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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Map of Green Line Extension

Green Line Extension’s long-awaited Medford Branch opens

By Maeve Lawler , Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 12, 2022

The Medford Branch, part of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension, opened to passengers on Monday at 4:52 a.m. Hundreds of Boston commuters, many being Tufts University students, waited at College Avenue Station...

MBTA CharlieCard

Cybersecurity expert finds CharlieCards hackable by Android phones

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 12, 2022

CharlieCards, used to pay for MBTA subway and bus rides, can be hacked using an Android phone, according to a Boston-based cybersecurity expert Bobby Rauch.  The MBTA says that, for now, all it can...

MBTA Subway Map

FTA requests new corrective action plans from MBTA

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 12, 2022

The Federal Transit Administration asked the MBTA on Tuesday to revise 12 of its 20 proposed plans to increase the safety and functioning of the T.  The proposals followed safety management inspections...

Meet David Stewart: Emerson’s new media studies affiliate professor

Meet David Stewart: Emerson’s new media studies affiliate professor

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 7, 2022

David Stewart will join Emerson’s Visual Media Arts department as an affiliate professor of film and media studies in the Spring 2023 semester. He will teach two courses—Approaches in Media Studies...

The Copley Square lighting.

Copley Square welcomes holiday season with annual tree lighting

By Ryan Forgosh, Staff Writer, News
November 30, 2022

Now that Thanksgiving is over, tree lightings spring up across Boston, including Copley Square’s Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 28.  The square was filled with holiday spirit as families excitedly...

The Marlboro Campus

Carrying on tradition, students build bridges at Marlboro

By Chloe Els, Staff Writer
November 30, 2022

Gazing out at Marlboro College for the first time, Maya Abarca remembers seeing white buildings scattered over rolling hills—all of it nearly camouflaged amid a layer of snow.  Unlike Emerson’s...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

Re-building an Eco Corps—the first step to larger sustainability progress on campus

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 30, 2022

This semester, Emerson re-established a cross-campus sustainability program, Eco Corps, following the hiring of four eco ambassadors in September and the formation of six working groups in October. Its...

Green Line Train

MBTA Green Line Extension Medford branch to open Dec. 12

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 17, 2022

Since construction began in 2018, the Medford branch of the Green Line will open on Dec. 12, announced MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak at Thursday’s board meeting.  The branch, which services College...

Route 89 Bus Interior

Bus Network Redesign hosts public meeting, discusses changes to proposal

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 16, 2022

The MBTA hosted a virtual public meeting on Monday to discuss revisions to the Bus Network Redesign project after receiving over 20,000 comments on the initial proposal released in May. The project aims...

An Emerson College Police car.

Incident Journal: ECPD responds to theft, vandalism

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 9, 2022

Monday, Oct. 24 ECPD responded to a hit-and-run car crash involving an Emerson student at the crosswalk of Tremont and Avery Streets. ECPD assisted the Emerson student and the incident is under investigation...

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak speaking with members of the media at an event on August 14, 2019.

MBTA general manager Steve Poftak to step down on Jan. 3

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 4, 2022

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak announced Tuesday he will step down on Jan. 3, 2023. He led the agency for four years during some of its most difficult times, navigating Boston’s problematic transportation...

MBTA Bus to Dudley Station

MBTA revises proposed bus route map upon public feedback

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
October 30, 2022

After receiving feedback from Boston bus riders, the MBTA updated its bus route map on Thursday.  The changes reflect over 20,000 public comments the MBTA received in response to its proposed bus network...

Senators Warren and Markey demand MBTA safety improvements

Senators Warren and Markey demand MBTA safety improvements

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
October 16, 2022

Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey held a hearing in Boston on Friday with MBTA officials to address riders’ ongoing safety concerns.  Warren decided to hold the hearing...

An Emerson College Police car.

Incident Journal: ECPD responds to non-Emerson community member, secured contraband

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
October 9, 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, Sept. 26 ECPD...

The entrance to Emersons Walker Building on Boylston St.

New iVisitor system used for guest registration in academic buildings

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
October 5, 2022

Emerson announced students can register guests for academic buildings using the new iVisitor Guest Registration system—a process different from the guest registration process for residential spaces.  In...

Orange Line Chinatown station

Commuters disappointed with delays a week into the Orange Line’s reopening

By Maeve Lawler and Olivia LeDuc
September 29, 2022

In the week following the Orange Line's reopening after its 30-day shutdown, many Emerson students and Orange Line riders across Boston feel burdened by delays.  The shutdown, from Aug. 19 to Sept....

Green Line D branch shuts down, first of three closures

Green Line D branch shuts down, first of three closures

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
September 26, 2022

The MBTA Green Line D branch closed on Sept. 24, commencing the first of three nine-day closures to allow for upgrades and maintenance. The temporary closure eliminates service between Riverside and...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

New fund to support international students’ financial need

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
September 21, 2022

The Office of Student Success will offer an International Student Assistance Fund for the first time this semester, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday. This fund will supplement the Student...

Orange Line train entering Chinatown station

Orange Line re-opens after month-long shutdown

By Maeve Lawler and Olivia LeDuc
September 19, 2022

The Orange Line resumed its regular service on Monday after a 30-day closure. The first trains left the Oak Grove and Forest Hills Station at 5:16 a.m., according to an MBTA Twitter post.  For the...

Bluebike station on Beacon Street

Boston Bluebike riders enjoy free passes, some eager for transportation improvements

By Maeve Lawler and Chloe Els
September 19, 2022

Boston Bluebike riders reacted positively to free bike passes while voicing improvements they would like to see made in the city’s transportation.  The City of Boston offered free 30-day Bluebike...

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