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Where you read it first | Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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The Setonian
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Letter to the Editor

On April 24, the Daily published a student’s op-ed regarding the March 28 panel titled “The Israel-Hamas War and Jewish Life on Campus” sponsored by the Tufts Hebrew Program. While the subtitle asserts that “Tufts must ensure that academic dialogues remain productive and accountable,” the author ironically refuses to adhere to that aspiration and instead employs a steady stream of unfounded assertions, logical fallacies and double standards. The effect is a classic gaslighting of those who believe Israel has a right to exist and defend itself and undermines those who believe Jews and Israelis deserve an opportunity to present their views on the conflict openly. We were in the audience that night and would like to correct the record regarding the event and contest a misrepresentative op-ed.



The Setonian
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Op-ed: Today’s Jewish life remains connected as ever to the past

I attended my first Passover Seder in four years on April 22 with Chabad and 200 other Tufts students. Jews have attended Passover Seders every year since at least 90 BCE, and I celebrated the holiday every year up until college with my grandparents. Passover, like many Jewish holidays (i.e.Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Shmita, Tisha B’Av and TuBiShvat), is directly tied to our claim of indigeneity based on a continuous 3,000-year-old history to the land of Israel, as it celebrates the arrival of the Jewish people to Israel from slavery in Egypt. Today, the “world’s oldest hatred” continues to be influenced by its past and morphs to fit the present social fabric. Simultaneously, we are connected to each past generation of Jews who each faced different challenges.



The Setonian
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Op-ed: ‘The Better Choice’ — Why you should vote Joel Omolade for TCU president

Joel Omolade has never been known to settle for anything less than great. He seeks to improve every system, organization, and space that he’s a part of. When he says “Better starts now,” he means it. When casting your vote for the next Tufts Community Union president, take a second to consider the candidate who turns words into action.


The Setonian
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Op-ed: Tufts must ensure that academic dialogues remain productive and accountable

One of my favorite opportunities offered to Tufts students is the wide array of events we are invited to participate in. When I saw that there would be an event on “The Israel-Hamas War and Jewish Life on Campus,” my curiosity was piqued. I did not want to miss hearing from speakers who connected international events with our local community, especially amid rising antisemitism and anti-Palestinian racism. I came to this event ready to learn and to hear perspectives both familiar and new to me. Unfortunately, this event fell short of my expectations of this institution.


The Setonian
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Op-ed: TCU Judiciary statement on TCU presidential election appeal

On Thursday, April 18, the Tufts Community Union Elections Commission voted to disqualify a candidate from the election for president of Tufts’ student body. In response, the candidate filed an appeal to us, the TCU Judiciary, on the basis that they were denied due process, substantial information was not provided to them at the time of resolution and the consequences were unduly severe.


The Setonian
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Op-ed: Defending Ukraine and combating Russian aggression

It has been over two years since Russia launched its full scale invasion of Ukraine and despite the gloomy outlook of animminent Ukrainian defeat back in February, 2022,Ukraine has withstood the Russian onslaught and defended their nation and people. However, the war rages on as Russian troops are on the march across the more than 620 mile frontline as they attempt to subjugate more of Ukraine to destitution and darkness.


The Setonian
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Op-ed: The romanticization of suicide and martyrdom: Israel and Palestine

Content warning: This article discusses suicide.On Feb. 25, a U.S. Air Force service member named Aaron Bushnell tragically self-immolated in front of the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.. When I heard the news, I was upset because I, like most reasonable people, see suicide as a sad act committed by those who are likely mentally ill and in need of help.




The Setonian
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Op-ed: A response to the Office of the President’s message regarding the March 4 TCU Senate decision

As students at The Fletcher School, we are deeply disappointed by the administration’s response to the three resolutions passed by the Tufts Community Union Senate on the morning of March 4. While we are aware that the administration is not obliged to comply with resolutions approved by the Senate, its response has been grossly inadequate. As graduate students, we were not permitted to attend or participate in the March 4 Senate meeting; we write this letter in affirmation of the fact that we too have a stake in university proceedings and in the financial impact this institution makes on the world.



The Setonian
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Op-ed: Day of Remembrance offers us lessons in reparations 82 years later

On[a]February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which allowed the U.S. Army to forcibly relocate American civilians to concentration camps on the West Coast under the guise of national security in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned, despite none of them ever being charged or convicted of espionage[b]. Approximately two-thirds were[c]citizens, and half of them were children[d].


The Setonian
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Op-ed: Creative investments: The economic power of arts education in fueling innovation and prosperity

It is undeniable that the prioritization of STEM subjects exists as a global phenomenon. Most people believe that those in STEM have superior intellect, better employment prospects and ultimately greater success. Conversely, disciplines that are usually optional electives and non-core subjects, such as the arts, have often been marginalized in educational discourse. What we don’t realize is that engaging in the arts is not merely a hobby, but one of the key factors that can provide growth and development to the economy.


The Setonian
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Op-ed: Diversity and inclusion is on the March 5 ballot

On March 5, Massachusetts Democrats will have the opportunity to renominate U.S. President Joe Biden and elect local Democratic State, Ward and Town Committee members. Students nationwide are a vital part of the Democratic coalition, and through voting and volunteerism, Tufts University students can help elect local fair-minded, forward-looking leaders.


The Setonian
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Letter to the Editor

Maya Roman’s “Critical Conversation” on Jan. 24 was incredibly meaningful and powerful. The Tufts community must know the full extent of her dialogue, much of which was omitted from the Daily’s coverage. Especially in the international, national and campus-wide moment we are in, a voice that is reasonable and humane should be amplified, not suppressed.