Kenia French is a Features Editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a junior majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies. She can be reached at

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: Nature’s pretty insane

I’ve spent pretty much all of my life living in urban areas where the natural ecosystem has been effectively destroyed, so sometimes I forget that nature is a vast entity that we still don’t really know all that much about. Dodging cars within the 150 acres that is the Tufts campus makes it very easy […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: The Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is still burning, and it’s very sad. Here’s my SparkNotes version of the current situation: Although deforestation rates in Brazil decreased 75% between 2005 and 2014, rates of fires have dramatically increased after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, and have been linked to illegal logging. These fires threaten indigenous rights and threaten biodiversity — so activists are […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: To save the climate, just add trees?

Today, I have very exciting news for you about one my favorite conversation topics: trees. While it’s been clear that trees have some sort of carbon sequestration potential that can help mitigate climate change, until recently we didn’t know anything specific about what this storage potential could possibly be.  This summer, a team of European […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: Gray Wolves

Gray wolves — canis lupus — used to dominate the entire continental U.S., with a population upwards of two million wolves.  However, by the 1930s, gray wolves were effectively extinct from the lower 48 states as a result of human activity. While indigenous people revered and respected wolves, European settlers feared and demonized wolves, blaming […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: We’re not out of time just yet

Hey. Do you often spend the night awake, worrying about the impending warming of planet Earth and subsequent death of all Earth’s creatures? If so, welcome to Antidotes to Climate Apathy, because this column is for you. As I’m sure many of you have heard, it’s not looking too great on the average global temperature […]

Tufts janitors allege unjust firing, racist treatment by C&W Services supervisors

Content warning: This article discusses mental health. Editor’s note: This article contains the alleged use of the N-word by a C&W Services employee. In addition, quotes from several janitors were translated from Spanish to English by the reporters of this article. When Victoria Guerra started her new job as a janitorial supervisor at Tufts University […]

Students, survivors discuss the impact of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. In the aftermath of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s subsequent confirmation to the Supreme Court, Tufts students shared how this emotional process impacted them. Junior Celia Bottger noted that while she was upset to hear Ford accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault, […]

Alumnus Nathan Foster launches trustee campaign rooted in advocacy, accessibility

Nathan Foster (LA ’18) recently launched a campaign to become an alumni trustee. If elected, Foster would be the most recent Tufts graduate to sit on the Board of Trustees — among the current alumni trustee representatives, the most recent graduate did so in 2001. Foster’s campaign platform draws from his experience last year as a trustee representative. […]

Affordability and the Budget, Part 4: The future of affordability at Tufts

This is part four in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. As explored in part three of this reporting series, Tufts’ need-aware policy, necessitated by budget limitations and ambitious expenditures, has likely decreased the accessibility of the university for low-income students. However, Nick Ducoff, the founder of Edmit — a company that helps students evaluate college […]

Affordability and the Budget, Part 3: Budget transparency and the push for need-blind admissions

This is part three in a four-part series from the Daily’s Investigative Team. As the university’s deficit persists and spending increases, students have become increasingly frustrated at the university’s lack of budget transparency. Elizabeth Dossett, a junior and a member of Tufts Student Action (TSA), said that if Tufts is using the deficit as an excuse not […]