IN NEWS: Nine Tufts students were arrested alongside 389 others in Washington, D.C., on Sunday as they protested the Keystone XL pipeline.
IN FEATURES: Tufts University ranked ninth among top medium-sized schools that produce Peace Corps volunteers, up from 15th in 2013. Twenty-four of Tufts’ undergraduate alumni are currently serving abroad with the program.
IN ARTS: Pen, Paint & Pretzels’ spring major production, “How I Learned to Drive,” opens tonight in Balch Arena Theater.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Yesterday, the College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the SAT Reasoning Test to over one million college-bound high schoolers each year, announced a dramatic overhaul of the test’s content, scoring and format.
IN SPORTS: The men’s basketball team lost to Williams by 10 points in overtime, ending the season one free throw away from an upset.
IN NEWS: The ninth annual Tufts Energy Conference (TEC), to be held on March 8 and 9, will address “pressing energy issues in developing markets.”
IN FEATURES: The homepage for Sound of Boston, a recently established online music publication, provides a modern, professional introduction to the local Boston music scene, and the publication has a special connection to the university.
IN ARTS: A prominent visual artist, Softic’s work is currently on display at the Tufts University Art Gallery in her “Migrant Universe” exhibit. The exhibition is something of a meditation on themes of exile, national identity and memory.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: A reflection on Greek life and its growth at Tufts.
IN SPORTS: Both teams expected a showdown, as No. 5 Tufts played No. 18 Middlebury on Saturday afternoon. And just three minutes into the contest, it appeared that a tight game was exactly what the Jumbos would get.
IN NEWS: Mary Pat McMahon, currently the associate dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, will become Tufts’ new dean of student affairs on April 1.
IN FEATURES: The Tufts Wellness Center opened last year to provide free health services and consultations to university employees. Founded last May, the center partners with Marathon Health, a company that works with employers to provide affordable healthcare for their staff.
IN ARTS: If you are in the mood for a good laugh tonight, you should consider heading down to Balch Arena Theater for the opening night of “The 39 Steps.”
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: A discussion of the veto of SB 1062 in Arizona.
IN SPORTS: The women’s squash team this past weekend earned the third spot in the D Division and a No. 27 national ranking, after Tufts beat William Smith College in the consolation round of the CSA Team Championships in Princeton, N.J.
IN NEWS: University President Anthony Monaco in a Feb. 12 announcement stated that the university will adapt three recommendations from the Tufts Divestment Working Group.
IN FEATURES: Last fall, when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the Snyder President’s Lecture Series, a number of Tufts students mobilized in protest against Scalia’s politics and the university’s decision to host him. Although this event sparked some dialogue about race and gender politics, with roughly 20 students involved, it remained relatively small, calling into question the activeness of the protest culture at Tufts.
IN ARTS: As the first episode of the “House of Cards” second season ends, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) looks directly into camera and says, “Did you think I’d forgotten you? Perhaps you hoped I had … Welcome back.” If the hype surrounding this season’s release is any indication, audiences certainly have not forgotten about Frank. The second iteration of this political thriller is a leap forward — albeit with some boring moments — as the show explores power hungry characters willing to do the unthinkable.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Why you should teach a freshman seminar.
IN SPORTS: Jumbos come in as runner-ups at Div. III New England Championship.
HALFTIME UPDATE (3:51 p.m.): Tufts 32, Williams 31
The Jumbos are halfway to a huge upset. They played great team defense to limit the Ephs to 31 points and hit enough shots to carry a one-point lead into the locker room.
Freshman center Hunter Sabety had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in the half. He had three dunks, including one on an alley-oop from senior tri-captain point guard Oliver Cohen that gave the Jumbos their most recent lead. It will be interesting to see how Williams adjusts its strategy against Sabety in the second half.
Sophomore guard Stephen Haladyna and junior guard Ben Ferris have 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Williams’ big man, senior center Michael Mayer, is giving the Jumbos some trouble in the paint. He has a team-high 9 points.
