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Students, faculty and staff will soon use a single password to both log into their Trumpeter e-mail accounts and access computers in the

labs, according to Director of Communications and Organizational Effectiveness for University Information Technology (UIT ) Dawn Irish. Irish said UIT initiated its Simplified Sign-On project in

response to complaints about the complexity of the old twopassword system. “Everybody on campus from faculty to staff, and especially students, have spoken up see PASSWORD, page 3


Students and faculty will soon use their computer lab passwords for both e-mail and computer logins.

Tufts merges its news sources into single website BY


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University Relations this month launched a website, Tufts Now, that compiles various university media outlets into a single, interactive news source geared toward all members of the Tufts community., which went live Feb. 1, combines content formerly published in the Tufts Journal and Tufts E-News, Tufts’ official newspaper and online news source, respectively. The website is designed to act as a one-stop location for all Tufts-related news, according to Manager of Web Content and Strategy for Web Communications Georgiana Cohen. “Before, there was no home for all this different content. What we wanted to do here was bring everything together that’s telling the stories of Tufts,” Cohen said. In addition to Tufts faculty and students, freelance writers and external news sources will contribute to the website, according to Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler. The site will integrate a variety of web content, including feature articles and links to non-Tufts news sources, blogs and social media sites.

“We wanted to get the perspective of what external audiences are saying about Tufts, not just Tufts itself,” Thurler explained. The site features interactive elements like rotating book recommendations, a weekly poll and an “ask the expert” section. “A lot of these features are new. They’re actually things we added to this site compared to what we did on the Tufts Journal and E-news sites,” Taylor McNeil, senior news editor for the News Publications Group in Tufts University’s Office of Publications and former editor of the Tufts Journal, said. Visitors have the option to subscribe to a bi-weekly Tufts Now e-mail newsletter. McNeil encouraged users to contact University Relations with questions and suggestions. “We’re interested in learning how we can reflect back to Tufts what is going on at the university,” McNeil said. “We hope we’ll hear from students and other audiences.” Archived content from E-News and the Tufts Journal will continue to be accessible online. The staffs from the two websites have been merged and are see TUFTSNOW, page 2

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Jumbos looking to be more environmentally friendly will soon have one more way to do so — and make money at the same time. An automated machine for recycling empty containers will be installed in the Commons area of the Mayer Campus Center toward the end of February, a collaboration between Tufts Recycles!, an initiative of the Department of Facilities Services, and Greenbean Recycle, a software development company that leases the “reverse vending machines.” The machine will function similarly to grocery store bottle-return machines, into which users deposit bottles to receive a refund. The machine destined for the campus center, however, has some improvements. “A great part of this machine is that it cleans and keeps all of the materials separated so the recycled material is one hundred percent uncontaminated,” Shanker Sahai, the founder and chief executive officer of Greenbean Recycle, said. “It gives a higher value for the material.” Unlike its grocery-store counterparts, the machine leased to the university by Greenbean

Recycle will be able to discern recyclable materials from nonrecyclable ones. The machine will accept all containers but issue a five-cent refund only for those that can be recycled, according to Sahai. Recyclers will have the option of depositing the refund into a PayPal account or donating the money to one of a number of charitable organizations or on-campus student groups preselected by the business. Consumers can track their environmental impact via an online account, which also promotes competition by providing similar data on the progress made by friends, networks and other communities. Greenbean Recycle will also create various recycling challenges and offer rewards as incentives, according to Sahai. The company’s slogan, “What’s your impact?” prompts consumers to think about the consequences of their decisions, Sahai said. “We wanted the consumers to question themselves with regards to what their impacts are,” he said. Greenbean Recycle is the first venture of its kind targeting universities, according to Sahai. Other participating institutions include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University. see RECYCLING, page 3

Advocacy group: Tufts one of worst colleges for free speech BY SARAH


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Whether it’s the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the decision to go trayless in the dining halls, it seems that Tufts students are always engaged in a debate of some sort. Though the university prides itself on open discussions and diverse opinions, Tufts has recently come under attack for violating the freedom of expression, raising the question about just how lively campus debates truly are. In a Jan. 27 article for the Huffington Post, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Greg Lukianoff named Tufts as one of the 12 worst colleges for free speech. Citing two incidents from the 2006-07 academic year in which the university found conservative campus publication The Primary Source guilty of harassment, Lukianoff wrote that Tufts “has consistently adopted policies and practices that censor student speech.” The incidents in question involved the university’s decision that The Primary Source had violated Tufts’ non-discrimination policy after printing a controversial satire of affirmative action titled “O’ Come All Ye Black Folk” and another concerning Islamic extremism. The pieces, both of which were anon-

ymous, sparked intense controversy on campus at the time and elicited a hearing before the Committee on Student Life (CSL) after individual students filed harassment charges against the publication. The CSL in 2007 ruled that the Source was guilty of harassment and creating a hostile environment. The body also imposed a byline requirement on all articles, but Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences James Glaser, who served as dean of undergraduate education at the time, overturned this portion of the ruling. He said at the time that a rule against anonymity amounted to punishment of free speech. Later, in November 2009, the Board of Trustees approved a university-wide Declaration on Freedom of Expression. The declaration stated that the freedom of expression was “fundamental to the academic enterprise,” but was “not absolute.” Though the Source controversy and subsequent CSL decision occurred over three years ago, they have landed Tufts not only a spot on Lukianoff’s “12 worst” list, but also one of six spots on FIRE’s “Red Alert” list. The list, which came out in August, named FIRE’s worst offenders see FREE SPEECH, page 2

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Jonathan Bloom rails against American food waste in his new book.

