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Monday, September 9, 2013
VOLUME LXVI, NUMBER 4
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Gallagher appointed new CIERP director by
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Kelly Sims Gallagher, associate professor of energy and environmental policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, took over the position of Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) this summer from Professor of International Environmental Policy William Moomaw after he stepped down in June. According to The Fletcher School website, CIERP is an establishment designed to shape global developments into more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable solutions. Moomaw — a former chemistry professor who spent his career researching climate change, energy and international policy — said he founded CIERP more than 20 years ago to facilitate research on global environmental and resource issues. “In 1992, the program started with me teaching four courses to students who wanted to learn this material,” he said. CIERP, however, has grown considerably since then. He explained that Gallagher
was an obvious choice for a replacement to lead the program, which hosted more than 30 workshops, seminars and conferences last year. “When I retired, I wanted to hire someone to take over the center that was familiar with our policies,” Moomaw said. “Professor Gallagher was a student in this program, so she knows it very well. We are extremely fortunate to have her back at Fletcher.” As the new director, Gallagher said she hopes to see CIERP’s presence on campus increase through the introduction of new programs, including new research measures with topics such as developmental economics. “We would love to invite a number of Tufts faculty to join our programs from a number of different areas, creating an interdisciplinary and crossschool collaboration type experience,” she said. Gallagher, who also directs the Center’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI) research program, said she is interested in the role policy plays in developing more energyrelated technologies around the world. see CIERP, page 2
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Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) on Friday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new house on 92 Professors Row.
SigEp settles into new house on Pro Row by
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After two years without a house on campus, Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) officially opened its house on 92 Professors Row with a ribboncutting ceremony on Friday. The fraternity had been without a house since May
2011, when damages from an unsanctioned Senior Week alumni party prompted SigEp’s landlords to refuse the organization’s return to the 114 Curtis Street residence. The organization has since made a concerted effort to ensure that a similar incident see SIGEP, page 2
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The revised drug and alcohol policy, which includes Good Samaritan and limited Amnesty clauses, comes after years of discussion.
Tufts adds Good Samaritan, Amnesty clauses to drug, alcohol policy by Josh
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A revised university policy designed to limit judicial consequences for students under the influence of drugs or alcohol who require medical assistance for themselves or others took effect at the beginning of this year. The new rules include a Good Samaritan policy, which states that no one who seeks treatment for oneself or others will receive disciplinary action, according to the Tufts Student Handbook. A new limited Amnesty approach also eliminates judicial sanctions for students for up to two instances of medical intervention due to substance abuse. This policy had been under consideration for several years and was debated by both students and administrators last semester, according to Tufts Community Union ( TCU)
President Joe Thibodeau. “The Senate, along with others on campus, basically started to talk to the administration in a serious way about how to reform this alcohol policy,” Thibodeau, a senior said. “A task force was commissioned in the spring ... and the new policy was created over the summer.” Thibodeau said he believes that the new rules are easier to understand than in the past, and points out that they incorporate a Good Samaritan policy, guaranteeing that students will not to be punished for making emergency phone calls on behalf of their intoxicated peers. “If a student got sick because of alcohol, their friends would be free to call for help, without [the risk of] getting in trouble themselves,” he said. “It’s a good barrier that has been removed.” Director of Alcohol & Health Education Ian Wong felt confi-
dent that these policy revisions would make students less hesitant about seeking assistance in times of need. “It’s helping us to help students,” he said. “Some of the barriers against calling for help, like being worried about being placed on [Disciplinary Probation One or Two] ... those reasons have gone away. Now, we won’t have disciplinary action against you for calling for help. I think that’s going to be a positive [change].” Under the policy, students will not face disciplinary action for the first two times that they are medically treated for substance abuse. For the first incident, students are required to meet with a professional in the Department of Alcohol and Health Education, according to the handbook. A second incident results in another see ALCOHOL, page 2
Bubs to sing on “Good Morning America” by
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The Tufts Beelzebubs (the Bubs) will perform on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in Times Square on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. According to the group’s Business Manager Vinny Amaru, the Bubs received an email from ABC inviting them to participate in the channel’s College Week, a backto-school series of performances from a cappella, theater, cheerleading and marching band groups. “One of the days they wanted to highlight a cappella — and who
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else [is there] to call when you are thinking of college a cappella but the Bubs?” sophomore Bubs member Carl Haber said. “This is a huge honor for us.” The Bubs will perform for approximately 40 seconds and feature three songs, Amaru, a junior, said. He explained that the group offered up its repertoire and in return were asked to perform one of the songs on the list in addition to two new pieces requested by ABC. “They came back and said, ‘We’d like you to do “Everybody Talks” [by Neon Trees], and then we’d actually
like you to do two new songs that you guys don’t even know yet,’” Amaru said. The Bubs learned Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” for the performance, as well as Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” which the Bubs last sang a year ago, according to Bubs President Jason Williams. The Bubs’ three newest members will be unable to accompany them for logistical reasons, having joined one week ago, Williams, a junior, added. “It would be so much to see BUBS, page 2
Ostrich head sculpture replaced the acorn head by Tisch Library.
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mandatory meeting, as well as a consultation with the student’s family or guardian. It will only be upon the third offense that students will be asked to take either a medical or administrative leave from the school. According to Carolyn Flax, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) president, unlike an administrative leave, a medical leave will not be noted on students’ academic transcripts. She added that students who have sought treatment for substance abuse as frequently as three times are most likely in need of medical treatment.
“If you’ve gone [for alcohol treatment] three times in four years or less... I don’t think you can reasonably argue that that person doesn’t have an alcohol problem,” Flax, a junior, said. Students engaging in other misconduct while under the influence of alcohol will not be excused from their other transgressions, according to Wong. “One of the first things we had to do [while creating this policy] was to separate behavior from alcohol use,” Wong said. “Alcohol can never be an excuse for bad behavior.” Flax said SSDP had been working hard to achieve medical amnesty on
campus, and is satisfied that the school faculty was able to collaborate productively with students towards achieving this goal. “The administration was very helpful and receptive to talking about this with us,” Flax said. “We met various times over the semester, talked about what direction we wanted to take the policy in and drafted what we wanted the policy to look like. Basically, they passed exactly what we wanted them to pass, and we’re very excited about the results.” While the full alcohol policy is already listed in the student handbook, Flax said she hopes that the school will take
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further action to promote it through the use of dorm posters, social media and other methods. “The biggest problem right now is that people are really unfamiliar with the policy,” she said. “It’ll only work if people know about it.” Wong expressed hope that the new policy will encourage Tufts students to help each other stay healthy. “Tufts will benefit from this policy because it doesn’t seek to punish addiction and it removes barriers to calling,” Wong said. “It encourages friends and people around them ... to pick up the phone and take care of each other, and I think that’s really beneficial.”
