Mark Choi is a Features Editor and former Executive Features Editor at The Tufts Daily. He is a junior studying political science. Mark can be reached at [email protected].

Senior Profile: TCU President Jaden Pena fosters understanding and inclusion through his leadership

“The best compliment that I’ve ever received was from one of my high school musical directors,” Jaden Pena said. “He told me that what he loved most about me was my ability to bridge different communities. And I think that was really an awakening moment for me.” Indeed, Pena’s time at Tufts has been marked […]

‘Correctional’: Tufts poet Ravi Shankar’s memoir explores forgiveness and hope behind bars

“The impulse for writing this book came out of this time I spent in Hartford Correctional and the men I met,” Ravi Shankar, an English lecturer at Tufts and a Pushcart prize-winning poet, said. “I had filled probably seven or eight composition books, you know, full of everything.” In his early 30s, Shankar, an Ivy […]

When poetry meets politics: Ayomide Oloyede reflects on his congressional internship in Washington

Content warning: This article contains a graphic description of gun violence. The summer of 2022 might have been one of the most consequential and politically fraught times in recent American history. From the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which had protected women’s right to choose since 1973, to the Jan. 6 hearings and House Speaker […]

Senior Profile: John Lazur fosters ‘radical hospitality’ through interfaith leadership, academic research

Growing up in a Unitarian Universalist Humanist congregation in Minneapolis, Minn., John Cioci Lazur was fascinated by the diversity of religions and faiths early on.  As part of their Sunday school program, Lazur participated in a series where they learned about different religious traditions, which included visits to and lessons about Zen Buddhist temples, synagogues, […]

Senior Profile: Emma Downs inspires change at Tufts through JumboSwipes, theater

As soon as Emma Downs discovered that Massachusetts had the nation’s highest increase in food insecurity rates during the pandemic, she knew something had to be done. The idea was simple, Downs recounted. “I realized that I had 38 [meal] swipes left, and it was a week before finals,” Downs said. “I posted on the […]

Canada’s national Inuit leader Natan Obed reflects on his journey of self-discovery through his senior honors thesis at Tufts

In the historic meeting between the Pope and Indigenous leaders from Canada on April 1, Pope Francis apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in the abuse against Indigenous children in residential schools that operated from the 1880s to the 1990s. According to the New York Times, the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission approximates that “4,100 […]

The expansion of Tufts’ undergraduate enrollment, Part 2: How big is too big for Tufts?

The Daily Read: Features · The Expansion of Tufts’ Undergraduate Enrollment, Part 2: How Big Is Too Big for Tufts? Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on the expansion of Tufts’ undergraduate enrollment. Read the first part here. In a Feb. 18 email, Patrick Collins, Tufts’ executive director of media relations, […]

The expansion of Tufts’ undergraduate enrollment, Part 1: A bigger Tufts is the new normal

The Daily Read: Features · The Expansion of Tufts’ Undergraduate Enrollment, Part 1: A Bigger Tufts is the New Normal Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the expansion of Tufts’ undergraduate enrollment. Read the second part here. While Tufts University has been a member of the New England Small College […]

Tufts Legacy Project builds intergenerational connections, one story at a time

Disclaimer: Katie Furey is a former features editor at The Tufts Daily. Katie was not involved in the writing or editing of this article. Two years into the pandemic, many have struggled with feelings of loneliness and isolation, with hugs and handshakes replaced by six feet of distance and smiles hidden behind masks. For older […]

Community members explore the intersection of queerness and faith

The Tufts LGBT Center and the COFFEE Interfaith Student Coalition hosted a Queerness and Faith event and dinner in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room on Nov. 10. The discussion group was open to queer people and allies coming from all faith backgrounds, bringing together about 40 participants to grapple with the intersection of queerness and […]