Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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

Plexiglass shields to be removed from classrooms upon faculty request

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
February 24, 2022

Emerson will remove plexiglass dividers installed in classrooms preceding the Fall 2021 semester. According to Emerson’s assistant vice president of facilities and campus services Duncan Pollock,...

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

Friday’s 0.50 percent daily COVID-19 positivity rate marks fourth consecutive day below 1 percent

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 29, 2022

Emerson reported 5 positive COVID-19 cases on Friday of the 1,006 tests administered, setting the daily positivity rate at 0.50 percent, the fourth consecutive day below one percent. The college also...

COVID testing site locating at 116 Harrison Avenue.

Emerson breaks 400 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, positivity rate at 2.35 percent

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 27, 2022

Emerson has seen 404 positive COVID-19 tests since the spring testing cycle began on Jan. 3, breaking a threshold not seen through the entire pandemic. The college reported nine positive COVID-19 tests...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson reports 11 positive COVID-19 tests, lowest single-day total this semester

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 25, 2022

Emerson reported 11 positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday out to the 1,841 administered on Monday. Tuesday’s dashboard update also reported that eight community members were in on-campus isolation. Zero...

Bags of food in the Dining Center waiting to be delivered to quarantined and isolated students.

Students split on college’s COVID protocol’s effectiveness upon return to campus

By Hannah Nguyen, Deputy Express News Editor
January 21, 2022

In an effort to rebuild the “Emerson bubble” in the first weeks of the spring semester, the college imposed several restrictions not seen since the first year of the pandemic—and students are divided...

COVID lead Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

‘Learning to live with the virus’: Emerson reports 31 positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 21, 2022

Emerson College has reported 332 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the spring semester—the highest numbers since the beginning of the pandemic—and currently sits at a 3.20 percent positivity...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson reports 301 positives two weeks into spring semester

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 18, 2022

In just two weeks since the onset of the spring 2022 semester, Emerson has reported a cumulative 301 positive COVID-19 cases. The college has administered 8,534 tests since Jan. 3, and currently reports...

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

Emerson reports 228 positive cases within 10 day period

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 13, 2022

An unprecedented 228 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported at Emerson in the ten days since the commencement of the spring 2022 semester. Cumulatively, Emerson has administered 5,015 tests since...

Emerson students having classes.

‘Everything is out the window’: College returns to in-person learning amid unprecedented COVID surge

By Vivi Smilgius and Adri Pray
January 12, 2022

Less than a week into the spring 2022 semester, Emerson has already reported 228 positive COVID-19 tests, leading to uncertainty regarding the rest of the semester amid rising cases statewide. Emerson’s...

Snowflakes come down near the Emerson Colonial Theater.

Emerson to resume in-person classes on Jan. 18

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 11, 2022

Emerson will resume in-person classes on Jan. 18 with a slew of extended restrictions college officials announced on Tuesday evening.  Citing community members’ vigilance and belief that protocols...

Emersons testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson surge continues as spring semester approaches

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Content Managing Editor
January 7, 2022

In the week leading up to students’ return to campus, Emerson reported over 80 positive COVID-19 tests, reflecting a statewide struggle to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.  Of the 1,056...

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

Emerson issues five-day isolation and quarantine protocols amid surge

By Adri Pray, News Editor
January 7, 2022

Emerson will decrease its isolation and quarantine time to five days per guidance changes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced college officials on Friday. Effective Jan. 7,...

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...

The Emerson College Barnes and Noble store.

Emerson to hold first week of spring semester classes remotely

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 21, 2021

Emerson will hold all classes during the first week of the spring semester remotely, college officials announced Tuesday evening.  The college will hold all courses on the Boston campus remotely from...

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

Emerson reports ten new positives in five days

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 25, 2021

Emerson has reported ten new positive COVID-19 tests since Sept. 20 on the Boston campus, raising the college’s cumulative positive tests to 48.  The ten positive tests come from 3,994 tests administered...

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

Emerson up to 21 positive tests in first two weeks of testing

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 7, 2021

Through just over two weeks of fall semester COVID-19 testing, Emerson has reported 21 positive COVID-19 tests despite sky-high vaccination rates amongst community members.  More than half of the positives...

Outside of the Emerson College Testing Center.

College reports 14 positive COVID-19 tests in week of testing

By Charlie McKenna and Camilo Fonseca
September 2, 2021

Despite the vaccine mandate for community members, Emerson has reported 14 positive COVID-19 tests in just over a week since the start of fall semester testing, according to the college’s dashboard.  The...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts reports average of 1,267 coronavirus cases in last seven days

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
August 23, 2021

Between Aug. 17 and Aug. 23, Massachusetts reported an average of 1,267 COVID-19 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 31. Cases reached an individual day high of 1,459...

The new awnings installed in the 2B alley.

Emerson lifts most restrictions as COVID fears ease

Emerson will lift most of the restrictions implemented on April 7 to slow down the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 amongst the community since late March on Thursday morning, college officials announced...

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