Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emersons COVID-19 testing center.

Emerson reports 14 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

By Adri Pray, News Editor
April 27, 2022

On Wednesday, Emerson reported 14 COVID-19 cases for Tuesday of the 682 tests administered, setting the daily positivity rate at 2.05 percent. The college reported 38 community members in on-campus...

Emerson students having classes.

‘Everything is out the window’: College returns to in-person learning amid unprecedented COVID surge

By Vivi Smilgius and Adri Pray
January 12, 2022

Less than a week into the spring 2022 semester, Emerson has already reported 228 positive COVID-19 tests, leading to uncertainty regarding the rest of the semester amid rising cases statewide. Emerson’s...

Ríos was given permission to leave his suite to do laundry during quarantine.

Student-athlete’s final days in quarantine: 0/10 would not do it again

By José Ríos
April 14, 2021

People tend to complain about how fast the weekend goes by, but believe me, my weekend has gone by slower than expected. I am not exaggerating when I say that the last time I spent this much time in...

Ríos and his stuffed penguin Melvin in quarantine.

Student-athlete in quarantine day four: the day I thought I lost my sense of smell

By José Ríos
April 7, 2021

Tuesday was day four of my isolation, or, as I like to call it, just a full week before I am scheduled to leave Paramount. I was sent to Paramount for isolation on Saturday after testing positive. Emerson...

The offices of Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services.

Students’ mental health struggles persist as pandemic drags on

By Ann E. Matica and Frankie Rowley
March 18, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mentions of mental health issues and suicide.  Students are continuing to struggle with their mental health one year into living through a pandemic, with the cumulative effects of...

Students relaxing on Boston Common.

The struggle to socialize in a year of separation

By Dana Gerber and Alec Klusza
March 18, 2021

In the first semester of his sophomore year, junior visual and media arts major Devin Elias went to parties every other weekend and met with friends to watch horror movies once a week.  Now, in light...

A sign of the COVID testing site of Emerson College and Tufts University.

Spring semester sees rise of invalid COVID-19 tests, new ‘inconclusive’ category

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
March 4, 2021

This semester, the college has reported a slight rise in COVID-19 tests coming back “invalid” and has introduced a new “inconclusive” category for tests, exacerbating the logistical inconvenience...

Dylan Scott was quarantined in Paramount for two weeks after being exposed to COVID-19.

Two weeks in Emerson’s Paramount quarantine space

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
September 22, 2020

Every day for two weeks, Dylan Scott woke up in an empty four-person suite in the Paramount residence hall to the view of sun cast on a brick wall, breakfast waiting in a box outside the door. Scott...

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

Emerson reports three positive COVID-19 tests this week, bringing August total to five

By Charlie McKenna
August 31, 2020

Emerson reported three new positive COVID-19 tests from Aug. 24 to Aug. 30, bringing the community’s  total positive tests to five since testing began on Aug. 6. Three individuals are currently listed...

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

Emerson reports second positive COVID-19 case in two weeks, 0.16 percent positivity rate in new dashboard

By Charlie McKenna
August 24, 2020

Emerson reported a second positive case of COVID-19 on campus Monday afternoon, bringing the college’s positivity rate to 0.16 percent after administering 1,219 tests over three weeks. One community...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

Students in private on-campus rooms may isolate ‘in place’ if exposed to virus

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
August 21, 2020

Students housed in single rooms with private bathrooms on campus or in the W Boston hotel may be quarantined and isolated in their own dorm room following a positive COVID-19 test result or potential exposure...

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