THE TUFTS DAILY
Monday, November 18, 2013
VOLUME LXVI, NUMBER 47
Students rally for higher minimum wage
TCU Senate update In a vote of 23-0-0, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate last night in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room approved a resolution urging Tufts University Dining Services to offer latenight dining options to students. The resolution reflected results from the recent Senate survey and called for the university to leave either Carmichael Dining Hall or Hodgdon Good-to-Go open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Curriculum Committee announced that it had approved new classes in finance, economics and cognitive science. Members of the Campus Planning and Development Committee delivered their report, saying that construction had began at the 574 Boston Ave. warehouse. They estimated that the cost to install classrooms, student spaces, labs and office space would total $30 million. After a presentation from the Education Policy Committee, senators discussed student participation in online course evaluations and whether students should have access to the collected information. Members of the Senate also examined the world civilization requirement and whether a new iteration of the policy could include social justice classes. Senators later heard from the Equal Opportunity Committee, which spoke about writing a new “code of conduct” for the Committee on Student Life (CSL). LGBT Community Representative John Kelly, a junior, announced that an LGBTChaplaincy art exhibit will begin today with an accompanying panel discussion. Tufts’ Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), he added, will also host a speaker to discuss mass equality. Africana Center Representative Solana Davis, a junior, spoke about working with the Pan-African Alliance to celebrate Kwanzaa, while Asian-American Center Community Representative Hira Qureshi, a sophomore, discussed hosting an open mic night with peer leaders. Women’s Center Representative Erin Dimson-Doyle, a sophomore, reported plans for new workshops. TCU Treasury also announced that, as of this Tuesday, Senate will sell Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) passes for $4 in the Mayer Campus Center. Senate will also be able to fund transportation for student groups. TCU Historian Bradley Friedman, a junior, announced that Senate would launch a new website this week and that the Student Leadership Dinner would be held this Thursday. He and junior senator Dylan Saba also stated that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions had agreed to help Tufts join the International Institute for Education (IIE). Diversity and Community Affairs Officer Darien Headen, a junior, next reported that a Black Student Union would come to campus. TCU Judiciary chose to recognize the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, the Podcast Network, the American Chemical Society, but did not recognize Tufts Kink, as the group had not had enough programming to warrant approval. Senate agreed to provide Students for a Just and Stable Future $850. The Singapore Student Association was allocated $711, and the Tufts African Dance Collective granted $1,452 in unanimous votes. Senate also unanimously granted $1,542, $364 and $2,747 to Russian Circle, 85 Broads and Tufts Canon, respectively. The Catholic Community at Tufts was awarded $923. —by Abigail Feldman
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large city, and one that is well addressed by members of the Tufts community.” An event dating back to the 1970s, the Cause Dinner will allow students to donate $2.80 of their meal value upon swiping in at the dining halls, Senate Services Committee co-Chair Christie Maciejewski said. Contributions can also be made through JumboCash. Maciejewski explained that the Services Committee, which works closely with Dining Services, reviewed over a dozen applications before selecting the winner. “We had lots of discussion and debate for each [candidate],” Maciejewski, a senior, said. “There were no easy eliminations.”
Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC), United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ) and Tufts Democrats organized a rally at Davis Square on Nov. 9 in support of the Raise Up Massachusetts (Raise Up MA) campaign. Raise Up MA aims to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 per hour and guarantee employees an hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked, according to junior Gabe Rojkind, a TLC member who helped coordinate the rally. About 40 community members — mostly Tufts students — attended the 2 p.m. rally, which began in Davis Square and continued in Porter Square at around 3 p.m., junior Zobella Vinik, member of both the Tufts Democrats executive board and UIJ, said. One of the main goals of the event, Rojkind said, was to collect signatures. In order to put the issue on the 2014 ballot, activists must collect at least 70,000 signatures from Massachusetts voters by Nov. 20. Participants collected over 500 signatures on Saturday, Vinik said. She noted that rally coordinators invited an economics professor from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as Paolo Castillo, a janitor who has been working at Tufts for 17 years, to speak. “It was really good to hear different perspectives on the issue,” Hannah Dorfman, a junior who attended the rally, said. Dorfman explained that Castillo spoke in Spanish about the movement’s importance to her. Other student groups contribut-
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This Tuesday’s Cause Dinner, hosted by Tufts University Dining Services in the Dewick-MacPhie and Carmichael Dining Halls, will support the Tufts chapter of the DREAM program.
Biannual Cause Dinner to benefit low-income children by Josh
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This semester’s Cause Dinner, hosted by Tufts University Dining Services, is scheduled to be held in DewickMacPhie and Carmichael Dining Halls on Tuesday night. Money raised through the dinner will benefit Tufts’ chapter of the DREAM program, a student group designed to provide support and mentorship for students in underprivileged communities through in-class tutoring sessions, according to Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate Services Committee coChair Janna Karatas. “They work with children in low-income communities,” Karatas, a sophomore, said. “This is a salient need in any
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Jacob Beranger, a seven-year-old Woburn resident in remission from neuroblastoma cancer, was drafted into the Tufts men’s lacrosse team last Friday. The draft was organized by Team IMPACT, an organization founded by Tufts alumni that aims to connect children with lifethreatening and chronic illnesses to college athletic teams. According to Team IMPACT, the mission of the organization is to use team-based support networks to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses. “Our mission is to give kids the opportunity to really experience [teamwork],” member of Team IMPACT’s Board of Directors Kris Herman (LA ’86) said. Jay Calnan (E ’87), Board of Directors member, agreed that a key component of Team IMPACT’s goal is the lessons demonstrated by athletic teams. “Team sports are a great environment to really promote the concept of team, togetherness and strength in numbers,” Calnan said. “We wanted to promote that concept
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to those who traditionally don’t have an opportunity to participate in that experience and foster those types of relationships.” Beranger arrived at the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center on Friday in a limo, according to an announcement by the Department of Athletics. Tufts lacrosse players led Beranger to the locker room where he was presented with a team jersey and an official locker adorned with his nameplate. Beranger was diagnosed with the nerve tissue-targeting cancer at age three, according to the announcement. After receiving an extremely high dose of chemotherapy meant to wipe out his immune system, Beranger’s organs began shutting down and he was forced to enter a two-month medically-induced coma. While the treatment left Beranger without a functioning immune system, he is in remission and was able to begin school this year. At the event on Friday, Beranger was announced as the first lacrosse recruit of the class of 2025. According to Calnan, this draft day event marks the beginning of the child and team’s relationship. “We like to have a formal drafting between the child, the student athletes, the coaches
and the athletic department,” Calnan said. “We have always tried to make the draft day a big deal.” Herman explained that, after the drafting, the children not only go to practices and games with the team but also participate in additional activities such as trick-or-treating, bowling and eating lunch together at the child’s school. “The most important thing is to make sure that every relationship is strong,” she said. Member of Team IMPACT’s Board of Directors Dan Walsh (LA ’87) stated that the men’s lacrosse team is now one of six teams at Tufts that has partnered with a child through the organization. The Tufts’ football, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s basketball and women’s soccer teams also participate. According to Walsh, the concept of matching teams with kids is an old one. The impact on both the older mentors and the young children can be very powerful. “Improving the quality of life for the children and their [families] is one part of the equation,” Walsh said. “The other part of the see IMPACT, page 2
The Boston Palestine Film Festival and a Tufts Art Gallery exhibit delve into Palestinian culture.
