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Tomas Gonzalez

Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer

Tomas Gonzalez was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, but has lived most of his life in San Jose, Costa Rica. He is a junior studying journalism at Emerson College and has spent the last five semesters on The Beacon. He previously served as The Beacon's Multimedia Managing Editor and as Deputy News Editor. He enjoys cooking and playing video games.

 

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President Lee Pelton announced the Marlboro-Emerson merger at a town hall meeting in fall 2019. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

President Lee Pelton to resign in June, lead Boston Foundation

December 1, 2020

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton will leave his position in June to take over as chief executive officer and president of local philanthropic leader The Boston Foundation. The announcement of Pelton’s...

Hundreds of people celebrated into the afternoon on the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street on Nov. 7.

[Photo] After Biden’s presidential win, joy floods the streets

November 7, 2020

Hundreds of people celebrated into the afternoon on the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street on Nov. 7.

Hundreds of people flooded the streets next to the Boston Public Garden to celebrate Joe Biden being elected as President on Nov. 7.

[Photo] ‘Our Voices Were Heard’: First-years overjoyed by a Biden presidency

November 7, 2020

Hundreds of people flooded the streets next to the Boston Public Garden to celebrate Joe Biden being elected as President on Nov. 7.

A child rides a scooter in the middle of hundreds of people celebrating the election of Joe Biden as president on the Boylston Street and Charles Street intersection on Nov. 7.

[Photo] Biden’s victory is the beginning of an America people can be proud of

November 9, 2020

A child rides a scooter in the middle of hundreds of people celebrating the election of Joe Biden as president on the Boylston Street and Charles Street intersection on Nov. 7.

Dueling rallies emerged on Nov. 7 in front of the Boston Statehouse after Joe Biden was reported to have won more than 270 electoral votes and declaring him president-elect

[Photo] Audio: Celebrations and chanting, how Boston erupted in sound on Nov. 7

November 11, 2020

Dueling rallies emerged on Nov. 7 in front of the Boston Statehouse after Joe Biden was reported to have won more than 270 electoral votes and declaring him president-elect

BPD and EMS respond to a situation involving a non-Emerson guest in the W hotel on Nov. 5

[Photo] Guest emergency prompts W hotel lockdown

November 5, 2020

BPD and EMS respond to a situation involving a non-Emerson guest in the W hotel on Nov. 5

Students walk to The Little Building in the snow

Lens: Snow envelops the Emerson campus for first time this year

October 30, 2020

Just one day before Halloween, more than an inch of snow enveloped Emerson’s campus for the first time this season. The white layer covered the Norman Lear statue, the sidewalk by the dining hall,...

The Boylston and Tremont intersection covered by snow

[Photo] When Halloween looks a lot more like Christmas

October 30, 2020

The Boylston and Tremont intersection covered by snow

A student walks in the snow on Boylston Street

[Photo] High positivity rate at Emerson not cause for concern, college official says

February 4, 2021

A student walks in the snow on Boylston Street

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

GRAPH: College reports 11 positive COVID-19 tests, inconsistent dashboard numbers

September 17, 2020

Emerson’s cumulative positive COVID-19 test results have risen steadily each week, as seen in the graph above. Each point on the graph represents the number of cumulative positive results the...

A student navigates the canvas website.

[Photo] College will now allow community members to choose pronouns on Canvas

September 17, 2020

A student navigates the canvas website.

The Max is laid out in a one-way format, utilizing the traditional back exit as an entrance to accommodate for social distancing in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

[Photo] My love letter to The Max that is no more

September 10, 2020

The Max is laid out in a one-way format, utilizing the traditional back exit as an entrance to accommodate for social distancing in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

The website commemorating graduating students includes messages from famous alumni such as Henry Winkler and Jay Leno.

[Photo] College unveils commemorative website for Class of 2020

May 26, 2020

The website commemorating graduating students includes messages from famous alumni such as Henry Winkler and Jay Leno.

Presidential working group recommends creating standing review committee, changes to Title IX office

Presidential working group recommends creating standing review committee, changes to Title IX office

April 29, 2020

The Presidential Working Group on Title IX policy released a draft of its findings and recommendations Wednesday, calling for several changes, including the removal of the Title IX office from the Social...

[Video] WATCH: Candidates for SGA Executive President pitch voters in five questions

April 26, 2020

The Beacon met (through zoom) with the three candidates for executive president and asked them the same set of questions regarding their prime focuses for their campaigns, their vision for...

Left to right: Jehan Ayesha, Claire Rodenbush, and Diego Torres are the three candidates competing for the executive presidency.

[Video] Three SGA executive president candidates compete to lead organization into a new era

April 26, 2020

highly contested race for the Student Government Association’s executive presidency has taken shape this week, with three candidates vying to be the first to lead the organization under its newly established...

