Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Illustration by Rachel Choi

Editorial: Emerson College presents: a convincing performance of inclusivity

By Editorial Board
October 20, 2022

Emerson has a fetish for marginalized communities—but it does not make itself accessible to them. And with a price tag so expensive, it is impossible for Emerson to achieve the diverse environment it...

This just in: Many can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to do unpaid labor!

This just in: Many can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to do unpaid labor!

By Ana Sophia Garcia-Cubas Assemat, Copyeditor
September 17, 2022

It is the summer of 2022 and I’ve just gotten an internship—unpaid—at a literary review magazine. While an unpaid internship was by no means my best-case scenario, it is better than the internship-less...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

‘I can’t comprehend how much money I’m paying’: Students react to tuition raise for academic year

By Olivia LeDuc, Staff Writer
September 14, 2022

When Emerson announced it was raising tuition for the 2022-23 academic year, sophomore visual media arts major Elle Mako wondered how she would pay for it. Between the increase and the yen depreciation...

From top left to bottom right: Emerson alumni Sam Crimmins, André Archimbaud, Gaby Dunn, Dustin Straube, Steven Rowley and Kasey Fielding. / courtesy

Safe spaces, section 8 and student loan debt: Emerson alums say they (mostly) don’t regret the financial risk

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
August 30, 2022

For many freshly graduated Emersonians, monthly loan payments are a harsh awakening to the real world of work—or lack thereof—as creatives. While movements toward student loan debt relief have alleviated...

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...

image of students protesting in 2B alleyway

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

By Abigail Lee, Magazine 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 7, 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...

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