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Tisch College Dean Robert Hollister will step down from his position in June.
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Robert Hollister, co-founder and dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, will leave his position at the end of this academic year following a decade of service in which he spearheaded the effort to make active citizenship a defining goal of the university. In citing his reasons for leaving, Hollister referenced his “personal life and wanting to move onto a next chapter.” He plans to take a year-long sabbatical after he officially steps down. “I’m looking forward to a year of rest and also a fair amount of interna-
tional travel,” he said. Following this, Hollister will return to Tufts to teach an undergraduate course and potentially a graduate course on leadership and active citizenship. He believed now was an optimal time to end his deanship, because the Tisch College’s solid support base will make for an easy transition to new leadership. “The college is very well established and the whole university-wide active citizenship initiative has enjoyed very broad support and momentum,” he said. “It would be a good point in time to pass the baton to the next dean.” see HOLLISTER, page 2
With the academic year fully underway, Tufts Community Union (TCU) senators have started crafting their yearlong projects to enhance the Tufts undergraduate experience. Among the individual projects spearheaded by senators are plans to improve the course registration system and enhance mentorship opportunities for undergraduates. TCU President Sam Wallis, a senior, said in his Oct. 3 State of the TCU Address that the Senate has more liberty this year to set its own agenda as compared to previous years. “We’re not starting the year with a major issue weighing us down,” Wallis said. “So we can focus on whatever we want to.” At the top of the body’s to-do list is its plan to implement Referendum 3, which gives community representatives on the Senate full voting rights, including those concerning fiscal matters. Though Referendum 3 emerged as the winner in the Sept. 22 school-wide vote to reform the community representative system, its proposed changes will not be implemented until April, according to Wallis. In line with the Senate elections in April to fill next year’s positions, the spring deadline for Referendum 3’s implementation will allow this year’s elected community representatives to serve their terms and give the Senate time to draft the necessary bylaws for the referendum’s execution, Wallis said. TCU Parliamentarian Dan Pasternack, a senior, will create and lead a Rules
Committee that will draft bylaw proposals at a future date yet to be determined, according to Wallis. Wallis is currently working with the Group of Six, the group of culture-related centers at Tufts, and other groups in order to construct a timeframe for action. Campus-life improvements Senator Yulia Korovikov, who chairs the Senate’s Administration and Policy Committee, said her project to improve the course registration system, while still in an exploratory phase, aims to make signing up for classes a fairer process. “The current system that class registrations work on is completely random,” Korovikov, a sophomore, said. “You could hypothetically get stuck with bad times eight semesters in a row.” Korovikov said she would like to see the registration system operate in a manner similar to the housing lottery system, in which a student’s sophomore and senior year numbers balance each other out. Senator Tabias Wilson, who chairs the Senate’s Culture, Ethnicity, and Community Affairs Committee, is also exploring several projects to improve student life. One of these is a project aimed at making the Tufts campus more accessible to students in wheelchairs. Wilson, a sophomore, said that the university’s campus and buildings are difficult to access for wheelchair-bound individuals. “If you’re rolling yourself up a hill, it’s very hard to do because a lot of times there’s no entry to the sidewalk for wheelchairs,” Wilson said. “And if there is, there’s usually a university van parked on that part of the sidewalk.” see PROJECTS, page 2
Sophomore candidates running for Senate outline visions at Hotung forum The two candidates running for the open sophomore seat on the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate presented their platforms to a smattering of Tufts students at a candidates forum in Hotung Café last night. Sophomores Jeremy Zelinger and Stefan Schwarz presented their platforms for the upcoming year and answered questions submitted by Tufts’ Elections Committee (ECOM) and members of the student body. The special election, to be held Wednesday, will fill the position made available by the resignation of sophomore Faith Blake last month. In their opening statements, the two sophomores presented their reasons for running and outlined their visions for the Senate if elected. “I think that I have positive ideas that could improve the Senate and, through that, improve the school,” said Zelinger, who ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat last semester. “I’m still ready and willing to put my time toward Senate,” he said. Schwarz listed three main ideas he wanted to bring to the body if elect-
ed. He proposed making a list of reliable landlords available for students looking for off-campus housing and providing a bus from Tufts’ campus into Boston. He also suggested the creation of an on-campus book fair for students to exchange and sell used books. When asked by ECOM members what issue he felt most strongly about, Zelinger said that he was most passionate about education at Tufts. Specifically, he noted his interest in putting the syllabi for courses online, extending the drop deadline for classes, and exploring the idea of allowing students to have double minors. “We could have a more intellectual campus if kids could explore all of their interests,” he said. Schwarz cited his experience convincing the administration at his high school to install solar panels on school buildings as a reflection of his qualifications for the position. Zelinger cited his realistic approach to spending as a qualification. “I have a good balance between optimism and realism,” Zelinger said. He also noted his participation in Tufts Hillel as a means for reaching out to the student body. Schwarz
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Sophomore Senate candidates Jeremy Zelinger and Stefan Schwarz presented their platforms at a forum last night. mentioned his involvement with the Tufts Ballroom Dance Team. The candidates also discussed the legitimacy of the recently adopted Referendum 3, which grants full voting rights to community representatives and the lack of communication between the Senate and the student body. “There’s a lack of information on campus about how Senate works,” Schwarz said, suggesting publishing a weekly e-mail that would inform students of Senate initiatives. ECOM Chair Katherine
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McManus, a sophomore, praised the performance of both Schwarz and Zelinger. “I think they’re both very strong candidates,” she said. “They both have great ideas and very different ideas on a wide variety of issues from education to student services.” ECOM Public Relations Director Will Yu, a sophomore, commended the energy each candidate brought to the discussion. “I think they seem to have a genuine willingness to be active in the community,” Yu said. “While they
both have different opinions, they both seem to have a direction they want to go in.” McManus emphasized the importance of student participation in the election. “We encourage all sophomores to vote on Wednesday, as this election is just as important as any,” she said. Voting for the candidates will commence for sophomores starting at midnight. on Wednesday via Webcenter. —by Martha Shanahan
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Hollister also looks forward to strengthening his commitment to the Talloires Network, which he launched in 2005. Composed of representatives from close to 100 international universities, the network aims to bring higher education leaders together to elevate the civic engagement and social responsibility work at their respective institutions. The search for Hollister’s replacement is currently underway, according to Tisch College Director and Associate Dean Nancy Wilson. Provost and Senior Vice President Jamshed Bharucha is assembling a search committee that will advise the process along the way, she said. The committee will be comprised of Wilson, some members of the faculty, student representation and members of the Tisch College Board of Advocates, according to Wilson. In 2000, Hollister co-founded Tisch College with several other Tufts community members in an effort to spur the growth of community leaders needed to address pressing social issues. At the time, he said, student demand was high for such an establishment. “We had increasing evidence students were coming to Tufts having done some significant community service work before and were looking for that to be an important part of their college and graduate school experience,” Hollister said. “So creating a college represented a step to respond more substantially to that expectation.” Active citizenship, he said, had already been an important part of Tufts even before the realization of the college. Wilson echoed Hollister, adding that the establishment of the college reinforced the importance of community leadership at the university. “It was not articulated as a defining feature of Tufts, it was not something that had a consistent champion, and not something that had a way of being articulated in every field,” Wilson said. Tisch College Senior Student Programs Manager Mindy Nierenberg emphasized Hollister’s vital role in the formation of Tisch College. “His dream is really what made Tisch College from a dream to reality,” she said. “Tisch College was a sparkle in somebody’s eye that he picked up and has turned that whole sparkle into a reality.” Nierenberg praised Hollister’s starting idea behind Tisch College, which she called an “infusion strategy” for active citizenship based on drawing from all parts of the university. “The idea was that we wouldn’t be a center for community service, like there are at most colleges,” she said. “We would partner with every part of the university to infuse the idea of civic engagement and active citizenship. It was really a brilliant strategy because Tisch now does touch almost every part of the university.” Hollister sees collaboration as the key reason for the college’s success. “I’ve [played] an important catalytic and support role, but to accomplish as much change as we have really is because there have been dozens of faculty members, hundreds of students and alumni
taking initiative, creating, organizing new courses, improving the service initiative, very forceful leadership from the provost and the president, extraordinary initiative and leadership from alumni,” he said. He cited the institution’s unique partnerships throughout the university as one of its defining features. “If ever there were a case of truly collaborative leadership, that’s the key part of the Tisch College story,” Hollister added. Hollister’s humbleness as a leader was vital to ensuring the inclusion of the Tufts community in the college’s active citizenship goals, according to Wilson. “He’s a very humble person, and I think that’s been critical to our growth and development to date,” she said. “That would not work if the dean of Tisch College were someone who wanted credit for everything.” Hollister said that Tisch College has succeeded in increasing alumni involvement in the field of civic engagement and community leadership across Tufts’ disciplines. Tisch College has made noticeable strides since its earliest days when it was viewed with skepticism from many faculty members, according to Nierenberg. Since then, it has since expanded in both size and regard, she said. “Now over 100 faculty have submitted courses for our list of active citizenship courses,” she said. “We have almost 50 adjunct [professors and] we have a new group of around 20 faculty fellows,” she said. Wilson added that the incoming dean will benefit from the college’s expansion. “We’re not asking someone to come in and fix something that’s not working,” Wilson said. “We’re asking someone to come in and get a whole bunch of terrific assets to work with.” Still, new leadership, Wilson believed, will bring the possibility of introducing new ideas within the college. “It’s an opportunity to find somebody who will bring a batch of new ideas to it and new energy,” Wilson said. Chris Rogers, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, agreed that the transition to new leadership could bring in fresh initiatives. Rogers collaborated with Hollister on the Student Teacher Outreach Mentoring Program (STOMP), which places undergraduate students into Boston-area schools to help with elementary through high school engineering education. “I would hope the next person to take his place is completely different, so you continually get new directions and new ideas, to keep the place from going down any one rut,” Rogers said. “[Hollister’s] definitely done a lot, he’s really worked hard to make it a major initiative on campus, and it’ll be neat to see what the next person does.” Nierenberg maintained, however, that whoever the new dean may be, he or she will be walking in notable footsteps. “All I know is the next person coming in has extraordinarily large shoes to fill,” Nierenberg said. “He’s basically helped to changed the face of Tufts.”
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The Senate recently discussed the implementation of Referendum 3 as well as senators’ projects for this year.
