Tufts Democrats petition Board of Trustees to rescind Eric Greitens’ honorary degree over sexual assault allegations

Content Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault. Tufts Democrats released a petition last week calling on the university to rescind an honorary degree given to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens in 2012 in response to recent allegations of sexual assault against him. The petition also called on Greitens to resign.  Greitens also spoke at Tufts’ commencement in 2012, receiving […]

Part-time faculty prepare to renegotiate contract

The collective bargaining agreement for part-time adjunct faculty at Tufts is due to expire on June 30, and re-negotiations have begun between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Tufts administrators. Since the adjunct faculty at Tufts formed a union in 2013, their contract with Tufts has become a model for other schools in the Greater Boston area […]

National discourse on sanctuary campuses: Where does Tufts fit in?

For students looking to effect change outside the “Tufts bubble,” the sanctuary movement serves as at least one way in which Tufts students are connecting to a growing movement taking place across the country. Since Election Day, almost 200 sanctuary campus petitions have emerged nationwide, according to Xavier Maciel, a first-year transfer student at Pomona College. Maciel […]

Editorial: Despite lack of sanctuary label, a positive step for undocumented students

University President Anthony Monaco released a statement last week pledging enhanced support for undocumented students at Tufts University. Monaco said that the university will refuse to provide information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) undocumented students or assist in the enforcement of immigration laws. This commitment holds as long as it is legally permissible, meaning the university will not […]

Op-Ed: Free Speech: “Now and Forever”

Since when do promises mean nothing? On Nov. 7, 2009, Tufts’ Board of Trustees boldly expressed the necessity of free expression on the Tufts campus in its Declaration on Freedom of Expression. “Freedom of expression and inquiry are fundamental to the academic enterprise,” the declaration says. “Without freedom of expression, community members cannot fully share their knowledge […]

Op-Ed: Inside the global black market for organ trade

Each day, 20 people in the United States die waiting for an organ. The entire system of organ trade is bizarre: sick people hope and pray that someone else will die and be a viable match for an organ transplant. Currently, about 120,000 people in the United States are on the transplant list hoping that […]

Op-ed: An open letter to President Monaco and the Board of Trustees

Dear President Monaco, Dean Glaser, Dean Qu and the Board of Trustees, We, the student leaders signed below, are writing to express our concern over the recent tuition hikes announced via the email titled, “2016-2017 Tuition Update,” sent to the undergraduate student body by Dean James Glaser and Dean Jianmin Qu on April 12, 2016. The […]

Faculty passes resolution instituting Indigenous People’s Day

The Arts and Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) faculty voted yesterday afternoon in favor of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in the university’s academic calendars. The vote, which passed with one objection and two abstentions among approximately 60 faculty members, took place during yesterday’s AS&E faculty meeting from 12:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the Coolidge Room of Ballou Hall. This faculty vote, based on the Dec. […]

Tufts Dining to begin pilot food donation program after ExCollege class petition

Tufts Dining Services will start a pilot initiative, “Food 4 Free,” to donate leftover food from dining halls to a local agency beginning in January. The program follows a petition signed by almost 250 people calling for the “rescue and redistribution of Tufts’ unused food.” The Change.org petition was created about four weeks ago by students enrolled in “EXP 46: Philanthropy, […]

Tufts welcomes policy change to admit undocumented students

At a rally for Tufts United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ) on April 7, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin announced an undergraduate admissions policy change to welcome applications from undocumented students, a result of the group’s continuous effort throughout the past year. UIJ President Zobella Vinik called this change an “important step toward education equity.” She and other UIJ […]