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VOLUME LXVII, NUMBER 48
TTS brings WebEx to campus Tufts Technology Services (TTS) recently introduced a digital web conferencing tool, Cisco WebEx, which will allow members of the Tufts community to coordinate classes, meetings and other collaborative events online. George Moore, the team lead of TTS Support Systems, explained that WebEx is designed to be universally accessible and will use technology to benefit the Tufts community. "The idea to implement WebEx came from a desire to offer a robust web conferencing tool that could be used by everyone," he said. "It was important to us that the tool allow any student, faculty, staff or affiliate with a Tufts username and password to initiate web conferences. This removes access and usability barriers and allows the greatest number of people to make use of the tool." Moore said that TTS chose WebEx as the university's new web conferencing service largely because it was compatible with devices that are already in common use on campus, making it easy for Tufts students and faculty to adapt to using it. "WebEx allows people to join or host a virtual meeting from almost any internetconnected device, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices, making the service widely available to members of the Tufts community and those we collaborate with outside the university," he said. Tufts Technology Services' Director of Communications & Organizational Effectiveness
Dawn Irish, said that the program is free to users and thus easily accessible. "We wanted to ensure that cost would not bar anyone who wanted to collaborate using the university's web conferencing tool," she said. Moore anticipates that students will come to appreciate and benefit from a program as useful as WebEx, especially as it has the potential to serve them in their academic projects. "I think current Tufts students will appreciate the ability to use WebEx to work with other students on homework or projects," he said. "I think the capability to share screens, participate in video calls and collaborate on a file — while being able to record the whole interaction — is invaluable for coursework and research." Moore said that WebEx would also assist faculty members in their everyday duties, particularly in offering students assistance on a wider basis than they are currently able to do. "WebEx can also be used by teachers or TAs to provide remote assistance to students during office hours," he said. "There are so many creative ways WebEx can be used, and we are excited to see how our students take advantage of the tool." WebEx can currently be accessed at https://tufts. webex.com. —by Josh Weiner
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The creators of WeParty reached out to fellow students while developing their new app.
Students launch social app WeParty for campus events by Meredith Braunstein Daily Editorial Board
Four Tufts freshmen on March 27 launched a new smartphone application, WeParty, which allows Tufts students to view locations of various parties and social events on and off campus. Co-founder and Co-CEO of WeParty Kofi Asante explained that he and three friends decided to create an app after struggling to find events on campus. "Coming here as freshmen, we got discouraged pretty quickly that you could never go to one specific place to figure out what was going on any given night," Asante, a freshman, said. Co-Founder and Co-Developer Jared Moskowitz said that he and Co-Founders Asante, Richard Kim
and Denis Bravenec have each spent upward of 700 hours working on the app. "Jared and I didn't know how to use [operating system] iOS, so we didn't sleep for 100 hours and just learned it," Co-Developer Kim said. While Moskowitz said the team did not reach out to faculty for help, they did receive support from many members of the Tufts community. "We got a lot of input from fellow students — always asking our friends, 'What do you think we could do better here?'" Moskowitz said. According to Co-CEO Bravenec, the team utilized as many resources as they could in order to create an app that would specifically appeal to Tufts students. "We met with a lot of people that have created things on this cam-
pus, like [iJumbo developer junior Amadou Crookes] and people in web development and app development," Bravenec said. "We worked on becoming technically literate. We started understanding the social scene by doing the research and seeing what the social scene is like." Being aware of the social scene is crucial, according to Asante, if the group hopes to bring WeParty to other schools that each have their own unique social culture. "We want to customize this to each university, so what we went through here in terms of understanding the social scene [is] the same process we want to do in each university," Asante said. Kim said the process of creating WeParty involved downloading see WEPARTY, page 2
Former Congresswoman speaks on national security by Justin Rheingold Daily Editorial Board
Former Congresswoman Jane Harman and Admiral James Stavridis, dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, spoke about success and failure during their careers at yesterday's open house for recently admitted Fletcher students. Harman, who is now the president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, served nearly 20 years in the House of Representatives and sat on several important committees, including on homeland security, intelligence and armed services. Stavridis, who worked with Harman when both were involved in issues of national and international security, spoke of her breadth of knowledge. "She brings deep expertise from Washington, but more important for our purposes here at the Fletcher School, an international view of the world as well," Stavridis said. Harman spoke about her career path and involvement in politics, starting with her
attendance at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. "I was there when John Kennedy was nominated for president — I was physically there, and I also at the time met Eleanor Roosevelt," Harman said. "I was a kid usher at John Kennedy's acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and that was my personal epiphany. ... I thought, ‘I want to do something in politics.’ ... There was nobody in my family involved in politics, but that day, ever since, this has been what I have loved doing." Harman explained that she also worked on then-Senator Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign, worked in the Carter White House and practiced law prior to running for Congress in 1992. She told the prospective students that they, like her, should pursue their passions. "If you're really passionate about politics — and right at the moment, I realize that's a stretch — ... but if you're really passionate about it, focus on it," she said. see HARMAN, page 2
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A Rwandan genocide survivor speaks during the Rwandan Genocide 20th Anniversary Vigil in Goddard Chapel on April 7.
Gordon Institute initiatives encourage on-campus entrepreneurship.
‘How I Met Your Mother’ series finale upsets fans and critics.
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Visiting the Hill this week TUESDAY A Radical Proposal for a Basic Income Guarantee Details: Dr. Neva Goodwin, the director of Tufts’ Global Development and Environment Institute, will present a plan that would replace inadequate safety nets and recognize the economic value of work done in the home. When and Where: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 44 Teele Avenue Sponsors: Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts Nonlocality: A Lecture and Discussion with David Albert Details: Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University David Albert, was previously a professor of physics, will speak about quantum mechanics. When and Where: 4:30 p.m.; Fung House (48 Professors Row) Sponsors: Center for the Humanities at Tufts Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Details: The Entrepreneurial Leadership Program will host an Anniversary Celebration which will include finalist and entrepreneurial student showcases and a presentation of the $100K competition winners. When and Where: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 51 Winthrop Street. Sponsors: Tufts Gordon Institute, Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
A Survivor's Story: Eva Mozes Kor Details: Eva Mozes Kor, an activist and educator who survived Dr. Josef Mengele's experiments on twins during the Holocaust, will speak about her story. When and Where: 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; ASEAN Auditorium Sponsor: Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Tufts Hillel, Tufts Against Genocide WEDNESDAY The Divine Handiwork: Evolution and the Wonder of Life Details: Owen Gingerich, professor emeritus of astronomy and of the history of science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, will speak about evolution. When and Where: 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; ASEAN Auditorium Sponsor: Department of Physics & Astronomy, The Toupin-Bolwell Fund Former Ambassador Swanee Hunt: Can Women Stop War? Details: Former Ambassador Swanee Hunt will speak about the role of women in foreign policy decision making. When and Where: 4:15 p.m.; Crane Room Sponsor: Department of Economics, Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, International Relations Program, Program on Women's, Gender
and Sexuality Studies, the School of Engineering, the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Diversity Fund of the AS&E Equal Educational Opportunity Committee Tufts Idea Exchange 2014 Details: Tufts Idea Exchange will host its annual Ted-talk style event with students, professors and alumni speaking about new and compelling ideas. When and Where: 7 p.m.; ASEAN Auditorium Sponsor: Institute for Global Leadership's Synaptic Scholars THURSDAY Education Major Information Session Details: Professors Steve Cohen and Linda Beardsley from the Department of Education will speak about the possibility of creating an education major at Tufts. When and Where: 7 p.m.; Miner 112 Sponsor: Tufts Education Society Using Theater to Explore Issues Related to Climate Change Details: In an interactive workshop, participants will brainstorm how they feel about climate change and how it should best be presented theatrically. Artistic Director at the Underground Railway Theater and Associate Professor of Drama Downing Cless will lead the workshop. When and Where: 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.; Rabb Room
Sponsor: Tufts Environmental Studies Program Neil Fraistat: The Promise(s) of Digital Humanities Details: Neil Fraistat, director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), will speak about the humanities in the digital age. When and Where: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Pearson 104 Sponsor: Center for the Humanities at Tufts FRIDAY Issues of the Future Conference: Food Stamps and Hunger in America Details: Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) will deliver a keynote speech on hunger in America. He will discuss federal assistance programs, specifically food stamps, and the important role they play in society. A light dinner and a moderated discussion will follow. When and Where: 4 p.m.; Alumnae Lounge Sponsor: Tufts Democrats
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Former congresswoman Jane Harman and Fletcher School Dean Admiral James Stavridis discussed their careers and foreign policy during an open house for recently admitted Fletcher students.
