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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy touring the trenches.

Ukraine’s president could have been another Trump. Instead he became a Churchill.

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
March 3, 2022

Before his election, he was a nobody. A celebrity, sure, but not a politician, and certainly not a serious presidential candidate. He was a complete outsider with no political experience. Nobody could...

Pro-Ukraine demonstrators at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday

Protestors at State House condemn Ukraine invasion

By Adri Pray, News Editor
February 25, 2022

A throng of people donned in blue and yellow gathered at the steps of the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, protesting the invasion of Ukraine launched by Russia just hours earlier. The crowd waved...

Boston Fire Department engines outside Boylston Street station

Boylston Station evacuated by fire

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
February 5, 2022

A fire broke out on a Green Line train on Saturday evening, resulting in the evacuation of Boylston Street station and bringing first responders to the scene. While passing Kenmore Station, operators...

Boylston Street was blanketed in snow on Saturday.

Boston weathers ‘historic’ snowstorm, as strong winds batter campus

By Camilo Fonseca and Frankie Rowley
January 29, 2022

New England is experiencing a winter storm of a magnitude not seen in years, dropping nearly two feet of snow on downtown Boston and enveloping Emerson’s campus in near-whiteout conditions. Since...

Classroom 633 of the Walker Building.

Emerson to investigate alleged antisemitic behavior in classroom

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 21, 2021

Emerson is investigating a report of antisemitic behavior in a classroom that originated in social media, college officials said Tuesday evening.  The college was made aware of the alleged incident...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

Emerson reports 27 positive COVID-19 tests Wednesday, bringing weekly total to 61

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
December 16, 2021

Emerson reported 27 new positive COVID-19 tests for the second day in a row on Thursday, bringing the numbers of positive tests reported this week to a staggering 61. The positives reflect an unprecedented...

The Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill.

Expanded voting protections at risk in Massachusetts

By Justin Chen and Camilo Fonseca
December 12, 2021

Several pandemic-era voting reforms in Massachusetts are slated to expire next week after dying on Beacon Hill, bringing an end to a period of increased voter access for many student residents. A bill...

Boston police detectives exiting Downtown Convenience after the alleged robbery.

Boylston convenience store robbed

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
December 2, 2021

A Boylston Street convenience store was robbed on Wednesday evening, according to a store employee. Boston police responded to 40 Boylston St. after a robbery call at 9:21 p.m., according to Officer...

2021 Academic Townhall

Student government hosts annual town hall

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
December 2, 2021

Students, staff, and faculty voiced their concerns about the college’s virtual attendance policies and discussed the college’s spring reopening plans at the Student Government Association’s annual...

Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.

College to offer new religion minor

By Jonathan Yao, Staff Writer
December 2, 2021

In a bid to expand its interdisciplinary offerings, the college will offer a new minor focusing on religious studies, starting in the Spring 2022 semester. The new minor, offered as part of the Marlboro...

New Green Line stations make off-campus commutes faster—though just barely

New Green Line stations make off-campus commutes faster—though just barely

By Gabel Strickland, Beacon Correspondent
November 18, 2021

The MBTA opened two new Green Line stations on Monday, shaking up the commutes for scores of off-campus college students traveling to and from Emerson and other Boston-area institutions and revitalizing...

Michelle Wu greets supporters after winning the mayoral election on Nov. 2.

Wu sworn in as mayor, pushes widespread reform

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

Michelle Wu was sworn in as mayor Tuesday, ushering in a new era for the city of Boston as the former city councilor became the city’s first woman and person of color elected to serve in the corner office.  “Boston...

Turning Point USAs booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

College lifts suspension on conservative group

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

Emerson lifted a suspension of the college’s Turning Point USA chapter this month, allowing the conservative organization to resume on-campus activities weeks after drawing backlash for promotional material...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL Director reflects on decade at Emerson

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

Responsible for remaking the college’s relationship to student organizations, keeping his colleagues up-to-date with pop culture, and advising the Student Government Association, Director of Student...

Provost Michaele Whelan

From provost to president: Michaele Whelan departs Emerson to lead Wheaton College

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

The 14th floor office designated for the Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs will soon be have a new tenant as Michaele Whelan prepares to depart the college, saying goodbye to friends made...

The Emerson Staff Union is hoping to have some of their sacrificed benefits reinstated, especially for some of the at-risk staff members.

Staff Union calls for end to hiring freeze

By Bailey Allen and Vivi Smilgius
November 4, 2021

Members of Emerson’s staff union took to the streets this week amid contract negotiations with the college, demanding the college increase hiring in several areas that they say are already severely...

The police and fire department closed down Harrison Ave. yesterday.

Fire alarm briefly closes testing center again

By Camilo Fonseca and Frankie Rowley
November 3, 2021

Emerson’s testing center was forced to close for the second time in as many days due to a fire alarm at 116 Harrison Avenue on Wednesday morning. Boston firefighters arrived at the scene at 8:35 a.m....

Firefighters put away the water hose.

Tufts refrigerator fire closes testing center amid hazmat concerns

By Frankie Rowley, Gabriel Borges, and Henrique Rocha
November 2, 2021

Emerson’s testing center was abruptly shuttered Tuesday afternoon after a fire forced the evacuation of the surrounding Tufts Medical Center complex, fire officials said.  Firefighters were sent...

Students sit in a computer lab.

‘Getting thrown right back in was a lot’: Students overwhelmed by return of in-person midterms

By Vivi Smilgius and Bailey Allen
October 31, 2021

This year, students are facing the first relatively-normal, in-person midterm exam period since the outbreak of the pandemic—a jarring, even stressful change of pace for students and professors alike.  After...

Michelle Wu addresses an MBTA meeting in February 2019

Days before election, Wu tells students to get involved

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
October 31, 2021

City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu outlined what a Wu mayoralty would look like and urged the younger population to participate in the upcoming Nov. 2 election in a student press conference on Wednesday.  “We...

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