THE TUFTS DAILY
Thursday, April 12, 2012
VOLUME LXIII, NUMBER 48
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Senate passes resolution supporting Hindi courses Menghan Liu
The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate earlier this month passed a resolution (19-1-2) encouraging the administration to add Hindi courses to the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures. Community Representative for the Asian-American Center William Huang submitted the resolution as a response to the fall 2011 Senate survey results, which showed that 20 percent of over 1,100 respondents would take Hindi or Urdu if available as a foreign language. Clauses in the resolution recognize Hindi as the most widely spoken language in South Asia, a region of increasing security and economic interest, and cite the Tufts Vision Statement to “cultivate in our students an understanding of the citizens and cultures of the world.” “We realized there was a lack of South Asian language representation,” Huang, a senior, said. “Tufts prides itself on being a school of international relations, and we offer a South Asian and Middle East sub-concentration, but the only way to fill a language requirement in that sub-concentration is taking Arabic. I didn’t think it was fair because it’s South Asia and the Middle East. So for equal representation and to satisfy by
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The kiss-in protest organized by Tufts Occupiers drew about 20 students from Boston-area colleges to Dewey Square on Saturday.
Tufts Occupiers protest student debt with kiss-in by
Daily Editorial Board
Members of Tufts Occupiers on Saturday were joined by members of Students Occupy Boston at a kiss-in protest at Dewey Square. Roughly 20 students held banners, posted letters of pro-
test and kissed each other in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Citibank and the Massachusetts State House. The theme of the event, highlighted by the tag line “If the banks can make out like bandits, so can we,” was meant to draw attention to the issue of persistent student debt, accord-
Elections Results The Tufts Community Union Election Commission (ECOM) has announced the results of yesterday’s general elections. Thirty-five percent of undergraduate students voted, with votes submitted from 51 percent of the Class of 2014 and from 69 percent of the Class of 2015, according to ECOM Public Relations Chair Joel Kruger. 2014 Senate Seats: J oe Donenfeld, Arielle Evans, Christopher Ghadban, Yihao Li, Christie Maciejewski, John Rodli, Stephen Ruggiero, Ali Silverstein and Joe Thibodeau 2015 Senate Seats: Bradley Friedman, Harish Gupta, Darien Headen, Robert Joseph, Andrew Núñez, Matthew Roy and Jessie Serrino Junior Class Council (Class of 2014) President: Emma Rosenbluth Junior Class Council (Class of 2014) Vice President of Social Programming: Nicholas Hwang Latino Community Rep: Marcy Regalado —by Laina Piera
ing to Nate Matthews, a member of Tufts Occupiers who planned the event. “We just thought it was a cheery, fun thing to do that would get people talking about it,” Matthews, a freshman, said. The kiss-in concept was see KISS-IN, page 2
the student interest, we should offer Hindi.” Though Hindi has previously been offered in the Experimental College (ExCollege), Huang feels that the Hindi course is not offered on a regular enough basis. Conversational Hindi was taught last spring at the ExCollege by visiting professor Harriotte Hurie Ranvig. Prior to that, Hindi was last offered in the ExCollege in the fall of 2005. Hindi is not offered this semester. Sophomore Senator Joe Thibodeau, chair of the Culture, Ethnicity, and Community Affairs Committee, believes that Hindi is an important language and that many Tufts students want to learn it. “It’s something that a lot of people in the Asian-American community have been organizing around and asking for a while,” Thibodeau said. “We asked [in the survey] about other languages as well — Korean, Farsi and a couple others — but Hindi got the most results.” Senior Senator Jonathan Danzig believes Hindi would be a valuable addition to the course offerings at Tufts but abstained from voting due to concerns about logistics and funding. “There was no discussion of see HINDI, page 2
Rozen discusses work on Sept. 11 compensation, BP oil debacle by Josh
Senior Staff Writer
Michael Rozen (LA ’86) last night delivered a speech in which he discussed the various cases he has dealt with throughout his career, all of which have been designed to provide compensation for the victims of deadly events and corporate products. Rozen is a partner at Feinberg Rozen LLP, a dispute negotiation firm. The lecture was titled “Negotiating with Thousands: Achieving Settlements for Victims of 9/11, the Gulf oil spill, and many other large multi-party claims.” The event, which was held in the Cabot Intercultural Center, was part of the Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series and was sponsored by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. “How much is a life worth?” Rozen asked, a question he has had to answer many times as part of his job. “I would tell you that it’s variable — it all depends on the time, the location, the lawyers and who’s paying for it.” Rozen described the numerous multiparty disputes he has had to settle and negotiate over his career. His career began in the early 1980s, trying to attain compensation for people impacted by Agent Orange, the lethal, dioxin-laced substance see COMPENSATION, page 2
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Michael Rozen (LA ‘86) discussed his work providing compensation for victims of deadly events or corporate products, such as Sept. 11 or Agent Orange.
University President Anthony Monaco discusses his ideas for improving Tufts’ research offerings.
The Tufts Jazz Orchestra will hold its last show of the year on Friday, April 20.
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Additional Hindi courses would aid South Asian language representation at Tufts HINDI
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how many faculty would be hired, how much money would go into this program, where in Olin [Hall] it would fit,” Danzig said. Senior Senator Tim Lesinski, the only vote against the resolution, had similar concerns. “I didn’t want to vote for anything that would raise tuition for the students,” Lesinski said. “Another concern that wasn’t really addressed was with the logistics of it.” Lesinski believes Hindi is not currently offered because there is not sufficient space in Olin, and offering Hindi through the ExCollege would pose less of a burden to the administration. Courses offered at the ExCollege are first proposed by someone outside the Tufts community before undergoing a complicated evaluative process, according to Director of the Experimental College Robyn Gittleman. “We wait for a course to be proposed, and then we vote on it if it gets good reviews from both the traditional departments and the interviewing committee,” she said. Forty-one students showed up to the first meeting of the ExCollege Conversational
Hindi course offered last spring, which was later capped at 21 students. According to Huang, student demand was the reason the resolution passed by such a large margin. Huang believes Tufts students have a significant interest in Indian culture, pointing to the popularity of Indian dance groups such as Tufts Garba and Tufts Bhangra. Lesinski believes the response of the administration moving forward depends on the feasibility of the proposal and the amount of student support for it. Huang looks to the Africana studies movement as an example of what he hopes will be accomplished with Hindi. “The Africana studies movement has been going on a long time,” he said. “Then Senate passed a resolution, and momentum built up for that.” Thibodeau also believes the next step for the administration is to become involved and evaluate what language courses are offered at Tufts. “It is the job of the Senate to continuously reiterate that we passed this resolution and that this is something the student body wants,” he said. “I think that the combined efforts of the Senate and the grassroots-organized students can be something that’s really powerful.”
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The TCU Senate earlier this month passed a resolution encouraging the administration to offer Hindi courses outside of the Experimental College.
Dewey Square protest draws students from local colleges
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inspired by student protests for education reform last summer in Chile, according to Tufts Occupiers member Rachel Greenspan. “There’s a lot of historical precedence for it,” Greenspan, a junior, said. Greenspan added that although the Tufts Occupiers participate in standard protest marches, this strategy has been somewhat normalized and is now less impactful. “I think it’s good to use a diversity of tactics,” she said. “You need creativity to spark momentum and spark public interest.”
The Tufts Occupiers group chose to focus on student debt because, according to literature members handed out at the event, it has surpassed credit card debt and reached more than $1 trillion nationwide. Protesters voiced concerns that leaving recent graduates burdened by debt could lead to more widespread economic problems. “It’s got terrible consequences for the economy if the debt bubble bursts,” Matthews said. In a letter posted by members on the banks the group visited, the Tufts Occupiers proposed significantly changing policies related to public colleges, specifically mentioning overall tuition
Spirit Coalition launches Jumbo Stampede The new Jumbo superfan group Jumbo Stampede kicks off today with a rally at noon in the Mayer Campus Center hosted by Programming Board subgroup Tufts University Spirit Coalition (TUSC). The superfan group, which is operated by TUSC, was founded in order to improve attendance and spirit at Jumbos sporting events, according to TUSC Co-Chair Nick Vik. “Tufts has school spirit, but it doesn’t necessarily manifest itself at athletic events like it does at other schools, and that’s something that we really want to change,” Vik, a junior, said. “We decided that we really wanted to change the school spirit scene at Tufts,” he added. The group, which received a $15,000 event grant from the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate in the fall, will send out weekly emails to subscribed students advertising upcoming games and providing recaps of previous events. Students attending today’s rally will have the opportunity to join the group and receive a free Jumbo Stampede tank top to wear at games. TUSC hopes to use the group’s e-list, as well as the allure of Tufts-themed give-
aways at meets, to improve attendance at future sporting events, according to TUSC Co-Chair Jon Bird, a sophomore. “Our goal with Jumbo Stampede is to bring Jumbos together in celebrating the athletic accomplishments of our peers,” he said. “It’s a good way to socialize,” he said. “Sporting events are a place where you can get together as a community.” Vik anticipates that an increase in visible school spirit will be beneficial to the university as a whole. “At schools where sports are a really big part of the experience … that sort of indoctrinates school spirit and caring about the school,” he said. “I think that’s really important for helping Tufts advance as a university,” he said. Vik added that the group plans to focus initially on boosting spirit at NESCAC and home games but will likely expand to organizing fan buses to away games in the future. “We’d like to get a lot of hype this year so we can be even more successful next year,” Bird added. —by Elizabeth McKay
hikes and loans. Their ultimate goal is to completely curtail debt from student loans. “I view student debt as one of the most pressing issues not just for students, but for everyone,” Greenspan said. “Abolishing student debt would be in the best interest of our economy as a whole.” Meg Lazar, a student from Northeastern University who participated in the protest, expressed frustration that, for many people, college and post-graduate life have become about making money rather than expanding the mind and innovating. “Once you graduate, you are forced into an absolute pres-
sure cooker,” she said. The gathered students relayed this message to passersby with fliers, slogans chalked on the sidewalk and the act of kissing. The kissing lasted for 15 seconds in front of each place where they stopped. Every participant wore a large piece of blue tape with the name of his or her kissing partner, eliminating any confusion as to whether they were doing it voluntarily. “We have a very strict consent policy,” Matthews said. Students Occupy Boston worked on plans for the event with a parallel group in New York that was planning a solidarity kiss-in, according to Matthews.
