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The Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services office in the Union Bank Building.

Emerson announces pick for director of counseling, health, and wellness

By Charlie McKenna, Content Managing Editor January 15, 2021

The college hired Brandin Dear as the new associate dean of campus life and director of counseling, health, and wellness, officials announced in a Friday evening email. Dear will take the reins of the...

The tube drop-off table, where a Tufts staff member will sit to collect individuals' specimens.

Emerson COVID-19 testing procedure minimizes interaction with medical staff for the spring semester

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 15, 2021

Emerson’s COVID-19 testing procedure at Tufts Medical Center has been altered for the Spring 2021 semester to involve less interaction between testing staff and the college students, faculty, and...

Police officers stand outside the Massachusetts State House.

Boston, Emerson police brace for Inauguration Day

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 15, 2021

In preparation for potential demonstrations, Boston police plan to increase security near Emerson’s campus in the days in preparation for potential violence on inauguration day.  BPD plans to increase...

A sign on the window of Emerson's coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson denies COVID-19 testing to off-campus students over winter break

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor January 13, 2021

Off-campus students staying in Boston over winter break have not accessed testing through Emerson since Nov. 26.  Those students will have to wait until Jan. 19 to get tested through the college again,...

Junior Brianna Maloney, center, at her job at American Eagle in Cambridge.

Students express grievances with new spring overnight travel policy

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 12, 2021

On the off chance Junior Brianna Maloney got a weekend off from her job at American Eagle in Cambridge, she hopped on the commuter rail to visit her family in Hopkinton for the weekend. Maloney would leave...

A Student Assembly meeting during the Fall 2020 semester.

After rocky fall semester, SGA optimistic about spring

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 12, 2021

The Fall 2020 semester saw the Student Government Association struggle to adapt its day-to-day functioning to its new legislative model passed in the spring, a difficulty further complicated by the limitations...

Amanda Flower at work in the ECPD office in Nov. 2017

Campus police, health center staff will receive vaccine months ahead of students and faculty

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 11, 2021

Emerson College Police Department officers and Center for Health and Wellness staff will receive COVID-19 vaccines as part of Phase One of the Massachusetts Vaccination plan, with the rest of the Emerson...

Cameron Manning helping students move into Little Building at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester

“Everyone’s upset and annoyed”: Students voice frustrations with the move-in pushback

By Camilo Fonseca, Assistant News Editor January 8, 2021

Some Emerson students have been left frustrated and confused following the college’s weeklong delay in residential move-in, an announcement that came just two weeks prior to the originally scheduled...

President M. Lee Pelton responds to community unrest following COVID-19 pandemic.

President Pelton condemns capitol siege in letter

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 6, 2021

President M. Lee Pelton condemned Wednesday’s siege of the United States Capitol building, a last-ditch effort by Trump loyalists to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.  “On...

Emerson tentatively plans new Los Angeles summer program

Emerson tentatively plans new Los Angeles summer program

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor January 6, 2021

The college is planning a new summer program at Emerson Los Angeles, contingent on COVID-19 regulations and interest from students, officials announced in an email sent Monday afternoon.  The hybrid...

A Georgia lawn with signs for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, both running in Georgia's two runoff Senate races.

Georgian students strive to flip the Senate

By Dana Gerber, News Editor January 5, 2021

Over 1,000 miles from the Boston campus, some of Emerson’s 47 Georgian students are vying to send two Democratic hopefuls to the Senate on Tuesday, which would give President-elect Joseph R. Biden total...

A sign on the window of Emerson's coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson announces new “testing cohorts” for on-campus students

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 4, 2021

Students will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week as part of new “testing cohorts,” the college announced in an email Monday evening.  The testing cohorts will allow students to...

172 Tremont building.

172 Tremont delays reopening to Jan. 30

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor January 4, 2021

Emerson announced Monday that 172 Tremont will have a weeklong delay in full reopening as COVID cases in Massachusetts continue to rise.  Josh Hamlin, director for campus centers, sent an email Monday...

