The Berkeley Beacon

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Chance of a lifetime: Journalism major interns at ESPN Boston, hooks on as Red Sox beat writer

Most of the 250,000 college students in the Boston area saw the Red Sox’ improbable run to the World series on a television screen, enduring every rant Fox commentator Tim McCarver could rattle off as the team redefined clutch hitting seemingly every game.

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AD search group decides on four finalists, Nance included

The long process to hire a permanent athletic director at Emerson College has finally entered its final stages. On Feb. 14, an email from Dean of Students Ronald Ludman to athletic staff and team captains announced the four finalists picked by the 12-person Athletic Search Committee, which Ludman chaired.

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East meets west: volleyball welcoming to California kids

If the state of Texas is known as the mecca of high school football, then the same can be said about California and its intensive volleyball scene. No state produces more players than the Golden State.

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Masked crusader takes over NEWMAC

For the past two weeks, a mysterious, masked man has been spotted practicing and playing with the playoff-bound Emerson men’s basketball team.

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A Skype date with men's basketball great John Karalis

John Karalis, 40, was the first in a string notable men’s basketball players to graduate from Emerson College during the tenure of longtime coach Hank Smith, who led the team from 1994-2011. Karalis was a four-year starter and a two-year captain, finishing his college career with over 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. He became the first Emerson athlete to play professionally, briefly continuing his basketball career overseas in Greece.

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Lions roar: WPI win highlights historic week

Emerson’s transition into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference brought with it fresh challenges that were too much to overcome for the other five team sports that have already made the transition. But a scrappy men’s basketball team led by coach Jim O’Brien has overcome the odds this winter, following a December upset of then-No. 1 Amherst College with another monumental week to begin February.

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Gross Gains

When the Emerson men’s volleyball team played nationally ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier in the year, sophomore libero Jared Gross had one of the best sequences of his career, according to head coach Ben Read.

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Emerson sports roundup: Jan. 30 - Feb. 6

A roundup of Emerson's athletic teams from the past week.

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Against stiffer competition, men's basketball begins to adjust

The Emerson men’s basketball team is now fully immersed as a member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, which is widely regarded as one of the toughest in all of Division 3. WPI is currently the third-ranked team in the country, as rated by, and in 2012, MIT made it to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.

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Gould leads from his post

A veteran of women's basketball programs like Boston College, Stonehill and Bentley, post specialist Bill Gould has brought an expert eye as Emerson's longtime women's basketball coach.

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Boston's Jim O'Brien

When a sports fan hears the name “Jim O’Brien, Boston basketball coach,” it conjures memories of the former Rick Pitino assistant who went on to coach the Boston Celtics squads on surprising playoff runs in the early 2000s. But Boston’s real Jim O’Brien is the one who sits in a subterranean office two floors below the Piano Row entrance, contemplating the rest of his third season as Emerson men’s basketball coach

Search committee to review AD candidates

A 12-member search committee assigned to fill Emerson's athletic director vacancy will meet on Jan. 30 to pare down what Dean of Students Ronald Ludman said is a list of over 90 applicants to become the college's new permanent AD

Men’s volleyball starts off with back-to-back wins

The Emerson men’s volleyball team won its first two games in a dominant fashion, beating Lesley University and Newbury College.

Emerson Sports Roundup: Jan. 23-29

The week in Emerson men's basketball, women's basketball and men's volleyball games.

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400th win just a number to O'Brien

Although tracking total career wins may be important to other head coaches, Jim O’Brien said he wasn’t even aware that he was pursuing career win No. 400 when the men's basketball team hosted Wheaton College eight days ago on Wednesday, Jan. 22.