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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson students deserve transparency on the efforts administrators make with their finances

By Editorial Board
March 23, 2022

The Berkeley Beacon editorial staff is back with another edition of, “how many times will we have to say the same thing?”  Emersonians received a community-wide email on Mar. 17 by Interim President...

Editorial: It’s okay to demand more of our administrators

Editorial: It’s okay to demand more of our administrators

February 10, 2022

William Gilligan, our interim president, has recently claimed that The Beacon has fallen victim to the “media environment where many…..pick and choose their facts.” Gilligan has taken it upon himself...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson’s COVID-19 protocols for spring semester warrant criticism

By Editorial Board
January 13, 2022

With students already back on campus and in-person classes officially starting on Jan. 18, COVID-19 cases are bound to continue their rise. Given the fumbled response to the surge at the end of the fall...

Editorial: Emerson should not make winter breaks harder for International Students

Editorial: Emerson should not make winter breaks harder for International Students

November 18, 2021

A winter break away from home can be very difficult—spending the few moments off we have as college students with family can be restorative after a draining semester. Many international students, however,...

Editorial: Emerson should do more to address antisemitism on campus

Editorial: Emerson should do more to address antisemitism on campus

By Editorial Board
November 4, 2021

In the wake of yet another attack on Emerson’s Jewish community, it has become clear that the college needs to do more to combat antisemitism on campus.  On Oct. 15, antisemitic graffiti was found...

Editorial: Emerson, let students move off campus before their senior year

Editorial: Emerson, let students move off campus before their senior year

By Editorial Board
September 24, 2021

Since fall of 2017, Emerson has mandated that all students entering the college live on campus for their first six semesters, with very few exceptions granted.  Living on campus can be one of the most...

Editorial: First-years deserve time to reacclimate after a year and a half of isolation

Editorial: First-years deserve time to reacclimate after a year and a half of isolation

By Editorial Board
September 10, 2021

Over the past year and a half, all of us have had to learn to live with the “new normal” of Zoom classes and socially distanced classrooms. However, we upperclassmen should consider ourselves lucky....

Emerson students receive hand sanitizer outside Tutfs testing location.

Editorial: There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the pandemic isn’t over yet

By Editorial Board
April 8, 2021

Pandemic fatigue is rife around the globe after enduring more than a year of sacrifice and isolation. In the past year, we’ve been forced to give up parts of our lives as college students that we previously...

Connection and communication issues stemming from Zoom discussions trigger the disorder’s inability to regulate emotions more easily, leading to frustration and anger that can last the whole day, no matter how minor the issue. The cruel irony is that the more I think about how I need to pay attention, the less I actually pay attention.

Students deserve a break now more than ever

By Editorial Board
March 11, 2021

After living through a pandemic for the past year, most of us are exhausted. The extended hours of screen time, lack of contact with friends and family, and looming fear of the virus has taken a toll on...

Emerson has reported 5,093 total tests have been conducted as of Sunday, with five positives, according to the colleges website.

Let off-campus students test somewhere else

By Editorial Board
August 31, 2020

Testing all Emerson students weekly is both a noble goal and a requirement this year. It’s been widely proven that the most effective way to pin down the coronavirus before it spreads—or shortly after...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

We really, really shouldn’t throw parties

By The Editorial Board
August 24, 2020

By now, you may have heard a joke or two leading up to this semester—something like “off to school for a few good weeks” or “don’t make your room look too nice, since it’ll probably be empty...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St.

Remote learning is different, but that’s not a bad thing

By The Editorial Board
August 17, 2020

As Emerson moves forward with its reopening plans for the fall semester, many students have raised concerns about the value of online classes. Is it comparable to the in-person experience, they ask, when...

The entrance to Emersons Walker Building on Boylston St.

A weekly email is not enough

By Editorial Board
August 10, 2020

Throughout the summer, Emerson administration has sent students sporadic emails. In June came the announcement that campus would reopen in late August. A few weeks later, updates on tuition and then dining...

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

By Editorial Board
July 28, 2020

In a world toppled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson administration gave students a choice: return to an altered campus and participate in a mix of in-person and online classes or opt to go fully online....

Black Lives Matter protestors chant as they walked up Bowdoin St. approaching the State House.

For a more equitable community (and newsroom)

By Editorial Board
June 19, 2020

On June 1, as inklings of warm summer air crept in, a massive protest overtook the streets of Boston, just steps from Emerson’s campus. Demonstrators marched to get justice for the countless Black lives...

President Pelton met with community members in a round table session after Town Meeting. Jacob Seitz / Beacon Staff

Respect the Marlboro community by maintaining communication

By Editorial Board
November 20, 2019

This Wednesday, President M. Lee Pelton set foot in Marlboro College for the first time since announcing the Marlboro-Emerson merger. Emerson plans to absorb Marlboro's endowment and welcome any interested...

An Asset Transfer Agreement, signed by Emerson and Marlboro, revealed that Emerson expects to receive just over $20 million from the merger.

The Marlboro College merger should be met with respect, not ridicule

By Editorial Board
November 13, 2019

In a town hall last Wednesday, President M. Lee Pelton announced that Emerson College plans to merge with Marlboro College, a small liberal arts institution in southern Vermont.  The announcement of...

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

Students deserve a stress-free registration process

By Editorial Board
November 6, 2019

This Monday, the registrar’s office shut down class registration for students with 92 or more credits following a technical issue. According to an email from the registrar, Banner, the new college’s...

Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk and Copy Managing Editor Abigail Hadfield proof the final version of The Beacon before sending it to print.

On-campus media deserve financial independence from student governments

By Editorial Board
October 30, 2019

When The Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk stepped before the Student Government Association last week to present an amendment, he cited the Constitution's first amendment in his argument for...

Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Hold university administrations accountable this application season

By Editorial Board
October 23, 2019

In March, the Federal Bureau of Investigations exposed over a dozen celebrities who bought their children's acceptance into the country’s most prestigious colleges. With the help of college counseling...

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