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Friday, march 2, 2012
VOLUME LXIII, NUMBER 25
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Welcome Project promotes Annual TCU Senate dinner immigrant-run restaurants fosters collaboration by
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The Welcome Project, an immigrant advocacy and education organization for the Somerville community, last week announced that it is selling a $10 YUM Restaurant Card that offers a year-long 10-percent discount on orders of $25 or more at nine immigrant-run restaurants in Somerville. The card promotes the multicultural cuisine of Somerville while supporting the Welcome Project and Somerville immigrant families. “We thought it was a better way to promote the contributions immigrants are making to the city and to promote the small businesses that are providing foods from all over the world to our community,” Welcome Project Director Warren GoldsteinGelb told the Daily. The YUM Card is valid at nine participating immigrant-run restaurants that serve international cuisines in Somerville. The proceeds from the card will help fund the Welcome Project’s adult English classes and its programs for children from immigrant families, according to Goldstein-Gelb. “We want the YUM Card to really raise awareness [of ] the many contributions that immigrants make in the city of Somerville,” GoldsteinGelb said. “Food is among one of the strengths that immigrants bring to the city, and there are many others.” The Welcome Project selected the restaurants featured on the YUM Card in order to represent a wide array of cuisines, he said. The restaurants on this year’s card are Aguacate Verde, Amelia’s Kitchen, Churrasco Buffet and Grill, Fasika, Istanbul’lu, Maya Sol, Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar, Sabur, and Yak and Yeti. “We also wanted to make sure that
we had some mix of the older generation of immigrants that came to the city, so the Italian restaurant Amelia’s is in there,” Goldstein-Gelb said. “We just wanted a range, so we reached out to a group of restaurants and tried to make sure we had a balance.” The restaurants on the YUM Card have partnered with the city’s Shape Up Approved campaign, which helps consumers identify healthier options when eating out, Goldstein-Gelb said. “[Somerville residents] are interested in different kinds of food and culture and they’re also interested in eating healthfully,” he said. “By working with Shape Up and restaurants we’re providing an opportunity for people to do both.” Although the YUM card originally featured 10 restaurants, only nine remain active since the Indian restaurant Namaskar in Davis Square shut its doors earlier this month, Goldstein-Gelb said. This year marks the third consecutive year that the Welcome Project has sold the YUM Restaurant Card. Last year, the nonprofit group sold around 400 cards, which GoldsteinGelb identified as a positive indicator of future card sales. “There are a lot of people in Somerville, and hopefully outside of Somerville as well, who the card is helping discover new tastes and new cuisines right in their own backyard,” he said. Silvia De la Sota, owner of Aguacate Verde in Porter Square, hopes that the YUM card will encourage more customers to come to her restaurant. “I’m not sure yet, but I’m hoping it will attract regular customers,”De la Sota said. The nine YUM card restaurants will come together for the second annual see YUM, page 3
Melissa Mandelbaum Daily Staff Writer
The Tufts Community Union ( TCU) Senate on Feb. 2 hosted its third annual leadership dinner at the Winthrop Street Function Hall in an effort to foster partnership between student groups. All TCU organizations were invited
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Tisch Library last month added five iPads to its supply of technology that is available for out-of-library lending in an effort to support technology literacy and availability to the Tufts community. The iPads can be checked out for a four-hour period and are available to both students and faculty at the circulation desk, along with other technology such as laptops, flip cameras, HD cameras and external hard drives. The second-generation iPad tablets feature pre-installed applications including Wolfram Alpha, iMovie, Photobooth, several social media applications, a Trunk application and sev-
eral resources specializing in science, math, engineering and technology. The recent addition of iPads for student and faculty use comes on the heels of the arrival of the new Director of Tisch Library Laura Wood and last semester’s launch of the Digital Design Studio (DDS), a space that allows students to utilize technology such as film editing software, computer editing and animation software. “We’re always looking for ways to use [technology] to support teaching and learning,” Thomas Cox, head of Library Information Technology services, said. “We started to get interested in iPads because [they’re] superior for eBooks, and eBooks are becoming more
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and more of a part of academic experience,” Cox said. Conversations and planning for the program began in summer 2011, including discussions about how best to ensure information privacy. “When a student returns an iPad, the first thing we do is restore it to default state, and personal information is wiped,” Cox said. “It’s important because the iPad product is intended [as a] single user device, and we’re pushing the envelope by lending them. No user data of any kind is carried over to the next lender.” The lending program has been funded as a Tisch Library project, after a proposal and budget was approved. Cox said that if the lending pro-
Inside this issue
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The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate last month hosted its third annual leadership dinner in an effort to foster collaboration between student groups.
Tisch Library launches iPad loan program for students, faculty by
to the event. Approximately 100 student leaders attended, in addition to 20 TCU senators. “The purpose of the dinner was to support collaboration between student groups, to bring together people on campus that are doing similar things that may not otherwise
see IPADS, page 3
Police Briefs Stuck in the dugout Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) officers at 12:08 a.m. on Feb. 24 went to Latin Way after a loud party was reported. The approximately 20 people in the residence all left the area. The officers saw and confiscated a marijuana grinder, a pill bottle with marijuana stems, a large metal marijuana pipe and a contraption called a “dugout.” All residents denied owning the items.
