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Several college buildings damaged during Sunday’s protests

Protesters vandalized several of the college's building's including Little Building.

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

June 1, 2020

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 Smith told the Beacon in an ema...

Pelton releases statement addressing nationwide outcry over George Floyd killing

The marquee outside Emerson's Paramount Center reads

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

June 1, 2020

President M. Lee Pelton issued an emotional statement to the Emerson community Sunday night detailing his reaction to the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on Monday, as well as recalling instances in which he was harassed by police. The statement, sent out at 10 p.m. EST as pr...

Feds investigate college twice since 2017 for disability discrimination

The Office for Civil Rights currently has one open investigation into the college after a parent of a former student alleged that the college discriminated against their son.

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

May 28, 2020

The federal Office for Civil Rights has investigated the college twice for disability discrimination since 2017 with one case closed in April and the other still open, according to public records obtained by The Beacon.  The ongoing investigation concerns discrimination on the basis of disability while...

College unveils commemorative website for Class of 2020

The website commemorating graduating students includes messages from famous alumni such as Henry Winkler and Jay Leno.

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

May 26, 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 as personalized messages for many students from friends and fa...

Emerson Police Lieutenant remembered for positive, caring nature

Amanda, Morse's daughter, said her father was always the first one to crack a joke.

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

May 22, 2020

  Dan Morse’s laugh lit up every room he entered.  Worcester State University Police Chief Jason Kapurch, who worked with Morse for over 20 years at WSU, said that Morse’s laugh was one of his most memorable traits. “I don’t know anybody that knows him that wouldn’t remember hi...

College commits to hard deadline to decide fall semester options

College commits to hard deadline to decide fall semester options

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News Editor

May 22, 2020

A decision regarding what the fall semester will look like is expected to come by June 12, according to a community-wide email from President M. Lee Pelton sent Friday.  The new time frame comes after Pelton said Wednesday that the college would announce its decision for the semester in two or three weeks. The email details several methods the college might use to slow the spread of COVID-...

College announces emergency relief applications

The college was investigated by the Office of Civil Rights twice in the past five years for complaints of disability discrimination

By Jacob Seitz, Senior Marlboro Reporter

May 20, 2020

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 federal financial aid, currentl...

College looking at mix of in-person and remote learning for fall semester

College looking at mix of in-person and remote learning for fall semester

By Jacob Seitz, Senior Marlboro Reporter

May 20, 2020

The college hopes to announce a plan for the fall semester featuring some in-person classes combined with the continued use of online instruction some time in the next two to three weeks, President M. Lee Pelton said during a Zoom panel hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. “It...

Pelton hopes to make fall semester announcement in next two weeks

Pelton hopes to make fall semester announcement in next two weeks

By Jacob Seitz, Senior Marlboro Reporter

May 20, 2020

The college hopes to make an announcement regarding the fall semester in the coming weeks, President M. Lee Pelton said on Wednesday. “It is our hope to have some in-person classes and curriculum in the fall term,” he said on a Zoom info session organized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Comm...

Emerson police officer dies after battle with cancer

Emerson police officer dies after battle with cancer

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

May 18, 2020

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 help a fellow member of the ECPD,” ECPD Chief R...

College lights up Little Building in honor of graduating students

The college illuminated Little Building with artwork and messages celebrating the graduating class of 2020 on Saturday. The display will run for two weeks.

By Diana Bravo and Dylan Rossiter

May 16, 2020

A series of messages and artwork lit up the Little Building Saturday night to honor the Class of 2020.  The 11-story art installation titled “One Emerson” included a video message from President M. Lee Pelton to the graduates and commissioned pieces from four independent artists. It bega...

Emerson COVID-19 working groups to announce fate of fall semester by July 1

Multiple allegations of sexual assault have surfaced against former Assistant Professor Jefferson Fietek.

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

May 14, 2020

Correction: Tim Riley, associate journalism professor and a consulting member of one of COVID-19 working groups, erroneously told The Beacon that the college would make a decision about the fall semester by June 1. The story has been updated to reflect the actual date July 1.  The COVID-19 Response...