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Department of Computer Science struggles with course over-enrollment by
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Over the past five years, enrollment in the Computer Science Department has doubled. However, the number of faculty, graduate TAs, lab space and funding in the Computer Science Department has not increased proportionally. The discrepancy between student interest and resources is particularly noticeable in classes such as Lecturer Ming Chow’s Web Programming class, where increased enrollment has left students sitting on the floor. “The maximum enrollment was 75,” Chow said. “It was closed in two days of registration. If you are an engineer you got in, but none of the liberal arts students got in.” On top of the regular waitlist of 10 students, Chow created an additional list of interested students which contains another 30 names. “As it stands right now, a lot of people are still desperate to take the class,” he said. “I have students sitting on the floor. The students are not giving up. They really want to take the class.” For the first time this semester, in order to allow underclassman a chance to enroll in Introduction to Computer Science, the department reserved 75 seats specifically for freshman, according to the class’s professor, Mark Sheldon. “If I was forced to make a decision for the class I told the students
up front that we will prefer freshman and sophomores over juniors and seniors,” Sheldon said. “Most of the time juniors and seniors are taking it as an elective, and we love to have them, but it hurts them the least if they can’t take it from a graduation point of view.” Currently, the class is at capacity with 300 students, but an additional 30 want to enroll and Sheldon hopes they will be able to do so. For freshman Isha Patnaik, reserving 75 spaces meant that she could take the class which is required for her intended Cognitive and Brain Sciences major. “I know that if they didn’t then I wouldn’t have been able to enroll,” Patnaik said. Overall, the biggest issue with rising enrollment is trying to provide the best educational experience for everyone, Sheldon said. “Different courses all use the same labs, which tends to be a really tough constraint,” he said. “We want the students to have the labs, because we feel that is a vital part of the course. We want students to get individual attention and when you have 300 students you cannot get that in a lecture.” Although it is her biggest class, Patnaik still finds that because of TAs and the use of online modules such as Piazza, she still can receive individual attention. “Because we have so many COMPUTER SCIENCE, page 2
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Friends recalled Class of 2012 alumna Lily Glidden’s passion for the outdoors. Glidden was killed earlier this month by elephants in Thailand.
Recent alumna remembered for her love of nature by Justin
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Lily Glidden (LA ‘12), known for her passion for outdoor adventures and remembered by friends for her kindness and outgoing spirit, died two weeks ago in rural Thailand where she was killed by elephants. She was 24. Glidden, a Class of 2012 gradu-
ate and biology major, was passionate about her studies. Her enthusiastic personality rubbed off on other students, according to Professor of Biology Colin Orians, who knew her well from a two week trip he took with her Tropical Ecology/Conservation class to Costa Rica. “She was just an amazing student,” Orians said. “She had this
smile that was contagious. She took her work really seriously and made everyone else want to enjoy the trip as much as she did.” Glidden’s appreciation for the outdoors began at an early age as a sixth grader enrolled in Primitive Pursuits, an Ithaca, N.Y., program that offers courses in outdoor see GLIDDEN, page 2
Students launch campaign on federal debt awareness by Victoria
Five students are running a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the federal debt as part of the second annual national Up to Us competition. Up to Us is a nonpartisan, apolitical competition among schools organized by Net Impact, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative to bring attention to the national debt, according to the Up to Tufts Team Leader Josh Youner. “They came together, all three of those organizations,” Youner, a senior, said. “The national debt is a huge problem — how do we tackle it? Who are the change-makers going to be? They answered both those questions with a start on the college campuses.” This is the first time Tufts is participating in the competition. Of the 24 schools involved, Tufts is the only one in the Boston area, Youner said. Senior Nicole Hatton, a member of Up to Tufts, said that the idea to form a Tufts team came last semester from Lecturer of Economics Christopher McHugh. The team also includes seniors Jake McCauley and Michael Maggiore, and sophomore Becky Goldberg. “He’s [McHugh] very well educated about the economy, especially the national debt, and he’s very passionate about that,” Hatton said. “He’s an advisor to us. We’re doing everything, but we sort of run Daily Editorial Board
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Students purchase alcohol at last Friday’s buy-out event.
Students hold buy-out of Hotung’s alcohol mini-fridge by Justin
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A group of about 50 to 60 students purchased all alcohol in the Hotung Café mini-fridge last Friday, marking the start of Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senator Andrew Hunter’s campaign to open an on-campus bar. Inspired to pursue this project after returning home from studying abroad in London, Hunter said the idea for an on-campus bar was well received among 85 percent of Tufts students in the Senate’s fall survey. “One thing that I really liked about my
university [in London] was that they had all of these student-run, owned [and] operated bars on campus that everyone went to,” Hunter said. “[They] were really neat place[s] to hang out.” During winter break Hunter said he realized he needed a campaign for the project to generate interest. The TCU Senate did not sponsor or coordinated the Friday event in Hotung, but Stephen Ruggiero, the TCU Vice President, attended the event. “I thought it was definitely successful,” see HOTUNG, page 2
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things by him. His knowledge has really helped us get started.” To enter the competition, the Up to Tufts team in late September submitted an online application that included their campaign plan, how they would raise awareness on campus and why the issue is meaningful to the team, Youner said. The team was notified that they had been accepted a week later, and began team training via weekly webinars that Net Impact organized, Goldberg said. In November, the team submitted a campaign proposal and budget. Each team received $2,000 to use during the competition, Youner said. The campaign includes activities ranging from keynote speakers, to civic engagement with petitions or letters, to public visibility with blogs and media outreach. Youner said that the two mandatory activities include creating a Facebook page and a YouTube video. A key criterion of the competition is getting the highest number of students to take a short quiz testing their knowledge of the federal debt, Youner said. “The idea behind the quiz is [that it’s] a standard thing among schools, and so you’re competing not based on how many kids get the questions right,” he said. “You’re competing based on how far your reach is, just the pure number of people who take it.” see DEBT, page 2
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Friends recall Glidden’s charisma and openness GLIDDEN
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skills and survival, according to Tim Drake, the director of Primitive Pursuits. “She came once a week every year up until high school,” Drake said. “Then she started working for us and teaching programs for us.” Glidden was a freshman participant in Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO) and served as a trip leader for her sophomore, junior and senior years, according to Eloise Libre and Thea Mink, the current TWO coordinators. Professor of Biology George Ellmore, who served as a TWO faculty advisor, recalled Glidden’s expertise and character. She led freshman on one of the most difficult wilderness trips in the Mahoosuc Mountains, Ellmore said. “That hike is famous for its rigor,” Ellmore
said. “It includes remote roads, difficult-tofind transport spots, and the steepest section along the entire 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail. We could assign our most trusted leaders to that trip, and Lily was the Senior Leader for both of those years.” Dan Kim (LA ‘13) served as Glidden’s coleader during the 2011 hike and remembers her openness with those around her. “We retreated into the TMC van to escape the pouring rain, wrapped ourselves in [a] heap of sleeping bags, lit a candle and organically fell into a rhythm of sharing secrets,” Kim said in an email the Daily received from the current coordinators of TWO. “Lily was perfectly balanced: fearless, spirited and adventurous, yet so delicate, humble and whole hearted. She not only shared herself with me, but with all of those around her — her TWO freshmen, peers and beyond.
Glidden also served as president of the Tufts Mountain Club ( TMC) in 2010. Members of 2010 TMC Executive Board recalled her constantly seeking new challenges. “Among her friends at Tufts, Lily was constantly badgered about the best way to make a snow cave or skin road kill,” representatives of the 2010 TMC Executive Board said in a statement. “She loved to challenge herself, for example, living alone in the Fells during one spring break with nothing but the clothes on her back.” Her friends emphasized, however, that she was an ordinary person with her own share of worries. “She worried about her leadership capabilities, why she wasn’t more forceful and outspoken,” 2010 TMC Executive Board members said in their statement. “She worried about finding a job as a wildlife biologist
that would pay a living wage. She worried, yet if the stories now pouring in are any indication, she still managed this balance better than most of us.” According to TMC and TWO, Glidden pursued her dreams after graduation, from “trapping coyotes in Nevada to tracking venomous pit vipers in Hong Kong.” Drake described her life as one from a “story book.” “I feel like Lily was one of those very rare souls who followed her heart and really fell into the zone of living a good life,” Drake said. “She really followed her passion and probably lived more in her very short life than most of us can hope to do in a long life.” University officials are working with Glidden’s friends and family to commemorate her through a memorial event. The Daily will publish this information when it is available.
