I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier last Friday and I totally loved it. It was social commentary, but with explosions and one-liners and the always beautiful Chris Evans. It was one of the best of the nine Avengers movies out so far, and I can’t wait till I’m home next month and can watch it again in theaters.
Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson staring solemnly into the distance. I swear, you could watch this movie for the eye candy alone. Image courtesy of Zade Rosenthal/EW.
While I thoroughly enjoyed The Winter Soldier, the trailers beforehand made me a little nervous. I saw the previews for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Amazing Spiderman 2. I’m a ginormous X-Men fan, both in comics and in movies, and I can’t wait to see how the confusingly-titled latest film plays out. I’m also pretty pumped for Guardians of the Galaxy as a standalone film. But, try as I might, I just can’t get excited about TASM 2.
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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.
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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This weekend I flew out to D.C. to visit my best friend at her university (which I will not name due to the shocking content of this blog post). The flight out there was fine; I had to leave at 6:30AM on a Saturday, but I slept on the plane and was almost totally awake when I met up with my friend at the airport around 11:30AM. However, having been awake for about five hours and having only consumed a bagel in that time (I know they’re disgustingly caloric, but it still wasn’t cutting it), I was pretty hungry by the time we reunited.
My friend had yet to eat breakfast, so we decided the best course of action was to just get back onto her prestigious D.C. university’s campus and grab a late breakfast at her dining hall. Having heard wonderful things about this university in our nation’s capitol, often referred to as being “on the hill,” I was particularly excited to sample the food there. My friend, who visited Tufts just two months ago, told me not to get my hopes up. “It’s no Dewick,” she warned me.
She was right. Upon entering the dining hall at this school (hint: it includes the first name of our nation’s first president, but not the last), I was immediately confused. The food was laid out in different sections, but the order of the sections didn’t make much sense. Breakfast food was on one end of the hall, but cereal was on the other side. There was milk beside the cereal but all other drinks were on the opposite end of the hall. Dessert was in the middle, there was spaghetti to the left, there were omelets to the right, all the silverware was by the soup so you couldn’t tell who needed a fork and who wanted vegetable glop, and then there was a shortage of forks anyway…it was a “clusterfudge” (although there was something that looked like that in the dessert section which seemed decent).
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Late last week Amazon launched their competition to the Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and the Roku: Amazon FireTV. A lot of huge media companies are battling for the home entertainment ecosystem and Amazon is simply the newest player in the market. The Amazon FireTV costs $99, the same price as the Apple TV and $10 more than the Roku.
Unfortunately, all these home entertainment systems do very similar things, so even the smallest of differentiators is significant in this homogeneous market. Thankfully, the FireTV has a lot going for it in terms of differentiation. First off, although the remote looks almost identical to both those of the Apple TV and the Roku, Amazon has put a microphone in it enabling voice search on the TV. This is quite an innovative feature simply because scrolling through a keyboard on your TV via a remote is a very tedious method of typing. Secondly, since the FireTV runs on Android, Amazon is also marking it as a gaming device by porting games such as Real Racing onto the device.
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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.
cods|wal¦lop | kodz-wol-uh
“I think that’s a right load of old codswallop.”
Though the origins of this word are unknown, there is an interesting possible backstory. A man by the name of Hiram Codd patented a bottle for fizzy drinks with a marble in the neck, which kept the bottle shut by pressure of the gas until it was pressed inwards. Wallop was a slang term for beer, so Codd’s Wallop became known as a derogatory term for weak beer, and later evolved to its current meaning.
From its slang origin to its informal tone, this word is crass and awesome. Try to use it casually in a sentence today.
Nearly every teenage birthday I have had has been celebrated during rehearsal. And, for some reason, all of these rehearsals have been during tech week. While it would be nice to have a night off to celebrate my momentous nineteenth birthday (because so much changes when you turn nineteen), I’d almost rather spend it sitting in a theatre and watching Or, take it’s final shape. Somewhere between the costume changes and light cues, I’ll blow out a few candles before passing out later in the night and enduring the rest of tech. To be honest, it’s exactly how I’d like to ring in my last year of teenagehood. Maybe next year, when I turn twenty (oh God that can’t be real) I’ll celebrate outside the theatre as a change of pace, but I’d be perfectly content sitting in the dressing room for yet another birthday.
By the time this is published, Or, will have opened and everyone will have experienced the final masterpiece that is currently unfolding before my eyes. In the past week, I’ve witnessed this historical fiction farce develop into a fully realized art form. As this is my first department show at Tufts, it’s a dramatically different process as far as tech is concerned. There are many more hours spent in the dressing room, trying to listen intently to the intercom for cues, people to actually help me into my corset-like costume, and even someone to towel off the actors from the perpetual sweat caused by stage lights. For a cast of only seven, it seems like there is triple to tech members. From dressers, to light board operators, and even musicians, there are so many people a part of this show, it’s remarkable. Student theatre is remarkably professional, even for a BA program at Tufts. It actually surprises me how well run and organized this process is, not that I ever underestimated the department. I mean, we even stick to Equity rules, which provides ever-necessary ten-minute breaks.
Or, has been a tremendous experience and has really pushed me as an actor. I have been held to higher standard, surrounded by immensely talented actors, skilled technicians, and a dedicated production staff, it’s been an incredibly rewarding challenge and opportunity, full of kisses, laughs, and guns encapsulated within the English Restoration.
If you would like to witness such a fanciful comedy, Or, runs through April 12th at 8 pm and tickets are available in the Balch Box office.
We have now delved into the first week of April and students are becoming increasingly hyper about either the amount of work they have left, the not-so-subtle creeping up of summer, or the fact that they do not quite have their summer plans figured out. Along with planning classes for next semester. Along with mapping out final exam schedules and final paper or project due-dates. Along with deciphering storage plans booking flight tickets home. Along with frantically making housing plans for those who missed the housing lottery. Along with running for various leadership positions in clubs. Along with reflecting on the past year while trying to finish strong. Along with all of the above. Yes, the end of the semester can be quite intense.
It feels like the semester had just begun last week and I am finally settling in well, only to be leaving in about five weeks. Time has flown by and I don’t really know how I feel about boarding that flight to the end of freshmen year. But it’s hard to think about all of this, when all of the above stresses need constant attention to stop from increasing the stress. I have then decided to create a list of things that people should do, or at least I will try to do, to keep us sane in the upcoming months:
1) Keep in touch with your favorite TV show. An episode or two per week does not mean you are procrastinating or slacking off. We need time to laugh, cry, hold ourselves in suspense, or just be distracted.
2) Listen to motivating music in the morning. I prefer music with a beat to get me pumped up for the day and excited for the work/ventures I’m about to have.
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