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Another goal of Gallagher’s is to improve the center’s financial backing. “We want to endow the center because currently we are only financed by limited research grants, and it would be nice to have unrestricted funding,” she said. The administrative change at the center comes at a notable time. Gallagher said CIERP’s 20th anniversary last spring gave her a chance to reflect on the growth of the program. “People have spent the first 10 years of the program solidifying its presence, and I want the next 20 years to be about broadening our impact through teaching, research and policy analysis,” she said. Looking ahead, Moomaw, who will be retiring from teaching at Fletcher at
the end of this year, feels ready to enjoy retirement. “I am in the process of figuring out the next portion of my life,” Moomaw said. “I plan to continue my involvement working on a lot of topics that interest me. I believe it will be an extremely full and active segment.” Moomaw said that he feels pleased with the progress CIERP has seen over his time working at Fletcher. He credits Gallagher for a lot of the recent success and foresees a positive future for the center. “Professor Gallagher will do a wonderful job,” he said. “This whole period of time has worked out extremely well. I believe I left a structure that will ensure a continuation of addressing the critical issues CIERP deals with.
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Associate Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher replaced William Moomaw as director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP).
University officials attend SigEp housewarming SIGEP
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This Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., the Tufts Beelzebubs will take the stage on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ in Times Square.
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ask of them to learn at the pace that we learn — to learn how to perform in two days,” he said. “You don’t get it the first time, so if their first time was on live, national television, that’s probably not fair,” This Wednesday’s performance will be the Bubs’ second performance on “Good Morning America” since 2008, when the group was called for a last-minute show. This year, the group plans to take a train to New York on Tuesday evening. They will wake up at 5:15 a.m. the next morning to arrive on set and receive preshow instructions before it goes live at 7 a.m., Amaru said. Williams was impressed with Amaru’s ability to sort out the details of the trip in such little time. “I feel like this process has been crunched so much,” Williams said. “Normally people try to book gigs months or, honestly ... years
in advance ... and [Amaru] took care of it in a week’s time.” Amaru agreed that the process of booking the gig was more work than he first anticipated, stating that he has sent over 68 emails in the last few days. “It’s a lot more complicated,” he said. “I really thought it would be a done deal in about five emails.” Despite the work involved in scheduling the gig, the Bubs expressed excitement for Wednesday’s performance. “When [the “Good Morning America” agent] sent our hotel confirmations and our travel confirmations, it was like, ‘This is actually going to happen. We are actually going to do this,’” Amaru said. Williams echoed Amaru’s sentiments. “I think this is something the Bubs needed — a little bit of a rejuvenation, something to really spring board off of,” Williams said. “What better way than millions of people watching you on live TV?”
does not occur, according to SigEp President Stephen Ruggiero II. “While we were [without a house], we did a lot to make sure we cleaned up our image, to show we’re capable of the responsibility of having a house,” Ruggiero, a senior, said. The house on 92 Pro Row became available in the summer of 2012 after the university told the fraternity Sigma Nu — which had occupied the house since 1985 — to leave. The space at that time had reportedly deteriorated due to abuse and neglect by its tenants. Female transfer students took up residence in the house before November 2012, when SigEp signed a one-year agreement for the house. The brothers will learn this semester whether or not they will be able to stay in the house in subsequent years, Ruggiero said. Several representatives from the university administration and the national SigEp organization, as well as leaders from Greek organizations on campus, attended the housewarming ceremony. University President Anthony Monaco, who participated in the ribbon cutting, noted the importance of the house in symbolizing the role of the fraternity on campus. “This is not just a house with residents. It’s about what they represent in Greek life on campus,” he said. “[Fraternities and sororities] provide a lot of active support for students in academics, leadership development and school spirit.” Monaco also addressed the brothers directly, reminding them of the real importance of the event. “A house is one thing, but it’s all the work this fraternity does across the campus ... that matters,” he said. SigEp Regional Director Logan Fletcher, who oversees the fraternity’s 21 chartered chapters in the Northeast, commented on the benefits of the house’s location on the corner of Pro Row and Packard Avenue.
“The house is a great location,” he said. “It helps them to be a part of the fraternity and sorority community.” Fletcher added that while the house may prove to be a convenient recruiting device, he does not believe it is necessary to gain new members. “If we’re recruiting the best men, then the house isn’t what they’re joining for,” he said. Ruggiero agreed, saying that the fraternity targets a high quality, not quantity, of men. “We don’t want the house to do the recruiting for us,” he said. “It’s a tool we can use. We’re hoping not to recruit more, but higher quality guys.” The 11 brothers living in the newly renovated house will pay rent through the university bursar, much like students living in a dorm, according to Ruggiero. Though the university owns the house, Massachusetts law stipulates that the fraternity chapter will pay the housing property tax, he said. According to SigEp Vice President of Programming Gregory John Vitale, the fraternity will not have access to the house’s basement, which may preclude it from hosting larger events. Vitale is considering other ways the fraternity can engage students in its new space, such as hosting backyard events. “We have to think of new and interesting ways to reach out to the community,” Vitale, a senior, said. Graduate Assistant at Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Hayley Keene believes that SigEp’s return to an on-campus house is part of a positive trend in Greek life on campus, which also includes the addition of new sorority Kappa Alpha Theta this year. “Any time there’s an expansion in Greek organizations is great,” she said. “It shows that there’s an interest in Greek life and that it’s growing.” Before cutting the ribbon to the house, Monaco noted the short distance between the president’s house and the fraternity. “It’s quite an honor to have you as a neighbor,” he said to the brothers. “Lucky for you, I’m a very sound sleeper.”
New ostrich sculpture, Web app draw attention to campus art by Sabrina
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Although students are back on campus, one familiar icon has not returned. This summer, the bronze sculpture of an acorn head that was located in a planter just downhill of Tisch Library, also known as “Colossal AcornHead” by Vermont artist Leslie Fry, has disappeared. In its place is a new piece: “Autruche II,” which translates to “Ostrich II,” by French artist Quentin Garel. A native of Paris, France, Garel has won five awards for sculpting and drawing between 2001 and 2005, including one from the Académie des BeauxArts, Paris, and the Salon de Mai, Paris. Like “Colossal AcornHead,” the ostrich head sculpture is on loan to the university from a private owner for one year. A continuation of the pilot-project that the Tufts University Art Gallery began last year with the installment of the acorn head, the ostrich head is from the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in New York, NY, from the collection of Paul and Janice Price of Bethesda, Md. The acorn head has been relocated to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., but its time at Tufts sparked what staff members of the Art Gallery hope will become a longstanding tradition of art installations across campus. The Art Gallery will this fall introduce Museum Without Walls, a Web and mobile application funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, that helps users locate art across campus. The app also provides audio commentary from Art Gallery staff or the artists themselves, as is the case for “Colossal AcornHead.” Similar projects involving technology have been appearing in other art galleries as well. In early 2011, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts challenged a Pablo Picasso quotation — “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers” — with a poster of Picasso’s face made of quick response (QR) codes, which linked to his works and the website for buying tickets to the Picasso exhibit. Amy Schlegel, director of galleries and collections at Tufts, explained that the Museum Without Walls app has been in the making for about five years. Only recently, with the advent of the smart phone, did the university find a proper technological medium to bring the project to fruition. “We have long wanted to make works from the collection more accessible, not only by making them more physically accessible in present, but in being able to interpret them in a way that could be 24/7, on demand,” Schlegel said.
