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Volunteers from Tufts’ fraternities and sororities will next week be giving blood on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in an effort to raise awareness of the fact that federal statutes prohibit some of its members from doing so themselves. The students will donate blood at the April 12-16 American Red Cross
blood drive, hosted by the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), in Carmichael Hall next week. A 1992 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation bars men who have sex with men (MSM) from being blood donors. “They’ll be donating on behalf of the larger idea of those who can’t, particularly MSM people, but there are so many people who can’t,” Aaron see BLOOD DRIVE, page 2
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Seniors Andrew Altman, David Chen, Karan Randhawa and Maxime Pinto and junior Justin Ferranti made up one of two winning teams in the Gordon Institute’s 100K Business Plan Competition.
Competition winners get 100K for business models by
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Two teams of winners in the Tufts 7th Annual 100K Business Plan Competition each walked away with $100,000 for their business model proposals in urban sanitation in Kenya and a product for Indian motorcyclists after beating out 11 other teams. The winners, Roof for Two and Sanergy, were among teams in the competition’s two categories — the Classic Business Plan Competition and the Social Entrepreneurship Competition. They presented their ideas Wednesday in the Alumnae Lounge to a panel of judges in pursuit of the $100,000 prize. The money is distributed in the form of in cash and in-kind services. The competition, sponsored
since 2007 by the Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, required one member of each team to be an undergraduate or graduate student or alumnus from one of the university’s schools. The contest’s rules allowed the teams to utilize up to $50,000 in outside funding to develop their project, according to Pamela Goldberg, director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and the organizer of the competition. First-year Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy student Guarav Tiwari was the Tufts representative on the team behind Sanergy, which won the Classic Business Plan Competition. The group, composed of Tiwari and three Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students, focused their research on reducing disease in see GORDON, page 3
Active citizen alumni to gather on the Hill The first-ever gathering at Tufts predominately focused on connecting graduates dedicated to active citizenship will convene on campus tomorrow, as the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service hosts over 100 people for its 10th anniversary celebrations. The day will begin with a morning of short talks by faculty members and alumni, followed by panels on social enterprise, policy and advocacy. Together with today’s Alan D. Solomont Lecture, featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the event represents the culmination of a year of Tisch College anniversary celebrations. “Tufts has so many alumni who are active citizens,” Sarah Shugars, communications specialist at Tisch College, said. “We really wanted to have an opportunity for all these alumni to come together.” Alumni participants range from Simon Rosenberg (A ‘85), the founder and president of the New Democratic Network, to Sheril Kirshenbaum (LA ’02), a University of Texas at Austin researcher who recent-
ly wrote a book entitled “The Science of Kissing.” Professors from the biomedical engineering, history and child development departments will join colleagues from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Tisch College in sharing their ongoing work. “We kind of figured that if you’re coming back to a university, you have to have a chance to learn something new that you hadn’t expected,” Nancy Wilson, director and associate dean of Tisch College and future interim dean of Tisch College said. The gathering, titled “The Active Civic Roles of Tufts Alumni,” is targeted at both alumni and students. An “online community” on Tisch College’s website lists attendees and their interests, with the goal of linking them together beforehand and making tomorrow’s networking more efficient. —by Ben Gittleson
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Members of the Greek community at the April 12-16 blood drive plan to donate blood on behalf of certain members of the of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community .
