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Where you read it first | Monday, October 2, 2023


Hannah Friedman and her sister pictured at "The Eras Tour"

Taylor Swift’s 'The Eras Tour' helps critique Ticketmaster’s role in the music industry

This past summer, Taylor Swift fans gathered in masses to watch “The Eras Tour” across the United States. Back in Nov. 2022, the process of buying tickets for many fans with presale access, like junior Hannah Friedman, was almost impossible. “I was sitting in Cohen Auditorium about half an hour before Bio 13 started, and I had a presale code,” Friedman said. “I was waiting in the 2,000+ person queue, [and] finally it gets to my turn. I put four tickets in my cart … I am ready to go, ready to press checkout, and then it kicks me back to the end of the line. I personally did not get tickets that day, but my aunt was able to get through and she got us tickets.”

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Mixed reviews on Hodgdon Food-On-The-Run’s long-awaited return

When Hodgdon Food-On-The-Run closed on March 10, 2023 for remodeling, many Tufts students were upset with the lack of dining options on campus and the temporary shutdown. Hodgdon Food-On-the-Run, affectionately nicknamed “Hodge,” serves as a staple for grab-and-go snacks or quick takeout meals. This semester it reopened after closing the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year.

Apartment buildings next to the bus stop on Navarino Street in the valley between the mountains.

Textiles and olive oil: The sister cities of Lowell and Kalamata

If you haven’t spent much time in the city of Kalamata, Greece, you might be surprised that many locals have stories to share about connections to friends or family members 4,700 miles away in Lowell, MA. A historical center of Greek immigration, Lowell formalized its relationship with Kalamata by electing to become sister cities. In 2022, Lowell chose to “establish and officially recognize a historical, cultural, and humanitarian link with Kalamata, Greece,” according to the charter that was submitted by the Lowell City Council.

Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center is pictured on May 10.

Revised meal swipe rules feed into students’ frustration

For many Tufts students, the meal plan is a non-negotiable aspect of campus life. Coinciding with the two-year undergraduate residency requirement, both first years and sophomores are mandated to be on a meal plan. However, recent revisions to the meal swipe program seem to be cooking up a storm among the student body, with many left hungry for more opportunities to get their meals.

Online job-searching platforms Handshake and Linkedin are pictured.

The summer internship: Was it worth it?

During the arduous week of finals, a student’s mind is likely devoted almost entirely to one feat: finishing out the semester. But what comes after all finals are taken and projects turned in? Summer often presents itself as a season of opportunity. There is time to relax, see family, travel, work and maybe even tack on a few items to ‘ye old resume. With so many possibilities, students take advantage of a wide range of summer employment and internship opportunities.

Groundwork Somerville celebrates the harvest festival

Groundwork Somerville cultivates community with August Harvest Festival

The words “Our food holds our story,” are painted onto the murals flanking the flourishing green space on South Street, also known as Somerville’s only farm. Run by Groundwork Somerville, an environmental justice non-profit, the farm and the words that grace its border walls fuel the organization’s efforts at cultivating a healthier Somerville. On August 27, Groundwork hosted a Harvest Festival celebrating the end of this year’s growing season.


Senior Profile: Wendell Phillips Award recipient Isabelle Charles reflects on her time at Tufts

Isabelle Charles, a senior majoring in English and Africana studies, is the 2023 recipient of the Wendell Phillips Award. This annual award is given to a senior who is both an exceptional speaker and has a great sense of responsibility toward the community. As the Wendell Phillips Award winner, Charles will give a speech as part of Commencement weekend during the Baccalaureate Ceremony on May 20.

The Setonian

Potty Talk: The final flush

Today, we join our spiritual predecessor Larry Bacow and come out of retirement. Just as Larry left in search of a better life, today we too say our goodbyes. We hope, however, to leave one nugget of our wisdom behind.


What I Wish I Knew: It's nice not to know things

I started this study abroad journey as a slightly uptight, gently neurotic individual obsessed with learning all the important things I needed to make the most of this semester. Four months later, I am still a slightly uptight, gently neurotic individual who now understands that in order to make the most of studying abroad, it’s actually incredibly nice not to know exactly what comes next.