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Alia Seraj with her father, Prince Abdul Ali Seraj, in the Boston Public Garden

Afghan royalty, class of 2004, reflects on country’s legacy in wake of American withdrawal

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large
September 2, 2021

Like many of her Emerson peers, Alia Seraj ‘04 has witnessed the United States’ intervention in Afghanistan for nearly all her adult life. Yet her connection to the far-off Central Asian country is...

Alum Stephanie Kent ‘10 and her husband Logan Smalley wrote the novel The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book, an interactive guide to book recommendations and local book stores across the U.S.

Alum creates interactive phone book for bibliophiles everywhere

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
November 30, 2020

Stephanie Kent ‘10 and her husband, Logan Smalley, share a deep love for books. This mutual interest is what sparked the idea for their newly published interactive novel, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book. “[Smalley...

Griswold 10 on the set of Quirewood: The Musical, which is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Adam Griswold ’10 lands first musical on Amazon Prime

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
October 28, 2020

Filmmaker and alum Adam Griswold ‘10 spent years thinking about producing a musical, but he has now made his mark on the theatre world with the release of Quirewood! The Musical, now available on Amazon...


Former chair of Performing Arts Department Leo Nickole dies at 93

By Elena Naze
April 3, 2020

Emerson alumnus and professor emeritus Leo Nickole died Wednesday at 93, an email from President M. Lee Pelton announced Friday evening.  A Korean War veteran, Nickole graduated Emerson in 1949 with...

Emerson Trustee and Alumnus dead at 69

Emerson Trustee and Alumnus dead at 69

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
March 22, 2020

Emerson Alumnus and Trustee Emeritus Larry Rasky, 69, died Sunday morning at his home, according to a community-wide email from President M. Lee Pelton.  Rasky graduated from Emerson in 1978 with a...

Alumus David Wade 95, winner of 23 Emmy awards, is back at Emerson as a professor. Shiyu Pan / Beacon Correspondent

Award winning journalist and alum returns to Emerson as professor

By Sydney Havens
September 25, 2019

When working for local TV station WBZ in 2013, David Wade ‘95 received a call in the middle of the night telling him to go straight to Watertown—the police were searching for the suspects who detonated...

Alex Clark 07 wrapped up his nationwide comedy tour on March 31. - Photo courtesy of Alex Clark

Alumnus comedian finds success on YouTube

By Taina Millsap, Staff Writer
April 2, 2019

Before going viral on YouTube, Alex Clark ‘07 performed comedy on street corners for tips. Clark started at Faneuil Hall in Boston and ended up traveling the world performing on street corners from 2009...

Jordan Cipolla ‘18 (right) brought his late friend, Adam James McCarthy ‘17’s (left), vision to life by finishing their collaborative short film “Tulips.” - Photo courtesy of Jordan Cipolla

Alum remember Adam James McCarthy with “Tulips” film

By Erin Nolan
February 14, 2019

Jordan Cipolla ‘18 and Adam James McCarthy ‘17 shared matching tattoos—stick and pokes done by Cipolla’s ex-girlfriend. The design depicted a tulip inside of a Bulleit Bourbon bottle next to...

Michael Rulli 91 won a seat in the Ohio State Senate as a Republican candidate. Courtesy of the Ohio Senate

Emerson alumnus Michael Rulli reflects on Ohio senate seat win

By Stefania Lugli
February 6, 2019

Michael Rulli ‘91 sat in his new state house office in Columbus, Ohio wearing an Emerson sweatshirt on his second day as a state senator. On Jan. 8, the grocery store operations director, ex-bassist...

Keith Habersberger,Ned Fulmer, Eugene Lee Yang and Zach Kornfeld ‘12 of The Try Guys have garnered over 5 million subscribers in six months. • Courtesy of Zach Kornfeld

“Try Guy” Kornfeld ‘12 turns hobby into viral success

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
January 17, 2019

At the Buzzfeed office in Los Angeles, four men took turns trying on teensy, lace-embellished thongs in front of a thin curtain. What they didn’t know then is this light-hearted video would turn them...

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