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CMS Program awards alumni for work in entertainment by
Meredith Braunstein Contributing Writer
Four Tufts alumni in the entertainment field were honored during the ninth annual P.T. Barnum Awards for Excellence in Entertainment event, held on June 27 at the Creative Arts Agency in Los Angeles. The recipients of this year’s awards were producer Coral Hawthorne ( J ’71), art director and production designer Christopher Brown (LA ’91) and screenwriter and director Brian Koppelman (LA ’88). A cappella arranger and director Deke Sharon (LA ’91) served as honorary emcee. The P.T. Barnum Awards were established in 2005 when a group of Tufts graduates in Los Angeles expressed interest in recognizing the lifetime achievements of alumni in the fields of arts and entertainment, according to Communications and Media Studies (CMS) Director Julie Dobrow, Each year, the Department of Drama and Dance and the CMS Program work with the Office of Alumni
Relations and the New York and Los Angeles Tufts Alliances to honor select alumni. “We have a group that’s comprised of both faculty and alums, so we all kind of have our collective radar out there looking for people in different fields to see what kind of interesting things they’ve done and what contributions they’ve made in their respective fields,” Dobrow said. Now a freelance producer in Los Angeles, Hawthorne said that she has produced television shows including “In Living Color” (1990-94), “Reed Between the Lines” (2011) and “Second Generation Wayans” (2013-present). With an undergraduate degree in drama, Hawthorne credits the drama program at Tufts and at Tufts in London for inspiring her interest in entertainment. “I had a great deal of experience working in the theater [at Tufts],” Hawthorne said. “I spent all my time there. I went to Tufts in London, where I see ALUMNI, page 2
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Theta Chi, inspired by the Indian festival of Holi, will host the university’s first-ever Tufts Color Run on Sunday. Proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization Direct Relief.
Student organizations team up for Color Run by
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Theta Chi will host the first university-wide Tufts Color Run around campus this
Sunday at 10:00 a.m. According to Theta Chi President Alex Kolodner, participants will be splashed with non-toxic, non-staining color by spectators as they approach
various “Color Stations” across the campus on their run. Theta Chi Philanthropy Co-Chair Krishna Soni added see COLOR, page 2
Child Development department revamps major requirements by Sarah
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The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development this year implemented several changes to the child
development major in order to provide students with real-world experiences and engagement in the field. The new requirements for the major, which faculty have been developing over the past 15 years, include a
research methods course, three courses from a focal area and one Applied Research Experience (AREA) course, according to Associate Professor of Child Development Calvin Gidney. “The new major reflects the depart-
ment’s mission to help people think like scholars when engaged with children or serving children and families,” George Scarlett, senior lecturer in the Department of Child Development, said. Originally, the major required students to take an introductory course in child development, two of three courses in core developmental theory and seven elective courses. During a meeting last month, Gidney presented the planned alterations to the major and discussed the rationale behind the changes. “There is not a single faculty member who doesn’t think that this is better than what we had before,” he said. “Not that the one before was bad, but this is just better.” The modifications apply to all students who declare the major from this fall semester onwards, according to Gidney. Current majors will take classes under the old set of requirements, although they can opt into the new system if desired. About 150 students are currently majoring in child development, he said. Students can now choose to concentrate in one of five focal areas, including Child and Family Health, Child and Family Policy, Developmental Theory, Early Childhood Education and Children, Arts, Technology and Media. “We want you to have a cluster of courses that represent a focus or a pathway that you’re exploring, that might end up being what you do after Tufts,” Scarlett said. “We want you to explore a specialty or concentration
Students declaring a major under the The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development from this semester onward will need to fulfill a revamped set of requirements offering research skills and experience outside of the classroom.
Inside this issue Adjunct professor Gregory Crane combines interest in classics and computer science. see FEATURES, page 3
see MAJOR, page 2
Today’s sections Carlo Carlei’s newest film adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ lacks originality. see ARTS, page 7
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Police briefs Ditched
Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) officers on Oct. 19 at 12:53 a.m. received a call about four individuals on the roof of Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall. Officers arrived and witnessed two students climbing down. The other two could not be located. The students were unable to provide an explanation for their presence on the roof.
Oops! ... I did it again
Officers on Oct. 20 at 12:30 a.m. broke up a fight between two brothers during the Latinos Take Over Hotung event in Hotung Cafe. The brothers, neither of whom were Tufts students, were placed under arrest for disturbing the peace and trespassing, and subsequently transported to Somerville Police Department headquarters. The same two brothers had been arrested for fighting last year at Tufts on Oct. 28. Last year’s case is
still being processed in court and will be handled with the most recent incident.
TUPD on Oct. 20 at 2:30 a.m. responded to an attempted break-in at 100 Packard Ave., the location of Theta Chi fraternity. Officers arrived and confirmed signs of an attempted break-in, including one removed screen lying on the ground and a second bent screen. There were also handprints on the
glass of a window where the intruder had attempted to push the window in. Officers and the Theta Chi president examined the house the next day and confirmed that nothing was missing. This break-in attempt comes just two weeks after the fraternity’s house fire.
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Alumni speak on experience in entertainment industry alumni
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was inspired by all we were able to see and participate in. It was just the beginning.” Hawthorne also encouraged Tufts students interested in the entertainment industry to be confident and direct in achieving their goals. “Be sure you want to do it,” she said. “Don’t take no for an answer, [and] learn about as many different things as you can.” Brown, who double majored in drama and history, explained that the combination of two disciplines has helped him in his career as an art director and production designer. “A good deal of approach to design and art direction requires you to do a certain amount of investigation and research, which my history training certainly prepared me well for,” he said. Brown currently works as a production director on the upcoming AMC series, “Halt & Catch Fire.” He served as the art director for the first six seasons of the show “Mad Men” (2007-present), as well as the film “Twilight” (2008). “As a design project, [“Mad Men”] has been a great chance to explore a really interesting period of architecture and décor,” he said. Koppelman said that he has co-written films including “Rounders” (1998), “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) and “Solitary Man” (2009). He also co-directed the upcoming ESPN documentary about tennis player Jimmy Connors, “This is What They Want.” Koppelman’s time at Tufts allowed him to pursue various interests, he said. “I got to write all the time [at Tufts], and I acted in shows, and I was able to take classes in everything that interested me,” he said. “It was really a time of intellectual growth and creative growth.” Sharon said that he has immersed himself in the a cappella industry since his days in the Tufts Beelzebubs and as a Tufts/New England Conservatory dual degree student. His projects include working as the vocal director for the film “Pitch Perfect” (2012) and the NBC show “The Sing Off” (2009-present), as well as estab-
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A cappella arranger and director Deke Sharon (LA ’91), who worked as vocal director for the NBC show ‘The Sing Off,’ was one of four alumni honored during this year’s annual P.T. Barnum Awards for Excellence in Entertainment event. lishing the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and singing in the a cappella group The House Jacks. Sharon now serves as the vocal director for the sequel to “Pitch Perfect.” He credited Tufts for making his career possible, as his experiences on the Hill
introduced him to the world of a cappella. “I think Tufts is an incredibly special place because it requires a high level of academic achievement, but at the same time motivates and inspires students to find themselves and forge their own path,” Sharon said.
Color Run represents switch to largerscale events at Theta Chi COLOR
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that all proceeds from the run will be dedicated to Direct Relief, a non-profit organization that gives critical health supplies and medicine to health providers around the world. The run, co-sponsored by Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, the Tufts Association of South Asians and the Leonard Carmichael Society, will culminate in a large gathering and celebration on the Res Quad, Soni said. Runners there will be able to dance to a live DJ and sample food from local businesses such as J.P. Licks and Boston Burger Company. According to the event page on Facebook, the Color Run was inspired by the Indian festival Holi. Kolodner, a senior, explained that part of the impetus for the event stemmed from a sense that Theta Chi should move toward hosting larger events rather than the small-scale events it had pre-
viously organized. Soni, who came up with the idea of the run, said that Theta Chi brothers were inspired by the success of their previous event, Tufts’ Best Dance Crew, which raised over $2,500 this March. “I was on the philanthropy committee last year,” Soni, a senior, said. “We decided to take a new direction: Instead of smaller bake sale-style things, we wanted to do things with a big presence on campus.” Thus far, Kolodner said, the fraternity has already sold 220 of the 250 tickets available. Each ticket costs $20 and comes with a t-shirt. “I think we’ll easily make it to 250,” Kolodner said. “It’s really exciting to be a brother of Theta Chi at this time.” Some changes in the way that the fraternity manages and plans events also made the Color Run possible, according to Kolodner. “Previously, our philanthropy position was a six-month position, but we realized that it
really took a full year to do these events so, six months ago, we changed it to a year,” Kolodner said. “We started planning over the summer and really picked up going into the year. Next year, we’ll probably start planning into the spring.” Soni noted that he had hoped to host an event that would appeal to a large cross-section of Tufts students. “We wanted to take it up a notch this year,” he said. “One of the big things I noticed was that there wasn’t a lot of inter-sorority or fraternity opportunities for a lot of campus events, so we wanted to do a really large-scale event that would involve a lot of people on campus. I really wanted an event that would unite the whole campus.” Soni added that the fraternity had coordinated with the administration and other campus groups over the summer in order to make the event what he hopes will be one of the biggest Tufts has had.
