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Faculty advisory center welcomes new ambassador

Associate professor Nejem Raheem will join three other faculty members as an ambassador at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning in their campaign to help Emerson professors develop their teaching skills.

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First ever TEDxEmersonCollege event held last weekend

Members of the Emerson community were de-coding transphobia, advocating for ergonomic education, and giving a voice to black visibility last weekend at TEDxEmersonCollege.

TEDx to talk trans spaces and gay porn

From the visibility of the transgender community to why women watch gay male porn, TEDxEmersonCollege will feature six speeches from the Emerson community, according to Christina Safford, the event’s speaker coordinator and sophomore political communications major.

New fraternity and sorority organizations look to join campus

Two pairs of students are looking to create new organizations under Fraternity and Sorority Life. One is a social sorority, and the other is a film fraternity.

College updates its website to strive for mobile-friendliness

Emerson made its website more mobile-friendly to appeal to prospective students, who are more likely to access the site on their phones than on desktops, according to Jason Beals, director of web services.

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New Elma Lewis head has civic engagement experience

Judy Pryor-Ramirez has been named the new executive director of the Elma Lewis Center and she said she will take up her new post in July.

Student producers organize speaker event on campus

Emerson Independent Video will host the first TEDxEmersonCollege with the theme “Evolution through Expression” later this semester.

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Visitor Center to move from alley to Boylston Street

Formerly located at 10 Boylston Pl., Emerson’s Visitor Center will move to 104 Boylston Street at the end of the month.

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College leases space in nearby Park Plaza building

Emerson has entered a lease on about 20,000 square feet of office space in the 20 Park Plaza building in preparation for the 2017-2019 closure of the Little Building for renovation.

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Class partners with

A writing, literature, and publishing class partnered with online magazine The Culture-ist this semester and will create content for the site while learning about digital publishing.

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Taylor Swift lip dub creates controversy on campus

A lip dub that sparked controversy among campus organizations is no longer being used as a promotional video for the college, as of Nov. 10. The performance featured songs by popular artist Taylor Swift, and many multicultural organizations said they chose not to participate in the project due to Swift’s history of racial insensitivity.

ArtsEmerson creative director awarded Person of the Year

Polly Carl, creative director of ArtsEmerson, has been named Person of the Year by the National Theatre Conference.

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Boston honored with national journalism award

Boston became the first city to receive the Historic Sites in Journalism award last week after being nominated by an Emerson professor.

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Journalism class to cover NH primaries

Students will be working with The Boston Globe to cover the New Hampshire primary election in Associate Journalism Professor Jerry Lanson’s course, Road to the White House. Students will also be working with political reporter James Pindell “Ground Games,” a Globe newsletter dedicated to reporting on presidential primaries.

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Little Building Tremont doors closed to students

The Little Building doors on Tremont Street, closest to the Emerson College Police Department, are no longer accessible to students as of this semester. Student ID access to these doors have been revoked, and a sign was posted stating that students should go to the Boylston Street doors to gain entrance.