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Tufts alumni featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 list by Anar Kansara Staff Writer
Two Tufts alumni, Jake Dell (LA ’09) and Alex Schmider (LA ’13), were featured as part of Forbes Magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 list in the categories of Food & Drink and Media. Schmider, who graduated from Tufts with a degree in psychology and a minor in communications and media studies (CMS), is a senior strategist at GLAAD, a national LGBTQ advocacy organization. A large part of Schmider’s mission at GLAAD revolves around transgender media and making sure that stories about transgender people are fairly, accurately and inclusively represented in the media, Schmider said. According to Schmider, his Tufts experience lent a heavy contribution to his career in transgender media. Through his CMS minor, Schmider said
he developed a strong interest in media, specifically focusing on the representation of marginalized identities. “I took a Children and Mass Media course that educated me about how powerful and influential media can be,” Schmider said. “I developed a passion and a deep core connection to helping people see themselves in media.” Schmider explained that he first found out he is transgender when he took a psychology course at Tufts. During his time at the university, Schmider said that he was able to move onto a path of acceptance. This allowed him to focus his energy and enthusiasm on effecting change externally. “Once you accept yourself, you are able to succeed in all these different ways because a confidence develops,” Schmider said. see FORBES, page 2
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Jake Dell (LA ‘09), the fifth-generation owner of Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City, was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30.
Veritas Forum group hosts panel discussion on faith, race relations
Cullen Buie, associate professor at MIT, gives on Feb. 15. by Joe Walsh
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The Veritas Forum, an organization that plans discussions based on the Christian faith, hosted a panel discussion about race and religious identity in Barnum Hall last night, in front of an audience of more than 25 people. The event, which was cosponsored by the Tufts Christian Fellowship, featured
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played both positive and negative roles in American history. “In the history of our country, Christians have played both a role as the oppressors as well as a role as liberators,” Coleman said. Buie said that when he was growing up he was not particularly religious, but he became more religious as an undergraduate student. Hill, on the other hand, went to a predominantly AfricanAmerican church but lived in a largeSEOHYUN SHIM / THE TUFTS DAILY ly white neighboradvice on faith and race during “Beyond Colorblind” in Barnum 008 hood, so religion was intertwined Massachusetts Institute of Technology with race and ethnicity, she said. She Associate Professor of Mechanical added that, as a psychologist, she wanted Engineering Cullen Buie and Harvard to understand why she believes in God. University Professor of Education Nancy “I had to separate my relationship with Hill as speakers, with Tufts Lecturer of God from my ethnic identity,” Hill said. “As Music David Coleman moderating the I began to attend churches that were distalk. connected from my ethnicity … I began to After a brief prelude by a student lead- see some of the commonalities of faith.” er, Coleman introduced the two speakers. Coleman asked Hill about the roots Coleman argued that faith is important of racial bias, and whether human to discuss because religious figures have beings are predisposed to prejudice.
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Hill said that people are not prejudiced from birth because, when humans are born, they are able to discern and interpret different languages and cultures. Nonetheless, Hill said that when people are raised homogeneously, they lose their ability to appreciate diversity “The solution to that … is that the earlier we integrate schools, even preschool, even daycare, the less predisposed people will be to racial bias,” Hill said. However, Hill argued that colorblindness is not necessarily a desired outcome because that would lead to homogeneity of one culture. Instead, she said, it is best for people to experience and appreciate the diversity of different human cultures. Buie warned that people have a tendency not to acknowledge their own prejudices and biases, which makes it more difficult to confront the problem of racism. He suggested that the Christian faith can potentially offer a solution because it encourages humility. Hill said that the disparities in the educational system and inequities in educational opportunities are evidence that there is still a problem of systemic racism in the United States. She noted that elementary schools in wealthy Greater Boston suburbs clearly have more resources than schools in more socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Buie said that he recognized the problem of racial under-representation when he was in graduate school at Stanford
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continued from page 1 Schmider attributes much of his success and confidence to the support he found in the Tufts community among mentors, professors and friends who helped him feel accepted and empowered. “It’s incredible to be a part of a community in which you’re not all trying to be the same, but are celebrating the differences that make you who you are,” he said. “[The Tufts community] created an enormous difference in allowing and enabling people to reach their full potential and succeed.” Schmider said that the classroom environment was also instrumental in inspiring his career. He said that Tufts was one of the first places where he was able to have powerful conversations about the importance of media and why people need media as an education and communication tool. Schmider said he is still in regular contact with some of his former professors. Schmider has worked with various media companies advocating for LGBTQ representation. He worked with Tinder, a dating app, to implement more gender-inclusive language in the app. Schmider explained that he aims to spread the message that transgender people exist and belong. “You have to keep in mind that it’s not about one platform or story,” Schmider said. “It’s about what the platform or story means in a larger context and culture.”
