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VOLUME LXV, NUMBER 40
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Strategic planning process concludes first phase by Jenna
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The Joey shuttle will now transport students to the Stop & Shop supermarket in Fellsway Plaza every Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Stop & Shop offers new Joey shuttle to market by
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The Joey shuttle yesterday debuted a new route to the Stop & Shop supermarket in Fellsway Plaza to provide students with an easy and affordable option for buying groceries. Funded by Stop & Shop, the free service will run every Wednesday and Thursday, leaving from the upper patio of the Mayer Campus Center at 7:45 p.m. and bringing students back by 9:45 p.m., according
to Chair of the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate Services Committee Christie Maciejewski, a junior. Fellsway Plaza, which is approximately 10 minutes away from the Medford/Somerville campus, also offers a number of other stores and restaurants, including Chipotle, CVS, Men’s Wearhouse, Off Broadway Shoes and Outback Steakhouse. The Senate Services Committee last month came up with the idea to see JOEY, page 2
The administration this month released the Prelude to the Strategic Plan in an effort to further engage the Tufts community in the university-wide strategic planning initiative that launched last October, Tufts: The Next 10 Years (T10). The 40-page prelude document outlines the findings of seven working groups, four core committees and a steering committee during the first phase of the T10 process and will be used to draft the final 10-year strategic plan by November. The prelude primarily serves as a guide for soliciting community feedback and invites students, faculty and staff to complete surveys after reading each section, according to Associate Provost for Academic Planning LouAnn Westall. “What will be important as we move forward in the process with getting community input and working with our steering committee is how we are going to prioritize those initiatives, or things that bubbled up to be very, very important,” she said. Discussions throughout the T10 process have centered on key areas affecting the university like teaching and learning, research and scholarship, impact on society and enabling services, technologies and resources, Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris said. He emphasized that Tufts is relatively young as a research institution and that it is crucial to develop a strategic plan to determine where to invest the university’s resources during a challenging time in higher education. “It’s really important at this point to sort of take stock and say, ‘As these different parts are maturing, and as they’ve been changing, what can we collectively do?’” Harris said.
Alongside the prelude’s observations about the student experience and the need to foster active learning in classrooms, Harris highlighted the section on diversity and inclusion. “As our pride increases, as the quality of [a Tufts education] goes up, so does our obligation to make sure that this is not just something for the wealthy ... That’s where financial aid comes in,” he said. The prelude also proposes a new mission statement that stresses that Tufts is a student-centered institution with a commitment to knowledge, inclusion, innovation and impact. This revised mission statement, about 10 percent of the length of Tufts’ current page-long mission, will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval along with the final strategic plan, according to Harris. “[ The new mission statement] is really a synthesis of the key messages of what Tufts is,” Westall said. “It’s much more succinct.” The process leading up to the creation of the prelude involved preparing 10-page reports in specialized working groups, according to Anjuli Branz, a senior on the Active Citizenship and Public Service Working Group. Her group focused on defining active citizenship and how to connect the various public service projects across campus, she said. “What was so great about being on the working group also was being able to hear from professors at all the different schools about what they’re doing, and I really had no idea before I interacted with them that they were doing such awesome work,” Branz said. Senior Yulia Korovikov, a student representative on the Teaching and Learning see STRATEGIC PLAN, page 2
Weber discusses gorilla conservation in Rwanda by Smriti
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Bill Weber, senior conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and cofounder of the Mountain Gorilla Project in Rwanda, last night discussed the lessons he has learned through his work preserving gorilla habitats in Central Africa. Weber’s presentation, titled “Gorillas and Elephants, People and Parks: Lessons in Conservation and Conflict from Central Africa,” was held in the Cabot Intercultural Center. The event was sponsored by the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy’s (CIERP) Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Weber’s work in international conservation primarily focuses on the human aspects of conservation. According to Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Environmental Policy Charles Chester, who organized the event, Weber has the unique ability to understand and clearly explain the tension between human needs and conserving biodiversity. “Bill combines a passion for wildlife with an understanding of what it takes to ensure that wildlife can survive in areas where the human need and right to basic resources is intense,” Chester said. “There are too few
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International conservationist Bill Weber last night discussed the lessons he has learned about the tension between human needs and conserving biodiversity through his work with gorillas in Rwanda. individuals who can speak on how to resolve this tension, and Bill Weber is one of those precious few.” Weber told the audience the story of the founding of Mountain Gorilla Project, which he created with his wife, biologist and
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gorilla expert Amy Vedder, in the late 1970s. Throughout his talk, Weber highlighted the many lessons he learned from the challenges and successes he experienced in creating and developing the project. The Mountain Gorilla Project is an eco-
tourism venture designed to attract visitors to visit free-ranging mountain gorillas in order to financially support the preservation of gorilla habitats. The project also works to see WEBER, page 2
Learn the real story behind Alex’s Place on the Tich rooftop.
Students learn from professionals behindthe-scenes while working on “Old Guy.”
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introduce a service to bus students to a nearby grocery store. Maciejewski and freshman Senator Brian Tesser led the project, according to Tesser. Tesser explained that, since there are not many supermarkets within walking distance of campus, buying groceries is often an expensive and inconvenient task. “There are a lot of students living off campus who need to buy groceries, and there are a lot of students on campus that go to buy groceries for their dorms,” Tesser said. “We realize there is no convenient and affordable outlet to do that for students, so we looked into the potential of getting a shuttle to a supermarket.” The new Joey route will be free both to students and members of the Tufts community, as Stop & Shop will provide the service to and from campus in order to boost revenue for their store, Tesser said. “Stop & Shop reached out to [Joseph’s Transportation], who then reached out to Tufts, and when we came up with the same idea, it kind of all meshed together,” he said. Maciejewski reflected on her personal struggle with buying groceries without the aid of a Joey route. “It’s hard to go grocery shopping taking the
T, especially,” she said. “It’s just so hard to carry your groceries back home, especially if you are getting a lot of heavier items.” Food shopping can be particularly difficult as an underclassman without a car, Tesser added. “Every time I’ve gone grocery shopping, I’ve taken the T to Alewife, walked half a mile, then come back,” he said. Easy access to a supermarket like Stop & Shop also provides a healthier alternative to what has previously been available to students, Maciejewski said. “I’m sure a lot of students take the Joey to go to CVS and pick up some stuff there because there is no real supermarket that anyone can get to without a car or walking pretty far,” she said. “I hope it will encourage healthier eating styles for people and access to better food.” Since the service currently exists in its trial stages, more days and times may be offered in the future, Maciejewski said, adding that the shuttle will continue to run as long as Stop & Shop pays for the service. “Hopefully a lot of people try it out to show that they are interested, and hopefully it will continue all of next year and the year after and continue on,” she said. “We’re not paying, so we don’t have total control, but if enough Tufts students [take the bus], it should last indefinitely.”
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Funded by Stop & Shop, the new route will continue as long as the supermarket pays for the service.
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Police briefs ‘Pineapple Express’ The Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) on March 14 at 11:47 p.m. dispatched officers to Tilton Hall on the report of the odor of burning marijuana. Police located the room that the smell was coming from and knocked on the door. Moments later, a student opened the door. Officers observed six people inside the room, a grinder on the desk, a vaporizer and a window fan in exhaust position trying to blow the smell out of the room. All items were confiscated and put in an evidence locker. The students were
reported to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.
Flash grenade TUPD officers on March 15 sometime after 3 p.m. received a call about a man walking down Professors Row near Packard Avenue. A female staff member had been walking toward the man when he exposed his genitals to her. Police received a description of the suspect and located him further down Professors Row. The man was arrested. — compiled by Jenna Buckle
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raise awareness among Rwandans of the importance of animal conservation. In its early days, the project successfully increased rates of tourism in Rwanda and generated strong community awareness of and support for national parks and conservation land, Weber explained. “Things were looking very good with an increase in gorilla populations and two-thirds of the local residents supporting the continued maintenance of the national park for watershed values and other community and national benefits from tourism,” Weber said. “Things looked great in Rwanda with our multidisciplinary approach with Amy as a biologist and myself as more of a social scientist looking at the people’s side of things, and money coming into the system and the national parks having political and public support.” During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, however, much of the country’s national park lands were razed and the project witnessed disastrous loss, Weber said. Ten years later, Weber returned with the support of locals to help rebuild the national parks. Upon his arrival, he saw a country experiencing great new economic growth.
