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VOLUME LXVI, NUMBER 29
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Media attorney discusses business in film industry by
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Susan Zuckerman Williams, a media attorney at Loeb & Loeb LLP, gave a presentation titled, “What really happens at Sundance?” yesterday afternoon at 95 Talbot Avenue. Williams spoke about her career, the business of film and how to break into the industry. She began by encouraging listeners to begin following popular media sites, especially TheWrap and Deadline Hollywood in order to stay updated on casting and business news. Williams also recommended following many people on Twitter, estimating that she herself follows between 500 and 700 people for business and social reasons. Next, Williams spoke a little about her own career. She explained that she started law school hoping to be a litigator. After exploring other types of law, however, she found that she liked being a contract lawyer and specializing in getting deals done instead of defending clients in court. “I liked the goal-orientation,” she said. “I liked the fact that I spend my day trying to achieve compromise.” Williams added that students hoping to practice law in the entertainment business would do well to start in corporate or commercial finance fields before segueing into areas more closely related to film. One of the more important points to remember when entering any field, Williams explained, is to find out where the money is. see SUNDANCE, page 2
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The Senior Class Council held the first Homecoming Carnival last Saturday at the rugby field from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in place of the normal pep rally.
Homecoming Carnival considered success by
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Students and alumni on the Hill on Saturday had the opportunity to attend the university’s first Homecoming Carnival, held on the rugby field from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to the event’s Facebook page, the carnival, organized by the
Senior Class Council, featured various attractions, including a temporary tattoo stall, a caramel apple and cotton candy stand, a fried dough truck, an inflatable “quarterback attack” booth and a dunk tank. All activities were free to students and alumni except the dunk tank, which cost $1 to play. According to Senior Class President Patrick Kazley,
students raised $300 dollars to benefit Gilda’s Club, a support group that raises money for cancer patients and their loved ones. Kazley, who organized the carnival along with Senior Class Vice President Nick Cutsumpas, was satisfied with the event. Kazley explained that, under see CARNIVAL, page 2
Students form club for spontaneous adventures by Sarah
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The Tufts Adventure Club, a new student organization on campus, is now open to all undergraduates wishing to take a break from studying and embark on a spontaneous excursion.
According to the club’s Facebook page, created on Oct. 4, proposed adventures must adhere to two rules: They cannot be “boring” and they may not be planned more than 24 hours in advance. Students Nitesh Gupta and Win Halelamien, who created the Tufts Adventure Club Facebook page,
explained that the rules serve to make adventures more spur-ofthe-moment and to encourage students to meet new people. “We really wanted to recreate that orientation experience and just allow people to make friends,” Gupta, a freshman, said. “People are in their niche
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Inspired by a Facebook post, the Tufts Adventure Club is open to all students interested in impromptu trips.
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group, and this will let you meet random people you would never think of meeting.” According to Halelamien, a Tufts Confessions post by sophomore Alyssa Bonora sparked the initial idea for the club. Bonora, who made the post on a whim, realized how popular the idea was after numerous students “liked” it on Facebook, she said. As of today, there are 120 members in the Facebook group. Halelamien explained that the club has already hosted a few adventures, including an impromptu trip to Harvard Square, which a couple students attended, as well as an unplanned juggling lesson. Gupta explained that they have several possible ideas for future adventures, including a game of strobe light tag in a basement. Halelamien also suggested having a snowball fight or a spontaneous initiative to make snow forts. Gupta and Halelamien think of themselves as facilitators of the adventure group, rather than the official leaders of the club, they explained. “Our job is just to get the ball rolling,” Halelamien, a sophomore, said. Their leadership will be underground, Gupta added, in order to eventually allow the group to grow
organically by itself. “The constitution is above our leadership,” he said. “We will have a structure of ‘nonstructure.’” The two hope that in the future, others will begin posting their own spontaneous adventures for other people to join. In the meantime, they will help people come up with ideas and recruit more people to join the Adventure Club. Gupta said he hopes the new club will allow students to act a little freer. “Coming to Tufts, I thought since the application questions were so quirky, the campus would be too,” Gupta said. “A lot of people are really quirky, but a lot of people are scared to let that side out.” Gupta and Halelamien also had the idea of creating an Adventure Club flag and placing it randomly at tables in Dewick-MacPhie dining hall. Students passing the flag would understand that the table was meant for anyone wanting to meet new people. Gupta and Halelamien would rely on students to pass the flag on to others who could set the flag up somewhere else. “We want to make our ideas way more exciting, and emphasize that this club is nonexclusive,” Gupta said.
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy has begun activities this fall.
European fans vary in response to Bruce Springsteen’s American themes.
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Media attorney Susan Zuckerman Williams spoke about her experience in the film industry yesterday afternoon at 95 Talbot Avenue.
Williams offers tips for career in entertainment field SUNDANCE
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“We’re all looking to make a living,” she said. “I don’t want to be crass, and I don’t want to dash anyone’s visions or goals or passions. ... If you want to have kids eventually, you’ve got to be able to pay for them to maybe come to Tufts.” Williams next discussed the different aspects of entertainment that young people can pursue. She explained that each facet of the industry — including film, theater, music and new media — is very different from the others. Williams’ own knowledge lies mostly in the film business, she said. She explained that the film industry is broken into many different sections. Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures are the six major studios. “Mini majors,” such as Lionsgate Films, fall below these studios. There are also several independent distribution companies like Open Road Films and Relativity Media LLC. Thirty years ago, major studios made most of the movies in theaters, Williams said. “Your goal, when you were writing a script, was to sell it to a studio or a tele-
vision network, because that’s who was making everything,” she said. Independent companies produced were more “schlocky” films, she said, like lower-budget horror movies. Nowadays, many movies are only bought by major studios after they are finished, she explained. “The Hurt Locker” (2008) and “The Way Way Back” (2013), for example, were created by smaller, independent companies. “There’s a ton of movies that you guys watch all the time that are not studioproduced, and studios take credit for it,” she explained. She said that major studios are looking for large franchise films, such as “Transformers” (2007), which already have an audience base. Williams explained that content is the most important aspect of a film, and studios are always looking for new ideas. She illustrated this point with a comparison to the car industry. “You can decide, ‘You know what? I don’t need a new car this year,’” she said. “But you can’t do that with film. People have a voracious appetite for new content.” Williams also spoke about film
screening festivals like Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. She attends these festivals not to watch the films, she said, but to set up business deals after the screenings. Business negotiations, like one she acted in for the film “Jobs” (2013), can take all night to complete. “That deal concluded literally at 5:30 in the morning after the screening,” she said. “They were really up all night in this bidding war.” Depending on audience reaction, these screenings can also spur or discourage business offers. Filmmakers and financiers must therefore be very strategic about their decisions to participate in screenings, she explained. Williams concluded her presentation with some general tips for finding a career in entertainment, such as dressing professionally at work and checking emails for proper grammar and spelling. She said that the most important thing is to always network with people ,because any person you meet could help you in the future. “You never know, and if you don’t ask, you don’t get,” she said.
Programming Board’s supervision, he and Cutsumpas spent roughly four weeks planning the carnival — a task that involved calling companies to provide services, receiving clearance from the Tufts Community Union ( TCU) Treasury and working with the Alumni Association. “Traditionally, we’ve done a homecoming pep rally with a king and queen, but we wanted to do something that was a little more appealing to the student body to get the students exposed to the existing alumni event,” Kazley said. “This is one of our big events of the year. ... We thought [a carnival] would ... really complement the game and people would walk there anyway.” Part of the Senior Class Council’s goal for the event was to encourage students to interact with alumni, Kazley said. They also hoped to create an event that both alumni and their children would want to attend. “We worked alongside the alumni association, who covered some of our expenses too, so it was a very collaborative effort in that sense,” Kazley said. Kazley, who is also president of Delta Upsilon (DU), collaborated with other Greek organizations on campus in planning the event. “We do a lot of events through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and I know all [of the] presidents,” he said. “I asked them if they were interested, and they all indicated that they were.” Chi Omega President Nina Denison, who sat in the dunk tank at the carnival along with other fraternity and sorority presidents, hoped the event would demonstrate the Greek organizations’ contributions to campus. “[Participating in the event was] part of our efforts to unify Greek life on campus and make us a joint presence instead of specific chapters,” Denison said. “[Kazley] also wanted to integrate our presence into the greater Tufts community by [having us] very visibly taking part in this.” Morgan Kee, a senior who attended the event on her way to the women’s rugby match, said that she enjoyed the Homecoming Carnival and hoped that Tufts would continue to hold it in future years. “I never attended any of the pep rallies in years past, but I made sure to visit the carnival,” Kee said. “I think that Tufts should consider making the carnival an annual event, as I would love to see it again as an alumna.”
Trash fills Academic Quad for “Jumbo Mountains” event
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The Office of Sustainability’s Zero Waste Challenge, aiming to make students more mindful of the amount of trash they produce on a weekly basis, culminated in yesterday’s “Jumbo Mountains” event. Eco-Reps piled trash from several uphill dormitories on the Academic Quad in order to demonstrate visually how much waste students produce in a week.
