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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Beacon Podcast: A Fond Farewell

Beacon Podcast: A Fond Farewell

December 27, 2018

In our final episode of the semester, we say goodbye to editor-in-chief Shafaq Patel.

Beacon Podcast: Library Vacancies

Beacon Podcast: Library Vacancies

December 5, 2018

Five Iwasaki Library staff members have left the college since the summer. We brought Beacon correspondent Katie Redefer on to explain.

Beacon Podcast: Sidewalk Expansion

Beacon Podcast: Sidewalk Expansion

November 29, 2018

The college has a proposal to expand the section of Boylston Street sidewalk adjacent to campus. We sat down with Beacon assistant sports editor and reporter Anissa Gardizy to talk about how and why...

Beacon Podcast: SGA Elections

Beacon Podcast: SGA Elections

November 15, 2018

  The Student Government Association elections are this week. For the inaugural episode of our podcast, we sat down with Deputy Express Editor and former SGA reporter Chris Van Buskirk to explain...

Staff union charges college with unfair labor charges

Staff union charges college with unfair labor charges

April 16, 2018

Emerson’s staff union filed unfair labor practice charges against the college this past March. Service Employees International Union 888 issued a press release announcing the charges on April 5....

From left to right, Yağmur Topçu, Zyanya Dickey, and Zoë Gadegbeku discussed their experiences at a panel for international students. Photo: Brooke Northrup / Beacon Staff

International students request more resources

March 28, 2018

Sophomore Yağmur Topçu’s improvisation class last year required her to speak spontaneously. But the words didn’t come naturally to her as a non-native English speaker. “The class is about impulses,”...

Data from the 2017 Climate Survey indicated hourly staff felt they were not fairly compensated for their work.

Hourly staff feel unrecognized, underpaid

March 22, 2018

There are 16 thank you notes pinned to the bulletin board in Jaclyn Dentino’s office. The cards come from her supervisor, students, and from a school that attended Emerson Stage’s production of...

The crane will remain on the Little Building till November or December. Photo: Daniel Peden / Beacon Staff

Large crane towers over Little Building

March 14, 2018

Suffolk Construction placed a 150-feet-tall tower crane on top of the Little Building construction site on Sunday as part of ongoing renovations. In an email, Director of Construction Management...

Union members wore picture frames featuring descriptions of the issues they face. Photo courtesy of Estelle Ticktin

Union members invite prospective students to picture themselves working at Emerson

February 28, 2018

Members of the college’s staff union gathered outside of the Cutler Majestic Theatre on Saturday morning wearing stylized picture frames around their necks to raise awareness  of the issues they...

Students and administrators meet for Colonial noise

February 17, 2018

Students and administrators discussed construction noise issues that have dogged the Colonial Building across two semesters at a forum on Thursday night. Colonial residents and administrators gathered...

The scaffolding on walker

Walker maintenance prompts scaffolding installation

February 13, 2018

Subcontractors removed pieces of Walker Building’s exterior this past weekend in preparation for future maintenance. Director of Construction Management Michael Faia wrote in an email the subcontractors...

Faculty assembly votes for permanent cultural competency committee

January 24, 2018

Faculty assembly voted to form a permanent committee dedicated to educating staff and students on cultural competency and making the curriculum more inclusive on Tuesday. The proposal faculty voted...

Zoe Chen struggled with grammar in an essay while at Kasteel Well. Courtesy of Zoe Chen

Students hired to improve writing resource at castle

January 18, 2018

Three students hired by the Lacerte Family Writing and Academic Resource Center will serve as writing consultants at Kasteel Well this semester as part of a pilot program primarily intended to help...

Incident Journal

December 7, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content. Monday, Nov. 27 The...

Union members negotiating their collective bargaining agreement last semester. Photo: Beacon Archive.

Union staff claims college stalling negotiations

December 7, 2017

Between 40 and 50 college staff union members waited in the cramped hallways outside of the union’s office in 145 Tremont St. to greet Emerson administrative officials participating in the union’s...

Incident Journal

November 30, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content.   Monday, Nov....

Interior construction on The Commons should begin by the end of the week. 
LALA THADDEUS / BEACON STAFF

No tuition money spent on new building

November 30, 2017

A college official said tuition money did not go toward the college’s purchase of the building at 171 Tremont St. Vice President for Administration and Finance Maureen Murphy said the funding...

