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New executive director hired for professional studies

Lesley Nichols will start as the executive director of professional studies and special programs on Dec. 7, according to an email from Jan Roberts-Breslin, interim dean of graduate students.

General counsel seeks deputy

Emerson is seeking a deputy general counsel to assist in legal matters pertaining to the college.

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Campus prepares for flu season

With flu season well underway, Jane Powers, the director of the Center for Health and Wellness, said Emerson students still aren’t slowing down long enough to even get a shot.

Full-time Title IX Investigator hired

Pamela White, associate vice president for Title IX and Clery Act coordinator, announced the hiring of full-time Title IX Investigator Pamela Ring last week in an email to the Emerson community.

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Residence hall spends night without heat

On Sunday, as the sun went down, the temperature in the residence halls did the same.

Final candidate for Elma Lewis Center holds forum

The fourth and final candidate for Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center held an open forum on Wednesday.

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Faculty committee works for cultural competency training

Two Emerson professors have created the Ad Hoc Cultural Competency Committee, a group within the Faculty Assembly that worked through the summer to address issues of cultural competency brought up by students during a protest last spring.

New Title IX Coordinator plans to advance current policies

Pamela White, the college’s new associate vice president for Title IX and Clery Act Coordinator, plans to support existing policies, not to make changes to the school’s procedures right away.

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Professor receives Knight Grant for data journalism class

Catherine D’Ignazio, an assistant journalism professor, received a $35,000 grant on Aug. 1 from the Knight Foundation to develop a suite of data visualization tools.

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Celebrating Carnival at the Castle

It's considered a time to take part in all the things not allowed during Lent: alcohol, sex, and mischief.

Freshman candidates pitch platforms at press night

Three freshman Student Government Association hopefuls gave speeches at Press Night on Monday, all focusing on how their prior experience would help if elected. Two freshman class positions remain open, with no balloted candidates.

Campus Crime Log 12/4

Staff at the Cutler Majestic Theater requested ECPD assistance with disruptive patrons but were able to calm them before ECPD arrived.

Counseling center planning changes after complaints

Prompted by a new round of student concerns about counseling center shortages, administrators are considering several potential improvements to the center, including hiring more staff, extending its hours, and better publicizing its resources.

Students allowed building access at all hours

As of Dec. 2, all students, whether they live on or off campus, can access the public parts of residence halls at all times.

Swastika culprit punished

Nearly a month after a swastika was scrawled on the Little Building’s sixth floor bulletin board, President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email that the student responsible has been identified and disciplined.

Campus Crime Log, 11/13

Little Building staff from the Office of Housing and Residence Life turned over two grinders, a pipe, and a small plastic baggie, all containing marijuana, to the Emerson College Police Department.

Administration responds to vandalism

Little Building residents received an email on Nov. 12 about two instances of swastika graffiti in the past two weeks.

Leadership changing in Office of the Arts

Four senior administrators in the Office of the Arts will change positions or leave Emerson by next year, according to recent emails sent to the Emerson community.

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Community honors Straus with memorial

At Emerson’s memorial for Jocelyn Amelia Straus, student and faculty speakers recounted experiences they shared with her at Emerson. The event, held on Nov. 7 at the Bill Bordy Theater, was meant to remember and celebrate Straus, a freshman who took her own life last month.

Crime Log, Nov. 6

ECPD saw a man picking up tools left inside the archway of the Little Building. He said that he wasn’t stealing the tools, but was looking at them. ECPD asked him to leave.

Campus Crime Log, 10/30

An Emerson College police officer saw a non-Emerson affiliated person get hit by a car at 3:25 a.m. at the Boylston and Tremont intersection. Boston Police and Boston Emergency Medical Services were called. The person refused transport to the hospital.

College to poll students on ‘climate’

Emerson is launching the Emerson360: Community Climate Survey on Nov. 3 to help create a college-wide action plan regarding, among other things, diversity and inclusion and safety and interpersonal violence, according to Emerson’s website. The survey, estimated to take 20 minutes to complete, will be open from Nov. 3 to 21, and will have two components, one for students and one for faculty and staff.

City marks 10-year anniversary of student’s death

Ten years ago this month, after the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in game seven of the American League Championship Series, Emerson junior journalism major Victoria Snelgrove was killed in a raucous postgame celebration.

Campus Crime Log, 10/16

Monday, October 6 Emerson College Police Department investigated unauthorized access to the gymnasium.