Professor’s Row, they discovered that it was not a glass bottle that had been thrown but a water balloon. Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of fire suppressant TUPD officers responded at 12:32 a.m. on Feb. 26 to a call about an intoxicated female in a building on Fairmount Street. She said she had drunk four and a half cups of vodka and rum. While TUPD and Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) were attending to her, all of the other residents left the building. However, members of the Medford Fire Department, who were also on the scene, noticed that all of the fire detectors in the house were disconnected. The student was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment, and the officers collected names of students they think live there.
Just put some aloe on it A student who had been attending a party at Theta Delta Chi (123) fraternity at 10:53 p.m. on Feb. 25 walked over to where police were sitting in their car across the street. He complained that someone had thrown a glass bottle off the roof of 80 Professor’s Row and hit him in the upper arm. When the officers saw no one on the roof and entered 80
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The stars of the newly released “Project X” describe the atmosphere on the set.
The women’s basketball team tonight will host an NCAA tournament game for the first time.
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60, 40, 20 Anniversary Celebration brings together Tufts’ international community by
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International alumni will gather on the Hill this weekend to commemorate an important year in the history of Tufts’ international community. The 60, 40, 20 Anniversary Celebration Event marks 60 years of the International Center, 40 years of the International House and 20 years of the Oliver Chapman Award. The International Center (I-Center) was founded in 1952 in order to manage immigration visas for the small international community at Tufts. As the center expanded, it developed many new programs as well as a support system for students of different nationalities. Included among these are International Orientation and the International House (I-House). The I-House was founded in 1972 through the joint efforts of I-Center staff and students and provides undergraduate housing for both international and American students. According to Jane Etish-Andrews, director of the I-Center, the I-Center’s affiliated programs and organizations play a vital role in integrating the international community with the larger Tufts community. “[The students] form very strong friendships with both internationals and Americans,” she said. “A lot of our programs and philosophy is … bringing everyone together and breaking down all the misunderstandings and differences people have.” The Oliver Chapman Leadership and Community Service Award began in spring 1993 after the death of Oliver Chapman, an international student from Panama. Founded by Chapman’s peers, the award honors one senior who demonstrates service to the international community either within or outside Tufts. The recipient of the award is chosen by the International Club and honored at the annual Parade of Nations ceremony. This year, the Chapman family will be present to speak at the awards ceremony. Etish-Andrews expects a moving response. “I’m thrilled that they’re coming,” she said. “I feel that it’s a very nice way to close a circle, embrace them back at Tufts, and for them to feel the warmth of this community that [Chapman] felt when he was at Tufts.” Freshman Jaime Sanchez is an international student from Panama with close ties to the Chapman family and is a member of the committee to select the award recipient. He cited the difficulty in picking just one individual out of the highly qualified candidates and said he eagerly anticipates the Chapmans’ arrival. “I’m excited to see the Chapmans. They’re my neighbors, I’ve known them my whole life,” he said. “I think it’s very meaningful for them, to come back and have an award for their son. It gives closure.” In addition to the award, Oliver Chapman’s friends also began a financial aid loan fund, which is available to international students on financial aid, according to Etish-Andrews. Along with the Chapman family, over 50 Tufts and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy alumni will join around 100 students for a packed schedule of speakers, meals and events. Saturday will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the International Center, and will feature speeches by University President Anthony Monaco and several distinguished Tufts alumni, including Ioannis Miaoulis (E ’83, AG ’86, EG ’87), current president of the Boston Museum of Science and former Dean of Engineering at Tufts, and Leslie Rowe, U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique, former Director of the International Center and Fletcher graduate. Festivities continue on Saturday night with the International Club’s
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Alumni will return to Tufts this weekend to celebrate the anniversaries of the International Center, the International House and the Oliver Chapman award. Parade of Nations, a yearly tradition that will feature performances by cultural groups on campus and a fashion show to exhibit Tufts’ ethnic and national diversity. President of the International Club and main coordinator of Parade of Nations Matthew Park, a sophomore, emphasized the importance of the event in reaching the student body as well as alumni. “Parade of Nations is probably the best way the greater Tufts community can be reached, because a lot of these events are geared towards alumni,” he said. “It allows a moment to celebrate how we’re different, and how amazing it is that we have people here that come from dozens of different places.” Sunday celebrates the 40th anniversary of the I-House, and will feature remarks from Dean of Students John Barker and Mehrdad Toofanian (E ’73), the I-House’s first house manager. Immediately following will be an alumni tour of the I-House led by its current residents. “The tour of the I-House with people who lived there 30 years ago is going to be crazy,” Park said. “They’re going to be walking around saying, ‘Oh, I slept there!’” The weekend will also feature videos and slideshows from the Tufts archives. According to Etish-Andrews, several alumni have shared their stories via Skype, and 19 of the past 20 recipients of the Chapman Award have written statements about their personal experiences at Tufts. “We’ve started interviewing two graduates from the 1950s, and it was very exciting because they’re still very connected to Tufts,” she said. “Their memories of Tufts as undergraduates are still very strong and important.” Having worked as Director of the I-Center for 29 years, Etish-Andrews maintains personal relationships with many of the returning graduates. “It will be very moving for [the international alumni] to hear and see what they left behind,” she said. “I think
when they come back, they’ll see … [that] the legacy continues. [They’ll see] the vibrancy of the community, the programs that exist, the love for Tufts, the feeling that they had here both academically and socially and how important their existence here at Tufts was and is.” Tala Kayyali (A ’11), who will be speaking at the celebration, said the event is representative of her own time as part of the international community at Tufts. “This celebration reflects the most important part of my Tufts experience,” she told the Daily in an email. “It is through International Orientation, the International Club and the International House that I’ve grown to be who I am as an individual. They have not only had an impact on my social life, but also my leadership skills, and my growth as an individual.” Park sees the event as an opportunity for growth, understanding and community. “60, 40, 20 is a landmark moment. I think that landmark moments have the potential to bring people together, in a way that’s very unique,” he said. “It allows for moments to be had where history can be remembered and a sense of importance and continuity in the long run can be established.” Park, Kayyali and Etish-Andrews all see 60, 40, 20 as an outstanding way to appreciate the distinctively global student body at Tufts. “It brings together people from all around the world to celebrate what unified them at Tufts, and provides a venue to interact with recent and older Tufts alumni and to celebrate their national identity,” Kayyali said. “It is a tangible representation of the diversity at Tufts.” Etish-Andrews agreed that Tufts’ diversity leaves a lasting mark on the community. “[The purpose is] to recognize the impact international students have at Tufts, and the impact they have as they leave Tufts and go out into the world as citizens of the world,” EtishAndrews said.
