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Beyond Boundaries is close to attaining $1.2 billion goal BY
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Tufts’ Beyond Boundaries capital campaign is 95 percent complete with its goal to raise $1.2 billion by next year, according to Director of Advancement Communications and Donor Relations Christine Sanni (LA ’89). Launched in November 2006, Beyond Boundaries has raised $1.14 billion to date, drawing over 360,000 gifts from 130,884 individuals, which constitutes about half of all alumni, Sanni said. The campaign has raised $586 million for the endowment, $371 million for faculty support and $415 million for studentrelated uses such as financial aid, prize funds and program funds, Sanni said. Some of the funds are double-counted toward different uses, she said. Sanni credited the Beyond Boundaries campaign with helping support 258 endowed scholarships and 354 term scholarships so far. The campaign, Director of Central Development Programs Chris Simoneau said, is part of an effort to attract the best possible students and faculty to the university. “That was the framework for launching the campaign — what would it take for Tufts to recruit, retain and attract the best students and the best faculty?” he said. Though the campaign is on track to hit its goal by next year, alumni giving has slowed in the past two years in light of the economic downturn, according to Simoneau. “They haven’t stopped giving, but perhaps they’ve given less,” he said. “That’s a trend that’s facing all organizations that rely on philanthropic support, and Tufts is no exception there.” The campaign emerged from an academic planning process between Provost and Senior Vice President Jamshed Bharucha and University President Lawrence Bacow shortly after Bacow’s arrival at Tufts in 2001, Sanni said. It began with a quiet phase in 2002 and officially launched in 2006. “They engaged all of the schools and all of the deans in looking at the schools and figuring out what the schools needed to do to grow,” Sanni said. Beyond Boundaries was not Tufts’ only fundraising entity to see donations slow. Tufts’ annual fund — distinct from Beyond
A national directive put forth by Tufts Hillel’s national parent organization discourages co-sponsorship of campus events between Hillel and the Tufts chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), according to Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Tufts Hillel’s executive director. The policy came to discussion after senior Jack Irmas, president of the Tufts chapter of SJP, approached Hillel about co-sponsoring the Nov. 15 event featuring Diana Buttu, a former spokesperson and negotiator for the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Alice Rothchild, the chair of the Boston chapter of the nonprofit organization American Jews for a Just Peace. Rothschild and Buttu came to campus to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the future of the Middle East peace process. “In order to reach more people, in order to make the event more robust, we wanted to invite other student organizations on camp to co-sponsor the event with us,” Irmas said. According to Irmas, Summit informed him that Tufts Hillel could not sponsor
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The university’s Beyond Boundaries capital campaign is 95 percent complete. Boundaries but a contributor to the campaign — declined by 6.8 percent last year, the first decline in ten years, the Boston Business Journal reported on Tuesday. In a recent interview with the Daily, Bacow said giving has not suffered as much at Tufts as it has at other universities. He said philanthropic support for higher education across the country decreased by 11 percent last year. “It went down last year, [but] not as much as it went down at most institutions,” Bacow said, referring to giving at Tufts. Though the amount of overall donations has decreased, the number of total donors has increased, Sanni said. The annual fund has already raised more money this year than it had at this point last year, she said. Simoneau said that while the downturn affected donor mindsets, the stabilizing economic climate is ushering in greater donations. “We are turning a corner,” he said. “People are feeling a bit more stable than they have in the past, but their circumstances are definitely changed.” Sanni praised alumni involvement in the campaign. “We have a tremendously loyal alumni see BOUNDARIES, page 3
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any event with SJP because of objections to the actions and issue positions of other SJP chapters across the country. It is a national Hillel policy that Hillel chapters do not co-sponsor events with any organization that advocates for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, Summit said. “The reason that it doesn’t make sense for Hillel to co-sponsor with SJP is that SJP chapters around the county have been the address for the movement to boycott, divest from and impose sanctions on Israel,” Summit said in an e-mail to the Daily. Tufts Hillel President Rachel Finn, a senior, agreed and said that her organization is dedicated to engaging in a comprehensive discussion about the Middle East. “Hillel has a problem with associating our name as a co-sponsor for an event with a group that seeks to delegitimize Israel,” she said in an e-mail to the Daily. “We … encourage and are deeply committed to dialogue … and working under the NIMEP [New Initiative for Middle East Peace] umbrella to bring to light multiple narratives and opinions.” see SJP, page 3
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Tufts Hillel has declined to co-sponsor events with the Tufts chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, above in a group meeting, citing its national organization’s policy.
