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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

The sign outside of the Cutler Majestic Theater.

Emerson community weighs in with their thoughts on Ukraine

Sophomore visual and media arts major Yujun Liu gets texts from his friend in Ukraine, who updates him on the war he is experiencing firsthand. “He told me he was awakened by the bombing at 5:30 a.m....

Former Director of Production and Safety Leonard Manzo

Leonard Manzo out as VMA director of production and safety

By Bailey Allen, Deputy Enterprise Editor
January 28, 2022

Leonard Manzo, longtime director of production and safety at Emerson, will no longer serve in the position as of Jan. 27, according to a Thursday evening email to the Visual and Media Arts department. Manzo,...

The flyer for Colorful Peace.

Student short film ‘Colorful Peace’ uses color to shed light on mental health struggles

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
October 14, 2021

First year visual media arts student Seyf Naman’s new short film, “Colorful Peace,” received the Spirit Award at the Shawna Shea Film Festival in September 2021.  The film sheds light on the...

Austin Lopes in Youtube video Life Change

Austin Lopes honored by Emerson after dying of cancer

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
May 13, 2021

Austin Lopes, a rising junior majoring in visual and media arts, died of cancer on May 8 surrounded by his friends and family, President M. Lee Pelton announced in a Thursday afternoon email. Lopes...

Jacob Warman, the first-place winner of the 24 hour screenplay competition for his screenplay Glue Boards.

Mouse traps and sports drafts: Here are the winners of the 24 hour screenplay competition

By Lucia Thorne, Layout Editor
November 16, 2020

When first-year Jacob Warman’s girlfriend suggested he write about a woman who regretted using mice glue traps, he did not think the idea would lead him to victory in the student-organized 24 hour screenplay...

Students working on a set in a visual and media arts course.

In distanced classes, professors repackage theatre and film curriculum

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 1, 2020

In junior Ava Petrecca’s BFA Acting Studio 1 class, she’s learning the Alexander Technique: a focus on posture and body movement that aims to increase self-awareness. Professors usually assist students...

VMA Department Chair Brooke Knight said he and the associate chairs identified 92 sections of production courses that would be significantly impacted by the transition to online.

Online learning results in alterations to VMA production courses

By Shruti Rajkumar
April 14, 2020

Sophomore visual media arts major Lauren Miller was preparing to film a group final project when the college announced it would be switching to remote learning in light of the progressing COVID-19 pandemic—she...

Sara Coffey, alumna and co-chair of the Marlboro campus working group, said the group will meet for the first time on Dec. 9. Cho Yin Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour 11/22: VMA class to produce gun violence prevention videos, Pelton visits Marlboro

November 22, 2019

Listen to "The Berkeley Beacon News Hour on WECB 11/22: VMA class to produce gun violence prevention videos, Pelton visits Marlboro" on Spreaker. Berkeley Beacon editors went live on WECB with the latest...

The college decided to open the warehouse twice this semester, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Dec. 11. Photo by Rachel Culver / Beacon Staff

Staff vacancies restrict prop warehouse operating hours

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
November 20, 2019

The college’s prop warehouse will open for the second and final time this semester for visual and media arts students, after losing both its director and its assistant prior to the beginning of the academic...

The VMA department will debut a new 400-level course open to undergraduates and graduates to create gun violence prevention media for Massachusetts General Hospital. Katie Redefer / Beacon Staff

VMA Department set to offer gun violence prevention video class

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
November 20, 2019

The Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson plans to work in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital through a new class centered around the creation of gun violence prevention videos.  This...

Kristie Mitchell (left) and Sam Stenson (right) helped organize Delta Kappa Alphas one-minute film festival. Greyson Acquaviva / Beacon Staff

Delta Kappa Alpha starts new competition in lieu of 48 hour film festival

By Grace Rispoli
November 6, 2019

During his first year at Emerson, senior Jacob Falberg pulled an all-nighter to direct and edit a film for Emerson’s 48 Hour Film Festival.  He reminisced about collaborating with another editor,...

Captain Jack’s 15-minute short film “Junk Town” started as a high school competition entry and outraged school and government officials. - Photo by Madison Goldberg / Beacon Correspondent

“Captain Jack” exposes dangers of trash and pollution in China

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
February 14, 2019

In a small village outside of Chongqing, China, freshman Jack Liu stood surrounded by garbage. The trash polluted a river in the village, and Liu decided to create the documentary short film "Junk Town"...

Homa Sarabi-Daunais, the new locations coordinator, created an online database for students to find filming locations. Photo by William Bloxham / Beacon Correspondent

VMA department hires location coordinator

By Daniela Lobo-Rivera
February 13, 2019

The Visual and Media Arts Department hired a location coordinator in fall 2018 to help students with location scouting and filming permits. Homa Sarabi-Daunais, the new VMA location coordinator, said...

Flint grew up in East Bridgewater, Mass. Courtesy of Susan Flint.

Lucas Flint remembered as a kind-hearted, dedicated student

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
January 14, 2019

At 15 years old, Lucas Flint performed tedious tasks at the Emerson radio station WERS as part of a volunteer program for non-Emerson students. Flint, an East Bridgewater, Massachusetts native, was...

Morgan Wright helped create and act in the MBTA films

MBTA stations screen student commercials

By Cassandre Coyer
September 13, 2018

Instead of the dirty walls of subway stations, students and Bostonians can now watch educational content created by Emerson students. Last September, Emerson students partnered with the Massachusetts...

Deceased VMA Professor found responsible for sexual harassment

Deceased VMA Professor found responsible for sexual harassment

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
September 4, 2018

Former Professor Robert Todd was “found responsible for engaging in sexual harassment” following a Title IX investigation that took place before his death, according to a statement President M. Lee...

VMA department offers free film for photo students

VMA department offers free film for photo students

By Maysoon Khan
February 22, 2018

Students enrolled in photography classes received free film rolls at the start of this semester to help offset costs for assignments. The visual and media arts department began providing six photo-film...

VMA department downsizes due to scarce resources

By Gabriella Mrozowski
September 14, 2017

The college accepted fewer visual and media arts students this year due to limited faculty and campus resources. Chair of the VMA Department Brooke Knight said the number of VMA students in the class of...

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