Court ruling curbs Google’s rights to digitize books by Jon
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New York City district court judge Denny Chin last month rejected a potential settlement in an ongoing trial which pits Google Books against the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers. The settlement would have allowed Google to publish online exerpts from out of print books that fall into fuzzy legal domain. The Google court settlement only applies to what are called “orphan works,” according to Laura Walters, Tisch Library’s associate director for teaching and research. All books published in the United States before 1923 are considered in the public domain; all books published afterward are subject to copyright. Orphan works are works published after 1923 that are out of print, for which the copyright holder or author cannot be
contacted. They make up a great number of the books Google has made available to the public. “Google was planning on making a database of the orphan works and selling them as a subscription to libraries. This is what the court has put a stop to,” Walters, who is also Head of Collections, said. “The judge said that the issue of orphan works is best dealt with through legislation, not the courts.” Google has been working to scan millions of books for its free digital archives, including those from the collections of many universities. The recent rejection of the $125-million settlement deal is especially damaging toward Google’s plans to digitize the library books from major research institutes, as Google has already digitized 850,000 of Harvard’s books and will no see DIGITIZATION, page 2
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With the advent of the digital age, mere Internet access puts the virtual world at your fingertips. Much of this content is free, and many people have grown accustomed to attaining information free of charge, aside from paying for Internet access itself. Yet the decision by The New York Times to begin its digital subscription program on March 28 marks a considerable departure from the concept of free news. Though the Times was not the first news service to charge for content — the largest U.S. newspaper by circulation, The Wall Street Journal, has done so for years — the news conglomerate’s implementation of a paywall represents a major step in what is likely to be a major trend. “I can pretty much guarantee, now that
The New York Times has [started online subscriptions], every major newspaper will follow their lead,” Communications and Media Studies (CMS) Program Director Julie Dobrow said. While users may be frustrated that not all online news sites will be free, the drive to charge for content is not necessarily the result of a publication’s money-grubbing mentality. Neil Miller, an English lecturer who teaches journalism, said that revenue is needed to sustain high-quality reporting. “I think because of the Internet we have gotten spoiled in that we can just look up everything for free,” Miller said. “But this stuff is expensive. You have to pay reporters. You need infrastructure.” Newspapers ran into trouble when Internet access became a household norm. According to a study by the Nielsen Company in 2009, more than 80 percent
of Americans have computers at home, and 92 percent of them have access to the Internet. Content that subscribers once paid to have delivered to their homes is largely available for free online, reducing the need for readers to purchase print subscriptions and vendors to advertise in print editions. Miller described the climate that the economy and the digital age created for newspapers as “a perfect storm.” Dobrow agreed. “It’s pretty clear what made [digital subscriptions] necessary,” Dobrow said. “Look how your generation reads the newspaper. Very, very few undergraduates read a hard copy of the paper.” As technology evolves, the funding problem for news organizations will not disappear, Miller explained; regardless see PAYWALLS, page 4
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longer have access to the rest of the university’s 17 million-volume inventory. University ambivalence over whether or not Google is permitted to have access to their volumes is based on several concerns, which Walters believes are concerns that Tufts shares. Besides the fact that Google has not yet set the cost of subscription, there are issues of privacy rights, according to Walters. “Libraries are big on protecting our patrons’ privacy,” Walters said. “We keep no records of what patrons have checked out. So, if the government comes to us under the Patriot Act looking for what you have read, we can honestly say that we don’t know. Google won’t do that — they will keep a record of everything you have read. What will they do with that information?” She added that censorship and monopolization may also be a serious problem. “Under their proposal, Google could pull up to 20 percent of what is in the database,” Walters said. “Let’s say China wanted them to pull a work they didn’t want their people to read, Google could do that. We don’t mind that Google is doing this, but they shouldn’t be the only ones allowed to digitize orphan works.” Indeed, when it comes to providing access to library material, most major universities would want to preserve the rights to their collections, Walters explained, which is why some of them — including Harvard, Columbia and Yale Universities; and the University of Michigan — have joined together into HathiTrust, a database that allows full-text access to anyone in the world. The system also allows the libraries to incorporate orphan works —
but only a fragment of them — into their database, a move deemed eligible for use under the Fair Use Copyright Law. “[The law] gauges whether something is fair use by four factors — two of them being educational usage and ‘market harm,’” Walters said. “Many contend, including myself, that there is no market harm in the digitizing of orphan works because these are out of print books and therefore not available for sale.” Some libraries, such as Columbia University, however, have interpreted the law differently. “They have their full-text orphan works in their catalogue with a message that says ‘If you are the author of this work or the heirs, please contact us,’” Walter said. “But so far, no one has.” While Harvard is going an extra step by having their staff scan their books into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Tufts has decided that further digitization is not necessary, though they have already digitized some pre-1923 works that were put up into the Internet Archive. “Almost all the books we own are owned by the big research libraries,” Walter said. “And they have digitized those books, so we don’t feel any need to digitize books that have been done by other places.” Instead, Tufts will now focus on a unique project: digitizing rare books that are exclusive to the university. “We found very rare pages from a book from the Middle Ages — prayer books that we found a couple of years ago in our rare books,” Walters said. “What we did is that we digitized it and made a Web page. Currently, a professor is working with students to translate it in a religion class.” The prayer books are not the only
books that will be available for online consumption in the future, as Tisch is looking for other rare materials that will be accessible to virtually anyone with Web access. “We don’t only plan to digitize these things. We want to make them findable for anyone doing a Google search,” Walters said. “We’re also building Web pages of our own which will be useful for scholars and students who wish to know more about these obscure subjects.” Junior Usamah Suhrawardy, who works in the Circulation and Reserves desk at Tisch Library, felt similarly about library digitalization of books versus Google. “I do think the court’s decision to rule out Google Books is justified because it breaches copyright issues, and they’re clearly making a profit out of that,” Suhrawardy said. “And I’d rather read the library’s digital volumes, as they’re doing it for their own cause and will also be more accessible to students who want to avoid the hassle of needing to buy the books online, or need to go to the library when it might be closed.” In the end, the move towards digitization is inevitable, but it’s not something that Google can have market rights over, Suhrawardy added. Walters, too, believes that the future is going to be based on the authority of academic libraries and not for-profit companies. “There isn’t any market harm. We are not making money off of this. We are letting people see this for free,” Walters said. “Academic libraries are going to say, ‘We can’t find the copyright owner; there’s no harm because it’s out of print; and we’re not making money, so we can digitize this and make that accessible.’”
