Two new arts spaces in Barnum Hall set to open spring 2020

Barnum Hall, which is currently undergoing renovations, will serve as shared space for new classes between the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) spring 2020, according Dean of the SMFA Nancy Bauer. Bauer said that both the School of Arts and Sciences and the SMFA made the decision to renovate […]

Community meeting addresses developments in Cummings building project

Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell and other faculty and administrators led a community update in Alumnae Hall on Wednesday morning to discuss the academic building planned for the corner of Boston Avenue and College Avenue between Halligan Hall and the new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line station. University President Anthony Monaco announced the […]

The State of Housing at Tufts: On-campus shortages, off-campus exploitation and new solutions

According to the 2017–2018 Tufts Factbook, Tufts’ on-campus bed capacity for undergraduates is 3,440 — 63 percent of the university’s 5,438 undergraduate population. In contrast, other comparable East Coast institutions are largely better equipped to provide their students with housing: Middlebury College and Bates College, both of which have much smaller student populations than Tufts, are […]

TCU Senate’s Brown and Blueprint initiative aims to compile student feedback on campus spaces

Tufts’ campus has been flooded with advertisements this semester, asking for student input on the physical space around campus. “Real talk… How should this space be used–and what features should it have?” the poster outside Curtis Hall, home to the former Brown and Brew Coffee House, reads. This is the work of Brown and Blueprint, a Tufts […]

Construction on Cummings building postponed until summer 2019

Construction on a new academic building to be built on College Avenue is being postponed until further notice, according to Barbara Stein, vice president of operations at Tufts. The newly approved Cummings building, so named because it is being funded through a grant from the Cummings Foundation, was set for a June 2018 construction start […]

First-year dorms Houston, Miller to undergo renovations in summer 2018

Houston and Miller Halls are scheduled to undergo complete renovation this summer, according to a statement composed of comments from Vice President for Operations Barbara Stein, Executive Director of Public Relations Patrick Collins, Dean of Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon, Communications Specialist Mickey Toogood, Associate Director of Housing Operations Matthew Austin, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Christopher […]

Tufts and SMFA look to address lack of art studio space on Medford/Somerville campus

Amid complaints from students and faculty about a lack of art studio space on the Medford/Somerville campus, Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) have stated their commitment to create new art studios on campus in the near future, according to SMFA Dean Nancy Bauer. Freshman dual degree student Rachel Yao said the current art facilities housed […]

Boston/College Avenue intersection to be redesigned for pedestrian safety

The intersection of Boston Avenue and College Avenue will be redesigned and rebuilt over the summer to make it safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The intersection has long been seen as a problem point for the Tufts community, according to Director of Campus Planning Lois Stanley. Stanley said that in 2012, graduate students in Tufts’ urban and […]

History on the Hill: Cousens and the incomplete 1930s campus plan

In the 1930s, Tufts lacked many of the distinct features and buildings it has today. There was no residential quad, and downhill campus was a part of Jackson College. Uphill, there was the academic quad and some academic and residential buildings, along with an adjacent reservoir — known as the “Rez” — standing where the residential quad is now.  But then University President John Albert […]

Five-year classroom renovation project makes advances

In 2014, the Learning Spaces Planning Committee conducted a study that concluded that Tufts needed to upgrade nearly 200 of its classrooms over the following five years, according to Director of Campus Planning Lois Stanley. This plan, known as the five-year classroom renovation project, includes refurbishing and improving out-of-date teaching labs, auditoria, flat-floor lecture-style rooms and computer labs […]