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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Alec Klusza

Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor

Alec Klusza is a junior film student originally from Swampscott, Mass but moved to Houston, Texas, before high school. He writes for the news section and takes photographs for The Beacon. Klusza is a Visual Media Arts major with a minor in Journalism and History. In his free time, he likes to read books and watch movies.
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An in-person class taking place at Emerson.

[Photo] Emerson changes course, pivots to fully in-person fall semester

April 21, 2021

An in-person class taking place at Emerson.

A COVID-19 vaccination site

[Photo] Vaccination requirement extended to faculty, staff

July 30, 2021

A COVID-19 vaccination site

The entrance to a vaccination clinic in downtown Boston.

[Photo] 96% of Emerson community fully vaccinated, college officials say

September 6, 2021

The entrance to a vaccination clinic in downtown Boston.

The entrance to a vaccination clinic on Tremont Street.

[Photo] Emerson to require booster shots for all community members before spring semester

December 8, 2021

The entrance to a vaccination clinic on Tremont Street.

A clinician fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine from a vial.

State vaccine eligibility expands to cover all Emerson students

April 19, 2021

When the clock struck midnight on Monday, 1.7 million Massachusetts residents—including any Emerson students who didn’t yet qualify—became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, a signal of hope...

A view of the Walker Building in the April snowfall.

[Photo] Nor’easter brings April snowfall and student bitterness

April 16, 2021

A view of the Walker Building in the April snowfall.

Snowflakes come down near the Emerson Colonial Theater.

[Photo] College to host “open hour” amid Russo-Ukrainian conflict

February 26, 2022

Snowflakes come down near the Emerson Colonial Theater.

A group of students walk down Boylston Street wearing masks.

As soft quarantine nears its end, students express frustration on heightened restrictions

April 14, 2021

Four Emerson students said they felt stifled by the “soft quarantine” instated last week due to a surge in positive COVID-19 tests since March 31.  The soft quarantine allowed students to leave...

The new awnings installed in the 2B alley.

Emerson lifts most restrictions as COVID fears ease

April 14, 2021

Emerson will lift most of the restrictions implemented on April 7 to slow down the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 amongst the community since late March on Thursday morning, college officials announced...

Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.

New Interdisciplinary Studies major to replace IDIP

April 8, 2021

The newly created Interdisciplinary Studies major is set to supplant the Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Program in the Marlboro Institute beginning this fall, according to a college official. The...

Emersons 2010 Commencement ceremonyy

Emerson institutes safety precautions for in-person graduation

April 3, 2021

Emerson announced its in-person commencement at Fenway Park will feature socially distanced pods for students and their guests, as well as mandatory mask-wearing, according to an email sent on Friday evening. Students...

Students waiting in front of the Lions Den.

Students report dissatisfaction with flexibility week as spring break replacement

April 1, 2021

Emerson’s “Flexibility Week”—meant to provide students with a reduced work load for the week—was received poorly by many students, who cited ineffectiveness, and in some cases, an inadvertently...

On-campus spaces see loosened capacity limits

On-campus spaces see loosened capacity limits

March 28, 2021

Room capacity limits in some indoor spaces on Emerson’s campus were increased last week, a result of low positive COVID-19 tests and a declining positivity rate across the campus, administrators announced...

People walking through the intersection of Boylston and Tremont street.

Students outraged over tuition hike

March 25, 2021

After college officials announced last week that tuition, room, and board rates would be rising two percent for the second year in a row, students expressed indignation at what they see as an unfair financial...

11 undergraduate students of 11 different majors at the college.

Major changes: A year of pandemic learning

March 18, 2021

Of Emerson’s 3,490 currently enrolled undergraduate students, no two have the same learning experience. Some visual and media arts students handle cameras and go out on the field, others spend their...

Students relaxing on Boston Common.

The struggle to socialize in a year of separation

March 18, 2021

In the first semester of his sophomore year, junior visual and media arts major Devin Elias went to parties every other weekend and met with friends to watch horror movies once a week.  Now, in light...

An in-person class session in the Paramount Center.

One year into pandemic learning, professors tired of mixed format

March 17, 2021

A year into pandemic, professors—forced to straddle the two modalities of hybrid learning—say the new form has proven onerous, while others have learned to work around its constraints.  Last March,...

People walking through the intersection of Boylston and Tremont street.

[Photo] Presidential search resumes after three month hiatus

May 30, 2022

People walking through the intersection of Boylston and Tremont street.

Fall sports teams begin training for hopeful season

March 16, 2021

These practices marked the first time the soccer and volleyball teams could practice together since the onset of the pandemic and the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference’s cancelation...

