Photo Story | ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

Posted by thetuftsdaily on April 18, 2014 under Arts & Living | Be the First to Comment

This Thursday April 17, Torn Ticket II had their opening night of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ in Dewick. The musical, directed by sophomore Artoun Festekjian, will also be playing in Dewick this Saturday April 19 at 9:00PM. For more information, take a look at the theater preview published in the print Daily on Wednesday April 16. Photos by Kate Sienko.

Let Me Entertain You | There Just Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day

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One of these days, I’m going to watch Mad Men. I’m kind of biased against stories set in the 1960s, mostly because I’ve met too many middle aged people who can’t stop talking about Woodstock and how they just don’t make good music like that anymore. But it was a decade full of great political upheaval and social change, and I’m sure it serves as an excellent backdrop to one of television’s most critically praised shows. Mad Men just began its seventh season, and all the people I follow on Twitter can’t stop freaking out about it. I swear, I’ll get around to watching it, one of these days. Right after I watch The Wire, and Breaking Bad, and The X-Files

A character from Mad Men. I’m 70% sure her name is Peggy. This actress played Zoe on The West Wing, so that’s cool. Image courtesy of Frank Ockenfels/AMC/EW.

It’s hard out there, for a television fan. My roommate can attest to the fact that I spend a goodly portion of each day watching shows. I have around eight that I watch weekly—nine, once Orphan Black returns on April 19. I’m a hardcore fan of many popular series, like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. But darn it all, I’m just lost when classmates start a conversation about Scandal.

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An Evening With President Monaco

Posted by Aastha Chadha on April 17, 2014 under Campus News | Be the First to Comment

On April 16, current and prospective students alike gathered in Barnum 008 for “An Evening with President Monaco.” Organized by the Freshman and Sophomore class councils, the event aimed to trace President Monaco’s winding career path that ultimately led him to Tufts.

President Monaco began by talking of his early days as a young boy in the suburbs of Delaware. He described an incident that was in equal parts both entertaining and horrifying that included his alcoholic teacher. He recalled how the teacher would often pass out in the middle of class, leaving the students helpless and confused. In this situation, for over a year, President Monaco would take charge and teach the class until such a time that the teacher regained consciousness. He described this as a formative experience that brought forth his leadership qualities.

As he moved on to high school, President Monaco’s father was one of the many workers rendered unemployed by the recession at the time. This was a great setback to his family and forced his mother to work, as well as for him to take a second job. When an aunt with Type 2 Diabetes was blinded by the disease, President Monaco moved into the city to care for her. He described the difficulties of navigating an unsafe neighborhood and how the responsibility of his aunt only made him a more confident and capable leader.

However, all his work paid off as he went on to attend Princeton University as an undergraduate. Here, at a class called “Brain and Behavior” he discovered his interest for neuroscience.  He even worked at a research laboratory for free and paid his way by painting his professor’s house. President Monaco stressed the importance of a liberal arts education that allows you to explore different areas of interest. This, he said, was how he stumbled across his own passion for neuroscience. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he attended Harvard Medical School. Here, he was introduced to genetics and completed his PhD with a geneticist.

Soon after leaving Harvard, President Monaco moved to London to continue research in the field of research. Here he was one of the first to become involved with a research institute at Oxford. Soon, he was entrusted with the position of director of the institute. It was here that the leadership skills he had since childhood really shined. After nine years at the institute, President Monaco took the position of Pro Vice Chancellor at Oxford University. Finally, he decided to take his talents across the pond to the United States. He wanted to take on a new challenge and stated that the position at Tufts seemed to have been “made for him.”

This event was a great opportunity for students to get to know more about President Monaco. His talk was followed by a lively question and answer session during which Monaco answered all of the students’ questions, ranging from the differences between his experiences in Europe and the U.S. to his hobbies (he enjoys swimming, reading and tweeting!). The event was followed by a dessert reception where the President continued to have conversations with current and prospective students.

The event was held at a very appropriate time, on the eve of the first of three Jumbo Days. It showcased how truly accessible the faculty, including the President, is at Tufts. It also gave everyone great insight into how President Monaco successfully navigated a winding career path to achieve all that he has.

Food for Thought | Obituary: Trick-Turning

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This April 2014, we learned that Trick-Turning at Hodgdon Good-To-Go has passed away peacefully. Throughout its existence, Trick-Turning was a beloved friend to all incoming Tufts freshmen, and to anyone who was still on an unlimited meal plan at Tufts. It provided a great place to meet up and get free groceries. Trick-Turning is survived by its kin, the Hodgdon burritos, quesadillas, and sandwiches, as well the new late-night option which accepts meal swipes, the Commons at the Campus Center.

Through its existence (which I’ve tracked back to as early as 2008), Trick-Turning brought joy to many Tufts Jumbos. In fact, Trick-Turning was featured in a 2013 admissions magazine as one of the hallmarks of a freshman Jumbo’s Tufts experience. In 2008, there was even a Facebook group formed to discuss the many ways of stealing food from Dewick, and Trick-Turning provided the only technically legal way of doing so, as was widely discussed.

