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VOLUME LXII, NUMBER 29
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Sol Gittleman, the Alice and Nathan Gantcher university professor who served as provost from 1981 to 2002, last night delivered a lecture taking an audience of students, faculty and alumni through a history of the Tufts presidency. The lecture, entitled “Building a University — The Presidents of Tufts, 1852-2011,” took place in Barnum Hall, as part of a week of events leading up to University President Anthony Monaco’s inauguration on Friday as Tufts’ 13th president. The Experimental College sponsored the lecture, asking Gittleman to share his perspective on Tufts’ journey. Gittleman has been a professor at Tufts for nearly 48 years, and authored “An Entrepreneurial University: The Transformation of Tufts, 1976-2002.” Gittleman opened by assuring listeners that they would make it home see PRESIDENTS, page 2
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Panelists discuss new sexual assault policy by
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A group of panelists last night met in Miller Hall for the 4th Annual Tufts Sexual Violence Forum, where they discussed recent changes made to the university’s sexual assault policy that reflect a new interpretation of Title IX. The revisions implemented in the summer follow on the heels of a complete overhaul of the policy just a year ago in the summer of 2010. The overhaul was a response to students’ concerns about the previous policy’s vagueness. The panel was made up of a number of Tufts administrators, including Dean of Student Affairs Bruce Reitman, Judicial Affairs Officer Veronica Carter, Tufts University Police Department Captains Mark Keith and Linda O’Brien, Director of the Office of Residential Life and Learning Yolanda King, Interim Title IX Coordinator Sonia Juardo and Violence Prevention Program Coordinator Elaine Theodore. The panelists highlighted recent developments in the interpretation of Title IX, a federal gender-equity law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs and institutions. Although Title IX is typically invoked in cases involving the allocation of funds to
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Panelists last night gathered in Miller Hall to discuss changes to the university’s sexual assault policy. student athletics, the Office for Civil Rights this April published a letter in which it highlighted the need to expand the statute’s interpretation to encompass cases of sexual violence and harassment. “The text of the law hasn’t really changed.
It’s always said that sexual harassment cannot exist — it was always just interpreted as discrimination in women’s athletics,” Juardo said. “In April this year, the Office of see FORUM, page 2
Shapiro leads resurgence of Tufts men’s soccer by
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Step inside the Halligan Hall office of Tufts men’s soccer coach Josh Shapiro and you won’t see much. Scouting reports are neatly organized in binders on his desk, four chairs line the far wall, and a few small photos of Shapiro, his wife Amy, and their young children, Benjamin and Sophie, are modestly displayed on the near shelf. In a world of college athletics that places an ever-increasing emphasis on flash and ornamentation to attract top recruits, Shapiro’s office
is one of the rare exceptions. That’s because the Jumbos’ head coach doesn’t need or want to show off past successes like his three NCAA tournament appearances as a player at Middlebury or his seven years of Div. I coaching experience. In fact, take a look at the writing on the wall behind Shapiro’s desk, and you’ll see that the coach’s focus rests squarely on the present and the future. To the left, written in big black letters, is Shapiro’s current depth chart at every position. To the right is his “war board,” a list of about two dozen current high school seniors — chosen out of an origi-
nal pool of several hundred — that Shapiro wants to bring to the Hill next fall. In only his second season at Tufts, Shapiro’s impact on the program is already tangible. The men’s soccer team had gone nine straight seasons without a winning conference record, posting a 28-46-7 NESCAC mark during that span. But this year, Shapiro has led the Jumbos to a 4-2-2 conference record, and a ranking of No. 5 in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. How has Shapiro experienced so much success so early in his head
coaching career? David Saward may have the answer. The Middlebury days Saward, now in his 27th season as Middlebury’s men’s soccer coach, has talked with hundreds of prospective students in his office. While Saward has forgotten most of these conversations, he still remembers his first meeting with Shapiro. “The first thing out of his mouth was, ‘I’m from Leonia, New Jersey. Leonia doesn’t have soccer, but thank God for my club team,’” Saward said. Eventually, the Middlebury head
coach secured a commitment from Shapiro, who was impressed with Saward’s passion for soccer. Under Saward’s tutelage, Shapiro’s play steadily improved each season. “I thought Coach Saward created an atmosphere where players loved to train,” Shapiro said. “I thought that was really important for me as an individual and for the teams that I played on.” In his four seasons at Middlebury, from 1993 to 1996, the Panthers qualified for the NCAA tournament three times and reached the Sweet 16 twice. As a senior, see SHAPIRO, page 14
Tufts team uses bacteria to send secret messages by Smriti
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A research team headed by Professor of Chemistry David Walt last month published a method of using the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) to encode, deliver and decode messages that they said could lead to the evolution of methods in the area of secret message encoding. Walt, alongside his head postdoctoral associate Manuel Palacios and a group of researchers from Tufts and Harvard University, developed the technique as a way to harness the bacteria, which is best known for its tendency to cause stomach sickness. They color tagged the bacteria, coding the different colors of fluorescent proteins in the E. coli to each represent a particular letter or number — a technique they dubbed InfoBiology. According to the research paper published by Walt and his team of associates in the Sept. 26 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), InfoBiology is “a see BACTERIA, page 2
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A team of researchers headed by Professor of Chemistry David Walt has discovered a way to encode messages in E. coli. proof-of-principle method … [used] to write and encode data using arrays of genetically engineered strains of [E. coli] with fluorescent proteins (FPs) as phenotypic markers.” To translate the genetically engineered strains of E. coli bacteria with fluorescent proteins in order to convey a message with colored strains of bacteria, Walt and Palacios created a form of messages known as Steganography by Printed Arrays of Microbes (SPAM). The
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phenotype of the bacteria can be seen under ultraviolet light and are then decoded to reveal a message using a cipher. According to Palacios, SPAM has the potential to expand awareness within the academic field regarding the ability to trace genetically modified organisms. It won’t be put into use by the likes of the CIA anytime soon, though, he said. “SPAM is mostly an academic exercise, a proof of principle,” he said. Research team member and Postdoctoral Associate Mael Manesse agreed that the uses of this technique are primarily academic. “We are more interested in creating biological watermarks to trace genetically modified organisms,” Manesse said. SPAM was developed in a collaborative effort between the Tufts group and a group of Harvard researchers working under Harvard Professor of Chemistry George Whitesides. The research paper on InfoBiology, published by PNAS, describes the process of creating the SPAM bacteria message involving the growth of bacteria in a plate of agar, which is a seaweed-based gelatin, and then transfer-
ring the bacteria to a membrane that is sent to the person receiving the bacteria message. In order to decode the bacteria message on the membrane, the receiver must transfer the bacteria from the membrane back onto an agar plate. The receiver is then able to read the SPAM message by decoding the colors of bacteria on the plate under ultraviolet light, using the cipher as a color key. Walt explained that the SPAM’s usefulness lies not only in its ability to send encoded messages, but also in communicating through potentially compromised channels and deterring counterfeiting. SPAM allows for the transmission of messaging through an atmosphere where the message might be intercepted as well as preventing the message from being decoded by an interceptor thanks to the use of a unique cipher for decoding the particular message. Palacios said the project was especially intriguing to him because it combined information technology with chemical systems, two of his interests. “The simple question, of how much information there is in an atom, opens so many
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2 Police Briefs An Unfortunate Reaction Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) officers at 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 14 responded to a report of laptop theft in Pearson Hall. Two students reported that they had left their laptops unattended in the unlocked classroom on the main floor of the building for 15 to 20 minutes. When they returned to the classroom, their laptops were missing. TUPD does not have any clues as to who stole the laptops. Missing in Action TUPD at 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 14 received a call from two students at the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) house at 45 Sawyer Ave. The two students, neither of whom was a member of the fraternity, reported that an intoxicated individual in the house appeared to be in need of assistance. The students told TUPD they tried to help the individual, but AEPi brothers told the students they had control of the situation and that they did not need to help. TUPD officers arrived at the scene and entered the house but were unable to find the intoxicated individual. Brothers in the house told TUPD that a fellow brother had already escorted the student back to her dorm room. The party was broken up, but the student was never identified. A report was sent to the Office of Student Affairs. Sky-High Lies TUPD at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 arrived at Metcalf Hall in response to a report of a large group of students on the roof of the building. The officers asked the students to leave the roof and see their Tufts IDs. Eight out of the nine students provided a Tufts ID, but one student said he did not have his. The student instead gave the police officers his name. TUPD later discovered the name was false. TUPD did eventually obtain the identity of the student, and a report was sent to the Office of Student Affairs.
1...2...3... Leave! An individual at 2:55 a.m. on Oct. 16 attempted to break into the Theta Delta Chi (123) house. TUPD officers arrived at the scene, identified the person and asked him to leave. The individual said he knew someone at 123, but none of the residents recognized him. The individual then left, and TUPD left the scene. The individual later returned to the fraternity house, and TUPD responded to a second report. The individual was yelling outside of the house. When asked to leave, he offered money to the brothers in exchange for being let into the house and insisted he could not drive elsewhere because he was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. TUPD then charged the individual with trespassing, at which point the individual leapt into his car parked outside of 123 and attempted to escape the scene. The individual was physically removed from the car and arrested. He was charged with trespassing, disorderedly conduct, battery and resisting arrest. A Foiled Plan At 1:40 a.m. on Oct. 19, a motor vehicle crashed into a parked car at the intersection of Boston Avenue and College Avenue. A witness saw a man leap out of the motor vehicle and run down Boston Avenue, toward Tufts and away from the scene of the crime. The witness provided Medford Police Department (MPD) with a description of the driver, and MPD began to search the surrounding neighborhoods for a person who matched the description provided. MPD then received a call from the owner of the car, who stated that his car was stolen and crashed. MPD located the caller at the end of Boston Avenue, and the caller matched the description of the driver. MPD arrested the individual for operating under the influence and leaving the scene of property damage. The car was towed.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Senate approves Tufts wiki by
The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate last week passed a proposal to create a Tufts How-To Wiki, a community-based platform for information related to the university. TCU Senator Mike Vastola, a senior who sponsored the proposal, explained that the online wiki would be edited by members of the Tufts community. “It would have information on how to do anything from drop a class, to reserve a room, to start a club on campus,” Vastola said. He felt that such information was currently dispersed across a wide variety of resources. “I often find myself in search of instructions on how to solve a particular Tufts problem,” Vastola said. An unfinished project that present TCU Vice President Wyatt Cadley initiated last semester during his tenure as Services Committee co-chair served as the inspiration for the wiki, according to Vastola. Cadley, a junior, said that a project had been underway last year to consolidate a Tufts guidebook, which would have contained information about less-known university resources. “We’re not sure if we’re still going to go through with it now or whether we’re just going to incorporate it into the wiki,” he said. Members of the community will be able to access the wiki free of charge and the Senate will not have to expend any funds to operate the resource, according to Vastola. Cadley added that production costs for the wiki would be lower compared to those for the guidebook, which would have to be printed. The wiki proposal passed in the Senate with no debate and no formal vote as it received unanimous support, according to Cadley. “There was no substantial opposition to warrant an actual vote tally,” he said.
