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Blood drive sees success amid challenges by Jei-Jei
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The Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS) last week held its annual winter blood drive for the American Red Cross. According to Red Cross Spokeswoman Jecoliah Ellis, of the 128 units of blood collected, 51 came from people who were first-time donors. LCS holds three blood drives at Tufts each academic year in October, February and April, Ellis explained. On average, 540 units of blood are collected at Tufts through these three drives, he said. The drives are open to Tufts students and faculty, as well as to the public, although members of the Tufts community make up the majority of donors, Susannah Daggett, the co-coordinator of the blood drive, told the Daily in an email. “Our hope is that those firsttime donors will become lifelong donors,” Ellis said. Zaid Qureishi, the other cocoordinator for LCS Blood Drive, explained that the Red Cross’s goal is to collect 30 to 40 units of blood per day during each of the blood drives. According to Daggett, the organizers struggled to find a location to host the drive this winter. In the past, LCS has hosted all five days of the drive in the lounge of Carmichael Hall. “Carmichael [is] great because you have people go[ing] there to eat,” Qureishi, a junior, said. “So people are going to go there anyway.”
However, the programming coordinator, for the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ResLife), Elizabeth Hartford, recently limited their use of the lounge to two days, Qureishi said. “ResLife has always had a policy that no club can reserve a lounge space for more than two days in one month, but they have never enforced it for the Blood Drive before,” Daggett, a sophomore, said. “We have always been considered an exception to that rule ... This year they started cracking down on us about that.” Organizers thus arranged to hold the drive in three different locations, according to Qureishi, including Carmichael Hall, the Alumnae Lounge and the Hill Hall lounge. He explained that these location changes were inconsistent and made it difficult for donors to locate the blood drive. The severe winter weather posed additional problems for the blood drive, according to Daggett. The Feb. 13 snowstorm forced the cancellation of the Thursday drive and the following day’s drive had to relocate from Hill Hall to Carmichael Hall. “[There was] a lot of ice the next day,” Daggett said. “The Red Cross [truck] couldn’t get up the hill to access Hill Hall, so we had to change plans at the last minute.” According to Qureishi, ResLife gave the drive permission to move back to Carmichael Hall. “The Red Cross had to shut down the drive at Hill [Hall] ... and then essentially start a new one,” Qureishi said. “It took a while to restart the drive.” Qureishi said that the drive began
closer to 12 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 11 a.m. start time. Despite these challenges, however, the drive was a relative success, he said. “We were still able to get the word out that the drive had moved locations,” Qureishi said According to Daggett, donors who had signed up for Thursday appointments agreed to come on Friday and then adapted to the location change that morning. “Students still turned out for the drive,” she said. “We appreciate their commitment to making the drive a success.” According to Ellis, it is typically more difficult to collect donations during the winter due to snow and cold temperatures, as well as the flu season. This year, the impact of the weather was especially significant. Severe weather conditions have forced the cancellation of 1,500 blood drives across the nation between Jan. 2 and Feb. 17, meaning a loss of 50,000 units of blood, Ellis said. Daggett added that the winter drive always poses the most challenges, not only for recruiting donors, but also for enlisting volunteers. She emphasized that volunteers were particularly important for checking in donors and managing the canteen where donors recovered. “Both of these jobs allow the nurses to focus on the blood donation itself and not just these logistical aspects, making the drive run more efficiently,” Daggett said. There were also fewer staff than usual at the event; Qureishi explained that the Red Cross bases
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Tufts students donate blood during a Red Cross blood drive in the Alumnae Lounge on Wednesday, Feb. 11. their staffing on how many people made appointments on their website or on TuftsLife. Daggett emphasized the importance of giving blood and
said that the Red Cross serves a large community. “[Giving blood is] a relatively easy way to make a tangible difference for another person,” Daggett said.
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This year’s Tufts Energy Conference is collaborating with a solar energy company to host a solar energy competition. The winner will have their design built on campus.
