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by Stephanie Haven Daily Editorial Board
No winner was announced in the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate presidential election last night because of technological problems with the electronic voting system, Votenet. Tufts Election Commission (ECOM) has yet to decide whether the results of the election will be validated or a revote will occur. Starting at 12:07 a.m. on April 22, ECOM began to receive emails from students who had difficulty voting, at which point they presumed the problems resulted from an "overloaded" system. These students were advised to use a different computer to vote, according to a statement from ECOM. Later in the day, the number of emails increased. Most came from students who live off campus, where they were not connected to the Tufts network. In total, ECOM yesterday received 28 emails of this nature. ECOM began investigating these complaints at 9 p.m. — when a student tweeted that no one in his house could vote — and found that there were more problems when voters were not connected to Tufts' wireless Internet, according to ECOM's statement. Two hours later, ECOM directed students who had not voted to go on campus in order to do so. At the same time, ECOM met with the presidential candidates, juniors Robert Joseph and Andrew Núñez, TCU Senate President Joe Thibodeau and two members of the TCU Senate Judiciary Committee to determine the best way to handle the election results. At midnight, when polls closed and the winner was supposed to be announced,
by Justin Rheingold Daily Editorial Board
Beyond the debates, chalking and colorful t-shirts, the Facebook page and website of Generic Candidate, and the campaign to "abstain" from voting, have affected the mood of this year's campaign for Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate President. Although the Generic Candidate was, for most of its existence, run by an anonymous user, junior Ben Kurland revealed yesterday that he was behind the page's creation. "I, Ben Kurland, created Generic Candidate," he said. "It's worth saying that I'm not generic candidate and my political views at Tufts are not the same as the political views espoused therein, but I did create the page and did create the character and publicize it. I got various Facebook messages from people with ideas, but it was just me that created it." Kurland explained that he tends to vote in every TCU election, and upon seeing the release of both candidates websites, he was surprised by their similarity. "It was frustrating that you have these two candidates, who I'm sure are both well-intentioned guys and care about the school and want to do right by the school and it seemed just
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ECOM determined it would withhold the election results until its members could consult with the Office of Campus Life and Tufts Technology Services to determine if a second vote would be possible, according to ECOM Chair Dan Johnson, a junior. If there is a second vote, the results of the first will not be released, Johnson said. He declined to comment about who, or what, is at fault for the technical problems surrounding the vote. Joseph and Núñez will cease campaigning until the glitches have been resolved, according to a joint statement from the candidates. Both expressed frustration with the delayed results. "The one thing that kept me anchored for the last few days was I kept telling myself it would be over," Joseph said. "Truth is stranger than fiction, and right now we're living the 2000 election in Florida over again." "It takes a personal toll on the both of us, and we were really hoping just to be celebrating the end of our campaign today," Núñez said. "We do recognize that the elections commission was established for a reason, and we really do appreciate the thoughtfulness that they take in making the decisions that they do." In their joint statement, Núñez and Joseph remained in good spirits, congratulating Thibodeau on "becoming the longest serving TCU President in university history." For the first time this year, students cast their votes through iSIS on a new system called eBallot, which replaced the WebCenter system used for Senate elections as recently
on reading the websites — and I've learned more about them since — that there just wasn't that much meaningful differentiation between their platforms," Kurland said. "I created the website initially just kind of as a way to comment on that and to raise a discussion about that and to raise a discussion about what it means to be at a school where your two choices are so similar." Kurland explained that "Generic Candidate" was not in favor of either candidate and was not representative of his own views in the election. "When I created the page I very much so didn't know which candidate to support," he explained. "I spent the week researching them and formed my own opinions over the week, but I tried not to let those get into the Generic Candidate character." Members of both campaigns, however, did not see the candidacy of Generic Candidate in the same light and were upset by his involvement in the electoral process. Hannah Deegan, the campaign manager for Andrew Nunez, explained that while their campaign initially ignored the humor from Generic Candidate, he quickly lost his comedic quality. see CAMPAIGN, page 2
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Supporters of Robert Joesph waited anxiously for election results to no avail. as last week. When the university switched, Johnson said no one informed ECOM about the change. "We didn't find out about it until Sunday, which is when another student alerted it to us," Johnson said. "We never heard anything from iSIS or the administration." While both candidates published instructions for how to vote via eBallot on their campaign Facebook pages, students expressed frustration towards the new mechanism. ECOM sent an email with voting directions yesterday afternoon to clear up the confusion. Yet issues remained. Last night, ECOM announced it would allow students to submit votes via email. But, because the electronic voting system is anonymous and
personal data is inaccessible, ECOM could not then determine if any student voted twice: Once through Votenet and again over email. Although ECOM would not specify the number of people who submitted email votes, it was an "insubstantial" number, according to Johnson. Ultimately, ECOM determined it could not validate the results in time for its originally planned announcement. ECOM has not said when or if a new vote will be held, but Johnson stated that their bylaws require that a revote would have to occur within five academic days. Abigail Feldman, Jamie Hoagland, Justin Rheingold and Josh Weiner contributed to the reporting of this article.
by Denali Tietjen Daily Editorial Board
Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, spoke at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy yesterday, marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsis. Kagame reflected on the impact of the 1994 genocide on the Rwandan people, discussed his country's path to recovery and explained the lessons the global community can learn from the tragedy. Before he became president, Kagame helped lead the Rwandan Patriotic Army to defeat the genocidal government. "This afternoon offers us a particularly meaningful opportunity for our community to hear from a leader known around the world for his role in bringing an end to the genocidal violence that engulfed Rwanda 20 years ago," University President Anthony Monaco said in his opening remarks. "We have all watched with sorrow and shame as Rwanda marked the 20th anniversary of that tragedy." Kagame began the lecture by reminding the audience that, although twenty years is a significant anniversary, it is just another year. "At this moment my coun-
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Kagame spoke before Tufts students, faculty and guests. try is in the midst of annual remembrance period for the victims of the genocide," Kagame said. "Twenty is not a magic number, but the milestone has helped to refocus Rwanda and the world's attention to the causes and consequences of the genocide in Rwanda." Kagame recapped the tragic events for the audience, explaining that the basis of the genocide stemmed from a racial ideology in the East African region. He compared the Tutsi genocide to the Holocaust in that both were systematic attempts to eradicate a particular group of people simply
because they belonged to that group. "The genocide was prepared over decades with profiling characterized by ethnic groups, [including] the marking of specific homes of this group for future extermination," Kagame said. "During the genocide, the famous hate radio station called RTLM broadcast lists of Tutsi to be killed. It warned that the Tutsi were carnivores and had the tongue of the devil. It was propaganda of the crudest and most violent kind." Kagame reflected disappointingly on the international see KAGAME, page 2
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Visiting the Hill this week WEDNESDAY Tufts Digital Humanities Symposium: Innovation, Pedagogy, and Scientific Leadership Details: Boston-area members of the Digital Humanities field will talk about the challenges and successes they face in their work and raise awareness about digital humanities projects in development at Tufts. When and Where: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Chase Center Sponsor: School of Arts and Sciences New Battlefields, New Actors and New Weapons: Challenges of Humanitarian Protection in the 21st Century Details: Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, will deliver a lecture on humanitarian protection. When and Where: 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; ASEAN Auditorium Sponsor: Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series Temptations!: An Evening of One-Act Operas Details: Directed by Carol Mastrodomenico and music directed Thomas Stumpf, Tufts Opera Ensemble will present John Duke's Captain Lovelock and Samuel Barab's Game of Chance, operas in which women find themselves tempted by desires and surprised by the outcomes. When and Where: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Distler Performance Hall Sponsor: Tufts Opera Ensemble
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"I feel that Generic Candidate was at first running as a parody," Deegan, a junior, said. "Some of the things that generic candidate brought up were strong stances that Andrew Núñez had taken about being a minority student ... it started out as a parody and then it ended as an attack." Deegan was particularly concerned that the recent tweets and Facebook posts from Generic Candidate would have a harmful impact on Núñez’s campaign and condemned Kurland's actions. Robert Joseph, the other candidate for TCU President, also expressed dismay at Generic Candidate's presence in the campaign. "I'm really disappointed in a lot of the things Generic Candidate did because I don't support personal attacks and I am really upset about that," Joseph said. Deegan explained that the Núñez and Joseph campaigns coordinated their responses to Generic Candidate and trusted that the other were not behind the candidacy. "Myself, [Joesph's campaign manager] Ben Kaplan, Robert Joseph and Andrew all sat down about two days ago and commit-
