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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuition, fees increase again for next academic year by Seohyun Shim, Liza Harris and Sara Renkert News Editors and Staff Writer
Undergraduate students will have to pay $2,723 more to attend Tufts University next year, seeing a 3.8% increase in tuition and fees over the 2019–2020 academic year. The increase, announced in an email sent out to the community on Tuesday, raises the projected cost of attending the university from $70,941 to $73,664, a nearly $10,000 jump from the 2015–2016 academic year’s $63,698. Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser and Dean of the School of Engineering Jianmin Qu wrote in the email that the increase needed to “advanc[e] the University’s reputation for excellence in teaching, learning, and research.” They added that “the university has taken many successful steps to control costs and raise new revenue” to minimize the increase, saying that some costs, like inflation and healthcare, are inevitable. In an email to the Daily, Glaser said that the tuition increases were tied to increases in operating costs, citing new academic buildings, facility renovation and “union contracts and the provisions.” “The schools have made substantial investments in our infrastructure … and these costs are now part of our budgets and have to be met. Philanthropy, endowment income, and non-tuition revenues are part of our budgets,
but most of our revenue comes from tuition,” Glaser said. “Naturally, some are unhappy with the increase, but students and their families are often also urging the university to do more.” Since the announcement, many students have voiced their frustrations over the increase, and one of these students, Elizabeth Dossett, a Tufts Student Action (TSA) member, said that the increase cannot be justified. “This is a trend that needs to stop,” Dossett, a senior, said. “The growing trend of higher education getting more and more expensive every year is a product of money being pooled in admins’ salaries and in endowments, rather than actually going toward students needs, staff needs, financial aid.” Another TSA member, Karen Ruiz, echoed Dossett’s sentiment, noting that tuition increases have become a fact of life at Tufts. “First-years will be paying almost [$]80,000 by the [2021–2022 academic year],” Ruiz, a first-year, said. “And that’s not to mention how [much first-years] four years ago have had to pay.” The increase should not have a significant impact on the number of students that Tufts can support with financial aid packages, according to Glaser, who noted that the university has a “full-need aid” policy.
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James Glaser, dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts, poses for a portrait outside of Sophia Gordon Hall on March 27. “We meet the full demonstrated need of all our undergraduate students,” Glaser said. “Last year, we even adjusted the formula in a way that increased aid packages across the board because of recognition of increased book/materials costs. Our full need policy also means that if a student’s family has a
change in circumstances, their aid is adjusted accordingly.” Dossett, however, said that the university could do more to meet students’ financial need, saying that she knows from students’ see TUITION, page 2
Sack Sackler, calls on Tufts to cut ties with Sackler family by Gil Jacobson and Noah Richter
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Students and alumni recently formed Sack Sackler, a new student group calling for Tufts to cut its ties with the Sackler family. The group held a meeting on April 3 to begin discussing plans. As part of its ongoing efforts, the group also staged a speak-out at the Cannon on Tuesday evening for members of the Tufts community to voice thoughts, frustrations and personal experiences with the opioid crisis. The first part of the April 3 meeting focused on discussing the general situation and more information about the Sackler family, according to Nathan Foster (LA ’18), a spokesperson for Sack Sackler. The group plans to put pressure on the Tufts administration to make the results of the independent review being carried out by Donald K. Stern public, which was announced in a March 25 message to the Tufts community from University President Anthony Monaco. “[We want] Tufts to fund opioid treatment programs and other ways to pay
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back survivors for our connections to the Sacklers and then [put] standards in place to prevent future donors from taking advantage of Tufts like this,” Foster said. Julia Zubiago (LA ’18, M ’19), one of the students coordinating Sack Sackler efforts, said the group hopes to spread awareness throughout Tufts’ campuses about this issue. She emphasized the group’s intention of pushing the administration to remove the Sackler name from the Medical School building at 145 Harrison Ave. in Boston and noted the group already has a petition circulating amongst the Tufts community pushing for this and other demands. “This movement was formed [because] it is horrible that Tufts took money from the Sackler family,” Zubiago, an MPH candidate in the School of Medicine, told the Daily in an electronic message. “The Sacklers precipitated the opioid crisis by lying- they told doctors that OxyContin wasn’t addictive when they knew that it was, and profited off the opioid crisis that For breaking news, our content archive and exclusive content, visit tuftsdaily.com @tuftsdaily
followed overprescription. For all those who are in recovery, for those who still use opioids, and for those who didn’t survive the crisis, we believe Tufts needs to disaffiliate from the Sackler family.” Foster said that Sack Sackler plans to deliver their petition to the Tufts administration in the near future. “We’re thinking about in what capacity … in particular because our petition, the medical student petition, the [Tufts Community Union (TCU)] Senate resolution [and] the Faculty Senate resolution all call for a fair and transparent investigation,” Foster said. “Which is patently not what is going to happen [given] that the findings of the investigation are going to be kept secret. We are considering delivering it in a way that brings that up.” Zubiago believes it is ridiculous to have a health professions campus named after a family who has caused an “empire of pain.” The health professions campus, however, consists of multiple buildings, schools
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and institutes, according to Executive Director of Public Relations Patrick Collins. This includes the medical education building and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, which both carry the Sackler name. “In both cases, those naming gifts were given to the University nearly two decades before OxyContin was introduced to the marketplace,” Collins told the Daily in an email. “The University takes the concerns that have been raised very seriously and looks forward to the findings of Attorney Stern’s review.” An email to the Daily from Purdue Pharma Executive Director of Communications Robert Josephson reiterated Purdue’s support for pain research at Tufts, saying that such collaboration between academic and industrial communities is both common and appropriate. “Purdue acted properly at all times in its interactions with Tufts,” Josephson told
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continued from page 1 the Daily in an email. “We respect, and are prepared to assist, the University’s ongoing internal review.” Sack Sackler formed upon learning how extensive Tufts’ ties with the Sackler family ran, uncovered in the case brought about by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Foster said. “We need to understand the full extent of Tufts’ connections to the opioid crisis,” he said. “We need that information to be public. And we need to figure out a way to do the best we can to make up for at least some of it.” At yesterday’s speak-out at the Cannon, Sack Sackler intended to create a space for those affected by the Sackler family and the opioid crisis to tell their experience, according to Foster. “The main goals are to provide a space for people to speak if they would like to about how the opioid crisis has affected them or people they know,” Foster said, acknowledging the impact of the crisis. “So many people at Tufts and the United States have been affected by the opioid crisis and we really want to center on those voices.” While painting the Cannon with statements reading “Sack Sackler,” “400,000 dead” and “$13B,” community members shared stories of family members and loved ones impacted by the opioid crisis. Shane Woolley said he came to the event because he is upset and has personal ties to the crisis. “I am here tonight because I have very close family members who have been directly affected by the opioid crisis. They struggled with addictions that were brought on by the exact aggressive marketing tactics that the Sacklers used to make billions of dollars for themselves,” Woolley, a senior, said. “When I heard that Tufts was complicit in [this] … I was incredibly upset and angry and just wanted to make sure that we found a way to resolve this and that Tufts paid for their complicity in their crime.”