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The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) is hosting a new solar energy competition this year, in addition to its annual TEC energy competition. The solar competition aims to encourage students to design a photovoltaic (PV) solar technology project that will operate with-
out a connection to Tufts electric grid, according to TEC Competition Director Anna McCallie. She said that the winning project will hopefully be constructed on the Tufts campus before the end of the year. “It will be a visible reminder that Tufts is really committed to solar energy,” McCallie, a first-year student at The Fletcher School, said. Applications for the competi-
tions opened in November and are due on Monday, Feb. 24, according to McCallie. She said that groups of both undergraduate and graduate students can apply for the chance to win up to $10,000 to implement their solar energy project. Judges will select one finalist who will be announced during the conference,
Inside this issue Hayao Miyazaki concludes illustrious career with spectacular ‘The Wind Rises.’ see ARTS, page 3
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Each year, Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine distributes a number of small grants, ranging between $200 and $500, to local non-profits. Started in 2010 by Cummings’ Dean Deborah Kochivar, the Cummings School Service Fund provides grants to groups based in both Westborough and Grafton, Mass. The program is modeled on the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF), which was created in 1995 and funds local community service projects. “The way it differs from the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund is that we don’t require that a Tufts employee ... necessarily be involved in the non-profit,” Jean Poteete, the Cummings School’s senior campus planner and manager of the service fund, said. The Cummings School grants typically fund education-related programs, though groups of any type, size or need, can apply. “We’ve had requests from local churches [that] sponsor English as a Second Language programs,” Poteete, who has worked with the
grant program since its inception, said. “... We had a request from the Westborough High School robotics team for some funding, so they got a grant last year. We’ve had summer enrichment programs that are sponsored at libraries ... support services available locally for elderly folks.” According to Poteete, Tufts wants to offer financial support to non-profits to expand their relationships within the community. “They’re all very worthwhile programs,” she said. “[The grants are] really to acknowledge that these other non-profits are our friends and partners in our host communities.” The Cummings School grants, unlike those of the TNSF, rely on contributions from outside sources. “The [Cummings] school gets its funding from philanthropic sources, so you could say it’s a philanthropic donation that is leveraged by the school ... whereas the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund [runs on] donations from employees,” Poteete said. Community Harvest, a Graftonsee CUMMINGS, page 2
Today’s sections Conductor David Newman uses multimedia setup to revive beloved musical numbers at the BSO. see ARTS, page 3
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which will take place on March 8 and 9. The money for the winning design comes from SunBug Solar, a solar energy consulting and installation company located in Massachusetts, according to Jared Alvord, the Tufts contact at SunBug. The company is currently working with Tufts to install solar panels on Dowling Hall as part of the Solarize Massachusetts Medford program run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. “The way the program works is there are five tiers,” Alvord said. “So when more people sign up everyone gets better pricing. Tufts is actually the project that got us to tier five and got everyone in the whole city the best pricing possible.” TEC’s solar competition was designed to run parallel with the Dowling Hall installation, which will begin next week and finish by midto late-March, according to Alvord. Because the Dowling Hall installation will not be particularly visible to the Tufts community, the winning design from the solar competition will bring attention to Tufts’ use of solar energy, McCallie said. “If they just put the panels on Dowling Hall and they weren’t visible, they could go completely unnoticed,” she said. “I think it is
a really good thing to bring attention to the fact that they are taking this big step toward lessening energy dependence and moving more of the energy use on this campus toward renewable sources.” According to McCallie, TEC will also host its annual energy competition, which also has a Feb. 24 application deadline. The winning group will receive $3,000 and the runner-up will receive $2,000 to put toward their proposals. “[The energy competition] is much more broad, and it is for any sort of innovative energy solutions,” she said. “Projects in the past have been focused on more efficient sanitation or building a better battery. Basically, for any energy challenges you can think of, people are trying to come up with innovative solutions.” Since the proposal from the solar competition will be implemented on campus, one of the benefits of the solar competition, as opposed to the energy competition, is opportunity to achieve a tangible result, McCallie said. “For the energy competition, a lot of times the projects focus on other parts of the world, so the results are a little less visible and maybe even [less] tangible,” she said. Kathy Nolan, the director of TEC, explained that both competitions provide an
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Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has worked to strengthen its relationships with local non-profits through grants from the Cummings School Service Fund.