Schlegel attributed a substantial amount of the project’s work to Phillippa Pitts, who served for a year as the gallery’s graduate curatorial assistant and is working towards a master’s degree in art history and museum studies. Pitts’ background in creating apps specifically for museums added an innovative voice to the process, Schlegel said. “Our goal in creating Museum Without Walls was to build something that was entirely user driven,” Pitts told the Daily in an email. “We even built in tours, which are self explanatory enough that you can send your parents off with a smart phone and know that they’ll be delivered safely back to where they started.” As with most technological projects, there is the possibility of setbacks. Pitts said that she faced many challenges when building the Museum Without Walls app. “As a first-year graduate student, I was not expecting the sheer quantity of changing exhibitions, building projects and incoming or outgoing loans,” she said. “New works pop up in new places very quickly, which made it challenging to reliably navigate people around the campus.” Pitts noted that using a Web application helped her overcome some of these issues. “Fortunately, there are a lot of design tricks that can simplify that problem on our end, and that’s one of the reasons I chose a Web app,” she said. “Web apps are accessed through a URL, not the app store, so we can update the project instantly without either waiting for Apple’s approval or requiring you to maintain updates.” The Museum Without Walls app requires little maintenance on the part of the user, according to Pitts. “You can add the app to your phone and know that it’ll never push notifications on you and [that] you’ll have the most up-to-date version whenever you open it,” she said. As Museum Without Walls makes its debut with “Autruche II,” the Art Gallery has a vision for the future of the Web app and other art installations across campus, according to Schlegel. Last fall, the installment of “Colossal AcornHead” brought art into conversations across campus. A September 2012 article in the Daily featured student commentary on the new sculpture. Some found the sculpture to be “sensual and robust” or “fantastical,” while others found it “creepy” and “an expensive eyesore.” The 2012 Halloween joke issue of the Daily included an article satirizing “Colossal AcornHead” as a ploy to spy on students with hidden cameras. Schlegel voiced support for the discourse about the acorn head last year.
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On loan from an art gallery in New York, the new ostrich head sculpture on the tree bed below Tisch Library has taken the place of last year’s “Colossal AcornHead” sculpture. “I think it’s fantastic to invent these kinds of mythologies about the work,” she said. “It becomes animated and takes on a life of its own. I find this to be a very positive sign that there’s this desire and thirst for more art on campus and more points for discussion.” Sophomores Casey Betts and Hana Migliorato, both staff members at the Art Gallery, discussed their perspectives as students for whom “Colossal AcornHead” has always been part of the Tufts experience. “I didn’t originally know that the sculpture near Tisch was a rotating piece, so I found that interesting and cool,” Betts said. “I wish they had advertised that more and connected the piece with the Art Gallery, because I also didn’t know that it had anything
to do with the gallery. I was pretty unfamiliar with its origin.” “As freshmen last year, we learned about the campus with the acorn head being there, so we didn’t know that it wasn’t there before we were,” Migliorato said. Both expressed their enthusiasm for the role that Museum Without Walls could play in reaching out to students who are not aware of the fine arts resources the university has to offer. Pitts believes that the app will continue to evolve as a resource for the Tufts community. “There are so many fascinating stories and ideas ... I’m excited to pass that off to the gallery staff,” she said. “It’s great to know that the project isn’t done; it will keep growing and changing.”
“I didn’t have any expectations because it was really unclear as to what it was going to be. I felt like all of the niceties — the food, the fireworks, the live band — were an apology for the event not being Fall Ball.”
“I think I actually enjoyed Fall Gala more than Fall Ball, and I thought it would be the opposite. A lot of my friends don’t drink and didn’t go to Fall Ball, but at Fall Gala there were more options, like using the weird couches — which were very nice.”
- Emma Brenner-Bryant, sophomore
- Moira Lavelle, sophomore
“I thought Fall Gala was a better version of a high school prom. I really enjoyed the fireworks!”
“I wish it was more of a dance environment like I heard Fall Ball was.”
- Michael Winget, sophomore
“As much as I appreciated all the work students put into planning Fall Gala, I was disappointed at the decision to replace Fall Ball, which was one of my favorite events freshman, sophomore and junior year.” - Ali Rocchi, senior
- Michael Lordi, freshman
“Tickets were sold out, so I didn’t go. It’s not that I love Fall Ball, but I’m bit disappointed to see that tradition change.” - Rachel Hawkins, senior
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With all of Netflix’s recent success, it’s hard to believe that merely two years ago the video-streaming provider was in the middle of a massive public relations crisis. In September 2011, CEO Reed Hastings posted on Netflix’s blog that the company was planning to separate its DVD-by-mail service from its online video-streaming service. The new DVD-bymail service was, bafflingly, to be named Qwikster — and customers who subscribed to both services would see their accounts split: “Qwikster.com and Netflix.com websites will not be integrated,” Hastings acknowledged in his rambling blog post. Astonishingly, the Qwikster announcement came less than two months after a price hike that instigated vitriolic posts on the company’s Facebook page from angry customers. With subscribers promising to cancel their accounts and the press covering every blunder the company made, Netflix’s future couldn’t have looked more bleak. Today, Netflix has capitalized on the ever-increasing
appetite for binge-watching television. It boasts 37.6 million streaming subscribers and three of its original shows are up for Emmy Awards. Long gone are the days of Qwikster — the company wisely backtracked on their decision in October 2011, before the separated services became a reality — and of hateful Facebook posts. Miraculously, Netflix has resurrected itself and is providing its subscribers with quality original programming, as well as untold hours of previously released TV shows and movies. Netflix made the first season of the drama “House of Cards” (2013) available in February — its first real foray into the world of original content. (Between 2009 and 2012, the company briefly dabbled in webisodes and comedy standup specials.) The political thriller had big names behind it: Academy Award nominated director David Fincher directed the first two episodes, while Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright led the cast. It was a savvy way to launch its first show; with A-list stars involved, even the more skeptical viewers would be inclined to tune in. And, perhaps more importantly, viewers could
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Kevin Spacey was nominated for an Emmy for his work in Netflix’s ‘House of Cards.’ indulge in their desire to binge-watch all thirteen episodes in one weekend. This auspicious start for the video-streaming service was hampered only by the nega-
tive reviews that “Hemlock Grove” (2013), the Netflixdistributed horror series, garnered when it premiered in April. Despite poor feedback, Netflix announced that
‘Closed Circuit’ bores in theaters with cheap thrills by Veronica
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The government is watching us — all of us. This sentiment, particularly resonant for audiences at a time when WikiLeaks and the NSA
Closed Circuit Directed by John Crowley Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent
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Although ‘Halcyon Days’ occasionally has a repetitive feel, Goulding’s unique sound and several standout songs make the album a success.
