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.

Citing surging housing costs, Somerville, state politicians advocate for rent control

As politicians try to grapple with the ongoing housing crisis in the Boston area, some, including many from Somerville, are calling for the repeal of Massachusetts’ decades-old prohibition on rent control through a new bill, H.3924. The bill’s two sponsors are Reps. Mike Connolly, who represents East Somerville and Union Square, and Nika C. Elugardo, […]

Stern presents Sackler report to Board of Trustees

Former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Donald Stern presented the findings of his investigation into the relationship between Tufts, the opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma and its billionaire owners, the Sackler family, to the Tufts University Board of Trustees at a meeting on the weekend of Nov. 2. The investigation lasted seven months, starting in March and […]

Trustees create advisory committee to give students, faculty input on endowment

In a major shift, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of an investment advisory committee that will allow any member of the Tufts community to call for a review of the university’s investment decisions at their meeting on Nov. 2. The Responsible Investment Advisory Group will perform ad hoc reviews of the university’s investment […]

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 […]