Emerson College Student Union Disorientation Guide Fall 2019

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Emerson College Student Union Disorientation Guide Fall 2019

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2019

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Boston, Massachusetts

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https://issuu.com/emersoncollegestudentunion/docs/ecsu_disorientation_guide_web

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FALL
2019

We are student-led,
non-hierarchical,
and
independent of the institution. We are passionate
about justice. We are fed up with Emer$on building
a brand around student activism while denying
student calls for aid and reform. We are sick of the
Board of Trustees voting against our interests. We
are as hopeful as we are enraged. We understand
that classism within the college system is systemic.
We believe Emerson can do better. We are the
Emerson College Student Union , and we call for a
just and equitable campus NOW.

You are a student. To Emer$on, that means you
are their next purchase of an empty building. You
are money for Lee Pelton's Beacon Hill Mansion.
You are overhead funds.
To us, you are a challenger. You are a revolutionary
at a college digging in its heels in the face of
change. You are the future of Emerson.



~ There has been a 4% tuition increase every year
for the past 5 years, totaling
tuition in just 10 years.

a 59% increase in

~ Students go hungry to afford necessities such
as books, T-passes, and rent.

~ The finanical aid office hours are inaccessible
for working students and the office is known for
not responding to emails and calls.

~ Professors who are repeatedly hostile to students
of color, of disability, and of the LG BT+ community
face no consequences.

~

Low-income students are devalued and dismissed.

~ The College repeatedly ignores and suppresses
\_1f') student calls for change.



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WE COMMIT
TO CHALLENGING
THE
CLASSIST
COLLEGE
SYSTEM.

WECOMMIT
TOPRACTICING
SOLIDARITY
WITHOURFELLOW
WORKERSFROM
ALLEMERSON
FACULTY
ANOSTAFF
TO
WORKERS
INBOSTON
ANO
BEYOND.
WECOMMIT
TO BUILDING
A
STOCKED
CAMPUS
FOOD
PANTRY
SONO
STUDENT
GOES
HUNGRY.

WECOMMIT
TOUPLIFTING
MARGINALIZ
VOICES.

WECOMMIT
TOWINNING
EQUAL
VOTING
REPRESENTATION
FOR
STUDENTS
ONTHE
BOARD
OFTRUSTEES.

WECOMMIT
TOSUPPORTING
POWER'S
STRUGGLE
TOCREATE
AJUST,
SAFE,
AND
RESPECTFUL
CAMPUS
FORPEOPLE
OF
COLOR.
WECOMMIT
TOCREATING
ACAMPUS
THAT
ISJUST,
EQUITABLE,
AND
DIVERSE.

WECOMMIT
TOJUSTICEWILL
YOU?

MEET
THE
BOARD
OF
TRUSTEES

They alone hold the vot ing
power to decide everything
from our tuition costs to their
own board members. But I'm
sure they have our best interests
at heart ...right?

In an email announcing the 4.0% tuition increase
for the 2019-2020 academic year, President Lee
Pelton cited many new programs as reasons for the
increase. Here's what they all have in common: we,
the students, were not consulted about them. And
we sure as hell didn't agree that they were worth
another annual tuition increase that pushes students
out and forces remaining students deeper into debt.

Maybe we would have said yes to these
changes ... but they never asked us.
There is no mechanism in place holding the Board
of Trustees accountable to students. They are free to
spend our tuition dollars wherever they see fit. And
then they're free to force us to empty our wallets
and cover whatever choices they've made. We're
forced to either give them the money, or abandon
our degree.
What if we had a say? What if they had to pitch their
reasons for increasing tuition to us? What if we could
veto or approve changes in campus spending?