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Visiting the Hill this week MONDAY Granoff Music Center Colloquium Series — “Software Physiognomy” Details: Professor of Media, Culture and Communications Martin Scherzinger of New York University will speak at Granoff Music Center’s second colloquium of the semester. When and Where: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m..; Granoff Music Center, Varis Lecture Hall Sponsor: Tufts Department of Music The Road to Victory in El Salvador: Teachers’ Union Leader Israel Montano Osorio Speaks
Details: Israel Montano Osorio, a teacher and union leader from El Salvador, will speak about the 2014 elections in El Salvador and the challenge in maintaining recent democratic reforms within the country. When and Where: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..; Tisch Library Room 316 Sponsor: Tufts Labor Coalition TUESDAY Tapping Into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Change and Water Scarcity Details: Gary Paul Nabhan, the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the
University of Arizona, will speak about the impact of climate change on food production. When and Where: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Barnum Hall 008 Sponsors: Department of Biology, Department of Anthropology, the Environmental Studies Program, the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts Institute of the Environment. Water Exiles: Confronting Scarcity in Two Palestinian Contexts Details: A panel will consider the issue of water scarcity in Palestine. Sharmila Murthy, a professor of law at Suffolk University; Sawsan
Zaher, a Palestinian-Israeli human rights lawyer; Stephanie Galaitsi of the Stockholm Environment Institute and documentary filmmaker Mohammad Al-Azza will join the panel. When and Where: 7 p.m.; Aidekman Arts Center Sponsors: Tufts Collaborates!, the Peace & Justice Studies program, the Environmental Studies program, the International Relations program, the Water: Systems, Science, and Society program and the Department of Anthropology. THURSDAY Green Island Development: Catalysts and Frameworks for Collaborative Innovations
Details: Kenneth Martin Kao, an architect whose work focuses on designing and researching green technology, will speak about the issues surrounding the development of Caribbean islands. He will focus specifically on whether a balance can be struck between attracting tourism and promoting conservation. When and Where: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Lincoln Filene Center Rabb Room Sponsors: The Environmental Studies program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment. —compiled by the Tufts Daily News Department
Davis Square rally sees high student turnout RALLY
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ed to the rally in their own ways, Vinik said. AppleJam, a student organization that brings music artists to Tufts, lent their sound equipment to rally participants, and percussion group B.E.A.T.s helped attract Somerville residents with a performance at the beginning of the demonstration. The event’s other main objective was to increase awareness about the Raise Up MA campaign and to encourage the Tufts and Somerville communities to get involved by giving them a means to create change, according to Rojkind. “We feel ... that this was a topic that students aren’t talking about so much but really affects the lives of people who are around us every day,” Vinik said. “I think that it’s our responsibility to make sure our workers, whom we value so much, are getting the payment and the respect that they deserve.” Vinik also mentioned that raising the minimum wage would benefit students who rely on work-study or other jobs. She stressed the significance of examining and discussing politics within Massachusetts, as well as reminding students that they can participate. “[We] have voting power in this state,” she said. “We have the ability to influence the lives of our neighbors.” According to Vinik, TLC and Tufts
Democrats independently found out about the Raise Up MA campaign earlier this year. Once school started, they reached out to each other, as well as to UIJ, to coordinate the Davis Square rally. Rojkind said that, in preparation for the rally, Tufts Democrats contacted people in the Somerville community, including representatives of the Raise Up MA campaign. TLC and UIJ worked to increase support on campus by writing op-eds, making signs, advertising the event on Facebook and contacting departments and other student groups. Both Rojkind and Vinik believe that the Raise Up MA rally was simply the right action to take. “If you have a job, if you’re working fulltime, you should be able to make ends meet,” Rojkind said. He added that, in light of the recent economic recession, it is only fair to help people who are still struggling to pay their bills. “We just came out of an incredibly destructive and painful period, and the people that caused [the recession] are doing the best and the people that suffered the most are still suffering the most,” Rojkind said. He described the push for earned sick time as a precautionary measure for employees afraid of taking time off and losing their jobs. Rojkind also spoke about the economic advantages of raising the minimum wage. “In order to complete a full recovery, con-
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Students from Tufts Labor Coalition, United for Immigrant Justice and Tufts Democrats held a rally to support the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign in Davis and Porter Squares on Nov. 9. sumption is a necessary factor ... and the best way to boost consumption is to put money in people’s pockets,” he said. “Two-thirds of people making minimum wage are employed by large corporations, who are the people most able to afford a minimum wage increase.”
Alumni-founded organization partners children with athletic teams IMPACT
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equation is that, at a very impressionable age, college athletes get some insight into the disease community, the medical community ... As young athletes there are a lot of ways they can help in the community and there are a lot of people that could really use it.” Herman agreed that the benefits of the relationships are mutual. “As important as it is to the children, the athletes are also getting so much out of the relationship — not just in terms of perspective, but in being able to be really appreciative of the opportunities the have,” she said. “Everybody benefits from these relationships.” According to Herman, Team IMPACT was founded by four Tufts graduates, three of whom attended Tufts as undergraduates and one who recently earned his doctorate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. “It was coincidental that all four of us had Tufts degrees,” Herman said. Once the organization was established, many other Tufts alumni joined as well, Herman said. Since the establishment of Team IMPACT’s in 2011, the organization has expanded participation to 90 percent of all college campuses in New England, Walsh said. Teams in 37 states recruit children through the organization. In the future, Walsh hopes that Team IMPACT will continue to
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The men’s lacrosse team last Friday drafted Jacob Beranger, a recovering seven-year-old neuroblastoma cancer patient from Woburn. extend its geographical influence, as well as increase the scope of the children it serves. “We will expand the definition of the children that we serve over time, and we will actually expand the nature of the teams,” he said. To Walsh, this change means including children suffering from adversities other than life-threatening or chronic illnesses — such as blindness or autism — and partnering them with teams beyond college athletics. For example, Walsh suggested matching children interested in music with local symphonies. As a Tufts alumnus, Calnan hopes that Team IMPACT sends
a positive message to current Tufts students. “One of the things that we as graduates would like to convey back to the student body at Tufts is to recognize the fact that no one gets anywhere on their own,” Calnan said. Calnan believes that the benefits of working together with others, particularly in a team setting, is an important learning experience for everyone. “The concept [of Team IMPACT] drives home the ability to not only help sick children, but really celebrate the value of team, strength in numbers and that together communities and groups can accomplish more than individuals,” he said.
Rojkind and Vinik were happy to see so many people involved in the campaign and hope to hold another event next semester. “I was really impressed with the enthusiasm that we were met with in the Tufts community,” Rojkind said.
Cause Dinner donations to finance trip for program DREAM
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Chelsea Newman, co-chair of Tufts’ DREAM chapter, said that the DREAM program was initially founded in Vermont but has since expanded to other regions, including the greater Boston area. The organization took root at Tufts in 2011 and is paired with the Somerville Housing Authority. Newman, a sophomore, explained that students involved in the program break into small volunteer groups and meet with kids every Friday. “One of the main objectives we have is to provide kids in our one-on-one lessons with a steady sort of mentorship,” she said. Newman said that the money raised during the Cause Dinner — which Maciejewski estimated would be between $2,000 and $3,000 — will be used to facilitate DREAM activities throughout the school year. “It’s a fairly new group, so we felt it was a great way to get them publicity and to help their cause,” Maciejewski said. A large portion of the funds, Maciejewski said, will also finance a special event that the DREAM chapter holds at the end of the program. The event could be a class field trip to the Franklin Park Zoo,
which the group did last year, Newman said. She added that since this opportunity is not usually affordable for students of lowincome backgrounds, the ability to sponsor and organize such an experience for them is especially meaningful. “It gives kids the chance to do things they normally wouldn’t be able to do,” Newman said. “We aim to broaden their horizons every week, but the culminating experience is the ‘big trip,’ which makes it really valuable.” Karatas applauded the tradition of the Cause Dinner and encouraged students to participate. “The Cause Dinner is a ... unique aspect of Tufts that we have where we’re able to connect different parts of the Tufts community, like clubs and Dining Services,” she said. “I think this is a very small but significant and tangible way for the average student to give back to their community.” Karatas also expressed hope that other student organizations, including those that were not selected, will continue to apply in years to come. “We encourage all groups to keep applying in future semesters,” Karatas said. “All of the causes we saw were really meaningful.”