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"Don't let anybody tell you no." California's 36th Congressional district, which Harman represented for 16 years, is home to some of the country's major aerospace companies. She explained that, because of this, she sought appointments to committees involved in national security. Harman, however, said that she had no regrets about resigning her seat and has since had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of foreign policy scholars and leaders in her position at the Wilson Center. "It was an exceptional opportunity to stay in the game," she said. "I got out of one specific game — I'm happy I did that, and now I'm in a different place." Harman also discussed the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the enormous changes they brought to Congress and the country as a whole. "What happened after that horrible day was [that] everybody in government set about to put in place a series of programs to protect our government," she said. "Looking back at what we did, we did protect the country, and we have not had massive bombings. ... There is still a terrorist threat alive and well, but most people would say there's no way to mount a catastrophic event — at least a physical attack, although there may be a cyber attack — against the United States." The added protections, however, came at a cost to individual liberties and human rights, and Harman discussed the detention and enhanced interrogation programs that were initiated following the attacks. In her role as the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, Harman was a member of the Gang of Eight, a group of lawmakers who received briefings on national security matters. She said she sent a letter in 2003 to the
Central Intelligence Agency's General Counsel telling them not to destroy video evidence of torture. The videotapes were later destroyed, however, and Harman said the United States lost credibility on the world stage. "Going forward, as I see the world, we need better strategies," she said. "I think America's narrative has suffered for a lot of reasons. One, we haven't told our story well and that's tragic. ... Two, we need to correct a number of things. We need to close Guantanamo Bay and revise security programs. Three, we do need to end this practice of enhanced interrogation. ... Fourth, we need to project smart power." Going forward, Harman said the use of drones will be necessary, but cannot be excessive. She also explained that Congress needs to reinstate trade promotion authority, which allows the president to negotiate trade agreements that Congress can only approve or disapprove and cannot alter. Stavridis also shared his viewpoint on the future, explaining that he was in the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 attacks, but had an epiphany when he saw the U.S. military headquarters on fire. "I ... began to think and still think today that in this 21st century, walls will not work — that you have to build bridges, and how do you build bridges? It's the economics, it's the culture, it's the politics, it's the rule of international law." Stavridis and Harman answered questions from prospective students and professors on the Ukraine situation, the role of social media and how to rebuild the American image. "Why are we so low in all these Pew polls around the world? What do these countries think about us?" Harman asked. "They think about drone strikes, Guantanamo Bay and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. ... We've got to open up America again and then we have to showcase our generosity."
hundreds of other apps and looking at what features they liked in each, as well as looking into the suggestions others had sent them. "We really kind of thought of each individual person who [had] tried to use it," Kim said. "The best design is when it feels good. It's been truly humbling to see how many people are willing to give their time. ... I think it's upwards of 100 people that have helped us out." Moskowitz said that since the app is currently only for Tufts students, a Tufts email address is necessary in order to use it. Once you sign in, a list of events, ranging from fraternity parties to a cappella shows, appear. "You [log into] the app, and the first thing you see is a list of events for this week and beyond. ... You can also see your own private events, which can be events from the public chart. You add to it by clicking the plus button, and you can create your own event and invite people," Moskowitz said. Another feature of WeParty is the Munchies section, according to Asante, which was added when the creators realized that many students wanted to know what restaurants were open late at night. "You can call in on an Android or iPhone and ask for the WeParty discount at some of the restaurants we partner with," Asante said. According to Moskowitz, these food outlets include Sweet Idea, Pizza Days, Pranzi's, Yoshi's and Golden Taste. "It's about creating win-win situations for everybody," Asante said. "The restaurants get to specifically advertise to the audience they're targeting, and on the user side you get discounts from the restaurants you love — and it's all in the same place." Kim said that in order for a group to have a hosting account, they must follow rules about maintaining quality events. Bravenec also said the group enjoys meeting personally with students who wish to set up a hosting account. "This app is created by students and for students," Bravenec said. "When we give these hosting accounts, ... we want to meet with [the hosts] and say thank you, and we hope they post all their quality events. This is a business, but we want to keep that student feel." Bravenec hopes that WeParty will grow so that students can connect with events around Boston and, ultimately, around the globe. "We want to connect students across the world," Bravenec said. "So say you were a Tufts student, and you're doing a study abroad program in Barcelona. We want you to be able to connect with all the local students and be able to see where all the local students go. Right now, we want to take over Boston."
WeParty Director of Sales Jem Wilner said he worked with the co-founders of the group to arrange a photo booth with a WeParty banner in the background at a Delta Tau Delta (DTD) party. Wilner, who is a brother at DTD, explained that these photos were later posted on Facebook. "On every photo on Facebook [taken at the event], there's a link to the app," Wilner, a sophomore, said. "By doing that, every single person who gets tagged in one of those photos is going to see the link to download the application." According to Wilner, he was among a select group of people who was given access to the beta version of WeParty. "It's really fun for me because I've never done anything like this before, so it's fascinating to see how the app has developed," Wilner said. Bravenec said that they have seen a huge spike in how many people have viewed their page since the DTD party, and there were about 850 downloads of WeParty as of April 7. "If you're creating a business, you want to make sure it can sustain itself, so that's something we're working with," Bravenec said. "We're trying to create a model that allows us to operate and also grow ... and we need resources to do that, so that's why we want to make sure we have this sustainable business — so we can be able to get more developers and a larger team." Kim, who said that 10 percent of the campus had downloaded the app within 30 hours of its launch, is already looking at ways to improve WeParty. One plan is to make it possible to buy and display a ticket for an event entirely through the app. "We want to make [WeParty] easier for organizations by, for example, having a guest list that can do a lot of things, having an invite system that works very well and having it so [that] frats and student organizations can trust us," Kim said. According to Moskowitz, it has been exciting to see their hard work pay off and to watch the campus gain interest in their endeavor. "We want to make the college experience better for other people, and I personally want to put something out that we're proud of and that makes other people look at us and our school and 'wow' them," Moskowitz said. Bravenec said he hopes future classes at Tufts will see it is possible to launch their own ideas if they invest the time and energy. "We've gotten a lot of advice and mentorship with a lot of students," Bravenec said. "We want to be able to do that for people. We want to help everyone be able to create their own thing. Even as a freshman, you can really do things if you're passionate about them and put in the hours."
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Winners of the Tufts Idea Competition will receive a $1,000 cash prize, mentorship and invitations to attend a robust series of workshops.