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Following the success of her second studio album “Halcyon” (2012), Ellie Goulding on Aug. 26 released
Halcyon Days Ellie Goulding Polydor Records “Halcyon Days,” an extended version of the former, which features 10 new tracks in her signature ethereal indie pop style.
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“Hemlock Grove” attracted more viewers its first weekend than “House of Cards” did, and the series was renewed
are prominent parts of today’s zeitgeist, pervades the new British film “Closed Circuit.” Directed by John Crowley and written by Steven Knight, the film is fiercely British. It takes place in London, where a devastating bomb kills 120 innocent people in a quaint marketplace. The suspect, a drug-dealing immigrant named Farroukh Erdogan, is detained. However, things get sticky when the government steps in; the information that will be used against Erdogan is so classified that it cannot be shared with either the suspect or his lawyer. Consequently, both a lawyer and a “special advocate” — who is
privy to the classified information used in his case — represent Erdogan. The only rule for the two attorneys, made painfully clear throughout the movie, is that once the classified information is revealed the two may not have any contact. Enter lawyer Martin Rose, played by Eric Bana, and special advocate Claudia SimmonsHowe, played by Rebecca Hall. In the first of many predicable twists, the audience is clued into the fact that the pair had an affair in the past, one that jeopardized both of their careers and destroyed Rose’s marriage. More than ever, their relationship becomes particularly cumbersome. In order to retain their positions on the high-profile case, the lawyers make a pact to keep their past relationship confidential. The film, at first a seemingly characterdriven drama about the relationship between Rose and Simmons-Howe, quickly delves into darker, heavier themes — including governmental surveillance and secrecy — as viewers catch wind of a cover-up. Sadly, “Closed Circuit,” which has tremendous potential, is burdened by excessive exposition and unnecessary twists. Moreover, the see CIRCUIT, page 6
Like its predecessor, “Halcyon Days” is already doing well on the charts. “Burn,” the first single off of the album, has already graced the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and became Goulding’s first numberone single on the U.K. Singles Chart. On the track, Goulding sings, “We can light it up, up, up / so they can’t put it out, out, out” over a synth beat that sounds like much of the rest of the album. However, in this particular instance, the song’s similarity to others is not a drawback — Goulding’s production is both compelling and novel. “Burn” is an unrestrained, stadium-filling track that makes Katy
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In spite of a weak script, Jim Broadbent brings intensity to his role of Attorney General in ‘Closed Circuit.’
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Eric Bana, no stranger to the political thriller, plays a complex lawyer fighting for justice in the face of a government cover-up.
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twists are so laboriously produced that they create more questions than can be answered, making the movie feel contrived and poorly crafted. At a time when immaculately made political thrillers like “House of Cards” (2013) are frequent across television and in theaters, films like “Closed Circuit” are forced to flounder. Though “Closed Circuit” has all of the elements of a proper thriller, the film turns out more like a sloppy pseudo-thriller: simply and strikingly generic. For all its faults, “Closed Circuit” has some redeeming qualities. First, the scenes are absolutely beautiful. Set in London and showcasing the gothic and imposing architecture of the city, the cinematography manages to transform an iconic location and make it unfamiliar. Lofty and nuanced shots generate paranoia and tension. This quality almost manages to shake “Closed Circuit” from its foundation; however, the film remains grounded in its weak screenplay and plodding progression. Most unfortunately, the stellar performances by Bana and Hall
are completely overshadowed by the basic plot. Hall’s role, in particular, is intense and complicated, unapologetically ambitious and simultaneously vulnerable. Among the supporting cast, acclaimed British thespian Jim Broadbent gives a surprising and show-stopping performance as the Attorney General. With a devilish grin and sharp suit, Broadbent’s character personifies governmental immorality and omniscience. The Attorney General forces the action at multiple times in the film, creating confusion and causing chaos, all the while retaining his cool exterior. Ultimately, “Closed Circuit” is a film that could have been much better. With a great cast, amazing cinematography and a compelling idea, the film should have been memorable. This movie has been made a thousand times, in a thousand different iterations — some worse, but most much better. What makes this film lackluster is its unsurprising and unimaginative screenplay. Political thrillers like “Closed Circuit” simply cannot succeed when this level of predictability mars them.
Perry’s “Roar” sound like a kitten’s purr. Goulding is known for her covers, often of the songs of male vocalists, and they never disappoint. In “Halcyon,” she covers “Hanging On” by Active Child and “High for This” by The Weeknd. A standout on “Halcyon Days” is her version of Alt-J’s “Tessellate,” a sure rival of the original. The singer-songwriter adds some dripping electronic beats in the background, which accompany her voice in a much more substantial way. A saxophone solo adds a sultry sound, and a sharp snare pulls it all together. After a successful collaboration on “I Need Your Love” with Calvin Harris, Goulding once again works with a popular young producer on this album. “Stay Awake,” from “Halcyon Days,” is another partnering with the French producer Madeon, who is known for his remix of French band Yelle’s “Que Veux Tu.” His style is evident on the chorus, where a heavy, yet exciting beat pounds behind Goulding’s breathy vocals as she sings, “You can follow us to paradise.” In “Goodness Gracious,” Goulding sings about pulling someone back from the brink of emotional destruction. Despite the somber content, the song still manages to sound bubbly and upbeat. Other songs, like “Hearts Without Chains” and “Under Control,” are catchy, but they begin to blend together after just a few listens. Herein lies the main problem on this extended addition: at a total of 28 songs, many of this edition’s tracks fail to become anything special on their own. They become almost fillers, songs that sound nice as a whole but would be unrecognizable outside of it. Goulding’s music has also been incredible fodder for remix artists in the past few years. Aside from including the aforementioned “Stay Awake,” she could have
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The extended album ‘Halcyon Days’ features more of Goulding’s distinctive covers. done well by adding more of these standout remixes onto “Halcyon Days.” The most notable of these remixes are Blood Diamond’s take on “Anything Could Happen” and a remix of “ Burn” by the more obscure Citizen, an artist that Goulding was shown dancing to in a video on her Instagram account.
