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Former Director of Production and Safety Leonard Manzo

Leonard Manzo out as VMA director of production and safety

By Bailey Allen, Former news editor
January 28, 2022

Leonard Manzo, longtime director of production and safety at Emerson, will no longer serve in the position as of Jan. 27, according to a Thursday evening email to the Visual and Media Arts department. Manzo,...

The Marlboro Institute for Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies

Emerson launches ‘cluster hire’ for intersectional studies

By Vivi Smilgius
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...

Emerson film students on set during the pandemic.

Student filmmakers relieved by loosened COVID protocols

By Mike McHugh and Hayden Bandes
October 10, 2021

Last fall, Emerson warned of the limitations the COVID-19 pandemic would place on student film productions: “We’re not going to be able to shoot it, so don’t write it.” This year, though, student...

Pete Chvany (center), a former Emerson professor and longtime mens soccer coach

‘A friend to hundreds of Emersonians’: Pete Chvany, former professor and men’s soccer coach, dies at age 81

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 23, 2021

Pete Chvany’s three-decade tenure at Emerson was more than just an academic career—according to his son Alec Chvany ‘95, it was just the “third act” of a long life. Chvany, a former professor...

Cristina Kotz Cornejo, the current VMA Chair.

First woman of color VMA Chair prioritizes inclusion, sustainability

By Alec Klusza and Ann E. Matica
March 4, 2021

Since ascending to chair of the Department of Visual & Media Arts in July—becoming the first woman of color to take the helm of the college’s most popular major—Cristina Kotz Cornejo has prioritized...

A still shot from the California-based feature film, Tom and Charlies Road Trip, written and directed by junior Alex Hrisanthopoulos.

Junior releases feature film debut ‘Tom and Charlie’s Road Trip’ on Amazon Prime

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
December 24, 2020

After nearly two years in the making, junior Alex Hrisanthopoulos released Tom and Charlie’s Road Trip, his first feature film, on Amazon Prime Video early this month. The comedy film, which Hrisanthopoulos...

Jacob Warman, the first-place winner of the 24 hour screenplay competition for his screenplay Glue Boards.

Mouse traps and sports drafts: Here are the winners of the 24 hour screenplay competition

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
November 16, 2020

When first-year Jacob Warman’s girlfriend suggested he write about a woman who regretted using mice glue traps, he did not think the idea would lead him to victory in the student-organized 24 hour screenplay...

VMA Department Chair Brooke Knight said he and the associate chairs identified 92 sections of production courses that would be significantly impacted by the transition to online.

Online learning results in alterations to VMA production courses

By Shruti Rajkumar
April 14, 2020

Sophomore visual media arts major Lauren Miller was preparing to film a group final project when the college announced it would be switching to remote learning in light of the progressing COVID-19 pandemic—she...

The VMA department will debut a new 400-level course open to undergraduates and graduates to create gun violence prevention media for Massachusetts General Hospital. Katie Redefer / Beacon Staff

VMA Department set to offer gun violence prevention video class

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
November 20, 2019

The Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson plans to work in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital through a new class centered around the creation of gun violence prevention videos.  This...

Kristie Mitchell (left) and Sam Stenson (right) helped organize Delta Kappa Alphas one-minute film festival. Greyson Acquaviva / Beacon Staff

Delta Kappa Alpha starts new competition in lieu of 48 hour film festival

By Grace Rispoli
November 6, 2019

During his first year at Emerson, senior Jacob Falberg pulled an all-nighter to direct and edit a film for Emerson’s 48 Hour Film Festival.  He reminisced about collaborating with another editor,...

Beacon Archives

College focuses on faculty hires over department budget increases

By Hanna Marchesseault
April 17, 2019

The college’s departmental operating budget has not increased in the last seven years, President M. Lee Pelton said in an interview after the Student Forum on Finance on April 10. The money in the...

Planning a class schedule can stress students out, especially with limited course options. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Students advocate for curriculum modifications

November 7, 2018

Planning a class schedule can stress students out, especially with limited course options. To understand what specific issues students face with course availability, we asked, “Course registration for...

Deceased VMA Professor found responsible for sexual harassment

Deceased VMA Professor found responsible for sexual harassment

By Chris Van Buskirk, Former Editor-in-Chief/Emerson ‘21
September 4, 2018

Former Professor Robert Todd was “found responsible for engaging in sexual harassment” following a Title IX investigation that took place before his death, according to a statement President M. Lee...

VMA department offers free film for photo students

VMA department offers free film for photo students

By Maysoon Khan
February 22, 2018

Students enrolled in photography classes received free film rolls at the start of this semester to help offset costs for assignments. The visual and media arts department began providing six photo-film...

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