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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

The Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill.

Expanded voting protections at risk in Massachusetts

By Justin Chen and Camilo Fonseca
December 12, 2021

Several pandemic-era voting reforms in Massachusetts are slated to expire next week after dying on Beacon Hill, bringing an end to a period of increased voter access for many student residents. A bill...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts voters knock down ranked-choice voting in failed ballot question

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 5, 2020

Massachusetts voters shot down ballot question two on Tuesday, which would have implemented a ranked choice voting system for select primary and general elections in the state beginning 2022. Ranked-choice...

Voters enter the Boston City Hall polling place to vote on Election Day Nov. 4.

In-person polls drew thousands of Boston voters Tuesday

By Charlie McKenna
November 3, 2020

Thousands of Massachusetts voters flocked to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for president in an election tempered by the coronavirus pandemic and its enduring effects.  In Boston, the...

A polling place at City Hall on Election Day Nov. 3, 2020.

Voting initiatives, mail-in experiences, and a new Supreme Court justice: Election Day on campus

By Drew Ascione, Maximo Aguilar Lawlor, and Sophia Boyce
November 3, 2020

In today's special election edition of The 172 Review, host Drew Ascione sat down with Beacon reporter Camilo Fonseca to talk about student voters and the college's effort to boost civic...

Two members of the student organization Earth Emerson.

Student organizations push political engagement on Election Day

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
November 3, 2020

Cultural, spiritual, and advocacy student organizations on campus are preparing to host Election Day events tonight that will center around self-care, political conversation, and the incoming election...

Tris Arthur dropping off her absentee ballot application in the mailbox outside of the Colonial Theater.

As the election begins, the college gets-out-the-vote

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
November 3, 2020

In the lead up to Election Day, Emerson’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership established an outreach campaign this semester to encourage students to vote. Much of the “get-out-the-vote”...

Known on his profile for his butterfly clips and bicycle, Hand makes his followers laugh with mainly comedy content.

Two students front @tiktokforbiden ahead of Election Day

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
October 28, 2020

Sophomore Austin Hand used his half a million TikTok followers to help establish TikTokers For Biden, an account rallying young voters behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “What...

Each generation likes to believe that they are the best generation so far. They will be the ones to change the system, that impacts the world the most. For this election that might just ring true.

Bring the online push for democracy to the polls

By Sabine Waldeck, Deputy Opinion Editor
October 28, 2020

Many people highly anticipate Election Day. Each and every voter sits staring at their TV screen, hoping they did enough for their candidate to win. This election is no different, and it carries even more...

Four Emerson students made their way through the cold and rain to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Stefania Lugli / Beacon Staff

Make Election Day an academic holiday once and for all

By Editorial Board
October 27, 2020

A week from Election Day, the country stands more fractured and divided. With experts anticipating a voter-turnout tsunami and young people already reporting record breaking voting numbers, Americans are...

Mail-in voting is still not accessible for everyone

Mail-in voting is still not accessible for everyone

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
September 19, 2020

This election season, a vast majority of the American population is likely going to vote by mail. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended just about everything in our American way of life, including the way...

When anyone casts their ballot in a normal year, they are fulfilling their civic responsibility as an American citizen. But this November, for the first time in a long time, there is a pandemic plaguing the U.S. during a presidential election. Illustration by Laura King

Mail-in voting is easy. Here’s why you should do it.

By Robbie Shinder
September 15, 2020

What does it mean to vote? When anyone casts their ballot in a normal year, they are fulfilling their civic responsibility as an American citizen. But this November, for the first time in a long time,...

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...

A spring 2020 Student Government Association meeting

Students vote to approve new, wide-ranging SGA constitution

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
April 23, 2020

A new constitution for the Student Government Association was officially ratified Tuesday, drastically altering the fundamental operations and direction of the organization and marking the most significant...

SGA delayed voting on the Financial Equity Board for the third meeting in a row. Photo credit: Montse Landeros

SGA delays Financial Equity Board vote for third time

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
February 6, 2020

The Student Government Association held an “auxiliary” Joint Session meeting late Wednesday night in a last-minute effort to push Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s Financial Equity...

The Student Government Association appointed the first four of out five members of the Executive Cabinet. Photo credit: Yongze Wang

SGA appoints four executive cabinet members in wide-ranging meeting

By Charlie Mckenna
January 30, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously voted to appoint the first four members of the newly established Executive Cabinet along with two new commissioners at their second Joint Session on Tuesday.The...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

Student voter turnout increases after college voting campaign

By Elena Naze
October 9, 2019

The college saw a rise in student voter turnout in the midterm elections after the college's increased efforts and education to improve voter registration and participation among students. Director...

Bostons City Hall Plaza

Don’t forget to vote local in the upcoming city council elections

By Editorial Board
September 11, 2019

The Boston City Council election this fall is quickly ramping up to be one of the most competitive in recent years with a total of 24 candidates running for 13 seats. Tuesday, Sept. 24 marks the Boston...

Four Emerson students made their way through the cold and rain to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Stefania Lugli / Beacon Staff

Momentous midterm election draws students to polls

By Stefania Lugli
November 6, 2018

Four students trudged through pouring rain on Election Day to cast their ballots for the 2018 midterm elections. Junior Hannah Lemke, along with freshman Anna Stewart and junior Fiona Luddy, were led...

Freshman TJ Coste holding volunteer contact sheets to canvass for question three. -
Photo by Erin Nolan / Beacon Staff

LGBTQ+ students advocate ‘yes’ for Question 3

By Annika Hom
October 31, 2018

While canvassing Massachusetts' ballot Question 3, freshman TJ Coste encountered a woman who feared using a bathroom stall next to someone with male genitalia. Coste responded by sharing their experience...

The Berkeley Beacon endorses Henderson-West for SGA president

The Berkeley Beacon endorses Henderson-West for SGA president

By Editorial Board
March 29, 2018

At issue: SGA election is an opportunity to shake things up Our take: A one-on-one approach works best Over the last two weeks, Christopher Henderson-West’s write-in campaign for the position...

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