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Monday, April 28, 2014

VOLUME LXVII, NUMBER 59

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Students protest treatment of janitors by Justin Rheingold Daily Editorial Board

Members of Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) last Wednesday held a rally and march in support of the school's janitors, presenting demands to the administration after discovering that custodial service provider DTZ/ Unicco appeared to be in breach of its contract. Rae Axner, TLC vice president and one of the event's organizers, explained that the janitors' employer has been manipulating the workforce and its schedule. "The janitors are clearly in a precarious situation because they are not employed by Tufts University; they are employed by their contractor DTZ/Unicco," Axner, a senior, said. "There [have] been a lot of problems with the contractor in the past couple of years. There are three major issues that are going on right now, two of which are contractual violations, one of which isn't specifically a violation of the contract — it's just mistreatment." Axner said that DTZ/ Unicco's main issues are having too few full-time employees at Tufts, the janitors not receiving weekly paychecks during time off and having increasingly large workloads. "The janitors are not being employed full-time at the rate that their contract states that they should be," she explained. "The contract says that 75 percent of the janitorial staff should be full-time employees and that DTZ should be aspiring to employ 90 percent of the janitorial staff full-time. Currently, about

58 percent are full-time and that number is corroborated between the janitors, the union, DTZ and Linda Snyder, the vice president of operations at Tufts." Snyder explained that the contract DTZ negotiated with the union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was agreed upon last year. "With respect to the obligation to reach a goal of 75 / 25 in fulltime / part-time employees, DTZ has told us that it believes it is not in violation of the contract," she told the Daily in an email. "The SEIU contract requires that the goal be reached through attrition, which is a provision that the SEIU negotiated to avoid layoffs. DTZ says that attrition, in which an employee voluntarily leaves employment, in the university custodial workforce is very low and therefore has not been sufficient to reach the goal." Axner, however, suggested that the issue is complex and expanded upon the hiring practices of DTZ. "When janitors leave fulltime positions, they are not replacing those full-time positions, but rather letting people continue to work part-time and really just dividing that workload among part-time employees, reducing the staff, not actually hiring to replace full-time employees and not promoting within the staff from part-time to full-time," she said. She suggested that DTZ has engaged in schedule manipulation in order to avoid paying for the benefits that come with being a full-time employee, including see PROTEST , page 2

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President Anthony Monaco presents the Blue Jacket Award to Sylvia Lustig of Tufts Engineering Mentors. From left to right, Michael Kenny, President Monaco, Sylvia Lustig, John Kenny.

Tufts Engineering Mentors celebrate first year by Justin Rheingold Daily Editorial Board

Tufts Engineering Mentorship Program hosted its end of the year ceremony last night, wrapping up its first year with awards for its dedicated participants. The mentorship program was started this fall by junior brothers Michael and John Kenny, who explained that they realized the school was lacking such a program after transferring from University of Massachusetts Lowell before their sophomore year. "We were talking with my older brother, and he has sort of been a mentor to us, and we were talking about how we can make an impact on campus," Michael said. "In our own lives

we had noticed that there were a lot of things we found out too late, [things we] wish we had known sooner. It really started about a year ago ... with going around, talking to professors, getting their ideas, talking to students, seeing if they were interested and the response was overwhelmingly positive. We were able to get some departmental support, even at the end of last year, to host this initial meeting that we called our launch party." John added that he and Michael looked into other school's programs and discovered very few universities had similar programs. "One of the biggest things you find is in huge corporate businesses, all of them are

starting to incorporate mentorship programs if they don't already have them," John said. "That's something that grabbed our attention. As we researched other schools, some of them have online mentorship programs, but none of them really have a peer-to-peer mentorship program where it's students mentoring other students. ... That's something that we thought would be really cool ... It's really valuable having someone to kind of share the inside knowledge." John explained that the current program is limited to 70 students — 35 mentors and 35 mentees — and seeks to connect students on both a persee MENTORSHIP, page 2

Two students receive Truman Scholarship by Kathleen Schmidt Daily Editorial Board

Juniors Safiya Subegdjo and Amber Rose Johnson were recently chosen by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to become two of the nation's 59 2014 Truman Scholars. According to the foundation's website, the Truman Scholar title is awarded to college juniors on the basis of their academic achievement, leadership and the likelihood they will pursue careers in government or the non-profit sector. Students were chosen from 655 candidates nationwide to receive this scholarship, which provides $30,000 for graduate school, along with priority admission to leading graduate schools and access to internships with the federal government. Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and

Public Service Alan Solomont expressed excitement for the selections of Subegdjo and Johnson. "We're very proud to have two students, both of whom have really not just excelled, but been exemplars of active citizenship and civic engagement," Solomont said. Johnson could not be reached for comment prior to publication; however, Subegdjo explained that she first heard about the scholarship over the summer and began the application process at the beginning of the school year. "The application was really extensive and time consuming," she said. "There were eight to 10 little essays ranging from talking about your leadership experience to your public service experience and what you see TRUMAN, page 2

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Audience members dance and snap pictures during Childish Gambino’s performance at Spring Fling on the President’s Lawn on April 26, 2014.

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Members of Tufts dance community see potential benefits in unification

Iggy Azalea attracts attention with debut album ‘The New Classic’

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TCU Senate update The newly sworn in members of Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate yesterday held in-house elections for a variety of executive board positions and committee chairmanships. TCU President Robert Joseph and Elections Commission (ECOM) Chair Dan Johnson presided over the meeting. Junior Matt Roy was elected Vice President and Adam Kochman, a sophomore, will continue to serve as Senate's treasurer. Freshman Isabella Kahhalé was elected Historian and Gauri Seth, a freshman, was elected Parliamentarian. Junior Andrew Núñez, the runner-up in the TCU presidential election, will round out the Executive Board, serving as the Diversity and Community Affairs (DCA) Officer. Freshman Constantin Weiss was elected chair of the Administration and Policy Committee, and outgoing parliamentarian Brian Tesser, a sophomore, was elected chair of the Student Outreach Committee. Ramiro Sarabia, a freshman, and Sam

Berzok, a sophomore, were elected chairs of the Education Committee, and Janna Karatas, a sophomore, and Kahhalé will continue to chair the Services Committee. Shai Slotky, a freshman and Karatas will serve as the Boston Intercollegiate Assembly representatives, and Núñez, in his position as DCA Officer, will serve as chair of the Culture, Ethnicity and Community Affairs Committee. Although the elections went smoothly, Joseph said a revote was necessary for some positions on Allocations Board. Next year's board will consist of Kahhalé, Slotky, Roy, Seth, sophomore Sawyer Dew and freshman Dhruv Khurana. Slotky will also serve as associate treasurer. "I was very satisfied [with how the elections] went," Joseph, a junior, said. "I'm really looking forward to working with all of these senators in their capacity." —by Justin Rheingold

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healthcare and paid time off. "It is our understanding that DTZ has actually been manipulating the schedules of the janitors specifically so they don't have to grant full-time status to employees that are essentially working full-time," Axner said. "For example, they will have full-time hours for two weeks, and then their hours will be reduced for one week so that they aren't working full-time for the amount of time that they would legally have to be [in order to be] considered full-time employees." Giovanna Castro, the incoming TLC vice president and current chair of the group's janitors and dining hall workers committee, led the rally, which consisted of students, professors and janitors. She said the rally was purposely planned during the lunch breaks of many custodial workers. "We had a bunch of posters and ... a fair amount of janitors came and they also had their posters," Castro, a junior, said. "Three of the janitors came up and spoke, and I translated for some of them. One of the things that just really touched me was that one of them said, 'Remember, kids, you are the engine of this university.'" Rally participants marched down Professors Row, up Packard Avenue and over to Ballou Hall where they presented a list of demands to Snyder and other administration officials. One of the other demands included fixing the pay schedules for workers on vacations, who, according to Castro, are supposed to receive checks every week. "That's something they want and that DTZ isn't doing," she said. "That's an issue that DTZ has been [confronting] nationwide, so if we win at Tufts, it could be a huge win for DTZ employees nationwide." While not an actual violation of the contract, the increasing workloads of DTZ employees are unjust, according to Axner. "Their work strain has gone way up, and the quality of their work has gone

way down," Axner said. "They take great pride in the quality of the work they do. ... We have janitors who are assigned to three, four, five buildings every day and DTZ also does not keep staff on retainer to cover when other janitors are sick." Axner said that this means DTZ is likely cutting corners and providing less to Tufts than it is contractually obligated to do. Snyder explained that the contract cost to the university was agreed upon in last year's negotiations, and she could not speculate on how costs could potentially change in a new contract. The agreement runs through July 31, 2016, according to a copy of the contract Axner provided to the Daily. "[The contract] is signed and final," she said. "We are very conscious of the fact that the costs of operating the university, including the costs of custodial services, contribute to the cost of higher education and therefore tuition." Snyder added that the SEIU-DTZ contract provides custodial workers with a formal structure to resolve disputes. "We hope that custodians will take advantage of that process if they believe that DTZ is violating provisions of the contract," she said. "In fact, we understand from DTZ that some of these issues are currently in that process and that DTZ will abide by the outcome." Tufts Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler said that the university is not part of the discussions between DTZ and SEIU. "While our janitors are not employees of the university, they are valued members of our community," Thurler told the Daily in an email. "We expect janitors who work on our campuses to be treated respectfully and responsibly, and we also expect that their contractual agreements will be honored. ... We respect the right of our students and other members of our community to express their own views, and we will be reviewing their concerns." Snyder said that the administration has promised to respond to the TLC letter of demands by the end of the term.

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Members of Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) assembled last Wednesday in response to the word that custodial service provider DTZ/Unicco had apparently violated its contract with janitors. Students held a march and rally, and presented a list of demands to administrators.

