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TCU Elections Update In elections for open Class of 2016 seats in the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate yesterday, freshmen senators Ethan Finkelstein, Janna Karatas, Adam Kochman and Brian Tesser were re-elected, joined by classmates Sam Berzok, Elly Day, Caroline Higley and James Golden. Because one Class of 2015 senator, Gordon Silverman, dropped out of the race, one seat on the body remains open to the Class of 2016. Freshman voter turnout was 49.04, percent according to Elections Commission (ECOM) Public Relations Chair Paige Newman, a freshman, with 641 votes. Higley said she looks forward to her year serving on the body. “I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective and a huge background of many activities and a lot of different groups of people to the Senate this year,” Higley said. Due to low voter turnout overall, a referendum that would enact several procedural changes to the TCU Constitution failed to pass, however. While a majority of voters affirmed the referenda, a large number of abstentions meant they could not go into effect.
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“If half the people who abstained had voted for it, it would have passed,” TCU Parlimentarian Robert Joseph said. Joseph, a sophomore, said he plans to resubmit the referenda for the upcoming presidential election, where there will “almost certainly be enough turnout.”The presidential election will be held April 23. The referendum would have made a number of changes to the structure of the body, including allowing the Senate’s diversity and community affairs officer to serve on the Senate’s executive board, replacing the position of associate treasurer. Another would have prohibited the TCU Judiciary from issuing judicial orders a priori. One timely change in the referendum — a new policy disallowing presidential candidates from using money beyond their budget given by the Elections Commission to fundraise for their campaigns — will also have to wait for another vote in the presidential election later this month.
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Professor of Sociology Pawan Dhingra will start serving as the chair of the Department of Sociology next semester.
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University to repurpose Boston Ave. facilities, resident artisans must move by Jenna
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University plans to remake a Tufts-owned building at 574 Boston Ave. into teaching and office space will result in the May 31 eviction of its current residents, a community of artisans who have run their businesses there for over two decades. Tenants on Nov. 30 received a notice from Walnut Hill Properties, Tufts’ non-academic property manager, which gave them six months to move out, according to a Feb. 4 Boston Occupier article.
“Tufts has been considering the best use for 574 Boston Avenue for several years, as the university’s need for space has been increasing,” Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler told the Daily in an email. “We will be working closely with the city and the local community as we move forward and expect to meet with the neighborhood as our plans develop further and we are closer to applying for a building permit.” For the artisans, eviction means the demise of a large community of woodworkers, instrument makers, metalworkers and
other artists who have made a home out of the four-story, 96,000 square-foot building. John Brown, Paula Garbarino and Chris Keller (A ’76), woodworkers who design and build custom cabinets and furniture from the building, said they are frustrated at the loss of this communal workspace. “There’s a big brain trust in that building, and it’s all going away,” Brown told the Daily. “We all can’t move to the same location because that building, that 574 Boston Ave., doesn’t exist see ARTISANS, page 2
Campus political leaders sign statement for gay marriage by Victoria
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Tufts Democrats and Tufts Republicans last Thursday joined the leaders of 49 other collegiate Democrat and Republican organizations in a statement supporting marriage equality for LGBTQ couples. The statement, written as a joint effort by the student Democratic and Republican groups at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), calls on young leaders to make public their beliefs on the issue of gay marriage. “We, the Presidents of College Democrats and College Republicans chapters from across America, stand united to affirm the right of all Americans to marry
the person they love, regardless of gender,” the statement says. “We challenge our nation’s leaders to join us in defense of marriage equality for LGBTQ couples.” According to Tufts Democrats President Bronwen Raff, Penn Democrats communications director Jane Meyer contacted her early last month about the statement. After an exchange of emails, Raff, a senior, decided to include her signature. After being similarly contacted, the Tufts Republicans Executive Board met to discuss whether or not they would sign the statement, Tufts Republicans co-president Bennett Gillogly said. “We recognize the political culture surrounding gay marriage right now, and we gladly embrace
the opportunity to engage in a discourse with our community,” Gillogly, a junior, said. Although the Tufts Democrats and Republicans made independent decisions to sign, the statement ultimately re-facilitated their relationship, Raff said. “It was sort of the catalyst that allowed us to reach out to the Republican group again,” Raff said. “I think that communicating with them on this issue of marriage equality allowed us to kind of open the door to other forms of bipartisan collaboration.” The two groups recently collaborated to co-host an Issues of the Future Symposium on Immigration Reform on April 5 and 8. see MARRIAGE, page 2
Senate hopeful Ed Markey visits Hill
Dhingra to chair sociology department by
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Professor of Sociology Pawan Dhingra, who joined the Tufts community last fall, will assume the position of chair of the Department of Sociology beginning in the fall of 2013. Dhingra accepted the official offer to serve as chair last February but opted to spend his first year on campus teaching classes, he said. Dhingra will replace Susan Ostrander, who has served as interim department chair for two years. This year has served as a transition year for Dhingra, who said he has used the time to acquaint himself with the university and his department. “It’s been overall a process of
gradually increasing familiarity and connection,” he said. “I’ve been active in the department in various ways and also active with other endeavors outside of the department.” Dhingra taught three courses this year, including Introduction to Sociology both last fall and this spring, as well as a senior seminar this spring. He will continue to teach the introductory class next fall. “I am really impressed by the level of engagement by the students: the kind of questions they ask, how well they grapple with the conversations and push the conversations forward,” Dhingra said. Aside from teaching, Dhingra
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Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass.) visited campus yesterday for a meet-and-greet event hosted by Tufts Democrats in Barnum Hall. Markey is running in a special election to fill John Kerry’s now-vacant Senate seat. He will vie for the Democratic nomination with Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) in the April 30 primary. At the event, Markey discussed topics including healthcare access, climate change and improving college affordability.
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“[Tufts Republicans] and Democrats are in a great place for bipartisan discussion,” Gillogly said. “There is no problem facing our nation that we feel can’t be resolved by politicians on both sides of the aisle cooperating for the good of the country.” Tufts is one of only a few schools to have leaders from both political parties sign the statement, Raff noted. “Young leaders around the nation are standing around marriage equality, and it’s a bipartisan issue at this point,” she said. “I think that’s really what the power was supposed to say that a lot of young conservatives are becoming more socially liberal, and to illustrate that in a kind of visual.” Meyer said that the idea for the statement came out of a Valentine’s Day event that the Penn Democrats and Republicans co-organized, in which the parties came together around the campus’ love statue. “We papered the statue in rainbow colors to represent LGBT,” Meyer said. “We just had people stop by and take pictures to show their support for marriage equality.” Following the event, the two groups decided that since gay marriage was a bipartisan issue on the UPenn campus, they should reach out to other schools to find out their political parties’ views, Meyer said. “We believe among young Americans
this is less of a politicized issue than it is an older generation’s [issue],” Meyer said. “We just wanted to show that, and we thought a leadership statement would be a great way to do that.” According to Meyer, the Penn parties began by approaching groups at the other Ivy League schools and then decided to contact the U.S. News and World Report’s list of top 50 schools, on which Tufts is currently number 28. Although more Democratic group leaders have signed than those of Republican organizations, Meyer said that the bipartisan message on gay marriage is clear. Gillogly said that the Tufts Republicans are proud to partake in the evolution of the gay marriage issue, but added that it is one of many issues the nation’s political parties face. “Every issue is a bipartisan issue,” he said. “We are not Republicans; we are not Democrats — we are Americans.” Since the release of the statement, other schools in Pennsylvania have reached out to UPenn expressing interest in signing. Meyer said she hopes other schools’ political party leaders will continue to come forward. Meyer said that the statement is part of what she hopes will become a growing movement in support of gay marriage. The UPenn leaders started a Facebook group called Students United for Marriage Equality and have been working to spread word to news outlets all over the nation. The next steps might include a letter-
Tufts Republicans and Tufts Democrats were among 50 nationwide collegiate Democrat and Republican groups to sign a statement supporting gay marriage. writing campaign, a phone bank or partnership with certain senators and representatives, she said. “We are really just trying to create a buzz,” Meyer said. “Then, hopefully, across the nation now that we have all these students band together if we decide to take steps in the future we’ll kind of have the task force.”
Gillogly believes that the complex issue of gay marriage will take on more steam as the debate continues. “In the last few weeks, four Republican legislators have come out in support of gay marriage,” he said. “As this trend continues, the national discussion on gay marriage will continue to become more prevalent in each party.”
