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Julianne Moore reminisces about college, film career see ARTS&LIVING / PAGE 4

Jumbos cruise past competition at Baker Cup

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Shannon Lee wins TCU Presidency, 4 of 6 referenda pass by Robert Kaplan

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Shannon Lee, a junior, was elected Tufts Community Union (TCU) President last night, according to Elections Commission Chair Leah Sugrue. Philip Miller, a junior who had previously served on TCU Senate for two years, contested Lee. Lee, who served on TCU Senate for three years, excluding one semester abroad, won the election with 59.86% of the vote, Miller garnered 38.45% and 1.69% of voters abstained, according to Sugrue, a first-year. In an electronic message to the Daily, Sugrue said that 1,480 students voted in the presidential election, which was 26.58% of eligible voters. Overall turnout was 26.79% of eligible voters. In the most recent contested presidential elections of 2018 and 2016, turnout was 29.5% and 24.95% of eligible voters respectively, according to articles in the Daily from both years. There were also six referenda questions on the ballot, four of which passed. The first question on the ballot passed, which asked students if the TCU Constitution should be amended to create a senator position for the School at the Museum of Fine Arts. The second question on the ballot passed, which asked students whether the TCU Constitution should be amended to replace the title of “Community Representative” with “Community Senator.” The third question on the ballot failed, which asked students whether the TCU Constitution should be amended to allow any undergraduate member of the Tufts community to run for TCU president, regardless of whether they were elected to TCU Senate, a current prerequisite. The fourth question on the ballot failed, which asked students whether the TCU Constitution should be amended to combine the positions of TCU Historian and Outreach Committee Chair into one position. The fifth question on the ballot, a non-binding referendum, passed, which asked students if they support placing a recent graduate on the Board of Trustees. The sixth question on the ballot, another non-binding referendum, passed, which asked students if they support a provision that would require the University administration to respond to TCU resolutions within two weeks. Upon hearing the election results, Lee expressed enthusiasm over being elected TCU President. “I feel so much gratitude for the opportunity to do this, to be TCU President,” Lee said. “I do this for students, my deepest commitment is to be an advocate for students and to represent them.”

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A sign encouraging students to vote in the TCU Presidential Election is pictured in Mayer Campus Center on April 24. Miller’s campaign posted a statement to his campaign Facebook page that wished Lee luck as TCU President and thanked his supporters. “I know that she will be a strong leader for the student body and I have faith in her commitment to build a stronger community on campus,” the statement read. Miller himself was not available for comment by the time of publication. TCU Community and Diversity Committee Chair Grant Gebetsberger, who worked on Lee’s campaign, explained why he supported Lee’s candidacy for TCU President. “I’m choosing to volunteer with Shannon’s campaign because of the work she’s done to help marginalized communities here at Tufts,” For breaking news, our content archive and exclusive content, visit tuftsdaily.com @tuftsdaily

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Gebetsberger, a sophomore, said. “Her priorities are really going to be there for the people who need them most.” Gebetsberger acknowledged the strength of Miller’s candidacy as well. “They’re both really amazing people,” Gebetsberger said. “He brings a lot of positive energy and competence to the work he does.” TCU Senator Andrew Kofsky, who worked on social media and publicity for Miller’s campaign, explained why he believed that Miller should be elected to TCU Senate. “His experience and the praise that he’s received from people that I do know has convinced me to support him,” Kofsky, a first-year, said. “That’s evident in the Textbook Exchange.

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He ran on that platform his freshman year and he executed it start to finish, and tangibly saved students thousands of dollars.” Kofsky also explained why he did not support Lee’s candidacy. “[Lee] is relying on projects that she’s worked on with other people, and not the creative ideas of her own,” Kofsky said. “Whereas [Miller] offers fresh new ideas and is able to bring a different perspective to Senate that others can’t.” Gebetsberger disagreed, explaining the strength of Lee’s approach to leadership. “Shannon is a really strong and collaborative leader, and she’s brought a lot of people on board to the projects that she’s undertaken,” Gebetsberger said.

