Somerville considers expansion of voting rights for teenagers, non-citizens

Somerville is considering expanding the right to vote in municipal elections to residents as young as 16 years old and non-citizens in an effort to increase electoral participation, the city announced in an Oct. 17 press release. The policy considerations follow two of the recommendations Somerville’s Clean and Open Elections Task Force, a nine-person council of city officials, elections researchers […]

Police Briefs — Week of Nov. 12

Time of kneed On Nov. 6 at 3:41 p.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a minor medical injury at the Mayer Campus Center. A student slipped and fell down the stairs, causing their knee to dislocate. The student said they had recurring issues with their knee and was transported to the hospital for […]

Police Briefs — Week of Nov. 5

Express yourself On Oct. 31 at 3:15 p.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) received a report of suspicious behavior. A student had attended a university event earlier in the day for community members to discuss the future of the Confucius Institute at Tufts. The student expressed their views in favor of the institute, while another […]

Somerville outlines action plan for trees damaged by invasive beetle

The City of Somerville’s Urban Forestry & Landscape Planner and the City Tree Warden hosted a public information session Thursday night regarding the city’s treatment plan for trees affected by the invasive, tree-killing Emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a species of beetle that lays eggs under the bark of ash trees. Upon hatching, the larvae burrow deeper […]

Police Briefs — Week of Oct. 29

Isn’t it meta? On Oct. 22 at 11:54 a.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a report of approximately 65 students who had congregated on the Academic Quad outside of Ballou Hall to protest Tufts’ new protest policy. TUPD monitored the activity of the protest until the students dispersed. After the protest, TUPD removed a banner attached to […]

Police Briefs — Week of Oct. 22

Stay in your lane On Oct. 15 at 11:12 a.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a report from a student who had woken up in considerable pain. The student said they had been riding their bike on Boston Avenue around 1 a.m. when the bike’s pedal became detached. While attempting to reattach the pedal […]

Student volunteer organizations highlight LCS’ impact before 60th anniversary celebration

In 1958, a handful of Tufts students under the then-small organization, Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), volunteered at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham, Mass. Sixty years later, LCS now has more than 1,000 student volunteers, spread across more than 30 different groups, who amassed a total of 24,000 service hours in the 2017–18 academic year mentoring children, teaching […]

Police Briefs — Week of Oct. 15

No love lost and found On Oct. 9 at 10:22 p.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a call on the Academic Quad. The reporting party told TUPD that an individual was inquiring about a student, in an attempt to locate the student. TUPD was able to locate the reported individual, who said they had […]

Police Briefs — Week of Oct. 8

Lock it up On Oct. 1 at 8:18 p.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) received a call that a student’s wallet had been stolen from the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center. The student had placed their personal belongings in one of the cubbies near the workout equipment. They returned to find that their wallet was […]

Op-Ed: PILOT parity for Somerville, Medford

Municipal governments usually fund the services they provide through taxes, and Tufts’ host cities of Somerville and Medford raise the major portion of their budgets through real estate taxes. Due to a controversial Massachusetts law, nonprofit organizations are not required to pay property taxes to the communities they reside in. Instead, the municipalities must raise […]