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Student groups forge connections with one another at Senate dinner DINNER
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have had the venue,” sophomore TCU Senator David Riche, who coordinated the dinner, said. The dinner allowed groups to discuss the challenges and successes they face and provided opportunities for collaboration, Riche said. “I see a lot of groups who either have co-sponsorship in their budgets and don’t use it or are trying to be cosponsored by other groups and can’t find it,” TCU Assistant Treasurer Matt Roy, a freshman, said. “So for me it was helpful so that they can have conversations and plan.” Student groups could specifically request seating with other groups, according to Riche. At each table, two senators guided conversation with a series of questions. TCU Treasurer Christie Maciejewski, a sophomore, discussed the logistics of co-sponsoring and budgeting, Riche said. Members of the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS) were excited to attend the event to spread awareness about LCS services, network with other groups and learn more about the Senate, LCS Co-President Shayna Schor said. “I think because we’re such a large organization that can basically find something in common with almost any group on campus, it’s really great for them to know that we’re excited to network with other groups and that there is a lot of room for collaboration,” Schor, a sophomore, said. LCS dined with Theta Delta Chi (123) brothers and talked to them about service opportunities similar to the fraternity’s national work with Autism Speaks ,according to Schor. Brothers previously
volunteered at Caring Helps In Living with Disabilities (CHILD), participating in recreational activities on campus with special-needs children. Tufts Global China Connection also made valuable connections, according to Ian Kelly, Tufts Global China Connection signatory and China-US Symposium co-director. After sitting with Tufts China Care at the dinner, Global China Connection intends to give the club a table at the China-US Symposium as well as to have a presence at China Care’s LUX Fashion Show, Kelly, a sophomore, said. “Even if it was just one dinner, that sort of makes the whole difference,” he said. “A lot of times you have ideas, but unless you know that person or you have their cell number — until you get those faces, it’s hard.” Clubs not a part of TCU that requested to come were also invited. Tufts Occupiers and Tufts Building Understanding through International Leadership and Development (BUILD) were the only non-TCU organizations in attendance. “We figured if they’re requesting to come, then they probably have interest in the groups they heard [about the event] from, so maybe those two groups would work together,” Roy said. The annual leadership dinner is an initiative of the TCU Student Outreach Committee. The committee’s goal is to better understand what Tufts students want from Senate, according to Student Outreach Committee Chair Joseph Donenfeld, a sophomore. “I think there’s a lack of connection and communication between Senate and how the student body feels,” Donenfield said.
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YUM cards encourage locals to sample international cuisine YUM
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“YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City” celebration and fundraiser on April 25 at the Arts at the Armory, GoldsteinGelb said. “We’re hoping and planning to publicize the restaurants not only through the event, but through the YUM blog and the YUM Facebook page so that we can give more exposure to the restaurants,” he said. “Hopefully, the YUM card [holders] will try places they did not know about or maybe [knew]
about but hadn’t had the opportunity to try yet.” The Welcome Project initiated the YUM blog with the Tufts University Urban Borderlands anthropology class, Goldstein-Gelb said. The blog features several immigrant-run restaurants in Somerville that aren’t on the YUM Card. “We broadened out a little bit in the effort to promote immigrant establishments within the city,” he said. “We are doing our best to provide a variety of restaurants.”
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The Welcome Project is selling a $10 YUM Restaurant Card that offers a year-long 10 percent discount on orders of $25 or more at nine immigrant-run restaurants in Somerville in order to support the immigrant community of Somerville.
