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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Phi Alpha Tau hopes to change culture after 18-month hiatus

Phi Alpha Tau hopes to change culture after 18-month hiatus

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
January 27, 2022

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault.  Phi Alpha Tau will return to action this semester, marking the end of the fraternity’s 18-month hiatus in response to a series...

Jefferson Fieteks Anoka County MN mugshot

Former professor sentenced to 30 years for sexual assault

By Frankie Rowley and Charlie McKenna
November 18, 2021

Jefferson Fietek, a convicted sex offender who briefly served as a professor in Emerson’s Performing Arts Department, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for assaulting a number of underage...

Fraternities and Colleges perpetuating a culture of abuse

Fraternities and Colleges perpetuating a culture of abuse

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
October 21, 2021

Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault and rape. On Friday, Oct. 8, a female student at the University of Delaware was kidnapped, strangled to the point of unconsciousness,...

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‘I feel relief that he will not be able to harm anyone else;’ Victims of former performing arts professor speak out

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
September 2, 2021

For the victims of former Emerson professor, Jefferson Fietek, his arrest was a bittersweet moment. They expressed relief seeing their childhood abuser locked behind bars, away from harming any other...

The Minnesota assault overturn shows that the justice system is going backward

The Minnesota assault overturn shows that the justice system is going backward

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
April 8, 2021

Through recent Instagram posts, I found out the state of Minnesota does not fairly investigate a sexual assault case if the victim was voluntarily intoxicated. I was repulsed by this fact.  The Minnesota...

The Boston Public Garden.

Police arrest suspect in Public Garden assault

By Charlie McKenna and Diana Bravo
November 19, 2020

Boston Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection to an alleged assault in the Public Garden last week. Francisco Romero, 38, was charged with aggravated rape, assault by means of a dangerous weapon,...

The Boston Public Garden.

Boston Police report attempted sexual assault in Public Garden

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
September 28, 2020

A woman reported an alleged assault with attempt to rape in the Public Garden early Monday morning, Boston Police said. The woman said a man put his hand over her mouth and made sexually explicit threats...

The Title IX office has been located within the Social Justice Center since 2014 after an external group of lawyers examined the colleges Title IX policies and practices.

Everything you need to know about the updated Title IX policy

By Diti Kohli, Katie Redefer, and Parker Purifoy
August 31, 2020

A college committee of administrators, faculty, and students released an updated Title IX policy establishing the college’s altered process for handling allegations of sexual misconduct and violence,...

Students cross the intersection of Boylston St. and Tremont St. in front of the Little Building.

Former professor under investigation for multiple sexual assault allegations

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
June 30, 2020

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is investigating former Assistant Professor Jefferson Fietek for multiple reports of sexual assault, according to a press release obtained by The Beacon. Emerson...

Jackson Davis is the subject of multiple public sexual misconduct allegations on Twitter.

Emerson alum suspended from NowThis after sexual misconduct allegations

By Diti Kohli and Parker Purifoy
June 30, 2020

A slew of sexual misconduct allegations against Jackson Davis ‘17 posted on Twitter prompted NowThis News to suspend him from his position, days before the college asserted its commitment to investigating...

Emersons Title IX office.

College needs outside experts to make desired change to Title IX policy

By Editorial Board
May 12, 2020

Last week, the school released its presidential working group draft findings, which sought to detail the sexual misconduct climate at the college through a year of review by 10 members of the Emerson community. In...

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Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough

By Editorial Board
October 17, 2019

The two-year vacancy in the Title IX office is finally being filled. But the hiring process for the Deputy Title IX Coordinator has brought its own shortcomings.   The position has remained vacant...

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears.

Spears recognizes statistical discrepancies in Clery Report

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
September 26, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department released the college’s annual Clery Report on Wednesday, which a college official said provides an incomplete picture of the college’s crime statistics.  Vice...

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Students deserve transparent sexual assault statistics

By Editorial Board
September 25, 2019

On Wednesday, the college disseminated its annual Clery Report through a campus-wide email. The 57-page-long report details both the criminal offenses brought forth on all three Emerson campuses in the...

Grace Griffin - Graphic By Ally Rzesa / Berkeley Beacon Staff

Head Over Feels: Anthems of my recovery

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor
September 9, 2019

*Content Warning: This article discusses themes of violence, trauma, and sexual assault. The first time I heard a musical artist sing openly about sexual assault was in the song “Innocent Party”...

Editorial: Merging our identity as students and journalists in the Beacon’s recent coverage

Editorial: Merging our identity as students and journalists in the Beacon’s recent coverage

By Editorial Board
April 19, 2019

At Issue: The Beacon’s story on the removal of the list of alleged abusers Our Take: Reporting with the Emerson community in mind CW/TW: This editorial addresses issues and events surrounding...

EDITORIAL: Title IX changes require action, transparency from administration

EDITORIAL: Title IX changes require action, transparency from administration

By Editorial Board
January 25, 2019

At issue: Proposed Changes to Title IX regulations Our take: Talk won’t combat new Title IX policies   Last week, we published a Beacon Breakdown on the Title IX changes proposed by Secretary...

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