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Two Tufts professors awarded Guggenheim fellowships by Isabel Valdelomar Contributing Writer
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded two Tufts professors Guggenheim fellowships for their previous outstanding work in their fields, as well as for an investment in their future research. Moon Duchin, an associate mathematics professor, and Aniruddh Patel, a psychology professor, were chosen from almost 3,000 applicants to receive two of approximately 175 Guggenheim fellowships. Mac Diamond, chief advancement officer of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, said that the award was a statement to the importance of Duchin and Patel’s research. “Name the field, and you’ll find renowned practitioners who have held the Fellowship,” Diamond said. This award not only recognizes past excellence, but also provides funding to support future research and publications by both exceptional academics and artists. To this end, it has awarded over $360 million to thousands COURTESY ANIRUDDH PATEL
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International student employment training program to nearly double in cost by Emily Thompson Staff Writer
The cost of Curricular Practical Training (CPT), a program that allows international students to gain work experience in their field of study, will nearly double from the half-credit cost to a total of $966 starting this summer as the university’s new credit system is implemented.
CPT is a federally regulated program administered by the International Center (I-Center) at Tufts that gives international students with F-1 student visas the opportunity to complete work-study, an internship, cooperative education or employment in the student’s field of study. Students must have declared majors, have completed two consecutive semesters in good academic standing and must
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either receive academic credit or fulfill a major requirement from the CPT opportunity, according to the Student Life website. Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences Joseph Auner described the administrative rationale behind the rising cost of CPT. “The deans set the tuition rate for summer courses. The Summer 2018 rate for a three SHU course is $2898, which represents an increase of 3.6% from last summer. This results in a per-SHU rate of $966,” Auner told the Daily in an email. “Managing the CPT program involves time and effort of academic advisors and staff from the International Center, the Financial Aid office and other offices in the university.” According to Auner, the deans remain committed to ensuring international students can participate in CPT, regardless of their financial situation. “[Dean] Glaser and [Dean] Qu have authorized funds to cover the cost of the CPT courses for those students with high financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office and the International Center,” Auner said. “From the beginning of the SHU conversion process, they have been com-
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mitted to ameliorating financial hardship resulting from the change in tuition for the CPT program.” Patrick Himes, the assistant director for technology at the I-Center, explained that CPT provides international students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience that they would otherwise miss out on based on their work eligibility status as international students. “We can approve someone to work at a specific off-campus business, organization, nonprofit … you name it. Anything that could be considered employment, we can approve it,” Himes said. “If an experience is required by a program … then we can authorize that. If something is not required for a program, then the student must earn academic credit [for us to approve it].” Without CPT, international students would have to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows F-1 students to work for a total of 12 months in the United States beyond their course requirements, according to Himes. CPT employment does not count against the 12 months granted under OPT.
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continued from page 1 “OPT is a blanket authorization for a student to work in their field. It’s good that students have the option of CPT … because say you get a two or three month internship in the summer, and then you only have nine months of work authorization under OPT after you graduate,” Himes said. Shari Moona, administrative coordinator at the I-Center, spoke of the benefits that CPT provides international students. “American students are able to work off campus with no problem at all, but [CPT] benefits international students because they can get experience with American companies, and that often leads to full time jobs after graduation,” Moona said.
When the I-Center staff learned that the cost of CPT would nearly double, both Himes and Moona expressed concern about the ability of international students to continue to participate in the program. “We fought [the cost increase], we didn’t want it to happen,” Himes said. “Only the highest need financial aid students are getting that cost waived, but even if you’re not that … and you come in and say I’ve got this opportunity that could be really helpful in your future, but it’s going to cost you $966.” Moona also expressed concern about the increasing cost of the program, noting the added costs of unpaid internships. “Even for students that aren’t on financial aid … that may have unpaid intern-
ships, they’re paying almost a thousand dollars [for CPT] to work for free for the summer, so that’s challenging. And then there’s housing costs. It really puts international students at a disadvantage,” Moona said. “As far as I know, it doesn’t really provide any academic benefit for students, so it’s kind of silly that they’re paying that $966 as it’s required by the government that they be registered in this course.” Himes added that the CPT program is important not only for individual students, but the university as a whole. “If you look at the big picture, it’s important for the success of your students, for alumnae engagement, for [Tufts’] brand, and for connections for future students,” he said.
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continued from page 1 of fellows, including individuals who would go on to win Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Both Duchin and Patel were excited and honored to have received such a commendation that would allow them to pursue a subject they were passionate about. Duchin explained that the award will help further develop her work on the mathematics of gerrymandering. “I’ve been working for about two years on a project to investigate mathematical interventions in redistricting, which I think of as an application of math to civil rights,” Duchin said. Duchin explained it was her study of congressional district shapes that ended up leading to this project. She brings this knowledge of gerrymandering to Tufts students in her class, Math of Social Choice, and reported that students were showing enthusiasm for a more generalized version of her project on gerrymandering. Meanwhile, Patel said he would be using his Guggenheim fellowship to pursue a study related to music and psychology. “I got the fellowship to write a book on the evolution of music cognition … taking a biological evolutionary approach to our capacity for music,” Patel said. Patel’s book will explore the question of whether or not music has shaped human evolution, and if so, how. He will be taking a yearlong sabbatical to tackle the task of writing and publishing a book. The fellowship will provide him the time and funds to take on the project, and he credits support from his Tufts colleagues with helping him make the decision to take a year off from teaching.