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anywhere in the area, and boy, have we looked for it.” The building fostered a vibrant community of artisans who have shared ideas there for decades, Garbarino said. “It is lovely to be able to go to work in your own greater neighborhood, to go to work in a place with light and air and fabulous neighbors who can give you advice and help you out,” Garbarino told the Daily. “I really value the greater community of people in that building.” The artisans occupied the building on a month-to-month basis since all leases expired several years ago, Thurler said. Tufts has informed tenants about their intentions to renovate the building for many years. Although the university did make the
artists aware of its future plans, Keller said Walnut Hill was ambiguous about the situation until the artisans received the letter in November. “There had been rumors floating around for at least a decade,” Keller told the Daily. “We all knew that eventually Tufts would want to do something else with the building — or we assumed they would.” The university has been working to facilitate this move for those affected by the eviction, Thurler said. “We have provided tenants with contact information for local commercial brokers who are well-qualified to provide relocation advice and assistance,” she said. Despite university efforts, Garbarino said that many artisans have not found adequate spaces to relocate. For example, she has
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also chaired the search for a new hire in his department this year. “I got a better understanding through that of the department and its priorities, what people like and don’t like,” he said. Dhingra added that he was also involved in one of the steering committees for the university-wide strategic plan, Tufts: The Next 10 Years. “[Dhingra has] come in, and he’s made an immediate difference, just as a regular member of the faculty,” Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences James Glaser said. “He will provide several years of strong leadership for the department. And the department’s got a lot of excellent talent.” Dhingra hopes in his new role as chair to address the needs of both department faculty and students. “The goals for me as a chair are to facilitate the goals of the faculty in the department ... to make sure both that the faculty are able to do what they want to do and pursue their goals [and to make their lives] better, easier, and helping make sure that our curriculum is as strong as it can be to serve the students,” he said. Dhingra came to Tufts after several years in academia. After receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University in 2002, Dhingra served as an assistant professor at Bucknell University from 2001 to 2003 and at Oberlin College from 2003 to 2012. “We are very pleased that last year the deans at the request of our department agreed to a national search to hire a new
faculty member at the full professor level who would serve as the next chair of our department — and even more pleased that Professor Pawan Dhingra subsequently accepted our offer to take that position,” Professor of Sociology and Interim Chair of the Department of Sociology Susan Ostrander told the Daily in an email. Dhingra’s experience as a museum curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., from 2011 to 2012 was highly attractive to the search committee, according to Glaser. Dhingra co-curated an exhibition titled, “Beyond Bollywood,” which is scheduled to open at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History at the end of this year. “We were looking for somebody who puts it all together in the Tufts way,” Glaser said. “We’re looking for people who are going to be first-rate scholar-teachers, and Professor Dhingra was exciting to us because we saw that in him.” The committee was also searching for an individual who was prepared to invest themselves fully in further strengthening the department, according to Glaser. “There’s a lot of talent in the department, and we’re eager to make sure that there’s somebody in place there who can help nurture that talent,” he said. Members of the Tufts faculty have already made a positive impression on Dhingra. “Overall, I’m really taken by the faculty that we have, and that’s one key thing,” he said. “They’re smart, they’re motivated, they’re very committed to the students.”
looked at 16 buildings but has not found a comparable place to 574 Boston Ave. “When you go look at other commercial space and it’s all metal buildings with no windows and a cement slab to work on, it’s not the same — it’s not at all conducive to creative spirit,” Keller said. Student group Urban Policy, Planning and Prosperity (UP3) is trying to help the community of artisans, freshman and member of UP3 Dirayati Djaya said. “It’s been absolutely really shady,” Djaya said. “I think that was my biggest concern about the whole situation. The Tufts administration was socially distancing themselves from the tenants that have been there for 20 years.” UP3 members have been meeting with the artisans and exploring the space every Friday for the past month, according to Djaya. She launched a
blog to preserve the memory of the tenants, whom she said were never properly acknowledged. “As an urban planning group, we are really fascinated by the architecture,” Djaya said. “I’ve been taking pictures, documenting the space, just interviewing [the artisans] and keeping track of all the data.” Artisans’ opportunities to make themselves known to the Tufts community had been limited by a rule against holding open studios in the building, Garbarino said. “There’s that kind of way to connect with your community so that they know you’re there and they learn to respect you and appreciate you and value you,” she said. “[We] are a kind of dying breed of people that are makers who are not assembling pre-formed parts in that sort of mindless way that is left to manufacturers worldwide now.”
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Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) and the Somerville Fire Department on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. received a call about a gassy odor coming from a room in Richardson House. Officers arrived and emptied out the building. Somerville Fire checked the entire house but was unable to find any gas leaks. They eventually discovered that the origin of the odor was a piece of fruit that had been sitting in the trashcan.
Officers on April 5 at 9:05 p.m. responded to a fire alarm from 101 Talbot Ave. When they arrived, the student said the alarm was due to the smoke from cooking. Officers proceeded to open all the windows, but then discovered that one of smoke detectors was covered with a plastic bag. The violation was reported to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.
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TUPD on April 5 at 10:19 p.m. was called to Lewis Hall on the report of a burning marijuana odor. Officers located the room that the smell was coming from and knocked on the door. A voice from inside told them to come on in. The students admitted to the officers that they were smoking marijuana and turned in a bag of the substance and a gray ceramic pipe. Police also found a clear bottle of Beefeater Gin. Everything was confiscated and put in an evidence locker.
On April 7 at 12:20 a.m., an officer who was parked on Professors Row saw a student urinating by the tennis courts. The officer called out to the student, “Come here,” to which the student responded, “What for?” The student at first denied the misconduct, claiming that he was only “looking for his dog.” He later admitted to urinating and said that he did not actually have a dog. He was reported to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.
TUPD on April 7 at 3:45 p.m. received a call from Aidekman Arts Center reporting that the miniature replica of the Colossal Acorn Head was missing from the main lobby. The investigation is ongoing, as officers have not yet identified who took the $1,500 statue.
Police on April 8 at 12:40 p.m. arrived at the parking lot in front of Cohen Auditorium on report of a dog left in a motor vehicle. Officers eventually got into the car and retrieved the dog. The temperature inside the vehicle was determined to be 95 degrees. They identified the owner of the car as a student at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
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The special election to fill John Kerry’s now-vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts is fast approaching — and Tufts Democrats is mobilizing. The group, which enthusiastically campaigned in November for current Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and President Barack Obama, has revived the campaign for Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.). Tufts Democrats, which received a personal visit from Markey yesterday, has taken steps like officially endorsing Markey’s campaign and creating the Tufts for Markey branch to support campaign efforts. Markey, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976, announced his candidacy for the seat in December and is set to run against Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) in the April 30 Democratic primary. “I support Ed Markey because he’s a champion in the fight against climate change,” junior Jacob Wessel, a campus coordinator for the Markey campaign, said. “He has an amazing environmental record. He’s been a progressive champion on issues ranging from gay marriage to a woman’s right to choose to equal pay. You can run down the list — he’s always been a fighter for those who are struggling, for helping the people fulfill the American dream.” The Tufts for Markey campaign, coordinated by freshman Lancy Downs, has been working to register voters, recruit volunteers and canvass and table both on and off campus. According to Downs, Tufts for Markey has been collaborating with both the Medford and Somerville campaigns in support of Markey. After spending huge amounts of energy campaigning for Obama and Warren in the fall, the group is experiencing fatigue in their newest campaign, according to Downs. “I think that Tufts Democrats as an organization is sort of exhausted,” she said. “There was so much energy put into running the campaigns in the fall, and that energy has sort of been zapped.” Students involved in the campaign, however, are impressed by Markey’s consistent voting record and plan to use this to their advantage in their canvassing. As part of Markey’s activism in environmental issues, the congressman coauthored the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 with Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) — the only climate change legislation ever to pass in the House. Furthermore, as chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Markey ensured there was a live feed of the spill to accompany media coverage during the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Environmental groups such as the League of Conservation Voters and the 350.org Action Fund, the political arm of 350.org have endorsed Markey. This endorsement is the first of the Action Fund’s, and conforms to the organization’s Vote No KXL campaign, which supports Markey. “Mostly why I’m here, and why 350.org has really come out in strong [support of Markey] is because he’s voted against the Keystone XL pipeline and promises to continue to do so once he’s elected,” sophomore Evan Bell, a campus organizer for the Vote No KXL campaign, said. “I definitely wanted to get involved because I think the Keystone XL pipeline is one of the most important environmental issues of our time.” Bell discussed the importance of representation within government and discussion of environmental issues, which Markey champions, in order to make a change. “I definitely think there’s a huge need for the political sphere to really realize the immediate impacts and long-term impacts of irresponsible environmental policies,” Bell said. “But just to have this
