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
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
By Jon Svenningsen It’s 11 in the morning and drinks are already being served. Different friends are having different parties and pre-games—some even have their grills fired up. Everyone starts in different places or hops from one location to another, but no one wants to be too late for the big game… No, this
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
By Nick Cutsumpas Life in the darkness is lonely But I do not mind For I am the creator I make beauty out of sand and sediment A beauty unbecoming Of such humble beginnings Oh how She shines Sometimes I feel like an artist But I will never join the likes of Michelangelo Picasso
By Michael Leeper A tune comes through, distorted in my dreams Some kind of distant melody A visit from a ghost of another life But the riff is so faint Piano my piano Like a prisoner in death row I await its call From the radio on a bus or a hole in the
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.
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.
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.