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VOLUME LVI, NUMBER 54


THE TUFTS DAILY Friday, November 21, 2008
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Swimmers blame chemical levels in pool for high sickness rate


by Gillian Javetski coughing. It just seems crazy that a same time, I don’t think that our air
Daily Editorial Board lot of the upperclassmen have respi- quality is something that we should
ratory problems and have inhalers.” really attribute a loss to. It’s a tough
Members of the men’s swim- Men’s swimming and diving team train, it’s awful to swim in, but we
ming and diving team are falling ill coach Adam Hoyt said the pool’s can do just fine.”
in exceptional numbers this semes- environment has long had a nega- Despite air quality that may
ter, and many believe it is because tive impact on swimmers’ health, affect practices, Longhurst does not
of a chemical imbalance in Tufts’ although he has noticed a high num- believe that the chemicals will affect
Hamilton Pool. ber of students coughing recently. swimmers’ long-term health.
“We realize that we’re experi- “Every year we have a whole lot “Even though the lack of air flow
encing some chemical-balancing of swimmers who cough a lot dur- can get to you and make you feel not
problems with the chlorine system,” ing practice when there is a chlorine so great for the rest of the day, I don’t
Vice President for Operations John imbalance,” he said. “The fact that know if it is the pool that is making
Roberto said. “We’ve brought in our pool is over 60 years old and the people sick,” he said. “When you’re
some outside consultants who are air circulation is moderate doesn’t swimming two hours a day and
well-versed in pool-system mainte- really help either.” breathing in chlorine, you’re going
nance to address the problem.” The Department of Facilities to get sick.”
Reed Shimberg, a freshman swim- performed a maintenance check Health Service Medical Director
mer, said that since coming to Tufts, on the pool at the start of the Margaret Higham said that while
he has experienced daily cough- season, but it did not bring any she has seen many sick swimmers
ing fits during swim practices. They problems to the swimming team’s this semester, it can be difficult to
affected him so much that a Health attention, Hoyt said. differentiate whether a cough is
Service doctor told him he had devel- Roberto said that he did not caused by bad ventilation or by gen-
oped asthma symptoms, he said. know when the chemical imbalance eral sickness.
“The air quality is so bad [in the would be corrected. “The problem “I think that given this time of
pool] that I would have to get out of with rebalancing the chemicals is year, it’s hard to say whether their
the pool from coughing and go into that it takes some time to fix,” he coughs are due to a virus or wheth-
the hallway where the air quality is said. Roberto added that he was er they’re caused by ventilation,”
much better,” Shimberg said. aware of the existence of “some con- Higham said. “Could the ventilation
Shimberg approached Health cern for irritation to the swimmers.” make someone with a virus have a
Service for help after one coughing Senior quad-captain James worse cough? Possibly, but there is
fit during which he “gasped for air Longhurst said that the pool area’s no way to prove it.”
for hours,” he said. A doctor diag- air quality is much worse than that Like Higham, Hoyt could not say
nosed him and supplied him with of facilities at other universities. whether the pool was responsible
an inhaler. “It’s 10 times harder to work out for the increased number of swim-
“The doctor said that I had asthma at our pool than any other facility in mers becoming sick.
symptoms being caused potentially the area,” Longhurst said. He added “While the air circulation in the
by the chlorine I’m breathing in and that he had “never [been] in a pool pool is moderate, it’s really hard to
that I was the millionth swimmer to as bad as our pool.” say that the pool is the reason why a
complain about similar symptoms. “It’s really frustrating when you lot of swimmers are getting sick,” he
I believe it, because it really wasn’t finish a set because you can’t breathe said. He added that the cold weather Laura schultz/Tufts daily
just me,” he said. “I’d finish a set and and are coughing, not because Tufts swimmers are worried that chemicals in Hamilton Pool may be mak-
would see that 10 people were also you’re tired,” he added. “But at the see POOL, page 2 ing them ill.

Urine found in Wren Hall dryers Students feel insecure after armed robbery
by Michael Del Moro on Monday.
by Sarah Butrymowicz
Daily Editorial Board Daily Editorial Board Upton said the suspect was described as
being in his late 20s or early 30s, about six
Doing laundry in a college dorm is rarely The armed robbery of a female student feet tall with a heavy build. He was wearing
a thrilling experience. But for residents of near campus Sunday night has sparked an a green T-shirt with an unidentified insig-
Wren Hall, it has become slightly more dis- ongoing investigation by the Somerville nia on the front and a backward baseball
agreeable lately. Police Department and ignited safety con- cap. He may have had light hair.
According to an e-mail that Wren’s cerns among Tufts students. Junior Laura Curren, who lives on Leonard
resident director sent on Sunday to stu- The incident occurred at Leonard Street Street, said the incident has given her some
dents living there, some of them have and Broadway, according to Somerville serious reservations about her personal
reported finding urine in a dryer twice in Deputy Police Chief Paul Upton. The safety in the area surrounding campus.
the past month. suspect displayed a knife and robbed a “I think that I should be able to walk
“As you all know, a few weeks ago a dryer 20-year-old student of her cell phone and
was found to have urine in it and the pro- wallet, Upton told the Daily in an e-mail see ROBBERY, page 2
cess was completed to have it cleaned, both
by OneSource and Mac-Gray,” RD Jenn

Chabad gets cozy


Hawes wrote in the e-mail. “This past week I
was informed that another dryer in laundry
room B was found to have an unidentified
yellow liquid in it.”
Annie Wermiel/tufts daily After both incidents, Hawes posted signs
Students in Wren Hall are irritated after urine advising students not to use the affected
was found on two occasions in the dormi-
tory’s dryers. see WREN, page 2

Hotung event to help Sudanese student


by Carter Rogers Psi, will perform at the event, which will
Daily Staff Writer be held in Hotung Café at 9 p.m.
The event will have no cover charge,
The Zeta Psi fraternity will come togeth- but the sponsors will fundraise with sug-
er with PANGEA, Tufts STAND and Banaa: gested donations. As for the amount they
The Sudan Educational Empowerment intend to raise, Zeta Psi President Jeff
Network to host a benefit concert tonight Stone, a junior, said organizers are not
to raise money for a Sudanese student sure but are “hoping for the best.” He
affected by genocide. If all goes according added that the event’s goal was twofold:
to plan, one Sudanese student will enter “One, to raise money and two, to raise aalok kanani/Tufts daily
Tufts next year as a member of the Class awareness” of the genocide in Darfur. Tufts’ Chabad brought students together in the West Hall lounge last night to make
of 2013. Banaa, established in 2006, seeks to fleece baby blankets, which will be donated to a local women’s shelter. The blankets
The Gentlemen’s Bet and A Life of are intended for mothers who need to keep their babies warm this winter.
Riley, two bands with members in Zeta see SUDAN, page 2

Inside this issue Today’s Sections


The field hockey team
Young voters turned will vie for a national News 1 Comics 8
out in record numbers championship this Features 3 Classifieds 9
on Nov. 4. weekend. Arts | Living 5 Sports Back

see FEATURES, page 3 see SPORTS, back page


2 The Tufts Daily News Friday, November 21, 2008

THE TUFTS DAILY Swimmers eager to see Steve Tisch Tufts hopes to
Robert S. Silverblatt
Sports Center construction get started enroll Sudanese
Editor-in-Chief
Editorial
POOL
continued from page 1
completed within the next few years. But
due to the recent economic downturn, all
scholar next year
Rachel Dolin Managing Editors and the swimmers’ rigorous workouts could capital projects, including the fitness center, SUDAN
Kristin Gorman also put extra physical strain on their bod- have been put on hold indefinitely. continued from page 1
Jacob Maccoby Editorial Page Editors ies. “We’re really excited that [University] equip young, promising Sudanese who
Jason Richards Higham added that she has heard many President [Lawrence] Bacow has committed have been affected by the violence in
Harrison Jacobs
Vittoria Elliott more complaints from swimmers this year to build a pool because we’ll have improved their country with a U.S. college edu-
than last, when she heard none. Even so, chemical management and air quality,” Hoyt cation and other tools to become lead-
Giovanni Russonello Executive News Editor she said, seeing swimmers get sick is not a said. “As it is now, our pool is very crowded ers in the movement to bring peace to
Sarah Butrymowicz News Editors strange phenomenon. and old, so we’re excited to have a newer, Sudan.
Pranai Cheroo “People who swim always complain bigger pool.” Banaa sent its first scholar, Makwei
Nina Ford about the pool,” she said. “It seems almost In the meantime, many swimmers remain Mabior, to George Washington
Ben Gittleson
Gillian Javetski universal just because pools are enclosed concerned about the air quality situation. University earlier this year. Mabior’s
Jeremy White places where you come in close contact with “My understanding is that they’re trying village was destroyed in 1992 by the
people. I don’t see it happening here more to make it better, but at this point, I’ve seen National Islamic Front and Sudanese
Alexandra Bogus Assistant News Editors
Michael Del Moro than any other place.” a minor improvement,” Shimberg said. “I state-sponsored militias. He has lived
Hoyt added that his team is looking for- think the fact that I’m on antibiotics because in a refugee camp ever since.
Carrie Battan Executive Features Editor ward to having a new pool facility, which I am trying to do an activity at Tufts is crazy.
will be built as part of the Steve Tisch Sports I just feel like I shouldn’t have to be on medi-
Jessica Bidgood Features Editors
Robin Carol and Fitness Center, originally planned to be cation to be an athlete.” “It is very important to
Kerianne Okie
Charlotte Steinway us to be able to enroll a
Sarah Bliss Assistant Features Editors
Meghan Pesch
Wren residents angry about lack of scholar, and any money
raised by the organization
Mike Adams Executive Arts Editor