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Events On The Hill — Week of April 16 by Seohyun Shim and Mary Carroll News Editor and Managing Editor
TUESDAY “Town Hall on Mental Health & Wellbeing” Details: The Tufts Community Union Senate is hosting a conversation with Tufts administrators and mental health student groups on mental health and well-being. Where and when: Alumnae Lounge; 4:45–6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY “Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda” Details: In a panel discussion organized by Rwandan students at Tufts, students are encouraged to remember the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda. Panelists include Valentine Rugwabiza,Rwanda’sPermanentRepresentative to the UN and Tom Dannenbaum, assistant professor of international law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Where and when: Tufts Interfaith Center; 6–7:30 p.m. “An Evening with Holocaust Survivor, Dr. Ornstein” Details: As a part of the Cummings/ Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Tufts Hillel is bringing Holocaust survivor and psychoanalyst Dr. Anna Ornstein. Where and when: ASEAN Auditorium; 8–10 p.m. “Greek Life at Tufts: Where We Were, Where We’re Going” Details: The Inter-Greek Council is inviting the Tufts community to discuss and examine the role of Greek life at Tufts. Where and when: Cohen Auditorium; 6:15– 8:30 p.m. THURSDAY “ExCollege Presents: Positive Disruption in Education” Details: The ExCollege and TEDx Tufts will host a conversation about
experiential learning learning outside of typical academic spaces. ExCollege Director Howard Woolf will deliver the keynote address. Where and when: Curtis Hall Multipurpose Room; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. “Celebrating a New Chapter of the Asian American Center” Details: The Asian American Center is celebrating the re-purposing of Start House, which will now be used entirely as Center space to build community. Where and when: Tufts University Asian American Center (Start House); 4:30–6:30 p.m. FRIDAY “CS Colloquium: Deep Sequence Models” Details: The Department of Computer Science presents a conversation about context representation, regularization and application to language with Adji Dieng of Columbia University. Where and when: Halligan Hall 108; 3–4 p.m.
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Capitalism around me
s of today, I count 228 days of staying in the States. Although that seems like a relatively short period of time to judge, I’m starting to understand and feel attached to many aspects of the country. Of them, I’d like to discuss capitalism in the States. When you think of capitalism, the American dream, Wall Street or disparity in wealth might come to your mind. What I’d like to talk about today is, however, daily occurrences of capitalism. Let me start with the example of Tufts shuttles. With very few exceptions, most of the shuttles are quite huge and designed to carry a lot of people at once, fully equipped inside with tiny-but-big-enough seats without wasting space. On the flip side, the shuttles’ quality is quite low, which causes them to sway in all directions and make uncomfortable noises all the time as they are extremely sensitive to uneven road surfaces. This means the shuttle service is not focused too much on people riding it, but on how effectively they can carry people. From this, I sense a characteristic of U.S. capitalism: Its primary concerns are efficiency and productivity. This idea is flipped opposite back home in Japan, where user satisfaction tends to be prioritized in many cases. Initially, I used to be annoyed by the noises and discomfort of the shuttles, but it kind of has grown on me and I’m sure I will miss it when I return home. Now, imagine that you came to buy groceries in Davis Square by taking the Joey. In an American supermarket, which tends to be really big, there are various types of goods, from veggies and meat to snacks and everything else. However, if you look carefully, you’ll notice they are always the same items. It means you cannot often find new products like some new, edgy flavor of potato chips, or limited-edition items like the cherry blossom-flavored Pepsi sold only during spring, which is happening back home. You always only see the same few items there. As a business model, the American way is better for profitability, due to the cost reduction from standardizing popular items, but at the same time, it can feel boring. To be fair, though, I really appreciate its stable aspect in that you can always get what you intend to get, unless it is sold out. In addition, thanks to this characteristic, I think I have come to spend less time shopping because I no longer have to explore around the shop to find newly released items. These characteristics are tiny, trivial things in daily life. Even so, they seem to reflect the very essence of people’s culture and way of thinking, and therefore it always attracts my interest. Also, it is quite interesting to see the comparison of any type of cultural difference between here and back home. Every time I encounter or make this sort of comparison, I feel great because it is what I could not experience unless I studied abroad here. Hayato Miyajima is an exchange student from Japan majoring in international relations. Hayato can be reached at hayato. email@example.com.