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Kenya’s slums by improving sanitation. Roof for Two, an initiative of Tufts seniors Andrew Altman, David Chen, Karan Randhawa and Maxime Pinto, as well as junior Justin Ferranti, won the Social Entrepreneurship Competition. The students developed a device that protects motorcyclists from the monsoons common to Southeast Asia. The product is aimed to cater to a wide range of Indian consumers, according to Ferranti. “The main thing is for it to be affordable for the average motorcycle owner,” he said. In their presentation, the group emphasized that many Indians, unable to afford cars, depend on motorcycles for transportation. “We are helping refine a quickly developing economy,” Altman said. In preparation for the competition, each member of the group signed up for courses in finance, marketing and entrepreneurial leadership and, upon learning they were finalists, worked around the clock to finalize the details of their proposals, according to Randhawa and Chen. “We were very excited; once we knew we were finalists, it was just day and night working, making sure we were ready to take our business to the next step,” Chen said. This year’s competition marked the first time the Gordon Institute allowed teams to include members from Tufts who are alumni, as opposed to current students, an addition Goldberg said contributed to the quality of the entries. “I think that added a layer of complexity and additional competitiveness to the competition,” she said. The institute’s 100K Business Competition is unique, Goldberg
said, in that many of the ventures are successful once they are launched off the Hill. “We started this as an extension of an education program and a way to further the learning that happens in the [entrepreneurial leadership] classes, but it’s done more than that,” Goldberg said. “We’re on the map in the entrepreneurial realm in a way that we had not been before.” Although last year’s winning team in the Classic Business Competition, Proximity Health Solutions, was unsuccessful in the real market, team member Michael Brown (LA ’10), stressed the educational experience inherent in the competition. “The market wasn’t ready for our product — the technology wasn’t mature enough to immediately start a company,” Brown explained. “It’s hard to say by winning money in a competition that you’re ‘the winner.’ While we did win, the real winners are the people who go on to create successful companies.” Second- and third-place winners also received cash prizes, according to Carla Eberle, assistant director of admissions and communications of the Engineering Management Program at the Gordon Institute. Joyce Fong, an MBA candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a member of the runner-up team in the Entrepreneurship Competition, said her group benefited from the experience of preparing its business model for the competition. The team’s entry, Saathi, aims to empower rural Indian women and girls by manufacturing affordable sanitary pads made from local banana tree fiber. “The competition is really good for us as a team because it forced us to focus and to have a clear understanding of what it was exactly that we were trying to do,” she said.
