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Professor provides literacy education with tablets by
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Maryanne Wolf, director of the Tufts University Center for Reading and Language Research and professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, is combining neuroscience and education to develop solar-powered tablets that will help improve the literacy of children in remote Ethiopian villages. The tablets are part of the Global Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization that teaches the basics of literacy to those with no access to formal education, according to Wolf. Wolf described the tablet-based system as a digital learning experience by which children with virtually no literate people in their own communities can learn without teachers or instructions. The project began one year ago after the Ethiopian government suggested the idea. “If we were successful and could reach 100 million children, we would change the face of world poverty by 12 percent,” she said. “That’s as big of a goal as I could have in a lifetime.” According to Wolf, the project currently focuses on two impoverished communities in Ethiopia — Wonchi and Wolonchete. About 40 children, all of whom have little to no access to water or school supplies, live in these two villages. “These kids have never seen electricity, paper, nothing,” Wolf said. “They can write on a tablet, but they’ve never had a pencil ... Still, they aren’t literate yet. They’re just learning.” Wolf’s involvement with the program began with the development of tablet apps for One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit
organization founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Nicholas Negroponte. “We made an ‘app map’ based on [the human brain],” Wolf said. “To get people involved, we’re teaching a course in technology and literacy between Tufts, MIT and the Rochester Institute of Technology, and we have people to help build more apps.” The work has been a collaborative effort involving researchers from the Tufts University Center for Reading and Language Research, MIT Media Lab and Georgia State University. Stephanie Gottwald, research coordinator at the Center for Reading and Language Research, expressed excitement about the project’s potential to make a difference in Ethiopian communities. “This is a really ambitious project,” Gottwald said. “It’s invigorating to think that, through the collaboration of these amazing people, we could have such a huge impact within our lifetimes.” Wolf described one young boy who, after losing his family, used his new technological skills to find his place in the community. “He was able to turn the Motorola Xoom [an Android-based tablet computer] on in four minutes time, and then teach everybody else,” she said. “He has a lot of sadness in his family, and through this experience, he’s the village hero. He’s completely transformed his life.” The program’s biggest hurdle has been a lack of funding, Wolf explained. The team, however, has successfully overcome other challenges, such as handling the children’s unfamiliarity with electronics, accommodating for their native see TABLET, page 2
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The Tufts European Center in Talloires, France was recently ranked one of the best branch campuses in the nation.
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The Tufts European Center in Talloires, France was this year named one of the top branch campuses by the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators and TheBestColleges.org. According to a Jan. 3 post on TheBestColleges.org, which ranked the Talloires program No. 6 among branch campuses, the program provides quality cultural exploration and educational opportunities, as well as a beautiful setting in a former Benedictine priory.
Program Coordinator at the Center David Baum (LA ’09) explained that the center in Talloires is meant to provide students with a multicultural perspective. “[The campus] was given to Tufts to bring people together and to promote international exchange,” Baum said. The Talloires program is so successful because of the values and history associated with the priory itself, according to Administrative Director of the European Center Gabriella Goldstein. see TALLOIRES, page 2
Student groups SWAT, Parnassus strive to amp up literary scene on campus by Sophie
The Spoken Word Alliance at Tufts (SWAT) and Parnassus, a recently formed literary magazine, have joined the literary scene on campus this semester. The Canon, the Tufts literary journal, wrote on its website that Tufts lacks a literary scene. The two newly formed groups, however, aim to build up that very presence. Junior Ethan Wise, who acts as producer of SWAT, elaborated on the sparse literary scene on campus. “I guess what I would say is that I’ve yet to notice its presence, which is maybe indicative of its presence,” Wise said. Publications currently on campus that feature student-produced work include the Canon, Tufts Observer, Tufts Public Journal and the Daily, among others. After losing its Tufts Community Union Judiciary (TCUJ) recognition this spring, the Primary Source has recently returned to campus. Parnassus publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography. Wise explained that the goal of SWAT is to facilitate more literary events on campus. Julia Malleck, founder of Parnassus, added that Parnassus will provide new programming around campus as well. “We are aiming to be a literary magazine, but we also want to create a larger sort of literary and arts community surrounded by it,”
Malleck, a sophomore, said. “So we want to hold workshops, story slams, chalking about our favorite literature.” This Wednesday evening, Parnassus members “chalked” in their favorite quotes, lyrics or phrases on Tisch patio. Parnassus also collaborated with SWAT to hand out printouts of free poems in Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center. “It’s very much about including the entire community in arts and writing,” Malleck said. Malleck said that she expected more in terms of literary outlets at a university like Tufts and that these types of events will hopefully change that for the better. Despite the recent upswing in the activity related to publications on campus, Leonna Hill, a junior majoring in English, said that the literary scene is still pretty quiet. “To be honest I don’t think there is a big presence,” she said. “I’m an English major, and I don’t see English book clubs around campus as much as I see activism clubs around.” Michael Downing, a lecturer in the Department of English, said that having an active print publication community can be difficult in general, since such publications have been suffering in recent years due to competition with online literary outlets. “I think these things are very hard to make a go of,” Downing said. “I think the world is really hard on print material
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Students and members of SWAT gathered last Thursday in Crafts House for its inaugural open mic event, an evening of slam poetry. of all kinds right now. ... Having time to produce it and then having some way of making people think they are supposed to be interested in the print version of it — it’s a challenge.”