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Wilson is also working on a project to implement gender-neutral bathrooms in dorms. Genderspecific bathrooms, he believes, impose a burden on individuals who do not identify with a conventional gender identity. “What do they do?” Wilson said. “They have to make that choice and conform at that second and say, ‘Well, am I a male or am I female?’” Wilson said that although having multi-person gender-neutral bathrooms may be cause controversy, under his plan, the genderneutral bathrooms would ideally be single-person bathrooms, allowing for student privacy. Trustee Representative Josh Friedmann is more concerned about what happens to students when they leave Tufts. Friedmann, a senior, is preparing a proposal to the Board of Trustees to create a mentorship program that would pair seniors with Tufts alumni who work in their professional fields of interest. The program would connect students with individuals who have valuable knowledge of a professional field and provide opportunity for alumni involvement. “Even if they’re not able to donate a ton or come back to campus every year for homecoming, it’s another way for people to be involved,” Friedmann said. Friedmann hopes to unite several of the mentorship programs that already exist and centralize them into one office. “They’re all pretty new, they’re all entirely separate and they’re all things that students have to actively seek out to be involved with,” Friedmann said. “My observation is that the students
Police Briefs FINDERS KEEPERS… A student reported at 8 a.m. on Oct. 7 that her car was broken into at the Carmichael Hall parking lot. The unknown offender broke one of the car’s windows and stole the GPS unit out of it. The student said the incident happened sometime between the night of Oct. 5 and that morning.
…LOSERS WEEPERS A student reported at 1 a.m. on Oct. 9 that a laptop had been stolen out of his room at the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house at 123 Packard Ave.
AN INHOSPITABLE GUEST A Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) officer received a call at 11:47 p.m. on Oct. 9 reporting that an individual was causing problems at the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house at 126 Packard Ave. Fraternity brothers asked the indi-
who are actively seeking these things out are not the ones who need the mentors most.” Collaboration with other schools Senators are also working to improve Tufts’ future representation on the Boston Intercollegiate Leadership Council (BILC). Made up of student government leaders from Boston-area colleges and universities, BILC unites students in one conference every semester to share ideas on ways to improve governance on their respective campuses. Former TCU senator Edward Chao, a senior, was involved in BILC’s creation last year. The Senate last month elected freshman Allie Can Lei and senior Nadia Nibbs as representatives to BILC. Lei said student governments from the different schools could benefit from an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other. “Alcohol policy, things like this, these are issues that every school faces,” Lei said. Representatives from Boston University (BU), Brandeis University, Bentley University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are among those which participate in the council. Nibbs agreed that the conference provides an opportunity for students to more effectively tackle common problems that face many college campuses. “If we have a coalition of Boston-area schools that, in an organized way, can address some of these larger issues affecting Boston students, we might have more effect,” Nibbs said. Boston College (BC) will host the first BILC meeting this year
on Nov. 14, according to Nibbs. BU hosted the first BILC conference in Spring 2009, and Tufts hosted the second conference last fall. Bentley hosted a third conference in February. A stamp of legitimacy for projects The Senate in September implemented changes to its bylaws, which now require senators to present their projects to the full Senate body for approval before lobbying the administration. Wallis said the new rules prevent individual senators from pursuing individual projects that do not accurately represent the sentiments of the Senate or the student body. “At least the Senate will know what’s going on,” Wallis said. Wallis cited the pre-matriculation policy passed by the faculty in 2009 as one instance when the Senate’s overall goals contradicted the work of individual senators. The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) at the time voted to limit the use of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits to fulfill distribution requirements. The two senators then-serving on the EPC supported the policy without the Senate’s knowledge. The full body passed a separate resolution in February 2009 opposing the decision, but by that time it was too late to have a substantial impact. Wallis said that having Senate approval would give individual senators’ projects a stamp of legitimacy. “It’s not someone’s pet project,” Wallis said. “It has the endorsement of the whole student body through Senate. That adds weight to it.”
See tuftsdaily.com for an interactive map. vidual, a Boston University student, to leave. In response, he punched one of the brothers. The Tufts students held him down until TUPD arrived. The BU student had been drinking and was asked to leave the campus. Since TUPD did not witness the assault, officers could not make an arrest, but the assaulted student was given the option of taking a complaint to court, according to TUPD Sgt. Robert McCarthy.
MAKE WAY FOR AMBULANCES A slew of hospital transports occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 10. A student in Houston Hall was transported at 12:09 a.m. to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, followed by a Miller Hall resident at 12:22 a.m. Soon after, another individual, a Tufts student’s visiting brother, was transported at 12:46 a.m. from West Hall to Somerville Hospital, followed by a Carmichael Hall resident at 1:22 a.m.
OH HI, OFFICER TUPD officers reported at 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 10 to Professors Row to give a student a ride across campus. When they arrived, they found a female student lying sick nearby after having drunk heavily during the night. The student was transported to Somerville Hospital.
ALL IN THE FAMILY TUPD received a call at 9:12 p.m. on Oct. 10 to assist Medford Police Department officers in a family dispute on North Street in Medford. Officers arrived to find multiple members of the family involved in a fight. They arrested the son for domestic assault and battery and placed the mother in protective custody. —compiled by Alexandra Bogus based on reports from Tufts University Police Department
Moderate drinkers outlive abstainers, University of Texas study finds BY JON
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Proponents of alcohol may have upped their arguing power: A recent clinical study found that middle-aged adults who drink any type of alcohol in moderation are likely to outlive those who abstain or drink heavily. The six-member research team behind the study, led by University of Texas Professor of Psychology, Charles Holahan, concluded that moderate alcohol intake yields psychological benefits that encourage social interactions and, ultimately, favorable mental health. Additionally, the researchers found that heavy drinking could be more beneficial than not drinking at all; mortality rates among heavy drinkers were nine percent lower than among those of abstainers. The study consisted of 1,824 participants, aged between 55 and 65, who were observed over a period of 20 years. Some questions remain as to whether the study’s puzzling results might be skewed by the pre-existing states of the subjects’ health, but according to participating researcher Rudolph Moos, these problems were considered and factored into the study early on. Moos, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stanford University, was at one point particularly worried that the group’s results might be affected by subjects who identified as abstainers but who had, at previous times in their lives, been problem drinkers. Even when he took the variable into account, though, light drinkers still had the winning hand, he said. “We had a 20-year follow up and raw data to prove that abstainers in our sample did in fact have a higher death rate than light or moderate drinkers,” Moos told the Daily. “Yes, some of these abstainers were previously problem drinkers; however, when we controlled for that, the abstainers still tended to have a higher mortality rate than the lighter drinkers.” In addition to the mental benefits, Moos also acknowleged the more well-known cardiovascular benefits associated with light alcohol intake, which he explained can result from moderate consumption of beer, wine, vodka and most other types of alcohol. “There are other things that suggest that light drinking — and the [United States’] definition of this is one to two drinks a day — means there tends to be a protective effect; lighter use of alcohol has cardiovascular protective effects against strokes and heart attacks,” Moos said. The results, Moos emphasized, were significant: 69 percent of abstainers studied died within the 20-year time period compared to 41 percent of moderate drinkers. Still, Moos clarified that the study is far
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In his new book, “Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade Against Books, Burlesque and the Social Evil,” Tufts Lecturer of English Neil Miller delves into the Watch and Ward Society’s effort to transform Boston into the most ethical city in the country, beginning in the 1870s and continuing through the mid 1900s. The anti-vice group, which was funded by some of Boston’s wealthiest families and businessmen with no official legal power, was able to seize control of the moral compass of an entire city, Miller explained. While Miller himself does not hail from his book’s subject city, he did begin his career there. Having grown up in Kingston, N.Y., a town about 90 miles north of New York City, he attended Brown University as an undergraduate and then earned a graduate degree in film from New York
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An occasional drink could be beneficial to health, University of Texas researchers say. from a sanction of heavy drinking. “The results do not mean that it’s OK for individuals to engage in heavy drinking,” Moos said. “It is the case that some blogs very briefly misinterpreted the findings and came up with statements like ‘this is great for drinkers.’” On the other side, some medical professionals are skeptical of the study’s results; among them is Louis Shuster, professor emeritus of pharmacology at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. “I’m wary about the reliability of the reported study; I don’t believe that it was a proper prospective study in which goals and criteria were set and then two groups of matched patients were followed … for 20 years,” Shuster said in an e-mail to the Daily. “Such a study would cost a fortune and require much work.” Shuster said that there are certain medical anomalies and special cases that the study did not account for, like certain medical reasons for abstaining from alcohol. Schuster also felt that factors such as nationality — which often affect life expectancy — were not thoroughly accounted for in the study. “About 50 percent of Orientals get quite sick if they try to drink alcohol and are therefore non-drinkers. The reason is a genetic difference in liver enzymes that causes increased formation and/or decreased metabolism of acetaldehyde,” he said. Roy Kisliuk, professor emeritus of biochemistry at the Sackler School, also questioned the validity of the study’s results, explaining that retrospective studies like this one are less reliable than
prospective studies. “The [study] should be examined very carefully to determine if there are flaws in subject selection and errors in the interpretation of the data,” he said. Like the study’s legitimacy, whether it will have any practical effect for alcohol consumers and abstainers is also debated. Moos believes that if there are any effects, they will be minimal — especially for college students. “[College students] who are abstainers tend to abstain for personal-value reasons, usually for religious reasons [or] family background … They won’t likely start to drink,” he said. “For older adults — to the extent that this is picked up — older adults will do so because of their primary care physicians.” Freshman William Ross agreed with Moos, explaining that students’ decisions to drink or abstain from alcohol is generally not health-related. “For most people who choose not to drink, it’s not about living longer; it’s more about changing their mental perspective,” Ross said. “They don’t want that depressant in that system. It doesn’t matter that they are living longer; it’s that they don’t like that state of having that depressant.” Freshman Randall Tesser said that if the study does manifest in tangible effects, they will more likely have to do with how underage drinking is punished and regarded rather than with students’ personal drinking habits. “I think this evidence will probably take hold in that there will be less severe punishments for drinking and/or contribute efforts to lower the drinking age,” Tesser said. “A lot of college students are drinking to excess, especially those who didn’t have the avail-
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University. Miller moved to Boston in the mid-1970s and volunteered for a weekly gay newspaper, where he was quickly promoted to news editor and paid a handsome wage of $60 a week, he said. Miller then worked as a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix and, from then on, considered himself a journalist and a writer by profession. Miller has written five books prior to “Banned in Boston,” all of them nonfiction and some of them centering on gay-related themes, which was uncommon and considered taboo at the time of publication, he said. His most recent of the five, “Kartchner Caverns” (2008), tells the tale of two students from the University of Arizona who helped discover and save magnificent and hitherto-unknown caves. Miller, who knew almost nothing about the history of book banning in Boston before beginning research for his book, was presented with the idea for this latest project by his publishers at Beacon Press after they discovered
