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The Tufts Daily
Where you read it first | Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Lena Leavitt


More than meets the eye: Somerville Theatre

The theater is a family business; only three families have ever owned it. After Joseph Hobbs built it in 1914 as part of his Hobbs building, which included a basement café, a bowling alley and billiards, the theater hit the ground running with weekly plays, vaudeville performances, opera shows and the hot new craze: films. 


More than meets the eye: Goddard Chapel

When Goddard was first built in 1883, it was, like the rest of Tufts’ roots, a primarily Universalist establishment. “Universalism is a testament to universal human dignity and universal salvation," Cooper said. However, it is important to remember the darker history behind the chapel as well.

The Setonian

Little Bit of History Repeating: Gravestone depictions

Strolling along any old New England cemetery (as one does), you’ll most likely find gravestones with winged skulls curling across their crests. I remember staring at these “Death’s Heads” for too long during elementary school field trips to Boston’s Granary Burying Ground: their hollow eyes and teeth in a row, wings unfurled in cracked yet perfect symmetry. There’s a stark blankness to their gaze, a tiredness in the curved shape where their noses would be. 

The Setonian

Little Bit of History Repeating: Salmon sushi

Salmon sushi did not exist before the 1990s, and no one told me. I have been taking its “authenticity” (whatever that means) as a Japanese dish for granted, when really we have Norway’s ridiculous persistence to thank for its creation.

The Setonian

Little Bit of History Repeating: Chinatown

In 2014, a tour guide berated San Francisco’s Chinatown streets: “Here in America we don’t eat turtles and frogs...when you come to America you've got to assimilate a little bit.” The irony is palpable, considering that Chinatowns were created precisely because racist legislation made assimilation impossible for Asian Americans.

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