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VOLUME LXVII, NUMBER 54
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Harvard professor discusses environmental regulations by Justin Rheingold Daily Editorial Board
Rohini Pande, the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke yesterday to Tufts students and faculty about the process of developing environmental regulations when states lack the capacity and knowledge to create them independently. Pande, who has worked extensively on the development of environmental regulatory programs in India, delivered her talk as part of the Birger Lecture Series. Professor of Economics Enrico Spolaore introduced Pande and described her as "an expert on political economy and development." "Her research is about the design of institutions and government regulations, and how they affect the policy outcomes and the welfare of citizens, so she has done a lot of work on democracy and gender representation in democratic institutions," Spolaore said. "More recently, her work has focused on environmental regulation." Pande began by speaking about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2014 report — released only a few days ago — and how it states that there is increased scientific evidence of climate change. According to Pande, climate change will have particularly large impacts on India, which has been slow to develop new technologies and remains a major polluter. She said much of the problem lies with the state's inability to enact changes. "The IPCC reports ... very strongly tried to argue that the current dilemma facing India ... has to do with a willingness to implement basic principles of how to tax and what to tax," she said. Pande added that there is a major gap between developed countries and those that are still developing, like India, due to a technological and ideological divide. "This is also being debated a lot at the international negotiating table, [where] a number of emerging economies and countries say, 'Why should we pay the cost for the fact that the rich countries have reached this point where they can relatively cheaply move away from fossil fuels?'" she said. "If we're going to think about decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases, we're going to think about policies that are both going to be accepted by the developing countries, but that are also going to be able to be implemented." Currently, India is unable to either create or enforce environmental regula-
tions, and this is a major obstacle, Pande explained. She suggested that new creative strategies will need to be developed. "Successful policy responses in emerging economies requires addressing implementation challenges," she added. "It's going to be hard to achieve [change] under the traditional command and control setup." Pande spoke extensively about implementing emissions standards at power plants and discussed the difficulties in ensuring their enforcement. She explained that many of the auditors — the people who are responsible for testing individual power plants — are often entrenched in the industry. Many of them consult for other energy companies, which can compromise their testing. This lack of enforcement contributes to major health concerns in India, she added. "Current levels of pollution lead to a reduced life expectancy by three years," Pande said. "India right now is the country with the highest rate of respiratory related deaths, so clearly it's a big issue." Pande explained that she has worked extensively with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, an organization responsible for ensuring that Indian industrial plants comply with pollution standards, to reform their audit and verification system. She said that the Indian courts have been fairly active with regard to environmental issues, and the Gujarat Board was taken to court because people didn't think they were using the pollution data that they were supposed to be collecting. Her research resulted in a new, experimental audit system, one in which the auditors were centrally controlled and did not receive their salaries from individual industrial plants. Pande also found that the implementation of continuous emissions monitoring schemes (CEMS) — mechanisms that would measure emissions every few seconds — would help remove the human element of emissions standards enforcement. She argued that CEMS would provide regulators with better information, and would allow them to develop more accurate policies and rules. Overall, Pande argued for the development of international agreements that take into account each party's individual wishes. "If you're going to have effective international action on climate change, I think you're not going to just come up with the standards — I think you're going to have to address, at the local level, what those implementation standards are," she said.
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Rohini Pande, the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, delivers a presentation on the economics of environmental regulation development.
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Tufts Dining Services has announced several changes to meal plans which will take effect next fall.
Dining Services to eliminate 'trick turning' next year by Justin Rheingold Daily Editorial Board
Tufts Dining Services, in an April 9 press release, announced several changes to the Premium Meal Plan for Fall 2014, including the elimination of the popular "trick turning." According to Director of Dining and Business Services Patti Klos, the changes will be focused on the Premium Meal Plan, commonly referred to as the "Unlimited Plan," which all freshmen are required to purchase. Right now, students on this plan are able to access Carmichael or DewickMacPhie Dining Halls during a specific meal period and can then go to Hodgdon Good-to-Go to "trick turn." Klos explained that this will no longer be possible. "You may either visit Carmichael and Dewick as many times as you'd like in a given meal period ... or you [can] visit Hodgdon," she said. "You can only do one or the other during that period ... We want to make sure we're not referring to it as an 'Unlimited Plan,' because it is limited." Klos explained that Dining Services had never planned for "trick turning" to become a permanent feature, but that its software could not prevent it. "We are changing our software programs this summer, primarily because our system is on antiquated hardware," Klos said. "The intent has always been that there would be a limit to whether or not you could visit Hodgdon and Dewick or Carmichael in the same meal period. When we upgrade our software, we'll be able to make that work properly." Isabelle Kahhalé, the co-chair of the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate Services Committee explained that Klos consulted her and her co-chair, sophomore Janna Karatas, about the change several months ago. "Patti [came] to me a couple of months ago and said, 'These are some of the changes we're thinking of for the meal plan — what do you think of them?'" Kahhalé, a freshman, said. "I did voice what I thought was the opinion of the whole school, that getting rid of 'trick turning' would not be a good idea, but she just said that it was part of the upgrade of the new technology they were putting in." Kahhalé added that Dining Services was nevertheless mindful of student concerns and is making additional changes to meal plans in accordance with how students typically use their meal plans. "The thing about Patti was I think she really wants the best for us and the whole
community, so she was saying we're making other changes to the meal plan," Kahhalé said. "For example, now instead of having 10 guest meals, there are less and you get $80 JumboCash, which is a lot more useful." According to Klos, this additional JumboCash will only impact students on the Premium Plan. She said, however, she hopes it will provide students with additional flexibility in choosing where to eat. "Our hope is that students will find opportunities to use that JumboCash in other on-campus locations," she said. "We know they're in the library — this will give them the chance to buy a coffee or snack while they're in there. If you're an engineer, and you're over in Brown and Brew, and you want to get a yogurt or something, you'd have access to that unused guest meal through your JumboCash." Klos added that the setup of the Kosher Deli will not be impacted by these changes. She said that students will still be able to first purchase food there, and then take it into Dewick or Carmichael to eat. While Kahhalé said students were initially upset about the loss of "trick turning," she believes class turnover will eventually make it something few people remember. "I wish there was something we can do [to preserve ‘trick turning’] , but there [are] things Senate can do and things they can't do, and that might be one of the things we can't do," she said. Brian Williamson, a junior member of the men's track and field team who is on the Premium Meal Plan, said that the inability to "trick turn" could, in the long run, be a healthy decision for Dining Services. "I actually think it will help me control how much I eat, and increase my awareness of how much and when I eat," Williamson told the Daily in an email. "I think having a constant stream of food, especially later into the night, can help lead to poorer nutrition habits in the long run." Kahhalé said Dining Services has been cooperative in ensuring student needs were met, particularly with the addition of late-night dining earlier this semester. "We did talk about potentially finding ways to extend the late-night dining ... maybe have it offered every day of the week," she said. "I'm still going to be working with [Klos] in the future to potentially expand it to Dewick for Friday and Saturday nights because it can accommodate a greater number of people, and, hopefully, wouldn't be as hectic."
iSIS garners mixed reviews from both students and faculty one year after its debut.
