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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

The Little Building residence hall.

First-year class settles in after year of upheaval

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 2, 2021

After a year of canceled proms, delayed graduations, and remote learning, the road to Emerson has been anything but normal for most first year students.  With everything up to the college application...

Cameron Manning helping students move into Little Building at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester

Emerson delays start of in-person classes, residence hall move-in schedule, citing COVID surge

By Charlie McKenna
December 30, 2020

Emerson will hold the first ten days of spring semester classes online and delay move-in to on-campus residence halls by a week, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Wednesday afternoon, 20 days...

Professor Brooke Knisley said it is especially frustrating that the college may not believe people when they tell them they have a disability.

Professors seeking accommodations forced to jump through hoops to teach online

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
December 7, 2020

A number of Emerson’s immunocompromised and disabled professors have reported issues receiving accommodations to teach remotely ahead of the fall semester’s hybrid classes. Several faculty and graduate...

A meeting of professor Nancy Allens Plagues and Pandemics course in the fall semester.

Hybrid class format earns mixed reviews from students

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
November 30, 2020

On the tail end of Emerson’s first semester under pandemic-era restrictions, students’ reaction to the hybrid model—sold by administrators as a substantive replacement for traditional in-person learning—has...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St.

Remote learning is different, but that’s not a bad thing

By The Editorial Board
August 17, 2020

As Emerson moves forward with its reopening plans for the fall semester, many students have raised concerns about the value of online classes. Is it comparable to the in-person experience, they ask, when...

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

By Editorial Board
July 28, 2020

In a world toppled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson administration gave students a choice: return to an altered campus and participate in a mix of in-person and online classes or opt to go fully online....

I did so many things to create a sense of belonging for myself in this unfamiliar country by empowering myself with knowledge and experience, only to learn that the future I wanted for so long might not even exist, and this country does not welcome people like me.

The U.S. I wanted to study in no longer exists

By Ziqi Wang
July 9, 2020

My boyfriend texted me right after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students would need to leave the U.S. if their university transitions to online-only...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

As Boston-area college administrations break a wall of silence on tuition, Emerson stays quiet

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
July 4, 2020

As Boston-area colleges and universities begin to quietly peddle out details on tuition and housing costs for the impending fall semester, Emerson’s administration has remained silent. After months...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

International students given option to learn online, attend partner university, or return to campus

By Charlie McKenna
July 4, 2020

Emerson will offer international students the option of taking fall courses online or at a partner university in one of five countries, according to an email sent to international students Wednesday and...

A Zoom class meeting in Spring 2020.

Remote classes bring innovation, frustration

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 15, 2020

Theatre education professor Bethany Nelson had no idea how she would adapt her class material when the college transitioned to online learning, because so much of the work involves students interacting...

VMA Department Chair Brooke Knight said he and the associate chairs identified 92 sections of production courses that would be significantly impacted by the transition to online.

Online learning results in alterations to VMA production courses

By Shruti Rajkumar
April 14, 2020

Sophomore visual media arts major Lauren Miller was preparing to film a group final project when the college announced it would be switching to remote learning in light of the progressing COVID-19 pandemic—she...

Now, we are these bears that need to stay motivated and feed ourselves with skills learned remotely.

Maintaining normalcy in spite of drastic changes

By Jocelyn Yang, Opinion Editor
April 7, 2020

Recently, my dad told me on the phone that after 70 days of home quarantine, he was finally able to go out following China’s ease on their lockdown. I almost screamed when hearing this good news. COVID-19...

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