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Emerson Missed Connections virtually connects quarantined students

Emerson Missed Connections virtually connects quarantined students

By Ethan McDowell, Sports Editor

May 24, 2020

Emerson Missed Connections posted for the first time on April 29. In less than a month, the Instagram account has amassed almost 2,000 followers behind students’ anonymous posts about their crushes and brief encounters with peers. The creators of the account explained the purpose of the page in...

Junior food blogs her way around Boston

Junior Tea Kingley creates popular food-themed Instagram account where she reviews restaurants around Boston.

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 11, 2020

Junior Tea Kingley called herself “the pickiest eater in the world” for the first 19 years of her life. While studying abroad at Kasteel Well in her sophomore year, she was determined to expand her palate by taking advantage of the authentic European foods.  “I’m not just a food porn account,” Ki...

Juniors create T-shirt company to raise money for coronavirus relief

Juniors Christopher Rodriguez and Grant Rosado create a t-shirt company to help those suffering during the coronavirus outbreak.

By Katiana Hoefle, Deputy Arts Editor

April 27, 2020

Juniors Christopher Rodriguez and Grant Rosado lost their jobs, at a retail ski shop and dry cleaner respectively, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused non-essential businesses to shut down. Initially, they were upset, but then they started to think about the virus' impact on people who relied on their w...

Alum produces horror film ‘Followed’

Thomas Pettinelli '13 produces new horror film Followed.

By Althea Champion

April 25, 2020

When Thomas Pettinelli '13 first came to Emerson College in 2009, he did not anticipate a career in the film industry despite his affinity for movies. Seven years after graduating, his focus shifted and he landed his first executive producer credit on the film Followed.  “In high school I got the itch...

Alum releases book about post #MeToo era

Jaclyn Friedman ‘04 releases book aiming to answer the question: what would happen if we believed women?

By Casey Bernhard, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2020

In late 2017, Jaclyn Friedman ‘04 was looking forward to celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the feminist anthology, Yes Means Yes, which she co-edited, when the #MeToo hashtag took over social media. In the months that followed, survivors took to social media to share their stories, but when some...

EVVYs announce alumni and student distinction awards

TV writer and producer Keto Shimizu ‘07 and Senior Performing Arts major Alison Qu were chosen for student and alumni distinction awards Friday by the EVVYs.

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

April 17, 2020

The 39th annual EVVY awards announced the recipients of the Alumni Award of Distinction and the Student Award of Distinction on Friday. Comic book and television writer and producer Keto Shimizu ‘07 was chosen for the alumni award, and Senior Performing Arts major Alison Qu was chosen for the student award. The ...

Alum tackles male-dominated food industry in new documentary series

Marina Starkey 15' creates documentary series about women and non-binary professional's experiences in the food industry.

By Katiana Hoefle, Deputy Arts Editor

April 10, 2020

After being assigned to watch Anthony Bourdain’s television shows for a class, Marina Starkey ‘15 began asking questions about how gender influences the food industry. “I noticed [Bourdain] has pretty much unlimited access to all of these different places and these people as a white man trave...

Alum’s live podcast tour comes to Boston in mid-March

Gillian Pensavalle and Patrick Hinds '96 create the True Crime Obsessed podcast.

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

March 11, 2020

Though Emerson alum Patrick Hinds ‘96 graduated with a BFA in performing arts, he spent his college years unsure of his future. He explored his interests through radio and TV internships, which landed him a full-time news associate at CNBC in New York City. After realizing he didn’t want to work for co...

EAGLE and Active Minds host event on LGBTQ+ mental health

LGBTQ+ activist and nuclear engineer Sam Brinton speaks at event hosted by Emerson organizations.

By Katiana Hoefle, Deputy Arts Editor

March 10, 2020

Teary-eyed Emerson students sat in the Beard Room on Feb. 25 and listened to Sam Brinton, a nuclear engineer and LGBTQ+ activist, tell their “elevator pitch to the President of the United States” for ending conversion therapy in America. Emerson’s Advancement Group for Love and Expression partnered ...

New organization brings attention to forgotten musical theatre genres

New organization, Musical Theatre Against the Grain, focuses on furthering musical theater opportunities on campus.

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

February 26, 2020

Late one night in October 2019, freshman Garrett Traer sat in his dorm room writing a pitch for the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College, a student-run organization that produces fall and spring musicals. Traer said he began questioning whether his pitch fit the contemporary pop-rock genre that...

Alum creates documentary about lack of LGBTQ+ women spaces

Clements was present at a screening of “All We’ve Got” on Feb. 19 2020 at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

By Katiana Hoefle, Deputy Arts Editor

February 26, 2020

After coming out in her twenties, Alexis Clements ‘01 sought a community space for queer women but soon learned that the majority of them were closing across the country, inspiring her to research the spaces and showcase the narratives of queer women within these communities in a documentary. The...

Tiny Thrift Store expands with Lion’s Den pop-up events

Eco Ambassadors host Tiny Thrift Store pop-up. Photo credit: Montse Landeros

By Althea Champion

February 16, 2020

The Eco Ambassadors held their first Tiny Thrift Store Pop-Up on Feb. 11 in the Lion's Den, marking the beginning of a string of monthly pop-ups. The pop-ups will occur on the second Tuesday of every month from 3–5 p.m. in the Lion's Den, where students will have the opportunity to donate unwant...