However, he was unsure of the outcome of that group’s protest and even questioned the success of his own. “Our original vision was to have a bunch of students there from all over the place,” Matthews said. “That didn’t happen, I think mostly because I scheduled it on Easter and Passover weekend.” However, with kissers from Northeastern University, Emerson College, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts Boston in attendance, Matthews said the kiss-in was generally enjoyable if not completely successful. “It’s fun,” Lazar said. “I mean, you’re making out with someone.”
Tufts alumnus recounts experience as deputy special master of Sept. 11 victims fund COMPENSATION
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that the U.S. military had used as a chemical weapon during the Vietnam War. This project was controversial because of its uneven distribution of funds. $12,000 was given to veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange, in contrast to the $30,000 given to women who had been made widows by the deadly product. Certain companies claimed that the U.S. military had forced them into buying the materials used to create Agent Orange, meaning they had no obligation to contribute to the federal compensation project. The same types of obstacles have emerged in the many other similar compensation projects Rozen was worked on since then. Some of the products involved in Rozen’s cases have included Dalkon Shield, a female contraceptive intrauterine device that caused severe injuries to many of its users, and the synthetic estrogen DES, which was given to women under the misconception that it would limit pregnancy complications. Rozen spoke in depth about his experience serving as deputy special master of the Federal September 11, 2001 Victim Compensation Fund. “I personally met with 95 percent of the nearly 3,000 claimants we received,” he said. “Over 1,000 of them started crying on my shoulder as I spoke with them.
Several hundred of these claimants turned out to be outright frauds and were sent to prison by the FBI.” Congress allowed a total of $7 billion to be allocated to the families of 9/11 victims, a figure that Rozen said is controversial. The $1.7 million given per individual was substantially more than what had been provided to victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and that angered families who had been impacted by those two attacks, he said. Congress had initially intended for just $3.5 billion to be given to each family, but Rozen and his team scrambled to get it to double the total, he said. Even with more compensation, the amount distributed per victim was less than the families had been hoping for, and it was difficult to distribute the funds in a non-discriminatory fashion, he said. “The value of life should have been at its pinnacle after 9/11, but it wasn’t,” he said. “For one, it was the taxpayers’ money we were seeking, and furthermore, every single congressman was arching over our shoulder while we working on this issue, and they all had one common theme: do not give too much money to rich people. We had arguments you could not believe from every single party you could imagine.” By contrast, Rozen pointed out,
the people who had lost family members to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, the incident that triggered the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, were given $15 million in compensation for each of the 11 victims. “BP Oil was the payer in this case,” Rozen explained. “The federal government ordered them to do so.” As tragic an incident as this explosion was, Rozen questioned whether it made sense to pay each of the explosion’s victims nearly 10 times what each of the victims from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had received. Rozen said these examples illustrate the inexact science of his profession and how he must often deal with a wide variety of legal and ethical dilemmas. “I don’t think companies set out to do wrong, but it’s impossible to control everybody’s actions at once,” he said. In an interview with the Daily following the lecture, Rozen reflected on traveling to Tufts for this lecture, which marked only the second time he had returned to campus since graduating in 1986. “I was very nervous about coming back here,” he said. “I got butterflies when I arrived to campus, but it was a huge honor for me to be able to come back and address the same community which I had once been a part of and which has influenced my life so much.”
Monaco lays out plans for Tufts’ future by
Jack Webster and Hannah Furgang | A Piece of Advice
Daily Editorial Board
University President Anthony Monaco, who arrived at Tufts last August, has already become an active figure on the Hill. Yesterday, the Daily discussed some of the changes Monaco has implemented in his first year in office. Today, we focus on Monaco’s longterm plans for the university. Monaco describes his vision for Tufts as a relatively simple one. “I want to see Tufts have a bigger impact on society through our teaching, research, active citizenship and building up a diverse community that’s inclusive,” he said. The process of getting there, though, will take millions of dollars, years of work, and input from hundreds of students, staff and faculty. Councils, working groups and planning sessions Since taking office, Monaco has convened a number of committees to tackle issues like improving sustainability, diversity and research opportunities on campus. Monaco emphasized the importance of the Thematic Area Working Groups in growing the impact Tufts has on the world. One of the central goals of the working groups is to identify areas for collaboration between departments and across schools. According to Monaco, Tufts boasts uncommonly deep research capabilities compared to its peer schools, noting that Tufts has the only veterinary school in New England and the only graduate nutrition program in the country. But he said the university is not necessarily using those resources as effectively as it could be. “I think we can have a bigger impact in what we do,” Monaco said. “[The] nutrition [school], the vet school, really worldclass biomedical engineering program, good biology department, chemistry department which is really oriented to biological applications like DNA — those to me are all the right ingredients to think about ways to promote interdisciplinary research.” By combining the resources of multiple departments, Monaco hopes to make Tufts more competitive at securing major research grants. “I think it will help us on the international scene and the quality of our research and the impact it has,” he said. Monaco said the working groups will also look for opportunities to form graduate programs that combine several different departments. Next year, the administration will launch an 18-month, university-wide strategic planning process led by Monaco and David Harris, who will assume the position of university provost on July 1. Throughout the planning process, the administration will take into account the recommendations of the working groups, according to Monaco. The process of making major, lasting improvements to the university will take at least five years, and Monaco plans to remain university president for at least that long, he said. “One is going to do a strategic planning process and launch a [fundraising] campaign, and all that’s going to take two years of lead up-time,” Monaco said. “You can’t get anything really significant done unless you spend a minimum of five years.” But Monaco also said it’s important that Tufts doesn’t go too long without a change in leadership. “I think as [former University President] Larry [Bacow] did, I would not expect to stay for longer than ten years, because I don’t think it’s good for the individual or the institution for someone to spend longer than that,” Monaco said. “Most of the things I did at Oxford, like the directorship of [the neurogenetics] research center, were for nine years, and then I looked for a new challenge.” Financial hurdles Tufts last summer concluded the Beyond Boundaries campaign, a nine-year fundraising initiative headed by Bacow that raised $1.2 billion for the university. Before launching a campaign under Monaco’s leadership, the administration will first complete its strategic planning process,
ear Hannah and Jack, I’m a second-semester senior. What is it like to have hope?
