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SGA department senators run for vice president with similar goals

Sophomores Annie Noel and Will Palauskas are both running on similar platforms. Photo by Tivara Tandujaja / Beacon Correspondent

By Stephanie Purifoy

April 3, 2019

The Student Government Association executive vice presidential ballot features sophomores Annie Noel and William Palauskas both running on similar goals of increasing transparency in the college’s administration, and building a stronger connection to the student body. The vice president presides over the SGA Sen...

Massachusetts senator pushes state government to ban flavored nicotine products

State Sen. John Keenan introduced a bill into the senate that would ban all flavored nicotine products, including mint and menthol. Photo by Stephanie Purifoy / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy

March 31, 2019

Over 150 cancer patients, volunteers, and lawmakers rallied in the Massachusetts State House on March 28 to lobby for multiple anti-tobacco bills going through the legislative process in the state government. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, or ACS CAN, organized the rally to support legi...

College closes early due to inclement weather

The college canceled classes after 2 p.m. because of a snow storm. Photo by Chris van Buskirk / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy

February 12, 2019

All classes after 2 p.m. were canceled and the college closed early on Feb. 12 due to a winter storm that could bring up to seven inches of snow over the next 24 hours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Vice President and Dean of Campus Life James Hoppe said he was unsure if makeup days would be necessary fo...

Babson College CFO appointed as interim vice president of finance

Philip Shapiro will begin working as the interim vice president for administration and finance on Feb. 4. photo courtesy of Strategic Partnerships

By Stephanie Purifoy

February 2, 2019

President M. Lee Pelton named Philip Shapiro as the new interim vice president for administration and finance in an email sent to the Emerson student body on Feb. 1. The email also named Storbeck Pimentel & Associates as the search firm helping the college find a new permanent vice president fo...

College bans plastic bags on campus following city ordinance

While the Textbook Annex will charge 10 cents for paper bags, the C-Store will not. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy

January 23, 2019

The college stopped distributing plastic bags on campus after a city ordinance went into effect on Dec. 14. The ordinance requires establishments to give out reusable, recyclable, or compostable bags and charge at least 5 cents for them. Recyclable paper bags replaced plastic ones at on-campus store...

ECPD to increase security for Women’s March

Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy

January 17, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department plans to staff extra officers ensure campus safety during the third annual Boston Women’s March on Boston Common on Jan. 19, according to the police chief. ECPD Chief Robert Smith said in an interview he is optimistic the day will go smoothly with officers p...

Beloved mentor and financial administrator dead after battle with cancer

Maureen Murphy, 64, died in December after an eight-month long battle with ovarian cancer.

By Stephanie Purifoy

January 15, 2019

Vice President for Administration and Finance Maureen Murphy walked into the fall 2016 Media Art Gallery and witnessed a scene that looked straight out of a David Bowie music video. Models dressed in latex and covered in glitter and sparkles posed for a photographer as late Professor Joseph Ketner ...

Fitness center to relocate after Little Building completion

The college delayed the opening of the fitness center to the fall 2021 semester. Photo by Sabrina Ortiz / Beacon Correspondents

By Stephanie Purifoy

December 6, 2018

Ethan Young, one of three captains on the baseball team, said he and his teammates use the Fitness Center every day, including 6 a.m. sessions once a week. He said when he was a sophomore living on-campus in 2017, it wasn’t a huge problem that the Fitness Center moved from the Little Building to 52 ...

College continues search for Title IX lead investigator

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.

By Stephanie Purifoy

November 15, 2018

The Title IX Office revived the 10-month long search for a lead investigator by changing the title and adding responsibilities to attract more possible candidates, according to a college official. The position, formerly called Title IX Investigator, was renamed Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The co...

Parkland survivor argues for inclusivity in gun reform

Students marched through downtown Boston to protest gun laws and advocate for change on Mar. 24, 2018. Daniel Peden / Beacon Archives

By Stephanie Purifoy

November 1, 2018

Freshman Robert Shinder grew up five miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Shinder joined March For Our Lives, a movement that started as a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control and t...

ELA applications no longer first-come, first-serve

The Education Abroad and Domestic Programs office adjusted the ELA application process and selection to better suit students with financial challenges.

By Stephanie Purifoy

November 1, 2018

The Education Abroad and Domestic Programs office changed the Emerson Los Angeles application and selection processes for students with financial challenges, according to college officials.   Director David Griffin wrote in an email sent to students on Oct. 21 that the college increased the amoun...

Students take time to reflect on Pittsburgh shooting

Eleven chairs rested empty in the middle of the stage lit by a solitary spotlight to represent the 11 people killed in the synagogue in Pittsburgh. Photo by Stephanie Purifoy / Beacon Staff.

By Stephanie Purifoy

October 31, 2018

Junior Benjamin Nadler remembers the Yom Kippur services he attended every fall with his two sisters in Pittsburgh. He remembers them kneeling during song, their voices echoing throughout the congregation while colored light spilled through the stained glass windows of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pit...