Hawthorne expressed appreciation for both the award and her Tufts education. “[The award] reminded me of where I had come from and how far I’d gone, and it reminded me how useful and wonderful my education actually was,” she said.
New major curriculum encourages real-world experience MAJOR
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where you can go into some depth.” Scarlett explained that the class in research methods was added to expose students to the integration of research and practice. “It doesn’t mean that somebody is committed to becoming a researcher [when they take the class],” Scarlett said. “It’s a way to develop a particular way of thinking when confronting problems and confronting what to do for children where there are problems to solve.” The AREA courses are similar to an internship experience, Gidney said, as they allow students to apply classroom learning toward helping children and families. He instructs a course in which students work with children in New Orleans public schools over spring break.
“A lot of our faculty is involved with applied work,” Gidney said. “It allows us to get to know students in a very different way than lecturing. As the saying goes, it allows us, instead of being a ‘sage on the stage,’ to be more like a ‘guide on the side.’” Student feedback about the changes has been mostly positive, although some students wish they could have opted into the new major earlier, according to senior and child development major Abdiel Garcia. “I prefer the new major. I find this much better because you really get to hone in on a specific area, but that’s not to say that you can’t explore other areas of interest,” Garcia said. “And from what I’ve seen, the clusters make a lot of sense, especially when you look at the Tufts graduate program and see all the parallels there.”
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Gregory Crane, an adjunct professor of classics and computer science, has worked at Tufts since 1992.
Spotlight: Professor Gregory Crane by Jake
The disciplines of classics and computer science might seem mutually exclusive. Many people don’t typically see how one informs the other. For Gregory Crane, however, making the two work in harmony has been a lifelong passion. Crane, adjunct professor of classics and former chair of the department, is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science
at Tufts and holds a doctorate in Philology from Harvard University. He directed a grant from the Digital Library Initiative from 1998 to 2006, and has also published a number of books about Thucydides, including “The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word” in 1996 and soon after “The Ancient Simplicity: Thucydides and the Limits of Political Realism” in 1998. Crane is currently in Leipzig, Germany, where he is doing research as part of his Alexander von Humboldt
Professorship. He began working at Tufts in 1992, where he started as an assistant professor of classics, and has worked as a tenured professor here since 1998. Crane described himself as a firm proponent of enriching humanities education through the use of computer science and research. “Undergraduates are able to collaborate in a much more substantive way than was possible when I was an undersee CRANE, page 4
Spotlight: Professor Marie Gillette by
Marie Gillette, whose expertise is foreign language acquisition and translation, is not only a part-time lecturer in French at Tufts, but also a writer, editor and speaker for Pimsleur, a self-instructional language acquisition resource. Gillette grew up in Toulouse, a picturesque city in southwestern France, and later studied at the Université de Toulouse, where she received her maitrîse d’anglais degree. Gillette said she always had her heart set on becoming an English professor in France, but her career path soon took its own direction. “At the time, applying to be a professor in France was not easy,” she said. “There were not enough positions for everyone. Becoming a French professor in America happened by accident.” Hearing native English speakers in France influenced Gillette to move to Massachusetts, attend school there and delve into American culture. “While studying at Emerson College in Massachusetts, I worked as a teaching assistant at UMass Amherst,” Gillette said. She also worked as a private tutor,
both at French culture organization Alliance Francaise and a French library near Emerson College, where she was studying at the time. Gillette now teaches a wide array of French courses at Tufts, ranging from French 1 to 22. Even though she has forged close relationships with her students over the years, she finds it difficult to choose one class as her favorite. “I do have to admit that I have a great deal of fun teaching the beginner French 1 and the advanced French 22 here at Tufts,” she said. This is because Gillette enjoys seeing students learn French for the first time. “It is so exciting to see these students slowly climb the ladder, reach the climax and master basic grammatical concepts that help them further develop skills in French,” she said. On the other hand, Gillette said that even though it is more work, she finds it thrilling to teach French 22. “The 22 students have reached the plateau of their journey with French,” she said. Junior Erica Santos, one of Gillette’s former students, had a very fulfilling semester in French 22. “Gillette was one of the most enthusiastic professors I’ve ever had — I’ve
always been hesitant to speak up in class in general, let alone in French, and Madame Gillette made me feel so comfortable,” Santos said. According to Santos, Gillette encourages all of her students to contribute to class discussions. “For the first time in my French learning career, we really spent time on pronunciation, which was also extremely helpful,” Santos said. “We read some great short stories, and her laugh was so contagious.” Gillette pointed out that she always sees room for improvement in her classes. “I would love to see my students of all levels jump out of their comfort zones by speaking more and caring less,” she said. “Sometimes, it is better to hear what a mistake sounds like, rather than hiding it and keeping it inside one’s head.” Gillette also urges her students to experience languages outside of the classroom by listening to foreign radio stations, watching foreign films and studying overseas. “I encourage students to fully immerse themselves in the language they are learning by living or studying abroad in a foreign country for see GILLETTE, page 4
here’s one thing I’m starting to realize about the Old Testament: It’s an underrated beach read. Next time you soak in some rays, crack open the Bible and enjoy stories about love, loyalty, rape, murder, dismemberment, human sacrifice, God trying to kill Moses because his son isn’t circumcised ... the list goes on. This week we’re taking it back to Genesis 22. God calls out to Abraham: “Abraham!” Then Abraham: “Yes, what’s up?” And then God says to take Isaac, Abraham’s only son, to a mountain and sacrifice him as a burnt offering as a test of Abraham’s loyalty. Now any half-decent father would say, “Absolutely not,” but Abraham’s so devoted to God he agrees and doesn’t question it at all. So Abraham loads up the donkey and heads to the mountain with Isaac and two servants. Then he tells the servants to stay there with the donkey while he and Isaac go over yonder to worship. He says they’ll be back soon. Isaac carries the wood and Abraham carries the fire and knife. Then Isaac looks around and asks, “Where’s the lamb for the burnt offering?” In reality, he says, “Uhh, Dad, WHAT THE F%$# IS GOING ON?!?” Abraham responds, “God will provide the lamb, my son,” and they keep going. So they get to the location that God tells him about, Abraham builds an altar, binds Isaac to the wood and takes out his knife. Abraham’s ready to do the deed, and then Isaac yells, “Jesus Christ!” (That’s not true at all.) God intervenes and says, “Don’t lay a hand on the boy.” So Abraham sacrifices a ram instead, and they leave the mountain. Okay, that passage speaks for itself. Now, let’s go from burnt ram to grilled ham. That’s right, I’m talking about the one and only Moe’s Trolley. It’s Saturday at 1 a.m., you’re on Pro Row, and the sweet smell of Moe’s descends upon your nostrils. This is God. The smell is telling you: Eat meat (or a veggie burger); this is what your body needs. The smell is so powerful you can’t say no even though you know it’s bad for you, so you head over and get in line. You see the sizzling dogs, burgers and kielbasas on the grill, and the wait is killing you. You look in your wallet, and you have just enough money. But then one of your friends comes up to you and says, “Bro, you don’t want this. You don’t need these saturated fats.” You say, “What are you talking about?” He says, “Look, I’ve got some carrots back in the dorm. Let’s go eat those.” And then you shake your head and say, “No, man, this is my destiny.” And your friend leaves and you’re on your own in the wild west of grilled goodness. The next morning, you wake up and notice that half a kielbasa’s resting in your hand. You’re still kind of hungry, so you take a bite and go back to sleep. You wake up two hours later and feel horrible. You finish the kielbasa and feel even worse. You’re pretty sure you’re still drunk. You get some breakfast and swear off Moe’s for the rest of the semester, but the next week the smell is just too intoxicating to resist. That’s the circle of life. I just realized that this is not very related to Isaac and Abraham, but I feel like I started off strong. In somewhat related news, I didn’t get any emails about landlines, which proves my point that no one at Tufts “shares a telephone.” In my next column, I’m going to reveal if there’s a god. Ben Zuckert is a senior majoring in political science. He can be reached at Benjamin. Zuckert@tufts.edu.