“The sleepy city of Kigali in Rwanda changed into a city of hotels, universities and the center for national genocide,” Weber said. “Rwanda just came back as this amazing phoenix.” The young generation of Rwandans post-genocide provided strong public support for the national parks, viewing ecotourism as a viable means of generating the funds necessary to grow public schools and medical clinics throughout the country. Community involvement was a central focus of the Mountain Gorilla Project, which strived to implement its programs without impacting the lands of the local people, Weber explained. The organization used rudimentary GIS systems in the form of charcoal-drawn maps and hosted community talks in an effort to work hand-in-hand with community members to create park boundaries and design the overall structure of national parks. Ultimately, he noted, the rebuilding of the nation’s national parks increased not only the gorilla population, but also the populations of other animals, including elephants, helping to increase the national parks’ overall biodiversity.
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Core Committee, said that her committee met between six and eight times to discuss topics such as online learning, community learning and faculty development. The core committees reviewed information from the working group reports and submitted separate reports to the steering committee, she said. Harris added that they designed a system of core committees and working groups to make the process inclusive. “We knew that people are going to be more excited about implementing [the strategic plan] if they’ve been involved in the creation than if something just gets launched one day from Ballou Hall and they had no idea where it is or where it came from,” Harris said. Students, staff and faculty have already provided input through filling out the prelude’s surveys in the past week, Westall said. She hopes that there will be a spike in data following open community forums and town meetings about the document. Westall and Harris encouraged students to read the prelude and participate in the public forums to help shape the strategic plan. “I, or someone else, may show up where you least expect us and start asking you about it, so be ready,” Harris said. “Be it the dining halls or who knows where, [we want] to talk to students about what they think about Tufts now.” Korovikov said that her experience on a core committee opened her eyes the administration’s efforts. “This university stands here for us, and they don’t want to make any changes that wouldn’t go with the values of the institution,” she said. “It’s a living institution — it can change, it can adapt and it can grow, but we want it to grow in accordance with the original values of Tufts of education and inclusivity and learning.”
Kyra Sturgill / Tufts Daily Archives
The administration this month released the Prelude to the Strategic Plan to inform the Tufts community about the Tufts: The Next 10 Years (T10) strategic planning initiative that started in October.
History on the Hill: Alex’s Place
Brionna Jimerson | Respect Your Elders
Degrees of separation
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This article is the second in a series exploring the historical background of sites and buildings on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus.
The library roof is a perennially popular meeting spot for Tufts students and faculty alike, especially as spring approaches. However, the site has more to it than a view of the Boston skyline. Tisch’s rooftop houses Alex’s Place, a memorial dedicated in the spring of 2009 to honor Alex Mendell, who committed suicide in 2003 as a sophomore at Tufts. According to Vice President of University Advancement Eric Johnson, it was Alex’s parents, Tom and Andrea Mendell, who first brought attention to the idea of a creating a memorial and initiated the project. “When we decided to do a memorial for Alex, it was clear to us that the rooftop was special and underutilized and also a space that he cared about,” Tom Mendell told the Daily over the phone this week. According to Johnson, who served as the university’s executive director of development at the time of the space’s unveiling in 2009, the rooftop used to have several large planter-like concrete boxes containing just dirt and grass. “It was a fairly ugly space, but it could turn into a great place,” Johnson said. According to Director of Galleries and Collections Amy Schlegel, the artistic and architectural design team for the project was selected through the standard Request for Quotations (RFQ) process, where different teams of architects and artists bid for the project. “Because Tufts is an internationally recognized university, we felt it would be appropriate to look internationally for a public artist and/or landscape architectural team to refurbish the Tisch Library rooftop plaza/ site,” Schlegel told the Daily in an email. New York-based artist Jackie Ferrara’s design was chosen from 150 artists’ and designers’ submissions, according to a 2009 publication of Around the Circle, the newsletter of the Tufts University Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Circle. Ferrara chose to collaborate with M. Paul Friedberg, an internationally renowned landscape artist, in facilitating the construction of the design. “We liked the work of each of them separately, and they had worked together before, so it made sense,” Tom Mendell said. “So we had the combination of a landscape architect and an artist, several people from the university and us. Adele Bacow was very involved. Everyone we dealt with was terrific.” The Mendells continued to be involved — both personally and financially — throughout the process of designing and constructing the memorial. “The Mendells grew to love the project and the site so much they came along with the artists’ vision for transforming the site and made a larger gift that perhaps they were initially planning,” Schlegel said. “Of course they met Jackie Ferrara when she was first selected. So, in short, they were very engaged and involved throughout the process.” According to Tom Mendell, Alex had an idea of someday building a coffee shop on top of the Tisch Library to create a space for students and faculty to meet up and hang out. To honor this vision, the Mendells originally thought about building a coffee shop as a memorial. “The rooftop was a perfect place to do [this], but unfortunately the Tisch Library wouldn’t let that happen because they were going to put one in their library,” Tom Mendell said. Tisch opened the Tower Café in the fall of 2005. “So we were only capable of beautifying the rooftop,” Andrea Mendell said. “Before, it was an eyesore.” According to Schlegel, the Mendells decided by early 2006 that a renovation of the rooftop was ideal for the project, due to its central location on campus. This was meant to honor Alex’s involvement in a variety of student groups on campus. Alex was a senator on the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate for the entirety of his time on campus. He also served as the cochairman of the Women’s Union, a member
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Dedicated in 2009, Alex’s Place serves as a memorial for Tufts student Alex Mendell. of the club ski team and a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. “[Alex] took a lot of pride in the Tufts campus, and he thought that students should actively be involved in the campus,” Tom Mendell said. “He got upset when people littered, things like that.” The redesign of the rooftop was intended to reflect the rhythms of both Alex’s life and campus life. After Ferrara and Friedberg were chosen to redesign the space, efforts were made to make students and faculty aware of the project on campus. “Students in a museum studies course I taught during the semester just before construction began organized a small exhibition of Jackie Ferrara’s indoor sculpture and ‘models,’ and they also produced a video interview with Ferrara and Friedberg that looped inside the exhibition,” Schlegel said. Tom and Andrea Mendell said that one of the objectives in funding this project was to create something that not only honored their son, but also benefited the Tufts community. “We think it’s a nice memorial for Alex and it’s terrific for the school,” Tom said. “We hear all the time from faculty, students and prospective students about how lovely the space is.” The open area of the memorial contains a mosaic floor that doubles as a sundial, an L-shaped trellis, raised planting beds, a clear view of the Boston skyline and the view of campus that Alex loved so much. This area was intended for and is now used for various campus functions, exhibits and special events. “We use it, actually, for alumni functions and a variety of large student functions, and there are smaller functions as well,” Johnson said. “It’s a space where people can go without having a particular function, and they can just hang out, too.” Heading farther into Alex’s Place, there are three outdoor “rooms” that are partially secluded from the rest of the roof, which provide spaces for contemplation or quiet study. A canopy overhead of limbs from river birch trees and hostas is meant to add to the meditative atmosphere of these spaces. “The use [of each space] is entirely discretionary. The visitor can decide how to respond to the space,” Ferrara said in the 2009 Around the Circle issue. “We, as designers, are facilitators. Having released the design, our interest is to see how creatively the visitor encounters and uses the place.” There are some subtleties in the design of the space as well that commemorate Alex. For example, Alex’s name is spelled out in Morse code along the northern end of the L-shaped trellis. Ferrara included this feature because pilots use Morse code and Alex was an Instrument-Rated pilot, according to Tom. An Instrumental Rating denotes that a
pilot is qualified to fly in bad weather conditions such as rain, fog or snow. Andrea recalled how Alex once piloted a plane to transport their family during a bad storm. “He flew us back from Vermont one year in a complete whiteout,” she said. Tom said that the family still does not know why exactly Alex took his own life. “He had everything going for him. There’s a lot of mystery involved. Nothing has come out in the 10 years since that tells us what was going through his head,” Mendell said. “This was a wonderful kid. I don’t know that he had any enemies. This [redesign] was a way we could help memorialize his memory and benefit the campus in a way [that would make him] smile.” Alex’s loss was devastating for his family and community. However, his memorial on the Tisch roof continues to honor his life by giving back to the Tufts community. “It was a tremendous tragedy for us and a tremendous tragedy for him,” Tom said. “He had a future. The one characteristic everyone remembers about him is how bright and curious he was. He’d always be asking more questions.” “What better way to keep his memory alive than at the university where young people and students are learning?” Andrea added. “It’s perpetual.”
