In this installment, we will be focusing on the Tufflepuffs who are more esteemed and knowledgeable, due to the fact that all of them have already graduated from college.
First up is the lovely Michael Sanders. In the beginning of the summer, Mike graduated college and entered the real world. As a real person, Mike has been working as a server at Nebo Restaurant and bar, which was recently voted one of the top restaurants in Boston, in order to save up money for his time in the Peace Corps. Mike will be leaving for the Peace Corps between January and March and will most likely be placed somewhere in East Africa. He will most likely be doing health or environmental work. Until he leaves, Mike plans on continuing working at Nebo, hanging with his friends, and playing quidditch. Although he still hasn't decided what team he wants to play for now that his time playing for Tufts Quidditch has come to a close.
Next up is one of our lovely graduate students, Samantha Snyder. Sam is one of only three graduated students who have played for Tufts quidditch, and like most graduate students, her time is focused mostly on her studies. Thus far this summer, she has just been working on research and playing softball for the Psychology department team. She is currently home in Orlando and will definitely be visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter! She may also be going on a Disney cruise at the end of the month. Her only other plan is to attend her cousin's wedding in Wisconsin in August. We hope her time in Florida is magical!
Last up is the one and only Ethan Sturm. Our resident old married man, Ethan has been spending his summer doing exactly what he did while he was at Tufts: working in the PR department. He has also continued working on his site, The Eighthman, where he records a podcast with fellow Tufflepuff, Noah Schwartz. He continues to make promises about writing more articles that he never fulfills.
Ethan has also spent the summer working on his quidditch skills, as shown in the picture to the left. He has been conditioning all summer and even learned how to do a squat for the first time. He has also been attending fantasy tournaments all over the Northeast. Thus far, he has failed to defend his Canada Fantasy title. He will attempt to garner a championship victory at Champagne this weekend and is gathering his forces to attempt to reclaim the Northeast Fantasy title from Michael "Yada" Parada. Best of luck to you, Ethan.
That's all for this installment.
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Hello again! There is a common saying in quidditch: WEST COAST, BEST COAST. Here are some Western-based Tufflepuffs who demonstrate how accurate that saying is (although if you ask us, if the West was all that great, they never would have left).
First up, we have our wonderful captain, Hannah DeBaets, hailing from Northern California. Hannah is spending her summer doing research in the Walt lab at Tufts. She's enjoying exclusive keycard access to high-tech parts of the lab - most importantly the kitchen. In addition to her lunch breaks, Hannah is doing the occasional bit of work. Her project for the summer is to investigate how the bacteria and other organisms that live on your body transfer to your personal items, like your phone.
Besides spending a lot of her time this summer in a lab coat, Hannah has been hanging out in (and hanging from) a variety of trees. A relatively inexperienced tree climber, Hannah has found that sitting in trees with friends is one of her new favorite ways to relax. If you are looking for a good tree to climb, Hannah suggests you come visit Tufts and try the Possum Tree, which has become Hannah's most frequently visited tree.
Hannah has spent the last few weeks exploring different parts of the world, including Montreal and LA. Coming up on July 19th, this Tufflepuff will be joining Team USA to face off against six other international teams in Vancouver. Among all of the new faces at Global Games will be at least one familiar one: that of Arlene Rosenberg, a fellow Tufflepuff and member of Team Canada. Hannah is looking forward to meeting her Team USA teammates and learning as much as she can from them. We here at Tufts Quidditch could not be prouder of our two national team members.
Next up is fellow Northern Californian, Andrew Carp. Carp spend the spring semester in Hong Kong, where he went a lot of parties, explored the city and island, and ate at a lot of different restaurants. He also spent a few weekends traveling to China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Taiwan was his favorite because it had the best food and nicest people. In Malaysia, he got to hike a 14,000 foot mountain and almost passing out due to altitude sickness.
