Stina Stannik is a senior majoring in peace and justice studies. She can be reached at stina.stannik@tufts.edu. She is also a contributing writer at the Tufts Daily.


After Years: Chapter 12

Editor’s note: This column is part of a fictional weekly serial. Nothing had gone the way Edgar had planned, which in his experience was rather par for the course when one was dealing with hotheaded criminals and international intrigue, but it was still an enormous disappointment. He had to accept that some of it was […]


Acclaimed cartoonist, graphic memoir author Alison Bechdel reflects on evolution of decades-long career

For much of her career, Alison Bechdel was a little-known cartoonist whose comic strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For” (1983-2008), could be found in the pages of alternative gay and lesbian newspapers. In 2006, however, the release of her acclaimed graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” a highly personal autobiography about Bechdel’s relationship with […]


After Years: Chapter 11

Editor’s note: This column is part of a fictional weekly serial. The samples they were looking for were sequestered in a separate chamber within the biomedical lab. To this door Alicia had neither passcode, nor key nor any instruction as to how to gain access. This was as far as their research had taken them. […]


After Years: Chapter 10

Editor’s note: This column is part of a fictional weekly serial. Alicia got out of the car first, keeping the gun trained on her father, as she carefully shut her door and walked around to his side. He made no move to escape before or after she opened his door and gestured for him to […]


‘Orphan Black’ hurtles into fourth season with strong premiere

BBC America’s sci-fi thriller “Orphan Black” (2013 — present) returned last week with a stellar fourth season premiere, promising stronger episodes ahead after a mediocre third season. The episode, “The Collapse of Nature,” transports viewers back in time to events before the first episode of the first season. Originally, “Orphan Black” fans were introduced to the […]


After Years: Chapter Nine

Editor’s note: This column is part of a fictional weekly serial. The car and its passengers bounced so wildly in its speeding progress that Alicia worried that she would accidentally discharge the gun she held pressed against the steering wheel with one hand. Her father had thus far shown no intention of revolting against the […]


After Years: Chapter Eight

Editor’s note: This column is part of a fictional weekly serial. Cecilia stared down at the gun in the planter. On the one hand, the man at her side, allegedly her grandfather (though at this point who knew?), had once been a dangerous criminal mastermind who now seemed to be a confused and harmless older […]


After Years: Chapter Seven

Editor’s note: This column is part of a fictional weekly serial. “So do we think it’s amnesia? And he’s really just a cute little old man now? Or are we leaning towards mastermind with borderline sociopathy — he’s fully aware of his past, and he’s been pretending this whole time? The scary people in suits weren’t […]


After Years: Chapter Six

Editor’s note: This column is part of a fictional weekly serial. In retrospect, Cecilia could see how hacking the classified historical records of a foreign country’s security service might have been a bad idea. She’d done it a few times for her non-profit back home, always without informing her supervisors, of course, but the targets […]


ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is worth wild ride

The third season of ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (2013 – present) returned last week on the tail of its strongest episodes and a four-month winter hiatus. These factors combined to place a great deal of pressure on the mid-season premiere, and the show neither caved under, nor fully lived up to, those expectations. There […]


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