University promises suspension for NQR runners

Dean of Student Affairs Bruce Reitman sent an email to students and their families yesterday explaining that any student who participates in the Naked Quad Run (NQR) this year will face suspension for the spring 2012 semester. Former University President Lawrence Bacow last March banned NQR, an event typically held in mid−December to celebrate the […]

Janitors’ union files grievance against UGL Unicco

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed a grievance with UGL Unicco, Tufts’ campus-cleaning contractor, for neglecting to post job vacancies created during the recent transition from American Building Maintenance (ABM) Industries to UGL Unicco. The SEIU and UGL Unicco met on Oct. 25 to discuss the grievance, according to an email from Executive […]

Health Service to hold three flu clinics

Tufts Health Service will offer flu vaccinations to all graduate and undergraduate students during three clinics this season. The clinics will be held today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., according to Health Service Business Supervisor Mary Daley. […]

Tufts switches janitorial service provider

The job security and working conditions of Tufts’ janitorial staff may be impacted by the university’s recent switch in campus-cleaning services from American Building Maintenance (ABM) Industries to UGL Unnico, according to sophomore Liam Walsh-Mellett, co-chair of the Jumbo Janitor Alliance (JJA). Last semester, Tufts began the process of seeking bids for a new contractor […]

Tufts launches Trunk to replace Blackboard

Tufts last month launched Trunk, the university’s new learning management system (LMS), as a replacement for the outdated Blackboard system in an effort to create a common LMS platform for all of Tufts’ schools. Trunk was created on a platform called Sakai, an open-source software, which is used by over 350 schools of higher education […]

Competition winners get 100K for business models

Two teams in the Tufts 7th Annual 100K Business Plan Competition were recognized for their business model proposals in urban sanitation in Kenya and a product for Indian motorcyclists after beating out 11 other teams.   The winners, Roof for Two and Sanergy, were among teams in the competition’s two categories — the Classic Business […]

Male athletes urged to prevent violence against women

Administrators hosted a discussion forum last week with the aim of enlisting male athletes in preventing violence against women. The event, held last Thursday in Goddard Chapel, marked the kick−off of the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) at Tufts. The Department of Health and Wellness, the Athletics Department and the University Chaplaincy sponsored the forum, attended […]

Tufts receives over $500,000 for emergency preparedness

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Sept. 27 that Tufts is a grant recipient of its Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) program. The Department of Education awarded over $9.2 million in EMHE grants to 17 institutions of higher education nationwide. Tufts will receive $503,138 to help implement new initiatives to enhance its emergency […]

Jumbos set to stampede in 5k

A herd of Jumbos will take over the campus’s streets tomorrow as part of Tufts’ second annual Jumbo Stampede. Led by President’s Marathon Challenge Director Don Megerle, a celebrity in his own right at Tufts, the 5k race will kick off Homecoming weekend. The stampede has a new charitable component in which $5 of every […]