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Team Harmony web series strives to educate and fight against hate

Emerson seniors Angel Salcedo and Khary Higgins hosted the first episode of 'HATE: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?' Left to right: Miranda Andreson, Angel Salcedo, Josh Zakim, and Khary Higgins.
By Mariyam Quaisar November 23, 2020

The international non-profit Team Harmony debuted a new web series against hate, titled “HATE: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?,” in collaboration with Emerson’s Communication Studies Department and several...

Photos: Honorary Boston Common Christmas Tree arrives from Nova Scotia

The Tree for Boston being moved into its location for the holiday season on the Boston Common. The 45 foot tree will be decorated with lights on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor November 21, 2020

Several dozen spectators watched Friday morning as Maltby and Company Tree Service helped erect this year's Nova Scotian white spruce Christmas tree in Boston Common. The tree is sent by the Canadian...

Mike Cantalupo ‘15 creates docuseries highlighting the value of elders’ wisdom

Mike Cantalupo '15 interviewing his first subject, Joane Rogers, in his docuseries 'Centenarians'
By Christina Horacio November 13, 2020

Video journalist Mike Cantalupo ‘15 explored the experiences of old souls, specifically those who are or exceed 100 years of age, in his new docuseries entitled Centenarians.  The docuseries consists...

‘Stand-up in the Park’ provides a space for live comedy amid COVID-19

Student gather in Boston Common every Friday to watch others perform their stand-up comedy routines.
By Campbell Parish November 12, 2020

As the sun sets in Boston Common, laughter erupts as Emerson students come together for a little bit of entertainment.  “Stand-up in the Park” is an hour-long comedy show that features skits from...

Junior launches ‘Wonderboy’ clothing brand in midst of pandemic

Junior Will Dean and Will Grattan-Smith of University of Miami made the best of their remote learning semester, successfully establishing their own clothing brand, Wonderboy.
By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer November 4, 2020

Junior Will Dean started Wonderboy Clothing LLC, a streetwear clothing line that sells shirts and hoodies featuring designs from artists, with a friend while taking classes remotely this semester.  In...

Stressed about the election? Here are some resources that can help

A sign point to a polling place in Boston City Hall on Election Day Nov. 3
By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor November 3, 2020

There’s a reason why Google posted a breathing exercise video to its Twitter account.  As the end of Election Day nears, political anxiety is much higher than previous elections. To add on to the...

Bluebikes offers free rides on Election Day

Patrons of Bluebikes can enjoy complementary rides to the polls on Nov. 3. Media courtesy of Bluebikes
By Mariyam Quaisar November 2, 2020

The Boston public bike sharing program Bluebikes is now offering free two hour rides to help voters get to the polls on Election Day.  Sponsored by Massachusetts’s Blue Cross Blue Shield, the company...

‘Desktop horror’ mini-movie review for your COVID-19 Halloween movie night

'Desktop horror' mini-movie review for your COVID-19 Halloween movie night
By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor October 31, 2020

For this year’s Halloween, many of our traditional plans are no longer the safest and best ways for us to celebrate the holiday.  With large gatherings now considered inherently dangerous, especially...

Emerson Mystic hosts virtual event to celebrate Gaelic festival ‘Samhain’

Emerson Mystic celebrating Halloween 2019
By Karissa Schaefer October 31, 2020

This year, Emerson Mystic, an organization dedicated to anything “witchy,” offered a dorm-safe alternative to the traditional Samhain bonfires and celebrations. Students put their creative skills to...

A Halloween playlist for all your (socially distant) celebrations

A Halloween playlist for all your (socially distant) celebrations
By Joshua Sokol, Assistant Arts Editor October 31, 2020

Even though parties are a no-go this year, a good soundtrack can transform a quiet night into a one or two person soiree in an instant. Everyone dust off your skeleton jumpsuits, stretch your bones,...

8 laughable ‘horror’ movies to watch for Halloween

8 laughable 'horror' movies to watch for Halloween
By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor October 31, 2020

Watching horror movies is a go-to way to celebrate Halloween, especially for those too easily spooked to visit a haunted house or break out a Ouija board. The desire to binge-watch Halloween classics is...

Two students front @tiktokforbiden ahead of Election Day

Known on his profile for his butterfly clips and bicycle, Hand makes his followers laugh with mainly comedy content.
By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer October 28, 2020

Sophomore Austin Hand used his half a million TikTok followers to help establish TikTokers For Biden, an account rallying young voters behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “What...

Pub Club announces semesterly student manuscript winners

Katie Lacadie, a senior writing literature and publishing major, was one of two students to have their manuscript selected by Undergraduate Students for Publishing. Her manuscript, along with senior Clarah Grossman's, will be published in December of this year.
By Karissa Schaefer October 28, 2020

Come December, Emerson students will be able to read about a medieval woman who fights societal constraints in the name of friendship and a love story in reverse—each written by fellow students handpicked...

