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Founding member of Higher Ground Farm John Stoddard spoke yesterday about rooftop farms in the Lincoln Filene Center Rabb Room.
Founding member discusses Boston’s first rooftop farm by
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Founder of Higher Ground Farm John Stoddard (N ’09) spoke yesterday in the Lincoln Filene Center Rabb Room about the environmental benefits of rooftop farming in the Environmental Studies Program’s weekly Lunch and Learn series. Director of the Environmental Studies Program Colin Orians introduced Stoddard, who received his master’s degree from the Friedman School of
Nutrition Science and Policy’s Agriculture, Food and the Environment program. The region’s first farm, Stoddard’s organization recently completed its first year of planting. According to Stoddard, Higher Ground Farm is located at the Boston Design Center in the city’s Seaport District. The four-acre building, which once served as an army supply base, was ideal for a rooftop farm because of its strong, fortress-like structure. Stoddard explained that he founded the farm with one of
his undergraduate classmates, Courtney Hennessey, who has experience in farming. In addition, he works with hospitals to encourage them to purchase local foods. “It really resonated with me, that kind of work,” he said. “I always loved food, cooking, gardening, et cetera. The two of them [food and advocacy] together really made sense.” Stoddard later described the components of a rooftop farm. see ROOFTOP, page 2
Tom Vandervelde, a John A. and Dorothy M. Adams faculty development professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a $1.5 million Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will allow Vandervelde to build a multi-chamber molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system, used to produce semiconductors. According to Scott Sahagian, executive associate dean of the School of Engineering, the grant is an indication of the university’s commitment to research and reflects Tufts’ rising academic status and reputation. “I think that when a university achieves these kinds of levels of equipment grants, it really helps position and attract other — not only faculty — but students,” Sahagian said. “We are no longer seen as being a wannabe, but as a defined institution that has a considerable amount of clout.” Vandervelde’s work, he explained, involves semiconductors — a material with a degree of electrical conductivity between that of a metal and an insulator — formed through crystal growth. MBE, which takes place in an ultra-high vacuum, is required to create very pure semiconductor materials. “In terms of the crystal growth, we need incredible levels of
purity in terms of the materials, so the only way to achieve that purity is to grow these materials in a really, really, really good vacuum,” Vandervelde said. A variety of ordinary appliances, such as cell phones and wireless routers, require chips formed through MBE. Vandervelde plans to use the new MBE system to conduct research. “There is a lot of stuff that can be made better,” he said. “Solar cells can be higher efficiency than they are now. Infrared cameras can work at wavelengths that presently we can’t use them at.” According to Vandervelde, the new MBE system will be particularly suited to making semiconductors for “photonic-based materials,” which interact with light. These materials exist in infrared cameras, LEDs and solar cells among other appliances. According to the NSF website, the MRI grant, which can offer up to $4 million, functions to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments. Vandervalde affirmed that the new MBE machine will be open to other potential users outside of the Tufts community, such as startup company workers unable to afford their own equipment. He believes that affiliates of other Boston-area schools will also want to take advantage of the device. Eric Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical see GRANT, page 2
Tufts Equestrian team encourages commitment despite changes to membership payment structure by
For many student-athletes, hearing classmates cheer them on from the sidelines is a major plus. The men and women who travel up to an hour away to represent the Jumbos in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) tournaments do not get such fan support, but they don’t let it get them down. They have a long-standing tradition of supporting each other and a championship record to rival any other team at Tufts. The Tufts Equestrian (TUEQ) team, a Tier I club sport team, is on the rise, almost doubling in size this year with twelve freshmen joining this fall, according to junior co-captain Michelle Zackin. The team consists of a show team and a more general team, with mixed levels of experience in each group. With an open leadership structure and a bonding trip to the Loj, the new members were immediately made to feel a part of the team, according to co-captain Daryl Cooley. “The freshmen have been a key part of our team in our competition, but there are also some freshmen who come to just watch the horse shows,” Cooley, a senior, said. “They’re far away, and I think that really speaks to the social aspect of the team, that they’re willing to come all the way to support us.” The competition structure is complicated
to those newly interested in following the sport. According to Zackin, new members are placed into one of eight different classes depending on prior experience, and each class has a point rider, meaning only one member from the team in each class gains points in the competition that count towards final group scoring. Individual riders do accumulate scoring over time, however, and can move up to the next tier. Cooley pointed out that the lowest class counts just as much in competition as the highest. The unique structure of horse shows are allows for a wide range of skill levels on the team, with representatives from each level competing. Not every single member of the team gets to compete, according to Katie Schaaf (LA ’00), head coach of the team. As a result, riders of all levels have a chance to participate in TUEQ even if they do not get to show. “No experience is required, and there is a whole division for people who don’t have any experience, and their points count just as much,” Cooley said. Each team member makes a significant time commitment, in addition to a financial commitment, to TUEQ. Even though the team received $11,000 from the club sports budget this year, an increase from previous years, the see TUEQ, page 2
Inside this issue
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The Tufts Equestrian Team doubled its number of members this year.
