The reasons for rituals: the logic behind football superstitions

Before every Tufts football game, senior linebacker Zach Thomas cleans his ears. By his recollection, the ritual began during his senior year at Arlington High School. “The kid next to my locker started doing it,” he said, “And then, I don’t know, we both just started doing it. [Then] we started winning … and we […]


Mind the Gap: Sometimes you just don’t get settled

When I got back onto campus after a year off for medical leave to treat my depression and anxiety, I had so much energy. The first week I was back, I tackled huge tasks: cleaning out a fridge and pantry overridden with ghosts of tenants past, arranging my room and then re-arranging and re-arranging. When […]


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