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Andrew Brinker

Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter

Andrew Brinker graduated in 2022. He previously served as the paper's news editor, directing coverage of Emerson's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He's also worked as The Beacon's Deputy Express Editor, Senior SGA reporter, and Assistant Enterprise Editor. Brinker is a working freelance journalist. He dearly loves his cat Mittens, learning to cook, soup dumplings, and walking the city of Boston.

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Students waiting in front of the Piano Row building.

Analysis: After bracing for disaster, Emerson poised to escape pandemic financially viable

March 18, 2021

The past year, dominated by an unrelenting pandemic, has been marked by resounding loss. More than 500,000 have died in the U.S. alone—that toll’s reverberation through families of those claimed by...

Students walking along Boylston Street.

Struggling to contain virus cases, administrators lay blame on student behaviors

February 7, 2021

Top Emerson officials pinned the recent surge of positive COVID-19 tests on students’ lax behaviors Saturday, despite repeatedly touting the strength of the safety measures they have in place to keep...

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

With cases dropping, newly emerging COVID-19 variants threaten to reignite the pandemic

January 27, 2021

As the coronavirus’ grip begins—tentatively and ploddingly—to loosen after months spent bludgeoning communities with deadly surges of new infections, several new variants of the virus have emerged,...

The Berkeley Beacon office in Emersons 172 Tremont St. building.

SGA passes legislation condemning The Beacon over instances of racism, discrimination

December 18, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously passed legislation in their Dec. 8 meeting condemning The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson’s student newspaper, over instances of racism, ableism, and internal...

President Lee Pelton announced the Marlboro-Emerson merger at a town hall meeting in fall 2019. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

President Lee Pelton to resign in June, lead Boston Foundation

December 1, 2020

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton will leave his position in June to take over as chief executive officer and president of local philanthropic leader The Boston Foundation. The announcement of Pelton’s...

Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 2,941 new coronavirus cases, 40 deaths

November 28, 2020

Massachusetts reported 2,941 new coronavirus cases and 40 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue a sharp rise. Saturday’s case total follows an influx of new cases reported over...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts daily COVID-19 cases surge past 3,000

November 25, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,224 new coronavirus cases over a 30-hour period Wednesday, up significantly from 2,225 new infections reported Monday. The state’s death total rose by 53. Wednesday was the...

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

Emerson reports four new positive COVID-19 tests, weekly total up to 16

November 21, 2020

The college reported four new positive COVID-19 test results among community members Saturday, pushing the college’s weekly testing total to 16, and positivity rate for the week to .47 percent, by far...

A person walks into South Station.

Students’ Thanksgiving break travel could drive virus spread, experts say

November 19, 2020

The end of Emerson’s in-person semester has arrived—and with it, a dangerous caveat.  In the coming week, Boston, now overwhelmed with new infections of coronavirus, will bear witness to a mass...

Hundreds of people celebrated into the afternoon on the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street on Nov. 7.

After Biden’s presidential win, joy floods the streets

November 7, 2020

  America awoke in quiet, palpable tension Saturday morning, awaiting the conclusion of a presidential contest that has gripped the nation for months. The day was peaceful and abnormally warm...

BPD and EMS respond to a situation involving a non-Emerson guest in the W hotel on Nov. 5

Guest emergency prompts W hotel lockdown

November 5, 2020

Boston Police and EMS responded to an emergency incident at the W Hotel involving a non-Emerson guest on the 14th floor Thursday night. A man could be seen smashing windows with what police described...

Hundreds of protestors listen to leaders outside the Boston Public Library Wednesday night in preparation for the presidential Election result.

Peaceful Boston demonstrations condemn Trump efforts against vote counting

November 5, 2020

Just one day removed from the culmination of a historically divisive presidential campaign cycle, demonstrators took to the streets of Boston, demanding the proper execution of the country’s vote...

The outside of City Smoke Shop in Downtown Crossing is boarded up.

Emerson, Boston brace for potential civil unrest as election picture clarifies

November 4, 2020

A purple sunset settled over Boston early Tuesday evening. The streets, bustling with people in the afternoon, thinned out, as rays of golden light spilled through the trees on Boston Common. The city...

