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Evan Allen '11 (left) and Brendan McCarthy '04

Emerson alums win Pulitzer Prize for Boston Globe reporting

By Camilo Fonseca, Assistant News Editor
June 11, 2021

Two Emerson College alumni, Brendan McCarthy and Evan Allen, were among a team of Boston Globe journalists to receive a Pulitzer Prize on Friday, honoring their work exposing a nationwide trend of dangerous...

Anthony Pinder, associate vice president of internationalization and global engagement, hopes new staff will bring changes to the office.

Pinder named college’s first vice provost for internationalization and equity

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
June 4, 2021

After almost a decade of working to create a hospitable environment for international students at Emerson, Anthony Pinder was named Emerson’s inaugural vice provost for internationalization and equity...

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

“Leaders need to know when to leave”: Pelton departs Emerson presidency for Boston Foundation

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
June 1, 2021

President M. Lee Pelton’s fondest memories from his decade at the helm of Emerson are those marked by beginnings.  “The thing that even now moves me emotionally is seeing students on opening days,”...

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

Emerson to institute new COVID-19 protocol June 1

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
May 29, 2021

Emerson will lift a number of its COVID-19 restrictions on the Boston Campus Tuesday, including “erasing” distancing requirements in on-campus spaces, providing the first hint at post-pandemic college...

Professor Emerita Robbie McCauley

Robbie McCauley, performing arts professor emerita, dies at 78

By Bailey Allen, Staff Writer
May 28, 2021

Former performing arts professor Robbie McCauley, who taught at Emerson for 12 years, passed away last week in Silver Spring, Maryland, according to college officials. McCauley, 78, came to Emerson...

Boston's City Hall Plaza

They couldn’t get out of on-campus housing. So they got domestic partnerships

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
May 26, 2021

In attempts to secure an exemption to escape on-campus housing and its nearly $20,000 annual price tag, some students are taking an unorthodox leap—getting a domestic partnership.  Students at Emerson...

William Gilligan, former IT head, tapped as interim president

William Gilligan, former IT head, tapped as interim president

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
May 21, 2021

William Gilligan, Emerson's former vice president for information technology, will emerge from retirement to helm the college as interim president beginning June 1, college officials announced Friday...

Dr. Sylvia Spears to leave Emerson on Aug. 1 after nine years at the college

Dr. Sylvia Spears to leave Emerson on Aug. 1 after nine years at the college

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
May 18, 2021

After nine years of serving as Emerson’s Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. Sylvia Spears will be leaving her role at the college. Spears will pursue a new role as Vice President for Administration...

Austin Lopes in Youtube video

Austin Lopes honored by Emerson after dying of cancer

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
May 13, 2021

Austin Lopes, a rising junior majoring in visual and media arts, died of cancer on May 8 surrounded by his friends and family, President M. Lee Pelton announced in a Thursday afternoon email. Lopes...

Residence hall visitation restored, community lounges and kitchens reopening for fall

Residence hall visitation restored, community lounges and kitchens reopening for fall

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
May 11, 2021

Emerson will loosen guest policies in on-campus housing for the fall semester, reversing pandemic-era restrictions as vaccinations in the state continue to climb and cases plummet.  A Tuesday afternoon...

Vaccines now available for students at Tufts Medical Center

Vaccines now available for students at Tufts Medical Center

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 29, 2021

Students can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Tufts Medical Center, just over a month after the formal partnership with the hospital fell through, Emerson announced in an email Thursday morning.   This...

A Joint Session meeting at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

A look at the candidates in SGA’s spring elections

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
April 29, 2021

The Student Government Association’s spring elections—where each position in the organization is up for grabs—features just 13 candidates vying for seats in SGA, which controls more than a million...

Democracy Builders Co-Founder Seth Andrew was arrested Tuesday on a number of financial crimes.

Co-founder of Democracy Builders arrested on federal wire fraud charges

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
April 27, 2021

The co-founder of Democracy Builders, the non-profit that owns and operates the former Marlboro College campus, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and making a false...

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

Emerson achieves its first week with no new positives reported

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
April 26, 2021

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results last week—the first week of regular testing in which the college reported no positives across both the fall and the spring semesters.  The only...

The Little Building residence hall.

Emerson revokes room to room visit ban following positive test slowdown

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 22, 2021

Emerson lifted its ban on students visiting other rooms in their assigned residence hall Thursday, just over a week until the academic year comes to a close.  The restriction was set in place on April...

Updated registration system draws praise, frustration

Updated registration system draws praise, frustration

By Camilo Fonseca, Assistant News Editor
April 22, 2021

Emerson students were met with an updated system when fall course registration opened on April 12—and not all of them responded well to the unexpected changes.  The college actualized updates to...

The global pathways program in Santiago, Chile.

First Global Pathways programs in two years slated to return over winter break

By Camilo Fonseca, Assistant News Editor
April 22, 2021

Applications opened last week for two of Emerson’s study abroad programs that will run this winter break, paving the way for the first Global Pathways programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Three students stuck in stairwell of Little Building, leaflets found on Walker Building

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
April 21, 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, April 12 Three...

An in-person class taking place at Emerson.

Emerson changes course, pivots to fully in-person fall semester

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 21, 2021

In a shift from previous plans, Emerson will transition to a fully in-person academic semester on all campuses this fall for students, who will now be mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the boldest...

President M. Lee Pelton condemned the police killing of George Floyd in a statement released to the Emerson Community Sunday night.

Pelton provides insight on Chauvin verdict and calls for police reform

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor
April 20, 2021

President M. Lee Pelton mourned the loss of George Floyd and called for an end to violence and hate against Black people in a letter addressing the Emerson community Tuesday evening.  The letter comes...

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