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Wednesday, februrary 15, 2012
VOLUME LXIII, NUMBER 14
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Sustainability council discusses environmental policies at Tufts by Jenna
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Brian Williams joined NBC as a reporter in 1993, and has since become one of the most recognizable anchors in the history of broadcast television news.
Brian Williams to speak at this year’s Edward R. Murrow Forum in April NBC News anchor Brian Williams will address the Tufts community at the seventh annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism, Julie Dobrow, director of the Communications and Media Studies (CMS) Program at Tufts, told the Daily. “Brian Williams is a journalist who blends intelligence, integrity and savvy,” Dobrow said. “His work at MSNBC, NBC and now ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’ has been lauded by many.” The event will take place at noon on April 23 in Distler Hall and will be free and open to the public, according to Dobrow. Since Williams took over as anchor of “NBC Nightly News” in 2004, the program has retained its standing as the top-watched news
show in the United States. He also hosts “Rock Center,” the network’s newest primetime newsmagazine that launched late last year. Throughout his career, Williams has received numerous awards for his extensive coverage of world affairs. His speech in April will focus on the 2012 election, Dobrow said. The Murrow Forum is named after broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, one of the most celebrated journalists in history. This year’s forum marks the 104th anniversary of his birth. “Williams’ interviewing prowess, his insightful analysis and his perspective are certainly traits that Ed Murrow would have greatly respected,” Dobrow said. —by Jenna Buckle
The Campus Sustainability Council held its first meeting on Jan. 30 to discuss its plans to promote the school’s leadership in sustainability. Council members, led by University President Anthony Monaco and Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell, planned to establish new, practical goals that will improve the university’s sustainability, Campbell said. The Council represents all of the university’s campuses and includes nine faculty members, four staff members, a representative from the Board of Trustees and two students, Campbell said. “It’s time to refresh our goals and reinvigorate our commitment to the environment,” she said. “We want to engage faculty, administrators and students to see if we can be more efficient and intelligent in terms of conserving resources.” The members of the committee were selected based on recommendations from academic deans for faculty and an application process for students, she added. “The attempt was to keep it a smaller group,” she said. During the meeting, Council administrators briefed com-
Dental School renovation receives gold sustainability certification by
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Tufts’ School of Dental Medicine this month received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for the Level 2 Renovation project on its building in Boston’s Chinatown. The renovation project was completed in late 2011 as part of the school’s ongoing implementation of a master plan to promote environmental sustainability and equality. Director of the Office of Sustainability Tina Woolston expressed her excitement about the project attaining gold certification. “It’s a laboratory space and it just got new dental chairs and often those places are energy intensive so getting LEED gold is extra impressive because [the Dental School] is a more high energy use field,” Woolston said. The second floor renovation followed the first phase of the master plan, a five-story vertical expansion of the building
initiated in 2008, which received LEED silver certification. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED has nine different rating systems based on the type of project. A scorecard with multiple categories evaluates a project as being LEED certified, LEED silver, LEED gold or LEED platinum — the highest possible certification. The other Tufts building with LEED certification is Sophia Gordon Hall, which is gold certified. The Sackler building in Boston is in the midst of its certification process, according to Betsy Isenstein, director of facilities technical services and the Tufts Energy Manager. “The Sackler Building in Boston is registered but the certification process takes a while and is not completed,” she said. “I believe LEED silver is anticipated for that.” Isenstein added that Tufts is working on having a unified philosophy of following LEED standards or aiming for LEED
certification for all buildings. “There are actually some projects where we’ve used the process as some sort of guide, but not necessarily gone through the full certification process,” she said. “We always try to focus on the energy portion of it.” Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC), the architectural firm that designed the Level 2 Renovation and vertical expansion, used LEED consulting firm Fore Solutions to certify the project. The vertical expansion and second floor renovation were certified under different LEED rating systems with different criteria — LEED version 2.2 for new construction and LEED for commercial interiors system, respectively — Fore Solutions Project Manager Michael Pulaski explained. The Level 2 Renovation project met LEED gold certification standards in five of the categories listed on the commercial interiors scorecard: sustainable site, water efficien-
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mittee members about the history of sustainability at Tufts and talked about what green goals the university had already achieved. The group also discussed how Tufts’ environmental policies compare to other universities,’ Campbell said. Tufts has already met the criteria originally established for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol, an international covenant in which the United States initially agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to seven percent below 1990 levels by 2012, Program Director for the Office of Sustainability (OSS) Tina Woolston, a council member, said. “People were pleased to learn some of the things that we’ve accomplished,” Campbell said. “The fact that we’ve exceeded our goal relative to the Kyoto Protocol was pretty inspiring to them.” Council members at the end of the meeting brainstormed green initiatives they would like to undertake in the future, Ann Rappaport, a council member and lecturer in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department, said. “We spent some time thinking about the most important things people should be looking at as it relates to sustainability,” Campbell said. “It was
a very engaged conversation.” While the Council will only convene every two to three months during the academic year, the three subcommittees — focusing on waste, water and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions — will meet more often to propose projects and revise goals, Woolston said. Each subcommittee, ranging from 12 to 18 members, is composed of faculty, staff and students from both within and outside of the larger council, Woolston explained. “We bring in experts,” Woolston said. “For example, in the water subcommittee there are professors that work on water. It definitely expands the number of people involved in the whole thing.” Campbell said she anticipates that the Council will be ready to articulate specific goals by the 2013 spring semester. “We’d like the Council to then play the role of monitoring achievement against those goals over a period of time,” she said. Campbell said she hopes that the Council will impact the behavior of students and faculty by renewing the campus’s dedication to sustainability. “Everyone at Tufts can see SUSTAINABILITY, page 2
Environmental Studies program to be revised by
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The Environmental Studies Program is proposing revisions to its curriculum that would allow majors to gain background in an interdisciplinary core of courses while focusing more on their chosen track. If approved, the changes would take effect during the
next academic year. While current students would be able to choose between the new and current versions, the class of 2016 would complete the new program, according to the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Professor of Biology Colin Orians. The new curriculum will see ENVIRONMENTAL, page 2
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The Environmental Studies Program is proposing revisions to its curriculum that would make the program more interdisciplinary and allow students to focus on a specific track.
The Civic Engagement Fund helps Tufts students become more active citizens.
Anna’s Taqueria serves up fresh Mexican food at an affordable price for college students.
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consist of a core of five specific required courses and a track of five specialized courses, according to Orians. The three proposed tracks are environmental science, sustainability, policy, and equity and environmental communication. The curriculum proposal will be discussed by the curriculum committee in a meeting at the end of this month and will then be voted on at a faculty meeting in April. Orians said he hopes the new curriculum will attract more students by allowing for specialization and that it will better prepare graduates to pursue further studies in a specific area. “My main idea around the changes of the curriculum was to increase depth around the different concentrations,” Orians said. “Part of it was to give certain skills, but also
to get students in to smaller classes, upper-level classes.” This year, two new faculty members were hired, and both will teach courses next fall in the environmental studies curriculum, Orians said. The Geology department next year will conduct a search for a new professor who will be expected to specialize in climate change, according to Geology Professor Jack Ridge. The environmental science track already exists but will be updated to balance with the new core curriculum, Orians said. “[The new track] can also provide a science perspective to students who are not studying a science as their first major,” Ridge told the Daily in an email. The sustainability, policy, and equity track will introduce students to different areas of sustainability and environmental justice, and will include an economics component to give students tools for policy-related work, according to Orians.
