Tufts in Spain Gets Comfortable

While Jumbos on the hill are a month into their classes and beginning to feel the semester pick up, Tufts in Spain students are just getting acquainted with Madrid and Alcala, the two cities where the program resides. The getting-acquainted process was aided by the introduction of the program’s newest event, the “Finde de Intercambios” or “Exchange Weekend.”

The weekend kicked off with a fiesta de intercambios, a casual party in which students met their intercambios, Spanish students at the University of Alcala and Autonomous University of Madrid who were assigned to Tufts students as pen pals so they could foster relationships and practice their language skills before heading to Spain. The weekend continued with guided tours of both Madrid and Alcala.

For an insider look at their Exchange Weekend, check out these pictures and videos from the fiesta de intercambios in Madrid:

 For updates on how the group is doing adapting to Spanish culture, keep an eye on the program’s blog – but be warned, most entries are written in Spanish!

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White Coat Ceremony

On September 15, incoming students at the Tufts University School of Medicine participated in the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony. The event, which took place at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, has served as a rite of passage for incoming students since 1997.

Each student received his/her white coat from University President Anthony Monaco and the group recited the Hippocratic Oath, swearing to practice medicine responsibly and ethically, in unison. The Tufts Alumni – School of Medicine posted these photos and more to an album on their Facebook Page. Check them out!


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World Damba Festival 2012

The World Damba Festival, a 3-day conference highlighting the music, dance, and traditions of Northern Ghana, was held at Tufts this year from September 14-16. The festival was free and open to the public, and it featured a wide variety of events, many of them supported by the Tufts Department of Music, as well as several other departments and offices throughout the university. Highlights included a folk music concert, lectures on the history and sociology of Ghana, a performance by Tufts’ Dagomba Drumming Ensemble, and a fashion show featuring members of Tufts’ African Students Organization.

While the festival attracted participants from around the world, Tufts students and faculty were a significant presence at different events throughout the weekend. It was a festival filled with tons of energy, plentiful Ghanian food, lively drum circles, and stimulating discussions–a great way for Tufts to forge a connection with the Ghanian community at large.

Here’s a video from the event:



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Talloires Summit

Tufts’ campus in Talloires, France is the setting for a few different programs – for undergraduates as well as for high school students, alumni and adults.

The high school program, “Tufts Summit,” is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in international relations. For six weeks, the students live with a French host family, take a college-level international relations course, travel, spend time outdoors hiking and swimming, and experience French culture first hand.

The Tufts University European Center recently posted photos from this summer’s summit on their  Facebook page. Check out these photos and head to their Facebook page for the complete album:

Hikes with Bernard


Visit to Lyon


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Activities Fair Photos

It’s that time of year again! With new and returning students back on campus, the university’s student organizations came together to showcase their groups. With more than 300 student organizations at Tufts, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

The Student Activities Fair took place yesterday on the res quad and groups were busy promoting their tables:


Tufts Observer's Instagram pic at the Activities Fair


Tufts Entrepreneurs Society posted a pic of their table on Facebook


The group posted a photo to Facebook of the Alpha Phi at Tufts table



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Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday until October 10, staff, students, faculty and friends can stock up on local, fresh produce right on campus.

Tufts Dining‘s third annual farmers’ market works in collaboration with the Friedman School’s New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (NESFP), which helps those with limited resources farm in Massachusetts. The market also partners with the United Teen Equality Center of Lowell (UTEC), an organization that works with underprivileged youth in Lowell. UTEC is also the source of the much-loved Magic Cookie Bars on campus – you just might find them at the next market!

Tufts Farmers’ Market

Where: Campus Center Lower Patio

When: Every Wednesday until October 10, from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Why: Get delicious, nutritious, and fresh locally-grown vegetables and fruit on campus, while also supporting local farmers and teens


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2012 Candle-lighting Ceremony

Legend has it that when Charles Tufts donated the land for the university to be built upon, he did so because he wanted to put “a light on the hill.” Each year, the newest group of Jumbos come together for the candle-lighting ceremony. This beloved Tufts tradition signifies the beginning of these students’ Tufts experience.

New and transfer students gather on the president’s lawn where a few candles are lit and each student then lights the candle of the person beside them. The candlelight slowly progresses up the hill until the whole lawn is lit. Coming full circle, this class will join together again the night before graduation and will once again put “a light on the hill.”

Check out some of these great photos we found on Instagram of this year’s candle-lighting ceremony:

I will put a light on the Hill #tufts2016




#tufts2016 coolest thing ever=candle lighting ceremony


Tufts class of 2016 #tufts2016 #candles


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Admissions on Instagram

Tufts Admissions is the newest Tufts group to join Instagram. With Admissions joining Tufts University and Tufts Alumni, there will never be a shortage of Tufts photos to peruse!

Even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can still see Instagram photos on the web using Statigram. If you’re taking photos of campus or life at Tufts, don’t forget to tag your photos #Tufts!

2007 Tufts Alumni have struck the cannon!


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Tufts Hillel in Morocco

Early in June, a group of students from Tufts Hillel packed their bags and headed to Morocco. As part of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the group planned to volunteer and serve while learning about the challenges facing Jewish communities abroad.

Through the JDC: In Service blog, the group has been blogging about their adventures. They’ve recounted days working with students at a local school, dancing with seniors at a home for the elderly, and helping to restore a Jewish cemetery.

While visiting the school, one of the Tufts bloggers writes:

It was especially meaningful to spend time in the computer class because before the trip we fundraised to buy computer operating systems for the school. We sold popcorn to Tufts students and their parents and raised a total of $650. We presented the check to the director of the school, who was very appreciative to both our group and the JDC for the support.

The group has also managed to fit in some site-seeing, complete with a trip to the Jardin Majorelles garden and touring the only Jewish Museum in the Arab world. See some pictures from their travels below and keep up with the Tufts Hillel team in Morocco here.

Visiting a local school


Restoring a Jewish cemetery


Group shot in Marrakech


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While packing up, recycle and reuse

This year Tufts Recycles! encouraged students to think about recycling and reusing while they were packing up their dorm rooms for the summer. The R²ePACK move-out initiative asks students to Reuse & Recycle everything, pack and clean. This year they collected:

  • 8500 pounds of clothes and linens, to be donated and recycled
  • 1 truckload of freecyclable items, to be donated to incoming freshmen in the fall
  • 20 pairs of crutches, to be reused by the Tufts Athletics Department
  • 15 boxes of nonperishable food, donated to Project Soup in Somerville
  • 6 boxes of Dining Hall dishes, returned to Dewick-MacPhie and Carmichael Dining Halls
  • 5 boxes of school supplies, to be donated to the Medford Public Schools
  • 3 boxes of books, to be donated to the Boston Prison Book Drive
  • 2 cubic yards of broken and working electronics, to be recycled
  • 1 mountain of mattress foam, to be recycled

To document R²ePACK 2012, the team took photos during the collection. Click on the photos to see more on the Tufts Recycles! blog:


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