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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Chair of the Performing Arts Department Bob Colby, who died April 5, 2021

Late performing arts chair leaves behind legacy of empathy

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
April 8, 2021

After 44 years at Emerson, students and colleagues fondly recalled Robert Colby as a committed theatre practitioner, a trusted mentor, and by many, a valued friend. The longtime faculty member served...

Pictured above, Performing Arts Department Chair Bob Colby.

Robert Colby, chair of performing arts, dies at 70

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
April 5, 2021

Robert Colby, chair of the performing arts department who worked at Emerson for 44 years, died early Monday morning in Beth Israel Hospital after a lengthy fight with cancer, the college announced this...

Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby talks about kindness

Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby talks about kindness

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
February 3, 2020

In this week’s episode of The Beacon, we talk about kindness with producer Melissa Rosales and Performing Arts Chair Robert Colby. The Spirit of Emerson Committee’s 2020 kindness award was named after...

The college decided to open the warehouse twice this semester, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Dec. 11. Photo by Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

Staff vacancies restrict prop warehouse operating hours

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 20, 2019

The college’s prop warehouse will open for the second and final time this semester for visual and media arts students, after losing both its director and its assistant prior to the beginning of the academic...

Class of 2022 President Cassie Shelley speaks with VMA Department students and faculty at Tuesdays Academic Town Hall. Xinyi Xu / Beacon Staff

SGA Academic Town Hall highlights prevailing college issues

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
November 19, 2019

Hundreds of students and faculty crammed into the Lion’s Den Tuesday at the second annual Student Government Association Academic Town Hall to air grievances with the college’s newly restructured dance...

Journalism faculty released a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in solidarity with Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni Wednesday.

Journalism students leave major at higher rate than other departments

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
February 21, 2019

Approximately five percent of journalism students switched out of the department during the 2018-19 academic year—a rate around four times higher than other major programs, according to data the Journalism...

Pictured above, Performing Arts Department Chair Bob Colby.

Robert Colby selected as Performing Arts Chair fall 2018

By Kaitlyn Bryson
February 19, 2018

The performing arts committee selected Robert Colby to strengthen communication between students and faculty as Performing Arts Chair starting fall semester of 2018.   Colby started at the college’s...

Faculty assembly votes to assert values

Faculty assembly votes to assert values

By Shafaq Patel
March 2, 2017

Faculty members at Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly meeting learned that the make-up day for last month’s snow day will be moved from a Saturday in April to the last weekend in March. Robert Colby, chair...

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