Diversity and Inclusion Working Group works to meet goals of 2013 Diversity Report

The Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG), chaired by Chief Diversity Officer Mark Brimhall-Vargas, has been working this semester toward greater faculty and staff diversity, more public data related to diversity and new affinity groups for minority and women students, faculty and staff. According to Brimhall-Vargas, the working group contains leaders and representatives from all of Tufts’ schools and campuses and is overseen […]

‘The Good Dinosaur’ offers breathtaking animation, disappointing plot

At the start of “The Good Dinosaur,” released Nov. 25, a meteor hurtles towards Earth on a collision course with the blue planet and ready to bring destruction to the dinosaurs. Instead of crashing into Earth, however, it misses, and the story begins. Pixar takes this imagined scenario and runs with it, establishing a coming-of-age tale about a cowardly […]

Erykah Badu’s ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’ proves modern, soulful

Erykah Badu’s newest release, an 11-track mixtape titled “But You Caint Use My Phone,” is her second project of 2015 and the official follow-up to her fifth studio album, “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh” (2010). Badu is most famous for her neo-soul records, including her debut “Baduizm” (1997), which went triple-platinum in the United […]

Tufts record mirrors high school success for Brady

Junior running back Chance Brady’s success this season was in many ways unprecedented for the Jumbos. His accolades, to start, are both prestigious and numerous. He is the first Tufts player to win NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year in the 21st century, the first since 2008 to make the New England Football Writers All-New […]

The mom edition

Pooja: Rebecca and I consistently say that in 10 years, we will become our mothers. Since moms are the best advice givers, we decided to outsource our column this week to Mama Siv and Mama Solo! From my side, you will be getting top notch advice from a bubbly Bombay-ite who talks to plants and thinks […]

Independent game development in 2015: a conversation with Arnold Rauers of Tinytouchtales

Independently developed or “indie” video games — games created by small teams or individuals without the financial support of a publisher — have become an integral part of the gaming landscape over the past decade. The rise of digital distribution on the traditional PC and console markets, as well as the proliferation of smartphones and their accompanying […]

Outsourcing in Higher Education

The company from which Tufts contracts its custodial services, DTZ, formerly UGL Unicco, has had a business relationship with the university since 2011. While custodians, union representatives and students demanded that the university make no cuts to the janitorial staff, members of the administration defended the decision to reallocate custodial labor and said that the terms of the […]

ResLife seeks to counter lottery fraud with housing policy changes

The Office of Residential Life and Learning (ResLife) is considering new strategies to address problems with the housing lottery system in light of cases of housing lottery fraud this past spring. According to Director of ResLife Yolanda King, last semester, some students last spring applied for housing in groups with upperclassmen, who have higher lottery numbers, in order to […]