Trigger Warning: this post discusses sexual assault and rape.
ASAP posted testimonials inside the Campus Center.
In the face of national incidents such as the Stuebenville rape cases, the Tufts community has come together to speak out against the rape culture on college campuses across the country.
Students may have seen the testimonials of sexual assault survivors in the Mayer Campus Center, and others may have heard the so called “consent vigilantes” outside the buses before they departed for Winter Bash.
Some of the leading voices in this educational and activist movement have been members of Tufts Action for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) and the Consent Culture Network.
“We’re really trying to be a pressence for consent, promote awareness of it, and promote awareness of the resources on campus,” said freshman Bruce Bausk, a member of ASAP, told the Daily.
Jennifer Burton has already made an impact during her first year on the Hill, teaching courses ranging from fairy tales to film production. Hear a little bit more about her background at Five Sisters Productions and her latest project, ‘Old Guy.’
Seniors Rachel Rubin and Alyssa Wohl brought hand-made tissue paper flowers to the workers at the Dewick-MacPhie dining hall yesterday in an effort to say ‘thank you’ and demonstrate the student body’s collective appreciation
Wohl (left) and Rubin (right) in the lobby of Dewick dining hall
“We decided to make the flowers to thank the dining hall staff for coming in when they’re risking their own safety in order to provide some semblance of normalcy for students,” Rubin said.
Rubin, Wohl, and Dining Services workers
Wisler Clerjuste, one of the workers at Dewick, said she appreciates the gesture.
“It was very, very fine. Everyone over here was so happy about it,” he said with a smile.
Allie Wollum, a senior and a friend of Rubin’s and Wohl’s, taught the two seniors how to make the flowers this morning quickly and efficiently.
“It was something simple that we could make at home,” Rubin said, “but it’s still a nice thank you gesture.”
If the pair have time to gather more material, they plan to do the same for the workers at Carmichael Dining Hall in the near future.
Scheduled activities at the Jumbo Days event for prospective students admitted to the Class of 2017 today have been canceled for the remainder of the day, according to Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler.
“We did an abbreviated version [of Jumbo Days] today, which has now concluded,” Thurler told the Daily in an email. “Prospective students are returning home if circumstances permit, or they can stay in residence halls on campus another night.”
Admissions intern and senior Bronwen Raff posted to the 2016 Facebook group that anyone hosting prospective students should walk them to Cousens Gymnasium where they will receive breakfast and possibly meet with their parents. Anyone with questions are asked to call 617-627-4585.
Senior Eric Peckham was walking on campus earlier today and told the Daily there were students and prospective students walking around campus.
“A lot of people just strolling around,” Peckham said. “There are a lot of families here for Jumbo Days and they’re just wandering around since stuff was canceled.”
The Medford/Somerville and Boston campuses remain closed and the university is urging students to stay inside as the manhunt for a marathon bombing suspect continues in Watertown.
According to reports by CNN and the Atlantic, shots were fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge by an unidentified shooter around 10:30 p.m. tonight. A police officer was fatally shot and later died at Mass. General Hospital, according to State Police.
MIT issued an emergency alert at 10:48 p.m. to its students that the shots were fired, and the the campus newspaper The Tech reported that the incident occurred near 32 Vassar St.
“The situation is considered active and extremely dangerous,” according to a statement by MIT. As of 12:37 a.m., the shooter is said to remain at large, and Cambridge students are cautioned to stay indoors while police sweep the area. For updates, visit the MIT Emergency Page, and check back on the Tufts Daily blog.
Tufts Marathon Team (TMT) members who were unable to complete Monday’s race will receive medals at a ceremony Sunday, according to an email from TMT Coach Don Megerle. The event, called “A Jumbo finish for those who didn’t,” will honor the hard work of Tufts runners who trained for the marathon.
“We want as many people as possible to attend… just like the marathon itself,” Megerle said in an email to the Daily. “I am planning on having volunteers there wearing their yellow jackets and white hats, etc.”
The ceremony will be held 12-1 p.m. behind Gifford House.
Susan Eisenhauer, the Associate Director of Tufts’ Communications and Media Studies (CMS) program, will be retiring at the end of this semester, CMS Director Julie Dobrow announced this evening. After two decades of serving the university, her daughters are putting together a memory book to commemorate her contributions to Tufts. Personalized messages for the book can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be accepted through May 1.