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THE TUFTS DAILY
monday, december 9, 2013
VOLUME LXVI, NUMBER 59
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Police shut down Tufts Dance Collective performance
Mohamed ElBaradei will become the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s Nobel-Laureate-in-Residence next fall.
Nobel Laureate ElBaradei joins Fletcher by
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The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on Dec. 4 announced that Mohamed ElBaradei, former director general emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, will join the Fletcher School community as the Nobel-Laureatein-Residence next fall. According to Michael Glennon, professor of international law at the Fletcher School and former employee at the IAEA, ElBaradei will be a great asset to the university during his time on campus. “I think it will be a tremendous benefit to the university on so many levels to have someone so knowledgeable about international law and proliferation, the Arab Spring, conflict resolution [and] events in Egypt,” Glennon said. “He’s almost a whole faculty rolled up in one.” ElBaradei will stay for a period of three months, during which time he will likely engage with members of the Tufts community by sharing his knowledge, according to Academic Dean of the
Fletcher School Ian Johnstone. “I know he plans to do some big public lectures and also many smaller gatherings with Fletcher students and other Tufts University students,” he said. Johnstone added that ElBaradei may, at the Fletcher School’s encouragement, decide to teach a course and speak as a guest lecturer in current courses. “We’re probably going to press him to do as much of that as he’s willing to do, and he’s told us that he loves being here,” Johnstone said. “His experience here in the past has been very positive, so I think he’s looking forward to the chance to just gather in fairly informal settings with the Fletcher students.” ElBaradei led the IAEA, an organization that promotes peace and security in the field of nuclear technologies, from 1997 to 2009, Johnstone said. During this time, the Nobel Committee honored ElBaradei for his work in preventing nuclear energy from being used for military purposes. “Those were years in which, among other things, the crisis in Iraq unfold [as well as] the crises
Tufts University Police Department shut down Tufts Dance Collective’s (TDC) 9:30 p.m. performance last Saturday night as a result of multiple medical emergency calls and unsafe conditions, according to Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire. The biannual performance held in Cohen Auditorium ended abruptly around 10:15 p.m. when a university official switched on the house lights and announced that the show would not continue. Maguire explained that TUPD chose to intervene when sanitary conditions within the building began to deteriorate. Numerous students required treatment for alcohol-related illnesses and crowds at the performance
became increasingly difficult to manage, he said. Responding officers also discovered a few acts of vandalism on the property. “[Officers] decided that the event could not continue safely and ended it,” Maguire said. According to Maguire, other details about the performance remain under investigation. Executive Director of Tufts Emergency Medical Services Paul Pemberton reported that seven students were treated for sickness related to alcohol at the performance. He believes the remainder of the show was cancelled so that emergency teams could locate ill students. “It sounds to me like they got shut down because there was too high a volume [of people needing
medical attention],” Pemberton, a senior, said. “We couldn’t get to everybody without turning the lights on and shutting it down.” Shortly after the performance ended, the TDC Executive Board sent an email to students alerting them that all afterparties for the event were cancelled. By calling off the parties, board member Samantha Bloom explained, leaders of TDC hoped to keep students safe. As of right now, Bloom, a senior, said, the future of TDC is unclear. She and the other board members will meet with university administrators to discuss this point later this week. —by Daniel Bottino and Abigail Feldman
Courtesy Michael James
Emergency vehicles crowded near the entrance of Cohen Auditorium after TUPD chose to shut down the Tufts Dance Collective performance around 10:15 p.m. last Saturday.
in Iran and North Korea, so he was very much involved in all of those things,” Johnstone said. Glennon emphasized ElBaradei’s important role in the IAEA’s efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation. ElBaradei, he said, was fair and unbiased while examining evidence for weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
“I think that history speaks for itself,” Glennon said. “[ElBaradei] was willing to speak truth to power and let the chips fall where they may. He stuck with the evidence and didn’t try to slant it one way or the other ... We were all very lucky that someone like [ElBaradei] was in the right place at the right time.” After leaving the IAEA,
ElBaradei began a short career in Egyptian politics. Johnstone explained that ElBaradei was considered a potential candidate for the presidency following former president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi’s removal. ElBaradei, however, declined to take the role. ElBaradei also see ELBARADEI, page 4
TCU Senate update The final Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate meeting of the semester took place in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room last night with discussion of the final version of the Diversity Report and an announcement regarding the Committee on Student Life’s (CSL) “justified departure” policy. TCU Diversity Council Affairs Officer Darien Headen announced that the final version of the school’s Diversity Report was released on Thursday and is set to be implemented beginning next semester. Senate members discussed some critiques of the report, such as its use of the term “non-Anglo” to group members of many marginalized communities together in one category, which had upset senators. Additionally, several senators argued that the report credits the administration, rather than student activism, with the creation of the Africana major and Asian-American studies minor.
The CSL reported that a final decision has been made regarding the school’s “justified departure” policy, following a semester-long comprehensive review. The results will be announced early next semester. TCU President Joe Thibodeau congratulated the Senate members for reaching the final meeting of the semester and encouraged them to continue doing research for their projects over winter break; a Google form will be released in which Senate members will be able to record their progress. TCU Judiciary Chair Jon Jacques announced the four newest groups to gain recognition on campus: Black Student Union, RacEd Magazine, Turkish Alliance of Tufts and South Asian Literary Arts and Music Magazine. TCU Treasurer Adam Kochman announced that the Senate currently has a supplemental fund of around $160,000,
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having started the semester with $300,000. He also said that the Senate has so far succeeded in implementing its system of selling Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) passes to students at the Mayer Campus Center information booth. Next semester, the Senate will consider ways in which to further promote and publicize this system. During the Allocations Board report, the Senate voted 17-12-0 to grant $977 to the newly recognized Futurism Society, overturning the board’s initial proposal of $258. The Senate voted 30-0-1 to grant $8,536.41 to Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) in order to fund the seventh annual ChinaUS Symposium. The Senate also provided $3,054.76 to the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS); $961.10 to the Tufts Podcast Network; $584 to the Tufts Education Society; $435 to Generation Citizen and $3,896 to Tufts Quidditch,
which will be participating in the 2014 International Quidditch Association World Cup in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Following the meeting, Thibodeau and TCU Vice President Stephen Ruggiero reflected on the Senate’s progress over the semester and expressed their excitement for the road ahead. “We’ve had a productive semester,” Thibodeau said. “We’ve got great momentum going, and I’m excited for when we get back in January so that people can keep working on the projects which they’ve initiated.” “I think we’re going to use break to send e-mails, tie loose ends, and recharge our batteries,” Ruggiero said. “We’re going to come back next semester just as strong as we were this semester. A few seats are opening up on the body and we’re excited to meet our new members.” —by Josh Weiner
The Daily looks back on an eventful semester on the Hill.
President Monaco outlines the university’s strategic goals in an interview with the Daily.
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Fall 2013: A semester in review
Monday, December 9, 2013
—compiled by the Tufts Daily News Department
Policy and strategy reform
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Events and gatherings Due to logistical concerns, Programming Board replaced the annual Fall Ball with a new event titled Fall Gala. The gathering, which featured live music, among other activities, was held on the Academic Quad. A fireworks show over the Residential Quad immediately followed the event. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Changes to the university’s drug and alcohol policy, including the addition of a Good Samaritan policy and amnesty clause, took effect at the beginning of this semester. Under the new policy, students who seek medical assistance for themselves or others will not face disciplinary consequences. Additionally, students who receive emergency medical assistance due to substance use will not face judicial sanctions for the first two interventions. The university announced that it would extend its health insurance plans to cover new benefits such as gender reassignment surgery for transgender faculty members starting in January. The report follows a similar change implemented at the beginning of the semester that covered surgery for transgender students. The Board of Trustees in November approved a 10-year Strategic Plan, a 45-page document that details university goals over the next decade. The plan focused on four main themes: foundational initiatives, transformational experiences, engaging and celebrating commonalities and differences and creating innovative approaches to local and global challenges. Many students reported technical glitches while selecting courses through the new Integrated Student Information System (iSIS), which
became operational last spring. Throughout the semester, Tufts Technology Services also launched a number of new functions, such as an option to transfer credit and request a leave of absence through iSIS. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced that Tufts would accept the Universal College Application in addition to the Common Application this year. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin explained that many applicants had experienced technical difficulties with the new Common Application website, and that the Office of Admissions hoped to make application easier by accepting the alternate format. As part of a deal with its host communities, the university announced that it will waive the $70 application fee for Somerville High School and Medford High School students. In addition, Tufts will give $1,375 to both cities over the next five years. Administrators implemented a new safety system, known as Tufts Threat Assessment and Management ( TTAM) program. According to Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire, TTAM operates by gathering information from separate sections and organizations on campus and calculating possible threats based on the data.
Scalia on Oct. 2 delivered a lecture, “Interpreting the Constitution,” as part of the Richard E. Snyder President’s Lecture Series. The decision to host Scalia sparked controversy among Tufts students, some of whom responded by holding a teachin discussion and protests before the lecture.
Reports of a suspected arsonist in Somerville emerged early in the fall semester. At least 17 fires have been reported to police since last June. The Department of Public and Environmental Safety cautioned Tufts students to be on the alert for suspicious behavior.
