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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Tools of the Trade

What’s that noise you hear echoing across campus? Probably just an impromptu jam session with Tufts’ only student-run percussion group: B.E.A.T.S.

B.E.A.T.S. (which stands for Bangin’ Everything At TuftS) has been rockin’ steady for almost 10 years now, creating organic drum sounds from unorthodox objects. Occasionally their shows are planned, but it’s not unlikely that they will break out into a rhythm when you least expect it.

Over the years they have chosen their instruments wisely and learned how to use them most effectively. We convinced a few members (whose identities are kept safe by their creative nicknames) to let us in on the time-tested B.E.A.T.S. secrets.

Enjoy the video and see if you can spot the extremely special guest who appears briefly in the video.

You can also follow B.E.A.T.S. on Twitter.

Video by Gene Buonaccorsi, A13.


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Learning the Throws

Each year, the men’s ultimate Frisbee team proves to be very popular among club sports at Tufts. Currently made up of about 75 people, the program is comprised of an A team, a B team and a C team.

The A team, known as the Elephant Men, finished 10th overall at last May’s USA Ultimate College National tournament. Competing against traditional Division 1 athletics programs like the University of Pittsburgh, University of Iowa and University of Illinois, the Elephant Men joined the likes of Carleton College and Colorado College as one of the smallest schools in attendance.

Junior Robby Perkins-High joined the program as a freshman and was named co-captain of the team after last spring’s season. Here he walks us through the three throws that he and his co-captain Alex Cooper, A12, are focusing on teaching new members of the program this fall.

For more information about the team, contact Robby Perkins-High and Alex Cooper.

Video by Gene Buonaccorsi, A13

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On the Line

Lloyd Olson, E12, took full advantage of the nearly empty campus this summer, turning the President’s Lawn into his personal practice space. His skill: slacklining.

Slacklining is a form of tightrope walking that uses a flexible, trampoline-like nylon webbing, often anchored between two trees as a balance beam. Unlike a traditional tightrope, which is rigidly taut, the flexible, bouncy nature of the line allows for some impressive footwork and stunts.

At Tufts, Olson says the activity is quite popular among his fellow members of the Tufts Mountain Club. If you are interested in learning more about the TMC, you can meet some of the members at the activities fair, Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m. on the Residential Quad.

For a better idea of what slacklining looks like, watch Olson in action.

Video by Gene Buonaccorsi, A13


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A Drink Fit for the President

When it opened its doors in the summer of 2010, the RezQuad Café, located in Miller Hall, joined the list of campus spots where Jumbos can get their caffeine fix, study or socialize.

Featuring custom-made, uniquely named drinks like the “Nutty Professor” (latte with toffee nut and caramel) or “Lucy in the Chai” (chai latte with espresso), the RezQuad Café is run by Tufts Student Resources and completely managed and staffed by Tufts students.

Watch as barista Jake Savage, A12, demonstrates the construction of a RezQuad favorite – the Larry Bacow, a peppermint hot chocolate drink created by President Bacow.

Follow @TheRezquadTufts

Video production by Lorrayne Shen (A’12)

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