Emerson staff employees and union members Richelle Devereaux-Murray and Dennis Levine protested outside the Dining Center in October.
CASSANDRA MARTINEZ / BEACON STAFF

Union members struggle on college wages

November 9, 2017

John-Albert Moseley makes less than $50,000 a year. He used to live in Dorchester, but he and his husband were forced to move to Providence, Rhode Island because they could no longer afford to...

Interior construction on The Commons should begin by the end of the week. 
LALA THADDEUS / BEACON STAFF

New building costs $24 million

November 9, 2017

The college bought the property across from Boston Common on 171 Tremont St. for $24 million this week, but plans for the space are still uncertain. President M. Lee Pelton announced the purchase...

Incident Journal

November 9, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content. Monday, Oct. 30  Library...

Incident Journal

November 2, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content.   Monday,...

Incident Journal

October 26, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content.   Wednesday,...

Union members said Emerson’s staff is underpaid compared to other institutions.
CASSANDRA MARTINEZ / BEACON STAFF

College staff in union protest low wages

October 18, 2017

Emerson staff members held signs that read: “We love Emerson but we can’t afford to work here” outside the Dining Center as part of a protest composed of about a half-dozen people on Wednesday...

Incident Journal

October 12, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content.   Monday, Oct 2 The...

Drug and alcohol violations steady post policy change

October 5, 2017

The number of on-campus alcohol violation referrals increased slightly in 2016, according to the Clery Compliance Report. Associate Dean and Director of Housing and Residence Life Erik Muurisepp said this...

Incident Journal

October 5, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content.   Tuesday, Sept. 19 Sodexo...

Incident Journal

September 14, 2017

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content. Monday, Aug. 28 The...

Emersons Hispanic Population Graphic

Admissions takes steps toward diversity

September 13, 2017

According to documents provided by the college, Emerson’s Hispanic population increased 24 percent, or 25 students, from last year. Ruthanne Madsen, vice president for enrollment management, said...

The scene of the crime in Boston Common.
COURTESY OF JUSTIN JOHNSON

Man shot on Boston Common

September 12, 2017

Students were told to lock and barricade their doors after both Emerson College and the Boston Police Department received reports of gunshots on the Boston Common around 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday. In an email...

College purchases Adobe Creative Cloud

September 7, 2017

Emerson College Information Technology said they provided the college with a campus-wide license for Adobe Creative Cloud because of the program’s cost to students. The Creative Cloud is a software...

Beacon Archive.

Summer construction builds up student spaces

September 6, 2017

Emerson gained several new dining and social spaces as it lost the entirety of the Little Building to renovations this summer. 2 Boylston Place has 375 beds and 18 floors and features three common areas,...

Emerson debuts new brand

July 20, 2017

Update: This article originally stated that only current students could access the branding website with an Emerson log-in. The site is now open to the public. The college updated its website and social...

Song Park said he was injured by closing elevator doors.BRIANNA OSHAUGHNESSY / BEACON CORRESPONDENT

Inaccessible infrastructure limits students with disabilities

April 19, 2017

Song Park said he knew Boston wasn’t the most accessible city before coming to Emerson. A Palo Alto native, he said he wanted to get out of California. But since moving to the east coast campus,...

Alumna makes Massachusetts Supreme Court

March 16, 2017

Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margot Botsford stepped down Wednesday, making space for her replacement, Emerson College alumna Elspeth “Ellie” Cypher. The 1980 graduate was unanimously confirmed...

BPDA approves Fenway lease

January 26, 2017

City officials have approved Emerson’s proposal to lease property in Fenway to temporarily house students during campus construction. Earlier this month, the Boston Planning & Development Agency...

Katja Vujic helped to organize for 50 Emerson community members to go to D.C.
CASSANDRA MARTINEZ / BEACON STAFF

Trip to DC protest funded by college offices

January 18, 2017

Students watching coverage of the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday may see some familiar faces. With support from the college, 48 students and two faculty members will attend the protest,...

Students march with anti-Trump protests

Students march with anti-Trump protests

November 16, 2016

Emerson students joined the thousands who marched through downtown Boston on Wednesday night to express their dissatisfaction with this week’s election results—namely, the election of Donald Trump...

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