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A runner holding a Ukrainian flag over his head moments before crossing the finish line of the 128th Boston Marathon held on Monday, April 15, 2024. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

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

A runner holding a Ukrainian flag over his head moments before crossing the finish line of the 128th Boston Marathon held on Monday, April 15, 2024. (DJ...

A spectator stands with a sign that reads, If You Dream It, You Can Do It, near the family waiting area of the Boston Marathon held on Monday, April 15, 2024. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

[Photo] “Kiss me if you love the Patriots”: Best signs of 2024 Boston Marathon

By Hannah Nguyen, Managing Editor / April 15, 2024

A spectator stands with a sign that reads, "If You Dream It, You Can Do It," near the family waiting area of the Boston Marathon held on Monday, April...

From left, Kayla Armbruster ‘25, Olivia DeCesare ‘26, Stella Del Tergo ‘25, Dr. Deion Hawkins, and Braelyn Spitler ‘25 (August Fowle 24 not pictured) in Ireland for the IFA tournament. (Photo courtesy of Stella Del Tergo)

Speech and debate team members make history at international tournament in Dublin

April 10, 2024

Emerson’s Speech and Debate team traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to attend the International Forensics Association (IFA)’s 34th Annual Speech & Debate...

One of the last exhibits in the WNDR Museum, titled We Are All Artists (If Only We Knew?) by Brad Keywell. The exhibit reminds visitors that they are all artists, creators, and visionaries in their own unique ways. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

WNDR museum cultivates interactive exhibits at Downtown Crossing location

April 10, 2024

The WNDR Museum, one of Boston’s newest attractions, cultivates visitors’ sense of wonder and imagination through a series of interactive and immersive...

An attendee decorates a canvas “brick” corresponding to a particular donation amount at the Soldier On event on Friday, March 29, 2024. (Hannah Nguyen/Beacon Staff)

PR students partner with local nonprofit serving unhoused veterans

April 3, 2024
Emerson public relations students partnered with Soldier On, a Pittsfield-based nonprofit, in planning an event to raise awareness about veteran homelessness. 
Boston Red Sox President Larry Lucchino dies at 78 years old

Larry Lucchino, former Red Sox president, remembered for his impact on Major League Baseball

April 3, 2024
Larry Lucchino, the former president of the Boston Red Sox, died peacefully early Tuesday morning at the age of 78. 
LGBTQIA+ community leaders, City Councilors, and members of the Mayor’s Office on LGBTQ+ Advancement pose for a group photo in commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility at the City Council meeting held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

City Council commemorates Transgender Day of Visibility

April 1, 2024

The Boston City Council passed a resolution in a 12-0 vote commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility for the first time in the body’s history at...

Campus organizations and community stakeholders express support for 13 students arrested

Campus organizations and community stakeholders express support for 13 students arrested

March 29, 2024

In support of the 13 students who were arrested Friday afternoon, approximately 46 campus organizations as of March 27 wrote statements. In these statements,...

The walkout was held in response to 13 students who were arrested outside the Cutler Majestic Theatre during President Jay Bernhardt’s inauguration. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

Students hold walkout in support of Palestinian liberation and against student suppression on campus

March 29, 2024

  Students, faculty, and community members held a walkout in support of Palestinian liberation and against student suppression on Monday. The walkout...

Emerson Trustees Ellen Calmas, left, Doug Holloway, behind, and Robert Miller, right, place an academic hood on Bernhardt at the investiture ceremony on Friday, March 22, 2024. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

Jay Bernhardt inaugurated as college’s 13th president

March 28, 2024

President Jay M. Bernhardt was officially inaugurated as Emerson College’s 13th President at an investiture ceremony held on the morning of Friday, March...

Daniella Lopez-White performs in the Spring 2024 Southwick Recital held in the Robert J. Orchard Theater at the Paramount Center on Wednesday, March 20. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

Southwick Recital takes the stage to kick off Bernhardt’s inauguration festivities

March 28, 2024

Students, faculty, trustees, and community members gathered in the Robert J. Orchard Theater in the Paramount Center on Wednesday, March 20, as the...

Biden details policy agenda for a second term at State of the Union

Biden details policy agenda for a second term at State of the Union

March 9, 2024
Amid the fanfare of handshakes, selfies, and chants of  “Four More Years,” President Joe Biden entered the House Chamber for his third State of the Union address on Thursday, March 8. 
A Boston resident votes at a polling place within the Boston City Hall on March 5, 2024. (Feixu Chen/Beacon Staff)

Biden and Trump dominate on Super Tuesday, Haley and Phillips drop out

March 6, 2024
Super Tuesday came and went in Massachusetts and 15 other states and territories, with President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump prevailing in their respective primary races and edging closer to receiving their respective parties’ nominations ahead of the November election. 
Juan Aurelio Lopez, right, a longtime City Council staffer, was honored at this weeks meeting for his 46 years of service to the City of Boston. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

Longtime City Council staffer honored, Santana and FitzGerald deliver maiden speeches

February 29, 2024

Longtime City Council staffer Juan Aurelio Lopez was honored for more than four decades of service to the city of Boston. Additionally, Councilors Henry...