The Environmental Studies program and the Communications and Media Studies (CMS) Program are collaborating to form an environmental communication track targeted at students who have an interest in areas like journalism and filmmaking. “We know a lot about environmental issues, but we’re not always very good at conveying it and effecting policy,” Orians said. As it exists now, the major has a core of eight courses — which students select from a number of options under each category — and a track of three courses that students choose individually. The current tracks are environmental science; environment and society; and environment and technology. Another goal of these revisions is to create more of a community among environmental studies majors. The current structure is such that many students never encounter others in their cohort, but the new, structured
core curriculum should provide more opportunities for collaboration, allowing students to learn from each other, Orians explained. An environmental studies major can only be pursued in combination with a second major, a policy that reflects its broad, interdisciplinary nature that is most useful when paired with another major to provide a clear focus, according to Rachael Wolber, an environmental studies and international relations double major. The reaction of current environmental studies majors has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Wolber, a senior. She said that many seniors in the program wish that the changes had been made earlier so that they could benefit from the revisions. “[It is] a positive step forward for the program,” she said. Wolber was one of many participants in a focus group last fall, where current environmen-
tal studies majors were told the preliminary plan for the new program and were given the opportunity to offer input. Wolber added that these changes coincide with a university-wide focus on environmental issues, an increased number of student majors and the growing opportunities for internships and research in the field. The curriculum still in use today was originally established when the program was founded in 1984, Orians said. According to Ridge, the environmental studies committee felt that these changes are very timely, if not overdue. “The program has not been revised in many years and the character of the field has changed, as have environmental issues, over that period,” Ridge said. “Our existing curriculum has served many students very well over the years, but it can become even better,” he added.
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cy, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The renovation project received three times as many points in the sustainable sites category and twice as many in water efficiency as the vertical expansion, according to Pulaski. The use of dual-flush toilets, low-flow urinals and metered lavatory faucets will lead to 40 percent water savings on the renovated second floor, according to the Tufts Office of Sustainability’s website. Such water efficiency measures receive more credit under the current upgraded version of the commercial interiors scorecard. “The points in the newer standard were actually shifted around a bit to give you more
points for actions that you’re doing that reduce carbon emissions and also improve water efficiency,” Pulaski told the Daily. The project was able to earn additional points because of the dental school’s location in downtown Boston, according to Pulaski. “We were able to get a lot more points because it’s located in such a dense area with access to lots of public transportation,” he said. The city of Boston requires buildings over 50,000 square feet to complete the LEED certification process, according to Pulaski. “In this case the project wasn’t required by the city to pursue LEED certification, but there was [a requirement] from the University perspective because it’s my understanding that there’s a need to
have consistency throughout the whole building so they’ll eventually say the whole building is LEED certified,” he said. Another ongoing university construction project, the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, will not be LEED certified due to cost considerations, but it is nevertheless following LEED requirements, according to Isenstein. “The Tisch athletics project had very little flexibility in funding, so the decision was made to follow the LEED program, but to use all available funding on the building project rather than [spending it on] the additional costs of certification,” Isenstein explained. “As of the last time we tallied up the points, the results looked like the project would have been silver with the potential to reach gold,” she added.
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Members of the Campus Sustainability Council are working to promote the school’s leadership in environmental responsibility.
Sustainability subcommittees help cut Tufts’ carbon footprint SUSTAINABILITY
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The Dental School earned extra points for its location in downtown Boston in its bid for gold certification.
behave in sustainable ways by being conscious of the waste they produce and the resources they use,” she said. While members of the Tufts community have frequently addressed the campus’ sustainability, Rappaport said she believes that the Council is a significant step forward because it will bring green initiatives from across the university together. “To have President Monaco say that sustainability is one of his top two priorities is really exciting for us,” she said. “I think it’s very important that he is committed to getting the larger Tufts community involved.” In an email to the Tufts community yesterday, Monaco praised the Council as an example of Tufts’ longstanding commitment to sustainability and encouraged students to contribute ideas for the
Council to consider. “In an earlier message to the Tufts community, I noted that we need to bring passion and our best ideas to bear on sustainability — and other priorities — if we are to effect change,” Monaco wrote in the email. “I invite you to bring your passion and ideas to the Council’s work by contacting one of the members.” Anyone can submit ideas, comments and suggestions to the Council through a survey form located on the Office of Sustainability website, Woolston said. “A lot people here do care about the environment and what we’re doing to it,” said sophomore Stephanie Krantz, a student representative on the Council and co-president of the Tufts Sustainability Collective. “I think we’re really going to make a big impact because of the power of the people on the Council,” she added.
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Bohemians build bridges
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The Tisch Civic Engagement Fund pays for students to pursue a variety of citizenship initiatives, including service trips abroad.
Tisch Civic Engagement Fund provides opportunities for community involvement by
Founded in 2000, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service has had a short but vibrant history of providing students with opportunities to become engaged in their communities. The Tisch Civic Engagement Fund (CEF) is one program in particular within the college that helps students implement their own ideas of what it means to be an active citizen. The CEF provides funding and advising sessions to student-run active citizenship initiatives on campus, both locally and internationally. Students undertake these projects and complete them during the academic year, and priority is given to projects that help communities near the Tufts campuses. “The program has two purposes. One is to address community identified needs — no group or individual is accepted without a community partner. The second part is that it is all about student learning, student development and student engagement,” Program Coordinator Rachel Syzman said. Each year, the program receives more than a dozen applications for consideration. “The application process draws about 20 or so proposals, and we can fund up to $15,000, and that depends on the quality of the project, on how much the money is divided and how much money is requested,” Student Programs Associate Kristen Feierabend said. Syzman pointed out that the applications allow the CEF staff to get a sense of what the group and project dynamic will be before the initiative gets underway. “The application process is unique,” she said. “It forces you to delegate responsibility in that it has a reflection that each team member has to write in order to be accepted, which is great because then you get a real perspective of what the group is like and whether our goals line up.” Although students are often drawn to apply to the CEF by the promise of financial support, it is the personal
advising sessions that each group or individual participates in three times a year that students most appreciate. These sessions provide students with an objective view of their projects, by identifying which aspects of the initiative can be implemented more effectively, according to senior Erik Antokal. “I think [the CEF advisors] do a really good job in being constructively critical,” Antokal said. “They have a unique way of telling you what the issues in your project are and what you can improve on in a way that’s not condescending.” Antokal is the team coordinator for one of the CEF’s 2012 projects, Health Horizons International. This project — which was founded by two Tufts graduates in 2009 — works on public health projects in the Dominican Republic. Last year, they became a student group on campus. The group took a trip to the Dominican Republic over winter break, where they used the PhotoVoice method — encouraging locals to take photos of relevant public health issues in the community — in order to bring to the forefront issues that might not otherwise come up in community conversations. Along with the advising sessions and the convenience of funding, many of the students involved in CEF initiatives also said that the networking opportunities the CEF provides are great aspects of the program, according to Antokal. “We realized they had great resources to connect us with, even beyond their own advising abilities,” he said. “CIRCLE [Tufts’ Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning] is another part of Tisch College that was super helpful.” Health Horizons International is not the only student project that has benefitted from the CEF’s networking opportunities. “One of the really valuable things that Tisch has offered us is people who are connected with the community,” junior Alec Howard said. “They really have an understanding of the organizations that are around and they saved us a lot of time in terms
of having to work this out independently,” he added. Howard, along with junior Gustav Vik, headed the Community Outreach through Microfinance (COM) initiative, another one of the projects taken on by the CEF this year. This project helps immigrants in the local community attain American citizenship. To do so, they work to provide microloans in order to help them with the application fees and hold comprehensive citizenship classes. “That cause really hit home for me because I come from an immigrant family,” Vik said. CEF also funds projects that help bring various initiatives together on campus, such as the Undergraduate Global Health Network (GHN), founded by seniors Mary Bruynell and Dahlia Norry. “In my experience, in being interested in global health at Tufts, I found there wasn’t a specific path that you could take in this field,” Bruynell said. “There are a lot of opportunities but no one ever really explains what all those opportunities are.” This desire to make global health opportunities on campus known to students resulted in the GHN, a lecture series that brings together the various global health initiatives on campus in order to create a sense of unity. The GHN is also developing a website that will soon showcase all the global health opportunities Tufts has to offer. Bruynell said that the CEF’s unique advising sessions have been vital in establishing the GHN. “Because [Norry] and I are starting the club from scratch, it’s really great for us to have mentors and advisors,” she said. “They definitely ask you to plan out more, and that’s helpful.” Regardless of the initiative, students agree that CEF provides an excellent array of resources to help get their projects off the ground and running successfully. “Overall, I think it’s really great that there’s access to funding like this, where students can go and, if they have an idea, they can pursue it with the guidance of seasoned professionals at Tufts,” Howard said.