Sophomore Moira Lavelle, however, said the literary scene at Tufts is partly why she made the decision to come here. see LITERARY, page 2
The Daily speaks with Aziz Ansari about life as a comedian.
Fitz and the Tantrums disappoint at the House of Blues.
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“When I was talking to my parents about my choices, I argued that we had the Daily, and the Observer, the Public Journal and the Canon and we had so many different outlets,” Lavelle, a news writer for the Observer, said. “And that was one of my reasons for coming here.” Although Lavelle thinks the literary scene is visible, she also pointed out how it is not yet a concrete and unified community. “I think [the literary scene] is very much alive but still struggling to attain a certain level of institutionalized structure,” Lavelle said. “I think currently we have a lot of disparate outlets.” Wise echoed the sentiments that the literary scene is still in an abstract form. “The literary scene at Tufts is a really big, multi-faceted and disparate entity, if it’s even a single entity, which I don’t know if I believe it is,” Wise said. “You have the Daily, you have the Canon, you have someone that is starting a poetry literary magazine, you have SWAT, you have all of these other things, but we are not unified under one larger banner.” According to Lavelle, the perception that the literary scene is inactive here is an outdated one. “I don’t know why the perception is that the literary scene doesn’t exist,” Lavelle said. “I think it might be one of those things where it didn’t exist five years ago and we still have that same rhetoric. It’s like how we say that Lewis is still a gross dorm, but it got redone; it’s no longer ‘Dirty Lewis.’” Lavelle said that this perception of inactivity contributed to the increase in the programming and groups related to literature this year. “A lot of other things are popping up more and more now because I think we’ve been hearing the complaints that [the literary scene] doesn’t exist, even if that’s not necessarily true,” Lavelle said. Despite the recent momentum that the literary community has shown,
Lavelle sees room for improvement in the linkages among groups on campus. “The Observer’s part is very different from the Canon’s part, and it’s very different from spoken word or from anything else, and I think that is where our strength is and where our potential lies in Tufts’ literary scene,” Lavalle said. “We have so many different outlets that if we all came together it could be even stronger.” Senior Austin Berg, editor-in-chief of the Primary Source, disagreed, noting that there are multiple sides to every issue that should be represented in print. He said that he wished publications on campus would be less one-sided in their presentation of issues. “There’s not really one unified liberal voice on campus,” he said. “I’d prefer to have a magazine that is adept on all sides of a political debate.” While Lavelle pointed out that there is a myriad of publications on the Hill, Berg expressed doubt that there is real diversity present in these publications. “[The Primary Source’s] goal is to provide a spotlight or a voice for marginalized political voices on campus, namely like the conservative libertarian kids who had no place to write previously,” Berg said. Though he believes there are a small number of students who are interested in being a part of the literary scene on campus, Berg said he feels that the current literary scene fits the demand. “I think [the literary scene] is small, but it’s not out of line with the general population; it seems fitting to the small, tight knit community,” he said. When considering the small community of students who take creative writing classes on campus as well, Downing said that he would like to see the energy and quality of work being produced there extended into extracurricular outlets. “I think in that sense [there] is a much more vibrant atmosphere and richer ground for a more public literary scene than what is currently being explored,” Downing said. “I think there’s potential for a lot more.”