Librarians ask for student, faculty feedback on new iPad lending program IPADS
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gram proves successful among students and faculty, there is potential for purchasing more iPads. In researching and planning the design of the lending program, Cox and members of the iPad working group, comprised of a team of reference librarians and information technology specialists, turned to examples of lending programs at Oberlin College as well as the pilot program for iPad lending at the University of Arizona. Social Sciences Reference Librarian Connie Reik was a member of the iPad working group and was responsible for compiling the survey questionnaire patrons receive after returning the iPad, Cox said. Engineering Reference Librarian Karen Vagts assisted in creating a compilation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resource applications, including Wolfram Alpha. “I was involved as an iPad user and also because I’m involved with engineering and technology and related disciplines, and researching some of the apps for putting on the iPad,” Vagts said. Rick Heckbert, the Tisch Library systems administrator, was the technical lead for the iPad lending program, according to Cox. The working group made decisions about what applications to install on the iPads based on the space availability of the iPads and pricing, Vagts said. They searched for applications with functions and resources that would mirror the library reference collection. The final starter kit is organized into 12 iPad appli-
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Students and faculty now have access to five second-generation iPads that were added to the Tisch Libary’s technology rental program last month. The iPads feature a number of pre-installed applications, including Wolfram Alpha, iMovie and PhotoBooth. cation groups. Cox last semester told the Daily that there were plans to purchase third-generation iPad tablets, but they instead purchased second-generation models, because the newer models aren’t slated to be released until March 7. “Technology is a moving goal post. Instead of waiting for iPad 3 releases, we decided to start
with iPad 2,” Cox said. This semester also marks the first in which laptops from Tisch are available for use outside the library. The working group will determine the success of the program in part based on the results of surveys administered to students after they return the iPads. The surveys will include
questions on the purposes for which students and faculty used the tablet, which applications they utilized, potential application suggestions and general feedback about the lending program. “It is a pilot project, so we’re open to feedback and we’re going to see what people are using, what they like,” Vagts said. “We’re curious to know what
they’re doing with an iPad.” Amatoga Jeremie, a senior, said she would consider using the iPads at Tisch because of their availability and handiness. She likened the iPad lending program to the Tufts bike lending service. “I’d use it because it’s there and available,” she said. “I can see why students would use them, they’re pretty convenient.”
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Witty dialogue, stylish camerawork save ‘Project X’ from its superficial storyline, cliched premise by
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For many college-age people, there exists an innate, irrepressible desire to participate in raucous merrymaking and debauchery. Individuals come together in droves to mingle, boo-
Project X Starring Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown Directed by Nima Nourizadeh gie and gorge themselves on copious amounts of alcohol, attempting to wash away the weighing quandaries of the concrete world if only for a few hours. But what happens when the masses become hordes that would have instilled fear into the great Greek armies of antiquity and the substances run the gamut from cheap beer to ecstasy? “Project X” (2012) follows three socially awkward high school students as they attempt to get popular by throwing a large party. What begins innocently ends with a bacchanal so ludicrously destructive that viewers begin to wonder if Roland Emmerich (of “Day After Tomorrow” (2004) and “2012” (2009) infamy) produced the film. In fact, the producer is actually Todd Phillips, which explains the film’s boorish characters and their pathological need for sex. Phillips has proved his mastery of the stereotypical “party film” with endeavors like “Old School” (2003) and “The Hangover” (2009). Yet, after displaying the ultimate frat party and the pinnacle of bachelor parties, he has finally
Seemingly innocent high school antics result in enormous destruction in ‘Project X.’ dipped his hand into a party manifesto for the teenage audience. The host of said party is the shy but misunderstood Thomas, played with wide-eyed naturalism by Thomas Mann, but Costa (Oliver Cooper), Thomas’ best friend, is the true ringleader, as he
pressures Thomas with his acid-laced tongue and his bold assurances of female nudity. With Mephistophelean powers of persuasion, Costa is D.A.R.E.’s worst nightmare. Rounding out the trio of companions is J.B. ( Jonathan Daniel Brown), a heavyset, bug-eyed preda-
tor intent on getting his fill of women before the night’s end. Some of the biggest laughs come before the party itself even starts. The banter between the three friends see PROJECT, page 6
Unkown stars talk about landing breakout comedy roles, recount filming favorite scenes in ‘Project X’ by
most of it scripted or improv? OC: [Mostly] the script. It changed every day. JB: I would say it’s 70-to-30 scripted to improvised. With Nima [Nourizadeh]’s directing and the writing and Todd on set, it helped create a naturalistic kind of style. OC: Todd would throw lines at us while we were in the middle of a take. TM: We also did a lot of rehearsals. We rehearsed a lot of scenes for two weeks before we started shooting. But a lot of scenes were rewritten for our specific voices once we were cast. We usually got what was on the page first and had a couple takes where you could play around.
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After an early screening of their new film, “Project X,” co-stars Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown stuck around for a question-and-answer session with some newfound fans. Q: How did you guys end up with parts in the movie? Thomas Mann: It was actually pretty awful. Over the span of two months, I ended up going in seven or eight times, and we all had auditions with [producer] Todd Phillips several times. Jonathan Daniel Brown: [I originally had an] open call over the internet. Oliver Cooper: I had nine auditions! Q: Was the film shot on a set or in a real neighborhood? OC: This is real life, sweetie. JB: We shot it on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. But we got a whole block and actually furnished the entire house so it was actually in livable conditions. I’m a carpenter on the side [Laughs]. Q: What was the filming like with so many people? OC: It was what you see. It was fun. They played awesome music. We had a DJ in the movie — they literally had him playing all day and all night! So, crazy sex and drugs. TM: We did five weeks of night shoots,
Q: What was one of your favorite scenes? OC: I love every scene with the little kids. Like with the Tasers. I had a blast with those two kids, [Brady Hender and Nick Nervies].
Q: Have any of you been at a party anywhere close to the party in the movie? JB: I don’t go to parties. I just play Xbox alone.
