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Senior Night ticketing system hits snag by

Abigail Feldman and Menghan Liu Daily Editorial Board

Seniors faced obstacles while attempting to buy Senior Pub Night tickets online this past Monday due to over-purchasing and communication errors between Integrated Student Information System (iSIS) and Tufts Tickets. Ticket sales for the year’s first Senior Pub Night, which will take place at Tequila Rain tonight, opened on Sept. 23 at noon. Soon after, the Office for Campus Life (OCL) began receiving news about the problem. Associate Director of OCL Laura DaRos clarified that the problems did not originate from any technical glitches in the Tufts Tickets system and that several issues had been resolved. “Our Tufts Tickets system is working and continues to provide a convenient service to students as we intended,” DaRos told the Daily in an email. Seniors wishing to purchase tickets faced two main issues, she said. The first type occurred after students attempted to purchase multiple tickets and the second resulted from the fact that

some seniors were still listed as juniors on iSIS. According to DaRos, Senior Pub Nights are only open to Tufts seniors and all Tufts tickets events are non-transferable. Therefore, students can only be admitted to Senior Pub Night if they are in possession of a Tufts ticket with a name that matches their Tufts student ID. “Students that purchased multiple tickets had their duplicate tickets cancelled,” DaRos wrote. “They received a refund and those tickets were returned to the inventory so other seniors were able to purchase them.” About a handful of seniors were not able to purchase tickets because they were still registered as juniors on iSIS, DaRos said. This incorrect class status may have occurred for students awaiting transfer credits, study abroad transcripts or summer session credits that were not yet submitted to the Registrar. “Because they were listed as juniors, the Office for Campus Life did not manually update their Tufts Tickets user account to a 21+ Senior status,” DaRos wrote. Senior Alexandra Geller see TICKETS, page 2

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Boston Beer Works, a brewery and restaurant, is proposing a new location in Davis Square.

Boston Beer Works tries for Davis Square space by Victoria

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The Somerville community held a meeting on Monday to discuss a proposal from Boston Beer Works, a restaurant and brewery, to occupy a vacant space at 240 Elm St. in Davis Square. The unoccupied location is situated directly opposite to restau-

rants Diva and Red Bones and has 9,000 square feet of space, according to Somerville Alderman At Large John Connolly. After previously occupying the space for nearly 25 years, the Social Security Administration vacated the area around two years ago, Connolly explained. Property owner Michael Argiros approached Boston Beer Works

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Tufts ranked among top selective universities

Hollywood production to film at Tufts Columbia Pictures will film on the Medford/ Somerville campus on Monday for a movie starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel that is scheduled for release in 2014, according to an email that the university sent to the Tufts community yesterday. A flyer distributed through members of the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance on Tuesday announced that interested students will have a chance to participate in the film production as paid extras. Pen, Paint and Pretzels (3Ps) Secretary Colin Burnett, who helped to circulate the flyer, explained that students must be prepared to dedicate their whole day to filming in order to be involved. “You have to be available all day on call for whatever little snippets and scenes they want you to stand in the background of,” Burnett, a sophomore said. Students wishing to participate are asked to send their name, age, phone number and photo to basicmathextras@gmail.com, the flyer states. Filming will begin at 7 a.m. and end around 7 p.m. In the email to the Tufts community, the university announced its excitement to host the Hollywood crew on the Hill. “We are delighted by this opportunity to showcase our campus at this beautiful time of year,” the email stated. While filming is contained to specific areas around campus -- including the Academic Quad, Tisch Library, Miller Hall, the President’s Lawn, Brown & Brew and Talbot Avenue -- the university noted in its email that students and area residents should be aware of certain parking restrictions and that alternative parking will be located at the Dowling Garage.

about the space around six months ago, according to Boston Beer Works Owner Joe Slesar. Slesar said he believes that Davis Square would be a good location for a brewery based on his experience as a Charlestown resident and frequenter of Somerville. “Having owned Beer Works, hav-

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A movie by Columbia Pictures, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, will be filmed at Tufts on Monday. The email also asks students to show consideration for the film crew during its working hours. “While you are welcome to stop and watch the filming, we ask that you respect the perimeters set up and give the crew and actors the space they need to complete their work and keep to schedule,” the email stated. Burnett said that so far, the film seems to have spurned a positive reaction from the student body. “As far I can tell everyone’s excited,” he said. “If they’re not going to be able to

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participate in it, [they’re happy] to at least have something that they know will be big and popular.” While the filming process may cause some distractions, Burnett said, he believes Columbia Pictures will offer an interesting experience to students on campus. “It’s not going to be anything too exciting, too over the top, but I think it’s going to be just enough to make Tufts students proud of being at Tufts,” he said. —by Abigail Feldman

Tufts was ranked the 28th overall best national university and 15th in admission selectivity in this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. According to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin, the selectivity scores, which are based off of statistics from the class of 2016, accurately reflect the success of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. “It just gives you a reflection of the quality of our entering class as it relates to these other places in the top 50,” Coffin said. Information on the best overall ranking, however, is skewed by a variety of factors, Coffin said. “Overall rank doesn’t change a whole lot because the biggest weight is the peer assessment,” Coffin said. Coffin explained that peer assessment is calculated by a vote collected from the president, provost and dean of admissions from every university on the list. According to him, many of the universities do not know much about Tufts, which greatly affects the rankings. Coffin believes if the small liberal arts colleges in the NESCAC conference were able to vote in the ranking, the scores would change dramatically. “I think the rankings are misunderstood by many people, and that is unfortunate,” see ADMISSIONS, page 2

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The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach aims to expose young students to STEM fields.

The Somerville Arts Council celebrates the creative work of local artists.

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Boston Beer Works in talks to come to Davis

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This past Monday, many students faced difficulties when purchasing tickets for Senior Night due to errors on iSIS and issues of over-purchasing.

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discovered that she was part of this small group of students as she proceeded to ticket checkout last Monday. “The page just kept refreshing on me,” Geller said. “I finally quit out of it and reopened it and then I got the message of ‘This is not available for your user type.’” Rebecca Raskind, too, found that the site would not allow her to check out her tickets, though she encountered no other problems with the site. “I was with my friend who was right next to me and it was working for her just fine,” Raskind, a senior, said. “I don’t really know what the difference was or why some people had trouble.” DaRos explained that these students were able to purchase their Senior Pub Night tickets after personally contacting their respective class deans and verifying their senior status. Both Raskind and Geller eventually bought tickets after reaching out to OCL for help, they said. “A couple hours later, [DaRos] responded to me and said that they had confirmed my 21+ status, and that I was still able to get a ticket because luckily there were still some available,” Geller said.

While Geller was happy that she eventually was able to get tickets, she said she is still wary of the new iSIS network. “I think I’ll give myself more time and prepare for problems, because I didn’t expect for there being problems this time,” she said. Some seniors may still be angry about the mix-up, Raskind said, but she believes the OCL responded appropriately. “I think people were just mainly a little bit confused about why some people’s accounts weren’t working,” Raskind said. “The OCL responded quickly enough ... that people were able to get tickets. I’m still super excited about Senior Night and I’m just really glad I got a ticket.” In the meantime, DaRos said that the OCL is working to fix the problem for future senior events. “We are continuing to work with University Tickets, the ticket system host, to implement features as they become available to make the ticketing process here at Tufts modern and convenient for students,” DaRos wrote. She added that prior to the implementation of the Tufts Tickets system, students used to wait in line beginning at 8 a.m. to purchase tickets scheduled to go on sale at noon, causing them to miss class and other appointments.

ing started it 21 years ago and then being the owner, I do know a lot about the communities in and around Boston,” Slesar told the Daily. “Somerville is a great community, and Davis Square is a bustling neighborhood of residents and business.” Boston Beer Works began seeking approval from the Somerville Licensing Committee in August to get the space but was unable to attain approval, Ward 6 Alderman Representative Rebekah Gewirtz said. “It’s a very important space, and I did not feel that [the timing] was appropriate at all,” Gewirtz told the Daily. “August is a time when many people are away. It’s not a time when you make big decisions that are going to impact the neighborhood for however long in the future. Perhaps, five, 10, 15 years, who knows.” Beer Works tried again to be considered by the committee during the Sept. 16 agenda but consented to postponing consideration after a request by the committee, according to Slesar. “I feel like they’re trying to move very quickly on this,” Gewirtz said. “The community has the right to be involved in this process and lend their voice and offer ideas and suggestions.” Slesar said that Beer Works has made every effort to abide by typical procedures by discussing financial logistics with Argiros and hiring a local Somerville attorney who reached out to Somerville’s mayor and aldermen. “You have to file paperwork in order to start the process,” Slesar said. “There are certain things that have to happen in a certain order. We have never once gone into a licensing hearing without talking to them. We moved [the meeting] at their request with no issue whatsoever on our part.” Connolly, who lives by Davis Square off of College Avenue, said he relates to the concerns Somerville residents have about the kind of business Boston Beer Works would bring to the community. “A lot of people are concerned about Davis becoming a drinking destination as opposed to a dining or nightlife entertainment area,” Connolly told the Daily. “Quite frankly, I don’t think folks want the same situation over in the Harvard, Allston, Brighton area.” The City of Somerville spent almost 30 years trying to bring the Red Line to the square and has worked hard to keep high standards for the kinds of establishments that occupy its spaces, Connolly explained. “I know the neighborhood well,” Connolly said. “I expect a lot of neighbors who live behind Davis, down Orchard Street, Chester Street … are very concerned because when the places close at night, what do people do? They filter back into the neighborhoods. For the most part people can be respectful, but every once in a while there is someone who is loud, inconsiderate, obnoxious.” Slesar said that his breweries do not bring the kinds of crowds that residents would be concerned about and that the majority of their business occurs before 11 p.m. “We’re like the Foundry, or Flatbread [Company] or Five Horses,” Slesar said. “We

Dean Coffin optimistic about Admissions office, rankings ADMISSIONS

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In this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s rankings, Tufts was named the 28th best national university and the 15th most selective school.

