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Journalism curriculum refocuses on student skills

The journalism department tested out a new curriculum focused on student needs and industry expectations this semester.

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Faculty assembly chair defends memo, claims misinterpretation

“He should not have been speaking for the faculty in his role as chair,” Colby said. “I know his letter started out by saying, ‘I’m only speaking as myself,’ but you don’t actually have that privilege when you’re the faculty assembly chair.”

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Student survey postponed due to protest

“We heard it over and over again and read it on signs, ‘No more surveys, we’ve given you feedback. Please don’t ask us anymore,’” Amelio said. “Could we really roll out the student survey on the heels of students saying ‘enough, stop it?’”

Judge rules in favor of college in second Title IX lawsuit

A federal judge in the District of Massachusetts ruled in favor of the college in the 2014 “Jillian Doherty v. Emerson College” Title IX lawsuit on Tuesday, in which Doherty claimed the college was negligent in the investigation of her claims of sexual assault.

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Pelton promises DACA students support

President M. Lee Pelton is pledging that the college will continue to support and protect undocumented students, regardless of the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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Emerson brings education to prison

The Emerson Prison Initiative launched at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord this semester, making an Emerson liberal arts education accessible to those behind bars.

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Emerson Food Cam to alleviate college waste issue

Sustainability Coordinator Amy Elvidge’s newest solution to food waste on campus is a community space where students can send photos of small quantities of extra food for the Emerson community to claim, called the Emerson Food Cam.

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Orientation Leaders shift focus from organizations

Combating the culture of overcommitment on campus dominated many of the conversations at the Fall 2017 New Student Orientation, from group meetings on Boston Common to student-led workshops.

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Laundry costs hike to cover new machines

The price of on-campus laundry increased 25 cents per wash or dry cycle this semester from $1.50 to $1.75. The college renewed its contract with vendor CSC ServiceWorks on Aug. 1, resulting in the spike, said Karen Dickinson, director of business services.

Novelist to speak at graduation

Award-winning fiction author Dennis Lehane—known for Mystic River and Shutter Island, now feature films—is set to address the class of 2017 at this year’s commencement.

Emerson endowment has fossil fuel ties

Most colleges and universities in the United States are invested in fossil fuel companies— including Harvard University, Stanford University, and Duke University—whether students know it or not. Emerson is no exception.

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Drawing the line: Campus divides over free speech debate

About 100 students gathered in the Bill Bordy Theater Wednesday night for Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests’ event “Who Has The Right To Speak?” to discuss the boundaries between free speech and hate speech—the crux of much of the conflict between liberals and conservatives at Emerson.

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Veganism is a form of activism

We can easily use the power of the dollar to make environmentally friendly food choices.

Longtime trustee and Emerson alumna dies

Irma Mann Stearns had a profound dedication to Emerson—mentoring countless students and displaying every award and achievement she received from the college in her home.

Rebranding initiative gets web resource

The college has created a platform for students to engage in Emerson’s transition to a new visual identity that will launch after this year.

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Economic inequality causes disconnect on campus

Before she left high school, Sam Longo was never confronted with the fact that she was poor.

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New service boosts student safety

Every Saturday night from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., a student escort, called a Halo, can be requested via text to walk students to and from campus.

ArtsEmerson backs theater as inclusive space with Ghostlight

More than 100 students, faculty, and members of the theater community came together to pledge to keep theaters inclusive in response to isolating comments and actions from President Donald Trump.

Former Health Communications graduate director dies abroad

Best known for his books on HIV/AIDS communication, Timothy Edgar served as graduate director of health communication for 14 years.

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VP leaves college for consulting career

Andrew Tiedemann, vice president for marketing and communication, resigned September 1 to pursue work in consulting management—and he’s taking his famous iPad with him.

