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CreativityKit costs climb

The journalism department required that incoming students purchase an over $1,600 model of Macbook Pro, while last year’s freshmen received Macbook Air for free for one year.  Paul Niwa, assistant dean to the school of communication and former chair of the journalism department, sent an email out earlier this spring instructing all current freshmen journalism...

Emerson brings education to prison
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Emerson brings education to prison

The Emerson Prison Initiative launched at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord this semester, making an Emerson liberal arts education accessible to those behind bars. Mneesha Gellman, assistant professor and director of EPI, said she created the program’s mechanisms and the admissions process. Eighty-six eligible participants who have earned a GED or high school diploma...

Pelton promises DACA students support
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Pelton promises DACA students support

President M. Lee Pelton is pledging that the college will continue to support and protect undocumented students, regardless of the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program, which protects these students from deportation, will be terminated. President Donald J. Trump’s perspective on the...

Students voice concerns about 2 Boylston Place interior
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Students voice concerns about 2 Boylston Place interior

Some residents of 2 Boylston Place have said they are disappointed with structural problems they’re experiencing in Emerson’s newest residence hall. Residents said the most common issues seen throughout the building are the paint chipping off of walls when using approved adhesives to hang items.  “As soon as I take something off, the wall is...

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VMA department downsizes due to scarce resources

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 2021 has continued a deliberate downward trend that started in 2016. “Four years ago, I recognized that there was a...

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Incident Journal

The Incident Journal is provided to the Beacon weekly by the Emerson College Police Department. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity, but not for content. Monday, Aug. 28 The Emerson College Police Department (ECPD), Facilities Management, and the Boston Fire Department responded to a carbon monoxide alarm in the dining center....

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New fund to assist low income students with expenses

Emerson College created the Student Assistance Fund as a reserve for eligible students who might need help covering subsidiary costs of education, said Director of Retention and Student Success Chris Daly. The new fund uses money donated by faculty and staff. It is for students who have made it into college and managed to cover...

Emerson Food Cam to alleviate college waste issue
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Emerson Food Cam to alleviate college waste issue

Sustainability Coordinator Amy Elvidge’s newest solution to food waste on campus is a community space where students can send photos of small quantities of extra food for the Emerson community to claim, called the Emerson Food Cam. With the press of a button attached to the wall, a camera placed above the monitored counter in...

Admissions takes steps toward diversity
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Admissions takes steps toward diversity

According to documents provided by the college, Emerson’s Hispanic population increased 24 percent, or 25 students, from last year. Ruthanne Madsen, vice president for enrollment management, said that the shift was intentional. “We really are trying to increase the number of Hispanic students we have here,” Madsen said. “It really is something we see as...

Man shot on Boston Common
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Man shot on Boston Common

by Olivia Carey, Stephanie Purifoy, Max Reyes, and Chris Van Buskirk Students were told to lock and barricade their doors after both Emerson College and the Boston Police Department received reports of gunshots on the Boston Common around 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday. In an email to the college, President M. Lee Pelton said no students...