Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Updated registration system draws praise, frustration

Updated registration system draws praise, frustration

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
April 22, 2021

Emerson students were met with an updated system when fall course registration opened on April 12—and not all of them responded well to the unexpected changes.  The college actualized updates to...

HI Boston Hostel.

Students turn to off-campus lodging for small social gatherings

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 22, 2021

First-year Harry Robinson and his high school girlfriend of two years, who goes to Boston University, had grown used to seeing each other whenever they wanted. When they moved into their respective...

The global pathways program in Santiago, Chile.

First Global Pathways programs in two years slated to return over winter break

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
April 22, 2021

Applications opened last week for two of Emerson’s study abroad programs that will run this winter break, paving the way for the first Global Pathways programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Three students stuck in stairwell of Little Building, leaflets found on Walker Building

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
April 21, 2021

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Monday, April 12 Three...

A photo of Llull’s Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations

Exchange students experience pandemic-era Boston

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
April 15, 2021

Emerson currently hosts only a fraction of its normal exchange student population this semester, yet the seven undergraduates from University Ramon Llull in Barcelona are not only adapting to a new learning...

Center for Spiritual Life creates COVID-19 vigil for grieving community members

Center for Spiritual Life creates COVID-19 vigil for grieving community members

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
April 15, 2021

In the lobby of 172 Tremont stands a small table adorned with electric candles and stickers with names of people and experiences lost over the past year—a space of reflection and remembrance for Emerson...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Suspicious person reported in Little Building, fire alarm set off at Boston Park Plaza Hotel

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
April 14, 2021

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Monday, April 5 A fire...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Emerson College staff member stuck in freight elevator

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
April 11, 2021

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Tuesday, March 30  ECDP...

A sanitation worker cleaning a room.

Maintenance staff risk safety to protect community

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
April 8, 2021

When maintenance worker Ramiro Soto returns home after a long day of cleaning Emerson buildings, he disinfects his backpack, jumps in the shower, and places the clothes he wore that day in a plastic bag...

Chair of the Performing Arts Department Bob Colby, who died April 5, 2021

Late performing arts chair leaves behind legacy of empathy

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
April 8, 2021

After 44 years at Emerson, students and colleagues fondly recalled Robert Colby as a committed theatre practitioner, a trusted mentor, and by many, a valued friend. The longtime faculty member served...

Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.

New Interdisciplinary Studies major to replace IDIP

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 8, 2021

The newly created Interdisciplinary Studies major is set to supplant the Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Program in the Marlboro Institute beginning this fall, according to a college official. The...

Kappa Gamma Chi spring 2021 new member education class.

Emerson fraternities and sororities pledge institutional reimagining

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
April 8, 2021

Emerson’s Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations are facing an internal reckoning as they seek to “reimagine” themselves to make recruitment processes more inclusive, hold themselves accountable...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Some students turn to crowdfunding to pay for Emerson education

By Luna Theus, Staff Writer
April 7, 2021

With a yearly price tag of $50,240 for tuition and fees, $69,712 for in-state students living on campus, and an average financial aid package of $17,000, some Emerson students are resorting to the online...

The Access Advocacy Project Instagram graphic.

Student Disability Union debuts Advocacy Project intended to increase college-wide accessibility

By Dana Gerber and Charlie McKenna
April 7, 2021

Access: Student Disability Union unveiled The Access Advocacy Project on Tuesday, an initiative that includes a list of action steps they are calling on Emerson to take to improve accessibility and equity...

Dean of the School of Communication Raul Reis

School of Communication unveils new Discovery Program for undeclared first-year students

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
April 1, 2021

Emerson’s School of Communication is debuting a new Discovery Program for incoming first-year students who intend to study communications, but are unsure which major in the school they want to pursue. The...

The new awnings installed in the 2B alley.

Awnings installed in 2B Alley

By Patrick Pierce
April 1, 2021

Emerson installed five awnings covering outdoor seating in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway on March 5, in an effort to keep the five tables in the alley available during inclement weather.   The awnings...

Students waiting in front of the Lions Den.

Students report dissatisfaction with flexibility week as spring break replacement

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 1, 2021

Emerson’s “Flexibility Week”—meant to provide students with a reduced work load for the week—was received poorly by many students, who cited ineffectiveness, and in some cases, an inadvertently...

Emerson senior defeated in special election

Emerson senior defeated in special election

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
April 1, 2021

Richard Fucillo, a senior communications major, fell short in his bid to become the youngest lawmaker on Beacon Hill this Tuesday—though he managed to place second in the race as an independent candidate. Garnering...

Fenway Park

The classes of 2020 and 2021 weigh up Fenway Park commencement ceremony

By Frankie Rowley and Ann E. Matica
April 1, 2021

Seven upcoming and recent graduates expressed varying levels of excitement following Emerson’s Tuesday evening announcement that the college will hold an in-person commencement ceremony at Fenway Park...

A sign showing modified bathroom capacity.

Emerson restrictions lift as cases increase in state

By Charlie McKenna
April 1, 2021

Coronavirus cases are once again on the rise in Massachusetts—topping 2,000 reported in a single day four times in the last week after not clearing that marker since mid-February, a rise that comes amid...

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