Marketing students sell $5 ‘Brownie In A Jar’ in Walker

Five E3 students created
By Mariyam Quaisar October 26, 2020

After the closure of all campus kitchens due to COVID-19, the convenience of cooking in dorms disappeared. But worry not—a team of five Emerson students found a way to create delicious baked brownies...

Buzzfeed trailblazers and alumni discuss digital content producing in EIV Emerson Revisited panel

Zach Kornfeld '12 and Ella Mielniczenko '13, both known for their contributions at Buzzfeed, participated in an EIV panel on Thursday to talk about their career paths in digital content producing.
By Campbell Parish October 21, 2020

Two Buzzfeed trailblazers and Emerson alumni offered advice to students entering the entertainment industry in an Emerson Revisited panel Thursday.  The panel, featuring Zach Kornfeld ’12 and Ella...

Entrepreneur alum reflects on DNC appearance, PPP, and owning a restaurant during a pandemic

Lien Ta '03 established two restaurant in Los Angeles, Here's To Looking At You and All Day Baby. The restaurants were featured at the Democratic National Convention in August of this year.
By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer October 20, 2020

Lien Ta ‘03 came to Emerson with the hope of one day working in magazine design. After a brief career in media, a reignited passion for food led Ta down a path in the restaurant industry. She now owns...

A Halloween without tricks or treats: How students are celebrating this year

Megan Quirk sets up a plastic pumpkin basket outside a Colonial dorm in preparation for Halloween.
By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor October 14, 2020

The pandemic is making it trickier to get treats. Every year, the night of Oct. 31 normally calls for costume contests, frat parties, and trick-or-treating. But with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on,...

Senior wins Fortune 500 marketing contest in midst of pandemic

Senior Madison Umina won first place in the Fortune 500 marketing competition sponsored by Clorox.
By Campbell Parish October 8, 2020

After senior Madison Umina’s summer internship was canceled due to the pandemic, the program that hired her created a Fortune 500 marketing competition to take its place. Eventually, the marketing communications...

Bill Burr ‘93 to host Saturday Night Live this weekend

This weekend Bill Burr '93 will make his first appearance on late night comedy show, Saturday Night Live.
By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor October 7, 2020

Bill Burr ‘93 will host the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s 46th season this weekend on NBC with musical guest Morgan Wallen.  The Emerson alum has been an active stand-up comedian since...

Fraternity and Sorority Life navigate the semester under COVID-19 regulations

Members of Kappa Gamma Chi opted out of recruitment this semester.
By Karissa Schaefer October 6, 2020

Fall is typically the peak semester for fraternity and sorority life on campus, who usually welcome a new member class through recruitment events. But this year, as yet another consequence of the COVID-19...

First-year student wanders LB in Scooby Doo costume to ‘spread love’

Scooby Doo in all his glory
By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor October 1, 2020

To the surprise of many, residents of the Little Building earlier this week were graced by the presence of everyone’s favorite mystery-solving canine, Scooby Doo. Scooby, a student who requested to...

Alum creates new DC Comics colorful superheroine “Primer”

Alumni Thomas Krajewski  99' creates new super heroine for DC comics.
By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer September 30, 2020

Thomas Krajewski ‘99 brought to life a brand-new superhero within one of most well-established comic book universes in the world, DC Comics. The international comics brand published Primer in 2020, which...

In the wake of COVID-19, independent music venues adapt their model to survive

Music venues have been struggling trough the COVID-19 pandemic due to the nature of their business.
By Joshua Sokol, Assistant Arts Editor September 30, 2020

Live performance venues are one of the many businesses adversely affected by COVID-19. Since they rely on shoulder-to-shoulder contact and gathering large crowds of people, it’s unlikely any will return...

Getting ‘ghosted’ at Emerson? It’s more common than you think.

Oujia boards were banned from the Charlesgate hotel in 1990 because of the
By Karissa Schaefer September 24, 2020

While working a lighting call on “Follies” in the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Greg Crafts ‘03 remembers being pushed to the edge of the top balcony by a ghost.  “I literally felt a hand in the...

In lieu of first-year orientation, three students create DIY screenplay competition

Freshman William Blackwell Kinney (left), Derek Delson (second from left) and Maxwell Reid created an activity for incoming freshman to participate in during orientation week: a 24 hour screenplay competition.
By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor September 23, 2020

After the pandemic pushed traditional freshman orientation into Zoom, new students Maxwell Reid, Derek Delson, and William Blackwell Kinney decided to put together an orientation activity of their own...

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