Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Boston Fire Department engines outside Boylston Street station

Boylston Station evacuated by fire

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
February 5, 2022

A fire broke out on a Green Line train on Saturday evening, resulting in the evacuation of Boylston Street station and bringing first responders to the scene. While passing Kenmore Station, operators...

New Green Line stations make off-campus commutes faster—though just barely

New Green Line stations make off-campus commutes faster—though just barely

By Gabel Strickland, Beacon Correspondent
November 18, 2021

The MBTA opened two new Green Line stations on Monday, shaking up the commutes for scores of off-campus college students traveling to and from Emerson and other Boston-area institutions and revitalizing...

Michelle Wu greets supporters after winning the mayoral election on Nov. 2.

Wu sworn in as mayor, pushes widespread reform

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

Michelle Wu was sworn in as mayor Tuesday, ushering in a new era for the city of Boston as the former city councilor became the city’s first woman and person of color elected to serve in the corner office.  “Boston...

An Emerson College advertisement at Downtown Crossing station.

Graduate program pushes T advertising campaign

By Henrique Rocha, Beacon Correspondent
November 11, 2021

Boston commuters have seen an unfamiliar sight at MBTA stations over the past weeks: screens of blue, green, and white advertising Emerson’s graduate programs. The ads, which illuminate the platforms...

Michelle Wu addresses an MBTA meeting in February 2019

Days before election, Wu tells students to get involved

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
October 31, 2021

City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu outlined what a Wu mayoralty would look like and urged the younger population to participate in the upcoming Nov. 2 election in a student press conference on Wednesday.  “We...

The Outbound Boylston T stop connects Emerson students living in Bostons Fenway, Allston, and Brighton neighborhoods, in addition to communities west of the city.

MBTA to cut services after midnight, layoff employees amid pandemic losses

By Chris Lisinski, State House News Service
November 9, 2020

All weekend commuter rail service, 25 bus routes, ferry service, any rapid transit after midnight, and far more would be eliminated next year under a package of service cuts that MBTA officials will propose...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Incident Journal: Students followed on MBTA

October 28, 2020

The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content. Monday, October 19 ECPD...

State officials and members of the press got a look at one of the new Orange Line cars Aug. 14, 2019, before the first new set of cars was launched into general service

Significant delays forecast for new Orange, Red Line fleets

By Chris Lisinski, State House News Service
October 5, 2020

The long-awaited transformation of commuting on the Red Line or the Orange Line will require an even longer wait. MBTA officials announced Monday that the all-new full fleets set to replace decades-old...

Students moving out of their dorms in March 2020

COVID-19 at Emerson: The Story So Far

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left little of Emerson College unscathed as the quickly growing public health crisis ignites action from national, state, and local governments.  The action at Emerson, a...

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 Marcof remembered sitting in her Intro to Digital...

Chief of the Green Line Transformation project Angel Pena lays out construction plan. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

MBTA announces five-year plan to increase capacity of Green Line stations

By Faith Bugenhagen
September 11, 2019

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority outlined a five-year plan to renovate the Green Line during their community meeting on Tuesday. Part of the Green Line Transformation plan is the expansion...

The MBTA construction is part of an $8 billion, five-year plan to modernize the trains. Jakob Menendez/Beacon Staff

MBTA shutdowns to affect ridership on weekends

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
September 4, 2019

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority scheduled widespread closures of sections of the T on weekends, starting in mid-September and finishing in December. The Green, Orange, and Red lines all...

Emerson College commuters can expect regular Blue Line service Monday morning. Courtesy of the MBTA.

MBTA to resume Blue Line service Monday morning

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
March 17, 2019

The MBTA plans to resume Blue Line service for morning commuters on March 18 after suspending service between the Logan Airport and Wonderland stops for three days. The restoration of damaged signal...

Residents return to Orient Heights after toxic 9-alarm fire

Residents return to Orient Heights after toxic 9-alarm fire

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
March 16, 2019

Residents returned to the Orient Heights neighborhood in East Boston late Friday night after a massive nine-alarm fire carried smoke and toxic fumes over the area.   Hundreds of firefighters battled...

Michelle Wu addresses an MBTA meeting in February 2019

Emerson to work with MBTA for a cheaper semester pass

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer
February 28, 2019

The college plans to work with the MBTA to create an exclusive, discounted semester pass for fall 2019 following a proposed fare increase on Jan. 21 for public transportation in Massachusetts Bay, according...

Morgan Wright helped create and act in the MBTA films

MBTA stations screen student commercials

By Cassandre Coyer
September 13, 2018

Instead of the dirty walls of subway stations, students and Bostonians can now watch educational content created by Emerson students. Last September, Emerson students partnered with the Massachusetts...

Doppler radar image shows the storm as it moves into the greater Boston area early Friday morning. Photo: NOAA/The Weather Service.

Strong winds, rain, flooding expected to hit Boston Friday

By Dylan Rossiter, Emerson '21
March 2, 2018

The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a high wind and coastal flood warning for Suffolk County, which includes Emerson College. The storm, making its way toward eastern Massachusetts, may...

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