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David A. Bumpus

Beacon Staff

Bumpus can be reached at David_Bumpus@emerson.du.

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Women's soccer upsets tournament bracket, takes home ECAC title

After missing out on the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs, the women’s soccer team won the school’s first Eastern College Athletic Conference Women’s New England Soccer Championship this past weekend.

Cross country teammates run Tufts 10K

Savannah Hubbard and Stacey Kelleher run 5K races for the women’s cross country team throughout the fall, and both decided to double that distance halfway through their season.

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Old jerseys, new faces: Two Lions participate in the Oldtime Baseball Game

Donning throwback uniforms and playing in an exhibition baseball game for charity had been on senior Jim Cain’s bucket list for as long as he could remember. On Aug. 27, he was finally able to cross it off.

Familiar face returns to coach men's soccer

The men’s soccer team hired Emerson alum Francisco Javier Mejia-Blau as its new head coach, marking the first time in program history that the position has been full-time.

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Robin Roberts, “Good Morning America” co-host, to deliver commencement speech

In two weeks, Robin Roberts will say “good morning” not to America—but to Emerson.

Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees undergo changes

President M. Lee Pelton and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jeff Greenhawt announced new appointments to both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers in a press release on April 22, effective May 1.

Crime Log 4/30

A student reported having their jacket stolen while eating at P.F. Chang’s, a restaurant at 8 Park Plaza.

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In passionate rally, students demand cultural competency training

Several hundred students demanded campuswide cultural competency and sensitivity classes in an impassioned rally that culminated in a faculty meeting at the Bill Bordy Theater.

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Special Section: Surveying Emerson's Climate

Explore the results from Emerson's first comprehensive climate survey, which found that many students felt sexual assault prevention training was lacking, and that there were strong racial divides in their sense of belonging.

Faculty and staff criticize salaries, say staffing is often inadequate

The results of a comprehensive survey of Emerson’s faculty and staff showcased their opinions on themes throughout the college, including notable dissatisfaction on questions about fair pay and adequate personnel.

Campus Crime Log, April 16

The Emerson College Police Department and facilities management investigated a carbon monoxide alarm coming from the roof of the Little Building. The cause of the alarm was a malfunctioning carbon dioxide detector.

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Students protest for higher minimum wage

Advocates for raising the national minimum wage to $15 marched in Boston on April 14, including several Emerson students, some of whom were part of the campus group Progressives and Radicals in Defense of Employees, or PRIDE.

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For student broadcasters, ’70s tech a situation from heck

Emerson Channel Sports has started an online fundraising campaign to replace its outdated equipment.

Campus Crime Log, 4/9

The Emerson College Police Department and facilities management investigated a report of a student trapped inside an elevator in the Little Building. After facilities management was unable to free the student, an elevator contractor was notified to help.

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Romano rocks it out on Lions offense

When he’s not attending classes, singing, or playing his saxophone, lacrosse player Andrew Romano is leading the conference in goals and helping to usher in a new era for the program.

Griddler’s accepts ECCash

The recently-opened Griddler’s Burgers and Dogs now allows Emerson students to use their ECCash to buy their food.

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Softball, baseball still feeling snow's impact

As record-breaking winter weather continues to linger in Boston, the baseball and softball teams are coping with the numerous cancellations of their practices and games.

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Snapchat reveals Emerson geofilter

A recent update in the image messaging app Snapchat now allows users who are on Emerson’s Boston campus to visually show their location.

Campus Crime Log, 3/26

A staff member reported camera equipment was stolen in the Paramount Center. An investigation showed the equipment was misplaced and not actually stolen.

Polling Society gauges public opinion on Clinton, athletics, Tsarnaev

Possible Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would soundly defeat Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren in a Democratic presidential primary held in the state, according to part of a recent Emerson College Polling Society poll conducted to gauge local opinion on political, athletic, and social issues.

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Back on the court with a different sport

The undermanned volleyball roster stood at just eight players—compared to conference foe Wentworth’s 17—until the addition of two unlikely suspects around spring break.

Campus Crime Log, 3/19

ECPD and BFD responded to the Paramount Building loading dock for a fire alarm which was caused by a broken sprinkler pipe. Facilities management was notified for repairs.

Alum donates $2.5 million to LA program

Emerson alumnus Bill Bordy recently donated $2.5 million to Emerson Los Angeles, the largest donation in the college’s history.