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One year later, iSIS receives mixed reviews from students, faculty by Emily Bartlett Daily Editorial Board
The creators of the Integrated Student Information System (iSIS), as well as the students and faculty who use it, have mixed views one year after its implementation. The planning for iSIS, which launched in 2011, began several years ago with the intention to integrate student services across Tufts' campuses, according to the project's website. Although students and faculty tested iSIS while enrolling in Fall 2013 courses, use of the new system officially began this academic year. "By industry standards, the iSIS project was very successful," Director of Enterprise Applications in Tufts Technology Services Mark Damian told the Daily in an email. "We completed it on schedule and on budget. We've processed three registration periods, issued bills, accepted grades and supported graduations." "There was a broad range of involvement from the Tufts community, including subject matter experts from every school and student focus groups to provide feedback in the design of the portal," Damian added. "During its peak, there were up to 65 people working on the project, including technologists, consultants and student services experts." Despite positive reviews from those involved in the creation of iSIS, many students expressed disappointment with the system, which replaced the 20-yearold Student Information System (SIS). "Honestly, I think it was poorly done," senior Robert Lasell said. "The user interface is very strangely designed ... It's very hard to find what you want. If you want to use any function, like [registration], the menus make little sense, and the labels on them are unusual." Jeannine Vangelist, a staff assistant for the Department of Computer Science, echoed several of Lasell's sentiments. "It's not quite as user-friendly [as SIS]," she said. "[I use iSIS] to look up
students ... and to deal with certain issues that come up with their transcripts or if they're ready to graduate ... We just generate a lot of reports that deal with student data. We have to run queries, and the names of the queries are not intuitive at all." Although Damian said his team has worked with faculty to explain the iSIS features, he acknowledged that they are not as intuitive as they could be and said that difficulties with a new system are inevitable. "Even though there are some user navigation challenges, Tufts strategically chose to leverage a commercially available application for iSIS because it was impossible to meet the university's needs if we built a system from scratch," Damian said. After struggling for three years to use SIS, senior Christina Goldbaum said she has found the new system to be even more difficult to use than the old one, which was no longer supported by modern computer technology. "I have also found that [iSIS] doesn't always work in my Chrome browser, which can be frustrating at times," Goldbaum said. "Finding certain information on it is less intuitive than on SIS." While students have expressed frustration with iSIS, Professor of Computer Science Ming Chow had stronger words to describe the failures of the new system. "I have nothing good to say about the experience working with iSIS ... I would rather not say anything at all," he told the Daily in an email. "But then again, I also understand that per the Tufts CIO [Chief Information Officer], it is a system of records and not a system of interaction." Although there are many in the Tufts community who have not taken to iSIS favorably, others, like Miriam Santi, have expressed positive opinions of the new system. "I like it," Santi, the department administrator for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said. "I think there [are] obviously things that could be better. It might be nice if
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we had more reports or more things we could do ourselves. But it's just starting. You have to realize that it's a new product, and you can't expect it to be 100 percent what you want — [but] I find it very easy to use." Santi pointed out that those who had been using SIS for years could find it difficult to adjust to the new system. "I think a lot of people who have used the older system have a hard time adapting ... as a whole, we don't like change, so to try something new is hard," she said. "[Getting] used to new software can be hard for people." Senior Naomi Strauss also defended iSIS as a welcome change. "I think people are too hard on it," Strauss said. "It's definitely an improvement in comparison to SIS, and any new program that is implemented is bound to have some initial hiccups. I also think that iSIS has some great new features, such as the swapping system where you can switch one class for another." Damian agreed, and explained how switching from SIS to iSIS was bound to come with some small problems. "With any large, complex system implementation of this type, there are typical issues that surface," Damian said. Though she has encountered problems, Vangelis said that any issues with the system have been acknowledged and fixed rapidly. "There's a lot of interaction between the people who make it work and make it run, and I find them all to be very helpful," she said. Both Damian and Jack said the system will be in flux until all functionality and problem areas are addressed. All kinks in iSIS are expected to be fixed by this summer, and how students and faculty interact with the system will remain a high priority. "The user experience is extremely important to us, and we continue to work on making the system more intuitive," Damian said. "We are confident that, with time and some critical enhancements, Tufts will have a student information system that will serve our community for a very long time."
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According to the iSIS project’s website, the site hoped to eliminate redundant systems. Students and faculty have described mixed feelings about the program since it was rolled out a year ago.
spent a year at a community college. I know — maybe gasps from many of you; maybe indifference from others. There's a real stigma against community colleges, even if you haven't experienced it yourself. Whenever I tell people a story involving a class I took at community college, I find myself explaining the strictness of the class, and how it was considered harder than the one at the local state college (UMass Amherst, if anyone's interested). When I first realized I was going to have to do community college for a year, I was pretty upset. My high school calculus teacher desperately looked around for other options for me, but I couldn't afford regular college classes, and the school wouldn't let me graduate early. She told me it was a shame, because I was better than that. I'm not. That's not how it works. That's never how it works, actually. Sure, a lot of students didn't care. They were there because they thought they needed a college degree, or because all their friends were going, or because it was what their parents expected. But people who don't care tend to cluster together in the easier classes, and don't take the more involved ones. So — surprise, surprise — the hard classes were where the real learning happened. My classes were filled with people who cared deeply about their education, whether they were returning to school or trying to save some money while getting their four-year degree. There were the people who had entered the job market only to find that things were getting increasingly difficult for those without a college diploma. There were those who had taken years and years off to raise kids, only to decide to come back to school and finish that degree. There were those who had messed up in their youth and were now looking for a second chance. They were the students who cared about their education and who worked their butts off to make it count. They turned good classes into great classes, asking questions and prompting lively intellectual discussion. I'm not going to lie, I had a couple classes that could have been a lot better. Classes taught by adjunct faculty members who were underpaid and overworked. Classes filled mostly with students who were just there to get a grade. And one memorable physics class that dropped from over 20 students to eight, despite a great professor. And yet, it was still surprisingly easy to find people who cared — professors who were more than willing to stay late and talk shop, and students who encouraged them to do so. I remember the engineering physics professor stopping by to chat with the engineering club on the way out and the math professors whose doors were always open. We talk a lot about diversity here at Tufts, but we're not really that diverse. Sure, we have a lot of international students — international students who can afford to come here. Tufts is very generous with financial aid, so you do get a fair amount of socio-economic diversity. But we all chose to come here. We all shopped around for schools and then chose Tufts. Many people at community college don't get to choose. They go to the one that's closest to where they live or the one that offers the specific program they need. Obviously, community college isn't for everyone, and that's okay. But the next time you meet someone from a community college, don't make assumptions about them. Because they've probably got a lot more going on than you could ever guess. Anastasia Korolov is freshman who has not declared a major. She can be reached at Anastasia.Trombly@tufts.edu.
