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

The Berkeley Beacon

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

The Berkeley Beacon

Bryan Hecht

Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor

Bryan Hecht (he/him) is a freshman journalism major from Havertown, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as an assistant editor of The Berkeley Beacon News section. Bryan also contributes to WEBN Political Pulse and hopes one day to work in broadcast news media. As a member of the Emerson Cross Country team, Bryan can likely be found on a run around the Boston area when he's not writing for the Beacon.
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May Day protesters gathered on Liberty Mall by the State House to make speeches and chant before marching to City Hall on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 (Bryan Hecht/Beacon Staff).

‘This is not only a celebration, [but] a call to action’: Boston May Day march emphasizes solidarity with Gaza

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / May 2, 2024

Nearly two dozen protesters from different organizations gathered at Liberty Mall near the Massachusetts State House in the late afternoon on Wednesday...

Student arraignments take place at the Boston Municipal Court House on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 9 a.m. (Nick Peace for the Beacon).

Students arraigned Wednesday receive community service for April 25 arrests

By Bryan Hecht and Iselin Bratz / May 1, 2024

Thirty protesters arrested on April 25 were arraigned on May 1 at 9 a.m. at the Boston Municipal Courthouse, just some of a series of arraignments since...

A list of arrested students was duct taped to the windows of Ansin Building (Bryan Hecht/Beacon Staff)

[Photo] DEVELOPING STORY: The latest on 2 Boylston Place ‘Popular University Encampment’

A list of arrested students was duct taped to the windows of Ansin Building (Bryan Hecht/Beacon Staff)

 A few healthcare professionals position themselves at the front of the human chain advocating for the student’s right to protection, and peaceful protest, in the face of police presence on Friday, April 26, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff).

Photos: Inside the erratic final hours of the Northeastern Gaza Solidarity encampment

By Bryan Hecht and Sam Shipman / April 30, 2024

Northeastern University’s “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” was created in the early morning of Thursday, April 25, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing...

Emerson Hillel holds Seder for Jewish students to begin Passover

Emerson Hillel holds Seder for Jewish students to begin Passover

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / April 27, 2024

Last Monday, around five dozen Jewish students gathered in the Bill Bordy Theater for Emerson Hillel’s Passover Seder, a traditional ritual service and...

Police create a barricade at each end of Boylston Street from Piano Row to the Little Building and continue to arrest students on Thursday, April 25, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

Emerson College amongst nationwide movement of college encampments protesting war in Gaza

By Bryan Hecht and Sam Shipman / April 26, 2024
Beginning last Sunday evening, Emerson College’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) built an encampment of tents, food stands, and blankets to show solidarity with the pro-Palestinian movement.
Emerson encampment: A look at connection and chaos

Emerson encampment arrests: A look at moments of connection and chaos

By Bryan Hecht, Sam Shipman and Iselin Bratz / April 25, 2024

During and after the arrests in the 'Popular University Encampment' at Emerson College on Thursday, protesters demonstrated the strength of their community...

Police enter the 2B alley to begin making arrests of protesters on Thursday, April 25, 2024. Several students could be seen being “dragged and physically assault[ing] peaceful protesters,” according to the Boston Chapter of the Palestinian Youth Movement. (Bryan Hecht/Beacon Staff)

[Photo] Scenes from the arrests of 108 protesters in the 2B alley

By Berkeley Beacon Staff / April 25, 2024

Police enter the 2B alley to begin making arrests of protesters on Thursday, April 25, 2024. Several students could be seen being “dragged and physically...

Team Hoyt cycles

Team Hoyt cycles, runs, and cheers to honor 10th anniversary of last marathon finish for late Rick and Dick Hoyt

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / April 15, 2024

Today’s 128th Boston Marathon was marked by many important milestones. On its most tender note, the race commemorated the 10th anniversary since the...

More than 30,000 runners from over 100 countries are registered to run in the 128th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

2024 Boston Marathon: Stories racing to and beyond the finish line

More than 30,000 athletes from all across the world will take on the 26.2-mile course through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston on Marathon Monday. 
Emerson faculty and alumni to run the 2024 Boston Marathon for charity

Emerson faculty and alumni to run the 2024 Boston Marathon for charity

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / April 14, 2024
Tomorrow, Emerson students and faculty will be only a few blocks away from the 2024 Boston Marathon finish line where they can watch the roughly 30,000 registered runners take on the historic course.
Attorney Carolina Avellaneda is appointed in February 2024 as Emersons vice president and general counsel. (Naia Driscoll/Beacon Correspondent)

Emerson General Counsel Carolina Avellaneda reflects on new position as a culmination of a lifetime of work

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / March 20, 2024
Attorney Carolina Avellaneda was appointed Emerson's vice president and general counsel late last month and began serving her position on March 1.
Defense rallies for Wikileaks founder in Boston

Boston Assange Defense rallies for Wikileaks founder ahead of his London trial

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / February 28, 2024

About two dozen people gathered at the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse equipped with picket signs, banners, and a microphone to protest the extradition...

