The Greatest Show on the Hill

Jumbo Jugglers, a student group founded this fall by freshman Kevin Gao, brings together undergraduate and graduate students in the practice, performance and teaching of “balls, clubs, poi, hoops, staff, rope dart, contact, diablo, devil sticks, any skill toy imaginable!” Here, some of the members demonstrate their juggling moves and share tips on getting started.

Stay tuned to Tufts E-News for a feature on graduate students (some of whom belong to Jumbo Jugglers) involved in the circus arts — and in many cases, blending it into their studies.

Video production by Georgiana Cohen and Kaitlin Provencher of Web Communications.

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Prepping Your Garden For Winter

It happens every year. You spend all summer nurturing a garden full of fruits, veggies and greens and before you know it, the dreaded cold of winter creeps in.

Don’t fret! The members of this semester’s ExCollege course Emerging Alternatives in Modern Agriculture have you covered. After spending the semester tending to a newly created student garden, a pet project started by senior Signe Porteshawver, students worked together to build “cold boxes,” or mini-greenhouses as Porteshawver calls them, to help extend their season.

Watch as Porteshawver and course teacher Jeffrey Hake from the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy explain how they used old windows and pieces of wood as a cheap and efficient way to help their garden thrive during the cold season.


Also, check out Tufts E-News for a complete story on the ExCollege course.

Video production by Marcus Cheek (A’11) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.

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Going For A Spin

Are you a bike aficionado? Dan Heller (A’11) sure is.

Heller recently took the time to talk to us about why he enjoys cycling so much, along with a few tips on all-weather biking.

If you’re interested in securing your bicycle, the Tufts University Police Department has several resources to help you keep your bike safe.

Also check out the Tufts Bikes blog.

Video production by Jeffrey Baker Jr. (A’11) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.

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Setup For Success

The women’s volleyball team had a successful season this fall, finishing 31-4 overall and 8-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). This year, for the first time in the team’s history, they won the New England Regional NCAA Tournament, enabling them to participate in the Elite Eight tournament in Ohio this past November. The team lost in the first round and ended up tying for fifth in the nation for Division 3 NCAA women’s volleyball.

Now in the off season, co-captain and graduating senior Brogie Helgeson (E’10) took the time to teach us some tips, going through the three points of contact in volleyball (pass, set and hit), as well as the art of serving.

Video production by Charlotte Steinway (A’10) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications.


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On The Fence

Founded in 1975, the Tufts fencing team is comprised of nearly 40 fencers, forming both a women’s varsity team and a men’s club team. On March 14, the women’s team sent four of its members to the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships at Brown University, while last year members of the men’s team were named the 2009 New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Three Weapon Team Club Team Champions.

So how exactly does a fencing competition work? Watch as Sam McCauley (A’10) runs down the basics of the three types of weapons used in fencing– Foil, Épée and Sabre.

Video production by Charlotte Steinway (A’10) and Kaitlin Provencher, Web Communications


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