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Emerson College's student newspaper

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Bill Alexs yearbook photo in The Emersonian, 1966.

‘Born communicator’ from class of 1966 leaves behind journalism scholarship

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
March 30, 2022

Vassilios Alex didn’t learn English until kindergarten. That didn’t stop the Emerson alum from a decades-long radio career that saw him take on everything from newscasting to sports commentary—and...

Former WERS General Manager Jack Casey

Jack Casey leaves WERS after 16 years

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
July 12, 2021

While Jack Casey may have retired from his role as general manager of Emerson’s WERS radio station, don’t expect the Emerson alumnus to leave the college anytime soon.  Casey, who officially departed...

Brian Basgen, then-Assistant Vice President of IT, at an SGA meeting in 2019.

New head of Emerson’s IT department slated to take over position for spring semester

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
January 19, 2021

Former Associate Vice President of Information Technology Brian Basgen is slated to lead the college’s IT department following the retirement of former Vice President William Gilligan in December.  The...

Emersons Paramount theater.

ArtsEmerson, WERS receive grant money from Boston COVID-19 fund

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
October 13, 2020

Two Emerson-affiliated organizations, ArtsEmerson and WERS 88.9, received grant funding from Boston’s $1 million Arts and Culture COVID-19 Fund this summer to maintain operations during the coronavirus...

From Left to Right: Christine Hughes, Peggy Ings, and Bill Gilligan, three of the colleges 12 vice presidents.

Three vice presidents to retire before 2021

By Charlie McKenna
October 7, 2020

Three of Emerson’s 12 vice presidents will retire by the end of 2020 after opting into the college’s early retirement program.  Christine Hughes, vice president and general counsel, who has been...

Carol Beaugard 78 performs as Yente, for Fiddler on the Roof.

Alumna returns to Emerson for Fiddler on the Roof tour

By Juliet Norman, Opinion Editor
April 8, 2020

Carol Beaugard ‘78 grew up watching and listening to the soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof. As a little girl, she played a villager in her hometown’s production of the show and the classic musical...

Students moving out of their dorms in March 2020

COVID-19 at Emerson: The Story So Far

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left little of Emerson College unscathed as the quickly growing public health crisis ignites action from national, state, and local governments.  The action at Emerson, a...

“Colbert and Dubs host Ryan Ribeiro lost access to his producers room after the college converted it into an office. Tivara Tanudjaja / Beacon Correspondent

College converts ETIN producer’s room to WERS office

By Brynn O'Connor
September 22, 2019

Sophomore Jeremy Guerin, a host of a sports radio show on Emerson’s Talk and Information Network, walked into a studio in the Ansin building this September expecting to see a producer’s room with a...

Kevin Cooney, director of development at WERS, dedicated the WERS call center to late Emerson student Lucas Flint with Flints mother Susan in attendance. Abigail Hadfield / Beacon Staff

College dedicates WERS call center to late student Lucas Flint

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
March 29, 2019

The college held a remembrance gathering for late Emerson student Lucas Flint ‘20 in the Ansin building on Friday, followed by a dedication ceremony for the newly named Lucas Flint Call Center at WERS....

WERS Operations Manager Howard Simpson pulled music by Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and Jussie Smollett from his show. Photo by Hongyu Liu / Beacon Staff

Late-night WERS program pulls controversial artists’ songs

By Hongyu Liu, Multimedia Managing Editor
March 20, 2019

A programmer for WERS removed songs by controversial artists from his playlist between December and March of the 2018-19 academic year. The artists include R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Jussie Smollett,...

Susan Flint chose to establish a $1,000 scholarship in her son’s memory for students entering visual and media arts. Courtesy of Susan Flint.

College to hold memorial service for student Lucas Flint in late March

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
March 18, 2019

The college plans to memorialize late Emerson student Lucas Flint in a service on March 29 from 3-4:30 p.m., according to a Student Government Association official. SGA Spiritual Life Commissioner...

Ryan Bartlett hosting his Wednesday night show Wicked Local Wednesday at the co-curricular WERS. Cullen Grazen / Beacon Staff

College changes co-curricular registration process

By Kaitlyn Mettetal
September 19, 2018

The college overhauled the registration process for redeeming non-tuition credits through co-curricular organizations this fall after deciding the previous system lacked accountability. Under the new...

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