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Programs seeks to link underclassmen, upperclassmen engineers MENTORSHIP

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sonal and professional level. He said the program began with a speed dating event, where students could find someone who shared similar academic and non-academic interests. "We'd like it to be a relationship outside of the academic atmosphere," he said. "We found the big problem with advisers was no one felt comfortable with their adviser ... We wanted to build on top of that, as well as expand the reach of the mentor." Michael divided the program into three pillars, including peer mentorship, professional mentorship and career mentorship, and explained that each accomplishes a unique goal. One of the program's major components is hosting biweekly events to encourage participants' professional and academic growth. John added that the group has brought in various professionals, including a venture capitalist, to discuss the value of networking. "The engineering school brings in speakers, but they're really targeted to the graduate students and the professors," he said. "We started to take in from our own network and our professors' networks, and bring in these interesting speakers." Darryl Williams, the faculty adviser for Tufts Engineering Mentorship Program, said that the university is supportive of the students' efforts, as it fills an important role in the School of Engineering. "We basically see the value added in being able to develop a whole engineer," Williams, who is also an associate dean for recruitment, retention and community engagement, said. "There [are] the technical aspects they're gaining ... but there [are] also the social skills that they need to be competitive students beyond their Tufts experience, so I think the Engineering Mentors Program is another avenue for them to gain those skill sets." Williams said that he hopes the program continues to expand and develop its mentorship objectives. "I'm looking at it from the community engagement perspective, so I can really see how the school can leverage the program as a way of creating an environment that allows students to build those lines of communication." A major component of the program is branding, according to both Michael and John, who explained that

they have sought to hold high caliber events. "One of our main focuses has been building the brand, and we've put a lot of extra time into making sure that we don't put anything out that's not up to our highest standard of quality," Michael said. "We've really worked to build our email list. We'll have a speaker come in, and we'll offer a door prize, and to get the door prize you'll have to RSVP and show up to the event." Michael added that because the program is student-run, it is better equipped to reach out to students. "The fact that it's run by students, I think, makes other students more comfortable with it," he said. "One of the things we've heard ... feedback from the administration is ... they don't know how to move students ... There's all this social media stuff going on, so we have an advantage in being aware of what's effective with students." John and Michael expressed gratitude for Williams and the program's other advisers, including Associate Director for Employer Outreach and Engineering Career Services Robin Kahan. At last night's ceremony, the program organizers handed out two awards, one of which was the Linda M. Abriola award — named for the dean of the School of Engineering — and was presented to Kahan. The second award, John explained, was a blue jacket created as a symbol to distinguish the Tufts Engineering Mentorship Program from other groups. "People who have shown a longtime commitment to the program are those who are considered for the blue jacket, which is really the ultimate thanks," he said. "We're really excited to be able to give that award out. It does take more time and [is a more of a] serious commitment than the typical leadership position." Syliva Lustig, a member of the program's Executive Committee, was selected as the recipient of this year's award for her contributions to the leadership program. "I had a great mentor, Catherine Madden, and she [has] been really helpful in making small decisions ... anytime I email her with a question, she's really helpful and willing to spend time with me," Lustig, a freshman said. "I'm really honored to get [the blue jacket], and it's really exciting because I know the club will continue and do great things. This award is more of a starting point for all of the good years to come."

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wanted to do in the next three years, what you want to do in the next seven years. You really had to know every detail about your future." The last part of the application was a policy proposal in which applicants crafted a solution for a problem they saw in the world, Subegdjo said. "I wanted to do something that I was already interested in and had already done work in, and I do a lot of work with TU-RAP [Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program]," she said. "So in my proposal I talked about implementing mental health screenings for resettled refugees." Subegdjo explained that refugees often come to the United States from war-torn countries where they have fled persecution and violence. Upon arrival, they lack treatment and access to beneficial physical and mental health care. "One of the ways I [sought] to fix this was implementing a 15-minute questionnaire survey for refugees once they come into the U.S. to kind of assess where they are in terms of their mental health status and see ... whether they had any kind of condition that could be treated earlier on, rather than later," she said. "Because when you have a mental health condition, that's obviously going to be a huge barrier to achieving independence in a completely new foreign country." Once screened, patients would be paired with the right services to receive treatment, Subegdjo added.

The Truman Scholarship emphasizes choosing people who are confident that they will spend their futures in public service, Subegdjo said. "The Truman Foundation only wanted to pick people who they thought would actually carry out the mission and their passion they had written about in the application," she said. "So for me, I ultimately want to work on health issues within refugee and immigrant communities. I'd like to get my medical degree, so that's where I'm probably going to be using the resources." Subegdjo stressed the importance of not only picking a problem that was personally relevant, but also one for which she could realistically provide a solution. According to Subegdjo, the most valuable aspect of the reward, beside the $30,000 for graduate school, is the connections to those in public service. "In the first few hours after being notified that I'd won, my inbox was flooded with dozens of emails from Truman Scholars just congratulating me and welcoming me to the community," she said. "I was just blown away by the warmth and in an instant I was immediately connected to some of the most prominent public service people in the country, so I was really excited about that." "[Subegdjo] is a great example of everything we wish for in the Tisch Scholars Program, and we're just delighted that she [has] been recognized this way," Solomont said.


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Tufts dance community seeks greater institutional support by Sophie Laing Daily Editorial Board

Renata Celichowska, director of dance in the Department of Drama and Dance, estimates that over 700 students at Tufts participate in some form of dance activity on campus. Despite this substantial number, most students may not be aware that more than 15 student dance groups exist on campus. While larger groups like Tufts Dance Collective (TDC), Sarabande and Spirit of Color (SoC) are fairly well-known, Tufts boasts many smaller outlets for dance, as well. According to Celichowska, the dance community lacks a broader institution that binds individual groups together. She said that she would like to see the various troupes become more unified. "In the way that [Pen, Paint, & Pretzels (3Ps)] acts as an umbrella organization for the drama groups on campus — there doesn't seem to be that for dance," Celichowska said. "And that's a pity because ... [the drama department] really form[s] such a huge support network for a lot of community engagement [and] socialization. But I understand the need for autonomy from all the other commitments on campus, [and] for [dance] students to just really have their own thing." Flora Cardoni, a member of Sarabande, agreed that an extensive, close-knit community for dance groups does not exist on campus. However, Cardoni described Sarabande's efforts to connect to other dance groups through performances. "I think that some groups are closer than others," Cardoni, a sophomre, said. "Sarabande gets to know groups a little bit better because we invite a lot of guest groups into our shows — between each of our dances is a guest group. That's cool because it's not only a performance opportunity for them, but it also makes our show more encompassing of what Tufts has to offer." Hayley Grossman, a sophomore in SoC, also discussed the effort to create a sense of community by forming stronger connections between groups like SoC and Sarabande. "There's definitely camaraderie, especially because half of Sarabande is on SoC — there's a really big overlap," Grossman said. "I know I make a point to know all the Sarabande people, and we both perform in each other's shows." Madhuri Khanna, a member of Tamasha, a Bollywood-South Asian fusion group, described a similar sense of unity between the different Indian dance groups on campus, which she attributes to their mutual relationship as part of Tufts Association of South Asians (TASA). Additionally, their relationships extend to

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Members of Tufts Spirit of Color dance during Theta Chi's Tufts Best Dance Crew in Cohen Auditorium on March 28. other aspects, like sharing resources. "Sometimes there's a little bit of rivalry ... but ... I think that, with time, we've all become way more supportive of each other," Khanna, a senior, said. "When I first came in, the teams were a bit broken in the sense that they didn't really interact much, but over the past few years we now [help] record each other when we need to send in audition tapes." Despite a lack of institutional support for the many student-run dance groups, the Department of Drama and Dance provides opportunities for student involvement, offering about 12 classes a semester that range from "The Art of Salsa" to "Advanced Ballet." The Department of Drama and Dance, with no academic major, offers a minor that graduates approximately four to eight students in any given year. That number, however, is growing, along with the number of students who have been consistently involved in the department without receiving a minor, according to Celichowska. While there is no official affiliation between the department and student groups, Celichowska explained that there is potential to develop a stronger connection. "I think in terms of the partnership between the dance program and the dance groups, I would love to continue to build that support because I feel like it's really nice when it flows," Celichowska said. "I have the directors of the dance groups come in, and we chat, and it's an exchange of ideas, and it gets beyond the logistics." The Department of Drama and Dance puts on a program concert each semester, which is a combination of class performances where students can share what they have learned throughout their respective courses. In addition to these performances, there are shows put on by student groups that

give dancers a chance to see their peers from other groups perform — from SoC and Sarabande shows that include guest acts to Parade of Nations, Tufts Best Dance Crew and culture shows. Some groups, like Tamasha, have even taken their dancing to competitions and exhibitions. "Sometimes we'll get a few exhibition requests from other universities, so we've gone to Wellesley; we've gone to Columbia," Khanna said. "That's been great, and then every now and then, if we're really, really good we'll get into competition. ... Last year we went to Purdue. This year we went to the University of South Carolina.” While dance groups on campus require various levels of commitment and participation, Cardoni and Grossman both acknowledged the high competition in earning a spot in groups like SoC and Sarabande. Grossman was first rejected from the group in an audition before gaining her current membership. "I think the groups are pretty competitive, and it is hard to get in and that's pretty frustrating," she said. Despite strict competition to receive a spot in small dance groups and an absence of larger overarching support for the community, Tufts still hosts a wide variety of opportunities to participate in dance. Celichowska largely emphasized the importance of providing dance and movement opportunities in the lives of busy, academically driven college students. "[Dance] fills a physical integration with our academic or intellectual inquiry — while at the same time, for some people, that's beyond [a] physical and mental [experience] but a spiritual connection," Celichowska said. "But dance exists in that realm of connecting a ... really nurturing holistic person. We recognize that we start with the physical but that it can be a gateway to a lot of other explorations."

