Madeleine Aitken

Maddie Aitken is the Executive News Editor at The Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore studying English and film & media studies. Maddie can be reached at [email protected]


Somerville appointed official involved in Capitol riots

Somerville leaders recently learned that one of the city’s appointed officials participated in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.


Organizers protest Tufts’ Confucius Institute, commit to weekly demonstrations

Students for a Free Tibet worked with the Tibetan Association of Boston and others to organize a weekly demonstration protesting the Confucius Institute at Tufts University (CITU). The first protest took place this past Saturday and they are expected to continue every Saturday until Tufts agrees to shut down the Confucius Institute on campus.  Tenzin […]


Students report noncompliance with university guidelines amid COVID-19 surge

Although Tufts has mostly done well with controlling the virus through frequent testing, social distancing guidelines and a hybrid learning model, the past several weeks have shown a spike in cases on the Medford/Somerville campus, as well as an increased number of students in quarantine as a result of contact.


Professor Eitan Hersh invites grandparents of students to attend course virtually

Hersh first got the idea to invite his own grandfather, who is 96 years old and lives alone, to class. He said he thought it would give his grandfather something to do, who had never had the chance to see him teach before. The pandemic, and the ways academia has become more technology-based as a result, changed this.


Referendums from SJP, TREE to appear on TCU special election ballot

Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine and Tufts for a Racially Equitable Endowment recently completed the process to get their referendums on the demilitarization of the Tufts University Police Department and the divestment from the private prison system, respectively, on the Nov. 24 special election ballot.


Tufts increases COVID-19 testing frequency to every other day, twice a week

The change in testing frequency is due to the rise in COVID-19 cases at Tufts, the cities of Medford and Somerville and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 


Health Service tightens COVID-19 testing procedure

There have been rumors about security concerns with the independent testing procedure, hence the switch to the new method. However, medical director Marie Caggiano assuredly explained that this is not the case; the switch is just part of the Health Service’s responsibility to make sure all testing is accurate.  


Tufts announces 10 p.m. COVID-19 curfew

The university is instructing students to be in their residence halls or off-campus residences between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are in the library, an art studio or lab, working or seeking medical care.


Tufts organizes flu clinics with CVS Pharmacy

In past years, Health Services has offered flu shots to students and community members through their facilities. This year, however, they were concerned about social distancing measures while students waited in line for their vaccines.


Tufts suspends almost all study abroad programs for spring 2021

As a result of ongoing developments surrounding air travel and entry restrictions, it is not safe to send students abroad, according to Mala Ghosh, senior director of Study Abroad and Global Education.


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