Pretty Lawns and Gardens: Why public fossil fuel divestment is a long-term strategy

In “Pretty Lawns and Gardens” I will discuss political ecology, or the study of the ever-important relationships between political entities, economic forces and our shared world. Each week, I will be looking at an environmental issue from an economic or political perspective, with the understanding that what is best for the earth is often best […]


Following faculty divestment vote, university confirms Tufts has no direct investments in gun manufacturers

Following the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Professor Sheldon Krimsky wrote a petition to urge the administration to divest from companies that produce, distribute or sell military-style weapons to the public. Arts, Sciences and Engineering faculty members voted 50-0-4 in support of the petition, which has received […]


Tufts faculty joins conversation on gun violence, administration must be next

In response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed 17 and wounded dozens more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students across the country have taken a stand by participating in walkouts and marches calling for an end to the American gun violence epidemic. It is critical that influential institutions like universities […]


Op-Ed: Divestment is a spectrum, and so is Israel/Palestine

Truthfully, I think describing something as a ‘spectrum’ is horribly overdone. It is very much a catch-all term that serves more as an appeal to the subject’s complexity than anything substantive. But I’ll try my best to justify my use of the word because, for once, I think it is very much applicable to this […]


TCU Senate hears five resolutions, passes four this semester

Over the past semester, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate has discussed multiple contentious resolutions and implemented several senator-initiated projects, in addition to Senate’s ongoing budgetary responsibilities. Next year’s TCU president will be Benya Kraus, a rising senior who won an uncontested election on April 26. Following that election, internal elections were held to select next year’s […]


Tufts political groups across the spectrum energized by 2016 election

Progressive political organizations and activist groups at Tufts have mobilized around resisting President Donald Trump’s agenda and have used his surprise electoral victory as a rallying cry, according to interviews with students in multiple groups. Meanwhile, campus conservative groups are also noticing a spike in activity after the election because of statewide victories and growing approval […]


Op-ed: Erased voices in the backlash of the divestment resolution

After the resolution that called for Tufts to divest from Northrop Grumman, Elbit Systems, Hewlett-Packard and G4S passed in the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate body last Sunday, the campus has an undertone of tension stemming from the split(s) in how different groups view the conflict in Israel-Palestine. The dominant narrative, during and after the […]


TCU Senate holds last meeting of the year

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met for the last time this semester in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room Sunday night, to discuss budget approvals, two resolutions, bylaw changes and final addresses. The meeting began with two Tufts administrators who spoke about their work and answered questions from the Senate body. The first visitor was […]


Union of Concerned Scientists president calls for resistance to Trump environmental policies

Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), delivered a lecture on potential rollbacks to environmental policies under President Donald Trump’s administration, as well as the efforts being made by the environmental community to combat these rollbacks. The discussion, titled “Climate Strategy During the Trump Years,” took place yesterday in the Alumnae Lounge […]


TCA members meet with Monaco to discuss sustainability initiatives

Three members of Tufts Climate Action (TCA) met with university administrators and faculty members on Oct. 20 in Ballou Hall to discuss alternative tactics to divestment for promoting sustainability on campus. The primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recommendations University President Anthony Monaco laid out in his 2013 Campus Sustainability Council Report, as well as how Tufts plans to […]


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