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Emerson discontinues Winter Term, releases community equity action plan

By Adri Pray, News Editor
May 8, 2022

Emerson released an update to students, faculty and staff Friday morning concerning the college’s community equity action plan. The plan outlines the college’s commitment to “dismantling systemic...

The Marlboro Institute for Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies

Emerson launches ‘cluster hire’ for intersectional studies

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
November 11, 2021

A new “cluster hire” initiative at Emerson aims to recruit faculty for newly-created positions in the Visual and Media Arts and Writing, Literature and Publishing departments as well as the Marlboro...

A COVID-19 vaccination site

Vaccination requirement extended to faculty, staff

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
July 30, 2021

Emerson faculty and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall, in an extension of the college’s previous directive which applied only to students. The requirement...

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

By Illona Yukhayev
June 16, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she’s not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor....

Trent (center right) was remembered as a pioneer in the field of Political Communication.

Emerson faculty reflects on passing of Judith Trent, political communications icon

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
December 10, 2020

Dr. Judith Trent’s only official post at Emerson was as a guest lecturer in 1996. But to many in the School of Communication, she will be remembered as much more. Trent passed away on Nov. 26, in...

Professor Brooke Knisley said it is especially frustrating that the college may not believe people when they tell them they have a disability.

Professors seeking accommodations forced to jump through hoops to teach online

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
December 7, 2020

A number of Emerson’s immunocompromised and disabled professors have reported issues receiving accommodations to teach remotely ahead of the fall semester’s hybrid classes. Several faculty and graduate...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

COVID-19 forces some professors to consider pausing five-year path to tenure

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2020

With professional timelines thrown into disarray by the pressures of the pandemic, some Emerson faculty are weighing whether or not to “stop-the-clock” on their paths to tenure. Due to various roadblocks...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

Admin will not offer pass/fail option for fall classes

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 12, 2020

Emerson administrators do not plan to institute a pass/fail option for classes this semester as they did in the spring to accommodate students struggling with the effects of COVID-19. The pass/fail...

Emersons testing center at a Tufts Medical Center bookstore on the corner of Kneeland St. and Harrison St.

College to mandate weekly testing for faculty, staff in spring

By Charlie McKenna, Dana Gerber, and Karli Wallace
October 29, 2020

Emerson will mandate weekly testing for faculty and staff working on campus during the spring semester after allowing those working on campus this fall the choice to opt into the college’s testing program.  The...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St. in front of the Little Building.

Spring break formally eliminated with faculty vote

By Charlie McKenna
October 17, 2020

The full time faculty union approved an altered schedule for the upcoming spring semester Tuesday, finalizing the college’s plans to cancel spring break as a precaution against COVID-19. The new calendar,...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

Despite full-time faculty boycott, directed study enrollment on par with previous years

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 15, 2020

Enrollment in directed study courses remains steady this semester despite several faculty members’ ongoing boycott of the classes. There are still 61 undergraduate and six graduate directed study...

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

Symptom tracker to be linked to tap access in October

By Charlie McKenna
September 30, 2020

Emerson will begin linking its daily symptom tracker to student, faculty, and staff ids in October, meaning community members will no longer have to display their symptom tracker results to security guards...

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

By Editorial Board
July 28, 2020

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....

Emersons Paramount theater.

Faculty members denounce reopening plan, citing ‘glaring’ safety concerns

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
July 25, 2020

In the month since Emerson announced its hybrid learning plan for the fall semester, a chorus of faculty voices have questioned its logistics and practicality, saying the plan sacrifices their health and...

Emerson anticipates massive losses during the 2020-21 fiscal year, ranging from $33 million to $76 million, President M. Lee Pelton said in a letter to faculty Monday.

Emerson projects up to $76 million in COVID-19 losses

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
June 22, 2020

The college projects losses between $33 and $76 million in the next fiscal year due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to a letter President M. Lee Pelton sent to faculty Monday.  The letter says Emerson...

Letter: Alumnus responds to College removes long-time WEBN faculty

Letter: Alumnus responds to “College removes long-time WEBN faculty”

October 7, 2019

To the editor: Re "College removes long-time WEBN faculty" (News, October 1) The other day, my morning producer called me to check in on a script I was writing. As a way of small talk, he asked if...

Respect college employees with improved communication

Respect college employees with improved communication

By Editorial Board
October 2, 2019

Over the summer, the college switched their employment software from their old system, People Admin, to a new software called Workday. In the process of implementing this new system, many students employees...

What choice are parents left with if they or their child suffers from a minor sickness that continues past the mandated 12 weeks in Emerson’s current policy? / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Parental leave policies don’t support families’ needs

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
March 27, 2019

Teary-eyed and six months pregnant, Emerson program manager Nicole Martignetti held her belly gently. After quietly shutting her office door, she recalled returning to work after her 12-week maternity...

While literature is a vital aspect of the major, this number of required courses is excessive for those who gravitate toward the publishing or writing side of the spectrum. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Major Thoughts: there’s more than the ‘L’ in WLP

By Erin Wood
January 23, 2019

I chose Emerson because the writing, literature and publishing major offers a diverse curriculum with a focus on a variety of careers in the literary world. It felt like the perfect major for me—the...

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