performance FOOTBALL continued from page 16
linemen,” Lupo said. “They just started blowing them off the ball and we just kept to it. Our offensive linemen have really got to take all the credit for it. They really played great today.” Behind Williams’ bulldozing line, Lupo rushed 39 times for 180 yards, 116 of which came in the second half. “They were really big and strong and fast, and they blocked as a unit,” Tufts junior defensive end Donnie Simmons said. Williams scored first in the opening quarter on a 1-yard run by Lupo, but Tufts evened the score 7-7 when senior quarterback Anthony Fucillo found classmate Billy Mahler on a post pattern for a 28-yard touchdown early in the second. “Right away I saw that they were coming man-[to-man] and that they were going to bring six [on the blitz],” Fucillo said. “We saw that one-on-one matchup, and Billy took good advantage of it. I think one-on-one with our receivers is tough, and I think a lot of teams don’t play that for that reason — because we have so many good athletes at receiver.” On the touchdown play — and throughout the game — the Jumbos’ pass protection was crucial against the Ephs’ blitzing defense. “I thought we picked up [the blitz] very well,” junior offensive lineman
Luke Lamothe said. “It’s something that we practiced all throughout the week, and it was not an issue. That’s what we do. That’s our job.” “[ The line is] really holding our offense together,” Fucillo said. “I wasn’t sacked today, which is huge. I really appreciate what they’ve done, and they’ve worked hard.”
“Coming into the game, we knew there were going to be a lot of heavy personnel coming at us trying to run the ball, especially off the last game with Trinity. ... We knew what they were going to do. We had some chances to stop them; we just didn’t.” Matt Murray senior linebacker
The Jumbos continued producing in the second quarter, and in the last seconds, Fucillo threw his second touchdown pass of the day, finding sophomore Dylan Haas down the middle of the field for a 22-yard score. Fucillo finished the game hav-
Burke, Jumbos respond with late tally to edge Ephs
ing completed 25 of 47 passes for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Haas caught four passes for 67 yards on the afternoon. The offense was revved up after the touchdown, and though it appeared that Tufts could sustain its lead, Lupo and the Wililams offensive line paved the way for a Williams victory in the second half. Quarterback Pat Moffitt, who is top in the NESCAC in passing efficiency, complemented the Ephs steady running attack by throwing for 296 yards. In all, Williams’ balanced offense produced 522 total yards. After Diss’ early third-quarter touchdown, the Jumbos were outscored 21-0 the rest of the way, with all three touchdowns coming via Lupo’s legs. “Coming into the game, we knew there were going to be a lot of heavy personnel coming at us trying to run the ball, especially off the last game with Trinity,” senior linebacker Matt Murray said. “We knew what they were going to do. We had some chances to stop them; we just didn’t.” Things will not get easier for the Jumbos next week as they hit the road to play Amherst, which sits atop the NESCAC along with Williams at 5-0. “I think we’re there. I think we can beat teams like that,” Fucillo said, referring to the Ephs. Tufts will surely need that type of attitude in order to knock off the reigning NESCAC champions.
FIELD HOCKEY continued from page 16
After losing in overtime just seven days earlier, the Jumbos were not going to leave themselves open to a repeat. With just under nine minutes left in the game, Tufts scored again to put the game away. Senior co-captain Amanda Roberts fed senior Melissa Burke, who raced up the field and whipped a shot past Tulla, burying it in the right side of the goal. The Jumbos dominated possession throughout the game, keeping much of the pressure on the Ephs. But Tulla was up to the task, making 20 saves to Zak’s three. The Jumbos also had 24 penalty corners, while the Ephs failed to earn even one. “Our coaches told us that the longer we let them hang with us in the game, the more likely it would be that they would take the lead,” Brown said. “At halftime, we talked a lot about finishing in the circle and staying strong. It wasn’t our worst game of the season, but it wasn’t our best, either.” The victory brings Tufts’ record to 7-1 in the NESCAC and 11-1 overall, cementing them firmly in second place in the conference. The Jumbos travel to Springfield on Tuesday before battling the No. 5 Bowdoin Polar Bears on Friday for the NESCAC regular season title and the right to host the NESCAC championship.
SCHEDULE | Oct. 25 - Oct. 31 MON
at Amherst 1 p.m.
at Springfield 5 p.m.
vs. Bowdoin 5 p.m.
