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Highest achieving students recognized at 12th annual ERA Awards

Highest achieving students recognized at 12th annual ERA Awards

By Meg Richards, Opinion Editor
April 26, 2023

The Emerson Recognition Achievement Awards, or ERA Awards, took place in the Robert J. Orchard Theater last Friday, where students across all majors were recognized for various extracurricular achievements...

Turning Point USAs booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

College lifts suspension on conservative group

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

Emerson lifted a suspension of the college’s Turning Point USA chapter this month, allowing the conservative organization to resume on-campus activities weeks after drawing backlash for promotional material...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL Director reflects on decade at Emerson

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

Responsible for remaking the college’s relationship to student organizations, keeping his colleagues up-to-date with pop culture, and advising the Student Government Association, Director of Student...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL Director Jason Meier to leave college in November

By Bailey Allen, Former news editor
October 20, 2021

Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Jason Meier will leave Emerson in November to take up a position at Harvard College after nearly a decade at the college. Meier announced his departure...

Turning Point USAs booth in the 2 Boylston Place alley.

Turning Point event sparks Sinophobia controversy on campus

By Luna Theus, Marcus Cocova, and Keshav Vinod
October 9, 2021

The Emerson chapter of Turning Point USA was suspended by the college after the conservative organization passed out controversial stickers that many students saw as propagating harmful anti-Chinese stereotypes,...

Two NBS members at the fall 2021 org fair.

Student organizations return to in-person gatherings

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
September 16, 2021

After 18 months of only using Zoom, student organizations are once again filling theaters, staging scenes for film sets, and collaborating with each other to create art. The true on-campus experience can...

Vibrant art installation in 172 Tremont honors indigenous peoples

Vibrant art installation in 172 Tremont honors indigenous peoples

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
September 2, 2021

Students entering 172 Tremont this semester will be greeted by a new 13-foot piece of art, installed in July, that intends to signify the importance of inclusivity and equity through brightly colored statements...

Kappa Gamma Chi spring 2021 new member education class.

Emerson fraternities and sororities pledge institutional reimagining

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
April 8, 2021

Emerson’s Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations are facing an internal reckoning as they seek to “reimagine” themselves to make recruitment processes more inclusive, hold themselves accountable...

Photo of Helina Yared (middle) and her teammates, Nia Cooper (left) and Rachel Tarby (right), after practice.

Lions Cheerleading launch inclusivity-focused cheer team

By Tyler Foy, Sports Editor
February 18, 2021

Although Lions Cheerleading just formed this semester, the aspiring club team is already reaching for large goals. “We’re hoping we could compete in the future, which might take a while after COVID,”...

National Broadcast Society members work on a set.

College reverses course, will temporarily continue non-tuition credits for first-year students

By Charlie McKenna
September 18, 2020

College officials temporarily rolled back a decision Tuesday that would have prevented first-year students from earning non-tuition credits for their participation in select student organizations. Student...

Graduate student and guard Jarred Houston goes up for a lay-up.

Houston recognized for leadership off the court

By Emily Cardona, Deputy Sports Editor
May 4, 2020

Men’s basketball center Jarred Houston was scrolling through Twitter on April 9 when he found out he earned the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Student Leader of the Year Award. “This means...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL offers affiliation training workshops to independent organizations

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
October 23, 2019

Several student leaders expressed appreciation for the Student Engagement and Leadership Office's workshops helping independent organizations navigate the path toward affiliation. Emerson Ultimate Frisbee...

Assistant Director of SEAL Andrew Donahue gives a presentation on EmConnects community impact at SGA joint session.

SEAL reports EmConnect data to SGA

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 2, 2019

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership spoke with Student Government Association members about the progress of EmConnect, the college’s website for student organizations, during their weekly...

Senior Joe Scardilli grew up drawing—now he works for the SEAL office sketching memes on the new walls of 172 Tremont St. Courtesy of Joe Scardilli

Senior turns pop culture memes into on-campus job

By Emily Cardona
September 27, 2019

The faint scent of dry erase markers constantly lingers in the rooms of 172 Tremont St. ever since the college hired senior comedic arts major Joe Scardilli to create pop culture and meme illustrations...

Junior Camilo Vilaplana created an Emerson chapter of Turning Point USA, a national nonprofit conservative organization. Beacon Archive.

Turning Point USA creates space for conservative views on campus

By Hanna Marchesseault
February 7, 2019

Turning Point USA—a conservative, nonprofit organization commonly found on college campuses across the country—began the recognition process with Student Engagement and Leadership and the Student...

EDITORIAL: Change still needed with co-curricular organizations

EDITORIAL: Change still needed with co-curricular organizations

By Editorial Board
September 13, 2018

At issue: Student workload increases Our take: Don’t take advantage of us Student organizations are a huge aspect of Emerson culture. And the system was pretty loose. For example, at the Beacon,...

Mercedes Lamb has been drawing posters featuring Griff the Lion for the office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL).

Emerson mascot Griff the Lion gets a new look

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor
December 6, 2017

Emerson’s newly reimagined lion mascot fits in well with the student body, sporting a “man bun,” gauges, and flannel. Senior and graphic designer Mercedes Lamb designed Griff the Lion...

To many students, it makes financial sense to join several orgs, even if it means a hectic schedule for a few semesters.

Op-Ed: Busy students can’t afford to buy time

By Rachel Cantor
September 20, 2017

Is your ego that fragile that you have to be busy all the time? This question was raised during a series of four-hour training workshops held by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL)...

Center Stage features a performance space, seating area, cafe, and store
Chloe Kerwin / Beacon Correspondent

Bites and open mics at Center Stage

By Ally Rzesa
September 13, 2017

The Emerson Poetry Project used to meet weekly in any space they could find: classrooms, the dining hall, the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. This year though, Vice President Myles Taylor said the...

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