scale that the government has, you need more and more people in positions of power to have these stances — against pipelines or even just accepting warming as something that needs to be dealt with on a time scale — because we don’t have that long.” Students involved in the campaign identify with Markey’s liberal stance on other high-profile issues discussed during the fall’s presidential debates and remain on the public agenda. “I would say, speaking to progressives, that he has a pretty strong record on supporting gun control legislation, women’s rights, he voted for Obamacare, so in a lot of ways, he has sort of an almost-perfect record of supporting progressive causes in the House,” Downs said. Raff says that both Markey and Lynch are good Democrats but that Markey is favorable over his opposition in the primary. “Our biggest push is to get situated and prepared for the April 30 primary,” Raff said. “I think it’s good for the Democratic Party to have this competition between Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey. It really makes them think about their values and become very articulate in the way that they talk about what they care about and what they’ll do for Massachusetts. I like to think of it as choosing between good and better.” Bell said that his support for Markey in the primary stems from Lynch’s environmental stances and the stark difference between the voting records of the two. “I definitely think Markey has proven to be someone who is willing to go after the bigger oil companies ... who’s working on the pipeline, BP, Exxon, which is something that’s completely lacking in Stephen Lynch’s campaign and in his history,” Bell said. “He seems not to have [a] proactive stance on climate change at all.” In the 2010 special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, Markey announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary but dropped out soon after. Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate who faced Scott Brown, held the lead over her opponent during most of the campaign, but ultimately lost to Brown. According to senior Thiago Lima, a field fellow for the Markey campaign, the group is working to avoid the same disappointing results by not relying as heavily on poll data. “[We hope to] learn from Attorney General Coakley’s campaign from three years ago,” Lima said. “We really don’t want to take anything for granted [and] we’re really working to make everything count. We’re out there on
the field talking to voters and standing with Ed.” Student volunteers have found a lack of awareness of the special election to be a frequent obstacle in campaign efforts. “I think with special elections it is always difficult, but I think particularly with this special election, the fact that it’s followed such an intense campaign here in Massachusetts, I think a lot of people are, I don’t want to say tired of political campaigns, I just don’t think they’re really aware of [this one],” Lima said. According to Wessel, the rarity of such an election should encourage residents to get out and vote. “I’ve been knocking on doors in Medford — and Medford is [in] Ed Markey’s district, everyone there supports him — but a lot of them don’t even know the election is going on because it’s not very publicized, it’s not on the front page of the [Boston] Globe all that often,” Wessel said. “It is a special election, so there tends to be lower turnout ... but what that means is every person who will vote, their vote will have more of an impact.” This problem of awareness, compared to Warren’s campaign in the fall, may stem from the fact that Warren had significantly more time to campaign than Markey does. “[Sophomore] Rachel [Salzberg] and I were sort of the first Tufts students to go signature-collecting. It was the first step of the campaign: We needed [10,000] signatures to get on the ballot,” Downs said. “A lot of people didn’t really know who [Markey] was. So we had to explain. It wasn’t even college students who, you can sort of imagine might be caught up in the culture of their school — it was people who live in the community.” While Warren had over a year and a half to campaign, Lima said, the Markey campaign has only had about three months to get the word out before the primary. Lima stressed how effective he believes Markey will be in the U.S. Senate, citing the many positive endorsements of Markey as well as his approachable background. “In talking with potential voters, I’ve just been talking a lot about Ed’s personal life and where he’s come from as a working-class kid in Malden, [Mass.],” Lima said. “Someone who worked his way through college as an ice cream man and how he’s continued to stand for the working, middle class in Massachusetts while looking to move Massachusetts in a progressive, sustainable way forward. He’s a really relatable guy.”
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Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke at the College Democratic National Convention in 1989, the Tufts Democrats’ first year in attendance.
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have been truthful from the beginning about my not quite knowing what I am doing with this column, but I have not been completely honest with you for a while. I think with the first column I had an intent to be the “true Brionna,” but I wanted to welcome you (but not all of you, not every voyeuristic eye that’s consuming me as a Tufts black woman for my “story”) on the journey as I explored myself and this (ex?) plantation we call the Medford/ Somerville campus (look up that Tufts history, the Royall House and Ten Hills Farm, and sit with it). In the beginning, I wanted to feature and connect with the often institutionally neglected black population here, because I wanted to speak to you publically, in one place at one time and on the record. I wanted this column to be far-reaching, but it can’t be at once universal in its message and critical. Every week when I started to write with intent and purpose — to talk to you about greatest triumphs and the disturbing underbelly of the college experience and the difficult miracle of existing at Tufts — I could feel the sincerity draining from my words. I became preoccupied with how I’d be perceived by the white oppositional gaze of Tufts and the high schoolers visiting the school, clutching the Daily and their visitor brochures as they shuffle around campus while someone walks backwards and spouts about pre-major advising and meal plans. I am having that “Simba, you have forgotten me” moment, and now I am in the middle of the part where Simba has all kinds of epiphanies. Even though I do a lot with this oppressive language (English), I fear I haven’t been doing enough, because I haven’t been honest, and even now I can’t be, but I need this on the record. I love you, black people at Tufts, even (especially!) strangers, and I smile and say “hi” because I know that some days we feel like we are disposable at Tufts, like we are numbers, counting and learning tools on which our administrators and classmates work out their personal and academic development. So I smile at you, so you know I see you, and the least I can do is acknowledge your presence, because being present here isn’t always easy or healthy. I do not think that survival can be understated in this moment, on this Thursday, when I still live in Sunday night, when my friends and I were dispersed around campus and, collectively, our worlds stopped with an email that announced the white supremacist “graffiti” on campus in Bello Field. The email read as coolly as an announcement about parking closures due to snow. What followed — a plea that members of “our” community “reach out to friends and colleagues in the Tufts community as sources of support and comfort” — said to me, “If your feelings are hurt, if you’re not safe leaving your house, if you’re having violent, real flashbacks and recalls of what this is, try to feel better even though there’s no black counselor at the Counseling and Mental Health Services to turn to, even if you needed to.” The “graffiti” on Tufts’ property is not an “incident.” An incident exists as a singular moment. This is just the most recent (or publicized) manifestation of a symptom of the disease of what exists. With these 600 words, I wanted to make this space in this Daily, so you could see and know that you are here, lovingly made and remembered by me, on the “record.” But I have acted, at times, under a constant optics of whiteness and fear, and my friends and fellow survivors deserve better. So over the next couple of weeks, I am giving you — not all of you — my best, as much as I can.
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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Tufts moves closer to establishing film studies major by Jaqueline
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ufts offers a surprising number of film courses, ranging from Associate Professor Brigitte Lane’s “Classics of French Cinema” and Professor Susan Napier’s “Cinema of Apocalypse” to Don Schechter’s “Making Movies” and Experimental College Associate Director Howard Woolf’s “Advanced Filmmaking.” In any given semester, Tufts will offer close to 25 courses related to film theory, practice or studies. Through programs like Communications and Media Studies and International Literary and Visual Studies, as well as the Experimental College, Tufts has gathered interest and momentum in establishing an official film major. A group of faculty members has been holding regular meetings about this endeavor all semester long. This working group includes Woolf, Jennifer Burton, a professor of the practice in the drama department, and Nancy Bauer, dean of academic affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of philosophy. Richard Fleischer, media coordinator at the Tisch Library, has also provided input in the process. There are clearly established goals and objectives to consider when taking on the large task of introducing a new major at a university, but the working group is operating carefully and constructively to ensure a smooth undertaking. Bauer said that the establishment of the working group is “a way to coordinate all the film efforts across campus.” “We all have the same goal in mind,” Burton added, explaining that the goal is to create a new major in that is necessary in this day and age. At the beginning of this school year Tufts alumni endowed a faculty chair in Professor Sol Gittleman’s honor. “Dean [of the School of Arts and Sciences] Joanne Berger-Sweeney consulted with [Gittleman] and they agreed that it would be wonderful for
the first holder of the Sol Gittleman Professorship to be a professor in film studies,” Bauer said. Formulating an all-encompassing description for this position is one of the most immediate concerns for the working group. Burton said that many working group members feel the holder of the Sol Gittleman chair must have “a vision that is in line with Tufts values and with all of these strengths that they have to work with already.” Both Burton and Woolf agree that it is essential to have a global emphasis, particularly in this day and age where, as Fleischer said, “connectivity opens up all new structural changes.” Finding the right person to fill the professorship is essential in creating a major so dependent on the ever-changing landscape of media and technology. Recent developments in film and media studies have played crucial roles leading up to this moment. Indeed, the past 15 years have paved the way for a film studies major, with the creation of the film studies minor — currently housed in the Communications and Media Studies program — and the International Literary and Visual Studies major, which includes a film emphasis option. Every professor, course, program, major, minor and department that has any involvement in film has made it possible for the current recognition of film studies, theory and practice on campus. It is important to note that the potential film studies major does not currently have an official title, as the area of focus would not rest solely on film. In these modern times, it is hard to distinguish film as a unique medium, considering the immense crossover with television, video games, web videos, music videos and countless other media available at our fingertips. One of the critical factors in the inclusion of a film studies major would be the emphasis on reaching “an actual, grounded education in media literacy,” Burton said.