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Students, faculty respond to choice of Ellen Kullman as commencement speaker by Fina Short
The 2018 Commencement speaker and trustee emerita Ellen J. Kullman (E ’78) faces a considerable task: In a matter of minutes, her commencement address must appeal to listeners across diverse backgrounds, career trajectories and nationalities, with a graduating class of over 1,300-strong in attendance. At first blush, Kullman, former CEO and chair of the board of DuPont, is a fitting choice. A March 27 article in the Daily highlighted Kullman’s success as the first female CEO of DuPont, her background as a female graduate from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and her leadership of Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of business leaders advocating for gender equity in the C-suite. “Ellen Kullman … is a prominent business leader, champion of women’s progress in the workplace, and an alumna and longstanding friend of Tufts who has served our community for many years,” Executive Director of Public Relations Patrick Collins told the Daily in an email. Nevertheless, Kullman’s designation as commencement speaker has sparked controversy among students who feel that she does not represent their values. Senior Bianca Hutner, who is the co-president of Tufts Climate Action, expressed disappointment that Tufts had chosen Kullman and said that doing so was giving recognition to a former CEO of a company responsible for significant environmental damage. “[Kullman is] someone who has been complicit in actively producing chemicals that pollute waterways and … destroy habitats and peoples’ livelihoods,” she said. Hutner added that DuPont, by being involved in producing genetically modified seeds through its subsidiary DuPont Pioneer, impoverishes and unfairly extracts profit from farmers. “Often times, farmers are forced to buy more expensive seeds that they don’t want to, and originally in many cases using seeds that they’ve been using for thousands of years … [DuPont is] forcing farmers to pay for seeds that they don’t really want to use, then the seeds only work with the fertilizers,” Hutner said.
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Tufts Climate Action co-president Bianca Hutner poses for a portrait at her home on Quincy Street on April 12. “The system’s set up so the companies can make as much money as possible. ” She expressed sadness that Tufts had selected a speaker formerly in charge of a business responsible for such large-scale environmental degradation. “I thought they would understand that this is something students would be upset about,” Hutner said. Despite the history of DuPont, Sheldon Krimsky, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, argued that the environmental damage cannot necessarily be attributed directly to Kullman, even if she was working for the company. “[It is] not strong enough to link the person with her role in the corporation,” Krimsky said. “There’s the corporation, with its history, and there’s the person.” He stated that in researching Kullman’s background, he had found no indications that she had been directly responsible for any environ-
mental damage or harmful actions taken by the company. “I haven’t seen any evidence at all from any of the literature that she’s been implicated in any scandals, she’s been implicated in any advocacy, strong advocacy, toward keeping a product that’s environmentally dangerous,” he said. Two months after Kullman stepped down as CEO and chair, DuPont announced a merger with Dow Chemical to form what is now the world’s largest chemical company. Krimsky noted that he had protested against Dow during the Vietnam War. “When I was a graduate student, I protested Dow,” Krimsky said. “They manufactured a chemical that was used in Vietnam, several chemicals. One of them, napalm, was used directly on people.” Krimsky, who has conducted extensive research regarding the impact of corporate influence on science, said he had also observed efforts by DuPont to avoid regulation of chemicals potentially known to be harmful. “If I would have to draw a large brushstroke … they are a very traditional chemical company that try to protect their interests and keep chemicals on the market even when there’s scientific evidence that they might be dangerous to humans,” he said. Nevertheless, Krimsky lauded Kullman for her success in a typically male-dominated field as an engineer and business leader. “She was able to succeed at the highest level in a highly patriarchal society, especially the corporate culture,” Krimsky said. “That takes courage and a certain kind of grit and a certain kind of intelligence.” In contrast, senior Emma Plankey expressed that as a woman studying computer science, she was dismayed that Tufts had chosen Kullman to represent women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. “I think the sentiment that we should have a commencement speaker that is a woman in STEM … that’s a good sentiment. But I don’t think that’s why we chose her,” Plankey said. “I think that’s a convenient
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Professor Sheldon Krimsky poses for a portrait in his office on April 13.
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continued from page 4 explanation for why this trustee in particular wanted to give the commencement speech this year.” Plankey said that she believed Kullman had been chosen to speak because of her wealth and connections to the university. Kullman served on Tufts’ Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2016, and is currently a member of the School of Engineering’s Board of Advisors. “They’re wrapping that up in the … package of her being representative of women in STEM,” Plankey said. “As a woman in STEM, I find that insulting.” Plankey further stated that as a low-income student, she felt that Kullman represented many of the barriers she had encountered while studying at Tufts. “Having struggled a lot with class anxiety over my four years at Tufts, it’s a bit of an insult to have this be the send-off that I’m getting,” she said. George Behrakis, Tufts Republicans president, expressed admiration for Kullman’s success in the business world, stating that he believed she had achieved incredible success as a female engineer in the corporate sphere. “To make it up to that sort of position as a woman in that big industry, it’s difficult,” Behrakis, a sophomore, said. “I think that’s something that should be celebrated.” Behrakis said he wished students wouldn’t take issue with a commencement speaker before listening to their speech. “If somebody’s coming to speak at a commencement, I don’t think necessarily that it’s supposed to be a political statement,”
Behrakis said. “They’re coming to share with you … how they can transfer some sort of advice or knowledge so you can get inspired, go and do something.” He stated that he wanted to hear Kullman’s speech no matter her background or political leaning. “I actually don’t think it really matters what her views are or that she’s the CEO of a company,” Behrakis said. “She’s coming to speak to students about her success, and I think that’s important to hear regardless of where you come from.” Molly Lipman, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, contended that despite DuPont’s history, she still saw Kullman as an inspiring example of a female engineer who succeeded in a difficult environment. “I don’t blindly look up to her, I think that there’s definitely mistakes,” Lipman said. “But I think that it’s important to recognize the important progress she made being the first woman CEO in this position.” Lipman argued that while she wouldn’t want her career trajectory to closely resemble Kullman’s, she understood why Kullman made the choices she had made. “Sometimes as a woman in a field that has a lot of barriers to you ... you have to take opportunities that have problematic parts to them, and I don’t fault her for trying to further her career by taking a problematic job,” she said. “I hope that my interaction in the field is better than her opportunities because of progress,” Lipman said. “I hope that I won’t have to make that really hard decision.”