Gordon Institute sponsors inaugral Idea Competition by Sabrina McMillin Daily Editorial Board
While Tufts is known for its emphasis on "active citizenship," a growing number of students and faculty are wishing to bring "entrepreneurship" closer to the forefront of the university experience. The Gordon Institute, founded in 1984, seeks to assist inspired Tufts students as they bring their ideas to life through a variety of educational programs and annual competitions. The $100K New Ventures Competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (ELP) and the Gordon Institute, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Additionally, this year marked the first Tufts Idea Competition, which helps sponsor student's business ideas in their early stages. The competition selected three winning proposals, each of which received a $1,000 cash prize for their business strategy. Trapsaver, presented by seniors David Leibenberg and Willem Sandberg from the School of Engineering, was one of the winning ideas. The product would assist fisherman in recovering sea fishing traps. Thormika Keo, a clinical associate at Tufts Medical Center, and Diana Winston, a clinical instructor at Tufts Medical Center, also won for their Hadori Catheter proposal, a device that would aid physicians in visualizing colonoscopy procedures. The third winner, Syria Bicycle Company, was presented by Fletcher School graduate student Ely Teitsworth as an enterprise to employ displaced Syrians through bicycle manufacturing. James Barlow, director of the ELP, discussed the wide array of applications to the Idea Competition. "If you think about how a lot of those [business plans] have more than one team member, there's a significant number of people working on cool and interesting projects across the university," he said. "It was a really hard job to whittle down the finalists of the Idea Competition. To be honest, if we had greater capacity, it would be amazing." This year, the Tufts Idea Competition featured roughly 135 experienced applicants, according to Barlow. The competition has offered budding entrepreneurs and future leaders the opportunity to exchange business ideas and strategies. This growing sense of entrepreneurial leadership, however, was not always as prevalent in campus culture, according to Barlow. "When I started at Tufts a few years ago, the Business Plan [100K New Ventures] Competition I felt was somewhat under representative of the entre-
preneurial capacity at Tufts," he said. "This is why I joined. We had 18 submissions to the Business Plan Competition [that year], and I was fairly convinced that we had the capacity of getting a lot more entries and a lot more involvement from the student body at Tufts." According to Barlow, applicants were not required to know all of the tenents of business models in order to participate in the competition, but had to develop a great idea. He discussed the ELP's efforts to organize the competition. "I'm thrilled about the changes that came with the competition and the things we've done to help generate ideas — [like hosting] workshops and better outreach — to really plug ourselves into what's happening in the dorm rooms and the coffee shops in and around campus," Barlow said. Ely Teitsworth, one of the three winners, said her idea was inspired by the time she spent living in Damascus from 2010 to 2011. "The inspiration for ... [Syria Bicycle Company] came from a Skype conversation I had a couple of months ago with a Syrian friend," Teitsworth told the Daily in an email. "He mentioned to me that the fastest way to get from my old neighborhood to his current neighborhood would be to walk — this shocked me both because that would require walking for several hours and because it used to be a fairly quick trip on the microbus." Teitsworth attributed Syria's transportation issues to increasing fuel costs — a phenomenon that has affected social mobility for those aspiring toward a greater education or career change. "There are so many Syrians — both inside and outside the country — who have been struggling to find ways to use their time productively and move forward with their lives at a time when they face so many constraints." Teitsworth said. "It has been difficult to watch the consequences of the conflict in a place I had come to feel so connected to, and the huge number of young Syrians who have had to put their education and career aspirations on hold seemed like one area in which it might be feasible for me to act." Teitsworth said she firmly believes that bicycles are the solution to the transportation problem, and believes that her venture will make them more affordable and accessible to Syrians, while simultaneously creating more employment opportunities. She said she plans to use her prize money from the Tufts Idea Competition to study bicycle frame and wheel building, in order to aid in the company's manufacturing process.
Programs like the Idea Competition and the 100K New Ventures Competition are just two examples of the Gordon Institute's strong support of entrepreneurship in the Tufts community. Initially unaffiliated with the university, the Gordon Institute was founded by Analogic Corporation founder and former CEO Bernard Gordon and was originally designed to foster leadership in engineering. The program, however, has created many initiatives throughout the last 30 years. After gaining recognition from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1991, the Gordon Institute officially became part of Tufts in 1992 and shifted its focus to promote up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the School of Arts and Sciences. The institute is responsible for the creation and operation of the ELP, which enrolls over 400 undergraduate students in its courses each semester, as well as the master's program in Engineering Management in the School of Engineering, which includes 130 graduate students representing 70 companies worldwide. For some students, the Gordon Institute's courses and competitions are their first exposure to entrepreneurship and business. Freshman Lindsay Squires, who is considering a major in psychology, was drawn to the ELP for marketing reasons. "I guess what ... initiated my interest in entrepreneurial studies is wanting to know how advertisers really market to their customers," she said. "I really want to know how they figure out what ... sells and how to get their business to be successful and grow." As the Gordon Institute has expanded, Barlow said that he has noticed an increasing entrepreneurial potential among Jumbos. "When I came to Tufts, I was very aware that there was bound to be a greater appetite for entrepreneurship to be represented through the competitions," he said. "I did not accept that 18 submissions [to the $100K New Ventures Competition] was representative of the greatest student innovations and ideas on campus, and I think I've seen that [come true]." With the recent addition of the Tufts Idea Competition, Barlow noted that in the future, he hopes the university can provide a space for students to develop their projects with the help of the ELP. "I think there are some really strong aspirations for the [ELP] to grow and build out its activities," he said. "I think it's a really strong space where entrepreneurship is energized on campus, and we've seen this really significant stride in that direction."
ig news: Snookie is pregnant with baby number two! I would like to personally dedicate a huge 'Mazel Tov' to the lady who was formerly America's favorite hot mess. Thanks to "The Jersey Shore" (20092012), we all fondly remember all of Snookie's past triumphs — my personal favorite being that time the cops ruined the poor girl's afternoon by taking her to jail. But now, she's all grown up. She pulled it together, wrote a book, had a kid and is leading the life of the classy chick we all knew she could be. She, and the other cast members of "The Jersey Shore," have come a long way since their days of bumming around Seaside and giving the greatest state in the nation a bad name. Of course, Snookie wouldn't have dreamed of classing up her life while "The Jersey Shore" was still on air, because who would watch a show about a group of twenty-somethings making reasonable decisions and saying intelligent things? The appeal of "The Jersey Shore" was that its cast did outrageously ridiculous things that nobody we know in real life would consider doing. If our favorite reality TV shows actually resembled reality, they would be far too boring to watch. Don't get me wrong; I'm a big fan of reality TV. I can't remember the last time I came across a reality TV show I didn't find funny. Some of my best television memories include watching "Extreme Couponing" (2010-present) on TLC, or Lifetime's "Wife Swap" (2004-present). I have no problem binge watching "The Bachelor," (2002-present) especially when it stars the most eloquent and sensitive man out there: Juan Pablo. A few days ago I watched an episode of a PBS reality show with the premise of sending people out to live in the wilderness and pretend it is 1880. Reality TV is no stranger to me. Of course, the situations that these shows put their subjects in are rarely realistic, and probably most of the footage they have of the reality stars acting like functioning, everyday people is cut to make room for their meltdowns. I can accept this. What I don't understand is how these shows draw people like me in in the first place. If you told me about a sitcom that's sort of about a toddler doing beauty pageants, but mainly about her family just sitting around the house talking, I would not be intrigued at all. But, make it a reality show, and you have "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (2012-present). I, naturally, have seen several episodes of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and thoroughly enjoyed them. The same pattern applies with almost every reality show I watch. I realize that the premises sound dumb in theory, and that if I were to see commercials for scripted shows with the same dumb premises, I probably wouldn't tune in. But if you turn a dumb idea into a reality show, I'm there. I think this is because reality TV doesn't have to pretend to be realistic the way scripted TV does. On a sitcom, even if it is the most out-there sitcom around, the characters can't stray too far away from the norm or people would write the show off as too hard to believe. But, with reality TV, we've already accepted that these people are real people, so they can be as ridiculous as we want them to be. Reality TV gets a lot of criticism from a lot of people. I'd like to ask these people to relax and realize that enjoying an episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (2009-present) never really hurt anybody. Rebecca Hutchinson is a freshman majoring in international relations. She can be reached at Rebecca.Hutchinson@tufts.edu.
