The Starving Aesthete: Our dining halls are an outrageous bacchanal

There exist two buildings on this campus where you can eat as many cookies as you want. I don’t think we’ve really come to terms with this, as an institution or as a community. We’ve got the situation covered in the most logistical sense; there’s not going to be a run on the dessert counter […]

Jumbo Exchange: A reflection on study abroad

Time flies. It really does. As of now, I have completed my exchange program in the United States. To be perfectly honest, the past nine months were not all filled with fun and happy memories. Things didn’t always turn out the way I expected. It was not that everything went swimmingly back home, but in hindsight, […]

Eat Your Heart Out: Apple crisp

Like me, my mom often uses recipes from our family when baking. The act of recreating a recipe that others have written down makes you feel like you’re transported back to an earlier, more nostalgic time in life. Part of the fun of baking, however, is to experiment with your ingredients and to tackle your […]

Dear Jumbo: The importance of living importantly

Today is an important day. I hope you feel that way, for a good education should help one develop a sense of importance in the work one does. I don’t mean it in an egocentric way. The ego has a bad rep for a good reason: The world has indeed borne countless wrecks due to some […]

The Elephant in the Room: Are all my friends doing things without me?

Strength, I’ve found, comes in numbers. That being said, I am an unapologetic extrovert. When going through a rough patch, I tend to turn to others around me to either validate or commiserate with how I’m feeling. My roommate, Jess, can definitely attest to the fact that if I have a headache, or feel nauseous, […]

The Elephant in the Room: A Thank You Letter to my Friends

To the important individuals in my life: People keep saying that “social life is dead at Tufts,” which may be true for the moment in regards to big sweaty basement parties, but personally, I don’t believe that it’s true for the whole Tufts community. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but we go to big […]

Jumping Hurdles: Change

I’m having what I think might be defined as a mid-college existential crisis. Last night, as I lay awake in my bed, I suddenly wondered what I’m doing, where I am in life, what my plans are and if who I consider myself to be is what I really want. I then proceeded to spend […]

Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ is delightfully experimental

Back when ending TV episodes with dramatic music montages was not considered cliché and lazy, mainstream culture was all about exploiting indie music. Millions of college students across the world depended on music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas as their guru — the obscure band or the quirky singer-songwriter they “discovered” could only get approval from others if […]

Wearing my heart on my sleeve (and my backpack)

My backpack’s got two pins affixed to its straps, each displaying whom I care about most. Its left side sports one saying “World’s Greatest Dad;” its right, “1 in 4.” Let me clarify: I’m not actually a father, but a surrogate of sorts. My floormates conferred me the title of “Floor Dad” last semester (for […]

The Scandy way

Webster’s Word of the Day: etymology noun \eh-tuh-MAH-luh-jee\ -the history of a word or phrase shown by tracing its development and relationships When I do homework, I listen to Swedish radio. I don’t speak Swedish, don’t personally know any Swedish people nor have I even ever visited Sweden. Nevertheless, the language is beautiful, and I’ve […]