Trick-Turning has provided students who don’t have friends (I mean who are “always busy”) a way to dine for free without judgment in the solace of their rooms, and has also provided students the possibility of obtaining free groceries (namely Oreos) to keep in their dorms. Those who are hungry late at night, say around midnight, would have an abundance of food available to them in their rooms.

Though many have complained about the excess of food at Tufts, and blamed such fantastic options for their “Freshman Fifteen” weight gain, all can agree that Trick-Turning will be missed dearly by those on the Unlimited meal plan in years to come. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about such a tragedy is that the pain of the loss will only have to be felt by current Tufts students. While incoming freshmen will never have the opportunity to indulge in the overwhelming experience of walking into Hodgdon and realizing literally everything is free, they won’t have to feel the pain of this absence in years to come.

While I do not condone a revolution, I would like to leave you with this quote: “The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.” —Lois McMaster Bujold

Hot off the Press | April 16, 2014

Posted by thetuftsdaily on April 16, 2014 under Arts & Living, Campus News, Sports | Be the First to Comment

IN NEWS: Tufts Dining Services, in an April 9 press release, announced several changes to the Premium Meal Plan for Fall 2014, including the elimination of the popular “trick turning.”

IN FEATURES: The creators of the Integrated Student Information System (iSIS), as well as the students and faculty who use it, have mixed views one year after its implementation.

IN ARTS:  ”Game of Thrones” is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows on television — and for a good reason. The show has the ability to blend fantasy with political drama and intrigue, managing to maintain and develop a large, confusing cast while making relatable, memorable characters.

TODAY’S EDITORIAL:  In a recent public announcement, Randy Mastro, Gov. Chris Christie’s hired attorney, said that the Governor was exonerated of any involvement in the George Washington Bridge scandal that occurred last September, in which lanes of the busiest commuter bridge in the United States were closed, thereby causing massive traffic congestion.

IN SPORTS:   The men’s and women’s crew teams were both in action over the weekend on the Malden River. Both teams raced twice; the men’s team competed against Bates College and University of New Hampshire, while the women’s team raced against Wellesley College and Bates College.

[title of blog] | Active April

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And here we are again, saying goodbye to yet another production. However, it’s hard to be sentimental for too long. While Or, was an absolutely incredible experience and Maria might be one of my favorite characters (such sass much murder wow), my focus is being pulled in a million different directions.

Next on the agenda is Torn Ticket II’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in which I will debut my new role as producer. It’s odd for me to have an opening night where I won’t be onstage myself. I’ve only worked on a production staff once before in my theatrical endeavors and all of the sudden, I’ve found myself attending more PStaff meetings than rehearsals.

Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I have stepped out of the warmth of the stage lights only for a brief period. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens tomorrow night and I will be sitting in the audience, enjoying my new role. Though I dedicated bountiful amounts of my time to the show, it will be a nice change to be able to actually watch a show that I’ve worked on. Normally, I never see the final product because I’m a part of said product. However, this time I will be able to fully enjoy the adorably tragic day of Charlie Brown from my comfortable seat in Dewick.

Of course, I have three more theatrical projects to complete before the end of the semester, both of the producing and acting varieties, totaling to five shows this semester alone. During my tours, prospective Tufts parents look alarmed by my abundant amount of extracurricular theatre, in addition to my academic pursuits. Inevitably, I’m always asked, “You’re a freshman and you’re a part of that many productions?” They seem impressed, but to be honest, this is normal for Tufts theatre. Aside from my acting endeavors, all I did to involve myself into a plethora of productions was ask.

All you have to do is ask.

Though I have thousands of Excel spreadsheets floating around on my computer and stressful email threads flooding my inbox, it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to be a part of more than one show at a time. All of the shows are so different and I’m thoroughly in love with each of them.

There are so many more opportunities in college theatre than in high school. It amazes me how much theatre is happening in a single week, never mind a whole month. The sheer amount of work students put both into the department and club theatre is insane and is perhaps the most astounding part of my collegiate experience thus far. I’m never at a lack of theatre, never hitting a dry spell, and that excites me beyond anything.

So here’s to yet another week of thrilling theatre, only to be trailed by several more weeks of performances until they have pull me out of Aidekman to study for finals. Or rather, try to. I won’t budge a bit.

Word of the Week | Whippersnapper

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Whippersnapper

whip|per¦snap|per

Definition

A young and inexperienced person considered to be presumptuous or overconfident (usually used in a condescending manner).

Sentence

“I know her better than you do, you young whippersnapper!”

Etymology

The etymology of this word is not completely clear, however “whippersnapper” most likely developed from “whip-snapper” in the 17th century, after the habit of people standing on street corners, idly snapping whips to pass the time. The term was then imposed on the already existing phrase “snipper-snapper”, to give us “whippersnapper”.

Additional Notes

Just say this word out loud. A few times. It’s so amusing and phonetically satisfying!

