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Frankie Olito

Assistant News Editor

Frankie Olito is the assistant news editor for The Berkeley Beacon. He is a freshman journalism major.

Olito served as news editor for his high school newspaper in Long Island, New York, later becoming the paper's editor-in-chief. He also studied at The Robert W. Greene Institute for High School Journalist at Stony Brook University.

At The Berkeley Beacon, he writes hard news stories that impact the Emerson and Boston community. Olito is also currently working for Your Magazine as a romance writer.

Olito can be reached at


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Hot and EVVY

Thirty-two years ago, Martie Cook decided to create an award show from the ground up.

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SGA proposes a safety initiative

Communication Studies Senator Abagael McCauley presented an initiative to the Student Government Association that she hopes will be the first step in improving student safety on campus.

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Center for Health and Wellness offers vaccinations

After an on-campus student was diagnosed with chickenpox, the Center for Health and Wellness asked people who are susceptible to the disease to get a vaccination or leave campus by today, according to Jane Powers, the director for health and wellness.

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Marketing class tweets to bring celebrities to lecture

Everyday between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Rob Gronkowski receives a flood of tweets to his Twitter account, asking him to visit Emerson’s campus. At noon, Mark Wahlberg and his family members get a similar rush of tweets.

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Historian-in-residence hosts series of distinguished speakers.

When Bradford Verter, Emerson historian-in-residence, stared at the syllabus he created for this fall’s social movements in the United States course, he said he felt there needed to be a change. He took the syllabus, ripped it into pieces, and redesigned the entire course, using an experimental teaching approach.

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Sasaki Associates meets with student government

Student Government Association members stressed the need for more dining and study space at Emerson during a discussion with design planning firm Sasaki Associates, Inc. on Tuesday.

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Journalism dept. to host debate viewing parties

The journalism department has organized events to screen the presidential and senate debates in the Piano Row lobby for the month of October, according to Christine Hayes, SGA journalism senator.

Changes to political communication major await approval

Leaders of the department of communication studies are planning to make changes to the political communication major in an effort to address student concerns over a lack of politically-focused courses, according to Department Chair John Anderson.

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President forms five-step strategy for improvement

President M. Lee Pelton said he will push to make Emerson the leading college in communications and the arts by enacting a five-step process, focusing on academics, innovation, global relevance, civic engagement, and finances during his inaugural address last Friday.

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President calls for academic innovation at inaugural ceremony

President M. Lee Pelton said he will push to make Emerson the leading college in communications and the arts by enacting a five step process during his inaugural address today.

Director of business services to resign after 13 years at college

Andrew Mahoney will resign from his position as director of business services on Sept. 28, according to an email to Emerson faculty and staff sent by Jay Phillips, associate vice president for facilities and campus services.

College pays $250,000 in penalties

Emerson College will pay the Commonwealth of Massachusetts $250,000 in a settlement after being accused of wrongful handling of asbestos in the Colonial Building Residence Hall, according to a release from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office.

Trio of long-term staff members retired in June

Staff members Neil Davin, Marc Hamilton, and Lance Olson retired from the Emerson community this summer.

Third WebCT replacement demoed

In part of a month-long event series to find a WebCT replacement, Emerson hosted a demonstration of the third possible new Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn, in the Bill Bordy Theatre Wednesday.

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Journalist, playwright chosen as speakers

David Gregory, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, will speak at the commencement ceremony May 14, college officials announced Tuesday. The long-time TV journalist and American University graduate will deliver a speech to the undergraduate class alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who will give the graduate address.

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Tech department presents second demonstration of WebCT replacement

Emerson’s technology teams hosted the second event in a series to replace WebCT, demonstrating the Learning Management System Sakai yesterday in the Bill Bordy Theatre.

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Group gathers to demo first potential replacement for online learning system

Emerson’s Instructional Technology Group and the Learning Management System Advisory team hosted a demonstration to a small group faculty of Canvas, a new Learning Management System, in the Multipurpose Room yesterday

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Students plan for Community Garden

Under the scoreboard at Rotch Field in the South End is a small patch of grass. The dormant area is crowded with dried dirt and brown weeds, contrasting the green turf.

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Tuition to increase 4.3 percent

The annual hike in tuition and housing costs plateaued for the next academic year, increasing by the same 4.3 percent, or $1,976, as in 2011. While the 4.3 percent increase is no more than it was for the 2011-2012 academic year, it is a lower percentage than the rise two years ago. In 2010-2011, the increase for tuition was 4.6 percent, the room and board increase was 4.9 percent, and the tuition and room and board increase combined was 4.5 percent, according to President M. Lee Pelton.

ECPD warns students of two laptop thefts

Two laptops were stolen from classrooms in the Walker and Ansin buildings Monday, according to a Emerson College Police Department advisory.

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Students plan for solar panels

As part of a project for their Earth and Sustainability course, four students are planning the next steps to reduce the amount of carbon emissions at Emerson through an initiative to install solar panels on campus.

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Orgs frustrated by lack of recognition

Each year, a select number of organizations are chosen for Student Government Association recognition. As some student leaders, some of whom were denied funding last fall, begin the application process, many groups reapplying say they felt snubbed and believe recognition is dubious. Last fall, the Organization Recognition and Review Board (ORRB), the SGA committee that recommends organizations to the Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students for approval, chose three out of 14 applications for recommendation, according to SGA President Tau Zaman. He said the number of groups that can be recognized each year varies.

College plans for new gaming major

Many students at Emerson find themselves in packed dorm rooms and small apartments to escape to the alternate realities of video games. With a joystick in hand, they are soldiers at war, drivers on a racetrack, and singers in a popular band. They become regular visitors in a virtual world. Soon, students interested in video game design will be able to create worlds of their own through Emerson College’s proposed video game curriculum in the visual and media arts department.

Allston and beyond

Six party-craving Emerson students made an attempt to avoid the hassle of public transportation and the frigid winter air standing in front of the Gypsy Bar on Boylston Street two Fridays ago, in search of a more original way to start their night. As the mysterious coach bus pulled up to the curb, the group said they remember feeling curious yet excited. A man stepped off the bus, holding a sign, reading, “Boston Nightlife Express.” “At first it seemed sketch, but it was really nice and fun,” Renée Safir, a junior visual and media arts major said. The Boston Nightlife Express is a coach bus that brings students from Emerson’s campus to Allston and Boston University’s West Campus every Friday night.

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New wellness coordinator brings different focus

Chris Chernicki entered his office in the Center for Health and Wellness wearing a vibrant blue dress shirt that contrasted the outdated furniture and décor of the room. His youthful personality was evident as he sat down at the small table in the corner of his office. Chernicki, a 27-year-old from Quincy, Mass., filled the postion of coordinator for health and wellness education in December after interim head Gregg Clapham left.

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Proposed MBTA budget cuts threaten commuters

The MBTA began hosting public meetings Tuesday around the Boston area to discuss a proposed fare hike of up to 70 cents and cutbacks on weekend services on the Green Line, commuter rail, and buses. Transportation officials said the two proposals -— the first price increase in more than five years -—  are intended to chip away at the MBTA’s $5.2 billion debt, the steepest deficit of any city transit system in the country.

WebCT to be upgraded by 2013

The long outdated WebCT Learning Management System (LMS) will soon be replaced as college administrators search for a more advanced platform.

Students rush to go Greek

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