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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/.
IN NEWS: Dhoruba Bin Wahad, an activist and author who organized Black Panther Party chapters in New York City, gave a lecture yesterday during which he spoke about modern racism and social justice.
IN FEATURES: Halligan renovations advance collaboration, ignore outdated technology.
IN ARTS: A.R.T. show explores, critiques aid work in Uganda. After months of preparation, “Witness Uganda” had finally been brought to life at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T), and everyone in the packed Loeb Drama Center was there to see him and to hear his story.
IN OP-ED: Making change abroad includes reform at home. The popularity of foreign aid is hardly surprising given its direct approach: it’s hard to question the efficacy of giving money to people who need it to eat. This train of thought has produced decades of foreign aid ideologies with mixed success. From grandiose, corrupt projects like dams and highways to strings-attached, IMF reform pack- ages that can give as much aid as damage, foreign aid packages have left something to be desired.
IN SPORTS: The women’s track and field team hosted its final regular season meet, the Tufts Cupid Invitational, over the weekend at the Gantcher Center. At such a high level of competition, the Jumbos, who recently fell below the national top-25 rankings, did not disappoint.
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
In News: The Friends of Tufts Libraries Wednesday afternoon hosted an author talk with the Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Weiping Wu, who spoke about her newest book, “The Chinese City.”
In Other News: This year, the Tufts Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is exploring new opportunities by expanding its program on campus, as well as off. TheTSO is one of the Department of Music’s 23 performing music ensembles that Tufts students can partake in.
In Arts: 425 Washington Street — right near the Somerville/Cambridge border — may be a bit out of the way, but heading over there is well worth the journey because the Kirkland Tap and Trotter is the gourmet pub you have always hoped to encounter.
In Sports: In conjunction with February Heart Month, the men’s basketball team joined the American Heart Association in solidarity with sophomore Tom Palleschi, who was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year last year.
Happy Day After the Super Bowl!
In News: A record-high of 308 students participated in this month’s formal sorority recruitment. This number is an increase from the 185 girls who registered in 2012 and the 172 who registered in 2011.
In Features: Through its Council on Diversity, the Tufts administration has taken steps to ensure that the university’s reputation of commitment to diversity is a reality. Diversity Council final report demonstrates commitment to financial aid, inclusion.
In Arts: Girls is back. As her comedy continues to follow the turbulent lives of four 20-something women in New York, Lena Dunham — the show’s tour de force creator, writer and star — delivers a third season with as much raw and unrefined comedic flair — and heart — as ever.
Today’s Op-Ed: President Obama’s continued, unwavering commitment to women’s rights, LGBT rights and middle-class priorities stand in stark contrast to the antiquated vision of America offered by congressional Republicans and Tea Party sympathizers.
In Sports: The men’s squash team played four matches in as many days this week, losing to cross-town rival Boston College before playing in the NESCAC Championship.
Welcome Back Jumbos!
IN NEWS: Tufts Dance Collective will resume hosting performances after making organizational changes to its program, according to Director of the Office for Campus Life Joe Golia.
IN FEATURES: This past February, the Committee on Student Life repealed a provision preventing it from hearing appeals cases from Greek life organizations, re-establishing the CSL’s jurisdiction over the Greek life community.
IN ARTS: The Arts section reviews some winter TV show premiers.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Editor-in-Chief Caroline Welch welcomes you back to Tufts!
IN SPORTS: The Tufts Ice Hockey team returns to NESCAC action.
Have a great first day of classes everyone!
IN NEWS: Tufts University, with the City of Somerville and the City of Medford, reached separate partnership agreements last week that waived the university’s $70 application fee for Somerville High School and Medford High School students
IN FEATURES: Stanton works with National Park Service to understand communities and delivers her second lecture entitled “Taste of Tufts” to discuss her ethnographic research in various national parks.
IN ARTS: ‘The Power of Duff’ pushes boundaries, explores socially relevant topics at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, looking to expose the role of religion in a growing secular America.
IN EDITORIAL: Is recycling enough? Tufts students are challenged with the idea to not limit their sustainable efforts only to Zero Waste Week or simply just recycling.
IN SPORTS: Tufts volleyball won all three of its games this weekend and perfect at Hall of Fame Invitational. Tufts has now won five games in a row, its longest winning streak of the season.
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.
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“Uncooperative” hotel security and problems with hotel management are cited among the license violations for the Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel after the Tufts Winter Bash event saw underage drinking, outside liquor brought into the hotel and intoxicated patients requiring medical attention.
Former Jumbo and AIDS Activist Gregg Gonsalves speaks to the Daily about his journey from his start on the hill to being featured in the Academy-Award nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague.”
Speaking of Oscars, the Daily provides a run down of all our picks for Sunday night’s big awards show. Don’t agree with our predictions? Comment on the article your guesses for Best Actor/Actress, Director, Picture and the like!
Jumbo who are environmentally conscious and still looking for housing next year can now apply to the Sustainability House, the latest specialty housing option featuring a 10 person suite where “members of the house will be promoting knowledge and awareness around sustainable living,” according to Director of the Office of Residential Life and Learning Yolanda King.
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The men’s swimming and diving team begin their Championship hopes this weekend at Wesleyan, hoping for a top three finish in the NESCAC’s competition like last year.
The new online forum Tufts Confessions’s creator talks to the Daily about her Facebook Page that has garnered over 900 likes in under a week.