Robert Katz is a news editor for the Tufts Daily. He is a senior majoring in English. He can be contacted at roberts.katz@tufts.edu.


Somerville contends to host second Amazon headquarters

The City of Somerville sent in a bid last month to host Amazon’s planned second headquarters, proposing a transit-oriented campus running through areas of Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Chelsea and Medford. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s proposal to host the headquarters competes against bids offered by more than 200 cities across the country, including Boston’s proposal for a campus at Suffolk Downs. The proposed Somerville campus, named “Amazon on […]


Tanden and Kristol debate present, future of politics

Policy advisor Neera Tanden and political commentator William Kristol discussed the state of the country and civil discourse in the Cabot Center’s ASEAN Auditorium on Nov. 15 as the final event in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk, entitled “Resistance and Persistence: Civil Debate in Divided Times,” was moderated by Pulitzer […]


Curtatone keeps mayoral seat in Somerville election

Joseph Curtatone will continue his tenure as mayor of Somerville for at least the next two years, beating out Payton Corbett 73.21 percent to 26.79 percent as of press time during yesterday’s municipal election, according to unofficial results from the city. Curtatone has served as mayor since 2004. In elections for the Board of Aldermen and school committee, several incumbents lost […]


Tisch College, Jumbo Vote host Medford Mayoral Debate between Burke and McKillop

The two Medford mayoral candidates, incumbent Stephanie M. Burke and David McKillop, Sr., discussed the past and future of Medford at the Medford Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Debate. The debate, hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and JumboVote, was held in Cohen Auditorium on the evening of Nov. 2 in preparation for […]


Somerville partners with ACLU to enact surveillance transparency policy

The city of Somerville, in cooperation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), enacted the Executive Policy on Surveillance Technology on Oct. 4. The new policy is intended to enforce heightened transparency and public control over government surveillance technology. According to the city’s accompanying press release, the policy includes “new approval, operational, and public notification and meeting […]


Davis Square residents brainstorm for neighborhood renovation plan

Davis Square neighborhood residents met with representatives of the Somerville Planning Department on Oct. 19 to brainstorm actions that will be explored and addressed in a forthcoming Davis Square Neighborhood Plan. The meeting, held at the Community Baptist Church in the Davis Square area, was one of a series of gatherings being held by the Planning Division in order to determine what neighborhood residents are most concerned about […]


Mayoral candidates Curtatone and Corbett set to face off after Somerville preliminary election

Current Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and challenger Payton Corbett will head into the city’s mayoral election after a preliminary election held on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Meanwhile, the third candidate, Kenneth Van Buskirk III, will end his candidacy after taking the smallest share of votes. Curtatone, who has served as mayor for 13 years, won 58.16 percent of […]


Master Plan for Medford Square revitalization unveiled

The final report draft of the Master Plan for Medford Square’s revitalization project is now public and was presented to a Community Open House on Sept. 13 by Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Senior Regional Planner Josh Fiala along with Mayor Stephanie Burke, according to a Sept. 14 Wicked Local article. The plan, prepared by MAPC for the city […]


Negotiations between part-time faculty, administration in standstill

Negotiations between adjunct faculty and the Tufts administration appear to have reached a stalemate. According to Andy Klatt, a part-time professor in the Department of Romance Languages and a member of the faculty’s bargaining committee, the bargaining agreement was originally set to expire on June 30, but a series of disagreements between the negotiating parties have pushed […]


Sophomore Harper Hopkins organizes protest of anti-transgender bus tour

Boston-area supporters of the transgender community protested the arrival of a bus spreading an anti-transgender message along the East Coast on Thursday, March 30. The bus, branded the “Free Speech Bus,” began its Boston route at the Boston City Hall, followed by the Massachusetts State House and a midday stop in Cambridge, near Harvard University, according to […]


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