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Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton

Analysis: turnover following presidential departures

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 14, 2021

Since the departure of former President M. Lee Pelton, Emerson has seen a number of key individuals cut their ties with the college—many of them amicably, others less so. The string of exits have raised...

A polling place at City Hall on Election Day Nov. 3, 2020.

Student turnout soared in 2020 election, study finds

By Vivi Smilgius, Frankie Rowley, and Bailey Allen
November 11, 2021

The 2020 presidential election saw record-high numbers of Emerson students casting their ballots at the polls or by mail, mimicking the nationwide trend of historic voter turnout, according to a recent...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL Director reflects on decade at Emerson

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

Responsible for remaking the college’s relationship to student organizations, keeping his colleagues up-to-date with pop culture, and advising the Student Government Association, Director of Student...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL Director Jason Meier to leave college in November

By Bailey Allen, Former news editor
October 20, 2021

Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Jason Meier will leave Emerson in November to take up a position at Harvard College after nearly a decade at the college. Meier announced his departure...

Turning Point USAs booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

Turning Point event sparks Sinophobia controversy on campus

By Luna Theus, Marcus Cocova, and Keshav Vinod
October 9, 2021

The Emerson chapter of Turning Point USA was suspended by the college after the conservative organization passed out controversial stickers that many students saw as propagating harmful anti-Chinese stereotypes,...

Tris Arthur dropping off her absentee ballot application in the mailbox outside of the Colonial Theater.

As the election begins, the college gets-out-the-vote

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large
November 3, 2020

In the lead up to Election Day, Emerson’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership established an outreach campaign this semester to encourage students to vote. Much of the “get-out-the-vote”...

Members of Kappa Gamma Chi opted out of recruitment this semester.

Fraternity and Sorority Life navigate the semester under COVID-19 regulations

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
October 6, 2020

Fall is typically the peak semester for fraternity and sorority life on campus, who usually welcome a new member class through recruitment events. But this year, as yet another consequence of the COVID-19...

National Broadcast Society members work on a set.

College reverses course, will temporarily continue non-tuition credits for first-year students

By Charlie McKenna
September 18, 2020

College officials temporarily rolled back a decision Tuesday that would have prevented first-year students from earning non-tuition credits for their participation in select student organizations. Student...

A Student Government Association meeting in spring 2020.

Student organizations to face capacity restrictions and logistical hurdles in the fall

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
July 24, 2020

The usual operations of student organizations will be severely limited under strict social distancing regulations in the fall, college officials revealed Monday. Room capacities will be reduced to 20...

Jaclyn Friedman ‘04 releases book aiming to answer the question: what would happen if we believed women?

Alum releases book about post #MeToo era

By Casey Bernhard, Staff Reporter
April 19, 2020

In late 2017, Jaclyn Friedman ‘04 was looking forward to celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the feminist anthology, Yes Means Yes, which she co-edited, when the #MeToo hashtag took over social media....

Assistant Director of SEAL Andrew Donahue gives a presentation on EmConnects community impact at SGA joint session.

SEAL administrator to leave college in May

By Aaron J. Miller, Print Editor
March 13, 2020

In an emailed statement to student leaders Friday, Assistant Director of Student Life Andy Donahue announced he is leaving the college in May to pursue a position at Providence College.  “Over the...

Abigail Semple (top left), Jason Meier (top right), Sharon Duffy (bottom left), and Will Palauskas (bottom right)

SGA knowingly ignored election rules during fall and spring 2019 contests

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
February 20, 2020

n examination of the recent execution of SGA’s election policies revealed a systemic, and at times purposeful, failure to adhere to elections protocols—exposing much of its executive membership as...

Emersons Turning Point chapter hosted conservative speaker Gabriel Nadales on Wednesday. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Turning Point brings libertarian speaker Gabriel Nadales to campus

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 21, 2019

Emerson’s Turning Point chapter hosted libertarian speaker Gabriel Nadales Wednesday, who called for an open dialogue across the political aisle and a breakdown of the country’s left-wing “conservative...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL offers affiliation training workshops to independent organizations

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
October 23, 2019

Several student leaders expressed appreciation for the Student Engagement and Leadership Office's workshops helping independent organizations navigate the path toward affiliation. Emerson Ultimate Frisbee...

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College shifts around key administrators to improve student retention

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
October 21, 2019

The college announced a reorganization of the offices of Student Affairs, Student Success, and Enrollment Management on Monday in hopes of improving student retention through graduation. “We are now...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

Student voter turnout increases after college voting campaign

By Elena Naze
October 9, 2019

The college saw a rise in student voter turnout in the midterm elections after the college's increased efforts and education to improve voter registration and participation among students. Director...

Assistant Director of SEAL Andrew Donahue gives a presentation on EmConnects community impact at SGA joint session.

SEAL reports EmConnect data to SGA

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 2, 2019

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership spoke with Student Government Association members about the progress of EmConnect, the college’s website for student organizations, during their weekly...

Senior Joe Scardilli grew up drawing—now he works for the SEAL office sketching memes on the new walls of 172 Tremont St. Courtesy of Joe Scardilli

Senior turns pop culture memes into on-campus job

By Emily Cardona
September 27, 2019

The faint scent of dry erase markers constantly lingers in the rooms of 172 Tremont St. ever since the college hired senior comedic arts major Joe Scardilli to create pop culture and meme illustrations...

Emersons Chapter of Turning Point USA President Camilo Vilaplana Emerson College Republicans President Allison Payne both said they valued free speech on campus. Beacon Archives

Republican org leaders praise free speech executive order

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
April 3, 2019

Republican student organization leaders believe an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on March 21 will improve the political climate at the college, even if the freedom of speech order will...

Junior Camilo Vilaplana created an Emerson chapter of Turning Point USA, a national nonprofit conservative organization. Beacon Archive.

Turning Point USA creates space for conservative views on campus

By Hanna Marchesseault
February 7, 2019

Turning Point USA—a conservative, nonprofit organization commonly found on college campuses across the country—began the recognition process with Student Engagement and Leadership and the Student...

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