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Department of Drama's spring show brings comedy to campus
by Drew Robertson Daily Editorial Board
Like temperatures above 50 degrees, the spring production from the Department of Drama and Dance has finally arrived. This show is one of several Tufts traditions, signaling the approaching end of the semester and the lighthearted fun of warmer months that are nearly upon us. A cure to midterm and finals gloom, "Or," a play by Liz Duffy Adams that first premiered in 2009, promises to be a breath of fresh air — with some foul language thrown in for good measure. Adams' comedy combines figures from the 17th century with the freewheeling vibes of the 1960s to tell the story of early female writer Aphra Behn (junior Kira Patterson), pioneering actress Nell Gwynne (junior Christina Moore) and Nell's high-profile lover, King Charles II of England (junior Andy De Leon). Somewhat historically accurate, the farce focuses on the relationship between these two trailblazing women, giving the work a feminist spirit and emphasis. While "Or" presents a challenging blend of elements, the creative team working on the Tufts production has undoubtedly risen to the challenge. As audience members take their seats tonight in Balch Arena Theater for the opening performance, they will be greeted by a visually arresting and inviting set. A lush piece of fabric draped over a chair and soft, patterned lighting designs subtly suggest a floral theme. However, the pièce de résistance is the large, eyecatching backdrop. The square tableau
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The Tufts production of 'Or' promises raunchy humor and heart. features enormous flowers, painted in rich burgundy and vibrant pink, creating the visceral sensation of entering a natural and hidden space, perhaps a private garden or a secret forest grove. Director Sheriden Thomas, a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance, spoke about the significance of these blooms. Developed in collaboration with set designer Ted Simpson, also a senior lecturer in the department, the background was ini-
tially going to be a landscape. However, Thomas was later inspired by the work of Dutch artist Jacob Barrel and feels that the flower imagery helped to represent the "flower power" message of the ‘60s while also doubling as recognizable symbol of femininity — an important concept in the play. The female characters also emphasize the feminist message that first see OR, page 8
Mac DeMarco finds successful formula by Brendan Donohue Daily Editorial Board
Somewhere between fun-loving prankster and tortured artist, between class clown and rock star, is Mac
Salad Days Mac DeMarco Captured Tracks
Barney and Robin's wedding While much of the disapproval focused on the Ted-mother-Robin storyline, a significant amount of criticism was directed at the structure of season nine itself. Series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas decided to set the entire final season at the Farhampton Inn on the weekend of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin's wedding. Not only did this
DeMarco. The young multi-instrumentalist released "Salad Days" last week, and this impressive sophomore effort is certain to be played on repeat on both bright beaches and in dark, smoky bars in the coming months. DeMarco, born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, rocketed to popularity following the release of his debut album "2" (2012). Standing out among indie rock artists with his trademark slacker sound and famous gap-toothed grin, DeMarco quickly amassed a following that surprised even him. A multimedia artist, as well as a multi-instrumentalist, DeMarco is known for raunchy live shows that often involve nudity, Limp Bizkit covers and off-color jokes. He recorded "Salad Days" in his cigarette smoke-filled Brooklyn apartment, where he moved last year from his home in Montreal. Before that, DeMarco was recording under the name Makeout Videotape, working with Vancouver-based musician Alex Calder. The sometimes-collaborative effort of self-released EPs started to draw some attention on the Internet in 2009, but it was not until recently that DeMarco truly found a following.
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The dissolution of the marriage between Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) shocked fans and critics alike.
'How I Met Your Mother' finale stirs up controversy by Lancy Downs Daily Editorial Board
It has been a week since the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" (20052014) aired, but the contentious episode is still sparking debate among fans, many of whom are angry with the way the comedy concluded its lengthy run. While the CBS sitcom, affectionately dubbed "HIMYM," may have seen a decline in both viewership and quality the past several years, hopes were high for the show's final installment in which Ted (Josh Radnor) would finally meet the titular Mother (Cristin Milioti). As it turns out, the happy ending many hoped for was not to be. (Beware, spoilers ahead.) In the show's final minutes, the Mother dies of an unnamed illness and Ted, with the blessing of his kids, asks out Robin (Cobie Smulders), with whom his
romantic history has been long, tumultuous and often frustrating. This turn of events outraged fans and critics alike, and the Internet lit up with angry tweets and articles, that nearly drowned out the episode’s defenders. In light of this furor, the Daily takes a look at where "HIMYM" went so wrong — and the reasons that the series' devoted fans are so upset.
n a break from my usual analysis of a single artist or discussion of recent trends in hiphop, I'm going to use this week to look at a few rappers from the more underground side of things. Blowing up in the music industry isn't a straightforward game, and even some of the most talented rappers can languish, underrecognized and underappreciated for years — or even the entirety of their careers. King Mez The Music: The Raleigh, N.C., native has a knack for delivering impassioned rhymes over smooth Southern board work. He spins lyrical webs with his wordplay and depicts the struggle to show others the “king” he sees in himself. He has produced three mixtapes and has worked with Khrysis, Phonte and fellow North Carolinian J Cole. The Industry: North Carolina isn't exactly a hip-hop powerhouse, which may explain why Mez is still running on his own independent label. This, in turn, has contributed to his lack of high-profile collaborations, which has undoubtedly held him back from achieving more widespread recognition. Moreover, his distinctive rough-around-the-edges flow and penchant for silky smooth beats don't make for great radio hits. Essential Listen: "My Everlasting Zeal" (2012) Stay Tuned For: "Long Live the King," which is dropping on April 10. ¡Mayday! The Music: It is easy to compare this live-instrument hip-hop group to the better-known The Roots. Hailing from Miami, ¡Mayday! takes a more aggressive, battleready approach to this niche hip-hop form. Energetic drum lines and pulsating guitar riffs are punctuated by the go-get-'em ambition of MCs Wreckonize and Bernz. It's great music for working out, driving or picking yourself up after a tough day. The Industry: Signed to Tech N9ne's label, Strange Music, ¡Mayday! appears quite content in its corner of the rap game. They are able to freely experiment with blurring the line between rock and rap while benefiting from the underground respect that comes from Tech N9ne's label. So don't expect ¡Mayday! to hit the mainstream any time soon, but fans can expect that great music will continue to be their norm. Essential Listen: "Take Me to your Leader" (2012) Stay Tuned For: While there is no impending album, ¡Mayday!, is currently touring with Tech N9ne on his Something Else Tour. Sweatshop Union The Music: This British Columbia-based supergroup made their name with their strikingly politically aware lyricism and melodic hooks. One of my first introductions to hiphop, Sweatshop is about as underground as they come: in it for the music, lyrically powerful, rapping about the daily grind and strangely infatuated with Bill Murray. They know who they are and don't try to be anything else. The Industry: Together since 2000, Sweatshop seems to have hit a glass ceiling as far as success goes. Socially conscious rap has its mainstream limitations, especially when it's coming from white Canadian rappers. That said, Sweatshop has a much more accessible sound than its following would suggest. Essential Listen: "Water Street" (2008). Stay Tuned For: Sweatshop just finished touring bars and clubs throughout the West Coast of the United States and Canada. XV The Music: Probably the most widely recognized name on this list, XV's strength is in his variety. Able to sound at home on a wide range of beats, he attracts a diverse audience. His varied beat selection is his greatest shot at radio success and the ensuing endorsement deals, as much it is his greatest hindrance. The Industry: On the surface, a lot of the pieces are there: the major label contract Ryan Buell is a sophomore who is majoring in psychology. He can be reached at Ryan. Buell@tufts.edu.
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restricted time frame make for several poorly executed episodes and unrealistic plotting, it also further emphasized just how much the show wanted us to root for Barney and Robin to make it. So fans were understandably frustrated when, mere minutes into the finale, Barney and Robin got divorced. This first twist of many in the hour was dumbfounding: Why ask viewers to invest in this relationship only to end it swiftly? It felt like a cheap move, a bait-and-switch that left fans reeling and confused. Too much plot The abruptness of Robin and Barney's divorce was felt elsewhere in the episode. Indeed, the whole hour-long installment was packed with information — a rather startling change of pace in a season that was essentially an exercise in stalling tactics. In cramming so much into one episode, the writers rushed through pivotal moments. The Mother's death was restricted to a montage sequence, and Barney's fatherhood was left unexplored, except for a well acted — if dreadfully written — scene he shares with his newborn daughter. The events that unfold in the last hour could have — and should have — played out over an entire season, and it's a shame that the show went a different and less creative route. What character development? When the pilot for "HIMYM" aired, Barney's character was a shallow, misogy-
nistic playboy and commitment-phobe. Ted was hopelessly in love with Robin, who owned lots of dogs and lived by herself in her New York City apartment. By the season finale, these facts remain more or less the same. Barney may be a father, but he still treats women in an appallingly patronizing way — even bringing back the infamous "Playbook," which he uses to duplicitously seduce women. Ted seemingly hasn't learned from his marriage, returning at the end of the series to his infuriating relationship with Robin — despite the show's emphatic insistence that was not the endgame. This is a relationship audiences had watched Ted get over again and again, as he finally came to accept Robin's romance with Barney. These moments of growth and adjustment reflected serious maturity for the perennially childish Ted and ultimately allowed him to find love with the Mother. To wipe away all this development and progress in a matter of minutes seemed both unwise and unfair to the characters themselves.
Planning for the sake of planning The reason for this blind destruction of character development was due to Bays and Thomas' grand plan, set in stone long before the script for this finale was even written. They had known for years — ever since they filmed (in 2005!) the scene in which Ted's children tell him to reunite with Robin — that the show would end this way. What they did not know, however, was the organic growth and development that would make sticking to this initial plan so very
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Fans were upset with the way the romance between Ted (Josh Radnor) and the Mother (Cristin Milioti) ended. inauthentic. The show invested heavily in the Barney-Robin relationship and in the Mother as a character; indeed, Milioti's role was one of the few highlights of season nine. By sticking with this original ending, Bays and Thomas reduced the Mother to a convenient plot device and negated
the years of change their show has seen. The choice may have upset fans, but the real misfortune is that Thomas and Bays failed to stay true to their own work. Having a plan is fine, so long as you know when to adapt and change it when necessary. Unfortunately, this is a memo Thomas and Bays missed altogether.
