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Emerson students deserve transparency on the efforts administrators make with their finances

March 23, 2022

The Berkeley Beacon editorial staff is back with another edition of, “how many times will we have to say the same thing?”  Emersonians received a community-wide email on Mar. 17 by Interim President...

Editorial: Emersons next president should serve students, not their pockets.

Editorial: Emerson’s next president should serve students, not their pockets.

February 3, 2022

It is well into the spring semester of the 2021-22 academic year, and Emerson College still lacks permanent leadership.  Former President M. Lee Pelton, who took the helm of the college in 2011, left...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson’s COVID-19 protocols for spring semester warrant criticism

January 13, 2022

With students already back on campus and in-person classes officially starting on Jan. 18, COVID-19 cases are bound to continue their rise. Given the fumbled response to the surge at the end of the fall...

Editorial: Emerson should do more to address antisemitism on campus

Editorial: Emerson should do more to address antisemitism on campus

November 4, 2021

In the wake of yet another attack on Emerson’s Jewish community, it has become clear that the college needs to do more to combat antisemitism on campus.  On Oct. 15, antisemitic graffiti was found...

Editorial: Emerson, let students move off campus before their senior year

Editorial: Emerson, let students move off campus before their senior year

September 24, 2021

Since fall of 2017, Emerson has mandated that all students entering the college live on campus for their first six semesters, with very few exceptions granted.  Living on campus can be one of the most...

Editorial: First-years deserve time to reacclimate after a year and a half of isolation

Editorial: First-years deserve time to reacclimate after a year and a half of isolation

September 10, 2021

Over the past year and a half, all of us have had to learn to live with the “new normal” of Zoom classes and socially distanced classrooms. However, we upperclassmen should consider ourselves lucky....

Students marched through downtown Boston to protest gun laws and advocate for change. Photo: Daniel Peden/The Berkeley Beacon

The Other American Epidemic: Gun Violence

April 22, 2021

TW: This editorial contains mentions of gun violence, homicide, and suicide.  Since the pandemic began, the U.S. has shifted much of its attention to improving public health. Despite this, an epidemic...

Heres some tips and tricks from The Beacon editorial board on getting vaccinated.

Here’s how you can get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Massachusetts

April 14, 2021

Since the pandemic began, millions across the globe have waited anxiously for their turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It took months of trials and setbacks, but President Joseph R. Biden now expects...

Emerson students receive hand sanitizer outside Tutfs testing location.

Editorial: There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the pandemic isn’t over yet

April 8, 2021

Pandemic fatigue is rife around the globe after enduring more than a year of sacrifice and isolation. In the past year, we’ve been forced to give up parts of our lives as college students that we previously...

A janitor working in the dorm hallway.

Editorial: Emerson’s staff and faculty deserve better

April 1, 2021

Emerson would be nothing without the hard work of its staff and faculty. They are tasked with cleaning our spaces, providing equipment for us, teaching our classes, and many other crucial responsibilities...

Soledad OBrien speaking to graduates during 2019s commencement ceremony.

Should Emerson host in-person graduation?

March 25, 2021

As college students, the driving force to get us through 8 a.m. classes, midterm exams, and the ever-rising tuition rate is the monumental closing event of our college experience: graduation. But since...

Connection and communication issues stemming from Zoom discussions trigger the disorder’s inability to regulate emotions more easily, leading to frustration and anger that can last the whole day, no matter how minor the issue. The cruel irony is that the more I think about how I need to pay attention, the less I actually pay attention.

Students deserve a break now more than ever

March 11, 2021

After living through a pandemic for the past year, most of us are exhausted. The extended hours of screen time, lack of contact with friends and family, and looming fear of the virus has taken a toll on...

