Somerville groups push for more payments from Tufts

As Tufts and Somerville negotiate a new partnership agreement, activists are pressuring the university to offer more robust financial contributions to its host communities. Two dozen community, labor and student groups signed a letter urging University President Anthony Monaco to “bargain in good faith” with Somerville. Tufts’ partnership agreements with both Medford and Somerville — which include […]

Police Briefs — Week of March 11

A real scooter to the ankle On March 8 at 11:15 p.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a report of larceny in Lewis Hall. TUPD was notified by a student that their Razor scooter, which has orange wheels, had been taken from a common area. The student left the scooter in the common area half […]

Police Briefs — Week of March 4

Chem fatale On Feb. 28 at 9:53 a.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a chemical spill and minor injury at Pearson Chemistry Laboratory. A student accidentally splashed methylene chloride on their face and immediately afterwards washed the chemical compound off using the eye wash station. The student signed a medical refusal. Mr. Toad’s […]

Police Briefs — Week of Feb. 25

HIIT and run On Feb. 18 at 11:33 a.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) received a report from a temporary employee that their vehicle had been damaged in Cousens Parking Lot. The temporary employee noticed the damage to their vehicle after leaving the gym. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the damage occurred prior […]

Police Briefs – Week of Feb. 18

Get Well(esley) soon On Feb. 9 at 12:54 a.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) responded to a medical call from Hill Hall regarding an intoxicated Wellesley College student. Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) administered care for the student, and they were transported to the hospital for further treatment. TUPD notified the Wellesley College Police Department. […]

Safe Communities Act reintroduced in state legislature

Amid a nationwide rise in immigration enforcement, Massachusetts lawmakers and advocates have renewed a push to limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Legislators introduced a new “Safe Communities Act” bill in January, and it has already accrued dozens of sponsors on Beacon Hill, though advocates hope it is not sidelined like a similar bill last year. This […]

How the community houses Tufts, Part 2: PILOTing the future of Tufts student housing

For five years, Somerville City Council President Katjana Ballantyne, frustrated by the university’s continued expansion into local neighborhoods and a lack of transparency in Tufts’ urban planning decisions, has advocated for Tufts to build an on-campus dorm. “I’ve been trying to have a conversation with Tufts starting from the very beginning,” Ballantyne said. “I will […]

CoHo rolls out second phase of housing project

The start of the spring semester brought new developments in the Community Housing (CoHo) project amid controversy over on-campus housing shortages and off-campus renting difficulties. Upperclassmen recently moved into new housing developments this semester as part of the second phase of the CoHo housing project. The administration made 20 beds available for upperclassmen, opening 19–21 University Ave. […]

How the community houses Tufts, Part 1

Tufts is enrolling more students than ever — Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser reported during a faculty meeting on Oct. 24, 2018, that the university will continue to increase the size of each first-year class by about 100 students for another two years. “One of the keys to financial sustainability […]

Editorial: Tufts should stop encroaching on neighbors

Tufts’ housing policies hurt our relationships with our neighbors. Somerville City Councilor for Ward 1 Matt McLaughlin told the Daily in a phone interview that Tufts is undoubtedly contributing to gentrification in Somerville. Because Tufts students live in hundreds of rental units throughout Somerville and Medford, they drive up local rents and cause surrounding neighborhoods to gentrify quicker, according […]