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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Trash bins in the cafeteria.

Green efforts ongoing as Emerson searches for new sustainability manager

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
April 16, 2021

As Emerson prepares to hire a new sustainability manager, the college is pushing forward in its effort to create a more environmentally friendly campus.  Cathy Liebowitz, Emerson’s former sustainability...

A sanitation worker cleaning a room.

Maintenance staff risk safety to protect community

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
April 8, 2021

When maintenance worker Ramiro Soto returns home after a long day of cleaning Emerson buildings, he disinfects his backpack, jumps in the shower, and places the clothes he wore that day in a plastic bag...

The new awnings installed in the 2B alley.

Awnings installed in 2B Alley

By Patrick Pierce
April 1, 2021

Emerson installed five awnings covering outdoor seating in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway on March 5, in an effort to keep the five tables in the alley available during inclement weather.   The awnings...

The Little Building residence hall.

College greenhouse gas emissions increase with Little Building reopening

By Patrick Pierce, Beacon Correspondent
December 12, 2020

An annual city report found that Emerson’s greenhouse gas emissions saw a slight increase in 2019 with the reopening of the Little Building residential hall.  The Little Building alone has added...

A man walking past the W Hotel on Stuart St.

W Hotel to continue housing students in spring

By Patrick Pierce
November 14, 2020

Emerson will continue to house students and hold classes in the four-star W hotel during the spring semester, extending a deal that put approximately 200 students in the downtown space this fall. Students...

Emerson will remove plexiglass dividers installed in classrooms preceding the Fall 2021 semester.

Campus capacity severely limited with new retrofitting measures

By Charlie McKenna
August 27, 2020

The rapidly approaching fall semester will see Emerson’s vertical downtown Boston campus drastically altered due to COVID-19 safety restrictions and new retrofitting designed to keep larger groups from...

The ongoing construction on Boylston St., intended to expand the sidewalk into the parking lane and add benches and planters, has been delayed until at least the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

Sidewalk expansion delayed indefinitely

By Charlie McKenna
July 16, 2020

The college’s sidewalk expansion project on Boylston St. is indefinitely delayed, according to a college official.  The sidewalk on the campus side of Boylston St. will be reopened and free of construction...

Construction workers beside Little Building continuing sidewalk construction in front of empty storefronts in Little Building

Sidewalk expansion project to finish on schedule despite delays

By Charlie Mckenna
January 21, 2020

The college’s sidewalk expansion project experienced unanticipated delays in December but is still projected to finish on schedule in mid-September, according to a college official. The delays resulted...

Mediterranean restaurant Garbanzo opened on Emersons campus in August.

Mediterranean fare to replace grilled cheese and burgers on Boylston

By Anissa Gardizy
October 8, 2019

A Mediterranean franchise will open in the space formerly occupied by Griddler’s Burgers & Dogs at 134-136 Boylston St. in January, according to a restaurant executive. The restaurant, Garbanzo,...

The new sustainability manager, Catherine Liebowitz, said her passion for the environment comes from her childhood. Photo courtesy of Christina Solazzo

New sustainability manager hopes to strengthen green community

By Brynn O'Connor
October 1, 2019

Emerson’s new sustainability manager, Catherine Liebowitz, hopes to strengthen the green community on campus. Liebowitz filled the role formerly held by Amy Elvidge, who left Emerson in July 2018...

Dining on campus will see significant alterations in the fall semester.

Dining workers secure new union contract

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
September 11, 2019

The college’s dining workers renegotiated their union contract with Bon Appétit Management Company in May 2019 to provide them with more benefits after their previous contract expired last April.  The...

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

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer
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...

Students dining in the dining center in March 2019.

Dining Center prepares for increased on-campus population next semester

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
March 13, 2019

The college plans to relocate serving stations, provide more seating, and expand the hours of the Dining Center to accommodate for the influx of students who will need a meal plan during the fall 2019...

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

College to revamp Eco-Reps program

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer
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...

According to the Sustainable Emerson Facebook page, Emerson’s recycling rate last spring ranked No. 141 out of 150 colleges and universities in the nation. • Abbey Finn / Beacon Correspondent

College seeks to redeem recycling and composting rates

By Kaitlyn Bryson
October 10, 2018

Emerson came in last place in a recycling competition against five other Boston colleges and universities last spring. This semester, the Sustainability Committee and Bon Appetit combined resources to...

C-Store relocates to Max Cafe

By Riley Walberg
October 2, 2017

The Emerson C-Store offers a wide variety of snacks options for students—from potato chips to sushi—at its new location in the Max Mutchnick Campus Center. Located on the second floor of the Piano...

Students are complaining about cracks in the ceiling in the new 2 Boylston Place residence hall.
LALA THADDEUS / BEACON STAFF

Students voice concerns about 2 Boylston Place interior

By Lindsey Toomer
September 20, 2017

Some residents of 2 Boylston Place have said they are disappointed with structural problems they’re experiencing in Emerson’s newest residence hall. Residents said the most common issues seen throughout...

Beacon Archive.

Summer construction builds up student spaces

By Max Reyes
September 6, 2017

Emerson gained several new dining and social spaces as it lost the entirety of the Little Building to renovations this summer. 2 Boylston Place has 375 beds and 18 floors and features three common areas,...

Song Park said he was injured by closing elevator doors.BRIANNA OSHAUGHNESSY / BEACON CORRESPONDENT

Inaccessible infrastructure limits students with disabilities

By Max Reyes
April 19, 2017

Song Park said he knew Boston wasn’t the most accessible city before coming to Emerson. A Palo Alto native, he said he wanted to get out of California. But since moving to the east coast campus,...

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