They may not be starving and dehydrated on an island, but they are in Harleston Hall at 10 a.m. As the remaining eight players from the cast of season two of Tufts Survivor Club trickled into the Harleston common room, they speculated on what the day’s challenge could have in store. Everyone in the cast is clearly a fan of “Survivor” (2000–), the show their club is modeled after, and they made guesses about what the challenge could possibly be.
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, more of us are likely to find solace in a warm room, reading an engrossing book. Deciding what to read, though, is complicated. Those choices can be influenced by conversations with friends, seeing something online and browsing the shelves of a bookstore.
Last weekend, I took the T to Back Bay station to visit a friend in the South End, so I thought it would be a perfect time to review the station! For anyone interested in going to Back Bay, you can take the Green Line from Medford/Tufts to North Station then transfer to a Forest Hills-bound Orange Line train. Back Bay is six stops away from North Station, and it took me a little more than 25 minutes to get there from Tufts.
Dear Diary, We are not taking the tube today, so let’s take a walk to school. Every day, I repeat a 25-minute walk to campus. I hold my breath as I break into the crisp, cold air that smells of fresh rain, confirmed by the patches of puddles ahead. My chest tightens as I realize that I’ve forgotten my umbrella, and releases when I remember that some bastard from the movies took it when I fell asleep to a two-hour black-and-white nonsense.
While most professors started their fall semester in Medford/Somerville classrooms, Rebecca Jackson, Tufts’ new assistant professor of Earth and climate sciences, found herself in the glacial fjords of Alaska, studying the interaction between glacial ice and the ocean.
I was loitering in my dorm one afternoon when I received the following text: “Hi Amy, I’m Lena, are you still in NY? I will come to NY next month. Do you have time to go hiking together?” I tried to remember if I’d left a fake alias of Amy anywhere, and when I couldn’t, I told her she had the wrong number. The conversation should’ve ended with whatever she’d say next, probably something short, but then came two cordially punctuated sentences.
As Tufts’ only all-femme competitive step team, the ENVY Ladies bring passion and energy to the dance floor. Stepping incorporates African folk traditions into a performance of dancing, acting and speech. The ENVY Ladies perform step on campus as well as in competitions across the country. ENVY’s three captains spoke to the Tufts Daily about their experiences joining ENVY and serving as captains.
“La Mamá de la Mamá” (2020). “Danza Kuduro” (2010). Bad Bunny. Spanish music has become a staple of my short tenure here at Tufts. It’s reached the point where I learn more Spanish on the weekends than during my classes throughout the week. Whether it be in some poor soul’s basement, a fraternity or a dorm, Spanish music is a guarantee.
Strap on your helmet, lace up your sneakers and hop on your bike, because Alewife Linear Park is getting a makeover. Alewife Linear Park is one of the two multi-use paths that pedestrians, bikers and recreationalists can access from Davis Square. While the other multi-use path, the Somerville Community Path, leads towards downtown Boston, the Alewife Linear Park starts in Somerville, heads across North Cambridge towards the Alewife MBTA station and eventually connects to the Minuteman Bikeway.
“I voted,” reads the sticker, but don’t let the simplicity of the message fool you. What else lies behind those words? “We know that the image of an active and engaged citizen is really central to people’s ideas of American identity,” Deborah Schildkraut, professor of political science, said. “I like to refer to it as an aspirational identity. … We think of [a good American] as someone who is active and informed and who votes in elections.”
On its website, the Tufts admissions office emphasizes that its student body is “civically engaged.” Thanks to the dedication of groups affiliated with Tisch College, this phrase is not merely an ideal, but a reality. The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life aims to “prepare students for a lifetime of engagement in civic and democratic life.” Affiliated organizations including JumboVote, Cooperation and Innovation in Citizenship and Advancing Civic Thought in Our Nation help achieve this vision.
On a crisp Sunday morning in October, hundreds of princesses, fairies and superheroes gathered on their bikes in Magnolia Park in Arlington, Mass., wielding bags full of candy and treats, ready to take off towards the trails and parks of Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge.
In the infinitely wise words of legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, “it gets late early.” Whether this Yogi-ism is true or not, it feels factual that some of our hungriest moments come after dinner — especially on the weekend. Dewick-MacPhie and Fresh at Carmichael Dining Centers close at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. So before October, Jumbos craving a late-night treat were forced to order costly meals from DoorDash or Uber Eats or raid their emergency snack stashes.
On a rainless weekend morning above 40 degrees, you can usually find Roland Pearsall lugging a cart with cords and amplifiers in one hand and a guitar case in another. He’d be on his way to Harvard or Davis Square, about to sing his heart out for the next several hours with the voice of someone who had grown up singing on grassy plains.
This charming, brightly-colored, nutrition-focused cafe is the perfect place for a light bite or a filling healthful meal. With a variety of acai bowls, wraps, salads, and bowls, it’s hard to find something at Life Alive that isn’t delicious and packed with vegetables and nutrients. Although to some, the cafe’s mostly plant-based menu may seem a little daunting, I can attest that each time I’ve gone, even the pickiest of eaters have found something they enjoyed. The butternut squash soup was a highlight of my last trip, one of their fall seasonal items, and the simple hummus and pita plate ended up being a favorite of the table. With substitutions of cashew-based cheeses in some of their salads and bowls, Life Alive offers an allergen-friendly menu, with options for those that are dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
Say hello to the newest culture club on campus: The Tufts Mexican Culture Club. The club, which formed at the start of this semester, features 13 members who celebrate and share Mexican culture with the Tufts community.
Over the weekend, I had a friend’s birthday dinner in the vicinity of Kendall Square and thought it would be a perfect time to review the station. For those interested in visiting the station and the area, it is located on the Red Line of the MBTA. It took me about 20 minutes to get there from the Davis station (the Red Line, unfortunately, does not put the “rapid” in “rapid transit”).
I grew up in China, and ironically, my first taste of the modern American flavor of racism came from a Chinese American. It has a subtle taste, with a pinch of passive aggression and the type of aftertaste that makes you unsure if what you just encountered was racism.
As October comes to a close, Davis Square will have to say goodbye to the Somerville Flea for another season. Located on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road, the Somerville Flea has been open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. since August. The vibrant market features live music and welcomes customers and vendors of all ages.
There’s no question that matcha has grown in popularity exponentially over the past few years. The bright green beverages appear all over social media pages, usually held by an influencer with a slicked-back ponytail dressed in some form of athleisure.