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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Jacob Seitz

Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer

Jacob Seitz is originally from Central Ohio and resides in Cambridge. He is currently a staff writer at The Beacon, having previously served as Assistant Express Editor. He was previously Assistant Editor of The Record, the student newspaper at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. He has covered The Women’s March, The Straight Pride Parade, and has reported on the Massachusetts State House for the Beacon. He led The Beacon’s coverage of Emerson College’s acquisition of Marlboro College, and has been published in The Brattleboro Commons in Brattleboro, Vt.

Latest from Jacob Seitz
Democracy Builders Co-Founder Seth Andrew was arrested Tuesday on a number of financial crimes.

Co-founder of Democracy Builders arrested on federal wire fraud charges

April 27, 2021

The co-founder of Democracy Builders, the non-profit that owns and operates the former Marlboro College campus, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and making a false...

Second Marlboro College campus sale falls through

Second Marlboro College campus sale falls through

March 11, 2021

Democracy Builders will retain control of the former Marlboro College campus, according to its founder Seth Andrew, after it was purportedly sold to Vermont-based education company Type 1 Civilization...

The Marlboro College Campus laden with snow in early February.

Marlboro campus resold, new programs set to launch in September

February 5, 2021

Type 1 Civilization Academy will take over the former Marlboro College campus from Democracy Builders, according to documents obtained by The Beacon, with just months until students are slated to arrive...

Calling for unity in America—to once again use the trite politics-as-a-sport metaphor—is like calling for peace in the middle of a football game. It isn’t going to happen.

Unity in America is a far-off dream

February 3, 2021

On Jan. 20, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stood in front of the Capitol Building and gave his inaugural address. His words had a resounding theme, one that I wasn’t surprised by but was still startled...

The Complete history of the Marlboro Merger

The Complete history of the Marlboro Merger

November 12, 2020

In the fall, Potash Hill is silent. The smell of dying trees, turning leaves, and rotten apples on the forest floor wafts through the air. At the former site of Marlboro College, a serene and remote school...

A view of the Washington Monument from Saturdays celebration.

Gallery: Washington D.C. celebrates Biden’s presidential victory

November 8, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C.—The streets of Washington D.C. erupted into raucous applause on Saturday, as the nation’s capital celebrated the news that it would soon have new residents in the White House. The...

Mail-in voting is still not accessible for everyone

Mail-in voting is still not accessible for everyone

September 19, 2020

This election season, a vast majority of the American population is likely going to vote by mail. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended just about everything in our American way of life, including the way...

The Marlboro College Campus laden with snow in early February.

Marlboro College campus sold for significantly less than original valuation, new documents show

July 24, 2020

The Marlboro campus on Potash Hill—once valued at $10 million by Emerson—sold to Democracy Builders in May for $225,000, according to new documents obtained by The Beacon. It is unclear why the...

A view of part of the old Marlboro College campus.

Turmoil over racism allegations toward Marlboro College buyer continues after Emerson finalizes merger

July 24, 2020

The Marlboro community raised more questions about the allegations of racism against Democracy Builders, the organization that purchased the Marlboro College campus, in a town meeting held Monday—the...

President M. Lee Pelton and President Kevin Quigley walking down Potash Hill in November 2019.

Emerson finalizes Marlboro merger

July 23, 2020

The college confirmed Thursday that the Emerson-Marlboro deal is now finalized after the Vermont Attorney General approved the agreement Monday.  “This historic alliance will enable the Marlboro...

The 73-year-old Marlboro College was sold to Democracy Builders. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Emerson-Marlboro deal approved by Vermont Attorney General after eight months

July 20, 2020

The Emerson-Marlboro deal received final approval from the Vermont Attorney General’s office Monday, the last hurdle in an eight-month merger process that began last fall.  A review from Attorney...

Students gather outside Marlboro Colleges dining hall after an emergency board of trustees meeting in early December 2019.