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graduate,” he said. “[Research is] not just an assignment ... in this space, where everything is potentially public, the meaning of the contribution can be quite different.” Of the courses he has taught, Crane said that his favorite was a class on the maintenance of Greek and Latin works by Arabic translators. “An immense amount of Greek science and philosophy was translated into Arabic roughly between 800 and 1000 CE,” he explained. “It was a huge statement of cosmopolitan interest in the Arabic world at the time. Euclid and Aristotle reentered Western tradition through the Arabic translations of Greek or Latin.” An enduring venture of his, the Perseus Digital Library Project has been dedicated to the digitization of linguistic and physical artifacts since 1985. Crane is the project’s current editor-in-chief. In general, the project researches anything associated with the applications of technology in the enhancement of the study of the humanities. “[Perseus is] an open-ended experiment in what you can do if you integrate digital technology with sources like Greek and Latin,” he said. According to Crane, due to the nature of conversation about the classics and the eventual decline of print media, digitization — not only of ancient texts, but also of printed literary criticism whether a few decades or a
few centuries old — is vital for their survival. “The conversations about these texts go on over generations. ... You’ve got a book in your hand that was written a hundred and twenty years ago about a text that’s over two thousand years old,” he said. “You’re thinking in terms of a conversation that goes on for generations and centuries, and the world of print is clearly on its way out. ... I couldn’t imagine not thinking about how to deal with a digital space and what that would mean for us.” The idea of Perseus originated back in 1982 while Crane was studying at Harvard and was fully underway by 1985, when Crane helped compile a mass of digital textual information on the Greek world — one of the first full text digital databases ever. His interests in computers, he explained, began for practical reasons. “I needed to type my [classics] dissertation with something other than a typewriter,” he said. Crane noted how living in the digital age now is a far cry from the time during which the Perseus project was formed. “Hard disks ... looked like washing machines,” he said. Crane explained that a 670megabyte hard drive used by the database cost $34,000 with a service contract of $4,000 per year. Even then, he believed in the eventual superiority of the digital format. “[Artifacts can be] more valuable in a digital world than they are in print,” Crane
said. “You can have these crazily high-resolution, digitized versions, where you can see the manuscript better than you can if you were sitting in a library with bad light.” Perseus has over 160 million words — in languages from Greek and Latin, to Germanic, to Arabic, to more recent 19th century American sources — archived in the project. Thanks to grants from his Humboldt professorship, Crane plans to increase that number through a new project called Open Greek and Latin Project, which, in part, aims to take the number of Greek words readily available from 15 million to 150 million. Crane is also currently working on adapting a Greek and Latin-learning course whose framework is generalizable to other languages. One of its major components, he said, will be international collaboration through Skype or other online means. “[ There are] people collaborating on analyzing a text ... one student in Tehran, a student at Tufts, a student in Zagreb,” he explained. The language barriers, according to Crane, are overcome by the point of contact: computers. Without computers this would not be possible, and expanding the reach of this project and his other projects is made easier through technology. “What is our output, as scholars, if not to engage a more broad audience, and to advance intellectual life in our society as a whole?” he said.
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Professor Gillette spreads passion for language GILLETTE
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multiple weeks, if possible,” she said. When Gillette is not teaching at Tufts, she works for Pimsleur, a 50-year-old audio company that creates programs for learning languages. The company has gone from producing cassettes and CDs to online videos. “Pimsleur’s goal is to teach people how to speak a language both quickly and effectively,” Gillette said. “The program allows customers to enhance their grammar and vocabulary through repetitive pronunciation.” Gillette explained that learning by listening stresses active participation. “The program really allows individuals to put the pieces of a puzzle together and figure out what they need to fix,” she said. Pimsleur’s program works well at the beginner level since new learners are quick to try speaking a new language without paying attention to detail, according to Gillette. The same does not apply to more advanced learners, she said. “Advanced learners become so curious and want to know all about the details hidden behind a language,” she said. Gillette started working at Pimsleur after a sound engineer in Concord, Mass. contacted her to audition for a recording job at the company. At first, Gillette was the recorded voice of a native French speaker for the program. Her accent was utilized to teach individuals how a French person speaks.
Gillette was soon promoted to an editor and writer for Pimsleur, including writing and speaking for the company’s “French for Japanese Speakers” program. Eventually, Gillette began contributing to Pimsleur in other language focus areas, such as Norwegian and Filipino. “Each new language I committed to required one year of intense hard work and dedication,” she said. Gillette noted that the process of finding the perfect native speakers for many languages can be complex, adding that sometimes Pimsleur asks her to keep an eye out for students who may be particularly good voices for recordings. “It is difficult finding voices that are pleasant and agreeable, rather than condescending,” she said. “It definitely is a matching game.” Although her work at Pimsleur has been challenging, Gillette said that it has helped expand her view of the world. “By testing and learning the languages the company produced, I learned just like a customer would,” she said. “[I saw] the world through many perspectives through this unique opportunity.” Gillette has experienced many different languages through different lenses and outlets so far, but she said that she doesn’t see her path differing much in the near future. “Language is a cake, and you want to eat it all,” she said. “But it is better than a cake because you can’t get sick of it.”
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Committee on Student Life (CSL) is now accepting nominations for the…
2014 WENDELL PHILLIPS AWARD
The Wendell Phillips Memorial Scholarship is one of two prize scholarships (the other being assigned to Harvard University), which were established in 1896 by the Wendell Phillips Memorial Fund Association in honor of Boston’s great preacher and orator. The award is given annually to the junior or senior who has best demonstrated both marked ability as a speaker and a high sense of public responsibility. The recipient of the award receives a cash prize and traditionally is selected as the only student speaker at the Baccalaureate Ceremony in May. Nominees will be invited to apply and following a review of finalists, the Committee on Student Life will select this year’s recipient in March 2014. .
To nominate student(s) go to http://ocl.tufts.edu/wendellphillips/ and complete the on-line nomination form Nomination Deadline: October 30, 2013, 5:00 pm \
Nominated students must be a current Senior or Junior. Students may nominate themselves or other students. For further information contact Joseph Golia, Director Office for Campus Life at email@example.com or x73212
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Arts & Living
Beast Coast, TDE team up to deliver entertaining set by
The Paradise Rock Club hosted some of hip-hop’s finest lyricists this past Friday, delighting the crowd with music from The Underachievers, Ab-Soul and Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew. Situated close to the Boston University campus, Paradise Rock Club was packed with countless college students and provided a lively atmosphere for both dedicated fans and casual listeners. The Underachievers are the least known group of the three. A duo originating from Flatbush, Brooklyn, The Underachievers, along with Pro Era, are a part of the Beast Coast movement — an east coast-based hiphop collective. However, what sets this duo apart from other modern rap acts is their pairing of intense subjects with their sheer lyrical ability. The two rap about third eye vision and spirituality with a sound reminiscent of the hip-hop group Hieroglyphics, as well as fellow tour member Ab-Soul. They easily combine these topics with a swift flow that is similar, at times, to Bone Thugs-nHarmony. This interesting approach to a genre that has recently embraced rappers with heavy drug influences — such as Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown — is evident on their debut mixtape, “Indigoism,” one of the most impressive releases of the year. After fellow performer Chevy Woods concluded his set, The Underachievers stormed onto the stage as “I’m In It,” the graphic track
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Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew showed off their skillful lyricism last Friday. off Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” blasted through the speakers. Although their talent and energy were undeniable, the duo suffered from a lack of stage presence. This, along with some technical issues with their DJ, led to an underwhelming performance. Unoriginal “Make some noise, Boston!” requests quickly felt lazy and awkward. However, the two rappers were fully capable of keeping up with their complex rhymes in a live setting, with “Maxing Out,” “Gold Soul Theory” and an encore performance of “Herb Shuttles” kept the crowd excited and intrigued. Nonetheless, with some songs cut short
because of problems on the turntables and an overpowering bass drowning out the occasional line, The Underachievers were unable to live up to the hype that typically surrounds them. Black Hippy member and Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) signee Ab-Soul followed The Underachievers with a wisdom rarely seen in hip-hop today. At 26, the Carson, Calif. rapper was the oldest of the artists on Friday, and it showed in his performance. His ability to control the crowd see BEAST, page 8
New season of ‘Supernatural’ restarts from lull by
Daily Staff Writer
The dreadful summer hiatus without “Supernatural” is finally over. With “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” one of the show’s
Supernatural Starring Jarad Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver
Airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CW
Though Julian Fellowes, the awardwinning writer of “Gosford Park” (2001) and the British TV series “Downton Abbey” (2010-present), alters the script, most of his edits will only be noticeable to a Shakespearean scholar. Fellowes should stick to writing his own dialogue — such as the delectable lines that Maggie Smith delivers in “Downton Abbey” — rather than trying to outsmart the long-deceased Shakespeare. Silence can be a valuable tool in creating subtleties, but Fellowes stuffs nearly every on-screen moment with speech. Italian director Carlo Carlei chose to film on location in and near Verona, Italy. However, he takes little advantage of the beautiful scenery available, and besides some lovely wall frescoes, the cameraman rarely indulges the view-
best season openers to date, the ninth season has immediately established itself as a must-watch. Though each of the characters’ central conflicts is recognized, the episode still leaves room for unexpected twists and great action. From its gorgeous new title card to excellent performances from the main cast and guest stars alike, “Supernatural” is definitely going to be one of this year’s best shows. “Supernatural” is most certainly a cult series. Although it may not have the best ratings, its incredibly devoted fan base gives the show a great deal of creative freedom, making it unlike anything else on television. What started as a police procedural show with a horror-movie twist has turned into a complex take on Judeo-Christian mythology, with angels and demons warring over control of humanity. Seasons six and seven were admittedly disappointing. However, “Supernatural” bounced back with season eight, which featured clever writing and excellent performances from each of its main players. So far, season nine is shaping up to be even better than its predecessor, answering most of the questions left open by last season’s cliffhanger and setting up this season’s mythological arc. The premiere was well paced and alternated amongst the plotlines of the three main characters.