No obvious solution to computer science course demand
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The Computer Science Department has experienced a tremendous increase in course enrollments, resulting in stretched resources.
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TAs, when people post questions on Piazza they get answered really quickly and teachers are accessible that way,” she said. According to the Chair of the Computer Science Department Soha Hassoun, over-enrollment in computer science courses has been a problem throughout the department this semester.
“First we saw the explosion at the lower levels, but now we are seeing it at the upper level courses, even [in] our electives,” Hassoun said. In 2009 the department graduated 24 students in computer science. In 2013, 49 students graduated, and by 2015 there will be around 80, Hassoun said. In classes like Machine Structure and Assembly-language Programming, enrollment between 2012 and 2013
jumped from 60 to 144 students. “It’s been very difficult for the department to adjust to the growth,” Hassoun said. “We have approached our dean, Dean Abriola, to help us figure out what to do in terms of increasing the resources.” Hassoun described how one of the biggest problems for the department is the unique mixture of involvement of students from both The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. “Two thirds of our population — our students in our classes and in our majors — is from The School of Arts and Sciences,” Hassoun said. “But the Department of Computer Science actually sits in the School of Engineering. All of our resources come from the School of Engineering.” According to Hassoun, there is no clear solution to the problem. “We are at a very critical moment in our department history where we are really trying to think about what it is that we could do differently to allow us to continue to provide the services that we have for the students,” she said. “On one hand,
I don’t want to burden the faculty with more than they can handle, and on the other hand, I don’t want to deny services to students that are interested in the topic.” According to Sheldon, the community within the department is a terrific asset to students; however he hopes it does not change with increasing enrollment. “The community in the department here is absolutely fantastic,” he said. “We don’t want to lose that with the numbers going up, because that is part of what makes it such a nice place to be here.” Chow listed four reasons why the Department of Computer Science at Tufts is so popular: great teaching, the economy, word of mouth, and the culture. Chow explained that after taking a class many students not only recommend the class to others, but also stay and help the next group of students. For classes like web programming, also referred to as web development, Robert Carter, a senior engineer enrolled in the class, explained additional reasons for student interest. “Web development is not only
a job in a class, it is also something that I think is going to be more and more required of us as people in the workforce,” he said. “Everything is moving to the web very quickly now, and knowing web development is eventually going to be something that is expected of you.” According to Hassoun, the explosive growth in computing is not just at Tufts but nationwide. “Tufts is tracking the national trend right on par,” she said. “There shouldn’t be anything surprising about this data — it’s similar to everywhere in the country.” Overall, Hassoun is glad so many students are interested in taking computer science classes. “It is actually one of the most wonderful things that has happened to us,” she said. “We love the opportunity to impact students. We love the opportunity to make a difference in the career choices that those students make.” However, Chow believes it leaves the department with a serious dilemma. “Obviously it’s a good problem to have, but at the end of the day it is still a problem,” he said.
Organizers hope to repeat the event each Friday HOTUNG
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Ruggiero said. “It was really cool that we could mobilize a certain population of the Tufts community to go ahead and relax and enjoy themselves on a Friday afternoon after a long week of classes and getting back into the groove of the academic schedule. We definitely put a dent in whatever they had. I know we originally sold it out and they had to come out and restock.” According to Patti Klos, the director of Dining and Business Services, Hotung has had a license to sell alcohol since the 1980s, but they have been selling just beer and wine since its 2007 renovation. Although Hotung was busier Friday evening, the crowds did not warrant keeping the café open longer, Klos said. “While we were pleased to see a slight increase in use of the Hotung Caf矦or alcoholic beverages on Friday night, the participation was not significant to sustain a pub for the long haul,” Klos told the Daily in an email. “We believe the hours at Hotung are appropriate for current demand.” While senators brought the initiative to her attention, she has not yet met with them this semester so she is unsure of how urgent the project is, Klos said. In the coming weeks, Ruggiero said TCU senators will begin meeting with school officials including Klos, the Vice President for Operations Linda Snyder, Director of the Office for Campus Life Joe Golia and
University President Anthony Monaco. Since events like Fall Ball, Winter Bash and the Naked Quad Run have been cancelled or altered there have been fewer opportunities for the campus to come together. “One thing that has kind of happened on my watch over my four years here is that Tufts has kind of lost or things have been reshuffled the big kind of campus wide events,” Hunter said. “If we can create an institution on campus that can serve as a model for responsible drinking, having a good time, I feel like that is a more positive way to combat the binge drinking culture.” According to Ruggiero, he and Hunter are investigating a partnership with Tufts Student Resource (TSR) to make the proposed bar student-run. “We’ll be setting up a meeting with them soon to see if they want to hop on this opportunity with us because again we want it to be for students, run by students,” Ruggiero said. “We really like the model the Rez has because it would create student jobs on campus.” Ruggiero said that, for now, unofficial meetings will continue to take place in Hotung on Friday nights to grow interest. “We’re going to turn it into almost a weekly thing to show that there’s a demand and a need for something like this on campus,” Ruggiero said. “I think the more we do them, the more buzz it will create on campus and the better turn out we’ll have. That’s kind of the goal to show this demand on campus.”
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Five students have teamed up in an on-campus campaign to raise awareness about the national debt.
Campaign aims to increase dialogue on national debt DEBT
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Sixty-eight Tufts students had taken the quiz as of press time. Hatton hopes that thousands will have taken it by the time the campaign ends on Feb. 21. “[The] quiz gets students thinking and realizing how little they know,” Hatton said. “I mean, I’ve had a few friends take it, getting one out of five answers right. You realize how much you don’t know is going on with our country’s money. We’re just trying to get the dialogue started on campus.” Another campaign initiative includes bringing to campus Professor of Economics at Boston University Laurence Kotlikoff and CEO of Avenue Capital Marc Lasry, who will be giving lectures on Feb. 10 and Feb. 19, Hatton and Goldberg said. Youner said that in terms of civic engagement, the team hopes
to partner with Tufts Democrats and Tufts Republicans, as well as work with the Institute for Global Leadership on creating an educational workshop about the debt. Board members of the Clinton Global Initiative University and the Peterson Foundation judge the campaign proposals and final reports, Youner said. “There’s going to be one big winner,” Hatton said. “But there [are] opportunities to win in other ways. There are a few different avenues of getting recognized in the competition.” The winning team will meet Bill Clinton in St. Louis, Mo., and receive a $10,000 cash prize, Hatton said. “If our group won, that [would be] really great for Tufts to get our name out there and show we’re really committed to social responsibility,” Hatton said. “I think it’s important [to] showcase [that]
Tufts is a very well-educated school ... We’re really hoping to bring the gold back to Tufts.” Although there are several opportunities for recognition in the competition, Goldberg stressed that the campaign is not about winning. “Our motivation isn’t for the money,” she said. “It’s just important that people realize it really affects everyone no matter what your position is, no matter where you come from.” Youner agreed that most people are not aware of the wide impact that the federal debt has on the country. “The problem of the national debt really extends to everything, from social security benefits, to defense and national security, to healthcare,” he said. “It affects a lot more people in a lot of ways that no one thinks about on a day-to-day basis, and I want to change that.”
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Other Greek Life philanthropy efforts included events like Tufts Prism Run, which was organized by Tufts Theta Chi.
