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.

Local leaders, residents slam Tufts’ reopening plans

In recent weeks, Tufts has come under fire from local mayors, legislators and residents for its reopening plan. Critics of the plan say the return of students from across the country and globe threatens to reverse the significant progress they have made in containing the pandemic. In an Aug. 10 letter to University President Anthony […]

Charges against Tufts Dining workers dropped, independent investigation launched

Cellphone footage obtained by the Daily shows the arrests of Victor White and Alexandros Armand on the night of June 15 and 16. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office dropped all charges against two Tufts Dining workers and appointed a special prosecutor to investigate claims that the officers used excessive force against the men. District […]

Lynn march in support of Tufts Dining workers draws hundreds

Hundreds of protesters marched through Lynn, Mass. on June 26 in support of two Tufts Dining workers, Victor R. White and Alexandros Armand, and a third individual not affiliated with the university, Scott Reed. The three men were arrested by Lynn police on the night of June 15, and White alleges that he was beaten […]

Tufts Dining worker allegedly beaten by Lynn police officer

Two Tufts Dining workers, Victor R. White and Alexandros Armand, allege that they were arrested and brutalized by Lynn, Mass. police officers on the night of June 15 and 16 along with Scott Reed, who is not a Tufts affiliate. White, who is a cook at Carmichael Dining Center, claims that he was beaten by […]

Somerville, Medford declare racism a public health crisis, commit to police reform

The mayors of Medford and Somerville have declared racism a public health emergency in response to protests nationwide over the deaths of George Floyd and other people of color killed by police.    Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn said her administration will undertake “systematic change” to address racism, according to a press release that accompanied the declaration […]

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 […]