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Charlie McKenna, Contributing Reporter

Charlie McKenna is from Los Angeles, CA and served as The Beacon's Editor-in-Chief during the Fall 2021 semester, overseeing all of the paper's print and digital content in addition to daily operations. He has contributed to The Beacon since the Fall 2019 semester and previously served as a Content Managing Editor, the Deputy Express Editor, and the SGA correspondent. McKenna's work has appeared in The Boston Globe and in his limited free time, he can be found listening to Steely Dan.

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Emersons Title IX office.

Emerson officially relocates Office of Access, Equity, and Title IX

January 17, 2022

Emerson officially moved its Office of Access, Equity, and Title IX out of the Social Justice Center, creating a stand-alone office that will report to the Dean of Campus Life on Wednesday, a move that...

Yacht Rock Revues Dave Freeman playing the saxophone at the House of Blues on Jan. 7.

‘Hot Dads in Tight Jeans’ take over the House of Blues

January 12, 2022

After a nearly two-hour delay, the audience at Yacht Rock Revue’s Jan. 7 concert exploded when the band finally made their way to the stage and the opening notes of “Greatest American Hero” boomed...

2021 year in review: Better than 2020, but not by much

2021 year in review: Better than 2020, but not by much

December 31, 2021

It’s widely accepted by now that 2020 was probably not the start to the “roaring 20s” of this century that we all hoped it would be. And, heading into 2021, there was much hope that this would be...

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

Emerson reports 27 new positive COVID-19 tests on Wednesday; 49 active cases among community members

December 15, 2021

Emerson reported 27 new positive COVID-19 tests on Wednesday, the same day college officials announced 49 active cases amongst the Emerson community. The unprecedented surge comes as statewide cases...

The entrance to a vaccination clinic on Tremont Street.

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

December 8, 2021

Emerson will require all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot prior to the beginning of the spring semester, college officials announced Wednesday. The decision comes just...

‘Absolutely Normal’: Steely Dan makes a triumphant return to Boston

‘Absolutely Normal’: Steely Dan makes a triumphant return to Boston

December 2, 2021

Donald Fagen, decked out in a blazer and sunglasses, remarked to the raucous crowd of Baby Boomers at Nov. 19’s Steely Dan concert that he and the band were going to play a “carefully curated collection...

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Former professor sentenced to 30 years for sexual assault

November 18, 2021

Jefferson Fietek, a convicted sex offender who briefly served as a professor in Emerson’s Performing Arts Department, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for assaulting a number of underage...

The growth of Emersons endowment in net assets (millions), from 2016 to 2021.

[Photo] College endowment balloons amid pandemic

November 11, 2021

The growth of Emerson's endowment in net assets (millions), from 2016 to 2021.

Michelle Wu (left) and Annissa Essaibi George (right) are set to compete for the citys top job this November.

Emerson poll finds Wu with big lead in mayor’s race

November 2, 2021

An Emerson College/WHDH-TV poll released late last week found City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu with a 30 point lead over fellow councilor Annissa Essaibi George in the Boston mayoral race. The poll,...

Interim president sees role as projecting ‘confidence, continuity, and stability’

Interim president sees role as projecting ‘confidence, continuity, and stability’

October 6, 2021

More than four months into his tenure in the college’s top job, Interim President Bill Gilligan described himself as a steady hand who will guide Emerson through a period of immense transition.  Gilligan,...

Sonia Tita Puopolo (left) and her mother,  who died on American Airlines Flight 11

20 years later, Emerson community still stained with the grief of 9/11

September 16, 2021

Sept. 11, 2001 began like any other day for Elyse Van Breemen. Then she received a phone call she would never forget.  “I didn't believe it,” said Van Breemen, older sister of former Emerson Professor...

Attendees look on as the American Flag is lowered to half-staff at a memorial for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks commemorated across Boston

September 12, 2021

As the country marks two decades since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, private citizens and public figures alike gathered across the city of Boston on Saturday to honor the lost lives of that...

Provost Michaele Whelan

Provost Michaele Whelan set to leave college in November

September 9, 2021

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan will depart Emerson this fall to become the president of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, marking the latest in a series of high profile...

Letter from the Editor: Reflections on a year of turmoil at The Beacon

Letter from the Editor: Reflections on a year of turmoil at The Beacon

September 2, 2021

Almost a year ago this week, The Beacon was rocked by controversy. Nearly 20 staff members resigned. The paper faced fury from within its ranks and from the Emerson campus. All of it was deserved — we...