hen I was applying to colleges, none of my potentially first-generation college-bound friends had the nerve to entertain the thought of a gap year. I never thought critically about the prospect of volunteering on a political campaign or working full-time at an internship before delving into the overpriced pressure cooker that is higher education. “College is not an option; you will go to college,” my grandmother would say at the outset of any conversation we had about higher education. A lifetime of being looked over and professionally punished for not having completed a college program had taught her that, while academic pursuits and interests were just dandy, college degrees breed opportunity, for better or for worse. In my high school, the graduating seniors wrote their university acceptances on paper stars outside the college counselor’s office. I watched for weeks as stars were decked out with bubble letters of household name institutions and filled up like laundry lists of acceptances. I asked a student why he had not written anything down (as if he had to explain his decision-making), he said, “College isn’t for me.” I realized that I, like most of our peers, had assumed that the college would bring with it the promises of its magical symbolism. We had not taken into consideration the fact that so many of us truly are not “cut out” for endless lectures, rote memorization or academia. But what about our peers, the foot soldiers who maintain that college isn’t the right option, and the strength it takes to actively reject the social flogging that comes along with actively deciding against college? A great friend of mine inspired this column about the foot soldiers who opt out of college in pursuit of work, stability, discovery, duty or an unknown number of other quests and decisions and how they are judged without any regard to the internal work required to make such a decision. It is as monumental a choice to choose, at 18, an institution where you will live, study and be molded as it is to choose to be shaped in the “real world.” Not until relatively recently in Western educational history did lawyers, doctors, journalists and architects pursue higher education to learn their trade instead of the usual route of apprenticeship. An added emphasis on “formal” education instead of vocational skill makes it easy to judge the individuals who choose not to go to college because they know that it’s not the only option. The concept of a college education is extremely complex, way too intense for 600 words, and every day, it’s being further complicated, glorified and debunked by those inside and outside of the “ivory towers.” College degrees try to connote that a person has chosen one life path over another, aligned herself with another set of goals and expectations over another, and the parallel is to be drawn stiffly between those with degrees and those without who instead attend the school of life. We are going to call these degrees of separation. Let us consider the self-knowledge (or -awareness, or a lack thereof) that it takes to do that and the people who are not in college because it was not for them, because it was not made for them. These spaces weren’t made with everyone in mind — we can be honest about that. From what is taught to which programs are funded and underfunded to how dissent is “managed,” it is clear. So when someone can break from that and know it’s not for them, that is why they are they judged, put down as “go-nowhere” people. They are seen this way because they refused to enter into situations that could do more harm than good, because they don’t subject themselves to these environments.
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Tim Thurrott, a resident of Medford, cruises down Packard Ave. in 1988. Photo by Denise Drower.
Brionna Jimerson is a senior majoring in American studies. She can be reached at Brionna.Jimerson@tufts. edu or on Twitter @brionnajay.
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An inside look at ‘Old Guy’s’ production by
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Linda Ross Girard, a drama professor who came on as costumer for “Old Guy,” works with actor Roger Burton and psychology professor Aniruddh Patel. Girard also brought in some of her students to assist with the production.
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Students Marnie Kingsley, Michael Grant, Bruce Wang and Lai-San Ho work on the set of “Old Guy.” Tufts professors Jennifer Burton and Howard Woolf join them, along with professional mentors, including director Maria Burton, DP Alice Brooks and gaffer Harry Pray. Students said they found the experience of working with a team of professionals invaluable, with freshman Josh Grelle adding, “They all had different experiences and opinions and they had never worked with each other before either, so it was interesting to see how they worked together.”
s seen in Tuesday’s Features piece on “Old Guy,” Jennifer Burton’s students in DR 194: Independent Film Production have had the opportunity to work on a professional set as they film a six-episode series that looks to dispel myths and stereotypes about the elderly. Focusing on the life of an 85-yearold actor, the series aims to draw attention to the nuances and individualities of the elderly, contrary to their typical portrayal in American media. In addition to serving as a way to provoke conversations about ageism and old-age stereotypes, the production has also allowed the 10 students working on it the chance to shadow and work with professional mentors in important positions, such as sound operator and director of photography (DP). Junior Lia Kastrinakis described the professional aspect of the production as being a key element of the experience. “Being able to be on a professional production like that was really cool because we were all tired and it was early, but you could just tell from the energy that everyone is passionate about what they’re doing and so excited to be there — that it’s much different from something that is not at the professional level,” Kastrinakis said. As a visual companion to the earlier Features article, the following photo spread offers an inside look at this unique academic and professional experience.
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Junior Lia Kastrinakis works on the sound crew with professional sound operators Mario Cardenas and Zach Camera, who also served as mentors to students in the class. When asked about the experience of working with a professional on set, Kastrinakis said, “He was really great at explaining to me what everything was and how everything worked, and took me under his wing ... He was very professional and it was a really good experience.”
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Junior Kaveh Veyssi and senior Katja Torres work on the “Old Guy” set alongside professor Howard Woolf and mentor Harry Pray. Burton was extremely pleased with how the professional mentor system ended up working out. “The people that we brought in, the mentors, many of them have some background in education, so they’ve taught in various institutions around the country. And that was great to see, since I knew they were great artists and I didn’t know if they’d be as good as teachers,” he said. “But to watch them sort of taking these students under their wing and seeing them as the next generation of filmmakers, that was really exciting for me.”
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Seniors Bruce Wang and Lai-San Ho work with camera equipment on the set of “Old Guy.” Both students were trained by professional mentors and able to assist the camera crew, with Wang being camera operator for the second camera and Ho assisting with both shooting and management of the camera team.
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Up-and-comer Alice Englert and Elle Fanning share chemistry as best friends caught in a tumultuous time.
Ensemble cast shines in period piece ‘Ginger & Rosa’ by Jaqueline
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“Ginger & Rosa” is the coming-of-age story of two best friends growing up in England in the early 1960s. During the
Ginger & Rosa Starring Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks Directed by Sally Porter Cuban Missile Crisis, uncertainty was in the air. No one knew when life as they knew it would end. In this heartbreaking, beautiful film, Ginger poignantly states, “Happiness is not really an option.” This line is representative not only of the political uneasiness of the ’60s, but also of the anguish and discomfort of living in a world on the edge of destruction. The film begins with 1945 footage of the atomic bomb, followed by a sweet, oldtimey montage of two girls, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) growing up as best friends. These characters are two parts of the same person, as indicated by their identical clothing, similar
hair length and style and ability to communicate just by looking at one another. Innocent and curious, they venture out into a world of unease. Rosa is the spontaneous and whimsical half to Ginger’s politically and intellectually charged half. For most of the film, they are inseparable. Director Sally Potter gives “Ginger & Rosa” a very nostalgic feel, and from the set decoration to the soft and dark tint of the film, the audience is swept into the era of uncertainty. The film focuses largely on Ginger’s story, given that her family and family friends also play prominent roles in the movie. Christina Hendricks plays Ginger’s overbearing, yet well-meaning, mother, while Alessandro Nivola plays her idealist and selfish father. Mark and Mark Two (played by Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt, respectively) are a gay couple who, along with Bella, played by Annette Bening, support Ginger through her tumultuous adolescence. Ginger remains very much a child throughout the film, as is demonstrated by her stubbornness, her nail-biting and her innocent gaze. Rosa, on the other hand, goes through a transformation. She begins to wear different clothes and introduces Ginger to makeup, which she herself has only just begun using.
