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Five candidates elected to SGA positions after low voter turnout

The Student Government Association’s fall elections elevated three incumbents and two newcomers to representative positions in the organization following one of the lowest voter turnouts in recent memory. Incumbents Jehan Ayesha-Wirasto, Ryan Jackson, and Pranit Chand won re-election to executive

College sees dip in student job availability amid pandemic

At the onset of the pandemic, mass layoffs and unemployment decimated the U.S. and its businesses. Now, in Emerson’s first full semester during COVID-19, some students struggled to secure the on-campus job opportunities they used to rely on. Job opportunities

Emerson will limit overnight travel in spring semester policy

Administrators will impose harsh limitations on travel anywhere off-campus this spring in an attempt to limit the spread of the pandemic on campus.  Students who intend to travel anywhere overnight, including in Boston, are now required to fill out the

College expects no new positives following early week surge

College officials are not aware of any new positive COVID-19 tests from community members, following the sudden surge in positive results earlier in the week.  Emerson reported 12 new positive tests in data published Wednesday, 10 of which came on


SGA elections outreach minimal prior to polls opening

With the polls open in the Student Government Association’s fall elections, the typical flood of campaign marketing materials that popped up on campus and social media in previous years is nowhere to be found. Those campaigns, which sometimes fuel heated

Debrosse to continue as SGA president through spring

Student Government Association Executive President Lindsay Debrosse will retain the organization’s presidency through the spring semester, she confirmed to The Beacon Wednesday.  Debrosse, who won the executive vice presidency after running a write-in campaign in SGA’s spring elections, took the

ELA classes to go virtual again in spring

Emerson’s Los Angeles program will hold classes entirely online in the spring semester, an extension of fall semester protocols, administrators announced in an email to students, faculty, and staff set to participate in the program. While college officials are still

W Hotel to continue housing students in spring

Emerson will continue to house students and hold classes in the four-star W hotel during the spring semester, extending a deal that put approximately 200 students in the downtown space this fall. Students currently staying at the W on Stuart

Admin will not offer pass/fail option for fall classes

Emerson administrators do not plan to institute a pass/fail option for classes this semester as they did in the spring to accommodate students struggling with the effects of COVID-19. The pass/fail policy, which was implemented for the spring semester in

SGA academic town hall tackles diversity, burnout

The Student Government Association’s third annual academic town hall Oct. 27 played host to discussions about diversity within several academic departments at the college.  The town hall, meant to provide a forum for students and faculty to assess the state

SGA closes meeting to talk with Intercultural student affairs

The Student Government Association’s weekly Student Assembly meeting was closed to the public and The Beacon, after the group entered executive session to discuss “social justice, power, and privilege” with the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs.  The conversation was open

Emerson COVID-19 symptom tracker down due to IT issue

Emerson’s daily symptom tracker was down earlier in the morning due to a technical issue, meaning community members were being allowed into campus buildings without completing their regular self-test for COVID-19 symptoms. The college’s IT department informed the community that

Pandemic restrictions curtail Dining Center accommodations

Emerson’s dining services cut back on the special accommodations traditionally offered to students with allergies and dietary intolerances, making their eating experiences during the pandemic far more challenging to navigate than just a simple meal swipe. The Dining Center, which

A look back on Joe Biden’s 2003 Emerson Commencement speech

More than 17 years before Joe Biden became the President-elect, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Emerson and commended the college’s graduating seniors to “stand on principle and move to action” in his 2003 Commencement speech.  The then-senator of

Professors breathe sigh of relief upon Biden’s win

Political science professor Mneesha Gellman was hiking in the woods with her family Saturday morning, trying to distract herself from the ongoing election, when the texts came in that Joe Biden had emerged victorious after days of vote counting.  “Text

After Biden’s presidential win, joy floods the streets

On Friday night, three days after the U.S. general election Tuesday, a winner between Former Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump was still not decided. The country again went to sleep anxious, as vote totals in Pennsylvania,

Emerson to resume in-person classes Friday

Emerson will resume all in-person courses Friday morning after holding only virtual classes starting on Election Day. President M. Lee Pelton first announced the shift to online classes Tuesday morning, as the college braced for potential civil unrest stemming from

As polls close, wary students anxious for results

Students at Emerson’s Boston campus were apprehensive and anxious Tuesday as the country awaits results from this year’s highly anticipated presidential election. “It’s been a long time coming,” first-year Ethan Schlesinger said in an interview in the Lion’s Den. “I’ve

Student organizations push political engagement on Election Day

Cultural, spiritual, and advocacy student organizations on campus are preparing to host Election Day events tonight that will center around self-care, political conversation, and the incoming election results. Student organizations that are holding election events have had to adapt their

As the election begins, the college gets-out-the-vote

In the lead up to Election Day, Emerson’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership established an outreach campaign this semester to encourage students to vote. Much of the “get-out-the-vote” campaign focused on creating voting plans, promoting electoral engagement, and ensuring

Latest Emerson polls show Biden leading in key battleground states

With in-person voting set to open tomorrow, Emerson Polling’s final state and national polls of the general election show Democratic candidate Joe Biden with strong leads over incumbent President Donald Trump both nationally and in several key battleground states. The

College expects rise in in-person spring enrollment

Emerson administrators anticipate a “modest increase” in undergraduate enrollment in the college’s in-person classes this spring semester.  Out of 2,900 undergraduate students that filled out the spring semester intent form, a mandated survey sent to students Oct. 9, 84 percent

When Halloween looks a lot more like Christmas

Boston Common transformed into a pre-winter wonderland Friday morning as the first snowfall of the season made its way through the city. About one to three inches of fresh, powdery snow covered the ground, and the trees that were once

College to mandate weekly testing for faculty, staff in spring

Emerson will mandate weekly testing for faculty and staff working on campus during the spring semester after allowing those working on campus this fall the choice to opt into the college’s testing program.  The decision, announced via an email from

Learning about a pandemic while living one is ‘far too real’

For 60 students this semester, the raging pandemic is more than a force disrupting daily lives and the world economy—it’s homework.  Those students are enrolled in Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies professor Nancy Allen’s “Plagues and Pandemics”

For vulnerable families, return home escalates virus anxieties

Every year, Nicole Watkins’ grandmother brings a special sweet potato casserole dish and a cranberry mix to Thanksgiving dinner in her Irvine, California home. Sitting around the table to eat with the Dallas Cowboys game on in the background is

Incident Journal: Students followed on MBTA

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, October 19 ECPD and Boston Fire investigated a fire alarm in

As pandemic drags on, students struggle with mental health

At Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services, the mental toll of the pandemic on students has become abundantly clear.  Statistics provided by Kyle Rundles, a staff psychologist and outreach coordinator at ECAPS, indicate that 30 percent of the 256 students who

Exchange program with Howard University to begin in the spring

Emerson will launch an exchange program with Howard University in Washington, D.C. in spring 2021 that will allow students from both institutions’ communication schools to enroll in virtual courses.    Emerson students accepted into the program will be able to choose

