By: Malcolm Kelner
Emerson students are known for being some of the most socially aware and politically active young people around, and today, they are turning their attention toward a new cause.
A large student protest group is reportedly seeking a substantial raise for Emerson President Lee Pelton, who according to 2012 public tax filings, earned a $702,742 salary and $817,175 in total compensation that year.
The students’ end goal is to approximately double Pelton’s salary to a fairer amount of $1.5 million, hence the “Fight for $1.5.”
“Fight for one point five! Pelton deserves to thrive!” the group chanted as they marched down Charles Street, passing Pelton’s Beacon Hill residence the school purchased for $4.925 million in June 2011, and continuing on toward the Esplanade.
“Low pay is an out-rage! Pay Lee a living wage!” they sometimes alternated.
Lion’s Tooth reporters asked the leader of the demonstration, junior Political Communications major Emma Donovan, what the catalyst for the protest was.
“Well, we love President Pelton, and we feel he’s getting the short end of the stick from the school,” she defiantly stated. “With all he does, he deserves a fair and living wage and to be treated with dignity.”
We then asked her if she could provide us with some more specifics.
“He’s the best president ever!” she responded without missing a beat.
At press time, Donovan was posting a Facebook status lamenting how Emerson is raising tuition again.