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When it comes to student safety on campus, the priority should be to make students aware of potential dangers so that they can be prepared.
The petition might not seem like much, but at least it shows basic respect for Sodexo workers. Frankly, that’s not something that we see enough on campus.
Emerson’s repeated claims to have zero-tolerance for sexual assault and discrimination, but reparations to its own policy addressing these exact problems continue to be pushed aside.
It is not the duty of students to carry the weight of reformed social inequality in the classroom, nor should it be—we should be able to rely on our educators to do their research.
When incoming students are instructed to drop thousands on a computer with little prior warning, it becomes an issue of classism.
When we left school at the end of the spring semester, it was the last time we would see the campus to which we had grown accustomed.
When we left school at the end of the spring semester, it was the last time we would see the campus to which we had grown accustomed.
At all colleges and institutions, the freshman experience is subjective—what may work for one student may not work for another. Our administration should reflect the complexity of the individuals attending our college with an impartial approach to clubs and organizations. Youth is about self-discovery. It’s OK to try new things, fail, and try again—only then can students find a true passion to follow.
We know we need to do better, and we can do a lot better.
If SGA wants to increase student involvement, they need to let the community in on how they make some of their most important decisions.
Although standardized testing has been the norm for years, this method of academic evaluation is extremely outdated. Multiple studies have already shown how these exams are not accurate assessments of students’ knowledge and skills.
Your morals don't undo centuries of institutionalized oppression, nor offset how this social construct has influenced your own privilege and innate biases.
Those who face discrimination in everyday life don’t have the luxury of changing themselves after reading a really good New York Times op-ed. Conservatives do.
The deadline to get on the ballot was March 3, but there is no official process for write-in campaigns—you just have to get enough people to fill in your name come election day.
Emerson’s focus has always been about using the right words to get points across clearly, and that’s not going to change just because we want to use inclusive language.
Young people are manipulated into working for free all the time in the name of "exposure," "building a portfolio," or just plain "experience."
It’s bad enough that our go-to college policy is to make up snow days on the weekend.
At issue: Expensive networking opportunities Our take: Extra-curricular trips shouldn’t be only for the wealthy
At issue: Saturday makeup classes Our take: It's the freakin' weekend.
At issue: Chaos caused by Pats parade Our take: The school should not have been open during the parade
Last November, the Beacon published an article entitled “Emerson declared a sanctuary campus.” We watched as the article was passed around on social media, becoming one of the most shared articles of the semester. Unfortunately, we were wrong.
Emerson has been hailed as a trade school for media makers. With such a specific focus, it’s a wonder that we have so much division between programs.
Our college is in the center of a city with a rich and vibrant history, and ignoring that is not only entitled, but selfish.
Our reluctance to engage with our opposition manifests as weakness in our academic experience.
Rather than take greater advantage of this program, students have decided to rely on one another. That says volumes about the lack of trust students have in the department—they feel safer with their peers than with trained police officers.
Arm-in-arm with fellow students, we are able to voice our beliefs in a way that is peaceful and powerful.
We were living in a bubble, apparently. Because the majority of America did not agree.
Maybe it’s the depressing election cycle, or maybe it’s the countless adorable videos of the Obamas with children, but it’s clear that Americans are not ready to see our president go.
Partying is a sort of right of passage in college, and one that isn’t really given any credence.
And ultimately, we are endorsing Secretary Clinton because, as she said, “It really does come down to what kind of country we are going to have.”
We’re setting ourselves up for failure if we don’t pay close attention to language and semantics, both in the classroom and in the real world.
By rethinking how we name this day, our institution can demonstrate its respect for the perspectives of indigenous citizens, both within and outside of our academic community.
No matter whom one votes for, this election will usher in a term of change.
The perception of Boston as a boring city likely has a profound effect on retention of recent grads as the actual late night entertainment options that exist.
But it turns out that these seemingly innocuous communications have become our school’s only way of disseminating information that, if announced another way, would have the student body up in arms.