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'Game of Thrones' returns with drama, surprises by Grace Segers Daily Editorial Board
"Game of Thrones" is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows on television — and for a good reason. The show has the ability to blend fantasy with political drama and intrigue, managing to maintain and develop a large, confusing cast while making relatable, memorable characters. Even if it is hard to remember some of the characters' names, it is easy to remember their motivations. Each aspect of the show is incredibly ornate, from the details of the screenplay to Ramin Djawadi's excellent score to the elaborate hairstyles and costumes. Even more impressive, each season has been successively better than the last, and the fourth season is no exception. The HBO drama has returned after its twisty and devastating third season: Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) were shockingly killed in the season's penultimate episode, "The Red Wedding." Robb was more developed on screen than in the books, making the cruel, violent loss of the King in the North even more tragic. But as the second season so brilliantly moved forward from Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) death, so too has the fourth been able to explore the aftermath of the Red Wedding. This season's opening scene shows Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) melting down Ned's old sword to create a new
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Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister has shown significant development. one for his son and grandson. It is a new era for both Westeros and "Game of Thrones." The first episode of the fourth season is surprisingly light on action, but it is one of the best the show has offered. Written by show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, it is an intense character study that features most of the twenty-plus main characters. One of the most appealing plotlines of this season is that of a new character: Oberyn
Martell (Pedro Pascal). Oberyn, who has the enviable nickname "The Red Viper," hails from the country of Dorne. He has come to King's Landing for the wedding of King Joffrey ( Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). Oberyn is swaggering, vengeful and incredibly sensual — an entertaining mix between Inigo Montoya and George Clooney. Pascal is an excellent addition see THRONES, page 6
Mutual Benefit sticks to gorgeous, stripped-down set by Nika Korchok
Mutual Benefit's sound is quixotic. The indie outfit, created by bandleader Jordan Lee, is adventurous and daring, two attributes which their music — a unique mix of folk, atmospheric pop, experimental nu-wave and Americana — reflects. What might seem like an overwhelming amalgamation of styles ends up blending beautifully — this skill has earned them recognition from music blogs and top critics alike. Thus, Mutual Benefit's performance at Tufts on April 11, given alongside fellow indie band Creaturos, was a special treat. The group played to a room of about 30 students eager to hear the latest work by one of indie music's finest. Their set was simple and modest: old analog televisions with static-filled screens balanced atop boxes that were placed in front of a background of multicolored Christmas lights. The set gave the illusion that the band was playing for friends in a parent’s basement — and with their nostalgic and easygoing vibe, the soft sounds and lilting rhythms of their pieces certainly reflected that sense. While twangy notes from the violin played up the folksy Americana side of the band's sound, steady percussion and guitars simultaneously reminded fans how Mutual Benefit has been influenced by groups like Washed Out and Arcade Fire. It was easiest to hear Mutual Benefit's intoxicating blend of woodsy folk and exotic orchestral splendor on mellow songs like "Strong River" (2013) and "Golden Wake" (2013). In these performances, Jake Falby powerfully lead the way on his electric violin, creating sounds that felt uncharted and limitless. Lee, the band's founder and lead singer, maintained an entrancing presence to match this music. The band's multi-instrumentalist performer played keyboards for the duration of the Daily Editorial Board
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Jordan Lee, the found of Mutual Benefit, is at the center of the band's eclectic and creative spirit.
DANI BENNETT | SCENES FROM SPAIN
A case for collectivism
n a previous column, I referenced a kind of unique collectivist culture in Spain: Spaniards tend to make their family, their friends and people in general a priority in their lives. In my experience, I have found this culture prevalent in every corner of Spain, from big cities to small pueblos. After having recently traveled to Istanbul, however, I think Spain may have met its rival in terms of collectivist, people-oriented and confrontational culture. Like in Madrid, people in Istanbul have a propensity to be out of their homes. In Spain, there is even a saying that specifically references this phenomenon: "La gente está la calle" (translation: the people are in the street). In other countries like the United States, entertaining is often done in the home, but in Istanbul, people are out eating kebabs near Taksim Square, smoking peach-flavored hookah and drinking small glasses of Turkish tea outside and strolling down one of the many bustling streets. At any given hour of the day, you can find a large amount of people walking around outside ... Just make sure to be on look-out for masses of people — otherwise you could end up in a Turkish political demonstration that may or may not contain tear gas. In all, I would call this "fluid collectivism." People are constantly spending time with each other outside — but are also constantly in motion. There is a plethora of street food in Istanbul, from kebabs to baklava to fried clams, and it is possible to have a whole meal just by walking from one food stand to another. The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul are also popular destinations, and at both locations, the many vendors span dozens and dozens of streets. My sneakers were significantly worn down by all of the walking I was doing in Turkey. This fluidity does not really exist in Madrid and throughout Spain. There, one could say, that most of the outside congregating, which is done at outdoor café and restaurants with tapas and sangria, has a more stagnant collectivism. However, these issues really get interesting when people from collectivist cultures immigrate to countries with clearly individualistic one (i.e. if a Spaniard were to immigrate to the United States) — and vice versa (i.e. if a Turkish person were to immigrate to Sweden). While talking to a Turkish man living in Sweden, I asked him what his favorite Swedish food was, and he replied that he always eats at home, never out. There are two explanations for this. First, the cheapest meal you're going to encounter in Sweden is equivalent to roughly $20. Second, he may have already adopted the individualist cultural approach found in Sweden that is such a drastic change from his homeland of Turkey. I don't know if I could definitively say either way that fluid is better than stagnant collectivism, but I do believe the United States and other individualist countries have a thing or two to learn from this mindset. Why not go outside of your house more? Why not create more opportunities for social cohesion? It's all about making these things a priority. Maybe if we had more immigrants from these fluid and stagnant collectivist countries, there would be a bigger influence on American culture. If this were the case, we would perhaps be able to move in a new direction — one that would help us be less aggressive, less competitive and, ultimately, more satisfied with what we have. Dani Bennett is a junior who is majoring in English and spending this semester abroad in Spain. She can be reached at Danielle.Bennett@tufts.edu.