Senator Andrew Nunez, a freshman who serves on the Services Committee, was in favor of the proposition. “I feel like it’d be better to have all this information online in one place, as well as in books and in other resources, so that people can have it at their fingertips at all times, whether it be on a computer or smartphone,” he said. It has yet to be decided who will have permission to edit articles on the wiki, according to Vastola. “It might make sense to restrict the people who can edit the Wiki to pre-approved members of the Tufts community,” he said. Nunez noted that some senators were concerned that some students would misuse the site by including inside jokes in the articles. Still, Vastola emphasized that he wants everyone to have a chance to contribute, and hopes that the wiki will be edited on a volunteer basis. He noted that the website will also be useful for students to find information about less-publicized potential activities on campus. “[The wiki will be] an awesome resource for anyone who’s ever wanted to do something but had no idea how to do it,” Vastola said. Nunez cited the benefits a wiki would have for new students unfamiliar with Tufts procedures. “Especially as a freshman, [the wiki] would be extremely helpful to have so that once you get to Tufts, you can hit the ground running,” he said. Vastola will be working on the wiki’s creation by himself, with the backing of the Senate, and plans to launch the site within the next two weeks. He also runs the TuftsLife. com and plans to incorporate aspects of TuftsLife into the wiki. “It really is a great initiative,” Cadley said. “If any senator with tech-savvy knowledge can make it happen, it’s Mike Vastola.”
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Civil Rights sent out a memo to everyone saying, “We want you to focus on Title IX broader than that … we want to start looking at sexual assault in particular.” The latest policy change reflects this new interpretation of Title IX, which includes sexual harassment as part of sexual discrimination, thus obligating colleges to respond to it, according to Theodore. One of the most significant changes is the instatement of trained Title IX liaisons across all of Tufts’ campuses, Jurado explained. The Office of Equal Opportunity’s website currently lists 10 employees on the Medford/Somerville campus as Title IX liaisons. These liaisons are available to receive
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other questions,” Palacios said. Manesse said he was struck by the newfound possibilities of molecular biology. “I was very interested in genetically engineering living organisms to express observable traits, in this case, fluorescent proteins, to encode a message or some data,” Manesse said. Although the research was published last month, Palacios said there is much to come in the future of the groundbreaking method. “Usually the published paper is just the beginning of a new direction in a research program,” he said. “I hope the program keeps going and other people give it continuity.” Manesse echoed Palacios’ hopes and believes that the SPAM method is the start to newer projects. “We’re currently looking into bringing this project further by using different organisms such as yeast or spore-forming bacteria, making the system more robust,” Manesse said. Walt also believes that research is a continual process, leaving hope for new discoveries of biological message encoding. “We are still doing some work on the project,” he said.
tion to the Title IX coordinator and to direct individuals to appropriate resources. “We wanted to make sure that we had people everywhere who knew what they were doing and could respond to it.” Juardo said. “The point is to make a face ... that could make reporting easier to people. It was really an issue of accessibility and visibility.” Another change to the policy concerns the role of the fact-finding body in campus sexual assault cases. Reitman provided some historical context, explaining that up until 2009, the judicial adjudication protocol for all cases — whether involving academic integrity, theft or sexual assault — was to convene a student-faculty panel that acted as a jury.
sexual assaults elicited criticism and a call for change as many felt that forcing the two parties to address each other in the same room created a hostile environment, he further explained. “To eliminate that hostile environment, we looked around at all the different practices,” Reitman said. “We wanted to see what could be brought here in order to avoid lawyer involvement … and create a more user-friendly opportunity for everyone to get a chance to tell a story.” The university decided in 2010 to adopt a process used at Harvard University. Under this system, an investigator talks through the alleged assault with both the victim and the perpetrator, as well as witnesses, Reitman said.
to fill the fact-finder role and had to hire an external investigator, according to Reitman. As part of the revised policy, the university reassigned this fact-finding role to the Office of Equal Opportunity and hired a Title IX coordinator within the office. “We’ve always been involved in handling harassment mainly for employees,” Juardo said. “In the last year, we’ve taken on those cases for students. We only take in the facts ... and direct it to the appropriate body.” Reitman noted that this was not a major procedural change to the policy. “This year, we have people who are trained to do that kind of work. We still use the same fact-finding investigative models,” he said. “There has been a tweak, but it is not a change in that model of significance.”
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in time for the first pitch of the night’s baseball game. “I have to talk fast because it’s the first game of the World Series,” Gittleman told the Daily. Tufts was established in 1852 with four professors and seven students on Walnut Hill, land donated by Charles Tufts. Founded as a nonsectarian university by Christian Universalists, its first four presidents — Hosea Ballou II, Alonzo Miner, Elmer Capen and Frederick Hamilton — were ministers. Hamilton was the last clergy president at Tufts and was opposed to coeducation, establishing Jackson College for women in 1910. The university’s next six presidents included alumni, scholars and researchers who never looked toward the future, according to Gittleman. “The board picked [presidents] who kept Tufts in the 19th century,” he said. It wasn’t until the tenure of Tufts’ 10th president, Jean Mayer, that the university took a step into the future, Gittleman said. “He transformed the institution,” he said. “He had a vision of driving the university forward with nutrition and making professional schools.” Mayer was a French nutritionist with a Ph.D. in physiology who had been
rejected twice for the position of Tufts president, and was the Board of Trustees’ third and last resort for the presidency. In his lecture, Gittleman said that Mayer was someone who “nobody expected, nobody anticipated and nobody understood.” He raised over $4 million for the university, was very independent, “invented the academic pork barrel” and was eventually pushed out of office by the Board of Trustees who were looking for more stability. Gittleman believes that Mayer set the tone for the future presidents of Tufts, ending 120 years of stagnation. “We’ll never go back to where we were — this place has permanently been transformed.” he said. “The presidents have a device — for Mayer there was no instrument, but now each of [the presidents] is capable of taking this instrument and doing more with it.” The 11th president, John DiBiaggio, continued Mayer’s success over a slower-paced eight years, but it was his successor Lawrence Bacow, who ended his tenure earlier this year, who took the university on an elevator ride, according to Gittleman. He further noted that over the past 35 years the university’s rankings, especially the College of Arts and Sciences’, have risen. Tufts has also attracted more students and distinguished faculty, as well as
established a competitive endowment. “The past three presidents did something no one had done before and that is raise money,” Gittleman said. He believes Monaco, a highly accredited neuroscientist and the first president with a medical degree, will carry on the success of the previous three presidents. “Anthony Monaco is the first president who came here and instantly became the best scientist on the campus,” Gittleman said. The older community of alumni and faculty is excited to witness a new chapter in the Tufts presidency as they have more of a historical perspective compared to students who see the university through a narrow lens of four years, he noted. “Students have seen a great president and what looks like another great president,” Gittleman said. “Most of us who are older remember when this place was barely hanging on by its teeth.” The change in presidency is an exciting time for Tufts and an opportunity to look back through the school’s history and its progression, he added. “I think [the transition] should be reasonably seamless,” Gittleman said. “Bacow and Monaco, with the exception of Carmichael and Wessel, are the two presidents who are intellectually and temperamentally the most alike.”
Keeping an eye on the money
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Tufts students monitor university investing by Victoria
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When in April a group of Tufts students and alumni calling themselves Jumboleaks posted an out-of-date list of Tufts’ direct financial holdings — information that was previously confidential — on the web, it appeared to be an example of unprecendented direct student involvement in the university’s finances. A student group unaffiliated with Jumboleaks, however, had been playing an active role in ensuring responsible investing at Tufts for years. Officially started in 2007, the Advisory Committee on Endowment Responsibility (ACER) currently functions as a group of three undergraduate students that advise the board on their financial decisions.
A tenuous beginning Gabe Frumkin (LA ’10) was instrumental in the founding of the ACER which, until this year, was known as the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR). As a freshman in 2006, he was involved with a group of students committed to antiwar activism. According to Frumkin, the group, called the Tufts Coalition to Oppose War on Iraq, was interested in “taking the Tufts endowment, and all of the funds we invested in firms that profiteered from the war in Iraq, and moving those parts of the endowment elsewhere.” What ended up occuring was something with a much larger scope than the group had originally intended. “We found a couple of other organizations interested in divestment causes … and it became this broader idea. Since there was this coalition of different organizations all concerned with where the endowment was, it made more sense to actually work to establish this group where there could be a dialogue on a multitude of issues,” Frumkin said. “One of the really nice things about the idea of the ACSR is that, overall, institutions change, organizations change, priorities and issues change, so having the ACSR rather than just working to divest from the initial campaign has preserved our ability to engage with the endowment,” he said. The ACSR became an official group in 2007, but its structure became something quite different than what its members had originally imagined. “When we had initially envisioned it, part
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A group of students has been working closely with administrators and trustees to influence the investment of university finances. of what we came to value, and part of what we imagined it would be, was a forum for the community to interact with the endowment and the administration,” Frumkin explained. “Instead of every single little group banging on the doors of Ballou trying to get their cause across, having the ACSR as a forum to suggest policy in a more constructive way would be really good for the university.” The group had proposed a 10-person committee comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and alumni. However, the Board of Trustees mandated that the group would be comprised of only three undergraduates. There was some controversy regarding the Board’s decision to trim down the committee. The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate and members of Students at Tufts
for Investment Responsibility (STIR) worked to increase the membership and power of the ASCR and to scrap the nondisclosure agreement that the members had to sign before joining. In February 2009, the Senate passed a resolution that called for expanded ASCR membership, greater responsibility and increased transparency. This resolution cited similar groups at schools like Brandeis, Harvard, and Swarthmore, which, for the most part, have greater power and more transparency compared to the ASCR. However, the administration did not grant the ASCR what the Senate had requested in its 2009 resolution, and it was established see INVESTING, page 4
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Jumbos make a name for themselves in DJ world, on and off the Hill by
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Picture this: You’re in a basement on Professors Row with a hundred other sweaty Tufts students, dancing your hearts out. Everyone’s hands go up, up, up — and then down with the huge drop. In that moment, the person behind the music might be the last thing on your mind, but for four Tufts students who are manning the DJ booths, your reaction is exactly what they’re looking for. Senior Adam Weisman, who now works as a headliner for the DJ provider GrooveBoston, got his start in the DJ business on the Hill. “I started freshman year at frat parties and friends’ get-togethers at Latin Way ... or at any random small get-together of friends with some free software and a half-broken computer,” he said. Weisman now plays shows in the area of up to 6,000 college students, as well as at several bars and clubs in Boston. He still makes time to play at Tufts, though, both at frat parties and at slightly bigger venues. “The trippiest gig that I’ve done was when I DJed Fall Ball,” Weisman said. “Freshman year, I never would’ve envisioned myself there.”