Sincerely, Bummed in Bromfield Dear Bummed,
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Monaco said that he expects to serve as university president for five to 10 years. which will inform the university’s fundraising objectives, Monaco said. “With all campaigns, one kind of takes a pause in between, but you never stop fundraising,” he said. “We must continue to raise money for financial aid, for faculty support, for some of our capital investments, so it never stops.” By the end of his tenure at Tufts, Monaco said he’d like to see the university make admissions decisions on a need-blind basis. Currently, admissions is need-sensitive, meaning that the Office of Admissions must sometimes take the amount of an applicant’s financial need into account when deciding whether or not to an extend an acceptance. “I think we need to do better on financial aid,” Monaco said. “Needs-blind is a difficult thing to achieve because it requires a very large endowment, which we don’t have at present.” Monaco acknowledged that Tufts’ current need-sensitive admissions policy may put the university at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting applicants, especially since several of its peer schools — including Harvard University, Brandeis University and Boston College — have need-blind policies. Tufts briefly switched to a need-blind policy in 2007 and 2008, but the Office of Admissions had to discontinue the practice in 2009 after the funds allocated to financial aid dried up. According to Monaco, the reason the need-blind policy did not last was that it was based on a “spend-down program” rather than built into the university’s endowment. In other words, the funds for the program were coming from a large, finite gift to the university, and once the money from the gift was exhausted, it was impossible to continue the need-blind policy. The economic downturn made it especially difficult to continue with the policy. “[With a spend-down gift], you’ve got to keep getting gifts every year to have enough money to spend down, so if you go through a recession, if you have a difficult year in annual fundraising … then you have difficulty maintaining needs-blind,” Monaco said. “I think if one really wants to go needs-blind, it would be better to have the goal of trying to raise the endowment.” Monaco estimated that to implement a true need-blind program, Tufts would need to have about $400 million in the endowment dedicated to it. “It’s a goal, and it’s something I will work very hard and passionately to try to achieve, but one has to do it in a staged approach,” he said. Transforming the Hill If Tufts is going to broaden the impact of its research, Monaco said, then the university’s research facilities will need upgrades as well. Many of the laboratories on the three campuses are in need of renovations, and Monaco said he would also like to consider adding a new lab entirely. The university recently acquired a facility at 200 Boston Avenue, which has provided some of the faculty with “brand new facilities to work with,” according to Monaco. The last building with lab space to be constructed on the Medford/
Somerville campus was the Psychology Building, which was completed in 2001. “We [need to] look at the entire master plan at all three campuses and then come up with a capital plan that looks well into the future about how you might finance these initiatives going forward,” Monaco said. Monaco also said he’d eventually like to see upgrades to the campus’ fitness facilities, though he said the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, which will open in September, is a good start. The Tisch Center will feature a new fitness room that is double the size of the current facility, new locker rooms, multipurpose teaching and activity rooms and up-to-date exercise equipment. “The Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center is really going to transform sports and our ability to recruit top athletes, but a lot of that facility is for students and staff,” Monaco said. Though there are no concrete plans to add additional fitness facilities, Monaco said he’d like to make more improvements. “We’d like to replace the pool. Can we find a location and the funding for an ice hockey rink? These are things that I’d definitely support planning,” he said. Monaco also identified on-campus dormitories as an area for potential upgrades. Tufts’ dorms are often compared unfavorably with other Boston-area schools, such as Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University. If the university wants to make dramatic improvements to dorms, Monaco said, the administration will have to consider adding an additional residence hall. Since Tufts doesn’t have enough dorm space to leave an entire residence hall vacant during the school year, all renovations must take place over the summer. This only leaves enough time to update bathrooms and common areas. Renovating the living areas would require closing a residence hall for several months. If Tufts had an additional residence hall — a “dorm swing-space,” as Monaco called it — then an entire residence hall could shut down and still leave enough rooms available to house the student body. This would allow the university to renovate almost every dorm on campus over a ten-year period, according to Monaco. “That, to me, is the most sensible approach to this,” he said. The newest dormitory on the Medford/ Somerville is Sophia Gordon Hall, which was completed in 2006 and houses only seniors. The most recent addition available to all students is South Hall, which opened in 1991. Most of the other dorms were built in the 1950s, 60s and ‘70s. While Monaco could not say for sure whether or not a new dorm would be built during his time at Tufts, he said it is very important to make major renovations to existing residence halls. “I’m not trying to make concierge services and climbing walls in the dorms,” he said. “I just think if you don’t renovate these things and you just keep painting over, then you’re not looking after your assets. And the students are going to suffer because their facilities aren’t going to be as nice as they could be.”
It’s freakin’ awesome! We don’t have to worry about anything. As but second-semester freshmen, we are still infatuated with our college experience and can’t even imagine a day when we’ll have to find a real job, get a real apartment and entertain ourselves on weekends without going to a fraternity party. We know vaguely that the real world is lurking out in the murky future, but we haven’t been able to find it. If you see it, let us know. We’ll be chillin’ with the fishes in DTD’s basement. What’s that you say? This feeling of aloofish euphoria doesn’t last? Yeah, we’ve heard that. But being a pair of freshly-minted 19-year-olds (This is Hannah telling you to wish Jack a happy belated birthday!) (Thank you Hannah for the birthday wishes — Jack) (Anytime, buddy — Hannah), we’ve still got some time before we start getting all the “welcome to the real world” and that stuff. Actually, they told us that before we graduated from high school, and we believed them; unfortunately, we then proceeded to discover that college is even further from the real world than high school was. Oh well. On hope, it’s pretty nice. Our graduation date, way out in the year 2015, is just a number on a calendar. We can always speculate that the economy will improve, gas prices will go down, stock markets will go up and politics will be functional again by then. Hope is assuming that we’ll all find jobs and stay in touch with all of our friends and be famous and walk on the moon. But we know a few seniors ourselves, and after some careful research we’ve found that being about to graduate is absolutely no reason to give up hope. You’re probably a part-time student; you can go to The Burren four nights a week; and you might even have a car and plans for future employment. The packs of freshmen roaming campus envy your lifestyle. If you’re still feeling depressed and don’t really care what the freshmen think anyway, well that’s your loss. Senior pub nights are a myth to us. Many of us don’t even know what we want to study (except for the engineers — our lives are miserable anyway so you don’t want our opinion), and we’re just generally bad at stuff. So go ahead, lord your seniority over us, we don’t mind. It will just give us bigger shoes to fill in three years. We can understand, though, that the trials and tribulations of actual adulthood must weigh heavily on our seniors. However, this is probably the last time in your lives that you can act like we do (often stupidly), but also have real responsibilities like internships and the ability to feed and clothe yourselves without failing miserably. So enjoy this while it lasts! That’s our advice — take it or leave it. Actually, you might want to leave it. Anyway, hoping is the easy part. You just need to dig deep and find that longforgotten naivete you buried somewhere circa October sophomore year. Remember that? Yeah — that was when the world was opening up before you and it was up to you to decide what to do with it. So don’t be depressed! In just a couple months you’ll have a new copy of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” to add to your ever-growing collection. So, if all else fails, at least you’ll have some quality kindling. Jack Webster and Hannah Furgang are freshmen who have not yet declared majors. Jack can be reached at John.Webster@ tufts.edu and Hannah can be reached at Hannah.Furgang@tufts.edu.
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THE FARES CENTER FOR EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES Invites you to a Roundtable Discussion
“T WO W OMEN ’ S L IVES IN THE G REAT W AR ” Joyce Barsam
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Vice President and Trustee, The Tavitian Foundation; Member, Board of Overseers, The Fletcher School Joyce Barsam is Trustee Emerita of Tufts University where she currently serves on the Board of Overseers of The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Joyce is also the Vice President and Trustee of the Tavitian Foundation, which has sponsored advanced training programs at The Fletcher School for over 200 Armenian government officials and civil society leaders. She is a leader in the Armenian-American community and has served on various boards such as the National Center for Genocide Studies, Zoryan Institute for Armenian Documentation and Research, and U.S. Ambassador's Roundtable to Armenia. Joyce holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a M.A. from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in French Literature from Tufts University. She has taught French language and literature at Northeastern University. Her husband and three children are also graduates of Tufts University. Chaired by Ina Baghdiantz McCabe, Professor of History, Darakjian and Jafarian Chair in Armenian History, Tufts University Co-sponsored by the International Relations Program, Tufts University
Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:30 - 2:00 pm Mugar, Room 129 Space is limited. Register for your free ticket at: http://barsam.eventbrite.com The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies Cabot Intercultural Center 160 Packard Avenue Medford, Massachusetts 02155 http://farescenter.tufts.edu
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Talent, diversity and all that jazz
Tufts Jazz Orchestra features some of the Hill’s best musicians
by Joe Stile
Daily Editorial Board
o you know the difference between a rock star and a jazz musician? A rock star plays three chords for 3,000 fans, while a jazz musician plays 3,000 chords for three fans. While many people revere jazz music as a great American art form, there seems to be a big gap between how people talk about jazz music and their actual appreciation for listening to it. This is a shame because there are many highly talented and interesting jazz ensembles out there today, including Tufts’ very own Jazz Orchestra. Tufts’ Director of Jazz Activities Joel LaRue Smith leads the Tufts Jazz Orchestra, which is featured as a course in the music department and holds two to three performances during the school year at Goddard Chapel. Smith is an acclaimed pianist and composer whose debut album, “September’s Child,” was released in 2008 and featured many of his own original compositions. He is also a highly respected educator, and has been a compelling lecturer of music and the director of the Tufts Jazz Orchestra since 1996. Smith’s students learn jazz improvisation, instrumental and ensemble skills that are honed through rehearsals and performances of both older and more contemporary jazz compositions and arrangements. The group’s members are constantly learning different ele-
ments of jazz musicianship, including syncopated rhythms and approaches to bebop and blues harmonies. Students in the orchestra have the ability to both read sheet music and improvise, an impressive skill set. The Tufts Jazz Orchestra performs a mixture of jazz, fusion, funk and AfroCuban dance music, along with many famous jazz standards from Broadway and Hollywood favorites. “I’ve seen the Jazz Orchestra play before, and I love how diverse their sound is,” Carolyn Winslow, a freshman and self-proclaimed jazz lover, said. “They play a lot of different types of jazz music — and all really well. I’m always amazed to see how talented the entire group really is. I can’t wait to hear them again soon. They are definitely one of my favorite groups on campus.” While there is no shortage of jazz groups at Tufts — it’s home to three chamber jazz ensembles and a jazz choir in addition to the orchestra — what makes the Jazz Orchestra so special is the rich blend of music the group performs. The Jazz Orchestra combines the musical styles of North American, South American and AfroCuban jazz in its shows. Smith said that, for years, the orchestra has created and performed arrangements meant to “inspire, educate, enrich and entertain” the audiences at its shows, while also exploring the diverse forms of jazz that the world has to offer. The Jazz Orchestra features many talented and dedicated Tufts musicians who practice together on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Though it varies from year to year depending on the number of qualified performers available, the orchestra is typically made up of one to four singers, about five saxophone players, five trombone players, five or six trumpeters and a diverse rhythm section. The rhythm section uses many instruments including piano, bass, guitar, drums and some Afro-Caribbean percussion instruments like the congas, timbales, bongos and different types of bells. The Jazz Orchestra performs works from a wide variety of jazz genres, from
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The Jazz Orchestra draws on the talent of many students.
