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Maeve Lawler

Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief

Maeve Lawler (she/her) is a second-year Journalism major at Emerson College from Scituate, MA, who previously served as a correspondent and the Deputy Enterprise News Editor. With minors in Political Science and Publishing, she aims to integrate these interests into the stories she writes. Lawler is passionate about news reporting and has contributed to Jamaica Plain News and The Somerville Times.

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Map of Green Line Extension

Green Line Extension’s long-awaited Medford Branch opens

December 12, 2022

The Medford Branch, part of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension, opened to passengers on Monday at 4:52 a.m. Hundreds of Boston commuters, many being Tufts University students, waited at College Avenue Station...

MBTA CharlieCard

Cybersecurity expert finds CharlieCards hackable by Android phones

December 12, 2022

CharlieCards, used to pay for MBTA subway and bus rides, can be hacked using an Android phone, according to a Boston-based cybersecurity expert Bobby Rauch.  The MBTA says that, for now, all it can...

MBTA Subway Map

FTA requests new corrective action plans from MBTA

December 12, 2022

The Federal Transit Administration asked the MBTA on Tuesday to revise 12 of its 20 proposed plans to increase the safety and functioning of the T.  The proposals followed safety management inspections...

Meet David Stewart: Emerson’s new media studies affiliate professor

Meet David Stewart: Emerson’s new media studies affiliate professor

December 7, 2022

David Stewart will join Emerson’s Visual Media Arts department as an affiliate professor of film and media studies in the Spring 2023 semester. He will teach two courses—Approaches in Media Studies...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

Re-building an Eco Corps—the first step to larger sustainability progress on campus

November 30, 2022

This semester, Emerson re-established a cross-campus sustainability program, Eco Corps, following the hiring of four eco ambassadors in September and the formation of six working groups in October. Its...

Green Line Train

MBTA Green Line Extension Medford branch to open Dec. 12

November 17, 2022

Since construction began in 2018, the Medford branch of the Green Line will open on Dec. 12, announced MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak at Thursday’s board meeting.  The branch, which services College...

Route 89 Bus Interior

Bus Network Redesign hosts public meeting, discusses changes to proposal

November 16, 2022

The MBTA hosted a virtual public meeting on Monday to discuss revisions to the Bus Network Redesign project after receiving over 20,000 comments on the initial proposal released in May. The project aims...

An Emerson College Police car.

Incident Journal: ECPD responds to theft, vandalism

November 9, 2022

Monday, Oct. 24 ECPD responded to a hit-and-run car crash involving an Emerson student at the crosswalk of Tremont and Avery Streets. ECPD assisted the Emerson student and the incident is under investigation...

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak speaking with members of the media at an event on August 14, 2019.

MBTA general manager Steve Poftak to step down on Jan. 3

November 4, 2022

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak announced Tuesday he will step down on Jan. 3, 2023. He led the agency for four years during some of its most difficult times, navigating Boston’s problematic transportation...

Student-run non-profit promotes sustainability and community

Student-run non-profit promotes sustainability and community

November 2, 2022

Four students in the entrepreneurial studies minor launched Bee the Message, a campus-based non-profit that sells beeswax wraps, donating all profits to The Bee Conservancy.  The business began as...

Illustration of protesters holding signs with reproductive rights slogans.

Emerson students, faculty reflect on post-Roe America

November 2, 2022

On June 24—the day Roe v. Wade was overturned—Sophia Drummond, an Emerson student from Arkansas, saw a trigger ban go into effect in her home state.  “It was just very immediate,” Drummond...

MBTA Bus to Dudley Station

MBTA revises proposed bus route map upon public feedback

October 30, 2022

After receiving feedback from Boston bus riders, the MBTA updated its bus route map on Thursday.  The changes reflect over 20,000 public comments the MBTA received in response to its proposed bus network...

Local support for migrants at Joint Base Cape Cod continues

Local support for migrants at Joint Base Cape Cod continues

October 19, 2022

The wave of community-based support in response to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ relocation of nearly 50 migrants from San Antonio, TX, to Martha’s Vineyard last month continues even after the migrants’...

Senators Warren and Markey demand MBTA safety improvements

Senators Warren and Markey demand MBTA safety improvements

October 16, 2022

Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey held a hearing in Boston on Friday with MBTA officials to address riders’ ongoing safety concerns.  Warren decided to hold the hearing...

An Emerson College Police car.

Incident Journal: ECPD responds to non-Emerson community member, secured contraband

October 9, 2022

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, Sept. 26 ECPD...

The entrance to Emersons Walker Building on Boylston St.

New iVisitor system used for guest registration in academic buildings

October 5, 2022

Emerson announced students can register guests for academic buildings using the new iVisitor Guest Registration system—a process different from the guest registration process for residential spaces.  In...

Orange Line Chinatown station

Commuters disappointed with delays a week into the Orange Line’s reopening

September 29, 2022

In the week following the Orange Line's reopening after its 30-day shutdown, many Emerson students and Orange Line riders across Boston feel burdened by delays.  The shutdown, from Aug. 19 to Sept....