We should all be called what we want to be called—no footnote needed.
This graphic suggests we're sleepily dreaming our way to graduation, living on our imaginations and pretty art. But we work hard here—through sleepless nights and early mornings, we are developing our crafts.
As student organizations, it's incumbent upon us to work with SGA to make use of the growing surplus funds and create more fulfilling learning opportunities for everyone.
We’re cultivating the art of capturing our world and practicing shapeshifting to effortlessly dance between mediums, always working to best inform, entertain, and empower.
The onus isn't only upon SGA of course—all Emerson students have a part to play in making sure we're being educated from a more equitable coursework.
If Emerson is putting this much effort into providing their students with these unique opportunities, we should be able to put equal effort toward making sure our students are healthy.
Our siloed departments could benefit from breaking down some barriers—sow the knowledge across the scholarly lands, we say.
Emerson's administration ought to hop on board with a change to bridge the gap between the T's reduced hours and the needs of students: implementing a campus shuttle.
But our athletes are no different from any other driven, passionate, and socially conscious student.
Asking people to consider equality is different than asking people to implement concrete activities that create specific pathways for oppressed and slighted groups.
But ultimately, it isn't in anyone's best interest to create a quick fix solution just to ease tensions and create a short term hush for the chaos.
This feeling seems to be a sweet affliction for our generation—fame feeds us and forces us to face scorn at the same time.
Our liberal arts coursework teaches us the ability to remain fully human—to develop ideals, to be empathetic, to read, and then walk in another's shoes.
But there's a clear disconnect between how Emerson advertises its amnesty services, and its de facto implementation.
And although Emerson's new rule is cased in a humorous shell, the college's recent ban of the device, at its core, is a reminder that conduct policies shan't be set stone.
This semester has seen emboldened movements and sincere attempts to push Emerson into a direction that more accurately adheres to its philosophy of bringing innovation to communication and the arts.
There's a value judgement behind keeping Swift as the artist that the video had students mouth along to, and it's one that isn't in the interest of diversity or inclusion.
For Emerson to support such a symbiotic relationship among students and the Boston community would set an important precedent.
For something so unique, the Engagement Lab's accomplishments deserve far more student attention and support.
The enormous amount of free, quality art being produced by students at this school is often ignored and there doesn't seem to be any good reason why.
These are steps that allow students to work on campus without the weight of worrying about having adequate mental health resources.
It deserves a second life that serves students who can benefit from its remodeling many more months out of the year.
It's a manifestation of socially constructed ideas of masculinity and sexism, and it perpetuates destructive gender norms.
It's incumbent for us to address our program's shortcomings because the journalism industry is becoming a more competitive market.
From the sidelines and in the stands, students and local residents have the opportunity to become connected.
It is better to err on the side of caution rather than confront a story that wouldn't have been told if the Tremont door had been open.
A new shiny gym floor and free swag may entice new fans, but a culture of winning is what's going to get them to stay.
Rebranding ought to be about making the school a better and more inclusive place, not just naming accomplishments to climb popular college rankings.
Tuesday afternoon's demonstration was admirable for many reasons, including raising the bar for how students go about advocating change within our campus culture and administration.
Explore the results from Emerson's first comprehensive climate survey, which found that many students felt sexual assault prevention training was lacking, and that there were strong racial divides in their sense of belonging.
The onus is clear: Emerson must spend significantly more resources on cultural competency training for students, professors, and staff alike.
Beyond its insensitivity, the biggest artistic failure of “Resident Advisors”—filmed at Emerson Los Angeles—is being unfunny.
As a school that prides itself on progressive thinking and innovation, we should continue to make larger efforts to improve our recycling program as a whole.
Except for self-promotion, it's hard to see what the college gains by giving out these quasi-fake degrees—degrees that would cost normal students real money.
But the ECCash system’s antiquated requirements and arbitrary division from Board Bucks mean students likely won’t be whipping out their Emerson IDs anytime soon.
