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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

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The exterior of the COVID testing site.

Testing center to close at 4:30 p.m. starting Monday

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
April 6, 2022

Starting Monday, April 11, Emerson’s testing center at Tufts Medical Center will open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday instead of the previous 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to a Wednesday...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Testing center closes early due to heating issues

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2022

Emerson’s COVID-19 testing site closed early today due to “heating issues” at Tufts Medical Center, according to a community-wide email sent by the college’s “COVID Lead” and Associate Vice...

Emerson is now mask-optional in all campus spaces except classrooms.

Emerson to limit in-person events for first week of spring semester

By Bailey Allen and Vivi Smilgius
January 2, 2022

To rebuild the “Emerson bubble,” the college will operate almost entirely virtually for the first week of its spring semester, according to a community-wide email from Vice President and Dean of Campus...

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

Emerson will allow rapid tests for back to campus testing requirement

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 31, 2021

Students who are unable to secure a PCR test before arriving on Emerson’s campus in Boston, Los Angeles, or Kasteel Well will be able to attest to a negative result returned from a rapid antigen test...

The college was investigated by the Office of Civil Rights twice in the past five years for complaints of disability discrimination

College to require increased testing, ‘stay-in-room’ policy for spring move-in

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 22, 2021

A day after delaying the start of the spring semester, college officials on Wednesday detailed plans to resume in-person classes amid an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 both on campus and statewide, with...

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...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson to require students to test negative before return to campus from Thanksgiving break

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
November 16, 2021

All students will have to provide Emerson with proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to their return to campus from Thanksgiving break, and take another test within three days of arriving, college officials...

Students entering the testing facility at 116 Harrison Ave.

Pooled testing model draws mixed reactions among students

By Hannah Nguyen, Deputy Express News Editor
November 11, 2021

A week after Emerson’s shift to a pooled testing model for all community members, students have expressed mixed reactions to the new model—questioning its safety and accuracy.   The decision to...

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

Spring semester sees rise of invalid COVID-19 tests, new ‘inconclusive’ category

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
March 4, 2021

This semester, the college has reported a slight rise in COVID-19 tests coming back “invalid” and has introduced a new “inconclusive” category for tests, exacerbating the logistical inconvenience...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,928 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 25, 2021

Massachusetts reported 1,928 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a rise from the 1,788 new infections reported Wednesday. The death toll rose by 33.  Thursday marks the twelfth day in a row cases have...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts reports 1,319 new coronavirus cases

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 9, 2021

Emerson reported three new positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out of the 1,188 tests administered on Monday and three tests administered on Sunday. The college’s cumulative positive tests since testing...

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

Emerson reports six new positive tests, bringing cumulative spring total to 25

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
January 27, 2021

Emerson reported six new positive COVID-19 tests Wednesday, out of 788 tests administered Monday, bringing the cumulative number of positives to 85. The college’s cumulative testing total sits at 56,128. The...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson announces new “testing cohorts” for on-campus students

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 4, 2021

Students will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week as part of new “testing cohorts,” the college announced in an email Monday evening.  The testing cohorts will allow students to...

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

Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases continue to rise

By Charlie McKenna
October 19, 2020

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests Monday out of 616 new tests administered on Oct. 16, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 22. Emerson’s cumulative testing...

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

Emerson reports no new positives, Massachusetts cases drop for second straight day

By Charlie McKenna
October 6, 2020

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 test results Tuesday out of 557 tests administered on Oct. 5, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 19. Emerson’s cumulative testing...

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

Emerson reports no new positives, 235 new tests

By Charlie McKenna
September 30, 2020

Emerson reported no new positive COVID-19 tests results Wednesday out of 235 total tests, leaving the college’s cumulative positive tests since Aug. 6 at 18. Emerson’s cumulative testing total sits...

Emerson reports three new positive tests since Monday

Emerson reports three new positive tests since Monday

By Charlie McKenna and Diana Bravo
September 3, 2020

Emerson reported three new positive COVID-19 test results between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2, bringing the community’s positive tests to 10 out of 7,422 administered.  One individual is currently in isolation...

If the college chooses to have people attending classes in Boston and acknowledges its responsibility to provide testing, it must also bear the burden of the danger this puts our homeless and low-income community members in.

Don’t ignore our “invisible” community as classes resume this fall

By Billy Brodeur
September 2, 2020

Billy Brodeur is a senior studying comedic arts. On a walk to Paramount my sophomore year, I turned a corner and saw my friend Paul slumped on the ground. Paul is a homeless man in his late 60s who...

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