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

Emerson admin strengthen COVID-19 testing enforcement amid rising statewide cases

October 29, 2020

More than eight weeks into the fall semester, Emerson administrators are cracking down on the weekly coronavirus testing requirement for students taking hybrid classes.  A new automatic testing compliance...

Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts COVID metrics rise as anticipated second wave approaches

October 22, 2020

Coronavirus cases ticked up dramatically in Massachusetts over the last week, as epidemiologists ramped up warnings that the winter season may bring about a second wave of the virus. Twice this week,...

Fire trucks outside of the Little Building.

Little Building fire alarm sends residents onto Boston Common

October 19, 2020

Boston Fire responded to a fire alarm on the third floor of the Little Building at around 3:45 P.M. Tuesday. Residents evacuated onto Boston Common and two fire trucks arrived at the scene within minutes...

Emersons Kasteel Well campus in Well, Netherlands.

Kasteel Well program cancelled for spring semester due to ongoing travel restrictions

October 16, 2020

The Kasteel Well study abroad program has been cancelled for the spring semester due to ongoing European Union travel restrictions on U.S. citizens. The cancellation comes after college officials were...

Students in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre tapping in to the building before class.

First days of simplified symptom tracking process see delays at tap desks

October 15, 2020

Emerson began linking its daily symptom tracker to all student, faculty, and staff IDs Tuesday, meaning community members no longer have to display their tracker results to security guards upon entering...

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

Emerson COVID-19 dashboard riddled with inaccuracies, missing metrics

October 8, 2020

A review of Emerson’s reported COVID-19 data reveals severe shortcomings in the college’s dashboard, which intends to provide insight into the virus’ presence in the community.  The regularly...

The black Chevy colorado pickup truck crashed into the Public Garden Thursday afternoon.

Suspect arrested in hit-and-run near Public Garden

October 2, 2020

A man has been charged with stealing a pickup truck in downtown Boston Thursday before committing a hit and run near the Public Garden that left a pedestrian with “life threatening injuries,” police...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Boston enters COVID ‘red zone,’ but Emerson keeps cases low

October 1, 2020

As COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts tick up again, most Boston-area universities, including Emerson, have managed to keep infection rates low. Boston reentered the high risk categorization for the virus...

Protesters carry a banner that read Justice for Breonna Taylor on Friday.

Protesters marched to Boston City Hall over Breonna Taylor case

September 26, 2020

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Boston Friday evening to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville woman fatally shot by police in her home last March.  Vigils, rallies,...

A view of Emersons Dining Center from the Boylston Place alley.

Dining Center to temporarily close following three positive COVID-19 tests among food vendors

September 22, 2020

The Dining Center was temporarily closed for service Wednesday morning after college officials announced three new positive COVID-19 tests among food vendors.  The closure was announced late Tuesday...

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

GRAPH: College reports 11 positive COVID-19 tests, inconsistent dashboard numbers

September 17, 2020

Emerson’s cumulative positive COVID-19 test results have risen steadily each week, as seen in the graph above. Each point on the graph represents the number of cumulative positive results the...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

Reopening is going to plan, administrators say

September 4, 2020

The first week of Emerson’s reopening put into practice a plan that attempts to continue in-person instruction while staving off COVID-19 outbreaks, like those popping up at universities nationwide....

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

Students in private on-campus rooms may isolate ‘in place’ if exposed to virus

August 21, 2020

Students housed in single rooms with private bathrooms on campus or in the W Boston hotel may be quarantined and isolated in their own dorm room following a positive COVID-19 test result or potential exposure...

The view of Tremont St. from Emersons Walker Building.

Emerson reports first positive COVID-19 case since April

August 17, 2020

One Emerson community member has tested positive for COVID-19 and entered isolation, a college official announced Monday afternoon, marking the first time the highly contagious virus has permeated the...

Pedestrians pass by Emersons Paramount Theater.

Anonymous group calls for changes to address institutional racism in performing arts department

July 31, 2020

Amid a national reckoning on systemic racism, multiple groups composed of students and alumni have sent letters to Emerson’s Performing Arts Department calling for wide-ranging changes to policies they...

Claire Rodenbush had promised to bring sweeping change to SGA.

SGA executive president resigns

July 19, 2020

Student Government Association Executive President Claire Rodenbush has resigned from her position, she confirmed to The Beacon Sunday. “I'm in the process of submitting a formal letter of resignation,...