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Mac DeMarco's popularity as an artist centers around his ‘introspective class clown’ persona.
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Considered somewhat of a class clown in the indie rock scene, DeMarco's most famous tracks from his previous album include songs like "Ode to Viceroy," a relaxed and velvety number about the cheap cigarette brand. A promotional poster for "Salad Days" even depicts the singer gleefully standing in overalls as a shower of the brand's cigarettes rains around him. DeMarco's second full-length album, "Salad Days" represents a more refined and polished sound, a smooth and pleasing listening experience that he started to develop on "2." After vowing to stop writing songs "about absolutely nothing," DeMarco makes clear efforts to share real feelings and concerns on his newest album. Somewhat darker than any previous work, DeMarco touches upon issues of his jaded connection with his own artistry, his girlfriend's status as an illegal immigrant in the Unitd States and his anxieties about growing up. The title song is a peppy track, with scat singing between verses like, "As I'm getting older, chip up on my shoulder / Rolling
through life, to roll over and die." The 23-yearold artist explores his personal struggle with aging while also showing a great deal of maturation as an artist. "Passing Out Pieces," released a few months ago to promote the album, is a dark and organ-heavy piece that is grand in scale. DeMarco bemoans his feeling of obligation to give away parts of himself in his work, as well as the draining nature of this act. He again touches on anxieties about age, saying, "Watching my life, passing in front of my eyes," and "What mom don't know has taken its toll on me." This offers some meaningful insight into DeMarco's mind — a darker side to the giddy young man never seen without a cigarette, who, while his career was still getting going, made money by taking trial medication. Songs like "Brother" and "Go Easy" play like relaxed beach tunes — the type of stoner rock that DeMarco excels at producing. These tracks, light in their hazy delivery but powerful in lyricism, are the ones to put on repeat. "Chamber of Reflection," meanwhile, is darker, with a spinning electronic melody reminiscent of a seedy nightclub in a film noir, complete with haunt-
ing and consistent piano notes and DeMarco's repetitive refrain: "Alone, again." The final song, "Johnny's Odyssey," is an instrumental track that gives the album a sense of completion. The song itself is a miniature journey of sorts. DeMarco begins by showing off his ability to provide extremely pleasing, repetitive guitar riffs that continue extensively before being backed up by bass and drums. After about 30 seconds of silence, DeMarco gives a spoken word finale, saying: "Hi guys, this is Mac. Thank you for joining me. See you again soon, buh-bye." With gimmicks like this, a promotional track that featured a repetition of "I want pussy," DeMarco's cross-dressing antics and the album's April 1 release, it is easy to feel that this whole project is somewhat of a joke. But the important distinction is that this lightness is coupled with added maturity: DeMarco's increased moments of depressing jadedness balance out with the fact that he is doing exactly what he loves. That humor and joy might just be quite a serious thing.
intrigued Thomas. Moore, who stars as Nell, noted that her character both inspires and challenges her. Moore has had the chance to do outside research on her role in class with Professor of Drama and Dance Barbara Grossman and notes that the character Nell (like the real woman) is foulmouthed, unabashed and sexy. "I love her and identify with her as a strong woman," Moore said. Moore also commented on the sexual material featured in "Or," which she describes as "pretty racy [and] raunchy." "You just have to be unafraid to swap saliva," she said. "I have to be near naked in the last scene ... It's a pretty fearless show." Risqué, amusing and feminist, "Or," promises to be an exciting show. The good news for busy Tufts students? At only 90 minutes without intermission, the play has a relatively short run time. "Or," will run from April 8 to April 12, with performances starting at 8 p.m. in Balch Arena Theater. General admission tickets are $12. Tickets purchased with a Tufts ID, by subscribers and seniors and on opening night cost $7. Additionally, tickets will be available for only $1 on April 10. All tickets can be bought at the Aidekman box office; for more information, call 617-627-3493.
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In support of a Tufts co-op
The initiation of a co-op program to give Tufts undergraduate students invaluable real-world experience in their individual fields should be hailed as both audacious and admirable, and juniors Michael Maskin and Sean Gunn have set out to do just that. Students should support their efforts to encourage the administration to seriously consider the creation and implementation of a co-op program, which would place Tufts students in positions with local organizations and companies. Such a program would benefit both Tufts, by improving its reputation in the Medford and Somerville area, and students, who would recieve useful skills and connections in an ever-competitive job market upon graduation. Following in the footsteps of Northeastern University's Cooperative Education and Career Development program, a Tufts co-op program could help students develop the experience they need to compete in the business
and non-profit worlds. According to a survey by Addeco, a human resources company, 66 percent of hiring managers surveyed last year felt that new graduates were not prepared for the workplace. One way many students can gain experience is by doing internships, both paid and unpaid, during the school year and the summer. Tufts does offer students some help in finding internships, including through Career Services and the Tisch Active Citizenship Summer Fellowship program, but for many students, the search for an internship can be daunting. Northeastern's co-op program develops strong and ongoing relationships with employers, allowing its students all of the virtues of a job without all of the job search hassle. It also helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. About 51 percent of 2012 graduates from Northeastern's program received a job offer from a previous co-op employer.
The advantages of a co-op program would not just be felt by the student body. Tufts students involved in a co-op program would have the chance to interact with the variety of communities and cultures that exists in the surrounding area, while simultaneously helping local organizations and companies. Employers who work with Northeastern's program range from finance companies to schools for children with special needs. While a co-op program is employment focused, that does not mean that it cannot be community focused, as well. Tufts' administration has recently remarked that the university has no current plans to try to implement a co-op program. However, the students devoted to making a Jumbo co-op a reality are offering concrete solutions for today's current economic problems. Students should support this idea that, if eventually acted on by the administration, could change the face of Tufts as they know it.
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Athletes need a new set of standards by Roland Dixon The Minnesota Daily
The National Labor Relations Board ruled last month that football players at Northwestern University can unionize as university employees, which sparked further debate about the treatment of college athletes nationwide. Anti-trust lawsuits, protests and public displays from athletes led up to the decision and brought the issue to the national spotlight. Advocates argue that students should receive some of the wealth of the NCAA and be allowed to unionize and receive better health care. I share many of the concerns that these advocates express; sports are incredibly taxing, and students should receive appropriate compensation for their time and the physical wear on their bodies. However, if college athletes decide to capitalize on the board's decision and unionize, it should come at a cost. If they are to receive pay and health care benefits, colleges and universities should also re-examine scholarships for athletes. In the debate about the treatment of college athletes, many critically leave out their scholarships. Though colleges and univer-
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sities can't guarantee financial aid, many college athletes have scholarships, which may pay for some or all of their education expenses and other costs. Let us think about this from the perspective of the vast majority of college students: Is it fair to tell high-achieving students to work multiple jobs during college in order to afford living expenses when college athletes get to play their sports while getting paid, receiving benefits and scholarships? I don't want to downplay the significance of college athletics. Many college athletes are very different than Northwestern's football team. Many students aren't in revenue-generating sports or think about their sport as a hobby, rather than a career path. Athletics enhance school pride and help universities market themselves to prospective students and employees. However, it seems like universities often place more value in a student's athletic abilities rather than their academic accomplishments. This ought to change, and the creation of a union may push this in an extreme direction. In an ideal world, we would make college free for everyone, and we would not have to bicker about the fairness of cer-
tain scholarships and benefits for specific groups of students. In an environment where universities place more a value in what makes them money rather than education, however, we must point out the groups that have unjustifiably gained. In my mind, the solution is rather simple: We should not discourage students from pursuing their athletic passions, but colleges should treat every student, regardless of work or extracurricular activities, the same. While the idea that student athletes are university employees dignifies much of what they do for schools nationwide, it may further push the importance of an education out the door. The new moniker also comes with greater responsibility to be more traditional university employees: trading scholarships for other benefits, focusing on education and losing athletic privileges that other employees do not enjoy. There are real challenges that many athletes face that universities should address, but these potential benefits need to come with an expectation that all colleges hold students to the same economic and academic standards.