Residents of the island celebrate the opening of a new bridge in Crocoville.

How Animal Crossing reconnected me with my friends during COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Today, I did something I hadn’t done in a while. I went outside to meet up with some friends—except, I didn’t leave my sofa. My friends and I went fishing, visited a few shops, and even took...

A student moving out of their dorm building.

Students devastated after college decides to send them home

March 13, 2020

Junior Joe Davidi said he will submit a request to stay on Emerson’s Boston campus despite the college asking students to leave because of fears of him going back to his family, who are quarantined with...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

Students grapple with leaving or staying on campus following COVID-19 pandemic

March 12, 2020

Sophomore Allison Valton said she was relieved when she heard she could go home for the rest of the semester. She has a skin disease that makes her more susceptible to illnesses.  “I get sick really,...

Freshman Santha Rowles said she is worried her production classes will lose value online.

A day filled with uncertainty finds students reacting to online classes

March 11, 2020

A mix of emotions gripped students Tuesday evening after President M. Lee Pelton announced the transition of all classes to remote instruction following the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

SGA Executive Treasurer cements financial power without a treasury team

February 20, 2020

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, who has voiced complaints throughout the 2019-20 academic year regarding the workload associated with her position, will not hire a treasury team during her second...

The CDC wrote that, in 2018, over 3.6 million U.S. youth used e-cigarettes. Photo credit: Jakob Menendez

Attorney General lawsuit against Juul draws positive reaction from some students

February 13, 2020

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit Wednesday against JUUL Labs Inc. alleging responsibility for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally targeting minors in its advertising...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

SGA Executive Treasurer to introduce new financial advocacy board

January 16, 2020

Student Government Association Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple is poised to unveil the new Financial Equity Board at Tuesday’s joint session meeting on Jan. 21.  Semple told The Beacon that the...

Sara Coffey, alumna and co-chair of the Marlboro campus working group, said the group will meet for the first time on Dec. 9. Cho Yin Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Marlboro students request financial support for transfer application fees

November 21, 2019

MARLBORO, Vt.—The Marlboro College community pushed to allocate $1,000 from a campus fund to support students applying to transfer to other colleges at Town Meeting on Wednesday. The community discussed...

Marlboro College and Emerson College both formed five working groups to hammer out details of the planned merger—two of these will focus on the future of Marlboros campus. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Marlboro and Emerson establish respective working groups to proceed with merger

November 14, 2019

Ten working groups, five from Emerson and five from Marlboro, will work to hammer out the details of a merger between the two institutions over the next four months. President M. Lee Pelton said the...

Emerson’s cost of attendance increased from $19,303 per year in 1990 to $67,832 in 2019. Cullen Granzen / Berkeley Staff

State of the college details new dining space and global pathways summer programs

November 8, 2019

President M. Lee Pelton introduced new faculty, 23 new global pathways programs, and a new meeting space in the semesterly State of the College letter. Pelton opened the letter reflecting on the deaths...

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...

Beacon Archive

College delays registration following server crash

November 4, 2019

The registrar’s office shut down class registration for students with 92 or more credits Monday due to a technical issue, according to a college official. Registrar John Pestana said the college pushed...

Pete Buttigieg spoke to supporters at the event about the shifted view of nationalism in America. Photo by Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Pete Buttigieg talks medicare, young voter turnout at the Colonial Theater

October 31, 2019

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg asked voters to picture a morning when President Donald Trump is no longer in the Oval Office at a private event Tuesday in the Emerson Colonial Theatre. “Picture,...

Sen. Cory Booker campaigned at a Fenway bar on Monday. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Booker talks gun control, student debt at Fenway campaign event

October 24, 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_wp_text]Sen. Cory Booker outlined his policies on restricting guns, prioritizing health care, and tackling student debt at an event on Monday. The presidential candidate held...

The old student mailroom in the basement of the Colonial Building.

Increase in freshman population floods mailroom

October 16, 2019

Sophomore Batya Conn returned in August to her job in the college's mailroom to hundreds of packages. Conn said the mailroom has to accommodate for 800 more students' packages with the opening of Little...

Senior Frances Hui argued with Chinese students outside of the Dining Center on Tuesday evening. Lizzie Heintz / Beacon Staff

Students demonstrate support for Hong Kong

October 1, 2019

Editor’s Note: Frances Hui serves as The Beacon’s assistant opinion editor for the fall 2019 semester. Seniors Frances Hui and Katerina Au stood outside the Dining Hall on Tuesday with posters raising...

The college plans to expand the width of the sidewalk between Tremont St. and Boylston Pl.

Sidewalk expansion construction to begin Wednesday

September 20, 2019

Construction for the sidewalk expansion will begin on Sept. 25, according to an email sent to the community on Friday. According to the email, the college plans to widen the sidewalk from the corner...

