Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.

CSD department grapples with hybrid learning

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
March 4, 2021

Since the onset of the pandemic last spring, the Communication Sciences and Disorders department has adapted its program to function remotely, despite its highly hands-on and equipment-heavy pedagogy.  Because...

Cristina Kotz Cornejo, the current VMA Chair.

First woman of color VMA Chair prioritizes inclusion, sustainability

By Alec Klusza and Ann E. Matica
March 4, 2021

Since ascending to chair of the Department of Visual & Media Arts in July—becoming the first woman of color to take the helm of the college’s most popular major—Cristina Kotz Cornejo has prioritized...

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...

75 Arlington St, the Building where the Boston Foundation office is located in.

Pelton poised to reshape Boston Foundation presidency

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 4, 2021

After Emerson President M. Lee Pelton steps into his new role as CEO and President of The Boston Foundation on June 1, he will be tasked with setting new priorities for the organization, managing its $1.5...

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

Administrators suggest restriction loosening on the horizon

By Charlie McKenna
March 4, 2021

With coronavirus cases on the decline in Boston and in Massachusetts and the gradual lift of restrictions, positive COVID-19 tests at Emerson have begun to slowly dip back to fall semester rates, prompting...

Mens lacrosse team started their season off with a win against Nichols College.

Sports are back: student athletes grateful for spring season

By Christopher Williams and Joey DuBois
March 4, 2021

Nearly a year after their season came to an unexpected halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson’s spring sports teams will be the first programs to compete in an official season since last March. “When...

President Joe Biden

Biden needs to live up to his campaign promises

By Editorial Board
March 4, 2021

Joe Biden took office just over a month ago, and we’re already disappointed. At a time when millions of Americans are facing illness and job insecurity, a drastic change from Trump’s presidency was...

The mens soccer team trains at Rotch Field in the South End three times per week.

Fall sports teams begin training for hopeful season

By Joey DuBois, Deputy Sports Editor
March 4, 2021

Emerson’s fall sports teams began their spring training sessions on Feb. 17, nearly a year after their initial training for the later-canceled fall season was cut short by the pandemic. These practices...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Bypasses of security in the Little Building, fire alarm set off at Park Plaza Hotel

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 3, 2021

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content. Tuesday, Feb. 23  ECPD...

Emma Krug (Active), Rhiannon Melton (new members), Nicole Watkins (Active), Allie Thompson (Active)

Fraternities and Sororities forced to be creative with new member education amid COVID

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
March 2, 2021

With the daunting effects of the pandemic, new member education for fraternities and sororities has been a challenge, to say the least. With all events hosted virtually, leaders of Emerson’s Fraternity-Sorority...

Debrosse, pictured middle right, in a Spring  Student Government Association meeting.

The Student Government Association passes new bylaws, an appeal and appoints three new members during student assembly

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 2, 2021

The Student Government Association approved a series of new bylaws in a wide-ranging meeting where they added new members to the organization’s academic senate and approved an appeal.  The bylaws,...

Algorithm bias researcher Joy Buolamwini showing the racist faults in the Aspire Mirror.

‘Coded Bias’ latest screening from Bright Lights Film Series, highlights racial bias in AI

By Lucia Thorne, Living Arts Editor
March 2, 2021

Artificial intelligence, defined as “the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence,” has the potential to shape the future of every industry. Yet...

Electronic duo Daft Punk

A requiem for Daft Punk: the avant gardes of electronic dance music

By Soleil Easton
March 1, 2021

The endangered Parisian robot duo, Daft Punk, has gone extinct, announcing the decision on Monday via an eight-minute sequence dubbed “Epilogue,” taken from their 2006 film, Electroma. Kathryn Frazier,...

I convinced myself that people could see my loneliness, radiating like an inverted aura that stigmatized me into something wretched and weak.

Confronting my loneliness was a double-edged sword

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
March 1, 2021

I first moved to Boston in the fall of 2017 from Westminster, Massachusetts; a small, rural town. It was a move that filled me to the brim with anxiety and excitement—emotions at the opposite ends of...

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