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The Other American Epidemic: Gun Violence

TW: This editorial contains mentions of gun violence, homicide, and suicide.  Since the pandemic began, the U.S. has shifted much of its attention to improving public health. Despite this, an epidemic separate from the coronavirus has been plaguing the country

Editorial: Emerson’s staff and faculty deserve better

Emerson would be nothing without the hard work of its staff and faculty. They are tasked with cleaning our spaces, providing equipment for us, teaching our classes, and many other crucial responsibilities that keep the college afloat. Yet as the

Should Emerson host in-person graduation?

As college students, the driving force to get us through 8 a.m. classes, midterm exams, and the ever-rising tuition rate is the monumental closing event of our college experience: graduation. But since the pandemic made large social gatherings virtually impossible,

Students deserve a break now more than ever

After living through a pandemic for the past year, most of us are exhausted. The extended hours of screen time, lack of contact with friends and family, and looming fear of the virus has taken a toll on most peoples’

Biden needs to live up to his campaign promises

Joe Biden took office just over a month ago, and we’re already disappointed. At a time when millions of Americans are facing illness and job insecurity, a drastic change from Trump’s presidency was a beacon of hope for struggling Americans.

Massachusetts must improve its COVID-19 vaccine distribution

After a year filled with tragedy, the possibility for a return to a normal, pre-pandemic life lies almost entirely in the hands of vaccines for COVID-19. Yet as the coronavirus death toll climbs higher every day, vaccine distribution across the

Why local businesses need student support now more than ever

COVID-19 has decimated countless American businesses. In 2021, many are struggling under new COVID safety regulations, which force them to reduce seating capacity and often reduce late night hours, an essential for many near Emerson. As a result, Yelp’s September

Emerson’s mental health resources need improvement

Content warning: This editorial discusses topics of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm. This fall, most Emerson students dutifully followed college-mandated COVID-19 restrictions on travel and social gatherings, which effectively limited the spread of the virus on campus. For many students,

We ‘settled for Biden,’ but our work has only begun

We can all breathe a sigh of relief after President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. The tumultuous years of former president Donald Trump’s administration are over, and now the hope for brighter days in American politics remains. But now is

Emerson, cancel in-person classes immediately

This week feels like a much-anticipated moment is finally upon us. Emerson went almost three months without seeing a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases. For so long, it felt like we might actually make it through the semester—at least until

Even now, the work is not over

And just like that, President Donald Trump’s reign is over. But the work for equity? For justice? For a better world? Far from done.  Around the world, supporters of President-elect Joe Biden have swept the streets, beaming with joy and

Make Election Day an academic holiday once and for all

A week from Election Day, the country stands more fractured and divided. With experts anticipating a voter-turnout tsunami and young people already reporting record breaking voting numbers, Americans are nearing a historic election with potentially life-altering implications.  Although many people,

Waiting weeks for textbooks is unacceptable

In the midst of midterm season, some students are still waiting on one precious class material: their textbooks.  The campus bookstore has seen severe delays this semester—so much so that people have gone weeks or months without getting their hands

When it comes to COVID testing, where’s the accountability?

Since the start of the fall semester, Emerson has taken considerable action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks on campus. Unlike other universities that have reported more than 1,000 student cases, like Pennsylvania State and Arizona State

Let off-campus students test somewhere else

Testing all Emerson students weekly is both a noble goal and a requirement this year. It’s been widely proven that the most effective way to pin down the coronavirus before it spreads—or shortly after its transmission begins—is through frequent testing

We really, really shouldn’t throw parties

By now, you may have heard a joke or two leading up to this semester—something like “off to school for a few good weeks” or “don’t make your room look too nice, since it’ll probably be empty by next month.”

Remote learning is different, but that’s not a bad thing

As Emerson moves forward with its reopening plans for the fall semester, many students have raised concerns about the value of online classes. Is it comparable to the in-person experience, they ask, when teachers only appear through a screen, sometimes

A weekly email is not enough

Throughout the summer, Emerson administration has sent students sporadic emails. In June came the announcement that campus would reopen in late August. A few weeks later, updates on tuition and then dining flooded students’ inboxes. And just recently, administrators proliferated

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

In a world toppled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson administration gave students a choice: return to an altered campus and participate in a mix of in-person and online classes or opt to go fully online. (Another handful, alternatively, chose to

For a more equitable community (and newsroom)

On June 1, as inklings of warm summer air crept in, a massive protest overtook the streets of Boston, just steps from Emerson’s campus. Demonstrators marched to get justice for the countless Black lives lost at the hands of the

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