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Last month’s Boston Palestine Film Festival showcased the film ‘When I Saw You,’ directed by Annemarie Jacir, whose films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Boston Palestine Film Festival, exhibit ‘From the Streets’ showcase Palestinian perspective by
The Boston area has certainly gotten a glimpse of Palestinian life and culture over the last month, with celebrations of Palestinian art through The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) and the photography exhibit “From These Streets” at the Tufts University Art Gallery. Beginning on Oct. 18, the 10-day film festival featured over 30 films portraying Palestinian life, family and culture. It was hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Cambridge Public Library and Harvard Law School. The films addressed issues surrounding the political occupation of the Palestinian territories and its effects on refugee camps, as well as offered a look at Palestinian culture. According to Assistant Professor of Anthropology Amahl Bishara, providing this alternative viewpoint is particularly important. “We most often see Palestinians represented through the news and through political negotiations or acts of violence,” Bishara said. “But the Boston Palestine Film Festival lets us think about Palestinian society and culture in a more multidimensional way.” Tufts students who made it to the festival were exposed to films that showed Palestine through a more personal perspective. Munir Atalla, a member of Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine, attended the event and enjoyed the opportunity to screen the films. “I’m so happy that the Museum of Fine Arts puts its weight behind such a sometimes controversial event,” Atalla, a junior, said. “It’s been going for eight years, and they keep upping the quality. It’s also that Palestinian filmmaking has developed a lot recently, and we are starting to see more films that are competitive on a global level.” The film festival, a program of the Middle East Charitable and Cultural Society Inc., is one of the larger events that the organization hosts throughout the year, along with discussions, film screenings and workshops throughout the Boston area. The mission of the festival is to showcase the Palestinian narrative and culture through cinema and art. Founded in 2007, the festival has since presented over 300 films, as well as hosted numerous Palestinian
artists and filmmakers through concerts and exhibits. This year’s festival was co-sponsored by various community groups, including the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston and Grassroots International. One film featured this year was “When I Saw You” (2012) from director Annemarie Jacir, who was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema. “When I Saw You” is set in Jordan during the 1960s and documents a boy’s journey after running away from his refugee camp. The BPFF also showcased “Just A Child” (2012), directed by Mohammad Al-Azza, who grew up in the West Bank in a refugee camp. The documentary short centers on a Palestinian teenager’s life after he is released from an Israeli detention center in the West Bank. Though his release garners a positive response from the community, through his perspective, audience members gain an understanding of the more complex consequences of his return to the community. Bishara, along with students in her Media, the State and the Senses seminar, recently collaborated with Al-Azza to bring the photography exhibit “From These Streets: A Palestinian Refugee Perspective on Community” to the Slater Concourse Gallery, located in the Aidekman Art Center. The exhibit, which will run until Dec. 8, displays Al-Azza’s photos depicting the Palestinian community. The young Palestinian photographer, born and raised in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, in the Palestinian West Bank, developed his photojournalism skills from a local youth organization called the Lajee Center. He later became the director of the Media Unit in the Lajee Center and continues to teach these skills to Palestinian youth in the area, according to Bishara. “[The Lajee Center] is a community-based organization, and they do a lot of activities for children and youth,” Bishara said. “One of the most thriving, successful programs they have is a media unit that teaches youths about documentary production and photography. And for me as a media scholar, it’s a gift. It’s just a really interesting story for me to think about and tell.” Bishara expressed excitement about
bringing the Lajee Center and Tufts together with the exhibit. Various university groups co-sponsored the exhibit, including the Department of Anthropology; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the Institute for Global Leadership; the International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies and Peace and Justice Studies programs; the Experimental College and the Slater Family Fund. “I mean, obviously their institutions are on various different scales and have very different resources and different missions as well,” she said. “But there is some overlap there, and I really appreciated this opportunity to bring that together to the exhibit.” The exhibit’s opening on Nov. 6 in Aidekman attracted a large showing of students, who could interact with Al-Azza and ask questions about his work and his experience growing up in a refugee camp. “It’s incredible to see him because it’s a voice that we don’t really hear,” Atalla said. “Even when groups like Students for Justice in Palestine host speakers, most of the time we are hosting professors who write on the subject from around the area, but not ever people from the refugee camps who have grown up there.” The exhibit’s presence on campus has generated support among students. “I believe its important to have events and opportunities that explore a people’s history, culture and points of view, whether it’s Israelis or Palestinians,” Tufts Hillel President Jordan Dashow, a senior, said. “No matter where you stand on the conflict, the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and narratives that spark discussion and debate should be encouraged.” Though the exhibit’s content is associated with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, it is not focused on the political aspect of the conflict, but rather on the effects on a community. According to sophomore Bridget Kernan, Al-Azza’s art has political undertones, but this should not preclude people from visiting the exhibit. “Because Mohammed is Palestinian and he photographs in a Palestinian refugee camp, his photographs are unavoidably, and intentionally, political,” Kernan said. “But it is his ability as an artist that makes these images so impactful, and I hope that is not overlooked.”
peaking as a college student, there are few things more precious in this world than sleep. In fact, I’m having trouble coming up with a single one. While a sleek Audi A8 or a timeshare in Hawaii may initially seem like a better offer, everyone has reached that point — seven hours into a marathon study session at Tisch — where they would give up almost anything for just a little shut-eye. You’ve all been there. In the end, sleep trumps anything. That’s a normal thing to say, right? Well, apparently not. If you turn to the Internet, as I have just done, you’ll find that you, too, may be addicted to sleep. If you Google addictive behaviors, one of your first hits will be the University of Indiana’s website, which will tell you that any activity “that has become the major focus of a person’s life to the exclusion of other activities” is considered an addictive behavior. In addition, “some experts suggest that if a person continues to engage in the activity ... he/she may get into an addictive cycle ... thus leading to continuation of the behavior.” Jumbos, I must confess that I am completely addicted to sleep. I am trapped in a vicious cycle; I continue to sleep every night, which has gotten me into an addictive cycle and leads to continuation of my harmful behavior. As further proof, I offer three of the most common characteristics among addictive behaviors (U of Indiana really knows their stuff!). First, the person will “compulsively engage” in the behavior, which means they’ll do it over and over again and find it difficult to stop. Check. As much as I’d like to stop sleeping entirely — think of how many more hours I’d have in the day! — there’s just no avoiding it. For me, sleep has often become unavoidable; that is, I’ll involuntarily fall asleep during German class. Second, the person does not appear to have control as to how long he will continue the behavior. Couldn’t be truer! When I pass out at night, there’s no telling when (if ever) I’ll see the light of day. Half-asleep me has developed a remarkable knack for turning off alarm after alarm in a matter of microseconds, no matter how many I set the night before or how creatively I stagger them. While this is undeniably an impressive skill, it does present a bit of a problem, as your guess is as good as mine regarding when I’ll actually start my day. Third, upon cessation of the activity, withdrawal symptoms occur, including irritability and craving. This one is hard to refute. For those of you who haven’t ever interacted with me when I’m sleepdeprived, lucky you. From what I hear, it isn’t pleasant. Another of my winning characteristics when I’m a little short on sleep is intense jealousy of anyone who has managed to snag those coveted eight hours. Therefore, if you approach me and brag of your restful night when I’ve got bags under my eyes as black as the coffee I’ll be inhaling all day, consider yourself warned: the claws will come out. I’ve heard warnings of how you shouldn’t use the Internet to diagnose yourself. This is definitely true. I had a mild sore throat a week ago and used WebMD to discover that my top three diagnoses were strep, scarlet fever and the plague. Keeping my newfound cynicism of Internet diagnoses in mind, maybe I’m not actually addicted to sleep after all. It’s a blurry line, after all. I’ll figure it out eventually — but first, I need to go take a quick nap. Lex Erath is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. She can be reached at Alexandra.Erath@tufts.edu.
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‘Dallas Buyers Club’ succeeds despite minor issues by
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Amid an Oscar season already full of memorable performances, Matthew McConaughey’s role in “Dallas Buyers
Dallas Buyers Club Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto Club” is definitely attracting its fair share of attention. While some of the chatter may be about the nearly 50 pounds he lost for the film, much of the buzz is focused on how this film is just the latest step in the actor’s path toward playing more “serious” characters — a switch that began in 2011 with his portrayal of quick-talking defense attorney Mick Haller in “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Perhaps best known for starring in numerous romantic comedies, McConaughey has decidedly moved away from the overall lightweight fare that launched his career. His recent transformation has been a welcome surprise. Although the rest of “Dallas Buyers Club” may not possess the same level of subtlety, McConaughey’s gripping and nuanced performance lives up to the hype and is one of the year’s best. “Dallas Buyers Club” tells the story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), an electrician living in Dallas in the mid-80s whose life is chock full of sex, drugs, alcohol and a strong dose of arrogance. Depicted as the epitome
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Matthew McConaughey delivers an incredible performance as Ron Woodroof in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’ of masculinity, Woodroof quickly finds that his days of hard partying have caught up with him when he learns he is HIV-positive and has just 30 days to live. After seeing unsuccessful results from the only legallyapproved AIDS drug in the United States, ATZ, Woodroof travels across the border to Mexico and meets a doctor who suggests an alternative combination of drugs to stabilize his immune system. Realizing that these
are more effective than anti-AIDS drugs in America, Woodroof recognizes a business opportunity. He begins to smuggle the drugs across the border to sell back home and subsequently creates a buyers club for HIV-positive patients in Dallas. Through Woodroof’s exploits, the film tries to connect his story to the larger see DALLAS, page 6
Death Grips challenge, excite with new album by
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If there is one word that can capture the Sacramento-based experimental rap outfit Death Grips’ third and latest album,
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An impressive presentation helps to bolster basic, yet delicious dishes like bacon-stuffed dates at The Regal Beagle.