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Drama department professor Jennifer Burton is one of the faculty members working toward establishing a film studies major at Tufts.
“The real world is looking for technical skills, even for a non-media job,” Fleischer explained. He believes film studies should be a bifurcated major, with equal parts theory and practice. “In this day and age, visual literacy is very important, and there is no structure right now in our curriculum that guarantees and ensures that our students will have some exposure to that,” Bauer said. The consensus surrounding the importance of media literacy heightens the significance of a structured film studies major that will allow for this sort of education. The working group emphasized its comitment to look at things from the student’s perspective, in terms of what a student may need looking ahead. This is where the Digital Design Studio — or, as Woolf puts it, the “library of the future” — comes in. The DDS was added to the third floor of Tisch Library in September 2011, ensuring that any Tufts student could have access to editing software. The formation of the DDS took years of planning, not only for space but also for equipment and availability, but its success has proven the necessity for this kind of facility. “We see the Digital Design Studio and the Tisch Media Center as a support system for students and faculty,” Fleischer said. “[The goal is to] increase the scope of the DDS to help out more with film production than with just class assignments.” The DDS could provide support for a film studies major. “As this groundwork gets laid, we’ll then be able to productively bring students in and get people involved because it’s critical to get students’ perspective,” Bauer added. Apart from the general interest and support shown throughout the administration, Bauer has a personal interest in this endeavor, given that she has taught and written about film for years. The fact that film can be combined with a wide variety of subjects only strengthens the argument that it could and should be able to hold itself as a major at Tufts. Moreover, the
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Howard Woolf is associate director of the Experimental College, an essential part of the current film experience at Tufts. introduction of a film studies major would open up opportunities such as visiting artist programs, which would in turn enhance the program’s reputation at Tufts. At this point, it’s not a matter of if the major will be established, it’s a matter of when. Once the Sol Gittleman Professorship is chosen, there will still be questions and considerations ranging from administrative proposals and departmental housing to ensuring equipment and facilities for film studies students. However, one thing is certain: A film studies major will soon join the Hill as Tufts’ newest major.
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Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences Nancy Bauer has taught courses on philosophy and film for years.
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Paramore has released a fourth album, its first since the departure of the founding Farro brothers pair.
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In the grand tradition of bands that appeal to the angst-ridden tweens of the world, Paramore has been a relevant pro-
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ducer of pop-punk music since 2005. Its sound, until its latest release, was very similar to the music being made by their contemporaries like The Academy Is , Mayday Parade and Cute Is What We Aim For. However, this group has a history that was steeped in a much more significant tradition. After forming in 2004 and releasing its first album in 2005 “All We Know is Falling,” Paramore rose out of the ashes of bands like Good Charlotte and Fall Out Boy, gaining notoriety initially by performing at music festivals like
Warped Tour. More realistically, however, by having female lead singer with red hair and a bad attitude — Hayley Williams — Paramore stepped into the shoes of former punk-princess Avril Lavigne. After releasing three albums and garnering a fairly loyal following of tweens, Paramore suffered a massive blow; two founding members of the band, Josh and Zac Farro, left in a huff in order to pursue their own musical aspirations. These two brothers, who were with Paramore since the beginning, were entirely influential in defining
the sound of Paramore. Now, in its first studio-length album without the Farro brothers, Paramore has a lot to prove. This self-titled album is a departure from anything that Paramore has ever released. Equal parts Panic! At the Disco, with strong steaks of excitable tracks marked by pop-rock, plus a stellar performance by Ingrid Michaelson, with frequent acoustic breaks and strong female pop vocals, “Paramore” is something of a see PARAMORE, page 7
Drama department readies bold ‘bobrauschenbergamerica’ by
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The Tufts Department of Drama and Dance spring major, “bobrauschenbergamerica,” is a non-narrative physical theater piece with American theme that have taken over Balch Arena Theater. A giant American flag painted on the set floor and the red, white and blue costumes on the cast of 10 Tufts students exude Americana. Containing a number of disparate scenes that portray different aspects of the 1950s and 60s American lifestyle, Charles Mee’s “bobrauschenbergamerica” looks at America through the eyes of late artist Robert Rauschenberg. “[ The show] explores American identity in a completely oblique way,” the show’s director Natalya Baldyga, said. Matthew McMahan, the show’s dramaturge, agrees. Natalya Baldyga is a relatively new professor in the Department of Drama and Dance. She joined the faculty in 2011, and “bobrauschenbergamerica” is the first production she will direct on the campus. She teaches theater history to both undergraduates and graduate students, and will also soon teaching a directing course. Baldyga chose this particular play because of her love for physical theatre and because of her developed “sense for the absurd.” She wanted to choose something, she says, “bold and exciting” for her first production at Tufts, and “bobrauschenbergamerica” is definitely nothing less.
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Collaborating with Professor Baldyga is Daniel McCusker, a senior lecturer in the dance department. The amalgam of both theatre and dance in this production results in a kind of theatre that students at Tufts don’t often get to see. On the Balch stage this weekend, a moment of extreme tragedy could turn into a square dance at any point. This show is definitely a programme that relies on every aspect of performance. The dramaturge had
an important job in making sure that the images and themes that the play perhaps intended to show, were seen. Matthew McMahan went through the entire script of “bobrauschenbergamerica” and annotated it, finding references to Rauschenberg’s artwork that would help the cast and designers to understand the text better. For example, the unique bathtub which stays on stage for the entire production comes from Rauschenberg’s “Sor Aqua.”
The uniqueness of this play begins at its very root: with the playwright. On his website, where he posts all his plays, Mee states that anyone can take his work and use them as inspiration for devising completely new plays. In a way, that is what this production has done. This is definitely a play in which viewers should not be taking what they see at face value. Instead, they see BOB, page 7
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New album brings new sounds for Paramore PARAMORE
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paradox. It is plain to see that the loss of the Farro brothers has shaken the foundations of the music Paramore was creating; the tracks seem a little meandering and confused. However, “Paramore” is ultimately a triumph for the band. The loss of the Farro brothers, and the upheaval that the loss introduced into the band seem to have been a blessing in disguise for the once-dull group. Although monotonous, Paramore is popular for a reason. In the past, the group produced albums that were fun and effortless, providing a niche group of music lovers exactly what they wanted. However, the loss of the Farros forced Paramore to return to the drawing board, and the band took the initiative to integrate and adapt its
sound to the contemporary influences of pop-rock music. “Paramore” is an album marked by incredibly catchy melodies, the band’s classic aggressive double-bass drum parts and punk sounds and, most importantly, the stellar vocals of Hayley Williams. With strong musical similarities to the pop prowess of the Brit It girl Jessie J. and the more eclectic bass sections and guitar riffs of Hot Hot Heat and We Are Scientists, “Paramore” is certainly a move forward and a sign of maturity from the veterans of teen-belligerence. Listening to the album, which is comprised of 17 tracks, makes it clear that Paramore is attempting to integrate the more indie aspects of today’s music scene into its tried-and-tested sound. This shift seems successful, with Paramore able to retain its image while experiment-
ing with more contemporary sounds and influences. Some notable tracks on the album include the opening song called “Fast In My Car” and the 12th track, “Hate to See Your Heart Break.” Both tracks showcase Paramore at its best, with its head-thumping sounds and the powerful vocals of Williams shining through brilliantly. The most popular track on the album,“Still Into You,” represents the new side of Paramore — its willingness to adopt more modern and popular influences. Whether Paramore is a band that you have always loved, a relic from your middle school past or a band that you’ve never really given the time of day, its most recent release is something worth listening to and contemplating.
