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Hirsh Health Sciences Library

Around Tufts’ Boston campus this summer? Need a place to study, borrow a laptop, print, or ask a research question? Head over to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, located at 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, just off Kneeland Street in Chinatown.

With two floors of its own, plus a shared third floor complete with the Food 4 Thought Café, Hirsh has everything a health sciences student could need.

Interested in what else they may have to offer? Watch their video below, and learn more about their great resources:

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Ethan Peritz’s Jumpstart Address

On May 7, Ethan Peritz, A13, delivered a speech at Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels, a fundraiser promoting the importance of literacy and and the power of written word. In his address, he details his three years of experience with Jumpstart, as well as the important lessons that he has learned by virtue of working with the educational nonprofit.

Jumpstart is the only national supplemental program that uses the power of community and adult-child relationships to help children from low-income neighborhoods learn the important language and literacy skills needed to succeed in both academics and the everyday. The Tufts chapter of Jumpstart is operated out of Tisch College, and works with preschool children in Somerville and Chinatown. Within the short three years Ethan worked with Jumpstart, he was able to bring the Tufts Jumpstart team back to Chinatown for the first time in ten years. What’s more is that he was so successful in redeveloping this expansion that Tufts will be bringing a new team there this coming fall.

Recounting his initial experience with the program, Ethan describes how his first student spat in his face when he asked him to discuss the book they were given to read. Unfazed, Ethan later discovered that his student suffered from PTSD due to the 2008 Haitian earthquake, and realized that he needed to figure out a way for the two to connect on a deeper level. The winning approach: beat-boxing.

Ethan recalls,  “I [first] entered Jumpstart because I was ‘good with kids.’ I stayed because I actually connected with one. I learned that the core of teaching is creating a context, a context for these kids to take responsibility for their own learning – from going from being children to being students. That’s what Jumpstart does, and that’s what I’m going to do my entire life.”

Check out Ethan’s speech in the video below:

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Tufts Hillel Visits Haiti

Swiftly following spring semester’s conclusion, fifteen Tufts students traveled to Haiti through a Tufts Hillel and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) trip. During an eight day trip, students learned about and experienced the lasting effects wrought by the earthquake and hurricane that left Haiti devastated in 2010, as well health and education-related hurdles that have plagued the country’s development.

Detailing their visit on Tufts Hillel to Haiti, you can read about the students’ amazing efforts and experiences. They were not only able to get down and dirty, helping repair a damaged amphitheater built by the past Haitian president, Jean Aristide, but were also afforded the opportunity to teach English and play with local students, as well as meet with village leaders to discuss ways to further community development and citizens’ access to health care.

In between the learning and hard work, the group also got to visit Port-au-Prince, French-inspired art galleries, and take in the breath taking beauty of Haiti’s rural areas. One Tufts’ blogger writes,

“[We] were captivated by the natural beauty of this country, but were also saddened in a way that the lacking infrastructure and actual government support for tourism in Haiti has caused this native resource to be totally under appreciated by the majority of the world.”

Take a look at some pictures from the amazing trip below:

Haiti Group Picture

Photo Credit: Tufts Hillel to Haiti, http://www.jdcentwine.org/trips/tufts-haiti-2013

 

Photo Credit: Tufts Hillel to Haiti, http://www.jdcentwine.org/index.cfm?go=main.viewPost&PostID=923

Photo Credit: Tufts Hillel to Haiti, http://www.jdcentwine.org/trips/tufts-haiti-2013

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Jackson Jills 50th Anniversary

Founded in 1963, the Jackson Jills is Tufts’ oldest all-female a capella group.

In April, many former Jills returned to the Hill to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reunion show. Jills through the generations proved their a cappella spirit still runs strong. Watch the video below to see the founding members of the Jackson Jills sing Sentimental Journey, originally sung by Doris Day.

You can also enjoy photos of the Jackson Jills reunion gathered by Tufts Alumni.

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“Thanks guys, I like you”

Laurie Rabin, Zara Fiskin, and Sara Adelsberg met for the first time even before their freshman years at Tufts officially started. Although there were a lot of students at a pre-Tufts meet-up in Central Park in May 2009, the three off them just seemed to hit it off.

After living together for their four years at Tufts, the graduating seniors got together to talk about their adventures and reflect on their friendship over the years. As they get ready for commencement, they realize, “The more we got to know each other, the closer we became.”

Check out their story:

 

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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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Update for Tufts on Jeopardy!

Last week, Tufts senior Jed Silver competed in the Jeopardy! College Tournament. Although Silver did not win his quarterfinal battle, he still was able to move on to the semi-finals due to the wild card system.

The winners from the quarterfinal rounds and the wild card participants (the four highest-scoring non-winners during the quarterfinal) compete in the semi-finals. On Tuesday, May 14, Silver will compete against Kristen Jolley from Georgia Institute of Technology and Cindy Cammarn from Bowdoin College.

Click here to watch a short video about the upcoming semi-finals and be sure to tune in to see Jed!

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Only Wanna Give It To You – Essence’s Spring 2013 Concert

Recently Essence had their spring concert entitled Only Wanna Give It To You. Essence is Tufts’only all female a cappella group specializing in music of the African diaspora.

Essence, originally named Spice, was founded in 1990. In 1994, the group officially became Essence, but it was not until the fall of 1998 that they became an a cappella group.

Watch the video below from their spring concert for a taste of their great sound and check out their YouTube channel for more videos.

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Strawberry Fest

Tufts Dining recently held a Strawberry Fest in both the Dewick and Carmichael Dining Halls. Strawberries were incorporated through all three meals in various forms including treats like strawberry pancakes, strawberry shortcake,  and strawberry cream pie.

On their Facebook page, Tufts Dining showed off some of the great strawberry-centered meals. Check out some of the photos below and see  their Facebook page for the complete album.

Strawberry Fest

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Tufts on Jeopardy!

Tufts senior Jed Silver was on Jeopardy! last night! Although he did not move forward in the round, he still has a chance to come back in the tournament later as a wildcard player.

The Jeopardy! College Tournament was started as an annual tournament on Jeopardy! in 1989. Interested students take an online test and based on their results are invited to a second round of testing. From there, 15 undergraduate students from colleges and universities all over the country are chosen to participate. The competition works like every other tournament on Jeopardy! – the participants are broken into groups of three for the first round and then advance and play other winners until the final round. The first place winner receives a minimum of $100,000.

This year Jed Silver, A13, competed in the tournament, which began airing last night. Silver is not the first Tufts student to participate in this competition – in 2008 Katherine Winter, A08, competed in the tournament and in 2009 Andrew Ceppos, A09, participated.

Jed Silver was interviewed by Jeopardy! here about being a contestant – check it out!

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