President Joe Biden

Biden needs to live up to his campaign promises

March 4, 2021

Joe Biden took office just over a month ago, and we’re already disappointed. At a time when millions of Americans are facing illness and job insecurity, a drastic change from Trump’s presidency was...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts must improve its COVID-19 vaccine distribution

February 25, 2021

After a year filled with tragedy, the possibility for a return to a normal, pre-pandemic life lies almost entirely in the hands of vaccines for COVID-19. Yet as the coronavirus death toll climbs higher...

The exterior of Paramount Theater on Washington Street.

Emerson, please take care of your students in quarantine/isolation

February 18, 2021

Staying in isolation or quarantine after testing positive for or being exposed to COVID-19 is rarely a pleasant experience. The basic necessities like room, board, and edible food, are enough to survive...

Marias Taqueria

Why local businesses need student support now more than ever

February 3, 2021

COVID-19 has decimated countless American businesses. In 2021, many are struggling under new COVID safety regulations, which force them to reduce seating capacity and often reduce late night hours, an...

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

Emerson’s mental health resources need improvement

January 27, 2021

Content warning: This editorial discusses topics of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm. This fall, most Emerson students dutifully followed college-mandated COVID-19 restrictions on travel...

Joseph R. Biden is 46th President of the United States.

We ‘settled for Biden,’ but our work has only begun

January 21, 2021

We can all breathe a sigh of relief after President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. The tumultuous years of former president Donald Trump’s administration are over, and now the hope for brighter...

A student stands on a social distancing marker inside the Emerson testing center.

Emerson, cancel in-person classes immediately

November 18, 2020

This week feels like a much-anticipated moment is finally upon us. Emerson went almost three months without seeing a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases. For so long, it felt like we might actually make...

Whether or not we like it or want it on our list of responsibilities, change falls in our hands—on the people. This is the time for us to continue to come together, address these issues, and make this country one.

Even now, the work is not over

November 10, 2020

And just like that, President Donald Trump’s reign is over. But the work for equity? For justice? For a better world? Far from done.  Around the world, supporters of President-elect Joe Biden have...

Two attendees listen to the Count Every Vote rally at Boston Common on Wednesday.

Six ways to keep up civic engagement past the presidential election

November 5, 2020

The election may be over, but our job as students, citizens, and politically engaged people is not. In fact, voting during a presidential election year is the bare minimum. It’s important to keep...

Four Emerson students made their way through the cold and rain to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Stefania Lugli / Beacon Staff

Make Election Day an academic holiday once and for all

October 27, 2020

A week from Election Day, the country stands more fractured and divided. With experts anticipating a voter-turnout tsunami and young people already reporting record breaking voting numbers, Americans are...

The Barnes and Nobles at Emerson College on Boylston St.

Waiting weeks for textbooks is unacceptable

October 21, 2020

In the midst of midterm season, some students are still waiting on one precious class material: their textbooks.  The campus bookstore has seen severe delays this semester—so much so that people...

When it comes to COVID testing, where’s the accountability?

When it comes to COVID testing, where’s the accountability?

October 13, 2020

Since the start of the fall semester, Emerson has taken considerable action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks on campus. Unlike other universities that have reported more than 1,000...

Emerson has reported 5,093 total tests have been conducted as of Sunday, with five positives, according to the colleges website.

Let off-campus students test somewhere else

August 31, 2020

Testing all Emerson students weekly is both a noble goal and a requirement this year. It’s been widely proven that the most effective way to pin down the coronavirus before it spreads—or shortly after...

The entrance to Emersons Walker Building on Boylston St.

A weekly email is not enough

August 10, 2020

Throughout the summer, Emerson administration has sent students sporadic emails. In June came the announcement that campus would reopen in late August. A few weeks later, updates on tuition and then dining...

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

July 28, 2020

In a world toppled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson administration gave students a choice: return to an altered campus and participate in a mix of in-person and online classes or opt to go fully online....

Black Lives Matter protestors chant as they walked up Bowdoin St. approaching the State House.

