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Where you read it first | Friday, April 19, 2024

Matthew Sage


Matthew Sage is the current Executive News Editor of The Tufts Daily, working for the publication for his fourth semester since entering Tufts. Matthew, a sophomore, is a declared sociology major. He can be reached at matthew.sage@tufts.edu.

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BREAKING: 2024–25 TCU Senate election results announced

The Tufts Community Union Elections Commission announced the incoming senators for the 2024–25 academic year on Friday, shortly after voting concluded at 12 p.m. According to ECOM Chair Charles Mitchell, approximately 20% of students voted in the election — 23.8% of whom were first-years, 36.6% of whom were sophomores, 25.8% of whom were juniors, 13.4% of whom were seniors and 0.4% of whom were fifth-years.

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‘The campus just stopped’: Solar eclipse captures students’ attention

“Since the next total eclipse visible from the Eastern Seaboard won’t occur until 2024, a great many amateurs will also be out to look at, and photograph this event,” an article in the Tufts Observer read the day before the last total eclipse fell over New England in 1970. But in a rare moment, scientific spectacle again eclipsed students’ usual academic schedules to bring hundreds of Tufts students flocking to President’s Lawn, basking in the dim light of the most recent partial eclipse on Monday. From the Medford/Somerville campus, students were able to catch a glimpse of a 93% covered sun using pairs of eclipse glasses, smartly passed between friends.

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Jordin Sparks to headline Spring Fling 2024, Iyaz and Tkay Maidza to open

Jordin Sparks, Iyaz and Tkay Maidza will perform at this year’s Spring Fling, as announced by the Tufts University Social Collective on Monday. The concert will be held on April 20 from 12–5 p.m. on the Academic Quad. “We are excited to say that we have a headliner that is a woman,” TUSC co-concert coordinators Gus Tringale and Thomas Grant wrote in a message to the Daily. “From last year’s all male lineup, we looked forward to pivoting more female representation not only for diversity’s sake but to cover a wider base of musical taste at Tufts.”

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Students protest Kumar’s condemnation of TCU Senate resolutions

In an email sent to the wider Tufts community on Monday, University President Sunil Kumar condemned the three recently passed Tufts Community Union Senate resolutions that called on the university to cut ties to Israel and to acknowledge the Palestinian genocide in Gaza. Sent less than 12 hours after the Senate announced results around 3 a.m., Kumar’s email sparked a student protest and die-in at Barnum Hall on Tuesday.

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TCU Senate passes 3 of 4 resolutions seeking university accountability for ties to Israel

In the early hours of Monday, the Tufts Community Union Senate voted to approve three out of four resolutions formally calling on University President Sunil Kumar to recognize genocide in Gaza, for the university to divest from Israeli companies and for it to cease selling Sabra products in dining halls. It did not, however, pass a resolution calling on the university to end approval for study abroad programs at universities in Israel.

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CPLT stages walkout on National Student Day of Action for Divestment

In a walkout from classes on Thursday, students assembled in front of the Mayer Campus Center to protest Israel’s continued war in Gaza, which has now taken the lives of over 28,000 Palestinians since Oct. 7, 2023. The protest, organized by the Coalition for Palestinian Liberation at Tufts, coincided with similar demonstrations at other schools in a National Student Day of Action for Divestment.

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Family member of Israeli hostages speaks at Tufts Hillel

Maya Roman — the family member of two women kidnapped by the U.S.-labeled terrorist organization Hamas on Oct. 7, 2023 — spoke in front of over 120 students at Tufts Hillel on Wednesday. At the Hillel-branded “Critical Conversations” event, Roman spoke about her experience and subsequent activism to earn the release of Israeli hostages — including one of her family members still held captive.

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Dean Glaser to depart in summer 2024

Closing a chapter of 33 years, Tufts’ Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James M. Glaser will depart the university to begin tenure at Santa Clara University in California as its executive vice president and provost come July.

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Having certified the TCU Senate election results, ECOM will next host the Senate presidential nominations in the Campus Center on April 16.

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Protesters affixed signs to the university president’s residence on March 5 in the wake of a university statement discrediting TCU senate resolutions.

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Students march past Gifford House, home of the university president, while chanting “Hey, Sunil, you can’t hide, you’re supporting genocide.”

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