that their office was located in the old New England Watch and Ward Society headquarters. Ironically enough, the building is now a hub of dissemination of many of the types of literature that the society once sought to ban, he said. But after spending hours in both public and private libraries across Boston foraging through the New England Watch and Ward Society’s records and old newspapers, Miller felt he had enough information to accurately tell the story of Boston’s transformation. The moral crusaders of the New England Watch and Ward Society founded their organization in 1878 and were highly active through the mid-1950s, Miller said. The group focused on banning books deemed inappropriate or crude, closing traditional and burlesque theaters and eliminating gambling and prostitution. “[The society was] like a vigilante private organization … founded by see BANNED, page 4
received a great e-mail last week disagreeing with the assertion that sex can only happen within a relationship and saying that such assertions unfairly valued monogamous relationships over other types, like casual sex, group sex and others. Additionally, the writer complained, to say great sex follows naturally from a relationship is not true in all cases. “A relationship is not the magic remedy for all of our sex problems. Sex, like relationships themselves, requires an investment of time and effort to be successful,” the student said. Sex comes in many flavors. To clarify, this column concerns itself with how to maximize pleasure in the sensuous and romantic flavor of sex, and in order to focus on refining technique and maximizing physical pleasure, comfort and communication are vital. As far as great sex following naturally in relationships, I guess that warrants a little more explanation, too. No, sex won’t magically improve when you start dating, but intimate relationships do foster the kind of open and honest communication that is key to having more voluptuous sex. I barely have space here to discuss one flavor of sex, so I guess I’ll have to leave other flavors to future columnists. Last week, I suggested looking online for alternative condom and lube options. If you looked, you probably discovered thousands of other products that fall under the umbrella of “toys.” Admittedly, “toys” is a rather broad term, as it can encompass everything from specially designed “sex furniture” to the iGasm, a small, white, bullet-style vibrator that plugs into your iPod and vibrates to the beat of the music — really! With so many options out there, I think some discussion is warranted. There are several basic categories of toys, traditionally considered. For women, there are those designed for external use (clitoral stimulation) and those meant for insertion. For the gentlemen, anal toys are an option, as are varieties of masturbatory sleeves. To make it even more complicated, many of these options also come as combination devices (i.e. vaginal and clitoral), and many are available in vibrating versions! While I am not endorsing any toy, type of toy or toys in general, they are all worth considering. If you do choose to venture into the realm of toys, start small — a first purchase that is too big or invasive probably won’t be pleasurable. Don’t forget that toys aren’t only for alone time! Many can be used with your partner. For example, many women require clitoral stimulation to orgasm. If your partner is inside you, why not enhance your pleasure with a small “pocket rocket”-style vibe — some are designed to slip on the end of a finger. I do want to mention a few caveats about toys. First of all, be mindful of constructions. Glass and stainless steal are usually safe, but there is (limited) evidence that some of the rubber/jelly varieties may contain chemicals that could cause cancer or allergic reactions. Silicone can be a good middle ground. Secondly, some toys, especially non-rigid ones, can develop small cracks where germs can hide, so make sure you clean your toys frequently. If you are concerned about the cleanliness or potential carcinogenic tendencies of your toy, put a condom on them! That way, they stay cleaner, you stay safer and cleanup is a breeze. On a final note, be aware that some silicone toys aren’t compatible with silicone lube, so adjust your plans accordingly. Editor’s Note: This will be Isaac Freeman’s last column as he has resigned. A new columnist will be replacing him next week.
Isaac Freeman is a junior majoring in quantitative economics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He cohosts “Sex Talk,” a talk show from 10 to 11 p.m. every Thursday on WMFO.
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Neil Miller recently published his sixth book which is about Boston’s ban-filled history.
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some of the wealthiest older families in Boston,” Miller said. Books such as Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” (1855) and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” (1926) were among the thousands of books banned over nearly a century, he said. Interestingly, Miller pointed out, many authors actually sought to have their books banned in Boston because the controversy created media hype and caused the books to be read everywhere else. Upton Sinclair, who intentionally had one of his books banned in Boston, put it aptly: “I would rather be banned in
Boston than read anywhere else, because when you are banned in Boston, you are read everywhere else.” Miller will be reading from “Banned in Boston” at Porter Square Books in Porter Square on Thursday, Oct. 21 and encourages students to take the opportunity to gain an alternative perspective on their current city. “People in Boston tend to be really interested in their history because it’s such a historical place, and this is a part of Boston’s history that a lot of people don’t know about,” Miller said. “[It’s a chance to] learn another side of Boston’s history that is also relevant to today,” he said.
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Harvard. A haven of culture, a paradise of academia and the alma mater of a certain Internet mogul currently getting a
The Past and the Present: British Art of the 19th Century At the Arthur M. Sackler Museum Gallery at Harvard University, through November 26th 485 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-9400 lot of press. With an entire campus full of neoclassical buildings and references to America’s ancestors across the pond, what
better place is there to look at that stalwart fortress of Western culture that was 19th century England? Nineteenth-century England was chock-full of admirers of bygone ages. Artists like William Blake turned to classical motifs and themes to explore their own world. The pre-Raphaelites and their Romantic friends make an appearance in “The Past and the Present: British Art of the 19th Century,” at Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Set up in two rotations, the current set of pieces will be on display until Nov. 20, and from Nov. 26 through Jan. 8 the second set of works will be exhibited. The exhibition is a very interesting look at the role of myth in history. English artists of the 19th century looked for a new order in the order(s) of the past, and it seems appropriate for these artists to be shown in a place that was and is so colored by this
constructed past. To be fair, Harvard is not the only American institution that likes to connect itself with classical antiquity: take a look at the White House, for example. This broader connection to American society illustrates an interesting point about the viewer’s own role in the dialogue. Geoffrey Chaucer lives on in a wood engraving by William Morris and Edward Burne Jones, “Leaf from the Kelmscott Chaucer” (1896). A border of classical grape vines winds around the page. The illustration at center shows a man poised in the center of a mass of vines and a rough wooden fence. He is holding a book and quill at arm’s length and is poised next to a well and a flowering tree filled with birds. His dress is appropriately antiquated; he wears a long tunic and floppy cap. But the see BRITISH ART, page 6
‘Hands All Over’ is boring all over
With new sitcom, ‘My Name is Earl’ creator diversifies
“Hands All Over,” the latest album from Maroon 5, is like that rusty bicycle sitting in your garage: It still works, but
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Catchy chart-topping singles and a platinum-selling album set the stage for Maroon 5’s 2007 sophomore venture, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.” Although it didn’t reach quite the same level of success as their first album, the second still managed to break iTunes sales records and generate see MAROON 5, page 6
BY JOSEPH STILE
Daily Staff Writer
Dysfunctional families are nothing new to television and “Raising Hope” adds another one to the canon.
A&M/Octone it no longer has that allure it did in the store window. Maroon 5’s most recent endeavor is agreeable yet simultaneously stale; it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. The band seems to have found a solid niche but is continuously unwilling to experiment with their sound. The tracks on “Hands All Over,” although enjoyable, meld together into an indistinguishable soup of similarity. The band, formed in 2001, consists of lead singer and guitarist Adam Levine, guitarist James Valentine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden and drummer Matt Flynn. The quintet was thrust into the mainstream after songs from their first album, “Songs About Jane” (2002), gained popularity. Singles like “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved” became radio staples, and turned Maroon 5 into a familiar pop-rock group.
day, serial killer by night, recently kicked off its fifth season. Devoted “Dexter” fans were left shocked by the unexpected and devastating fourth season finale. Unfortunately, the dramatic and abrupt conclusion left the show’s writers in the tricky situation of ameliorating viewers’ despair and resolving loose ends while still maintain-
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“Raising Hope,” created by Greg Garcia, the man behind the hit “My Name is Earl,” features a basically unknown cast of actors, which portrays the Chance family, a family of low income and even lower class. The comedy’s main focus is on Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff). The eldest son of the Chance family, Jimmy is given sole custody of his newborn daughter because her mother is going to the electric chair for killing a number of ex-boyfriends. The unemployed and unambitious Jimmy has the best of intentions when it comes to his new see HOPE, page 6
he following cultural phenomenon is timeless and universal. It is without label — both tasteful AND tasteless; it embodies the best and worst parts of our societal fascination with the wealthy. It is Kanye West’s Twitter feed, and it is next to godly. Before you say, “All this girl talks about is music — this isn’t a culture column!” let me stop you right there. While Kanye is arguably best known for his music, his 811 tweets, as of yesterday evening, address many other aspects of popular culture and discuss a wide array of issues that appeal to both the highest strata of society and the anonymous average Joe. I would venture that many tweets — or at least the most interesting ones — do not even mention his music. In one afternoon, a tweet of his led to the creation of the trending topic “lipstick” in response to his distaste for dark lipstick shades. Talk about a worldly Mr. West! Since joining Twitter in July, Kanye has accrued a significant following of tweeting fans — more than 1,345,000 and counting — all eager to hear his 140-character comments on day-to-day life as mogul and man. He is by no means the only celebrity on Twitter, but the start of his sensational Twitter feed created one of the bigger cyber-splashes in recent memory (let’s face it, Danny DeVito’s tweet, “Yo,” just isn’t as funny as Kanye’s “Fresh a-- ceiling”). But what is it about Mr. West’s Twitter that entices us so? I am not preoccupied with his relationships with gorgeous models, and many of his tweets just don’t relate to me (I personally don’t pine for a glamorous fur coat in anticipation of winter). Clearly then, the reason is far more profound. Kanye gives us, the simple-minded and relatively poor, a common man’s translation of classic literature into 140 characters or fewer. Doubting this claim is completely justified — his collegiate album titles don’t exactly inspire confidence in his academic abilities — but there is evidence of his literature leanings. West’s mother was a professor of English in Atlanta, and he claimed in an interview in 2005, “I got As and Bs. And I’m not even frontin’.” The pieces are clearly coming together. Let’s observe the evidence. As he tweeted Aug. 29, Kanye claimed, “There’s 3 sides to every story … your side, my side, and the truth.” Though not apparent at first glance, he is in fact referring to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960), the novel about racial tensions in the American South and the legal trial that consumes the characters. The concepts of justice and truth so prevalent in the book are reflected in Kanye’s wisdom here. Tweeted Sept. 10, Kanye announced, “THERE IS A GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Kanye was clearly reading James Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” (1916) and referenced Stephen Dedalus’ epiphany partway through the novel, wherein he begins conducting himself in a God-fearing fashion. Though shouted during New York’s Fashion Week upon seeing the runway models, this is a religious awakening of similar sorts for Mr. West. Tweeted Sept. 26, Kanye asks, “Man do you think it’s rude for your friends to give your girl a hug?” As a prominent feminist theorist, Kanye must have read Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” (1905), a commentary on the status of female independence and conduct in the early 20th century. His question is designed to challenge the expectations surrounding female behavior around males who are not their romantic partner. Wharton would be proud, surely. Tweeted Sept. 9, Kanye said, “Man… whatever happened to my antique fish tank?” Actually, I have no explanation for this one. Kanye is straight-up crazy sometimes. Madeline Hall is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. She can be reached at Madeline.Hall@tufts.edu.
