Honest Money: How a Powerful Non-Profit Aims to Promote Transparency

Note: Leviss worked for the Foundation Center Summer 2018.  For those of us not frantically scanning the Chronicle of Philanthropy every morning, the creation of Candid might not seem like a big deal. Candid is the product of many years of collaboration and deliberation between non-profit industry giants Foundation Center and GuideStar. Foundation Center was

Enduring Disagreement: Defining Anti-Semitism in the Modern World

CW: Racial violence On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 12, Tufts students received a community message from President Monaco describing some “profoundly disturbing and hurtful” posters discovered on the exterior of the Granoff Family Hillel Center. The message announced plans to investigate the situation and expressed support for all members of the Jewish community. Many

A Deadly Exchange: The Implications and Effects of American-Israeli Police Relations

CW: Racial violence, police brutality   In December 2017, Kevin Maguire, Tufts’ Director of Public and Environmental Safety, attended a National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) in Israel. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the organization that funds these trips, more than 175 high-ranking American law enforcement officers have attended these trips, which consist of an “intensive

The Burnout Generation

What does it mean to be exceptional? For many millennials born roughly between 1981 and 1996, as well as the generation that follows them, being exceptional is not just an aspiration. It’s a way of surviving under the increasingly volatile political and economic conditions that define our reality today. In Buzzfeed News’ “How Millennials Became

Behind the Record: The true costs of the longest government shutdown

Regardless of your views on the President of the United States, Donald Trump, there’s one thing about him that cannot be disputed: he is a record setter. He is the oldest and wealthiest person to ever be sworn into office. He is the first president with no prior military or government experience. And now, he

Fake News at Face Value: Uncovering Truth in a Changing Media Landscape

Two years ago, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. What has followed has been a mad dash to understand precisely why this happened. The American media, both an enemy and an ally of Trump’s, has since turned inward to reflect on its role in the tumult of the past two years. Katherine

Risking to Report: The Impact of Jamal Khashoggi’s Death

The United States prides itself on protecting its citizens’ constitutional liberties. Recently, the country has shown a reinvigorated fervor for protecting free speech in the name of patriotic loyalty. In contrast, other countries continue to increase censorship and limit freedom of expression, often employing violence to do so. But what happens when one of our

Grasping at Straws

On October 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report declaring that the state of the Earth has reached a tipping point: either we focus all efforts on reducing carbon emissions, or climate change will continue to cause catastrophic flooding, drought, food shortages, hurricanes, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise at a

An Advocate for the Community: An Interview with Tram Nguyen

Tram T. Nguyen graduated from Tufts University in ­­2008. She then completed law school at Northeastern University in 2013, and soon after began working as a legal aid attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services. In April 2018, Tram took leave from her job to run for State Representative against Republican incumbent Jim Lyons in the

The Change that Couldn’t Wait

Last October, the Tufts Observer spoke to Ayanna Pressley about her 2009 election to the Boston City Council. As the first woman of color elected to the Council in its 100-plus years of existence, Pressley’s victory was groundbreaking—described by some as a “political earthquake.” Despite this, Pressley remained modest about her achievement.   “I am