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy launches this semester by
After its establishment in the spring of 2012, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) is officially being launched this semester. The CSRD is largely an outgrowth and expansion of the annual Barack Obama and American Democracy conference (BOAD), hosted alternately by Arizona State University and Tufts since 2010, according to Professor of History and CSRD founder Peniel Joesph. “The proposal for the center really talked about making it a research center that would serve as a clearinghouse for research-based and intellectually driven conversation about issues of race and democracy ... at the local, national [and] international levels,” Joseph said. The center’s mission is to promote engaged research, scholarship and discussion with a focus on the ways that issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens. Elissa Bowling, a member of the CSRD working group, explained how the center is different from past discussions about race on campus. “Being very passionate about race relations is very important, but we are putting an intellectual side to it,” Bowling, a junior, said. “It’s more of an, ‘okay, it’s great that you feel that way, but why do you feel that way; where is it coming from?’” Dean of Arts and Sciences Joanne Berger-Sweeney said she believes that the CSRD is an important addition to the intellectual diversity of Tufts. “This was just a real sign that we cared about the research in this area,” she said. “And integrating race and ethnicity issues with democracy issues just seemed like a perfect combination for Tufts.” This year, the CSRD hosted its first National Dialogue on Race Day (NDRD) on Sept. 12 of this year, with the intent of addressing issues of racial disparity and social inequality in contemporary America. Tufts first held the NDRD in 2010, which was then sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Over 300 attendees, including members of the Greater Boston community, participated in the panel discussion that Joseph facilitated this year. “It went really well, we brought a lot of folks together,” Joseph said. “There were people there from the Medford community, Somerville, our own campus.” Other institutions were invited to participate by hosting NDRD events on their own campuses, according to CSRD Staff Assistant Theresa Sullivan (LA ‘12). Some of those institutions included Arizona State University, the NAACP of Boston, Columbia University and Duke University. Sullivan said the intent of the event was to facilitate a dialogue on a national scale. “The goal for the NDRD was to make it a truly national initiative, so we invited tons of universities, schools, civic groups, etc. to host their own events around the country — and we’re really hoping those numbers will continue to expand next year,” Sullivan told the Daily. Some of these events included film screenings, lectures and question and answer sessions. All were loosely structured around the proposed agenda related to promoting public policy transformation of negative racial outcomes like mass incarceration, unemployment and lack of healthcare access. “The National Dialogue on Race Day was really something to promote public policy transformation,” Joseph said. “How can we use our scholarship and our research to really impact and really read that dialogue in a way that politicians can’t?” An important goal for Joseph was approaching issues with the mindset that the environment surrounding racial issues can change. “I think the main takeaway was that dialogue is power — knowledge is power,
and I think that we, in terms of pursuing racial justice, need to know that the more we try to talk about race in a proactive way, the better we are,” Joseph said. “I think the more we embrace that, the more we can be proactive and not just reactive when anything happens in terms of racial issues on campus.” Bryce Turner, a junior who is part of the CSRD working group, said the Tufts community should not be afraid to talk about race. “I think that a problem in this society is that no one wants to talk about race, but when that happens then nothing can progress,” Turner said. “So, having a National Dialogue on Race Day is kind of like a step towards making it okay to talk about race again.” The NDRD largely represents the kinds of research-based dialogue the center hopes to promote at Tufts in the future. The CSRD is also providing opportunities for student involvement through the Gerald Gill Fellows program and the CSRD working group. “As we grow, and we build capacity, getting more resources, more funding ... we have 10 fellows who are graduate students and undergraduate students and they are going to be doing year-long projects,” Joseph said. “Some of them are capstone projects that connect and work with the five projects that the center is doing on mass incarceration, race relations, human rights, Obama and the American presidency and transnational democracy.” According to Berger-Sweeney, the Gerald Gill program is one of several factors that makes the CSRD unique from other similar centers. “The fact that as part of this center there is funding for Gerald Gill scholars who will actually go out in the community and continue to make that connection between Tufts and the practice of democracy out in the community will give our center a slightly different focus than any that I know about,” Berger-Sweeney said. Joseph explained what the course of action will be for the fellows this year. “The Gerald Gill fellows are doing projects, and [the center] will have a symposium for them in April,” he said. “We will be doing the Barack Obama and American Democracy conference, the fifth conference, April 9 to 11 [in] 2014.” Some of the upcoming CSRD programming include a screening of the movie “Twelve Years a Slave” (2013) at the Somerville Theatre on Oct. 23, as well as the Gerald Gill keynote lecture by Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium. Director of the Africana Studies program and Professor of Francophone Studies
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Adlai Murdoch explained that Tufts has also been taking initiative to increase academic diversity with the expansion of the program into a major. “The strong support being provided to programs like the CSRD and Africana Studies demonstrates effectively that academic diversity is a priority at Tufts, as it should be,” Murdoch told the Daily in an email. “The presence of these programs brings Tufts into line with its peer institutions and reflects its awareness of the demographic changes that are shaping today’s world.” Berger-Sweeney expressed her support for the recent focus the CSRD and the expansion of the Africana Studies program has lent to issues of diversity around campus. “From my perspective, all of these programs are supporting an area of the world that is incredibly important in the present day, [as] it has been in the past, and there is little doubt that it will be in the future,” she said. “So the fact that we’re able to engage actively our students to think about these issues, to deal and grapple with this area of the world just seems critically important.” Berger-Sweeney said she believed the creation of the CSRD, in conjunction with the Africana Studies major, exemplifies the importance of approaching issues related to race and ethnicity on both a curricular and research basis. “Having [the CSRD] ensures that the research effort is also going to have some support, so I thought [it and the Africana Studies program] together would really make a difference on this campus and the scholarship that we are producing around these issues,” she said. “It’s really important to have classes that students can participate in, but I also think it’s critically important as a university to contribute to the knowledge base in a particular area.” While Tufts is making progress in the expansion of its infrastructural opportunities related to diversity, according to Turner, it may be necessary to concurrently have full community involvement. “I also don’t believe that certain days or symbols create change,” he said. “It takes people to be influenced by those days and symbols and to be driven by them.” Berger-Sweeney agreed that dialogues on diversity should be all-inclusive. “I believe these issues are important for everyone on campus,” BergerSweeney said. “This isn’t just about minority students, or faculty of color or staff of color — being able to interact and work and thrive in a diverse community is essential for everyone here. Only by approaching it from multiple different perspectives are we going to be able to make progress.”
Buzzfed and happy
5 Happiest Moments in Animal History?” Yeah, I’m definitely going to be clicking on that. Who can refuse a list full of adorable derpy kitties and puppies smiling together? Cue instant “awww.” “19 Most Ironic Facts of All Time?” Sounds kinda fun and just like something my dad would send me in an e-mail. And of course, it includes the story of how the Segway inventor died in a Segway accident. Is that ironic, or just sad? “Rapper’s Real Name or Republican Congressman?” CLICK. Hell yes. Rodney Alexander? Aubrey Graham? William Drayton, Jr.? It’s harder than it looks. BuzzFeed is pretty much my go-to form of endless, mindless entertainment. Apparently, a lot of other people like it too — the site had 85 million visitors this August, with total traffic tripling over the past year. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, founder Jonah Peretti is planning to expand the site past the realm of the English language by using foreign students of English to translate the lists. Why? Because, as Peretti maintains, BuzzFeed’s appeal is universal. What exactly is it that makes BuzzFeed so widely liked, so successful? What’s the secret? Here’s my personal theory: it knows exactly what we want. First of all, BuzzFeed is incredibly visually appealing. Lists, or as the Wall Street Journal refers to them, “listicles,” are easy to digest and require relatively little actual thinking. They’re also just so attractive to read, for some reason. For example, when you see an article called, say,”10 fail-safe ways to succeed in life,” DUH you’re going to try. They are heavy on the visuals, with pictures or gifs (pronounced with a hard g, as I just learned) and easy on the text, which is mostly descriptive of what’s happening in the visual and doesn’t add any real content. As a friend recently told me, “It’s just so ... pretty!” This bite-sized intake of information is similar to Twitter in some ways — you can avoid reading the whole, tedious news article and instead just get the bare bones of the story: the headline. But you can also still read articles. Yes, believe it or not, BuzzFeed does offer news and political commentary. I won’t say anything about the quality of their reporting, but the fact that they offer it shows that they know we don’t want just want kittens and celebrity gossip — we like to feel informed as well. But the core of why BuzzFeed succeeds is because it capitalizes on the viral nature of the Internet. As we know, these days the Internet is full to bursting with memes, or little snatches of cultural information that get shared and shared until they’re impossible to avoid. BuzzFeed essentially creates lists of memes, basing them off things that have gone viral before (AKA, people falling, romantic love stories, throwbacks to the ’90s, etc.). It then sets them up to go viral, both on its own site and outside, by organizing their visibility based on their popularity, or how many views and shares they’ve received. The up-button category allows you to see which lists are “trending” and which you should therefore look at. BuzzFeed also lets the user categorize a list as “LOL,” “win,” “cute,” “omg,” “trashy,” “fail” or “wtf.” These labels are the essence of what a meme is. Without finding an intellectual rationale behind why people are so obsessed with cute animals doing weird things, you can simply leave it as “LOL.” And it makes sense.
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Members of the Class of 1994 lit each others’ candles at Freshman Convocation in 1990 on the President’s Lawn.
Lily Sieradzki is a junior majoring in English. She can be reached at Lily. Sieradzki@tufts.edu.
