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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Decision 2020

A Washington D.C. man displays a Youre Fired sign.

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

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
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...

Dueling rallies emerged on Nov. 7 in front of the Boston Statehouse after Joe Biden was reported to have won more than 270 electoral votes and declaring him president-elect

Audio: Celebrations and chanting, how Boston erupted in sound on Nov. 7

By Danielle Shojai, Podcast Reporter/Producer
November 11, 2020

Celebrations and chanting filled the streets of Boston on Nov. 7 as massive celebrations broke out over the city due to the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States. Music and singing...

The next step for pandemic-ridden pro sports after election

The next step for pandemic-ridden pro sports after election

By Brendan Beauregard, Assistant Sports Editor
November 10, 2020

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Lebron James and Lakers teammates kneel for the national anthem while wearing VOTE shirts.

Don’t tell athletes to “shut up and dribble”

By Christopher Williams, Sports Editor
November 10, 2020

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Emerson Polling Director Spencer Kimball

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

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
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...

President-elect Joe Biden.

Biden calls for unity, healing in acceptance speech

By Charlie McKenna
November 8, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden delivered a speech to supporters in his home state of Delaware Saturday evening, officially claiming the presidency while attempting to unify a nation deeply divided after the...

A view of the Washington Monument from Saturdays celebration.

Gallery: Washington D.C. celebrates Biden’s presidential victory

By Jacob Seitz and Parker Purifoy
November 8, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C.—The streets of Washington D.C. erupted into raucous applause on Saturday, as the nation’s capital celebrated the news that it would soon have new residents in the White House. The...

Hundreds of people flooded the streets next to the Boston Public Garden to celebrate Joe Biden being elected as President on Nov. 7.

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

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
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...

A look back on Joe Biden’s 2003 Emerson Commencement speech

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
November 7, 2020

More than 17 years before Joe Biden became the President-elect, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Emerson and commended the college’s graduating seniors to “stand on principle and move...

Demonstrates carry a peace sign flag on Boston Common in reaction to Joe Bidens presidential victory on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Professors breathe sigh of relief upon Biden’s win

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 7, 2020

Political science professor Mneesha Gellman was hiking in the woods with her family Saturday morning, trying to distract herself from the ongoing election, when the texts came in that Joe Biden had emerged...

Hundreds of people celebrated into the afternoon on the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street on Nov. 7.

After Biden’s presidential win, joy floods the streets

By Andrew Brinker and Dana Gerber
November 7, 2020

  America awoke in quiet, palpable tension Saturday morning, awaiting the conclusion of a presidential contest that has gripped the nation for months. The day was peaceful and abnormally warm...

President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.

Biden, Trump issue contrasting statements following race call

By Charlie McKenna
November 7, 2020

Statements from former vice president Joe Biden and President Donald J. Trump struck strikingly different tones, following the Associated Press and several other major other news organizations’ declaration...

Two attendees listen to the Count Every Vote rally at Boston Common on Wednesday.

Six ways to keep up civic engagement past the presidential election

By Editorial Board
November 5, 2020

The election may be over, but our job as students, citizens, and politically engaged people is not. In fact, voting during a presidential election year is the bare minimum. It’s important to keep...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts voters knock down ranked-choice voting in failed ballot question

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 5, 2020

Massachusetts voters shot down ballot question two on Tuesday, which would have implemented a ranked choice voting system for select primary and general elections in the state beginning 2022. Ranked-choice...

Hundreds of protestors listen to leaders outside the Boston Public Library Wednesday night in preparation for the presidential Election result.

Peaceful Boston demonstrations condemn Trump efforts against vote counting

By Andrew Brinker and Camilo Fonseca
November 5, 2020

Just one day removed from the culmination of a historically divisive presidential campaign cycle, demonstrators took to the streets of Boston, demanding the proper execution of the country’s vote...

The election results play to a deserted Dining Center

As Trump’s chances narrow, optimistic student body awaits final election results

By Charlie McKenna and Dana Gerber
November 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed victories in several key battleground states Wednesday, laying clear his path to the presidency while narrowing the chances of incumbent President Donald Trump’s...

Standing at the intersection at this historic moment, I feel like I cant pursue my future plan the way I wanted.

As an international student, watching this election sparks fear

By Jocelyn Yang, Opinion Editor
November 4, 2020

Tags related to America have only trended once a while on the Chinese Twitter-like social media platform Weibo since the pandemic began. I remember seeing trending terms like "U.S. COVID-19 cases climb,"...

The Piano Row dorm building boarded up with plywood ahead of potential election fallout protests.

College extends virtual classes and limited campus access through Thursday

By Charlie McKenna
November 4, 2020

Emerson will extend its decision to hold all in-person classes online and limit campus access after 6 p.m. through Thursday, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday night. The decision...

The outside of City Smoke Shop in Downtown Crossing is boarded up.

Emerson, Boston brace for potential civil unrest as election picture clarifies

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
November 4, 2020

A purple sunset settled over Boston early Tuesday evening. The streets, bustling with people in the afternoon, thinned out, as rays of golden light spilled through the trees on Boston Common. The city...

I want to believe that the U.S. is better than that. Better than choosing someone who has continuously shown a lack of empathy and basic human decency. However, I thought that last time. I thought we the people were a united front, not a group that would let ourselves be divided by bigotry and hatred. 

Opinion: How will we cope with another Trump win?

By Sabine Waldeck, Deputy Opinion Editor
November 3, 2020

My stomach has been in knots all day. I have already gotten into multiple arguments with my family members and peers regarding the presidential election. The sheer thought of another four years of this...

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