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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

SGA Executive Treasurer cements financial power without a treasury team

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer
February 20, 2020

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple, who has voiced complaints throughout the 2019-20 academic year regarding the workload associated with her position, will not hire a treasury team during her second...

The Student Government Association in a joint session meeting in February 2020.

What does the SGA executive treasurer do?

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
February 8, 2020

The Student Government Association is the cornerstone of organizational structure for student groups at the college—they decide the policies and funding for most organizations on campus.With the...

Junior Abigail Semple recieved the fewest votes out of the top three candidates for executive treasurer in the spring 2019 election. Beacon Archive

EIV business manager secures SGA executive treasurer despite losing race

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
April 10, 2019

Junior Abigail Semple will assume the Student Government Association executive treasurer position for the 2019–20 academic year after sophomore Joseph Davidi and freshman Brady Baca both declined the...

Voter turnout increased by 156 percent from the 2004 to 2019 spring elections. Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

SGA voter turnout increases by 230 percent

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
April 10, 2019

In the highest voter turnout since 2009, 875 students voted in the Student Government Association elections on April 3 and April 4 for 19 different positions. Voter turnout increased by more than 200...

Sanjay Pothen, director of Emerson Launch, helped launch “Em” on March 21, a voice assistant specifically tailored to Emerson. Daniel Peden / Beacon Staff

Students and faculty express privacy concerns over new voice technology

By Flora Li
April 3, 2019

Emerson Launch unveiled its first voice assistant, Em, and a study app called Voicelet, both available via Amazon voice-enabled technologies, on March 21. As the new programs launch, administrators...

Members of SGA watch as freshman Brady Baca gives an impassioned speech during spring election press night two days before announcing his departure from the executive treasurers race. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Baca drops out of SGA executive treasurer’s race amid criticism

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
March 31, 2019

Freshman Brady Baca dropped out of the Student Government Association executive treasurer’s race on March 28, leaving junior Abigail Semple as the only actively campaigning candidate for the position. Baca...

SGA approves 39 constitutional amendments to appear on ballots next week

SGA approves 39 constitutional amendments to appear on ballots next week

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
March 30, 2019

The Student Government Association debated potential constitutional amendments and heard the progress of the Financial Accountability Initiative at the March 26 meeting. SGA approved 39 amendments to...

Emerson’s cost of attendance increased from $19,303 per year in 1990 to $67,832 in 2019. Cullen Granzen / Berkeley Staff

Returning students to see 4 percent tuition hike

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
March 28, 2019

The college does not plan to end annual tuition increases, President M. Lee Pelton said in an interview. Emerson follows the national trend of rising higher education costs in colleges and universities...

SGA appoints 5 officials and approves budget appeals

SGA appoints 5 officials and approves budget appeals

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
February 25, 2019

The Student Government Association appointed five new officials and allocated $22,052 to two organizations at a special meeting on Feb. 21. Following snow cancellations on Feb. 12 and an observed...

FAB approves changes to funding criteria for affiliated, funded organizations

FAB approves changes to funding criteria for affiliated, funded organizations

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
February 15, 2019

The Student Government Association Financial Advisory Board approved changes to how organizations appeal for funding as well as two appeals from Sigma Pi Theta and Cheer Squad at their Feb. 14 meeting. At...

FAB grants Active Minds appeal to attend national conference

FAB grants Active Minds appeal to attend national conference

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
January 26, 2019

The Student Government Association’s Financial Advisory Board granted $2,064 to the college’s chapter of Active Minds at their Jan. 24 meeting. FAB unanimously voted to provide funds for the organization...

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Vice president of administration and finance position still vacant

By Anissa Gardizy
January 21, 2019

The vice president of administration and finance position remains vacant after the former vice president, Maureen Murphy, passed on Dec. 12. President M. Lee Pelton said in an interview that the college...

SGA Executive President Jess Guida appointed herself as the board of trustees representative without a vote. Photo courtesy of Beacon Archives.

SGA president overrides voting precedence

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
December 6, 2018

Student Government Association Executive President Jess Guida appointed herself as the board of trustees representative without a vote at a Sept. 18 joint session meeting. In an interview with the Beacon,...

Freshman senatorial candidate Brady Baca speaks to the crowd at Center Stage Nov. 8. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

SGA fall election voter turnout increases fivefold

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 27, 2018

Voter turnout for the Student Government Association fall elections increased fivefold from last year—a stark rise after several years of low student engagement. Six percent of undergraduates, 234...

Student Government Association moves to revive Lion for Lions scholarship

Student Government Association moves to revive ‘Lion for Lions’ scholarship

By Sydney Richelieu
November 2, 2018

The Financial Advisory Board plans to allocate some Student Government Association scholarship funds to sustain the Lions for Lions scholarship. The 2016 senior class created the Lions for Lions scholarship to...

SGA approves temporary funding for some unrecognized organizations

SGA approves temporary funding for some unrecognized organizations

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 2, 2018

The Student Government Association approved temporary funding guidelines for unrecognized organizations and prepared for the upcoming Academic Town Hall at the weekly meeting on Oct. 30. The executive...

SGA awards $3,000 gift to senior

SGA awards $3,000 gift to senior

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
October 11, 2018

A senior received a $3,000 gift from the Student Government Association, funded by leftover money from an unused scholarship, over the summer. This summer, Executive Treasurer Ian Mandt said the executive...

FAB approves appeals to EAGLE and AEPhi for events

FAB approves appeals to EAGLE and AEPhi for events

By Kieran Bauman
October 7, 2018

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeal requests at the weekly Thursday meeting. Emerson’s Advancement Group for Love and Expression appealed for $4,992 to fund the 23 events...

SGA debates new criteria for student scholarship

SGA debates new criteria for student scholarship

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
October 4, 2018

The Student Government Association debated potential criteria for a senior scholarship they hope to award next year. At its weekly Tuesday meeting, SGA discussed lowering the GPA requirement and awarding...

Financial Advisory Board removes policy to avoid bias

Financial Advisory Board removes policy to avoid bias

By Rice Foster
September 30, 2018

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously voted to approve new bylaw amendments which included a decision to remove a policy that allowed for bias when reviewing an organization’s budgets. The policy,...

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