Zubiago said that the speak-out was a chance to reflect on the deep impact that the Sacklers and the opioid crisis that they have been accused of perpetuating has had on individuals. “We recognize that the Sackler family’s impact on Tufts and its community is not only academic, but deeply personal, and [we] want to honor that by giving people a space to speak about their own feelings,” Zubiago said. Foster also called for making Tufts a place where donors and administrators are held to the same standards of upholding community values and contributing to efforts strengthening them. He said this has been the results of a failure of governance. “That means that we need to think about how to change governance in the future to prevent this kind of failure from happening again,” Foster said. “Including things like a review board for publicly disclosing donors, that sort of thing.” Zubiago shared Foster’s desire for increased transparency surrounding donor information. She called Tufts taking money from a family that has fueled the opioid crisis to fund a health professions program a conflict of interest. “We’re learning to treat people for the [substance use disorders] that the Sackler’s behavior increased,” Zubiago said. “In science research, financial conflicts of interest must be disclosed. We don’t think it’s too much to ask that academia is held to the same standard.” Collins reiterated that the university is awaiting the results of Stern’s investigation before making any definitive decisions. “We think it’s important for the University to have a complete understanding of the roles and potential influence that Purdue Pharma and related parties had in our programs so that any actions we take are fully informed,” he said. In an interview with the Daily, Foster dismissed the idea of an investigation in the context of it providing the necessary information to cut ties. He said that lob-
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continued from page 1 experiences. She called for more transparency from the administration. “[Administrators] could definitely be more transparent about [their] salaries, about their involvement with loan companies, they could be more transparent about what it means to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need,” Dossett said. “Low income students at Tufts are going hungry, because there was a need for the Swipe It Forward program to be created.” Dossett also pointed to the fact that many students are taking on student loans. “[Students] are working huge amounts of hours on top of school work to pay the amount that Tufts says that they can pay,” Dossett added. “And of course they’re taking on thousands of dollars in loans in well. Financial aid is absolutely not covering 100% of demonstrated need.” Students also raised their concerns on Tuesday at a University Budget & Fundraising Town Hall hosted by the Tufts Community Union Senate and organized by the university to share more information on the university budget. University Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Tom McGurty and Executive Director of University Advancement Margot Biggin were among the administrators invited, along with Glaser and Qu. The topics discussed included housing costs, increases in tuition, financial aid, philanthropy and Tufts identity as an institution. In response to questions about high dining and housing costs, Glaser explained
the similarity that Tufts holds with its peer institutions. “From the perspective of housing and dining we are no different than our peer schools. I think you’ll find that in fact many of them are operating at a loss. Our housing is less expensive than our peers and our tuition is higher than our peers. Together, that makes up total student charges,” Glaser said. Qu added that Tufts’ combination of liberal arts and research is another culprit to raise tuition prices. “Tufts happens to be somewhere in the middle. We consider ourselves to be one of the smaller schools … but we also offer a research-intensive environment for our undergrads,” Qu said. “We don’t have a large number of undergrads to support that research infrastructure, so if you look at it that way, it is not too surprising that our finances make it very difficult to offer the best of both.” Event attendees also brought up questions about financial aid, specifically Event attendees also brought up questions about financial aid, specifically Tufts’ prioritization of meeting all demonstrated need over need-blind admissions. Glaser clarified the decision. “In the hierarchy of virtue, being fullneed is actually the more important aspiration. When you are full-need, we are committed to that need. If that need changes, we are compelled to change your aid package,” Glaser said. The last part of the conversation was focused primarily on donations and philan-
thropy to Tufts. Several students were concerned with how Tufts interacts with donors, and how the money is utilized to improve Tufts. When asked about Tufts’ endowment relative to peer institutions, Biggin explained why Tufts has fallen behind other universities. “We have been seriously fundraising the past 25 years, many of these schools have been doing it for decades. Making up for that lost time is a very tough thing to do,” she said. Qu added that Tufts often has to work closely with donors with the placement of donations into certain programs, as the university does not have full control over what the donations support. However, Biggin said that there is a bright side to this selective philanthropy when donors are aligned to the needs of the institution, like financial aid and faculty support. Biggin referenced the need for donations for building projects like the Science and Engineering Complex, the new Cummings building and 574 Boston Ave. The conversation closed with discussion of the balance between supporting the aspirations of a research-based institution with that of a liberal arts school. The deans emphasized their willingness to take on that challenge. “Being a research university does enhance the reputation of the institution … It gives opportunities to students that you wouldn’t necessarily get at a small liberal arts college,” Glaser said. “Do we challenge ourselves more by having research aspirations? We absolutely do … But it costs a lot more money to hire a chemist than it does to hire a philosopher.”
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Alastair Cribb named dean of the Cummings School by Zachary Hertz News Editor
Alastair Cribb, founding dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), has been appointed as the next dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, according to a press release provided to the Daily. “I am particularly excited to join [the] Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Tufts University,” Cribb said in the press release. “The opportunities for veterinary education, research and clinical service that support the regional and global communities are outstanding.” Cribb will assume the deanship on July 15, succeeding Joyce Knoll, who has served as dean ad interim since Deborah Kochevar left to assume the position of provost and senior vice president ad interim in March 2018. Currently, Cribb is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at UCVM, where he became founding dean in 2006. Previously, he was a Canada Research Chair in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology at Atlantic Veterinary College. In 1998, he was recognized by Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an awards program that highlights the achievements of Canadian leaders and visionaries, and was named a fellow at the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, according to the press release. University President Anthony Monaco praised Cribb’s background as an exemplary fit for the Cummings School. “The school also serves as a catalyst for the life science and biomedical research industries and has incubated more than two dozen life sciences companies,” Monaco said in the press release. “With his multidisciplinary background, Dr. Cribb is an ideal choice to advance the school’s priorities and extend its impact as a force for good in the world.”
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Alastair Cribb, the new dean of the Cummings Schools of Veterinary Medicine, is pictured. Cribb cited his time running UCVM while it was a new school as an asset that has given him knowledge about every aspect of running a veterinary school, and he also said that UCVM prepared him to work in the community. “I really recognize the importance of getting out and meeting our own people where they work, but also interfacing with the community,” Cribb said in an interview with the Daily. Cribb said that he was drawn to the Cummings School by both its research achievements and its unique culture.
“I was really impressed by the people I met: the faculty, the staff and the students; there was an obvious pride in the school, of what it’d achieved; and there was also … a really strong sense of innovation and creativity which I found really attractive,” Cribb said. Cribb emphasized that he will not approach the deanship with an agenda to make unnecessary changes but rather will aim to learn about the community’s strengths in order to find room for growth and help it achieve its goals. “I don’t believe in making changes just for
the sake of making them, but I am happy to make changes if it’s going to make it the school that we want it to,” Cribb said. Cribb noted that the kindness, respect and professionalism he faced throughout the selection process has energized him to work at the Cummings School. “Even though I’m not there yet, I’m really starting to feel like a member of the Cummings community, and I’m really looking forward to arriving and getting to know everybody and helping to move the school forward,” he said.
TCU Senate hears 5 resolutions, finishes budget at final meeting by Robert Kaplan
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The Tufts Community Union ( TCU) Senate heard five resolutions and finished its budgeting process for fiscal year 2020 at its last official meeting of the semester on Monday night. The resolutions were all passed, calling on Tufts to increase recruitment of faculty of color, implement a shadow grading system for first-year students, afford edue process for expelled Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine student Tiffany Filler, integrate mobile wallet technology and introduce a laundry stipend for low-income students. The first resolution the Senate heard, titled “S. 19-8 A Resolution Calling for Increased Recruitment and Institutional Support for Faculty of Color at Tufts sUniversity,” was authored by seniors yAdam Rapfogel, Jacqueline Chen and Thaw Htet; juniors Shannon Lee and Sylvester Bracey; sophomores Grant Gebetsberger, Karishma Chouhan, Rebeca Becdach and Kathleen Lanzilla; and first-years Katherine Wang, Nadia Rosales, Carolina Olea Lezama, Iyra tChandra and Rabiya Ismail. The resolution was adopted with 27 senators in favor and none opposed. Lee explained the background for the writing of the resolution. u “[Tufts] will train and develop talent in faculty of color, and then after they’ve achieved whatever goal they had, they leave for other institutions,” Lee said. t“Our goal in writing this resolution is to push Tufts to be even more … a destination, not a place or part of the journey.”
