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Camilo Fonseca

Camilo Fonseca, News Editor

Camilo Fonseca has served as the Beacon's news editor since July 2021. As a correspondent, he contributed to the Beacon's coverage of the 2020 presidential election; since then, he has also examined COVID-19's effect on campus life and local businesses in both express and enterprise. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, Fonseca is currently a sophomore journalism major with minors in philosophy and political science, and hopes to pursue a career in foreign affairs writing.

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Ansin Building of Emerson College

College endowment balloons amid pandemic

November 11, 2021

Emerson’s investments generated a 32.7 percent return in 2021, indicating a promising future for the college despite the financial pressures of COVID-19. As a result, the college’s endowment...

Richard Fucillo stands in front of the State House.

Emerson senior elected as town councilor

November 4, 2021

Residents of Winthrop, Mass. elected Richard Fucillo Jr. to their town council in Tuesday’s municipal elections, the first victory in the Emerson senior’s burgeoning political career. Fucillo, a...

The police and fire department closed down Harrison Ave. yesterday.

Fire alarm briefly closes testing center again

November 3, 2021

Emerson’s testing center was forced to close for the second time in as many days due to a fire alarm at 116 Harrison Avenue on Wednesday morning. Boston firefighters arrived at the scene at 8:35 a.m....

A hazmat truck of the Boston Fire Department on Harrison Street.

[Photo] Tufts refrigerator fire closes testing center amid hazmat concerns

November 2, 2021

A hazmat truck of the Boston Fire Department on Harrison Street.

Rotch Field standoff ends with armed suspect in custody

Rotch Field standoff ends with armed suspect in custody

October 20, 2021

Police arrested a male suspect at Emerson’s Rotch Field on Tuesday evening, after an hours-long standoff closed the South End athletic grounds as well as much of the surrounding neighborhood. The...

People dining in El Jefes Taqueria.

Restaurants emerge from pandemic with new perspectives

October 13, 2021

After over a year of pandemic restrictions stunting business, restaurants in Downtown Boston are finally seeing a semblance of normalcy, embracing a return to regular seating, relaxed dining regulations...

Manuel Margot #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays slides home in the ninth inning after Matt Barnes #32 of the Boston Red Sox threw a wild pitch at Tropicana Field on June 24, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. The  Rays defeated the Red Sox 1-0.

Fans make their case for ALDS victors

October 7, 2021

The Boston Red Sox were able to take a breath after defeating the New York Yankees 6-2 in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday night. The rivalry left many Sox fans celebrating but reality hit...

Turning Point USAs booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

[Photo] College lifts suspension on conservative group

November 18, 2021

Turning Point USA's booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

A view of part of the old Marlboro College campus.

Marlboro Music purchases former college campus

September 30, 2021

A chamber music group closed its purchase of the former Marlboro College campus on Tuesday, a culmination to months of uncertainty over the land after the school was absorbed by Emerson last year. The...

Hempfest in Boston Common

[Photo] Marijuana festival hits Boston Common

September 25, 2021

"Hempfest" in Boston Common

Jan Roberts-Breslin

Graduate dean tapped for provost job

September 23, 2021

Jan Roberts-Breslin, dean of graduate and professional studies, will take up the role of provost and vice president of academic affairs on an interim basis beginning in November, according to a Wednesday...

Boarded up entrances to the Paramount Theatre.

Paramount first-year students face mandatory move-out

September 23, 2021

Four weeks into the fall semester, some students housed in the Paramount Center are being asked to move to new residences in the Little Building—despite the desires of many to stay right where they are. Administrators...

A bomb squad storms the Copley Westin Hotel on Sept. 12, 2001, looking for potential terrorist suspects.

Beacon alums look back on catastrophe coverage

September 16, 2021

On Sept. 6, 2001, sophomore journalism major Cyndi Roy was writing about first-year orientation and college dorm policy. She never imagined that, just a few days later, she would be crying in the newsroom...

Students lighting candles to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

‘Every year I heal a little bit more’: Emerson community commemorates 20th anniversary of 9/11

September 12, 2021

On the evening of Sept. 11, several dozen individuals gathered in darkness under the Boston Common bandstand, to remember the lives lost twenty years ago during the 9/11 terrorist attacks that shocked...

OISA Director Andrea Popa

International students relieved by reversal of Trump-era visa policy

September 9, 2021

Much of Emerson’s international student community is breathing a sigh of relief after a Trump administration rule that would have limited the amount of time international students could spend in the...

Alia Seraj with her father, Prince Abdul Ali Seraj, in the Boston Public Garden

Afghan royalty, class of 2004, reflects on country’s legacy in wake of American withdrawal

September 2, 2021

Like many of her Emerson peers, Alia Seraj ‘04 has witnessed the United States’ intervention in Afghanistan for nearly all her adult life. Yet her connection to the far-off Central Asian country is...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

College reports 14 positive COVID-19 tests in week of testing

September 2, 2021

Despite the vaccine mandate for community members, Emerson has reported 14 positive COVID-19 tests in just over a week since the start of fall semester testing, according to the college’s dashboard.  The...