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burning down the road Dan O’Leary
f one had to guess which song would receive one of the strongest reactions at a Bruce Springsteen show in Europe, it probably would not be a haunting ballad about a working-class narrator struggling with a failing economy. Yet, whether it was in a plaza in Naples, a soccer stadium in Hannover or the famed San Siro stadium in Milan, the first chilling harmonica notes of Springsteen’s “The River” (1980) would, without fail, elicit some of the loudest cries of the night. Each crowd sang along wordby-word — at times, the sound of cheering drowned out the band during the song’s instrumental intro. Initially, the reason why this song — which is arguably one of Springsteen’s most direct takes on the disillusionment of the American dream — is such a hit overseas seems quite puzzling. But, in fact, the answer might not actually be so complicated. Many European fans attest that “The River” was Springsteen’s first big hit single in Europe, and for many of them, it represents their first interaction with his music (the subsequent tour was the first time Springsteen played in many Western European countries). Yet “The River” is not the only Springsteen song with strong American ties that often garners a warm welcome in Europe, which begs the question: How does American imagery and references in his songs translate across cultures? And to what extent do Springsteen’s political views play a role in his popularity in Europe? While last week’s Weekender explored the concept of what it means to be a diehard fan, particularly by looking at the fan community around Springsteen’s music, this week’s article will examine how his American themes and ideas are received across the Atlantic. For many European fans, their first introduction to Springsteen and his music came from the massive hype surrounding “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984). After its release, he achieved a level of popularity that laid the foundation for the large following he has
overseas today. Despite its immense popularity, the album’s overwhelming use of patriotic imagery — such as the American flag stripes on the cover — may have confused some foreign listeners about Springsteen’s intentions. Because of this blatant American iconography, it could be easy to misinterpret the music as having a jingoistic or excessively nationalistic connotation — a notion that sharply contrasted the title track’s lyrical content. As Dutch fan Rachel Schoneveld noted, with many European fans speaking English as a second language, the subtext in the lyrics may have gone unnoticed. While 1984 established Springsteen as a formidable commercial presence abroad, his later albums, particularly 1995’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” increased his credibility among critics who were skeptical that he had nothing left to say after “U.S.A.” Numerous European fans have cited “Tom Joad” — a sparse, acoustic record portraying a somber take on life in America — as a turning point for Springsteen, a moment when he began to amass a critical consensus comparable to his commercial success. Despite the increasingly political nature of his lyrics, one constant throughout Springsteen’s career has been the songs he pens about the surroundings of his life, with early albums name-dropping many New Jersey and New York area landmarks. But for many European fans, these images reference places most have never visited. How, then, can they relate to these American locales? Schoneveld said that when she listens to a song like “Jungleland” (1975), which frequently mentions the urban scenery near New York, she thinks of similar locations from her own experience instead to help her identify with the song. “It’s not only location in terms of physical location. ... Every location he sings about has an emotional level,” she said. French fan Fabrice Szabo, who now resides in Canada, attributes the abil-
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ity of Europeans to connect so easily with Springsteen’s American imagery to the prevalence of American culture overseas. Because of the popularity of American television and cinema abroad, Szabo argues that Europeans have already been exposed to various American settings and themes, giving them a framework through which to understand Springsteen’s work. “[This] makes it easy for someone like Springsteen. ... He’s American but most of his songs are universal,” Szabo said. “It can work in both contexts. ... It articulates both local and global. You can listen to ‘The River’ [(1980)] if you’re from Pittsburgh, and if you’re somewhere in Germany, ... you can have the same emotions.” Dona Velluti, an Italian fan living in the United Kingdom, believes that Springsteen’s work can be interpreted through a variety of contexts, each illustrating different aspects of a song. “I listen to Bruce’s songs in the context of the album, in the context of his development, in the context of America and with the kinds of things it’s been through. ... Things take their meaning from the context, and you can’t take them in isolation,” she said. When it comes to Springsteen’s political views, most foreign fans agree that this is a much bigger issue with his American fan base. After Springsteen delivered his first official presidential endorsement — for John Kerry in 2004 — and played a major role in the subsequent “Vote for Change” tour, he became an increasingly divisive figure in the United States, igniting controversy among fans. Most European fans agree, however, that the general political spectrum in Europe is so much to the left of that in the United States that none of Springsteen’s political stances are truly considered as controversial there. In fact, Springsteen’s increased tackling of political issues over the past decade seems to be embraced by certain fans.
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Bruce Springsteen performed in front of a crowd of over 10,000 fans in Naples this past May.
“I think this has given new life and new points of interest to many fans of his here,” Italian fan Paolo Ferraresi, who resides in Spain, said. “Now, whether this has gained new fans, I don’t know. I think it’s rather the [lifelong] fans who have found a confirmation of what they were seeing in his writing.” Not everyone feels that Springsteen’s politics play such an important role with his European fans. Szabo described an experience with a friend at a French show last year — the friend didn’t discuss any political elements of the performance, leading Szabo to believe that since politics are not necessarily at the forefront of Springsteen’s music, those who aren’t familiar with his songs that have political undertones will fail to notice them. Springsteen’s music often confronts heavy issues including race relations, classism, war and the economy, and frequently relies on language that might be challenging to interpret through translation. There are also fans who feel that politics only play a small role, if any, in enjoying Springsteen’s music. Swedish fan Samuel Persson believes that it’s difficult to understand American political issues just through music alone. For example, in a 2007 New York Times article, Springsteen himself explicitly stated that his song “Long Walk Home” (2007) was based on the changes America saw under the Bush Administration. Persson, however, thinks that the song works on a more general, universal level. “[I think it’s about] a man that’s not happy about his country or the state of his country right now, and what it has been and what it has become,” Persson said. “That’s the interpretation that I get. ... I think even though it’s based on Bruce’s personal views on the Bush Administration and America, I guess that song can actually translate into any country, any government that you’re not happy about — even though it’s mainly about America,” he said. Springsteen’s relationship with Europe may be best exemplified in the final moments at San Siro stadium in Milan last June. After passing the three-hour mark and working the crowd into a frenzy with The Isley Brothers’ “Shout” (1959), the band took their bows and left the stage. Then, Springsteen returned with just a harmonica and acoustic guitar to thank the crowd. “Since I was a little boy, I’ve played many, many places, but this place ... is the place I’ll never forget and is always with me,” he said. With that, he launched into one final song for the night — an acoustic take on his classic “Thunder Road” (1975). And in that moment, it didn’t matter which nationalities were in the crowd, how many shows people had seen or even whether all the fans could fully appreciate the lyrics and their American context. Because that singular moment — with over 50,000 listeners locked in unison, singing a song about hope and promise — might actually be the simplest reason of all to explain Springsteen’s popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. Because fans streaming out of San Siro exchanged contact information with newly made friends and discussed plans to meet at future shows. Because some walked out speaking excitedly, while others emerged with tears in their eyes. Because for a few hours that evening, there was, as the closing song said, “magic in the night.”
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What’s Up This Weekend Looking to make your weekend artsy? Check out these events! Major: Undecided Presents TickleDown Economics: Tufts sketch comedy group Major: Undecided will be holding its first show of the semester this weekend. The group promises a show full of live sketches and videos, along with Emerson’s sketch comedy troupe Chocolate Cake City, opening the evening. (Friday at 9 p.m. in Barnum 008. Admission is free).
Boston Book Festival: The fifth annual Boston Book Festival will take place over three days this weekend around Copley Square, with most of the events being free. The festival will feature 170 authors showcasing a variety of genres, with speakers including Salman Rushdie and Tomie dePaola. (Today through Saturday at various times and locations. For more information visit www. bostonbookfest.org).
Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual: This weekend Tufts will welcome TV, film and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin (currently starring on Showtime’s “Homeland”) for an evening in Distler Performance Hall. Patinkin will be accompanied by Paul Ford on piano. Tickets for this event must be requested by Friday at 10 a.m. (Saturday at 8 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall. Tufts students can get two free tickets by emailing Jeff Rawitsch at Jeffrey.Rawitsch@ tufts.edu).
Community Concert Series: Charles Ives Birthday Concert: This weekend the music of Charles Ives will be celebrated in the latest edition of the Sunday at Tufts Community Concert Series. Violinist Daniel Stepner, soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore and pianist Donald Berman will present a program that includes the composer’s works “Decoration Day” and “Violin Sonata No. 3.” (Sunday at 3 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall. Admission is free). —compiled by the Daily Arts Department
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The Tufts Drama Department’s first production of the semester, “Welcome to Arroyo’s,” is debuting tonight in the Balch Arena Theater. Not only will the play showcase the acting and stage work of the student cast and crew, but it also promises to be a highly interactive and engaging performance for audience members. “Welcome to Arroyo’s” follows Alejandro Arroyo and his sister, Molly, as they struggle to deal with the recent death of their mother. In the wake of their loss, Molly begins to express herself through graffiti, while Alejandro opens a lounge at the site of their mother’s old bodega which he dubs “Arroyo’s” as a tribute to her. The siblings, along with a host of other characters — including a New York City cop, two DJs who narrate and a local graduate student — later uncover a secret about their mother that could change their lives and alter the history of hip-hop music altogether. Set against the backdrop of Manhattan’s vibrant Lower East Side, “Welcome to Arroyo’s” is a story of personal discovery through culture, friendship and romance, with elements of art and music peppered heavily throughout. The show is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz, a playwright with Latino origins — something that Director Noe Montez explained was important to him when choosing the production. “I looked through the drama department’s history over the past 70 years and — it’s no secret — the drama department has never staged a show by a U.S.-born Latino author,” Montez, who is also an assistant professor in the department, said. “As a person of Latino descent, I wanted to stage a play written by a Latino voice. So with that goal in mind I began to think about what might be the best play by a Latino author that also speaks to what I find sort of true or essential to the university experience.” “Welcome to Arroyo’s” also features a diverse, multi-racial set of characters, an aspect of the show that appealed to many of its cast members. “Ethnic roles are pretty rare,” junior Andy De Leon, who plays Alejandro Arroyo, said.
