Nonpartisan Nonsense: why third party candidates aren’t the answer to our political problems

Every four years, when a presidential election is around the corner, dissatisfaction with party politics resurfaces. After watching party members clobber one another for months, only to coalesce during the death-match with the opposite party, pundits and voters begin to wax lyrical about a magical third-party candidate who might rise above the bipartisan woes of

Thoughts from Tunisia: reflections on life after the fall of an autocrat

What I saw and did not see in the streets of Tunis on the anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution’s apex encapsulates nearly every major issue facing the country today. Just one year after a populist surge ousted former dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, the streets bustled with hopeful optimism and foreboding challenges that read

Panoramic Picture Show

One for the cinema: Rise of the Planet of the Apes For those of you who haven’t yet, it’s time to give this strange franchise a chance. In a breathtaking blockbuster that straddles the fence between social commentary and surprisingly heart-wrenching emotion. Andy Serkis stars as Cesar, a genetically altered simian. He is lovingly raised

Random Trysts & Bucket Lists | Milas and Stella Channel Bogart and Bergman at Saloon

Since the start of the semester, more and more students have been talking about Saloon, a pre-prohibition style bar that opened in December underneath the Foundry in Davis Square.  You would easily miss it if you (a) weren’t paying very close attention or (b) didn’t know exactly where you were going.  Up until recently, Saloon has relied entirely on word-of-mouth advertising, and somehow it seems to be working; Yelp exploded with reviews in its opening week, and only a month later the place is bustling every night.

Seeking Asylum | Somerville’s Creative Community Finds a New Home

Somerville has long been known as a hub for artists and artisans. Combine this community with the wealth of engineering graduates in the Boston area who want to continue working on their own projects after college, and you get a huge demand for workspace and machinery. Enter Artisan’s Asylum, a non-profit community craft space near Union Square.

Wanted: TCU Senators

Around this time last year, hopefuls for Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate were in the heat of their elections. This year, students hoping to gain spots on TCU Senate are considerably less stressed. In what TCU Senate Parliamentarian Dan Pasternack, a senior, called “an unprecedented situation,” 17 candidates stepped up for 21 open seats, allowing each candidate to “walk on” Senate without the usual election. Both senators and members of the TCU Elections Commission (ECOM) have expressed disappointment in the lack of turnout, but both groups have differing opinions of its cause.