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Hailee Steinfield as Juliet and Douglas Booth as Romeo fail to bring the lust and energy that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ demands.
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Two new versions of “Romeo and Juliet” debuted this fall — one on the Broadway stage and the other on the
Romeo and Juliet Directed by Carlo Carlei Starring Damian Lewis, Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Paul Giamatti big screen. The theater edition attempts to insert some superficial novelty by casting the star-crossed lovers as an interracial couple (played by Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad). The film interpretation, on the other hand, is almost entirely lacking in originality.
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e’re college students — we’re supposed to be hungry, sleepy, moody, groggy and hyper all at the same time. It has dawned on me that although we are in college to develop our knowledge and learn, our routines are based on the basic necessities of life — the things we need in order to function, like clothes, sleep and food. Everything else is just icing on top. If I even just take one small trip to Davis Square, I feel accomplished because I have done something other than sleep, eat, study or watch TV. So this past weekend, I did something different. I chose to act on a whim and do something completely impulsive — something unexpected and shocking that would actually require effort. I decided to order in pizza. Back at home, pizza was a sort of luxury I would eat only when hosting parties or getting together with friends. Here, however, it’s not a luxury at all — Dewick serves it almost everyday. So now that you know how unusual it was for me to consume pizza outside of Dewick, you may understand why I had been hesitant to order it before: I didn’t want the fact that I had pizza right at my disposal to spoil the feeling I normally got back home every time I ordered it — the anticipation of the greasy, cheesy, fat-filled meal. The main difference is that back at home, I mainly ate Thai food, while here, I mostly eat “American” food. However, odd as it may sound, I wanted to order in pizza as a way to feel back at home again — as if I were in Thailand ordering a slice of the “American” lifestyle. My roommate and I searched for pizza parlors nearby that were affordable on the budget of a college student who only sleeps, eats and studies. We settled on one, and I made the call. Imagine how exciting it was for me to order pizza in the United States — a scene I have only witnessed in TV shows and movies. The person on the other end of the line picked up and said, “What do you want?” I was slightly startled. After asking whether this was the correct number for the pizza place, I received another brusque response: “Yes, now what do you want?” I immediately felt like a fiveyear-old child who accidentally smacked the back of an adult who hates kids. I answered, expending the little amount of confidence I had left and continued the conversation with a half mind to hang up. Then he said, “45 minutes. Be there,” and hung up first. At home, I would have had a pleasant conversation with the person on the other end of the line. In Thailand, you can almost taste the sweetness with which the people at take-out restaurants answer your calls. They would have politely requested that I be ready in 45 minutes to pay for delivery, instead of being so curt and demanding. Their pleasant manner sometimes even makes me want to order more food! But on this phone call, the roles were reversed. It was as if the pizza guy were the customer and I the supplier ... of money. It was as if I was doing him a favor by ordering food. Later, he called to signal his arrival 20 minutes too early. As I rummaged for money, he called me again, saying, “I can’t wait forever — I have other things.” Ordering in pizza isn’t as fun as I remembered it to be. The delicious taste of the pizza only mildly made up for the rude conversation I had had earlier. In a way, I felt like I was being punished for overlooking the pizzas in Dewick. I have always thought of pizza delivery as a huge aspect of U.S. culture — part of the “American dream” lifestyle. It is fundamental to the whole pizza-ordering process that it is delivered by a person who is nice and wants to keep you coming back to their store. I am truly hoping that this was a random occurrence and that the pizza delivery person was just having a bad day. In the end, though, all that really mattered was that I had my computer screen, some soda and pizza to end the day.
Nimarta Narang is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. She can be reached at Nimarta.Narang@tufts.edu.
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Adapted script strips ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of character, meaning ROMEO
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ers visually. Instead, the film cuts sharply from scene to scene without so much as a single optical interlude. As a whole, the film lacks any degree of subtlety. At one point, a shot of the two lovers after their secret wedding cuts directly to a fiery Tybalt preparing his weapons. Romeo and Tybalt’s duel, another poorly executed moment, resembles an action scene from a made-for-TV movie. Romeo, played by Douglas Booth, initially appears in an artist’s studio. Many girls will sigh at the angelic curls that frame his face, but Booth plays a dull Romeo. Opposite him is 16-year-old Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet. According to Carlei, Steinfeld was cast due to her incredible performance in “True Grit” (2010). Her face has not completely lost its childishness, but now her innocent features are balanced by a more mature posture. Booth and Steinfeld are relatively inexperienced actors and closer to the characters’ actual ages than Hollywood usually permits. Unfortunately, this fails to produce the fresh vitality that one might hope for, instead giving audiences the impression that they are actors in a high school play. Their chemistry simply does not compare with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes’ in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” (1996). Moreover, Carlei doesn’t add
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Playing the Friar, Paul Giamatti manages to ground the awkwardly paced and poorly adapted production. anything to the lovers’ personalities that might make them unique or quirky. Shakespeare’s play leaves room for nuance, if only the director can create it. In this film, Romeo and Juliet are shadows of young lovers and nothing more. Romeo’s cousin and righthand man Benvolio (Kodi SmitMcPhee) is endearingly young
like the other actors. Unlike his co-stars, Benvolio’s character is more fully realized — his pain is incredibly tangible when he discovers that he has lost his closest friend. However, the other members of the supporting cast fail to deliver similarly impressive performances. Ed Westwick, best known for his performance as Chuck Bass on
“Gossip Girl” (2007-2012), horrendously overacts as Tybalt (although he should be commended for mastering the nostril flare). Damien Lewis of “Homeland”(2011-present) appears as the commanding Lord Capulet, complete with a wig — made seemingly of his own hair — that is more distracting than authentic. Lewis’s
performance, although believable, sometimes feels forced and contrived. And Friar Laurence, played by Paul Giamatti, is a tragic figure, forced to watch as his prophecy — “these violent delights have violent ends” — comes to fruition. The most interesting narrative change surrounds the undelivered letter that results in the death of the title characters. In this version, the messenger stops to save a dying child. This ethical dilemma raises a few questions: Is one life more important than another? Did the lovers die for a good cause? The small alteration transforms a fatal error into an exchange of two lives for one. Indeed, there is some optimism here — maybe the doomed lovers did not die for naught. Although the intention of this film was to share Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with today’s generation, there are only a few slight adjustments that make the script more accessible to a younger audience. Everything about the film — from the acting choices to the musical score — feels regurgitated. There is just something about the classic tale itself that no longer seems plausible. Whether in a masquerade ball or a college party, a hookup does not result in marriage. Carlei’s ultimate failure is that he neglects to remind us why we should care about “Romeo and Juliet” today.