As most 17-year-olds do, these young women search for meaning in their lives. Rosa experiments with men of different ages, while Ginger devotes her time to writing poetry and attending left-wing meetings. As the two girls take interest in different things, they inevitably begin to grow apart. Although they continue to spend time together, their conversations become one-sided and erratic. Here is where the film faces a sort of hindrance: The points of tension and confrontation between Ginger and Rosa seem artificial because of trite dialogue. Despite these few contrived scenes, those that contain only Elle Fanning are lovely. This young actress beautifully and flawlessly portrays Ginger’s genuine sadness. It is important to note that Fanning was only 13 years old during filming. Given her young age, Fanning’s portrayal of a 17-year-old English girl is nothing short of astonishing. In fact, it is hard to find any poor acting in this film, given the range of this talented cast. Christina Hendricks, in particular, shows a heartbreaking vulnerability in her attempt to remain strong and protective of her only daughter. Newcomer Alice Englert is, at times, a bit one-dimensional, but her naivete as an actress translates well to her char-
The Artsy Jumbo
Senior Katelyn Krassner creates wearable works of art Senior Katelyn Krassner juggles the dual degree program of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts, but where she’s really at home is tucked away in a workshop, crafting handmade jewelry. What began in middle school as an interest in fashion and clothing design turned into a proclivity to create jewelry. “My heart wasn’t in fashion. But in high school I took an independent study on jewelry. My teacher knew the basics and helped me dip my toes into it,” she said. After focusing on rudimentary skills like beading, Krassner searched for a college with strong academics that also offered intensive jewelry making instruction and the proper facilities. Krassner cites an early fascination with Georgia O’Keeffe as an inspiration for her creations, appropriate considering she works with earth and sea tones, drawing ideas from nature much like the painter did. Currently Krassner manipulates durable metals like copper into bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. She estimates that over the past four years she’s made hundreds of pieces, including 20 or more just this semester. One recent design, a cuff, shows a wide band of burnished copper with a small
acter, as Englert portrays a character that is lost and easily manipulated. Spall and Platt make an amazing, easygoing and nurturing couple who at many points in the film serve as parental figures to Ginger — more so than her actual parents. Overall, “Ginger & Rosa” is full of emotion, pain, comfort and curiosity. These two young women are anxious to enter the real world. The audience is also curious to see what drives each of them and why, in the end, they make regrettable decisions driven by their own insatiable curiosity.
What’s Up This Weekend Looking to make your weekend artsy? Check out these events: Torn Ticket II Presents: “A Year with Frog and Toad”: Student musical theater group Torn Ticket II will present its spring major production, “A Year with Frog and Toad,” this weekend. The musical is based on the children’s books by Arnold Lobel and follows the misadventures of the two protagonists. (Tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Cohen Box Office.) Tufts Bikes Bike Ride to Boston: Tufts Bikes will organize a bike ride into Boston this weekend, riding along the Charles River to the Boston Hatch Shell. Students who wish to check out a bike from the library should arrive a few minutes earlier. (Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the front of Tisch Library. Admission is free, participants should provide their own lunch.) Tufts Concert Choir Presents: The Rainbow Connection: Tufts Concert Choir will present a concert with songs centering on the theme of rainbows, including “Colors of the Wind,” “Over the Rainbow” and “The Rainbow Connection.” The concert will also feature guest banjo player Rich Stillman. (Saturday at 1 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall. Admission is free.)
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raw slash at the top and a corrugated hole that looks like a volcano might have ripped through the metal. “I design my jewelry to make an impact. The worst insult is for them to be invisible on the wearer’s finger or
wrist,” she said. Krassner will continue her jewelry training next year at New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, Tennessee. — by Elizabeth Landers
Local Natives: Indie rock band Local Natives will perform at the House of Blues this weekend, touring in support of their recent album “Hummingbird.” Their recent album is the follow-up to their wellreceived 2009 debut “Gorilla Manor.” (Saturday at 7 p.m. at House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston. Tickets are $22 - $45 and can be purchased on livenation.com.) — compiled by the Daily Arts Department
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‘Adventure Time’ includes adventures for all audiences by Veronica
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“Adventure Time,” a program on Cartoon Network that begain airing in 2010, has captured the attention of
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both young children and college-aged hipsters — and for good reason. The creation of CalArts graduate Pendleton Ward, a veteran of numerous eclectic Cartoon Network programs, “Adventure Time” began as an animated short that went viral in 2008. The show is set in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo and it chronicles the adventures of Finn the Human — who is, in fact, the last human on earth — and Jake the Dog, Finn’s best friend who has magical transformative powers. Finn is a hero-in-training who must attempt to protect the many princesses in the Land of Ooo from evil villains, though he finds friends and his identity along the way. Although the premise may seem fantastical, the show is firmly grounded in relatable human interactions and intriguing forays into serious subjects. From a first season in which writers made little mention of the “Great Mushroom Wars” that plunged Earth into a nuclear winter, thus creating the whimsical characters that populate the Land of Ooo, to the fifth season, in which the history of the Land of Ooo has become a serious plot point, viewers have witnessed a striking evolution in the tone of the show. It should be noted that the show is first and foremost a comedy for children; however, more recently the thematic shifts to serious questions of identity and relationships have become more significant and all-encompassing. The half-hour special that aired this past Monday, which contained the new episode called “Simon and Marcy,” spoke to this shift. Chronicling the relationship between two main characters of the show, Marceline the Vampire Queen and the Ice King, the episode brings the viewer back 996 years into the past, in the middle of the aftermath of the nuclear fallout. Marceline, Finn and Jake’s 1,003-year-old bass-playing bud, and the evil Ice King, who has been the primary aggressor to the two heroes for the entirety of the show, certainly make an odd couple. Marceline is a cool and intimidating girl while the Ice King is decidedly awkward and lame. In the past four seasons, the Ice King and Marceline had few — if any — meaningful inter-
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Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time, has plenty of experience with cartoons that have gained a cult following. actions. However, in a recent episode, it was revealed that the two have a history: The Ice King used to be a scientist named Simon Petrikov before he was corrupted by the power of ice found in an ancient crown. Before he fully turned into the Ice King and lost his memory as Simon, he met and saved the seven-year-old Marceline from perishing in the scary world that resulted from the Mushroom Wars. The recent special delved even deeper into their relationship, showcasing the bittersweet and ultimately tragic connection they share. For Finn and Jake, Marceline’s friendship with the senile, bizarre and oftentimes evil Ice King is inexplicable. However, although the Ice King does not remember his history with Marceline, the two find themselves continually drawn to each other, allowing them to maintain their odd friendship. The power of “Adventure Time” and the attraction for adult viewers lies in its ability to capitalize on nostalgia. For many college-age students, cartoons are a way to re-experience childhood effortlessly and clearly. What makes “Adventure Time” so attractive is that the characters in the show are also experiencing potent nostal-
gia, especially in episodes like “Simon and Marcy.” Ultimately, the show is a superb combination of deep emotional probing and lovable animation. Cartoon Network, which has been the pioneer of eclectic animation with shows like “Chowder” (2007-2010) and “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” (2008-2010), maintains a strong forum for creative animators and boundary-pushing shows. “Adventure Time” is completely dissimilar from shock factor-driven cartoons like “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” Instead, what “Adventure Time” offers is a perfect marriage between childlike pleasures and pensive plot points. Despite many attempts, it is almost impossible to convey how layered and satisfying the humor on the show is and how skillfully the show is made. “Adventure Time” is much more than a hipster trend that will fade. Instead, it is an accessible and illuminating mirror for our feelings of friendship, isolation, joy, excitement, rejection and love. At once a wily, adventure-packed and effortless experience and a bittersweet and nostalgic 11 minutes of lovely animation, “Adventure Time” is a show that deserves to be watched.
Top Ten | Teenyboppers who should have been in ‘Spring Breakers’ Released this past Friday to mixed reviews, Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” has certainly gotten people talking. The buzz surrounding James Franco’s cornrows has not eclipsed the discussions about former Disney channel stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens’ fairly risque roles. Although we all secretly love the stars of “High School Musical” (2006), here are ten other child stars we’d also like to see corrupted by drugs, alcohol and gratuitous violence. 10) Hilary Duff: We’d love to see her little “Lizzie McGuire” (2001-2004) cartoon avatar doing body shots and curb stomping a drug lord. 9) Zac Efron: He’s almost gotten away from the Disney label. All he has to do is wear a neon bikini and smoke copious amounts of weed.