3Ps production of ‘Eurydice’ premiered last night.
The Daily interviewed Andrew Wessen, guitarist of tonight’s Cage Rage headliner Grouplove.
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costs of the team are not even close to being entirely covered, leaving a large financial burden on the members, Zackin said. “We pretty much have to pay everything ourselves,” she said. “$11,000 sounds like a lot, but every team has to host a horse show, which costs almost the entire sum to pay the coach, the judge, the [Emergency Medical Technician], a facility lease fee as well as a lease fee per horse.” TUEQ’s practice schedule is very individual, with each member deciding how often he or she wants to take lessons depending on his or her level of commitment and competition. One unique aspect of TUEQ is that it is one of the only sports for which practice is an individual cost, with members paying for lessons. “If you are part of the show team it’s $50 per lesson, and if you are not, it’s $60,” Cooley said. “It adds up really quickly. The way we’ve done it this year is if you commit to the show team you are expected to be free for all the shows. If you just want to take lessons and just want to ride you have to pay a little extra. Commitment is where you get a discount.” According to Schaaf, the commitment from the team pays off. “Last year we were Region Champions,” she said. Schaaf said that the team is off to a good start this year and is hoping for a winning season as exciting as last year’s. “The season is going well,” she said. “We are currently in second place in Zone 1, Region 4. ... We’re hoping to repeat [last year’s success], but it’s going to be an uphill battle. We are currently ten points behind the team in first place and are exactly halfway through the season. It’s definitely possible but it’s going to take a little bit of work.” Schaaf said she has gotten to see the team
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The Tufts Equestrian Team competes in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) tournaments in the region. evolve since her time as captain in her sophomore year at Tufts. She became assistant coach and then head coach for the team after attending law school. Schaaf pointed out, however, that even only 15 years after her time on the team, the rules of the game have changed, complicating the show team distinctions. “I think what’s harder now is the number of people we can enter when we compete is severely limited,” she said. “When I was on the team, everyone who wanted to compete could compete every weekend. Now there are many more people that would like to compete than get to.” Schaaf pointed out, however, that the close bonds between team members
have not changed over the years, even though competition structures have. “[It’s] a frustration for people on the team, but it’s remarkable that team members remain as committed even when they don’t get to compete as much as they would like,” she said. Zackin and Cooley agreed that the people and the community of the team are definitely the highlight of TUEQ and that for the majority of the team, it is their biggest priority outside of schoolwork. Zackin elaborated on the benefits of joining TUEQ early on in her college experience. “It’s such a fun group,” she said. “You know they always have your back, and it’s really fun coming in as a freshman. It
