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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]


Q&A: President Monaco addresses antiracism initiatives, COVID-19 response, retirement from position

The Tufts Daily sat down with University President Anthony Monaco to discuss the events of the past year. The Tufts Daily (TD): What have been the greatest challenges and accomplishments of this school year amid the pandemic? Anthony Monaco (AM): It’s been an unprecedented year full of challenges, some which we never could have anticipated. […]


Tufts secures $250 million in bonds, will use to build new housing, dining infrastructure

Tufts University announced it has issued $250 million in bonds that will be used to fund on-campus development projects including the construction of a high density, on-campus residence hall for undergraduates on the Medford/Somerville campus and the expansion of dining capacity and infrastructure, among other capital projects. The new residence hall is part of a push to increase the percentage of students living on campus. Though the details have not been finalized, the university will be conducting a study to help them determine the optimal location and number of residents.


BREAKING: Two incidents of hate occur within a week

According to an email sent from President Monaco early Sunday morning, several Asian students were verbally assaulted by the occupants of a passing vehicle, who were verbalizing anti-Asian rhetoric in a hateful manner. Additionally, members of an athletic team found a large swastika painted on the shed at Bello Field.


Tufts acquires Pfizer doses, will require virus vaccine for students this fall

The announcement, sent via email and signed by University Infection Control Health Director Michael Jordan, also said that all students will need to be vaccinated before participating in on-campus classes or activities. The deadline for vaccination for students in the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is July 1, and the deadline for students in all other schools is the beginning of the fall semester. 


Weekender: Del Water Gap talks band roots, meaning of his music and future plans 

Jaffe is the artist behind the solo project Del Water Gap. He’s an alternative/indie singer and songwriter who’s been producing music since he released his first project during his senior year of high school. Hailing from northern Connecticut, Jaffe started playing the drums in elementary school. As a kid, he was in a Phish cover band.


Meet the News Editors!

Being able to cover live events, publish stories on research efforts on campus and writing up stories on COVID-19 updates and guidelines has been so rewarding as I’ve been able to learn about and report on so many different areas of campus.  


Monaco issues statement condemning ‘unacceptable’ interruption of Zoom meeting

“We will work with law enforcement to ensure the perpetrators are appropriately charged, and if they are members of our community, they will also be held to account through our disciplinary processes,” Monaco wrote in the email.


Tufts announces results of investigation into Jumbo statue mask incident

Tufts University announced the conclusion of a five-month-long investigation into an incident that occurred on Sept. 1. The Tufts University Police Department was dispatched to the Jumbo statue where a group of three women of color were hanging a mask on the statue as part of a Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life initiative […]


BREAKING: Racist incident occurs at diversity, equity and inclusion event

Karl Reid, executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers, was delivering a presentation on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the field of engineering as part of the School of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Colloquium Series on Friday afternoon.   “During his presentation, someone gained control of the screen and scrawled a racist term across his slides,” Monaco wrote in the email.


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.


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