Third places are important: they give people a chance to step outside of the obligations of home and career. Now Emerson students have one fewer option for a third place in an already limited roster.
It is exciting that there are three presidential candidates and that they all offer significantly different visions of student governance.
With an already selective group of people in power, this amendment would strip an already limited system of checks and balances over the SGA constitution.
Students have lent their voices to other labor issues at this school, and the case being made by adjunct faculty members is another that warrants attention.
The badge system encourages students to complete requirements for the sake of the reward, not the educational journey that should lead to it.
Positive changes to better access the rise in multidimensional careers have happened in the past, and they ought to continue.
The snow days aren't anyone's fault, but they have become everyone's problem.
Emerson exists in the real world and we pay many real-world dollars to be here. Plans to solve problems within the school are a more effective way to demonstrate the importance of student government.
In the competitive fields many Emerson students aspire to work in, it’s expected that graduates will have several internships under their belts.
Although changes have been implemented, even Emerson administrators recognize there's still room for improvement.
It's true that there's a lot that has happened, and it can be hard to keep up. But we owe it to ourselves to understand the bevy of changes and proposals.
How can Emerson, which already has well-known funding challenges, foot the bill for such an expensive undertaking?
Emerson too must challenge itself to provide for those students who, motivated by a new potential for higher education, most need its help to fulfill their dreams.
The campus and its students should take the initiative to support this troupe's public platform for racial commentary that is far too often neglected.
Pelton's new generation of administrators has taken a notable turn toward being receptive to student and faculty requests.
Perhaps the most poignant indicator of our inadequate financial aid system are the measures students have taken to afford Emerson.
It is a library, and a small one at that. Instead of a live bear sanctuary or a “habitat” for British actress Tilda Swinton—two actual proposals—let’s add some more bookshelves.
At Emerson, we surround ourselves with signs of vitality: the vigor of campus activities, the bustle of the Common, the promise of a diploma. But this tragedy throws the fragility of life into sharp relief.
With an abundance of miscommunications, it's clearly time for the sides to talk turkey.
The brusque language simply reflects the parlance of law, and its bluntness doesn't necessarily represent how the administration feels about the issue or its students.
Too often, students miss out on important chances to build relationships with Emerson's bevy of notable professors with significant accomplishments.
Emerson students are here to learn by doing. Being sidelined on important opportunities doesn't allow students to accomplish that goal.
It appears WERS is becoming more of a business at the expense of benefiting students as greatly as it could.
We have the opportunity to change how we, as a community, react to this school year’s new proposals.
Every time the summer months roll around, students separate themselves from the initiatives they were once actively engaged in.
Creating a business major here would change the artistic culture and spirit of the school
This is the time to seize our most grandiose activist ambitions and try to actualize them.
The lack of attendance by the candidates is only symptomatic of a larger problem: a culture of apathy set by current members of the student government.
This should be the year Emerson students pledge not to contribute to the alienation
This is the latest step in the positive trend of Emerson adding more study abroad programs to its admittedly feeble roster.
We’re lucky the occurrence that reminded us of this fact was simply a huckster pawning off coupons.
Events like Victory Stride, which discussed the history of minority empowerment and the fight for civil rights, are invaluable to a school that is still striving to bolster diversity and integrate black history into its curriculum.
The department has a responsibility to ensure each event offers something students can’t get from their dorm beds.
This shouldn’t be shrugged off as an extreme reaction or fallacious argument
Sexual assaults—regardless of their nature—should not be relegated to the punchline of a joke.
In the 615 days since Parnell’s departure, though, little has changed.
An October town hall meeting drew 275 people. Only two students attended the recent presentations by candidates for the sexual assault advocate position.
It will take a conscious effort for those on the campus to break outside their comfort zone and explore the less polished areas of Hollywood.
Many an event has been dampened when its invitees realize there wouldn't be enough time before they would need to leave and catch the last T
The NCAA should protect the one thing the student athletes who will not turn professional will need in their post-college days: their brains.
Supporting the trans community is clearly in line with Emerson's mission of being welcome to a diverse student body.