For a more equitable community (and newsroom)

June 19, 2020

On June 1, as inklings of warm summer air crept in, a massive protest overtook the streets of Boston, just steps from Emerson’s campus. Demonstrators marched to get justice for the countless Black lives...

Emersons Title IX office.

College needs outside experts to make desired change to Title IX policy

May 12, 2020

Last week, the school released its presidential working group draft findings, which sought to detail the sexual misconduct climate at the college through a year of review by 10 members of the Emerson community. In...

Claire Rodenbush had promised to bring sweeping change to SGA.

Editorial Board: Claire Rodenbush is the outside change SGA needs

April 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated every facet of life at Emerson College, making the Student Government Association's spring election more important than ever. The actions of the next executive president...

Continuing campus news coverage amid a global pandemic

Continuing campus news coverage amid a global pandemic

March 16, 2020

It’s been a hectic week, to say the least. There are 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts as of Monday, according to public health officials. The college made the decision Friday to ask students...

Prioritize student safety amid COVID-19 concerns

Prioritize student safety amid COVID-19 concerns

February 26, 2020

Kasteel Well officials announced on Feb. 24 that they canceled their planned four-day mandatory academic excursion to Milan, Italy, and barred students from traveling outside the Netherlands until March...

We support staff members joining the union

We support staff members joining the union

February 20, 2020

This is an important year for the Emerson College Staff Union. The group plans to start renegotiating their contract with the school next spring. They held a meet-and-greet event on Feb. 14 at Rock...

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Accountability, not agendas

February 12, 2020

On their last show of 2019, The New York Times’ podcast The Daily welcomed their very own Executive Editor Dean Baquet into the studio for an episode titled "The Lessons of 2016." In this episode,...

Financial Equity Board should maintain transparency during financial discourse

Financial Equity Board should maintain transparency during financial discourse

February 6, 2020

The Student Government Association submitted a proposal for a new Financial Equity Board this semester to advocate for the financial needs of the Emerson College student body. The proposal, written by...

Educate students on inclusive language for students with accessibility needs

Educate students on inclusive language for students with accessibility needs

January 29, 2020

Most people grow up learning how to use sensitive language surrounding different kinds of communities. We were all at one point in our lives taught how to avoid using sexist, ageist, and racist language,...

Helping Marlboro students transition through financial support is essential

Helping Marlboro students transition through financial support is essential

January 16, 2020

A guide released by the Emerson Office of Undergraduate Admissions to the Marlboro community on Dec. 19 states that Emerson will not pay for cost differences in housing for Marlboro College students living...

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

Vacancies on the SGA ballot should not be the norm

December 4, 2019

As Emerson continues to expand its academics and its campus, the Student Government Association functions as a vital pipeline among students, the administration, and the Board of Trustees. The organization...

President Pelton met with community members in a round table session after Town Meeting. Jacob Seitz / Beacon Staff

Respect the Marlboro community by maintaining communication

November 21, 2019

This Wednesday, President M. Lee Pelton set foot in Marlboro College for the first time since announcing the Marlboro-Emerson merger. Emerson plans to absorb Marlboro's endowment and welcome any interested...

An Asset Transfer Agreement, signed by Emerson and Marlboro, revealed that Emerson expects to receive just over $20 million from the merger.

The Marlboro College merger should be met with respect, not ridicule

November 13, 2019

In a town hall last Wednesday, President M. Lee Pelton announced that Emerson College plans to merge with Marlboro College, a small liberal arts institution in southern Vermont.  The announcement of...

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

November 7, 2019

This Monday, the registrar’s office shut down class registration for students with 92 or more credits following a technical issue. According to an email from the registrar, Banner, the new college’s...

Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk and Copy Managing Editor Abigail Hadfield proof the final version of The Beacon before sending it to print.

On-campus media deserve financial independence from student governments

October 31, 2019

When The Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk stepped before the Student Government Association last week to present an amendment, he cited the Constitution's first amendment in his argument for...

Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Hold university administrations accountable this application season

October 23, 2019

In March, the Federal Bureau of Investigations exposed over a dozen celebrities who bought their children's acceptance into the country’s most prestigious colleges. With the help of college counseling...

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Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough

October 17, 2019

The two-year vacancy in the Title IX office is finally being filled. But the hiring process for the Deputy Title IX Coordinator has brought its own shortcomings.   The position has remained vacant...

New England Treatment Access in Brookline began selling cannabis after opening in March. Beacon Archives.

Separate the college’s policies on CBD and THC

October 9, 2019

On Saturday, The Beacon reported that a group of college administrators are “discussing and finalizing policies” regarding the on-campus usage of CBD, a natural compound in cannabis. A group of...

Respect college employees with improved communication

Respect college employees with improved communication

October 2, 2019

Over the summer, the college switched their employment software from their old system, People Admin, to a new software called Workday. In the process of implementing this new system, many students employees...

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Students deserve transparent sexual assault statistics

September 25, 2019

On Wednesday, the college disseminated its annual Clery Report through a campus-wide email. The 57-page-long report details both the criminal offenses brought forth on all three Emerson campuses in the...

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Abolishing admission fees could hurt student organizations

September 18, 2019

Editor's Note: Editor-in-chief Chris Van Buskirk did not contribute to or edit this editorial due to a conflict of interest.  At the Student Government Association’s Financial Advisory Board meeting...

Bostons City Hall Plaza

Don’t forget to vote local in the upcoming city council elections

September 11, 2019

The Boston City Council election this fall is quickly ramping up to be one of the most competitive in recent years with a total of 24 candidates running for 13 seats. Tuesday, Sept. 24 marks the Boston...

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Maintaining student activism surrounding Title IX

September 4, 2019

Emerson College has a long, complicated—and, at times, bleak—history with incidents of sexual misconduct and Title IX, the federal civil rights law that regulates gender-based discrimination and harassment...

Editorial: Merging our identity as students and journalists in the Beacon’s recent coverage

Editorial: Merging our identity as students and journalists in the Beacon’s recent coverage

April 19, 2019

At Issue: The Beacon’s story on the removal of the list of alleged abusers Our Take: Reporting with the Emerson community in mind CW/TW: This editorial addresses issues and events surrounding...

Editorial: Leaving our past in the Piano Row basement

Editorial: Leaving our past in the Piano Row basement

April 18, 2019

At Issue: A moment of self-reflection before we relocate Our Take: There's still work to be done Starting this fall, the Beacon will occupy a new office at 172 Tremont St. With this transition, we...

Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Editorial: Combating memories of tragedy with representations of strength

April 11, 2019

At Issue: Student involvement in Marathon Monday Our Take: Appreciate and honor the marathon   Trigger warning: This editorial addresses events that occurred at the 2013 Boston Marathon...

Editorial: Emerson Todays shrinking awareness of journalistic integrity

Editorial: Emerson Today’s shrinking awareness of journalistic integrity

April 4, 2019

At issue: Updates on Emerson Today Our Take: New content introduces more conflicts of interest Recent modifications to Emerson Today, an outlet run by the college’s Marketing Communication Department, have...

Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Editorial: The Berkeley Beacon endorses Pelton for President of the United States

April 1, 2019

At issue: 2020 Presidential Race Our take: #Pelton2020 President M. Lee Pelton officially announced his candidacy for president of the United States today, April 1, 2019. With over a year and a...

Editorial: College becomes increasingly inaccessible to students

Editorial: College becomes increasingly inaccessible to students

March 28, 2019

At issue: College announces 4 percent tuition increase Our take: Prioritize students' financial security over investments A college-wide email from President M. Lee Pelton on March 21 announced a...

Editorial: Nearby dispensary opening offers opportunities for responsible consumption

Editorial: Nearby dispensary opening offers opportunities for responsible consumption

March 21, 2019

At issue: students’ cannabis use Our take: cannabis can benefit students of age   The closest dispensary for medical and recreational cannabis will open this Saturday in Brookline. A 20-minute...

