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Emerson community members memorializing the victims of 9/11.

‘Waking memories’: Emerson students reflect on 20 years of 9/11

September 21, 2021

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 marks an important milestone in the commemoration of the attacks—coming at a time where most college-aged students were either born after or were too young at the time to...

A bomb squad storms the Copley Westin Hotel on Sept. 12, 2001, looking for potential terrorist suspects.

Beacon alums look back on catastrophe coverage

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
September 16, 2021

On Sept. 6, 2001, sophomore journalism major Cyndi Roy was writing about first-year orientation and college dorm policy. She never imagined that, just a few days later, she would be crying in the newsroom...

The Emerson Staff Union is hoping to have some of their sacrificed benefits reinstated, especially for some of the at-risk staff members.

Staff union petitions for overdue salary increases

By Bailey Allen, Staff Writer
September 16, 2021

Almost a year after college administrators promised to give all staff the annual 3.9 percent salary increase agreed upon during the union's 2018 collective bargaining agreement, members of the Emerson...

Sonia Tita Puopolo (left) and her mother,  who died on American Airlines Flight 11

20 years later, Emerson community still stained with the grief of 9/11

By Frankie Rowley and Charlie McKenna
September 16, 2021

Sept. 11, 2001 began like any other day for Elyse Van Breemen. Then she received a phone call she would never forget.  “I didn't believe it,” said Van Breemen, older sister of former Emerson Professor...

The exterior of Paramount Theater on Washington Street.

College ranks eighth in regional universities, rising from ninth last year

By Bailey Allen, Staff Writer
September 16, 2021

Emerson tied for the eighth spot in this year’s Best Regional Universities list, released annually by U.S. News & World Report—the sixth year in a row the college has cracked the list.  The...

The Defund ECPD initiative, inspired by the Defund the Police initiative, has sparked the college to plan a review of ECPDs funding and role on campus.

Incident Journal: Graffiti found on Majestic Theater, drug paraphernalia confiscated from student

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 16, 2021

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, August 30 ECPD...

An in-person class session in the Paramount Center.

Emerson extends mask mandate indefinitely

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 15, 2021

In a shift of prior guidance, Emerson will not transition to a mask-optional policy on Sept. 17, instead extending the college’s requirement that all community members wear a mask indoors indefinitely...

Students lighting candles to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

‘Every year I heal a little bit more’: Emerson community gathers to commemorate 20th anniversary of 9/11

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
September 12, 2021

On the evening of Sept. 11, several dozen individuals gathered in darkness under the Boston Common bandstand, to remember the lives lost twenty years ago during the 9/11 terrorist attacks that shocked...

Provost Michaele Whelan

Provost Michaele Whelan set to leave college in November

By Charlie McKenna, Editor-in-Chief
September 9, 2021

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan will depart Emerson this fall to become the president of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, marking the latest in a series of high profile...

Bostons City Hall

New Boston mayoral election class gives students opportunity to work with campaigns

By Bailey Allen, Staff Writer
September 9, 2021

Ahead of Boston’s mayoral election on Nov. 2, Emerson is offering a new course, which is dedicated to the intricacies of this fall’s campaigning and candidates, and allows students to get hands-on...

Sigma Pi Theta at the Org Fair

Clubs enjoy heightened recruitment from in-person organization fair

By Gabriel Borges and Jonathan Yao
September 9, 2021

Venues around Emerson, including the Little Building and Piano Row, livened up on Friday afternoon as an in-person “org fair” got underway for the first time in a year and a half. Student organizations...

OISA Director Andrea Popa

International students relieved by reversal of Trump-era visa policy

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
September 9, 2021

Much of Emerson’s international student community is breathing a sigh of relief after a Trump administration rule that would have limited the amount of time international students could spend in the...

COVID lead Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

Erik Muurisepp, Emerson’s COVID Lead and newly-promoted Associate VP, looks to future of OneEmerson

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 9, 2021

Erik Muurisepp received a promotion from assistant vice president to associate vice president of campus life on Sept. 4—marking a more visible role at the college for the man who helped direct Emerson’s...

Lucas Flint passed away on Dec. 18 after being struck by a drunk driver. Courtesy of Susan Flint.

Holbrook man found guilty for hit-and-run death of Emerson student

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 8, 2021

A 27-year-old Holbrook man was convicted last month of the fatal hit and run collision in Braintree that killed Emerson junior Lucas Flint in 2018, prosecutors’ said.  Darrell W. Young Jr. was sentenced...

A sign of the COVID testing site of Emerson College and Tufts University.

Emerson up to 21 positive tests in first two weeks of testing

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 7, 2021

Through just over two weeks of fall semester COVID-19 testing, Emerson has reported 21 positive COVID-19 tests despite sky-high vaccination rates amongst community members.  More than half of the positives...

The entrance to a vaccination clinic in downtown Boston.

96% of Emerson community fully vaccinated, college officials say

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 6, 2021

Nearly every member of the Emerson community is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, college officials announced last week.  Associate Vice President for Campus Life and “COVID Lead” Erik Muurisepp wrote...

The Little Building residence hall.

First-year class settles in after year of upheaval

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 2, 2021

After a year of canceled proms, delayed graduations, and remote learning, the road to Emerson has been anything but normal for most first year students.  With everything up to the college application...

Alia Seraj with her father, Prince Abdul Ali Seraj, in the Boston Public Garden

Afghan royalty, class of 2004, reflects on country’s legacy in wake of American withdrawal

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
September 2, 2021

Like many of her Emerson peers, Alia Seraj ‘04 has witnessed the United States’ intervention in Afghanistan for nearly all her adult life. Yet her connection to the far-off Central Asian country is...

Jefferson Fieteks Anoka County MN mugshot

‘I feel relief that he will not be able to harm anyone else;’ Victims of former performing arts professor speak out

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
September 2, 2021

For the victims of former Emerson professor, Jefferson Fietek, his arrest was a bittersweet moment. They expressed relief seeing their childhood abuser locked behind bars, away from harming any other...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St. in front of the Little Building.

Students return to a new campus with eased COVID-19 restrictions

As students moved onto campus for the fall term, they returned to a bustling campus with minimized social distancing restrictions—a far cry from the Emerson many experienced over the first year of the...

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