Spring Semester at Tufts

I fully recognize the disconnect in my writing about the spring semester in mid July, but better late than never, right?

This past spring at Tufts featured fairly diverse range of coverage, from our big centerpiece events like Commencement, National Championships and a whole lot of portraits. This is just a snippet of the hundreds of assignments I shot between January and May.

01/08/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Credentials clerk Pat Roderick makes room on the shelves in Bendetson Hall for more applicant files on Jan. 8, 2014. With the Jan. 1 application deadline passed, staff are now scrambling to get all mailed materials filed and sorted for admissions officers to review. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/08/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Credentials clerk Pat Roderick makes room on the shelves in Bendetson Hall for more applicant files on Jan. 8, 2014. With the Jan. 1 application deadline passed, staff are now scrambling to get all mailed materials filed and sorted for admissions officers to review. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/22/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Edwin Diaz, E14, poses for a portrait at Cohen Auditorium on Jan. 22, 2014. Diaz, who hopes to work in robotics or automation upon graduation, is also active with the Blackout step dance troupe. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/22/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Edwin Diaz, E14, poses for a portrait at Cohen Auditorium on Jan. 22, 2014. Diaz, who hopes to work in robotics or automation upon graduation, is also active with the Blackout step dance troupe. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/05/2014- Boston, Mass. - Amanda Merikas, D15, looks over her poster one last time before presenting at Bates Andrews Research Day on Mar. 5, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/05/2014- Boston, Mass. – Amanda Merikas, D15, looks over her poster one last time before presenting at Bates Andrews Research Day on Mar. 5, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/10/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Brad Wong, A17, and Rob Jacobson, A16, celebrate with fist pumps after scoring against Connecticut College in their NESCAC tennis match at the Voute Tennis Courts on April 11, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/10/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Brad Wong, A17, and Rob Jacobson, A16, celebrate with fist pumps after scoring against Connecticut College in their NESCAC tennis match at the Voute Tennis Courts on April 11, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/07/2014 - Medford, Mass. - Alex Blum, A10, of the Rugged Communications team presents at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition on April 7, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/07/2014 – Medford, Mass. – Alex Blum, A10, of the Rugged Communications team presents at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition on April 7, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/21/2014- Natick, Mass. - Members of the Tufts field hockey team are greeted by Tufts Marathon Team coach Don Megerle at Mile 9 of the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/21/2014- Natick, Mass. – Members of the Tufts field hockey team are greeted by Tufts Marathon Team coach Don Megerle at Mile 9 of the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/19/2014- Medford, Mass. - Amir Mosallaie poses for a portrait on the set of his film, "Chasers," in his apartment on April 19, 2014. Chasers, in which Mosallaie is both acting and directing, is part of a trilogy, focusing on the lives of young adults. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/19/2014- Medford, Mass. – Amir Mosallaie poses for a portrait on the set of his film, "Chasers," in his apartment on April 19, 2014. Chasers, in which Mosallaie is both acting and directing, is part of a trilogy, focusing on the lives of young adults. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/09/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Ben Helm, E14, shows off his muddy face during a rainy pitstop at the Campus Center during the 2014 Provost Century Ride on May 9, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/09/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Ben Helm, E14, shows off his muddy face during a rainy pitstop at the Campus Center during the 2014 Provost Century Ride on May 9, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/25/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Biology graduate student Julia Pilowsky shows off her mohawk at the 16th Annual Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Engineering Student Awards at Granoff Music Center on April 25, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/25/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Biology graduate student Julia Pilowsky shows off her mohawk at the 16th Annual Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Engineering Student Awards at Granoff Music Center on April 25, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

5/18/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco walks down the stairs in Ballou Hall to lead Tufts' Commencement activities on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

5/18/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco walks down the stairs in Ballou Hall to lead Tufts' Commencement activities on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Ifedayo Akinyemi, MPH14, dances her way out of the Phase II ceremony for the School of Medicine's Public Health and Professional Degree program with her degree at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Ifedayo Akinyemi, MPH14, dances her way out of the Phase II ceremony for the School of Medicine's Public Health and Professional Degree program with her degree at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Students line up to receive their degrees at the Phase II ceremony for the Friedman School of Nutrition at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Students line up to receive their degrees at the Phase II ceremony for the Friedman School of Nutrition at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - A member of the undergraduate class of 2014 thanks her parents during the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – A member of the undergraduate class of 2014 thanks her parents during the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Champions

05/25/2014 - Baltimore, Md. - Nate Marchand, A14, pumps up his teammates in the locker room before taking the field in Tufts' 12-9 win over Salisbury to win the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse National Championship game at M&T Bank Stadium on May 25, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/25/2014 – Baltimore, Md. – Nate Marchand, A14, pumps up his teammates in the locker room before taking the field in Tufts' 12-9 win over Salisbury to win the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse National Championship game at M&T Bank Stadium on May 25, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

It’s been a bit of a tradition as of late at Tufts where Commencement season also culminates with an NCAA Championship run for one of our sports teams. As it so happened this past Memorial Day weekend, Tufts had three teams competing for their respective crowns.