early jazz masters to the top contemporary works of active jazz and Latin jazz composers. Some of the jazz composers whose music the orchestra has performed in the past few years include: Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Neal Hefti, Frank Foster, Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Toshiko Ashioki, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Rob Lussier, Bob Brookemeyer, Manny Albam, Charles Mingus and Maria Schneider. The ensemble not only takes on the works of jazz legends, but also plays arrangements of music from classic Broadway shows.These include some of the works written by greats like George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Eubie Blake. The Jazz Orchestra has also performed works from diverse and influential Latin jazz composers over the years, such as Wayne Wallace, Humberto Ramirez, Mario Bauza, Arturo Sandoval, Chico O’Farrell, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Hilario Duran and Jeremy Fletcher. The Tufts Jazz Orchestra not only performs previously published works, but also encourages and performs different pieces from some of its more advanced student composers. Smith and the ensemble are trying to help keep the tradition of jazz orchestra composition and performances alive at Tufts by encouraging students to be as involved in their music as possible. This helps promote a stronger understanding of jazz, as some students get involved with the composition and arrangement side of the music on top of playing and improvising. The orchestra’s musical endeavors are an attempt to bring innovation and a genuine excitement for the arts — and arts education — to Tufts and the surrounding community. “One of the most rewarding parts of the Jazz Orchestra is the extremely high level of musicianship the group holds itself to. Many of us played jazz before Tufts, and the Jazz Orchestra provides an outlet that would otherwise be unavailable to us as nondual degree students,” Jazz Orchestra
member and saxophonist Nate Tarrh, a sophomore, said. The high level of talent in the ensemble is evidenced by its performances for audiences around the world. Over the past decade, the Tufts Jazz Orchestra has toured Havana and Prague on multiple occasions. It has also played at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, as well as in Costa Rica and Bulgaria. Closer to home, the Jazz Orchestra has performed at various Massachusetts public schools, churches and assistedliving homes. Not only has the group toured extensively, bringing its eclectic jazz sound to a larger audience, but it also released a CD in the summer of 2006. The album was published under the name Tufts University Big Band, which was the name of the Jazz Orchestra before it was changed a few years ago. The album gives a nice sample of the Jazz Orchestra’s tremendous ability and range. “Before coming to Tufts, I had never been a huge jazz fan, but I heard the Jazz Orchestra one time, and I have to admit they are a great group,” Ariel Ortiz, a junior, said. “They were really energetic, and the entire crowd was feeling them. They got a standing ovation, and I think they really deserved it. I recommend their shows to anyone who wants to hear some excellent and inventive jazz music. Even if you don’t like jazz, they will surprise you with how extremely talented [the musicians] are. They are definitely one of the best musical groups on campus. I can’t say enough good things about them.” The Jazz Orchestra features some of Tufts’ most talented musicians, one of the best musical directors on campus and a sound that combines a wide range of musical influences. The next, and last, opportunity of the semester to hear this wonderful ensemble is Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in Goddard Chapel. The performance is free for all Tufts students and is sure to be well worth the listen. It will feature music by renowned acts such as Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Earth, Wind & Fire and other celebrated performers.
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Afro-Cuban, Bebop, funk and fusion genres are all spanned by the Jazz Orchestra.
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Graham Coxon continues successful solo career with ‘A+E’ by
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Graham Coxon, formerly a member of Britpop harbinger Blur, has released his eighth solo studio album, “A+E.”
A+E Graham Coxon Transcopic Records Blur helped shape the direction and style of the music industry during the 1990s, and Coxon has been attempting to branch out from that niche ever since the release of his first solo album in 1998. Still, Britpop will always be in his blood. “A+E” is the product of a Coxon unchanged since he started making music. While all the other members of Blur are teachers, cheese connoisseurs or extremely successful members of at least three high-grossing bands, Coxon has remained the politically minded guitar genius who just wants to sit in his house and make music. At a time when rumors are flying around wildly about whether or not Blur will record a new album together, and having just received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the Brit Awards, Coxon is teasing Blur fans with a new solo album. Coxon is undoubtedly a gifted song-
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Without the influence of Damon Albarn, Coxon’s music lacks some accessibility and cohesiveness. writer and talented guitarist. Noel Gallagher of Oasis named him one of the best guitar players of the time and Fender even named a guitar after him — the Fender Graham Coxon Telecaster. With such a huge back catalogue, “A+E” is hardly the best representation of his
skills, but it has its high points. Album opener “Advice” is a frenzied, high-energy song that is hardly a good marker for what the rest of the album will sound like. Coxon sounds like he see COXON, page 8
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“Glee” has stopped at the Daily for its midseason checkup, and the prognosis isn’t looking good. This season has
Glee Starring Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays
Airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX left viewers confused with crisscrossing story arcs, weak subplots and a lack of a true lead. Despite this, “Glee’s” third season has had some wonderful moments that have been well received by viewers and critics alike while continuing to inspire true “Gleeks.” One of those moments was the gutsy move by Matthew Morrison, director of the “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” episode, to shoot almost fully in black and white. This added a certain air of class and style to a downward spiraling show, grasping for anything to remain afloat. Unfortunately, even this nice touch was marred by Morrison’s green directorial experience, which was accentuated by his shaky and ADD-like camera focus throughout the episode. McKinley High’s premier all-female show choir group entered the scene with a splash this year, adding some heat to the dying fire of “Glee’s” dramedy. The Troubletones featured strong and passionate lead vocals by Santana, played by the cheeky Naya Rivera, and Mercedes, portrayed by the ever-ebullient Amber Riley. This femme-fatale duo gave viewers the impression that the geniuses behind Glee’s music pulled out all the stops for the mash-ups and songs they performed. Their music rivaled, if not surpassed, that see GLEE, page 8
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Katie McNally Sometimes it can be too easy to pigeonhole any particular musical instrument with the genre it is most frequently associated with. While many people are comfortable with this attitude, senior Katie McNally shows that the violin can offer far more than the classical repertoire one might expect from it. That’s because McNally has been studying the fiddle since she was 11. For those who don’t know, the fiddle and violin are the same instrument, but played in different styles with unique technical approaches. While McNally started playing classically at the age of eight, it wasn’t until her instructor’s boyfriend, who played Irish fiddle, began teaching her at 11 that the world of fiddling opened up to her. Once McNally was hooked, she started going to summer camps for the fiddle, giving her more experience with this style of music. “I went to a fiddle camp at Boston
College called Gaelic Roots,” she said. “That’s where I got into Scottish music and it really took hold.” Beyond playing Scottish and Cape Britton-style fiddle, McNally has steeped herself in other traditional forms of violin playing as well. She played for the Tufts Klezmer Ensemble for two years, as well as the Arabic Music Ensemble and the Tufts Symphony Orchestra. These experiences with various kinds of ethnic music have given McNally new perspectives on her own musicianship. “It’s hard not to hear something and osmosis it in some way,” she said. In addition to her love of traditional music from different cultures, McNally loves contemporary pop as well. But unlike many, she doesn’t see these as conflicting tastes. “People should know fiddle music and traditional music isn’t a time capsule, it’s not fossilized in one place.” —by Matthew Welch
oming from a girl who, beside languages, cooking and football, bears an intense passion for deep sleep, what I’m about to tell you is really serious — at least in my book: Ever since I came back from Europe, I haven’t been able to sleep. You would figure that with jet lag from an eight-hour flight from a place six hours ahead of Boston, I would have no problem passing out for the night … or really, the three weeks of nights that have followed. Wrong. I don’t know where I’m going wrong here. Am I, without even realizing it, reaching for a cup of coffee too late in the evening, with the caffeine cocktail leaving my nerves jittering until sunrise? I thought that, after last semester, I was done with light-roast-filled all-nighters. Am I innately worried about something that’s keeping my brain awake for literally hours on end? Can’t be: I’m not out to brag, but the immediate future’s set for me, so I’m not lying awake wondering what I’m doing post-graduation. Maybe the problem, then, is what I’ve been eating. Even though Easter has come and gone and, with meat and those bulky proteins back in my diet, I’m curious as to whether my diet has anything to do with my insomnia. Yes, we’re all aware that caffeine, for one, has that quick-jolt trait, but in my research I discovered that other foods do indeed impact your ability to sleep. Some natural sugars, like those in apples, stabilize your blood sugar and keep you awake. Similarly, hard, aged cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano and Asiago, rich with the amino acid tyramine, ward off sleep; spicy foods cause restlessness and alertness; and without any complementary carbohydrates, complex proteins like steak and chicken also keep you awake, thanks to the amino acid tyrosine. Bingo. Once I discovered what might be keeping me up at night, I wondered what the heck I could eat to counteract the reintroduction of meat from this so-called “awake diet” I’ve been eating lately. What’s surprising is that bananas, rich with tryptophan, melatonin, serotonin and the muscle relaxant magnesium, can send you straight to sleep. Hence, I suggest banana muffins, a dessert, snack or breakfast recipe that will not only use up those bananas before they turn that nasty shade of brown, but will also welcome a very necessary, calming sense of sleep. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3 large, ripe bananas, mashed with a fork 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/3 cup melted butter — or a little more than half of one stick Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a cupcake tin with either non-stick cooking spray or manually, using a couple of slices of butter held in a paper towel. You could also line the tin with paper cups. In one mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Meanwhile in a different bowl, combine the remaining wet ingredients: the mashed bananas, the sugar, the egg and melted butter. Fold in the dry mixture and mix until smooth — so that there are no big clumps or any whiteness at the bottom of the bowl. Pour this mixture evenly into each of the cups, so that the same amount of batter is used to make each muffin. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin’s center comes out clean. I’m not saying that these muffins have enough punch to knock you out for a night, but they’ll certainly leave you feeling extra-satisfied and ready to catch some much-needed “Z’s.”
