The legacy of 9/11 and the American response

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 was marked by remembrances of the horrific attack 20 years ago that transformed countless lives, our nation and the world at large. The remembrances focused largely on the 2,753 lives lost at Ground Zero — people who undoubtedly deserve to be remembered.  As we reflect, remembering those who lost their lives […]

Op-ed: So close yet so far

I was partying in Paris the moment I found out that Tufts had overenrolled the Class of 2025. Speakers were blasting reggaeton as I heard the distinct ringtone I had set for Tufts emails. I took my phone out of my pocket and read the headline. “Tufts Class of 2025 Housing Assignments.” I skimmed the […]

Hurricane Ida’s devastation exposes greater climate issue at hand

By the numbers themselves, it goes without saying that Hurricane Ida has brought immense destruction and desperation to the neighborhoods and areas it passed through. Nearly a hundred people have died from Ida’s tornadoes, extreme flooding and heavy winds. Ida has affected 22 states, plus Washington, D.C., and torn through 1,500 miles of the United […]

The extremity of the Texas abortion ban: What this means for women in the U.S.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Supreme Court allowed Texas to uphold what is now the most repressive abortion law in the United States. The structure of Texas Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) mirrors the “heartbeat bills” of states like Georgia and Ohio, banning abortions past the detection of a fetal heartbeat. However, the law in […]

The implications of California’s recall election

Today, California voters face the decision of whether to replace Gavin Newsom as governor of California. The prospect that the Democratic governor may lose his position in the predominantly blue state has sparked nationwide concern. While a poll conducted found that 58% of likely voters say they will vote against the recall and support Newsom, […]

The collective loss of the Class of 2024

The members of the Class of 2024 have collectively lost some of the most important cultural and social experiences of our lives. In the United States, as well as in many other places around the world, the end of high school is a once-in-a-lifetime period of celebration and closure. Prom, graduation, senior week, senior trips, […]

Accommodation and flexibility are key in the transition to in-person learning

A lot has changed since the start of the fall 2020 semester. Vaccines have become widely accessible in the United States, with 53% of the nation’s population being fully vaccinated. Tufts has changed its COVID-19 guidelines, easing us back in the direction of a somewhat more ‘normal’ academic year. Amidst a time of continued uncertainty […]

Tale of Two First-Year Classes Viewpoint
Uncharted college life for the Class of 2024

To the Class of 2025, welcome. We’re so glad you could make it. I’m sure it has been a long and tumultuous journey, but you’re here now. Congratulations. To my beloved Class of 2024, we have a lot to be proud of. We made it through some of the most formative years of our lives […]

Welcoming a new year at Tufts Viewpoint
Ushering in a new year at Tufts

To everyone stepping onto campus for the first time and to everyone returning for another year, welcome to Tufts. We enter this fall semester with remaining uncertainty about COVID-19 and the increased prevalence of newer variants but also with the added comfort of vaccinations — bringing us just a little closer to some sense of […]

As the Delta variant spreads, students must remain cautious and safe this semester

As the semester drew to a close last May, COVID-19 infection rates were steadily declining, indicating a possible end to this deadly pandemic. However, by late July, reported statistics throughout the nation showed an alarming increase in cases and deaths, specifically as a result of the novel Delta variant of COVID-19. According to the CDC, […]