But there seems to be a more fundamental issue in play: a critical mismatch in the ways students and staff understand the counseling center's role.
With all due respect to Mr. Mutchnick, the return of this library space to library use remedies more than just an inconvenience.
The balance of liberal arts-dictated general education classes promote a more versatile Emerson student.
College students have plenty to worry about, but their safety and well-being should be a given.
It's incumbent on Emerson—not the smokers—to enforce the college's policies.
A professional presence in the studio stirs up the dynamic of a self-directed learning environment.
Athletics have come a long way at Emerson, but much of the student body sill lacks an appreciation for the strong program that has been growing here.
For students accustomed to a six-building campus that — situated adjacently — would span less than a city block, the inconvenience of living off-campus is a major issue.
Competitions like E3 place a spotlight on the college that goes beyond that which it usually gets from ProArts plays or film screenings. It’s a peek into the projects from students in a minor that goes unnoticed at a known arts school.
We witnessed the definition of what it means to be an Emersonian, a member of a close-knit community of thoughtful people who show that connections cut deeper than “networking”—they provide real care and support in times of crisis.
Pelton has made diversity a key intiative, and this course is a model of teaching history from a diverse perspective.
After two years with the same SGA president, and few implemented initiatives, our student government needs someone with a clear direction.
Instead of seeing the Emerson Theatre as a nuisance, we should realize it's actually an incredible opportunity.
The station has been an iconic part of Emerson for over half a century. Student hosts are a key part of its identity.
But now, those endless Facebook posts and Instagram shots complaining about moldy cucumbers and undercooked hamburger patties finally—maybe—have been enough to spur the administration to change our meal plans and food provider.
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Imagine what can be accomplished with a grant of over $8,000 to raise funds for a charitable cause. But when more than a third of that funding is sunk into a dessert display, it’s hard to believe that money was spent in a way to best benefit the nonprofit.
Emerson’s basketball players must compete each week with the support of only 61 people, on average, according to the athletic department’s website, leaving the squeak of their soles to echo in a nearly-empty gym.
Before the school begins designating space for a particular organization, it needs to ensure that there are enough locations for any group to meet and students to hang out.
The SGA finds itself shirking the responsibility again, with no minutes posted since October 23.
Both the student body and Pelton must remain committed to these discussions, especially at a time when public opinion affords us the the power to effect real change.
The $18,280 price tag may seem costly, but EBONI has earned our trust as an organization that has delivered excellent results on this particular series of events. Furthermore, the organization cited nine co-sponsors including fellow student organizations and President M. Lee Pelton’s office. This is exactly the kind of event the entire college should proudly invest in, student body included.
And at a college dedicated to communication, that’s a real shame. We deserve peers, and our readers deserve a plurality of engaged news sources on campus. As of speech night, there aren’t any.
Over the past few weeks, the issue of dormitory security has pervaded conversation among the student body. Beyond a straightforward notification about the breach itself, the administration now owes students clarity on the matter at large.
In the Beacon’s opinion section, we are accustomed to respectfully editing the words of students who disagree with our private views and that of the Beacon’s editorial board. The diverse opinions we publish are what make that page an arena for students and faculty to exchange ideas.
The peer review by external administrators and academics should help prevent Emerson from drowning in its own reflection. A school with such a fierce sense of its own personality risks out-of-touch immersion in its own mythology.
As the finish line approaches, we must remember that the race to better our world continues beyond this election.
Costs that seem petty take their toll on the wallets of working students who, as Zaman said, sometimes consider the length of their work against the cost of printing.
Until recent developments, it appeared that last week’s Little Building intruder incident might have been a fluke.
In the moment it takes to waltz past security, the safety of students can be irreversibly jeopardized.
Campus engagement has increased, but debate watching parties and registration drives are not substitutes for meaningful participation with political issues.
With the stakes so high and the outcome so uncertain, Emerson students that claim to be interested in politics — whether they are the “Hope and Change” poster-hanging plurality, or the proudly cryptozoological Republicans — can’t sit on the sidelines.
