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TCU Senate closes year with internal elections

Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate concluded an academic year shortened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with internal elections on April 26. Internal elections were conducted with online Qualtrics surveys that were sent to each voting member of the Senate body. Outgoing TCU President Shannon Lee noted that usage of Qualtrics for the Senate’s internal elections […]

TCU election results announced, presidential campaigns begin

The Tufts Elections Commission (ECOM) determined the results of the elections for the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate, Committee on Student Life (CSL) and Judiciary on Friday, just as candidates for TCU president commenced their respective campaigns. Despite facing a number of technical challenges through the online and app-based voting platform Voatz, voting closed at […]

TCU Senate budgets more than $2 million to student organizations

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate reviewed and approved its entire fiscal year 2021 (FY21) budget last week , allocating $2,070,872 to over 300 student organizations. The overall budget is divided into nine councils and an engineering council, each focusing on a different category of student organizations. There is an additional division for umbrella organizations, […]

TCU Senate passes 2 resolutions

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed two resolutions and approved 14 supplementary funding requests, including an appeal, during its meeting on March 8 in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose room. While TCU Senate had originally planned on reviewing more supplementary funding requests, TCU Treasurer Sharif Hamidi announced at the time that some events had been […]

Mail Services prioritizes electoral mail following concerns of lost ballots

In response to recent difficulties among students in receiving their absentee ballots, the Mail Services Department initiated a new process for voting-related mail. This initiative was launched in coordination with JumboVote to ensure ballots are not mishandled. “Since the mail room became aware of possible problems with the normal procedure for sorting mail in regards […]

TCU Senate hears proposed referendum, supplementary funding requests

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate discussed a proposed ballot referendum from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and heard 12 supplementary funding requests and Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget requests in their meeting last night in the Sophia Gordon multipurpose room. The proposed referendum seeks to address the Tufts University Police Department’s (TUPD) involvement […]

TCU Senate elects new committee chair, hears supplementary funding requests

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate elected a new chairperson for its Administration and Policy (A&P) Committee and approved supplementary funding requests from seven student organizations at its meeting on Monday night in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room. Former Diversity Officer Grant Gebetsberger won the election, besting TCU Senator Ibrahim AlMuasher to fill the vacancy […]

Kaplan, Miller, Infante win TCU Senate special election, fill remaining vacancies

First-years Jenna Kaplan and Valerie Infante and sophomore Max Miller were elected to the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate following special elections originally planned to fill only two vacancies on Wednesday. Elections Commission (ECOM) Chair Matt Zachem wrote in an email to the Daily early Thursday morning that Jenna Kaplan received the most votes and […]

Somerville politicians support home rule petition to lower local voting age to 16

Somerville political leaders called for the passage of a local home rule petition which would allow Somerville to lower its voting age to 16 for municipal elections, in testimony at the Massachusetts State House on Jan. 22. The lobbying drive follows the Somerville City Council’s unanimous passage of the petition in May 2019 calling for […]

TCU Senate adjusts allocations board structure, prepares to fills vacancies

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate heard updates from its executive board, discussed filling the vacancies left by senators spending the semester abroad as well as basic budgeting and parliamentary procedures in their first meeting of the semester on Sunday. TCU Senate heard no resolutions or supplementary funding requests at its meeting. Instead, the TCU […]