ric Hines, Professor of Practice in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, thinks about engineering a little differently than my other professors. He discussed the integration of truth and beauty in engineering and, more specifically, civil engineering. While Professor Hines probably developed this appreciation through scholarly reading and exciting life experiences, I was educated sufficiently from watching “Moulin Rouge!” “Moulin Rouge!” has a great scene when the bohemian revolutionaries and Ewan McGregor drink absinthe and sing with The Green Fairy about bohemian ideals: truth, beauty, freedom and, most importantly, love. The Green Fairy may not have a presence in my life while studying civil engineering, but the ideals certainly do. Truth: I can bet you that the Dowling Hall bridge will remain standing when you walk across it. How? Every design that gets constructed relies on accurate drawings captioned by a small packet of calculations. The drawings present the revelation and context, but the math and science principles give them relevance. For example, in Professor Hines’ Steel Design course, I worked on a problem set with a classmate that involved choosing the appropriate beams in a sixstory building that will carry the weight of the students, chairs, light fixtures and other loads that rest above it. When we made a mistake, it was because we could not visualize a load properly in the drawing. Beauty: The second portion of this problem set transitioned our work from being a visual exercise to a disorienting mess. The assignment essentially told us: Please draw how everything fits together. We were playing Legos with the W18x35 and W24x68 I-beams that we had chosen in the first half of the problem set and trying to fit them into imaginary columns that would hold up the building. Resisting the option to use creative license and alter the drawings to make everything fit, we instead strove toward the simplest solution to make it work. Freedom: Throughout this entire problem set, we were constrained by our lack of knowledge, understanding, experience and everything else except a pencil. Several chocolate-covered espresso beans and angry rants later, we tried to write something down. Eventually, with a few calculations, many assumptions and some magical hand waving, we could figure out the maximum rotation that we needed to resist to keep the floor beam flat. Then we lengthened the list of criteria by choosing other constraints such as weight. The choices we made in our assumptions and criteria list yielded less I-beam options from which to choose, but more freedom to choose within the compatible list. Love: 24 non-consecutive hours later, the problem set was done. Naturally, the following weekend, the junior civil engineering students had our second party in someone’s off campus basement. Someone piled shot glasses and asked me to estimate the K-value for the buckling of that cantilever of shot glasses. Typical. I did not choose this nerdy group of civil engineers, and sometimes I see them too much. But like my family, I can’t imagine life in the Engineering Project Development Center (EPDC) without them. Week to week, my sanity relies on the group of junior civil engineers who inhabit the small engineering lab with me. Confined to this rectangular corner of campus, we finger fence (shout out to Cameron) and study, leaving occasionally in response to “bisque alert” in Brown and Brew. This week, I was assigned a new problem set in Steel Design. The truth is that I am frustrated by the concepts of the problems. The beauty is that the deadline was extended. The freedom is in my ability to work on it until the sun rises or start before the sun rises. But most importantly, I love that I will get to spend excessive amounts of time with the junior civil engineers stuck in the hole that is the EPDC. Jasmin Sadegh is a junior majoring in civil engineering. She can be reached at Jasmin. Sadegh@tufts.edu.
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Clever writing sets ‘White Collar’ apart by
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With the endless deluge of crime and police dramas on television today, it’s almost impossible to choose which, if any, to watch.
White Collar Starring Matt Bomer, Tim Dekay, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason Airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on USA The key is to locate the most original, wellscripted and eye-catching show of the genre, which just might be USA’s “White Collar.” To the casual viewer, “White Collar” could very well appear to be just another “Law & Order” (1990-2010), “NCIS” or “CSI” knockoff. On closer inspection, though, it is actually much more. The show stars Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a high-class art thief, forger, artist and general smooth-talker. After being arrested by FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), Caffrey manages to convince the FBI to let him out of jail on a work-release program. The deal: Caffrey serves as a consultant for Burke’s White Collar Crime Unit while being tracked via GPS at all times. When not working for the FBI, Caffrey struggles to solve his own life’s mysteries. He also contemplates how to pull off the next big score with his odd but highly intelligent partner, Mozzie (Willie Garson). Episodes consist of Burke and Caffrey working together to solve a new case while a season-long plot arc develops. In short, “White Collar” has a highly unorthodox and original plot and is in no way just another cop drama. Creator Jeff Eastin has produced truly clever television. Much of the show’s quality comes from its writing and the cast’s pitch-perfect delivery. Not only do the characters sound like they know exactly what they are talking about concerning FBI operations and major heists, but they also manage to convey things in a witty fashion. All of the characters, including Special Agent Diana Berrigan (Marsha Thomason) and Burke’s wife Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) — “Mrs. Suit” as Mozzie calls her — are humorous
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Caffrey and Burke’s complex friendship is threatened in season three of “White Collar.” in their own fashion, spitting out rapidfire dialogue that comes off smoothly and leaves the audience chuckling. Still, no one pulls things off better than Bomer and DeKay do. The partnership between Caffrey and Burke is a perfect pairing of sly and stiff, classy and domesticated, witty and stern. Their tongue-in-cheek manner of speech — a sort of back-and-forth relationship that involves constant jabs interlaced with sincere friendship — never ceases to amuse and touch the viewer. As complicated as their bond might be, it is the bedrock of the show and contains some of the finest onscreen chemistry seen in years. Aesthetically, “White Collar” is appealing as well. Filmed on-location in New York City, the environments for each episode are expansive and vibrant. They include tangible aspects of the city so that viewers really feel the setting. Furthermore, the actors and actresses are — to put it delicately — rather attractive. Infiltrating the white-collar world of crime requires slick suits and sleek dresses. The costumes of the show make the viewer want to get off the couch and “suit up.” Caffrey, with an expensive taste in just about everything, leads this charge as one of the classiest looking players on television; he gives Don Draper a run for his money. Having run successfully through two seasons, “White Collar” is now in its third year and gearing for a fourth down the road. In
this season’s overarching plotline, an uneasy tension has formed between Caffrey and Burke, as the former has stolen a horde of priceless treasure and the latter is avidly, and secretly, searching for it. With each suspecting the other of treacherous actions, their covert conflict has the cast walking on thin ice at every turn. While entertaining in theory, the plotline of season three has added little to the show in terms of quality. What fans loved about the first two seasons was the sincere, albeit unorthodox, friendship between Caffrey and Burke. Pitting them against one another has laced this camaraderie with lies and deceit, thus taking away much of the trust and faith they have built over time and detracting from the overall experience of the show. It isn’t often that “White Collar” puts out a poor episode, but once or twice a season an episode will surface where the case at hand takes up all the time, leading to a lack of progression in the season’s overall plot. Such episodes weigh down the flow of the series, but with Burke teasing Caffrey or Caffrey smooth-talking a criminal, even the duds always manage to entertain. Despite the underlying plot issues with season three, “White Collar” is one of the wittiest and most innovative shows out there. If a look at Bomer isn’t enough to draw you in, take a chance and watch an episode. You’ll quickly find out why this “not just another cop drama” is the one to watch.
