Hello again! Summer solstice is officially in the past, and it is now truly summer!! To start the season off right, here's what more Tufflepuffs are up to this summer.
The first featured Tufflepuff is our former co-manager and current fundraising coordinator: Matthew Cardarelli. Matt kicked off the summer by coordinating a tournament with teachers at Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols high school in Cambridge. Tufts Quidditch was approached by two high school teachers at the end of the school year to come help teach the rules of quidditch to their students, and to help with their very own World Cup. Matt was instrumental in organizing both the instructional session, shown above, and the World Cup. The World Cup was very successful, with the game coming down to a snitch snatch! Hopefully the event will happen in future years, as everyone involved had a blast!
Besides his Tufts Quidditch duties, Matt has been working at athenahealth, Inc in Watertown, MA. He will be working on Software Development through August. One of the highlights of his job thus far has been go-karting with the company a few weeks ago. Matt is also very excited to play Mario Kart 8. He also plans to spend time with his family, since a family reunion with his 150+ extended family and a trip to Niagara Falls is in the works.
Next up is Josh Golding, our newest addition to the Tufflepuff family. Josh spent the end of May in London with his family. Josh now has an internship at Giuliani Partners, which is owned by Rudy Giuliani and is a consulting firm that does a lot of work with security and law enforcement. He might also visit Montreal and Italy this summer. Continuing his summer of international endeavors, he is also planning on taking an online Russian course at a local college.
Another Tufflepuff with international travel plans in the work is Nicolas Sempere. Nick is planning to visit France in the next couple of weeks. Aside from his visit to Europe, he is working as a life-guard, visiting relatives, and working on a website for a place where he used to go for guitar lessons. He is also cheering on the French national team as they try to improve upon their performance at the last World Cup.
Speaking of the World Cup, Nick's fellow Texan, Noah Schwartz, is planning on spending the summer cheering on the USA national team as they attempt to make it out of the Group of Death. Noah is thus very excited for the USA vs Germany game on Thursday and hopes for an American victory. Aside from cheering on the USA team, Noah is interning for Rita Lucido, who is running for the District 17 State Senate seat in Texas. He is also planning on attending numerous weddings, along with Blue Bonnet Cup and THE Fantasy Tournament.
Another Tufflepuff who will be watching the USA/Germany game on Thursday is Nora Mueller. However, she will be hoping for a German victory. Aside from watching soccer, Nora is working for the Tufts Adoption and Development Project as a research assistant studying trans-racial adoption of Chinese girls to American families. She is also babysitting and doing a GRE prep class. Nora has also been spending time with her friends at Tufts and playing quidditch. She will be attending Canada Fantasy next weekend, along with six other Tufflepuffs! She will be visiting Germany in August with her family for her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary.
Last, but certainly not least, is David Bernstein. This summer, David is a camp counselor in Maine. Some of the activities he is working on include teaching guitar, cooking, and kayaking. He also got life-guard certified. He is having a swell time at camp and will spend the rest of the summer there.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer as much as we are!
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So the plan was to write one of these posts every other week. Yet here we are, five days later, and a new post in the making. The primary reason for this decision is the Tufflepuffs just have so many interesting things happening this summer, any delay writing about them would be criminal. We always say you wish you were a Tufflepuff, and here are some reasons why, this summer, it might be true.
First up in this round of Tufflepuffs is Madeleine Lebovic, one of our wonderful rising sophomores. Like our dear Ian, Madeleine started the summer on a high note, as she was one of the three brave Tufflepuffs who went skydiving. However, after skydiving, her summer hit a low point, as Madeleine, like so many before her, struggled to find an internship or job for the summer. In response to her struggles, Madeleine decided to create her own business for the summer. She is running a summer camp this summer. Now many of us when we were growing up went to soccer, basketball, music, or arts camps during the summer time, but I am willing to bet none of us went to a quidditch camp. However, those in the Barrington Area of Chicago now have the chance to play quidditch over the summer, as Madeleine has started the Barrington Area Quidditch Club (BAQC). She will be running weekly camps for all ages this summer, starting June 16. Anyone interested in finding out more about the summer camps or the program in general should check out her beautiful website, http://www.baqc.net/ or email email@example.com.
