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FAB grants Wack Magazine appeal

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously granted a $1,356 appeal to Wack Magazine Friday to fund their semesterly operations. FAB was able to approve the appeal without a formal vote from student assembly as it totaled less than $5,000. Wack Magazine

SGA appoints representatives to administrative boards

The Student Government Association appointed five representatives to four college committees during their fourth Student Assembly meeting of the fall semester on Tuesday.  SGA appointed one of its representatives to the college’s Board of Trustees, two members to the co-curricular

Two weeks in Emerson’s Paramount quarantine space

Every day for two weeks, Dylan Scott woke up in an empty four-person suite in the Paramount residence hall to the view of sun cast on a brick wall, breakfast waiting in a box outside the door. Scott is one

Vacancy issues in SGA persist under new model

The Student Government Association faces a slew of vacancies in its first semester under a newly established structure, despite filling several positions across its legislative branch in the last month. As of publication, 18 of 36 positions in SGA sit

College will now allow community members to choose pronouns on Canvas

A recent college update to Canvas, Emerson’s online learning platform, now allows for users to change and display pronouns on their profile. Users can now choose from six different pronoun options—she/her, he/him, they/them, ze/zir, name only, or self describe—to be

As West Coast burns, some students worry for their hometowns

More than 3,000 miles away from Emerson’s flagship campus, the West Coast is on fire.  California, Oregon, and Washington are grappling with record-breaking fire seasons. At least 28 wildfires have decimated three million acres of land in California alone. Thousands

Safety, job security top staff concerns for the fall

Emerson staff members are grappling with safety risks and the threat of job insecurity, as the college proceeds with a reopening plan that brought much of the community back to Boston.  Hundreds of full or part-time staff returned to their

In swift reversal, Emerson opts for daily COVID-19 updates

In a shift from prior announcements, Emerson administrators vowed Tuesday to begin updating the college’s COVID-19 dashboard daily after more than a month of less frequent updates. The decision marks a swift reversal for college officials, who originally said information

ELA campus won’t reopen in the fall, classes to remain online

Emerson’s Los Angeles campus will not reopen for in-person classes in the fall semester in light of new COVID-19 guidance from LA county officials. The program will continue online instruction through December and students may still be able to enroll

Reopening is going to plan, administrators say

The first week of Emerson’s reopening put into practice a plan that attempts to continue in-person instruction while staving off COVID-19 outbreaks, like those popping up at universities nationwide. So far, Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe

Emerson reports three new positive tests since Monday

Emerson reported three new positive COVID-19 test results between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2, bringing the community’s positive tests to 10 out of 7,422 administered.  One individual is currently in isolation on campus, and 10 are quarantined on campus, according

SGA appoints three students to new Student Experience Senate

In the first Student Assembly meeting of the new semester, the Student Government Association made a series of appointments to fill vacancies across different areas of the organization, including the newly created Student Experience Senate.  SGA appointed first-year Priscilla Beltran

Total enrollment peaks, undergraduate enrollment lags behind

Emerson reported an all-time high in total enrollment for the 2020–21 academic year with 5,411 undergraduate and graduate students attending hybrid or online-only classes—a 4 percent increase from last year.  The uptick is largely due to a 34 percent increase

Everything you need to know about the updated Title IX policy

A college committee of administrators, faculty, and students released an updated Title IX policy establishing the college’s altered process for handling allegations of sexual misconduct and violence, in response to a new federal mandate from the U.S. Department of Education. 

SGA appoints Coughlin executive treasurer, ending months-long vacancy

The Student Government Association appointed former Visual and Media Arts Senator Thomas Coughlin to fill their long-vacant executive treasurer position in a Financial Advisory Board meeting Saturday, concluding a summer-long search just two days before classes are slated to begin.

Saturday classes to be held once a month in the fall

Emerson will hold classes on Saturdays once a month through November this fall to meet federal requirements for maintaining accreditation. Classes will be held on Sept. 12, Oct. 10, and Nov. 7 in order “for each class to have the

Campus capacity severely limited with new retrofitting measures

The rapidly approaching fall semester will see Emerson’s vertical downtown Boston campus drastically altered due to COVID-19 safety restrictions and new retrofitting designed to keep larger groups from confined spaces, like elevators and stairwells.  Instead of students populating up to

State to mandate flu shot for college students

All college students will have to get the flu vaccine in the fall when it becomes available, the Massachusetts Department of Health announced Wednesday afternoon. Students older than six months attending child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities

Emerson reports first positive COVID-19 case since April

One Emerson community member has tested positive for COVID-19 and entered isolation, a college official announced Monday afternoon, marking the first time the highly contagious virus has permeated the college’s campus this summer. Assistant Vice President for Campus Life Erik

Paramount to house classes despite quarantine designation

Emerson will hold classes in the Paramount Center in the fall, just below the building’s residential floors that will serve as the college’s designated quarantine space for those exposed to or infected with COVID-19.  The decision will put healthy students