Harvard students combine science and cuisine in the classroom BY JON
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The idea behind a chocolate chip cookie is not typically discussed in Harvard University science courses, nor are the delectable desserts usually baked using physics and chemical formulas. But some Harvard students have recently ditched their kitchens in favor of the classroom, baking their cookies by submerging them in a vat of liquid nitrogen. “[The liquid nitrogen] accelerates cooling and if you do it for the right amount of time, you’re able to take the heat off the outside,” Harvard teaching fellow Daniel Rosenberg told the Daily. “So when you cool it down, the outside is frozen and crisp while the inside
is still molten because the heat doesn’t have time to escape.” That is how cookies are made in Harvard’s new class, Science of the Physical Universe 27: Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Science of Soft Matter. Nearly 700 students signed up for just 300 spots in the course, which aims to teach students the scientific principles behind modern cuisine and uses the principles of molecular gastronomy to alter the chemical and physical structures of the ingredients. Substances such as xantham gums and techniques such as spherification, for example, are used to achieve different textures and bring out different flavors in foods, Rosenberg said. According to David Weitz, a professor of physics at Harvard’s
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Department of Physics, the class grew out of a visit two years ago by Ferran Adriá, whose restaurant, El Bulli, was named the world’s best restaurant by the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list for the past four years. “One of the [post-doctorates], Otger Campás, wanted to invite Adriá,” Weitz told the Daily. “I said that he’d never come, but he did. When he was here, he was like a rock star; afterwards, we asked what we can do, and he said that he wanted to teach a course, and from then on it started.” Adriá is not the only famous chef involved in the course. Some of the other visiting lecturers include Wyley Dufresne of New York’s
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wd~50, Grant Achatz of Alinea, Dan Barber of Blue Hill Farm, José Andrés of Jaleo and the White House’s pastry chef, Bill Yosses. Every Tuesday, students in the class attend a laboratory demonstration by one of the 12 chefs, and on the following Thursday, Weiz and Michael Brenner, Harvard professor of applied mathmatics and physics, take turns explaining the scientific principles involved: phase changes, calorie interactions, viscosity, Coulomb’s Law and gelatin and foam stabilizations, among others. Some of these concepts can be intimidating, but for the most part, they are usually straightforward, food blogger and Harvard Culinary Society President Lingbo Li, a senior, told the Daily.
“For the most part, the recipes are pretty standard,” Li said. “Although you’re in kind of a weird lab setting — you’re dealing with burners and portable stoves — you can still extricate the recipe pretty much like everything else.” “The teachers really emphasize the science part of it with equations,” Li added, “and you do some experimental stuff like measuring the elasticity, or you might see how the mass of a purified liquid changes based on how long you leave it in a solution.” Though the class is unusual in its course subject, Weitz stressed that it is as challenging as any other science course. see FOOD, page 3
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As cramming for finals week begins, work piles up and procrastination becomes less and less pragmatic, hygiene and sleep will inevitably take a backseat. “It’s kind of ironic that at a time when you need to be your healthiest, the first thing students give up are their healthy behaviors,” Tufts Director of Alcohol and Health Education Ian Wong said. But Wong has several tips to help students survive finals period.
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Do: Sleep If sleeping for a full eight hours every night isn’t possible, Wong proposes taking naps whenever possible. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2000 suggested that sleep deprivation lasting 17 to 19 hours is comparable to having a blood alcohol level of more than .05. The legal driving limit in Massachusetts is .08. Proper nutrition is also essential for maintaining health, Wong said. Kate Sweeney, a graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, doubted the efficacy of studying late at night. “Looking back, I don’t think staying up actually helped me do well on my tests and papers,” she said. Don’t: Ignore your body’s warning signs “If your body says that you’re hungry, you know what you are? You’re hungry,” Wong said. Students should pay more attention to their bodies’ basic needs, he said. Often your body will let you know when you’ve had enough, and not listening to those signs can affect you negatively in many ways. Do: Plan your day Wong emphasized the importance of mapping out your available time for studying — and eating. “The day can very much get away from you if you don’t have things planned out. All of a sudden it’s 7 o’clock, you haven’t eaten all day, you’ve been in the library and you end up eating a bag of chips and having a soda or coffee to keep yourself going,” he said. “And I’ll hear students even tell me that they’ll be in the library, but they don’t want to give up their spot, so they won’t go eat.” As a result, Health Services will be distribut-
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Students should make sure to schedule time to leave the library and eat, according to Director of Alcohol and Health Education Ian Wong. ing healthy snack alternatives at Tisch Library and the Campus Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, starting around 10:30 a.m. Don’t: Drink alcohol The effects of alcohol consumption last longer than many realize and can put a wrench in your study schedule, Wong said. “Even though students think, ‘I’ll drink alcohol Friday night, maybe Saturday I don’t feel well, but Sunday everything will be fine,’ it takes somewhere between two or three days for your body to start getting back to where it was,” he said. Do: Limit caffeine intake Like alcohol, caffeine can dehydrate the body, leading to fatigue and other negative side effects. Wong suggested staying hydrated by upping your usual water intake. Do: Exercise Even 15 minutes of exercise a day can have a positive impact on grades and study habits, Wong said. A report presented by Saginaw Valley State University researchers this summer found that those who exercise vigorously for at least 20 minutes each day have a higher grade point average than those who don’t, according to Sweeney. Don’t: Lose your cool Wong stressed the importance of maintaining perspective during finals season. “I hear students saying things like, ‘If I don’t know this material, I’ll never get into grad school, and if I don’t get into grad school, I don’t know what I’m going to do,’ and pretty
soon what was a calculus exam has now become their whole career,” he said. Stressing, Sweeney said, is simply not effective. “I think a lot of times students will worry too much thinking about all the things they don’t know, and, you know, taking an exam, the thing that counts is expressing to the professor what you do know and making sure you complete those parts well,” he said. Do: Take advantage of resources Wong encourages students to take advantage of the academic resources provided by Tufts, like professors’ office hours and tutors. Don’t: Use Adderall Adderall, the attention deficit disorder drug often illegally misused as a study aid by those for whom it is not prescribed, gets a thumbs-down from Wong. “Don’t do it,” Wong said. “A lot of the time, people use stimulants like that to write papers, like Jack Kerouac. When he wrote ‘On the Road,’ he was using crystal meth and the original transcript, from what I understand, was one big, long sentence that just kind of rambled on and on and on.” Wong said that no evidence suggests that Adderall boosts grades, adding that the drug does not always act as a stimulant and inevitably causes a mental crash. “If you could stay up for 24 hours and learn all this material, then the semester would be one day long,” Wong said. “But it’s not. … It’s the same with coffee and other stimulants. All that it’s doing is keeping you awake.”
