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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Parker Purifoy

Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21

Parker served as Managing Editor, News Editor, and Senior Reporter at The Beacon. They graduated from the college with a journalism degree in December 2020.

Email: Parkerpurifoy@gmail.com

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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...

I’m devastated by her passing, terrified for who will replace her, and doubtful that they will uphold Ginsburg’s views and legacy.

[Photo] Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fight for women’s rights lives on

September 28, 2020

"I’m devastated by her passing, terrified for who will replace her, and doubtful that they will uphold Ginsburg’s views and legacy."

A LQBTQ+ pride flag hangs over a jar displaying the phrase RIP RBG.

Gallery: Mourners remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg outside of U.S. Supreme Court Building

September 19, 2020

  WASHINGTON — Throngs of mourners gathered outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building to remember the life of longtime Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg was a prolific champion...

The Title IX office has been located within the Social Justice Center since 2014 after an external group of lawyers examined the colleges Title IX policies and practices.

Everything you need to know about the updated Title IX policy

August 31, 2020

A college committee of administrators, faculty, and students released an updated Title IX policy establishing the college’s altered process for handling allegations of sexual misconduct and violence,...

Ansin donated millions to Emerson, purchasing the Ansin Building and creating two separate scholarship funds.

Emerson benefactor and WHDH owner Edmund Ansin dies at 84

July 26, 2020

Edmund Ansin, Emerson benefactor and owner of the news station WHDH in Boston, died Sunday, company officials confirmed to The Beacon. Ansin was the billionaire co-founder of Sunbeam Television which...

Jackson Davis is the subject of multiple public sexual misconduct allegations on Twitter.

Alum Jackson Davis terminated from NowThis after investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

July 21, 2020

Emerson alum Jackson Davis ‘17 was terminated from his job at NowThis News after the organization concluded an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, a spokesperson for NowThis...

The Title IX working group has been investigating the sexual misconduct policy and process at Emerson for over nine months. They plan to turn their final report into President Pelton during the fall 2020 semester.

Title IX working group restarts meetings early after harsh rebuke from some admin, students

July 18, 2020

The Title IX working group will continue to meet through the summer after its initial draft of recommended changes to college Title IX policy drew more than 40 public comments that may substantially influence...

Jefferson Fietek was an assistant professor for performing arts at Emerson College starting in 2019.

Former Emerson professor arrested on criminal sexual misconduct charges

July 17, 2020

Former Emerson assistant professor Jefferson Fietek was arrested by Malden police Thursday on seven alleged counts of criminal sexual conduct, officials announced Friday.  Fietek, 46, was arrested...

The college vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of sexual assault on campus in a letter Friday.

College officials apologize for earlier statement on sexual misconduct, lay out steps for further accountability

July 3, 2020

College officials apologized for a previous statement on sexual misconduct allegations after students and alums heavily criticized it and vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of...

Jackson Davis is the subject of multiple public sexual misconduct allegations on Twitter.

Emerson alum suspended from NowThis after sexual misconduct allegations

June 30, 2020

A slew of sexual misconduct allegations against Jackson Davis ‘17 posted on Twitter prompted NowThis News to suspend him from his position, days before the college asserted its commitment to investigating...

Emersons Title IX office.

Emerson Title IX Steering Committee adapting policy to new federal regulations

June 28, 2020

A college committee is debating if Emerson will continue to investigate sexual misconduct incidents beyond what is covered by new federal Title IX regulations, according to a college official.  The...

The protesters and counter protesters were separated by barriers on either side of Beacon Street and lines of police officers.

Photos: A tale of two demonstrations on Beacon Hill

June 27, 2020

Two groups of protesters squared off Saturday in front of the State House. On one side, a local far-right political group hosted a “Restore Sanity” protest in support of police, and on the other,...

Protesters and counter protesters exchanged shouted insults from across the street.

Protesters square off in front of State House

June 27, 2020

Beacon Street became a no man's land between two conflicting rallies on Saturday, separated by metal barriers and rows of police. On one side, a local far-right political group hosted a “Restore Sanity”...

Emersons Title IX office.

Temporary Title IX committee to bring college into compliance with new federal regulations

June 5, 2020

The college has created a temporary Steering Committee to amend Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy to comply with new federal Title IX regulations which go into effect August 14, the Social Justice Center...

Hundreds of protestors on Wednesday laid face-down for a die-in on Boston Common for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in solidarity with the time officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd, resulting in his death.

