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.

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 […]

Somerville, Tufts deadlocked over tax payment

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said that negotiations with Tufts over a new payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement have reached an impasse despite some points of progress in the year-long talks. At a community meeting held last Thursday evening in the Tufts Administration Building, the mayor and the other members of the city’s PILOT […]

Local governments, hospitals accelerate preparations for coronavirus

Local health departments and hospitals around Tufts have shifted into high gear to prepare for the growing spread of COVID-19 in the United States., as the number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts has grown in past weeks.  The Somerville and Medford Boards of Public Health have been planning for the novel coronavirus and how it […]

Medford residents drop effort to halt Cummings Center construction

Two Medford residents withdrew their appeal for an enforcement action against the Tufts’ Joyce Cummings Center last week just hours before a Wednesday session of the Medford Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) that would have resolved the matter. Laurel Ruma and Mike Korcynski, two Burget Street residents, had pursued an administrative appeal of the Medford […]

Monaco hosts local leaders for symposium on community partnerships

More than 100 community leaders, students and administrators gathered to discuss the relationship between the university and local organizations at the 18th annual Presidential Symposium on Community Partnerships hosted by University President Anthony Monaco at 51 Winthrop St. on Wednesday morning. Monaco used the symposium to showcase the successes of the university’s projects in its […]

New policy think tank established at Tisch College

The Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) launched on Feb. 13, housed within the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Barnum Hall. As the name implies, the new center will focus its work on state-level policymaking in the commonwealth. Evan Horowitz, the center’s inaugural executive director, says the cSPA will provide independent analysis […]