Off the Schneid!

09/20/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Tufts OL Justin Roberts, A16, celebrates on the field as fans storm the field after Tufts' 24-17 win over Hamilton at Zimman Field on Sept. 20, 2014. The win snapped a 31-game losing streak. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

09/20/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Tufts OL Justin Roberts, A16, celebrates on the field as fans storm the field after Tufts' 24-17 win over Hamilton at Zimman Field on Sept. 20, 2014. The win snapped a 31-game losing streak. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Losing is no fun. A losing streak is even worse.

A 31-game losing streak? Well, that’s another thing altogether. In the case of the Tufts University Jumbos, it was an embarrassing reminder of a mountain they needed to climb in order to gain the respect of their peers.

I had spent all of last season covering every game at home and on the road in the hopes that they would finally break the streak that had been haunting the program for so long. It was a long and frustrating season for everyone involved, myself included, but the team showed signs of improvement, keeping most of the games competitive. Of course, there’s no such thing as a moral victory in sports, especially with the longest active streak in college football on everyone’s mind.

This season, however, there was a buzz in the air as Tufts was set to open the season against Hamilton, a NESCAC rival that gave up the last Tufts win all the way back in September 2010. Thanks to the access granted to me by head coach Jay Civetti, I was able to spend a few days with the team as they prepared for the season opener.

As an institutional photographer, it’s my part of my job to highlight the program and to show off the hard work and dedication that these student-athletes put in to their sport that their classmates might not otherwise see or even be aware of. In this case, the pressure was apparent. Everyone knew what was at stake.

Building on the foundations and work ethic they had set the previous year, the Jumbos stormed out to an early lead and never let go. When the game clock ticked down to zero, it was like a champagne cork going off, as the pressure that had been building up over the past 4 years finally let out. An effort well earned, no doubt.

You can see a loose edit of my coverage below, and to see full team coverage, be sure to check out Tufts Athletics.

Moving In to Tufts


One of my favorite parts about working for Tufts University is the opportunity to showcase students who might not otherwise get the spotlight. Don’t get me wrong — There are a lot of extremely talented students here that are often the first ones highlighted by the folks in marketing and admissions, and they’re almost always the exception compared to the average student. When it comes down to finding relatable personalities, I often look elsewhere.

This year, I was able to work on a joint project with my colleague, Alonso Nichols, as we highlighted the journey of two students, Anna Rodriguez and Mateo Galeano. Both of these students are part of the BLAST (Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts) and BEST (Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts) programs, respectively, which cater to underserved high schools, first-generation students, and/or college placement programs. Anna was coming 15 minutes up I-93 from Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, getting dropped off by her parents before they had to go to work, while Mateo was hopping on a Greyhound bus by himself from Queens, N.Y. – both neighborhoods that might otherwise be foreign to the typical Tufts University undergraduate.

Our goal was simply to show Anna’s and Mateo’s journey to Medford.

Richard House for Printers Row Journal

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait in his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel “The Kills,” poses for a portrait in his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

There’s something special about being able to retreat into the woods to escape from the hustle of every day life. That’s the concept behind the artist colony — it’s a place where artists of myriad disciplines can gather and work in relative isolation while enjoying the support and collaboration of their peers.

When a friend of mine, an editor at the Chicago Tribune’s book review, Printers Row Journal, tossed a an author portrait assignment my way and told me the guy was working out of an artist colony in New Hampshire, I was psyched. That’s where I met Richard House, a British thriller writer who was staying in a small cabin at the foot of Mount Monadnock in the MacDowell Colony. It was such a cool place to just hike around while making some portraits. I can see why so many artists apply to stay there.

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait in his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma) 7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait outside his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel "The Kills," poses for a portrait outside his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)

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