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language of Oromo and navigating cultural differences. “They’ve never seen a bathroom. There’s no such thing as a lamp. There are all these things we’ve taken for granted, concepts they’ve never encountered,” Wolf said. “Even animals, like sea animals, or the concept of swimming ... It’s a completely different mindset.” Gottwald may soon extend the tablet technology to South Africa, where she could teach potential instructors how to connect with groups of 60 to 100 students. “Through this program, we have built the relationships to entertain the thought of deploying the tablet project in South Africa, [where] most children only have access to schools with very limited resources,” Gottwald said. “What we hope is for
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the tablet to allow for more child-driven and child-centered learning.” The tablets are also being utilized locally in Georgia and Alabama to bolster oral language skills among preschool children, Gottwald noted. “We are in discussion to establish at least a half dozen more sites by 2014,” she said. “If we get funding, we would like to give them tablets to see if that would help them supplement what they’re doing in the classroom,” Wolf added. Wolf will next week address Pope Francis at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City about the goals and accomplishments of the project. She hopes the meeting will result in increased support for her initiatives. “This pope can bring us together in a systematic effort,” Wolf said. “He can help us.”
Talloires campus broadens academic experiences TALLOIRES
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“It’s a different kind of place,” Goldstein said. “It’s an 11th century old building that was given to Tufts with a very special purpose — to use it to make a better society ... It’s not just the stones, the bricks. It has its history, and it has its beautiful ideas [and] messages, and we should use it to make a world a better place eventually.” Goldstein explained that the donor, a man named Donald MacJannet, was a 1916 graduate of the university. When he donated the building to Tufts in 1978, he left no conditions, allowing the university to use it however they wanted. “For those of us who remember [when MacJannet gave the building], it’s been such a pleasure and privilege to be able to remember those values and those ideas,” she said. “It makes a very rich experience to go there, to have this history, to know the people who gave us the building.” Part of the program’s success may have to do with the fact that, unlike other Tufts courses, classes at Talloires relate directly to the surrounding geography, Goldstein said. “When we offer courses in Talloires, we want them to be transformative experiences,” she said. “We want the courses to be connected to the region.” In fact, Goldstein said, some of the most popular courses, such as “Flowers of the Alps” and a few literature courses, allow students to explore the environment around Talloires. “You go and you stand there [in] the field filled with these incredible flowers,” she said. “You are doing it outside ... not watching them on the slides. The French literature courses study the works that are written right there, so you can go to the place where Lamartine wrote his poem or where Rousseau wrote his important works.” Baum added that interaction is not limited to courses and the regional geography. Because the program is small, student and faculty get to know one another very well, he said. “If students ... have questions, they can go and find the professor right there and chat,” Baum said. “We see lots of faculty spending a lot of time there with students.” This strong community makes up for the challenging aspects of the program, such as the condensed semester course work and adapting to living so far away from home, according to Goldstein. Another advantage is that the Talloires program coordinators, unlike those for study abroad programs, are very present in students’ lives with their host family, she said. “We know students, and we know families,” Goldstein said. “Whenever they have problems, we like always fixing things.” A drawback of the program, she said, is the fact that it may be unavailable to many students who cannot afford it. Goldstein hopes to improve this in the future. “I know the cost is above what students paid to come to Tufts,” she said. “From my perspective, it’s so important for Americans to leave America. I think raising money to help students do that is really important.” Goldstein believes that the faculty at Talloires represents the best of the university. “I think the reason students come back and talk about it is because they feel that,” she said. “They know we care about their success and care about their experiences.” Yunan Zhang contributed reporting to this article.