Vermont Attorney General cannot stop Marlboro campus sale amid allegations of racism against buyer

July 17, 2020

Despite mounting allegations of racism against the Democracy Builders founder, the sale of the Marlboro campus to the non-profit cannot be stopped by the Vermont Attorney General, according to the state...

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

Newly publicized Emerson-Marlboro transfer agreement reveals new details of proposed merger

July 4, 2020

Marlboro and Emerson signed an Asset Transfer Agreement last week, which lays out final terms for student accommodations, faculty transfers, and finances, including details about the anticipated $20.25...

A view of part of the old Marlboro College campus.

Marlboro Alumni condemn campus sale amid reports of racism at Democracy Builders

July 4, 2020

The Marlboro Alumni Council urged the Marlboro Board of Trustees to cancel the sale of the Vermont campus to Democracy Builders due to recent public accusations of racism against the group’s founder,...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley looks on as a speaker addresses an audience of Marlboro College students, alumni, and residents on Dec. 14, 2019.

Emerson-Marlboro deal waiting for AG approval

June 27, 2020

The Marlboro College Board of Trustees officially approved The Emerson-Marlboro merger on Friday, Marlboro President Kevin Quigley said in a Zoom meeting Saturday, and the deal now awaits approval from...

The new restrictions could force the college to alter its reopening plan.

Incoming first-year students look towards an altered first semester at college

June 14, 2020

Incoming first-year Emerson students now face a difficult decision—move forward with enrollment as planned and potentially pay full price for a partial semester, or defer until the spring.  The college...

The Potash Hill campus was sold in May for $225,000.

Marlboro students to lose financial options if they defer entry for fall semester

June 14, 2020

Marlboro College students attending Emerson as a part of the proposed Emerson-Marlboro merger will lose the Marlboro tuition rate guarantee and housing scholarship if they defer entry to the college in...

Four members of the National Guard and one member of the Military Police stood guard at the edge of Wednesdays protests.

Here’s a timeline showing how protests stayed peaceful in Boston

June 3, 2020

Demonstrators rallied on Boston Common Wednesday afternoon to voice outrage over the killing of George Floyd and other victims of race-based police brutality. Below is a list of live updates from the protest....

The marquee outside Emersons Paramount Center reads Black Lives Matter following the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis by a white police officer.

[Photo] Pelton releases statement addressing nationwide outcry over George Floyd killing

June 1, 2020

The marquee outside Emerson's Paramount Center reads "Black Lives Matter" following the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis by a white police officer.

Officers stand in front of a burning police car on Tremont Street.

Violence erupts near Boston campus as police and protesters clash

June 1, 2020

Peaceful protests in Boston over the police killing of George Floyd erupted into chaos late Sunday night as police deployed pepper spray and tear gas into crowds in Downtown Crossing, shortly before the...

Protesters face off with police in the area of Tremont St. and Stuart St.

Timeline shows how Boston became a war zone

May 31, 2020

Peaceful protests over the police killing of George Floyd erupted into chaos late Sunday night as people set fire to a police car and looted businesses. Below is a timeline of events from The Beacon's...

President M. Lee Pelton and President Kevin Quigley walking down Potash Hill in November 2019.

Emerson, Marlboro strike “provisional agreement” on acquisition

May 28, 2020

Emerson College announced Thursday that it has entered into a provisional agreement to acquire Marlboro College, just hours after Marlboro announced the sale of their Vermont campus. “Emerson College...

The college was investigated by the Office of Civil Rights twice in the past five years for complaints of disability discrimination

College announces emergency relief applications

May 20, 2020

Emerson released applications Wednesday for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to receive emergency funding from the $2.7 million given to the college by the federal government through the CARES...

College looking at mix of in-person and remote learning for fall semester

College looking at mix of in-person and remote learning for fall semester

May 20, 2020

The college hopes to announce a plan for the fall semester featuring some in-person classes combined with the continued use of online instruction some time in the next two to three weeks, President M....

President M. Lee Pelton.

Pelton hopes to make fall semester announcement in next two weeks

May 20, 2020

The college hopes to make an announcement regarding the fall semester in the coming weeks, President M. Lee Pelton said on Wednesday. “It is our hope to have some in-person classes and curriculum...