Greek Life makes gains in philanthropy, sees room for expansion by
Maya Blackstone Daily Staff Writer
Since their founding, Greek Life institutions have made commitments to philanthropy a key part of their philosophy. In more recent years, however, sororities and fraternities have gained reputations across the country for being more focused on social engagements than on philanthropy. “Sometimes there are misconceptions on what Greek Life does in terms of philanthropy,” Amelia Cohen, a senior and member of the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII), said. “One of the first things I noticed when I joined AOII was how excited everyone was about philanthropy. Service is a core value, and everyone takes that really seriously. It is something that the whole chapter admires, and [is] very important in the development of [our] lives.” AOII as a national organization supports charities for arthritis and the Tufts chapter of AOII chose specifically to support the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization. Another sorority at Tufts, Alpha Phi, donates their philanthropic proceeds to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports programs for women that include leadership training, scholarships and research for women’s heart health, according to their website. “Philanthropy is a huge part of any sorority and a main pillar of what it means to be in Alpha Phi,” sophomore member of Alpha Phi Christina Kuklinski said. “Philanthropy is one thing that stands as common ground between all the sororities and unites us.” According to Kuklinski, last semester alone Alpha Phi raised over $13,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation. They sponsored events such as a Saks Fifth Avenue trunk show, in which the store previewed their new clothing line for Tufts students to buy and also hosted a silent auction called Bid Your Heart Out. Montane Silverman, a sophomore and the previous philanthropy chair for Delta Tau Delta (DTD), told the Daily in an email that DTD raised over $800 for their participation in the event Light the Night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Light the Night, an annual walk to
raise funds for LLS, took place last October at the Boston Common. DTD was joined by the greater Boston community and helped to raise over $1.4 million from the event. For this accomplishment, DTD won LLS’s 2013 College Challenge for most money raised for the foundation. The choice to donate to LLS was a personal one for many of the brothers, according to junior Peter Estes, cophilanthropy chair for DTD. “LLS was a natural rallying point for the brotherhood, as we all wanted to support our former chapter President and ... my good friend Matt Roy as he battles leukemia,” said Estes. “The event itself is a powerful moment of solidarity that has quickly become very meaningful to our brotherhood.” The Tufts Chi Omega chapter concentrates their efforts on the Make-AWish Foundation, which was chosen by the national sorority in 2002 as their official philanthropy. According to Chi Omega president and current Daily Features editor Shannon Vavra, the Chi Omega chapter at Tufts raised nearly $6,000 in 2013 for Make-A-Wish. Chi Omega initially raised $3,460 from their Dishes for Wishes event in the spring of 2013, according to Vavra. Later, in the fall of 2013, the sorority raised $2,232 through their Wing Fling event, a wing-eating competition where students purchased tickets to participate. For Wing Fling, Chi Omega used their budget of $1000 and received $300 from the Inter-Greek Council, according to sophomore Maddy Kenler, last semester’s philanthropy co-chair for Chi Omega. Wings over Arlington donated all the wings for the competition, held in Carzo Cage, which alleviated much of the cost and allowed the sorority to maximize the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish. The Inter-Greek Council, a recognized Tufts Community Union Senate organization, gives each chapter $500 to make philanthropy a larger focus of Tufts Greek Life, according to Cohen. However, Ece Kocak, last semester’s co-philanthropy chair for Chi Omega, expressed that it is often difficult to compete with the philanthropy work of larger schools in the area, like Boston University and Northeastern
University, because of Tufts’ small size. “At other schools, philanthropy is bigger and they are able to raise more money because there are just more people,” Kocak, a sophomore, said. Apart from raising money, members of Chi Omega believe there are other important ways to give back, according to Kocak. In September, the entire chapter participated in the walk to end Alzheimer’s. “I think donating time is really important,” said Kocak. “Not everyone has money they can donate, but everyone has the ability to donate their time.” In addition to supporting the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization, members of AOII also brought their philanthropic work to the local level. According to Cohen, AOII collected cans for the Somerville Homeless Coalition last semester. They posted fliers throughout the neighborhood and then went door to door to collect cans. “I really enjoyed working with something that related directly to the community because we were able to see the impact,” Cohen said. Kuklinski said she believes that in the end, the amount of money raised for an organization is not always the most important thing. “It doesn’t always matter if we reach a specific goal for an event. In the end, at least some money is made and any sort of service can be helpful,” Kuklinski said. Estes, however, said that he regrets not having pushed DTD’s philanthropy work even farther. “I just wish I’d pursued some of the bigger ideas I had dreamed up at the beginning of the semester,” Estes said, citing schoolwork and other extracurricular activities as impediments to philanthropic work. “You find yourself less likely to take on big challenges,” he explained. Additionally, Estes discussed his wish to expand his fraternity’s philanthropy beyond just the Greek community. “Looking back on the semester, I wish we had been able to cooperate more with other campus organizations, Greek and non-Greek,” he said. “We did to a certain extent, but not as much as I would have liked.”
onfession: I’m kind of obsessed with Amanda Bynes. When she was still Twitter-active, her tweets used to be my favorites to read. I learned many important vocabulary lessons (such as “book=something you read [if you don’t know that there is no hope for you]), life mantras (“When You Have Money You Don’t Care What Anybody Says About You”), and the struggles of being a celebrity (“I feel like I’m being punked by the amount of hate from ugly dudes and women. I don’t know you and don’t know what you’re talking about!”). I’m still confused as to what exactly happened to Amanda Bynes. I remember her from “The Amanda Show,” which was like SNL for the Nickelodeon generation and my all time favorite show as a child. Bynes was the star of this show and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I recently watched a couple of reruns and still giggled a bit when she demanded to bring in the dancing lobsters. And she wasn’t just a Nickelodeon celebrity: she was also in some of my favorite chickflicks, like “Sydney White” and “She’s the Man.” For a while, she seemed like a fully functional, with-it celebrity. And then, at least from my perspective, she dropped off the face of the planet for a while, only to resurface as Hollywood’s favorite basket case. All of a sudden, after a few Amanda-free years, I started hearing about her arrest for throwing a bong out a window and her dedication to plastic surgery. While none of these are necessarily positive things, I was nonetheless stoked to hear that this staple from my childhood was back in action. My current obsession with Amanda stems half from the fact that her tweets are hilarious and half from the fact that I feel like I’ve known her (or rather, known of her) for so long. She can do pretty much anything — like tell Hollywood starlets that they’re ugly over Twitter — and I’ll still be on Team Amanda. This is strange for me, because loyalty to celebrities is usually not a top priority for me. I was over Justin Bieber the second he got a haircut (I am embarrassed to admit that I was, for a brief time, a Bieber fan). I was a Lady Gaga fan for a few weeks, but didn’t have the attention span to keep that going for very long. Celebrities I’ve “known” since childhood, on the other hand, will always have my fandom. Britney Spears’ “Oops!... I did It Again” was the first CD I ever owned way back in 2000. I listened to it in its entirety too many times to count. Britney songs are still heavily featured on my workout playlist today in 2014. I admit, Spears hasn’t always been the classiest and composed celebrity, but I can’t abandon the person who gave the seven-year-old me “Baby One More Time” to dance around to in my living room. Just like I was on Team Amanda through every nasty Twitter fight, I was also on Team Britney through some of her less picturesque moments (i.e., her shaven head crisis circa 2007). Being a sentimental person, I have a soft spot for the stars that entertained me as a child. I like to see their fame (or maybe, infamy) continue because it’s what the nine-year-old me would have wanted to see. Yes, it’s a bit unsettling to see Now and Then pictures of Amanda Bynes, but I’m glad to see that “The Amanda Show” legacy lives on in some, albeit very different, form. And hey, if Britney can make a comeback, so can Amanda. Rebecca Hutchinson is a freshman majoring in international relations. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Against Me! dials down politics, turns up emotion by
Christopher Garcia Daily Staff Writer
The newest album by Against Me! starts out raw and powerful. “Your tells are so obvious / shoulders too broad for a girl ... /
Transgender Dysphoria Blues Against Me! Total Treble Music you want them to notice / the ragged ends of your summer dress / you want them to see you like they see every other girl / they just see a faggot / they’ll hold their breath not to catch the sick ...” With these lyrics, we get a true first glimpse into the world of Laura Jane Grace, singing in her first album since coming out as transgender in 2012. The band’s most recent release, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” presents its audience with an unabashed glimpse into the personal life of a punk singer who lived most of her life hiding behind the face of masculinity and only now feels free to sing about her personal struggles. The album deals with not just gender dysphoria, but also more conventional topics such as love, relationships and — in traditional Against Me! form — poli-
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Formerly known as Tommy Gabel, Laura Jane Grace finds catharsis in her new album. tics. However, considering the group’s ongoing evolution since their original EP, “Against Me!” (2001), and their first album, “Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose (2002),” it appears that the band’s days of playing rough and rowdy acous-
Noor Mediterranean Grill is new restaurant on block by
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After months of anticipation from Somerville residents, the newest Powderhouse Square restaurant, Noor
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‘Community’ returns with quirky humor by Sabrina
Daily Staff Writer
Despite cancelation rumors and a lengthy hiatus, “Community,” the quirky NBC comedy, is back for a fifth
Noor Mediterranean Grill
136 College Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 625-6667 $ Mediterranean Grill, is open for business. The grand opening last Friday garnered impressive crowds, and as pleasant chatter built up inside the restaurant, so did the cheerful hiss of the grill, filling the space with delectable aromas. Noor’s menu offers a broad mixture of Armenian, Arabic, Turkish and Greek flavors, combined with a dash of classic American diner fare. Patrons can order familiar favorites such as a Greek salad with a Pepsi and fries, or opt to try the house falafel plate, chicken shawarma or kibbee balls. The menu is truly a blend of flavors and cultures and has something to please everyone. Vegetarians and vegans alike are guaranteed to walk away feeling satisfied. The veggie lovers plate is perhaps the heartiest option on the menu for vegetarian or vegan customers: it comes with hummus, sarma (stuffed grape leaves) and fattoush salad. The fattoush salad, a traditional Lebanese dish, is simply wonderful. Served with fresh mint leaves and herbs, the dish is both light and refreshing. The hummus, while a little mild, is garnished with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds — Noor’s signature ingredient. Perhaps most delicious, the tabbouli salad is bright, lemony and surprisingly filling. Despite Noor’s impressive range of vegetarian options, meat-eaters have nothing to fear. The restaurant boasts a juicy chicken shawarma wrap, topped with garlic and yogurt sauce, and it’s already earning a reputation for its mouth-watering kebabs.