‘Supernatural’ season nine off to promising start SUPERNATURAL
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Dean Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles, expresses desperation under his character’s outward facade of strength as he struggles to save his brother from death (yet again). Castiel, a former angel and season regular played by Misha Collins, is heartbreaking to watch as he discovers all the quirks and pains of being human and struggles to return to the Winchesters. “Supernatural” has always been a tale of fighting for redemption, and it seems that much of this season will focus on Castiel’s struggle to find a home as angels hunt him down after he expelled them from heaven. But it was Jared Padalecki who really shines in this episode, expertly portraying the other Winchester brother, Sam, as he comes to grips with his mortality. The episode also features cameos from Jim Beaver as Bobby, the boys’ gruff yet lovable father figure who died tragically in season seven, and Julian Richings as Death. Both characters are incredibly moving as they counsel Sam while he debates whether to live or die. Tahmoh Penikett, who played the beloved
character Helo on “Battlestar Galactica” (20042009) also guest stars as the angel Ezekiel. Penikett’s performance is subtle and intriguing, and one can only hope that he will be in more episodes in the future. Producer Jeremy Carver had previously hinted that Dean would be helping Sam heal in an unconventional and dangerous way, leading to wild speculation among fans. The recent revelation of how Sam will be cured is both shocking and upsetting, and it is a testament to the show’s ability to surprise its viewers, even after eight seasons. Another one of the series’ assets is the Ackles-Padalecki chemistry, as the relationship between brothers Sam and Dean has always been the true core of the show. It will be interesting to see how the two characters develop during the season, both as a unit and individually. If season nine can continue to surprise and intrigue viewers, “Supernatural” will undoubtedly position itself as one of the best shows on television. The strength of “Supernatural” lies not only in its expert storytelling, but also in the relationships between each of the characters. Seasons six
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Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have great chemistry as demon fighting brothers Sam and Dean. and seven slipped because they concentrated on an overarching plot rather than character development — a mistake that season eight righted. Now, season nine seems poised for success — it leaves viewers won-
dering how these new circumstances will affect each of the characters. “Supernatural” may be a show about monsters, but what ultimately makes the series excellent is its focus on humanity.
Standout Ab-Soul performance highlight of concert BEAST
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Joey Bada$$ performed an unpolished set but displayed the young talent of hip-hop.
echoed his role model and main influence, Jay-Z. During his performance of “Illuminate” from the fantastic 2012 project “Control System,” Ab-Soul asserted, “I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z / now I feel I could run laps around JayZ” — and it seemed as if the audience believed this bold claim. A confident swagger supplemented his clarity, something that is a rarity at rap concerts. Indeed, each of the TDE affiliate’s wordplay-filled lines was delivered in a crisp tone. “Bohemian Grove” had the crowd grooving, while “Pineal Gland” had most concertgoers rapping along to the chilling piano loop. Most importantly, the west coast emcee had terrific charisma when addressing the attendees. At one point, he bragged he was the best rapper of all time, and after his second song,
“Track Two,” he joked about the coincidence of the track’s title in his set. A command of the microphone and superb stage presence made Ab-Soul’s performance the best of the night. The show culminated with a performance by Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. The teen prodigy and his crew were accompanied by Massachusetts native and DJ/producer Statik Selektah who added some great scratching to the music. While Joey’s sound was far less polished in a live setting compared to the smooth flow that he demonstrated on his first mixtape, “1999” (2012), he stayed true to his newer “Summer Knights” (2013) style. “Waves,” one of the best songs of Joey’s young career, was drowned out by excessive bass — a huge disappointment. On the other hand, Statik Selektah’s scratching for the MF DOOM-produced “World
Domination” was one of the highlights of the performance. Still, Joey was easily at his best when surrounded by his crew, Pro Era. A La $ole and Nyck Caution, both members of the Beast Coast collective, showed off their flows on “Resurrection of Real,” and CJ Fly rhymed a cappella when the entire crew was on stage together. Watching this large group on stage was a beautiful moment, showcasing hip-hop in its purest form. Young fans in the crowd were able to see a group of rappers taking turns rhyming, and with the heavy New York influence, a Wu-Tang Clan parallel could definitely be drawn. Overall, the show was a thrilling event. More importantly, the concert demonstrated that hip-hop is a genre that is far from dead — a new wave of young artists, ripe with creativity and talent, are spreading their knowledge one city at a time.
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‘Take Back the Night’ fosters campus dialogue There are few topics so dislocated from daily life as that of sexual assault. Despite the numerous statistics thrown at us — there were 63 cases of sexual misconduct reported at Tufts last year — or the comic performances of a group like Sex Signals at Orientation, it is always difficult to fully come to grips with the dark reality of this form of violence. It is therefore imperative that the university provides a platform for discussion of sexual violence, which is often not at the forefront of campus discourse. It is equally important for students to take advantage of the opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue about sexual assault and misconduct. At 7 p.m. tonight, students will be given the opportunity to do just that. The Panhellenic Council, along with local and other on-campus student organizations, will host the annual
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My best friend, who attends the University of Chicago, is a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Their recruitment period was held last week, and for the theme of one party, she was obliged to dress as a pirate or maritime creature. Unsure of the appropriateness of her garment, she felt compelled to ask whether she looked slutty in her pirate costume, only to realize that she would be berated by her sisters for using the word “slut.” At this point, it seems that she had run into something of a dilemma: While she recognized that “slut” was a derogatory and highly sexualized term seemingly used extensively for the purpose of objectifying women, she was also unsure of how else to pose the question. When she called to tell me about the incident, she asked me whether we should change the meaning of the word “slut,” or to stop using it altogether. Her question shocked me, largely because I was quickly horrified by how little attention I paid to my everyday vernacular, and furthermore, by the implicit suggestions that my commonly used vocabulary imparted. Whereas her sorority sisters were acutely attuned to connotations, in my mind, there were specific definitional aspects of nearly every word (save those that had already been classified as racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise) that rendered them either appro-
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priate or inappropriate in various situations. I had never considered the loaded characteristics of a word like “slut,” which I generally associated with promiscuity. I did not pay much attention to the negative connotation that promiscuity carries, at least for women. Is there any way, then, my friend inquired, to divorce the supplementary baggage of a word from the word itself? The word “geek” serves as an interesting case study for such a question. A few decades ago, “geek” was quite the insult. Socially inept and generally awkward, the label was to be avoided at all costs. Granted, “geek” has never been an especially gendered term, though the classification generally encompassed specific characteristics (extreme computer skills, for one), and the implications went far beyond such features. But in recent years, the word “geek” has undergone a significant makeover, not in its denotation, necessarily, but more so in its connotation. With the emergence of the “geek squad” as skilled computer technicians, along with hugely popular public figures like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the “geek” began to be embraced. In fact, last year marked the first time that the term was associated more positively than negatively. While such an example may demonstrate the capacity of word meanings to shift, can its effectiveness be applied to other examples? Michel Foucault often remarked upon the power invested in
language and particularly in names in establishing supremacy, and it seems that we, as of late, have given little consideration to such a concept. The slang of generations, decades and even centuries past is likely as widespread and colloquial as that of today’s, but in the modern era, has it become more apparent that we have lost sight of the subtext of our texts? Shakespeare’s “painted maypole,” though perhaps equally vitriolic in intention, is still, in some ways, more refined than our commonplace usage of “slut” or “whore.” Is it time to reexamine or, at the very least, be more cognizant of the ways in which we speak to and of one another? There are, of course, several compounding factors that play into the redefinition of such a term. But at the very least, perhaps my best friend’s question should catalyze something larger than the reassessment of a single word. Too often, it seems, we speak carelessly to others about others and about ourselves. While this is not to suggest constant selfcensorship, it is worthwhile to consider that we, as users of a language, are ultimately responsible for its meaning. We have the capacity to change the connotations of a word by applying it in different settings, or by being more cognizant of the frequency or virility with which we apply it. There is power in language, and with this recognition, perhaps we should become more vigilant guardians of its clout.
