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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Debrosse, pictured middle right, in a Spring  Student Government Association meeting.

Debrosse to continue as SGA president through spring

By Charlie McKenna
November 16, 2020

Student Government Association Executive President Lindsay Debrosse will retain the organization’s presidency through the spring semester, she confirmed to The Beacon Wednesday.  Debrosse, who...

Former SGA Executive President Will Palauskas at an academic town hall in 2018.

SGA establishes executive cabinet, appoints VP

January 16, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously approved a sweeping change to the organization’s executive structure and appointed a new executive vice president Tuesday at the first joint session meeting...

Emerson anticipates massive losses during the 2020-21 fiscal year, ranging from $33 million to $76 million, President M. Lee Pelton said in a letter to faculty Monday.

Emerson to merge with college in Vermont in fall 2020

By Parker Purifoy and Andrew Brinker
November 7, 2019

Audible gasps filled the Cutler Majestic Theatre Wednesday morning as President M. Lee Pelton announced a merger between Emerson and Marlboro College, a small liberal arts college in southern Vermont.  Marlboro...

FAB approves two appeals requests, dismisses others

FAB approves two appeals requests, dismisses others

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 27, 2019

The Financial Advisory Board unanimously approved two appeals requests worth just over $3,500 on Thursday, while two additional requests were dismissed. XeCult, an organization dedicated to promoting...

Abigail Semple (left), Raz Moayed (middle), and Will Palauskas (right) discuss Semples policy proposal at joint session. Christopher Van Buskirk / Beacon Staff

Semple faces questioning over policy proposal

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
September 25, 2019

The Student Government Association clashed on Tuesday over Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s funding proposal that would prohibit student organizations from charging admissions or submissions fees...

SGA Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple.

SGA officials denounce Treasurer’s proposed fee amendment

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
September 19, 2019

Update 9/19: The Financial Advisory Board did not vote on the proposed fee amendment. A discussion and potential vote are scheduled for Sept. 26  at 3 p.m. in the Student Government Association office...

SGA sets election timeline, approves six positions

SGA sets election timeline, approves six positions

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
September 18, 2019

The Student Government Association unanimously approved timelines for both the special elections and the general elections during their joint session meeting on Sept. 17. The special elections, which...

ECPD set up the drop box for students to dispose of prescription or over the counter medications. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

ECPD introduces medication disposal box

By Sydney Havens
September 9, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department installed a drop off box during the summer intended for the safe disposal of prescription and over the counter medications. ECPD Chief Robert Smith said the drop...

Emersons Title IX office.

No immediate changes to come from Title IX working group

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer
September 8, 2019

The working group assembled by President M. Lee Pelton to review the college’s Title IX procedures will not be making any concrete policy changes, according to a member of the committee. Co-chair...

Voter turnout increased by 156 percent from the 2004 to 2019 spring elections. Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

SGA voter turnout increases by 230 percent

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
April 10, 2019

In the highest voter turnout since 2009, 875 students voted in the Student Government Association elections on April 3 and April 4 for 19 different positions. Voter turnout increased by more than 200...

SGA Marketing Communications Senator William Palauskas announced his executive vice presidency win in an April 5 Facebook post. Photo by Tivara Tandujaja / Beacon Correspondent

Palauskas narrowly wins SGA executive vice president

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
April 10, 2019

Sophomore William Palauskas won the Student Government Association executive vice president race against sophomore Annie Noel by six votes, according to the election results released by SGA. Palauskas,...

Emersons Chapter of Turning Point USA President Camilo Vilaplana Emerson College Republicans President Allison Payne both said they valued free speech on campus. Beacon Archives

Republican org leaders praise free speech executive order

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
April 3, 2019

Republican student organization leaders believe an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on March 21 will improve the political climate at the college, even if the freedom of speech order will...

Raz Moayed runs unopposed for SGA executive president. Photo by Olivia Strauss / Beacon Correspondent

Junior runs unopposed for SGA executive president

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
April 3, 2019

Student Government Association Executive Vice President Raz Moayed entered the race for executive president unopposed, with plans to resign at the end of the fall semester to study abroad in the spring....

SGA Executive President Jess Guida appointed herself as the board of trustees representative without a vote. Photo courtesy of Beacon Archives.

SGA president overrides voting precedence

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
December 6, 2018

Student Government Association Executive President Jess Guida appointed herself as the board of trustees representative without a vote at a Sept. 18 joint session meeting. In an interview with the Beacon,...

Former SGA Executive President Will Palauskas at an academic town hall in 2018.

SGA Town Hall served as starting point for departmental conversations

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
December 1, 2018

Faculty and students gathered to discuss their academic experiences and help the Student Government Association collect information on potential changes at the SGA Academic Town Hall on Tuesday. Students...

Freshman senatorial candidate Brady Baca speaks to the crowd at Center Stage Nov. 8. Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

SGA fall election voter turnout increases fivefold

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 27, 2018

Voter turnout for the Student Government Association fall elections increased fivefold from last year—a stark rise after several years of low student engagement. Six percent of undergraduates, 234...

Unrecognized organizations receive funding for events

Unrecognized organizations receive funding for events

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 27, 2018

The Student Government Association set aside $5,000 in funding for five unrecognized organizations at the weekly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The money will fund one-time events for the organizations...

SGA hopes for increased voter turnout in upcoming election

SGA hopes for increased voter turnout in upcoming election

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 11, 2018

Members of the Student Government Association expect an increased voter turnout for this semester’s fall election. Historically, voter turnout for SGA elections has been consistently six to seven...

SGA approves temporary funding for some unrecognized organizations

SGA approves temporary funding for some unrecognized organizations

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 2, 2018

The Student Government Association approved temporary funding guidelines for unrecognized organizations and prepared for the upcoming Academic Town Hall at the weekly meeting on Oct. 30. The executive...

SGA selects Board of Trustees representative

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
September 21, 2017

The Student Government Association moved Tuesday to appoint new commissioners in various divisions of student life and the SGA representative to the Board of Trustees.  Three members of SGA, sophomore...

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