Jessica Bal Arts Editors


hygiene in dorm, schedule disruptions in addition to the student’s
Grant Beighley
Sarah Cowan WREN dry room — that’s out of control.” regular financial aid from
Catherine Scott continued from page 1 Other Wren residents voiced similar Tufts is very important to
dryers. OneSource, Tufts’ custodial service, complaints. “Other than the fact that it’s
Emma Bushnell Assistant Arts Editors
Matthew DiGirolamo and Mac-Gray, Tufts’ washer and dryer sup- completely disgusting and unhygienic, it’s us.”
plier, both sanitized the machines. Hawes just so disrespectful and rude,” sophomore
Jyll Saskin Executive Op-Ed Editor also notified the Office of Residential Life Tala Kayyali said. Jennifer Simons
Jwala Gandhi Assistant Op-Ed Editors and Learning. Apart from issues of sanitation and Tufts’ director of international
Nina Grossman “It was brought to our attention that decorum, temporary reductions to the recruitment
Harrison Jacobs someone may have urinated in the dry- number of available dryers in Wren have
Ellen Kan
Andrew Rohrberger ers of Wren Hall at least twice,” ResLife caused logistical problems. “It’s definitely
Molly Rubin Assistant Director for Community and inconvenienced a lot of people,” Ingraham Next semester, Tufts and Mills
Judicial Affairs Carrie Ales told the Daily said. “There’s not that many dryers to begin College in Oakland, Calif., plan to host
Thomas Eager Executive Sports Editor
in an e-mail. “When we found out this with … It affects people’s routines.” the second and third Banaa scholars,
Sapna Bansil Sports Editors information, we contacted the residents But both Kayyali and Ingraham agreed respectively.
Evans Clinchy of Wren Hall to let them know. We also let that ResLife has responded well to the situ- The idea of bringing a Banaa scholar
Philip Dear
David Heck them know that the dryers were properly ation. “I don’t think ResLife could be doing to Tufts began with a conversation last
Carly Helfand sanitized so they could continue [to] use much more,” Ingraham said. “The respon- winter between senior Tyler Shami, the
Noah Schumer [them].” sibility’s on the individuals themselves.” executive director of the Tufts Banaa
Scott Janes Assistant Sports Editor Wren resident Nate Ingraham believes If ResLife is able to identify any respon- Campaign, and Jennifer Simons, Tufts’
that whoever urinated in the dryer was sible parties, Ales said they will face disci- director of international recruitment.
Jo Duara Executive Photo Editor inebriated, but said the action is not excus- plinary consequences. “If we find out who In order for a Sudanese student to
Alex Schmieder Photo Editors able under any circumstance. is responsible for this behavior, they will be become a Banaa scholar at Tufts, he or
Laura Schultz “I think it’s completely unacceptable,” held accountable,” she said. she applies through the organization’s
Rebekah Sokol said Ingraham, a sophomore. “I under- Kayyali suggested anything from a fine application process and must meet
Annie Wermiel
stand people are going to be stumbling to a verbal warning. “I’m not sure,” she the Tufts application requirements —
James Choca Assistant Photo Editors around the dorm if they’ve ingested too said. “It’s a serious issue. Something defi- such as teacher and counselor recom-
Emily Eisenberg much substance, but to go into the laun- nitely should be done.” mendations and standardized testing
Aalok Kanani
Meredith Klein — to the best of his or her ability.

TUPD escort service gets more use


Danai Macridi Banaa received 150 applicants for the
Tim Straub George Washington University spot,
according to the organization’s Web
PRODUCTION ROBBERY “We’re encouraging people to call for site.
continued from page 1 safety escorts, particularly at night if they’re Simons warned that it is not certain
Marianna Bender Production Director
from Davis [Square] to my house, which is concerned about getting to their destina- that a Banaa scholar will come to Tufts
Emily Neger Executive Layout Editor
a six-minute walk, at 9:30 at night and not tions,” Keith said. next year.
Kelsey Anderson Layout Editors have to worry about someone with a weap- Curren has been taking other precau- “We can’t guarantee that we’ll be
Leanne Brotsky on trying to rob me or do worse,” Curren tions since the incident. She and her house- able to admit a student. We would like
Jennifer Iassogna
Julia Izumi said. mates have started walking in pairs and to admit a student, and if there is a
Andrew Petrone Senior Tracy Mayfield, who lives on riding bicycles more often, she said. qualified student, we will admit and
Muhammad Qadri Burget Avenue in Medford, feels that there But not all students feel compelled to fund them,” she said. “I don’t want to
Daniel Simon
Amani Smathers has been an increase in violent crimes in take new safety measures. Senior Kristine compromise our standards, and more
Steven Smith the area against students during her time at Babick said that she is largely unfazed by importantly, put a student in a situation
Katie Tausanovitch Tufts. the robbery because it is only one in a string where we would admit someone where
Adam Raczkowski Executive Technical Manager “This particular incident was troubling of similar occurrences. they couldn’t handle the work here. I
because Leonard seemed like a safe street,” “It’s not like this is the first time this don’t think that will happen … but I just
Michael Vastola Technical Manager she said. “It’s well-lit and there’s usually lots has happened,” Babick said. “This is one want to clarify that.”
Hena Kapadia Executive Online Editor of people on it. I’ve walked down Leonard in many incidents of me not being safe in The university will be providing the
Street myself at much more dangerous or around Tufts. I think the surrounding lion’s share of funds for the student’s
Minah Kim Online Editors hours than 9:30 on a [Sunday].” communities see us as an easy target.” tuition and room and board. According
Matt Skibinski New Media Editor An e-mail that the Tufts University Police Although Babick said she gives TUPD the to Shami, the purpose of Banaa’s cam-
Department (TUPD) sent to the Tufts com- “benefit of the doubt,” she questioned how pus fundraising is to raise “extraneous
Kelly Moran Webmaster munity on Monday described the incident much protection the department offers. funds that aren’t covered in those larger
Caryn Horowitz Executive Copy Editor and suggested safety measures available “Clearly there are a great number of categories.”
to students, such as using the TUPD safe- students living off campus in a few con- “Going to college for four years
Grace Lamb-Atkinson Copy Editors ty escort and reporting “any suspicious centrated neighborhoods, and I think it’s costs more than just tuition, room and
Michelle Hochberg
Ben Smith person(s) or circumstances.” TUPD’s responsibility to be patrolling these board,” Shami said. “When the scholar
Christopher Snyder According to the TUPD Web site, “the neighborhoods,” she said. TUPD is only comes to the United States, they’ll have
Elisha Sum Tufts University Police provides vehicle and responsible for patrolling on campus. access to some sort of bank account
Ricky Zimmerman
walking escorts 24 hours a day, seven days Keith said yesterday that he was unaware that will have money that they can
Brianna Beehler Assistant Copy Editors a week between campus locations and to of whether any new information had spend on a day-to-day level.”
Casey Burrows nearby rapid transit stations.” emerged from Somerville’s investigation. Simons added, “It is very important
Alison Lisnow
Rachel Oldfield Mayfield said that she frequently uses Upton could not be reached for comment to us to be able to enroll a scholar, and
Mary Jo Pham the escort service when walking alone at yesterday. any money raised by the organization
Lily Zahn night, but believes that TUPD should be The Somerville police first notified TUPD in addition to the student’s regular
more active in promoting this option. She of the incident on Sunday, and TUPD post- financial aid from Tufts is very impor-
Malcolm Charles Executive Business Director said the escort service “isn’t very well-ad- ed security alerts in dormitories and sent tant to us … They will have additional
vertised.” out an e-mail alert to the Tufts community expenses that financial aid won’t natu-
Dwijo Goswami Receivables Manager
She said she had sometimes gotten “neg- the next day. rally cover, so we appreciate it.”
Brenna Duncan Head Ad Manager ative reactions” from the TUPD dispatcher The e-mail came after the posted alerts PANGEA is a Tufts student organiza-
The Tufts Daily is a nonprofit, independent newspaper, pub-
when calling earlier in the evening. because physically distributing messages is tion dedicated to promoting aware-
lished Monday through Friday during the academic year, and TUPD Captain Mark Keith noted a marked given higher priority by university officers, ness of global issues. STAND is a
distributed free to the Tufts community. increase in calls to the campus escort service Keith said. national student organization, run by
P.O. Box 53018, Medford, MA 02155 over the past few nights, which typically Jeremy White and Ben Gittleson contrib- the Genocide Intervention Network,
617 627 3090 FAX 617 627 3910 occurs after incidents like Sunday’s. uted reporting to this article. that seeks to fight genocide.
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Youth turnout hits record number this cycle


Charlotte Steinway | S0S

Leaving
Graham Rogers
‘cold
by
Contributing Writer

It looks like the long lamentations con-


cerning the political apathy of young people
can temporarily be put to rest.
turkey’

D
According to statistics compiled by the ear SOS,
Center for Information and Research on These past few months of college
Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) have just flown by, and I haven’t real-
of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public ly had a chance to stop and breathe.
Service, voter turnout for the 18 to 29 year old I’ll be heading home next week for the first
demographic was about 53 percent this year. time since I got here, but I’m a little anxious
This number represents an increase of nearly about re-acclimating to a couple of things:
five percent over CIRCLE’s 2004 numbers, namely parentally enforced curfews, meal
and an 11 percent increase from 2000. It also times and my friends’ and family’s reaction to
represents the greatest youth turnout since my new collegiate self. Can you help me make
1972, when issues surrounding the Vietnam this transition a little smoother?
War brought young people out in droves.
This news has elicited positive reactions Sincerely,
from many who study or follow such trends. T-Giving Turnaround
“I am delighted to read early reports that
indicate record turnout for young people,” Dear T-Giving Turnaround,
University President Lawrence Bacow said The first time returning home after having
in an e-mail. “It looks like we will beat our spent a couple of months at college can be
2004 record of student voter participation at a very defining moment for many Jumbos
Tufts.” Dilys Ong/Tufts Daily and their parents. Often armed with a bevy
This year’s increase was chalked up to sev- A massive group of students gathered in the campus center to watch election coverage. of collegiate vernacular (read: “shitfaced,”
eral different causes. “pregame,” “’ruit,” “Blackboard” and “SIS”),
“I attribute the gradual upward trend to compared to the 13 percent contacted by the in which 25 percent of college students voted, an innovative display of facial-hair growth
a new generation that is more concerned McCain campaign. compared to only seven percent of their non- or an infectious case of the whooping cough
and active than Generation X was,” CIRCLE Bacow offered yet another explanation college peers. (thanks to Health Service’s new favorite med-
Director Peter Levine said. “The factors that relating specifically to Tufts students. One trend that seems to hold true for ication: “plenty of sleep”), many students will
have increased their engagement probably “Students deserve the lion’s share of the nearly all groups of young voters is their return to the homeland seeming a little out of
include lots of good service programs in high credit for their efforts in getting out the Tufts overwhelming preference for the Democratic character to Mom and Pop. Although cutting
schools and colleges, plus the intense news vote,” he said. “They organized, tabled and candidate. Nearly 66 percent of voters aged right to the chase is an optimal way to ask
environment since 9/11.” encouraged their friends to register to vote.” 18 to 29 voted Democratic in 2008, com- Calc 11 girl to your frat formal or to remove
Levine also gave the candidates credit for Still, some were cautious about the overall pared to 54 percent in 2004 and 48 percent in a Band-Aid, it may not be the best way
engaging young voters. trend and its implications for non-college 2000. According to data compiled by the Pew to inform the ’rentz about that SURPRISE!:
“[They have been] campaigning more on students. Research Center, 45 percent of young voters You’ve turned into a legitimate adult, capable
college campuses, on Facebook, and other “Almost all of the increased turnout among are self-identified Democrats, while only 26 of making some not-so-legitimate decisions.
places where youth are,” he said. young people seems to be among college stu- percent are self-identified Republicans. This The primary topic of contention you will
Tufts Democrats president Shana Hurley dents,” said Tufts Political Science Professor represents a drastic change from the last two encounter upon your first homecoming will
agreed. Kent Portney, who has conducted several presidential elections, in which young people undoubtedly pertain to your re-acclimation
“The Obama campaign deserves a lot of studies on young voter trends. “Non-college were split almost evenly. into the world of partial freedom. Even if
credit,” she said. “They made a deliberate young people did not seem to turn out at any Despite such dramatic data, many observ- your parents are as lackadaisical as mine,
effort to engage young people.” higher rates than they have in the past.” ers were cautious about predicting a massive you can bet that they will still be interested in
A study conducted by the Pew Research Though data for the 2008 general elec- wave of young liberal thought. where you’re going and when you’re coming
Center found that the Obama campaign con- tion is still being compiled, this observation home — it makes them feel all knowledge-
tacted nearly 25 percent of young voters, seemed to hold true for this year’s primaries, see VOTERS, page 4 able and protective once again.
I remember that my first time home, such