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of the medium, money needs to come from somewhere. Nan Levinson, also an English lecturer, acknowledged that payment is necessary but is unsure whether online subscriptions are the most efficient way to secure that payment. “Newspapers have to come up with a way to fund this process, regardless of how it is delivered,” Levinson said. “I don’t know if a paywall is the way to do this. I’m waiting to see what happens.” Questions have also been raised about whether the increase of online reading has changed the way in which people consume the information they read. While it is difficult to pinpoint the effect of augmented online content, some think that differences in the way people are presented with and read news online versus in print could change the amount of news people actually digest. “I think what we are going to get more and more of is headlines and less content,” Levinson said. “And that’s something I’m very concerned about.” Still, online readers can navigate through a far larger body of material quicker than they can in print. Miller hypothesized that online subscriptions may make those who pay feel obliged to read more news. “I think people tend to skim through things online,” Miller said. “Putting a value on it may make people read it more closely or carefully.” Freshman Conway Yao, a regular news consumer, is concerned about those who
will not be willing to pay for news in the event that most online publications begin to charge. In the line of thought that the media is the fourth branch of government, and a right granted to citizens in the U.S. Constitution, he felt quality basic news should always be available for free. Yao worried that those who are not very concerned with keeping themselves informed will be the least likely to pay for digital subscriptions, which, in turn, will leave them even less informed. “The readers who would most likely not pay for a subscription are the least informed in society, which means they are turning to less reputable sources,” he said. Thanks to the sizeable number of New York Times newspapers Tufts orders and receives daily, students and faculty are eligible to receive a 50 percent discount on the Times’ new digital subscription fees. This translates to $1.88 per week, or $7.50 per month for unlimited online access via computer or smartphone. Those who choose not to pay will be subject to the Times’ new policy, which includes free access to 20 articles per month online, including special features. Policy aside, though, Dobrow stressed that all news publications are exhibiting a definite growth in their reliance on digital platforms to disseminate news. She stressed that journalists can no longer simply be good writers and reporters; they must also work with blogs, videos and podcasts, among other media forms. “Everybody has to go online,” Dobrow said. “It’s completely changed [journalism] forever.”
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Hartman, a graduate assistant at the LGBT Center, said. “They’ll record that they’re donating for that particular reason.” “It is a wonderful idea to raise awareness,” senior Jenna Dargie, one of the blood drive’s co-coordinators, said. “It’s great to still donate blood because it’s so important, but this will open discussion about this policy and hopefully it will be changed.” Hartman said members of Team Q, an on-campus student group that focuses on LGBT issues, will be at the drive to raise awareness about the ban and encourage them to donate. Many people are unaware that the ban exists, he said, because the screening questionnaire taken beforehand only asks if would-be donors have ever slept with another man without explaining the reason for the question. “A lot of times if you’re not thinking about it you wouldn’t realize there’s a ban,” Hartman said. To further incentivize blood donation, fraternities and sororities will compete against each other. The Greek organization with the highest percentage of members donating on behalf of the LGBT community will receive a $400 prize, according to sophomore Logan Cotton, a Theta Delta Chi brother in charge of marketing the campaign. The FDA regulation in question states that any man who has had sex with another man — since the 1977 emergence in the United States of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic — are indefinitely ineligible to donate blood. This restriction extends to MSM persons in monogamous relationships and women who have slept with MSM persons. According to the site, the MSM community is the largest single group of blood donors to test HIV positive. The rule is in place for biological reasons, not discriminatory ones, the FDA argues. “Scientifically, there is basis for the policy to still exist,” Ryan Heman, a senior TCU senator, said. “The MSM population does have the vast majority of HIV and AIDS in the United States, so the risk of transmission if MSM were allowed to donate would increase.” According to Heman, the discriminatory nature of the regulation was addressed in fall 2004 when then-senior
Matthew Pohl filed a complaint against the LCS with regard to the blood drives. Pohl claimed that because the LCS received TCU funds to conduct the blood drives, they violated the university’s non-discrimination policy. “His opinion was that since gay and bisexual members of the community cannot participate because they can’t donate blood, it was a violation of the non-discrimination policy, both of the TCU and the university,” Heman said. In an arbitration agreement between Pohl, the LCS and the university, the blood drives were allowed to continue. LCS would host, rather than sponsor, the drives, and agreed to provide programming that promotes awareness of the MSM policy and LGBT issues. “As it stands [the blood drive] is still in violation of the non-discrimination policy, but an exception was made through the arbitration agreement,” Heman said. This exception was made because the agreement includes the disclaimer requiring educational initiatives to spread awareness of the issue. Heman said this side of the agreement has not been upheld. “The cause to raise awareness over the controversy is not something that has really been carried out,” Heman said. “The disclaimer is not enough, and something else should be done. It would be great to see joint programming.” The Red Cross collects 2,000 units of blood a day across the nation, according to Red Cross spokesperson Donna Morrissey. Though it is legally obligated, along with all other blood-banking organizations, to follow the FDA regulation on MSM, the Red Cross does not necessarily endorse it. “The Red Cross believes that the current lifetime deferral for men who have had sex with other men is unwarranted and that the donor criteria should be modified,” Morrissey told the Daily last month. Hartman thinks there are ways to allow some members of the LGBT community to donate without putting recipients at risk, he said. “The statistics make sense but there are a lot of reasons why the regulation shouldn’t still be this way,” Hartman said. “Feasibly the policy would be very easy to change. Raising awareness through events like the blood drive is more important than anything.”