Editorial: Admission scandals shine light on abuse of wealth in college admissions

Editorial: Admission scandals shine light on abuse of wealth in college admissions

March 14, 2019

At issue: The corruption behind college acceptances Our take: Admissions cop-outs undermine the integrity of higher education   The Justice Department accused 50 wealthy parents of buying...

EDITORIAL: Black History Month deserves more attention at Emerson

EDITORIAL: Black History Month deserves more attention at Emerson

February 28, 2019

At issue: Black History Month on campus Our take: The college needs to formally recognize the celebration   Emerson College lacks its own formal commemoration to honor Black History Month....

EDITORIAL: Pronouns are not up for interpretation

EDITORIAL: Pronouns are not up for interpretation

February 21, 2019

At Issue: Lack of pronoun procedures in classrooms Our take: Professors should be required to ask for preferred pronouns Emerson prides itself on creating an accepting atmosphere for individuals....

EDITORIAL: Valentine’s Day is about more than romance

EDITORIAL: Valentine’s Day is about more than romance

February 14, 2019

At Issue: The impact of Valentine’s Day in college Our Take: Show love to everyone in your life As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we should remind ourselves of the importance of compassion in...

EDITORIAL: Creating a supportive environment for student groups

EDITORIAL: Creating a supportive environment for student groups

February 7, 2019

At Issue: Competing on-campus organizations Our Take: We’re all in this together The college’s focus on arts and communication calls for students to have extensive, hands-on experiences in their...

EDITORIAL: Taking part in Boston’s Super Bowl festivities

EDITORIAL: Taking part in Boston’s Super Bowl festivities

January 31, 2019

At Issue: Another Patriots Super Bowl appearance Our Take: Sports fan or not, everyone can enjoy the big game This Sunday, the New England Patriots will return to the Super Bowl for the third year...

EDITORIAL: Title IX changes require action, transparency from administration

EDITORIAL: Title IX changes require action, transparency from administration

January 25, 2019

At issue: Proposed Changes to Title IX regulations Our take: Talk won’t combat new Title IX policies   Last week, we published a Beacon Breakdown on the Title IX changes proposed by Secretary...

EDITORIAL: Upholding the importance of print

EDITORIAL: Upholding the importance of print

January 17, 2019

At Issue: The livelihood of our print edition Our Take: Our print edition is a learning tool Over winter break, the publishing company that prints our weekly edition closed down their printing services....

EDITORIAL: What we’ve accomplished and what we can improve

EDITORIAL: What we’ve accomplished and what we can improve

December 6, 2018

At issue: Our fall 2018 semester Our take: We’re proud of our advancements, and we strive to do better. Last semester, we tried something new. For the first time,The Berkeley Beacon restructured...

EDITORIAL: Raise your awareness and lower your voice

EDITORIAL: Raise your awareness and lower your voice

November 30, 2018

At issue: The lack of library etiquette Our take: Please use your inside voices As due dates for papers, projects, and tests for finals loom, it seems like the entire student body will be occupying...

EDITORIAL: Taking advantage of your student voice

EDITORIAL: Taking advantage of your student voice

November 15, 2018

At issue: Student portion of the climate survey Our take: The survey is an outlet for student expression Voicing our opinions about Emerson with our friends, on social media, and in classes may feel cathartic,...

EDITORIAL: Lets have our backs when others dont

EDITORIAL: Let’s have our backs when others don’t

November 8, 2018

  At issue: Supporting other student organizations Our take: All of our work deserves recognition One day after a contentious midterm election, President Donald Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta...

EDITORIAL: Be woke, especially when you vote

EDITORIAL: Be woke, especially when you vote

November 1, 2018

At issue: The approaching midterm election Our take: Educate yourselves—then vote   Despite our activist culture, most Emerson students did not turn out at the polls during the last midterm...

