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Journalism curriculum refocuses on student skills
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Journalism curriculum refocuses on student skills

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 in journalism while returning students will fulfill the previous degree track with new and improved classes. Only students enrolled in the college for Fall 2017 or later will...

Faculty assembly chair defends memo, claims misinterpretation
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Faculty assembly chair defends memo, claims misinterpretation

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 views do not represent them. “We are committed to continuing the work of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Cultural Competency, addressing the points raised by POWER in its petition,...

Student survey postponed due to protest
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Student survey postponed due to protest

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 the survey will be administered. Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Robert Amelio said the college decided to postpone the survey to show...

Emerson brings education to prison
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Emerson brings education to prison

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, assistant professor and director of EPI, said she created the program’s mechanisms and the admissions process. Eighty-six eligible participants who have earned a GED or high school diploma...

Pelton promises DACA students support
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Pelton promises DACA students support

President M. Lee Pelton is pledging that the college will continue to support and protect undocumented students, regardless of the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program, which protects these students from deportation, will be terminated. President Donald J. Trump’s perspective on the...

Emerson Food Cam to alleviate college waste issue
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Emerson Food Cam to alleviate college waste issue

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 claim, called the Emerson Food Cam. With the press of a button attached to the wall, a camera placed above the monitored counter in...

Laundry costs hike to cover new machines
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Laundry costs hike to cover new machines

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, said Karen Dickinson, director of business services. This additional quarter is helping pay for 16 new washers and dryers at...

Orientation Leaders shift focus from organizations
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Orientation Leaders shift focus from organizations

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, senior marketing major and orientation core staff, said the Orientation Leader Issues Team designed this year’s training to shift the focus towards building relationships and...

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Novelist to speak at graduation

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] and his fellow honorary degree recipients this year … are widely recognized for achievements in their individual fields and their contributions to society through their work,” Carole McFall, associate vice president of...

New Title IX Investigator to bring professionalism
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New Title IX Investigator to bring professionalism

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 Title IX Coordinator Pamela White on Oct. 23. Ring will work on cases involving the gender equity law that applies to educational institutions....