Rosales elaborated on the difficulty in retaining faculty of color at Tufts. “Many faculty of color from what I’ve heard from peers that knew them when they left said that one, there wasn’t a really welcoming place on campus, … and two, that these policies, spousal hiring policy, day care programs, etc., Tufts was not willing to budge on,” Rosales said. Rosales explained that unreasonably high expectations contribute to high attrition rate of faculty of color. “A lot of times faculty reject paths of tenure because of the invisible labor … is just impossible. You can’t keep up with what they want you to do plus keeping your scholarly career and your academic career alive,” Rosales said. “It becomes a choice between staying here at Tufts and keeping your career alive.” The next resolution the TCU Senate heard, titled “S. 19-9 A Resolution Calling on Tufts to Implement a Shadow Grading System for First-Semester First Year Students,” was authored by senior Rapfogel, junior Lee, sophomores Alex Lein and Ayden Crosby and first-years Ismail, Tim Leong and Deepen Goradia. The resolution was passed with 23 senators in favor, three opposed and three abstaining. Rapfogel explained the intent of writing the resolution, which would allow all grades of first-year students from their first semester to appear as pass/fail on their transcripts. “This is a way to ease the transition into college, where the first semester you get a chance to see how things are going, get used to the system,” Rapfogel said. “You still get [the grades], com-
ments on how you’re doing in the class … but with none of the cost.” In response to questions about how the system would affect first-year students in the College of Engineering and the School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Crosby said that the specificity of the resolution should not get in the way of TCU Senate considering it. “It’s a little bit more about the sentiment behind this, because what we pass is not specifically how the administration will implement this,” Crosby said. The resolution was amended to be more general in its implementation before it finally passed. The third resolution that the TCU Senate heard, titled “S. 19-10 A Resolution Calling for Due Process for Tiffany Filler,” was authored by seniors Amrutha Chintalapudi and Rapfogel, juniors Harry Kong and Ben Shapiro, sophomores Gebetsberger and Sarah Wiener and firstyears Andrew Kofsky and Goradia. The resolution, which was adopted with 27 senators in support and none opposed, cited a March Daily article which described the investigation and expulsion of Cummings School student Tiffany Filler months before her graduation over alleged “grade hacking.” The text of the resolution called for Tufts to “conduct a second, third-party investigation” into the evidence Filler provided in her defense in addition to a review of the standards by which they reviewed Filler’s case. Kofsky explained why he felt it was important that the resolution be passed. “It’s really important that to put our money where our mouth is and hold the
administration accountable,” Kofsky said. “If this case were to go to court, it would get thrown out.” The fourth resolution heard by the TCU Senate, titled “S. 19-11 A Resolution Calling for Institutional Support for Integrating Mobile Wallet Technology into the University Technology Ecosystem,” was authored by the members of the TCU Senate Services Committee, which includes juniors Kong and Pedro Andre Lazo Rivera and first-years Leong, Ismail, Carolina Olea Lezama and Melia Harlan. The resolution was adopted with 22 in favor, one opposed and five abstaining. The text of the resolution advocated for the administration to adopt “Contactless technologies, including and not limited to Mobile Student ID and payments enabled by [near field communication]-based platforms such as Apple Pay and Android Wallet.” Kong explained that this could significantly reduce lock-out calls to the Office of Residential Life and Learning, in addition to enhancing security. The final resolution that TCU Senate heard this semester, titled “S. 19-12 A Resolution Calling for Increased Financial Accessibility Services for Low Income Students at Tufts University, Including Laundry Stipends,” was also authored by the TCU Senate Services Committee. The resolution was adopted with 27 senators in favor, none opposed and one abstaining. Rivera explained that the resolution would be a significant step toward
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continued from page 3 financial accessibility at Tufts at a relatively low cost for the university. “This resolution isn’t calling for something like the printing stipend, for all students regardless of financial aid,” Rivera said. “This is something that would have a big impact on the lives of a very small community. So the financial footprint that this would add to the administration is actually very small.” TCU Senate also reviewed the remaining portion of the 2020 budget, for the media organizations of Council 3, which was tabled at last week’s meeting. The Council 3 budget was passed, allocating $124,704.07 with 24 senators in favor, one opposed and two abstaining. Some questions were raised by senators regarding the high cost and subsequently high budget for The Observer, which had a proposed budget of $40,684. However, after discussing various factors such as the price of paper, alternative vendors and various production schedule lengths, the TCU Senate approved the proposed budget total. The TCU Senate also heard several supplementary funding requests. Global China Connection initially requested $200 for a boba tea event, but the Allocations Board (ALBO) recommended $0 because they did not feel it was in line with the organization’s mission, according to Chouhan. The TCU Senate voted in favor of the ALBO-recommendation for $0, with 20 in support and seven opposed.
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The TCU senate convenes in the Sophia Gordon MultiPurpose room on Sept. 30, 2018. Students for the Exploration and Development of Space requested $4,372 to fund its contribution to a satellite competition with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University, according to Chen. The requested total of $4,372 was approved with 27 senators in favor and none opposed. South Asian Perspectives and Conversations requested $1,036 for a speaker event with Meera Nair, but due
to exceeding the speaker cap was only recommended $950 by ALBO. The ALBO-recommended total of $950 passed with 15 in favor, 12 opposed and two abstaining. Public Harmony requested $76.43 for new musical equipment for public performances and was recommended $77 by ALBO. The ALBO-recommended total was passed by acclamation. Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia Student Association requested $250
for additional food at its Pasar Malam event, according to an ALBO report. The ALBO-recommended total of $250 was passed by acclamation. According to an ALBO report, Tufts Consulting Collective requested an additional $80 for food at an upcoming presentation, which was passed by acclamation. The TCU Senate ended its meeting after midnight. Elections for all Senate positions for next year will be held on April 17.