COVID lead Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

[Photo] Emerson semester total tops 550 COVID-19 cases

March 3, 2022

COVID lead Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo, the current VMA Chair.

First woman of color VMA Chair prioritizes inclusion, sustainability

March 4, 2021

Since ascending to chair of the Department of Visual & Media Arts in July—becoming the first woman of color to take the helm of the college’s most popular major—Cristina Kotz Cornejo has prioritized...

A sign of the COVID testing site of Emerson College and Tufts University.

Spring semester sees rise of invalid COVID-19 tests, new ‘inconclusive’ category

March 4, 2021

This semester, the college has reported a slight rise in COVID-19 tests coming back “invalid” and has introduced a new “inconclusive” category for tests, exacerbating the logistical inconvenience...

The mens soccer team trains at Rotch Field in the South End three times per week.

[Photo] Fall sports teams begin training for hopeful season

March 4, 2021

The men's soccer team trains at Rotch Field in the South End three times per week.

A group of students walk down Boylston Street wearing masks.

[Photo] KN95 masks to be made available to students

January 18, 2022

A group of students walk down Boylston Street wearing masks.

Emerson is now mask-optional in all campus spaces except classrooms.

[Photo] ‘Masks are going to be raincoats’: students report mixed feelings about new COVID policy

March 24, 2022

Emerson is now mask-optional in all campus spaces except classrooms.

People walking on Boylston Street.

With spring break canceled, students express burnout fears

February 25, 2021

As the college nears its would-be spring break, some students worry about the mental and academic burnout that might accompany more than three consecutive months of classes. The college canceled spring...

A Visual and Media Arts class under COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Another semester of hybrid learning garners disappointment

February 25, 2021

The college’s plan to extend “flex” learning, a mix of virtual and in-person classes, into the fall 2021 semester was met with a mix of approval and disappointment from Emerson community members.  Fall...

A man walking past the W Hotel on Stuart St.

Residents at the W Hotel moved off 12th floor

February 10, 2021

With less than a week of warning, students living on the 12th floor at the W Hotel packed their belongings last week and moved to a new room assignment on floors five through 11. Emerson announced they...

People walking on Boylston Street.

Student experiences reveal a chasm between on- and off-campus isolations

February 4, 2021

For four days in September, off-campus student Devin Davis-Lorton received little communication from the college after testing positive for COVID-19. Only after sending 49 emails to the Office of Student...

Snow engulfing Boston Common.

Nor’easter envelops Emerson’s Boston campus

February 1, 2021

A nor'easter pummeling Massachusetts is estimated to engulf some areas of the state in up to 18 inches of snow, accompanied by upward of 45 miles per hour winds and coastal flooding.    Snow began...

The glow of the green neon sign outside The Tam on Tremont Street.

[Photo] A limited menu buoys The Tam through the pandemic

January 31, 2021

The glow of the green neon sign outside The Tam on Tremont Street.

Students walk by the Tatte Bakery & Cafe on the corner of Boylston and Tremont.

[Photo] Long quarantine raises student skepticism, optimism

January 29, 2021

Students walk by the Tatte Bakery & Cafe on the corner of Boylston and Tremont.

Author Clarah Rae Grossman

A tale of almosts, masterfully told in reverse, in Clarah Rae Grossman’s new book “Seat of the Soul”

January 26, 2021

When we graduate high school, we assume that part of our life is over. The trials and frustrations of social life alongside the harrowing decision of ‘what the f*ck am I going to do with my life?,’...

Laura Beth Levis

Massachusetts passes Laura’s Law in honor of late Emerson alum

January 21, 2021

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed “Laura’s Law” on Friday, named after a beloved Emerson alumna who died of an asthma attack in 2016 while sitting outside a locked emergency room door. In...

Emerson community relieved by Biden inauguration

Emerson community relieved by Biden inauguration

January 21, 2021

After 1,462 days of one of the most contentious presidential administrations to date, the sun broke out in Washington D.C. on Wednesday as Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the...

Ansin Building of Emerson College

College rejects graduate students’ petition to reverse class schedule changes

January 18, 2021

The college rejected a petition signed by 15 Writing, Literature, and Publishing graduate students to reverse academic scheduling changes planned for the spring semester. The students said the changes...

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

Emerson denies COVID-19 testing to off-campus students over winter break

January 13, 2021

Off-campus students staying in Boston over winter break have not accessed testing through Emerson since Nov. 26.  Those students will have to wait until Jan. 19 to get tested through the college again,...

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