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Interview | Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari discusses growing older, political correctness by
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Aziz Ansari, an actor and comedian most known for his starring role in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (2009-present), recently spoke with the Daily in a press conference call to promote his standup comedy special, “Buried Alive,” which premiered this morning on Netflix. In “Buried Alive,” which was filmed at the Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia this past April, Ansari jokes about his fears of adulthood and parenthood as he turns 30 years old. The Tufts Daily: What is it about standup that still does it for you, that keeps you doing it? Aziz Ansari: I just think standup is a very unique art form. It’s so singular ... I enjoy acting, and I like doing “Parks” and stuff. But again, it’s like a platform where I can really discuss whatever I want to discuss my viewpoints on things. TD: Was there a pivotal moment in your life — a meaningful, important moment in life —when you realized that you could be funny for a living? AA: No, not really. I just got started doing standup with the intent of just trying to get good at standup, and then eventually all these other things started happening and I was able to make a living doing it. But when I started doing
standup, I really just enjoyed it and wanted to get better at it in a way that you would want to get better at playing guitar or something like that ... I never really thought of that as an end goal.
TD: This particular special, [“Buried Alive”], is personal, especially the first part where you talk about family and love. Did you really want to explore that side of you, and did you consider treating it this time almost as a kind of therapy? AA: Well, it just kind of came about organically. I [talk about] whatever is going on in my life, whatever is in my head, and this time it was kind of heavier things dealing with life and babies and marriage and stuff. And that’s just kind of what happened. TD: Early on in the special, you make a joke about child molesters, and a lot of people have gotten [criticized for] saying things that were decidedly not politically correct on stage. How do you decide how far you can push the envelope, and do you think people are more sensitive or less sensitive now to [material] that’s considered taboo? AA: I think you have to take that all case by case and ... any joke I do, I kind of do a case by case to see if it makes sense. Bad jokes ... if you took things out of context ... they make me seem like a hor-
rible person, but ultimately that [specific] joke is about how I’d be scared to have a kid because I would be so scared for the safety of my kids. And that’s a scary thought to me, how parents let their kids run around in the mall by themselves and things like that. Ultimately, it’s an anti-child molester joke. TD: In “Buried Alive,” you talked a lot about what it’s like to grow older. Now that you’ve been 30 for over half a year, do you find yourself slowly changing some of your viewpoints on adulthood and parenthood that you expressed in “Buried Alive?”
AA: Yeah, I mean ... when I wrote this stuff, it was two years ago now, you know? By the time you write it, then [perform it], then film it and edit it, and it gets in the hands of the Netflix people and they do all their stuff, it ends up being a long time. And yes, definitely my views have changed a little bit here and there, but I generally still have that fear ... I think I’m more comfortable with the idea of like, “Oh, it’s totally fine if I want to wait and do the stuff later in life.” There’s no reason to have a ticking clock, and I don’t have any like, “Oh, at this age, I want to get married. At this age, I want to have kids” or any of that stuff. TD: And then what do you miss most about being in your 20s?
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Comedian Aziz Ansari says his material for ‘Buried Alive’ was inspired by his feelings about getting older. AA: Nothing. It’s the same. I mean ... the only thing I miss is being able to say you’re in your 20s. Other than that, you
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Fitz and the Tantrums deliver poor showmanship at House of Blues by
Nika Wakulich Korchok Contributing Writer
Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities drew large crowds to the House of Blues on Monday night. Throughout the concert, the bands exhibited two stage presences as different as their songs. Capital Cities, whose meteoric rise in recent years is due to their single “Safe and Sound,” delivered a performance that diverged from the typical electro, neo-pop sound that characterizes their major hit. During the show, the group brought a pink bass and purple trombone onstage to complement the lead vocals of songwriting duo Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. These extra elements, combined with drummer Channing Holmes’ beats, produced a strange, intoxicating sound. Wavering somewhere between blues-rock, electro-pop, dance and soul, Capital Cities wove seductive brass hooks between cleverly-worded melodies — all with a stage presence that was as electric as the giant neon sunglasses glowing in the background during the show. Capital Cities played to the dance-music taste of their target audience, mostly comprising young adults. Simonian, whose facial hair is almost as remarkable as his command of the stage, treated the audience to equal parts sass and sweetness. His raw, devious charm was infectious — the perfect introduction to each of the band’s songs. It’s true that Capital Cities tends to lack stage movement — but though they don’t have One Direction-esque dance moves, the audience didn’t expect those same antics. The sexy walk of the trombone player, who strutted around like a young Miles Davis, was enough to entertain any fan.