SGA’s Financial Advisory Board meetings grind to a halt

The Financial Advisory Board has not met in four weeks, due in part to a lack of appeals for additional funding from student organizations.  The gap in meetings, Executive Treasurer Thomas Coughlin said, can be attributed to both a dip

WiFi out in W hotel due to Verizon outage

Students living in the W Boston hotel lost wifi early Thursday evening, due to an internet outage in the area. Students living in the hotel received an email from the Office of Housing and Residential Education at 10:01 p.m., hours

SGA hopes to spur college action with first legislative effort

The Student Government Association passed its first piece of legislation, about several recent “Zoom-bombing” incidents, Tuesday—nearly halfway through the organization’s first semester under a new legislative model. The act will serve as a test of the organization’s new legislative model,

Garbanzo reopens after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh’s shut down Monday came after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19, college officials announced in an email Tuesday. The restaurant plans to reopen for normal hours Wednesday, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life, and “COVID Lead” Erik

College official denies textbook delays as shipping issues persist

As excessive textbook shipment delays from Emerson’s bookstore persist, the college official responsible for overseeing the store has repeatedly insisted orders are being filled on time, despite acknowledging the delays in private emails.   Several students and faculty have reported extended

Spring break formally eliminated with faculty vote

The full time faculty union approved an altered schedule for the upcoming spring semester Tuesday, finalizing the college’s plans to cancel spring break as a precaution against COVID-19. The new calendar, released Friday, shows the spring semester beginning a week

SGA delays executive cabinet appointments

The Student Government Association held a half an hour Student Assembly meeting Tuesday and postponed two scheduled position appointments to its executive cabinet next week.  The organization planned to appoint Benjamin Levine as Elections and Outreach Director and Aswathi Menon

Saturday classes creating roadblocks for students, professors

Every weekend, Tim Schwab, a junior, takes the commuter rail home to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to work as a shift supervisor at Papa Gino’s pizzeria. Shrewsbury is about 40 miles from campus, a 70-minute train ride. His shifts vary, but he

Emerson COVID-19 dashboard riddled with inaccuracies, missing metrics

A review of Emerson’s reported COVID-19 data reveals severe shortcomings in the college’s dashboard, which intends to provide insight into the virus’ presence in the community.  The regularly updated dashboard has been riddled with reporting and mathematical errors, a Beacon

Pandemic opens new chapter for Iwasaki Library

In March, the Iwasaki Library operated as a place for students to mill around the stacks, congregate in groups to finish a project, and watch movies in one of the study carrels.  Six months later, the space—once teeming with students—is

Three vice presidents to retire before 2021

Three of Emerson’s 12 vice presidents will retire by the end of 2020 after opting into the college’s early retirement program.  Christine Hughes, vice president and general counsel, who has been with Emerson for 16 years, plans to retire at

SGA members to aid in search for new associate dean

The Student Government Association unanimously appointed two members to a college committee that will search for candidates to fill a newly proposed associate dean position.  First Generation College Student Senator Priscilla Beltran, and Student Accessibility Senator Harper McKenzie will represent

Alumni panel talks first presidential debate, Trump

Three political commentators, each an Emerson alum, tried to make sense of the chaotic first presidential debate in a discussion panel hosted by Emerson College Polling Thursday evening. The panel, entitled “Election 2020: Road to the White House,” was intended

SGA drafts statement condemning racist Zoom bombing incident

The Student Government Association drafted a statement at a Student Assembly meeting Tuesday condemning a recent hateful incident that afflicted a new organization for LGBTQ+ students of color.  The statement responds to a “Zoom bomb,” an interruption of a Zoom

Boston enters COVID ‘red zone,’ but Emerson keeps cases low

As COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts tick up again, most Boston-area universities, including Emerson, have managed to keep infection rates low. Boston reentered the high risk categorization for the virus Wednesday, after months of relatively low caseloads and loosening safety restrictions.

Hotels as college dorms? Pandemic forces new reality

Dorm life on Emerson’s vertical Boston campus is a far cry from traditional college housing. Here, students pack elevators to ascend to their four- to eight-person suites, sometimes nearly 20 stories from the ground. A few overlook the Boston Common

Student organizations reimagine operations under new restrictions

Emerson’s student organizations are facing a herculean task this semester: to reimagine their clubs, most of which depend on in-person interaction, so they abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines.  Pandemic-era restrictions slash room capacities to 20 to 25 percent of their

Symptom tracker to be linked to tap access in October

Emerson will begin linking its daily symptom tracker to student, faculty, and staff ids in October, meaning community members will no longer have to display their symptom tracker results to security guards upon entering campus buildings.  A staggered rollout of

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

College announces emergency relief applications

Emerson released applications Wednesday for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to receive emergency funding from the $2.7 million given to the college by the federal government through the CARES Act. To receive emergency funding, students must be eligible for

Emerson police officer dies after battle with cancer

Emerson College Police Department Lt. Dan Morse died Saturday after a battle with cancer, according to a community-wide email from President M. Lee Pelton sent Monday.  “Dan was a loved and respected member of the Department who never hesitated to

New fall course revives Emerson Student News Service

The journalism department will restart the student-run Emerson Student News Service this fall to provide students and professors within the department a forum to share their work on, according to a college official. Associate Journalism Professor Mark Leccese will advise

New chief justice will lead SGA under overhauled constitution

The Student Government Association unanimously appointed a new chief justice Tuesday in their final Joint Session of the spring 2020 semester, after current Chief Justice Joseph Johnson—part of the executive leadership team that rewrote the organization’s constitution—resigned. Johnson endorsed former

Almost four hundred students elect 13 SGA candidates for next fall

The Student Government Association released its spring general election results Monday, revealing an extremely close race for the organization’s executive presidency with self-described LGBTQ+ activist Claire Rodenbush, who promised to bring radical change to SGA, winning the position with just

College extends deposit deadline by a month for incoming students

The Admissions Office has received positive feedback from prospective students and their parents, along with alumni, about its decision in early March to extend the first tuition deadline for accepted students—which would solidify their decision to attend Emerson—by a month,

Rodenbush, activist outsider wins SGA executive presidency

Claire Rodenbush, an outsider candidate who centered her campaign on bringing radical change to student government at Emerson, has won a highly contested three-way race for the Student Government Association’s executive presidency, according to an email from SGA obtained by

New courses to revitalize The Independent Magazine

Five Emerson departments are collaborating to offer two courses in fall 2020 that will take over the production of The Independent, an indie online film news magazine created in 2007, according to college officials. John Rodzvilla, director of the publishing

Title IX working group recommendations draft

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

SGA Elections preview of senate and class council candidates

The Student Government Association’s spring 2020 election features 19 students running for political office against the backdrop of a pandemic and a brand new organizational structure. The race is the first time candidates have to campaign entirely on virtual platforms

Students vote to approve new, wide-ranging SGA constitution

A new constitution for the Student Government Association was officially ratified Tuesday, drastically altering the fundamental operations and direction of the organization and marking the most significant change to student government at the college in more than 20 years.  The

Pelton plans for college to be open in the fall

The college currently plans to resume classes on campus this upcoming semester, President M. Lee Pelton wrote in a community-wide email Friday evening.  “The college is evaluating a multitude of possibilities across the academic and student life experience, including options