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Nobody can escape technology’s grasp. Nobody wants to. Yet we are trapped and suffocated by it daily. Everywhere we turn, it is lurking around the corner. It’s in almost every restaurant. It’s in almost every store. It’s in almost every home. It’s in almost everybody’s pocket, purse or hand. It surrounds us constantly, and we, as consumers, love it. We’d be lost without our smart phones and internet connections. But with the waves of technology continuing to rise, there are side effects. As more interaction transfers from real time to online, we see less face-to-face interaction occur, and the ability to effectively communicate begins to fall. Social interaction is vital to survival, yet everyday people are finding ways to avoid interacting with others. Take for example, a young woman I work with who refused to pick up the phone to make a phone call. Instead, she typed an email to the person. Why was it so difficult to dial a phone and speak to a person? Because we text more than we talk. Let’s do some math. If a person spends about an hour on Facebook a day, that equals about seven hours a week. Take a closer look. That is 365 hours a year on Facebook. Keep going. Three hundred sixty five hours a year is equivalent to 15 days a year. That means half of a month has been spent on Facebook or, more importantly, half a month has been spent interacting with people online instead of in person. According to Nicholas Carr in his book “The Shallows,” a book about the effects of technology on the way we “think, read and remember,” in 2009 the average adult American was spending 12 hours a week online while people in their twenties spent approximately 19 hours a week. And this was four years ago. The less we interact with others, the more we isolate ourselves and hinder our ability to interact with people. In Megan Puglisis’s article “Social Networking Hurts the Communication of College Students,” Kelly Crowley, instructor of public relations writing at West Virginia University, said that
her students have become intimidated by speaking to her in person and will leave class only to immediately email her a question that could have been asked in person a few minutes earlier. Our extreme use of technology has scared people out of interaction. When there is an increased amount of screen time and a decreased amount of faceto-face interaction people are more likely to show symptoms of loneliness, according to Stephen Marche’s “Is Facebook making us Lonely?” This isn’t supposed to happen. It doesn’t have to happen. But it does because we are too stubborn to tune down the technology even for a moment. The more we use technology, the more we hinder our ability to interact with others. We begin to feel much more comfortable sending an email while safely behind a computer screen. We begin to show signs of loneliness because we, as humans, need interaction to survive. It’s a basic instinct. For example, studies on prisoners after a week of solitary confinement show that the lack of human interaction may cause the brain to become impaired in the same way a person suffering a traumatic head injury would, as seen in Atul Gawande’s “Hellhole.” Because our brains are plastic, able to be shaped and changed, periods of time online change the way our brains work. A study
conducted by Gary Small of UCLA shows the effect the Internet is having on our brains — it is changing our minds, rewiring the way in which we work. It makes us crave speed in our interactions. If it’s not quick and to the point we are beginning to avoid it. In turn, this also changes the way in which we act. Our interpersonal skills suffer due to lack of practice and lack of patience. Our ability to relate to others will suffer immensely as face-to-face interaction continues to decline. The ability to solve problems with others will slowly dissolve as it becomes a lost art. This screams bad relationships. If we can’t talk to other effectively, how are we supposed to have a good relationship? We are becoming virtual zombies, lost in our technology. It’s as if a piece of us dies when we lack human interaction. It seems the more time people spend surfing the web, the less time they are connected with reality. Essentially, technology is hindering us from interacting with others in a proper, effective way. This is a shame. What we once thought was a blessing, a way to make our lives easier, is turning into a curse. It’s rewiring the way our brains work in such a way that we are unable to effectively interact with others. It’s time to take back your mind and turn technology off, even if just for a few minutes.
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The case against consensus by Joshua
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If we as a community have not quite been able to achieve real discourse, at least we have begun to discuss why this is the case. As a student — and more specifically, as a student who has worked to broaden dialogue in regards to the Israel-Palestine issue here at Columbia — I have taken great pleasure reading some of the pieces that have been recently published within these pages. Jake Goldwasser lamented the rejection of nonliberal discourse here at Columbia. Sarina Bhandari called on students to open their ears to new opinions and strive to learn from, not win, debates. And most recently, Leo Schwartz pointed to the way in which one’s identity too often precludes others from respecting their opinion. These pieces prove that my peers who have written in advocacy of better discourse have produced just that. But I find something missing in these pieces — missing, too, in the way Columbia students, and perhaps all college students, approach discourse more generally. While we bravely promote notions of respect, tolerance and dialogue, we often forget to think about why we are talking in the first place. Discourse — be it on politics, religion, economics or feminism — has become something we do because it is the convention to do so, not because we aim to gain something tangible from the conversation. We’re so jealous of students who boast about having a mind-blowing 2 a.m. conversation about the existence of God that we want in on the discussion without even asking ourselves why it’s a discussion worth having. We do not shy away from discussing the tough issues,
but we rarely immerse ourselves in the complexities of our words and arguments. It’s hard to get good conversations going in the first place. In a campus environment, where the Students for Justice in Palestine refuses to talk to anyone who labels themselves as pro-Israel, where the Veritas Forum is one of the few campus groups bold enough to raise the big questions in an inclusive, frequent way and where a student who finds fault with Obama, secular humanism or feminism can’t find a platform from which to speak, maintaining a civil and effective discourse at all is a tall order. And I do not mean this judgmentally: Pro-Palestinian students have reason not to talk to their proIsrael counterparts, students who identify as pro-life see the world fundamentally differently than their pro-choice colleagues and a stirring defense of biblical orthodoxy goes against the grain of the secular approach that we are all taught in Contemporary Civilization. Building a respectable campus dialogue is no small task. But we should not strive only for civil dialogue. We should strive for good dialogue. What is good dialogue? I will defer here to Columbia’s motto: “In Thy light shall we see light,” a phrase that I believe relates to the endeavors of all those whose names we see on the top of Butler. A good conversation should aim to find the “light,” whatever it is. A good conversation should be an unapologetic, unguarded, serious discourse on any given issue. Good dialogue is able to escape from peripheral issues such as identity politics and conversational politeness and aims to reach deeply into a given issue. It does not automatically reject the opposing side but approaches contrary viewpoints critically and attentively. It is free from the bland
language of mutual agreeableness and goes straight to the heart of the matter. Due to the diversity of identities in our environment, conversation has necessarily become about agreeableness and tolerance. But tolerance must not become the goal of meaningful conversation. Tolerance is a respectable thing, but it is a negative virtue. It tells us what not to do. There are also positive virtues — things that guide us in what we should do. While the search for the “rightest” set of virtues traces from Plato and Aristotle to a number of liberal and conservative thinkers in the 20th century, the idea that there is some kind of positive virtue to attain has remained constant in global thought. We should strive to continue the search in our own conversations — rejecting faulty ideas when they seem plainly wrong and building on ideas that appear to contain some inkling of what is good, useful or truthful. We should stop confusing disagreement for intolerance, and we should not be afraid to stand up for our own views, as controversial as they may be. We should debate them, learn from others and not expect acceptance. The first step on this path is to motivate ourselves anew. Bringing both proPalestinian and pro-Israeli students to the table will be a success, but it will be less so if those involved fail to delve into the underlying factors tying each side to the same land. Bringing students of multiple faiths is noble, but the motivation for doing so should not be the beauty of seeing both views side by side but forcing both views to struggle with one another. This will be both daunting and challenging. There will always be those promoting discussion solely for discussion’s sake. But learning, after all, has never been easy.