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The Joey shuttle reportedly collided with a student cyclist on Nov. 1 at the intersection of College and Talbot Avenues. The student was hospitalized with minor injuries. Another collision involving a student cyclist occurred on Nov. 19, when the student, making a wide turn, collided with an SUV on Latin Way. The student was transported to the hospital but was released shortly afterward.
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University officials also cautioned students about a spate of robberies in the community. Two students reported armed robberies during September, while in November a man with a knife held up the Campus Mini Mart. A suspect for the latter crime has been arrested.
Dining on campus
The Commons Deli and Grill agreed to accept meal swipes beginning next semester. The decision was prompted by a Nov. 17 Tufts Community Union Senate resolution that called for the university to open of a late-night dinning space. Tufts’ first kosher deli, located near the Mayer Campus Center, opened on Dec. 2. The new take-out dining option offers traditional New Yorkstyle deli foods and will begin running regular lunch and dinner hours beginning in January.
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Hot topics on the Hill The university welcomed stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel to campus in September for the filming of their new movie “Basic Math.” Seventy students were selected to perform in the movie as extras. Kappa Alpha Theta joined the Greek community this fall as Tufts’ fourth sorority. Seventy-seven women accepted bids to the sorority in a special fall recruitment session. The sorority
will continue to recruit new members this spring along with the other Greek organizations. Eugene Fama (A ’60) received the Nobel Prize in Economics this October for his notable research on asset pricing and market efficiency. Fama shared the award with economist Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago, as well as Robert Shiller of Yale University.
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Activism Sophomore Elizabeth Palma traveled
to Washington, D.C., this November with the Massachusetts Student Immigrant Movement to advocate for immigration reform before members of Congress. Through a number of demonstrations, students involved with the movement urged Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner to pass H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, approved by the Senate earlier this year. Eighteen Tufts students joined universities nationwide in a fast to raise awareness about Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines in November. Participating students hoped to demonstrate the causal link between climate change and natural disaster.
TCU Senate action
The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate on Sept. 29 unanimously approved a resolution calling for the creation of safer housing for transgender students. Co-authors of the resolution John Kelly and Erin Dimson-Doyle said they hoped to extend mixed- and singlegender dorm options to both freshman and older students. The Senate also resolved to join the Institute of International Education Syrian Consortium for Higher Education in
Members of the Tufts Labor Coalition made plans to rally for custodial rights after they learned on Nov. 21 that the staff would lose two of their four vacation days and would have to work on both Christmas and New Year’s Eves. The university responded quickly to students’ protests, saying that the lost vacation time was the result of a misunderstanding between administrators and the custodial contractors, and that staff would have both days off. In an effort to change their name from the “Rape Steps” to the “Rainbow Steps,” Tufts Action for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) and Tufts Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) lined the edge of the steps near Wren Hall with colored bricks. Students involved hope the name change will reflect efforts to eliminate rape culture at the university.
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Crisis. The Office of Admissions in November agreed to help Tufts join the program, which commits the university to offering financial aid to accepted Syrian students. Another TCU resolution from November urged the university to create a shuttle that would run between Tufts and downtown Boston on Friday and Saturday nights. Shortly after, in early December, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced a plan to run the T until 3 a.m. on weekends.
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This semester opened with many changes to university leadership. Former Dean of Student Affairs Bruce Reitman (A ’72, GA ’83) began the transition into his new role as Tufts’ first dean of campus life and student leadership on July 1. A member of the university for over 30 years, Reitman will now focus on improving communication among students, faculty and staff. This summer, Admiral James Stavridis (F ’83, ’84) began his responsibilities as dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, taking
over from Dean Emeritus Stephen Bosworth. Stavridis is a renowned international figure who has served as commander of the United States European Command and supreme allied commander of NATO. Reverend Gregory McGonigle succeeded Reverend Patricia Budd Kepler as Tufts’ chaplain in July. McGonigle continues to review the controversial Committee on Student Life decision that approved “justified departures” from the university’s nondiscrimination policy.
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served as interim vice president of Egypt for a month before resigning when the nationâ€™s security suffered. â€œHeâ€™s had some very interesting experience in a very interesting and important part of the world,â€? Johnstone said. â€œSo, for that reason, heâ€™s a very exciting person to have associated with this year.â€? According to Johnstone, ElBaradeiâ€™s connections to the Fletcher School span at least 10 years. In 2003, ElBaradei visited the university as a Commencement speaker and expressed his fondness for the school. â€œWe do remember him mentioning at some point in the past that it would be fun to visit Fletcher, and we decided to pursue that actively,â€? Johnstone said. After meeting with Dean of the Fletcher School Admiral James Stavridis, ElBaradei quickly agreed to spend time on campus, Johnstone added. Glennon, who encouraged university officials to strengthen ties with the Nobel laureate, explained that he met ElBaradei in 1998 and shortly after agreed to work
for him at the IAEA, based in Vienna. â€œI was immensely impressed with the IAEA,â€? Glennon said. â€œIt was a model of administrative probity and integrity. People at the IAEA loved working for [ElBaradei]. They took great pride in the agency.â€? After taking a job at the Fletcher School, he stayed in touch with ElBaradei, Glennon said. During a visit to campus, ElBaradei agreed to serve as a guest lecturer during one of Glennonâ€™s courses. â€œThe students loved him, and we were all sorry that he had to return to Vienna so quickly,â€? he said.Â â€œBut the experience left all of us here at Fletcher wanting to see more of him ... [W]hen the opportunity came up again to have a visitor of his status, he was a logical person that we all turned to, given our relationship with him.â€? Both Glennon and Johnstone expressed excitement about having ElBaradei on campus. â€œHeâ€™s an extremely approachable and unpretentious fellow,â€? Glennon said. â€œAt the same time, heâ€™s a prominent international legal scholar.â€?
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Monaco discusses recent changes, progress at Tufts by Shannon Vavra
Daily Editorial Board
President Anthony Monaco sat down with the Tufts Daily last month to discuss recent changes and events on the Hill — ranging from the Council on Diversity to the recently approved Strategic Plan and unionization. The Tufts Daily: Could you speak to some of the administrative changes
that have come about this semester?
Anthony Monaco: These transitions are part of normal business, but we’re very excited, particularly about the two new deans. [Dean of The Fletcher School James Stavridis] is a very internationally known figure, admiral and [military commander], and he already has hit the ground running with external relations with alumni and his faculty. [He is] very good at reaching across the schools. ...
[Dean of Tisch College] Alan Solomont isn’t quite here yet, but he’s getting ready to take things over. [Former] Board of Trustees Chair ... Jim Stern is really hard to replace after he spent 32 years on the board — half of his life. He was a great mentor to me, as he guided me through my first two years. Already Peter [Dolan] has been taking over, and in the transition period, we see MONACO, page 6
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President Monaco told the Daily that town-gown relations have been built upon a secure foundation, thanks to Larry Bacow’s term as president.
Amendment to CSL policy grants appellate jurisdiction over Greek life by
Natalia Kastenberg Contributing Writer
This past February, the Committee on Student Life (CSL) repealed a provision preventing it from hearing appeals cases from Greek life organizations, re-establishing the CSL’s jurisdiction over the Greek life community. Previously, all other recognized Tufts student groups had the right to appeal decisions made by the Tufts Community Union Judiciary ( TCUJ) to the CSL. This change in the CSL’s bylaws marked the end of
an 18-year period in which Greek life organizations existed without clear oversight from Tufts faculty. “It was not like the fraternities and sororities were not running,” last year’s co-chair of the CSL Philip Starks said. “And it was not like they were not student groups. It is just that there wasn’t a relationship [between] the faculty and Greek life.” According to last year’s annual CSL report, Tufts faculty now “treat[s] Greek life organizations similar to how all student groups are treated.” This change allows the CSL to cor-
rect negative behavior in the Greek community by removing any preference that these groups may have been granted by operating outside of the faculty’s jurisdiction. It also grants power to the CSL to fix any unfair penalties that may have been enacted toward Greek life organizations. Many changes have been discussed through the years in efforts to define the relationship between Greek organizations and the CSL. Beginning in the 1980s, the CSL formed a working see GREEK LIFE, page 6
omewhat pathetically, this is my last column of the semester and I’ve only just realized that I never properly introduced myself. In my first article (about the dangers of Massachusetts drivers), I just sort of plunged right into it. How rude of me. Anyone who has been getting their weekly dose of S&S still knows nothing about me, except that I’m apparently really indecisive, since every week at the bottom of my column, readers are reminded that I have “yet to choose a major.” (For the record, I am a premed economics major, but I’m also an exceedingly lazy pre-med economics major who just hasn’t gotten around to declaring yet.) Anyway, I thought I’d say goodbye by saying hello. But talking about yourself (while fun for you), is usually pretty boring for other people, so I’ll make a concerted effort to keep this interesting. In no particular order, here are some things to help you get to know me better. 1) I have an unreasonable fear of land mines. Really. Whoever first told me what they were apparently did an awful job of explaining that they’re mostly found in war areas. Whenever I walk across a patch of grass, the possibility of a hidden land mine always crosses my mind. This includes when I cut across the Academic Quad (because those sidewalks take so much longer), when I venture beyond the borders of a sports field or even when I walk across certain suspicious patches of President’s Lawn. 2) I manage to choke on my food (or drink — it’s possible, believe me) at almost every meal. I don’t know why; I guess I’m just very bad at eating. It’s gotten to the point where my best friend doesn’t even raise an eyebrow anymore. And yes, my life does flash before my eyes every time, and usually it’s followed by a thought like, “Really? This is how I’m going to die? How pathetic.” 3) I used to think that wearing glasses was contagious. When I was little, I really didn’t want to wear glasses, so I would actively try to avoid touching people who were wearing the dreaded spectacles. This included even brushing up against them in the mall. I don’t remember exactly when I discovered that needing glasses is not, in fact, an infectious disease, but I’m sure it was a major relief. 4) I only drink my coffee black and I prefer it iced, even in below-freezing temperatures. I think it’s because I can never manage to drink an entire hot coffee. When I first get it, it’s always way too hot to drink and I have to put it aside. By the time it’s cool enough, I can only take small sips, and so I never manage to get more than halfway through a cup before it’s lukewarm and gross. Also, I always feel really cool telling a barista I want my coffee black. I always imagine myself as a female James Bond: “Bond. James Bond. Shaken, not stirred.” “Lex, not Alex. Black, no sugar.” 5) I’m not really a coat person. Don’t know why, I’m just not a big fan. Don’t get me wrong — I do wear coats all winter long. I’m not an idiot. But if it’s a quick dash from Latin Way to Dewick, or if it’s borderline 40-degrees-I-canget-away-with-no-coat weather, I will always leave the jacket behind. (Except leather jackets — I collect them. I only have four so far, so if you need to buy me a present ...) Well, this was fun. I’m a little afraid that now you’ll all think I’m a complete lunatic, but hey! This was the last column of the semester anyway, so no harm done. Have good holidays, everyLex Erath is a sophomore who has yet to declare a major. She can be reached at Alexandra.Erath@tufts.edu.
