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Where you read it first | Sunday, April 14, 2024

Letter from the editor: Introducing our columnists

The elephant head statue that adorns the entrance to Dowling Hall, home of the Career Center, is pictured on Aug 20, 2014.

Today marks a milestone in every semester for The Tufts Daily — the start of daily production. From now on, you’ll be able to start every weekday by picking up a copy of the Daily. And with the first week of daily production now underway, so comes the first week of Daily columns. It is my pleasure to introduce you to this semester’s columnists who all offer interesting and insightful views on Tufts campus and beyond.

Starting off the week for features is Henry Stevens’ “The Weekly Chirp,” which will explore a different bird species and its significance every week. Stevens is followed by Kristen Moran’s “Failing Big,” which will focus on her goal of finding community at Tufts by meeting new people and trying new things, and Hayley Oliver-Smith’s “In defense of the butterfly effect,” which will explore unique connections between events at Tufts and around the world. On Thursdays, Benjamin Corey's "Eat your Heart Out" will highlight family recipes and the stories behind them.

Arts will lead with Mina Ghobrial’s “Thoughts from Places: Tufts Edition,” which will discuss Tufts locations’ impact on student experiences similar to the YouTube series of the same moniker. After that, Nikki Margaretos is back after a semester off with “Is This Thing On?” exploring the relationship between today’s music and U.S. pop culture. Every Wednesday, Matthew Soderberg will comedically try to explain why a seemingly bad movie is, in reality, good in “Citizen Shame,” and Haruka Noishiki will close the week by interviewing international students and students from multicultural backgrounds on the impact of music from outside the United States in “Majors and Minors."

Nesi Altaras is back in the opinion section, discussing global affairs in “Looking Out,” Shantel Bartolome and Conor Friedmann’s “Bored & Confused” looks at spontaneous happenings in everyday life and throughout time, Paris Sanders’ “P.S. ...” explores contemporary global, political and social issues, and Luke Murphy’s “Murphy’s Law” considers Tufts culture and U.S. politics.

Phil Goldberg kicks things off for sports with “Bird’s Eye View,” which will examine the idea of sports reflecting broader society. Arlo Moore-Bloom’s “The Equalizer,” which discusses U.S. soccer, has the floor on Tuesdays. Then Yuan Jun Chee comments on soccer, its players and its drama in “On the Spot,” and David Meyer explores high-profile sports events outside of gameplay in “Postgame Press.”

I hope you’ll enjoy reading what our columnists have to share every week and please take the time to engage with them through the contact information at the bottom of their column if you would like to offer your reaction. And as always, please email us at with any other questions or concerns you might have.


Gil Jacobson