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Students organize marrow drive for former professor Working with members of the Department of Psychology and the national marrow donor program Be the Match, Tufts Association of South Asians ( TASA) will hold a bone marrow drive for former Professor of Psychology Nalini Ambady at the Mayer Campus Center tomorrow. The drive seeks to find a possible bone marrow donor for a transplant to treat the relapse of Ambady’s leukemia, according to event organizers by Sarah


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junior Sunaina Basu and senior Abha Gallewale. “This drive is pretty much Nalini’s only chance of survival and she has less than eight weeks to find a match,” graduate student at the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Sarah Gaither, a collaborator with Ambady, said. “With drives like this, people will be taking five minutes out of their day to possibly save a life.” Gallewale said that at the event, which runs between 12 p.m. and 2 see AMBADY, page 2

LCS hosts first Quad Run fundraiser Oliver Porter / The Tufts Daily

Members of the Tufts community responded to the racist graffiti discovered at Bello Field and other areas of South Medford.

Racist graffiti sparks campus dialogue by Victoria Leistman and Abigail Feldman

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The Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS) held its first LCS Quad Run (LCSQR) fundraiser on the Res Quad on Saturday, raising around $2,000 for the Somerville Homeless Coalition. The event featured an inflatable obstacle course that students could run through, a dunk tank, assorted games, live music by Tufts bands and a barbecue and snacks. Several hundred people attended, according to the event’s organizers. The event’s name is a play on the Naked Quad Run, the Tufts tradition that was banned in 2011 and also took place on the Residential Quad. In previous years, LCS had organized a Faculty Waits on You Dinner and Auction, which featured faculty members acting as wait staff for a formal dinner, as well as a live auction and raffle. The event ran for 28 years before this year’s change. “The Faculty Waits on You Dinner and Auction had run out of steam,” Director of Community Relations Barbara Rubel said. Last year, the dinner and auction raised $3,000 for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, but according to Rubel, attendance and donation levels declined over the years. “It was becoming harder and harder to find people to attend and raise the money,” she said. LCS Co-President Keri Golembeski said

LCS needed a new fundraising structure this year. “We changed this year’s fundraiser’s format to open it up to more people and attract a new demographic,” Golembeski, a sophomore, said. Students could purchase the $12 tickets for LCSQR in advance or on the quad the day of the event, but despite a highly publicized outreach campaign, organizers were disappointed by the turnout. Former LCS Co-President Shayna Schor, one of the main organizers of the event, offered the cool weather as a reason for the low attendance numbers. “The problem with the timing is the April weather,” Schor, a junior, said. “It’s a gamble, and although it wasn’t raining, it was still pretty windy. If it was warmer outside, I think more people would have showed up.” According to Greek Liaison to LCS Adam Zuckerman, LCSQR as an event is a work in progress. “We plan to refine the event in the future,” Zuckerman, a junior, said. Zuckerman said organizers seek to modify the event to draw more student interest. “We think we want more blowup activities because that really was what attracted people,” he said. — by Alexa Horwitz

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Members of the Tufts community expressed outrage yesterday over the discovery of white supremacist graffiti on Bello Field Sunday morning. According to Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire, the graffiti was discovered by a Department of Facilities Services maintenance worker and contained a swastika and references to ‘Crew 28.’ Graffiti was also discovered Sunday elsewhere in South Medford. TCU Senate Africana Center Community Representative Solana Davis said that students are reacting with outrage and shock. “I know personally, I was terrified,” Davis, a sophomore, said. “A couple of my friends had to walk me home this morning when we

left the Senate meeting. This isn’t just about people of color, and it isn’t just about people of the Jewish faith, but there is a lot more that is connected, and I think we need to discuss how connected everything is.” University President Anthony Monaco released a public statement Monday evening in which he condemned the racist messages and assured members of the Tufts community that an investigation was underway. “The sentiments reflected in the graffiti are profoundly at odds with the values of Tufts University,” Monaco wrote. “I know that many at Tufts have found this incident personally very painful. I hope those members of our community will reach out to friends and colleagues in the Tufts community as sources of support and comfort.” see GRAFFITI, page 2

Sixth China-US Symposium kicks off this weekend by

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Students and diplomats will gather at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy this weekend for the sixth annual ChinaU.S. Symposium to discuss this year’s theme, the relationship of trust between the two countries. The theme will be reflected throughout the symposium in the panels and keynote speeches, Philip Ballentine, the chair of the symposium, said. “In terms of the overall theme of the symposium, trust gets at the heart of both security and economic relations between the U.S. and China,” Ballentine, a junior, said. Trust between the United States and China plays a large role in global affairs, according to finance co-chair Anne Donovan. “It just seems so prevalent,” Donovan, a sophomore, said. “We get this feeling that America is so scared of China’s grow-

ing power.” Even though every presentation in the conference will touch on trust, each of the four panels is characterized by a more tailored theme, Ballentine said. “We traditionally make [the theme] very broad so that each panel will have enough flexibility to give the panelists enough time to talk about what they want,” Yufei Du, the keynote chair, explained. According to Du, a sophomore, the conference will consist of four panels that focus on Internet freedom, the Korean Peninsula, military security and economic relations. Each panel will operate in one of two ways, Du said. Some speakers will present their research for 10 to 15 minutes and then ask for questions from the audience, while others, such as the Internet freedom panel, will incorporate moderators who will pose questions to the panelists. see SYMPOSIUM, page 2

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p.m., people will register their information and have the four corners of their mouth swabbed to see if they can be a possible donor match for Ambady, as well as be added to the Be the Match registry for people in need all over the country. “Even if you do match her, you’re not contractually obligated to help,” Gallewale said. “If you do decide to donate, it’s somewhat similar to giving blood.” The actual donation process is much easier than people think, Gaither said. “There is the stereotype that donating bone marrow is very painful, but it’s much less painful now, and it has changed exponentially in the last couple of years because of advances made in technology,” she said. Ambady’s case is time-sensitive, so it is important to try and increase the number of people in the registry, particularly people of South Asian descent, with the most likely match being someone from the Kerala region of India, Associate Professor of Psychology Sam Sommers said. “What we’ve been hearing from the registry is that the number of South Asians are underrepresented in the registry pool and not as high as we would hope,” he said. Even if people do not want to donate bone marrow, Basu said there are many other ways to help, such as donating money, spreading the word or volunteering at another blood marrow drive. “I felt squeamish about the idea of donating bone marrow until I actually attended a bone marrow drive and saw a man with leukemia and his family at the event,” Gallewale said. “After I gave

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A bone marrow drive for Nalini Ambady, a former professor of psychology at Tufts, will be held tomorrow at the Mayer Campus Center to help treat Ambady’s leukemia relapse. my information and cheek swab, the man told me: ‘I really hope that one day you’re able to save someone’s life.’ Not his life, just someone’s life. That was really powerful.”

Ambady taught at Tufts starting in 2004 as the first female Indian professor in the psychology department before leaving in 2011 to teach at Stanford University, according to Sommers.

“Her research focuses on thin slices and how from limited exposure to individuals, we derive tremendous amounts of information,” Sommers said. Acclaimed psychology book ‘Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking’ by Malcolm Gladwell focuses on Ambady’s work, including a quote about how people come to conclusions that comes directly from her research, Sommers said. According to Gaither, Ambady has influenced many people. “She is a great friend and mentor to a lot of people through all disciplines,” Gaither, a graduate student at Tufts, said. In addition, Ambady is the mother of two teenage daughters, Maya and Leena. Dozens of people with connections to psychology who know Ambady and are friends with her are working on campaigns to increase the visibility of her case, Sommers said. “She is really a terrific mentor of psychologists, so she has former undergraduate and graduate students spread out over the country running these drives,” he said. CBS covered her story, and in the feature, she talks about how positive she is about finding a donor match, Basu said. Sommers urged members of the Tufts not to hesitate to help Ambady, he said. “There’s so many times in our lives when we find out after the fact that someone needed our help,” Sommers said. “It’s easy to assume that everything is okay or that someone else will take care of things. This is an opportunity in the present tense for someone who is very bright and a part of our community and a chance for all of us to do something concrete.”