Weisman prides himself on a diverse repertoire. “I play jazz, Bebop, indie folk, [alternative] progressive rock and the occasional Skrillex track,” he said. Depending on the crowd, he tailors his set list make it appealing as possible to his audience. “Tufts students really love to get down to ’90s music,” he said. “It’s great because I love music from the ’90s.” Increasingly sophisticated audiences, meanwhile, have pushed his creative abilities. “It’s … tough sometimes because over the past couple of years, listeners have become so much more educated in new music, and people really know what they like and what they want to hear in a party environment. It’s hard to stay current, but at the same time I love opening people up to new music that I’ve discovered or created with friends,” he said. Sophomore Andrew Berman got into DJing six months ago through his passion for producing music. “I started producing music at the end of senior year [of high school], doing a lot of guitar stuff, and it just got more and more electronic,” Berman said. “I guess that DJing was the next step.” Berman, who works with senior Nicolas Russo-Larsson to produce songs under the group name of Shapes of Light, prefers electro, house, dubstep, drum and bass —
essentially anything electronic — but primarily dance music with a quick tempo. Berman said that he is most inspired by the group Dirtyloud, which bills itself as an electro-house music project. “The whole idea of taking elements from multiple genres is so great,” he said. “It’s like making a new sound instead of just rehashing everything else,” Berman said. He added that Tufts students at frat parties respond well to music that goes beyond the Top 40 tracks that used to be expected at frat parties. “At first, I didn’t really think that they would like it, because people were so used to hearing the frat music stuff, but at Homecoming at ATO, people … appreciated hearing some pretty heavy stuff,” Berman said. “I think that people at Tufts are more open to hearing cool new music than they’re given credit for, as long as they’re prepared,” he said. “It’s easy to have no faith in people and assume that they just want to hear Katy Perry, but people are more down than one would think to hear something new, which is really encouraging.” Shapes of Light produces music from see DJS, page 4
or those of you who have recently stirred from a coma and are perusing this column from your hospital bed, you ought know that this past weekend was Homecoming. Fans filled about two-thirds of the Zimman Field Stadium, outnumbering the players for the first — and no doubt last — time this season. Their inebriated support made all the difference, yielding a major defensive accomplishment for the Jumbos who lost by a margin that was far narrower than usual. It was Tufts’ one opportunity to do what big state schools do every Saturday — minus the really good football team, the actual tailgate and the really huge, awesome and super-fun parties that don’t get broken up by the cops by 1 a.m. Valiant effort, Tufts — I raise my glass. For me, however, thinking back on this glorious celebration of sunshine, Div. III athletics and daytime intoxication leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Upon reflection, I’m disenchanted and downright sad. I’m sure you’re all wondering, “What, Chelsea, could possibly have tainted this stupendous college weekend for you?” Well readers, this ubiquitous sophomore plight pertains to none other than that looming double-edge sword: off-campus housing. Grand visions of my junior-year offcampus chalet have been dancing through my head since the winter of freshman year. Some of my girlfriends from the ski team and I were planning an eight-person house with a few Frisbee guys. We planned to call this union “Friski,” and we attempted to persuade these guys to live with us through a carefully crafted PowerPoint that touted the promise that we would bring cute friends back to the house as long as they would shovel the driveway. Shockingly this vision never developed into reality, and I moved on to plan B. Somehow plan B turned into me living with three guys. Great! I can do that: I’m hip, I’m chill, I can live with bros. So I registered with JumpOffCampus.com and found a gem of a house on Whitfield Road for $550 a month. After some serious telephone schmoozing, my group and two other groups had appointments to look at this great apartment on Oct. 15 in the afternoon, otherwise known as Homecoming. Now if there’s one thing you should know, it’s that I’m incredibly stingy — frugal, actually, to put it in a more positive light. My entire life is purchased on clearance racks and Craigslist. The idea of paying a mere $550 for rent is literally arousing to me. Ergo, I didn’t even care that my Homecoming festivities would need to be kept pretty tame so I could be composed for the meeting with the landlord. When we looked at the house and found out that it wasn’t even a s---hole, we were totally sold. I was prepared to do whatever it took to dazzle the landlord with my charm and wits to snag this apartment. I even started Craigslisting furniture. You know how this story ends. Despite my composure, professionalism and charming follow-up emails, the landlord relinquished the place to rising seniors who wouldn’t have leasees going abroad, eliminating the need for subletters. Now instead of living somewhere close, awesome and cheap, we’re doomed to end up somewhere far away, terrible and expensive. This disappointing housing tragedy, coupled with my friends’ lack of rallying for Saturday’s nighttime offerings, leaves me associating Homecoming 2011 with thoughts of that which could have been. So now that you’ve read this far, take it one step further and empathize with my plight. Have a cheap four-bedroom apartment you don’t need next year? Want to make a new best friend and bolster up your karma with a hearty dose of altruism? Shoot me an email and help out the homeless.
Chelsea Stevens is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. She can be reached at Chelsea.Stevens@tufts.edu.
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across the spectrum of electronic music, but its most popular songs to date are drawn from the dubstep and electrohouse genres. Russo-Larsson, who has been DJing for two years, currently interns at Buffalo Entertainment, a talent management agency and studio for DJs and producers. He has done opening sets for groups such as Designer Drugs and Mustard Pimp, and he also plays ATO parties and other oncampus events. When he begins to work on a playlist, Russo-Larsson takes several factors into consideration. “First I consider the gig, and I think about what kind of mood you want to set,” Russo-Larsson said. “Then I think about, you know, songs that go together, both
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Sophomore Kevin Lipman is among the ranks of Jumbos who make hobbies or jobs of DJing parties on and off the Hill.
energy-wise and harmonically.” “My favorite place to DJ is the Crafts House,” Lipman said, “because I can usually play whatever I want.” Russo-Larsson, Berman and sophomore DJ Kevin Lipman held an event at the Crafts House three weeks ago called “Sub Studies.” He, Berman and RussoLarsson will do another show at the Crafts House on Nov. 5. At the end of the day, where do these DJs see themselves going after they’ve played their last frat party? “I think that to establish yourself as a name in the music industry right now is very tough without the right connections, not to mention the drive to do it,” Weisman said. “I see myself continuing to DJ as a hobby. It’s something I love to do. It’s a passion and I get paid to do it. If you get paid to do what you love, then you stay a happy man,” he said.
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with the three-student format that also requires its members to sign a non-discolsure agreement that applies even after former members have graduated. The group worked behind the scenes, meeting with the Board and Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell to ensure that a student voice was making its way into the university’s investment decisions. It emerged last year with the JumboLeaks story, denying any involvement but providing a knowledgeble perspective on the leak. Working toward a goal Looking at the current workings of the investment group, Campbell, to whom the group reports, told the Daily in an email that she believes that the group is discharging the duties it has been charged with. “In 2007 when the Board of
Trustees first agreed to the creation of an Advisory Committee, their primary goal was that the Committee provide a learning opportunity for students,” she said. “Members of the Committee have met with Trustees and made presentations at a Trustee Administration and Finance meeting. I believe the work of the Committee is achieving the Trustees’ goal.” Despite some past tension, current ACER President, junior Kelsea Carlson, said that the group’s relationship with the administration is a positive one. “I think our biggest achievement has been establishing a good relationship with Patricia Campbell and the Board of Trustees,” she said. “As undergraduates, it is a privilege that we can collaborate with them on investment strategies.” The ACER meets with Campbell several times every academic year to voice their
observations and suggestions about Tufts’ investments. “We often present to her ideas we want to research or proposals we are thinking about pitching,” Carlson said. “She advises us on how to proceed, and then if we create something she will bring in a Board member or another Tufts official to hear our pitch and give us feedback.” In the past, the ACER had access to the direct investments of the university and made recommendations about how Tufts would use its proxy vote when deciding on particular investment opportunities. Tufts no longer holds any direct investments, however, a change that has had an impact on the structural organization of the ACER. In turn, the group has also refocused its goals. “The goals of ACER are mainly to educate ourselves about the importance of environmental
sustainability and how to present environmental sustainability as a key component in the Board of Trustee’s investment decisions. We chose environmental sustainability because the feedback we received from the Board was that environmental issues were most likely universally agreed upon and the easiest way to persuade Tufts to invest responsibly,” Carlson said. Junior Marguerite Selvin, who is a member of the ACER currently studying abroad in Chile, told the Daily that although the focus of the group has shifted somewhat, the group has the same main objective. “The end goals remain the same: to encourage responsible investing on the part of our administration while opening up dialogue and educating the student body about the importance of such investment procedures,” she said. Last semester, Selvin said, the
ACER worked with STIR to successfully convince the Board of Trustees to invest $500,000 in a community bank. “Investment in community banks is a decision that puts Tufts, as an institution, at the cutting edge of universities who champion responsible investment procedures,” Selvin said. According to Frumkin, this is a promising start, but he still believes that the ACER should to play a bigger role in investment decisions. “I think that their successful recommendation of moving $500,000 to community banking is a really positive difference for Tufts in every way, and its success speaks very well of the ACSR,” Frumkin said. “I’m resoundingly supportive of what Tufts has done, but that is not to say that it has come close to doing as much as it could or should.”
Arts & Living
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have much to offer avid art fans
Alternative galleries prize content and intimacy over fame
oston art monoliths like the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum may satisfy the average artistically-inclined Tufts student, but for those who find themselves craving something that hasn’t managed to sneak its way into a textbook, Boston has a few cures for survey-museum overload. Though Boston’s galleries have a conservative reputation, summoning up visions of seersucker more often than artistic freedoms, the Bostonarea arts scene is quickly shifting. Rapidly growing arts communities like the Thayer Street community — located by the Broadway stop on the Red Line — are infusing some much-needed experimentalism into the air. This developing landscape offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for artistic upstarts or well-known faces, here are a few highlights to get you started.
museum-quality works by modern masters. Although the exhibits may be aimed at collectors with some serious buying power, the gallery is open to the average passersby, including students who couldn’t afford one of Dalí’s broken pencils, let alone a painting. “This exhibit brings in a whole different group of people and a really varied crowd. Certain shows will bring in whole different audiences,” Theresa Calabro, the gallery’s senior fine art consultant, said of the show. DTR provides a great opportunity to see museum-quality pieces in an entirely different setting. The atmosphere more closely mimics a really, really wealthy friend’s living room than that of an average, sterile museum’s. Another bonus? You can bug the lovely individuals in the gallery for information without having to go track down the docent. They’re selling the stuff, so they know it pretty well. Check out their exhibit “Dalí: Unveiling new suites,” through Oct. 21.
DTR Modern Galleries DTR Modern Galleries, located at 167 Newbury Street, features highprofile artists to match its high-profile address.The current exhibit,“Salvador Dalí: Unveiling new suites from the legendary Salvador Dalí Collection,” features a number of mixed-media drawings, watercolors and etchings from several series by the Surrealist master. The works provide an interesting lens into the rhyme behind Dalí’s seemingly reasonless images, while Dalí’s play of color, line and fantasy give viewers plenty to look at. High-profile artists like Dalí are the norm for DTR, which presents
Arden Gallery Also located in Boston’s uppercrust neighborhood, Arden’s space at 129 Newbury Street features a slightly different range of works. Focusing less on big names, Arden seeks out a range of established contemporary artists. The current exhibits, Sherrie Wolf: “Vessels” and Robert C. Jackson: “Seeing Things” show more lighthearted works that turn the lens on the examination of the everyday. Wolf uses a layered technique featuring juxtapositions between the landscapes and still lifes of the 17th and 18th centuries and her own
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brand of hyper-realistic everyday objects. Jackson’s playful assemblages of everyday objects sugar coat darkly ironic messages amid toys and baked goods (think children’s blocks spelling out “Not long for this world” next to cans of soda and chocolate cake). Zola Solamente, director at Arden, emphasized the importance of variety to the gallery. “We feature contemporary artists employing various styles and all genres … we really try to have an eclectic mix of styles and subject matter — from rubber to encaustic to oil,” Solamente said. The makeup of Arden’s audience matches the variety of its works; it embraces everyone from curious tourists to artists looking to study up on particular styles. Solamente enjoys being part of a Boston art scene that caters to a wide range of audiences. “There’s really a broad mix of work,” she said. “Boston has alternative spaces, traditional spaces — tons of artists’ studios are open to the public … a lot of people feel Boston’s art scene must be stodgy, but really there’s something for everyone.” Check out Sherrie Wolf at Arden through Oct. 29 and Robert Jackson from April 3 to April 28.
