Election Night Recap

The energy on campus and around the country built up greatly this past Tuesday, and on the Hill this election buzz climaxed with our Election Night Extravaganza!

The Campus Center first began to feel the presence of a crowd around 7:30pm. Student groups with diverse interests and enthusiasm for the night’s affairs lined the Commons eatery. Each group decorated their table with flags, food, computers, posters, stickers, and oh so much more. This Information Fair drew in hundreds of students, as Jumbos came together to discuss important issues and contemplated what the night would bring.

Campus media groups settled into the upper level lounge early in the evening. WMFO broadcast live throughout the event, and TUTV, the Daily, and the Observer all covered the election and our event throughout the night. Interviews and pictures abounded, and when President Monaco dropped by he eagerly answered questions posed by the media groups.

As the night wore on, Hotung received more and more visitors until a student, faculty member, or staffer occupied every inch of the space. Our 3 MCs, Clay Grable, Mitch Friedman, and Matt Stofsky kept the masses well informed and entertained, and comedy troupes and faculty members also balanced out the extensive news coverage with fresh insight and humor.

Cheers, clapping, and happy voices emanated from Hotung throughout the Campus Center as polls closed and results were reported. The ExCollege production crew stayed in constant communication with one another in order to make sure Hotung was fed the most up-to-date information. The energy in Hotung exploded right after 11:15pm when Howard Woolf, our Associate Director, announced to a room of over 700 people that President Obama had been re-elected (you can even watch the video & check out pictures).

That night, our Tufts community banded together to celebrate this election and the powerful part that each individual plays in this monumental political event.

Election Night Extravaganza

Mark your calendar for the evening of Tuesday, November 6th. You’ll want to spend it with the ExCollege in the Mayer Campus Center. Trust me. That’s were hundreds and hundreds of students were four years ago as the results of the state and national elections were announced and analyzed. Stuff starts happening at 7:30pm in Hotung Cafe. Don’t miss it.

Our “Researcher in Chief”

Anthony MonacoTufts President Anthony Monaco just presented the latest talk in the A Taste of Tufts series. He discussed two of his most important discoveries, the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies and a gene specifically involved in human speech and language. Though many in the crowded classroom were transported back to their biology days, it became clear why Dr. Monaco is a pre-eminent researcher in his field. See Monday’s issue of the Tufts Daily for an article about the presentation, and check our website soon for the video!

Conception of the Taste of Tufts Lecture Series

I was in the bookstore last fall, dodging freshman who don’t know enough to check Amazon first to see how much textbooks are elsewhere, looking for a programming book. On my way towards the engineering section, I stopped to eavesdrop on a pair of students who were talking about the books. I quickly realized that they were not speaking about the authors with an undeserved familiarity, but that their professor had written the book on conflict due to climate change in Sudan that one of them was wildly gesticulating with. Of course, as an engineering student, it’s not unheard of for a professor to write a textbook. But I’d never really stopped to consider the vast amount of what I was missing at Tufts. I haven’t taken a history course since high school. Not because I particularly dislike history, but because I just never had time.
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Drumming, clapping, and singing with Prof. Locke

Over twenty people attended A Taste of Tufts this past Friday and heard about Prof. David Locke’s research. As an ethnomusicologist, Prof. Locke has learned with and from the Dagombe people of Ghana, in particular regarding their culture of drumming. Check out the Tufts Daily article at http://www.tuftsdaily.com/a-taste-of-tufts-david-locke-1.2699611 for more information.

Join us this Friday, February 17th for Prof. Hugh Gallagher’s talk about neutrinos!

ExCollege Social Media!

The ExCollege is now increasing it’s social media presence at Tufts!  With our newly revamped blog, Facebook page and new Twitter account we’re hoping to help provide you with an inside look at how everything works here at 95 Talbot Ave!  Like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/tuftsexcollege and follow us on Twitter @ExCollege.  We’ll be having different members of the ExCollege community blogging about the various happenings and events going on here and we look forward to hearing from all of you!

A Taste of Tufts: A Sampling of Faculty Research

The Experimental College invites you to A Taste of Tufts: A Sampling of Faculty Research. This series of Friday noontime presentations showcases research being done by Tufts faculty and administrators. Next in the series is a presentation from David Locke on Friday, February 10th, 12-1pm in the Granoff Music Building, Room 155. A light lunch will be provided following the presentation.

David Locke’s research subject is the heritage of music and dance traditions of Africa. Most of his scholarly publications have been on material from the Ewe and Dagomba peoples of Ghana. He sees his work as a bridge between African musicians and non-African musicians, especially those who would perform the music in new settings. He also likes to think that his work helps sustain valuable human creations in an era of rapid change. He has put substantial amounts of material up on the Internet with the idea that it will be accessible world-wide at modest price. David’s presentation will include visiting these websites, as well as some live demonstration and inter-active “hands-on” learning.

A Date with History

Mark it down…Wednesday, October 19th at 7:30 pm. We’re planning an event to coincide with the inaugural activities leading up to President Monaco’s big day. University Professor Sol Gittleman will be speaking about:

BUILDING A UNIVERSITY: THE PRESIDENTS OF TUFTS, 1852-2011

From one building with twelve students, six faculty and little money on Walnut Hill in 19th century Medford, to today’s four-campus university on two continents, Tufts has evolved thanks to the vision of thirteen presidents who had the power to transform an institution. They are more than just portraits in the Coolidge Room.

Naked Trivia!

Our last event of the year is coming up on Monday night (5/2). Stop by Hotung Cafe in the Campus Center for Faculty-Student Trivia Challenge. Several teams of faculty and staff are prepared to challenge all the student teams that can fit without violating fire code. The fun starts at 8pm. Quizmaster Bob from P. J. Ryan’s will be slinging the questions.