The Marlboro College Board of Trustees met over Zoom Saturday morning to discuss the merger deal.

Emerson to receive $22 million in Marlboro merger

May 16, 2020

Emerson College will receive only an estimated $22 million out of the estimated $27 million of Marlboro College’s endowment when the Emerson-Marlboro merger is complete, Marlboro officials said Saturday. In...

Cut Short

Cut Short

May 11, 2020

The Beacon Magazine interviewed 16 different seniors to get their perspective on how the coronavirus pandemic upended their final year on campus. All of the words in this edition are their own, with no...

Kassiani Mamalakis

Kassiani Mamalakis

May 10, 2020

At ELA I think we all had a sense that something was gonna happen with us, but we all thought we were safe for the most part at the start. The email came out that said no changes are coming to the LA campus...

Evelyn Hernandez

Evelyn Hernandez

May 10, 2020

When the second email came out saying we had to leave, it was more like a rush, especially because after spring break. It’s my favorite time being in Boston. I was excited that I could go home because...

Farewell Column: If this is it, it’s been a hell of a ride

Farewell Column: If this is it, it’s been a hell of a ride

April 24, 2020

When I was looking to transfer out of my tiny liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio—a town east of Dayton with a population just shy of Emerson’s student body—I ranked the potential schools...

The Marlboro College Campus laden with snow in early February.

Boston-based realty group to take point on sale of Marlboro campus

April 23, 2020

Marlboro College selected a Boston-based real estate firm on Tuesday to aid in the promotion and sale of the 530-acre campus on top of Potash Hill. Colliers International Group’s Boston-based team...

The Defund ECPD initiative, inspired by the Defund the Police initiative, has sparked the college to plan a review of ECPDs funding and role on campus.

Incident Journal: two firearm-related incidents, cannabis paraphernalia found in elevator lobby

April 13, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Tuesday, April 7 An...

The Defund ECPD initiative, inspired by the Defund the Police initiative, has sparked the college to plan a review of ECPDs funding and role on campus.

Incident Journal: Unknown person hijacks Zoom class, graffiti found outside of 172 Tremont

April 9, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Monday, March 30 An...

“We remain determined that an agreement will be finalized in May by both Boards of Trustees and implemented by June 30th, and will provide a net benefit to Emerson College, from inception,” President M. Lee Pelton wrote.

Marlboro merger still on track as COVID-19 pandemic disrupts life

April 7, 2020

The Emerson-Marlboro merger remains on its initially scheduled timeline despite the COVID-19 outbreak that forced both colleges to move classes online, vacate residence halls, and postpone commencements,...

The Defund ECPD initiative, inspired by the Defund the Police initiative, has sparked the college to plan a review of ECPDs funding and role on campus.

Incident Journal: Trespassing, drug paraphernalia confiscated in LB

March 30, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Monday, March 23 ECPD...

The Defund ECPD initiative, inspired by the Defund the Police initiative, has sparked the college to plan a review of ECPDs funding and role on campus.

Incident Journal: Drug paraphernalia confiscated during move-out

March 27, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Monday, March 9 A staff...

Marlboro President Kevin Quigley said it’s still unlikely the campus will remain open on its own.

Emerson-Marlboro merger still on track despite growing opposition

March 19, 2020
"I Believe in Marlboro College" is pushing back against the merger, now with support from the state's Lieutenant Governor.
The Potash Hill campus was sold in May for $225,000.

Marlboro students say a premature goodbye to Potash Hill

March 16, 2020

Over the past three years, Marlboro College student Charlie Hickman hasn’t left Potash Hill for more than a few months at a time. If the proposed Emerson-Marlboro merger goes through, Hickman and their...

“We recognize how difficult this decision is for our community, especially given that this is our last semester on Potash Hill,” Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley wrote.

Marlboro to close dorms, transition classes online

March 13, 2020

Marlboro College asked students to vacate campus by March 28 and announced plans to transition to online classes for at least two weeks after their spring break, President Kevin Quigley announced in a...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley looks on as a speaker addresses an audience of Marlboro College students, alumni, and residents on Dec. 14, 2019.

