PILOT negotiating committee holds community update

Community members, students and members of Tufts Housing League (THL) attended an April 16 meeting held by the team negotiating a new partnership agreement between Tufts and Somerville. The meeting occurred in the Tufts Administration Building. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 7 alderwoman Katjana Ballantyne, who are on the negotiating committee, led the meeting. […]


Office of Residential Life and Learning responds to lottery number mishap

The Office of Residential Life and Learning (ORLL) sent an email to Tufts rising sophomores in the housing lottery notifying them that their housing selections had been cancelled due to a glitch in the system on March 28, scheduled to be the last day of housing selection. According to Joshua Hartman, the director of the ORLL, […]


Alumni Q&A: Dan Kass

The Alumni Series aims to create a diverse collection of experiences at Tufts through highlighting notable alumni. Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Dan Kass received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tufts in 2013 and is currently the co-founder and executive director of JustFix.nyc. The Daily spoke with […]


Repeal and Replace: Landlording

Dear Fellow Students, Last week, I wrote about the importance of transparency in university decision-making. Our community faces an unprecedented housing crisis, and as with any other multifaceted issue, opacity serves only to obstruct mutualistic solutions. Tufts Housing League, Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate and many other groups on campus have been involved in negotiations and […]


How the community houses Tufts, Part 1

Tufts is enrolling more students than ever — Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser reported during a faculty meeting on Oct. 24, 2018, that the university will continue to increase the size of each first-year class by about 100 students for another two years. “One of the keys to financial sustainability […]


Editorial: Tufts should stop encroaching on neighbors

Tufts’ housing policies hurt our relationships with our neighbors. Somerville City Councilor for Ward 1 Matt McLaughlin told the Daily in a phone interview that Tufts is undoubtedly contributing to gentrification in Somerville. Because Tufts students live in hundreds of rental units throughout Somerville and Medford, they drive up local rents and cause surrounding neighborhoods to gentrify quicker, according […]


Editorial: It is time for a new dorm

Tufts should attack the housing crisis head-on by building a new dorm. Tufts is only able to house 63 percent of undergraduates and is increasing enrollment. The administration has implemented plans that include the displacement of faculty, 28.8 percent rent increases for many students and forced triples. These plans avoid or replicate the central problem with Tufts housing: […]


Editorial: Changes to lottery system are welcome but insufficient

On Nov. 28, 2018 ResLife announced a number of changes to the lottery system, changing the application process for Tufts housing. While the changes to the lottery system make it fairer and less stressful, Tufts should be doing much more in order to make it easier for students to live on campus. For groups applying to suites […]


Op-Ed: Housing as a window into white privilege

I have been teaching U.S. Housing Policy in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy (UEP) here at Tufts since 2013. Every year I’ve changed the course a bit. However, I’ve always tried to create a course that would support future planners and community change-makers in their professional practice. In February 2012, when […]


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