s I have been reminded these past few weeks by current sophomores and juniors running up and down Medford and Somerville (though never more than a few blocks away from campus), the annual six-month housing rush for next year has started. As much as I would like to, it’s hard to make all of the annoyances of game theory ResLife’s fault. There are however plenty of problems that ResLife could fix with minimal effort. A not-insubstantial one is genderneutral housing, or as ResLife calls it, “open housing.” The concept of gender-neutral housing is very straightforward: Instead of living in a double with someone of the same gender, as most Tufts students do, you live with someone of a different gender. It is in fact so straightforward that ResLife isn’t confused by any of it. As they themselves state on their website, “open housing is consistent with the University’s non-discrimination policy [and] provides more comfortable options for the full spectrum of sexuality and gender identity that exist on campus.” It’s not by any means unique to Tufts: “Over fifty of Tufts’ peer institutions currently have some form of open or gender-neutral housing. These include several NESCAC colleges, as well as many other private and public institutions around the country.” So then why am I writing about it? Because sometimes it seems that all those words are little more than lip service. Gender-neutral housing is not available for the portion of the student body which needs it most: incoming freshmen, especially gender non-conforming students, who have not had to go through the process of living with a new roommate before. According to the LGBT Center, the only options available for freshmen are to (a) live with someone of the same legal (but not necessarily actual) gender or (b) reveal themselves to the university administration as transgender and request a single. Both are obviously problematic. Some, though not all, transgendered individuals would certainly be uncomfortable with the former option. It is the rare pre-frosh who has contact with anyone in the administration besides Admissions, and I can only imagine how calling up a total stranger to reveal one’s gender identity and asking for special accommodations would be (consider too that many might not have even done this with one’s parents yet). Changing one’s legal identity is even more difficult: only sixteen states allow changing the gender on one’s birth certificate without proof of sex reassignment surgery, and five don’t even allow it after surgery. Additionally, even when gender-neutral housing is theoretically available, it is not always possible to actually obtain it. In its first year, it was available only in one suite in Latin Way, a few in Hillsides and a floor of Bush Hall. If a transgendered sophomore wants to live in gender-neutral housing and also with their friends who don’t want to live with opposite gendered roommates, then unless they are really good at working the system, gender-neutral housing fills up before the suite’s lottery and they will be all out of luck. But the most ridiculous thing is that this doesn’t need to be an issue in the slightest. It would be so trivial to make gender-neutral housing more widely available. If bathrooms are a concern, a huge number of dorms have unisex bathrooms. Certainly it should be a problem with ten person Latin Way suites or four-person Sophia Gordon suites (which are already mostly gender-neutral, though the Latin Way doubles and four-person Latin Way suites are not at all). If we haven’t had any problems with those options, why can’t it extend them for the rest of campus? One small policy change and a lot of people are helped out. So what’s the problem here?
Bhushan Deshpande is a senior majoring in quantitative economics. He can be reached at Bhushan.Deshpande@tufts.edu.
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first postseason has reached base in eight of 11 plate appearances. He wasn’t even a massive part of a Red Sox offense that was the best in baseball this year. If he can bolster the roster in Will Middlebrooks’s place, the Sox look primed to gain some of their hitting mojo back. All year, they’ve been resilient. With an offense that was so potent in the regular season, don’t be surprised if the bats begin to heat up, even against a deep Cardinals rotation.
Cardinals on offense A big question for the Cardinals’ lineup heading into the World Series will be what they can get out of Allen Craig, who looks set to return after missing the entirety of the postseason thus far. In the regular season Craig hit .315 and knocked in 97 runs, so adding his output to a Cardinals team that put up 17 runs in the final three games of the NLCS could be a massive boost for St. Louis. The Cardinals will also benefit from the ability to use a designated hitter in the games at Fenway. Craig should slide right into this role, and St. Louis should feel the effect of having an extra hitter in the order in those games. The Cardinals also boast one of the greatest postseason hitters of all time in Carlos Beltran, who will make the Red Sox pitchers pay for any mistakes. Sox pitching Somehow, the Red Sox rotation continues to hold together and come up with huge starts at key moments. Led by Jon Lester and John Lackey, the Sox cobbled together a 3.06 ERA in the ALCS, but Clay Buchholz struggled mightily in his Game 2 assignment. Lester will take the hill to start the series, and he and Buchholz will need to put together solid performances before Lackey and Jake Peavy take the mound. But the key to Sox pitching is that the starters really only need to make it through five or six innings before manager John Farrell can turn the ball over to a bullpen
St. Louis’ Carlos Beltran, a usual suspect for top-notch postseason performance, has been no different this year, wreaking havoc for opponents. that has been lights out throughout the postseason. Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow have been very effective, but it’s closer Koji Uehara who has been vital to the Red Sox’ dominance. Uehara has five saves this postseason and has allowed just one earned run to go along with 13 strikeouts and a .452 opponent OPS. Calm on the mound in the tight spots, Uehara is the biggest edge for the Red Sox pitching staff. Cardinals pitching Perhaps the only bullpen better than the Red Sox’ is that of the Cardinals, which boasts a stable of young arms, including Trevor Rosenthal and Seth Maness, that controlled the Dodgers for most of the NLCS. Even better than that bullpen, however, have been the Cardinals’ top starters, 22-year-old phenom Michael Wacha and veteran Adam Wainwright. Wacha has posted a ridiculous 0.43 ERA during the postseason, while Wainwright has allowed just four runs in three playoff starts. The rotation is set up
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upon during the winter training season. The team believes that its technique is sound but hopes to increase its acceleration with each thrust of the oars. Even though there is plenty to work on, the Jumbos are excited about their lineup flexibility, as there are a number of rowers who can compete in any type of boat, whether it be a single, four or eight. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the lineups fare,” Danielewicz said. “We have more variety than usual in the boats, and I’m excited to see how they all turn out.” The women’s varsity team raced in the Seven Sisters regatta against UMassAmherst and Ithaca College on Oct. 13. The Jumbos were represented in a variety of races, including the Open 4, Open 2 and Open 1, both in the morning and afternoon sessions. Tufts had its best result in the Open 4 race in the morning, as the three Tufts boats all placed in the top three. The firstplace boat, comprised of senior Sofi Shield and juniors Maddie Morley, Brett Mele and Laura Aravena, finished the course with a time of 18:51.1. “We did pretty well overall because of the awesome emphasis our coaches put on sculling in the fall,” Shield told the Daily in an email. “We have some girls in singles who are really fast, as well as some pretty competitive quads.” What made the race particularly impressive for Tufts was the fact that the team needed to adjust to both a new course and a higher level of competition.
“Adjusting to a new course is always challenging, and good steering really plays a factor in how you do in the race,” Shield said. “Coming in against some competitive Div. I schools also provides a little bit of intimidation, but I think the team really brought it and showed they were confident in their ability to row well.” Although the Jumbos considered the regatta an overall success, they still believe that there is significant room for improvement. There were two sets of races, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and the team experienced fatigue by the end of the second set. “I think working on endurance is really important for the team and will help us go even faster during our shorter spring races,” Shield said. The women’s team also raced just one novice eight boat at the Head of the Snake, in which the boat placed 14th out of 20. The Jumbos posted a time of 20:55.217. The eight-person boat was a bit of a change for the women’s team that has been primarily sculling throughout the fall season. The next race for both the men’s and women’s teams is the Head of the Fish Regatta on Oct. 26 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It is the last race of the fall season for the men’s team and the second-to-last race for the women’s team. Both teams are hoping for a positive showing to create momentum heading into winter. “It’s a great chance for the men and women’s varsity programs to travel together and support each other, and I think we have the ability to do well in many of the events we’re competing in,” Shield said.
so that Wainwright will pitch games one and five, with Wacha likely throwing two and six, meaning the Cardinals could get the four wins they need from these two aces. But questions remain about both Wacha’s inexperience and the back end of the Cardinals’ rotation, where Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn may struggle against the Red Sox offense. The pick The Red Sox may be resilient and may have some bearded mojo on their side, but their hitters were completely shut down by Scherzer and the Tigers’ rotation for much of the ALCS. With two aces on the Cardinals’ staff, don’t be surprised if the same issues resurface, particularly with the Sox losing their DH spot for the games in St. Louis. The Cardinals’ pitching will prove to be too much, and Uehara will not have enough chances to dominate if the Sox are trailing in the late innings. Expect the Cardinals to take the series in six.
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“All the injuries really brought us together, because we realized how much we need each other,” Worley said. “It really lets us take a step back to take tennis out of the picture and just be concerned about how we’re all feeling.” Another focal point for the offseason will be commitment and discipline in captain’s practices. “I hope that the team will be committed to practicing with a purpose and taking ownership every time they practice,” Bayard said. “If [the team] thinks about how they are getting better each time they step out there, then we’re in good shape.” In a positive moment for the program, Gann won the Lindsay Morehouse Award over the weekend. The award is given to seniors who demonstrate the qualities of sportsmanship, friendliness, character, fair play and hard work. Coaches nominate a senior for the award and all participating coaches vote for the recipient. Gann beat out six other nominees from different schools. The Jumbos finished the fall season with a 2-1 dual meet record, losing to MIT and defeating Brandeis and Babson. They will begin their spring schedule on March 18.