Anna’s provides tasty, fast fare to students by
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As anyone can tell you, Boston does not understand a number of West-Coast staples. More than anything, though, Mexican food
Anna’s Taqueria 236A Elm St. Somerville, MA 02144 (617) 666-3900 $6-$10 remains an unfathomable mystery to many New England eateries. Despite their elaborate toppings and web designs, Boloco and Qdoba will never serve anything like that $4, two-pound burrito for which you had to cross a freeway back in California. (The East Coast also doesn’t really understand what a “freeway” is). But then there’s Anna’s Taqueria, where at least a little bit of hope resides. Though Davis Square’s Anna’s is but one of the chain’s six locations, it is the culinary mothership for many college students in the Cambridge/ Somerville area. Anna’s doesn’t have a large menu, but what they do, they tend to do well. The restaurant prides itself on its freshly prepared ingredients, and the proof is in the pudding. Patrons ordering burritos will immediately notice the large, tidy assortment of ingredients that
dominate the space behind the counter. Only a minimal amount of each ingredient is put out at a time, ensuring maximum freshness and quality. As soon as anything is used up, it is cooked anew and replaced. Better still, everything is sliced immediately before being incorporated into a dish. You can’t get much fresher than that. Anna’s is best known for their meat-based burritos ($4.85 regular, $5.35 super) and tacos ($2.85 regular, $1.95 al pastor), but even their veggie burrito was quite good. Lightly seasoned broccoli, carrots, onions, peppers and zucchini are paired with the patron’s choice of rice, beans, cheese, salsa and hot sauce before everything is rolled up into burrito form. Anna’s works assembly line-style, and much to the benefit of the customer: Seeing everything laid out before you helps make choosing food faster and easier. Plus, it’s fun to watch your meal being assembled. The finished product is hardly a glamorous one, but it’s reasonably portioned and avoids the texture faux pas frequently committed by the rice-heavy wraps of other institutions. Even the humble quesadilla makes a strong appearance at Anna’s ($3.25, or $4.50 with meat). Rather than being a basic fusion of cheese and tortilla, Anna’s adds black beans, lettuce, guacamole and pico de gallo to the mix, along with any desired meat. Furthermore, grilling the quesadilla gives it a tasty crunch that contrasts nicely with the ingredients inside. The only real disappointment was Anna’s homemade horchata ($1.75). A
rice- and almond-based drink, good horchata is served cold, with its light, sweet flavor balancing refreshingly with the spice and salt of the food. Maybe it was because of our 8 p.m. meal, but this horchata hardly lived up to our expectations — it was watery and tasted almost exclusively nutty. The selection of imported drinks is more impressive. From sugar cane-based Mexican Coke ($1.85) to seven flavors of Jarritos ($1.75) to an assortment of Jumex juices ($1.75), Anna’s has covered all of their beverage bases. Anna’s Taqueria has been a student hangout since its founding in 1995 and will likely continue to be one for generations to come. After all, it embodies the ideal college trifecta with its tastiness, convenience and low prices. Furthermore, its menu includes Mexican basics like cheese quesadillas alongside more adventurous foods like lengua (cow tongue) so that even the most timid patrons don’t feel culture-shocked. They also kindly include a “glossary” section on their menu for any burrito virgins. The restaurant may be lacking in ambience, but that’s hardly the reason most customers go there. What the restaurant lacks in interior design it makes up for with sheer practicality. High ceilings and ample tables make Anna’s a great spot for large groups or spontaneous encounters with friends. Anna’s may never have the vicious hot sauces, fish tacos or wet burritos that are so popular in other parts of the country, but the food they do have is a respectable foray into Mexican cuisine.
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Not so Wu-ed
n Feb. 5, Target added yet another luxury label designer to its everincreasing list of collaborations. Jason Wu, the fashion designer who dreamt up Michelle Obama’s ethereal inauguration gown, channeled his ladylike silhouettes for a 16-look collection. The bargain-hunting masses, whom I enthusiastically endorse, will flock to Target for his frocks. But I am going to be sitting this one out. Read on, and I’ll explain the pros and cons of these collabs. The first store that I can remember executing this business model (successfully) is Target. It was Fashion Week 2007, and I was invited to the launch party for the Proenza Schouler for Target in SoHo. My 15-year-old self blushed at the bustierestyled dresses and silk tops (a signature style for the brand) but picked out a $49 silk cocktail dress and twill skinny pants. Target’s marketing strategy for these limited edition collaborations, not unlike Topshop’s and J.Crew’s, is to lure in the fashion set with aptly timed launches and parties around New York Fashion Week. They then employ the media’s “Mad Men” to reach the rest of the country via print, TV and billboard ads. But what is the cost for the consumer? The hype surrounding some of the launches borders on madness. Missoni for Target crashed the company’s website back in September, and in November I witnessed people camping out in line for 24 hours on Fifth Avenue for Versace for H&M. Seriously? Yes. This seems hysterical, but people buy into it. Because the pieces are limited edition, businesswomen (and men) scoop up as much of the line as they are allowed to buy. They then jack up eBay prices on the poor schlub who didn’t want to wake up at 3 a.m. to wait in line. As an avid shopper who loves the hunt for the perfect piece of clothing, this seems unethical to me. Yes, it’s lucrative, but it takes the fun out of shopping, and it leaves a gap between the people who are buying and the company that is selling. A friend mentioned to me that she thinks these collaborations are debranding, which is a reasonable argument. When fashion darling Prabal Gurung collaborated with J.Crew, he was not using the same meticulously sourced fabrics that he uses in his eponymous brand, just as Missoni for Target’s clothes are not hand-knit like the rest of his signature pieces. A devoted Missoni client was probably madder than a hornet’s nest to see metallic knit cardigans selling for $40 rather than the typical $600. Flash-sale shopping also cannot be overlooked. These sales, which feature quick sales of designer clothing at bargain prices, have taken off as a way for designers to promote themselves and make a quick profit. A Gilt Groupe employee once told me that their largest market is in the Midwest. I was shocked as I wondered, “Who in Kansas would want to wear Marni?” Apparently, plenty of women do. Unlike big cities or suburbs with Century 21s aplenty, these women have a hard time getting their hands on affordable or discounted designer duds. The Internet allows Little Miss Chic in Kansas City to shop the Mary Katrantzou for Topshop collection or to pick up Rodarte for Target. As it turns out, I don’t particularly like the prim, boring looks from the Jason Wu for Target collection. Instead of seeking a thrill from purchasing luxury design at a fraction of the cost, I’ll abstain. I, too, get overwhelmed by the hype, hence the palm-print frond leggings from Versace for H&M that I occasionally flaunt in Gantcher. But maybe sometimes it’s better to stop frantically shopping every single limited edition, cheapo collaboration and just save up for the real deal. Elizabeth Landers is a junior majoring in political science. She can be reached at Elizabeth.Landers@tufts.edu.