So far, the Jumbos (13-11) and Ephs (21-3) look more evenly matched than their records suggest. Tufts shot 48 percent in the first 20 minutes and will need to keep hitting jump shots to keep pace down the stretch.
Follow along on Twitter in the second half @TuftsDailySport. Watch live at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/williams-college/. For live stats, go to http://livestats.prestosports.com/williams/mbkb/?e=b4yapn3qrk1c5unb.
On the front of the Jumbos’ preparation packet for today’s first-round playoff game at Williams are three words: “One Acceptable Outcome.” Tufts, the No. 7 seed in the NESCAC tournament, may be the heavy underdog against No. 2-seeded Williams, ranked No. 9 nationally by D3hoops.com. But make no mistake: the Jumbos are playing to win.
Tufts barely snuck into the postseason last weekend with a pair of wins against Colby and Bowdoin. For about an hour after the second win, the Jumbos didn’t even realize they had clinched a spot. But with their backs against the wall, they played their best basketball of the season and knocked off a Polar Bears squad that entered the game at 19-4 overall.
Can Tufts pull off an even bigger upset today? Standing in the Jumbos’ way is a team that beat them 93-70 on Feb. 8, when the Ephs dominated the first half and never looked back. This time, the Jumbos will do everything they can to stay in the game early. Defense will be the key.
Down low, Tufts will focus on limiting 6-foot-9 senior center Michael Mayer and 6-foot-7 freshman forward Duncan Robinson. Mayer had 10 rebounds and 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting and made 7 of 10 free throws the last time the two teams met. Robinson had 25 points on 9 of 12 shooting, included 3-of-6 on 3-pointers. To slow the big men down, the Jumbos will need to put bodies on them without getting into foul trouble. Senior tri-captain forward Andrew Dowton and freshman forward Drew Madsen will have to help out freshman center Hunter Sabety, Tufts’ leading scorer at 14.5 points per game. Early fouls for Sabety could spell trouble for the Jumbos.
At the same time, the Jumbos will have to tightly guard the 3-point line. Williams boasts several deadly long-range shooters, including Robinson, freshman forward Taylor Epley and sophomore guard Hayden Rooke-Ley. There’s a reason the Ephs are riding an eight-game winning streak: they have tons of offensive weapons, namely five players who average 12-plus points.
Last Sunday against Bowdoin, Tufts put together an inspired defensive effort, something that has evaded the Jumbos for much of the season. That performance was without junior spark-plug Ben Ferris, who was sidelined with a knee injury. Ferris is in uniform today and could make a big impact on both ends of the floor.
Offensively, Tufts will look for continued hot shooting from sophomore guard Stephen Haladyna, who matched a career high with 23 points against Bowdoin. The Jumbos also need strong inside presence from Sabety in his first NESCAC playoff game.
Tufts reached the NESCAC semifinals last year by defeating Bowdoin in the first round. The Ephs lost in the NESCAC championship game by one point to Amherst last year. Their last league title came in 2010.
Tip-off today is at 3 p.m. Watch live at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/williams-college/.
IN NEWS: The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate at its February 2nd meeting unanimously passed a non-binding resolution to confront problems with the student voter registration process and to increase active citizenship among Tufts students.
IN FEATURES: Acclaimed for its study abroad programs, Tufts lacks diversity in its enrollment, according to a December 2013 report from the Council on Diversity.
IN ARTS: “Red-Eye to Havre de Grace” (2012), an action-opera brought to Boston as part of ArtsEmerson’s “Pioneers” series, details the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The Committee on Student Life’s recent decision limits and excludes religious expression at Tufts. The new policy, announced in an op-ed in The Tufts Daily on Feb. 6, prohibits religious student groups from selecting their religious leaders using the religious beliefs the group promotes.