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Tisch College’s SEL-CE program fosters social-emotional learning environment by Ellie Murphy
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The Initiative on Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement (SEL-CE), which was launched in early 2017, is a Tisch College initiative running programs for Tufts faculty and administrators. The SELCE Initiative focuses on developing equity, well-being and inclusivity across Tufts through a variety of events, including a year-long Faculty Development Program. According to Deborah Donahue-Keegan, the education department lecturer who is also associate director of the SEL-CE Initiative, other programs within the Initiative involve a three-part workshop series titled “Fostering Emotional Intelligence for Inclusive Excellence at Tufts” for Tufts senior administrators and an upcoming half-day workshop on May 10 for Tufts institutional leaders. According to the SEL-CE website, social-emotional learning (SEL) “involves developing the skills needed to recognize and manage emotions, handle conflict constructively, establish positive relationships guided by empathy, engage in perspective-taking, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively.” The SELCE Initiative views SEL as an important lever for advancing equity and civic-mindedness at Tufts and beyond. Donahue-Keegan said that the purpose of these programs is to help navigate sensitive situations. “[We aim] to encourage faculty, staff and administrators to continually develop emotional intelligence awareness and skills in order to optimally address the complex challenges that come with fostering inclusive excellence, equity and well-being — in and outside of classrooms,” Donahue-Keegan said. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, the director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tisch College, worked with Donahue-Keegan to develop the program. Kawashima-Ginsberg explained the program was an exciting opportunity that allowed her to apply her background knowledge on social-emotional learning and civic engagement from her work in graduate school and CIRCLE and merge them together. “I studied social-emotional learning’s impact on student success in graduate school … When there was a conversation about potentially bringing social-emotional learning into Tufts University at Tisch College, I jumped on the opportunity to be able to both contribute my background knowledge of social-emotional learning and civic learning. It also was a really good time for me as a scholar to merge those two ideas,” she said. Kawashima-Ginsberg went on to explain that the ultimate goal of the SEL-CE Initiative is to make sure that every Tufts student has access to the inclusive and supportive classroom and campus spaces they need to succeed. “A university of this caliber should aspire to make sure that all students are learning at their highest potential. That doesn’t mean that every student should start at the same point at the beginning of their university education … We should aspire to make sure that everyone has access to an environment where they can focus on their learning. That means we need to provide appropriate support,” KawashimaGinsberg said. Nick Woolf (AG ’20), a graduate assistant on the SEL-CE Initiative who works with Donahue-Keegan on SEL-CE Initiative programs, said he helps create strategies to
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Professor Deborah Donahue Keegan, in charge of the social-emotional learning Initiative by Tisch College, poses for a portrait on the academic quad on Sept. 30, 2017. make the workshops engaging for faculty and administrators. Woolf said that because he went to Tufts as an undergraduate student, he understands how important it is for faculty to be aware of the social-emotional dimensions of learning and teaching, as well as how to develop their own SEL skills. He explained that having faculty who integrate social-emotional learning and culturally responsive practices in their teaching gives students the best chance of succeeding in their studies. “The hope is that these workshops can simultaneously upgrade one’s own self-awareness and social-emotional learning competencies, while also equipping individuals with tools that they can bring into the classroom to better serve students. Something as simple as a professor devoting the first five minutes of class time to mindfulness or journaling can go a long way, especially considering how stressful the academic rigor of being a college student can be,” Woolf explained. Woolf went on to say that by educating faculty on social-emotional learning, they will be more equipped to teach students emotional intelligence in the classroom setting. “A common question — and this is the same if you look at K-12 schools tackling social-emotional learning — is why do you start with the adults and not work directly with the students? The rationale is similar to why flight attendants always tell you that you should put the oxygen mask on yourself first before turning to help others in the event of an emergency. We as humans are better able to help others if we are constantly improving ourselves first and foremost. The best mentors have invested significant time and energy in improving their own emotional intelligence, which then spills over into a greater capacity to coach and develop others,” Woolf said. Ryan Rideau, the associate director for Teaching, Learning and Inclusion at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching who serves on the Board of Directors for the initiative, consulted with Donahue-Keegan about the initiative. He explained that having a program dedicated to social-emotional learning is vital, considering that research finds it is imperative for having a positive learning experience.
“Historically, higher education has attempted to view our emotions and cognition as separate entities. But one of the things we know from the research is that they are inextricably linked,” he said. “Recognizing this connection and doing the work to develop our social-emotional intelligence supports Tufts’ mission as an institution of learning. Through their teaching and mentorship of students, faculty members have a large role in shaping the environment at Tufts. They can model these skills for students and establish a community built upon an ethos of care and support for one another.” Donahue-Keegan said that, in addition to creating programs for faculty, administrators and staff, she and her team are exploring ways to optimally impact students. In the meantime, she regularly facilitates workshops for students through academic classes and student groups. Donahue-Keegan recently facilitated back-to-back workshops on two Tufts campuses: one for graduate students in the Art Education Master of Arts in Teaching program at the SMFA, and a workshop on the Medford campus for 10 undergraduate Learning Assistants in the mechanical engineering department. She also recently led a workshop for undergraduates in the STEM Ambassadors program. Hérnan Gallegos, a senior mechanical engineering student, said that the program allows subjects that are not normally associated with social-emotional learning such as those in the STEM field to reap the same benefits. “Social-emotional learning … in STEM is a new gateway to explore learning avenues for students. For example, as a STEM Ambassador, SEL shows us that we can make both a social and emotional impact to the students we visit within the organization,” Gallegos said. “We begin to understand how our personal feelings and social status affect our connection with these so-called ‘unemotional’ topics in STEM. This creates opportunities for us to create a connection with these students and show that they do have a place in STEM, no matter where they come from … We will use this new tool to ensure we create these strong connections with the students we visit.”
Donahue-Keegan stated that 40 senior Tufts administrators have already signed up for the May 10 event. In terms of the future of the program, Rideau believes that the program will continue to expand as it has received positive feedback from the community. “I see the program continuing to build upon the momentum it has already established. The program has fostered a community of individuals who are committed to centering social-emotional intelligence in their work. More individuals will be invited to participate in the initiative with a goal of integrating these practices throughout Tufts,” Rideau said. Kawashima-Ginsberg felt that the future of the program will provide more opportunities to work social-emotional learning into the everyday lives of students at Tufts. She believes that this will smooth the transition for many students. “The program is currently focused on faculty and staff, but I think as faculty become more skilled in incorporating social-emotional agility and skills and climate to teaching and learning, I think it should become more mainstream. This means that the students should also start to expect that in every classroom and in every discipline. Sometimes I think that means that students also need to acquire the skill to support each other, while also expecting faculty to have those skills,” Kawashima-Ginsberg explained. Woolf added that the program will continue to expand as a part of the SEL-CE initiative and continues to teach faculty how to best support students. He also said that the program provides a unique experience offered by Tufts to encourage social-emotional learning at the university level. “Something that I’ve really appreciated about working as part of the Tisch SEL-CE Initiative is that it’s such a unique program. Social-emotional learning is a huge buzzword right now, and it’s one of the most frequently discussed topics in the world of education, but 95% of the research and innovation is occurring in K-12. The fact that Tufts is one of the only higher education institutions in the country to be formally investing in social-emotional learning can hopefully serve as a model for other institutions to model,” he said.
THE TUFTS DAILY | Features | Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Nate Rubright Somerville with Townie Tim
arathon Monday has now come and gone, and because you’re an avid reader of this column, you learned about the Tufts Marathon Team ( TMT) and coach Don last week. I’m happy to report that the TMT did great as always, with many smiles, hugs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches being passed out at mile 9. Tufts should be proud of yet another year of stellar participation in distance running’s most storied event. Now that you’re inspired by both my moving prose and watching the marathon on Monday, you probably want to go out and give running a try for yourself. That is an awesome idea, and Somerville has a bunch of great options to test your cardio. But before you lace up, your mans Townie Tim needs to get a few things out there when it comes to running. It seems pretty simple to just throw on some trainers and scamper out of the dorm, but I have a few tips that will make your new footslogging interest integrate smoothly into the community. First, you have to remember that there are other people out there walking dogs, driving cars, unloading boxes and wrangling toddlers. You have to share the roads and sidewalks. I know that while running you can get in the zone, and people seem to be moving at a snail’s pace, but you have to be aware of your surroundings. If you happen to be one of the folks driving around Somerville, do your best to notice runners because they can be dumb about running into the street. This is especially true with crosswalks. I’ve been running around Somerville for three years, and I still run out into traffic like an idiot. No pace is worth an unsafe situation. For this reason, I also have a really unpopular piece of advice for runners: Do not listen to music. This sounds nuts, I know. Music can distract from your surroundings, which can be really unsafe, but it also prevents you from completely embracing the activity. Quite frankly, you are missing about 50% of the pleasure of running if you are blocking out the sounds of your environment. I’ve found that ever since I stopped listening to music, I’ve significantly increased my enjoyment of running. I am always saying that I need to clear my head or get a chance to reflect on certain feelings, and undistracted running has become that outlet. If this is too much of a step, try switching to podcasts first. Now that you’re ready to get out there, you may be wondering where to go. The good news is that Somerville is the start of the Community Path, which is a dedicated walking path that starts near Lowell Street, goes through Davis Square and continues about 20 miles northwest through Arlington. You can also take a route off the Community Path to Fresh Pond in Cambridge or head down to the Charles River Esplanade for a really long run. There are no bad options, but remember to bring some water along. I look forward to seeing you out there.