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Precise, emotional storytelling defines GOT fourth season THRONES
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to the cast, and his character brings liveliness to the uptight social politics of King's Landing. This episode also showcases Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who is still held captive by Joffrey's disfigured former bodyguard Sandor Clegane, The Hound (Rory McCann). What began as a kidnapping has now transformed into a strange partnership, as the two embark on a criminal activity-filled road trip. It's like a twisted Bonnie and Clyde tale, with Arya killing for vengeance and Sandor doing so simply out of hunger or boredom. It's both entertaining and a bit unsettling to see Arya transform into a cold, precise warrior. Her story is contrasted by that of her sister Sansa (Sophie Turner), who is forced to act ladylike in the face of her longtime tormentors and her brother Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is exploring his supernatural powers. Each of the remaining Stark children has been crippled, emotionally or physically. The first two episodes of this season see them beginning to find their strength in pain. The author of the books, George R.R. Martin, wrote the second episode. While there is very little fighting, the intrigue and drama surrounding Joffrey and Margaery's wedding is more than enough action. Joffrey is utterly detestable in this episode; once a petulant child, he is now growing into a vicious adult. But Margaery is a wonderful balance to her new husband's cruel entitlement, masking an intelligent mind with a pretty face and good manners. In fact, the entire Tyrell family is delightful to watch, from the scheming matriarch Olenna (Diana Rigg) to the flamboyant, sassy Loras (Finn Jones). Other than the Tyrells and Oberyn, the standout of the decadent wedding reception is Peter Dinklage's Tyrion, who has matured significantly
throughout the show. The character has transformed from a bitter drunk to a determined politician intent upon protecting those who he loves. In the second episode, the viewers watch as he attempts to aid his older brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), his lover Shae (Sibel Kekilli) and his young wife Sansa. The relationship between Sansa and Tyrion is a delicate, almost lovely one, in which he tries to atone for his family's unspeakable sins against her. The events of the second episode set a course that will undoubtedly occupy the rest of the season and define its tone. Where the last two seasons of "Game of Thrones" have focused on a war between kings, this one will center on vengeance and the lengths people will go to achieve it. As Oberyn says, "The Lannisters aren't the only ones who pay their debts." This will mean chaos in Westeros, but continued enjoyment for fans as the phenomenal fourth season unfolds.
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Despite blending a variety of musical styles in their songs, Mutual Benefit's overall sound is calming and tranquil.
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George R.R. Martin, author of the 'Song of Ice and Fire' books, wrote the game-changing second episode of the fourth season of GOT.
show while he also crooned out melodies and softly spoke between pieces. His tone was subdued, much like the calm pieces he was introducing, but he was still charming enough to joke with the audience, inserting some sly boyish charm along the way. Despite his endearing interludes, Lee also made sure to let the music speak for itself. The joy of a Mutual Benefit concert is not that it produces an overwhelming desire to start a mosh pit, but rather the sense of calm it emanates. This tranquility was likely produced by Falby's flawless bow strokes on his violin, tones that resembled soundtracks from Tai Chi classes at mountain yoga retreats. The whole concert was moving and spiritual — a far cry from the sensory overload of a high-intensity pop concert. In fact, nothing about Mutual Benefit's music feels overloaded; it is raw but still full-
bodied, textured and layered. The combination of bass, guitar, drums, keyboard, vocals and violin could have been cacophonous, yet Mutual Benefit made it sound like a symphony. Their music was intelligently composed and delivered. "Strong Swimmer" (2013) was likely their most powerful performance of the night, with its chimes and slow ascension of violin sounding reminiscent of fellow indie band Fleet Foxes. The percussion rhythms and instrumental notes were evocative of traditional Eastern music, yet Lee's haunting and insistent voice gave the music a unique flavor. After about an hour, Mutual Benefit thanked their audience for a lovely show and began disassembling their set to make room for Creaturos. If the quality and musicality of their work is any indication of things to come, then Mutual Benefit will undoubtedly soon be playing on much bigger stages and to much bigger crowds.
On April 15, 2013 medical volunteers, emergency medical services providers, and Boston’s hospitals accomplished an unprecedented feat of trauma care.
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'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' features beloved 'Peanuts' characters.
Torn Ticket II blends familiar characters, new talent in 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," one of the productions being produced this semester by Torn Ticket II, Tufts' musical theater student group, will open Thursday evening in Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall. Created by Clark Gesner and first performed in 1967, the show uses musical numbers and comedy to tell a story about the beloved "Peanuts" (1950-2000) characters Charlie Brown (freshman Paxton Crystal), Linus (junior Marcus Hunter) and Lucy (freshman Lizzie Boston). The director of the show, sophomore Artoun Festekjian, said that he is excited to bring a classic kids' show to Tufts. He believes "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" has an emotional range applicable to the lives of the children and adults alike. The emotive scope that the show offers, despite being appropriate for all age levels, is part of what makes it so meaningful.
