President Anthony Monaco sat down with the Tufts Daily last month to discuss recent changes and events on the Hill — ranging from the Council on Diversity to the recently approved Strategic Plan and unionization. The Tufts Daily: Could you speak to some of the administrative changes that have come about this semester? Anthony Monaco: These transitions are part of normal business, but we’re very excited, particularly about the two new deans.
Michelle Alexander, a well-known civil rights advocate and associate professor of law at Ohio State University, delivered the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy’s (CSRD) inaugural Gerald Gill Keynote Lecture in Cohen Auditorium last night. Alexander began her lecture by denouncing America’s modern-day incarceration system, a topic which she discusses in her bestselling book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
The women’s swimming and diving team remains winless on the season after suffering its fourth straight loss on Wednesday evening in a dual meet at Wellesley College. With a final score of 179-119, the Wellesley Blue recorded the convincing victory, but the meet was not without bright spots for the Jumbos.
Earlier this year, Tufts was ranked as one of the top 25 healthiest colleges in the United States by Greatist, an Internet media startup focusing on health and fitness. Between late nights at Tisch Library, running to club meetings, going to class and attempting to get enough sleep, college is a true balancing act.
Many students hope to continue their involvement with faith and fellowship in college, but find it challenging to make the connection between religion and other aspects of their college experience. Tufts Greek and Athlete Christian Fellowship, a group geared toward students involved in Greek life or athletics, aims to provide a safe and supportive place for students to discuss religion and build a relationship between their faith and the rest of their experience at Tufts.
Issues surrounding immigration and its reform are back in the spotlight, both on the national level and at Tufts. On Friday, President Obama paid a visit to activists who have been fasting on the National Mall for weeks in an effort to move progress on an immigration reform overhaul, which would provide a pathway towards citizenship for undocumented citizens.
In light of the recent federal government shutdown, it’s comforting to know that the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate has been working diligently to make significant changes for students at Tufts. This fall, the Senate has tackled important issues, including the alcohol policy, transportation to Boston and residential life.
This past February, the Committee on Student Life (CSL) repealed a provision preventing it from hearing appeals cases from Greek life organizations, re-establishing the CSL’s jurisdiction over the Greek life community. Previously, all other recognized Tufts student groups had the right to appeal decisions made by the Tufts Community Union Judiciary (TCUJ) to the CSL.
The Crafts Center, located in the basement of Lewis Hall, has long been frequented by Tufts students seeking a space for a relaxing, art-oriented atmosphere. The center’s free resources are often used to complete class projects or banners for sports teams and clubs.
The university’s faculty health insurance plan will this January offer new benefits to transgender faculty, including coverage for gender reassignment surgery. The expanded faculty coverage comes after a push from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, according to Director of the Benefits and Human Resources Service Center Ann Mackenzie.
Just off the Tufts campus, located behind Bello Field, is Outside the Lines Studio (OTL), an art studio devoted to providing a space for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to engage in activities focusing on creativity, vocational training and wellness.
Part-time faculty members that voted to unionize did so to increase their leverage in negotiations with the university administration. According to some adjunct faculty members, though, this move was unexpected until Service Employees International Union (SEIU) got involved and brought the national movement to unionize to light.
According to Dean of Arts and Sciences Joanne Berger-Sweeney and Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences James Glaser in their Sept. 16 Daily op-ed, unionization may not have been the best move. “We have worked to make Tufts an employer of choice for part-time faculty,” the deans wrote.
A cappella has exploded as an iconic collegiate symbol over the past several years, and Tufts is no exception. With a cappella’s long history on the Hill, there is much to celebrate on campus. The Tufts Beelzebubs marked their 50th Anniversary on Nov.
This year, the scramble to find off-campus housing started even earlier than in previous years, with many students signing leases for next year starting as early as the beginning of September. Students have noted that the level of panic among students about finding off-campus housing seems even higher than last year at this time.