The cast has rehearsed 20 hours a week for the past five and half weeks. According to Montez, by opening night they will have had approximately 130 hours of rehearsal, a number that is comparable to the 160 to 180 hours of rehearsal that most professional productions require. After deciding on the show in April, Montez partnered with the American Studies department and received a grant from the Nat R. and Martha M. Knaster Charitable Trust. This funding allowed him to bring notable figures associated with the play to the Tufts campus, including the playwright and graffiti artist Abby Andrews, known as ABBY TC-5, who helped with set design and created a mural on display by the Mayer Campus Center. The grant also allowed Montez to hire sound designer Dave Remedios, who has worked on both Boston-based and national productions. “When I hired him we talked about really filling the arena with the sounds of hiphop,” Montez said. Indeed, though the show is technically a play, it draws much of its inspiration from hip-hop culture. Because of this, there are definitive musical elements interwoven throughout the performance. “Sometimes we give information through rapping, which is a really awesome and fun way [to narrate] rather than just saying what’s happening,” senior Yessenia Rivas, who plays Trip, one of the DJs, said. “It’s great because the music also serves as punctuation and beats to [help] transition, which is really amazing,” senior Montel Yancy, who plays the other DJ, Nelson, added. “Rather than going to all black like a normal scene, we add the element of music ... for 15 or 20 seconds and then you look up and there’s a new scene.” “Welcome to Arroyo’s” will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 to 19, at 8 p.m. in the Balch Arena Theater in the Aidekman Arts Center. A second set of performances will be held the following week, from Thursday, Oct. 24 to Saturday, Oct. 26 at the same time. Tickets are $7 with a Tufts ID, with the exception of the Oct. 24 performance where all tickets are $1, and can be purchased at the Aidekman box office or by calling 617-627-3493.
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Yessenia Rivas and Montel Yancy play DJs who narrate the show and incorporate elements of rap into their performances.
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‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ art project reaches Boston You’ll hear it before you see it. Unassumingly tucked away between two benches in Davis Square sits a beautifully painted piano with the words, “Play Me, I’m Yours” written along its side. Part of an art project started by Luke Jerram in 2008, the “Play Me, I’m Yours” initiatve was created as a way to combat the typical restrictions of playing music in public. The installation invites everyone to share music, regardless of skill level. Placed in public parks, bus shelters, train stations and markets, the pianos are situated in areas where they are accessible to any member of the community. The “Play Me, I’m Yours” project varies from place to place — it is up to the community hosting the piano to decide how long it remains on the street
and what it looks like. The piano in Davis Square, for instance, was painted and designed by local artists. The project, which began in Birmingham, England, has grown to an international scope. Pianos have been installed in the U.K., Brazil, Australia and Canada. The project moved to Boston this September, where the 1,000th piano was placed. The installation, which lasted from Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, saw 75 pianos placed all throughout the metropolitan area — located in public spaces in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. The project won’t stop here — the next stop for “Play Me, I’m Yours” is Santiago, Chile. —by Veronica Little
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Yo-Yo Ma leads BSO in brilliant program by
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The legendary Yo-Yo Ma paid a visit to Boston last week, performing as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). It’s hard to imagine another musician who that has so fluidly bridged the worlds of classical and popular music, and few empty seats were seen in Symphony Hall — proof of Ma’s superb reputation. On the program was Prokofiev’s Suite from “Love for Three Oranges,” Op. 33bis; Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 107 and Richard Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben,” Op. 40. All three of the pieces, led by energetic French conductor Stéphane Denève, boasted massive ensembles and include additional instruments — in the wind and brass sections of “Ein Heldenleben,” for example, there are eight horns. It was a treat for the audience to hear such extensive ensembles fill the large space of Symphony Hall. Prokofiev’s Suite from “Love for Three Oranges” consists of six short movements. In this work, each movement is an illustration of the characters and events from Prokofiev’s rarely performed opera. The piece as a whole is quite quirky, possessing a myriad of exciting sound imagery — with its strong, recognizable themes it was a joy to listen to. The fifth movement, “The Prince and the Princess,” featured a heartbreakingly beautiful viola solo played impeccably by Cathy Basrak. Although somewhat muted, she still managed to project the clear tone of her viola to every corner of the vast venue. The entire work has not been performed by the BSO since its premiere in 1926, which was also the first American performance of the suite. Under the direction of Denève, the orchestra expertly expressed the playfulness of the piece, making for a truly fantastic opening. After a brief break to prepare the stage, Ma stepped out to thunderous applause. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 107, is a staple of his repertoire. Originally written for Mstislav Rostropovich, another legendary cellist and also one of Shostakovich’s students at the Moscow Conservatory, the piece is nothing less than impressive. Ma toned back his usual demonstrative expressions in the first movement, reflecting on the tone of the piece. Shostakovich was writing under the heavy, repressive hand of the former Soviet Union, and his pieces often hold a dry, ironic sentiment. But in the second movement, concertgoers saw the Ma they were familiar with. Marked “espressivo,” the movement allowed Ma the breadth to perform with his typical intense emotion. Sitting in the audience, one could hear Ma breathing heavily in tandem with the rhythm of
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Yo-Yo Ma performed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat.
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his playing. Denève and the orchestra complemented Ma perfectly, supporting his sound when needed and, in other moments, disappearing to the very recesses of the room. In the third movement — a rhapsodic cadenza for the soloist — the audience watched as Ma poured nearly all his effort into his performance, and by the end of the fourth movement — a furious Allegro con moto — Yo-Yo Ma seemed as if he and his cello were about to roll off the stage in the midst of the physical intensity of his playing. Overall, the work was superbly rendered and rightly rewarded with an energetic standing ovation. The second half of the program consisted of Richard Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben,” Op. 40. A mammoth romantic piece, this
programmatic work tells the life of a hero throughout its many technically demanding pages. The piece features many portions of the orchestra individually — particularly winds and brass — as well as an extensive violin solo. First horn player James Sommerville led the orchestra in the incredibly difficult recurring motif of the hero himself. The orchestra as a whole played vigorously, holding nothing back in order to give Strauss’s work the full effect of its triumphant story. Den絥 deftly led the BSO through the night and commanded the attention of the audience for the duration of the performances. His high-level energy, along with those of all the BSO musicians, was present even until the last notes of “Ein Heldenleben.”
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Junior Jim O’Donnell juggles folk music and economics There are a great deal of talented Tufts musicians who want nothing more than to meet others with shared interests for the purposes of collaboration — or even just for casual conversation. Junior Jim O’Donnell believes that this sharing of work is crucial to the development of a musical community, and he would like to see it happen more frequently on campus. A quantitative economics major working toward a minor in music, Jim has been playing guitar for 10 years and playing mostly folk music with Tufts fellow students since his freshman year. He recently hosted a folk music concert in his own living room, inviting all the music performers and fans he knew. “The whole idea was to show people that this goes on here, even though it’s not heavily advertised,” he said. When mentioning Tufts’ “great organizations” such as Concert Board, O’Donnell speculated that big name bands that come for larger events might cause students to overlook the local talent on our own campus. “It’s easy to forget that there are a lot of talented musicians who go here,” he said. “I would love to make it easier for them to find an audience.” Although logistical problems may keep
s two famous tea locales in Harvard Square with two “punny” names, Boston Tea Stop and Tealuxe are obvious go-to spots for any thirsty boba-lover. While you may assume that the name bubble tea comes from the chewy tapioca balls floating around the bottom of this concoction, it actually refers to the bubbly foam at the top of the drink that forms after it has been shaken. Originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea has become an international craze, with stores across the world dedicated to perfecting the drink. Even German and Austrian McDonalds have started selling their own versions of bubble tea. Inhabitants of Harvard Square are certainly not immune to the increasing global demand for boba — the question is, where should they go to get their fix?
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First on the program was Prokofiev’s Suite from ‘Love for Three Oranges.’
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him from having regular shows in his home, O’Donnell emphasized the importance of the community in music and the power of live shows. “People react really well to that sort of thing,” he said. “Every time you go, or attend, or host [this kind of event] it
reminds you of the musicians that are here. It makes you want to take advantage of that more. ... People always walk away saying, ‘I didn’t know that he was a musician, I didn’t know that these things went on.’” —by Brendan Donohue
Bubble Tea from Tealuxe and Boston Tea
Tealuxe $4.66 8/10 Harvard Cozy
Tea Stop $3.80 7/10 Harvard Colorful
The inside of Tealuxe reminds me of the old, cozy bookstores I used to sit in with my mom for hours in downtown New York City, except with central air conditioning and brighter lights. This Cambridge spot has a very wide selection of teas. Tealuxe gives customers the option to add boba to any of its classic flavors, or to try one of the few special bubble tea flavors every day. I decided to seize the opportunity and go for the caramel crème brûlée black bubble tea. The rather steep cost for my tea turned out to be worth the price — the cup was pretty hefty for a “small” size. The caramel blended wonderfully with the taste of the tapioca, and the boba were big and perfectly chewy. The combination of the caramel and black tea was very strong, but in different ways. Drinking my tea while curled up in the corner of the shop was the perfect way to relax after a long day. Just three skips away from Tealuxe is Boston Tea Stop. I’m no stranger to Boston Tea Stop and have always appreciated how it organizes its menu. The store offers an extensive list of fruit teas. Then, you can upgrade your tea to a slush (add ice), a snow (add ice and milk) or a smoothie (add ice cream). As well as tapioca balls, Boston Tea Stop offers mango stars, lychee jelly and aloe orbs as add-ins. The smoothies at Boston Tea Stop are just a bit too sweet for me, so I went for the lychee slush with half boba and half jelly. Having just had tea at Tealuxe, I couldn’t help but instantly notice how much better Tealuxe’s boba were. Boston Tea Stop’s were smaller and much less chewy. However, overall, the tea was great. It was sweeter than at Tealuxe, but very good in its own right. So who wins? This is where I came to my moral dilemma of the week. I really wanted to call a tie. Tealuxe and Boston Tea Stop are inherently different establishments and both have their strengths and weaknesses. The variety of ways to prepare your tea at Boston Tea Stop makes up for the fact that their boba didn’t compare to the quality of Tealuxe’s. But what kind of bubble tea critic would I be if I didn’t base the review on (what most people think are) the “bubbles?” As a result, this one has to go to Tealuxe. I wholeheartedly commend Boston Tea Stop’s efforts and hope that they continue doing what they do best — with maybe a little improvement to their boba recipe. Susie Church is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. She can be reached at Susannah.Church@tufts.edu.