Nate Rubright is a member of the Somerville community. Nate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019
‘Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris’ shines at the MFA by Libby Langsner Executive Arts Editor
Given the recent fire that destroyed much of Notre Dame and its precious artifacts, the whole world is looking to Paris. Amidst all the devastation, there is still much to Parisian art and culture that one can appreciate right in Boston. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA)’s current exhibition in collaboration with the Boston Public Library, “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris,” features the original prints of the most iconic imagery of 19th-century Paris. Often depicting cabarets, bars and cancan dancers, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints became synonymous with Paris and the people he depicted. Noted works include his legendary poster for “Le Chat Noir,” the first modern cabaret, and of the singer Aristide Bruant in his historic cabaret outfit. However, the exhibition shines in Toulouse-Lautrec’s more intimate drawings and in the the vast array of works by his contemporaries. Toulouse-Lautrec’s works are paired with those of Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, as well as artists such as Picasso, all of whom inspired major artists of his time and beyond. Another striking aspect of the show is the general ambiance of the exhibition space. Encore Boston Harbor, the casino set to open in the next coming weeks in Everett, Mass., is among the exhibition’s sponsors. The dark walls and mood lighting parallel the ambiance of a bar. Another aspect of the Encore sponsorship is that they are granting free MFA admission to Everett residents, which is a nice gesture. The gallery space is not your typical white box, but the walls are painted deep jewel hues, ranging from navy to green to red, which seems much more reminiscent of smoke-filled, dimly lit 19th-century bars. This seems fitting, given that the exhibition centers around six key figures in ToulouseLautrec’s work and Paris at the time. These include Yvette Guilbert, Jane Avril, Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, May Belfort and Loïe Fuller, all of whom drew mass audiences during their time in Montmartre. Toulouse-Lautrec was often commissioned by these stars in their early career stages, and the prints were what made these women instantly recognizable — Toulouse-Lautrec was not only an exceptional artist but also an exceptional PR agent. The use of celebrities as the center of the exhibition
raised both issues and advantages. This structuring of the show relied heavily on these individuals’ biographies, which sometimes shifted the focus from the visual to the narrative aspects of these works. Many of the most interesting and compelling works of the show were not the huge lithographs but the stone that the artist used and his small paintings and studies. The stone in particular was very hard to find, as noted by one of the security personnel. It is still rather amazing, and quite rare, to see these huge prints, some in their first set of reproduction. The exhibition does a great job of contextualizing and explaining printing, especially why some prints are more valuable than others. So much of Toulouse-Lautrec’s style is shaped by his creative medium, and this is further emphasized when juxtaposing his painting with his prints, the latter of which tend to be more modern and dynamic. “Lavishly illustrated with reproductions of iconic images along with rarely seen sketches, and illuminated by insightful essays, this volume shines a spotlight on the stars of the Paris stage, the birth of celebrity culture, and the brilliance of the artist who gave them enduring life,” the press release for the show states. While the show does delve deeply into the lives of these celebrities, it does so at the expense of the more critical and not-so-child-friendly aspects of the Paris underground. While the exhibition discusses the lesbian bars Toulouse-Lautrec often frequented, it does not really get into the social and gender dynamics and changes at play during this dynamic period of French history. This issue particularly arose with the wall text accompanying Mary Cassatt’s “In the Loge” (1878). Cassatt is one of the only female artists featured in the show and it is worth attending the exhibition to see this work alone. The wall text suggests that the male figure is gazing at the female figure, while the female figure is gazing upon someone else. However, the work is often analyzed as a major resistance towards the male gaze, as the female figure is not presenting herself to the viewer, and the viewer is being spied on just as she is. Like any art exhibition, it is essential to note that every work is more than the wall text might suggest. “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” presents an amazing scope of rare works that is assuredly worth seeing. For anyone interested in Paris, its history, its fashions, or art in general, the exhi-
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‘Moulin Rouge: La Goulue’ (1891) by Henri de Toulouse‑Lautrec is pictured. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932. bition has more than enough content to intrigue any viewer. The ambiance alone warrants its own review. This writer fell in love with a new artist, Robert Earle Henri, while visiting this show, which is a testament to the cultural power of the artist and his respective style, and how art can change the course of culture. It can lift some and ruin others. It is also a testament to how print culture, some-
thing we often take for granted, can influence higher forms of art, such as painting, and seriously change the course of the art that follows it. Toulouse-Lautrec was one of those incredibly influential artists whose talent did all that and so much more. “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” will be on view until Aug. 4 and is free for Tufts students.
Five highlights from Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 by Christopher Panella Arts Editor
This past weekend, fans across the galaxy traveled to Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Ill. for special panels and events on upcoming content — including films, comics, shows and theme parks — as well as plenty of special merchandise, interviews and a special “Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999) anniversary. It’s a perfect time to showcase the strong unity and excitement of the fan base while also inviting plenty of actors from Star Wars to join in on the fun. Thankfully, Celebration didn’t forget about the fans
who couldn’t make it. A livestream covered most of the panels and showed off different booths, stores and cosplay. As Celebration closed Monday afternoon, here’s a look at five of the best moments from the massive event. 5. “The Mandalorian” (2019) live-action series Set to premiere on Disney+, Disney’s streaming service launching this fall, “The Mandalorian” is the first live-action Star Wars TV series ever. Exclusive footage only shared with fans at the panel revealed that the series is set five years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” (1983) and follows plenty
of fan-favorite bounty hunters as well as introducing new worlds, new aliens and new faces. It will be a particularly gritty series set far in the outer reaches of the galaxy, and it will allow for a more mature look into the galaxy after the original trilogy. Fans got to see plenty of set pictures, including pictures of the cast and setting. “The Mandalorian” will release on Nov. 12, 2019, and stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers. 4. Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge Parks A Galaxy’s Edge panel unveiled exciting new information regarding the Disneyland and Disney World additions, both of which open this year. The parks are incredibly
immersive, giving fans the opportunity to interact with droids, animatronics, actors and ships in Black Spire Outpost, a village on a planet far in the Outer Rim. Fans got special looks at Smugglers Run, an interactive attraction where visitors will get to fly the Millennium Falcon, as well as Rise of the Resistance, a new, mysterious ride that will open after the parks. Visitors will also get to customize their own lightsaber, build their own droid and taste the blue or green milk like Luke Skywalker. There’s plenty more information to be revealed, including other attractions, food and a Disney World hotel.
