Spring Fling Preview

Posted by Grace Segers on April 24, 2014 under Arts & Living | Be the First to Comment

Everyone on campus is excited for this year’s Spring Fling on April 26, headlined by rapper Childish Gambino and featuring Flosstradamus, The New Pornographers, and Tufts Battle of the Bands winner, Waldo. This is an exciting and eclectic mix of artists that should make the end of the year celebration entertaining and memorable. If you have no idea who any of these artists are but are still excited to see them, this is a good opportunity to brush up on your knowledge. Here are some of the best songs from Childish Gambino, Flosstradamus, and The New Pornographers to prepare you for the awesome concert at Spring Fling.

1. “3005”

There’s a reason “3005” is one of the most popular songs from Gambino’s newest album, Because the Internet. The song is very good for dancing and the lyrics (and music video) are hilarious. There is a good chance Gambino will perform this at Spring Fling, so you have time to memorize excellent lyrics such as “Cause we all just ticking time bombs, got a lambo like Lebron’s mom.”

2. “Heartbeat”

This song, from the album Camp, blends synth styles with harsh, heartbroken lyrics. It’s the perfect party breakup song, expressing pain through a good beat. Whether you’re in a relationship, just got out of one, or are happily single, this song is fun to listen to and even more fun to dance to.

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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.

Word of the Week | Phantasmagoric

Posted by Jade Chan on April 23, 2014 under Arts & Living | Be the First to Comment

Phantasmagoric

phan|tas|ma|gor|ic | fan-taz-muh-gawr-ik

Definition

  1. A fantastic or deceptive appearance (something in a dream or created by the imagination)
  2. The appearance of an optical illusion
  3. Changing or shifting

Sentence

I find the sunset to be phantasmagoric— the beauty of it seems almost unreal.

Etymology

This word mostly likely stemmed from “phantasmagorie” (French), which was from “phantasme” (which was Old French “fantasme”) + “agorie” (greek).

Additional Notes

Just say this word out loud. It’s so whimsical and delightful and amazing.

Top 10 Summer Destinations for College Students

Posted by Josh Podolsky on April 22, 2014 under Arts & Living | Be the First to Comment

Summer is just around the corner and the number of days of classes left in this beautiful spring semester fit onto a single hand. While everyone seems to be doing something different – whether it be internships, jobs, research, or just staying at home – one thing is certain: after a semester of hard work everyone could use a little rest and relaxation. Below is a list of the top ten places college students can go to just get away from it all, or meet up with friends for a summer reunion.

10. Amsterdam

This one may take a little explaining to parents, given Amsterdam’s reputation. Summer is a great time to see the Dutch capital, as it is both pedestrian and bicycle friendly, and, if one gets a chance, it is a great idea to take a trip to see some tulip fields. Airfare is not the only high aspect of seeing this city, but it is a reason that it appears so early on this list. Even so, if you and some friends can take the airfare, Amsterdam is a great place to spend a week.

9. San Juan

Puerto Rico is perhaps one of the easiest Caribbean islands to get to; there are tons of flights from all over the United States (not to mention cruises), and immigration is a breeze for anyone with a US passport. On top of that, the beaches are great, as is the food, and both are readily available throughout the city.

8. Paris

Paris may be the most expensive city on this list. Vacationing on a budget here may be difficult, but it can be done, especially if you abstain from indulging in the tourist areas and focus more on native delights. Traveling around national holidays, such as Bastille Day, will not only add tons of fun and leave you with stories to tell, but also leave your wallet weighing more, as many museums and attractions are free on such days. Plus, Paris is the city of love.

7. Niagara Falls

The falls are truly a beauty to behold. They are also a great excuse to make a short trip across the border to our neighbor to the north. Driving into Canada is easy as can be, and there is plenty to do across the border. While you are in the area, it would probably be a good idea to make a trip over to Adirondack Park in upstate New York, the largest park in the contiguous United States.

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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.

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.

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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Coachella Goes Digital

Posted by Tanay Modi on April 15, 2014 under Arts & Living | Be the First to Comment

For those of you who don’t know, Cochella is an annual weekend long music festival in Indio, California. It takes place over two weekends, and is thought to be one of the best music festivals in the U.S. The headliners this year included OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire, while the general lineup had big names such as Zedd and Pharrell Williams.

One of the main points of interest for this year’s festival was the use of technology to make the entire experience more engaging. The entire festival was sponsored by Spotify, which even put up a 150 relaxation booths on the Cochella grounds. What was even cooler was the wristbands received by festival attendees. The wristbands included RFID  (radio-frequency identification) chips, so that when guests entered a stage area, they could touch their wristbands to a check-in board, and they would be checked in. This was Spotify’s #WeWereThere initiative. They want people to “connect, collect, and share,” and by checking in, people were able to sync is to cochella.com, saving a map of wherever they went and even unlocking custom Cochella playlists. All this information was then saved and shared via Spotify profiles.

Another step towards being completely open was that all three days of Cochella were broadcasted for free via YouTube. Although this is becoming a trend with EDM (electronic dance music) festivals around the world such as Ultra and TomorrowLand, this is one of the first times Cochella was available for people to watch for free while the festival itself was going on. Having said that, digital social media has really changed the way music festivals advertise themselves. Cochella has been leveraging the power of social networks such as Instagram and Facebook not only to show off the beautiful space in which the festival takes place, but also to get people engaged with the brand. It almost feels like a marketing stunt; although it costs them a bit more, it’ll drive up demand for their concert next year, and so on.

One of the other awesome things about Cochella is that it occurs over two weekends. TomorrowLand is the only other EDM festival to offer two weekends of music, but given the surge of interest in EDM this was a logical step. Not only do the festivals make more money, but more people have the chance to go for an awesome three day long EDM festival!

App of the Week | DoubleMap

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It’s a question murmured by students putting their plates away in Carm, muttered among those anxiously drinking coffee at the Rez, and mumbled by JP Lick’s patrons waiting inside.

“Where is the Joey?”

Most Tufts students have already discovered iJumbo, an app created to deliver all the essentials into our palms, from what’s being served for lunch in Dewick to how to find Sci-Tech on a convenient map contained within your smartphone. While iJumbo does have the schedule for the Joey and automatically loads the schedule pertinent to that day of the week, it lacks luster when it comes to where the Joey actually.  As we all know, the schedule is only a suggestion and is in no way accurate.

Well, my friends let me present to you DoubleMap.

DoubleMap is a bus-tracking app designed to show you the exact location of several different bus systems. After downloading the app, simply select ‘Tufts University’ and you will have access to all of the buses that run throughout the school. At your fingertips, you can have the precise position of the Joey and the NEC/SMFA shuttle. Once you select the bus route you want to follow, you are led to a map similar in style to Google Maps that not only shows where you are, but also a blue needle moving around the Powderhouse death circle to symbolize the Joey. Never again will you be feverishly checking the iJumbo schedule in alternation with your watch in the rain with several suitcases in Davis Square (a la post-Winter Break traveling).

On top of everything else, this app is completely free.

Never again will the location of the Joey mystify you, for now you have the ultimate knowledge of its whereabouts. Shuttle on, my friends. Shuttle on.