Remote classes bring innovation, frustration

Theatre education professor Bethany Nelson had no idea how she would adapt her class material when the college transitioned to online learning, because so much of the work involves students interacting in the same physical space.  “When it was announced,

Emerson to house nearly 100 Tufts medical professionals

Emerson will provide housing for about 100 medical professionals from Tufts Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a college official.   The college made the decision after the Tufts Emergency Management Team approached administration two weeks ago, Vice President

One man injured after shots fired on Boston Common

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

EVVY Awards delay nomination announcements

The 39th EVVY Awards delayed nomination announcements until April 15 due to complications arising from the COVID-19 health crisis, according to EVVYs officials. The nominations were initially scheduled to come out on April 6, but the judges needed more time to

Former chair of Performing Arts Department Leo Nickole dies at 93

Emerson alumnus and professor emeritus Leo Nickole died Wednesday at 93, an email from President M. Lee Pelton announced Friday evening.  A Korean War veteran, Nickole graduated Emerson in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and speech and eventually

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

Faculty will consider a new policy that would allow undergraduate students to choose a pass/fail option for their classes during Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting. The policy allows students to choose a pass/fail option for each of their classes after final

College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

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

Emerson Trustee and Alumnus dead at 69

Emerson Alumnus and Trustee Emeritus Larry Rasky, 69, died Sunday morning at his home, according to a community-wide email from President M. Lee Pelton.  Rasky graduated from Emerson in 1978 with a communications degree, going on to lead several high

COVID-19 at Emerson: The Story So Far

The COVID-19 pandemic has left little of Emerson College unscathed as the quickly growing public health crisis ignites action from national, state, and local governments.  The action at Emerson, a college with roughly 4,000 students, left community members scrambling to

Coronavirus pandemic shuts down 39th EVVY awards

The EVVYs canceled both of their award ceremonies for the first time in the show’s 39-year history due to the public health risk surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s faculty advisor said Monday.  “I haven’t been here all 39 years,

SEAL administrator to leave college in May

In an emailed statement to student leaders Friday, Assistant Director of Student Life Andy Donahue announced he is leaving the college in May to pursue a position at Providence College.  “Over the next two months, I will be working with

Latest Updates on the COVID-19 crisis

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

Pelton responds to “unprecedented” COVID-19 uncertainty

President M. Lee Pelton said many answers concerning long-term extracurricular continuation, housing feasibility, summer and fall classes, and room, board, and tuition refunds remain uncertain amid the transition to conduct remote classes due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

How COVID-19 affects Emerson College

In a packed press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and announced that cases of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, had doubled since Monday. Within hours, colleges and universities around the commonwealth released

College installs accessible push button at front of Walker Building

Over spring break, the college installed a push button on the Boylston Street entrance of the Walker Building in response to student concerns about the accessibility of the door. Access Student Disability Union—a student organization aiming to boost disability activism

Four elevator malfunctions, several ongoing investigations

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, Feb. 24 The ECPD assisted an outside law enforcement agency with

Full-time faculty prepare to boycott unpaid directed studies

Emerson’s full-time faculty union has recommended that its members stop advising directed study courses beginning fall 2020 semester unless the college begins paying them for this work. Directed study courses, according to the college’s website, are four-credit classes that allow

College bans travel to five countries amid COVID-19 fears

The college announced Sunday that it will eliminate college-funded travel to five countries in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.  An email Sunday afternoon from President M. Lee Pelton said college-funded travel to Italy, China, South

Building burst into fire next to Emerson Los Angeles campus

No injuries were reported in a building fire across the street from Emerson’s Los Angeles campus Sunday, officials said.  The college instructed students to stay inside the 5960 Sunset Blvd. campus building or wait to return to campus until further

ECSU and S3 demonstrate during annual “Picture Yourself at Emerson” event

Emerson College Student Union and Students Supporting Survivors coordinated an on-campus demonstration Saturday morning, passing out flyers to accepted students at the college’s annual “Picture Yourself at Emerson” event. The two campus organizations partnered together, according to S3’s website, to

Grand jury will not pursue indictments in Hollis investigation

A grand jury has declined to pursue indictments related to the investigation of sophomore Daniel Hollis’ death last October, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins announced in a statement Friday night.  The announcement follows an “incredibly thorough and painstakingly detailed” five-month investigation

FAB approves over $4,500 in appeal requests

The Financial Advisory Board, in a meeting that lasted approximately 15 minutes, voted Thursday to approve a spring annual budget request from Theyta, an on-campus multicultural organization for gender non-conforming students. The request totaled $1,504.98 and will enable Theyta to

Incident Journal: 4 elevator trappings, no fun for Norman

Monday, Feb. 17 ECPD confiscated drug paraphernalia from a student suite in the Paramount Center Residence Hall. ECPD assisted a student who was trapped inside an elevator at Piano Row. ECPD and Boston Fire responded to the Little Building for

Hillel hosts event responding to hateful on-campus graffiti

Around two dozen students gathered at the Bill Bordy Theatre Tuesday for a Hillel event with Melissa Kraus, a local social justice advocate, who expressed her dismay with the recent appearance of anti-Semitic graffiti on the college’s campus last month.

FAB appoints new members, declines to vote on appeal

The Financial Advisory Board voted at their weekly meeting Thursday to appoint two new voting members and delayed a vote on a $2,900 appeal request from Sigma Pi Theta after Sigma failed to provide specific financial quotes in some aspects

Campus center mourns loss of pet betta fish

The 172 Tremont Building lost a member of its community last week when the three-year-old pet betta fish Josh Hamfin was found dead in his tank on the operations assistant’s desk in the lobby of the building on Thursday morning.

SGA finalizes election timeline, eliminates requirements

The Student Government Association unanimously voted to eliminate several constitutional elections bylaws at their weekly Joint Session meeting Tuesday in an attempt to streamline their elections process. While the change was not on their agenda, SGA eliminated bylaw 302 sections

SGA Executive Treasurer cements financial power without a treasury team

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, who has voiced complaints throughout the 2019-20 academic year regarding the workload associated with her position, will not hire a treasury team during her second semester on the job—effectively consolidating her power around a million

Vandalism strikes Piano Row for the second time

A bulletin board on the 13th floor of Piano Row celebrating Black History Month was vandalized on Feb. 9, according to an email from Residence Director Shen de Leon. The board was defaced with derogatory remarks about former President Barack

Communication Department attributes coronavirus fears to misinformation

Mary Anne Taylor, associate professor of Communication Studies, stated in a panel discussion about the coronavirus that the media is using the same hyperbolic language for COVID-19 as they displayed during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The event, titled “Understanding Coronavirus,”

Incident Journal: Pickpocket, fire alarm in Piano Row

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, Feb. 10 A staff member turned in a wallet they found

Staff Union seeks new members at Valentine’s Day meet and greet

The Emerson College Staff Union hosted a Valentine’s Day meet-and-greet at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on Stuart Street Friday to chat with prospective members over lunch about joining the union before contract renegotiations begin next spring. “The people who

