The Starving Aesthete: Music for gray days

I’ve got no good music for gray days. Maybe this is the product of some idiosyncrasy in my tastes; maybe there’s some combination of timbre and tempo that would suit these sorts of afternoons, which seem to be continuously gathering themselves up to fall on our heads and never quite getting it done — but […]

Red Star: Democracy at Tufts

We’re running up against the hard limits of student activism in the fights over affordable housing and tuition. The administration — despite not releasing revenue estimates or a university development plan, and without consulting students — routinely raises the cost of attendance by thousands of dollars. Such hikes are defended by claims that cost overruns […]

Postgame Press: Hot takes

Hot takes in sports are a reflection of hot takes in the world around us. We live in a polarized society. These days, foreign policy opinion leaders say that political polarization is the number one threat to the United States. More than nuclear programs and trade wars, it is our own polarization that could hurt […]

The Weekly Chirp: Finch forecast

In 21st century science, we love to use advanced technology and complex models to predict what will happen in the future — in other words, we like forecasting stuff. Perhaps the most common example of this is the daily weather. After considering a set of variables — such as time of year, barometric pressure and past […]

Pretty Lawns and Gardens: A case for charismatic megafauna

The case against the charismatic megafauna model for conservation is strong: Publicizing species such as elephants, lions and whales skews efforts to protect lesser-known or less attractive species, including many at-risk insects, plants and crustaceans. And this, in many ways, is very true. It’s often viewed as acceptable to spray a bee nest, while killing […]

The Coin Toss: NFL Week 10

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make bold predictions about your favorite professional sports. Let’s recap last week’s NFL predictions: Prediction Outcome Did I get it right? Saints over Rams Saints 45–35 Rams Yes! Chiefs beat Browns by 17+ points Chiefs 37–21 Browns No Steelers over Ravens Steelers 23–16 Ravens Yes! I just barely […]

El Centro: Over tea, not fire

At Tufts, we call ourselves quirky. We say that we’re striving for equality and for inclusion. We say we want diversity. But who really is this “we”? Who is included in this narrative? In one of my seminar courses, I sit in the same seat every class. I won’t say that there is no shuffling, but […]

The Anti-Bostonian: The case for a taste of humble pie

It’s an odd sensation, sitting quietly in a room full of animated and passionate friends and wanting them to walk away with their hearts broken. It’s even odder when it’s the 12th inning. Odder still is during the 15th. Unquantifiable is the 18th.  Ignoring the shenanigans from last week’s ignominious charade on the back cover of […]

Takeaways: Disarm Tufts

In defense of the new protest policy that tries to muffle student activism by creating obstacles like prior registration, Director of Community Standards Kevin Kraft said that the policy was created for “safety concerns” and that it would “assist the university in coordinating police presence on campus.” But is it desirable to have police at student […]

Cheeses of Suburbia: Dear Mozzarella, count me in

Zachary Hertz (ZH): This week, we’re with senior and senior citizen Mary Carroll, whose most pop punk moment came when she tried to burn her Catholic school skirt after graduation. Mary Carroll (MC): I’d like to reiterate my disappointment that Trader Joe’s did not have mozzarella sticks because I worship at the altar of Trader […]