Study: Overweight roommates can help weight loss BY
For many students at Tufts, the race to find the perfect roommate began as soon as an acceptance letter landed in their mailboxes. They had to consider what kinds of traits they should evaluate in a potential roommate — sleep habits, study habits, smoking habits. But according to recent research, incoming freshmen may want to add their roommate’s weight to that list. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and Marquette University found that girls with overweight college roommates are less likely to gain weight than those living with slimmer girls. The researchers attribute their findings mainly to the fact that people living in close quarters tend to pick up habits from one another; dieting and exercise are more common among overweight women. In other words, weight loss — just like obesity — appears to spread between family members and close mutual friends through social contagion, also known as the “I’ll have what she’s having” effect. If an overweight college student is dieting — eating a steady supply of low-calorie snacks, for example, or even using weight-loss supplements — it is likely that his or her roommate will also engage in those behaviors, and begin to accept them as the “social norm.” Not only weight loss and gain, but also overall health, can be influenced by one’s environment, the researchers found.
Essentially, the peer pressure effect can be harnessed to facilitate the adoption of healthier behaviors. At Tufts, Dining Services has adopted several measures in an effort to create a more healthful environment on campus — one that will hopefully rub off on lesshealthy students, Tufts Nutrition Dieting Specialist Julie Lampie said. In addition to offering a variety of wholesome food options, she said, Dining Services now also posts nutritional information about the dishes it serves on its website, enabling students to calculate the exact amount of food they should consume in the dining halls in order to satisfy daily nutritional needs. “Students have a terrific resource to use that is based on accessing the Tufts Dining website,” she said. “It allows you to determine the nutrient content of the meal you have consumed in either Dewick-MacPhie, Carmichael or Hodgdon — as well as any of the retail restaurants on campus.” Freshman Kimberly Ritraj found the Fitness and Individual Development at Tufts (FIT) pre-orientation program to be a good foundation for a healthy college lifestyle. During FIT, not only did she get to know a group of health-conscious students, but she also learned that the Tufts student body consisted of far fewer overweight students than she had expected. Tufts’ hilly geography is uniquely able to help students stay healthy, according to freshman Danielle Rodriguez. “We are always exercising going up and down the hill to class,” she said.
With regard to the University of Michigan and Marquette University study, Lampie said that she has noticed that females are particularly influenced by what those around them eat. She hopes that at Tufts, however, Dining Services’ resources and food choices will encourage even those students who socialize with less-healthy individuals to adopt healthful habits. “By determining what you will eat prior to coming to the dining hall, you are less likely to be influenced not only by your peers but also by the food itself,” Lampie said. Even small, self-imposed eating restrictions can vastly improve students’ health, Lampie said. While the obligatory unlimited meal plans for freshmen may encourage students to overeat, she said that every meal need not include, for example, dessert — as enticing as that favorite flavor of frozen yogurt or slice of apple pie may be. Additionally, she said, portion size is important and often goes overlooked; a large bowl, for example, may be necessary for salad, but not for other foods that may have a higher fat content, such as Lucky Charms cereal, which is why Dining Services is now working on an initiative inspired by student comments that aims to present portion size information to students in a clearer way, she said. But Lampie gave one simple piece of advice for staying healthy at college. “Start early on,” Lampie said. It is extremely difficult to shed bad eating habits, but staying on track with a healthy regimen is doable, she said.
Correction The Nov. 29 op-ed “Setting the record straight on Matthis Chiroux” incorrectly stated that Matthis Chiroux had made public statements regarding seeing dead civilians in a combat zone and, on his blog, spoke about erectile dysfunction. In fact, Chiroux has not made public statements about seeing dead civilians and did not speak on his blog about erectile dysfunction. The op-ed also stated that Chiroux had never gone “outside the wire” — as in he had never left Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Chiroux has disputed this, providing the Daily with photographic evidence.