FAB allocated two appeals worth $30,000

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals requests and one budget request totaling over $30,000 in their meeting Thursday afternoon. If both requests are officially approved by Joint Session this coming Tuesday, approximately $88,000 will remain in the appeals

Financial Equity Board in limbo after weeks of delay

The future of Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s proposed Financial Equity Board appears uncertain after several votes on the proposal encountered roadblocks in past weeks. Before last Wednesday, the proposal, which initially surfaced at the beginning of the

New student union helps fill disability activism void on campus

Sitting around bags of Hershey’s chocolate in one of the fourth-floor rooms of 172 Tremont, members of the new student organization Access Student Disability Union—a space for Emerson students with disabilities and allies on campus—decided that they were all either

Joint Session members approve over $55,000 in appeals

The Student Government Association unanimously approved two appeals totaling over $55,000 from the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards and The Berkeley Beacon at their weekly joint session meeting Tuesday. The ERA Awards appealed for $41,799—$25,565 of which will go toward


Incident Journal: More graffiti, clothes stolen

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, Jan. 27 A student reported having their backpack stolen while inside

FAB approves appeal requests totaling over $55,000

The Student Government Association’s Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two organization appeal requests totaling over $55,000 at their weekly meeting Thursday. The Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards submitted a $41,798.87 request that included a $25,564.89 lighting rig to be used

What does the SGA executive treasurer do?

The Student Government Association is the cornerstone of organizational structure for student groups at the college—they decide the policies and funding for most organizations on campus. With the recent revelation that SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple was found to potentially

student affairs

New housing portal aims to increase transparency with students

The college plans to improve communication and transparency with students in this year’s upcoming housing selection process with a redesigned housing portal that will feature graphics to better explain the specifics of the process to students, according to college officials.

Emerson Staff Union begins first targeted organizing effort

The Emerson Staff Union passed out nearly 60 handwritten invitations to a Valentine’s Day meet-and-greet event to staff members in non-unionized departments on Friday in an effort to recruit more members. The event on Feb. 14 at Rock Bottom restaurant

SGA delays Financial Equity Board vote for third time

The Student Government Association held an “auxiliary” Joint Session meeting late Wednesday night in a last-minute effort to push Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s Financial Equity Board proposal into practice, but no vote took place. The proposal, which would effectively create

Celebrating 73 years of The Berkeley Beacon

Seventy-three years and four days ago, The Berkeley Beacon launched its first print product under Editor-In-Chief Paul Mundt. Below the flag—which we’ve recreated for this week’s edition—was a message from then-president Boylston Green: “I have little doubt as to the

SGA Treasurer faces possible impeachment over questions of eligibility

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple faces questions about the legitimacy of her initial election to the organization and current eligibility bringing to light the possibility of impeachment.  The Beacon identified multiple potential oversights of Student Government Association constitutional

Three IDIP working groups to help to transition Marlboro College students

The college introduced three working groups this academic year which will transform the Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Program to accommodate and recruit current Marlboro College students, according to a college official. The three working groups—the Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, the Liberal

SGA delays vote on FEB proposal, appoints two new senators

A highly-anticipated Student Government Association vote on the newly proposed Financial Equity Board was delayed again Tuesday, following several weeks of discussion regarding the proposal and initial approval from the Financial Advisory Board last week. The FEB proposal has appeared

Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby talks about kindness

In this week’s episode of The Beacon, we talk about kindness with producer Melissa Rosales and Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby. The Spirit of Emerson Committee’s 2020 kindness award was named after him last Monday, Jan. 27. Provost and Vice

FAB appoints new member, prepares for upcoming FEB vote

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously voted to appoint Marketing Communications Senator Talia Aiges to the board in their weekly meeting Thursday. Prior to Aiges confirmation, there was some confusion surrounding whether or not she could be appointed to the role

College identifies two student suspects in LB vandalism incident

Emerson Police identified two students connected to derogatory vandalism found in Little Building on Jan. 26, according to a community-wide email sent Thursday. The students, who were not revealed to the public, will be brought before the college’s disciplinary process

SGA appoints four executive cabinet members in wide-ranging meeting

The Student Government Association unanimously voted to appoint the first four members of the newly established Executive Cabinet along with two new commissioners at their second Joint Session on Tuesday. The executive cabinet is new to SGA, after being officially

Structural changes reshaping student government following rocky semester

Following a somewhat tumultuous semester at the college, the Student Government Association is proceeding with unprecedented adaptations to the organization’s fundamental executive structure, which are likely to have immediate impacts on the group’s day-to-day function. On Jan. 16, SGA’s joint

Beacon News Hour

How to protect yourself in the streets of Boston

On this week’s episode of The Beacon, we introduce a new monthly how to series, “Emerson Survival Kit,” with producer Melissa Rosales and Emerson College Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Schiazza.

SGA condemns swastikas in Piano Row stairwell

The Student Government Association, in a statement released Thursday morning, condemned antisemitic graffiti found in the stairwells of Piano Row this week. SGA says it hopes the administration will not allow for these “deplorable actions” to disrupt the Emerson community’s

Swastikas found in Piano Row stairwell prompt ECPD investigation

Emerson police are investigating the source of four swastikas “scrawled” in Piano Row after a student reported the graffiti early Wednesday morning, according to college officials. The discriminatory, anti-Semitic graffiti was located between the 10th and 11th floors of the

Swastikas found in Piano Row stairwell

Emerson police are investigating the incident. Read the latest updates here.  The college found four swastikas “scrawled” in Piano Row stairwells Wednesday morning, according to college officials. In an email to the College community, President M. Lee Pelton said the


Incident Journal: Vandalism in LB, outside of Union Bank

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. Wednesday, Jan. 15 A student reported vandalism on a white board in

Sidewalk expansion project to finish on schedule despite delays

The college’s sidewalk expansion project experienced unanticipated delays in December but is still projected to finish on schedule in mid-September, according to a college official. The delays resulted from what Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Campus Services Duncan Pollock

Faculty Council reaffirms commitment to shared governance

Faculty Council voted unanimously to move a resolution reaffirming their commitment to shared governance to the full Faculty Assembly during their Jan. 16 meeting. The proposal states that college faculty wish to recommit to the implementation of shared governance in

SGA establishes executive cabinet, appoints VP

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

Paramount Lags Behind Other Residence Halls in Sustainability

Of all of Boston’s residence halls, The Paramount Center produces the most greenhouse gas emissions compared to its size, according to data gathered in 2018 and published in September 2019 by the City of Boston. In 2018, Paramount produced 13

Tatte and three other restaurants coming to campus in 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

Emerson committed to mental wellness in new four-year plan

Emerson enacted a four-year plan in the fall semester in collaboration with the JED Foundation aimed at bolstering mental health resources and services at the school after officials found a high percentage of depression, anxiety, and self-harm among students after

Taqueria sets spring opening for Little Building location

El Jefe’s Taqueria plans to open shop in one of the six Little Building fast-casual restaurant spaces in March. Building permits reveal that renovations to accommodate the restaurant are valued at $1.3 million by the city of Boston. John Schall,