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“We really appreciate Tufts students posing questions.…That’s usually the most exciting part,” Du said. “We encourage the engagement of the Tufts audience to get involved with the speakers.” The first event for the symposium is on Thursday night and features a private executive dinner for speakers and symposium staff, Donovan said. Jerome Cohen, a professor of law at New York University and expert on East Asian law, is the opening keynote speaker but will not be able to attend the symposium in person, according to Ballentine. Instead, he has recorded his speech, which will be played on Thursday at the reception dinner. Fu Jun, the executive dean of Peking University’s School of Government in Beijing, will also speak at the event, discussing the political economy in China as well as engagements between China and the United States on the economic front. According to Du, the symposium will also feature a private roundtable on Friday where speakers will have the opportunity to have their own discussion. “That’s usually very, very interesting

because they’re experts on China-U.S. relations, but they have different expertise…it’s a good opportunity for the audience to learn…because it’s a free discussion,” Du said. “It’s not like the panels.” The symposium has grown in popularity and length, going from a single lecture to a two-day symposium and bringing in speakers from around the world since its creation six years ago, Donovan said. “The biggest thing to come out of it is this network of undergraduate and graduate students who share this passion about interactions between China and the U.S. and [who are] trying to figure out how to be part of those relations,” she said. “It’s become a really great network…of students who want to share their interests and passion with the greater Tufts community.” The symposium staff is hoping to appeal to a diverse audience, Donovan said. She said she believes many people value Chinese relations as an important aspect of the world today. “[The symposium] is meant to answer a lot of concerns and questions of Tufts students and the people of Boston,” she said.

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Professor of Strategy Toshi Yoshihara from the U.S. Naval War College spoke to the Tufts community yesterday about security and territorial challenges in the South China Sea region in an event hosted by the Tufts China-U.S. Symposium team.

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According to TCU Historian Andrew Nuñez, the Senate put its session on hold when it received word of the incident in the middle of its meeting Sunday night. Nuñez said senators immediately started writing a statement for the Senate after hearing the announcement. The statement was published on the Senate’s Facebook page early yesterday morning. “We just stopped what we were doing and wanted a community conversation on what our reactions and our thoughts and our feelings were,” Nuñez, a sophomore, said. “I don’t think that anyone reacted positively to it. There were a lot of people who really felt personally attacked, and rightfully so.” Nuñez said the strength of the statement the Senate created depended on the timeframe of when the email was sent and the fact that the entire Senate was together at the time. The statement also acknowledged the

timing of the incident in relation to the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah. According to Maguire, the incident appeared to be a random act. “I don’t think anyone was targeted, per se, I think it was randomly applied but it was applied in a concentrated area,” he said. The Senate quickly moved to invite the Tufts community to contribute their reactions on the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and the response was overwhelming, said. A Google document was started with at least 50 people writing on it at once. Tufts Hillel president Emma Goldstein, a senior, called the incident “surprising and jarring.” “Unfortunately, it is difficult to be shocked, as it is a reminder of the antiSemitism and racism that still exists in this country,” she said. Goldstein said that Hillel is working to support those who have been affected. Students seeking counsel and community are invited

to speak with rabbis and Hillel staff and student leadership, she said. “Students have been upset, but motivated to action,” Goldstein said. “We are hoping to work with the Group of Six on broadbased education and dialogue on campus in response to the actions.” “I would hope that members of this community really engage each other in having these critical conversations and analyzing their roles in all the events that have happened on Tufts’ campus, because this isn’t an isolated incident,” Nuñez said. “I think that if we don’t have a community conversation then the administration definitely should.” Davis said that these types of acts are not uncommon and happen frequently, and the community cannot put this issue aside as time passes. “There is sort of a pattern that occurs,” Davis said. “There is this type of incident or situation that happened, and then we discuss it, and then the energy from it dies down and something else happens. We need to be

constantly discussing these things.” Nuñez cautioned that this incident takes place in an atmosphere that is often tinged with racist undertones. “I think that... this was a very blatant form of discrimination that happens on campus, but there are a lot of other incidents that don’t get reported that happen to individual students on a daily basis,” Nuñez said. “For a lot of students of color we felt that it was very shocking, but in other ways it wasn’t shocking.” Maguire said that if anyone knows anything about the people behind this vandalism, they should reach out to the Tufts University Police Department. “I would just request… [that] if anyone sees anything suspicious in relation to spray paint or graffiti, or folks setting up in a certain area looking like they’re acting suspiciously, to please give Tufts University Police a call if it’s on Tufts property,” he said. Daniel Gottfried contributed reporting to this article.



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Ballou Hall, named after Tufts’ first president, was the original building on campus .

History on the Hill: Ballou Hall by

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Centering the Academic Quad and overlooking the Presidents’ Lawn, Ballou Hall is undoubtedly an impressive presence at Tufts, both physically and historically. Ballou was the first building on Tufts’ campus. Although it now houses primarily administrative offices, such as the Office of Equal Opportunity and the President’s Office, it once served as Tufts’ primary all-purpose space. “This was the original building,” said Sol Gittleman, Professor of the German Program and Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor of Judaic Studies. “It was the classroom, it was the dormitory, it was everything.” Ballou was designed by Boston architect Gridley James Fox Bryant and 1,500 people came to view the laying of the buildings’ first cornerstone in 1853. It became home to a chapel, the library, a museum, offices, classrooms and student living quarters. Tufts College officially opened in 1854 with seven students and four professors who made the first use of Ballou Hall. Ballou was originally called “College Building” or “College Hall,” according to Anne Sauer’s “Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History,” and was later renamed after Tufts’ first president, Hosea Ballou. In a toast to Tufts College at a Universalist meeting in Faneuil Hall in 1855, Ballou, a Universalist clergyman remarked, “For if Tufts College is to be a source of illumination, as a beacon standing on a hill, where its light cannot be hidden, its influence will naturally work like all light; it will be diffusive.” Ballou was the first structure to fill the “naked hill,” as Gittleman called it, and symbolized the beginnings of the fulfillment of Charles Tufts’ wish to “put a light” on the hill. According to Tufts historian Russell Miller, the building was designed in the Italian Renaissance style, with Roman ionic columns. It was originally intended to house only administrative facilities, but out of necessity students were housed on the first floor. The building’s external structure has remained essentially the same over the years, only changing in a major way in 1939

with the addition of the Eugene B. Bowen Porch. The inside of Ballou was completely remodeled in 1955-56 with efforts to modernize and restore the Hall. Despite the building’s structural changes, the function of Ballou has changed significantly throughout Tufts’ history. “The school evolved,” said Gittleman. “It got a few more students and [a] few more faculty.” And as the school evolved, the original services housed

“This was the original building. It was the classroom, it was the dormitory, it was everything.” Sol Gittleman Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor in Ballou were moved to other buildings. According to Sauer, the library, chapel and other academic departments moved one by one to other buildings. West Hall was built in 1871 to house students and Goddard Chapel was built in 1882-83. Despite these significant changes in Ballou’s functioning, some things have remained constant. Ballou continues to house the office of the president. The Coolidge Room, named after Arthur W. Coolidge and his son Robert Coolidge, has remained a constant meeting place for students and faculty throughout the years. Arthur W. Coolidge, the fifth cousin of Calvin Coolidge, graduated from Tufts in 1903 and was life trustee and lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. According to Sauer, the room was the site of the first faculty meeting on October 9, 1854 and the second Commencement. Ballou has changed most significantly in the recent years in its administrative aspect, according to Gittleman. He said that the hall used to be a place of constant commotion with the offices of each academic dean, admissions and student services. “When I came here, it was an admissions office,” said Gittleman. “There was no Dowling, so without Dowling, everything was here. As

a result, faculty and students were always in here.” With the addition of Dowling Hall, however, the student services aspect of Ballou was moved. And with the building of Bendetson, the Admissions Office was relocated. With these changes, the constant flow of students in Ballou significantly decreased. “It was a steady stream of student traffic,” Gittleman said. “When I came here, you had to go to Ballou. Now when I tell students where my office is, they say ‘where’s that building?” Sauer, who graduated from Tufts in 1991, recalls being in Ballou few times during her time as an undergraduate. “I went to a reception once in the Coolidge Room,” she said. However, as University Archivist, she now frequents the building. “I’m in there all [the] time for meetings,” she said. The Coolidge Room exemplifies one aspect of constancy in Ballou, according to Gittleman, particularly for faculty. “The Coolidge room is used as much as it always was,” said Gittleman. “Faculty get into the building because their meetings are there. The faculty knows where Ballou is, the students don’t.” Some could view the lack of student traffic in the university’s oldest, most central building as showing a lack of appreciation for Tufts history. However, the evolution and expansion of college campuses, including the changing function of buildings, remains a reality. “Things change, generally for the better,” said Gittleman. “Since Tufts can’t expand, we’ve made it more intimate. The strange thing is that Ballou is no longer the center.” Ballou Hall represents the historical legacy of Tufts — one that students can easily forget. Although Ballou is no longer visited by students as often as it once was, it is still at the heart of the university’s campus. “Ballou is a success story because we now have so many facilities than we had before,” said Gittleman. Sauer also proposed that students investigate their surroundings further, particularly in their historical context. “I think students should explore Ballou,” she said. “I think there’s a lot more interest now in the history than there used to be. We’ve done a lot more in that time to get information out there and make it available.”