Q: Was it hard to get permission to film this movie since it portrays high school kids on drugs? TM: That was not our job! OC: We just showed up. TM: Warner Bros. has a legal team and they hashed that out. Everyone on set had to be 18. That was the only rule. JB: Except for Brady and Nick. Lucky f------ kids!
Q: The dialogue sounded real. Was
see INTERVIEW, page 6
Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown had to go through a rigorous audition process to land leading roles in ‘Project X,’ and they give honest, believable performances as party-crazed high schoolers. which shoot from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. It was like one giant party. The energy on set was always at a ten. JB: So much O’Douls, man. And apple juice and water mixed together in the beer bong.
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Despite shortcomings, ‘Project X’ is solid take on theme of high school mischief PROJECT
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is crude and organic. Not to mention, one scene involving the acquisition of marijuana from a stoned John Malkovich lookalike is the first major step toward disaster, and the handheld filming enhances the sense of adventure. The film’s “found footage” technique has already been done to death in films such as “Paranormal Activity” (2007) and “Cloverfield” (2008), yet “Project X” breaks from the cinematographic limitations of a mockumentary. For example, the film is crisply shot in highdefinition (except for the occasional simulated cell phone camera footage), and techniques such as slow motion can be found throughout. Director Nima Nourizadeh does not let his cinema verite framing restrict his making of the film. The film moves along at a relatively quick pace until the festivities actually begin. At this point, the film runs out of all narrative steam and bides time by showing countless montages of destruction and mayhem. A small dog floating skyward on a balloon-
propelled harness, a bevy of exposed girls on a bouncy castle and a fuel-efficient sedan careening into a pool are only a few of the fleeting images seen, all set to thumping dubstep remixes. These moments, while admittedly fun to watch, add little to the story and grow stale over time. Kids get drunker, music gets louder, girls get barer, but that’s about it. Another shortcoming lies in the film’s attempt to add a realistic love story spin. Rather than developing a relationship between Thomas and his interest, Kirby (Kirby Bliss Blanton), the film dubs them “old friends” and implies their sexual affinity. The movie should have simply embraced its ludicrous charm and eschewed the classic Hollywood ending. Despite its overly crude humor and lack of depth, “Project X” is a fitting tale for a generation that has grown increasingly nostalgic. The film evokes those lasting images of the high school parties you will never forget — and the parties you will never remember.
A love story exemplifies the excessive partying that occupies most of the screentime in “Project X.”
Actors recall party atmosphere on ‘Project X’ set INTERVIEW
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TM: But, they were not allowed to be around any of the breasts.
Q: Who made out with the most girls in the most scenes? OC: I definitely did. I had a make out montage, but it got cut out! But it was kind of weird. At six in the morning,
you’re making out with a bunch of girls that hadn’t brushed their teeth since... [trails off ] Q: What was the best thing about doing this movie? TM: Getting to work with Todd Phillips. OC: Doing a movie. TM: It was amazing to work with people who have established themselves,
like Joel Silver, who’s known for all his action movies, and Todd, who’s known for “Old School” (2003) and “The Hangover” (2009). It was nervewracking, but very rewarding. JB: Nima Nourizadeh was the man. He directed the film. He had an eye and a visual style that I’ve never seen in any comedy before. By the way, I had this really strong martini earlier, and I
wasn’t expecting it to be this strong. Q: Are you guys pursuing acting now or going to school? OC: Not going to school, for sure. I dropped out a long time ago. JB: I dropped out of community college, but don’t take my advice. I live with my parents. OC: I live with my aunt and four dogs. TM: I’d say we’re all pursuing acting.
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Track and Field
SCHEDULE | March 2 - March 6 FRI
NCAA First NCAA Second Round Round vs. (if necessary) Misericordia 8 p.m.
CSA CSA CSA Championships Championships Championships at Amherst at Amherst at Amherst
CSA CSA CSA Championships Championships Championships at Amherst at Amherst at Amherst
ECAC ECAC Men’s Championships Championships Track & Field at the Armory, at the Armory, N.Y. N.Y.
Women’s ECAC ECAC Track & Field Championships Championships at the Armory, at the Armory, N.Y. N.Y.
