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Energy economics expert Joseph Stanislaw visited the Hill Monday night to host a dialogue addressing the implications of changes in the energy system to global security, safety and stability. Stanislaw focused mainly on the economic benefits that can be achieved through widespread adoption of systems that use less energy and how the Internet can be used to accomplish this goal. “[The Internet] is the biggest job-creating machine ever,” he said. “We’re talking about how to use information to drive resource reduction.” The event, titled “Energy in a Changing World,” consisted of a brief lecture by Stanislaw followed by a question-andanswer session. It was cosponsored by the Fletcher Energy Consortium and the Tufts Energy Forum. Stanislaw is founder of an advisory firm, The JAStanislaw Group, LLC, and co-founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, an energy research consultancy in which he has held the positions of president and CEO. He is also Independent Senior Advisor to the Energy & Resources group of Deloitte,

Arts and Sciences faculty meetings and Arts, Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) faculty meetings this semester will continue to be “zerowaste meetings” after a switch last semester to more environmentally friendly meetings received positive feedback from attendees. Among the environmentally friendly actions adopted last semester were recycling, composting, using electronic instead of paper copies of agendas and suggesting members bring their own drinkware to meetings, according to Secretary of the Faculty for AS&E Jillian Dubman. Other green initiatives included eliminating plastic water bottles and individual sugar packets. Office of the Provost Staff Assistant Courtney Spieler said she and the other assistants modified the amount of food they ordered for meetings last semester, because past events often resulted in extra food left over that would ultimately be wasted. “Basically, by changing these very simple things, we’ve made faculty meetings from events that had waste into zero-waste events,” she said.


Energy economics expert Joseph Stanislaw Monday night discussed how companies can create jobs and increase profits by adopting energyefficient technology. LLP and is an adjunct professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Stanislaw began the lecture with an assessment of the current see ENERGY, page 2

Spieler, who began the initiative, cited the implementation of green practices by staff members of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences as an inspiration for her actions. “[Administrative Assistant to Dean Glaser] Laurie Tautkas [Stuart] has used composting and recycling in the past at other events, and I was wondering why we weren’t implementing them in our events because we have eight or nine faculty meetings a semester,” Spieler said. Dubman considers the move to zero-waste meetings a success. “We were able to compost 24 bags of waste, recycle all forks and knives and cut back on document waste,” she said. The changes were also easy to enforce, according to Dubman. She explained that Spieler set up separate bins for recycling plastic goods, recycling paper goods and composting prior to each meeting, as well as signs to explain what could be composted in case faculty members were confused. “We no longer have the bin for trash, because there should be no trash theoretically,” Spieler said. “Taking away that option is another way to have see FACULTY, page 2

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Tufts University Information Technology (UIT) early last month launched TechConnect, a new information technology service management (ITSM) tool that enables students, faculty and staff to check the status of their IT help requests online and to receive email notifications throughout the process. Based completely on the Web, TechConnect is designed to make IT support more accessible to members of the Tufts community, according to UIT Client Relationship Manager and ITSM Project Manager Kara Bilotta. “We can do a lot more of the business that an IT organization needs to do, all in one system,” she said. “It allows us to be more efficient and provide better customer service.” Users can use the TechConnect Service Desk to submit either an incident or a request for IT assistance by completing a short form. An incident is defined as the report of an issue, while a request is something that the user needs to be done. The TechConnect Service Desk can

be accessed with a Universal Tufts Login Name (UTLN) and password after clicking on the appropriate link at IT., Bilotta explained. Since a UTLN is required, the system will automatically be able to recognize each user’s affiliation with the university, she said. “TechConnect will pre-populate as much information as it can for you,” she said. “We don’t need you to tell us who usually fixes your computer or helps you with your email account. The system can figure that out.” One of the Service Desk’s integrated features is an email notification system that alerts the client when progress has been made on an issue, according to UIT Application Services Team Leader and ITSM Project Team Member Ellen Fitzpatrick. Bilotta emphasized the selfservice aspect of TechConnect, explaining that users can track their IT help requests simply by logging into the system. “I think that knowing what’s going on as their incident is processed will be desirable to students,” Bilotta said. see TECHCONNECT, page 2



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Next Friday’s Winter Bash event will mark a return to the Sheraton Boston Hotel. It will be the first Winter Bash to use an entirely online ticketing system, though many aspects of the event will remain the same as they were last year. Programming Board cochairs Leo Greenberg and Meredith Dworkin, both seniors, decided to use the Sheraton Boston Hotel ballroom for this year’s event because of its availability and ability to accommodate the number of people associated with the event, according to Office for Campus Life (OCL) Assistant Director David McGraw. Programming Board organized this year’s event to incorporate successful aspects of the event’s previous two offcampus celebrations, according to Greenberg. OCL Director Joe Golia said that the ballroom at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, which last hosted Winter Bash in 2010, will better suit the event than the ballroom at the Copley Place Marriott Hotel did last year.

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This year’s Winter Bash will be held on the evening of Feb. 3 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. “There are some pluses and minuses to every hotel,” Golia said. “Last year, at the [Copley Place Marriott Hotel], once we were [on the floor with the ballroom] we were alone in our own event. At the Sheraton you

can’t close it off. This hotel has so many benefits, though, with the room being so much better and the ability to close off a 21-plus area.” see WINTER BASH, page 2

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Strip-T’s breaks the mold of the typical gourmet restaurant.

Kerry Allen’s shot put throw shatters Tufts’ 25-year old record.

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state of our energy system. He explained his theory that companies can expand profits through adopting clean and energy-efficient technologies. “We’re hitting a transformation point,” he said. “Most of the world doesn’t realize it’s started. Energy is not oil, gas, wind, coal or anything like that. Energy is an enabler for a new stage of economic growth and development.” Stanislaw went on to address the significance of energy developments, noting their importance as watershed moments throughout history in improving and changing the society that we live in. “From fire to water to the water wheel, all the changes in energy sourcing we’ve had have led to transformation in society,” he said. “We’re in one of those right now.” He underscored the importance of the Internet and software technology as means for cleaner and more effective energy usage. Stanislaw used Nestle as an example of a company that uses such technology, citing the corporation’s use of smartphones to connect dairy farmers in China and Pakistan with instant feedback from its headquarters in Switzerland. Each farmer inputs farming and production data and is then given instant feedback on how to use less water and grain in an effort to make the entire company more sustainable and energy-efficient with-

out affecting the success of their output. Stanislaw expressed frustration that so many industries have failed to adopt this type of technology. “This can be and should be happening in every industrial service and process and in every single government, and it’s not,” he said. He also took issue with the fact that many companies lack a comprehensive energy strategy and a willingness to address their energy usage and energy needs. “Six percent [of companies] have no clue how they actually use energy or what that energy does,” he said. “It’s like throwing things in a grocery basket and not knowing what you paid for.” Small entrepreneurial enterprises led by ambitious individuals are the key to finding solutions to future energy problems, Stanislaw said. He also discussed a theory he called the “power of one,” describing it as the ability of individuals to change the nature of basic societal systems. “You’re the first generation where every single individual every single day can make a difference for the planet,” he said. He emphasized the importance of convincing individuals, corporations and governments that switching to cleaner energy will be beneficial for all of them in the future. “Everything I’m talking about is a mindset issue,” he said. “We have to change that.”

