Bauer Featured in WGBH Interview

Nancy Bauer, Tufts’ Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences, was recently quoted in a story about women in the upcoming elections that aired on WGBH. In addition to her role as a Dean, Bauer is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, where she has focused much of her teaching and research efforts on the intersection of philosophy and feminist ideals. She frequently teaches a course on Feminist Philosophy for undergraduates, and published a book on Simone de Beauvoir and Feminism in 2001.

The WGBH piece, entitled “Before the US Senate Debate: Tactics and Threats,” featured quotes from Bauer about the nature of women in politics and the double standards they face. She explained: “Men have a literal uniform that they can wear no matter what their profession is. However, women have no such uniform to wear when they are not literally wearing a uniform required for a job. So anything women wear seems to say something about who they are, what they value, what kind of person they are, and there’s just no way around it.”

Listen to the full interview here:



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“Everything Texting Should Be”

Foster Lockwood, E13, was just trying to leave his girlfriend a voicemail when the lengthy and cumbersome process to send his message hit him. And what began as a general annoyance, turned into a real life project for the computer science engineer.

In just a few months, Lockwood created Wyre, an app that to him is, “everything texting should be.” After downloading the free app and registering, Wyre users can send each other messages in texts, photos (with captions!), drawings, audio clips, YouTube videos, a map of their location, and contacts all from one easy to use screen.

Without global limitations or caps on the number of members you can have in one text message, Wyre might just be the next big thing in messaging! Check out Lockwood’s creation on Facebook and on the web.

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Hamlet the Hip-Hopera 2012-2013

Following up from their explosive performances on and off the stage last year, Hamlet the Hip-Hopera is back and looking for new students to add their talents to the mix and join their cast. The play itself  “puts a modern, still-reverent remix on the Bard’s classic. The core of the text remains intact (as does its setting), but its means of communication – rap battles, dueling verses, slam poetry – are entirely new.”

Directed by John-Michael Sequeira, A12, with the musical direction of Tucker Delaney-Winn, A12, the Hip-Hopera is an independent production featuring performers from the greater Boston area with the help of the Tufts Drama Department. The cast hopes to compete at the regional level of the American College Theater Festival in Cape Cod, MA.

Check out their 2012-2013 trailer:

Interested? Click here for audition information.


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Move In Day

The Class of 2016 is all moved in! Cars and trucks filled with furniture, clothes, and mini fridges made their way through campus and new Jumbos hauled boxes and bags up flights of stairs to meet new roommates and friends. We captured some great photos of the day as well as advice offered by alumni. Take a look!




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Free Movies!


“Free Movies. Big Screen. Every weekend.” Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds, and it’s Tufts Film Series‘ mission statement. Every weekend, they handpick a movie for the Tufts community and offer three reasons we should watch it. With the new semester fast approaching, they’ve returned with three reasons we should watch their first two movies. As if we needed more reasons to watch Forest Gump!

Three reasons Tufts Film Series wants you to see this movie:

1) Tom Hanks’ second Oscar-winning performance in as many years.

2) The role of Forrest Gump almost went to Chevy Chase and later to John Travolta. Be glad that never happened.

3) The ping pong sequences were filmed without a ball; it was added in with CGI later to match the movement of the actors’ paddles.

To join in on the fun, check them out on Twitter and Facebook.


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3Ps News

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels, Tufts’s umbrella organization for student-run performing groups, recently announced their Fall Major play on their new website. Day Father is their chosen piece, and it was written by Lindsay Carpenter, A13. She’s a part of Bare Bodkin, Tufts’s written theater student group. She was recently interviewed by the group on her successful playwriting efforts:

BB: How did Bare Bodkin get involved?

LC: At that point, the play was ready to submit to Bodkin. I got a workshop date, made some revisions and arrived not sure of what to expect. That was the workshop in which the play got its name, Day Father. I got the suggestion to work Lewis Carrol’s book Through the Looking Glass into the play in a more tangible way. Bare Bodkin, the group, was incredibly encouraging. They suggested I do another workshop and asked me about whether I had considered producing the play. I realized that I had the chance to get it onstage while I was still at Tufts.

