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.
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.
In News: Approximately 60 students participated in the sixth annual Field Exercise in Peace and Stability Operations (FieldEx) simulation, which took place in a Weare, N.H., paintball field last weekend.
In Features: Each spring, members of the Tufts community eagerly await the announcement of the commencement speaker and Honorary Degree recipients — major selections that have come to reflect the university’s culture and values. Since 1858, Tufts has sought to honor recipients who represent the ideals and beliefs of the school, and has also encouraged the community to voice its opinions throughout the selection process.
In Arts: April 6 marked the return of one of television’s most anticipated shows, “Game of Thrones”.
In Sports: After taking two of three in its series against the Trinity Bantams, the baseball team climbed to the top spot in the NESCAC East division with a 3-1 record in conference play. The No. 18 Jumbos are now 19-2 overall and hold the highest national ranking of any NESCAC team.
IN NEWS: Seven members of the Tufts community, including students, a professor and an alumnus, delivered short presentations on their unique ideas as part of the fifth edition of the Tufts Idea Exchange (TEX).
IN FEATURES: WMFO, Tufts University’s radio station and one of the oldest college stations in the country, is run by both students and community volunteers. Radio broadcasts run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and in recent years, student DJs have brought new energy to this long-running radio program.
IN ARTS: With news that David Letterman will step down from his post as the host of “Late Show With David Letterman” (1993-present), rumors about potential successors have been flying around. The Daily Arts Department has its own opinions on who could best fill the long-time host’s shoes.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The weekend late-night dining operation at the Commons in the Mayer Campus Center has rolled back its closing time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. in an apparent attempt to alleviate the stress placed on the facility and Tufts Dining Services (TUDS) employees by generally unruly and inebriated students in search of food.
IN SPORTS: Sophomore Brendan Koh earned medalist honors at the Rhode Island College Spring Invitational this past weekend, playing at the par-72 Valley Country Club with a two-day score of 154.
Amid all the social engagements, philanthropy is an oft-missed aspect of Greek life. Fraternities and sororities at Tufts, however, stress the importance of service as a fundamental part of their values.
Most Greek organizations are affiliated with a particular charity to which they donate the proceeds of their philanthropic events on campus. The Tufts chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi supports charities for arthritis and is specifically involved with the American Juvenile Arthritis Association. Alpha Phi, another sorority, donates to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports leadership programs for women. Chi Omega works closely with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Despite the small scale of Greek life at Tufts, Greek organizations have been very active and successful with philanthropic events. The Tufts Daily reported in an article on January 28 that Alpha Phi raised over $13,000 for the Alpha Phi Foundation and Delta Tau Delta raised $8,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
To carry on the philanthropic tradition, coming later this week is “Greek Week 2014.” This is a four-day long series of events, the proceeds of which will go to various charities.
The first event, on April 10 will be “Greek Jamz.” This 80’s themed event will features members from different chapters who will be involved with either a choreographed dance, a lip synced performance, or an air band performance. Donations from attendees will be donated to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
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IN NEWS: Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor delivered a keynote lecture on the importance of forgiveness yesterday as part of the Cummings / Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Kor was introduced by Neubauer Executive Director of Hillel Rabbi Jeffrey Summit and Joe Philipson, the MayersonSocial Justice Fellow at the Hillel. Philipson spoke of the importance of students hearing Kor’s survival story.
IN ARTS: Originally known as Snappy Sushi, one of Davis Square’s claims to Japanese cuisine revamped their menu and blossomed into a new restaurant: Snappy Ramen.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The TCU Senate deserves more recognition for their accomplishments and the tough election season the candidates all just endured.
IN SPORTS: The 18th-ranked women’s tennis team has begun to hit its stride after losing four of its first five matches this spring. A non-conference win against Wellesley on April 1 warmed the team up for two key NESCAC matchups this past Friday and Sunday.
IN NEWS: Four Tufts freshmen on March 27 launched a new smartphone application, WeParty, which allows Tufts students to view locations of various parties and social events on and off campus.
IN FEATURES: While Tufts is known for its emphasis on “active citizenship,” a growing number of students and faculty are wishing to bring “entrepreneurship” closer to the forefront of the university experience. The Gordon Institute, founded in 1984, seeks to assist inspired Tufts students as they bring their ideas to life.
IN ARTS: Like temperatures above 50 degrees, the spring production from the Department of Drama and Dance has finally arrived. A cure to midterm and finals gloom, “Or,” a play by Liz Duffy Adams that first premiered in 2009, promises to be a breath of fresh air — with some foul language thrown in for good measure.
IN SPORTS: The men’s crew team competed for its first time this semester over the weekend, rowing in one race on Saturday and two on Sunday, winning all three.
In News: Juniors Michael Maskin and Sean Gunn this semester initiated a project to create a cooperative education (co-op) program at Tufts that would provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world work experience.
In Features: As students from both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering flock to computer science courses, classes are filled to capacity and have maintained lengthy wait lists this semester as the department struggles to meet the growing student demand. In light of increasing interest, the Department of Computer Science recently announced new enrollment policies for entry-level courses, like “Introduction to Computer Science” (Comp 11).
In Arts: There are few comedy shows that showcase as small a small niche as “Portlandia” (2011-present), and even fewer that satisfy the comedic desires of such a particular target audience. The humor does not just revolve around lampooning hipster stereotypes, but is specifically focused on the hipster stereotypes of one particular city — but then again, that’s something Portland, Ore. is in no short supply of.
In Sports: Ten Jumbos scored at least one goal as the No. 6 men’s lacrosse team rolled to a definitive 18-3 win over the Hamilton Continentals in Clinton, N.Y. on Saturday. Coming off of its first NESCAC loss of the season to Williams on April 1, Tufts returned to form, outshooting Hamilton 52-26.
In News: Hip-hop artist Donald Glover, commonly known by stage name Childish Gambino, will headline this year’s Spring Fling concert on April 26, Concert Board co-chairs Emily Schacter and Mark Bernado announced at Battle of The Bands last night.
In Features: On Wednesday night, students came together to share their experiences with sexual violence at “It Happens Here” (IHH), an event that provides a forum for survivors of sexual assault to share their stories.
In Arts: Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection,” which opened on Tuesday in the Gund Gallery in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is not what you might expect from a show on historical textiles.
In Sports: Before Wednesday’s game, No. 18 Tufts was 2-2 in the NESCAC and desperately needed a win to remain in the running for the conference title. However, the Jumbos were unable to upset the No. 12 Williams Ephs, who came away with a 10-5 victory.