Going forward, Schmider said he hopes to continue working toward his goal of advancing acceptance of transgender people in the media. He said he is interested in exploring the ways in which media can change the social landscape. “I feel that when we stop learning, we stop growing,” Schmider said. Nick Adams, the director of GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program, noted that Schmider’s work in media portrayals is particularly important, considering that many Americans do not know somebody who is transgender personally. “[Schmider] has already made a significant contribution to improving the media conversation about trans people,” Adams told the Daily in an email. “As America learns what it means to be transgender and the issues we face, it becomes more possible to create a world where trans people will be treated equally.” Meanwhile, Jake Dell is the fifth-generation owner of Katz’s Delicatessen, a 130-year-old deli in New York City. The restaurant is known for its corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, and it had a cameo appearance in the film “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). Dell graduated from Tufts as an economics major. He told the Daily that he had taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and planned on taking a gap year between graduation and medical school, working at Katz’s in the meantime. However, as Dell was undergoing his second round of medical school interviews, he decided to make a major switch in his future plans.
“The interviews were happening and I started to think, ‘Hey, I don’t think I want to do this, I think I love this place,’” he said, referring to the deli. “I love the history and the heritage and the people — you name it. The food and the smell … everything is perfect.” He decided that he wanted to make Katz’s Delicatessen his future, calling the experience “lucky and humbling.” The young owner of Katz’s Delicatessen has many goals for the future of the restaurant. He hopes to preserve the tradition of the deli while making it more accessible to others. Dell is opening another shop in Brooklyn to bring Katz’s closer to customers who do not live on the Lower East Side. He told the Daily that the shop should be open in about six weeks. “Whether it’s catering or bringing it to an office … I think that may be the future,” Dell said. Dell attributes much of his success as a business owner to his education and experience at Tufts. According to Dell, Tufts was instrumental in crafting his business acumen and teaching him the value of holistic thinking. He added that he found his social experience at Tufts valuable to his career development. “The people I interacted with [at Tufts] were all incredibly intelligent, and even when we were joking around, being stupid, there was a somewhat intellectual component to our stupidity, somewhat of a nerdy-geeky side that I could embrace,” he said.
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continued from page 1 University, where there were few other African-American students. He observed that study groups in many of his classes tended to be divided by race. He said he is not sure whether those experiences were evidence of systemic racism, but he said that those problems aggravate the problem of inequity. “If you design a system where it often requires a group in order to be successful, if you are part of a group where you are isolated, you inevitably have to be more resourceful, more social [and] work a little bit harder,” Buie said. After hearing Buie’s and Hill’s stories, Coleman said that he has also felt subtle racial prejudice as an African-American man, because people’s treatment of him often changes after meeting him in person.
Coleman then asked both panelists whether Christianity breeds racism or is a potential solution to racism. In particular, he noted that slaveowners in the American South used Christianity to defend their behavior, but abolitionists also cited the Christian faith. Hill acknowledged that the problem of Christianity and racism is challenging, and she said it is unsurprising that some people will exploit faith to uphold their own message. Nonetheless, she argued that Christianity’s focus on reconciliation and non-judgement is ultimately positive. Buie said that racism is not a result of Christianity, but instead is a corruption of the religion. He argued that the Bible takes a stance in support of downtrodden people, which is why it is wrong for Christians in the United States to reject immigrants or refugees. “Before you judge Christianity, read the book,” Buie said.
Later, the panelists talked about how best to facilitate a conversation about race. Buie said that humility is the most important aspect of that conversation, because people should recognize that they might not understand the full range of human experiences. Hill added that people should try to be aware of their own implicit biases because almost everybody is slightly prejudiced. At the end of the forum, the panelists took several questions from the audience. In response to one student’s question, Hill reiterated that she believes there are many different types of oppressed people, which is why every type of social injustice must be confronted. “As we think about reconciliation and racial justice, we shouldn’t all only fight for our own causes,” Hill said. “[Other people’s] justice is tied to my justice.”