One of the best women’s basketball teams Tufts has seen in years looks to end on a high note.

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THE TUFTS DAILY TuftsNow website compiles news from on and off the Hill ALEXANDRA W. BOGUS Editor-in-Chief

EDITORIAL Mick Brinkman Krever Saumya Vaishampayan Managing Editors Martha Shanahan Executive News Editor Michael Del Moro News Editors Nina Ford Ben Gittleson Amsie Hecht Ellen Kan Daphne Kolios Kathryn Olson Matt Repka Corinne Segal Jenny White Brent Yarnell Elizabeth McKay Assistant News Editors Laina Piera Rachel Rampino Minyoung Song Derek Schlom Executive Features Editor Jon Cheng Features Editors Sarah Korones Emilia Luna Romy Oltuski Alexa Sasanow Falcon Reese Assistant Features Editors Angelina Rotman Sarah Strand Amelia Quinn Ben Phelps Emma Bushnell Mitchell Geller Rebecca Santiago Matthew Welch Allison Dempsey Andrew Padgett Joseph Stile Ashley Wood Rebekah Liebermann Bhushan Deshpande Larissa Gibbs David Kellogg Rachel Oldfield Jeremy Ravinsky Daniel Stock Elaine Sun Devon Colmer Erin Marshall Alex Miller Louie Zong Craig Frucht Ashish Malhotra Josh Molofsky Kerianne Okie Michael Restiano Joshua Youner Ben Kochman Philip Dear Lauren Flament Claire Kemp Alex Lach Alex Prewitt Daniel Rathman Noah Schumer Ethan Sturm Matthew Berger Aaron Leibowitz David McIntyre Ann Sloan Meredith Klein Virginia Bledsoe Jodi Bosin Danai Macridi Dilys Ong James Choca Lane Florsheim Meagan Maher Justin McCallum Oliver Porter Ashley Seenauth Aalok Kanani Andrew Morgenthaler

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running the new website with the help of student interns. Planning for the revamped university news webpage began in December 2009 after the redesigned Tufts homepage was unveiled in August of that year, according to Thurler. “After we launched the new Tufts homepage, we realized it would make sense for there to just be one single source for news and information coming out of Tufts,” McNeil said. Cohen and McNeil’s initial discussions about the merge were followed by months of planning. “There was a lot of time spent thinking on how to take all this different content and bring it into one hub of information and news,” Cohen said. “There’s a whole lot of thinking and talking before you write the first line of code or before you draw the first pixel.” University Relations solicited input during the website’s development from departments across the university’s campuses, according to McNeil. “We gathered a great number of people from around Tufts to weigh in on their thoughts,” McNeil said. Thurler said this cooperative effort

was designed to make the website accessible to the entire Tufts and non-Tufts communities, in contrast to other websites like the undergraduate-focused TuftsLife. Sophomore Logan Cotton, a Tufts Community Union senator and editor-in-

chief of independent music blog Uphill/ Downtown, was impressed with the layout of the site. “As a social media platform I think this is a great change,” Cotton said. “It’s a lot of information and stimuli but it’s wellorganized and isn’t overwhelming.”


A new website will combine content from the Tufts Journal and Tufts E-News.

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of student rights. In addition to Tufts, Bucknell University, Michigan State University, Colorado College, Brandeis University and Johns Hopkins University make the list. According to an advertisement placed by FIRE in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” issue, “Red Alert institutions have displayed severe and ongoing disregard for the fundamental rights of their students or faculty members and are the ‘worst of the worst’ when it comes to liberty on campus.” Tufts’ decision to declare the Source guilty of harassment did nothing but discourage debate and dissenting opinions on campus, FIRE Vice President Robert Shibley said. “If somebody is uncomfortable with the way you’re expressing your opinion and willing to call you a harasser and punish you, that really impoverishes the intellectual discourse on campus,” he told the Daily. “Why bother disagreeing with something if you know you might get in trouble for it?” Disagreements, Shibley said, are a natural part of the process when it comes to intellectual discourse and debate. “Hurt feelings are part of the human experience,” he said. “They’re part of the

human condition, and as long as people are individuals, we’re never all going to agree on the same thing, and there’s always going to be disagreements. Free speech in our society, a free society, has decided to deal with the fact that we’re never all going to agree on particular issues.” Shibley encouraged campus administrators not to let “hurt feelings” interfere with the right to free speech. “The fact that someone has free speech isn’t affected by how other people feel when they hear that speech,” he said. “Let’s say I use my freedom of speech to advocate abortion rights, and there might be other people on campus who find abortion to be murder and are very prolife. If I hurt their feelings, or they might be horrified or disgusted to hear about my pro-choice belief, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have the ability to speak freely about my opinions. “So the fact that people are sometimes offended, sometimes they find their feelings hurt, or they have their capabilities challenged by free speech, is only part of the function of free speech itself,” he said. Dean of Student Affairs Bruce Reitman thoroughly disagreed with FIRE’s branding of Tufts and believed the organization has exaggerated a lack of free speech on campus. According to Reitman, it is just as essential to acknowledge offensive mate-

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The Primary Source in the academic year 2006-7 printed two controversial articles which the university later said amounted to harassment. In response, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has named Tufts one of the worst colleges for free speech and student rights.

