Although Eric Van Vlandren, the college’s new campus sustainability coordinator, graduated in 1990 with a degree in political communications, he never lost touch with his Emerson roots.
A robocall seems like an idea out of a 1970s sci-fi film—dated and easily dismissed—but according to research by Spencer Kimball, a scholar-in-residence at Emerson, these prerecorded phone messages for political campaigns have the public’s attention.
After taking a year on sabbatical and coming back this semester to begin his fourth year at Emerson, former journalism department chair Ted Gup had some new insights to offer.
Last Tuesday, students walking by the Office Campus Student Lounge in Piano Row were greeted with an unusual sight. Passersby could find President M. Lee Pelton frantically doodling on a standing whiteboard for a crowd of students. A closer look would reveal the president was not writing notes—but rather drawing a fence, a house, and other items found in the game of Pictionary.
Emerson administrators reviewed current sexual assault policies and expressed their optimism about upcoming changes to the procedure in an exclusive interview with the Beacon Wednesday. This was the first time school officials other than President M. Lee Pelton publicly spoke after students reportedly filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, saying the college’s response to alleged sexual assaults violates Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law.
On this week's Beacon Beat: An informational session about MDMA, a freshman's nonprofit to raise cultural awareness about Kenya, a performance by The Girlie Project, a feature on Elma Lewis, and a roundup of this week's sports games.
Thanks to a new focus on building long-term donor relationships, Jeffrey A. Schoenherr, vice president of development and alumni relations, said that Emerson raised a record-breaking $6.34 million in total gifts and pledges during the 2013 fiscal year, which ended in June.
To provide more space for students to study and organizations to host events, the Iwasaki Library was restructured this semester, said Robert Fleming, executive director of the library. Changes include a consolidation and relocation of print collections, additional study desks, a new consultation room, and redesigned pillars.
In the midst of a nationwide drug fad that has garnered negative media attention, Emerson Reform hosted a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to address the pros and cons of MDMA usage with student attendees.
A resident assistant was fired from her position after attempting to assist one of her residents who had been sexually assaulted, according to a press release from End Rape on Campus obtained by the Beacon. In a later statement to the Beacon, the RA said she was forced to resign and not fired.
Members of the Student Government Association heard presentations about the Organization Recognition and Review Board and diversity and inclusion in the classroom during its meeting on Tuesday.
A group of Emerson students filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last week, stating the college’s response to alleged sexual assaults violates Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law, said sophomore Sarah Tedesco and junior Jillian Doherty, who are currently the only public complainants.
College administrators are in the process of selecting a market research firm to determine if the Emerson brand should be revised, a project that could lead to a rewriting and redesigning of all the college’s print and online marketing materials.
This week's Beacon Beat.