In December 2008, The Agahozo Shalom Youth Village welcomed its first class of 125 students. These students require much more than a classroom to sit in and teachers to teach them.. ASYV is a special project of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, created to provide a home for orphans of Rwanda’s devastating genocide.
It was a Sunday night at the Curio House, the solar-powered, energy-efficient brainchild of Tufts University and the Boston Architectural College. Team Boston was taking its turn in the kitchen, making dinner for some members of the 19 other teams who had shipped their no-more-than-800-square-foot houses from around the United States and the world to the Capital Mall in DC Even the salmon and vegetarian sides would reflect the ideas that spawned the creation of the house itself. “We want to promote as much vegetable-eating as possible because you have less of a footprint when you eat vegetarian food,” said Ben Steinberg, chair of the project’s policy committee and a Masters candidate in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy at Tufts. In addition to cooking with solar-powered appliances, the team gathered some of the vegetables and herbs for the meal from the garden attached to the house. The garden is irrigated by a cistern that catches rainwater from the roof.
While Tufts was still recovering from the marathon beverage consumption of Homecoming weekend, the Observer rode around with Tuftsʼ ﬁnest (in the best way possible, we promise) to get to know some of the Starskys, Hutchs, Lieutenant Dangles, and Superbad cops that help us out and keep us safe day in and day out. Although all was quiet on the P-Row front and we didnʼt use the sirens once, excitement still
ﬁlled the air.