Policy and strategy reform Changes to the university’s drug and alcohol policy, including the addition of a Good Samaritan policy and amnesty clause, took effect at the beginning of this semester. Under the new policy, students who seek medical assistance for themselves or others will not face disciplinary consequences.
The final Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate meeting of the semester took place in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room last night with discussion of the final version of the Diversity Report and an announcement regarding the Committee on Student Life’s (CSL) “justified departure” policy.
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.
The university last month became an official member of the Institute of International Education (IIE) Syrian Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis after the Office of Undergraduate Admissions agreed to become involved with the organization. The decision resulted from an Oct.
Tufts Democrats, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the Peace and Justice Studies program yesterday evening hosted a panel discussion on felon disenfranchisement in the United States. Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Carl Williams, along with ex-prisoner and Criminal Justice Committee Organizer at the Boston Workers Alliance Sunni Ali and Third Vice President for the Boston National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Supreme Richardson, joined the panel, led by Assistant Professor of Political Science Natalie Masuoka.
Four students last Tuesday unveiled the new iPhone and iPad application, Marko, which allows users to leave photos and notes in physical places that can only be viewed from the location in which they were taken. Creators Nathaniel Hajian, Amadou Crookes, Spencer Schoeben and Gabriel Jacobs have been working on the application since September, they said.
Members of Tufts Action for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) and Tufts Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) last Sunday laid rainbow bricks along the steps located near Wren Hall, as part of a campaign to change the stairs’ name to the “Rainbow Steps.” ASAP member Kumar Ramanathan explained that the student groups hoped to take a small step toward ending rape culture on campus by eliminating the steps’ controversial name.
The Tufts Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (ELP) will offer a new “Tufts Ideas Competition” this spring semester, allowing participants the opportunity to have their preliminary business ideas judged in a competitive environment.
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on Dec. 4 announced that Mohamed ElBaradei, former director general emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, will join the Fletcher School community as the Nobel-Laureate-in-Residence next fall.
Tufts University Police Department shut down Tufts Dance Collective’s (TDC) 9:30 p.m. performance last Saturday night as a result of multiple medical emergency calls and unsafe conditions, according to Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire.
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.
Eaton Computer Lab, which in the past has been a public resource, is now temporarily restricted to individuals within Tufts, according to Director of Communication and Organizational Effectiveness for Tufts Technology Services Dawn Irish. “Access to the Eaton lab has been temporarily restricted to Tufts students, faculty and staff in order for the university to review software licensing requirements and the physical security of the space,” Irish told the Daily in an email.
Michael Zell, associate professor of Baroque and 18th century art at Boston University, gave a lecture last night in the Fine Arts House on the relationship between Rembrandt’s art work to the culture of gift giving in 17th century Holland. Zell began his presentation, “Rembrandt’s Art as Gift,” with an explanation of the central place of gift giving in Dutch culture during Rembrandt’s life.
Tufts’ improv comedy troupe Cheap Sox on Nov. 23 was named champion of the annual New England Regional College Improv Tournament, held this year at Central Square’s ImprovBoston theater. The troupe will travel to Chicago to compete in the final leg of the competition against other regional victors on March 1.
Tufts’ first kosher deli, originally slated for completion last spring, opened yesterday at 11 a.m. in the Jumbo Express storage space near the Mayer Campus Center. Dining Services last fall announced plans for the take-out eatery, which offers traditional New York-style deli foods for lunch and dinner.
As part of the 10th Margaret Henderson Floyd Memorial Lecture, the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning last night hosted internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Safdie’s lecture, entitled “Humanizing Megascale,” touched on the issues of maintaining the human and artistic aspects of architecture in a world of heavily urbanized metropolises.
Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate on Nov. 17 unanimously passed a resolution calling for late-night dining options in the Dewick-MacPhie or Carmichael Dining Hall between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. As a result of the resolution, the Commons Deli and Grill will accept the meal plan on Friday and Saturday evenings as of next semester.
Sophomore Elizabeth Palma last month traveled to the nation’s capital with the Massachusetts Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) to make a case for immigrant policy reform before members of Congress. The primary purpose of the trip was to pressure Speaker of the U.
Members of Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) took action to ensure that Tufts custodial staff would not have to work during Christmas and New Year’s Eve last Thursday after a misunderstanding between university administrators and the custodial contractor caused custodians to have their vacation cut.
In a joint effort, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate and the Office for Campus Life (OCL) last Tuesday began sales for round-trip Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) passes. The tickets, valued at $5, are available for $4 at the Mayer Campus Center’s Information Booth.
Beginning last Sunday, Tufts’ first Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a week-long series of events in hopes of gaining official Tufts Community Union (TCU) recognition next semester. According to Co-Founder and Chair of the Executive Board Darien Headen, the new group aims to focus on the black experience on campus through social programming initiatives.
With so many dance groups at Tufts, from Sarabande, to Spirit of Color, to Envy and even Tufts Dance Collective, experienced and amateur dancers alike have a number of options to consider. TURBO, Tufts’ only breakdance and hip-hop dance group, does not require previous experience — in fact, the group does not even hold auditions.
Nearly 30 students gathered on the Mayer Campus Center lower patio yesterday to show support for undocumented students at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). At the event, hosted by student group United for Immigrant Justice, students voiced concerns about a controversial game at UT Austin and helped create a banner supporting justice for immigrants.
Tufts will begin installing a new solar panel system on the roof of Dowling Hall early next year. According to Director of Facilities Technical Services Betsy Isenstein, the university has partnered with SunBug Solar LLC, of Somerville, to design, supply, install, operate and maintain the new system.