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Little Building and Walker Building in snow.

College rescinds collective vandalism charges after student pressure

By Bailey Allen and Sabrina Lam
March 2, 2023

The college has dropped its plan to collectively charge Little Building residents a $16,000 vandalism fee in the face of staunch opposition from its student union. Emerson’s Office of Housing and...

The Little Building residence hall.

First years share first impressions of Emerson

By Hannah Nguyen, News Editor
September 8, 2022

No masks, no Zoom, no COVID-19 restrictions—the class of 2026’s first semester doesn’t look all that different from the beginning of high school.  While the class had an educational experience...

Incoming freshmen look forward to fall semester

Incoming freshmen look forward to fall semester

By Hannah Nguyen, News Editor
February 17, 2022

After witnessing school reopenings, loosened mask mandates, and the nationwide push for booster shots, incoming Emerson students are hoping for a first-year that is closer to normal.  Despite the unpredictability...

The flyer for Colorful Peace.

Student short film ‘Colorful Peace’ uses color to shed light on mental health struggles

By Sophia Pargas, Content Managing Editor
October 14, 2021

First year visual media arts student Seyf Naman’s new short film, “Colorful Peace,” received the Spirit Award at the Shawna Shea Film Festival in September 2021.  The film sheds light on the...

The Little Building residence hall.

First-year class settles in after year of upheaval

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 2, 2021

After a year of canceled proms, delayed graduations, and remote learning, the road to Emerson has been anything but normal for most first year students.  With everything up to the college application...

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
January 24, 2021

Moving onto campus for the first time as a freshman is daunting. Stepping out of your comfort zone while meeting new people from different backgrounds is one of the building blocks of the college experience....

Freshman William Blackwell Kinney (left), Derek Delson (second from left) and Maxwell Reid created an activity for incoming freshman to participate in during orientation week: a 24 hour screenplay competition.

In lieu of first-year orientation, three students create DIY screenplay competition

By Lucia Thorne
September 23, 2020

After the pandemic pushed traditional freshman orientation into Zoom, new students Maxwell Reid, Derek Delson, and William Blackwell Kinney decided to put together an orientation activity of their own...

When we were newbies at college, we might have encountered mean upperclassmen giving us a hard time or looking down on us. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

You were a freshman once, too

By Frances Hui
September 20, 2019

On the first day of classes this year, after I sprinted from the Park Street Station to the Walker Building, I took the stairs to avoid the long line for the elevator. To my right, two students pushed...

Freshman Marie Bou Aziz (right, No. 17) scored her second and third collegiate goals in the teams win against Wentworth. Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

Freshman comes off bench to score two goals in win against Wentworth

By Ethan McDowell
September 10, 2019

Freshman Marie Bou Aziz substituted into the game in the 24th minute against the Wentworth Institute of Technology Tuesday night and scored two goals, pushing the Lions to a 3-0 victory. Freshmen scored...

Sophomore Anthony Rodriguez and junior Cassie Poirier thought Emerson didn’t have enough resources for first-generation students, so they made their own. /
Tivara Tanudjaja / Beacon Staff

Organization helps first-generation students navigate college

By Cassandre Coyer
October 25, 2018

Junior Cassie Poirier identifies as a first-generation college student, yet she didn't know what that meant or the challenges it entailed until freshman year. “It was this feeling that everyone...

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