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Each week, the staff at NESCAC Insider, The Tufts Daily’s NESCAC blog, will compile a roundup of the top news throughout Div. III’s top conference. For more up-to-theminute analysis and comprehensive coverage of the NESCAC, visit blogs.tuftsdaily. com/nescacinsider or follow us on Twitter @NESCACInsider. Women’s Basketball | Mules snubbed from NCAA tournament While Tufts will host its first-ever on-campus NCAA tournament game this weekend, joining conference foes Amherst and Bowdoin among those in the Div. III bracket, one NESCAC squad has been left out in the cold. Despite a 19-7 overall record and the sixth-toughest schedule in the country, Colby found itself on the outside looking in after the selection show on Monday afternoon. According to the Morning Sentinel, the Mules had gathered in the trophy room near Wadsworth Gym when they heard the news. “They were in shock,” Colby Head Coach Julie Veilleux told writer Matt DiFilippo. “They might still be in shock right now, to be honest. I know they’re hurting inside. I know they’re upset.” D3hoops.com had predicted that the NESCAC would receive three at-large bids alongside conference champion Amherst, but only Tufts and Bowdoin got in. Pat Coleman, the site’s operator, told the Morning Sentinel that Colby was the “best team that didn’t get in — by a significant margin.” The Mules were ranked eighth in the latest Northeast regional rankings and split their games with the Polar Bears this season. Men’s Basketball | Sharry takes PoY, but Amherst takes the conference Despite losing the NESCAC tournament final to Amherst, Middlebury’s Ryan Sharry was chosen as the conference Player of the Year after leading the Panthers to a 24-3 record and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, even though he missed the first five games of the season. Sharry is one of just two players in the conference averaging a double-
double, with his league-leading 19.4 points per game and second-ranked 10.3 rebounds per game. Joining Sharry on the first team is sophomore teammate Joey Kizel — one of the nation’s top point guards — Wesleyan junior Shasha Brown, Bowdoin senior Will Hanley and Amherst guard Aaron Toomey. Toomey is averaging 17.1 points and 4.9 assists per game this season for the Lord Jeffs, including 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the Lord Jeffs’ 71-69 win over the Panthers in the conference final. Amherst junior Willy Workman took home Defensive Player of the Year honors in addition to his second team all-conference selection, and Middlebury’s Jeff Brown was named Coach of the Year. Baseball | Bates off to hot start down south The only NESCAC baseball team that has opened play, Bates is off to a fast start in the south, powering to a 5-2 record over the course of its trip to Georgia. The Bobcats wrapped up their journey with a doubleheader sweep at Oglethorpe and avenged a seasonopening 8-0 loss to Berry (Ga.) with 5-4 and 13-12 wins. Their only other loss came on Feb. 24 against North Park. Sophomore infielder Griff Tewksbury has led the way offensively, racking up a .391 average and a team-high six RBIs. Freshman outfielder Nate Pajka is slugging .765 to go along with two doubles and two home runs, tying him with Tewksbury for the team lead. On the mound for Bates, which finished at 5-7 in the NESCAC East last season, junior Michael Spinosa is 1-0 after two starts with a 2.45 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. —by Alex Prewitt
Senior Heather Theiss, who currently ranks 10th in Div. III in the pole vault, will look to lift herself to national heights this weekend at the ECAC Championships in New York.
Runners, throwers gear up for ECAC Championships in New York City The men’s and women’s track and field teams are in New York City this weekend for the ECAC Championships, held at the Armory. In the last meet of the season before nationals, some Jumbos will look to secure their bids to NCAAs by improving their national qualifying marks, while others will try to cap off their seasons with strong performances. This afternoon, the Jumbos will kickoff their weekend in the field events. Senior Heather Theiss and junior Brad Nakanishi will both look to best their heights in the pole vault to secure a trip to nationals. The pair sits in 10th and 11th on the women’s and men’s national Div. III performance lists, respectively. Junior Gbola Ajayi will also try to lock up a spot at nationals in the triple jump after a stellar personal best in the event this past weekend. “The goals for this meet really differ from person to person,” said Dan Murner, an assistant coach for both squads. “For some like Heather, [junior] Kelly [Allen] and Brad, they are trying to strengthen their nationals bid. For others, like the women running the 5k, they are trying to put a capstone on a great season, run some PRs and use the meet as a springboard to a strong outdoor season.” On the track this evening, both squads’ Distance Medley Relay (DMR) teams will be trying to earn national bids. On the men’s side, sophomore Bobby McShane will lead off in the 1,200-meter leg, handing off to classmate Graham Beutler in the 400, junior Jeff Marvel in the 800 and senior cocaptain Connor Rose in the 1,600. The foursome will look to improve on its current time of 10:03.47 (con-
verted), which ranks 11th nationally. The group looks fit to do so, after all four ran impressive marks in their respective distances at the Open New England Championships last weekend, including a school-record mark in the 800 for Marvel and the second-fastest mile in Tufts history by Rose. On the women’s side, sophomore Laura Peterson will lead off in the 1,200, combining with junior Sam Bissonnette in the 400, sophomore Jana Hieber in the 800 and senior Anya Price in the 1,600 to try to best last weekend’s mark of 12:07.83. “The men’s and women’s DMR will be exciting to watch because they are both on the fence for qualifying for nationals,” Murner said. “Both the men’s squad and the women’s squad will have to drop a few seconds to do so, but they are definitely ready to go. The hardest part is getting to nationals. Once they get there, both squads are in a great spot to get AllAmerican.” Allen will lead the throwers tomorrow in the weight throw and shot put, where she currently sits in seventh and 14th on the national performance lists, respectively. Tomorrow on the track, the men’s 4x400 relay squad of Beutler, senior Ben Crastnopol, junior Vinnie Lee and freshman Francis Goins will look to best the school-record time they set last Saturday (3:17.36), which is tied for 11th nationally. The women’s foursome of Bissonnette, Hieber, senior Dayorsha Collins and junior Alyssa Corrigan will look to outrun their season-best time of 3:56.57 from Saturday. —by Lauren Flament
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Championship. The Norâ€™Easters of New England make their second NCAA tournament appearance in the last three years after ending the regular season with a 22-5 record. In the NESCAC championship against Amherst, the Jumbos played a phenomenal first half of basketball before collapsing after the intermission. Other than the second half of that game, Tufts has recently succeeded in playing their brand of basketball, centered around teamwork and unselfishness on both sides of the ball. The Jumbosâ€™ defense, in particular, has been remarkable thus far, allowing a meager 45.7 points and forcing nearly 19 turnovers per game. The Jumbos also finished second in the NESCAC in rebounding margin, securing over six more boards per game than their opponents. In particular, the Jumbos have a knack for containing their opponentsâ€™ best players, which they displayed against Bowdoin in the NESCAC semifinals by holding All-NESCAC first teamer and conference scoring champion Jill Henrickson to just 10 points on 33 percent shooting from the field. â€œWe just have to keep playing like weâ€™ve been playing all season,â€? Kornegay said. â€œWe will make it into a track meet and score that way while we shut them down on defense.â€? Although it is their first trip to the tournament, the Cougars have a strong squad with the potential to give the
