Grace Talusan on Her Memoir, The Body Papers

CW: Sexual assault, suicidal depression, mental illness Grace Talusan (A’94) is author of the memoir The Body Papers and winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction. She was born in the Philippines and came to the US with her parents at age 2. She has published essays, longform journalism,

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

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

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 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

This is Not a Drill: Complicating the False Missile Alert in Hawaii

On January 13, 2018, at 8:07 a.m. local time, a message popped up on the television, radio, and phone screens of the residents of Hawai’i. The alert read “Emergency Alert: Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawai’i. Seek Immediate Shelter. This Is Not a Drill.” 38 minutes later, residents received a second message, informing them that

Anthony Scaramucci Speaks to the Observer About Why He is Threatening to Sue a Student Newspaper

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (A’86) threatened the Tufts Daily and Fletcher student, Camilo Caballero, with legal action over op-eds Caballero published in the school paper. Caballero’s op-eds built off a petition started by Fletcher student Carter Banker, which called for Scaramucci’s removal from the Board of Advisors of the Fletcher School of