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Commencement 2013

Commencement is this Sunday, May 19! Whether you are celebrating on campus or cheering on the graduates from afar,  you can keep up with all the Tufts-related news online.

We’d love for you to join the conversation – check out how you can take part:

  • Twitter: We’ll be live tweeting from @TuftsLive, so follow along from early morning preparation to the procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, and the commencement address. Use the hashtag #Tufts2013 to let us know what you’re up to.
  •  Web: Watch the live streamed ceremony at commencement.tufts.edu, where you will also find the @TuftsLive and #Tufts2013 feeds, so you’ll be sure to not miss a thing.
  • Instagram: We love photos! If you’re on campus, snap some pictures and tag them #Tufts or #Tufts2013. We’ll be capturing some shots too, so be sure to check them out (username: TuftsUniversity).
  • Facebook: We’ll have tons of photos to share on our Facebook page just after the ceremony ends.
  • Foursquare: Check into Tufts University Commencement 2013 on Foursquare, include a shout out about graduation, and you’ll earn the Hats Off Badge.

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TCU Presidential Campaigns

Congratulations to Joe Thibodeau, A14, the newest elected Tufts Community President.This year’s election was a heated race between Thibodeau, Christie Maciejewski, A14, and Joe Donenfeld, A14. All three candidates really embraced social media as part of their campaign strategies with the inclusion of  various hashtags on Twitter such as: #christiefortufts, #letsdothis and #thibsgetstufts.

During the past weeks, the Tufts campus was transformed in to a sea of yellow (Thibodeau), purple (Maciejewski) and red (Donenfeld) flyers, posters, shirts and chalk drawings. All three candidates were backed by large groups of passionate undergrads who wanted to help elect the candidate they believed would be best for the position for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Two of the candidates even released videos about themselves and why they should be elected the next TCU President. Check them out:

Joe Thibodeau:

Jon Donenfeld:

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Tufts Quidditch Fundraises for Nationals

Tufts Quidditch is fundraising in order to get to nationals. This year their traveling team placed fourth in the Northeast regionals in order to secure a point in the national championship. Tufts Quidditch took second place at the 2010 Quidditch World Cup and after a few difficult years are making a comeback!

They made a fundraising page on the site gofundme.com and have raised about half of their goal so far. In addition, they have been selling shirts in the campus center as another way to raise funds. The shirts, as you can see below, highlight the differences and similarities between  Hogwarts and Tufts.

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Good luck to the Tufts Qudditch team in raising enough  funds to attend the national championship in Orlando, Florida! Bring back a trophy!

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Tufts’ Healthy Week

Last week was Tufts’ Healthy Week, brought to campus by Balance Your Life (BYL). BYL is a group dedicated to helping students eat well and encouraging students to be active.

BYL issued a challenge to the entire Tufts campus: Eat five servings of fruits and vegetable every day during Tufts Healthy Week. Eating five servings of fruits and veggies is what everyone should aim to do every day, but for many this can be difficult.

BYL turned this healthy week into an opportunity for people to publicize their healthy eating habits. By uploading pictures of meals that include at least two servings of fruits or vegetables to Facebook or Instagram, students were entered into a daily raffle.

Below, check out some of the delicious, healthy meals students have been eating and visit the Tufts’ Healthy Week Facebook event for more photos:
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Northeast Region Culinary Challenge

On March 12, Tufts’ own Chef Justin Lizotte competed in the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Northeast Region Culinary Challenge. The winner of the competition would then proceed to the 2013 NACUFS National Conference in Minneapolis on July 11. The featured item at the Northeast Challenge was a whole duck, which had to be incorporated into each competitor’s dish.

Although Cyril Ortigosa-Liaz of Yale University was the winner of this year’s challenge, Chef Lizotte still made an amazing dish: Duck 2 Ways, poached breast and pomegranate glazed.

Cornell Dining live-tweeted the event – check out the photos below to see Chef Lizotte in action.

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Magic Man Climbs the Charts

Tufts graduate and musician, Alex Caplow, A12, is reaping the fruits of his labor with the release of  Magic Man‘s new single, “Paris.”

This single is quickly captivating music lovers everywhere and has even proven its worth on Hype Machine, a music discovery site that compiles the songs music bloggers write about into feeds and playlists. One of their playlists, “Popular Now ranks the top tracks on the site based on how many likes each song received. According to the Last.fm blog, Magic Man reached the coveted #2 spot on the “Popular Now” list with more than 1,640 listens and 1,260 likes in less then a week.

Magic Man began as Caplow and his friend’s side project while at Tufts and has since grown into a 5-piece group. Like what you hear? You can download the single here and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Major: Undecided on a Winning Streak!

This year was the Third Annual Boston Funderdome, a sketch comedy competition at Boston University. Five sketch comedy teams from various Boston based colleges and universities competed to see which group would rise above the rest. For the third year in a row, Tufts’ very own Major: Undecided were crowned the champions.

Major: Undecided, Tufts only sketch comedy group, was founded in 2004,when  a small group of freshman were looking to bring laughs to their peers at Tufts. The group creates and performs all originally written sketches. They hold two shows a year at Tufts and have more performances in the Boston and New England areas. Their YouTube channel is full of sketch promos and clips from old shows, if you want to see just how hard they can make you laugh.

Check out what was tweeted about the Funderdome and Major: Undecided’s winning performance:

 

 

 

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Jumbo Noms

Welcome to campus Jumbo Noms! Jumbo Noms is a snack delivery service for those who are bored with the same old vending machine food. The service was started by two seniors who felt frustrated by the lack of late night food options and long delivery times. Their menu has more than 30 items as well as a few special deals, which include pre-arranged snack packs.

You can follow Jumbo Noms on Twitter and friend them on Facebook for more information.

 

 

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Welcome to Twitter, Dean of Student Affairs Office!

The Dean of Student Affairs is the office responsible for keeping students safe and supported. Those on the hill all know Dean Bruce Reitman, whether it’s through his friendly emails or personal chats.

The office’s website offers an array of resources for students as well as explanations of the many ways they can come to students’ aid. They recently took their communications efforts a step further by joining Twitter.Their feed contains relevant news for students: events and alerts, as well as the office’s commentary on day-to-day life on the hill.

Check them out and give them a follow – they’ll fill your newsfeed with lots of sassy, Jumbo fun!

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Alternative Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

From tastytufts.com

If you’re over buying the usual chocolates brands for Valentine’s Day, Tufts Culinary Society is here to save the day.

The society recently posted about the best tasting chocolate alternatives to the standard Hershey’s kiss. Some of the new contenders include the “Caramel Toffee Bar” from Bapchi, which they argue to be satisfying but hardly worth it’s price tag, and “The Espresso Bar” by Zoe’s Chocolate Co., which for they found to be the perfect mixture of creamy espresso flavored white chocolate and rich dark chocolate.

For more outside-the-box Valentine’s Day goodies, check out the blog post here.

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