It takes a community to build Community Day

Countless tables lined the quad, representing various community groups, charities and organizations from Tufts and its surrounding cities. On the outskirts of the maze of tables, various activities for children like face painting, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating and even a mini game of quidditch, facilitated by members of the Tufts Quidditch team engaged young children and […]

In State of the City speech, Burke promises unity, dedication to Medford community

RETRACTION: An earlier version of this article consisted largely of quotations and paraphrases that were based on an October 2016 speech Mayor Stephanie Burke gave to the Medford Chamber of Commerce, not the Feb. 8 State of the City address. The article has been updated so that it reflects the content of the Feb. 8 speech. […]

Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund awards grants to organizations in host communities

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) has awarded $19,046 in grants to 36 nonprofit organizations in the Medford, Somerville, Grafton, Chinatown, Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods, according to a Jan. 13 news release. TNSF was created in 1995 by the managing committee of the Tufts Community Appeal, an annual charitable campaign with a goal of demonstrating faculty and […]

Tufts-Somerville relationship strained by issues of housing, social responsibility

Over the past several years, Somerville politicians have repeatedly criticized Tufts University on a number of issues, arguing that the school too often serves its own interests at the city’s expense. Tufts, according to several of Somerville’s aldermen, has expanded its reach into city neighborhoods, which has threatened housing affordability for local residents and clashed with […]

Off-Campus Explorations: West Somerville Neighborhood Association

Students who live in West Somerville may have received an informational pamphlet at the beginning of the school year from the West Somerville Neighborhood Association (WSNA), detailing the association’s devotion to preserving a safe, comfortable environment in residential West Somerville. West Somerville includes much of the original land on which Tufts University was founded, according to the City […]

Office of Community Relations hires co-director, expands scope to include SMFA neighborhoods

When Tufts acquired the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on July 1, 2016, the staff at Tufts’ Office of Community Relations knew that they would need to build positive relationships with Boston’s Mission Hill and The Fenway neighborhoods, where the SMFA at Tufts is located. The Office of Community Relations, which works to develop and maintain relationships with each Tufts […]

Tufts holds 13th annual Community Day event with Medford and Somerville

The 13th annual Community Day was held on the Academic Quad last Sunday afternoon to provide free food and entertainment to the public. The event, which Tufts co-sponsored with the cities of Medford and Somerville, ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and featured music and dance performances from student groups, educational displays from university academic […]

Somerville ordinance requires students to report addresses to university

Tufts students living off-campus must provide their local addresses to the university on Student Information Services (SIS) in compliance with a City of Somerville ordinance that went into effect on Sept. 1. The Ordinance Regulating University Accountability, passed by the Somerville Board of Aldermen in January, requires Tufts to report various details about students — including students’ status, expected graduation date and […]

Neighborhood Service Fund awards $18,500 to community organizations

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) recently awarded $18,500 in grants to 35 community programs that are located in or serve the residents of Medford, Somerville, Grafton or Chinatown.  Grants ranged from $200 to $2,000 in value and are intended to implement and assist in a variety of community projects. The recipients include the Grafton Food […]