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Photo: Hailey Akau

Allston Christmas: The communal yard sale nobody asked for

By Derek DiTomasso
Published November 8, 2023

  For some, Allston Christmas is the most resourceful time of the year. There’s college kids moving in and out, and seemingly everyone abandoning...

Photos by Ashlyn Wang

Unraveling the Sustainable Threads of Denim Culture

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
Published November 8, 2023

In the 1947 Broadway production of Tennesee Williams’ play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Marlon Brando wanted his jeans so tight that costume designer...

Illustration: Rachel Choi

Picking Up After College Kids: Environmental Sustainability Efforts at Emerson

By Merritt Hughes, Co-Opinion Editor
Published November 8, 2023

From move-in to move-out, the average college student is going to produce over 600 pounds of waste and trash.  At Emerson College, we have cut that...

Photo: Hailey Akau

Colonization’s toll on Hawaiʻi: Lahaina’s devastation and the fight for Indigenous resilience

By Hailey Akau, Assistant Multimedia Editor and Magazine Section Editor
Published November 8, 2023

  On August 8, 2023, my family and I huddled in front of the television watching the local news as wildfires ravaged the historic Lahaina town...

Illustration: Meg Richards

Why can’t I wish upon a star in Boston?

By Meg Richards, Opinion Editor
Published November 8, 2023

  This past summer, my boyfriend hosted bonfires on his parents’ farm for all our friends and coworkers to hang out at. During the final bonfire...

Photo: Bryan Liu

Rising Tides: The oyster industry faces climate change challenges and solutions

By Shannon Garrido, Hailey Akau and Bryan Liu
Published November 8, 2023

  The world is your oyster, until it isn’t.  ​​On Sept. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory about...

Photo by: Bailey Carr

Emerson’s Engagement Lab launches Transforming Narratives for Environmental Justice initiative, pioneering positive stories for climate action

By Sophia Pargas, Editor-in-Chief
Published November 8, 2023

  “We’re always talking gloom and doom about the environment. And people are more and more recognizing that it's not motivating. It's actually...

Where to go; Dominican food in Boston

Where to go; Dominican food in Boston

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published April 3, 2023

Although Boston provides a diverse and eclectic selection of authentic food from all around the world, Dominicans have a pretty heavy presence in the local...

The Longest Day in Havana

‘The Longest Day in Havana’

By Sophia Pargas, Editor-in-Chief
Published April 3, 2023

As ten-year-old Mercedes Jacobs sat in the Havana airport in 1962, the wait was long and her clothes were heavy. Already classified as an adult, she was...

Maddie Khaws family.

Asian enough

By Maddie Khaw, Assistant News Editor
Published April 3, 2023

I’ve felt like an imposter from a young age in both parts of my biracial identity—my whiteness and my Asianness. I’ve never felt “Asian enough,”...

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
Published April 3, 2023

Radiohead’s 1995 alternative chart topper, “Fake Plastic Trees,” is about my Christmas tree. The eponymous fake Chinese rubber plant lives rent-free...

Hailey Akau and her family.

Hugs and Honis for my ʻOhana

By Hailey Akau, Assistant Multimedia Editor and Magazine Section Editor
Published April 3, 2023

My first year of college, I realized just how little my Hawaiian identity existed in Boston. I remember a distinct feeling of isolation as I came to terms...

Anastasia Petridis dancing.

A Love Letter to Greek Dance

By Anastasia Petridis
Published April 3, 2023

The hat looks heavier than it feels. Colorful flowers cover the right side of my head, while thin chains dangle on the left attached to metal medallions....

Safta Rachel in her garden.

Behind the Name

By Rachel Hackam
Published April 3, 2023

When meeting someone new, the first thing you learn about them is their name. A name serves as an identifier, signaling who someone is. A person’s name...

A Nomad’s Cookbook for People Who Always Miss Home

A Nomad’s Cookbook for People Who Always Miss Home

By Rachel Choi, Multimedia Managing Editor, Chief Copy Editor
Published April 3, 2023

Food is necessary for the body, but it’s also necessary for the soul—and I don’t mean that in a metaphorical way. So many of my most cherished memories...

Illustration of protesters holding signs with reproductive rights slogans.

Emerson students, faculty reflect on post-Roe America

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
Published November 2, 2022

On June 24—the day Roe v. Wade was overturned—Sophia Drummond, an Emerson student from Arkansas, saw a trigger ban go into effect in her home state.  “It...

Illustration of guitar player and music sheets

Student musicians make Emerson’s lack of music education work for them

By Dionna Santucci
Published November 2, 2022

Within the first few months of her freshman year at Emerson, Taj Dharmadji released two singles, one of which dropped the first day of orientation week....

Illustration of student surrounded by symbols representing different majors

Switching majors at Emerson College: what it’s like and how to navigate the process

By Gabel Strickland, Staff Writer
Published November 1, 2022

Laurel Frisbee, who attended Emerson from 2018 to 2019, switched majors four times during her first year. She went from journalism to writing, literature,...

From top left to bottom right: Emerson alumni Sam Crimmins, André Archimbaud, Gaby Dunn, Dustin Straube, Steven Rowley and Kasey Fielding. / courtesy

Safe spaces, section 8 and student loan debt: Emerson alums say they (mostly) don’t regret the financial risk

By Vivi Smilgius
Published August 30, 2022

For many freshly graduated Emersonians, monthly loan payments are a harsh awakening to the real world of work—or lack thereof—as creatives. While movements...

Students organize against tuition rises and other inequalities this fall

Students organize against tuition rises and other inequalities this fall

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Editor
Published August 30, 2022

On April 1, Dylan Young, a then first-year visual media arts major, attended a student protest in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway. About 50 students gathered...

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