Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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Former professor sentenced to 30 years for sexual assault

By Frankie Rowley and Charlie McKenna
November 18, 2021

Jefferson Fietek, a convicted sex offender who briefly served as a professor in Emerson’s Performing Arts Department, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for assaulting a number of underage...

Pete Chvany (center), a former Emerson professor and longtime mens soccer coach

‘A friend to hundreds of Emersonians’: Pete Chvany, former professor and men’s soccer coach, dies at age 81

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 23, 2021

Pete Chvany’s three-decade tenure at Emerson was more than just an academic career—according to his son Alec Chvany ‘95, it was just the “third act” of a long life. Chvany, a former professor...

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‘I feel relief that he will not be able to harm anyone else;’ Victims of former performing arts professor speak out

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 2, 2021

For the victims of former Emerson professor, Jefferson Fietek, his arrest was a bittersweet moment. They expressed relief seeing their childhood abuser locked behind bars, away from harming any other...

Jefferson Fietek was an assistant professor for performing arts at Emerson College starting in 2019.

Former Emerson professor pleads guilty to sexually abusing former students

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
August 21, 2021

Former assistant professor Jefferson Fietek pleaded guilty to three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct Thursday, and now faces thirty years in prison, according to a Minnesota county prosecutor.  Fietek...

Professor Emerita Robbie McCauley

Robbie McCauley, performing arts professor emerita, dies at 78

By Bailey Allen, Deputy Enterprise Editor
May 28, 2021

Former performing arts professor Robbie McCauley, who taught at Emerson for 12 years, passed away last week in Silver Spring, Maryland, according to college officials. McCauley, 78, came to Emerson...

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

Former professor under investigation for multiple sexual assault allegations

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
June 30, 2020

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is investigating former Assistant Professor Jefferson Fietek for multiple reports of sexual assault, according to a press release obtained by The Beacon. Emerson...

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