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Above the roofing membrane, farmers must install a root barrier to protect the roof, insulation and a drainage board. Plants are placed in a light-weight “growing medium” soil mixture with little organic matter, as normal soil is often too heavy for roofs to support. This is one of several differences from ground-level cultivation that rooftop farmers must keep in mind. “You’re not connected to the earth,” Stoddard said. “That’s important when you think about nutrients and soil. You’re not going to have things replenished like they would at ground level.” Other concerns specific to rooftop farms include finding efficient ways to transport materials from the ground to the roof and working in windy conditions. Seagulls, too, can pose problems, according to Stoddard. “Seagulls can be very aggressive,” he said. “They’re very protective of their nests.” While rooftop farms have their challenges, they also provide unique benefits, Stoddard said. Farm environments create cooler atmospheres than normal concrete roofs and can help building owners save energy. “The [air conditioning is] not working
as hard. You’re using less energy, and you’re paying less money for energy,” Stoddard said. Rooftop farms offer fire hazard and noise reduction, and can even extend the functional life of relatively new roofs by two or three times their normal length, according to Stoddard. “When we approach people, a lot of people say ‘Are you going to wreck our roof?’” he said. “On the contrary, we protect your roof.” Most importantly, the roof farms allow people to utilize unused space to grow food and offer urban locals the opportunity to experience farming. “We know first hand that people really want to connect to food and green space,” Stoddard said. “We had two volunteer days [at Higher Ground Farm] with spaces for 25 people, and we had 50 people sign up for each day.” While creating and buying materials for Higher Ground Farm, Stoddard and Hennessey were careful to be conscious of sustainability issues, he said. Eventually, they hope to become a carbon neutral organization. One question that customers periodically have is whether air pollution affects produce from rooftop farms, Stoddard said.
While not a lot of research exists on the topic, one study from a Cornell University affiliate indicates that, unless farms are situated close to idling traffic, air pollution does not greatly impact the plants. “Nutritional value of vegetables was not as good as an organic ground level farm, but better than [U.S. Department of Agriculture] averages,” Stoddard said. Stoddard also described in detail the farm installation process: searching for the right roof, securing a lease, raising money and consulting structural engineers. “It was like nothing [Hennessey] or I have ever done,” he said. “It was just a huge, huge project.” Stoddard was able to team up with 14 different restaurants and retailers to distribute the farm’s produce, which included seven varieties of tomatoes, herbs such as basil, cilantro and parsley, as well as greens like spinach and kale. In the future, Stoddard hopes to further diversify the farm’s products and network with other farms. He is hopeful that his organization will help create an environmental movement of rooftop farms. “On a large scale, it could actually make a dent on common urban environmental problems,” he said.
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and Computer Engineering, echoed Vandervelde’s hope that the MBE system will be a useful tool for other scientists. “It’s not like there are a ton of MBE machines in the greater Boston area to support other people’s research, so one of the intentions here is that this particular piece of equipment will be
of use to researchers regionally, who need to access this type of equipment,” Miller said. Vandervelde explained that only about $1.1 million of the $1.5 million grant was provided by the NSF, as Tufts was required to cost-share 30 percent of the expenses. With help from the new machine, Vandervelde sees his future research as extremely promising.
“For the last five years I feel like I’ve been researching with one arm tied behind my back, because [the MBE machine] is a crucial piece of equipment for the kind of research that I do.” he said. “So, it will really help a lot in my research, and it will enable me to develop these new devices and structures which I wasn’t able to even conceive of before.”