A COVID-19 vaccination site

Vaccination requirement extended to faculty, staff

July 30, 2021

Emerson faculty and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall, in an extension of the college’s previous directive which applied only to students. The requirement...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. speaking at a COVID-19 update inside the Massachusetts State House.

Massachusetts reports daily average of 447 coronavirus cases in last seven days

July 27, 2021

Between July 20 and July 26, Massachusetts reported an average of 447 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 26. Cases reached an individual day high of 586 on...

The Dining Center with no indoor seating.

College shifts meal plan options, curtails Board Buck usage

July 16, 2021

Emerson students will have different meal plans to choose from for the fall semester, as the college rolls back changes it says were brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic—including the use of Board Bucks...

The Colonial Theatre

Colonial Theatre to reopen in September with new programming

July 8, 2021

The Emerson Colonial Theatre will open its doors to the public in September 2021 for the first time in seventeen months, the Ambassador Theatre Group announced on Thursday. The historic theatre—which,...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports average of 88 coronavirus cases in last seven days

July 4, 2021

Between June 28 and July 4, Massachusetts reported an average of 88 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 8.  Massachusetts did not report data for July 3 or 4, due to...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 68 new coronavirus cases

June 23, 2021

Massachusetts reported 68 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, up from the 33 cases reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 5. Cases have fallen below the 100 mark every day since June 13—marks the state...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 48 new coronavirus cases

June 21, 2021

Massachusetts reported 48 new coronavirus cases Monday, a rise from the 41 cases reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 5. Cases have fallen below 100 for the past eight days, and have not topped the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 41 new coronavirus cases

June 20, 2021

Massachusetts reported 41 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a decline from the 91 cases reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 5. Cases have consistently fallen below 100 for the last week, and have...

Daniel Hollis

Marine reservist found guilty of manslaughter in death of Emerson student Daniel Hollis

June 19, 2021

Marine Corps Lance Corporal Samuel Boris London was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of then-Emerson sophomore Daniel Hollis, by court-martial on Friday, and now faces over five years in a military...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 71 new coronavirus cases

June 18, 2021

Massachusetts reported 71 new coronavirus cases Friday, a decline from the 82 cases reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 3. Friday's report marks the sixth consecutive day that cases have fallen...

Evan Allen 11 (left) and Brendan McCarthy 04

Emerson alums win Pulitzer Prize for Boston Globe reporting

June 11, 2021

Two Emerson College alumni, Brendan McCarthy and Evan Allen, were among a team of Boston Globe journalists to receive a Pulitzer Prize on Friday, honoring their work exposing a nationwide trend of dangerous...

Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 146 new coronavirus cases

May 30, 2021

Massachusetts reported 146 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a marked decline from the 203 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by 4. Sunday’s report marks the third time this week cases...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 188 new coronavirus cases, lowest number since September

May 24, 2021

Massachusetts reported 188 new coronavirus cases Monday, a significant decline from the 287 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 2. Monday’s report marks the first time cases have...

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

Emerson sets vaccination deadline for return to campus

May 14, 2021

Emerson students returning to campus in the fall must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by July 15, the college announced in a Friday afternoon email. The midsummer vaccination deadline is part of the...

UEFA Champions League logo displayed on a phone screen and The Super League logo displayed on a screen are seen in this multiple exposure illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on April 20, 2021. (Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Soccer fans decry European Super League

April 22, 2021

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Updated registration system draws praise, frustration

Updated registration system draws praise, frustration

April 22, 2021

Emerson students were met with an updated system when fall course registration opened on April 12—and not all of them responded well to the unexpected changes.  The college actualized updates to...

The global pathways program in Santiago, Chile.

First Global Pathways programs in two years slated to return over winter break

April 22, 2021

Applications opened last week for two of Emerson’s study abroad programs that will run this winter break, paving the way for the first Global Pathways programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

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...

Snow dusts the Norman Lear statue in the 2 Boylston Alley

Nor’easter brings April snowfall and student bitterness

April 16, 2021

Emerson students woke up Friday morning to snowflakes outside their windows, an unexpected—and for many, unwelcome—sight after a spell of relatively dry and warm spring weather. While ground...

A photo of Llull’s Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations

Exchange students experience pandemic-era Boston

April 15, 2021

Emerson currently hosts only a fraction of its normal exchange student population this semester, yet the seven undergraduates from University Ramon Llull in Barcelona are not only adapting to a new learning...

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...