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Funky and fun, Capital Cities stole the show opening for Fitz and the Tantrums. Their performance managed to capture the feeling of a unique listening experience in the best way possible. Whether it was raucous dance-powered hits like “Kangaroo Court” or harder rock anthems like “I Stole My Bed, But Not My Stereo,” the band demonstrated their knack for diversity, all the while maintaining an overarching cohesive sound. And if their electronic, slowed-down version of the Bee Gees’ 1977 hit “Stayin’ Alive” didn’t deliver a funky enough vibe for concert-goers, then the
band’s closing number — an extended, dynamo version of “Safe and Sound” — was sure to convince any listener of Capital Cities’ talent. Their finale, received by an enthusiastic audience waving articles of clothing in the air and screaming lyrics, was the icing on the cake. Fitz and the Tantrums did not even remotely measure up to the same level of showmanship, stage presence and musical ability of their opener. Although they began with a crowd favorite, “Break the
Walls,” their show had a slow, tentative start that was saved only by the powerful energy of lead female singer Noelle Scaggs. Unfortunately, lead male vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick gave weak song introductions and struggled to move the concert along. The band’s set was clearly controlled by Scaggs — the ringleader of the show — while Fitzpatrick appeared to move aimlessly around the stage. The band chose to play well-composed songs, but they were rarely well delivered. “Get Away” nearly reached Muselike power with a healthy dose of background synth, but it ultimately missed the mark. “House is On Fire” also had a promising introduction from Fitzpatrick and Scaggs, but soon disappointed with its low energy. One couldn’t help but think that the band was lacking in originality, especially when they used songs like the Eurythymics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” as a crowd energizer, but neglected to add their own personal spin. Despite these shortcomings, it was still fairly evident that the band possesses potential, particularly when they played their hit “Out of My League.” As Scaggs gratefully said to the Boston crowd, “It is ... people like you who have made it a hell of a year for this band.” Indeed, it’s been a successful year for Fitz and the Tantrums, who had a string of late night talk show performances and released a new album that displayed promise. But that was all that the concert delivered: promise. Falling flat, Fitz and the Tantrums could take a note from Capital Cities and fine tune their performance. Overall, Capital Cities seems to have an exciting future ahead of them, while Fitz and the Tantrums must work fast to avoid getting left in the dust by newer bands.
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mesh,” junior defender Catharine Greer said. “Today, the whole team had a lot of energy, and we really came together.” Senior tri-captain forward Anya Kaufmann almost put Tufts ahead in the 47th minute, but a diving McCarthy prevented Kaufmann from adding to her teamleading total. Eight minutes later, Bowdoin sophomore Kiersten Turner received a pass from senior Molly Popolizio and rocketed a shot on goal. Wright made the difficult save, but the rebound took a bounce in favor of the Polar Bears. Turner buried the ball into the empty net to give Bowdoin a 2-1 lead. Continuing the back-and-forth theme of the game, Tufts responded by pressuring Bowdoin. In the 63rd minute, McCarthy went out of the 18-yard box to play a long pass, only to see freshman Jess Capone closing fast on her. McCarthy’s clear was knocked down by Capone, who deflected the ball to junior Victoria Stoj. With McCarthy out of position, Stoj calmly passed it into the net to tie the game at 2-2. The final 25 minutes became physical, with both teams fighting hard for every 50-50 ball and the forwards continually pressing in hopes of pressuring the opponent’s backline into a costly mistake. This strategy would ultimately work in Bowdoin’s favor in the 70th minute. After Tufts was unable to clear the ball, Bowdoin sophomore Audrey Phillips gathered the ball on the top of the 18-yard box and found herself with space. She took a quick dribble, scanned the field and unleashed a hard, left-footed line drive that settled into the opposite side’s bottom corner. Wright had neither the time nor the angle to make a diving attempt at the shot that capped off
the scoring at 3-2. “We gave them a little too much space to play with,” Whiting said of the goal. “Within 25 yards, we have to defend a little tighter. We held off too much.” For the remaining 20 minutes, Bowdoin changed to a conservative defense to prevent any kind of counter-attack from Tufts. When the Jumbos were able to get the ball up the field, they were forced to the sidelines. This worked in Bowdoin’s favor, as the Polar Bears relied on their tall, physical defenders to keep most of the Jumbos’ crosses from reaching their intended targets. For the final stretch of the game, Tufts — unable to penetrate the Bowdoinfilled 18-yard box — was left to fire shots from 20-plus yards out, doing little to challenge McCarthy.
