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College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

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, Senior Reporter

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, Senior Reporter

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 ...

College asks students to leave dorms, moves ELA classes online

Freshman students left to right: Carrie Aubin, Chloe Shaar, Eva Charbonnnier, and Isabella Espejo, calling their parents to let them know of the college's decision asking them to leave campus by March 20, 2020.

By Stephanie Purifoy and Chris Van Buskirk

March 13, 2020

The college announced that all students must vacate campus residence halls in both Boston and Los Angeles by March 20—a dramatic reversal of an earlier decision that gave students the option to stay. Students have until next Friday at 3 p.m. to leave residence halls, President M. Lee Pelton wro...

Latest Updates on the COVID-19 crisis

Latest Updates on the COVID-19 crisis

March 12, 2020

Friday, April 3 College implements new student employment process  The college is going to automatically pay seven hours worth of compensation per week to student employees who worked throughout February and March, according to an email the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment sent out ...

College transitions classes online, dorms to remain open amid COVID-19 outbreak

A mandate announced by ICE last week that would have forced international students studying online out of the U.S. was rescinded by the Trump Administration Tuesday.

By Stephanie Purifoy and Chris Van Buskirk

March 10, 2020

Emerson College joined on Tuesday a series of universities and colleges across the state that have transitioned classes online in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.  The move comes hours after Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in the Commonwe...

Kasteel Well students return amid Coronavirus concerns

President M. Lee Pelton speaking to students who were forced to evacuate the Netherlands during the Spring 2020 semester after COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world. Pelton expressed support for the

By Katie Redefer, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

March 7, 2020

Kasteel Well students trudged bleary-eyed through the rain at 4:00 a.m Central European Time on Friday to board a bus to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, beginning a 14-hour travel day that would return them to Boston six weeks early.  The college announced Monday that all castle students would return to Boston for the remainder of the semester due to an “abundance of caution” follow...

Kasteel students to return on Friday as Coronavirus spreads in Europe

Kasteel students to return on Friday as Coronavirus spreads in Europe

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

March 4, 2020

The college plans to send students studying at the college's Kasteel Well campus back to Boston on Friday after college officials announced earlier this week that the program would conclude early due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs...

Pelton announces precautionary measures against coronavirus outbreak

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By Andrew Brinker, News Editor

March 2, 2020

The college has prepared a contingency plan and will review the safety procedures of its vendors in an effort to prepare the community for the rapidly spreading COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, President M. Lee Pelton said in an email to students Monday night. In the email, he said the college would revi...

Kasteel Well students to return to Boston after outbreak of Coronavirus

The college gathered all Kasteel Well students in the dining hall Monday evening to announce the cancellation of the program.

By Lara Hill and Katie Redefer

March 2, 2020

WELL, NETHERLANDS—The college will send Kasteel Well students back to the Boston campus later this week due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, commonly known as Coronavirus, throughout Europe, Kasteel Well Executive Director Dulcia Meijers said in a meeting with students on Monday evening.  ...

Explorateur to be replaced with two Guy Fieri restaurants

Explorateur has occupied the corner of Boylston and Tremont for over two years.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

March 2, 2020

Explorateur will close its doors Monday to be replaced by two new Guy Fieri restaurants, the cafe’s parent company said in a statement. The new restaurants, Guy Fieri’s Boston Kitchen + Bar and Chicken Guy!, will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Big Night Entertainment Group, the company that ...

SGA establishes executive cabinet, appoints VP

SGA Executive President Will Palauskas introduced sweeping changes to the structure of SGA at the first joint session of the semester. Beacon Archives

January 16, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously approved a sweeping change to the organization’s executive structure and appointed a new executive vice president Tuesday at the first joint session meeting of the semester. Executive President Will Palauskas’ first major act was to introduce a proposa...

SGA Executive Treasurer to introduce new financial advocacy board

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

By Tomas Gonzalez, Visual Managing Editor

January 16, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple is poised to unveil the new Financial Equity Board at Tuesday’s joint session meeting on Jan. 21.  Semple told The Beacon that the new board will act as an advocacy group, with 8–12 members who would hear students’ financial issues...