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...

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

Emerson reports 12 positive COVID-19 tests in 8 days of testing

September 1, 2021

Emerson has reported 12 positive COVID-19 tests since the start of fall semester testing, according to the college’s dashboard—despite a vaccine mandate for all community members coming to campus on...

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

Emerson to drop mask requirements, maintain weekly testing requirement in fall semester

July 7, 2021

Emerson will drop its mask requirement in the fall semester but still mandate weekly COVID-19 testing for all community members, regardless of their vaccination status, college officials announced Wednesday. The...

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

Letter from the Editor: Why we stopped daily COVID-19 updates

June 29, 2021

As The Beacon’s new editor-in-chief, I wanted to explain why we made the decision to pivot to weekly updates on the state of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a departure from the daily updates that we have...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 203 new coronavirus cases

May 29, 2021

Massachusetts reported 203 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 253 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 9. Saturday’s report marks the third time this week...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 253 new coronavirus cases

May 28, 2021

Massachusetts reported 253 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight rise from the 215 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 4. Friday’s report marks the third time this week cases...

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Massachusetts reports 655 new coronavirus cases

May 9, 2021

Massachusetts reported 655 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 795 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by six.  Sunday’s total marks the sixth day this week cases have been...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,115 new coronavirus cases

May 1, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,115 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 1,179 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 7. Saturday’s total marks the fourth time cases...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,694 new coronavirus cases, vaccines administered top 5 million

April 17, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,694 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a fall from the 1,926 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 10. Saturday’s total marks the fifth day this week cases have...

Students waiting in front of the Lions Den.

Variant could be driving increased virus spread, administrator says

April 13, 2021

Emerson administrators believe the surge in positive COVID-19 tests on campus—52 reported since March 31—may be the result of a variant of the virus spreading amongst the community.  In a Tuesday...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 2,107 new coronavirus cases

April 10, 2021

Massachusetts reported 2,107 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 2,184 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 3. Saturday’s total marks the fourth day this week...

The Access Advocacy Project Instagram graphic.

Student Disability Union debuts Advocacy Project intended to increase college-wide accessibility

April 7, 2021

Access: Student Disability Union unveiled The Access Advocacy Project on Tuesday, an initiative that includes a list of action steps they are calling on Emerson to take to improve accessibility and equity...

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...

The Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym

Emerson reports highest COVID spike to date, reportedly traced to athletic teams

April 3, 2021

Emerson reported 15 new positive COVID-19 tests on Saturday split over two days of testing—just two days after an email from the college warned of increased spread. The spread now appears to have originated...

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

Emerson cancels all weekend sporting activities following announcement of seven new positives Thursday

April 2, 2021

Emerson canceled all sports games and practices this weekend, just one day after the college announced that seven students had tested positive for COVID-19, according to Athletic Director Patricia Nicol.  A...

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

Emerson reports no new positive tests, after 7 reported Thursday

April 2, 2021

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests on Friday, a day after reporting seven, from the 311 tests administered Thursday, leaving the spring semester’s total to 116, a 93 percent increase from...

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

Emerson reports 7 new positives, bringing weekly total past double digits for first time in weeks

April 1, 2021

Emerson reported seven new positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday out of the 1,063 tests administered Wednesday, bringing the spring semester’s total to 116, a 93 percent increase from last semester’s...

A sign showing modified bathroom capacity.

Emerson restrictions lift as cases increase in state

April 1, 2021

Coronavirus cases are once again on the rise in Massachusetts—topping 2,000 reported in a single day four times in the last week after not clearing that marker since mid-February, a rise that comes amid...

Bostons Fenway Park empty

In-person commencement to take place at Fenway Park

March 30, 2021

Emerson plans to hold an in-person commencement at Fenway Park alongside the previously announced virtual ceremony, according to President M. Lee Pelton's Tuesday afternoon appearance on GBH. The in-person...

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...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

Emerson to increase tuition, room and board for 2021-22 academic year

March 18, 2021

Emerson will raise undergraduate tuition as well as room and board rates by 2 percent for the fall semester, President M. Lee Pelton announced in a Thursday afternoon email.   The tuition increase,...