NESCAC Championships Hamilton 1 p.m.
vs. Bowdoin 3 p.m.
vs. Bowdoin 12:30 p.m.
vs. Clarkson (at Brandeis) 7 p.m.
Judges Classic at Brandeis Noon and 2 p.m.
Victorian Coffee Urn at Conn. College Field Hockey vs. Bowdoin 5 p.m.
STATISTICS | STANDINGS Field Hockey (11-1, 7-1 NESCAC) NESCAC
W 8 Bowdoin 7 Tufts Middlebury 6 5 Amherst 5 Trinity Wesleyan 4 Conn. Coll. 2 1 Bates 1 Colby 1 Williams
L 0 1 2 3 3 4 6 7 7 7
T. Brown M. Burke L. Sagerman M. Karp T. Guttadauro J. Perkins S. Cannon C. Yogerst A. Roberts L. Griffith
G 19 9 4 4 2 1 2 2 1 1
Goalkeeping GA M. Zak 5
W L 13 0 11 1 10 3 10 3 8 5 9 4 6 6 4 9 6 7 3 10 A 4 2 3 2 3 4 1 1 3 2
T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pts 42 20 11 10 7 6 5 5 5 4
S S% 21 .808
(17-9, 7-3 NESCAC)
(7-2-3, 5-1-2 NESCAC)
(5-6-2, 3-3-2 NESCAC)
W Amherst 7 Middlebury 6 Williams 6 Bowdoin 7 Tufts 7 Conn. Coll. 5 Trinity 3 Bates 2 Hamilton 1 Wesleyan 1 Colby 0 Offensive C. Updike C. Spieler N. Shrodes L. Nicholas K. Engelking K. Ellefsen K. Lord Defensive A. Kuan C. Spieler C. Updike K. Lord N. Shrodes K. Engelking
L 1 2 2 3 3 3 5 5 7 7 7
W 20 19 16 16 17 16 14 7 12 7 7
L 2 5 10 9 9 6 7 17 12 12 14
Kills SA 274 31 181 21 151 17 112 24 81 6 75 5 69 34 B Digs 0 265 25 191 10 161 37 155 7 104 7 45
W 5 Amherst 5 Tufts Middlebury 4 4 Williams 3 Trinity Wesleyan 2 3 Bowdoin 2 Bates Conn. Coll. 1 0 Colby
L 1 1 2 2 3 2 4 5 4 5
M. Stewart J. Love-Nichols A. Michael S. Nolet S. Wojtasinski A. Kaufmann A. Almy O. Rowse J. Castellot
G 4 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 0
T 2 2 2 2 2 4 1 1 3 3
W 6 7 7 8 5 3 6 6 5 4 A 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1
L 5 2 3 3 3 4 5 6 4 6
T 2 3 3 2 4 4 2 1 3 3
W Middlebury 6 Bowdoin 5 Williams 5 Amherst 4 Tufts 3 Colby 3 Bates 2 Conn. Coll. 2 Trinity 2 Wesleyan 2
L 2 1 1 1 3 5 5 5 5 6
Pts 8 8 7 3 3 2 2 1 1
B. Green F. Silva K. Lewis M. Blumenthal R. Coleman S. Atwood S. Blumenthal J. Lewis B. Ewing
G 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 0 0
Goalkeeping GA S S% K. Wright 3 37 .925 P. Hanley 3 18 .857
T 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 1 1 0 A 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1
Football (1-4 NESCAC)
W 11 10 10 9 5 6 5 5 6 6
L 2 1 1 1 6 6 7 6 6 7 Pts 10 6 5 5 5 2 2 1 1
Goalkeeping GA S S% A. Bernstein 8 63 .887 Z. Cousens 6 8 .571
T 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 0
Amherst Williams Trinity Wesleyan Colby Middlebury Bates Bowdoin Hamilton Tufts
W 5 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1
L 0 0 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 4
PF 187 179 153 120 102 121 50 68 76 87
PA 51 77 63 122 124 147 154 148 142 115
Rushing P. Bailey A. Fucillo
Att. Yds. Avg. TD 44 144 3.3 0 33 62 1.9 0
Passing A. Fucillo
Pct. Yds TD INT 46.6 1,377 8 8
Receiving P. Bailey B. Mahler G. Stewart
No. Yds Avg. TD 34 271 8.0 2 29 322 11.1 3 25 310 12.4 1
Tack INT TFL Sack Defense 51.0 0 3.0 0.5 F. Albitar M. Murray 42.0 1 2.0 1.0 A. Crittenden 37.0 1 0.0 0.0
NCAA Div. III Field Hockey (Oct. 19, 2010) Points (First-place votes) 1. Lebanon Valley, 847 (22) 2. Messiah, 828 (13) 3. Ursinus, 761 (2) 4. Tufts, 758 (3) 5. Bowdoin, 720 (2) 6. Salisbury, 697 (2) 7. Skidmore, 574 8. Christopher Newport, 557 9. Cortland State, 522 10. Eastern, 477
Monday, October 25, 2010
THE TUFTS DAILY
Tufts bounced in semis of Hall of Fame tournament BY
Daily Editorial Board