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Senior Emma Plankey poses for a portrait outside the SEC on April 12.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2018
Nikki Margaretos Is This Thing On?
‘Invasion of Privacy’ is an iconic debut for Cardi B
Surveying the rap scene
he era of rap superstars may be aging out, so take a seat, Drake, Lil Wayne and Eminem. Enter mumble rap, the newest genre takeover of the genre, which is markedly less articulate and lyrical, and heavier on the drug references. Personally, I’m not a fan of this garbled, slurred style, but you are welcome to change my mind. Perhaps Fetty Wap’s debut single “Trap Queen” (2014) was the first hit in the cascade that would follow. So what is so appealing about these newcomers whose raps sound more like moans? What do the mumble rappers themselves have to say about the negative attention this subgenre is garnering? In a Genius piece, Atlanta mumble rapper Rich The Kid explained, “They used to tell me to pronounce my words more. But like, if the kids like it, if my fans like it … that’s for them.” Wait — isn’t the whole point of rap to articulate a message or a story? In fact, I would say that is the real leg up that rap has over any other genre. If mumblers are not out to say anything intelligible, I wouldn’t be surprised if they struggle to connect with well-established rappers. “We call it mumble rap … No disrespect to the little homies, but, like, they know what’s up. They say they don’t wanna rap,” Wiz Khalifa said in the same Genius interview. Okay, so they’re just lazy? They’ve got killer beats but can’t be bothered to make proportionally high-quality lyrics! Genre icon Kendrick Lamar has acknowledged that the new style is deviating from historic trends. In an interview with Forbes, he said, “I want hip-hop to continue to evolve. That’s why I can’t shun a lot of the artists that may not be a Kendrick Lamar … Be yourself and do what you do but also know who laid down the groundwork.” Rap and hiphop have deep roots in America, yet the new wave of artists doesn’t seem to care about paying homage to the history of the genre. For them, abusing prescription drugs appears to be higher on the list of priorities. “I remember being so f——- high on this song,” Future said in an interview. “I couldn’t even open my mouth.” All right, so maybe Future gets his inspiration from visits to the dentist’s office. To their credit, the mumble rappers have each coined a unique way of saying “yuhhh” with a recognizable flair. 21 Savage gives off the nonchalance of a kid dozing off in class, while Lil Uzi Vert whines like his parents are establishing a curfew for him. Tellingly, the mumblers are noticeably less mature than their predecessors. Hey, maybe I’m too old to “get it,” and that’s okay. Leave me with my Kanye and my memories, and you can keep Post Malone. I’m not worried at all about these new rappers, because they’re clearly striking a chord with some audiences. As 50 Cent once said, “Go ‘head, switch the style up and if they hate, then let them hate and watch the money pile up.” Nikki Margaretos is a senior majoring in economics. Nikki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The album art for Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ is pictured. by Christopher Panella Staff Writer
When Cardi B’s 2017 single “Bodak Yellow” broke records and knocked Taylor Swift from the No. 1 chart spot on Billboard, it was clear that the Bronx-bred artist was here to stay. After the release of “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi, who first gained widespread attention via Instagram and her appearances on “Love and Hip Hop: New York” (2011–), established herself as a hot item. Now, with her empowering, personally intimate and never-boring album “Invasion of Privacy” (2018), she solidifies her rightful place at the pinnacle of music and pop culture. In 13 tracks, her individual struggle is well-documented as one of the best debut albums this side of the millennium. “Invasion of Privacy” is incredibly personal and intimate. At times, it feels like Cardi is telling us the story of her life from the opening testament “Get Up 10″ to her collaboration with Chance the Rapper on the slow-jam “Best Life.” When Cardi declares in “Get Up 10” that “I started speakin’ my mind and tripled my views / Real bitch, only thing fake is the boobs,” she immediately tells listeners that the album is going to be just like her: unfiltered, honest and real. She’s fantastically independent, telling
listeners “I don’t want your punk-ass man / I’m too tough” before the hard beat drop of “Get Up 10.” Her personal strength seamlessly flows throughout the album and never fails to inspire. Arguably, the highlight of the album’s emotion comes on the slower “Be Careful,” where Cardi disses a former lover and doubts herself. Her feelings of anger and betrayal are vivid. She drops her confident persona for a moment, confessing “You even got me trippin’ / You got me lookin’ in the mirror different / Thinkin’ I’m flawed because you inconsistent.” These personal moments balance perfectly with her signature humor and her boss persona throughout the album. Cardi’s sexual voraciousness is evident throughout, but comes to a head on “Bickenhead.” She opens it with a dedication, claiming, “Goes for all my nasty hoes.” The song is an absolute bop and features some of the most clever lyrics on the album, like “When I’m done, I make him cum, but then he comin’ off that cash.” This sexual confidence is evident on other songs like “I Do,” where Cardi claims, “P—- so good I say my own name during sex.” At her best, Cardi dominates “Invasion of Privacy” with fast flows and vivacious beats. She takes center stage, especially on the electronic
“Money Bag” and “Thru Your Phone.” There are certain moments, notably “Drip” and “Best Life,” where Cardi feels slightly overshadowed by her featured artists. The weakest track, “Drip,” feels like a leftover from Migos’ “Culture II” (2018) that Cardi takes a break on. Despite this, Cardi remains her own icon throughout the tracks, an independent money-maker on the eerie “I Do” and a prideful powerhouse on “Ring.” She gets back to work on emotional ballads like “Thru Your Phone” and “I Do,” both of which feel like personal pages from C ardi’s diary or long rants she would have with her close friends. In this way, Cardi presents herself as a three-dimensional person. Sure, she’s hilarious, but her talent comes from her ability to balance the different aspects of her story and herself. “Invasion of Privacy” features some of the most memorable lyrics of any debut. It’s an album other artists dream of making, something so perfectly fleshed out and real. Cardi doesn’t present herself as a persona, but rather as the fresh face the music industry so desperately needs. On the closing track of the album, “I Do,” she taunts, “My little 15 minutes lasting long as hell, huh?” Indeed, Cardi’s prominence looks like it will be permanent, and that is a very, very good thing.