Jumbos a run for their money. They are paced by superstar Christine Marks, the reigning Freedom Conference Player of the Year, who comes into Fridayâ€™s matchup averaging 19 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while shooting a staggering 84 percent from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-1 center was previously named to the 2010-2011 all-region team and has set several single-season records for the Cougars. The Jumbos will also need to focus on containing junior point guard Tyann McDaniel, who is the focal point of the Misericordia attack. McDaniel, a three-year starter, is an elite shooter from downtown, hitting 61 three-pointers over the course of the season, and can also be a game-changer on the glass. â€œ[Marks] is crazy on the offensive boards,â€? said Kornegay, offering high praise coming from one of the best rebounders in the NESCAC. â€œShe gets a lot of points that way and sheâ€™s definitely scrappy. She will be a problem if we donâ€™t box out or rebound.â€? The winners of tonightâ€™s games will face off tomorrow at 7 p.m., and the winner of the four-team regional will advance to the Sweet 16 on March 9. â€œWe just need to come out with confidence and play intense [defense], and hopefully we will get through tomorrow,â€? Dufault said. â€œItâ€™s not going to be easy by any means,â€? Kornegay said. â€œBut if we play the way we have been playing, we can definitely be successful.â€?
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Sophomore Chelsea Stevens placed fourth overall at the ski teamâ€™s regional competition, qualifying her for nationals on March 7-9.
Team season wraps up at Regionals Chelsea Stevens entered the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Assocation (USCSA) Eastern Regionals with relatively minimal expectations. Qualifying for nationals merely lingered in the back of the sophomoreâ€™s mind. Once she finished fifth in the giant slalom, however, she knew she had a shot. Though the womenâ€™s team finished sixth overall at Sugarloaf (Maine) this past weekend and ultimately fell just short of making a run at the regionâ€™s top squads in the team standings, Stevens will carry the torch at nationals from March 7-9 at Sunday River in Maine after finishing as the highest-ranked skier from a non-qualifying team. Stevens finished fifth in the slalom as well, ranking fourth overall in the region, perhaps a surprising result to her. â€œGS is usually my weaker event, and I knew that there was another girl competing for the individual spot who was really good at it,â€? Stevens said. The difficulties were compounded by the weather,
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which dropped two feet of snow on the mountain on Friday. This delayed the start of the event, limiting each skier to just one run. â€œI was nervous about the soft conditions on the course, but the one run actually worked to my advantage because I typically ski better on the first run than the second,â€? Stevens said. â€œBut Iâ€™m glad that everything worked out.â€? The menâ€™s team, likewise, failed to qualify for nationals, coming in 12th after just two of five skiers finished the slalom event. The rest fell or were disqualified. Though Stevens will compete alone next weekend, she remains optimistic about the teamâ€™s future. â€œI feel like we really grew as a team this year,â€? she said. â€œ[Sophomore] Sara [Hanneman] did really well, and I think that in future years weâ€™ll have the ability to compete for a team nationals spot if we continue to get good skiers.â€? â€”by Alex Prewitt
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Season to wrap upat individual nationals Both squash teams will hit their final shots of the season this weekend at the College Squash Association Individual Championships, hosted by Amherst College. The men have one player headed to the event, freshman Zach Schweitzer, who has played in the No. 1 spot for much of the second half of the season. Schweitzer, ranked 35th nationally, will enter the tournament with the No. 46 seed in the Molloy Division. “The hope is to make it past the first round,” said Schweitzer, who is optimistic about pulling an early upset but conceded that after that it gets “pretty dicey.” Schweitzer comes into the tournament riding a five-match winning streak, but he had his momentum was slowed by a bout of the flu during the last week of practice. He noted that his stamina may be an issue, but he is eager to get his first chance at the largest squash individual tournament in the world. “Being a freshman, I’m just trying to do as well as I can,” he said. In his first year, surrounded by so many top players, the odds are stacked against Schweitzer’s making a deep run as a Cinderella. For him, the tournament is more about getting matches in against top competition, even if it’s in the consolation bracket. Schweitzer’s first-round contest is this morning at 10:30 a.m. On the women’s side, junior Jessica Rubine will get her first crack at individual nationals as the No. 38 seed. “I don’t really know what to expect, so I’m excited to be able to able to play with a lot of the top players in the country,” Rubine said. “It’s a cool environment.” Rubine played in the No. 2 spot in the Jumbos’ ladder this season. Her first-round match in the Holleran Division is this morning against Sarah Crosky of Brown University. —by Marcus Budline
Tufts hosts Misericordia in first-ever NCAA tournament game at Cousens Gym by
Tonight, for the first time ever, March Madness will hit Medford. After losing to No. 1 Amherst in the finals of the NESCAC championship, the women’s basketball team received an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament and is hosting Misericordia University tonight at Cousens Gymnasium. The Jumbos have now qualified for the tournament four times in the last five years. This year, however, will be the first time in school history that Tufts will host an NCAA basketball regional. “Finishing off the season so well, it makes it that much more exciting,” said senior guard Tiffany Kornegay, who was recently named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year after finishing in the top three in the conference in both rebounding and steals per game. “It will be great to play [at home] with a lot of family and a lot of fans here. I don’t want to lose my last game on my home floor. It makes it that much more motivating.” “It’s really exciting even just walking into the gym,” junior co-captain Bre Dufault said. “We had so much energy going into practice today. It’s a fun part of the season and we are lucky enough not only to get into the NCAA [tournament] but also to host it.” Misericordia, a Catholic university in northeast Pennsylvania, enters its first ever NCAA tournament fresh off a 65-54 victory over King’s College in the Freedom Conference Daily Editorial Board
Championship Saturday. The Cougars own a 17-10 record, an impressive feat considering their athletic director, Dave Martin, took over as their interim head coach in the middle of their season. Johns Hopkins University and the University of New England are the
final two squads competing in the regional at Cousens. Johns Hopkins, a team that was ranked in the top 25 for much of the season, finished 23-4 after falling to Muhlenberg College in the Centennial Conference see WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, page 11
Red Sox senior advisor Bill James, ‘Father of Sabermetrics,’ visits Tufts
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Sophomore Kyle Gallegos scored 18 goals in just 19 games this season to lead the Jumbos. Yesterday, he was named to the All-NESCAC second team.