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for a second season, solidifying, at least for now, its place in the lineup. Although the buzz surrounding “House of Cards” has been fairly well sustained since its release, it paled in comparison to the hype surrounding the cult favorite, “Arrested Development” (2003-2013). Fox canceled the critically adored, low-rated comedy in 2006, and rumors of an “Arrested Development” movie have been swirling almost constantly since then. Filming of a fourth season began in 2012 and Netflix released the 15 episodes of the fourth season on May 26 to rabid fans eagerly awaiting the return of the dysfunctional Bluth family. Although it was generally wellreceived, the new season divided both fans and critics — and, surprisingly, was overshadowed this summer by “Orange Is The New Black,” the comedy-drama series set in a women’s prison, which received more viewers in its first week than either “House of Cards” or “Arrested Development.” Of all of Netflix’s original shows, “Orange Is The New Black” indicates the potential power Netflix has as a producer of original content. The show, based on a memoir of the same name, boasts a nearly all-female cast and features black and Latina actresses who rarely get to play characters as substantive and fleshed-out as they are in “Orange
“Halcyon Days” is a solid re-release of her second musical venture that features a few standout tracks. Although the album is not groundbreaking, it’s hard to complain about hearing Goulding’s haunting voice over both her signature synth beats and acoustic tracks. With “Halcyon Days,” Goulding’s success is sure to continue.
Is The New Black.” Series creator Jenji Kohan hasn’t shied away from depicting lesbian relationships or introducing transgendered characters. And because Netflix doesn’t have to worry about ratings in the same way network and cable shows do, it can afford to create a “risky” show that most networks would pass on because it may not appeal to enough advertisers. The success of “Orange Is The New Black” reveals the potential Netflix has to continue to explore stories and characters that would never make it to ABC or CBS. Netflix is well on its way to revolutionizing the way we watch TV and the content of programming. For now, though, Netflix is poised for more success. “House of Cards” is up for nine Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Jason Bateman of “Arrested Development” was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, and “Hemlock Grove” received minor Emmy nods. Meanwhile, second seasons of “House of Cards, “Hemlock Grove” and “Orange Is The New Black” are in production, and a host of comedy specials and new shows are slated to premiere in 2014. There’s even potential for a fifth season of “Arrested Development.” It’s been an incredible transformation for a company that now has nowhere to go but up.
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Alcohol policy revisions long awaited
This academic year, the Office of Student Affairs officially adopted “Good Samaritan” and limited “Amnesty” policies for dealing with substance abuse on campus. Individual students and organizations on campus, such as Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), advocated for these policy changes, despite the fact that there is no grand departure from the policies of the past. In fact, the wording has only been slightly tweaked. The new language codifies the otherwise murky issue of the implications of calling Tufts Emergency Medical Services ( TEMS), including the disciplinary response from the university for both the student who called and the student in question. A first violation results in a warning and required meeting with a professional in the Alcohol and Health Education Department, in line with the previous
policy. Subsequent offenses result in the notification of parents or guardians, additional meetings with alcohol and health professionals and, after a third offense, mandatory medical leave. These updates to the policy accomplish two very important tasks. First, the new language makes it clear that students are not punished for “doing the right thing” and calling an ambulance. Second, this clarification then eliminates some of the hesitation students may have in debating whether to call Tufts University Police Department ( TUPD) or TEMS in a dangerous situation involving drugs and/or alcohol. There is still some ambiguity in the language of the student handbook, in situations where “other violations of the code of conduct may be pursued if they are found,” that should also be resolved. However, this “new” policy replaces
lines of jargon with simple and straightforward wording. The Good Samaritan policy is well known for protecting those who assist others from any sort of legal repercussions. These are all words and concepts that everyone can understand. By educating students about the university’s stance on offenses, judicial actions are fairer. Knowledge is power, and an informed student body is a student body that makes better decisions. Dean of Campus Life and Student Leadership Bruce Reitman and his office should be commended for his Aug. 30 email, in which he advertised these changes to the Tufts community. By prioritizing students’ safety instead of attempting to deter drug and alcohol abuse through harsh punishment, the administration demonstrates the sort of forward thinking that will allow more students to receive the care they need in potentially life-threatening situations.
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The first time I came to visit Dartmouth, I asked my tour guide what defined the “Dartmouth undergraduate experience” so highly spoken about in U.S. News & World Report. Without hesitation she answered, “Sophomore summer!” Yet two months into my own sophomore summer, I find myself lacking the same excitement as my first tour guide. Why? Dartmouth has missed the opportunity to make sophomore summer a “defining experience” and has instead allowed it to be just another academic term. As I was scrolling through the timetable of classes in the summer at the end of spring term, I realized that the courses taught in the summer are not the same courses offered any other term. Rather, the courses offered in the summer are the blandest of all. With some departments only offering introductory courses and maybe one other mid-level class, I find myself wondering, what exactly is the point of taking classes in the summer? Not only is there nothing special about the courses offered, but also a summer term “on” means that Dartmouth students are forced to take another “off.” While I realize the benefit of the D-Plan is being able to intern when other students are not — affording Dartmouth students greater access to more competitive internships — all of Dartmouth’s student body is never on campus at the same time because of the forced off-term. Changing the structure of sophomore summer will make the D-Plan more worthwhile. By taking full advantage of having the entire
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sophomore class on campus at the same time, Dartmouth can foster an “undergraduate experience” unlike any of its peer institutions, one built on community, camaraderie and collaborative innovation. Former President Jim Yong Kim’s frequent allusion to his predecessor, John Sloan Dickey, in each of his major speeches forged Dickey’s words into a motto of Dartmouth in this decade, “Embrace the world’s troubles as your own.” Yet, I fail to understand how Dartmouth as an academic institution has incorporated these rather profound words into its undergraduate studies curriculum. While Dartmouth has funded undergraduatefaculty partnership research in the summer through the James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars program and offered seminars through the “Leading Voices” lecture series, neither grants Dartmouth students the opportunity they need to make the changes they want to see in the world. What if there existed classes and independent research opportunities that afforded Dartmouth students the ability to, for instance, invent something in Thayer, develop an iPhone app in Sudikoff, found a nonprofit in Silsby, tutor and mentor international high school students remotely from Bartlett or design the schematics of a sustainable house in the Black Family Visual Arts Center? Dartmouth needs to find a way to make more of sophomore summer by encouraging innovation, incubating new ideas and, above all, challenging Dartmouth students to find a practical solution to a world’s trouble with the knowledge they have been bequeathed after two years attending the college.
