Letter from the Editor

For this year’s inaugural issue of our beloved Observer, we’ve selected history as our theme. It feels like a natural starting point because as any good liberal arts student knows, we cannot appreciate the present until we understand the past. So, here is some Lena-centric history for you. I joined the Observer as a spry

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

Tired of Tiers

On July 23, 2018, Tufts announced a reconfiguration of the pricing of its on-campus housing system. Starting with the 2019 – 2020 school year, the University will move forward with tiered costs for on-campus housing, which will stratify different types of accommodations based on “variations in room configuration, kitchen access, and amenities,” according to the

The Cross Cultural Experience

The international student presence can be felt on all fronts of the Tufts campus, from parties at the International House to the events put on by the culture clubs and the many different languages that students speak. In fact, 15 percent of the Tufts student body is composed of international students from 60 different countries.

Converting to the Semester-Hour Unit

When the Spring 2018 semester comes to an end, Tufts will officially adopt a semester-hour unit system in place of the current one course, one credit system. Under the current structure, the vast majority of classes are worth one credit. But under the new semester-hour unit configuration, credits are intended to be proportional to the

The Near Dystopia

When The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985, “it was viewed as being farfetched,” according to the novel’s author, Margaret Atwood. Today, the book’s plot of a theocratic dictatorship taking over the United States and stripping women of their civil rights is resonating once again with audiences. At the Women’s Marches in January, protestors held