Fina Short

Fina Short is the Executive Features Editor at The Tufts Daily. She is a senior studying International Relations & Political Science with a Chinese minor and can be reached at

Ball Square business community navigates Broadway Bridge closure

When the MBTA Green Line extends through Somerville to Medford in 2021, it will bring over 57,000 Medford residents closer to Boston than ever before. For now, the $2.3 billion Green Line Extension project has meant road closures and detours for local business hubs. A weekday visit to Somerville’s Ball Square reveals a neighborhood transformed […]

Tufts students describe impact of EEE outbreak

Many Tufts students first learned of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) on Aug. 16; the rare mosquito-transmitted virus has affected nine Massachusetts residents since its initial outbreak in August. In a mass email sent days before the beginning of first-year pre-orientation, the Tufts Department of Public Safety warned students of this disease, which can cause brain […]

Tufts students, professors remember Sam Lobley ’19

In Sam Lobley’s creative writing senior honors thesis proposal, he wrote of plans to portray characters whose lives were not defined by illness. Containing one story with autobiographical elements, his short story collection “Not in the Image of Gods” explores the role of illness in family and personal life as well as life beyond disease […]

Senior Profile: Emily Ki Wan Sim

Ever since computer science major Emily Ki Wan Sim arrived at Tufts as the first in her family to go to college, she has worked to ensure it will be easier for others to follow in her footsteps. In four years, Sim has served as the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate Treasurer, worked as a […]

Senior Profile: Eva Kahan

Few students have been more involved in the Tufts international relations (IR) community than history and IR double major Eva Kahan. As co-director of Alliance Linking in Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), a member of the IR Student Advisory Board and founding member of Tufts Women in International Relations, Kahan has dedicated her […]

Through new Podium of expression, students aim to improve media consumption, engagement

American confidence in the media continues to decline. A 2018 Knight Foundation survey found that 69 percent of U.S. adults’ trust in news media decreased in the past decade. In light of widespread cynicism toward media organizations, Tufts undergraduates Jia Wen (Covie) Goh and Daniel Lewis have dedicated the past year to changing the landscape of American media […]

How the community houses Tufts, Part 2: PILOTing the future of Tufts student housing

For five years, Somerville City Council President Katjana Ballantyne, frustrated by the university’s continued expansion into local neighborhoods and a lack of transparency in Tufts’ urban planning decisions, has advocated for Tufts to build an on-campus dorm. “I’ve been trying to have a conversation with Tufts starting from the very beginning,” Ballantyne said. “I will […]

How the community houses Tufts, Part 1

Tufts is enrolling more students than ever — Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser reported during a faculty meeting on Oct. 24, 2018, that the university will continue to increase the size of each first-year class by about 100 students for another two years. “One of the keys to financial sustainability […]

Senior Profile: Lorenza Ramirez pursues career in political organizing

In fall 2014, graduating senior Lorenza Ramirez arrived at Tufts as the first in her family to attend college. She has not slowed down ever since. While at Tufts, Ramirez has taken classes in three separate languages, interned at the Pentagon, worked multiple part-time jobs simultaneously and graduated a semester early to work full-time on Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s […]

Students, faculty respond to choice of Ellen Kullman as commencement speaker

The 2018 Commencement speaker and trustee emerita Ellen J. Kullman (E ’78) faces a considerable task: In a matter of minutes, her commencement address must appeal to listeners across diverse backgrounds, career trajectories and nationalities, with a graduating class of over 1,300-strong in attendance. At first blush, Kullman, former CEO and chair of the board of […]