Tufts Hapa Loving Day Celebration Details: Tufts Hapa will celebrate the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, which legalized interracial marriage across the U.S., with performances, speakers, and food. When and Where: 12:30 p.m.; Lower Campus Center Sponsor: Tufts Hapa THURSDAY Mexican Contemporary Art and the Art Historical Canon Details: James Oles, senior lecturer of the Art Department at Wellesley College and Independent Curator, will talk about modern Mexican art and architecture. When and Where: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Granoff Music Center, Room 155 Sponsor: Department of Art and Art History Tufts ALLIES Annual Lecture: PTSD Details: Dr. Terence Keane, director of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD, will give a lecture on post-traumatic stress disorder and its impact on the military. This will be followed by a talk by a panel of experts. When and Where: 5 p.m.; Anderson Hall, Room 206 Sponsor: Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services Tufts Jazz Orchestra: Speak No Evil Details: The Tufts Jazz Orchestra will be joined by special guest artists Bill Lowe and Scott Aruda in a performance of
ted to running a clean and positive campaign," Deegan explained. "Generic Candidate really changed that. I think both campaigns, we were really committed to upholding that. Then this outside force came in and sort of changed that." Kurland, however, explained that he was simply trying to improve discussion about the candidate's respective platforms and did not intend to harm either one. "The idea was to raise issues that other people weren't raising and to create controversies that other people weren't discussing and to kind of showcase the problems inherent to the campaign," Kurland said. "[It was] also to get people involved and to get people asking questions and to get people wondering what the differences were so they could find out what the meaningful differentiation was, so they could vote for the right candidate, the better candidate and not just who their Facebook friends liked the most." TCU Parliamentarian Brian Tesser said that, although Generic Candidate was funny at the onset, it became too much. "If somebody wanted to bring forward the things that Generic Candidate brought forward, that's their prerogative, but just in my
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community's decision to stand by rather than intervene and help prevent the genocide. "From our perspective, the [international community's] actions and inactions made the situation worse." Kagame noted, however, that some countries, though few, did provide aid. He said he is hopeful the world learned from this mistake. "A number of countries and individuals reflected honestly on their conduct, learned appropriate lessons and altered their policy and approach both to Rwanda and similar situations elsewhere," Kagame said. "The international community now generally accepts that they did not do enough to stop the slaughter in 1994." One of the greatest lessons Rwanda has learned from the tragedy is the
jazz, rhythm and blues, funk and AfroCuban music. When and Where: 8 p.m.; Goddard Chapel Sponsor: Tufts Jazz Orchestra An Enchanted Evening Details: Enchanted, the Disney a cappella group, will be holding its first spring show. When and Where: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sophia Gordon Multi-Purpose Room Sponsor: Tufts' Enchanted A Cappella FRIDAY Tuftonia's Day Details: There will be a night of free food trucks, carnival rides, giveaways and performances by Not So Gentleman, A Different Spin, BEATS, and WMFO, followed by a firework display. When and Where: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fletcher Field Sponsor: Freshmen Class Council WGSS Senior Project Presentations and Reception Details: Graduating majors and minors of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program will present their senior projects, which explore and test traditional and contemporary thinking about women, gender, and/or sexuality. When and Where 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room Sponsor: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
personal opinion, I think that it could have kind of swayed votes in a way that they shouldn't have been swayed," Tesser, a sophomore, said. "It was coming from something that, in my opinion, wasn't credible because no one was tying themselves to it." Kurland apologized to people who felt they were targeted by his faux-campaign. "I feel bad for anyone that was offended by it," he said. "I do want to apologize to anybody on [Elections Commission] or on either of the campaigns if this presented difficulties or distress. That wasn't the goal, but I am very glad and proud of the discourse that's come out of it so I am glad it got the reception that it did." Kurland's creation of Generic Candidate, however, was hardly the only external factor, as senior Evan Moulson created posters suggesting that students "abstain" from voting. Moulson explained that the posters were an attempt at humor while bringing serious issues to the table. "It was a joke to bring attention to the failures of the process and I think that's probably best exemplified by the poster that says 'nobody really wants to vote for either of them,' or the one that says 'it's a
importance of autonomy and sovereignty, Kagame explained. "What we learned as Rwandans is that people must ultimately be responsible for their own fate," Kagame said. "If you wait for help to come, you will just perish. Similarly, if you wait for outsiders to tell you how to rebuild your country, you will find their instinct is to reconstruct the same flawed structure that just collapsed." While horror of the genocide against the Tutsis inspired new international action in field of justice, more must be done, Kagame explained. "From our perspective, punity and justice is only half the solution," Kagame said. "The ultimate goal is to repair a devastated social fabric in order for a nation to begin to rebuild. This is true for Rwanda after 1994, as it is for other nations recovering from major conflicts."
Kiniwe: Adzogbo Details: The Tufts African Music Ensemble (Kiniwe) will be joined by the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, special guest artist Saeed Abbas and the Baobab Youth Group, in a performance of instrumental music, songs, and dancing from the Ewe and Ga traditions of Ghana. When and Where: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Distler Performance Hall Sponsor: Department of Music SATURDAY Spring Fling Details: Spring Fling 2014 will feature Childish Gambino, Flosstradamus, The New Pornographers and the Battle of the Bands winner, Waldo. When and Where: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; President's Lawn Sponsor: Tufts University Concert Board SUNDAY Tufts Early Music Ensemble: Music from Rome and Naples Details: The Tufts Early Music Ensemble will be joined by guest sackbut player Liza Malamut in a performance of music from southern Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries. When and Where: 8 p.m.; Distler Performance Hall Sponsor: Tufts Early Music Ensemble
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popularity contest,' because that's really what it is," Moulson said. "It's not about the issues, it's not about the change they're going to bring about. We need to examine the way we do things at Tufts, and that was what the posters were meant to bring about." Moulson explained that he wanted to bring attention to the issue of who could run for TCU Senate President. He explained that you have to be an elected member of senate to run. "Candidates must be senators and then they must be confirmed by two-thirds of the vote of the Senate to even run," he said. "If any significant chunk of Senate doesn't agree with you, then you have no chance of even being nominated and you can't run, you can't change things and so the system stays the same, business as usual." Tesser and Dan Johnson, the chair of the Elections Commission verified that the TCU Constitution only permits current senators to run. Tesser, however, provided an explanation of how someone who has no experience on Senate could, in fact, mount a campaign. "The way the presidential campaign works is we have an election just before that where they get class seats and you have to
Kagame attributed Rwanda's impressive growth recovery over the last 20 years to the Rwandan people's will, support and confidence. He thanked the global community for the support they have offered Rwanda in the years following the genocide but explained that it is the Rwandan people's drive that enabled this growth. "Rwanda received and continues to receive critical contributions from governments, countries and other friends in our effort to rebuild our country both in terms of sound advice and more," Kagame said. "But without a clear vision for a new nation developed by Rwandans, those contributions would not have been able to have the impact they have had." While Kagame acknowledged the international contributions that have helped Rwanda progress to where it is today, he stressed the importance of self-reliance
have already ran for and won that class seat in order to run for president," Tesser explained. "So even if someone has never been on senate, they can run for Senate hypothetically in that two week period before the election and then run so technically anyone can, it's not like you have had to have been on senate at all before that point ... That election, the one right before the presidential [election], tends to be unopposed so it's not like they have to run a campaign even, because it's for a senior seat and they have that opportunity to get on pretty easily." Moulson said his campaign was not meant to discourage voting, but instead to poke fun at the process and to make people think critically about their decisions. "I think a lot of people are misunderstanding the abstain posters that I made, which started off as a joke and remain a joke as I don't want people to not vote," he said. "That's exactly the opposite of what I want. I want everyone to vote, but I want them to have those votes mean something and this year especially we saw two candidates who, while they are very well meaning, their platforms form the Tufts canon of accepted beliefs."
and domestic development. "The future we are working toward in Rwanda and Africa is one where our continent continues to grow stronger and more self reliant and, in this way, we can be less vulnerable to external factors," Kagame said. "As members of the international community as well, we all have a duty to contribute to addressing global issues in the mean time individually as nations, and collectively, we in Africa have an inescapable duty to build a continent that can fix itself." Kagame won the first democratic election held in Rwanda in 2003 and was reelected to a second seven-year term in 2010. He also serves as chair of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Group on Millennium Development Goals and as co-chair of the international Telecommunication Union's Broadband Commission.