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group that presented information to the faculty about perceived behavioral issues within Greek life, according to Starks, who commented on the group’s aims. “It was suggested that the best solution for any problems that we had was to remove the exemption from our nondiscrimination policy that allowed fraternities to be just men and sororities to be just women, thereby forcing them to be co-ed organizations,” Starks said This proposition, however, was a contentious change for the treatment and structure of Greek life organizations that may have rendered their purposes unattainable on the Tufts campus. It would have also given the CSL jurisdiction over Greek life. Many other universities have incorporated similar policies regarding fraternities and sororities. Middlebury College, for exam-
ple, passed a resolution in 1992 that all fraternities must integrate women or disband. The school currently has no Greek life. While Tufts faculty passed a policy forcing Greek life to be co-ed, the Trustees did not — and therefore, the change was not enacted. After this unsuccessful attempt at establishing faculty jurisdiction, the CSL decided to remove themselves from overseeing Greek life organizations altogether. This decision was solidified in a CSL meeting on April 12, 1995, when a proposal was made to amend the CSL’s bylaws by adding a subsection stating that “the Committee shall not have jurisdiction over matters involving fraternities and sororities, either of a policy or a disciplinary nature.” This amendment both provided preferential treatment to Greek life by removing faculty oversight, and at the same time created inequality toward the
Greek community in comparison to other student groups, because of their lack of ability to initiate appeals. According to Starks, this affected a large number of Tufts students. “The real issue for me when I was chair [of CSL] was the 18 percent of the undergraduates here at Tufts that were associated with a fraternity or sorority, and we were treating that 18 percent differently than we would any other organization,” he said. About four years ago, however, students expressed discontent with the lack of a relationship between Tufts faculty and Greek life. They approached the CSL about changing the relationship between the faculty and Greek life organizations and helped initiate the recent change, according to Starks. “There were some students who wanted a stronger relationship with the faculty,” Starks said. “So we looked into this and found that Greek organizations and sororities in
particular have done an outstanding job with the [guaranteed] bid system. They have also done a lot of community outreach and their GPAs, for the most part, are at or above the average Tufts undergraduate [GPA].” To rectify the situation, the CSL asked the faculty last year to strike down the bylaw that was established in 1995 and allow the CSL to create a relationship with Greek life that was similar to other student organizations. The CSL presented the issue on Feb. 6, 2013, and the entire faculty voted unanimously to remove the bylaw, according to Jacob Wessel, a student representative on the CSL last spring. “It was a popular decision. ... It was all about equality,” Wessel said. “All student groups should have the right to appeal to [the] CSL, and you cannot give some the right and deny it to others.” Pa n h e l l e n i c Council President Jaime Morgen
echoed Wessel’s remarks. “It’s great that Greek life organizations are being given the same rights as other organizations,” Morgen said. “Sometimes it’s been hard in the past to navigate what nationals require and what Tufts requires, and this is helping us find a good medium.” After 18 years — or nearly five generations of students — the relationship between Greek organizations and the CSL has now seen a significant transition. Both groups are working to together to promote communication between students in Greek organizations and faculty members to help this change embed itself into future administrative processes. “It’s more that we’re normalizing the relationships,” Starks said. “I don’t expect there to be any change in workload for the CSL or any major change with the Greek life organizations, other than maintaining a working relationship again.”
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would have a tri-partite discussion once a week. ... Peter was essential in being the leader of the trustees on the Strategic Plan. ... [He helped] [Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris] understand from [the board’s] perspective what things were important to the plan. ... [Dolan] cares deeply about the university. [University Chaplain Greg McGonigle], I think, has also hit the ground running. He’s been very popular among the students, engaging students across the faith groups, working with the CSL policy and being a positive force. TD: A major theme of the Strategic Plan is “transformational experiences” — how do you define them, exactly?
AM: I’ve learned it mostly from alumni, because you’re too immersed in it at the moment to probably realize you’re having a transformational experience. When you go to alumni and they say, “Tufts changed my life,” ... they don’t realize it until they’re out — five years out or 10 years out. ... [For] example, we talk about the [Boston Marathon] bombing and how that was kind of a negative transformational experience for students who were involved, but [also] how we’ve supported [them] and came back together as a community will be something they’ll never forget. ... For others, it will be the co-curricular activities. So we just thought ... it was a very central theme and really what it means to be part of an academicresidential community. It’s not easy to replace that with an online course. TD: Could you talk about online courses’ potential at Tufts? AM: We think they’re important. We want to use digital technology as best we can to enhance the learning experience. I think the summer courses, as an example, allow students to do an internship somewhere but also continue to get credits if they want to, and we also want to make sure faculty are up-to-date with the best practices of how to use digital technology. TD: Could you comment on issues with students not being able to find housing, and if the university is planning to address these? AM: I have asked David Harris to convene a committee to look at a resident housing strategy for Tufts. ... It’s not just about building a new dorm. It’s about ... things like programming that [Dean] John Barker is interested [in] and already piloting this year with the ACE Fellows and through the [Resident Assistants]. ... The problem with our current dorms is ... we can renovate the bathrooms and the common rooms, but we can’t really do a gut renovation and reconfigure it
to more modern ways in which students want to have a residential life, [an initiative] we would like to support.
TD: Could you comment on when you think you’ll be implementing policies discussed at the Council on Diversity’s meeting on Oct. 10?
AM: Diversity issues are not ones that change overnight. David Harris always talks about “administrative time” and “student time.” Students would like to see things happen quickly, but administrators are here for a little longer, and they have plans they would like to implement to see longstanding and sustainable change. I am very eager to make as many of those changes as quickly as we can. I initiated the diversity council within my first six months because I felt I heard from the students a very robust argument that we needed to change the climate on campus, and I looked at the numbers and our compositional diversity had been flat. ... The consensus is [that] we need a chief diversity officer [at board discussions], so I think ... we are going to begin the preliminary steps of writing the job description and think about how we want to recruit someone in this role. Then there’s all the kind of changes we need to do to help our faculty and staff to become more ... aware on diversity issues. These are things we need to promote on campus since we can’t do just one big step. TD: Do you have an estimated time frame for hiring a chief diversity officer? AM: We may have a very good internal candidate when we compare all the applicants — then, that person could be appointed quite quickly. But if it’s an external candidate, we want to do a national search. ... I’d like to have an appointment by the end of the academic year, for the next academic year, starting over the summer. TD: Are there any truth to the rumors of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) changing its relationship with Tufts? AM: Yes. All I know is that the new director of the [SMFA] is contemplating [the school’s] ability to grant its own degrees, rather than relying on Tufts. So that’s a discussion that’s going on. We value our relationship with them ... We would like to make sure [the director] understands the consequences of breaking down our relationship, but if that’s something that he really, really wants to do, it’s not for us to stand in his way. ... I have not been involved in those negotiations. Those are done at the level of the deans of Arts and Sciences. TD: The Strategic Plan has recently been approved — what are you most looking forward to and what are you apprehensive about? AM: [What] I’m looking forward to is its
a guiding framework for the university. Two things need to happen now. [First,] individual schools need to take it and interpret it with their own mission and priorities. ... Second, the initiatives across the university, like the Bridge Professorships, or some of the facilities we’re creating for clusters of faculty and interdisciplinary research or the 1 + 4 Undergraduate Program. We’ll be taking the lead on how to get these things started. Lastly, we have to think about how the Strategic Plan and the Capital Plan feed into the next campaign. TD: What does the Bridge Professorships program mean for departments and classes? AM: The idea is we have very few professors here who have appointments in more than one department. ... We want to create [positions for] professors who can come in at a very senior level and help us think about the ways in which our educational mission across the schools can be enhanced. ... So this is an opportunity for a faculty-driven and a school-driven process through which we can identify areas of interest between schools. TD: You also mentioned the Capital Plan — can you elaborate on that? AM: We do a capital plan every five years, and we decide how much money we have to invest and what we need to do by fundraising. We look at upgrades and renovations. ... We need to either raise money on the debt market or raise money to enhance our facilities. The campaign part of that is deciding which aspects of those investments will require donors and alumni fundraising to reach those goals. TD: Where do you see negotiations as they stand now with the union for adjunct faculty, and where do you see them going in the future?
