The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate voted unanimously last month to endorse the implementation of an education major. At this point in the process, professors and administrators have begun discussions about installing this secondary major at Tufts.
With the announcement that the Sigma Nu fraternity and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority will move into a house together next year, the growth of Greek life on campus is back in the news. The new location for SigNu, a previously established campus fraternity, and Theta, a new sorority, reminds us that Greek life now is more prominent on campus than ever.
In September of last year, Tufts’ adjunct professors voted to unionize. The School of Arts and Sciences has now begun negotiations with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing the university’s adjunct faculty. In a recent statement sent to the Tufts community, the administration announced that, “Tufts is committed to a good working relationship with the SEIU and hopes to work productively and with mutual respect toward a contract.
“This is the year to take action on climate change. There are no more excuses,” Jim Yong Kim, current President of the World Bank, proclaimed at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. “We can divest [from carbon-intensive assets],” he continued, saying that investing in the fossil fuel industry betrays investors’ “responsibility to future pension holders who will be affected by decisions made today.
An article in The Las Vegas Review-Journal was posted regarding the issue of restoring voting rights to former inmates. Attorney General Eric Holder has led the charge towards reform on the issue. Earlier this week, Holder urged a group of 11 states to give former inmates their right to vote as a means of remedying flaws in our system.
A college education used to be a no-brainer if you wanted to succeed. It got you a solid profession, out of your parents’ home and into one of your own. Today, however, those who can afford the increasing tuition (first qualifying for federal loans) outperform their classmates and often land a job right after graduation.
Foreign policy enthusiasts, policy- makers, world-changers and activists are among those who consider foreign aid to be one of the most powerful tools in ending world poverty. The popularity of foreign aid is hardly surprising given its direct approach: it’s hard to question the efficacy of giving money to people who need it to eat.
Tufts adjunct faculty voted in September to join the Service Employees International Union, the United States’ largest labor union, as part of its Adjunct Action campaign to collectively bargain for part-time professors at universities across the country.
Reading the op-ed, “CSL changes ‘justified departure’ policy” by Professor Alva Couch and senior Haydn Forrest and the accompanying Daily editorial, “CSL policy changes are important step” we were elated and even a bit teary. The Committee on Student Life’s (CSL) December 2012 creation of a policy that threw out everything we knew to be true about Tufts as a whole, and the religious and philosophical community, marred the winter of our senior years at Tufts.
You’ve all been waiting for it. After much anticipation, I can now proudly announce that the Recyclemania 2014 competition has begun. Tufts Recycles! interns have been busy with preliminary grades for each dorm and house, but now it’s time for the real fun.
Hi there, Tufts! It has been nearly two weeks since our first issue, and I’m pleased to announce that the Daily has officially gone “daily” again! From here on out, we’ll be bringing you the most newsworthy, up-to-date stories, five days a week until the end of the semester.
If you are over 21, I am asking you to order a drink or two from Hotung this Friday night. Here’s why: It’s been a busy and productive first half of a year on the TCU Senate — in particular, the Services Committee headed by senators Christie Maciejewski, a senior, and Janna Karatas, a sophomore.
To the Editor: I was distressed to read in your newspaper that former Georgian President Saakashvili had been appointed as a so-called “Senior Statesman” at the Fletcher School. This appointment is not only an example of bad judgment by Fletcher’s new dean, but it is even more a disservice to Fletcher students and to the entire university community.
Welcome back, Tufts! It’s always a little tough to return to classes after a leisurely month-long break, but, hey, look on the bright side: 47 degrees and sunny is definitely not the worst way to start the spring semester on the Hill. As I combed through the Daily’s archives, reading old introductory letters from past editors to gain some inspiration for my own, I noticed a couple of trends.
One of the most liberating, healthy and character-building things that I have learned at Tufts is the ability to balter. To “balter” is to dance gracelessly without particular art or style but perhaps with some enjoyment. Tufts Dance Collective is the ultimate showcase of baltering: an equal opportunity, all-inclusive celebration of movement for the sake of movement.
By the end of the semester, I always find myself surprised — though overcome with the exhaustion and chaos that is finals — that the 13 or so weeks went by as quickly as they did. Freshmen are reveling in one semester down and seniors are stone-faced with just one semester remaining.
Names shape our understanding of that which they denote. Their sound, connotations and literal meanings create a subjective impression of whatever they refer to; how different would it be if we were called the “Weasels” instead of the “Jumbos?” Similarly, places around our campus resonate with us in different ways based on their names.