The volleyball team, which started the year with hopes for a repeat trip to the NCAA VOLLEYBALL (7-3 NESCAC, 17-9 Overall) at Northampton, Mass., Saturday Amherst 25 25 12 25 — 3 Tufts 23 18 25 18 — 1 Tufts 13 17 14 — 0 Middlebury 25 25 25 — 3 at South Hadley, Mass., Friday Tufts 22 25 25 25 — 3 Brandeis 25 23 20 22 — 1 Quarterfinals, faces a troubling truth as it nears the postseason. The 2010 Jumbos have shown this year that they are talented and tough and at times can hang with any team in the NESCAC. But after finishing in fourth place at the Hall of Fame Tournament this past weekend — a tournament the team won in 2009 — it becomes even clearer that this year’s squad is not as consistently strong as last year’s record-setting bunch. “We haven’t been as steady over the course of this season,” junior Cara Spieler said. “We’ve had moments of greatness and moments of breakdown. But I know that we have so much potential. All we can do is stay positive.” The Jumbos’ positive mentality will be put to the test
ANDREW MORGENTHALER/TUFTS DAILY
see VOLLEYBALL, page 13
After defeating Brandeis on Friday, the volleyball team, pictured here in Wednesday’s match against Endicott, fell to Amherst and Middlebury Saturday, taking fourth place in the tournament.
POWER RANKINGS compiled by the tufts daily
A relatively tame Week 7 across the board led to very few changes in the latest installment of the NESCAC Power Rankings. Amherst retained a stranglehold on the top spot, and its 2.73 overall set a new mark for the best average of the year. Middlebury and Williams continued to flip-flop for second place, and this week the Panthers took control of the position, as its men’s soccer team earned top honors. The Ephs were once again undone by their field hockey team, which averaged a conference-worst 9.38 ranking and consequently sunk them into third. Spots four through 11 remained stagnant as the league heads toward playoff time. THIS WEEK
8 CONN. COLLEGE
The poll was devised as follows: Each voter ranked all NESCAC schools in each sport, and those scores were averaged to create a composite ranking for each sport. The composites were then averaged to determine each school’s overall ranking. Note that Hamilton does not compete in field hockey, men’s soccer or women’s soccer in the NESCAC, and Conn. College does not compete in football. This week’s list was determined by polling Amro El-Adle (Amherst Student), James Reidy and Seth Walder (Bowdoin Orient), Mike Flint and Nick Woolf (Conn. College Voice), Katie Siegner (Middlebury Campus), Ann Curtis & Emily Gittleman (Trinity Tripod), Alex Prewitt (Tufts Daily), Whit Chiles (Wesleyan Argus) and Meghan Kiesel (Williams Record). DESIGNED BY STEVEN SMITH/TUFTS DAILY
INSIDE Volleyball 15 Schedule 14 Statistics | Standings 14
Burke scores game-winner in close match against Williams BY
Senior Staff Writer
With the conference bottomdwelling Ephs visiting Bello Field Saturday and head coach Tina FIELD HOCKEY (7-1 NESCAC, 11-1 OVERALL) Bello Field, Saturday Williams Tufts
— 1 — 2
McDavitt on leave for the day to attend her sister’s wedding, it was easy for the Tufts field hockey team to get a bit complacent. Tufts lacked urgency throughout its game against Williams, while Ephs senior goalie Katrina Tulla stood on her head, turning a game some may have expected to be lopsided into a 2-1 nailbiter that the No. 4 Jumbos barely survived. “Williams’ record isn’t really a good reflection of how good they were,” senior Tamara Brown said. “We were playing really well; we kept it in the circle. It would’ve been a different game if some of our shots had gone in earlier. We were impressed with them and their defensive strategy. Their goalie was really great and blocked a lot of our good shots.” After a scoreless first half, Williams took the lead with just over 15 minutes remaining. Sophomore Nicole Perry took a shot from the striking circle that was deflected past Tufts junior goalkeeper Marianna Zak by freshman Emily Pavlini.
