Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Snow fluttering down on Boylston Street.

Emerson announces loosened COVID-19 protocols starting Feb. 7

By Vivi Smilgius
February 4, 2022

The college will update its protocols on Feb. 7, allowing non-Emerson guests inside non-residential spaces and requiring community members to get COVID tested just once a week, announced a community-wide...

Greencare KN95 masks (left), which college officials said they provided faculty, and the masks obtained by Beacon staffers (right)

College-supplied masks could possibly be ‘counterfeit,’ warns faculty union

By Bailey Allen, News Editor
January 27, 2022

Emerson community members are raising concerns about the efficacy of the KN95 masks distributed by the college last week, citing a lack of proper authenticity markings. The college announced on Jan....

Emersons COVID-19 testing center at the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave.

Friday sees 11 new COVID-19 cases, lowest single-day this week

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large
January 21, 2022

Emerson reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the lowest single-day number this week, and set the daily positivity rate at 1.11 percent. Friday’s update also reported that 16 community members...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

Emerson reports 27 positive COVID-19 tests Wednesday, bringing weekly total to 61

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large
December 16, 2021

Emerson reported 27 new positive COVID-19 tests for the second day in a row on Thursday, bringing the numbers of positive tests reported this week to a staggering 61. The positives reflect an unprecedented...

Emerson to require boosters, additional testing for spring semester

Emerson to require boosters, additional testing for spring semester

By Vivi Smilgius
December 9, 2021

Emerson will require all community members to receive a COVID-19 booster shot prior to the spring semester amid a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts following the Thanksgiving holiday, college...

COVID testing site locating at 116 Harrison Avenue.

Positive COVID-19 tests rising on campus, mirroring statewide trend

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

In the ten-day period since Nov. 8, Emerson reported 13 new positive COVID-19 tests—a marked increase in overall infections mirroring worsening cases in Massachusetts.  Though daily case numbers...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

College reports 14 positive COVID-19 tests in week of testing

By Charlie McKenna and Camilo Fonseca
September 2, 2021

Despite the vaccine mandate for community members, Emerson has reported 14 positive COVID-19 tests in just over a week since the start of fall semester testing, according to the college’s dashboard.  The...

COVID lead Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

Q&A with Emerson COVID Lead Erik Muurisepp

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 18, 2021

In April, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life Erik Muurisepp was handed a herculean task: leading the college’s implementation and communication of coronavirus safety policy as reopening was planned.  Almost...

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