Marlboro preparing for spring break delays

March 11, 2020

Marlboro College is debating whether to allow its students who will be going home for the college’s upcoming two-week spring break to return to campus due to concerns over the rapidly spreading COVID-19,...

Beacon Archives

College bans travel to five countries amid COVID-19 fears

March 8, 2020

The college announced Sunday that it will eliminate college-funded travel to five countries in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.  An email Sunday afternoon...

Marlboro updating Title IX policies months ahead of proposed merger

Marlboro updating Title IX policies months ahead of proposed merger

February 28, 2020

Marlboro College is set to adopt meticulous changes to its Title IX policy, with less than 12 weeks left in what is set to be the institution’s final semester of operation, according to a Marlboro College...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: 4 elevator trappings, no fun for Norman

February 25, 2020

Monday, Feb. 17 ECPD confiscated drug paraphernalia from a student suite in the Paramount Center Residence Hall. ECPD assisted a student who was trapped inside an elevator at Piano Row. ECPD...

Marlboro Colleges dining hall surrounded by snow in early February.

Marlboro College Selectboard to restrict access to detailed Meeting minutes

February 25, 2020

MARLBORO, VT—Marlboro College’s Selectboard will no longer release detailed minutes of the college’s weekly Selectboard and Town Meetings, according to a statement from Selectboard. Selectboard—the...

The Piano Row bulletin board that was the subject of vandalism remained bare as of Wednesday night.

Vandalism strikes Piano Row for the second time

February 20, 2020

A bulletin board on the 13th floor of Piano Row celebrating Black History Month was vandalized on Feb. 9, according to an email from Residence Director Shen de Leon. The board was defaced with derogatory...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Pickpocket, fire alarm in Piano Row

February 19, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content.Monday, Feb. 10 A staff member...

The college was investigated by the Office of Civil Rights twice in the past five years for complaints of disability discrimination

Emerson courts Marlboro students with tour on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2020

On a day of love, Emerson College will welcome an expected 46 Marlboro College students to the Boston campus, hoping to charm them with their potential future home, according to a college official. Emerson...

Photo: Jakob Menendez/The Marlboro Monitor

Marlboro students subject to Emerson College tuition increase

February 13, 2020

Attendees at Marlboro College's Town Meeting—a weekly forum of the Marlboro campus and the surrounding townspeople—discussed the transition for students coming to Emerson, faculty proposals, and a...

ECPD

Incident Journal: More graffiti, clothes stolen

February 12, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Monday, Jan. 27 A student...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley (center) at the Board of Trustees meeting Saturday. Photo: Cho Yin Rachel Lo/The Marlboro Monitor

Proposed merger between Marlboro and Emerson College on “expedited” track

February 8, 2020

MARLBORO, VT—The Marlboro Board of Trustees announced they are attempting to expedite the timeline of the proposed merger with Emerson College at their meeting Saturday where they also discussed critics...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley looks on as a speaker addresses an audience of Marlboro College students, alumni, and residents on Dec. 14, 2019.

No date set for Marlboro working group presentation

February 6, 2020

Marlboro College will potentially miss a self-imposed target deadline for working groups to present their final reports to the Board of Trustees, according to an email from the president of the institution. The...

Emerson will receive control of the 360-acre campus on Potash Hill out of the agreement. Photo credit: Photography Staff

A look at the state of the Marlboro merger

February 4, 2020

Three months after the Emerson-Marlboro merger was announced, The Beacon is examining how we got here, what's been done, and the questions that remain unanswered. On Nov. 6, 2019, Marlboro College President...

“We remain determined that an agreement will be finalized in May by both Boards of Trustees and implemented by June 30th, and will provide a net benefit to Emerson College, from inception,” President M. Lee Pelton wrote.

