Category: Opinion

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Op-Ed: The fraught intersection of mental health and queer identity

In the past twenty years there has been positive sociological shift toward a greater public understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ identities. Yet the reality for many LGBTQ youths is not all rainbows. Research suggests LGBTQ youth are more prone to compromised mental health and self-destructive behaviors than their cisgender, straight peers. A colleague and I,...

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Editorial: Staff salaries are more important than real estate

At issue: Building acquisition amid union negotiations Our take: Now is not the time to snag another property The college announced their decision to purchase a $24 million property facing Boston Common this week with the same spontaneity as a college student splurging on a Goodwill “Best Dad” coffee mug. And just like that student,...

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Letter to the Editor: concerned faculty response to Lowrie memo

Written in response to a memo sent to the Emerson community by Faculty Assembly Chair Anthony Lowrie, which called for a private investigation into student claims of racism and cultural insensitivity. In response to the 11/2/17 Berkeley Beacon editorial on the lack of public faculty response to the assertions made by Faculty Assembly Chair Anthony Lowrie in...

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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...

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#Insta-sad: romanticization of mental health on social media

When I was first diagnosed with depression in middle school, there was a time during which I sought harmful images on sites like Tumblr as a way to glorify my own mental illness. Though I wrote poetry to help channel my emotions, I still felt myself drawn to these posts. Line drawings and terse lines of poetry...

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Anthony Lowrie memo misses the mark

At issue: Rogue email sent to faculty & org leaders Our take: Division won’t lead to revision Anthony Lowrie, chair of Emerson’s faculty assembly, wrote in a memo Monday afternoon that student protesters had falsely accused faculty of discrimination, and encouraged the students who participated in the walkout to pursue legal action. The language of the memo is condescending...

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Cultivating a culture of biracial inclusion

I was always told as a child that despite being half Lebanese, I should call myself white. My mother would make me check off “Caucasian” on school forms asking for racial/ethnic identity. My grandmother refused to teach me Aramaic when I begged her to let me learn. When I told my aunt I wanted to...

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A Generation of Gentrification

When I transferred to Emerson over two years ago, I was living with my parents in Illinois, totally ignorant to the layout of the city where I would soon live. Instead of visiting, or doing any research whatsoever, I did what any suitably desperate student will do—I found roommates on Facebook. On a sticky July...

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Listen this time

At issue: Student protest for inclusive excellence Our take: Ignoring the problem is not a solution The day to day bustle of campus life was interrupted on Tuesday when over 300 students marched into the college’s monthly faculty assembly meeting to protest complacency toward discrimination against students of color. The #ThisisEmerson protest followed quickly on the heels...

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No time to slack on student safety

At issue: Promptness of Emerson emergency alert system Our take: Time is not on our side On Sept. 12, a man unaffiliated with the college was shot on Boston Common by an active shooter. Students were warned of the attack at 6:59 p.m. via text messages and phone calls powered by Rave Alert, the official emergency communication...