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population,” she said. “They’re supportive of Tufts in many different ways.” Tufts Alumni Association President Barbara Clark (J ’50) similarly saw Tufts alumni as unique in their willingness to donate after leaving the Hill. “Around the country, there are not a lot of schools where you have an alumni body that is so supportive of the administration,” Clark said. Clark said that the Alumni Council played a large role in the fundraising. In October 2006, the council pledged a gift of $20 million to the campaign. Since then, they have raised a total of $37 million, she said. Fifty percent of alumni who received
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Finn added that other SJP chapters in the United States have been accused of harassment of students. “This has happened all over the nation, even on campuses very close to Tufts, and therefore co-sponsorship with a group known for those efforts does not fit within Hillel’s mission,” Finn said. Summit said Hillel’s stated support for the State of Israel creates a discrepancy between the aims of the two organizations. “It doesn’t fit our mission to cosponsor with an organization with a national reputation for sponsoring programs and speakers that delegitimize, demonize and even call for the end of Israel,” Summit said. Summit added that the policy does not apply to any other Tufts group because the views espoused by SJP are unique to the campus. “No other groups have been so strongly aligned nationally with the movement to promote boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel,” he said. Irmas argued, however, that the Tufts chapter of SJP should not be held accountable for the actions of other SJP chapters. He said that Tufts SJP has not demonstrated the attitudes of other SJP chapters in its programming. “We haven’t had any opportunity to do any pro-Israel or any anti-Israel actions because we’re a new group,” he said. Tufts SJP has, in its first semester as a Tufts Community Union-recognized student organization, sponsored two film screenings and the Nov. 15 event, according to Irmas. The group also hosted a “lunch and learn discussion” concerning the current status of negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Irmas said that while he could not speak for all the members of Tufts SJP,
he personally supports a boycott of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and of companies that support to Israel’s military. “I do not support an academic or cultural boycott of Israel, and instead seek to engage Israel and its supporters in a dialogue about the conflict and how we can reach a just solution,” Irmas said in an e-mail to the Daily. Tufts Friends of Israel (FOI) President Daniel Bleiberg, a sophomore, said that while FOI has been involved with discussions with other student groups, it shares Hillel’s opinion that other SJP chapters’ stance on Israel gives reason for groups that support Israel, including FOI, to refrain from co-sponsoring events with SJP. “Unfortunately for the community, the Tufts SJP leadership made a deliberate decision to affiliate with a group that is … the prime address for the demonization of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic country as well as detrimental boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns,” Bleiberg said in an e-mail to the Daily. Bleiberg said that he hopes for continued future collaboration between all of the groups on campus related to the conflict in the Middle East. “Due to the unique circumstances that we are fortunate to have here at Tufts, I believe that, and based on my discussions with SJP leaders, the Middle East groups on campus will be bringing substantive and meaningful programming to the Tufts community in the near future,” he said. Summit said that despite the policy prohibiting co-sponsorship between the two groups, Tufts Hillel advocates dialogue between students who hold differing opinions on Middle East issues. “Students can come together under forums such as NIMEP for discussion and dialogue,” Summit said.
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an undergraduate degree from Tufts have donated, according to Simoneau. But he said these donors represent only one side of alumni involvement in the university. “The number of people who are actually involved is much higher than 50 percent, whether they participate in the alumni admissions program or alumni activities throughout the world,” he said. Clark said that alumni are inspired to give by their positive experiences at Tufts. “For me personally, what inspired my giving is just the simple fact that Tufts had a very transformative effect on my life,” she said. “I think that people feel that the education they got is valuable, that the connections they made are valuable,” she said.
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“The workload is as much work as most science classes here but much more fun,” Weitz said. “How often do you have a science class where you eat your experiment?” Though the experiments can become bizarre — like the times the students turned fruit purees into gels and deconstructed strawberries into powder — most of the material is usually more academic than one would think. “You get to understand that meat gets really dry when you cook it to a too-high temperature, for example,” Li said. “But you wouldn’t know the scientific reasoning behind that if you don’t understand the molecular structure of meat.” One week, the class was designed for aspiring plant microbiologists and led by Barber, who was named the top chef in America by the James Beard Foundation in 2009 and was listed as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People that year. Barber’s interest is in the “seed-to-kitchen” component of cooking, and he uses many natural ingredients to enhance his dishes. One way of manipulating an ingredient, Barber explained, is by infusing a root
vegetable like celtuse with flavor. “We experiment with a bunch of things … using a soil as a vector,” Barber told the Daily. “Then we can take crushed almonds and plant that with the vegetable, and with the process of osmosis, you get a carrot with an impregnated flavor of almond.” Because of Barber’s unique teaching methods, students do not necessarily need to have much scientific knoweledge in order to participate, Li said. At the same time, the class is a great opportunity for science students to get out of their comfort zones, she said. “You could learn about how new farming techs can support a world population in the future,” she said. “It’s definitely something that can be applied to the real world, and in a basic level inspires students to be more thoughtful in what [may or] may not work in the culinary society.” Li and Weitz both predict that the course will continue its success at Harvard and that the practice will start popping up elsewhere, as well. “It will be offered again next fall,” Weitz “said. “We’ll still try and improve it. [Adriá] has signed on and has decided to spend more time here.”
