The Climb

The Tufts Climbing Team, now in its fourth year, trains officially with a coach twice a week, with separate advanced and novice practice days. They primarily train and compete in bouldering, which is rock climbing without any ropes. The moves and skills required in bouldering are generally more concentrated and complicated versions of rope climbs that test both your brains and muscles. Although the team trains indoors at Metro Rock in Everett, most of the athletes also enjoy climbing outside and will go on spring break and weekend trips to climb on real rock.

Current members, Theo Friedman, A14, Carolyn Pace, E12, and Emily Kaplan, A13 share their thoughts on the team and how the sport has become an integral part of their day-to-day.

Rock climbing at Tufts is definitely not limited to the climbing team, as there is a vibrant group of alumni and students at the gym every day. Check out the Tufts Mountain Club’s website for information on how to learn climbing safety and get rides to the gym and crags around New England.

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Follow the Leader

Whether you are light on your feet or feel you have two left ones, you may want to look into Tufts Ballroom. With both a competitive team and just for fun club version, there is an outlet for all interested in learning and perfecting their moves.

One of the many classes of dance that falls under the overarching classification of ballroom dancing is the ever popular waltz. Current team members Alex Freedman, A12, and Dana Burton, A12, walk us through the basic steps.

Video by Gene Buonaccorsi, A13.

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Quilting for a Cause

In the days leading up to Tufts’ World AIDS Day celebration, members and friends of Tufts LGBT took over the Crafts Center hoping to make their mark on the world’s largest ongoing community art project: The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Founded in 1987, the quilt and its more than 40,000 colorful panels, memorializes the lives of those lost to AIDS.

In honor of the actual day, Dec. 1, community health lecturer Kevin Irwin gave a talk on “The Medicalization of HIV/AIDS: Prospects and Consequences.” Share in a recap of both these events here:

Video by Gene Buonaccorsi, A13.

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Martial Arts

When Kevin Ballou, A94, petitioned to start a Tae Kwon Do club in 1990, he had no prior martial arts experience. Partnering with Young Kim, A94, a black belt, the two formed the student-run club that currently has nearly 100 members.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, current president Hyomi Carty, A12, runs through some of the basic components of competition and preparation.

If what you’ve seen here interests you, be sure to attend the next club practice. They are open to everyone!

Video by Gene Buonaccorsi, A13.

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A Presidential Welcome

On October 21, 2011, Tufts University inaugurated Dr. Anthony P. Monaco, officially welcoming him and his family to the university. In celebration of the event, faculty, staff, students and alums came out to wish him well and enjoy in this exciting day in Tufts history.

Watch as a few members of the community share their well-wishes.

Video by Veronica Richter, A13.

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