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Center fosters critical research and discussion
Today, Tufts launches the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) after its 2012 establishment by founding Director Peniel Joseph, a professor in the Department of History. The center is a dynamic addition to the Hill, as it will foster dialogue on poignant, race-related issues and offer various research opportunities for both students and faculty. The racial, social and political issues brought to light by the center are important subjects to explore, especially for a research university such as Tufts. With the recent addition of Africana and Asian American studies to Tufts curricula, the university has expanded the potential for students to engage with these subject areas in the classroom. But for those who are pursuing majors and concentrations in other
fields, education on these issues may be harder to come by. The allocation of resources to the launching of the CSRD is a strong step toward providing all students on the Hill with the opportunity to educate themselves on pressing race-related issues. Many professors on campus have studied and continue to study race-related issues closely, and many are working on research that would be of interest to much of the student body. The center creates an environment where students and faculty can come together to discuss, research and spread the word about relevant social and political matters. Moreover, the center, which serves to fuse racial and political studies, is a multi-disciplinary undertaking, allowing a broad spectrum of people to contribute to the discussion.
Race and democracy obviously have an impact on students on campus, so it is extremely useful and beneficial to have the center as a means to research relevant topics on a deeper level. The center has already utilized different forms of communication and learning, such as movie screenings, lectures and brown-bag lunches, to appeal to the diverse interests of students on campus. The CSRD is progressive and innovative. It is creating opportunities, through the Gerald Gill Fellows program, for students to be at the forefront of research on race and democracy and to stimulate wide-reaching dialogues on these topics. The center serves an important purpose, and Tufts students should take advantage of such a valuable and relevant resource.
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It’s 7 p.m. and you’re bored, so you start surfing channels for something worthwhile. Maybe you will scroll through Netflix to catch up on your favorite drama series. In any case, you’ll find college sex stereotypes on just about any station. On shows with characters roughly the same age as University of Minnesota students, characters are having sex or talking about having sex. Modern-day TV and film is far off base on the numbers of college kids doing the dirty via hook-ups. I just finished the first season of Spike TV’s hilarious take on college life, “Blue Mountain State,” on Netflix. I love the show, but there is no denying that the amount of sexual acts characters engage in is crazy and in no way accurate to a real university. For those who haven’t watched the show, imagine “American Pie” with football. “Blue Mountain State” is, of course, not the only show depicting teens and college students as one-track-minded on Friday and Saturday nights. In fact, the landscape of TV today is
more accepting of high school and college hook-up culture than ever before. Fox’s “Glee,” MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” HBO’s “Girls” and The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” are a few of the shows breaking barriers of acceptability on a weekly basis. Even ABC Family (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Greek,” etc.) has upped its raunch in the past six or seven years to reach its young adults. Contrary to popular belief, the average Minnesota college student is not a sexcraving, hormone-driven love machine. According to the Boynton Health Services 2012 College Student Health Survey, 82.5 percent of University students had sex with one or zero partners in the past year. Of those who reported having intercourse in the past 12 months, 86 percent said their partner was either a spouse, fiancé or an exclusive dating partner. About 4 percent said their most recent sexual partner was a casual acquaintance. Regardless of what television indicates, teens and young adults are not having nearly as many sexual encounters as our counterparts on screen. So why have networks like ABC Family, Spike TV and Fox strived to show us this
minority of college students? The answer is simple: Sex sells. More and more programs are pushing the envelope for viewers’ desire to see their favorite on-screen pairs end up in the sheets together. The producers don’t care if they misrepresent university life when millions of people are watching their programs every week. If the people buy it, they’ll do their diligence to keep on supplying. The group most commonly misunderstood by these shows is the Greek system. The frat guys are shown throwing huge parties every weekend or playing sports, while the sororities are either obnoxious “goody-good” girls who made it here on Daddy’s dime or provocateurs. I think we can agree that this is not the best representation of Greek life at our school. Yes, I know of a few guys and gals who do justice to these promiscuous characters. But they’re the outliers. The vast majority of University students are much less adventurous in their sex lives. We aren’t all necessarily into “casual acquaintances.” We don’t fit the TV stereotype that seems to have a different definition of love in college.
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Why you should dress up as Harry Potter, and not Cho Chang, for Halloween by
Racially and culturally insensitive Halloween costumes have become a ubiquitous presence in the United States, and Tufts is in no way an exception. For many members of marginalized communities, Halloween has become a moment in which to prepare ourselves for insensitive and willfully ignorant portrayals of ourselves and our communities as stereotypes and simplistic, violent images. This costumed appropriation of culture, race and identity causes a kind of psychological violence when you see someone wearing you as a costume. As we approach Halloween, I write this in hopes of engaging all members of our community in a dialogue on representation, violence and empathy. The issue at the heart of this contention is cultural appropriation — members of seemingly privileged groups taking cultural practices or artifacts from marginalized groups and using them for their own benefit or enjoyment. When one appropriates from another culture he essentializes it, removes its nuances and constructs a false representation. Most people wouldn’t think to go out dressed in blackface or as a “terrorist,” but they might overlook other stereotypical costumes that are deeply hurtful to many members of our campus. These images also justify physical and institutional violence against people of color. Last year, two such events stood out. The first occurred at the Latino Culture House when a student who had never interacted with any of the house members approached La Casa and rang the doorbell to borrow a sombrero for his Halloween costume. The members of the house were hurt, confused and angry. Why did this student feel that a house full of Latino students — students from a wide variety of countries and cultures -— would own a piece of stereotypical Mexican
headgear? Why did this student feel entitled to dress up as a stereotype of a Mexican? Beyond the obvious — that national, cultural and racial identities are not costumes — the issue is also one of essentializing. “Mexican” is an extremely diverse culture and reducing that identity to a sombrero is hurtful on an interpersonal level, as well as violent on a state level. Similarly, on a past Halloween, a pair of white male students walked around wearing sombreros, mustaches and ponchos while speaking with a “Spanish accent” — adding “o’s” and “-ita’s” to the end of English words. When I approached these students, not only did they deny that their costumes were inappropriate, but they insisted that I — a Latino man — was in fact racist for assuming they were portraying Mexican Americans. I ask that we work together to make this holiday a time when everyone can enjoy themselves equally. Last year a fraternity posted the phrase, “Last weekend could not have possibly satiated your appetite for culturally-accepted representations of innumerable stereotypes, so let’s have another go!” on
one of their Facebook events. That sort of language condones the use of prejudicial representations of culture and sends a clear message of who is welcome and accepted at their party. Halloween is not the one time of year that you get to play dress-up in someone else’s life. My culture is not your costume. In this vein, I have comprised a list of dos and don’ts for this Halloween. Don’t: depict yourself as a Native American by wearing headdresses, feathers or war paint; dress in a sombrero, mustache and poncho; go out as a Geisha or Ninja; dress up as “ghetto” or a “pimp” or dress up as characters that were created based on stereotypes like “Pocahontas” and “Aladdin.” Andrew’s list of approved costumes: ladybug, sexy carrot, pumpkin spiced latte, Jumbo in a peanut jar and the Government Shutdown. Andrew Núñez is a junior who is majoring in American Studies. He can be reached at Andrew.Nunez@tufts.edu.
From across the aisle: Obamacare debate reflects GOP’s efforts from 1990s Michael Glawe Iowa State Daily
It was 1993, and the country was embroiled in a tumultuous health care reform debate concerning various proposals by both the Clinton administration and Republicans alike. Robert Dole, then-Senate minority leader and presidential hopeful, along with 23 other Republican senators, co-sponsored a bill introduced by Sen. John Chafee. In an attempt to provide universal coverage while still creating a counter-balance to President Bill Clinton’s plan, the proposal, among other things, included a mandate that individuals purchase health care insurance. In addition, the bill required insurers to provide “standard benefits” packages and to eliminate discrimination based on preexisting conditions. “Hillarycare,” as the former was dubbed, failed miserably without firm backing from the Democratic Party, which was hampered by fractured alternative plans. The Republicans backed off their proposal after routing the opposition in the 1994 elections. However, there was, as there always is, a surreptitious reason for the failure of our efforts to reform health care. In a strategy memo addressed to Republican politicians,William Kristol argued against any reform for fear that Republicans would never again claim the gavel of the House. As he put it: “On the grounds of national policy alone, the plan should not be amended; it should be erased completely.” Kristol recognized the political threat posed by a compromise with Clinton’s plan, therefore “it would be a pity if the advancement of otherwise-worthy Republican proposals gave unintended support to the Democrats’ sky-is-falling rationale.” The hope for health care reform was killed.