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November 19 was a day to remember. And no, not because it was the day “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1” was released. Instead, I am referring to the day thousands of fashion-conscious men and women began lining up outside none other than fast-fashion retailer H&M. Why the Harry Potter-like madness? H&M announced in early September its next designer collaboration, this time featuring Alber Elbaz of high fashion house Lanvin. The retailer launched a YouTube teaser video showcasing the collection’s highlight pieces. On Nov. 20, the pieces hit stores nationwide. Although the collection lived up to Lanvin’s glamorous style, H&M’s prices thankfully did not. Yet another in a long line of collaborations between designers and retailers, including last year’s Jimmy Choo for H&M and Alexander McQueen for Target, Lanvin���s dresses clocked in at about $200 each. Although the price is hardly within a college student’s budget, the dresses, which usually range between $2,000 and $10,000, were a steal. Yet having $200 in the bank didn’t guarantee that hopeful customers would get their hands on the apparel — Boston’s own Newbury Street store had a line starting to accumulate at approximately 11 p.m. the night before the Lanvin line launched. Unfortunately, as you are reading this now, it is already too late. The entire menswear
line at the Newbury location sold out shortly after its 8 a.m. opening. By midmorning, the majority of the women’s clothing was gone as well. Though it may seem strange that menswear sold out first, the organization of the event led to such an occurrence. Planners gave customers interested in womenswear a wristband denoting an exact time when they would be allowed into the women’s section. Menswear, however, was open to all customers as soon as the doors opened. Although H&M attempted to put restrictions on shoppers by letting individuals take no more than two of the same item in the same size, the store’s efforts were not enough to prevent the collection from selling out well before the line outside had diminished. All that’s left now for hopeful buyers is the unforgiving auctions on eBay, where pieces are selling for twice their retail price and where authenticity is often questionable. As a one-time-only deal, H&M will not be restocking any of the Lanvin products and will only have pieces in store if they have been returned. Despite my own passion for fashion, I could not bring myself to bear the cold the night before the Lanvin release and stand in a line of fashion-crazed buyers. Still, those who did endure the masses assured me that the quality and fit of the pieces was well worth the consumer headache. For those who were unimpressed by the off-the-rack Lanvin apparel, an auction was recently held where buyers could bid on haute couture versions of
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The Lanvin for H&M clothing line features fun, colorful dresses aimed at a younger audience. the collection. All proceeds went to support UNICEF as part of H&M’s “All for Children” project. The event raised a total amount of $29,063. The regular Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Lanvin collections embrace femininity, modernity and functionalism. Many of the pieces are architectural, yet they still feel comfortable and fluid. Albert Elbaz’s pieces for H&M channel these themes, but in a much more youthful manner. Whereas his Spring 2011 pieces
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Elbaz similarly strayed from his ubiquitous comfortable-yetglamorous flats, sticking to the party-girl theme with four different types of pointed heels for womenswear, including a leopard-print pair with rhinestones. Topping the collection off with an entire line of menswear, a range of lipstick colors, oversized jewelry, purses and sunglasses, Elbaz made sure there was little left to be desired among H&M customers. Well, except for more of the same, of course.
‘Through Veterans Eyes,’ currently in the Slater Gallery Concourse in the Aidekman Arts Center, documents the lives of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan through the lenses of a dozen soldiers. The images explore the landscape of war, providing an on-the-ground look at the experiences of America’s armed forces overseas. The photographs were published in an eponymous book, based on research done by Larry Minear in collaboration with Tufts’ Feinstein International Center.
are perfect for the mature, fashionable working woman, the H&M pieces are more appealing to a light-hearted, 20-something party girl who likes to make a statement. The dresses feature wildly large ruffles, yet remain cinched at the waist in order to give the wearer shape. Elbaz also departed from his usual mellow color palette. Though a number of the dresses are black, one is an eye-popping red, another in yellow and yet another in a bright pink floral.
Daft Punk to lounge by the fireplace. But the best dance artists transcend the club scene, making their way into our everyday listening experiences. Deadmau5’s latest album shows that he has yet to become that kind of musician. Even though tracks from “4x4=12” could get some people going hard on the dance floor, they fail to live outside of that frenetic context. And I hate to say it, but this album doesn’t even do that well within the confines of the club scene. Obviously, repetition and synth hooks are a key component of today’s dance music. LCD Soundsystem, Underworld and numerous other dance artists have managed to stretch the simplest musical motifs beyond the seven-minute mark without any sense of redundancy. Deadmau5 can hardly make it to two minutes. “Bad Selection” takes an irri-
tating, gradually ascending synth line and sets it against a completely stagnant drumbeat for five migraine-inducing minutes. Even on the dance floor, this song would get tiring. Doesn’t dancing benefit from a little variety? When Daft Punk wants people to go crazy, the band switches back and forth between themes, keeping the songs from feeling too stationary. Deadmau5 varies themes across tracks, but they rarely vary within a song. If you want a reliable idea of how each track is going to sound, listen to the first thirty seconds. That’s about it. The album’s best tracks, like “Animal Rights” and “Everything Before,” give the listener brief reprieves of variation, but they are fleeting. Even when the album features other musicians playing live, they mimic the sterility of the album’s electronic production. Several tracks on “4x4=12” feature SOFI, an up-and-coming vocalist who has worked with several DJs in the past few years. Her delivery is completely robotic and unvaried: Every word syncs up with the background in the same way. She never changes her dynamics or phrasing. Volume and emotionality are kept at the same level on every track she contributes to. Regardless of all its weak points, “4x4=12” has some merits. “Right This Second” has a humorously compelling intro,
with Baroque-esque melodies played on an array of glitchy synths. When the drumbeat finally enters the track after the two-minute mark, one realizes how much a little restraint would contribute to Deadmau5’s approach. Holding back on the grinding beats makes them all the more satisfying when they finally arrive. As a whole, the album is very well-produced. The synthesizers and the rhythmic tracks all sound cohesive, giving each the vibrancy of the best dance tracks. Deadmau5 also has a keen sense of timing. His use of abrasive, wobbly synth licks does a great job of filling the space between drum hits and melodies. Any quiet moments on the album are almost always followed by gratifyingly intense volume swells, with the percussion and melodic content building to a dance-inducing climax. This formula is employed in most club music, but Deadmau5 shows how appropriate it can be in a dance situation. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to keep “4x4=12” on the dance floor. While this record may be good for people who want to enjoy a night out with their friends, it fails to hold its own outside of this limited context. Even the best moments on “4x4=12” pale in comparison to similar albums by artists like Daft Punk who have managed to walk the fine line between dance and non-dance genres.