Niki Krieg is a senior who is majoring in Italian studies and history. She can be reached at Nicole.Krieg@tufts.edu.
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drank too much coffee and wrote this song and then gradually got more relaxed as he planned the rest of the album. “City Hall” is a far more synth-based homage to the mumbling melodies of The Smiths, even as it degenerates into frenetic guitar chords that seem to have no pattern. “What’ll It Take,” the third song on “A+E,” is concerned mainly with “What’ll it take to make you people dance” and incidentally is a song made to awkwardly jive to. The self-conscious repetition of “I don’t really know what’s wrong with me” only adds to the monotonous and yet persistently catchy song. Coxon is essentially showcasing his skills on various instruments and with various sounds during the course of “A+E,” something that is more obvious on “Meet + Drink + Pollinate,” with its handclap-effect and on “Seven Naked Valleys,” with its saxophone. “The Truth” is a somewhat ominous build-up of heavy bass chords and a smooth transition to the chorus, with the subtle addition of drums and another guitar. Coxon is a master at the mixture of tongue-in-cheek lyrics and playful singing. On “Running For Your Life” he sings, “We don’t like your accent or your Northampton shoes/ Get
back down the M1 ’cos we don’t like you,” a reference to the division between North and South England — a concept that heavily permeated the Britpop war between Blur and Oasis in the first place. The repetitive nature of Coxon’s songs differs depending on the harmonic changes — some become resolutely stuck in any listener’s head and suffer for it due to the unceasing onslaught of gritty guitar riffs such as “Bah Singer,” which is a messy attempt at a heavier sound. “Knife In The Cast” is a slow-burning combination of mutterings and thrumming chords that has a dangerous edge to it, although the song never quite explodes into the chorus it has potential for. Coxon’s solo albums always have a slightly disordered sound to them, as if the one thing Coxon is missing when attempting to glue his album together is the cohesive element Damon Albarn always provided to Blur’s songs. Coxon has the ability to make innovative music, but lacks Albarn’s mainstream vision, which is what makes Blur’s music so accessible. Knowing Graham, however, this is entirely his intention. He cares not for the fickle whims of the audience but plays what he wants to and how he wants to, which is still a worthy feat.
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Coxon plays for himself rather than his audience.
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of the “so-last-season” Warblers. And, to put a feather in “Glee’s” cap, a number of songs from the show were once again released on iTunes to positive results. “Glee” also found success with Santana’s coming out arc and subsequent relationship with Brittany (Heather Morris). While there is something to be said about the way the show portrays them, “Glee” does provide millions of viewers across the country with what may be their only encounters with LGBT relationships. But with each hit, there are at least twice as many misses, and these flubs continue to hold the show back. The eternal and unanswerable question for “Glee” is, “why is Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) still on the show, and how can he possibly be a teacher?” Since the end of the first season, his character has slowly deteriorated to an increasingly irritating caricature of himself. Morrison’s talents are wasted on Schuester’s character, thanks to a lack of character development and poor writing. Not even Ricky Martin’s guest appearance could salvage Schuester’s presence on the show. In fact, Martin’s appearance in one episode overshadowed Morrison’s entire season. The actor is not to blame; the writing is. The development of Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) character, as well as those of Finn (Corey Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) — “Finchel,” to use the Gleek vernacular — is just as much of a slight. Aside from Sylvester’s desire to become pregnant, the writing completely strips her character of any of
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Despite having so many characters to work with, Glee seems to have worn most of them out. the backbone she once had. Her insults even lack the comedic punch of older seasons, leaving Sylvester as a simple silhouette of her former glory. As for Rachel and Finn, “Glee” fails to adequately represents a typical relationship. Teenagers
and even younger kids for some reason look to “Glee” for guidance, and Murphy, along with his co-creators, should respect that and take it into account in their directorial decisions. Finchel just doesn’t strongly represent a high school relationship.
More often than not, audiences are left with questions rather than satisfaction. “Why would they put Quinn through a car crash? Have they run out of ideas? What ever happened to the “Glee” from season one, where did it go?” Unfortunately,
this article doesn’t offer answers, but it will offer advice for the slowly nose-diving show, a show that cut its nose to spite its face by aiming for fame and popularity and sacrificing what made it great in the process. The antidote is to go back to the basics.
What’s Up This Weekend Looking to make your weekend artsy? Check out these events! Tufts KSA Culture Show 2012: “Culture Shock”: Enjoy free Korean cuisine, authentic Korean performances in dance and music in addition to video screenings. This event includes K-Pop dance and singing. (April 14, 8
p.m. in Dewick, pick up free tickets at the Campus Center.) Small Jazz Concert II: Two small jazz ensembles will perform a selection of songs. Paul Ahlstrand and Tufts student Michael Siegel direct the ensembles. (Fisher Performance Room in Granoff Music Center, Sunday, April 15 7:00-8:30 p.m., free admission)
Riverdance at the Boston Opera House: After 16 years of touring the United States, the last Boston performance of Riverdance takes place this weekend. Step-dance and rhythm dance meets classic Irish culture in this show. (Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. at the Boston Opera House. Tickets are $100 to $150.)