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Located in Powderhouse Square, Noor Mediterranean Grill has replaced a Somerville staple, The Broken Yolk. Overall, prices are fairly reasonable, rarely exceeding $10 even for meaty dishes. Simply put, the Noor menu manages to appeal to all palates without sacrificing quality or economy. Noor replaces The Broken Yolk, a breakfast and lunch diner that closed this past fall. Though Noor offers quite different cuisine than its predecessor, it maintains the same diner-esque feel. At the front counter, customers have the option to eat in or take their food to go and can watch their orders being made while they sit at one of the small tables along the opposite wall. Service is speedy, and married owners Hilda Darian and Arsen Karageozian welcomed customers with friendly chitchat during the opening. see NOOR, page 6
season featuring new characters, typical fourth-wall humor and the departures of two key members of the study group. After a disappointing fourth season in which the show’s creator Dan Harmon was conspicuously absent, “Community” makes a decent comeback in its most recent episodes, with Harmon at the helm. The show chronicles the lives, exploits and shenanigans of a study group at Greendale Community College. Honest, sweet, hilarious and often ridiculously self-referential, the seven main characters embody the typical tropes of students attending a junior college. However, instead of offering trite caricatures, “Community” has produced characters that are human and relatable. With long-running gags and real heart, the show’s signature style includes mocking wellworn television cliché豠to great effect. Because of this winning combination, the fan base of the show is powerful if small — these same fans are undoubtedly the reason the series was renewed for its fifth season. Jeffrey Winger (Joel McHale), a lawyer who scammed his way to a law firm without a college degree, is sent to the small community college to fulfill his see COMMUNITY, page 6
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Making sense of ‘Because the Internet’
’ll readily admit that in the past I’ve written Childish Gambino — whose real name is Donald Glover — off as gimmicky, too reliant on so-called “hashtag” raps and famous only because of his role on NBC’s “Community” (2009 - present). However, his most recent album “Because the Internet” (2013) proved that the rapper/actor/comedian is indeed capable of much more. Instantly quotable, it’s clear that Gambino has perfected his funny, punch line driven formula on this latest effort. Yet, the catchy, swirling beats, his improved flow and the darker overtones of the album represent a giant leap forward in terms of his musical depth. The opening track “I. Crawl,” with its bluesy chords and schizophrenic background vocals, immediately shows that Gambino has set his sights on creating thought-provoking music — he opens the album’s first verse with the question, “Who am I?” On “II. Worldstar,” Gambino delves into the effects of the Internet as he raps, “To record this, ain’t nobody can ignore this / I’m more or less, a moral-less individual.” This ties into the greater theme of the album: the omnipresence of the Internet. But it isn’t until “II. No Exit” that Gambino begins to realize that this constant interaction and stimulation has left him feeling empty: “Spider crawl in the corner, brown recluse. So appropriate.” By the end of the album, on “III. Life: The Biggest Troll,” Glover can’t seem to distinguish between himself and his alter ego Gambino, just as he can no longer discern his real life from his virtual one. His reality is skewed by his computer screen, and he can’t seem to make sense of it. He sees that, “Because the Internet, mistakes are forever,” yet he realizes that, “the day you born, that’s really your death sentence.” It’s a fascinating dichotomy that seems to place the album in a greater context about the role of the Internet — its potential and its emptiness. To accompany the new project, Glover scripted a screenplay and a number of short video skits set to the album — it’s a uniquely creative project that allows him to further explore the themes and questions he’s posed. He casts himself as a young, unnamed man from a wealthy background, working as a blogger who gains fuel from pop culture, meaningless retweets and online trolling. Letting the music set the mood, Glover uses the screenplay to ponder the questions that haunt him: has his success alienated him from everyone around him? Will it mean anything years later? In the age of the Internet, is anything real? There are no real answers provided — even the questions themselves are difficult to discern. A further twist in the convoluted task of delineating the messages behind “Because the Internet” is the vast array of accompanying media that Gambino produced. For example, the screenplay frequently involves the term “Roscoe’s Wetsuit,” confounding the main character and the audience alike. There is a secret track listed in the screenplay, hinted to be accessible only by a code that fans have yet to crack. Additionally, Gambino’s website had a large number of pages that could only be accessed by entering specific URLs into a browser. (They have since been redirected to his tour page.) There is no indication as to what any of these memes could mean, or if they even mean anything at all. For all these questions posed in Gambino’s album and screenplay, there seems to only be one answer: “Because the Internet.” His hashtag rap and his music career blew up “Because the Internet.” The character in his screenplay is both famous and questioning the importance of his life “Because the Internet.” And perhaps “Roscoe’s Wetsuit” and the secret track are nothing more than meaningless memes intended to prove that anything can become a cultural phenomenon these days “Because the Internet.” Ryan Buell is a sophomore who is majoring in psychology. He can be reached at Ryan. Buell@tufts.edu.
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requirements as quickly as possible. In the newest episode, Winger comes back to Greendale as a law professor, bitter after failing to secure clients in his recent attempt to return to work as a lawyer. Other cast members include Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), the psychology major and anarchist, Annie Edison (Alison Brie), the obsessive-compulsive, overachieving former Adderall addict, as well as Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi) and Troy Barnes (Donald Glover) whose friendship often produces great jokes and sentimental moments. But the actor Glover, who is pursuing his music career, leaves the show in the most recent episode. This heartwrenchingly and funny tribute to Troy and Abed humorously revolves around a giant game of the-floor-is-lava with — in typical “Community” fashion — a giant $50,000 prize to the winner. Fans will remember a similar episode from the first season’s paintball episode, “Modern Warfare” (2010), where prize money turns a fun game into a deadly comedic match of alliances and betrayals. Expertly delivering spoofs, hidden storylines and a barrage of likeable characters (or in some cases, characters so unlikable and realistic that they are completely lovable), “Community” treads on thin ice with two of the main cast members leaving. Fortunately, Harmon and his team are making the best of the situation, often capitalizing on the changes by making thinly veiled in-show comments about the casting changes and return of Harmon himself. For now, viewers will have to wait and see how the next episodes play out with both Pierce (Chevy Chase) and Troy
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Study group dynamics give ‘Community’ its signature wit. out of the picture — the result will either make or break the season as a whole. In light of these departures,“Community” welcomes a newcomer in Jonathan Banks, who is best known for playing Mike Ehrmantraut on AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” (2008 - 2013). His character, a profes-
sor of criminology named Buzz Hickey, is wisecracking and rebellious. Hickey shows Jeff the proper way to prosper at Greendale, which also opens up a new avenue for Harmon to explore: the dynamics of the Greendale teaching staff. With returning characters such as Dean Pelton (Jim Rash),
the master of entrances and daring fashion choices and Chang (Ken Jeong), the former Spanish teacher/security officer/ false victim of amnesia, the fifth season of “Community” promises to be almost as good as its first and — reassuringly — is already much better than the last.
