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Allison Hagan. Graphic by Ally Rzesa

She Goes Down: Reimagining old-fashioned fairytale fantasies

By Allison Hagan
April 18, 2019

Facebook Memories personally attacked me earlier this month by reminding me of an important anniversary—the last time I changed my relationship status to “In a Relationship.” Seven years ago. My...

Allison Hagan. Graphic by Ally Rzesa

Adult content bans hurt dignified businesses

By Allison Hagan
January 24, 2019

In eighth grade, I followed my first porn blog on Tumblr using my family’s computer. One late night scrolling through black-and-white GIFs of straight couples getting down led me on a long journey of...

Times Up for abusers, but accused men need to do more than spend time away

Time’s Up for abusers, but accused men need to do more than spend time away

By Allison Hagan
September 13, 2018

Two weeks ago, and 10 months after he admitted to masturbating nonconsensually in front of five women, Louis C.K. took the stage for a surprise set at a comedy club in New York City. C.K., who made a joke...

Despite my valiant attempt at perfection, my time as editor turned out more like a stream of consciousness ramble than a polished final draft. Illustration by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Op-ed: Moving past panic and perfection

By Allison Hagan
April 18, 2018

During my first critique as editor-in-chief of the Beacon, our advisor described my decision to feature the profane internet term “shitposting” in a headline on the front page as “regrettable.”...

As members of an artistic community, we must all contribute to ensuring our spaces are accessible. Photo courtesy of Allison Hagan.

Weighing the costs of creativity

By Allison Hagan
April 8, 2018

I wanted one thing when I graduated eighth grade—a digital single-lens reflex, or DSLR, camera. Both of my grandmothers planned to collaborate on the gift, so I felt certain my photography career...

Chair Janet Kolodzy created a bridge to visually represent the new steps in the program.

Journalism curriculum refocuses on student skills

By Allison Hagan
December 7, 2017

The journalism department tested out a new curriculum focused on student needs and industry expectations this semester. This year’s freshman follow different steps to receive a Bachelor of Science...

Anthony Lowrie addressed students, faculty, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Cultural Competency, and others in his memo following the protest.

Faculty assembly chair defends memo, claims misinterpretation

By Allison Hagan
November 10, 2017

Seventy-five full-time faculty members signed a brief statement this week clarifying that the faculty assembly chair’s response to student protests do not speak on their behalf and that his...

The student portion of the Emerson360 survey has been postponed, or possibly cancelled.

Student survey postponed due to protest

By Allison Hagan
November 1, 2017

Emerson College will not conduct the student portion of the Emerson360: Community Climate Survey this semester in response to concerns voiced at last week’s protest. It remains unclear as to whether...

Mneesha Gellman is the director of the Emerson Prison Initiative and an assistant professor.

Emerson brings education to prison

By Allison Hagan
September 20, 2017

The Emerson Prison Initiative launched at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord this semester, making an Emerson liberal arts education accessible to those behind bars. Mneesha Gellman,...

The Emerson Food Cam is located in the lobby of Piano Row.

Emerson Food Cam to alleviate college waste issue

By Allison Hagan
September 13, 2017

Sustainability Coordinator Amy Elvidge’s newest solution to food waste on campus is a community space where students can send photos of small quantities of extra food for the Emerson community to...

Laundry prices have increased

Laundry costs hike to cover new machines

By Allison Hagan
September 6, 2017

The price of on-campus laundry increased 25 cents per wash or dry cycle this semester from $1.50 to $1.75. The college renewed its contract with vendor CSC ServiceWorks on Aug. 1, resulting in the spike,...

OLs tried to take emphasis off organizations.

Orientation Leaders shift focus from organizations

By Allison Hagan
September 6, 2017

Combating the culture of overcommitment on campus dominated many of the conversations at the Fall 2017 New Student Orientation, from group meetings on Boston Common to student-led workshops. Karin Yehoudian,...

Novelist to speak at graduation

By Allison Hagan
April 20, 2017

Award-winning fiction author Dennis Lehane—known for Mystic River and Shutter Island, now feature films—is set to address the class of 2017 at this year’s commencement.  “[Lehane]...

Emerson endowment has fossil fuel ties

By Allison Hagan
March 30, 2017

Most colleges and universities in the United States are invested in fossil fuel companies— including Harvard University, Stanford University, and Duke University—whether students know it or not. Emerson...

Pamela Ring is Emersons first full-time Title IX Investigator.

New Title IX Investigator to bring professionalism

By Allison Hagan
November 4, 2015

Emerson’s new full-time Title IX Investigator Pamela Ring said she is excited to work with students who are interested in issues of gender equality. Ring’s position was announced in an email from...

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