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Friday, December 10, 2010
MEN’S BASKETBALL | Team will be put to the test against NESCAC rivals soon after break Though the campus will be quiet and cold, the men’s basketball season will be heating up after New Year’s Day. After the last game of the semester tonight at UMass-Dartmouth, the Jumbos will only have 10 days after the end of finals to rest up before the heart of the season begins. At 3-4, the team is still struggling to erase the memory of another NESCAC basement finish, and hopes to firmly establish its role as a contender with strong performances in six games over the break. “After our week or so-long break, we go right to Virginia for our tournament games,” senior tri-captain Sam Mason said. “I think getting back on the winning track right when we get back from break will be the most important thing for us.” First up is a battle with Roanoke at
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the Morris Cregger Classic. A strong 4-2 team, the Maroons are averaging over 84 points a game and will put the Jumbos’ consistently solid team defense to a good test. The squad will wrap up the road trip the next day with another game against an unannounced opponent at Morris Cregger. Two days later, on Jan. 5, the
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | Jumbos have loaded schedule ahead After its home matchup on Saturday afternoon against New Paltz St., the women’s basketball team will take a break from competition before returning to campus in late December to prepare for the Naismith Classic. The Jumbos on Jan. 2 will then travel to Springfield for their first game of the tournament against Keene St. Refocusing after a break is a challenge for any team, but a tournament on the road can help expedite the process of working out the kinks and reviving chemistry on the court. “It’ll be nice to come back and go to a tournament where we’re away for two nights as a team,” sophomore forward Sam Tye said. “Being there will really make us focus on basketball after having a week off. Being in season when classes aren’t in session in general presents an opportunity to focus 100 percent on basketball. Without any other
distractions, the team really gets a chance to bond.” January also means the start of the team’s NESCAC season. After a home game on Jan. 6 against outof-conference foe Regis, the Jumbos will host a back-to-back NESCAC weekend, playing Middlebury on Jan. 14 and Williams on Jan. 15 in Cousens Gym. “Our NESCAC schedule is huge,” Tye said. “Every NESCAC team is good, so every conference game is a big game — nothing is guaranteed. Middlebury is a perennial good team, and we lost to Williams last year, so we really want to prove ourselves in the NESCAC right from the beginning.” The Jumbos on Jan. 17 finish their winter break schedule with a home game against non-conference opponent Wheaton. —by Kelsey Perkins
team will play closer to home at MIT. On the same day last year, the Jumbos gave up a 13-point first-half lead to the Engineers to end up on the losing end of a 71-59 score. The Jumbos will need to make sure their finishing problems from last year — which briefly reared their ugly heads on Tuesday night when an 18-point first-half lead turned into a six-point
loss — do not become a trend as NESCAC games approach. Clark will provide Tufts’ final nonleague game of the winter recess — and another chance for the Jumbos to prove that they have addressed the issues which last season caused their first loss to Clark since 2002. From there, the stakes rise. On Jan. 14 and 15, Tufts will meet Middlebury and Williams, respectively, in Cousens Gym for its first two NESCAC games of the year. As of now, both the Panthers and the Ephs are undefeated and a win over either the 2009-10 NESCAC No.1 or No. 2 could set a positive tone for the rest of the season. “We know they’re going to be tough games, just like all NESCAC conference games,” Mason said. “We’re just going to do the things we’ve been trying to do all year to get
on the right track in conference play.” The team’s rest will be brief. But with an opportunity to come away with non-conference wins they didn’t have a year before — including two conference upsets — the Jumbos aren’t too worried about missing time on the couch at home. Instead, they’re focused on showing what they can do on the basketball court. “We’re playing pretty good defense right now and we’re just trying to take more steps to become an even more solid defensive team,” Mason said. “That is, playing defense for a full 35 seconds and ending that with a rebound and not just 30 or 32 seconds which is what we have been doing. And then we want to get out and run for the easy bucket.” —by Claire Kemp
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD | ’Bos seek improvement over break After opening its season last weekend at the Jay Carisella Invitational, the men’s track and field team will spend a month training over break before hitting the competition scene again in January, when the bulk of its season will begin. The squad will return early to campus before classes and pick up where it left off. While some athletes will compete in the Dartmouth Relays Jan. 7 and 9, others will compete in the Tufts Alumni Invitational that same weekend. The first meet for the squad as a whole will come on Jan. 15 with the Tufts Invitational I hosted at the Gantcher Center. “Most of the guys started out their first meet at Reggie [Lewis Center for the Jay Carisella Invitational] in really good shape. It was a good jumping off point,” senior co-captain Jeff Prunier said. “The goal for Tufts Invitational I is to come back even faster and stronger. I think everyone
has the potential to improve on their times and performances.” For some athletes, January will be the start of their seasons, especially for most distance runners who just came off of their cross-country seasons. “I think that it will be a really exciting meet and a good start to indoor,” Prunier said. “It will be pretty exciting to see how [the distance runners] do now that they are running
shorter distances and faster. They look really fit, so it will be good to see them on the track for the first time.” After Tufts Invitational I, the team will have another month of competition before it enters championship season mid-February, where all of its training will be put to the test against the rest of New England. —by Lauren Flament
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How Tufts’ winter teams will keep busy WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING | Jumbos head to Florida for intense conditioning trip “We can’t be out of the water for a month, and we prefer to train as a team and be competitive with everyone else,” Kono said. “We practice twice a day for two hours, doing high yardage swims, sprints and dry-land workouts. The only things we worry about while there are eating, sleeping and swimming.” Immediately after returning from Florida, the Jumbos will travel to Williams for a three-team NESCAC meet against Wesleyan and the hosts. The Ephs are a conference powerhouse, and the team is eager to measure itself against them. “We want to show up and be a presence against Williams,” Kono said. “It’s an important meet for us to establish ourselves and prove that we can be a contender in the top three of the NESCAC.”