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The Tufts Office of Sustainability released the fiscal year 2017 and 2018 Campus Sustainability Progress Report in March of this year. According to Tina Woolston, the Office of Sustainability program director, the report contains a sampling of the variety of different sustainability projects and advancements that are going on at Tufts but is by no means comprehensive. “It’s hard to gather all the information since Tufts is so spread out. It has over 140 buildings just on this campus … We’re trying to include stuff from the Health Sciences campus, the Grafton campuses [and] the SMFA,” Woolston said. Woolston explained that, to organize the variety of information in the report the Office of Sustainability wanted to move away from previous reports’ layouts as a way to represent Tufts moving forward with sustainability. The new report is loosely modeled after the Standard Tracking and Assessment Rating System framework that Tufts completed in 2015, which focuses on academics and research, according to Woolston. Kayla Williams, the Eco-Rep coordinator, showed her support for the design. “I like the way they put it together in a way that you could tell it’s meant for everyone to read and look at and understand,” Williams, a senior, told the Daily. Nako Kobayashi, a graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science

and Policy and an Office of Sustainability 2018 summer intern, was instrumental in constructing the report according to Woolston and Shoshana Blank, the Office of Sustainability Education and Outreach program administrator. “For me, it was really a matter of being as representative as possible,” Kobayashi said. “I didn’t want it to be too focus[ed] on just what students did, or what faculty did; I really wanted to try and bring it all together and also highlight things … through the EcoAmbassadors Program, staff members … student research, faculty research … and what has been done to improve infrastructure to be more sustainable.” Blank, who runs the EcoAmbassadors Program and the Green Office Certification Program, said she mainly provided data and statistics in areas such as energy and water usage, greenhouse gas emission sources and outreach. “I’ve provided stories here and there for things that I knew, but a lot of things were really outside the scope of our office, and Nako found those stories in other parts of the university,” Blank said. Kobayashi told the Daily that much of her work was based on information compiled by the office’s previous full-time communications specialist. According to Kobayashi, the communications specialist role no longer exists due to budget cuts, so the construction of the report fell to her. The 2017 and 2018 report comes a year and a half after the release of

the last sustainability update in the fall of 2017. According to the Office of Sustainability website, the previous reports were released each spring. According to Blank, the loss of the communications specialist position is a major reason for this delay and the subsequent need to combine the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years in the latest report. Woolston anticipates that the next report will be difficult to produce for this same reason. “I think it’s gonna be a lot harder to do the next one. We’re trying to track [sustainability updates], but without a full-time staff person it’s just much harder,” Woolston said. When the future reports do come, Woolston indicated that the office is interested in presenting them in a different way, perhaps making them more interactive online or providing shorter versions. Williams also thinks a shorter version would be good to include in the future. “I wish there was maybe a shorter pamphlet or something, or like a quick read version,” she said. “[There are] people who are curious but are not invested enough to do all the work to find it and then go through [all] the pages of it.” Williams also commented on the impact the reports could have on the Tufts community. “I hope that in the future … all of these plans and ongoing projects actually end up making Tufts a place that is carbon free, or that does prioritize like environmental health. Not only just for the students that live here but for the community surrounding,” she said.