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Contemporary work based on ancient myth performed by 3Ps by
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“Eurydice,” the major theater production of Pen, Paint and Pretzels (3Ps), debuted last night in Balch Arena Theater. For those unfamiliar with “Eurydice,” the work incorporates two stories and plots. The first of these tales is referenced in the title. In the classic Greek myth “Orpheus and Eurydice,” Eurydice, the wife of the talented musician, Orpheus, is stung and killed by a viper on the night of their wedding. In the original version, Orpheus bravely travels to the underworld in an effort to reclaim his lost young bride. However, this 3Ps production is not a reenactment of this ancient tale, but rather a modern reincarnation of the tragic story. “Eurydice,” written by playwright Sara Ruhl in 2003, incorporates much from the original, keeping the same names and characters from “Orpheus and Eurydice.” However, “Eurydice” also takes several liberties, at times deviating from its mythological source material and blending in a few of Ruhl’s life experiences. Among other changes, Ruhl has invented the character of Eurydice’s father, who is already dead prior to the beginning of the play. At the start of the play, the audience is introduced to Eurydice as she pines for her lost parent. On the day of her wedding
to Orpheus, Eurydice’s desire to connect with her deceased father prompts her to follow a stranger away from the celebration, after he bates her with a mysterious letter. In this re-imagined piece there is no snake to bite Eurydice — instead, the stranger tricks Eurydice into dying. As the title implies, “Eurydice” places more emphasis on the woman’s perspective. The audience is privy to Eurydice’s thoughts, feelings, struggles and decisions as she navigates through the worlds of the living and the dead. This unique female-focused lens is what initially attracted director Cole von Glahn to the piece. When asked why he selected “Eurydice” as the 3Ps fall major production, von Glahn, a senior, explained that in his time at Tufts, 3Ps has never performed a full-production by a published female playwright. That is, until “Eurydice.” “I thought that was unfortunate, considering that I think a lot of the best current American playwrights are women,” von Glahn said. Stylistically, too, “Eurydice” may be an important milestone for Tufts theater. “I think [this play is] different from a lot of the other things that get put on here,” von Glahn said. “‘Eurydice’ is a contemporary piece that is riffing off of a classic.” He feels the play fits in well
with the Department of Drama and Dance’s efforts to gradually branch out from the American classics that have constituted the bulk of Tufts’ past productions. “Eurydice” has been a challenge to produce. Water features prominently in the play — some scenes include an aqueduct and the river of the underworld — and the 3Ps production uses real water on stage to bring the set to life. The set designer for “Eurydice,” Jeff Richmond, said that having water on set — something that hasn’t happened since 2011 — is “a lot more work,” but also says that he is excited to see the play in action. “I think it’s going to be a great piece of art and a great piece of theater,” Richmond, a senior, said. “[Our director] is unbelievably knowledgeable in so many aspects of theater, and I think that his vision [for] the shows he has directed have always been really strong.” For his part, von Glahn hopes that audience members come prepared to consider the play’s thought-provoking themes of love and death. “[It’s a] beautiful play that has a lot to say about family, love and memory,” he said. Performances of “Eurydice” will be tonight and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $7 and can be purchased at the Balch Arena Box Office in the Aidekman Arts Center or by calling (617) 627-3493.
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Sophomores Ed Rosini and Imogen Browder play loving couple Orpheus and Eurydice in ‘Eurydice.’
Interview | Andrew Wessen
Grouplove guitarist discusses rise to fame, fun on stage
our name changed so many times ... I think all of us [were in bands that] were really minor ... but this is, for Hannah [Hooper], her first band, the lucky devil!
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To promote Grouplove’s current Campus Consciousness Tour, guitarist Andrew Wessen spoke over the phone with the Daily about the band’s past few years on the road. Grouplove will headline tonight’s Cage Rage performance.
TD: So how do you feel about music outlets like Spotify or Pandora playing your music?
As part of the Campus Consciousness Tour, Grouplove will perform at Tufts’ Cage Rage concert this evening.
AW: Nowadays, I’m kind of resigned to the fact that I will never see a royalty check ever ... [iTunes free download] helped a lot, and it brought [our single] “Colours” (2011) up [the charts] — we were like, “F--king go, ‘Colours!’” [When our other single “Tongue Tied” (2011) was featured in an iPod Touch advertisement] at first, I was like, “Commercial — hell no,” but then we did it. I think you have to do what the band [needs]. ... When we were starting out we had no money and it really helped. ... You can’t always expect people from the get-go to just kind of buy something they don’t know.
TD: Would you say that you have a favorite part about your job?
TD: Do you have any wild plans for Grouplove in the near future?
