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Emerson reports four new positive COVID-19 tests, weekly total up to 16

Emerson's COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.
By Charlie McKenna and Andrew Brinker November 21, 2020

The college reported four new positive COVID-19 test results among community members Saturday, pushing the college’s weekly testing total to 16, and positivity rate for the week to .47 percent, by far...

College expects no new positives following early week surge

A sign on the window of Emerson's coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 20, 2020

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...

Students’ Thanksgiving break travel could drive virus spread, experts say

A person walks into South Station.
By Andrew Brinker, News Editor November 19, 2020

The end of Emerson’s in-person semester has arrived—and with it, a dangerous caveat.  In the coming week, Boston, now overwhelmed with new infections of coronavirus, will bear witness to a mass...

SGA elections outreach minimal prior to polls opening

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 18, 2020

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...

COVID-19 forces some professors to consider pausing five-year path to tenure

A faculty assembly meeting.
By Camilo Fonseca November 18, 2020

With professional timelines thrown into disarray by the pressures of the pandemic, some Emerson faculty are weighing whether or not to “stop-the-clock” on their paths to tenure. Due to various roadblocks...

Contact tracing turns up no connection between new COVID-19 cases, administrators say

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 18, 2020

Emerson administrators do not believe the sharp spike in positive coronavirus tests on campus since Monday is a result of a case cluster or community spread.  Contact tracing efforts revealed no links...

Emerson cancels non-academic in-person activities after twelve new positive COVID-19 tests

Emerson's COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 18, 2020

All non-academic in-person activities on Emerson’s Boston campus are canceled for the remainder of the semester, following a sudden rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the community, administrators announced...

Six candidates to run for SGA academic senate and class council seats

SGA at a Fall 2019 Joint Session meeting.
By Frankie Rowley November 18, 2020

The Student Government Association’s fall 2020 elections will feature six candidates running to bolster the ranks of an organization that has struggled to make forward progress under its newly established...

Emerson community weighs in on the holidays, the president-elect, and new COVID-19 vaccine developments

A student stands on a social distancing marker inside the Emerson testing center.
November 18, 2020

  Today on The 172 Review, host Maximo Aguilar Lawlor talks to the community about the recent advances in effectiveness of multiple COVID-19 vaccines. Sophia Boyce fields student's opinions...

Incident Journal: Man barricaded in W Hotel, multiple student guest violations

An ECPD patrol vehicle.
November 17, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content. Monday, October 26 ECPD...

SGA treasurer won’t run for re-election, leaving crucial vacancy for spring

A Joint Session meeting at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 17, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Thomas Coughlin is not running for a second term, presumably leaving one of the organization’s most crucial positions vacant for the spring as no candidates...

Emerson to restrict access to community members without flu shots in January

The Center for Health and Wellness.
By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor November 16, 2020

Emerson students will be barred from campus at the beginning of the semester if they do not provide the college with documentation of a flu shot, per a Massachusetts mandate. Students must submit proof...

Debrosse to continue as SGA president through spring

Debrosse, pictured middle right, in a Spring  Student Government Association meeting.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 16, 2020

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...

Marine Corps reservist charged in death of Emerson student Daniel Hollis

Community members gathered in the Semel Theatre to mourn sophomore Daniel Hollis on October 3. 2019.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 15, 2020

A reservist in the Marine Corps has been charged in the death of Daniel Hollis, an Emerson student who died in fall 2019 after an altercation outside a Brighton house party.  The man, identified as...

Students from key battleground states express hope, excitement after Biden win

A Washington D.C. man displays a
By Frankie Rowley November 15, 2020

Some Emerson students woke up on November 7 with a unique sense of hometown pride, seeing their states vote blue for the first time in years. The presidential election had just been called for former Vice...

ELA classes to go virtual again in spring

Emerson's Los Angeles campus.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor November 14, 2020

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...

W Hotel to continue housing students in spring

A man walking past the W Hotel on Stuart St.
By Patrick Pierce November 14, 2020

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...

Mike Cantalupo ‘15 creates docuseries highlighting the value of elders’ wisdom

Mike Cantalupo '15 interviewing his first subject, Joane Rogers, in his docuseries 'Centenarians'
By Christina Horacio November 13, 2020

Video journalist Mike Cantalupo ‘15 explored the experiences of old souls, specifically those who are or exceed 100 years of age, in his new docuseries entitled Centenarians.  The docuseries consists...

Admin will not offer pass/fail option for fall classes

A faculty assembly meeting.
By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor November 12, 2020

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...

SGA academic town hall tackles diversity, burnout

Former SGA Executive President Will Palauskas at an academic town hall in 2018.
By Frankie Rowley November 12, 2020

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...

SGA closes meeting to talk with Intercultural student affairs

A Student Government Association meeting from the spring semester.
By Frankie Rowley November 10, 2020

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”...

After forecast of a landslide Biden win, college pollsters assess where they missed the mark

Emerson Polling Director Spencer Kimball
By Camilo Fonseca November 9, 2020

As the dust settles on the election, it becomes increasingly clear that the margins of victory for former Vice President Joe Biden were razor-thin in a number of battleground states—a far cry from the...

Emerson COVID-19 symptom tracker down due to IT issue

The green checkmark community members used to display after completing Emerson's symptom tracker to gain access to campus buildings.
By Diana Bravo, Assistant News Editor November 9, 2020

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...

Pandemic restrictions curtail Dining Center accommodations

A view of Emerson's Dining Center from the Boylston Place alley.
By Camilo Fonseca November 9, 2020

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...

‘Our Voices Were Heard’: First-years overjoyed by a Biden presidency

Hundreds of people flooded the streets next to the Boston Public Garden to celebrate Joe Biden being elected as President on Nov. 7.
By Frankie Rowley November 7, 2020

Celebrations erupted throughout the Little Building this morning, after the 2020 presidential race came to a final conclusion, with former Vice President Joe Biden notching a decisive victory over incumbent...

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