NEEDS
EXPRESSED
BYSTUDENTS





Equitable Financial Aid for all
A tu it ion freeze
More support for off-campus students
Increased racial diversity of students and
faculty through equitable scholarships and
aid

RECENT
BOARD
DECISIONS:







To increase undergraduate tuition for returning
students by 4.0% overall, as well as a 4.0%
increase to room and board charges for the
2019-20 academic year
To spend over $1 million to expand the
sidewalk in front of Boylston Street Buildings
in 2019
To purchase 134-136 Boylston Street for $7
million in 2018
To purchase 171 Tremont Street for $24
million in 2017.

WESAY
STUDENT
> SSS
WEDEMAND
EQUAL
VOTING
REPRESENTATION
ONTHE
BOARD!

EMERSON
TUITION
FACTS:
1. Emer$on announces tuition increases on a per-year
basis, preventing
students from being able to
adequately plan for the cost of their overall college
.
Journey.
2. There has been a 4% tuition increase every year for
the past 5 years, totaling a 59% increase in tuition in
just 10 years .
3. Tuition increases hit students on financial aid and
scholarships the hardest. The overall cost of tuition
may go up by 4%, but the amount a student on
financial aid pays goes up a higher percentage
beause their financial aid does not increase equally
alongside tuition.
4. Emer$on claims it's tuition increase is relative to its
competitors
such as Brandeis University, Boston
College, and Northeastern University. Here's what
they don't tell you: when granting financial aid, on
average, Brandeis University meets 96% of student
need, Boston College meets 92%, and Northeastern
meets 86%. Emer$on, however, only meets 50%
of student need on average. Our costs and tution
increases may match theirs, but we're actually paying
much more. (collegedata.com)
5. Emer$on justifies these increases with the creation of
shiny new programs and buildingsbut students are
not asked if they want these "improvements"
nor are
they informed of their cost to the College.

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On Mar 21, 2019

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By Bret Hauff

Last updated Jan 17, 2018

On Apr 13, 2016

Students in the dark on tuition hike specifics
By Bret Hauff

On Apr 6, 2017

-

Last updated Jan 18, 2018

Economic protests sharpen focus on tuition
burdens
By Berkeley Beacon Staff

-

On Oct 6, 2011

Op-ed: Risking financial security for a coveted
college education
By Emily Cardona -

On Mar 21,2019

Last updated Mar 21,2019

Returning students to see 4 percent tuition
hike
By Abigail Hadfield

-

On Mar 28, 2019

-

Last updated Mar 28, 2019

So, where does all the money go?
By Berkeley Beacon Staff

-

On Apr 2, 2008

10WAYS
TO
SURVIVE
AND
THRIVE
ATEMERSON:
1. Join orgs already fighting for change- on campus,
and off!
2. Need help paying for course supplies, printing,
transportation, and more? Apply for the Student
Assistance Fund. Note: you will need to submit

paperwork demonstrating

financial need.

3. Visit the campus food pantry, located on the
2nd floor of Piano Row, for free non-perishable
food and toiletries. It is open to all, no questions
asked.
4. Get a free meal at the Dining Hall if you take
a faculty member with you for a meal and tell
the cashier you are using the Food For Thought
program.
5. Join ECSU's meal sharing Facebook messenger
group to share and receive meal swipes.
Message ECSU on Facebook and we will add
you (or if you know a member of the group, ask
them to add you)!

6. Get a Boston Public Library card- besides
hard-copy books, it also gives you access to
ebooks and audiobooks, free streaming services,
free museum passes, and free classes.
7. You can check out textbooks for free in the
library- but plan around the fact that you can't
take them home, and the availability is limited .
8. Be kind to the Dining Hall and janitorial staff!
Learn their names and treat them kindly.
Solidarity begins with simple acts of respect.
9. Avoid doing an unpaid internship for class credit.
You'll have to pay for the credit hours, so you'll
be paying to work for free!

10. Be on the lookout for a more detailed zine
covering campus survival, courtesy of
ECSU!

WHEN
WEFIGHT,


ECstudentunion



ISSUU

Emerson College
Student Union

EmersonCollegeStudentUnion
@gmail.com

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