hile looking into words to write about this past weekend, it suddenly hit me that my column was actually some kind of amateur guinea pig experiment in sociolinguistics or sociology or something. I may or may not have then had to quell a brief panic attack at the realization that my major had infiltrated my column. It’s like when people tell you that your personal and professional lives shouldn’t mix, and you’re forced to rethink the wisdom of having slept with your boss for the past three months. Okay, fine. So it’s not like that. But I certainly had no intention at the outset to use this column as a soapbox from which I could parrot off the academic drivel that I roll my eyes at in class. Despite the inherent sociological aspects of this column, I’d like to think I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding that. My writing has been refreshingly free of academic drivel and instead comprises my own personal brand of drivel. But I learned a fascinating word over the weekend that made me want to relax my standards for just one column. “Vergüenza” is a Spanish Spanish word that roughly translates to something between embarrassment, shame and guilt. And no, the double “Spanish” was not a typo — “vergüenza” is a Spanish word used in Spain and may, or may not, have the same connotation in Latin American Spanish. A friend of a friend explained to me that the usage of “vergüenza” is almost poetic in its rarity. The example he gave me was this: When you’re climbing a flight of stairs, and you trip and fall, that’s embarrassing. When you’re climbing a flight of stairs, and you accidentally trip someone else and they fall, you feel guilty. But when you’re climbing a flight of stairs and you trip and fall, which in turn causes someone else climbing the stairs to trip and fall, that’s “vergüenza” because not only have you made an ass of yourself, but you’ve made an ass of them as well. As interesting as the word is in itself, what’s truly fascinating about it, my new friend explained to me — and this is where I’m going to go all sociology major on y’all — is that “vergüenza” serves as an example of how different cultures experience different emotions. Wait, hold up. What? Yep! I found a rather interesting academic paper (which should be taken with a grain of salt, as there are always researchers with dissenting opinions) explaining that while autonomic, biological responses inform basic and fundamental emotional responses — fear, anger, depression and satisfaction — it is the combination of both biology and social interaction that gives rise to more complex emotions. Different cultures experience an array of unique social situations and those cultures will give names to the specific emotions that they experience in those situations. Because of that, there are words in most likely every language that express an emotion that can’t be adequately translated simply because that specific emotion, and the attendant social situation, does not necessarily exist in other cultures. I’m sure I could find literally thousands of examples of words like “vergüenza,” and I’m not saying that one culture is an emotional alien to another. But I do think it’s pretty cool that different cultures can feel different emotions than we do just because they have a word to describe it and we don’t. We may have an identical biological experience, but we can only give voice to what we’re feeling through the language that we have to work with. Food for thought: Can polyglots experience a wider range of emotions than those who can only speak one language?

Falcon Reese is a junior majoring in sociology. He can be reached at Falcon.Reese@ or on Twitter @falconreese.


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TV Review

‘The Americans’ navigates complicated subject matter with ease Morally ambiguous characters contribute to show’s success The premise of FX’s “The Americans” seems too insane to be true: Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings by

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sleeper agents and seducing those who may provide them with information. In fact, nearly every episode features either Philip or Elizabeth — in a variety of wigs and other disguises — in bed with potentia — and unknowing — informants. At home, they grapple with raising two children, interacting with new neighbors and navigating their marriage. Weisberg has kept the show’s focus here

on the complicated dynamic between Philip and Elizabeth. He has painted an elegant picture of an American marriage, seamlessly incorporating the normal issues of married life with the extraordinary burden the couple faces as spies. The show ceases to be simply about the couple’s efforts to derail anti-Soviet see AMERICANS, page 6

Starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Noah Emmerich

Airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX (Keri Russell) live seemingly typical suburban lives. But underneath a meticulously constructed facade, the two are KGB agents actively working against anti-USSR activity in the American government. It seems preposterous, but the idea for the show was inspired by a real-life ring of KGB sleeper agents whose undercover lives were exposed in 2010. Although this fact alone lends the premise credibility, series creator Joseph Weisberg, a former CIA agent himself, deserves recognition for keeping his high-concept show away from the ridiculous while also lending it a nuanced complexity. Weisberg’s leading couple lives in suburban Washington D.C., posing as travel agents while they actually spend their days — and, more often than not, nights — sending coded messages to Moscow, meeting covertly with fellow

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys of “The Americans” star as the Jennings, an undercover KGB couple living in suburban America.

Theater Review

Flawed ‘Vera Stark’ production feels disjointed Natalie Girshman

Contributing Writer Satire and a sense of heightened artificiality reign at the Lyric Stage’s production of “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” by Lynn by

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark Through April 27, 2013 Ticket Prices $27 - $58 The Lyric Stage 140 Clarendon Street Boston, MA 02116 (617) 585-5678 Nottage, the Pulitzer-winning playwright of “Ruined” (2007). The play addresses a fascinating subject: the life of Vera Stark,

a fictional black Hollywood actress. Set in 1933, 1973 and present day, “Vera Stark” traces Vera’s life and legacy as she goes from being the maid of “America’s sweetie pie,” Gloria Mitchell, to playing maids in a series of films and finally to vanishing from the public eye, as various scholars try to define her legacy and decipher the secrets of her past. The play is a blend of broad and often very funny satire and darker emotional moments that, while entertaining, never quite manage to mesh together very well. The cast and the space contribute to the disjointed feeling of this production. The cast is certainly enthusiastic and Kami Rushell Smith gives a developed, sympathetic performance as Vera, but it often feels like the characters are being forced upon the audience. Sometimes this approach to the see VERA, page 6

Jay Roth wins Battle of the Bands, will open at Spring Fling This year’s Battle of the Bands pitted bands from different musical genres and disciplines against each other in an epic competition for the chance to open for the headliners of Spring Fling. From rock and funk, to hip-hop and alternative sounds, the five bands that competed were challenged to put their best foot forward and rock the crowd. The five bands — Waldo, Jay Roth, CheddaSK, Bad and Blue and Indian Twin — were chosen out of seventeen applicants before being voted through to the top five. Concert Board chose the five bands that competed this year based on the bands’ live recordings and prerecorded tracks. Concert Board assembled a panel of judges who have some musical experience — most were performers themselves and some had gained experience writing music reviews for online publications. The three judges — junior Jonah Ollman, sophomore Cooper Loughlin and senior Stevie Wolf — were charged with deciding which band would open for the Spring Fling headliner, Nelly, on April 27. After some deliberation, the panel chose Jay Roth as this year’s Battle of the Bands champion. Jay Roth, which began as the solo indie-rock project of sophomore Justin Roth, has since expanded into a full-fledged group. The band includes Roth on vocals, freshman Melissa Weikart on vocals, junior Christopher Penny and sophomore Peter Stone on guitar, freshman Zachary Sogard on the keyboard, junior Tyler Corey on bass and sophomore Jonathan Gilad on drums. Tickets for Spring Fling will be available starting Friday, April 12.

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Kami Rushell Smith gives a sympathetic and developed performance as the titular character of “Vera Stark.”