The Tufts Daily: How does it feel to go from touring as an opening act to selling out your own shows in just a few years? AndrewWessen:We haven’t stopped touring for three years plus ... We went to every city and played with a 200 capacity venue, you know, and then 400 or 500 or 700 and then 1,200. And we literally didn’t skip one notch. ... We’re not doing arenas, we’re not doing amphitheaters, we’re doing small rooms, and we’re deserving of that. Another reason is, I think, [because] we have a really crazy live show ... I think we are headliner-worthy because we really go for it on stage. We really are like wild caged animals on stage. We’re just roaring up there. TD: The name of the show here is called Cage Rage — did you know that? AW: Oh, no way. That’s perfect, that’s exactly what’s going on. We would open for some people and then people would come up to us and go, “Oh s--t, [your] band’s f--king mental.” And it should be fun — you’re playing music for a living. It’s about people coming together and getting weird together and forgetting about everything. It shouldn’t weigh you down at the end of the day.
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AW: You meet amazing people who are like, “Oh, I used to cut myself, but [your music] got me to stop, and [now] I have a positivity about myself.” ... [Others can] forget the power of music. I see it every night. It kind of takes your breath away sometimes. TD: Would you say your new album, [“Spreading Rumors” (2013)] is very different from [your 2011 record, “Never Trust a Happy Song”]? AW: We were able to record 80 percent or 90 percent of our tracks live. Last time, we were
recording in an apartment, we just had one room for the drums in the basement and we couldn’t fit all five of us in the same room. So this time to get all of us in the same room, recording together ... everything has this warm sound to it. [In terms of ] sound, though? I think that it’s five musicians from all over, inspired by different music. ... We get really bored by anything sounding the same. TD: How would you describe your sound as a band? AW: Best friends skydiving with a pocketful of weird objects, like rabbits’ feet and maybe some
kind of saw blade. It’s just a bunch of creation with wild music that’s kind of carefree. TD: Do you have any musical influences? AW: My favorite guitarist of all time is George Harrison. He never played one fancy [riff]. He always played the right, perfect part every time. TD: Were any of the members of Grouplove in bands beforehand or was this the first gig you all did? AW: Christian [Zucconi] was in a band called Aloke. I was in a band that was so small that you couldn’t even find a frigging page on them,
AW: Well, you have the Bonnaroos and the Lollapaloozas, you know. Actually, funny story about that, real quick. If you find pictures of [us at 2011’s Lollapalooza], it was a classic blunder. We brought our handmade backdrop, and they raised our little six foot by six foot backdrop and it was rolling in the wind. ... But we’re going to Japan again and Australia again, New Zealand is there, and there will be this huge global festival, too.
This interview has been edited and abridged from its original version.
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Iniquities and Inequities in the U. S. Criminal Justice System TODAY, November 15, 1:00pm, Sophia Gordon All-Purpose Room
JT Thompson – After being released from Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary in 2003
after 18 years—14 on death row—for a murder he did not commit, Thompson founded Resurrection After Exoneration, the only reentry, transitional housing and resource center for men who were wrongly convicted and exonerated.
Emily Maw – Emily Maw has been has been the Executive Director of The Innocence Project New Orleans since 2003. She is licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi and litigates cases of wrongful conviction in both states while directing operations for the rest of the organization. Prior to working at IPNO, Maw worked with the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center for several years as an investigator for capital cases in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. She also worked at the Texas Defender Service.