Coffin said. “If you are just using [overall ranking] as a window into undergraduate admissions, you have to boil off alumni giving and financial resources rank and just focus on the guidance counselor survey, the SAT means, the class rank and the acceptance rank, and that is where we have grown.” College selectivity ranks, on the other hand, are more accurate, Coffin said. These scores are based off a variety of statistics, including the middle 50 percent of SAT scores, the number of students who ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school and the university’s acceptance rate. This marks the second year in a row that Tufts has been ranked at No. 28 in the category of best national universities after Tufts successfully rose from its rank at No. 29 during the summer of 2012. Other flaws in U.S. News & World Report’s calculations include the fact that there is no

want people to come in and dine, enjoy food and beer together. Our guests aren’t the ones going out after eating and throwing up all over the street. That is not our guest profile. We don’t even serve shots.” The Monday night meeting, attended by between 60 and 70 local residents, gave the community a chance to voice these concerns and to hear more from the business about what it could offer the square, Gewirtz said. “I think people had the opportunity to address their concerns, their opinions,” Gewirtz said. “My job is to create a forum for those sort of questions to come out so people feel comfortable expressing their concerns and their ideas. That’s what I work to do, last night when we had the meeting, and I’ll always try for that, [to] create a civil environment where everyone feels like they’re heard.” Connolly said that Slesar made clear that the business is not a nightclub, but rather a craft brewery and restaurant. “Almost all towns and cities of significance in the U.S. right now have embraced the fact of people actually making something in their town,” Slesar said. “Brewing, bringing back a craft, that’s what we do. We’re not some crazy guys that all it is a frat party. We care about beer and food.” Slesar said that brewing is a distinctive skill and that bringing a brewery to Somerville would be a unique addition to the community. He added that despite the proximity to Tufts, he doubts undergraduates will be the bulk of his clientele. “When I was a kid in college we used to go to the cheapest beer place,” he said. “We’re not the cheapest beer place, purposefully so. I mean, we handcraft our beer, we’re not selling it for three dollars.” In Beer Works’ other locations, college students typically come only when their parents are in town, as the crowd tends to run a bit older than college-aged adults, Slesar said. 65 percent of Beer Works’ gross revenue in its other locations come from food, Slesar said. If approved, it would be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., with the kitchen open until 15 minutes before closing time to serve customers occupying the 200-plus seats that will be made available in the space. “They are not a beer hall, they are not a sports bar,” Connolly said. “They are a restaurant and they do a lot of work in the community, they are extremely community conscious.” One of the aspects Connolly said he was impressed with was that the business “adopts” a local public school in every town or city it enters. According to Slesar, the Beer Works on Canal Street in Boston has been working with a school in Charlestown for nearly eight years, helping it raise between $20,000 and $30,000 a year. “We get a million requests from local charitable organizations, from churches to synagogues,” Slesar said. “We’re very receptive to those provided [that] they’re either local residents or local organizations.” The Sept. 23 meeting will be followed by a second community meeting on Oct. 7 before Beer Works will try again to be heard by the licensing commission on Oct. 21, Gewirtz said.

measurement for each school’s diversity or accessibility. “You could easily say what percentage of the first-year class are the first generation to go to college,” Coffin said. “But that is not here. U.S. News, as one magazine, didn’t see that as criteria to include.” Next year, the statistics from the class of 2017 will be calculated in the rankings, and although Tufts’ overall ranking might not change, the scores for selectivity probably will, Coffin said. “We had record highs in all of our SATs, the freshmen at the top 10 [percentile] is the same and the acceptance rate went down three points,” he said. Overall, Coffin is optimistic about the work at the admissions office and its reflection in the rankings. In the future he hopes Admissions will be able to build on previous successes. “It’s a deliberate, strategic effort from my office to say, ‘How do we build on last year’s success and do it again?’” Coffin said.


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The CEEO brings faculty and students together to promote engineering education in local schools and start STEM interactions at an early age.

Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education and Outreach brings STEM education to local schools by Sarah Vivinetto

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There is no doubt that the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be intimidating for many students. Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), however, is working to break down the barriers that deter so many students from starting to explore these important fields at a young age. The CEEO is composed of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from engineering and education disciplines, all dedicated to the goal of integrating STEM into grade levels from kindergarten to college, according to its website. “The mission is to make people more comfortable with engineering,” the CEEO’s Director of Outreach Programs Elissa Milto said. Through research, outreach, products and workshops, the CEEO strives to increase engineering and technical literacy. The center’s programs and connections are wide-ranging. In 2001, the CEEO established its outreach division and the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP), allowing students, faculty and industry workers to promote engineering education in K-12 settings. According to the CEEO’s website, STOMP is the first of its kind. The CEEO also sponsors the Tufts University American Society for Engineering Education Student Chapter and began its own educational research division in 2004. The CEEO has approximately five to ten active research projects at once, the majority of which are funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The aim of these research projects is to introduce students to engineering problem solving at a young age in the hopes that it will create excitement for STEM and will motivate students to explore what the CEEO believes is such an integral part of the world around them. One such endeavor at the CEEO is the Integrating Engineering and Literacy (IEL) project. Funded by the NSF, this research project works to bring engineering principles into elementary school classrooms through existing reading curriculum. “It’s a research project in the classroom with the teachers,” Milto, who is also an investigator with the IEL project, explained. One of the research questions the project aims to answer is how “teachers’ engineering (and STEM) content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and perceptions or attitudes toward engineering influence their classroom teaching of engineering through literacy,” according to the IEL’s project web site. According to Milto, the principle of IEL is for teachers to choose books for their students to read and then have the students look for problems in the stories that can be solved with engineering remedies. “The students understand the problems, look at constraints in the book and then resolve the problem with the characters,” Milto said. The IEL project has been initiated in Medford and Somerville public schools, and, as recently as last spring, was run in the Acera School in Winchester, Mass., according to Milto. Founder and Co-Director of the Acera School Courtney Dickinson said she was enthusiastic about the partnership with the CEEO. “What [the CEEO is] all about is absolutely synchronous with our core beliefs to begin with,” Dickinson told the Daily.

According to Dickinson, the Acera School, a K-8 independent start-up school previously known as Anova: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership, is unlike any public school in the area. The school opened its doors in 2010 with a focus on STEM learning and creative problem solving. According to the website, the “Acera Approach” aims to build educational partnerships with universities and other academic institutions to foster inspiration, develop new curricula and allow for rapid educational evolution in emerging fields. “The mission is around generating the next generation of innovators and leaders to create a positive impact on the world,” Dickinson explained. “There is a big emphasis on being a creative person who can solve problems.” The CEEO’s IEL program works in concert with Acera’s mission integrating engineering principles into the classroom; literature is often a more comfortable subject for both students and teachers to work with when compared with other teaching methods traditionally relied upon for STEM learning, according to Milto. Riley Meehan (E ‘13), a first year student at Tufts’ Graduate School of Engineering who works on research with the CEEO, said that the literature method of learning within the IEL project is accessible. “In the past, engineering lessons were building cars and robots . . . and were more tailored for what boys are interested in,” Meehan said. “This is a great way to get both boys and girls alike to find interest in the classroom.” Meehan, who has been working with the CEEO since his freshman year as an undergraduate at Tufts, stressed that this lesson plan structure works by involving the students in problem solving that is specifically relevant to them. Dickinson added that it also involves teachers in a positive way. “Many teachers have a ton of fear about scientific learning because very few have that background,” Dickinson said.

According to Dickinson, introducing STEM topics through the lens of literature, which many teachers feel more comfortable with, is a way to ease that fear. Dickinson said that she considered the encounter with the CEEO to be mutually beneficial, as it enriches the education of the Acera School’s students while concurrently helping the CEEO to further develop its research and perfect its program’s interaction with local schools. “[The students] were just on fire,” Dickinson said. “They were in a zone of creative invention.” While one of the aims of the IEL project is to promote interest among students in STEM opportunities, another outcome of the project is that the CEEO gains data and findings for its research about how students learn. Meehan said that, if done properly, this project could be revolutionary for the future of successful integration of STEM into the educational arena. “Engineering literacy is painting the way students think about engineering problems,” Meehan explained. The research is expected to continue based on the positive results the center is receiving in schools like the Acera School. “A lot of people are excited about it and they are going to take it far because it seems to be working, and we are seeing interesting results that seem worth pursuing,” Meehan said. Milto said that the CEEO’s future plans include working with younger kids as well as with kids who have reading and writing difficulties. Plans also exist to expand the research into more schools and to include more graduate students from diverse disciplines. Dickinson said that since the Acera School is not burdened with strict regulations or timelines on its curriculum because it is not a public school, it is an ideal site for the project. Dickinson added that she hopes that the partnership can grow and continue for many years to come.