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‘Chappaquiddick’ plunges into Kennedy crisis by Setenay Mufti Arts Editor
Before the era of Stormy Daniels and Facebook selling our information to political campaigns, there was Chappaquiddick. All but forgotten in the epic legacy of the Kennedy family, it was the scandal that resulted in the death of an innocent woman. Senator Ted Kennedy was there. Whether he was guilty or not is another story, one that “Chappaquiddick” (2017) director John Curran attempts to weave together. Here’s what we know happened: On July 18, 1969, in the midst of the Apollo 11 moon mission, Ted Kennedy (played by a terribly accented Jason Clarke) drove a member of Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, Mary Jo Kopechne, from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass., when he drove off a bridge. The car flipped upside down. Ted came out, Mary didn’t. Ted reported the incident to the police nine hours later. What happened in the span of those nine hours, and what had occurred at the party before the crash, remains unknown. According to Ted, he didn’t see the edge of the bridge in the dark, and after he crawled out of the car onto shore, he dove back in repeatedly to try and save Mary Jo. Concussed and in a daze, he left the scene, called his cousin and lawyer Joe Gargan and only managed to report the incident the next day. But as Curran exhibits, there are some problems with this theory. Where were they going? Why didn’t Mary Jo bring her purse? Why wouldn’t Ted want the officers to investigate immediately? Why was Mary Jo’s body found with her arms holding herself up to the top of the car, as though she were keeping her head above water? Was Ted’s door unlocked and hers wasn’t? In the movie version of “Chappaquiddick,” the audience sees a different series of events. After a flirtatious (but innocent) outing with Mary Jo, Ted (who, contrary to his statement, had been drinking) accidentally drives off the bridge and, after pulling himself out, does not get back into the water. Instead he calls his astonished cousin and lawyer Joe (Ed Helms), who after trying and failing to rescue Mary Jo, makes Ted swear up and down he’ll call the police. He doesn’t. But he does call his father, patriarch Joseph Kennedy, to inform him of the situation and is met with a one-word response: “Alibi.” Now it’s suited-up cover-up time. The accident occurred five and a half years after JFK’s assassination, and one year after RFK’s. If the Kennedys were in Homer’s the Odyssey, Ted would be Odysseus: the only one left alive, left to stand in the shadow of his dead, but immortalized, brethren. Well, except Odysseus was clever. Ted makes a series of baffling mistakes throughout the movie, like refusing to let Joe help him deal with the police and instead submitting his story hours later or donning a fake neck brace to Mary Jo’s funeral. In one of the film’s best scenes, Ted’s father Joe, who has zero trust in him, brings in an army of lawyers to explain that there are three aspects of the incident to be contained: the information the lawyers know that the public shouldn’t know, the information the lawyers don’t know that must remain unknown and the informa-
Bruce Dern, Jason Clarke, Kate Mara and Ed Helms are pictured in a promotional poster for ‘Chappaquiddick’ (2017). tion Ted has already admitted that they need to make the public forget. “Chappaquiddick” does most things very well. After many hard-to-watch cuts to Mary Jo’s last hours in the car, the audience is never able to forget the realities of the tragedy. The whole story is shadowed by the memories of the murdered Kennedys, and Ted’s own insecurity (especially of his father’s judgment) is crippling. Curran shows a version of events no one wants to believe: A Democratic hero, the so-called Lion of the Senate from
one of the most prominent families in American history, drove drunk and succumbed to his own cowardice, dooming his passenger to drown. But the name cannot fully protect the man. In the movie, the Kennedy name is the only thing that saves Ted from complete ruin, although the incident did stop him from running for president. In the Kennedy world, everything is politics. The first words Ted speaks to Joe in the movie are not, “A girl has died” or, “There was an accident,” but, “I’m not going to be president.” Some
elements are over-dramatized — Joe Kennedy is almost comically villainous and Mary Jo’s character is depicted as a martyr of the political system; she quits after Bobby’s assassination and Ted spends most of their outing trying to convince her to come back. Don’t expect an epic, Oliver Stone-level conspiracy movie. The reality is that Ted is the only one who really knew what happened, and even if Curran didn’t piece together all of the details, the real timeline would still depict a humbling takedown of this titan of American idealism.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2018
Visions of Peace by Christina Villarreal Too often we feel pressured to come to a decision. Especially at Tufts, and most especially when faced with something as controversial and divisive as the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The violence does not end while we argue over who has rightful claim to the land, who was there first, or whether Israel is an apartheid state, etc. The politics of the issue command the conversation while legitimate perspectives are overshadowed and unheard. In its second year of fruition, Visions of Peace aims to build a more peaceful society via engaging with diverse viewpoints and projects supporting peace initiatives and shared societies in Israel and the West Bank. Though it is impossible to separate the politics from the conflict, it is the human connection, the raw narratives and the commitment to a shared society that lead the way to peace. As a senior intern