While most Tufts students are at home resting up for the spring semester, the women’s swimming and diving team will embark on its annual training trip during winter break. The Jumbos will travel to Florida and spend 10 days working hard to improve their times ahead of some of the most important meets of the season. “The training trip is the peak of our training regimen, when we have the highest amount of yardage and the hardest practices,” senior tricaptain Megan Kono said. “It comes at a really good time when we’re in between semesters and we don’t have the added pressure of classes and clubs.” Staying conditioned over winter break is particularly important for the swimmers and divers because their times improve as they build up intensity over the course of the season.
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WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD | No time to rest for ’Bos While many sports have competitions over break, the women’s track and field team will get a rest from meets. But that hardly means the Jumbos will be lounging at home like their classmates. In preparation for Tufts’ first full meet of the season on Jan. 15 in the Gantcher Center, the Jumbos will spend the break building up fitness and strength. After the Husky Invitational this past weekend, the competitors will now have a chance to work on their individual events and build up strong bases. Other than the first Tufts Invitational, all of the Jumbos’ other meets will take place after classes resume in January. The team sees the time off as a chance to build up the strength necessary for both this indoor season and the coming outdoor season. With many top performers returning and a great core of young athletes joining the team in a broad range of events, the Jumbos look to improve on what they were able to accomplish last year. “Our long-term goals are to keep everyone healthy and avoid injuries,” senior tri-captain Rosie Xia said. “We have done a good job of that so far. Hopefully by the Division III New England Championships, everyone will be in the shape they want to be
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in. We are really excited to see the freshmen run their first few races at the collegiate level.” While it is still very early, the team is looking forward to the tough competitions that lie ahead.
“It’s really hard to tell how we will do at this point, but going into the season, we are hopeful that we can be competitive at Div. III’s,” Xia said. —by Connor Rose
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MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING | Tufts gears up for annual training in Fla. The men’s swimming and diving team will take its annual trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during winter break for two weeks of intense training. Tufts showed it could compete with Div. III powerhouses such as NYU by finishing third this weekend at the MIT Invitational, but winter training — which will include four hours of grueling workouts each day — may be the Jumbos’ toughest test yet. “We’re swimming every day, doing dry-run exercises, things like that,” senior quad-captain Joe Lessard said. “[In past years], it’s been a significant portion of our training, and the fitness level really goes through the roof for the team as a whole.” While the trip is productive from a physical standpoint, it also provides an opportunity to strengthen bonds between teammates. “There’s a lot of training in the sun, and there’s a lot of really hard work being put forth, but it’s also a good chance to get to know your team and get to know each other,” Lessard said. “We live together in hotel rooms; we cook for ourselves.
… You really get to know everyone on the team because you spend so much time with each other.” During last year’s training, the Jumbos endured recordlow temperatures in Florida and even saw some snow, Lessard said. This time around, the team hopes that the trip will offer an escape from the cold, as well as a getaway from the stresses of college life. “It’s a really great opportunity for us to work really hard and focus solely on our swimming and diving,” Lessard said. “Without any classes and things like that to distract us, you can just focus in on the training and put forth everything you have for two weeks. When you come back and classes start back up, you have such a good base on which to build that the rest of the season just falls into place.” Tufts will continue its season on Jan. 15 at a tri-meet at Williams with Wesleyan, followed by two big out-of-conference meets against MIT and Boston College. —by Aaron Leibowitz
MEN’S HOCKEY | Jumbos will try to keep up hot streak in January Heading into the winter break having won three straight games and four of seven overall, the Tufts hockey team is preparing itself for several crucial matchups over the break, including four against NESCAC opponents. First though, the Jumbos will take a well-deserved break for a few weeks, before coming back on New Year’s Day for their first practice of the new calendar year. The team hopes that its brightest star, junior goalie Scott Barchard, will by then be able to return to the lineup. “It’ll be great to get some rest and get healthy and hopefully Scott will back after the break,” senior quad-captain Tom Derosa, who leads the Jumbos with five goals on the year, said. Barchard suffered a twisted ankle in the Nov. 27 game against Brockport and has been off the ice since. The critical games, though, start on the weekend of Jan. 7, when the Jumbos have two vital away matches, both against local rivals. First Tufts travels to Babson on Jan. 7, and then the squad will head into the capital city to face UMass-Boston on Jan. 8. The Jumbos have been successful on the road thus
