Alexander Thompson

Alexander Thompson is an assistant news edtior at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior studying international relations and can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @AlMThompson.

Pandemic response opens new chapter in town-gown relations

After years of tension over housing and taxes, Tufts’ efforts to help its host communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic may have turned a new leaf in relations, raising hopes that warm feelings and the close partnership could endure even after the crisis is over. At a community meeting 10 weeks ago, a Somerville resident […]

Tufts to cut two-thirds of summer dining staff as union talks stall

The university plans to reduce summer dining staff to about 20, a third of the normal total, and remains vague on plans for benefits payments in talks to replace an agreement that guaranteed full pay to workers that expired on May 9, officials from UNITE Here Local 26, which represents the workers, said. Local 26 […]

Tufts to pay dining workers through May 9

The university and the labor union which represents its dining workers signed an agreement on March 27 to keep Tufts Dining’s more than 100 workers paid through May 9. No more than 20% of dining workers are working on any given day at Dewick-Macphie Dining Center and the Commons Marketplace, the two Tufts Dining establishments […]

Technical glitches mar TCU election

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) elections were hit by a series of technical errors and ballot mix-ups which prevented dozens of students from casting ballots. Hundreds of students who were studying abroad were not granted ballot access by Tufts Technology Services (TTS) and Voatz, the online election platform, and other students who tried to vote […]

Confusion, anger rife as low-income international students among those forced off campus

Students from countries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as several low-income international students, are frustrated that Tufts rejected their housing extension requests, sending them scrambling for plane tickets or a bed to sleep in. In his March 10 email to the Tufts community, University President Anthony Monaco announced that students would need […]

Netflix and cold pizza: Tufts quarantines dozens of students

Dozens of Tufts students have been quarantined in dorms and off-campus housing for nearly two weeks after potentially coming in contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19, throwing travel plans into disarray and putting lives on hold. The university sent out emails to students suspected to have attended a March 7 Arts Haus […]

Tufts students abroad struggle to get home as world’s borders close

Disclaimer: Jessica Blough is a former editor-in-chief at the Daily. She was not involved in the writing or editing of this article. At least five Tufts students participating in School for International Training (SIT) and Butler University’s Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) study abroad programs are stuck in their host countries as governments ground flights […]

Tufts, union in talks over dining workers’ status during closure

Tufts Dining workers remain in limbo as they await an announcement from the university about how the campus closure will affect their employment, according to union officials. Several UNITE HERE Local 26 shop stewards, who represent the dining workers, met with university officials, including Director of Dining and Business Services Patti Klos, and a number […]

BREAKING: Tufts student tests positive for COVID-19

A Tufts student has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first university affiliate with a presumptive positive case, according to an email sent by Executive Vice President Mike Howard to the Tufts community on Thursday evening. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) informed the university Thursday of the presumptive positive after the student was […]

Tufts student being tested for COVID-19, 3 positives in Somerville, Medford

The university tested a student for COVID-19 on the advice of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Executive Vice President Mike Howard announced in a community-wide email yesterday afternoon. The test results were unknown at press time, but Howard reaffirmed that the university will make an announcement if a community member tests positive. The […]