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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson Lions Nate Martin attempts to defend a shot.

Men’s basketball team takes down previously undefeated Clark

By Tyler Foy, Sports Editor
January 13, 2022

Emerson’s men’s basketball team earned their first conference win Wednesday night, putting up a score of 72-59 to defeat Clark University on their home court.  Prior to winter break, the Lions...

The long-awaited return of fall sports

The long-awaited return of fall sports

By Tyler Foy, Sports Editor
September 3, 2021

The last conference game any Emerson fall sports team played was on Nov. 9, 2019. After nearly 22 months for almost all fall sports squads, the teams are preparing for their first season. Fall athletes...

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

Men’s lacrosse loses opening game to Babson

By Christopher Williams, Sports Editor
April 18, 2021

The men’s lacrosse team fell 21-5 to Babson College on Saturday—the team’s first action of the spring season after its first three contests were canceled due to “COVID-19 protocols,” according...

The Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym

Emerson reports highest COVID spike to date, reportedly traced to athletic teams

By Charlie McKenna and Dana Gerber
April 3, 2021

Emerson reported 15 new positive COVID-19 tests on Saturday split over two days of testing—just two days after an email from the college warned of increased spread. The spread now appears to have originated...

Monday was the first of Emersons Counseling and Psychological Services three planned workshops on mental health in student athletes during the pandemic.

New event series aims to help student athletes grappling with mental health during COVID

By José Ríos
February 4, 2021

With the fall and winter sports season canceled and the future of the spring uncertain, Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services partnered with the Emerson Athletics Department to address the mental...

The mens volleyball team won its first game of the season on Thursday Photo credit: Montse Landeros

Winter sports practices cancelled after uptick in campus COVID-19 cases

By Christopher Williams and Domenic Conte
November 18, 2020

The Emerson Athletics department cancelled the remainder of sports practices this semester on Wednesday, due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases on campus. Athletic Director Pat Nicol told The Beacon...

Mens basketball sophomores Stephen Fabrizio (left) and James Beckwith (right) are among the athletes who have found outdoor courts to sharpen their skills.

Teams prepare for fall practice plans in the absence of athletic season

By Ethan McDowell
September 2, 2020

Emerson’s decision in July to cancel fall athletic competition created a void for student athletes and coaches alike that will be filled by two five-week-long practice periods.  Athletic Director...

Austin Franklin (2) has scored 37 career goals. He will have the opportunity to add to that total this spring.

Eligibility extension brings back Franklin for fifth season

By Shruti Rajkumar
August 30, 2020

On June 26, men’s lacrosse team co-captain and recent graduate Austin Franklin posted a statement on Instagram ending with the words “I’m back.” It indicated his return to the team for the 2021...

Emerson coaches prepare for unique challenges in a semester without fall sports

Emerson coaches prepare for unique challenges in a semester without fall sports

By Emily Cardona
July 21, 2020

With only a month left until the season begins, the college’s decision to cancel fall sports due to the outbreak of COVID-19 last week left coaches in a wash of uncertainty and led to a mix of reactions...

Athletes hope to maintain morale and continue training after college cancels fall sports

Athletes hope to maintain morale and continue training after college cancels fall sports

By Lara Hill
July 20, 2020

The cancellation of all fall competitive sporting events at the college left many student athletes—especially seniors—devastated about the loss of a season otherwise filled with practices, road trips...

Heightened concerns about testing, travel, practice led to fall sports cancellation

Heightened concerns about testing, travel, practice led to fall sports cancellation

By Ethan McDowell
July 15, 2020

Weeks of deliberation by the college’s athletic department led to a much-anticipated announcement Tuesday: all fall athletic competition is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletic Director...

Lions wrap up nationwide spring break competitions

Lions wrap up nationwide spring break competitions

By Emily Cardona, Beacon Staff
March 11, 2020

Emerson’s spring sports teams traveled across the country for their 2020 spring break trips, playing 29 games in five states.  The baseball team, men’s and women’s tennis team, and women’s...

Emerson Athletics to continue spring schedules

Emerson Athletics to continue spring schedules

By Ethan McDowell, Sports Editor
March 11, 2020

The athletic department will not cancel any future contests or events despite the college’s transition to online classes due to COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, according to Athletic Director...

Emersons COVID-19 precautions have athletes questioning seasons future

Emerson’s COVID-19 precautions have athletes questioning seasons’ future

By Ethan McDowell, Sports Editor
March 11, 2020

Senior women’s tennis athlete Mackenzie Swaney spent the first few matches of her final season recovering from a concussion. Two days after her first practice, Swaney received the news that the team’s...

The womens basketball team shot 39 percent from the field. Christopher Williams / Beacon Staff

Women’s basketball defeats Suffolk in season opener

By Christopher Williams, Sports Editor
November 13, 2019

The women’s basketball team tipped off the 2019-20 season with a narrow 59-53 non-conference win over the Suffolk University Rams. The game remained neck and neck from the tipoff. Suffolk could not...

Junior outside hitter Grace Tepper (center) recorded 23 kills in the Lions win against MIT. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Lions upset MIT, pull off comeback for first NEWMAC playoff win

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor
November 6, 2019

The women’s volleyball team defeated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the NEWMAC playoff quarterfinals after coming back from a 2-0 deficit for its first playoff win since 2016. Before...

Senior Creighton Dorfman started in 57 of the 66 games he played in as a Lion. Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

Men’s soccer ends season with first NEWMAC win

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor
November 2, 2019

Men's soccer senior Creighton Dorfman said the moment he walked off Rotch Field for the final time in his career will be one he will remember forever. “Signing off one last time with a win in the...

Courtesy of James Gascoigne

Men’s basketball freshman out for season with hip injury

By Ethan McDowell
October 31, 2019

Men’s basketball forward James Gascoigne felt an intense pain in his knees as he ran up the court during his senior season at Arlington High School.  “I was just constantly in pain,” Gascoigne...

Sophomore Carolyn Vaimoso (left, airborne) averaged 4.5 kills per set before her season ending injury last year. Carol Rangel / Beacon Staff

Sophomore recovers from season ending injury with award winning year

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design
October 31, 2019

As Carolyn Vaimoso lay on the court after falling in the first set of a conference matchup against Coast Guard in September 2018, the only thing going through the then freshman’s head was that she definitely...

Freshman Rebecca Polsky hits the ball over the MIT blockers. Carol Rangel / Beacon Staff

Lions drop close conference game at MIT

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor
October 29, 2019

The women’s volleyball team lost to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but the Lions stayed positive throughout the game. “They just love to have fun, and we know when we make a mistake,...

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