News roundup: Last year in headlines

Last year, Tufts saw a continuation of established debates and drama, as well as the emergence of new issues that stand to affect the campus in the coming months. Here is a review of the key issues as they emerged. September Led by campus group United for Immigrant Justice, more than 60 students protested outside […]


‘Capen Village’ housing development renamed ‘CoHo’

The housing development formerly named Capen Village has officially been renamed CoHo, according to Tufts Community Union (TCU) President Benya Kraus. CoHo is intended to serve as themed housing for juniors and seniors, Kraus said.  The name change comes about because of Medford zoning rules, which include specific requirements for the use of the term “village,” Jamie Neikrie, a […]


TCU Senate holds first regular meeting of the semester

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met last night in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room to provide committee updates, generate project ideas and announce various policy changes and the upcoming senate events. TCU President Benya Kraus started the meeting, sharing a new timeline with the body for the special election to fill up seven open seats on the senate. Kraus, […]


Capen Village plans approved, development on schedule

Plans for Capen Village, a cluster of houses owned by Tufts that will be available as housing options for juniors and seniors starting next fall, will continue on schedule after approval by the Medford Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 11, according to Associate Director of Housing Operations Matt Austin. Karla Chaffee, a member of the Medford Zoning […]


Medford postpones decision on Tufts’ off-campus student housing project

Medford’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) moved on Monday night to postpone a decision on Tufts’ bid to convert university-owned properties between Capen Street and Boston Avenue into student housing. Further discussion will be held at the Jan. 11, 2018 ZBA meeting, according to Secretary of the Board Denis MacDougall. The project was not immediately approved because the wood-framed houses in question do […]


Editorial: The importance of long-awaited housing reforms

The vast majority of Tufts students have dealt first-hand with the inefficiencies and frustration that pervade the Tufts housing system. If you are a first-year, you will have to wait until well into spring semester to find out where and with whom you are living. If you are applying for group housing, your friend groups […]


TCU town hall discusses developments on Capen Village

Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate held a town hall on Monday night to discuss plans for the upcoming Capen Village, a cluster of houses owned by Tufts that will be available as housing options for juniors and seniors starting next fall. The Brown & Blueprint Initiative, a series of listening sessions to help Senate learn more about spacial inequalities, […]


Op-Ed: Brown and Blueprint: Moving forward with a vision for Tufts social life

Content Warning: This op-ed discusses sexual violence. My response to the Student Life Review Committee report begins with a memory of a Sunday last spring, when Dean of Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon invited all the students serving on the committee to her personal home for a homemade breakfast. The committee, charged with evaluating the […]


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