Community members hold nineteenth annual 9/11 vigil. Jakob Menendez/Beacon Staff

Community members commemorate 9/11 terrorist attacks

September 11, 2019

  When he was two years old, sophomore Vaughn Coleman lost his father and uncle in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001—an event he remembers every year. “We’ll never forget because...

Emersons Title IX office.

No immediate changes to come from Title IX working group

September 8, 2019

The working group assembled by President M. Lee Pelton to review the college’s Title IX procedures will not be making any concrete policy changes, according to a member of the committee. Co-chair...

Protesters began in downtown Boston and marched across the Longfellow bridge to arrive at Bostons Amazon Headquarters in Cambridge. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

‘Never Again March’ calls on Amazon to cut corporate ties with ICE

September 6, 2019

Hundreds of activists marched through the streets of Boston Thursday, demanding an end to Amazon’s corporate ties to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chanting “Never Again Means Now” and...

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...

Junior Austin DiPietro (right, No. 12) won 11 of his 15 faceoffs on Saturday against Wheaton College. Photo by Alexa Schapiro / Beacon Staff

Junior breaks program record for most faceoffs and ground balls

April 21, 2019

Junior midfielder Austin DiPietro said his greatest achievement came when he broke the program record in March 2019 for most faceoffs and ground balls won in his second year on the men’s lacrosse team. In...

Holding a rainbow flag with the word “peace” on it, David Anick, 62, said he believes in the importance of transparency and wants the full Muller report sent to Congress. Tomas Gonzalez / Beacon Staff

Hundreds gather at State House demanding the release of Mueller’s report

April 6, 2019

Hundreds of people rallied in front of the Massachu­setts State House advocating for the U.S. government to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report‍ to the public on Thursday, April 4. Boston...

“Building Hope in an Era of Uncertainty” featured multiple Venezuelan speakers, such as Miguel Angel Santos from Harvard University. Tomas Gonzalez / Beacon Staff

Emerson students help organize panel on Venezuelan crisis

April 3, 2019

Freshman Diana Mucchiut felt scared when she could not reach her mother on the phone during the first of many major power outages that started occurring in Venezuela since March 7. “I was used to...

The new default meal plan—the Majestic Plan—comes with unlimited swipes and 150 Board Bucks.
Photo by Cullen Granzen // Beacon Staff

New default meal plan to feature unlimited swipes, fewer board bucks

March 28, 2019

The college changed the default meal plan to include unlimited meal swipes and 150 Board Bucks for the fall 2019 semester, according to a college official. Associate Dean for Campus Life Erik Muurisepp...

The college delayed the opening of the fitness center to the fall 2021 semester. Photo by Sabrina Ortiz / Beacon Correspondents

Fitness center opening delayed to fall 2021

March 26, 2019

The college delayed the construction of a new fitness center in Piano Row’s Max Mutchnick Campus Center to fall 2021 instead of the initial spring 2020 start date, so student organizations can move out...

[Video] Watch: East Boston fire destroys family-owned business

March 16, 2019

The Boston Fire Department ordered evacuations in an East Boston neighborhood on March 15 after a massive fire broke out from a family-owned casket company on 1411 Bennington St. at about 3:30 p.m. The...

Michelle Wu addresses an MBTA meeting in February 2019

Emerson to work with MBTA for a cheaper semester pass

February 28, 2019

The college plans to work with the MBTA to create an exclusive, discounted semester pass for fall 2019 following a proposed fare increase on Jan. 21 for public transportation in Massachusetts Bay, according...

 Students working for the Office of Sustainability carry out Eco-Reps tasks. Photo by Maia Sperber / Beacon Staff

College to revamp Eco-Reps program

February 21, 2019

The college plans to reinstate Eco-Reps, students who promote on-campus sustainability, in fall 2019, a college official said. The Eco-Reps program went inactive after spring 2018, when the students...

Beacon Archives

What happens when a student files a Title IX report?

February 2, 2019

The Beacon spoke with Pamela White, Emerson’s Title IX coordinator, and examined the Title IX sexual misconduct policy on Emerson’s website pertaining to reports against students. The college’s...

ECPD responded to three Paramount elevator incidents in one week. Annissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Reports of on-campus elevator entrapments spike

October 18, 2018

The college’s police department helped release students from on-campus elevators in six separate incidents this semester. Half of those incidents involved elevators in the Paramount residence hall. The...

The new alert system is designed to be broadcast throughout classrooms and buildings, emitting light and louder sound.
Tomas Gonzalez // Beacon Correspondent

College installs new alert system

September 16, 2018

The Office of Emergency Management installed a new alert system in the form of a yellow box called an Alert Beacon over the summer. Chris Beaurpere, director of emergency management, said the department...

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