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The global effects of Afghan elections

April 17, 2014

Last week, Afghanistan witnessed an estimated 60 percent of its 12 million eligible voters participate in elections to select a new president, amid threats of Taliban attacks. And while drawing long-term conclusions over any event in Afghanistan is always risky, after 13 years of conflict, this democr...

Emerson’s new initiative bad for business

April 10, 2014

At issue: Emerson is expanding business offerings Our take: It shouldn't be so major Emerson’s getting down to business—or so it seems. The college hired a new director for its entrepreneurship program, Lu Ann Reeb, after Karl Baehr, the founder, passed away; professors are de...

Can’t we all just not get along?

Can’t we all just not get along?

April 10, 2014

At the core of a true liberal arts education is the guarantee that students will be immersed in—not just exposed to—the intellectual tensions and tendencies of human history. However, our classes should not be held wholly accountable to immerse us; we should hold ourselves accountable, in...

The stress generation

April 10, 2014

Millennials are the lazy, unmotivated, unreliable, high-maintenance generation. If you crowdsourced articles on this stereotyped group, that’s the picture you will likely get. Older generations frequently scold us for our poor work ethic and ability to sit inside watching two seasons of House ...

Inequality can’t be whitewashed away

Inequality can’t be whitewashed away

April 3, 2014

In 1969, The Associated Press reported Emerson “agreed to admit” 30 African-American students. The same year that astronauts first walked on the moon and gay rights activists rioted at Stonewall, the AP wrote Emerson’s other “concessions” for black students included servin...

Student efforts disprove generational stereotypes

April 3, 2014

At issue: President M. Lee Pelton requires clothing provider to ensure worker safety. Our take: Take P.R.I.D.E. in our student activities. Last week, President M. Lee Pelton issued an ultimatum to JanSport, whose Emerson-branded clothes fill the shelves in our Barnes & Noble: Have your parent company agre...

When nice guys are sexist with a smile

April 3, 2014

Modern day bigotry has to be sneaky. Overt discrimination is no longer fashionable, so now all prejudices must be filtered through euphemisms and flimsy justifications. These masks aren’t so much for the sake of other people, but for themselves. Being directly prejudicial is no longer in fashion, so le...

For the lonely, anonymity

For the lonely, anonymity

March 29, 2014

Anonymity is undeniably the zeitgeist of Emerson’s current social media activity. In the last couple of years, a variety of confession-focused pages have become popular, most notably Emerson Confessional and Emerson Compliments. These Facebook pages, for better or for worse, offer students a pl...

At SGA speech night, the sounds of silence

March 27, 2014

At issue: Unacceptable candidate attendance at SGA speech night Our take: If SGA can’t take itself seriously, how can the rest of us? The Student Government Association would have you believe that members tried their best to engage the Emerson community in its elections process. “In my ...

The Russian Anschluss

March 27, 2014

The recent hostile and provocative acts committed by the Russian Federation against the sovereign state of Ukraine and Crimea in pursuance of its geopolitical and territorial interests in those two areas are a timely reminder to all people who value freedom and security of the need for the U.S. to pr...

Before athletics gets Nicol, change is due

March 20, 2014

At issue: A new era of Emerson athletics is ready to begin Our take: It's time for Emerson to publicly apologize to Hank Smith It took nearly two years, but Emerson has finally filled the long-vacant athletic director position. The college went 668 days without a permanent department head, after...

Taking charge of your vagina

Taking charge of your vagina

March 20, 2014

It is the creator of new life, contains invaluable stem cells, houses the only body part to exist just for pleasure, and still manages to bring shame to women everywhere: It’s the vagina. While men are emboldened to explore their bodies and be proud of their penises, women lag behind in this progr...