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people recognize that there’s no longer trash, no longer waste, and that the only option is to make these sustainable efforts.” Nothing at past meetings used to be composted, and everything most likely went in the trash, Spieler said. Dubman cited University President Anthony Monaco’s push for a more environmentally friendly campus as an example of the university’s movement toward greener practices. “President Monaco is in the process of creating a sustainability council,” Dubman said. “He’s very interested in sustainability efforts, not just at the local level like we’re trying to implement here, but also what the university as a whole can do to be more sustainable on a much larger scale.” One of the first steps toward this sustainability effort was to gather the right people to discuss what to do, according to Spieler. “We basically took all the heads of the departments … and got them to meet together and figure out how we can make that system work, because that was something that just wasn’t happening before,” she explained. Associate Professor of History Jeanne Penvenne, co-chair of the AS&E Faculty Executive Committee, is pleased with Spieler and Dubman’s efforts and believes that the rest of the meeting participants agree. She also believes that the environmentally friendly initiatives are easy to follow. “I don’t know anyone who thinks it’s a bother,” she said.


Arts and Sciences faculty meetings and Arts, Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) faculty meetings this semester will continue to practice environmentally friendly habits by reducing paper, eliminating plastic water bottles and ordering less food. “Plus, it’s very effective.” Dubman believes that faculty will now try to include these changes at meetings of different levels throughout the university.

“I think staff members are excited that on a larger scale this can be done, so maybe they can implement it on a smaller scale at their department meetings too,” she said.

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“In the past, clients didn’t have a way of knowing what the status of their request was, short of calling or physically visiting an IT office,” she added. “It makes it much easier to interact with us.” Once a client has signed in, the website includes an option to view the technician’s notes, she explained. Users can even add or make changes to information they initially supplied about their incident. “It definitely allows students to see a little bit deeper into the process,” said Kevin Murphy, the manager of technology support services for the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) and an ITSM project team member. For many years, IT support groups had been utilizing the BMC Remedy ITSM and Request

Tracker ticketing systems to manage client requests, Bilotta remarked, but a more advanced ITSM system seemed most conducive to their needs. “The previous systems were getting outdated,” she said. “Now we’ve combined the IT groups that were using those two systems into using this one ITSM system.” Due to the wide distribution of IT groups on campus, crucial information was often lost between the two main ticketing systems, Bilotta recalled. Fitzpatrick believes that TechConnect should prevent further lapses in communication, as all technicians are now working off of the same online platform. “They can collaborate more easily because they’re using the same terminology,” she said. The ITSM Project Team — comprised of staff members from UIT, OIT, Information Technology

Services (ITS), and the Hirsh Health Sciences Library IT group — has worked since the spring of 2011 to design TechConnect through an intensive process that involved discussion and feedback, Murphy said. He added that ServiceNow, the vendor that hosts TechConnect, was selected based on a unanimous vote. “I’m very pleased with the way that the development process was handled,” he said. ITS Tech Services Supervisor and ITSM Project Team Member Bidiak Amana stressed that TechConnect is still in its early stages. The team hopes to expand the functionality of the system by incorporating more features, such as step-by-step instructions for solving common computer issues. “We are definitely happy with the outcome, but there’s a lot more that we want to do,” Amana said.


TechConnect, launched in December by Tufts University Information Technology (UIT), aims to make information technology (IT) support more accessible to members of the Tufts community.

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McGraw said that the route to the ballroom this year would be shorter than last year’s, which led all the way to the fourth floor. “This venue is a little bit more conducive for a little bit shorter route into the event than last year [when it was on the fourth floor],” McGraw said. “We want to make everything as streamlined as possible and get people in as quickly as possible.” This year’s coatroom will work like last year’s, with three thousand hooks for students to hang their own jackets. “We hope to run it very similar to how we ran it last year when we took home about a half a dozen coats, people who just left them or forgot them, as opposed to a couple years ago when we ended up with about 200 coats in our office,” Golia said. “It obviously changed to make it a lot better.” McGraw said he recommends students bring coats they don’t care too much about because the room won’t have security. When the Sheraton Boston Hotel hosted the first offcampus Winter Bash in 2010, students cited a poorly organized coat-check system as an event mishap. Event organizers have had a couple of years to figure out logistical problems since then, and McGraw said he expects the event to run smoothly. “We’re just trying to work with their security so that everyone stays safe and everyone has a good time,”

McGraw said. Three thousand tickets will be made available and can be purchased at from noon on Jan. 30 through noon on Feb. 3, the day of the event. After purchasing a $10 ticket, students will need to print their ticket rather than pick it up from the Mayer Campus Center, as was the process in past years, according to Greenberg. Programming Board and OCL first used online ticketing for last semester’s Fall Ball event. All 2,500 Fall Ball tickets were sold out in just over 12 hours, and some tickets were later put on sale at “Some people have been having trouble acclimating with the ticketing system, which can be a bit finicky at times,” Greenberg said. “But hopefully people are starting to get used to it, so we won’t have very many problems.” Other aspects of the event, such as the DJ, GrooveBoston, and the buses leaving from Aidekman Arts Center, will remain the same as last year, Greenberg said. Buses will depart from campus every half-hour between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., with students boarding depending on the ticket purchased. Since the event has become a staple of the start to the spring semester, organizers tried to limit the number of changes, McGraw said. “We want to keep it true to what Winter Bash has been in the past, so we don’t see the need for any drastic change,” he said. “We feel that we have a good recipe down.”



