Residential Strategies Working Group proposes new housing plans on, off campus

The Residential Strategies Working Group (RSWG)  is now looking to implement its recommendations for student housing, which include offering more on-campus housing options for juniors and seniors, improving existing residential facilities and potentially charging different prices for different on-campus living arrangements. The RSWG initially presented its recommendations to University President Anthony Monaco and the Board […]

TCU senators conduct research to make case for on-campus pub

Tufts Community Union (TCU) senators who spearheaded a Feb. 21 proposal for an on-campus pub have been working to compile a report analyzing demand, safety and costs to present to Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell by the end of the semester. Campbell, who oversees construction projects, dining and food service operations at Tufts, will play […]

Tufts Labor Coalition protests non-union hiring at Tufts Talks event

As Tufts faculty, alumni and parents arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston St. for a Tufts Talks event yesterday evening, they were greeted by approximately 40 Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) members protesting Tufts’ use of non-union contractors. TLC and the Boston Building Trades Council (BTC) have each worked to ask the Tufts administration to sign a […]

Tufts Labor Coalition demands that university engage in union-only hiring

About 40 students gathered on the Lower Patio of the Mayer Campus Center yesterday afternoon to rally, calling on Tufts to stop using non-unionized building trade workers on the Medford/Somerville campus. During the rally, which was organized by the Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC), supporters marched through the Mayer Campus Center, past Tisch Library and the Cannon, up to Ballou […]

Students, janitors raise concerns about custodial work load, campus cleanliness in wake of janitorial restructuring

Members of Tufts’ janitorial staff and Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) have reported that janitors are being overworked and that the cleanliness of campus buildings has declined as a result of the university’s custodial reorganization and janitorial layoffs, which occurred between June and August. According to Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler, the reorganization implemented by Tufts and the university’s custodial contractor, DTZ —originally estimated to […]

Tufts Labor Coalition organizes Halloween protest outside Gifford House

Approximately 50 people gathered outside of Gifford House on Halloween evening to call for fair labor practices on Tufts’ campuses. The group — organized by the Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) — included students, custodial workers and their children and a few construction workers from non-Tufts affiliated projects. Protesters gathered with banners and signs on the lawn outside University President Anthony Monaco’s […]

Two Tufts Climate Action students get reduced probation after appeal

Disciplinary action against two Tufts Climate Action (TCA) members for their involvement in the sit-in protest in University President Anthony Monaco’s office last April was reduced following an appeal hearing last Friday. The hearing was an appeal against the Disciplinary Probation Level II punishment that TCA members Shana Gallagher, a junior, and Dylan Carlson, a sophomore, had received for the Ballou Hall sit-in, resulting in a reduced punishment of […]

Tufts works to promote transgender rights across campus and state

When senior Luke Sherman began his summer internship at the statewide advocacy organization MassEquality, he took on a meaningful role in the group’s fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. In bringing this experience back to Tufts, he has continued to spread awareness about discrimination against transgender people in areas of […]

Limited space puts incoming students in overflow housing

On-campus housing has approached maximum capacity this semester, putting many first-year and transfer students in overflow housing and nontraditional first-year housing. Yolanda King, Director of the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ResLife), said there are currently 12 available beds on campus, most of which are in open spots in campus doubles. Because of this limited availability, there is very little flexibility for […]

TLC initiates hunger strike, occupation in protest of proposed cuts to janitorial staff

Shortly after 3 p.m. today, five members of Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) initiated an indefinite hunger strike to protest a pending cut to janitorial staff. Strikers and student supporters set up an occupation on the academic quad at noon today, where they intend to stay until the administration agrees to postpone the proposed cuts until the spring of 2016. […]