On Location: Brazil

About halfway through “Aquarius” (2016), protagonist Clara (Sônia Braga) walks with her nephew and his girlfriend out of her apartment in Recife, on the northeast coast of Brazil, down the beach to visit her longtime housekeeper. As they talk, Clara says they are crossing from the wealthier district into the poorer district. “This sewage pipe is […]

Red, White and True: The final hours of the filibuster

“If you give up your rights now, don’t expect to get them back.” –Rand Paul In 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spearheaded an impactful change on the Senate floor. An overwhelming majority of Senators voted to eliminate the filibuster in situations where legislation was being introduced on the Senate floor. Later on, Reid invoked […]

‘The Great Wall’ is amusing, unimpressive

“The Great Wall” (2016) — released Dec. 15, 2016 in China and Feb. 17, 2017 in the United States — blends bits of Chinese history and mythology with good old American heroism to create, if nothing else, an entertaining action movie. It all begins with two European mercenaries named William Garin (Matt Damon) and Pero Tovar […]

University Chaplaincy hires Muslim associate

Abubakr Fakhry Abou-Elala was appointed as the Muslim associate in the University Chaplaincy last semester, as current Muslim Chaplain Celene Ibrahim is finishing her doctoral studies at Brandeis University. Abou-Elala is scheduled to be on staff until May, according to Ibrahim. She noted that Abou-Elala is an important resource for the Muslim community at Tufts as she completes her studies. “Increasing my […]

Bowman, DeBari earn All-American honors at NCAA Championships

Heading into last weekend’s NCAA Div. III Indoor National Championship meet, coach Kristen Morwick said the biggest obstacles facing Tufts’ two runners, juniors Brittany Bowman and Annalisa DeBari, would be mental. “Both Britt [Bowman] and Nal [DeBari] know what they need to do to prepare for their races. They are healthy and excited to compete,” […]

Looking In: Jon Ossoff

President Donald Trump recently appointed Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as his Health and Human Services secretary. After he got confirmed, his seat, the sixth congressional district of Georgia, was officially open. Georgia’s sixth is a mostly white, conservative suburb of Atlanta and has had Republican congressmen for the last generation. Price won the district by […]

Op-Ed: Ableism at Tufts and the ‘Life, Animated’ screening

On Feb. 10, the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development hosted a screening of the documentary “Life, Animated” (2016), about an autistic person named Owen Suskind with a special interest in Disney characters. The Coalition for Autism Support at Tufts (CAST), of which we are officers, agreed to co-sponsor this event. However, after […]

T-Pain to headline Spring Fling 2017, with openers Aminé, Tinashe

The performers at this year’s Spring Fling concert will be hip-hop artist T-Pain, up-and-coming rapper Aminé and R&B artist Tinashe, according to an announcement by Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC) Concert at noon on Monday. The concert will take place on April 29. The announcement was made to a crowd of students in a packed Dewick-MacPhie Dining […]

Teeing off: O Canada!

In a day that was supposed to be calm and clear for the native son of our neighbor to the north, Adam Hadwin sure made himself earn his first career PGA Tour win. But, he did earn it (as well as the praise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau). Hadwin entered the final round of the […]