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Three SGA executive president candidates compete to lead organization into a new era

Left to right: Jehan Ayesha, Claire Rodenbush, and Diego Torres are the three candidates competing for the executive presidency.

By Andrew Brinker, News Editor

April 26, 2020

highly contested race for the Student Government Association’s executive presidency has taken shape this week, with three candidates vying to be the first to lead the organization under its newly established legislative model. Voting is set to take place Monday through Wednesday, less than a week after a port...

As SGA elections approach, no one is campaigning for executive treasurer

A Financial Advisory Board meeting from earlier this academic year.

By Andrew Brinker and Charlie McKenna

April 26, 2020

The Student Government Association is set to proceed with their spring general elections Monday with no balloted or write-in candidates for the position of executive treasurer for the first time in at least 19 years, a former SGA advisor said. Should the treasurership be left vacant by the upcoming election...

SGA Elections preview of senate and class council candidates

SGA Elections preview of senate and class council candidates

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

April 26, 2020

The Student Government Association's spring 2020 election features 19 students running for political office against the backdrop of a pandemic and a brand new organizational structure. The race is the first time candidates have to campaign entirely on virtual platforms without Press Night, a critical opportunity for candidates to share their message.  Following the ratification of a new constitution by the student body last Tuesday, candidates this semester are pr...

SGA candidates look to overcome digital campaign hurdles amid pandemic life

Emerson candidates have campaigned entirely online for the first time in known SGA history.

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

April 26, 2020

Candidates for the Student Government Association's spring 2020 elections are facing the challenge of campaigning from afar after the coronavirus forced most students at the college to head home for the remainder of the semester.  All 19 political hopefuls running for office this spring are campaigning v...

Students vote to approve new, wide-ranging SGA constitution

SGA at a previous Joint Session meeting where they discussed the proposed, now ratified, constitution.

By Andrew Brinker, News Editor

April 23, 2020

A new constitution for the Student Government Association was officially ratified Tuesday, drastically altering the fundamental operations and direction of the organization and marking the most significant change to student government at the college in more than 20 years.  The new constitution will pivot SGA to a leg...

SGA expands senate and class council positions ahead of spring 2020 elections


By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

April 18, 2020

The Student Government Association restructured the way the organization conducts business within its class councils and academic senate ahead of the upcoming spring 2020 elections by expanding the number of available positions. The new positions in class council include an additional senator from each...

Pelton plans for college to be open in the fall

Emerson remains one of the only local institutions without any information on costs for the upcoming fall semester publicly available.

By Belen Dumont, News Editor

April 17, 2020

The college currently plans to resume classes on campus this upcoming semester, President M. Lee Pelton wrote in a community-wide email Friday evening.  “The college is evaluating a multitude of possibilities across the academic and student life experience, including options for course offerings, s...

Remote classes bring innovation, frustration

With only a week for preparation, Emerson professors across all departments modified their classes to an online format for the remaining of the semester.

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

April 15, 2020

Theatre education professor Bethany Nelson had no idea how she would adapt her class material when the college transitioned to online learning, because so much of the work involves students interacting in the same physical space.  “When it was announced, people were flipping out,” she said in a phone int...

Online learning results in alterations to VMA production courses

VMA Department Chair Brooke Knight said he and the associate chairs identified 92 sections of production courses that would be significantly impacted by the transition to online.

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

April 14, 2020

Sophomore visual media arts major Lauren Miller was preparing to film a group final project when the college announced it would be switching to remote learning in light of the progressing COVID-19 pandemic—she worried about what this would mean for her and her classmates’ work. “Obviously if you’...

Incident Journal: two firearm-related incidents, cannabis paraphernalia found in elevator lobby


By Jacob Seitz, Senior Marlboro Reporter

April 13, 2020

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, April 7 An ECPD officer on patrol found the side entrance to the Equipment Distribution Center unsecured. The ...

Letter: Amy Tudor responds to Kevin Quigley statements

Letter: Amy Tudor responds to Kevin Quigley statements

By Amy Tudor

April 13, 2020

Amy Tudor is an alum of Marlboro College and affiliated with I Believe In Marlboro College, a group of alumni and community members opposing Emerson College's acquisition of Marlboro College.  In a March 19 Berkeley Beacon article, Emerson-Marlboro merger still on track despite growing opposition...

Two staff members test positive for COVID-19, college implements self-reporting feature on website

The college plans to fight new restrictions imposed on international students by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

By Belen Dumont, News Editor

April 13, 2020

Two additional college staff members on the Boston campus tested positive for the coronavirus and are recovering off campus, according to a community-wide email sent Monday afternoon. The members were last on campus April 1 and April 2, and did not come into contact with any students, President M....