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Gretchen Kuhsel

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Bringing Emerson into the bagel biz: A schmear toward success

“If studying film at Emerson has taught me anything, it’s how to be adaptable,” Schreiber said. “Nothing ever goes as planned, but everyone always manages to make it work.”

Upperclassmen secrets for freshman newbies

“My heart is really full because of all the people I’ve met through orgs. If I didn’t meet them, I probably would’ve transferred,” Hicks said.

Love column: Removing stigma through discovery

I masturbate with the same regularity that I wash my sheets—every other week, unless I find myself with some extra time and a need to randomly throw a load of linens in the washing machine. Just like laundry, self-stimulation differs greatly based on the person.

Love Column: Finding one's own freedoms

Abstinence equals freedom. That was the core of my public school sex education—a dominantly heteronormative scope at that.

Love Column: Love is sleeping with your socks on

“I love you, but I’m not necessarily in love with you,” I said. The words immediately stung him much harsher than I intended—his body shifted away from mine and he looked at me with a scrunched face.

Love Column: Bringing fantasies into reality

There’s nothing that compares to knowing that you’ve acted on your erotic openness and done something that you didn’t think could be done.

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New Kasteel Well website debuts for incoming castle dwellers

With over 1,000 visits in the first week after it was launched, seeks to provide a candid guide to life and travel at Emerson’s castle program—a perspective that past participants said has been lacking.

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Freshman skater-girl balances life on and off the rink

As soon as freshman Ali Reid started to walk, her mom put her in custom-fitted figure skates. Today, she is training for national figure skating competitions.