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The time to take hate speech seriously is now

The time to take hate speech seriously is now

January 23, 2020

College officials reported Wednesday that four swastikas were marked in a Piano Row stairwell overnight. An email sent by President M. Lee Pelton said the incident is under investigation and the offenders are unknown. In consulting with officials from different departments around campus, Pelton said the coll...

Helping Marlboro students transition through financial support is essential

Helping Marlboro students transition through financial support is essential

By Editorial Board

January 16, 2020

A guide released by the Emerson Office of Undergraduate Admissions to the Marlboro community on Dec. 19 states that Emerson will not pay for cost differences in housing for Marlboro College students living on the Boston campus next semester.  The guide was sent through an email and was aimed to answ...

Vacancies on the SGA ballot should not be the norm

Vacancies on the SGA ballot should not be the norm

By Editorial Board

December 4, 2019

As Emerson continues to expand its academics and its campus, the Student Government Association functions as a vital pipeline among students, the administration, and the Board of Trustees. The organization oversees the student activities fund, charges itself with protecting the rights of the students they...

Respect the Marlboro community by maintaining communication

Respect the Marlboro community by maintaining communication

By Editorial Board

November 20, 2019

This Wednesday, President M. Lee Pelton set foot in Marlboro College for the first time since announcing the Marlboro-Emerson merger. Emerson plans to absorb Marlboro's endowment and welcome any interested students to our Boston campus next year. During the weekly Town Meeting and in a breakout session later in the ...

The Marlboro College merger should be met with respect, not ridicule

The Marlboro College merger should be met with respect, not ridicule

By Editorial Board

November 13, 2019

In a town hall last Wednesday, President M. Lee Pelton announced that Emerson College plans to merge with Marlboro College, a small liberal arts institution in southern Vermont.  The announcement of the merger last Wednesday came with a barrage of memes, “shitposts,” and negative outlooks. Emerso...

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

By Editorial Board

November 6, 2019

This Monday, the registrar’s office shut down class registration for students with 92 or more credits following a technical issue. According to an email from the registrar, Banner, the new college’s new registration software, had technical requirements that made the servers crash.  Since no stude...

On-campus media deserve financial independence from student governments

On-campus media deserve financial independence from student governments

By Editorial Board

October 30, 2019

When The Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk stepped before the Student Government Association last week to present an amendment, he cited the Constitution's first amendment in his argument for a free and independent press—a vital component of democracy. In our opinion, the press is essen...

Hold university administrations accountable this application season

Hold university administrations accountable this application season

By Editorial Board

October 23, 2019

In March, the Federal Bureau of Investigations exposed over a dozen celebrities who bought their children's acceptance into the country’s most prestigious colleges. With the help of college counseling coach William “Rick” Singer, actresses and business leaders paid a well-connected group of p...

Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough

Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough

By Editorial Board

October 16, 2019

The two-year vacancy in the Title IX office is finally being filled. But the hiring process for the Deputy Title IX Coordinator has brought its own shortcomings.   The position has remained vacant since January 2018. In the meantime, the college hired outside investigators to serve on a case-by-case basis. On Oct. 4, the Social Justice Center sent out a campus-wide ema...

Separate the college’s policies on CBD and THC

Separate the college’s policies on CBD and THC

By Editorial Board

October 9, 2019

On Saturday, The Beacon reported that a group of college administrators are “discussing and finalizing policies” regarding the on-campus usage of CBD, a natural compound in cannabis. A group of college officials, including the deans of campus life and interim community standards director, will determ...

Respect college employees with improved communication

Respect college employees with improved communication

By Editorial Board

October 2, 2019

Over the summer, the college switched their employment software from their old system, People Admin, to a new software called Workday. In the process of implementing this new system, many students employees and faculty members did not receive their pay as scheduled for three weeks.  College offic...

Students deserve transparent sexual assault statistics

Students deserve transparent sexual assault statistics

By Editorial Board

September 25, 2019

On Wednesday, the college disseminated its annual Clery Report through a campus-wide email. The 57-page-long report details both the criminal offenses brought forth on all three Emerson campuses in the past three years and the school’s safety-related policies and crime and fire statistics.  The...