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THE TUFTS DAILY | Arts & Living | Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuna Margalit Review Rewind
‘Strangers on a Train’
Star Wars Celebration Chicago builds up hype for end of Skywalker saga
he Movie: “Strangers on a Train” The Year: 1951 The People: Farley Granger as the supremely stressed-out tennis player, Guy Haines; Robert Walker as the slick psychopath, Bruno Anthony; Ruth Roman as Guy’s supportive, elegant girlfriend Anne Morton; and Patricia Hitchcock as Anne’s inquisitive and unrelenting sister Barbara Morton. Alfred Hitchcock, the director, shows off his knack for thrill-inducing set pieces. The Non-Revealing Plot: Guy Haines meets Bruno Anthony on a train heading from Washington, D.C. towards New York. Bruno, ever the opportunist, recognizes Guy as a successful tennis player and approaches him. Typical for a movie psychopath, Bruno toys with the prospect of committing murder, offering to kill someone for Guy’s benefit in exchange for Guy’s promise to kill Bruno’s father. Though Guy thinks nothing much of the proposal, his joking affirmation to the idea is perceived by Bruno as a true intent to carry out the murderous plan. Soon Guy realizes his mistake and deals with the consequences of having a persistent and cunning psychopath expecting Guy to kill his father. Unofficial Genre: The film is a thriller noir. Wikipedia says that it’s a “psychological thriller … noir.” I disagree. Using “psychological” when referring to the contents of a movie means that there’s a focus on studying or observing or just commenting on parts of the human psychology. This movies involves a psychopath, yes, but no part of the movie even slightly focuses on this complex subject. My Opinion (Emotional): This movie did an excellent job creating a sort of fear and hatred combination for the manipulative Bruno Anthony. Once it clicked that he had sinister ambitions, I immediately felt sympathetic for Guy and fear of Bruno. Critics claim that this film portrays a situation where there’s a fine line between who’s good and who’s bad, but I completely disagree. I think it’s cut and dry that Guy’s in the right and Bruno’s in the wrong. My Opinion (Technical): The action-based thrills weren’t all too horrifying. It was more in the moments where thrills weren’t to be expected — such as a middle-of-the-day tennis match — that I found myself feeling truly scared. The scene I’m referencing is a brilliantly crafted scene where Guy is on the court waiting to play, and he looks up into the crowd where every observer except one is moving their heads back and forth with the movement of the tennis ball. The one observer is obviously Bruno, and he’s staring directly at Guy. What makes this shot and setup so effective is that the movement of the observers’ heads is supposed to make the audience think there is uniformity, which is meant to be soothing. But once we notice that one observer is deviating from this uniform motion — which we notice after a few seconds — we’re uncomfortable both because of the break in cohesion and because this observer is evil. Overall rating: For its impressive set pieces, unique and effective shots and scintillating characters, I would give this film an 8.6 out of 10. I was disappointed that there wasn’t more of a delving into Bruno’s backstory, and felt that that doing so would’ve elevated the story on an emotional level. If You Like This, You’ll Also Like: Horrible Bosses (2011) … Not kidding. Tuna Margalit is a first-year who has not yet declared a major. Tuna can be reached at email@example.com.
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continued from page 7 3. Fans, cosplay and so much excitement Chicago was packed with people wielding lightsabers, fixing their cosplays and buying plenty of Star Wars merchandise. Star Wars actors noticed some of the best cosplays, including a Force ghost Luke that Mark Hamill loved on Twitter. Other amazing moments included most of the Rey cosplays gathering together for a meaningful picture and plenty of Leia’s iconic hairstyles. Lego marked the first day of Celebration by breaking a Guinness World Record with 36,440 Lego storm troopers lined up. Fans showed love for some of the more controversial actors in the series, including Kelly Marie Tran, who received a standing ovation and applause at the beginning of the “Episode IX” panel, and Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks.
2. “The Clone Wars” (2008–2014) season 7 content After the season 6 release of the acclaimed animated series on Netflix in 2014, many fans were desperate for new Clone Wars content. After Disney announced in 2018 that it was developing a season 7 to be released on Disney+, a short trailer release followed. At Celebration, a panel revealed videos of new content, character designs and details about “The Siege of Mandalore,” which will be the main plot of season 7. A trailer revealed everyone’s favorite character Ahsoka reuniting with Anakin, reclaiming her lightsabers — they’re now blue! — and preparing for an epic duel with Darth Maul. It is expected that “The Clone Wars” will release after the launch of Disney+.
1. “Episode IX: ‘The Rise of Skywalker'” (2019) On Friday, director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy introduced “Episode IX” to the world, along with some cast members — including fantastic Daisy Ridley — and a few droids. Pictures of the set revealed character costumes and names as well as exciting new planets in the film, and the panel ended with a teaser trailer for the film. It’s most definitely the best teaser ever released — Rey runs and jumps onto a TIE fighter, Leia and Rey hug, there’s epic forest battle and an evil cackle at the end belonging to Emperor Palpatine. Palpatine’s actor, Ian McDiarmid, later came on stage to greet the audience. Finally, fans were given the film’s long-awaited title: “The Rise of Skywalker.” The end to the three-trilogy Skywalker saga will release in December.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | FUN & GAMES | THE TUFTS DAILY
F &G FUN & GAMES
LATE NIGHT AT THE DAILY Myshko: “Tom Brady eats soy.”
LINDA C. BLACK ASTROLOGY
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Disciplined practice matters with a physical goal. You’re exceptionally clever with communication over the next three weeks with Mercury in your sign. Express your creativity.
Difficulty Level: Studying for exams in Tisch while it’s nice outside.
CORRECTION An earlier version of “Events on the Hill — Week of April 15” stated that the second event for the edible insect festival at Tufts starts at 9 p.m. In fact, it starts at 6:30 p.m. The article has been updated to reflect this change. The Daily regrets this error.
Deeksha Bathini America is dying
Brooklyn ft. the Measles
n 2017, two cases of measles were reported in New York City. Within the last year, 285 cases of measles were identified in New York City. Think about that. This 142-fold increase has a point source — one unvaccinated individual. This highly contagious disease is fatal, particularly for children and pregnant women who are immunocompromised. Measles’ resurgence has proven to be one of the most frustrating public health crises because the disease shouldn’t even exist. It is highly vaccine-preventable. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is 93% effective at one dose, and 97% effective at two doses. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York declared this outbreak a public health emergency. It is important to emphasize the danger of measles. The virus can be infectious before the patient develops the characteristic red splotches, meaning that what seems like a simple cold could actually be a very serious disease. Additionally, even minimal or no contact with an infected person can cause disease transmission. It is an airborne virus, so if someone with measles coughed in a room, their droplets would stay infectious for two hours after said person left. This crisis in New York is concentrated in an Orthodox Jewish religious community in Brooklyn, which is particularly concerning because New York City is such a densely populated area. For context, imagine walking even a block in the City. How many people would you breathe, cough or sneeze on? If you were infected, every single unvaccinated person you came in contact would have a 90% chance of getting measles. NYC, in response, has mandated that all people in certain zip codes receive the vaccine, with the financial penalty for foregoing a vaccination set at a punitive $1,000. This entire scenario reveals a central question surrounding most public health issues of today: Do we prioritize personal freedoms like the liberty to abstain from a vaccine or the safety of everyone else? American values place such an emphasis on freedom that it seems obvious that movements like the anti-vax campaign would surface. While I believe that there are certainly medical situations where personal discretion should be of utmost concern, vaccination is not one of them. I support Mayor de Blasio’s decision to contain the outbreak, moving to more drastic measures — such as shutting down and fining religious schools with unvaccinated children. These actions do not have bad intentions; they represent a more involved effort to contain this threat. There have been concerns that it is not within de Blasio’s jurisdiction to carry out such mandates, but the mayor seems confident about his actions. At the end of the day, vaccination is not only important for individuals, but it also promotes the notion of “herd immunity.” This idea refers to the vaccination of entire populations to prevent the transmission of disease to those who are not immune (i.e. allergic to vaccines, immunocompromised). Mayor de Blasio said it himself: “I don’t think it’s your unalienable right as a United States citizen to allow your child to catch and transmit a potentially fatal infection,” and he is absolutely right.