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Rebecca Santiago | Is So Vain


The rubdown

o. So I’m going to do today’s column really quickly, because I’m no longer waddling through life in an underwater sort of way thanks to very strong painkillers and, more pertinently, because I have like 20 pages of writing that need to happen in a 24-hour time period. Therefore, we are going to talk about sexy beauty today. I mean, really, we’re going to talk about my relationship and lazily tie beauty into it. I am not really sure what is specifically, medically wrong with my boyfriend’s back, but Health Services seems equally unclear on that front, so whatever. It’s knotty? Like, his muscles keep bunching up and, apparently, because we’re dating, he expects me to massage this grossly knotty back of his. Is this too racy for the Daily? Unfortunately for Brokeback Boyfriend, I detest giving massages. My hands tire really quickly, like an aristocrat’s, and I don’t see why my hands should have to be in pain just so someone else’s back doesn’t have to be. But, of course, there are beauty products for this! Oh, there are always beauty products. Side note: You probably do not need to be in a relationship to enjoy massages. I hate being touched — like, even hugged, really — by pretty much anyone I’m not dating, but I realize most people aren’t especially twitchy about human contact. So even if you don’t have a boyfriend with weirdly lumpy scapulae, you either are or know a tense Tufts student to whom these products could be relevant, no? Because normal massage oil is super passe, we tried a massage bar from LUSH, the all-natural cosmetics company with the overwhelmingly fragrant storefronts. The bars go for about $8 to $14 on and they’re pretty awesome and varied. Some just smell like cocoa or citrus or whatever, one purports to be “icyhot,” two leave a shimmery sheen and most are molded for a pleasant application process. That sounds clinical and dirty all at once; go with it. We went for the “Hottie” bar ($9.95), which is confusingly named and looks like a bumpy bar of soap. You apply it by rubbing the bar over the area you intend to massage. It lubes the skin up really nicely, and as long as you use the heels of your hands, you can give a good massage for like 10 minutes without your frail child-wrists starting to bother you if you, like me, have frail childwrists. I would err on the side of applying too much “Hottie,” because better a well-oiled back than a chafed one. Go, Greased Lightning! The second product we tried is, I suppose, kind of kinky, and maybe not something you would opt to use with a platonic friend. Well, I don’t know your life. Maybe you would be totally comfortable lighting a KM Fantasy Arousing Chocolate Mint Massage Oil Candle ($14.99, and pouring it all over your half-naked roommate. You do you. I actually won this wonkily scented candle from a giveaway, long before I started writing there. I am extremely attached to it, mostly because I never win anything ever, but also because it’s just a lot of freaking fun. While the LUSH bar would be my pick for a heavy-duty massage — the oils distribute more evenly and seem to stay on the skin longer — the candle is so much fun for the novelty factor. Dousing your loved one in candle wax is sexy. Happy endings, anyone? I mean, I’m not going to tell you how to give a happy ending, though. Gross, dude. This is not that kind of column.

Rebecca Santiago is a senior majoring in English. She can be reached at rebecca., or on Twitter at @rebsanti.

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China Pearl marred by limited menu, uneven quality by

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Boston has never been renowned for its Chinese culinary influence. Aside from a smattering of late-night eateries such as

China Pearl 9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111 (617) 426-4338 $$ Somerville’s Golden Light, there simply isn’t much Chinese food to be had, and what is available is, for the most part, uninspired. Boston’s Chinatown district is the exception, especially in the realm of dim sum. Dim sum seems to have something of a cult following around Boston. There is, after all, something alluring about having all of your dining options in perpetual motion around you and about being able to point at your food, rather than having to wait for it. While Winsor Dim Sum Cafe and Hei La Moon are arguably the most famous and popular dim sum destinations, they are frequently swamped on weekends. If such is the case, and you’re dreading a 35-minute wait until you can be seated, there’s a good chance you’ll end up dining at an eatery such as China Pearl, to mixed results. On first impression, China Pearl is sumptuous — a mirrored staircase leads up to the restaurant itself. After passing through the door from the staircase to the main dining area, a diner is greeted by a cacophony of colors, sounds and smells. China Pearl is both an “ordinary” Chinese restaurant and a dim sum destination, with the dim sum being especially popular on weekends. You might need to wait a few minutes to be seated, but it won’t be long before you’re on your own, ready to engage in a dim sum feast. That, however, is when the dark side of the Chinatown dim sum experience will come to light. First, there’s the language barrier. Though China Pearl has a menu in place the majority of the time, when they are serving dim sum it’s an entirely different story. There is no menu, and the carts are completely unlabeled. Furthermore, few of the wait staff are fluent in English, so asking what is on the carts accomplishes little. While this could be deemed a mark of authenticity, in the end, Boston is not primarily a Chi-


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nese-speaking city, and the lack of appropriate language mediation can present a legitimate problem. For example, during a visit for dim sum over the weekend, a vegetarian was served pork, despite trying to avoid meat by talking to those pushing the dim sum carts. This wasn’t an enormous problem, but imagine if the same situation had happened with a food allergy — what if a person allergic to shellfish was served shrimp? Or someone with a peanut allergy was served peanuts?

undertakings. That’s not to say, however, that espionage doesn’t have its place in the fabric of the show — it certainly does. Weisberg has smartly chosen to depict it through the lens of Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage, making scenes where the pair waits for their target in a car much more entertaining. One discrepancy: the show fails to address the couple’s various dalliances, which are necessitated by their work, though it delves into nearly every other aspect of their relationship. When a new family moves in across the street from the Jennings, their whole existence becomes more precarious. FBI Counterintelligence Officer Stan Beeman (a convincing Noah Emmerich), along with his wife and teenage son, are now their neighbors. Stan’s work at the FBI and his life at home serve as a foil to the Jennings’ existence. In a lesser show, he would be the classic hero, while Philip and Elizabeth would merely exist as the Soviet villains to his patriotic valor. But Weisberg does not allow his characters to fall so easily into categories. Stan’s all-American, good-guy vibe is almost immediately complicated by his infidelity to his wife, his distant relationship with his son and a ruthlessness that reared its ugly head in the show’s lat-

This leads to another major gripe: though China Pearl does have some excellent menu options, their dim sum options are limited in scope. They serve an impressive selection of meat-based foods from the dim sum carts, but they have virtually no vegetarian options, except for sweet foods such as doughnuts and a variety or two of veggie dumplings, steamed veggies and eggplant in sauce. Furthermore, many of the dishes they serve incorporate both seafood and another meat, making choices difficult for those who are not fans of seafood. It’s a frustrating situation. The food they do serve varies wildly in quality. Though some dishes are delicious — the aforementioned doughnuts, for example, and the pork buns — many of the dishes are excessively, unpleasantly greasy. It’s reasonably easy to tell which dishes are “good” while they’re still on the cart, but it is disappointing that the food isn’t of a more consistent caliber. Still, China Pearl does have its redeeming aspects. For one, the staff is incredibly efficient. Though it’s obviously easiest to get seated when in a small group, the hostess and the vast number of waiters and waitresses are exceedingly organized and can seat even larger groups very quickly. Also, though the food selection isn’t ideal, the waiters and waitresses are, for the most part, very attentive during the meal and will do their best to accommodate diners’ requests — for example, by bringing them water, as the water is not automatically served with the meal. Overall, China Pearl is fine. It’s a good experience once you’re there, but it’s not necessarily worth basing a trip to Boston on it. The food is reasonably good, as is the dining experience. And after all, getting a satisfying, multi-course brunch meal for around $20 a person can be a rarity.

est installment, “Safe House.” Nobody is truly good or truly evil: Weisberg has created a cast of characters that all exist in an ambiguous moral grey area. We never quite know who to root for. Although “The Americans” does not move at the same breakneck speed of fellow political thriller “Homeland,” its slower pace is suited to the show’s story. This show relishes in quiet, poignant moments that capture the struggles of life in suburbia: Elizabeth confessing her marital struggles to Sandra Beeman (Susan Misner), Philip and Stan playing squash, the Beemans trying — and often failing — to communicate with each other, Paige Jennings (Holly Taylor) bossing around younger brother Henry (Keidrich Sellati). The show juxtaposes the stifling nature of life in suburbia with the blurry lines between right and wrong as the protagonists negotiate murky waters, both politically and emotionally. “The Americans” navigates a tricky concept and complicated relationships and themes with remarkable grace and ease, a combination seldom found on broadcast-network shows. With AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” thriving on their respective networks, “The Americans” is simply another reminder that cable television is the place to go for compelling drama.

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Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is a morally ambiguous charcter in “The Americans.” This is a trait shared by many others in the show’s cast of characters.