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This strategy remarkably foreshadowed the coming zero-sum politics of the late 1990s and 2000s. It has become commonplace for constituents to gripe and groan about the failure of compromise in Congress in its present nature. Neglected are the background actors of the Grover Norquist-sort (similar to Kristol) whose ideologies, prejudices and craving for power too often stymie the political process. The underlying character of our current affairs is, to evoke Theodore Draper, a Machiavellian “struggle for power.” Under this context, as Sheldon Wolin put it, “the wholly good man and wholly evil one are rendered superfluous.” Kristol’s role in eliminating the Chafee bill makes him partly the latter. Ironically, it is the basic elements of the Chafee bill that have been the target of current Republican scrutiny. The resistance to the Affordable Care Act, which hinges on the mandates, represents yet another episode of the shifting political tides. The question is begged: Who now plays the role of Kristol? Not a single individual, but many. The GOP of today is nearly engulfed by the “no compromise” strategy, at times betraying their traditional positions. The Democratic Party is not blameless either, as the partisan divide is widened every day. The rhetoric, too, has changed. Politicians to the extremes of either side no longer say they oppose just certain provisions of an opposition’s bill; they instead oppose the bill outright. But this nonetheless reiterates the point — the condition of power requires a contrast of “them vs. us.” It is not too difficult to notice the pandering, either. For instance, both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush used stimulus policies to revive the economy. Yet, when President Barack Obama issues a stimulus
package, GOP leaders cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. The same can be said, in a relative way, of the Affordable Care Act, of which Democrats would say inches uncomfortably close to Republican policies (a market-oriented approach). Noting the hypocrisy is of course nothing new, but it nevertheless underscores the ongoing struggle to paint the other side as the villain. This is the rawness of politics — the dirty play that came to define Machiavelli’s work. Under the guise of political rallies and pseudo-events at the World War II memorial, the House Republicans again stand poised as Machiavellian actors attempting to usurp power — or perhaps take advantage of it. Recklessly utilizing the dual threats of a debt default and the government shutdown, the GOP has adopted the “evil” means to the ends. They certainly recognize, as did Kristol, the political threat posed by the Affordable Care Act, and they intend to stamp it out. Going back further, moderate Republicans embraced the tea party influx of 2010 as a means by which they could overthrow the Democratic majority. In an effort to retain power and win the voters, the party had to differentiate itself from Obama and abandon some of its own positions, even at the expense of the well-being of Americans (embracing austerity, the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, the “Sequester”, etc.). As a result, the moderates no longer control their own party. What we now face are politicians on both sides of the aisle willing to block and repeal anything they don’t like, and patiently wait until the next election cycle affords them the opportunity to again seize power. Perhaps Dole’s reflection on the early 1990s provides an anecdote: “You give up some things and you get some things. If you get 70 percent, that’s OK. You don’t just put a big ‘No’ sign on your desk.”
f there were only one movie trilogy to characterize the ultimately nerdy student body at Tufts, I hope it would be the Lord of the Rings. I also hope, for the sake of my argument, that you guessed where I was going with that. As I meander through campus, late to French again, I recognize the virtues of Rings characters within my every peer. I notice Gandalf and his wit, Legolas and his beauty, Frodo and his resilience, Sam and his spirit, Arwen and her grace and the orc in Dewick, gorging endlessly (and heroically) on our sensational buffets. My French teacher’s glares suggest I may lack these virtues, but how can I help it if I stroll like a dwarf? In my mind, everyone seemed to parallel one or a few of these archetypal characters. Everyone seemed to present clearly defined characteristics common to those of the fellowship. Naive? Yes. Stereotypical? I know. But did my fellow student body share this naivety with me? Was the Lord of the Rings really as ubiquitous as I assumed? When confronted with the inevitable question, “Which LOTR character are you and why?” there are really only two possible responses. One: an enthusiastic, premeditated and rapid release of who and a detailed, exact description of why. Or two: nothing much of anything. “Why didn’t I watch those damn movies before I got to college like my friends told me to?” The downcast, shameful look speaks for itself. This discrepancy is expected, normal even, and the answers I did receive (yes, I really asked people) were illuminating regardless of their textual accuracy. Freshman Jared Glaser immediately proposed Gandalf the Grey as his spirit character. “Oh, he’s the most badass, definitely,” he argued, “I mean, he rode the Balrog.” True. Jared insisted, however, that Gandalf’s real enticement lay in his ability to blow smoke ships. For the tokers on campus, Gandalf is surely a worthy and virtuous spirit guide. The women I asked almost invariably opted for hobbit-hood. Vanessa Torrice claimed she would be a Sam, while Amanda Huang suggested she was a Frodo. The hobbits in LOTR display tremendous sums of courage among numerous other admirable characteristics, from friendship and kindness to determination and passion. This nicely juxtaposes with men’s desired ability to “blow smoke ships.” One friend of mine, Tim Balton, couldn’t produce a single character with whom he related. And yes, he’s still a friend. Instead, the quick-thinker named another character from another series of books: Hagrid from Harry Potter. I think the gamekeeper of Hogwarts suits Tim, the tall, animal-loving and beard growing goof nicely. Although, to be consistent, Pippin is just goofy enough to work, too. The answers I received varied in detail, enthusiasm and, of course, accuracy. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was not as ubiquitous as I had hoped. Still (and maybe this is my stubborn dwarf shining through again), I believe that the fellowship is definitely representative of our student body. This opinion may be wrong (in fact, if I’ve learned anything from having opinions, it’s that this one probably is wrong). But it may not be far from a universally accepted truth here at Tufts that we all identify with certain characters, certain movies, certain books and certain virtues we admire and wish to embody. We all strive for excellence by setting the bar high. “I want to be as brave as Harry Potter!” “I want to be as cunning as Captain Jack Sparrow!” “I want to be as handsome as Jean Valjean!” “I want to be as badass as Gandalf the Grey!” Determination and imagination are certainly strong here at Tufts and that’s more important than any trilogy. Honestly, I just want to grow facial hair like a Dwarf.
Adam Kaminski is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at Adam.Kaminski@tufts.edu.
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Editors’ Challenge | Week 7 Here we are at Week 7 of Editors’ Challenge, sports fans! Eli Manning is really, really, ridiculously bad at football. An 0-6 start and 15 interceptions — you’ve got to be kidding me, this guy has won two Super Bowls?! Back to the standings we’re most worried about, though. There were only two shifts in pecking order as a result of last week’s games, and a total of seven editors went 10-5. It was a pretty stellar picking week, as the lowest single record from anyone was 9-6. Let’s break down the standings through six weeks with some help from America’s sweetheart, Miley Cyrus. Still tied for the lead are Ross “See You Again” Dember and Marcus “The Climb” Budline. Dember is still on top -— he’s either held first place outright or been tied for the top spot for the past four weeks — while Budline has slowly made the move to challenge Dember for the crown. Behind these two is Aaron “Nobody’s Perfect” Leibowitz. The kid is a legit beat reporter for Tufts football, he’s in B.E.A.T.s and he’s dating the Editor-in-Chief, BUT he’s not in first place in Eds’ Challenge! Finally, something to critique. Next up we have Matt “The Best of Both Worlds” Berger. He gets to edit at will and participate in Eds’ Challenge, but he doesn’t have to write a beat! What could be better? Tied with Berger is Zachey “Can’t Be Tamed” Kliger. Kliger is a bit of a mystery around the Daily, but he always comes through and is looking to make a pass in the near future in the standings of our league. Next up we have a three-way tie among Jason “Supergirl” Schneiderman, Jake “Start All Over” Indursky and Alex “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” Schroeder. Schneiderman, a new editor to the OVERALL LAST WEEK SEA at ARI TB at ATL CIN at DET CHI at WAS STL at CAR SD at JAC BUF at MIA NE at NYJ DAL at PHI SF at TEN BAL at PIT CLE at GB HOU at KC DEN at IND MIN at NYG
Ross 60-32 10-5 SEA ATL CIN CHI STL SD BUF NYJ PHI SF BAL GB KC DEN MIN
Marcus 60-32 10-5 SEA ATL DET CHI CAR SD MIA NYJ DAL SF PIT GB KC DEN MIN
Aaron 58-34 10-5 SEA ATL DET WAS CAR SD MIA NE PHI SF BAL GB KC DEN NYG
Matt 57-35 10-5 SEA ATL DET CHI STL SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL GB KC DEN NYG
Zachey 57-35 11-4 SEA ATL DET CHI STL SD MIA NE PHI SF PIT GB KC DEN NYG
Jason 56-36 10-5 SEA ATL DET WAS CAR SD MIA NE DAL TEN BAL GB KC DEN NYG
Daily this semester, has impressed all by hanging around with the veterans of the group. Indurksy, on the other hand, started things off with a big first-week record and has since been steadily dropping through the ranks. He needs to pull it all back together if he wants to make a surge for the top. Lastly, Schroeder has been stuck in the middle of the pack for the whole season and is waiting for one week to make a break for the head of the pack. Maybe the bold pick of Indianapolis over Denver is the choice he needs. Alex “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” Connors is next, just looking for some way to stay alive in the challenge and not fall into the bottom four. That group is comprised of David “One in a Million” McIntyre, Claire “Ordinary Girl” Sleigh, Kate “Party in the U.S.A.” Klots and Tyler “7 Things” Maher. McIntyre really is one of a kind, and now that he’s out of the basement, he hopes to make a late run for the top in the last Eds’ Challenge of his college career. Sleigh is, well, doing an average job picking, staying a healthy eight games above .500 but making no real moves in the standings. Klots ... well her name is pretty self-explanatory. There’s nothing to hate about Maher, but if I could tell him one thing seven times it would be, “Please, don’t pick the Jaguars ever again.” Rounding out our pickers is senior baseball player guest Max “Fly on the Wall” Freccia. Normally just an observer of the hotly contested Eds’ Challenge, Freccia has decided to put down the mitt and pick up the pigskin in an effort to show the Daily what football picking is all about. Jake 56-36 11-4 SEA ATL CIN CHI CAR SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL CLE KC DEN MIN
Alex S 56-36 11-4 SEA ATL CIN CHI STL SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL GB KC IND MIN
Alex C 52-40 10-5 SEA ATL CIN CHI STL SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL GB KC DEN NYG
David 51-41 11-4 SEA ATL DET CHI STL SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL GB KC DEN NYG
Claire 50-42 10-5 SEA ATL DET CHI STL SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL GB HOU DEN NYG
Kate 49-43 9-6 SEA ATL DET CHI STL SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL GB HOU DEN NYG
Tyler 46-46 9-6 SEA ATL DET CHI STL SD MIA NE DAL SF BAL GB HOU DEN NYG
GUEST Max Freccia SEA ATL CIN CHI CAR SD MIA NE PHI SF PIT GB KC DEN NYG
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Tufts take two home games against UNE, Conn. College FIELD HOCKEY
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The Camels managed to piece together one final goal-scoring possession. In the 55th minute, Sanderson finished her second goal of the day, launching a shot above Keenan’s head. Tufts’ defense held strong for the final 15 minutes, however, preserving the two-goal margin. “We built on Thursday’s game with our passing,” senior All-American midfielder Emily Cannon said. “We just fought. It was a really tough game because Conn. is really good this year, but we had some great touches and finishes on a goalie that held us to one goal on 40 shots last year.” Two days prior, it was Yogerst’s exceptional effort that lifted the Jumbos above the Nor’Easters. The first half was all Tufts, with a 15-1 advantage in shots and six penalty corners to the University of New England’s two. Despite a five-save effort from firstyear keeper Holly Smith, Yogerst found the back of the net four times in the opening 35 minutes. In the ninth minute of play, Terveer assisted Yogerst with her first goal of the evening, putting Tufts on the board early.
