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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Media Services and Emerson Channel to move within Ansin building

Staff from the Media Services Center, which provides audiovisual equipment and technical assistance to the college, and the Emerson Channel, a student-run television station, will change locations within the Ansin Building during winter break, according to Bret Kulakovich, Emerson’s director of user services. The move will create more storage space, aid in equipment updates by getting rid of the outdated and allowing room for the new, and provide more classroom space for both organizations, he said.


Student comes forward as part of complaint

Sarita Nadkarni, an Emerson junior, revealed on Tuesday she filed a federal complaint against the college with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The document, submitted earlier this month, said the college violated Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law, while dealing with students’ sexual assault cases, said Nadkarni.

Faculty letter urges college to investigate alleged failures

During a faculty assembly meeting on Oct. 22, professors collectively put out a statement expressing their concern with recent allegations made public by three students who say the college mishandled their reports of sexual assault. The letter also applauds President M. Lee Pelton for seeking a Sexual Assault Advocate, and asks the college to hold accountable whoever erred in the alleged mishandling of the cases.

Public Safety Log

Tuesday, October 15 At 4:00 p.m., a student’s wallet was taken from his or her backpack on or near campus. The investigation is ongoing.

Sodexo brings in nutritionist

Lauren Vislocky, a senior communication sciences and disorders major, said she has struggled with nutrition ever since she left her home in New Jersey to attend Emerson.

Chilean and Emerson students work to change national image

A Chilean flag and pumpkin carved with the words “change agent” sat at the center of a conference table on the sixth floor of the Walker Building. A Chilean student asked a group of Emerson students what they associate most with Chile: football, food, or the rugged, beautiful terrain. “Soccer,” they said in near unison, and laughed.

Faculty votes to start chair searches internally

Emerson faculty members voted to begin searches for permanent chairs for academic departments in a faculty assembly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22. This decision will be passed on to the administrative academic affairs board for final review, according to Michaele Whelan, the vice president of academic affairs.


SGA appoints committee member, picks contest winner

The Student Government Association met in a closed meeting Tuesday to appoint a member to the Inclusive Excellence Committee. This committee was formed as a part of the Inclusive Excellence Initiative announced during President M. Lee Pelton’s 2012 inaugural address. The group, made up of Emerson faculty, staff members, and a select group of student representatives, will advise Pelton on issues of diversity and inclusion. It is a new committee, created this semester that will meet three times this year, according to SGA President Paul Almeida.


New LA campus to incorporate more students

When Kevin Bright arrived at 99 Summer St., an Emerson office space, workers in the quiet area were well-aware of who had walked through the doors. With his dramatic rustlings of his long gray hair, and his loud, raspy voice, Bright livened up the place.


At Town Hall meeting, community discusses sexual assault

On Monday afternoon, the Cutler Majestic Theatre’s ground floor section was nearly filled to its 300-seat capacity as students, faculty, and staff sat before the purple-lit stage.


"Will & Grace" set to move to LA

The set of popular sitcom Will & Grace will move from its current location in the Iwasaki Library to the college’s new Los Angeles center this semester, according to Kevin Bright, the center’s founding director.


The Beacon Beat: October 17, 2013

On this week's Beacon Beat: A look at the college's continued efforts to revise sexual assualt response policies, a recap of this year's Dragtoberfest, a feature on why liberal arts professors come to Emerson, and a recap of the women's volleyball win.

Alum comes back to college after petitioning for job

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.


Communications professor completes robocall research

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.


Ted Gup returns from sabbatical

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.