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Klos affirms Carmichael will remain buffet-style facility, no layoffs to be made

The top of Carmichael Hall is pictured on Jan. 23, 2021.Sophie Dolan / The Tufts Daily. Amid speculations about a potential transition to a retail, a la carte dining establishment, Patti Klos, director of Tufts Dining and Business Services, announced that Carmichael Dining Center will remain residential and buffet-style in the upcoming year. The transition to a gluten-, peanut- and tree-nut-free facility stands, Klos said.
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Follies and funnies from a year of practice

Members of the Jumbo softball team, their mitts lined up against the fence, practice on April 10.Sophie Dolan / The Tufts Daily. The Tufts Daily Sports section typically uses the Commencement issue as an opportunity to reflect on Tufts’ top sports moments of the academic year. This year, most teams had their seasons canceled due to the pandemic but were still able to practice. And practice. And practice some more. So we’re recapping some of the funniest Tufts athletics practice moments of the 2020–21 academic year — the moments that provided teams and athletes some levity in a year defined by disappointment. As Allen Iverson infamously said, “We talkin’ about practice.”
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SMFA looks back on a year of anti-racism activism

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts is pictured beside an ivy-covered tree on March 21.Mina Terzioglu / The Tufts Daily. “Anti-Racism: A Year of Creative Activism at Tufts” highlighted initiatives that have sprung up across the university over the past year. It was sponsored by the Daynard Microgrant for Collaborations in Racial Justice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and brought together individuals from all corners of the Tufts community. The event, which took place on April 20 on Zoom, underscored the versatility of the anti-racism initiatives and the power that art has in society to actively fight against racism.
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The Brattle Theatre puts on its 8th Grrl Haus program

The Brattle Theatre, a repertory movie theater in Cambridge, is pictured.Via Wikimedia Commons. Despite temporarily closing its physical theater space near Harvard Square due to COVID-19, The Brattle Theatre has been keeping film fans entertained for the past year with virtual screenings of movie premieres and old favorites. Most recently, The Brattle offered viewers “Grrl Haus: Let’s Have a Party!,” an eight-day-long program featuring films and videos by female, nonbinary, transgender and genderqueer creators.
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Editorial: Tufts’ housing plan must take into account the interests of students and neighbors

Before Tufts even finished making acceptance decisions, the Class of 2025 was already a newsworthy one. This year’s applicant pool was not only the most diverse in the university’s history but also the largest, with a total of 31,190 students applying for admission. It is too early to know how many admitted students will matriculate in the fall, but the ones who do will be joined by another cohort — the roughly 140 students admitted last year who took a gap year. And if campus feels a little more crowded when these Jumbos arrive than it did for the classes before them, that will be no accident. In fall 2018, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser explained that the university was engaged in a multi-year effort to expand enrollment. As Tufts admits all these students, however, it must also answer questions about what kind of experience it can provide for them — the most pressing one being what housing options will be available in the years ahead.
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Tufts softball sweeps Williams in NESCAC Championship

Senior pitcher Kristina Haghdan stands at the mound during a game against Bates on March 30, 2019.Evan Slack / The Tufts Daily. Fly the banner and start the parade because on Saturday, May 8, Tufts softball won its 12th NESCAC Championship at Williams. The series was a best of three, but the Jumbos only needed the first two games to claim victory over their in-state rivals. The journey up to Williamstown, Mass. had an added element of uncertainty since Williams was undefeated, and up to that point, Tufts had only beaten one team with a winning record — Brandeis. Technically, the Jumbos were still the reigning champs since they won the NESCAC in 2019, but the year-long hiatus and the pandemic-driven uncertainty surrounding this season rendered all predictions hazardous. Yet in the end, the ‘Bos had the right formula to defeat the Ephs.
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Dental school professor sues Tufts, alleges gender discrimination and retaliation

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine building is pictured.via Wikimedia Commons. Melissa Ing (D’89), an associate professor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, filed a lawsuit earlier this year accusing the university of gender discrimination and retaliation for complaining of alleged sexual harassment. Ing is currently awaiting trial by jury.
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City of Somerville pilots Mass. contact tracing software

An iPhone shows exposure notifications set for the Massachusetts region.Sophie Dolan / The Tufts Daily. The City of Somerville is one of two Massachusetts cities engaged in a pilot program of MassNotify, Massachusetts’ implementation of smartphone exposure notification software, which began on April 5. Methuen is the other city participating in MassNotify’s pilot.
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Proposed legislation would require Tufts to pay more to host communities

Houses on Packard Avenue are pictured on Oct. 12, 2020.Patrick Milewski / The Tufts Daily. A recent bill, H.3080, filed in the Massachusetts State House by State Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven, a Democrat representing the parts of Somerville in which Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus is located, would require Tufts University and other nonprofits with property valued over $15 million to pay 25% of the tax amount that would be paid if they were not exempt from taxation.
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Green Line Extension Medford branch testing to begin this summer, Medford/Tufts station to open in December

A sign promoting the MBTA Green Line Extension project is pictured on April 17, 2018.Evan Slack / The Tufts Daily Archives. The Medford branch of the Green Line Extension, which will include the Medford/Tufts stop on College Avenue, remains on track to be operational by December. The Union Square branch, terminating in Union Square, will begin service this October, according to a March 29 presentation by MBTA General Manager Steven Poftak.