Somerville ordinance bans plastic bags in retail businesses

A new ordinance took effect in Somerville on Sept. 1 prohibiting commercial businesses in the city from giving single-use plastic bags to customers at checkout. Businesses will now provide paper bags instead of plastic ones, and customers are greatly encouraged to use reusable bags, Jaclyn Rossetti, Somerville’s deputy director of communications, said on behalf of the members of […]

Visiting on the Hill this week

MONDAY Inaugural Moomaw Professorship Lecture Details: Fletcher School Professor Avery Cohn is the inaugural holder of the William R. Moomaw Professorship of International Environment and Resource Policy. He will present a lecture on “Sustainable Development in a Changing World” with a reception to follow in the Hall of Flags. When and Where: 5:30 p.m., ASEAN Auditorium, The […]

The disappearing act: taking a personal leave of absence from Tufts

This is the first part of a two-part story about Tufts students who take a leave of absence from school. This part focuses on taking a personal leave of absence from Tufts.  On the administrative side, taking a personal leave of absence from Tufts is as simple as two clicks on SIS. However, the implications of that decision for students […]

Point-Counterpoint: trigger warnings

‘Point-Counterpoint’ juxtaposes two opposing perspectives on polarizing issues and debates. In response to a recent letter published by the University of Chicago announcing its opposition to the use of “trigger warnings,” the following responses, written by the Daily’s opinion section, address both sides of the debate on free speech and safe spaces in the university setting. In support […]

Op-Ed: America wants a dad

This past summer, I spent a great deal of time watching a show called “The West Wing” (1999-2006), and during the last two seasons, there is a presidential election. One of the fictional campaigns’ staffers noted that Democrats are seen as the mothers of America and Republicans the fathers, and that citizens tend to vote on […]

Volleyball rolls through competition at MIT Invitational

The Jumbos are off to their hottest start since 2011, sweeping their first week of competition and currently standing at 5-0. The team debuted at home against Clark University on Sept. 7 before traveling to the MIT Invitational on Friday and Saturday, where it beat teams from Endicott College, Wellesley College, Brandeis University and Regis College. “Going into the […]

Women’s soccer wins two to start season

Two games into their season, the Jumbos remain solid on defense and are looking strong on offense. Tufts is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. “We’re so excited for the win,” coach Martha Whiting said. “It’s really great to start off on such a good foot, and the nice thing is that we got two […]

Men’s Cross Country poised to build on 15th place NCAA finish

The Tufts men’s cross country team enjoyed resounding success last season, earning its highest-ever placement at the NCAA Outdoor Meet — a 15th place finish — with several runners also taking home All-American Honors. The program lost one of its most decorated runners in history, Mitchell Black (LA ’16), who was a four-time national 800m champion and […]

‘Glory’ be to Britney Spears on her latest, greatest comeback

The decline and fall of Britney Spears represents one of the darkest periods in American pop culture. After emerging onto the scene as America’s bona fide pop princess of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Spears experienced a very public breakdown in 2007, which culminated in one deeply distressing night in which she shaved her head and […]

Janitors, TLC members rally with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Boston Common

32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents Tufts janitors and 18,000 other workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, organized a rally at Boston Common on Saturday, Sept.10, as the contracts of janitors from Tufts, Harvard, Boston office buildings and other institutions are approaching their negotiating deadlines of Sept. 30. Union members and allies gathered […]