"Every character [embodies] a certain personality [trait]," Festekjian said. "Charlie Brown deals with [what happens] when people are sad or depressed and how they overcome that, whereas someone like Lucy ... is always full of this type of rage and crabbiness ... You can relate with all these characters." According to Festekjian, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" is also the first Tufts musical in several years to be performed in Dewick, and the venue has provided some challenges for the cast and crew. Despite these difficulties, the informal cafeteria venue will likely jive with the playful childhood setting of the show. "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" will be performed on Thursday, April 17 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. It is a free, non-ticketed event. —Drew Robertson
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Fixing the 'trick turning' glitch is sensible
The way students eat on campus is evolving, and we should embrace the change. After years of "trick turning," Tufts Dining will officially put an end to the glitch in the meal-swipe system that has allowed students on the Premium Meal Plan to go to Hodgdon after eating at either Carmichael or Dewick-MacPhie dining halls. In a press statement released on April 9, Tufts Dining said that the change was necessary, and that the Services Committee of the TCU Senate had been consulted about the change. The statement calls students "savvy" for tricking the system. A bug in the meal-swipe system enabled students on the Premium Meal Plan to "trick turn," and while it's very likely that administrators knew what was going on, it's also likely that the system's fault has finally become unsustainable. The reality is that students on the Premium Meal Plan pay for access to the dining halls
or the Hodgdon's Good-to-Go Take Out for each meal, not both. This change may come as a surprise to those who were unaware that “trick turning” was a mistake, but we should embrace the change because the expense of cheating the system is not just paid for by freshmen on unlimited plans. Rather, the cost is spread out throughout the whole system, making every meal plan more expensive than it has to be. Additionally, this fall, students on the Premium Meal Plan will go from getting 10 guest meals to just four. According to the press release, students will instead get $80 in JumboCash to replace six of the previous 10 guest meals. Four meals is actually the average of number of guest meals used per semester. This is also a welcome change, as students will be able to use the $80 anywhere that uses JumboCash. Instead paying for and possibly wasting guest meals, students will be able to use JumboCash
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Put an end to runaway Pentagon spending by Patrick Alcom The Minnesota Daily
Fifty-five percent. Fifty-five percent of the discretionary budget of the United States goes to the Pentagon. Education? Six percent. A sliver. Transportation? Another tiny fraction, two percent. Even veterans, the men and women whom our leaders have sent to wage various fickle international interventions, only receive a measly six percent toward their benefits upon returning home. Hawks like Condoleezza Rice chide those who oppose interventions in Syria but hardly lift a finger to fight the backlog of benefits claims in the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are content with
sending troops into Iran, but scoff at the millions of Americans who live in poverty. They say we must reassert our dominance over Russia in Ukraine, but ignore single parents forced to work multiple jobs because they are not able to earn a living wage. Let's face it: This nation's spending priorities are backward, and they aren't changing. In 2001, about $400 billion went to the military. By 2012, $668 billion was funneled into the Pentagon. These numbers don't even include the more than $1 trillion that was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is why the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project is utilizing the simple resolution process to fuel a public debate on military spending.
Several city councils, including those in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and more than 150 organizations and leaders throughout the state have endorsed the MN ASAP resolution to reduce Pentagon spending and transfer that money into more responsible programs. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the U.S. is privileged. Let us use that wealth responsibly and humanely by investing in public education, fixing our crumbling infrastructure, creating healthy food options for all people, relieving the burden of student loan debt, making public higher education more affordable and countless other problems that have been neglected by our politicians. Decrease Pentagon spending. Invest in our communities.
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The ethics of Gov. Chris Christie by Sam Berzok In a recent public announcement, Randy Mastro, Gov. Chris Christie's hired attorney, said that the Governor was exonerated of any involvement in the George Washington Bridge scandal that occurred last September, in which lanes of the busiest commuter bridge in the United States were closed, thereby causing massive traffic congestion. This congestion caused so much gridlock that commuters couldn't commute to in New York and students were unable to attend school, among other problems. It is alleged that Gov. Christie (R -NJ) and members of his immediate staff executed the order to close the bridge to exact political retribution on the Mayor of Fort Lee, the town where one end of the George Washington Bridge is located, because he refused to endorse Christie in his recent re-election campaign. Other media personalities such as Rachel Maddow have questioned whether the Governor was looking to exact political revenge on the Mayor of Fort Lee or his outspoken critic in the State Senate, Democratic State Senator Loretta Weinberg. Officials who closed the bridge tried to defend the closures under the veil of a "traffic study," which was quickly proven to be a false claim. These allegations sparked the ongoing investigation of the State Assembly and the US Attorney's office in New Jersey into the office of Gov. Christie. Their investigations have reviewed thousands of documents and discovered a slew of strange memos and relationships within the Governor's office. If there's one legacy that has remained in the state of New Jersey throughout the decades, it has been a series of shady politics. Seriously, watch "The Sopranos" (1999-2007), "Boardwalk Empire" (2010-present) or "American Hustle" (2013), and you'll be reminded that New Jersey has long been a cross-section of political machines, organized crime and dark dealings. What makes Gov. Christie unique from past New Jersey corruption investigations is his "hide in plain sight" attitude throughout his executive term. He searches for expedient and often politically questionable solutions to any challenges to his authority. When an email was uncovered reading "Time for some traffic problems in
Fort Lee" Christie swiftly fired his staff members responsible for the email, thinking that people would respect his fast and powerful strike of the executive hammer. Christie also employed this tactic when the Legislative Committee began its investigation. He spent taxpayer dollars to open his own personal investigation with his personal law firm in the hopes that his quick initiative to find the answer himself would hush his confused and angry constituents. Of course, the report his private law firm produced came as no surprise, finding zero shreds of guilt for Christie even after they "reviewed" thousands of documents. This past week, a Superior Court judge ruled that Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's chief of staff, and Bill Stepien, a New Jersey Port Authority official and Christie's high school buddy, both key characters in the Bridge scandal, did not have to release any documents to the State Assembly Legislative Committee in protection of their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. The Governor may view this ruling as a victory, seeing as fewer incriminating documents need to be released, but it won't stop the investigations until the truth is uncovered. The Governor is well known across the state for silencing those who challenge his viewpoint, whether he ignores public discontent or quickly labels his dissenters, be they citizens or legislators, as "idiots" or other derogatory terms. Though he no longer serves as the US Attorney for New Jersey, his prosecutorial character has never left him when addressing his political opponents. They are the defendants, and he presents the case that they are, without a reasonable doubt, wrong. In another abuse of taxpayer dollars, Christie spent $24 million this past summer to hold two special elections for one of New Jersey's US Senate seats. His motivation for such an expense was to divide his gubernatorial election from the special Senate election where popular Democratic contender Cory Booker would have posed a threat to the Governor's vote count if the elections were held on the same day. He enacted his privilege through a haze of executive powers listed in the Constitution and state law to guarantee his own re-election in a majority Democratic state. Christie has exerted a dangerous control over the state's courts by
instilling an aura of fear. Judges are afraid of making too "liberal" rulings in fear of being called out and potentially removed from the bench in place of a more favorably conservative judge appointed by Christie. This is also part of the reason why there is a surprising number of vacancies for judges throughout the state. Whether or not Christie himself was behind the order to close the George Washington Bridge is unclear. What is clear is his absolute neglect of his appointees and staff and his willingness to control the state's attention through his political bullying and quick fixes. Even if he were 100 percent uninvolved in the process of communication, which is highly unlikely, this scandal would mark a huge inconsistency with his micro-management style of governance. Former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell (D-Penn.) has publicly commented that Christie must run a reckless and opaque office to have his own chief of staff and other employees execute retribution of this scale without his knowledge or approval. Rendell says, "There is no way that eight people in my administration would be part of something and I wouldn't know about. There is no way they would dare do something like this without getting clearance from me." In light of this situation and past actions, the Governor should revisit the New Jersey Codes of Ethics, which state, "No State officer or employee or special State officer or employee should use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself or others." (52:13D-23 e,3). These past five years in New Jersey have been branded by the Governor securing advantages for himself through name-calling, finger-pointing and now, allegedly, schemes of political retribution. No number of public declarations saying "I didn't know," quick fixes like firing members of the administration or questionable legal investigations will completely exonerate the Governor of this scandal. Only when the US Attorney presents his case against Christie's ethics and the criminals he has chosen to surround himself can his innocence or guilt in this scandal be determined. Sam Berzok is a sophomore majoring in political science. He can be reached at Samuel.Berzok@tufts.edu.