Murphy named NESCAC Coach of the Year An historic season resulted in historic awards for the ice hockey team. For the first time in his 14 seasons with the Jumbos, head coach Brian Murphy earned NESCAC Coach of the Year recognition after guiding Tufts to its best-ever finish in the conference standings. The Jumbos finished fourth with a 9-8-1 conference mark and hosted a NESCAC quarterfinal game for the first time. They lost 4-3 to Williams in overtime. Murphy is already, by far, the winningest coach in Tufts history, but this season the Jumbos finished over .500 for just the second time since 2000-01. Much of that success can be attributed to the team’s two All-NESCAC selections, sophomore forward Kyle Gallegos and senior tri-captain goalie Scott Barchard. Though Barchard did not come close to replicating the success he enjoyed when he was named an All-American as
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Senior co-captain Kate Barnosky and the Jumbos will try to fight their way through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament this weekend at Cousens Gym.
a sophomore, he was still a steady force in net, accruing a league-high 817 saves to go along with a 3.01 goals against average. Gallegos, meanwhile, was an offensive star all season long, finishing with a team-high 18 goals in just 19 games. His 27 points topped the Jumbos, and his 1.42 points per game ranked sixth in the NESCAC. Across the rest of the conference, Amherst senior goalie Jonathan La Rose became the first netminder to be named NESCAC Player of the Year, boasting a league-best 1.51 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage that led the nation and a 16-1-1 overall record with five shutouts. Bowdoin forward John McGinnis earned Freshman of the Year accolades. —by Alex Prewitt
Renowned “sabermetrician” Bill James, who laid the groundwork for alternative baseball analysis techniques now used by many MLB front offices, stopped by an Experimental College class on Thursday afternoon to discuss the thinking that fueled his statistical methods. James famously inspired the baseball decisions made by Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, the main character of Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball” (2003), a book that James told the students he didn’t actually read. James spoke to the students of Sabermetrics 101: The Objective Analysis of Baseball, a weekly full-credit class taught by Boston University Professor of Natural Science Andy Andres, who has been studying sabermetrics himself for more than 15 years. Andres met James at the 2005 SABER (Society for Advanced Baseball Research) convention in Toronto, and the two have remained close friends ever since. “I think [James] genuinely was surprised that [sabermetrics] had become academic,” Andres said. “He was really on his own, doing something that very few people had interest in, and all of a sudden it becomes a college class. That’s a big transition, to go from something quite obscure to something more mainstream.” Sabermetricians attempt to measure the performance of baseball players with total objectivity, ignoring conventional baseball statistics, that they claim are flawed, and instead using other measures that more directly dictate a player’s value. Some examples of sabermetric statistics include “weighted on-base average,” which is used to measure a hitter’s true offensive value, and “fielding independent pitching,” which subtracts fielding performance from a pitcher’s statistics to derive his true value to the team.
James is well-known for his annual handbooks, which are comprised largely of statistical projections of how teams and players will perform in the upcoming season. “If you are going to make decisions about next year’s team, you have to have some sort of projection system to know what you’re dealing with,” James told the class. “I look back on it and wonder how I didn’t realize that what I was doing would have some sort of greater significance. I didn’t have any serious purpose whatsoever.” James, a Kansas native, began writing baseball articles after leaving the Army in the 1970s. In addition to releasing his annual projections and maintaining Bill James Online, he works as a Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox and has been referenced in numerous sabermetric articles for his work. Despite his focus on numbers, James maintains that traditional baseball scouting, which is inherently more subjective than — and can at times conflict with — sabermetric analysis, should remain an important aspect of player evaluation. “The idea that you can scout young baseball players based on their stats is ridiculous,” James said. “The reason you can’t is because you are projecting some players across such a wide distance.” Generally, James has been pleased with the growth of sabermetrics in academic settings around the country and within major league organizations. “It’s been a fun ride,” he said. “When I started doing this stuff, the number of people interested in what I was doing isn’t as large as the number of people in this room. To see it grow to something that is central to all sports is a lot of fun.” —by Matt Berger