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The student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers at Tufts worked on the construction of a concrete canoe on Feb. 19, 1991, one of the two set to race that April in the 1991 New England Concrete Canoe Race Invitational.

Who/what is “Miley Cyrus” tho

don’t know if you’ve seen the music video for “Wrecking Ball,” but I have, and I have some (a lot of) thoughts. First thought: what in the heck is going on with Miley Cyrus right now? She’s got a new haircut, which I don’t hate, and some new smash songs — “We Can’t Stop” is a total jam of mine. But most of all, Miley has taken on a radically new image as a performer. It’s clear to me that she is trying — hard — to be a cultural phenomenon in a way that’s sexy, provocative and different. And it’s been successful, considering the large amounts of Internet buzz around her songs and videos recently. But it’s also very confusing, especially when you look at the methods she’s employing to generate that buzz. First and foremost, this is graphic sexuality. It’s a huge departure from her girlish, Disney Channel days as Hannah Montana and her upbeat party anthems of a few years ago, like “Party in the U.S.A.” Now, she proudly and explicitly displays her body and her sexual potential at every opportunity. She twerks at award shows, booty drops and borderline masturbates in her music videos, and she seems to constantly have her tongue out or be licking an object. If that isn’t hot, I don’t know what is. Either way, it’s definitely no longer PG or even PG-13. So what is her deal? Is this some kind of desperate bid for attention via self-degradation and objectification? Or, is it a brilliant rebranding of her image to stay relevant and fresh in a sex-saturated popular culture? Let’s go back to her music videos. There is a lot here to be unpacked in terms of race, gender, class and cultural appropriation. I could write a whole paper on it. But what most stood out to me is her blatant broadcast of her sex appeal, particularly in “Wrecking Ball.” It’s possible to see this as strong, sexual, empowered femininity — she’s tough, she’s assertive, she’s hot and she knows it. It’s also possible to see this as completely over-the-top, unnecessary and degrading. I tend to lean towards the second option, mostly because of the huge incongruity between her sexuality in the video and the emotional content of the song. The song is actually quite powerful — it’s about love and its devastating effects on Cyrus. It’s deep, when you hear the song without the video. There are those moments in the video where she looks into the camera with big puppy eyes and cries, almost sincerely. And then. Miley basically giving a sledgehammer a blowjob. Miley straddling a wrecking ball completely naked. Miley stroking herself in a see-through white outfit. And there is no WAY anyone can take her emotions seriously, because it’s clearly just about sex. Miley also uses her sexuality to help sell products. I know this is something that many, if not most mainstream musical artists do these days (corporate sellouts, amirite?). But Miley does it in an unusually obvious way. She markets her body and her new sex-toy image while also marketing Beats by Dr. Dre speakers and EOS lip balm (see the “We Can’t Stop” music video for some really badly done product placement [thanks Prof. Sobieraj]). The video of Mike Will’s “23” featuring Miley and Wiz Khalifa is a five minute advertisement for Nike’s Air Jordans. The chorus literally repeats: “J’s on my feet” a zillion times, while Miley poses in the background wearing tiny cut outs of Michael Jordan jerseys. There’s no question about it, Miley sure can sell — both herself and her sponsors. I have no answers about Miley and what her motivations or intentions might be. All I know is, I’m one part shocked and disgusted and another part very impressed. Because if it’s attention she’s looking for, attention she’s got.

Lily Sieradzki is a junior majoring in English. She can be reached at Lily. Sieradzki@tufts.edu.


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alking around Davis Square, as Tufts students are so wont to do, has become second nature to many of us; passing the concrete and bronze statue of the couple arm-in-arm, meandering through the crowds with their adorable puppies and babies to the only place that really matters — Chipotle. If we could only force ourselves to look up, however, we would see something strange and special. Peppered around the charming square is yarn hanging from lampposts, switchboxes adorned with painted scenes and vintage phone booths converted into micro-galleries. These, and many other art projects in Davis Square, are almost always initiated, directly or indirectly, by the Somerville Arts Council. This council is quintessentially tied to the culture of the city — a culture that tries to give back to its citizens through the sponsorship and proliferation of its local art scene. Active since 1980, the Somerville Arts Council has been championing artistic ventures since its founding. Consisting mainly of volunteers, with only three paid employees, the Somerville Arts Council is truly organized by and for the community. Their goal, as expressed in their mission statement, is to “cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions” of members of the community. The current Chair of the Arts Council Board, Tim Devin, spoke about the role that the Arts Council hopes to play in the Somerville community at large. “I am a big fan of celebrating folks,” Devin, who has served as the chair for three years, said. “There is only room for so many professional musicians and artists — I think giving creative people a platform that they normally wouldn’t have is a big part of what we do here.” The Arts Council is involved with many projects in Davis and Union

Squares, as well as surrounding areas. For instance, the Council’s Mystic Mural Project, which began in 1997 and is currently their longest running art program, brings together children from diverse cultural backgrounds in Somerville to paint the concrete retaining wall bordering I-93 with professional muralist David Fichter. The murals portray scenes related to the environment, history and wildlife of the Mystic River watershed. Each year, the painting is expanded by new students and Somerville community members. “We do a lot of visually stimulating things,” Heather Balchunas, a Council employee, said. “These rich programs are meant to bring in the diverse flavors of Somerville and its cultural groups together to celebrate that diversity.” The Mystic Mural Project was just the start for the Somerville Arts Council. Indeed, the Council is not only committed to projects that focus on beautification or art in a limited sense, but is also dedicated to the bigger community picture — since 2005, for example, the Council has been involved in helping to revitalize the Union Square area through their ArtsUnion program. Now in its eighth year, the program aims to increase cultural development in Union Square by holding various events, markets and cultural tours throughout the neighborhood. Through this initiative, the Arts Council was able to incentivize artistic activity in the area: this explains why, according to Balchunas, Union Square is “all hip and funky now.” And because the definition of art and culture that the Arts Council has adopted is so broad, it frequently finds itself inundated with suggestions for potential programs. With everything from Brazilian cooking classes to Utsav!, (a Festival of Punjabi & Sikh Culture), the Council tries to incorporate all of Somerville’s different voices into their programming. “There’s a range of things that are important when thinking of programing,” Devin said. “We are definitely looking for things that are family friendly,

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The Fluff Festival inspires the residents of Somerville to go all out and over the top.

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“Somerville by Yarnstorm,” a project supported by SAC, promotes the work of the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

represent something already going on in the Somerville community and that hopefully bring the quirky and interesting vibe that Somerville carries.” Every year, the Somerville Arts Council gives out a number of grants to both Somerville residents and artists drawn to local scene. These grants, which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Committee, offer local artists a way to fund their creative ventures. To receive one of these grants, artists must submit an application to the Somerville Arts Council outlining what they do and what they hope to achieve with the grant money. “I’ve worked in arts administration for over 10 years and I can say that the Council is unusually active and present in the community,” Nan Levinson, a Tufts journalism professor and 20-year Somerville resident, said. “Giving out grants is so much harder than working through a larger organization. I think that this shows how dedicated the Council is to individual artists in their community.” Levinson, a previous grant recipient, explained that these sorts of grants can have a huge impact on individual artists and, subsequently, the larger community. “These grants are a huge vote of confidence for any artist,” she said. “It lets you know that there is an entire community that is behind what you’re doing.” Once a recipient is offered a grant, they must outline a project to bring what they’re doing back into the community. This is designed to provide local artists with an incentive to showcase who they are and their art to other Somerville residents. Devin emphasized that this is part of Council’s great tradition. “We [as an organization] have a very strong history of bringing the commu-

nity together,” he said. With that great history, the Somerville Arts Council is moving forward with various projects and events that it hopes will allow it to achieve a stronger presence in Somerville. Devin mentioned the potential introduction of an “Arts Bus,” which would drive throughout the city hosting video screenings and craft workshops for kids and adults. And the “Art Map” (available online at the Somerville Arts Council website www.somervilleartscouncil. org), which catalogues all of the publicly visible works of art in Somerville, is another attempt to make the work of the Council more interactive. These outreach initiatives have been very successful for the Council in the past, according to Devin. “Something that I think shows our presence in the community is the amount of help and support we get from volunteers and local artists,” Devin said. “There is a great history and working relationship between the Council and volunteers — we rely too heavily on their cooperation and support.” Upcoming events for the Somerville Arts Council include the Fluff Festival this Saturday, an event held in Union Square to celebrate the invention of Marshmallow Fluff by Archibald Query in 1917. The festival will feature traditionally crafty and quirky activities. “Tufts students are in a very unique position,” Baluchas said, referencing the University’s role in the city of Somerville. “There is such a strong imaginative community in Somerville that is looking to bring young and creative people into the fray.” If you are interested in applying for a grant, internship or volunteer position, you can check out the Somerville Arts Council’s website at http://www. somervilleartscouncil.org.

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Ave, Boston. Entrance to the museum is free for all Tufts students.)

Throwback Thursday — “Hippie Chic” College Welcome: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is hosting a college welcome night based on the theme of one its current exhibits, “Hippie Chic.” The event will include free tie-dye fashion art with Charlotte Hamlin, free Bindi gelato and photo opportunities with vintage VW vans. (Tonight from 6-9:45 p.m. at the MFA, 416 Huntington

“Schmalfest” — A Concert Celebrating Professor Janet Schmalfeldt: The Tufts Music Department will be hosting a gala concert celebrating the work of professor and pianist Janet Schmalfeldt and her 18 years at Tufts. The concert will feature performances by Schmalfeldt, new works composed in her honor and more. (Saturday at 8 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall. Admission is free.)