rial as it is to allow that material to exist. “That’s the purpose of community learning — so that we have those conversations that at times include the voice in the community that says, ‘they don’t have the right to say that,’” Reitman said. “I think that’s an ingredient of that conversation. It always will be. I will always support a person’s right to say, ‘they don’t have the right to say that,’ because that’s their opinion.” Reitman said that FIRE itself is guilty of not truly respecting the freedom of expression. “If FIRE is saying we are at fault because we are restricting people from having an opinion that can be voiced, aren’t they doing exactly that by saying a group of people doesn’t have the right to call something harassing behavior?” he said. “I think they’re hypocritical even in making this argument. So they’re saying that people don’t have the right to call something what they think it is. So they’re the ones in my mind who are talking about censoring.” Tufts Community Union President Sam Wallis, a senior, while in agreement with Reitman that FIRE’s claims are off-base, did express concern about Tufts students not being able to convey their opinions freely. “People at Tufts are very often hesitant to say certain things because of the degree of political correctness that students have to maintain and for fear of repercussions,” Wallis said. “I think especially as different topics are debated — especially contentious topics of diversity and class and different cultures at Tufts — certain people feel that they can’t say what they want to say.” Wallis stood firm, however, in denouncing FIRE’s assertions. “I don’t agree with their methodology, and I don’t think they’re in any position to make a determination about free speech at Tufts,” he said. “I will say flat out that I don’t agree with that article. I don’t think FIRE knows enough about every school to compare every school to each other on that list.” Reitman asserted that freedom of speech at Tufts is nowhere near in danger. “I haven’t seen many students be afraid to express almost anything, and it’s to our face, and it’s bold, and I don’t think there’s much intimidation going on at Tufts,” he said. “We’re not restricting any political thought about community politics or values.” Addressing offensive speech — not stifling it — is the best way to promote healthy communication on campus, Reitman said. “There’s a lot of healthy dialogue going on here, and there’s some unhealthy dialogue going on here, but I think that’s all part of being a learning community, and not everything is always going to feel good,” he said. “But I think having to address the hurts is a critical piece of our values and who we are.”

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about the need to have [fewer] passwords,” she said. The change requires students and staff to use their computer lab password, or Active Directory (AD) password, to access their Webmail accounts, Spark — the UIT-sponsored website that provides online tools for teaching purposes — and library services like the InterLibrary Loan system (ILLiad). While some have already made the switch, the rest of the Tufts community will follow in the next several months, according to Irish. Irish said UIT hopes to eventually apply the password to all university services. “More and more services [will] use what we’re going to call the ‘Tufts password,’ or currently the AD password,” Irish said, adding that a system that uses solely the AD password is more secure because it requires users to select a strong password and to change it every 180 days. “It’s far more secure for the … passwords to change more frequently and also to be more complex,” Director of University Library Technology Services Charlotte Keys said. The move to consolidate passwords was necessitated by the universitywide switch from Webmail to the Microsoft Exchange email platform, which UIT has said will be completed in June. Freshmen students and staff from various departments of the university have already transitioned to Exchange; sophomores and juniors will begin to use it as early as next month. Exchange is accessed using the AD password, and conducting the consolidation effort now will make the transition to the new e-mail platform more streamlined, Irish said. Both Webmail and Exchange users will continue to use their Universal

Tufts Login Name (UTLN) as the user name to access their e-mail accounts, Keys said. But rather than their old e-mail passwords, individuals will receive an e-mail when their e-mail accounts begin to require them to use their AD password, she said. “The change isn’t going to be dependant on the application, it’s going to be dependant on your account,” Keys said. “So if your group has not moved to the new way of logging in, you have to keep logging in the old way.” Some systems, like the Student Information System (SIS), will retain their previous unique user authentication processes for the time being. “Some of these systems are so old,” Irish said. “SIS, for example, has its own system because it’s very old.” SIS will eventually be replaced, according to Irish, and when that happens the replacement will be accessed using the AD, or Tufts, password. “You assume that when we get the new set we’ll have newer technology and potentially be able to use the Tufts password,” she said. The password switch, in addition to Webmail accounts, will apply to three library services: ILLiad, online library accounts and access to databases and E-Journals, Keys said. Junior Benjamin Koltai, a student supervisor at Tufts OnLine, a studentrun group that provides computer support, said the one-password system has made accessing his various accounts simpler. “It’s actually more convenient because I don’t have to remember which password is for what, I just use the same password everywhere,” Koltai said. Keys agreed. “In the long run it’s going to be great to just have one password. Speaking as someone who’s already made the transition, it’s great having one.”


A recycling machine to be installed later this month will give incentives for students to exchange bottles for money.

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The collaboration between Sahai and Dawn Quirk, recycling coordinator for Tufts Recycles! and waste reduction program manager for Facilities, began when Greenbean Recycle approached Sahai for support for its participation in a competition supported by MassChallenge, a nonprofit group that promotes entrepreneurship. A collaboration between the two groups formed following the competition. Tufts Recycles!, a program comprising student workers and representatives from Facilities, attempts to promote recycling across Tufts’ campuses, according to Quirk. Sophomore Rose Eilenberg, a Tufts

Recycles! intern, called on students to be cognizant of recycling. “We have limited resources on this earth and if we are going to use them to the extent that we do, it’s important to recover whatever we can,” she said. Eilenberg acknowledged the recycling machine’s potential to foster recycling, but expressed concern that it may have a downside. “It might create an excuse for people to buy recyclable water bottles [and] make them feel less guilty,” Eilenberg said. Quirk praised the environmental benefits of Sahai’s recycling machine. “His machine has the potential to appeal to [someone] who might not be motivated to recycle for recycl[ing]’s sake,” Quirk said.