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mix the two, and the result was confused and unsatisfying. Fraught with character inconsistencies, a multitude of anticlimactic scenes and a crippling lack of direction, season five of “Dexter” is off to a rocky start. One of the most apparent casualties of this directionless desperation was the music score. Despite the somber tone of the episode, cheery, tropical drum riffs were inappropriately inserted into many scenes, negating the tone that the show tried desperately to evoke. Distracting and annoying, the jolly melodies only further demonstrated the writers’ and director’s obvious bafflement. The incompetence the writers exhibited when they tried to retain the quirks that “Dexter” fans have come to appreciate was almost as frustrating as the cheery soundtrack. Throughout all four seasons, Vince Masuka (C.S. Lee), one of Dexter’s co-workers, has told his trademark dirty jokes, but nothing could have been more inappropriate than a classic Masuka line delivered in the somber atmosphere. Even worse, his line was apparently meant to be meaningful and sentimental — yet another aspect of the show ruined by indecisive direction. Despite the fact that the storyline, score and overall direction of the show have drastically veered off course, the gifted actors have managed to retain the talent and appeal that carried the previous seasons: Hall is, as always, captivating in his portrayal of the titular serial killer, and the supporting cast, including Julia Stiles, promises to keep the acting strong. Though she did not make an appearance in this episode, Stiles will be taking John Lithgow’s spot as guest star for the fifth season, a daunting task considering
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Michael C. Hall stars as the titular serial killer in Showtime’s ‘Dexter.’ Lithgow’s jaw-dropping performances. Each previous season has had a defined conflict. Whether Dexter is struggling with the contradiction between his humanity and his savage obsession, the trials of marriage and fatherhood or the simple confusions of everyday life, “Dexter”’s appeal has classically been found in watching this tormented man face these extremes and challenges all while coping with a ongoing identity crisis. The show was fascinating because Dexter is such a complex character, capable of the most extreme brutality but also of the most extreme humanity, and we as an audience are privy to every dark detail. The fifth season
seems to be doomed from the start because the series has lost this side of Dexter: The Dexter viewers now see is simply an emotionless enigma. Whether this results from the fact that the fourth season’s finale is simply impossible to top, or from the incompetence of those deciding the show’s direction is debatable, but it is clear that unless Dexter remains his classic, darkly and captivatingly tormented self or reveals a new, unexplored facet of his character, season five is destined to be an unsatisfying and confusing shell of what the once-great show used to be.
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more hits, like the ubiquitous “Makes Me Wonder.” With these impressive achievements, the band prepared for the debut of their third album, “Hands All Over,” this year. “Hands All Over,” is in no way a flop; rather, it’s a musical flat-line. There is little discernible difference between this latest venture and previous Maroon 5 albums. As a band, Maroon 5 is startlingly unprogressive, still caught up in their old “Songs About Jane” style. This is not to say that their original sound is elementary or underdeveloped, rather that their music has always been fairly mature and well-received, but now the band is becoming a Johnny One Note. “Hands All Over” simply fails to keep things fresh. The album’s opener is also its first single: the recent chart-topping hit “Misery,” an infectious and rhythmic tune best heard through car speakers. Two songs later we arrive at the feel-good, put-a-smile-onyour-face “Stutter,” characterized by entertaining lyrics and jovial melody. Later in the album we hear “Never Gonna Leave
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This Bed,” which is significantly lighter and more piano driven, and exudes the same bright and spirited vibe. In contrast, “Runaway” catches listeners off-guard with a soft, somewhat sultry intro, yet less than a minute in the chorus again reverts to the same trite melodies of the previous tracks. Sonically, the album is far from diverse, and thematically it is even more mundane. In standard fashion, nearly every song on “Hands All Over” focuses on the trials of love, a subject so nauseatingly overused in popular music that listeners have become immune to it. Take, for instance, the lyrics to the eighth track, “How”: “Though I don’t understand the meaning of love, I do not mind if I die trying … ohhh/And I have been bound by the shackles of love, and I do not mind if I die tied up … ohhh.” It’s so clichéd that it isn’t at all compelling. Phrases like these are littered throughout the album. Although the tunes are decent enough to string the songs along for a couple of verses, without interesting lyrics the album loses what little flavor it had to begin with. There are, however, a few exceptions
to this trend of repetition. “Don’t Know Nothing” is a smooth jazz-inspired, basspowered tune that doesn’t entirely conform to the album’s modus operandi. The title track, “Hands All Over” is marked by chanting and echoing, and, though overall a disappointing track, it stands out because of the interesting vocals. Finally, “No Curtain Call” is a darker, more dramatic piece, unique because of its use of violins and intense drumming. Although there are a couple songs that shake up the status quo of the album, most do not deviate from the norm. Overall, “Hands All Over” is a pleasant compilation of cheerful instrumentation, lighthearted beats and Levine’s cool stream of falsetto vocals. Yet because these elements are evident in almost every song, listeners will find it difficult to identify the individual tracks until about the fourth time through. The similarity of the songs and the parallels between this album and their previous releases detract from the ultimate success of “Hands All Over.” Maroon 5’s true musical potential clearly exists, but it will never be realized until they choose to break out of their own mold.
crowning feature of the piece is an excerpt from the prologue of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”: “Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote, The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licuor, Of which vertu engendered is the flour.” The woodcut is an exercise in the virtues of 19th century England; it skips over Chaucer’s sexual innuendo with ease and proceeds right to a calmly poised gentleman nestled in an idyllic landscape surrounded with honest English countryside. If you need to know more, check out “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” (1891). An infinitely less peaceful tone pervades in John Martin’s “The Deluge,” (1831-39) an etching and mezzotint. Martin illustrates the great flood in the Old Testament with an incredible sense of drama. Figures writhe on a cliff projecting into a whirlpool, while rocks cascade from the sky. In the background, a crescent moon, two planets and a comet on a zigzagged path contribute to the general feeling of imminent doom. In the distance the sea is calm, and a tiny rectangle representing the ark floats undisturbed. Martin constructs the well-known biblical narrative as an absolute dichotomy of right and wrong. The immediacy of the image and Martin’s highlighting of emotive vignettes among the doomed sinners do not hesitate to warn viewers of their fate if they find themselves on the wrong side of the ark. One of the most beautiful images in the exhibit is a relief etching by William Blake, the frontispiece for “America a Prophecy” (1973). A huge chained angel, head in his lap, hands in fetters, sits to the left of a trio of woman and her children. All are nude, the women’s children hide their faces in her lap or peek out from behind her arms — a heartbreaking illustration of hopelessness. They sit by the angel, who is three times their size, surrounded by classical ruins, while a cannon looms in the bottom left corner. Blake believed in the legitimacy of the American Revolution, but he was also wary of its potential to stray into tyranny. The opening image of this poem does not present a warm outlook for the new country. The woman looks like a defeated Lady Liberty figure, and the chained angel she sits patiently by hints at a chained figure of freedom. The ruins of past great civilizations surround these figures whose futures are uncertain. “The Past and the Present: British Art of the 19th Century” looks at the diverse ways that the present can be reflected in the past. Instead of calling on a historical reality, the artists in the exhibit prefer to strengthen current ideals by justifying them through the past. Britain’s present and destiny make more sense when it is seen as a natural evolution of great ancestors. This is a tradition of myth creation inherited by Britain’s wayward child, America. After all, what better way to explain the future than by using the plot of an already-determined past?
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daughter, Hope, but he is clearly ill-equipped to take care of anyone, including himself. There is something sweet about Jimmy’s naiveté. The viewer cannot help but admire his dedication, and his determination to do the right thing despite his family’s misgivings — they keep telling him to drop Hope off at the local fire station — is genuinely endearing. Jimmy makes a lot of mistakes, like not knowing that he has to strap the car seat into the car while his daughter is riding in it, but he always learns from his errors and emerges afterward with renewed commitment to doing things the right way. It is easy to tell that Jimmy wants raising his daughter to be the one thing in his life that he can truly be proud of, and it is an admirable goal. The matriarch of the Chance family, Jimmy’s mother Virginia (Martha Plimpton), is one of the
show’s more interesting characters. Despite Virginia’s irresponsible attitude — she smokes in front of Hope and complains about driving Jimmy around when he needs her help — Plimpton somehow infuses humanity into her selfishness. This humanity is showcased in one of the more tender moments of the show, when Jimmy stays up until four in the morning trying to get Hope to stop crying. Virginia comes into the room and tenderly sings a love song until Hope finally quiets down. What makes Plimpton so intriguing in the scene is that she enters the room looking completely annoyed, as if she is only doing this because she wants to get some sleep. Yet when she starts to sing and lightly rock Hope, it is clear that she cares deeply for her new granddaughter. The viewer realizes that Virginia’s insistence on giving Hope away is not because she is selfish, but rather because she wants her granddaughter to have a better life than what the family
can provide for her. Another one of the better members of the supporting cast is Sabrina (Shannon Woodward), the coy, slightly mischievous cashier at the local supermarket and new friend of Jimmy. Sabrina plays many tricks on her manager, pulling pranks like drawing faces on some of the produce, which she seems to do out of boredom in her mundane job. She is also not afraid to poke fun at Jimmy and is quick with friendly jabs at his life; she has a playfulness that works well against Jimmy’s naiveté. Sabrina is not given much screen time in the pilot, but hopefully we will see her more in future episodes. One of the weaknesses of the show is its inconsistent humor. It seems to go back and forth between comedy and emotion rather than combining them, making some parts seem a little forced or uneven. “Raising Hope” could also benefit from less grossout humor, like the few throw-up gags in the episode, which made
transitions to the more tender moments a little awkward. While this pilot was not perfect, “Raising Hope” should be given a chance to develop. The characters are done well enough that the show can work in many ways if it keeps its focus and
does not try to generalize too much. The direction of the show is also undefined enough that it is not hard to think of funny and strong storylines for Jimmy and Hope, especially if the show continues to showcase both emotion and humor.
