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Letter to the Editor: Ad-Hoc Committee on Cultural Competency response to student protest and Lowrie memo

Written in response to a student protest of college discrimination against students of color last month and to a memo sent to the Emerson community by Faculty Assembly Chair Anthony Lowrie, which called for a private investigation into student claims of discrimination. Dear Emerson Community, On October 24, students once again joined in protest at...

Faculty assembly chair calls for ‘less witch-hunting’ in wake of protest
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Faculty assembly chair calls for ‘less witch-hunting’ in wake of protest

By Katherine Burns and Mark Gartsbeyn The chair of Emerson’s faculty assembly wrote in an email Monday afternoon that students and the Ad-Hoc Committee on Cultural Competency falsely accused faculty of discrimination. He compared their actions to McCarthyism and called for “less witch-hunting” and “more fact-finding,” advocating for an independent investigation into incidents of bias...

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Students talk media representation

by Michelle Aviles and Monica Petrucci How has representation of a certain group improved in TV and film? What can be done better? In the eyes of Hollywood, all Asians are the same. It doesn’t matter that I am Korean; in the film industry, my identity is no different than that of any other Asian. In the...

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Judge rules in favor of college in second Title IX lawsuit

By Allison Hagan and Max Reyes A federal judge in the District of Massachusetts ruled in favor of the college in the 2014 “Jillian Doherty v. Emerson College” Title IX lawsuit on Tuesday, in which Doherty claimed the college was negligent in the investigation of her claims of sexual assault. The college filed a motion...

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Editorial: Teaching cultural competency goes both ways

At issue: Semantics of social justice in the classroom Our take: Professors still have a lot to learn It’s a scene every Emerson student has experienced in some form or another: a single student raises a trembling hand in class to correct a professor on an issue of cultural competency. Whether it’s explaining the use of gender...

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Editorial: Hardware presents a hard choice

AT ISSUE: Inherent classism in new computer guidelines OUR TAKE: Uniformity can’t come at such a high price Last year, the journalism department announced the launch of the CreativityKit program for incoming journalism students. It provided the freshman class with 13-inch MacBook Airs fully equipped with Final Cut Pro X, Microsoft Office, and the Adobe suite in...

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Editorial: Dude, where’s my DH?

AT ISSUE: Major campus changes feel alienating to returning students OUR TAKE: We need to remember that this place isn’t ours When we left school at the end of the spring semester, it was the last time we would see the campus to which we had grown accustomed. It was gone by the time we...

Man shot on Boston Common
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Man shot on Boston Common

by Olivia Carey, Stephanie Purifoy, Max Reyes, and Chris Van Buskirk Students were told to lock and barricade their doors after both Emerson College and the Boston Police Department received reports of gunshots on the Boston Common around 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday. In an email to the college, President M. Lee Pelton said no students...

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Students share their expectations for the new year

by Sara Barber and Katherine Burns What do you expect from Emerson this school year: as a social force, as a creative hub, as an academic institution? I work at Emerson’s Gauge Magazine, a semesterly publication that varies its theme with each issue. For Spring 2017, we voted on the theme of chaos; it felt appropriate for...