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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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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The Zero Waste Challenge

While most people probably don’t spend much time thinking about the packaging their food comes in, for the last week of September, that was pretty much all that was on the minds of the Tufts Eco-Representatives.

For an entire week, Eco-Reps, a group of students working to raise awareness of environmental issues among their peers, participated in the Office of Sustainability‘s  Zero Waste Challenge. As part of the challenge, participants carried their un-recyclable trash around with them in a one-gallon plastic bag, providing visual reminder of how much waste an individual produces per day.

Eco-Rep co-coordinators Rachael Wolber, A12, and Jessie Pearl, A13, discuss how the challenge works and what they hope to accomplish.

Check out the Eco-Reps blog for participants’ thoughts on the day-to-day experience of this year’s challenge.

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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