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Rob Tobias ’81 (1959-2019)

Rob Tobias ’81 (1959-2019)

By Contributed Obituary

November 20, 2019

Rob Tobias died November 15 after a year-long and courageous fight with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  He was 60 years old. He was born October 2, 1959 in Hartford, CT, and was raised by his parents, Walter and Evelyn Tobias, in Simsbury, CT.  After graduating from Simsbury H...

Friends share cherished memories of late journalism professor

Friends share cherished memories of late journalism professor

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

October 29, 2019

Vanessa Ruiz recalled setting Moses Shumow up on a date with his wife Rose. Ruiz said she had to urge her friend to go out on at least one date with Moses, and when she finally did, Rose said it was the best of her life.  Rose and Moses met in the North End and got dinner, drinks, and desert. Da...

Former students recall professor’s kindness

Former students recall professor’s kindness

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

October 23, 2019

Updated 10/24/19: This article was updated to include information about a memorial service for Shumow Florida International University senior Bianca Marcof remembered sitting in her Intro to Digital Media class showing the professor memes they had made—one photoshopped the professor's head onto v...

Community mourns the loss of renowned photographer David Akiba

Community mourns the loss of renowned photographer David Akiba

By Anissa Gardizy

September 8, 2019

Jane Akiba clicked through pictures on her computer, her eyes sifting through the images of her children playing in fall leaves, sitting at the kitchen table, or getting dressed up for Halloween.  The photos are part of a series of books called, “Our Lives Together,” printed by her late husband, David ...

Beloved mentor and financial administrator dead after battle with cancer

Beloved mentor and financial administrator dead after battle with cancer

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

January 15, 2019

Vice President for Administration and Finance Maureen Murphy walked into the fall 2016 Media Art Gallery and witnessed a scene that looked straight out of a David Bowie music video. Models dressed in latex and covered in glitter and sparkles posed for a photographer as late Professor Joseph Ketner ...

Lucas Flint remembered as a kind-hearted, dedicated student

Lucas Flint remembered as a kind-hearted, dedicated student

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

January 14, 2019

At 15 years old, Lucas Flint performed tedious tasks at the Emerson radio station WERS as part of a volunteer program for non-Emerson students. Flint, an East Bridgewater, Massachusetts native, was a long-time listener of the college radio station and would operate the phones in the call center,...

Elma Lewis’ long legacy of high standards: Over decades, new center’s namesake spread the arts

Elma Lewis’ long legacy of high standards: Over decades, new center’s namesake spread the arts

October 10, 2013

A collection of photographs, plaques, and certificates hangs in a newly filled glass case on the far wall of the Little Building’s lobby. At the center of the display is a photo of a woman with a serious expression — she stares intensely through a pair of wide-rimmed glasses, a bouffant hairdo ato...

Film student remembered for passion, work ethic

By Heidi Moeller

April 21, 2011

Craig Brooke-Weiss said he remembers his stepson Justin Amorratanasuchad, a junior visual and media arts major who passed away Sunday morning, as an enthusiastic filmmaker and a man with such strong character and clear direction. “We lost an amazing human being,” Brooke-Weiss said in a phone interview....