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The Daily sat down with Associate Professor of Psychology Sam Sommers to discuss his new book, “Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World,” which was released on Dec. 29, 2011. Tufts Daily: Tell me a little about your new book. Sam Sommers: It’s about the power of ordinary, day-to-day situations to shape how we think, behave and the kind of people we are. It’s really a story about the psychology of everyday life and how context-dependent human nature actually is. In many respects … it’s my Social Psychology course in a book. The way I teach that class is to focus on the behavior science and the research studies about human cognition, perception and behavior, but also integrating into that popular culture and current events and personal anecdotes and humor and the like. That’s really the way I wrote the book, too. TD: How did you get started writing the book? SS: It was the summer that I turned in my materials to apply for tenure here at Tufts. Psychology is not a field where

we’re expected to write books for tenure. We focus mostly on … publishing in academic journals. Having assembled five years’ worth of scholarship in academic journals and submitted that up the Hill for consideration for tenure, it was sort of my post-tenure application present to myself. I gave myself the summer to write the book proposal. I thought, “I’ll put together a book proposal, I’ll send it to a couple of literary agents, and if something happens with it, great! And if nothing happens, fine.” It would be kind of just a fun exercise and I’ll get back to the kind of writing I usually do. So I spent that summer writing it up basically. I didn’t know what I was doing, book proposals for dummies. I put together the proposal and wrote a sample chapter or two and sent it off to a few literary agents. TD: What was the inspiration for writing the book? SS: I really thought it would be fun to do. The other part [of the book draws from my Social Psychology class]. On the first day of the semester, I tell the students that it’s going to be the most informative and best class they’ll take in college. It’s setting the bar high. I’m trying to make it clear that it has nothing to do with me; it’s not an ego-focused statement. It’s about the

material. The material is the science of everyday life and that it has the ability to make you a more effective person in a variety of domains, professionally, academically, personally. Students really like the class and the material. When you talk to people about this material at parties or wherever you are, people are like, “Oh, that’s really interesting. I talk about those kind of things with my friends or my coworkers or my family, but I know you study them scientifically.” So you hear that enough times, you think there’s a market for this potentially, that people are interested in learning about the science of human nature. For me, I thought it would be fun to write, but I also thought it was a book people would enjoy and get something out of. TD: How did your interest in the book’s topic develop? SS: It’s sort of a question of how I became interested in being a psychologist. It was not written as an academic book. It was written for a general audience, but it is still very much a book about social psychology, the kind of psychology I do. I went to college to be an English major and didn’t know anything about psychology or social sciences in general. I found myself in a Psych 1 class because everyone was taking it and really thought the social psych part of the course was interesting. I participated in experiments and thought that was really interesting. It sort of snowballed from there and I realized that it has always been something that captivated my interest, the ways in which people behave and why they behave those ways, and trying to study those things objectively and scientifically. That’s the same focus that the book has. TD: What was the process of writing the book like? SS: You’re looking at a lot of it: me, in this room, with that door closed. I wrote that proposal in the summer of 2008, and my agent helped me reformulate it into a more polished book proposal that was ready to go by the spring of 2009. We sent it off to a bunch of different publishers and ended up signing with Riverhead Books. From March of 2009 — when they bought the book — I had a year, until April, to write it. On the one hand, it seems like not a lot of time, just a year to write the whole book. But on the other hand, it’s sort of a book that, in my head, I’ve been writing as I’ve been teaching this stuff for the past nine years at Tufts and as I’ve been doing research on these issues. The process was trying to think about what the highlights of that material would be in the most interesting, important and engaging way to present it, and then spending a lot of my time when I wasn’t teaching or working with my graduate students on research here writing it. Or at home, when I could find quiet places or time, writing it, just hammering out the ideas and stuff that had been building up for a while. The process of writing the book was, in many respects, not totally different than the process of preparing to teach that class on a regular basis. I had a few students say, “I read the book and the best part was that while I was reading it, I could hear you saying it.” I wrote the book in the voice I use to teach.


Psychology professor Sam Sommers says his book is about “the science of human nature.”

TD: What kind of research did you do for the book? SS: I had to do some outside research

into the specific political examples, and the news stories and crime stories, things that appear in the book to flesh out the details. A lot of the research was just keeping up-to-date with the research my colleagues and fellow social psychologists were doing over the last couple years. TD: What was the hardest part about writing the book? SS: It’s all-encompassing and consuming. Even when you’re not sitting there and doing it, you’re thinking about it. There are times where it was like, “I have two hours to write now.” Sometimes you just stare at the screen, surf the Web, do the same things you do when you’re writing papers. There were times I’d wake up at night and think, “Oh, that’s how I can tie those two examples together.” Or, I’d be literally in the showers at the gym thinking, “Oh! That could be good. I need to write that down somewhere.” Times when you’re not expecting it, when you weren’t consciously thinking about the book, it was still on a back burner. That’s good, but also overwhelming. TD: What are some examples you used in the book? SS: I write a blog for Psychology Today and Huffington Post where I do some of the same stuff I do in the … book. Talking about this week’s political debate and how the crowd’s reaction could affect how we see the debate. I wrote a blog post about the whole Penn State scandal and people’s reactions to that. Whatever’s going on in the news, there’s a social psychology perspective to be offered on it, usually. In the book, I have examples that range from real stories of police investigations and crimes that have been committed, to analyses of movies that you wouldn’t think of being particularly academic or intellectual. Seinfeld episodes — when I teach my class I often use a lot of Seinfeld episodes. There are personal anecdotes in there, too, frankly about what it’s like to be a professor in front of a large class of students and how anonymous the students feel, and how that plays into the psychology of the classroom. [There’s also] stuff about being a father and raising kids, specifically in my case, daughters. TD: What in the book is drawn from your experience here at Tufts? SS: There literally are, in some instances, demonstrations I did in class with Tufts students. There’s a chapter on love and attraction in the book and we spend a week on that in my [Social Psych] class. I asked the students in class to list the top three factors in who they’re attracted to. These responses are actually in the book, anonymous of course. In the epilogue, there are three or four emails from former students — all Tufts students — with examples about how learning this stuff affected how they interacted and thought. The Tufts student plays a major role in the book. TD: This is your first book published. What is it like being a first time author? SS: Interesting. It’s all new. Going to Barnes & Noble and seeing a stack of your books is a pretty cool thing. It’s been good. This interview has been edited, abridged and condensed.




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Will Arnett stars as stay-at-home dad Chris in NBC’s ‘Up All Night.’