Boston Seafood Festival: The second annual Boston Seafood Festival will take place this weekend, presented by the Boston Fisheries Foundation. In addition to a variety of seafood vendors, the festival will feature activities like an oyster shucking contest and demonstrations from chefs. (The festival begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. General tickets are $10 and can be purchased at bostonseafoodfestival.org.)

Portugal. The Man: Portland, Ore.-based rock group Portugal. The Man will bring their tour to the House of Blues this weekend, on the heels of their latest album “Evil Friends,” released back in June. The support act for the concert will be alternative dance band Crystal Fighters. (Sunday at 8 p.m. at House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. General Admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased from ticketmaster.com.) —by Dan O’Leary

New drama ‘The Blacklist’ delivers big twists by

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NBC made a good call by picking up “The Blacklist.” The long-struggling network, which has seen consistently poor

The Blacklist Starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC ratings over the past few years, has finally found a show — other than “The Voice” (2010-present) — that might prove to be a real hit. It debuted with solid numbers, though of course it probably helps that “The Voice,” whose season premiere delivered an impressive 14.7 million person audience, is the new drama’s leadin. That’s not to say that “The Blacklist” is incapable of drawing in viewers on its own merit; the fast-paced thriller has garnered generally positive reviews thus far, and with the pilot’s concluding cliffhanger, audiences will likely tune back in next week. The drama follows the story of Raymond “Red” Reddington ( James Spader), a former government official who is now listed as one of the FBI’s Most Wanted. Spader turns himself in to the authorities and even offers to help them track down other criminals and terrorists — on one condition. Reddington insists on communicating solely with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). The first half of the pilot is spent establishing these basic facts — and it makes for a fairly unimaginative start. This is not so much due to Spader and Boone — who actually do commendable work — but rather stems from the writers’ reliance on overplayed thriller tropes and stereotypes. The first 20 minutes are so predictable that they are almost not worth watching. Reddington informs Keen that an Eastern European terrorist, presumed dead, is actually alive and well; he has slipped into the country intent on kidnapping a high-ranking general’s daughter and terrorizing the general population of Washington, D.C. The FBI brings the little girl into its custody, but as soon as it does so — surprise, surprise — the terrorist’s henchmen trap the FBI vehicles on a bridge, snatch her away, shoot some agents, blow up a car or two and escape on conveniently-located motorboats. This dramatic sequence also

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James Spader is compelling as mysterious criminal Red Reddington in the mindlessly entertaining new drama ‘The Blacklist.’ features agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff ), one of Keen’s higher-ups, inexplicably jumping off the bridge; the moment seems to occur simply because one of the writers thought it might be a cool visual. It isn’t. The twists and turns the show delivers in its first act are simply tired and played out, though luckily, the second half of the pilot is much more promising. The surprises do not suddenly become innovative or fresh, but they are at least more intriguing and have the potential to be sources for upcoming storylines. “The Blacklist” is essentially a vehicle for Spader to spend his screen time playing creepily intriguing puppet master. Spader’s slow, distinctive cadence and textured voice are unsettlingly seductive, and he easily steals every scene he’s in. Boone is solid as newbie Keen, though her character’s development is

rather stiff and doesn’t feel fully realized yet. (She wants to be a mother! Her husband seems like a classic nice guy! She has a sad, mysterious past!) The pilot indicated that future episodes will explore more of her past — to which Reddington has an unexplained connection — and with the supporting cast essentially non-existent, this would certainly be a welcome development. “The Blacklist” is clearly only dedicated to two characters — a shame for Klattenhoff who does good work as Marine Mike Faber on the much finer twisty thriller “Homeland” (2011-present) — and as such Keen very much needs to be fleshed out. The writers have to create a character audiences can both invest themselves in and also find believable. This may be a pipe dream, however, since “The Blacklist” certainly isn’t striving for any sort of believability. Beyond

the plethora of twists, this incarnation of the FBI seems to exist in some sort of fantasyland where protocol is of no real concern. This lack of regulation, of course, is not uncommon in television and film, where we often see the protagonist charge into dangerous situations before even thinking of calling for backup or informing a colleague. “The Blacklist” continues this pop culture tradition — and though it’s ridiculous — it fits right in with the show. When a series steers this far away from reality, it becomes much easier to enjoy simply for its sheer entertainment value. “The Blacklist” is good, old-fashioned mindless fun, and though it doesn’t operate with the subtlety and grace of other low-rated, critically adored NBC shows like “Parenthood” (2010-present), it may be just what the beleaguered network needs to find ratings success again.

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‘Breaking Bad’ builds up to finale with marathon

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Diego Klattenhoff is sorely underutilized in ‘The Blacklist.’

The countdown to one of this year’s biggest television moments has already begun. Yesterday at 8 p.m., AMC began a five-day marathon of its critically acclaimed series “Breaking Bad.” “Breaking Bad Marathon: Countdown to Finale” will run back-to-back episodes of every episode from all five seasons continuously up until the season finale, ‘Felina’ (with the exception of a one-day break on Saturday) on Sunday night at 9 p.m. Starting from the season one pilot, eager fans will be able to rewatch all of the epic moments over the course of Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) transformation from high school chemistry teacher to a methamphetamine kingpin after being diagnosed with cancer and given two years to live. Over the course of more than 96 hours, viewers will get to relive the dramatic twists and turns of Vince Gilligan’s drama, which recently won

an Emmy for outstanding drama series. And AMC isn’t the only one excited about the last chapter of “Breaking Bad:” in anticipation of Sunday’s finale, Rolling Stone published multiple in-depth interviews with the actors behind the show’s characters, including Cranston, Dean Norris, who plays Hank Schrader, and Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman. Naturally, the Internet, too, is abuzz with speculation about how the series will end — and about the fate of White — one of the darkest, most legendary anti-heroes that television has ever seen. Now just days away from one of the most highly anticipated 75 minutes of airtime this season, whether you’re binge-watching or just tuning in on Sunday night, this is definitely something you don’t want to miss. —by Caroline Welch


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Susie Church | Food Fight

Burritos from Anna’s and Chipotle

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t’s the age-old (and surely necessary) face-off between burritos in Davis Square: Anna’s or Chipotle. I often overhear Tufts students fiercely debating which is most special to their Dewick-overloaded stomachs. Growing up in New York City with a Chipotle right next to my high school, I have always been a loyal Chipotle customer. However, last week I decided to put aside all of what I thought I knew and test which one was, in fact, the best burrito in Davis. And I can safely say, I have reached a verdict. Price: Size: Flavor: Ease: Envir.:

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The dance sequences ‘Battle of the Year’ are poorly directed with fast cuts that make them impossible to follow.

‘Battle of the Year’ fails to impress by

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Some bad movies are fun to see. Maybe they feature an actor who makes the experience worthwhile or satisfies a

Battle of the Year Directed by Benson Lee Starring Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck guilty pleasure; sometimes “bad” movies are actually effective films that audiences are just unable to recognize as fantastic. But then there are others that fail to contribute anything to our lives — movies that take away viewers’ two hours of time and ten dollars and offer nothing in exchange. “Battle of the Year” falls squarely in this latter category. “Battle of the Year” follows the story of alcoholic basketball coach Jason (Josh Holloway) who is recruited by a hip-hop mogul to build a team of the country’s best break dancers so that the U.S. might reclaim its title as the capital of hip-hop at the international — and titular — Battle of the Year. The film’s greatest problem lies in its attempt to be two things at once — “Battle of the Year” tries simultaneously to be both a dance and sports film, but the finished product is a lot of neither. Though the plot had potential, the problem with

“Battle” is not its concept, but rather its execution. Dance films usually function in one of two ways. Sometimes they are portrayed as a visual story, much like in musical theater, when words simply aren’t enough and the characters have to express themselves in a grander style. Other times the dance itself is the story and dialogue is used to connect each dance to the last in what is essentially a filmed performance. “Battle of the Year” does not build cathartic, empathetic characters to cheer for, meaning the first option is already out the window. To his credit, director Benson Lee nearly clearly chooses the second alternative; however, for this method to work, the audience must have a clear, uninterrupted view of the dance — a film equivalent to the “best seats in the house.” “Battle” cuts up the breakdancing sequences with such lightning-fast speed that viewers have no idea what is going on. The choreography and performances could have been, and probably were, absolutely incredible — but we never get to see them. Sports films, though, require honestly written, deep characters whose conflicts are externalized in their sport. “Battle of the Year” simply does not have the characters to sustain itself as a viable sports film. Take the main character, Jason, for example. The beginning of the film introduces a situation in which he must give up alcohol in

order to succeed. At first, he has thrown away his bottle of Jack and seems to be on the right track. Then, all of a sudden, he is drinking wine with his pseudolove interest (Caity Lotz), and that’s it. Is he no longer an alcoholic? His central issue — and most defining character trait — in the first two-thirds of the film is somehow abandoned in the blink of an eye. “Battle of the Year” harbors some problematic social issues as well. Casting Chris Brown is one thing, but giving him demeaning, sexist and womanizing lines is a poor choice in light of Brown’s similar real-life issues. The film also introduces a conflicted relationship between a gay breakdancer and another breakdancer who was in the military. When the ex-soldier tells the gay dancer, “Where I’m from, we don’t ask, and you don’t tell,” the audience wants to see him redeem himself. Their relationship does improve, but it does so with little contrition on the part of the ex-military dancer. The gay character, however, does act remorsefully, telling the audience that he ought to apologize for being openly gay. This is a troubling — and old-fashioned — depiction of gay characters. “Battle of the Year” does not work, nor will it add anything to your day. Not only will you be disappointed; you’ll also be frustrated and angry. Save yourself the aggravation and go see something else.