Why has Dartmouth missed this opportunity? Sophomore summer is just about the time when Dartmouth’s undergraduates have gained enough sense of what they’re good at, put enough thought into what they want to do with the rest of their lives and gleaned enough know-how in the classroom to produce projects of significant substance on their own. In addition, it is one of the few times that one’s peers are all in Hanover with limited time commitments due to the lack of full-functioning clubs and athletic teams in the summer. The relaxed atmosphere of June, July and August in Hanover is conducive to producing the change that Dickey encouraged of Dartmouth students and Kim reiterated, yet Dartmouth has failed to provide outlets for this sort of group work and innovation to flower. Fostering an experience like the one I propose does not have to take place completely outside of the classroom. Perhaps academic departments can also take advantage of smaller classes and the ability for Dartmouth students to handle just a little bit more work, and offer classes on bigger critical issues of practical importance rather than bland introductions. As a start to improving what seems to be a rather lackluster term called “sophomore summer,” Dartmouth should offer seminars within major academic disciplines and require every sophomore to take one as a pass/fail distributive — bringing like-minded individuals together (in groups of any size) and allowing them to together take the reins of their Dartmouth education and apply it to the greater world community. This will make Dartmouth different.
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We are all Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning by Samuel
Last Tuesday, the first class of my senior year was “Introduction to Computer Security,” a class about the ideas and techniques involved in protecting computers and other digital systems from intrusions and misuse. Members of the class were discussing recent events in the security world. I immediately thought of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, currently in exile and prison, respectively, as I’m sure many of my peers did. Manning and Snowden both worked in the intelligence field and were given high-level security clearances to computer systems that enabled them to view classified documents. When Manning and Snowden chose to become whistleblowers, they proved that no matter how secure a computer system is made, there can never be a way to guard against the human elements involved in the system itself. During the course of their work, they learned that their respective employers had been or are currently engaged in secret activities that each found reprehensible and worthy of public disclosure. Their actions were an attempt to bring a level of transparency and accountability to the government programs and actions they had revealed. While pondering the relationship between computer security and Snowden and Manning, I read an email from the Tufts administration calling for nominations from the community for honorary degree candidates. My mind began to wander from whistleblowers to thoughts of other prestigious awards. I remembered that in 2009 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to newly-elected President Barack Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” The recent revelations about our government activities under President Obama’s leadership do not fall in line with the Nobel Committee’s citation. According to documents leaked by Snowden, the U.S. government has failed to comply with international norms and agreements with our allies as well as violated a vital trust between itself and its citizens. The National Security Agency (NSA) has been bugging European Union and United Nations offices in New York and Washington, D.C., engaging in surreptitious interception of communications into and out of the United States, collecting the Internet communications of American citizens that are stored on the private
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servers of American technology companies without warrants and deliberately weakening standard and widely-used encryption techniques that are important to the Internet. On Aug. 9, President Obama said, “I think the main thing I want to emphasize is I don’t have an interest and the people at the NSA don’t have an interest in doing anything other than making sure that where we can prevent a terrorist attack, where we can get information ahead of time, that we’re able to carry out that critical task.” Despite this stated goal, the NSA has continued to spy on some of the U.S.’s most important allies, nations and organizations that are in no way sponsors of terrorism. Members of the European Parliament called on the President to appear before the body to address allegations of NSA spying on European Union (EU) embassies. Others went as far as to call for giving Snowden asylum somewhere in the EU. Sophie in ‘t Veld, a Dutch Member of the European Parliament, has stated
that the EU must “no longer tolerate U.S. laws being applied directly on EU territories — I don’t want to hear the arguments of national security anymore.” As its digital surveillance programs grew, the U.S. government bet heavily upon the general public’s ignorance of the ease with which it could spy on both domestic and international Internet traffic. While the Internet continues to be more integral to our daily lives, little consideration has yet been given to the dearth of transparency, oversight and regulation with respect to the U.S. government’s relationship with the Internet. Rather, the NSA has been slowly developing into a force that will be described as Orwellian if it is not stymied by precise legislation and vigilant oversight. As the most significant whistleblowers of the 21st century so far, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden relinquished the potential for happy and peaceful lives in order to spark a public dialogue that both felt would serve the greater good. The surveillance programs operated
by the NSA are inconsistent with what is expected from an executive branch helmed by a Nobel Peace Prize winner. This stands in contrast to Manning and Snowden who have both taken actions aimed at correcting what they feel are injustices. Over the summer, the Swedish Internet service provider that once hosted Wikileaks’ servers recommended Snowden to the Nobel Committee for the 2013 Peace Prize. The ISP’s CEO said, “To be honest, I don’t have high hopes. But at least it’s possible to suggest.” Since Chelsea Manning’s arrest in 2009, individuals and organizations around the world have been calling for her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Tufts University confers honorary degrees to “recognize extraordinary talents and contributions” on “those who have not yet received other recognition commensurate with their accomplishments.” Earlier this year, Tufts gave an honorary degree to Aso Tavitian who, among many other accomplishments, helped found a company that produces data-protection software. This demonstrated a respect for the integrity and safety of electronic data. By giving an honorary degree to Snowden and Manning, the Tufts community would declare its respect for two individuals who gave the world evidence of the abuse of governmental power and the illegal collection of electronic data and are now paying the price. The Tufts community should recognize the sacrifices and contributions that Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have made to this nation and the international community. We should acknowledge that Snowden and Manning acted in their capacity as global citizens by initiating an intelligent and meaningful dialogue between the United States government and the world about privacy rights, intelligence gathering and secret-keeping in the digital era. By awarding Snowden and Manning with honorary degrees in absentia, Tufts would honor its values as much as it honors the recipients. Please join me in nominating Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning for honorary degrees as a display of true democratic spirit. Visit http://trustees.tufts. edu/data/degrees for instructions on how to submit nominations as well as a list of previous recipients. Submissions must be received by Sept. 20. Samuel Daniel is a senior majoring in computer science. He can be reached at Samuel.Daniel@tufts.edu.