Deeksha is a sophomore studying community health. Deeksha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019
We support the striking Stop & Shop workers Stop & Shop workers are making history. Within seven days, 31,000 workers at hundreds of stores in New England walked off the job. The contract between Stop & Shop, a subsidiary of the Dutch retail giant Ahold Delhaize, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) expired on Feb. 23 as workers across New England voted to authorize a strike. Ahold Delhaize saw $2 billion in profits last year and proposed changes to the contract that would raise workers’ healthcare premiums significantly, effectively reducing take-home pay. UFCW Local 1459 said the company’s proposals for healthcare premiums could result in workers paying more than $800 more for healthcare. As reported in the Tufts Daily, Stop & Shop workers face low pay and high healthcare costs, with insurance failing to cover everything workers and their families need to survive. Workers have picketed outside hundreds of Stop & Shops over the last few days, including the location on
Alewife Brook Parkway, where many Tufts students go for groceries. Students should instead shop at competitors like Wegmans, Market Basket and Whole Foods for the duration of the strike. Workers depend on customer solidarity to ensure a short strike, as Stop & Shop has announced contingency plans to keep grocery stores open. We cannot cross the picket line; to do so is a profound betrayal of our responsibility to our cities and to workers throughout New England. There’s more at risk here than a week or two worth of groceries. Workers depend on these jobs and on strong unions to make a good living, especially as Massachusetts is eliminating legally mandated premium pay on Sundays and holidays over the next few years. So solidarity with strikers in support of a strong contract can help counteract the anti-worker laws in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts branch of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizing (AFL-
CIO) claimed a defeat for the UFCW workers would result in worse customer service and longer lines for customers, as well as deepening poverty and precarity for workers. In crossing the picket line, we endanger the collective power of grocery workers and give more power to the employers. But taking our business elsewhere is the bare minimum amount of support when workers are standing up to a multi-billion-dollar international corporation. We can also join picket lines, as members of Tufts Labor Coalition and Tufts Dining Action Coalition have; we can bring food and coffee to strikers; and we can offer our company to them in this harrowing time. Given all the talk of community, civic engagement and breaking out of the Tufts bubble at this school, we should live up to our moral obligations as students by standing with workers. Workers need our support, and we should offer it until the company gives in. United we bargain, divided we beg.
Hope in the distance
BY SHANNON GEARY
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | Sports | THE TUFTS DAILY
Third varsity boat continues to impress in final home regatta
Jeremy Goldstein Anti-Bostonian
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Members of the men’s crew team row in the regatta against Wesleyan and Bates on Apr. 14, 2018.
continued from back page Bell commented on the atmosphere of the regatta, and how different it was on Senior Day. “It was great to have so many spectators come out for the races,” Bell said. “Many of the crew team alumni also came to the regatta, so it was exciting to see all of them come out and support us. They just brought a lot of energy, and you could definitely feel it racing past the boathouse.” After the ceremonies, all three of the Tufts’ boats (first, second and third varsity eights) geared up to face their counterparts from Bates in semifinal races. In a clean sweep, all three of the Jumbos’ boats defeated the Bobcats to move on to their respective final races. The Jumbos’ first varsity eight sat Grant as the coxswain, Miller at bow and sophomore Rick Boer at stroke. Hartman, junior Mats Edwards, first-year Alex Williams, sophomore Harris HardimanMostow, Bacher and Bell filled out the rest of the boat. The group defeated Bates by just over four seconds, 5:54.5 to 5:58.8. Tufts then
raced against Wesleyan, who defeated UMass in the other semifinal. The Cardinals came out on top over the Jumbos, 5:55.9 to 5:59.9. “Wesleyan just had a much faster start than us, and [it was] able to get [its] boat ahead early,” Bell said. “I think we rowed very well through the second half of the race, but from [its] position, [it was] able to just counter any move we tried to make. I think if we can be a little more aggressive at the start, we can put ourselves into a much better place for the finish.” The second varsity eight for Tufts consisted of first-year coxswain Tara Curran, junior stroke Matt Agurcia and junior co-captain bow Paul Gelhaus. Whipple, Mudge, Gilland, Midthun, junior Mitch Koganski and first-year Malcolm Zuckerman filled out the other six spots of the boat. The first race against the Bobcats came down to the wire, 6:16.1 to 6:19.8. The group would also go on to face Wesleyan in the final race. Just as the Jumbos swept the Bobcats, the Cardinals swept the Jumbos in their races. Wesleyan won the final race with a time of 6:16.8 to Tufts’ 6:32.6.
Just like the regatta from the previous week, the third varsity eight proved to be the most successful boat for Tufts. In that group, the Jumbos boated first-year coxswain Nilay Maitey, junior stroke Peter Malinovsky and first-year bow Adrian Bauer. First-year Ethan Donnelly, first-year Henry Ross, first-year Matias Facciuto, first-year David Gantt, Braun and Takata rounded out the rest of the boat. On the way to improving to 4–0 on the season, the third varsity eight defeated Bates convincingly in its first race, 6:15.1 to 6:27.0. UMass’ novice eight boat awaited them in the final. In that race, the Jumbos took home the title for their group, defeating the Minutemen 6:20.9 to 6:30.3. Takata commented on why the Jumbos’ most amateur boat is still so successful. “We’re definitely less experienced than the other boats,” Takata said. “But even though we haven’t been together in the same boat for very long, we trust each other. Even though [rowing] seems like an individual sport, the fact that everybody in the boat trusts each other is the most important thing.” The next regatta for the Jumbos is the Baker Cup, hosted by WPI at Lake Quinsigamond on April 21.
The Celtics’ Game 1 Win is a Mirage
t’s playoff season for the Celtic army, and it started with a win that was as underwhelming as underwhelming can be. In the age of pace and space with offensive output at an all-time high, the old-fashioned-looking Cs might as well have been playing in the age of Red Auerbach instead of Brad Stevens. How ironic then, is it, that of all teams, they were playing the Indiana Pacers? A team literally named after the Indianapolis 500 but looked like their fast car got a flat in the third quarter and never recovered. Eight points — eight measly points in the third quarter for those race cars without engines. In an era where the Sacramento Kings scored 48 points in a quarter (Look it up, they did it on April 10!), this sad stat sticks out like a sore thumb. And yes, you can certainly give all the credit in the world to a Celtics defense that stifled the opposition. But is this going to be enough going forward? Is this going to be enough to down the juggernauts that await them? Let’s start with the good: The Pacers were held to 33.3% shooting from the field, and an even paltrier 22.2% from 3-point land. The Cs pulled down 68 rebounds to the Pacers’ 50 and held Bojan Bogdanovic to 12 points, despite him averaging close to 22 points per game since the all-star game. All good, but all defensive, and caveats must be added. The Pacers went 7–14 in a 21-game slump to end the season without the services of back-to-back all-star (and singer!) Victor Oladipo. A team without much offensive firepower to begin with should not be an apt litmus test to measure the Celtics defense against. Plus, the self-inflicting Pacers did the Celtics a nice favor by shooting 12–21 from the free-throw line. You can only beat what’s in front of you, but you have to look convincing. That brings us to the other side of the floor. What an ugly game and a waste of a Sunday afternoon (sorry, if it was 1966 this would’ve been a classic — there might as well have not been a 3-point line). For all of their defensive dominance, the Celtics themselves could only manage to shoot 36.4% from the field, as Jayson Tatum was the only C shooting over 50% from the field. However, he had a big fat zero in the assist column for a team that only had 18 on the day. Of course, it’s never an encouraging sign when a squad has more turnovers (20) than assists, and with the Celtics’ discombobulated offense, it’s not the best omen. Compound this with the fact that in another Eastern matchup, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed up, pouring in 24 points with 17 rebounds in 23 minutes against a sorry Pistons squad in what basically amounted to a scrimmage. The Celtics have all the reason in the world to be nervous. Bojan Bogdanovic is not Giannis, despite whatever crazy Indiana Pacers propaganda newspaper you may be reading says.