A look at fall 2019 through the lenses of Beacon photographers

With the 2019 fall semester already at its conclusion, senior editors at The Beacon assembled a series of photos that document some of the biggest events of the semester. Before the semester began, hundreds swarmed the streets for the Straight


Incident Journal: Elevators trap 16 students in two weeks

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   Tuesday, Nov. 26  ECPD investigated a report of a possible altercation

Academic initiative ratified at last joint session of the semester

The Student Government Association unanimously ratified an updated academic initiative at their weekly joint session meeting Tuesday, effectively setting their agenda for the coming semester. The initiative, which underwent months of workshopping in SGA’s senate under Executive Vice President Will

Palauskas campaigns on experience at SGA press night

Student Government Association Executive Vice President Will Palauskas used his previous experience in the governmental body to sell himself to potential voters Thursday during SGA’s Candidate Press Night.  Palauskas’ stump speech, the same speech posted in the description of his

Poll: Unwillingness to donate and disapproval of residency requirement

A new poll from Emerson College Polling Society found a low willingness to donate after graduation, high favorability of professors and resident assistants, and a sizable disapproval of the updated residency requirements.  The survey, conducted over the fall 2019 semester, marks

Journalism students recognize access restrictions at the EDC

Junior Giulia Campos noticed a difference between the equipment she could access for her journalism courses and her visual and media arts classes when she transferred to the individually designed interdisciplinary program in fall 2018. Campos found that the JVCR-200,

Largest meeting room on campus to open in Fall 2021

The college plans to create a meeting space opening in Fall 2021 for around 300 people in the Little Building known as The Commons according to a college official.  Duncan Pollock, assistant vice president of Facilities Management said members of

Drastic spike in employee health insurance costs ignites anxiety

Staff and faculty union leaders are expressing concerns after the Human Resources department announced in October that health insurance renewal costs for 2020 would increase by 16.8 percent.  Faculty and staff union leaders say salaries won’t rise fast enough to

Hoppe talks ongoing campus construction with SGA

Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe spoke with members of the Student Government Association Tuesday about construction projects at the college, announcing that the sidewalk expansion on Boylston Street will conclude for winter in the coming weeks.

Palauskas joins SGA presidential race amid dropouts

The race for the Student Government Association’s executive presidency was thrown into turmoil last week after the two candidates originally slated to compete for the position abruptly withdrew from contention, leaving it at risk of vacancy.  Following mounting pressure from

Severe weather delays classes until 10 a.m.

The college delayed the start of classes until 10 a.m. Tuesday due to inclement weather moving through the Northeast.  All classes scheduled before 10 a.m. will be canceled and made up at a later date, according to the college’s official

College announces memorial service for Dan Hollis

The college plans to hold a memorial service  on Dec. 6. for Daniel Hollis who died in October after an altercation at a party in Brighton. The memorial will be held in the Bill Bordy Theatre at 2 p.m. The

College prepares for winter storm, reopens dorms early

The college plans to reopen residence halls at 7 a.m. on Sunday in anticipation of inclement weather moving through the Northeast over the weekend, according to a Saturday evening email sent by Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim

Beacon announces partnership with Vermont newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon announced a wire service partnership with an independent Vermont newspaper in a statement Wednesday. The Beacon is partnering with The Commons, an independent Windham County, Vermont-based weekly newspaper, to share resources and stories to assist The Beacon’s

Turning Point brings libertarian speaker Gabriel Nadales to campus

Emerson’s Turning Point chapter hosted libertarian speaker Gabriel Nadales Wednesday, who called for an open dialogue across the political aisle and a breakdown of the country’s left-wing “conservative caricature.”  Nadales detailed his own past involvement with the Antifa movement—an anti-fascist

Staff vacancies restrict prop warehouse operating hours

The college’s prop warehouse will open for the second and final time this semester for visual and media arts students, after losing both its director and its assistant prior to the beginning of the academic year.  Chair of the Performing

SGA Academic Town Hall highlights prevailing college issues

Hundreds of students and faculty crammed into the Lion’s Den Tuesday at the second annual Student Government Association Academic Town Hall to air grievances with the college’s newly restructured dance program and limited class availability across multiple majors.  The town

SGA approves largest appeal of the semester

The Student Government Association voted to approve the largest appeals request of the fall 2019 semester on Thursday for Alpha Epsilon Phi’s annual Ribbons on the Runway fashion show. The request, totaling $13,974.07, first received approval from the Financial Advisory

FAB approves appeals from AEPhi and Commissioners Council

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals totaling $14,607 to Alpha Epsilon Phi and the Commissioners Council for upcoming events at their Nov. 13 meeting. AEPhi appealed for $13,974.07 to fund the annual Ribbons on the Runway fashion show.

ECPD looks to increase gender diversity, attract more candidates

The Emerson College Police Department plans to increase its gender diversity by expanding advertisement and using the college’s Human Resources Department to attract more people to the force this semester. ECPD currently has one female officer, Talisha Casmir-Morris, who started

Michael Brown reflects on 49 years at Emerson

A sign reading “if you think education is expensive, try ignorance” hangs in the office of Michael Brown—the first professor of color to receive tenure in Emerson’s 139-year history and the longest-serving professor at the college.  Arriving from Washington D.C.


Incident Journal: Ansin Graffiti, Trespasser in Walker

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. Tuesday, Nov. 5 A staff person from the Office of Housing and

College’s waste diversion rate increases by 10 percent

The college’s amount of recycled, composted, or donated on-campus waste increased to 30 percent this year from 20 percent in 2018. However, Emerson’s diversion rate is still low compared to national averages, according to a college official. College officials and student

New staff member holds diversity workshops for faculty

In October 2017, 300 student protesters stormed a faculty assembly meeting chanting, “No more oppression, no microaggressions,” and demanding administrative action to address discrimination against students of color. Two years later, the college hired Dr. Tuesda Roberts as the new

FAB delays Ribbons on the Runway appeal vote

The Financial Advisory Board met on Thursday for their weekly meeting, but did not address any official business as they did not have the required number of voting members. The Student Government Association Constitution dictates that, in order for FAB to

Merger fuels anxiety among Marlboro students

MARLBORO, Vt.—The rumors and talk circulated for years. General anxiety about what would happen to the future and legacy of Marlboro College lingered on the wooded hilltop campus.  When the news finally broke this week, senior Erelyn Griffin wasn’t shocked. 