A minute later, freshman forward Annie Artz got involved, connecting with Yogerst for Tufts’ second goal of the day. The Jumbos continued to pressure as the half wore on and with 10 minutes left, Cannon dished another assist to Yogerst to put Tufts up 3-0. “Our passing throughout the entire field was really clicking which allowed us to create space in behind their defense,” Yogerst said. “We played a really offensive game which included our defense stepping up for interceptions and our offense cutting back to receive passes. Most of my goals were off of great feeds into the circle that I one-timed.” Yogerst added to the growing margin when she scored off a pass from sophomore forward Allison Rolfe in the 27th minute to give Tufts a massive 4-0 advantage heading into the intermission. “We focused not on who we were playing but on elevating our own game,” Cannon said. “We focused on keeping up the pressure and putting the ball into the circle, where Chelsea was able to do a phenomenal job of finishing those looks.” The visitors drew first blood in the second stanza. Two minutes in, junior for-
ward Erin Bibber put a ball from senior co-captain forward Hayley LaPointe past Keenan to put the Nor’Easters on the board for the first time. The Jumbos remained unfazed. Just 33 seconds later, Rolfe and Yogerst connected again to push Tufts’ lead back to four on Yogerst’s final score of the contest. Midway through the period, the Jumbos’ greener players got involved in the scoring effort. First-year forward Dominique Zarrella received a ball from junior defender Katie Koch, finishing a goal past Smith to make it 6-1 Tufts. In the 55th minute, Sikes-Keilp scored to extend Tufts’ lead to six. Despite the Nor’Easters’ efforts to fight off the Jumbos’ younger forwards and midfielders in the final minutes, the damage was done and Tufts entered its weekend tilt with a convincing non-conference victory. Saturday’s win over Connecticut College allowed Tufts to maintain a 6-1 record in the NESCAC that places the Jumbos in a tie with No. 3 ranked Bowdoin and No. 10 ranked Amherst in the conference standings. Tufts will resume NESCAC play over the weekend at Williams on Saturday.
Jumbos above .500 after Conn. College win SOCCER
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“We were pretty disappointed coming out of the half tied, and I think they were pretty excited to be tied in the first half,” Kaufmann said. “At halftime we talked about really picking up the energy because we knew we could play better than we were and I definitely think we did that better in the second half.” Two minutes into the second, the Jumbos got their chance. Tufts’ defense countered a push from Connecticut College by clearing the ball out, and junior Victoria Stoj played a beautiful through ball to Kaufmann who took the breakaway. The Camels’ freshman keeper Bella Hall came out to counter Kaufmann’s run and fouled her just outside the 18-yard box. Kruyff took the penalty shot for the Jumbos and kicked the ball past the wall, just outside of the keeper’s outstretched hands. “I still marvel at how hard Carla can hit the ball,” Whiting said. “She can really rip it and
she put it in the right spot.” The Jumbos came on energized after the goal and dominated play in the second half without being able to sink one in. It wasn’t until the last couple minutes of the game that senior Amanda Neveu curled the ball in off a corner and put the Jumbos into a dangerous opportunity. Sophomore Allie Weiller got a piece of it, as did the keeper, but it was Kruyff who was again able to seal the deal with a header from the 18-yard line. According to Kaufmann, the team has been working on set pieces during practice and was glad to be able to put those away. “The fact that we were able to score on two set pieces was really great because we have been practicing them a lot,” she said. “Going forward our goal is to finish the opportunities we have on regular play, not just getting set pieces.” The Jumbos now sit at 4-3 in conference play, in sixth place behind Williams and Bowdoin, two teams that they have
Trinity football continues to thrive TRINITY
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“I think we had five or six [penalties], which kill drives,” Bunker added. For Devanney, maintaining a successful program is also about smart recruiting. Forty-seven of his players are from one of three states: Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. It’s the coaches’ job to pick out the gems. “Especially if you recruit New England, it’s so over-recruited with Ivy League, Patriot League and NESCAC schools,” he said. “There’s probably 50 kids on this Tufts team that we recruited at some point.”
So how does he lure the best fits to Trinity? “Toughness and speed I’d say are the two things that we look for most,” Devanney said. “Everybody always bashes us for being in Hartford, but I think we get tough kids that don’t mind being in the city. Everybody looks for speed, but I think we’ve tended to have more speed than most of the other teams on both sides of the ball.” Strong academics, vibrant campus life and long-term career opportunities certainly don’t hurt the Bantams’ recruiting efforts, but every NESCAC school offers those things to varying degrees. Trinity offers those, plus a
yet to play this year. After losing two NESCAC games in a row, the Conn. College win puts Tufts into a stronger position in the conference. After dominating the conference for most of the season, Trinity is down to second place following loses to both Bowdoin and Middlebury. Middlebury is now the top team in the league with 18 points, three points ahead of Trinity. The next five seeded teams are all within three points of each other, as teams vie for the coveted home-field advantage during playoff matchups. According to Whiting, coming away with the win gives the players both a boost in confidence and a leg up in the standings. “Our team is playing with confidence; we always feel good after a win and I notice a change in tone in practice,” she said. “Coming out 4-3 versus 3-4 is a huge difference just because of how close the teams all are.” The team takes on Williams this weekend in the first of a string of three away games.
deep-seated winning tradition. “[Devanney] came in and demanded winning,” Bunker said. “That feeds down through the coaching staff and into us.” Winning was the sole motivation Bunker cited when asked why he chose Trinity four years ago. In a four-minute interview Saturday, he used some form of the word “win” 13 times — one for each victory of the Bantams’ current streak. “I wanted to go somewhere where you were playing every game with the expectation of winning, and with the ability to win a NESCAC championship,” he said. “I found that at Trinity.”
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Trinity College has been a perennial powerhouse in the NESCAC, winning its last 51 games in a row. The Bantams’ most recent victory came on Oct. 12, when they downed the Jumbos 43-7.