Napoleon sightings While the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ResLife) limits pet ownership in dorms to fish and service animals, cat lovers downhill often get their fix with an occasional visit from Napoleon, a local black cat. Students' love for Napoleon is evident on the Tumblr blog "Napoleon Sightings," where people submit photos of their encounters with the beloved cat. The blog features pictures of Napoleon with Tufts students, as well as those uploaded by Anne Paschke, Napoleon's current owner and the blog's creator. "As soon as I moved here, I got a lot of phone calls saying, 'Oh, we found your cat, he's outdoors, is he okay?'" she said. "It was actually after a lot of people calling that I decided to start a blog ... to keep track of him and his adventures." Paschke, who owned cats throughout her childhood, adopted the friendly feline in January 2011 from a public shelter in

Washington, D.C. She decided during her college years that she would adopt a cat as soon as she had the means to support a furry friend, and when the time came to adopt, she was struck by how well Napoleon got along with other shelter cats. "Apparently, he was adopted by a family who decided they wanted a cat and then changed their minds," Paschke said. "Essentially he was around kids and the kids were not good to him and he was not being friendly, so they sent him back to the shelter. I was really sad when I heard that, because he's clearly an incredibly friendly cat." Napoleon has become a beloved neighbor to the Tufts community through his frequent adventures around South Hall, where he is often spotted by students and staff. Recently, he accidentally wandered into the building and paid a visit to the ResLife office, before he was removed by

staff. While "Napoleon Sightings" has been well-received, Paschke noted that she occasionally receives angry messages about the dangers of letting a domestic cat roam outdoors. On the frequently asked questions page on "Napoleon Sightings," Paschke explains she attempted to keep Napoleon indoors, but he became restless and irritable, gained weight and stopped playing with his toys. Once she let him outside again, he became the "goodnatured, playful boy" she had adopted, according to the Tumblr. In response to negative messages, Paschke stated the importance of Napoleon's adventures on the Hill. "I know he's not 'safe,' but he's happy," Paschke wrote on the Tumblr page. "I have to respect that a life lived with a little risk is much more fun." —by Sabrina McMillin

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y the time you're reading this, it'll be yesterday morning that I ran my first half-marathon. If you know me personally, it might be a good idea to reach out to me and make sure I'm still alive, because right now, me making it through the next 20 minutes is sort of up in the air. It was a great experience, and I'm sure in a few more hours I will be glad I did it, but I also learned a few things that I'd like to pass on to you, just in case you ever take leave of your senses in a similar fashion and register for a half-marathon of your own. 1.) Old ladies are speedier than they look. Around mile seven or so, when I was seriously hurting, I was passed on the left by a gaggle of elderly women dividing their time between speed-walking, shake-weighting and bragging about their grandchildren. Although these women were not contestants in the race and had simply overlapped with part of the route, it was still very humbling to be going slower than someone who has 50 years on me. 2.) Old age isn't that far away anyway. Forget Boston's Heartbreak Hill. This course took us over a mound of earth that should be called Torture Mountain, especially when you're nine miles in. Anyway, the only way I could force myself up that incline was to bend over until I was practically horizontal. I'm talking almost 90 degrees here. I hobbled up that slope the best I could and discovered a newfound respect for the elderly. I also realized that it's a very effective way of getting around, so I might start doing that on my way to uphill classes — fair warning. 3.) On a related note, the earth is not flat. I know someone figured this out a really long time ago (We're not the center of the universe! The earth is round! Much science!), but I'd just like to reaffirm this in everyone's minds: The earth is not flat. There are so many little mounds and humps that seem pretty harmless when you're walking or driving over them, but they are the spawn of Satan when you've been running for an hour already. And since these irritating changes in elevation serve no purpose except to steal away a little more of my soul, I say we build a giant bulldozer and make sure the earth is as flat as possible. 4.) I don't have very much dignity. After I finished, I had to wait outside in the 40 degree rain for a few friends and became more than a little cold. When my parents took us out to lunch afterward, I grabbed supplies from the back of the car and marched proudly — well, it was more of a pathetic wobble — into the restaurant wrapped in a giant blanket, which I kept around me the entire meal. I received a few strange looks from other patrons, but I didn't care one bit. Sometimes you just really don't give a crap what other people think, and this was definitely one of those times. 5.) People who run full marathons are absolutely insane and are the most impressive people in the world. I don't think this one needs all that much explanation, but let me just say that I was really struggling by the time I crossed the finish line. I couldn't even fathom running an additional 13.1 miles after the 13.1 I had just completed. Hats off to those people — you're incredible. I'd say the most impressive thing I did today was not running a half-marathon, but staying awake to write this column. I'm pretty sure I'm still awake. And still alive. I think. Like I said — if you know me, check up on me tomorrow.

Lex Erath is a sophomore majoring in economics. She can be reached at Alexandra. Erath@tufts.edu.


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'The Other Woman' fails to show genuine emotion, character growth by Nika Korchok Daily Editorial Board

Many words could be used to describe "The Other Woman," but "intelligent" is not one of these. Packed with stale jokes,

The Other Woman Directed by Nick Cassavetes Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau empty dialogue and a tired plot as believable as "Monsters, Inc." (2001), "The Other Woman" wastes the talents of its three leading ladies, reducing them to one-dimensional stereotypes. Ultimately, the movie fails to establish itself as an empowering tale of womanhood and the bond between friends. The movie depicts the three women at the center of one man's life: his wife and two mistresses. The women's mutual discovery of his deception becomes the strangest and yet most compelling bond in a near-sisterly friendship. Carly (Cameron Diaz) is a typeA perfectionist lawyer living in Manhattan who, upon the advice of her assistant and confidante Lydia (Nicki Minaj), goes to the home of her boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), wearing what can only be described as a stripper-esque, "sexy plumber" outfit in hopes of reconciling after the couple's most recent fight. Carly, however, is not greeted by her loving boyfriend, but by

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'The Other Woman' is a shallow depiction of female empowerment and friendship. his bathrobe-clad and confused wife Kate (Leslie Mann). The next day Kate, in a pitiful mess, confronts Carly. During their conversation, Kate's faith in her husband disintegrates as she goes into hysterics, demonstrating Mann's skill as a comedic actress (though the rest of the script offers her little material with which to work). Over the next several weeks Carly reluctantly bonds with Kate, and the latter pushes her way into the former's life through a strange attempt at kinship. Though the logic seems twisted, Kate sees the pair as united by her husband's infidelity.

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After Kate and Carly are firmly established as friends, they go on a mission to spy on Mark's rendezvous with yet another mistress. The two women maturely talk to Mark's other girlfriend, the young and confident Amber (Kate Upton). Though initially upset about the sham of her relationship, Amber joins the girls, and they spend a wild night partying together. Now working as a trio, the women simultaneously rebuild their own lives and conspire to ruin Mark's. Carly hits it off with Kate's handsee OTHER, page 6

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SZA shows talent with hazy debut by Brendan Donohue Daily Editorial Board

When female artists find themselves in genres flooded with more established male counterparts, they

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ration from her sordid past and her recent transition from underground wunderkind to mainstream breakout, Azalea has consistently produced music that is bawdy, unique and unapologetically sexual. "The New Classic" is just another stellar addition to Azalea's growing portfolio of groundbreaking discography. Indeed, it's hard to imagine a rapper with a more bizarre backstory. Growing up in New South Wales, Australia, Azalea dropped out of high school, worked as a housekeeper with her mom to save money and ultimately made her way to the United States alone to be a part of the hip-hop and R&B scene. The hook from the album's lead single, "Work," speaks to Azalea's journey to stardom: "No money / No family / Sixteen in the

frequently attempt to distinguish themselves through contrast by venturing into unknown territory. SZA attempts to do this, but it remains to be seen if her music can be called revolutionary. With the release of "Z," SZA marks her debut on the hiphop label, Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), which she signed with last summer. The album also constitutes her official entrance into the changing world of R&B music. Hailing from New Jersey, the singer comes from an orthodox Muslim family that shielded her from hip-hop. SZA’s second album features verses from Kendrick Lamar, fellow TDE freshman Isaiah Rashad and the young critics’ darling Chance the Rapper. These collaborations help solidify the singer's connection to contemporary and well-known talents and create a pleasing contrast to her style. "Z" plays somewhat like a dream: an ethereal yet always pleasant trip that unfolds nebulously rather than sharply. Her vocals croon through sonic mountains and valleys, but it's never really certain where her melodic progress is heading. At times, her voice seems to be part of the beats themselves, blending in with the synths and drum fills

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Australian rapper Iggy Azalea uses her humble past to craft addictive and poignant tracks on her debut album, 'The New Classic.'