College to mandate weekly self-swab COVID-19 testing for students in the fall

College to mandate weekly self-swab COVID-19 testing for students in the fall

July 16, 2020

Emerson will provide all students with weekly self-swab COVID-19 testing in the fall, along with a baseline test upon arrival to campus, a college official said Thursday night. Tests will be purchased...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

ICE rule barring international students from online study in the U.S. lifted

July 14, 2020

The Trump administration announced Tuesday afternoon that it will roll back an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Rule that would have forced international students enrolled in online course loads out...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St. in front of the Little Building.

College to increase tuition for fall semester, following national trend

July 10, 2020

Tuition and room and board rates will increase by two percent for the 2020-21 academic year as Emerson attempts to mitigate the massive financial losses administrators anticipate in the coming months,...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

As Boston-area college administrations break a wall of silence on tuition, Emerson stays quiet

July 4, 2020

As Boston-area colleges and universities begin to quietly peddle out details on tuition and housing costs for the impending fall semester, Emerson’s administration has remained silent. After months...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St. in front of the Little Building.

Former professor under investigation for multiple sexual assault allegations

June 30, 2020

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is investigating former Assistant Professor Jefferson Fietek for multiple reports of sexual assault, according to a press release obtained by The Beacon. Emerson...

A protestor is arrested during last Augusts Straight Pride Parade. The group that organized the parade, Super Happy Fun America, is set to clash with counter-protestors Saturday afternoon at a pro-police rally.

Dueling protests to clash on Boston Common

June 27, 2020

The organizers of last summer’s Straight Pride Parade that erupted into violence, will hold a pro-police rally at the Massachusetts State House Saturday that will likely be met with considerable opposition...

Jefferson Fietek was an assistant professor for performing arts at Emerson College starting in 2019.

Faculty member out after allegations of “serious misconduct”

June 26, 2020

Assistant Professor Jefferson Fietek is no longer "an active faculty member at Emerson College" after allegations surfaced of "serious misconduct" against him prior to his employment at the college, according...

The exterior of the Kasteel Well castle

Extended EU travel ban could throw Kasteel Well study abroad program into uncertainty

June 25, 2020

European Union officials plan to extend a ban on travellers from the United States as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to silently accelerate in the country, effectively jeopardizing the future of Emerson’s...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

Administration officials disclose additional details on what fall semester may look like

June 20, 2020

The college’s hybrid learning reopening plan announcement last week answered questions that had been lingering on the minds of students and faculty for months. But the vague nature of “One Emerson...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

D.C. program to proceed in the fall

June 13, 2020

The college’s Washington D.C. study program that sends students to the nation’s capitol to intern and take courses will proceed in the fall semester, according to a college official.  All students...

Four members of the National Guard and one member of the Military Police stood guard at the edge of Wednesdays protests.

Here’s a timeline showing how protests stayed peaceful in Boston

June 3, 2020

Demonstrators rallied on Boston Common Wednesday afternoon to voice outrage over the killing of George Floyd and other victims of race-based police brutality. Below is a list of live updates from the protest....

Claire Rodenbush, the outsider candidate promising radical change, has won SGAs executive presidency.

Rodenbush, activist outsider wins SGA executive presidency

May 2, 2020

Claire Rodenbush, an outsider candidate who centered her campaign on bringing radical change to student government at Emerson, has won a highly contested three-way race for the Student Government Association’s...

Presidential working group recommends creating standing review committee, changes to Title IX office

Presidential working group recommends creating standing review committee, changes to Title IX office

April 29, 2020

The Presidential Working Group on Title IX policy released a draft of its findings and recommendations Wednesday, calling for several changes, including the removal of the Title IX office from the Social...

Left to right: Jehan Ayesha, Claire Rodenbush, and Diego Torres are the three candidates competing for the executive presidency.

Three SGA executive president candidates compete to lead organization into a new era

April 26, 2020

highly contested race for the Student Government Association’s executive presidency has taken shape this week, with three candidates vying to be the first to lead the organization under its newly established...

A Financial Advisory Board meeting from the spring of 2019.

As SGA elections approach, no one is campaigning for executive treasurer

April 26, 2020

The Student Government Association is set to proceed with their spring general elections Monday with no balloted or write-in candidates for the position of executive treasurer for the first time in at...

A spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting

Students vote to approve new, wide-ranging SGA constitution

April 23, 2020

A new constitution for the Student Government Association was officially ratified Tuesday, drastically altering the fundamental operations and direction of the organization and marking the most significant...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

[Photo] Students grapple with leaving or staying on campus following COVID-19 pandemic

March 12, 2020

A view of Emerson's campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

How COVID-19 affects Emerson College

How COVID-19 affects Emerson College

March 11, 2020

In a packed press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and announced that cases of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, had doubled since...

Freshman Santha Rowles said she is worried her production classes will lose value online.

A day filled with uncertainty finds students reacting to online classes

March 11, 2020

A mix of emotions gripped students Tuesday evening after President M. Lee Pelton announced the transition of all classes to remote instruction following the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the...

The college was investigated by the Office of Civil Rights twice in the past five years for complaints of disability discrimination

College to consider halting study abroad programs as coronavirus spreads

March 6, 2020

The college is assessing the status of all study abroad programs and preparing to ensure “academic continuity” in the event that residential operations are shut down, in an attempt to brace for the...

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Pelton announces precautionary measures against coronavirus outbreak

March 2, 2020

The college has prepared a contingency plan and will review the safety procedures of its vendors in an effort to prepare the community for the rapidly spreading COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus,...

Community members gathered in the Semel Theatre to mourn sophomore Daniel Hollis on October 3. 2019.

Grand jury will not pursue indictments in Hollis investigation

February 28, 2020

A grand jury has declined to pursue indictments related to the investigation of sophomore Daniel Hollis’ death last October, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins announced in a statement Friday...

Abigail Semple (top left), Jason Meier (top right), Sharon Duffy (bottom left), and Will Palauskas (bottom right)

SGA knowingly ignored election rules during fall and spring 2019 contests

February 20, 2020

n examination of the recent execution of SGA’s election policies revealed a systemic, and at times purposeful, failure to adhere to elections protocols—exposing much of its executive membership as...

Debrosse, pictured middle right, in a Spring  Student Government Association meeting.

Financial Equity Board in limbo after weeks of delay

February 13, 2020

The future of Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s proposed Financial Equity Board appears uncertain after several votes on the proposal encountered roadblocks in past...

SGA President Will Palauskas at a meeting Wednesday night. Photo credit: Montse Landeros

Chief Justice says constitution is “pretty straight forward” regarding ineligibility

February 9, 2020

Student Government Association Chief Justice Joseph Johnson would not take a stance on the two potential grounds for ineligibility in SGA against Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple laid out last week by...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple during an SGA meeting in February 2020.

SGA Treasurer faces possible impeachment over questions of eligibility

February 6, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple faces questions about the legitimacy of her initial election to the organization and current eligibility bringing to light the possibility...

A Spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting. Photo by Yongze Wang.

Structural changes reshaping student government following rocky semester

January 30, 2020

Following a somewhat tumultuous semester at the college, the Student Government Association is proceeding with unprecedented adaptations to the organization’s fundamental executive structure, which are...

Ice sculptures may be considered “unnecessary spending” in proposed treasury handbook revisions

Ice sculptures may be considered “unnecessary spending” in proposed treasury handbook revisions

December 14, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board, in an informal meeting Thursday which lasted around 20 minutes, discussed potential changes to the Student Government Association’s Treasury Handbook for the coming semester.  The...

Academic initiative ratified at last joint session of the semester

Academic initiative ratified at last joint session of the semester

December 11, 2019

The Student Government Association unanimously ratified an updated academic initiative at their weekly joint session meeting Tuesday, effectively setting their agenda for the coming semester. The initiative,...

LGBTQIA+ Commissioner Lily Fitzherbert delivers a speech to students attending Thursdays candidate press night.

Palauskas campaigns on experience at SGA press night

December 11, 2019

Student Government Association Executive Vice President Will Palauskas used his previous experience in the governmental body to sell himself to potential voters Thursday during SGA’s Candidate Press...

Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe told SGA members that the Boylston Street sidewalk construction will be paused for the winter in the coming weeks.

