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Tea Party, Then and Now

Assistant Professor Benjamin Carp, from the history department, recently participated in a podcast with the American History Guys comparing the 18th century tea party event to today’s Tea Party political movement as it relates to American populism.
Read this January 2009 profile of Carp and his book, “Teapot in a Tempest: The Boston Tea Party of 1773.”

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The Facility

Foster Lockwood (E’13) developed an iPhone app for his COMP50 final project, a game called The Facility, that according to course lecturer Ming Show has been downloaded more than 20,000 times and is 55th on the list of free games available from the iPhone app store.

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The 2010 TIME 100

Tufts alum and current U.S. Senator Scott Brown (A’81) (R-Mass.) and former Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy professor Kathleen Merrigan, current deputy secretary of the USDA, have been named to TIME magazine’s list of the top 100 most influential people of 2010.
Merrigan’s profile was written by Tufts alum and renowned sustainable chef Dan Barber. Brown’s profile was written by former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.

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Anchord Spring Show

Yes, we just blogged about Anchord, but then the Tufts Christian a cappella group goes and creates this awesome YouTube ad for their spring show on Apr. 16:

Look familiar? It’s done in the same style as Google‘s Super Bowl ad, thanks to their Search Stories Creator. Create your own!

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Vote Kathleen Merrigan for 2010 TIME 100

TIME magazine is asking readers to vote for “the leaders, artists, innovators and icons who you think merit spots on this year’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world,” and current USDA Deputy Secretary (and former director of the agriculture, food and environment program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy professor) Kathleen Merrigan is a candidate. Vote for her by visiting the TIME magazine site and ranking her influence with the slider above her photo.
The top 100 will be revealed Apr. 29. You can track Merrigan’s status in the voting here.

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Let’s Talk Sex

Alumna Amber Madison (A’05) takes a new approach to the age old “sex talk” in her new book “Talking Sex With Your Kids.” At the age of 26, with no kids of her own, Madison’s book is told from the teen perspective, explaining to parents what their kids are really thinking about sex.
Watch the former Zamboni sex columnist’s appearance on the Today Show’s Kathy Lee and Hoda segment on March 26, with a surprise interruption from comedian Jimmy Fallon.

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Spring Training!

The Boston Red Sox are down in Fort Myers, Florida, right now, getting in shape for the regular season. Did you know that in 1943, at the height of World War II, the Olde Towne Team held spring training on the Medford/Somerville campus? Check out this 1942 newspaper clipping noting the Sox’ decision to train just a few miles north of Fenway Park — perhaps the northernmost spring training ever held.

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Magic Man

Magic Man is a band comprised of Tufts sophomore Alex Caplow and his friend, Yale student Sam Lee. Their first album “Real Life Color,” is a 10-song lo-fi indiepop/electronica collection written “at several different locations in France, including a chateau, a farm, a circus festival, and a beach cottage and brought back home to the states for further recording and editing (most of which was done in small dorm rooms and transmitted between band members with the aid of the world wide web).”
You can download the entire album for free from Bandcamp.

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Olympics Fever

With everyone glued to their TVs watching the Winter Olympics, becoming experts on events like freestyle moguls and pairs figure skating in the process, you might consider boning up on the origins of today’s modern Olympic games. Luckily, Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library has just the resource for you: an online exhibit all about the ancient Olympic games. They may not have had snowboard cross back then, but the Olympic spirit remains the same.

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Childhood Obesity Prevention

As a follow-up to last Tuesday’s post about the Tufts-led Shape Up Somerville initiative being highlighted in the introduction of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign to combat childhood obesity, here is archived video of the White House event. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone was on hand.

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