Berkeley study shows health benefits of diverse friend groups


perpetual curiosity about my whereabouts
really struck a chord with me: “WHY DO YOU
CARE WHERE I’M GOING? I’ve been living
by Alison Lisnow said. “And certainly our university cam- ing.” on my own for three whole months now —
Daily Editorial Board puses such as Tufts or Berkeley reflect that “[Cortisol] is a stress hormone that breaks how do you know I haven’t been roaming
reality. We noticed from our research and down muscle tissues in order to quickly the streets of Boston participating in myriad
Students have numerous ways of deal- everything we know from social psychology muster energy to deal with a stressor,” Page- forms of debauchery, sleeping on the banks
ing with stress: Some try to get more sleep, that inter-group interactions can be very Gould said. “This is a good inner reaction to of the Charles River and trudging back to
while others eat healthier or become anxiety-provoking and … that inter-group have if fighting an animal or something like my dorm at 9 the next morning??? Huh???”
time-management gurus. But one way of contact is a really useful way to reduce that that, but not really while having a friendly Looking back, that probably wasn’t the best
combating stress — a solution which is kind of anxiety.” interaction with someone else.” tactic. Instead, I’d recommend keeping Ma
often overlooked — is simply to make new To test this, participants from same-sex Researchers found that levels of cortisol and Pa informed of your whereabouts just
friends. interracial and intra-racial pairings were decreased steadily throughout the sessions. to entertain their parental instincts. And hey,
According to a recent study at the invited into the lab to partake in a three- Page-Gould said that she is particularly if you forget your key, all it takes is a ring of
University of California, Berkeley, cross-ra- part version of the “fast friends” procedure, excited by this trend, especially because a doorbell, not some sketchy piggy-backing
cial friendships can actually reduce anxiety invented by psychologist Arthur Aron. The high levels of cortisol are associated with maneuver on your random dorm-mate’s fob.
in both academic and social situations. The groups were given cards that had questions cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. The second obstacle I come to is hair
study tested the effects of inducing cross- printed on them. “In the first session, people tended to growth. If your parents are anything like
group friendship between Caucasians and “For the first two sessions, they went be stressed in inter-group interactions,” mine (ex-hippies from California who collect
Latinos, and found that it led to decreases back and forth answering questions that Mendoza-Denton said. “By the end of the life-size mannequins and taxidermy pea-
in cortisol, a hormone related to stress. escalated in self-disclosure,” said Elizabeth third session, at [a] physiological level, they cocks), I’d say NBD, let your tangled tresses
“People tend to associate with similar Page-Gould, another co-author of the study. seemed to be very much relaxed, whether it be. But for anyone with more traditional
[people] more easily than they tend to asso- “So the first types of questions were things was an inter- or intra-group pairing.” parental units, I’d suggest that you clean
ciate with out-of-group members,” said like, ‘What would … a perfect date [be like] But not everyone begins at the same level yourself up a BIT before returning home —
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, a researcher for you?’ It’s individualized but not personal. of bias, or lack thereof. you don’t want to wake up to the sound or
and co-author of the study. “But once you’re And they ended with questions like, ‘If you “[What] seems [to be] a fairly strong pre- sight of a hair buzzer inching toward you in
able to make that [interracial] friend, it were to die in a car crash later tonight, what dictor of whether a person is going to be your sleep.
seems to have these positive effects.” would you most regret not telling someone, comfortable in [a] new inter-group envi- The final issue I come to is that of imbib-
Branching out of one’s comfort zone can and why haven’t you told them yet?’” ronment is the amount of past inter-group ing with the family. For many students, their
be difficult for many students, especially For the third session, participants played contact,” Mendoza-Denton said. “In other first visit home marks the first time their fam-
since the past can significantly affect the a modified game of Jenga. Pairs worked words, the more exposure you have cross- ily lets them consume alcohol in their pres-
present. Students from homogenized high together to try to pull out as many pieces as ing the racial divide, the more likely you’ll ence. For many parents, their once-beloved
schools seem to be less comfortable making possible before the tower fell. According to be less anxious during these new interac- “don’t ask, don’t tell” philosophy gets thrown
cross-racial friendships. the researchers, the newly formed friend- tions.” by the wayside once they’ve realized that
“I still worry about offending people, ships were very apparent in this part of the At Tufts, past experience is a major factor your Saturday nights no longer consist of
especially African-Americans,” senior experiment. in the probability that one will create inter- what they assumed to be “ice cream socials”
Cassandra Wallace said. “There were liter- “The genuine laughter and comfort group friendships. and “slumber parties,” but rather of games of
ally about five at my 2,500-student high [were] clear … very, very clear, even to [an] Senior Kris Coombs, who is black but kings and occasional keg stands.
school, and so I still don’t really know what’s untrained eye,” Mendoza-Denton said. “A attended a predominately white high school But this doesn’t mean that once the ’rentz
appropriate and what’s not. I would say I’m lot of the research I do really focuses on in Illinois, noted the lack of cross-racial have set out the wine glasses, you can jump
extra cautious … probably more cautious how difficult it is for people from different social groups at Tufts. right into a game of flip-cup or divvy out the
than I need to be, which makes me feel like groups to talk to each other and to address “[It’s] kind of funny. If you look over at that libations through a good ’ole game of “slap
I’m being racist in a way.” and recognize each other’s humanity … The table there, it’s all black students,” Coombs the bag.” Actually, scratch that, if your family
But neither college campuses nor the genuine friendship … and genuine positive said, pointing to a group of friends sitting actually serves boxed wine on T-Giving, then
“real world” echo the homogeneity of effect that [were] evident in the cross-group in the Campus Center. “They feel much I’d say anything goes: Where’d they put the
Wallace’s high school. Mendoza-Denton condition [were] so heartwarming.” more comfortable hanging out together. turkey baster?
noted the important role that diversity plays Each pairing had to spit into a tube before And that’s true for a lot of my black friends
in social growth. and after every session so that experiment- who came here; they hang out with other
“We started the experiment with the ers could determine the levels of cortisol black kids … For me personally, I don’t Charlotte Steinway is a junior majoring in
recognition that we live in an increasingly in participants, a process which, according sociology. She can be reached at Charlotte.
multicultural world,” Mendoza-Denton to Page-Gould, “seemed to facilitate bond- see FRIENDS, page 4 Steinway@tufts.edu.
4 The Tufts Daily Features Friday, November 21, 2008

Contempt for Bush


motivates voters
VOTERS
continued from page 3
According to the Pew Research Center,
42 percent of young voters described them-
selves as moderates, ahead of liberals (32
percent) or conservative (26 percent). While
young voters generally favored more gov-
ernment intervention and opposed the war
in Iraq, they also favored offshore oil drill- MCT
ing. A new study has shown that cross-racial
“There is a chance — but no guarantee friendships may decrease stress levels.
— that this generation will move the nation
in a progressive direction,” Levine said.
Hurley echoed Levine’s statements. Past experiences
affect perceptions
“The statistics suggest that this was more
a reaction to George W. Bush and excite-
ment about Obama,” she said. “Young
people are more progressive, but not nec- FRIENDS
essarily more Democratic. Most of them continued from page 3
favor the privatization of social security and particularly enjoy hanging out with all black
extension of charter schools. These are typi- people or all white people. My group of
cally Republican stances.” friends is really diverse — it always is.”
Despite her precautions, Hurley also Sophomore Robin Socol went to a Jewish
held out hope that Democrats will continue high school in Greensboro, N.C. Her friends
to find resonance with young voters. were mostly white, American Jews, but she
“We’ve had two presidential elections in was excited to branch out upon coming to
which young people went Democrat,” she Tufts.
said. “Statistics show that if you vote one “[Tufts] felt very diverse for me,” she
way three times, you’re pretty much guar- said. “But I was coming from a high school
anteed to vote that way for the rest of your that had little to no diversity. Mostly, I was
life.” really intrigued by the prospect of getting to
Overall, however, signs for future voter know people of other faiths, other ethnici-
participation seem to be encouraging. ties, even regional backgrounds, because I
“Research shows that once a person lived in the South my whole life.”
votes, the chances are greater that he or she Socol admitted that her social circle has
will vote again.” Levine said. “Thus the high definitely changed since her high school
turnout in recent elections will probably days.
mean that this generation will continue to “I absolutely have friends from plenty
vote as it moves through life.” of different backgrounds,” she said. “My
“Participation is habitual,” Hurley said. roommate is Indian, and we talk a lot about
“Lots more people are civically engaged. the different cultures that we come from,
There used to be a divide between civic and the values that our families hold, and com-
political participation, but we’re starting to
see that break down.”
Bacow said he views this year’s participa-
monalities and differences. Having clos-
er relationships with people of different
backgrounds makes me more comfortable
10% off for dinner for students with
tion data with cautious optimism.
“It is hard to say whether young voter
meeting new people. I feel like at least I
have a little bit of insight into their culture, Tufts ID
turnout will continue,” Bacow said. “I hope whereas before in high school, I wouldn’t
it will, but one cannot extrapolate from one have necessarily known the commonalities
data point. Ask me again in 20 years.” that we shared.”

