In News: Tom Bourdon, director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Center, will leave Tufts on March 14 to become the president of Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
In Features: Much of the recent dialogue surrounding the higher education system has focused on encouraging students to fulfill the demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers in the United States; some even claim that college students who study the humanities will face significant barriers when entering the workforce.
In Arts: Every designer struggles to find the balance between brightening up post-winter lines with floral accents and actually bringing revolutionary elements to their pieces without being overly avant-garde.
Today’s Editorial: Many have discounted the educational value of majoring in fields that lie outside of the science, technology, engineering and math arenas, yet an education in humanities is not the professional death sentence that it so often gets branded as.
In Sports: Senior tri-captain Liz Moynihan finished Saturday’s NCAA Round-of-32 contest against the University of New England shooting 1 for 9 from the field. The one shot she converted was the game’s most important: a 25-foot 3-point buzzer beater that gave her team a 57-54 overtime victory and catapulted the Jumbos into the tournament’s Sweet 16 round next weekend.
In Features: Almost a year and a half after the derecognition of the evangelical student religious group Tufts Christian Fellowship, the heated debate over qualifications for student leadership positions for religious groups came to some resolution with a new policy from the Committee on Student Life.
In Arts: “Non-Stop” centers on air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), whose characterization in the movie’s first five minutes involves sighing wearily and staring off into the distance.
Today’s Editorial: We are told to focus on the global periphery and not told that our domestic problems and international problems often stem from the same inter-connected systems. We are told to care, but in very specific ways that uphold colonizing systems, about everywhere.
In Sports: In a season filled with accomplishments, the women’s basketball team reached its most impressive milestone yet Sunday by capturing the program’s first ever NESCAC title and securing a perfect season in conference play with its 62-46 victory over second-seeded Amherst.
Cartoon by Jehan Madhani
In News: Professor of Biomedical Engineering Fiorenzo Omenetto last month was elected a fellow to the American Physical Society (APS), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the field of physics.
In Features: Athletic trainer Mark Doughtie has been a member of the Department of Sports Medicine since 1978. Throughout his career, Doughtie has worked with countless Tufts athletes through wins and losses, as well as through injuries and rehabilitation. After 36 years with Tufts,Doughtie announced his decision to retire at the end of this year.
In Arts: “The Walking Dead” has always been a highly visual show. Its best scenes are often shot without dialogue, relying on the power of the cinematography and the actors to make them engaging and meaningful.
Today’s Editorial: If you haven’t heard about the women’s basketball team and all of its success this season (their dominating win against Bowdoin is just one of many victories), you are, unfortunately, not alone. These players’ accomplishments, along with those of many other Tufts sports teams, have often received a sad showing of support and an overall lack of recognition from the larger student body.
In Sports: The seventh seed visiting men’s basketball team played a near-perfect 40 minutes of regulation against second seed Williams at Chandler Gym in the NESCAC quarterfinals matchup on Saturday. The Jumbos, however, could not be perfect for all 45 minutes.
HALFTIME UPDATE (3:51 p.m.): Tufts 32, Williams 31
The Jumbos are halfway to a huge upset. They played great team defense to limit the Ephs to 31 points and hit enough shots to carry a one-point lead into the locker room.
Freshman center Hunter Sabety had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in the half. He had three dunks, including one on an alley-oop from senior tri-captain point guard Oliver Cohen that gave the Jumbos their most recent lead. It will be interesting to see how Williams adjusts its strategy against Sabety in the second half.
Sophomore guard Stephen Haladyna and junior guard Ben Ferris have 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Williams’ big man, senior center Michael Mayer, is giving the Jumbos some trouble in the paint. He has a team-high 9 points.
So far, the Jumbos (13-11) and Ephs (21-3) look more evenly matched than their records suggest. Tufts shot 48 percent in the first 20 minutes and will need to keep hitting jump shots to keep pace down the stretch.
Follow along on Twitter in the second half @TuftsDailySport. Watch live at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/williams-college/. For live stats, go to http://livestats.prestosports.com/williams/mbkb/?e=b4yapn3qrk1c5unb.
On the front of the Jumbos’ preparation packet for today’s first-round playoff game at Williams are three words: “One Acceptable Outcome.” Tufts, the No. 7 seed in the NESCAC tournament, may be the heavy underdog against No. 2-seeded Williams, ranked No. 9 nationally by D3hoops.com. But make no mistake: the Jumbos are playing to win.
Tufts barely snuck into the postseason last weekend with a pair of wins against Colby and Bowdoin. For about an hour after the second win, the Jumbos didn’t even realize they had clinched a spot. But with their backs against the wall, they played their best basketball of the season and knocked off a Polar Bears squad that entered the game at 19-4 overall.