Marlboro still has restricted assets four months before the proposed merger

January 29, 2020

Just four months before a formal transfer agreement between Emerson College and Marlboro College is set to be signed, Marlboro has yet to file requests to un-restrict nearly $40 million in restricted assets,...

A view of part of the old Marlboro College campus.

Marlboro signs three new transfer agreements

January 23, 2020

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley announced that the Vermont college is working to cover the difference in room and board costs for students transitioning to Emerson. "For any student who transfers...

ECPD

Incident Journal: Vandalism in LB, outside of Union Bank

January 22, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Wednesday, Jan. 15 A...

Flooding on the fifth floor of Piano Row.

[Photo] Broken sprinkler causes flooding in Piano Row

January 21, 2020

Flooding on the fifth floor of Piano Row.

Graphic by Christine Park.

The stigma of moving on from non-monogamous relationships

January 15, 2020

A few weeks ago, I received a text from a friend. “My man you know I love you,” she began. “But you just got out of a serious long term long-distance relationship. I know you are infatuated with...

Marlboro College Alumni Association disapproves of proposed merger with Emerson

Marlboro College Alumni Association disapproves of proposed merger with Emerson

January 8, 2020

The Marlboro College Alumni Association released a letter to the Marlboro community Monday evening expressing dissatisfaction with the Emerson-Marlboro merger. “This decision, made by Kevin Quigley,...

The 73-year-old Marlboro College was sold to Democracy Builders. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Emerson College will not cover housing cost difference for Marlboro students

January 8, 2020

Emerson College will not cover the $5,555 difference in housing costs for Marlboro College students who live on the Boston campus next fall, according to officials from both colleges. Marlboro Chief...

Students play soccer at Marlboro college in early November. Beacon Archive.

New financial documents detail Marlboro College operated in the red for years

December 21, 2019
New financial documents released by the Marlboro College Board of Trustees describe years of operating in the negative.
Severe weather delays classes until 10 a.m.

Severe weather delays classes until 10 a.m.

December 2, 2019

The college delayed the start of classes until 10 a.m. Tuesday due to inclement weather moving through the Northeast.  All classes scheduled before 10 a.m. will be canceled and made up at a later date,...

College prepares for winter storm, reopens dorms early

College prepares for winter storm, reopens dorms early

December 1, 2019

The college plans to reopen residence halls at 7 a.m. on Sunday in anticipation of inclement weather moving through the Northeast over the weekend, according to a Saturday evening email sent by Vice President...

Marlboro College community members will make a formal trip to Emersons Boston campus Sunday for tours and a show. Madison Goldberg / Beacon Correspondent

Marlboro College community members scheduled to visit Emerson

November 23, 2019

A group of Marlboro College students and faculty will visit Emerson’s Boston campus tomorrow, marking the first time the two communities will formally meet since the announcement of the proposed Emerson-Marlboro...

The Potash Hill campus was sold in May for $225,000.

Marlboro requires $200 million to keep campus open

November 23, 2019

Marlboro College needs a large influx of cash if the institution is to stay open past its slated closure date in spring 2020—almost $200 million to be exact. “We have an operating deficit this fiscal...

Beacon Archives

College hires new Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Investigator

November 21, 2019

The college hired Ryan Milligan to serve as the new Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Investigator, according to a Thursday statement emailed to the community. Milligan starts on Jan. 6, 2020 and fills...

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton and Marlboro President Kevin Quigley walk together on Peltons first visit since the merger announcement. Cho Yin Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Pelton addresses student concerns in Marlboro campus visit

November 21, 2019

MARLBORO, Vt.—President M. Lee Pelton spoke about the future of Marlboro College’s campus and the cultural similarities between the two institutions Wednesday during his visit to the Vermont campus. Pelton...

President M. Lee Pelton arrived on Marlboros campus at 11:30 a.m. this morning accompanied by several other high level administration officials. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Pelton arrives on Marlboro campus

November 20, 2019

This is an ongoing story. Check back later for updates Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton arrived on the Marlboro College campus Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. for his first visit since the Boston institution...

Emerson anticipates massive losses during the 2020-21 fiscal year, ranging from $33 million to $76 million, President M. Lee Pelton said in a letter to faculty Monday.

