Michael Weiskopf is a News Editor at The Tufts Daily. He is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. Michael can be reached at [email protected]

CIRCLE examines relationship between youth activism, voting patterns in new study

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts released a study titled “Protests, Politics, and Power: Exploring the Connections Between Youth Voting and Youth Movements” on Oct. 4. The study detailed a nuanced relationship between youth activist movements and youth voting patterns. The eight participating researchers observed that youth […]

Boston voters to decide whether to directly elect school committee

A referendum on whether to allow Boston voters to elect school committee members will appear on the city’s ballot this November after the Boston City Council unanimously approved the ballot question on Sept. 15.  Out of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, Boston is the only one where voters do not directly elect their […]

2020 local-level census data shows significant population growth in Medford, Somerville

The U.S. Census Bureau released its local-level data from the 2020 census on Aug. 12. The data showed significant population growth in Medford and Somerville and statewide since 2010. According to data published by the Boston Globe, the city of Medford reported a 6.2% increase in its population, and Somerville grew by 7.0%. In total, […]

Somerville City Council calls for removal of hostile architecture in Davis Square MBTA station

The MBTA, which installed the benches, asserts that the architecture is designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide easier access to seating for people with mobility challenges. However, the Council’s resolution argues that the benches have had the effect of preventing people — namely the homeless community — from lying down.

City Councilor Will Mbah announces candidacy for mayor of Somerville

Mbah was born and raised in Cameroon and moved to Somerville in 2011 after winning the green card lottery through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, a federal program that awards visas to randomly selected immigrants from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. In addition to being an at-large city councilor, he is currently a technologist at MIT’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Mbah is the only person of color on the Somerville City Council.

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone not seeking reelection

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, the city’s longest-serving mayor, announced on March 1 that he will not seek reelection this November. This decision has fueled speculation that Curtatone will run for governor of Massachusetts in 2022. Curtatone was first elected mayor in 2003 and assumed office in 2004, subsequently winning reelection eight times, every two years. […]

Tufts releases Equity and Inclusion workstream report, recommends anti-racist educational programs

“Specifically, this effort will consider training programs for faculty and staff as well as revised curricula, new education programs, and strengthened academic and support services for all our students within and outside the classroom,” Aubry wrote. “Such programs will help ensure that issues of equity and inclusion are addressed in our classrooms and all non-classroom learning spaces, and throughout our community.”

Somerville City Council votes to decriminalize entheogenic plants

“As our community confronts record-shattering opioid abuse, depression, and suicide, decriminalization represents a huge step forward for public health and criminal justice," a group of Somerville residents wrote in a letter to the City Council in support of the resolution.

Tisch College, Fletcher School host Sarah Chayes on International Anti-Corruption Day

Chayes has won awards for her reporting for the National Public Radio (NPR) in several different countries and spent nearly a decade in Afghanistan as special advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She then became a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she researched corruption in foreign countries.

Harvard Professor Benjamin Wilson discusses elite scientists, nuclear weapons

Wilson's lecture, "The Scientific Power Elite in the Age of Nuclear Weapons," focused on the relationship between anti-nuclear scientists and the military-industrial complex during the Cold War.