Craft Beer at the Five Horses Tavern

By Molly Rubin   If there’s one thing I’ve learned while working as a bartender at the Five Horses Tavern, it’s that there is a beer out there for everybody. For those of us who don’t leave campus very often, it’s sometimes hard to remember that beer exists beyond the confines of frat party kegs

Gefilte Fish Out of the Water

I  am part of the Jewish tribe, a member of the Jewish race; I’m one of God’s Chosen people, blessed with the duty of being part of one of the oldest communities in the world. We’ve been persecuted, celebrated, reviled, admired, ghettoized, idolized, demonized—glorified as the defenders of freedom, vilified as the barrier to peace. I was born into an exclusive society and strengthened by its marginalization. We are a race, a culture, a religion, and a nation.



Starting my college search, I was  certain about only two requirements for my college-to-be: an established engineering program and an administration that supported engineering students in studying abroad. Studying abroad while earning a B.S. in engineering is difficult, and I knew the field of potential universities would be limited; so that summer when I listened to admissions officer Daniel Grayson pitch Tufts’ School of Engineering, my eyes lit up.  He assured us that if one wanted to be an engineer and study abroad, Tufts was the place to do it. He proceeded to highlight Tufts’ mission statement of providing an invaluable education that fostered a “global perspective,” encouraging liberal arts, science, and engineering students alike to explore the world. I applied Early Decision I to Tufts under those pretenses. Two years later, however, rounding out the fall of my junior year, I cannot in good conscience advise any prospective engineering student to select Tufts if they, too, wish to study abroad.

One World: A Global Crafts Bazaar

Tufts, with its focus on international issues and social activism, is constantly teaching students about global problems and social injustices. But to make a difference, students need to go beyond this classroom involvement. This December, the OneWorld Global Crafts Bazaar will give students the opportunity to delve into the issues of fair trade and socially responsible

A Push for Personhood

On November 8, Mississippi voters rejected a proposition that would have declared that “personhood” begins at the moment of conception. In a state where abortion is so restricted that only one clinic performs the procedure, Proposition 26 would have made abortion and certain forms of birth control, in effect, murder. The proposed amendment defined a

Artist Spotlight: Justine Bowe

By Anna Seeman   Tufts senior Justine Bowe sat down with the Tufts Observer to talk about her latest musical project, Photocomfort, a combination of soothing vocals, haunting lyrics, and catchy instrumental rhythms that get you hooked. Bowe admits, “I only want people to want to listen. I don’t want to make people listen.”  

On physics, arts + a new book: Lisa Randall speaks at Harvard bookstore

When Harvard professor Lisa Randall spoke in Harvard Square this past Tuesday, it felt like the cramped Brattle Theater kept fluctuating between unbelievably huge and miniscule size. “As a particle physicist, I look at the unimaginably large and the unimaginably small,” said Randall. “I’ll do my best not to make your head spin.” What was