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should think about the play on their own terms and draw their own conclusions. The play explores the ideas of chance and circumstance and the amazing randomness of life. Shown through the eyes of Rauschenberg, “bobrauschenbergamerica” explores how everything, even everyday activities, can be art. “‘bobrauschenbergamerica’ is an “artistic explosion” Baldyga said. The dynamic cast of “bobrauschenbergamerica” has worked hard to produce such a non-naturalistic piece of art. A mix of seniors, juniors and sophomores are acting on the “bobrauschenbergamerica” stage and are an enthusiastic bunch. Baldyga says that while casting the
show, she was looking for students who had “a sense of teamwork, a serious work ethic, curiosity, enthusiasm, and a willingness to leap into the unknown.” “That was exactly what I found,” she adds. The tension and connection felt between cast members is tangible, and is truly makes the play what it is. “Every single member of the cast is essential, and they’ve all helped to build the piece,” says Baldyga. The talented cast all have different levels of experience with nonnaturalistic texts, but their ability to jump into the unknown and act impulsive from day one results in a show that is both extremely fun for the audience as well as the cast and crew.
What you will see when you walk into Balch this weekend is the product of some amazing collaboration. You may find yourself wondering why a chicken is crossing the stage, or why a random yard sale has proliferated, but just remember, you are in “bobrauschenbergamerica.” Laugh, cry, be startled on the rollercoaster of emotions and applaud the cast and crew for their magically collaborative work. “bobrauschenbergamerica” will run from April 11 to April 13 and from April 18 to April 20. Tickets can be purchased in the Balch Arena Theater box office. They are $7 for students and seniors, and $12 for General Admission on the April 11 through the April 13, but they are $1 on the April 18.
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Senior Alyssa San Pedro fuses art, music into artistic expression Noticed the new artwork brightening up the walls in the practice rooms at Granoff? While her humble demeanor may keep this artsy Jumbo anonymous, the Daily has discovered the creative culprit: senior Alyssa San Pedro. San Pedro, a double major in music and Spanish, has been playing the flute since elementary school and has since expanded her horizons to various musical ensembles, including Gospel Choir and Kiniwe. San Pedro hopes to become a music teacher eventually, and she is already well on her way. She volunteers Friday mornings at the Argenziano School in Lincoln Center tutoring beginner flute players and teaching three-to six-yearolds through the Tufts Community Music Program. Preparing for her upcoming senior recital still takes priority, though, and forces San Pedro to spend hours in the practice rooms. “One night I was there from ... 8:00 p.m. to midnight straight, and those rooms are the ugly off-white color. So I decided there needed to be something in there,” said San Pedro. Coincidentally, San Pedro had an art project on her list of spring break plans. She bought some poster board, paint and brushes, and over the next two days worked determinedly to complete 12 different pieces — one for each of the practice rooms. “I made a nice little sign that said ‘Visiting Art Exhibition: Paintings to Practice By.’ It was sort of a prank, and then also giving myself some sanity,” said San Pedro. While San Pedro didn’t exactly get permission before hanging the paintings — not to worry, they’re only attached by sticky tack — the positive responses from other practice room users suggest the paintings are helping out more artsy Jumbos than just the artist herself. —by Claire Felter
Weekender Joe Stile | Amo
o, I’m going to cheat a little this week. I’m going to write about a recent episode of HBO’s “Girls” — “One Man’s Trash” — instead of an actual movie. The show is highly cinematic, and this particular episode is self-contained enough that it might as well be a short film, so it merits being written about. “One Man’s Trash” is amazing in that it crams each shot with a ton of information. The episode conveys immense amounts of material to the audience, even when it appears that nothing is really happening. Joshua (Patrick Wilson) is introduced in this episode and barely says much in his 15 minutes on airtime, yet he is a fully realized character because of many little touches. Joshua enters the episode complaining to Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) boss that someone has been putting their garbage in his trash can. This is the kind of development that gets people moaning that all the characters on “Girls” are over-privileged and whiny, but here they’re missing the point. The fact that Joshua has the time to examine his trash cans so thoroughly and hunt down who has been using them shows just how much free time he has and how lonely he must be. He isn’t spending his time with loved ones or doing something productive. Instead, he is worrying about unimportant little things because that’s all he has. On top of that, the incident also works as a neat little metaphor about him (and people) not wanting everyone else’s baggage — aka garbage — dumped on them. It’s this kind of attention to character detail that’s given the show’s star, writer, occasional director and creator Lena Dunham such acclaim. The episode then does a stellar job of demonstrating how Hannah and Joshua might be acting like they are in love and a couple, but it is all just pretend. These two are just “playing house,” and much of the fun of the episode is just waiting for their little daydream to burst. They might seem like they are being truly intimate with one another, but they are actually just dealing with the surface. Again, the phenomenal writing and directing makes this subtly clear to the viewer. The recurring joke about Joshua’s name — that Hannah wants to call him “Josh,” despite his clear protests that his name is Joshua — helps exemplify this. Hannah wants to call him Josh, giving him a nickname that shows some familiarity between the two of them, but Joshua refuses to grant her that. That they can’t even agree on what Joshua’s name is — even after spending two full days together — shows how they never got to actually know one another. The camerawork in the episode is key. When there isn’t much plot to a story, it’s even more critical to have the visuals tell the story and emphasize the points the director is getting at. A simple — but powerful — trick of the episode is that it rarely has Joshua and Hannah share the same frame. By keeping them separated in the framing, it lets the audience visually see how the characters aren’t really connecting with one another, despite how they pretend to. The whole pseudo-love affair ends the second Hannah, in her typical fashion, overshares and takes things too far as she dumps all of her emotional baggage right on top of the unsuspecting Joshua. He acts polite to her, but you can see in his eyes that the illusion is over and that both of them will have to go back to the real world. It may be brief, but this episode of “Girls” gets a lot out of its short screen time.
Courtesy Alyssa San Pedro
Joe Stile is a senior majoring in political science. He can be reached at Joseph.Stile@ tufts.edu.
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Top Ten | Roger Ebert movie review quotes Roger Ebert, the beloved and universally lauded movie critic, died at 70 on April 4. Known for his harsh and oftentimes hilarious reviews, Ebert was certainly a potent personality in the film industry. Ebert’s opinion, whether positive or negative, was taken as fact among many cinephiles. Here, we have attempted to honor the genius of Roger Ebert by sharing just a few of his amazing movie review quotes. 10) “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003): “Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star. I neglected to mention that, maybe because I was trying to place them in this review’s version of the Witness Protection Program. If I were taken off the movie beat and assigned to cover the inte-
rior design of bowling alleys, I would have some idea of how they must have felt as they made this film.” 9) “Kazaam” (1996): “As for Shaquille O’Neal, given his own three wishes the next time, he should go for a script, a director and an interesting character.” 8) “Gigli” (2003): So, the movie doesn’t work. The ending especially doesn’t work, and what’s worse, it doesn’t work for a long time, because it fails to work for minute after minute, and includes dialogue which is almost entirely unnecessary. 7) “The Village” (2004): “To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes. It’s a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of narrative originality from ‘It Was
All a Dream.’ It’s so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don’t know the secret anymore.” 6) “Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles” (2001): “I’ve seen audits that were more thrilling.” 5)”A Lot Like Love” (2005): To call ‘A Lot like Love’ dead in the water is an insult to water.” 4) “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (2012): “There is a scene in this film where a character is defecated on by several people at the same time, and I dunno...I didn’t enjoy it.” 3) “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” (2009): “If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir
singing the music of hell and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.” 2) “The Last Airbender” (2010): “The Last Airbender’ is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.” 1) “North” (1994): “I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audienceinsulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.”
VSC Presents: The Heart of Vietnam: The Tufts Vietnamese Students Club will host its annual culture show this weekend, celebrating the Year of the Snake. There will be free Vietnamese food, traditional dances, live music and more. Saturday at 8 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge. Admission is free. Shir Appeal Presents: Business Casual: Tufts’ co-ed Jewish a cappella group
Shir Appeal will presenting its spring semester concert this weekend. The concert will feature culturally Jewish music, including Israeli music and English songs with Jewish themes. Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tufts Hillel. Tickets are free with a Tufts ID, $5 for the general public.
—compiled by the Daily Arts Department
What’s Up This Weekend Looking to make your weekend artsy? Check out these events! Sarabande Presents: Break Out of Ballet: Student dance group Sarabande is presenting its semester show this weekend, featuring 11 dances choreographed by its members. The show will also feature performances by other student dance groups including SOC, La Salsa, Turbo and more.
