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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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‘This is not an isolated concern’: 2B Alley sees tuition increase protest

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Content Managing Editor
April 3, 2022

Dozens of Emerson students gathered in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway on Friday afternoon to protest the upcoming 2 percent tuition increase. In response to a rise in tuition and room and board charges...

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Emerson students deserve transparency on the efforts administrators make with their finances

By Editorial Board
March 23, 2022

The Berkeley Beacon editorial staff is back with another edition of, “how many times will we have to say the same thing?”  Emersonians received a community-wide email on Mar. 17 by Interim President...

Visitor Center of Emerson College.

Emerson to increase undergraduate tuition by 2 percent in 2022-23 academic year

By Adri Pray, News Editor
March 17, 2022

Emerson is slated to increase the undergraduate tuition by 2.0 percent, and room and board charges by 2.0 percent for the 2022-23 academic year, according to a campus-wide email from college officials...

Editorial: It’s okay to demand more of our administrators

Editorial: It’s okay to demand more of our administrators

February 10, 2022

William Gilligan, our interim president, has recently claimed that The Beacon has fallen victim to the “media environment where many…..pick and choose their facts.” Gilligan has taken it upon himself...

Editorial: Emersons next president should serve students, not their pockets.

Editorial: Emerson’s next president should serve students, not their pockets.

By Editorial Board
February 3, 2022

It is well into the spring semester of the 2021-22 academic year, and Emerson College still lacks permanent leadership.  Former President M. Lee Pelton, who took the helm of the college in 2011, left...

Editorial: Emerson, let students move off campus before their senior year

Editorial: Emerson, let students move off campus before their senior year

By Editorial Board
September 24, 2021

Since fall of 2017, Emerson has mandated that all students entering the college live on campus for their first six semesters, with very few exceptions granted.  Living on campus can be one of the most...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Tuition strike urges Emerson to redistribute funds

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
September 2, 2021

As many Emerson students might be aware, at the beginning of March it was announced that tuition will increase for all undergraduate students for the second consecutive year. While already battling financial...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Some students turn to crowdfunding to pay for Emerson education

By Luna Theus, Staff Writer
April 8, 2021

With a yearly price tag of $50,240 for tuition and fees, $69,712 for in-state students living on campus, and an average financial aid package of $17,000, some Emerson students are resorting to the online...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Yearly tuition increases should not become the norm

By Shannon Garrido and Lucia Thorne
March 31, 2021

On March 15, Emerson announced a “flexibility week” meant to tackle the steady decline of students’ mental health. That same week, it was announced that not only will Emerson students not receive...

Students gathered in the old Marlboro College dining hall.

Marlboro community attempting to adapt to life in downtown Boston

By Karli Wallace
September 24, 2020

Sarah-May Schultz’s first visit to the old Marlboro College campus, tucked away in the hills of rural Vermont, came when she was just 38 days old. Eighteen years later, she would call that campus home.  That...

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

College to increase tuition for fall semester, following national trend

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
July 10, 2020

Tuition and room and board rates will increase by two percent for the 2020-21 academic year as Emerson attempts to mitigate the massive financial losses administrators anticipate in the coming months,...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

As Boston-area college administrations break a wall of silence on tuition, Emerson stays quiet

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
July 4, 2020

As Boston-area colleges and universities begin to quietly peddle out details on tuition and housing costs for the impending fall semester, Emerson’s administration has remained silent. After months...

Letter: False assumptions

Letter: False assumptions

By Christopher Stetson Wilson, Administrative Associate to Chair, Journalism Department
June 17, 2020

Christopher Stetson Wilson is the administrative associate to the chair of Emerson’s Journalism Department. Wilson is also an Emerson graduate student studying creative writing. Claire Rodenbush’s...

President M. Lee Pelton.

College plans to issue partial credit for room and board, not tuition

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 19, 2020

While Emerson will be issuing partial credit for room and board charges for the spring semester due to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, no tuition refunds will be issued, according...

When relationships inevitably did disintegrate pre-social media, they were more easily forgettable. Now, even if someone is no longer in my life, they are still just a few clicks away.

Strapped for Cash: The financial aid system is broken

By Juliet Norman, Opinion Editor
March 11, 2020

Every year when October rolls around, I dread filling out the application for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA.  It takes me weeks to complete over 100 questions...

Juliet Norman - Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Strapped for Cash: Sacrificing a college experience to pay my tuition

By Juliet Norman, Opinion Editor
November 20, 2019

Last week, my digital journalism professor stopped me after class and asked to talk to me.  I instantly was seized with worry—was I in trouble? Had I messed up an assignment? None of those was the...

Debunking common misconceptions around the Emerson-Marlboro merger

Debunking common misconceptions around the Emerson-Marlboro merger

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
November 14, 2019

Emerson College did not purchase Marlboro College  The Vermont school donated its $30 million endowment and real estate, valued at more than $10 million, to Emerson. The endowment will permanently...

SGA officials grapple with tuition costs before trustees meeting

SGA officials grapple with tuition costs before trustees meeting

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 16, 2019

Student Government Association members clashed on Tuesday over rising tuition costs and the college’s ongoing expansion at their weekly joint session meeting.  The discussion began after class of...

Respect college employees with improved communication

Respect college employees with improved communication

By Editorial Board
October 2, 2019

Over the summer, the college switched their employment software from their old system, People Admin, to a new software called Workday. In the process of implementing this new system, many students employees...

Beacon Podcast: College raises undergraduate tuition by 4 percent

Beacon Podcast: College raises undergraduate tuition by 4 percent

April 5, 2019

On March 21, the college announced a 4 percent increase to the undergraduate tuition for returning students. This increased the total cost of attendance to $66,256 per year—$2,556 more than the cost...

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