Can Tufts pull off an even bigger upset today? Standing in the Jumbos’ way is a team that beat them 93-70 on Feb. 8, when the Ephs dominated the first half and never looked back. This time, the Jumbos will do everything they can to stay in the game early. Defense will be the key.
Down low, Tufts will focus on limiting 6-foot-9 senior center Michael Mayer and 6-foot-7 freshman forward Duncan Robinson. Mayer had 10 rebounds and 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting and made 7 of 10 free throws the last time the two teams met. Robinson had 25 points on 9 of 12 shooting, included 3-of-6 on 3-pointers. To slow the big men down, the Jumbos will need to put bodies on them without getting into foul trouble. Senior tri-captain forward Andrew Dowton and freshman forward Drew Madsen will have to help out freshman center Hunter Sabety, Tufts’ leading scorer at 14.5 points per game. Early fouls for Sabety could spell trouble for the Jumbos.
At the same time, the Jumbos will have to tightly guard the 3-point line. Williams boasts several deadly long-range shooters, including Robinson, freshman forward Taylor Epley and sophomore guard Hayden Rooke-Ley. There’s a reason the Ephs are riding an eight-game winning streak: they have tons of offensive weapons, namely five players who average 12-plus points.
Last Sunday against Bowdoin, Tufts put together an inspired defensive effort, something that has evaded the Jumbos for much of the season. That performance was without junior spark-plug Ben Ferris, who was sidelined with a knee injury. Ferris is in uniform today and could make a big impact on both ends of the floor.
Offensively, Tufts will look for continued hot shooting from sophomore guard Stephen Haladyna, who matched a career high with 23 points against Bowdoin. The Jumbos also need strong inside presence from Sabety in his first NESCAC playoff game.
Tufts reached the NESCAC semifinals last year by defeating Bowdoin in the first round. The Ephs lost in the NESCAC championship game by one point to Amherst last year. Their last league title came in 2010.
Tip-off today is at 3 p.m. Watch live at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/williams-college/.
In News: Tufts University School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health and Community Medicine established the new Tufts Center for Global Public Health last December.
Also in News: Winter ball will be held at Royale Boston nightclub this year.
In Features: Harvard bomb threat sparks dialogue about stress-management resources on campus.
Today’s Editorial: Letter from the Editor introducing our columnists!
In Sports: Jumbos Basketball beat Bates Bobcats to get first NESCAC win of the season.
IN NEWS: In a joint effort, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate and the Office for Campus Life (OCL) last Tuesday began sales for round-trip Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) passes. The tickets, valued at $5, are available for $4 at the Mayer Campus Center’s Information Booth. Well that will make trips to Boston easier!
IN FEATURES: Associate Professor of Anthropology Stephen Bailey’s Taste of Tufts focused on the physical adaptations of human beings to extreme environments in which they live. His research has focused on human beings’ ability to adjust to living in high altitudes.
IN ARTS: Dev Hynes — recording under his latest moniker, Blood Orange — has set out to capture the spirit of the streets of New York in his latest album, “Cupid Deluxe.” The album embodies the feel of the city — where anything and everything can happen after sundown — with style and poise.
IN SPORTS: One day after dropping their first game of the season at Emerson, 78-71, the Jumbos appeared destined for back-to-back losses Saturday as they took on the Wentworth Leopards at Cousens Gym. Tufts fell behind big in the first half and again in the second, but an explosive offense showed up eventually to score 57 second-half points and win 84-73.
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For second year in a row, Women’s Basketball advances to Division III Sweet 16. Let’s go Jumbos!
Grammy-award winner Nelly to headline Spring Fling, with EDM and indie rock openers to start off the show. The Daily may think it’s a little “uninspired,” but check out a video of the announcement here and decide for yourself!
Former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson returns to the Hill to deliver keynote address underscoring innovation at Tufts Energy Conference.
After an author talk at Tisch last week, Sociology Professor Sarah Sobieraj’s book “Soundbitten” looks into the media side of social justice and the flaws of the current social movement strategies.
E-Week Day crams many events into 24 hours, ending with live gameshow ‘Date an Engineer.’
Mary Davis, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, merges economics and environmental health to assess work hazards in her Taste of Tufts presentation last Friday.
The 28th annual EPIIC Symposium kicked off on Thursday with organizers hoping that the focus on global health, a change from the usual topics involving international security, will be exciting to attendees.
Tufts janitors reflect on the hard work it takes to keep the University clean, in light of their upcoming contract negotiations.
Tufts’ men’s ice hockey team reflects on difficult season, while looking forward to a strong group of athletes for next year.
Despite its predictable plotlines, USA’s “Suits” continues to please audiences with a strong second season and its well-written dialogue.
Noted scholar Joy James, a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke about sexual assault and racism.
Tufts’ men’s basketball team looking to beat Amherst’s Lord Jeffs in the NESCAC semifinals.