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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

Armed robbery involving two Emerson students in Boston Public Garden reported to police

By Bailey Allen, News Editor
December 1, 2021

Two Emerson students were robbed by one or more armed assailants in the Boston Public Garden Monday night, college police said.  The students were robbed at about 10 p.m. Monday night, Emerson College...

An ECPD patrol vehicle.

ECPD faces backlash for social media posts on autism

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 7, 2021

Content Warning: This article discusses harmful and ableist stereotypes against autistic people, violence against autistic people and disabled people, and includes harmful and ableist photographs posted...

Valentina Amaro holds up a #ThisIsEmerson sign during the walk out.

Emerson administration, faculty, and staff respond to Emerson Students of Color Week of Action demands

By Ann E. Matica and Diti Kohli
February 14, 2021

Emerson administrators said they would meet with students of color virtually in an effort to create a more equitable environment in an email sent on Feb. 5, the deadline set by student activist organization...

An Emerson College Police car.

Emerson to review role of ECPD on campus after students start “Defund ECPD” initiative

By Charlie McKenna
June 29, 2020

The college plans to review the role of the Emerson College Police Department on campus after a “Defund ECPD” initiative garnered support from students, according to a college official.  ECPD Chief...

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...

Amanda, Morses daughter, said her father was always the first one to crack a joke.

Emerson Police Lieutenant remembered for positive, caring nature

By Charlie McKenna
May 22, 2020

  Dan Morse’s laugh lit up every room he entered.  Worcester State University Police Chief Jason Kapurch, who worked with Morse for over 20 years at WSU, said that Morse’s laugh was...

ECPD will look to attract more female candidates. The force currently has only one female officer. Beacon Archives

ECPD looks to increase gender diversity, attract more candidates

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
November 14, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department plans to increase its gender diversity by expanding advertisement and using the college’s Human Resources Department to attract more people to the force this semester. ECPD...

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 10, 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...

The Straight Pride Parade will begin at Copley Square and head towards the college on Boylston Street. Anissa Gardizy/Beacon Staff

Straight Pride Parade Passing Emerson on Move-In Weekend

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
August 22, 2019

President Pelton released a statement on Wednesday, August 28. Read the most recent coverage here.  President M. Lee Pelton plans to release a statement in the following days ahead of the Boston Straight...

ECPD purchased 22 bullet-resistant vests in December 2018. Photo by Hongyu Liu / Beacon Correspondent

ECPD gears up officers with bullet-resistant vests

By Hongyu Liu, Multimedia Managing Editor
March 25, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department gradually started purchasing and wearing bullet-resistant vests in December 2018 following a request from police officer union members, an ECPD official said. ECPD...

Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Boston Fire Department extinguishes dumpster fire behind campus

By Anissa Gardizy
February 14, 2019

The Boston Fire Department extinguished a dumpster fire in Allen’s Alley behind Little Building on Thursday after students smelled smoke in multiple college buildings around 3:30 p.m. No injuries were...

Students and Boston residents flood the Common after the Patriots 6th Superbowl victory. Photo by Chris Van Buskirk / News Editor

Students celebrate Patriots victory with canceled classes

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
February 5, 2019

President M. Lee Pelton canceled the majority of Feb. 5 classes because of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl parade crowds. All classes starting between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. are canceled. Classes...

ECPD Chief Robert Smith (right) said he expects the Super Bowl parade to take place either Tuesday or Wednesday. Hongyu Liu / Beacon Correspondent

ECPD prepares security measures for potential Super Bowl parade

By Hongyu Liu, Multimedia Managing Editor
February 3, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department plans to lock down the college campus and monitor the Little Building for trespassers in the event of a Super Bowl parade this week. ECPD Chief Robert Smith said...

The college purchased Narcan for each building and the Health and Wellness Center at $91 a unit. Emily Oliver / Beacon Staff

Beacon Breakdown: What happens when someone on campus experiences an opioid overdose?

By Hanna Marchesseault
January 30, 2019

College campuses around the country started taking the initiative to obtain Narcan, a nasal spray used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose, in 2016, according to a National Public Radio article....

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined a group of state attorneys Thursday in suing the U.S. Department of Education over  proposed Title IX regulations.

Massachusetts Attorney General sworn in at Colonial Theatre

By Anissa Gardizy
January 18, 2019

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, was sworn into office on Jan. 16 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre by U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel. Healey will begin her second term as attorney...

Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

ECPD to increase security for Women’s March

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
January 17, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department plans to staff extra officers ensure campus safety during the third annual Boston Women’s March on Boston Common on Jan. 19, according to the police chief. ECPD...

ECPD reported nine elevator entrapments this semester in incident journals. BETHANY HAMLIN / BEACON STAFF

Students wary of getting stuck as elevator entrapments rise

By Cynthia Tu
November 29, 2018

The number of reported elevator entrapments doubled since last semester, according to incident reports documented by the Emerson College Police Department. Not all entrapments are reported to the ECPD. ECPD...


Increase in on-campus sex crimes might signal more reporting

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
October 14, 2018

The number of reported on-campus rapes rose from three in 2016 to six in 2017, according to an annual summary of crimes committed on and around Emerson’s campuses. In 2015, there were zero on-campus...

The Hemenway shuttle runs from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. every night.

College speeds up shuttle service following delays

By Dylan Rossiter, Emerson '21
October 18, 2017

A delay that stranded one Hemenway resident for nearly two hours will bring improvements to the school's late-night shuttle service, according to Hemenway Residence Director Matthew Carney. In a firestorm...

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