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The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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Letter to the Editor: A Blue Valentine’s Day at Emerson

Letter to the Editor: A Blue Valentine’s Day at Emerson

It is easy to love Emerson. Talented students, brilliant faculty, committed staff: great people. We see individuals learn and grow on our campus, but we also see them stifled. We see them burn out and...

Bill Giligan, the interim president of Emerson College.

Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘Emerson’s next president should serve students, not their pockets’

By William Gilligan, Interim President of Emerson College
February 5, 2022

I write today in response to an opinion piece, “Emerson’s next president should serve students, not their pockets,” in order to clarify information provided in this piece, as well as to reaffirm...

Jennifer Vandever

Letter: ELA faculty call for fair wages, benefits in contract negotiations

By Jennifer Vandever, President of ELAF-AAUP
January 20, 2022

Every semester Emerson College students move from Boston to Los Angeles to take part in the Emerson LA program. As graduating seniors, most are understandably anxious about finding work in a landscape...

Letter from the Editor: The Beacon’s shortcomings and how we will improve

Letter from the Editor: The Beacon’s shortcomings and how we will improve

By Lucia Thorne, Layout Editor
January 13, 2022

It’s been a year and a half since The Beacon began a process that had been long overdue: reckoning with the racism within our organization. As our new editor-in-chief, I’m writing to update you on...

Letter: Emersons response to classroom incident taps into moral outrage, not deliberation

Letter: Emerson’s response to classroom incident taps into moral outrage, not deliberation

By Sam Binkley and David Kishik
December 29, 2021

Sam Binkley is a Professor of Sociology and David Kishik is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, both in the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts at Emerson College.  Dear Friends,  We would like...

Letter from the Editor: Reflections on a year of turmoil at The Beacon

Letter from the Editor: Reflections on a year of turmoil at The Beacon

By Charlie McKenna
September 2, 2021

Almost a year ago this week, The Beacon was rocked by controversy. Nearly 20 staff members resigned. The paper faced fury from within its ranks and from the Emerson campus. All of it was deserved — we...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Letter from the Editor: Why we stopped daily COVID-19 updates

By Charlie McKenna
June 29, 2021

As The Beacon’s new editor-in-chief, I wanted to explain why we made the decision to pivot to weekly updates on the state of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a departure from the daily updates that we have...

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

By Illona Yukhayev
June 16, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she’s not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor....

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

By Illona Yukhayev
April 27, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she's not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor.  Every...

Katie Redefer is a senior journalism major and the Editor-in-Chief of The Berkeley Beacon.

Letter from the Editor: Reflecting on a year of the pandemic

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
March 19, 2021

The past 12 months may have been the most unprecedented year of our lifetime. The first pandemic of the 21st century transformed life as we knew it in more ways than I can name, forcing us to confront...

Katie Redefer is a senior journalism major and the Editor-in-Chief of The Berkeley Beacon.

Letter from the Editor: The case for a fair and equitable Beacon

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
January 21, 2021

Last semester, after The Beacon drew a wave of public criticisms and staff resignations, it made me question everything I know about journalism. Prior to this fall, I looked back on my years at The Beacon...

Diti Kohli is the Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon.

Letter from the Editor: Where we’re at and what we still have to do

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
November 19, 2020

The Beacon’s first print issue of the semester in early September initiated a wave of resignations from almost 20 staff members. Some felt deeply mistreated and silenced by our newsroom’s culture....

Junior Abigail Semple recieved the fewest votes out of the top three candidates for executive treasurer in the spring 2019 election. Beacon Archive

Letter: Abigail Semple ’20 on being SGA Executive Treasurer

By Abigail Semple
November 17, 2020

Being the Student Government Association Executive Treasurer was both the best and worst year of college. Though it may shock some, I am shy and never imagined I would have taken such an active role in...

Letter: OneEmerson?

Letter: OneEmerson?

By Diego Torres
September 6, 2020

When I see OneEmerson plastered on walls and headlining emails, all I do is think. I think of the students who live through police brutality and racial injustice on a daily basis and it isn’t just...

Letter: Ruthanne Madsen, VP of Enrollment, responds to Gina Martin article

Letter: Ruthanne Madsen, VP of Enrollment, responds to Gina Martin article

By Ruthanne Madsen
September 4, 2020

The Office of Financial Aid at Emerson College is devoted to providing access to education for all students with financial need. Unfortunately, inaccurate descriptions of individual circumstances and...

Letter: POWER responds to Gina Martin article

Letter: POWER responds to Gina Martin article

By Emily Cardona, Shruti Rajkumar, Noah Adaikkalam, Jehan Ayesha-Wirasto, Amali Dunmore, Nina Khosla, Max Boone, Eryn McCallum, Lia Kim, Sydney Logan, Jilly Towson, Brittany Adames, Rocío Perez, Sonali Anand, Evonne Johnson, and Marissa Cardenas
September 3, 2020

As members of Protesting Oppression With Educational Reform (POWER), a group working to advocate for BIPOC students, we have a vested interest in how The Beacon and other predominantly white...

Letter: What will we do with our fear?

Letter: What will we do with our fear?

By Kim McLarin, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
July 30, 2020

Kim McLarin is a writing, literature, and publishing associate professor and a graduate program director. Dear Emerson Community, These are frightening times. We fear for ourselves, our families...

Emerson will receive control of the 360-acre campus on Potash Hill out of the agreement. Photo credit: Photography Staff

Letter: Closing of Marlboro College breaches duty and trust

By Dan Daly, Marlboro College Alum
July 6, 2020

Dan Daly is a graduate of Marlboro College residing in Camden, Maine. It seems like writing at this juncture about Marlboro College is a bit like that scene in the movie Chinatown (1974). This appears...

Letter: A shameful end for Marlboro

Letter: A shameful end for Marlboro

By T. Hunter Wilson, Former Marlboro College Faculty Member
June 28, 2020

T. Hunter Wilson served as a faculty member at Marlboro College for 47 years.  The Marlboro College Board of Trustees is moving toward a shameful end. They have signed a Purchase and Sales agreement...

Letter: False assumptions

Letter: False assumptions

By Christopher Stetson Wilson, Administrative Associate to Chair, Journalism Department
June 17, 2020

Christopher Stetson Wilson is the administrative associate to the chair of Emerson’s Journalism Department. Wilson is also an Emerson graduate student studying creative writing. Claire Rodenbush’s...

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