Soprafina Gallery Part of the SoWa gallery group, Soprafina Gallery focuses on contemporary artists in a range of media. Though Soprafina is home to a number of Boston- and New Englandbased artists, the gallery also features many internationally based artists. Soprafina’s current offering, “Soliliquies - New Paintings,” features simply rendered, colorful oil paintings by Madrid native Eva
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Navarro. Navarro’s eye-catching panels freeze strangers she has encountered in daily life and isolate their figures against a bold, singlecolored background. Navarro’s insistence that her subjects remain anonymous prompts the viewer to read human emotion and feeling into form and figure, as opposed to assigning character to a face or expression. Her pieces become examinations of how the figures’ movements can be read as expressions of human beings’ passage through life. The owner of Soprafina Gallery, Frank Roselli, worked as an artist out of Cambridge before founding Soprafina in 2001. Of his choices for the galleries works, Roselli said, “I don’t look for a specific genre or style … I come to business as a painter first, my wife as an interior designer. We look at artists we each find appealing for a number of reasons.” This inclusive approach allows the gallery to develop an aesthetic with a great deal of range. Still, there are certain continuities between Soprafina’s choices. When asked why he was drawn to Navarro’s work specifically, Roselli cited the artist’s use of color, the bold, graphic nature of Navarro’s paintings and the balance point of her interest in the human emotional range. Soprafina’s light-hearted yet visually interesting works make for good viewing. View “Soliliquies” at the 450 Harrison Street gallery in Downtown Boston until Oct. 29.
Gallery Kayafas Photography fans rejoice! Gallery Kayafas, also part of the SoWa group, focuses on contemporary photography. The gallery also shows complementary sculpture and works on paper from both emerging and established artists. The current exhibit, entitled “Dystopian Dreaming,” features the work of Boston locals Debra Weisberg and Judy Haberl. Weisberg and Haberl’s photographs push the boundaries of image and its construction, relying on layered techniques that complicate the image-making process. It is left to the viewer to interpret the multi-layered works. Weisberg’s pieces explore the physicality of drawing, replacing line and graphite with a variety of objects. The medium-bending result is an explosion of energy rather than the depiction of concrete form. Haberl’s photography uses groups of organic objects, veiling them behind what appear to be foggy panes of glass. The gathering of disparate items, which substitute the foggy outlines of plants for drawings’ lines, encourages the reader to construct an image through the haze. Director Arlette Kayafas has been collecting photography with her husband — a photographer by trade — for many years and decided to make the jump into a gallery nine years ago. Kayafas said she enjoys working with a range of artists at different points in their careers and said that she often gives artists their first shows in Boston. The balance of new and established artists gives the exhibits a
range of fields, with works ranging from more experimental to more mature. As a result, the feel at Gallery Kayafas is markedly different than the one on Newbury Street, and you can expect to find more artists who are skirting the edges of both medium and institution. See “Dystopia Dreaming,” through Nov. 26 at Gallery Kayafas’ at 450 Harrison Street. samsøn Undoubtedly one of the edgier of the SoWa galleries, samsøn shows works that question the arts and social establishments. It features artists who take as their canvas our world’s many assumptions and biases. The gallery’s current exhibit, “More is More,” features the work of Mark Cooper. His is an ambitious, site-specific installation that fills the whole gallery space. Cooper’s work does the exhibit title proud; it is a literal expression of excess in the form of thousands of objects that occupy the gallery’s rooms. “More is More” also truly exemplifies a multimedia technique. The works manifest Cooper’s interest in cultural diversity and visual language, forcing us to rethink how we respond to artwork, while also addressing how we may need to expand that response in light of the hodgepodge that is our own global landscape. The gallery’s devotion to turning a challenging lens on modern society prompts it to feature a huge range of emerging and — perhaps willfully — unrecognized artists. As it is more of an artistic think-tank than a gallery, walk into samsøn expecting to have to turn a few wheels in your rusty, homework-sodden brain. That being said, it’s worth it. The gallery’s desire to bring up issues rather than solutions is a refreshing alternative to the endless parade of exhibits with a morale to offer and also raises questions about the types of issues we can’t — or shouldn’t — solve. Check out Mark Cooper’s works at the 450 Harrison Street through Dec. 10. Further explorations The quality of Boston’s artsy chops is on display not just in its larger museums, but also sprinkled throughout the city in its smaller galleries. Newbury’s refined and established spaces provide the opportunity to see established artists — and even some familiar masters — in an intimate setting. With a shade fewer tourists and a marked absence of screaming children being dragged along for an education, the long-established Newbury crew has much to offer arts enthusiasts. The SoWa gallery group at 450 to 460 Harrison Street offers a markedly different feel both because of the experimentalism of its shows and its warm group mentality. This feeling of camaraderie highlights not just the offerings of a single gallery, but also the dynamic of an artistic community that is changing and growing as a group. Still craving more? See Artmapboston.com for a complete listing of Boston’s galleries’ websites and locations.
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‘Walking Dead’ tantalizes but falls short
Bresdin and Redon exhibit mesmerizes by Julia
Daily Staff Writer
“The Walking Dead” is not your average piece of mindless, zombie-killing entertainment. It’s a drama ripe with genuine human
You would need a magnifying glass to properly view many of the pieces in “Two Masters of Fantasy:
Two Masters of Fantasy: Bresdin and Redon At Gallery 170, through Jan. 16 Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave, Boston MA (617) 267-9300 Bresdin and Redon,” an exhibit currently running at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). “Two Masters” focuses — naturally — on two artists, Rodolphe Bresdin and his student, Odilon Redon. Their works are equally represented in the exhibit’s square room; walking into the space is akin to entering a different world. On one side of the room, Bresdin’s complex and dizzying lithographs line the wall. The opposite facet displays Redon’s simplistic but terrifying works in a variety of media. At first glance, Bresdin’s lithographs seem overly complex. They feature so many textures and shades of gray that it’s difficult to begin genuinely absorbing the images. His pieces are framed with large, matte borders, and since many of the images are small, the focus is intensely concentrated. While it’s a chore to slog through the pieces’ details, the reward is well worth it. The centerpiece of Bresdin’s work, “The Good Samaritan,” relocates the familiar parable to a jungle setting. The camel, the Samaritan and the beaten man cluster together in the middle of the work, illumisee FANTASY, page 7
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC conflict — a show that seamlessly binds elements of horror, action and suspense. Returning to AMC this past Sunday for its second season, “The Walking Dead’s” season premiere broke TV records by garnering 4.8 million viewers in the 18-to-49 age group — the most for any drama in basic cable history. Based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, the show was developed by Frank Darabont and continues its promising run this season under the supervision of Glen Mazzara. Picking up right where it left off last year, the show chronicles the continuing journey of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a sheriff’s deputy from Georgia. Grimes leads a group of survivors through a world devastated by a disease that turns infected people into zombie-like creatures, dubbed “walkers.” After failing to find a cure at the Centers for Disease Control, the group heads to Fort Benning in hopes of salvation. When the survivors hit a roadblock not far out from Atlanta, an unexpected threat slowly begins to erode the group’s control and cohesiveness. Building successfully on plot threads from last season, the premiere delves deeper into Lori Grimes’ (Sarah Wayne Callies) affair with her husband’s fellow deputy, Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal). In addition, it begins to explore the effects of Dale Horvath’s (Jeffrey DeMunn) decision to save Andrea’s (Laurie Holden) life. The episode also touches on the question of whether or not it’s worth struggling to survive in this dark, new world — perhaps suicide offers the only means of reprieve. Rick’s continuing inner turmoil is the most compelling part of the show. Questioned by
Andrew Lincoln delivers a fine performance as conflicted leader Rick Grimes in ‘The Walking Dead.’ the very people he is trying to keep alive, Rick comes to doubt if he is capable of leading the survivors. Lincoln portrays this struggle masterfully without compromising his depiction as a stalwart leader. Though the cast is full of relative unknowns, the majority of the actors — especially Chandler Riggs and Norman Reedus — do a phenomenal job of portraying truly devastated, conflicted characters amid the chaotic, post-apocalyptic setting. They achieve a rich, earnest level of drama unmatched by so many conventional hospital or police programs. “The Walking Dead” is a stirring drama whose horror aspect cannot and should not be overlooked. The show is wonderfully creepy, replete with sincere suspense and intense action segments. While the show has its gory moments, the execution is perfectly appropriate, given the show’s nightmarish context. Though sometimes stomach-turning, “The Walking Dead” has some of the best visuals around. Proof of this point comes in the first few minutes of the premiere, as a herd of gruesome, bloody and torn walkers rains down on the survivors. Every zombie features a unique, garish visage; they are eerily, monstrously and impressively crafted. This makes sense, considering the show won the award for Outstanding
Prosthetic Makeup at the 63rd Emmys and was nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. Yet, after an opening season that received near universal acclaim, this year’s premiere, “What Lies Ahead,” had lofty expectations to meet. Unfortunately, the episode fell short. That’s not to say the episode was bad — in fact, it was quite entertaining. However, it simply felt like a continuation of the first season, dragging on at a semi-sluggish speed instead of kicking off with a bang. Without a much-needed rush of energy to boost the show’s intensity, “What Lies Ahead” failed to stun. The premiere plods along with a fairly formulaic structure; it abruptly cuts between scenes of action and plot progression to scenes of stagnant conversation and melodramatic monologues. While the dialogue is decent, it is frequently used to provide unnecessary exposition. The script often reiterates what has already happened or reveals information the audience doesn’t truly need. The product is a would-be intense hour of television diluted by theatrical exchanges. Though the episode does drag, it ends in typical “Walking Dead” fashion, with a cliffsee DEAD, page 7
Noel Gallagher offers poppy, albeit mediocre, solo debut by
Katherine Griffiths Daily Staff Writer
Noel Gallagher, the more talented half of Oasis’ infamous Gallagher duo, has finally
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released his debut solo album — and it’s OK. Since Gallagher announced that he was going to strike out on his own, Oasis fans worldwide have been betting for months that the album just wouldn’t have what it takes to follow up Oasis. While “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds” still retains that unmistakable Oasis sound, it also represents everything the artist couldn’t do as a mem-
ber of the group. He’s no longer inhibited by his brother’s insistence that they stick to familiar territory. The opening song, “Everybody’s on the Run,” is the album’s strongest track. Unfortunately, the album slowly and steadily declines from that point on. Though listeners should try to distinguish Noel Gallagher from Oasis at this point, it’s easier
Inappropriate times to curse There are millions of appropriate times to swear — during fights, during sex, before, during and after exams — but former president Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday celebration was not one of them. Good one, Lady GaGa. The faux pas got us wondering, when should those naughty words be avoided?
6. During tea with the Queen. No tea could be too hot, no crumpets too dry to warrant that.
10. In this f--king top ten. Tee hee.
4. When you’re playing with puppies. Even bitey puppies are cute puppies.
9. During a performance of John Cage’s “4’33.” In this avant-garde “piece” that contains no music, even the quietest expletive will stand out. 8. When Clinton’s speaking at our school. Especially post-GaGa. It would be kind of funny to drop the f-bomb in context with Monica Lewinsky, but give the guy a break. Dude’s old. 7. Whenever Moby is around. This touchy-feely, middle-aged raver is way too fragile for sailor talk.