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ow far would you be willing to go to save the world? What would you be willing to sacrifice? Money? Time? Sanity? Friendships? Your morals? Most importantly, though, what happens when Earth’s mightiest heroes confront these questions? Such is the content of “New Avengers Vol. 1: Everything Dies” (2013) from Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting. “New Avengers” begins in Wakanda with T’Challa witnessing the first “incursion” — an event where a parallel universe hurdles on a collision course with our world, threatening to cause the end of the world as we know it. T’Challa jumps into action, recruiting some of the top minds in the Marvel Universe, including Captain America, Iron Man and Doctor Strange. The mission is grim to say the least, with Mr. Fantastic’s opening monologue beginning with “Everything dies.” If it wasn’t clear before, this should be your heads-up that this comic doesn’t end well. “New Avengers” is one of the two Avengers series that led up to the 2015 event “Secret Wars” (which I reviewed a while ago), so much of which reads as a world-building exercise. Take for instance the extended sequence explaining what an incursion is. It’s slow, but necessary. That’s actually a pretty good way to describe the book: slow, but the buildup in this first volume helps the reader understand the scale of what they’re going to see. What we see is, in a word, boggling. The team’s first attempt to repel an invading world, for instance, involves Captain America pushing the second earth away with an Infinity Gauntlet. Epic scenes like this serve to whet the reader’s appetite, acting as a treat after the meat and potatoes that is the exposition of the slower scenes. I’d be remiss if I talked about “New Avengers” but didn’t touch on the unofficial main character: T’Challa, or Black Panther. While not explicitly the book’s focus, he is the first character we encounter, and a decent amount of the book focuses on his actions and internal monologue. The first scene of the book shows the end of a Wakandan contest that determines the best and brightest — and then subsequently shows those contestants get slaughtered by marauders from a parallel earth. Let me spell that out. The book opens with the hope for the future dying in front of the eyes of the nation’s king. Yikes. In one moment, one silent scream, the reader understands why T’Challa is willing to do whatever it takes. “New Avengers” is quite different from your typical superhero comic. The slow, sometimes plodding pace may alienate some, as will the dark tone and the bleak stakes. Yet, I find myself coming back to it periodically, because it’s cool to watch our heroes fight something so much bigger than anything else — to literally watch the Avengers stare down Armageddon. If you’re not afraid of some exposition, then I can’t think of a better pre-“Endgame” (2019) read than “New Avengers.” Drew Weisberg is a first-year studying psychology and film and media studies. Drew can be reached at mitchell.weisberg@tufts.edu.

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Julianne Moore is pictured. by Tommy Gillespie Arts Editor

On Thursday night, Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre hosted “An Evening With Julianne Moore.” The event, which brought the star of the recent film “Gloria Bell” (2019) just minutes away from her old stomping grounds when she was a theater student at Boston University, featured a conversation with the Academy Award-winning actress and Boston Globe film writer Loren King. The night concluded with the presentation of the 2019 Coolidge Award to Moore. The event at the Coolidge represented a homecoming of sorts for Moore, just down the road from her alma mater. She was enthusiastic about the role her time in Boston has played in the development of her career: “It’s awesome to be here in a city that was so formative for me as an actor … so many memories,” Moore noted as she accepted the award, which counts Jane Fonda, Werner Herzog and Meryl Steep among its ranks of previous honorees. Beyond her recollections of her college years in Boston, Moore and the Coolidge Corner Theatre already have a fair amount of intertwined history. “I saw ‘Eraserhead’ (1977) here!” she remembered to laughs early in the conversation. The connections run deeper: the theater’s longest-running show of all time was “Vanya on 42nd Street” (1994), which Moore starred in. They also host an annual screening of “The Big Lebowski” (1998), in which the actress portrayed

the domineering artist Maude Lebowski. Through these serendipitous mementos, however, Moore went on to emphasize the importance of theaters like Coolidge Corner Theatre throughout the Boston area in deepening her perspective of cinema as an undergraduate. “My dad was in the army,” Moore explained. “Those theaters showed the popular movies … It would be something like ‘Aristocats’ (1970).” She counts the independent theaters she encountered  in Boston when she ventured back to America from her family’s overseas base in Germany, like the Coolidge, Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre and others as critical in her developing her artistic outlook. “I saw everything in Boston … Godard, Truffaut, Altman,” Moore said. Moore would go on to win her first considerable praise from film critics in a Robert Altman film, 1993’s “Short Cuts.” It is precisely in the tradition of auteurs like Al that Moore and filmmakers like Todd Haynes first gained major recognition during the independent film revolution of the mid-1990s, a movement she hailed as “a miraculous time in cinema.” “Suddenly, people started making these movies on very low budgets … taking huge chances on things we’d never seen before,” Moore recalled. Her succession of roles in these films, such as Haynes’ “Safe” (1995), catapulted her to the position of one of the decade’s most talked-about actresses. Her somewhat late-blooming success on the big screen came as a surprise even to Moore herself.