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Students walk for Fight for $15 campaign

About 10 Emerson students, organized by the college’s Progressives and Radicals In Defense of Employees (PRIDE), joined thousands last Thursday on Boston Common to walk for the “Fight for $15” national and annual day of action for low-wage workers.

Students dissatisfied with senior marketing courses

Just weeks before walking across the stage at commencement, Lia Brouillard, a senior marketing communication major, said she values the knowledge she’s gained from studying at Emerson. She said, however, that her program does have its shortcomings.

Health Communication master program suspended

Emerson will not be admitting a class of health communication graduate students for the 2016-17 academic year, according to Jan Roberts-Breslin, interim dean of graduate and professional studies.

Counseling center appeals for more staff

Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services requested funding to hire more counselors, according to Elise Harrison, director of ECAPS. The board of trustees did not approve the appeal.

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Course evaluation survey revised for this semester

Alterations to the course evaluation survey will now ask students to reflect on their teacher’s performance, and their own. The college has not reviewed the evaluation since 2006, according to Amy Ansell, dean of liberal arts and head of the revision committee.

Forensics qualifies for national competition

Five members of Emerson’s Forensics Team have qualified for the National Forensics Association, a speech and debate competition. Heather May, the group’s director, said she’s hopeful the speakers can break into the final round of the 300-competitor event in Muncie, Indiana, this April.

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#BlackLivesMatter organizers visit campus

Two leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement urged students to participate in anti-racist activism in a talk organized by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Opal Tometi, co-founder of the movement, and Janaya Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, presented to an audience of 120 students in the Bright Family Screening Room as part of the college’s celebration of Black History Month.

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Diversity in Departments: Bringing research into marketing communication

The marketing communication department’s two main goals for this academic year are improving diversity and fostering a sense of a community within the program, according to Brenda Wrigley, chair.

Diversity in Departments: Journalism seeks underrepresented voices

The journalism department is focusing on inclusivity by encouraging students to acquire diverse sources and pay attention to underrepresented communities, according to Paul Niwa, associate professor and chair.

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Diversity in Departments: VMA focuses on unbiased casting, inclusive examples

Visual and media arts faculty are working towards incorporating cultural competency into the curriculum by focusing on diverse casting and inclusive screenwriting, according to Brooke Knight, associate professor and interim chair of the department.

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Diversity in Departments: WLP creates culture-focused courses

The writing, literature, and publishing department continues to advance cultural competency efforts as a result of the Faculty Assembly’s ad hoc Cultural Competency Task Force. According to Maria Koundoura, the department chair, the movement to make the curriculum more diverse has been in the process for a while.

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Poor trash audit results prompt changes in recycling policy

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.

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Taking the "Greek" out of fraternities and sororities

Formerly called Greek Life, Emerson’s Fraternity and Sorority Life is going through a rebranding process in order to distance themselves from negative stereotypes.

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Students partner with national anti-piracy organization

Two Emerson students have started the first campus group to partner with CreativeFuture, a national group aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of piracy and illegal downloading.

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Class council holds workshops for finding apartments

The Class of 2018 Council is holding a series of five workshops to educate rising juniors and other students on finding off-campus housing.

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New Title IX Investigator to bring professionalism

Emerson’s new full-time Title IX Investigator Pamela Ring said she is excited to work with students who are interested in issues of gender equality.

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Marketing students tweet for Captain America's attention

An Emerson class is running a social media campaign to bring a major celebrity to campus.  The goal of #EvanstoEmerson is to get Chris Evans, actor and Boston native, to speak on Nov. 12 for Mental Health Wellness Week.

Crime levels rise and fall, according to new Clery Report

The number of reported burglaries at Emerson’s Boston campus more than doubled over the last year, according to the latest Clery Compliance Report.

Cabaret gets tech updates

The Little Building’s Cabaret received a series of equipment updates over the summer.

College seeking spiritual life director

Emerson is looking to hire a Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, an administrator to handle religious life in the community, according to Interim Dean of Students Sharon Duffy.