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New Science, Technology and Society program pushes disciplinary boundaries by Sean Ong
Assistant Features Editor
The Science, Technology and Society (STS) program may be new at Tufts, but it is quickly gaining traction among students who are eager to learn more about this emerging field. In spring 2016, the program began offering an undergraduate co-major and minor in STS. Currently, the program has three tracks of study: bodies, health and medicine; science and the state; and mathematics and modeling. STS Program Director and Associate Professor of Mathematics Moon Duchin described the three tracks of study as designed around the STS core faculty’s teaching and research interests. She said that the tracks also give STS students more direction in their academic pursuits. “If you’re a student, STS sounds so broad and could mean many different things, so these tracks help you take a coherent set of courses that fit together and build on each other,” she said. Duchin, an associate professor of mathematics, explained that while Tufts is far from the first university to offer a program in STS, to her knowledge, it is the first in the United States to offer a track focused on mathematics and mathematical models. “The timing is apt because the social impacts and ethical concerns of big data are looming large in the 21st century,” she said. Nathan Foster, a junior majoring in physics, stressed the importance of the program in not just presenting scientific topics as facts but also explaining the context of their development or real-world applications. “The truth is, the science only exists if it is useful and because some person thought that it would be worthwhile to devote time and effort to figure out how to use it to help people,” Foster said. This semester, Foster, who is considering the STS co-major or minor, is taking two courses that count toward STS. He said that his cross-disciplinary interests in science, politics and policy fit well with the STS program. “[STS] looks for students who are interested in the quantitative and the problem-solving side of science but are not just satisfied with that and actually care about how that affects people’s lives,” he said. Margaret Gorguissian, a sophomore majoring in computer science, explained that taking two STS courses this semester has helped broaden her understanding of the world. “[The courses] have changed how I think about technology. Technology is no longer necessarily a series of ones and zeroes or a bunch of circuits,” Gorguissian said. “How we interact, how we speak — these are all technologies.” She added that the program draws on Tufts’ longstanding tradition of broadening world views through multidisciplinary teaching and learning. According to Duchin, the creation of an STS program was directly inspired by the anthropology department’s search for faculty specializing in the anthropology of science and technology in 2015. The department eventually hired Assistant Professors of Anthropology Nick Seaver and Tatiana Chudakova, both of whom are members of the STS core faculty. “The search chair, [Associate Professor of Anthropology] Rosalind Shaw, did a great job of reaching out to people outside of the department to get involved in that search, and that’s when some of us realized that a substan-
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Profressor of Mathematics Moon Duchin talks about the newly-launched Science, Technology and Society (STS) program in the Sophia Gordon Multi-Purpose Room on March 10, 2016. tial community of faculty with STS interests [was] already here at Tufts,” Duchin said. A group of faculty members, including Duchin, formally proposed the creation of an STS program in fall 2015. The program is now home to over 40 affiliated and core faculty members, 10 of whom sit on the program committee that is responsible for setting the direction of STS at Tufts, according to Duchin. Seaver, who is a member of the program committee, has been teaching classes that count toward both anthropology and STS. He said that many of his students are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors who have a strong interest in the anthropological study of technology. “[Those students] never quite had the chance to study these issues from an STS or anthropology perspective, and it felt like my class was filling in a niche that has not been filled before,” he said. For students majoring in STEM fields, reading labs are an innovative gateway into the STS program. Duchin explained that students can take a half-credit reading lab with certain STEM classes to make the class count toward STS. “The lab is one reading, one hour per week, and the class gets together to talk about the analytical or social-scientific side of a technical topic,” she said. The fall 2016 reading lab topic was How Models Work. This semester’s topic is Social Studies of Energy. “Calling it a lab is our way of saying that it should be treated like you treat a traditional ‘wet lab’ in biology or chemistry. It adds to your understanding of a topic by engaging a different kind of learning than you get in the main lecture,” Duchin said. Duchin said that next fall will see two reading labs being offered — one on maker culture and the other on science and engineering pedagogy. Gorguissian noted that many of her peers on campus remain unaware of the existence of the program or of STS as a field of study. “STS is an emerging field, but if people knew more about it, they would be much more willing to take classes in it,” she said. For Seaver, an important goal for the program is to encourage more students to study pertinent science and technology issues that they are interested in, in a way that will count towards their majors. “Many students say they had no idea that they can study computer programming not just from the perspective of someone who wanted to only learn how to program,” he said. “STS is the sort of major that you would
not know exists before you start college.” Duchin emphasized that the program’s mission also includes working with other academic departments to augment their current course offerings. “We’d love to be involved in helping to develop more historical or philosophical or socially-engaged science classes at the major level,” she said. For example, Canay Özden-Schilling, a recently-hired lecturer with expertise in governance of energy flows and economic circulation, is currently teaching Physics and Society in the 20th Century in cooperation with the physics department, according to Duchin. “We’ll keep trying to expand our efforts to get involved in what other departments are doing by co-sponsoring events and by reaching out to help connect students outside their majors to accessible upper-level classes,” Duchin said. She referenced a talk titled “Life Changing Bacon,” to be held on Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, as an example. Michelle Chan, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering, founded the Collective of STEM Activists — a project to fill a conversation gap among students in STEM about the social impacts of science and technology — with the help of the STS program. “While many people are doing cool work on their own and in other groups, I thought it would be helpful to create a dedicated space to engage with this important intersection. When information on technological harms and benefits is more accessible, we can organize and educate each other,” Chan told the Daily in an email. Duchin added that the proposed DataIntensive Studies Center, one of the T10 Strategic Planning Initiatives in November 2013, can serve as an additional on-campus resource for both faculty and student researchers in the field of STS. “This campus is going to be a great place to actually think about the social science of data and not just social science using data,” she said. Seaver envisions that the program will be able to instill in STEM students a consciousness of society and of interdisciplinary connections. “Having taken a class in STS, [these students] will have a different perspective on their work, which is going to help them do their job better and see what they’re doing from diverse perspectives,” he said. Duchin echoed this mention of real-life application. “The question of ‘how does your abstract, basic, pure science matter in the world,’ that’s what STS is about,” she said.
