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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson to shift to mask-optional policy beginning March 21

Emerson to shift to mask-optional policy beginning March 21

By Charlie McKenna and Bailey Allen
February 18, 2022

Emerson will drop its mask mandate for non-classroom indoor spaces on March 21, shifting to a mask-optional policy as statewide COVID-19 cases continue to fall from the highs reached during the winter...

A 1967 edition of The Berkeley Beacon, the oldest in the organizations office.

‘It’s a gateway drug’: The Beacon celebrates its 75th anniversary

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 1, 2022

Seventy-five years of The Berkeley Beacon.  The Beacon has been Emerson’s only student-run independent newspaper since its first edition of Feb. 1, 1947. It has continuously published print editions...

Ansin Building of Emerson College

Reporting issue prompts erroneous loan emails

By Charlie McKenna
January 25, 2022

A student enrollment reporting error caused some loan providers to see some Emerson students’ status as not enrolled, prompting them to notify the students that they would need to start repaying their...

Emersons Title IX office.

Emerson officially relocates Office of Access, Equity, and Title IX

By Charlie McKenna
January 17, 2022

Emerson officially moved its Office of Access, Equity, and Title IX out of the Social Justice Center, creating a stand-alone office that will report to the Dean of Campus Life on Wednesday, a move that...

Yacht Rock Revues Dave Freeman playing the saxophone at the House of Blues on Jan. 7.

‘Hot Dads in Tight Jeans’ take over the House of Blues

By Charlie McKenna
January 12, 2022

After a nearly two-hour delay, the audience at Yacht Rock Revue’s Jan. 7 concert exploded when the band finally made their way to the stage and the opening notes of “Greatest American Hero” boomed...

2021 year in review: Better than 2020, but not by much

2021 year in review: Better than 2020, but not by much

By Charlie McKenna
January 1, 2022

It’s widely accepted by now that 2020 was probably not the start to the “roaring 20s” of this century that we all hoped it would be. And, heading into 2021, there was much hope that this would be...

Letter: Emersons response to classroom incident taps into moral outrage, not deliberation

Letter: Emerson’s response to classroom incident taps into moral outrage, not deliberation

By Sam Binkley and David Kishik
December 29, 2021

Sam Binkley is a Professor of Sociology and David Kishik is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, both in the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts at Emerson College.  Dear Friends,  We would like...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Massachusetts surpasses 1 million total COVID-19 cases

By Adri Pray, News Editor
December 28, 2021

Massachusetts surpassed one million total COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, reporting 9,228 new cases amid an unprecedented statewide surge largely fueled by the Omicron variant.   The state’s cumulative...

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

Unprecedented end-of-semester COVID surge brings highest case levels since onset of pandemic

By Adri Pray and Gabriel Borges
December 23, 2021

Emerson has undergone an unprecedented surge in positive COVID-19 tests over the course of the past two weeks, racking up nearly 100 positives as statewide cases set records and the Omicron variant continues...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson reverts to individual testing model

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 15, 2021

Emerson pivoted back to individual PCR tests on Tuesday with just two days left in the fall semester, as positive COVID-19 cases surge both on-campus and nationwide.  The last-minute decision shifts...

A sign of the COVID testing site of Emerson College and Tufts University.

Emerson reports 27 new positive COVID-19 tests on Wednesday; 49 active cases among community members

By Charlie McKenna
December 15, 2021

Emerson reported 27 new positive COVID-19 tests on Wednesday, the same day college officials announced 49 active cases amongst the Emerson community. The unprecedented surge comes as statewide cases...

The entrance to a vaccination clinic on Tremont Street.

Emerson to require booster shots for all community members before spring semester

By Lucia Thorne and Charlie McKenna
December 8, 2021

Emerson will require all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot prior to the beginning of the spring semester, college officials announced Wednesday. The decision comes just...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson to require students to test negative before return to campus from Thanksgiving break

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
November 16, 2021

All students will have to provide Emerson with proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to their return to campus from Thanksgiving break, and take another test within three days of arriving, college officials...

An Emerson College advertisement at Downtown Crossing station.

Graduate program pushes T advertising campaign

By Henrique Rocha, Beacon Correspondent
November 11, 2021

Boston commuters have seen an unfamiliar sight at MBTA stations over the past weeks: screens of blue, green, and white advertising Emerson’s graduate programs. The ads, which illuminate the platforms...

A polling place at City Hall on Election Day Nov. 3, 2020.

Student turnout soared in 2020 election, study finds

By Vivi Smilgius, Frankie Rowley, and Bailey Allen
November 11, 2021

The 2020 presidential election saw record-high numbers of Emerson students casting their ballots at the polls or by mail, mimicking the nationwide trend of historic voter turnout, according to a recent...

The Marlboro Institute for Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies

Emerson launches ‘cluster hire’ for intersectional studies

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
November 11, 2021

A new “cluster hire” initiative at Emerson aims to recruit faculty for newly-created positions in the Visual and Media Arts and Writing, Literature and Publishing departments as well as the Marlboro...

Students entering the testing facility at 116 Harrison Ave.

Pooled testing model draws mixed reactions among students

By Hannah Nguyen, Deputy Express News Editor
November 11, 2021

A week after Emerson’s shift to a pooled testing model for all community members, students have expressed mixed reactions to the new model—questioning its safety and accuracy.   The decision to...

Ansin Building of Emerson College

College endowment balloons amid pandemic

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
November 11, 2021

Emerson’s investments generated a 32.7 percent return in 2021, indicating a promising future for the college despite the financial pressures of COVID-19. As a result, the college’s endowment...

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

Wu triumphs in mayor’s race; first woman, person of color to be elected to city’s top job

By Frankie Rowley and Bailey Allen
November 2, 2021

Michelle Wu secured victory in Boston’s mayoral election Tuesday night, defeating her opponent, at-large city councilor Annissa Essaibi George, by nearly 30 points in a historic race to become the first...

Michelle Wu (left) and Annissa Essaibi George (right) are set to compete for the citys top job this November.

Emerson poll finds Wu with big lead in mayor’s race

By Charlie McKenna
November 2, 2021

An Emerson College/WHDH-TV poll released late last week found City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu with a 30 point lead over fellow councilor Annissa Essaibi George in the Boston mayoral race. The poll,...

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