Chair of the Performing Arts Department Bob Colby, who died April 5, 2021

Late performing arts chair leaves behind legacy of empathy

April 8, 2021

After 44 years at Emerson, students and colleagues fondly recalled Robert Colby as a committed theatre practitioner, a trusted mentor, and by many, a valued friend. The longtime faculty member served...

Meal bags being taken to quarantined and isolated students in the Paramount residence hall.

Positive COVID-19 tests and tightened restrictions rock campus life

April 7, 2021

Emerson canceled all in-person student activities beginning at 5 p.m. for at least the next seven days on Wednesday, the result of an unprecedented spike in positive COVID-19 tests among community members...

Emerson senior defeated in special election

Emerson senior defeated in special election

April 1, 2021

Richard Fucillo, a senior communications major, fell short in his bid to become the youngest lawmaker on Beacon Hill this Tuesday—though he managed to place second in the race as an independent candidate. Garnering...

Junior Quinton Copeland at bat for the Lions.

Baseball snags first win since 2020 in doubleheader against Coast Guard

March 28, 2021

The baseball team secured its first conference win of the year—and first win since the abridged 2020 season—on Saturday against the United States Coast Guard Academy. Following two defeats against...

Soledad OBrien speaking to graduates during 2019s commencement ceremony.

College officials reconsidering in-person commencement

March 25, 2021

Emerson is “exploring several options” for an in-person commencement ceremony alongside the previously announced virtual celebration on May 9, according to a Thursday afternoon email from college officials.  The...

Kelly Bates

Founding director of Elma Lewis center launches City Council campaign

March 25, 2021

Kelly Bates has a laundry list of qualifications in her bid for the Boston City Council—not least among them her tenure as inaugural director of Emerson’s Elma Lewis Center. Bates—who headed the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,880 new coronavirus cases

March 20, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,880 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 1,887 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 29.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 1,887 new coronavirus cases

March 19, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,887 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight increase from the 1,857 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 43.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over...

A janitor working in the dorm hallway.

Overworked during pandemic, staff fight to have benefits reinstated

March 18, 2021

With inflated workloads, slashed benefits, and continuing tense negotiations with Emerson,  college staff members are nearing a breaking point—after more than a year of sacrifice forced by the pandemic.  Emerson...

Students walking on Boston Common.

Vaccine rollout progressing, health experts foresee a return to normal in the fall

March 18, 2021

Public health experts say there appears to be a “light at the end of the tunnel” shining for college campuses after a year of restrictions, social distancing, and online learning—but warn that administrators...

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...

Little Building and Walker Building in snow.

First year of college stunted by COVID-19, class of 2024 reflects on hurdles, loss

March 17, 2021

Many students anticipate their first year of college as a milestone—their initial steps onto campus marking a momentous transition between adolescence into adulthood.  Emerson’s class of 2024,...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Emerson opens applications for second round of COVID aid

March 16, 2021

Emerson students can now apply for further financial relief from the pandemic after the college announced Monday it had received a second round of emergency federal aid from the Department of Education.  The...

Emersons Los Angeles campus.

Emerson Los Angeles on track to reopen, according to county health officials

March 12, 2021

Provided that COVID-19 metrics continue to trend as expected, the in-person summer program at Emerson Los Angeles should go ahead as planned, local public health officials said in a call with Emerson officials...

A photo of South Street Diner

Local restaurants navigate reopening under lifted restrictions

March 11, 2021

The progressive relaxation of the state’s coronavirus restrictions over the past several weeks cleared the way for Emerson-area restaurants to start returning to normal operations—though the shift...

A snow-blanketed neighborhood in Austin, TX under a rolling blackout

For Texan Emersonians, the utilities crisis highlights unignorable issues

February 27, 2021

The massive utilities failures in Texas sparked by a winter storm last week created anxiety for Emerson students from the Lone Star State—with many expressing anger that the situation even happened in...

Bostons Fenway Park empty

Baker announces Phase Four reopening by end of March

February 25, 2021

Massachusetts will enter the final step, Step Two, of Phase Three in its four-phase reopening plan next Monday, with plans to move into Phase Four as early as March 22. The Commonwealth’s reopening...

Richard Fucillo stands in front of the State House.

Emerson senior mounts State House campaign

February 25, 2021

The contest to fill an open seat for the Massachusetts House of Representatives now includes an unusual face in state politics—an Emerson College senior. Richard Fucillo, a 22-year old communications...

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...

Emersons Kasteel Well campus in Well, Netherlands.

With no students at the castle, the town of Well remains shuttered

February 18, 2021

Nearly 3,500 miles away from Boston, a towering castle is quiet. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the dorms at Kasteel Well have sat empty for nearly a year—and the neighboring Dutch village lies...

The exterior of Lamberts Marketplace.

