Alexander Thompson

Alexander Thompson is a news editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major and can be reached at ThompsonTuftsDaily@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlMThompson.


Curtatone cruises to 9th term as Somerville mayor

Incumbents did well in yesterday’s municipal elections in Somerville, with voters returning Joe Curtatone to the mayor’s office for the ninth time since 2004 over his challenger, Marianne Walles, a social worker and union organizer backed by Our Revolution Somerville. Voters also reelected all four incumbent at-large city councilors by healthy margins in a hotly contested […]


In final days of campaign, both Somerville mayoral candidates talk tough on Tufts

As Somerville residents head to the polls today to decide whether incumbent Joe Curtatone or challenger Marianne Walles will be their mayor for the next two years, both candidates are still making their pitches to voters, which have included a fair number of jabs at Tufts. Both candidates are attacking the university over issues like […]


Somerville City Council contenders share thoughts on Tufts issues

Somerville voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect four at-large councilors to the Somerville City Council. They will have a choice between eight candidates, and the Daily talked to seven of them about where they stand on the many issues related to Tufts. Among the most important was housing affordability in West […]


Citing lack of progress in PILOT talks, Curtatone sets February deadline for Tufts

Somerville officials were blunt about the lack of progress in negotiations with Tufts for a new payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement in a community meeting held Wednesday night at the Somerville Public Library West Branch.  Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said that “nothing” had been resolved after 10 months of negotiations and announced that […]


Dining workers praise new contract, say problems remain

Dining workers across campus say they are very pleased with the benefits, rights and protections they won in their first collective bargaining agreement with Tufts, which was finally signed by university officials on June 7. Since that time, workers have filed numerous grievances against the university, saying the problems with managers and scheduling persist.  The […]


Arts and Sciences in surplus, but TUSM, SMFA remain in deficit

After three years of million-dollar deficits and austerity, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser said that the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is projected to run a small surplus in the current fiscal year. However, every one of Tufts’ other schools is projecting a deficit for this fiscal year. The […]


Monaco says Sackler investigation complete, discusses mental health at town hall

University President Anthony Monaco announced the completion of former U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern’s report on Tufts’ ties to opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family in a town hall last Friday. The report will be presented to the Board of Trustees at its upcoming November meeting before being released to the public by […]


Finding no undue Chinese influence, Tufts renews contract with Confucius Institute

Tufts renewed its contract with the Confucius Institute, a Chinese government-funded language and cultural education center, until 2021, after a semester-long review process that was triggered by concerns over Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence and suppression of academic freedom. The review committee’s report, published Tuesday, found that while Confucius Institute instructors avoided sensitive political topics, […]


LGBTQ community urges action in wake of homophobic vandalism

In the second act of hatred at Tufts in just three weeks, a student discovered their dorm door engraved with a well-known homophobic slur late Wednesday night. This incident has sparked calls by Tufts’ LGBTQ community for the university to take decisive action to address prejudice and intolerance on campus. The Tufts University Police Department […]


BREAKING: Student finds homophobic slur scratched into door

A homophobic incident occurred this Wednesday on campus, University President Monaco wrote in an email to the Tufts community, marking the second reported incident of hate this month. This email comes just two weeks after Monaco emailed the Tufts community about an incident of antisemitism. According to Monaco’s email, a homophobic slur was scratched into the door of […]


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