Attention Clubs and Organizations…

Don’t Forget to get Your Group’s Picture in the 2011 Tufts Jumbo Yearbook! Let us take it for you… Student Organization Group Photo Shoots… February 16, 2011 (12 pm – 3 pm) February 17, 2011 (6 pm – 9 pm) February 18, 2011 (12 pm – 3 pm) Large Conference Room – Mayer Campus Center TO REGISTER FOR YOUR GROUP go to (enter Code 9267) (ignore information about senior portraits)

Remember to enter all Contact Information. If your group has more than 50 members please schedule two consecutive times.




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James Blake’s debut album successfully crosses genres BY


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Most people don’t give electronic musicians enough credit: Eking vibrant, expressive sounds out of a panel of knobs

James Blake James Blake Universal Republic Records and sliders takes a unique skill set. James Blake proves he has those skills — over and over — on his self-titled debut, “James Blake.” In an eclectic mix of dubstep, minimalist techno and soul music, Blake has carved himself a unique niche in an overcrowded scene. Every track on his new album feels vibrant and alive, which is incredibly impressive considering how understated his production is. Blake has a knack for making the most out of the simplest synth sounds. A chord or loop that may sound sterile at the beginning of the song quickly comes to life under his skillful direction. The spare, bare-bones opener “Unluck,” for example, will pleasantly surprise anyone who listens for longer than 30 seconds. Strange chugging rhythms, clicking noises and hissing synth-work soon seep into the song, giving it a rich and varied sound. The track approaches a climax of dramatic major chords before it lapses into another unexpected movement. Blake’s soulful voice sounds as good without processing as it does through his vocoder, paving the way for some interesting duets on later tracks. The next track, “The Willhelm Scream,” takes a simple, alternating verse and chorus and throws it through Blake’s inventive electronic process. The lyrics, which repeat, “I’m falling, falling, falling…” would

get tiresome if it weren’t for Blake’s impassioned delivery and unique production. The sound of the track quickly deepens as Blake brings in percussion with heavy reverb — a sound reminiscent of Plastikman’s ominous “Consumed” (1998). “I Never Learnt to Share” is a showcase for Blake’s voice, one of the undeniable strengths of the album. Vocoders have provided many singers in contemporary music with the opportunity to front a band without much vocal talent. Thankfully, Blake’s voice is strong enough to make the vocoder more supplemental than essential. As the track begins, Blake laments failed familial relations in a weepy delivery. Before you know it, his vocoded counterpart comes in for an interesting duet that blurs the line between human and electronic performance. One of the most interesting tracks of the album is “Limit to Your Love,” a gospeltinged song with a haughty chord progression and more interesting vocal work from Blake. The song begins conventionally with Blake singing and playing the piano, but percussion and delay effects are quickly introduced, solidifying the genre-bending trend with which Blake is so occupied. Considering how disparate Blake’s influences seem to be — everything from James Brown to The XX — the songs remain extremely cohesive. At times, Blake consciously pushes the boundaries of sonic compatibility with his production choices, only to resolve them in unexpected ways. The undulating, industrial bass synth on “Limit to Your Love” is just one example. The oddly distorted acoustic guitar on another track, “Lindesfarne II,” maintains the clarity of the instrument while adding a new layer of fuzzy, distorted bass. The result is jarring before it becomes one of the most compelling elements of the song. Like any great album, “James Blake” reveals new elements on every listen. Blake’s


James Blake’s debut album pushes the boundaries of electronic music. tasteful production and interesting musical choices keep the album from feeling derivative, even as it borrows certain aesthetics from different genres of music. Sometimes you could swear “James Blake” is a dubstep album and at other times, a soul album. Depending on your

mood, either would be apt. The only thing that remains the same after each listen is a certainty of Blake’s multifaceted talent as a producer, a singer and a composer. His debut offers a small hint of a growing talent that will surely influence today’s electronic music culture.


Bloom’s crusade against America’s food waste hits hard ‘American Wasteland’ uses scare tactics to set record straight on how much food goes unconsumed BY


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How much food did you leave behind on your plate at Dewick this afternoon? Was it just your banana

American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) Jonathan Bloom

Da Capo Lifelong Books peel or the bones from your chicken wings? Or did you take a few too many spicy fries and overestimate how much salad you were going to eat? The latter is an occurrence that happens far too often, according to Jonathan Bloom, and we should all be trying our hardest to cut down on our food waste before it is too late. Bloom’s new book, “American Wasteland” (2010), subtitled “How America Throws Away Nearly Half Of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It),” puts forth a shocking statistic, but Bloom insists on its truthfulness: Each and every day, he says, Americans throw away enough food to fill the Rose Bowl, the football stadium in Pasadena, Calif. Additionally, each American individually discards half a pound of food per day. If these statistics are not jarring enough, consider the fact that U.S.

food waste has nearly doubled since 1974. Although it may seem contradictory that the United States, the country with a skyrocketing obesity problem, also throws away too much food, Bloom argues that the two concepts actually go hand in hand. The past 30 years or so have seen an intense “devaluing” of food, as Bloom calls it — so much that, nowadays, very few of us actually know where our food comes from or how it gets onto our plates. This, he says, leads to a blatant lack of respect for the food we eat. This devaluing of food manifests itself in a few different ways. Bloom interviewed a number of people who lived through the Great Depression and World War II. He discovered that they had learned to appreciate food as a result of their experiences; due to the food scarcity during the era, many scrimped and saved every bit of food they could. In marked contrast, though there is still a considerable population of hungry people within the United States today, most Americans have never known true hunger. It thus becomes easy to take a constant supply of food for granted. Establishments like Costco and Sam’s Club — which encourage their customers to buy in bulk — feed this mentality. If we buy dinner rolls in packs of 36 or pork chops in packs of nine, the value of each individual item declines, making us more inclined either to eat too much or to throw excess food away. Bloom’s writing style is playful, humorous and informative. Food

