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

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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.

Tufts Celebrates Holi

Posted by Jade Chan on April 14, 2014 under Arts & Living, Photos | Be the First to Comment

Known as the “Festival of Colors”, Holi celebrates and welcomes the coming of spring. Traditionally celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun, Tufts students celebrated Holi on Sunday, April 13th on the Res Quad. The event was organized by the Hindu Students Council (HSC). Bollywood music blared through speakers and bright colors filled the air— the atmosphere was cheerful and full of energy.

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Tufts EarthFest and Leo Lewis Music Festival

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On Friday April 11, the Tufts Sustainability Collective and Lewis Hall hosted a joint event, Tufts EarthFest. The event took place at both uphill and downhill locations. On the Academic Quad, TSC offered free food, painting, clothing, and information about sustainability at Tufts. At Lewis Hall, there was a barbecue and musical performances, featuring Tufts groups Waldo, Shark Saddle, Not So Gentlemen, Enchanted, Transistor Sister, and Like Wolves. The event was a great success for both groups, bringing light to sustainability at Tufts as well as the Tufts music scene.

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Box Office Update

Posted by Grace Segers on April 11, 2014 under Arts & Living | Be the First to Comment

Spring has barely started, but last weekend was the beginning of the summer movie season. Epic action flicks are dominated the box office, finally bringing some excitement to what has been, so far, a lackluster year for movies. If you’re looking for a break from the monotony of studying, go to a movie theater for some superhero or biblical violence.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel Studios’ latest addition to the Avengers universe set the record for the best April opening for a film ever. It made $96.2 million last weekend, and is guaranteed to make lots this weekend as well. It’s a very fun and even interesting movie, superhero action portrayed in the manner of a 1970s political thriller. The Winter Soldier is a must-watch for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for all who just really enjoy a good action movie.

2. Noah

Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic performed well last week, landing in second place at the box office. While it may seem like revisionist history, the movie has received solid reviews from critics and stars the world’s darling, Emma Watson. If you’re into Bible stories and Russell Crowe yelling dramatically, then this is the movie for you.

3. Divergent

This popular young adult novel adaptation continues to earn at the box office, landing in third place last week. Shailene Woodley is appealing as post-apocalyptic action heroine Tris, fighting things attractively while a hunky love interest played by Theo James broods and pines after her. If you’re a fan of the book or want to do something for your girlfriend who is a fan of the book, you should definitely go see this film.

The Christian film God’s Not Dead took fourth place and The Grand Budapest Hotel was in fifth. The options this week are very diverse. Whether you want to stare at Chris Evans’ beauty for two hours or deliberate the existence of God, you’ll have something to see this weekend.

Hot off the Press | April 10, 2014

Posted by thetuftsdaily on April 10, 2014 under Arts & Living, Campus News, Sports | Be the First to Comment

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.