Stephanie Hoechst

Stephanie Hoechst is the executive arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a junior studying English and film & media studies. She can be reached at

Despite pretty good intentions, ‘I Feel Pretty’ pretty much fails

Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” (2018) poses an interesting question: What would happen if women simply decided to find themselves beautiful? What kind of confidence would they be able to awaken with such an attitude? Unfortunately, “I Feel Pretty’s” premise and intentions are its only strong characteristics. The film follows physically insecure Renee Bennett (Schumer), who […]

Department of Drama and Dance to showcase senior capstones

For the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts, the end of the spring semester marks one of the busiest and most exciting times: the capstones and thesis week, during which seniors majoring or minoring in drama or dance will have the opportunity to showcase their projects. “Capstone and thesis week is a huge week for […]

‘Isle of Dogs’ is a touching, artful tribute to man’s best friend

After only a few minutes of Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animated film, “Isle of Dogs” (2018), it’s clear how much care went into crafting the grimy, spirited and quaint world and characters of Megasaki and Trash Island. From the grander construction of detailed set pieces and complex action sequences, right down to the subtleties of facial animations […]

Torn Ticket II presents ‘Assassins,’ explores presidential assassinations, ‘American Dream’

History? Murder? Disillusionment and the American Dream? All these elements will collide this weekend in Torn Ticket II’s musical one-act, “Assassins,” according to director Peter Spearman and assistant director Jessica Pearson, both second-year Ph.D. students in Theater and Performance Studies at Tufts. According to Pearson, the main characters of “Assassins” are an amalgamation of historical figures who […]

University hosts open forum on race, representation in Alumnae Lounge murals

Yesterday evening, the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD) and the Tufts University Art Galleries co-presented an open forum concerning the murals in Alumnae Lounge. According to speakers at the event, the future of the murals, which fail to depict any persons of racially marginalized communities, has been an ongoing topic of debate. […]

Super Arts Saturday invites children to learn about art, hear Tufts Wind Ensemble

If you walked past the Granoff Music Center last Saturday, you probably saw clusters of children and families with blue folders and maps of the music center. That’s because last weekend, several Tufts arts organizations came together for Super Arts Saturday, an event for children to learn about the arts through a concert and other arts-focused activities.  According […]

Tufts’ production of ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ adds 1920s aesthetic to the 18th-century opera

This weekend, the Tufts Opera Ensemble is tackling Mozart’s famous opera “Le Nozze Di Figaro” (1786). Directors Carol Mastrodomenico and Thomas Stumpf, faculty members of the music department, have put a twist on the well-known classical opera, depicting it in a colorful rendition of 1920s Spain instead of the original 18th-century setting.  The Opera Ensemble […]

Tufts introduces Center, pre-orientation program for first-generation students

Next fall, Tufts will be implementing two new resources for low-income, undocumented and first-generation students: a first-generation center, called the F1rst Center, located at 20 Professors Row, and a new pre-orientation program called BEAST (Building Engagement and Access for Students at Tufts). The Office for Student Success and Advising (OSSA) has been working with student communities […]

Author Christopher Golden talks time at Tufts, writing inspirations

On Thursday, Feb. 8, Tisch Library hosted a talk from New York Times best-selling author and Tufts alumnus Christopher Golden in the Hirsh Reading Room. Golden graduated from Tufts in 1989 with a double major in English and history and a concentration in classics. Since then, he has written and collaborated on an extensive body of work, including […]