R.E.A.L. Talk: Tour the world

Admitted students are swarming the campus, checking out groups and events and anything else they can think of while on campus tours. Each potential Jumbo is followed by a patient parent asking questions with a concerned look in their eyes. The student is worried about an organization that they can join, and the parent is worried […]

Editorial: How to fix first-year community

Many in the class of 2021 believe that the Tufts social scene is particularly lacking. This is partially a byproduct of the general campus structure that hinders the ability to make meaningful connections. Fortunately, the re-evaluation of residential setup is underway, and it has potential to create the environment necessary for first-years to find their social niche. […]

Editorial: To vote or not to vote

Tufts places a heavy emphasis on civic engagement. Between the dozens of service groups under the Leonard Carmichael Society and the abundance of political and activist groups as well as the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and the many groups it sponsors, a great number of students are involved with outside communities and are working […]

Campus Life, ResLife announce changes to leadership roles in first-year orientation

The orientation process for incoming first-year students will undergo changes beginning with the Class of 2021′s orientation in August. Orientation Leaders (OLs) will share responsibilities with First-Year Advisors (FYAs), who will perform the role of Resident Assistants (RAs) in first-year housing next year. Howard Woolf, director of the Experimental College and associate dean of undergraduate education, […]

Point-Counterpoint: Suspending sorority, fraternity recruitment

Point-Counterpoint juxtaposes two opposing perspectives on polarizing issues and debates. The following responses, written by the Daily’s opinion section, address both sides of the debate on the recent suspension of spring recruitment for all Greek organizations at Tufts.   The case for suspension: The cancellation of sorority and fraternity recruitment for the spring semester has incited a great deal […]

As pre-orientation programs grow, students, staff consider their impact on non-participants

First-year Sara Kniaz put a lot of thought into her decision not to participate in a pre-orientation program. After speaking with many students about their experiences, she decided it would be easier not to participate because of cost, confusion over logistics of the programs and a lack of enthusiasm about the offerings.  However, Kniaz said that upon arriving on campus, she regretted her decision. “I had […]

Jumbo Steps: Cosmic

I recently had dinner with a first-year whom I first met last semester while volunteering for the Jumbo Days overnight hosting program. I wanted to check up on him, firstly because I wanted to see how he was enjoying Tufts thus far, but more importantly because I know freshman year can get a little dicey around this […]

ACE Fellow program expands, redefines role on campus

The Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellow program will expand the number of fellows from seven to 10 for the next academic year. This program, which places student leaders in residence halls to offer academic and social guidance to first-years, will also shift its approach to focusing on helping first-year students transition to Tufts. The program accepted its fellows for the 2016-2017 academic […]

Pre-orientation programs evolve to enhance first-year experience

While all first-year and transfer students participate in orientation upon their arrival at Tufts, many also begin their Jumbo careers as participants in one of five pre-orientation programs, each of which is organized around a specific theme or activity. According to the undergraduate orientation website, these programs provide first-years with the opportunity to get to […]