To Honor an Abuser: Why does Tufts put prestige over people?

CW: graphic sexual violence In early 2018, a young, rising political star of the Republican party became engulfed in scandal and chaos. 44 year-old first-term Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was accused of sexual assault and attempt at blackmail by a woman with whom he had previously admitted to having an affair. Later, he would also

The Most Important 2020 Decision No One is Talking About

The 2020 Presidential Election lies over a year away, but already, Americans have a growing list of potential Democratic options to choose from. Re-energized Democrats are determined to defeat President Trump, but many, including myself, are struggling to pick their candidate.  All the contenders appear to be supporting variations of a similar, fairly progressive platform.

Under Review: Reevaluating the Confucius Institute at Tufts

On November 18, the New York Times released a five-part article series entitled “China Rules” that overviews the country’s rising power and mounting tensions with the United States. The series begins by commenting that, “[China] didn’t like the West’s playbook, so they wrote their own.” The Times coverage tells a story that has increasingly come

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