its awning might suggest, but rather an impressive dining establishment that boasts a chic, elegant ambience and a wide range of traditional American options with a refined twist. The restaurant’s facade is deceiving. Nestled snugly in between a baby gear shop and a gym on Harvard Street, the small storefront is rather unassuming. After opening the door, however, the atmosphere shifts noticeably — the modest, somewhat inconspicuous exterior melts away as visitors are greeted by a warm, tasteful interior decor. Dark red wallpaper with an ornate burgundy pattern lines one side of the space, while wood-framed mirrors and a few pieces of artwork
“Government Plates,” it would be “brutal.” This word is not indicative of the quality of the record. Instead, it encapsulates the aural assault “Government Plates” delivers to listeners. Death Grips has always been unconcerned with musical conventions and, consequently, its albums have been quite removed from the more mainstream style of other rap groups — if one can even call Death Grips a rap group. Death Grips is most famous for its 2012 record, “No Love Deep Web.” The album was controversial not only for its experimental style, but also for its album art, which featured a photograph of an erect penis with the album’s name written on the shaft. This time, the album art is much more tame, depicting only a license plate with the word “DEATH” written on it — an image that is fitting for the album’s title. With “Government Plates,” Death Grips stays true to form, keeping up with their pre-established brand of eclectic music. On “Government Plates,” Death Grips manages to channel the more “punk-rock” aspects of rap. Songs tend to be short-
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Regal Beagle wins with innovative menu by
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The red sign on the awning reads, “The Regal Beagle: A Neighborhood Joint” — an ironic phrase, unless you
The Reagle Beagle 308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 739-5151 $$ stop to consider where the restaurant is actually located. Indeed, The Regal Beagle — situated in the upscale town of Brookline, Mass., right near The Coolidge Corner Theater — is not just another colorless fast food eatery, as
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ATLiens: the legend of OutKast
was recently having a conversation about OutKast, one of my all-time favorite hiphop groups, when someone interjected to talk how much he also loved them. He quickly attempted to prove his knowledge, insisting that “Hey Ya!” (2003) is a great song. My face dropped. See, it’s not that “Hey Ya!” is bad — quite the opposite, in fact. There’s a reason Grantland voted it as the Best Song of the Millennium. Rather, my problem rested in how much that statement undersold the duo of André 3000 and Big Boi. These days, so many people know OutKast only by their big name hits from “Stankonia” (2000) and “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (2003): “Ms. Jackson,” “So Fresh and So Clean,” “The Way You Move” and, of course, “Hey Ya!” Don’t get me wrong — both are amazing albums and those songs became huge hits because they are superb tracks. Unfortunately, the success of “Stankonia” and “Love Below” has overshadowed OutKast’s earlier works. “ATLiens” (1996) and “Aquemini” (1998), the second and third albums, respectively, from the duo, are hip-hop classics. “ATLiens,” the group’s sophomore album, has sold over two million copies. The title track was a huge Southern jam, with the irresistibly catchy hook demanding listeners to “Throw your hands in the air / And wave ’em like you just don’t care / And if you like fish and grits and all that pimp s**t / Everybody let me hear ya say, ‘Oh Yea-yer.’” It’s virtually impossible to avoid nodding your head when “ATLiens” comes on. The song also serves as a reminder that Big Boi is an impeccable emcee in his own right, even if he is, at times, eclipsed by the more progressively oriented 3000. Big Boi’s verse (“And when I’m on the microphone you best to wear your sweater / ’Cause I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toe nails”) is a classic and is still referenced in modern hip-hop. The album, a personal favorite, marked Big Boi and André’s initial experimentation with production — a crucial progression in the development of their unique sound. This is best exemplified on “Jazzy Belle” and “Elevators (Me & You).” Both songs rely on heavy reverb and a soulful, religiously influenced sound that make for a noticeably Southern character. Here, they began to build a niche within hip-hop, defined by their ability to incorporate cross-genre sounds into a very traditional hip-hop context. This is the sound that would grow into full maturity on “Aquemini.” The album, produced in part by Outkast, was an innovative masterpiece. Fueled by André瞳3000 and his ability to push traditional hip-hop boundaries, “Aquemini” was immediately hailed as a critical work of art. It drew on classic Southern sounds — for example, the harmonica and guitar on the single “Rosa Parks” — while simultaneously incorporating almost-futuristic synth work, exemplified on songs like “Chonkyfire” and “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.” The album coincides with André 3000’s shift towards a more introspective and drugfree lifestyle. This is reflected throughout the album, as he raps about the problems he sees in the world around him, with lines like, “Please make my life appear / Like ain’t no such thing as bad luck / My, nose ain’t right / Like I need a new one,” on the song “Synthesize.” What makes “Aquemini” — and OutKast’s music as a whole — so special is this ability to “synthesize” musical innovations with powerful lyrics and distinct perspectives. André and Big Boi provide the rare combination of musical and social genius. This is what made “ATLiens” and “Aquemini” great and what helped define their later music. So if you’re one of the people that swear by “Stankonia,” or thinks “Hey Ya!” is a musical masterpiece, do yourself a favor and explore the rest of the OutKast catalogue. It’s a deeper and more impressive body of work than what the radio and public perception sometimes reduce it to.
Ryan Buell is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at Ryan.Buell@tufts.edu.
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‘Government Plates’ features traces of punk-rock, IDM
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er, have a constant in-your-face pounding rhythm and sometimes even include guitar rifts (albeit heavily altered ones) — all of which are elements of traditional punk-rock music. This style is evident in the absurdly titled “You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money But I Know What He Really Loves You For It’s Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat.” The tracks that are closest to singles for this album — “Birds” and “Two Heavens” — seem to fall into a more traditional hiphop format. Yet even on these songs, Death Grips’ unique style pervades, overwhelming any slight vestige of pop. “Two Heavens” fluctuates between a screamed-out chorus and slow-and-low interludes, while “Birds” — possibly the most mellow number — sounds almost monotone over a soothing guitar riff that is intermittently cut by a jarring burst of psychedelic breakbeat electronica. “Government Plates” also bor-
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Lead singer Stefan “MC Ride” Burnett brings a punk energy to the experimental rap genre on ‘Government Plates.’ rows heavily from what has been referred to as IDM, or Intelligent Dance Music. The IDM-influence is audible in the overall composition of several of the tracks, including the noteworthy closer, “Whatever I Want (F**k Who’s Watching).” Here,
the line “F*ck who’s watching” is repeated almost hypnotically throughout the course of the song over a heavy dose of computercreated beats. There also seems to be a trace of Jamaican Dancehall in the way frontman Stefan “MC
Ride” Burnett cuts his verses into the tracks, often layering them to create a musical progression that is somewhat akin to the “Ragga” sub-genre of Dancehall. Despite the diverse set of genres on display in
Delicious food, quality service warrant a splurge
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The restaurant offers classic American options with a new twist.
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hang from the opposite wall. A series of two-person tables are positioned across from a long, brown booth that runs all the way from the front of the restaurant
to the cozy bar in the back. A tiny channel splits the two sections of seating, but on a busy night, with people spilling out from around the bar, the room — which is already quite small — feels slightly clustered and claustrophobic.
The Beagle serves brunch, lunch and dinner, and each of these menus offers patrons a selection of comfort food classics with a creative spin. Here, beloved staples like the BLT, mac ’n’ cheese and ribs get a makeover, becoming sophisticated dishes worthy of ordering on a night out. Finger food like bacon-wrapped dates are transformed into fancy appetizers with the addition of blue cheese and a ratcheted up presentation: sweet sauce drizzled around the edges of the plate. A basic omelette becomes a house specialty, served with smoked salmon, scallions and a rich crème fraîche. And though the restaurant does seem to pride itself on these innovative meals, the menus are also peppered with a few inherently highend dishes, like a grass-fed sirloin steak and a hazelnut-crusted trout, complete with olive-citrus relish, smoky eggplant and laciento kale. Another exciting element of the menu is its ever-changing seasonal fare. The Beagle has adapted its ingredients to the dropping temperatures, and the most obvious of these modifications can be found in the restaurant’s dessert offerings. Apple pie sundae with spiced apples and caramel, served warm with whipped cream, and a flavorful pumpkin crème brûlée are just
“Government Plates,” it would be a mistake to call this album a mere summation of its parts. “Government Plates” is a unique project that showcases a group of artists who have chosen to produce music based on their own preferences, instead of focusing on the expectations that come with genre. That being said, “Government Plates” does harken back to Death Grips’ earlier work, expanding upon the band’s two previous fulllength releases, as well as an earlier mixtape — except this time the result is more polished and compelling. Overall, this record sounds even more “brutal” than Death Grips’ former releases, as many of the tracks incorporate harsher musical landscapes. However, the general feel of the album is quite similar to their prior sound. Though the intense nature of Death Grips music may not appeal to many people, they’re worth a listen, and “Government Plates” is definitely a good place to start.
some of the delicious options that cater specifically to the fall food lover. Named after the local pub from the ’70s-era show “Three’s Company” (19761984), the restaurant certainly harkens back to its roots with extensive beer, wine and cocktail lists. According to the restaurant, The Beagle has a “rotating wine program that offers a small selection of boutique wines, all by the glass or bottle.” With labels from countries like Spain, New Zealand and Italy, the options are endless. That, along with 22 beers and a plethora of snazzy cocktails, is enough to have customers flocking to the bar alone. The Beagle’s prices cater to its Brookline clientele — and, consequently, are not exactly ideal for a college student looking to grab a quick bite. That being said, in terms of quality and service, the restaurant’s prices are entirely reasonable and even a good deal. With dinner entrées ranging from $17 to $28, The Beagle is a great place for those who want to splurge on a nice meal — and in that regard, it’s worth every penny. The Regal Beagle is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. For any questions or to make a reservation, call (617)-739-5151.
‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is overall compelling film DALLAS
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picture of the AIDS epidemic of the ’80s — although it only somewhat succeeds in this endeavor. Woodroof is portrayed as boldly fighting against both government bureaucracy (represented by a rather heartless FDA agent) and the pharmaceutical industry. The film wisely avoids painting him as a full-fledged martyr, instead depicting him as a man capitalizing on a business opportunity, who is simultaneously angered by the injustice he experiences. “Dallas Buyers Club” also frames the pharmaceutical industry as an entity that only cares about the bottom line at the expense of patient care — destined to conflict with Woodroof’s agenda. While that probably isn’t far off from the truth, one can’t help but get the sense that this was done partially to fit everything into a more conventional narrative structure. This minor issue is fortunately overshadowed by what the film (rightly) focuses on: McConaughey’s complex and outstanding performance as Woodroof. At the beginning of the film Woodroof is an outright homophobic bigot, refusing to
believe that he could possibly have HIV until his research on the disease confirms his fears. Set during the infancy of the AIDS epidemic, the film uses Woodroof’s intolerant friends and their harsh reaction to his AIDS diagnosis to effectively capture the political and social atmosphere of the time. These men — who use derogatory slurs against Woodroof — articulate the views of a poorly educated public that believed AIDS was a disease only passed through homosexual sex. The diagnosis turns Woodroof’s world upside down, and McConaughey’s energy drives home the shock and desperation of a man seemingly out of options. Over the course of the movie, Woodroof ultimately transitions into an empathetic character, as he leaves behind his prejudices and comes to accept a community he once ridiculed. This transformation is best represented by Woodroof’s relationship with Rayon (Jared Leto), a transgender woman and fellow patient who helps him bring the buyers club to the larger HIV community. Leto underwent a startling physical transformation for the film and brings a liveliness to the
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Jared Leto offers a strong supporting portrayal of Rayon, a transgender woman and Woodroof’s unlikely friend. role that makes Rayon an excellent counterpart to Woodroof. Their unlikely partnership slowly develops into friendship, mirroring a change within Woodroof himself. With its cursory explora-
tion of the complexities present in the fight against AIDS in the ‘80s and a slightly simplified narrative, “Dallas Buyers Club” is not a perfect movie. But the two Oscar-worthy performances by
McConaughey and Leto and the story of Ron Woodroof’s redemption make “Dallas Buyers Club” a compelling film — and surely a contender for a few Academy Awards come March.
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Need for late-night dining choices
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Dining Center’s hours until 9 p.m. on the weekends, as well as Carmichael Dining Center’s hours until 9 p.m. on Fridays, could also be a worthwhile consideration, as the extra hour and a half would not require any radical changes to the current system. Some might object to an extension of the dining hall hours, as this could require current staff to work longer hours or the employment of additional university chefs and custodial staff. However, Tufts could use these vacancies as an opportunity to offer more work-study jobs to students who qualify. Hodgdon could offer day and night rotations for student workers. This would create more opportunities for work-study hours for nocturnallyinclined students, while allowing more flexible hour choices for non-student workers. Similarly, in the larger dining halls, a longer dinner window would give work-study students the opportunity to work more during later hours. Non-student employees would be able to return home at a time of their choosing. There may also be concerns that latenight dining will hurt local businesses. It should be noted, however, that a substantial portion of students cannot
The Tufts Community Union Senate last night approved a resolution for the addition of a late-night dining option to Tufts Dining Services’ facilities. Given the current lack of late-night dining options on campus, the resolution is an important one that the university should seriously consider. Students often find themselves without oncampus eateries that accept the meal plan after the dining halls have closed. Students with activities that go past 7:30 p.m. on Friday or study sessions that last well into the night have limited choices when it comes to finding a bite to eat. In light of this, it would be worthwhile for the university to consider providing a dining option that accepts the meal plan for students who don’t want to leave campus or order in on the weekends after 7:30 p.m. Hodgdon Good-to-Go, which closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays and at 4 p.m. on Fridays for the weekend, seems to be the best candidate for late-night dining. The only other late-night dining options, Jumbo Express and The Commons Deli and Grill, close at midnight and do not accept meal plan swipes — only cash, JumboCash or credit/debit cards. Extending the Dewick-MacPhie
afford to eat outside of their meal plan and therefore have no options after the dining halls close. Additionally, the late-night dining hall options would still be entirely different from the food offered by local businesses, so any students who wanted sushi or a Blue Zone would still need to look off campus to find such food options. Perhaps one of the most important points about extending dining hall hours isn’t exactly the most obvious; it has to do with ensuring safe alcohol practices. Whether it be the new medical amnesty and Good Samaritan alcohol policy or the addition of pizza to Spring Fling, Tufts is clearly committed to combating dangerous alcohol use with sensible solutions rather than punishments. A late-night dining service would bolster this effort, providing students with access to food when they are more likely to abuse alcohol. The lack of university-sponsored, late-night dining options that accept the meal plan is a more serious issue than it appears. Beyond the time barrier for those who rely on meal plans as their only source of food, meal planaccepting, late-night dining options on campus may also be beneficial to students’ health.
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Prepare yourselves for battle, fellow students. The holiday shopping season is on the horizon, and we must be ready when it arrives. Stock your cash reserve, find a few comrades for your journey and keep in mind the benefits of a good warranty. Yes, I said a warranty. Like my fellow thrifty young adults, I used to blow off protecting those electronic impulse buys with warranty plans. I thought I was careful with my technology, until I dropped my iPhone last month. The fall shattered the screen corner to corner, covering the fragile glass with cracks. Because I didn’t purchase an AppleCare warranty plan along with my phone, I had to get the screen repaired elsewhere. The bill would be about $150. I am doomed trying to read texts through a cracked screen for a year because I don’t have the money to fix it.
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AppleCare plans for the iPhone 5s and 5c cover the phone for two years. Repairs for accidental damage, like cracking the screen or dropping the phone in the toilet, cost $79 (plus tax) per incident for up to two incidents. But it’s possible that distracted students might need more than two repairs over their phones’ lifetimes. Of course, most shopping over the holiday season will not be directly tied to iPhone purchases and Apple products. TV sets, game consoles, computers and tablets will all be big sellers. Consider a warranty plan to protect your purchase. Few plans are the same, and you need to fully understand what yours covers before doling out the extra dough. For example, I wouldn’t recommend getting an AppleCare plan for a new Apple TV. A plan costs about one-third of the price of a device, and you won’t likely need repairs. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will hit the shelves in the next couple of weeks, at the onset of the shopping season. The next
generation of gaming consoles — the Xbox One, Wii U and PS4 — should come with a standard one-year limited warranty, but if you’re in it for the long haul, you should consider an extended warranty. For example, the PS4’s extended warranty costs $50 to $60 with accidental damage coverage. Xbox One and Wii U consoles will have extended warranties available through retailers. I’m not sure how you’d accidentally damage a device that primarily sits beneath your TV stand or in your entertainment center. However, I’d be willing to spend an extra $50 after all of the problems I’ve had with both Microsoft and Sony consoles. Gaming consoles are also a hefty investment (the PS4 costs $400), so a warranty is crucial. Buying a warranty is up to you. Just make sure you do your research before declining protection for a big-ticket item. When things go awry, it’s always good to have a backup plan.