Emerson to merge with college in Vermont in fall 2020

Audible gasps filled the Cutler Majestic Theatre Wednesday morning as President M. Lee Pelton announced a merger between Emerson and Marlboro College, a small liberal arts college in southern Vermont.  Marlboro will donate its $30 million endowment and its real estate,

IT apologizes to SGA for server crash, Workday issues

The college’s IT department apologized to members of the Student Government Association Tuesday for a string of recent issues in the department. Assistant Vice President of IT Brian Basgen acknowledged a server crash that delayed course registration Monday and complications

A brief history of Marlboro College

In the wake of Emerson College’s recent plan to acquire Marlboro College in Vermont, The Beacon compiled the smaller college’s relevant history to provide students in Boston with a brief look at the legacy of the $40 million institution.  Emerson

Graduate students face challenges joining on-campus orgs

Journalism graduate student Samantha Johns, in her second semester at Emerson, balances her coursework with a part-time job off campus as a graduate research assistant on campus and interning at a local hospital.   This semester, Johns and others in her graduate

Emerson to merge with college in Vermont

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

Marines release suspect’s name in Hollis homicide investigation

The United States Marine Corps identified a suspect in the homicide investigation into the death of Emerson student Daniel Hollis on Wednesday, according to a report from WGBH. The Marines confirmed Lance Cpl. Samuel London’s involvement in Hollis’ death after

Turning Point invites conservative speaker to campus

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

College delays registration following server crash

The registrar’s office shut down class registration for students with 92 or more credits Monday due to a technical issue, according to a college official. Registrar John Pestana said the college pushed back registration for students with 92 or more

FAB approves request to bring “The Haze” to campus

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved an appeals request from the class of 2021 on Wednesday that will bring “The Haze,” a one-woman production about survivors of sexual assault, to the college.  Class of 2021 President Arasha Lalani wrote the

SGA secretary admits to misplacing joint session meeting minutes

The Student Government Association failed to publicly post joint session meeting minutes 48 hours after their approval for the weeks of Oct. 1 and 15. The constitution dictates that Executive Secretary Julia Stanton record and maintain written records of all

SGA hosts new diversity director, public art think tank

Director of Faculty Development and Diversity Tuesda Roberts appeared before the Student Government Association on Tuesday to explain her new role at the college, telling members that she deals mostly with faculty. “Essentially, my role is a support role for

ELA campus safe as Getty Fire moves west

The Getty Fire, the latest in a recent string of blazes to tear through California, broke out this morning approximately 16 miles from Emerson’s Los Angeles campus. Operations at ELA remain normal despite forced evacuations for close to 180,000 residents

Departments and Faculty Hit with Workday Issues

Faculty members experienced complications transitioning to the new Workday software since its July 1 implementation, leading to overpaid faculty members and issues with reimbursement processes, according to a college official.  Workday replaced the college’s previous system, Banner, in handling payroll,

FAB approves two appeals requests, dismisses others

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals requests worth just over $3,500 on Thursday, while two additional requests were dismissed. XeCult, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ+ artists at the college and in the Boston area, and Phi Alpha Tau,

Prison Initiative professor encourages participation at panel discussion

Founder and Director of Emerson’s Prison Initiative Mneesha Gellman invited three colleagues to the college Oct. 18, to urge Emerson students to become more involved within the initiative.  Gellman organized the panel to encourage participation in Emerson’s Prison Initiative, which

Former students recall professor’s kindness

Updated 10/24/19: This article was updated to include information about a memorial service for Shumow Florida International University senior Bianca Marcof remembered sitting in her Intro to Digital Media class showing the professor memes they had made—one photoshopped the professor’s head

SEAL offers affiliation training workshops to independent organizations

Several student leaders expressed appreciation for the Student Engagement and Leadership Office’s workshops helping independent organizations navigate the path toward affiliation. Emerson Ultimate Frisbee Captain Kate Nelson and Emily Cristobal from the Asian American Journalists Association told The Beacon that

SGA and Beacon clash over proposed amendment

Tensions erupted on Tuesday between members of the Student Government Association and The Berkeley Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief Christopher Van Buskirk over a proposed amendment to SGA’s constitution that would end the newspaper’s affiliation with the group. The amendment, initially scheduled to be

Community grieves death of journalism professor

Continued Coverage: Former students of Associate Journalism Professor Moses Shumow recall him in the classroom while MBTA Transit Police investigate his death.  Community members mourned the death of Associate Journalism Professor Moses Shumow on Tuesday after he was struck by a

FAB approves over $12,000 worth of appeals

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved three student organization appeals requests on Thursday that totaled over $12,000. The largest of the three requests came from the Emerson Cheerleading Squad, who submitted an appeal for $10,369.57. Before the request, the organization

Title IX coordinator candidates present policy changes

The college narrowed the search for a Deputy Title IX Coordinator down to two candidates who expressed largely similar plans to address federal regulations around sexual assault.  The search committee invited the finalists to campus to present workshops on Title

SGA special elections to proceed without balloted candidates

The Student Government Association announced on Tuesday that it will hold its upcoming special elections without any officially balloted candidates. SGA Executive President Raz Moayed told members at Tuesday’s joint session meeting that no students completed the required election packet

Increase in freshman population floods mailroom

Sophomore Batya Conn returned in August to her job in the college’s mailroom to hundreds of packages. Conn said the mailroom has to accommodate for 800 more students’ packages with the opening of Little Building and the addition of juniors living

SGA officials grapple with tuition costs before trustees meeting

Student Government Association members clashed on Tuesday over rising tuition costs and the college’s ongoing expansion at their weekly joint session meeting.  The discussion began after class of 2021 President Arasha Lalani requested discussion topics from members for her meeting

SGA approves Skunks’ budget request, talks Voice Your Choice

The Student Government Association approved a late annual budget request and hosted representatives from the Department of Institutional Advancement, Emerson’s office for financial donations, during the group’s weekly joint session meeting Tuesday. Towards the conclusion of the meeting, SGA went

FAB grants half of ESports’ $2,000 appeal

The Financial Advisory Board, in a rare decision, denied part of one of the first appeal requests of the year on Thursday from Emerson’s Esports team. The request, which totaled $2,111.19, was brought to FAB by team president Andrew Geiger

College hires new VP of administration and finance

The college announced Paul Dworkis as the new vice president of administration and finance Thursday in an email to the community.  Dworkis currently works at the University of Maryland and will take over for Interim Vice President Phillip Shapiro on

Emerson’s international student population continues to grow

College officials released preliminary admission numbers showing a 12 percent increase in first-year international students admitted to the college this fall—building on a 57 percent increase from last year’s freshman class.   Director of International Student Affairs Andrea Popa said the

College health officials express concerns over vape ban

College health officials expressed apprehension about the effects Gov. Charlie Baker’s four-month ban on the sale of vaping products could have on students.  The ban, implemented on Sep. 24, includes all in-store or online purchases of vaping products that contain

Student voter turnout increases after college voting campaign

The college saw a rise in student voter turnout in the midterm elections after the college’s increased efforts and education to improve voter registration and participation among students. Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier said student voting rates have increased

Housing fills two new positions after spring crash

The Office of Housing and Residential Education hired a housing operations coordinator and area coordinator—two new positions—to help improve the campus experience for incoming and current students. The revamp of the office comes after a tumultuous housing selection process in spring

Suspect identified in Hollis homicide, WBZ reports

The WBZ Investigative Team at CBS Boston reported Monday that police identified a suspect in the death of 19-year-old Daniel Hollis, a sophomore who suffered severe brain injuries following an altercation in Brighton Saturday, Sept. 28. Chief Investigative Reporter Cheryl Fiandaca reported

College attempts to nail down CBD policies on campus

College administrators hope to determine campus policies regarding the usage of cannabidiol—commonly known as CBD oil—by mid-semester as the substance is currently grouped with the college’s cannabis policies. Resident Director Desiree Bradford—also the interim community standards coordinator—wrote in an email