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Blood Pressures The Kills Domino Records together moody, hypnotizing rock tunes. With three critically acclaimed albums already under their snakeskin belts, anticipation was high for their eagerly awaited fourth album, “Blood Pressures.” Mosshart, or “VV” as she is known on stage, may be more recently recognized as the charismatic frontwoman wailing into a microphone alongside Jack White in their band The Dead Weather, but she has spent most of her musical career alongside Hince (aka “Hotel”), since they formed The Kills in 2000. The band has garnered comparisons to The White Stripes, while their private lives have come under increased scrutiny — especially Hince’s, now otherwise known as supermodel Kate Moss’ beau. The band’s intensely interesting private lives aside, “Blood Pressures” is a slight change of
pace for the bluesy duo. Their last album, “Midnight Boom” (2008), was arguably their best yet — a temperamental album full of slow, treacly guitar riffs. After Mosshart’s experience touring and recording with The Dead Weather, she was clearly ready to change the pace. While “Blood Pressures” still has Hince’s standard thick guitar in the background, the tempo of the entire album is a lot faster and includes more melodies and stand-out sounds. The first song, “Future Starts Slow,” is not immediately recognizable as The Kills, starting with an upbeat guitar riff reminiscent of any other happy, cheerful indie pop band. But then Mosshart’s vocals kick in and normalcy is restored, her voice still as enticing and brooding as it has ever been. If anything, her time spent with White has upped her creativity to eleven. “Satellite,” the first single off the album and so far the only one with a music video, is a wistful, beguiling song, with repetitive, percussive rhythm adding to its regretful tone. With lyrics like, “Oh how he crossed us on that fate/ your path in my own satellite/ What a mess a little time makes to us/ when time and place collide,” the song provokes an interesting medley of contemplative-
ness. Gratifyingly, the second song is just as good as the first. Producer Bill Skibbe, in an interview with SPIN, admitted that Mosshart’s creative energy was partly due to White’s ability to make records extremely quickly. He said that the last album was “so beat-oriented, like making playground songs, while this one is more about songwriting.” This is certainly evident on the album and it is in “Wild Charms,” an interlude just over a minute long, that the biggest change is apparent. In this song, it becomes clear that it was not only Mosshart who gained confidence during the band’s interlude, but also Hince, as he steps out from his usual backing vocals to take on a solo (albeit a short one). “The Last Goodbye” is a ballad unlike anything The Kills have recorded before. Mosshart has the opportunity to flaunt the limits of her voice, and there do not appear to be many. Not only can she do gritty and gloomy, but this song also showcases the soulful side to her vocals, which, when recorded over light, melodic piano, are something entirely different from what fans of The Kills are used to. This song is evidently one of a kind, as “Damned If She Do” reverts back to the hypnotic, guitar riffs and repetitive
The Kills’ new album, ‘Blood Pressures,’ is a moody, hypnotic collection of faster songs. percussive beats that make this band so unique. No matter how many songs they make, their ability to retain their sound and keep their songs individually distinctive is a quality to be admired in a band these days. The last song on the album, “Pots and Pans,” ends with the
recurring lyrics, “These are the days we’ll never forget/ When the dawn dawns on you,” a positive end to an album with a different sound, but still intrinsically identifiable as The Kills. It seems the duo can do no wrong, no matter what band they happen to be in.
Arthurian legend comes to life (again) in Starz’s ‘Camelot’ Starz hopes to entice viewers with mix of sex and violence, humor and drama by
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It would be demeaning to refer to “Camelot” as mere television. Airing on Starz, it is only available by paid subscription to the premium
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cable channel. That being said, this is a show worth buying. The cast is suburb, the costumes flawless, the set stunning and the story complex. Though it is by no means an original retelling of the traditional tale of King Arthur, it nevertheless provides a beautiful illustration to this well-known text. Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur, Joseph Fiennes as the wizard Merlin and Eva Green as Morgan stand out among a stellar and renowned cast, and the dynamics among the three are phenomenal. Arthur is the illegitimate son and heir of the late King Uther, while Morgan is the king’s banished but publically known biological daughter who wishes
to become queen. The two half-siblings make normal family quarrels appear trivial as they fight for the throne. While Morgan acts as an opposing force to Arthur, Merlin acts as his mentor. Yet Merlin doubles as a puppeteer, as he sees Arthur as a key to his power. Still, Merlin feels genuine affection for Arthur, adding a deeper layer to their dynamic. Their conversation is witty and their dialogue amusing. Tension among Arthur, Merlin and Morgan is further cemented when Morgan hints at a former romantic relationship between her and Merlin, suggesting that his behavior could be perceived as an attempt
Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, Claire Forlani as Igraine and Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur in ‘Camelot.’