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Apple shares climbed above $500 on Monday, clearly to the delight of shareholders and the Apple faithful. The company, valued at more than $460 billion, is the most valuable in the world and worth more than rivals Google and Microsoft combined. While this is good news for Apple, it’s unlikely that this news will mean much to many individuals whose hard work contributes to the success of Apple products — the Chinese factory workers assembling the gadgets “Designed by Apple in California.” Publicly, Apple CEO Tim Cook believes the company strives to improve working conditions. “We believe that every worker has the right to a fair and safe work environment, free of discrimination where they can earn competitive wages and where they can voice their complaints freely, and Apple suppliers must live up to this to do business with Apple,” Cook said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference yesterday. To that end, Apple is allowing the non-profit Fair Labor Association, a Washington-based anti-sweatshop labor rights group, to audit at least four Chinese campuses of Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn that are involved in the production of Apple products. At the moment, it’s uncertain whether Apple is allow-
ing the audit due to genuine concern for the employees in its supply chain or simply making a move to generate positive PR. There are concerns that the Fair Labor Association — which is partially funded by the companies it inspects — is largely toothless and has far too cozy a relationship with manufacturers. Apple itself has a questionable track record when responding to concerns about working conditions in Foxconn factories. After a series of highly publicized employee suicides, then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs declared in June 2010, “Foxconn is not a sweatshop.” But to believe this, one must have a rather narrow definition of the term “sweatshop.” Last May, an explosion at a Foxconn factory manufacturing iPads killed two people and injured dozens. A recent CNN report featured an interview with a Foxconn employee who complained of a militant culture on the factory floor, where employees are not allowed to even talk while on the job. The woman — who worked more than 60 hours per week — made less than $1 an hour. She didn’t use her real name, and her face was blurred as she noted, “If we accept interviews, we will be investigated for criminal responsibility according to law.”
It may seem easy to lay the blame for Foxconn’s practices on Apple, because it is the largest and most successful company to use Foxconn for its electronics manufacturing needs. But Apple does take steps to improve worker conditions, and it publishes an annual report on supplier workplace violations. Apple is far from the only company to do business with Foxconn, and certainly not the only one whose products are assembled in questionable working environments. Last month, Foxconn made the news when 300 employees in a Wuhan, China, facility that manufactures Microsoft products threatened a mass suicide to protest labor and pay practices. Foxconn has 1.2 million employees and is one of the biggest employers in China. Many tech companies — including Acer, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nokia and Sony — use Foxconn for their manufacturing needs. For technology buyers, it’s nearly impossible to avoid Foxconnmanufactured products. While Apple fans may be frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the expected March launch of the iPad 3, they should give some thought to the human cost that is paid to allow such products to arrive in customers’ hands for a relatively low price.
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Since Twitter’s creation in 2006, the website has been a hub of unrestricted news. Now, six years later, Twitter has announced a new censorship policy that could once again change freedom of expression on the Web. Simply put, Twitter’s new censorship policy will allow the removal of tweets on a country-by-country basis. When a government orders that a post be taken down, the post will be replaced by a statement saying, “This tweet from @username has been withheld in: Country.” However, the post will remain visible to users in all other countries where no such order was issued. Twitter is also partnering with the website chillingeffects.org to announce
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when a post has been censored. The openness regarding censored material is crucial to positively shaping censorship on the Internet. With the introduction of the new policy, Twitter has indirectly urged other websites to follow suit with transparent censorship policies. Transparent censorship, in terms of Twitter’s policy, means the company in question promises to be honest about removing posts while ensuring minimal censorship. Secretive censorship will occur rarely, if at all, on Twitter due to the openness of censored posts. Additionally, the fact that posts will not be taken down universally will allow a maximal number of users to see a post. Hopefully other web services like Twitter will alter their censorship policies to create an
environment of free speech. Many critics claim this new policy will entail heavy monitoring of tweets; however, the company will only review content if there are requests to take it down. The lack of monitoring, in addition to censorship notifications, will increase information availability on the web. Twitter will adjust its censorship policy to accommodate strict laws and, in doing so, revolutionize censorship. Both users and governments are accommodated in regards to the removal of posts through this transparent policy. Twitter is once again pioneering a new trend of unrestricted free speech across the globe with the introduction of its transparent censorship policy.
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Global warming and future conflict Rebecca Dewey and Angela Lyonsjustus
Though the majority of the scientific community has reached a consensus that climate change is a real phenomenon and life-threatening problem, there are many ideas of what the “worst case” could look like. Some scientists argue that certain areas have already hit a tipping point; for example, species are dying out at an unprecedented rate, and diversity will probably never be the same again. In addition, the environmental changes caused by climate change — diminishing water resources, changing rain patterns, diminishing crop returns — are already producing social consequences. Migrations of people looking for life-sustaining resources can become a political weapon or capacity swamp on a neighboring nation, creating tensions with their neighbors and potentially provoking war. Internally, tensions between different ethnic groups who already are in conflict will be exacerbated as they battle for grazing land and clean water. Scarcity of resources will become yet another reason for conflict against old enemies. Changing temperatures won’t just make some parts of the world hotter; others will grow cooler. Rains will come not in monsoon seasons but in intermittent downpours that destroy topsoil by washing it away rather than enriching it over the course of the rainy season. Decreased soil richness and changing climate patterns will
lead to decreased crop yields; prices for grains will rise, a known cause of political unrest due to rising food prices. Though there are ways to mitigate and potentially reverse some of the adverse effects of climate change, these are not widely practiced. Bringing these low-use techniques into widespread use will take both time and political will. With the accelerating pace of climate change, there may not be time for these necessary preconditions to come into force. Indeed, there are still climate change deniers. The countries most able to affect greenhouse gas outputs (like the U.S.) are the ones doing very little about these problems and even denying their existence. Furthermore, the economic gain possible when using harmful chemicals and energy techniques eliminates incentives for change amongst these powerful countries. They are growing richer while resources dwindle and conflict rises. Darfur is widely considered the first climate change war. Though the conflict stemmed from long-seated ethnic rivalries, a secondary but important issue was the lack of water in the region. This scarce resource was one reason for a continuation of the conflict; none of the warring parties wanted to give up the access to more resources, which could have been won by the expansion of their territory. Then there is the imminent danger of rising water levels and the inevitable destruction of low-laying nations. Small countries such as the Maldives and Kiribati (near the Hawaiian
Islands) face this danger, as do much larger nations like Egypt and the Philippines. The future of the citizens and governments of these states is yet to be determined. Should they be given land from neighboring countries for their citizens to live on? Would that undermine the sovereignty of those nations? The interactions of these fast disappearing nations with the international community pose vast problems. The resettlements could outnumber any current immigration seen today. The population of the Philippines alone is nearly 102 million; total world immigration for 2011
was estimated as 214 million. Imagine the effects on world politics of adding an additional 102 million immigrants to the annual total. Global warming will be difficult if not impossible to reverse; however, we should encourage ecological initiatives to abate our negative impact. Furthermore, given the difficult future of a changing world system, climate change needs to be addressed as a serious, real and fast advancing political and social issue. The process of global warming is inevitable as we cannot just vacuum up the CO2 in the atmosphere, which
has increased to the highest recorded levels in 2 million years — but we can prepare ourselves for the strenuous, politically uncertain and culturally unstable future of a warmer and potentially more conflictridden world. If you would like to discuss more about this topic, you should come to the EPIIC symposium on “Conflict in the 21st Century” Feb. 22–26. Rebecca Dewey is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. Angela Lyonsjustus is a senior majoring in international relations.
