Fina Short

Fina Short is a Features Editor for The Tufts Daily. She is a junior studying International Relations & Chinese and can be reached at fina.short@tufts.edu.


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 […]


Spare Change News, Somerville Homeless Coalition work toward eradicating homelessness

There are 17,565 people in Massachusetts experiencing homelessness, according to a 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Within Somerville alone, the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) served 2,119 people in 2016, as stated in its annual report. “It’s now said that Boston has [among] the greatest income inequality of any city […]


Tufts, Northeastern students aim to increase diversity in technology through startup TechSpark

Sophomores Kingsley Udoyi and Timi Dayo-Kayode are not your average computer science students. In just three semesters, the two have launched, pitched and gained funding for their business called TechSpark. This multi-branch startup aims to reduce bias impacting marginalized students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields both at Tufts and beyond. The pair — in partnership […]


Student groups, local activists come together to discuss homelessness

In 1966, Mark Alston-Follansbee, now executive director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC), had to leave college to be drafted into the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, he was given the option to either join the infantry or enlist for an extra year and work as a journalist instead. Since he had previously hoped to work in journalism, he decided […]


Off-campus student workers get to meet the neighborhood

While many students explore Davis, Teele and Union Squares for the food, shops and occasional festivals, some students take a step further into knowing the Medford/Somerville area they call home for a transient four years. Various students who work off campus, as well as some business owners, shared their experiences as part of the local business community. Among those […]


Q&A: Political Science professor talks whiteness, Charlottesville, Tufts’ role

In the wake of white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, some have been left with questions about how the country got here. Deborah Schildkraut, the chair of the Department of Political Science at Tufts, authored the book “Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration” and, last semester, taught the course Public […]


Senior Profile: Kofi Asante

In four short years, senior Kofi Asante has launched a branch of a startup in Boston, organized the recent Voices of the Hill event and even started his own company out of his first-year dorm room. The company came out of Asante and his friends’ desires to know about social events happening on campus and in the surrounding area. […]


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