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End solitary confinement
by Haylee Millikan The Daily
As college students, we often feel life's pressures in waves. We busy ourselves, we hang out with our friends, do whatever we can to avoid being alone with our thoughts. Though this is not healthy, it is one of the ways that we stay sane. So now, imagine being alone with just your thoughts for months. You may have access to a book or two, but you have no human contact except guards, and you barely know how much time has passed. Any time we talk about prison reform, we must speak to the problem that is solitary confinement. For many people, the closest contact they have had with this issue is one episode of "Orange is the New Black" (2013-present). Though the show attempts to portray its psychological effects, one episode cannot encompass the horrors that many prisoners face in extended solitary confinement. Solitary confinement originated in the early 1800s, when prisoners would be left alone with only a Bible, in order to repent. This fell out of favor when
many prisoners committed suicide or became increasingly dangerous. Solitary confinement has changed over the years, but still results in the same effects. UW professor David Lovell studies solitary confinement and found that isolated inmates were most likely gang members, and 45 percent were mentally ill or suffered traumatic brain injuries early in their lives. The average time in isolation for each inmate is about one year. Some would say that Washington is on the forefront of solitary confinement reform, but I argue that the existence of the program at all is inhumane and unjust. Prisoners sent to what Washington calls the Intensive Management Unit/Segregation are still solitary; their visitation hours are severely restricted or taken away completely and the highest levels of restriction only allow for legal phone calls. In 2011 the Washington Supreme Court upheld that death row inmates could be held in solitary confinement indefinitely due to the closure of a prison. The judges decided that the prisoners' lack of social interaction
and recreation time in the new prisons was not an impermissible increase in the severity of the punishment. I understand that disciplining hard criminals is difficult and can be dangerous. But the psychological repercussions of leaving someone in solitary are extremely worrisome and can make the worst criminals even worse. Depression sets in as a result of isolation in many cases. Individuals in solitary confinement are also at a high risk of schizophrenia, which can be caused by increased stress and anxiety levels. Other effects are hypersensitivity to external stimuli, panic attacks, problems with impulse control and general delusional thoughts. Prison reform needs to happen in a lot of different ways but especially when it comes to solitary confinement. Finding an alternate way to discipline makes sense because the current system is destroying inmates. Solitary confinement is unfair, unjust and cruel. Humans are social beings, and though dangerous criminals have been stripped of many of their rights, they should not be stripped of their natural need to socialize.
I love the 90s
ey all! I'll be your substitute columnist for the day, and the next week and the week after that — get excited! I have a smattering of interests so our theme here is "things that Nick will rant about." Again, excitement. Today, I'm talking about something that I've wanted to discuss for a while — whatever happened to American foreign policy? It doesn't seem that we have coherent goals anymore (full disclosure: I'm a big fan of grand strategy) and that, I believe, has caused a lot of problems. Like the fad of the moment, we invade countries willy-nilly with very little strategic value. Was the invasion of Somalia worth it? Iraq? Afghanistan? We tried to build up countries that looked very difficult to help — to what end? In an article for Foreign Affairs titled "The Rise and Fall of the Failed-State Paradigm," Michael J. Mazarr describes how our borderline obsession with rebuilding failed states has distracted U.S. foreign policy from our more significant goals. Mazarr points out that there have been many intellectual problems with the Failed State obsession. Blanket assumptions about the connections between terror and failed states, and the assumptions about the feasibility of intervention have allowed the "state building-obsession" to "distort the United States' sense of its central purpose and role in global politics." I tend to agree. When people get all excited about making democracy happen at the tip of an M16 or obsessed with saving lives in a situation that looks untenable, I find myself skeptical. Part of having no grand strategy or strategic narrative means, as far as I see it, a lot of bad, misguided foreign policy decisions — a tendency which isn't helped at all by sensationalist media or rich donors who love the idea of spreading the democracy. What's worse is that distortion of our purpose that Mazarr pointed out. I do agree, as many may point out, that human rights issues across borders are the problems of the future. The increasing popularity of Right (or Responsibility) to Protect (R2P) with the UN crowd since the 1990s underscores this belief that it has become a legitimate and worthy idea to intervene to protect people from their own governments. I'm of the opinion, however, that that future hasn't happened yet. The reports of history's end have been greatly exaggerated, as it seems: just ask Vladimir Putin. State-level rivalries and regional stability remain the names of the game. And though at this point, dear reader, you're probably saying. "Well, no duh," I think it's still an important point to make. Because all those dumb interventions we were making? Into places with little to no strategic value where we've killed tons of people for little gain? We spent a lot of money doing that, and the country has little will to jump into anything else, just in time for the Russians to decide to flex their muscles and conquer old parts of the Soviet sphere (led by a guy who worked for the KGB toward the end of the Cold War — he definitely has scores to settle). This is where the title of the column comes in. The '90s were the last years we had some idea of what our part to play was. Especially under former President George H. W. Bush in his New World Order, our role was to facilitate global stability and continue to end the vagaries of the old world ― like the Persian Gulf War. Because of long, brutal wars and ideological opposition, we've chosen to forgo that role. It makes me miss people who believed in the centrality of America's role. But I think I know some people in Kiev who just might. Nicholas Golden is a sophomore majoring in international relations and is also the executive editor of the opinion section of the Tufts Daily. He can be reached at Nicholas.Golden@tufts.edu.
