Tufts Voting Preferences

Nick Nasser (LA '17): "“Hillary speaks kind of like the robots you see on TV – for the interests that support her. Bernie’s the one who talks about society as a whole. He’s not doing it to get votes, he’s doing it because it’s what he believes in."
Nick Nasser (LA ’17), for Sen. Bernie Sanders: ““Hillary speaks kind of like the robots you see on TV –for the interests that support her. Bernie’’s the one who talks about society as a whole. He’’s not doing it to get votes, he’’s doing it because it’’s what he believes in.”
Rachel Wahlert (LA'18), undecided: "“I think that information about the primaries isn’t well-disseminated and I don’t know enough to make an informed decision. There should be a holiday for election day so people can have time and resources to get to a polling place.”"
Rachel Wahlert (LA ’18), undecided: ““I think that information about the primaries isn’’t well-disseminated, and I don’’t know enough to make an informed decision. There should be a holiday for election day, so people can have time and resources to get to a polling place.””
Maria Grant, for Bernie Sanders: "He is radical enough to make the necessary changes but also realistic enough to be able to work effectively with Congress."
Maria Grant (LA ’19), for Sanders: “He is radical enough to make the necessary changes but also realistic enough to be able to work effectively with Congress.”
Chris Rackey, for Hillary or Kasich: "I’m more politically moderate and both of them are more moderate than Bernie or the other Republicans."
Chris Rackey (LA ’19), for Sec. Hillary Clinton or Gov. John Kasich: “I’m more politically moderate and both of them are more moderate than Bernie or the other Republicans.”
Mollie Beek (left), For Bernie Sanders: "I really like his platform and I also think that although Hillary has experience and is intelligent, I think she’s phony." Maya Blackstone (right), for Bernie Sanders: "I really like his personality and what he stands for. I think Hillary goes way too back-and-forth."
Mollie Beek (LA ’17), left, for Sanders: “I really like his platform, and I also think that although Hillary has experience and is intelligent, I think she’’s phony.” Maya Blackstone (LA ’17), right, for Sanders: “I really like his personality and what he stands for. I think Hillary goes way too back-and-forth.”
Mary O’Kane (LA'16), for Ted Cruz. "Ted Cruz is the candidate who best represents conservative, right-wing values. He also is the one who would uphold the Constitution and what this country was originally founded on."
Mary O’’Kane (LA’16), for Ted Cruz: “Ted Cruz is the candidate who best represents conservative, right-wing values. He also is the one who would uphold the Constitution and what this country was originally founded on.”
Tess Hinchman for Hillary Clinton: "Although I love Bernie’s policies, he doesn’t have a chance of being elected against the Republicans and I’m way more terrified of Cruz and Trump being president. I also think realistically that Hillary will get more done."
Tess Hinchman (LA ’19) for Clinton: “Although I love Bernie’’s policies, he doesn’t have a chance of being elected against the Republicans, and I’’m way more terrified of Cruz and Trump being president. I also think realistically that Hillary will get more done.”
Alex Demircan (LA ‘19): "“I consider myself a moderate and I’m still undecided, but I’m surprisingly probably going to vote in the Republican primary. I think the political climate has been far too polarized on both the right and left. We need a moderate President who represents the majority of Americans, not just one side. We need a President who can compromise and get things done, instead of fighting a Congress that won’t cooperate.”"
Alex Demircan (LA ‘’19): ““I consider myself a moderate, and I’’m still undecided, but I’’m surprisingly probably going to vote in the Republican primary. I think the political climate has been far too polarized on both the right and left. We need a moderate President who represents the majority of Americans, not just one side. We need a President who can compromise and get things done, instead of fighting a Congress that won’’t cooperate.””

Beyond the “Order” Button

I spent one Saturday night with Kristin Wright, a delivery driver (or “dasher”) for DoorDash, a startup based in Palo Alto that offers delivery services for many local restaurants. We cruised around Cambridge in Kristin’s car for hours, bringing food to apartments and MIT dorms. Before this assignment I hadn’t considered the human side of my late night takeout orders. Who makes the delivery? How do they get the food? And, why do they choose to spend their nights on the road?

