Category: Lifestyle

LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals
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LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

This year, the world watched the first openly-gay Team USA athletes compete in the Winter Olympics. Many people in the LGBTQ community are celebrating figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy for their courage and shameless self-expression in the athletic spotlight, where the queer community has been historically limited. The LGBTQ community has always struggled...

Freshman Albany Alexander models for Vogue Italia
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Freshman Albany Alexander models for Vogue Italia

Posed like a dancer, Albany Alexander thought her photo shoot was nothing more than fun with her friend and professional photographer, Jeannie Albers. The freshman journalism student didn’t know Albers planned to submit the photos anywhere. It shocked her a month later when Alexander sat in class and received a text from Albers saying their...

Freshman brings viral valentine campaign to campus
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Freshman brings viral valentine campaign to campus

Propelled by the #MeToo movement, Lydia Albonesi brought Survivor Love Letter—a social media campaign where participants write love letters to survivors of sexual assault—to Emerson for Valentine’s Day. Using the hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter, participants read their letters in videos or post photos of them to social media on or after Valentine’s Day. Writers address their letters to themselves, loved ones, or...

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.  ...

Sex Column: Living up to rainbow flags and #MeToo pins
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Sex Column: Living up to rainbow flags and #MeToo pins

It happened at a typical Allston house party, where the jungle juice costs two dollars and half-inflated balloons litter the floor. Without warning, a boy I didn’t know pressed me up against the wall and forced his lips on mine. Earlier that night he attempted to hit on me, but I blew him off. Thinking...

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...

Sorority to celebrate month of femininity
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Sorority to celebrate month of femininity

Rebecca Johnson, Sigma’s marketing chair, said HerStory is a gender-inclusive event open to anyone who identifies with the word femininity.   “Obviously [HerStory] itself is centered around the pronoun ‘her,’ but we don’t want it to be centered around just women or just people who identify as female,” Johnson said. “So whether you are a...

Senior Erin Jean Hussey runs for a reason
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Senior Erin Jean Hussey runs for a reason

First time marathon runner and senior Erin Jean Hussey will tread over 26 miles through the streets of Boston to raise money and awareness for survivors of domestic, sexual, and dating violence.   “In this chaos of life, running has been my constant and source of strength,” Hussey said. On April 16, Hussey plans on...

LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing
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LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing

NBC’s new show Rise tells the story of how high school drama teacher Lou Mazzuchelli transforms the theater department. The plot is based on the real life story of Lou Volpe, but many in the LGBTQ community have criticized the show’s creators for changing a pivotal part of Volpe’s character. In the show, Lou Mazzuchelli...