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Parenthood is a premise that hundreds of shows have addressed in one form or another, but NBC’s new sit-

Up All Night Starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jennifer Hall Airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC com “Up All Night” has finally made it work. With their grounded humor and relatability, Will Arnett and Christina Applegate charm as new parents Reagan (Applegate) and Chris (Arnett). Indeed, everyone probably knows a hardworking, well-meaning husband and wife who find themselves absolutely hilarious, just like the characters. The show’s best humor ultimately stems from its characters’ delusions of hipness and

from their continuing effort to keep up their pre-baby lives despite new, looming responsibilities of parenthood. On the one hand is Reagan, the slightly uptight wife who possibly suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and tries hard to balance her motherhood with her demanding career. Unlike similar characters on other shows — Claire (Julie Bowen) on “Modern Family” comes to mind — Reagan rarely comes across as grating or shrill. Applegate’s smile and charisma make her a likeable character even when she ordinarily wouldn’t be. This is one of Applegate’s first leading roles, and it looks like her talent is finally being fully utilized. Arnett is also fun to watch on “Up All Night,” mostly because his character is so different from his roles on other shows like “Arrested Development” (2003-2006) and “30 Rock.” Chris is an everyman who must deal with the major change of going from a lawyer to a stayat-home dad. On weaker shows, most of the jokes would be about how being a stay-at-home parent is a stereotypisee UP ALL NIGHT, page 6


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The word “gourmet” has developed a bad reputation for most Americans. Who is to blame? Is it the fine din-


93 School St. Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 923-4330 $15-$25 ing restaurants with stratospherically priced tasting menus, or is it the haughty demeanor of their white

truffle-munching patrons? Similarly, casual dining has been perverted by the likes of cholesterol-hawking TV personalities like Guy Fieri. Strip-T’s drives a steak-knife through the heart of this gastronomic dualism by providing exciting meals without any ostentation. Tucked away in Watertown — also known as “Little America” — Strip-T’s ditches the white table cloths for linoleum tiles and menus fashioned out of recycled paper and cardboard. A trip to Strip-T’s requires either a car or a prodigious knowledge of Boston’s public bus schedule. Even for the most intrepid of Jumbos, the multiple bus transfers might prove daunting; however, the trip is definitely worth the hassle. see STRIP, page 8





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‘Resolution’ achieves occasional brilliance but suffers from a haphazard and repetitive structure.

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Three years after its last album, Virginian groove metal group Lamb of God has returned with confidence.

Resolution Lamb of God Epic Records “Resolution” is a far cry from the raw, trailblazing sound of its earlier albums. Lead singer Randy Blythe’s impressive growl has clearly taken a toll on his vocal cords. Blythe’s diminished vocal technique is not the only major difference on the album; “Resolution” sees the band experimenting with female vocals and innovative guitar riffs. While many fans are divided about these stylistic choices, they make “Resolution” a markedly different release from one of metal’s most highly regarded groups. Each Lamb of God album has seen a

progression, or to some fans a regression, from their first album “Burn the Priest” (1999). The biggest difference can be heard when comparing “Wrath” (2009) and “Resolution.” “Wrath” was not well received by hardcore fans but nevertheless displayed an acute sensitivity for each band member’s limits. The band used the same producer, Josh Wilbur, for both albums. Everyone involved seems to have learned from past mistakes made and have formed a more cohesive sound on “Resolution.” Album opener “Straight for the Sun” starts with a sharp intake of breath from Blythe before abruptly lunging into a rough guitar riff that sets the pace for a solid track. “Straight for the Sun” effortlessly melds into the next song, “Desolation,” with a quick and raw drum solo from Chris Adler. “Ghost Walking” starts with a guitar twanging away in a manner reminiscent of “Vigil,” one of the most unique tracks off “As the Palaces Burn” (2003). The song continues the heavy, mind-barraging sound until it hits the ending, at which point the band concludes with a screaming guitar solo and the line “Desolation never looked so divine.”

The repetitive guitar and Blythe’s snarling vocals never break between “Guilty” and “The Undertow”; it isn’t until the short but sweet “Barbarosa” that there is any noteworthy change. This interlude is an interestingly spacey exploration of absolutely random sounds. It seems as if guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler had just been playing around and decided to include their jam on the album. The arbitrary, haphazard style of this track does little to help the flow of the album, leading one to question why it was included on the album in the first place. “Insurrection” is one of the few tracks on the album that truly stands out, with its slightly more mellow sound and Blythe’s attempt at conventional singing. The track achieves a more sludge metal vibe. The chorus, however, soars into addictive guitar riffs and Blythe’s abrupt shift into his trademark raw scream. “Terminally Unique” has a bold title to live up to, but Lamb of God is one of the foremost groove metal bands in the world and has mastered the melding of relentless abrasiveness with manageably catchy guitar riffs and solos. On “Visitation,” the penultimate track

on the album, there is a definite feeling of repetition. The song offers little beyond the truly excellent solo skills of Morton and Adler. Aside from the few more experimental songs, “Resolution” is too cohesively glued together. Each track melds too smoothly and indistinguishably into its neighbor, depriving the album of any complexity or succinct character. The final track is one of the album’s most experimental songs. “King Me” is haunting, long and ambitious. Blythe speaks quietly over the opening, while female operatic vocals are superimposed over his voice and a seductively slow riff repeats in the background. The song falls into a gothic instrumental that sounds like something Lacuna Coil would do, then switches to Blythe’s coarsest vocals before sandwiching them all together into an epic ending to an otherwise mediocre album. The song tails off rather suddenly, leaving twenty seconds of breaths degenerating into a harsh sigh. That’s a somewhat apt finale for an album that leaves you feeling as if you’ve been aurally assaulted in the same way Lamb of God has been doing for the past thirteen years.

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cal “woman’s job,” but “Up All Night” smartly steers the jokes away from lazy punch lines and makes them more about how afraid and nervous Arnett is as a new dad. These jokes are always good for big laughs and a few well-deserved heartwarming moments. Though the jokes don’t always hit their marks, the show usually works because it has a consistent tone and pacing to its plotlines that allows the actors to take center stage. The characters — with the exception of the Oprah-inspired Ava, played by “Saturday Night Live” alumna Maya Rudolph — are realistic enough to avoid feeling like caricatures or cartoons.

Arnett and Applegate have a dynamic chemistry that allows the show’s subtle absurdity and pervasive humor. While the lead characters try to be “real adults” all the time, some of the show’s biggest laughs come from the moments when they revert to their immature selves. Earlier in the season, for example, Reagan and Chris are watching their daughter sleep when they can’t help but say, “she is so f----ing beautiful.” It is the kind of hilarious and tender scene that works for the series. The show does falter when it tries to focus too much on the supporting characters. Although Rudolph and the rest of the supporting cast are skilled actors, their characters

are a little too one-dimensional to be the focus of major plots or scenes. The scenes that take the spotlight off Arnett’s and Applegate’s characters tend to be the ones that make the weaknesses in the scripts the most obvious. At its core, “Up All Night” is a show about how becoming a parent changes everything about a person’s life. While this is in no way a novel idea, it is still often a humorous one, especially when it is portrayed by talented and committed lead actors. The show is nothing revolutionary and not likely to make many of the year’s “best of” lists, but “Up All Night” will still provide viewers with a half hour of earnest laughs.