World Series showdown
he World Series starts tonight, and the Boston Red Sox are going to be in it. It makes no sense. The Red Sox weren’t supposed to be this good. Nobody gave them a chance coming out of spring training, and not since the Impossible Dream season of 1967 has the Old Towne Team exceeded expectations by so much. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined them getting to this point. I still have no idea how the Red Sox got past Detroit in the ALCS. The starstudded Tigers (my World Series favorites) clearly outplayed them for much of the series, but the Red Sox did just enough to win. They outscored Detroit by just one run over the course of the series and won three games by the same margin. The Tigers flashed superior starting pitching and a fearsome lineup, and with better luck they’d likely be the American League champs. Instead, the Tigers sabotaged themselves with base-running blunders, poor defense and shaky relief work. Detroit didn’t execute while Boston did, and that (along with a couple of grand slams) made the difference. Soxtober will continue against the St. Louis Cardinals, and despite my wishes for a Boston-LA World Series, that’s the way it should be. The Red Sox and Redbirds are two of the sport’s most iconic teams, blessed with massive fan bases and rich histories. Some of that history is shared, for it was the Cardinals who became the first team to defeat Boston in the World Series (in 1946), and it was the Cardinals who polished off the aforementioned Impossible Dream team. The Red Sox got their revenge in 2004 when they ended their 86-year championship drought by sweeping St. Louis, reducing a 105-win Cardinals juggernaut to a mere historical footnote. What’s more, these are the teams with the two best regular season records in baseball, and that record is the same: 97-65. Since the start of the Wild Card era in 1995, the two teams with the top records in their respective leagues have met in the Fall Classic just twice before, and it hasn’t happened since 1999. Before playoff expansion prolonged the postseason from one week in October into the entire freaking month, the best team from the American League (usually the Yankees) played the best team in the National League in a best of seven, winner take all series. That was it. Now, the additional playoff rounds have made getting to the World Series a total crapshoot. The extra games make upsets more common, and oftentimes, the best team is knocked out by a lesser team that gets hot at the right time. Thankfully, that didn’t happen this year. The Red Sox beat the Rays, then the Tigers to win the AL pennant. St. Louis captured the NL flag by outlasting Pittsburgh and taking down the Dodgers. The sport’s two best teams are the last ones standing. And if the Red Sox are going to win their eighth World Series title, I want them to earn it. They have to shut down the National League’s best offense and hit Adam Wainwright. To be the best, they have to beat the best. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Tyler Maher is a junior majoring in economics. He can be reached at Tyler.Maher@tufts.edu.
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The women’s tennis team closed out its fall season this weekend at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT). Two of the Jumbos’ three A flight duos reached the round of 16, and the lone B flight duo made the quarterfinals. In the NEWITT tournament, each individual plays a singles match and a doubles match in a duo, creating a best-of-three format. Representing Tufts in the Gail Smith A Flight were the pairs of freshman Alexa Meltzer and senior Shelci Bowman in the top position, senior captain Samantha Gann and freshman Chelsea Hayashi at number two and freshmen Conner Calabro and Jacqueline Baum third. Meltzer and Bowman faced Gordon College’s only team in the first round, defeating Caroline Hall and Cindi Flynn 2-1, before bowing out to the Amherst duo of Jen Newman and Zoe Pangalos 3-0 in the round of 16. Gann and Hayashi blew past Ann Elizabeth Konkel and Eman Malik of Mount Holyoke with a score of 3-0 in the first round, before losing to Melita Ferjanic and Morgan Feldman of Trinity, 3-0. Calabro and Baum suffered a first-round defeat to MIT’s Elysa Kohrs and Victoria Tam, 3-0, but recovered to make it to the semifinals in the consolation draw with wins over Trinity’s Regan Cherna and Senzo Mavune-Maphisa and Babson’s Alex Freeman and Dina Weick. Tufts had a better showing in the
Chris Davis B Flight, as senior Rebecca Kimmel and sophomore Catherine Worley blanked Smith’s Ruth Yi and Andrea Tanco in the first round and then topped Mount Holyoke’s Maya Sayarath and Margaux Holloschutz 2-1 in the round of 16. Ultimately, the duo fell in their quarterfinal match against MIT’s Alana Peters and Ava Soleimany, 2-1. “I think that we played really well together,” Worley said of her partnership with Kimmel. “She’s a really close friend, and I think I work the best with Becca.” First-year Irem Bugdayci also competed in her first tournament this season. She was paired with Annika Trapness of Williams College, and the duo won their opening match against Smith’s Seema Samawi and Margaret Anne Smith, 2-1, before being defeated by Simmons’ Theresa Reinhard and Sofie Epshtein. With the fall season over, the main focus for the Jumbos this offseason will be resting their players, especially in light of the injuries that have plagued the team throughout the fall. Gann has struggled with persistent back problems, Worley has a suspected stress fracture in her foot and both junior Sophie Schonfeld and freshman Hanna Slutsky are recovering from concussions sustained earlier in the season. “The start of the offseason will be a crucial time for injuries to heal. Continued injury care is the first order of business,” head coach Kate Bayard said. “I’m confident everyone will be ready to go well before the spring season starts.” Some of the players fought through
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Tufts women’s tennis closed out the season after sending four pairs to NEWITT for competition over the weekend. injuries, knowing that they could use the offseason to recover. “I know for me personally, I probably should not have played this weekend because of my foot,” Worley said. “My thoughts were, ‘One more weekend and then I can take a break.’ But during the quar-
terfinals, I had to withdraw from my singles and doubles because I couldn’t move.” The seemingly endless stream of injuries has, ironically, made the team stronger as a result. see WOMEN’S TENNIS, page 15
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The Tufts men’s and women’s novice crew teams competed at the Head of the Snake Regatta on Oct. 12. The women’s varsity team, pictured above, was at the Seven Sisters Sculling Head Regatta on Oct. 13.
near the back as well, but pretty good given that literally every guy in the boat started rowing this fall.” The team’s success was largely inhibited by its inability to conserve energy throughout the races. “We shortened our stroke near the end as we got tired, which means less time in the water and less power applied to move the boat,” Danielewicz said. “It’s really important to stay patient on the recovery when you’re rowing, and we lost a bit of that as we got fatigued.” An underlying issue for the men’s crew team has been its overall lack of power, something that Tufts is looking to improve
Sox on offense Throughout the ALCS, the Red Sox only scored in 11 of their 53 times at-bat and looked absolutely stymied by the Tigers’ starting pitchers. Max Scherzer twice left the Sox absolutely clueless, yet had his masterful performance undone by shaky relief pitching and questionable decisions from manager Jim Leyland. In Games 2 and 6, David Ortiz and Shane Victorino came through with lateinning grand slams to lift the Red Sox to the win, but the Sox did struggle at the plate, hitting only .202 in the series. Although Ortiz and Victorino came through in the clutch, the pair only hit .091 and .125, respectively, in the ALCS, a figure that needs to improve if the Sox have any chance of putting runs on the board against a stellar Cardinals pitching staff. Additionally, the Red Sox will need to find some kind of contribution from shortstop Stephen Drew, who hit a paltry .050 in the ALCS, and from Jonny Gomes, who struck out seven times in the series. The Sox have been buoyed, however, by rookie phenom Xander Bogaerts, who in his
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Men’s, women’s crew teams compete on Homecoming weekend by Steven
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Both the men’s and women’s crew teams were in action on Homecoming weekend. The men’s team participated in the Head of the Snake Regatta in Shrewsbury, Mass. on Oct. 12, and the women’s team was split in competition, with varsity competing in the Seven Sisters Sculling Head Regatta in South Hadley, Mass. on Oct. 13 and novice at the Head of the Snake Regatta. The men’s team was represented by three boats, one in the Varsity Eight division, one in the Varsity Four division and the last in the Novice Eight division. The varsity eight boat had the most success,
finishing in eighth place out of 14 boats with a time of 14:38.316. The Jumbos finished just 20 seconds behind third-place Middlebury. The varsity four boat came in 13th out of 14 entrants with a time of 17:34.505, and the novice eight boat finished 10th out of 12 boats with a time of 17:51.890. Though they did not have particularly strong finishes, the Jumbos believe that these results are promising given the quality of the field and the team’s relative inexperience. “Our varsity four finished near the back, but they had a lot of tough competition,” junior co-captain Krzystof Danielewicz told the Daily in an email. “Our novice boat finished 10th out of 12, which was
Nine years ago, the Boston Red Sox snapped a historic World Series drought with a 4-0 sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, easily winning their first title since 1918. Since then, these two teams have been among the best in baseball nearly every year, and each has won two titles apiece in the last nine years. Now, the two teams are back to battle it out in the World Series once again. Only one player remains on each team’s roster from the 2004 series — David Ortiz for the Sox and Yadier Molina for the Cards — but this year’s best-of-seven series will pit the two most successful franchises of the last decade against each other in a mesmerizing matchup. Here’s the Daily’s primer.