Winter break Incident Journal: Suspicious packages and a foot chase

ECPD

January 15, 2020

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, Dec. 16, 2019 A student reported to the ECPD that a stranger followed and harassed them while walking near the 300 Bl...

Tatte and three other restaurants coming to campus in 2020

Tatte and three other restaurants coming to campus in 2020

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

January 10, 2020

The college announced four new restaurants coming to campus in 2020 and said they expected to finalize leases for two more in coming weeks, in an email to the community Friday.  Tatte Bakery and Café and El Jefe’s Taqueria will both be located in Little Building. Garbanzo, a Mediterranean grill, will replace Griddlers at 134 Boylston in March and French Quarter, a New Orleans-style French re...

Union leaders appeal for representation in Emerson-Marlboro merger talks

Affiliated Faculty Union President Barry Marshall whispers to Emerson College's President of the American Association of University Professors Gian Lombardo during Thursday's faculty council meeting.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

December 14, 2019

Tempers flared at Thursday’s faculty council meeting when union leaders demanded representation in Marlboro-Emerson merger talks.

Challenge to Marlboro College Board of Trustees seeks alternate solution to merger

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley looks on as a speaker addresses an audience of Marlboro College students, alumni, and residents on Dec. 14, 2019.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

December 14, 2019

MARLBORO, Vt.—Marlboro College alumni, residents, students, and employees gathered to discuss alternate solutions to the Emerson-Marlboro merger Saturday.

Marlboro students and faculty tour campus, meet with admin

Marlboro students and faculty tour campus, meet with admin

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News Editor

November 26, 2019

Approximately 40 students and faculty from Marlboro College visited Emerson Sunday to tour Emerson’s campus and learn more about the college before the planned spring 2020 merger. Guides at Emerson’s Visitor’s Center led Marlboro students on a condensed tour of the campus due to inclement w...

Emerson official expects Marlboro endowment to pay incoming faculty

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By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

November 19, 2019

While most details surrounding Emerson College's acquisition of Marlboro College remain unknown, an administration official said they expect part of the Vermont institution's $30 million endowment to go toward paying and providing benefits for the faculty transitioning into the Institute for Liberal ...

Emerson to merge with college in Vermont

President Lee Pelton announced the merger at a town hall meeting Wednesday. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

November 6, 2019

Emerson plans to merge with Marlboro College starting in the fall 2020 semester. Marlboro will donate its $30 million endowment and its real estate, valued at more than $10 million. The $40 million will go to Emerson’s Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies program which will be renamed the M...

Turning Point invites conservative speaker to campus

Junior Camilo Vilaplana created an Emerson chapter of Turning Point USA, a national nonprofit conservative organization. Beacon Archive.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

November 4, 2019

Emerson’s Turning Point USA chapter plans to host conservative organizer Gabriel Nadales to give a speech on Nov. 20, according to the organization’s president. Camilo Vilaplana, president of the 30-member Emerson chapter of Turning Point, said the event is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Walker 210. ...

Boston Police investigating report of unconscious person on Tamworth St.

Four Boston police cars at Langrange and Tremont St. at approximately 6 p.m. Sam Doran / Beacon Correspondent

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

November 4, 2019

Boston Police are investigating an incident on Tamworth Street. after they received a report of an unconscious person at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, according to a BPD spokesperson. A Boston EMS spokesperson said they responded to Tamworth St. around 9:30 a.m. but could not say whether they transported anyone...

Friends share cherished memories of late journalism professor

Friends and family packed into a Beverly church on Sunday to celebrate the life of Moses Shumow. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

October 29, 2019

Vanessa Ruiz recalled setting Moses Shumow up on a date with his wife Rose. Ruiz said she had to urge her friend to go out on at least one date with Moses, and when she finally did, Rose said it was the best of her life.  Rose and Moses met in the North End and got dinner, drinks, and desert. Da...

No arrests made as investigation into sophomore’s death continues

Community members gathered in the Semel Theatre to mourn sophomore Daniel Hollis October 3. 2019

By Stephanie Purifoy, Senior Reporter

October 28, 2019

Police continue to investigate the death of Daniel Hollis almost a month after an altercation in Brighton left the sophomore on life support. Boston police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office told The Beacon that no arrests have been made and no updates are available. The two depart...

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