The Berkeley Beacon

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Emerson refines LA program after student complaints

After students disgruntled with aspects of the Emerson Los Angeles program voiced their complaints last month, administrators have already begun making changes.


VMA courses combine LA and Boston classrooms

For the first time, students at the Boston and Los Angeles campuses can take the same classes at the same time, brought together through a live video conferencing link.


Snowstorm forces Emerson to cancel classes for second day

After a major blizzard deluged Boston with over 20 inches of snow, Emerson has canceled classes for a second day in a row on Wednesday. All campus eateries will open by 10 a.m.


College cancels classes as Boston braces for blizzard

Emerson has canceled classes after 4 p.m. Monday and all classes on Tuesday. The dining hall will remain open Tuesday, with shorter hours; all other campus cafes will close.

Emerson ranked for highest cost of living

Emerson was named seventh on U.S. News’ list of colleges with the most expensive room and board fees.

Purple Key Leadership Society inductees announced

Twenty-eight seniors have been selected to be inducted into Emerson College’s Purple Key Leadership Society, which recognizes students’ academic achievement and strong civic engagement.

Safety violation results in small fire

A small fire in a suite in the Little Building on Jan. 20 tested Emerson’s new fire alarm system.


Special section: A half-century of race relations at Emerson

An in-depth look at 46 years of the protests, tenure controversies, administrators, and admissions policies that continue to shape race relations at the college. With special op-ed contributions by Willie Burnley and Taylor Carlington.


For top administrators, increasing diversity a lifelong aspiration

President Lee Pelton and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears speak about race relations from their own personal perspectives.

Tenure for few nonwhite professors historically hard to gain

Emerson’s present-day pursuit for diversity contrasts a history tainted with allegations of institutional racism. The first time a black professor was granted tenure without a lawsuit was in 2007.


Students of color still say campus climate has room for improvement

In 1969, Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests, or EBONI, sent a list of 10 proposals to the school’s administration detailing changes they said would increase the number of black students and improve their campus experience. Now, 46 years later, issues from the list are still discussed by students of color and white students.

Makeup of student body still falls short of advocates’ 1969 goal

After months of debate, the administration agreed to accept 30 black students in the fall 1969 semester.


Students join MLK protest

Emerson students were among hundreds who protesting in the streets of Boston on Monday afternoon to honor victims of police violence and raise awareness of racism and police brutality.

Second lawsuit accuses Emerson of mishandling rape case

Emerson is facing a second lawsuit alleging it mishandled a student’s sexual assault case; six administrators are accused of failing to respond "promptly and appropriately" and violating a federal gender equity law.

Five Cent Sound and Kappa Gamma Chi granted additional funds

Five Cent Sound, a student music magazine, and the sorority Kappa Gamma Chi requested additional funds at a Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2.