8) Raven-Symoné: Ideally she’d just be there to interject her priceless pieces of advice, like “Oh snap!” and “Ya nasty“ 7) Dylan and Cole Sprouse: The “Suite Life of Zack & Cody” (20052008) stars can be in the sequel, which will be set on a cruise ship and even worse than the original. 6) Corbin Bleu: Corbin is out to change the stereotypes of the thug life — he’s a gangster who can sing and cook and there’s nothing wrong with that. 5) Ashley Tisdale: Granted, if she were in “Spring Breakers” it would’ve gone straight to DVD. 4) Taylor Swift: Switch out Selena Gomez for Taylor, change the sound-
track from Skrillex to “Red” (2012) and you’ve got a Disney Channel original on your hands. 3) Miranda Cosgrove: Now “iCarly’s” (2007-2012) Miranda can do anything she wants. We hope that means rob a chicken place, take a bus to Florida and hang out with creepy wangsters. 2) Justin Bieber: We just want him in the film so we can see the awkward post-breakup confrontation between him and Selena Gomez. 1) Kim Possible: Anyone who answers the phone, “So, what’s the sitch?” is a winner in our book.
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he phrase “lost in translation” suggests something that words alone can’t convey, which is why it’s the perfect title for Sofia Coppola’s meditative and poignant film “Lost in Translation” (2003). The film seems deceptively simple on the surface, but beneath that undemanding facade is a deeply moving portrait of two lonely people connecting with one another for a brief but beautiful moment. Shots of a solo Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) looking through windows at Tokyo’s huge metropolis frequently occur in the beginning of the film and masterfully sum up her character’s predicament. Charlotte feels isolated and nugatory and doesn’t know what she can do to fight these feelings. She tries to talk to the people in her life, like her work-obsessed husband and her preoccupied friends, but they just go through the motions of talking to her without ever really listening. Charlotte also lacks a purpose, as she has no idea what she should be doing with her time and talents. To her silent horror, she feels like she is becoming insignificant in life and can only stand by and watch it happen. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) confronts similar existential issues. While Harris is anything but insignificant — since he’s an incredibly famous actor — he is drowning in the pampering and excess that comes with the life. Bob feels empty and out of place. Coppola captures this in a shot of Bob in an elevator. He towers over everyone else in the scene while maintaining an entirely vacant expression. He looks like he was transported from another world and doesn’t care enough to even be bothered by it. In an interesting directorial choice, Bob and Charlotte don’t even really interact with each other until a third of the way into the film. By keeping them separated for so much of the picture, Coppola really underscores how desolate both of their situations are. It drives home how bad the disconnection is in their lives, which makes the later scenes where they bond so much more powerful and moving, even when the moments are small and understated. Coppola is economical with her camera, and while many shots and scenes appear fairly simple, they explain a lot about what the characters are feeling. Before Bob and Charlotte meet, they are constantly out of the center of the frame, suggesting that there is something off about their current situation without ever having to be too heavyhanded about it. Even when the characters briefly sing karaoke, Coppola gives viewers insight into their emotional state. Charlotte sings the Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket” (1979) emphasizing not only her desire for someone to love her but also her yearning to be “special” and have a purpose. Bob follows with Roxy Music’s “More Than This” (1982), showcasing how empty life has gotten for him. In musicals, songs often are opportunities for characters to express their deepest emotions full-heartedly, so it makes sense that Coppola would decide to let the character’s singing be a way for them to open up. Bob and Charlotte’s final interaction with one another is when Bob quietly whispers something into Charlotte’s ear on a noisy Tokyo street. It’s a great final moment to leave viewers with because it nicely matches the tone of their other interactions. Throughout the movie they have come to understand each other through tiny gestures alongside a loud Tokyo backdrop. The minimalism of their connection gives it all the more impact because it never feels overdramatic and has an aura of reality to it as the moments are played out in a small yet genuine way.
Joe Stile is a senior majoring in political science. He can be reached at Joseph.Stile@ tufts.edu.
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Strategic plan holds promise but depends on student input
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The Prelude to the Strategic Plan, released this month by the university to further introduce students to the discussion of the university’s future direction, offers an open opportunity for students to make their opinions known. The 40-page report informs the reader on the results of various working groups and committees on topics ranging from allocation of research funds to preserving Tufts’ vision in its curricula. It presages the final version of the plan, “Tufts: The Next 10 Years,” in an effort to garner further input from students and the Tufts community. This inquiry into the values and visions of the students should not be left unanswered, as doing so would hold significant consequences for past, present and future Jumbos. The involvement of students in such long-term planning is in itself important — students are both the main con-
stituency of the university as well as its main purpose for existing. In a similar vein, the creation of a plan without student voices threatens aggravation on the part of the student body. Additionally, student participation is more than a paean in defense of an ideal of how university education should be organized. Students hold a significant stake in the future of their alma mater. Should the university falter and fall behind in prestige, quality or both, the name of the university on the resumes of students past, present and future is less substantial. This is not to say that Tufts is on some downward spiral or measurable slowdown, but instead to recognize that planning for the future and taking aggressive action to maintain quality are hallmarks of a mature and intelligent university that has high hopes for the future and, in all likelihood,
will achieve them. Student comments may not be the wind in the sails for the university, but their opinions matter for the effectiveness of the plan in moving forward regardless. Obviously, the plan might not be something worth getting hyped up about. Oftentimes, bureaucracy does a great deal of work on making its plans and activities seem groundbreaking instead of actually taking steps forward. Still, this plan will in some final form be what the school uses as a framework to approach the next decade. In whatever state it may be now, it needs student attention, whether to salvage it from possible imprudence or to fine-tune promising measures. In the end, skimming 40 pages is all in a days work for college students — take some time for yourself and your university and give the plan a look.
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It is common in Washington for politicians to misuse the word “entitlement.” The frequent inaccuracies weaken an already-strained American discourse. Entitlements are so often confused with rights that distinguishing the two is becoming a matter of bitter, pejorative branding. Rights are packaged as self-evident, basic freedoms that any democratic country holds dear, while entitlements are framed as ungainly attempts by the government to spend taxpayer money on unnecessary pieces of comfort. In reality, it is much harder to distinguish the two. A common approach acknowledges that rights exist in and of themselves, while entitlements must
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be fulfilled by the government. This definition works fine, but it runs into problems quickly. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is impossible to ensure without a vote, which is an implement of the government and, therefore, an entitlement. This is the point that Justice Antonin Scalia tried to make when he referred to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a “racial entitlement.” Of course, the difference is that Scalia meant to indicate that, as an entitlement, an act that ensures voting rights for minorities is unnecessary. Many pundits took a similar position when President Barack Obama announced his preschool initiative, blasting the program as a spurious handout. This is not exactly in the spirit of our Founding Fathers. Free public
education has been considered a necessary entitlement since the beginning days of our country. These positions, like the comments made by Scalia, cast the issue in a ridiculous light largely because the issue is ridiculous. Attacking all entitlements as superfluous is a fool’s errand, but it is a position that can be heard in the media daily. It should be obvious that some entitlements, like voting, education and equality of opportunity, are positive and necessary. It should not be so difficult to remember that segregation was a dominant paradigm in the U.S. less than 50 years ago or that the 19th Amendment was ratified less than a century ago. Entitlements are necessary for the U.S. to work, and thus, the reputation of entitlements should reflect that.
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Last week, in response to a recent expansion of the Phoenix non-discrimination code to include sexual orientation, disability and gender identity and expression, Republicans in the Arizona legislature proposed a bill that would essentially criminalize being transgender. The law would require males to use the men’s restroom and females to use the women’s restroom according to their sex assigned at birth, per their birth certificates. Violators would be charged with a misdemeanor. With marriage equality slowly creeping up in each state, civil rights advocates are increasingly focused on transgender rights. This proposed criminal law certainly makes salient an important lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights issue: whether transgender persons should be allowed to use the bathroom associated with the gender with which they identify. For some, the right to use a certain bathroom may seem inconsequential. Bathrooms, however, have always been at the center of civil rights debates. As popular culture illustrates in movies such as “The Help,” the early 1960s saw white people fight to keep black people out of their bathrooms, both publicly and privately. The idea of a black person using a white restroom was viewed as “unsafe.” The justification was that black people carry certain diseases — the biological/environmental attribution argument that we often see conservatives use inconsistently to oppose civil rights for certain groups. This erroneous rationale hid the reality that these laws were based on discrimination and hate to distinguish whiteness from blackness and to dehumanize black people. Bathrooms have also limited mobility for women and alternatively abled persons. Today, those who oppose gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender people argue that this would invite sexual predators into the bathrooms of the other sex. In particular, they focus on the safety of women and children, per usual for the anti-LGBT rights folks. Arizona took it one step further, not only opposing transgender access to public bathrooms, but also making the use of the “wrong” bathroom a criminal offense. Laws such as the one proposed by Arizona and lack of support for gender-neutral bathrooms are largely based on misguided assumptions about being transgender, the impact access to public restrooms has on the health and well-being of transgender people and the purpose of gender identity anti-discrimination laws.
