Community grant program applications open

Applications for this year’s Tufts Community Grants (TCG) cycle opened on Feb. 3 and close on March 13. The winners will be announced in early April, according to the Office of Government and Community Relations’ website. Tufts Community Grants (TCG) is completely funded by Tufts faculty and staff through the Tufts Community Appeal. Originally called […]


Students mobilize aid for Hubei province in China following coronavirus outbreak

Chinese students at Tufts have been working with other students across campus and different colleges to organize aid efforts following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the Hubei province of China. Haitong Du, who is working to mobilize students at Tufts, spoke to the importance of action. “As students who are studying abroad, seeing our […]


Dillon Francis’ fun-oriented formula wins support from Boston fans

Los Angeles-based DJ Dillon Francis is well-regarded among fellow EDM artists and fans as being one of the most entertaining producers in the world. Not only famous for his notoriously entertaining Instagram and Snapchat posts, Francis is also known for making hard-hitting moombahton — a mix of reggaeton and house music. His heavy synths and […]


Activists protest Soleimani assassination, US Iran policy

As part of a global day of protest, the Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition organized a protest at the Massachusetts State House on Saturday, Jan. 25, demanding the U.S. avoid war with Iran, not impose sanctions on Iran and remove its troops from the Middle East. Activists in cities across […]


Somerville with Townie Tim: Looking cold

If you grew up in a warm climate, go ahead and ignore this week. I’ll probably come back next time with a more universal column so just sit tight. But, for all of you that claim to be from north of the Wall, I want to take this time to discuss a fairly hilarious phenomenon. […]


Bill’s Food Shop brings convenience, community to Conwell Avenue

Part business, part family, part history — walking into Bill’s Food Shop is like stepping onto a 1950s TV set. It seems to be frozen, with artifacts carefully curated over time. After all, Bill’s Food Shop, located at the intersection of Conwell Avenue and Hillsdale Road, has been central to the West Somerville community for […]


Somerville with Townie Tim: Getting around

Sometimes this column is just a local townie going on a curmudgeonly rant, and that is totally going to be the case this week. Just make sure you remember the following column is my mostly sarcastic way of getting some catharsis from frustrating situations. In this case, it’s not you, it’s not me, it’s the […]


TCU Senate hears 12 supplementary funding requests

Members of the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met Sunday evening in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room to discuss Allocations Board (ALBO) funding.  There were 12 supplementary funding requests from clubs and organizations presented, discussed and voted on by senators. All requests passed, with some amendments to monetary amounts. In all, TCU Senate allocated $22,882 […]


Somerville with Townie Tim: Riding the T

Sooner or later you will have to ride the T alone. Be it for a job interview in Brookline or a shopping trip to get interview clothes in Downtown Crossing, you’ll have to figure out how to work the tracks without looking like a complete tourist. Now, you might be thinking, “Hey Townie Tim, I […]


Hardesty speaks on new book ‘Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds’ at Royall House

Jared Hardesty has been studying slavery in New England for a decade. His first book “Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston” (2016) is based on his dissertation on slavery in Boston specifically. “Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds” (2019) widens his scope to the whole New England region. This past Thursday, Hardesty spoke about […]


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