The Tufts Observer recounts the university's long history of taking opium-linked money, from donations from a member of the Cabot family to the building named after the couple who gave us OxyContin.
Anthony Scaramucci, whose tenure as White House communications director ended not long after he mused about Steve Bannon's physical flexibility, is deeply offended by a pair of columns in the Tufts Daily, enough to threaten a lawsuit if the Daily doesn't retract the columns and apologize for calling him "an unethical opportunist and who exuded the highest degree of disreputability" and "a man who makes his Twitter accessible to friends interested in giving comfort to Holocaust deniers."
Tufts Daily reports on the action by members of the Tufts chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi after the national told them they couldn't accept a transgender person.
Peter Morency reports the entire Tufts campus in Medford lost power around 11:30 a.m.
A night out on the town for four Tufts freshmen in April ended with one dead on the ground next to a Theater District garage. Now the club that let them reserve a table and share bottles of champagne and vodka has been hit with suspensions lasting more than a year for that and two other incidents involving underage drinkers. Read more.
The Crimson reports a total of 16 confirmed mumps cases at Harvard, with some cases now also reported at Tufts and BU.
When James Witkowski, 42, was sentenced to 18 months in jail last summer for violating the terms of an assault-and-battery conviction - following earlier convictions that included drug distribution - he had to supply a DNA sample.
The sample matched DNA found on the body of Lena Bruce after she was raped and suffocated in her South End apartment on July 12, 1992. Read more.
In the latest Somerville Neighborhood Newscast, learn about the new affordable housing development on Washington Street, get the latest on a pro-divestment sit-in at Tufts, find out why Rep. Denise Provost is “appalled” with the trade deals being made in Washington, learn about the Tufts protests to support part-time janitors, go to the Boston Marathon with the Somerville Road Runners, learn more about the heroin and opioid epidemic and go to the city’s spring clean-up.
Oct. 21, 2014 - Visit the Kiley Barrel site, march with the Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, learn how Tufts is trying to improve its treatment of victims of sexual abuse, see what's up with the Union Square "Community Benefits Agreement," and explore the taxi-Uber conundrum. These stories and more on Somerville Neighborhood News #25. Check out other episodes at www.somervilleneighborhoodnews.org.
Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV.
Tufts Daily reports the university has changed the name of the system students and professors uses to access student information from the Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) to just the Student Information System (SIS), "based on the negative associations with the group Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)."
H/t Jon Christian.
by Jane Regan
Somerville, MA, September 23, 2014 – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wowed a crowd of some 500 students, faculty and neighbors on September 15 with stories from her youth, but she also issued dire warnings about the big banks, the lack of investment in education and the “hollowing out of the middle class.”
The senator was also protested by those who came to criticize her stand on the most recent chapter of the Israel-Gaza conflict. Once inside, however, Warren seemed to back away slightly from statements she made in August, saying that Palestinians had a right to self-defense.
Amfretto captured AS Roma practicing for its match tomorrow against Liverpool at Fenway.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a three-day suspension for the Grand Canal on Canal Street due to an incident in December in which bouncer Sidney Phillips was charged with punching a patron in the mouth.
Officials at the Westin Copley Place say that drunken Tufts students who left the hotel lobby filled with empty nips and urine in February have forced it to increase security for all future college events. Well, except for the Tufts Winter Bash, which they said they will never allow back, even if the university decides to rescind its decision to cancel it permanently.
Tufts University officials are aghast at an annual "Winter Bash" event earlier this month that ended with up to 20 students so drunk paramedics were kept busy "trying to make sure you didn't die" and with large numbers of students who vomited and pissed all over the place - two of them right in the hotel lobby - and who just generally treated hotel and university staffers like shit.
Dean of Student Affairs Bruce Reitman adds:
Tufts Daily chronicles the men's crew team, which was suspended for T-shirts reading "Check out our cox" after somebody complained that promoted "a culture of rape and sexual aggression," then unsuspended after the university president said the university did not want to infringe on "free expression" and that the real issue was that the team printed up unauthorized T shirts, not about whatever message they were sending with the slogan, and besides, the guys apologized.
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