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Truth too often lost in heated political discourse by Noah M. Horwitz The Daily Texan
When is a lie a lie, and when is it a political conviction made in good faith? Recent flare-ups in Washington and the Texas gubernatorial election show that sometimes the two are interchangeable. Unfortunately, our political system has grown to accept its participants' fibs, sometimes with strange results. For example, about two weeks ago, the popular crafts chain store Hobby Lobby was in the news after its suit against the federal government reached the Supreme Court. The store was arguing against a provision in the Affordable Care Act, known by some as “Obamacare,” which requires employers to provide free or reduced-cost contraception to their employees. Citing religious liberty, the owners of the privately held corporation refused to do this, which triggered the lawsuit. At first glance, a suit, such as this, about corporate personhood and religious liberty would appear to be a good-faith dispute over legitimate political convictions. The problem is that Hobby Lobby does not actually cite categorical opposition to contraception as the basis for its lawsuit. Instead, it cites a belief that many forms of contraception, including some pills and intrauterine devices, basically serve as abortions. Scientifically speaking, this is simply not true. In fact, most evidence decisively shows that IUDs — or the other birth control methods Hobby Lobby cited, such as Plan B — are contraceptives and not abortifacients. "The two companies that challenged the law — Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which makes furniture — say that some drugs and intrauterine devices are tantamount to abortion," wrote Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. "Those claims are not generally accepted by scientists." Another example of these misleading claims has oft been cited in the recent gubernatorial controversy over equal pay for women. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for gov-
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ernor, recently made headlines when he announced he would veto a bill that would make it easier for women to sue over wage discrimination in state court. Supporting this bill was the claim that women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, which is probably a statistic you have read before. All by itself, that claim is more or less true, but when the phrase "for equal work" is added, the claim loses its factual potency. "The 77-cent figure compares all male and female workers, regardless of their occupation," PolitiFact ruled in 2012. "Whether due to a historical legacy of discrimination or because of personal choice, women and men are disproportionately represented in certain jobs." Granted, women still earn less than men for doing the same work, and they should have a wide variety of options at their disposal to fight that injustice through the court system. But the 77 -cent statistic is misleadingly exaggerated and does no favors for the movement. Similarly, Hobby Lobby is frankly a terrible plaintiff in this Obamacare case if, indeed, it is really about contraception and reli-
gious liberty. Making untrue claims hinders the cause at hand. When we, as a society, accept falsehoods in our political discourse, it cheapens everyone's argument and lessens the integrity of robust debate. While I may not personally oppose Obamacare's contraception mandate, I still believe we should address any legal disputes that may arise from it. But American courts are not supposed to humor theoretical cases, so we all lose in cases such as this one, in which the Supreme Court must accept false premises in a landmark case. If another store owned by a fundamentalist Christian who specifically had a categorical opposition to all forms of contraception wanted to bring the suit, that would be one thing. Hobby Lobby's strange argument is quite another. These cases should serve as a gentle reminder to dig a little deeper into the details of political debates to see why someone argues what he or she does and what evidence may be used to support those points. Blindly accepting or believing something can sometimes come perilously close to condoning fibbing.
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Stop telling women to smile by Madeline Gallegos Collegian Central
Last semester, one of my professors told an anecdote in class that was incredibly impactful. Even though the story was short, it was quite memorable. She had just come from a coffee shop on campus where she, like anyone else, was waiting for her order before heading to class. While she was waiting, a man approached her and told her that "[she] would be a lot prettier if she smiled." The man then proceeded to grab his coffee and walk away like it was no big deal. My professor was less than thrilled by this man's comments, as, I hope, most women would be. In addition, it's important to note that my professor didn't know this man, nor had she even seen him before. Interesting situation, isn't it? It would be nice to say that this was an isolated event and that women don't get unwelcome comments like this all the time. It would be even better to say that women don't get harassed at all, but in our society, there's absolutely no truth in that statement. When a man verbally harasses a woman, it's no big deal, but when she responds back, it becomes a problem. Catcalling and verbal harassment are, unfortunately, things that happen all too often. In the media, it's typical to see a woman being shouted at by construction workers while she's walking down the street of a highly populated urban area, but this is not always the case. Verbal
harassment can happen basically anytime, anywhere, whether you're walking to school, out with friends downtown or even at your favorite coffee shop. In addition, catcalling doesn't just have to be a greasy-looking man with a mustardstained tank yelling "Hey baby." It can be calling a woman any assortment of names ("baby" and "sweetheart" are seemingly the most popular), providing any unwelcomed comments, or even whistling or just being creepy in general. However, one artist in Brooklyn is taking a stand for women everywhere and has made an amazing and, to some, enlightening-series that expresses how women feel about catcalling and other types of verbal harassment. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh has dedicated her time and efforts to creating posters of women who want to speak out against gender-based verbal harassment. Each portrait is of a different woman and has a caption geared towards men who think catcalling is an acceptable type of social interaction. Ranging from "Stop Telling Women to Smile" to "My Name is Not ‘Baby’" to "Women Do Not Owe You Their Time or Conversation," these simple posters exhibited around the borough are short, sweet and to the point — women don't like being yelled at by strangers (what a concept), nor do they appreciate lewd comments. The poster series has become so popular that Fazlalizadeh has begun travelling to cities around the United States to create city-specific posters with the help of local
people who have a desire to get involved. Some of the cities included in the new project include Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami. With increasing presence in more cities around the nation, women's power against catcalling and verbal harassment will only begin to increase. In addition, this presence will allow men to finally understand that what to them seems harmless and victimless is actually devastating to women. Women all around the world deal with verbal harassment and catcalling, but someone is finally speaking up about it because it's a bigger deal that most people think. When a man tells a woman that she should smile or calls her something like "princess" or "baby," it's not only annoying, but also degrading. Women do not go outside for the sole purpose of pleasing men (I know, hard to believe). As crazy as it sounds, women do have jobs, like to go out with friends to eat and even, God forbid, go out for a walk when the weather is nice. As awareness increases and more voices are added to the protest against verbal harassment, things can only get better. Women shouldn't have to pretend they didn't hear a derogatory comment and men shouldn't feel compelled to yell at female strangers, even if they do find them attractive. More action is needed so that society stops allowing for catcalling to be minimalized so that it's seen as a victimless act. However, with activism in art and a new generation of feminists, hopefully, that change is in the near future.
t's important to enjoy mystery, to revel in watching "Scooby Doo" (1969-1970, 1978) or "Poirot" (1989-present) or "Adventure Time" (2010-present), to ponder where in the world one's tuition goes. So for a few nights over March break, mystery visited the Kaminski household. For a few nights, the mystery of Flight 370, after its tragedy had been acknowledged, stirred my family's dinner table with lively deliberation. Questions were passed more often than the Caesar dressing. We took turns making preposterous suggestions, debunking nearly every proposed theory, and finally settled on re-consulting the news. I imagine others played similar games: asking questions warranted visits to The New York Times online or CNN.com. It was adventure time. I think the majority of news gives me answers to questions that I didn't know I had. In this particular case, however, I was not only cognizant of my questions, but also cognizant of news sources' either shoddy or non-existent answers. In time, silence fostered my lack of confidence until Flight 370 only infrequently crossed my mind. Without answers, developments or any sort of significant changes, the questions seemed less important and hardly as meaningful. This sparked a question: What motivates good questioning, besides the usual lack of understanding and the search for said understanding? And then it sparked a thought: My experience with Flight 370 suggests that to formulate and pose a good question requires both a desire to learn and a belief that what one seeks is knowable. Otherwise, without hope of an answer, the questioners retreat, as the waning of Malaysian flight coverage proved. To put it another way, who would watch "Scooby Doo" if the motley crew never solved any of their mysteries? If the attainment of an answer is impossible, too slow or unbelievable, then it would seem that some people stop asking questions. Some may forget that there are even questions to be asked. But when this interpretation of questioning is carried into another context, specifically a context of faith-based questioning, the implications become more interesting. Faith-based questions can include as much celestial and existential jargon as is desired. They are tools used to decipher why we are here, where we will go and why exactly the original "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" only ran for three seasons. Two camps of people (albeit rough, generalized and overlapping ones) quickly emerge: the "religious," who believe they have the answers or at least valid method of discovering them, and the "unreligious," who believe that such answers are unrealistic and impossible and, consequently, hardly ask such questions. There is a dilemma, however, as the variety of questioning I consider the most spiritually meaningful is a hybrid of the two "camps." In fact, it takes seemingly contradictory pieces of each one — it is as "religious" as it is "unreligious." The hybrid, in practice, melds the former's questioning with the latter's acknowledgement that suitable answers are unreal, realistically impossible. Maintaining a desire to seek existential knowledge while understanding that that knowledge doesn't exist might seem futile and as ridiculous as any "Adventure Time" plot. Although it seems useless, and although it is a difficult tightrope to walk, answers should not motivate questions. Not like they do in The New York Times or Flight 370 coverage, anyway. Instead, celebrate the question for what it is: evidence that you will never be as intelligent as you think you are; or better yet, a chance to enjoy the world without the constraints of reason and understanding. This may be the answer you receive while waiting for your real answer to come. Adam Kaminski is a freshman who has yet to declare a major. He can be reached at Adam.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Kings of Rotation Roulette
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Sam Garfield and Luke O’Connor work together in the Men’s 1500m at the Snowflake Classic, which Tufts hosted at Ellis Oval.