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TYLER MAHER | BEANTOWN BEAT
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tied for second in pole vault with a jump of 12' 7 1/2", rounding out an excellent day for the Jumbo vaulters. The Jumbos weren't done posting impressive performance in field events, however. In triple jump, Tufts claimed spots three through seven on the final leaderboard. In a change of pace, AllAmerican senior sprinter Graham Beutler competed in the triple jump and finished third with a jump of 43' 3 1/4", while sophomore Mitchell Black, moonlighting from his day job as a middle distance runner, placed fourth with a jump of 41' 9 1/4". "The other jumpers were extremely helpful and supportive in the input they gave me, helping me fix my form and getting up my confidence" Beutler said. Freshman Jarad Asselin, senior Ned DeLeo, and senior Andrew Osborne finished directly behind Black, with jumps of 41' 1/4", 39 7 3/4", and 39' 6", respectively. "The wind was helpful ... we had a tailwind, which gave a nice boost to the approach on the runway," Beutler said. Junior Brian Williamson had two strong performances for the Jumbos, earning a pair of third-place finishes in throwing events. In the hammer throw, Williamson threw a distance of 161' 4", and in shot-put he finished with a distance of 50'. On the track, the best event for the Jumbos was the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Luke O'Connor finished second with a time of 15:12.75. Directly behind O'Connor in third and fourth places were senior Ben Wallis and freshman Tim Nichols, with times of 15:15.33 and 15:15.66, respectively. Overall, Tufts placed six runners in the top nine in the event. The Jumbos had several successful performances in the sprinting and mid-distance events, with sophomore sprinter Francis Goins finishing second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.3, and senior Jamie Norton running a 1:56.82 in the 800 to take fourth place. The team has one more week before the NESCAC Championship at Colby, so this time of the season is all about training to peak at the right time. "We're focusing in practice, preparing for each day as if it were a
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Sophomore Francis Goins sprinted his way into a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.3 seconds. competition ... and putting in the repetitions, while also trying to stay healthy," Stallman said. "But, in the end, the work has been done. Our whole team is hitting [its] peak now and after a year of hard work, I'm confident that our team will unleash
[its] potential and put on a good show come championship season." The Jumbos will have a chance for a final tune-up before NESCACs this upcoming weekend, when most of the team will compete in the Sean Collier Invitational at MIT on Saturday.
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That being said, the Jumbos are still excited about the upcoming races and the chance to prove themselves against other teams in New England. "It looks like we're a lot faster than we've been in the past couple years," Estes said. "We've got a chance to actually do something pretty good this season, a chance to make a statement." The women's team also has the same set of races next weekend when
it takes on Middlebury at home on April 19 and RIT, Washington College, and WPI on April 20, also on the Quinsigamond River. For the women's team, the weekend's races will pit it against especially challenging competition; WPI is ranked 10th in the nation, and Washington College is ranked eighth. Victories against both of those teams will give the Jumbos a chance to move even further up the national standings. RIT is also ranked 15th nationally, and will provide Tufts the oppor-
tunity to play the favorite. "I am most excited to see how we match up against Middlebury and WPI next weekend," Ricard. "Each week we get a little faster, and the efforts we put into winter training are clearly paying off for all the crews." Although the season is coming to a close, big races for both teams are coming up. The Tufts rowers are racing in the New England Championships on May 3 and then in the Eastern College Athletic Conference National Invitational Championships on May 10.
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is really excited about competing." Kaufmann wants to make sure the team stays motivated, however, and understands that a conference-championship-level performance is something that can't be taken for granted. In order to claim its second-straight NESCAC
title in outdoor track, Tufts will have to go through Williams, who is currently ranked 11th nationally. "We don't have a large enough lead on the other NESCAC teams to just sit comfortably," she said. "[We need a] wake up call that we still need to go out and compete." More immediately, the majority of
the team will look to carry the momentum from the Davis Invitational into Saturday's Sean Collier Invitational at MIT. Some members of the team will also see action during the week, as they travel to the Holy Cross Heptathlon today and the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University on Friday.
ith the weather reaching spring-like temperatures, winter is finally over. So, too, is the Boston Celtics' season. It has been a season to forget, but thankfully it's coming to an end tonight. The finale doesn't mean anything for the Celtics, who haven't played meaningful basketball in months. Boston's opponents, the Washington Wizards, are going to the playoffs. The Celtics, for the first time since I was in middle school, aren't. Strangely, I'm okay with this. I haven't cared less about a Celtics team in my life since, well, middle school. I knew the Celtics were going to be terrible this year, and sure enough, they were. I can count the number of games I watched on one hand. I fell off the bandwagon. I was a fan in name only. I can't even say I checked out on this season, because the truth is that I never even bothered to check in. I barely kept up with the team. I just didn't think it was worth investing my time in a bunch of stopgaps and fill-ins, few of whom will still be around when Boston becomes a contender again. Worse, my relationship with the team deteriorated to the point where I was actively rooting for it to fail so it could score a better draft pick. I was pleased when it lost and mildly perturbed when it won. Winning was counterproductive to its strategy — it only hurt the team's lottery odds. Tanking, I soon realized, turns everything upside down. You root for your team to lose, sure, but it goes deeper than that. You want it to trade away established talent at the deadline, rather than acquire more of it to improve the team. You hope it blows its fourth quarter leads and misses its free throws. You hope its rallies fall just short. When a star or key player goes down, you hope his absence is prolonged. You want him to take his time, wait until he's 100 percent healthy and then wait a little longer just to be sure. You hope the coach gives his scrubs more minutes than they deserve. That sounds cynical, I know, but when your team is tanking you want it to do whatever it can to avoid winning. The more losses, the better. But as bad as this year has been, there are still some positive takeaways. Jeff Green had a fine season, and Rajon Rondo returned to form looking no worse for wear after missing most of the first half of the season rehabbing his torn ACL. Avery Bradley improved his shot enough to evolve from a defense-first player to an offensive threat. Twenty-two-year-old power forward Jared Sullinger took a big step forward in his sophomore season and should be a solid big man for years to come. Rookie coach Brad Stevens acquitted himself well, helping his young players grow and mature. Another highlight was how well Boston played at the start of the season — much better than anyone could have possibly expected. They even led the Atlantic Division for a fleeting moment before the bottom fell out. Since midDecember, the Celtics have gone 13-42. They've won three times in the past four weeks, crashing and burning in a spectacular fashion. If at first they seemed unsure of how to go about tanking, they mastered the art of it pretty quickly. But the constant losing takes a toll after a while, and, at this point, I'm just ready to turn the page and start thinking about next season. I want to be a fan again. Tyler is a junior who is majoring in economics. He can be reached at Tyler.Maher@ tufts.edu.
