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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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They couldn’t get out of on-campus housing. So they got domestic partnerships

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
May 26, 2021

In attempts to secure an exemption to escape on-campus housing and its nearly $20,000 annual price tag, some students are taking an unorthodox leap—getting a domestic partnership.  Students at Emerson...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 337 new coronavirus cases, large laboratory reporting lag

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
May 14, 2021

Massachusetts reported 337 new coronavirus cases Friday, down by nearly half from the 616 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 18.  The Department of Public Health cited a "reporting...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 472 new coronavirus cases, zero COVID-19 deaths

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
May 11, 2021

Massachusetts reported 472 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, up slightly from the 446 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by zero.  Tuesday’s report marks the first time zero COVID-19...

The entrance to a vaccination clinic in downtown Boston.

Vaccines now available for students at Tufts Medical Center

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 29, 2021

Students can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Tufts Medical Center, just over a month after the formal partnership with the hospital fell through, Emerson announced in an email Thursday morning.   This...

An in-person class taking place at Emerson.

Emerson changes course, pivots to fully in-person fall semester

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 21, 2021

In a shift from previous plans, Emerson will transition to a fully in-person academic semester on all campuses this fall for students, who will now be mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the boldest...

The first comedic arts class as freshmen, when they entered the college in 2016.

First comedic arts major graduates reflect on program one year later

By Taina Millsap, Staff Writer
April 21, 2021

Following their 2020 graduation, Emerson’s first comedic arts class is finding new ways to do what they love in the midst of the pandemic—from hosting podcasts to writing self-help books.  The...

A clinician fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine from a vial.

State vaccine eligibility expands to cover all Emerson students

When the clock struck midnight on Monday, 1.7 million Massachusetts residents—including any Emerson students who didn’t yet qualify—became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, a signal of hope...

Snow dusts the Norman Lear statue in the 2 Boylston Alley

Nor’easter brings April snowfall and student bitterness

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
April 16, 2021

Emerson students woke up Friday morning to snowflakes outside their windows, an unexpected—and for many, unwelcome—sight after a spell of relatively dry and warm spring weather. While ground...

Trash bins in the cafeteria.

Green efforts ongoing as Emerson searches for new sustainability manager

By Bailey Allen, Deputy Enterprise Editor
April 16, 2021

As Emerson prepares to hire a new sustainability manager, the college is pushing forward in its effort to create a more environmentally friendly campus.  Cathy Liebowitz, Emerson’s former sustainability...

The new awnings installed in the 2B alley.

Emerson lifts most restrictions as COVID fears ease

Emerson will lift most of the restrictions implemented on April 7 to slow down the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 amongst the community since late March on Thursday morning, college officials announced...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

ECPD faces backlash for social media posts on autism

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 7, 2021

Content Warning: This article discusses harmful and ableist stereotypes against autistic people, violence against autistic people and disabled people, and includes harmful and ableist photographs posted...

Pictured above, Performing Arts Department Chair Bob Colby.

Robert Colby, chair of performing arts, dies at 70

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
April 5, 2021

Robert Colby, chair of the performing arts department who worked at Emerson for 44 years, died early Monday morning in Beth Israel Hospital after a lengthy fight with cancer, the college announced this...

About 70 staff union members lined the hallway elbow-to-elbow on the lower level of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center while college administrators entered room L-151 for a contract negotiation with the union’s bargaining committee in April. Chris Van Buskirk / Beacon Archive.

No benefit restoration in sight despite strong financial outlook

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 5, 2021

Emerson’s financial state remains stable as the end of the 2021 fiscal year draws near, but college officials remain uncertain when they can reinstitute benefits for staff and faculty.  In a March...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 2,263 new coronavirus cases

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 3, 2021

Massachusetts reported 2,263 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a rise from the 2,160 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 36.  Saturday’s case total marks the fourth day this week...

The Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym

Emerson reports highest COVID spike to date, reportedly traced to athletic teams

By Charlie McKenna and Dana Gerber
April 3, 2021

Emerson reported 15 new positive COVID-19 tests on Saturday split over two days of testing—just two days after an email from the college warned of increased spread. The spread now appears to have originated...

The first graduating cohort of the Speech@Emerson program on Aug. 23, 2020.

Speech@Emerson grows to college’s largest graduate program

By Taina Millsap, Staff Writer
March 29, 2021

In just three years, Speech@Emerson has become the largest graduate program at the college, with 654 students enrolled as of 2020.  The program, which launched in September 2018, is an online graduate...

The exterior of the Kasteel Well castle

Kasteel Well students reflect on departing the castle

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
March 29, 2021

On March 2, 2020, the 76 students studying at Emerson’s Kasteel Well campus gathered in a cramped dining hall awaiting an update on spring break, expecting news regarding where and when they could travel. Instead,...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 1,817 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 28, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,817 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a rise from the 2,362 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 29.  Saturday’s case total marked the third time this week...

On-campus spaces see loosened capacity limits

On-campus spaces see loosened capacity limits

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
March 28, 2021

Room capacity limits in some indoor spaces on Emerson’s campus were increased last week, a result of low positive COVID-19 tests and a declining positivity rate across the campus, administrators announced...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,678 new coronavirus cases

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 21, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,678 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a slight decline from the 1,880 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 33.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over...

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