[Photo] Hoppe talks ongoing campus construction with SGA

December 4, 2019

Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe told SGA members that the Boylston Street sidewalk construction will be paused for the winter in the coming weeks.

Will Palauskas served at Executive Vice President during the fall 2019 semester.

Palauskas joins SGA presidential race amid dropouts

December 4, 2019

The race for the Student Government Association’s executive presidency was thrown into turmoil last week after the two candidates originally slated to compete for the position abruptly withdrew from...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley told The Beacon that students and staff at Marlboros graduate school should have been aware of the schools track to closure.

Marlboro graduate school staff left unaware of closure track

November 22, 2019

Multiple Marlboro College Graduate School staff members said they were unaware of the school’s closure track until last week, contradicting previous statements from Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley. Business...

Class of 2022 President Cassie Shelley speaks with VMA Department students and faculty at Tuesdays Academic Town Hall. Xinyi Xu / Beacon Staff

SGA Academic Town Hall highlights prevailing college issues

November 19, 2019

Hundreds of students and faculty crammed into the Lion’s Den Tuesday at the second annual Student Government Association Academic Town Hall to air grievances with the college’s newly restructured dance...

SGA approves largest appeal of the semester

SGA approves largest appeal of the semester

November 16, 2019

The Student Government Association voted to approve the largest appeals request of the fall 2019 semester on Thursday for Alpha Epsilon Phi’s annual Ribbons on the Runway fashion show. The request,...

Marlboro Colleges On-the-Way building houses all graduate school operations. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Marlboro Graduate School facing imminent closure

November 14, 2019

MARLBORO, Vt.—Marlboro College’s graduate school is on a path to closure and could officially cease operations as soon as 2020, according to Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley. The graduate...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley sat down with The Beacon to discuss the Emerson-Marlboro merger. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

A chat with Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley

November 14, 2019

Kevin Quigley first arrived on Marlboro College’s campus in winter 2014 after leaving Bangkok, Thailand just two days earlier. Now, he is in his fifth, and likely final year as president of the college. Quigley...

FAB delays Ribbons on the Runway appeal vote

FAB delays Ribbons on the Runway appeal vote

November 8, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board met on Thursday for their weekly meeting, but did not address any official business as they did not have the required number of voting members. The Student Government Association...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley told The Beacon that students and staff at Marlboros graduate school should have been aware of the schools track to closure.

What we know and what we don’t about the Emerson-Marlboro merger

November 7, 2019

Emerson is slated to acquire Marlboro College in approximately a year, but many questions still remain about the future of the community after the merger. To paint a better picture of this, The Beacon...

Emerson anticipates massive losses during the 2020-21 fiscal year, ranging from $33 million to $76 million, President M. Lee Pelton said in a letter to faculty Monday.

Emerson to merge with college in Vermont in fall 2020

November 7, 2019

Audible gasps filled the Cutler Majestic Theatre Wednesday morning as President M. Lee Pelton announced a merger between Emerson and Marlboro College, a small liberal arts college in southern Vermont.  Marlboro...

Brian Basgen, then-Assistant Vice President of IT, at an SGA meeting in 2019.

IT apologizes to SGA for server crash, Workday issues

November 7, 2019

The college’s IT department apologized to members of the Student Government Association Tuesday for a string of recent issues in the department. Assistant Vice President of IT Brian Basgen acknowledged...

FAB Reviews the proposal to bring The Haze to campus. Photo by Andrew Brinker / Beacon Staff

FAB approves request to bring “The Haze” to campus

October 31, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved an appeals request from the class of 2021 on Wednesday that will bring “The Haze,” a one-woman production about survivors of sexual assault, to the...

Executive Vice President Will Palauskas updated SGAs website on Oct. 30 to include the previously missing meeting minutes.

SGA secretary admits to misplacing joint session meeting minutes

October 31, 2019

The Student Government Association failed to publicly post joint session meeting minutes 48 hours after their approval for the weeks of Oct. 1 and 15. The constitution dictates that Executive Secretary...

SGA hosts new diversity director, public art think tank

SGA hosts new diversity director, public art think tank

October 31, 2019

Director of Faculty Development and Diversity Tuesda Roberts appeared before the Student Government Association on Tuesday to explain her new role at the college, telling members that she deals mostly...

