Alexander Thompson

Alexander Thompson is a contributing writer at the Tufts Daily. He is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major and can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @AlMThompson.

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 […]

Davis Square pot shop clears first hurdle

Somerville may finally be getting its first recreational cannabis dispensaries three years after Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana in 2016.  Somerville City Council President Katjana Ballantyne, in her capacity as acting mayor on the issue, announced that she would approve host community agreements for three dispensary proposals, including one in Davis Square, in a press release […]

Two former Tufts students embroiled in Epstein scandal

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault.  Tufts alum Bill Richardson (A’70, F’71), the former governor of New Mexico and MIT Media Lab founder Joichi Ito, who attended Tufts and received an honorary degree in 2015, have been implicated to varying degrees in the controversy surrounding financier Jeffrey Epstein. Ito and the MIT Media Lab have […]

As private dorm developer moves in, Davis Square businesses pushed out, Burren safe

Scape, a British company that builds private, for-profit dorms, acquired half a block of Davis Square real estate running along Elm Street and Grove Street over the summer. The company has told many business owners they will need to relocate in a year and a half, though the owner of the Burren says the popular […]

Somerville PD takes heat for Straight Pride deployment

The Somerville Police Department (SPD) has come under heavy criticism in recent days after 13 of its officers participated in the police deployment at the Aug. 31 Straight Pride Parade in downtown Boston. The police have been accused of using excessive force against counter-protesters. Videos and photos show officers labeled “Boston Police” using force and […]

At June Trustee meeting, administration optimistic about finances, diversity

The Board of Trustees held their last meeting of the 2018–19 academic year during Commencement weekend in May. The Trustees heard presentations from the university administration on the institution’s financial outlook and its efforts to promote diversity, according to a June 25 message from University President Anthony Monaco.  In a statement provided to the Daily […]

Following Somerville, Medford City Council files home rule petition, requesting Tufts’ master plans

The Medford City Council passed a home rule charter petition Sept. 5 that, if passed by the Massachusetts state legislature, would ensure that Tufts and other nonprofits provide the city with institutional master plans. The home rule petition was filed in the Massachusetts state legislature the same day by State Rep. Christine Barber. Under a […]