Editorial: Tufts is undermining students’ right to protest

Following a seven-month-long review by the Committee on Student Life, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs presented an updated student code of conduct on Aug. 31. The changes made range from an enhanced anti-hazing policy to considering individual needs in determining the university’s response to students who receive drug and alcohol-related medical treatment. One […]

Yale professor unsure whether legal challenges against Trump travel ban will succeed

The Tufts Muslim Student’s Association (MSA) hosted an event titled “The Muslim Ban: Histories of Exclusion, Practices of Resistance,” featuring Yale Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad in the Crane Room on Thursday evening. Tufts Associate Professor of Political Science Natalie Masuoka opened the event by introducing Ahmad and by describing how the event connected to a broader American […]

Op-ed: So you protested Governor Baker

You’ve succeeded, you believe. The Boston Globe covered your protest and discussed the issues. The Tufts administration, at which you were angry for inviting a speaker whose platform you did not support, was embarrassed by your actions. You are sure this means that they will not be inviting any more “controversial” speakers in the future. […]

Kevin Kraft hired as new director of community standards

Kevin Kraft was recently hired as Tufts’ new director of community standards for the Medford/Somerville campus and started working on Feb. 13. Kraft’s new position is similar to the role of judicial affairs administrator, which was held by Mickey Toogood before he moved to Seattle and became the communications and media specialist for the Office of […]

Editorial: Protest the issues, not the presence

Last week, Governor Charlie Baker was invited to speak at Tufts as part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The purpose of the event was to discuss public policy and civic engagement in an informative, conversation-style event. However, the event did not go as planned: around 60 students organized […]

Charlie Baker speaks at Tufts, prompting walkouts and protest

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker discussed public policy and civic engagement at Tufts last night in an event repeatedly disrupted by a number of student protesters. The event, a part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series, began after 7 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall, which holds 300 people. The event was sold out, but about […]

Logan Airport protesters denounce Trump’s executive order on immigration

Hundreds of protesters convened in Logan International Airport on Saturday night to demonstrate against President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. The protest was organized in the wake of an executive order signed by Trump on Friday that suspended the United States’ refugee program and temporarily banned entry into the country by nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, […]

Board of Trustees rejects divestment again following meeting with pro-divestment students, faculty members

Tufts Climate Action (TCA) member Shana Gallagher represented the student divestment campaign at a meeting with the executive committee of the University Board of Trustees on Oct. 13 to discuss the May 6 faculty resolution that advocated for Tufts to divest a portion of their endowment from fossil fuel companies. They were joined by two […]

Editorial: Reassessing selectivity

Tufts issued a triumphant news release in April titled, “Tufts Gets More Selective — Again,” priding itself on the fact that this year’s acceptance rate is at an all-time low of 14 percent. The article explains the reasons behind the drop, citing a six percent increase in undergraduate applications. It also says that the Class of 2020 is the “most diverse” class […]

Somerville 18 face charges for blocking I-93 during Black Lives Matter protest

Last year, national media coverage focused on several cases of unrest, largely in the form of protests in which activists called the world’s attention to police brutality — particularly excessive force and the targeting of black bodies in the United States. This call for justice, policy changes and rectification of the various economic, social and educational inequalities developed into the […]