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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

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For some spots, like Maria’s, college campuses reopening could boost their chances of turning a profit in a year otherwise marred by financial ruin.

Nearby restaurants ‘excited’ by return of college-aged patrons

By Taina Millsap, Shruti Rajkumar and Katie Redefer / September 2, 2020

Businesses neighboring the bustling Emerson campus usually overflow with students, tourists, and commuters in early September. But this year, several nearby...

Austin Franklin (2) has scored 37 career goals. He will have the opportunity to add to that total this spring.

Eligibility extension brings back Franklin for fifth season

By Shruti Rajkumar / August 30, 2020

On June 26, men’s lacrosse team co-captain and recent graduate Austin Franklin posted a statement on Instagram ending with the words “I’m back.”...

Class of 2021 and EBONI President Naomi Jones plans to use her leadership platforms to build a sense of community for her class and the Black student population at Emerson.

‘What kind of community work can you do?’: Senior class president Naomi Jones

By Shruti Rajkumar / August 13, 2020

Months before the Black Lives Matter movement received a nationwide push in May, senior Naomi Jones stepped into two major roles on campus. She was elected...

Junior Ademir Monteiro releases debut album about around socialization and self-evaluation.

Junior releases debut alternative rap album

By Shruti Rajkumar / June 15, 2020

After being rejected for a job at Staples three years ago, rising junior Ademir Monteiro did what any rejected applicant would do—write a diss track...

Heres a list of all the winners from the 39th annual Evvy Awards

Here’s a list of all the winners from the 39th annual Evvy Awards

By Shruti Rajkumar / May 29, 2020

The 39th Annual EVVY Awards will be live streamed today at 8 p.m. EST. The virtual event was put together by the EVVYs team after the in-person Gala and...

Kyle Goold (left) and Arasha Lalani (second from left) are set to co-host the 39th annual EVVY Awards show which is taking place virtually due to COVID-19.

A chat with EVVY Awards hosts Arasha Lalani and Kyle Goold

By Shruti Rajkumar / May 28, 2020

Rising seniors Arasha Lalani and Kyle Goold dreamed of hosting the EVVYs ever since their freshman year. In October 2019, after an audition singing the...

The 40th annual EVVY Awards are set to take place virtually this Friday at 7 p.m. EST.

EVVYs team overcomes logistical barriers to produce first ever online show

By Shruti Rajkumar / May 28, 2020

After canceling the in-person show for the 39th annual EVVY Awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EVVY’s production team and advisors faced the challenging...

VMA Department Chair Brooke Knight said he and the associate chairs identified 92 sections of production courses that would be significantly impacted by the transition to online.

Online learning results in alterations to VMA production courses

By Shruti Rajkumar / April 14, 2020

Sophomore visual media arts major Lauren Miller was preparing to film a group final project when the college announced it would be switching to remote...

Gillian Pensavalle and Patrick Hinds 96 create the True Crime Obsessed podcast.

Alum’s live podcast tour comes to Boston in mid-March

By Shruti Rajkumar / March 11, 2020

Though Emerson alum Patrick Hinds ‘96 graduated with a BFA in performing arts, he spent his college years unsure of his future. He explored his interests...

New organization, Musical Theatre Against the Grain, focuses on furthering musical theater opportunities on campus.

New organization brings attention to forgotten musical theatre genres

By Shruti Rajkumar / February 26, 2020

Late one night in October 2019, freshman Garrett Traer sat in his dorm room writing a pitch for the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College, a student-run...

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My roots were only seen when they were worn by a white person

By Shruti Rajkumar / February 19, 2020

In my sophomore year of high school, I was excited to find out about a course called Asian Studies. The popular course focused on the significance of Indian...


Graduate student takes first prize in TV diversity category at screenwriting competition

By Shruti Rajkumar / January 30, 2020

While drafting a script outline for her Writing Series Television course in January 2019, second-year graduate student Jessica G. Hill Cabrera-Contaoi...

Jade Catta-Preta ‘07 will host The Soup on E! Wednesday nights in addition to her stand-up comedy career.

Alumna to host revived talk show “The Soup” on E!

By Shruti Rajkumar / January 22, 2020

Emerson alum Jade Catta-Preta ‘07 fondly recalls watching the TV show Talk Soup on E! during her childhood and being drawn to the humor and friendliness...

Students can donate clothing and nonperishable food to the swap-and-shop bins located around campus. Kyle Bray / Beacon Staff

Swap and Shop Lite introduced to quell chaos from past events

By Shruti Rajkumar / December 16, 2019

Piles of clothing, furniture, books, and nonperishable foods overwhelmed the lobby of the 2 Boylston Place residence hall, making it disorderly at the...

New play from Chuang Stage highlights 20th century Chinese societal issues

New play from Chuang Stage highlights 20th century Chinese societal issues

By Shruti Rajkumar / December 4, 2019

Two students dressed in traditional Chinese clothing faced the audience and spoke indirectly to each other in Mandarin from opposite ends of the stage...

Senior Kat Garelli works as an on-campus A24 intern and organized the Waves screening. Montse Landeros / Beacon Staff

Waves early screening attracts crowds to AMC Boston Common

By Shruti Rajkumar / November 14, 2019

Northeastern University sophomores Alex Pesek and Holly Devarger decided to enjoy a night off of their college campus on Nov. 13 to see their favorite...

when you have a chronic disability, the structure of our society fails you often and makes your life harder than it should be. / Illustration by Christine Park

Students with disabilities need clearer housing processes

By Shruti Rajkumar / October 16, 2019

Prior to entering my sophomore year of college, I anticipated that the housing process would be as simple as the one my freshman year. But of course,...

Sophomore Shane Sullivan (right) collaborated with his brother Nick (left) to produce an abstract alternative album under their band name Joyer. Photo courtesy of Shane Sullivan.

Brother music duo Joyer releases second album

By Shruti Rajkumar / October 4, 2019

With nothing more than two microphones, minimal technology experience, and GarageBand software installed on their computer, Shane Sullivan, a sophomore...