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TDC to host spring show after restructuring

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 08:01


Courtesy Michael James

Tufts Dance Collective (TDC) will resume hosting performances after making organizational changes to its program, according to Director of the Office for Campus Life Joe Golia

“TDC will continue and be able to have a spring show, however, logistical changes will be necessary to avoid what has happened in the past,” Golia told the Daily in an email. 

Willy Kite, a member of the TDC Executive Board, explained that he and his fellow board members met with university officials to discuss the future of TDC multiple times in the final weeks of last semester. While details about how the dance organization will change remain unclear, Kite believes that group members and administrators will reach final decisions in the near future. 

“... I can tell you that we will begin meeting with members of the administration as soon as everyone is back on campus,” Kite, a junior, said in an email to the Daily. 

Leaders of TDC announced plans to restructure the popular student organization after Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) shut down the group’s second performance on Dec. 7. Campus safety officials reported that unsafe conditions and numerous medical emergency calls led TUPD to end the show prematurely. Officers at Cohen Auditorium, where the performance was held, also discovered evidence of vandalism to university property. 

In a letter to editor, the TDC Executive Board mentioned plans to make reparations to the Aidekman Arts Center staff, as well as a goal to return to TDC’s original mission of welcoming all students to perform. Golia explained that these plans, along with other details about future operations, will be discussed in coming meetings. 

“The four current TDC Executive Board members are taking this situation very seriously and have been extremely attentive,” Golia said. “We all look forward to working with them and supporting the continuation of TDC.”

Golia explained that Associate Director of Campus Life Laura DaRos, as well as Cohen Auditorium Events Manager Mark Sullivan and Director of Alcohol and Health Education Ian Wong, joined him in last semester’s meetings with the TDC Executive Board. Dean of Campus Life and Student Leadership Bruce Reitman also plans to meet with the TDC representatives, saying that many important discussions about the group have yet to take place.

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