Michael Sanders joined Tufflepuffs his sophomore year at Tufts. He was an integral part of Tufts World Cup 5 & 6 teams and has since taken on a leading role within the TUQ beater corp. Big Mike's favorite part of quidditch is the strategy and pure insanity that goes along with the game. He enjoys beating people in the face but will never say no to chasing, seeking, or even keeping. Mike's favorite quidditch memory is his entire time with the team. His whole experience on Tufts Quidditch has been his favorite memory, and he loves his team more than he's willing to admit. When Mike graduates this May, he will most definitely be continuing his involvement in the sport - regardless of where he ends up.
Big Mike is most definitely a "super" senior. On top of being an active member of the quidditch community, Mike is a brother at the Tufts chapter of the Theta Chi fraternity, a FOCUS dad and grandad, dances with the Tufts Burlesque troupe, is a member of Major: Undecided (a sketch comedy group), and is president of TUPAC, along with numerous other activities on campus. Mike is also "the worst," as demonstrated by his trading card for World Cup 7. Over the summer, Mike interned for NYPIRG - New York Public Interest Research Group. It is the largest Student-Run research and advocacy organization in NYC. His job allowed him to attend important State meetings, meet a lot of important people including the mayor of NYC, help save the planet, and, most importantly, allowed him to take time off to participate in three Fantasy Quidditch tournaments! Next year, Mike hopes to continue doing good; he will most likely be in the Peace Corp somewhere in either South America or Africa.
In terms of World Cup 7, Mike is looking forward to seeing all the friends he's made within the quidditch community.
Michael Sanders is one of the 2 graduating seniors from the Tufts team going to World Cup 7, and will be incredibly missed next year.
The reason why Brandon James Mestnik joined quidditch was so that he wouldn't go through his entire college experience without any friends... and sometimes we're glad he did! His sophomore year, BJ was somewhat a part of the quidditch team, playing neither chaser nor keeper. After a year abroad, he came back with some skittles. On top of being a cheater, he took on the role of on-pitch sneaker. BJ's favorite thing about cribbage is just hanging out with the team, having fun, and kicking bottom. BJ's favorite quidditch memory is pulling the snitch during the infamous NYDC-Tufts game at Turtle Cup. This was BJ's first major tournament playing sneaker, and pulling the Harry Greenhouse tush after 35+ minutes of play was an unparalleled moment in Bj's life. The team rushing onto the field after the catch was called "good" was absolutely over the top.
Outside of cribbage, BJ is watergirl for the Tufts Frisbee team, has learned 3 new languages (Arabic, French, Pig-Latin, Spanish, and counting), and loves to call people nerds. During his junior year, BJ studied abroad for a semester on Mars and then a semester Upstairs. This senior enjoys regaling his team with all sorts of stories from his time abroad. One of his most famous stories includes climbing the pyramids and then getting stuck in Egypt with no belongings (we won't spoil it for you). After graduation, BJ will continue to travel the world and have awesome adventures. He one day hopes to play professional cribbage.
In terms of World Cup 7, BJ is looking forward to smiles and trying his best.
BJ Mestnik is one of the 2 graduating seniors from the Tufts team going to World Cup 7, and will be tremendously missed next year, even more than Mike (except we don't choose favorites).
David Stack joined the quidditch team because he had a passionate longing to fly. When he realized that the brooms used in quidditch are often simple PVC pipes with no magical powers, David decided to keep playing because the people were pretty cool. His favorite things about quidditch are the balance between the absurdity of the sport and its competitive nature and also the people that play it. Even though people play to win, at the end of the day, they realize they look like a bunch of idiots running around with a stick between their legs. Thus, instead of rivalries taking hold, teams just cuddle together. David also likes playing sports in general, so quidditch was a great new one to pick up. After declaring himself the Stack family knock-out champion and playing years of competitive bocce across upstate New York, David was looking for an equally interesting physical stimulate at Tufts; quidditch has provided that.
When he's not cuddling with the Tufflepuffs, David is on the Ultimate Frisbee team, is a very active member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship group, and works with STOMP. He is slightly confused as to why has declared an Environmental Engineering major since the things he is really passionate about – photoshopping his face onto pokemon, stunting, and following the WNBA – have nothing to do with that. David figures college doesn't really suit him, but he’ll likely keep paying tuition so he can keep playing with the Tufflepuffs.
For World Cup 7, David is most looking forward to seeing if the Lost Boys are truly as attractive as people say they are.
Arlene Rosenberg joined quidditch her freshman year after being dragged to the annual Intro To Quidditch by her friends. There, she realized that the aggressive nature of the game greatly appealed to her background in Muay Thai and soccer, and she decided to try out for the tournament team. She chose beating because without her glasses, she found it especially difficult to shoot a quaffle through the hoops. Arlene's favorite thing about quidditch is the second-family she found within her team. Coming from a tiny all-girl's school (350 girls from Kindergarten to grade 11), Arlene truly appreciates the fact that she can always count on her Tufflefamily - something she found out last year after sustaining a concussion in late April. Arlene's favorite quidditch memory is playing in her first ever game at the Harvard tournament fall 2012. The excitement she felt as she landed her first beat was unparalleled, and it encouraged her continued participation in the sport.
Outside of quidditch, Arlene has played a number of team sports including soccer, volleyball, baseball, and even a brief stint in basketball. Baseball, however, is a sport that was instilled upon our shortest Tufflepuff since birth. Arlene attended her first major league baseball game at only one week old and has attended hundreds of games since. Growing up in Montreal, this Canadian girl was a devout Montreal Expos fan and was on a first name basis with most of the players. She was even a Bat-Girl, before almost getting run over by Orlando Cabrera as he ran into home plate. After the Expos left Montreal (something Arlene hasn't gotten over), Arlene and her brother became less involved in the sport, but her love for the game hasn't depreciated. The Rosenberg siblings actually plan to co-coach an intercity baseball team this summer.
In terms of World Cup 7, Arlene is looking forward to kicking ass, Tufflecuddling, and playing quidditch outside in the sun.
Tufts University Tufflepuffs, catching snitches and wrecking pitches since 2009.