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and folk-influenced punk works, and those who appreciate the band’s later albums. The purists hoping to see Against Me! return to their roots on “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” will once again be disappointed. However, the band also avoids mirroring the pop-punk style that was characteristic of previous albums like “New Wave” (2007) and “White Crosses” (2010). Rather, what makes “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” great is the fact that just as Grace’s own identity changes, the band’s style is also transforming. The Against Me! that is found in “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” is one which takes various elements from its own musical history and combines these with bits and
pieces of other musical genres. For instance, the eponymous opening track starts off with a riff that is stylistically similar to the sounds that punk bands were utilizing in the late 90s and early 2000s — the period in which Against Me! started recording. However, as the album lurches ahead, its sound becomes much more akin to mainstream rock. Songs like “True Trans Soul Rebel” and “Unconditional Love” sound like something The Foo Fighters or Weezer would record. However, Grace takes these more conventional styles and adds her own spice to them, giving them a distinct flare. By the time the album gets around to “Drinking With The Jocks” and “Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ” listeners will also feel the anger that Grace has
effectively utilized to give Against Me! its lifeblood since the band’s conception. Both songs use a much more aggressive rhythmic style, and — specifically in the former song — the frontwoman seems to jam a barbed heel down the throat of the misogyny that is often present in punk culture. The latter track is one of the few songs on the album that deals with politics. Against Me! sprung up from anarchist roots, but soon turned against the movement. Since then, the band has remained critical of the status quo, but have simultaneously relaxed their extremism. The personal dimension and added emotion of “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” make it an evolutionary and marked step for the band’s future.
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Chef and owner of Noor Mediteranean Grill, Arsen Karageozian, cooks for the packed restaurant at its grand opening.
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The set-up is simple, perfect for casual diners stopping in for a quick bite on the walk to Davis Square. The closely arranged tables — though a little cramped — also encourage conversations between parties. When the restaurant is full, it almost seems like customers are eating at one long family table, as they literally rub elbows with their neighbors and hear snippets of each other’s conversations. The result — for those who are not claustrophobic — is a uniquely charming experience. Noor is perfect for a college student looking for a quick bite or for those who want to hunker down and find a cozy spot to watch a sports game on the mounted television while enjoying
a fun meal. As a nod to Tufts students, too, Noor offers a delivery option to surrounding residents, both on the Hill and off. The restaurant’s name, Noor, means “pomegranate” in Armenian and is a symbol of prosperity and fertility. Visitors will notice the pomegranate on the sign outside the restaurant, and the grill makes their theme clear by fully incorporating the pomegranate into the interior design and the menu. With luck, this symbol will bring good fortune and success to the new restaurant and its owners as they face their first month in Powderhouse Square. Noor Mediterranean Grill is located at 136 College Ave., Somerville, Mass. and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
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Computer science deserves more attention Tufts traditionally strives to be on the forefront of academic exploration, and in 2014, the reality should be no different. As Jumbos we take pride in being a premier research and liberal arts university, which we’re reminded of whenever we are in earshot of any campus tour. Unfortunately, as all universities do, Tufts is struggling to keep up with ever-increasing academic demands, and computer science is one of those gaps. Computer science is generally considered to be both a profitable and popular college major. Forbes lists an undergraduate degree in computer science as the third most valuable. The average starting salary for students with such a degree is just shy of $60,000; later on in their careers, the average salary for computer science majors rises to nearly $100,000. Compare this to the U.S News & World Report ranking of Tufts as 72nd in
the country for computer science and one cannot help but wonder if there is a disconnect in the minds of Tufts administration. Recently, computer science has garnered substantial interest on campus. But this interest exceeds the current financial and institutional support allocated toward the discipline. Regardless of what they’re studying, all Tufts students — English majors and engineers alike — should be concerned about the state of computer science at Tufts. This semester, freshmen faced introductory computer science classes filled to the brim with students attracted to the burgeoning world of computing and coding. Liberal arts students seeking exposure to computer science have access to excellent faculty and renovated structures, but are still forced to use subpar software. As coding becomes an increasingly practical and marketable skill, Tufts
has to face the facts: the skyrocketing popularity of computer science demands more resources. Besides being an integral part of the academic future of the university, making computer science a higher priority may also lead to increased funding from future donors, many of whom may be thankful to Tufts for giving them an edge in a remarkably competitive career field — that is, if the university can improve the program. Enhancing and expanding the computer science discipline at Tufts is about more than dollar signs, though. In order to become a more respected institution, we cannot afford to ignore the ever-changing realms of technology and innovation that surround us. Tufts should regard computer science in higher esteem, and that process starts with listening to the student demands and responding swiftly.
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Letter to the Editor To the Editor, In a letter to the editor published Jan. 21, John C. Kornblum faults the Fletcher School for hiring former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili as the school’s first Senior Statesman. Kornblum’s letter contained some surprising contradictions. First, Kornblum accuses Saakashvili of engaging in a neo-Soviet style crackdown against his political opponents, but then he admits that an election went forward and ousted Saakashvili from power. Russians would be lucky to live under such a crackdown! If so, Vladimir Putin would be long gone. Instead, he’s president for life. Second, while faulting the Fletcher
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If you’re haggling with a car salesman, it’s a bad idea to punch him in the face in the middle of your negotiations. He will probably be irked, and it will be pretty hard to persuade him not to call security, let alone budge on the price of that 2008 Honda Civic. The same concept applies to international politics. When U.S. diplomats are trying to hash out a deal with a foreign country such as Iran, it’s not so great when everyone’s favorite train wreck of a political institution, the Senate, gets the urge to impose sanctions on the very nation we’re trying to deal with. But that’s exactly what’s happening. The interim deal between Iran and the United States, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany and the European Union went into effect last Monday and will last for six months. It lifted $7 billion worth of sanctions on the oft-vilified power in exchange for giving more access to nuclear facilities to international inspectors and halting further development of the nuclear program. Not bad. The only problem is that the Senate has been threatening to impose new sanctions on Iran, which would be a bizarre slap in the face after America’s diplomatic efforts. The Senate bill to go back on our word and punish Iran for being foolish enough to negotiate with the United States currently has 58 cosponsors (43 Republicans and 15 Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa). A number of senators haven’t stated their position, so it’s hard to say for certain if there would be enough votes to override a veto from President Obama. This is scary. There’s virtually never that level of bipartisan support for anything, and now that there is, it’s for something that would effectively sabotage diplomatic efforts to ease the hostile relationship between Iran and the West. It’s not hard to see addition-
al sanctions completely ending this round of diplomatic talks. Jeffrey Goldberg took it a step further in a recent column for Bloomberg, “An Iran Hawk’s Case Against New Iran Sanctions.” “If these negotiations were to collapse — and collapsing the negotiations is the goal of some of the most hawkish hawks — the most plausible alternative left to stop Iran would be a preventative military strike, either by the U.S. or by Israel (Arab states, which are agitating for an American strike, wouldn’t dare take on the risk of attacking Iran themselves).” Does the Middle East really need any more instability with the Syrian civil war spilling into neighboring countries, Iraq’s renewed trouble with militants, or India’s and Pakistan’s traditional squabbling, with occa-
sional violent episodes? Furthermore, do we want to risk wasting more lives and money fighting another pointless war in another Asian country? At this rate, we might as well just invade the whole region. Some of this strange behavior from U.S. senators is probably simple political opportunism. Most voters don’t like Iran, so the political risk is minimal. Midterm elections are coming up, so looking tough is politically safe. Israel also doesn’t like Iran, so there are political points to score with that ally. The benefits of imposing more sanctions on Iran are all in the short run, however. The long-run consequences are potentially ruinous for everyone involved. Let’s avoid socking our adversary in the jaw in the middle of negotiations.