waste is clearly an issue he cares a lot about, and he inserts many anecdotes from his own experiences and those of interviewees regarding the importance of cutting back our waste, either by consuming more of our food or serving smaller portions in the first place. Despite its strong argument, the book is a bit of a hodgepodge. There are distinct chapter subjects, but anecdotes are placed at random, sometimes unrelated to the title or heading. This style turns the book from a singular unified story into, instead, a barrage of facts and anecdotes — albeit informative ones. Bloom ultimately plays the blame game and shows no shame in hold-

ing restaurants and the food service industry accountable for a large part of our food-waste problem. Restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory come under scrutiny for their expansive menus and gargantuan portion sizes. The greater the number of items that appear on a restaurant’s menu, Bloom says, the more likely the establishment is to be prone to waste. Since restaurants often feel obligated to have items on the menu that appeal to every potential customer, their inventories must be extensive. This frequently leads to restaurants having to throw away a lot of food at the end of the day. Interspersed among his anec-

dotes, interviews and cold hard facts, Bloom offers advice for trimming back the reader’s personal waste. He suggests everything from reusing the crumbs at the bottom of a bag of potato chips to make breading for chicken to merely reducing the size of our dinner plates from 12 inches to 10 inches, as less space means less potential for food to go uneaten. “American Wasteland” serves as both an advice manual on how to curb our thriftless nature and a cautionary tale about what will happen if our wasteful habits continue. If not a completely cohesive work, it is nonetheless a compelling and eyeopening read.


‘American Wasteland’ author Jonathan Bloom urges readers to cut back on food waste.



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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Department of Biology at Tufts University May 31 – August 8, 2011 The Department of Biology at Tufts University offers a NSF funded summer research program entitled, “Integrative approaches to studying recognition systems in cells, organisms, and populations� in which 10 students will work closely on a collaborative, interdisciplinary project. Students in this 10-week program will receive a stipend of $4800, a $1000 allotment for food, and on-campus housing. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates should have a strong academic record. Application target date is March 1; Announcements: March 31 Information and Applications available at:

Help new International and American students get adjusted to life at Tufts and in the U.S. at International Orientation (I.O.) from Aug. 28 - Aug. 30, 2011 ANYONE CAN BE A HOST ADVISOR YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TO BE INVOLVED WITH I.O.

Applications are now available at the International Center Applications due Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mandatory Information Sessions to be held February 2, 2011- February 18, 2011

Stop by the I-Center (20 Sawyer Ave) or Call I-Center (7-3458) for info session dates and times



Referendum 3 Implementation Update The Public Editor recently criticized the amount of time it is taking Senate to implement the new Constitutional Amendments regarding community representatives and the Diversity and Community Affairs (DCA) Officer. “[Its] implementation remains in seemingly indefinite TCU Senate limbo, despite last semester’s re-vote,� he claimed in an op-ed on February 3rd. It is not an “indefinite limbo,� but rather a highly productive and inclusive process. In fact, the process will be ending this Sunday! Immediately following the referenda revote, a group of Senators, including the current Community Representatives, was formed to draft bylaws that will enable us to carryout the new procedures established by the recent amendment. The final draft was presented to Senate, and will be put-up for a final vote at our next meeting. In the meantime, we have held feedback sessions across campus where anyone can come and find-out information about the bylaws. According to proposed procedure, community representatives will be elected as follows: 1) Potential candidates will fillout a group-specific application and collect 50 student signatures. The

applications will be due at the same time as those for all other elected positions. 2) The student leaders of each community will interview applicants, hold a forum for questions and answers open to everyone, and finally take a vote of confidence on each applicant. 3) Approved applicants will become candidates. The elections commission will hold an open forum for the candidates. The final election, open to the entire student body, will occur on the same ballot as the Presidential Election in April. The proposed bylaws also outline the process for groups gaining representation on Senate as follows: 1) Petitioning Group of 6 student leaders or TCU-Recognized Groups will send a representative to at least 2/3 of the meetings of the Senate’s Culture, Ethnicity, and Community Affairs (CECA) Committee for the fall semester. 2) Petitioning groups must collect 250 student signatures by March. 3) The Senate will then decide the fate of the group’s representation by a majority vote in the first weeks of March. In addition to defining these processes, the bylaws also answer questions regarding the responsibilities of community representatives, affirm their ability to vote on all matters, and restate their

ability to hold any position on Senate. Perhaps you are wondering why these bylaws are necessary (after all wasn’t there an amendment about all of this?), and why it took an entire semester to crank them out. Regardless, here’s the answer. While you can disagree with the content of the constitutional amendment, there were several flaws in the words themselves. For example, for the purposes of electing community representatives, there was no definition for who would and would not be considered a member of a Group of 6 Center. It was task of the bylaw committee to create such a definition. Like many of the other issues we discussed, this was no easy task. So, rather than to try and implement an incomplete system, we decided to hold-off until April, when Community Representatives will be elected properly. And so, after months of discussion and feedback, we are ready to implement the new and improved community representative system, pending a final vote of the senate. This vote will occur this Sunday at our 7:00 meeting in Sophia Gordon, which is open to anyone wishing to attend. Feel free to contact Senate with any questions by e-mailing, or through TCU Senate on Facebook or Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.