EDITORIAL: Supporting students athletic endeavors

EDITORIAL: Supporting students’ athletic endeavors

October 25, 2018

At issue: Recognizing student athletes' dedication. Our take: We’re all in this together. Last Saturday, the women’s soccer team earned a spot in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic...

EDITORIAL: Making changes before the climate does

EDITORIAL: Making changes before the climate does

October 18, 2018

At issue: Student engagement with sustainability Our take: We must do more Over a week ago, the New York Times detailed a seemingly apocalyptic future, with worsening food shortage, rampant poverty,...

EDITORIAL: When ‘the best course of action’ isn’t enough

EDITORIAL: When ‘the best course of action’ isn’t enough

October 11, 2018

At issue: Vacant Title IX lead investigator position Our take: Refusal to communicate renders ambiguity The Office of Title IX Equity and Access still does not have a lead investigator after an...

EDITORIAL: Not just speaking out, but showing up

EDITORIAL: Not just speaking out, but showing up

October 4, 2018

At issue: Organizing a rapid response to overwhelming events. Our take: Let’s maintain this momentum. Last Thursday, the nation watched as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court Nominee Brett...

EDITORIAL: Leave news to the newspaper, not administration

EDITORIAL: Leave news to the newspaper, not administration

September 27, 2018

At issue: Emerson College Today updates mission Our take: Announcements and news should be separate Emerson’s communication and marketing department is revamping Emerson College Today. Now a separate...

EDITORIAL: Emerson’s plastic straw conundrum

EDITORIAL: Emerson’s plastic straw conundrum

September 20, 2018

At issue: Emerson revamps its image. Our take: Change doesn’t always mean progress. On July 9, 2018, Starbucks announced the company will slowly faze out single-use, plastic straws in favor...

EDITORIAL: Change still needed with co-curricular organizations

EDITORIAL: Change still needed with co-curricular organizations

September 13, 2018

At issue: Student workload increases Our take: Don’t take advantage of us Student organizations are a huge aspect of Emerson culture. And the system was pretty loose. For example, at the Beacon,...

EDITORIAL: Moving forward one issue at a time

EDITORIAL: Moving forward one issue at a time

September 6, 2018

At issue: Editorials are our perspective of campus news. Our take: Give us a chance, we’re students too. A new semester means a new editorial board. This year we’re proud to announce that our...

EDITORIAL: Spot the ethical dilemma in our funding

EDITORIAL: Spot the ethical dilemma in our funding

April 26, 2018

At issue: SGA has overseen the Beacon’s budget since 2011 Our take: For us to progress, we need our funding guaranteed Today, college newspapers across the country ran editorials under the hashtag...

EDITORIAL: We tried something new this semester. What did you think?

EDITORIAL: We tried something new this semester. What did you think?

April 19, 2018

At issue: Our digital-first transition Our take: Thanks for taking this wild ride with us This semester, we brought the Beacon into the 21st century by aiming to update our website daily. Every day we...

EDITORIAL: Dont ask students to fund scholarships

EDITORIAL: Don’t ask students to fund scholarships

April 12, 2018

At issue: An SGA-funded scholarship for student leaders Our take: Let’s focus on the scholarships our student body demanded The college tells us our Student Services fee, an $800 annual charge,...

EDITORIAL: Scrub the binary from our bathroom doors

EDITORIAL: Scrub the binary from our bathroom doors

April 5, 2018

At issue: Too many years, too few gender neutral bathroom signs Our take: Don’t work in increments, fix this now Two years ago, Emerson installed ten gender-inclusive bathroom signs across campus—then...

The Berkeley Beacon endorses Henderson-West for SGA president

The Berkeley Beacon endorses Henderson-West for SGA president

March 29, 2018

At issue: SGA election is an opportunity to shake things up Our take: A one-on-one approach works best Over the last two weeks, Christopher Henderson-West’s write-in campaign for the position...

