Rebecca Redelmeier is a sophomore majoring in English. Rebecca can be reached at [email protected]

Tufts by Numbers: What data knows

Digging through data this semester, I tried to expose stories that can usually only be found buried under covers of complex databases and meaningless numbers. By parsing data on topics like college tuition cost, class waiting lists and the illusive Tufts snow day, I hope that I provided an opportunity for readers to parse through a […]

Tufts by Numbers: Graduation inequalities

Whether in mere weeks or many many years, the days of test-taking, essay-writing and finals will end for each and every Tufts student. Graduation will come, and we’ll put grades behind us. This week, in anticipation for this big, exciting, scary day, I took a look at graduation rates at Tufts and within Massachusetts. Each […]

Tufts by Numbers: Will record breaking ever end?

The fastest finisher of Monday’s Boston Marathon finished the 26.2-mile race in just under two hours and 10 minutes – an impressive feat considering it means that the champ, Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya, ran each mile of the marathon in under five minutes. More impressive is that according to the International Association of Athletics Federation […]

Tufts by Numbers: Are college rankings arbitrary?

It’s September of my senior year in high school and I’m sitting on my bedroom floor flipping through The Princeton Review’s “The Best 381 Colleges“ with sweaty palms. My future seems so freaky! I’m not even sure if I care about all the categories that have rankings, but I’m already worried about making the wrong […]

Tufts by Numbers: Will the tuition bubble ever be burst?

Almost one month ago, Tufts students and parents were notified that tuition for the upcoming 2017–2018 school year will rise by 3.6 percent, tying up a Tufts education with a price tag of $68,372 for all tuition and fees. This increase matched that of last year and has students and family members worried – not […]

Tufts by Numbers: Campus carbon

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that aims to halt and reverse many of the climate-protecting policies the Obama administration implemented. The executive order provides the opportunity for coal to be reintroduced as a main energy source nationally. Though relatively cheap and local to the United States, increased coal production can cause […]

Tufts by Numbers: Snow day calculations exposed!

Monday afternoon, I sat in the Mayer Campus Center refreshing, looking up “school closings Boston area,” my fingers crossed tightly, hoping that this wacky March temperature would grant us our second full snow day of the semester. I wondered what kind of calculations went into judging whether school would be closed for a storm […]

Tufts by Numbers: A non-profit named Tufts

This week, I Googled “is Tufts a non profit” and felt pretty ridiculous about my own ignorance. Attending school here costs a lot, but understanding the financial information about this institution is rarely on students’ priority lists. I decided to take a step back from Tufts as a single campus and look at where our […]

Tufts by Numbers: Meme Count

As of Wednesday evening, the Tufts Memes for Quirky Queens Facebook group had 4,756 members – a shocking number, considering that there are only 5,438 Tufts undergrad students. Also shocking is that this number increased by 100 people within the previous twenty-four hours. This means that if every member of the Tufts Memes for Quirky Queens group is […]

Tufts by Numbers: A hunt for study space

Weekday evenings between 4 p.m and 10 p.m are rush hour for study territory on campus. Where to go to inspire prime productivity is at the height of most students’ needs from Sunday night to Thursday night. The Mayer Campus Center and Tisch Library serve as the two prime central study spaces for Tufts’ undergraduates. But, […]