Human: The brain

Last Thursday, I attended a talk on the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) by Matthias Scheutz, professor of computer science and director of the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Tufts. Towards the end of the talk, someone asked Professor Scheutz whether he thought there would ever be a point at which AI can replicate human thinking, to which […]

Weidner’s Words: Free rein of college coaches

The chairman of the Maryland University Board of Regents, James T. Brady, stepped down early on Thursday, following immense criticism from students, fans, politicians and players regarding the board’s original decision to retain head football coach DJ Durkin. Durkin came under scrutiny following the death of 19-year-old team member Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized after […]

Out on the Town: The Adams National Historical Park

Boston has very close ties to colonial and revolutionary history, as well as a host of institutions dedicated to its preservation. For a notable example, the various homes where former presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams lived are still standing in Quincy, Mass. The Adams National Historical Park, which maintains the homes, offers very informative guided tours […]

Anita’s Angle: Climate activism, collective action

After the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Oct. 8 — the fifth of its kind — we may be finally realizing the gravity of climate change. We have 12 years to limit devastating global warming, and as Vox explains, “we either invest now to clamp down on greenhouse gases, or we pay […]

Pretty Lawns and Gardens: The necessary response to ecological crime

The U.S. Department of the Interior protects vast tracts of land across the United States, preserving the pristine beauty of the North American continent for generations to come. Sort of. Only 28 percent of the land in our country is federally owned, and when it comes to protecting the rest of our nation’s beauty, our government often falls […]

The Coin Toss: NFL Week 9

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make bold predictions about your favorite professional sports. Nothing to recap from last week, as I made some NBA award predictions. This week, we’ll get back to football for the NFL’s week nine. Let’s do it… Saints take down undefeated Rams The Rams escaped with a win last […]

Movie Theater Butter: In defense of the flawed women of ‘Sex and the City’

Okay, I’ll admit it. I love “Sex and the City” (1998–2004). Although “Sex and the City” was at one point immensely popular, garnering a viewership of 10.6 million people, mentioning that you chuckled at Samantha’s mishap with her attempt at at-home-hair-bleaching now brands you as a simpleton and threatens your seat at the feminist table. A […]

El Centro: Major fashion

While some students at Tufts pursue a single major from the 70 options they can choose from, many are passionate about a multitude of things and decide to add a minor, double or triple major. At times, people with a single major without a minor feel compelled to say that they’re “just” a computer science […]

The Weekly Chirp: Parasitism

Put simply, babies are parasites. Don’t believe me? Just look at your own life. For your nine months as a fetus, you sat inside your mom literally doing nothing, not to mention the fact that you were connected to her via an umbilical cord siphoning away all her nutrients. Then you were finally born, but […]

Red Star: What socialists want

A specter is haunting America: the specter of socialism. All of the rulers of America have entered a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: Trump and his fascists, Chuck Schumer and the neoliberals, billionaire ideologues and FBI hacks. In the 2.5 years since Bernie Sanders’ candidacy reintroduced socialism to the American media, the socialist movement has grown dramatically. Socialists have ousted machine […]