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characters works, as in Hannah Husband’s performance as Gloria Mitchell, which was one-note but extremely entertaining. Some of the supporting performances, however, simply become grating as the play wears on, especially when they are called upon for a balance of satire and heartfelt emotion. Instead, the performances at a recent show worked better in the second act, when the setting was more overtly artificial — a talk show in 1973 and a present day conference panel — and when perhaps the actors had calmed down from the jitters that can often accompany the first few nights of a show. Still, the acting throughout the play also felt more over-the-top because of the theater’s small, intimate space. After all, The Lyric Stage is located upstairs at a hotel and has a thrust stage, which situates the actors much closer to the audience than they would be in a traditional proscenium stage. Overall, the disparate aspects of this production never quite seem to link together. For example, the secret-revealing final scene doesn’t quite ring true, especially after the academic parody of the second act, where various scholars attempt to analyze Vera’s legacy. Perhaps some of the flaws in the production lie in the play itself, which can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be a straight satire of Hollywood and its portrayals of race. To the actors’ credit, there are many funny moments, such as the first scene between Vera and Gloria, when they rehearse the final scene of the movie Gloria’s auditioning for. The scene is complete with exaggerated line readings and an appearance by British

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Some of the performances by supporting cast members in “Vera Stark” become grating as the play progresses. rock star Peter Rhys-Davies (Gregory Balla), who is featured on the same talk show as Vera in 1973 and thinks everything is “righton.” Perhaps the best way to enjoy this production is to appreciate the humor and the spot-on satire, while overlooking the elements that don’t blend perfectly. The use of video to transition between

the scenes, however, is an excellent example of making the best of a small space. It helps connect the scenes and communicate the aura of the different eras of the play. The footage of an interview with one of the characters of the movie in which Vera makes her debut also helps bring the world of the play alive. All the technical

elements are smoothly integrated with the play and effectively transport the audience to Hollywood in the ‘30’s, ‘70s and present day while reminding viewers of the artificiality of what’s seen on screen. Overall, “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” is a promising, if flawed, production of a difficult play.

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Graffiti sends reminder that campus does not exist in vacuum The announcement sent to the Tufts community about racist graffiti is a disturbing reminder that our school does not exist in a vacuum. Our campus is just as violable to racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and all the ilk of human cruelty and malice as the rest of the world, despite our self image of being a “school on the hill” of diversity and inclusion. Officials have claimed that the white supremacist, anti-Semitic tags include gang signs, suggesting the perpetrators are likely not Tufts students. Both TUPD and Medford and Somerville officials are looking into the incident further. Incidents like these are nothing less than a travesty, trespassing both into our campus community and into the sense of safety on the part of Tufts students.

The specter of hatred creeping onto Bello Field is not an easy thing to swallow—for good reason, as it not only occurs just before Holocaust Remembrance Day but also on a campus uncomfortably situated on the grounds of an old slave plantation. On a campus that speaks often and highly of its valued diversity and inclusion, such an occurrence not only disturbs by its proximity but also as a reminder that our bubble is entirely permeable. Our campus does not exist in a vacuum—and that should also serve to inform us that, perhaps, our values are not as strong, our ideals not as fortified, as common perceptip suggests they are. An incident such as this should not only be condemned, but demand reflection from everyone on the need

to bring to life the values we say we hold. Recognizing the encroachment of a harsh reality makes our responsibility to bring our common vision to life even more urgent. Letting something of this caliber slide without due recognition of its implications would be a mistake. Just as Tufts is permeable to Medford, Somerville, and the rest of the world, so too is the rest of the world permeable to the students, faculty, and faculty of Tufts. Our actions should invoke the best of what we have to offer: speaking out, listening to those who feel unsafe, and going out into the world as ever with a shared and compassionate fixation on asking the tough questions of what our communities should stand for. For now, let us reflect and reaffirm a stance against unconscionable actions like these.

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Occasional Poem for Yom HaShoah by

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“On Sunday morning, April 7, 2013, Tufts Facilities Services personnel discovered that signage and other structures on Bello Field had been defaced with objectionable graffiti, including swastikas and white supremacist slogans.” Imagine a swastika, spinning It could sever an arm, or a leg or a mind. Now paint this artifact, like a bone or a poem on a wall, a wall next to a field a field tilled and ploughed planted and turned by the hands of slaves. Remember these bodies

ruptured by violent labor, now victims of terror, of erasure Imagine a swastika surrounded by the word N-----, not so distant from JUDEN RAUS in intent or time, still violent still remarkable how blind (like those folks in Weimar unaware of KZ-Buchenwald on the opposite side of the hill) we are, ignorant of a standing slave house, a stone’s throw from our green-glass sports complex We’re still suffering under the guise of the victims and the oppressors, our ancestors under the guise of what we do not know and refuse to see, until tattooed in the dark

on a wall behind our eyes. Now we see the swastika on the wall of the mind, spinning We see the hate here and there unavoidably there, dark red like the blood-soaked field all grassy green at this time in April; like the blood that built that house at 15 George St., a house, a number, branded in the mind: a swastika, spinning

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CORRECTION In the April 8 article “Tufts Community Union election results,” Becky Goldberg was incorrectly identified as a freshman. She is a sophomore. The article “Senate addresses graffiti, passes several resolutions,” incorrectly said that a survey cited in a resolution regarding entrepneurship at Tufts found that 20 to 25 percent of seniors indicated they plan to start a company on graduating. The survey found that that number of seniors want to start a company at some point in life, not necessarily just after graduation.

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Every community is affected by cancer, including our own here at Tufts. More than 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease this year. But the progress is real. The rate of cancer death in the U.S. has dropped a remarkable 20 percent since the early 1990s, preventing over a million cancer deaths in that short time. The American Cancer Society has contributed to the broad effort that has led to this drop, and it’s why we’re proud to be part of Relay for Life at Tufts University. Over the course of 12 hours - 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. — Tufts students come together as a supportive campus community for those with a connection to cancer. One out of five Tufts students participates in Relay, and more than 60 of us, many of whom have a personal cancer experience, work throughout the year to plan the event. Through Relay we have found a way to come together to fight back against cancer. Relay is the only organization on campus that provides a community to support cancer survivors and caregivers. Relay serves two vital purposes. First, it is an event that celebrates survivors, honors those we’ve lost, and allows participants to pledge to continue the fight against cancer. Second, Tufts Relay For Life raises muchneeded funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Since 2008, the Tufts community has raised $455,000 for ACS and last

year we were the fifth-largest college Relay in New England — competing against much larger schools. This overwhelming support from Tufts students reflects our collective dedication to this issue. This year, ACS is celebrating 100 years of fighting cancer, and is asking us to join them to finish the fight. As of April 7, our community has raised over $84,000 with one week left to reach our goal of $110,000. 72 cents of every dollar we raise here on campus goes directly to research, prevention, detection, treatment, and patient support. The ACS is the largest non-profit, nongovernmental funder of cancer research, having invested $3.8 billion since 1946 into research of all cancer types. ACS currently is funding 137 grants totaling more than $57 million at 30 hospitals and institutions throughout New England, including labs at Tufts Medical Center. ACS, through its advocacy affiliate, ACS Cancer Action Network, also works with lawmakers to make cancer issues a national priority. One recent successful effort that is especially important to the college community is Michelle’s Law, which ensures that seriously ill or injured college students can take a leave of absence from school and still be covered by their insurance nationwide. The law is named for Michelle Morse, a college student whose insurance company refused to cover her colon cancer treatment unless she remained a full-time student, forcing her to take a full course load while receiving chemotherapy.