Stallman scores first collegiate victory in pole vault by Alex Connors Daily Editorial Board
On Saturday, the men's track and field team competed in the George Davis Invitational at UMass Lowell, an unscored meet featuring New England schools from all three divisions. The presence of NESCAC teams such as Conn. College, as well as strong Div. I schools like Boston University, meant that the meet was a chance for Tufts to see how it could perform against various levels of competition. The lone first place finish on the day for the Jumbos came from junior Mitchell Stallman in the pole vault. Stallman jumped 13' 1 1/2", tying his personal-best jump and earning the first win of his career. "This was my first time placing first at a college meet, and it caught my coach and me by surprise" Stallman said. "I had just matched my indoor [personal record] of [13' 1 1/2"] and suddenly was the only one left vaulting, which usually doesn't happen at that height." The jump qualified Stallman for both the NESCAC and Div. III Championships, but as expected, he isn't completely satisfied. "It was obviously a good feeling, but I have to keep it in perspective," Stallman said. "We have NESCACs coming up, and the other vaulters [and I] need to be putting up some bigger heights to get the points we need at that meet. In the end, [13' 1/2"] was a good height to hit at this meet, but it's no time to get complacent." Senior David Sutherland finished see MEN'S TRACK, page 11
Five Jumbos win events at UMass Lowell by Blake Coolidge Contributing Writer
A game that doesn't "count" for a team's standings can sometimes lead to sloppy and lackadaisical performances from athletes because the actual outcome doesn't matter. But Saturday's unscored George Davis Invitational at UMass Lowell was quite the opposite. In fact, the team featured 18 top-five finishes in a wide array of events, as well as five first-place finishes. The meet was also the first of the season that was unmarred by cold or rainy conditions, and the warm weather undoubtedly helped all of the competitors. Despite a minor headwind, the team fared particularly well in the short sprints. In the 4x100-meter relay, freshmen Rita Donohoe and Bianca Rescalvo, sophomore Alexis Harrison and senior tri-captain Anya Kaufmann combined for an impressive time of 49.21 to win the event. "Our 4x100 [team] has been working on improving, and we recorded a pretty good time, but we're still working on improving that [time]," Kaufmann said. "As a whole, the meet went pretty well. [There's] definitely still some room for improvement, but we feel pretty confident." The most impressive performances of the day, however, came from individuals. Senior Jana Hieber continued her impressive string of spring performances with a victory and a pair of top-two finishes. On the track, Hieber won the 400meter dash with a time of 56.72, while in the pit, she took second place in both the 100-meter hurdles (with a time of 15.19) and long jump (18' 1 1/2"). Meanwhile, the Jumbos demonstrated complete dominance in the 3,000meter run, with four runners in the top 10. Sophomore Audrey Gold won with a
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Julia Rodgers came in second for the women’s pole vault at UMass Lowell’s George Davis Invitational. time of 10:16.60, followed by sophomore teammate Olivia Beltrani, who finished at 10:32.28. Rounding out the top-four Tufts finishers in the event were freshman Kelley Fahey, who finished fifth with a time of 10:54.47, and sophomore Michele de Mars, who finished seventh with a time of 11:03.20. The team also scored very well in field events, which saw exceptionally strong individual performances. Senior Robin Armstrong won the hammer throw with a toss of 142' 10" and placed fifth in the discus with a heave of 116' 6," and sophomore Julia Rogers finished second in the pole vault with a leap of 9' 6 1/4." "I was working on some form things [at UMass Lowell] and am definitely moving forward and looking toward NESCACs," Armstrong said. "All we want to do ...
is throw consistently because that will help us score points. It's important to stay consistent — not have a huge day at a meet that doesn't really matter and then perform at a lower standard during NESCACs." The NESCAC championships are now just a week and a half away, and the defending-champion Jumbos are feeling the pressure to recapture last season's form and cruise to another conference title. "This past week, as a team, we looked at our current standing in the NESCAC, and if we are able to score as we have been, we'll be in a position to win the meet," Armstrong said. "That obviously gives us a lot of confidence, and our team see WOMEN'S TRACK, page 11
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Women's team upsets No. 3 Bates by Steven Hefter Daily Staff Writer
The men's and women's crew teams were both in action over the weekend on the Malden River. Both teams raced twice; the men's team competed against Bates College and University of New Hampshire, while the women's team raced against Wellesley College and Bates College. The results were mixed, with the men's team falling in both its races and the women's team splitting its two competitions. The women's team win over Bates was a huge victory for No. 11 Tufts, who toppled the team ranked third in the nation in its second race of the day on Saturday. Tufts had not fared as well in its first race against No. 1-ranked Wellesley, finishing with a time of 7:18.1 to Wellesley's of 7:04.1. Despite the uninspiring performance against the nation's top team, the Jumbos were unfazed for their race against the Bobcats. "We brought a renewed focus on rhythm and blade work to our second race against Bates," senior captain Caroline Ricard told the Daily in an email. "After staying ahead through the turn, it was just a matter of not losing our heads." Tufts defeated Bates, finishing with a time of 7:02.9 to Bates' 7:07.1. Tufts made its big push with almost 900 meters to go in the race, growing a deck
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The women's crew team split its weekend races against two of the nation's top teams, losing to No. 1 Wellesley and upsetting No. 3 Bates. lead into a full length lead with just under 500 meters remaining. Even though Bates rallied, Tufts was able to hold off its opponent with around 400
meters left in the 2,000-meter river course. Nevertheless, members of the team saw room for improvement.
"We can always improve our race mentality," Ricard said. "Staying calm while bringing relentless aggression is a delicate balance, and we have a
tendency to get excited when the race is tight." The men's team did not have this same success against Bates. The Jumbos came up just short, finishing with a time of 6:11.1 to Bates' time of 6:06.7. Tufts also showed resiliency in its race against New Hampshire, but ultimately lost the race by a wider margin, finishing with a time of 6:31.1 to New Hampshire's time of 6:18.4. These two losses ended a threerace winning streak for the Jumbos and halted the momentum they had been carrying into the weekend. "We lost both races, but I think we went a lot faster against those teams than we had in recent years," junior Peter Estes said. "That felt good to see." Tufts has some improvements to make as it continues its season next weekend against Middlebury at home on April 19 and then against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Washington College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on April 20 on the Quinsigamond River in Worcester, Mass. "Technique and timing, getting ... all eight rowers to sync up, are our biggest problems right now," Estes said. "If we can sync up and row as a unit better, then we'll do a lot better in the coming weeks." see MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CREW page 11