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The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Ansin Building of Emerson College

College endowment balloons amid pandemic

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
November 11, 2021

Emerson’s investments generated a 32.7 percent return in 2021, indicating a promising future for the college despite the financial pressures of COVID-19. As a result, the college’s endowment...

The Emerson Staff Union is hoping to have some of their sacrificed benefits reinstated, especially for some of the at-risk staff members.

Staff union petitions for overdue salary increases

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
September 16, 2021

Almost a year after college administrators promised to give all staff the annual 3.9 percent salary increase agreed upon during the union's 2018 collective bargaining agreement, members of the Emerson...

Bostons City Hall Plaza

They couldn’t get out of on-campus housing. So they got domestic partnerships

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
May 26, 2021

In attempts to secure an exemption to escape on-campus housing and its nearly $20,000 annual price tag, some students are taking an unorthodox leap—getting a domestic partnership.  Students at Emerson...

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

By Illona Yukhayev
April 27, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she's not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor.  Every...

About 70 staff union members lined the hallway elbow-to-elbow on the lower level of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center while college administrators entered room L-151 for a contract negotiation with the union’s bargaining committee in April. Chris Van Buskirk / Beacon Archive.

No benefit restoration in sight despite strong financial outlook

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 5, 2021

Emerson’s financial state remains stable as the end of the 2021 fiscal year draws near, but college officials remain uncertain when they can reinstitute benefits for staff and faculty.  In a March...

A janitor working in the dorm hallway.

Overworked during pandemic, staff fight to have benefits reinstated

By Ann E. Matica and Camilo Fonseca
March 18, 2021

With inflated workloads, slashed benefits, and continuing tense negotiations with Emerson,  college staff members are nearing a breaking point—after more than a year of sacrifice forced by the pandemic.  Emerson...

Students waiting in front of the Piano Row building.

Analysis: After bracing for disaster, Emerson poised to escape pandemic financially viable

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
March 18, 2021

The past year, dominated by an unrelenting pandemic, has been marked by resounding loss. More than 500,000 have died in the U.S. alone—that toll’s reverberation through families of those claimed by...

President M. Lee Pelton.

Emerson taps Storbeck Search to find President Lee Pelton’s replacement

By Dana Gerber and Frankie Rowley
January 22, 2021

Emerson tapped Storbeck Search, an executive search firm that specializes in leadership hiring for education and nonprofits, to assist the board of trustees in hiring the college’s 13th President on...

Students crossing the bustling Boylston/Tremont intersection.

College officials “cautiously optimistic” about financial outlook, expecting $30 million in losses

By Charlie McKenna
December 15, 2020

Emerson anticipates $30 million in pandemic-related losses over the 2021 fiscal year—an outcome college officials consider a “best case scenario” after initially projecting up to $100 million in...

Vice President for Administration and Finance Paul Dworkis

New VP of Finance to head talks about fate of Marlboro campus, finances

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
December 15, 2019

Paul Dworkis officially joined the president’s office on the 10th floor of the Ansin Building for the first time on December 2, three months after being hired as the Chief Financial Officer of the college...

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 four months. President M. Lee Pelton said the...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

College hires new VP of administration and finance

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
October 10, 2019

The college announced Paul Dworkis as the new vice president of administration and finance Thursday in an email to the community.  Dworkis currently works at the University of Maryland and will take...

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