Student Organizations

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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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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Twenty Years of Celebrating Difference

Each year, Tufts Queer-Straight Alliance brings together members from both the gay and straight communities to rally in support of the LGBT community as part of National Coming Out Day. The rally is just one of a number of events committed to maintaining LGBT visibility on campus and providing campus-wide education on sexual and gender identity and the effects of homophobia and transphobia.

Now in its 20th year, the event, held on the Campus Center’s lower patio, continues to grow and draw crowds much greater than its original celebration, which had only 18 participants.

Check out some of the highlights from this year’s event:

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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With a Walk, Trot and Canter

Just when you thought you’d seen it all at Tufts, in comes the Tufts Equestrian Team, one of Tufts’ club sports team. Twenty-one Tufts riders trek to August Farm in Holliston, Mass., once a week to perfect their horse-riding technique in preparation for their ongoing competitive season. The team ranges from absolute beginners to seasoned riders.

Below, Hannah Tadley, A13, and Lucy Perkins, A11, take horses into the ring for a Friday afternoon practice.

For more information about the team, contact captains Katie Christiansen, A11 ( or Kennon Ulicny, A13 (

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