Iggy Azalea brings fire with debut album by Veronica Little Daily Editorial Board

Iggy Azalea, a rapper-turned-model-turned-rapper from Australia, is a paragon of musical talent. After teas-

The New Classic Iggy Azalea Island Records ing audiences for years with EPs and mixtapes, Azalea has finally released her debut album, "The New Classic." Riddled with powerful tracks, "The New Classic" is a total game changer in the world of female hip-hop. It would, however, be a mistake to relegate Azalea or her debut to the female sub-genre of hip hop. Drawing inspi-

The ‘Cartwright Curse’

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ur wandering, steadfast hero or heroine has been alone for years, fighting through adventures and enduring all that fate has in store with a stiff upper lip. Then, suddenly, love appears in his or her life, and for forty minutes or so, the couple is blissfully happy. But the love interest, however perfect, is guaranteed to be dead or otherwise gone forever by the end of the episode, the book or the movie. This peculiarly cruel phenomenon is often referred to as the “Cartwright Curse.” The trope's name was coined by the fifties TV show, "Bonanza" (1959-1973), a frontier Western about the adventures of the rugged Cartwright clan on their vast ranch. The patriarch of the Cartwrights had three sons from three different wives — one wife died in childbirth, another wife fell off a horse and yet another wife was killed in an Indian attack. Additionally, over a quarter of the youngest son's 39 girlfriends died during the show's fourteen-season run. The show's frequent penchant for killing off love interests became so infamous that other programs actually mocked it. Today, almost every James Bond movie serves as an example of the “Cartwright Curse.” The first girl who sleeps with Bond in the movie is inevitably doomed, and even the second one doesn't have the best chance of survival. Most of all, the girls that Bond actually falls for — such as Vesper (Eva Green) in "Casino Royale" (2006) and Tracy (Diana Rigg) in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) — are destined for death. Tracy doesn't even make it to their honeymoon. Other great examples can be found in "Torchwood" (2006-2011), where every one of Toshiko Sato's (Naoko Mori) love interests is either psychotic or otherwise doomed, and “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, in which any man engaged or married to Margaery Tyrell ends up dead. "Once Upon a Time" (2011-present) also features the Cartwright Curse; three of Emma Swan's (Jennifer Morrison) love interests have died, and one turned out to be a flying monkey. Why is the “Cartwright Curse” so prevalent? Sometimes heroes are better off alone, without a love interest for villains to manipulate or, even worse, distract the hero from worldsaving missions. Some heroes simply do not seem to need a true love in order to get their happily ever after, especially those more concerned with leading a revolution than getting a date for Saturday night. Problematically, the love interests of kickass heroes and heroines tend to be a bit bland, and time spent on meaning-filled glances instead of plot twists breeds boredom. They inevitably stand in the shadow of their heroic partner. (Of course, one solution is to unite the hero or heroine in a last-minute romance with someone just as tough, maybe even a character that has been overlooked for most of the story.) Love interests may also be killed off just when the lovebirds were about to settle down in a suburban home with 2.1 kids and a dog. This breathes new life into the story by jump-starting a revenge plot, giving the hero or heroine another reason to go after the dastardly villain he or she has been chasing. Simply put, the “Cartwright Curse” is often a case of narrative convenience. Yet narrative convenience can correspond to real-life convenience. It may not be the right person, the right place or the right time to forge a lasting relationship. Our failed love interests certainly are not killed off, but tropes like the “Cartwright Curse” remind us civilians that not every budding romance can survive. These endings tell us it is okay to let go, to recognize when to cut our losses and simply look forward to the next person waiting around the corner. Natalie Girshman is a sophomore majoring in history and drama. She can be reached at Natalie.Girshman@tufts.edu.


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SZA’s new release ‘Z’ benefits greatly from collaborations with well-known artists like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper.

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that should be highlighting her abilities. The album is somewhat indefinable, which makes it difficult to learn more about the enigmatic singer. The intro track, "Ur," opens the album with a haze of sound that persists through the rest of the record. Complete with a slow bass line, the song's subtle horns and pleasing guitar scales blend as if filtered through water. Sounds float by and nearly come apart,

resisting any concrete impression. SZA's voice is seductive, paired with sexual lyrics such as "Undo your pants and your bra." They can also be borderline strange: "Your skin tastes like Brussels sprouts, I swear." On the following track, "Child's Play," SZA sings over a sample from XXYYXX's popular "About You" (2012). She begins with the disturbing lyric, "Ripping the heads off all my Barbie dolls," and by the time Chance the Rapper begins his verse, one feels like

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some and rugged brother, Phil (Taylor Kinney). Meanwhile, Kate begins to take charge of her life, transforming from a stay-at-home wife to a CEO. Amber, whose beautiful body seems to be the only thing anyone can talk about when the model-turned-actress is on-screen, finds a new man who respects her. By the end of the movie, the women are happy. Mark, subjected to their various tricks, is destroyed. Did anyone expect anything different? Well, perhaps the audience should have. Diaz is one of Hollywood's highest-earning actresses with an estimated net worth at nearly $75 million, yet "The Other Woman" glosses over her talents in comedy and drama, using them merely to accent Carly, a predictable high-strung lawyer. Mann plays the caricature of a wife, her mannerisms too irritating to be endearing, with a lack of substance that leaves her utterly insignificant. Upton's acting debut proves surprisingly decent for the world-famous supermodel, but she spends as much of the movie jogging on the beach in a miniscule bikini as she does saying actual dialogue. While "The Other Woman" contains more female leads than a typical Hollywood release, it still perpetuates tired stereotypes, bringing down what could have been an important film for women this year. The film fails to draw emotion from its characters, a byproduct of a script that leans too heavily on toilet humor and does not adequately explore some of the deeper questions of feminism and female independence that the film attempts to ask. Regrettably, even the film’s comedy, relying on low-brow jokes and slapstick humor, feels so forced it struggles for laughs. Whether the fault lies with poor writing or bad acting, it is certain that "The Other Woman" is not a movie that anyone will, or should, remember from 2014.

joining them in the surreal space they inhabit. "Hiiijack" feels a little more complete, with producer Toro y Moi's signature electronic beats complementing SZA's voice. The result is a better blend than most of the other tracks. "Babylon," featuring Lamar, offers some interesting feminine vocal samples as SZA spooks her listeners with the simple request, "Crucify me." There is a lot going on in this one song, and deep and dark swirls echo

while snares drop lower and lower. Her haunting lamentations continue throughout the track, and by the time she says, "I bet you hate me now," the audience seems to have gained a window into the singer's worries and regrets. Lamar's verse is a welcome contrast and works well with the beat. None would argue that the 23-year-old R&B singer doesn't possess serious potential. Her voice is enchanting and eerie, and her boyish style

shows an apathetic disregard for the sex appeal that defines many women in the hip-hop world. As a result of signing with a cutting-edge label like TDE, SZA's increased exposure and collaborations with other talented artists will only help her to hone her craft. Were "Z" a touch tighter and a smidge more inviting, SZA would have something special on her hands. For now, this album is an enjoyable listen, and we can eagerly await SZA's next release.

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middle of Miami." Totally addictive and secretly profound, this track is a perfect beginning to "The New Classic." Azalea not only flaunts her body, her sexuality and her swagger, but her music also speaks openly about her work ethic and dedication to the craft. Though "Work" is ultimately a tribute to Azalea's hard road to fame, it is peppered with the rapper's trademark indulgent raunchiness and brazen commentary: "Valley girls giving blowjobs for Louboutins / What you call that? / Head over heels." The album features remarkable tracks that showcase tremendous growth since earlier releases. The influences of notable producers like T.I. and Diplo, coupled with inspiration from other rappers, have spurred Azalea to reach new heights while remaining grounded by her own experiences. Azalea's newfound notoriety has spawned comparisons to other female rappers and pop artists; with the grit of Azealia Banks, the hubris of Nicki Minaj, the attitude of Kesha and even the vocal chops of Katy Perry, Azalea brings together all of the best part of her counterparts in her over-the-top character. Thanks to her collaboration with Diplo, Azalea now incorporates more electronic and house influences into her music. "Fancy," the third single off of "The New Classic," showcases Azalea's ability to branch out while maintaining her own sound. Azalea's first song to make it to the Billboard Hot 100, "Fancy" is a simple but punchy track. Leading with stark, shiny synths and aided by the vocals of underground synth-pop diva Charli XCX, this song is a modern club banger with heart. And though the album has no shortage of glitzy hits, modest tunes shine through and steal the spotlight. One great example is the track that follows "Fancy," "New Bitch." A tribute to the awkward complexities of

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After garnering a loyal fan-base through EP and mixtape releases, Iggy Azalea has finally released her debut album, 'The New Classic.' being someone's most recent love interest, "New Bitch" is irreverent and catchy. Also a strong number, "Rolex" flaunts synth sections and percussion that harken back to Kanye West's most recent release, "Yeezus" (2013). "Rolex" is a relaxed track, but worthy of attention. Ultimately, "The New Classic" is compelling and one-of-a-kind. Azalea diverges from the archetype of the female rapper, though she also shows off her sexuality and skill like many of

her counterparts do. Azalea's steadfast dedication to her roots and original personality set her apart. As a youngster in Australia looking to American hip-hop for inspiration and direction, Azalea put her future on the line for a shot at making it big. This stunning debut, along with her previous releases, prove that Azalea isn't wasting her chance. Keep your eyes on this talented artist — given her auspicious beginning, she'll continue to release new classics for years to come.


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Freshmen often enter college with vague ideas of what they want to study and have even more malleable ambitions for their future careers. With every semester of navigating academia, and with every mistake made and lesson learned, students finetune their interests in search of a major and, ultimately, a life path. The advice of upperclassmen, whose one or two years of seniority represent an innumerable quantity of wisdom, is an invaluable resource for their underclassmen counterparts. It is with this in mind that two juniors, John and Michael Kenny, founded the Tufts Engineering Mentorship Program, a group whose mission is to connect freshmen and sophomore engineering students with juniors and seniors who have similar goals and can offer their experiences to the benefit of both the mentee and the mentor. These partnerships would be assembled not just on a basis of shared interests, but on a basis of real compatibility, with the ultimate goal of providing underclassmen with a men-

tor with whom they feel comfortable on both an academic and personal level. Just introduced this school year, the program capped its membership at 70 students, but is looking to expand. While this student initiative should be widely praised, it raises an unavoidable question: Why does a program like this seem so necessary? Is the university doing enough to offer support and guidance to underclassmen? So little emphasis is placed on premajor advising that incoming freshmen have relatively no say in the adviser to whom they are assigned. Students interested in biology, French and peace and justice studies may all be advisees under the same faculty member, perhaps a philosophy professor who only recently began teaching at Tufts. It is no wonder that freshmen often feel as if they are left to navigate the system on their own, guided only by unreliable snippets of advice and word-of-mouth suggestions about which classes to take.

Yes, the first year of undergraduate education is a time to explore potential fields of study and take the classes that pique one's interest, but there are some requirements and advisable academic choices that cannot be ignored. Students should feel comfortable meeting with and seeking the guidance of their pre-major advisers, and should not feel as if they are only in place to offer logistical suggestions about how to fulfill foundation and distribution requirements. Peer mentorship programs should be helpful, but not necessary. Instead, the university should make changes to the existing pre-major adviser assignment system. This could be accomplished with a solution as simple as allowing incoming freshmen to select an adviser in their preferred area of study. While peer mentorships are a partial solution to problems presented by the current advising system, making changes to the system itself should be a university priority to help underclassmen find their paths in a timely, organized fashion.