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based non-profit that grows and distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to local hunger relief organizations, received two $500 Cummings grants in the last two years. According to Community Harvest employee Kristen Bafaro, the institution grew and donated 324,000 pounds — or 1.1 million servings — of produce last year alone. “We typically ask for money ... for harvesting baskets for our volunteers,” Bafaro said. “The number of volunteers that are coming to our farms and helping out, and the number of acres that we’re farming has increased over the last few years, and so we need a lot of farm supplies to support all of that.” Last year, Community Harvest brought about 9,500 volunteers to its farm in North Grafton to grow produce, according to Bafaro. Volunteers perform various activities, such as seeding in the spring, harvesting, washing, boxing and preparing for delivery. Community Harvest then partners with local food banks to distribute their produce, Bafaro explained. “At [Tufts] events, we usually come out and set up a table, and we’re able to spread the word to students and hopefully recruit some volunteers,” she said. “We’re always looking for ways to make connections to students.” A second non-profit that has received grants from the Cummings School Service Fund is Apple Tree Arts, a non-profit com-
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munity school for the arts that aims to bring music, theater and visual arts to people of all ages, but particularly children, in the greater Grafton area. “We do early childhood music [and] keyboard classes for youth,” Apple Tree Arts employee Donna Blanchard said. “We have about 13 productions throughout the year, [we have a] community chorus and we reach about 25 preschools.” Apple Tree received a $500 grant in 2012 to help support their Head Start music classes, according to Blanchard. The organization offers 10 music classes to children in underserved communities. “We go to them ... once a week, which is a wonderful relationship that we have with them — to bring music into their lives,” Blanchard said. “Many of the skills of music are like language: If you reach children early, they get a better head start ... Early childhood music is the core of what we do. It’s really important to us and [is] the reason why we started 24 years ago.” Both Apple Tree Arts and Community Harvest have been able to maintain a steady partnership with Tufts, according to their employees. “I think Tufts has helped us so much,” Blanchard said. “... Any time they have an event, they support [us]. They donate money to us. We truly appreciate Tufts, for all that they do in the community.”
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‘The Wind Rises’ is visual masterpiece, offers insightful social commentary by
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After years of threats that the next film — and then the next — would be his last, acclaimed writer and director Hayao Miyazaki has truly delivered his final masterpiece, “The Wind Rises,” which is loosely based loosely on real life events. The new film, nominated for Best Animated Feature at next month’s Academy Awards, is sure to delight audiences both with its incredible visual aesthetic and philosophical perspective on war and industry. The animated movie, dubbed into English for release in the United States, tells the (fictionalized) story of Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a Japanese plane engineer during World War II. Nearsighted and unable to become a pilot, young Jiro dreams of designing “beautiful airplanes” — a goal that is realized when he joins an engineering company and is instantly recognized for his passion and talent in the field. The narrative switches often between Jiro’s real life experiences and the world of his dreams where
he is able to speak with his mentor and inspiration, famous Italian plane designer Gianni Caproni (Stanley Tucci). While working to turn his designs into real machines, Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko (Emily Blunt). From there, the story simultaneously develops into a captivating biography of an enigmatic young man and an epic love story set in an era of war and economic depression. Miyazaki, owner of the nowprominent Studio Ghibli, is famous for his beautiful pastoral scenes and meticulous animation style, as seen in “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004) and “Spirited Away” (2001). This most recent film maintains Miyazaki’s high standard — it is visually stunning. Everything from the changing shadows cast on Jiro’s face to the majestic shots of Japan’s countryside speaks to the filmmaker’s devotion to creating a beautiful work. At certain moments, especially during a scene depicting the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, shots of frantic crowds may seem a little choppier and more simplified than viewers are used to seeing in Studio
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Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) grapples with moral implications of building the planes of his dreams.