Planetarium, Animal and OMNI Shows: The Museum of Science offers various live presentations and exhibits this weekend, including the Butterfly Garden and a 3-D film. (Sunday, April 15, 9 p.m. at the Museum of Science.) —compiled by the Daily Arts Department
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Speaker of the Massachusetts House Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) unveiled the House Ways and Means Committee’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year yesterday afternoon. The House agreed with Gov. Deval Patrick’s January plan to spend $32.3 billion over the next fiscal year which begins July 1 but it rejected several of Governor Patrick’s more progressive and profitable proposals. Last year, Patrick proposed increased sin taxes on cigarettes, soda and candy for the current fiscal year. A stubborn House rejected Patrick’s suggestion at the time and it made the same disappointing move yesterday. In January, the governor suggested increasing taxes on every cigarette pack by 50 cents, which would generate an estimated $73 million in revenue. He also advocated for a 6.25 percent increase in candy and soda taxes. The combination of the two taxes, which would take advantage of the priceinelastic demand for goods such as nicotine and sugar, would drop crucial cash into
the Commonwealth’s coffers. The House, though, continues to reject Patrick’s sin taxes, encouraging residents’ addictions and costing the state millions. Patrick also proposed closing the Norfolk State Prison, which would save $8.9 million next year and in each subsequent year. The House rejected this plan as well, instead choosing to keep some 320 prisoners behind bars. Patrick had proposed concurrent legislation to release the roughly 320 nonviolent drug offenders, meaning that the Norfolk penitentiary could close without resulting in prison overcrowding elsewhere. The specificity of Governor Patrick’s proposal is admirable; the call to release non-violent drug offenders is a call for justice for a group that is often shortchanged by the legal system. The Governor’s suggestion to close Norfolk is particularly noble because he does not seek to replace it with a private prison. Private prisons have recently sprung up across the country, profiting off of the legal system. The House also stood its ground on other budget issues involving the legal sys-
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Hillary Clinton has been an outstanding secretary of state. During her tenure, Clinton has enjoyed high approval ratings nationally and has been welcomed with general acclaim by the international community. She has been innovative in guiding the trajectory of the Department of State and has refocused it strategically to adapt to 21st-century challenges. Hopefully, after she steps down in January, the next secretary of state will continue the innovation and progress that Clinton began. Clinton has performed exceptionally as a senior advisor and has successfully implemented President Barack Obama’s “pivot” toward the Asia-Pacific region. Equally important has been her success in accomplishing what her former senior advisor and Princeton University professor Anne-Marie Slaughter refers to as a “pivot to the people.” No longer must diplomacy be relegated to the highest reaches of power. In the interconnected world of Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media, diplomacy can take place at the personal level. The importance of this recognition cannot be overstated as Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria have shown the need for a more personal diplomacy. In Afghanistan, diplomacy means reaching tribal leaders and local councils to ensure humanitarian aid, education and health services are distributed properly. In many parts of the
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world, there may not be dialogue with those in power, but there is always an opportunity for dialogue with the people. The spread of technology has given the average person a voice like never before, and a State Department that recognizes these shifts in power and utilizes current technology is a State Department ready to meet the demands of this generation. To this end, Clinton has undertaken a bureaucratic shake-up by creating the “super-office” of Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights. This office was the result of the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, or the QDDR, of the U.S. State Department — a review that was the brainchild of Clinton. Referencing their own findings, the QDDR stated, “The QDDR recognized the need to elevate civilian power, namely to strengthen institutions that address today’s transnational threats, promote stability and advance American national security.” The work this super-office has done has been far reaching and has included using social media to connect with citizens in hostile countries, partnering to create ways to anonymously report violence in Mexico and connecting young entrepreneurs in the North African countries to mentorship organizations and training, in addition to a host of other civilian-focused diplomacy. Stopping violence in Mexico involves more than extending counter-narcotic aid. It involves turning every citizen with a cell phone into a cop on the beat who can
actively change his or her community. In places like North Africa, where the majority of the population is under 25, connecting young entrepreneurs to training empowers and develops the youth. A youth population with jobs and a future is a youth population less likely to turn to extremism. Clinton’s innovative policy has therefore increased the United States’ diplomatic depth. Part of this pivot to the people has been a concerted push for children’s and women’s rights, which has included reaching out to women and children in disparate places. This initiative has involved training teachers, openly advocating for women’s rights and working to reduce gaps between men and women in development assistance. The advancement of women’s rights is now at the core of U.S. foreign policy. Speaking on the matter in a recent interview in The Economist, Clinton highlighted the tangible ties between growth parameters and women’s rights, commenting that “denial of basic rights [for women] means that the society as a whole fails to modernize, fails to progress.” Making women’s rights a centerpiece of international policy is an important step forward in diplomacy. You can easily guess the prosperity of a country by observing how women are treated in society. Come January, Clinton will hang up her pantsuit and take a well-deserved break from the public sector. Over the last three years, she has set the State Department on a fantastic course. Whoever becomes the next secretary of state will have some big pumps to fill.
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The missing piece: A call for dialogue by Natalya Minoff and Daniel Resnick
As many readers may have noticed, events and op-eds involving the IsraeliPalestinian conflict have flourished on campus this semester. Of course, Tufts is not alone in struggling with this conflict, and between March and April four major conferences on this issue took (or will take) place: two at Harvard University (the One State Conference and the Harvard Israel Conference) and two in Washington, D.C. (AIPAC’s annual conference and J Street’s annual conference). But while conferences offer a wealth of information and can inspire further conversation, they ultimately serve to promote the ideas behind their organizations. As such, they must be supplemented by discussions that incorporate all viewpoints, which is what we hope to accomplish on the Tufts campus. As members of the newly established J Street U group at Tufts, we had the opportunity to attend one of these conferences, J Street’s national “Making History” conference. J Street represents “the missing voice in Washington,” opening up a space for conversations that had been excluded from previous discourse surrounding the conflict. The organization’s name is creatively drawn from the omission of “J Street” in Washington D.C.’s otherwise impeccable grid system (i.e. there is no street between I Street and K Street). As a progressive movement, J Street provides a political home for those who believe that a secure Israeli state should exist alongside a stable Palestinian state. Founded in 2008, J Street just held its third annual confer-
ence, which we attended along with eight other Tufts students and 2,500 J Street members in Washington, D.C.’s convention center. At the conference, we heard speakers such as Israeli feminist Anat Hoffman, renowned novelist Amos Oz, Palestinian activist Dr. Mustafa Barghouti and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discuss the prospects for peace, Israel’s human rights record, Israeli domestic politics and the current crisis with Iran. As progressive Jews searching for a nuanced approach to examine the conflict, we are proud to note that the conference grappled with tough topics such as Israeli “pinkwashing” and targeted Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), even inviting proponents of a one state solution to speak on its panels. In the end, though, most speakers commented on paths to peace that intersected at a common conclusion: the urgency of a twostate solution. Located at the heart of Washington, D.C.’s grid, the convention center embodied a junction of opinions regarding the conflict. And as is the case with every conference, clearly some opinions and potential solutions — both to the right and to the left of J Street — were not given sufficient attention or were left unaddressed altogether. Just two weeks before J Street’s national conference, the Harvard Kennedy School hosted a One-State Conference, which embraced a single state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this conference drew heated responses from a variety of sources opposing
this solution, leading Israeli columnist Shmuel Rosner to write in the International Herald Tribune: “I’m not sure the Harvard conference should have been held: the one-state solution is an angering concept, and the gathering was an angering event.” He then said that the conference was “a distraction from seriously discussing how to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” While he speaks to the widespread frustration with groups unwilling to compromise in the region, Rosner’s belief that the conference should not have taken place at all undermines all progress toward a lasting and peaceful solution. Contrary to Rosner’s assertion, the viewpoints of one-staters must be recognized and understood, since those who hold these opinions will inevitably be a part of any solution to end the conflict. The J Street conference, while presenting multiple angles of the case for a two-state solution, did not focus on the potential for a one-state solution because its purpose was to provide a forum for promoting its own political agenda, just as the goal of the One-State conference was to advocate its vision for resolving the conflict. Conferences are somewhat analogous to the guestspeaker events that occur regularly at Tufts. They provide an excellent opportunity to listen to thought-provoking presentations by distinguished scholars and have an important role in educating the campus about the conflict. However, these events, in which we are spoken to from a podium, cannot serve as a substitute for dialogue and discussion, where we as students can share our diverse thoughts and create a space
for mutual learning and reflection. As Tufts’ J Street U, we believe that open, constructive discourse is the first step toward effecting peaceful change in the region. Though J Street U shares J Street’s political goal of achieving a two state solution, we do not want to use this goal as an excuse to avoid exploring complex subjects, whether it is “pinkwashing,” the aims of the BDS movement or the feasibility of a one state solution. We also believe that tackling these issues through a conversation held in the same room is just as valuable as engaging in these topics through guest speakers and through the pages of The Tufts Daily. Without dialogue that incorporates a multitude of perspectives, no progress can be made. While people may disagree on if and where the line between Israel proper and Palestine should ultimately be marked, no line should be drawn when it comes to bringing Tufts students together to engage in political discussion. We hope to depolarize the Israel debate on the Tufts campus by cosponsoring events with Students for Justice in Palestine, Friends of Israel and other student-led organizations. With a globally minded student population that values social justice, we want to encourage the kind of productive conversation that can influence the ways we think and feel about the conflict, a process that we believe can bring about change in the region. Natalya Minoff is a junior majoring in Arabic and international literary and visual studies. Daniel Resnick is a senior majoring in international relations.
