TEDxTufts lends voice to student speakers

When the nonprofit TED was first initiated in 1984, its goal was to act as a conduit for powerful ideas via live and video-recorded speeches. It was created as a medium to make ideas even more accessible to anyone. It was in this same spirit, with the desire to lend a platform to those worthy of projecting their […]

The bells of Notre Dame

A few weekends ago (…as most of my columns begin, I am aware), I went with several friends to a free organ concert at Notre Dame cathedral. The very idea of it wowed me, even before the music started — as I sat at the end of a neat row of chairs looking up at […]

Myopic fog, doomsday and banana slugs

The Kingdom Animalia may never surpass Disney’s paradisiacal Animal Kingdom on the lists of young and spoiled adventurers, but it is a magnificent place, full of mix-ups and oddities even stranger than what you might find in a Disney World custodial closet. Unless, of course, what you find in said closet is a banana slug. […]

Maligning millennials 102: the safe spaces edition

Last Saturday, March 21, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Judith Shulevitz titled “In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas” — naturally, several adults in my life immediately and gleefully passed it along to me. Essentially, Shulevitz argues, in a rather condescending manner, that students today tend to self-infantilize. They allegedly avoid what […]

‘Into my own’

Graduation seems to be right around the corner. While everyone else on campus must be worrying about registering for classes next semester (that’s happening soon, right?) I am, along with the rest of the senior class, starting to realize that there are fewer than 50 days remaining until we’ve left our undergraduate days at Tufts behind […]

‘Better Call Saul’ uses sharp dialogue, comic situations to create engaging story

“Better Call Saul” (2015-present), the “Breaking Bad” (2008-2013) spin-off that debuted on Feb. 8 on AMC, presents the origin story of smarmy lawyer James “Jimmy” McGill (Bob Odenkirk), who goes by the infamous alias, Saul Goodman. The challenge for any spin-off is to escape the gravity of the series that preceded it. The success of “Breaking Bad” was […]

Torn Ticket II production of ‘Into the Woods’ dazzles

From March 26 to March 28, Cohen Auditorium became a misty woodland, the site of fairy tales come to life. Student musical group Torn Ticket II’s production of “Into the Woods” (first performed in 1986), directed by Katherine Swimm, was a master class in college theatrical productions. The famed fable-based musical, with music and lyrics […]

ChildObesity180 to kick off New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race this fall

This upcoming academic year, ChildObesity180, an organization at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy that strives to facilitate research on childhood obesity prevention, will officially debut the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race at schools across the United States. Based on a partnership with the New Balance Foundation and the 100 Mile Club, the initiative seeks […]

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings energy, heart to Boston

From March 26 to 29, a beautiful, kinetic energy filled the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston, as the lithe dancers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater moved with powerful grace across the stage to echoing, often booming, songs and sounds. Although the Company danced only five performances from Thursday to Sunday, the visit — sponsored […]

Time to retire the term ‘townie’

Early Saturday morning, the Tufts community once again found itself victim of an incident of anti-Semitic graffiti. This time, the vandalism took place behind Theta Delta Chi Fraternity (more commonly known on campus as 123). According to an email sent out by the Tufts University Department of Public and Environmental Safety, the perpetrators painted on […]