AM: I think we have around 200 adjunct faculty that were involved in that vote. Many of them are in [the School of] Arts and Sciences ... They’re a very valuable part of our teaching mission, and we had hoped they would work with us so we could review the situation. I think Dean [of the School of Arts and Sciences] Berger-Sweeney and [Academic Dean of the School of Arts] Glaser put out reasons why they felt the faculty didn’t need to unionize, but we are perfectly respectful of the fact that they have decided to do so and we are willing to work with them to negotiate. This will be done through [Executive Vice President] Patricia Campbell and the School of Arts and Sciences administration. TD: How do you feel town-gown relations have changed over the past few years? AM: I think [President] Larry Bacow
did a fantastic job with the community partnerships and arrangements. ... I’ve really enjoyed the work with Tisch College and all the student groups on all our campuses with how they interact with the local communities. I’ve been meeting with the mayors over time, and we had to renew the partnership agreements, [which includes the amount of ] money we give to each of the communities ... because as a non-profit organization, we don’t pay taxes on most of our buildings. For all the services they provide, like fire and policing ... we give them a certain amount of money every year, and so we negotiated that, and it’s been a large increase from the previous five years. We also did a lot to support the high schools to make sure that the students there have the best opportunities ... to get into higher education [institutions] and into Tufts in particular. There are also some other agreements to help with access to sports facilities and fields. TD: [With] regard to alcohol ... culture on campus, how do you feel the change from Fall Ball to Fall Gala has helped to deal with emergency calls? AM: We are [excited] by the leadership the students themselves have shown on this issue and the work that [Director of Alcohol and Health Education] Ian Wong and the administration have done on their side. Together, this trend — that every year there’s an increase in alcohol incidents has been reversed, at least for the two months of September and October. The number of incidents and the number of TEMS calls and refusals is way down — significantly down — over the last three years. I think that’s because of the studentled social norms campaign, the change from Fall Ball to Fall Gala, ... the changes to the alcohol policy and the effort that we did in terms of training the student peer leaders for all the events that happened in September. We also did training with Greek life officers about their responsibilities, [and] sent a document out to parents for the second year in a row with information about alcohol use. ... All of these things, I think, have worked together to [achieve] the successful reversal of this trend, and I just want to congratulate the Tufts community on this. [We have] made progress on an issue that seems, at many institutions, really intractable. TD: How is progress coming along with the sexual assault committee? AM: They’ve just set up the three working groups, identified who all the members are, with lots of students being co-chairs of them. ... It’s a very high priority for me. I welcomed the students’ letter they sent over the summer saying they’d like to have further enhancements of education, policy [and] support, and I want to do all I can.
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When “12 Years a Slave” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, it was met with resounding praise. Critics hailed the film as one of the year’s best and confidently predicted that it would win Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards in March. Director Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o also garnered rave reviews for their work. The response to “12 Years” was so decisive and thunderous it seemed that the race to the Oscars — still six months away at the time — was already over. But as other Academy Award contenders have stormed into theaters this fall, “12 Years” is looking at some stiff competition, and its frontrunner status is decidedly less clear than it was in September. The road to the Oscars is far from over: here’s a look at how the races for major Academy Awards are shaping up. Best Picture While “12 Years” is still pretty much guaranteed a Best Picture nomination, several other films have stolen the limelight over the past few months. The most formidable of these contenders is Alfonso Cuaron’s space-odyssey “Gravity.” The riveting film is a remarkable cinematic experience that boasts impressive performances and stunning visual effects. “Gravity” was a commercial success as well as a critical one, and has likely been buoyed by its solid showing at the box office. But “American Hustle” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” both hitting theaters in December, could shake up the race. Both films — with all-star, Oscar-friendly casts and directors — have the potential to change the conversation significantly. Moreover, since Hollywood loves mov-
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Leonardo DiCaprio has a chance of winning his first Oscar for his performance in ‘Wolf of Wall Street.’ ies about Hollywood, Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” should receive some attention in the next few weeks as this year’s showbiz film. In fact, the past two Best Picture winners have been movies about the film industry. Perhaps “Saving Mr. Banks” will follow in the footsteps of 2012’s “Argo” and 2011’s “The Artist.” Other films that may receive nominations include “Blue Jasmine,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “Captain Phillips.” Best Director British director McQueen still has a solid
shot at winning Best Director; however, like in the Best Picture race, “Gravity” could triumph over “12 Years.” Cuaron’s film is a technical masterpiece — it is set entirely in outer space — and he executed the difficult work finely. Oscar favorites Martin Scorsese and Joel and Ethan Coen are likely to get nods for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” respectively, and David O. Russell may score a Best Director nomination for the second year in a row. Russell follows see OSCARS, page 8
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John Singer Sargent’s work in Venice is a highlight of the ‘Watercolors’ exhibit.
MFA exhibit highlights unique perspectives, effects of watercolors by Yiqing
At the height of his fame at the end of the 19th century, John Singer Sargent became increasingly weary of painting commissioned portraits. In the decade that followed, the Paris-trained American decided to explore different themes and subjects by traveling widely in southern and central Europe as well as the formerly
Ottoman Levant. These travels brought out his brilliant composition and brushwork that captured not only vivid hues, but also a liberating sense of lightness and leisure that is rarely seen in his commissioned oil paintings. “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) displays Sargent’s watercolor paintings painted between 1902 and 1911. The temporary exhibition combines, for the first time, two
separate collections from the Brooklyn Museum and the MFA to allow a closer look at the artist’s creativity during this period. Organized by theme, the exhibition offers an opportunity to engage with captured moments in Italy, the Swiss Alps and the Arab world, as well as idle poses and work scenes. The first section of the exhibition see WATERCOLOR, page 8
Ryan Buell | This Week in Hip-Hop
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o put an incredible year of hip-hop in perspective, here are the best and worst productions of 2013:
The Ed Reed Award: Jay-Z Sometimes athletes will continue playing even after their bodies begin to betray them. Sure, there may be flashes of former dominance, but it’s evident to just about everyone that they just don’t have it anymore (a la Ed Reed of the New York Jets). A similar decline can happen to rappers. This year, Jay-Z proved to still have plenty of mainstream appeal based on his name alone, but “Magna Carta Holy Grail” made clear that his passion, wordplay and swagger are simply not what they once were. Honorable Mention: Lil Wayne. Worst Song of the Year: “I Feel like Pac, I Feel like Biggie” This DJ Khaled track, featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill, T.I., Swizz Beatz and Diddy, was an utter monstrosity — the worst combination of mainstream success and musical travesty. The lackluster verses and atrocious hook are a disgrace to the legends it was named after. Honorable Mention: “Molly,” by Tyga. The Mattress Album: “Run the Jewels” By far the best sleeper project of the year was the 10-song EP from underground vets Killer Mike and El-P. The banger “Run the Jewels” is a nonstop onslaught of hard-hitting rhymes and shaking sub-beats. A huge hit in hip-hop circles, it inexplicably failed to gain much notoriety in more mainstream arenas. Honorable Mention: “12 Reasons to Die,” by Ghostface Killah. Manny Being Manny Award: Kanye West No one marches to his own beat quite like Kanye (at least, not since Manny Ramirez was relevant). What a year for ’Ye. He released one of the most controversial albums in recent memory, gave an unforgettable series of ranting interviews and had a child with Kim Kardashian of sex-tape fame. No honorable mention for this one, because only Kanye could pull off a year quite like this. Comeback of the Year: J. Cole Cole’s 2013 was a strong reassertion of his talent after he was widely criticized for selling out on his 2011 album “Cole World.” “Born Sinner” was an impeccable sophomore album that saw Cole explore the full range of his flow and production. He was able to meld mainstream appeal with his trademark lyricism on “Born Sinner,” giving Cole his second gold album. Honorable mention: Eminem. Line of the Year: “I don’t smoke crack motherf***er I sell it!” When Kendrick’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control” was first released, it almost broke the Internet. In calling out some of the biggest names in hip-hop, K-Dot dropped one of the year’s hottest verses and laid his claim to rap royalty. This line was instantaneously memorable and one of the most poignant in a genre shaking verse. Honorable Mention: “Lean all on a square, that’s a f***ing rhombus” from “Smoke Again,”by Chance the Rapper. Song of the Year: “Started from the Bottom” I’m not sure there is a single person under 30 who can’t sing along to the hook on Drake’s lead single to his highly anticipated album “Nothing was the Same.” This song was everywhere. It kicked off the massive hype for Drake’s sophomore album a full seven months before its release. What’s more, the track wasn’t just a radio success — it also featured some of Drake’s best rhymes. Honorable Mention: Chance the Rapper’s “Pusha Man.” Album of the Year: “Acid Rap” As I discussed last week, Chance’s ascendance this year has been unprecedented, and it all began with his highly acclaimed album “Acid Rap.” Chance became a force to be reckoned with this year, as he found his way into the headphones of thousands and asserted himself as rap’s hottest up-and-comer. Honorable Mention: Kanye’s “Yeezus.” 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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takes museum-goers to Venice, and the deep blue color of the gallery’s walls helps highlight the emphasis on water in Sargent’s work. The painter worked frequently in gondolas that travelled the hidden alleys of Venice, and, from his low vantage point, he gives us a sense of the dynamic relationship between flowing water, moving vessels and Venetian architecture. The translucent colors layer to become shades that form the impression of sea and sky. In “Gondolier’s Siesta” (1905), two oarsmen are seen in repose with their ships docked in a quiet canal. Sargent’s depiction of their informal, relaxed poses captures a quiet moment in Venice, which he described as “a sort of fountain of youth.” The following section of the exhibit, “Arab Encounter,” showcases portraits of nomads. In these pieces, Sargent pushes the limit of watercolor technique by combining saturated and undiluted colors. In “Bedouins” (190506), the undiluted blue paint used for the desert nomads’ keffiyehs, a type of headscarf, has a palpable texture that is contrasted with the fluid, transparent brushwork in the background. Sargent’s artistic vision leads to more unexpected perspectives and compositions throughout the rest of the exhibition. In the section “Villa Gardens,” his paintings — rather than presenting a full image of the grandeur of Italian gardens — focus on cropped scenes and details. Another series of works on quarries demonstrates Sargent’s genius
