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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,...

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...

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...

An SGA meeting at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

Nineteen candidates win student government positions in low turnout elections

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
August 3, 2021

The Student Government Association’s spring 2021 elections turned out just 140 students, the lowest total for a spring elections cycle, where each SGA position is up for grabs, in at least five years. In...

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,...

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...

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...

SGA

SGA elections outreach minimal prior to polls opening

By Charlie McKenna
November 18, 2020

With the polls open in the Student Government Association’s fall elections, the typical flood of campaign marketing materials that popped up on campus and social media in previous years is nowhere to...

Junior Abigail Semple recieved the fewest votes out of the top three candidates for executive treasurer in the spring 2019 election. Beacon Archive

Letter: Abigail Semple ’20 on being SGA Executive Treasurer

By Abigail Semple
November 17, 2020

Being the Student Government Association Executive Treasurer was both the best and worst year of college. Though it may shock some, I am shy and never imagined I would have taken such an active role in...

A Student Government Association meeting from the spring semester.

SGA closes meeting to talk with Intercultural student affairs

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 10, 2020

The Student Government Association’s weekly Student Assembly meeting was closed to the public and The Beacon, after the group entered executive session to discuss “social justice, power, and privilege”...

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

SGA hopes to spur college action with first legislative effort

By Charlie McKenna
October 22, 2020

The Student Government Association passed its first piece of legislation, about several recent “Zoom-bombing” incidents, Tuesday—nearly halfway through the organization’s first semester under a...

An SGA meeting at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

SGA drafts statement condemning racist Zoom bombing incident

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
October 2, 2020

The Student Government Association drafted a statement at a Student Assembly meeting Tuesday condemning a recent hateful incident that afflicted a new organization for LGBTQ+ students of color.  The...

A fall 2020 Student Government Association meeting.

SGA appoints representatives to administrative boards

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
September 26, 2020

The Student Government Association appointed five representatives to four college committees during their fourth Student Assembly meeting of the fall semester on Tuesday.  SGA appointed one of its...

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

Vacancy issues in SGA persist under new model

By Charlie McKenna
September 21, 2020

The Student Government Association faces a slew of vacancies in its first semester under a newly established structure, despite filling several positions across its legislative branch in the last month. As...

SGA at a Fall 2019 Joint Session meeting.

SGA appoints three students to new Student Experience Senate

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
September 3, 2020

In the first Student Assembly meeting of the new semester, the Student Government Association made a series of appointments to fill vacancies across different areas of the organization, including the newly...

Student Government Association Executive Vice President Jehan Ayesha.

Former SGA presidential candidate Ayesha takes over VP, completing quiet shakeup of top leadership

By Charlie McKenna
August 17, 2020

The Student Government Association appointed rising sophomore Jehan Ayesha to its executive vice presidency Monday after a sudden shake up of the organization's top leadership positions last month, SGA...

An SGA meeting at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

Almost four hundred students elect 13 SGA candidates for next fall

By Charlie McKenna
May 8, 2020

The Student Government Association released its spring general election results Monday, revealing an extremely close race for the organization’s executive presidency with self-described LGBTQ+ activist...

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