Jimmy’s developing friendship with Sabrina adds a more lighthearted overtone to the show.
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Engaging the Middle East: After the Cairo Speech
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Peace Prize should not be a political tool
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Winning an award is usually a cause for celebration. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize is something else entirely: It is the recognition of efforts that are already intrinsically valuable. It means that you have dedicated your life to the progress of humanity, and that is certainly something to be proud of. But there were no cheers raised by the Chinese government last week, when one of its own citizens, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a human rights activist. Liu has been labeled a dissenter by the Chinese government. He is currently imprisoned on subversion charges for his co-authorship of Charter 08, which called for gradual political liberalization by the Chinese Communist Party. It is hard to quantify his accomplishments — he is better described as an important figure in Chinese political culture. The Nobel Committee, in its presentation of the award, described Liu as “the foremost symbol of this struggle for human rights in China.” Liu is the first prize winner to receive the honor while actually imprisoned, although Aung San Suu Kyi and Carl von Ossietzky also were awarded the prize while being held in government custody. Of course, from the perspective of the liberal-democratic West, Liu’s plight is an especially poignant one: that of a political prisoner fighting for the extension of democratic rights to all layers of Chinese society.
President Barack Obama, joined by a number of Western dignitaries and ambassadors, used the occasion to call for the immediate release of the imprisoned Liu. China, however, is a proud nation that, in response to wide-ranging criticisms of human rights violations and illiberal practices, has often highlighted the country’s transformative economic growth that has lifted many out of poverty. Unsurprisingly then, the Chinese government has reacted angrily, arguing that in bestowing one of the highest international honors to an individual regarded as a criminal by his home government, the Noble Committee has questioned China’s legal authority and national sovereignty. The award was not merely recognition of a rights-defender’s efforts, but also an attempt by the committee to chastise and apply pressure to the Chinese government. This is what makes the Nobel Committee’s decision so contentious. The Daily in no way questions Liu’s accomplishments and the importance of his life’s work. He has tirelessly campaigned for peaceful political change in China in the face of official persecution and deserves to be recognized for his courage. We do, however, feel that the committee’s decision raises questions about recent trends in selecting recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Is the Nobel Peace Prize subject to influence by the prevailing ideology of its com-
mittee — made up of members selected by Norwegian parliament — and as such, a means to promote Western values? If so, doesn’t this inherently diminish the power and value of the award? What role does publicity and perception play in the naming of the recipient? When it comes down to it, what is the purpose of the peace prize and should it be used as a political tool? Last year, many of these same questions were brought to the fore after Obama was named as the award winner. Compared to previous Nobel Peace Prize recipients, Obama had few concrete achievements to his name — he admitted as much himself. Many argued that the committee’s decision to grant him the award was more a show of political solidarity in a time of coalitional warfare. The Nobel Committee must have foreseen the consequences of its selection. If indeed it was seeking to advance political rights and potentially win Liu’s freedom, then their decision has backfired — the Chinese government is now on the defensive and less willing to engage, while Liu’s wife has since been placed under house arrest. Liu is undeniably a divisive figure in the ongoing conversation between China and the West. Was his award part of a larger ideological war? We question his selection not on the grounds of Liu’s merit, but because of the conflict it inevitably engenders.
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For the better part of half a century it’s been illegal for foreign governments, individuals and companies to contribute money to American elections and for anyone to directly solicit money from those entities. But it seems U.S. law may not apply to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been directly soliciting foreign donors and has poured $75 million into campaigns — mostly Republican — this election. According to a report issued [Tuesday, Oct. 5] by the liberal policy group the [Center for American Progress Action
Fund], the Chamber is getting “dues” payments that number in the tens of thousands of dollars from companies from all over the world including in Egypt, India and Bahrain and then has grouped that money in with the money it uses to advocate for various political campaigns. The Chamber has flat-out denied that allegation, saying its accounting practices ensure that no foreign money goes to campaign advocacy or the more than 8,000 political ads it has run about various November campaigns. With closed books and the law protecting the Chamber from having to disclose its donors, it’s impossible for anyone to verify the Chamber’s defense, but the report does show that the chamber raises
money through its international affiliates by making members pay thousands of dollars to join. To top it off, despite what seems to be an outright breach of federal law and U.S. tax code, neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Federal Elections Commission seem to be doing anything about it or even opening an investigation. The Supreme Court’s ruling this year to invalidate much of America’s campaign finance law was a dangerous decision alone. If the federal government’s regulating agencies are unwilling or unable to uphold the remaining campaign finance laws such as the one banning foreign contributions this country will truly find itself buried in special interest money.
Corrections Yesterday’s article “English Department squeezed for space” inaccurately attributed to Department of English Chair Lee Edelman the statement that all tenured, full−time English Department professors, as well as a select few lecturers, did not change offices. In fact, the statement was based on information received from two English Department lecturers who requested anonymity, and not from Edelman. Yesterday’s article “Tufts celebrates Coming Out Day amid the somber backdrop of recent deaths” incorrectly stated that the second open forum to discuss a response to recent teen suicides was held at the LGBT Center. It was, in fact, held at the Tisch College but hosted by the LGBT Center.
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The deciding factor in Snyder v. Phelps BY
The ongoing Supreme Court case between Al Snyder and the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is as emotional as it is complex. Because of this, I was frustrated by the Daily’s editorial asserting that we should protect the WBC’s freedom of speech. It wasn’t the opinion of the Daily that disappointed me but rather the simplicity and ignorance of context with which it was asserted. For those unfamiliar with Snyder v. Phelps, the backstory is as follows: Snyder was burying his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in a Humvee accident while stationed in Iraq. One thousand feet away stood members of the “church,” which protests just about everywhere, spreading the message of God’s hate for Matthew and his fellow soldiers as well as the entire world. They were carrying signs such as “Thank God for IEDs,” “Fags die, God laughs,” et cetera; Al Snyder said they also carried the sign “Matt in Hell.” In addition, they posted a poem on their website claiming that Snyder and his wife “raised [Matthew] for the devil,” taught him “to commit adultery” and that “God killed Matthew so that His servants would have an opportunity to preach His words. …” Al Snyder, who became violently ill after reading this and watching the coverage of the protest later, filed a lawsuit claiming defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Snyder claims that this is not so much a free speech issue as a harassment issue. This is about deliberately engaging in psychological torture and, as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “exploiting a private family’s grief.” The defense for Fred Phelps, whose family makes up the majority of the WBC’s congregation, is simply freedom of speech. While one of the standards originally used for judging the case was the offensiveness of the WBC’s speech, an appellate court rejected that and rightly so. The speech was obviously as offensive as you could possibly get. So far, the Supreme Court has been concerned with the context in which WBC members spoke. The question is now about whether the protest still qualifies as free speech or becomes harassment of a father in an especially vulnerable state. Where the line is drawn between freedom and abuse
is very unclear, considering that protesting 1,000 feet away is not tantamount to yelling fire in a movie theater. On the one hand, you could legitimately say that the interaction between Snyder and the WBC was too indirect and unforced to be harassment. In response to the funeral protests the church conducted in the 1990s against Matthew Shepard, early AIDS victims and other gay people, about 40 states (including Maryland, where Matthew was buried) passed laws to keep them several hundred yards away from funerals. In this case, the WBC was 1,000 feet away, and Snyder even admitted that he could not see or hear them during the ceremony or on the way. Furthermore, aside from seeing the tips of their signs, the only time he directly saw the protest was on TV after the burial. He had to go on the Internet and click on the website godhatesfags.com in order to see the poem that exploited him and his dead son for media attention. In this case, it then would then amount to a question of free speech, since what they are saying is not forced into Snyder’s face. By that argument, they should then be acquitted. Let’s say, for instance, at their protest outside a Justin Bieber concert they were carrying their “Thank God For Dead Soldiers” sign. A widow of a veteran is watching the news and sees the clips of them, including the sign. She could then claim emotional distress on the same grounds that Snyder is, but while it may have been their intent that people see it, “people” does not necessarily include widows, and free speech would most likely win. On the other hand, while Snyder was rerouted during the funeral procession to limit his view of the picketers as much as possible, the other 1,500 mourners were greeted by the goons as soon as they entered the parking lot. According to Snyder, every aspect of the ceremony was tainted by their presence, even though they were far away. People even came up to him remarking, “Oh, I didn’t know Matt was gay.” (Though Matt was straight, the church’s logic for military protests is that our armed forces defend a country that is doomed for tolerating homosexuality). Furthermore, because the WBC sent out premeditated press releases titled, “Burial of an Ass,” the press was aware that the church would be there, and a media circus ensued outside the funeral.
And though the father was not sent the aforementioned poem by the church or forced in any way to see it, it was directly targeted at the Snyders, who are legally private citizens. Because the Internet is public domain, it was accessible to anybody who Googled Matt’s name, as the father expectedly did to read remembrances from Matt’s military friends. There are many precedents to the Snyders being afforded extra protections during a sacred ceremony, especially one of mourning. In Phelps-Roper v. Strickland, a case under the U.S. Court of Appeals, the court stated that survivors have a right to privacy “in the character and memory of the deceased.” Similarly, the case Jewish War Veterans of the United States v. American Nazi Party determined that the neo-Nazis could not march around synagogues during the High Holy days. The right to privacy is, due to the media circus and the distraction of funeral mourners, undermined in Snyder v. Phelps. Though I’m starting to side more and more with the latter argument, I’m not entirely sure. If nine of the greatest legal minds in the country are divided on this, it would be presumptuous of a dope like me to pretend there’s a definitive answer and that I know it. Despite the fact that this is technically an op-ed, I didn’t so much want to state my opinion as to show you both sides and let you decide. All I’m convinced of is that the deciding factor is how directly the protests interfered with the ceremony. And though the vilest speech is the kind that needs the most protection, Snyder was legitimately helpless in this situation, and his rights need protection, too. Here, the Daily’s free speech argument doesn’t hold up, because the WBC’s message is not being silenced. The church has countless other platforms, such as outside of concerts, through which its members can spread their message, and yet they choose to do so in the most provocative and exploitative locations. For me, Snyder’s right to privacy trumps the freedom of speech card, because the church members seem to have abused that freedom not in what they said, but in where they said it.