First year students left to right: Carrie Aubin, Chloe Shaar, Eva Charbonnnier, and Isabella Espejo, calling their parents about the colleges decision to shut the Boston campus down.

Emerson students reflect on the moment they knew life would change

March 17, 2021

Six Emerson students, now a year into a first-in-a-century pandemic, recalled the moments when they realized life was not going to return to “normal” anytime soon.  For some, that moment came quickly—when...

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Massachusetts reports 1,004 new coronavirus cases

March 15, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,004 new coronavirus cases Monday, a decline from the 1,508 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 28.  Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,495 new coronavirus cases

March 6, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,495 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 1,677 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 52.  COVID-19 cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each...

Administrators suggest restriction loosening on the horizon

Administrators suggest restriction loosening on the horizon

March 4, 2021

With coronavirus cases on the decline in Boston and in Massachusetts and the gradual lift of restrictions, positive COVID-19 tests at Emerson have begun to slowly dip back to fall semester rates, prompting...

Emerson will need to make its own decision regarding the status of the springs sports season.

NEWMAC approves 2020-21 spring sports season

March 1, 2021

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Presidents Council voted to approve the NEWMAC 2020-21 spring sports season Monday. Six Emerson teams—baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse,...

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Massachusetts reports 1,734 new coronavirus cases

February 26, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,734 new coronavirus cases Friday, up from the 1,928 new infections reported Thursday. The death toll rose by 46.  Cases have fallen below 2,000 in the state each day for the...

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

Emerson reports four new positives, Massachusetts cases continue decline

February 24, 2021

Emerson reported four new positive COVID-19 test results Wednesday out of 727 new tests administered on Tuesday, bringing the college’s cumulative positive tests to 144. Emerson’s cumulative testing...

Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,114 new coronavirus cases

February 23, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,114 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a decline from the 1,150 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 30.  Tuesday marks the eleventh day in a row cases have fallen...

Students walking along Boylston Street.

COVID-19 positives continue to surge despite administrator prediction of slowdown

February 18, 2021

Despite administrator predictions of a dip in positive COVID-19 tests amongst community members, positives continue to roll in at a significantly higher rate than they did in the fall.  Emerson reported...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,820 new coronavirus cases

February 14, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,820 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 1,949 new infections reported on Saturday. The death toll rose by 60.  Monday’s total of 1,276 new cases was the lowest number...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 2,228 new coronavirus cases

February 12, 2021

Massachusetts reported 2,228 new coronavirus cases Friday, a slight tick up from the 2,213 new infections reported on Thursday. The death toll rose by 87.  Monday’s total of 1,276 new cases was the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 3,378 new coronavirus cases

February 6, 2021

Massachusetts reported 3,378 new coronavirus cases Saturday, up from the 2,982 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 59.   The 1,968 cases reported Tuesday marked the lowest number...

A student walks in the snow on Boylston Street

High positivity rate at Emerson not cause for concern, college official says

February 4, 2021

With in-person courses officially underway this week, the pandemic appears to have taken a firmer grip on the Boston campus in less than a month than it did over the course of the entire fall semester. As...

A group of friends walking through the Boston Common during the first noreaster of 2020.

Emerson moves pre-10 a.m. courses online Tuesday

February 1, 2021

Emerson will hold all in-person classes before 10 a.m. Tuesday via Zoom as a nor’easter continues to pummel the city of Boston with snow, rain, and high winds.  The decision was announced via a Monday...

A worker dispensing salt along the Washington and Boylston Street intersection.

Emerson cancels in-person courses ahead of Monday snow storm

January 31, 2021

Emerson will hold all in-person classes online Monday, in anticipation of a snow storm scheduled to engulf Boston tomorrow afternoon.  Emerson will hold all in-person classes online Monday, in anticipation...

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

Positive tests at Emerson soar ahead of in-person classes

January 30, 2021

Emerson reported five new positive COVID-19 tests Friday, pushing the total number of positives reported since the spring semester began to 36, and the total across both fall and spring semester testing...

The Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services office in the Union Bank Building.