On a final note, IF YOUR GROUP IS SEEKING REPRESENTATION ON SENATE, the process will be starting in the coming next weeks. Please contact us immediately to learn what you should be doing now. It is our hope that this new system will provide benefit for all those involved, and will prove to be worth the wait. Daniel Pasternack, TCU Parliamentarian


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Novak Djokovic can finally breathe easy BY


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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic raised his arms in jubilation two Sundays ago at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Djokovic’s straight-set pummeling of Great Britain’s Andy Murray marked the Serb’s second Australian Open championship in four years and was especially impressive given his win over the legendary Roger Federer in the semifinals just two days earlier. Djokovic, who was anointed “King Djoker” by an Australian newspaper the next day, regally held his trophy over the Rod Laver Arena balcony amid hundreds of screaming fans. Djokovic now looks like he belongs among the best-in-the-world tennis discussion, along with Federer and No.1 Rafael Nadal. Only a few years ago, however, King Djoker was locked in the public’s dungeon, reserved for weaklings and cheaters. Just nine months ago, at the Serbian Open, Djokovic was the total opposite of a champion — bent over, face contorted, gasping for air. That Djokovic has been so successful in his career is astonishing, considering that the 23-year-old sometimes retires from matches for an unusual reason — because he simply cannot breathe. The Serb has kept the exact nature of his breathing issues close to the vest, but the problem has plagued his young career and at times upset opponents and fans alike. In 2005, his first time in the US Open main draw and his introduction to what can be an unforgiving New York crowd, Djokovic collapsed on the court at 2-5 in the fifth and decisive set against Frenchman and crowd favorite Gael Monfils. After nearly 15 minutes of writhing on the ground, the young Serb bounced back up and surged to win the match 7-5. He was promptly booed off the court, while his parents, now familiar to all serious tennis fans, looked on quizzically from the stands. Djokovic’s lengthy injury timeout on that sweltering day became his trademark for the next few years, rubbing the New York fans the wrong way. He was


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Novak Djokovic was once famous for his lengthy injury timeouts. Now he’s on top of the world, having just won the Australian Open. again booed in 2008 during a quarterfinal match at the US Open against Andy Roddick, when fans accused the Serb of faking an injury. In a sports world that cherishes machismo in its athletes — yes, even in tennis players — the possibility that a player is using an injury timeout as a strategic tactic or pretending to be hurt is unacceptable. It’s been an uphill battle for Djokovic to gain the favor of tennis fans around the globe. The Serb’s injury timeouts and retirements from matches have decreased a bit since 2007, after Djokovic’s sinus surgery. Yet his withdrawal from the Serbian

Open quarterfinal last May for “allergies” shows that the new Australian Open champ still has a way to go before he’s mentioned in the same conversation as guys like Federer, who once notoriously made the semifinals of the Australian Open while unknowingly struggling with a case of mononucleosis. Seeing Djokovic breathing freely as he yet again holds up a major trophy, though, makes it much easier to embrace the young Serb. He has won over the Australian crowd. Tennis’ elite already features a Swiss former hothead and a Spaniard with bad knees. Maybe a young Serb with asthma is next.

Athletes of the week KELLY ALLEN, WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD After being named the NESCAC’s Most Oustanding Rookie Performer last season as a freshman, expectations were large for nowsophomore thrower Kelly Allen. Fortunately for Tufts, she has more than surpassed her lofty mark in 2009-10, and is heading into the NESCAC Championships filled with confidence. Allen excelled in several events in this past weekend’s Tufts Invitational II, posting personal records in both the shot put and the weight throw. With her throw of 41-6 in the shot put, Allen moved even closer to the provisional qualifying mark for Nationals. Allen has enjoyed a strong season this year, which has been marked by many new personal bests and record-shattering performances. Most notably, after consistent improvement throughout the year, she broke the Tufts school record in the weight throw with a 48-foot mark at the BU Terrier Classic on Jan. 29. Heading into the NESCAC Championships, Allen will be looking to continue her run of dominance in the conference. In the spring of last year, she was a double winner, destroying the competition in the discus and javelin throws while finishing runner-up in the shot put and setting two new school records in the process.

ANDREW TURK, MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING Freshman Andrew Turk, although a newcomer on the men’s swimming and diving team, has already collected an impressive list of honors: He led the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team at the Wheaton Invitational, posted a team-best time in the 200yard freestyle and was named a NESCAC Performer of the Week on Feb. 7. Now he has another accolade to add to his list: Tufts Daily Athlete of the Week. Turk also was named as the 24th and final swimmer for Tufts in the conference championships. This was thanks in large part to his performance at Wheaton, which also included a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, as well as setting personal bests in every event that he swam. “This past weekend is probably one of the best weekends I’ve had in my life,” Turk told Daily on Feb. 8. “All the guys were behind me 100 percent, and that just made me more confident and able to walk up to the blocks and think, ‘I got this.’ I was just really ecstatic about all of it and really grateful to all the guys.” Turk will look to continue his fine form in the NESCAC championship tournament, which will be held at Bowdoin College from Feb. 25−27.

Guyot said. “It will be a pretty fast race and I think if we just stick with the pack and try to hold on, it will work out.” Eisenberg-Guyot is one of the runners gunning to hit the 8:55 qualifying standard for Div. IIIs on Saturday. The group will also feature senior Andrew Bellet, sophomore Luke Maher and freshman Benji Hansen, accompanied by freshman Ben Wallis who hit the standard earlier in the season. The field athletes should be comfortable competing at home in the Tufts Invitational. The throwers will look to continue building on the momentum they gained last weekend, when the squad hit personal records and qualifiers, while the pair of pole-vaulters — senior co-captain Sam Read and sophomore Brad Nakanishi — will look to tune up this weekend after enjoying a strong start to the season. “Sam Read is feeling more comfortable on a bigger pole, so he’s looking to have a big meet right now as he’s heading into Div. IIIs,” Prunier said. The home meet on Saturday will have a different atmosphere since many of the Tufts runners will be missing. Fewer athletes will line the track to cheer on the final relays of the day and the noise coming from the Jumbos’ section might be a lot quieter, but that won’t deter the Jumbos in the field events from their goals.