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The Arab Spring and the SOPA controversy are but two recent flashpoints that point to a growing trend. Thomas Friedman preceded the zeitgeist when he proclaimed “the world is flat.” As the Internet and other communications networks shrink the earth, two groups remain worryingly distant: policy makers and software developers. The Hill and the Bay need to start listening to each other if we hope to reap a net benefit from this digital revolution. Beyond friendly brainstorming sessions, their discourse must inform and enlighten both sides. Computers have compacted humanity to the point where I can access vignettes of a billion people via a Facebook Mobile app. That’s the same as cramming a million people onto the head of a pin. And this connectivity is unlike any we’ve ever seen. Like a book, a blog post lingers long after the author writes it, yet its contents are malleable just as indefinitely. The Internet takes the continuous presence that the printing press introduced and combines it with the fluidity of a telephone conversation, where callers can redact their statements. This continuity and fluidity, combined with anonymity, makes ideas disseminated on the web particularly infectious, even “viral.” Take Charter 08, a manifesto for Internet freedom that Chinese bloggers proliferated during the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Within a month of its publication, 5,000 Chinese scholars, computer scientists, businessmen and activists signed it. A Colombian organization, “No More FARC,” reached 500,000 members within months with nothing more than a Facebook group and a URL. The unem-
ployed engineer who started the group now holds the reigns of the world’s largest crowd-sourced think tank. As I write this, videos taken on the smartphones of Syrian demonstrators are weaving history’s most complete account of a political revolt. All of this hints that we may be witnessing an end of history. While abusive regimes may reject it, netizens have come to a resounding consensus: the people want democracy. They want freedom. They want to join the global network. With all the changes that computers have catalyzed, their potential as game-changers is undeniable. In a better world, this would be good news for society. But right now a critical gap exists between policymakers and programmers. There are several ways to explain the disconnect between these two groups. First, they live in radically different environments. Silicon Valley is famous for innovation, where anything is possible and ideas translate into action instantly. Washington is famous for bureaucracy (not the efficient kind, but the kind where a million different interests pull at an idea until it grinds to a halt). Second, their thought processes differ radically. Computer scientists by their very nature are left-brained, rational and methodical. Policy makers have a reputation for right-brained, abstract thought. Naturally, there’s a lot of overlap, and the leaders of both groups are remarkably gifted in both lines of thought. Some of the best thinkers in D.C. actually thought that SOPA was a good idea. They could not understand what the bill would mean for online commerce, search engine utility and the costs imposed on Internet companies. We can’t forget that many congressmen started their speeches about SOPA with “Now I don’t know much about the Internet,
but…” Thankfully Internet censorship is the worst net-effect that Western states have to grapple with. Their authoritarian adversaries in the Arab world really got the short end of the stick. To date, three dictatorships have fallen at the hands of youth armed with nothing but Twitter, YouTube and a bottomless well of frustration. Those in power fail to grasp the digital revolution under way. While many politicos have spent decades untangling to intricate web of interests in domestic and international politics, they have no interest in understanding the seven layers that organize the Internet. This cripples their ability to conceptualize this information era. More importantly, public servants bear the task of regulating an intricate system that they don’t understand. That’s the only way such learned legislators could advocate a policy that requires the Department of Justice to send cease and desist orders via the postal service. At the same time, many of Silicon Valley’s brightest coders don’t realize the complexity of the world that their software enters. Google’s idea to scan books and make them available online was both valiant and intuitive, if it were not for the fact that authors still want to make money writing. Although they had no intention of doing so, the tech giant found themselves stepping all over publishers’ toes. While Google provides a textbook case of a utopian vision corrupted by the world’s harsh realities, Twitter shows how even minute moves make a big difference. Twitter, in the midst of Iran’s 2009 Green Movement protests, planned to update their software in the middle of the night in U.S. time. The company did not realize that this coincided with peak protest hours in Tehran, where dem-
onstrators depended on Twitter to live blog the news to the world. Thanks to a clever diplomat at the State Department, Twitter rescheduled the software update and tens of thousands of tweets came from the protestors that day. Not since the days of Standard Oil have we seen a cluster of companies wield so much power in everyday life. I’m not calling for computer scientists to go into lawmaking; that would amount to demanding that nuclear physicists run for office at the dawn of the nuclear era. But the nuclear age provides some lessons that we would be wise to heed. First, just like the bomb, the Web is here to stay; society will not rollback its connectivity. Second, the lawmakers are handling one of the most advanced ideas that civilization ever produced. So the “Geek Squad” will need to sit down with public servants more often to explain what’s going on under the hood of a computer. Third, the scientists need to understand the realities we live in and the plethora of stakeholders involved in every public decision. The proliferation of their platforms necessitates that tech companies understand every major decision they make is inherently political. For both parties, this requires venturing into unfamiliar ground. But if a few more computer scientists knew the difference between liberalism and realism, and a few more political scientists could tell a struct from a class, there’s only a chance that the world would be a better place. If you would like to discuss more about this topic, you should come to the EPIIC symposium on “Conflict in the 21st Century” Feb. 22–26. Agree Ahmed is a freshman who has not yet declared a major.
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pulled away for the 70-64 victory. The Jumbos will try to put those lateseason losses behind them as they prepare for the NESCAC tournament. In its previous matchup with Bates, Tufts played one of its best defensive games of the season, allowing only 62 points against a Bobcats squad that averages more than 66 per game. The biggest offensive threat for the Bobcats was junior Mark Brust. The guard — who was primarily marked by sophomore forward Tom Folliard — still managed to score 29 points while shooting an even 50 percent from the field. This time, Sheldon plans to utilize a slew of different defenders and tactics to contain the Bobcats’ second-leading scorer. “We’re going to gear up a little more to stop him this time, not necessarily one person, [but] instead as a team,” Sheldon said. “We
want to get the ball out of his hands, so we’ll do some different things with our defense.” Another key for the Jumbos will be matching the Bobcats’ rugged interior play. Bates is known as one of the toughest teams in the league, and Tufts’ post players especially will need to be physical to keep the Jumbos in the game. “Their bigs are always pretty physical,” junior forward Scott Anderson said. “Their offense really stems from their toughness, so the biggest thing for us on defense is to match their physicality.” “Bates traditionally always has hard workers,” junior forward Matt Lanchantin added. “No matter what kind of talent ... they have, they always battle hard from year to year.” Despite the Jumbos’ recent lackluster play, they can still relish the opportunity to host a NESCAC playoff game for the first
time in six seasons. This accomplishment is especially impressive considering that the Jumbos are just three years removed from a regular season in which they went 1-8 in conference play and didn’t even qualify for the NESCAC playoffs. “One of our goals was to get a home playoff game in the NESCAC, and we did that,” Sheldon said. “It’s nice when you reach a goal that you set as a team, so there’s some accomplishment there, but we’re excited to move on to the playoffs.” The way they remember the season will depend on their performance in the conference tournament. “That was definitely one of our goals at the beginning of the season [to have a home playoff game],” Lanchantin said. “So despite the way we’re entering the playoffs, we’re happy to be at home on Saturday. But we know that having a home playoff game means nothing if we can’t capitalize.”