Ghibli films. This, however, is no real fault of the movie itself but rather a result of the translation to the big screen, where small, precise details are less defined. The screenplay, too, benefits from Miyazaki’s mastery, proving to be both streamlined and profound. The touching love story between Jiro and Nahoko is the emotional core of the film. Though the tale is sentimental, round characters keep the dramatic relationship from souring into schmaltziness. The film simultaneously retains a more serious perspective by constantly tying the character’s political and economic environment into the otherwise personal story of one man. Indeed, in many ways the film functions as a critique of industrialization in Japan during a time when more of the nation’s resources were devoted to catching up with leading industries than feeding the poor masses. The hard transition from the agricultural to the industrial age seems to be embodied in the planes themselves. While his engineering firm strives to catch up with other nations by building metal instead of wooden planes, Jiro resists the pressure to create these “full-metal ducklings,” relying instead on nature (namely, fish bones) to inspire his designs. As the title suggests, it is often forces of nature — not war and industry — that drive the characters to their greatest heights. “The Wind Rises” also boasts an evocative auditory experience. This not only includes Joe Hisaishi’s beautiful score or the film’s bittersweet theme song, “Hikoki Gumo,” but also has creative sound effects, especially during the earthquake scene. The groans of the earth as Tokyo comes apart powerfully demonstrate the horror of the natural disaster. Moreover, with stars such as Elijah Wood and Darren Criss voicing minor characters, the viewer is
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The love story between Jiro Horikoshi (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Nahoko Satomi (Emily Blunt) serves as the emotional center of the film. never disappointed with the talent (even if the dubbing inevitably is a little bit off at times). Martin Short, who provides the voice of Jiro’s tough-love boss, and Gordon-Levitt do an exceptional job of delivering the script, with Gordon-Levitt utilizing a subdued but expressive tone that very much recalls Christian Bale’s performance in “Howl’s Moving Castle.” The film does land in the United States toting some controversy: the real Jiro Horikoshi, of course, designed the Japanese fighter planes that, among other offenses, took the lives of 2,402 Americans when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. Blaming the film for glorifying the real man would, however, completely miss the point of story. Indeed, the lines in the film between good and evil, and between war-making and peace-seeking, are complex. In the first minutes of the film, young Jiro learns a lesson when — after fighting off bullies to protect a classmate — his mother lightly
scolds him: “Fighting is never justified.” From that moment on, Jiro struggles to reconcile the violent consequences of his beautiful flying machines — which he creates for his own enjoyment — while governments prepare these planes for war. This is not the first of Miyazaki’s films to heavily feature airplanes. “Porco Rosso” (1992) and “Howl’s Moving Castle” also incorporated airships into plot points. In fact, Miyazaki’s passion for flying machines, like Jiro’s, has always manifested itself in his work and this film represents a culmination of that passion over his decades of creation. If “The Wind Rises” is indeed Miyazaki’s last film, then it is at least a poignant way to say goodbye. Near the very end of the film, Caproni tells Jiro that each person only gets about 10 years to shine. “Did you spend your time well?” Caproni asks. Yes, Miyazaki, you certainly did.