his past week, Tufts students dressed in heels and suit jackets walked (willingly! hopefully!) into a big black hole of data: internships. At Tufts’ career fair last Friday, hundreds of students milled around, hopeful to become one part of the invisible statistics of internships. But shaking hands and collecting business cards aside, how much are students really told about the internship arena? The number of opportunities available, number of competitors and acceptance rates at the vast majority of internships in the United States are unknown. A search of all internships on Jumbo Jobs delivers 444 results as of Feb. 12, a fraction of the 2110 results delivered by the Liberal Arts Career Network’s website on the same day, and fewer than those offered on national job search websites like Indeed.com. Internships are out there, but where is their data? Internship acceptance rates, the size of the applicant pools and even the number of available positions are either uncalculated or unadvertised. These numbers that aren’t recorded are telling – an absence that points to a lack of oversight, regulation and analyses. But the thing about data is that even when you can’t find it, there’s a story to be told. In 2014, ProPublica published an investigation on unpaid internships, one of the most notable recent investigations on this subject. The site’s inconclusive results speak loudly to the industry’s hidden nature: “Exhaustive data on interns doesn’t exist.” Additionally, the National Association of Colleges and Employers advertises an annual Internship & Co-op Survey that costs $285 to view for non-members. For the students and young professionals to whom this data is relevant, the cost alone makes this survey inaccessible. Even more importantly, regulations for internships, especially unpaid ones, are unclear. For a job in the for-profit sector to qualify as an internship, it must meet six criteria determined by the United States Department of Labor. These criteria focus on ensuring that the intern is receiving training and experience that directly benefits them. Importantly, this means that even if an unpaid internship qualifies for course credit, if it doesn’t adequately benefit and train the intern, it is not legal. Massachusetts provides further regulations on unpaid work, explicitly stating that the worker must be receiving training in charitable, educational or religious institutions in order for their unpaid work to be legal. But without public data on internship programs, community oversight for these regulations is challenging. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys about 147,000 businesses and government agencies each month to “provide detailed industry data on employment, hours and earnings,” according to its website, no internship-related data is collected. When data doesn’t exist, the driving forces that allow analysts and journalists to understand an event or trend disappear into thin air. In the employment world, internships stick out as unchartered territory that census and survey data doesn’t reach. Rebecca Redelmeier is a sophomore majoring in English. Rebecca can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Conductor Iván Fischer shows passion at Boston Symphony Hall
‘The Artist’s Museum’ at the ICA
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Last Sunday, the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) and renowned conductor Iván Fischer concluded their American tour in the Boston Symphony Hall, honoring the very conductor whose name is inscribed in gold above the famous stage: Ludwig van Beethoven. Considered one of the world’s top orchestras, the BFO captivated and delighted the audience with its rendition of three of Beethoven’s pieces: “Symphony No. 1 in C Major,” “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major” and “Symphony No. 5 in C minor,” the latter being the most famous and recognizable of the three. The performance was part of the Celebrity Series of Boston, which seeks to bring some of the world’s best musicians to Boston (which have included legends like Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky). Fischer, the Hungarian-born conductor, has been known for adding oddities to his performances during his and BFO’s American tour. During the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Fischer at New York’s Lincoln Center a few days earlier, Fischer had arranged all the singers to sit in the audience and stand up at their cue to sing “Ode to Joy.” During Sunday’s Boston perfor-
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The Budapest Festival Orchestra performs in Paris’ Salle Pleyel on Sep 26, 2012. mance, Fischer primed the audience for an explosive rendition of the Fifth Symphony by placing the timpani, prominent in this piece, right in front of the violinists instead of at the back of the orchestra as is customary. And in the symphony’s third and final movement, students from the New England Conservatory rushed onstage and joined the players, giving more volume and
spirit to the performance’s conclusion. Fischer’s conducting is jovial and precise, but reveals personal passion. His conducting loses finesse as a piece builds up. Leading up to the climax of the First Symphony’s fourth movement, Fischer was loose-limbed and relaxed, doing scarcely more than keeping time. see BUDAPEST, page 6
‘Girls’ gets ready to say goodbye in final season premiere by Jocelyn Contreras Assistant Arts Editor
The final season of “Girls” (20122017) premiered on Sunday, marking the beginning of the end. There’s no denying that Lena Dunham created something special, and whether people agree with or scoff at the idea that she is “the voice of this generation,” one can’t help but admire the power this show has had in catalyzing a new frontier for television: one that is open to new and truly deserving voices. Every character on the show has gone through an extreme transformation and is almost jarringly unrecognizable at the beginning of season six. This final season is meant to tie loose ends, but if it is to remain faithful to the show’s philosophy, nothing will ever feel resolved. Some friendships aren’t meant to last and it will be interesting to see how the characters navigate this awkward and key transition out of the second-coming-of-age part of their lives. When the show last aired, Hannah (Dunham) had just found her voice again after delivering a powerful story at The Moth StorySLAM. In it, she reveals that her best friend Jessa ( Jemima Kirke) slept with her boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver) and that she was still coming to terms with this betrayal. It’s worth noting that Hannah and Adam were not in fact together when he got with Jessa. It’s clear that by the start of season