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Strip-T’s began as a steak sandwich shop over 25 years ago. The owner, Paul Maslow, named the restaurant after the house specialty, a sirloin strip sandwich. A couple of years ago, Paul’s son, Tim Maslow, came home and revitalized its menu. While maintaining the original sandwich concept for lunch, Tim has altered the dinner menu to reflect his experience as the head chef of David Chang’s Momofuku Ssäm Bar, a New York City-based restaurant that has been listed as one of World Magazine’s top 50 restaurants for the past three years. Maslow’s experience at Momofuku reveals his holistic approach to food. Each dish at Strip-T’s is executed from an aesthetic and gustatory perspective. Perched on a mound of sea salt, the Katama oysters are garnished with thin slices of cranberry and a dollop of Thai basil oil. The complementing colors of the green pureed basil and the red cranberry slices parallel the dish’s contrasting flavor profile. The sweet basil and the tart cranberry pair well with the briny mollusks of Martha’s Vineyard. Similarly, this attention to presentation conveys a sense of fun; Maslow is clearly enjoying his creative freedom. Take for instance the scorpion mussels and fries, Maslow’s whimsical reinvention of the classic Belgian dish, moules-frites. The mussels arrive in a large, kitschy bowl that seems more at home at Harvard Square’s Hong Kong Restaurant. Maslow accordingly replaces the traditional butterand-white-wine broth with an Asianinspired spicy crab Thai sauce. Indeed, the menu features many imaginative twists on classic dishes. At Strip-T’s, just one ingredient can upend an otherwise familiar dish. Chicken wings, for example, come slathered in a sauce made with Moxie soda. In the case of the Southern staple chicken and waffles, the latter can be replaced

with either grits or sautéed kale. Even the burger has an opportunity to stand out. Like roasted chicken, the lowly hamburger is thoughtlessly added to most menus out of some misplaced sense of obligation, resulting in a lack of creativity. At Strip-T’s, a smoked miso spread coats the buttery brioche bun, which — when coupled with fat rings of house-pickled red onions and a subtly bitter, pithy lemon aioli — lends a powerful umami flavor to the burger. But Strip-T’s isn’t afraid to venture outside the realm of the expected. The pig head toast, for instance, consists of three slices of toasted French baguette topped with a blend of the tender parts of the pig head. Served as an oversized canapé, this accessible introduction to the underappreciated region of pork bears a slight textural resemblance to pulled pork, but with infinitely more flavor. Furthermore, the crisped toast is the perfect vessel considering the gelatinous nature of the meat. The grilled romaine appetizer proves equally hearty. The sturdy romaine leaves developed a flavorful char under the intense heat. Braised oxtail pulled from the bone smothers the lettuce, and nestled atop the meat is a perfectly poached egg, its runny yolk blending with the citrusy vinaigrette to create a lovely natural dressing. The dessert options, while limited, manage to demonstrate the kitchen’s creativity as well. The first dessert, cooked-to-order doughnuts with a carrot-chai puree, sprinkled cubes of pickled pineapple and a dusting of pineapple ash, stumbles in execution due to the overly dense cake. The next two plates, a delectable brittle duo, easily steal the show. Thin layers of caramel and chocolate are speckled with savory ingredients. One variety pairs the brittle with walnuts and golden raisins, while the other features fresh thyme and crispy duck skin. With its earthy flavor and papery texture, the duck skin


Strip-T’s offers gourmet fare without the snooty atmosphere. pairs so well with the salty caramel and smooth chocolate that the combination seems perfectly natural. Unfortunately, a meal is never perfect. Strip-T’s does fall victim to some simple culinary mistakes. Patrons may find a medium-rare burger to be overcooked, and the hand-cut fries are undercooked and soggy. The mocha cake is the only complete dud on the menu. The precut slice of cake, topped with a bland and greasy buttercream, is disappointingly dry. Given the intensely

flavored dishes that occupy the menu, this prosaic slice of cake lacks flavor and creativity. With the check comes a complimentary bowl of blood orange-Sriracha marshmallows. This culinary valedictory evokes the petit fours served at the end of Michelin-starred meals. Consequently, this parting gesture epitomizes Tim Maslow’s goal of creating fine casual dining — a goal in which he has succeeded.

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MegaUpload shutdown is justified

Internet file sharers were in for a rude awakening on Jan. 19 when the popular site and its associated sites, including, were shut down by the FBI and several individuals connected to the site were arrested in New Zealand and charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and criminal copyright infringement. The life lived by the top-level MegaUpload employees was almost comical in its excess. Co-Founder Kim Dotcom owns what is believed to be the most expensive house in New Zealand and had 18 cars, with license plates such as “EVIL,” “MAFIA” and “GUILTY.” This luxurious lifestyle was, according to authorities, all possible thanks to rampant copyright theft. It is true that MegaUpload was not entirely used for piracy. Many individuals used the site as a personal digital locker or to distribute legitimate files. Furthermore, some would argue that MegaUpload is not very different from YouTube, which hosts a plethora of easily accessible copyrighted content. However, YouTube is protected from lawsuits and a shutdown by the “Safe Harbor” provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prevents a host from being liable for copyrighted materials uploaded by users as long as they take down materials when requested by the copyright holders.

The 72-page indictment handed down by a federal grand jury at a U.S. District Court in Virginia makes the case that the heads of the site were willingly cooperating in copyright infringement on a massive scale and thus not protected by the Safe Harbor provision. If the charges are true, the arrests and shutdown were more than justified. One email exchange between two highlevel MegaUpload employees has one of them saying, “we have a funny business … modern day pirates :)” to which the other responds, “we’re not pirates, we’re just providing shipping services to pirates :).” Clearly, the leaders of MegaUpload were aware they were running a pirate site, but despite their claims to the contrary, they were also actively partaking in piracy. In MegaVideo’s early days, to establish its library, employees were directly copying videos from YouTube, according to the indictment. One email exchange shows a MegaUpload employee saying “Kim [Dotcom] really wants to copy Youtube one to one.” Another emails asks, “Do we have a server available to continue downloading of the Youtube’svids [sic]? … Kim just mentioned again that this has really [sic] priority.” Employees themselves were also engaged in uploading and downloading copyrighted TV shows and music, according to the indictment.