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Tufts can make 24-hour MBTA service a reality by
Alex Wallach Hanson
The TCU Senate’s proposal to create a shuttle bus to downtown Boston is a shortsighted answer to a long-term problem. Yes, students are currently constrained by the fact that the MBTA shuts down at 12:30 a.m. Yes, a shuttle would provide a “reliable and safe mode of transportation” to campus. But the proposal of a private shuttle provides limited overall accessibility and mobility to Tufts students in response to what is a structural problem with mass transit in the Boston area. The MBTA is constantly burdened by debt. The continued costs of Big Dig-related debt service amounts to nearly one-third of the MBTA’s budget every year. The MBTA also does not have sufficient guaranteed income because sales tax revenues — the main source of funding for the T — fluctuate on a year-to-year basis. This financial double-blow is what largely prevents the T from expanding service, which affects everyone who lives in Boston. And yet the lack of expanded service is what brings about the discussion of a private shuttle run by Tufts. Rather than saddle the university with the responsibility to shuttle Tufts students around the Greater Boston area, there is a way to address the wishes of the student body while also helping the surrounding community. Instead of devising a temporary solution that only benefits Tufts, there is a better way forward. Tufts has the chance to be a leader in the Boston area by creating a public-private partnership with the MBTA to form a University Pass program. Such a program would “provide unlimited rides for no less than 100 percent of [Tufts’] full-time student population.” Essentially, every student at Tufts would receive a monthly pass for unlimited rides on the T paid for by the university. In return for this guaranteed enrollment, the MBTA would provide these annual passes at a 50 percent discount to Tufts. This discount would reduce the cost of a semester long-pass from $280 to $140 per student. The university could partially recoup this money through a student services fee, or simply pay it because based on the current annual tuition — $58,780 — this discounted pass would amount to only 0.48 percent of the income each student
generates at Tufts per semester. The revenue from this U-Pass system would be explicitly dedicated toward the creation of late-night MBTA service. From 2002 to 2004, the MBTA ran “night owl” bus service where buses replicated the routes of the subway from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m., which cost the T nearly $2 million per year. However, if just half of college students in the metro-Boston area participated in the U-Pass program, the MBTA would gain about $40 million in new annual revenue. Even if the T extended service to 24-hours a day, which it should, it would cost around $10 million per year. So not only would a U-Pass program extend MBTA service to 24-hours a day, but it would leave roughly $30 million in annual revenue for the T to use to improve service along the Green and Red lines — the primary subways college students use. There are examples of U-Pass programs around the country and even within Massachusetts. Chicago, San Francisco and Milwaukee all have U-Pass programs with slight variations to adapt them to the contours of their respective transit systems and they have all proved successful. Milwaukee saw a 10 percent increase in transit ridership the first year it implemented the program; San Francisco was able to extend this benefit to graduate students; Chicago netted $25 million in profit in 2012. The U-Pass system in western Massachusetts — which includes Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mt. Holyoke and UMass Amherst — allows students and employees to ride for free and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has even added extra service to specifically serve these colleges. The reason the U-Pass program does not already exist in Boston is largely because no one institution has been willing to take the plunge on its own. There are valid reasons for this, primary among them the fact that the MBTA cannot extend overnight service throughout the system based on the revenue of a single university. Tufts students, however, do not just benefit from the extended hours the U-Pass program would provide. If every student has unlimited access to the MBTA, what that really means is that every student now has unlimited access to Boston. The MBTA links students to jobs, recreation and endless community
activities, and the university could provide this access at a relatively miniscule cost. Even with the numerous benefits, the administration at Tufts is not likely to act on this proposal for a U-Pass system without sustained student demand for it. Every student on campus would benefit from this program. In that spirit, the TCU Senate should pass a resolution calling for the creation of a U-Pass system. There is also a student movement at Harvard — Students for a Just and Stable Future — pushing for a U-Pass program there. It seems that a coalition of student groups here at Tufts could fight the same fight and collaborate between campuses. If both Tufts and Harvard instituted pilot programs at the same time, then the pressure on one university to be the first would be drastically reduced. These are not all the answers, but they provide the beginning of what could fundamentally transform mass transit in Boston. The U-Pass program would be of immeasurable benefit to the Tufts student body; at little individual cost, each student would have unlimited MBTA access, not just for late-night service, but every hour of every day that the MBTA operates once the full U-Pass program is realized. The administration can avoid the cost and administrative burden of running a private shuttle, promote student use of the T and send the right message to the Tufts community as well as the broader community about Tufts’ engagement with city-wide issues. In return for these benefits, Tufts would spend very little and also help the surrounding community by extending service hours for everyone. Taking this bold first step would also reaffirm the pledge Tufts makes in the new strategic plan to creating a university where “creative scholars generate bold ideas, innovate in the face of complex challenges and distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world.” There is no better way to illustrate the commitment to these goals than for Tufts to create a year-long pilot program for a U-Pass system. Alex Wallach Hanson is a senior majoring in political science. He can be reached at Alex.Wallach_Hanson@tufts.edu.
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Today’s financial aid promises little for tomorrow’s disadvantaged by
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Student loan debt is at an all-time high. According to CNN Money, the class of 2013 graduated with an average of $32,000 in college-related debt. Money plays a more important role in the college admissions game than ever before. In a saturated market, colleges have to work to attract students. Faced with skyrocketing tuition costs and a bleak job market, prospective students are likely to attend the school that can offer them the most scholarship and grant money. The 2012 nation-wide CIRP Freshman Survey found that 45.6 percent of freshmen rated financial assistance “very important” when making final college selections. With the rise of university rankings lists, colleges have a vested interest in maintaining a student body with high entering scores. The popular U.S. News & World Report rankings cite high school class rankings and SAT scores of the entering class as factors in their methodology. In order to stay competitive, both public and private schools are increasing their merit scholarship awards to attract high-achieving students. The New York Times reports that the proportion of state financial aid that is
not need-based has tripled in the past 20 years, to 29 percent per full-time student in the 2010-2011 school year. Non-need based scholarships are often based on high school performance and test scores. For example, the University of Houston Tier One scholarship requires a minimum math and reading SAT composite score of 1300 and top 10 percent class ranking for students to be eligible. There is a strong positive correlation between wealth and SAT performance. Each successive income bracket performs better than the last on the SAT. Students in the $200,000 and up bracket average a score of 570 on the math portion of the SAT, while those in the $80,000 to $100,000 bracket scored 525. Students with a family income of $20,000 or under had an average score of 456. Wealthy students have funds for test preparation and leisure time to study. Lower-income students are faced with economic pressures and often work to support the family. Because of systematic barriers, lower-income students of the same intellectual capability as the wealthier students can be shut out of merit-based aid opportunity. Financial aid funds are a fixed amount. Money that goes to wealthy students on merit scholarships is money that does not go to students
with demonstrated financial need. Successive state funding cuts mean that it makes more economic sense for a public university to fund four quarter-tuition merit scholarships for wealthy students who can pay the remaining three quarters rather than one full-tuition scholarship for a financially needy student. According to 2012 financial data, 71.5 percent of students at the University of Houston applied for need-based aid. Only 17.9 percent of students had their financial needs fully met. On average, 71.7 percent of need was satisfied. The financial aid problem persists at private universities as well. About two-thirds of the top 150 private colleges with the highest endowment per student are not need-blind in the admissions process. Income factors into admissions decisions, and colleges can reject a student who would need too much financial aid. Of 1,130 schools that reported financial data in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranking, only 61 claimed to meet full financial need. College degrees are vital in today’s job market. Higher education is often the key to financial upward mobility. As long as tuition continues to rise and need-based aid remains limited, low-income students are at a massive disadvantage.
