From November to March, men’s and women’s basketball games fill the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym in Piano Row’s basement.
Tons of Emerson students have talent but they aren’t all signing contracts with the Wu-Tang Clan or being written about in the Washington Post. The extra something seems to be an understanding for what a certain niche group wants. It’s tapping into the desire and the obsessive passions of fandoms that really rockets these students to fame.
On the brink of the 2016 presidential elections, the Emerson College Polling Society nearly tripled the number of polls it conducted this semester.
On a clear Wednesday afternoon, sunbeams and students flit through the air in an office on the eighth floor of the Walker Building. The office belongs to Gregory Payne, chair of the communication studies department, and on one of his walls, there’s a 1968 campaign poster that reads “the youth of our nation are the clearest mirror of our performance.”
In 1986, Erik Sherman was standing outside the Sheraton Boston Hotel, hoping to catch a glimpse of the National League champion New York Mets. Armed with a pennant and a pen, Sherman collected the autographs of many of the team’s stars.
In Cambridge, inside a club on Arrow Street, amidst disco lights, glitter, and dancing, lies a Shakespearean world with a ‘70s twist.
Three years ago, Shannon O’Connor wanted to see The Perks of Being A Wallflower for free—so she scoured the internet to find passes for advance film showings. As a freshman, she created a Facebook group, aptly named Emerson Students Love Free Movie Screenings, to help others solve the same problem.
A survey conducted last April through the American College Health Association revealed that students at Emerson reported higher levels of loneliness, anxiety, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts than students across the country. Almost twice as many students at Emerson reported a psychiatric condition than the national average.
Nearly four years ago, Emerson College was voted into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference as its 11th member. The move was a step up for the Lions, advancing out of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference to compete with national championship-caliber teams.
Flashing lights illuminate a pale cinder block wall, and in between bursts, Austin Max takes the stage and plucks the opening chord to his song “Will You Be Mine.”
Oh, the beginning of a new semester. It means new classes, new orgs—and for many, a new unpaid internship. No matter their major, these explorers of the corporate world discover a kingdom of copies and coffees, a realm of resumes and references.
From the compost bins in the Dining Hall to the absence of plastic water bottles at The Max Cafe, Emerson appears to be a notably green institution. The results, however, of the college’s first waste and recycling audit conducted in November, say otherwise—46 percent of contents in trash bags on campus were recyclable materials.
While Tim Neverett studied mass communications at Emerson College in the mid-eighties, he was a young student interning at sports radio WEEI in Boston. More than 30 years after that stint, Neverett will soon be a fixture on WEEI’s airwaves after being hired to join the Red Sox radio booth in December.
On Monday mornings, junior Madeline O’Hara catches a green line train to campus for her noon class. It’s an intense dance course with five total students, and the professor often holds them beyond the class’ end. O’Hara then sprints from the Paramount Center to the sixth floor of the Ansin Building for a 2 p.m. course where, she said, her professor takes attendance three minutes before class begins and does not tolerate tardiness.
Emerson coaches travel from coast to coast and tournament to tournament in search of the talent that will comprise their next recruiting class. But it’s not just athletic talent they’re after.