The latest hip-hop act to come out of the Hill, fronted by two senior music majors, is Timeflies. Rob Resnick is the producer, while Cal handles vocals. Listen to their songs on Facebook, or check out “Fade” below:

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More “Glee” for the Bubs

The Dalton Warblers’ rendition of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” featured in tonight’s episode of “Glee” was again arranged by Tufts’ Beelzebubs. Darren Criss performs the lead vocals. Grab the track on iTunes or catch a sneak peek here:

Entertainment Weekly also interviewed four members of the Bubs about their wild ride, from “The Sing-Off” to “Glee.”

More Bubs updates on Twitter. Their winter show is Dec. 3 at Goddard Chapel (details at bubs.com).

Check out our coverage of their last iTunes chart-topping “Glee” moment.

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Tufts in the Quidditch World Cup

The 4th annual Quidditch World Cup will take place on November 13 and 14, 2010 in New York City’s DeWitt Clinton Park. The World Cup is an international event including 46 teams — including Tufts — from the United States and Canada.

Quidditch is an actively growing intramural sport that has spread to Tufts University through the Harry Potter Society in 2009.

Here’s a first person look at Quidditch through the eyes of a seeker.

Seeker Cam – Tufts Quidditch vs. Brandeis from Arlin Ladue on Vimeo.

Follow the Tufts team via Twitter or their Facebook group. You can also view some past coverage of the team on Jumble.

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Tufts Roundtable Commons: Blogging for Conversation

Tufts Roundtable Commons, a campus blogging community a la The Huffington Post, bills itself as a place for “Community. Freedom. Expression” and argues that, “You’ve heard these words before, but you’ve never seen it like this.”

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Tufts Food System Planning Coalition

Molly McCullagh, from the up-and-coming Tufts Food System Planning Coalition, recently blogged about the group’s collaboration between the Department of Urban Environmental Policy and Planning and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. The two groups work together to raise awareness about and improve the quality of food systems and support each other’s academic interests related to food, agriculture, and planning.

We developed a course guide that lists food systems-related courses at many Boston-area schools, hosted film screenings, panels, and lectures, worked in gardens together with community members and tapped Tufts maple trees in the winter. One of our most successful initiatives was a series of social hours with Harvard and MIT graduate students, which has resulted in increased informal collaboration between students from these schools to promote food system work throughout the Boston-area.

Find out more about the Food System Planning Coalition.

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Tufts Mountain Club at Jumbo Stampede

Members of Tufts Mountain Club participated in the Jumbo Stampede 5K during Homecoming weekend while wearing full climbing gear. They came with a plea for President Lawrence S. Bacow, who is leaving Tufts next summer: “Don’t Leave Me, Larry!”

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Tufts Film Works

Tufts Film Works, the new media arm of the Experimental College, has a new website, aiming to be an online hub of content, resources and connections for the new media and filmmaking community at Tufts.
You can also follow along with TFW on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tufts Makes it to the Onion

We thought we had made it when we got referenced on “The Simpsons” — twice in one season, at that — but little did we know that we’d soon be mentioned in an Onion article. “Charles Hartsell, an environmental scientist,” was “quoted” in an article for the parody publication, warning of a “crisis of cataclysmic proportions” posed by oil safely delivered via tanker to a Louisiana port.

“In a matter of days, this oil may be refined into a lighter substance that, when burned as fuel in vehicles, homes, and businesses, will poison the earth’s atmosphere on a terrifying scale.”

Like many Onion articles, it’s all in good fun, but with a poignant undercurrent.
There may be no Charles Hartsell at Tufts, but our environmental studies program is committed to “the study of our natural surroundings, designs that help minimize degradation of those surroundings, and the social and political tools needed to preserve and improve the environment.”

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Omidyars Take the Giving Pledge

Pierre (A’88) and Pam (A’89) Omidyar are a part of the Giving Pledge, a growing list of billionaires who have pledged to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
In a letter explaining their decision, Pierre — founder of eBay — wrote:

Our view is fairly simple. We have more money than our family will ever need. There’s no need to hold onto it when it can be put to use today, to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

The Omidyars have a long history of philanthropy with Tufts. In 2005, they gave Tufts $100 million to create the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, which is invested entirely in international microfinance initiatives. In 1999, the University College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts (now Tisch College) was founded through the generosity of the Omidyars.

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A Kick-Start for Pen, Paint and Pretzels

Members of Pen, Paint and Pretzels (3Ps) have been invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — the largest arts festival in the world — in Scotland this August. 3Ps will put on two plays by Sam Shepard, “Icarus’ Mother” and “Red Cross.”
The 100-year-old student group is trying to raise money for airfare and production expenses, offering incentives to donors such as tickets to Tufts Drama productions, a home-cooked Scottish meal and a thank-you video featuring “a genuine Scot.”
You can follow their progress on Twitter or Facebook, or learn more about donating to the cause.

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