Next up is the lovely Bj Mestnik. Now while he has officially graduated from Tufts, he will never graduate from being a Tufflepuff, and thus he is featured here.
Bj, after the craziness of senior week and graduation, hopped on a flight to Dublin, where he spent the day chilling and drinking with old drunk Irishmen. He then traveled to Rome, where he took in the sights of the city. He then traveled around Italy, taking in the sights and sounds of the country and of course, eating delicious food. He visited Venice where he recreated a chase scene in the crowded Venice streets and jumped in a Venice canal. He then traveled to Florence, which is his favorite city he's visited thus far. He planning on traveling to Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, and Geneva. In Geneva, he will be picked up by his first WWOOFing family. For those who don't know, WWOOF stands for world wide opportunities on an organic farm, which is a program that allows people from around the world work on organic farms in different locations around the world. Bj will be woofing in Italy for the majority of his summer and after.
Last, but certainly not least, is the fabulous David Stack. This summer, Stack is spending 6 weeks in Uganda as an internship. This internship, established by the New England Global Issues Institute along with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sends teams of 18 or 20 students to Uganda. During this trip, his team will work with the Christian Ugandan University students, learning about issue in global poverty, relief work, the role of the global Church, and the rehabilitation of former girl soldiers. He will be serving in Kamplala and Gulu and will be living with the people he meet. His team will be working with Miles to Smiles and Thread of Life to try to understand and work with the people of Uganda to tackle poverty issues. He will also live and work with former girl soldiers at the ChildVoice site. We here at Tufts Quidditch could not be prouder of David Stack and know he will bring laughter and love to everyone he meets along the way.
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What's up, universe? Hope you've all been enjoying the summer! We sure have! Which brings us to this series of posts. We will be writing about the exploits and adventures of various Tufflepuffs through out the summer.
Our wonderful seeker, Ian Luo has the prestige and honor of being the first Tufflepuff featured this summer. Ian's summer thus far has consisted mainly of playing League of Legends, chilling around Boston, and consuming copious amounts of Helen's. Over Memorial Day weekend, Ian flew to Chicago to go skydiving with our very own Madeleine Lebovic and Ben Pfander. According to Ian, it wasn't as scary as he thought it would be. For the rest of the summer, Ian has an internship at Tufts and is planning on continuing to expand his cooking ability.
Next up is our lovely past Historian, Mari Fromstein. This summer, Mari is returning to Minneapolis for the beginning of the summer, where she is working for the parks and rec department, like her hero, Lesley Knopes. In the parks and rec department, she plays sports, makes tie dye and crafts with kids, and helps in the city's drama club and traveling puppet show. She is attending Midwest Fantasy in Illinois along with playing summer quidditch in Minnesota. A week after Midwest fantasy, she will be flying to New Zealand to start her semester abroad. Have a wonderful time in New Zealand! Say hi to Frodo for us!
Our third featured Tufflepuff is our very own Co-manager, Arlene Rosenberg. The summer started off with an incredible honor, with Arlene being selected to represent Team Canada at the Global Games in July. She'll be rocking that home field advantage against our captain, Hannah DeBaets. Aside from her selection onto Team Canada, Arlene plans to participate in numerous fantasy tournaments this summer, including Canada Fantasy, Northeast Fantasy, and Champagne Cup. This past weekend, Arlene's team was victorious in the Montreal Fantasy Tournament, and she is hoping to keep her winning streak going throughout the summer.
Aside from playing quidditch, Arlene is working for Yellow Shoes in the head office in the buying department. She is helping put together the spring/summer 2015 collection for the women's section and is actually getting to design some shoes. She is also coaching a baseball team with her brother and relaxing in Montreal.
Finally, a very happy birthday to our lovely BJ "SPRING BREAK" Mestnik and Ben "BABYCAKES" Pfander. Even though we won't see either of you for a while, know that we are wishing you the best. Always.
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