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Yellin’ for Yellen
f you read my column, know me, have spoken to me or maybe just bumped into me, you will know what I hold a special place in my heart for Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve. The former Princeton economist took control of the most important bank in the world in early 2006, when both the American and global economies consistently made headlines for growth and prosperity. Almost eight years later, much has changed. Gone are the days of middle school dance jams “Laffy Taffy,” “Miss New Booty” and — weirdly, my camp roommate’s ringtone for his parents — “I’m ‘n Luv (Wit a Stripper).” More importantly, the global economy experienced its worst recession in decades. A U.S. housing collapse, an international liquidity crisis and Greek debt default all took their toll. Bernanke led the country — and really, the world — through innovative monetary policy and levelheaded guidance, becoming the darling of Wall Street in the process. Thankfully, the economic winds have shifted. Though the Eurozone remains a bit of a mess, our own economy has rebounded and landed on more solid footing. Despite Bernanke’s work, it is time for change. And so President Obama — harbinger of “change” the world over — nominated Janet Yellen to be the Chair of the Federal Reserve last month. If confirmed, Yellen would be the first woman to hold the Fed’s top spot in its hundred-year history. Though many believed former Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers would receive the nomination, liberal Democrats pushed back and eventually forced Summers to withdraw his name from consideration, and perhaps for good reason. Under Bernanke’s reign as Chairman, the Federal Reserve has taken on a public persona that it never had before. Fed press releases used to be mundane, usually stating small adjustments in interest rates. Now the press and Wall Street hang on every word. Summers, despite his experience in academia and politics, has received a reputation as a public commentator. You may have gotten a taste of his demeanor in “The Social Network,” when Summers — who was president of Harvard while Mark Zuckerberg was creating Facebook — asks the Winklevoss twins if they are trying to sell him a Brooks Brothers franchise. Yellen, however, is a product of the Federal Reserve System, having worked there onand-off since she first served as an economist for the Board of Governors in 1977. More recently she has served as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve System — essentially Bernanke’s second in command. Yellen has a proven track record within the Federal Reserve and is expected to run the bank in the same vein that Bernanke has. With the economy rebounding, it is time for the Federal Reserve to fade into the background of economic policy. Wall Street has come to rely on the Fed’s quantitative easing (QE) program to bolster returns, but a stronger economy means it’s time for the training wheels to come back off — or at least for the Fed to stop pushing. Yellen’s confirmation hearings have been going on for the past week or so, where Senators have been able to grill her to their hearts’ content. Yellen has signaled that she has no immediate plans to “taper” QE and that the economy does not have an “asset bubble.” Given her economic track record and already integral role in Fed policy, Yellen should be confirmed almost automatically. In my opinion, the best part of any hearing related to the Federal Reserve is finding out just how clueless most of Congress is when it comes to economic policy. Least favorite part? “Why don’t we tie the dollar to gold again?” Walt Laws-MacDonald is a junior who is majoring in quantitative economics. He can be reached at Walt.Laws_MacDonald@tufts.edu.
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Tufts men’s cross country team extended its season with a strong fourth-place showing at the NCAA Regional Championship, securing an at-large bid for the NCAA National Championship in Hanover, Ind.
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said. “They consistently place high at regionals and nationals, and ... all of the teams in the conference work equally as hard to accomplish [their] goal[s].” In what could have been their final cross country race in the Jumbo brown and blue, Shapero, Wallis and Norton confirmed that they will don the col-
ors on a cross-country course for one last time next week with their fourth place finish in Gorham. “It’s definitely exciting to qualify for nationals in what could have been our final cross country meet,” Norton said. “It was a goal of ours all season and we feel relieved to have gotten the job done.” The Jumbos, as well as much of their loyal fan base, will travel out to
Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. on Nov. 23 for the NCAA Div. III National Cross Country Championship. “Until NCAAs, we are going to be running fewer miles, getting a lot of sleep, getting our work done and out of the way, and avoiding injury,” Cassidy said. “We want to finish as high as possible.” “We want to finish in the top 10 at Nationals,” Norton added.
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in the All-Star game located at the same Virginia Beach site that will host the final rounds of the NCAA tournament. The opportunity, although an honor, is bittersweet. “We played so hard against Salisbury and I couldn’t have asked for a more awesome or harder working team to spend my last season with,” Cannon said. “These last four years have been unforgettable; going to NCAAs three times, winning the national championship last year and being able to come back as defending champions was incredible.” Despite being eliminated by a goal
that came with just 30 seconds left, the four seniors are proud of their season and of their careers with the program. There were plenty of positive takeaways — Yogerst became the school recordholder in single game scoring, the Jumbos defeated archrival Bowdoin in front of a home crowd and they once again advanced to the national stage for the postseason. “As a senior I am so proud of what we have accomplished in the last four years with the program,” Wan said. “Making the NCAA tournament three times has been an incredible experience. I wish my
teammates the best of luck for next season, and we’re excited to see what Tufts field hockey is going to do in the upcoming years.” The departing seniors are hopeful that the team will only continue to improve in coming years. With so many talented underclassmen, McDavitt certainly has a deep roster to pull from during the 2014 season. “ We have so many wonderful memories,” Cannon said. “I really can’t wait to see where the program is headed with the amazing group of girls that are returning next year.”
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the second team for the first time in her career. Kruyff was a key member of the midfield, scoring three goals, all on set pieces, and contributing two assists. Volleyball In volleyball, Tufts had one player selected to the first team and one picked for the second team, juniors Isabel Kuhel and Hayley Hopper, respectively. Kuhel was named to the first team for the first time in her career after taking home second-team honors and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year award in 2011. Hopper earned honors for the first time with a pick to
the second team. Kuhel ranked second in the league with her .350 hitting percentage. She ended the season second in kills on the team with 201 and also ranked third in the NESCAC with her 1.01 blocks per set mark. Her season high was seven blocks in one match. Hopper led the team in kills with 253 total, a number good for 11th in the league. She also recorded a season-high 20 kills in a five-set win over Middlebury on Oct. 19. Men’s Soccer For men’s soccer, junior tri-captain Max Hoppenot and classmate Sam Williams were selected for the first and
second teams respectively. Hoppenot received first-team honors at forward for the second season in a row, and Williams got his first All-NESCAC award with the pick for the second team. Hoppenot was the team’s leading scorer for the second straight year, netting six goals and adding two assists for 14 points total. He was tied for fourth in the conference in goals. Hoppenot scored three game-winning goals in NESCAC play against Bates, Hamilton and Bowdoin. Williams was a part of the strong back line of Tufts that was ranked second only allowing 10 goals all season. He netted one goal on the season and started all 15 games for the Jumbos.
The (boring) winning formula
appreciate a nice luxury car. I’ll be the first one to stare at the Lamborghini blazing down the highway. I’ll dream that someday I’ll be the one behind the wheel. But I would never drive a Lamborghini in a New England winter. Nor would I risk taking it out in a rainstorm during the summer. I wouldn’t always take it out to places I thought someone might go out of their way to mar it. In short, it’s an elegant and exhilarating vehicle, but it’s not the car I want to be driving every day of the year. Many of the same things can be said about professional athletes. I want the player with sustained performance, not the one who can pick and choose the spots he shines in. As obvious as this statement might seem on the surface, the principle has not been extended to teams and the media as a whole. For instance, Robert Griffin III did not deserve to receive the Heisman Trophy over Andrew Luck nor the Rookie of the Year award. Yet, he was a story that the media could get behind and this clouded their perception of reality. Another example of buying the hype is the beloved Tim Tebow, who should not have been drafted in the first round nor have been a starting quarterback in the NFL. Consistency gets overlooked because it isn’t flashy. It doesn’t get in the headlines or create a buzz. Alabama football doesn’t get nearly the attention they deserve because they don’t do anything worth mentioning other than win. They have a disciplined head coach who has a firm grasp on the program. This leaves no room for reporters to get an attention-grabbing story, and because of that they move on to someone who will give this to them. Andrew Luck is the complete package at the quarterback position. Ever since his years at Stanford, he’s become one of the best in the league. Yet, the talk last year was about the electricity of Colin Kaepernick and Griffin III. RGIII had his different sock combinations each time he showed up to a big function. Kaepernick had his trademark celebration, coined “Kaepernicking,” after big plays. Then there was Luck, quietly leading his team to victory. He took what was, with many of the same players, the worst team in the league and transformed them into a playoff team. This point gets brushed off much more than it should. Many people don’t remember how bad the Colts were the year before he came. He was given the trust to lead the team that just a year prior looked like they might not win a single game and guided them to an 11-5 record, topped off by the playoff berth. It’s rare that a whole group of knowledgeable people would be wrong. Scouts said that Tebow could not be an NFL quarterback. After a six-game winning streak with Denver — aided mightily by defense and a strong kicking game — Tebow supporters were clamoring for the heads of all who doubted him. Many quieted down the next year when he found himself as a backup, and at times third string quarterback, on the dysfunctional Jets. They said Griffin was too fragile to be a long-term viable option. People didn’t want to believe it because of the persona he created. He capped off his first year by tearing his ACL and spending the offseason rehabbing. Don’t overlook consistency. While it may not get the headlines, it gets the championships. In the results-based world we live in, I’ll take the reliable car over the Lamborghini any day of the week. Enjoy the hype, but don’t buy into it until it becomes real and maintainable. If you do, well then — you’re sacked! Jordan Bean is a sophomore who has yet to declare a major. He can be reached at Jordan.Bean@tufts.edu.
