The Berkeley Beacon

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kasteel Well staff advises students against travel to Spain

WELL, the Netherlands—The Office of Student Affairs is strongly advising students at the Kasteel Well Program to not go to Spain because of the political challenges and violence in the country.

SGA seeks solution for designated smoking area

As construction on the Little Building continues, Emerson smokers lack an appointed smoking area, and now flock to the Boylston Street sidewalk. A designated smoking area existed at the side entrance of the building on Tremont Street before renovations began this May.

College removes classroom trash bins to promote recycling

“We’re saving a lot on a lot of labor and single-use bags being put in these small waste bins in many different classrooms,” Elvidge said. “That money and labor is being allotted to more important causes that students, staff, and faculty care more about.”

Campus resources distinguished by disclosure

“We only share information with people who need to know. We do respect people’s privacies but do have processes in place that require us to take certain actions,” he said.

Retail space reserved in Little Building

The first floor of the Little Building is set to be converted to a commercial retail space as renovations to the building continue said Arthur Mombourquette, senior associate vice president of real estate. The area will be available to outside companies looking to put in a shop or business.

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Petition preserves music behind the counter

An unidentified student posted a petition titled “Keep the Music Behind the Counter” in the dining center near the sandwich station. Within a couple of days, the petition gathered a surplus of signatures, prompting a second sheet for students to sign.

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Contest to determine name of 2 Boylston Cafe

“Selecting the name is one piece of it,” Hoppe said.“We also look at how that fits into a marketing plan[for the cafe] and how we can present it.”

Spotlight journalist discusses future of the field

“It’s sort of unimaginable that an institution that is supposed to care for children would let this kind of abuse go on,” said decorated journalist Walter Robinson in an event hosted in the Semel Theatre on October 3.

Amelio talks campus climate survey at SGA

The Emerson360 Climate Survey was presented to the Student Government Association by Robert Amelio, director of diversity and inclusive excellence on Tuesday. The survey assess if work environments promote healthy and supportive conditions. This is the second time since 2014 that Emerson is offering the survey to students, staff, and faculty.

Judge rules in favor of college in second Title IX lawsuit

A federal judge in the District of Massachusetts ruled in favor of the college in the 2014 “Jillian Doherty v. Emerson College” Title IX lawsuit on Tuesday, in which Doherty claimed the college was negligent in the investigation of her claims of sexual assault.

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Undergrad Outlook: challenging curriculum is the ideal machine 

This year, instead of settling into a seat at a computer lab, freshmen journalism students pulled out their dazzling new top-of-the-line MacBooks. They’ll learn how to use video editing program Final Cut Pro X, which has been loaded onto their laptops along with the rest of their CreativityKit software. And then, they have the opportunity to continue playing with the software at 3 a.m. from their dorm rooms.

Low student turnout at SGA Press Night

Two candidates gave campaign speeches at the Student Government Association’s Press Night which reached only the eight-person audience in attendance, which included current SGA members and the press.

Drug and alcohol violations steady post policy change

The number of on-campus alcohol violation referrals increased slightly in 2016, according to the Clery Compliance Report. Associate Dean and Director of Housing and Residence Life Erik Muurisepp said this change was not connected to the Good Samaritan Policy implemented last fall, which exempts students who request medical assistance due to drug or alcohol abuse for themselves or others from the usual disciplinary action.