Arman Smigielski

Arman Smigielski is a former Associate Editor at the Tufts Daily who majored in political science. He holds the distinction of never losing a Connect 4 series while at Tufts.


‘Death of Stalin’ provides commentary on authoritarianism, cheap laughs, but not much else

“The Death of Stalin” (2017), Armando Iannucci’s second feature film, portrays the struggle for power following Stalin’s death over control of the USSR between Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale), Nikita Krushchev (Steve Buscemi) and Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor). Most of the film focuses on the fight when choosing Stalin’s successor and ends with Krushchev coordinating the […]


Criminal Justice Reform Phone Bank targets federal, local bills

At the Criminal Justice Reform Phone Bank yesterday, students made more than 200 calls to state and federal officials regarding criminal justice reform bills up for consideration in the U.S. Senate and the Massachusetts Legislature, according to Max Hornung, a senior and co-organizer of the event. Hornung is also a member of the Tufts University Prison Initiative at […]


Jumbos place 8th at National Championships

The women’s cross country team’s season came to a close in cold and windy Louisville, Ky. at the NCAA Div. III National Championships on Saturday. Tufts placed eighth overall, a slight decline from its seventh place finish last year. The program, however, improved on its 16th-place finish in 2014 and its 13th-place finish in 2013. The last time […]


Bowman takes first in NCAA Regional Championship, Jumbos third

The Jumbos journeyed to Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. on Saturday for the Div. III NCAA Cross Country Regional Championship, a six-kilometer race against teams in the New England area. Tufts, ranked No. 6 nationally, finished in third place out of 59 total schools, closely behind winner No. 2 MIT, and second place No. 5 Williams. Though […]


Jumbos place fifth at USATF New England Championship

While the top 10 runners for the women’s cross country team rested and continued to prepare for the NCAA Regional Championships on Nov. 12, the rest of the team took to the course this past Sunday at the USA Track and Field Cross Country (USATF) championships, held in sunny Franklin Park, Boston. The Jumbos placed fifth […]


Bettez runner up at NESCAC Championship, Jumbos place second overall

Runners faced far-from-ideal conditions on a cold, rainy and muddy afternoon at the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Colby College on Saturday. Ranked sixth nationally, Tufts finished with 72 points, earning second place after rival No. 5 Williams, with its score of 47, for the second straight year. Third place went to No. 20 Bates, which netted 109 […]


Jumbos take first at Connecticut College Invitational

Women’s cross country took first place at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Conn. on Saturday. The Jumbos, who are currently ranked No. 13 nationally, topped the field of 21 teams in the 6,000-meter race, beating national rivals No. 9 Middlebury and No. 6 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the process. The race for the […]


Jumbos demonstrate depth at James Earley Invitational

Women’s cross country finished strong last weekend at the James Earley Invitational, placing second out of 41 total teams at the five-kilometer race. The Jumbos finished high despite resting many of their best runners, those who ran in last week’s Paul Short Invitational. Because of the nature of collegiate cross country competitions, runners — especially top performers — […]


Jumbos race Div. I teams at Paul Short Invitational

Women’s cross country placed 40th out of 45 teams in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Oct. 1. Competing against Div. I programs, No. 6 Tufts was one of only three Div. III cross country programs in the race; the others were No. 5 Williams and No. 28 SUNY Oneonta. Most other Div. III teams […]


No. 6 Tufts outpaces competition en route to fourth place finish at Williams

Women’s cross country continued its strong start to the season with a fourth-place finish at the Williams Purple Valley Classic. No. 6 Tufts was the only team at the meet that placed nine runners in the top 50 of the six-kilometer race. The Jumbos finished with 125 points, 25 behind third place finisher No. 1 Williams. No. 2 SUNY […]


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