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Alexandra Fileccia

Beacon Correspondent

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High Society — sports business org grows during first year

In the past, the organization held events with speakers such as Ted Tye, a partial owner of NBA development team the Maine Red Claws and the founder and former board chairman of the Worcester Tornadoes, a minor league professional baseball team, and Ronnie Forchheimer, the ESPN senior director responsible for the video on all ESPN digital platforms. Forchheimer is an Emerson alumnus.

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Sophomore wins $50k grant

Silently filming herself flipping through several handwritten notecards, sophomore Kanika Misra tells her story. In her 10-minute YouTube video, Misra narrates her experience with losing a loved one to pancreatic cancer, which would eventually be her winning ticket in a contest that would give a $50,000 social media grant to an organization of her choice.

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CSD Awareness Event provides students with a dose of perspective

A student mouthed “hello” as an electrolarynx vibrated against his neck, making the word faintly audible and slightly robotic. His facial expression mirrored the weird sensation of the device as it picked up the vibrations in his throat. The device allows users to see what it is like to communicate after having ones larynx removed due to throat cancer.

Literary magazine hosts launch-party spelling bee

he audience grew silent as freshman Mackenzie Kuester approached the microphone. “Platypus. P-l-a-t-y-p-u-s. Platypus.” She passed the first round of Stork Magazine’s second annual spelling bee. “I got it right,” the writing, literature, and publishing major said, “which made me feel confident heading into the second round.”

Alcohol poisoning transports increase

A freshman stumbles into the lobby of Piano Row one October night, too drunk to know much of what is going on. She just wants to sleep. As she is about to pass out, a concerned resident assistant spots her and calls for help. Hours later, the student — who spoke on the condition of anonimity — woke up in the hospital with a sense of fear and little recollection of last night’s events. “Honestly, I don’t remember leaving the party. I just remember waking up in the hospital,” the student said.