Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A New Course

By Alonso Nichols

SLIDESHOW: John Dame talks about his life in the restaurant business and coming to Tufts

In the slideshow above, hear John Dane, A14, talk about coming to Tufts. Photos and slideshow by Alonso Nichols

As their first semester at Tufts winds to an end, the freshmen who make up the Class of 2014 can relax—at least for the upcoming winter break. It will be a time to catch up with family and friends back home before returning to campus for the new year.

As a way to share their stories, five freshmen are letting the Tufts community take an inside look at their pre-Tufts lives and what was running through their minds before they came to campus, from as far away as San Diego and as near as Lexington, Mass.

John Dame is from Baltimore, Md. He grew up in the restaurant business, working with his parents, Linwood and Ellen. When not hosting at the highly rated Linwoods restaurant, he could often be found in the press box at Camden Yards, calling the Baltimore Orioles games for the radio station that he started at his high school. But he was ready for the change. As he said just before arriving on campus, “It’ll be interesting going from the world of fine dining to the dining halls at Tufts.”

See the first three stories in our Class of 2014 series:

Michelle Doyle from San Diego

Daryan J. Barnes from Memphis

Leiny Garcia from Los Angeles

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Posted December 21, 2010