Tonight at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium. Tickets are free at Cohen Box Office with a Tufts ID. Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir Concert: The Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir will present its spring concert this weekend, titled “Freedom.” The choir features 220 Tufts students. Friday at 8 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the Tufts Music Box Office.
—compiled by the Daily Arts Department
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Tufts-owned warehouse residents should accept fate
A community of artists in a warehouse close to Tufts who have stayed there for a number of years have been given six months to leave the premises. The artisans, who run businesses out of the warehouse involving a number of different crafts, including furniture construction, have stayed there for many decades doing their craftwork. The university now intends to use the building for teaching and office space. The inhabitants of the warehouse have voiced their disappointment in losing a space for sharing and learning about artwork and each others’ crafts. These objections aren’t enough to reverse Tufts’ right to evict them from its property, however. In many ways, it has a responsibility to take advantage of such spaces to further the education of its students.
There is an argument to be made for supporting communities of artists and a communal lifestyle. There is a time and place for that argument, but now is not the time or place for it. Tufts owns the property, and, as such, should take advantage of it. As students, we should hopefully be lucky enough to have our tuition utilized in the most efficient manner. The warehouse space could house more classes that may otherwise have to be taught in unconventional areas. Public Relations Director Kim Thurler noted that Tufts has found it needs more and more space. While artists and art are something the campus should encourage, these artists can both petition the towns of Medford and Somerville or buy a new space together. At the same time, Tufts can still use that space for the arts. Art students could retain parts
of the space for any number of activities, from classes to open practices to additional workshop space outside the Crafts Center. Tufts has a responsibility to educate its students and its artists to be the best that they can be. Those students are best served, again, when their tuition is not subsidizing people who, one way or another, have not had the opportunity to affect their education. The artists, who will hopefully find a new place to continue making handcrafted goods and furniture and make a living from it, have gotten in the way of others’ learning and perhaps doing the same some day. Though it could appear to be a cause worth advocating — allowing these artisans to stay and not evict them — the campus has a responsibility to follow through on its mission.
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Two Republican legislators in North Carolina drafted a bill to declare a state religion, thereby rendering the Constitution in the southern state as null-and-void. The House Speaker blocked the legislation from reaching the House floor, but I was still shocked to read about conservative lawmakers in the South attempting to circumvent the Constitution. What I found surprising, however, was a recent poll conducted by the Huffington Post and YouGov, which showed that 34 percent of Americans would prefer Christianity as their state’s official religion, and 32 percent of Americans would prefer Christianity as the national religion.
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The notion that a religion should be officially instituted in government is, without a doubt, unconstitutional. Although several conservatives tout the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, which grants the ability to practice a religion, they conveniently ignore the Establishment Clause of the amendment. The latter prevents the government from promoting or establishing a religion, and it applies to both the national and state levels. The amount of ignorance is shocking, but we could compare this logic to the ones who support English as an official language. Although they are not identical issues (the Constitution says nothing about language), both show the egotism that is palpable among many who fall within majority groups throughout the nation.
The people who want English and Christianity as standards for government take this view out of the false premise that their religion is superior because they are members of the majority in a nation with like-minded individuals. They ignore the fact that many Americans are not Christians and do not speak English, and the Constitution should not promote barriers to those who do not share the same views or primary language as the majority. They have a disdain for the nation being a melting pot of different cultures, heritages and perspectives. Hindering the rights of others only serves to obstruct basic constitutional protections. A promotion of a better understanding of the Constitution is a just alternative to the circumvention of freedoms.
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Amid much public fanfare, media coverage and a stream of profile-picture changes, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving samesex marriage at the end of last month. The first involves California’s Proposition 8, a ballot referendum that effectively overturned a California court decision that ruled that the California Constitution guaranteed same-sex marriage. Prop 8 was then challenged in federal court as violating the 14th Amendment. It was not the State of California that defended the proposition but a coalition of groups that had supported the ballot proposition. The second case involves the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits to same-sex partners even if their marriage is recognized by their state. The petition for certiorari was filed by the United States, seeking affirmation of a Second Circuit decision that overturned the law. An intervening group was organized by the House of Representatives to defend the law when the Obama administration refused to defend the law’s constitutional validity. Both cases are therefore about more than simply the right for same-sex couples to marry and to receive the benefits that accompany legal marriage. Complex issues reduce the Supreme Court’s ability to effectively decide on this situation. The Court seems to be unwilling to address the question of same-sex marriage in the Proposition 8 case on the grounds that private actions — where citizens are able to address that a law is not being enforced — are not generally allowed in the federal system. However, in the DOMA case, the Court seemed more apt to accept the standing of the U.S. to seek affirmation. As a result, it indicates that the Court will not have to decide if the right to same-sex marriage is guaranteed by the Constitution, but it will be able to rule on the federalism questions presented in the DOMA case. In these cases, it seems that the legal questions of standing are being unduly influenced by policy considerations. Although divided government clearly ties up the legislative process — either a single chamber blocks legislation of the other or the executive branch blocks leg-
islation of Congress — it is now tying up the judicial process. It is difficult for the Court to rule on the real questions presented by the parties seeking redress for injuries in trial court because of internal disagreement of the government. In fact, one might argue that divided government puts these issues in front of the Court in the first place. Same-sex marriage has achieved the support of a majority of the citizens in the U.S. and the support of the president — even though the Electoral College stands between the president and popular election. However, the majority of members in the House of Representatives have not yielded to public opinion. Policy considerations are the prerogative of the legislature — not of the courts. Although policy may run up against constitutional issues that may constrain such policy choices, it is not primarily the role of the Court to consider policy — as forcefully affirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ruling last summer. The Court is not and should not be an unelected, life-term, super-legislature as the cases chosen to hear this term have begun to indicate. As originally conceived and reiter-
ated in Marbury v. Madison, by Alex de Tocquville, and by Abraham Lincoln, the Court exercised judicial review because it was essentially forced to in order to decide on a case. With the advent of the certiorari process, the Court can choose not to decide a case, corrupting these arguments and bringing it close to an undemocratic super-legislature. Under the “Obamacare” ruling’s logic, it is somewhat conceivable that the injury at stake in the DOMA case is essentially over part of the tax code, which applies to people discriminatorily in many cases — wealth being another popularly salient way — and therefore constitutional. While distasteful and poor policy, ultimately the policymaking body — the legislature — should most properly resolve the DOMA issue. Instead of deciding policy issues, as has become commonplace this term, the Court should focus on apportionment as alluded to, but not at issue, in the Voting Rights Act case heard earlier this term. Such consideration could begin to alleviate not only the marriage issue but also reduce the legal problems that have arisen from divided government and the need for the Court to act as a super-legislature.
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When we are kids we all dream of what we will be in the future. At one point I wanted nothing more than to be a veterinarian. Seeing that I am currently an English major, my plans have obviously changed. According to a study done by Dr. Fitz, the founder of mymajors.com, 80 percent of college-bound students have yet to choose a major. I remember the day I sat in my high school classroom listening to college recruiters attempting to sell their campus community to a room full of wide-eyed 17-year-olds. At one point, the notion “don’t worry about knowing your major” was certainly embedded into students’ minds. This, however, was wrong. From my personal experience, I think it is vital to have a direction when you start college. If you don’t, you will wind up taking various classes that more than likely will have nothing to do with your final major and could potentially ruin your GPA. I understand the supporting arguments of why it’s important to take liberal education classes: one reason being the opportunity for a well-rounded education. But, in my eyes, all that my liberal arts experience has given me is a few grades and experi-
ences I would soon like to forget. College recruiters feel the need to tell prospective students that they don’t need a direction when they come to school. I’m sure they do this to help with the stress that high school students feel when approaching school. But what does this cost us? Not only are students set up for initial years of confusion and tireless attempts to find themselves, they are also draining their bank accounts to do it. Over the past 30 years, college tuition in the U.S. has tripled. It’s important for students who are still in high school to not be fed the idea that they can bum around college for a few years to find who they truly are. They need to start doing that soul searching when they are still in the comfort of a high school education. Having decided your major will inevitably help you decide on what university to attend or what specific goals you may have in a department. Students need not dwell on making the most money or carrying on their family’s law firm after Dad or Mom kicks the bucket; the decision needs to be made by the student. It doesn’t matter if your final career goal doesn’t happen right away, but being truly inspired by a subject is the key. If you love what you are studying, you will do better. Obviously most students
who will read this are already in the midst of their college career. However, it is necessary to make this problem known, especially because many of us are the ones who wound up with the short end of the stick. In this day and age, student loan debt surpasses credit card debt. It is becoming increasingly important to graduate on time. Not only do universities model their programs for a four-year graduation plan, but scholarships, financial aid and other opportunities may only benefit students for this limited time. One way to ultimately improve your college experience is to come into it knowing what you want to do, or at least having a good idea. There are times when I regret jumping directly into a college environment right out of high school. Sometimes I feel that if I had been living at home with my parents and working full time the fire would have been fueled, and I would be a more successful student overall. Rather than thinking about college as a time to “find yourself,” students should be aware that their university experience will ultimately be improved by choosing a major, or even a career trajectory. High school students should be told they need a direction; a college education is too expensive not to.