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held their opponents to the lowest scoring average in the playoff field and have one of the league’s best players in two-time Player of the Week, junior guard Shasha Brown. Simply put, Wesleyan has the potential to beat anyone in the NESCAC on any given day. And, with their quarterfinal matchup coming against a Bowdoin squad that Wesleyan beat 74-61 on Friday to seal the No. 3 seed, an upset doesn’t seem likely. No. 4 seed Tufts (16-7, 6-4 NESCAC) The Jumbos have already reached uncharted territory this season. None of the current players has won as many as 16 games in a season or hosted a NESCAC quarterfinal. In addition, no Tufts squad has ever been so deep — 10 players have posted double-digit games at some point over the course of the season. But a recent skid may hurt their chances heading into the playoffs, as the Jumbos’ top performers have been struggling to produce and have let their past three games slip away in the final minutes — most recently on their own court against non-league Clark, 70-64, after leading
by 11 early in the second half. If the Jumbos don’t find a way to bounce back and play an energetic 40 minutes on Saturday, they may suffer a similar fate to their early tournament exit last season. No. 5 seed Bates (11-12, 5-5 NESCAC) The Bobcats have lost six of their last seven games, and the lone bright spot in that span was a 60-59 last-second win over lowly Trinity. Bates has struggled all season to find a rhythm, and only two of their five conference wins have come by more than four points. Overall, they are an inconsistent squad that Tufts should beat as it did on Jan. 28, 67-62 — assuming the Jumbos return to their form of a few weeks ago. No. 6 seed Bowdoin (17-7, 5-5 NESCAC) The Polar Bears enjoyed some late-season success. They have gone 7-2 since their Jan. 20 loss to Amherst, and one of those two defeats was a three-point game against Middlebury. Their wins have come in dominant fashion, the most recent being a 95-52 thrashing of Conn. College on Saturday. They have two excellent scorers — the league’s second-leading scorer, senior Will Hanley (18.3 points per
game), and the eighth-leading scorer, senior Ryan O’Connell (13.9 points per game). Ultimately, though, they will likely have trouble stopping Wesleyan on the defensive end. No. 7 seed Williams (17-7, 5-5 NESCAC) The Ephs are also on the rise, and they haven’t dropped a game by more than two points in regulation in over a month. Their last two losses — an overtime battle with Bowdoin and a two-point loss to the Lord Jeffs — show their potential to compete against higher-ranked teams. They played Middlebury down to the wire earlier in the season, but an upset will be hard to come by against the mighty Panthers. No. 8 seed Hamilton (15-9, 4-6 NESCAC) Simply put, the Continentals will need a miracle to beat Amherst. A number eight seed has never upset the top seed in the NESCAC era, and don’t expect it to happen on Saturday. Hamilton is too weak defensively, and while it strung together some comeback upsets to squeeze into the tournament in its first season in the conference, the Lord Jeffs have too many scoring threats for the Continentals to handle.
Ranking of the men’s lacrosse team in the preseason United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Associaton rankings. The team will be looking to live up to the standards of the last two seasons, which included 38 combined wins, two runs to the National Championship game and one national title. The first official day of practice is today, as the squad will begin preparing for its first preseason scrimmage of the year on Saturday against Yale and Quinnipiac. The regular season schedule will start on March 10 with a conference battle at Hamilton.
Games won in a row at home by the Detroit Red Wings, tying an NHL record previously held by the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. The run has coincided with the Red Wings — one of the league’s Original Six franchises — rising to the top of the Western Conference and battling the New York Rangers for the most points in the league. The Red Wings will go for their 21st win in a row on Friday in the Joe Louis Arena — their home since 1979 — when theytake on the Nashville Predators.
Percentage of points scored by freshmen on the ice hockey team this season. Three of the Jumbos’ top five scorers — defensemen Shawn Power and Blake Edwards and forward Tyler Voigt — are playing in their first collegiate season, and six of Tufts’ eight firstyear players have been scoreboard contributors. Forwards Derrek Schartz, Andrew White and George Pantazopoulos round out the crew of first-year point-scorers on this year’s squad.
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Years that Tufts has gone without both the men’s and women’s basketball teams hosting a NESCAC tournament game in the same season, a time span encompassing the entire NESCAC era. But that will change on Saturday, when the No. 2 women host No. 7 Conn. College, while the No. 4 men welcome No. 5 Bates. The accomplishment caps off a remarkable period of resurgence for Tufts basketball, particularly for the men’s team, which has not hosted a NESCAC tournament game since 2006.
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ports have always provided a lifeline for the underprivileged and downright destitute, and for the rest of us more fortunate but less gifted, a trove of heartwarming, Alger-esque stories. This phenomenon is certainly not unique to America, as countless athletes across the globe have risen from wretchedness to fame and prosperity. In South Africa, a country rife with crime and still reeling from the Apartheid era, the story is the same. At age 17, current Everton F.C. winger Steven Pienaar was plucked up by local club Ajax Cape Town and just two years later was shipped off to Holland to play for Ajax, a club distinguished by the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wesley Sneijder. This meteoric rise to stardom stands in stark contrast to what Pienaar endured as a young boy, when he was routinely beaten up by white kids and pelted with BB bullets. What sets Africa’s southernmost nation apart from much of the poverty-stricken world, however, is its AIDS epidemic. South Africa ranks fourth in AIDS prevalence according to the most recent CIA World Factbook, and the nation’s last president, Thabo Mbeki, went so far as to deny any correlation between HIV and AIDS. And despite his successor Jacob Zuma’s efforts to administer more tests, rates have scarcely declined. In fact, the only monumental governmental move in recent years was Zuma’s publication of his own HIV test, which came out negative. Unlike politicking, which has proven utterly ineffectual, the establishment of a burgeoning soccer league in South Africa’s eastern Mpumalanga Province — where medical workers estimate that 65 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 34 are infected with HIV — has the potential to bring about lasting change. That’s where Sarah Kate Noftsinger comes in. A former women’s soccer assistant coach at Stanford University, she filled a crucial void in the heart of AIDS country when she established this league nearly four years ago. Having traveled to South Africa in December 2008 to give a two-week clinic, Noftsinger returned at the behest of five young native advocates who urged her to set up a permanent league with the aim of educating the local community, not only about HIV and AIDS but also about self-confidence and domestic violence. Her hands-off, instructional approach has been perhaps the most successful and least invasive component (e.g. voluntary HIV testing) of the program primarily because it places tremendous emphasis on the power of information, the positive results of which are eye opening. “I was not aware that I could get pregnant and have a baby from sexual activity,” one participant told the New York Times. Noftsinger’s ultimate goal is to transfer control of the organization to the locals, the benefits of which would be twofold: reduced unemployment and increased awareness about HIV/AIDS. Reggie Bush, Carmelo Anthony, Clint Dempsey, Carl Crawford — the list of indigent-kids-turned-pro-athletes goes on and on and spans all major sports. Unlike these highly successful athletes, though, the children involved in Noftsinger’s program will most likely not play professionally Many of them will remain mired in poverty as adults, and the ones who have tested positive for HIV are already at a disadvantage. To outsiders, poverty alone would appear to offer sufficient adversity. But, when coupled with an HIV/AIDS juggernaut, it becomes all the more daunting. Utilizing soccer as a means of education renders a simple game profoundly consequential and, with support, could have an impact on the prospects of an entire country — and maybe even on all of sub-Saharan Africa. Sam Gold is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at Samuel_L.Gold@tufts.edu.