BSO’s ‘West Side Story’ captures emotion of original film by Jennifer Straitz
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) performance of “West Side Story” (1957) music, set in time to a screening of the newly re-mastered film, was a treat last weekend. Though the live music and the film’s singing seemed disjointed at times, the overall energy of conductor David Newman and the BSO musicians overshadowed this minor flaw. For those unfamiliar with it, “West Side Story,” is an American musical based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The show follows the love story of Tony, an ex-member of the Jets, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks, the rival gang, in the New York’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. The Jets are mainly working-class American-Polish young men, while the Sharks are immigrants from Puerto Rico. There is a large amount of animosity between the groups. But at a high school dance, Maria meets Tony and falls in love, much to the consternation of her brother, Bernardo. Bernardo demands that she leave the dance and agrees to a “war council” with Riff, the leader of the Jets, to set the time and date of a fight to end their turf battle. Later that night, Tony goes to the Puerto Rican section of the neighborhood and finds Maria. The next day
when they see each other again, Maria begs him to try to stop the fight between the Sharks and the Jets. Tony agrees, and though he tries to prevent anyone from getting hurt, members of both gangs are killed. In the end, Tony and Maria are unable to be together. Their brief relationship stands in contrast to the norms of their neighborhood, showing the possibility of tolerance in the future. The film is progressive in its treatment of everything from social issues and interracial love, to gender norms and the struggle of maintaining a strong cultural identity while simultaneously adapting to life in a new country — issues still relevant more than fifty years later. The emotion put into the BSO’s performance aptly highlighted the passion the film articulates. A beautiful overture began the symphony’s performance, followed by opening overhead shots of New York on a large screen suspended above the musicians. Newman’s performance of conducting the show was full of life. His past award-winning scores of films, like “Brave Little Toaster” (1987), “Anastasia” (1997) and “Ice Age” (2002), surely contributed to the ease with which he led the BSO. The music of Leonard Bernstein and accompanying lyrics by Stephen Sondheim were brought to life with verve, especially in the audience favorite, “America.” At the end of the performance, the crowds, having soaked in the engaging show,
clapped with appreciation for both Bernstein and Sondheim — two musical greats — as the end credits rolled. Overall, the symphony captured the different moods of the songs with an honest loyalty to the original work. Such candid moments are felt in the joy of Tony as he proclaims his love for Maria in “Maria,” in the innocence of the film’s heroine as she sings “I Feel
Pretty” while preparing to meet Tony and in the toughness of the Jets in “Jet Song.” The music of the symphony intertwined seamlessly with the dances of the film’s choreographer Jerome Robbins. The audience response to this unique show proved that Boston symphony-goers will surely delight in future BSO concerts of film scores performed in this charming manner.
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The BSO delivered a moving performance, accompanying each scene that played above them.
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Tufts finishes seventh at NESCAC championships by
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Ending this season for the team, women’s swimming and diving took seventh place this weekend at the NESCAC championships hosted at Williams College. With a 1-6 record, the Jumbos finished off the season four spots lower in the conference championships than last year. Last season, Tufts turned around a 3-5 regular season scoring 1,017.5 points to edge out Middlebury and place third at the NESCAC championships, behind powerhouses Amherst and Williams. This year, Williams and Amherst traded places, as Williams took first for the 13th time in 14 years, followed by Amherst and Middlebury. The Jumbos reached the finals in 11 events over the three-day meet. The team saw three of its swimmers post National B cut times, which could make them eligible to compete at the NCAA championships next month in Indianapolis. Though the team did not match its success from last season, head coach Nancy Bigelow and her swimmers said they are pleased with how the season ended given the facilities difficulties they had this year, namely the closure of Hamilton Pool. Tufts also lost significant talent with last year’s senior class graduating. “We’ve been practicing under some interesting circumstances, you could say, for the past five weeks,” Bigelow said. “There was a lot of stress placed on our swimmers because of it, and there’s only so much stress your body can take. But, overall, I’m very pleased with how we performed at the meet.”
