On the morning of April 21, the city of Boston held one of the biggest events of the year: the Boston Marathon. 36,000 runners from all over the world came to participate in the running competition. However, the race wasn’t about any competition. It promoted resilience and inspiration from those who participated in last year’s marathon, scarred by unfortunate bombings. As runners prepared at the start of the race, the announcer loudly encouraged them to “take back that finish line”, according to CNN News.
The crowd this year grew larger and the number of participants rose by 9,000. Everyone came to support the marathon and the deep meaning it carries for America. The world became just a little bit more connected when thousands share the same motivation to keep staying strong.
IN NEWS: Seven members of the Tufts community, including students, a professor and an alumnus, delivered short presentations on their unique ideas as part of the fifth edition of the Tufts Idea Exchange (TEX).
IN FEATURES:WMFO, Tufts University’s radio station and one of the oldest college stations in the country, is run by both students and community volunteers. Radio broadcasts run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and in recent years, student DJs have brought new energy to this long-running radio program.
IN ARTS: With news that David Letterman will step down from his post as the host of “Late Show With David Letterman” (1993-present), rumors about potential successors have been flying around. The Daily Arts Department has its own opinions on who could best fill the long-time host’s shoes.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The weekend late-night dining operation at the Commons in the Mayer Campus Center has rolled back its closing time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. in an apparent attempt to alleviate the stress placed on the facility and Tufts Dining Services (TUDS) employees by generally unruly and inebriated students in search of food.
INNEWS: Four Tufts freshmen on March 27 launched a new smartphone application, WeParty, which allows Tufts students to view locations of various parties and social events on and off campus.
IN FEATURES: While Tufts is known for its emphasis on “active citizenship,” a growing number of students and faculty are wishing to bring “entrepreneurship” closer to the forefront of the university experience. The Gordon Institute, founded in 1984, seeks to assist inspired Tufts students as they bring their ideas to life.
IN ARTS: Like temperatures above 50 degrees, the spring production from the Department of Drama and Dance has finally arrived. A cure to midterm and finals gloom, “Or,” a play by Liz Duffy Adams that first premiered in 2009, promises to be a breath of fresh air — with some foul language thrown in for good measure.
IN SPORTS: The men’s crew team competed for its first time this semester over the weekend, rowing in one race on Saturday and two on Sunday, winning all three.
IN NEWS: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions released its remaining admissions decisions last Friday, which include a record-low 17.4 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2018.
IN ARTS: Public art generally does not aim to incite controversy — after all, these sorts of open-area murals and sculptures are usually installed to visually enhance their surroundings and engage the community. However, recently, pieces on at least two Boston-area campuses, including Tufts’, have accomplished just that.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The United States Supreme Court yesterday chipped away further at campaign finance regulations and solidified its stance that political donations are equivalent to political speech, allowing individuals to donate more money to candidates and parties in an election cycle.
IN SPORTS: The co-ed sailing team continued its spring campaign over the weekend at the 33rd Annual Marchiando Team Race at MIT. The team came in second place out of sixteen, marking a great start to a promising season.
IN NEWS: Tufts Against Genocide and the Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education hosted their annual Survivors Speak panel last night, in which genocide survivors shared their stories with members of the Tufts community.
IN FEATURES: Debate about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs on Capitol Hill have sparked discussions on the hill.
IN ARTS: Freshman Sophie Maki has a rather unique hobby: She runs a blog on Tumblr on vegan baking. When it comes to animal rights Maki isn’t particularly political; she instead prefers culinary expertise to activism.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The MBTA will initiate a pilot program to provide late-night T service beginning this weekend, extending service hours to as late as 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
IN SPORTS: The goal of the women’s basketball team at the beginning of the season was to win the NESCAC Championship. By the end of the season, the team had not only met that goal — they had blown all expectations out of the water.
IN NEWS: The City of Somerville in a March 20 press release announced that it had ended negotiations with Tufts on the redevelopment of the former Powder House Community School.
IN FEATURES: Since 2008, female Tufts students have worked with the national non-profit organization Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) to help girls in the surrounding Somerville and Medford areas. The chapter has attempted to encourage female empowerment and promote service work by mentoring local young women.
IN SPORTS: After a long cross-country trip, a small contingent from the men’s track and field team arrived in Lincoln, Neb. on March 13 to compete in the Div. III National Championships. The next day — Friday, March 14 — marked the first of two days of competition, which saw the Jumbos get out to a fast and successful start.
IN NEWS: The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed a resolution on Sunday to create a $5,000 fund to assist students, who are on financial aid and in TCU-recognized organizations, with the cost of off-campus excursions.
IN FEATURES:The part-time faculty at Tufts made headlines last semester after voting to unionize under the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)’s Adjunct Action campaign
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: The TCU Senate passed a resolution on Sunday to create an “Individual Support Fund.” This fund aims to alleviate the burden of club fees on those students who may not be able to afford them.
IN SPORTS: At the end of the fall season, the men’s squash team eagerly awaited the return of two key players: Juniors HugoMeggitt and Zachary Schweitzer. Both studied abroad in their fall semesters, leaving the Jumbos without two of their top players as they played a fall schedule that resulted in a single win.