The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Quirky error message briefly replaces Emerson homepage

The Emerson.edu homepage appeared to be hacked this evening, displaying nothing but an all-white page with the message "uhhh oh hai."

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Applicant numbers increase for comm. studies major

Recent statistics show applications to the communication studies major have increased from 459 to 658 applicants over the past four years, a significant number for a major that typically sees a lower percentage of applicants, according to Vice President of Enrollment MJ Knoll-Finn. The communication studies major, which encompasses communication studies and political communication, is known to be a small program, which makes the increase highly noticeable, Knoll-Finn said.

SGA grants 3 appeals

The Student Government Association unanimously granted three appeals at Tuesday’s joint session meeting, the largest sum, $21,625, to A.S.I.A., EAGLE, and Emerson Feminists collectively. The money will allow the three organizations to bring comedian Margaret Cho to campus.

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Student survey says DH is unsatisfactory

In a survey conducted by the Student Government Association last week student expressed dissatisfaction with the hours of operation and cleanliness of the Little Building dining hall as their primary concerns regarding food services.

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Scaffolding to stay six more years

The metal and wood scaffolding that has lined the Little Building since December 2009 will remain a campus fixture for years to come as the college moves slowly forward on a multimillion dollar renovation project, college officials said.

Norovirus hits state

On the heels of a report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announcing an increase in norovirus outbreaks across the state, the Emerson Center of Health and Wellness is monitoring the number of cases at the college, said director of the center Jane Powers. Students, faculty, and staff were notified of the gastrointestinal illness in an email on Feb. 17, describing typical symptoms and preventative measures.

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Alum starts petition to have athletic director removed

Hundreds of disgruntled students, alumni, and former coaches signed a petition this week calling on President M. Lee Pelton to review Athletic Director Kristin Parnell’s employment. Following a Beacon report last week that junior women’s basketball player Olivia DiNucci will not be returning to the team next season, former men’s basketball player Kabir Moss started an online petition that day garnering 200 signatures early this morning.

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Across the Pond

So you’re getting ready to go to Kasteel Well. As exciting as a European semester is, it can cost you. By taking a small amount of time to keep up with your expenses you’ll get more experiences — and lucky for you, there are ways to stretch your cash and have a perfect European experience without closing out your savings account.

President Pelton calls on MBTA to reconsider cuts

Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton voiced his concerns about the proposed Massachusetts Bay of Transit Authority budget cuts in a letter to Richard A. Davey, the Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the Massachussets Department of Transporation.

Public Safety Log

Click to read the Public Safety Log for this week.

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Health and Wellness Director talks testing

During her first meeting with the Student Government Association since her start at Emerson in June 2007, Jane Powers, the director for the Center for Health and Wellness, addressed concerns about STD testing at the college last week.

Voters prepare for upcoming election

Emerson’s Republican and Democratic organizations may hold different political opinions, but not on the importance of voter registration. Co-sponsored by Emerson Republicans, Communication Politics and Law Association, and Emerson Pre-Law Society, an official event to encourage students to register to vote will be held on this Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

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Radio concentration moves to School of Communication

The radio concentration, currently under the visual and media arts department, will move to the school of communication as a minor for the fall semester, college administrators said. Jonathan Wacks, chair and professor of the visual and media arts department, said his department could no longer support the program.

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Graduating early on the rise at Emerson

For Anita Kalaitzakis, the desire to become a foreign correspondent developed in her introductory journalism classes at Emerson around the same time she realized that graduating a full year early from the college was a viable option. “Having two parents from two different European countries and living in East Africa, my news diet was so much more diverse,” the Tanzania native said. “From that, I really wanted to fill that niche in European countries and find a way to make issues, countries, and topics that people don’t know about – relatable and relevant to them.” Kalaitzakis, a journalism major who started at Emerson in fall 2010, plans to continue her studies in Europe after receiving her degree from Emerson when she is slated to graduate in 2013.

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Orgs frustrated by lack of recognition

Each year, a select number of organizations are chosen for Student Government Association recognition. As some student leaders, some of whom were denied funding last fall, begin the application process, many groups reapplying say they felt snubbed and believe recognition is dubious. Last fall, the Organization Recognition and Review Board (ORRB), the SGA committee that recommends organizations to the Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students for approval, chose three out of 14 applications for recommendation, according to SGA President Tau Zaman. He said the number of groups that can be recognized each year varies.