Senior Jenny Hu, who took home a conference title in the 50 breaststroke, led the Jumbos, broke three school records and swam two National B cut times. Following her NESCAC title in the 100 breaststroke last year, Hu tied for first in the 50 breaststroke on the Friday with Middlebury’s Jamie Hillas. Both swimmers posted identical 29.10-second times. Hu first broke the school record in the 50 breaststroke — a time of 29.83 seconds, which she set herself in 2012 — in the preliminaries earlier that day with a time of 29.78 seconds. She again broke the record in the finals with her 29.10, which was also a pool record. Hu followed up her success in the 50 breaststroke with third place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.01, which broke the school record she set last year. The time also represented her second National B cut time. She went on to place fourth in the 200 breaststroke, breaking the previous school record of 2:23.72 set in 2009 by Katie Swett (LA ’09) with her own time of 2:22.05. “I am thrilled with the way I ended my season,” Hu said. “I swam [my] best times in my main events and got to swim on four relays. I was also definitely frustrated with my 100 breast and wish that I could have stuck my finish better, but it was a best time and a great race.” Hu was also recognized at the meet as a four-time AllNESCAC performer and for coming in second in the Senior High Point award. “I think the coolest thing for me was getting second in the Senior High Point award,” Hu said. “It was an honor to be recognized for a four-year achievement and made me feel so lucky to have got-
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Senior Jenny Hu took home her fourth straight All-NESCAC honors and has a chance to represent Tufts at Nationals next month. ten the opportunity to be a Jumbo and swim for Tufts.” Two other Jumbos also recorded National B cut times at the meet. Freshman Amanda Gottschalk placed ninth in the 400 IM on Saturday, posting a time of 4:36.26. Junior Amanda Wachenfeld took ninth in the 1,650 freestyle on Sunday and recorded a National B cut time with a 17:33.52. Wachenfeld also placed sixth in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:29.95. In another strong performance for Tufts, junior Samantha Sliwinski took fifth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.26 and took seventh in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.11. Supporting Hu’s first place in the 50 breaststroke, sophomore Laura Cui took 12th and Ellen
Gage took 14th in the event. Following Wachenfeld in the 400 IM were sophomore Maddie Golison, who finished 13th and senior Katharine Majewski, who came in 16th. Tufts’ relay teams were also successful at Williams, as the 200 freestyle relay team of Hu, Sliwinski, freshman Sophia Lin and junior Kathryn Coniglio took seventh, and the 400 medley relay team of sophomore Kelsey McAvoy, Hu, freshman Cassidy Hubert and Coniglio took eighth. In a sign of the improvement that Bigelow’s team made in the final weeks of their season, Tufts finished ahead of rival Wesleyan, who had edged the Jumbos in a close meet last month by more than 170 points.
“I think we had a fantastic season,” Hu said. “The girls dealt with the ups and downs with a really great attitude and a lot of resilience. Even though we did not place as well this year [as last year], there were some fantastic swims and the atmosphere on deck was great.” Hu’s season is most likely not over, as she is the only Jumbo with a good chance of qualifying for the NCAA championships in March. The top 16 swimmers nationally in each event compete, and Hu currently sits in 10th place in the 50 breaststroke. While Hu may continue her season next month on the national stage, the rest of the team will likely be consigned to cheering her on from the sidelines and gearing up for next season.
Advani, Schweitzer form unlikely duo on and off court by Jorge
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Sophomore Aditya Advani and junior Zachary Schweitzer are more than the No. 1 and No. 2 players of the men’s squash team. While their relationship began on the courts, it has grown into a strong friendship away from the game. Schweitzer grew up playing squash in southeast Pennsylvania. Coming to Tufts wasn’t a big culture shock, but freshman year, when he learned he would have a teammate from India, he said he got a little nervous. But before Advani arrived to campus, Schweitzer said he prepared to take Advani under his wing. “I would get a lot of emails from him, telling me about how worried he was,” Schweitzer said, with
Advani sitting next to him. “He was really nervous and would email me a lot. But I knew that it was my duty to make sure he adjusted well. His lifestyle in India was much different than the one here in the States, and I wanted to teach him.” One of these differences was the way that squash players train in New Delhi compared to American squash players. Advani said Americans are much fitter athletes than those in India. There, the majority of players focus on technique and mental fortitude. “I started off as a really fat kid, which is why I learned how to shoot a lot more than anything else,” Advani said. “When I got here it was very different because everyone here likes to play a very basic, fitness-orientated game. It didn’t really go well for me [at first]. Zach
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Sophomore Aditya Advani (right) and junior Zach Schweitzer (left) have become fast friends, all while leading Tufts as the No. 1 and No. 2 players on the team.