Advancing the Power of Innovation


by Partha S. Ghosh, Professor of the Practice, Tufts Gordon Institute

The Fletcher School


Cabot Auditorium
Friday, November 21, 2008
4:30 - 5:30 pm - Social Hour
5:30- 6:30 pm - Lecture

In our increasingly turbulent economic environment, there is a widening of


the gap between privileged and underprivileged communities. At the same
time, new technologies provide tremendous opportunities to open new path
ways of socio-economic advancement. In order to connect the societal
imbalances with the power of new technologies, we need new thinking and
approaches that will enhance the innovative capacity of society.
In this lecture, Partha S. Ghosh, who has assisted corporate leaderships
worldwide to enhance their innovative capacity, will provide a framework
that will explain the fundamental forces that drive various types of
innovation.

Partha S. Ghosh is a renowned strategist and an innovator of business and


economic models. In addition to serving on the faculty at Tufts Gordon
Institute, he serves as an advisor to the leaders of multiple organizations worldwide. Earlier, Mr.
Ghosh was a partner at McKinsey & Company. He earned two advanced degrees at MIT, a
Master's in chemical engineering, with emphasis on new energy systems and biotechnologies,
and an MBA from the SloanSchool.
Arts & Living
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Off-campus spots provide needed change


of pace for students looking for variety
by Jessica Bal by 7 p.m. on weekends.
Daily Editorial Board Soleil Café in Teele Square: This sunny
yellow shop is often overlooked, but is an easy
The fast approach of finals combined with trek for Curtis Avenue residents. Desserts are
Brown and Brew’s limited hours have left a showcase for Soleil, inspired by its Italian
many students searching for an alternate owner, Fortunate Conte, who started off at a
cozy, caffeinated study spot. Though Tisch renowned pastry shop in Salerno, Italy and
gives students a nearby locale to conquer then brought his expertise to the North End. Be
heaps of work, there comes a time in almost sure to have a taste of the café’s Italian gelato,
every Jumbo’s study schedule when fluores- and perhaps even venture for some authentic
cent lights start to strain the eyes, insta-chai pasta dishes like the “gnocchi alla sorentina”
packets at Tower Café no longer satisfy, and when dinner rolls around. Presentation and
that pesky voice before closing makes every- service are exceptionally personal in this inti-
one too grumpy for the late-night reading- mate café, and you can expect to have dinner
room crowd. Cafés provide a welcome change brought right to you rather than picking it
of atmosphere with low lights and drinks with up at a counter. Fortunately, it’s sometimes
actual steamed milk. Though nothing will possible to get free wireless from neighbor-
replace the convenience and comfort of our ing areas here, but the connection can often
dearly departed weekend Brown and Brew be shoddy if you don’t shell out nearly $5 per
(R.I.P.), there are several attractive options in hour for Soleil’s service.
the Medford/Somerville area. Danish Pastry House on Boston Avenue:
Diesel Café in Davis Square: Throw on The Pastry House prides itself on making
your skinny jeans and muss up that gender- just about every item a little bit gourmet, and
ambiguous haircut, because this place is full has received notable praise from the Food
of hipsters. Open until midnight every night Danai Macridi/Tufts Daily Network and The Boston Globe. Things tend
of the week, Diesel wins for the best late-night Diesel Café might just be the hippest place in Davis, but beware the large crowds on weekends. to get pricey, though, as the European bakery
coffee-shop hangout. Seemingly squished knows the value of its delicacies. One can
between the Davis Square shops, Diesel is “Gobblit” sandwich: With stuffing, cranber- the wall border. The list of sandwiches and hardly go wrong with the desserts displayed
far larger than it appears. Despite the impres- ries, turkey and cream cheese, it’s a condensed wraps is impressive. An employee recom- at the counter, though, and its coconut blond-
sive size, don’t expect to find a spot easily on version of the classic Thanksgiving dinner. mended the Pearson — a satisfying mix of ies are superb. Regular sandwiches are made
a Sunday afternoon; staking out a table is True Grounds in Ball Square: Another turkey, pesto, mozzarella and sliced Granny with a twist, and its egg salad is worth a try.
sometimes necessary, especially one with an popular spot right across from the much- Smith apples. Tea lovers should go for the The place is cozy but not usually crowded,
electrical outlet. Inside, fabulous details and loved hangover-cure Soundbites, True chai, “Cornelius” style, with a hint of hot choc- which makes for many a relaxed reading ses-
oddities abound, including an ancient type- Grounds is on the smaller side and features olate. True Grounds also garners bonus points sion. Open until a reasonable 9 p.m. on week-
writer, pool tables and a photo booth offering dark-red curtains and lime-green accents for for the best artwork selection, a rotating décor nights and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,
four black-and-white prints for $4. Food and a cozy but contemporary feel. Music choice which currently features the dark, expressive Danish Pastry House is a notably nearby and
drinks are delicious, but the selection is less is eclectic and often indie, like Diesel’s, and portraits of Rick Berry. True Grounds closes on convenient study spot for off-campus stu-
extensive than other café options. Try the colorful mosaic tiles decorate tabletops and the earlier side, though, so be ready to pack up dents and dorm-dwellers alike.

Gallery Review Album Review

In latest release, it’s hard to spell


Mudvayne without ‘mundane’
classically rock ‘n’ roll styles
by Grant Beighley
Daily Editorial Board that the band grew up listen-
ing to.
A name foreign to most, The first single from the
Mudvayne has been rocking album, “Do What You Do,”
the modern world for over 10 starts off as a mushy acous-
Courtesy Greene Naftali tic track but soon explodes
In Chan’s “Happiness (Finally)” (2000-2003), everything good goes to sh-t — literally. The New Game into the rhythmically punctu-

Chan’s three pieces at Harvard


Mudavayne ated chorus that fans of the
group will be quite familiar
with. While the lyrics are

comment on modern-day dystopia


rather angry and sadistic, as
Epic Records usual, the writing is surpris-
ingly advanced for a metal
years, a surprisingly long life group, with lead singer Chad
by Rebecca Casas their personal perceptions of piece could not be considered span for any group in today’s Gray claiming that he’s “stuck
Contributing Writer the contemporary world. general knowledge, visitors fickle music scene. The group’s between a rock and nowhere.”
Originally from Hong Kong, can still draw their own inter- latest release, entitled “The In hindsight, some of the lyrics
Sensory overload is a routine Chan was educated and cur- pretations. The death of the New Game,” is another move
fact of life; sometimes there is rently lives in the United utopia begins to clearly unfold toward the more melodic, see MUDVAYNE, page 7
just too much to look at in too States. He received a B.F.A. when the land’s inhabitants
from the Art Institute of begin to defecate uncontrol-
Paul Chan: Three Easy Chicago in video and digital lably and mounds of feces sud-
Pieces art and an M.F.A. from Bard denly swarm the green, lush
College in film, video and new forest. Chan’s commentary on
At the Main Gallery, through media. Currently based out the real world’s inability to cre-
Jan. 4 of New York, Chan is interna- ate a lasting, ideal society is
Harvard University tionally famous for his pro- shocking and powerful.
24 Quincy St. jection and animation pieces. “Baghdad in No Particular
His solo exhibitions over the Order” (2003) is intrigu-
Cambridge, MA 02138 last three years have been dis- ing because of the context in
617-495-3251 played everywhere from the which the video was taken.
Centre Pompidou in Paris to Chan traveled to Iraq from
little time, or the message of a the Museum of Modern Art in December 2002 to January
piece is overpowered by theat- New York. 2003 as a part of the Nobel
rics. But Paul Chan manages to The three pieces are based Peace Prize-nominated group
frame complex philosophical on the same principle of video Voices in the Wilderness. He
metaphors and political activ- and projection, but that is began by taking footage merely
ism in the guise of animation, where the similarities end. as an exploration of everyday
film and projections. In the “Happiness (Finally) After life in the capital. But three
Carpenter Center’s display of 35,000 Years of Civilization months later, in March 2003,
Chan’s “Three Easy Pieces,” the — After Henry Darger and the United States invaded the
artist explores both the philo- Charles Fourier” (2000-2003) country.
sophical and historical worlds is a 17-minute animated video What was once a more
in just three works. It is a that portrays the rise and fall benign account of normal
mind-bending journey, mixing of a utopian society. While people has been transformed mtv.com
subtle and obvious cues that the philosophical background Mudvayne members all pitched in and donated their hair to the guitar-
force the viewers to examine needed to understand the see CHAN, page 7 ist so he could make a beard.
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facilities. Unexpectedly, the Chavalit Tsao


From Dittos to Scanning: Family made the renovated Dance Lab a reality
25 Years of the Tufts Dance Program by the Fall of 2006.

