Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Smruti Thirunavukkarasu has been stuck in her home in Chennai, India for four months under the state’s second strict lockdown.

Smruti Thirunavukkarasu, Chennai, India

July 24, 2020

Smruti Thirunavukkarasu has been stuck in her home for four months.  Shortly after returning home to Chennai, India from Boston in March, the Indian government announced a strict nationwide lockdown...

Daniela Lobo-Rivera is stuck in Florida, unable to get home to her mother and step-father in Honduras who are sick with the coronavirus.

Daniela Lobo-Rivera, currently in Miami, Florida, from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

July 24, 2020

When Daniela Lobo-Rivera’s parents got sick, she couldn’t get back to them. Her home country, Honduras, halted all international flights as Emerson shut down campus, leaving Lobo-Rivera stuck in...

Danielle Ducharme has decided to get her racing license with the extended free time she has over the summer waiting out the coronavirus outbreak.

Danielle Ducharme, Kelowna, Canada

July 24, 2020

Danielle Ducharme is waiting out the coronavirus on a racetrack in Kelowna, Canada. With extended time at home this summer, Ducharme, her father, and brother decided to get car-racing licenses.  “I...

Xinyi Tu did not remove her mask and refused to eat during her 13 hour flight from New York to Shanghai, China as she raced to outrun the coronavirus outbreak.

Xinyi (Cynthia) Tu, Suzhou, China

July 24, 2020

Xinyu Tu raced across the world to outrun the coronavirus outbreak. After her study abroad experience in the Netherlands at Kasteel Well came to an abrupt halt, Tu had only just settled into her new...

Chloe Chauvin is cut off from her family in China by travel restrictions. Photo courtesy of Eugene Yang.

Chloe Chauvin, currently in Wilson, Wyoming, from Shanghai, China

July 24, 2020

Chloe Chauvin is stranded in the U.S. After Emerson’s March announcement that all students must immediately vacate campus residence halls, Chauvin was given little time to make an impossible decision—return...

Jaime Vega Troncoso after voting in the Dominican Republic presidential election against the Dominican Liberation Party, which has held power for the last 16 years.

Jaime Vega Troncoso, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

July 24, 2020

Jaime Vega Troncoso risked contracting the virus to vote in the Dominican Republic’s July election. The coronavirus hit the island country amid their presidential election season. After being postponed...

Putthida Chalermpao said the coronavirus regulations in Thailand have not been too difficult to follow because Thai people usually wear masks and avoid contact.

Putthida (Namo) Chalermpao, Bangkok, Thailand

July 24, 2020

Putthida Chalermpao’s parents were terrified of her returning to Emerson’s Boston campus in the fall. From their home in Bangkok, Thailand, a condensed city of over 8 million people with no cases...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

ICE rule barring international students from online study in the U.S. lifted

By Charlie McKenna and Andrew Brinker
July 14, 2020

The Trump administration announced Tuesday afternoon that it will roll back an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Rule that would have forced international students enrolled in online course loads out...

I did so many things to create a sense of belonging for myself in this unfamiliar country by empowering myself with knowledge and experience, only to learn that the future I wanted for so long might not even exist, and this country does not welcome people like me.

The U.S. I wanted to study in no longer exists

By Ziqi Wang
July 9, 2020

My boyfriend texted me right after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students would need to leave the U.S. if their university transitions to online-only...

College denounces Trump administration decision to block international students from staying in US while taking online courses

College denounces Trump administration decision to block international students from staying in US while taking online courses

By Charlie McKenna
July 8, 2020

Emerson joined local universities to condemn Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s decision to ban international students whose classes are held mostly online this fall.  ICE announced Monday that...

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