5. When viewing your newborn baby for the first time. What was cute in “Up All Night” would be a talking point in therapy 30 years down the line in real life.
3. During the second coming. End of story — in at least two ways. 2. Live on WMFO. But no one listens to that, anyway. 1. When naming a public school. The Cockermouth School is in Cumbria, England. How does that make you feel? —compiled by the Daily Arts Department
said than done when he’s singing “hold on” to almost the exact same chord progression from “Stop Crying Your Heart Out.” Obviously, Noel Gallagher’s aim with the album was to deviate from the rusty vocals Liam Gallagher delivered on every Oasis song. He even brought in a choir to give the tracks a more mystical air. However, it’s hard not to consider how “Everybody’s on the Run” would be near-per-
fect if Liam were singing instead, as his brother doesn’t quite have the vocal power to pull off such a vibrant song. Though Noel Gallagher referred to “Dream On” as a throwaway filler song in an interview with XFM radio, it also happens to be one of the catchiest songs on the album — imagine if Oasis were sort of cheerful. see GALLAGHER, page 7
The Artsy Jumbo
Opera safe from obscurity in Marrero’s hands While opera may not be the most popular genre of music among today’s youth, many students at Tufts are keeping the tradition alive in the Tufts Opera Ensemble. One of these passionate musicians is Bryana Marrero, a senior majoring in music. Although Marrero did not initially plan on joining the Opera Ensemble when she came to Tufts, the groundwork for her appreciation of opera was laid early in her life. “My mom would take me to opera when I was a kid,” Marrero said. Marrero sang in her choir in high school, and she was so passionate about vocals that she considered applying to conservatories before deciding on Tufts. Marrero’s appreciation for music was encouraged from an early age by her hometown as well. She grew up in Austin, Texas, a city renowned for its vibrant music scene. As a result, she was exposed to all kinds of music as a child. “[Austin is] the live-music capital of the world. I went to concerts every weekend I could; that’s what interested me in performing as a kid,” she said.
Not only is the music scene in Austin extremely active, but it’s incredibly diverse, fostering artists who range from the most conservative to the most experimental. “It’s very quirky,” Marrero said. “’Keep Austin weird’ is our motto; they do a good job of it.” It wasn’t until Marrero’s freshman orientation that she became interested in performing opera at Tufts. “The music is so beautiful; there’s this historical aspect to it. The idea that anyone could perform that way was very appealing to me,” she said. Marrero is glad she could fulfill her musical aspirations without committing full time to a conservatory. “I’m getting opportunities that kids in conservatories aren’t getting,” she said. Marrero will be singing in the ensemble’s performance of scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro” (1786) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the operetta “Die Fledermaus” (1874) by Johann Strauss II. —by Matthew Welch
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nated by a pool of light, while the dark jungle threatens to swallow them. Branches reach out like hands towards the central grouping, directing the eye inward as animals peer at viewers through the surrounding foliage. In this work and many others on display, Bresdin focuses less on human subjects than on backgrounds and settings. The forests and natural landscapes take on a life of their own; they seem to make a conscious effort to overwhelm any human presence. Bresdin pays fantastic attention to detail when crafting plants; on any given tree, he gives individual attention to each leaf. It’s mind-boggling to consider the amount of time Bresdin must have spent on the backgrounds of his works. The difference between his and Redon’s works is striking. Redon
seems to have rejected Bresdin’s love of minutiae in favor of bigger, more simplistic composition; he uses larger pages, and his subjects — usually one per work — are clearly drawn from a distance. Redon’s humans are no ordinary humans. The artist conjures figures reminiscent of characters from Gothic horror novels or mythological beasts. These fantastic creatures are meant to shock viewers. One of Redon’s particularly noteworthy images is dubbed, “The misshapen polyp floated on the shores, a sort of smiling and hideous Cyclops.” The lithograph portrays a Cyclops from the shoulders up, as he grins in a cartoonish manner and gazes skyward with his one eye. While the image is not unbearably frightening, it is haunting at the very least. Like Bresdin, Redon also offers some lithographs; unlike Bresdin, he uses pastel and charcoal to take advantage
of colors. His side of the room bursts with blended pastels, creating a harsh contrast with his teacher’s severity. In further contrast to Bresdin’s carefully conceived work, Redon’s forms are loose and sketched out. The contrast between the two artists’ works indicates the student has rejected his master’s teachings. Redon’s favoring of a freer, almost surrealist style better suits his fantastical subjects. This exhibit is more about disparity than cohesiveness. Had I not read the plaque, I would have found almost no connections between the two artists. However, Bresdin and Redon do share some similarities. Together, the artists consider the relationship between the human and the fantastic but reach separate conclusions: Bresdin imbues nature with a looming, haunting quality, while Redon chooses to portray creatures that exist only in the imagination.
Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, released a so-so solo debut.
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That perky sound is also evident in the album’s first single, “The Death of You and Me,” to which Gallagher’s lilting vocals lend a cheeky feel. The song features a veritable orchestra, with a musical saw and a brass band playing in the background. It’s hard not to think of the family drama playing out in the Gallagher household when Noel Gallagher sings, “Forever we’d be free/Free to spend our whole lives running/From people who would be/The death of you and me.” Does anyone else think that’s a thinly veiled reference to his sibling? “(I Wanna Live In a Dream In My)
Record Machine” is another catchy yet somehow empty song. Though Noel Gallagher is capable of writing massfriendly music and elegantly phrased lyrics, he lacks the appeal of a frontman — the glaring, the boisterous energy that Liam Gallagher brought to the table. Somehow, each song showcases this deficiency. The most unique track on “High Flying Birds” is the house musicinspired “AKA … What a Life!” The track revolves around Gallagher’s jazzpop fusion piano riff. This song is lighthearted and fun, and it signifies to listeners that Gallagher seems to enjoy making music without his brother breathing down his neck and con-
stantly swearing at him. Gallagher’s lyrics provide the primary contrast to Oasis’ music; Noel was always the thinker of the Gallagher brothers, penning such songs as “Wonderwall.” However, it seems Liam Gallagher may have been doing his brother a favor by holding him back, considering the questionable philosophy Noel puts forth in “Stop the Clocks”: “What if I’m already dead/How would I know?” “High Flying Birds” is a Gallagher album and will definitely appeal to anyone easily pleased by melodies and trumpets. However, anyone expecting another Oasis album sans one brother will likely be pleasantly surprised.
Belly Dance Lesson: Professional dancer Nadira Jamal will teach beginning belly dancing moves on campus. Swing by to get a great and sexy workout. Sunday at 4 p.m. in Hill Hall Aerobics Room. Drop-in classes are $5 and can be purchased on arrival.
‘Walking Dead’ reiterates tired formula
Events Box Looking to make your weekend artsy? Check out these events. Cage Rage: Check out Matt and Kim, famed singers of “Daylight,” at this year’s Cage Rage. Saturday at 8 p.m. at Cousens Gym. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Tuftstickets.com. Masquerade Charity Ball: The Asian-American Resource Center presents a semi-formal charity ball. Don’t forget your student ID! Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Masqueradecharity2011. eventbrite.com for $10, plus tax.
Major: Undecided Has a Crush on the Girl in the Front Row: Tufts’ improv comedy group, Major: Undecided, hams it up with its first show of the season. Friday at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Braker 001. Admission is free. —compiled by the Daily Arts Department
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hanger that almost forces viewers to continue watching the following week. All in all, the series’ second season started out well, but certainly not at the caliber most fans expected. “The Walking Dead” has such potential — a stellar cast, great visual effects, nearly a decade of comic-book storylines to work from and a staggeringly high viewer base. If the showrunners ditch the formulaic conversation and infuse the episodes with a greater sense of urgency, it could very well be one of the best shows on television.
Tai Frater | Chewing the Fat
ne of the most wonderful things about studying abroad is the international community of which I find myself a member — many students hail from lands far more exotic than my London, England. Through my international contacts, I have become involved with Tufts’ Intercultural Conversation Program, which aims to pair up native and non-native English speakers to practice English-language skills and learn a bit about each other’s cultures. The program is a fantastic way to meet people from different realms and walks of life. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to broaden their horizons and meet new and interesting people from around the globe. I have been lucky enough to be paired with Qin and Yuan from China. A more savvy person than I would make the most of this pairing to also learn Mandarin — a sound investment for a globalized future. Still, the British ineptitude for languages runs deep, so my Mandarin remains limited to “ni hao” — hello — but least I am making new friends. Fortunately for me, it turns out that Qin is a dab hand in the kitchen, and she’s not opposed to sharing her skills. For one of our weekly get-togethers, we opted to make Chinese dumplings from scratch. Rather appropriately, I came to our cooking lesson straight from the Niall Ferguson lecture, which predicted the decline of the West and the need for strong Western-Chinese dialogue and relations. A cooking session seemed an excellent way to start. Qin was busy with prep work prior to my arrival, creating mountains of finely diced cabbage, mushrooms, minced pork, piles of pancakes and seasonings. She had even prepared a spare dish “in case we didn’t like dumplings,” and made dessert out of a white, leaf-like protein in sweet juice, which is reportedly very good for the skin! We made the evening a double date with another pair from equally exotic locations: Taiwan and Oklahoma. We were a true melting pot of cultures. And so the fun began. First, we mixed the ingredients, which included pork mince, Chinese cabbage, mushroom, egg, sesame oil and all manner of spices and seasonings. Forming the dumplings was akin to origami. It required delicate folding and using water as glue to make the pancakes stick to each other. We made two varieties: a small square-shaped pancake and a larger round pancake. Qin had been generous with ingredients, and we made dumpling after dumpling, lining them up into serried ranks to await boiling. In a touching moment, Qin explained that she likes making dumplings because it reminds her of home and family. I explained this is why I like drinking white wine. I think she thought I was joking — I wasn’t. We eventually decided to boil some of the little morsels. A quick five minutes in water, and they were ready to be dipped in a little soy and sesame oil to flavor them. I was pleasantly surprised at our burgeoning dumpling preparation skills — the dumplings were truly delectable. Our production value was suitably high, and at the end of the evening, both our stomachs and our individual freezers were filled to the brim with dumplings. I am so grateful to Qin for her patient instruction. I now feel that I have a new skill for making something I would have never attempted before. Most importantly, I have a new, authentic dish to show off at dinner parties in London. Now excuse me while I sip wine and think of England. Tai Frater is pursuing a post-graduate degree in occupational therapy. She can be reached at Tai.Frater@tufts.edu.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Privacy beyond passwords
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Tufts students likely have huge amounts of their data stored on remote servers because having physical possession of all of one’s private information is an impossible task in the digital age. What students may find surprising, however, is that law enforcement officials do not need a warrant to search much of their personal data, including archived emails, Facebook photos, Google docs and files stored on Dropbox or similar cloud-based storage services. Currently, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, if data is stored on a thirdparty server for more than 180 days, it’s fair game for authorities to search without reasonable cause. With the speed of digital developments, this law might as well have been passed in the Stone Age. At the time, emails were usually downloaded to computers and rarely remained on servers for more than six months.