In 1983 the Trustees voted that Dance become a Program Currently,


hosted by Drama, which was shortly followed by a week of the Dance
dance festivities. The week for dance was titled Dance as a Program has
Liberal Art, and it included such events as a dance history the dual
lecture, dance photography exhibit, dance therapy workshop, focus of
a concert, and more. Featured were Tufts alumnae from the art-dance
early eighties and before, including choreographer/dancers and non-
Art Bridgman, Mitchell Rose, Harry Streep, Daphne Lowell, western
and Debra McCall—all of whom paved the way for Dance to dance.
become an academic program at Tufts through their Beginners
activities in the early seventies. During that time many of through
them taught courses in the Experimental College. By the advanced
mid-seventies, Dance was briefly affiliated with Physical students
Education where it acquired its space, budget, and support elect
staffing. classes
that
In the early days of the Program, the syllabi and handouts support the
were on purple ditto sheets. We had no computers, cell goals of
phones, faxes, or other technological aids. Xeroxing was the
very special. Our studio was the former wrestling room in University
Cousens Gym (now the Fitness Center). It was during this (problem-
time that studio dance "became an art" at Tufts, unlike solving,
applied music, drama, photo, etc. already fulfilling the critical
arts distribution requirement. The dance classes boomed thinking,
with males and females, and many of these students found
themselves in the bi-yearly concerts since there was little
extra-curricular dance performance. At that time, the Tufts
Dance Collective was a producing group that assisted the
Dance Program, and Sarabande was just beginning. Our
students were involved in much experimental dance activity
during the eighties--investigating materials and forms and
questioning traditional dance aesthetics. By the mid- exploration, diversity, and more.) Dance at
eighties there was an interdisciplinary Certificate Program Tufts has come a long way from the first course
in Dance (before disciplinary minors began). in "aesthetic dancing" for Jackson women in
1916 and from the 1930's course in "folk
In the early nineties, the Cousens Dance Space was dancing and war canoeing." In 1973, Dean
reclaimed by Athletics, the budget was cut, the half-time Bernard Harleston (now Trustee of Tufts),
assistant eliminated, and Dance was placed in the postage called dance "an integral part of our
stamp-sized Jackson Lounge (now Studio). We immediately curriculum which ought to be strengthened."
overflowed into the gym, and after some agitation, the old (Tufts Criterion, 1973) Despite the challenges,
Jackson Dance Lab opened (97) where TDC performed for a few here we are with space, wonderful faculty and
years. The Program began to use the Arena at times, and a students, and a home department. In 2008, we
departmental minor was developed. Wonderful students flowed freely xerox and also scan and post our course
through our classes, but, by 2003, it was clear that Dance readings onto Blackboard if we wish!
could not be a first rate program without better
--Alice Trexler
Friday, November 21, 2008 The Tufts Daily Arts & Living 7
Musicianship falls to miscarried Sketch comedy promises to be ‘majorly’ funny
melody in Mudvayne’s newest album
MUDVAYNE sure.
continued from page 5 The Mudvayne of old — that is, the
don’t make much sense, but they sure group that put out 2002’s “The End of All
sound cool in the context of the song. Things to Come” — would have at least
Even though the melody of the cho- inserted an interesting polyrhythm into
ruses propels the song forward, the such a track, but this time finds itself
group seems incredibly reticent to leave content to just sit back and take the easy
behind the muddied power-chord riffs way out.
that brought them their initial renown. Bassist Ryan Martinie at least attempts
After the second chorus disintegrates to spice up the band’s sound, but even
into a sloppy overdriven solo from gui- his supernatural bass skills can’t do
tarist Greg Tribbett, it becomes appar- enough to save an album that is clearly
ent that Mudvayne isn’t reaching for any satisfied with mediocrity.
new heights with the song, or the album One of the tracks lost in the middle
at large, but rather getting back to basics of the album, conventionally titled “The
regarding song format and style. Hate in Me,” sees the most musical skill
on the album.
The main riff of the song is, at least,
The only issue the band needs in a different time signature, though
it’s nothing too difficult, and the bass
to resolve is how to make the line, which is sadly mixed into the back-
transition between the two ground, keeps the tune somewhat inter-
esting.
styles without repeatedly A group of acoustically oriented tracks
litter the album, but none of them are
using the acoustic-verse- unique enough or catchy enough to
electric-chorus format that is warrant a second listen.
There is some good news about the
ubiquitous on the album. arrival of “New Game,” though it’s hard-
ly anything that overshadows the bad:
Mudvayne has discovered that music
The title track follows “Do What You can be both soft and hard.
Do,” and it quickly finds itself unwel- The only issue the band needs to
come in the listeners’ ears. For lack of resolve is how to make the transition Danai Macridi/Tufts Daily
better terms, “New Game” shows little between the two styles without repeat-
to no growth on behalf of the group. The edly using the acoustic-verse-electric- Major: Undecided will wrap up its semester on Saturday with two perfor-
boring-as-sin double-bass-drum pat- chorus format that is ubiquitous on the mances of its fall show, “Yes We Canada.” According to senior Rachel
tern that percussionist Matt McDonough album. Chervin, the group’s president, the performance includes plenty of colorful
keeps going for the entirety of the song Because the band has made some characters, including Batman villains and U.N. delegates, complete with
drives the point home that there is noth- high-quality music in the past, “The intentionally bad accents. This is Major: Undecided’s first performance in
ing new or ingenuous in the track … at New Game” is a swing and a miss, but Cabot, and Chervin hopes the move from Goddard Chapel will create more
all. The guitar riff sounds as if a novice not a strikeout. of a “theater-type setting.” Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $3
musician has put his guitar in the lowest That said, if the band learns noth- for the 7:30 performance and $5 for the 9:30 one. Both shows take place
possible tuning and then simply picked ing from this outing, it will find itself in Cabot Auditorium.
two notes to bounce between at his lei- bench-warming in no time.

Artist takes philosophical look


at the societal impacts of 9/11
CHAN The last work, entitled “5th
continued from page 5 Light” (2007), is a triangular
into a record of a land before projection of objects floating
the effects of war. As a result up and down over the floor. The
of historical circumstances, unique shapes and discombob-
the video achieves much more ulating images that come from
than its initial intent. Shown in both the top and bottom give
the United States, it explores the sense of a world with selec-
Americans’ self-perceptions as tive gravity. No one knows why
part of an invading nation. or how a silhouetted object
goes one way or another.
A sense of futility and sad-
Paul Chan manages to ness overwhelms the peace.
frame complex philo- It is not a joyful falling, but
a confusing one. The Twin
sophical metaphors Towers took much more than
and political activism lives that day; optimism and
confidence came crashing
in the guise of anima- down with them. Chan offers
a more subtle but no less pow-
tion, film and projec- erful view of ongoing history,
Courtesy Jeff Beers tions. making the viewer think about
Members of HYPE! hope that viewers will be expressive in their reactions to Sunday night’s perfor- the changes that took place in
mance. just seven short years.
In the film, it is startling to Even though video installa-
‘CheapHYPE!’ show guaranteed to entertain beyond words see a young woman turning the
pages of a scrapbook covered
tions have a pretentious reputa-
tion, the power of Chan’s work
Looking for some improv mance will be eight skits pre- done it before, but we decided with trading card-sized images cannot be denied. Philosophical
comedy to go with your mime? sented by HYPE! “A lot of these to step outside of the box,” she of Britney Spears or a group of basis aside, the three pieces
Cheap Sox and HYPE!, Tufts’ skits are ‘classic HYPE!’” Beers said. “We’re breaking our own women in hejabs loudly singing really are accessible because of
own improv and mime troupes, said. “There’s a mix of comedy rules, but it’s going to be pretty the lyrics of English pop songs their use of diverse kinds of
are pairing up again this year and tragedy ... but we’re also mind-blowing.” to the camera. As a result, the imagery. It is impossible to view
for a night of comedy and trag- trying a lot of new things; more The second half of the eve- viewer is forced to recognize them and to not also look into
edy in Cohen Auditorium this experimental stuff.” ning will feature unscripted the changes resulting from the their personal meaning, since
weekend. The eight skits were con- comedy by Tufts’ improv troupe, occupation and to look at the we are all members of this uto-
The show, CheapHYPE!, ceived, directed and performed Cheap Sox, with laughs direct- historical importance of the pia-seeking, warring, post-Sept.
presents two seemingly incom- by the troupe, and will be seen ed at group members as well as invasion. 11 world.
patible forms of entertainment by an audience for the first time brave audience participants.
in one performance. It is, in on Sunday. As to the content of CheapHYPE! may be a tradi-
fact, a tradition between the
two groups.
the skits, HYPE! prefers to keep
details to a minimum.
tion for established members
of the two groups, but it will
Eating Disorder Treatment
“Cheap Sox is a good part- “We usually don’t give away be four new members’ first big
ner to HYPE!” said senior Jeff too much before the show,” production with their respective Treatment of Adults
Beers, a member of HYPE! “We
have a lot of history — peo-
junior Rebecca Baumwoll said.
“It’s part of the fun to deci-
troupes. “This annual show is
sort of a rite of passage for our
Suffering from Anorexia and
ple have often been in both pher what’s on stage.” Though new members,” Beers said. Bulimia Nervosa
groups simultaneously. We do she didn’t spill any details, CheapHYPE! plays one night
this annual show because we’re Baumwoll did insist that the only, this Sunday, at 8 p.m. in For the most effective treatment and highest staff-to-client ratio in New
friends, and improv and mime audience is in for a major sur- Cohen Auditorium. Admission England, informed clinicians refer their clients to Laurel Hill Inn. We
make an interesting pair to prise. “Our show has a finale is free. provide extensive programming in a highly structured and supervised
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Crossword
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Non Sequitur by Wiley

solutions

Married to the Sea

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Late Night at the Daily

Solution to Thursday's puzzle

Jo: “Wow, Aalok’s lens is huge!”


Meredith: “Overcompensation.”

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Falcons to match Jumbos’ offensive firepower with five scorers New lineup
FIELD HOCKEY
looks to gain
Bears. Nevertheless, Messiah just per game they have been averag- Hockey Coaches Association
continued from page 12 squeaked past nationally ranked ing this year. Likewise, Messiah’s named Brown, senior tri-captain
[Messiah] has the experience of No. 11 Rowan last weekend with was a hard-fought, defensively Brittany Holiday, sophomore
having been to the NCAA cham-
pionship and making it into the
a 2-1 win in double overtime in
the national quarterfinals; Rowan
oriented game in which Rowan
held the Falcons’ top three scorers
Amanda Roberts and junior
Margi Scholtes to the All-New experience
Final Four before, I guess we’re an was the only team that had hand- to seven shots and outshot them England West Region First Team.
underdog in terms of the longevi- ed Messiah a regular-season loss. overall too. The most-represented school on MEN’S SQUASH
ty of making it to the tournament. “As a team, we got frustrated The Tufts squad has stressed the roster, Tufts’ depth may be the continued from page 11
However, I don’t think that we are that after we beat Bowdoin and consistency in its game play as difference in defeating Messiah, match weekend, first on the agenda
at all the underdog in terms of our after we beat Middlebury, we it moves deeper into the tourna- a team with five players scoring is the country’s best in Trinity, a
skill or talent.” were never able to break into ment and faces greater chances of 12 or more goals on the season. team that has won 144 consecutive
The national poll has had Tufts first place,” sophomore mid- elimination against better teams. Unlike the opposition, Tufts has matches and is a nine-time nation-
in the top 10 since late September, fielder Tamara Brown said. “But “After our game against Bowdoin many scoring options, and with al champion. The road doesn’t get
when the team was 5-0, and it’s also given us extra incentive, [in the regular season], we’ve a season hanging in the balance, much easier after that, with a pair
moved the Jumbos into the No. and I think we found we did get learned to play more consistently the Jumbos plan on leaving every- of matchups tomorrow against
2 position after they completed the respect we deserved when throughout the entire 70 minutes,” thing out on the field. No. 9 Dartmouth and No. 12 Navy
their undefeated regular season the NCAA gave us an at-large bid Brown said. “In that game, we fell “It is a huge honor [to be named in Hanover, N.H., followed by a
with a victory over then-No. 1 and a first-round bye and home- in the first five minutes, and after to the First Team],” Brown said. “It relief match in the form of No. 35
Bowdoin. In the final poll, Tufts field advantage. Messiah may be that we turned around, played reflects more on our team than Vanderbilt, before the squad finish-
ranked fourth in the nation. ranked No. 1, but that doesn’t smarter and came from behind on our individual successes this es up by battling a No. 10 Williams
The Jumbos’ march to the top mean anything when you’re on and won. Against Messiah, against season. I would never have been team in a set of contests played at
was marked by regular-season the field playing and it’s your Ursinus and against Bowdoin, we able to make the list if I had not Harvard.
dominance over ranked NESCAC final shot at a championship.” have to step up with everyone had the support of a strong for- “We’re going to be under pres-
teams like Middlebury and Trinity As Messiah faced dead-heat from the forwards to the defend- ward line, smart midfielders and sure from the best players in the
— which were among the 20 opposition in the third round, ers being ready to play defense. We an aggressive defensive line. None country, so you can take that a
teams to earn bids to the NCAA Tufts also narrowly eliminated its talked a lot about just laying it all of us could have reached where lot of ways and try and grow your
tourney — and Final Four con- opposition, the nine-time cham- out on the field because no matter we are today on our own.” own game, whether it be work-
testant Bowdoin, but Messiah has pion TCNJ Lions, in the Jumbos’ what, this is our last weekend of “We couldn’t be more excited ing on how you play defensively
enjoyed similar success. During 2-1 NCAA quarterfinal victory. the season.” to be going to the Final Four,” or how you play retrieving, or
the regular season, the Falcons The Lions outshot and out-cor- So far, the Jumbos aren’t letting junior Amanda Russo said. “We’re whether you see how you can put
defeated Salisbury, The College nered the Jumbos during the any polls hold back their drive not thinking to the champion- players who are better than you
of New Jersey and the tourna- match, with Tufts putting up just on the road to the national title. ship, but we’re 50 percent of the under pressure by being aggres-
ment-hosting Ursinus Golden 11 shots, a far cry from the 24.4 This week, the National Field way there.” sive,” Rassel said.