Emerson College president to visit Marlboro campus Wednesday

November 19, 2019

BOSTON—Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton plans to visit Marlboro College Wednesday, his first trip to the campus since the Boston institution announced plans to acquire the small liberal arts school...

The Potash Hill campus was sold in May for $225,000.

Tight knit community on Potash Hill bound by physical space

November 14, 2019

MARLBORO, Vt.—Hunter Corbett, a junior at Marlboro College, described her campus as one where students go to tell stories over an open fire, gather around a stone circle crafted by alumni, and walk through...

Head Selectperson Charlie Hickman addresses the Marlboro Town Meeting. Lizzie Heintz / Beacon Staff

Marlboro Town Meeting addresses students’ concerns for future of campus

November 14, 2019

MARLBORO, Vt.—Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley informed his community members Wednesday that it is not up to them to decide the fate of the campus—directly addressing concerns students raised...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley told The Beacon that students and staff at Marlboros graduate school should have been aware of the schools track to closure.

What we know and what we don’t about the Emerson-Marlboro merger

November 7, 2019

Emerson is slated to acquire Marlboro College in approximately a year, but many questions still remain about the future of the community after the merger. To paint a better picture of this, The Beacon...

The 73-year-old Marlboro College was sold to Democracy Builders. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

A brief history of Marlboro College

November 7, 2019

In the wake of Emerson College's recent plan to acquire Marlboro College in Vermont, The Beacon compiled the smaller college's relevant history to provide students in Boston with a brief look at the legacy...

Beacon Archive.

Marines release suspect’s name in Hollis homicide investigation

November 6, 2019

The United States Marine Corps identified a suspect in the homicide investigation into the death of Emerson student Daniel Hollis on Wednesday, according to a report from WGBH. The Marines confirmed...

Graphic by Kyle Bray / Beacon Staff

FBI review details 10 percent rise in rape reports in Massachusetts

October 30, 2019

A new report details a 10 percent rise in reports of rape in Massachusetts from 2017 to 2018, according to a new statistic released by the FBI in Sept. 2018—continuing a three-year trend in which rape...

Beacon Archive.

Suspect identified in Hollis homicide, WBZ reports

October 7, 2019

The WBZ Investigative Team at CBS Boston reported Monday that police identified a suspect in the death of 19-year-old Daniel Hollis, a sophomore who suffered severe brain injuries following an altercation...

ECPD

Summer Incident Journal: Thousands of dollars in construction equipment stolen

September 25, 2019

Monday, May 20 A fire alarm was set off at the Paramount Center by a dumpster hitting a dry flow system in the loading dock. No one was injured. A staff person at the Ansin Building reported receiving...

The EVVYs welcome students into their new office space in 172 Tremont St. Christopher Van Buskirk / Beacon Staff

172 Tremont opens with new collaborative student spaces

September 3, 2019

Emerson College’s new multipurpose building at 172 Tremont St. officially opened on Monday—the building was under construction, and the opening was delayed for most of spring 2019. Approximately...

Protesters yell at Straight Pride Parade participants. Photo by Anissa Gardizy/Beacon Staff

Tensions flare during Boston’s Straight Pride Parade

August 31, 2019

Boston’s first Straight Pride Parade transformed the city’s downtown into scenes of contentious encounters and conflicting ideologies on Saturday.  The parade divided city streets between participants...

The Straight Pride Parade will begin at Copley Square and head towards the college on Boylston Street. Anissa Gardizy/Beacon Staff

Straight Pride Parade Passing Emerson on Move-In Weekend

August 22, 2019

President Pelton released a statement on Wednesday, August 28. Read the most recent coverage here.  President M. Lee Pelton plans to release a statement in the following days ahead of the Boston Straight...

student affairs

Housing portal crashes on first day of suite selection

April 18, 2019

Students piled into the Office of Housing and Residence Life after a website malfunction caused the college to freeze the housing application on April 17. Vice President and Dean of Campus Life James...

