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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

A group of students walk down Boylston Street wearing masks.

As soft quarantine nears its end, students express frustration on heightened restrictions

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 14, 2021

Four Emerson students said they felt stifled by the “soft quarantine” instated last week due to a surge in positive COVID-19 tests since March 31.  The soft quarantine allowed students to leave...

Emersons 2010 Commencement ceremonyy

Emerson institutes safety precautions for in-person graduation

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 3, 2021

Emerson announced its in-person commencement at Fenway Park will feature socially distanced pods for students and their guests, as well as mandatory mask-wearing, according to an email sent on Friday evening. Students...

Students waiting in front of the Piano Row building.

Analysis: After bracing for disaster, Emerson poised to escape pandemic financially viable

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
March 18, 2021

The past year, dominated by an unrelenting pandemic, has been marked by resounding loss. More than 500,000 have died in the U.S. alone—that toll’s reverberation through families of those claimed by...

Students at Nation Broadcast Society meeting.

Student organizations still fighting through pandemic-era restrictions

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
March 18, 2021

Student organizations, a focal point of the Emerson experience for many, have weathered a year in the pandemic despite an abundance of logistical hurdles and safety guidelines curtailing typical programming.  Since...

Students walking on Boston Common.

Vaccine rollout progressing, health experts foresee a return to normal in the fall

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
March 18, 2021

Public health experts say there appears to be a “light at the end of the tunnel” shining for college campuses after a year of restrictions, social distancing, and online learning—but warn that administrators...

11 undergraduate students of 11 different majors at the college.

Major changes: A year of pandemic learning

Of Emerson’s 3,490 currently enrolled undergraduate students, no two have the same learning experience. Some visual and media arts students handle cameras and go out on the field, others spend their...

Courtney Donohue

Journalism: Courtney Donohue, Sophomore

March 18, 2021

I definitely was more interested pre-COVID in [broadcast] journalism, but since COVID, I have added two new minors: marketing and photography. Now I'm more interested in photojournalism and the photo and...

Allison Duggan

Visual and Media Arts: Allison Duggan, Sophomore

March 18, 2021

The pandemic hit right when I was supposed to start gaining experience with production … and it basically skewed my understanding of how production works. All the experience I've had [making films],...

Allyson Aronsky

Marketing Communications: Allyson Aronsky, Senior

March 18, 2021

During the fall semester is when I noticed the biggest difference, because I definitely noticed a lack of effort on some professors’ parts. One of my professor’s never showed up to class. He had a...

Brianne Guanaga

Business of Creative Enterprises: Brianne Guanaga, Junior

March 18, 2021

Business, being in a creative enterprise, really appealed to me because I want to do music business and management. I definitely found my place within the BCE community. A lot of the BCE seniors have helped...

Jasmine Hawkins

Theater and Performance: Jasmine Hawkins, Sophomore

March 18, 2021

Being that our choice of profession is based off of people, it's changed tremendously. We're trying to find ways to make connections with each other and with the work, and being that acting can be really...

Gabi Jonikas

Writing, Literature and Publishing: Gabi Jonikas, Sophomore

March 18, 2021

Right now, I’m in Introduction to Electronic Publishing and it’s supposed to be very interactive and discussion-based, but now we do all the video and audio recordings [for podcasts and video assignments]...

Ellen Brandon

Communication Studies: Ellen Brandon, Sophomore

March 18, 2021

The thing I feel like is disappointing would just be in my classes’ professors talk so much about the importance of connections and building relationships, professionals, but I feel I haven't really...

Sam Gutkin

Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Program (Television and Sports Production): Sam Gutkin, Sophomore

March 18, 2021

Probably the main thing, I would say, in terms of IDIP’s effect with COVID is that [the college] gears their offerings towards the traditional majors, which makes sense that they would do because that’s...

Mackenzie Thomas

Comedic Arts: Mackenzie Thomas, Senior

March 18, 2021

My distaste for my major has become more clear since the pandemic hit. Maybe because I have had more time to dwell on it and think about things, but oh my god, it’s been so weird and crazy. I love comedy,...

Will Dean

Sports Communication: Will Dean, Junior

March 18, 2021

A lot of the off-campus opportunities that are so supplementary to a sports communication education—opportunities to go to the Garden to report or to do a sports PR project on, for example, all of those...

Victoria Sci

Communication Disorders: Victoria Sci, Junior

March 18, 2021

I wasn't too sure what to expect coming back in the fall; we didn't have any experience with CSD classes doing the hybrid model yet. Things were actually better than I personally was expecting. I took...

The offices of Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services.

Students’ mental health struggles persist as pandemic drags on

By Ann E. Matica and Frankie Rowley
March 18, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mentions of mental health issues and suicide.  Students are continuing to struggle with their mental health one year into living through a pandemic, with the cumulative effects of...

Students relaxing on Boston Common.

The struggle to socialize in a year of separation

By Dana Gerber and Alec Klusza
March 18, 2021

In the first semester of his sophomore year, junior visual and media arts major Devin Elias went to parties every other weekend and met with friends to watch horror movies once a week.  Now, in light...

COVID lead Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

Q&A with Emerson COVID Lead Erik Muurisepp

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 18, 2021

In April, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life Erik Muurisepp was handed a herculean task: leading the college’s implementation and communication of coronavirus safety policy as reopening was planned.  Almost...

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