The Berkeley Beacon

College applied for final 172 Tremont St. building permit, expected opening in March

College applied for final 172 Tremont St. building permit, expected opening in March

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018

The college is expecting a final building permit authorizing all construction related tasks for The Commons at 172 Tremont St., according to a college official. Director of Construction Management Michael Faia said the City of Boston requires 30 days to review final building permit applications a...

Emerson students oppose Sen. Jeff Flake at City Hall Plaza

Emerson students oppose Sen. Jeff Flake at City Hall Plaza

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2018

Three Emerson students clutched a banner reading “#StopKavanaugh” in front of a rally of hundreds at City Hall Plaza Monday morning. Just days before, senior Erin Swauger, sophomore Annie Noel, and sophomore Mari Sitner organized the rally in opposition of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court....

Student organizers relocate Flake protest to City Hall Plaza

Student organizers relocate Flake protest to City Hall Plaza

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2018

A student-led protest calling on Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh is taking place at City Hall Plaza Monday. Mayor Marty Walsh,  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Candidate Ayanna Pressley are among the confirmed speakers for the protest, according to Sophomore Mari Sitner, an...

Faculty recognized and honored at award ceremony

Faculty recognized and honored at award ceremony

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2018

The Faculty Assembly recognized and honored members of the Emerson community at its first meeting of the year on Tuesday. About a dozen faculty members received departmental awards and recognition for their accomplishments over the past year. While several others were acknowledged for their years ...

College cancels Senator Jeff Flake appearance

College cancels Senator Jeff Flake appearance

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2018

The college canceled Senator Jeff Flake’s appearance at the Colonial Theatre Monday for Forbes 30 Under 30 event citing safety concerns surrounding a potential protest, according to President M. Lee Pelton. The student-led protest is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1. Senior Erin Swauger began organizing the rally on Friday over Facebook at 2 p.m., and by 8 p...

Boston Zoning Commision approves 172 Tremont St. renovation

Boston Zoning Commision approves 172 Tremont St. renovation

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2018

The college can begin interior renovations on The Commons at 172 Tremont St. after the Boston Zoning Commission unanimously approved the new use of the building on Sept. 12, according to a college official. Following the approval, the college is in the process of acquiring a building permit, acc...

Bathrooms at 172 Tremont exclusively gender-neutral

Bathrooms at 172 Tremont exclusively gender-neutral

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2018

The Commons at 172 Tremont St. exclusively features gender-neutral bathrooms—the first building to do so—according to college officials. The college decided to make bathrooms part of an effort to dedicate the $24 million building to student spaces. The renovation will cost approximately $2 mi...

Professor’s cause of death confirmed amid controversy

Professor’s cause of death confirmed amid controversy

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2018

The death of visual and media arts associate Professor Robert Todd has been confirmed as a suicide, according to The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Boston. President M. Lee Pelton announced the associate professor was found responsible for sexual harassment while addressing faculty at the Faculty ...

On-campus students wash and dry for free

On-campus students wash and dry for free

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2018

Students no longer pay for each load of laundry after the college decided to eliminate the cost. Business Services Director Karen Dickinson said students who live in residence halls can swipe their student ID on the card reader in the laundry room at no charge. When students go to either the washi...

Deceased VMA Professor found responsible for sexual harassment

Deceased VMA Professor found responsible for sexual harassment

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

September 4, 2018

Former Professor Robert Todd was “found responsible for engaging in sexual harassment” following a Title IX investigation that took place before his death, according to a statement President M. Lee Pelton released on Tuesday. As a result of the months-long investigation, Todd was suspended wit...

POWER demands immediate removal of musical theater head

POWER demands immediate removal of musical theater head

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

April 27, 2018

Musical Theatre Program Head Scott LaFeber maintains his position despite a petition released by Protesting Oppression With Educational Reform on April 21 calling for his immediate removal. Incoming Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby said the department plans to rotate leadership positions to give more ...

College receives its largest donation

College receives its largest donation

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2018

The college received the largest single donation in its 138-year history—$4 million. In an email to the community on April 18, President M. Lee Pelton said the donation from an anonymous benefactor will establish an Opportunity Scholarship Fund for students from low-income backgrounds to attend Em...