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Over the Rainbow

On December 4, a variety of student theater groups premiered “Over the Rainbow,” a unique cabaret and auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Now in its fifth year, “Over the Rainbow” is sponsored by the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance, Health Services, Torn Ticket II, Pen, Paint, and Pretzels, Bare Bodkin, and the Leonard Carmichael Society. Students performed a wide variety of songs–from musicals like “Hairspray” and “Rent,” among several others–and facilitated an auction featuring signed Broadway memorabilia and gifts from local vendors.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a nonprofit that utilizes the resources of the theater community to raise money for AIDS-related causes. In the Tufts Daily video below, you’ll hear from ensemble member Julia Lyons, A13; Director Cailin Mackenzie, A14; and Executive Producer Stephanie Fischer, A13, who speak about the importance of BC/EFA and the significance of the yearly event at Tufts. The video also features rehearsal footage of the talented cast.

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Summer Institute: Digital Strategies for Health Communication

This summer, the Tufts School of Medicine will be facilitating its fifth Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication. The week-long course aims to educate participants about connecting with patients through digital technology, including the web, social media, and mobile apps.

Tufts faculty and guest lecturers will help students define cutting-edge tech strategies, evaluate relevant case studies, and understand materials from Consumer Reports, ABC Health News, and other sources. In the video below, you’ll hear from Robyn Alie, from the public health department at the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and Frank Fortin, chief digital strategist and communications director for the MMS.

Students at the summer institute will work on a case study of MMS’s digital influence, and Alie and Fortin are excited to see what the Tufts community has to say. Check out the video below for more information:

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Asian American Alliance: Voices Concert

On November 8, Tufts’ Asian American Alliance hosted its annual Voices Concert in Hotung Cafe, featuring a variety of student performers, as well guest performer Yami Lee, an up-and-coming YouTube artist.

Among this years student artists was Philip Chen, A16, who performed an original piece called “The Confused Boyfriend Medley.” Chen, a talented singer and guitarist, condensed highlights from 12 different songs into an original piece that transcended the genres of pop, R&B, and Motown, among others. Chen showcases current hits by Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, and Gotye alongside older favorites by Leonard Cohen and The Temptations to create a piece that’s entirely original and decidedly fun.

Watch Chen’s performance here:

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Fitness Center Time Lapse

The new Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center was formally dedicated on October 22, after months of anticipation and preparation. The building, which features state-of-the-art equipment, spacious rooms for training and recreation, and full-length windows overlooking the athletic fields, took several months to build and was completed this summer.

In this time lapse video by Steven Eliopoulos, A89, director of Gravity Boston, you’ll experience the construction project from start to finish, all in the span of three minutes! Check it out here:

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Fletcher Students: “It Only Takes Ten”

The Educate Lanka Foundation is running a campaign called “It Only Takes Ten” in an effort to expand access to educational resources in Sri Lanka. The campaign encourages people to donate $10, volunteer 10 minutes out of their day, or tell 10 people about the cause, as a means to raise global awareness  while also generating funds.

Students at The Fletcher School are doing their part to spread the word: in this recently released video, you’ll meet a multilingual group of students who announce the campaign in several different languages. Watch the video below, and learn more about the campaign here:

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Friedman’s Urban Garden

Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is located in the heart of downtown Boston, but its urban location hasn’t deterred a handful of ambitious students from starting an outdoor garden.

The Friedman Garden was started in 2009, and Friedman students, staff, faculty, and community members alike are invited to help cultivate organic produce year round. All food grown in the garden is available for students to enjoy and oftentimes the fresh produce will be served at school-wide functions or potlucks. Student volunteers also help run educational after-school programs with the nearby Quincy School.

Check out these photos from The Friedman Sprout, the school’s student-run newspaper:

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World Damba Festival 2012

The World Damba Festival, a 3-day conference highlighting the music, dance, and traditions of Northern Ghana, was held at Tufts this year from September 14-16. The festival was free and open to the public, and it featured a wide variety of events, many of them supported by the Tufts Department of Music, as well as several other departments and offices throughout the university. Highlights included a folk music concert, lectures on the history and sociology of Ghana, a performance by Tufts’ Dagomba Drumming Ensemble, and a fashion show featuring members of Tufts’ African Students Organization.

While the festival attracted participants from around the world, Tufts students and faculty were a significant presence at different events throughout the weekend. It was a festival filled with tons of energy, plentiful Ghanian food, lively drum circles, and stimulating discussions–a great way for Tufts to forge a connection with the Ghanian community at large.

Here’s a video from the event:

 

 

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Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday until October 10, staff, students, faculty and friends can stock up on local, fresh produce right on campus.

Tufts Dining‘s third annual farmers’ market works in collaboration with the Friedman School’s New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (NESFP), which helps those with limited resources farm in Massachusetts. The market also partners with the United Teen Equality Center of Lowell (UTEC), an organization that works with underprivileged youth in Lowell. UTEC is also the source of the much-loved Magic Cookie Bars on campus – you just might find them at the next market!

Tufts Farmers’ Market

Where: Campus Center Lower Patio

When: Every Wednesday until October 10, from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Why: Get delicious, nutritious, and fresh locally-grown vegetables and fruit on campus, while also supporting local farmers and teens

 

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The Countdown Begins for the Class of 2016!

In less than a month, the class of 2016 will be storming the hill, sending all Jumbos currently on it in a frenzy in preparation for their arrival. From on-campus groups to student-run companies, everyone is gearing up for the arrival of the Class of 2016. Of all groups, none is more excited than the Tufts 2016 Orientation team. Aside from setting up a Facebook page and a Twitter account, the Orientation team is increasing their efforts in getting the class of 2016 involved a month before their arrival via some very interesting YouTube videos.

The first displays class banners currently hanging in the campus center with the goal of inspiring the incoming class to design their own class banner.

Next, they posted three videos of the Orientation coordinators showing their “special” talents in hopes of inspiring 2016ers to enter this year’s Jumbo Idol competition.

First up, Babisa Adumbire, A13: The Dancer

Next, Audrey Abrell, A13: The Vocal Artist

And last, but certainly not least, Chris Blackett, A13: The Percussionist

What do you think of their skills?

 

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For Your Entrepreneurial Needs

If you’re ever in need of a fun entrepreneurial perspective with a Jumbo spin or an alumni role model, look no further: Tufts Entrepreneurs Society has just launched their first blog! The blog delivers a mix of information from articles to media from their meetings and activities. In their latest post, they honor the Tufts band Timeflies, while comparing the band to a start-up:

Music has always been an entrepreneurial experience. Musicians start with nothing, no sound, no template and create elaborate tones and melodies. Many bands and groups have come from Tufts but one of the latest we’d like to feature, on Startup Beats, is Timeflies. At Tufts Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick started a group called Timeflies. Before and while at Tufts both Cal and Rob (Rez) worked with many bands and technology making music. Rob was Music and Philosophy major and Cal a Music major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In addition to talent, bootstrapping and a unique branding tool lead to viral adoption of Timeflies.

You can also find Tufts Entrepreneurs Society on Twitter and Facebook.

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