After school ended, Carp spent most of the summer backpacking through southeast Asia. He got to go to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. In Thailand, he traveled to an island called Koh Phi Phi in the south where Carp spent about four days sitting on the beach and kayaking through the cliffs around the island. He also got to snorkel, ate lots of pad thai, and fought his friend in a Muay Thai boxing match. In Vietnam, Carp also explored some of the biggest caves in the world. He also spent a lot of time riding motorcycles around the national park in Vietnam and traveling through the hills and caves. In Laos, Carp did a rainforest hike with this old Laotian guide called "Capitan". He also cycled through a really surreal area of Myanmar called Bagan. It has 4000 temples and stupas dating back to the 9th century or so. After visiting Myanmar, Carp returned home to Silicon Valley. He will return to Tufts in August, and we are all looking forward to hearing more about his trip.
Our final featured Tufflepuff is Lily Buechler, hailing for Boise, Idaho. She has been working at Boise State University's Energy Efficiency Research Institute. She is working with a group of people doing research on microgrid peak electrical demand reduction . When not at work, Lily has been spending as much time as possible up in the mountains enjoying the outdoors. She has gone on a few camping and backpacking trips to some of the more remote parts of Idaho. She has had a blast kayaking, biking and climbing mountains with friends and family. She has also been watching the World Cup and is super excited for the final this weekend!
That's all for this week! Hope the summer has been treating you well!
Hello again! The summer sure is heating up in Boston so to help us cool down, here are some of the coolest Tufflepuffs around.
First up we have the one, the only: Ben “Babycakes” Pfander. Ben, like many other Tufflepuffs is spending this summer like he has spent the last few: working as a camp counselor at a YMCA camp in Michigan called Camp Echo. Babycakes has spent the last thirteen summers at Echo and the last four working as staff. At Camp Echo, Babycakes will be working both in the normal camp program and with the Teen Staff. With the normal camp program, he will be helping with a variety of activities, including baseball, basketball, kayaking, and even LARPing. On Teen Staff, Ben will be working with the older kids at camp on activities such as overnight and river trips that require more autonomy. Babycakes is especially excited for the Pine River trip, which is when the campers and staff take a 3-day, 2-night canoe trip down the Pine River. They cook on a camp stove, sleep in camping tents, and carry all their equipment in their canoes as they make their way down the river. All in all, Ben’s summer abounds with awesome activities.
Aside from his amazing summer plans, our dear Babycakes is leaving us this fall. He is studying abroad in Ireland all semester, where he plans on studying Irish history, exploring Ireland, visiting some friends, and maybe playing some intercontinental quidditch. We hope you have a wonderful time! Bring us back some of that Irish Luck.
Now we would be able to live with ourselves if we wrote about Ben and didn't mention what his partner-in-crime and fellow Midwesterner, Maxwell Leonhardt. Ben and Max are so attuned to each other’s actions that their summers are very similar. Max is also working at a summer camp this summer. He will be taking a few trips with campers up to northern Wisconsin to hike, canoe, and sea kayak on Lake Superior through the caves of the Apostle Islands. Max has also been working on an album with his band, That’s So Gentlemen, which you can check out here: http://notsogentlemen.bandcamp.com/album/summer-lightning.
Much like Ben, Max is also not returning to Tufts in the fall. Unlike Ben, He will be missing for an entire year. We’ve come to terms with it though because we know he will be having a blast. Next year, Max will be working for City Year in Milwaukee. City Year is an AmeriCorp program in which he will be tutoring, teaching, and helping with after school programming. We know Max will do a wonderful job and couldn’t be prouder of him.
Up next is the lovely and talented Jordan Anderson. Jordan spent the first part of the summer taking Cell Biology and working at Tufts Medical Center. As the first summer session has passed, Jordan is now working full time, in the Infections Disease Department. She is working on processing data of the impact of injection drug user on infectious endocarditis rate, HIV nutritional conference, and HIV retention in Namibia. Jordan has also been going on adventures, including visits to Rock Port, Old Sturbridge Village, the Fells, and Canada. Visits to Portland, Kennebunkport, and New York are in the works. Jordan, like fellow Tufflepuff David Stack is also going to Uganda this summer. She is going for two weeks in August to help set up a loan program. All in all, Jordan’s summer is incredibly busy and eventful, with many adventures to come.
That’s all for this installment. Stay cool, my friends. As usual, any and all requests, concerns, questions, or general musings about the meaning of life can be commented below.
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