However, several groups — including the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — on Oct. 18 sponsored a “Retro Tech Fair” on Capitol Hill to illustrate how far digital technology has come in the 25 years since the original bill was passed. With servers storing years’ worth of personal information, authorities only need a warrant to access a small part of your cloud-based data. Why, then, are our laws so woefully out-of-date to protect the public against unwarranted intrusions into their privacy? Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hopes to correct this anachronism. This past May, Leahy — the main sponsor of the original ECPA — proposed a bill, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2011, which would amend the original law and remove the provision allowing authori-
ties to pursue warrantless searches after 180 days. Major tech companies like Apple, Dropbox, Google and Microsoft all back Leahy’s bill. The bill is a sensible provision that brings the original law into step with today’s server-based reality. Some privacy advocates, like the EFF, don’t think the bill goes far enough but as for now, it’s a start. It’s therefore hard to conceive why the bill has made so little progress in the past five months. Currently, there has been little support for the bill voiced in the Senate or from the Obama administration. That’s why we urge you to get in contact with your senators and representatives to show that you do care about your privacy. You wouldn’t want authorities storming into your house without a warrant to search through letters and photos older than six months, and that’s exactly what they can do to your email inbox at the moment.
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Coming out is a life-changing experience for many by James
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Last Tuesday was National Coming Out Day, where non-heterosexuals of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to embrace different sexual identities that coincide with attractions to different sexes. For some, coming out can be a wonderful experience, in which they can finally be themselves and feel loved for who they truly are by friends, family and partners. For most, coming out isn’t so easy. Laying claim to a sexual identity other than heterosexual is difficult because our culture discriminates against and oppresses people who aren’t straight. Parents will either accept you or reject you, or perhaps one will accept you and the other will resent you. They may try to change you, thinking you can change or take you to a counselor who will try to convince you that your “feelings” are wrong, immoral, etc. Your “friends” might abandon you. They might think you’re suddenly attracted to them and feel uncomfortable around you. You may feel completely alone in the world
and unloved. Then you’ll make new friends, some good and some who may just want to use you because you’re the new guy or girl, and you’ll have to adjust to an entirely new culture with its own clothing style, music, bars, language and way of thinking and relating to others. Many of these new friends will probably have shared similar experiences of isolation and abandonment, and, as a result, they may very well become the most important people in your life. At first, you’ll be overwhelmed by all the opportunities for sex and relationships, because you never knew so many other people like you existed. You’ll date several people, and you’ll try to apply whatever knowledge you’ve acquired from your parents about relationships, only to learn that they don’t work so well in gay or lesbian cultures, which have their own dating scripts. If you’re one of those people disowned by family, then you might rely on your relationships for many different emotional needs, and the breakups will hurt much worse and leave you feeling even lonelier as a result. Then a special someone will come along,
perhaps after three, or maybe even 10, years of dating and searching for the right partner. He or she will make you laugh constantly and let you know you can trust them. You’ll spend all your time together and share your past experiences with family and friends and ex-lovers and, over time, grow intimate as you make yourselves vulnerable to one another with these stories. As a couple, you’ll build a close network of friends, and these people will be like family to both of you, always there, through the hard times and the good. Your old friends may come back into your life, or you may never speak to them again or only speak to them on occasion. Over time, your parents will come around, and, before you know it, they are welcoming you and your partner into the family as a couple, treating you the way you always wanted to be treated, the way you deserve to be treated. It’s not easy to “become” gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, but the journey is an exciting one. After overcoming these common experiences, you’ll grow into a strong and happy person, loved by so many.
The Oct. 14 article “Panelists share experiences with energy abroad” incorrectly described a process Adrian Dahlin (LA ‘11) spoke about. The energy system described converts manure into cooking fuel and fertilizer, not electricity and fertilizer, as the article stated. The photo in the Oct. 17 article “Jumbos fall short twice in doubleheader weekend” was taken by Scott Tingley, not Kyra Sturgill. The Tufts Daily is a nonprofit, independent newspaper, published Monday through Friday during the academic year, and distributed free to the Tufts community. EDITORIAL POLICY Editorials represent the position of The Tufts Daily. Individual editors are not necessarily responsible for, or in agreement with, the policies and editorials of The Tufts Daily. The content of letters, advertisements, signed columns, cartoons and graphics does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tufts Daily editorial board.
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Addressing diversity at Tufts by Adrian
As prospective students stumble through campus tours this month, I wonder which Tufts they are being presented: the Tufts composed of students, educators and administrators, or the Tufts advertised on bulletins and in magazines? As the relatively new administration embarks on its first years with us, let it be our hope and confidence that it will work fervently in closing this gap. As I reflect, however, on my past four years, “active citizenship” and “research education” are campus buzzwords that evoke bittersweet feelings from me, as if by reflex. Recently, a major concern at Tufts has been that of minority representation and integration. In fact, President Monaco hopes to chair a diversity council that may address these issues of diversity. What, however, is meant by the phrase, “issues of diversity?” Is it simply an issue of minority student representation in a government body? Or is it just a matter of raising the quota of accepted applicants who come from working-class, colored or marginal communities? Although student-body demographic redistribution is important and necessary, it is sorely insufficient, and such insufficiency has become all the more apparent during my time here at Tufts. Individual empowerment and structural change must be part of any initiative taken on by the administration for profound, long-lasting betterment to ensue. Over the summer, I watched how the Capen House, where the Africana Center resides, underwent a facelift. Forty-plus years overdue for attention, 8 Professors Row continues to be renovated. In the most sadistic of ironies, the house enjoys new leather seats as it continues to struggle with an alleged termite infestation. Interestingly, this contradiction best characterizes the current initiative for an Africana Studies department spearheaded by Tufts students and reluctantly taken on by Dean Berger-Sweeney. The attention given by the administration, though relieving, is akin to new leather seats in a termite-infested house. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised by this type of hollow attention when, despite the strong support of a group of nonTufts professors for an Africana Studies department last year, their report was not mentioned in the dean’s letter. In this letter, which was released on Sept. 14, the recently appointed Dean Berger-Sweeney argued for an Africana Studies program instead of an Africana Studies department, and she appointed a team of faculty members to review and propose a comprehensive program that may be considered by the full Arts and Sciences faculty as soon
as the next academic year. I would like to address two shortcomings in such an approach. In supporting a program instead of a department, Dean BergerSweeney refers to other successful programs such as International Relations and Community Health, but she fails to mention how these programs have the support of the Fletcher School and the Medical School, respectively. What type of departmental support would a nascent Africana Studies program have? What about the Latino Studies program, the American Studies program or the Women’s Studies program, among others, that may experience relative institutional neglect as well? Benefits that come with “department status” include the ability to hire and tenure faculty with departmental statements and voting capacity, as well as considerable funding that is not simply petty cash. This brings me to my second point: the appointed initiative team. Not all of the nine faculty members are tenured yet. Contributing to a continually sensitive and historically complex subject (i.e., the status of marginal groups within academia) may be significantly limited by the fear of backlash if livelihood is not secured. The politics of a tenure-track may understandably but woefully frustrate an all too necessary direct, candid and effective discussion. Moreover, without bringing into question the faculty members’ distinction in education and research within their respective fields, I ask what critical lens they will bring to the discussion given that not all have engaged critical theories due to the nature of their disciplines. Besides, when a lot of our administration comes from what is usually called the “hard sciences,” of which neuroscience is prime here at Tufts, we are left to hope that decisions will be made on the unmediated experiences of background and upbringing. Given the deficiency of a strong critical framework cognizant of systemic disparity and unaware bias, such hope is at best precarious and is usually overridden by fiscal concern, micromanaging strategies and an anemic liberal agenda. We must move beyond inclusive multiculturalism and toward radical, egalitarian integration. We simply cannot add and stir and hope for the best. We must challenge ourselves to thorough transformation both individually and structurally. An Africana Studies program that lacks the institutional support of established departments and is lumped together with other similar programs under a single diversity office is sorely insufficient and dilutes the transformative potential of all programs involved. Hiring, giving tenure and budgeting capac-
ity are all significantly limited by a grouping of various programs under a consolidated management, which is the administration’s current proposed plan. Various horizontal, dialogical relations between various programs are always needed, even more so now, whereas a single vertical, hierarchical relation between all programs and the administration may bring more problems than it resolves. Of course, activism presupposes awareness. In a so-called post-racial, post-queer America, awareness of the current systemic disparities is no longer optional but indispensible, especially for Tufts, which prides itself in cuttingedge research and scholarship. A note to the Board of Trustees: Innovation, courage and determination are also found outside the laboratory. In her letter, however, Dean Berger-Sweeney argued that curricular initiatives be kept optional, suggestive and subject to the affinity and expertise of university faculty. Again, this seems symptomatic of a liberal agenda that moves toward inclusion as one collects exotic souvenirs for display purposes only. If we are required to take math, science and literature courses, which do not explicitly foment active citizenship, shouldn’t we be required to engage seriously and critically with those issues that directly though subtly affect us and our world? Isn’t that equally, if not more so, conducive to the educational vision of Tufts University? Lamentably, the current “required” courses might themselves be shot through with an affluent, Eurocentric, heteronormative, patriarchal bias. I repeat, in our hurting world, awareness cannot remain an option, an additional credit or a “cool” course to fill a schedule. It must become integral to a liberal arts education that looks towards critical thinking. And no, re-hauling current courses to include “minority topics” is not enough. We do not simply need Black History Month. We need Black consciousness. We do not simply need Latino Heritage Week. We need to confront the Latino experience. We do not simply need a class unit on feminism. We need feminist pedagogy. In terms of university education, then, we must require serious engagement with critical theory. Otherwise, we will produce at best well-meaning, but anemic, graduates. I submit these thoughts with the humility accorded by my limited vision, but I refuse to allow these limitations to frustrate my desire, our need to truly better our education and in the process ourselves. Adrian Emmanuel Hernandez-Acosta is a senior majoring in religion and music.
n this edition of my column, I’ve decided to switch gears for a change. Instead of highlighting differences between life here and life back in India, I’m going to focus on a similarity, or rather a similarity through differences. It sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Well, just read on and let me explain. Aside from being large nations made up of different states, the United States and India have another feature in common: Both countries were colonized in the past by the British. There have also been parts of India that belonged to Portugal, Holland and France. Apart from just being colonies, both nations have also attracted huge influxes of immigrants — the United States in the late 19th century and the 20th century, and India in more recent years, especially since the opening of the economy in the 1990s. As a result of these various factors (the size of the country, the distribution into states — 50 and 28, respectively, the influence of colonial powers and the influx of immigrants), India and the United States are both countries that have inherent diversity, a variety of different lifestyles, cultures and worlds within their borders. Looking at India first, the immediate divide that comes to mind for many is that of the north and the south. The people who are native to the north are ethnically Aryan and related to Persians. Dravidians are natives of the south and traditionally have a slightly darker skin tone. Food in the north features more butter and other dairy-based products, whereas southern food has rice as the staple and centers on using tamarind and tomato a lot more. People in the north are more likely to want to know how many cars your family has, whereas those from the south will ask how many Indian Institutes of Technology you’ve gotten into. For more on the north/ south differences, read “2 States: The Story of My Marriage” (2009) by Chetan Bhagat. But there are more differences and inherent contradictions within India than just those that divide the north and the south. Each state or group of states has its own separate culture in terms of clothing, festivals, food and language. There are about 2,000 dialects spoken across India, and I don’t think there exists a person who can boast of knowing even half of those. The United States is similar in this respect, and from speaking to people here at Tufts, and just from my own observations, there are different lifestyles and different people from different states — regardless of how close they may be — as well as differences based on geographical area. If we take New York, for example, it has a “vibe of purpose” that is very different from Boston’s more relaxed atmosphere. With all the hustle and bustle of the world’s business capital, people are more efficient and thus in more of a hurry. The West Coast, on the other hand, is characterized as being more laidback than the East, and people are seldom in a hurry and work on their own time. You have the more conservative South, which is perhaps not as diverse as the Northeast. You also have Florida, which was described as more “private” than “personable” by a good friend of mine from the area. There are festivals celebrated only in certain parts of the country, and food only consumed in other parts. The attitudes of the people vary based on where you are, and thus the way life is varied. ... Just like in India. Ultimately, the fact that these countries have so much diversity within their borders makes living there such a diverse experience. But at least for me, the real question is, does the similarity in the difference make it feel like home? Angad Bagai is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at Angad.Bagai@tufts.edu.