Green Line D branch shuts down, first of three closures

Green Line D branch shuts down, first of three closures

September 26, 2022

The MBTA Green Line D branch closed on Sept. 24, commencing the first of three nine-day closures to allow for upgrades and maintenance. The temporary closure eliminates service between Riverside and...

SGA members in a meeting.

SGA announces non-tuition academic credit for internships

September 25, 2022

Emerson students can now gain a singular non-tuition academic credit for an internship—a joint initiative between the Student Government Association and Career Development Center announced Sept. 22 on...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

New fund to support international students’ financial need

September 21, 2022

The Office of Student Success will offer an International Student Assistance Fund for the first time this semester, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday. This fund will supplement the Student...

Orange Line train entering Chinatown station

Orange Line re-opens after month-long shutdown

September 19, 2022

The Orange Line resumed its regular service on Monday after a 30-day closure. The first trains left the Oak Grove and Forest Hills Station at 5:16 a.m., according to an MBTA Twitter post.  For the...

Bluebike station on Beacon Street

Boston Bluebike riders enjoy free passes, some eager for transportation improvements

September 19, 2022

Boston Bluebike riders reacted positively to free bike passes while voicing improvements they would like to see made in the city’s transportation.  The City of Boston offered free 30-day Bluebike...

Emerson rises to number seven in best regional universities

Emerson rises to number seven in best regional universities

September 17, 2022

Emerson is tied at number seven in best regional universities North rankings for 2022-2023, according to the U.S. News & World Report, moving up one spot from last year’s rankings.  Emerson shares...

Attendees gather to watch performers / Photo: Chloe Els

Asian American Day Festival returns to Boston Common

September 14, 2022

The Boston Common buzzed with vendors and visitors attending the 12th Asian American Day Festival on Saturday afternoon. After a two-year pause due to COVID-19, the annual festival returned in celebration...

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Mayor Wu and Boston Transportation Department announce bike network expansion

September 9, 2022

On Tuesday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston Transportation Department announced a 9.4-mile expansion of Boston’s bike lanes, most set to be built by December 2023.  The extension is part...

President Pranit Chand and Vice President Neiko Pittman

SGA leadership pledges sustainability, accessibility, accountability

September 7, 2022

Emerson’s Student Government Association onboards a new president and vice president following its spring semester election cycle. Pranit Chand, a senior data science and economics major, and Neiko Pittman,...

Emerson announces new organizational structure for offices of communication, marketing, and web and digital services

Emerson announces new organizational structure for offices of communication, marketing, and web and digital services

June 17, 2022

The Office of Communications, Office of Marketing, and Office of Web and Digital Services will form a stand-alone division starting July 1, per Interim President William Gilligan’s email correspondence...

Illustrated image of DS Oswald by DS Oswald.

Introducing Pub Club’s two winning manuscript authors for this semester: Haley Souders and DS Oswald

April 6, 2022

Junior Haley Souders and senior DS Oswald are this semester’s manuscript winners for Wilde Press, an imprint of Pub Club that publishes two 50-80 page manuscripts per semester. Gabrielle Jonikas,...

Emersons media gallery. Photo by Maddie Khaw.

Emerson Contemporary awarded grant to improve campus art galleries

March 23, 2022

Emerson received a $114,000 grant from a Massachusetts-based foundation last year, intended to help improve the art galleries of Emerson Contemporary. The grant, approved by the George I. Alden Trust...

Photo: Lucia Thorne

10 ways to spend your Spring break (without excessive travel)

March 2, 2022

As Spring Break fast approaches, whether you are returning home, staying on campus, or taking a trip, this week is a time to replenish and have fun. With that being said, here’s a list of 10 ways to...

Emerson Colleges new campus sustainability manager, Jennifer Lamy. (Courtesy Jennifer Lamy)

Emerson welcomes Jennifer Lamy as new campus sustainability manager

February 16, 2022

Emerson has hired a new campus sustainability manager to direct the college’s climate policy, filling a vacancy that has lasted nearly two years.  Jennifer Lamy assumed the role on Jan. 24. The position,...

Spark Casting logo

Casting company created by two alumnae

January 12, 2022

Hailey Giles and Stefanie Seifer met through mutual friends at a Super Bowl party and began talking—more than a decade after both graduated from Emerson. There, they discovered a mutual interest in casting,...

One of the pieces in Eben Haines Facades.

ICA’s two new exhibits evoke a plethora of emotions as they comment on various societal issues

December 1, 2021

Two exhibitions currently on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art provide viewers with a unique and bleeding edge experience, as they call current ideas of race, culture and personal identity into...

Elly Bryant and Olivienne Redding at their volunteer shift holding “kindness flower” made in the art studio for guests.

Emerson students embrace St. Francis House volunteer work

October 7, 2021

Three Emerson students participated in the college’s orientation volunteer event at St. Francis House, the largest day shelter for those experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts, located in downtown...

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