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After 1,033 days, an editor says farewell

Former Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk in front of a very legendary establishment.

By Chris Van Buskirk

June 30, 2020

It was a Tuesday around 6:50 p.m. when shots rang out across Boston Common. Students were told to shelter in place several minutes later but a young reporter had managed to barrel down nine flights of stairs and make it past security guards. Outside Piano Row, he rushed into Emerson College's front yard...

Letter: A shameful end for Marlboro

Letter: A shameful end for Marlboro

By T. Hunter Wilson, Former Marlboro College Faculty Member

June 28, 2020

T. Hunter Wilson served as a faculty member at Marlboro College for 47 years.  The Marlboro College Board of Trustees is moving toward a shameful end. They have signed a Purchase and Sales agreement with the Democracy Builders Fund that will transfer ownership of the campus to DBF whether the deal...

Faculty member out after allegations of “serious misconduct”

Fietek's former student at Anoka Middle School for the Arts said Fietek sexually assaulted him when he was a minor.

By Charlie McKenna and Andrew Brinker

June 26, 2020

Assistant Professor Jefferson Fietek is no longer "an active faculty member at Emerson College" after allegations surfaced of "serious misconduct" against him prior to his employment at the college, according to a statement from the college. The statement said the administration has referred the person to law ...

For a more equitable community (and newsroom)

Black Lives Matter protestors chant as they walked up Bowdoin St. approaching the State House.

By Editorial Board

June 19, 2020

On June 1, as inklings of warm summer air crept in, a massive protest overtook the streets of Boston, just steps from Emerson’s campus. Demonstrators marched to get justice for the countless Black lives lost at the hands of the police. They held their fists in the air to fight the systems of oppre...

Fall opening plan elicits joy from some students, leaves athletes in the dark

The college's fall semester plan announcement Wednesday left some students thrilled at the prospect of an in-person semester, and others in the dark.

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor

June 11, 2020

When then freshman Olivia Lusk left Emerson’s Boston campus in March, she was disappointed her first year—and maybe even her next one—was threatened by a looming pandemic. So, Lusk could not contain her excitement after the college announced Wednesday afternoon that its U.S. campuses will reopen for the fall semester. “My initial thought when reading the em...

A chat with EVVY Awards hosts Arasha Lalani and Kyle Goold

Kyle Goold (left) and Arasha Lalani (second from left) are set to co-host the 39th annual EVVY Awards show which is taking place virtually due to COVID-19.

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

May 28, 2020

Rising seniors Arasha Lalani and Kyle Goold dreamed of hosting the EVVYs ever since their freshman year. In October 2019, after an audition singing the Glee version of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood, Lalani and Goold were cast as the co-hosts of the EV...

EVVYs team overcomes logistical barriers to produce first ever online show

The EVVY Awards are set to take place virtually Friday at 8 p.m. EST for the first time in the organization's history.

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

May 28, 2020

After canceling the in-person show for the 39th annual EVVY Awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EVVY’s production team and advisors faced the challenging task of moving the event to an online format in a way that honored students and maintained the show’s core values.  “The EVVYs has b...

Emerson, Marlboro strike “provisional agreement” on acquisition

President M. Lee Pelton and President Kevin Quigley walking down Potash Hill in November 2019.

By Jacob Seitz, Senior Marlboro Reporter

May 28, 2020

Emerson College announced Thursday that it has entered into a provisional agreement to acquire Marlboro College, just hours after Marlboro announced the sale of their Vermont campus. “Emerson College is pleased that progress is being made toward the completion of the alliance, which the two ins...

College commits to hard deadline to decide fall semester options

College commits to hard deadline to decide fall semester options

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News Editor

May 22, 2020

A decision regarding what the fall semester will look like is expected to come by June 12, according to a community-wide email from President M. Lee Pelton sent Friday.  The new time frame comes after Pelton said Wednesday that the college would announce its decision for the semester in two or three weeks. The email details several methods the college might use to slow the spread of COVID-...

College lights up Little Building in honor of graduating students

The college illuminated Little Building with artwork and messages celebrating the graduating class of 2020 on Saturday. The display will run for two weeks.

By Diana Bravo and Dylan Rossiter

May 16, 2020

A series of messages and artwork lit up the Little Building Saturday night to honor the Class of 2020.  The 11-story art installation titled “One Emerson” included a video message from President M. Lee Pelton to the graduates and commissioned pieces from four independent artists. It bega...

Emerson COVID-19 working groups to announce fate of fall semester by July 1

Despite calls from students to decrease costs, Emerson will increase tuition and room and board rates by two percent for the 2020-21 academic year.

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

May 14, 2020

Correction: Tim Riley, associate journalism professor and a consulting member of one of COVID-19 working groups, erroneously told The Beacon that the college would make a decision about the fall semester by June 1. The story has been updated to reflect the actual date July 1.  The COVID-19 Response...

New fall course revives Emerson Student News Service

Professor Mark Leccese will advise the news service and teach the new speciality topics course, News and Magazine Web Production, where students will learn to manage the site’s content.  

By Faith Bugenhagen

May 12, 2020

The journalism department will restart the student-run Emerson Student News Service this fall to provide students and professors within the department a forum to share their work on, according to a college official. Associate Journalism Professor Mark Leccese will advise the news service and teach the new ...