Tufts set to face Bowdoin again in first round
Despite the loss, the Jumbos left the game knowing they will be able to compete with the Polar Bears in the playoffs. “We have to play strong and not make the mistakes we made [yesterday],” Greer said. “It was evident that [even] with the mistakes they made, we were unable to finish.” Tufts enters the NESCAC playoffs seeded No. 6, while Bowdoin has captured the conference’s No. 3 spot. The last time these two teams met in the postseason, Bowdoin advanced in penalty kicks after a doubleovertime 0-0 tie in the 2008 quarterfinals. Saturday’s first-round match will be played at Bowdoin at 1:30 p.m. Whiting’s mentality going into the playoffs is simple. “Our goal is to play as many games as we can,” she said.
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freshman goalkeeper Noah Safian delivered a short goal kick that stayed on the Polar Bears’ side of the field. Majumder promptly won the ball from the Bowdoin defender and quickly flicked it up the field toward junior tri-captain midfielder Kento Nakamura. Nakamura delivered a perfect through ball past the Polar Bears’ last defender, which found junior tri-captain forward Max Hoppenot in stride streaking toward the box. Safian broke from his line in a last-ditch effort to stop the Jumbos’ attack, but in a display of quick brilliance, Hoppenot popped the ball over an oncoming Safian and watched as it trickled into the goal before the goalkeeper had a chance to recover. Tufts finished the match with an 11-9 advantage in shots and denied Bowdoin any legitimate scoring chance after the 50th minute. With the win, the Jumbos finished the regular season at 8-5-1 overall and 6-4 in the NESCAC. Bowdoin will return to Kraft Field again on Saturday, as the Polar Bears will try to avenge their loss against the Jumbos in the first round of the NESCAC tournament. “We’ve played well all year at home, and having home field advantage for the first round gives us the support of our fans and forces Bowdoin to come back to our field, where they just lost,” Majumder said. “Playing Bowdoin right after beating them makes us even hungrier to send them home again, like we did last year in the first round of the NESCAC tournament.”
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Junior Victoria Stoj scored Tufts’ second goal of the Wednesday matchup against Bowdoin, but it would not be enough, as the Polar Bears took the final regular season game, 3-2.
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Jumbos end regular season with nail-biter by
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The women’s soccer team dropped its final regular season match to Bowdoin, 3-2, on Wednesday at Kraft Field in a preview of Saturday’s first-round playoff match. If this past game was any indication, Saturday’s match could be a 90-minute classic. The Jumbos ended their regular season with a 5-5-0 in-conference record and an 8-6-0 record overall. The game started at a slow pace, with neither team getting a shot on goal in the first 10 minutes. In the 13th minute, the Polar Bears struck first. Junior Abby Einwag took the ball up the left sideline and found sophomore Jamie Hofstetter. Hofstetter had time to slide the ball past senior goalkeeper Kristin Wright to the far side to put Bowdoin up 1-0. The Jumbos responded, outshooting the Polar Bears 8-4 in the first half and moving the ball well against Bowdoin’s tough defense. Rotating in forwards throughout
the game, Tufts was able to take advantage of fresh legs and favorable matchups to keep the ball in their opponent’s territory. “Our forwards this year are very athletic and very dynamic,” coach Martha Whiting said after the game. “They play off of each other well and are creating a lot of opportunities for themselves.” This was evident with three minutes remaining in the first half, when the Jumbos were finally able to take advantage of their attack. Senior Amanda Neveu placed her corner kick in a crowd of players, forcing Bowdoin’s sophomore goalkeeper Bridget McCarthy to try and punch the ball out. But it skidded off her fingers, allowing freshman Robin Estus to finish and tie the game going into the second half. Carrying over the momentum, the Jumbos came out strong in the second half, forcing the Polar Bears to play on their heels with an all-out attack. “I think we are all starting to see WOMEN’S SOCCER, page 7
Tufts faces adverse conditions at Brown and Conn. College by Steven
Senior Staff Writer
