The Presidential Mystique

“Madame President.” For 240 years, this phrase has been inapplicable in the US, but the election just weeks away could change this forever. With Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, gender has been on the forefront of the minds of many Americans. While worldwide over 70 countries have had female heads of state, Hillary Clinton has made waves

Populism & the Future of American Democracy

For his final question at the first presidential debate on September 26, the moderator, Lester Holt, asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if they would respect the outcome of the election if their opponent won. That such a question was necessary is remarkable—never in recent memory has a US presidential candidate appeared liable to deny

Chartered Exploitation

In the midst of the presidential election it’s easy to get swept up in national policy, but we must not forget how the crucial decisions we make this November will affect our local communities. To much of Tufts’ student body, the words “our local communities” prompt memories of walks from campus to Davis Square, through

More than a Game: Protest and Politics of the NFL

On Sunday, October 16, Colin Kaepernick started his first game of the season for the San Francisco 49ers. In a vacuum, there are a lot of interesting things going on here: he was a backup quarterback for a currently very bad team; he is being paid like a star player, due to a massive contract

The Ins and Outs of Polling

Bernie Sanders was not supposed to win the Democratic Primary in Michigan. For weeks, poll after poll showed Hillary Clinton in the lead by double-digit margins. On the eve of the primary, FiveThirtyEight estimated that Clinton had a greater than 99 percent chance of winning the majority of the state’s delegates. But on March 8,

Shot-for-shot: A Conversation About Drinking Culture

I’ve been thinking a lot about beer lately. I recently became the Tufts Campus Ambassador for Narragansett beer. (If you’re 21 and have never tried Narragansett, come find me and I’ll buy you one.) Part of my job is not only to advertise Narragansett at Tufts, but also to discuss tasting notes and promote healthy

Dispatch from Nashua, New Hampshire: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’16

Author’s note: This is the last vestige of what the tyrannical literary editors at the Observer let me publish from a manuscript of nearly 10,000 words. After barricading myself in a room for five hours, I wrote and edited the whole thing in one go, chain-smoking Camel Lites and downing grapefruits and quarts of Wild

Reflecting on Free Speech and Sexual Harassment

On Monday, September 19, 2016, I used EthicsPoint to file a report of Sexual Harassment that occurred at Tufts. On the preceding Saturday, my Sophia Gordon suite hosted a private event to celebrate three of our birthdays. Sometime between 12:00 and 1:00 am, I heard a knock—three to four masculine-presenting strangers wanted to come into

Trading Economics for Votes

From the anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signs brandished at the Democratic National Convention, engulfing the crowd in a sea of white and red posters, to Republican nominee Donald Trump lambasting the North American Free Trade Agreement as “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country,” free trade has emerged at the forefront of the