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

The Berkeley Beacon

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

The Berkeley Beacon

Participants carry a banner that reads Ending homelessness is within our reach as they lead the crowd of around 4,000 people on the two-mile walk around the Boston Common and the Public Garden on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

Photos: Thousands gather on the Boston Common to advocate and fundraise to end homelessness

By Arthur Mansavage, Photography Editor & Audience Development Editor / February 16, 2024

Students, families, advocates, and community members from the greater Boston area gathered on the Boston Common on Sunday, Feb. 11 for the 8th annual Winter...

How to leave 4/20 on a high note

How to leave 4/20 on a high note

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large / April 20, 2023

Rejoice! The 2023rd April 20th celebration is nearly upon us! In honor of Thursday’s holiday, here’s an easy-to-read guide on how to participate...

No Smoking.

EmComm, Friends of the Public Garden collaborate on ‘No Smoking’ advertisement campaign

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large / April 19, 2023

EmComm, the college’s student-run marketing agency, is collaborating with the Friends of the Public Garden to advertise its “No Smoking” campaign,...

David Hogg addressing protesters in the Boston Common.

Activist David Hogg organizes gun regulation rally on Boston Common

By Maddie Barron, Magazine Editor & Assistant Opinion Editor / March 29, 2023

Dozens of local Boston students met at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand with March for Our Lives in support of gun regulation on Saturday. The group...

Emerson, Trillium Brewing Company announce partnership

Emerson, Trillium Brewing Company announce partnership

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large / February 16, 2023

Emerson College and Trillium Brewing Company will create a  “community gathering space” on the Boston Common, which aims to promote the city’s arts...

Boston Common tree lighting illuminates holiday spirit

Boston Common tree lighting illuminates holiday spirit

By Ryan Forgosh, Staff Writer, News / December 5, 2022

Just before 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mayor Michelle Wu, Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston, and WCVB hosts flipped the switch to light the Nova Scotian Christmas...

Race participants begin their first lap around the Boston Common.

Move for MDS 5K raises awareness for rare blood cancer

By Chloe Els, Staff Writer / October 24, 2022

Dozens of runners and walkers circled the Boston Common for the annual Move for MDS 5K, hosted by MDS Foundation Inc. on Sunday. MDS, or Myelodysplastic...

Portraits of Pride intersects the past and future of LGBTQ history

Portraits of Pride intersects the past and future of LGBTQ history

By Ryan Yau, Living Arts Co-Editor / October 14, 2022

At the intersection of Boston Common and the Public Garden, two of the oldest parks in America, lies the Portraits of Pride exhibition. The exhibition...

Overlooking the tents at the Boston Freedom Rally.

MassCann hosts 33rd annual Boston Freedom Rally

By Bishop Marshall and Sabrina Lam / September 21, 2022

The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition hosted its 33rd annual Boston Freedom Rally in the Boston Common Saturday, known by most attendees as “HempFest.”  Originally,...

Attendees gather to watch performers / Photo: Chloe Els

Asian American Day Festival returns to Boston Common

By Maeve Lawler and Chloe Els / September 14, 2022

The Boston Common buzzed with vendors and visitors attending the 12th Asian American Day Festival on Saturday afternoon. After a two-year pause due to...

Boston Common in snow.

Robbery on the Boston Common serves as safety reminder for students

By Zhuo Huang / February 14, 2022

A robbery involving two Emerson students on the Boston Common was reported to the Boston Police Department in the evening of Jan. 22. The robbery—first...

Boston, MA: December 8, 2021 – First-year students Ellie McCabe and Emma Paiva take a selfie on Boston Common in the snow Wednesday night.

First snow of season brings students end-of-semester joy

By Bailey Allen, Former news editor / December 9, 2021

Starting around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, a thin blanket of snow dusted Boston Common, prompting Emerson students to venture outside and experience the...

The art installation, What Do We Have In Common, on the Boston Common.

End of Boston Common Art Installation leaves behind conversations on ownership

By Sophia Pargas, Editor-in-Chief / October 28, 2021

The public art installation “What Do We Have in Common?” concluded its run on Boston Common Sunday after a month of prompting passersby with questions...

What do we have in Common installation in the Boston Common.

‘What Do We Have In Common?’ Art Installation seeks to provoke thought

By Mariyam Quaisar, Managing Editor / September 30, 2021

Friends of the Public Garden teamed up with NOW + THERE to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a public art piece titled “What Do We Have In Common?”...

Hempfest in Boston Common

Marijuana festival hits Boston Common

By Mariyam Quaisar and Bailey Allen / September 25, 2021

Emerson students grabbed their stashes and lined Boston Common on Saturday, joining the crowds gathered for a fair of marijuana and cannabis-related paraphernalia. The...

Students lighting candles to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

‘Every year I heal a little bit more’: Emerson community commemorates 20th anniversary of 9/11

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large / September 12, 2021

On the evening of Sept. 11, several dozen individuals gathered in darkness under the Boston Common bandstand, to remember the lives lost twenty years ago...

The Boloco location next to Emerson College on Boylston Street.

Boloco reopens downtown locale after long hiatus

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large / January 11, 2021

Boloco Modern Mexican will reopen its Boston Common location on Jan. 12, resuming dining at the Emerson staple for the first time in nine months. The...

Temperatures topped 70 degrees again Tuesday, making 2020 one of the warmest Novembers on record.

Abnormally warm November draws students to Boston Common

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer / November 10, 2020

A Boston November typically greets students with rapidly dropping temperatures and whipping wind, forcing them to dust off winter coats, gloves, and scarves....

Junior Will Dean and Will Grattan-Smith of University of Miami made the best of their remote learning semester, successfully establishing their own clothing brand, Wonderboy.

Junior launches ‘Wonderboy’ clothing brand in midst of pandemic

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer / November 4, 2020

Junior Will Dean started Wonderboy Clothing LLC, a streetwear clothing line that sells shirts and hoodies featuring designs from artists, with a friend...

The Boylston and Tremont intersection covered by snow

When Halloween looks a lot more like Christmas

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor / October 30, 2020

Boston Common transformed into a pre-winter wonderland Friday morning as the first snowfall of the season made its way through the city. About one...