The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Administrator works on online class plan

Emerson plans to expand its online course offerings, according to Michaele Whelan, vice president for academic affairs.

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Curbing his enthusiasm: Larry David discusses inspiration with students

Even though Larry David is the creator of one of the most highly acclaimed television series of all time, he still shows up for most important events with dirty sneakers, tube socks, and a self-deprecating sense of humor.

Emerson reaccreditation soon to reach conclusion

Emerson’s reaccreditation process will come to a conclusion after more than two years of work, once the college receives its final letter of affirmation within the next few weeks. Moving forward, the college will work to fix two main problems identified by the accreditation body — a lack of culture of assessment through college-wide standards and difficulty in incorporating the liberal arts curriculum across the college — according to Donna Heiland, vice president and special assistant to the president.

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School of Communication receives $200,000 Davis Grant, plans to improve technology and curricula

Emerson’s School of Communication received a $200,000 grant in July for undergraduate programs, which it plans to allocate to faculty projects and an upcoming school-wide restructuring, according to Phillip Glenn, the interim dean of the school of communication.

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Students find mentors in Board of Overseers

Internships, mentorships, and in-the-field experience: things Emerson students desire. Now, the college is working to enhance a program that offers all of these opportunities together.

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Student group wins funds for AIDS awareness event

The Student Government Association approved an appeal by the Musical Theatre Society during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The group requested funds for the 13th annual installment of its Emerson Fights AIDS Week.

Fraternity wins appeal money for "Movember"

The Student Government Association approved the first appeal of the semester during its meeting on Tuesday Oct. 29. Brothers of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon requested funds for an upcoming monthlong men’s health campaign called Movember.

Students say goodbye to set

Josephine Cooper, a sophomore performing arts major, stood in the kitchen of the Will & Grace set in Emerson’s Iwasaki Library and, as she pretended to use the sink, flashed a smile for a photo.

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Counseling center struggles to meet the demands of students

Suzi Pietroluongo, a senior performing arts major, said she saw a counselor through Emerson’s Counseling and Psychological Services last spring after going through a traumatic experience, but found herself dissatisfied with the result. She said that while the counselor himself was supportive, she needed more time with him than was available.

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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.

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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.