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Twenty years of texting have changed the English language for the better by
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“Lawl,” “jay kay,” “roffle” and “gee tee eff oh.” Sound familiar? It’s odd you’d have heard them at all, for each of these terms originated in print and for print’s sake. In fact, it makes almost no logical sense that we should actually pronounce any of these terms aloud, for each of them was invented to save energy for our fingers rather than our tongues. But, as the overwhelming majority of English communication takes place in type, the language’s evolution is occurring at increasingly rapid rates. And it didn’t start with the computer or the cell phone. Languages are like species: They adapt to their environments, consume one another and, in time, evolve. So we must consider the environment in which the language resides: texts, tweets, websites, etc. In the case of progressing technology, it’s a matter of form meeting function. As new technology arises, we need words to describe the previously unthinkable or unknown. An interesting application of this would be the origin of the word “cliche.” A French term, the word originated with the use of the printing press. Typically, words existed on printing stamps and would be arranged to print the text of a page. However, certain phrases would be so common that one could simply make a plate with the series of words instead of rearranging the words repeatedly. These common terms came to be known as “cliches,” named after the sound of the press as it stamped the phrase. In the case of texting, we notice the same progressions taking place today more rapidly than ever before. Consider the jump from texting on a phone with number pads rather than a QWERTY keyboard on a touchscreen. Texts were quick, shorthand messages rampant
with abbreviations due to the inefficiency of typing on keypads. This difficulty gave rise to most of the cell phone slang that exists today, like the “lol’s” and “jk’s.” With touchscreens and QWERTY keyboards, most of these are no longer necessary, and so the evolution of language continues. What bothers me are the complaints regarding this progression. I still recall high school English teachers lamenting the use of “impact” or “gift” as verbs. “Text” has met the same end. But complaining about the rapid change of language is akin to every generation of adults complaining about the youth these days. When they complain about the unruliness and lack of manners, what they’re really noting is their disconnect from a changing culture. I find the evolution beautiful. It’s a sign of our progress as a species and world culture. Just like biological evolution, we can count on the most efficient words and phrases to win out. For instance, we use German words like “doppleganger” and “poltergeist” because English lacked terms to describe these concepts. Fortunately for us, English dominates the electronic sphere. While we may complain about the use of terms like “noob” or “pwn,” non-English speakers have to deal with the fact that the vast majority of all Internet content is in English. So, as technology advances, odds are that all of the new language required to describe it will be in English. Today’s generation of texters, posters and tweeters is only the beginning. Globalization, as has been said time and again, is inevitable, and undoubtedly a world language is on the way. What we may not have considered is the fact that this world language will be codified on the Internet. So, next time someone criticizes Internet lingo as detrimental to the English language, know that linguistic evolution is inevitable. We should embrace it as such.
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how hard you play every day,” senior cocaptain Matt Collins said. “It’s just making sure they’re staying focused in the present moment, and that they’re not getting caught up in anything that happened in the past.” Once the scouting report on the Mules comes out, senior Mike Mastrocola, who is hitting a NESCAC-best .469 with 23 RBIs, will likely be atop the list of players to watch. No Colby pitcher, however, has an ERA under 3.00. Nate Sugarbaker and Dakota Rabbitt, two of Colby’s three pitchers who have each started four games this season, sport ERAs of 7.02 and 5.40, respectively. The Jumbos, meanwhile, doubled their loss total in the three-game set against the Bantams that began with an 18-5 drubbing on Friday and ended on Saturday when the Jumbos led 6-0 through two innings of the finale but wound up losing 8-7. The defeat sparked the Jumbos to a new level of focus — and silence. Talk to any player, senior or freshman, and each will reiterate the same basic tenet about keeping the focus on the future, a task that can become increasingly difficult with a young roster. “It’s preached to us from day one at Tufts,” Weikert said. “It’s something that’s bred into us, so it’s become second nature.” Weikert called the Trinity series a “wakeup call,” though coach John Casey may
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have seen this coming. After Tufts needed a homer from Weikert in the eighth and a walk-off single from senior co-captain Sam Sager in the ninth just to eke out a 5-4 win over Brandeis on April 3, Casey said that his team was playing like it planned to get swept by Trinity. He was right. “It humbled us. It brought us back to reality that we can’t pass up opportunities when they’re presented to us,” Weikert said. “After the weekend we just had, we’re more motivated and I feel like we have to be more focused. It’s definitely all business from here on out.” That makes this weekend’s series against Colby all the more critical in Tufts’ pursuit of a third consecutive NESCAC title. Trinity can gain the inside track to the East Division’s top seed by taking two of three from Bowdoin at home this weekend. And even if the Jumbos sweep the Mules, the Polar Bears would host the Jumbos in late April with the division’s second playoff berth on the line. Not that any of this matters to the Jumbos. “Nothing really changes. It’s still about our performance and our ability to live in the present moment and focus only on things we can control,” Collins said. “In terms of changing our mentality, nothing has changed. It’s just a matter of working on things that we can control, like playing hard every pitch and having a good attitude when we approach the game.”
Teams looks toward Sunday matchup against No. 2 Emory WOMEN’S TENNIS continued from Back
on. In particular, we were looking to end more points at the net, which we have to set up with our deep balls.” An emphasis on aggressive play was apparent from the start yesterday, as Tufts came out strong in doubles, winning all three matches. Bayard shuffled up the pairings, with freshman Sophie Schonfeld and sophomore Eliza Flynn in the No. 1 spot and sophomore Shelci Bowman and junior captain Lindsay Katz at No. 2. “We were working on some different things [Wednesday],” Katz said. “Personally, I was working on coming to the net every point, and everything today was geared towards working for Sunday.” The new pairings worked well for the Jumbos: Tufts took the first and second doubles matches by identical scores of 8-1. Junior Janice Lam and sophomore Samantha Gann, who have played together in the No. 3 doubles for most of the spring, won 8-0. Still, Bayard is not sure if she will keep the same pairings on Sunday. “We liked what we saw today,” she said. “We’re going to have to test out the different combinations we have for doubles in practice. I think I’ll have a good idea of what I’m planning on going with in a couple of days.” The team carried its momentum
from doubles into singles play, with all six players cruising to victories. Katz led the team as usual from atop the ladder, winning 6-0, 6-1. She was backed by another strong performance from Gann — the team’s most consistent source of points at the No. 4 singles position this spring — who won 6-3, 6-3. Despite the dominating performance, the Jumbos feel they still have a lot to work on to prepare for the match on everyone’s mind. “Emory will be tough. [No. 3] Amherst was a good test for what we’ll expect,” Bayard said. “When we played them, they were better at hitting more deep, consistent balls than we were. This week we need to do a lot of work on reading the short ball, when people mix it up with the short slice or the drop shot. We also need to work on our consistency and depth in singles. I definitely think if we can do those two things, and make sure we mix up our shots, we’ll have a real battle.” Whatever combinations Bayard goes with, they will be met with stiff competition from the Eagles. Emory boasts three top-40 players, including Gabbie Clark, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Eagles are coming off a resounding 9-0 win over 10th-ranked DePauw on March 31. Tufts will welcome Emory to the Voute Courts on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Elephants in the Room Coaches Edition
Weirdest thing another coach has said to me
Mike Daly Head Coach Men’s Lacrosse
Cheryl Milligan Head Coach Softball
I saw Pete Lasagna from Bates try to get a timeout, and he couldnt get the officials’ attention and stopped the game with his own whistle. Was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.
So many things, sadly so few would be appropriate in this setting.
Coach I admire most
I can’t believe my players _____
Control my livelihood.
Actually convinced me on their My husband rocks at this recruiting visits that they were coaching thing. Also, my direct normal. And that they can talk report, coach John Casey ... and about using the toilet as much as he knows it. they do.
The Daily’s coverage of my team is _____
I don’t know, I don’t read the Daily.
Enlightening — as in generally filled with stuff I wouldn’t have said.
Nick Welch Assistant Coach Men’s Track & Field
“Here, hold my baby.”
One-time Olympian Mark Alabaster Coogan
Put up with Kyle Marks.
needs better photos.
Kate Bayard Head Coach Women’s Tennis
“Where’s your coach?” I got this a lot when I first became a head college coach back in 1999 at 24 years old.
Have enough time in the day to do everything they do.
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Four clubs, one crown
he Champions League semifinals begin Tuesday, and feature matchups between four of Europe’s largest clubs. In the first leg of the aggregate matches, Bayern Munich hosts Real Madrid on Tuesday; while Barcelona visits Stamford Bridge to square off with Chelsea on Wednesday. The following week, the two Spanish clubs will have their chance to host. Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich Both of Real Madrid’s left-backs, Fabio Coentrão and Marcelo, are attack-minded and frequently relinquish their defensive responsibilities. Expect Bayern to line attacking winger Arjen Robben, one of the world’s fastest and most dynamic players, on the right side in an attempt to expose the positioning of Coentrão, the likely starter, or at the very least keep him from getting forward regularly. Additionally, forward Mario Gomez has been in deadly form in the Champions League, scoring 11 goals in just nine appearances. While Madrid possess perhaps the most attacking firepower in Europe, having scored 100 goals in 31 La Liga matches and 13 in their last four Champions League matches, their backline has been suspect at best. Madrid most recently surrendered two home goals to lowly APOEL Nicosia in their last Champions League match, and, given the talent of Tomas Müller, Franck Ribery, Robben and Gomez, Bayern should be able to find goals. Bayern’s defense, on the other hand, has yet to concede a goal since the group stage. If Bayern scores first, Madrid will press to find a response, and under pressure they tend to rely too heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo to score when their attacking play stalls. I expect Bayern to advance to their second final in the past three years.
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Senior tri-captain first baseman Lena Cantone is batting .438 this season and leads a deadly Jumbos lineup with 21 runs scored.
