Pandemic response opens new chapter in town-gown relations

After years of tension over housing and taxes, Tufts’ efforts to help its host communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic may have turned a new leaf in relations, raising hopes that warm feelings and the close partnership could endure even after the crisis is over. At a community meeting 10 weeks ago, a Somerville resident […]

Tufts receives $4.7 million from CARES Act, $2.3 million to go to emergency financial aid

Tufts received $4.7 million in federal COVID-19 relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act which was signed into law on March 27. The CARES Act allocates roughly $2 trillion budgeted to aid individuals and businesses across different sectors. This money comes on the heels of the news that Tufts anticipates coming […]

‘Community will always matter’: Group of Six continues to support students remotely

Following the announcement that Tufts would be transitioning to remote learning and students would have to leave campus, the Group of Six identity-based resource centers worked to support students in this new environment.  Director of the Asian American Center Aaron Parayno’s initial response to the announcement was thinking about what this change meant for students. […]

Senior Profile: Meehan enters biotechnology field despite initial discouragement

Graduating senior Emma Meehan doesn’t like being told that what she wants to do, particularly as an engineer, isn’t possible. Of the fewer than 30 graduating chemical engineers from the Class of 2020, she is the only one to have studied abroad. And as an involved member of the Tufts chapter of the Society of […]

Editorial: Tufts must address deficiencies within health system exposed by pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, it continues to highlight issues within the structures of our world, country and university. In particular, the crisis has placed increased stress on health care systems, in turn aggregating the health care disparities prevalent within American institutions.  Barriers to receiving quality health care in this time of international panic […]

Editorial: University financial support proves vital in response to COVID-19 economic crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for our world, university and peers. Against the backdrop of an emerging economic recession and widespread unemployment, many Tufts students and families will experience financial hardship. Students that did not qualify for financial aid prior to the crisis could have need in the near future, and those currently […]

COVID-19 puts hold on Peace Corps, Fulbright plans for graduating seniors

COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the plans of graduating seniors preparing to embark on international volunteer work or study abroad opportunities, with international programs including the Peace Corps and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program postponing upcoming travel due to the ongoing global impacts of COVID-19. Director of Career Development Donna Esposito estimates these changes […]

Faculty react to wage and salary freeze, budget deficit

Staff and faculty will experience a wage and salary freeze next year as the university halts most raises in response to a major budget deficit.  The wage and salary freeze, announced on April 14 in an email to university employees, halts both merit cycle increases and those related to increases in the cost of living, […]

PETA calls on Tufts, other universities to end animal testing amid COVID-19 crisis

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) last month sent a letter to University President Anthony Monaco, demanding that Tufts immediately prohibit any new animal experiments and finalize and end ongoing tests, as well as publicly release information about the status of animal experiments conducted by the university. The April 15 letter was prompted […]

Cartoon: It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever

Correction: A previous version of this cartoon misattributed the cartoonist of this piece. The cartoon has been updated to reflect this change. The Daily regrets this error.