for the VOP Fellowship, I had the extraordinary opportunity to see how the fellowship evolves, and how the situation on the ground changes. We talked with multiple people, from former IDF soldiers and self-identified settlers to Arab Palestinians and Palestinians with Israeli citizenship (some also identify as Arab-Israeli). While it was originally created to be a place for unifying voices from different political viewpoints behind the common goal of peace, Visions of Peace has grown to be more than that. Rather than focusing on our own perspectives and ideas about how to navigate this conflict on campus, our aim this year has been to “make the voices of peace and reconciliation louder than the voices of the conflict,” as Tiffany Addo, one of our fellows stated at the conclusion of our trip. This involves not only listening to each others’ backgrounds and histories, but most importantly, to those
Nesi Altaras Looking Out of Israelis and Palestinians who are affected by it. For people in this region who live the reality of the conflict every day, they do not care about Tufts campus politics. They care about the peace they once lived before the escalation of the conflict. Specifically, according to a historian we heard on the Fellowship trip, this peacefulness dates back to before the second intifada. He described it as the sharing of Jerusalem without the checkpoints and the animosity felt between residents. The narratives we had the opportunity to hear have hope for a future of a lasting peace. Blood has been spilt on all sides, and only with this in mind can the process for peace and reconciliation be brought to the forefront. All sides suffer, for they are all human. Humanity is for everyone. Christina Villarreal is a senior majoring in international relations. Christina can be reached at email@example.com.
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Face to Face
t a tour of the First Peoples gallery in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the guide explained, using these words, that the First People owned all of what is now Canada before the settlers did. Today’s Canada, while it has been going in a positive direction, still has a lot of truths to face and apologies to make. Hearing this at the beginning of the tour from a white Canadian set the tone perfectly, but it also surprised me because I could not imagine hearing something similar at an American museum, let alone at one of comparable prestige like the Museum of Natural History in New York. At the ROM, and everywhere else I went to in Montreal and Toronto, it was clear that Canada has started on a path of facing up to its horrific treatment of the native population of what is now Canada. First People, encompassing Inuit, Métis and First Nations — including more than 600 recognized groups — are not relics of Canada’s past but part of its present and future. In my short trip, I saw an exhibit by contemporary First Nation artists and galleries dedicated to Inuit art. Even history museums showing artifacts First People made always reminded the visitor that these cultures, languages and the people carrying them are still alive, making up almost five percent of the Canadian population. First People have a presence in everyday Canada outside the museums: in cultural spaces, nativeowned businesses, community health centers and political demonstrations outside government buildings. Canada needs to do better still and continue atoning for its awful treatment of First People generally and the shameful residential school system designed to end native cultures more specifically. This is not only an issue of historical remembrance but also of serving the needs of a long-oppressed minority, from basic security to healthcare. This truth facing Canada is new; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission dealing with the residential school system was only started in 2008, and its work brought larger issues to the fore. The rapid move by Canadian government and society from nothing to some action and self-criticism is promising. It gives hope that the United States, socially and politically, can learn from a similar society how to begin apologizing to its Native population and giving them the respect and services they deserve. The responsibility for this cannot be on Natives alone; other Americans need to take action, to apologize. Changes and improvements will have to include everything from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (for example, changing that name) to the wall cards at the Museum of Natural History, discussing people of the Pacific Northwest who made totem poles as if they withered away with time. The United States has much to learn from Canada on many fronts (healthcare), one of which is facing its history and present with its Native population. Hopefully, many Native leaders can be in positions of power to lead the charge for change. Nesi Altaras is a junior majoring in international relations and economics. Nesi can be reached at email@example.com.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2018
MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Jumbos take first place at Silfen Invitational
he NBA has a serious injury problem. This past season alone, without even having to do a Google search, names of stars like Gordon Hayward, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Steph Curry and Kristaps Porzingis all come to mind as having missed significant time. Serious injuries such as ACL and MCL tears seem to have become commonplace across the league. Nowadays, it is common for players to come into the league having played upwards of 5–10 years of serious and time-intensive basketball with a mixture of college play, high school teams and AAU. While it seems like this has led to a generation of prospects more prepared for the demands and high level of play that exists in the NBA, it also means that players are coming in with more wear and tear on their bodies than ever before. Simply put, these young athletes are playing too much basketball. The 82-game NBA season only exacerbates this problem, and it is starting to seem more and more unnecessary. Many have become bored with the seemingly excessive length of the regular season, as