Emerson Class of 2020 commencement pushed to next year

The classes of 2020 and 2021 will share a commencement weekend in May 2021, the college announced Friday Both commencement ceremonies will take place the same weekend on May 8-9. The college will host two separate ceremonies, rather than one

Emerson Reopening: What we know so far

Over the past several months, Emerson has been slowly doling out new information on what on-campus life at the college will look like in the fall through emails and press releases, piecing together a picture of a complicated semester week

Emerson reopening plan not affected by new Mass. regulations

Emerson will not adjust its reopening plan as it already satisfies new quarantine and testing regulations announced by Gov. Charlie Baker Friday, the college said Monday night. The new regulations require travelers entering Massachusetts after Aug. 1 to quarantine for

Emerson benefactor and WHDH owner Edmund Ansin dies at 84

Edmund Ansin, Emerson benefactor and owner of the news station WHDH in Boston, died Sunday, company officials confirmed to The Beacon. Ansin was the billionaire co-founder of Sunbeam Television which owns WHDH, WLVI in Boston, and WSVN in Miami. He

Los Angeles program forced to begin online amid coronavirus spike

Los Angeles County officials have not given the college’s LA campus clearance to reopen in late August as originally scheduled, forcing administrators to shift at least the beginning of the semester online, according to a college official.  The program, which

Student mailroom to move from Colonial to Little Building

The college will move the mailroom out of the Colonial Building basement and into the first floor of the Little Building before the beginning of the fall semester, a college official told the Beacon. Karen Dickinson, director of Business Services,

SGA executive president resigns

Student Government Association Executive President Claire Rodenbush has resigned from her position, she confirmed to The Beacon Sunday. “I’m in the process of submitting a formal letter of resignation, and will be stepping down from the role,” Rodenbush told The

Former Emerson professor arrested on criminal sexual misconduct charges

Former Emerson assistant professor Jefferson Fietek was arrested by Malden police Thursday on seven alleged counts of criminal sexual conduct, officials announced Friday.  Fietek, 46, was arrested after the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department in Minnesota received reports he had allegedly

Sidewalk expansion delayed indefinitely

The college’s sidewalk expansion project on Boylston St. is indefinitely delayed, according to a college official.  The sidewalk on the campus side of Boylston St. will be reopened and free of construction when students return to campus in the fall,

All meals to be takeout in fall semester

All dining center meals will be served to go in the fall semester, according to a college official.  Food will be served by dining hall staff, seating will be dramatically reduced inside the dining hall and students will be able

ELA program in flux amid soaring case numbers in LA County

The Emerson Los Angeles program may begin the fall semester online and later transition to in-person classes, according to an email sent to ELA students Friday afternoon.  Allison Sampson, vice president and executive director of ELA, wrote that the school

Faculty member out after allegations of “serious misconduct”

Assistant Professor Jefferson Fietek is no longer “an active faculty member at Emerson College” after allegations surfaced of “serious misconduct” against him prior to his employment at the college, according to a statement from the college. The statement said the

Emerson projects up to $76 million in COVID-19 losses

The college projects losses between $33 and $76 million in the next fiscal year due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to a letter President M. Lee Pelton sent to faculty Monday.  The letter says Emerson has already suffered a loss

Professors contend exclusion from reopening talks, safety not considered

A virtual faculty assembly meeting erupted into angry questioning Tuesday when some professors denounced administration officials for their lack of transparency and communication regarding the college’s fall reopening plan.  The plan, announced last week after months of workshopping, fails to

Student leaders wrestle with managing organizations under COVID-19

Emerson’s hybrid-learning reopening plan, announced Wednesday afternoon, answered students’ lingering questions about the fate of the fall semester. But for many on-campus student organizations, uncertainty still surrounds their impending operations. An on-campus semester in the era of COVID-19 will bring

D.C. program to proceed in the fall

The college’s Washington D.C. study program that sends students to the nation’s capitol to intern and take courses will proceed in the fall semester, according to a college official.  All students that were initially slated to attend the program will

In-person classes to resume in the fall, college announces

The college will reinstate in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester with significant changes to student life following the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday. The program, called “One Emerson Flex

Journalism faculty release statement supporting Black Lives Matter

Members of the journalism faculty expressed support Wednesday for the Black Lives Matter movement in a statement released on Twitter. “We recognize and acknowledge the profound pain, fear, and anguish these killings have caused within Black communities,” the letter reads.

Several college buildings damaged during Sunday’s protests

Seven Emerson buildings were vandalized and had windows smashed after protests erupted throughout Boston Sunday night, following the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, according to a college official. Emerson College Police Department Chief Robert

College unveils commemorative website for Class of 2020

The college launched a website to commemorate the achievements of the class of 2020 in an email sent to the community Monday morning.  The website features messages to the class of 2020 from faculty, alumni, and college officials as well

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