The co-ed and women’s sailing teams competed in seven events collectively over the weekend. The most prestigious event for the co-ed team was the Sherman Hoyt Trophy held at Brown University, while the Stu Nelson Trophy at Conn. College was the headliner for the women’s team. At the Sherman Hoyt Trophy, the Jumbos finished fifth out of 18 boats. In the A division, senior tricaptain skipper Will Haeger and senior crew Paula Grasberger led Tufts for races 1-6 and 9-12, while sophomore Colin Meade crewed for Grasberger in races 7-8. The group came in third place in the A division. In the B division, senior tricaptain skipper David Liebenberg and senior tri-captain Kathleen Kwasniak sailed for Tufts. The women’s team did not have the same success at the Stu Nelson Trophy, which is traditionally a difficult race due to the tough competition. Tufts came in 17th place out of 18 teams. Competing in the A division were freshman MaryClaire Kiernan skippering and sophomore Kate Wasynczuk crewing. Racing in the B division were sophomore skipper Amanda Sommi and freshman crew Julia Fuller. “As a whole, we were not too happy with our performance as a women’s team this past weekend,” Sommi told the Daily in an email. “It was a very competitive regatta in challenging conditions, but we did not really achieve the outcome that we were looking for.” Despite the result, the future of the program looks promising: Nine out of the 12 members of the women’s team are freshmen or sophomores. “All four Tufts sailors at this event were underclassmen, so I am greatly looking forward to how the team can develop and improve in the future,” Sommi said. The weather conditions over the weekend were not kind to the sailors, as heavy winds made it difficult for the boats to stay on track.
“Last weekend, most if not all of the venues were very windy,” sophomore Casey Gowrie told the Daily in an email. “We had well over 20 knots by the end of the day at Roger Williams, which makes the racing a lot more exciting, but difficult.” Sommi also commented on the challenge of sailing when the weather is inclement. “The conditions everywhere were intense, with very strong breezes on Saturday,” she said. “It made for a very challenging weekend both mentally and physically for every sailor on our team.” The Jumbos tried to cope with the tough conditions by maintaining high speeds, so as to not let the wind guide their boats. At the same time, they were cautious to stay on the course. “It was important to keep the boat powered up and going fast for as long as possible,” Gowrie said. “Also, avoiding mistakes was key because heavier wind tends to amplify those mistakes, and you can lose a lot of boat lengths because of them.” Tufts did, however, capture two victories at two of its less prestigious regattas this weekend. The wins came at the Central Series 6 at Boston College and the Peak Foliage Invitational at the University of New Hampshire. In the Peak Foliage Invitational, the Jumbos were represented by sophomore Rolfe Glover and freshman Liz Fletcher in the A division and sophomores Nicholas and Joshua Pfosi in the B division. Two Tufts teams competed at the Central Series 6, finishing in first and second place out of 16 teams. The first-place team was led by senior skipper Ben Weigel, junior crew Hannah Duggan and freshman crew Sam Gates in the A division, and by junior skipper Viktor Wettergren and freshman crew Alexander Tong in the B division. Both sailing teams added substantial race experience over the weekend, something that should help them — especially in tough conditions — throughout the fall and spring seasons.
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Junior tri-captain Kento Nakamura made the assist on the winning goal scored by junior tri-captain Max Hoppenot, leading Tufts to a 1-0 victory over Bowdoin in the last game of the regular season.
Tufts edges out Bowdoin 1-0 to secure home game in quarterfinals by
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The men’s soccer team earned a home-field berth for the first round of the NESCAC playoffs after consecutive 1-0 victories over NESCAC rivals Hamilton and Bowdoin. Coming off its first three-match losing streak since 2010, Tufts knew the fate of its season rested in the outcome of the regular season’s final two matches. On Saturday, the Jumbos traveled to Hamilton and did what no team has done in over a year: beat the Continentals on their home turf. On Tuesday, Tufts returned home to take on the hottest team in the NESCAC and dealt Bowdoin their first loss since Sept. 14. “Winning these last two games was so important because it gives us momentum and confidence heading into the postseason,” freshman midfielder Nathan Majumder said. “After a few losses that we knew could’ve been wins, finishing the regular season with
two big conference shutout wins proves to ourselves and everybody else that we can handle adversity and win games when we need to.” History was on the Jumbos’ side entering Tuesday’s matchup. Last year, the two teams met in the exact same situation, with a home-field berth in the quarterfinals of the conference championship on the line in the final regular season match. The Jumbos edged the Polar Bears in that contest, 2-1, and went on to defeat them three days later in the conference tournament, 3-0. But Bowdoin entered this year’s matchup on a six-match winning streak. Still, the Jumbos knew that if they could play tough in the back and make the Polar Bears work for every chance, they could pull out a victory. Tufts executed this formula flawlessly. Bowdoin had its share of chances early, but freshman goalkeeper Scott Greenwood was solid throughout the match, denying all four shots on goal en route to his ninth shutout of the year.
