Joe Walsh is a News Editor at The Tufts Daily. He is a junior majoring in international relations, and he can be contacted at [email protected].

Inside the Purdue Pharma-Tufts relationship

A Blight on the Hill, the Tufts Daily’s investigative podcast, explores the ethical consequences of Tufts University’s pursuit of prosperity and prestige. The series’ second episode, ‘Oxycontin University,’ examines the decades-long relationship between the university and the Sackler family — and specifically its pharmaceutical conglomerate, Purdue Pharma — given recent scrutiny of the company’s role in […]

Somerville groups push for more payments from Tufts

As Tufts and Somerville negotiate a new partnership agreement, activists are pressuring the university to offer more robust financial contributions to its host communities. Two dozen community, labor and student groups signed a letter urging University President Anthony Monaco to “bargain in good faith” with Somerville. Tufts’ partnership agreements with both Medford and Somerville — which include […]

Expert on US-Europe relations Karen Donfried sees rift in transatlantic ties

German Marshall Fund President Karen Donfried believes the United States’ relationship with Europe is as crucial as ever, even though America is retreating from the international order it helped build. Donfried called for a recommitment to transatlantic alliances by reforming them into a “new West” at a talk hosted by The Fletcher School of Law and […]

Safe Communities Act reintroduced in state legislature

Amid a nationwide rise in immigration enforcement, Massachusetts lawmakers and advocates have renewed a push to limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Legislators introduced a new “Safe Communities Act” bill in January, and it has already accrued dozens of sponsors on Beacon Hill, though advocates hope it is not sidelined like a similar bill last year. This […]

Somerville restricts e-cigarette sales to 21-and-over stores

E-cigarette and menthol products will no longer be sold in Somerville stores open to people too young to buy such products legally, starting at the beginning of April. A new city policy will only allow licensed 21-and-over tobacco stores to sell those products, though traditional non-menthol cigarettes will not be restricted. The city’s Board of […]

In a Trump-centric election year, Tufts political groups look to focus on core issues

With a midterm election and multiple state races approaching, political groups at Tufts say they hope to transform students’ interest in politics into concrete action. This work is undoubtedly shaped by President Donald Trump, though student political activists note that the president is not their sole focus. At Tufts, which had an above-average rate of […]

Dining Service workers vote to unionize, collective bargaining to follow

Tufts Dining Services employees voted decisively to unionize with UNITE HERE Local 26 on Tuesday. The vote tally for the election, organized by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), was 127 in favor of unionization and 19 against, with 1 void ballot and 11 challenges, surpassing the simple majority required to secure a union victory. About 89.8 percent of 176 eligible voters […]

TCU Senate convenes for last meeting of the year

Members of Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate faced a packed agenda at their last regular meeting of the academic year last night, voting on seven resolutions and reviewing six supplementary funding requests. Supplementary Funding Requests Senators approved the Allocations Board (ALBO)’s recommended supplementary funding levels for five student organizations. The body also appropriated $5,500 for […]

Somerville aldermen hope to encourage affordability through right of first refusal

To address rising rents, Somerville aldermen have proposed guaranteeing many tenants citywide an opportunity to purchase their homes if their landlord puts the unit up for sale. This “tenant’s right of first refusal” policy needs approval from the Massachusetts Legislature, and the city could submit a draft to lawmakers on Beacon Hill as soon as next year, according […]

Mass. gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez describes platform in Tufts Democrats event

Jay Gonzalez, a former Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance running for governor as a Democrat, shared his vision for state leadership and criticized Governor Charlie Baker’s record at a Tufts Democrats-sponsored event last night. Addressing about 25 students and community members, Gonzalez argued that Massachusetts can lead the country in progressive reform, claiming that Baker’s approach to governing […]