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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

President Pranit Chand and Vice President Neiko Pittman

SGA leadership pledges sustainability, accessibility, accountability

By Maeve Lawler, Deputy Enterprise News Editor
September 7, 2022

Emerson’s Student Government Association onboards a new president and vice president following its spring semester election cycle. Pranit Chand, a senior data science and economics major, and Neiko Pittman,...

Students organize against tuition rises and other inequalities this fall

Students organize against tuition rises and other inequalities this fall

By Abigail Lee , Magazine Editor
August 30, 2022

On April 1, Dylan Young, a then first-year visual media arts major, attended a student protest in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway. About 50 students gathered that Friday afternoon, a small but loud assembly...

2021 Academic Townhall

Student government hosts annual town hall

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
December 2, 2021

Students, staff, and faculty voiced their concerns about the college’s virtual attendance policies and discussed the college’s spring reopening plans at the Student Government Association’s annual...

SGA members in a meeting.

SGA discusses CHW-ECAPS merger

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
December 1, 2021

The Student Government Association met with Associate Dean and Director of Counseling, Health and Wellness Brandin Dear on Nov. 5 to discuss the integration of the college’s Center for Health and Wellness...

A Spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting. Photo by Yongze Wang.

SGA backs student debt cancellation movement

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
December 1, 2021

The Student Government Association moved to join over 75 colleges across the country in signing a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday calling for the cancellation of...

An SGA meeting. Photo credit: Yongze Wang

SGA considers diversity, student engagement initiatives

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
December 1, 2021

The Student Government Association discussed a fight for mental health breaks at colleges in the Boston area at its meeting on Oct. 8. Executive Vice President Pranit Chand met with the Boston Intercollegiate...

The Access Advocacy Project Instagram graphic.

Student Disability Union debuts Advocacy Project intended to increase college-wide accessibility

By Dana Gerber and Charlie McKenna
April 7, 2021

Access: Student Disability Union unveiled The Access Advocacy Project on Tuesday, an initiative that includes a list of action steps they are calling on Emerson to take to improve accessibility and equity...

Students waiting in front of the Lions Den.

Students report dissatisfaction with flexibility week as spring break replacement

By Alec Klusza, Assistant News Editor
April 1, 2021

Emerson’s “Flexibility Week”—meant to provide students with a reduced work load for the week—was received poorly by many students, who cited ineffectiveness, and in some cases, an inadvertently...

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

Emerson Faculty Assembly passes Flexibility Week and Wellness Passes

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 25, 2021

Emerson’s Faculty Assembly voted to approve two spring break alternatives, wellness passes and a “flexibility week” on Friday, meant to alleviate stress and burnout for students in light of the October...

A Student Government Association meeting from the spring semester.

SGA passes spring elections timeline, appoints new member, approves fifth appeal

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 15, 2021

The Student Government Association approved its spring elections timeline in the Student Assembly on Friday, finalizing procedures for the elections which will see every position in SGA open. An intent...

Connection and communication issues stemming from Zoom discussions trigger the disorder’s inability to regulate emotions more easily, leading to frustration and anger that can last the whole day, no matter how minor the issue. The cruel irony is that the more I think about how I need to pay attention, the less I actually pay attention.

Students deserve a break now more than ever

By Editorial Board
March 11, 2021

After living through a pandemic for the past year, most of us are exhausted. The extended hours of screen time, lack of contact with friends and family, and looming fear of the virus has taken a toll on...

A Student Government Association meeting from the spring semester.

SGA passes new legislation demanding modified spring break

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 11, 2021

The Student Government Association passed its first piece of spring semester legislation, “An Act To Advocate For The Community’s Well-Being” Monday night after students expressed burnout as a result...

SGA at a Fall 2019 Joint Session meeting.

SGA pushes for alternative spring break amid burnout concerns

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 6, 2021

Students are championing the Student Government Association’s “Week of Rest” initiative, which calls for an alternative spring break in response to student complaints of burnout after seven straight...

Debrosse, pictured middle right, in a Spring  Student Government Association meeting.

The Student Government Association passes new bylaws, an appeal and appoints three new members during student assembly

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 2, 2021

The Student Government Association approved a series of new bylaws in a wide-ranging meeting where they added new members to the organization’s academic senate and approved an appeal.  The bylaws,...

SGA at a Fall 2019 Joint Session meeting.

Student Government Association approves two appeals

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 16, 2021

The Student Government Association approved nearly $5,000 in appeals from Sigma Pi Theta and Emcomm, in Friday’s student assembly meeting.  Sigma Pi Theta requested $3,184, $1,500 of the funds will...

A Spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting. Photo by Yongze Wang.

SGA to hire student employees to lighten treasurer workload

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 4, 2021

With the spring semester underway, the Student Government Association is staring down a vacancy in one of its most crucial positions—the executive treasurer—for the first time at the start of a semester...

The Student Government Association in a joint session meeting in February 2020.

Student Government Association holds inaugural spring semester student assembly meeting

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 1, 2021

The Student Government Association appointed four new members and approved an appeal during their first student assembly meeting of the spring semester on Friday.  First-year students Hannah Flayhan,...

A Student Assembly meeting during the Fall 2020 semester.

After rocky fall semester, SGA optimistic about spring

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 12, 2021

The Fall 2020 semester saw the Student Government Association struggle to adapt its day-to-day functioning to its new legislative model passed in the spring, a difficulty further complicated by the limitations...

The Berkeley Beacon office in Emersons 172 Tremont St. building.

SGA passes legislation condemning The Beacon over instances of racism, discrimination

By Andrew Brinker and Frankie Rowley
December 18, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously passed legislation in their Dec. 8 meeting condemning The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson’s student newspaper, over instances of racism, ableism, and internal...

A spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting

SGA talks Tufts health center partnership

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 26, 2020

The Student Government Association discussed a new partnership that merges Emerson and Tufts Medical Center’s student healthcare resources at its Nov. 17 weekly student assembly meeting.  The proposed...

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