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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson surge continues as spring semester approaches

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Content Managing Editor
January 7, 2022

In the week leading up to students’ return to campus, Emerson reported over 80 positive COVID-19 tests, reflecting a statewide struggle to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.  Of the 1,056...

A sign of the COVID testing site of Emerson College and Tufts University.

Emerson issues five-day isolation and quarantine protocols amid surge

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 7, 2022

Emerson will decrease its isolation and quarantine time to five days per guidance changes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced college officials on Friday. Effective Jan. 7,...

Classroom 633 of the Walker Building.

Emerson to investigate alleged antisemitic behavior in classroom

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 21, 2021

Emerson is investigating a report of antisemitic behavior in a classroom that originated in social media, college officials said Tuesday evening.  The college was made aware of the alleged incident...

State of the College: Interim president reflects on Emersons successes, struggles in 2021

State of the College: Interim president reflects on Emerson’s successes, struggles in 2021

By Bailey Allen, Deputy Enterprise Editor
November 29, 2021

Interim President William Gilligan published his first State of the College report on Tuesday detailing the college’s accomplishments over the course of the past year, including the induction of new...

Creative writing professor appointed interim dean of graduate and professional studies

Creative writing professor appointed interim dean of graduate and professional studies

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 1, 2021

Creative writing professor Kim McLarin, who leads the college’s MFA in popular fiction writing and publishing, is set to become the interim dean of graduate and professional studies in January, Interim...

Students entering 2 Boylston Place

‘We don’t feel safe’: Emerson Jewish community reels from yet another antisemitic attack

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
October 21, 2021

Emerson’s Jewish community reacted with grief, anger, and mourning after antisemitic graffiti was found scrawled on an event poster for Hillel, the college’s Jewish student organization, on Friday...

Turning Point USAs booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

Turning Point event sparks Sinophobia controversy on campus

By Luna Theus, Marcus Cocova, and Keshav Vinod
October 9, 2021

The Emerson chapter of Turning Point USA was suspended by the college after the conservative organization passed out controversial stickers that many students saw as propagating harmful anti-Chinese stereotypes,...

Interim president sees role as projecting ‘confidence, continuity, and stability’

Interim president sees role as projecting ‘confidence, continuity, and stability’

By Charlie McKenna
October 6, 2021

More than four months into his tenure in the college’s top job, Interim President Bill Gilligan described himself as a steady hand who will guide Emerson through a period of immense transition.  Gilligan,...

Jan Roberts-Breslin

Graduate dean tapped for provost job

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
September 23, 2021

Jan Roberts-Breslin, dean of graduate and professional studies, will take up the role of provost and vice president of academic affairs on an interim basis beginning in November, according to a Wednesday...

Pete Chvany (center), a former Emerson professor and longtime mens soccer coach

‘A friend to hundreds of Emersonians’: Pete Chvany, former professor and men’s soccer coach, dies at age 81

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 23, 2021

Pete Chvany’s three-decade tenure at Emerson was more than just an academic career—according to his son Alec Chvany ‘95, it was just the “third act” of a long life. Chvany, a former professor...

Provost Michaele Whelan

Provost Michaele Whelan set to leave college in November

By Charlie McKenna
September 9, 2021

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan will depart Emerson this fall to become the president of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, marking the latest in a series of high profile...

William Gilligan, former IT head, tapped as interim president

William Gilligan, former IT head, tapped as interim president

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
May 21, 2021

William Gilligan, Emerson's former vice president for information technology, will emerge from retirement to helm the college as interim president beginning June 1, college officials announced Friday...

Brian Basgen, then-Assistant Vice President of IT, at an SGA meeting in 2019.

New head of Emerson’s IT department slated to take over position for spring semester

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
January 19, 2021

Former Associate Vice President of Information Technology Brian Basgen is slated to lead the college’s IT department following the retirement of former Vice President William Gilligan in December.  The...

From Left to Right: Christine Hughes, Peggy Ings, and Bill Gilligan, three of the colleges 12 vice presidents.

Three vice presidents to retire before 2021

By Charlie McKenna
October 7, 2020

Three of Emerson’s 12 vice presidents will retire by the end of 2020 after opting into the college’s early retirement program.  Christine Hughes, vice president and general counsel, who has been...

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