The funds raised by our Relay also provide transportation services to people who might not otherwise get to cancer treatment (35,000 rides last year in New England alone), and free lodging for people who have to travel from great distances to take advantage of the world-class cancer treatment facilities offered here in Massachusetts. The Boston Hope Lodge has provided patients and their caregivers over 54,000 nights of free lodging, saving them close to $10 million. Our campus’ support of Relay has helped make all this — and more — possible. As co-chairs and as people connected to the fight against cancer, Relay For Life has been an integral part of our four years at Tufts. We have seen the organization and community grow, not only in fundraising success, but also in its dedication and passion for this cause. Relay For Life is, at its core, a unifying event and the only one of its kind on our campus. We are looking forward to the event and we sincerely hope that you will join us in our fight against cancer. Amanda Borow is a senior majoring in peace and justice studies. She can be reached at Katie Galasso is a senior majoring in child development. She can be reached at Ariana Riccio is a senior majoring in biology. She can be reached at

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Global warming pause by

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As the Minnesota Twins took the field for their coldest opening day, I was reminded of a recent comment from one of the nation’s most distinguished professors. “Global warming forecasts,” said Stanford’s Nobel physicist Robert Laughlin, “have the difficulty that one can’t find much actual global warming in present day weather observations.” Of course, the weather on one day, or even during a year or two, isn’t climate. But a review of global weather statistics from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Data Center shows the average global surface temperature for January 2012 to February 2013 was 1.03 degrees

fahrenheit above the 20th-century average but unchanged from average and stable global temperatures for the 1997 to 2012 period. This continues a 15-year pause in global warming despite a relentless rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. This is confirmed by a new study from Norway, which was mentioned by Andrew Revkin on The New York Times’ blog in a January post entitled, “Weaker Global Warming Seen in Study by Norway’s Research Council.” A release from the NRC with the title: “Global warming less extreme than feared?”, Revkin writes, “describes new research finding that global warming from the buildup of greenhouse gases will be on the low end of the projections by other research groups.” Revkin adds in the same post, how-

ever, that the Norwegian analysis has not yet been peer reviewed. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, using tree-ring data, have identified six major western U.S. droughts between 1750 and 1950. All of them were more severe than anything in recent memory. I don’t know the reason for this long pause in global warming. The Norway study also notes that there has been essentially no change in temperatures since 2000. But we may want a pause in some of those multi-billion dollar subsidized renewable energy programs that produce little usable energy. There is time to spend some of the money on research into what is really happening with our climate.

The liberal honeymoon with President Obama, predictably, did not last. Obama began his second term by tacking hard to the left, forcing Republicans to accept a tax increase on the rich and demanding stiff gun control reforms, but he’s quietly changed strategies over the last two months. Since his State of the Union Address, he’s gone from denouncing House Republicans from the pulpit to schmoozing with them over dinner. And now he’s proposed a budget that embraces some of the entitlement cuts that form the centerpiece of the Republican economic platform but are reviled by his fellow Democrats. Obama now finds himself in a familiar position: stuck between a Democratic Party accusing him of base treachery and a Republican Party dismissing his overture and demanding much deeper concessions. It is not a position that yielded compelling results during his first term. In fact, one could argue that it was precisely Obama’s willingness to give into Republicans’ demands for spending cuts that led to the disastrous 2011 debt ceiling deal, which in turn cratered Obama’s approval ratings, imperiled his re-election bid, and weakened an already-weak recovery. One could argue it. One would be shortsighted to do so. Democrats who believed Obama could ride a wave of reelection enthusiasm into a new era of big-government liberalism were, frankly, delusional. Obama certainly gained new political capital when he defeated Mitt Romney, but political capital is quickly exhausted. Obama exhausted most of his before his second term even began just to raise marginal tax rates on income above $400,000 and avert the “fiscal cliff.” After that, Republicans were done giving into tax increases in exchange for nothing. And they can get away with being done with it. When the government failed to avert the March 1 sequester, both Congress and Obama saw drops in their approval ratings ― suggesting that Obama can no longer try to strong-arm Congress into submission without suffering politically from the resulting gridlock. Most House Republicans, however, cannot get away with giving Obama what would feel to them like another free pass. Any Republicans who approved the tax increases in Obama’s budget without extracting any significant concessions probably wouldn’t survive a primary next year. Is that in and of itself a reason for Obama to give in to his opponents and make cuts to Medicare and Social Security? Absolutely not. So it’s worth asking what Obama’s long game is here. His rhetoric suggests that his end goal is to strike a grand bargain on the debt. That’s just rhetoric, though. Obama, like most reasonable lawmakers, understands that the debt is not the albatross the Paul Ryans of the world take it for and that an obsession with deficit reduction amid such a fragile economic climate is misplaced. What Obama needs is political capital. And to get that, he needs a bipartisan achievement, any bipartisan achievement. He also needs the debt issue to recede. Just as Republicans declared the income-tax question resolved after the fiscal cliff deal, Obama can put a period on the matter of entitlement cuts. He could say, “I made them, I’m not making more of them, and it’s time to focus on something other than the debt.” Is it unfair to service the president’s agenda on the backs of the elderly and the infirm? Yes, grossly. There’s no getting around it. That injustice, however, should be balanced against what Obama could accomplish with the momentum he’d gain from a large-scale debt deal. If he can use that momentum to push through comprehensive immigration reform or, even more importantly, significant gun control measures, conceding ground on entitlements will be worth it. Craig Frucht is a senior majoring in psychology and political science. He can be reached at

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the necessary momentum to pull off the four -game sweep. “Coming out in those first couple innings and getting on top right away brings a whole boost of confidence to us,” he said. “It really set the tone for not only that day but the whole weekend.” Egan finished the game with three hits and four RBIs while Izzo and Hauser each contributed two hits and two RBIs of their own. Sophomore center fielder Connor McDavitt also played a major role in the win with three hits and three runs scored. A victory in the second game on Saturday proved to be more difficult for Coach John Casey’s team. Tufts scored two runs in the third inning after a leadoff double from sophomore second baseman Joe Harrington and RBI singles by Hauser and Izzo before plating three more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. From there, however, the Centennials turned things around and rallied off of freshman reliever Matt Moser to tie the game at six entering the bottom of the ninth. With just one out left in the game, Egan took first after being hit by a pitch and continued on to third following an error by Hamilton second baseman Brian Ferrel on Izzo’s ground ball. Hamilton then elected to intentionally walk Howard to load the bases and face freshman designated hitter Mike Barry. With three runners on, Barry worked a walk off of junior Tommy Moriarty to secure the victory for Tufts. The two wins on Saturday were largely due to the Jumbos’ bats, but Sunday’s doubleheader was headlined by the pitching staff. Junior Dean Lambert and freshman Andrew David put together remarkable performances, both throwing complete games while giving up just three hits apiece. The duo combined to allow just one run while fanning 13 Centennial hitters. Reliable pitching has been key for the Jumbos all season, and junior tri-captain catcher Nick Cutsumpas credits the pitchers’ ability to get ahead in the count as the reason for their success. “It’s basically being able to establish your

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Senior shortstop Scott Staniewitz crossed home plate twice on Sunday as Tufts won both games of a doubleheader. fastball and something off-speed for strikes,” he said. “We get in trouble when we fall behind in counts and start pitching to one side of the plate. When you go down 2-0 in the count, you’re not going to go to an offspeed pitch, you’re going to have to throw a fastball. Being able to move the fastball around consistently is key for us.” “Our staff has been doing a great job, and this weekend we were able to put it all together on the hill,” Sbily added. “It really boils down to us throwing a lot of first pitch stirkes. It’s something we stress all the time, getting ahead of hitters and if you go back and look all week-

end we had a really high percentage of first pitch strikes.” With those impressive performances, Tufts rode the arms of Lambert and David to 6-0 and 7-1 victories. Senior shortstop Scott Staniewicz paced the Jumbos offense with four hits and two runs on the day, while senior tri-captains Eric Weikert and Cutsumpas each pitched in with two hits apiece. With the four victories, Tufts improves to 13-7 on the season and has four days off before facing off against NESCAC East rival Trinity this weekend. The Bantams currently sit atop the NESCAC East standings with a

5-1 record. After dropping two of its first three conference games, the Jumbos acknowledge the significance of the upcoming series. “We know a lot about Trinity just from playing against them every year, and we’ve seen what they’ve done so far this year against the teams in our division,” Sbily said. “This week we’re just working hard on seeing a lot of fastball away. We know how they are going to pitch us, and we know a lot of the hitters they have. We have some business to take care of against them after what they did to us last year, and we are looking forward to setting the tone on Friday.”