In the op-ed to the Daily that ran Sept. 27 entitled “A heretic’s chaplain,” Stephen Janick and Alexander Howard described the services which would be offered by a Humanist chaplain as well as addressed some of the logistical concerns many students and faculty have about the proposal. This op-ed piece proved to be very effective at dispelling many of the worries held by certain individuals. However, the feedback made clear areas of doubt not yet addressed by the Tufts Freethought Society (TFS). Many people question the use of the terms “chaplain” and “traditionally spiritual concerns.” What is meant by these words, and how do they apply to the non-religious community at Tufts? Oftentimes these questions miss the point entirely and walk the line of demeaning the legitimacy of our proposal. Nonetheless, these semantic concerns have received considerable attention among students, and they are now getting their deserved space in print. Deferring the issue to a dictionary produces dismal results for TFS. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, a “chaplain” is a “clergyman in charge of a chapel.” It is rightfully asked what interest nonbelievers would have in such a person. However, consider once more what it is that the TFS is seeking: an individual who serves Tufts by building a
sense of community among nonbelievers and humanists; who organizes community outreach, interfaith and philanthropic events; and who caters to the traditionally spiritual concerns many nonreligious students face. Not surprisingly, knowing what one wants and describing its merits to the university does little to realize such a goal. The structure and organization of Tufts plays an important role in what the finished product will look like. Take a moment and look to where one would find an individual who serves the aforementioned needs of various groups on campus. The answer is obvious: These tasks are carried out diligently by the various chaplains at Tufts University. Therefore, it should be of little surprise that TFS turns to the chaplaincy system. It is not that TFS seeks to have a dogmatic or authoritarian leader, but rather that we wish to have an individual who serves our community in the same way that the Protestant community is served by the Protestant chaplain without articles of faith, ritual or dogma. Some trouble has arisen regarding how to properly deal with what we have called “traditionally spiritual concerns.” Nonbelievers are not likely to have spiritual concerns of the supernatural kind, but it is naive to think that said students would not wonder if their lives have purpose or how to be an ethical member of society. Answers
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How big is yours?
to such questions often come in religious garb, but they need not. Lacking religious conviction does not alleviate these worries, and it should be uncontroversial to note that those people lacking religion do not find the answers provided by religion to these questions sufficient. TFS would be happy to develop nonreligious analogues to words like chaplain and spiritual. In fact, much attention has been given to this task by various intellectuals for years. Despite much attention to detail and diligence, no solutions have yet presented themselves. We still lack a universally accepted method for describing a person who organizes a nonreligious community of Humanists and offers philanthropic events and personal mentoring; it behooves TFS to focus more on the functional goal rather than semantic arguments. Of course we would prefer to have terms all our own that are universally and uncontroversially understood to refer to leaders of the nonreligious community. Lacking this, we will gladly settle for such an individual by another name, a chaplain. Semantics takes a back seat to function. Arguing over semantics simply inhibits progress and obscures the importance of such a program on campus.
ori Amos once sang, “Look, I’m standing naked before you; don’t you want more than my sex?” The cultural anxiety over penis size has led to the glib counter of “size doesn’t matter; it’s how you use it.” Often, we hear this phrase when people seek to reassure their partners who may worry or fret because they don’t measure up. Yet this overlooks the large-scale social currency a large penis has, as it boasts a potency lacking in its average-sized and small brothers. Of course, I don’t mean to say that men walk around wearing their penis sizes on their sleeves and people react accordingly in proportion to the dimensions. However, a similar phenomenon frequently occurs in homosocial settings, such as locker rooms and public showers. Men, presumably heterosexual and repulsed by others’ penises, often size each other up literally and figuratively through penis size. This sizing up doesn’t necessitate physical nudity. Words can often carry just as much weight as physical evidence. Perhaps then, the desire to win the intragender competition is of more importance than the fear of being potentially dismissed by one’s partner. This hypothetical preference would fit neatly within the masculine script that requires winning and, at the very least, being a formidable competitor. But regardless of whether these informal size contests matter, the sense of masculine supremacy conferred on the wielder of the large penis cannot be denied in our cultural imagination. As is often the case, the question of whether size actually matters, or whether people only believe size matters, does not really matter. The powerful fantasy of the large penis and the resultant acknowledgement of virility and superiority overshadow any contentions, legitimate or otherwise. The cultural consciousness informed by the media and socialization in a phallocentric society have led to a conflation of the concepts of penis size and masculinity, among other faulty and problematic conflations. Thus, male dominance is connected to the penis, which gives birth to the construction of the phallus — a construction that has its roots in history and has inevitably transformed and changed over time. Susan Bordo, a feminist philosopher, characterizes the modern phallus as a construction that transcends the physical realm in its representative power. It is much more than a penis or an object shaped like one. According to Bordo in her book “The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private” (2000), the phallus, as mentioned before, “stands … for genetic male superiority” over all species and not just women. This suggests that the presence of phallic symbols in the media cannot be simplified to a mere correlation of shape. Perhaps the sticks in “The Lord of the Flies” (1959) are nothing more than sticks, but we cannot ignore the context and the signification surrounding phallic symbolism. To better illustrate this, let’s look at the discourse surrounding gun imagery. The power to kill and subdue others lies in the hands of the one holding the gun. Representations often place guns in the hands of cisgendered — as opposed to transgendered — men, or even if they do not, we associate guns with men, attributing to them authority, power, strength and control. In considering this connection between men and deadly weapons with the various cultural significations previously mentioned, we can perhaps understand the inclination to see phallic symbolism in a gun. So then, if the phallus is beyond the physical world, does size actually matter? First off, the question itself ignores this possibility, for it is rooted only in the biological realm, yet as we have seen, the issue is as intellectual as it is corporeal. It continually engages with the social imagination of our culture. So if you ask me if size matters, I’d say definitively, yes.
David Johnson is a senior majoring in physics and philosophy. He is the president of the Tufts Freethought Society.
Elisha Sum is a senior majoring in English and French. He can be reached at Elisha. Sum@tufts.edu.
David Pernick is a sophomore majoring in political science. He can be reached at David.Pernick@tufts.edu.
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STATISTICS | STANDINGS
Bowdoin Tufts Trinity Middlebury Wesleyan Amherst Conn. Coll. Bates Williams Colby
W 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 1 1 0
T. Brown M. Burke L. Saggerman S. Cannon M. Karp C. Yogerst J. Perkins T. Guttadauro A. Roberts K. Murphy
G 13 7 2 2 2 2 0 1 1 1
Goalkeeping GA M. Zak 2
L 0 0 4 3 2 3 3 7 6 5 A 4 1 2 1 1 1 4 1 1 0
(5-2-2, 3-1-1 NESCAC)
(14-5, 5-2 NESCAC) T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middlebury Williams Amherst Bowdoin Tufts Conn. Coll. Trinity Bates Hamilton Wesleyan Colby Offensive C. Updike C. Spieler N. Shrodes L. Nicholas K. Ellefsen K. Lord K. Engelking
Pts 30 15 6 5 5 5 4 3 3 2
S S% 16 .889
Defensive A. Kuan C. Spieler C. Updike K. Lord N. Shrodes K. Engelking
W 5 5 4 5 5 4 2 1 1 1 0
L 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 5 5 5 6
W L 13 3 15 6 13 1 12 7 14 5 12 5 10 5 6 11 9 8 4 9 5 11
Kills SA 220 27 122 16 100 15 72 21 51 0 45 29 41 6 B Digs 0 181 17 121 8 121 28 105 7 60 5 30
W 3 Trinity 3 Amherst 3 Tufts Middlebury 3 2 Williams 2 Bates 2 Bowdoin 1 Wesleyan 0 Colby Conn. Coll. 0
L 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 1 3 3
M. Stewart J. Love-Nichols A. Michael S. Wojtasinski S. Nolet A. Kaufman L. O’Connor O. Rowse C. Wilson
G 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
T 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 3 3 2
W 4 4 5 5 6 4 5 2 3 3 A 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1
L 0 3 2 2 3 4 3 3 3 3
T 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 2
Pts 8 5 5 3 3 2 1 1 1
Goalkeeping GA S S% K. Wright 2 14 .875 P. Hanley 3 18 .857
Men's Soccer NESCAC
Williams Middlebury Bowdoin Colby Tufts Amherst Trinity Bates Conn. Coll. Wesleyan
W 4 4 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 1
B. Green F. Silva M. Blumenthal R. Coleman S. Atwood S. Blumenthal K. Lewis B. Ewing P. Bauer
L 0 1 1 3 2 1 4 3 3 4
T 2 0 2 0 1 3 0 1 1 0
G 4 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
NCAA Div. III Field Hockey
(4-4-1, 2-2-1 NESCAC)
L W 0 9 0 8 2 5 2 5 2 7 3 6 3 5 5 2 5 2 5 4
Field Hockey (8-0, 5-0 NESCAC)
(Oct. 5, 2010)
L 0 1 1 3 4 1 5 5 4 5
W 7 8 6 6 4 5 5 3 3 4 A 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
T 2 0 2 1 1 3 0 1 1 0
Pts 9 6 5 2 2 2 1 1 1
Goalkeeping GA S S% A. Bernstein 4 33 .892 Z. Cousens 6 8 .571
W 3 Amherst 3 Williams 2 Trinity 2 Wesleyan 1 Bates 1 Bowdoin 1 Tufts 1 Colby Middlebury 1 0 Hamilton
L 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3
PF 120 103 95 83 21 44 56 64 82 38
PA 38 36 42 65 105 86 53 87 97 97
Rushing P. Bailey R. Pollock
Att. Yds. Avg. TD 25 92 3.7 0 12 34 2.8 0
Passing A. Fucillo
Pct. Yds TD INT 48.9 952 5 6
Receiving B. Mahler G. Stewart P. Bailey
No. Yds Avg. TD 23 242 10.5 2 20 226 11.3 0 18 155 8.6 2
Defense F. Albitar M. Murray D. Simmons
Tack INT TFL Sack 34.0 0 1.5 0.5 25.0 1 1.5 1.0 18.0 0 3.0 2.0
SCHEDULE | Oct. 12 - Oct. 18 TUES
at New England Championships
at New England Championships
at Trinity 1:30 p.m.
at Conn. College 4 p.m
12 p.m. at Trinity
Connecticut College Invitational at 11 a.m.
