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

The Berkeley Beacon

Amin S. Lotfi

Amin S. Lotfi, Staff Photographer

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Drum Band Grooversity plays at the 16th annual Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Festival in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. The group blends traditional Brazilian music like Samba and Axe with Funk, Rock, Jazz and Hip Hop. (Amin S. Lotfi/Beacon Staff)

[Photo] Photos: Harvard Square celebrates 16 years of chocolate indulgence

By Feixu Chen, Staff Photographer / February 1, 2024

Drum Band Grooversity plays at the 16th annual Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Festival in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. The group blends...

Madeline Gregorski, left, and Layla Palmer, right, win the Mackie and Emerson College Podcast Pitch Contest for their true crime show. (Amin S. Lotfi/Beacon Staff)

[Photo] Duo wins Mackie and Emerson College Podcast Pitch Contest for their true crime show

December 6, 2023

Madeline Gregorski, left, and Layla Palmer, right, win the Mackie and Emerson College Podcast Pitch Contest for their true crime show. (Amin S. Lotfi/Beacon...

Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Campus Chaplain Julie Avis Rogers is leaving Emerson on Nov. 16. (Amin S. Lotfi/Beacon Staff)

[Photo] Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Campus Chaplain Julie Avis Rogers leaves Emerson

November 15, 2023

Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Campus Chaplain Julie Avis Rogers is leaving Emerson on Nov. 16. (Amin S. Lotfi/Beacon Staff)

A rally-goer holds up a sign that reads “Apartheid Wasn’t Okay In South Africa. It Wasn’t Okay In Nazi Germany. Why Is It Okay In Palestine?” on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, in Copley Square.

Thousands gather at Copley Square to march for Palestine

By Amin S. Lotfi, Staff Photographer / November 1, 2023

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, an estimated 2,000 people gathered at Copley Square to call for an end to the occupation of Palestine and for an end to U.S. aid...

A protester holds a banner of the North American Indian Center of Boston as protesters walk down Washington Street. (Zubin Stillings for The Beacon)

Photos: Hundreds march in support of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Amin S. Lotfi and Zubin Stillings / October 13, 2023

Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday for the Indigenous Peoples’ Day march, wending their way from Park Street Station to the State House and Faneuil...

National Communication Association (NCA) awards communication studies professor Dr. Richard West the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award on Sept. 29.

[Photo] Dr. Richard West honored with the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award

October 4, 2023

National Communication Association (NCA) awards communication studies professor Dr. Richard West the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award on Sept....

National Communication Association (NCA) awards communication studies professor Dr. Richard West the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award on Sept. 29.

Dr. Richard West honored with the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award

By Amin S. Lotfi, Staff Photographer / October 4, 2023

The National Communication Association (NCA) awarded communication studies professor Dr. Richard West the Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award...

Courtesy Emma McIntyre

‘They’re in your area’: Death Grips concert review

By Amin S. Lotfi, Staff Photographer / September 27, 2023

On Sept. 20th, anticipation filled the air as fans awaited the legendary group Death Grips. MGM Music Hall doors opened at 8 p.m., filling the pit with...

Former ECPD Deputy Chief Robert Casagrande has assumed the role of interim chief following the retirement of Chief Robert Smith.

Meet ECPD’s new Interim Chief: Robert Casagrande

By Amin S. Lotfi, Staff Photographer / September 27, 2023

After the June announcement of Emerson College Police Chief Robert Smith’s retirement after 11 years of service, former Deputy Chief Robert Casagrande...

Crowds of fairgoers walk around Hempfest and buy various goods. (Amin S. Lotfi for The Beacon)

Photos: Crowds gather on Boston Common for the 34th Boston Freedom Rally

By Amin S. Lotfi, Staff Photographer / September 22, 2023

The 2023 Boston Freedom Rally—colloquially known as Hempfest—came to the Boston Common after a weather delay on a summer-like Sunday on Sept. 17. The...

A Hawker for one of the stands at the 2023 Freedom Rally. For a small fee, fairgoers can spin the wheel for certain prizes.

“Hope for the future of the cannabis industry”: Boston Freedom Rally returns to Boston Common despite weather delays

By Amin S. Lotfi, Staff Photographer / September 20, 2023

After getting delayed by Hurricane Lee, the 2023 Boston Freedom Rally—colloquially known as Hempfest—came to the Boston Common on a summer-like Sunday...

Members of the tennis team chat in front of the new plant wall in the Piano Row lobby. (Amin S. Lotfi for The Beacon)

[Photo] What’s changed on campus? A quick overview of Emerson remodels

By Sam Shipman, Assistant News Editor / September 20, 2023

Members of the tennis team chat in front of the new plant wall in the Piano Row lobby. (Amin S. Lotfi for The Beacon)