Emerson announces pick for director of counseling, health, and wellness

January 15, 2021

The college hired Brandin Dear as the new associate dean of campus life and director of counseling, health, and wellness, officials announced in a Friday evening email. Dear will take the reins of the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 7,110 new coronavirus cases

January 9, 2021

Massachusetts reported 7,110 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 7,635 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 90.  Saturday’s total is the fourth time this week that cases...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 6,419 new coronavirus cases

January 6, 2021

Massachusetts reported 6,419 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a drastic spike from the 4,178 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 99. The 6,419 new cases reported mark the third-highest...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 6,887 new coronavirus cases, highest single day total of pandemic

December 31, 2020

Massachusetts reported 6,887 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a drastic rise from the 6,135 new infections reported Wednesday and the highest single-day case total since the pandemic began. The death toll...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 6,135 new coronavirus cases

December 30, 2020

Massachusetts reported 6,135 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a drastic rise from the 3,659 new infections reported Tuesday. The death toll rose by 118. Wednesday’s total is the second-highest total...

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

Emerson delays start of in-person classes, residence hall move-in schedule, citing COVID surge

December 30, 2020

Emerson will hold the first ten days of spring semester classes online and delay move-in to on-campus residence halls by a week, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday afternoon, 20 days...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 3,659 new coronavirus cases

December 29, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,659 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 4,060 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by 58. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 4,060 new coronavirus cases

December 28, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,060 new coronavirus cases Monday, a dramatic rise from the 2,973 new infections reported Sunday. The death toll rose by 48. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor Martin...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 2,973 new coronavirus cases

December 27, 2020

Massachusetts reported 2,973 new coronavirus cases Sunday, marking the first time single day infections have fallen below 3,000 since Dec. 7. The state recorded 100 new deaths, well over the seven-day...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 7,424 new coronavirus cases

December 26, 2020

Massachusetts reported 7,424 new coronavirus cases and 46 deaths over a two-day period Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to hit record highs. Massachusetts did not publish a COVID-19...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 5,655 new coronavirus cases

December 24, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,655 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a dramatic rise from the 4,509 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 76. The state’s cumulative case total surged past...

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Massachusetts reports 4,509 new coronavirus cases

December 23, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,509 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a dramatic rise from the 3,293 new infections reported Tuesday. The death total rose by 81. The state’s cumulative case total surged past...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 3,293 new coronavirus cases

December 22, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,293 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 3,760 new infections reported Monday. The death total rose by 43. The state’s cumulative case total surged past 300,000 on...

Governor Charlie Baker takes questions from the media at Mill City BBQ and Brew in Lowell, MA, September 23, 2020.

Massachusetts reports 3,760 new coronavirus cases

December 21, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,760 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 4,192 new infections reported Sunday. The death total rose by 41. The state’s cumulative case total surged past 300,000 on...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 4,162 new coronavirus cases

December 20, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,162 new coronavirus cases and 60 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to hit record highs. Sunday is the 13th day in a row new infections topped 3,000 in the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 3,995 new coronavirus cases

December 19, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,995 new coronavirus cases and 47 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to hit record highs. Saturday’s is the 12th day in a row new infections topped 3,000...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts coronavirus case total surges past 300,000

December 18, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,632 new coronavirus cases Friday, up significantly from the 4,985 new infections reported Thursday. The death total rose by 53. The state’s cumulative case total surged past...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 4,985 new coronavirus cases

December 17, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,985 new coronavirus cases Thursday, down from the 5,450 new infections reported Wednesday. The state’s death total rose by 44. New cases in Massachusetts have topped 3,000...

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

Massachusetts reports 5,450 new coronavirus cases

December 16, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,450 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, up from the 3,720 new infections reported Tuesday. The state’s death total rose by 71. New cases in Massachusetts have topped 3,000 each...

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

Massachusetts reports 3,720 new coronavirus cases

December 15, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,720 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, down from the 3,572 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 55. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

College officials “cautiously optimistic” about financial outlook, expecting $30 million in losses

December 15, 2020

Emerson anticipates $30 million in pandemic-related losses over the 2021 fiscal year—an outcome college officials consider a “best case scenario” after initially projecting up to $100 million in...

sabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Walsh rolls back Boston reopening amid virus surge

December 14, 2020

Boston will move back to phase two of its reopening Wednesday forcing the closures of many indoor activities amid a drastic spike in COVID-19 infections, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Monday.  The...