Jumbos seek repeat result Sunday against third-ranked Warriors SOFTBALL
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the right-hander and have been held to a .109 batting average. “Allyson certainly has a lot of talent,” coach Cheryl Milligan said. “Her spin rates and the movements on her pitches have been at a high level for a while and are still at a very high level for the college game.” This weekend, the team will travel to Waterville, Maine to take on Colby in a three-game series. The Mules find themselves in last place in the NESCAC East, with a winless record in conference play and a 4-13 record overall. Their offense is led by star sophomore Brianne Wheeler, who is hitting .426 with 17 RBIs and seven doubles. Senior co-captain Katie Graichen has also gotten off to a hot start, hitting .411 and scoring 11 runs. The Jumbos know that in order to sweep the series, they cannot afford to underestimate their opponent. “Our focus has to be better,” Milligan said. “We cannot go into Colby resting
on our laurels because Colby hasn’t been at the top of the conference in the past few years. We aren’t going to take them lightly, and we aren’t going to let what they’re doing affect us.” Offensively, the Jumbos are paced by sophomore catcher Jo Clair, who has continued to improve after a stellar freshman season in which she broke Tufts’ all-time single season home run record. The reigning NESCAC Rookie of the Year and All-NESCAC first-team selection leads the conference with five home runs, sits in third with 29 RBIs and is fifth with a .500 batting average. She has accomplished all this while playing nearly flawless defense behind the plate and guiding her pitching staff to a 2.88 ERA. “[ Jo] does a great job of keeping me focused and calm when I’m pitching, and the whole team is really good [offensively], so it’s good to know I have them to back me up,” Fournier said. Fellow first-team All-NESCAC selections, senior tri-captain first baseman
Lena Cantone and second baseman Emily Beinecke have also performed well, hitting .438 and .406, respectively. Meanwhile, sophomore outfielder Sara Hedtler has enjoyed a breakout season batting leadoff for the Jumbos. “Our goal is to win every game, every inning. We have been talking about that a lot in practice,” Fournier said. “We want to make sure we always win the inning. If the other team scores three, then we want to come back and score five. We always want to be on top. This weekend we definitely want to win all three.” After their three-game set at Colby, the Jumbos will travel to Wellesley on Sunday to play a round robin with Wellesley and No. 3 Eastern Connecticut State University. Tufts defeated the third-ranked Warriors on March 19, during their spring break trip. “We beat them in Florida, but we want to come back and beat them again because they haven’t lost since then,” Fournier said. “It will be a very big game.”
Barcelona vs. Chelsea The only true hope Chelsea have for victory is if Barcelona overlooks the first leg of this clash ahead of their match against Madrid three days later. Barcelona currently sit behind Madrid in the La Liga standings, and an El Clasico defeat would all but assure Madrid the La Liga title. Chelsea, on the other hand, have looked unconvincing in both the Champions League and in the Premier League. Chelsea were outplayed at home by 10-man Benfica in a 2-1 victory in their last Champions League match. Their backline has looked very spotty, as John Terry is currently dealing with cracked ribs, David Luiz cannot put together a complete, mistake-free match, and Gary Cahill has not looked comfortable since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January. Whichever pairing of the three Roberto Di Matteo selects to contain Barca will likely be danced around by Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi. Di Matteo has elected to start former cast-offs John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou in recent matches, and if they are chosen ahead of more quality players like Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien, Chelsea could be eliminated before they even play the second leg at Camp Nou. Chelsea’s most successful style of play over the past decade has been to absorb pressure and counterattack with hulking forward Didier Drogba holding the ball up top. Their only chance of unseating the European champions is if Di Matteo starts Drogba ahead of Fernando Torres and the Ivorian plays like his old self — which he has shown flashes of being capable of this season. Chelsea have actually been one of the most successful teams in Europe against Barcelona, and are undefeated in their last five matches against the Catalans. Additionally, Chelsea need the trophy more than the other three teams because they currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League and are in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League outright. I expect Chelsea to keep it closer than most, and an aggregate draw is likely with Barcelona going through on away goals. Alex Arthur is a sophomore majoring in Economics and English. He can be reached at Alexander.Arthur@tufts.edu.
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Just past the midway point of the spring, the softball team has already exceeded expectations for 2012. With 17 games remaining in the regular season, the Jumbos, who own a 19-3 record, are approaching last year’s win total of 23, and they will look to build on an eight-game winning streak tomorrow and Saturday against the struggling Colby Mules. So far, the team’s recipe for success has been balance, mixing an offensive attack that leads the NESCAC in on-base percentage and a dominant pitching staff anchored by freshman sensation Allyson Fournier. Fournier, a two-time NESCAC Pitcher of the Week, has been nothing short of spectacular in her first season as a Jumbo. In her two starts last week, she threw a perfect game and a two-hitter, striking out 26 batters in 13 innings while allowing only six baserunners. Opponents have managed just five runs all season against
Shut up and show up. After the baseball team (12-6, 3-3 NESCAC) was swept at home in a conference series for the first time since 2008, the mantra heading into this weekend’s set against Colby (9-10, 0-3 NESCAC) at Huskins Field is simple: Focus on the task at hand, don’t dwell on the three losses to Trinity by a combined 33-13 margin and only take advantage of the present. In short, be quiet and let the on-field performance speak for itself. “We’re probably going to hold to that for the rest of the season,” junior Eric Weikert said. “We just have to keep our heads down and keep grinding out games.” The grind will begin on Friday. Tufts is 32-3 versus Colby since 2000, and the Mules enter having lost five of their last seven games. The players won’t get their scouting report on Colby until this afternoon, so practices to this point have been full steam ahead, working on tightening everything and preparing for the weekend. “There are certain things in a baseball game that are out of your control. The only thing you can control is effort and
Scott Tingley / The Tufts Daily
see BASEBALL, page 18
Senior co-captain Sam Sager hit a walk-off single to lift Tufts past Brandeis on April 3, but since then the Jumbos have lost three straight games.
see SOFTBALL, page 19
virginia bledsoe / the tufts daily archives
Senior co-captain Sean Kirwan scored late in the first quarter to put Tufts ahead for good in a 11-5 victory over Endicott College.
Kirwin makes triumphant return in win over Endicott
Caroline Geiling / The Tufts Daily
While the Jumbos mixed up their top two doubles teams against Conn. College yesterday, junior Janice Lam and sophomore Samantha Gann continued their solid play at No. 3, winning 8-0.
Jumbos bounce Camels at home in 9-0 rout New doubles pairings pay off by Jake Indursky
Daily Staff Writer
Playing just its second match on the newly renovated Voute Courts, the 12th-ranked women’s tennis team rolled to a 9-0 victory against Conn. College yesterday to improve to 6-4 on
the season and 2-0 in conference play. While Tufts was happy to walk away with the win, the players were focused on improving certain aspects of their game in preparation for what promises to be a tough match on Sunday against No. 2 Emory.
“The goal for today was to get out there, communicate well in doubles, play aggressively and work on the basics,” head coach Kate Bayard said. “In addition, I wanted all of the team to pick one thing to work see WOMEN’S TENNIS, page 18
Following five straight games on the road and a return to the top 10 in the national rankings on Monday, the No. 7 men’s lacrosse team came home to Bello Field on Tuesday night to earn its fourth straight win, 11-5 over Endicott College. The Jumbos took an early lead when freshman Chris Schoenhut scored just 31 seconds into the first quarter, but the Gulls answered with a goal of their own two minutes later. For a while, it looked like Tufts might end the first period tied against the team that ended the Jumbos’ 19-game winning streak in 2011. But with 54 seconds remaining in the quarter, senior cocaptain Sean Kirwan stepped on the field for the first time all season and immediately reminded the Jumbos of what they had been missing. Kirwan, who led the Jumbos with 66 goals last spring and sat out the first 10 games of 2012 with an ankle sprain, entered Tuesday’s game in a man-up situation and, a mere 10 seconds later, put the ball in the back of the net. The Jumbos went on to
outscore their opponents 9-3 in the next two quarters to cruise to an 11-5 victory, the same score by which they defeated the Ephs in their previous game. Seven Jumbos contributed goals to the Tufts effort on Tuesday. Sophomore Beau Wood, Tufts’ leading scorer, buried three, bringing his season total to 32 goals, while senior co-captain Kevin McCormick and freshman Cole Bailey added two goals apiece. Bailey also contributed two assists as the team’s leading point-scorer for the day. Juniors Matt Callahan and Sam Gardner led the team defensively, as Callahan forced two turnovers and Gardner picked up three groundballs. The Jumbos now boast an overall record of 9-2 and will look to carry their momentum into a crucial NESCAC matchup against No. 13 Amherst on Bello Field Saturday at 1 pm. For complete coverage of Tuesday’s game and a preview of Saturday’s showdown, see tomorrow’s Daily. —by Lauren Flament
The Tufts Daily for Thurs. Apr. 12, 2012.