The Getty Fire broke out approximately 16 miles away from the Emerson LA campus on Monday. Photo courtesy of Timothy Chang.

ELA campus safe as Getty Fire moves west

October 28, 2019

The Getty Fire, the latest in a recent string of blazes to tear through California, broke out this morning approximately 16 miles from Emerson’s Los Angeles campus. Operations at ELA remain normal...

FAB approves two appeals requests, dismisses others

FAB approves two appeals requests, dismisses others

October 27, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals requests worth just over $3,500 on Thursday, while two additional requests were dismissed. XeCult, an organization dedicated to promoting...

SGA and Beacon clash over proposed amendment

SGA and Beacon clash over proposed amendment

October 23, 2019

Tensions erupted on Tuesday between members of the Student Government Association and The Berkeley Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief Christopher Van Buskirk over a proposed amendment to SGA’s constitution...

The Financial Advisory Board approved thousands in appeals for Emerson Cheerleading Squad, Atlas Magazine, and Films from the Margin. Andrew Brinker / Beacon Staff

FAB approves over $12,000 worth of appeals

October 17, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved three student organization appeals requests on Thursday that totaled over $12,000. The largest of the three requests came from the Emerson Cheerleading...

Executive Vice President Will Palauskas updated SGAs website on Oct. 30 to include the previously missing meeting minutes.

SGA special elections to proceed without balloted candidates

October 16, 2019

The Student Government Association announced on Tuesday that it will hold its upcoming special elections without any officially balloted candidates. SGA Executive President Raz Moayed told members at...

SGA officials grapple with tuition costs before trustees meeting

SGA officials grapple with tuition costs before trustees meeting

October 16, 2019

Student Government Association members clashed on Tuesday over rising tuition costs and the college’s ongoing expansion at their weekly joint session meeting.  The discussion began after class of...

SGA approves Skunks’ budget request, talks Voice Your Choice

SGA approves Skunks’ budget request, talks Voice Your Choice

October 13, 2019

The Student Government Association approved a late annual budget request and hosted representatives from the Department of Institutional Advancement, Emerson’s office for financial donations, during...

FAB grants half of ESports’ $2,000 appeal

FAB grants half of ESports’ $2,000 appeal

October 13, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board, in a rare decision, denied part of one of the first appeal requests of the year on Thursday from Emerson’s Esports team. The request, which totaled $2,111.19, was brought...

FAB delays vote on Skunks Budget Request

FAB delays vote on Skunks Budget Request

October 4, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board met in a closed executive session on Thursday to discuss a late Annual Budget Request from the Emerson Skunks, the college’s newly affiliated ultimate frisbee team. The...

Assistant Director of SEAL Andrew Donahue gives a presentation on EmConnects community impact at SGA joint session.

SEAL reports EmConnect data to SGA

October 2, 2019

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership spoke with Student Government Association members about the progress of EmConnect, the college’s website for student organizations, during their weekly...

A Financial Advisory Board meeting from the spring of 2019.

Controversial fee amendment bill voted down

September 26, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously voted down a controversial policy proposal that would prohibit student organizations from charging participation fees during Thursday’s meeting. The vote featured...

Abigail Semple (left), Raz Moayed (middle), and Will Palauskas (right) discuss Semples policy proposal at joint session. Christopher Van Buskirk / Beacon Staff

Semple faces questioning over policy proposal

September 25, 2019

The Student Government Association clashed on Tuesday over Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s funding proposal that would prohibit student organizations from charging admissions or submissions fees...

Boston Climate Strike attendees march down Tremont Street towards the State House on Friday. Sam Hwang / Beacon Correspondent

Youth-led strike pressures Mass. legislature to act on climate change

September 21, 2019

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at City Hall Plaza and marched to the State House Friday to participate in the Boston Climate Strike, part of an international youth-led movement to demand legislative...

A Financial Advisory Board meeting in September 2019.

Vote on controversial fee amendment postponed

September 20, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board on Thursday postponed a scheduled vote on a controversial amendment that would impact future funding for the EVVYs and other campus organizations. The policy, proposed by...

SGA sets election timeline, approves six positions

SGA sets election timeline, approves six positions

September 18, 2019

The Student Government Association unanimously approved timelines for both the special elections and the general elections during their joint session meeting on Sept. 17. The special elections, which...

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