Hollis family releases statement on sophomore’s death

The family of Daniel Hollis released a statement on Friday expressing gratitude to the community after the sophomore’s death on Wednesday. “It has become abundantly clear to us that Dan not only made the world brighter for his friends and

FAB delays vote on Skunks Budget Request

The Financial Advisory Board met in a closed executive session on Thursday to discuss a late Annual Budget Request from the Emerson Skunks, the college’s newly affiliated ultimate frisbee team. The meeting, which was closed to the public as discussions

Community members gather to mourn Daniel Hollis

Updated 10/3/19: The article was updated to include a statement from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Community members filled the Semel Theater on Thursday wearing muted colors and athletic sweatshirts to mourn the death of sophomore Daniel Hollis at a vigil. “The

Boston Police treating sophomore’s death a homicide

Update 10/3/19: Boston Police are investigating the death of Daniel Hollis as a homicide. Update 10/3/19: Boston Police identified Daniel Hollis as the victim in an assault and battery Saturday.  Boston Police are investigating the death of Daniel Hollis as


Incident Journal: 2 Assaults Reported to ECPD

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 Wednesday, Sept. 25 A student reported being assaulted while walking on the

Honors Program scholarship increases by $1,000 for freshmen

The honors program changed its scholarship for first-year and future students, granting them approximately $1,000 more than returning students in the program. Angela Grant, director of financial aid, cited an attempt to reach enrollment goals and help students understand how

Sophomore dies after altercation at party in Brighton

Sophomore Daniel Hollis died on Wednesday at 5:32 p.m. after a Saturday confrontation in Brighton sent him to a local hospital with extensive injuries to his brain, according to a statement from the college. Hollis and his friends were leaving

SEAL reports EmConnect data to SGA

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership spoke with Student Government Association members about the progress of EmConnect, the college’s website for student organizations, during their weekly joint session meeting on Tuesday. SEAL Director Jason Meier and Assistant Director Andrew

New sustainability manager hopes to strengthen green community

Emerson’s new sustainability manager, Catherine Liebowitz, hopes to strengthen the green community on campus. Liebowitz filled the role formerly held by Amy Elvidge, who left Emerson in July 2018 to accept a position at Boston University. Liebowitz took the position

College removes long-time WEBN faculty advisor

The Journalism Department removed the faculty advisor for WEBN, Marsha Della-Giustina, after receiving student feedback from students in the program, according to a college official. Chair of the Journalism Department, Janet Kolodzy, said this decision follows a survey that students participating

Performing Arts department works to remove voice lesson fees

Incoming first-years will no longer be required to pay for voice lessons starting in the fall 2020 semester. Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby said the Musical Theatre Department is restructuring their curriculum with the hope of eliminating the $5,500 average

Students demonstrate support for Hong Kong

Editor’s Note: Frances Hui serves as The Beacon’s assistant opinion editor for the fall 2019 semester. Seniors Frances Hui and Katerina Au stood outside the Dining Hall on Tuesday with posters raising awareness for the Hong Kong movement. Hui said

Sophomore on life support following altercation at party

Updated 10/1/19: The article was updated to include an emailed statement from President Lee Pelton Updated 10/1/19: The article was updated to include a statement from the Suffolk District Attorney’s office. Sophomore Daniel Hollis was placed on life support on Saturday after

Student employment software switch causes paycheck delays

The college implemented a new online application system for on-campus jobs over summer 2019 that caused delays in student payment for up to three weeks. Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid Eric Glaskin said the new online student employment system,

Boylston Street sidewalk construction continues this week

The college plans to continue an evening construction schedule of the sidewalk until Oct. 5, according to an email sent to the community on Friday.  The construction will go from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. to complete work on underground

Controversial fee amendment bill voted down

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously voted down a controversial policy proposal that would prohibit student organizations from charging participation fees during Thursday’s meeting. The vote featured four of the five voting members of FAB—class of 2022 Vice President Philip Leary,

WARC releases guide for name pronunciations

The Writing and Academic Resource Center created a Chinese name and awareness guide, “What’s in a Name,” for English speakers with the hope to build a more globalized and inclusive environment on campus for the college’s largest international community. Tyler

Spears recognizes statistical discrepancies in Clery Report

The Emerson College Police Department released the college’s annual Clery Report on Wednesday, which a college official said provides an incomplete picture of the college’s crime statistics.  Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the report only

Students question executive treasurer’s motivation behind fee amendment

Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s fee amendment that would bar some student organizations from charging participation fees follows a months-long hiring dispute with the EVVYs.  The EVVYs twice rejected Semple’s application to work in mid-level management roles for their 38th production,

RAs spar with administration over contract changes

Senior Raven Devanney remembers sitting with her fellow resident assistants in a meeting in May 2019 when several college officials were going over new policies for RA contracts. Some of the RAs were sitting in circles, holding hands and crying.

student affairs

Housing office staff copes with five vacancies

Multiple administrative vacancies in the Office of Community Standards and the Office of Housing and Residential Education over the last year have forced administrators to adjust the structure of the departments as they search for new hires. Associate Dean of


Incident Journal: Barnes & Noble theft, mace confiscated

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. 16 A lost lanyard and mace belonging to a student

Semple faces questioning over policy proposal

The Student Government Association clashed on Tuesday over Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s funding proposal that would prohibit student organizations from charging admissions or submissions fees for events. The joint session meeting, which comes in advance of the Financial Advisory Board’s

College converts ETIN producer’s room to WERS office

Sophomore Jeremy Guerin, a host of a sports radio show on Emerson’s Talk and Information Network, walked into a studio in the Ansin building this September expecting to see a producer’s room with a microphone, headset, and telephone.  Instead, he

Dr. Ramasubramanian brings Difficult Diversity Initiative to Emerson

An initiative created by a Texas A&M University professor attempts to mediate racial discourse on college campuses across the United States by utilizing a five-step dialectic approach.  The Difficult Diversity Initiative effectuates courage, commitment, compassion, compromise, and collaboration to facilitate in-depth

Sidewalk expansion construction to begin Wednesday

Construction for the sidewalk expansion will begin on Sept. 25, according to an email sent to the community on Friday. According to the email, the college plans to widen the sidewalk from the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets to

Vote on controversial fee amendment postponed

The Financial Advisory Board on Thursday postponed a scheduled vote on a controversial amendment that would impact future funding for the EVVYs and other campus organizations. The policy, proposed by Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, would prohibit student organizations that receive

SGA officials denounce Treasurer’s proposed fee amendment

Update 9/19: The Financial Advisory Board did not vote on the proposed fee amendment. A discussion and potential vote are scheduled for Sept. 26  at 3 p.m. in the Student Government Association office located on the third floor of 172

SGA sets election timeline, approves six positions

The Student Government Association unanimously approved timelines for both the special elections and the general elections during their joint session meeting on Sept. 17. The special elections, which are intended for students wishing to join SGA during the fall semester,