My assignment was to follow the Jumbos men’s lacrosse team as it traveled to Baltimore to compete for the NCAA Division III National Championship against Salisbury. The men’s lacrosse team has been no stranger to the national stage, having won the National Championship in 2010 and losing in the title game in 2011. They played Salisbury both times, as well, so the 2014 tilt would at least break the tie for the series, at least for now.

The story for this crew came from its seniors, who were freshmen when they lost in 2011. Having had that taste, they were eager to come back and cap their college careers with a championship ring. The task would not be easy, though, as Salisbury had the pedigree of 10 National Championships. At least that’s what everyone was supposed to think.

The supposed underdogs, the Jumbos took care of business in the title game. Playing the first half to a tie, but exploding after adjustments at the intermission with a 7-1 run in the third quarter and never looking back.

Pound for Pounds

01/26/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Chef Michael Leviton, owner of Boston-area restaurants Area Four, A4 Pizza and Lumiere, works through a clean and jerk during his workout at InnerCity Weightlifting as his trainer Joe Sierra observes on Jan. 25, 2014. Leviton used to mentor Sierra, and continued the relationship through InnerCity. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Chef Michael Leviton, owner of Boston-area restaurants Area Four, A4 Pizza and Lumiere, works through a clean and jerk during his workout at InnerCity Weightlifting as his trainer Joe Sierra observes on Jan. 25, 2014. Leviton used to mentor Sierra, and continued the relationship through InnerCity. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

The Area Four restaurant has a special place in my heart.

Not only do they make what I think is the best pizza in town, but it also happens to be the spot where my girlfriend, Samantha, and I were first introduced to each other. You can imagine how excited I was when I got the call from the Wall Street Journal back in January to photograph another “What’s Your Workout” piece on the chef and owner Michael Leviton.

My assignment was to photograph the chef at InnerCity Weightlifting, where he works out on weekends with his trainer Joe. InnerCity is an organization that gets urban youth off the streets and into the gym, and Mike has been involved with the team there since hearing founder Jon Feinman speak at a forum in 2012. They’ve got a great story themselves, as well.

01/26/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Chef Michael Leviton, owner of Boston-area restaurants Area Four, A4 Pizza and Lumiere, does a weighted pull up during his workout at InnerCity Weightlifting on Jan. 25, 2014. Leviton used to mentor his current trainer Joe Sierra, and continued the relationship through InnerCity. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Chef Michael Leviton, owner of Boston-area restaurants Area Four, A4 Pizza and Lumiere, works out at InnerCity Weightlifting with his trainer Joe Sierra on Jan. 25, 2014. Leviton used to mentor Sierra, and continued the relationship through InnerCity.  (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Chef Michael Leviton, owner of Boston-area restaurants Area Four, A4 Pizza and Lumiere, works out at InnerCity Weightlifting with his trainer Joe Sierra on Jan. 25, 2014. Leviton used to mentor Sierra, and continued the relationship through InnerCity. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

After Mike’s CrossFit-style circuit, we moved on to my favorite part of any workout — the post-lift meal at Area Four in Cambridge. The pizza here is easily my favorite in the area, so spending some time with the chef and his team in the kitchen and getting to know him, his wife, Karyn, and their kids was a treat. They loved the story about me and Sam, too!

01/26/2014 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Chef Michael Leviton prepares a pizza with his children Sam Leviton, 4, and Isadora Goldman-Leviton, 11, at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Chef Michael Leviton prepares a pizza with his children Sam Leviton, 4, and Isadora Goldman-Leviton, 11, at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Chef Michael Leviton prepares a pizza at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck.  (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Chef Michael Leviton prepares a pizza at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Isadora Goldman-Leviton, 11, serves herself a slice of the pizza she prepared with her father, Chef Michael Leviton at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Isadora Goldman-Leviton, 11, serves herself a slice of the pizza she prepared with her father, Chef Michael Leviton at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Chef Michael Leviton poses for a portrait at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

01/26/2014 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Chef Michael Leviton poses for a portrait at his restaurant Area Four in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Jan. 25, 2014. Area Four started out as a pizza and coffee shop concept, and has since expanded into a second pizza-only location and a food truck. (Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

Be sure to check out the article while it’s still in front of the paywall.

Many thanks to my assigning editor Kate Lord, who has since jumped into the freelance ranks. Look her up!

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