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For the most part, everyone is assigned a sex at birth, either male or female, typically by a medical doctor, and this is indicated on a person’s birth certificate. In addition, every person also has a gender identity, which is one’s sense of “maleness” or “femaleness.” Gender identity is psychological and emotional, whereas sex is biological. Sometimes, a person’s sex (body) doesn’t quite line up with that person’s gender identity (mind). Typically, these people identify as transgender. Transgender is a paradigm term used to describe people whose gender identities are inconsistent with the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender encompasses other identities, such as transsexualism (a desire to surgically alter one’s sex) and intersex (genitals that are ambiguously male or female). Some people are gender non-conforming — that is, some people do not meet society’s expectations of female femininity or male masculinity. The medical and psychological epistemic communities have concluded that changing a person’s sex in order to be consistent with that person’s gender identity is medically necessary, vital to that person’s psychological health and often times life-saving. This is called “transitioning,” a long process where transitioning men and women begin to live their lives in accordance with typical “maleness” or typical “femaleness,” more or less. For transgender people, the medical and psychological communities conclude, access to the bathroom that is consistent with one’s gender identity is a very important part of
the transitioning process. It’s also important for people who are gender non-conforming. Laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity allow transgender people access to this basic human activity in a way that is consistent with their medical needs, not to mention consistent with respect for their dignity. In addition, the purpose of the gender identity and expression protections are to allow these people access to public accommodations such as restrooms without fear of discrimination. In the places where these protections exist, it hasn’t been the case that males who identify as men are increasingly using women’s public restrooms, or vice versa, much less preying on women and children in public restrooms. Despite some differences, it’s important to recognize the continuities with respect to the issues faced by the LGBT community and the issues faced by other discriminated groups in the past. For transgender and gender non-conforming people, bathrooms are an important part of their health and well-being. While we are fortunate to attend a university and live in a state that both include gender identity in their anti-discrimination policies, many bathrooms on campus and in the community remain gender-specific. The recent activity in Arizona is a reminder that the bathroom battle is far from finished; it’s a reason to remain mindful of other people’s struggles and to appreciate the privilege of being able to use a bathroom without fear, something many people have perhaps never considered.
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I’m embarrassed to admit how much time I spend on Facebook, but I know I’m not the only one. Yet, lately when I try to escape the monotony of my schoolwork by clicking through friends’ Facebook pages, particularly their photo albums, it only leads me to question what in the world I am doing with my own life. Many of my friends have jetted off somewhere fabulous for the semester, and it looks like they are having the time of their lives. Pictures of friends out rafting in Argentina or statuses about amazing job opportunities have left me wondering if my life is too bland or a bit too ordinary. It’s called Facebook envy, a term coined by researchers from Humboldt University of Berlin and Darmstadt University of Technology who studied the effects that Facebook has on its users. The researchers found that after visiting Facebook, one in three people felt worse and more dissatisfied with their lives. “Many people have a negative experience from Facebook with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry,” said Hanna Krasnova, a researcher from
the Institute of Information Systems at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Not only can Facebook lead people to become envious of another’s adventure, but it can also cause more serious side effects or disorders, such as depression. In a 2011 article published in Pediatrics, Krasnova and other researchers studied the effects of social media on adolescents. Those who spent a good deal of time on these social media sites tended to display “classic symptoms of depression.” Typically, these symptoms occur in a person who already feels disconnected and isolated from the world; Facebook enhances these feelings. Many have refuted Facebook envy, but the causation still stands: Facebook results in envy, and envy could result in depression. The problem is we are only seeing the positives on these Facebook profiles. Who is going to post about the gritty and not-so-pretty details about their life? Well, some might, but for most of us, Facebook is a platform to show all of our friends how amazing we are. Where does this leave us? Are we all supposed to ditch the connectivity of Facebook to avoid falling mentally ill? Or is the simple act of becoming aware that “Facebook envy” exists a cure?
Personally, I have found some positive effects from having Facebook envy. Those who are traveling and traipsing across the globe have inspired me. Last week, I was stuck thinking about my mundane summer ahead and decided to see what opportunities were out there. I started to apply for au pair positions abroad and wound up finding a family in Italy who eventually offered me a position. Now I’m dealing with whether I should accept it, but I know I never would have put myself out there for a job like this had I not been exposed to the adventures of my friends online. Maybe amid all the statistics and research against the effects of Facebook envy, there is a hidden value in being exposed to jealousy. It could be that the people who are venturing out into the world on dream-like vacations were once sitting behind their computer screens rifling through Facebook photos and asking themselves: “Why am I not doing something like that?” So instead of seeing Facebook as an end-all to your personal happiness, see it as a tool for motivation and realize that you aren’t seeing the whole story online, only what they want you to see.
f it’s easier for a man to be complacent, chances are he will be. Ironically, he’ll shout and fight zealously to maintain that comfort. Most of all, he’ll seek to silence those saying his complacency, his comfortable privilege, is unjust. From the response to Wrenchgate two years ago through the ongoing radical efforts to educate the community on the occupation of Palestine and even — unbelievably, and repulsively — to the movement against the ubiquitous on-campus threat of sexual assault, those challenging oppression at Tufts have routinely been silenced. Not necessarily by policy or restriction of speech: rather, by the fact that culturally, the Tufts community seems to fetishize centrism. A prime example (trigger warning: sexual assault): Tufts Confessions has, as of late, been wrought not only with voices dismissing the stories of rape survivors and their allies, but also with voices calling for everyone to, essentially, just shut up about the debate surrounding sexual assault. Read: Don’t talk about what constitutes psychological torment, because it’s annoying to read. “I miss the days when Tufts Confessions was a funny, innocent place and not a forum for useless arguments about what constitutes rape and whether women or men are more at fault in ‘rape’ cases,” read one post. Certainly, Tufts Confessions is a bad forum for discussion (and a bad forum for basically anything). But to engulf those speaking up for justice and compassion as well as those making apologies for violence not only perpetuates the culture that produces this violence, but also attacks those affected by that violence as somehow oppressing their oppressors simply by working to resist their own oppression. If that reads awkwardly, that’s because it truly doesn’t make sense. I mentioned the action surrounding Palestine — a March 6 op-ed from Robert Persky made a similarly nonsensical assertion: “One should not advocate revolution if they do not have a plan for how things should be run after the revolution.” Like the quote earlier, this comes, plainly, from a position of privilege. It rejects action because it lies distant from the immediacy of the cause, an immediacy experienced by the oppressed themselves and identified by their allies. A subjugating force does not exist in a vacuum: As intertwined as are the tragedies of, for instance, homelessness and LGBTQ inequality, resisting those oppressive forces is not a simple matter of selecting a society in which they don’t exist. These structural crises have been reinforced by centuries — millennia — of the self-perpetuating distance between the powerful and the not. The resistance to oppression, the action against a tyrannous climate — dismissing these because there seemingly isn’t “a plan for how things should be run after” is presuming that twisting a broken system is the goal at all. The goal is liberation. Each of the interconnected battles is waged alongside all others, and waging that battle involves acting as a force for liberation, a force which will serve its place inspiring equality in an ever-evolving society. Yes, a SCOTUS ruling that eliminates the blatantly illegal man-woman definition of marriage in American law would eliminate one of many oppressive forces against the queer identity in our country (despite upholding the inherently heterosexist and restricting institution of marriage itself). But it will not liberate the queer individual: That demands a resistance to the structures of inequality — which entirely forgo the State — that have restricted them. In short, and perhaps in cliche: Change does not come through complacent moderation. It comes through wedding an awareness of oppression with an awareness of strength, and acting — marching, occupying, singing, shouting — to cripple the former with the latter. So much of the pain around us is invisible: if suddenly our eyes are opened to it, our response cannot be a shrug. It must be a fist slammed down.