at a lover’s revenge. As a mixture of sex, humor and drama, “Camelot” is far more mature than previous adaptations of the Arthurian legend may suggest. The sex and nudity is full frontal, shown as a manipulative tool, a source of amusement and an indication of affection. The humor is rare, but used to lighten otherwise dark and tense scenes. In a sense, the lighter undertone helps to mitigate a deep intensity. The illumination of humor within such a dark story is due to the people behind the scenes. Produced by Graham King, Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan, the show is clearly influenced by popular movies and shows. King is behind movies such as “The Town” (2010) and “The Departed” (2006), and Hirst is known for his work writing the “Elizabeth” films (1998, 2007) and “The Tudors” (2007-10). Their experiences lend perfectly to this multifaceted, historically based story: “Camelot” has the depth of an Oscar-winning movie but the drama of an extravagant television series. Yet this seriousness causes one to question the function of “Camelot.” Is it a short movie or an over-the-top TV show? With advances in technology, television has progressively moved further into the realm of highbrow entertainment. Now, TV shows have the quality and special effects to rival many theatrical films. This further raises the question regarding the status of shows of this genre. In watching this, how does one’s experience differ from watching a similar movie? “Camelot,” with its A-list actors and lavish sets, is a hugely laborious endeavor. Forgoing the experience of a physical theater, this one-hour show more closely resembles a segmented made-for-TV movie in scope and extravagance. Though the show has been capped at 10 episodes for the first season, the producers have indicated that more seasons will follow depending on its success. And a show of this caliber deserves a second season — it is captivating, weaving an intricate but fascinating plot between well-known characters. Though it airs on pay-cable, it’s a steal when compared to what a show of this quality would cost in a theater.
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Junior Kevin Gilchrist, pictured here during his complete game shutout against Bates last Saturday, will take the ball for the Jumbos this weekend against the Bantams.
Trinity offense could cause problems for deep Tufts staff BASEBALL
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of putting up multiple runs in every inning, avoiding errors is paramount. Trinity’s hitters are patient, as evidenced by their 88 walks in 128 innings at the plate, but pitchers that throw lots of quality strikes and trust the fielders behind them to make plays are able to avoid their wrath. “They’ve had a history of putting mistakes over the fence,” Miller said. “But as long as we limit those and keep the ball low in the zone, we can keep it on the ground and let our defense do its job.” Despite their offensive prowess, the Bantams have been shutout twice this sea-
son. MIT held them scoreless on March 12 by walking just three batters and keeping Trinity hitters off-balance. Southern Maine did the same on March 20, when sophomore Chris Bernard tossed seven innings without walking a batter. But when runners get on and mistakes are made, the Bantams are primed to take advantage. Colby and Albertus Magnus have learned that the hard way over the past week, as Trinity scored at least 13 runs in each of its last four games against them. Staying within themselves The third and final key to beating the Bantams goes hand-in-hand with the sec-
ond: In order to avoid making mistakes, the Jumbos must trust their own abilities and their game plan. “We have to stay within ourselves,” Casey said. “They’re a good team, but we have to worry about what we can control, and know that the results will take care of themselves.” Tufts has as much depth on both sides of the ball as anyone in the conference and the team is confident evlkklery time it takes the field. That includes this weekend’s slate against Trinity, whose roster hasn’t changed much since the Jumbos swept them at Huskins Field last year. “If we play our game, we know we can win these games,” Miller said.
Mumbo Jumbo “We don’t just shoot it to shoot it, and that’s the key.”
—Women’s lacrosse sophomore attackman Kerry Eaton on the Jumbos’ offensive patience.
Whatever method the women’s lacrosse team has adopted on the offensive end, it’s certainly working for the 12th-ranked Jumbos. Tufts (6-2) has not scored fewer than 10 goals in a single game all season and boasts a 13.0 goals-per-game average. Most recently, Tufts demolished NESCAC foe Wesleyan on the road 19-9 and then took down visiting Babson 15-4. Leading the way is junior midfielder Casey Egan, the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, who has a team-high 12 assists and 30 points, and junior attackman Lara Kozin, who leads Tufts with 19 goals.