Dr. Gregory Payne, chair of the Communication Studies Department, is in his office during an interview with the Berkeley Beacon, where he reflects on his 40th anniversary teaching at Emerson and the years ahead. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

Dr. Gregory Payne celebrates his 40th anniversary of teaching Emerson ‘change agents’

February 21, 2024

Dr. Gregory Payne, chair of the Communication Studies Department, celebrated his 40th anniversary of teaching at Emerson College earlier this month, a...

Boston City Hall. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

City Council considers accepting public safety grants at weekly meeting

February 13, 2024

The Boston City Council considered distributing grants and supporting resolutions on public safety and the arts at its meeting on Feb. 7 in the Christopher...

District 6 City Councilor Benjamin Weber delivers his maiden speech at last weeks City Council meeting. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

New Boston city councilors emphasize need for collaboration and cultural shift in upcoming term

February 6, 2024

The Boston City Council welcomed four new members in January. Each of the newly inaugurated members has emphasized the need for collaboration among councilors...

Iowa GOP party volunteers count caucus votes at West Des Moines precinct 316, located in the cafeteria of Valley Southwoods Freshman High School. (DJ Mara/Beacon Staff)

2024 Iowa Caucuses narrow the Republican playing field

January 24, 2024

The 2024 Iowa Caucuses came and went for voters across the Hawkeye State, with record-cold temperatures putting a damper on the usual fanfare and crowds...

Boston City Council

City council floats creation of climate superfund

December 13, 2023

At its Dec. 6 meeting, the Boston City Council deliberated on several significant issues, from supporting the creation of a climate superfund to granting...

Boston City Hall. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

City Council floats creation of committee on domestic violence

December 5, 2023

The Boston City Council discussed several topics at its meeting on Nov. 29, ranging from updating the ordinance on non-motorized street food carts to creating...

Boston City Council

Boston City Council takes a stance on issues ranging from voting rights to income equality

November 27, 2023

The Boston City Council took up consequential items at its meeting on Nov. 15. Discussion topics included expanding voting rights, welcoming a guaranteed...

Trey Fuccillo, a junior political communication major at Emerson College, becomes Marlborough’s next Ward 6 City Councilor. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

Fuccillo secures seat on Marlborough City Council as full-time Emerson student

November 14, 2023

While running for office in his hometown of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Trey Fuccillo woke up each morning and asked himself, “What’s worth more than...

Campaign signs hang from the street lamps outside of the Chinatown YMCA where voters cast their ballots.

New faces set to join Boston City Council

November 13, 2023

Election Day in Boston has again come and gone, with many new faces set to join the City Council come January. The race for City Council At-Large was...

Incumbent Boston City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia speaks to the attendees as a candidate at the City Council At-Large Candidate Forum at the Fort Point Room in Atlantic Wharf on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

City Council candidates talk the future with Downtown Boston residents

November 1, 2023

Candidates for Boston City Council At-Large gathered at the Fort Point Room in Atlantic Wharf on Oct. 24 to participate in a forum hosted by the Downtown...

Boston City Council

Tensions rise in Boston city council concerning Israel-Hamas resolutions

October 25, 2023

In the Boston City Council meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 18. members of the council engaged in a debate surrounding two resolutions regarding the Israel-Hamas...

Boston City Council

Boston City Councillors divided over decision to grant BRIC funding

October 21, 2023

At the city council meeting on Oct. 4, discussions regarding funding to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) became heated with passionate debate...

Candidates for Boston City Council At Large gather at Boston University to participate in a forum hosted by the Boston University College Democrats and the Boston University Initiative on Cities, from left, moderators Dhruv Kapadia and Sean Waddington, candidates Julia Mejia, Erin Murphy, Henry Santana, and Ruthzee Louijeune.

City council forum highlights need for accountability and transparency at institutions of higher education

October 11, 2023

Candidates running for Boston City Council At-Large gathered at Boston University on Oct. 3 to participate in a forum hosted by the Boston University College...

Boston City Council

Boston City Councilors demand urgent action from city administration

October 3, 2023

Boston City Councilors demanded urgent action and accountability from city administration at last week’s city council meeting.  City council resolutions...

Power of the incumbency weakens in Boston City Council primary elections

Power of the incumbency weakens in Boston City Council primary elections

September 17, 2023

Last Tuesday, more than 28,000 registered voters from Boston City Council Districts 3, 5, 6, and 7 went to the polls to decide which two candidates to...

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