Gina Womack – Fielding phone calls from distraught families who had committed their
at-risk children to state institutions for treatment, care and job training only to find them ensnared in a brutal system in which parents had no choice or voice, Womack lobbied to start a support group. Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) was born in 2001, taking its place in Louisiana’s history with a Mock Jazz Funeral that wound through the streets of New Orleans, mourning the dead and dying dreams of Louisiana’s children. Co-sponsored by The Africana Center, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the Department of Philosophy, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
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Women rowers adopt unorthodox approach in fall by
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Few rowing enthusiasts, in the United States at least, attend a regatta eagerly anticipating the sculling events. They go to watch the eights and, in the typical American fashion, admire the sheer explosive power and speed of the big boats. Singles and doubles sculling are merely offshoots of rowing — the sideshows. But women’s crew coach Brian Dawe would like to see that image changed. During the fall, Dawe employs an unorthodox approach in training his crew, putting all of his rowers in singles, doubles or quads and having them scull — many of them for the first time — to develop their rowing skills individually before they come together in an eight. “No one in their right mind would try to build an orchestra using completely untrained musicians,” Dawe told the Daily in an email. “But this is comparable to what the U.S. tries to do with rowing.” For those unfamiliar with rowing, traditional sweep rowing involves each rower holding a single oar in both hands and rowing on one side of the boat, which is typically a four or an eight, whereas sculling involves each rower holding an oar in each hand and rowing on both sides simultaneously, and is done in singles, doubles or quads. Across the United States, most collegiate rowing programs emphasize eights, throwing together crews of rowers who have never experienced rowing alone and hoping that they will be able to build cohesiveness. Meanwhile, most of the rest of the world takes a far different approach, starting children as young as 13 in singles so that they can learn what it takes to handle their boat on their own before they ever race in an eight — essentially a fundamentals-first approach. Claiming to follow the rowing dogma of early 20th century Australian rower Steve Fairbairn, who advised that every rower start by sculling, Dawe introduced sculling to various programs across New England over his career, including Williams in 1973, Bromfield High School in Harvard, Mass. in 2002, Wesleyan after that and finally here at Tufts. In each program, Dawe said, his teams have had tremendous success, not only in singles and doubles sculling itself but then later in fours and eights as well. Dawe explained that his sculling methodology works because it controls the
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The women’s crew team has been implementing a fall practice and competition regimen of sculling in singles, doubles and quads, rather than racing in eights, in order to work on developing fundamentals before moving to eight-person boats in the spring season. environment of an individual rower, immediately showing her what effect each of her actions has on the balance and steering of the boat. “As a coach, I know exactly what the single sculler feels and can tell fairly quickly what picture they have in their mind about how boats go. This isn’t possible in an eight,” Dawe said. “There is just too much ‘noise’ from the other people in the boat. When you conduct experiments, you should generally try to limit the number of different parameters you make changes to. Otherwise, the results may not make any sense. This is also the same in rowing. By limiting the ‘distracting’ parameters, you can get scullers to focus on what is actually important.” Though rowing in bigger boats takes on a much different dynamic from sculling in singles and doubles, it builds skills that are necessary to all aspects of rowing. In the Tufts women’s program, each rower starts out rowing in singles to learn stability and erase any fear of not being able to control their boat. Dawe explained that he has his rowers start out in more stable boats for practice
and then gradually progress to even shallower, less stable but faster boats, even directing his team to row into rougher waters, to teach patience and relaxation even under such incredible physical stress as racing. The Jumbos have put on an impressive showing this fall — Dawe’s coaching undoubtedly a major factor in the performances. At the Head of the Fish Regatta on Oct. 26, the top Tufts quad came in second just six seconds off top Div. I competitor UMass Amherst. The team then traveled down to Princeton the weekend of Nov. 2 for the Small Boat Challenge, where they faced off against some of the top Div. I schools in the nation. Princeton, Northeastern, Syracuse and Penn all had top finishers, but Tufts stayed competitive against their B and C rowers. Senior co-captain Caroline Ricard had the best showing for Tufts with a second-place finish in the C-finals. Over the course of her career at Tufts, Ricard has come to appreciate the sculling-focused philosophy of Coach Dawe. “My balance, timing and blade work have all improved tremendously after three seasons of sculling,” Ricard said.