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The Office of Sustainability's ‘Be Green, Be Healthy’ table in the campus center was one of the many ways in which students have been learning about sustainability on campus.
Campus Sustainability Council progress report outlines concrete goals, cultural changes by Becca Leibowitz Daily Staff Writer
In the fiscal year 2013, Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus produced over 3,000 tons of total waste, recycling at a rate of just over 50 percent. In the fall, residence halls on campus collected 1,500 pounds of compostable waste. Total water consumption decreased on both the Medford/Somerville campus, as well as on the Boston and Grafton campuses. By switching to using natural gas instead of oil, the Central Heating Plant saw an eight percent reduction in carbon emissions. The Campus Sustainability Council outlined these updates and many others in a progress report for 2014, released last month. The report discusses recent developments and growth in four areas of sustainability on campus — including waste, water, and energy and emissions — and includes the next steps that the university plans to meet its goals in regards to each. "If we can practice within our [limited natural resources] that we have, then that allows other humans in the future, future generations, as well as other sentient beings on the planet or plants to also exist," Sustainability Program Director Tina Woolston said. "It's an equity and fairness issue, so it's a moral issue." Director of the Environmental Studies Program Colin Orians expanded on sustainability's importance. "I think that if you value an Earth that has its total splendor of life, from human cultures to biodiversity, you have to think about ways to minimize our own ecological footprint, and that's really what sustainability's about," Orians said. University President Anthony Monaco created the Campus Sustainability Council in January of 2012, in an effort to establish Tufts as a leader in confronting environmental issues. Sophomore Rachael Grudt, an eco-rep in Houston Hall, explained the role that students can play in environmental efforts. "A college is a perfect place to emphasize sustainability because everyone here is a future leader in America and around the world," she said. "I think that it's important for everyone to realize that what you do does make a difference." Included in the report is data showing the progress of sustainability on Grafton and Boston — in the areas of waste and recycling, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Currently in the proposal stage, one major development suggested by the
council is the metering system, which would measure energy use in each building on campus, according to the report. The hope is that the system will allow the university to both identify other energysaving strategies and measure progress more easily. "[Metering] is something that both students and faculty have been crying out for," Woolston said. "They want to know, how much energy is my building using and if we do this whole initiative is it making any difference?" The report also highlights some of the lesser-known projects that many may not have even realized were ongoing, such as constructing additional walkways to prevent erosion where it has already taken place. According to Monaco, however, truly making an impact in sustainability requires a campus wide commitment. "During ... [the council's] deliberations, it became apparent that success would require the full engagement of the entire university community," Monaco wrote in a message at the forefront of the report. "Working together, we can make Tufts a safer, healthier, and more sustainable place to live and work." Nevertheless, Woolston discussed how many environmentally-conscious efforts don't receive much attention on campus. "I think sometimes when you're walking around, a lot of the important sustainability stuff we do isn't necessarily visible, especially the stuff that facilities does," Woolston said. "We're hopefully in the future going to be able to continue to come out with these reports so people can stay up to date on all the stuff that's going on." Orians pointed to two phases of sustainability at Tufts, both inside and outside of the classroom. "I think [the administration] made a very strategic decision, which was a good starting place, which was to focus on how to make the campus more sustainable," he said. "Phase two is thinking about how we can get sustainability in the curriculum." This semester, an environmental studies course called, "Environmental Action: Shifting from Saying to Doing," has allowed students to work hands-on in the woodframe houses on campus, such as Wilson House and the International House. "There are very few courses that environmental studies actually offers," Orians said. "What the environmental studies [program does] is just try to create linkages to professors and departments to increase the offerings both of courses that focus on sustainability but also on the environment more generally."
Orians explained that the behavior and cultural changes referenced in the report are necessary to create a sustainable campus. "There is a challenge of getting people to change their behavior, just slow down a little bit and say I can hold onto this bottle a little bit longer and make sure it ends up in the recycling ... [or] I can take a slightly shorter shower," he said. "[Sustainability] takes thinking. You have to slow down." Much of Tufts' sustainability success has been rooted in larger projects. One discussed in the report is the plan for a new high performance science and engineering center at 574 Boston Ave., which will use minimal energy and resources while still allowing its occupants to work effectively. "We're making some really big strides in embedding sustainability within the operations of the university," Woolston said. "There's a huge effort that's looking at the process that Tufts uses to create buildings or do big renovations, and standardizing it." Freshman Shelby Luce, co-director of Tufts Sustainability Collective, agreed that sustainability at Tufts has found much success when it comes to these capital projects. "In terms of structural stuff, we do a really great job," Luce said. "If that's how we're using our funds right now, I'm glad we're doing something with them. With big stuff, we do a pretty good job, but it's getting down to the individual where we have trouble." In spite of these obstacles, Woolston noted the vast support system in place for sustainability progress at Tufts. "We have interested and engaged students that are supportive of this work, and we have a president, an executive vice president, and a vice president of operations that are really committed to sustainability, and that makes all the difference in the world," Woolston said. "And you kind of need to have both, because the university exists for the students, and so if the students don't care, and they don't support any of the sustainable changes, then it's really hard for the administration to justify it happening." Luce also pointed to the importance of student support in these efforts for sustainable development. "It has to be students inspiring students," Luce said. "It's about getting more students involved in the issues on this campus and recognizing that we have the power to change more than we think we do."
oday I'm going to talk about sex. Not good sex. If you want to read about good sex, go check the internet. No, today I'm going to talk about bad sex. Awkward sex. Painful sex. Yep, you guessed it: first-time sex. There are a lot of misconceptions about virginity out there, and it kind of sucks. That idea that it's supposed to hurt the first time? Absurd. Yeah, it hurts if you go quickly or don't prepare properly, but it doesn't have to. Or the whole thing about "popping the cherry." There's nothing to pop. If women's vaginas were covered completely before sex, how would they have periods? Yes, there is a hymen, but it's not like it covers the entire opening. That would make it very hard to use tampons. But I'm not here to talk about that. That's basic anatomy. I imagine most of us have actually had sex by now. Instead, let's look at the idea of virginity. What makes someone a virgin? Someone sarcastic would snarkily reply "not having sex," but there are a lot of different kinds of sex. Oral sex is definitely sex; it's even in the name. So why are people who've had oral sex but not penetrative sex considered virgins? This poses an awkward problem for the LGBT community. A lesbian can still have an active sex life. And more importantly, why does it matter so much? Why is it so embarrassing for a guy to say he's still a virgin, and so awkward for a girl to say she's not? Why do people care so much about what young adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms? The idea that girls should "save themselves" is a little scary. What are they saving themselves from? Having a good time? I can understand why that used to be important, back when there wasn't any birth control and having sex meant having children. I would have "saved myself" forever if that were still the case. But now various forms of protection are available and cheap enough for regular use. Admittedly, there are still some legal kinks in access to birth control for anyone who wants it, but if I were going to write about the stupidity of politicians we would be here all day. So why do people still put so much stock in virginity? Well, I'm sure part of it is tradition. Values, especially religious ones, can be slow to keep up with the times. It's certainly a lot better than it used to be, but even in my very liberal high school, this was still something of a big deal. The worst part is that at its core, the concept of virginity and purity are just two more ways to keep young women in line. Telling young women that they are not free to do what they wish with their own bodies, that instead they have to act in such a way to stay desirable to men — it tells young women that the only thing they're good for is getting men interested. I'd like to think we're better than that. That as a society, we recognize the value that women have, that we recognize that it is a human's right to decide whether or not to use birth control, whether or not they're ready to have children. But the truth is, we don't. And we just have to hope for change. Anastasia Korolov is freshman who has not declared a major. She can be reached at Anastasia.Trombly@tufts.edu.