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The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are back in session, but their stability was already tested by an Israeli military raid that killed three Palestinians in a West Bank refugee camp. With continuous regional turmoil, it seems doubtful that any significant peace will be brokered before the realization of the talks’ nine-month deadline. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, problems in the region have been brewing, by anyone’s count, for a millennium. Is there any hope that nine months can meaningfully mend all wrongs? The problem with peace is that peace itself is a relative term. Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization could move toward compromise, but if their respective citizens refused to accommodate the gesture, it would remain largely symbolic. When such an expansive social problem is addressed, top-down change is almost doomed to fail simply because
it does not account for the cultural fears, feelings and memories of the masses. In Israel-Palestine, the conflict is sensitive enough to resonate across the globe. Returning staff and students may remember the discord that erupted on the University of Minnesota’s own West Bank last November when student groups used Israel’s missile strike on Gaza as a springboard to criticize broader Israeli policy in Palestine. Tensions ran high, despite the fact that most Americans have no direct involvement with the issues in the Middle East. Consider, then, how much more difficult it will be to alter the cultural framework of those whose way of life is constantly shaped by the conflict. True peace in Israel and Palestine will demand more than the renunciation of military violence. It will require truth and reconciliation en masse, and it will require a radical re-evaluation of an episteme that too often transforms human beings into mere “Israelis” or “Palestinians.” Peace is not a spring that trickles from
the top down, and it is not a change that will come to Israel and Palestine in nine months. Instead, lasting peace must be built gradually and unromantically by individual citizens, not by politicians
sequestered in conference rooms. These peace talks, in the end, represent merely the beginning of a healing process that may last as many years as the illness it’s trying to cure.
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shot on goal that clanged off the crossbar, signaling the Jumbos’ struggles to put the ball in the back of the net as they went into the break still down one point. Whiting expressed optimism about the team’s ability to create scoring opportunities, noting that the aim will be capitalizing on those chances in upcoming practices. “Our greatest strength was our ability to create scoring chances,” she said. “It’s been a while since our team has created this many dangerous chances, and I was very encouraged by that. On the flip side, our greatest weakness was our inability to finish the scoring opportunities.” The Jumbos came into the second period reinvigorated and managed another 13 shots on goal compared to the Bobcats’ six. “During half time, we talked about giving it a little more effort, and just playing smart and not being afraid to take shots,” Kaufman said. “Sometimes [the] girls forget that the goal of soccer is to score goals. We were just being more offensive minded in the second half and attacking the goal.” The pressure on Tufts to convert scoring chances increased
after Bates senior midfielder Julia Rafferty headed in a ball from 35 yards out to increase Bates’ lead to two. The Jumbos continued to fight back, with Farris finally sinking one in the back of the net with seven minutes to go on a cross from senior tri-captain defender Blair Brady. Farris, a junior transfer student in her first game for the Jumbos, will be a force to look out for as the season progresses. Tufts pressed hard after the goal to try to even out the game at two goals apiece, but couldn’t get anything going before the clock ran out. Although they came up short, Kaufman was pleased with the team’s play at the end of the game and hopes to channel that intensity throughout all of their games. “The highlight was the second half and Alex scoring that goal; we were really pushing forward to score, and we worked hard after the goal,” she said. “But that’s something that we should be doing the whole game.” The team takes on MIT on Tuesday at 4:30 in their first nonconference matchup of the season and looks to carry through the offensive prowess that they saw at the end of this week’s game.
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scoring opportunities, maintaining their one-goal advantage as the clock expired. The game, in comparison to some more hotly contested rivalries in the NESCAC, was largely clean and neither team was awarded a single card or penalty. “I think we had a great passing game to maintain possession,” Wan said. “This week during practice, we focused on having smart, hard passes and this translated in the game. Finding the open player and little inside-outside passes helped us to move the ball up the field.” The Jumbos performance showed much promise for the rest of the season, as they possessed the ball for the vast majority of the game and prevented the host Bobcats from passing into the 25-meter box all but twice. “I think we did a good job moving as a unit which helped us keep the ball in their defensive end,” Wan said. “Our defense did a great job of stepping up and putting pressure on early.” “Yesterday I think everyone had great individual defense,
which kept the ball above the fifty for most of the game,” Golja said. “I absolutely derive a sense of confidence from knowing our team’s ability to gain and maintain possession.” While the Jumbos are no doubt pleased with the ‘W,’ coming off a 1-0 loss to nonconference opponent MIT in a scrimmage Tuesday, they know there is work to be done. This week’s results showed room for head coach Tina McDavitt’s squad to improve in the coming weeks. Despite the massive edge in time of possession and gaining 17 corner opportunities, Tufts mustered just a single goal in the winning effort. Otley stepped up to make eight key saves for Bates, keeping them in contention despite their failure to control the ball. Last year, Tufts similarly dominated time of possession and corners awarded in its games, yet struggled when it came to converting on those scoring opportunities. As the Jumbos move forward into more difficult stretches of their schedule, they know that they must do better to turn these chances into scores.
“Bates is a great team, and it was an important in-conference win for us,” Golja said. “I think we had some great passing patterns and were able to work well as a unit. We are just getting started, and I think we can look to amp up our intensity and start to establish our own unique team dynamic.” Next, the Jumbos prepare to host their home opener on Bello Field, a tilt against nonconference Babson College on Sept. 10. In 2012 Tufts went a perfect 9-0 at home, and defeated the Beavers 3-2 on the road. Despite having these factors on their side, the Jumbos are determined to prepare for Babson as they would a top conference opponent, using their missed opportunities from Saturday to improve upon their team play. “I’m really excited for the season,” Wan said. “We have a lot of potential and talent this year. We need to take it one game at a time, so Babson on Tuesday is a big game. Keeping up with our passing and playing together as a unit will help us moving forward. I’m really excited for our first home game.”
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they left off on Saturday, outshooting NESCAC rival Bates 27 to zero en route to a 1-0 win. Several first year players logged their first collegiate minutes, while the squad’s more experienced members held down the fort. Junior forward Brittany Norfleet took over for Lia Sagerman (LA ’13) and Kelsey Perkins (LA ’13) on corners, and sophomore Dakota Sikes-Keilp played the striker role. Meanwhile, juniors Colleen Golja and Katie Koch stepped up where Liza Wetzel (LA ’13) and co-captain Rachel Gerhardt (LA ’13) formerly bolstered the defensive end. “I think that everyone did a great job [Saturday]; there are a lot of new people on the field step-
ping into new positions on the team,” Golja said. “I guess the lineup didn’t feel as new to me as it appeared because these are girls that I have been playing with at practice. I personally felt very comfortable with everyone in front of me and really feel a sense of trust throughout the whole team.” Returning junior keeper Bri Keenan saw no action on Saturday, as the Bobcats failed to place a single shot on cage. Meanwhile, experienced senior center midfielder Emily Cannon and sophomore Alexandra Jamison worked to get the Jumbos’ transition game moving, with co-captains Chelsea Yogerst and Steph Wan helping to lead the attacking unit. The Jumbos opened the contest strongly, immediately moving the ball into Bates’ 25-meter box. For several minutes, Tufts put on the pressure but failed to produce on numerous scoring opportunities. Bates defense played staunchly and refused to give up ground despite the Bobcats’ inability to turn the ball in the other direction. “Bates had great defensive sticks and did a good job of step-
ping towards the ball to be able to clear it out,” Wan said. “We had a lot of great opportunities so we just need to work on finishing and still maintaining possession in the 16.” After nearly 20 scoreless minutes, during which the Jumbos almost entirely controlled the pace of play, Tufts finally got on the board. On a corner opportunity, an insert from Norfleet swept across the 16-meter circle, where sophomore forward Rachel Terveer controlled the ball and pushed it across to rookie Annie Artz at the post. The freshman then guided the ball past Bobcats senior keeper Becca Otley and into the boards, notching her first collegiate goal and ultimately the only score of the contest. “Corners are a huge offensive opportunity and converting these to goals is key to any game,” Wan said. “We need to keep practicing and work on the basics. Having a good insert, a smooth hit and getting a tip. Our goal was a good example of that. We didn’t get frazzled, and Annie was in a great position for the deflection.”
