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Forget your first impressions
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Forget your first impressions

The concept of a first impression boggles me. A smidgen of evidence establishes relatively long-lasting appraisal. A quick Google search yields millions of articles stating how crucial it is to portray a prim and polished version of yourself within 30 seconds. These critical first impressions often lead to misunderstandings. I tasted a metallic disgust after...

Alumni anthology records election impressions
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Alumni anthology records election impressions

People processed the 2016 election differently—some took selfies with cardboard cut-outs of Donald Trump, while others took to the streets chanting, “Not my President.” Michaela Papa ‘15 gathered a group of friends from her creative writing MFA program and edited the book States of the Union, a collection of responses to the 2016 election.  ...

Freshman Ben Zabin mystifies the magic community
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Freshman Ben Zabin mystifies the magic community

Alyson Hannigan, the host of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, saw her phone drop to the floor. Magician Ben Zabin had performed the same magic trick hundreds of times before, but failed for the first time in front of a 1,200 person audience. Although his clip was cut from the show, the blunder inspired him...

Boston rallies for one-year anniversary of Women’s March
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Boston rallies for one-year anniversary of Women’s March

Freshman Monica Gregoretti prepared a sign with the words, “Don’t Fucking Touch Me,” and a shirt with the image, “I heart consensual sex,” in preparation for the Cambridge/Boston Women’s March 2018. They said they’re looking forward to participating in a historical movement focused on equality. “Everyone belongs in that space,” Gregoretti said. “All trans women...

The story of campus cult classic, Love. Bacardi. Boston.
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The story of campus cult classic, Love. Bacardi. Boston.

Dane Shubert ‘13 could have made a one-to-four minute movie for his Visual and Media Arts Production class freshman year. Instead, he brought a 32 minute drama to class that is still being viewed seven years later. Alongside his roommates and friends, he created Emerson’s cult classic, Love. Bacardi. Boston. He recently uploaded an official link to the...

Marsha P. Johnson director brought to campus amid controversy
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Marsha P. Johnson director brought to campus amid controversy

David France, the director of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, said the film’s production team developed a community outreach campaign to create free screenings of the film across the nation. Ninety of the 140 screenings were cancelled due to allegations against the director of using another filmmaker’s archive without credit. Anna Feder,...

The Wolff Sisters hunt for spot at music festival
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The Wolff Sisters hunt for spot at music festival

Senior Kat Wolff already released two EPs and traveled the northeast with her sisters Rachael and Rebecca in their folk rock band, the Wolff Sisters and the Last Cavalry. Last weekend, the group started recording their first album with a new goal in mind: to perform in front of audiences across the country and to...

ArtsEmerson’s student actors: To pay, or not to pay?
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ArtsEmerson’s student actors: To pay, or not to pay?

Kiss, a play produced by ArtsEmerson, features over 20 Emerson student actors, designers, and managers. But the play also includes one professional actress. An audition notice posted on Broadway World listed her pay as $568 a week. All the students involved with Kiss are working unpaid. Last month, musical theatre major Daniel Klingenstein posted in an Emerson Facebook groups asking...

Senior brings supernatural sci-fi series to Somerville
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Senior brings supernatural sci-fi series to Somerville

Combine Live with Kelly and Ryan with The X-Files and you get Signs of Life, a parody talk show created by senior Arden Jurskis. Signs of Life will air on Somerville Community Access Television Fridays or Saturdays at midnight. The sci-fi comedy will play every other week, with a total of six 30-minute installments. The first two are available on YouTube. “I...

Persevering professor earns playwriting fellowship
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Persevering professor earns playwriting fellowship

MJ Halberstadt ‘10 applied to The Huntington Theatre Company Fellows program for 10 years straight. This time, the affiliated faculty member was finally chosen as a 2017 Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow. “This is a big vote of confidence in a field that’s hard to find gratification in,” Halberstadt said. The Huntington Theatre Company is one...