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Freshman Alex Spring balances academics and DJ-ing Freshman Alex Spring was already a longtime fan of electronic music when he decided to “take it into his own hands” about a year ago and become a DJ. A New York native, Spring got his start as a weekend DJ and was soon throwing and working parties for 200 to 250 of his closest friends. “Practice makes perfect,” Spring said, and the extra work helped him become the experienced DJ he is today. Comfortable enough to improvise and never relying on pre-sets, there is no doubt that what started as a hobby has now become a creative skill and outlet for Spring. When asked if he played any musical instruments, Spring, a modest jokester, laughed. “I play the iPod,” he said. And with a library of over 10,000 songs, it’s clear that

a passion for music is part of what makes Spring so good at what he does. Though reluctant to name “favorites,” Spring listed Passion Pit and The xx as some of his favorites bands. Already making a name for himself on the Hill as “DJ S***ty” (it’s a long story), Spring now enjoys performing for hall mates and friends in casual settings. Though as a pre-med student and prospective economics or cognitive and brain science major Spring will likely be busy with academics, he is open to expanding his musical interests on campus. Currently in training for WMFO, Spring encourages listeners to stay tuned to hear more from “DJ S***ty” in the coming months. —by Drew Robertson

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Chipotle $8.99 Large 7/10 Davis Square Burrito joint

Anna’s $6.10 Medium 9/10 Davis Square Burrito joint

I deliberately kept the ingredients in each burrito the same: a chicken burrito with mild salsa, pico de gallo, lettuce, rice, black beans, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. The first stop on my excursion was Chipotle. As I ordered my burrito, I cringed slightly at the extra $1.95 charge for guacamole. The total came out to $8.99 for a pretty hefty burrito. After taking the first bite, I noticed a few things immediately. First, the guacamole was great. It tasted like fresh avocados had just been mashed up right then and there. Second, the tortilla was extremely soft and fresh. However, my friend quickly commented on how salty and dry the chicken tasted, and after hearing that I could not get it out of my head. It was strangely salty. Also, I’m a big cheese lover (ask me about the running list of exotic cheeses I’ve been trying) and was thus thoroughly disappointed that I couldn’t taste any of the cheese in my burrito. Those issues aside, I think the biggest problem for me was that the flavors didn’t mesh in a way that created the kind of taste explosion I hope to get when I take that first bite. I noticed a lot of spice and a few really nice ingredients, but not the whole package. With that thought in mind, I headed down the block to Anna’s. Anna’s Taqueria is a local Boston gem with six locations, seemingly tiny compared to the 1,500 Chipotles scattered worldwide. However, this smaller establishment holds its own against its global competitor. Just waiting in line and watching the burrito-making process at Anna’s was a mouth-watering experience. The melted cheese on the tortilla when it was first warmed up, the rich Mexican rice, the variety of salsas — each individual ingredient seemed perfect on its own. It didn’t help to watch them grill a quesadilla for the man in front of me in line, and by the time I got my burrito I felt newly starving. Anna’s burrito was a little smaller than Chipotle’s, but the reasonable, $6.10 total (only .85 cents extra for guac!) more than compensated for that. As soon as I took my first bite I knew I had my answer. It had exactly what Chipotle’s was missing — all the wonderful ingredients blending together in perfect proportions to create a heavenly harmony of flavors. Everything was equally as fresh, and the salsa, chicken and rice were noticeably more flavorful. I was stunned: I couldn’t imagine myself ever going back to Chipotle for a burrito. The portion, price and flavor of Anna’s were all perfect. Plus, only Anna’s carries horchatas and jarritos. How could anyone resist a meal like that? I left Davis feeling surprised, excited and ready to head back again very soon. To all you strong believers, I encourage you to experience the dark side and try out Anna’s. Susie Church is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. She can be reached at Susannah.Church@tufts.edu.


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Medford, Mass. is not a common place for celebrity sightings, but Tufts was set abuzz yesterday when an email to the Tufts community announced that a Hollywood movie crew would be coming to campus on Monday, Sept. 30 to film scenes for an upcoming film. Rumored to be Columbia Pictures’ “Sex Tape,” starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, and set for a 2014 release, this film is no small-screen production. The crew will arrive on Sunday to prepare and will film throughout the day on Monday at various locations on campus. Streets and parking lots will be blocked off and Brown and Brew will close at 2 p.m. Though some Jumbos fear being shut out of their favorite study spots or parking spots, the majority of students are eager to play host to such famed celebrities. Along with being mentioned in a number of television shows and movies, Tufts

has been the backdrop for “The Next Karate Kid” in 1994 and, more recently, an episode of “Friday Night Lights” in 2009. Though Jumbos already know how exceptional Tufts is, having a star-studded flick shot right here on the Hill proves just how movie-worthy it is and will help showcase the beauty of campus. Though the raunchy film title could lead some moviegoers to misconstrue the values behind the university, Tufts will reap more benefits than costs from both revenue and positive attention brought to campus. Additionally, the excitement that is already pulsating throughout campus will be renewed and magnified upon the film’s 2014 release. With scenes in Tisch Library, the academic quad and Brown and Brew popping up throughout the film, there will be no denying the appeal of the university, especially considering the number of other New England universities that the

crew could have chosen. Students also have the chance to make their film debuts — and some quick cash — as extras in the movie. Between showcasing the campus and offering ways for students to get involved, this film will be a great opportunity for the university community to rally together with Jumbo pride. Additionally, the spotlight on Tufts might attract the attention of alumni, giving them a renewed interest in their alma mater, and prospective students. These far-reaching positives for the university outweigh any minor inconveniences that students and professors might encounter. For those who do not have class on Monday, the prospect of fame — or at least five seconds of it — is very real. And for those who do have classes on Monday, there is plenty of time to map out alternate routes to class, or better yet, map out routes where you can “accidentally” bump into Jason Segel.

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Media’s influence on body image by Jamie

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We all know that the media is everywhere. It influences us to buy certain products or to vote for a certain political candidate. What we don’t all know is that the media is a main accomplice of the negative ways women view their bodies. Nearly 91 percent of all women are unhappy with the appearance of their bodies. To try and resolve this, many turn to dieting, which can progress into pathological dieting, so they can work toward achieving the ideal body image set by our culture. Many of these pathological dieters develop some type of eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia. Teenage girls are dying to be thin, literally. Twenty million women suffer from some type of eating disorders during their lifetime. Of all mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate. This destructive disease is all rooted back to one culprit — a low selfesteem due to harmful media exposure. We live in a day and age where adolescent girls cannot even look at a cover of a magazine without being bombarded with unrealistic photographs of celebrities supposedly possessing the perfect body. They have nearly impossible waist sizes, silky hair and flawless complexions — none of which are achievable for the average person. Once past the cover, the magazine’s pages are plastered with models that are supposed to represent what is beautiful. In reality, only 5 percent of women naturally possess the “ideal body” that the American media portray as attractive. However, young subscrib-

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ers to fashion magazines rarely recognize the fact that those models don’t naturally look like that. The models undergo extreme dieting and the magic of Photoshop to gain their well-known appearances. In 2009, Ralph Lauren released an ad that spiked much controversy between fashion and body image. In the advertisement, the model appeared to have a significantly smaller waist than the size of her head. It was a Photoshop mishap that occurred when the company decided that model’s size 4 figure was too big. So, they used technology to have their model fit the “ideal customer.” Even though Ralph Lauren apologized for the incident, it is evident that advertisers everywhere will use toxic tactics so they can promote that the people who should wear their clothes should be thin. We are pressured to believe that being skinny and beauty go hand in hand. Abercrombie and Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries mentioned that he only wanted “attractive, thin” people to be wearing his clothes and that his company was exclusive. We need to ask ourselves whose right it is to decide the requirements to wear a certain brand of clothes. It is people like Jeffries who are poisoning the minds of the younger generations. Abercrombie and Fitch doesn’t even sell shirts bigger than a size large. Even then, a large is much smaller than what most retailers have labeled as such. The ridiculously unrealistic sizes retailers use contribute to the negative influences of the media. Instead of the media praising this behavior, they should be encouraging that a healthy body coincides with beauty. The company

Dove took and in 2004, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty was launched. The women who appeared in their ads didn’t fit the stereotypical models that are usually used in advertisements; these women had curves. The ads encouraged women to embrace their inner beauty and see that each woman is beautiful in her own way. Using media exposure in a positive way, Dove is allowing women to see what true beauty looks like. Like many female college students, I love to read a good fashion magazine. There is something relaxing about flipping through the slick, glossy pages and inhaling the different designer perfume samples. While scanning through the clothing ads, I can’t help but stop and wish that I had a certain body type so I could wear those styles. I think, “maybe if I was that skinny I could wear the ‘cool’ brands and be considered popular among my peers.” Flip through a few more pages and you find exercise plans to help you get that bikini body in six weeks, which is very unlikely to happen. The magazines suck in targeted victims, making them think those images are how they are supposed to look. Readers don’t realize that media are impacting them until it is too late. The media are powerful things that influence millions, for better or worse. In this case, they are allowing young girls to feel that in order to be pretty, they need to be thin. Maybe if more companies used the power of media to show that being healthy is the new thin, we wouldn’t have so many people struggling with body image.

