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Title IX office silent amid policy review

With two policy reviews pending, recent federal action from the U.S. Education Department, two possibly concluding lawsuits against the college, and heavy criticism from a former student, much of the future of Title IX at Emerson is unclear.

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Motion for summary judgment granted in Title IX suit against college

A federal judge in the District of Massachusetts granted Emerson's motion for summary judgment Tuesday in the 2014 "Jane Doe v. Emerson College" Title IX lawsuit, in which Doe claimed the school was "deliberately indifferent" to her 2012-2013 reports of alleged sexual assault and harassment.

New org to bring ACLU speaker

Emerson Action, a recently-formed political student group, invited an American Civil Liberties Union official to campus to give a “Know Your Rights” workshop Thursday, April 6.

Students, staff volunteer for A Day Without a Woman demonstrations

Emerson students and staff involved in the college’s Alternative Spring Break Program volunteered with local organizations in Boston and El Paso last Wednesday to support A Day Without a Woman rallies in honor of International Women’s Day.

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Wapman remembered for loyalty and compassion

His family, with the assistance of affiliated faculty member Janeann Dill, is establishing the Miles Wapman Scholarship Fund in memory of the senior visual and media arts major.

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ECPD to carry overdose treatment drug

The Emerson College Police Department is planning to carry a life-saving opioid overdose treatment drug by early March in response to the national opioid epidemic.

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Students, faculty join March on Washington

More than 50 students and at least two faculty members marched in a crowd that the Associated Press reported was about 500,000 strong.

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Racist posters rile community

Seven white nationalist propaganda posters were found on campus Monday, according to an email to the Emerson community sent by President M. Lee Pelton the next day.

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Student accounts expose flaws in ECPD conduct

Three students said ECPD’s response to their reports of assault lacked timely response, trauma sensitivity, or appropriate follow-up.

Students react to election results

America has spoken, but a cloud of confusion cast its shadow at Emerson the day after Donald Trump became President-elect.

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Fenway folks protest Emerson extension

"The college is meeting the request of Mayor free up housing for Boston residents." - Carole McFall

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LA part-time faculty ratifies union contract

Most of Emerson’s Los Angeles part-time faculty will receive a salary boost thanks to their recently-formed union’s new contract with the college, according to Jennifer Vandever, the interim president of the union.

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College looks to fill Colonial Theatre

The Board of Trustees is reviewing bids from various performing arts organizations interested in providing programming to the Colonial Theatre, President M. Lee Pelton said.

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Little Building renovations oust student spaces

While this year’s renovations shouldn’t disrupt student residential life, the building’s dorms and dining hall will close over the summer of 2017 with prospects to reopen with updates fall 2019.

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College looks to expand campus in response to construction

When the Little Building closes this summer, the college will lose 748 beds and a dining hall that have been used by students for years. To fill those needs, Emerson is creating and renting new spaces.

Staff offices migrate

“They’ve got much more space now,” he said. “It’s better organized. They’ve got more flow space. Their new space gives them a better venue for orienting people to the equipment that they use.”

Community mourns VMA student, fraternity brother

“Please keep Jack’s family and friends in your thoughts during this very difficult time,” said Pelton in the email.

Emerson cybersecurity breached by phishing attack

The high volume of spam coming from Emerson users led to some spam filtering companies blacklisting addresses, causing some authentic emails from Emerson addresses to fail to deliver.

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Lanson looks forward to travel, time with family

“I don’t really like the word ‘retirement,’ because it’s not in my nature to stop doing things,” Jerry Lanson said.

Emerson staff vote to unionize

Emerson’s clerical, technical, and professional staff in academic affairs voted last Thursday to form a union with Service Employees International Union Local 888.

Journalism department to give students laptops

The journalism department will issue computers loaded with video editing and other software to incoming freshmen this fall, according to Paul Niwa, associate professor and chair.

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Pelton speaks about campus aesthetic at Visitor Center open house

President M. Lee Pelton said he was pleased with the new visitor center on Boylston Street and discussed future construction plans in a speech at Monday’s open house for the space.

