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First year students left to right: Carrie Aubin, Chloe Shaar, Eva Charbonnnier, and Isabella Espejo, calling their parents about the colleges decision to shut the Boston campus down.

Timeline: How COVID-19 transformed life at Emerson

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
March 22, 2021

In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic's first wave swept through the city of Boston, students have been hit by a barrage of  life-altering emails and announcements. There was the first news of Kasteel...

The Beacon documented campus life in a year that brought a pandemic, presidential election, and nationwide civil rights movement.

2020 in review: The biggest Beacon stories from a year marked by tumult

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
December 31, 2020

Call 2020 unprecedented. Isolating. Terrifying. But it’s one year no one will soon forget.  Emerson operated as normal for a few short months, abruptly shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Cameron Manning helping students move into Little Building at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester

Emerson delays start of in-person classes, residence hall move-in schedule, citing COVID surge

By Charlie McKenna
December 30, 2020

Emerson will hold the first ten days of spring semester classes online and delay move-in to on-campus residence halls by a week, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday afternoon, 20 days...

A couple sledding their child through the Boston Common.

Photos: Powerful snowstorm hits Massachusetts for first time in years

By Domenic Conte and Diti Kohli
December 17, 2020

A thick, white blanket of snow descended on Emerson’s campus and the city of Boston Thursday, thanks to a storm that brought record snowfall, freezing temperatures, and heavy winds to New England.  It’s...

Professor Brooke Knisley said it is especially frustrating that the college may not believe people when they tell them they have a disability.

Professors seeking accommodations forced to jump through hoops to teach online

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
December 7, 2020

A number of Emerson’s immunocompromised and disabled professors have reported issues receiving accommodations to teach remotely ahead of the fall semester’s hybrid classes. Several faculty and graduate...

President Lee Pelton announced the Marlboro-Emerson merger at a town hall meeting in fall 2019. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

President Lee Pelton to resign in June, lead Boston Foundation

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton will leave his position in June to take over as chief executive officer and president of local philanthropic leader The Boston Foundation. The announcement of Pelton’s...

Diti Kohli is the Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon.

Letter from the Editor: Where we’re at and what we still have to do

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
November 19, 2020

The Beacon’s first print issue of the semester in early September initiated a wave of resignations from almost 20 staff members. Some felt deeply mistreated and silenced by our newsroom’s culture....

A student stands on a social distancing marker inside the Emerson testing center.

Emerson, cancel in-person classes immediately

By Editorial Board
November 18, 2020

This week feels like a much-anticipated moment is finally upon us. Emerson went almost three months without seeing a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases. For so long, it felt like we might actually make...

Junior Abigail Semple recieved the fewest votes out of the top three candidates for executive treasurer in the spring 2019 election. Beacon Archive

Letter: Abigail Semple ’20 on being SGA Executive Treasurer

By Abigail Semple
November 17, 2020

Being the Student Government Association Executive Treasurer was both the best and worst year of college. Though it may shock some, I am shy and never imagined I would have taken such an active role in...

The green checkmark community members used to display after completing Emersons symptom tracker to gain access to campus buildings.

Emerson COVID-19 symptom tracker down due to IT issue

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 9, 2020

Emerson’s daily symptom tracker was down earlier in the morning due to a technical issue, meaning community members were being allowed into campus buildings without completing their regular self-test...

Biden defeats Trump, vows to bring new direction for divided U.S.

Biden defeats Trump, vows to bring new direction for divided U.S.

By Diti Kohli and Charlie McKenna
November 7, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden is slated to become the 46th president of the United States after accruing at least 290 electoral votes and emerging victorious in Pennsylvania, the state of his birth,...

When it comes to COVID testing, where’s the accountability?

When it comes to COVID testing, where’s the accountability?

By Editorial Board
October 13, 2020

Since the start of the fall semester, Emerson has taken considerable action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks on campus. Unlike other universities that have reported more than 1,000...

American Indian activist Chali’Naru Dones speaking to a crowd of protesters in Boston on Indigenous Peoples Day, 2020.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day protest calls for end of Columbus Day

By Charlie McKenna
October 10, 2020

Hundreds marched from Boston Common to the North End Saturday afternoon to call on the city of Boston to formally replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day and remove existing monuments of Christopher...

Ani Khachatourian said she helped organize the march with the help of the Armenian Youth Federation

Armenian community protests Azerbaijani aggression in march through Common

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
October 2, 2020

A few hundred organizers marched from the State House to the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common to protest the Azerbaijani invasion of disputed land on Friday afternoon. Masked attendees waved towering...

Protesters carry a banner that read Justice for Breonna Taylor on Friday.

Protesters marched to Boston City Hall over Breonna Taylor case

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
September 26, 2020

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Boston Friday evening to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville woman fatally shot by police in her home last March.  Vigils, rallies,...

Mail-in voting is still not accessible for everyone

Mail-in voting is still not accessible for everyone

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
September 19, 2020

This election season, a vast majority of the American population is likely going to vote by mail. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended just about everything in our American way of life, including the way...

Safety, job security top staff concerns for the fall

Safety, job security top staff concerns for the fall

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
September 16, 2020

Emerson staff members are grappling with safety risks and the threat of job insecurity, as the college proceeds with a reopening plan that brought much of the community back to Boston.  Hundreds of...

When anyone casts their ballot in a normal year, they are fulfilling their civic responsibility as an American citizen. But this November, for the first time in a long time, there is a pandemic plaguing the U.S. during a presidential election. Illustration by Laura King

Mail-in voting is easy. Here’s why you should do it.

By Robbie Shinder
September 15, 2020

What does it mean to vote? When anyone casts their ballot in a normal year, they are fulfilling their civic responsibility as an American citizen. But this November, for the first time in a long time,...

Note from the Editor: We take responsibility

Note from the Editor: We take responsibility

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
September 10, 2020

A journalist’s commitment is to truth, to fairness, to balance. And this is The Beacon’s truth. We, as an institution with a longstanding history at Emerson, have repeatedly produced content and...

In swift reversal, Emerson opts for daily COVID-19 updates

In swift reversal, Emerson opts for daily COVID-19 updates

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
September 8, 2020

In a shift from prior announcements, Emerson administrators vowed Tuesday to begin updating the college’s COVID-19 dashboard daily after more than a month of less frequent updates. The decision marks...

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