“I had accepted that my career would be in TV and off-Broadway,” she observed. Reminiscing about her early days on the stage and on television, including a stint on legendary soap opera “As the World Turns” (1956–2010), Moore took this opportunity to stress the value of judging actors based on their performances rather than the role: “It’s really important to look at the work, not the medium.” Always keeping that maxim in her back pocket has propelled Moore into the highest echelon of the industry, and she is showing no signs of complacency. She discussed two of her upcoming projects, one of which will be a family affair. Her husband, filmmaker Bart Freundlich, will be directing her in “After the Wedding” (2019), a remake of a 2006 Danish film of the same name. She also talked about her upcoming role as pioneering feminist Gloria Steinem. “It’s based on her autobiography … it’s not a straight-up biopic … more impressionistic,” Moore explained. She recalled her work with Steinem herself in glowing terms: “She is a true leader, incredibly open and tolerant … always teaching.” Working with Steinem is an unlikely end of the career trajectory for a one-time cocktail waitress at Kenmore Square’s Up & Up Lounge, but Moore seems just the figure to bring such a story to life. Her next challenge to the industry is to give women filmmakers their rightful due: “Women are 51% of the population … not a special interest group.” With Moore spearheading the fight for gender equality in Hollywood, it would be unwise to bet against it.


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Lacrosse teams headline this weekend’s NESCAC tournament

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Senior attacker Ben Connelly celebrates a goal in the second round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament on May 9, 2018. by Arlo Moore-Bloom Executive Sports Editor

Lacrosse The Tufts women’s lacrosse team (14–1, 9–1 NESCAC) opens its NESCAC tournament play against the Trinity Bantams (8–7, 3–7 NESCAC) on Bello Field on Saturday at 12 p.m. as one of the many Tufts sports teams that begin its postseason play this weekend. The team’s No. 2 seed is coach Courtney Shute’s squad’s best NESCAC ranking since its No. 1 NESCAC seed in 2009. The Jumbos have never won a conference championship, and with a win against the Bantams, they will qualify for the semifinals for just the fourth time ever.

Ironically, the No. 7 seed Trinity has the second most postseason tournament appearances after Middlebury. Earlier in the season, Tufts soundly beat Trinity 12–6. Look out for senior attacker Dakota Ademac, who’s scored 38 goals this season with an astonishing 46.9% shooting percentage to boot. In a mirror-like image of the women’s matchup, the men’s lacrosse team also faces off against the Bantams on Saturday on Bello Field at 3 p.m. as Tufts looks to defend its 2018 NESCAC title. They are also undefeated at home. In another paranormal similarity, the men’s team shares the same record as the women’s team, going 14–1 overall and 9–1 in the NESCAC. That’s about where the similarities end. The men’s team won seven consecutive NESCAC

championships from 2010–2016, and it is the only NESCAC squad to have qualified for the last 18 NESCAC tournaments. The Jumbos have bested the Bantams in 17 out of the last 19 matchups between the two squads. Watch out for senior attacker Ben Connelly who scored 11 goals and notched two assists against Middlebury and Bates in Tufts’ last two games. Men’s Track and Field The men’s and women’s track and field teams head to Middlebury, Vt., for the NESCAC championships. On the men’s side, senior Josh Etkind races for his third title in the 110-meter hurdles, an event he has dominated all season. Senior Henry Hintermeister looks to spear his second bird in as many years this weekend in the javelin

throw after taking the crown in 2018. The team has finished in the top three since 2012, and are looking to reclaim the NESCAC crown for the first time since 2015. Women’s Track and Field

On the women’s side, senior co-captain Evelyn Drake — the only Jumbo with a conference championship under her belt on the team — looks to lead a young team ripe with talent on Saturday. Teammate Kelsey Tierney, ranked No. 2 in the 3k steeplechase, also will look to rack up points for Tufts. The Jumbos have a particularly deep team, integral to a strong finish at the team-based format of NESCAC. The Jumbos start racing bright and early at 9 a.m. on Saturday.


