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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Snowflakes come down near the Emerson Colonial Theater.

College to host “open hour” amid Russo-Ukrainian conflict

By Adri Pray, News Editor
February 26, 2022

Emerson will host a “virtual open hour for conversation and support” in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for community members.  The open hour, announced via a community-wide email from...

Students entering the dining hall.

Campus facilities, meeting spaces and dining to reopen Jan. 24

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 23, 2022

The fitness center, dining facilities, and on-campus meeting spaces will be open for in-person operations beginning Jan. 24, announced college officials in a Sunday morning email.  The email, sent...

Students walk in front of The Colonial Building residence hall on Boylston St.

Emerson reopens residence halls, campus eateries to Boston students

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
January 14, 2022

The college will reopen its residence halls and campus eateries to Boston students in the coming weeks, announced Emerson Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe in a community-wide email sent Thursday evening. Beginning...

Emerson is now mask-optional in all campus spaces except classrooms.

Emerson to limit in-person events for first week of spring semester

By Bailey Allen and Vivi Smilgius
January 2, 2022

To rebuild the “Emerson bubble,” the college will operate almost entirely virtually for the first week of its spring semester, according to a community-wide email from Vice President and Dean of Campus...

Turning Point USAs booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

College lifts suspension on conservative group

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

Emerson lifted a suspension of the college’s Turning Point USA chapter this month, allowing the conservative organization to resume on-campus activities weeks after drawing backlash for promotional material...

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...

Provost Michaele Whelan

From provost to president: Michaele Whelan departs Emerson to lead Wheaton College

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

The 14th floor office designated for the Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs will soon be have a new tenant as Michaele Whelan prepares to depart the college, saying goodbye to friends made...

People walking through the intersection of Boylston and Tremont street.

Students outraged over tuition hike

By Dana Gerber, Alec Klusza, and Charlie McKenna
March 25, 2021

After college officials announced last week that tuition, room, and board rates would be rising two percent for the second year in a row, students expressed indignation at what they see as an unfair financial...

A Spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting. Photo by Yongze Wang.

Emerson introduces wellness passes, flexibility week

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 15, 2021

Emerson will implement “Wellness passes” and a “Flexibility Week” in late March to promote student wellbeing in lieu of a traditional spring break, after more than 1,700 students signed on to a...

Soledad OBrien speaking to graduates during 2019s commencement ceremony.

Inaugural ‘Emerson Week’ to honor college traditions, graduates

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 9, 2021

The college announced a new community-wide event, “Emerson Week,” via a Tuesday email, set to take place in May to honor traditions and celebrate the Emerson community virtually.  The events of...

Paramount Building in snow.

Lack of communication leaves students in campus quarantine housing in the dark

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
February 25, 2021

Several students who spent time in Emerson’s quarantine housing during the spring semester have reported inconsistent protocol communication, faulty facilities, and meager food provisions—painting...

Valentina Amaro holds up a #ThisIsEmerson sign during the walk out.

Emerson administration, faculty, and staff respond to Emerson Students of Color Week of Action demands

By Ann E. Matica and Diti Kohli
February 14, 2021

Emerson administrators said they would meet with students of color virtually in an effort to create a more equitable environment in an email sent on Feb. 5, the deadline set by student activist organization...

Students walking along Boylston Street.

Struggling to contain virus cases, administrators lay blame on student behaviors

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
February 7, 2021

Top Emerson officials pinned the recent surge of positive COVID-19 tests on students’ lax behaviors Saturday, despite repeatedly touting the strength of the safety measures they have in place to keep...

The Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services office in the Union Bank Building.

Emerson announces pick for director of counseling, health, and wellness

By Charlie McKenna
January 15, 2021

The college hired Brandin Dear as the new associate dean of campus life and director of counseling, health, and wellness, officials announced in a Friday evening email. Dear will take the reins of the...

Cameron Manning helping students move into Little Building at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester

“Everyone’s upset and annoyed”: Students voice frustrations with the move-in pushback

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
January 8, 2021

Some Emerson students have been left frustrated and confused following the college’s weeklong delay in residential move-in, an announcement that came just two weeks prior to the originally scheduled...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Emerson exploring spring semester partnership with Tufts Medical Center

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
December 17, 2020

Emerson is exploring an arrangement with the Tufts Medical Center that would allow students to use Tufts clinical services, as the college’s own health center undergoes restructuring.  The partnership...

A spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting

SGA talks Tufts health center partnership

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 26, 2020

The Student Government Association discussed a new partnership that merges Emerson and Tufts Medical Center’s student healthcare resources at its Nov. 17 weekly student assembly meeting.  The proposed...

The outside of City Smoke Shop in Downtown Crossing is boarded up.

Emerson, Boston brace for potential civil unrest as election picture clarifies

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
November 4, 2020

A purple sunset settled over Boston early Tuesday evening. The streets, bustling with people in the afternoon, thinned out, as rays of golden light spilled through the trees on Boston Common. The city...

Boarding on the Paramount theatre.

Emerson to house staff member on campus as part of election day precautions

By Maximo Aguilar Lawlor, Multimedia Managing Editor
November 3, 2020

Additional college staff members may stay in the Colonial Building this week to provide support to residential staff in the event civil unrest follows the results of the 2020 presidential election.  At...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Boston enters COVID ‘red zone,’ but Emerson keeps cases low

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 1, 2020

As COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts tick up again, most Boston-area universities, including Emerson, have managed to keep infection rates low. Boston reentered the high risk categorization for the virus...

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