Super Bowl Showdown

After squeaking by the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional playoffs and crushing the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game, the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl, their sixth trip since the 2001 season. This one is different, however, accompanied by a real sense of urgency (and a stupid scandal involving […]

Regardless of Tsarnaev trial outcome, justice must come from a legitimate trial

Almost two years after the Boston Marathon bombing and the resulting chaos, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial is finally approaching. The trial, which is expected to last for months, will be a trying time for this city; some of our most painful memories will be brought back as the events of those awful April days are re-examined. […]

Tufts finishes dual-meet season with win against Wheaton

The women’s swimming and diving team closed out the dual-meet phase of its season with a win last Saturday, topping Wheaton College 158-138. Tufts came on strong after its midseason training trip to Puerto Rico, winning two of its last three meets to finish the year at 2-4. “We had a great meet at Wheaton […]

Tufts ends road stand on high note

Tufts avenged its season-opening loss to the Wesleyan Cardinals over the weekend with a 3-1 win, but it could not duplicate its performance the following day, losing to No. 5 Trinity by a score of 4-1. The win and loss, respectively, bring the Jumbos’ NESCAC record to 3-5-1 and their overall record to  6-9-1. Despite the losing record, the […]

The myth of human nature

Many of my high school history teachers taught watered-down versions of political theories and concepts. In particular, I remember one history teacher who was fond of “fill-in-the-blank” note sheets. When he taught our class about capitalism, we completed the following phrase in a handout: “Adam Smith believed that humans are _____, and that this is […]

University endowment grows as fundraising increases

The Tufts endowment has grown from $1.47 billion at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013 to $1.6 billion at the end of FY 2014, according to the university’s Annual Financial Report. This increase seems to be part of a larger trend.  Christine Sanni, executive director of advancement communications and services, explained that the university’s endowment has seen rapid growth over the […]

Ordinance to rezone Somerville submitted

The City of Somerville is being rezoned for the first time in 24 years, according to George Proakis, the city’s director of planning. Proakis will be leading the rezoning project, which was submitted to the city’s Board of Aldermen for approval on Jan. 20. Proakis explained that there is a significant need for change because, although the city’s goals and technology […]

Punt Your Way to the Top

Dear Super Bowl viewers, The biggest day for sports enthusiasts in America is soon upon us. Beer. Wings. Yelling. Butt slapping. Nothing brings the nation together better than this annual event of pure hedonism and steadfast rivalry. Except for people who have no idea what the hell is ever going on during football. The game […]

TUDS staff prove that they’re basically superheroes, again

Tufts University Dining Services, as always, has done us a great service for the past two days, with Carmichael and Dewick Dining Halls remaining open despite the doomsday snowstorm. Students have expressed their gratefulness on the Facebook page as well as on Yik Yak and Twitter. Tufts Dining (TUDS) informs its employees upon hiring whether or […]

To keep dining halls open, employees spend the night

During the recent blizzard that prompted the university to cancel classes and close buildings for two days, Tufts students discovered that both dining halls would stay open despite the closures of other university buildings. According to Director of Dining and Business Services, Patti Klos, many Dining Services employees stayed overnight to ensure that Carmichael Dining Center and Dewick-MacPhie Dining […]