Jumbos’ road to second-consecutive championship ended with last-second goal The defending national champions and sixth-ranked field hockey team did not
FIELD HOCKEY (15-3 Overall, 9-1 NESCAC) at Salisbury, Md., Saturday Tufts 0 Salisbury 0
recapture the fairytale ending it had hoped for Saturday, falling to No. 3 Salisbury University 1-0 on a heart-wrenching finalminute goal. For the Jumbos, the loss marked the end of the season, and for four seniors, the end of their careers. Meanwhile, the host Seagulls advanced to the round of eight, which pitted them against Wellesley College on Sunday afternoon. Ironically, Salisbury moved on to play the same Wellesley team that the Jumbos defeated 1-0 on the road earlier in the season. The game was cagey from the beginning. In the opening minutes, the Jumbos and Seagulls traded possessions at midfield until Salisbury finally worked the ball into its offensive zone and began to pressure Tufts’ defenders. Junior netminder Bri Keenan was forced to make several close saves for the Jumbos, including a few over her head as Seagulls forwards tried to aerial the ball into the cage. By the end of the first half, Salisbury built a 12 to five advantage in shots and had also worked
to earn five penalty corners. But shortly before halftime, Tufts’ offensive unit began to put the pieces together, eventually earning three penalty corners of its own. The Jumbos’ best chances to score came in that period of the game, as the Tufts offense fired five shots at junior Rachel Clewer in the last 10 minutes of the half. Senior All-American midfielder Emily Cannon and sophomore midfielder Dakota Sikes-Keilp each took aim on goal but could not find a hole in the Salisbury defense. Picking up where they left off, the Jumbos came out of the intermission full of fire. Tufts hustled to push the ball upfield, but still found no answer for Clewer and her defense. At the other end, the Seagulls’ trio of first-year forward Yumi Kim, junior forward Mallory Elliot and sophomore Courtney Jantzen kept Jumbo defenders Colleen Golja and Alexandra Jamison on their toes. The minutes continued to fly by and still no team managed to find the back of the boards. As the final 10 minutes closed out, it appeared that the Jumbos and Seagulls might be forced to settle the score in overtime, or even penalty strokes. With less than two minutes remaining, however, the Jumbos worked the ball into the 16-meter circle and earned a penalty corner. Cannon got a touch on the ball and attempted to slide it past Clewer, but the Seagulls’ defenders were there to block her path.
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Tufts field hockey’s season came to an end Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament, as Salisbury University notched a game-winning goal with under a half-minute to go. As most of Tufts’ players pressed up, hoping to notch a quick goal and avoid overtime, Salisbury collected the ball and broke through Tufts’ ranks. In seconds, Jantzen brought the ball downfield and into the right wing before connecting with junior midfielder Summer Washburn on a cross. Jantzen’s pass slipped through the last lines of Tufts’ defense and into Washburn’s hands as she waited by the near post. The midfielder then beat Keenan, who had played cool under pressure
Men’s Cross Country
Jumbos place fourth, qualify for NCAA Nationals by
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The No. 11 men’s cross country team traveled back to the University of Southern Maine, the site of its first invitational of the season, to compete for a spot in the national championships at the NCAA Div. III New England Regional Championship. To be eligible for an at-large bid, a team must place among the top six squads in the race, and the Jumbos did just that with their fourth-place finish, scoring a solid 142 points behind Williams (77 points), Middlebury (78 points) and MIT (113 points). “The weather conditions were great,” senior Jamie Norton said. “The temperatures were in the high 40s to low 50s, and it was sunny. Although the course was a bit muddy because it snowed last week, it really played a small role in the outcome.” Senior Andrew Shapero was once again the leader for the Jumbos in a race completely dominated up front by NESCAC harriers, as he posted a solid 25:00.47, 12th place finish over the eightkilometer course (5:01 per mile pace). Fellow senior and tri-captain Ben Wallis was only a few seconds behind as he charged to the finish in 20th place for a time of 25:16.01. Freshman Tim Nichols once again showcased his promise to the future of the squad as he ran 25:22.37 for 30th overall, just outleaning Middlebury’s No. 5 runner. Just 15 seconds later, the tight scoring pack that comprises the Jumbos fourth through seventh runners all crossed the finish line within 15 seconds of each
other, as junior Liam Cassidy (39th, 25:38.64), Norton (41st, 25:43.46), sophomore Nick Guarnaccia (42nd, 25:45.61) and freshman Luke O’Connor (48th, 25:53.18) all rounded out the scoring for the squad and clinched their berth to the national meet. “We definitely think we had a better performance this weekend than at the NESCAC meet,” Cassidy said. “Some of our guys didn’t exactly have their greatest days, but the depth of our program really helped us pull through.” Norton also pointed out who he believed were the “unsung heroes” of the team on the day. “Liam [Cassidy] came up big on the day,” he said. “He was our number seven guy all season, and he finished as our fourth man. Also, Ben [ Wallis] really had a strong comeback after a tough NESCAC race.” In addition, the Jumbos will have two rising stars in freshmen Nichols and O’Connor at Nationals next weekend. Cassidy explained the huge benefit of having such young men on the team. “Having two freshmen in our top seven is huge,” Cassidy said. “It pushes the upperclassmen to work harder than they have been, because they can’t just let the freshmen outwork and outperform them, and it’s great to have new faces in the varsity squad to motivate us.” In the entire race, seven of the top eight schools were from the NESCAC conference. “This meet just showed that the NESCAC is clearly one of the strongest conferences in the nation,” Cassidy see MEN’S XC, page 11
all afternoon, but could do nothing to stop the quick one-on-one putaway. The Seagulls had pulled ahead with just 32 seconds remaining in the contest. With a half a minute left to play, the Jumbos already knew their fate was sealed, but nevertheless tried one more time to push the ball into the 16-meter circle. Instead, Cannon’s longball drifted out of bounds and time expired on Tufts’ season, as the desperation finally sunk in. “Although the season didn’t end how we wanted, I am extreme-
ly proud of the team and what we accomplished this year,” cocaptain Steph Wan said. “This team was an incredibly talented group of girls who worked hard to improve every single day.” For three of the team’s seniors, co-captains Chelsea Yogerst and Wan, as well as midfielder Katy McConnell, the game marked the last time they would lace up to play collegiate field hockey. For Cannon, the end of her career comes this weekend, after she plays see FIELD HOCKEY, page 11
Twelve Jumbos receive fall All-NESCAC honors Alex Schroeder
With the fall season effectively over for many of the Tufts sports teams, all-conference teams have been picked, and 12 Jumbos across four teams have thus far been selected for first and second teams. Field hockey picked up a league-high five spots across the two teams, the most across the Tufts teams as well. Women’s soccer each had three players named to the two teams, while volleyball and men’s soccer each had two. by
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Field Hockey Senior All-American midfielder Emily Cannon picked up the lone Tufts field hockey spot on the 11-member All-NESCAC first team. This is her second consecutive selection for the first team, as she finished third on the team and tied for 14th in the conference with nine goals in 18 games. The remaining four Jumbos from field hockey — sophomore Alexandra Jamison, junior Brittany Norfleet, sophomore Dakota Sikes-Keilp and senior co-captain Stephanie Wan — were all selected for the second team. Each of them is an All-NESCAC honoree for the first time. Sikes-Keilp led the Jumbos in scoring this season with 16 goals and 38 points. The sophomore finished the season tied for fourth in the conference in goals scored. She had four game-winning goals. Jamison was a key member on a Tufts defensive line that ranked second in the league with 17 goals
allowed. On the offensive side, she scored three goals and contributed five assists. Norfleet shined in her first year as a starter for coach Tina McDavitt’s squad, playing a strong role in the midfielder position while collecting a goal and two assists on the season. Lastly, Wan, the last of the four Tufts midfielders who were selected to the All-NESCAC teams, was an important leader on both ends of the field. She also contributed one goal and two assists for the Jumbos. Women’s Soccer From women’s soccer, junior Catharine Greer was selected for her third All-NESCAC honor in three seasons. In 2011, she was picked as NESCAC Rookie of the Year and also selected to the second team, while last year she made the first team. She followed last year’s performance up with a second consecutive first-team pick this season. Greer is the only defender from this year’s team who will still be on the team come next year. Senior co-captain Anya Kaufmann garnered honors for the first time in her career with a second-team selection. She led the team and ended up fourth in the league in goals scored with eight. She added one assist for a total of 17 points on the year. Most notably, she broke the Tufts singlegame scoring record with seven points on three goals and one assist against Suffolk University on Oct. 21. Lastly, junior Carla Kruyff also made see ALL-NESCAC, page 11
Published on Nov 18, 2013