MegaUpload had a rewards program in place until July 2011 that offered financial incentives for uploaders of popular content. While the official policy stated that rewards program participants would be disqualified for uploading pirated content, internal email exchanges in the indictment show rewards being paid out to individuals who the company knew were uploading ripped DVDs and copyrighted MP3s. MegaUpload did introduce an “Abuse Tool” for copyright holders, but the tool did not function as advertised, according to the indictment, as it allegedly only removed individual links to infringing files instead of the file itself, making the tool almost useless, as there could be hundreds of different links to the same file. It’s unfortunate that users with legitimate files hosted on MegaUpload have lost access to them, thanks to the seizure of the MegaUpload domain. Furthermore, it is worrisome that the shutdown and arrests may result in legitimate digital locker providers limiting their services out of fear of similar repercussions. Already, has disabled the sharing functionality of its site. However, these concerns do not change the fact that authorities were justified in their shutdown of MegaUpload. Piracy is theft, and MegaUpload was doing plenty of it.


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Marines who defile corpses deserve prosecution BY


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A video of four American Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban soldiers was posted on YouTube, sending a wave of disgust all over the world. Defense secretary Leon Panetta called the video “utterly despicable” and promised a full investigation of the case. While the majority of the world condemns the disturbing act of these soldiers, some Americans see the issue differently. They see it as a perfectly justifiable revenge against the killers of Americans. The ex-presidential candidate Rick Perry is among these patriots. “What was really disturbing to me is … the over-the-top rhetoric from this [Obama] administration and their disdain for the military,” Perry said. “I mean, these [soldiers] made a mistake. There’s not any doubt about it. They shouldn’t have done it. It’s bad. But to call it a criminal act, I think, is over the top.”

He showed more passion in defense of these troops in a recent debate than in the one on Jan. 8. The position taken by these so-called patriots can be appealing at first glance. After all, many people have a deep hatred for radical Muslims who have committed outrageous crimes against the United States. Nevertheless, the American government must investigate this case thoroughly as a criminal act in order to abide by the existing laws, to build up a peaceful relation with the Middle East and to preserve the good values upheld by Americans. The Geneva Convention, an international agreement on the rules of wars, clearly states that “[t]he remains of persons who have died for reasons … resulting from … hostilities … shall be respected.” In response to the Geneva Convention, the U.S. Naval Handbook adds that the “mutilation and other mistreatment of the dead” is a war crime. The act of these

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Marines can be categorized as disrespect and mistreatment of the dead bodies, and therefore it is definitely not “over the top” to call the act a crime. Rather, if the government does not prosecute these soldiers, America would break the existing laws, putting our own administration in disrepute for not abiding by the laws that we ourselves have ratified. Even if no specific protocol outlaws the mistreatment of dead bodies during wars, the American government would still need to prosecute these American soldiers in order to preserve the already fragile relationship with the Middle East. It has taken much effort to get the Afghan government on our side. If our government does not prosecute the four American soldiers, it would just add more volatility to the existing tensions between the U.S. and the Middle East. The Karzai government of Afghanistan would see it as offensive and disdainful toward its people. Other Muslim countries

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would also take this matter offensively, thus becoming even more hostile toward America. In addition, certain terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda can use it as a perfect justification for their bloody wars against the United States. Furthermore, the American society is built upon certain morals and values, including mercy, respect, and humanitarianism. The reason we sent troops to the Middle Eastern countries is to spread these good values to the rest of the world that was once dominated by barbarity, cruelty and inhumanity. We do not fight against these countries so that we can humiliate them. The barbaric and inhumane act of the urinating soldiers is antithetical to the intention of our war, as well as to the values that we want to promote. To once again restore the cause of the war and promote the good American values, the government must condemn these soldiers by regarding the issue as a serious war crime. ADVERTISING POLICY All advertising copy is subject to the approval of the Editorin-Chief, Executive Board and Executive Business Director. A publication schedule and rate card are available upon request.


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To win in 2012, Obama needs to sell his positions BY


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President Barack Obama released the first ad of his 2012 re-election campaign yesterday, setting broad themes for the campaign. The ad focuses on four big E’s: energy, environment, economy and ethics. Those four areas are central to our nation’s wellbeing, and if Obama can stake claim to success in those four domains, he’ll win the election. But, to win debates in those four areas, Obama needs to go beyond positioning himself at the center of public opinion. He needs to do what Republicans have been so successful at: He needs to drive public opinion. Energy and the Environment The president’s first ad of 2012 positions him as having reduced dependence on foreign oil and created millions of clean energy jobs. I applaud the president’s leadership in promoting renewable energy sources and encouraging energy efficiency, but he needs to go further — both in policy and in rhetoric. Energy efficiency standards (like the 54.5 miles per gallon cars will average by 2025) are great, and we need more. Likewise, investment in renewable energy is critical. But beyond securing extra funding for renewable energy research, Obama needs to convince voters of the threat posed by climate change and other environmental problems, and of the role technological leadership in clean energy will play in our future economic prosperity. Specifically, the ad comes just after the administration rejected a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have been a climate disaster. But the administration failed to make that case, instead squabbling over its particular route and the GOP’s effort to rush approval of the permit. If the administration can’t frame the pipeline debate in terms of its disastrous environmental — and hence economic — consequences, the Republicans will frame it as liberal elitists killing jobs, and that will kill his campaign. The good news for Obama is that the public is already overwhelmingly on his side. Twothirds of Americans want a big effort made to reduce carbon

emissions, even if it has serious or moderate economic effects. On many issues, public opinion lines up with Democratic positions. Taking action on climate change can win elections for Democrats, if they have the fortitude to stand by it. Economy The economy, of course, will be the central issue of the campaign. As we move into 2012, the economy is in bad shape, but it is better now than it was when Obama took office. The recession reached its depth during President George W. Bush’s final quarter in office. Since then, the trend has reversed; we’ve just had ten straight quarters of economic growth. Many talking heads have forecasted the downfall of the Obama campaign based on the current 8.5 percent unemployment rate. They point to the fact that no president in the last 75 years has been reelected with unemployment above 7.2 percent. That may be misleading, though. In 1984, Reagan was reelected with unemployment at 7.2 percent, and he was elected by a huge margin, suggesting that his campaign could have withstood higher unemployment. More telling is Roosevelt’s reelection. Roosevelt took office in 1933, at the peak of the Great Depression, when unemployment was 19.8 percent. By 1936, unemployment had dropped to 16.6 percent — still staggeringly high, but the trend of recovery was enough to convince the voters to stick with the guy who had got things going in the right direction. Obama’s situation is similar. When the Great Recession officially ended in summer 2009, unemployment was approaching 10 percent. The most recent figure has it down to 8.5 percent after several years of consistent — if slow — jobs growth. Ethics Ethics — specifically the influence of money on politics — is the cornerstone underlying all other political issues. As long as Wall Street firms and huge energy corporations can threaten politicians with unlimited advertisement buys targeting them if they push policies that are against the company’s interests, meaningful change is all but impossible. In 2008, Obama seemed


inclined toward that sort of change. During his first presidential campaign, he pledged to ban lobbyist gifts to executive employees and to close the revolving door between government employees and contractors. However, while upholding the ban on lobbyist gifts, he’s issued wavers to allow a number of former lobbyists to serve in his adminis-

tration. He needs to go further. On ethics and corruption, more than any other issue, the president needs to use his bully pulpit to convince us of the importance of reform. The first line of the first advertisement of the campaign describes “secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama with ads fact checkers say are

not tethered to the facts.” Tying Republicans to big money is a piece of cake. If President Obama can convince the public that he would push for meaningful reform of money’s influence on our elections it would win him a tremendous amount of support, and it would help heal our democracy.