the post-All-Star break games often drag out to the point that most fans lose interest. The season reaches a certain point when the top seeds of the playoffs have been set, and many teams simply start to pack it in. Despite some changes in recent years that seem targeted at preventing the high number of injuries, like lowering the numbers of back-to-back games that teams play, choosing to play fewer games is a tough sell for NBA league officials and front offices. Each game brings in huge revenue, not only from ticket sales, but also from advertisement money and TV viewership. The NBA probably won’t give up that potential revenue willingly, but the monetary consequence might not be as large as one would think. When star players are not playing, teams lose an incredible amount of interest. The Spurs, despite still making the playoffs, largely fell from relevance this season with Kawhi Leonard not playing after being one of the most intriguing teams over the past few years with him in the lineup. When Paul George broke his leg with USA Basketball, the Indiana Pacers became a lottery team that almost nobody talked about. The idea that shortening the season could have prevented some of these injuries to NBA All-Stars is obviously hypothetical. There is no way to predict injuries with any large degree of accuracy, but if one can assume that a shorter season would lead to healthier players, the chances of injuries to star players must fall. Even one fewer injury could have a massive impact on that player’s free agency market. The possibility of avoiding these injuries should be enough to mitigate the league’s concerns over the money that it might lose. Because beyond the financial concerns, the length of the NBA season has become an issue of both player safety and fan interest. Sam Weidner is a sophomore majoring in mathematics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sophomore Jackson Mihm runs the 400-meter dash in Tufts’ meet at Ellis Oval on April 7. by Liam Finnegan Sports Editor
The Tufts men’s track and field team competed in the Silfen Invitational, held at Conn. College in New London, Conn., on Friday and Saturday. Over the course of the two-day event, the Jumbos earned an abundance of first-place finishes, and many of the athletes improved their national standings. Moreover, the Jumbos captured first place at the meet — the team’s second triumph in the outdoor season’s five meets thus far. On Friday, the first day of competition, Tufts juniors Hiroto Watanabe and Colin Raposo placed highly in their respective events. Raposo competed in the 1,500-meter run, where he placed fourth out of 26 competitors with a time of 3:57.65. His time is currently 33rd in Div. III. Watanabe ran the 800 meters, in which he posted a time of 1:53.81 to place sixth out of the 33 competing athletes. The Yarmouth Port, Mass. native’s time is currently 24th in the national rankings. Fellow juniors Dylan Jones and Andrew Doherty Munro also turned in solid times in the 5,000-meter run. Jones posted a time of 14:56.51, while Munro posted a time of 14:56.64. The duo finished fifth and sixth, respectively, out of 28 runners. Junior Rory Buckman posted a mark of 10:00.45 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase — the team’s fourth and final event of the day. As a team, the Jumbos earned 27 points on Friday.
On Saturday, the Jumbos improved upon their strong opening-day performance. Junior Josh Etkind won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.21 seconds. Despite the victory, the New York, N.Y. native’s time fell short of his season-best mark of 14.86 seconds, which currently stands 19th in the country. Senior co-captain Drew DiMaiti kept up his recent run of stellar form with a first-place finish in the 400meter hurdles (53.79 seconds). The performance keeps DiMaiti undefeated in all four of his 400-meter hurdles events during the outdoor season. “With Drew, we have had one major individual goal in mind — make the finals at NCAAs in the 400 hurdles,” Tufts coach Joel Williams said. “Every race has been in preparation for that race on Thursday, May 24th at 3:15 pm. We are feeling very good about doing that. With a month left in his season, each week the competition will get a little better until the NEICAAA meet [on May 11-12], where Drew will be challenged by top Div. I hurdlers. We know there is lots of work to be done, and our No. 1 priority right now is the NESCAC meet in two weeks.” In the field events at Conn. College, sophomore Kevin Quisumbing won the shot put with a 15.43-meter throw. It was the third time in as many weeks that Quisumbing has won the event, and his mark at the Silfen Invitational currently ranks him 26th nationally.
“It feels great,” Quisumbing said. “I’ve been battling knee injuries my entire collegiate career, and it’s a huge accomplishment to be able to stay healthy. The past few track meets have been fun, but I’m focused on earning points for my team during NESCACs. I’ve been drilling a lot in order to get my technique down and watching a bunch of shot put videos so that I can copy some of the best throwers.” Quisumbing has also set some goals for the remainder of the outdoor season. “I want to hit the school record and win NESCACs,” Quisumbing said. “We came really close last year and it felt terrible to lose. There are a couple of other meets after that, but I think it’s important to not think too far ahead.” Tufts also received victories from senior Stefan Duvivier, who won the high jump competition with a mark of 6’6″ (1.98 meters), and senior Linus Gordon, who took the long jump with an effort of 21’2 ¾” (6.47 meters). There were also a host of second-place finishes to complement the Jumbos’ winning results. Junior Tommy Miller placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.02 seconds, and first-year Michael Mecha finished second in the triple jump with a 13.40-meter mark. Tufts athletes will compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton, on Friday before hosting the Sunshine Classic the following day.
