Faye Shen Li Thijssen is an opinion editor at The Tufts Daily. Faye is a sophomore studying international relations and can be reached at [email protected]

The implications of California’s recall election

Today, California voters face the decision of whether to replace Gavin Newsom as governor of California. The prospect that the Democratic governor may lose his position in the predominantly blue state has sparked nationwide concern. While a poll conducted found that 58% of likely voters say they will vote against the recall and support Newsom, […]

As the Delta variant spreads, students must remain cautious and safe this semester

As the semester drew to a close last May, COVID-19 infection rates were steadily declining, indicating a possible end to this deadly pandemic. However, by late July, reported statistics throughout the nation showed an alarming increase in cases and deaths, specifically as a result of the novel Delta variant of COVID-19. According to the CDC, […]

Financial Aid Viewpoint
The need for increased resources for students navigating financial aid systems

The financial aid system is notoriously difficult to navigate. At Tufts, a school with one of the wealthiest student bodies in the country, this problem poses a particular threat to the equality of education and opportunities for students across campus. According to a study published in 2017 by The New York Times, the median family […]

Tufts, ORLL must increase transparency, communication and support to improve housing process

The housing system on campus and its various issues have long been a source of frustration for students. However, the effects of COVID-19 have only exacerbated the problems students have experienced with the system. The pandemic introduced barriers to building friendships and expanding social connections, placing unique pressures on the housing process for rising sophomores. The level of anxiety and frustration students have toward the system will not change unless Tufts actively makes strides to improve the housing process. 

Marijuana Legalization Viewpoint
Marijuana legalization must include efforts to dismantle systems of racial injustice

On March 31, New York became the 15th state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. This new legislation comes as part of a growing national trend toward legalization and decriminalization of drugs. For many people, the news of legalization implies a positive shift toward freedom for personal, recreational use. While this cultural and political change is worth celebrating, it is important to recognize the implications of these changes on the racial inequities that have long plagued the economic and legal systems of marijuana usage.

Tufts made the right decision in shutting down its Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute, which is funded, organized and supported by the Chinese Communist Party, has become a topic of controversy in light of various documented human rights abuses in China. The partnership of academic institutions with the Chinese Communist Party’s Confucius Institutes not only allows a space and platform for the party’s propaganda, but also implies support or, at best, naivete towards the climate of human rights abuses in China.

Stop Asian Hate Viewpoint
Why circulating traumatic images isn’t activism

Although this acknowledgment of racism against Asians is much needed and long overdue, some of the methods through which people strive to draw attention to the issue have counteracted the goal of helping the Asian community.