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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

President-elect Joe Biden.

President Biden to cancel $10,000 in student debt for qualifying Americans

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
August 25, 2022

President Biden announced on Wednesday a plan to relieve $10,000 in student loan debt for low-to-middle income borrowers and extended the pause on student loan payments to Dec. 31, 2022. The announcement...

Ukrainian Army soldiers fighting pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region, 2015

Emerson professor breaks down Ukraine conflict

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 3, 2022

In the week since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, its forces have surrounded key cities and launched deadly attacks while facing strong Ukrainian opposition. The root of the war is long and complicated,...

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

Emerson will require rapid tests for return to campus after spring break

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 9, 2022

Emerson will require students to receive a rapid antigen test prior to their arrival back to campus if they chose to leave for spring break, announced college officials on Wednesday afternoon.  The...

The sun sets over Boston Common as viewed from the newsroom of The Berkeley Beacon in the campus center at 172 Tremont St. on March 12, 2021.

It’s hell, but it’s worth it: The Beacon on The Beacon

By The Editorial Staff
February 3, 2022

With The Beacon celebrating its 75th anniversary, we wanted to share our thoughts on the paper. This paper has given us a lot. It has given us a fucked sleep schedule, unrelenting stress, a love for 172...

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Fraternity and sorority life organizations overcome challenges amid hybrid-style recruitment

By Adri Pray, News Editor
February 3, 2022

Emerson’s Spring 2022 Fraternity and Sorority Life recruitment operated through a hybrid integration of events that began Jan. 24. Junior visual and media arts major Tristen Pon, head of marketing...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson reports six positive COVID-19 tests

By Adri Pray, News Editor
February 1, 2022

As of Tuesday, Emerson reported six positive COVID-19 cases of the 1,685 tests administered, setting the daily positivity rate at 0.36 percent. Tuesday also reported that seven community members were...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Medical aid provided to two students, window in Union Bank Building found damaged

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 28, 2022

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Monday, January 17 Following...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson reports 11 positive COVID-19 tests, lowest single-day total this semester

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 25, 2022

Emerson reported 11 positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out to the 1,841 administered on Monday. Tuesday’s dashboard update also reported that eight community members were in on-campus isolation. Zero...

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

Emerson surpasses 350 COVID cases nearly three weeks into semester

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 21, 2022

On Thursday, Emerson’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 12 positive tests of the 972 tests administered on Wednesday, setting the daily positivity rate at 1.23 percent. Thursday’s update also reported...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson reports 301 positives two weeks into spring semester

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 18, 2022

In just two weeks since the onset of the spring 2022 semester, Emerson has reported a cumulative 301 positive COVID-19 cases. The college has administered 8,534 tests since Jan. 3, and currently reports...

Paramount residence halls are designated as a quarantine and isolation space in the fall for ill and exposed students.

Non-residential students’ visitation to be restored

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 17, 2022

Non-residential Emerson students can visit residential halls beginning on Jan. 18, college officials announced on Monday evening.  Starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Boston-based Emerson students may be...

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

Emerson reports 228 positive cases within 10 day period

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 13, 2022

An unprecedented 228 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported at Emerson in the ten days since the commencement of the spring 2022 semester. Cumulatively, Emerson has administered 5,015 tests since...

Courtesy: Virginia Tech

‘A truly lovely person’: Colleagues remember Pamela White, former Title IX & Clery Act coordinator

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 12, 2022

Associate Vice President Pamela White wrote that she had always dreamed of working in public service. Emerson’s Title IX & Clery Act coordinator, who died on Dec. 29, left behind a legacy of...

New York-style deli to open on-campus next week

New York-style deli to open on-campus next week

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 12, 2022

The long-anticipated reopening of the Backstage Cafe will bring new cuisine to Emerson’s campus, as the college is slated to open its first New York-style sandwich shop to the public on Jan. 17.  Backstage...

Campus dining retail locations to open Jan. 17

Campus dining retail locations to open Jan. 17

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 12, 2022

Emerson’s campus dining retail locations will reopen on Jan. 17 in accordance with students’ return to in-person classes on Jan. 18.  According to Jordan Mackenzie, a customer experience coordinator...

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

Emerson’s testing center to open on select Saturdays

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 11, 2022

Emerson’s Testing Center at Tufts Medical Center will remain open on select Saturdays through the month of January in light of the college extending its twice-a-week testing protocol, announced college...

Gov. Charlie Baker provides a COVID-19 update while touring the first responder vaccination site at the Worcester Senior Center on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Massachusetts reports 17,802 new coronavirus cases

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 11, 2022

Massachusetts reported 17,802 positive cases on Tuesday, down from the 60,986 reported Monday. The death toll rose by 116, the highest single-day total since May 15, 2020 when 119 deaths were reported.  Tuesday’s...

Snowflakes come down near the Emerson Colonial Theater.

Emerson to resume in-person classes on Jan. 18

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 11, 2022

Emerson will resume in-person classes on Jan. 18 with a slew of extended restrictions college officials announced on Tuesday evening.  Citing community members’ vigilance and belief that protocols...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 60,986 new coronavirus cases

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 10, 2022

Massachusetts reported 60,986 new coronavirus cases Monday, the first COVID-19 report given by the state since Friday. The death toll rose by 53.  Massachusetts has been experiencing a wintertime surge,...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson surge continues as spring semester approaches

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Editor
January 7, 2022

In the week leading up to students’ return to campus, Emerson reported over 80 positive COVID-19 tests, reflecting a statewide struggle to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.  Of the 1,056...

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