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Make Election Day an academic holiday once and for all

A week from Election Day, the country stands more fractured and divided. With experts anticipating a voter-turnout tsunami and young people already reporting record breaking voting numbers, Americans are nearing a historic election with potentially life-altering implications.  Although many people,

Waiting weeks for textbooks is unacceptable

In the midst of midterm season, some students are still waiting on one precious class material: their textbooks.  The campus bookstore has seen severe delays this semester—so much so that people have gone weeks or months without getting their hands

When it comes to COVID testing, where’s the accountability?

Since the start of the fall semester, Emerson has taken considerable action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks on campus. Unlike other universities that have reported more than 1,000 student cases, like Pennsylvania State and Arizona State

Let off-campus students test somewhere else

Testing all Emerson students weekly is both a noble goal and a requirement this year. It’s been widely proven that the most effective way to pin down the coronavirus before it spreads—or shortly after its transmission begins—is through frequent testing

We really, really shouldn’t throw parties

By now, you may have heard a joke or two leading up to this semester—something like “off to school for a few good weeks” or “don’t make your room look too nice, since it’ll probably be empty by next month.”

Remote learning is different, but that’s not a bad thing

As Emerson moves forward with its reopening plans for the fall semester, many students have raised concerns about the value of online classes. Is it comparable to the in-person experience, they ask, when teachers only appear through a screen, sometimes

A weekly email is not enough

Throughout the summer, Emerson administration has sent students sporadic emails. In June came the announcement that campus would reopen in late August. A few weeks later, updates on tuition and then dining flooded students’ inboxes. And just recently, administrators proliferated

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

In a world toppled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson administration gave students a choice: return to an altered campus and participate in a mix of in-person and online classes or opt to go fully online. (Another handful, alternatively, chose to

For a more equitable community (and newsroom)

On June 1, as inklings of warm summer air crept in, a massive protest overtook the streets of Boston, just steps from Emerson’s campus. Demonstrators marched to get justice for the countless Black lives lost at the hands of the

Editorial Board: Claire Rodenbush is the outside change SGA needs

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated every facet of life at Emerson College, making the Student Government Association’s spring election more important than ever. The actions of the next executive president will determine the course for an organization that has completely

The Berkeley Beacon shuts down after 73 years

We are pained to announce that The Berkeley Beacon, the college’s only student newspaper, plans to shutter operations effective Wednesday at 10  p.m. after more than 73 years of serving the Emerson community.  After necessary funding was denied, we concluded

Continuing campus news coverage amid a global pandemic

It’s been a hectic week, to say the least. There are 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts as of Monday, according to public health officials. The college made the decision Friday to ask students to leave residence halls at

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic deserve transparency

College officials announced Tuesday that the school will transition to classes online for the rest of the semester due to the global spread of COVID-19. Emerson is among a list of local colleges including Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Suffolk

Prioritize student safety amid COVID-19 concerns

Kasteel Well officials announced on Feb. 24 that they canceled their planned four-day mandatory academic excursion to Milan, Italy, and barred students from traveling outside the Netherlands until March 15 out of concern for the recent spread of COVID-19 in

We support staff members joining the union

This is an important year for the Emerson College Staff Union. The group plans to start renegotiating their contract with the school next spring. They held a meet-and-greet event on Feb. 14 at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery to talk


Accountability, not agendas

On their last show of 2019, The New York Times’ podcast The Daily welcomed their very own Executive Editor Dean Baquet into the studio for an episode titled “The Lessons of 2016.” In this episode, Baquet goes back and forth

The time to take hate speech seriously is now

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

Vacancies on the SGA ballot should not be the norm

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

Respect the Marlboro community by maintaining communication

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

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

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

On-campus media deserve financial independence from student governments

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,

Hold university administrations accountable this application season

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

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