Category: Opinion

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Letter to the Editor: Student response to “What’s in a name?”

Last week, the Berkeley Beacon editorial board published an article titled “What’s in a name?” examining recent name changes of the Educational Equity and Justice Committee (formerly the Ad Hoc Committee for Cultural Competency) and the Social Justice Center (formerly the Office of Diversity and Inclusion). This article expresses a concern that these name changes...

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Please don’t make us fight sports fans to get to class

At issue: Potential parade could interrupt campus and classes Our take: Don’t risk it. Postpone class times Any Emerson student that had to trudge to class on Feb. 7, 2017 knows the absurdity and aggravation that comes with the New England Patriots Super Bowl parade. The route ran straight down Boylston Street and encompassed the...

Making millennial voices matter
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Making millennial voices matter

In November, transgender rights will be on the ballot. A 2016 law prohibiting discrimination based on gender could be overturned by a veto referendum, due to the concentrated efforts of bigots and fringe voices last year. But our generation’s involvement in politics can ensure that such discriminatory actions are defeated, even in the face of...

Navigating the nuances of invisible disabilities
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Navigating the nuances of invisible disabilities

Pen, check. Laptop, check. Confidence? I take a deep breath, pop in some Ed Sheeran, and head for the elevator with the little buttons I pray I’ll be able to navigate without looking like an idiot. Then there’s another elevator with different buttons, before finally making it to the right floor. Now the only problem...

Editorial: What’s in a name?
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Editorial: What’s in a name?

At issue: College jargon surrounding issues of inequality Our take: Name changes don’t guarantee action This week, faculty assembly voted to create a permanent new committee on cultural competency and inclusion. So, what’s going to change? Permanence on paper does not guarantee permanence in practice, and this status change needs to meet the demands of...

The sound of silence: longing for some peace and quiet
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The sound of silence: longing for some peace and quiet

I spent fall semester living in a castle, so I knew that coming back to the Boston would be a challenge. I was excited to move into the Colonial Building, luckily, with some good friends. Living in Colonial as a freshman defined part of my first year in college, so returning felt like coming home....

Finding the intersection of college and communication
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Finding the intersection of college and communication

I almost forgot that the holidays tend to spark unpleasant conversations among family. Everything seemed fine when we previously spoke on the phone; but then, like always, it somehow went wrong. “Why can’t you be more patient with us? Why can’t you just talk like a normal person?” my mom shouted. I could feel everyone...

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Peaceful protests bring positive change

Public response to controversial issues like police brutality, President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and revelations of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood sparked a wave of recent protests across the nation. An effective protest includes a diverse population, substantial supporters, endurance, and most importantly—nonviolent action.   According to Kendrick T. Douglas of Psychological Today, nonviolent...

People power: movements are a necessary force for change
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People power: movements are a necessary force for change

Protests come in the form of marches, boycotts, and wardrobe choices. All effective protests share one thing in common: a mass of people with a collective goal and a strong platform. The iconic Women’s March or the Black Lives Matter movement would not garner as much power in the media or political conversations without thousands...

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Editorial: This is the time for Title IX to improve

At issue: Changes in the Title IX department Our take: This is an opportunity for improvement Emerson announced in an email over winter break that they were in the market for a new Title IX Investigator. Pamela Ring, who was hired in 2015, left the college on Jan. 5 “to pursue private practice.” This opening...