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'Railway Man' impresses with haunting portrayal of post-war trauma by Abigail Feldman Daily Editorial Board
"Sometime, the hating has to stop," are the words that wrap-up the trailer of "The Railway Man." As the teaser suggests, this
The Railway Man Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Michael MacKenzie beautiful story of revenge, honor and forgiveness leaves the audience wondering just how so much hate can and will end. Forgiving, after all, is often easier said than done. "The Railway Man," based on the 1995 bestselling eponymous, tells the story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) and his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder following World War II. The story has continuous flashbacks to a younger Lomax's (Jeremy Irvine) time as a British Army officer, when he was tortured in a labor camp following the British surrender to the Japanese in Singapore. When a mid-life romance with Patti (Nicole Kidman) begins to turn Lomax's life around, he suddenly finds himself struggling more than ever to come to terms with his experience. After learning the whereabouts of the man responsible for his torture, Takashi Nagase (Tanroh Ishida in the World War II storyline, Hiroyuki Sanada
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In the film's frequent flashbacks, Jeremy Irvine plays a young Lomax, subjected to brutal labor camp treatment. in the contemporary one), Lomax must choose either to get revenge on his captor or find a way to preserve his marriage and his sanity. Fast-paced and thrillingly suspenseful, the film benefits from extraordinary editing and a tight script. Though "The Railway Man" loses some momentum toward its conclusion, it remains engrossing despite abrupt switches between the past and the present. To be sure, the
dialogue isn't Shakespeare; most of the lines are simple and direct ("War leaves a mark, Mrs. Lomax"). The frankness of the film, however, effectively conveys the sense of pain and confusion of its protagonist. Nothing flabby or superfluous remains to weigh down either the script or the visual storytelling. The film's seasoned cast must also take see RAILWAY, page 6
Tampopo doles out feel-good cuisine by Anthony Martinez Daily Editorial Board
The Shops at Porter are a cornucopia of great Asian cuisine, the best of which is Tampopo. The cozy restau-
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job with portions, which toe the line between reasonable and exorbitant. Serious eaters will find themselves satisfied, and those who eat like birds won't be wasting half a platter of food. In addition to the pork, the Udon chicken curry with egg is equally good: the broth is flavorful and infused with the delicate tang of curry. The Udon noodles are perfectly cooked and plentiful, and the chicken practically melts
in your mouth. The meat dishes are indeed stellar, but vegetarian diners should not despair. Tampopo offers a number of tofu dishes in addition to several other meat-free items (this reviewer highly recommends the dynamite bowl, if for no other reason than the seething red pallor evident in its laminated photo see TAMPOPO, page 6
(617) 868-5457 $ rant — which on a good day seats 14 people — is a perfect spot for eating with just one other person. For two, it usually isn't difficult to get a seat. Plus, the food, prompt service and pleasant atmosphere make up for the cramped dining conditions. One of the benefits of having such a small restaurant — and a small clientele — is that Tampopo serves its patrons quickly. Sitting in the restaurant's nook, it is easy to see why it is a local favorite. The interior is bright and the decor is whimsically colorful. Tampopo exudes comfort and familiarity. The staff is very nice, and the place has a leisurely air. It has the dependability of a restaurant and the speed of a fast food chain. The rapid service does not have an adverse affect on the quality of food. Tampopo is not fine cuisine. It is rough-and-ready Japanese food that is filling and tasty. Eating at Tampopo is also a journey through the savory side of your pallet. The Tampopo-Don pork is incredible: breaded yet succulent, tender yet firm. The pork cutlets rest on a heaping bed of rice and perfectly steamed vegetables. All of this is drizzled with a sauce, which is akin to a cross between hollandaise sauce, Thousand Island dressing and the joyful tears of an angel. Indeed, there's no doubt that any meat-lover will love this dish. It is rich, juicy and tastes incredibly fresh. Tampopo also does a great
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want to conclude my column at this time with a shout-out to Amsterdam, for being one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Like both Madrid and Tufts, Amsterdam has much to teach the rest of the world. It is physically attractive for a variety of reasons, but it is also culturally appealing: in Amsterdam, you can feed your soul and bask in rich economic history, interesting religious affiliations and unique enclaves. And for environmentalists, it's a dream. The first captivating aspect of Amsterdam is the art that appears everywhere in the city, both in the countless museums and on the streets — on clothes, in shops, in ornate graffiti. You will have trouble not finding at least one piece of art or art history that fascinates, perplexes or satisfies you. Ever since Jews and Catholics were allowed to freely practice their religions in Amsterdam, there has been a "live and let live" mentality, leading to an outgrowth of free personal expression. I couldn't help but think of the Unitarian Universalists who founded Tufts and their similar ideology. Although some of you may already know this (perhaps because you've already traveled to what some call "Weedland"), it bears repeating here: in Amsterdam, marijuana is, for some tourists, the city's main attraction. Some come to Amsterdam simply to smoke every day — it is their primary activity while visiting. While I would argue that participating in the legal phenomenon is indeed a cultural experience, it is just one part of what makes Amsterdam so attractive. For this reason, the locals seem to be over it. You're more likely to see people drinking wine or local beers than getting high in one of the coffee shop-turned-smoke-lounges (the latter are often populated instead with tourists and younger visitors). One local explained the rationale behind legalization, noting that it creates a bigger distance between soft drugs like marijuana and hard ones like heroin — a drug that Amsterdam had a serious issue with in previous years. So far, it seems to be going well. After working for a non-profit that deals with anti-drug campaigns, I find Amsterdam's approach to the drug abuse issue seems to be a better way to regulate the problem. The other attractiveness I want to highlight is the environmentally friendly mentality that so many Amsterdam inhabitants have. Bicycles are not only a way of life here, but also an incredible convenience. The city is flat, and the canals are a beautiful place to let your mind wander while you ride along them. So, it is no wonder that bikes became so popular, and Amsterdam could teach New York and other major cities trying to start their own bike programs a thing or two about how to do it right. Although New York has started the CitiBike bike share program, it has not been received particularly well, as the streets are often filled with traffic and bike lanes are not always well marked. Tourists (and natives) who do use the bikes cannot effectively navigate the city due to the confusing and crowded streets. This could be fixed with clear, consistent bike lanes, like those found in Amsterdam: the Dutch city has red bike lanes that are separated from main roads. It even has traffic lights just for bikes on all city streets, making sure there is no confusion and allowing bicycles and cars to coexist peacefully. How nice! The way I see it, Amsterdam represents an array of Tufts-like vibes — the environmentally conscious and bike-friendly attitude, the economic and international history and the many different educational and cultural offerings. You can watch videos of Otto Frank talking about his daughter at the Anne Frank House or feast your eyes on the works of Vincent Van Gogh. I felt at home walking along the canals and talking to the locals and was reminded of the values that we hold at our own wonderful university. Dani Bennett is a junior who is majoring in English and spending this semester abroad in Spain. She can be reached at Danielle.Bennett@tufts.edu.
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some credit for binding the story together. Firth, known for his Academy Awardwinning performance in "The King's Speech" (2010), in which he also played a man struggling to overcome his demons, delivers a touchingly human representation of Lomax -- still at war years after his return home. Kidman, too, employs a great deal of charm in her role, serving as both the film's backbone and emotional mediator. Though such accomplished leads threaten, at times, to overshadow the supporting actors, Irvine and Sanada also shine in their minor roles. Irvine, who starred in "War Horse" (2011), is particularly memorable as an inventive young soldier and engineer with a fantastic memory for train history. If nothing else, the film sheds light on the rarely told story of the Burma Railway. Completed in approximately one year, it is about 415 kilometers long and connects parts of Thailand and present-day Myanmar. It is also known as the Death Railway; about 90,000 Asian forced laborers and 12,399 Allied prisoners of war perished while building it. Though the film shows relatively little blood, it is nonetheless graphic.