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Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) are bridesmaids for Marnie (Allison Williams) in the beginning of the last season of ‘Girls.’ six, Hannah has taken advantage of this sudden success, and got her monologue published in the New York Times’ Modern Love column as a result. SLAG Mag offers her a writing gig because they love her writing, but also notably her “vibe” and “shape.” She is to go to the Hamptons and report on a new trend of surfing camp overrun by the
women who ruined yoga. Hannah is expected to offer a hilarious and unique point of view because she is the exact opposite of those women. Meanwhile, Marnie (Allison Williams) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) are clearly still together as a couple see GIRLS, page 6
hrough March 26, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA) is showcasing “The Artist’s Museum.” The exhibition includes works by 12 contemporary artists in various mediums including film, sculpture and photography. “The Artist’s Museum” explores the human impulse of collecting and curating, a compulsion at the center of museums, and utilizes it as a means of expression. Museums are places where objects are collected, organized and displayed, in a manner that often serves to tell a broader narrative. Here, Senior Curator Dan Byers tells the story of artists as collectors and curators, creating their own narratives and displaying their voices through collections of items and images by other artists or themselves. One of the first works visitors encounter upon entering the space is Rosa Barba’s “The Hidden Conference: About the Discontinuous History of Things We See and Don’t See” (2010). This film peruses a museum’s collection of objects in storage, imagining the artwork as characters who interact with each other when out of public view. Unexpected juxtapositions make for whimsical cinematic moments that animate the inanimate objects. Barba transports viewers to places few people get to see, exposing a world of art objects free from the constraints of display. After viewing the first few works, one is drawn to Christian Marclay’s 360-degree installation “Shake Rattle and Roll (Fluxmix)” (2004) by the loud barrage of sounds emitting from it. In the installation, boxy video displays are arranged in a circle facing one another. Marclay displays videos of gloved hands touching, opening, banging and playing with objects ranging from hats and steel pans to small wind up toys, thereby breaking the cardinal rule of museums: please do not touch the art. His work directly challenges the idea that museums are where art objects come to die. These seemingly random objects are in fact artworks by Fluxus artists, whose works were created to be played with. Marclay brings their initial creative function back to life, and crowds the space with the overlapping sounds of simultaneous touch and play. Goshka Macuga also plays with juxtapositions, Fluxus objects and the history of display in her own cabinet of curiosities entitled “Kabinett der Abstrakten (after El Lissitzky)” (2003). Her work refers to the ways art has been displayed throughout history. Macuga’s large, multifaceted cabinet with doors on every side features the works of various artists, including Fluxus members. Visitors are able to wonder at the sight of this interesting mix of items, but this feeling is accompanied by a sense of frustration at being unable to open and interact with the cabinet and its contents. The work conveys to visitors the limitations of such displays within a traditional museum setting. These works, among many others on display, are a glimpse into the minds of artists and their world. There is a saying that you can tell a lot about a person by what they say about others. Maybe in “The Artist’s Museum,” you can tell a lot about a person by how they collect from others. Regardless, visiting the ICA, with its beautiful glass and metal modernist building, is definitely worth the trip. – Rotana Shaker Polykhroma is an independent curating collective founded by eight students excited to encourage active engagement among our community with the arts.
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Budapest Festival Orchestra honors Beethoven to end American tour BUDAPEST
continued from page 5 It is as if he had immersed himself in the music and let it lead him in these crucial moments of the piece. This did not negatively affect the performance of the orchestra, however, which is so polished that it can be trusted to sweep up its own conductor. The first piece, Beethoven’s First Symphony, was the least enticing of the three if only because it sounded archaic and Baroque compared to his later, more recognizably-Beethoven compositions. Nonetheless, it was still played impeccably. The second piece, “Piano Concerto No. 4,” was much more lively and exciting due to its featured pianist, Richard Goode. At 75 years old, Goode’s spry
fingers travelled up and down the piano with almost comical speed and dexterity. The first movement began slow and serene, but picked up complexity as it continued, with the piano keys moving so fast the piece sounded almost modern before resolving into its main melody with the orchestra. After the first movement, “Allegro moderato,” the audience momentarily could not hold back its applause, though the audience customarily refrains from applause throughout all movements until the end of a piece. The next two movements, “Andante con moto” and “Rondo ( Vivace),” were performed with the same promised energy. At the end of the concerto, Goode received a generous standing ovation.