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Marty Finnegan does it all. He catches passes. He holds extra points. He punts. He is, according to interim head coach Jay Civetti, the NESCAC Renaissance man. “I’ve never heard of that one; that’s kind of funny,” Finnegan, a junior, said with a chuckle. “I just think that whatever way I can help the guys around me to be better, whether it be holding to help my kicker, or punting to help the coverage guys, I just think that anything I can do, I’m willing to step in and make it easier on those guys around me.” In Saturday’s 9-0 loss on Homecoming to Trinity, Finnegan took his punting prowess to another level, landing five boots inside the Bantams’ 15-yard line and three inside the 5-yard line. He wound up averaging 34.3 yards on 10 punts, a figure skewed by a sharp wind that resulted in a 28-yarder and a 14-yarder. Take away the gusts and give the winless Jumbos the victory, and Finnegan would have been an even stronger contender for NESCAC Special Teams Performer of the Week honors, an award that instead went to Wesleyan freshman Josh Hurwitz, who averaged 37.6 yards on eight punts, two of which landed inside the Bates 20. But the nature of a punter is inherently immaterial anyway, to avoid the spotlight and perform unsung heroics in the field position game. And that’s
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In addition to serving as the Jumbos’ punter, junior Marty Finnegan is one of the team’s wide receivers.
Top 10 Other Things the Red Sox Could Do in the Clubhouse The Boston Globe, citing anonymous team sources, reported last week that during the Red Sox’s epic September collapse, members of the team — including starting pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey and Josh Beckett — drank beer, ate fast food fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse during games. Red Sox Nation has not looked kindly upon this news, so we at the Daily came up with 10 other activities the Sox can try out next season to distract themselves from impending failure and doom. 10. Hold a team-wide spelling bee S-A-L-T-A-L-A-M-A-C-C-H-I-A. There. 9. Draft Fantasy Football teams Unlike fantasy baseball, fantasy football’s time commitment is doable for a Major League player. Plus, the banter involved in any fantasy draft will draw the team together in a more organic way than cans of Bud Light. 8. Watch old cartoon re-runs Hey-hey-hey, it’s Matt Albers. 7. Try grilled chicken Come on, guys. We’re not here to bash the delicious Popeye’s fried chicken, but grilled meat is the new hot thing. It’s healthier and leaner, and it can subtract a few inches from Big Papi’s waistline.
Finnegan in a nutshell. The team’s third-leading receiver, the PAT holder, the punter — well, the NESCAC Renaissance man — has spoke volumes without saying a word. “He’s amazing. He has changed the field so much for us,” Civetti said. “In any game that we’ve had a chance to be in, it’s been because of what he’s done. How many times did we put them inside the 10? That puts us in a position to at least have a chance to win, especially with an offense like that and a team that can strike like they can.” Indeed, by pinning the Bantams offense deep in its own territory, Finnegan helped the Tufts defense limit Trinity to its lowest scoring total since 2005. The Bantams managed only four passing yards and really only scored when Finnegan’s wind-killed punts put Trinity in Tufts territory to start the drive. “That’s a point of emphasis we make each week, and he has a big part of that,” special teams coach Kevin Farr said. “The guys around him gave him a chance to be successful too, he had great protection, [senior] Pat Cassidy did a great job with snaps, couple of guys doing a good job on the edges covering kicks. It all came together, and Marty was a big part of it.” The coming-together began this summer for Finnegan back home in Oak Park, Ill., when he would take a bag of footballs into a nearby park and hone the craft he’s performed see FOOTBALL, page 13
Jumbos Suffolk-ate Rams in rainy rout
6. Hold their own Iron Chef competition We think “fettuccine” Alfredo Aceves has an edge in Kitchen Stadium. 5. Watch Kevin Youkilis in “Moneyball” (2011) Youuuuk, who was underestimated by scouts coming out of college because of his funky-looking swing and batting stance, makes a special appearance as the “Greek God of Walks” in the film. And since you can watch movies on your phone, you can even watch it in the dugout during the game. 4. Play Scrabble Too bad reliever Marc Rzepczynski plays for the Cardinals. 3. Take a lesson from the Babe On second thought, maybe beer isn’t such a bad idea. Just replace the fried chicken with hot dogs. Hey, it worked for the Bambino. 2. Remember the good ‘ol days when Spring Training was held in Cousens Gym This happened in 1943. For realsies! 1. Jenga Now you want to talk about a collapse?! —compiled by the Daily Sports Department
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Freshman midfielder Gus Santos had two goals and an assist to lead the Jumbos to a 6-1 victory over visiting Suffolk in the pouring rain on Wednesday afternoon. Playing their first match of the season on Bello Field, Tufts scored six goals and had 28 shots, both season highs. Junior midfielder John Lewis, above, scored in the 63rd minute for Tufts. His classmate Rafael RamosMeyer, freshman Kyle Volpe and sophomore Scott Blumenthal also found the back of the net in the contest. Senior Zach Cousens and sophomore Wyatt Zeller — who was making his collegiate debut — split time in goal for the Jumbos, allowing one Suffolk tally and making two saves.
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since seventh grade. His leg strength initially developed from playing soccer. These days, his success reflects more on the hours spent booting the covers off footballs, retrieving them and starting all over. “They sent me eight footballs and I would just go to a park and keep getting repetitions, just because it’s all muscle memory,” Finnegan said. “Obviously I can’t get a game situation, but you try to put yourself in that situation because it’s all really mental. The offseason was definitely big in preparing for the success that I’ve had so far.” Finnegan has punted since his freshman year, when he backed up Tim Puopolo (A ’10) to the tune of a 29.9 yards-per-punt average on 20 punts. In 2010, he took over the starting role, averaging 32.4 yards on 37 punts. Entering this season, Finnegan had pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line six times. This year, he’s already done it nine times — third in the conference behind Amherst’s Matt Rawson and Bowdoin’s Beau Breaton. His ever-improving average is up three more yards this season, to 35.1 yards per punt, and he is third on the Jumbos with 100 receiving yards on seven receptions. On more than one occasion, he’s run a deep route on 3rd-and-long before turning around and heading into the backfield to boom another punt. “I’d say that punting is a little more mental, because no matter what there will be guys rushing your face, you have to keep your focus on the ball in front of you and, no matter what happens, follow through with the same technique,” Finnegan said. “Receiver, it’s based off more how the defense is playing you, you might change up a route, but punting is really focusing on keeping everything the same each time, replicating the same motion.” So far, the replication has been nearly perfect.
102 Age of Dorothea “Dorie” Ellis when she passed away last Friday. Ellis (J ‘31) was regarded by the Athletics Department as “the matriarch of Tufts athletics,” for her leadership in the fledgling program while a student at Jackson College. She was the captain of Jackson’s first women’s baseball team in 1930, and she also played basketball and field hockey. Her husband, Frederick “Fish” Ellis, is considered one of the best all-around athletes in Tufts history, and he later coached football, basketball and golf for the Jumbos.
13 Runs batted in by Nelson Cruz during the six-game American League Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers. That total, as well as Cruz’s six home runs, are records for a single postseason series. Two of Cruz’s homers and seven of his RBIs came in critical moments in the 11th innings of Games 2 and 4. If the Texas right fielder stays hot into the Fall Classic, the Rangers will be poised to capture their first-ever World Series Championship.
5 Punts by junior Marty Finnegan downed inside the 15-yard line in the football team’s loss on Saturday against Trinity. Though the Jumbos’ offense had little success in the contest, Finnegan’s efforts consistently put the Bantams in poor field position and prevented the 9-0 decision from turning into a rout. For the season, Finnegan — who also plays on offense as a wide receiver — ranks fifth in the conference with a 35.1 yard punting average.
Penalty minutes for the Boston Bruins in their game on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Defenseman Zdeno Chara, the Bruins’ captain during their Stanley Cup championship run in 20102011, led the team by spending an absurd 19 of the game’s 60 minutes in the penalty box. Boston coach Claude Julien was served with a game misconduct in the third period, and Carolina took full advantage of the battle of attrition, defeating the Bruins 4-1.
The winning percentage of the past six Tufts men’s soccer coaches during their second seasons before Josh Shapiro took over the program last year. Of the six, only Jerry Clinton (7-6-1) managed to post a record better than .500. Shapiro, though, has endured no such sophomore slump, leading the team to an impressive 8-2-2 (.750) start. Tufts currently sits in a tie for third in the NESCAC standings with Trinity and Williams, two teams that they topped in overtime on Oct. 2 and Oct. 15, respectively.