Despite tensions, war with Iran avoidable



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Earlier this month, an Iranian nuclear scientist was mysteriously killed after a magnetic bomb was attached to his vehicle in Tehran. The victim, Mostafa AhmadiRoshan, was employed by the Iranian government as a supervisor at one of their main uranium enrichment plants. Predictably, the Iranian government quickly blamed the CIA and Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, for the attack. While neither country has claimed responsibility for the attack, I believe it would be incorrect to say that this kind of event is unprecedented within the context of the issue. Israel, the United States and Iran have, in fact, been in a kind of “Cold War” for several years. Over the last decade, Iran has provided funding and weapons to Hamas and Hezbollah to wage a proxy war against Israel on their behalf. And last year,

a computer virus called Stuxnet destroyed some of Iran’s nuclear facilities. A New York Times investigation later found the virus to be an American-Israeli joint endeavor. But just in the past few months, the frequency and seriousness of such actions on both sides has risen significantly. The recently heightened tensions can be traced back to the release of a report from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency in November, which shed new light on Iran’s secretive nuclear program and sparked renewed concern within the international community. The document revealed that despite Iran’s assertions that its nuclear activity is peaceful, the country has taken actions that are indicative of the development of nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic has, according to the IAEA, developed computer models of nuclear explosions, conducted experiments on nuclear triggers and constructed a containment facility that could be used to

test such weapons. Despite these developments and the troublesome prospect of another war, it is still very much avoidable. Economic sanctions on the Iranian government have proven to be effective in trying to coax the country’s leaders away from becoming a nuclear power. To that end, leaders on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. took immediate action. In a rare 100-to-0 vote, the Senate voted to sanction Iran’s central bank, and the new rules were signed into law by President Barack Obama shortly thereafter. Those who are either pessimistic about our chances of avoiding war, or believe going to war with Iran is the only solution left, should take another hard look at how much the Iranian government fears these efforts. After the most recent round of sanctions became law, Iran threatened to close off the highly important Strait of Hormuz in retaliation — which is used to

transport a third of the world’s oil. Additionally, the Iranians have expressed public concern about the damage inflicted upon their economy by these initiatives, with one state official claiming that “we cannot pretend the sanctions are not having an effect,” according to the Times. From these reactions and public statements, it is clear that these sanctions have been effective, and it presents us with even greater reason to strengthen them further. These new American sanctions have also encouraged Europe to take similar action, further increasing pressure on the Iranians. This week, the EU is expected to meet in Brussels to follow the U.S. in sanctioning Iran’s central bank, in addition to implementing a complete oil embargo of the country, according to an AFP report. Another war is fully avoidable, and the U.S., Europe and Israel are taking appropriate and responsible action to address Iran’s dangerous nuclear aspirations.

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The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squash teams put up parallel results this past weekend, each suffering three decisive losses MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SQUASH (6-5) at Amherst Round Robin, Sunday Conn. Coll. Tufts

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against strong opponents and grabbing a victory against a weaker squad. For the No. 27 menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad, the most eventful moment of the weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amherst Round Robin tournament came at the end of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Sunday match against No. 26 Hobart College, ultimately sealing the Jumbosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sole victory of the tournament. After Hobart jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, freshman Alex Nalle won his matchup in three straight games to tie the score. The Jumbos and Statesmen battled back and forth throughout the afternoon, but wins from Tufts senior captain Henry Miller, freshman Elliot Kardon and sophomore Jeremy Ho forced a final contest between the No. 1 players with the score tied 4-4. Tufts freshman Zach Schweitzer went down 2-1 early in the tiebreaker and faced four match points in the fourth game before fighting back into contention. Suddenly, Schweitzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponent, Hobart senior Corey Kabot, vomited on the court, resulting in an automatic default to give Tufts the narrow victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In all my years of squash, I have never seen anything like that happen,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. On Saturday and Sunday, the Jumbos dropped two tough decisions to NESCAC rivals No. 20 Colby and No. 21 Conn. College with scores of 9-0 and 8-1, respectively. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five freshmen were a bright spot, and Nalle was the only Jumbo to win a game against the Camels. In the Jumbosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first match of the weekend, against No. 8 Franklin & Marshall, they failed to win a game, though according to Miller, this was not a huge surprise against one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier programs. All four of the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents were ranked higher than Tufts, and despite the three losses, the Jumbos were positive about their performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played better than we have all season. We are just now getting into our groove,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;College squash is a step up and it is great to see the [freshmen] rise to the occasion. We had solid performances all around. I would have liked to have won a few more matches against Conn., but hopefully we will see them later in the season.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, the No. 21 womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad participated in the Pioneer Valley Invitational and notched a 9-0 shutout against No. 32 Haverford. Despite falling victim to three quality squads â&#x20AC;&#x201D; No. 15 Amherst, No. 17 Franklin & Marshall and No. 23 Connecticut College â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tufts avoided a winless road trip.


Senior captain Henry Miller, pictured here on Nov. 19, defeated his Hobart College opponent on Sunday to force a decisive fifth match. After consecutive 9-0 defeats at the hands of the Lord Jeffs and the Diplomats on Saturday, the Jumbos found their rhythm the next day. Their WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SQUASH (6-6) at Pioneer Valley Invitational, Sunday Conn. Coll. Tufts

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performances; none surrendered more than five points in any set en route to their victories. Tufts also came out on top in several competitive matches, winning four come-from-behind contests in five games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, the first few matches were not our best,â&#x20AC;? Dahlman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toward the end of the weekend, we

pulled ourselves up.â&#x20AC;? Things wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any easier for the women this weekend when they take on Bowdoin and Bates, two top-20 programs; a win against either one could be a significant confidence booster for the squad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will review particular strategies and arrive with clear, focused minds,â&#x20AC;? Dahlman said.