“Rowing successfully in a single gives me confidence that I will not only add to the boat speed, but also to the balance and synchronicity to the eights come spring.” Ricard argued that perhaps the greatest lesson for her that she has taken from sculling is accountability. “There is no one to blame but yourself if the boat is unbalanced or the steering isn’t straight, she said. “Although this may seem obvious, it took me a while to appreciate the value of this learning tool. It is this responsibility and autonomy that transfers to all walks of life. Whether it be sculling in a new facility as a guest, joining a new crew after college or simply obtaining a job after college, the skills you learn from sculling are invaluable.” There is no doubt that Dawe’s coaching tactics and the women’s crew team’s focus on sculling this fall have had a significant improvement in building the skills and confidence of each Jumbo rower. The effectiveness of this strategy will be ultimately determined in the spring, as the team prepares to apply the lessons they’ve learned from sculling to racing in eights in the coming regattas.
Jumbos advance to second round of NCAA Tournament after home victory against Anna Maria The No. 6 field hockey team did not waste its opportunity on Wednesday after being granted a second life with NCAA tournament selections last weekend. The Jumbos duked it out with visiting the Anna Maria College Cats in sub-freezing temperatures to capture a 5-0 victory and advance to the second round of NCAA play this weekend.
Tufts immediately jumped out to an early lead, and continued to dominate possession for most of the game, seizing a 30 to two advantage in penalty corner opportunities. In the end, the Jumbos’ defense successfully notched its ninth overall shutout, as junior keeper Bri Keenan and freshman Carrie Cook combined for just one save to blank the Cats.
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Senior All-American center midfielder Emily Cannon (left) and sophomore Dakota Sikes-Keilp (right) each scored two goals in the Jumbos’ 5-0 victory over Anna Maria College.
The hosts broke through in the second minute of the game, when sophomore midfielder Rachel Terveer helped carry the ball from midfield and into Tufts’ offensive zone. The forwards immediately worked the ball into the center of the 16-meter circle, where sophomore midfielder Dakota Sikes-Keilp received the ball in front of the cage and fired a backhanded shot past Anna Maria keeper Mary Kate Breen to put Tufts on the board. In the next five minutes, the Jumbos worked to earn several more penalty corners and fired several shots off, one of which trickled just right of the cage. Sikes-Keilp drilled another shot high that deflected off of the crossbar but Tufts was unable to put the rebound in. Eventually, the Jumbos converted on a penalty corner. Sophomore Alexandra Jamison inserted the ball to the 16-meter circle. Sikes-Keilp then made the assist on a line drive goal from senior All-American center midfielder Emily Cannon. Tufts wasted no time in earning yet another penalty corner.
Cannon received the ball again, sending a similar shot from the top of the arc straight through the Anna Maria defenders and into the boards. Her score gave the Jumbos a large 3-0 lead in just the 14th minute of play. In the remaining minutes of the half, senior co-captain forward Steph Wan and junior forward Brittany Norfleet each took aim on goal but were unable to push the Jumbos’ lead — Wan’s goal was saved by Breen while Norfleet’s touch sailed just wide left of the cage. Then, Tufts nearly had another opportunity. Sophomore defender Alexandra Jamison, positioned at the post, received a ball and tapped it in past Breen, but the play was called back by the referees. Nevertheless, head coach Tina McDavitt’s squad entered halftime with a comfortable lead. The Jumbos emerged from intermission determined to keep up their intensity from the first half, despite holding a sizeable advantage and worsening weather conditions. Maintaining their focus, it took Tufts just four minutes to push the lead to 4-0 on
another strike from Sikes-Keilp, who this time sent a shot rocketing in from the top of the circle. The Cats held the Jumbos scoreless for the next 13 minutes, but failed to produce any scoring opportunities at the other end of the field. Eventually, Tufts broke through one more time, when Norfleet received a ball from Cannon and put it past Breen to make it 5-0 in the 53rd minute. For the next 20 minutes, neither team found the back of the boards, but the Jumbos had all they needed to advance. On Thursday, Tufts departed from the Hill to start a two-day, 450-mile bus ride to Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Seagulls are the tournament’s overall No. 2 seed and will host the Jumbos on Saturday afternoon in the Sweet Sixteen round of NCAA action. Three years ago, Tufts’ current seniors lost in the round of sixteen, but now as leaders of their squad, they are hoping to help take the team deeper in the postseason. —by Kate Klots