Dana Guth is a staff writer at the Tufts Daily. She can be reached at [email protected]

Decemberists’ new LP eases up, shows cozier side

The Decemberists have never settled for simple. Instead, they’ve released album after album of far-reaching, grand concepts: progg-y rock opera on “The Hazards of Love” (2009), pastoral Americana on “The King is Dead” (2011). All were mythical, theatrical and meticulously crafted. In “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World,” released on Jan. 20, we […]

Winter movie preview: five films you won’t want to miss

Oscar season — aka winter — is upon us, meaning all the future classics are finally hitting theaters in rapid fire, just in time for us to huddle up indoors. Already identifiable are a few definite contenders: “Gone Girl,” “Boyhood” and maybe even “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Historically speaking, however, the best is yet to come. […]

HBO brings literature to the small screen with ‘Olive Kitteridge’

With fall miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO is proving its ability to successfully adapt long-form narrative to the small screen. The new drama, based on Elizabeth Strout’s 2008 collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning short stories, is a triumph in artful storytelling. Character studies, traditionally the stuff of physical novels, can now be found at the forefront of modern media. […]

Somerville named one of strongest bicycle commuter cities in the U.S.

The League of American Bicyclists listed Somerville as the city with the highest share of bicyclists in the East and the fifth highest share of bicyclists in the nation — with 7.8 percent of the population commuting by bike — in its 2013 annual report released earlier this fall. “The City of Somerville is working to become the most […]

TV on the Radio gracefully return to indie rock world with latest release

TV on the Radio’s fifth studio album “Seeds” should have been a colossal letdown. It’s been eight years since the jangling, alt-synth rockers shook their punk Brooklyn stomping ground with 2006’s critical darling “Return to Cookie Mountain,” and three slow years since they released anything at all. Meanwhile, the band was forced to part ways […]

ALLIES conference panel speaks on disaster response

Tufts Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) hosted its first annual Civil-Military Relations Conference this past Friday and Saturday. The conference, titled “In Case of Emergency: Civil-Military Relations and Disaster Response,” featured a panel of disaster relief professionals. “We wanted this conference to be more of a ‘voices from the field’ type event, in […]

Sackler School researchers team up to combat breast cancer

Two researchers from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences began a collaboration in October to investigate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Funded by a three-year, $5 million grant from the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, the research is intended to find out how so many people fall victim to the disease with no family history of […]

Community health approved as a primary major

Starting next fall, community health will be offered as a primary major at Tufts, rather than a secondary double major as it is now, according to an Oct. 24 announcement by the Community Health Program. The change has been in the works for years due to student and faculty demand, according to Community Health Program Director Jennifer Allen. “There […]

Amazon releases game-changing drama ‘Transparent’

Recently, television producers seem to have dug up a drama-ratings goldmine by exposing alternative narratives of post-modern American suburbia, stories that are missing from the “Leave it to Beaver” (1957 – 1963) genre of programming. They have given us a meth-slinging chemistry teacher in “Breaking Bad” (2008 – 2013), a domestic cougar-turned-pot-dealer in “Weeds” (2005 […]

TCU Senate Update

In an exceptionally short meeting this week, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate listened to reports by its various committees and reviewed the allocation of funds to a number of student organizations. The meeting kicked off with a call to order and a rundown of updates from each of Senate’s committee chairs, including those of Education, Administration and […]