IN SPORTS: Nineteen years after she played to clinch a 35-0 season for the University of Connecticut, Carla Berube has resettled in college basketball, coaching Tufts women’s basketball team to a (near) perfect season.
IN NEWS: Dhoruba Bin Wahad, an activist and author who organized Black Panther Party chapters in New York City, gave a lecture yesterday during which he spoke about modern racism and social justice.
IN FEATURES: Halligan renovations advance collaboration, ignore outdated technology.
IN ARTS: A.R.T. show explores, critiques aid work in Uganda. After months of preparation, “Witness Uganda” had finally been brought to life at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T), and everyone in the packed Loeb Drama Center was there to see him and to hear his story.
IN OP-ED: Making change abroad includes reform at home. The popularity of foreign aid is hardly surprising given its direct approach: it’s hard to question the efficacy of giving money to people who need it to eat. This train of thought has produced decades of foreign aid ideologies with mixed success. From grandiose, corrupt projects like dams and highways to strings-attached, IMF reform pack- ages that can give as much aid as damage, foreign aid packages have left something to be desired.
IN SPORTS: The women’s track and field team hosted its final regular season meet, the Tufts Cupid Invitational, over the weekend at the Gantcher Center. At such a high level of competition, the Jumbos, who recently fell below the national top-25 rankings, did not disappoint.
IN NEWS: Tufts Concert Board has selected the headliner for this year’s Spring Fling concert based on a survey taken by 1600 Tufts University students. According to Concert Board co-chair Mark Bernardo, survey responses suggested that students’ preferred music genre was hip-hop. While Concert Board has chosen an artist, they will not release the name for another three weeks.
IN FEATURES: Tufts MAKE began as a club focused on developing assistive technology for people with disabilities. While awaiting official recognition from the Tufts Community Union, the group has expanded into designing and developing apps and offering hands-on workshops to Tufts students.
IN ARTS: Barely through half of its 22 episode season, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” has mostly been an exercise in middling quality, with only the occasional episode breaking free and living up to the series’ promise. However, recent episodes have shown that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may have some surprises left as the show approaches the final portion of its first season.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Tufts has made positive strides in its decision to create Bridge Professorships that will, according to the university, “enable the hiring of faculty whose scholarship bridges academic units across or within schools.” The inaugural program, set to begin next year with financial support from the Provost’s office, will give Tufts students the opportunity to connect with joint faculty members who will teach a subject offered in two Tufts schools.
IN SPORTS: The men’s track and field team has been on a tear the past several weeks. Numerous athletes have recorded personal bests, qualified for the NCAA Championships, broken school records, and even become the fastest in the country at their respective events.
IN NEWS: Tufts Dining Services and Balance Your Life (BYL) Tufts will host a healthy cooking class for students this evening in the Hodgdon kitchen. This will be the second class the duo has hosted together.
IN FEATURES: This Friday, many couples will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with candlelit dinners, evenings in the city and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Tufts students, however, are proving that there are many other ways to celebrate the holiday of love.
IN ARTS: The Drama department’s production of ‘RENT’ opens tonight in Balch Arena Theater. The much anticipated show already broke records at Tufts, selling out only one day after tickets went on sale.
IN SPORTS: The NHL season is nearly three-quarters of the way through, and with the league currently on hiatus because of a minor tournament in Russia, it’s time to look at some early awards (including a couple fake ones) and predict who will take home Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Olympics are a time-honored tradition of international cooperation and competition with each country fielding its best examples of athletic prowess in the hope of bringing back the most bullion. Some sports have come and gone over the years as old ones are relegated to the history books and new ones come into vogue. This time eight (or 12, depending on how you count) new sports are joining the roster of events at the winter Olympics.
Two of these events have already concluded. Russia took home the gold in the debut of the figure skating team event. In this event teams of six compete in heats – one men’s and one women’s skating event, one pair event, and one ice dance event – each in different styles of figure skating. After each heat, teams are chosen to advance until the final round where medals are awarded.
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