Grindr founder discusses LGBT rights, business strategy

  Grindr founder Joel Simkhai (LA ’98) spoke yesterday to a crowd of about 45 students and staff about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) equality, the origins of Grindr and entrepreneurship. In 2009, Simkhai created Grindr, a social networking application, in an effort to connect members of the gay community, he said. Simkhai, who […]

Crowd gathers for annual Coming Out Day rally

  Members of the Tufts community yesterday filled Hotung Cafe in the Mayer Campus Center for the 24th annual National Coming Out Day.  Organized by the Tufts Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), the rally allowed students, faculty and staff to share their stories and discuss what it means to identify as a member of the Lesbian, […]

New provost holds town hall meeting with students

  Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris met with students yesterday to discuss his career path and goals for Tufts.  The meeting was a part of the “A Look Within” discussion series hosted by the Office of Intercultural and Social Identities Programs. The series is meant to allow students to speak with professionals and […]

ISIP discussion series to relaunch this week

Two campus discussion series, “A Look Within” and “Your Voice Matters,” sponsored by the Office of Intercultural and Social Identities Programs (ISIP) will have their semester debuts later this week. The series allows students to learn from one another’s experiences and express themselves, particularly those who are not part of other student organizations that already […]

Alleged ethics violations surface in Tufts-backed study

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August published a study co-authored by Tufts-affiliated researchers, which, critics allege, violated international and scientific ethics laws. The study assessed whether a genetically modified type of rice called “Golden Rice” could provide Vitamin A to humans as effectively as other foods, such as beta-carotene oil and spinach.  Golden […]

Trunk service disruption due to human error

Trunk, Tufts’ learning management system, was restored to service yesterday at 1:30 a.m. after being down for approximately 13 hours. The disruption in service occurred at 11:47 a.m. on Monday when a member of the University Information Technology (UIT) team accidentally deleted a part of the infrastructure that must be present in order for Trunk […]

Massachusetts passes Transgender Equal Rights Bill

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Nov. 23 signed into law a bill which will protect transgender individuals from discrimination in education, housing, employment and credit. The bill also modified the state’s hate crime laws to protect transgender individuals. The bill was first introduced in the state legislature in 2007 but has not come up for […]

Harvard’s gates locked due to Occupy protest

Harvard Yard, the symbolic center and primary thoroughfare of Harvard University, has been locked down for nearly two weeks, with access restricted to only those with Harvard IDs, in response to the occupation of the space by members of the Occupy Harvard movement. The heightened security measures were put in place on Nov. 9, following […]

Recently released Africana Studies Task Force report shows divided opinion

The report released last month composed by the members of the Africana Studies Task Force offered three different possible approaches, rather than a single coherent recommendation, to Africana studies as an academic discipline at Tufts. The group, composed of faculty, students and administrators, was charged in February by Dean of Arts and Sciences Joanne Berger−Sweeney […]

Agreement reached on five points regarding Africana studies

Following a march to Ballou Hall and the occupation of an administrative office on Monday, students and administrators settled on a list of five agreements addressing university support for the race and ethnic studies program that will have Africana studies at its core.   Students march on Ballou A group of approximately 60 students marched […]