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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

The outside of the Title IX office in the Massachusetts Transportation Building.

Title IX working group presents minimal changes in second draft of recommendations

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer / December 2, 2020

The Presidential Working Group that is responsible for reviewing Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy made minimal changes to its initial suggestions in...

Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe is on the Boston401 advisory board. Photo credit: Cho Yin Rachel Lo

Boston401 conference to tackle diversity in leadership issues

By Carlee Bronkema, Staff Reporter / January 29, 2020

Common Purpose, a U.K.-based not-for-profit organization, will bring a leadership program focused on developing cultural intelligence in future leaders...

Piano Row residence hall

Swastikas found in Piano Row stairwell prompt ECPD investigation

By Chris Van Buskirk, Former Editor-in-Chief/Emerson ‘21 / January 22, 2020

Emerson police are investigating the source of four swastikas "scrawled" in Piano Row after a student reported the graffiti early Wednesday morning, according...

President M. Lee Pelton arrived on Marlboros campus at 11:30 a.m. this morning accompanied by several other high level administration officials. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Pelton arrives on Marlboro campus

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer / November 20, 2019

This is an ongoing story. Check back later for updates Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton arrived on the Marlboro College campus Wednesday at 11:30...

Marlboro College and Emerson College both formed five working groups to hammer out details of the planned merger—two of these will focus on the future of Marlboros campus. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Marlboro and Emerson establish respective working groups to proceed with merger

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer / November 14, 2019

Ten working groups, five from Emerson and five from Marlboro, will work to hammer out the details of a merger between the two institutions over the next...

Moses Shumow was loved by his students and colleagues, a former student of his said. Courtesy of Florida International University

Former students recall professor’s kindness

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21 / October 24, 2019

Updated 10/24/19: This article was updated to include information about a memorial service for Shumow Florida International University senior Bianca...

Resident Assistant Max Straubinger said he has felt disrespected by the administrations treatment of RAs. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

RAs spar with administration over contract changes

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21 / September 25, 2019

Senior Raven Devanney remembers sitting with her fellow resident assistants in a meeting in May 2019 when several college officials were going over new...

student affairs

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...

State Sen. John Keenan introduced a bill into the senate that would ban all flavored nicotine products, including mint and menthol. Photo by Stephanie Purifoy / Beacon Staff

Massachusetts senator pushes state government to ban flavored nicotine products

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21 / March 31, 2019

Over 150 cancer patients, volunteers, and lawmakers rallied in the Massachusetts State House on March 28 to lobby for multiple anti-tobacco bills going...

Emersons campus was blanketed in snow.

College closes early due to inclement weather

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21 / February 12, 2019

All classes after 2 p.m. were canceled and the college closed early on Feb. 12 due to a winter storm that could bring up to seven inches of snow over the...

While the Textbook Annex will charge 10 cents for paper bags, the C-Store will not. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

College bans plastic bags on campus following city ordinance

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21 / January 23, 2019

The college stopped distributing plastic bags on campus after a city ordinance went into effect on Dec. 14. The ordinance requires establishments to...

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172 Tremont name ‘The Commons’ remains unofficial

By Frances Hui / November 28, 2018

The Commons at 172 Tremont St. still does not have an official name, according to a college official. “The Commons is a working title that college...

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Students from Southern California rattled by Thousand Oaks shooting

By Maya Gacina and Chris Van Buskirk / November 9, 2018

The college offered support to students from Southern California on Thursday following a mass shooting, less than two weeks after Jewish students grappled...

A Boston police officer stands watch as firefighters battle the seven alarm blaze at 104 Hemenway St. Oct. 27. Diana Bravo / Beacon Correspondent

Off-campus students affected by Hemenway fire receive free housing

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer / October 30, 2018

The college will provide temporary housing free of charge at the 12 Hemenway residence hall to the two off-campus students affected by the fire at 104...

The expected reopening of the Little Building in August 2019 is still on track, according to Vice President and Dean for Campus Life James Hoppe.

New opening date for The Commons, Little Building on schedule

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer / October 25, 2018

The renovations of The Commons at 172 Tremont Street and the Little Building should finish in March and August of 2019 respectively, according to a college...

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Emerson College rises in best regional universities rankings

By Sydney Richelieu / September 30, 2018

Emerson rose to No. 6 in U.S. News Rankings’ 2019 Best Northern Universities—an improvement from last year’s No. 8 position. The new ranking...

College reveals 172 Tremont floor plans

College reveals 172 Tremont floor plans

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21 / March 29, 2018

The floor plans for the 172 Tremont St. building include 13 meeting spaces and only four private offices for student organizations. But the administration...

SGA seeks solution for designated smoking area

By Chris Van Buskirk, Former Editor-in-Chief/Emerson ‘21 / October 12, 2017

As construction on the Little Building continues, Emerson smokers lack an appointed smoking area, and now flock to the Boylston Street sidewalk. A designated...

Center Stage features a performance space, seating area, cafe, and store
Chloe Kerwin / Beacon Correspondent

Bites and open mics at Center Stage

By Ally Rzesa / September 13, 2017

The Emerson Poetry Project used to meet weekly in any space they could find: classrooms, the dining hall, the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. This...