in depicting massive hard stones using fluid watercolors. Sargent’s artistic freedom leads to a great sense of “dolce far niente,” or pleasant idleness, in the section “Portraits Lying Down.” This part of the exhibition shows works of young people, manservants, country girls and others outdoors in reclining poses, drenched in sunlight. These more casual watercolor paintings allow Sargent a vacation from entertaining patrons who commissioned stiff formal portraits. Two pieces of multimedia works highlight the thematic and technical essence of the exhibit. A video at the entrance, accompanied by French composer Maurice Ravel’s solo piano piece “Jeux d’eau” or “Water Games,” introduces Sargent through a collage of his work. The music’s theme is connected to both the medium of the artwork and setting of the Venice section. Towards the end of the exhibition is another video — “Exploring Melon Boats” — that shows artist Monika deVries Gohlke’s attempt to recreate Sargent’s “Melon Boats,” likely satisfying any viewers with lingering questions about the watercolor technique. Yet the artist’s ability to capture fleeting moments remains the most exceptional element in the exhibit. As the wall text for “Sunlight on Stone” reads, “In his best watercolors, Sargent painted what was not there — not the material of structures and sculpture, but the ephemeral dance of shadows and sunlight.” “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” is on display in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (LG31) at the MFA and will run until Jan. 20, 2014.
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Paintings like ‘Bedouins’ highlight Sargent’s contributions to watercolor technique.
Ejiofor , DiCaprio go head-to-head in Best Actor race OSCARS
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up last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook” with “American Hustle,” which is all but guaranteed to bring him further success. Spike Jonze could also receive a nod for “Her” while Alexander Payne may get recognition for his work on “Nebraska.”
Best Actor Last year, the Best Actor race was over as soon as “Lincoln” hit theaters; the award belonged to Daniel Day-Lewis months before the actual ceremonies. This year, the race is decidedly different and much more competitive. Ejiofor will certainly receive a nomination for his work in “12 Years” as will Leonardo DiCaprio for his role as a hardpartying stockbroker in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It would be nice to see DiCaprio — who has, somewhat astonishingly, never won an Oscar — take home the award. It would be difficult, however, to ignore Ejiofor’s moving performance. Tom Hanks received significant praise for “Captain Phillips,” though the buzz has quieted significantly since its initial release. Robert Redford would have a good shot at a nod for “All Is Lost,” but, as he has shown no interest in campaigning for a nomination, it’s increasingly unlikely he’ll score one. Bruce Dern, meanwhile, is the most enthusiastic campaigner of the bunch — and the beloved veteran character actor and star of “Nebraska” is expected to be a nominee this year. Christian Bale of “American Hustle” and Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club” are also contenders. Best Actress Of the four major categories, Best Actress is the only one for which “12 Years a Slave” will not receive a nomination, so the playing field is somewhat different. Cate Blanchett wowed audiences and critics this summer in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” as a high-society woman forced to move in with her working class sister after her money disappears.
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Sandra Bullock will likely compete with Cate Blanchett in the Best Actress category at the 86th Academy Awards. (Interestingly, the well-reviewed movie has done little to put Allen himself in contention for any Oscars this year.) Sandra Bullock, however, delivered a powerhouse performance in “Gravity,” and Emma Thompson’s role in “Saving Mr. Banks” will likely earn her a nomination as well. Amy Adams is also getting critical acclaim for her turn in “American Hustle.” Adams seems to be nominated nearly every year — though she never takes home the prize — and with Blanchett and Bullock’s buzzy performances leading the race, this year should be no different. The Academy should honor Judi Dench’s heartbreaking and lovely work in“Philomena,” though Meryl Streep may steal the spot for her “August: Osage County” performance. If Streep gets the nod, it will be (astoundingly) her 18th Academy Award nomination.
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TDC show displays need for accountability On Saturday, the Tufts Dance Collective’s ( TDC) 9:30 p.m. show was halted by Tufts University Police Department just after intermission as a result of seven alcohol-related medical calls, an unsanitary environment and a few incidents of vandalism. Rumors abounded that TDC would go the way of the Naked Quad Run, Winter Bash and Fall Gala, given the university’s recent undertaking to reformat — or cancel altogether — campus-wide events due to unsafe alcohol abuse. It is time the student body takes responsibility for and recognizes the seriousness of our actions, both individually and collectively. While TDC is as much a Tufts tradition as university-sponsored events like Fall Ball or Winter Bash were, the organization is entirely student operated. It is up to students to set standards and act in a way that reflects positively on both the group and its participants. Students
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Banning Tufts Dance Collective would be a mistake Melanie Goldberg
One of the most liberating, healthy and character-building things that I have learned at Tufts is the ability to balter. To “balter” is to dance gracelessly without particular art or style but perhaps with some enjoyment. Tufts Dance Collective is the ultimate showcase of baltering: an equal opportunity, all-inclusive celebration of movement for the sake of movement. I’ve been fortunate in my time at Tufts to participate in five TDC dances and to choreograph a performance. TDC has been an integral part of my Tufts experience, and I firmly believe that to cancel TDC would be a mistake on behalf of the administration. Nobody is denying that some aspects of TDC must be improved upon; at Saturday’s show, several students became a danger to themselves and to others. However, TDC is worth saving. TDC is one of Tufts’ biggest clubs, attracting hundreds of student dancers from a wide range of interests, activities, and majors. I personally participated in a ski team dance, an ATO dance, a biology majors dance and a wilderness dance. Most of my fellow dancers are people whose paths I might not have otherwise crossed, which is one of the most valuable parts of TDC. The desire to dance foolishly onstage arguably unites more Tufts students any other club or activity. To ban TDC would be to rob Tufts’ community of the two nights a year when hundreds of students come together to make fools of themselves in front of an audience. by
Furthermore, TDC can be a healthy outlet for many people. During a long week of exams and projects, taking an hour or two to break out of Tisch Library and do some cardio at TDC practice can be the best kind of medicine. It’s a unique kind of interruption to the daily grind that few other clubs can provide with the same level of accessibility and minimum stress. Perhaps most importantly, TDC is an activity that, to me, embodies what makes Tufts so great. It is a distinctively Tufts experience in which 500 students — who ordinarily self-segregate in fraternities, activist groups, culture houses, sports teams, pre-orientation programs and interest groups — unite, mingle and make memories. Understandably, TDC can’t continue in the same format given the events of last Saturday, when several students needed medical attention for excessive drinking or injuries. But if the TDC board and the administration work together to adapt TDC’s format and create a culture of responsible behavior, TDC can be salvaged. Perhaps one solution would be to eliminate the mid-game, when dancers leave Cohen auditorium to drink alcohol before the second show, by scheduling the shows back-to-back. Another solution would be to arrange a Friday show and a Saturday show rather than having two shows on the same night; this way, the impetus to binge drink is lessened. Another option could be to host TDC outside this spring on a stage, similar to the format of the O-Show,
which would minimize damage to the new Cohen auditorium. Finally, it is important to understand how we got to this point: Why is binge drinking such a pervasive issue at TDC, and why has it continued to be a problem at other events like Fall Ball and Winter Bash? Unlike big sports schools where Saturday football tailgates provide a weekly excuse for hundreds of students to intermingle and have a good time together, Tufts only hosts a few events a year that unite a sizable portion of the student body. These events, including Fall Gala, Winter Ball, Spring Fling, Homecoming and TDC, inspire binge drinking not because the events themselves are faulty but because students feel pressured to make these events ‘special’ or ‘memorable’ by drinking alcohol or taking drugs. The administration needs to address how to change this attitude rather than just canceling events every year. Perhaps the most widely circulated image from Saturday’s performance is the picture of the last dance to perform mimicking the hand sign of rebellion from the Hunger Games in solidarity with the audience after TUPD shut down the second show. This photo reflects what a special and important event TDC is to hundreds of students — to cancel it would be to eliminate an irreplaceable part of Tufts culture. Melanie Goldberg is a sophomore and has not yet declared a major. She can be reached at Melanie.Goldberg@tufts.edu
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Big surprise: college students who cheat more likely to seek government jobs Katie Wian
In an interesting revelation about the “chicken or the egg” scenario of corruption in government, a study has uncovered that college students who cheat are more likely to be interested in obtaining a government job after graduation. So does political power corrupt people, or is it actually that people who are morally corrupt seek power? The study, produced by Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, focused on hundreds of college students in Bangalore, India. Students were allowed to roll a die privately and were promised more pay for more high numbers rolled. Of course, it’s impossible to say which students actually lied, but it’s safe to guess based on the averages likely to come up in random rolling. The students with suspiciously high numbers of fives or sixes were about 7 percent more likely to want a government job. The study also asserts that, “cheating on this task is also predictive of fraudulent behaviors by real government officials.” Government nurses were also subjected to by