It was an evenly matched first half, with Bowdoin slightly outshooting Tufts, 4-3. Neither side was able to put one in the net, as the teams entered intermission deadlocked 0-0. Early in the second half, the Polar Bears had one of their best opportunities of the match when a Jumbos’ foul deep in their own territory produced a free kick from roughly 25 yards out. Bowdoin sophomore midfielder Kiefer Solarte delivered a strike towards the top crossbar, but Greenwood timed his leap perfectly and snatched the ball from the air before it had a chance to cross the goal line. Following Bowdoin’s set piece opportunity, Tufts would generate almost all of the scoring chances throughout the rest of the match. The Jumbos finally capitalized on one of Bowdoin’s few defensive mistakes. In the 81st minute, Bowdoin see MEN’S SOCCER, page 7
Jumbos secure second seed in NESCAC playoffs with victory The No. 3 field hockey team took the next step towards defending its national title on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the No. 2 Bowdoin Polar Bears 1-0 in front of a home crowd on senior night. The teams entered the regular season finale with identical 8-1 NESCAC records, including losses to No. 7 Amherst College, but the victory secured Tufts’ position as the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC tournament, which begins this weekend. During the first half, the Jumbos and Polar Bears traded possession. Sophomore midfielder Rachel Terveer took Tufts’ first shot, sending a ball wide of the cage just after the four-minute mark. Over the course of the next 10 minutes, Bowdoin returned to its offensive end, earning the first penalty corner of the contest and sending a series of shots at Tufts’ junior keeper Bri Keenan. Each time, however, the Jumbos’ defense managed to block the shot, keeping the game deadlocked at 0-0. With just five minutes remaining in the opening period, the Jumbos worked to piece together a strong offensive possession.
Sophomore defender Alexandra Jamison inserted a penalty corner with senior All-American center midfielder Emily Cannon waiting on the 16-meter circle. Cannon received the ball and fired a shot at Bowdoin’s junior netminder Hannah Gartner, but Gartner charged out of the cage to make a kick-save and prevent the go-ahead score. With less than a minute left, Bowdoin challenged again. This time, junior forward Emily Simonton took aim at the cage, but her shot was blocked and the Jumbos were able to play out the final seconds of the half without relinquishing a score. Coming out of the intermission, Bowdoin quickly earned a series of threatening penalty corners, inserted by senior cocaptain forward Katie Riley. The Polar Bears’ efforts were fruitless, however, and the Jumbos worked to turn the tide in their favor. Ten minutes into the second stanza, Jamison sent in another penalty corner. Senior co-captain forward Chelsea Yogerst received the ball and launched a
hard shot that hit the post and ricocheted away. After the Polar Bears had another shot blocked, Tufts returned to the attack and finally broke through. Junior forward Brittany Norfleet wound up for a shot that was deflected by a Bowdoin defender, but Terveer was able to collect the ball and put the Jumbos on the board with the first score of the contest. Terveer’s ball, her first goal of the season, ultimately turned out to be the deciding score. In the final minutes, Bowdoin drew a series of penalty corners as the Polar Bears worked to knot the score and force overtime. But Tufts’ defense remained composed, and Keenan stepped up to make a save on first-year midfielder Mettler Growney in the closing minutes, preserving the shutout and the victory. Next, the Jumbos will host the seventh-seeded Williams Ephs, a rematch of their Oct. 19 victory, in the first round of the conference tournament. —by Kate Klots