Students struggle with burnout without longer spring break, professors make some changes

Some professors updated their syllabi prior to the start of the spring semester to be more accommodating to students. Other professors have made changes more recently based on student feedback. Even so, many students find it difficult to bring up concerns to professors. 


Transferable Skills: There’s no midway point

Life is messy and nonlinear. Life occurs where ambiguous thoughts fluctuate, vulnerable situations emerge and authentic growth is hard. Life contains suffering, a part of what makes life special. I’ve struggled for many years (and still do) with these themes of ambiguity, vulnerability and authenticity. But they are, in my opinion, ingredients to a life well-lived.


To increase sustainability, Carmichael Dining Center implements Meatless Mondays

Tufts Meatless Mondays, an initiative implemented by Carmichael Dining Center this semester in which each Monday the dining hall serves solely meatless options for dinner, started on Feb. 22. Although the decision was implemented by Carmichael Meatless Mondays involves a collaboration between the dining center and the Eco-Reps. 


Tales from the T: The Southwest Expressway

Part of the Orange Line until 1987, the Washington Street Elevated was then demolished, ostensibly due to its noise and age. The Orange Line was then rerouted westward to its current route, in a trench alongside commuter and intercity trains. If postwar planners had their way, the line would also have run alongside an eight-lane expressway. What happened?


Anthro Talks: The intersection of race and gender with COVID-19

Though a “we’re all in this together” mentality attempts to boost national morale in battling COVID-19, it shrouds the structural inequities faced by Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latino and other marginalized groups who bear disproportionate effects of COVID-19, not to mention HIV/AIDS, hypertension, poverty, diabetes, climate change disasters, unemployment, mass incarceration and more. 


More than meets the eye: Carmichael Hall

The hall was named to honor Tufts trustee and seventh president, Leonard Carmichael. Carmichael's family had a deep connection to Tufts; in his dedication address, he referenced his grandfather who was a former member of the Board of Trustees and helped raise money to build the college in the 19th century. He also mentioned that his parents had held their wedding ceremony at Goddard Chapel. Carmichael himself was a Tufts alumnus, who graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in 1921. 


Coffee Talk: The Scoop N Scootery

What do I miss the most about pre-COVID-19 campus life? Easy: Sundae Sunday. First-years cannot understand the pain I have every Sunday night when I leave Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center without a fat bowl of ice cream. So once I found out about the Scoop N Scootery, which delivers massive ice cream sundaes to your door until 2 a.m., I was immediately a fan. 


Fighting the social-technical divide in undergraduate engineering

In addition to the original computer coding-based content in the course ES 2, there will be new content on social justice issues. Instead of only professors leading the course, equity learning assistants are coming into the classrooms and facilitating conversations around these topics.


Transferable Skills: Loneliness kills

It’s one thing to know, intellectually, that relationships play a vital role, but it’s another to internalize that in our everyday behaviors. I’m far from a social butterfly (in fact I’m quite socially anxious), so I’m probably not the best person to tell any audience how to have better social skills. But I’m also telling this advice to myself, and I feel that through therapy and reflection, I’ve learned some things.


Louisa Terrell: From Tufts to the Biden administration

Louisa Terrell, Biden's White House director of legislative affairs, began her career trajectory at Tufts as an American studies major in 1987. “My dearest friends in the world are still the people I met at Tufts,” Terrell said. After graduating and attending law school, Terrell moved to Washington and landed a job in the Obama administration.


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