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Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman give outstanding performances as a married couple grappling with Lomax's PTSD. Filth and starvation are everywhere, and Lomax suffers through brutal beatings and harsh living conditions. Haunting visual and audio effects also enhance the film's drama. Roaring music
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abruptly gives way to conspicuous vacuum-like silences, broken only, during one particularly painful scene, by a soldier's mournful prayer. The camera often films from below, taking young Lomax's point of view as he watches one of his captors prepare to cudgel him against the glaring light of the sun. No gory shots of wounds are necessary here to make the audience recoil in their seats. The film does not romanticize mental illness as a result of trauma either. As Lomax crumbles, he lashes out physically and verbally at the people trying to help him, punishing them for his own unhappiness. Kidman's Patti shines as his bravely compassionate companion who maintains her composure and devotion even when she believes her marriage is ending. Overall, the film is suspenseful and moving, balancing its sentimental message of forgiveness against harsh images of war. While imperfect and sometimes painful to watch, "The Railway Man" offers a fulfilling cinematic experience and true tale of heroism.
on the wall). Finally, any Tampopo diner should seriously consider sampling the homemade ice tea. Colored a lustrous brown and served in a mason jar, it's the secret gem of the restaurant — light and perfectly sweetened. The proprietors do not advertise it heavily — save for the aging cardboard sign practically buried into the front counter of the restaurant — but it is well worth the pocket-withering 90 cents. Overall, Tampopo is an excellent restaurant. It has a pleasant hole-in-thewall atmosphere, and it is extremely well staffed. The food is incredible and very reasonably priced ($8 to $10 on average). For anybody who is trying to find good Japanese cuisine or even just a little bit of comfort food, Tampopo is the place to be.
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Kagame visit should not go without scrutiny Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited Tufts yesterday to give a speech to students and guests on his country's recovery from genocide, ethnic tensions and its future. The lecture was so popular that tickets for the event were gone within an hour of their public release. While Jumbos should feel lucky that the university continues to bring in elite speakers, thinkers and media figures, it's important to remain aware of Rwanda's full story. While Kagame's Rwanda has seen marked improvement in representing women in its parliament (more than 60 percent of the body is made up of women) and in economic growth, his administration has still been accused of human rights abuses. The rebel group M23's skirmishes and assaults in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been connected to the Rwandan government
by the United Nations. M23, which has only been the most recent militia group to contribute to the consistent troubles and instability in the DRC, represents one of the darker parts of Kagame's tenure in a region where many ethnic Tutsis fled from Hutu massacres in Rwanda in the 1990s. Domestically, according to Human Rights Watch, political and civil rights in Rwanda have been significantly curtailed under the Kagame administration. Human Rights Watch has accused the government, led by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), of "numerous cases of arbitrary arrests, detentions, prosecutions, killings, torture, enforced disappearances, threats, harassment and intimidation against government opponents and critics." An essay in the Wall Street Journal by Howard French titled "How Rwanda's Paul Kagame Exploits U.S. Guilt"
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by Meghan Neville
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More women than men are earning college degrees. With that, it appears we are near gender equality. In reality, we are not even close. Workplaces still discriminate against women due to wrongful assumptions, ability and unwarranted stereotypes. These practices lead to a wage gap between genders. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey for 2012, the figure for median usual weekly income of women compared to men is 81 cents on the dollar, and this gap has been narrowing at a snail's pace over the last few years. Even women fresh out of college earn less in their first job than men who graduate with the same grades, majors and choice of occupation, according to ThinkProgress. This should already be alarming to any woman about to graduate from college, but the pay gap continues to grow throughout a woman's life, particularly if she decides to have children. This is unacceptable with so many single mothers, and with 40 percent of the primary "breadwinners" being women in the U.S. Even women at the "top of the ladder" face unequal circumstances and discrimination. This year marked the highest number of female CEOs in America's his-
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tory, according to the 2012 Fortune 500 CEO list. This record-breaking number of female CEOs was a mere 3.6 percent. President Obama has worked to ensure women earn equal pay for equal work, in order to help the growth of the middle class and our economy. One of the laws he signed was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allows women to recover wages lost to discrimination by extending the time period they can file a claim. Obama also attempted to pass is the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would ensure additional protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. It would allow employees to learn what their co-workers earn; this transparency would make it harder for companies to give bigger pay raises to male employees while excluding others, without legitimate reasons. Wednesday, April 9, ABC News reported that the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked again (as it had been in 2010 and 2012) by a Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), the GOP conference's chair, said she felt the push for pay equality between men and women was "condescending." "Many ladies I know feel like they are being used as pawns, and find it condescending [that] Democrats are trying to use this issue as a political distraction from
the failures of their economic policy," said Jenkins in the ThinkProgress piece. Whether Jenkins thinks the Democrats' economic policies have failed should not influence her decision to not fight discrimination. Another opponent of equal pay for working men and women is Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent member of the Republican Party, who argues America's pay gap isn't large enough to warrant this kind of action. "The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap," she said in the ThinkProgress article. She assumes women desire a male partner who makes more than them, and that by widening the pay gap even more, women will find a better life with a highly-paid spouse, even if they make an unfair, lesser amount. This is an absolutely ridiculous and outdated argument. Criticism has also arisen from conservatives who believe Obama's actions are less honest than they look, and that he is just pandering to female voters for the November midterm election. While the intentions of any elected officials should be questioned, I have no doubt that Obama's efforts are helping fight the oppression and discrimination women face in the workplace.
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Blame the Senate for boring candidates by Evan Moulson
Congratulations to Andrew Nuñez on your election to the position of President of the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate! Or congratulations to Robert Joseph on your election as president! I'm very sorry — despite reading everything I could, I still can't discern the differences between you. Unfortunately, I was not the only one. This election season at Tufts, students were faced with a decision between two candidates that many — even the Tufts Daily — felt were oddly similar on almost every issue. Indeed, in its editorial endorsing Robert Joseph, the Daily could only discriminate between the two on the issue of "leadership style," an amorphous quality that also happens to distinguish Francis Underwood from Dick Cheney. Students noticed this lack of choice: the Generic Candidate web persona (with which I am not affiliated) and the "ABSTAIN" posters were direct and negative reactions to the feeling of "politics as usual" at Tufts. The lack of choice that we experienced this year is not an anomaly. Never in my four years at Tufts have I met two presidential candidates who differed substantively on important issues. Discounting the possibility that Tufts is a homogenous enclave of unoriginal ideas where everyone agrees with everyone else, one has to ask: why don't we see more ideological options in the elections? The answer has two parts. The first is that the nominating process is designed to stifle dissent and unpopular views. In order to be nominated to run for TCU Senate President, a student must first be a senator. The TCU Senate has a very high incumbency rate (I am unable to tell you exactly what it is because the Elections Commission, which is charged with keeping records on these sorts of things, does not keep records on these sorts of things). Think of how many incumbent senators
you know who have been defeated in an election. Is the number zero? It is for me, too. Requiring candidates to be senators makes a kind of sense — you would want someone with experience in Senate to be running the place — but it also excludes all other students, including those who disapprove of Senate's leadership. However, if a student who wanted to radically reform TCU ever made it into office, they would be faced with a second hurdle: all candidates for the presidency must first be confirmed by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. This practically guarantees that Senate can keep running "business as usual" and allows only the most milquetoast candidates to even make the ballot. The lesson for prospective presidents is clear: appeal to the lowest common denominator, or be sidelined. The second part is that the candidates have no real issues over which to argue. TCU Senate is, for all its bluster, very limited in its power. Of the eleven resolutions listed on the Senate website, a whopping "one" has actually led to a change in university policy: the (recently scaled-back) decision to expand late-night dining in the Commons. However, a cursory search of the Tufts Daily archives reveals that students have actually been clamoring for more options after the dining halls close since at least 2009. Senate's November 2013 resolution was simply the latest in a long line of baby steps. Both Robert Joseph and Andrew Nuñez ran on platforms that emphasized issues that are already part of the Tufts political canon: diversity, financial aid, more special interest group representatives on Senate. These issues and others are ones over which the TCU Senate has very little, if any, direct control. The Trustees, the Bursar and the rest of the administration decide on tuition increases. Assistant deans (of which Tufts has far too many already) are hired on their merits, not their skin color. While it is within Senate's purview to add
representatives of "marginalized" groups to itself, I don't see the point when it can hardly fill its existing elected positions. There is not a person on campus who does not believe that an improvement to the sexual assault policy is a good thing, and yet both candidates made it a central point of their campaign. Senate is not vested with enough power to make impactful decisions on meaningful issues, and so senators stick to what they know: inoffensive, widely accepted policies expressed in platitudes. As a community, are we satisfied with an impotent Senate and presidential candidates who are afraid to take a stand? If you are, then do nothing. Embrace the status quo. If you are not, then allow me to offer an alternative. Senate needs reform. Senate needs to be pragmatic and to understand the restrictions inherent in student government. At the same time, Senate needs to advocate for itself and for the students it represents by calling for the powers of the Committee on Student Life (which really calls the shots on important issues, if you haven't been paying attention) to be absorbed by Senate. To cement this new authority, Senate's bodies also require reform: the Allocations Board and Treasury should be made more transparent, impartial and effective in their dealings with student organizations; the Elections Commission requires a serious overhaul in order to meet its own standards. Finally, the restrictions on outside candidates in presidential elections should be repealed. If Tufts' students are to be well-represented, they require a body that will fight for their rights and interests. That requires a healthy internal debate, but at present Senate seems concerned only with its own self-preservation. That needs to change. Evan Moulson is a senior majoring in economics. He can be reached at Evan. Moulson@tufts.edu.
