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 […]

Limited on-campus space leaves academic departments, student organizations scrambling

Hiring a new faculty member in spring 2016 proved to be more complicated than initially expected for the drama and dance department. Housed in Aidekman Arts Center, the department needed to find additional office space for the new faculty member, which appeared to be nonexistent in Aidekman.  “[Aidekman] is literally at capacity,” Heather Nathans, the chair of […]

Green T charette to consider future of Green Line T stop intersection

The Green T at Tufts Design Charette, to be held on April 1, will invite members of the Tufts community to share their ideas about the future of the Boston Ave. and College Ave. intersection, where an MBTA Green Line T stop is slated to be built by 2019, according to Betsy Byrum, the education and […]