2008 NCAA DIVISION III


FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round Second Round Third Round Semifinals National Championship
November 12 November 15 November 16 November 22 November 23

Messiah (14-1)
Messiah
Eastern (14-6)
Eastern
Skidmore* (15-3)
Anderson Field
Messiah
Messiah College
Trinity (Conn.)* (12-4) Grantham, Penn.
Trinity
Neumann (11-10)
Rowan
Rowan (14-4) Eleanor Frost Snell Alumnea Field
Ursinus College
TCNJ (15-2) Collegeville, Penn.

TCNJ
Chris. Newport (13-5)
Chris. Newport
Johns Hopkins* (16-4)
Bello Field
Tufts
Tufts University
Keene St. (18-5)
Springfield
Medford, Mass.
Eleanor Frost Alumnae Field
Springfield* (15-6) Ursinus College
Tufts
Tufts (16-1)
Collegeville, Penn.
Bowdoin (15-2)
Bowdoin NATIONAL
Wooster (16-5)
Stevens Institute* (18-3)
Stevens Institute CHAMPION
Howard F. Ryan Field Bowdoin
Bowdoin College
New England College (17-4) Brunswick, Maine
Lebanon Valley
Lebanon Valley* (18-3)
Middlebury
Middlebury (13-3) Eleanor Frost Snell Alumnea Field
Ursinus College
Salisbury (15-3) Collegeville, Penn.

Cortland St.
Castleton (14-7)
Cortland St.
Cortland St.* (15-2)
Eleanor Frost Snell Alumnea Field Ursinus
Ursinus College
Lynchburg* (17-5) Collegeville, Penn.
Lynchburg
Sewanee (14-6) *-denotes host institution for first-round games
Ursinus
Ursinus (17-2)
10 The Tufts Daily Sports Friday, November 21, 2008

Inside the NHL

Competition Committee considers removing trapezoid behind goal


by Korin Hasegawa-John ity has been reduced, meaning that for-
Senior Staff Writer wards and defensemen go in hard to
the corner in an effort to retrieve pucks
The NHL’s League Competition outside the trapezoid. Going into the
Committee has decided to take a break corner fast and hard is a recipe for get-
from devising strategies to increase scor- ting banged-up at best and getting a
ing and is instead pondering ways to season-ending injury at worst. In return
reduce injuries. With a recent rash of play- for the increased injury risk, the amount
ers going into the end boards (an epidem- of offense has not appreciably increased.
ic of high ankle sprains, Mike Van Ryn and In fact, teams with excellent stick-han-
Patrice Bergeron’s concussions, and most dling goaltenders have probably seen
recently, Andy McDonald’s broken leg), their offense decrease as a result.
the NHL is attempting to reduce contact The Dallas Stars used to be renowned
in the corners. for playing a neutral-zone trap that forced
Flash back to the lockout a few years ago. their opponents to dump the puck and
In an effort to increase scoring, the goalten- chase, because they always attempted to
der’s trapezoid was created. This trapezoid, have good stick-handling goaltenders. Ed
extending from the goal line behind the Belfour, a very mobile goaltender, gave
goal to the end boards, designated the area way to Marty Turco, who is one of the best
in which goalies could play the puck. If stick-handlers of all time. Since Turco and
the goaltender played the puck anywhere Belfour were already deep in the Dallas
behind the goal line outside this zone zone, standing in the crease, they were
(which in practicality means the corners), easily able to intercept any dump-in that
he would be assessed a minor penalty. went behind the goal line. A quick break-
The reasoning behind this change was out pass let the Stars’ offense get on its
that restricting the goaltender’s mobility way, made more dangerous because the
would allow the other team’s forwards to opponent’s forwards would be well up
dump the puck into the offensive zone toward the Dallas zone and unable to
and chase it more effectively. If the offense backcheck easily.
gets the puck back on the dump-in, it Good stick-handlers are usually a lot MCT
could create more chances. more fun to watch; it’s entertaining to A slew of serious injuries this season involving vicious hits against the boards, like this one
Before the trapezoid, excellent stick- see Turco try to skate with the puck. between Vancouver defensemen Aaron Miller and Washington forward Chris Clark, has led
handling goaltenders like Martin Brodeur Butterfly goalies like Henrik Lundqvist some to consider changing the rules to better protect players.
and Marty Turco had a sizable advantage and Carey Price make great saves and
over their stone-handed brethren. When are probably more useful under the Letting goalies roam free would likely The possible entertainment value of
other teams attempted to dump the puck current rules, but they can be boring. make everything a lot more exciting on watching goalies attempt to play the puck,
in, they would leave the crease, retrieve Removing the trapezoid would increase dump-and-chases, and mistakes could be in addition to the decreased injury risk,
the puck and start their own offense on the utility of less-traditional goalten- amplified. Think about it: Jose Theodore both offer reasonable arguments in favor
the attack with a crisp breakout pass, ders by emphasizing another element leaves his crease to play the puck, but flubs of the elimination of the trapezoid. Goal-
essentially allowing the goaltender to act of their skill set. It would reward good it completely in the traditional Theodore scoring would probably even out, since
as a third defenseman at times. stick-handlers like Mike Smith and Turco style. With an empty net and the puck the trapezoid hasn’t exactly been doing a
Since the establishment of the trap- and penalize awful stick-handlers like loose, the odds of someone like Vincent lot to help hockey games achieve the high
ezoid, the goaltender’s maneuverabil- Cristobal Huet and Tim Thomas. Lecavalier burying it are high. scores it was intended to stimulate.

Wilfert aims to cap off breakout After 18th-place finish at 2007 Nationals,
2008 this weekend at NCAAs Faller to compete against nation’s best again
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY NESCACs two weeks ago, he an off day. I would say apart
continued from page 12 came in third, missing out on from Kosgei, I think Jesse can
ning on your team ... I think the runner-up position by just run with all of them.
the big reason we finished a one second. When the team “Anything can happen at
ways back from last year was needed a strong showing at Nationals,” he continued. “And
this varsity seven — not any Regionals, Faller delivered, by being 18th one year, that’s
one person individually — but placing second out of 331 par- no guarantee that you’re going
this varsity seven as a whole ticipants. to be there again, but at the
just has a ways to go before This string of clutch perfor- same time, there’s no reason
we’re back at that level. mances goes back to last year you can’t jump fifteen places.
“That happens from time during Faller’s sophomore sea- On top of that, he’s been run-
to time; the sport is very son. Late in the 2007 campaign, ning so well week to week —
cyclical,” he continued. “You he truly emerged as one of consistent but improving week
have your up years and your the conference’s elite, finish- to week.”
rebuilding years, and this was ing 12th at NESCACs. He also While Faller has never seen
one of those rebuilding years played a significant role in the the course in Hanover, he will
for us.” team’s earning an at-large bid, get an opportunity today to go
Still, by virtue of his second- as it was his individual third- over it and gain some familiar-
place finish, Faller qualified place finish at Regionals that ity. In terms of strategy, how-
for the NCAA Championship led Tufts to the same finish as ever, Faller already has a game
as an individual, a fitting cap- a team. Once at Nationals, he plan.
stone to the stellar year he has continued his success, captur- “I think my strategy will be
put together, emerging as the ing 18th to earn All-American to get out hard and run in or
team’s undisputed first run- honors. right behind the lead pack,”
ner. In the very first race of the “I think a lot of racing is about Faller said. “This has been my
year, at Trinity, he set the tone finding a balance between strategy for basically every
for the season and finished being on edge and staying race this season, so there’s no
fourth among 148 competi- calm,” Faller said. “Nationals reason why Nationals should
tors. is a huge mental game; suc- be any different. I think once
A few weeks later, Faller cess is all about being calm in the race thins out and people
took first in the Codfish Bowl the eye of the storm — a very start dropping off the pace, I’ll
at Franklin Park in Boston, large, hectic storm. I think one just start picking people off
despite the team registering of my strengths as a runner is and moving up. And of course,
on late notice and the race remaining calm, and I think the last mile marker is a green
featuring more than just Div. it’ll help me in this race.” light for passing as many guys
III opponents. At the All-New Still, the junior will face stiff as possible.”
England Championship on competition, including the two While almost anything can
the same course, Faller fin- male NESCAC Performers of happen in a race of this mag-
ished sixth overall out of 316 the Year: Hamilton junior Peter nitude, Faller knows the task
Laura Schultz/Tufts Daily competitors and first among Kosgei and Williams junior at hand is to once again place
Sophomore Steph McNamara, seen here during September’s Tufts all Div. III runners. One week Edgar Kosgey. Kosgei has won among the top finishers and
Invitiational, will compete at the NCAA Championship in Hanover, Ind. later, he again earned a sixth- the NESCAC Championship repeat as an All-American.
tomorrow along with classmate Amy Wilfert. place finish, this time at the the last two years, while “There’s a lot of pressure
Plansky Invitational hosted by Kosgey moved up from third to be a repeat All-American,”
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY and you’re wondering if there’s Williams. last year to second this year. Faller said. “I try to put that
continued from page 12 someone coming up behind “I think I’ve kind of accepted At last year’s Nationals, the behind me and just race. It’s
will likely be surrounded by you, it’s harder to focus. the fact that I’m one of the top two finished second and 36th, still going take a big race to
other runners for the entirety of “That will be different this runners on the course no mat- respectively. be in the top 35, just like it
the race, which could keep them week,” she continued. “I think ter what race I’m in — whether “At this point, I would say did last year. Since anything
from losing steam at the end. having people to pull them it be a small invitational or [Faller’s] potential for this race can really happen on race
“At Nationals, in that last part through the last mile is going Regionals or Nationals,” Faller is next to endless,” Welch said. day, I wouldn’t lock myself
of the race, you’re with a lot to really help them. If it comes said. “So that gives me a lot “And I say next to endless only too tightly into a top 10 or top
of the people in the top 30,” down to a kick, I feel really more confidence while I’m because Peter Kosgei is pretty 15 goal.
Morwick said. “Even if you’re confident that both of them racing and that alone makes tough to beat. But [Faller’s] “However, I do think that I
struggling, you’re still racing have the best kicks out there me a much better runner.” really in a league of his own. am a top-15-caliber athlete,
people and there’s more motiva- … I think it’ll be a better situa- What is most notable about He’s at the sort of level where and so I wouldn’t be surprised
tion to push. When you’re alone tion even if they go out a little Faller, however, is his ability for anybody in Div. III to beat if I finished high in the stand-
and there’s no one around you too hard.” to step up in big spots. At him, you need to catch him on ings,” he said.
Friday, November 21, 2008 The Tufts Daily Sports 11
Women’s Squash Preview gideon jacobs | Baseball, Football