Now, as we arrive at our 59th issue, I realize that the answer is a wholehearted, resounding "yes." Sure, I've had to make sacrifices, but I'm certainly not the only one. We have over 120 brilliant, dedicated students on staff — many of whom are taking full course loads and involved in additional extracurricular activities — who have devoted an incredible amount of time and effort to keep this paper going. Of course, even with all hands on deck, we still mess up. But this is the nature of the beast: We make mistakes, learn from them and then move forward. And despite our slip-ups, our team deserves some serious credit for all its hard work. It's a pretty remarkable feat to print a timely, well-written newspaper once a week, let alone each day, and it's our editors and contributors who make this all possible. Ironically, what I was most worried about when I started as editor-in-chief — feeling disconnected from the rest of Tufts during my last semester — was remedied by the Daily itself. I had assumed that spending so much time within one organization would prevent me from interacting with others. But, in fact, the Daily was a facilitator, opening doors to student groups and campus figures that I had previously had little exposure to. After reading recaps about our athletic teams I felt invested in their seasons; this winter alone, I attended more sports games than I have in my entire four years at Tufts. Interviewing the TCU presidential candidates for our editorial endorsement made

me a more active, informed constituent, whereas in years past I may have abstained from voting entirely. Indeed, though it has consumed a majority of my life for the last four months, being a part of the Daily has actually allowed me to immerse myself more fully in the Tufts community. I hope that our publication has done the same for you. Whether you've simply skimmed the headlines on your way to the Sudoku (yes, I had to mention the Sudoku) or loyally read our paper from cover to cover, I hope you've learned something about your campus, your peers and your university. That is, after all, what we're here for: to keep you informed and to contribute to a larger dialogue at Tufts. And if you've learned just one new thing from any Daily article this semester, I consider our work a success. I know this letter may be a bit more personal than past sign-offs, but I'd like to close with one more sentimental shout out. To all our wonderful executive editors: You have been an absolute pleasure to work with this semester. To my amazing managing editors, Jamie Hoagland and Steph Haven: I couldn't imagine two better people to spend nearly every moment of my waking hours with. And to all of you: Thanks for reading. We couldn't have done it without you.

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Peace starts with us

by Chad Kramer The misplaced focus of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue both on campus and nationwide is disappointing and deplorable. While it is embarrassing that Israeli leaders have thus far been unable to grant the Palestinians their own state, and it is shameful how Israel has, at times, treated Palestinians and other non-Jews both within its borders and across the Green Line, those with a sincere desire to bring about a better future for the Palestinian people should be vociferous and aggressive in advancing the current negotiations for a two-state solution, rather than solely demonizing Israel. As rational and judicious students we must ensure that the separation between healthy criticism of the Israeli government's policies and offensive attempts at the delegitimization of Israel's very existence remains intact. If Israel expects continued support from human rights and democracy-valuing Americans, its violations must be addressed. That being said, intimidating rhetoric — which defined anti-Israel expression on campus in early March — only tells us that the participants are averse to engaging in dialogue and unwilling to respect alternative perspectives, narratives and histories. These actions also deter us from the more immediate issue of the negotiations that has been hardly touched upon on campus. After years of political stalemate, United States Secretary of State John Kerry has overcome incredible obstacles to bring the Israelis and

Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Now that these talks have hit an impasse, we, as Americans, must funnel our energies into supporting the continuing of negotiations. With little time remaining until the April 29 negotiations deadline, now — while we still have the chance — is the time to join a struggling Kerry in the "great constituency for peace" that he has asked of us and to affirm our country's stance on the issue. Maintaining the status quo between Israeli and the Palestinians is unsustainable for both sides. For Israel, its democratic, egalitarian character is on the line. Also facing increasing international threats of isolation, it is gambling with a future as a pariah state. Slowly being dissolved by ever-growing Israeli settlements and led by an aging Abbas, Palestine would sacrifice the sole peaceful means of achieving sovereignty. Should the peace talks collapse, both sides of the Green Line would certainly face further despair — or worse. Altering the present dynamic into a single, bi-national state is an unachievable delusion and a recipe for disaster. What reason do we have to believe such a state could avoid the type of divisive inter-ethnic conflict that has ravaged nearby Lebanon, Syria and Iraq? Only through two states for the two peoples can both the Israelis and the Palestinians set the foundations for productive futures. Both the Jewish people and the Palestinian people have valid desires for self-determination that must be recognized. Though their histories are vastly divergent, the two nations expe-

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rienced their formative years in the same Judean cradle and trace back to the same prehistoric Canaanite tribes. Both can rightly be called indigenous to the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Their differing evolutions over the millennia, however, have produced two separate nations that both maintain deep and interconnected historical claims to that land. Like all of the other ethnic movements for self-determination that have defined the modern era, the wills of the Jewish and Palestinian peoples deserve to come to fruition. Despite attempts on either side, the tragic histories of both cannot be erased. Only through painful compromises can the Palestinians be given a tangible, cohesive territory on which to build a state, as well as letting Israel have its own legitimate security claims guaranteed. Roughly two-thirds of Israelis are willing to forfeit sovereignty over much of Judaism's birthplace, the West Bank. The Palestinians must acknowledge that a massive influx into Israel proper is just as unacceptable as Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank, as it would lead to Israel's demise. Kerry offers an unprecedented and vital non-partisan approach to such difficult issues. Not supporting his initiative is forfeiting one of the last true opportunities for a two-state solution — it equates to not really supporting peace at all. And peace is the only form of justice for all. For the experts invested in this conflict, it is not only clear what has to happen for peace to occur, it is formulaic: borders based

on those of pre-1967, dividing Jerusalem and making land swaps. It is also clear that, to this day, the United States has not been willing to pay the political price necessary to bring about two states. Are all of us students invested in this conflict doing what we can to push the U.S. to make that leap? No side wants the status quo — the state of "limbo" between one and two states — to persist for another generation. And no one wants to see Israel inch down the path towards apartheid. It is easy to give in to emotions. It is easy to dwell on Israel's violations against Palestinians and other non-Jews. But it is far from practical to avoid advocating for a twostate solution altogether. Now is not the time to be fueling hatred and intensifying polarization. We, as Tufts students invested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, must channel our hopes and frustrations toward something truly productive. Join us at J Street U in voicing support for Secretary Kerry's tireless and remarkable efforts. Help in bringing the dreams of both nations closer to true fruition through a negotiated settlement that would allow all to enjoy the rights of peace, recognition and security. We invite you to join us next semester for bi-monthly inclusive, pragmatic and valuesdriven conversations. Chad Kramer is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He is a member of J Street U. He can be reached at chad.kramer94@gmail.com.

Free the T

by Jamie Moore When I first toured Tufts, the view from the library roof made me want to come here. It sounds shallow, but it's true. I had finished my informal look at campus and was heading back to my car when I decided to stop on what I would come to know as the best spot at Tufts. From there, I could pick out the familiar Boston landmarks. It was getting dark, and over the distance, it looked like some modernist holiday display: towers strung with lights, pushing up against the darkened sky. It's still a point of pride for me that I can take my out-of-towner friends up there and give them a visual tour of the city from afar, saying to them, "We can go there, soon." There's a subtle trick at play in that phrasing, though. We are able to go there, in a loose sense. We are able to wait for the Joey or trek down to the Davis Square T stop; we are able to sit on the train, take it all the way across the river. But we can only do all those things if we have the time, the money and the will required to put the easy campus entertainment aside and burst the infamous "Tufts bubble." As much as I hate to admit it, up on the Tisch Library roof, there are significant barriers between pointing at Boston from afar and actually going there. This is, of course, a shame. Boston, for all its petty provincialism and much-maligned early bedtime (the T shuts down at 1 a.m. on the weekdays), is a beautiful, vibrant city. It is worth pointing out that there are over 250,000 college students in Boston and Cambridge alone; that count doesn't include geographical outliers like Tufts, or Boston College or the schools connected to Boston by commuter rail. It is essentially a megasized college town, with all the wonderful weirdness that

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entails. With this many students in one relatively small area, there will never be a shortage of culture, entertainment or fun ways to waste time. The only problem for Tufts students is getting there. This is the reason that I support bringing the U-Pass program to Tufts, and why I joined the Tufts Transit Coalition: to make that goal a reality. There are countless reasons to support the program: Using public transportation is environmentally friendly, an influx of students into Boston would encourage the T to stay open later, the increased T revenues from wide adoption of the

U-Pass could lead to a similar program for local high schools, thus increasing opportunity for those students ... the list of benefits goes on and on. For me, though, the most important thing is that the U-Pass would make Boston accessible. A university-subsidized pass providing unlimited T rides at a deeply discounted price would allow every Tufts student freedom of movement. Freshmen like me would be able to expand and enrich our college experience immeasurably with such a program. Instead of standing on the Tisch roof, pointing at places we may never be able

to visit, my friends and I could stand there and make plans. This reason — simple freedom to expand my world — is why I support the TTC and U-Pass. You may not share my reasons, and I don't expect you to. The other TTC members and I don't even expect you to immediately jump on our bandwagon. There are so many reasons to support this program — I haven't yet been to a meeting of the group where two people voiced the exact same motivations for their support. Ask me questions, if you want. Ask any one of us questions. We've been lucky to see such strong support from

the Tufts community so far, including from newly elected TCU President Robert Joseph. However, ceasing our efforts now won't help anyone. So, keep the U-Pass in mind over the summer and into the fall. I ask you simply to think over the reasons to free the T and open up the city. To sit on the doorstep of a city like Boston is a wondrous thing. Why would we not knock and enter? Jamie Moore is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He is a member of Tufts Transit Coalition. He can be reached at Jameson.Moore@tufts.edu.

