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THE TUFTS DAILY

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Wednesday, march 12, 2014

VOLUME LXVII, NUMBER 34

Where You Read It First Est. 1980

Senate creates fund for Sultana discusses intersection extracurricular fees of water, gender, citizenship by

Kathleen Schmidt

Daily Editorial Board

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed a resolution on Sunday to create a $5,000 fund to assist students, who are on financial aid and in TCU-recognized organizations, with the cost of off-campus excursions. When student organizations attend conferences or competitions currently, TCU subsidizes part of the cost, but requires all participating members pay between $50 and $100, according to TCU Treasurer Adam Kochman, a sophomore. The Senate regularly evaluates groups, and their events, to determine how much monetary support they receive, according to TCU President Joe Thibodeau. “The costs are food, lodging, transportation and registration for a conference,” Thibodeau, a senior, said. “In light of all those factors, our allocations board will hear a group’s request and from there will tabulate a personal contributions number, looking at [the] big picture of the conference, who’s going [and] what the costs are.” The personal contributions have been necessary to encourage groups to invest in their event,

and in order for the Senate to cover the large number of groups and events that request funding, according to Thibodeau. But some students have difficulty affording this contribution, Thibodeau said. “The reality is that there are students at Tufts who can totally pay that personal contribution and there are students who can’t,” he said. “Though it’s been with the best intentions and it’s been following procedure, it can be an economic barrier that stands in the way of people fully participating in their student activities which are such an integral part of the student experience at Tufts.” Kochman explained that the Senate created this fund to help alleviate some students’ financial burden. Only students who are Tufts grant recipients, as part of their financial aid package will be eligible for this fund. According to the resolution, The Office of Student Affairs allocates these grants. Around 40 percent of the student body will meet eligibility requirements, according to Thibodeau. “When we created this fund ... we recognized that there are students who are in need, but who aren’t on financial aid,” he see FUNDING, page 2

Engineering professor launches app contest by

Daniel Bottino

Daily Editorial Board

Tufts University, in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), launched a software application contest, encouraging students to develop products that deal with world problems, like hunger and clean energy. The program was created by Karen Panetta, an IEEE fellow and associate dean of graduate education at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. According to Panetta, the contest is part of an IEEE program called AppE-Feat. The program’s website, explains that App-E-Feat attempts to place engineers with non-profit organizations seeking to create apps that benefit humanity. Panetta explained that she was inspired to create the contest after listening to President Bill Clinton speak about his work aiding Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She said she was intrigued by the Haitian’s use of cellphones during that period. “After the devastation in Haiti, people were using mobile apps to find out where the most damage was, [to] find out if loved

ones were okay [and] where the nearest doctor was,” she said. The success of mobile apps in Haiti demonstrated to Panetta the potential usefulness of developing specialized mobile phone applications. She explained that these apps could allow organizations to address real-world problems in a simple and effective way. “Why not get these organizations to put in their needs and go ahead and match engineers and anybody who wants to write an app for an organization that doesn’t have any technology savvy people onboard but knows they need help,” she said. Chris McManes, the marketing communications and public relations coordinator of IEEE-USA explained that the use of technology to benefit humanity is a major goal of his, and of the Institute. He said that the applications produced through the contest would be beneficial because of the widespread use of cell phones throughout the world. “We think the contest is a way for people to use modern technology to help less fortunate people,” he said. see SOFTWARE, page 2

by Justin

Rheingold

Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor of Geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs spoke yesterday about the importance of gender and class issues when developing water infrastructure. Department of Political Science Lecturer Nancy Gleason introduced Sultana and explained the significance of the multidisciplinary event. The event fell between last week’s International Women’s Day and next week’s World Water Day, which Sultana said was perfect timing. As a geologist, geographer and academic, Sultana has approached issues from an interdisciplinary perspective herself. “Complex issues require complex analysis,” she said. “These kinds of multidisciplinary situations and understandings are really important given the crises we’re seeing globally — whether it’s financial, environmental or political — and we can’t really make sense of a lot of the issues that are going on if we’re still using old tools.” This approach is especially important when considering issues of water access, particularly in the developing world, Sultana explained. “Water complicates social processes,” she said. “I think it Daily Editorial Board

Caroline Geiling / The Tufts Daily

Syracuse University Professor Farhana Sultana discusses the links between water, gender and citizenship during a guest lecture in Alumnae Lounge yesterday. kind of seeps through everything, the social, the economic, the political, the ecological, technological, cultural and spiritual [aspects of life]. Water is the lens through which

I understand social processes and the complex treatment of the environmental actions.” Despite water’s critical see WATER, page 2

Caroline Geiling / The Tufts Daily

Tufts students cheer for the women’s basketball team during their March 8 game against the University of New England. The Jumbos advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. Their next game is at home against Castleton State College on March 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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Today’s sections

Tufts Labor Coalition pushes to make unionization better understood on campus.

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ fails to live up to any expectations.

see FEATURES, page 3

see ARTS, page 5

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