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Teaching requires intellectual preparation Brian Gravel

I read the Sept. 19 Daily article about Tufts students and Teach for America with a mixture of pride and concern. On the one hand, Tufts is a place where social justice, commitment to community and education are taken seriously. Graduates are leaving the Hill with a desire to make the world better; I am proud that my institution fosters a belief that teaching is an opportunity to make change. As a colleague and 30-year veteran of the profession said, “Teaching has enabled me to meet my lifelong need to feel useful and appreciated.” So, bravo to Tufts and to the graduates of this fine place for fostering commitment to the profession of teaching and the fulfillment it brings. At all levels, teaching is deeply challenging, humbling. Most of all, it is an intellectual endeavor. Within what we call the “wild triangle” of relationships — between teachers, students and content —a massively complex and dynamic system exists that takes time to understand and to navigate. True professionals spend years studying their craft — honing their skills of listening and attending to stuby

dent thinking. After all, successful students are those who think and reason in sophisticated ways, and nurturing their intellectual development demands that teachers undergo rigorous preparation. On the other hand, Teach for America thinks that entry — not expertise — is most important in becoming a teacher. Rather than seeing teaching as complex and intellectual, TFA sees teaching, and children, as a simple problem. They operate on a belief that because you are intelligent, passionate and driven, you are a great teacher. You do not need experience, you do not need careful preparation and there is little intellectual work in the task of becoming a teacher. You need your own experience as a successful student, a short summer workshop and a desire to make change. This is the view — where inexperience is an asset — which TFA promotes. The problem with this view is that it’s simply not true. Great teachers recognize that teaching is intellectual work; they embrace the complexity and study their craft. Caring is not enough. Scholars like Linda Darling-Hammond at Stanford have argued this position for decades,

with convincing data to support the claim that rigorous preparation is necessary for success as a teacher. There are skills to be learned and ideas that need to be discussed, debated and considered at length. Walking into a classroom without having done these things means that you are not going to be as successful as your students need you to be. This is not to say that Tufts students lack the potential to be great — we know they possess this — but greatness is not achieved by simply gaining entry into an elite program and professing a commitment to underserved children. It is no wonder that Tufts students are such bright stars in the TFA sky. The commitment to changing the world for the better is strong on this campus. With this passion and charge, I urge you to consider the intellectual work of teaching and the importance of entering this field in ways that respect what all students deserve — thoughtful, well-prepared professional teachers. Brian Gravel is a professor at Tufts in the Department of Education. He can be reached at Brian.Gravel@tufts.edu.

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Fast-food wages by Joe

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Fast-food workers are adapting the Occupy Wall Street message in their own movement to push for a $15 minimum wage in restaurants like McDonald’s. Deemed the Fast Food Forward movement, fast-food workers and their labor unions are collectivizing and staging walk-outs to protest low wages. I recall when I was in high school that it was time to seek my first job opportunity. So, I decided to apply at McDonald’s, following in the footsteps of my brother and sisters. The first time I applied, the store manager asked me the proverbial question: Why should I hire you? My response: Because I need the money. That was the wrong answer. The following year I applied to the same place. This time when asked the same question, I answered, “Because I can get the job done.” This time I got the job. With my small amount of experience, I was actually able to take charge of a team and pull order out of chaos. This resulted in my promotion to swing manager when I transitioned from high school to college. Exploitation of my services was the furthest thing from my mind as the goal was to earn enough money to pay for college. The commonly accepted idea was that The Minnesota Daily

this was a temporary stepping stone to better career opportunities once you graduated from college. I would certainly agree that my experience at McDonald’s allowed me to utilize some of my abilities. In other words, it wasn’t all just about flipping hamburgers. One time the owner of the franchise put his hands on my shoulders and said he wanted me to be paid $4 per hour. It never happened and I spent the remainder of my time there earning just a smidgen above what the crew earned. Today, we recognize the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred in the fast-food industry. Now, instead of young adults holding these jobs, the average age of a fast-food worker is now almost 30. It was 22 in 2000. Consequently, the industry has transformed from being a temporary stepping stone to a full-time career opportunity that still pays very little relative to the profits of McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s. One could argue that there is very little opportunity in our economy for someone with a high school diploma, especially for those with no diploma at all. These sorts of recession-proof service jobs are the only ones available, and it will be that way for a long time to come, in all likelihood. In the meantime, people employed by these companies still qualify for public

assistance because of the low pay and lack of medical benefits. We read daily of the failure to teach people to read and write upon graduating college or even high school. If this whole situation doesn’t smell of a carefully planned booby trap, then I don’t know what does. Accordingly, I am in favor of increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. This would target service-sector jobs in fastfood restaurants to provide more livable wages, in addition to other benefits. I do not believe that doing so will cripple major chains. It may reduce the amount of money flowing into the top of these companies, but it is doubtful that it would alter CEOs lifestyles. Of course there are those who will argue that the price of the food will increase and result in less business and therefore less employment. But this is the accepted thinking of an outdated paradigm. Even Henry Ford was wise enough to pay his workers more so they could afford to buy his cars. However, perhaps in a corruption of this idea, McDonald’s low wages push employees to turn to its food rather than more sustainable alternatives. Major fast-food chains are time-tested businesses capable of paying employees livable wages. The Fast Food Forward movement has the right idea in demanding fairer wages from inequitable fastfood chains.

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f it weren’t for my roommate, I don’t think I would entirely believe Tufts football existed. I see fields, athletic shirts and broad, muscular, somehow consistently shirtless students, but never in combination. I see Tufts football calendars, but forget where, when and on what takeout menus. I see workout equipment but am utterly petrified at the prospect of completing a set of “floor wipers,” whatever demon exercise that may be. I see, but I do not understand, Confucius says. My roommate, Thomas Gregory, a gargantuan offensive linebacker, has shown me the light. Not in a violent, knock-meunconscious-because-I-don’t-dispose-ofmy-pungent-trash fit of aggression, but in a revealing, considerately non-physical tone of understanding, he’s convinced me that Tufts football does, in fact, exist. How? Because I know no college student would wake up at 6 a.m. for an apocryphal “practice.” By the time he’s finished his “floor wipers,” I’m rolling out of bed, stumbling to the bathroom in search of “ass wipers.” He’s done more than convince me of Tufts football’s existence, however. He’s maybe, quite possibly, converted me into a fan. Anyone determined to wrench himself from bed at such ungodly hours of the morning deserves some attention, at least in the form of stripping, body-painting and primal bellowing. He’s sacrificed time, sleep and protein packs. I can sacrifice my reputation of tame personality. Don’t think I’m humoring my friend Tom, either; I’m 90 percent sure he will not read this column. The dedication of our football players, despite calling into question my own physique and exercise habits, is something to be proud of, not something to ignore. It is worth appreciation and celebration. So why haven’t I found a single other “fan” with whom to bellow and celebrate? It’s not like Jumbo football hasn’t won a game in two years, right? Google was quick to enlighten. Jumbo football hasn’t won a game in two years. Of the past thirteen seasons, we’ve ended only three with a winning record. To reconfigure this data in a way Tufts students can relate: our athletic GPA is well below 2.00. We are fair weather, unreliable and lousy fans. We’re about as lousy as our football team. Sporting events, like all performances, Tom agrees, require the reciprocal process of spectator and performer. The two fuel each other, symbiotically giving his partner his gasoline: the hype to bash foes while the crowd watches foes being bashed. Without fans for gas, the energy required to sprint, tackle and touch other men’s more sensitive parts may be lacking. Surely one’s motivation can’t solely come from the guy making him “floor wipe.” Already, Tufts football isn’t off to a great start. Already, we’ve lost to Wesleyan by a landslide, with the uniquely football final score of 52 to 9. We were 0-1 before most students knew the season had started. I’m not suggesting a fan bus would have made a difference, but doesn’t 52 to 10 sound marginally more respectable? If we want to win, to beat all of those schools we (I, grrr...) didn’t get into, we’re going to have to support our team. At least let’s acknowledge our team. They shouldn’t have to earn attention with victory. In a supportive community like Tufts, determination, effort and grueling, unthinkable exercise should be tantamount. Our first home game (Oct. 5) is against Bowdoin, currently another 0-1 team. If you’re up, recuperated from Friday night shenanigans, (and if you’ve read this far into my column, thank you) stop by the turf. Tom Gregory and the football team have been up for hours and could use your naked, painted chest. If you need help remembering the date it’s definitely printed on some takeout menu, somewhere.

Adam Kaminski is a freshman and has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at Adam.Kaminski@tufts.edu.

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of a corner kick. Wright made a spectacular diving catch to block the ball, which gave the team more confidence to press forward, according to Kaufman. The second overtime started off stag-

nant, with neither team taking a clear advantage and the sides evenly matched. According to Estus, it was a challenging game for the Jumbos and exciting to be able to pull out the win. “I think it was a great battle with Wesleyan, they are an awesome team,”

Estus said. “We outshot them but didn’t capitalize until 25 seconds left and we did what we had to do. It was definitely one of the more challenging games.” The Jumbos look ahead now to Saturday’s game against Amherst, their second game in a string of four NESCAC matchups.

