Within seconds, 150 or so students dressed in white were covered in brightly colored powder. These students were celebrating the Hindu spring festival of Holi, hosted by Tufts’ Hindu Students Council. Leading up to the celebration, everyone waited on the Residential Quad for the leaders of the HSC to distribute the powder.
Students threw colored powder at each other and smeared it all over their faces. Eventually, the entire crowd was dancing to the blaring Indian music. Smiles blended into the reds, yellows, purples, and greens. People laughed and danced for an hour after they ran out of powder. A conga line even formed.
For the rest of the day, I saw unwashed faces in the dining rooms, dorms, and even the library — It’s like no one wanted it to end. Holi stirred up the spring spirit in us and marked the beginning of the final stretch to summer.
I recently had the opportunity to tag along with two students who are currently teaching an ExCollege class on mountaineering. These two guys, Nick Levin (A11) and Ryan Stolp (A11), are experienced mountaineers and outdoorsmen, and are spending their final semester at Tufts sharing that knowledge with anyone who wants to soak it in. The class covers the basics and history of climbing, as well as a slew of other skills that you’d need to know if you wanted to stay alive in the outdoors.
A colleague of mine who shoots for Sports Illustrated often repeats a line whenever he presents at speaking engagements: “Bad weather makes for great photographs.”
So with that in mind, I headed on down to Bello Field yesterday in the pouring rain to shoot the women’s lacrosse team as they went on to pound Babson in their second home game of the season. The game was pretty lopsided, with the Jumbos going up 9-0 at one point in the first half.