It’s incumbent upon members of the student body to step up.
Unless you’re a competitive coin tosser, 50 percent success is not a promising record. According to the student handbook, Aramark—the company contracted by Business Services to operate dining facilities—would have been asked to pursue academic excellence elsewhere if it were an Emerson student. The dining service has passed inspections a mere half of the time that most of us have attended Emerson.
The air in the Colonial may not contain asbestos, but the college’s communication with students on the matter doesn’t smell right.
"We are also trying, hard, to serve what are now upwards of 350 minors across Business, E3 and Marketing Communication, but we are especially constrained by shortages of space and faculty."
I don't expect this letter to get published since I haven't suckered my way up to having any flashy titles on campus. Either way, Emerson College deserves a news outlet with a clearer focus and stronger content, one that can constantly push for meaningful change on campus. Forget the style, focus on the substance. It’s a message that needs to be spread to the student body at large.
Where SGA delivered questions that were wordy, somewhat repetitive, and novice-sounding, they were received by Pelton’s prepared talking points in a way that witnesses say seemed at times aggravated and aloof.
Politicians make lofty goals every day. “Reforming academics” in a college setting sounds as vague as “fixing the economy” does on a national scale. Like economic reform in American political discourse, academic reform oversimplifies dozens of diverse and often unrelated goals into an easily digestible buzz phrase.
Boloco’s April Fool’s Day email may have given Emerson students momentary heart attacks with its claims to remove all free burritos and raise prices, but some tomfoolery this Sunday proved more offensive than funny.
The editorial board endorses candidates for executive positions and in contested races.
We trust that SGA will keep fighting the big battles on our behalf. Those, like dining services reform, are essential. But as speech night nears, we want SGA candidates to consider how they can balance those lofty goals with results-based initiatives.
In total, $69,250.62 of the student activities fee—that we pay in tuition—is unaccounted for in the SGA public record.
This week, our elected student leaders lobbied Emerson’s Board of Trustees with a list of 10 considerations to make while determining next year’s tuition increase.
With steadily rising tuition costs, Emerson students know firsthand that money doesn’t grow on trees. Each semester, crestfallen organizations are denied funding from the Student Government Association because there simply isn’t enough cash in the pot for everyone. SGA recognition is something that needs to be earned; to receive a slice of the student activities fee, an organization ought to prove itself.
The generosity of hosting public forums—from events like last spring’s gubernatorial debate to the education town hall last week—speaks volumes to Emerson’s prominence in the community. Inviting others to share in our campus conversations is an integral part of Emerson’s dedication to open, constructive communication—and a hallmark of networking.
As the semester unfolds, we hope to see the college continue making impressive endeavors toward engagement.
Internships abound. There are stories to be written for CNN or The Washington Post. Campaigns to be organized for Republicans and Democrats. Funds to be raised and fights fought for D.C.’s countless nonprofits.
We urge Halls to follow through with more than just talk. If administrators at the health center fail to take this up as an initiative, Halls should spearhead a grassroots campaign for proper STD testing services.
In the pages of last week’s Beacon, this editorial board called for a firmer demonstration of commitment and accountability among our Student Government Association representatives. It was to our dismay that a student leader who pledged “consistency” of service abandoned her post—joining the handful of her predecessors and colleagues from the class of 2013 who had similarly jumped ship.
Students who run for office make a commitment to their peers that they will serve a full term as SGA representatives.
Last night, editors of this newspaper listened to WECB in anticipation of SGA election results that would ultimately relegate the Beacon to a subject of government control.
While we disagree with eliminating our guaranteed funding because it will put us in an ethically challenging position as journalists -- inviting us to treat unfavorable coverage as biting the hand that feeds -- there are other issues in the proposed constitution that concern us.
Editorial: Ben Halls offers the strongest qualifications for the position of Class of 2015 President.
To maintain an independent check on the SGA, vote “no” on the new constitution.