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At Emerson, innovation ends at coursework divisions

February 26, 2015

At issue: Antiquated restrictions within majors. Our take: Academic divisions are holding students back from 21st centry industry possibilities. Emerson has long toed the line between a vocational and liberal arts school. Today, though, it’s clear that the pendulum has swung too far toward the former....

Fast fashion’s lasting woes

Fast fashion's lasting woes

February 26, 2015

We live in a fast food nation. America boasts an economy grossly banking on a population conditioned to love fast and cheap products. From the golden arches of McDonald’s  to the seemingly endless fluorescent-lit aisles of Wal-Mart, the United States is home to consumers who love eating a...

David Carr, 1956 – 2015

David Carr, 1956 - 2015

February 26, 2015

Journalism isn’t a glamorous industry, at least not in the way Sex and the City promised the generation of wide-eyed writers and reporters eager to traipse around the big city. Today’s focus on political #hottakes and Netflix #thinkpieces online belie the reality that exclusives aren’...

Instead of romance, selfishness reigns supreme

Instead of romance, selfishness reigns supreme

February 19, 2015

With Valentine’s Day looming (or approaching, however you like to look at it) I have started thinking about marriage. Not in the Pinterest or Tumblr way, where I obsessively stalk wedding photos on blogs, but critically. I’m honestly wondering why so many college relationships end up in bre...

For celebrities, talent isn’t enough to excuse problematic pasts

February 19, 2015

No one wants to be the one to take off their rose-colored glasses and see a situation for the unsavory reality it actually is. Ignorance really can be bliss. But there comes a certain point where we can no longer turn a blind eye to the reality of a situation. Sometimes our favorite stars are #problema...

Costly snow days put classes in perspective

February 19, 2015

At issue: Controversy brews over make up classes for snow days. Our take: We'll work it out in the end. Emerson’s recent spate of class cancellations amid prolific snowstorms has spurred discontented chatter among many students, concerned about losing money in their missed hours of instruction...

For celebrities, talent isn’t enough to excuse problematic pasts

By Jackie Roman

February 12, 2015

No one wants to be the one to take off their rose-colored glasses and see a situation for the unsavory reality it actually is. Ignorance really can be bliss. But there comes a certain point where we can no longer turn a blind eye to the reality of a situation. Sometimes our favorite stars are #problematic:...

SGA starts semester with delusions of grandeur

February 12, 2015

At issue: What is the role of SGA? Our take: Concrete improvements should trump lofty aspirations  The Student Government Association is here to focus on real-world issues, or so said SGA’s president, Emily Solomon, as recorded in the most recent meeting’s minutes. Ongoing legisla...

In Patriots vs. protest, racial bias revealed

In Patriots vs. protest, racial bias revealed

February 12, 2015

At 1 am on Monday, immediately following the New England Patriots Super Bowl win, there were at least 100 people gathering outside my dorm window, blocking traffic on Tremont Street, screaming their lungs out, honking their car horns for long intervals, and destroying public property by tearing down ...

For people of color, mandatory minimums with maximum damage

February 12, 2015

What’s worse: Selling drugs or killing someone with a car? According to the government, it’s the former. The federal mandatory minimum sentence for selling a small amount of LSD is 5 years. Though there are 25 states that have minimum sentences for drunken vehicular manslaughter—usually between one a...

Antiquated internship policy requires reform

February 5, 2015

At issue: Outmoded policies muddle Emerson's internship program. Our take: Internship class reforms at ELA should only be the first step. At the end of last semester, professor Julian Higgins facilitated a meeting between several students who had just finished their term at Emerson Los Angeles and Lor...

Do no harm: Depression’s definition leaves much to be desired

February 5, 2015

Defining depression can be difficult because of how varied the disease is. With high rates of depression diagnosed nationally—it affects one in 10 Americans, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control—there is a disconnect between the diagnoses of general unhappiness and the prolo...