One of the most liberating, healthy and character-building things that I have learned at Tufts is the ability to balter. To “balter” is to dance gracelessly without particular art or style but perhaps with some enjoyment. Tufts Dance Collective is the ultimate showcase of baltering: an equal opportunity, all-inclusive celebration of movement for the sake of movement.
By the end of the semester, I always find myself surprised — though overcome with the exhaustion and chaos that is finals — that the 13 or so weeks went by as quickly as they did. Freshmen are reveling in one semester down and seniors are stone-faced with just one semester remaining.
Names shape our understanding of that which they denote. Their sound, connotations and literal meanings create a subjective impression of whatever they refer to; how different would it be if we were called the “Weasels” instead of the “Jumbos?” Similarly, places around our campus resonate with us in different ways based on their names.
Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault and rape. No one wants to talk about porn. From a young age, we are shamed and taught that masturbation is dirty and taboo, so by extension the entire industry that facilitates our self-pleasure is hard to talk about.
Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault and rape. “Legend has it that the staircase behind Wren was specially designed so that women could outrun a pursuer.” So says a Tufts Daily article from 2009, describing what many on campus know as “The Rape Steps.
Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president and founder of J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace national organization, spoke last week to a group of students about America’s role in the recent peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. J Street aims to change the political dynamic surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically by mobilizing broad support for a two-state solution.
The TCU Senate’s proposal to create a shuttle bus to downtown Boston is a shortsighted answer to a long-term problem. Yes, students are currently constrained by the fact that the MBTA shuts down at 12:30 a.m. Yes, a shuttle would provide a “reliable and safe mode of transportation” to campus.
This semester I came back to Tufts a day removed from a trip to Nepal (#Thats_What_YOLO_Means). As the semester creeps to an end, and what you did over the summer has ceased being an appropriate conversation starter, I’ve realized my window for self-congratulation is closing — thus my motivation to write.
During my sophomore year of high school, a boy called me a slut. He also called me a bitch, a whore and other names. Name-calling led to threats of violence, and eventually I stood up and said something. I sometimes look back and question why I didn’t think it was wrong that he called me awful names even before he threatened me.
When I arrived at Tufts, I was immediately struck by the vibrant community — students who were impassioned, energetic and caring, and faculty and administrators who were deeply engaged with those students. At the same time, I was concerned by the number of students who needlessly compromised their well-being, and that of others, by abusing alcohol.
The Tufts Labor Coalition is co-sponsoring a rally on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. in Davis Square to support a campaign called Raise Up Massachusetts which intends to raise the minimum wage and ensure earned sick time for workers. Raise Up MA is part of a national grassroots movement to ensure a livable minimum wage for Americans.