Top ten reasons why J.K. Rowling needs to stop writing about ‘Harry Potter’ immediately

This past Halloween, J.K. Rowling — the author of the beloved “Harry Potter” series — released six short stories about the “Harry Potter” universe, adding more detail to her titular character’s fantasy world. Released through the Pottermore website, Rowling added yet another batch of irrelevant and trite facts to the seemingly ever growing “Harry Potter” universe. We […]

CSI: Somerville

Dear SWUG, I had a very spooky Halloween weekend. On top of receiving text messages of various anagrams of my name from a mysterious number, an intruder in a blonde wig with a French accent broke into my house on Saturday night and woke up my housemate asking if I was home. I’m so freaked […]

Speedy Ortiz gives enjoyable, energetic concert

 Of the many ’90s-influenced, noise-rock bands to enter the local music scene, Speedy Ortiz has perhaps garnered the most praise in recent months. With two fuzzed-out guitars, thunderous drum beats and caustic lyrics courtesy of frontwoman and self-described “third grade poet” Sadie Dupuis, the band has become Pitchfork’s favorite obsession and receives similar adoration from […]

What’s up this weekend

Looking to make your weekend artsy? Check out these events! Tufts/NEC Dual Degree Concert: Come hear students in the Tufts/NEC dual degree program perform classical, jazz and original compositions. (Saturday at 8 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall. Admission is free.) Jayme Stome’s Lomax Project: Join the quintet of Jayme Stone, Eli West, Margaret Glaspy, Brittany […]

Ben Averill loves and lives music

Sophomore Ben Averill started playing trumpet in the fifth grade and hasn’t stopped since. A music minor with experience in Jazz Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and a member of Tufts’ homegrown band, Shark Saddle, Averill has made music a central focus of his time at Tufts. On top of all of that he hopes to […]

T-Pain (auto)tunes out critics

It begins with an advisory: “This video contains explicit language.” At first, it seems like T-Pain on NPR’s Tiny Desk should be funny. It sounds like a blast. Then he appears, and it’s not the T-Pain fans are used to — the one who wrote a song about falling deeply in love with an exotic dancer […]

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General collaborate on new health care system

Tufts Medical Center (MC) and Lowell General Hospital have finalized an agreement to create a new health care system, Wellforce, to provide more integrated and coordinated care to patients at both hospitals, according to an announcement last month. In an Oct. 22 press release, CEO of Lowell General Normand Deschene said that Wellforce “turns the traditional health care model […]

Sackler School researchers team up to combat breast cancer

Two researchers from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences began a collaboration in October to investigate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Funded by a three-year, $5 million grant from the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, the research is intended to find out how so many people fall victim to the disease with no family history of […]

Community health approved as a primary major

Starting next fall, community health will be offered as a primary major at Tufts, rather than a secondary double major as it is now, according to an Oct. 24 announcement by the Community Health Program. The change has been in the works for years due to student and faculty demand, according to Community Health Program Director Jennifer Allen. “There […]

Relay For Life to host fall kick-off event tonight

Tufts Relay For Life will host its kick-off event today at 8 p.m. in the Game Room of the Mayer Campus Center, rather than Hotung Cafe, where it has been held in previous years.  The event will feature discounted registration for the final April 10 event as well as performances by Tufts student groups, including sQ!, Enchanted and Cheap Sox.  Food will be […]