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Why does Tufts want rapists on its campus? by Jordan Dashow

Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault and rape. Have you ever had that feeling, after walking alone offcampus late at night, when you finally cross onto campus you feel a bit safer? I remember that feeling. I also remember when I stopped feeling that sense of security. I remember when walking onto Tufts' campus suddenly made me feel less safe than ever before. My name is Jordan Dashow. I am a senior from Long Island. I am double majoring in political science and international relations. Three and a half years ago, I was sexually assaulted at Tufts. This academic year, I've had a question on my mind. A question that's been nagging at me. A question that I can't get out of my head. And every time I think about this question, I think about my past. I think about the night I was sexually assaulted. I think about the time I spent right afterwards back at my dorm in the Lewis Hall bathroom. Brushing my teeth. Gargling mouthwash. Feeling like I needed to vomit. Doing everything I could to get the taste of someone else's cum out of my mouth. I came to Tufts excited to finally be out of the closet. Excited to meet other gay males. Excited to finally be myself. I never expected that my first sexual experience at Tufts — my first sexual experience ever — would involve me being sexually assaulted. I left the Lewis Hall bathroom, and on the way back to my dorm a four-letter word kept appearing in my head. Yet, my first reaction was that that word didn't fit. I am a feminist. I knew victim blaming was bad. I knew it's never the victim's fault. Yet, somehow, I thought my case was different. Yes, I said no several times. Yes, I was drunk. But I didn't fight him off. But I didn't leave. Why did I drink? Why didn't I fight him off? Why didn't I run away? And when these questions rushed through my mind, I realized I could not deal with them. I could not face them. And so I tried to brush them aside. I tried to ignore that night. Forget about that night. Erase that night. I did not want to think about that four-letter word — I did not want to think about rape.

And so, for a bit more than two years, I did my best to forget about that night. I tried to file it away in my brain in a place I rarely went. I tried to ignore it. And for over two years, I did. I did my best never to think about that night. But in the back of my mind, I knew what had happened to me. And I knew what happened that night wasn't my fault. I even confronted the person who sexually assaulted me. However, I still managed to run from the truth for over two years. But after two years, I couldn't hide from what happened to me anymore. And then I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life: I filed a sexual assault complaint against my assailant. Looking back, I am grateful I made this decision, but going through the sexual misconduct adjudication process was one of the most emotionally, physically and mentally draining experiences I have ever had. I was finally forced to cope with what had happened to me and with the anxieties, worries and emotions that came with going through the adjudication process. It was not a fun process. It was painful and reopened wounds I didn't even know I had. Mistakes were made. The process lagged on. I had to appeal the initial decision, which only put my assailant on Probation II. But ultimately, I am glad I reported the sexual assault. Yes, the process could have been better. But ultimately, after the appeal, I got the decision I asked for. And knowing that I may have prevented someone else from being sexually assaulted on this campus was all I needed to justify the emotionally tolling process of reporting the sexual assault. However, my experiences with the adjudication process and subsequent conversations with other survivors and consent culture activists have left a burning question in my head. A question to which I have not been able to fathom a possible answer. A question which has literally kept me awake at night. Why does Tufts want rapists on this campus? According to a compiled list of Tufts offenses and their suggested disciplinary consequences, the suggested punishment for "cheating on an exam" is

expulsion. The suggested punishment for submitting "a stolen or forged medical pass” (or other document) for a class? Expulsion. The suggested punishment for "falsifying data or research?" Expulsion. But sexual assault? From my experience and the experience of others, the outcome varies. At Tufts, sexual assault can get a person expelled. But it can also just get a person suspended. And even worse, a student can be found guilty of sexual assault at Tufts and just be put on Probation II. And so I must ask: Why does Tufts want rapists on this campus? It is disgusting that Tufts would allow students found guilty of sexual assault to continue to take classes and share a campus with their survivors. No survivor should have to go through the adjudication process only to find out that their perpetrator was found guilty, but only given a slap on the wrist: probation. No survivor should have to go to sleep afraid at night because their assailant is coming back to campus after a semester or year's suspension. Not only does this serve as an injustice to survivors who go through the sexual misconduct adjudication process, it also puts the rest of the student body at risk. According to Know Your IX, nine out of 10 rapes on college campuses are perpetrated by repeat offenders, and the average college rapist rapes six times. In addition, sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes. And Tufts is only adding to that problem. On Wednesday April 2, hundreds of students gathered in Cohen Auditorium to hear dozens of students recount their experiences with sexual assault for It Happens Here. Well, Tufts helps it happen here. When will Tufts take punishing sexual assault perpetrators seriously? When will Tufts institute a policy that will ensure that students who commit sexual assault are expelled rather than given a slap on the wrist? In an email to the student body on September 6, 2013, University President Anthony Monaco announced that he would be chairing a universitywide task force on sexual misconduct prevention because it is a "priority...to ensure that we

follow through on our institutional commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our community." I want to be hopeful that this task force will yield fundamental changes to how Tufts deals with preventing and responding to sexual assaults, and I have already heard from members of the task force that Tufts has already agreed to some suggestions. However, I cannot help but worry that this task force will just be another way for Tufts to pretend they are taking leaps forward while actually only taking small steps. I have already heard from individuals on the task force that several suggestions were inexplicably removed from the current draft. Improvements that were already suggested and agreed on before the task force was even formed, such as the implementation of Haven, an educational tool on sexual assault, are suddenly making their way into the report — no doubt so the administration can check off one more "recommendation" that they are agreeing to. And discussions of reforming the adjudication process have been delayed until next semester. However, survivors can't wait. I want to be hopeful that Tufts will truly undergo some radical changes in the near future. In the past few years, Tufts has tremendously improved the sexual misconduct adjudication process. However, there is still more work to be done. I am not writing this Op-Ed in order to discourage people from reporting instances of sexual violence. In fact, I hope more survivors will report their assailants to the university in the coming years. I am certain that there are cases that have just outcomes. In general, I felt supported by the Office of Equal Opportunity, even when things did not go well. Ultimately, even when I was at my lowest points during the adjudication process, I was grateful I reported my assailant because I knew that doing nothing would not bring me peace. For me, it was essential that I regain my voice and do my best to ensure that no other student could be put in danger by my assailant. I know the adjudication process isn't right for everyone and I respect that. While I hope more people will report their sexual assaults to the OEO in the com-

ing years, I recognize that some people are not in a place where they can go through the adjudication process. I believe it is important to recognize that reporting one's sexual assault is a personal decision, and it is important to respect survivor's decisions to report or not report. But there must be justice for those who do decide to report. And that is why I am writing this Op-Ed. I am writing this Op-Ed because I want Tufts to stop allowing students who were found guilty of sexual assault to return to campus. It is time that Tufts fulfill its moral and legal obligation to survivors. It is time that Tufts stops forcing survivors to live in constant fear of their assailants. It is time for Tufts to commit to expelling students who are found guilty of sexual assault. I will, however, make one important exception to this rule. Although I believe that Tufts should commit to expelling students who are found guilty of sexual assault, there should be flexibility for a lighter punishment only at the request of the complainant, i.e. the survivor. I recognize that some students who go through the adjudication process do not want their assailant expelled, and while I think expulsion is the most just and safetyconscience punishment, I do not want survivors to hesitate from filing complaints. Ultimately, a complaint with a lesser verdict — at the request of the survivor — is in my opinion better than no complaint at all. Ultimately, however, Tufts must commit to expelling rapists unless the survivor requests otherwise. Tufts needs to do this for survivors and for the safety of the entire student body. Expulsion is the only just punishment for committing sexual assault that the university can administer. In a few weeks, I will graduate. And perhaps I will never know why Tufts wants rapists on this campus. I can only hope that Tufts will soon change its practices, put this horrible chapter behind it and commit to expelling students who commit sexual assault. Because it happens here. It happened to me. Jordan Dashow is a senior majoring in political science and international relations. He can be reached at Jordan.Dashow@ gmail.com

Letter to the Editor To the Editor, The Daily article from April 23 entitled "External influences impact TCU election" raises the question: who exactly is "external" to the process of electing the TCU President? The influences discussed in the article are Generic Candidate, the creation of Tufts junior Ben Kurland, and posters made by Tufts senior Evan Moulson. TCU Parliamentarian Brian Tesser was quoted as saying, in reference to Generic Candidate, "I think that it could have kind of swayed votes in a way that they shouldn't have been swayed. It was coming from something that, in my opinion, wasn't credible because

no one was tying themselves to it." In the same article, Núñez’s campaign manager Hannah Deegan referred to Generic Candidate as an "outside force [which] came in and sort of changed" the positive campaigns both candidates were running. Everyone must come to his or her own conclusion as to how much credibility to afford anonymous speech, which begs the question: May Generic Candidate's critique be judged on its merits now that Kurland has taken ownership of it? But how should votes be swayed? Implicit in Tesser and Deegan's words, and in the article's headline, is the idea that legitimate discussion of the election must simply weigh the candidates against one

another, never questioning the fundamental premises of their campaigns. The fact that people involved with TCU Senate, presidential campaigns and the Daily take this attitude only underscores the validity of Moulson's claim, in his op-ed of April 23, that "the nominating process is designed to stifle dissent and unpopular views." Moulson and Kurland are current Tufts students; their views should be no more "external" to the campaign process than, for instance, those of a Senator or campaign manager. Moulson's other major point in his op-ed, that "TCU Senate is, for all its bluster, very limited in its power," also ran through many of Generic Candidate's strongest pieces of satire. Here I disagree

slightly with Moulson's proposed solution. Rather than investing TCU Senate with the powers held by the Committee on Student Life, I'm inclined to think we should ignore presidential candidates' promises to take actions that far exceed the scope of their office and instead focus more on elections for the CSL itself. In any case, Moulson's and Kurland's criticisms of electoral campaigns at Tufts ought not to be dismissed simply because they are "external" to the messages of sanctioned candidates for office. Sincerely, Sam Duncan Class of 2016