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Less than three years after Internet censorship bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) were introduced into Congress, Americans still have no trouble finding anything they want online. However, after the federal circuit court ruling on Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week, a serious blow to Internet anti-discrimination rules now threatens to allow private interests to manipulate the websites you choose to visit. People have been paying different rates for different connection speeds since the Internet was made available to the public in 1991, but these speeds could not be changed based on content. Sites that use more bandwidth, like Netflix, tend to load slower, while sites that use less bandwidth, like textheavy blogs, tend to load faster. Last week’s ruling struck down long-standing FCC rules prohibiting internet service providers from treating websites unequally, and it is now legal to change the speed of traffic for chosen websites, or to block other services entirely, so long as subscribers are told about the changes to their online access. Because of past regulations requiring all phone calls to be made through equally prioritized connections, Verizon brought the case before a Washington, D.C. court in order to give certain customers faster connections, as well as the right to ignore less profitable cusThe Lumberjack
tomers. From a business perspective, this makes a lot of sense — there’s more demand for fast Internet connections in densely populated areas on the east coast than in rural Nevada, for example. Yet the ruling will have consequences beyond phone access, extending to Internet access as well. The two-judge majority that ruled in favor of Verizon has admitted service providers might abuse this system, writing, “A broadband provider like Comcast might limit its end-user subscribers’ ability to access the New York Times website if it wanted to spike traffic to its own news website, or it might degrade the quality of the connection to a search website like Bing if a competitor like Google paid for prioritized access.” If you could access the news on NBC faster than the New York Times, which would you read? Personally, I trust news from the New York Times more than NBC, but like everybody else, I always prefer to have a faster Internet connection. Even if one likes the content of one website over another, changes in connection speed are still going to influence where we get our information. This isn’t quite censorship, but it’s close. Bills that obviously infringe on our First Amendment rights, like SOPA and PIPA, met with serious backlash from the public, but more subtle changes in Internet access laws are finding a way to slip through the cracks of our legal system. Unequal prioritization for websites
will hurt businesses that depend on high-speed connections. So-called “bandwidth hogs,” like Netflix, are now due to pay more to maintain their operations, a cost that will probably be passed onto consumers. “Goodbye, open Internet,” Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche said to Bloomberg in an interview. “There’s definitely a risk that Netflix customers will have to pay more, though it will probably take at least a year for it to take effect.” But much more important things than movies may become more expensive in the next year. “A child in a rural area who loses the ability to video conference with her physician specialist, a single dad who can no longer take his online college courses or a community media outlet in the inner city that is charged more to distribute its news — these are real losses,” said Tessie Guillermo, president of ZeroDivide, a social impact consulting organization. With changing access to information, the divide between the rich and the poor is bound to grow even larger. Perhaps Verizon claims their victory over the FCC is a step forward from “last century’s common carriage requirements on the internet,” but this is the perspective of a corporation, not an individual. To the rest of us, it only seems that Internet service providers have found a new way to make more money without actually doing anything to make the Internet better. You’re going to be the one who pays them.
Car Rides are fun. Grandparents are funner. I don’t often share personal information with strangers, but today maybe I will. Car rides, even the longest, most grueling treks imaginable (from Tufts to Russia via a hypothetical bridge crossing the Bering Strait), are, to me, totally enjoyable. Sitting still, absentmindedly gazing at litter strewn about the highway, and bickering with fellow passengers are all, I’m proud to say, fortes. Fortunately, I’m able to utilize this temperament or skill or whatever-you-want-tocall-it routinely enough, and amply whenever I’m on vacation. This past winter break met my expectations — my family traveled by car to New Jersey (six hours-ish — mere child’s play) to visit my patrilineal grandparents and aunt. My sister’s unamused glares were about as cold as the snow coating the edges of the New Jersey Turnpike. My dog’s flatulence was about as pungent. If driving is half the fun, spending time with relatives is the other two thirds (frustrated math majors can suck it up). This visit I was especially excited to see everyone; it would be a reunion of sorts, our first meeting since I left for college, and our first meeting in what felt like a year. They’ll remember my name, right? They’ll remember that I love full body, deep muscle massages, king sized beds and expensive gifts, right? I was eager to see the entire family, of course, but I felt particularly called to see and thank one specific member: my grandfather, Pop Pop, in his 80s, the most loyal and faithful reader of this column. The origins of the name “Pop Pop” are unclear (by that I mean I can’t remember them this exact moment) but for as long as I’ve known him that’s been his title. I would ask my parents to explain but they’ll probably contact me soon anyway. He greeted me casually and warmly, with a joke and a startlingly loud laugh. His laughs are the sort that guide you to the same sense of amusement. Minutes prior I could have bombed a test, broken up with my girlfriend and fed my beloved pet guinea pig to a tank of sharks, and such cachinnation would have still forced a chuckle. In his household laughter and its accompaniments, content and restfulness, are thankfully appreciated. They aren’t taken for granted. Pop Pop grew up in the Bronx, worked a tugboat on the Hudson River, posed naked for an artist’s anatomy book and may or may not be embarrassed that I’m sharing these factoids with you. Lately, however, he’s been supporting me in my every endeavor. He’s been with me in spirit -admittedly more often than I’ve been with him. He deserved a “thank you” then, as he does now, but there’s something else. Lavish massages, beds, gifts and jokes aside, Pop Pop has been an inspiration. When I sit and indulge in a silent car ride, I feel like I’m at least partly channeling implicit lessons from my friends in New Jersey. As hectic, hell-risen and disturbed as life can be, as off-putting as the New Jersey Turnpike can look and smell, finding an inner sanctuary is possible. I close the windows, turn on the car’s fan and eat bananas. The smell subsides and my focus averts. Pop Pop laughs and momentary struggles suddenly seem less threatening. I can’t imagine he ignores them, but it’s harder to be miserable when you’re sharing a smile. The trip home is always a more somber drive, and on this vacation it was no different. But as filth-laden snow banks, aggressive drivers and funny looking passengers whizzed past I felt content in our bubble, gazing through the window removed from it all. The vacation did what it should have done. It reunited relatives, sparked laughter and gave me a temporary center. That’s all a grandson could ask for. Adam Kaminski is a freshman who has not yet declared a major. He can be reached at Adam.Kaminski@tufts.edu.
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“We came in ready to fight and do damage to the other teams,” Griffiths said. “We had the most adrenaline and were ready to start off the weekend on the right foot. I think we performed really well.” After proving that they can compete with elite teams, the Jumbos will head into this week with looking to make the C Division for Nationals. They face No. 29 Boston College on Wednesday evening, and then compete in the NESCAC tournament this weekend. Depending on how the Jumbos perform in their matchups against in-conference foes, they will have a chance at playing in a higher tier of the College Squash Association’s National Championships in Princeton, N.J. in February. “We hopefully will play Colby and Connecticut College again in the NESCAC tournament,” Bellinger said. “If we beat Colby, we will be in the C Division for Nationals.” The team is focused and ready to show the country that it is a force to be reckoned with later in the season. “We are working hard and it is definitely possible for us to pull out wins this week,” Griffiths said.