lthough the American college machine is seen as a global pillar in education, our institutions are still susceptible to U.S.-centrism. Insofar as we have chosen to ignore or accept this and have asked our peers to subvert the parts of their identity that don’t flatter the American state, we’ve left our community still broken along international borderlines. One anonymous Tufts student from Asia has been an immigrant since he was four years old. Despite the strong influence each culture in which he’s lived has had on his identity, he doesn’t feel allegiance to a particular state or government. “Tufts’ internationalist outlook is so academic we focus a lot on nations and states and not enough on cultures and peoples,” he said. “You’re treated like an ambassador of where you come from — a really crude way of representing someone’s identity.” He noted that the classroom lens is very U.S.centric: Take a foreign policy course, and you’ll be graded on how well your memos reflect U.S. supremacy, rather than humanitarianism or globalism. Khaled is a freshman at Wheaton College who, this summer, can’t return to his home in Yemen. After protestors attacked the American embassy in Sana’a, diplomatic channels between the two countries were clogged. “It will be very challenging for me to apply for a student F-1 visa, and I have to renew my visa every year.” Wheaton has accommodated Khaled’s need to stay through the summer. “Students are not allowed to remain on campus unless they have jobs, but the college gave me an exception,” he said. But with the bridge between America and his home country broken, he still can’t see his family for at least a year. International conflict has forced him to connect with the political ramifications of his background, whether he wants to live politically or not. But that political background isn’t always appreciated, implicitly or explicitly. Sophomore Munir Atalla, a host advisor for International Orientation, noted that the academic systems that bring international students to schools like Tufts are there, it often seems, to parade them in front of American students who haven’t had much intercultural experience — to help facilitate the track to the State Department. “Look at how diverse we are! But when we start pointing to the structures that brought us here, it’s like, ‘shut up’— especially with the Middle East.” Atalla noted that Middle Eastern students in particular are expected to bifurcate themselves: to silence the political half of their identity and to assimilate the social. “You’re asked to leave those experiences behind.” And the risks of not doing so can be petrifying. “My friends from the West Bank are starting to feel guilty,” Atalla continued. “All these great applicants [from their high school] are getting turned down, and they’re worried it’s because they’re getting involved in pro-Palestinian activism.” One student activist from the West Bank recalled that her school feeds into the Ivy League, yet of the few students able to go to college abroad, she knows of only one who has been accepted at Tufts. Her guidance counselor has begun dissuading students from even applying. “He encourages them to go to ‘Palestine-friendly schools’ that give scholarships like Harvard, Yale, Guilford, Earlham and schools in Canada,” she said. Our community is diverse, but still fragmented by our own biases. If we deafen our ears to the experiences of our peers — especially those that might be unflattering to U.S. civil religion — we sacrifice opportunities for growth, both intellectually as individuals and spiritually as a global society. The student from Asia concluded: “I always thought of internationalism as a giant patchwork of nations: The closer you look at it, the more you realize how complicated and beautiful it all is.”
Walker Bristol is a junior majoring in religion and philosophy. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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G.J. Vitale | Who’s on first
You are not what you wear
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The women’s crew team opened its season with a win Sunday on the Malden River.
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level where we can become much more competitive.” Senior co-captain Caroline Patterson was happy with the progress the team has made as well. “Last weekend was exciting because we were consistently successful across the board — novice and varsity, men and women,” she said. “The first race of the season is always difficult mentally because you don’t know where you stand compared to other crews. We had been working hard and were confident in our ability to perform, but to see that validated in racing was extremely rewarding.” The co-captains agreed that the biggest strength of the women’s team this year is depth. “The rowers in the first and second boats have very comparable strength and technical skill. These lineups keep practice
competitive by forcing us to improve on every stroke,” Ricard said. Patterson expressed the same feelings and emphasized the competitiveness of each practice and the team’s drive to make the other boats better. For the first time in five years, the team’s experienced freshmen have been incorporated into the varsity group — this past weekend, one rowed in the first varsity and five in the second varsity. “There is a great deal of underclassman talent to take advantage of, and our varsity boats are more closely matched than they have been in several years,” Patterson said. “This depth means that we are able to push each other and be competitive during practice, which in turn translates into an ability to perform competitively in races against other crews.” Next weekend the team will face Wesleyan, Bates and Wellesley on the Malden. The team knows that the races
will be competitive and that a complete team effort is needed to win each race. Although the Jumbos experienced early success, there is room for improvement. “There is always a lot of room to improve, whether it is in terms of technique, race plan or mental preparedness,” Patterson said. “The focus will be different for each crew, and this week will give us the opportunity to analyze how we performed under pressure in a racing situation.” This week at practice the team is working on staying calm and disciplined during races, regardless of how the other team performs. “Our biggest challenge will be gaining control of the mental aspects of the race,” Ricard said. “Rowing is one big mind game, and if you don’t play right, you end up working a lot harder than necessary to win. Staying calm when the races are tight is imperative, and we need to work on this.”
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the pressure on Tufts the entire race. The two crews remained bow to stern for the final 700 meters of the race, which tested the composure of the young team. Flood, who sits in the stroke seat and sets the pace of the boat, kept calm even as the Wentworth bow ball moved up on the Jumbos. “There were moments when they started moving up on us,” Flood said. “But the huge thing was that we didn’t panic.” Tufts held off Wentworth through the middle part of the race and started the sprint a bit earlier than expected to pull away in the last couple hundred meters of the race. According to Flood, the team hit the power hard and brought the rate up a couple beats for a solid and controlled sprint. “At the sprint we were bow-to-stern,” he said. “[Our coxswain] called the sprint early, and we walked away. The pressure and the run really came through.” On Saturday, Tulane got off to a quick start, but the Jumbos’ varsity eight moved up quickly on the Green Wave early on in the race. They built up their lead from the 500-meter mark to put some distance between the crews and completed the course in 7:03.95 despite a strong headwind that kicked in during the last 1000 meters of the race. In addition to a sweep from the first boat, the second varsity boat (2V) beat Tulane and Wentworth but lost to Hamilton in the last seconds of the race. On Sunday, the 2V split their races, losing to Hamilton in their first event of the day by 11 seconds but coming out strong against Wentworth to win by a similar margin. In their race against Tulane, the 2V began pulling away halfway through the race and solidified their lead in the last 500 meters to
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On the first weekend of the crew team’s spring season, the men’s first varsity boat went 3-0, while the second varsity split a pair of races and the novice four fell in their only race. win 7:24.12 to 7:37.9. The novice four came out strong in their only event against the Continentals, but blew a sizeable lead when the team caught a crab, meaning an oar became stuck in the water, with 80 meters to go in the race. The team picked it up quickly but lost to Hamilton by two seconds. Britt stressed that the boat dealt with the crab appropriately and will have to focus on solid technique throughout the race to keep any rower from catching a crab. “It’s a bad experience but one that they can learn from,” he said. “At any moment, something bad can go wrong, but you
have to stay focused and attentive through the end.” Tufts turns now to preparing for its next regatta against Bates, Wesleyan and the University of New Hampshire at the Malden River. All three schools will provide some tough competition for the Jumbos, who hope to carry their strong start through to their first big test of the season. “The competition is going to be a little faster, and I don’t see them getting any slower,” Britt said. “It’s up to us to surprise them a little bit. The hope is to stick to our race plan and put enough pressure on those guys to push them into making a mental error.”