far this season, posting a record of 2-1-1 away from home. But the team knows that every away game represents a unique test. “It shouldn’t be too bad, because we don’t have to stay overnight, because those schools are pretty close by,” Derosa said. “We’ve already proven we can win on the road, but we just have to stay focused and play well in these key games.” The following weekend, the squad returns to the friendly confines of the Malden Forum, where they take on NESCAC foes Hamilton and Amherst on Jan. 14 and 15. The two games will take the Jumbos past the midway point of their season and give them an idea of where they stand as they head into the home stretch. “We’ve only had one loss in the conference, but we’ll know more after we play Conn. College [this Saturday, Dec. 11],” Derosa said. “So far we’ve been playing well, and these conference games are what decide the course of the season.” —by David McIntyre
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Jumbo successes: The Daily reflects on fall’s top moments BY BEN KOCHMAN, ALEX PREWITT AND DANIEL RATHMAN
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As the fall comes to a close, the Daily takes a look back on some of the most memorable moments this semester in Tufts athletics: Tufts earns rousing victory over Bowdoin in season finale In a titanic NESCAC matchup, the field hockey team on Oct. 29 refused to be sunk by its rival Bowdoin. With the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Tournament on the line, senior Tamara Brown’s goal was the difference in a 1-0 Tufts win. The Jumbos outshot the Polar Bears 8-3 in the contest, including Brown’s goal, which came with 15 minutes left in the first half off an assist from senior Melissa Burke and gave the Jumbos the No. 1 seed. After this momentous win, however, Tufts’ season went downhill, as the Polar Bears exacted revenge in the NESCAC Championship with a 3-0 blowout of the Jumbos. Bowdoin went on to win the NCAA Championship — its third in four years — while the Jumbos were upset by Middlebury in the second round. But on this day, the Jumbos showed that when they play well, they can beat any team in the country. Against Amherst, Anthony Fucillo shatters offensive records Though the football team came out on the losing end of the highest scoring game in NESCAC history, it certainly didn’t stop the Jumbos from rewriting the history books. In a game featuring 1,303 yards of total offense and 119 total points, senior Anthony Fucillo became the first quarterback in NESCAC history to throw for over 500 yards in a game. In the Jumbos’ 70-49 loss to Amherst on Oct. 30, Fucillo’s 503-yard total shattered the previous Tufts record of 356. The tri-captain’s 522 yards of total offense in Tufts’ loss and the 119 total points scored were both new alltime league highs as well. In Tufts’ new high-powered, no-huddle spread offense, Fucillo led the Jumbos to a NESCAC- and school-record 671 yards of total yardage, which included sophomore Dylan Haas’ 205 receiving yards. Hockey team blanks Middlebury in historic win The hockey team hadn’t beaten Middlebury in more than half a century, and the Panthers hadn’t been shut out in their season opener since 1940. But on Nov. 19, both of those streaks came to an end. Led by a 29-save effort from junior quad-captain goaltender Scott Barchard, the Jumbos blanked Middlebury, 3-0. Tufts had one tally apiece from senior quad-captain Dylan Cooper and classmate Zach Diaco, while freshman Garrett Sider added an empty-netter with less than three minutes to go. Despite being outshot 29-15 and committing five penalties to Middlebury’s one, the Jumbos started their season off on a high note and earned their second win in the program’s history over the Panthers.
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Women’s soccer takes NESCAC regular season title With an impressive 1-0 victory over Bowdoin in the Oct. 29 regular season finale paired with an Amherst loss, the women’s soccer team clinched the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Tournament. A goal from junior Jamie Love-Nichols — her fourth of the season — proved to be the game- and NESCAC regular seasonwinner. The win put the Jumbos at 8-2-3 for the regular season and, more importantly, gave them home-field advantage in the playoffs. But that was the end of the magic for the Jumbos, who were upended in penalty kicks by the No. 8 seed Bates Bobcats in the quarterfinals. It was a tragic ending to a tremendous season which saw a six-game win streak and a nine-game unbeaten streak. Both Jumbo losses were by a single goal.
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Fortunately, the team has a plethora of young weapons waiting to take revenge next year. Expect great things from these women in the next few years. Volleyball upsets Williams in clutch performance After losing three straight matches in October, the volleyball team was at a crossroads. But on Oct. 15, down two sets to one at home against Williams, something clicked. The result was a huge comeback five-set victory that launched Tufts back in the win column. This season was an emotional roller coaster for the Jumbos, who dealt with injuries and a tough non-conference schedule. But Tufts ultimately received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, after a run to the finals of the NESCAC Tournament. And it all started on this day in October, when, in front of a wild
home crowd, the Jumbos gritted their way to a win against their hated rivals. Honorable mention: Men’s soccer halts NESCAC skid If first-year men’s soccer coach Josh Shapiro needed a win to energize his team, he couldn’t have asked for one much better than Tufts’ 1-0 triumph over Wesleyan on Sep. 25. The Jumbos hadn’t won a NESCAC match in nearly two years, but they welcomed the Cardinals — the No. 1 seed in the previous season’s conference tournament — to Kraft Field and posted an impressive 1-0 shutout behind a stellar defensive effort. Senior Ron Coleman scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute, and junior goalkeeper Alan Bernstein turned away seven Wesleyan shots to ensure that Tufts’ early lead would hold up.
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