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ball on cage there’s a much greater opportunity for us to score than if we don’t.” Tufts jumped out to an early lead on the Corsairs. After Cannon carried the ball into the Corsairs’ 25-meter box, it did not take long for the Jumbos to piece together their first score. Fewer than two minutes into the game, sophomore forward Hannah Park received the ball in front of the cage. After battling back and forth with O’Brien, Park managed to slide the ball into the cage on her third effort, putting Tufts on the board early. As UMass Dartmouth looked to equalize, Tufts played a sloppy series on defense but managed to carry the ball out of the 16-meter circle. Junior forward Brittany Norfleet then used a strong effort to win the ball at midfield. Pushing up with speed, Norfleet launched a shot that drifted just left of the cage. The Jumbos worked to earn a flurry of penalty corners and almost doubled their advantage when sophomore midfielder Dakota Sikes-Keilp crushed a shot from the top of the circle that hammered off of the left post. Seconds later, Sikes-Keilp wound up again, this time striking UMass senior defender Victoria Dolce in the left thigh as she attempted to block the shot. Sikes-Keilp took several more shots as the Jumbos continued to push, but each one sailed just wide of the cage. Eventually, Tufts earned yet another penalty corner. Receiving the insert, Sikes-Keilp slid the ball across the top of the circle to senior cocaptain midfielder Steph Wan. As Wan sent a shot in from the left side, classmate and fellow co-captain forward Chelsea Yogerst deflected the ball into the net to put Tufts ahead 2-0. “The ball came out really well to Steph, and she put a cross-ball in towards the stroke mark,” Cannon said. “Chelsea just got a stick on it to redirect it past the goalie.” Leading by two, Park, Sikes-Keilp and Yogerst continued to work on the offensive end. In the 24th minute, Cannon carried the ball from midfield, working it into the circle. Battling with several UMass defend-

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Senior Chelsea Yogerst contributed one goal in the Jumbos’ 5-1 win over the Corsairs. ers, Cannon eventually found space and dribbled a slow-rolling shot through traffic and into the boards for a 3-0 advantage. “I was getting a pass from [senior midfielder] Katy McConnell and felt pressure coming on, so I cut to and kept going,” Cannon said. “I actually meant to send a pass into the post where Allison could tip it, but it ended up sneaking through.” Towards the end of the first period, the Corsairs challenged, earning a series of penalty corners themselves, but junior goalkeeper Bri Keenan stood tall between the pipes, denying any real scoring chance. Tufts jumped out of the intermission eager to build on their three-goal lead. Yogerst earned the Jumbos an early corner opportunity, while Park also saw a chance to extend the hosts’ advantage. Six minutes into the half, Norfleet worked to earn another penalty corner. Sikes-Keilp received the insert, which bounced around the top of the 16 until she managed to regain possession and fire a diving backhanded shot into the boards for a 4-0 lead. Three minutes later, the Corsairs finally broke through. Two seniors, forward Tiffany Richard and midfielder Devon Herlihy worked to carry the ball down the left wing. On a side-in, they pushed the ball across to sophomore forward Alison Ladue, who beat Wan one-on-one before sending a long shot across the circle and into the boards. The Jumbos took just two minutes to bring their lead back to four. Yogerst quickly won another Tufts corner. Sikes-Keilp polished off her second goal of the evening, firing a sec-

ond-effort backhanded shot past O’Brien. “Dakota has been doing a great job this season,” Cannon said. “She’s been really strong on the ball and distributing well. When she gets an opportunity, she doesn’t waste it, whether it’s her front or her back stick, and that’s how she’s able to put so many in the back of the net.” In the next few minutes, coach McDavitt began to substitute in several younger players, who continued to bring pressure on the offensive end. Meanwhile, McConnell stepped up in the Jumbos’ transition game, using her athleticism to stop UMass Dartmouth’s runs and send balls downfield for the Jumbos’ young offense. First-year players Dominique Zarrella and Ashyln Salvage both saw chances in the final minutes, but the Corsairs ultimately managed to stave off the Jumbos’ efforts for a sixth score. As the final seconds ticked off, UMass Dartmouth returned to the offensive end, but McConnell again stepped up to fight off the attack as time expired. “Everyone definitely stepped up at the end of the game,” Cannon said. “They didn’t let the intensity waver in the second half. Because they kept pushing forward we were able to get a lot of good opportunities, even towards the end.” The highly physical game was a solid test for the Jumbos, who proved that they can win against a variety of teams. This weekend, Tufts’ athleticism and skill will be tested in a crucial NESCAC doubleheader. The Jumbos travel to Amherst on Saturday, before turning around to host Trinity at Bello Field on Sunday. The games will be Tufts’ first in-conference tilts in nearly two weeks, but nevertheless, the Jumbos are confident that they have stayed on top of their game. “The last two weeks, we have been pushing ourselves in practice every day to go as hard as we can against each other, so that we are that much prepared going into our conference games,” Cannon said. “Mainly we have been focusing on those fundamentals and executing everything well. We’re looking forward to the doubleheader; it’s a huge weekend and getting two NESCAC wins would put us in a great position heading into the middle of the season.”

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had some great wins, but we’ve followed those up with a couple of disappointing results in midweek games on the road. We just have to take it one game at a time and impose our style of play on other teams, especially on the road.” Tufts came out firing and played like the better team for much of the contest. The Jumbos outshot the Panthers 15-4, and outnumbered them in corner kick opportunities by a margin of 8-1. They controlled the time of possession and the pace of play, generating chance after chance. But Plymouth State’s freshman keeper Felix Lindeberg was nearly flawless in net. Lindeberg, who came to Plymouth from Sweden and was making only his second career start Tuesday, notched eight saves and single-handedly kept his team in the game. He stopped three shots on goal in the first half, and denied junior forward Gus Santos on a line-drive shot midway through the second half. Tufts continued to apply the pressure

late in regulation and in the overtime periods, but every time he was tested, Lindeberg responded to the challenge. A header almost slipped between the bars in the last minute of regulation, but Lindeberg got a fist on the ball and was able to punch it out. Then, in the final minute of the first overtime session, Lindeberg deflected two shots that were struck in quick succession by sophomore midfielder Connor Brown and junior midfielder Kento Nakamura. Lindeberg’s performance overshadowed what was yet another great game from Tufts freshman keeper Scott Greenwood. The Panthers had their share of chances as well, especially late in regulation and in the overtime periods. But Greenwood kept the Panthers off the board, in what was his fourth shutout of the year in just six games. “We have been playing well as a defense this year and keeping a clean sheet is our priority in every game,” Williams said. “That doesn’t come just from a strong back line but starts with the pressure from our forwards and

midfielders in order to turn our opponents over farther up the field.” “Our backline has been incredible,” senior tri-captain Scott Blumenthal added. “We believe they’re going to keep the ball out of the net each game, and Scott Greenwood has been phenomenal in goal.” The Jumbos are now 4-1-1 on the young season, and will look to get back in the win column when they travel to Amherst on Saturday to take on the Lord Jeffs. Tufts is 2-1 in NESCAC play this year, and Saturday’s matchup will present another early season in-conference challenge. Amherst, currently the No. 1 team in the NESCAC, has yet to lose a game this season, boasting a 3-0-1 record in conference action and a 5-0-1 mark overall. “Amherst is always an exciting team to play,” Williams said. “They’re a perennial NESCAC power and always tough but we treat them like any other opponent. It should be a battle and a physical game. I think everyone on the team will be up for it and hopefully we can have some success.

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his week, the second half of the column tandem is taking over to start the weekly rotation. I, Alex, am here to reminisce on the sometimes-good, sometimes-not-so-good days of my youth athletic aspirations. Little League baseball might be the biggest youth sports organization of all. On a grand scale, the Little League World Series is broadcast on ESPN each year, with highlights of home runs littered across SportsCenter for at least the week-and-a-half span within which the games take place. More simply put, though, if you played sports as a younger child, chances are you played Little League baseball. Baseball was always a sport I felt I was lagging behind in — I didn’t have the same instincts. I played t-ball when I was much younger, but it wasn’t until I was 9 years old that I actually resumed my baseball career. All of my friends were in “majors,” the 9-12 yearold league, while I was still getting my wings in the “minor league,” one you could be in until you were 10. While all of my friends would come into third-grade class talking about their playoff race, I was stuck with nothing to contribute, and I looked up to those teams, actually dreaming of playing with some of the 12 yearold stars that could put the ball over the fence or had pitches clocked at 60 mph. Needless to say it felt good when I stepped up as a 10 year-old to the major league and was able to partake in the trash talk with a team of my own to finally defend. My team wore orange jerseys with “Pool Care” scribbled in black cursive letters across the front. Much to my surprise, we found ourselves in the championship of the Pawcatuck Little League in 2004. I usually got the start at second base. It was perfect for a young, energetic, but still inexperienced player like myself. Short throws for the putouts at first, didn’t have to cover the bag at second on the majority of double plays or steals, yet I still had a hand in communicating with the outfield. The championship game that year came down to a tie game in the bottom of the sixth inning. There was just one out, and the bases were loaded. We were in the field, while Whistle Stop, a black-and-gold-donned perennial powerhouse (two of the kids from that team now play college ball) sponsored by a local breakfast standby, was at the plate looking for the final run. I can still see it in my head. A slow dribbler came off the end of the bat, rolling towards me. Make the play at home, I thought, and we’re one step closer to staying alive. I gaffed it. This was no Bill Buckner through-the-legsat-the-back-of-the-bag blunder, but the extra time it took me to gather the ball from beside me was enough. By the time I looked up, the wave of black and gold had already flooded the field from the opposing dugout. My brother still reminds me of this play to this day. It definitely stings, though I see it as part of learning how the game works. Though his mistake at Shea Stadium in Game Six in 1986 is the first thing that comes to almost every baseball fan’s mind when they hear the words “Bill Buckner,” it actually shouldn’t be what defines his career. Buckner won a batting title in 1980 as a member of the Cubs, and he was selected for the All-Star game in 1981. There’s still a picture in my living room from when I was 11 years old, one year later. It’s a photograph of me making an out at second base in the game when we, not Pool Care but the 11-year old Pawcatuck All-Star team, won the District Championship. Ross Dember and Alex Schroeder are both sophomores who have yet to declare majors. Ross can be reached at ross.dember@tufts. edu, and Alex can be reached at alexander. schroeder@tufts.edu.