On the season, the Bantams have managed only a meager 27-percent man-up scoring percentage, a good sign for the Jumbos, who have the league’s worst penalty-killing percentage due to their offensive-minded style. “We don’t game plan too much about other teams’ offenses,” senior quad-captain longstick midfielder Alec Bialosky said. “We just want to get back to our fundamentals of communication, sliding quickly and recovering. We want to be getting on the ball and being good adjacent players.” One factor that may prove to be Tufts’ Achilles’ heel against Trinity is underperformance in the third quarter. The Jumbos typically barely tread water in the third, outscoring opponents just 25-24, while the Bantams are just the opposite, dominating opponents by a 19-7 mark. In the past, Tufts has gotten complacent after halftime, allowing teams to claw back into games that looked sealed shut; both WNEC and Bates tallied six goals on Tufts in the third. Against a team like Trinity, giving up an edge in any quarter could prove disastrous. “It’s definitely one of the things that we’ve been focusing on,” Korinis said. “It’s not about them; it’s more about us. We just have to keep our focus and intensity up for that third quarter. It’s no different than any other part of the game. We just can’t get too comfortable if we’re ahead.”
“Obviously it’s big because one of our goals is to host the NESCAC Tournament. ... But overall, it’s a big game because it’s the next game, and I know everyone’s just really excited about it.” Jordan Korinis junior attackman Despite its post-halftime struggles, the squad knows that a victory would place it alone in first place and in prime position to be NESCAC regular season champions — a feat none of the current players has experienced. Tufts faced a similar situation last year, but ended up losing — its only loss of the season — to last season’s regular-season NESCAC champs Conn. College when a combination of pressure and a dreaded third-quarter momentum change gave the Camels an 8-6 win. The Jumbos will have to score early and often and keep up the pace in the second half to fend off a Bantam squad that undoubtedly wants nothing more than to upset the top team in the country. “It’s really exciting,” Bialosky said. “It’s the same as last year going into the Conn. College game thinking it was our chance to have the No. 1 spot and the No.1 seed heading into the tournament, which we haven’t done in my four years here. … It’s important that we’re excited about it, but it’s also important that we treat it like any other game.” Korinis agreed that the team had to have perspective going into the matchup. “Obviously it’s big because one of our goals is to host the NESCAC Tournament,” Korinis said. “But overall, it’s a big game because it’s the next game, and I know everyone’s just really excited about it.”
Battle of the unbeatens: No. 1 Tufts visits No. 14 Trinity Different styles collide as fast-paced Jumbos take on conservative Bantams by
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Tufts and Trinity both own undefeated 8-0 overall records and 5-0 records in the NESCAC, but a closer look at the scores in each team’s contests this season leaves no question that the Jumbos are the favorites tomorrow afternoon, when the two teams will face off in Hartford, Conn. Trinity doesn’t let up a lot of goals, but it doesn’t score like Tufts, either. The No. 14 Bantams just barely pulled out a win over No. 18 Wesleyan on Wednesday afternoon, scoring the winning tally in the last 32 seconds to come out on top 7-6. Meanwhile, Tufts beat Wesleyan 15-8 on Saturday. Trinity’s 5-0 conference record also includes a 9-7 win over Bowdoin and a slight 6-5 victory over Colby, who the Jumbos beat 14-9. Trinity also took down Lasell 13-5 — a team Tufts put 23 goals past on March 15. The Jumbos have scored 32 more goals than the Bantams this season. Tufts’ quick-passing style of offense should give Trinity trouble. Almost half of the goals Trinity has allowed have been off assisted plays, and for a team that only allows 6.88 goals on average, conceding that type of goal could be a recipe for disaster. “It’s probably a result of the run and gun tempo we play at,” junior attackman Jordan Korinis said of Tufts’ high-scoring games. “And if things go right, we can get them to play at our tempo. It doesn’t really matter if it’s a high score or low score; it just matters if we end up with more goals than them.” Tufts’ aggressive, fast-tempo defensive style may also be the perfect match for a more conservative Trinity offense. see MEN’S LACROSSE, page 7
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Last April, the then-undefeated men’s lacrosse team lost to Conn. College on the road, dropped to second-place in the NESCAC and lost its shot at a perfect season. The Jumbos are motivated to avoid a similar fate and can snag sole possession of first place in the conference tomorrow in a key game at Trinity.
