Adam Pulver | Unintended Consequences

I do not think I have ever written a column inspired by another column that appeared in The Tufts Daily, but this week I am compelled to react to Evan Cochran’s column (09/30) about cocaine use at Tufts. Highlighting the dangers of cocaine and Mr. Cochran’s apathy towards said dangers is too obvious for this […]

On community

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been watching the members of the Class of 2008, in part nostalgically and in part remorsefully, go through many of the same motions I did four years ago. It seems that many freshmen, in addition to coping with academic challenges and the challenges of living independently (with a stranger), […]

Fall Ball fallout

It is not uncommon for either the administration or TCU Senate to pursue well-intended policies with negative unintended consequences for the student body. It is rare, however, for these organizations to cooperate, particularly so early in the year. Even rarer is collusion in such an irresponsible way to actually place a large segment of the […]

Terror and the R.N.C.

On one evening of last week’s Republican National Convention, I found myself needing to get to Manhattan from my home on Long Island. As I had commuted every day this summer, this would not usually be a particularly arduous journey. However, the Republican National Committee had selected Madison Square Garden (an emblem of Republican-led destruction […]

You’re fired…or maybe you should be

I do not think that anyone in administrative or student government leadership at Tufts has bad intentions. I truly believe that President Bacow, the deans and provost, and Senate members want to do things that make this campus better. But coming up with ideas to make things better is the easiest part of leadership. The […]

Serve Yourself

April is my least favorite time of year at Tufts. The weather is rainy. Coursework is bearing down on you. You’re dealing with summer plans, fall plans, life plans. Then there’s the fact that every possible extracurricular event under the sun occurs in April. From plays to sports events and a cappella events to academic […]

In defense of health

In The Primary Source’s “From the Editor” (March 11, “Who’s at the Wheel?”), Source Editor-in-Chief Brandon Balkind’s stance against Health Services’ support of “Sex on the Hill” highlights, to me, a major problem that public health professionals and health policymakers face today. “Health care providers have an obligation to avoid controversy,” Balkind wrote. He goes […]

Monday’s author strikes back

As someone who writes some pretty opinionated stuff, I am fully aware and accepting of the idea that people may disagree with me, and may respond to my columns in the format of a viewpoint. As a result, I have never used a response to one of my columns as the basis for another column. […]

Disliking Kerry politics

I’m not a John Kerry supporter, and I never have been. I don’t really have any major conflict with any of his policies (at least not any more than I did with that of any other candidate). I’m not offended by his personality although I find him to be incredibly boring and bland. The fact […]

The costs of controversy

240,000 children in Massachusetts live in poverty (Project Bread). At a given moment, nearly 15 percent of the American population lacks health insurance of any kind (Centers for Disease Control). Our jails are overcrowded and our public education system is on the brink of failure. These facts should not be surprising to anyone, as they […]