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Men’s crew gets clean sweep at Baker Cup

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Members of the men’s crew team row in the regatta against Wesleyan and Bates on April 14, 2018. by Bradley Schussel Sports Editor

A successful season for the Jumbos rolled on over the weekend when they took to the road for the first time in the spring season. The team took their annual trip to Lake Quinsigamond near Worcester, Mass., to race against Skidmore and host Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Tufts put three boats on the water and won all three races on the day. The third varsity eight for the Jumbos remained undefeated in the spring with their victory. The regatta began with the first varsity eight boats from all three schools. Tufts boated senior coxswain James Grant, sophomore stroke Rick Boer and senior bow James Miller, as well as senior co-captain Ryan Bell, senior Nick Hartman, senior Jordan Bacher, junior co-captain Mats Edwards, sophomore Harris HardimanMostow and first-year Alex Williams. The Jumbos finished with a comfortable lead over the Engineers, and they blew the third-place Thoroughbreds out of the water. Tufts finished the 2k course in 6:13.0, with WPI and Skidmore at 6:21.72 and 6:55.82, respectively. Junior co-captain Paul Gelhaus did not race on Sunday; instead, he watched from

the shore. The captain provided an outsider’s perspective on the first varsity eight’s performance. “I think everyone was a bit apprehensive at first, knowing it was going to be a tough day of races,” Gelhaus said. “Once the [first varsity eight] put down a good time against WPI and Skidmore, people got really excited. The parents in attendance were ecstatic, and the rowers were in good spirits.” Hartman, who occupied the fourth spot on the boat for the Jumbos, described some of the keys to the victory. “One thing that we have been working on is being more aggressive with our rate throughout the race,” Hartman said. “We were consistently two strokes per minute higher than usual, and we had the fitness to sustain it, which really helped us get ahead.” The tone-setting performance by the first boat was only the beginning for the Jumbos’ success on the day. The second varsity eight followed with a solid performance of their own, defeating WPI in their race by just under five seconds, 6:31.8 to 6:36.57. The second varsity eight lined up with first-year coxswain Tara Curran, junior

stroke Matt Agurcia and first-year bow Henry Ross. Tufts filled out the rest of the boat with seniors Alec Whipple, Rich Gilland, Samson Braun and Ted Midthun, junior Mitch Koganski and first-year Malcolm Zuckerman. The Jumbos did not boat a varsity four, so the race for that category was between WPI and Skidmore. The varsity four for the Engineers defeated the Thoroughbreds 7:45.5 to 7:51.13. It was Skidmore’s final race of the day. The action closed out with the third varsity eight competition, where the Jumbos looked to stay undefeated on the season. In this part of the competition, Tufts defeated WPI for the third time and by the largest margin of nine seconds. The final times were 6:37.5 for Tufts and 6:46.68 for WPI. While the third varsity eight has remained undefeated, the personnel has gotten shuffled around for each regatta, a common occurrence in Tufts crew lineups. For the Baker Cup, the third varsity eight for the Jumbos consisted of first-year coxswain Nilay Maity, junior stroke Peter Malinovsky and first-year bow Aidan Bauer. Senior Tamas Takata, sophomore Jack Fraser, first-year Ethan Donnelly, first-year Matias

Facciuto, first-year Akash Maney and firstyear David Gantt rounded out the boat. Gelhaus commented on the team’s overall success at the Baker Cup on Sunday and the challenges the team has faced at that regatta over the years. “The Baker Cup has always been a tough one for us,” Gelhaus said. “WPI has always been really good. For some of the older guys on the team, coming back to this race, but winning this year, was something really special. As we get closer to our championship races, [winning on Sunday] raises the morale and sets the tone for what we’re gonna do going forward.” Hartman shared his teammate’s sentiment. “It was very encouraging to see all of our boats win against a team that has traditionally beaten us,” Hartman said. “It shows that we have something special this year in all the boats and that we have the potential to be very successful in the championship races.” While championship season is fast-approaching, Tufts will first travel back to Lake Quinsigamond for a race hosted by Holy Cross, where the rowers will face off against the hosts as well as NESCAC rivals Bates and Williams.

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