n the world of sportswear, two names stand out: Adidas and Nike. Let’s admit it. Under Armour, Champion, Reebok (although Adidas owns Reebok, it’s still widely viewed as its own entity by the public) are all just ants under the giant feet of these two juggernauts. I was walking around campus the other day and noticed how complete this dominance is. The reason I began to actually notice the brands of my fellow Jumbos — no, I’m not a creep who does this on a daily basis — was because I was wearing Adidas high-tops, Nike mid-calf socks, Nike sweatpants, Nike compression shorts and an Adidas t-shirt. Not to my surprise but, rather, to my expectation, nearly everyone I observed wearing sports-like clothing was flaunting at least one visible Adidas or Nike symbol. Growing up playing baseball, Nike and Adidas came up solely when cleats were being ordered. I had Nike or Adidas cleats for as long as I can remember until New Balance sponsored my high school team in my sophomore year. Everything else I owned for baseball was made by Easton, Mizuno, Rawlings or Wilson. With Nike, it’s all about public relations. It sponsors the biggest names, leads the way in innovation and is the most financially successful overall. “Just do it” has been infiltrating the shirts and minds of players and fans alike since it was coined in 1988. Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan apparel sells like hotcakes. People will buy anything if they think some of MJ’s magic will rub off on them — we all want to be Like Mike. Adidas, on the other hand, is on the rise, innovating and brushing past all competitors other than Nike. Adidas seems to have the upper hand in the world’s most popular sport, soccer, and also has an edge in that its products are usually cheaper, even though they are not all that different from Nike’s. As a general rule, if two products are a toss-up I like to go with the cheaper option. But in a world increasingly influenced by media and endorsements, Nike is able to sell its products at a slightly more expensive price than Adidas because of the famous athletes it sponsors. Throw a stylized outline of MJ dunking on the side of a shoe, and it’s immediately worth $15 more. How has this attitude changed the way we play, view and talk about sports? For one thing, you don’t have to be an athlete to wear these brands. It becomes an issue when we associate a brand with a sport itself. Lululemon sells clothing under the guise that it’s yoga-specific and is on the receiving end of complaints about how they and other similar companies are consumerizing yoga. Does everyone who wears “yoga pants” do yoga? No, but the connotation is there. God knows I don’t have a fashion sense, but there are appropriate times to rock the athletic look. For example, to the guy wearing a suit with tennis shoes, I say no. The “lax bro” look is taking the collegeaged male population by storm, and, like I’ve been saying, you don’t have to be a lacrosse player — or even know what “lax” is short for — in order to buy yourself some ankle-high socks, a mesh tank and a neon snapback. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just leave it at this: Sport-specific clothing and brands are not entitled to a different set of rules than others. Nike will always be popular, even if every sport somehow fell into ruin. When Hollister was cool and everyone was from California, that was a fad. Sports as a lifestyle? Not a fad.
G.J. Vitale is a junior majoring in biologypsychology and English. He can be reached at Gregory.Vitale@tufts.edu.
Men’s lacrosse falls to strong Endicott defense by Jason Schneiderman
Daily Editorial Board After stringing together eight victories in a row, including wins against some of the top teams in Div. III, the No. 4 men’s lacrosse team finally hit a roadblock Tuesday night, falling on the road to unranked Endicott College, 12-10. The loss brings Tufts’ overall record to 8-3, and was the Jumbos’ first defeat since returning a full roster of players. The team started the season 0-2 down 27 players, who were suspended for two games after a third-party investigation found them guilty of inappropriate conduct at a September Tufts volleyball game. The Endicott game was sandwiched between five crucial NESCAC matchups, and the Jumbos were caught by the proverbial trap game, failing to play consistently and maintain focus for four quarters. “We need to just focus on the next game,” senior midfielder Brian Ruggiero said. “We’ll learn from our mistakes and have a short memory about what’s happened in the past because we can only control what happens from here out.” Tufts held a two-goal lead at halftime but lost control in the third quarter, conceding six goals while only putting one into the back of the net. Senior cocaptain attackman Connor McCormack paced the Gulls, tallying three goals and one assist in the game and bringing his season goal-scoring total to 23. The Jumbos did recover in the fourth quarter, twice cutting the deficit to two, with goals from junior midfielders Beau Wood and Peter Bowers, but were ultimately unable to find enough offense to get by Endicott’s Cameron Bell, who made 13 saves on the night. In what is becoming a troubling trend for the Jumbos, the team went cold for an extended period of play, conceding four unanswered goals in the third quarter. Previously the Jumbos have often been able to overcome the poor stretches, but this time, despite outshooting Endicott 13-8 in the fourth quarter, they were unable to recover and come back for a win. There is no magical fix for these lapses in play, and when asked to name the areas in which Tufts needs to most improve, senior defenseman John Heard gave a clear answer. “Consistency. We all know we haven’t played to our potential yet, and we
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Freshman Alex Salazar’s efforts in nearly 40 minutes between the pipes was not enough for Tufts to hold off Endicott on the road. need to keep getting better every day to reach that potential,” Heard said. “I think the best way to [avoid cold streaks] is to take a deep breath, focus on our fundamentals and think about only the next play.” With the Endicott game behind them, the Jumbos have now directed their attention to Amherst, who they are set to play this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Lord Jeffs are 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the NESCAC. They are led by junior attacker and captain Devin Acton, who has 19 goals and six assists so far this season.
Tufts is very familiar with Amherst. The Jumbos played the Lord Jeffs twice last season, winning 15-5 in the regular season and 14-10 in the NESCAC quarterfinals. Tufts will need to focus defensive attention on Acton, who scored seven goals in the quarterfinal a year ago, willing Amherst to an 8-8 tie midway through the third quarter, until eventually running out of steam in the fourth, where Tufts pulled away with the win. The Jumbos currently trail Conn. College by one game in the NESCAC
Varsity eight opens season with three wins by
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For the first time in almost 20 years, the first varsity boat of the men’s crew team opened up the season with three back-to-back wins. Captain Kyle Flood, the team’s only senior, said the performance over the weekend is Tufts’ strongest early-season showing of his fouryear career. The strong team results came with University President Anthony Monaco in attendance, witnessing his first regatta. “It was a good start to the season compared to all the years I have been at Tufts,” Flood said. “That’s good, because we will be facing even tougher crews next weekend. The first and second varsity eights raced Tulane on Saturday and were joined by a novice four for Sunday’s races against Hamilton and Wentworth. Coach Jay Britt attributed part of the boats’ success to consistently executing the race plan in the face of tough competitors. Hamilton and Wentworth have
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With University President Anthony Monaco in attendance, the men’s crew team delivered a strong start to its spring season. had consistently strong crews, and Tufts and Tulane have traded wins over the years, but this year Tufts moved from finishing 14 seconds behind the Green Wave last year to finishing almost 30 seconds ahead of them.
The closest and most demanding race of the weekend for the first varsity was their last race on Sunday, when they faced off against a strong Wentworth crew that held see MEN’S CREW, page 15
standings. The next four games for Tufts, all against NESCAC teams, will be critical to playoff seeding. If the Camels slip up and the Jumbos can win out, they will have the opportunity to play the NESCAC championship at home, an advantage Tufts utilized en route to winning the title a season ago. “It would be great to have home field advantage, no doubt,” Ruggiero said. “But we really need to be focused on winning the next game ahead of us this Saturday. That’s the only thing we can control right now: our effort going forward.”
Spring opener success for women’s crew by Steven
The women’s crew team started the 2013 season with a bang Sunday on the Malden River. The team first breezed past NESCAC rival Hamilton and then soundly handled a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent, Mt. Holyoke. The Hamilton race featured wins by both the first varsity and the second varsity eights. The first varsity showed poise and determination throughout its race against Hamilton and built a one-length lead at 500 meters while holding off an effort by Hamilton to take the lead at 1000 meters. Tufts won the race by 2 1/2 boat lengths with a time of 6:37.87 against Hamilton’s 6:47.93. The first eight then went to work against Mt. Holyoke and got off to a quick start against the
Lyons. The Jumbos won by 24 seconds, with a time of 6:47.01 to Mt. Holyoke’s 7:11.48. The second varsity enjoyed much of the same success over the weekend. The Jumbos beat Hamilton with a time of 6:51.83 to Hamilton’s 7:15.00 and beat Mt. Holyoke with a time of 6:52.05 to the Lyons’ 7:30.98, burying each of their opponents early on in the race. The third varsity eight split both races, while the novice eight fell to Mt. Holyoke in an extremely tight race. Junior co-captain Caroline Ricard attributed the strong start to the hard work the team did during the offseason. “Last weekend was a success for the whole squad because of the work we put in during winter training,” she said. “Both teams showed that everyone improved their strength and cardiovascular endurance to a see WOMEN’S CREW, page 15