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the dice test, and those who likely cheated were found to be 7 percent more likely to be fraudulently absent from their jobs while still getting paid. Though the dice test isn’t a perfect predictor of who is honest and who isn’t, the correlation is real and extremely telling. Corruption in government is so rampant not because of the nature of government, but the nature of those who take interest in it. It stands to reason that these people who cheated did so because they feel entitled, smarter than those around them and as though they can get away with doing the wrong thing. People like this seek positions of power because they feel that they deserve it and that it is rightly theirs. This is exactly the problem, because government’s focus must remain on helping the public. Unfortunately, more people who are out to help themselves are wanting these jobs and taking them from those who are truly altruistic and just. According to Emily Reyes of the Los Angeles Times, the results suggest “that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into
government work in the first place.” For instance, “if people have the view that jobs in government are corrupt, people who are honest might not want to get into that system,” said Rema Hanna, an associate professor at Harvard. So, not only are dishonest people seeking power, but they may also be discouraging trustworthy people from entering the system and making muchneeded changes that are in the best interest of constituents. Transparency International conducts a worldwide ranking of governmental corruption each year. Countries are ranked from 1-100, with 100 being perfectly clean and 1 being totally corrupt. In 2012, India, the focus of this study, earned a dreadful 36, so clearly this is a particular problem for them. The U.S. received a respectable 73, so while we’re certainly not the worst, we’re also far from the best. The only way the U.S. can improve upon national transparency and, by extension, become a better place to live for its citizens is to recruit good people to run the country and oust those leaders who are undeserving of their power.
Lenin falls, again, in Kiev
undreds of thousands of protesters fill the streets, demanding the ouster of the old regime. A rope is attached around the neck of a statue of Lenin, the figurehead of communism in Russia. After taking a few tugs, the statue topples off its pedestal — protesters take hammers to Lenin’s head, smashing it to pieces. This happened in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday night. Though the images bring to mind scenes from 20 years ago, authoritarian regimes are still very much alive in numerous post-Soviet states. Though communism and Lenin have long faded from prominence, pockets of Soviet power remain throughout Eastern Europe. The protests in Kiev display Ukraine’s struggle to break free from this past. Ukraine is led by President Viktor F. Yanukovich — who won in an election fraught with voter fraud. Though Yanukovich has been in power since 2010, the Ukrainian political scene has challenged his legitimacy for years, stretching back to the “Orange Revolution” of 2004. Two major spheres of influence exist in Europe. To the west lies the European Union — 28 states that include Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and even smaller postSoviet states like Romania and Slovakia. To the east lies Russia — the center of communist authority until its collapse in the early 1990s, and still the most influential and powerful state in the region. Both politically and geographically, Ukraine is sandwiched between these two realms. On one side, free trade reigns, with (mostly) democratic systems of government and human rights protection. On the other, Russia and its oligarchs control a much more protected economy and a political system that has been slow to progress since the fall of the USSR. Relations with the European Union began in the early 1990s, when Ukraine sought the political and economic protection the alliance offered. Despite numerous attempts and several different governments, progress has been incredibly slow. Though joining the European Union is a huge foreign policy undertaking for any government, it remains especially tough for Ukraine because of Russia’s influence. Like most of its neighbors, Ukraine gets the vast majority of its oil and energy from resource-rich Russia. Without Russia, energy prices in Ukraine would skyrocket, likely causing an economic slowdown and unhappy citizenry. Without Ukraine, Russia would lose billions in oil revenue and a powerful trade partner. Thus, Russia has a huge stake in Ukraine’s relations with the European Union. Though actually becoming a member appears to be off the table for now, President Yanukovich has been in talks with the European Union for over a year to create a free trade zone between the two powers. This would allow both goods and people to move freely over the EU border and set the stage for further negotiations in the long term. This agreement appeared to be a done deal until Russia started a trade war with Ukraine over Ukrainian chocolates, banning their import for over five months. Though the embargo has since been lifted, Putin has made his influence known and given Ukraine a choice: Russia or the European Union. It cannot have both. Yanukovich backed off from talks with EU and their trade agreement is now up in the air. In Kiev, however, hundreds of thousands of people have made their choice already, toppling symbols of Russian power and proclaiming that they will not stand for a Russian-backed government. Though the scenes on the streets of Kiev might not have been quite as crazy as what transpired at the 9:30 p.m. TDC show, they show that Ukraine is ready for change. Whether the government accepts that change — and whether it does so willingly — is yet to be seen.
Walt Laws-MacDonald is a junior majoring in quantitative economics. He can be reached at Walt.Laws_MacDonald@ tufts.edu.
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“It’s not an energy thing,” senior tricaptain forward Andrew Dowton said. “I think early in the season we had a little trouble with that. We’ve worked that out. It’s more a focus thing now.” The Jumbos are still working to adjust as they play with an altered lineup due to injuries. Sophomore big-man Tom Palleschi was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta in the preseason and can no longer play basketball; junior guard Ben Ferris, the team’s leading scorer last year, has yet to play this season due to a stress fracture in his hip; sophomore guard Stephen Haladyna has missed the last three games with mononucleosis; and sophomore forward Brian Kilgore, who saw limited playing time, is out with a torn meniscus. Coach Bob Sheldon said Ferris will be cleared to play Dec. 15 and Haladyna will be cleared on Dec. 20. “We’ve had the injuries, [so] it’s been a learning process from Nov. 1 on,” Sheldon said. “We’re getting better as a team. We’re gonna play [tomorrow], and then everybody’s healthy for January and we’ll hopefully make a run next semester.” The injuries have meant big responsibility for some freshmen, including center Hunter Sabety. The 6-foot-8 big man from Oceanside, N.Y. has shown tremendous upside and remains a work in progress. “We’re throwing a lot at him,” Sheldon said. “He was doing some things [in high school] that he can’t do here. So he’s just got to learn how to play hard all the time. He’s gonna be really good.” Like every NCAA team, the Jumbos are also adapting to new rules that discourage hand-checking and have resulted in more whistles across the country. On Sunday, Tufts found itself in a bind when Sabety and freshman forward Drew Madsen each had four fouls early in the second half. “I think it’s definitely a change,” Dowton said. “Everyone’s played the game for however many years being able to ride people a little bit, put your hands on them a little bit. Now, it’s the cliche: Play defense with your feet. Now, you really have to do that and keep your hands off.” In both games this past weekend, a long-range shooter gave the Jumbos fits. On Saturday, it was Salem State junior guard Bryan Ortiz. On Sunday, in the consolation game, it was Brandeis senior guard Gabriel Moton, a transfer from Boston College. “It’s a focus thing,” Dowton said. “We had the scouting report on Ortiz, we know he’s a big shot-taker and that he’s gonna look to have the ball in his hands. A lot of those shots were open ones, or ones where we had a guy [there] and just didn’t have a hand [up]. “Same thing with Moton,” Dowton continued. “A couple of his threes late
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Senior forward Tommy Folliard led Tufts offensively this past weekend with 37 points in two games in the New England Big 4 Challenge, on his way to being name to the All-Tournament team. were open ones off of swings. It’s not enough to just be there. You’ve got to be up in a guy’s stuff to make sure he’s not getting a good shot.” Moton shot the lights out against the Jumbos. He had 29 points, including 21 in the second half, and made 7-of-8 threepointers and 8-of-8 free throws. The Jumbos entered the locker room against the Judges leading 46-43, but they went cold in the final 20 minutes. After shooting 54.5 percent in the first half, they shot 39.3 percent in the second. The Judges, on the other hand, peaked at the right time. In the first half they shot 36.1 percent; in the second half they shot 61.9 percent and made seven of 10 threes. Ultimately, Brandeis increased its lead and won 90-82. “I think we can score, but we can’t [afford to] give up 90,” Sheldon said. “Part of the big thing is, Ben [Ferris] is a great defender, Tommy Palleschi’s a big talker. We haven’t replaced those two guys yet on defense. We [have to] keep working for that. It’s gonna come.” Saturday was similarly frustrating for the Jumbos, who jumped out to an 11-2 lead against Salem State and controlled the pace throughout the first half. At halftime their advantage was 47-36, with senior forward Tommy Folliard hitting 5-of-7 first-half shots for 12 points and sophomore guard Ryan Spadaford converting 6-of-7 first-half free throws for 11 points. But the Vikings refused to fade away
in the second half. The Jumbos’ lead hovered around five points until the 10-minute mark, when Ortiz hit a pair of threes and teammate junior Jon Perez hit a third. With 8:51 remaining, the Vikings took their first lead of the game, 65-64. For every shot Tufts hit, Ortiz had an answer. With his team trailing 76-70, Ortiz nailed back-to-back three-pointers to tie it with 3:40 to go. Neither team made a field goal for the remainder of the game. With under a minute to play, Perez hit a pair of free throws to give the Vikings an 80-77 edge, and then, down 80-78 at the 14-second mark, the Jumbos called timeout. Freshman guard Tarik Smith ran a pick-and-roll with Sabety, who streaked toward the basket. Smith lobbed an alleyoop in Sabety’s direction, but Sabety was well-guarded and the Vikings came down with the ball. Firempong was forced to foul Vikings senior Robert Morin with three seconds left. Morin made the first shot and missed the second, and Sabety grabbed the rebound and passed it to Firempong. Needing a three to send it into overtime, Firempong pulled up several feet behind the arc. His contested shot came up short. The Jumbos have now lost three straight games after winning five of their first six. They host Plymouth State tomorrow at 7 p.m. — their last game until Jan. 4. The team resumes practice on Dec. 30.
