David Nickerson

David Nickerson is the Executive Investigative Editor at the Tufts Daily.


Dark Money at Tufts, Part 4: Tufts’ multimillion-dollar donation network in context

Editor’s note: This is the final part in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. Part 1 was published Monday, Part 2 was published Tuesday and Part 3 was published Wednesday. All previous parts can be found online. This investigation documents that Tufts has received over $22 million in donations from seven charitable foundations […]


Dark Money at Tufts, Part 3: Tufts policies fail to assess donors’ controversial histories, motives

Editor’s note: This is the third part in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 4 can be found online. Tufts has received over $22 million in donations from the seven foundations examined in this investigation, with a portion of the funds earmarked for specific university programs and institutes, including some […]


Dark Money at Tufts, Part 2: University donors support discriminatory, discredited scholarship

Editor’s note: This is the second part in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4 can be found online. The seven organizations featured in this investigation, all of which have donated to Tufts since 1985, have funded highly provocative and academically controversial research and publications at universities across the United States. […]


Dark Money at Tufts, Part 1: Illuminating Tufts’ multimillion-dollar donor network

Editor’s note: This is the first part in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 can be found online. Tufts has accepted over $22 million since 1985 from charitable foundations that have openly expressed a desire to promote their political agenda at institutes of higher education, or which have directly […]


Tufts political groups across the spectrum energized by 2016 election

Progressive political organizations and activist groups at Tufts have mobilized around resisting President Donald Trump’s agenda and have used his surprise electoral victory as a rallying cry, according to interviews with students in multiple groups. Meanwhile, campus conservative groups are also noticing a spike in activity after the election because of statewide victories and growing approval […]


New SEC cafe to replace Brown and Brew

Brown and Brew Coffee House will close at the end of the business day on Aug. 11 after more than 20 years of operation, according to Director of Dining and Business Services Patti Klos. The decision to close Brown and Brew was made when it became apparent that a new cafe will be included in the Science and Engineering […]


Monaco reserves judgment on Mass. Safe Communities Act

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed “A Resolution In Support of the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act” on February 20. In this resolution, TCU Senate officially declared its support for the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act and asked University President Anthony Monaco and other Tufts administrators to publicly support the act. The Safe Communities Act, commonly referred to as the “sanctuary state” bill, would forbid law […]


Yale professor unsure whether legal challenges against Trump travel ban will succeed

The Tufts Muslim Student’s Association (MSA) hosted an event titled “The Muslim Ban: Histories of Exclusion, Practices of Resistance,” featuring Yale Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad in the Crane Room on Thursday evening. Tufts Associate Professor of Political Science Natalie Masuoka opened the event by introducing Ahmad and by describing how the event connected to a broader American […]


Tufts and SMFA look to address lack of art studio space on Medford/Somerville campus

Amid complaints from students and faculty about a lack of art studio space on the Medford/Somerville campus, Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) have stated their commitment to create new art studios on campus in the near future, according to SMFA Dean Nancy Bauer. Freshman dual degree student Rachel Yao said the current art facilities housed […]


Tufts hosts roundtable on national opioid epidemic

A roundtable discussion entitled “The Opioid Epidemic: What Happens Next and Who Will Decide?” was held yesterday in the conference room of the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, as part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Civic Science Roundtable series. 15 people reserved a spot at the event and seven people attended, according to Jonathan Garlick, the event’s […]


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