Bright Lights to introduce film content warnings

The Bright Lights Film Series began posting content advisories on its website this fall to warn students about graphic and upsetting material in screenings.  Students responded to a survey last spring that asked them what kind of content they’d like


Incident Journal: Students fall victim to fraud, elevators stall

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. Tuesday, Aug. 27 A student reported their concerns that another student had

College combats rodent infestation in Little Building

Freshman Sydney Mosley opened the door to her dorm room in August to the sight of a mouse in the middle of the floor.  “I saw something move, and I was like, ‘Is that [a mouse]? Surely not,’”  Mosley said

College brings ‘Friends’ replica set to campus

The college is hosting a replica of the Central Perk coffeehouse set from the television series Friends starting on Thursday in the Cutler Majestic Theatre lobby. The set is one of 30 replicas being built around the world and marks

Junior Abigail Semple recieved the fewest votes out of the top three candidates for executive treasurer in the spring 2019 election. Beacon Archive

SGA Treasurer proposes abolishing org admission fees

The Student Government Association could prohibit organizations from charging admission fees for events after Executive Treasurer Abby Semple proposed the idea at the first Financial Advisory Board meeting this year.  “I feel very strongly that because you are a student

Journalism department advances current badge program

The Journalism Department plans to hand out badges identifying each student in the program and their experience with certain journalistic equipment by the end of this week. The department rolled out the ID system last year to keep track of

New leader rebrands college sustainability group

Emerson’s new sustainability manager revived and remodeled the Eco-Reps program for the fall 2019 semester, renaming it the Eco-Corps. Eco-Corps will have the same goal as Eco-Reps—to advocate environmental friendliness at Emerson. The community-based group will promote recycling, attend environmental

Community members commemorate 9/11 terrorist attacks

  When he was two years old, sophomore Vaughn Coleman lost his father and uncle in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001—an event he remembers every year. “We’ll never forget because I think about my dad and uncle every

College weighs partnership with moving companies

The college is considering partnering with moving storage companies for the upcoming school year for students to use over the summer, according to a college official.  Emerson students regularly use moving company services to store and transport their dorm essentials

Dining workers secure new union contract

The college’s dining workers renegotiated their union contract with Bon Appétit Management Company in May 2019 to provide them with more benefits after their previous contract expired last April.  The renegotiation comes after similar contracts were renegotiated at Harvard University,

SGA appoints commissioners, sets goals for the semester

The Student Government Association unanimously approved two commissioners and an executive secretary at their first Tuesday meeting of the year.  The appointments, including Jay Liu as International Student Commissioner, Julia Stanton as Executive Secretary, and Ann Zhang as Spiritual Commissioner,

ECPD introduces medication disposal box

The Emerson College Police Department installed a drop off box during the summer intended for the safe disposal of prescription and over the counter medications. ECPD Chief Robert Smith said the drop off box was provided by Rite Aid, free

No immediate changes to come from Title IX working group

The working group assembled by President M. Lee Pelton to review the college’s Title IX procedures will not be making any concrete policy changes, according to a member of the committee. Co-chair and Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts

College acceptance rate drops to lowest in school history

The college’s acceptance rate dropped for the fourth year in a row to about 33 percent as a result of increased applications, a college official said.  “I’m pleased to report that the acceptance rate is the lowest it has ever

Fast-casual restaurants to occupy Little Building retail spaces

The college plans to lease seven different spaces in the Little Building to six fast-casual restaurants and hopes to announce the first few leases within a month, according to a college official. “We’re looking at some really cool tenants that

Events on campus this week

Many students and organizations host events at Emerson and broadcast them on EmConnect’s event page or fliers on bulletin boards around campus. The Beacon’s Living Arts section went through the events for the next week and selected a few that

172 Tremont opens with new collaborative student spaces

Emerson College’s new multipurpose building at 172 Tremont St. officially opened on Monday—the building was under construction, and the opening was delayed for most of spring 2019. Approximately 400 students attended the grand opening and open house for the five-floor

Renovated Little Building welcomes freshmen to campus

Decked in blue T-shirts and colorful makeup, orientation leaders danced on Boylston Street to welcome the first group of Little Building residents since its reopening. More than 900 freshmen moved into the Little Building from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m

Sit Down with Commencement Speaker Soledad O’Brien

Television journalist Soledad O’Brien delivered the college’s 2019 Commencement speech and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Sunday. Before O’Brien stood at the podium in Boston University’s Agganis Arena in front of approximately 970 graduates, she sat down

student affairs

Housing portal crashes on first day of suite selection

Students piled into the Office of Housing and Residence Life after a website malfunction caused the college to freeze the housing application on April 17. Vice President and Dean of Campus Life James Hoppe said the college closed the housing

FAB approves $5,000 for Senior Week

The Student Government Association Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved a $5,000 appeal from the Class of 2019 council to fund Senior Week festivities before commencement on May 12. Class of 2019 President Ally MacLean said the class council plans to

SGA voter turnout increases by 230 percent

In the highest voter turnout since 2009, 875 students voted in the Student Government Association elections on April 3 and April 4 for 19 different positions. Voter turnout increased by more than 200 percent compared to the 265 votes in the

College cancels Cuba global pathway program

The college canceled the Cuba Global Pathways Program for the second year in a row—this year’s cancellation was a result of a lack of registered students, a college official said. The Director of Education Abroad & Domestic Programs David Griffin

Palauskas narrowly wins SGA executive vice president

Sophomore William Palauskas won the Student Government Association executive vice president race against sophomore Annie Noel by six votes, according to the election results released by SGA. Palauskas, the current SGA marketing communications senator, said he plans to focus on


Incident Journal

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. Tuesday, April 2 An ECPD officer found graffiti on a Dining Center

Student injured in assault on Boylston Street

An unidentified person assaulted an Emerson student walking towards the Boylston Place Alley on Boylston Street Monday evening, according to the Emerson College Police Department. At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Monday, a student was returning home from studying, with a

SGA finalizes constitutional amendments for student vote

The Student Government Association approved 10 constitutional amendments for students to vote on in the April 3 and April 4 elections. Marketing Communications Senator and Executive Vice President candidate Will Palauskas suggested an amendment that allows SGA to create new

Republican org leaders praise free speech executive order

Republican student organization leaders believe an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on March 21 will improve the political climate at the college, even if the freedom of speech order will not directly affect Emerson. The order will limit

College creates peer mentor program for international students

The Office of International Student Affairs and the Office of Housing and Residence Life plan to implement an International Student Peer Mentor program starting in the fall 2019 semester to support new international students in their transition to the college’s

Junior runs unopposed for SGA executive president

Student Government Association Executive Vice President Raz Moayed entered the race for executive president unopposed, with plans to resign at the end of the fall semester to study abroad in the spring. This is not the first time a student

SGA department senators run for vice president with similar goals

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


Incident Journal

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. Tuesday, March 26 ECPD and Facilities Management responded to a student trapped

FAB grants $6,172 to student showcases

The Student Government Association Financial Advisory Board allocated a combined $6,172 to Emerson International and Kidding Around at the March 28 meeting. Emerson International, the college’s international student association, received $2,685 to fund their International Student Art Showcase on April