Women’s Soccer Men’s Soccer
at Trinity 12 p.m. at UMass Dartmouth 7 p.m
at Trinity 12 p.m.
at Bowdoin 7 p.m.
vs. Williams 6 p.m.
vs. Hamilton 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Hamilton 1:30 p.m.
Points (First-place votes) 1. Salisbury, 903 (11) 2. Tufts, 900 (20) 3. Messiah, 876 (7) 4. Lebanon Valley, 852 (8) 5. Ursinus, 783 (1) 6. Bowdoin, 707 (2) 7. Christopher Newport, 610 8. Eastern, 605 (1) 9. Skidmore, 595 10. SUNY Cortland, 559
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Jumbos showcase depth against the best in the region MEN’S XC continued from page 16
varsity and the sub-varsity races. I personally saw a lot of improvement, and I know that everyone else on the varsity squad did too. Everyone [ran a personal record], which is a pretty rare occurrence.”
“This week made me and the rest of the team really excited for the next couple of races. After such a strong weekend, going into Conn., we don’t have anything to prove or anything to lose, so I think with that, the team is going to go out there and go big.” Scott McArthur junior Junior Connor Rose led the Jumbos in the sub-varsity race, finishing in 26:27 to claim 14th among 200 entrants. Rose’s time was over 50 seconds faster than his time at the meet in 2009. In an incredibly strong region, the Jumbos were the fifth team among Div. III schools. But the squad knows just as well as anyone else that they need to keep their pace up against the tough competition, even if the efforts are against
Div. I and II teams. “There’s some incredible parity in the region this year,” Barron said. “You had the ninth place-ranked team in the country, [Brandeis], be the eighth Div. III team this weekend, so if that doesn’t tell you about the competitiveness of the region this year, then I don’t know what will.” The team’s 17th-place finish was three positions higher than last year. Its fifth-place finish out of Div. III schools was two higher than last year, as the team finished seventh in the category in 2009. And this weekend’s result comes without Tufts’ frontrunner from last year — Jesse Faller (E ’10). “We lost a lot last year, more than just Jesse,” Barron said. “We lost Ryan Lena (E ’10) who almost qualified for nationals in outdoor track, and we lost Nick Welch (LA ’10), who was a national caliber runner ... [but] everyone is collectively stepping up because we don’t have Faller, a top 10 in the nation guy, right now.” The squad on Saturday will travel to Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Conn. for the Connecticut College Invitational. “This week made me and the rest of the team really excited for the next couple of races,” McArthur said. “After such a strong weekend, going into Conn., we don’t have anything to prove or anything to lose, so I think with that, the team is going to go out there and go big. It’s a fast course there so lot of opportunity for new PRs and another great weekend.”
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Sophomore Matt Rand led the way for the Jumbos at the New England Championships on Saturday, making huge improvements from his performance last fall.
Jumbos will try to right ship against Corsairs Tuesday night MEN’S SOCCER continued from page 16
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Above, junior midfielder Matt Blumenthal takes a shot in a game against Wesleyan on Sept. 25. Against Colby this past weekend, Tufts could not sink a single shot on goal and fell 1-0.
the right combination to tie the game. Colby kept the Jumbos off the board largely in part to the play of junior goalkeeper Ben Joslin, who recorded five saves in his second shutout of the season. “After the goal, and especially in the second half, Colby sat in and played real defensive,” Flaherty said. “We needed to play with a greater sense of urgency to break down their committed defense, and we never found that sense.” The Tufts attack was hampered in the match by the absence of sophomore forward Franco Silva, who is second on the team with three goals but who missed his second straight game due to an injury suffered in the victory over Bates. The Jumbos struggled to find the offensive rhythm they displayed against Bates, Wesleyan and even Plymouth State — despite the 3-2 overtime loss — and were shut out for the third time this season. Although the loss to Colby was disappointing, Blumenthal sees value in the number of non-starting players gaining experience in conference games. This depth will become useful as the season begins its final stretch. “We have a lot people contributing right now,” Blumenthal said. “We have 18 guys playing every game so it’s good to know that we can have people step up.” Flaherty believes the sluggish performance could also be used as a means of motivation for the team.
“The only real positive is that it is a wake up call,” said Flaherty. “You can’t go on the road and focus for 80 minutes. We need to realize that we need to play 90 hard ... minutes or else we aren’t going to win.” The loss snapped the Jumbos’ two-game NESCAC winning streak and marked their second straight loss overall. The loss enabled Colby to leapfrog Tufts in the conference standings, where the Mules (6-3-1, 3-3-0 in NESCAC) now stand in fourth, while the Jumbos (4-4-1, 2-2-1 in NESCAC) dropped into sole possession of fifth place. “We need to find that chip on our shoulder,” Flaherty said. “We need to play like we have something to prove, because at the end of the day, we know we can do a lot better. Winning a couple games at the beginning of the season doesn’t mean anything.” The Jumbos will attempt to bounce back from the defeat on Tuesday night, when they travel to UMass-Dartmouth for the second of four straight road games. A year ago, it was Silva’s first collegiate goal, in overtime, which gave the Jumbos a 1-0 victory over the Corsairs. “We are going to watch some film and figure out what went wrong,” said Flaherty. “We all know that we can do better on the offensive and defensive ends, so we have a lot of work to do. But we will do the work, and we will be ready for Tuesday. And from here on out we are going play one game at a time with a new mentality.”
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Young talent again finishes strong for Jumbos at New England Championships BY
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Sophomore Lilly Fisher was the third finisher for Tufts, taking 151st among 322 runners in the All New England Championships Saturday, in a time nearly a minute faster than her performance in 2009. five out of the top 10 spots for the Jumbos in the varsity and sub-varsity races combined. “The freshman class is really encouraging, and they are continuing to perform at a great level,” Fisher said. “I am hopeful that it will provide some positive momentum for everyone moving forward. Hopefully it will keep everyone moving in the right direction.” After the less-than-ideal showing at New England Championships, the team is now looking to steadily improve over the next few weeks in anticipation of some of the championship meets later in the season.
“I hope to keep setting personal bests,” Fisher said. “I am definitely in a different place in terms of fitness than I was last year. Each race, I just want to keep improving. I haven’t really done that many 6ks so each race I get a little more experience.” With only the Connecticut College Invitational between now and the NESCAC Championships on Oct. 30, the young team has little time to get in top shape. With strong upperclassmen leading and improved pack running, though, the Jumbos are hoping to keep building the momentum as they head into the final weeks of the season.
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the half continued, accumulating five corner kicks. Yet the Jumbos’ defense stood strong, with sophomore keeper Phoebe Hanley needing to make only a single save. “They had a lot of corners, and we need to be better about not giving them up,” Nolet said. “Other teams will punish us for that as the season goes on.” Coming out of the break, the Jumbos revitalized their attack. Their efforts paid off after less than 15 minutes, when Michael found some space on the outside and sent a cross into the box that was finished masterfully by Stewart. It was Stewart’s first goal since her hat trick in the team’s opener against Middlebury and increased her team-leading tally to four. “Before the season we had no idea
The women’s cross country team this weekend at the New England Championships went up against a slew of Div. I, II and III teams , which proved to be the toughest field of competition the Jumbos have faced this season. In a massive race that had 322 runners, the Jumbos finished 25th out of 47 teams with a total score of 690. It was the first meet in which the top seven runners from each team raced separately from the team’s remaining roster, adding to the extremely high level of competition within the field. In the five-kilometer race, senior tricaptain Amy Wilfert continued her return to top form, as she crossed the line first for the Jumbos. Wilfert finished 78th overall with a time of 19:03. Junior Anya Price continued her strong racing, finishing 139th in 19:37. Finishing third for the Jumbos was sophomore Lilly Fisher in 151st place (19:46). Just two seconds back was freshman Abby Barker in 153rd. Rounding out the scoring for the women was freshman Lauren Creath in 169th, just over the 20-minute barrier in 20:01. Sophomore Melanie Monroe and freshman Madeleine Carey crossed the line in 184th (20:12) and 187th (20:15), respectively. In a race of that size, it can often be difficult to make strong moves to pass other runners. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of a large race is getting pushed away from teammates, making it difficult to work as a pack. “Working together is definitely a goal of ours,” Fisher said. “We talk about trying to work together and use each other to run fast. In a 5k, it’s a little bit more difficult because the race is just a bit shorter.” With all the young talent on the team, working together is something that may help the women achieve future success, though the mentality of running with a pack does not always sink in right away. “In high school, I didn’t have a teammate that ran the same pace as me, so I have never had a teammate to work with,” Barker said. “I think it is definitely a useful tactic, but I will have to work on getting used to it.” With so many girls finishing around the same time, the team is going to try to integrate pack running into its racing strategy. “I think learning to work off our teammates more will help a lot during races,” Barker said. “I haven’t had that type of experience before, but when you look at the good teams, they all run in small groups. Williams and Middlebury have great pack running, and they are very successful teams.” In another impressive showing from the underclassmen, freshmen took
who was going to be coming in, so it’s nice to see that we’ve picked up players that can clearly put the ball in the back of the net up front,” Michael said. “It’s good to see that they’ve stepped into those shoes so well.” Even with a 2-0 lead, the Jumbos continued to pound away at the Mules’ goal, looking to extend the lead. Colby also found some opportunities, but Tufts’ freshman goalkeeper Kristin Wright, who had taken over for Hanley at halftime, made a pair of saves to preserve the shutout. “A 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead because you get complacent,” Michael said. “We didn’t really sit back and feel comfortable. Yes, it was nice to have a little bit more of a comfort zone, but we didn’t sit back and relax.” The two wins over the past three days highlighted an experienced backline that is really coming into its own
in the heart of the season. The group recorded its third and fourth straight shutouts on Saturday and Monday, respectively. With the victory, Tufts moved up to third in the NESCAC standings — one point behind Amherst and Trinity. But with one match more than the Lord Jeffs remaining and a road match against the undefeated Bantams — who have won their last two home games by a combined five goals — looming this Saturday, the Jumbos control their own destiny. The scenario is simple, although the task is not. If they can win the four remaining conference games, the Jumbos will win the NESCAC. “It is really nice to be in control,” Nolet said. “I think we have, gotten lucky in that respect, but were not going to take it for granted. We have a lot of work to do, and we haven’t proven anything yet.”
