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Where you read it first | Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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Shuttle Talk: Alberto Checa

If I am being honest, I don't understand performance art.However, it is also a primary focus at the SMFA, which prides itself on pushing the boundaries of art school and exploring interdisciplinary media. Up-and-coming art students like the ones of the SMFA are the ones defining and developing ...


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Hidden Panels: 'Secret Wars' (2015)

This week I thought I’d do something a little special. Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe just took home its first Oscar gold this past Sunday, I think that we ought to celebrate the Marvel universe as a whole … by watching it get destroyed. Strap in gang: We’re talking about “Secret Wars” ...


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Spaceship Earth: From farm to house — industrial hemp

With the planet warming, global conflict in the near future is unavoidable as resource scarcity, loss of land and extreme weather events push people to act in rational but violent ways. To limit the severity of these conflicts, we must begin making radical changes to the way we do almost everything.One ...



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Review Rewind: 'Come and See'

The Movie: Come and See The Year: 1985The People: Aleksey Kravchenko as Flyora, the decaying childbearing witness to the evilest of evils, Elem Klimov as the film's director and Ales Adamovich as the screenwriter, relaying the horrors he lived through in his youth. The Non-Revealing Plot: In 1943, ...


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Shuttle Talk: Ben Mizrach

The demographics of the SMFA shuttle are pretty consistent. There are always tired-looking dual-degree students, a few Bachelor of Fine Arts students and one of the five drivers that we have come to know and (mostly) love. Someone will be holding a Rubi machine coffee, someone will be struggling to ...



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Hidden Panels: 'Transmetropolitan' Issue 2

Anyone who plans on reading this column long term should probably be warned that they're going to be hearing a lot about Warren Ellis. A one-in-a-million freak of the comic book industry, Ellis is the kind of creator that takes the medium and turns it on its head. Whether it’s injecting X-files ...


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Spaceship Earth: A coup against the climate

As the world continues to warm, serious action must be taken in order to prevent oil from being pumped out of the ground and burned into the atmosphere. As the coup in Venezuela progresses, we must understand the international motives and its potential environmental consequences. As of 2014, Venezuela ...


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Hidden Panels: 'Superior Spider-Man' issue 5

'How come (insert superhero here) doesn’t just kill the bad guys? Then the bad guys wouldn’t be able to get out and hurt more people,' inquire many comic book fans. Ok, enough with the straw man. Comic book heroes who don’t kill people shouldn’t start, and I can think of no better example ...


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Repeal and Replace: Tilton Lane

Dear Fellow Students,Tilton Lane needs to go. The paved area between Hodgdon, Lewis, Tilton, Bush and Haskell Halls is a disaster waiting to happen. The constant flow of traffic swirling through tight spaces and around multiple blind corners presents a clear and present danger to the unobserving students ...


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Shuttle Talk: Magda Petmeza

Why create art? As an artist, it was something I always knew was important, but I didn’t understand why. While at the SMFA, I've realized how complicated it is — not everyone makes art, and those who do create it for different reasons. Furthermore, many do not care at all to answer why they ...


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Ripple Effect: Introduction

How does gerrymandering hurt Nigerian yam farmers? Why does Danish foreign aid weaken Bangladeshi industry? Why don’t democracies always do what their people want? These are just a few of the questions, big and small, that I’ll explore in this column.I want to delve into contemporary political ...


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Out on the Town: Harvard Square chess hustlers

Regardless of what we Jumbos think of Harvard University, there is no denying that the school has become a symbol of decadent intellectualism. People from around the world associate Harvard with cozy, upper-class success, evidenced by the school’s doubling as a tourist attraction. It is no surprise, ...


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Review Rewind: 'Fight Club'

The movie: "Fight Club"The year: 1999The people: Edward Norton as the complex unnamed narrator and protagonist. Brad Pitt as the seductive soap salesman Tyler Durden. Helena Bonham Carter as the care-free support group impostor Marla Singer. Jared Leto as the high-energy, platinum-blonde-haired ...


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Repeal and Replace: Hotung Café

Dear fellow students,I’ve never been a big fan of Hotung Café. It’s dark, the aluminum chairs make a terrible noise, the food isn’t unique enough to justify another Tufts Dining establishment next to the Commons Marketplace and I can’t use my meal swipes. Can’t we do better? Let’s repeal ...


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Movie Theater Butter: 'Juno'

I'm willing to bet one of my allotted 10 daily meal swipes (you read that right, all of Tufts’ first-years are being charged over $3000 in exchange for the oh-so-necessary ability to enter Dewick or Carm up to 10 times a day) that you, the reader, have at least one film that you love inexplicably. ...


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The Starving Aesthete: Vaporwaves

Our current music industry congealed in the swamps of 1950s capitalism, where due to the omnipresence of the vinyl record, music production required enterprise. The resources of record production were necessarily industrial, necessarily corporate and necessarily pop-oriented, creating a system of artists: ...


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The 617: Fight for $15

The fight for a higher minimum wage engulfs cities and states across the country. With the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, city and state municipalities have taken it upon themselves to set more livable minimum wages for their citizens. Massachusetts is tied for the second highest minimum wage ...


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Looking Out: Selfishness Won’t Save Us

Last semester, I went to an event at Oxford organized by The Economist called “The Future of Work.” This title has become shorthand for nebulous concepts such as “the AI/Automation revolution” and how they might lead to a mass chronic unemployment in the near future. I have had a keen interest ...


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Looking Out: Democratic disappointment

The past week has been a reminder of why the Democratic Party is a constant disappointment. After giving up on keeping public attention on guns, knowing Congressional Republicans were unlikely to budge, Democrats moved on to what turned out to be a consensus issue. Democrats and Republicans came together ...