Rojo Voted TCU President in Tricky Election

Posted by Tanay Modi on April 24, 2014 under Campus News | Be the First to Comment

The two candidates running for TCU president were Andrew Núñez and Robert Joseph. Andrew had a very effective social media campaigned called ‘Núñez Now,’ while Robert ran his rather catchy ‘Run With Rojo.’ Both candidates took a unique approach to campaigning, with Núñez having incredibly well-designed swag and Rojo personally going around encouraging people to vote for him.

Núñez is a junior majoring in American Studies and was first elected to Senate the first semester of his freshman year. You may know him as being a TDC choreographer or a poet in Tufts’ spoken word club, SWAT. On his website, Núñez claims he wants to be TCU president “because I believe in Tufts and all the potential it holds as an institution of passionate, committed individuals. Channels of student activism create real, substantial change. Working towards such change has defined my Tufts career for the past three years.”

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Rojo is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Urban Studies. He’s been working with the TCU senate since his first year at Tufts, and has been involved with a number of other groups including Tufts Transit Coalition and Tufts Sustainability Collective. He claims he wants to be TCU president because “he realized the multitude of issues students at Tufts face.”

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Both Núñez and Rojo have stated their vision for Tufts on their campaign websites here and here, respectively. It seems as though Núñez is solely focusing on affordability endorsing need-blind admissions, increased internship funding, while also opposing the 4% tuition increase. Rojo, on the other hand seems to have spread his efforts from supporting the Group of Six to promoting financial support for students.

While the Núñez social media campaign was better, as was his color scheme and graphic design, Rojo’s personal efforts of meeting student in the dinning halls and personally giving out brownies over the weekend were duly noted by many as a very personal touch.

At the end of the 24-hour voting period, there was a lot of confusion. There were problems with the voting system, which meant that – technically – the current TCU president Joe Thibodeau became the longest running president in TCU Senate history. However, the next day, it was announced that Robert Joseph would be the new TCU President. In hindsight, Rojo seems like the ideal candidate for TCU president given his active and personal involvement in his campaign as evidenced by his personally meeting students in dorms and dining halls.

Hot off the Press | April 24, 2014

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IN NEWS: After a more than 12-hour delay, junior Robert Joseph was elected the next Tufts Community Union (TCU) President, defeating opponent Andrew Núñez, a junior. Joseph received 1151 votes, or 65 percent of the vote to Núñez’s 35 percent and 627 votes.

IN FEATURES: Making the newest marks on the Tufts literary scene are PostScript and Melisma, a political journal and music magazine, respectively. While PostScript is breaking ground as a new politically-focused publication for independent opinions, Melisma was founded in 2004, but is recreating itself with a new emphasis on music.

IN ARTS: In its first few minutes, “Transcendence” announces that somewhere in the near future, all of our technology will fail.It doesn’t seem entirely bleak — people seem to be making do with whatever they can. But there is a pervasive, quiet sense that something has gone deeply wrong with humanity.

TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The Tufts’ janitorial staff is in a precarious, and often confusing, position. I would like to clear up the situation, in hopes of paving the way for further student and administrative action on behalf of the Tufts janitors.

IN SPORTS: The week’s baseball games bring Tufts’ record to 25-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play, with eight games remaining.

Robert Joseph elected TCU Senate President

Posted by Stephanie Haven on April 23, 2014 under Campus News | Be the First to Comment

**Also written by Justin Rheingold**

After a more than 12-hour delay, junior Robert Joseph was elected the next Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate President, defeating opponent Andrew Nunez, a junior. Joseph received 1151 votes, or 65 percent of the vote to Nunez’s 35 percent and 627 votes.

“I am literally overjoyed and just stunned by the love and support and caring of everybody at this school,” Joseph said. “I really have to thank everybody on my campaign team, especially Ben Kaplan my campaign manager, and I am overwhelmed just so much by all the love and support from my friends and everyone on the campaign who helped out. I really owe it to all of them — they kept me sane over the last few months, and they kept me going and they are a big part of why I ran, and I am so excited to continue working with everyone at the school, to start making positive changes and to start working with students to make strides toward a better school.”

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Breaking News: ECOM Declares TCU Election Winner

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Below is the statement from the TCU Elections Committee (ECOM):

 

The TCU Elections Committee is ready to call the 2014 TCU Presidential Election and congratulate Robert Joseph‘15 for becoming the next TCU President. Robert won the election by receiving 65% of the total vote, representing 1151 votes. Andrew Nunez received 35% of the vote with 627 votes. There were also 105 votes to abstain. Of the total student body, 35.32% of students voted in the election. The class breakdown for voter turnout was 45% of freshman voted, 36% of sophomores voted, 35% of juniors voted, and 24% of seniors voted. While we always hope for a higher turnout, the distribution of votes across classes is line with past elections and the overall turnout percentage was also in line with past elections and predicted by ECOM based on this particular election.

Throughout today with the help of Tech Services and Votenet support we were able to determine two separate issues with the voting process. One was a connectivity issue with clients attempting to access the Votenet website caused by a downed server in the D.C. region.

A second issue was caused by a technical error discovered by the Dowling Tech Team, which caused the need for the use of a temporary username and password on Webcenter.

Despite these setbacks, we feel confident in validating the election after conferring with the TCU Judiciary, the TCU Senate, the Office Campus Life, Tech Services, and VoteNet. Having a normal distribution of votes through classes and an acceptable total turnout shows that the issues that some students were experiencing were not drastically affecting the outcome of the election. Furthermore, throughout the day and evening we provided significant information and help with voting options to students who were experiencing difficulties. Both candidates have been informed of this information and have accepted the results. We congratulate both of them for their campaigns and apologize for any inconveniences.

Hot off the Press | April 23, 2014

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IN NEWS: 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.

IN FEATURES: Campus Sustainability Council 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.

IN ARTS: The Shops at Porter are a cornucopia of great Asian cuisine, the best of which is Tampopo. The cozy restaurant — which on a good day seats 14 people — is a perfect spot for eating with just one other person.

TODAY’S EDITORIAL: 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.

IN SPORTS: One of the hallmarks of a good team is the ability to win games that are supposed to be won. This weekend, the softball team did just that, outscoring a last-place Bates squad 32-2 in three games.

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.

Hot off the Press | April 16, 2014

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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.

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.

Hot off the Press | April 14, 2014

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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.

Hot off the Press | April 10, 2014

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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.