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The Jumbos continued to roll on Tuesday evening, defeating visiting UMass Dartmouth 5-1 for their

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second non-conference victory and fifth victory overall. The win marked another dominant performance for the Jumbos, who have controlled possession and pace of play in every game this season.

Head coach Tina McDavitt’s squad sent an astounding 41 shots at the Corsairs’ senior goalkeeper Lauren O’Brien, and earned 18 penalty corners while yielding just three corner opportunities and two shots on the defensive end. It could have been much worse for UMass Dartmouth, but O’Brien stepped up to make 21 saves in the contest. “Our layers definitely help us to stop momentum going into our defensive end and give us the ability to keep the ball in our offensive circle,” senior All-American center midfielder Emily Cannon said. “We know that if we continue to put the see FIELD HOCKEY, page 11

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In a game that featured stellar goalkeeping, the men’s soccer team was unable to break

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Plymouth State. The Jumbos came into Tuesday’s action on a roll, winning four of their last five games including, most recently, a 2-0 victory over nationally ranked Brandeis. On the other end, the Panthers entered Tuesday with a 2-4 record and were coming off a 5-0 loss to Keene State. “It takes a full team effort to win any game,” junior defenseman Sam Williams said. “The key for us right now is consistency. We’ve see GREENWOOD, page 11

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Junior defender Sam Williams and the rest of the Tufts defense helped freshman keeper Scott Greenwood post the team’s fifth shutout of the year.

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leave Wesleyan with a 0-0 tie. But in the waning seconds of the game, the Jumbos were able to take the ball from one end of the field to the other, and freshman midfielder Robin Estus sunk a goal with just under half a minute to go. Senior goalkeeper Kristin Wright set up the miraculous goal by punting the ball far down field, and junior Alex Farris got a head on it and flicked it to senior cocaptain Anya Kaufman. Kaufman took a shot from 18 yards out that hit the crossbar and bounced wide of the goal. Estus was able to corral the rebound, keep her composure and loft the ball just inches over the goalie’s head to seal the match for Tufts. With the goal, the Jumbos came away with a hard-earned win, the third in a row this season, in a game that was characterized by energized and aggressive play and some phenomenal goal keeping. The win at Wesleyan brings their overall record to 3-2, and 2-1 in the NESCAC. The first half started off sluggishly for the Jumbos as the team warmed up to the field. Neither team was particularly dominant, with Tufts outshooting Wesleyan 9-6. Defensively, the Jumbos did a good job of holding strong in the back, and Wright made one crucial save midway through the first half on a breakaway that kept the Cardinals off the board. Wright is back in goal after taking some time off with an injury, and coach Martha Whiting believes

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Senior goalkeeper Kristin Wright made six saves and set up the winning goal in Tufts’ 1-0 decision over Wesleyan. that her presence in the back of the Tollman saved the eight on goal, net inspires confidence for the rest with several spectacular dives and aggressive moves where she manof the team. “She’s a phenomenal goal keep- aged to punch the ball out of the er,” Whiting said. “There’s a level of scoring zone. confidence that we have in her, it’s According to Whiting, there been nice having her in the back were several instances in the secand a good feeling to know that we ond half where she was sure a goal have three goalkeepers that can had been scored, only to find the attempt foiled by Tollman. get the job done.” The Jumbos heated up in “I was convinced three different the second half and came on times that we were going to score, with intensity. They outshot but she made some great saves Wesleyan 11-1 in the half and and definitely kept them in the kept pressure on the offense game,” Whiting said. with control and powerful Tollman fought back the Jumbo shots. According to Kaufman, onslaught through regular play, the team created opportunities and the Cardinals came back with heightened energy for the first for goals on many occasions. “There was a period when we overtime. Right off the opening of got corner after corner, cross overtime, the Cardinals took conafter cross, and we really want- trol of the game, and got a shot on ed to score and win,” Kaufman goal 43 seconds in — their first one said. “We were really trying to in 30 minutes of play. attack, especially with the sun Wesleyan carried the momentum through the first overtime, in the goalie’s eyes.” The sun did not seem to stop outshooting Tufts for the first time Wesleyan junior Jessica Tollman in the game, with five shots on goal who made some spectacular saves to Tufts’ two. The Cardinals almost and managed to keep the Cardinals sealed the deal in the first overin the game when it looked like the time, with a well-placed header off Jumbos had the upper hand. Of see OVERTIME, page 11 the 11 shots in the second half,

Editors’ Challenge | Week 4 Back and better than ever for Week 4 of the NFL season is the one and only Editors’ Challenge. After an overall poor performance from the gang in Week 3, we are back, along with a special guest from the group of managing editors. Still leading the pack, tied for the best record overall, is Ross “Frosted Flakes” Dember. What can we say about his picks? I mean, they’re just grrreat — the man knows his stuff. Matching Dember’s overall mark, however, is Jake “Cap’n Crunch” Indursky, who stays crunchy, even in milk! Aaron “Froot Loops” Leibowitz is also tied for first, probably because he follows his nose — it always knows — when he makes his picks. Marcus “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” Budline craves those crazy squares, and he eats them three times a day like a true crunchmaster as he picks winners. It works; he’s in second place. Right behind him is Zachey “Raisin Bran” Kliger, who provides two scoops in every pick along with a healthy dose of fiber. Thanks, Zachey! Tied for third with Kliger is Jason “Shrek’s (NOT Donkey’s) Shrek-themed cereal” Schneiderman, who’s full of surprises but is probably merely a one-hit wonder. (Hat-tip to General Mills for creating a cereal name that takes up half a line.) Next up is the bossman himself, Alex “Rice Krispies” Schroeder. His picks snap, crackle and pop to the tune of a 29-19 record. Meanwhile, Matt “Pops” Berger is right behind him at 28-20. He may OVERALL LAST WEEK SF at STL BAL at BUF CIN at CLE CHI at DET NYG at KC ARI at TB IND at JAC SEA at HOU PIT at MIN NYJ at TEN WAS at OAK PHI at DEN DAL at SD NE at ATL MIA at NO

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have a rough exterior, but on the inside he’s got that sweet, puffed crunch. Write a beat, Berger. We’ll go ahead and sugarcoat a 9-7 week for Alex “Frosted Mini-Wheats” Connors, who, all things considered, is in decent shape at 27-21. Claire “Coco Puffs” Sleigh is cuckoo for Eds’ Challenge, but she made more wrong picks than right ones last week. So did David “Lucky Charms” McIntyre. “They’re always after me Lucky Charms,” McIntyre said in a recent email to the Daily. Tyler “Nickelodeon Green Slime Cereal” Maher (again, thank you General Mills) is making some truly gross picks, and for now he’ll have to live vicariously through the success of his beloved Bo Sox. Forget football; the magic is back at Fenway! Based on his picks, it appears Maher has, indeed, forgotten about football. Kate “Apple Jacks” Klots is languishing in last place at .500. “The great taste of apples and cinnamon make the great taste that’s always the winna-mon,” she said in a recent interview with a field hockey player several hours past deadline. She should probably do less talking about winna-mon and more winning ... mon. This week’s guest picker is Melissa “Cinnamon Life” Wang, a member of the three-headed monster that is the Daily’s managing board. Life is full of surprises — a hint of cinnamon being one of them — so don’t be surprised if Wang comes through with a winning Eds’ Challenge week. Alex S 29-19 9-7 STL BAL CIN DET KC TB IND SEA MIN NYJ WAS DEN DAL ATL NO

Matt 28-20 9-7 SF BAL CIN CHI KC TB IND SEA MIN TEN WAS DEN SD ATL NO

Alex C 27-21 9-7 SF BAL CIN CHI KC TB IND SEA MIN NYJ WAS DEN DAL NE NO

Claire 26-22 7-9 SF BAL CIN CHI KC TB IND SEA MIN TEN WAS DEN DAL NE MIA

David 25-23 7-9 SF BAL CIN CHI KC TB IND SEA PIT TEN OAK DEN SD ATL NO

Tyler 25-23 7-9 SF BAL CIN DET NYG ARI IND HOU PIT NYJ WAS DEN DAL ATL NO

Kate 24-24 9-7 SF BAL CIN DET NYG ARI IND SEA MIN TEN WAS DEN DAL NE NO

GUEST Melissa Wang SF BAL CIN CHI KC ARI IND SEA PIT TEN WAS DEN DAL NE NO

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