Looking Out: Democratic disappointment

The past week has been a reminder of why the Democratic Party is a constant disappointment. After giving up on keeping public attention on guns, knowing Congressional Republicans were unlikely to budge, Democrats moved on to what turned out to be a consensus issue. Democrats and Republicans came together to relax banking regulations. This tone-deaf […]


Looking out: Self-determination for some

This time of year features many elections, from an unexpectedly competitive New Zealand election to a German election that saw Merkel triumph again. The two I want to focus on are controversial referenda taking the question of independence to people who are being told by central governments that they do not get a choice. The Kurds […]


Tufts to offer Hindi-Urdu classes in ExCollege

After student support and lobbying by Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate, Tufts will offer Hindi-Urdu classes next semester as part of the Experimental College. Both Hindi-Urdu 1 and 3 will be offered, and the 15-person Hindi-Urdu 1 section is currently full, according to the Student Information System (SIS). Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and […]


Passage of divestment resolution sparks strong reactions, emotions

Disclaimer: Nesi Altaras is a columnist at the Daily and Noah Habeeb is a former executive copy editor at the Daily. Neither was involved in the writing of this article. The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed a resolution calling for divestment from four companies it says are involved in the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian […]


Linguistics minor reinstated after year-long pause

The linguistics minor has been reinstated, effective immediately, after it was temporarily put on hold in spring 2016. The minor will continue to be housed in the Department of Philosophy, according to Department Chair Erin Kelly. Kelly said that the linguistics minor was reinstated partly because 146 students signed a petition, submitted this fall, which requested the minor’s return. She explained that the philosophy department […]


TCU Senate passes sanctuary state resolution, discusses supplementary funding requests

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met last night in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room to discuss supplementary funding requests and a resolution supporting the Safe Communities Act, a bill that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. TCU Senate President Gauri Seth opened the meeting by asking for committee updates. The Administration and Policy Committee […]


TCU Senate hosts forum to discuss changes to graduation requirements

Students and faculty gathered in the Alumnae Lounge on Monday afternoon to discuss the perceived purpose and importance of Tufts’ current graduation requirements for liberal arts students. The event, hosted by Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate, aimed to collect student input on the current requirements, according to TCU senators and education committee members junior Historian Rati […]


CIVIC hosts debate between Tufts Democrats and Republicans

Approximately 100 students gathered to watch two Tufts Republicans and two Tufts Democrats argue on behalf of the opposing side’s party platform in Tufts CIVIC’s “The Last Debate” on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the ASEAN Auditorium. First-years Robert Whitehead and Bennett Brain of Tufts Republicans faced off against Tufts Democrats sophomore Nesi Altaras and senior Ben Kaplan. […]


Cognitive and brain sciences minor reinstated, will continue to be housed in philosophy department

The cognitive and brain sciences (CBS) minor, which had been on pause since the end of the fall 2015 semester, has been reinstated for the new academic year.  According to Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences Bárbara Brizuela, the CBS minor will now be administered by philosophy professor Brian Epstein, and will continue to be […]


New enrollment in linguistics and cognitive brain sciences minor programs halted

UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, the administration has sent an email out to the student body announcing that these two minor programs have been paused until further notice. The story has been updated accordingly. The lingustics and cognitive brain sciences (CBS) minors have been suspended indefinitely, following an administrative decision made at the […]


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