showed me the ropes.” “Aditya plays a slow-paced shooters game, as you say in squash, and I’m a high-tempo, fitness-oriented player,” Schweitzer added. Schweitzer said that once they met it was apparent that technique was not the only factor that distinguished the two. “There was a real clash when we met each other,” Schweitzer said. “When we first met we were kind of at odds, something like David and Goliath with the young freshmen coming in from India and me, the boisterous rock of the team.” Schweitzer, one of the co-captains of the team, also had a different leadership style than Advani. “I was abroad last semester so my co-captain, Elliot Kardon, was taking over the ropes,” Schweitzer said. “Aditya coming in can be sometimes a little lazy on court, but what he lacks in energy he really makes up for in heart.” When asked what it takes to be a good leader, Schweitzer said that it is all about promoting good chemistry on the team and creating opportunities for players to think about the state of the team. Though Advani is more of a silent leader, Schweitzer said he believes Advani has what it takes to lead when Schweitzer graduates next year. “Being a leader is about promoting chemistry on the team and a lot of the time that comes from being together a lot, and so I like to have us all, even if we’re not doing
anything, sitting in a room thinking about what has been going on — sort of like a Quaker meeting type of thing,” Schweitzer said. As Advani and Schweitzer grew to understand each other, they have become more in sync on and off the court. They even joined the same fraternity, Zeta Psi. “What bonds us most is that we’re not just connected through squash, but a brotherhood, too,” Advani said. “I spend more time off [the] court with Zach than any other player. We try to work out in the Zeta [Psi] basement as much as we can, too.” Since Advani joined two years ago, a new member of the squash program proved to be another fixture atop the program. Freshman Josh Lee, who is from Korea, participated with Advani and Schweitzer in the Div. III Individual Championships, a tournament where only the top three players from each school compete. He has turned the duo of Advani and Schweitzer into a trio. “Josh has improved a lot this season,” Schweitzer said. “When he came in he had a lot of passion and [was] just going everywhere. ... But I was proud of him for making the Individual Championships. Freshman, sophomore, junior — the trifecta some might say.” The Individual Championships gave Advani, Schweitzer and Lee a chance to bond as teammates, and increase chemistry. Lee, as a
freshman, had full support from his teammates. “The tournament was fun,” Advani said. “I got to spend a lot of time with the boys. There was a ton of team chemistry and a lot of playing time. It was also a very international event because Tufts’ three players were from India, Korea and Germany. And Josh was really nervous, but we helped calm him down as much as we could.” Moving forward, the teammates hope to not be separated. Last fall, Schweitzer studied abroad and Advani was left to head the team alone with Kardon. If Advani were to study abroad during his own junior year, he would leave Schweitzer to lead the team alone as the No. 1 for a semester. Both Advani and Schweitzer say that they would rather avoid any more lapses in their tenure as the top two squash players at Tufts. “I was planning on studying abroad,” Advani said. “I still haven’t completely decided, but it’s looking like I will not. I don’t want to leave [Zach] and I feel like I still have a lot more to contribute to the team.” Schweitzer feels the same way. “It would be a real blow to not be with Aditya for a semester,” Schweitzer said. The pair has come a long way from their early season clashes. No matter what happens over the next year, it is clear Advani and Schweitzer’s relationship will be there for the long haul.