And now you have a new derogatory term to use…

Top Ten Foreign Films

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Foreign films have a bit of a stigma in America: most people expect that they will be dry, slow dramas with too many subtitles and too little entertainment value. This is simply an incorrect assessment, because international movies can be just as interesting, unique, and funny as any film made in the United States, maybe even more. Here is a cross-section of some pretty great foreign movies that everyone should watch.

1.     Life Is Beautiful

Roberto Benigni directed, co-wrote, and starred in this poignant and often hilarious film of a Jewish family living in World War II-era Italy. It’s a masterwork of historical fiction, a beautiful story contrasted with the horrors of prejudice and the Holocaust. This movie was well deserving of its 1999 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. If you’re looking to laugh and cry and just feel a whole bunch of emotions, this is the movie for you.

2.     Amѐlie

If you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter and more romantic, Amѐlie is a sure bet. A whimsical romantic comedy, the movie stars Audrey Tautou as an imaginative yet lonely waitress named Amѐlie living in Montmartre in Paris. It’s sweet, funny, and genuine, the perfect movie for anyone who needs a break from studying.

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Barack Obama and American Democracy Conference

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This Wednesday April 16 through Friday April 18, Tufts University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) will be holding a conference on Barack Obama. The focus of the conference will be modern issues of race and democracy under the Obama administration and will feature keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown sociology professor, prolific author, and named by Ebony magazine as one of the hundred most influential black Americans. Dyson will be opening the conference on Wednesday night.

The conference will feature many panels and scholars including, but not limited to, Zerlina Maxwell, Jamilah King, Diane McWhorter, and Matthew C. Whitaker of Arizona State University (with whom the conference is hosted). The two other keynote speakers are Ruha Benjamin, an author and professor of sociology at Boston University, and D. Fox Harrell, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT whose “research explores the relationship between imaginative cognition and computation.” All speakers and panelists are featured on the CSRD website with full bios.

A few of the topics that the CSRD intends to cover during the conference are racial democracy, the politics that lead to social disparity, ideologies in digital media, and mass incarceration. For more information, a complete program schedule of the conference can be found on the CSRD’s website. The opening remarks will take place Wednesday April 16 at 7:00 pm in the Interfaith Center and the conference will conclude with Ruha Benjamin speaking on Friday in the CHAT House at 4:00 p.m.

Because funding for such conferences and speakers comes from the university, it’s important for future funding and scheduling that Tufts students make an appearance at such events. This shows administrators as well as guest speakers and scholars that Tufts values the funding, the speakers’ time, and the issues which will be addressed. For this reason, the CSRD welcomes any students who are able to attend any of the panels or lectures for any amount of time. Whether students arrive late, leave early, or stay all day long, their attendance will make a difference.

More information can be found at http://as.tufts.edu/csrd/Default.htm.

Hello U.S.A. | Holi Hai! It’s Holi!

Posted by Nimarta Narang on April 15, 2014 under Blogs on Blogs | Be the First to Comment

It seems that the winter cloud has finally dissipated, leaving behind nice, warm weather for us to bask in. People are tanning outside and Frisbees and footballs, objects that haven’t been seen for months, came out of hibernation. It was nice to finally realize that there is grass on the hill, and the lack of Narnia-esque white snow was a pleasant sight.

For international students however, the current weather creates more of an inconvenience when it comes to dressing. When it is sunny, it is quite warm, so it makes sense to shed that winter jacket (I have still yet to buy one appropriate for spring). But when walking in the shade, it is quite windy, so it makes sense to wear the jacket again. (It also doesn’t help that my two-meter long hair doesn’t suit well to the windy environment – it looks like my hair is strangling my neck). This shuffling between wearing and not wearing my jacket has been incredibly exhausting, to the point where I now choose to simply suffer the cold wind of the spring. With the jacket, gloves, scarves, mufflers, and layers all gone, I actually miss the extra weight carried with me outside to keep me warm. It was nice experiencing snow for the first time and dressing up in the whole shebang of winter gear. But I’m not letting go of boots anytime soon.

Thus, the weather was perfect for the Holi celebration this past Sunday April 13. Imagine running around the lawn in front of Carmichael (sad confession: I still can’t differentiate between the Prez Lawn, Res Quad, or whatever other names there are of the lawns or fields or hills at Tufts) and spraying colours onto whatever human contact you manage to find whilst in the process of being slapped with colour yourself.  It sounds painful, but it was incredibly fun. I’ve never played Holi before, to the surprise of many, so it was nice to see how crazy (or, as I’m told, tame in comparison with the celebration in India) people are when it comes to running around after one another to spray water or colour. I was especially happy that Bollywood music was being blasted, and it just added to the hype of the event.

But this Holi celebration also made me feel a little homesick. It is actually around this time that Songkran, the festival of water, is being celebrated back home. It is Thailand’s New Year celebration, and one way to celebrate Songkran is by throwing water upon others. People get on the side of the streets with containers of water or water guns, and it’s one messy mass of great fun. Soda drinks are given out for free along with Thai desserts, and people even get on pick-up trucks to splash water on people as they drive along. I was secretly hoping someone would dump a bucket of water on my head, which was essentially happening during Holi, but it wouldn’t quite feel the same. But hey, that is what Skype is for!