Murphy’s Law: The activist that cried wolf

In recent years, political debate in our country has devolved further and further into extremism. As views slide more left and right, the language used for our political discourse has done the same. When extreme diction is used as often as it is today, it diminishes the worth of those words, rendering them weak when […]

TCU Senate discusses plans for upperclassmen village, housing lottery reform

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met last night in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room to discuss themed housing project Capen Village, review the social scene around homecoming and hear a presentation from Associate Director of Housing Operations Matthew Austin of possible changes to the housing lottery system. TCU President Benya Kraus opened the meeting, reporting on the progress of Capen Village, […]

Tufts Disorientation Guide content, removal spark backlash from Tufts community

The Tufts Disorientation Guide was removed from the official Tufts University Class of 2020 and 2021 Facebook pages on Sept. 3 in response to complaints received by the administration about some of the content of the guide, according to Patrick Collins, Tufts University executive director of public relations. According to a letter sent to the Tufts community by University […]

‘Not Your Grandmother’s Seder’ blends Jewish themes with contemporary theater

On the first page of the program for “Not Your Grandmother’s Seder,” a Passover-inspired cabaret night that took place on Saturday, is a quote from Milton Berle: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” The show, hosted by Tufts Hillel and directed and produced by sophomores Amanda Freedman and Isabel Silverston, incorporated songs and scenes from contemporary theater as […]

Activist Marian Wright Edelman speaks about child poverty

Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, spoke about American citizens’ obligation to combat the overwhelming presence of child poverty in a mostly full Cohen Auditorium on Monday evening. The talk was this year’s Merrin Moral Voices Lecture, in partnership with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series. […]

Tufts’ religious groups celebrate interfaith month this February

The Interfaith Student Council (ISC) and the University Chaplaincy are sponsoring Tufts’ second annual Interfaith Awareness Month this month, which focuses on the theme of “Strength in Unity.” ISC has organized and promoted diverse faith-based events on campus to encourage collaboration among religious groups, according to ISC member Maretta Morovitz. “We really wanted to focus this month on … recognizing that all of […]

History on the Hill: Tufts Hillel

In the 1970s, there was no Granoff Family Hillel Center, no Rohr Chabad House and no other university-affiliated space for Jewish community members at Tufts. There was only a closet in the basement of Curtis Hall, to which students gained access by removing a refrigerator from it in order to turn it into an office for what […]

Interfaith Clothing Drive collected donations for Syrian refugees

As the fall semester concluded, the Tufts Muslim Student Association (MSA), the University Chaplaincy and Tufts Hillel collected approximately 40 boxes of donations through an Interfaith Clothing Drive for Syrian Refugees. These collected items were sent to NuDay Syria, a non-government organization based in East Hampstead, N.H., according to MSA President, senior Obaid Farooqui.  Farooqui explained that his motivation behind […]

Sister Mary Scullion discusses efforts against homelessness as this year’s Moral Voices initiative

Last night, Sister Mary Scullion of Philadelphia discussed her experiences advocating for the homeless through Project HOME, an organization she co-founded in 1989. The lecture was held in the Cohen Auditorium as a part of Tufts Hillel‘s annual Merrin Moral Voices Lecture Series. The lecture began with an introduction by the Neubauer Executive Director of Hillel, Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, which was […]

Parents of Trayvon Martin share story, discuss racial injustice

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, whose 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was fatally shot three years ago, opened up about their grief and their commitment to combating the pervasiveness of racial and ethnic profiling during Tufts Hillel’s eighth annual Merrin Distinguished Lecture Series in Cohen Auditorium Tuesday night.  Since the day Trayvon was killed while out buying […]