Several revisions later I had the second workshop, and made a point to invite Cole Von Glahn, a member of Bodkin at the time, curious to see if he would be interested in directing the play. I remember staying after the workshop with several of the actors who had read the parts and listening to them discuss the implications of the play. The workshops have given me the opportunity to hear direct audience response in more depth than one tends to get when a play is produced. I have also gotten to hear from the actors who’ve played each role. I have heard how the actress playing Mother felt, or which sections the actor who played the Father wished were further developed.

From there, a few more conversations passed with Cole, I flew off to Dublin and when I returned the play had been passed by 3Ps. Now I get to sit and watch and see what happens.

Day Father will be directed by 3Ps secretary Cole Von Glahn,  A14, and will play from November 8-10. For more info, check the 3Ps out on Twitter and Facebook.

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Every Jumbo on the hill since spring 2010 knows and raves about GetchaBooks, a free service created by Jumbos that searches for the books you need for a semester and compares prices to help you purchase the most cost-effective option, all based on your classes! Since its inception that spring, the site has been a runaway hit, earning them recognition in Inc.com and TechCrunch. A year after their success on the hill, GetchaBooks made their way onto more than 1,200 other campuses.

Two years since the fateful launch of the site, two members of the GetchaBooks founding team, Michael White and Ricky Mondello, both A12, graduated from Tufts and moved on to bigger projects that unfortunately leave little time for expanding the site. But fear not, current Jumbos! GetchaBooks will still be around for the Fall 2012 semester and may continue to expand to schools near and far. Mondello and White, along with co-founder and Bard graduate Michael Walker, have chosen to release their code for GetchaBooks so anyone with a knack for coding and love for saving money on textbooks can bring the site to their school. In their own words,

“We want you to take our code and build your own take on GetchaBooks, specifically for your school or region, to help even more students save money. As a bonus, you can make money for yourself through online bookstore affiliate programs, or you can donate the money to charity.

[…] Have fun!”

With their generous action, we’re sure students everywhere will save on textbooks! For more on GetchaBooks, check them out on Twitter and Facebook.


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Tufts China Care Annual Report

This summer, Tufts China Care, an on-campus organization focused on helping local Chinese adoptees and special needs children in China,  proudly revealed the fruits of their labor for the 2011-2012 school year in their annual report. In this school year, they managed to raise 47% more funds which went toward the costs of surgeries for 10 orphans in China who suffered from cleft lip and palate, spina bifida, or hydrocephalus–a 25% increase in surgeries than previous years! Eighty percent of these funds came from their well-known fundraising fashion show, LUX 2012, which sold more than 400 tickets.

The group works with the local community through their group, Dumplings, in which China Care members mentor Chinese adoptees and help them explore their Chinese heritage and their Asian-American identities. The report features details from Dumplings as well as their CSA Atrium: The Forbidden City and bubble tea sales fundraisers. But the best part of their colorful report? The adorable pictures of the babies whose lives they helped changed, of course!

For more on Tufts China Care, you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


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Graduate Student Research Abroad

Tufts’ Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) blog is a wealth of information and advice for students currently enrolled in graduate school. Their most recent pearls of wisdom discuss the topic of going abroad for research. The blog post goes into detail about staying focused on your project, absorbing culture, and reaching out to colleagues and friends who have visited the area before. The post highlights short quotes from other students and professors who have experience with abroad research, such as student Philip Mallon’s, E17, who stressed the importance of time:

For about a week after I arrived, I traveled around the area, settled my housing, and got to know the transit system. Taking the time to become comfortable with the area made a big difference.

You can check out their recent post here.

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The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (NESFP) is a program initiated by the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition in an effort to meet the increasing demand for locally grown food. The farmer training program includes people from all over the world, from Zimbabwe to Cambodia, who are interested in small-scale commercial agriculture. One marketing initiative that is part of NESFP is the World PEAS Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which helps connect local farmers with a consumer base. The goal is to teach aspiring farmers a lost form of agriculture that has been long overlooked in favor of imports and mass-scale farming. This will permit farmers to meet the new demand for fresh, local fruit and vegetables. You can learn more about the program in the video below.

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