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Massachusetts reports 3,572 new coronavirus cases

December 14, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,572 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the 4,677 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 37. The recent spike in cases prompted Boston Mayor Martin...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 4,677 new coronavirus cases

December 13, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,677 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Sunday’s case total is the fifth day in a row new infections topped...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports 4,968 new coronavirus cases

December 12, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,968 new coronavirus cases and 47 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Saturday’s case total is the fourth day in a row new infections topped...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 5,475 new coronavirus cases

December 11, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,475 new coronavirus cases Friday, up from the 5,130 new infections reported Thursday. The state’s death total rose by 47. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 5,130 new coronavirus cases

December 10, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,130 new coronavirus cases Thursday, down rise from the 5,625 new infections reported Wednesday. The state’s death total rose by 41. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 5,675 new coronavirus cases

December 9, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,675 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a steep rise from the 3,627 new infections reported Tuesday. The state’s death total rose by 89. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 3,627 new coronavirus cases

December 8, 2020

Massachusetts reported 3,627 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, a steep rise from the 2,463 new infections reported Monday. The state’s death total rose by 40. The recent spike in cases prompted Massachusetts...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 2,463 new coronavirus cases

December 7, 2020

Massachusetts reported 2,463 new coronavirus cases Monday, a steep decline from the 4,747 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 30. Cases frequently fall below recent averages...

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Massachusetts reports 4,747 new coronavirus cases

December 6, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,747 new coronavirus cases and 48 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Sunday’s case total is the fifth day in a row new infections topped...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 5,356 new coronavirus cases

December 5, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,356 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths Saturday, as new infections in the state continue to set records. Saturday’s case total is the fourth day in a row new infections topped...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 5,192 new coronavirus cases

December 4, 2020

Massachusetts reported 5,192 new coronavirus cases Friday, a steep fall from the 6,477 new infections reported Thursday but still just the second time cases have topped 5,000 for a single day over the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 6,477 new coronavirus cases, highest single day total of pandemic

December 3, 2020

Massachusetts reported 6,477 new coronavirus cases Thursday, the highest single-day total reported in the state since the pandemic began, and a dramatic rise from the 4,613 new infections reported Wednesday,...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 4,613 new coronavirus cases

December 2, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,613 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, a dramatic rise from the 2,845 new infections reported Tuesday. The state’s death total rose by 46. Wednesday’s total marks the second-highest...

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...

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

Emerson reports two new positives, Massachusetts cases soar past 2,000

December 1, 2020

Emerson reported two new positive test results Tuesday out of just 107 new tests administered Monday, bringing the college’s cumulative positive test total to 54. Emerson’s cumulative testing total...

Governor Charlie Baker takes questions from the media at Mill City BBQ and Brew in Lowell, MA, September 23, 2020.

Massachusetts reports 1,166 coronavirus cases

November 30, 2020

Massachusetts reported 1,166 new coronavirus cases Monday. The total is down significantly from 2,501 new infections reported Sunday. The state’s death total rose by 25. New infections in the state...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 2,501 coronavirus cases

November 29, 2020

Massachusetts reported 2,501 new coronavirus cases and 46 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue a sharp rise. Sunday’s case total follows an influx of new cases reported over the...

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

Massachusetts cases top 4,000 over two day period

November 27, 2020

Massachusetts reported 4,464 new coronavirus cases over a 48-hour period Friday. The total is up significantly from 3,224 new infections reported over a 30-hour period Wednesday. The state’s death total...

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

Emerson reports four new positives, 20 in last two weeks

November 26, 2020

Emerson reported four new positive test results Wednesday out of 784 new tests administered on Nov. 24 and 25, bringing the college’s cumulative positive tests to 52. Emerson’s cumulative testing total...

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

Massachusetts cases top 2,000 again, Emerson results delayed

November 24, 2020

Massachusetts reported 2,225 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, up from the 1,785 infections reported Monday. The number of deaths rose from 18 to 20.  New infections have steadily risen in the state since...

A person walks outside of South Station.

Emerson will limit overnight travel in spring semester policy

November 23, 2020

Administrators will impose harsh limitations on travel anywhere off-campus this spring in an attempt to limit the spread of the pandemic on campus.  Students who intend to travel anywhere overnight,...

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

Massachusetts cases fall below 2,000 for first time in a week

November 23, 2020

Massachusetts reported 1,785 new coronavirus cases Monday, a steep drop from the 2,721 infections reported Sunday. The number of deaths fell from 24 to 18.  New infections have steadily risen in the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 2,721 new coronavirus cases

November 22, 2020

Massachusetts reported 2,721 new coronavirus cases and 24 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically. Sunday’s case total is a slight drop from 2,991 reported...

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