1/24/15 – Cambridge, MA – Kristin Wright, a "Dasher" since DoorDash came to Cambridge in September, drives to pick up an order on January 24, 2015. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)
Kristin Wright, a “dasher” since DoorDash came to Cambridge in September 2014, drives to pick up an order on January 24, 2015. Kristin believes she made DoorDash’s first ever delivery in Cambridge. A Tufts graduate with a degree in biology, Wright uses this job for side income. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)
1/24/15 – Cambridge, MA – Kristin Wright, a DoorDash "Dasher," at Regina Pizzeria to pick up an order on January 24, 2015. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)
Wright at Regina Pizzeria to pick up an order for a DoorDash customer on January 24, 2015. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)
1/24/15 – Cambridge, MA – DoorDash delivers Chinese food to a Cambridge customer on January 24, 2015. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)
Wright delivers Chinese food to a Cambridge customer. Later that night, she would make two separate deliveries to the same building. Wright seemed happy when she received the second order. “That means they’re telling their friends about us,” Wright said. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)

Snow Day

Winter Storm Juno dropped over twenty inches of snow on campus from the night of January 26th through January 27th. Roads in Medford and Somerville were largely barren. The university was shut down for two days, and students were left to do as they pleased.

2014-01-27- Tufts University - The usually busy Boston Avenue remained empty as shops closed for storm Juno. (Ethan Chan / The Tufts Daily)
The usually busy Boston Avenue remained empty as shops closed for winter storm Juno.

27/01/2015 - Sommerville/Medford - Tufts experiences a snow day during the first blizzard of the year with sledding and skiing the most popular extra-curricular events of the day. (John Hampson / The Tufts Daily)

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – The Medford campus received more than 20 inches of snow on January 27, 2015, closing the university for the day. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – A homeowner snowplows his driveway on West Adams St. during a blizzard on January 27th, 2015. (Nicholas Pfosi / The Tufts Daily)

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Tufts community members sled down the President's Lawn during a blizzard on January 27th, 2015. (Nicholas Pfosi / The Tufts Daily)

2014-01-27- Tufts University - A man from the community snowshoes past a broken sign behind Carmichael Hall. (Ethan Chan / The Tufts Daily)

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – UGL employee, Manuel Vivas shovels snow near Carmichael Hall during a blizzard on January 27th, 2015. (Nicholas Pfosi / The Tufts Daily)
UGL employee Manuel Vivas shovels snow near Carmichael Hall.

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Sledders using a kayak slide down the Pres Lawn on January 27, 2015. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – A snowboarder rides a railing on the Pres Lawn on January 27, 2015. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Two Tufts students play in the snow on January 27, 2015. (Evan Sayles / The Tufts Daily)

1/27/15 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Tufts students play in the snow in front of the Acorn Head on the President's Lawn during a blizzard on January 27th, 2015. (Nicholas Pfosi / The Tufts Daily)

2014-01-27- Tufts University - Winter storm Juno hits Tufts Campus as Tufts declares a snow day. (Ethan Chan / The Tufts Daily)

Photos by Ethan Chan, John Hampson, Nicholas Pfosi, and Evan Sayles for the Tufts Daily.

An Alaskan Summer

The southern coast of Alaska, between Sitka and Juneau, teems with undisturbed wildlife. Protected by a US Congress Wilderness designation, the region’s ecology remains untouched. As I landed in Sitka at the start of the environmental tour, the asphalt roads and flat roofs of the town of 9,000 were a fleck of gray in a sea of green. Once the cruise began, there wasn’t a single home, road, or cell tower to be seen for the next six days. Surrounded by this raw nature, I felt small. 

The Alaskan coastline is rugged. Water depths can increase to hundreds of feet within inches of the shore.
The Alaskan coastline is rugged. Water depths can increase to hundreds of feet within inches of the shore.
The M/V Liseron, a former minesweeper repurposed for ecological tours of Alaska.
The M/V Liseron, a former minesweeper repurposed for ecological tours of Alaska.
A small group sets out to explore a tidal marsh.
A small group sets out to explore a tidal marsh.
A lone plane crosses a dreary sky on July 27, 2014. Alaska has 16 times more planes per capita than the rest of the United States.
A lone plane crosses a dreary sky on July 27, 2014. Alaska has 16 times more planes per capita than the rest of the United States.
The sounds of an orca whale's tail slaps can be heard by other whales for thousands of miles.
The sounds of an orca whale’s tail slaps can be heard by other whales for thousands of miles.
A mother sea lion and her cub rest on an ice floe from a melting glacier.
A mother sea lion and her cub rest on an ice floe from a melting glacier.
A black bear looks towards passing tourists on Baranof Island.
A black bear looks towards passing tourists on Baranof Island.
Caribou graze in Denali National Park.
Caribou graze in Denali National Park.
In the valleys of the Alaskan coast, sunset can be in the early afternoon even in the height of summer.
In the valleys of the Alaskan coast, sunset can be in the early afternoon even in the height of summer.