Tufts looks to outdo last year’s 9-12 record


and Poop Jokes

by Noah Schumer
The
Daily Editorial Board

One thing that has stood out about the


Cowboys
women’s squash program in recent years is
its consistency: The Jumbos always seem to are lurking
fight their way to a top-25 ranking by the end
of the year. This season, the goal remains the

T
same: to compete for a spot in either the Kurtz he Dallas Cowboys are awful.
Cup (B division) or Walker Cup (C Division) Their defense tackles like
brackets at the College Squash Association’s the stuntmen in the LaDainian
national championships. Tomlinson Campbell’s Soup com-
“Because we’re a younger and less-experi- mercials. Their secondary looks more
enced team, our main goal is pure improve- confused than the opposing team in
ment,” senior tri-captain Jessica Herrmann “Little Giants” (1994) when they faced the
said. “But we’re still looking to finish with a “Annexation of Puerto Rico.” Their go-to
ranking similar to last year and a spot in either wide receiver is a black, slightly more
the top of the C or the bottom of B divisions.” stable Gary Busey with 4.3 speed. Their
Tufts is coming off a solid 2007-08 cam- quarterback gets to see Jessica Simpson
paign in which the team ended the season naked every night (after that experience,
ranked No. 16 in the country, but in early football probably feels like it doesn’t mat-
season practices the Jumbos have been put- ter that much). He also has to talk to
ting a premium on conditioning, an area Jessica Simpson every night (after that
in which they believe they can improve on experience, nothing probably feels like
from last year. Annie Wermiel/Tufts Daily it matters that much). Their coach pos-
“We’re putting a lot of work in on our fit- Senior tri-captain Victoria Barba heads into her final year poised to lead the women’s sesses George Bush’s dopey incompetence
ness,” Herrmann said. “We want to be in won- squash team from her spot atop the squad’s ladder. The Jumbos are looking to maintain a and Meatloaf’s legendary man-boobs. And
derful shape this season. When we’re playing top-20 ranking this season. their owner has the patience of a Ritalin
evenly matched teams, our fitness can really toddler getting his first haircut.
carry us through and make the difference. a bit defensive.” we’ve come as a team. But our schedule is As my buddy from Austin says every
Our practices have been very positive; we’re While Tufts will have to overcome the tough and we play a lot of the top 10 teams Sunday night, “The Cowboys are an embar-
working on removing negative thoughts from graduation of last year’s No. 1 player Rebecca in the country.” rassment.” They are laughably dysfunc-
our practices, which can be a huge benefit for Rice (LA ’08), who started at the top spot her That tough schedule will take effect right tional, inconsistent and undisciplined.
a younger team.” sophomore through senior years, the team off the bat when the Jumbos face Trinity, But with all that said, they are the single
“It’s hard to say what the strengths of the returns the overwhelming majority of its which ended last season ranked No. 4 nation- most dangerous team in football. That’s
team are because it’s very early in the season,” starting lineup, including senior tri-captains ally, today in their first contest of the season. right, those “punching bag of the NFC
coach Doug Eng added. “But one thing I Herrmann, Victoria Barba and Simone Grant, “Trinity’s in a whole other ballpark,” Eng East” Cowboys. There is no one in the
would identify is that they are a group that is as well as juniors Stefanie Marx and Laura said. “Squash is basically a Div. I sport [for league that threatens my Giants’ chanc-
willing to work very hard on their fitness.” Curren and sophomore Valerie Koo. Tufts], and Trinity, in effect, gives out schol- es of a repeat more than this seemingly
On the court, Herrmann identified sev- The squad has not finished above .500 arships to its players. Eighty to 90 percent mediocre 6-4 underachiever. No one.
eral areas where the Jumbos are looking to since the 2000-01 season, and in recent years of their players are international, and they It’s not their talent that I’m scared of.
improve their individual play. it has hovered right below that mark, finishing recruit from a pool of the top thirty juniors in Sure, they are chock-full of superstars,
“As a team, we’re emphasizing consistently 9-12 last season. But while the Jumbos would the world. It’s like going out and facing a Duke and if they remember that Marion Barber
putting depth and length on our shots,” she love to break that ceiling, they recognize that or a UCLA in another sport. What we have is their offense, they can put up a ton of
said. “Hitting the ball deeper in the court in a sport as competitive as squash, the final to do is look at what we can accomplish on points, but that’s not why they have a shot
produces a more defensive shot from your record isn’t necessarily representative of their an individual level — good drives and good at a Super Bowl.
opponent because they have to play behind overall performance. movement. We don’t want to give up and You see, in sports, there are many kinds
you. When you hit a deep shot in the corner, “Unlike other sports, records aren’t really make mental mistakes.” of champions. There’s the “well-round-
especially down at the bottom of the ladder that relevant in squash,” Eng said. “It’s not Herrmann, who will be out for at least a ed juggernaut”: the valedictorian of the
in the seven, eight and nine spots, it is really our overall record that matters, but the three month with a broken rib, identifies the team’s league that goes into the playoffs with
hard for your opponent to return that shot in or four key matches that define the rankings. upcoming match at Amherst on Dec. 4 as a high expectations and is simply too good
a way that doesn’t allow you to win the point. Those could include Middlebury, William key point on the season. to choke (see 2008 Celtics). There’s the
“In general, we want to be a more aggres- Smith and Northeastern.” “That will be a really big match for us,” she “momentum rider”: the team that finishes
sive team this season,” she continued. “It would be great to get to that point said. “It’s in December, and hopefully by then the regular season on a tear and then rides
“Being aggressive will allow us to play a [where we’d finish above .500],” Herrmann most of our team will be back on the court the hot streak straight to a title (see 2001
more offensive style. In the past we’ve been said. “It would say a lot about how far and ready to go.” Patriots). There’s the “lucky bastards”: the
team that gets the right bounces during
Men’s Squash Preview a year when the playoff crop is weak (see