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Standardized testing blocks way of prospective students by Julie Nguyen The Daily Cougar
Standardized testing is a waste of time — for the most part, anyway. While there is some credibility behind standardized testing, there's too much emphasis placed on it. Universities across the United States are starting to realize this. Currently, 800 colleges and universities out of roughly 3,000 use a test-optional or test-flexible policy, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. This means that these institutions allow students to choose whether they want to send in their SAT or ACT scores. In 2009, William Hiss, former dean of admissions for Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, released his study "Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions." The study concluded that there are no significant differences in the grades and graduation rates between students that chose to submit their scores and the students that did not. According to the study, "just 0.05 percent of a GPA point separated the students who submitted their scores ... and those who did not. And college graduation rates for 'nonsubmitters' were just 0.6 percent lower than those students who submitted their test scores." Hiss agreed that there are too many different components to human intelligence and that standardized testing systems cannot capture it. However, standardized testing is a good way to capture one aspect of intelligence. The SAT started out as an army IQ test that grew in popularity after Ivy League schools adopted it as a standard
in the late 1930s. After that, schools nationwide saw it as a way to attract students who would normally have been noticed only because they came from a prestigious background. However, the SAT then became overused in the college admission process. It discourages students from applying to a particular school if they believe their scores aren't good enough. The scores can definitely help spot a talented student, but they often prevent applications instead of encouraging them. Concerning GPA, the study did show that high school grades matter — a lot. For students who submitted their test results and those who didn't, high school grades were the best predictor of college success. Standardized testing does help round out a student's academic profile, but submitting standardized test scores should be an option, not a requirement. The SAT and ACT are often criticized for measuring only how well a student can take these tests and how they favor students that can afford test preparation. The test is always evolving, according to officials at The College Board, as shown by the changes enacted earlier this year. A previous study showed that both SAT scores and high school grades strongly predicted how well students did in their first year of college. College Board officials believe that the SAT is a valuable tool in determining how eligible a student is for college. However, high school grades still seem to be the stronger indicator of how well a student does in college. They're more consistent during a longer period of time and show more dedication and motivation than a four-hour test taken in one morning.
For UH to adopt such a policy, the state of Texas needs to loosen up its mandated admission policies. However, Director of Student Recruitment Jeff Fuller doubts that test-optional admissions will be in the near future for southern universities. "Test-optional is a phenomenon at northeast and eastern universities. The south of the southwest, particularly Texas ... will not find public universities with test-optional admission policy," Fuller said. The requirement to be considered for admission to any public university in Texas is either to successfully complete the required high school curriculum set forth by the Texas Foundation; get at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the SAT; or get 18 in English, 22 in math, 21 in social sciences and 24 in science on the ACT. UH requires SAT or ACT scores to be sent in, asking for a minimum score of 1000 for the top 11 to 25 percent and 1100 for the top 26 to 50 percent. The top 51 percent and under go through individual review, while the top 10 percent have no minimum score required. It would be great if UH became part of the growing list of Tier One universities to adopt a test-optional policy, such as Arizona State University and Texas A&M University at College Station. Becoming test-optional opens up the admissions pool to even more diversity. As the second-most diverse school in the nation, we want to maintain that status and show that people won't be judged only by their test scores. Quality education is available for all, no matter the score on a one-time test.
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The "right" choice
t's strange to consider that this is both my second column, and my second to last column. It's a quick little brush with Tufts Daily fame and glory (hence, "Just Passing Through") but it's been an interesting experience balancing writing a column and running the Op-Ed section. Aside from showing me that I am horrifically disorganized, those Op-Ed pieces that have graced our pages throughout the semester have run with a certain theme. By that I don't mean the theme has consistently been topical, about divest or Israeli Apartheid Week. Nor do I mean to say that Daily Op-Eds are all petulant, nitpicky works of fake outrage. Instead what has been repeatedly present in reading the many pieces in the Daily has been the sense that in each debate there must be a right, or "moral" answer. It's not something that I used to feel. As an editorialist last year I often took the opinion that passion about change was ultimately self-serving. There was no "right" answer, and even if there were, efforts to make change for the betterment of fellow Jumbos would probably achieve little without the kind of power and resources of the hulkingly massive Tufts bureaucracy. But this year the question has become one really worthy of answering: is there a morally correct answer to campus issues? When we approach a debate or a subject, is there just one righteous course of action? It's not an easy question, certainly for someone who hasn't taken a single Philosophy class (but plenty of Catholic schooling!). But it's also certainly worth a look. I can't imagine that everyone on campus is perfectly comfortable with leaving every debate in a gray area. I can't stomach the idea that it's easy to truly accept the cynical opinion, the equivocation as our final answer. Is there a moral choice in the divest debate? That one seems pretty easy -divesting would be the right thing to do. It might not be easy, and it might not have the same bang for divested bucks that Tufts Divest suggests, but why not go for it? Is there a right choice in the IsraelPalestine debate? That one's a lot harder. Much, much harder. But still, a cursory glance at the situation suggests a direction. The poor people who had their land taken from them, who are surrounded by snaking walls and checkpoints, seem just a little more deserving of acts of mercy. Was there a right choice for a candidate in yesterday's election? I don't know who won at the time of writing this, so it will probably sound a bit disjointed. The candidates do share a lot of similar policies, this is true. Both Andrew Nunez and Robert Johnson are on the left side of the political spectrum. But it's just as clear that there is a tilt in the universe. I feel as though all too often we default to the obvious choice, or the safe choice, because we're too afraid to take the jump to the policies we all say we want. Are you as liberal, as progressive as you say, Tufts? A lot has been said about Nunez over the past week and change, and though he has said things that have proven divisive, he's right when he argues for supporting marginalized voices, for expelling rapists, for safe spaces. The moral right is where and when we decide to speak from the depths of ourselves for the rights and lives of those who struggle and suffer. This probably reads as pretty self-centered. "Hey look, I'm so wise about things in a column!" But I promise this is earnest. Finding the correct answer is the narrative of our schooling. Learning the right one, I pray, is the experience of our living. Nicholas Golden is a sophomore majoring in international relations. He is the executive of the Op-Ed section of the Tufts Daily. He can be reached at Nicholas.Golden@tufts.edu.