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Men’s squash wins over Vassar, drops matches against Colby and Conn. College by Jorge
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For the second consecutive week, the men’s squash team played multiple matches in one weekend. Last week Tufts won against Denison before losing to Drexel and Bucknell, all on the same day. This time around they played against Vassar on Friday before heading to Connecticut on Saturday to play Colby and Connecticut College. While morale was high after a win against Vassar, Colby proved to be too tough for Tufts to handle. Despite highly competitive individual performances, the Jumbos dropped the overall match against Colby, 6-3. “It was a very good, competitive match [against Colby]. C.J [Smith] is a very good player and I had to push myself a lot to win that match. It really helped in terms of developing a more consistent game for the whole team,” sophomore Aditya Advani said. “Everyone played really well and I think it was a great learning experience.” After playing Colby in New Haven, the Jumbos got back in the team van and made their way to New London, where they played Connecticut College. Against the Camels most of the matches were very close and all were competitive. At No. 1 singles Advani lost the first game 5-11 before roaring back to win the next two 11-6 and 11-4. In the fourth game Advani faltered and fell 10-12 before finding his rhythm again to win the last game 11-5. “The match against Conn. [College] was okay,” junior co-captain Elliot Kardon said. “Aditya [Advani] had a really nice comeback win and we were all in it for the most part, but overall they are stronger than us. And it was a long weekend of squash for us so it was overall a good match with very competitive individual matches. Overall we played well.” Junior co-captain Zachary Schweitzer was the only other Tufts’ athlete to win against Connecticut College. Like Advani, Schweitzer also lost the opening game in his match. Schweitzer rebounded quickly to win the second game 11-5. The next two games were also split between the No. 2 singles players before Schweitzer squeaked out the match with a 12-10 fifth game win. “Conn. [College] is a very good team,” Advani said. “We had some competitive matches, however unfortunately we did not win. Everyone gave their 100% and played well so hopefully when we play them next we will do better.” Against Vassar the team was solid and played consistent squash. The Jumbos won
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The men’s squash team overcame a difficult weekend road trip to pull out a convincing 9-0 win over Vassar. 9-0, dominating in the No. 1 through No. 6 positions. No Brewer player was able to score more than 14 points across three games in any of the first six positions. Whether through wins or team dinners, one of the primary goals of the team is to keep team morale high, which is why it was important for the Jumbos to do well in their first match of the weekend against lesserranked Vassar. A win in the first match gave the team the confidence necessary to put on good showings in the matches which followed. Last week’s win against Dennison gave the team determination going into the rest of the matches. “It was good to beat Vassar. It definitely boosts morale when you can go out and beat a team handily,” junior Hugo Meggitt said. “We also were able to enjoy a home cooked meal on the way back from Vassar which was also good for morale.” The Jumbos also know that traveling and long weekends are hard, but it is part of every season. “We are getting used to playing multiple matches in a weekend. It’s part of the schedule and it happens many times every season. It’s definitely hard on the body but it’s just something you have to get used to,” Meggitt said. Next up for the team is a highly anticipated match against local rival, Boston College (BC).
Earlier in the fall the Jumbos had some of their players studying abroad. Now, with a full lineup, the team believes they have what it takes to win against their tough rival. “The Boston College match is our main focus going into this week,” Meggitt said. “We think we have a good shot at beating them now that we have our full line up.” Tufts is currently ranked two spots below Boston College, with Denison claiming the spot in between the two. Last weekend, Tufts beat Denison decisively and the team believes it can do the same against BC. “The BC match is pretty important for our rankings in the nationals. We are all going into this match with a very positive mindset and just focusing on playing our best that day,” Advani said. “If we do that, I am sure that we will be able to do very well in this match and hopefully win and improve our overall ranking.” On Wednesday, when the Jumbos head off to play, they are anticipating a large crowd. The match could push Tufts past BC and back into the top 30 teams in the country. “We might get a van to get fans there so it should be a good match with a really good atmosphere,” Kardon said. We are looking forward to reclaiming the spot we think we should have which is why the BC match is the most important regular season match of for us. It should be good.”
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we usually do in cross-country,” sophomore Olivia Beltrani, who competed at BU over the weekend, said in an email to the Daily. “However, our goals are still the same. Like in [cross-country], we always set high expectations for ourselves, and it certainly helps motivate the distance squad and the rest of the team to compete at the same level.” The Jumbos dominated the field events, as freshman Keren Hendel won the pole vault with a 11’1.75” foot jump. Senior Jana Hieber took the long jump by storm, winning with a leap of 18’1.75,” almost a foot better than her closest competitor. Harrison and Kaufmann took 3rd and 6th place. Junior Grace Demyan added a win to
her resume with a first-place finish in the shot put, heaving the ball 40’3.25”, and also took 2nd in the weight throw with her toss of 47’11.75”. On Friday night, a few Jumbos competed at Boston University’s annual John Thomas Invite, a meet featuring teams and professional runners from around the country. Sophomore Audrey Gould and Beltrani placed 8th and 9th on what has been called “the fastest indoor track in the nation” with times of 10:05.47 and 10:06.24. The two placed among the top 10 Div. III runners in the event this year. Smith (38th, 2:18.93) and Shigenobu (42nd, 2:19.15) also competed at the BU meet. As a result of their strong showings, they are also ranked in the
top 10 nationally among Div. III athletes in the 800-meter run. “We began the season with a large group meeting where we all shared both personal and team goals amongst each other,” Beltrani said. “This turned out to be an extremely unifying experience that will keep us on track and accountable during the season and can propel us to achieve our goals.” The Jumbos look to ride this wave of momentum through next week, when they will host a group of schools from around New England at the annual Tufts Stampede Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Gantcher Center. “Our team goal is to win every meet we go to, no matter the challenge.” Kaufmann said.
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lenged but not overworking us. He gets the most of out of us and we get the most out of ourselves during practice and meets. I personally at least like all of the events I do so with that aspect it is fun. It just may be a bit mentally challenging at times.” The most dominant running event at the meet for Tufts was the 3000meter run. The Jumbos scored 20 of the 31 points up for grabs, starting with 10 points from a first-place finish by freshman Tim Nichols, with a time of 8:51.94. Nichols was backed by
a third-place finish from sophomore Michael Curley, and a fourth-place finish from senior Liam Cassidy. Curley and Cassidy posted times of 8:59.47 and 8:59.48, only one-hundredth of a second apart. The most successful field event for the Jumbos was the long jump, in which the team scored 22 of the possible 31 points. Senior Andrew Osborne placed first with a jump of 20’ 9.25” and junior Allan Yau placed second with a jump of 20’ 7.75”, scoring 10 and 8 points, respectively. Hoover-Hankerson placed fourth, scoring four points. Tufts’ final first-place finish of the
day came from junior Brian Williamson in the shot put. His distance of 49’ 6.5” earned him 10 points. Sophomore Atticus Swett finished second with a throw of just over 47’, good for eight points. Swett earned the team an additional eight points by placing second in the weight throw with a distance of 49’ 4.25”. The team will try to use the momentum from a strong performance at Bowdoin for the annual Tufts Stampede this weekend, the Jumbos’ second home meet of the year. The meet begins at noon on Friday at the Gantcher Center.
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The costs of being an athlete
fter 19 grueling weeks, Super Bowl Sunday now looms less than a week away. Decidedly the juggernaut among sporting events in this country, it is a cultish, quasi-religious day of reckoning, so to speak — for fans, players and coaches alike. With all the fanfare and spectacles and awesome commercials (actual football notwithstanding), few entranced viewers, I believe, will step back to consider this behemoth and its implications lucidly. Even those of us who have tracked the lawsuit filed by 4,500 former players — who allege that the NFL has shirked its responsibility to provide adequately for its employees — probably won’t. Percy Harvin, speed demon wideout, has endured an injury-plagued season and now postseason in the first year of his contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Harvin’s trim frame undoubtedly leaves him susceptible to the sort of bone-crushing hits that can cut a season short, though his first playoff game against a marching New Orleans Saints squad should have evoked a far more visceral reaction. Harvin’s cringeworthy misfortune made perhaps the most compelling case yet as to why $765 million dollars doled out by a $9-plus billion industry to over 20,000 former players is a pittance. There was the initial concussion: in the first quarter, Saints’ safety Rafael Bush walloped a defenseless Harvin with a hit deemed too high by the NFL. Bush was fined $21,000. Responding to the decision, he tweeted, “Anybody know me knows I play fast and physical but it’s all good y’all have a blessed day.” Harvin returned to the game, presumably after undergoing a thorough — but by no means impervious to skepticism — examination, though he left the field for good after a hard fall in the end zone following an incomplete pass. He then sat out the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, which teetered precariously between gladiator fight and heated competition and, as such, nearly devolved into a bloodbath. Hardcore fandom regards these games with a toxic mélange of euphoria, trepidation and awe, and it holds its players to impossibly lofty standards. As a result, the latter serve merely as pawns in an exceedingly violent and chillingly human reimagining of an erstwhile gentlemen’s game. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that America rooted for Percy Harvin to get back on the field. The hit ran again and again, the announcers agape in flagrant contravention of their job description. Those at the game and watching on television grew quiet and stupefied. They muttered condolences for a myriad of lost brain cells and a slightly less secure future. But the sobering effect was ephemeral, for the game resumed with two bitter adversaries battling it out. Then, once Harvin returned, he was greeted with rousing applause, his enviable stoicism on highdefinition display. What is an apt way to dub this phenomenon, short of christening it schadenfreude? Insofar as the evolution of the game has engendered unprecedented brutality, there is no viable alternative; at a certain point, living vicariously through vastly superior athletes yields to twisted pleasure. It is deeply ingrained in American culture, something for which each patron of the NFL — and numerous other sports, video games and movies, among other industries — bears guilt. The NFL — armed with a powerhouse legal team, gobs of money and a fiercely loyal fan base to boot — will not simply unravel in the wake of a currently unsettled lawsuit. Rather, all signs point to near and long term growth. Per usual, the NFL will enjoy prodigious viewership this weekend, the likes of which other major sports can only fantasize about. So it won’t cost a dime to think critically this weekend, when Percy Harvin and the Seahawks face off against the Broncos. In fact, both the NFL and its fans can afford it.
