Students, administrators respond to Trump administration’s proposed definition of gender

The Trump administration is reportedly looking to introduce a narrow definition of gender “as a biological, immutable condition” determined at birth, according to an Oct. 21 New York Times article. The Times explained that the new definition can eradicate federal recognition of an estimated 1.4 million transgender and non-binary Americans which could lead to implications […]

Students, survivors discuss the impact of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. In the aftermath of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s subsequent confirmation to the Supreme Court, Tufts students shared how this emotional process impacted them. Junior Celia Bottger noted that while she was upset to hear Ford accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault, […]

Student Affairs seeks to fill three staff vacancies in Group of Five centers

Following K. Martinez’s decision to leave their position as director of the Women’s Center in April, six full-time staff members are currently serving campus cultural centers. There are currently staffing vacancies including the Women’s Center director, a temporary administrative position to be hired for the summer and a staff administrator at Bolles House to serve the Latino […]

Video surveillance: Cameras spark concerns over appropriate use of footage

Editor’s note: This is the final article in a two-part series produced by the Daily’s Investigative Team. The first part was published on Nov. 30, and is posted online. In 2012, Tufts administration spearheaded a program to establish a formalized surveillance security policy that would cover both the cameras that had previously been installed on campus and the installation of […]

Queer in Spirit discussion group explores spirituality and sexuality

Reverend Daniel Bell, the Protestant chaplain, hosted a Queer in Spirit interest meeting and dinner in the LGBT Center on Oct. 26.  At the meeting, students discussed the importance and possibilities of developing and sustaining a group that allows students to explore their spirituality and/or religion through a queer lens. The interfaith discussion group is open to queer people […]

Rainbow House to get physical building in 2018–2019 academic year

Tufts administrators have committed to provide Rainbow House with a physical building for the 2018–2019 academic year, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Chris Rossi told the Daily in an email. Rossi said that he, LGBT Center Director Hope Freeman, ResLife Associate Director of Residential Education Sarah D’Annolfo and Rainbow House Manager Kenneth Meyerson came to this […]

On Queer: On keeping quiet

When I was a kid, I did gymnastics. I loved the sport, the aggressiveness contrasted with grace. Sometimes, I did not love the people I did it with. The gym I trained at was full of people very set in their ways and of the opinion that people unlike them are somehow less deserving of their […]

Hope Denese Freeman to begin term as LGBT Center director

Disclaimer: Alison Kuah is a staff writer and former executive sports editor for the Daily. She was not involved in the writing of this article. Hope Denese Freeman has been named the new director of the LGBT Center  and will begin in that role on Monday. She will succeed former LGBT Center Director Nino Testa, who left the […]

LGBT Center names new director

Tufts has appointed Hope Denese Freeman the new director of the LGBT Center. Freeman will begin her role as director on March 13, according to an announcement to the Tufts community. “I am looking forward to learning from everyone on how I can be a strong resource in the LGBT Center,” Freeman said in the announcement. […]

Editorial: The importance of Standing Rock post-Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often considered one of the most wholesome holidays — in part because it has evolved into a day characterized by gratitude, self-reflection and appreciation of family and friends. It is also held in such high esteem because the traditional narrative teaches Americans that Thanksgiving was a time of peaceful unity between the indigenous people […]