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He’s Got Spunk: Don’t call me by my body count

He’s Got Spunk: Don’t call me by my body count

By Gary Sowder

October 25, 2019

My evening started like any other Thursday night—meaning it started at the Tam. It was early September, and I wore my nicest H&M button-up—okay, my roommate’s nicest button up—and I had one mission: to get to the bathroom.  After taking a brisk pee, my real undertaking began—I had...

Person of Color Column: I ain’t sari for wearing my culture with pride

Person of Color Column: I ain’t sari for wearing my culture with pride

By Diti Kohli

October 23, 2019

I’m often an all-black outfit kind of gal. My wardrobe mostly comprises turtlenecks, collared shirts, and high-waisted jeans in a sophisticated albeit boring range of neutral colors. It’s sprinkled with plaid blazers and a few statement pieces—funky jackets and a pair of colorful pants.  St...

Person of Color Column: Reconciling my mental health with my culture

Person of Color Column: Reconciling my mental health with my culture

By Seren Cho

October 19, 2019

Part of my identity is made up of being academically successful, or, for a better use of the term, a “know-it-all.” Growing up half-Korean in a Korean-dominated household, I learned that I couldn’t accept anything less than 100 percent. At a younger age, this type of perfection was achievable—...

How “Fleabag” made me reevaluate my love life

How “Fleabag” made me reevaluate my love life

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise Editor

October 15, 2019

Warning: Spoilers for the TV show “Fleabag” ahead.  In the explosive second season of “Fleabag,” the first scene features the main character staring at her bloody reflection in a pristine bathroom mirror. She’s been punched during a family scuffle. She quietly wipes the blood off her fac...

Using music to find inner peace after a breakup

Using music to find inner peace after a breakup

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

October 11, 2019

It’s late May, and I’m sitting in the driver’s seat of my mom’s car parked in front of my now-ex-girlfriend’s apartment. I’m sobbing uncontrollably into my hands as they rest on the steering wheel. The breakup was not entirely out of the blue, but it still hit me hard. My summer hadn’t...

Person of Color Column: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month away from home

Person of Color Column: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month away from home

By Jade Lopez

October 9, 2019

When Sept. 15 arrived, the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, I was eager to go to the Dining Center to see the foods they’d be serving that day. However, my heart broke when I opened up the Emerson app and realized there were no Hispanic foods being served. Much to my surprise, there was nothing displ...

Little Shirt, Big Pants: Do you think I could find that at Goodwill?

Little Shirt, Big Pants: Do you think I could find that at Goodwill?

By Megan Ellis

October 8, 2019

I’ve never been huge on name brands. Not because I don’t appreciate them—the history and glamour behind brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci are something I can get behind, but simply can't afford. This isn't taboo for me though—I grew up in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, a town completely ridden of name ...

Person of Color Column: What’s in a number?

Person of Color Column: What’s in a number?

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

October 1, 2019

My least favorite part of standardized testing has never been the test itself. For that matter, my least favorite part of starting any new job, applying for an internship, or submitting a college application, comes within the first page of questions—when you’re asked to check off the category for y...

Motion Picture This: Hustlers strips away stereotypes and replaces it with scamming

Motion Picture This: Hustlers strips away stereotypes and replaces it with scamming

By Monika Davis

October 1, 2019

In 2019—a year full of scamming—there’s no one I’d rather watch rip off rich men on the silver screen than Jennifer Lopez. Hustlers debuted at the top of the box office when it opened earlier this month but still fell victim to stark criticism, most of which seems to be coming from men who...

He’s Got Spunk: How I fell in love with the guy who choked me

He’s Got Spunk: How I fell in love with the guy who choked me

By Gary Sowder

September 25, 2019

One night last semester I popped some melatonin, cranked the air conditioning, and loaded up my essential oil diffuser with a hefty amount of lavender, when suddenly my phone buzzed to life from across the room. It displayed the text, “wyd,” which, when sent at one in the morning, is the more cord...

Person of Color Column: My mission to say my name correctly

Person of Color Column: My mission to say my name correctly

By Diti Kohli

September 24, 2019

My name is Diti.  It is short and sweet—four basic letters that, despite their simplicity, are curiously foreign to most Americans. I’m Indian, and because lengthy names are common in my culture, people often assume my name is short for something. And of course, during introductions, attendanc...

Age of the Twink: Yes, I am a gay-mer

Age of the Twink: Yes, I am a gay-mer

By Kyle Labe

September 18, 2019

When it comes to a “Super Mario” game, I’ll always choose Princess Peach as my avatar. If it’s “Resident Evil," I’ll go for Ada Wong. I prefer Ms. Pac Man over her boring male counterpart. For Super Smash Bros., I frequent Samus. A 2013 study in the journal “Information, Communication &a...