The finale, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, was arranged particularly fast and the prominent timpani, as well as the addition of seven students’ double basses, made Beethoven’s signature dramatic piece especially bold. During the tour, Fischer spoke out in opposition to President Trump’s travel ban, partly because one of his longtime cellists had been initially denied entry into the United States because of his joint Iraqi-Hungarian citizenship. Fischer has been known to make similar political statements throughout his musical career. In October 2013, Fischer, who is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, premiered his original opera “The Red Heifer” about a group of Jews framed for the murder of a girl in 19th-century
Hungary. The opera could be understood as a response to growing nationalist and anti-Semitic sentiments in Hungary. His messages of tolerance also won him the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in 1998. The Boston Symphony Hall’s event pamphlet also mentioned a fun factoid: during World War II, the Fifth Symphony gained popularity as a symbol for the allied “V for Victory” message, since the letter “v” in Morse code is three dots and a dash, just like the opening notes of the symphony. Indeed, the pamphlet noted that according to legend, Beethoven himself called the iconic opening of his Fifth Symphony, the “V for Victory” sound, “fate knocking on the door.”
around. Ahmed, who has been getting a lot of attention lately for his incredible performance in HBO’s “The Night Of” (2016) and his recent role as Bodhi Rook in “Rogue One” (2016), is charming and a fun paring for Hannah in this episode. Along with tapping into his comedic side, Ahmed is given the chance to show off his rapping abilities at a party. Back in the city, Marnie is dealing with divorce arrangements with Desi, but ends up kissing him and recommitting herself to their singing partnership. As she’s proven in the past, it’s as if she’s allergic to a banal existence. She needs
to have one drama or another unfolding in her life at all times. By the end of the episode, Hannah, while a little sunburned, is invigorated for this new stage in her life. Everyone is in the midst of untangling the slightly bruised relationships they’ve wreaked havoc on. Where does everyone stand? At the moment, no one is actively lunging at each other’s throats, but tension is in the air, so there is sure to be something big brewing. As long as “Girls” continues to be conscious of its own narcissism, the result can only be madly entertaining.
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continued from page 5 in the midst of Marnie’s divorce from Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Despite their closeness, Marnie kicks him out of her apartment so she can have some time to herself, as was encouraged by her online therapist. She’s uncomfortable with the idea of him crashing at Shoshanna’s place (Zosia Mamet) given that they dated in the past, leaving Ray no choice but to return to his shared apartment with Adam. His apprehension is understandable, as Jessa and Adam are officially together and have
taken over the apartment. This begs the question, has literally everyone on this show dated each other at some point or another? Is no one batting an eye at this friend-incest? Hannah’s adventure in the Hamptons is enjoyable and reminiscent of all the reasons people felt connected to her since the beginning of the show. Her unapologetic candor is immensely entertaining as always. She’s somewhat resistant to joining in on the physical aspect of surf camp, but getting close with the surf instructor Paul-Louis (Riz Ahmed) helps convince her to stick
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espite only gracing the planet with my presence for 19 years, I sometimes feel like I’ve been living for an eternity. The lines between the weeks start to blur together after a semester really gets into full swing. For example, on any given Wednesday, I can tell you exactly where I will be and for how long I will be there. First to Carm, then to Eaton to learn about Karl Marx or whoever else came up with some neat sociological theories. Then, my favorite part of Wednesdays, I meet my friend Ally for lunch and we go walk Sandy and Coco, two adorably fluffy husky-chow mixes that bring light into my life. (Side note theory: if you didn’t grow up with a dog, I think you love dogs more as you get older because you didn’t have one during your childhood. Please email me with responses to this theory.) Next, I have class in Tisch, and then during the awkward block of time between the end of my film class and the beginning of recitation, I sit in the library and get Hodgdon before heading to a four-hour screening. You’re not technically supposed to eat during these recitations but I do it anyways because 6-10 p.m. happens to be when normal people eat dinner. Either I eat at geriatric dinner hour or late like a Spaniard and unfortunately, my fragile body can handle neither. So I rebelliously eat my falafel plate (or sometimes a quesadilla if I’m feeling crazy) while I watch some historical silent foreign films. My point in explaining my routine is to highlight that sometimes life can get monotonous. When I wake up at 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings, I know exactly what I will need for the next 13 or 14 hours. I make a little jar of trail mix and fill up my water bottle and I will be effectively sustained for as long as I need to sit in Tisch. My roommate is convinced that the only things that I need to survive are food and attention, which may be true, but I also need some time to do things that I love. We have all these things that we are committed to do and are here to do, like go to class and do our homework, but it is what we choose to do with the extra time that really makes a difference. For me, music is my saving grace. I have a radio show on WMFO with a good pal of mine and the ability to focus on music and music alone, if for even just an hour, has been monumental to me. (Preserved Jams! Monday nights! 9-10!) It can be so easy to get caught up in the comings and goings of the weeks during the academic year. While the assignments change, you have to make an effort to keep your schedule interesting too. My message is simple; take time to do things that you love, whether it is getting your pump on at the gym or spending some time catching up with friends on Sunday mornings. It is important to make time for happiness too. Anna Tolette is a sophomore majoring in film and media studies. Anna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Size, speed to be key factors against Continentals MEN'S BASKETBALL