Amherst, Middlebury lead pack of tournament hopefuls by
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The men’s basketball team will kick off its NESCAC Tournament bid on Saturday when, for the first time since 2006, Tufts will have the honor of hosting the quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed. No. 1 Amherst, No. 2 Middlebury and No. 3 Wesleyan will also welcome opponents to their home courts as the favorites to advance to next weekend. The fourth through eighth seeds have almost identical split conference records, meaning some close games are likely to ensue — including in Cousens Gym when the Jumbos welcome the No. 5 Bates Bobcats. While the majority of the teams are evenlymatched, it will be difficult to dethrone the defending NESCAC champion and national semifinalist Panthers, the top-seeded Lord Jeffs or a hot Cardinals squad. To get you ready, the Daily breaks down the eight tournament hopefuls. No. 1 seed: Amherst (22-2, 10-0 NESCAC) The Lord Jeffs are the top-ranked team and the tournament favorite. However, they may not be as dominant as their record suggests. Four of Amherst’s 10 conference wins have come by two points — not to mention a nonconference loss to Wesleyan on Jan. 17, 68-67 — and the Lord Jeffs sit behind the Panthers in almost every offensive category. Amherst has one of the worst field goal percentages among the playoff contenders, as well as unthreatening rebounding numbers. They have only one player — sophomore guard Aaron Toomey — in the league’s top 15 scorers. But they are the No. 2 team in the country for a reason: they win. None of their wins against the top half of the NESCAC have been easy, but their record speaks to their focus and work ethic. It will take an unseen amount of consistency from No. 8 Hamilton — which
Amherst beat 85-68 on Jan. 13 — to rattle them on Saturday. Hamilton’s league-leading 200 steals on the season speak to their highly aggressive defense and pace. And, while they don’t have an offensive standout on their roster, they do have four players with at least nine points a game who can carry the load if Toomey is somehow quieted. No. 2 seed Middlebury (22-2, 9-1 NESCAC) After losing in overtime to the Lord Jeffs on Saturday, 77-75, Middlebury lost the nation’s No. 2 spot and fell into fourth. But the Panthers still may be the best NESCAC team. Against Amherst, they out-rebounded and out-shot their hosts, but a foul-out and an errant inbound pass sealed the win for Amherst. Should the two teams meet again in the NESCAC Championship game, the Panthers will be hungry for revenge. Middlebury leads the conference in scoring and rebounding, with three-time Player of the Week, senior forward Ryan Sharry, dominating in both categories with 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. The Panthers also have won more convincingly than Amherst, with only three of their victories coming by fewer than four points and their two losses coming by a combined three points. The only NESCAC team besides Amherst to come within a point of beating them: Williams, their firstround matchup. Should the seventh-seeded Ephs pull off the upset they almost escaped with on Jan. 28, the semifinals would become much more unpredictable. No. 3 seed Wesleyan (19-5, 7-3 NESCAC) The Cardinals have a legitimate shot to steal this tournament from either one of the teams above them. They beat the Lord Jeffs by one in a non-league game on Jan. 17 and came within three points of Middlebury. They are also riding a five-game win streak, have see NESCAC, page 15
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The men’s basketball team will look to put its rough end of the regular season in the rearview mirror when the NESCAC playoffs begin on Saturday.
After unsettling losses, Jumbos move on to NESCACs
Following consecutive losses to Hamilton and Clark teams Tufts was expected to handle easily, the men’s basketball team will have little margin for error if it wants to stay in the hunt for an NCAA tournament atlarge bid. The Jumbos, seeded fourth in the NESCAC tournament, face the fifth-seeded Bates Bobcats this Saturday in a must-win matchup in the conference quarterfinals. Hosting their first NESCAC playoff game since 2006, the Jumbos, who sit at 16-8 overall and 6-4 in the NESCAC, still need at least one more quality win to make a legitimate case to the selection committee. “I think we’re in the mix, but we do have to win a couple more games,” head coach Bob Sheldon said. “To be honest with you, I think we need to at least get to the finals of our league, because that would give us 18 wins, and it’s usually around that number of wins by
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that can get you an at-large bid. But to get to the finals, we have to beat Bates first, so we’re focused on Bates now.” After an impressive midseason surge during which the Jumbos won 10 of 12 games following winter break, the team fell to national powerhouse No. 2 Amherst on Feb. 4, 74-65. Since then, Tufts has continued to slide, dropping consecutive games to conference rival Hamilton and non-conference foe Clark and putting a damper on what was otherwise an extremely successful season. Against Clark at Cousens Gym last night, Tufts got off to a poor start offensively and never recovered, shooting just 40 percent from the field in both halves. The Jumbos held a 43-32 lead with 14:53 to go in the second half, but things fell apart from there as Tufts was held scoreless for more than four minutes. Clark stormed back with a 13-0 run and never trailed again as the Cougars see MEN’S BASKETBALL, page 15
It’s no fluke: Dissecting Jeremy Lin’s game by
By now, we’ve all heard the story of Jeremy Lin, the sports world’s latest unsung hero. Undrafted guard out of Harvard. Only Asian-American ever to play in the league.
Aspiring priest. Savior of the New York Knicks. But what about Jeremy Lin, the basketball player? In a matter of five games, the six-foot-three, 200-pound point guard has managed to bring the Knicks back into the playoff picture against decent
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin uses a combination of strength and ball screens to get into the lane. Once he gets there, he picks defenses apart.
competition, reenergize a franchise desperate for success and generate discussion about how his superstar teammates, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, will fit in once they get back into the lineup. Go ahead — draw Tim Tebow comparisons, and make as many name puns as you want. For now, though, let’s break down Lin’s game and look at how he fits in to the future of the Knicks. Lin’s main asset is his strength. He is a little larger than most point guards, and he uses a combination of muscle and ball screens to get into the paint. Once in the lane, Lin is very adept at dissecting the defense. He has had at least seven assists in all five of his games with extended minutes, and that includes one game where he came off the bench. His ability to create for others has led to the offensive emergence of Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries, two players whose production not so long ago was minimal at best. Lin’s fearlessness serves to complement his strength. Every time he comes off the dribble, he attacks his defender to create a passing lane or a shot for himself. His ability to bully his way into the paint, create off the dribble, and shoot at an effective rate makes him comparable to Nets guard Deron Williams. But where does he fit in with the Knicks? Lin gives coach Mike D’Antoni the true point
guard he needs to run his system, and he is already making those around him better. How the team’s role players will perform once the star players return remains to be seen, but one player who has thrived with Lin running the point is Tyson Chandler. Chandler is establishing himself as a legitimate threat to score every time he runs the pick and roll, as evidenced by his league-leading .694 shooting percentage. This likely makes D’Antoni giddy — giving Lin more minutes helps fix the Knicks’ point guard and big man problems. D’Antoni’s offensive system depends on having a distributing point guard who can create positional mismatches. What made Amar’e Stoudemire so effective in Phoenix was that, even though he is listed at 6’10” and his height would suit him better as a power forward, his athleticism and ability to play above the rim make him the perfect positional mismatch at the center position. But with the Knicks’ addition of Chandler in the offseason, Stoudemire had to move back to power forward since Chandler is a more natural center. Lately, Chandler has been occupying the lane instead of Stoudemire, and because of Chandler’s lack of an offensive game, teams have been committing an extra defender in the paint to limit Stoudemire’s effectiveness. That’s where Lin comes in. Because Lin does a wonderful job of putting Chandler in
favorable offensive positions, he forces teams to be honest when defending in the paint. This will open the lane up for an explosive Stoudemire to return to his ways of old. And then there’s the ‘Melo predicament. When the superstar returns, Lin will have ballhandling priority over Anthony, something that suits D’Antoni’s offense well. Needless to say, Anthony will have the most adjusting to do, but if he commits to the system, wins will follow. With the ball in Lin’s hands, Anthony will be wellserved to move without the ball and be a more willing screener. Ultimately, the team will benefit if he allows others to create space for him instead of fighting to create his own shots. He has never played with a pure point guard before, and before coming to New York, the offense always ran through him. But if he truly cares about winning more than stats, Anthony will round out his game and take advantage of Lin’s abilities, taking the Knicks to the next level. With Jeremy Lin serving as the catalyst, the Knicks are in a position to make the playoffs — something that looked to be in serious doubt less than two weeks ago. If D’Antoni can use him effectively, Lin and the Knicks will have a lot of success not only this season, but also in the future, without having to overhaul the roster. Now, about that Knicks defense...