Pagano leads way with sole individual victory
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team that would compete in the relay, however, teams were entered into a "draft," by which the coaches chose the final four that would run together. "Personally, I didn't do too well in the open 400, but we had 'drafted' 4x400 [teams] at the end of the meet," Kasemir said. "My team [that consisted of me, Graham Beutler], Veer [Bhalla], and Woody [Butler] won and that was pretty fun. [All of our] teams were pretty stacked, and we finished [first and third] in the meet." Although Tufts' 'A' and 'B' teams were seeded at 3:24.90, as a result of the "draft," the former beat out a Central
Connecticut 'A' team that was slated at 3:18.00, more than six seconds faster. In a nail-biter, Tufts 'A' crossed the line in 3:24.90, Central Connecticut 'A' in 3:24.28. Tufts 'B' finished third in a time of 3:25.10. Though only one Tufts team could outright win the 4x400, both teams won sartorially in a nod to the Tufts teams of old. "We got to wear old-school uniforms, so it was ‘brown’ versus ‘blue,’" Beutler said. "It was great to see the team come together, even after such a long and cold day, for some friendly competition. We have a great sense of team unity, which I'm excited about with just three weeks until NESCACs." Off the track, Sutherland finished
Both teams have strong starts to spring seasons The men's crew team competed for its first time this semester over the weekend, rowing in one race on Saturday and two on Sunday, winning all three. The varsity eight started the day on Sunday with a very close, one-length victory over Hamilton on the Malden River. The team crossed the finish line in 6:40.3, three seconds ahead of Hamilton. The varsity eight followed up this close win with another later in the day against Wentworth. This race wasn't nearly as close, with Tufts finishing six lengths ahead of the Wentworth squad. The Jumbos bested their earlier time by nine seconds, crossing the finish line in 6:31.0 for their third victory of the weekend. Wentworth finished with a time of 6:53.3. The day before, Tufts competed against visiting Tulane at the Malden River. Tufts took an early lead, withstood Tulane's challenges, and won by 5.3
seconds. The Jumbos' time of 6:20.8 was their best time of the weekend. The women's crew team also rowed for the first time this semester, competing in two races on Sunday and finishing 1-1. The varsity team started out with a solid win over Mount Holyoke, surpassing Mount Holyoke's time of 7:39.5 by crossing the line in 7:29.4. Later in the day, the Jumbos fell to nationally ranked Trinity in a close race, 7:18.5 to 7:11.3. Despite the loss, the team's finish was more than 10 seconds better than the time it posted against Mount Holyoke. Both teams will be back in competition next weekend. The women have races against Bates, Wellesley and Wesleyan on Saturday, while the men are slated to face Bates, New Hampshire and Wesleyan. —by Alex Connors
eighth in the pole vault after a disappointing effort last week at Tufts' Snowflake Classic, in which he and three teammates did not clear the bar. This time around, Sutherland recorded a clearance of 12' 7 1/2". The tandem of junior Brian Williamson and sophomore Atticus Swett produced yet again for the Jumbos in the throws. Williamson notched a pair of sixth-place finishes in the hammer throw and the shotput, while Swett finished fifth in discus. Also placing among the top 10 in the discus were freshman Ifeoluwa Adebayo and sophomore Alex Karys, who finished eighth and ninth. This weekend, Tufts looks to continue its impressive run at the George Davis Invitational at UMass Lowell.
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stretch." In the throws, senior Robin Armstrong took home 13 points overall for the Jumbos, as she placed second in the hammer throw with a distance of 146' 11" and fourth in the javelin (112'). "My throws went slightly farther in the trials, which gave me the opportunity to try out more aggressive tactics in the finals," Armstrong said. "As a squad, the more repetitions we can get in practice, the more consistent our throws will become. If we can all learn to throw well in a meet situation, we will do well leading up to NESCACs." Smith also indicated that overall, the team was pleased with their performance. "Given the conditions, we had some solid performances across the
event groups," she said. "The bad weather gave us a chance to practice racing in poor conditions, which can only benefit us going forwards." After another week of training, the Jumbos will return to action with their full force at the George Davis Invitational at UMASS Lowell next Saturday. Although this meet will be important, it pales in comparison to the NESCAC Championships, which are only a few weeks away. "Every point at NESCACs is going to be huge," Smith said. "We need to be prepared to find an extra gear in every event we compete in to get the job done. If we show up and perform at the level we expect from ourselves, I believe we can leave Colby [the site of this year's NESCAC meet] as NESCAC champs."
he NBA draft is usually one of the following: a bane, a boon, a swing and a miss, a setback — or the pipeline by which the San Antonio Spurs cobble together a perennial contender with unknown role players. Usually. For the Sacramento Kings, it is an chance to get fresh talent for their stupefying and potentially inadvertent game of rotation roulette. They have picked no higher than 12th in seven years. The draft has emphatically not worked in their favor. Despite drafting talents like Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Thomas Robinson and Isaiah Thomas within the past few years, the worst team in California remains mired in mediocrity in the best Western Conference in recent memory. I can’t speak to the ethics of wasting talent so predictably; methodology either works or it doesn't, and it would be tough to find an owner — provided you don't seek out pre2010 Donald Sterling — that hates to win. But there is something cruel about fiddling around with lineups with no apparent endgame, leaving some positions virtually unoccupied and others oversaturated and casting about blindly for a competent core group of guys. Ineptitude tends not to discriminate; even Lebron James can attest to that (read: Mike Brown, circa mid-2000s). It affects all sorts of players and has in particular tormented the Kings, whose past, present and future were all in jeopardy last year until ownership was transferred. The ramifications are sprawling and occasionally dire, but when it comes to neophyte shooting guard Ben McLemore, they are brought into stark relief. McLemore has not had a great season. Shooting just below 37 percent from the field overall and about 31 percent from three, he was omitted — “snubbed,” according to the Sacramento Bee — from the rookie showcase during All-Star Weekend. His struggles -- partly attributable to his inexperience, partly to his situation — extend far beyond on-court play. Impoverished doesn't even begin to describe his upbringing. Born and raised in Wellston, Miss., McLemore was always hungry. In fact, he attended school in order to eat, never sure of dinner later that evening. From birth on, it seems obstacles — the likes of which most people would either shrink from or simply wither amidst — cropped up everywhere. McLemore lived with 15 or more people in a 600-square-foot home, where much of his family still resides. His first high school lost its accreditation and shut down. McLemore will earn a combined $6 million this year and next, which is to say he and his family should be set for the near-future. Afterward, his bank account, will need to be replenished, a new round of earnings entirely predicated upon whether he meets ruination with the Kings. The real danger lies not in McLemore's talent, which I believe has been manifest since his high school days, but rather in whether he ever gets a chance to showcase it. Twenty-six minutes per game is ample playing time for a rookie, but they will be of little value if the Kings can't orchestrate a more fluid offense. In the litany of victims of the Kings' rotation roulette, guys like Jimmer Fredette come to mind. Like Fredette, McLemore will have many more chances to realize his potential, so the future hardly looks as bleak as I've forecasted. Still, as teams, hamstrung by a more restrictive salary cap, dispense funds more prudently, McLemore will not have as wide a window as did established stars. For a kid who feels responsible for uplifting his friends, his family and his entire blighted community, that could spell undoing. Sam Gold is a junior majoring in religion. He can be reached at Samuel_L.Gold@tufts.edu.