Ross Dember and Alex Schroeder | Fivefeet Nothing
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his week is Ross’, so let’s start things off by talking about the greatest montage in sports. At the end of every NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game, CBS shows the highlights of that year’s tournament while Luther Vandross, or in one unfortunate year Jennifer Hudson, belts out the lyrics to “One Shining Moment.” The song and montage highlight the beauty of the tournament. While there are future NBA stars in the tournament, for one game, half or shot, some overlooked or less talented player can be the hero for his team. When I was in the seventh grade, I would end every basketball practice the same way. I would stand on the wing and drain a game-winning three while Gus Johnson screamed, “Dember for the win!” in my head. It did not matter how many attempts it took, my last shot of the day was always a game-winning three to beat Duke for the national championship. While I knew that my basketball career was coming to an end in about a year, the local rec league season made that reality less poignant. I was good enough to play the meaningful minutes at the end of the game, but not enough that the team needed to rely on me during crunch time. Luckily, we had Chet on our team. Chet was one of those rare eighth graders who was not only the tallest kid on the court, but also the fastest, strongest, most athletic and best pure basketball player. We cruised through that season as the best team in the league all the way to the championship game. Unfortunately for us, our opponent had three relatively tall players, which made them the only team in the league that only needed to double-team, instead of triple-team, Chet. With a couple minutes left in the game, we were down 50-something to 40-something with Chet scoring 40-something while the rest of us were probably a combined 0-20 from the field. On the next possession we had, down by eight points with little time to go, our point guard threw the ball into Chet in the post. Finding himself triple-teamed, he passed the ball out to me in the corner, where I drained the 3-pointer. After a quick foul, we found ourselves down by seven. This time we swung the ball around the perimeter, and as soon as I got it, I faked a pass to Chet, then sunk my second 3-pointer in a row. By the next possession, my confidence was at Brad-Pitt-in-“Fight Club” level. As soon as the ball hit my hands I put it up and held the follow-through. In one minute I had scored nine points and brought our team back from what looked like a sure defeat. With 30 seconds left our assistant coach got called for a technical foul for making disparaging comments about our point guard (also his son) for what has to be one of the worst fouls of all time. By the time we got that ball back, we were down by three points with only eight seconds left. We knew that if we tied the game we would win in overtime; our opponent’s best players were all in foul trouble or exhausted from having to guard Chet. Despite hitting three 3-pointers in a row, I was still hesitant to take the game-saving shot. The play unfolded chaotically; the pass directed at me was deflected, and I had to track it down ten feet behind the three-point line. With seconds remaining I took a dribble and hoisted the ball in the air. It was the shot I had practiced after every practice. The ball hit the rim, bounced off the backboard and kissed the rim before deciding to fall on the outside of the cylinder. My one shining moment was over, one shot too soon. Ross Dember and Alex Schroeder are both sophomores who have yet to declare majors. Ross can be reached at Ross.Dember@tufts. edu, and Alex can be reached at Alexander. Schroeder@tufts.edu.
Yogerst breaks school record en route to two victories by
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The No. 5 nationally ranked field hockey team continued to roll last week. The Jumbos added a pair of victories, one
FIELD HOCKEY (9-1 Overall, 6-1 NESCAC) at Bello Field, Saturday Conn. College Tufts
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NESCAC and one non-conference win, along with a win yesterday over No. 14 Wellesley College, to improve to 10-1 on the season. On Thursday, head coach Tina McDavitt’s squad ousted the University of New England Nor’Easters 7-1 before besting Connecticut College 4-2 on Saturday. In the process, senior co-captain Chelsea Yogerst set a program record. Against the University of New England, Yogerst tapped in five goals to become Tufts’ all-time leader in single-game scoring. “It was extremely exciting and humbling to break a school record,” Yogerst said. “I am so thankful to have such amazing teammates because their hard
work put me in the position to score in both games, and I am really proud of the effort we put in this weekend, especially offensively. We had a number of different players score goals and provide assists which was really great.” On Saturday, sophomore midfielder Dakota Sikes-Keilp led the Jumbos with a two-goal effort that lifted them over the Camels. Connecticut College struck first, when senior forward Laura Sanderson collected her own rebound and fired a shot past Tufts junior keeper Bri Keenan to gain an early Camels advantage. Nearly 20 minutes later, Tufts finally broke through with an equalizer. The Jumbos earned a penalty corner, and Sikes-Keilp received the ball at the top of the circle, hammering a shot past Camels junior netminder Becca Napolitano to lock the game at 1-1. “I feel that we have enough trust in each other to know that we can come back from being behind in any game situation,” Yogerst said. “Although Conn. scored first, we realized that we had plenty of time to fight back but we were immediately reminded that we needed to increase our intensity.” With less than a minute left in the first period, Tufts pulled ahead when senior co-captain midfielder Stephanie Wan drove a shot that Yogerst tipped past Napolitano. Tufts headed into the second half with a slim, one-goal advantage. The Jumbos were able to expand their lead in the
Jumbos shutout Camels in Homecoming win by
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A late-game corner kick sealed the deal for Tufts as the women’s soccer team walked away with a 2-0 win over Connecticut
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College on Saturday. Junior Carla Kruyff netted both goals for Tufts in a game that brought the team back to a winning record in the conference. Kruyff scored both of her goals off of set pieces. The first was a penalty kick at the start of the second half and the second was a header off a corner kick in the last couple minutes of the game. According to senior tricaptain Anya Kaufmann, the team was able to take advantage of opportunities to press
for scoring positions and maintained their lead well. “I think we played well, although there were a few periods where we had lapses in energy and were a little slow to the ball,” Kaufmann said. “But for the most part we had a really good game.” Neither team made huge offensive moves in the first half. Both had five shots on goal in the first, although Conn. College took the upper hand with three corner kicks to Tufts’ one. According to coach Martha Whiting, the team came out a little sluggishly, although they did a good job on defense by cracking down on the Camels’ scoring opportunities. “I thought we came out pretty flat, but we played well enough to hold on,” she said. “We missed some chances but were able to absorb their shots on defense and get to half 0-0.” Kaufmann was not thrilled with how the team played in the first half, especially considering the extra energy the Camels seemed to be getting by holding the Jumbos scoreless. see SOCCER, page 15
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Junior Carla Kruyff paced the Jumbos Saturday against Conn. College, scoring both of the team’s goals en route to its fourth NESCAC victory of the season.
44th minute, when sophomore midfielder Rachel Terveer collected a rebound off of a shot by Yogerst, and fired the ball into the upper left corner of the cage to push the Jumbos’ lead to 3-1. Two minutes later, Tufts found the
boards again. Sikes-Keilp capitalized on another penalty corner, notching her second goal of the day to extend the lead to 4-1. see FIELD HOCKEY, page 15
Annie Levine for the Tufts Daily
Senior co-captain Chelsea Yogerst set a Tufts single-game scoring record with five goals against UNE on Oct. 10.
Inside the NESCAC
When it comes to winning, Trinity never settles by
Daily Editorial Board
Trinity football has been better. Sure, the Bantams are 4-0. Sure, they have won 13 straight games. And sure, their 51-game home winning streak is the longest in the nation. But these Bantams couldn’t hold a candle to the Bantams of 2002 to 2006, who won 36 games in a row. To compare them to the 2003 team, which finished 8-0 and allowed 30 points all season, would be crazy. Certainly, these Bantams can’t claim to be better than the mid-50s Bantams, who went 7-0 in both 1954 and 1955 and surrendered fewer than 10 points eight times. And don’t even think about mentioning this year’s team in the same sentence as the 1934 squad, which won by an average margin of 25 points and earned five of its seven victories via shutout. Such is the world of Trinity football, where anything less than perfection is questioned. The boys from Hartford keep on winning. Shouldn’t that be enough? “There’s such high expectations, so when we don’t have the number one defense, or when we don’t have the number one offense, people start asking questions,” senior running back Evan Bunker, Trinity’s all-time leading rusher, said. “We’re not thinking about the past or whether we’re the number one offense or defense. As long as we’re winning, it’s all that really matters.” Halfway through the season, the Bantams have had to battle for their victories. They trailed Bates through three quarters before pulling away late. They beat winless Williams by a mere seven points. Against Tufts this past Saturday, the Jumbos struck first before the Bantams woke up and won big. Winning, of course, is the ultimate goal. But when expectations are astronomical, simply winning is not always enough. Head coach Jeff Devanney, whose career record at Trinity is 53-7, stood on Zimman Field after Saturday’s 43-7 triumph and counted the ways in which his team must improve. “If we’re gonna beat Middlebury, Amherst and Wesleyan, we need to be better than we are right now,” he said. “We need to better execute on offense. We need to be better on defense. Our special
teams are improving; they weren’t good at the beginning of the year.” So far, Trinity’s archrival Wesleyan has been the best team in the NESCAC, ranking first in points per game (40.8) and points allowed per game (5.5). The Connecticut foes will meet in Middletown on the final day of the season, Nov. 9, in a contest that could be destined to serve as the unofficial conference title game. “Our main focus is just gonna be to get better this week, so that if we do have the opportunity to be in a championship finish, we’re good enough to compete,” Devanney said. “Right now, I don’t think we’re good enough to compete in those games.” One reason for concern is the Bantams’ unprecedented youth. Their roster features just 13 seniors and 43 of their 75 players are freshmen or sophomores. Trinity’s quarterback duties have been shared by a pair of underclassmen, sophomore Henry Foye and freshman Sonny Puzzo. The Bantams know that, to outsiders, their youth doesn’t appear to bode well for their chances at 8-0. But that only makes them more determined. “At times, we feel like even the coaches doubt us because we have a younger team,” senior wideout A.J. Jones, who set a school record for yards per reception in 2012, said. “We have a little chip on our shoulder.” Trinity’s outlook is certainly bolstered by one of the top running back duos in the league — currently second to Wesleyan’s — of Bunker and senior Ben Crick. Still, the ball-carriers have had their hiccups early on. Bunker, a downhill bruiser, was limited to 44 yards on 22 carries against Williams. And Crick, the speedier of the two, sat out against Tufts due to what Devanney characterized as a minor injury. The question is, how does a program continue to win — and never lose — in the face of injuries, dropouts and increased talent among conference rivals? For one, the coaches and players can never be satisfied. “We’ve got to clean up a little stuff on offense in the red zone,” Jones said after Saturday’s game. “On defense, we can’t let up a 99-yard first-drive touchdown.” see TRINITY, page 15