ANDREW MORGENTHALER/TUFTS DAILY
Senior Melissa Burke notched a late tally against Williams on Saturday to give the Jumbos the edge in a 2-1 victory. With the exception of the team’s loss to Trinity, Pavlini’s goal marked the first time Tufts trailed all season, bringing the team into unfamiliar — and unwanted — territory. But the Jumbos responded just 38 seconds later. After some scrappy play, Tufts found itself on a fast
break, and sophomore Missy Karp took advantage, slipping the ball through to Brown, who put away the equalizer with ease. “When they scored, all I was thinking was that we cannot lose,” Brown said. “The fact that we hadn’t been down all season definitely lit a bigger fire under
me. Also, [coach McDavitt] wasn’t there, so that was in the back of our minds throughout the game. We wanted to bring her a win.” “As a goalie, I didn’t have any doubts about what we were going to do when they scored,” Zak said. “I knew we were going to respond right away, and then the
next thing you know, Tamara did just that. Going into the second half, everyone was on the same page about what we needed to be doing and what wasn’t working. We just didn’t capitalize as soon as we would’ve liked.” see FIELD HOCKEY, page 14
It’s all in the (Fucillo) family BY
Daily Editorial Board
physical running game to mount a second-half comeback, taking the contest by a score of 35-24 in front of a large Parents Weekend crowd. Williams responded immediately to Diss’ second defensive touchdown of the year, driving 70 yards in 10 plays and culminating in one of senior running back Ryan Lupo’s career-high four rushing touchdowns. “We’ve got some great offensive
The magic of Parents Weekend simply boils down to the emotional moment of seeing one’s family, taking a day to share with relatives and merging the oftcontrasting worlds of home and college. No matter the volume of probing questions or parental advice, the experience is undeniably special. Only a few hours out of the entire year are specifically allocated to family time on the Hill. After that, students are free to retreat back into the Tufts bubble, assured that, for a few more weeks, they can again be independent. For Tony and Anthony Fucillo, father and son respectively, this ephemeral moment occurs every day, when the two converge on the football team’s practice field, ready for another few hours together between the lines, just like the good old days. After all, while familial ties surpass all else, the Fucillos bleed football. On this day, like the others preceding it, they’re all business on the gridiron. Back in 2006, the elder Fucillo retired after a decorated 35-year coaching career at Winthrop (Mass.) High School, one that was perfectly capped off by leading the Vikings to a Super Bowl Championship and an undefeated season. Following three seasons of traversing the country to watch his sons play, coach Fucillo jumped at the opportunity to return to the sidelines one last time to see senior tri-captain Anthony off in his final collegiate campaign and become Tufts’ receivers coach. “It was a series of events that, if you looked back on it, there’s no way that
see FOOTBALL, page 14
see FUCILLO, page 12
VIRGINIA BLEDSOE/TUFTS DAILY
Sophomore Dylan Haas completed a play to sustain Tufts’ lead in the first half against Williams, the first time the Ephs have fallen behind this season.
Jumbos fail to hold lead against Ephs BY
BILLY RUTHERFORD Daily Staff Writer
For the first time all season, the undefeated Williams Ephs were behind. The Jumbos jumped out to the FOOTBALL (1-4 NESCAC) Zimman Field, Saturday Williams 7 7 14 7 — 35 Tufts 0 17 7 0 — 24
lead with a 17-point second quarter and extended it to 24-14 just seconds into the third on a 35-yard fumble return by sophomore Sam Diss. “It was a great way to start off the second half,” Diss, who earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, said. “It just kind of hopped up at the perfect time, landed right; I caught it … and just had an open run to the end zone.” Unfortunately for the Jumbos, the Ephs utilized their consistent and