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.
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.
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.
In News: Juniors Michael Maskin and Sean Gunn this semester initiated a project to create a cooperative education (co-op) program at Tufts that would provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world work experience.
In Features: As students from both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering flock to computer science courses, classes are filled to capacity and have maintained lengthy wait lists this semester as the department struggles to meet the growing student demand. In light of increasing interest, the Department of Computer Science recently announced new enrollment policies for entry-level courses, like “Introduction to Computer Science” (Comp 11).
In Arts: There are few comedy shows that showcase as small a small niche as “Portlandia” (2011-present), and even fewer that satisfy the comedic desires of such a particular target audience. The humor does not just revolve around lampooning hipster stereotypes, but is specifically focused on the hipster stereotypes of one particular city — but then again, that’s something Portland, Ore. is in no short supply of.
In Sports: Ten Jumbos scored at least one goal as the No. 6 men’s lacrosse team rolled to a definitive 18-3 win over the Hamilton Continentals in Clinton, N.Y. on Saturday. Coming off of its first NESCAC loss of the season to Williams on April 1, Tufts returned to form, outshooting Hamilton 52-26.
IN NEWS: The brothers of Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity will host a “Tufts Gives Back” event this Friday which will consist of a bone marrow registration drive and a used book sale and donation drive.
IN FEATURES: Student groups and classes create new content on YouTube, such at TUTV’s Jules and Monty as well as the ExCollege course entitled “YouTube: Business and Creative Success”
IN ARTS: “Cesar Chavez” fails to convey passion of title character. This biopic, the first English-language film he has directed, ultimately disappoints. “Cesar Chavez” is unable to muster the same charisma and passion the civil rights activist so clearly possessed.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Content warning, this editorial deals with issues of sexual violence. With tonight’s event It Happens Here in Cohen Auditorium at 8:30 pm, students speak out about sexual violence on the Tufts campus in order to bring to light what has been hidden in the dark for far too long.
IN SPORTS: After a strong showing at the New England Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships, the women’s track and field team started the outdoor season in similar style, winning the annual Snowflake Classic hosted at Tufts, beating out 23 other teams in the process.
IN NEWS: The Committee on Student Life (CSL) recently selected senior Jessica Wilson as the recipient of this year’s Wendell Phillips Memorial Scholarship. The annual award recognizes one junior or senior who will be the only student speaker at the Baccalaureate ceremony during commencement in May
IN FEATURES: Tufts students are supportive of SAT changes made earlier this year and are in a favor of the free test preparation that will be offered next spring for the SAT.
IN ARTS: Istanbul’lu offers quality food and fine dining experience for Tufts students in Teele Square,
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The Fletcher School’s Senior Statesman Mikhail Saakashvili has been ordered to present himself at the Prosecutor’s Office in Tbilisi on Thursday by Georgian prosecutors, but Tufts has yet to make a statement regarding the convictions.
IN SPORTS: The baseball team had its most successful spring break trip of the 21st century from March 14-23, going 11-1 over a jam-packed slate in Virginia and North Carolina. The Jumbos have not posted that high a winning percentage (.917) in their annual season-opening stint since at least 2000.
In News: Three Tufts graduates, in collaboration with the Communications and Media Studies Program, have established the CJ Saraceno Memorial Scholarship to provide financial assistance to students interested in a summer media internship in Los Angeles. The scholarship was created in memory of Christopher “CJ” Saraceno (LA ’11), a Tufts graduate who died last year while working in Los Angeles.
In Features: Tufts Against Genocide (TAG) is working to expand awareness and initiate discussion on campus about genocide in both its historical and present-day contexts. This Wednesday, TAG will host its annual Survivors Speak event, where survivors of the Holocaust and thegenocides in Darfur, Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia will visit Tufts to share their stories and discuss ways to prevent future violence.
In Arts: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is more than just a movie; it is a full-bodied experience that immerses its viewers in an unfamiliar, exciting world. The film certainly lives up to many of the expectations requisite of a Wes Anderson film: quirky characters full of idiosyncrasies and insecurities, novel-like levels of storytelling and an immaculate eye for the smallest details.
Today’s Op-Ed: As a freshman, I found many of the demonstrations and events hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine in the recent week before break quite appalling. I was stunned by the implicit message many of these events sent about Israel as a whole. In my opinion, these events, at least from a neutral perspective, left a lingering anti-Israel aura, rather than a clear message of needing to provide humanitarian aid to those Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
In Sports: A season filled with highlights and accomplishments came to an end on Saturday, when the women’s basketball team fell in the semi-finals of the NCAA Div. III Championship to eventual national champions Farleigh Dickinson-Florham University, 42-39.
Welcome to the weekend Jumbos!
Spring Break Countdown: SEVEN DAYS
IN NEWS: Professor Cymene Howe from the Department of Anthropology at Rice University delivered a lecture yesterday on the politics of sexual rights in Nicaragua in anticipation of International Women’s Day.
IN ARTS: St. Vincent displays novel and impressive side of art pop, keeping the themes of modern life relevant, with their new title album.
IN SPORTS: The women’s lacrosse team won a blowout victory against Keene State last Tuesday, proving that this year’s team is poised for a strong season.
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.
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/.