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The No. 16 women’s lacrosse team split their results in this weekend’s road trip on Saturday and Sunday, picking up a win at Williams and then dropping a match against Middlebury. The Jumbos defeated the Ephs 12-5 in a game that Tufts controlled from the get-go, before falling 15-8 against the No. 3 Panthers in Vermont. The Jumbos are now 2-4 in the NESCAC and 5-4 overall. The story of Saturday’s contest against Williams was the strong play with which Tufts was able to open up the game. The Jumbos won the initial draw and did not look back, scoring three unanswered goals before the Ephs could string an offensive attack together, and then poured in three more scores to take a 6-1 lead by the 15:02 mark. This success was in part due to the return of junior attacker Gabby Horner, who missed five games due to a concussion before coming into this weekend. Horner assisted senior co-captain attacker Kerry Eaton’s goal, the first of the game, before adding two consecutive goals of her own at 17:52 and 16:19. She would go on to score two more goals before the final horn, capping off an impressive return to the field. “Gabby is a great offensive talent and has a lot of experience, which on a young team is very important,” senior co-captain defender Meg Boland told the Daily in an email. “Her movement off ball gives great energy to the rest of the offense. She’s a big threat on the attack and a reliable player and I think her return is great both for the starting group and for the depth of the team.”

Tufts was also led offensively by freshmen Caroline Ross and Brigid Bowser, who each netted a goal, along with junior midfielder Kate Applegate and sophomores Annie Nero and Lindsey Walker. The Jumbos’ defense prevented Williams from putting together any sort of comeback run, while the offense was effective in controlling the pace all afternoon. “We were able to control the tempo of the game and slow things down on offense,” junior midfielder Kelley Cohen told the Daily in an email. “We took our time on attack and waited for the perfect opportunities. Our patience was the best part of our offense against Williams. We stayed composed on defense and did a good job high-pressuring the Williams feeders.” Riding the momentum from the team’s second conference win of the season, Tufts traveled to Middlebury on Sunday for the second game of the road-trip doubleheader. The Jumbos, however, could not create the same result against the Panthers, who won 18-of-24 draws and remain unbeaten on the season. Tufts was effective in the first half, sticking with the Panthers despite a three-goal run that extended the Middlebury lead to 5-1 by the 16:09 mark. Tufts rallied on a goal from senior attacker Kaitlyn Leidl and then two more from Horner to cut the lead to 8-5 by halftime. “Having a doubleheader on the road is definitely a difficult task but we really rose to the occasion,” Boland said in an email. “Middlebury is an experienced team ranked third in the nation, and we kept them to a really close game in the first half.

Unfortunately, in the second half we forced some plays on attack and defensively we had trouble adjusting to their plays and let them get on a run.” Middlebury put the game out of reach in the second, scoring the first seven goals of the period and holding Tufts to just three more scores. Ross, Horner and Eaton all contributed in the second half, but the effort was not enough to capture the lead. Senior goaltender Tess Shapanka made five saves in goal for the Jumbos. “In the second half we weren’t able to control the draw and we didn’t have possession of the ball, tiring out our defense a lot,” Cohen said. “Middlebury controlled most of the second half and was able to run up the score. Fatigue definitely played a factor since we had the Williams game on Saturday, but our biggest problem was not getting most of the 50/50 balls.” Despite the tough loss for the Jumbos, the first half served as evidence of the true potential of this squad — they can stick with some of the best competition in the country. “Despite the loss, though, I think the game really exemplified how we have grown as a team since the Trinity loss,” Boland said. “In the first half we proved to ourselves and the league that we can keep up with the top-ranked teams. In the coming games, we just have to make sure those improvements carry through for the full 60 minutes.” Tufts will next face Wheaton College at home on Apr. 11 before hosting its next NESCAC game against No. 10 Amherst on Saturday, as the Jumbos continue to fight for a spot in the NESCAC playoffs.

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As an encore, Fournier started the nightcap on Saturday and tossed four more hitless innings. But with Tufts up 7-0, coach Cheryl Milligan removed Fournier from the game, ending her bid at another nohitter. Senior Aly Moskowitz entered the game in the fifth and was able to finish it off, as Tufts completed its sweep of Bowdoin with a 7-1 triumph. “Of course Allyson always wants the ball — she wouldn’t be the player she is if she didn’t — but we are about team first, and she trusts the decisions that we make in the interest of the team,” Milligan told the Daily in an email.

Milligan’s wise choice to save her ace paid off the following day when Tufts traveled to Wellesley College for a second doubleheader. The Jumbos took both games, beating Wellesley 6-2 in the first and winning the second 5-4 in eight innings over Eastern Connecticut State University. The first game wasn’t much of a contest, with Moskowitz going the distance to beat the Blue. The second game of the doubleheader against ECSU, however, was a back-and-forth affair. Tufts fell behind early and recovered to take the lead, only to give it right back, setting the stage for a dramatic rally in the top of the seventh. With the Jumbos down to their last out, Beinecke singled to keep the game alive,

which was followed by a clutch double from Holland that tied the score at 4-4 and forced extra innings. Tufts took the lead in the eighth on Kris Parr’s pinch-hit RBI single, and then cut down the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the inning to preserve the win. DiBiase credited the team’s youth for helping the Jumbos persevere through the grueling weekend. “We have lots of freshmen stepping up,” she told the Daily in an email. “Players who did not see much time last year are making big, exciting contributions this year.” The Jumbos get some much-needed time off before resuming play at Trinity on Friday.

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While Leventhal carried the day for the Jumbos, the junior acknowledges that each and every game, any member of the roster is capable of stepping up and contributing a similar effort. “Tufts is so deep in talent that it seems virtually in every game a different player steps up defensively and offensively,” Leventhal said. “The freshman class is extremely deep in talent, too, but many just have not had the opportunity to play because of the upperclassmen ahead of them.” The day before, the Jumbos opened the weekend on a slightly stronger note, as Fiamengo and Schoenhut notched three goals apiece to top Williams 12-7. Playing against several reserve and firstyear players, the Ephs staged a small comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring four of the game’s last five goals. The Jumbos’ lead, however, which stood at 11-3 entering the final stanza, held up for head coach Mike Daly’s squad. Fiamengo, Bailey and Schoenhut each tal-



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lied goals to start, allowing Tufts to break the game open early. After Williams’ first-year attackman Jack Lauroesch put the Ephs on the board at the 1:57 mark, Fiamengo buried a goal at the close of the first quarter to push Tufts’ lead back to three. The Jumbos held the Ephs scoreless for the ensuing quarter, as they launched 12 shots at sophomore keeper Dan Whittam. Bowers, Schoenhut, Fiamengo, and senior midfielder Ben Saperstein helped push Tufts’ lead to 9-1 going into the intermission. Delaney polished off two goals in the third quarter to excite the Bello faithful, and Tufts’ advantage held at eight goals entering the final stanza. Daly then allowed several younger members to clock in. Taking advantage of Tufts’ fresh unit, Williams pieced things together to lay down four quick goals. The Jumbos, however, had plenty of insurance space and survived the defensive lapse as Wood capped things off with a man-up score in the final minutes. Despite coming away with two wins, the Jumbos are well aware it will be the team that plays the full 60 minutes — and not the best 59 — that finds success late in the season.

Reflecting upon the fourth-quarter runs from Williams and Middlebury this weekend, Tufts knows that no lead is ever too secure. “In both games we knew each team would make a run,” Fiamengo said. “They were both great NESCAC teams and have the ability to do so. We just need to continue to focus on the fundamentals, especially late in games.” The Jumbos, however, demonstrated that they are capable of winning in several ways, which could play to Tufts’ advantage as the season progresses. “Winning games in a variety of ways is always a plus,” Fiamengo said. “Coach does a great job preparing us for all of these situations with the way we practice and the drills we do every day. It allows us to be familiar with each situation and allows us to execute regardless of the situation, environment, or score.” The Jumbos have just one day of turnaround before they must travel to Beverly, Mass. to face non-conference rival Endicott. Two years ago, the Gulls shocked the national No. 1 Jumbos, handing them a devastating one-goal upset that Tufts has not forgotten.

