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Impacts of new federal Title IX regulations on Emerson are unknown, administrator says

The college is still trying to ascertain how the new federal Title IX regulations will impact college policy.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

May 7, 2020

College staff members are reviewing new federal Title IX regulations released on Wednesday with one administrator calling the timing of the release "shocking" and that the extent of the regulations' impact is unknown.  “I don't think we know the extent of the impact of the new regulations on the c...

Title IX working group recommendations draft

Title IX working group recommendations draft

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

May 1, 2020

The working group assembled by President M. Lee Pelton to review the college’s Title IX policies released a draft of their findings and recommendations Wednesday. The working group, composed of staff, faculty, and students, was charged with reviewing the entire Title IX and sexual misconduct investigation...

Dining Services staff fights for full wages and benefits amid COVID-19 pandemic

Daniel Suazo (front center), and most of his fellow dining center workers, are not receiving pay or benefits after their hours were eliminated in March.

By Faith Bugenhagen

April 21, 2020

Daniel Suazo depends on the money he earns from his job at the Emerson College Dining Center to support his child and pregnant wife. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Bon Appetit has eliminated all working hours for many of the dining service employees.  Suazo said unemployment pay from the governm...

EVVYs announce alumni and student distinction awards

TV writer and producer Keto Shimizu ‘07 and Senior Performing Arts major Alison Qu were chosen for student and alumni distinction awards Friday by the EVVYs.

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

April 17, 2020

The 39th annual EVVY awards announced the recipients of the Alumni Award of Distinction and the Student Award of Distinction on Friday. Comic book and television writer and producer Keto Shimizu ‘07 was chosen for the alumni award, and Senior Performing Arts major Alison Qu was chosen for the student award. The ...

One man injured after shots fired on Boston Common

One man was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries after being shot near Boston Common

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

April 7, 2020

One person was rushed to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries following a shooting on Boston Common Tuesday afternoon, police said.  The shooting happened on Boston Common around 4:20 p.m., Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said in a video statement. The victim was located near 3...

The Berkeley Beacon shuts down after 73 years

The Berkeley Beacon announced it would be shuttering operations on Wednesday at 10 p.m.

April 1, 2020

We are pained to announce that The Berkeley Beacon, the college's only student newspaper, plans to shutter operations effective Wednesday at 10  p.m. after more than 73 years of serving the Emerson community.  After necessary funding was denied, we concluded that it was impossible for us to cont...

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

March 31, 2020

Faculty Assembly overwhelmingly voted to support a policy that will give undergraduate students a pass/fail option for their classes during their meeting Tuesday.  The policy lets students choose the pass/fail option as an alternative to their final grade. If a student chooses the pass/fail option, it wi...

A desolate Boston campus is the new reality for remaining students

The dining hall, which is usually buzzing with students, has remained vacant since all meals transitioned from the buffet to paper bags.

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

March 29, 2020

One month ago, sophomore Maximo Lawlor served as president at Phi Alpha Tau meetings, wrote for Raiz Magazine, and co-captained the tennis team. Now, he spends the majority of his time alone in his 2 Boylston Place residence hall suite, doing homework, binging Love is Blind on Netflix, and playing on his Ni...

College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

March 25, 2020

An Emerson staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first diagnosis within the college community, President M. Lee Pelton announced in a statement Wednesday. The staff member was last on campus Saturday but did not come into contact with students or faculty members, Pelton said. T...

Letter: Covid-19 Tuition Refunds

Letter: Covid-19 Tuition Refunds

By Abigail Semple, SGA Executive Treasurer

March 20, 2020

Abigail Semple is the Student Government Association's executive treasurer for the 2019-2020 academic year.  I wish this wasn’t happening. I wish I could finish my senior year on campus, I wish I could have all the traditions that the graduating classes before me had, I wish I could be with my frie...

Local restaurants struggle with new regulations and lack of college students

Diky Melville, general manager of The Fourth Wall, said the business will suffer greatly with students leaving at the preventative measures set by Gov. Charlie Baker

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

March 18, 2020

Local businesses are reeling after Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh laid out a sweeping set of regulations over the weekend that prohibits restaurants from serving food and alcohol in-house and restricts operating hours. Baker announced the regulations in a press conference Sunday that prohibit e...

Farewell Column: Too much love, not enough time

Farewell Column: Too much love, not enough time

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

March 16, 2020

The newsroom had been planning a Beacon party for weeks.  We spend so many hours in a work setting that we need time with each other without all the stress and pressure. And then our lives were flipped upside down and inside out by the COVID-19 pandemic that has sent shockwaves rippling around the ...