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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Students waiting in front of the Lions Den.

Students report dissatisfaction with flexibility week as spring break replacement

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 1, 2021

Emerson’s “Flexibility Week”—meant to provide students with a reduced work load for the week—was received poorly by many students, who cited ineffectiveness, and in some cases, an inadvertently...

A meeting of professor Nancy Allens Plagues and Pandemics course in the fall semester.

Emerson Faculty Assembly passes Flexibility Week and Wellness Passes

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 25, 2021

Emerson’s Faculty Assembly voted to approve two spring break alternatives, wellness passes and a “flexibility week” on Friday, meant to alleviate stress and burnout for students in light of the October...

Students walking on Boston Common.

Faculty approve spring break alternatives

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 21, 2021

Emerson faculty members approved two proposed spring break alternatives during a Friday Faculty Assembly meeting.  The two alternatives, first proposed by Faculty Assembly’s Calendar Committee on...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

COVID-19 forces some professors to consider pausing five-year path to tenure

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2020

With professional timelines thrown into disarray by the pressures of the pandemic, some Emerson faculty are weighing whether or not to “stop-the-clock” on their paths to tenure. Due to various roadblocks...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

Admin will not offer pass/fail option for fall classes

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 12, 2020

Emerson administrators do not plan to institute a pass/fail option for classes this semester as they did in the spring to accommodate students struggling with the effects of COVID-19. The pass/fail...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St. in front of the Little Building.

Spring break formally eliminated with faculty vote

By Charlie McKenna
October 17, 2020

The full time faculty union approved an altered schedule for the upcoming spring semester Tuesday, finalizing the college’s plans to cancel spring break as a precaution against COVID-19. The new calendar,...

A faculty assembly meeting in January.

Faculty addresses concerns over spring semester schedule, testing regulation

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
September 23, 2020

Professors criticized the administration’s proposed calendar for the spring semester, as well as its COVID-19 data reporting process, during a Faculty Assembly meeting Tuesday afternoon. The complaints...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

Administration officials disclose additional details on what fall semester may look like

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
June 20, 2020

The college’s hybrid learning reopening plan announcement last week answered questions that had been lingering on the minds of students and faculty for months. But the vague nature of “One Emerson...

A faculty assembly meeting in January.

Professors contend exclusion from reopening talks, safety not considered

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
June 19, 2020

A virtual faculty assembly meeting erupted into angry questioning Tuesday when some professors denounced administration officials for their lack of transparency and communication regarding the college’s...

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

Faculty vote to support pass/fail policy for undergraduate students

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
March 31, 2020

Faculty Assembly overwhelmingly voted to support a policy that will give undergraduate students a pass/fail option for their classes during their meeting Tuesday.  The policy lets students choose the...

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

Faculty Assembly to consider pass/fail option for students

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
March 31, 2020

Faculty will consider a new policy that would allow undergraduate students to choose a pass/fail option for their classes during Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting. The policy allows students to choose...

A faculty assembly meeting in January.

Faculty Assembly addresses departmental concerns over Marlboro college merger

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
January 30, 2020

College administrators faced questions about how the merger with Marlboro College would impact Emerson’s tenure and curriculum processes at Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting, which drew over 100 faculty...

Faculty were presented with awards during their monthly meeting. Chris Van Buskirk / Beacon Staff

Faculty recognized and honored at award ceremony

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
September 29, 2018

The Faculty Assembly recognized and honored members of the Emerson community at its first meeting of the year on Tuesday. About a dozen faculty members received departmental awards and recognition...

Pictured above, Performing Arts Department Chair Bob Colby.

Permanent cultural committee addresses diversity and bias

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
April 9, 2018

Members of the Educational Equity and Justice Committee have focused on the bias response program and worked with the Social Justice Center to construct a new staff position since becoming a permanent...

Editorial: What’s in a name?

Editorial: What’s in a name?

By Editorial Board
January 25, 2018

At issue: College jargon surrounding issues of inequality Our take: Name changes don’t guarantee action This week, faculty assembly voted to create a permanent new committee on cultural competency...

Faculty assembly votes for permanent cultural competency committee

By Max Reyes
January 24, 2018

Faculty assembly voted to form a permanent committee dedicated to educating staff and students on cultural competency and making the curriculum more inclusive on Tuesday. The proposal faculty voted...

The truth of the matter is there is no simple way to find out what exactly students tuition goes toward.

Tuition talks are a two-way street

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
January 18, 2018

When student protesters marched across campus and into Faculty Assembly last fall, they called for more than just a few conciliatory remarks and an email from administration. They asked for real, immediate...

Letter to the Editor: Faculty Council responds to Lowrie memo and student protests

November 15, 2017

Faculty Council recently met with President Lee Pelton, Provost Michaele Whelan, and VP of Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears to discuss the student protest and its aftermath. While we support Anthony...

Students present demands to faculty
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Faculty assembly chair calls for ‘less witch-hunting’ in wake of protest

October 30, 2017

By Katherine Burns and Mark Gartsbeyn The chair of Emerson’s faculty assembly wrote in an email Monday afternoon that students and the Ad-Hoc Committee on Cultural Competency falsely accused faculty...

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