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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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...

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

Students return to a new campus with eased COVID-19 restrictions

As students moved onto campus for the fall term, they returned to a bustling campus with minimized social distancing restrictions—a far cry from the Emerson many experienced over the first year of the...

11 undergraduate students of 11 different majors at the college.

Major changes: A year of pandemic learning

Of Emerson’s 3,490 currently enrolled undergraduate students, no two have the same learning experience. Some visual and media arts students handle cameras and go out on the field, others spend their...

Little Building and Walker Building in snow.

First year of college stunted by COVID-19, class of 2024 reflects on hurdles, loss

By Camilo Fonseca and Frankie Rowley
March 17, 2021

Many students anticipate their first year of college as a milestone—their initial steps onto campus marking a momentous transition between adolescence into adulthood.  Emerson’s class of 2024,...

An in-person class session in the Paramount Center.

One year into pandemic learning, professors tired of mixed format

By Frankie Rowley and Alec Klusza
March 17, 2021

A year into pandemic, professors—forced to straddle the two modalities of hybrid learning—say the new form has proven onerous, while others have learned to work around its constraints.  Last March,...

A Visual and Media Arts class under COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Another semester of hybrid learning garners disappointment

The college’s plan to extend “flex” learning, a mix of virtual and in-person classes, into the fall 2021 semester was met with a mix of approval and disappointment from Emerson community members.  Fall...

Brian Basgen, then-Assistant Vice President of IT, at an SGA meeting in 2019.

New head of Emerson’s IT department slated to take over position for spring semester

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
January 19, 2021

Former Associate Vice President of Information Technology Brian Basgen is slated to lead the college’s IT department following the retirement of former Vice President William Gilligan in December.  The...

Cameron Manning helping students move into Little Building at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester

Emerson delays start of in-person classes, residence hall move-in schedule, citing COVID surge

By Charlie McKenna
December 30, 2020

Emerson will hold the first ten days of spring semester classes online and delay move-in to on-campus residence halls by a week, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday afternoon, 20 days...

Professor Brooke Knisley said it is especially frustrating that the college may not believe people when they tell them they have a disability.

Professors seeking accommodations forced to jump through hoops to teach online

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
December 7, 2020

A number of Emerson’s immunocompromised and disabled professors have reported issues receiving accommodations to teach remotely ahead of the fall semester’s hybrid classes. Several faculty and graduate...

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

Hybrid class format earns mixed reviews from students

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
November 30, 2020

On the tail end of Emerson’s first semester under pandemic-era restrictions, students’ reaction to the hybrid model—sold by administrators as a substantive replacement for traditional in-person learning—has...

Members of the IT Help Desk team work tirelessly during the first hybrid-model semester post-Covid.

How Emerson tech groups prepared professors for a hybrid semester

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
October 14, 2020

For journalism professor Diane Mermigas, teaching in a hybrid format through a pandemic meant that she first had to play the role of a student. Throughout the summer, she took six courses taught by Emerson’s...

A Visual and Media Arts class under COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Saturday classes creating roadblocks for students, professors

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 12, 2020

Every weekend, Tim Schwab, a junior, takes the commuter rail home to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to work as a shift supervisor at Papa Gino’s pizzeria. Shrewsbury is about 40 miles from campus, a 70-minute...

National Broadcast Society members work on a set.

Student leaders wrestle with managing organizations under COVID-19

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
June 17, 2020

Emerson’s hybrid-learning reopening plan, announced Wednesday afternoon, answered students’ lingering questions about the fate of the fall semester. But for many on-campus student organizations, uncertainty...

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