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fourth-place finish in the grueling 1650 freestyle and freshman Amanda Gottschalk’s sixth place finish in 400 individual medley. Sophomore Laura Cui also dropped around five seconds in her 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke, a significant improvement in those events. The teams’ divers, who hadn’t lost a single diving event this entire season, saw their undefeated streak broken this weekend against much tougher competition. Senior Sami Bloom took sixth in the one-meter event and eighth in the three-meter, while teammate freshman Kylie Reiman finished eighth in the one-meter and 10th in the three-meter. The results are not necessarily ominous, though. In both events, the top five finishes were claimed by divers from Harvard, so relative to the other teams in their division, Tufts still did well. Next for the team is its annual winter training trip to Florida, where they look to continue improving and spring
into the second half of their season healthy, in shape and ready for their first win. “We are really going to need to be disciplined about swimming every day over break and keep up with our lift regiment, as well,” Hu said. “The whole team has made so much progress in the last five weeks and the girls know we can’t get out of shape over the holidays if we want to swim fast and achieve our goals at the end of the season.” With this training regimen, many of the swimmers are confident that they’ll be able to develop their endurance and catch up to the level of training that many other programs have had. “Once we return from our training trip over winter break, I think we’ll be in a great position for fast swimming in the second half of the season,” Sliwinski said. The next time women’s swimming and diving competes, they will be looking to defend their home pool and take revenge against MIT on Jan. 18.
It’s all about me
nine-yard first down run becomes “The Cam Newton Show.” A dunk in the middle of the second quarter is a chance to give a menacing stare into the crowd. Batting a first-and-ten pass away in the secondary gives you a right to wave your hands and do a little dance. There’s a culture in sports — the “me” culture. Every play, every down, every point is a chance for athletes to celebrate and draw attention to themselves. It’s as if they were the only one in the play. The offensive line didn’t give Newton the time he needed to scramble. The wide receivers didn’t set up crucial blocks downfield. No — it was all about Newton getting to do his trademark celebration so that he can make sure all the eyes are on him. Every player has a right to express themselves how they choose; however, I can choose how I perceive and react to it as well. And my perception is that the winners and losers both share common characteristics. Derek Jeter, Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, just to name a few, are “team guys.” You’ll rarely hear them use the words “I” or “me.” It’s always “we,” “the team” or some variation of these when describing the events that happen on the field. A leader adopts this attitude of putting the organization in front of themselves. They assume the responsibility for the bad and redirect that for the good. At the beginning of the season when Brady’s numbers were bad, it was never, in his words, the receiver’s fault. It was that he wasn’t making the passes and he wasn’t grooming the players properly to be in a position to win games. Now, with the offense rolling, it’s that the receivers have developed and are making the plays, not that he finally has people catching his passes. The blame was assumed and the praise deflected. It’s not all that surprising that so many players elect to congratulate themselves because the fans and media have created this situation. We feed their egos. From a young age, the star athletes are told how great they are. Scouting services give them four and five star ratings, raving about their abilities. College coaches court them around campus offering them everything they legally (and sometimes illegally) can, giving them the impression that they’re above the others. They’re given awards and flown across the country in first class for games. They’re drafted in the first round, given millions of dollars at a young age, and treated as superhuman. Does the mediaappointed nickname “Super Man” for Newton ring a bell? If you tell someone that they’re special enough times, those who aren’t mentally strong enough will come to believe and act on it. It is again not surprising to see that those who put the team first were often snubbed across their careers. Brady was a backup for some time at Michigan and drafted in the sixth round. Wilson was told he was too small to succeed in the NFL. Jeter hailed from a small Michigan town called Kalamazoo. Athletes with something to prove will play like it. It doesn’t matter how much success they achieve, there’s always a chip on their shoulders. Those who are constantly told that they’re better than the rest will play like it too. Success will get in their heads and inhibit them from more in the future. It’s time for these players to grow up. Their actions are immature and once this attitude stops, the winning will start. As Coach Casey once told me in a conversation, “Everyone is replaceable.” Someday, these players will be the ones replaced too, and maybe then they’ll realize that the game doesn’t revolve around them. Until this attitude is cleaned up, to the players — you’re sacked!
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Although they did not win the MIT Invitational last weekend, strong performances helped the Jumbos to a fourth place finish.
Jordan Bean is a sophomore majoring in economics. He can be reached at Jordan. Bean@tufts.edu.
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Colby on Saturday before losing 8-4 to Bowdoin on Sunday. The eight goals allowed against Bowdoin were a season high, as the team had not allowed more than six goals in a game all season until this point. The loss to Bowdoin dropped Tufts to 2-7 this year. The Jumbos started the game well, earning an early 1-0 lead from an even-strength goal by sophomore Brian Ouellette in the first period. The Polar Bears and Jumbos then traded goals several times to even the score at 2-2 just under six minutes into the second period, but Tufts once again jumped out to the lead on an unassisted goal from freshman Conal Lynch just past the seven-minute mark. But Bowdoin’s offense would prove too much to stave off. The Polar Bears scored five times in the second period and ended the game with an incredible 47 shots on goal. Freshman forward Mike Leary
had the only multi-point game for the Jumbos, finishing with two assists. For Tufts, the unaccomplished objective of the game was to limit Bowdoin’s offense by controlling the pace and keeping Bowdoin on their own half of the ice. “Bowdoin always has a lot of offensive talent,” junior cocaptain Blake Edwards said. “Because of that, we never want to get into high scoring games the way we did on Saturday. Our game plan against them is always to limit their chances and slow down their offense, but unfortunately we were unable to do that this weekend.” The previous day, the Jumbos defeated Colby on the road by a score of 5-2, earning the team’s first NESCAC win and second win this season. After allowing Colby to tie the game 2-2 with 32.5 seconds left in the second period, Tufts scored three goals in a nine minute span during the third period to stretch its lead to 5-2. The biggest performance of the game came from junior Tyler Voigt, who netted two goals and added an assist for a three point game. Voigt, however, is still focused on the team’s collective play. “I feel pretty good. I was glad I was able to help the team get its first NESCAC win this season,” he said. “Hopefully, I can continue to help the team win.” Voigt also credited his linemates, Lynch and sophomore Stewart Bell, for putting him in a position to be successful. “My linemates and I have just started playing together recently,” Voigt said. “We seem
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A weekend split gave the Jumbos their first NESCAC win heading into winter break. to make a lot of plays, and on top of that we all work hard every shift. We feed off of each other’s energy. We also like to keep things simple and grind in the corners.” Voigt’s line combined for six points in the win over Colby. This weekend was the team’s last weekend of competition until after an extended winter break. According to Voigt, the most important part of the season will be the weeks coming back from break. “We hope to continue winning and we hope that we are playing our best hockey dur-
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“We didn’t shoot the ball very well in the Fitchburg State game [on Dec. 5], and it carried over into the first half of this game,” Berube said. But the second half was a completely different story. The Jumbos came into the final 20 minutes hot, going on a 9-2 run and taking the lead with 14:33 left on the clock, their first lead since 10:21 in the first half. Tufts outscored Conn. College 44-19 in the second half, a return led by senior tri-captain Liz Moynihan’s 11 points, junior guard Kelsey Morehead’s nine points and Foley’s six points. Tufts also shot 52 percent from the field, and were 6-of-10 from beyond the arc in the game’s second stanza. Morehead, who played all 40 minutes of the game, was 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point line, and Moynihan was a perfect 3-of-3 from threepoint range. But Berube attributed much of the comeback to what happened on the other end of the floor. “We played much tighter defense in the second half. We made it much harder for them in their scoring opportunities,” she said. “When our shots aren’t falling, that’s one thing, but we can always control our defense, so when [our opponents] get into streaks of scoring we just need to pick it up on our
defensive end,” Foley added. The Jumbos’ resilience was best displayed by a single possession that came with approximately 12 minutes left in the game. Tufts grabbed five consecutive offensive rebounds, and then converted a three-point attempt, exciting the crowd. Tufts also held Conn. College to just 9-of-27 shooting from the field in the second half en route to its 19-point victory. “This is our last game before a big break and we wanted to go on the break on a good note knowing that we played a great game of Jumbo basketball,” Foley said. This was also the first game for the Jumbos against a NESCAC opponent, and although it was not a conference game, it was especially significant for the team. “[Conn. College] is a very good team. It wasn’t like we were just playing terrible basketball [in the first half]. They’re good and they’re going to do some damage in the NESCAC for sure,” Berube said. The Jumbos resume their season at Hartwick College on Dec. 30, and the team remains confident that its unbeaten run can continue. “I love the team. There’s so much talent, but there’s so much more,” Moynihan said. “[Every player] really cares, and you can tell the drive ... is what is really going to take us far. We’re a talented team, but we’re also a team that really cares.”