Tuesday, April 16, 2018 | Sports | THE TUFTS DAILY
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
SOFTBALL (18-6 Overall) @ Colby (Fri.) @ Colby (Fri.) @ Colby (Sat.)
10-3 11-1 12-4
DeBari, Bowman lead Tufts to second place at Conn. College
BASEBALL (12-10 Overall) @ Bowdoin (Fri.) @ Bowdoin (Sat.) @ Bowdoin (Sat.)
10-0 3-4 4-2
MEN’S TENNIS (7-4 Overall) @ Wesleyan (Sat.) @ Hamilton (Sun.) @ Williams (Sun.)
1-8 6-3 2-7
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (10-2 Overall) @ Amherst (Sat.)
MEN’S LACROSSE (10-1 Overall) Amherst (Sat.)
WOMEN’S TENNIS (9-4 Overall) @ Wesleyan (Sat.) @ Hamilton (Sat.)
GOLF @ Allendale CC
7th of 18
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD @ Conn. College
1st of 19
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD @ Conn. College
2nd of 19
MEN’S CREW vs. Bates/New Hampshire/Wesleyan WOMEN’S CREW vs. Bates/Wellesley/Wesleyan CO-ED SAILING @ Conn. College
15th of 16
WOMEN’S SAILING @ Boston University
9th of 15
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Sophomore Julia Kissel competes in the javelin throw in Tufts’ meet at Ellis Oval on April 7. by Patrick Wang Staff Writer
AT FIRST I WAS EMBARRASSED. ME, A CAT, LIVING WITH A SINGLE GUY. BUT WHEN I WATCH HIM PICK SOMETHING UP WITH HIS HANDS AND EAT IT, I CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE HIM. — MARU adopted 01-10-10
The Tufts women’s track team traveled to Conn. College for the Silfen Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Jumbos managed to finish second out of 19 competing schools while providing their younger athletes with valuable experience across multiple events. The weather in New London, Conn. proved to be excellent for the Invitational, with mostly sunny skies and minimal wind. In these favorable conditions, the Jumbos posted three first-place finishes, one second-place, and a pair of third-place results. Overall, the team registered 12 topfive finishes. With the performance, Tufts earned a total of 89.5 points — well behind Stonehill’s 189 points and ahead of host Conn. College’s 82. Two athletes were responsible for the Jumbos’ three championships. On the first day of the meet, senior co-captain Brittany Bowman won the 5,000-meter run in a time of 16:42.30. The Camden, Maine native’s mark is currently No. 1 in all of Div. III. Bowman, the current national indoor champion in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, was pleased with her performance on Friday. “It definitely feels good to keep racing at a high level. After having a little rest last weekend, it is good to come back in this
meet with a good [time],” Bowman said. “I need to push myself to look forward and not to be satisfied with the current level. Sometimes it is hard for an athlete to do so because they think they already reached a great level, while in fact, everyone can challenge themselves even further. And that is what I’ll do throughout the season.” Several other Tufts athletes also challenged themselves at Conn. College. Sophomore Julia Gake ran the 400-meter dash in 59.28 seconds to take third place in the event. Junior Sharon Kelmar registered a 10’2″ (3.10 meters) leap in the pole vault competition — her career-best mark. A group of new faces also turned in a strong performance in the 4×800-meter relay. First-year Emma Dzwierzynski, sophomore Lydia Heely, first-year Jacqueline Kirk and sophomore Jennifer Krupa combined to run a time of 10:07.26, which was less than a second slower than second-place Conn. College. Tufts coach Kristen Morwick was pleased with the quartet’s performance in their first major appearance. “I let them represent Tufts in this meet to let them gain more experience. It is surprising that they did so well in this event,” Morwick said. “The top team from Stonehill was very strong, so by competing with them, our squad of young athletes can be encouraged to perform better. We [also] sent many other first-year and sophomore
athletes to this meet. After all, they are going to represent Tufts more and more often in national meets, so it is necessary for them to gain valuable experience.” However, it was senior co-captain Annalisa DeBari who truly starred for Tufts over the weekend, winning two titles. DeBari claimed first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.63 seconds. Later, the Melrose, Mass. native won the 100meter hurdles in 15.06 seconds. DeBari’s strong performance was especially notable at a meet with so many of the team’s young runners, for whom the co-captain set an impressive example. The Jumbos also received other notable results in the field events. Senior Jennifer Sherwill took fourth place in the discus throw with a distance of 120’11” (36.85 meters). Junior Kylene DeSmith earned fifth place in the triple jump, leaping 33’8 ½” (10.27 meters). Finally, sophomore Erin Logee finished fifth in the javelin throw with a mark of 108’2″ (32.97 meters). Looking ahead, Tufts will host the Sunshine Classics on Saturday before traveling to Trinity for the NESCAC Championships the following weekend. The month of May, with New England Div. III Championships and NCAA Championships, is also on the horizon. The Jumbos hope that investments in their youth cadre, such as those at the Silfen Invitational, will pay off as the meets become more consequential.
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