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6-3 loss to Conn. College was incredibly hard-fought: senior co-captain No. 2 Mercedes Barba, freshman No. 4 Ann Bellinger and senior No. 5 Alyse Vinoski each claimed a victory. Meanwhile, junior Ushashi Basu took her opponent to five games, and three other Jumbos fell in four. The Jumbos earned their third sweep this season against Haverford. Barba, Bellinger and freshman No. 3 Paige Dahlman turned in particularly strong

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Wednesday, January 25, 2012



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Andrew Dowton Sophomore Forward Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball

Helenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Beef

Collier Clegg Junior Guard Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball

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Junior Michael Blair became the first Tufts athlete to compete in a heptathlon at the Harvard Multi-Meet, earning 4,346 points, the third-best Div. III total in the country.

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The men’s track and field team captured fourth place out of nine teams at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday, earning most of its points in sprint and field events as many of the Jumbos’ top distance runners took the weekend off from racing. Junior Brad Nakanishi and freshman Brian Williamson notched the two Tufts victories of the day. Nakanishi was the only athlete to clear a height of 14-11 and made three attempts at 16 in the pole vault to claim first place, while Williamson’s throw of 48-4 1/2 in the shot put landed more than five inches ahead of the secondplace effort. “It’s awesome to be taking attempts at a school record [16-0] this early in the year,” Nakanishi said. “I think the school record is going to be a height I need to get to travel to nationals.” The pair of firsts helped bring the Jumbos’ score toward their total of 67 points. MIT easily claimed the team title with 176 points, far ahead of runner-up host Springfield’s 100. UMass Dartmouth earned third with 93 points. “Overall, it was an average day,” assistant coach Nick Welch said. “The team is working really hard, and for where we’re at in the season right now, I think everything is about where I would expect. It sometimes takes a couple meets to have things really click. Even if some of the PR’s and qualifying marks haven’t come yet, the foundation is there for them to come in the next couple weeks for a lot of guys on the team.” Freshman Ptah Osayande contributed a runner-up finish to the effort. Osayande crossed the line in 8.93 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, edging out the third-place finisher by just two-hundredths of a second. “After qualifying for the finals using both lead legs in the hurdles — which is pretty weird — [Osayande] had a much better race in the finals,” Welch said. “Week to week, each little piece of his hurdle race is starting to come together.”

Tufts also earned runner-up finishes in the last two events. The foursome of junior Lawrence Xia, senior Ben Crastnopol, sophomore Max Levitin and freshman Francis Goins combined for a time of 3:30.19 in the 4x400-meter relay to finish second to MIT’s relay. The 4x800-meter relay also added a second-place finish as juniors Sam Haney and Adam Brosh and freshmen Sam Garfield and Andy Phillips recorded a time of 8:24.72. While the rest of his team travelled to Springfield on Saturday, junior Michael Blair competed in the Harvard MultiMeet. Blair became the first-ever Jumbo to compete in the heptathlon since the NCAA instituted the event in place of the pentathlon. Blair’s score of 4,346 points in the seven events is currently third-best among Div. III athletes nationwide. Blair earned the most points for his 60-meter hurdle effort, running a time of 9.1 seconds for 724 points. His high jump over the bar at a height of 6-0 3/4 earned him 670 points. “Mike is now a school record holder in the heptathlon, but I’m sure if you asked him he’d say he hopes he will surpass that mark substantially by the end of the year,” Welch said. “For the first heptathlon of his life, simply putting up decent marks in all seven events is an accomplishment in and of itself, and he definitely did that, but I have no doubt he will go into his next one with a little bit more familiarity in the events, and that will pay off.” In addition to the traditional pentathlon events — 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 1000-meter run — the heptathlon adds the pole vault and the 60-meter dash. Blair fared well in these additional events, earning his third highest point total in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.7 seconds, good for 650 points. The Jumbos will look to improve on their solid early-season marks this weekend, splitting the squad between the Terrier Classic at Boston University and the Bowdoin Invitational.

The women’s track and field team followed up last weekend’s first-place finish with another impressive performance on Saturday, placing second out of 10 teams at the Springfield Invitational. The Jumbos finished with 89 points, second only to MIT’s 163, while Wheaton and host Springfield placed third and fourth, respectively. Heading into the meet, the Jumbos knew the Engineers would be their main competition, though the field as a whole promised a stiff challenge for the well-rested Jumbos. “We knew MIT would be the frontrunner at that race, and we were gunning for them,” said senior tri-captain Anya Price, who placed fourth in the mile run. “But other than that, it was a good opportunity to shake some of the dust off and get some good times.” Taking down MIT proved to be too tall a task. The Engineers had more athletes than the Jumbos, who were forced to exclude some distance runners who took the weekend off. However, those Jumbos who did compete had an excellent showing. Senior Kelly Allen delivered a record-setting performance in the shot put and finished second in the weight throw, netting 18 points for the Jumbos. Allen’s shot put throw of 12.86 meters secured first place and broke Tufts’ 25-year-old record previously set by Jan Brown in 1987. Allen broke her own school record in the weight throw on Jan. 8 and has consistently been the Jumbos’ points leader. She now ranks 11th in the nation in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw. Tufts also received major contributions in the shot put and weight toss from senior Ronke Oyekunle, who finished second and third in the events, respectively, to rack up 14 points. Behind

the stellar performances from Oyekunle and Allen, the Jumbos were able to grab 32 points in just two events. Senior Heather Theiss provided another bright spot for the Jumbos, earning an individual victory in the pole vault and 10 points for her team. She cleared the bar set at 11-7 on her first attempt good for sixth nationally which proved to be crucial after an MIT vaulter took two tries to clear the same height. Theiss was close to breaking her own school record of 12 feet, and believes she still has room for improvement. “Just being a senior, you’d think I would have it completely down at this point,” Theiss said. “But the vault is such a technical event that you really just need to keep learning the technique.” The 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of juniors Alyssa Corrigan and Sam Bissonnette, sophomore Jana Hieber and freshman Lauren Gormer, took first place with a final time of 4:09.78. Corrigan also fared well individually, finishing third in the 600meter race with a time of 1:42.13. The 4x800-meter team also provided some excitement over the weekend, placing second in their race. The quad, made up of Price, sophomore Laura Peterson, freshman Lindsay Rogers and senior Lauren Flament, finished in an impressive 10:06.72. Flament is also a sports editor for the Daily. The Jumbos will look to continue their success as they split into two groups this weekend. Some will travel to Boston University for the Terrier Classic, while others will head to the MIT Invitational. Both meets will provide tough tests against stiff national competition and should give Tufts a chance to get even better. “Without question, there is room to drop times,” Price said. “The team has a definite chance to shine at the Boston meets.”


Senior Kelly Allen hurled the shot put 12.86 meters at the Springfield Invitational, breaking a Tufts record that had stood since 1987.


Tufts Daily for Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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