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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

‘Our stories belong to everyone’: Emerson alumni tour with “Into the Woods” revival at the Colonial Theater

‘Our stories belong to everyone’: Emerson alumni tour with “Into the Woods” revival at the Colonial Theater

By Karenna Umscheid
March 9, 2023

Stephen Sondheim’s twisted fairy tale and modern classic “Into The Woods” has been revived on Broadway in the U.S. three times, each time with different cultural contexts that keep the book and lyricism...

Emerson Los Angeles COVID-19 numbers reach new heights

Emerson Los Angeles COVID-19 numbers reach new heights

By Adri Pray, Content Managing Editor
February 17, 2022

Emerson’s Los Angeles campus is recovering from the surge of COVID-19 cases it experienced at the onset of the spring semester, which eclipsed all of the college’s cases last fall. The campus, which...

Students moving out of their dorms in March 2020

From coast to coast, Emerson students return to Boston

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
January 21, 2021

This week, thousands of Emerson students are emerging from their month-and-a-half winter break to descend on the Boston campus for the spring semester. Across the city, the state, and the nation, coronavirus...

The Emerson Los Angeles campus.

ELA campus fully shuttered once more, classes to start remotely as planned

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
January 3, 2021

Emerson’s Los Angeles program will begin remotely on Jan. 21 amid escalating COVID-19 cases and a failure to acquire permission from L.A. County to reopen residence halls. The program’s spring semester...

Emersons Los Angeles campus.

ELA classes to go virtual again in spring

By Charlie McKenna
November 14, 2020

Emerson’s Los Angeles program will hold classes entirely online in the spring semester, an extension of fall semester protocols, administrators announced in an email to students, faculty, and staff set...

Griswold 10 on the set of Quirewood: The Musical, which is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Adam Griswold ’10 lands first musical on Amazon Prime

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
October 28, 2020

Filmmaker and alum Adam Griswold ‘10 spent years thinking about producing a musical, but he has now made his mark on the theatre world with the release of Quirewood! The Musical, now available on Amazon...

Emersons Los Angeles campus.

Future of ELA spring semester still unclear amid dipping LA coronavirus cases

By Hailey Johnson
October 25, 2020

The fate of Emerson’s Los Angeles program for the spring semester remains in flux, as LA County officials have yet to approve the college’s plan to reopen the Hollywood campus.  Since March, LA...

Lien Ta 03 established two restaurant in Los Angeles, Heres To Looking At You and All Day Baby. The restaurants were featured at the Democratic National Convention in August of this year.

Entrepreneur alum reflects on DNC appearance, PPP, and owning a restaurant during a pandemic

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
October 20, 2020

Lien Ta ‘03 came to Emerson with the hope of one day working in magazine design. After a brief career in media, a reignited passion for food led Ta down a path in the restaurant industry. She now owns...

NOTE: ‘My father decided to cut ties with me for standing in solidarity’ with #BLM

NOTE: ‘My father decided to cut ties with me for standing in solidarity’ with #BLM

September 2, 2020

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The Beacon removed this story, titled “‘My father decided to cut ties with me for standing in solidarity’ with #BLM,” after hearing feedback from communities of color on campus...

The Emerson Los Angeles campus.

Los Angeles program forced to begin online amid coronavirus spike

By Charlie McKenna
July 26, 2020

Los Angeles County officials have not given the college’s LA campus clearance to reopen in late August as originally scheduled, forcing administrators to shift at least the beginning of the semester...

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire that broke out next to Emerson Colleges Los Angeles campus.

Building burst into fire next to Emerson Los Angeles campus

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 2, 2020

No injuries were reported in a building fire across the street from Emerson’s Los Angeles campus Sunday, officials said.  The college instructed students to stay inside the 5960 Sunset Blvd. campus...

Kailee Yan played 22 minutes against Suffolk and scored 10 points. Photo courtesy of Kate Foultz.

Junior transfer makes early impact for women’s basketball

By Ethan McDowell
November 13, 2019

Following her sophomore year at California Lutheran University, Kailee Yan decided to leave the West Coast and transfer to a school she never saw in person.  Yan grew up in Mercer Island, Washington...

The Getty Fire broke out approximately 16 miles away from the Emerson LA campus on Monday. Photo courtesy of Timothy Chang.

ELA campus safe as Getty Fire moves west

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 28, 2019

The Getty Fire, the latest in a recent string of blazes to tear through California, broke out this morning approximately 16 miles from Emerson’s Los Angeles campus. Operations at ELA remain normal...

Bochicchio joined the LA10 football club five years ago. Photo courtesy of Duncan Bochicchio.

Alumnus continues soccer career on and off the field

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
February 7, 2019

Duncan Bochicchio ’17 knew at a young age that he wanted to incorporate soccer into his career. “As a kid, I was a block away from a park,” Bochicchio said in a phone interview from Los Angeles....

The Emerson College Los Angeles Center located on Sunset Blvd.

ELA applications no longer first-come, first-serve

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
November 1, 2018

The Education Abroad and Domestic Programs office changed the Emerson Los Angeles application and selection processes for students with financial challenges, according to college officials.   Director...

After ELA, Ellory Smith created a comedy show to benefit local charities.
Courtesy of Ellory Smith

“Funnilingus” combines comedy and awareness in Hollywood

By Ian Sloan
January 18, 2018

When visual and media arts major Ellory Smith decided to stay in Los Angeles after attending ELA senior year, she wanted to take on the lack of diversity in her field while landing punch lines. So, Smith...

Writer-director Jim Cummings stars as police officer Jimmy Arnaud in his award-winning short film Thunder Road. He raised funds on Kickstarter to turn it into a feature film of the same name.
Courtesy of Jim Cummings

Alum’s Sundance short to become feature film

By Ian Sloan
September 27, 2017

Jim Cummings’ ‘09 Thunder Road began as lines of dialogue recorded on the Voice Memos app during his daily commute. Last year, it won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and...

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