Stop posting and head to the polls for the SGA election

March 22, 2018

At issue: Lack of student engagement with SGA Our take: Elections are your chance to get seriously involved Students are touchy about the Emerson tuition increase these days—rightfully so. We...

Wednesday walkout demonstrates protesting progress

March 15, 2018

At issue: The difficulty of creating a purposeful protest Our take: Walkout participants are headed in the right direction Over 200 Emerson students participated in a nationwide walkout on Wednesday...

Editorial: Show us the numbers

Editorial: Show us the numbers

March 1, 2018

At issue: Students not surveyed in new climate survey Our take: Data is invaluable if we want to see improvement Earlier this week, the Social Justice Center released the 2017 campus climate survey...

DC stands for Dining Center, not Dumpling Cafe

February 22, 2018

At issue: Students treat cultural communities with disrespect Our take: Chinatown is more than a food court   When Emerson moved from Back Bay to the Theater District in 1987, the new location presented...

Our housing options are not up to par

Our housing options are not up to par

February 15, 2018

At issue: Construction noise continues to interrupt student life Our take: Emerson owes students an explanation   Remember when the Paramount Center, with its five-minute walk to the center of...

Don’t feel pressured by the love in the air

February 8, 2018

At issue: It’s almost Valentine’s Day Our take: Don’t set yourself up for disappointment Couples wander through the dirty snowbanks of Boston Common toward the Frog Pond, where they hold hands...

Please don’t make us fight sports fans to get to class

February 1, 2018

At issue: Potential parade could interrupt campus and classes Our take: Don’t risk it. Postpone class times Any Emerson student that had to trudge to class on Feb. 7, 2017 knows the absurdity...

Editorial: What’s in a name?

Editorial: What’s in a name?

January 25, 2018

At issue: College jargon surrounding issues of inequality Our take: Name changes don’t guarantee action This week, faculty assembly voted to create a permanent new committee on cultural competency...

Breaking the silence, breaking the mold

Breaking the silence, breaking the mold

December 7, 2017

At issue: Marginalized voices are speaking out Our take: The Beacon should amplify these voices No American woman has been selected as Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 80 years. Yet the publication...

Women deserve to feel safe on their own campus

November 29, 2017

At issue: the lack of women in ECPD Our take: sexual assault survivors need police they can trust It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in law enforcement. Only 28 percent of employees...

Plagiarism does not deserve discourse

November 15, 2017

At issue: The invitation of Marsha P. Johnson director Steve France Our take: Artistic integrity isn't up for debate  Last month, Reina Gossett, an African-American transgender activist and filmmaker,...

Editorial: Staff salaries are more important than real estate

November 9, 2017

At issue: Building acquisition amid union negotiations Our take: Now is not the time to snag another property The college announced their decision to purchase a $24 million property facing Boston Common...

Anthony Lowrie memo misses the mark

November 2, 2017

At issue: Rogue email sent to faculty & org leaders Our take: Division won't lead to revision Anthony Lowrie, chair of Emerson’s faculty assembly, wrote in a memo Monday afternoon that student...

Listen this time

October 26, 2017

At issue: Student protest for inclusive excellence Our take: Ignoring the problem is not a solution The day to day bustle of campus life was interrupted on Tuesday when over 300 students marched into...

No time to slack on student safety

October 19, 2017

At issue: Promptness of Emerson emergency alert system Our take: Time is not on our side On Sept. 12, a man unaffiliated with the college was shot on Boston Common by an active shooter. Students...

Editorial: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

October 12, 2017

At issue: Attitude towards Sodexo workers Our take: Treat service workers with dignity A new school year, a new dining hall—fine, Dining Center—petition. From mice to food quality, Emerson students...

Editorial: An exercise in broken trust

October 11, 2017

At issue: Changes to Emerson’s Title IX policy Our take: Why are we spinning our wheels? Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly), reporting sexual assault and harassment at Emerson is an onerous and ongoing...

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