The Berkeley Beacon

Sunday, August 30, 2015


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.


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.


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.


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.


Leadership transition in Office of the Arts finalized

Emerson’s Office of the Arts, which oversees the college’s theaters and ArtsEmerson, has recently completed a leadership transition that instated a new three-person team of co-directors.


Suspended fraternity soon up for evaluation

The Emerson chapter of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be evaluated in May after receiving a two-semester suspension from the Conduct Board in November.


New international programs aimed at all majors

Emerson is introducing five new faculty-led international programs this year in France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Greece, and Mexico, creating the largest number of international opportunities for students ever offered at Emerson.

SGA discusses plan for upcoming semester

At Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting, President Emily Solomon led a discussion about the organization’s plans for the semester and ongoing issues at the college.

Campus Crime Log, 2/5

ECPD and BPD responded to a fistfight that occurred in front of Piano Row. ECPD officers were able to separate the two involved, who were leaving a local nightclub. One of the two was arrested after he bit a person’s finger, causing it to bleed profusely. ECPD gave first aid at the scene.

Search for Title IX Coordinator continues

Emerson has never had a full-time, dedicated coordinator for the federal gender equity law Title IX, but is conducting an ongoing search that the administration predicts will soon come to a close, according to Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears.

EVVYs to honor actress Jennifer Coolidge

The EVVY Awards, an annual show recognizing student work, will honor actress Jennifer Coolidge with its annual Alumni Award of Distinction at this year’s event in May.

Pelton presents award to local leaders

President M. Lee Pelton presented the college’s inaugural President’s Award for Civic Leadership to pastors Dr. Gloria White-Hammond and Ray Hammond at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leaders Breakfast event in the Bill Bordy Theater on Feb. 4.