Tufts Invitational III: The end of a trilogy The women’s track and field team will this weekend compete in its final home meet of the season — the Tufts Invitational III at the Gantcher Center. The invitational will be the last chance for the Jumbos to ready themselves for the postseason, which will begin next week with the Div. III New England meet at MIT. At the Tufts Invitational III, the team will be divided between two locations, with some athletes competing at Boston University and others at Tufts. Rather than competing all-out, however, the goals for the team will be simple: to maintain fitness and get as many athletes as possible to qualify for Div. IIIs. In the Tufts Invitational II on Feb. 8, sophomore Kelly Allen and freshman Jana Hieber experienced breakthrough performances. Allen particularly excelled, posting two personal bests, including a 41-6 throw in the shot put, coupled with a 49-4 1/4 performance in the weight throw. Hieber was able to win her first pentathlon and qualified for Nationals, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that it was also her first collegiate pentathlon. Senior tri-captain Rosie Xia has pegged Hieber as an athlete to look out for in the Tufts Invitational III and in the future New England Championships. While Hieber looks to set individual marks at Div. IIIs, the 4x400 team also promises to be competitive, as senior tricaptain Kanku Kabongo will be making only her second career appearance in the event. Normally a short-distance sprinter, Kabongo has recently been testing her endurance. “Coach [Kristen Morwick] wanted to see what she could do in the 4x400,” junior tricaptain Kayley Pettoruto said. “And Kanku wanted to do it for the team.” —by Steven Soroka



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Seniors hope for victory in final NESCAC home game With elite team, Tufts faces must-win situation against Bates to keep NCAA at-large bid alive BY


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It will be the end of an era Saturday, as the women’s basketball team’s seniors — undoubtedly the most successful class in program history — take the court at Cousens Gymnasium for their final home NESCAC game. “I don’t think it has really hit me yet,” senior tri-captain Lindsay Weiner said. “I’m excited for senior day, for the chance to celebrate the time that I’ve had here, the time that the other seniors have had here and all the accomplishments that we’ve had. But at the same time it is the end of an era. Basketball has been part of my life for more years than I can count and nearing the end of my career is a bit overwhelming.” Fellow senior co-captain Colleen Hart, along with classmates Weiner, Vanessa Miller and Sarah Nolet have been part of the best four years of women’s basketball at Tufts, which includes a NESCAC final, three NCAA tournament appearances and an Elite Eight run during the 2007-08 season. Hart will likely go down as the greatest player in the history of the program after shattering the career points record earlier this year. She also holds the record for career 3-pointers and is within 25 of the record for career assists. She has been named NESCAC Player of the Week four times and has earned first-team AllConference honors in each of the past two seasons. In many ways, she has been the lifeblood of this team for the duration of her career. If Hart is the life, then Miller is the source of energy. Standing at only 5 feet 2 inches, Miller is a defensive spark plug. Over the past two years, she has averaged more than three steals per game, while forcing countless more turnovers that never find their way onto the stat sheet. Her efforts earned her NESCAC Defense Player of the Year honors last season, and a recent offensive outbreak while Hart was sidelined with an injury earned Miller her first ever NESCAC Player of the Week award.

The two have shared the backcourt for two years now, and their experience of playing together is undeniable. “Playing with [Miller], we’ve had a lot of minutes together, and it’s been great learning from each other,” Hart said. “We are totally different players, with very different strengths, and I think at this point we play off of each other so well that we know exactly where the other is going to be, and it’s been very fun playing with her.” Weiner shares the kind of intensity exhibited by Miller game after game, constantly finding herself in the middle of tussles for the ball. While only averaging 10 minutes a game in her freshman season, she still managed to create 16 steals. Last year she was coach Carla Berube’s go-to player off the bench, helping the team get oh-so-close to the national Sweet 16. She has also been a valuable asset in crunch time, with a career free-throw percentage of 89 percent. Finally, the 6-foot Nolet — who joined the team as a sophomore — has been a valuable asset on a team that is undeniably undersized. A three-sport athlete and soccer captain, she has stayed committed to the team and has played a key role guarding the tall post players of the NESCAC. “Sarah [Nolet] decided she missed basketball, and I’m glad she made the decision to come back and play because she’s been a big part of our success coming in, lacking in size as we are,” Hart said. Saturday’s game will be bittersweet for the seniors, as a turbulent season has left them without a home NESCAC tournament game for the first time since the 2005-06 season and in serious danger of missing the NCAA tournament. And if the Jumbos want to continue to entertain any hope of earning an at-large bid to the tournament, a win over Bates — which currently sits at No. 7 in the NCAA regional rankings and fourth in the NESCAC — is vital. The Bobcats are playing their best basketball of the season and recently ran off four straight NESCAC wins before falling to Amherst on Sunday. The team has no star player, instead relying on the squad

as a whole to produce points. Five Bates players average over eight points a game, while another four average more than five per game. The key for the Jumbos will be stopping senior post players Jessie Igoe and Christine McCall, both of whom top six feet and average 10.9 and 9.3 points, respectively. The Jumbos have struggled with forwards all season, most recently being torched by Amherst senior Jaci Daigneault for 18 points. “We need to just play together,” Hart said. “We need to play our defense, shut them down, and our offense will come. As

long as our defense is consistent, I think our shots will fall.” Hart sat out yesterday’s matchup with Worcester State but will be good to go Saturday against the Bobcats. If the team can pull it together, they just may be able to close out this era with a victory. But the seniors are in no rush to let the ride end. “It’s flown by,” Weiner added. “Freshman, sophomore and junior year we prepared for senior day, but it never occurred to me that one day it would be my turn. We are so busy with school and basketball that the time just flies by. Before you blink, it is almost gone.”