continued from back ity in strength between their conference and non-conference schedules. Additionally, Hamilton has lost its last four games against teams with winning records, with no victories against an over-.500 team since a 127-82 victory over Wells College (15-8) on Jan. 25. Moreover, the Continentals have struggled on the road against NESCAC opponents this season, tallying a 1-4 record in those matchups. In contrast, Tufts has assembled an 8-2 NESCAC record and is undefeated at home against conference opponents. “[Hamilton has] very good size across the board,” Dayton said. “But, basically, if we play our game, don’t let any of their shooters get going, and
keep them off the offensive glass, then we should be fine.” In recent games, the injury-enforced absences of two centers – senior tri-captain Tom Palleschi and first-year Patrick Racy – have obliged Garrett to serve as a stopgap big man when senior tri-captain center Drew Madsen rests. Looking forward to the contest with Hamilton, Sheldon affirmed that tactics and talent will more than compensate for the loss of height on the court. “Defensively we’re giving up a little bit, so we pick up a little more. We’re a little more aggressive on the wings when KJ is in there,” he said. “He’s a nut. I love him. He’s one of my favorite guys when he’s playing well … I mean, that dude can jump. He gets up quick and does some things that don’t usual-
ly happen at our level.” Sheldon added that offensive benefits of playing small outweigh any possible defensive disadvantages. “When [Garrett is] in there, it makes our offense quicker, because someone’s going to have to guard him,” he said. “With the bigger teams, some big guy is going to guard a guard … So we have that advantage on them in the offense and I don’t think as a big a disadvantage on defense, partly because [several players are] 6’5”. We just don’t have a big, big guy.” On the whole, Sheldon is optimistic about his team’s chances. “You know, we’re peaking,” he said. “We’re playing well and I think it’s going to be a good matchup for us.” Tufts and Hamilton tip off at Cousens on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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NFC East draft needs, part two
ast Sunday was the first Sunday without football since September. If you read that sentence and said, “So what?” then we probably can’t be friends anymore. Football lovers, our weekends may be slightly depressing for a few more months, but at least our Thursdays can still be filled with football! This week we’ll talk about who Washington and Dallas need to draft to keep up their recent successes. Washington, pick number 17 Needs: ILB, FS, DE, DT, WR As good a team as Washington was this season, they have a lot of places to improve upon if they want to become a Super Bowl contender. You could make an argument that adding more depth at wide receiver would be the move, but after producing one of the league’s best offenses in 2016, I believe Washington’s biggest need is on the defensive side of the ball. To be successful, the defense needs to give Kirk Cousins a fighting chance instead of having him play from behind every game. Currently, the Washington front-seven is about as shallow and untalented as a Kardashian, so I would suggest drafting Reuben Foster, Alabama’s star inside linebacker. Foster is possibly the most explosive player in the draft and terrorizes offenses with his quickness and ability to plow through blockers. Foster is the perfect man to help Washington improve its zone coverage and to help stuff the run. Dallas Cowboys, pick number 28 Needs: DE, CB, TE, WR, LB Let me preface this by saying that I loathe the Cowboys — especially Cowboys fans. I swear to God, you can walk into any bar in Dallas and you would find a group of overweight guys in Ezekiel Elliot jerseys, circle-jerking to his highlight reel while muttering “America’s Team” under their breath. Wow, what a visual. Even though I don’t like them, I can’t deny that they are the best team in the NFC, hands down. After watching the Cowboys dominate the regular season, it is clear that their offense is absolutely off the charts. However, if the ‘Boys want to be truly terrifying, they need to be able to get some stops. I think the most important way to do this is by drafting a good coverage cornerback. The best defenses in the leagues have three good CBs; the Cowboys barely have one. Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne have played a combined total of 30 games over the last two seasons, and they didn’t even play all that well if we’re being honest. The other defensive back worth mentioning on the roster is Barry Church, who is good, but he’s just about past his prime. These three CBs have a combined five interceptions since the beginning of the 2015 season, which is both hilarious and pathetic. The best choice for Dallas is Sidney Jones, Washington University’s star CB. This man can shadow any receiver in the league and is a picture-perfect cover corner. Not only will he be a consistent asset in pass coverage for Dallas, but he may also be a decent solution to Odell Beckham Jr., who has been a real thorn in the Cowboys’ side. Vinny Donofrio is a senior majoring in clinical psychology. Vinny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tufts not throwing away its shot against Hamilton by Sam Weitzman
Assistant Sports Editor