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors into law. The bill does not include. The bill would not ban non-licensed or faith-based therapy. Olivia Strauss / Beacon Staff

Gov. Baker signs conversion therapy ban into law for minors

April 8, 2019

Governor Charles Baker signed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors on April 8. This decision makes Massachusetts the 16th state in the nation to ban the practice. The Massachusetts State House...

Emersons Chapter of Turning Point USA President Camilo Vilaplana Emerson College Republicans President Allison Payne both said they valued free speech on campus. Beacon Archives

Republican org leaders praise free speech executive order

April 4, 2019

Republican student organization leaders believe an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on March 21 will improve the political climate at the college, even if the freedom of speech order will...

A speaker at the Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike talks to hundreds of attendees on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. Madison Goldberg / Beacon Correspondent

Hundreds of students strike for climate change reform at State House

March 16, 2019

Hundreds of students and protestors gathered at 11 a.m. outside the State House on March 15 for the Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike. The protest was just one of thousands of other youth-led climate...

The Social Justice Center chose Tamera Marko and Jabari Asim for special appointments outside of the normal hiring process. Photos courtesy of Emerson College.

Social Justice Center names WLP professor as executive director

February 10, 2019

The college named two professors to special positions within the Social Justice Center in an email to the Emerson community on Feb. 6. A college official said this was a special appointment as it occurred...

Nizar El Fakih speaks to Emerson students about how Venezuelans survive the democratic crisis. / Photo by Stefania Lugli / Beacon Staff

Students reflect on crisis in Venezuela at #TrendingTopic event

February 9, 2019

Junior Ana Salas arrived in the U.S. from Caracas, Venezuela when she was 18 years old to pursue communication studies at Emerson. Her mother pushed her to study abroad shortly after President Hugo Chavez...

Associate Director of Student and Young Alumni Engagement Jillian Naimo said voting should begin in April. William Bloxham / Beacon Correspondent

Students to vote on $100,000 for student access

January 27, 2019

An online, Voice Your Choice student vote scheduled for April will decide how $100,000 in alumni donations will be divided between sections of Student Access. Scholarships and funds fall under Student...

The college wasnt looking for a new Harrison. Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Correspondent

Harvard Divinity School reverend named as new spiritual life director

January 16, 2019

Emerson College named Rev. Julie Avis Rogers as the director of religious and spiritual life and campus chaplain on Dec. 13 in an emailed announcement to the college community. Avis Rogers will begin...

Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke at the Talk the Vote panel discussion in the Bill Bordy Theatre Nov. 5. Erin Nolan / Beacon Staff

Talk the Vote Brings Local Politicians, Officials to Emerson

November 8, 2018

Mayor Martin J. Walsh talked about how he handles the media at the 5th Talk the Vote, a live radio show in partnership with WBZ and Emerson on Nov. 5 at the Bill Bordy Theater. “The media is so...

ECPD

Increase in on-campus sex crimes might signal more reporting

October 14, 2018

The number of reported on-campus rapes rose from three in 2016 to six in 2017, according to an annual summary of crimes committed on and around Emerson’s campuses. In 2015, there were zero on-campus...

Emerson student leads march through Boston against Kavanaugh

Emerson student leads march through Boston against Kavanaugh

October 6, 2018

Approximately 300 people attended a protest organized by sophomore Mari Sitner as part of Boston Socialist Alternative on Friday, a day before the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as...

Norman Lear ‘44

Emerson honors Norman Lear with sculpture, scholarship

September 30, 2018

The college named a new scholarship for students pursuing writing for theatre, television, or film after notable alumni Norman Lear ‘44. Starting in fall 2019 incoming students who apply for the Norman...

A pop-up appears the first time a students faculty, or staff logs-in to emConnect asking them to register to vote, get reminders, and apply for absentee ballots. Screenshot from emConnect.

College launches campaign to boost student voting numbers

September 18, 2018

The college launched a campaign in an effort to increase voting numbers in upcoming midterm elections in students’ home states. Jason Meier, director of the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership,...

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