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first set, the Californian dropped a single game in the second to emerge victorious 6-0, 6-1. Tan similarly dropped just four total games to win 6-1, 6-3. In his second match back from injury, Glickman showed signs of improvement, but was still unable to come out with a win at the No. 1 position. Both sets were hotly contested, but due to the cumbersome recovery process necessitated by his injury, Glickman was denied the win in a 6-3, 6-3 loss. Glickman is still short of 100 percent health but is seeing progress with each passing day. "Coming back after being sidelined for two months is definitely a process, but my recovery is going well and I'm feeling better each day I step out onto the court," Glickman said. The toughest matches of the day were played at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, where seniors Austin Blau and Zach Ladwig went three sets deep in their respective matches. Blau, playing at No. 4, dropped the first set before coming back to win the second. In the third set, his opponent, Brandeis freshman Ryan Bunis, regrouped and eventually won the match, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Ladwig faced different circumstances in his three-setter, a match that ended very differently from Blau's. After taking the first set in a tight 6-4 win, Ladwig lost the second set by the same score. In the third, the match came down to just a few points as Ladwig sealed the win with a final score of 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. The roster difficulties have suited the squad. Different players have had to step up and play tougher matches at positions
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Uppgren and Bailey led the Jumbos with three goals and two assists apiece, while Giambanco lead Wesleyan with three goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Conor Helfrich continued his standout play in the face-off game, winning 20 of the 30 face-offs he took. The game was littered with 14 penalties from both conference rivals. The Jumbos converted on four of five extra-man opportunities, while the Cardinals were four for nine. With the loss, Wesleyan takes the second seed in the conference, sitting at 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the NESCAC. Though Tufts was the better top-tobottom team this time, the team must
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The men’s tennis team has had to battle through significant roster changes this year. to which they are not accustomed, but their efforts have proven fruitful. "The adversity we've faced throughout the year has given other players on the team opportunities to assume new roles," Glickman said. "Everybody has been doing a great job of stepping up, and this ... has been a key factor to our success." Coming into the season, one of the team's main goals was to improve its ranking, and as the season's end approaches, it looks like it will have accomplished that. "My win is just a testament to our team's effort and hard work as a whole, and so is our success in getting to be ranked No. 28 in the country," Tan said. "It was a really good win to beat Brandeis, who, being ranked No. 30, had just beat-
en No. 27 Trinity." Going into the last stretch of the season, the Jumbos will play MIT on Wednesday before playing their last two conference matches against Colby and Middlebury on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Both MIT and Colby have dropped out of the top 30 in the rankings; Colby previously held the No. 25 spot while MIT slipped from the No. 28 position. Middlebury sits comfortably inside the top-ten as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation. "[The Brandeis win] will give us confidence going into the Colby and Middlebury matches this weekend," Tan said. We have complete faith in all the guys on the team. Someone different steps up every day to do it for the team."
look forward and continue improving as it could easily play Wesleyan again on the NESCAC Championship stage. Head coach Mike Daly reiterated the importance of the unity Tufts saw this game and will need to continue to be effective through the end of the regular season and into the start of the postseason. "Every game requires a team effort, and each phase gains strength from each other," he told the Daily in an email. "The face-off unit was doing its job, the defense and goalie did their job and our offense did theirs. We had lapses in all phases at times and Wesleyan is a very good team. We certainly have some things to continue to get better at and we will." Before Tufts begins its run for a fifth con-
secutive NESCAC title, it will play one more regular season game. Today the Jumbos take on the Bowdoin Polar Bears in a night contest at Bello Field that starts at 7 p.m. Though NESCAC and Div. III Championships are the ultimate goals, the Jumbos must stay focused on closing out conference play on a high note on Senior Day. "Every game is as important as the next," Daly said. "We have a great opportunity Wednesday against a very talented Bowdoin team, and that is our next and only challenge. All of my focus is on Bowdoin. It will be our seniors' final regular season game on Bello [Field]. I am lucky and privileged to have coached these seniors and am so thankful for all their leadership, selflessness and dedication to the university and me."
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in the second set 6-2 and in the third set tiebreak 10-8. Meltzer and Calabro fell 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 and No.3 singles to round out the matches. Just a few hours later, the team took to the courts again, ready to match up against Bates. Bates entered the match on poor run of form, having lost five of its last six matches, with a NESCAC record of 2-2 and overall record of 7-6. Tufts showed no mercy in the early going, taking all three doubles matches. Calabro and Hayashi teamed up again at No. 3 doubles, defeating senior Lucy Brennan and freshman Olivia Voccola 8-3. Gann and Meltzer again cruised to another 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles, this time against the Bates pairing of senior Kristen Doerer and freshman Kate Rosenthal. At the No. 1 position, Bowman and Baum played one of the tighter matches of the day, defeating junior Elena Mandzhukova and freshman
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Elizabeth Erbafina 8-6. There was no letup in singles play, as the Jumbos won five out of the six matches. The bottom three positions were again a quick source of wins for Tufts, with all three matches won in straight sets. Sophomore Catherine Worley notched the first win at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-3, with Meltzer finishing shortly after at No. 2 singles, winning by the same score, 6-0, 6-3. Bowman and Baum were not far behind at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, with the two winning 7-5, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-1, respectively. Gann was again involved in the highlight match at No. 1 singles, this time coming out on top. Facing the No. 29-ranked singles player, Mandzhukova, Gann jumped out to the early lead, winning the first set in a tiebreak 7-6(3). Mandzhukova battled back in the second set, winning 6-1, and forcing a third set tiebreak. Refusing to lose in another third set, Gann won the key points in a tight tiebreak, earning Tufts its eighth and final win of the match.
"I actually had a stomach flu Friday night and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to play at all on Saturday," Gann said. "I told myself I had to do it for my teammates. After losing a tough [tiebreaker] against Trinity, I really wanted that last set against Bowdoin.” The day was also marked by senior day celebrations for the three seniors Gann, Bowman and Kimmel. In a team more than half made up of freshman, the seniors have played an especially key role this year not only on the court, but off the court as well. "They've all been very good individual leaders and role models," Baum said. "They've taught us how to stay focused and motivated both in practices and in matches." Tufts will travel to No. 10 Middlebury on Friday for the team's final regular season game before the NESCAC championships. "It was a really sentimental day," Gann said. "But like [head] coach [Kate Roiter Bayard] told us, 'there's a lot of tennis ahead of us.' If we execute like the last two matches I really like our chances going forward."