Sam Gold is a junior who is majoring in religion. He can be reached at Samuel_L. Gold@tufts.edu.
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Women’s Track and Field
Tufts shines at Bowdoin, shows early season promise at BU by
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The women’s track and field team entered the weekend hoping to qualify runners for postseason meets, and they did not disappoint. The 29th ranked Jumbos rode a 152-point score to victory on Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational, held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Sophomore Alexis Harrison led the Jumbos domination of the short sprinting event, breaking the 8-second barrier in the 60-meter dash to win the event in 7.96 seconds. In total, the Jumbos posted 16 points in the event: 10 from Harrison, four from junior Christina Harvey (fourth, 8.12), and two from senior Anya Kaufmann (fifth, 8.13). “[The sprinters] trained all fall to prepare for this season, and especially increased the distance in our workouts.” Kaufmann said. “This week, we had two hard workouts on the track and recently, we have been keeping up with base work to prepare for a peak at the end of the season.” In the 400-meter dash, senior Colleen Flanagan (63.27) and junior Lauren Gormier (63.77) finished 3rd and 4th for the
Jumbos, giving the Jumbos 10 points from the long sprinting event. Racing the day after they competed in the 800-meter run at the Boston University John Thomas Invite, sophomores Sydney Smith (1:42.11) and Hanako Shigenobu (1:42.24) scored 14 points for the Jumbos with their 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 600meter run. The Jumbos also added 14 more points from a 2nd place finish by the 4x200-meter relay team, and a 3rd place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. “I’d say we had an ‘ok’ day on the track.” Kaufmann said. “We have a stronger group this year and although we put four girls into the 60-meter dash final, nobody set a personal best. However, we still competed well and scored a lot of points.” In the distance events, the Jumbos displayed the depth they had shown in the cross-country season, as they scored 28 points in three events. Freshman Kelly Fahey placed 3rd overall in the women’s 1-mile run with a time of 5:26.74, adding 6 points to the Jumbos’ tally. Sophomores Alex Kiesling (5:30.79) and Lily Corcoran (5:31.92) followed closely behind, adding six points in the competition.
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Several runners won their events during an impressive weekend for the women’s track and field team. In the 1000-meter run, senior Grace House (2nd, 3:09.19) and freshman Alice Wasserman (3rd, 3:13.60) ran gutsy races to add 14 more
Men’s Track and Field
Tufts finishes second to host Bowdoin The men’s track and field team traveled to Maine on Saturday to compete in the Bowdoin Invitational meet, placing 2nd out of the fiveteam field. The team’s 157 total points were only bested by hosting squad Bowdoin’s 174 points. The Jumbos had first-place finishers in five of the 19 events at the meet, two in running events and three in field events. The best individual performance of the day came from sophomore sprinter/jumper Bryson Hoover-Hankerson. Throughout the four events in by
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which he competed, HooverHankerson scored 22 points for the Jumbos. His 7.23-second time in the 60-meter dash was good for second-place — especially because he finished with the same time as the firstplace finisher. “The reasoning [for the second-place finish] was that the camera can zoom a ridiculous amount, and I guess he edged me,” Hoover-Hankerson said. “Needless to say I would love a rematch to make a clear distinction.” Despite the loss, his time of 7.23 was a personal best, bringing him one step closer to the school record of 7.15 seconds. Hoover-Hankerson
would not leave the meet without a first-place finish, though. He jumped 6’2” in the high jump, winning his first collegiate high jump. Hoover-Hankerson continued his stellar day with a fourthplace finish in long jump, and a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time. For him, competing in four events was tough but feasible. “Competing in four different events at a meet is exhausting, but you don’t experience the full brunt of the fatigue until you are finished,” he said. “Coach [Ethan Barron] does a good job of keeping us chalsee MEN’S TRACK, page 15
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The men’s track and field team finished just behind Bowdoin’s 174 points at the Bowdoin Invitational with a score of 157.
points. Freshman Lindsey Atkeson added two more points in the 3000-meter run with a 5th place finish. “So far, we’ve been doing
workouts on the indoor track as compared to our usual outdoor, ‘hilly-terrain’ type workouts that see WOMEN’S TRACK, page 15
Jumbos win two of three matches by Steven
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The women’s squash team was back on the court over the weekend, competing in three big matches against teams above and below them in the national rankings. The No. 28 Jumbos faced No. 25 William Smith College on Friday night, followed by matchups with No. 24 Colby College and No. 26 Connecticut College on Saturday. The Jumbos traveled to New Haven, Conn. on Friday night for an early-morning matchup the next day against Colby at 9 a.m. “It would have been nice to get some more rest for the Colby match,” junior co-captain Ann Bellinger said. Fatigue was possibly a factor in the Jumbos’ first contest Saturday, as they fell to the Mules by a score of 6-3. The match was close to the very end, as five of nine matches needed more than three games to determine the victor. Tufts won in the second, fifth and sixth positions. Junior co-captain Paige Dahlman has continued her season-long consistency, defeating her Colby counterpart by a score of 15-13, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7. In the No. 5 position, freshman Lynn Cheng outlasted her opponent in a grueling five game match by a score of 3-11, 13-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8. The last win for Tufts came from sophomore Tammara Gary in the No. 6 position. Gary won her match by a score of 11-5, 13-15, 11-6, 11-5. In the No. 1 position, Stanco lost in five games by a score of 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6. Bellinger lost in the third spot
in three games, and freshman Anna Bezahler also lost in the No. 4 position in four games, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6. “They definitely got the best of us in the early morning,” junior Charlotte Griffiths said. After the defeat, Tufts faced Connecticut College that afternoon. The Jumbos pulled out a close 5-4 victory; one that is sure to help Tufts in the rankings. Match scores were not posted for the match against Conn. College, but Tufts was able to squeeze out the close victory thanks to match wins from Dahlman, Bezahler, Gary, sophomore Caroline Howe and freshman Rowan Rice. On Friday night, Tufts began the weekend with a huge win over William Smith at the Smith Round Robin, winning the match by a score of 7-2. Tufts won in the first seven positions, with Stanco in the number one position winning the toughest match in five games by a score of 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5. The rest of the Jumbos cruised to wins in either three or four games each. In the second position, Dahlman won by a score of 11-9, 11-3, 11-1, while Bellinger won in the number three position by a score of 11-8, 11-4, 11-4. “I am proud that the team fought hard even when they were down,” Bellinger said. “The highlight of the weekend was my co-captain Paige Dahlman winning all three of her matches pretty decisively. It is great to have her back from abroad.” Griffiths credited the team’s positive mentality for the successful weekend. see WOMEN’S SQUASH, page 14