Ethan Sturm | Rules of the Game

Charging standoff


ules are a funny beast. Any one rule can go years as part of a sport, be called multiple times a game, and never create controversy. But one close call involving it in a sport’s marquee game or tournament can thrust it to the front of the league’s conscience and lead to immediate and substantial change. Think about goal-line technology in soccer. Did everyone in the world know it was needed? Of course. But it took two plays on the highest level — Thierry Henry’s handball that kept Ireland out of the World Cup and England’s goal against Germany that was waved off at the 2010 World Cup — before FIFA started finally acting on it. Sometimes, sports associations just need it literally waved in their faces. This year’s NCAA tournament has had that effect on charge or block calls in the lane. While it has long been arguably the most difficult judgment call to make in all of sports, it didn’t decide enough games for it to get the attention it deserved. But that has all changed this year. First there was the Aaron Craft charge call. With Iowa State up one and on the verge of a shocking upset of Ohio State, Will Clyburn of the Cyclones drove the lane. Craft shifted into place, but arguably wasn’t set, and arguably wasn’t outside of the under the rim arch that you cannot take a charge within. The call favored Craft, and the Buckeyes took possession. If the call had gone the other way, Clyburn would have gone to the line, and Craft may have never had the chance to win it with a buzzerbeating three. Charges once again took center stage this weekend in the game between Michigan and Syracuse. With time running out and Michigan clinging to a two-point lead, the Orange’s Brandon Triche drove the lane. Jordan Morgan shifted across the lane, and, according to the referee, just barely set himself in time to take the charge. The play all but sealed the game, and the Wolverines moved on to the championship game. The most concerning part of these scenarios is that the calls are about as close to 50-50 as you can get. I’ve watched both over and over, in slow motion and in real time, and come away with a different opinion on the call each time. From one angle, Craft’s foot looks to be clearly on the line, while from another it’s much less conclusive. One replay shows Morgan well-set, but another seems to show his feet still moving. The fact that the referees get only one chance to see it in real time while watching other things as well makes it all but impossible. So what can be done to fix this? Well, one suggestion is allowing referees to go to the monitor for calls in the final two minutes. These calls may have no more leverage than one with 10 minutes left, but they sure do feel that way. The issue here is that even with replay, these calls can be almost impossible to get right. Still, even if it’s only conclusive one in 10 times, at least that’s something. The other option is to change the rule to either favor blocks or favor charges. The latter would create a lower-scoring, perimeter-scoring sport that would make every game feel like Wisconsin was playing. The former would lead to defenses almost being helpless to stop players driving, leading to either high-scoring, high-foul totals, or both. It’d be a fundamental change, but could achieve multiple goals of the NCAA. Here at Rules of the Game, we always support taking the game as much out of the referee’s judgment as possible. The officials in both games were put in impossible situations, and did their best. It’s now up to the NCAA to remedy that.

Ethan Sturm is a senior who is majoring in biopsychology. He can be reached at Ethan. or @esturm90.



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After earning a huge 16-5 victory over non-conference opponent Babson early in the week, the No. 4 men’s lacrosse team was forced to scrap out wins in the final minutes of a NESCAC doubleheader in order to preserve its eight-game win streak and improve to 8-2 on the year, winning two games in front of the Alumni Weekend crowd. “It’s really special to win in front of alumni, and for the alumni, because this program wouldn’t be where it is without them,” senior captain attackman Andrew Fiamengo said. “They all have worked extremely hard to improve this program in any way when they were here, and they continue to do so to this day.” Tufts improved to a 4-2 NESCAC record after beginning the season at the bottom of the conference, moving up to third place. Just one NESCAC team, Conn College, owns fewer than two conference losses. While the weekend largely put Tufts in a position to control its own destiny, Conn. College holds the headto-head advantage going into the home stretch, and would host the NESCAC tournament even if the Camels and Jumbos were to finish the regular season with the same record. The Jumbos snuck out with a 14-13 victory on Sunday, despite allowing the visiting Middlebury Panthers to outscore them five-toone in the final quarter. Junior midfielder Dan Leventhal had a breakout performance for the Jumbos, lifting Tufts with a monstrous fourgoal effort. “It felt great to have a breakout game, especially against a rival like Middlebury, Leventhal said. “That wouldn’t have happened without help of my teammates getting me great looks and our coaches putting me in the right positions to score.” Middlebury came out strong on Sunday, as NESCAC Rookie of the Year candidate Jon Broome, an attackman, opened up scoring for the Panthers, notching his first of


The Jumbos picked up two conference wins on the weekend, sustaining runs from Williams and Middlebury in the fourth quarters to move to 8-2 on the year. three goals at the 10:11 mark. He scored again with 2:57 remaining in the period following two other goals from junior defender Darric White and senior midfielder Mike Giordano to put the Panthers up 4-1. With the clock standing at five seconds, Tufts senior defender Matt Callahan launched a gilman clear upfield in a last-ditch effort to send the ball end-to-end. Callahan’s pass connected with sophomore attackman Chris Schoenhut, who took his defender one-on-one, beating him to finish a look as time expired.

Less than a minute into the second period, junior long-stick midfielder Kane Delaney took the ball off the opening faceoff and drove downfield, pushing it to senior midfielder Ryan Jorgensen. Jorgensen executed the catch-and-release, drilling a shot past junior netminder Nate Gaudio. Minutes later, sophomore attackman Cole Bailey took the ball behind, tripping up his defender and allowing him to rip an equalizer goal as he curled around the cage. The Panthers and Jumbos traded goals for the remainder of the

quarter. With 13 seconds remaining in the half, junior attackman Beau Wood hit midfielder Peter Bowers, who ripped a shot from 20 yards out, hitting high right to tie things back up at 7-7. The Jumbos came out firing in the second half, and outscored the Panthers 6-1 in the third stanza. After Bailey opened up the scoring, Leventhal took the ball from end to end, driving down the left lane to put a shot past Gaudio. Minutes later, Middlebury regained possession of the ball and moved it up to Giordano who

Tufts takes five over weekend

Jumbos go 4-0 on frigid weekend

Jumbos roll with strong pitching, timely hitting Tyler Maher


out in the top of the eighth and capitalized, grabbing a 5-2 lead when Cooprider crushed a bases-clearing double. Fournier retired Bowdoin with a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning to seal the win.

Despite dreadful baseball conditions, including 45-degree chills and 20 mileper-hour winds, the Tufts baseball team put together one of its finest weekends of the spring, completing a four-game sweep in a non-conference series against Hamilton. The Jumbos combined timely hits on Saturday with dominant pitching on Sunday to outscore the Centennials 33-13 on the weekend. Tufts started the first game of Saturday’s double-header on fire, pounding out 11 runs in the first three innings. The Jumbos’ first five batters reached base safely and were knocked in with RBIs from sophomore third baseman Wade Hauser, junior left fielder Nate Izzo, and sophomore right fielder James Howard. In the following frame, the Jumbos sent 11 hitters to the plate and accumulated six runs, the biggest blow coming from a bases loaded single off the bat of sophomore designated hitter Bryan Egan. Egan struck again in the bottom of the third inning, blasting a two-RBI double over the head of Hamilton center fielder Joe Jensen. According to junior tri-captain pitcher Christian Sbily, the Jumbos offensive outburst to start the series helped give the team

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The women’s lacrosse team managed a split on the road this weekend, taking down Williams before falling at Middlebury to bring their record to 5-4. Rebecca DiBiase, who held Bowdoin in check until Tufts rallied to tie the score in the top of the sixth. Fournier came on in relief for DiBiase and delivered three perfect innings, to go with four strikeouts, as the game stretched into extra innings. The Jumbos loaded the bases with nobody

Alex Baudoin

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After having its 15-game winning streak snapped by Babson College last Tuesday, Tufts softball promptly returned to dominance over the weekend. The sixth-ranked Jumbos went a perfect 5-0 to improve their record to 22-2, laying the groundwork for another lengthy winning streak. Tufts started its road trip on the right foot when Allyson Fournier blew Bowdoin College away with her second no-hitter of the season on Friday night. The star sophomore struck out 17 while outdueling her opponent Melissa DellaTorre, who nearly matched Fournier with five innings of one-hit ball before stumbling in the top of the sixth. At that point, sophomore center fielder Michelle Cooprider dropped down a bunt single to lead off the inning and junior tri-captain catcher Jo Clair followed with a single of her own. After senior tri-captain second baseman Emily Beinecke flew out, junior first baseman Kayla Holland launched a tiebreaking three-run homer that spurred the Jumbos to a 3-0 victory. The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader was another tightly contested affair in which Tufts failed to score until the sixth inning. The Polar Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but that was all they were able to get off senior tri-captain

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finished a goal past Salazar before the Jumbos’ defense could recover. Leventhal managed to grab the momentum back for the Jumbos, however, mustering two more thirdquarter scores, while Wood quietly added a goal of his own. The Jumbos opened the final stanza with a seemingly secure 13-8 lead. Leventhal capped off his career-high day with another goal to put Tufts up by six and secure the win, even with a late Middlebury charge.


The Tufts Daily for Tues., April 9 2013