he Red Sox — below .500 three weeks into the season — aren't having the start they hoped for. That's because their offense, hailed as one of the best in baseball, has failed to live up to its billing. After averaging an MLB-best 5.27 runs per game last year, the Red Sox have scored just 3.8 runs per game entering Tuesday night's showdown with the Yankees. Their highest single game output is seven runs, which unfortunately came in a 10-7 loss to the Texas Rangers two weeks ago. Collectively, Boston has batted a measly .238/.325/.361, well below last year's robust .277/.349/.446 figures. With all but two starters slugging below .400, the power that played such a crucial role in their lineup last year has been largely absent. And with Jacoby Ellsbury in pinstripes and Shane Victorino on the disabled list, so has the speed. The main culprit, though, is Boston's terrible performance in scoring opportunities. The Sox are batting just .229/.309/.334 with men on base and have fared even worse with runners in scoring position, hitting .209/.293/.314 in such situations. They haven't done themselves any favors by running into a league-high 22 ground-ball double plays, either. The Red Sox simply haven't gotten timely hits when they need them, which is hard to reconcile given their knack for walk-off hits last year. Right now, Boston's offense looks nothing like the one that paced the majors in runs, doubles, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and total bases a year ago. The lineup already looked watered down without Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew, and now it's even weaker after suffering several injuries to key players. Victorino strained his right hamstring in spring training and began the season on the disabled list. Slugging third baseman Will Middlebrooks joined him shortly thereafter, going down with a calf strain after the team's fourth game. Dustin Pedroia hurt his wrist in a play at second base, and while he avoided the DL, he hasn't been his "Laser Show"-self at the plate. As a result, the Red Sox have yet to play a game with their intended starting nine. That wouldn't be so much of a problem if Boston's healthy players were hitting, but they're not. Even David Ortiz, who just six months ago looked utterly unstoppable in the World Series, has been merely mortal. In fact, the only Boston player who has shown any signs of life at the plate has been Mike Napoli, the team leader in home runs, RBIs and total bases. But Napoli strikes out often — he leads the team with 25 — and is prone to slumps, so he's likely to cool off soon. The same thing happened last year, when he had 21 extra base hits, 31 RBIs and an OPS of .944 through the team's first 27 games, only to hit .232 with two home runs, eight RBI and 35 strikeouts over his next 27 games. That's just the kind of hitter Napoli is: boom-or-bust. It's good to see him in a groove, but he can't be expected to carry the team for long. A more troubling explanation for Boston's cold spell could be age. The Red Sox rely on players on the wrong side of 30 for the bulk of their offensive production, and they consequently have the fourth-oldest lineup in baseball according to Baseball-Reference's average batter age statistic. The negative effects of age on baseball skills are well-documented, and it's no secret that most players' offensive skills diminish during their 30's. It's possible that the Sox are simply getting old. If that's the case, it's going to be a long season. Tyler Maher is a junior who is majoring in economics. He can be reached at Tyler. Maher@tufts.edu
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Tufts gets back on track with doubleheader victories by Jason Schneiderman Daily Editorial Board
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Despite facing strong adversity at key points throughout their season, the Jumbos are back on track for a strong finish following last weekend's 6-3 defeat of local rival Brandeis. With the departure of sophomore Nik Telkedzhiev and prolonged injuries sidelining fellow classmates Jay Glickman and Rob Jacobson, the team has had to rely on the rest of the squad to step up. On Friday their hard work and dedication finally paid off as the Jumbos won two of three doubles matches and four of six singles matches. While Telkedzhiev started the season at the No. 1 singles spot, it was Jacobson who had spent the most time in that position. Jacobson, who scratched his cornea while volunteering with Special Olympics, has been forced to watch as his team continued the season without him in the lineup. Jacobson relinquished his spot to Glickman, who was coming off an injury that had prevented him from playing for most of the spring season. Though the unforeseen changes in the leading position weren't easy, players like freshman Brad Wong as well as junior cocaptain Brian Tan have stepped up and posted consistent results. Against Brandeis, Wong and Tan played at No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, in dominant performances that saw them win 24 games combined while losing just five. They also paired up to take down the Brandeis duo of junior Michael Secular and freshman Brian Granoff by a final score of 8-6. Wong had an especially convincing win. After blanking his opponent in the see MEN’S TENNIS, page 11
Following two tough losses last week against Williams and Amherst, the No. 18 women's tennis team got back to its winning ways at home this past Saturday in a pair of NESCAC matches against No. 15 Trinity and unranked Bates. Tufts, who had won four straight matches before facing Williams and Amherst, refused to let the midweek matches affect its early play against Trinity, taking a quick 2-1 lead in doubles. "It was a good learning experience [playing Amherst and Williams]," senior captain Samantha Gann said. "We knew it would be especially critical to get ahead in doubles after our last two matches. I thought we opened up very well." Freshmen Conner Calabro and Chelsea Hayashi won a back and forth affair at No. 3 doubles, taking down the Trinity senior duo of Elizabeth Gerber and Caroline Gagne, 9-7. Gann and freshman Alexa Meltzer, the top two singles players for Tufts, paired up at No. 2 doubles, cruising to an 8-1 victory. In singles play, the story of the match for the Jumbos was their production from the bottom three positions. It was a group that provided solid results all spring, posting a 12-9 record since spring break. Against Trinity, they needed to play well, knowing that Trinity posed a formidable top three. Seniors Shelci Bowman and Rebecca Kimmel were first off the court, winning their matches at No. 4 and No. 6 singles with ease, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. Freshman Jacqueline Baum finished shortly after, posting the decisive result at No. 5 singles winning by a score of 6-2, 6-1 over Gerber, and clinching the team match before any of the top three were able to finish. "I thought I played well, staying consistent with the ball and staying patient,
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Senior Rebecca Kimmel celebrated senior day with a pair of victories over her opponents from Trinity and Bates on Saturday. and letting [Gerber] miss on the long rallies." Baum said. "I didn't know my match was the deciding match until I was off the court, but it was nice when I found out." The top three Tufts players, by contrast, struggled against Trinity, failing to win any
of their matches. Gann competed in what was arguably the best match of the day, taking the first set against Trinity sophomore Melita Ferjanic 6-3, before falling see WOMEN'S TENNIS, page 11
Tufts downs Wesleyan, secures No. 1 seed for NESCAC tournament by Alex Schroeder Daily Editorial Board
Senior goalie Patton Watkins ran out the remaining seconds of regulation time in the No. 7 men's
Men’s Lacrosse (12-2 Overall, 8-1 NESCAC) at Bello Field, Saturday Wesleyan 2 3 4 2 — 11 Tufts 4 6 3 4 — 17 lacrosse team's home game against No. 18 Wesleyan on Saturday after making his final save of the day. It was a fitting way to close the 17-11 victory at Bello Field that officially locks the Jumbos in as the top seed in the NESCAC going into the postseason tournament that starts April 26. Watkins matched his season-high of 17 saves against Wesleyan, making crucial pointblank stops as Wesleyan attempted to rally after halftime. Strong face-off and defensive play from Tufts, however, kept the team in control, despite being limited to fewer than 20 goals for the first time since its 18-13 home win against Endicott on April 8. The game was close throughout the first period of play. Junior attackman Cole Bailey struck first for the Jumbos on an assist from sophomore attackman John Uppgren just under two minutes
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Senior goalie Patton Watkins stopped a season-high 17 shots en route to helping Tufts clinch the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC tournament. into the quarter. A minute and a half later, Wesleyan put itself on the board after a goal from senior midfielder Mike Giambanco. After another exchange of goals from both sides, Tufts pulled ahead 4-2 on unassisted goals from junior midfielders Peter Gill and attackman Chris Schoenhut to maintain a slim lead. Again, the two teams locked horns at the beginning of the
second quarter, trading goals as Wesleyan narrowed the Tufts lead to just 6-5 at the 7:40 mark. "We knew that we were going to have a dogfight as we always do against Wesleyan ... especially because we were battling for the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC tournament," senior tri-captain midfielder Beau Wood told the Daily in an email. The Jumbos were able to grow their lead before halftime with a
4-0 run. Bailey and sophomore attackman Ben Andreycak each scored their second goals of the game before Schoenhut closed the half with back-to-back strikes to put the Jumbos up 10-5. Though Tufts never relinquished its lead in the second half, Wesleyan did not give up. The Cardinals struck first in the first two minutes of the third quarter on a goal from sophomore attackman Lyle Mitchell. Two
goals from senior midfielder Peter Bowers and Bailey's third and final goal of the game kept Tufts comfortably in charge, though Wesleyan added on three more goals by the end of the quarter. For a Tufts squad that has been touted all year as an offensive powerhouse, the game against Wesleyan proved how strong play in every facet of the game contributes to Tufts' success. "Even though we score a lot of goals with the style of offense we play, we also put a ton of pressure on our defense and goalie and Saturday was nothing different," Wood said. "They did a great job making stops when we needed them to. I would also say the entire face-off unit has done a great job all year taking at least some strain away from the defense by winning the 50-50 ground balls." Tufts jumped on Wesleyan in the fourth quarter, netting the first three goals to take a 16-9 lead. Uppgren scored his second and third goals of the game with Wood's lone goal of the game coming between both of Uppgren's tallies. The Cardinals scored twice more in the final six minutes, but the Jumbos had the final say with an unassisted goal from sophomore midfielder Jake Gillespie with 45 seconds remaining in the game. see MEN'S LACROSSE, page 11