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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson Encampment

Notice outside Emerson College’s Visitors Center explaining closures (Bryan Hecht/Beacon Staff)

College briefly halts admissions proceedings in light of arrests, students and student workers reflect on closures

May 15, 2024

Editor's Note: This article has been republished to include corrections and to acknowledge that admission activities were put on hold for two days and...

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

Faculty votes not to call for Bernhardt’s resignation

May 14, 2024

Following a special faculty meeting on May 6, the faculty assembly voted via email not to call for President Jay Bernhardt’s resignation. Around...

A student-painted banner hangs above 2B alley pro-Palestine encampments on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Nick Peace)

Rupture requires repair: Where do we go from here?

May 13, 2024

I was there when the Emerson College encampment started. After months of being ignored by the administration, the students finally found a way to be...

A class picture in a school yard in the 1990s in Israel.

Letter to the Editor: Two stories about growing up in Israel

May 8, 2024

Content warning: this article contains bloody imagery. I was in grade school when Yigal Amir, a Zionist who objected to the Oslo Accords, assassinated...

President Bernhardt speaks out on Town Hall and first year at Emerson

President Bernhardt speaks out on Town Hall and first year at Emerson

May 6, 2024

Early Monday morning, President Jay Bernhardt shared a “Letter to the Community” addressing the April 29 Town Hall and his first year at Emerson.  Bernhardt...

Students left messages on the face of the Ansin building using sticky notes and posters, with the signatures of over 1,000 Emerson students who want ECSU to negotiate a contract with the college on their behalf. (Bryan Hecht/Beacon Staff)

On May Day, protesters gather in Boston Common, 2B Alley, and outside Emerson’s Ansin Building

May 2, 2024

Over 100 protesters marched through the Boston Common and on campus Wednesday afternoon in honor of May Day and in response to the college’s restrictions...

Photos of arrests of 118 protesters at Emerson College

Emerson Staff Union releases statement on April 25 arrests

May 2, 2024

Following the arrest of 118 protesters on April 25, the Emerson Staff Union (SEIU888) condemned the violent police response, calling it “unacceptable.”  “Emerson...

Boston City Hall. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

Boston City Council calls for ‘immediate and permanent’ ceasefire in Gaza

May 1, 2024

The Boston City Council passed a resolution 11-2 in support of calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza at its meeting on Wednesday. Councilors Ruthzee...

Eric Alexander, chair of the Board of Trustees, yells “Back the fuck up” at Bryan Edouard, a student speaker at the town hall, on Monday, April 29, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

‘History will remember where you stand’: Students, faculty, staff testify at town hall regarding April 25 arrests

April 30, 2024

Members of the Emerson community gathered in the Semel Theater in the Tufte Building for a moderated town hall Monday morning to discuss the events...

Emerson encampment: A look at connection and chaos

Letter to the Editor: Dear Howie Carr

April 29, 2024

Dear Howie Carr,  The horrifying screams echoing up from the alley will forever be ingrained in my mind.  On April 25, 2024, I watched from...

Mayor Michelle Wu answers questions after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of City Hall Plaza on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

Mayor Wu cancels Harvard event following withdrawal of student sponsors due to Emerson encampment police response

April 28, 2024

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu canceled an event at Harvard University scheduled for April 30 after 11 student affinity groups sponsoring the event pulled their...

Boston City Hall. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

Boston city councilors react to Emerson arrests

April 27, 2024

Boston city councilors have begun to release statements following the arrests of 118 protesters on April 25 at Emerson’s “Popular University Encampment”...

Courtesy of Bradley Bird

Letter to the editor: To my fellow adults in the classrooms

April 27, 2024

Dear fellow Emerson faculty,  Like many of us, I have much I'd like to say in regards to the genocide in Gaza, the college's handling of that issue,...

SGA unanimously votes no confidence in Bernhardt and officially calls for his resignation

SGA unanimously votes no confidence in Bernhardt and officially calls for his resignation

April 27, 2024

The Student Government Association (SGA), during its last general assembly meeting on Friday, unanimously passed a resolution calling on President Jay...

Police create a barricade at each end of Boylston Street from Piano Row to the Little Building and continue to arrest students on Thursday, April 25, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

Emerson College amongst nationwide movement of college encampments protesting war in Gaza

April 26, 2024
Beginning last Sunday evening, Emerson College’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) built an encampment of tents, food stands, and blankets to show solidarity with the pro-Palestinian movement.
The Little Building residence hall.

Letter from the Editor: By the students, for the students

April 26, 2024
Witnessing such violence and force on my own campus—just two weeks away from leaving it forever—has truly shaken me to the core.
These Jews say theres nothing scary about anti-Zionism

Letter to the editor: These Jews say there’s nothing scary about anti-Zionism

April 26, 2024

“You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 22:20,...

‘I feel so betrayed by Emerson’: Emerson Encampment ends in arrests of 118 protesters

‘I feel so betrayed by Emerson’: ‘Popular University Encampment’ ends in arrests of 118 protesters

April 25, 2024
The four-day “Popular University Encampment” ended in the arrest of 118 protesters in the 2 Boylston Place alley early this morning. 
Emerson encampment: A look at connection and chaos

Emerson encampment arrests: A look at moments of connection and chaos

April 25, 2024

During and after the arrests in the 'Popular University Encampment' at Emerson College on Thursday, protesters demonstrated the strength of their community...

SGA to hold vote of no confidence and call for President Jay Bernhardt to resign

SGA to hold vote of no confidence and call for President Jay Bernhardt to resign

April 25, 2024
Members of Emerson's Student Government Association (SGA) will hold a vote of no confidence and call for President Jay Bernhardt's resignation at their meeting on Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in the Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center.