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New organization brings attention to forgotten musical theatre genres

New organization brings attention to forgotten musical theatre genres

By Shruti Rajkumar, Staff Writer

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

Alum creates documentary about lack of LGBTQ+ women spaces

By Katiana Hoefle, Assistant 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

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

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...

Emerson alum Ben Collins finds success covering dystopian beat

Emerson alum Ben Collins finds success covering dystopian beat

By Erin Renzi

February 13, 2020

One morning in August 2015, Ben Collins '10 woke up and saw the news of Alison Parker—the girlfriend of his good friend and roommate Chris Hurst '09—shot and killed on live television. The shooter recorded himself killing Parker while she conducted a live interview for a local TV station. Photographer...

Journalist-in-residence’s project set to be shown at Salem State University

Journalist-in-residence’s project set to be shown at Salem State University

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

February 13, 2020

Emerson journalist-in-residence Lina Giraldo taught immigrant community members how to build cameras from recycled materials in 2018 as part of a project with the City of Boston. Now, the cameras are on display at an exhibit titled Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow and features work from Latina artists that focus on clim...

Em Magazine founder finds success outside of Emerson

Em Magazine founder finds success outside of Emerson

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

February 8, 2020

As a teenager, Faye Brennan ‘09 ripped pages out of magazines and rearranged them into collages. Once done, she plastered her collages on her wallpaper to continuously remind herself of her end-goal to write for a magazine. In Jan. 2017, Brennan started working at Cosmopolitan as the Sex & ...

Students of color create series to represent Emerson’s minority community

Students of color create series to represent Emerson’s minority community

By Katiana Hoefle, Assistant Arts Editor

February 6, 2020

When Emily Cristobal realized that she was one of the few minorities in her honors program, she wondered if she was being “tokenized” because of her ethnicity. “All the white kids, I just thought were so much smarter than me, because they came from these great schools that had great educational...

Emerson alum appears on late-night talk show for magic and comedy

Emerson alum appears on late-night talk show for magic and comedy

By Julian Valgora, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Alum Justin Willman '02 already had the idea of combining his passion for comedy with his showmanship as a magician before he graduated from Emerson. Willman is appearing on late-night talk shows 18 years later, starring in his original Netflix series Magic for Humans, and performing stand-up in venues...

Kidding Around creates book fair to bring love of reading to toddlers and young adults

By Grace Rispoli

February 5, 2020

Senior Connor McNinch still recalls the thrill of emotions he felt as he browsed books years after attending Scholastic Book Fairs as a child. "I loved the book fair, it was the most exciting time of my life," he said in an interview. "I wanted to find a way to kind of like bring that into Kidding A...

Tom Cooper, champion of treats and sower of kindness

Tom Cooper, champion of treats and sower of kindness

By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor: Print

January 29, 2020

During the Thanksgiving and winter breaks, freshman Jehan Ayesha remained on campus, over 9,000 miles away from her home in Malaysia. Ayesha received a welcoming invitation to the home of professor Tom Cooper, who opens his doors to members of the Emerson community during the holidays, particularly those...

Graduate student takes first prize in TV diversity category at screenwriting competition

Graduate student takes first prize in TV diversity category at screenwriting competition

By Shruti Rajkumar, Staff Writer

January 29, 2020

While drafting a script outline for her Writing Series Television course in January 2019, second-year graduate student Jessica G. Hill Cabrera-Contaoi was inspired to channel the guilt and sadness she feels toward the current immigration crisis in the United States. A first-generation Colombian, she...

Tiny Thrift Store created in Colonial basement to help curb “fast fashion”

Tiny Thrift Store created in Colonial basement to help curb “fast fashion”

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

January 22, 2020

After years of being surrounded by nature as a Boy Scout and accidentally stumbling upon the environmental studies minor, junior Ben French decided to create a small thrift store on campus to help students avoid shopping at big chains that support fast fashion.French’s project, called the Tiny ...

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