The Berkeley Beacon

Sunday, May 24, 2015

College requests more time to respond to second lawsuit

Lawyers for Emerson College and six administrators have asked for additional time to answer a second lawsuit filed by a student who alleges the school mishandled her rape case.

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New interim Title IX coordinator appointed

Emerson recently announced Betsy Facher Rauch would be its interim Title IX coordinator, starting on March 1, while the search for a full-time coordinator continues.

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Two top administrators leaving college

Jeffrey Schoenherr, vice president of alumni relations, announced he would leave next week. Kelly Bates, who was the founding executive director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning & Research, left on Feb. 6.

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College discusses plans for Little Building in public hearing

The Little Building project will focus on securing the structure, adding student beds by adding a new 13th floor, and revamping the dining hall.

Norman Lear receives writing award

Emerson alumnus Norman Lear was chosen to receive the Writers Guild of America East’s Evelyn F. Burkey Award, which recognizes people who have brought “honor and dignity” to writers, according to WGA East’s website.

School may reimburse cost of changed travel plans

In light of the newly extended academic calendar due to numerous snow days, Emerson announced it would offer reimbursements to students who have to pay to change their travel arrangements.

SGA appoints new leadership positions

Two students who applied for appointed positions in Emerson’s Student Government Association were approved on Feb. 12.

Campus Crime Log 2/19

The Emerson College Police Department and Boston Fire Department responded to an accidental fire alarm activation by contractors in The Paramount Center. No one needed to be evacuated and the alarm was stopped immediately.

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Students petition to win weekends back from makeup classes

A petition started two weeks ago to oppose weekend classes meant to makeup for snow days has received over 500 signatures to date.

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With focus on ratings, future of WERS news department uncertain

In the latest set of changes that students say are transforming campus radio station WERS from an educational to a corporate enterprise, managers have significantly reduced resources for local and international news coverage.

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Magazine writing divided between departments

Many students interested in magazine writing have to make a major choice before they even arrive at Emerson: whether to join the journalism or writing, literature, and publishing department.

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Decreasing percent of accepted students elect to enroll

Fewer prospective students are choosing to come to Emerson, and because of this, the admissions office has begun to accept more students, according to annual data published by the college.

Professor nominated for Grammy

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a professor in the department of performing arts, received a Grammy Award nomination in December for his composition “Vecd.”

Focus groups seek to help create new brand for the college

The members of the advisory group for Emerson’s rebranding initiative were announced on Feb. 6 in an email from President M. Lee Pelton. The group, which includes students, professors, and administrators, will meet and provide updates throughout the year, the email said.

Head of archives selected for leadership institute

Christina Zamon, Emerson’s head of archives and special collections, was selected to be a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute, a program that provides advanced training for 25 archival leaders.