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Tufts takes second in Springfield by Chris Warren Daily Editorial Board
The women's track and field team traveled west over the weekend to Springfield, Mass., for the fourth annual Yellow Jacket Invitational. Despite cold and windy conditions, and a meet that lasted well over 10 hours, the Jumbos took second overall with 75.5 points (first among Div. III schools). The team finished behind Div. I University of Vermont, who obliterated the field with 177.5 points. Sophomore Alexis Harrison ran 12.61 seconds in the 100meter dash into a 2.2-mph headwind to take fourth in the competition. It was a time comparable to her run at the Snowflake Classic, when she ran a time of 12.37 in the same event with a 2.8-mph tailwind. In the 400-meter dash, long sprinter junior Lauren Gormer just missed scoring with her time of 61.44. The mark was 0.05 seconds off of her personal best for the event (61.39), which she set outdoors last year at the Fitchburg State Spring meet. In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Marilyn Allen, who
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Sophomore Julia Rogers pole vaults at Saturday’s meet. Tufts University hosted the annual Snowflake Classic Track and Field meet at Ellis Oval. this winter broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles with her sub-nine-second time of 8.99, ran 15.15 for sixth place. Senior Jana Hieber ran
her specialty, the 400 hurdles, winning with a time of 62.19. She came back later in the day to anchor the winning 4x400meter relay in 4:10.27 and also
took third in the long jump with her 17' 8 3/4" clearance. The meet also gave the mid-distance women another chance to translate their
speed onto an outdoor track. Sophomore Sydney Smith led from the gun in the 800, going out in a strong-66 second first 400 meters. She ultimately paid for the speedy first lap, though, as she was passed by Vermont junior Sydney Durand in the final 50 meters. However, the fast pace allowed her to hang on for a new personal best time of 2:17.63. Senior Grace House took home her second-fastest time ever, and ninth place overall, with her 2:26.01 finish. In the absence of two of the team's top runners (sophomore Audrey Gould and senior Abby Barker, who both ran at the Princeton Invitational this past weekend) senior Laura Peterson and sophomore Olivia Beltrani took fifth and sixth in the 3000meter steeplechase with times of 11:53.19 and 11:53.45. "My initial strategy was to see if other people would take the race out and lead," Smith said. "I knew I was risking burning out on the second lap by taking the lead on early. But I was confident I could fight through the wind and use it to my advantage on the homesee WOMEN'S TRACK, page 15
MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Jumbos finish third at Yellow Jacket by Sam Gold
Daily Editorial Board
In the first major invitational of the spring semester, the men's track and field team overcame unfavorable weather to earn a third-place finish at the Fourth Annual Yellow Jacket Invitation in Springfield, Mass. Div. I Vermont and UMass Amherst were the only teams to surpass Tufts. "We didn't see any other NESCAC school this week, so it was just another chance to sharpen our skills and get used to outdoors in New England," senior tri-captain David Sutherland said. The Jumbos registered points in 11 events — a staggering number, given the quality of competition. Per usual, sprints and field events held their own, contributing several scoring athletes. But
it was the distance and middle-distance contingents that propelled Tufts into the top three overall. Junior Marshall Pagano notched Tufts' lone individual win, out-kicking his competitor in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by just over one second to seal the victory, despite running much slower than his seed time of 9:35.27. "It's always fun being able to race for the win," Pagano said. "I went out conservatively and tried to bring the pace down a little bit each lap. My hurdle form and water barriers weren't as sharp as I would've liked them to be, but it was still a good baseline." Nearly all of the top third of runners at the meet ran more slowly than their seed times indicated they should have. One of Tufts' deeper races, the 5,000 featured two
Jumbos in the top seven, as sophomore James Traester and junior Sam Garfield finished fifth and seventh, respectively. The 1,500 featured two All-Americans in senior tri-captain Jamie Norton and sophomore Mitchell Black, who were bested only by Keene State senior Ryan Widzgowski. Widzgowski barely edged out Norton to emerge victorious, out-leaning him by less than two-tenths of one second, while Black trailed not far behind in third place. Senior Graham Beutler and freshman Nick Usoff, who ran the open 400 and the 400-meter hurdles, respectively, both scored as well. Beutler took fourth in a tight race, in which the top four runners all finished within seven-tenths of a second of one another, and Usoff finished sixth in an unusually fast performance for Tufts in the 400-meter hurdles.
Hoping to escape the inhospitable racing conditions that had marred last weekend's first and only home meet of the season, Tufts instead encountered equally unforgiving weather, which was ostensibly responsible for the slower times, particularly in longer events. "The meet this weekend was very windy," sophomore Alex Kasemir said. "At least it didn't rain, but the meet took forever and it was pretty cold." Kasemir, who did not fare as well as he was accustomed to the open 400, compensated for his initial lackluster performance in the 4x400 relay event alongside Beutler and sophomores Veer Bhalla and Woody Butler. Rather than predetermine the 4x400 see MEN'S TRACK, page 15
Jumbos sweep Saturday doubleheader The baseball team keeps on rolling. Tufts outscored Colby-Sawyer 20-0 Saturday in a doubleheader sweep at Huskins Field, followed by a 12-7 win over Mass. Maritime last night to improve to 17-1 overall and extend its winning streak to nine games. Tufts won the first game of the doubleheader 6-0 and the second game 14-0, continuing a trend of beating up on non-league foes. For the season, the Jumbos have outscored opponents 140-57, including six offensive outputs of 10 runs or more. While the Jumbos continues their strong play at the plate, their starting pitchers continue to mow down opposing hitters. Junior southpaw Kyle Slinger started the first game and looked once again like the ace of the staff. Slinger struck out seven, walked one and allowed four hits over six shutout innings, improving to 5-0 and lowering his ERA to 0.84. Entering Monday's game at Mass. Maritime,
Slinger and freshman lefthander Tim Superko (2-0, 0.86 ERA) ranked second and third, respectively, in the NESCAC in ERA. In the second inning of the first game, Tufts took advantage of ColbySawyer's sloppy defense to plate two runs against senior starter Kevin Keith. After a one-out error put runners on first and second, a passed ball allowed the runners to move up to second and third. Then, after an RBI single by senior catcher Nick Cutsumpus, Cutsumpus stole second and sophomore shortstop Matt Moser dashed home from third on the throw. That was all the support Slinger would need. He retired seven straight batters between the second and fifth innings, and the Jumbos tacked on a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Freshman second baseman Tom Petry had an RBI in each of those rallies, helping the Jumbos establish a six-run lead. Freshman righthander Speros Varinos
pitched a lights out seventh to seal the win. No Colby-Sawyer baserunner advanced past second base. Superko started the back end of the doubleheader — also a seven-inning game — and, like Slinger, he baffled the Chargers' hitters. The first-year twirled six shutout innings, fanning 10 and walking none. The Jumbos pulled ahead with four runs in the second. Senior designated hitter Max Freccia and junior catcher Bryan Egan were each hit by a pitch to start the inning, and junior first baseman James Howard reached on an error to load the bases. After a Moser sacrifice fly, freshman outfielder Oscar Kutch delivered the big blow, a two-run double into the right-center field gap. Tufts added one run in the third inning and then exploded for nine in the fourth. The nine-run frame marked the most by the Jumbos in a single inning since April 19, 2012, when they scored 10 in the fifth inning of a 15-4 win at Bentley.
In the seventh inning, freshman Charlie McQuinn struck out the side to complete the 14-0 victory. The Jumbos had 17 hits, including three from senior second baseman Tim Mitropoulos, his first three-hit effort — and his first multi-hit effort — since April 21, 2012. Junior center fielder Connor McDavitt went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs; junior co-captain third baseman Wade Hauser, who entered Monday's game slugging a team-high .603, was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs; and junior left fielder Nick Barker continued his stellar season by going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. On Friday and Saturday at Huskins Field, the Jumbos will host Trinity in a three-game NESCAC East series. Weather permitting, it will mark Tufts' first multigame conference weekend; the Jumbos played just one of three scheduled contests against Bates on March 29 to 30. —by Aaron Leibowitz