Jeremy Goldstein is a sophomore studying political science and film and media studies. Jeremy can be reached at jeremy. firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019
No. 4 men’s lacrosse crushes Amherst’s comeback attempt
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Junior midfielder Nick Shanks fights to keep possession in the game against Bowdoin on April 25, 2018. by Alex Viveros
Assistant Sports Editor
This week, the No. 4 nationally ranked Tufts men’s lacrosse team (12–1) dethroned two of its closest NESCAC rivals, winning a 19–4 game against the Bates Bobcats (9–3, 6–2 NESCAC) on Tuesday and defeating the Amherst Mammoths (11–2, 6–2 NESCAC) in a nail-biting 15–14 away win on Saturday. Following Saturday’s game, in an affair that could only be described as proboscidean, the Jumbos solidified their place as the highest ranked NESCAC team in the country, usurping the No. 4 spot previously held by the No. 5 Wesleyan Cardinals (10–2, 6–2 NESCAC). Additionally, the back-to-back Jumbo victories also confirmed their hold on the best record in the NESCAC, sitting atop the conference rankings with a record of 7–1. On Tuesday night, the Jumbos hosted the No. 12 Bates Bobcats in a game to decide which team would sit atop the NESCAC, as both teams entered the match with a tied conference record of 6–1. Although Bates was the first team to score less than one minute into the game, Tufts followed up with a dominant 8–1 scoring drive to lead the Bobcats 8–2 with over 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. However, Bates closed out the first half with a similar 5–0 drive, scoring its seventh goal with just 2.1 seconds remaining in the half to set the score at 8–7 in favor of Tufts. Despite a strong comeback attempt by the Bobcats in the second half of the Bates game,
the Jumbos were able to score 11 more goals in the third and fourth quarter to win the game by a final score of 19–4. The Jumbos’ survival in the game was accredited to a historic performance by electric senior attacker and co-captain Ben Connelly, who scored a career-high seven goals, tying senior attacker and co-captain Danny Murphy for the highest single-game scoring performance. Saturday’s victory came in the midst of an eight-game string of NESCAC games that began on Saturday, March 23, with a dominating 25–12 victory over Trinity (8–5), and will continue until the end of the regular season when Tufts faces Bowdoin College (6–7, 2–6 NESCAC) on April 24. With five teams nationally ranked in the NCAA Div. III, the NESCAC has solidified itself as one of the most dominant lacrosse conferences in the country, providing superb preparation for Tufts’ NCAA championship push. Tufts coach Casey D’Annolfo highlighted the importance of undergoing the NESCAC gauntlet. “The NESCAC games are really important,” D’Annolfo stated. “[They’re important] in terms of where the postseason placement is, and for the NCAA tournament if we’re fortunate enough to get there.” Although the Jumbos led 10–1 in the second quarter, by the game’s end it was their third in a row decided by one goal. The Jumbos held a lead over Amherst throughout almost the entire 60 minutes of regulation, but the Mammoths trampled back, tying up the game in the fourth quarter and pushing the Jumbos to their limit.
In the end, it was sophomore midfielder Garrett Samuelson’s goal, assisted by senior attacker Matt Treiber, that won the game with 3:15 left. Initially, the Jumbos charged at the Mammoths’ defense right out of the gate. Led early on by three goals by prolific sophomore attacker Max Waldbaum — who currently leads the team with an astounding 44 goals on the season — the Jumbos wreaked havoc on the Mammoths, scoring seven unanswered goals in the first and second quarters. Although the Mammoths managed to score three goals by the halftime break, the Jumbos responded with three goals of their own, closing out the first two quarters with a 10–3 lead. While the first half of the game belonged to the Jumbos, the Mammoths put a stop to the trouncing in the final two quarters of regulation. Although Connelly scored the Jumbos’ 13th goal of the game to give the Jumbos a nine-point lead just over five minutes into the second half, Amherst came back with a fury, scoring five unanswered goals to bring the Mammoths back into contention and trailing 14–9 by the end of the third quarter. The matchup was Tufts’ to lose by the fourth quarter, but Amherst capitalized on its different offensive weapons — five different members of the team scored five straight goals to nearly shut out the Jumbos in the final quarter of the game. With just over four minutes remaining in the game, Amherst junior attacker Colin Minicus sunk in an unassisted goal to tie the game at 14. With the game tied, Samuelson scored in the
clutch to put the Jumbos up by one point with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth. In the final three minutes of regulation, both teams scrambled, attempting a combined four shots on goal between both the Mammoths and the Jumbos. Amherst attempted three of these shots, one of which shot wide and two of which Tufts junior goalkeeper Mason Pollack saved. In the end, however, none of the shots sank in the final drives of the game, allowing Tufts to escape with a 15–14 victory. Pollack saved a season-high 19 shots, and was subsequently honored as the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse player of the week for his efforts. Pollack’s performance can be attributed to the large focus of the team on staying calm in the moment and executing its goals. Senior defenseman and co-captain Arend Broekmate, who tied his season-high of five ground balls in Saturday’s game, spoke about some of the ways the team prepares to ensure their efficiency. “We did a training program with Navy SEALS and Marines, and we learned some stuff about ourselves,” Broekmate said. “We need to focus on what’s directly in front of us instead of what we call ‘staying far.’ So that when you get to the end of whatever task you’re doing, you’re not freezing up, but you’re kind of finishing through and making sure you’re taking care of business.” This winning mindset will be crucial for the Jumbos in the upcoming two weeks, as they prepare to close out their regular season with games against unranked Middlebury on Saturday and Bowdoin on Wednesday.
Men’s crew celebrates Senior Day at final home regatta by Bradley Schussel Sports Editor
The Jumbos put their boats on their home course, the Malden River in Medford, Mass., for the second and final time this season this past Saturday. Tufts hosted Bates, Wesleyan and UMass in the regatta, which also marked the final time that several seniors would row competitively for the Jumbos on the Malden. The
Jumbos celebrated Senior Day to honor their rowers that will graduate in just over a month. Eleven senior rowers were honored as part of the festivities, including senior co-captains Ryan Bell and Isaac Mudge. Jordan Bacher, Samson Braun, Rich Gilland, James Grant, Nick Hartman, Ted Midthun, James Miller, Tamas Takata and Alec Whipple round out the rest of the senior class.
Coach Noel Wanner, who oversees both the men’s and women’s crew programs, spoke to the rowers and their families as part of the ceremony. It was a particularly emotional moment for both the coach and the rowers. “Coach Noel [is] always a great speaker,” Takata said. “But [on Saturday] you could see his emotions come out when he was talking about the seniors. You could tell he really cares about each and every one of us. He was getting teared up, and I was getting emotional myself.”
Takata also spoke on the experience of racing at home on the Malden for the final time in his career. “It didn’t really hit me that it would be my last race there until the middle of the second race,” Takata said. “We’re continuing to practice there, but we’ll never have another regatta there. It was really nice to have all of our families there to witness that.” see MEN'S ROWING, page 11