Walker Bristol is a junior majoring in religion and philosophy. He can be reached at Walker.Bristol@tufts.edu.
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76 in the two games, but the Blue Devils will face a much stauncher challenge when they square up against Tom Izzo’s perennial Big10 powerhouse in Michigan St. Though the Spartans struggled down the stretch of the regular season, the men in green are officially back on the map behind the stellar play of freshman guard Gary Harris and senior forward Derrick Nix. This matchup will come down to the wire, but we like the team that will win the battle and wear down its opponent in the paint.
The Pick: Michigan St. Spartans
No. 2 Ohio St. vs. No. 6 Arizona Senior guard Aaron Craft’s last-second 3-pointer against Iowa St. sealed a Sweet 16 berth for the Buckeyes and prevented yet another top-seeded team from falling in the West. The playmaking abilities of the Buckeyes, along with strong performances from junior forward and Big-10 leading scorer Deshaun Thomas, have kept the team alive going into their matchup with No. 6 Arizona. The Wildcats easily handled No. 14 Harvard, aided by 27 points from senior guard Mark Lyons. But while Arizona has the talent to compete and has not lost a game outside of the Pac-12 this season, Ohio St.’s leadership and defense may be too much for the Wildcats to handle.
The Pick: Ohio St. Buckeyes
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Michigan One of the most intriguing matchups of this year’s Sweet 16 comes from the South, where the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks will take on the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines. Both teams have been dominant all year in their conferences, and have shown thus far in the tournament that they are squads to be feared. After getting by the Jackrabbits of South Dakota St. in the Round of 64, the Wolverines shocked many with a laugher over VCU and coach Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” defense. Big-10 Player of the Year Trey Burke has struggled to score at times, but role players like freshmen Mitch McGary and Glen Robinson III have picked up the slack and have shown flashes of stardom. On the other hand, the Jayhawks’ defense will be as tough as ever, and if freshman Ben McLemore returns to his regular shooting form, Bill Self and company will be hard to stop.
The Pick: Kansas Jayhawks
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast University The Cinderella story of this year’s tournament is without a doubt the No. 15-seeded Eagles of FGCU. The school itself was established just 22 years ago, and the basketball program has only had full Div. I status for a mere 591 days. Yet the Eagles were arguably the most exciting team to watch last weekend, led by high-flying alley-oops and terrific guard play behind senior guard Sherwood Brown. Not only has FGCU handled historic opponents like No. 2 Georgetown in convincing fashion, but it’s also clear these guys are having fun.
Michigan State’s Derrick Nix will look to pull the upset against Duke this weekend, as the third-seeded Spartans take on the Blue Devils in Indianapolis. The run may end, however, after a Sweet 16 matchup Friday with in-state opponent No. 3 Florida. The Gators, despite falling in the SEC Championship game to Ole Miss., seem to be back on track after convincing wins over Northwestern St. and Minnesota. Florida has been inconsistent throughout the course of the season, dropping games to Arkansas and Kentucky, so FGCU has at least a chance to break down the stingy Florida defense and continue its historic run.
The Pick: Florida Gators
No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 Marquette Tonight in Washington, D.C., the regularseason champs from the ACC and Big East conferences will square off, both featuring superstar point guards who can shoot and get to the basket with ease. No. 3 Marquette has won its first two matchups by a combined three points over No. 14 Davidson and No. 6 Butler, and junior Vander Blue has exceeded expectations by putting up 45 points between the two contests. While winning and advancing is the name of the game in this tournament, it’s unlikely that these narrow escapes can be sustained. On the other side of the court, Miami’s Shane Larkin has been terrific all season, averaging 14.5 points for the team that took home convincing wins over No. 15 Pacific and No. 7 Illinois last weekend. Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga has been to this rodeo before with 2006 Cinderella George Mason, and with Coach of the Year hardware secured for this season, look for Miami to continue their success going forward.
The Pick: Miami Hurricanes
No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Syracuse In one of the most exciting Sweet 16 matchups of the weekend, the high-powered
Hoosier offense will take on the legendary 2-3 zone of the Syracuse Orange tonight at the Verizon center. Junior guard Victor Oladipo, who hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to secure a win over No. 9 Temple, and sophomore center Cody Zeller must be impressive in transition offense if the Hoosiers hope to break down the Syracuse defense. The Orange will need to be effective in the half-court, as the team struggled from the free throw line against No. 12 California despite big numbers from junior forward C.J. Fair and senior forward James Southerland. Though coach Jim Boeheim’s zone defense made up for the offensive mistakes, Syracuse may not have the same luck against the more talented Indiana team.
The Pick: Indiana Hoosiers
No. 9 Wichita St. vs. No. 13 La Salle In the most unlikely Sweet 16 matchup, the No. 9 Wichita St. Shockers will take on one of the tournament’s “last four in” and A-10 upstart, the La Salle Explorers. The Shockers come into Los Angeles fresh off an upset of No. 1 Gonzaga, in which they limited the Bulldogs to just 35.6 percent shooting from the floor. They’ll hope to maintain their success by continuing to impress on the glass, where they rank among the top 30 in the nation. On the other bench, La Salle comes into the matchup having already faced some of the best teams in the country. The Explorers knocked out both No. 4 Kansas St. and No. 12 Ole Miss to reach this point, but while senior guard Ramon Galloway has been an exciting player to watch, a slim margin of victory in those two contests may not be enough for the team to get past a fired up Wichita St. squad.
The Pick: Wichita St.
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come a similar poor stretch against Colby last Friday, in which Tufts fell behind 6-0 with two minutes to play in the first quarter, but then asserted themselves en route to a 14-9 victory. With so many tough teams remaining on their schedule, the team knows they cannot be relying on come-from-behind wins to bail themselves out. They are stressing consistency for four quarters and hope to take a little revenge on a team very similar to the one the Jumbos lost to a season ago. “Our only focus is on ourselves,” junior goalie Patton Watkins said. “We know that
if we consistently apply the fundamentals of Tufts lacrosse the way we have been coached, then there isn’t a team in the country that can beat us.” The Trinity lineup is largely unchanged from last year, after losing only a few players, as top goal-scorers Rob Nogueras, Jeff Hebert and Nick Shaheen all returned for their senior season. Much of the Jumbos’ attention will need to be on the trio, which combined for six goals and an assist against Tufts a season ago and have already teamed up to get 31 goals and 10 assists through six games this year. “Trinity returns a lot of great players that we have to account for,” Wood said.
“Trinity, along with every other team on our schedule, has the talent to make us pay for lapses in focus.” The Jumbos cannot afford these lapses, particularly in-conference, as they currently sit ninth in the NESCAC standings. Despite their high national ranking at No. 6, and wins over top non-conference teams a week ago, they know that it is their seven remaining conference games that will be most critical, and that stretch starts Saturday. “The biggest thing going into the Trinity game is the fact that we are 1-2 in the NESCAC,” Wood said. “Every game remaining on our schedule has the significance of a playoff game.”
