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The criminalization of unhoused and impoverished populations in “college towns”

By Ryli Stoker, Beacon Correspondent
September 20, 2023

A lot of Emerson students act like they have never seen unhoused people before.   The first time I picked up on this was in a dorm with a small group of fellow students. One person was talking about...

Little Building and Walker Building in snow.

College rescinds collective vandalism charges after student pressure

By Bailey Allen and Sabrina Lam
March 1, 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...

Piano Row residence hall

‘It feels like a race’: students face housing and registration confusion

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large
March 23, 2022

As the 2022-23 housing and course registration processes commence, some students report being stressed by both. Emerson’s Housing and Residential Education Department opened housing applications on...

Michelle Wu greets supporters after winning the mayoral election on Nov. 2.

Wu sworn in as mayor, pushes widespread reform

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Editor
November 18, 2021

Michelle Wu was sworn in as mayor Tuesday, ushering in a new era for the city of Boston as the former city councilor became the city’s first woman and person of color elected to serve in the corner office.  “Boston...

Residence hall visitation restored, community lounges and kitchens reopening for fall

Residence hall visitation restored, community lounges and kitchens reopening for fall

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
May 11, 2021

Emerson will loosen guest policies in on-campus housing for the fall semester, reversing pandemic-era restrictions as vaccinations in the state continue to climb and cases plummet.  A Tuesday afternoon...

Paramount residence halls are designated as a quarantine and isolation space in the fall for ill and exposed students.

Emerson to offer on-campus housing to some students over winter break

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 17, 2020

Emerson will offer limited housing to some on-campus students during the final two weeks of the fall semester and through winter break. Fewer than 80 students are expected to be provided with short...

The Office of Housing and Residential Education released a plan Thursday for altered on-campus living for the fall semester.

Fall semester will see significant alterations to on-campus living

By Charlie McKenna and Diana Bravo
June 11, 2020

Residential life on campus during the fall 2020 semester will look significantly different than it has in past years as part of the college’s reopening plan “One Emerson Flex Learning,” according...

Manager of Custodial Services Nestor Carranza said Emerson hired five additional temporary employees from night cleaning companies.

Custodial staff face increase in items left behind by departing students

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
April 1, 2020

In the scramble to vacate campus two weeks ago as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened in Massachusetts, students left behind more items in residential building lobbies and dorm rooms than previous semesters,...

The ongoing construction on Boylston St., intended to expand the sidewalk into the parking lane and add benches and planters, has been delayed until at least the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

OHRE looks for creative solutions after COVID-19 hinders housing selection process

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
March 30, 2020

The Housing Operations team released an updated 2020-2021 housing selection process timeline in an email Friday afternoon after the initially scheduled process was delayed in the scramble to move students...

The 73-year-old Marlboro College was sold to Democracy Builders. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Emerson College will not cover housing cost difference for Marlboro students

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
January 8, 2020

Emerson College will not cover the $5,555 difference in housing costs for Marlboro College students who live on the Boston campus next fall, according to officials from both colleges. Marlboro Chief...

Kyle Eber, President of Emerson Mystic, with his cat Tetra.

Emotional support animals on-campus double as mental health diagnoses increase nationally

By Carlee Bronkema, Staff Reporter
October 23, 2019

Junior Grayson Pitt said his emotional support animal, Credence, prompts him to take care of himself and begin other tasks for the day—his gecko’s dependence on him is soothing.  “Once I take...

when you have a chronic disability, the structure of our society fails you often and makes your life harder than it should be. / Illustration by Christine Park

Students with disabilities need clearer housing processes

By Shruti Rajkumar
October 16, 2019

Prior to entering my sophomore year of college, I anticipated that the housing process would be as simple as the one my freshman year. But of course, when you have a chronic disability, the structure...

The college hired Housing Operations Coordinator Christopher Muchata to work hand-in-hand with the Associate Director of Housing Operations Kendra Stokes. Montse Landeros / Beacon Staff

Housing fills two new positions after spring crash

By Daniela Lobo-Rivera
October 8, 2019

The Office of Housing and Residential Education hired a housing operations coordinator and area coordinator—two new positions—to help improve the campus experience for incoming and current students. The...

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Housing portal crashes on first day of suite selection

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
April 18, 2019

Students piled into the Office of Housing and Residence Life after a website malfunction caused the college to freeze the housing application on April 17. Vice President and Dean of Campus Life James...

This college’s housing system completely disregards the money my family actively pays to Emerson and the fact that the college does not offer me enough financial aid to continue living on campus. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Residency requirement blocks avenue for students to save money

By Megan Ellis
March 13, 2019

I represent the inaugural class of students the college will require to live on campus for three years. Soon to be facing a future of financial insecurity due to college debt, I am disregarded from Emerson’s...

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Beacon Breakdown: How tuition value compares at Emerson’s three campuses

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
February 10, 2019

Emerson students at the Boston, Los Angeles, and Kasteel Well campuses all pay the same tuition and room and board rates despite differences in semester length and meal plans at each campus. How...

Colonial Resident Director Michael Barcelo with his 9-year-old Plott hound mix, Benson.

Who let the dogs out? Your Residence Directors

By Ziqi Wang
November 28, 2018

Benson sits in the lobby of the Colonial residence hall with his tail wagging as he eagerly waits for students to enter and say hello. He isn't an average resident of Colonial—he plays a different...

Despite calls from students to decrease costs, Emerson will increase tuition and room and board rates by two percent for the 2020-21 academic year.

Lottery gives freshmen chance to opt out of campus housing

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
March 14, 2018

Some freshmen will enter a lottery for permission to move off-campus while some upperclassmen will apply to do the opposite this spring. Freshmen can add their names to the lottery through a link...

New housing software to smooth out application process

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
March 1, 2018

The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be switching to a new software platform for the spring 2018 application cycle. Assistant Director of Housing Operations Kendra Stokes said the new interface...

Our housing options are not up to par

Our housing options are not up to par

By Editorial Board
February 15, 2018

At issue: Construction noise continues to interrupt student life Our take: Emerson owes students an explanation   Remember when the Paramount Center, with its five-minute walk to the center of...

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