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Silvia Federici gives talk on feminism, anti-capitalism

Silvia Federici, a scholar, activist and professor emerita at Hofstra University, gave a talk in ASEAN Auditorium covering topics featured in her book, “Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and Politics of the Commons” (2018).  The event was sponsored by several departments, including the Department of Anthropology, the Environmental Studies Program and the Consortium of Studies in […]

Tufts receives inaugural grant for JED Campus mental health training program

The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Foundation recently gave Tufts a grant to join the JED Campus program, an initiative of the Jed Foundation that aims to improve campus mental health services, according to an article in TuftsNow. The grant was the first of its kind. The grant follows the recent establishment of the HBC Foundation Campus […]

Latino Center Director Julián Cancino announces exit from Tufts

Julián Cancino announced in a Jan. 16 Tufts Daily op-ed that he will no longer be serving as the director of the Latino Center. Cancino had held that role since the fall of 2017. According to his op-ed, Cancino first came to Tufts in 2015 when he was invited to speak about educational equity among low-income and undocumented students in higher education. In […]

Somerville passes resolution, supports State House bill expunging marijuana records

The Somerville Board of Aldermen approved a resolution on Nov. 20 in support of Massachusetts House Bill 2785, which would expunge the criminal records of people charged with marijuana-related crimes. The bill states that any record of a court appearance or violation of marijuana regulations prior to the 2016 legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts would have their records […]

Somerville considers expansion of voting rights for teenagers, non-citizens

Somerville is considering expanding the right to vote in municipal elections to residents as young as 16 years old and non-citizens in an effort to increase electoral participation, the city announced in an Oct. 17 press release. The policy considerations follow two of the recommendations Somerville’s Clean and Open Elections Task Force, a nine-person council of city officials, elections researchers […]

Somerville Board of Aldermen unanimously supports Yes on 3 campaign

The Somerville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved on Sept. 13 a resolution pledging support to the Yes on 3 coalition, a group of Massachusetts businesses, non-profits and other entities that encourages state voters to vote in favor of protections for transgender people in Massachusetts. The Yes on 3 coalition’s focus is the namesake Question 3 on the upcoming […]

Medford arts groups push for community center

Medford Mayor Stephanie M. Burke has approved the formation of a feasibility study to investigate the creation of a new community arts center. The center would be located at the current site of the city-owned Hegner Center on 15 Maple Park Ave., according to Medford City Councillor Michael Marks. Approval is the latest step towards the creation of Medford‘s first arts […]

CoHo housing development launches this fall

The first phase of Tufts’ latest addition to on-campus housing, the conversion of a set of university-owned wood frame houses, launches this fall. The new development, known as CoHo, will add 45 single rooms to the existing campus housing options, according to the Student Affairs website. The rollout of CoHo is divided into three phases, according to the website. The second phase, which will open up 39 additional beds, […]

New ‘CoHo’ housing plan displaces faculty, raises concerns about community preservation

As Tufts transforms several wood-frame houses in Medford into the CoHo student neighborhood, the school has asked seven faculty and staff members to leave their university-owned homes to make way for the project, according to Tufts’ Director of Real Estate, Robert Chihade. The university owns the houses through its Walnut Hill Properties real estate subsidiary, which manages 120 rental units adjacent to campus, Chihade said. Any staff […]

Green Line Extension prompts debate, community efforts to assist development

Construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX), an extension of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line from Lechmere Station into the Medford and Somerville communities, has begun after a long search for funding, according to Brad Rawson (AG ’12), Director of Transportation and Infrastructure for the City of Somerville. Current construction work includes geological surveys […]