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One goal was all Tufts needed for victory, as the Jumbos controlled possession and kept Bates from recording a single shot. Entering the intermission, Artz’ goal put the Jumbos up by a slim, one-goal margin. In the second half, the Jumbos came out strong and continued to dominate the pace of the game. Midway through the period, senior forward Yogerst had an excellent opportunity to double Tufts’ advantage. Yogerst, playing up against Otley, received the ball
off a corner. Using her quick feet, she attempted a turn-and-shoot, but Otley just managed to stave off the shot. Yogerst positioned to collect her own rebound then went for a put-back, launching a diving shot that sailed just left of the cage. In the ensuing minutes, Tufts narrowly missed several other see FIELD HOCKEY, page 11
Despite late comeback, Two years after monster season, Jumbos fall short of Bobcats Skarzynski returns as coach Claire Sleigh
Three years ago, the eighth-seeded Bates Bobcats shocked the top-seeded Jumbos in a NESCAC quarterfinals by
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penalty shootout after 110 minutes of scoreless play. Bates ended Tufts’ playoff run in a 3-2 shootout that has fueled a rivalry between the two schools ever since. For senior tri-captain Anya Kaufman, who played in the quarterfinals game as a freshman, this week’s loss to Bates was tough to swallow. The Jumbos fell to the Bobcats 2-1 in a game that had positive moments but was marked by missed opportunities. According to head coach Martha Whiting, the team has a lot of work left to do to tap
the potential she sees in this year’s squad. “Our performance today was inconsistent, which was very disappointing,” she said. “There were spurts where we looked relatively good and times when we just got outworked. We certainly did not play to our potential but we saw lots of promise.” With four new players starting, it took a while for Tufts to establish a rhythm. Bates jumped out to an early lead 23 minutes in on a goal from senior forward Kara Stefaniak. The Jumbos pushed back with six shots on goal in the next 20 minutes of play that all seemed to just miss the mark. At the 30-minute mark, junior forward Alex Farris had a shot on goal from six feet away that hit the post and went out of play. Junior midfielder Nikki Blank took a shot a couple seconds after her that went wide, while Farris added two more scoring opportunities before the end of that half that also fell short. Junior midfielder Carla Kruyff closed out the half with a see SOCCER, page 11
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Despite outshooting Bates 20 to 13, Tufts was unable to pick up the win Saturday at Russell St. Field.
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Zack Skarzynski (LA ’12) stood 20 yards ahead of the line of scrimmage on Bello Field last week, arms folded as he watched the Jumbos’ defense compete against the offense in drills. As each running back burst across the line, the 2011 NESCAC tackles leader stood still, merely observing, occasionally pulling a player aside to offer advice. Two years ago on Saturdays, Skarzynski could be found wherever the football was, streaking across the field to crush ball carriers. As Tufts’ middle linebacker, he racked up 97 tackles as a senior, 45 more than anyone else on the team. Skarzynski no longer eats tailbacks for breakfast; he has a full-time job in project management at Suffolk Construction, waking up early and going home late. But after graduating, he was itching to get back on the field. He kept in touch with head coach Jay Civetti, and Civetti ultimately asked him to return as a volunteer coach this season. “He knows where my head and heart are at, and he knows my knowledge of football,” Skarzynski said of Civetti, who coached him for three years as Tufts’ offensive coordinator and for one year as head coach. “I’m just more or less an understudy for all these guys.” To the Jumbos, though, “Coach Skar” is more than just a coach-in-training. He brings not only the killer instincts that made him a great player, but also an understanding of Tufts’ defense and of football fundamentals. “He’s just kind of a natural football mind,” junior tri-captain Tommy Meade, who led the team with 68 tackles in 2012, said. “He’s big on knowing everything that everyone on the defense is doing ahead of time. That’s why he was such a stud as a player.” Skarzynski has already served as a valuable resource for a linebacking corps brimming with potential. The Jumbos return all three of their starters: Meade will man the middle, while senior tri-captain Sean Harrington (56 tackles) and sophomore Matt
McCormack (44 tackles) will play outside. While a 97-tackle season is unlikely for any of the three — if only because they will share the workload — Skarzynski could help take them to the next level. “He’s been in there watching tape with us, staying late, being at meetings, rushing over here from work,” linebackers coach Patrick Madden said. “I’ve got a lot of responsibilities with the special teams as well, so when I’m doing that, he’s got all the guys on the side. He’s doing a great job.” The upperclassmen who played with Skarzynski marveled at how he made the most of his 5-foot-11-inch, 205pound frame. “He wasn’t a huge guy when he played, but he had great technique and he’d always get his hands on you,” Meade said. “He’d always get around the big guys, always be making plays.” One moment stood out in Harrington’s mind as an embodiment of Skarzynski’s gritty style. “The one play I’ll never forget ... was to the right side, and he was reading flow to the left,” Harrington said. “The left guard picked him up, lifted him off his feet and carried him back about 10 yards and just planted him into the ground. And he bounced right back up.” Skarzynski will try to instill a similar toughness in the 2013 linebackers. “When you play with an attitude and an aggression — a relentlessness — which is preached in the unit and across the team as a whole, it lends itself to being successful,” he said. But Skarzynski is not just preaching intangibles. He is teaching technique and strategy, working with the players on the field and in the film room. And while he won’t be around every day — he’s mostly available on weekends and late on weeknights — the players know they can turn to him at any time. “I know he’ll be around absolutely as much as he can,” Meade said. “I’d expect mostly weekend stuff, and then if we have late practices, maybe. But at the same time, I guarantee if I shot him a text now he’d come and watch film with me if I needed him.”
Published on Sep 9, 2013