For final regular-season game, seeing double: Bates, Tufts nearly identical on paper The men’s basketball team hosts Bates on Saturday in a NESCAC regular-season finale with major playoff implications. In many ways, Tufts’ opponent is almost its mirror image. Both teams come into Saturday’s game with a conference record of 3-5, meaning the winner will secure fifth place in the final standings. A closer look, however, reveals even more similarities. Both teams average exactly the same number of points per game (69.8), have a shooting percentage within less than a percent (44.9 percent for Bates; 44.2 percent for Tufts) of each other and average nearly the same number of assists per game (14.7 for Bates, 13.95 for Tufts). In such an even matchup, both teams will be looking for an edge anywhere they can get it. The Jumbos believe such an advantage is present in their bench play. “One thing that’s been important on our team is the energy we bring off the bench,” junior forward Alex Orchowski said. “We’re a pretty deep team and I think we can use our numbers to wear them down. We’ve kind of had that advantage all year over teams.” The Bobcats, on the other hand, will likely gain a boost in the post thanks to a tall, physical front line that has led Bates’ offense all season. The key man in that attack is senior forward Brian Ellis — fourth in the NESCAC in scoring at 17.7 points per game — a player the Jumbos will have to keep an eye on. “We need to be aware on the defensive end [of] where he is all the time,”


Senior tri-captain Colleen Hart, pictured above in a game against Newpaltz St., is the highest scorer in Tufts women’s basketball history. She will play in her final NESCAC home game this Saturday.

Orchowski said. “When he gets the ball, we need everyone to be able [to] help out and help whoever is guarding him so that he is not in situations where he can go one-on-one and score the way he’s comfortable. The best thing is to make him uncomfortable.” If the Jumbos can contain Ellis, they have a good shot at securing a crucial fifth spot in the NESCAC tournament. Though the order is still up for grabs, national No. 2 Williams, No. 3 Amherst and No. 7 Middlebury are all but guaranteed to occupy the top three seeds in the conference. The winner of Tufts-Bates would avoid that three-headed monster and instead play Trinity, a team that beat the Jumbos in a close 66-61 game this past weekend in Hartford, Conn. Yet the Jumbos aren’t focused on the standings or their placement; they’re simply intent on making sure they can play their best game and gain confidence heading into their first playoff run since the 2006-07 season. “Any team would want to avoid playing the upper-tier teams, but for us it’s important to just end things on a good note and go into the playoffs with some momentum,” Orchowski said. “That’s always important for any team, but especially with us. If we’re just able to see that we’re executing the right way and playing how we’re supposed to, I think that would be a big advantage for us going into the playoffs.” —by Alex Lach

Jumbos have final tune up for Div. III Championships BY


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Just a week away from the the Div. III New England Championships, the Jumbos will hit the track once more this weekend to hit some final qualifiers and stay sharp. The men’s track and field team will compete in two facilities. The majority of the sprinting and distance squads will travel to Boston University on Saturday to compete in the Valentine Invitational, while the field athletes will stay at the Gantcher Center to compete in the familiar jumping pits, vaulting mats and throwing circles at the Tufts Invitational III. This weekend marks the final chance to hit qualifiers for New Englands for the athletes who haven’t already done so, and a chance to improve seedings for those who have. “The main goal is just building confidence going into Div. IIIs,” senior Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot said. “A lot of people are running their main events this weekend, so it’s just about getting off on the right foot going into the championships.” The Valentine Invitational promises fast times and tough competition on its banked track, with professional runners competing alongside athletes from Div. I, II and III schools. “Everyone is looking to run pretty well this weekend,” senior co-captain Jeff Prunier said. “It’s a good tune-up for Div. IIIs. I think some of the guys who have chances for great meets are [sophomores] Jeff Marvel in the 800 — he’s been training really well — and Sam Haney in the mile —

he’s being running a lot of distance and now he’s working on his speed.” For some of the sprinters, Saturday will be their first exposure to running on a banked track and they will look for their times to drop accordingly. According to Prunier, other Jumbos to watch out for on Saturday are sophomore Vinnie Lee in the 200-meter dash and junior Connor Rose in the 800-meter run. On the distance side, sophomores Kyle Marks and Matt Rand and freshman Liam Cassidy will look to improve on the 3,000meter times, while graduate Nick Welch (LA ’10) will look to do the same in the 5,000meter event. The lone men’s event on Friday is the Distance Medley Relay (DMR), with the other events following on Saturday. The team will consist of Beutler in the 400, Marvel in the 800, freshman Jamie Norton in the 1200 and Haney in the 1600. Tufts has competed in the DMR at the NCAAs for the last two years and in 2009 placed third. “A really great race for them would qualify for Nationals, but a good race would hopefully get us into a good heat in some later championship meets,” Eisenberg-Guyot said. A pack of distance runners will be competing at home this weekend for the 3,000-meter run, in what should be a competitive race. “This year BU made pretty hard qualifying standards for the 3k [and 5k], so I think a lot of people who would have normally run at BU will be running at Tufts,” Eisenbergsee MEN’S TRACK, page 7


The Tufts Daily for Fri. Feb. 11, 2011.