Letter to the Editor To the Editor, This past Friday, Friends of Israel held its second annual end of the year barbecue. This event had no educational goals, had no angle. The group of students who together form Friends of Israel decided to use the upcoming Israeli Independence Day as an excuse

to celebrate the end of a successful year, and also to give back to the campus and community that first brought them together. FOI did the same last year, and we hope they will continue to do so next year. But this act was simply too much for Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine to accept. They could not let this barbe-

cue go "unanswered." And so while Friends of Israel prepared to serve food and play music for the campus and the visiting prospective students, SJP donned their keffiyehs, cut out pieces of red felt to symbolize blood and protested their peers as they grilled hamburgers and tie-dyed shirts. Is this what it means to be

acting in the pursuit of justice for Palestinians? Is the conflict between these two sides such a zero-sum war that one afternoon without confrontation is too much to ask for? Is this truly the face of conscious social action at Tufts? No. Theirs is not the pursuit of justice, but of vilification. Theirs is not the face of the

necessary and rightful agitation for a Palestinian state, but of continued conflict. Tufts SJP has reduced this just cause to the protesting of hotdogs, and we at Tufts are all worse off for it. Sincerely, Itai Thaler and Matt Haimowitz Class of 2014


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Peterson and sophomore Olivia Beltrani also finished in the top eight in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Peterson took fifth, running a time of 11:21.11 in the competition, while Beltrani took eighth in a new personal record of 11:33.54. "I wanted to go out hard in the steeplechase to avoid racing with the pack over the water jumps, and after that, I just wanted to hang on," Peterson said. Although Tufts was not as dominant in the field as it was last year, the team still competed at a high level. Hieber took second in the long jump with her leap of 17' 8", while Harrison and Kaufmann finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Tufts also received three top-eight finishes in the shot-put as senior Robin Armstrong took fifth with a throw of 36' 3 1/2", Hieber took seventh with a toss of 35' 8 1/2" and freshman Bailey Conner made her mark with an impressive throw of 35' 5 1/4" to place eighth. Armstrong later placed fifth in the hammer throw with a heave of 142' 5", and sixth in the javelin with her throw of 124' 10". Senior Kristen Roberts and sophomore Paige Roberts also contributed to the point total as well in the high jump, as Kristen Roberts took fifth with a mark of 4' 11 3/4", while Paige Roberts tied for sixth, achieving the same height, but with an additional attempt.

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The Women’s 4x100 meter relay team hands off the baton. "Williams was an incredibly talented team that was going to be very difficult to top," Smith said. "We had a lot of great performances, but we also had a few areas where we fell short of what we were hoping to achieve." Williams has won the NESCAC title 13 times since 2001, but Peterson still believes that Tufts can catch the reigning champs next year. "We may be losing a lot of seniors and Williams is an incredible program, but I think if the underclassmen continue to improve and keep doing what they are

doing, then we could beat Williams," she said. "We also need to be able to capitalize on [Williams'] mistakes." Though the most important part of the season is over, Smith said that the team still has more work to do. "Our team focus moving forward will be on chasing a few school records, improving personal performances and hopefully qualifying plenty of people for Nationals," she said. "We will be looking for a solid finish at the Div. III New England meet next weekend [at Springfield College], but we most likely won't have our full squad due to finals."

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unbelievable. People were beating their seeds all over the place." The middle distance and throwing squads each contributed two conference titles apiece, spearheading Tufts' charge to a second title in as many years. In the 800, sophomore Mitchell Black won in a season-best time of 1:50.84, currently second in the nation, while classmate Veer Bhalla crossed the line in 1:53.22 for a fourthplace finish. Senior tri-captain Jamie Norton outran the rest of the field in the 1,500 to took home the title in a time of 3:54.33. The throwers collectively turned in perhaps their best performance in years, with juniors Atticus Swett and Brian Williamson taking home conference titles in the javelin and shot-put respectively ­— a first for both athletes. Williamson, who broke his own school record of 52' 6" from last spring, now holds the 11th best throw in Div. III with his newlyminted record of 53' 1/4". Swett won the javelin with a throw of 175' 11", bolstered by freshman Nick Usoff in fifth and sophomore Alex Karys in seventh. The dynamic duo also notched a pair of runner-up finishes — Swett in the discus and Williamson in the hammer throw. They both finished behind dual-event winner, junior Sean Enos of Bates, a three-time all-American and perennial contender across multiple throwing events.

However, it was the depth of Tufts, across both track and field events, that propelled the team to victory. Freshman Jarad Asselin posted two season bests in the high jump and the triple jump, the highest Tufts finisher in both events. In the high jump, Asselin earned a fourth-place finish, as senior Andrew Osborne and freshman Thomas Wang tied for eighth. Asselin finished third in the triple jump as well, the only Jumbo to score in that event. On the track, senior tri-captain Ben Wallis scored for Tufts in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, completing the event in 9:10.23, good enough for second place. In the longest event of the day, Norton padded his championship resume with a third-place finish in the 5,000, leaving him with two top-three finishes on the day. As the meet continued to wear on, the team received a huge boost from its pole vaulters, who went into the competition as heavy underdogs. Instead, Tufts received points from four vaulters: Sutherland, senior Trevor Rothaus, freshman Pietro Possenti and junior Mitch Stallman. "We didn't know what to expect [from the pole vaulters]," freshman Blake Coolidge said. "They've had an interesting season with injuries, and no-heighting at certain meets, so we really didn't know what to expect. But they made a huge push, with four guys getting into the top eight. It was a huge momentum swing ... I think our coach [thought] they

would get like six points, and instead they got [16 points]. Despite the impressive individual performances, Tufts had not yet pulled away from Middlebury by the time the relay competitions had begun. After sophomore Francis Goins, who finished third in the 400 and seventh in the 200, had primed Tufts for a run at the title, the relays would decide the victor. Goins anchored both the 4x400-meter and 4x100-meter relay teams, which recorded season bests and finished second and third, respectively. The foursomes of Coolidge, sophomore Bryson Hoover-Hankerson, Osborne and Goins in the 4x100 and of sophomore Woody Butler, sophomore Alex Kasemir, Usoff and Goins in the 4x400, ultimately put Tufts in a winning position as the meet neared its conclusion. "We showed up knowing that every point would count and it wasn't until before the last relay that we knew we a clinched the win," Sutherland said. Despite its flair for the dramatic, Tufts secured the win and cemented its position as the team to beat in one of the toughest conferences in the country. "Tufts is building a reputation for finding an entirely new level come NESCACs and hopefully other teams are learning that if they want to compete for the NESCAC title they need to bring their 'A game' all day without fail, because that is what Tufts has done the past two years and will continue to in years to come," Sutherland said.

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and continued to halt the high-powered Tufts offense as she did earlier this season. Ross opened the second-half scoring for Tufts just under the 20-minute mark. The goal cut Williams' lead to two, but Williams scored four consecutive goals in the next eight minutes to seal the game. Walker added one final goal, and the Jumbos lost by five. "We made too many mistakes, and we need to focus on scoring more goals earlyon," sophomore defender Jaymi Cohen said. "Williams' grass field also played a factor in the loss, as we were not quick enough to adjust after playing every home game on turf. We definitely need to find

ways to capitalize more often, and we will spend time working on drives," While the season did not end the way Tufts hoped it would, the team showed a vast improvement over last season's 7-8 squad. New head coach Courtney Farrell led the Jumbos to a 10-5 regular season record, which included major conference victories over Colby, Conn. College and Bates, and the team hit its stride in the second half of the season, which bodes well for next year. "This is only the start for this program," Cohen said. "I really appreciate the entire coaching staff, and we are just getting started. The team is definitely moving in the right direction, and we can win championships in the future." With seniors Gabby Horner, Eliza

Halmo, Kate Applegate and Kelley Cohen graduating, the team will look for new leaders next season. "I'm prepared to take on a leadership role next season if the team needs that," Bowser said. "I have amazing teammates, and I know everyone always has each other's backs. It will never be a one-person show, and everyone's role on this team is important. This was a great start for the new coaching staff. We have a really strong program and thanks to coach Farrell, this is just the beginning." Despite the quarterfinal loss, Tufts' season may not be over yet, as the team is still waiting to hear whether it will be selected to participate in the Div. III NCAA tournament.

hey are questions that are often asked in an interview situation. What are your three biggest strengths? What are your three biggest weaknesses? Selfawareness is a critical asset to have, as it allows people to grow and mature by identifying what qualities they need to work on. By this point you might be asking yourself, "How does this apply to sports?" Selfaware leagues evolve; those that don't are left behind. The National Football League is king because it has identified its market and has capitalized on it. Major League Baseball, on the other hand, has lagged behind, which shows in the sport's television ratings and overall support. The NFL has numerous strengths. The game is fast-paced, complex and entertaining. The sport has stars who can be marketed and are enjoyable to watch. However, everything isn't perfect. Like other leagues, the NFL is plagued with issues that it can't seem to shake. First and foremost is the perceived danger of the game, which starts in youth football and progresses through college and professional leagues as the players become stronger and faster. The NFL is actively working to eliminate this dangerous perception, instead of denying its existence. The league is commissioning studies that have, so far, shown favorable results, and is improving its concussion policies to show fans that it is taking the problem seriously. The biggest strength of baseball is that it prides itself on tradition. Players and managers of the past are revered and the game is meant to be played in a certain manner. Because of this reason, the MLB is reluctant to change. In fact, it took the organization until this year to have instant replay. In an age where a fan can see a replay with the correct call on his or her phone seconds after it happens, the league still refused to implement a way to correct a wrong call. It doesn't embrace players who could bring the game to the next level. Athletes such as Yasiel Puig and Bryce Harper are criticized by the media for their exuberance and confidence. They should be celebrated for their contributions to the game, but instead they are treated as if they don't belong. Furthermore, the games and seasons are too long. Only the most diehard of fans has the attention span to sit through an entire game, never mind a full season. People nowadays can't even watch a 30-second advertisement on YouTube, yet Major League Baseball expects that they have the patience to watch a pitch be delivered, followed by the 15-20 second process to get the ball back to the pitcher, return to the rubber, get the sign and deliver the next pitch. It's an unreasonable request to make of people, especially with the way the landscape of sports viewing and culture as a whole is shifting. By denying new-age owners such as Mark Cuban the opportunity to purchase a team, the MLB is, in a sense, denying the truth that is in front of it. He is the future of sports owners. He could and would invigorate the sport and bring some much needed enthusiasm, but Major League Baseball refuses to allow it. Billionaire investors are no longer content to sit in their suites, writing checks for the athletes. They want to be a hands-on, integral part of the team. Acting as if something doesn't exist doesn't mean that reality won't have to be faced eventually. The declines in television ratings, attendance and interest in the sport by minorities is chipping away at the popularity of the game. With self-awareness, these problems could be identified, attacked and overcome. Times are changing, and those who do not or will not change will be left behind. And to those people — you're sacked! Jordan Bean is a sophomore majoring in economics and Spanish. He can be reached at Jordan.Bean@tufts.edu.