Combined wins for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions through the first six weeks of the NFL season, after the former beat the latter 25-19 in their matchup on Sunday. The identical 5-1 starts mark phenomenal turnarounds for two teams that each finished a dismal 6-10 last season. For San Francisco, a new philosophy instilled by first-year coach Jim Harbaugh has made the difference, while Detroit has benefited from the health of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Fantasy Fantasy Draft: Part 3
n the immortal words of hip-hop’s Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Baby what’s your fantasy fantasy? OK. That’s not exactly what Luda said when he laid down the hottest of rhymes 11 years ago. But three hard-hitting Daily sports columnists have taken this question head-on — specifically, what would be our dream lineups of fictional baseball superstars? The fantasy fantasy snake draft happened over the weekend and, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Alex Prewitt and Ethan Sturm, respectively, revealed their squads, complete with nine position players and one manager. But here’s the rub: My fantasy fantasy team is superior to their fantasy fantasy teams. Under my command, “The Wild Floaters” will take the title even with our budget in the toilet. Sorry I’m not sorry we can’t buy off the Roy Hobbses of the world. “The Wild Floaters” were assembled based on qualities undervalued by the establishment: wünderkids, voodoo and people who sleep with Susan Sarandon. Lo and behold: 1st round, 2nd overall: Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, P, “Major League” (1989) Because #winning is all that matters. 2nd round, 5th overall: Henry Rowengartner, P, “Rookie of the Year” (1993) This is a steal, though Henry’s superhuman strength depends on him not tripping on the mound and re-breaking his arm — unless he goes with the floater! They’ll never expect it! Plus I’d rescue him from the hapless Cubs onto a team that can actually win in the clutch. 3rd round, 8th overall: Pablo Sanchez, SS, “Backyard Baseball” Sanchez is the greatest fictional hitter of all time. “Pabs” combines the clutchness of Derek Jeter with the focused foot wag of Albert Pujols with the effortless power and exposed chubby midriff of Manny Ramirez. From the moment “The Secret Weapon” steps into the box, raises his hand in salute and reveals a smile eternally plastered on his face, the game is over. He even has a personal blimp that follows him around from backyard to backyard. 4th round, 11th overall: Pedro Cerrano, DH, “Major League” (1989) Cerrano’s chicken-slaying voodoo will come in handy, plus he’ll be able to relay messages to Sanchez, who has only uttered the famous words, “Hasta la vista, balón,” and “Mándame una buena.” More on Cerrano later. 5th round, 14th overall: Sylvester Codmeyer III, OF, “The Kid Who Only Hit Homers” (1972)” HE ONLY HIT HOMERS, PEOPLE. 6th round, 17th overall: Al “The Boss” Angel, Manager, “Angels in the Outfield “(1994) An angel is the only being fit to keep a clubhouse of drunks, children and violent chicken slayers running smoothly. Well, either an angel or Terry Francona. 7th round, 20th overall: Nuke Laloosh, P, “Bull Durham” (1988) 8th round, 23rd overall: Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, 2B, “The Sandlot” (1993) 9th round, 26th overall: Miguel Santos, P, “Sugar” (2008) 10th round, 29th overall: T-Rex Pennebaker, “Mr. 3000” (2004) Favorite Pick not from the “Wild Floaters:” Sturm’s Ryan Dunne, “Summer Catch” (2001) This is a strong pick because of searchengine optimization. Sturm wants people to read his column, so he throws in the obligatory quip about Dunne’s girlfriend Tenley Parrish, played by a super-hot Jessica Biel. Least Favorite Pick: Dave King from Prewitt’s “Little Big Major League of Their Own” Turns out that King, the title character from the book “The Kid Who Batted 1.000” (1951), hails from rural Oklahoma where he raises chickens. Well, good thing “The Wild Floaters” have Pedro Cerrano as our designated hitter, who when he’s not mashing homers mashes chickens into a pulp! So what if King can never be gotten out! Good luck getting your leadoff hitter to the ballpark, Prewitt, when King’s holding funerals for his beloved chickens every night. Ben Kochman is a junior who is majoring in English. He can be reached bkoch.tufts@ gmail.com and on Twitter at benkochman.
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Shapiro undaunted by challenge of recruiting against rest of NESCAC SHAPIRO
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Shapiro had an assist in the first round of the NCAA tournament to lead Middlebury to a 1-0 victory over Tufts. That season, Shapiro also served as one of the team’s captains, showing off one of the qualities that Saward says makes him a successful head coach today: leadership. “Josh was a terrific leader,” Saward said. “And obviously when you talk about coaching qualities, that’s going to be something that’s fed upon.” Although Shapiro was a four-year starter at midfield while playing in Vermont, the Jumbos’ coach was quick to give most of the credit to his teammates. “I was on some very good teams,” Shapiro said. “I definitely wasn’t the best player on my team.”
Bouncing around After graduating from Middlebury with a degree in psychology, Shapiro, like so many recent college graduates, still wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He spent two years out west before moving to New York to work as a day trader, a job he hated. In 2000, Shapiro got his first opportunity to coach when he was offered a part-time job at Fieldston High School in the Bronx, his alma mater. It wasn’t until the next year, however, that Shapiro got the phone call that he had been long awaiting. “I got a call from coach Saward saying, ‘Hey, we have a position open as an assistant staff up with me, are you interested?’” Shapiro said. “And I immediately told him yes and was happy because the timing was just very good for me.” In 2003, Shapiro moved on to Lafayette College, a Div. I school in Pennsylvania, where he served as an assistant coach for the Leopards, who were 2003 Patriot League champions and qualified for the NCAA tournament. He left after two seasons, however, proceeding to American University in D.C. to follow his wife who was starting graduate school in Washington. After a season at American, Shapiro moved on to yet another new Div. 1 school, Georgetown University, where he worked under head coach Brian Wiese. Before coming to Georgetown, Wiese served as the top assistant for renowned coach Bobby Clark at Stanford. This connection immediately drew Shapiro to Georgetown. “Georgetown was a bigger-profile, better academic school,” Shapiro said. “I knew Brian Wiese, and I knew the Bobby Clark coaching tree was an outstanding coaching fraternity, and I wanted to get involved with them. That was really the biggest basis for my education as a coach.” From devastation to elation Following a 2009 season in which Tufts went 2-10-2 overall and 0-8-1 in the NESCAC, it was announced that men’s soccer coach Ralph Ferrigno, who had spent 19 years at the Jumbos’ helm, would not be returning in 2010. Director of Athletics Bill Gehling declined to comment on whether Ferrigno resigned or was let go, but he did explain the process in looking for and eventually hiring a new head coach. “We had done a very thorough search throughout the spring and early summer of 2009,” Gehling said. “And clearly, we chose Carl Junot. The truth was, however, that Carl Junot and Josh Shapiro were really tied at the top of our pool and it could have gone either way.” Back in Washington D.C., Shapiro was upset because he believed that he had as good a chance as anyone of getting the job. “I was pretty devastated when I didn’t get the position because it was an ideal situation for my family and me,” he said. “I thought I was an excellent candidate because I think I have a good background in the league, and I understand how competitive the NESCAC is.” Only a few weeks into his tenure at Tufts, however, Junot, formerly the top assistant coach at Harvard, was offered the head coach-
ing position for the Crimson. He accepted, forcing Gehling to offer the Tufts job to Shapiro. If Shapiro didn’t accept, the Tufts athletic administration would have had to undergo another coaching search just weeks before the start of the 2010 season. “I moved very, very quickly to reach out to Josh,” Gehling said. “Fortunately for us, he was still available and still excited about Tufts, so we were able to close the deal and get him started right away.” Even though he wasn’t Gehling’s first choice, Shapiro holds no grudges towards Tufts. He was initially interested in a head coaching job at a school that combines academic prestige with the potential to be competitive on a national level. According to Shapiro, Tufts not only fits these criteria but also boasts unique features that make it attractive for recruits. “Tufts is a little different than everybody else in the NESCAC,” he said. “We’re bigger, we’ve got the university background, we’ve got Boston, and for that reason, I knew I could go toe-to-toe with the traditional conference powers. I think, right now, we have the best freshman class [in the NESCAC].”
Athletics and academics Senior tri-captain goalkeeper Alan Bernstein was finishing up his sophomore year at Tufts when he sat on a committee of administrators and soccer players who interviewed prospective new head coaches. From the very beginning, Bernstein was impressed with Shapiro’s ability to understand the players while also maintaining total control over the team. “He relates to the players very well, but he also does a great job of keeping it serious and intense,” Bernstein said. “Guys want to play well for him, but he’s a player’s coach in that I totally feel that I can talk to him about any issue that I’m having.” Gehling echoed Bernstein’s sentiments and also came away with a positive first impression of Shapiro. “It was obvious to me from the very first day that Josh got here that he was just a great match for Tufts,” he said. “He’s a terrific guy, he’s got an infectious personality, and he understands the role that sports play at a place like Tufts.” Tufts, like all NESCAC schools, places heavy restrictions on practice time to maintain athletes’ focus on academics first. After playing at Middlebury, Shapiro was already familiar with these conference policies and has used Tufts’ strong academic background to his advantage during the recruiting process. “The students are out there who want the best academic opportunity they can find,” Shapiro said. “Most Div. III athletes want great academics with a great soccer program, not just a great soccer program. And frankly, that’s what your priority should be.” Saward knew that Shapiro, like himself, would embrace the NESCAC’s “school-first” mentality. “I feel strongly that the league has got it right with regards to providing each student-athlete with a terrific education first,” Saward said. “Josh is going to be a very, very good NESCAC coach, because unlike others who are new to the conference, Josh already understands the balance that’s needed.” Championship contenders Last season, the team showed dramatic improvement, going 3-4-2 in the NESCAC and 5-8-2 overall. Out of the Jumbos’ eight losses, only two came by a margin of more than one goal. This year, Tufts has taken the next step forward by winning those close matches. The Jumbos have posted an 8-2-2 overall record this season, including three wins on golden goals. “I can’t say I’m unhappy at all with our record at this point,” Shapiro said. “I think we’ve continued to get better and have handled some really tough teams pretty well.” One reason why Tufts has had more success this year is its improved fitness. Last season, the Jumbos went 1-3-2 in games that reached overtime, a clear indication of fatigue toward the end of matches. This fall, however, Tufts is 3-0-2 in games that have gone beyond
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Second-year head coach Josh Shapiro brought a wealth of experience in NESCAC and Div. I competition when he took over the men’s soccer team last fall. enthusiasm, his ability to manage players, and 90 minutes. Bernstein credits the team’s increased level his knowledge of the game, I would say the of intensity in training sessions, depth all over future is extremely rosy for Tufts.” the field, and Shapiro’s greater emphasis on Even seniors like Bernstein who are nearing scouting as the main reasons for their turn- the end of their collegiate careers recognize that there are even better days ahead for Tufts around this season. “It’s unacceptable now to show up to prac- soccer. tice and not compete at the highest level that “I would fully expect this team to regularly you can,” Bernstein said. “Our team is very compete for the NESCAC championship and deep, and if you’re not willing to put in the become a regional if not national power,” he time and give your best effort, you can be said. assured that somebody else is and is more Shapiro, who says he sometimes receives 40 emails a day from high school soccer playthan capable of taking your place. “Coach Shapiro will be able to get a lot of ers who are interested in Tufts, also does a lot information from other coaches, watch film of active recruiting to improve his team. While from other teams, and give us exact scouting he doesn’t always have the resources to reach reports,” he added. “Now, we can change our every prospective recruit, Shapiro has already lineup depending on what kind of team we’re taken full advantage of his connections in areas relatively close to Boston, including New playing.” After two crucial wins over Williams and York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and eastBates this weekend, the Jumbos jumped from ern Pennsylvania. sixth to third in the conference standings with Shapiro’s expectations for the future of only two NESCAC matches left, putting them the program are high, but he knows that the in a strong position to host a conference quar- league’s competitiveness will make it difficult for Tufts to dominate every fall. terfinal match. “Coming into the year, we wanted to be “I know the conference too well, and I competitive as a top four team in the confer- know we’re not good enough to run the league ence,” Shapiro said. “We felt that, at that point, each year,” he said. “The likes of Middlebury, you’re competitive for a NESCAC champion- Williams, Amherst, and Bowdoin will have ship and, by the transitive property, have a something to say about that.” good opportunity to be a top 25 team in the Still, one can only wonder how good this program will become in the near future if country.” Shapiro continues to out-recruit the rest of the conference. The future is ‘extremely rosy’ More than halfway through the 2011 sea- “Remember that he only has one of his son, it seems that the word is finally out on this classes so far,” Bernstein said. “What’s going to happen when he has four?” year’s Jumbos. “What’s out there is, ‘Uh-oh, we’re in trou- One thing is for sure: Shapiro won’t be ble now,’” Saward said. “Tufts is going to take ditching his “war board” for a wall full of shiny off. I think he’s building a great foundation at championship plaques. Like he always has a fantastic institution in a great city. It’s such done, the Tufts coach will let his results speak an appealing place to play soccer. With Josh’s for themselves.
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