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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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...

Students protest Donald Trumps election in 2016.

Professors recall ‘grim’ days on campus after 2016 election

By Charlie McKenna and Dana Gerber
November 3, 2020

Mark Leccese never opened his briefcase for class on Nov. 9, 2016. That day—just after Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency in 2016—a campus mourned.  “The day after the election...

A protestor is arrested during last Augusts Straight Pride Parade. The group that organized the parade, Super Happy Fun America, is set to clash with counter-protestors Saturday afternoon at a pro-police rally.

Dueling protests to clash on Boston Common

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
June 27, 2020

The organizers of last summer’s Straight Pride Parade that erupted into violence, will hold a pro-police rally at the Massachusetts State House Saturday that will likely be met with considerable opposition...

A woman holding an inflated red heart at Bostons third day of protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

Demonstrators crowd Boston Common during third day of protests

By Domenic Conte, Sports Columnist
June 3, 2020

Boston joined cities nationwide for a third day of protests Wednesday in response to the police killing of George Floyd, with organizers remaining peaceful for the entirety of the three-hour march from...

Protesters vandalized several of the colleges buildings including Little Building.

Several college buildings damaged during Sunday’s protests

By Charlie McKenna
June 1, 2020

Seven Emerson buildings were vandalized and had windows smashed after protests erupted throughout Boston Sunday night, following the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, according...

Officers stand in front of a burning police car on Tremont Street.

Violence erupts near Boston campus as police and protesters clash

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
June 1, 2020

Peaceful protests in Boston over the police killing of George Floyd erupted into chaos late Sunday night as police deployed pepper spray and tear gas into crowds in Downtown Crossing, shortly before the...

The marquee outside Emersons Paramount Center reads Black Lives Matter following the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis by a white police officer.

Pelton releases statement addressing nationwide outcry over George Floyd killing

By Charlie McKenna
May 31, 2020

President M. Lee Pelton issued an emotional statement to the Emerson community Sunday night detailing his reaction to the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on Monday, as...

In the age of rapid globalization, breaking news happening on the other side of the world could have an impact on people who are living in America. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Integrate news from around the world into your news diet

By Jiachen Liu
November 12, 2019

I learned about the protests in Chile while having dinner with a friend who works as a telescope researcher in Chilean labs for the University of California, Berkeley.  “It’s nationwide,” I recalled...

Sarah Heidrick and Shelby Broughton recorded the names of over 2,000 shooting victims on orange construction paper. Photo: Ally Rzesa/The Berkeley Beacon.

Students write for our lives to honor protest

By Ally Rzesa
March 25, 2018

The scratching sound of Sharpies on paper echoed from the 2 Boylston Place conference room for over eight hours on Friday, March 23. Freshman performing arts majors Sarah Heidrick and Shelby Broughton...

Adding a new course objective and a textbook chapter on ethics, or including a few token readings by diverse authors and speakers, is not enough. Photo Illustration by Cassandra Martinez / Beacon Staff

College needs to add cultural competency to the curriculum

By Lucie Pereira
March 14, 2018

There is only one course that all Emerson undergraduate students must take before they graduate. It’s not research writing or history or world culture—it’s Fundamentals of Speech Communication, or...

Editorial: Show us the numbers

Editorial: Show us the numbers

By Editorial Board
March 1, 2018

At issue: Students not surveyed in new climate survey Our take: Data is invaluable if we want to see improvement Earlier this week, the Social Justice Center released the 2017 campus climate survey...

Editorial: What’s in a name?

Editorial: What’s in a name?

By Editorial Board
January 25, 2018

At issue: College jargon surrounding issues of inequality Our take: Name changes don’t guarantee action This week, faculty assembly voted to create a permanent new committee on cultural competency...

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