Category: Opinion

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DC stands for Dining Center, not Dumpling Cafe

At issue: Students treat cultural communities with disrespect Our take: Chinatown is more than a food court   When Emerson moved from Back Bay to the Theater District in 1987, the new location presented students the opportunity to explore an area with vast historical and cultural significance. Sadly, this narrative of enlightenment and exploration did not...

Make meals simple for students with allergies
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Make meals simple for students with allergies

When I first laid down my thoughts for this piece, I laid curled up in bed feeling sick to my stomach with an awful headache. Somehow, my allergen-free menu came in contact with gluten—leaving me down-and-out for two days. The only place that I’d eaten that day was the Dining Center. As someone with Celiac...

Scheduling solutions for overworked students
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Scheduling solutions for overworked students

I once typed a four page paper on my phone from the break room of a Downtown Crossing retail shop over the course of a nine hour shift. I’ve copy-pasted long, important class readings into the Notes app on my iPhone, and hit “Select All” so Siri could read the text to me in her...

Our housing options are not up to par
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Our housing options are not up to par

At issue: Construction noise continues to interrupt student life Our take: Emerson owes students an explanation   Remember when the Paramount Center, with its five-minute walk to the center of campus, was considered the worst residence hall? Or when we would jokingly mock the mysterious Paramount Cafe, hidden far away in a foreign land? These days, it could...

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...

Just keep swimming: coping with others’ success
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Just keep swimming: coping with others’ success

Growing up, everyone told me I was a “gifted” child. My GPA and standardized test scores deemed me capable of changing the world. I could write novels, run for office, or find the cure for cancer if I wanted to. For years, I heard teachers, parents, and advisors tell me that I could accomplish anything. When...

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First is the worst

There is nothing more refreshing than spending long hours hunched over a keyboard or a pad of paper to pry an idea out of the recesses of your mind and translate it into beautiful and carefully crafted language——only for someone to read it, crumple it up, toss it in the dumpster, and tell you, “Try again.”...

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Don’t feel pressured by the love in the air

At issue: It’s almost Valentine’s Day Our take: Don’t set yourself up for disappointment Couples wander through the dirty snowbanks of Boston Common toward the Frog Pond, where they hold hands as they trip and weave across the crowded ice. Restaurants across the city are completely booked with tables for two, followed by movies at...

Riding the waves of college nostalgia
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Riding the waves of college nostalgia

During my freshman year, it didn’t occur to me college would someday end. I sat on flurries of lint that covered my dorm room carpet, played cards, and fell in love with new friends. Under the hazy, twinkling lights, everything felt like a dreamland. It felt like life would continue on this way forever—full of...