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The NFL should reevaluate its concussion protocol

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
October 6, 2022

There were five minutes and fifteen seconds left in the second quarter of the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals when the Dolphins’ quarterback was rushed to the hospital.  On...

Bill Giligan, the interim president of Emerson College.

Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘Emerson’s next president should serve students, not their pockets’

By William Gilligan, Interim President of Emerson College
February 5, 2022

I write today in response to an opinion piece, “Emerson’s next president should serve students, not their pockets,” in order to clarify information provided in this piece, as well as to reaffirm...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson’s COVID-19 protocols for spring semester warrant criticism

By Editorial Board
January 13, 2022

With students already back on campus and in-person classes officially starting on Jan. 18, COVID-19 cases are bound to continue their rise. Given the fumbled response to the surge at the end of the fall...

Why we still love Twilight

Why we still love ‘Twilight’

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
December 11, 2021

Why do the Twilight movies make us so intensely, undeniably uncomfortable?  Is it because we are instantly shown a problematic love story between an abusively gas-lighting 107-year-old horny vampire...

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
December 22, 2020

2020 has been a year of disappointment. Internships were cut. Intense feelings of isolation and general melancholy reigned in relation to the state of the world. People turned to baking, crafts and other...

A worker dispensing salt along the Washington and Boylston Street intersection.

11 ways to celebrate the holiday season COVID-free

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
December 22, 2020

Decorating, family time, movies, shopping, and holiday food are just a few hallmarks of the holiday season. But in a normal year, no one has to account for a global pandemic while mapping out their December...

Hes Got Spunk: He texts me, he texts me not

He’s Got Spunk: He texts me, he texts me not

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
December 15, 2020

Much like everyone in my generation, I use dating apps. Tinder, Grindr, and Hinge are currently downloaded on my phone. And despite the desperation that list gives off, I don’t particularly like dating...

Cured (2020) is an American documentary directed by Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon.

Film review: ‘Cured’ reminds us the necessity of LGBTQ+ activism

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
November 11, 2020

After four years of the Trump administration rolling back LGBTQ+ protections, particularly those protecting the trans community, documentaries like Cured, which will be available through PBS later this...

Shawna Konieczny is a junior IDIP major from Medford, Wisconsin.

Why I am one of the voters that helped Wisconsin go blue

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
November 10, 2020

Four years ago, I had just turned seventeen. I was balancing the stress of school at Medford Area Senior High in Wisconsin, a social life, and the mental toll from losing three grandfathers within the...

Hes Got Spunk- The Ick

He’s Got Spunk- ‘The Ick’

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
October 21, 2020

Temperatures have started to dip below the sixties. The leaves in the Common are fluttering off the trees. The pumpkin spice latte is back. It’s official: fall is here. Yet there is a much more sinister...

Gary Sowder writes about love and sex.

‘On the DL’: The sexual politics of sleeping with closeted guys

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
October 1, 2020

My mom lives in Westchester County, New York, a place that is most known for being the home of the Clintons', and the last place Robert Durst’s wife was seen alive. After COVID-19 touched down in America,...

If the college chooses to have people attending classes in Boston and acknowledges its responsibility to provide testing, it must also bear the burden of the danger this puts our homeless and low-income community members in.

Don’t ignore our “invisible” community as classes resume this fall

By Billy Brodeur
September 2, 2020

Billy Brodeur is a senior studying comedic arts. On a walk to Paramount my sophomore year, I turned a corner and saw my friend Paul slumped on the ground. Paul is a homeless man in his late 60s who...

The cloud ahead of us is grim, but to spite the dark mass, I find it necessary to reach for the silver linings that are both large and small, inconsequential and momentous.

Time to look at the silver lining

By Althea Champion
September 1, 2020

In a room full of pessimists, I am the first to say that the world is going to hell. Nowadays, I cannot believe I am alone in that assertion, especially among my Gen Z peers who also attend Emerson College. The...

I did so many things to create a sense of belonging for myself in this unfamiliar country by empowering myself with knowledge and experience, only to learn that the future I wanted for so long might not even exist, and this country does not welcome people like me.

The U.S. I wanted to study in no longer exists

By Ziqi Wang
July 8, 2020

My boyfriend texted me right after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students would need to leave the U.S. if their university transitions to online-only...

Black Lives Matter protestors chant as they walked up Bowdoin St. approaching the State House.

For a more equitable community (and newsroom)

By Editorial Board
June 19, 2020

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...

Kaitlyn Fehr

Isolated castle or populous city: I felt safer at Kasteel Well

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
April 8, 2020

On March 6, all 81 Kasteel Well students were brought back to Boston by the college due to rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19. We were told this decision was made out of the best interest for...

Some students, including myself, cannot spare five dollars to a school that already does not meet our financial needs. / Illustration by Christine Park

Students shouldn’t be responsible for fueling the endowment fund

By Melanie Curry
November 8, 2019

Last week, Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple wrote in a letter to the editor, “At Emerson College, we have a problem.” She said there is a serious problem with our...

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

By Editorial Board
November 6, 2019

This Monday, the registrar’s office shut down class registration for students with 92 or more credits following a technical issue. According to an email from the registrar, Banner, the new college’s...

Yes, on the surface, “A” means success, and “F” means failure. But neither of these letters explain the reasons behind a student’s performance. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

There’s no learning in letter grades

By Xinyan Fu, Columnist
November 6, 2019

Last semester, I took the Fundamentals of Speech Communication class everyone is required to take at Emerson. We completed several group speech presentations, solo projects, and impromptu speeches. However,...

The reality is that antisemitism is not going to end overnight, but there are steps that we all can take to fight it. / Illustration by Christine Park

Anti-Semitism in the U.S.: One Year After Pittsburgh

By Robbie Shinder
November 2, 2019

One year has passed since the shooter in the Tree of Life Synagogue took eleven innocent lives during Shabbat services on Oct. 27, 2018. The Tree of Life Synagogue is located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood...

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