ing February, so that we can continue that momentum into playoffs,” Voigt said. “Break will be nice, we will all be able to see friends and family, but we are also expected to work hard over break. We report back to campus on Dec. 30 and start practicing again as a team, as well as get a couple non-conference games under our belts before resuming NESCAC play.” The team will resume competition on Jan. 4 and 5 at the Codfish Bowl at UMass Boston. According to Edwards, the Jumbos need to continue play-
ing hockey at the high level they have been playing all season with special emphasis on close games. “We are not disappointed with our season so far, but we are far from satisfied,” he said. “We don’t feel like our record reflects the way we’ve been playing. We’ve had a few onegoal games that could have gone either way. However, in order for us to be where we want to at the end of the year, we need to find a way to win those games. That is what will [change] us from being an average team to being a good team.”
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the 800 freestyle relay. The “B” group finished fifth. Sophomore Michael Winget, who swam the 800 relay with the “A” group and placed fifth in the 200 backstroke, was most impressed by the teamwork Tufts exhibited. “The relays were my most memorable highlights because everyone really stepped up and performed,” Winget said. The Jumbos also raced well in the 400 freestyle relay, with the “A” group finishing fifth and the “B” group taking seventh place. Senior tri-captain Johann Schmidt and freshman Matthew Rohrer continued their excellent diving seasons with strong performances off the boards. Schmidt was second in both the one-meter and three-meter events, while his freshman teammate finished fifth and fourth, respectively. Schmidt was proud of the team’s third place finish and saw several teammates step up to produce their best races of the season. “The whole weekend was amazing,” Schmidt said. “We had a number of guys go [for] best times or close to their best times in many events. In my four years, I have never seen such a suc-
cessful meet from so many guys.” With the first half of their season complete, the Jumbos enter a fiveweek training period, which includes a two-week training session involving two practices each day, in addition to dry-land conditioning workouts. This trip will allow the team to get to know each other better and come together as a unit. Hoyt was pleased with the way his team ended the semester and believes its success will carry over into the next phase of the season. “Our hope is that some great performances this past weekend can be used as motivation to train smart, stay healthy and stay focused as we move into winter break, which is a critical part of our season,” Hoyt said. The Jumbos will kick off the second semester with a home meet against MIT on Jan. 18. Though MIT — one of the top teams in Div. III — figures to pose a serious challenge, Winget believes Tufts will hit the ground running. “I think we are in a great position to do great things,” Winget said. “The team is working really hard, and we will continue to work hard next semester. We have put ourselves in a position to succeed.”
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Jumbos finish fourth at Big 4 Challenge by
Tufts lost both its games in the fifth annual New England Big 4 Challenge at Cousens Gym this past weekend, falling
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to Salem State on Saturday before losing to Brandeis in the consolation game on Sunday. Babson went on to beat Salem State 101-87 on Sunday afternoon to capture its first Big 4 title. The Jumbos finished the weekend with a 5-4 record on the season and a sour taste in their mouths. They led for almost the entire game against Salem State before the Vikings made a late push, and a lastsecond three-pointer by senior tri-captain guard Kwame Firempong hit the front rim to conclude an 81-78 defeat. Then, against Brandeis, Tufts again squandered a halftime edge. The Judges pulled away in the final minutes to win 90-82. It was a frustrating weekend for a team looking to head into the holiday break with some momentum. The players believe they need to increase their level of focus going forward. see MEN’S BASKETBALL, page 13
The women’s basketball team continued its hot start to the year by recording its sixth straight double-digit win, with a 63-44 victory
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over Connecticut College this past weekend. The Jumbos moved to 8-0 for the season, with the Camels falling to 4-4. But the win, which came against a conference opponent but will not count in the NESCAC standings, was hardly a cakewalk. After two initial baskets that tied the game at 2-2, Conn. College connected on three consecutive baskets to give them a 9-6 lead five minutes into the game. Then the Camels proceeded to go on a 14-8 run to lead by nine points, 23-14, their biggest lead of the game. With 4:41 left in the half, Tufts coach Carla Berube called for a timeout. Afterwards, junior guard Hannah Foley scored a three-point shot, igniting a Jumbos offense that cut the deficit to six at half time. This would be the first time in eight games that the Jumbos trailed at the half, and their worst first half shooting percentage of the whole season. They shot just 26.7 percent from the field in the first half compared to the Camels, who shot 47.6 percent. The Camels had also outrebounded the Jumbos 19-16, although the Jumbos’ eight offensive rebounds kept the score close going into halftime. see WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, page 15
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Senior forward Liz Moynihan’s three three-pointers in the second half helped catapult the Jumbos to a 63-44 win over Conn. College.
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The Tufts men’s swimming and diving team took home third place at the MIT Invitational thanks to strong performances in the 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.
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Several Jumbos, including freshman William Metcalfe and junior Justin Choi, turned in the best races of their careers as the men’s swimming and diving team finished third out of eight at the MIT Winter Invitational this weekend. Tufts totaled 607 points, behind only MIT’s
1,322.5 and Keene State’s 980.5. “This weekend we had one of our best team performances at the MIT Invitational since we began attending this meet in 2008,” coach Adam Hoyt said. “We also had some guys swimming lifetime bests, which was a great indicator that they were focused and have been training well.” Tufts’ best event was the
200 butterfly, which was won by sophomore Anthony DeBenedetto with a time of 1:54.50. Metcalfe finished fourth at 1:55.88, and freshman Gus Simms placed ninth. Metcalfe also got fifth place in the 100 butterfly with a 50.82 time, and DeBenedetto helped the “A” group come in fourth at see MEN’S SWIMMING, page 15
In the final event of its fall half of the season, the women’s swimming and diving team took fourth place at the MIT Winter Invitational this Friday and Saturday. Swimming in Cambridge against a field of teams from various divisions, the Jumbos finished with a score of 414 — behind MIT, Harvard and Wellesley, but beating out Wheaton College and NESCAC rivals Bowdoin, Colby and Wesleyan. Host MIT dominated the meet, racking up 1208.5 points. Following them was Harvard with 676.5 points, Wellesley with 657 points and then Tufts, which posted a 90-point margin over fifthplace Wheaton’s 324 points. The other NESCAC schools, Bowdoin, Colby and Wesleyan, finished with 250, 206 and 31 points, respectively. Though Tufts did not win any of the events over the two-day meet, the team was nevertheless pleased with its performance. “We posted some great times for this point in the season, especially considering how busy everyone has been as we approach the end of the semester,” junior Sam Sliwinski said. “We placed first amongst the teams in our conference, so that was an exciting finish.”
Sliwinski contributed to the team effort with a fourthplace finish in the 100 freestyle, one of Tufts’ highest finishes in the meet, posting a time of 53.64 seconds. She also swam in the team’s 400 freestyle relay, which took sixth, along with junior Keri Golembeski, freshman Sophia Lin and junior Laura Schrier, and on the 200 freestyle relay “A” squad, which also took sixth, along with junior Kathryn Coniglio, senior Jenny Hu and Lin. “There was incredible energy on the pool in the last session and there were always people cheering at the end of the lane,” Hu said. “I think it was a much-needed confidence boost for the team — so many girls had great performances and it shows that what we are doing in practice and in lifts is working.” Securing the Jumbos’ best finish of the entire competition, Hu took third place in her signature event, the 200 breaststroke, with a 2:26.43. The time was only 0.16 seconds off her fastest time in the event this season, which won her first place against Wellesley last week. Other strong performances for Tufts included sophomore Sarah Mahoney’s see WOMEN’S SWIMMING, page 13