ou don’t have to be a psychologist to diagnose Jed York with delusion. After all, only someone truly out of his mind would predict that a winless team could come back to capture the division title. You’d have to be insane to truly believe that this is within the realm of possibility, right? At face value, the San Francisco 49ers owner looks absolutely, clinically nuts. His team is 0-5, one of two winless teams left in the NFC and trapped in the league’s basement with the hapless Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers. And yet, York has the gall to envisage a world in which the Niners somehow turn it around and win the NFC West? In the words of Vizzini: Inconceivable! This is a San Francisco team with a minus-10 turnover ratio, by far the worst in the league, and a starting quarterback in Alex Smith who has an NFL-worst nine interceptions. As a result, workhorse running back Frank Gore has just 3.5 yards per carry, placing him at 40th in the league. Statistically, the Niners are winless, hapless and, most importantly, hopeless. A closer examination of the situation in the Golden Gate City actually reveals that York might not be totally expelling smoke out of his back exit. Despite the fact that under the current playoff format, no team has ever started the season 0-5 and reached the playoffs, the Niners actually have a legitimate shot at proving their seemingly senseless owner correct. It seems impossible, but this is sports, where the improbable happens on a daily basis. It’s a world in which, in a span of a few hours, Oakland can beat San Diego, the Titans can take down the Cowboys on the road and Arizona can stomp the defending Super Bowl champion Saints. Of course, all of these situations pale in comparison to turning a full season around — upsets happen every day, but it’s rare to see a team go from nothing to everything in a matter of weeks. But consider that San Francisco has five games left against NFC West opponents, three of which are at Candlestick Park, and things look a little brighter. Also consider that some of the Niners’ remaining out-of-division contests include home dates with Oakland and Tampa Bay, as well as road games against Carolina and an across-the-pond stint with Denver in London. Realistically, a 9-7 record will ensure a divisional title for San Francisco, which means that the 49ers have a serious about-face to perform in the upcoming weeks. But if a miraculous turnaround can happen in any division, it’s the NFC West. It’s the only division in football in which no team has scored above 100 points — in fact, no NFC West squad has above 90 — and all four teams have negative point differentials. Even Arizona, who leads the division at 3-2, has a minus-50 point differential. In their first five losses, the Niners have dropped three by a total of seven points. New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley beat San Francisco on a last-second field goal in Week 2 that was partially blocked. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White forced a fumble on an interception return in the fourth quarter to set up Matt Bryant’s game-winner in Week 4. Had San Francisco not shot itself in the foot with five turnovers on Sunday, the 27-24 loss to the Eagles could have been in the bag. By no means consider this to be my endorsement of the Niners to win the NFC West. Forecasting that would be foolish. In all likelihood, San Francisco will continue its historic collapse into mediocrity and Jed York will be made to look like a fool for these boisterous predictions. Fault York all you want for his methods, but it’s difficult to slight an owner for trying to inject a little positive encouragement into a downtrodden team. Maybe he’s not as insane as we once thought.
Alex Prewitt is a junior majoring in English and religion. He can be reached on his blog at http://livefrommudville.blogspot.com or followed on Twitter at @Alex_Prewitt.
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Firing on all cylinders, Jumbos increase win streak to four BY
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It took a while for the women’s soccer team, which has 10 first-years on its roster, to WOMEN’S SOCCER (3-1-1 NESCAC, 5-2-2 OVERALL) at Waterville, Maine, Saturday Tufts Colby
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work the kinks out. The team went 1-2-2 in its first five matches, including a frustrating tie against NESCAC bottom-dweller Wesleyan. But after a dominant 2-0 decision over Colby this Saturday — and a 1-0 win over Endicott yesterday afternoon — Tufts’ winning streak is now at four games. The young team has finally started to find a formula for success. “We are starting to learn how our teammates play,” junior midfielder Alix Michael said. “We, as a whole, are beginning to understand the importance of working on the field. This work ethic on the field wasn’t there at the beginning of the season.”
On Saturday, in a fitting combination of youth and experience, senior co-captain and defender Sarah Nolet blasted home an early penalty-shot goal, and freshman forward Maeve Stewart put Colby away with a score of her own in the second half. From the opening whistle, Tufts came out as the aggressor. The Jumbos dominated possession and kept the pressure on, outshooting the Mules 10-2 in the first half. Mules sophomore goalkeeper Jayde Bennett was continuously tested but held strong for the first 23 minutes of the match. The Jumbos were finally rewarded for their efforts when junior forward Jamie Love-Nichols drew a penalty in the box. After discussion, Nolet stepped up and buried the shot in the right corner. “I’ve been practicing [penalties], and we’ve talked about it before,” Nolet said. “[Head coach Martha Whiting] asked if I felt comfortable after the one in the Middlebury game, and I felt good taking it.” Colby began to threaten as
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First-year Maeve Stewart, pictured in a game against Middlebury, scored in Tufts’ 2-0 dismantling of Colby. Stewart leads the Jumbos with four goals on the season.
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Tufts takes 17th in Saturday’s New England Championships, finishes fifth among Div. III schools BY
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The men’s cross country team on Saturday had its strongest race yet at the Open New England Championships, taking 17th out of 47 teams and fifth among Div. III schools. The sophomore duo of Matt Rand and Kyle Marks led the way for Tufts, making huge jumps from their finishes at the same meet last year. Rand finished in a time of 25:44 on the 8,000-meter course, claiming 54th among the 318 competitors — 49 spots ahead of his finish last year. Marks finished close behind with a time of 25:53, taking 68th and making a 113-position
jump from last year. Tufts’ next four runners finished within a spread of 12 seconds. Junior Scott McArthur led this pack, taking 95th in a time of 26:11. Freshman Benjamin Wallis was just five seconds back, finishing 26:16 in 108th place. Sophomore Tyler Andrews and freshman Liam Cassidy were 128th and 129th, respectively, in times of 26:22 and 26:23. “I was incredibly pleased with the varsity race,” coach Ethan Barron said. “It was the best pack running I’ve seen out of a Tufts team ever at that meet, and the one athlete who didn’t have a pack to run in did some of the best moving up I’ve seen in the varsity race in my career.”
there and running with some of those top runners from Div. I schools.” If there was any doubt about the team’s depth, this race quashed it. While in 2008 only five members of the squad clocked in under 27:00 on the course, followed by six in 2009, the Jumbos had 13 racers finish under that time this year combining the seven racers in the varsity race and top six finishers in the sub-varsity races. “There was significant improvement from last year,” McArthur said. “The varsity team last year ran a strong race, but the depth that we have this year was really showcased both in the see MEN’S XC, page 14
Smart substitutions help Tufts extend streak During a soccer game, substitutions are arguably the most important decisions a coach has to make. Tufts head coach Martha Whiting handled this aspect of the game masterfully yesterday, inserting freshman forward Anya Kaufman midway through the first half. Less than two minutes after entering the game, Kaufman scored her first collegiate goal, which was enough for a 1-0 non-conference win over Endicott. Junior Jamie Love-Nichols was Tufts’ biggest offensive asset early, and less than fifteen minutes in, she turned a cleared free kick into a counter-attack after senior forward Bailey Morgan found her streaking down the right side. Love-Nichols tried to play it back across, but the ball was played a bit too far, out of reach of several Jumbos filling in the middle. A few minutes later, Love-Nichols again had a chance, sneaking through the Gulls’ defense and playing in a dangerous cross, though nobody could finish. Tufts finally struck in the 33rd minute, as sophomore forward Jenna Castellot worked her way down to the end line before finding an unmarked Kaufman in the center of the box. Kaufman,
The athlete Barron referred to was Tufts’ seventh-fastest runner, freshman Andrew Shapero, who started off near the back of the pack but worked his way up throughout the 8k race to cross the line in 26:42 for 160th place. “The whole varsity squad ran well,” McArthur said. “I was especially impressed with how close we all were. … Kyle had an awesome race. He’s the sort of runner who can go out hard in a race and hold on better than just about anyone else, and Franklin Park played to his advantage in that way. “Matt also ran really well,” McArthur said. “Going out in a 4:50 mile makes for a tough last four miles of a race, but he did a really good job of hanging in
less than ten yards out, had plenty of time to turn around and set herself before slipping a soft shot into the right corner, beating freshman goalkeeper Natalie Wyrsch. “I’m pretty happy about it,” Kaufman said after the game. “It’s been a while since I’ve scored, so it was good to put one in.” The game slowed down in the second half, as both teams looked worn down from such a fast-paced opening. The Gulls were forced to chase the Jumbos, trying to force turnovers, but Endicott could do little more than loft a pair of shots right at freshman keeper Kristin Wright, who combined with sophomore keeper Phoebe Hanley for Tufts’ fourth straight shutout. The Jumbos are now the winners of four straight games, their longest streak since they started 2008 with five straight victories. “We are feeling pretty confident,” Kaufman said. “We need to just keep putting shots in the back of the net, because we cannot rely on getting a shutout every game.” —by Ethan Sturm
Jumbos give up early goal, can not strike back against Mules BY
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For the second straight Saturday, the men’s soccer team fell behind early in an important NESCAC match-up. Yet unlike MEN’S SOCCER (2-2-1 NESCAC, 4-4-1 OVERALL) at Waterville, Maine, Saturday Tufts Colby
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in last week’s resounding Homecoming victory over Bates, there was no comeback in the cards this time for Tufts, as the Jumbos fell 1-0 to the Colby Mules. “It was pretty heart-wrenching,” senior quad captain Chris Flaherty said. “This was a huge game for us to really solidify our place in the league. It’s frustrating to under perform in such a big game.” “It was a frustrating loss,” junior midfielder Matt Blumenthal added. “It was a weird game, and it felt like we never got it going.”
The lone goal of the game came in just at the ninth minute, as Colby sophomore midfielder Andrew Meisel took a pass from a teammate, cut into the box and beat Tufts junior goalkeeper Alan Bernstein with a low shot. Including Tuesday night’s match against Plymouth State, this marked the third straight occasion on which the Jumbos have allowed a goal within the first twenty minutes. “We came out real slow and it killed us,” Flaherty said. “They dominated the first couple minutes and gave them too much time and space. The goal was a result of that — too much space and bad team communication.” “I don’t know if it’s been a lack of focus at the beginning of the game, but we’ve got to be better prepared at the start and really win the first couple minutes of the first half,” Blumenthal added. The Jumbos’ offense outshot the Mules 11-8 and had a four-to-one advantage in corner kicks, but it couldn’t find see MEN’S SOCCER, page 14