Ferguson is more than just good TV

“There’s inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it’ll make for good TV,” cautioned President Obama in his statement on the Ferguson grand jury’s decision. The mainstream media immediately confirmed Obama’s premonition by streaming images of “riots” in which people are destroying store fronts and starting fires. Hours before the announcement, media conglomerates like CNN had large […]

Newly renovated Commons Marketplace to open in January

Tufts Dining Services will open the rebranded Commons Marketplace on Jan. 14, when students return to campus for the start of the spring semester, according to Director of Dining and Business Services Patti Klos. The eatery was originally supposed to reopen during fall semester, but was pushed back due to delays in receiving construction and demolition permits, Klos said. Lyza Bayard, […]

Students host clothing drive for refugees, children

The Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program (TU-RAP) and Tufts United for Immigrant Justice collaborated to sponsor a winter clothing drive for recently settled refugees in the greater Boston area and unaccompanied minors in the Somerville school district from Nov. 12 through Dec. 4. The organizations placed boxes across campus and encouraged students to donate any unwanted clothing, according to Safiya Subegdjo, TU-RAP’s […]

Police Briefs

Sk8er Boy On Nov. 13 the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a report of a marijuana scent emanating from a room in Miller Hall at 9:30 p.m. The Resident Assistant of the hall reported that he had just engaged in a verbal altercation with the resident of the room from which the odor originated. […]

Cummings School launches new masters program in infectious diseases

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has begun accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester to its new Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health program. Program Director Abhineet Sheoran explained that the program lasts one year and will train students in both human and zoonotic infectious diseases of national and global impact. He added that the Cummings […]

Final thoughts

I came into Tufts-in-Ghana with cookie-cutter ideas about the personal growth I would have. “I’ll see the world from a different perspective, learn to navigate cultural differences and figure out how much to change myself for a new culture.” All that has been true, for sure. I’ve learned that life in Ghana is not that different […]

CMHS implements new screening program for suicide prevention

Over the last three years, Tufts’ Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS) has been slowly implementing the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), an initiative lead by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, (AFSP). While the AFSP is a private, national organization geared at reducing suicide rates throughout various populations within the nation, many universities, including Tufts, […]

Loscil’s ‘Sea Island’ creates lush landscapes of sound

The first track on Loscil’s newest album “Sea Island,” released late last month, isn’t just an exercise in sonic balance — it’s an exercise in physical balance as well. Loscil, the solo project of Scott Morgan, relies as much on the computer-generated sounds it features as on the musical introspection inherent in Morgan’s compilation. The album […]

‘Imitation Game’ cracks code of good filmmaking

Only about six months after the first computer supposedly passed the Turing test — Alan Turing’s test for determining whether a machine can be said to “think” — “The Imitation Game” (2014) is here to shed light on the unsung champion of World War II and the man who laid much of the groundwork for […]

Startup brings solar-powered lighting to Nicaragua’s ‘last mile’

Morgan Babbs is lighting up Nicaragua, one solar-powered lamp at a time. With her social enterprise, SolarRoute, Babbs is answering the need for affordable solar technology in developing countries. Babbs, a senior majoring in international relations and economics, was inspired to start SolarRoute after working in Nicaragua two summers ago, where she noticed the difficulties of […]