Photos: Violence gives way to peace in Boston

June 4, 2020

Thousands converged on Boston Common Wednesday afternoon for a third day of protests following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin...

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaking at a press conference on June 1, 2020.

[Photo] City officials praise peaceful protests and denounce violence

June 1, 2020

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaking at a press conference on June 1, 2020.

The Temple Place bus stop sat quietly after the protesters were pushed onto Tremont Street.

Photos: A night of unrest in Boston

June 1, 2020

Thousands converged on the State House in Boston Sunday evening for a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis by a white police officer. The protest in Boston...

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

[Photo] Violence erupts near Boston campus as police and protesters clash

June 1, 2020

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

Protesters stood face to face with police for much of the night.

[Photo] Violence erupts near Boston campus as police and protesters clash

June 1, 2020

Protesters stood face to face with police for much of the night.

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...

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...

Isabella Pelletiere

Isabella Pelletiere

May 10, 2020

I miss the people at Emerson the most. My best friend only lived a couple of floors above me in 2B so I really miss being able to just take the elevator and go see her. I miss all of my classes. I used...

Raven Devanney

Raven Devanney

May 10, 2020

I came back from spring break on that Tuesday. I had been at a music festival in Florida without cell service so I was very tuned out from the world. I didn’t really know what was going on with coronavirus...

Impacts of new federal Title IX regulations on Emerson are unknown, administrator says

Impacts of new federal Title IX regulations on Emerson are unknown, administrator says

May 7, 2020

College staff members are reviewing new federal Title IX regulations released on Wednesday with one administrator calling the timing of the release "shocking" and that the extent of the regulations' impact...

The college vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of sexual assault on campus in a letter Friday.

DeVos releases new federal Title IX regulations amid internal review at Emerson

May 6, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled sweeping new Title IX regulations Wednesday that narrow the definition of sexual harassment and will require Emerson—and colleges across the country—to completely...

Student activists reject changes recommended by Title IX working group

Student activists reject changes recommended by Title IX working group

May 3, 2020

Students who originally led the charge to get the college to review its Title IX policies are speaking out against a report containing recommendations released Wednesday by the Title IX working group,...

Title IX working group recommendations draft

Title IX working group recommendations draft

May 1, 2020

The working group assembled by President M. Lee Pelton to review the college’s Title IX policies released a draft of their findings and recommendations Wednesday. The working group, composed of staff,...

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

March 31, 2020

Faculty Assembly overwhelmingly voted to support a policy that will give undergraduate students a pass/fail option for their classes during their meeting Tuesday.  The policy lets students choose the...

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

March 31, 2020

Faculty will consider a new policy that would allow undergraduate students to choose a pass/fail option for their classes during Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting. The policy allows students to choose...

College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

College staff member tests positive for COVID-19

March 25, 2020

An Emerson staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first diagnosis within the college community, President M. Lee Pelton announced in a statement Wednesday. The staff member was last...

Diky Melville, general manager of The Fourth Wall, said the business will suffer greatly with students leaving at the preventative measures set by Gov. Charlie Baker

Local restaurants struggle with new regulations and lack of college students

March 18, 2020

Local businesses are reeling after Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh laid out a sweeping set of regulations over the weekend that prohibits restaurants from serving food and alcohol in-house and...

Farewell Column: Too much love, not enough time

Farewell Column: Too much love, not enough time

March 16, 2020

The newsroom had been planning a Beacon party for weeks.  We spend so many hours in a work setting that we need time with each other without all the stress and pressure. And then our lives were flipped...

First year students left to right: Carrie Aubin, Chloe Shaar, Eva Charbonnnier, and Isabella Espejo, calling their parents about the colleges decision to shut the Boston campus down.

College asks students to leave dorms, moves ELA classes online

March 13, 2020

The college announced that all students must vacate campus residence halls in both Boston and Los Angeles by March 20—a dramatic reversal of an earlier decision that gave students the option to stay. Students...

How COVID-19 affects Emerson College

How COVID-19 affects Emerson College

March 11, 2020

In a packed press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and announced that cases of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, had doubled since...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

College transitions classes online, dorms to remain open amid COVID-19 outbreak

March 10, 2020

Emerson College joined on Tuesday a series of universities and colleges across the state that have transitioned classes online in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.  The...

Explorateur has occupied the corner of Boylston and Tremont for over two years.

[Photo] Explorateur to be replaced with two Guy Fieri restaurants

March 2, 2020

Explorateur has occupied the corner of Boylston and Tremont for over two years.

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