The Berkeley Beacon

Friday, November 24, 2017

Low student turnout at SGA Press Night

Two candidates gave campaign speeches at the Student Government Association’s Press Night which reached only the eight-person audience in attendance, which included current SGA members and the press.

Drug and alcohol violations steady post policy change

The number of on-campus alcohol violation referrals increased slightly in 2016, according to the Clery Compliance Report. Associate Dean and Director of Housing and Residence Life Erik Muurisepp said this change was not connected to the Good Samaritan Policy implemented last fall, which exempts students who request medical assistance due to drug or alcohol abuse for themselves or others from the usual disciplinary action.

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Title IX office silent amid policy review

With two policy reviews pending, recent federal action from the U.S. Education Department, two possibly concluding lawsuits against the college, and heavy criticism from a former student, much of the future of Title IX at Emerson is unclear.

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New post to promote global programs

Michael Holland was appointed as the first associate director of Internationalization Initiatives this past month. The position was created when the Office of Internationalization and Global Engagement felt it lacked the man-power to expand its global initiatives.

C-Store relocates to Max Cafe

The Emerson C-Store offers a wide variety of snacks options for students—from potato chips to sushi—at its new location in the Max Mutchnick Campus Center.

Candidates to run unopposed in SGA special election

The Student Government Association set a special election for Oct. 11 to fill six empty seats within the organization.

EDC kick-starts equipment reservation website

Emerson’s Equipment Distribution Center is rolling out a new website for reserving video production gear.

Spears talks social justice at SGA meeting

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears challenged the way the Emerson community looks at inclusivity during Student Government Association Tuesday meeting.

Emergency procedures outlined at faculty assembly

Professors raised questions about Emerson’s emergency preparedness at Tuesday’s faculty assembly. In light of a lockdown earlier this month, professors and other faculty expressed concerns about a lack of knowledge of standard practices for future incidents.

Common room conversion causes commotion

Unbeknownst to students who applied in the spring to live in the Piano Row residence hall, in-suite living rooms in the dorm were recently converted into additional bedrooms—replacing common space with additional suitemates.

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Emerson Prison Initiative launch pushes for "democratization of education" for prisoners

“We know what works in education. And it’s because we know what works in education that we can commoditize it and sell it,” Wilder said. “So we shouldn’t pretend that after we turn something into a market, sell it, make it scarce and sell it to the wealthiest among us, we shouldn’t pretend to be shocked that there’s somebody who will never receive it.”

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Motion for summary judgment granted in Title IX suit against college

A federal judge in the District of Massachusetts granted Emerson's motion for summary judgment Tuesday in the 2014 "Jane Doe v. Emerson College" Title IX lawsuit, in which Doe claimed the school was "deliberately indifferent" to her 2012-2013 reports of alleged sexual assault and harassment.