New minor to focus on nonprofit organizations

Emerson will offer a minor in nonprofit communication management this fall, according to Cathryn Cushner Edelstein, senior scholar-in-residence in the communication studies department.

Diversity in Departments: Institute reevaluates cultural perspectives

The institute for liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies is reevaluating the courses for the required global and United States diversity perspective courses to ensure they adequately address issues of cultural competency, according to Cara Moyer-Duncan, an assistant professor of Africana studies.

Crime Log 3/24

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Emerson's academic staff files petition to unionize

Members of Emerson’s academic staff filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board this Tuesday for a union election. Organizers are working to form a chapter of Service Employees International Union Local 888.

Diversity in Departments: Comm science aims to remove bias from treatment

Students in the communication sciences and disorders department need to understand the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of their patients, according to Amit Bajaj, an associate professor and undergraduate program director.

3/3 Crime Log

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Diversity in Departments: Performing arts attempts to improve casting

The performing arts department is using its casting policies and production choices to improve diversity, according to Melia Bensussen, professor and chair.

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Diversity in Departments: Communication studies connects with community

The communication studies department seeks to improve diversity through immersion by partnering with a local outreach program for students from low-income communities, Bird Street Community Center.

2/18 Crime Log

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Grad students and alumni take trip to Sundance

Anna Feder, programming manager in the visual and media arts department, took six graduate students and three recent alumnae to the Sundance Film Festival this January on a trip exclusively for women.

Crime Log 02/04

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Student may face penalty for renting dorm room on Airbnb

Jack Worth, a sophomore visual and media arts major, faces disciplinary action for renting out his dorm room in Little Building on Airbnb.

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New travel program to focus on civic engagement

Emerson is starting a new Global Pathways program in Medellín, Colombia, this summer, where students will create short documentaries recording the stories of individual locals, many of whom have been displaced by violence.

Boston staff receives support from other campus unions

Our Emerson, a group seeking to organize the college’s staff through Service Employees International Union Local 888, received letters of support from several other similar groups, including the unions of the full-time and adjunct faculty, the campus police, and Sodexo food service.

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Campus hosts events, discussions for MLK Week

This week, Emerson is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. through a film screening, a day of service, a summit on race and difference, and multiple department-hosted conversations on the topic across campus.

Crime Log 01/14

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Los Angeles adjunct faculty vote to unionize

Adjunct faculty at Emerson Los Angeles voted to form a union through the American Association of University Professors in mid-­December. Of the 22 eligible, 16 members of the part­-time faculty participated in the election under the National Labor Relations Board all voting in favor of the union.

Two VP and Dean candidates hold open forums

Forums were held on Dec. 1 and 2 for Emerson community members to meet two candidates for the new Vice President and Dean of Campus Life position.

LA adjuncts faculty await election to determine union

The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled an election to determine whether Emerson’s adjunct faculty in Los Angeles will be represented by a union. Organizers within the LA part­-time faculty have been actively campaigning since September for representation under the American Association of University Professors.

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Class partakes in local War on Drugs

An Emerson class is partnering with the Boston Public Health Commission to combat substance abuse.

LA faculty union requests denied by administration

The college denied a request by certain part­​-time faculty members of the Los Angeles program to recognize the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, American Association of University Professors (AFEC­​AAUP), as the representative of adjunct faculty on the Los Angeles campus.

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Entrepreneurial students run produce pickup, donate funds

Four students in Emerson’s Entrepreneurial Studies Program organized a produce pickup service last week and donated the $213.36 in profits to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

LA adjuncts organize union

Part­-t​ime faculty of Emerson’s Los Angeles center have written to President M. Lee Pelton announcing their intent to join the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College (AFEC), a union that currently serves the school’s part-­​time faculty in Boston.

Staff seeks union benefits

Members of Emerson’s clerical, technical, and professional staff are seeking to unionize, according to the organizers’ website.

Emerson gets ballsy

Although the nearest Chuck E. Cheese is in Everett, students don’t need to hop on the T to enjoy a good ol’ ball pit.