The Emerson Los Angeles campus.

ELA campus fully shuttered once more, classes to start remotely as planned

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor January 3, 2021

Emerson’s Los Angeles program will begin remotely on Jan. 21 amid escalating COVID-19 cases and a failure to acquire permission from L.A. County to reopen residence halls. The program’s spring semester...

The Beacon documented campus life in a year that brought a pandemic, presidential election, and nationwide civil rights movement.

2020 in review: The biggest Beacon stories from a year marked by tumult

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer December 31, 2020

Call 2020 unprecedented. Isolating. Terrifying. But it’s one year no one will soon forget.  Emerson operated as normal for a few short months, abruptly shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Cameron Manning helping students move into Little Building at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester

Emerson delays start of in-person classes, residence hall move-in schedule, citing COVID surge

By Charlie McKenna, Content Managing Editor December 30, 2020

Emerson will hold the first ten days of spring semester classes online and delay move-in to on-campus residence halls by a week, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday afternoon, 20 days...

The program would give students the chance to spend four semesters in Sydney, Australia.

New study abroad program takes BCE students to Sydney

By Hailey Johnson December 18, 2020

Come summer 2021, Emerson will debut a new study abroad program that allows Business of Creative Enterprise majors to split their college tenure between Sydney, Boston, and Los Angeles.  The three-year...

The Berkeley Beacon office in Emerson's 172 Tremont St. building.

SGA passes legislation condemning The Beacon over instances of racism, discrimination

By Andrew Brinker and Frankie Rowley December 18, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously passed legislation in their Dec. 8 meeting condemning The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson’s student newspaper, over instances of racism, ableism, and internal...

A sign on the window of Emerson's coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson exploring spring semester partnership with Tufts Medical Center

By Camilo Fonseca, Assistant News Editor December 17, 2020

Emerson is exploring an arrangement with the Tufts Medical Center that would allow students to use Tufts clinical services, as the college’s own health center undergoes restructuring.  The partnership...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

College officials “cautiously optimistic” about financial outlook, expecting $30 million in losses

By Charlie McKenna, Content Managing Editor December 15, 2020

Emerson anticipates $30 million in pandemic-related losses over the 2021 fiscal year—an outcome college officials consider a “best case scenario” after initially projecting up to $100 million in...

ECPD Deputy Chief Eric Schiazza teaching a self-defense class

Deputy Chief Eric Schiazza retires from ECPD

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor December 14, 2020

Emerson College Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Schiazza retired in November after 32 years rising through the ranks within the college.  Schiazza first joined ECPD in June of 1988 when Emerson’s...

The Little Building residence hall.

College greenhouse gas emissions increase with Little Building reopening

By Patrick Pierce December 12, 2020

An annual city report found that Emerson’s greenhouse gas emissions saw a slight increase in 2019 with the reopening of the Little Building residential hall.  The Little Building alone has added...

Trent (center right) was remembered as a pioneer in the field of Political Communication.

Emerson faculty reflects on passing of Judith Trent, political communications icon

By Camilo Fonseca, Assistant News Editor December 10, 2020

Dr. Judith Trent’s only official post at Emerson was as a guest lecturer in 1996. But to many in the School of Communication, she will be remembered as much more. Trent passed away on Nov. 26, in...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

Testing center transportation program lacks communication

By Gege Tan December 9, 2020

Even though Emerson has offered a taxi voucher program for students who require transportation to the college’s COVID-19 testing center at Tufts Medical Center since September, the college has sent just...

The reforms in revised draft include a shift in the makeup of the proposed Standing Committee, which would be tasked with improving cross-department communication between offices that handle reports of sexual misconduct. It also suggests potentially moving the Office of Access, Equity, & Title IX out of the Social Justice Center, where it currently lives, as departments inevitably change over time.

Title IX working group takes questions before finalizing recommendations

By Katie Redefer, Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2020

The Presidential Working Group addressed questions from the Emerson community about its revised draft of findings about the college’s Title IX processes and additional sexual misconduct policy concerns...

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