Campus Crime Log, 3/5

ECPD and facilities management investigated a report of a burning smell in the Paramount Center. ECPD and facilities management were able to smell a faint odor of something that may have burnt or melted inside an elevator, and thought the smell may have come from the elevator’s circuit board. The elevator was monitored for some time but the odor never returned.

Softball heads south with youthful roster

Emerson’s softball team is preparing for its annual spring break trip—this year to Clermont, Florida—with a team compiled mostly of young players and just one returning senior.

Campus Crime Log: Feb. 26

Wednesday, Feb. 18: A male student got stuck inside of an elevator on the seventh floor of the Little Building.

National survey looks to gather student experiences

The survey lets college administrators know if students at Emerson are challenged, engaged in their learning, and critically thinking about a wide range of perspectives.

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New interim Title IX coordinator appointed

Emerson recently announced Betsy Facher Rauch would be its interim Title IX coordinator, starting on March 1, while the search for a full-time coordinator continues.

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Wiley's ways: junior hitter kills the competition

Junior Jackson Wiley’s dominant offensive performance leads not only the Emerson men’s volleyball team this year, but also his conference, which includes nationally-ranked schools.

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Men’s and women’s ball both ousted in first round

Both the men's and women's basketball teams lost in the first round of the NEWMAC playoffs on Feb. 25.

Norman Lear receives writing award

Emerson alumnus Norman Lear was chosen to receive the Writers Guild of America East’s Evelyn F. Burkey Award, which recognizes people who have brought “honor and dignity” to writers, according to WGA East’s website.

School may reimburse cost of changed travel plans

In light of the newly extended academic calendar due to numerous snow days, Emerson announced it would offer reimbursements to students who have to pay to change their travel arrangements.

Campus Crime Log 2/19

The Emerson College Police Department and Boston Fire Department responded to an accidental fire alarm activation by contractors in The Paramount Center. No one needed to be evacuated and the alarm was stopped immediately.

Professor nominated for Grammy

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a professor in the department of performing arts, received a Grammy Award nomination in December for his composition “Vecd.”

Head of archives selected for leadership institute

Christina Zamon, Emerson’s head of archives and special collections, was selected to be a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute, a program that provides advanced training for 25 archival leaders.

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New international programs aimed at all majors

Emerson is introducing five new faculty-led international programs this year in France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Greece, and Mexico, creating the largest number of international opportunities for students ever offered at Emerson.

SGA discusses plan for upcoming semester

At Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting, President Emily Solomon led a discussion about the organization’s plans for the semester and ongoing issues at the college.

Campus Crime Log, 2/5

ECPD and BPD responded to a fistfight that occurred in front of Piano Row. ECPD officers were able to separate the two involved, who were leaving a local nightclub. One of the two was arrested after he bit a person’s finger, causing it to bleed profusely. ECPD gave first aid at the scene.

EVVYs to honor actress Jennifer Coolidge

The EVVY Awards, an annual show recognizing student work, will honor actress Jennifer Coolidge with its annual Alumni Award of Distinction at this year’s event in May.

Alum's show wins Golden Globe

The CW Network’s show Jane the Virgin recently won a Golden Globe award, and a member of the show behind the scenes has ties to Emerson.

Campus Crime Log 1/29

A lit candle fell onto a bed causing minor damage to a mattress. ECPD went to the student’s suite to make sure the mattress was not smoldering. Facilities Management was notified for clean-up.

Dining hall introduces new theme

The dining hall is bringing a new tavern-inspired food theme to its menu, the Lion’s Den Pub Grub, starting on Friday, Jan. 30, according to Steven Canario, the general manager of dining services.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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St. Thomas awaits equally scorching hot Lions

Women’s basketball has now won three games in a row, with only one loss this season, finding success in a balanced team dynamic.

Softball dabbles in distribution

Emerson’s softball team temporarily opened its first online store this month, making it the third college sport to test out digital merchandising this year. It may be followed by three more.

Logo committee selects final two submissions

A committee tasked with finding a new athletics logo has narrowed down the submissions to two finalists, which students will be able to vote on starting Oct. 20.

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Freshman sets Lions up for success

Elaine Nichols started playing volleyball at age 11 to be like her stepsister, and now the freshman has landed herself a starting spot on a collegiate volleyball team.