Having secured the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC tournament for the first time in team history, the Tufts Jumbos (195) will host the Hamilton Continentals (16-8) on Saturday in their quarterfinals matchup. According to coach Bob Sheldon, the regular season feat carries significant emotional importance. “[The players] were excited. They actually did the Gatorade pour in the locker room, but since we’re Div. III, it was water,” he said. “Any time you’re a team and you set a record or do something that hasn’t been done before, that’s special and it can never be taken away.” Junior guard Everett Dayton said he and his teammates were energized by their achievements. “After the Williams game, coach [Sheldon] walked in and we all had water bottles,” he said. “We waited a couple seconds – we were silent, acting all somber – and then we jumped on him and started pouring water bottles on him. I think that encapsulates our feeling about the whole thing.” At the same time, Dayton emphasized that the team was not ready to rest on its laurels. “We’re obviously super excited about it,” he said, “but we know it doesn’t mean anything unless we follow through and keep winning.” Awaiting the Jumbos in their first tournament game is a Continentals squad who last visited Medford on Jan. 14. Tufts won comfortably, 94-81, despite Hamilton sophomore swing-
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Junior KJ Garrett looks to pass during the men’s basketball game Tufts against Williams College on Feb. 10. man Peter Hoff-mann registering a game-high 22 points. Junior guard KJ Garrett led all Jumbos with 19 points, while first-year guard Eric Savage furnished 12 points and 10 rebounds en route to his first career double-double. According to Sheldon, Hamilton’s nonstop style of play suits Tufts’ strengths. “[The Continentals] try to run it. It’s going to be a fast-paced game, which
we like because I think we’re fairly good at it,” he said. “We match up well with them, [and] we’re going to run. It’s going to be a high-paced game, and I think it’s the way we want to play.” Dayton, too, said he thinks the Jumbos can handle the Continentals’ pace. “They like to get out and run a little bit,” he said. “But we definitely think we can play at that pace with them,
because that’s our game … if they want to play that way, we’re all for it.” Hamilton’s regular season record of 16-8 is less impressive than it initially appears after accounting for the substandard quality of several of their non-conference opponents. In particular, the Continentals’ 4-6 NESCAC record speaks to the disparsee MEN'S BASKETBALL, page 11
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Jumbos take advantage of last chance before first postseason meet by Sam Weidner
Assistant Sports Editor
Tufts sent runners and field competitors to two separate meets over the weekend where the athletes looked to make personal records (PRs) and make good on their last chance to qualify for the New England Div. III Championships. Highlighting the weekend, the Jumbos competed in the DMR (distance medley relay) at the BU David Hemery
Invitational on Saturday, posting a time of 11:59.18 on BU’s banked track. That time converted to the second-best time in the nation as of Saturday for Div. III. The relay team of senior quad-captains Sam Cox and Rita Donohoe, first-year Julia Gake and junior Brittany Bowman placed fourth overall in the race, placing first among Div. III teams and defeating several Div. I and Div. II teams also in attendance. “For our DMR, we definitely are happy
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Junior Franchesca Burgos competes in the 5,000 meter race during the Tufts Sunshine Classic at the Dussault Outdoor Track on April 23, 2016.
with how we did, but there’s a lot of room for improvement in terms of a few technical things, like handoffs and also just timewise,” Donohoe said. “But we were really pleased with the opener for the A-team for our DMR.” At the Gordon Kelley Invitational hosted at MIT, sophomore sprinter Sydney Ladner had an impressive performance in the 60-meter dash, running a time of 8.18. That earned her second place in the event and it was the best time in the 60-meter for any Tufts athlete this season. Junior Annalisa DeBari also had a good performance, placing second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.38. The Jumbos look forward to their first postseason action of the indoor season at the New England Div. III Championships this weekend at MIT. Donohoe explained the importance this meet holds for much of the team as an indicator of its future performance outdoors. “It’s a big meet for us to go for indoors because we’ve typically placed in the top five ever since I’ve been here,” Donohoe said. “We have around 20 competitors between running, throwing and jumping — a little more than half of our team going. It’s a hard meet to qualify for because there are standards that you have to meet, some of which are pretty hard.” Donohoe will compete next weekend at the Div. III championships in a number of events, including running
the 600-meter again for the second time after running it first at the Tufts Cupid Challenge. According to coach Kristen Morwick, Donohoe first ran the 600meter at the Tufts Cupid Invitational. With the meet just days away, Donohoe made it clear that expectations are high across the board as the Jumbos prepare. She mentioned the particular importance of DeBari, who is the team’s best hurdler at the moment. “[DeBari] definitely is looking to PR, and I think she’s in a really good position to do so,” Donohoe said. “I think some of the throwers are looking to get some better marks as well. At least in my open event, which is the 600-meter, I’ve only run it once so I’m going to try to PR again and score from the second heat hopefully. In terms of the relays, everyone is just trying to PR in their splits.” According to Donohoe, Bowman, who had an explosive start to the year with strong showings throughout the cross country season, is a runner to watch out for going into the meet. “With Brittany [Bowman], obviously she could win,” Donohoe said. “She has been looking so good this season, and she is up there [ranked] for the 3k, so could definitely win that.” The meet will kick off on Friday at 12 p.m. at MIT and will last through Saturday as the Jumbos hope to make their presence known.