Preseason No. 19 Jumbos kick off season today


2006 St. Louis Cardinals). And then there’s
the “reformed problem child”: the team
that implodes, becomes an afterthought,
by Thomas Eager senior tri-captain Brian Rassel said. “We’ve great hard workers, which has been the somehow sneaks into the playoffs and
Daily Editorial Board scheduled some of our extremely hard hallmark coming into this season,” Rassel only then realizes just how good they
matches for the fall, starting out with Trinity, added. “Because with those guys abroad and really are (see 2008 Giants).
While the beginning of every collegiate and then we also put some that we consider after graduating the three seniors from last The Cowboys are that “problem child”
sports season almost inevitably coincides less competitive for us, hoping we could year who were all starters, on the technical champion. They really do remind me of
with a period of transition and adjustment get some wins in the fall, waiting for a lot of side we might not be as strong as we were my G-men last year (typing that made my
-— new players learn the ropes and the those [abroad] guys to return this winter.” before, but we’re definitely compensating.” soul hurt. It feels like I just said Voldemort
veterans sort out new starting roles — the “The way I think that our coach [Doug While there will be seven players in the aloud). We went into the season with
men’s squash team is feeling a much more Eng] organized our matches was that he put starting lineup for the fall segment of the Tom Coughlin’s job in jeopardy. Our best
acute sense of this period of change and matches that we don’t usually have a whole winter season who are either brand-new player, Tiki Barber, was no longer in the
uncertainty. lot of opportunity to win in the fall, because to collegiate competition or have served backfield but instead on NFL talk shows
When the Jumbos, ranked No. 19 in the if we’re not going to win anyway, we might as in roles more akin to alternates in the past, bashing our franchise quarterback’s lead-
College Squash Association (CSA) preseason well use them almost as exhibition matches, the key position at No. 1 on the ladder ership skills. Jeremy Shockey was hurt all
poll, take the court today against national just to get people used to playing at a higher will change hands, though the last name year but still managed to cause trouble,
No. 1 Trinity for the first of five matches level,” senior tri-captain Chris Martin said. remains the same. Alex Gross, Jake’s young- and Plaxico Burress was, as usual, a con-
in a busy opening weekend, just two of “Everyone is going to have to step up this er brother, competed at second spot all last stant distraction. We had more baggage
their starters from last season’s squad will be year, so it will be really good to get people season as a freshman and will take over for than — well, another shot at Tony’s girl
competing on the ladder. Only sophomores to realize where they are, what they need to his elder sibling for the 2008-09 campaign would be too easy.
Alex Gross and Ben Rind return, leaving the work on, because when you’re playing an as the squad’s best. But we went on that incredible run
remaining seven spots open to first-year opponent that’s much better than you, it’s “Jake was a pretty special player, obvi- through Tampa, Dallas, Green Bay and
recruits and upperclassmen who have seen easier to see where your flaws are.” ously, probably one of the best to ever play New England, not in spite of all the bag-
limited competition thus far in their careers. Admittedly, the team expects to see a dip here,” Rassel said. “But his brother is defi- gage, but because of it. We were an ESPN
Indeed, the end of the 2007-08 campaign in terms of its regular season record this fall nitely filling that role. His brother had the soap opera on the brink of mutiny. We had
saw the departure of former tri-captain Jake as the first-years acclimate to the program. advantage of watching Jake last season, see- some bad games and some truly awful
Gross (LA ’08), the No. 1 starter essentially And while Martin and Rassel agreed that ing what being the No. 1 player was all about, ones. But we took all the bullsh-t and
from the moment he arrived on campus as a the rookies have a lot to learn between now so he’s stepping up and filling those shoes we grew from it. And after we almost
freshman in 2004, who broke the career wins and the more important spring portion of now, and leading the team in that respect as ended the Patriots’ perfect regular season
record with a 53-21 effort across four years the season, the autumn contests should give our best player and also leading the team in in Week 17, we got past it. The baggage
and ended his run for the Jumbos ranked them key match experience, enabling all terms of experience and what he can lend made us stronger. And in the end, it made
No. 32 individually in the nation. nine starting competitors to play without in terms of squash know-how … obviously us a champion.
Gross’ departure, coupled with the gradu- concerns of winning or losing. there’s a reason he’s No. 1.” All the Romo rumors, Pac-Man indict-
ation of two other starting seniors Nelson “I think our goal in the fall semester is Because of Jake Gross’ reliability at the ments, T.O. rants and Jerry Jones ultima-
Schubart (LA ’08) and Kris Leetavorn really just to get the freshmen up to speed top of the ladder — he posted a 17-2 mark tums might seem to hurt the Cowboys
(LA ’08), and the absence of four starting because they are going to be the bottom of last season — Tufts will have to alter its in the short run, but if they can get
juniors — Zach Bradley, Max Dalury, Scott the ladder in the spring as well, and at this strategy some to overcome the dropoff at past them, they make Dallas that much
Leighton and John Subranni — due to study- point they obviously have a lot to work on, the No. 1 slot. more dangerous down the road. If they
ing abroad, leaves a vacuum at numerous and they’ve already made great progress so “During matches, Jake was always the somehow pull off a couple wins like the
points throughout the ladder. As such, the far,” Martin said. “As far as I can see, since ‘Okay, we’re going to have No. 1 win,’ almost one against Washington on Sunday, this
fall portion of the Jumbos’ season will focus we don’t have a whole lot of schools to shoot every match, so now it’s going to be a very team will start to rally. If they sneak into
much more on gaining experience through for in the fall, we’re really focusing on bring- different style of play,” Martin said. “It’s going the playoffs and pull off a win there,
match play rather than shooting for overall ing individuals up to speed so that by the to be a very different strategy; we’re going then this team will start to believe. I’m
team victories. time the spring comes and we have a full to try to probably take over the middle and officially worried.
“[Missing seven starters from last season] cohesive team then, everyone will be able to lower and have the middle be our main win-
obviously puts a dent in our talent lineup play competitively and we’ll be able to move ning section.”
going into our fall matches which start this together as a unit.” Looking ahead to the Jumbos’ busy five- Gideon Jacobs is a sophomore who has
weekend, but basically, to get around that, “We had a solid recruiting class, but more not declared a major. He can be reached at
you have to deal with what you’re left with,” than anything they’ve all turned out to be see MEN’S SQUASH, page 9 Gideon.Jacobs@tufts.edu.
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Field Hockey

Tufts seeks to clip Messiah Falcons’


wings and head to championship
NCAA Div. III Semifinals, at Ursinus College, Tomorrow
Tomorrow’s first semifinal
game is a complete mis-
match as far as experience is
concerned: While Tufts will
appear in the Final Four for
the first time in program his-
vs. tory, Messiah is back for the
12th time. Messiah is as bat-
11 a.m. tle-tested as any opponent
Tufts has faced, having gone
No. 4 TUFTS No. 1 MESSIAH
10-1 against ranked teams
this season. But as the Jum-
bos have shown with victo-
ries over traditional powers
Middlebury, Bowdoin and
TCNJ, they’re ready to com-
pete with anyone.

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Sophomore Tamara Brown, seen here Oct. 18 against Williams, has scored 23 goals in 19 games for the Jumbos The two most recent NCAA
and will lead Tufts against the No. 1 Messiah Falcons tomorrow in the NCAA Final Four hosted by Ursinus champions square off in the
College. This weekend’s competition marks the program’s first appearance in the national semifinals. second semifinal. The Polar
Bears aren’t undefeated like
vs. they were this time last year,
by Michael Spera away from the national champi- making their 12th appearance on
Daily Staff Writer onship. the national semifinal stage. Once 2 p.m. but considering that they’ve
But birds of prey await the more, Messiah has enjoyed a first- outscored their opponents
After 19 contests across 11 Jumbos in Collegeville, Penn. place ranking in the national poll 6-1 in tourney play so far, it’s
weeks of play, it all comes down Tufts (18-1 overall) will face off since Nov. 4, though Tufts was just No. 3 BOWDOIN No. 2 URSINUS clear they’re still a force to be
to this: one weekend, one bracket against the nationally ranked No. 1 two points shy in second place in reckoned with. The Bears,
of semifinalists and one goal — Messiah Falcons (17-1) at Ursinus those same rankings. meanwhile, will benefit from
namely, winning a national title. College this weekend for a chance “I don’t care about the national home-field advantage.
The field hockey team will make to go to the championship game poll,” coach Tina McDavitt said.
history tomorrow by becoming the on Sunday. While the Jumbos have “I don’t think it really means any-
NCAA Div. III Championship Game: Sunday at 1 p.m.
first team in program history to added to a record-breaking season thing — it’s very political. Because
reach the Final Four of the NCAA with their first-ever ascendance to — by Sapna Bansil
Tournament — just one game the Final Four, the Falcons will be see FIELD HOCKEY, page 9

Cross country teams dispatch three runners to NCAA Champs


Men’s Cross Country Women’s Cross Country

One for all: Faller heads to Hanover, Ind., Sophomore combo of McNamara and Wilfert
as lone representative from Jumbos’ squad to compete on national stage this weekend
by David Heck by Carly Helfand 14th at the race last weekend.
Daily Editorial Board Daily Editorial Board “I’m really happy with how far I’ve pro-
gressed,” Wilfert said. “Last year, honestly,
The men’s cross country team will be Although the season may be over for going to Nationals was kind of a long, far
taking part in the NCAA Championship the majority of the women’s cross coun- reach. I didn’t really know if it would hap-
in Hanover, Ind. tomorrow — just not try team, for sophomores Stephanie pen by sophomore year or junior year. I
in the way anybody had planned. McNamara and Amy Wilfert, tomorrow’s really worked hard over the summer — I
After finishing 11th out of 49 teams race marks the biggest of them all. definitely wanted to get back to where I
at Regionals, Tufts failed to earn a The pair will compete in the NCAA was in high school and be competitive
bid to Nationals, though junior Jesse Championship race in Hanover, Ind., within our region and Div. III, so I could
Faller, who placed second at Regionals having earned individual at-large berths not be happier.”
to continue his exceptional season, at last weekend’s NESCAC Championship “I think talent-wise, it’s always been
qualified individually. race; Tufts took sixth and failed to qualify there,” coach Kristen Morwick said. “I
“We were all disappointed not to for team consideration for the second don’t think she’s new to this level of run-
be able to go again as a team,” junior straight year. ning; I just don’t think she’s done it in
co-captain Nick Welch said. “But I “We were pretty disappointed that we college yet.”
couldn’t be prouder that if we have to got sixth again this year and that we just And while Wilfert is confident that
send one guy, that it would be [Faller]. missed out again,” McNamara said. “It garnering All-American honors is with-
I know he wishes that we were there was pretty close in terms of last weekend, in her reach, she is more concerned
lining up in our box right next to him. but at the same time, you still have to be with putting out her best effort than
It is tough, but I think we couldn’t proud that we’re sending two people out anything else.
pick someone better to represent our there, and we’re both going to represent “Really, I just want to end the season
school and our team.” Tufts the best we can.” on a good note,” Wilfert said. “I’m kind
“I was sad when I knew I’d be going The national stage is nothing new of a lot more calm about this than I
to Nationals by myself,” Faller said. to McNamara, whose 30th-place finish was for Div. IIIs and NESCACs. I knew
“The team aspect of cross country is earned her All-American honors in last where I had to be in terms of times, I
often overlooked, and it makes a big year’s race along with teammates and guess, but here it’s kind of go out and
difference when you have six other then-senior tri-captains Cat Beck (LA ’08) do your best and sometimes it’s good
guys out on the course suffering like and Katy O’Brien (E ’08). McNamara said enough and sometimes it’s not, but I’m
you are. It’s a big factor to run for the she hopes to use her experience and hoping it will be.”
team and run for something bigger improve on last year’s showing. While McNamara has suffered at times
than yourself.” “Right now in terms of numbers, I this season from pushing too hard at the
Last year, after finishing fifth out of would definitely look for improving on get-go in order to keep pace with the
11 teams at NESCACs, the men’s cross my place from last year,” McNamara said. frontrunner, at a race the size of Nationals,
country team advanced to NCAA New “I think that’s a pretty good goal. I know getting out quickly will be essential.
Englands in need of a near-mirac- courtesy Peter Ruso
the competition scale is different this “You have to go out hard and estab-
ulous finish to have a shot at the Junior Jesse Faller, shown here, was the top year — there are some seniors that are lish a position,” Morwick said. “The race
NCAA Championship as a unit. The Div. III finisher when he competed at Open gone. With that in mind, I’d like to move is so crowded at the top, so for them to
team accomplished just that, coming New Englands on Oct. 11. up and hopefully really make a jump in take it too easy would be an even bigger
in third out of 47 teams to earn a berth place.” mistake.”
to Nationals. Jumbos finished 11th and missed the Wilfert, on the other hand, will be mak- But the pair won’t be short on wor-
This year, the story was much the NCAA Championship race for the first ing the trip to Nationals for the first time, thy NESCAC competitors who can pro-
same. After taking fourth at NESCACs, time since 2006. after a breakout 2008 season. The product vide some points of reference, as teams
the team once again needed a strong “Every race is always its own entity,” of diligent summer training, Wilfert has from Middlebury, Williams and Amherst
showing at Regionals to receive an Welch said. “It’s always going to be dif- been a consistent No. 2 behind McNamara will be competing for the team crown.
at-large bid to the national champi- ferent when you have new guys run- throughout the course of the season and Additionally, both McNamara and Wilfert
onship. Unfortunately for the Jumbos, went from finishing 79th at last year’s
lightning did not strike twice: The see MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, page 10 NCAA New England Championships to see WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, page 10