Lambert’s Marketplace, new dining partner, faces complications at Board Bucks launch

February 11, 2021

Lambert’s Marketplace experienced a slew of technical difficulties as the convenience store and sandwich shop transitioned to accepting Emerson’s Board Bucks last week. The locale was announced...

4th Wall general manager Diky Melville serving two patrons behind a plexiglass divider.

Woken from hibernation, 4th Wall returns after brief hiatus

February 8, 2021

From behind a large plexiglass divider, bartender Emmanuel Parent looked around the 4th Wall Restaurant & Bar, gesturing to the sparsely-populated booths and barstools on Tuesday. “It's not ideal,...

Retail investors, trading for themselves rather than on behalf of institutions or corporations, first hatched the plan on the Reddit community r/wallstreetbets almost a year ago.

The GameStop surge shows Wall Street’s contempt for the “free” in free market

February 3, 2021

The stock market uproar over the past two weeks has enthralled financial institutions and social media platforms alike. It threatens to prove, if nothing else, that the “free” in “free market”...

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

Long quarantine raises student skepticism, optimism

January 29, 2021

The majority of Emerson students living on-campus received their negative COVID-19 test results within hours of moving in between Jan. 21 and Jan. 24. But unlike in the fall semester, students are now...

The main entrance of the Walgreens in downtown Boston.

College maintains flu shot policy despite state reversal

January 27, 2021

Emerson will continue to require students to receive a seasonal flu vaccine despite the reversal of the Massachusetts policy that initially brought on the mandate, college officials confirmed this week. The...

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

College announces revised meal plans, new Board Bucks locations

January 26, 2021

Emerson will offer expanded student meal plans for the spring 2021 semester, along with new Board Bucks partner locations and extended hours of operations in select on-campus dining spaces. The changes...

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

New head of Emerson’s IT department slated to take over position for spring semester

January 19, 2021

Former Associate Vice President of Information Technology Brian Basgen is slated to lead the college’s IT department following the retirement of former Vice President William Gilligan in December.  The...

The Boloco location next to Emerson College on Boylston Street.

Boloco reopens downtown locale after long hiatus

January 11, 2021

Boloco Modern Mexican will reopen its Boston Common location on Jan. 12, resuming dining at the Emerson staple for the first time in nine months. The restaurant will return on Wednesday with limited...

Cameron Manning helping students move into Little Building at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester

“Everyone’s upset and annoyed”: Students voice frustrations with the move-in pushback

January 8, 2021

Some Emerson students have been left frustrated and confused following the college’s weeklong delay in residential move-in, an announcement that came just two weeks prior to the originally scheduled...

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

Emerson exploring spring semester partnership with Tufts Medical Center

December 17, 2020

Emerson is exploring an arrangement with the Tufts Medical Center that would allow students to use Tufts clinical services, as the college’s own health center undergoes restructuring.  The partnership...

Trent (center right) was remembered as a pioneer in the field of Political Communication.

Emerson faculty reflects on passing of Judith Trent, political communications icon

December 10, 2020

Dr. Judith Trent’s only official post at Emerson was as a guest lecturer in 1996. But to many in the School of Communication, she will be remembered as much more. Trent passed away on Nov. 26, in...

Mediterranean restaurant Garbanzo opened on Emersons campus in August.

Campus-adjacent businesses anticipating revenue hit following student departure

December 1, 2020

Businesses around Emerson’s Boston campus are anticipating a dropoff in sales after most students left for an extended seven-week winter break. The imminent closure of residence halls and departure...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

COVID-19 forces some professors to consider pausing five-year path to tenure

November 18, 2020

With professional timelines thrown into disarray by the pressures of the pandemic, some Emerson faculty are weighing whether or not to “stop-the-clock” on their paths to tenure. Due to various roadblocks...

Emerson Polling Director Spencer Kimball

After forecast of a landslide Biden win, college pollsters assess where they missed the mark

November 9, 2020

As the dust settles on the election, it becomes increasingly clear that the margins of victory for former Vice President Joe Biden were razor-thin in a number of battleground states—a far cry from the...

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

Pandemic restrictions curtail Dining Center accommodations

November 9, 2020

Emerson’s dining services cut back on the special accommodations traditionally offered to students with allergies and dietary intolerances, making their eating experiences during the pandemic far more...

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...

Tris Arthur dropping off her absentee ballot application in the mailbox outside of the Colonial Theater.

As the election begins, the college gets-out-the-vote

November 3, 2020

In the lead up to Election Day, Emerson’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership established an outreach campaign this semester to encourage students to vote. Much of the “get-out-the-vote”...

This month, Emerson Polling Society has surveyed marijuana opinions nationwide.

On Election Eve, alumni panel forecasts presidential race results

November 3, 2020

A panel of Emerson faculty and alumni gathered at the final “Road to the White House” event Monday to discuss their insights and predictions for the Nov. 3 presidential election.  Director of Emerson...

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