The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, May 30, 2015


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.

Emerson to launch major fundraising campaign

Emerson plans to launch the first schoolwide, multiyear fundraising campaign in its history, which will seek to support the college’s multimillion-dollar construction projects, according to Jeffrey Schoenherr, the vice president for development and alumni relations.

College to refresh Emerson brand

In 2015, Emerson’s New Year’s resolution will be to change its public image. By next fall, the college hopes to develop several options for a new brand, including a new logo, according to Andrew Tiedemann, vice president for communications and marketing.

Emerson to introduce mobile app

Emerson plans to expand its reach across mobile platforms by introducing a new smartphone app in the spring.

Mozzarella stick portion increases after student complaint

The portion size of mozzarella sticks in Piano Row’s Max Cafe has increased, thanks to efforts by sophomore Jackson Davis.


Students stage walkout in solidarity with nationwide protests

Over 100 Emerson students walked out of their classes Thursday afternoon and marched through downtown, holding signs with messages like “We Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter."

Sodexo nixes plastic bags

Sodexo has stopped providing plastic bags at the C-Store or the Max Cafe as of Dec. 1, according to an email from Earth Emerson, the on-campus sustainability advocacy group.

Emerson students produce award-winning commercial

A group of Emerson students received an advertising award at the 54th Annual Hatch Awards, an event for creative branding and marketing in the New England area.