Games of the Week
The Holy Trinity: Three keys to beat the Bantams
looking back (April 2-3 ) | Tufts baseball Sweeps Bates Coming into last weekend’s three-game series with Bates, the Jumbos were at a crossroads. Though they had racked up a modest three-game winning streak against non-conference opponents, they had yet to play any NESCAC East teams and were anxious to get the conference schedule underway and measure themselves against similar oppponents. But despite the uncertainty heading in, the results of the series could not have been better for Tufts: The Jumbos won all three games against the Bobcats, including a 5-0 victory on Friday that featured a complete game from junior pitcher Kevin Gilchrist, as well as a 3-2 walk-off win in the final game of the series on a single by senior outfielder Chase Rose. Besides the walk-off and the complete game, highlights of the series included a seven-inning, two-run start from senior pitcher Derek Miller in Sunday’s finale, as well as a 2-3 day from senior center fielder David Orlowitz that included three runs and one RBI in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader. The sweep leaves the Jumbos tied for first atop the NESCAC East standings with the Trinity Bantams, who also have a 3-0 record in the conference. That makes this weekend’s three-game set at Trinity all the more important as Tufts looks to build on its early-season success and take a stranglehold of first place in their division.
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looking ahead (April 9-11) | Yankees vs. Red Sox
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Baseball is back in full force, and fans of the national pastime will be treated to an immediate three-game series of the two most heated rivals in the sport as the New York Yankees come to Boston to take on the Red Sox this weekend at Fenway Park. The games will be played in rather unexpected circumstances for the home team, as the Red Sox, considered by many to be the favorites for the World Series, have started the season in the worst possible fashion: after getting blown out in three games against the Texas Rangers, the Sox were swept by the Cleveland Indians to start the season 0-6. Meanwhile, the Yankees, who some experts believe are headed for a dropoff after failing to sign free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee, have started the season strongly at 4-2, winning home series against both the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. But despite the recent form of the two teams, when the heated rivals meet, the atmosphere makes for unpredictable finishes. For the Yankees, nothing would make their fans happier than dropping the Red Sox to 0-9 on the season; for the Red Sox, the series with their rivals will provide yet another chance for their previously vaunted team to show its true potential.
Heading into Friday’s contest at Campus Field in Hartford, Conn., the baseball team sits in a tie with Trinity atop the NESCAC East standings. But by the time the last out is recorded on Sunday, only one of these squads will retain first place. Both the Jumbos (9-4-1 overall, 3-0 NESCAC) and the Bantams (13-5 overall, 3-0 NESCAC) enter the threegame series on a roll. Tufts is riding a six-game winning streak, but Trinity is amid a four-game surge of its own, and has won 10 of its last 12 games dating back to March 22. When momentum clashes with momentum, execution tends to determine who prevails. The Jumbos have just recently shown glimpses of their elite potential both at the plate and on the mound while sweeping Bates last weekend, but as senior outfielder Chase Rose admitted, they’ll need to perform more consistently to beat a stronger opponent in Trinity. The Daily examines three keys for doing just that. A good start Over the past six seasons, the baseball team’s success in NESCAC play has hinged almost entirely on its ability to win the first game of a series. The Jumbos have not lost a series in which they took the opener since the 2004 season. Conversely, over that span, Tufts has only won three series after losing game one. Those records are unsurprising,
because the structure of NESCAC play — a nine-inning game on Friday and a doubleheader consisting of a seven-inning and nineinning game on Saturday — puts a premium on the opener. Tufts benefited greatly from junior Kevin Gilchrist’s complete game shutout in its 5-0 victory over the Bobcats last Friday, because coach John Casey had a full complement of relievers available to secure the latter innings in both of Saturday’s contests. An encore gem could be even more important this weekend, as Trinity features one of the best offenses in the conference and is hitting a remarkable .349 as a team. But the Jumbos are more focused on their own play and are unwilling to worry about their opponent. “We have to take it one pitch at a time,” senior pitcher Derek Miller said. “As long as everyone does their job, we’ll be successful.” A strong effort on Friday will go a long way toward bolstering the Jumbos’ confidence for the rest of the series. Mistake-free pitching and defense But even though the Bantams feature one of the most feared offenses in the league, pitching and defense are the great equalizers in baseball, and when one team’s arms are on, the other’s bats are not. Against offenses that are capable see BASEBALL, page 7