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Tufts falls to Williams in first-round NESCAC matchup by Wil Glavin Daily Staff Writer

After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-5, the Tufts Jumbos earned the fifth

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seed in the NESCAC tournament and drew a matchup with the Williams Ephs in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Although the game remained close throughout the first half, the fourth-seeded Ephs pulled away in the second half, winning 11-6. The game began as a defensive battle, with neither team scoring in the first six minutes. Junior midfielder Lindsey Walker scored the game's opening goal on a crisp pass from senior midfielder Eliza Halmo. However, the Ephs answered back six and a half minutes later with a goal from junior midfielder Rebecca Bell. Midway through the first half, the teams had combined for just two goals, but starting at the 15-minute mark, both offenses began lighting up the scoreboard. Tufts sophomore attacker Caroline Ross netted a free-position shot to give her team the lead, but Williams senior midfielder Rebecca McGovern scored a free-position shot of her own just 17 seconds later. In the first matchup between the two teams earlier this month, the Ephs were led by

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Junior midfielder Lindsey Walker led Tufts with four points in the team's 11-6 quarterfinal loss to Williams. McGovern and junior attacker Bridget Malicki. This quarterfinal game was no different. After combining for seven goals in their earlier meeting, McGovern and Malicki combined for five goals in this game. Malicki scored Williams' next goal and then assisted on the team's fourth of the day, which was netted by junior midfielder Alyssa Amos. Sophomore midfielder Brigid Bowser ended Tufts' six-minute scoring drought by sprinting around the aggressive Williams defense and firing the ball past senior goalkeeper Ali Piltch. "After losing to Williams earlier this season, we needed to focus on picking up the pace," Bowser said. "We play a very fast game, and our plan was to make sure Williams did not control the tempo. We had to focus on

playing our game, and not worry about their [game]." Junior goalkeeper Rachel Gallimore could not stop the Ephs late in the first half, as Amos, McGovern and freshman midfielder Jenna Chodus all found the back of the net. Tufts scored once more on another goal from Walker and the team went into the half down 7-4. While the Jumbos had several bright spots in the game, they went 1 for 11 on free-position shots, and they lost 13 draws. Tufts had plenty of opportunities, but its inability to capitalize was the team's downfall. The beginning of the second half mirrored the first, as neither offense had any early goals. Piltch was a main reason for Tufts' lack of success. She had four saves see WOMEN'S LACROSSE, page 15

Men's Track and Field

Men's Lacrosse

Tufts' offense overpowers Colby in NESCAC quarterfinals On Saturday, the men's lacrosse team defeated Colby 24-9 at home to notch a win in the first round of the NESCAC tournament. Junior attackmen Cole Bailey and Chris Schoenhut both had impressive stat lines, combining for 16 points, with five and seven goals respectively. The game was much more than a twoman effort, however, as a total of 13 Jumbos recorded points. Tufts entered Saturday riding a six-game winning streak to end the regular season, finishing with a 14-2 record, two wins better than the team's 11-4 record in 2013. The Mules struck first, scoring after just 34 seconds on a goal from freshman attackman Austin Sayre. The Jumbos quickly responded as Schoenhut and senior tri-captain Beau Wood each scored a goal apiece. Sayre scored again to tie the game at two with 12 minutes left in the first, but a goal from Bailey only one minute later gave Tufts a lead it would not relinquish. Bailey's goal sparked a surge from the Jumbos, as they finished the quarter on a 7-1 run. Tufts outshot Colby 22-11 in the quarter and scooped 10 more groundballs than its opponent. Schoenhut had four goals in the quarter, while both Bailey and Wood had two. Tufts continued to dominate through the second period, scoring the first five goals to increase its lead to 12. Two more Colby goals were followed by a goal from Bailey with only 27 seconds left in the half, giving Tufts a 16-5 lead heading into the intermission. Tufts controlled the first half in most respects, outshoot-

Williams ends Tufts' bid for second straight NESCAC title Daily Editorial Board

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The men's track and field team won its second straight NESCAC outdoor title, edging Middlebury by just over 10 points.

Jumbos repeat as NESCAC Champions by Sam Gold

After a 21-year drought, the men's track and field team captured a solo NESCAC title last year in a resounding, long-awaited individual win. This time around, however, saw a young Tufts team without one of the key cogs from last year's championship team, senior Graham Beutler, enter the meet as underdogs among a much tighter field. Not a point could be squandered en route to a second straight title,

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Women's Track and Field

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ing Colby 37-24 and committing six less turnovers. The Jumbos got off to a hot start again in the third quarter, scoring three more goals in the first seven minutes. Despite the large deficit, the Mules continued to battle back, scoring three goals of their own to end the third trailing by eight goals, 19-8. The Mules played their best in the third quarter, outshooting the Jumbos 18-10 and scooping five more groundballs than the home team. In the end, Colby was unable to handle Tufts, as the Jumbos scored five straight goals to start the fourth quarter and solidify its victory. Freshman midfielder Zach Richman scored two goals and fellow freshman attackman Austin Carbone scored a goal and recorded an assist. A goal from Colby with 50 seconds left in regulation ended the scoring, bringing the final tally to 24-9. With his seven goals, Schoenhut has a total of 66 on the season, which ties the Tufts record set in 2011 by current Tufts assistant coach Sean Kirwan (LA ‘12). Tufts' offense continues to be its calling card, as the team has scored 17 or more goals in each of its last seven games, and more than 20 goals eight times this season. Tufts remains the top-scoring offense in the nation with 18.71 goals per game. The Jumbos host the Williams Ephs on May 3 in the NESCAC semifinals, and will look to avenge a 15-8 loss earlier this season.

which was up for grabs until the very last events. "We knew we were heavy underdogs going in with Graham [Beutler] out, and that's what drove every guy to bring it all day," senior tri-captain David Sutherland said. "When Graham [Beutler] went down, it was hard, but rather than go into the next week with our heads down, we turned it on and the results showed that," senior Max Levitin added. "Every point counted and every person there, competitor or spectator, proved why Tufts track is a force to be reckoned with."

Marred by inclement weather, the meet, hosted by eventual fifthplace team Colby College, hardly appeared conducive to an extraordinary performance, but the statistics do not lie: 13 top-three finishes, scorers in 20 of 21 events, four individual conference titles and a slew of personal and season bests. "This meet was a slugfest," Levitin said. "Middlebury and Tufts went toe-to-toe and battled for 11 hours in the worst weather Maine could offer. What we did as a team was see MEN'S TRACK, page 15

the 4x100-meter relay, as junior Christina Harvey, Kaufmann, freshman Bianca Rescalvo and Harrison teamed up to break the meet record with a time of 48.06 seconds. The previous meet record was set last year by Harvey, Kaufmann, Harrison and Samantha Bissonnette (LA '13) in 48.27 seconds. "The 4x100 [relay] really got people psyched for the rest of the day," sophomore Sydney Smith said. "It pumped us up and made us hungrier for points." Tufts also fared well in the distance events. In a fast 800-meter race, Smith and junior Lauren Gormer both placed in the top eight. The race was extremely tight, with first and fifth place separated only by 1.5 seconds. Smith came in fifth with a new personal record of 2:15.99, while Gormer placed seventh with a season-best time of 2:17.04. In the 5,000, sophomore Audrey Gould ran out to the front from the gun and never looked back. Following a 5:30 first mile, Gould was able to take the NESCAC title with her time of 17:30.26, finishing more than six seconds ahead of the next closest runner. The Jumbos also saw points scored in the 10,000, as senior Abby Barker placed fifth, running a time of 36:57.44, while senior Lauren Creath took eighth with a time of 37:36.12. In a similar fashion, senior tri-captain Laura

The women's track and field team, which won the NESCAC Championships at home last year with a dominating 203point victory over second-place Middlebury (117.50 points), was unable to repeat, as Williams outpaced the field Saturday with a crushing 179-point score. Tufts was second with 126 points, while Middlebury finished third with 109.5 points. While the rain at Colby College certainly played a role in many athletes' individual performances, the Jumbos were still able to have an impressive day all around, putting up a fight against Williams. Sophomore Alexis Harrison took third overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.44 seconds, falling just short of her season-best time of 12.29 seconds. Senior tricaptain Anya Kaufmann took fifth in the event, running a time of 12.60 seconds to add four more points to the Jumbos' score. Kaufmann nabbed an eighthplace finish in the 200-meter dash (26.45 seconds) to add another point to the score. Senior Jana Hieber added 20 points to the Jumbos’ total score with two individual NESCAC titles including wins in the 100-meter and 400meter hurdles. Her dominating time of 1:02:70 in the 400-meter hurdles was over a second faster than the second-place time. The Jumbos were also victorious in see WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD, page 15

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