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Community Impact: Students distant from neighbors in Chinatown
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Community Impact: Students distant from neighbors in Chinatown

This is an ongoing series dedicated to exploring the college’s impact on neighboring communities. Sophomore Stacey Wong grew up going to Chinatown for dim sum every Saturday and advocated for the Asian community in high school. At Emerson, she said students still don’t see the neighborhood as a place where people live, work, and play,...

‘Emerson Lions’ to be phased off of merchandise
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‘Emerson Lions’ to be phased off of merchandise

The “Emerson Lions” phrase will not appear on the new merchandise sold in Barnes & Noble at Emerson as a result of the company’s decision, an assistant store manager said. The lionshead will still be used on Emerson apparel, according to Jennifer Bonner, the assistant store manager. Associate Vice President of Marketing Michael Sarra—who played...

LA campus adds gender-neutral restroom signs
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LA campus adds gender-neutral restroom signs

Emerson’s Los Angeles campus received a shipment of eight new stickers from the Boston campus that state: “Gender diversity is welcome here. Please use the restroom that best fits your identity.” These stickers were placed this month on the doors of all men’s and women’s rooms with multiple stalls, ELA Vice President and Executive Director...

Kasteel Well to designate new gender-neutral bathrooms
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Kasteel Well to designate new gender-neutral bathrooms

  The Kasteel Well campus in the Netherlands will soon install gender-inclusive restroom signs, similar to the signage on the Boston campus. Bathrooms at Kasteel Well are gender-neutral, but both male and female signs can be seen on the door. Kasteel Well Executive Director Dulcia Meijers said she recently ordered inclusive signs with a triangular...

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Freshman journalism majors lack tech resources

While first-year journalism enrollment increased by 27 percent this year, most of the department budget went toward salaries for new teachers in the 100-level classes. According to the Journalism Department Chair Janet Kolodzy, none of the money went toward the iPod Touch kits, the main equipment available for the 158 enrolled first-year students, including transfers,...

ECPD lacks gender diversity
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ECPD lacks gender diversity

This year, two of the 28 people employed in the Emerson College Police Department are women. The department employed just one woman last year and has gone without women in the past. “This isn’t the 1950s anymore,” ECPD Chief of Police Robert Smith said. “We all want women here.” This year, 11 out of 167...

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Board of Advisors to champion departments, co-curriculars

Joshua Wachs ‘87 started an initiative last month to allow members from the Board of Advisors, a governing body which aims to connect Emerson students and faculty to outside industries, to self-appoint themselves as ‘Champions’ to an area of study or expertise at Emerson. The Champions aim to foster engagement and involvement with the students...

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CreativityKit costs climb

The journalism department required that incoming students purchase an over $1,600 model of Macbook Pro, while last year’s freshmen received Macbook Air for free for one year.  Paul Niwa, assistant dean to the school of communication and former chair of the journalism department, sent an email out earlier this spring instructing all current freshmen journalism...