hat makes a mascot great? Is it the antics? Or the rich history? Maybe they have a witty name or an exceptional appearance. Some schools have live animals and others have the costumed variety, while others have neither and a handful manage to have both. Now, my only regret about attempting this list of great school mascots is that I can’t show you pictures or videos of the costumes, but use your imagination or — better yet — Google. It’s just that March Madness has gotten me on such a college sports high that I couldn’t help but roll with this idea the second it popped into my head. There’s no order here, just the dozen I felt were worthy of praise. Minnesota Golden Gophers: The Golden Gophers’ “Goldy Gopher” (admittedly not the most creative name) is the defending UCA Mascot National Champion. So basically, in the most official way possible, he is flat-out the best mascot of 2013. Villanova Wildcats: Our next mascot claws his way onto this list based solely on his name. However, the Wildcats’ “Will D. Cat” has other admirable qualities besides his very punny name, like a viciously detailed set of fangs which strike real fear - that is until you get lost in the bluest eyes this side of the Delaware River. Michigan State Spartans: The movie 300 leaves a lot to be desired if the Spartans’ “Sparty” was who you were expecting to see fighting Persians on the big screen. Getting past his chiseled physique is a tough task, but other qualifiers include his immense popularity nationwide: In 2009, “Sparty” was the first non-athlete to make the cover of EA Sports’ NCAA Football video game when he appeared on the front of the Nintendo Wii version. Florida Gators: Albert, aka “Al E. Gator,” has been king of “The Swamp” for over 40 years now. He was joined by “Alberta Gator” in 1984 and the pair has remained as one of the few successful mascot duos in college sports. Miami Hurricanes: “Sebastian the Ibis” is a South Florida staple, plain and simple. His patented “C-A-N-E-S, Canes!” jig and chant fires up crowds and his beak-split move forces smiles out of even the biggest haters. The ibis is said to be the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane strikes. Florida State Seminoles: “Chief Osceola” does not bring a fancy bodysuit to the costume party, but is instead decked out in full Native American gear, complete with face paint, weaponry and horse (named “Renegade”). Before every home game he rides out and thrusts a burning spear into the center of the field, “firing” up the FSU faithful. Oregon Ducks: Don’t be fooled by his name, “Puddles” is a badass. He is the originator and acclaimed performer of the post-score pushup celebration where he does one push-up for every point Oregon has scored in the game. He is (in)famous for attacking an opposing team’s mascot for allegedly copying the routine. Wisconsin Badgers: Now he may not be the originator, but “Bucky Badger” did 83 pushups in a game against Indiana. He and “Goldy Gopher” have a history of staged fights. Ohio State Buckeyes: He is a nut ... literally. Louisiana State Tigers: The live “Mike the Tiger” has gone through six incarnations now, but LSU has a costumed version of “Mike” to back up the real thing. Don’t feel bad for the real “Mike” though. He lives in a comfortable $3 million on-campus facility. Baller. Saint Louis Billikens: The only completely imaginary college mascot that I know of is the Billiken. Its creator apparently saw the creature in a dream and began selling its likeness in the form of charm dolls. However, no one knows if this is actually true, nor is it known exactly how the being was inducted as the university’s mascot. Mercer Bears: “Toby Bear” was the numberone qualifier for the NCA National Collegiate Mascot competition in the Spring of 2012. G.J. Vitale is a junior majoring in biologypsychology and English. He can be reached at Gregory.Vitale@tufts.edu.
Jumbos enter tough weekend test at 3-2 by
Daily Staff Writer
Following a spring break that saw them split two games, the No. 15 women’s lacrosse team will look to end this week with two important victories. Today at 4:30 p.m. the Jumbos host Endicott, the team’s second-to-last nonconference game of the season. With three straight match-ups against top-11 teams lurking in the background, this early-season game would be massive for their momentum and a boost to a record that has seen them struggle a bit in the early going. Coming into this weekend, however, the 3-2 Jumbos are showing improvements in many important aspects. Following their opening loss to No. 14 Hamilton that saw the Jumbos soundly defeated on 50/50 balls, Tufts closed the gap, even taking the majority of groundballs and draw controls in a tough 14-9 loss to No. 6 Colby. “After the Hamilton game, we realized how important the 50/50 balls [are],” senior attacker and co-captain Kerry Eaton said. “Since then, we have placed a greater emphasis in practice on ground balls and draw controls to better ourselves at winning the 50/50 balls in games.” Additionally, the Jumbos have struggled at the beginning of halves, as they allowed five unanswered goals at the beginning of the second period against the Mules, which turned a one-goal game into a massive lead for Colby. “The first five minutes of each half dictate how the rest of the game will go,” freshman attacker Caroline Ross said. “We need to dominate during that time.” While Endicott has a 3-3 record, its wins have come against relatively weak competition. The Jumbos will need to avoid complacency, however, and look ahead with No. 1 Trinity coming up on Saturday. So far this year, the Bantams have
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The Bantams are currently the No.1 ranked team in the country, meaning the Jumbos will face a difficult battle in their Saturday afternoon matchup. outscored their opponents 82-21 and are 5-0, but the Jumbos believe they have the talent and mentality to take down the top team in the nation. “To beat Trinity we need to be composed and intense in all aspects of our game from defense through transition
and on attack,” Eaton said. “We can’t be timid when we play them just because of their ranking.” The Jumbos will look to use their early-season experience against other tough NESCAC opponents to try and pull off the upset to put themselves
Jumbos look to avenge last year’s loss to Trinity by Jason Schneiderman
Daily Staff Writer
After a tough start to the season, including two one-goal losses to in-conference rivals, the Tufts men’s lacrosse team has finally found the form that brought them to the Div. III Championship Semifinal a year ago. A four-game stretch over spring break saw the Jumbos take down then No. 4-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology, No. 2 Stevenson College, NESCAC opponent Colby College and No. 15 Western New England University. The first three of those four games were all on the road, adding to the strenuous start to the season, but the Jumbos were clearly up to the task. “Playing so many consecutive road games is definitely a challenge,” junior midfielder Beau Wood said. “But those same challenges allow us to grow as a team.” The players and coaches now turn their attention to Trinity College, which the Jumbos face this Saturday at 1 p.m. on Bello Field. Trinity will bring a winless NESCAC record and 2-4 overall record into the conference clash, but Tufts knows not to take the Bantams lightly. A season ago, Trinity was only one of two teams able to defeat
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Junior Kane Delaney and the Jumbos fell 9-8 in overtime to the Bantams last year, but will look to avenge that loss and pick up their second NESCAC win on Saturday. the Jumbos in the regular season, winning 9-8 in overtime, in a game marked by Tufts’ inability to capitalize on opportunities. Tufts outshot Trinity 54-33, held the groundball advantage 37-27 and won 15 of 21 faceoffs, but in a five minute stretch starting in the
second period, Tufts was caught completely on their heels, allowing four unanswered goals to the Bantams, which were ultimately too much for them to overcome. The Jumbos were able to oversee MEN’S LACROSSE, page 15
in position for a favorable spot in the NESCAC tournament. “Every day is a progression and every game we look to get better,” Eaton said. “Clearly we have some tough opponents coming up, but we are ready for the challenge.”
Inside the NCAA
Madness rivets nation as Sweet 16 matchups commence by
Andy Linder and Alex Schroeder Daily Editorial Board
It’s tough to argue that this year’s NCAA Tournament hasn’t been exciting. The upsets have come in spades, as Florida Gulf Coast University, the first 15-seed to ever reach the Sweet 16, has dunked its way past Georgetown and San Diego St., and La Salle has fought its way to the fourth round, most recently knocking off the polarizing Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss. Everyone who picked Gonzaga for the Final Four are grieving over Wichita St.’s rout of the Bulldogs, while Oregon has showed why that No. 12 seed they received was a bit misleading. Whether your bracket has been busted or ranks in the top percentile, the games have been thrilling across the board. Here’s our preview of the Sweet 16: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Oregon The No. 1 overall-seeded Louisville Cardinals have carried their momentum after winning the Big East Championship, dominating in their first two rounds of play with wins of 31 and 26 points, respectively. Junior guard Russ Smith has
been nothing short of brilliant, scoring 27 on Saturday against No. 8 Colorado St., and the Cardinals have won 12 straight since their big five-overtime loss to Notre Dame. While Oregon might be considered an underdog up against coach Rick Pitino, if there’s any team as hot as Louisville, it’s the Ducks. After receiving a questionable No. 12 seed, the Pac-12 champions have dominated, rolling past No. 5 Oklahoma St. and then No. 4 St. Louis, 74-57. The Ducks will need to continue the strong team effort if they even have a shot at knocking off the red and black.
The Pick: Louisville Cardinals
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Michigan St. The other game in the Midwest region will feature an even level of talent on both sides of the floor. After falling as a 2-seed last year in the Round of 64, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils have proven they won’t go down easily in 2013, cruising to easy victories over Albany and Creighton to reach the Sweet 16. NBA prospects Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry have carried their squad, combining for a whopping see INSIDE NCAA, page 15