Performers present a dragon dance on Harrison Avenue during the parade in Boston’s Chinatown. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Correspondent)

Chinatown lights up with colorful costumes and fireworks for Lunar New Year Parade

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / February 21, 2024

The chilly morning air was filled with the sounds of beating drums, ringing bells, and exploding fireworks in Chinatown last Sunday as the 2024 Lunar New...

Mass Communication and Television students in a news control room on April 7, 1986. (Photo courtesy of the Emerson College Archives & Special Collections)

Boylston, Beacons, and Broadcasting: The long and complex history of the Emerson Journalism Department

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / February 14, 2024

The journalism major at Emerson College has become an attractive destination for media-inclined undergrads as it consistently ranks highly among college...

A group of furries march outside of the Anthro New England Convention. (Photo by Doktor is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Anthro New England attracts large furry fandom to Seaport district

By Sam Shipman and Bryan Hecht / January 29, 2024

Thousands of furries and members of the furry fandom converged on The Westin in Boston’s Seaport district last weekend for the eighth annual Anthro New...

“Poor Things”: Nature v. Nurture rendered through sex, surrealism, and sci-fi

“Poor Things”: Nature v. Nurture rendered through sex, surrealism, and sci-fi

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / December 13, 2023

This article contains spoilers and trigger warnings.  Graphic sex, mutilation of corpses, attempted clitoridectomy—these are all things you can expect...

Emerson College appoints Robert Amelio as a part-time interim director of Spiritual Life.

Robert Amelio addresses diversity, equity, and outreach in his new role as interim director at the Emerson Center for Spiritual Life

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / December 13, 2023

Last week, Robert Amelio was announced as the part-time interim director of spiritual life. A 1981 alumnus, former professor, and director of diversity...

Performers and viewers of the event join on stage to light the tree on Boston Common on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Boston Common celebrates various festivities during Holiday Tree Lighting

By Bryan Hecht and Sam Shipman / December 6, 2023

A cold night was turned warm with friendship in the heart of Boston last week. On Thursday night, the Boston Common lawn had a stage festively adorned...

A man dressed as Santa Claus stands in front of the Nova Scotia tree and greets participants.

Dozens flock to Boston Common for annual Nova Scotian tree arrival tradition

By Sam Shipman and Bryan Hecht / November 29, 2023

The chilly air around the Boston Common Visitors Center resounded with Christmas music and holiday spirit last Tuesday morning. The occasion marked the...

Anthony Pinder, left, vice provost of internationalization and equity, and Shaya Gregory Poku, right, vice president for equity and social justice, host a keynote discussion on equity in internationalization as a part of Emerson International Education Week.

Pinder and Poku talk equity and diversity in study abroad programs at keynote event

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / November 28, 2023

International Education Week at Emerson continued on Wednesday, Nov. 15 with a keynote conversation on equitable futures in global education between campus...

A spectator videotapes the parade as marchers begin marching from the Boston Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

Mayor Wu, city officials, honor Boston veterans at Salute to Service Parade

By Sam Shipman and Bryan Hecht / November 8, 2023

Boston was awash with marching band music and American flags on Saturday afternoon as hundreds gathered along the mile-and-a-half-long route of Boston’s...

Emerson College to integrate AI into classrooms

SGA unveils new committee for student organization spending

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / November 1, 2023

The Student Government Association voted unanimously to create a new committee to investigate irregularities in student organization spending during last...

A pro-Palestinian protestor holds up a Palestinian flag during a march in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Palestinian marchers and Israeli counter-protesters flock Cambridge City Hall

By Sam Shipman and Bryan Hecht / October 11, 2023

Tensions escalated in Cambridge on Monday afternoon as a pro-Palestine rally came up against Israeli counter-protestors outside Cambridge City Hall. Palestinian...

A crowd of Israel supporters in the Boston Commons waving flags and signs, creating a sea of blue and white.

Thousands gather in Boston Common to show support for Israel in wake of Hamas attacks

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / October 11, 2023

On Monday afternoon, just hours after Israel initiated its first retaliatory bombings on Gaza, thousands gathered at the Boston Common bandstand to stand...

Boloco at 176 Boylston St.

Boloco in Boston Common location will be replaced by Starbucks before the end of the year

By Bryan Hecht, News Co-Editor / October 4, 2023

If you’re in the mood for a burrito other than El Jefe’s, you’ll need to act fast. The Boston Common location of local Mexican restaurant chain...