Campus Crime Log, 10/9

Monday, September 29 A student’s cell phone was stolen while walking back from South Station.

Emerson Enhancement Fund kicks off second semester

The college announced on Oct. 3 that the Emerson Enhancement Fund, which provides grants for students to work on projects outside of classes, is open for a second semester of applications.

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Students concerned about Tap and Go

A month after Emerson’s new security procedure Tap and Go became permanent, some off-campus students are concerned about its safety and practicality.

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Emerson co-hosts sustainability summit

President M. Lee Pelton called on fellow educators to make environmental initiatives a priority on Tuesday as he opened the 2014 Climate Leadership Summit.

Crime Log Sept. 25

A student reported being harassed. The case is being investigated by the Emerson College Police Department.

SGA proposes dining initiative to administrators

Jay Phillips, associate vice president for facilities and campus services, and Karen Dickinson, director of business services, attended Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting to discuss the group’s Dining Services Initiative.

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Lack of attendance continues with the latest Title IX forum

Low attendance again marked open forums about a new position created as part of Emerson’s efforts to reform its sexual assault response and prevention policies. The forums were meant for the Emerson community to discuss its aspirations for an ideal applicant, according to Sylvia Spears, vice president of diversity and inclusion.

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Candidates deliver speeches at Press Night

Three candidates presented their platforms during the Student Government Association’s Press Night on Wednesday for the upcoming election.

Campus Crime Log, 9/18

Monday, Sept. 8: The Emerson College Police Department and Boston Fire Department responded to three separate fire alarms.

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Lab launches civic engagement game

Emerson Uncommon, a game designed to get people engaged in decisions that are usually decided by boards or administrators, will be available to play Sept. 22 for the Emerson community.

Registry connects participants, studies  

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has created a research registry and is looking for potential participants both inside and outside the Emerson community.

MIT bans parties after incident 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has banned large parties and gatherings after a woman fell from the third story of a house at a Lambda Chi Alpha party on Aug. 31, according to MIT’s student newspaper, The Tech.

Health communication masters program turns 20

Emerson’s health communication master’s program turns 20 this school year. The graduate program is part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and collaborates with Tufts University School of Medicine.

New interim dean of grad studies

Jan Roberts-Breslin, a visual and media arts professor, was named the new interim dean of graduate studies, according to an email Chief Academic Officer Michaele Whelan sent to the Emerson community on Sept. 3.

Hempfest: No smoking allowed 

This is the first time the rally will be held after smoking any substance in public parks in Boston became illegal.

Xfinity on Campus, here to stay

After piloting the program last year, Xfinity On Campus will remain an option for media-loving Emerson students, and will now be available at six other colleges and universities.

Colleges required to provide off-campus student addresses

Colleges with an off-campus student population in Boston are required to provide a list of those students' addresses after a vote by the Boston City Council Aug. 20. The list needs to be submitted by schools to the City Council by Nov. 15, and again within 45 days of the start of every new semester or quarter, according to the Boston Globe.

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SGA initiative outlines academic changes across all majors

The Student Government Association approved a comprehensive initiative addressing student complaints about academics and calling for changes across the college.

SGA grants Acappellics Anonymous and Atlas Magazine appeal money

SGA unanimously approved $148.82 and $2,596 appeals for Acappellics Anonymous and Atlas Magazine, respectively.

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After 2 decline, Solomon elected SGA president

Emily Solomon will be the SGA’s president for the upcoming school year after receiving 12 votes, out of 112 total, in the election two weeks ago.

Elected candidate for SGA president declines seat

Navidra Hardin received the most write-in votes for the SGA executive president seat, but he told the Beacon he won’t be accepting his presidency because of an internship.

SGA will present proposal to reform Sodexo’s dining services

The Student Government Association unanimously approved an initiative asking the Emerson administration to improve dining services.

Fashion and lifestyle magazine granted appeal money for printing

em Magazine received $6,010.54 in an appeal from SGA to cover printing costs for its spring issue.

CPLA gets $3,860 in SGA appeal

SGA granted CPLA $3,860 in appeal money to go to New York from April 17 to 19.

Low candidate turnout at SGA's Press Night

The Student Government Association held its annual Press Night on Tuesday, March 25, with only nine of the 17 candidates in attendance. All but one seat, the class of 2017 senator, are uncontested.

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SGA grants appeal money to EVVYs and ASIA

The Student Government Association unanimously approved $13,706 to the EVVY Awards and $4,150 to Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness.

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Campus safety firm visits campus, hears from students

Consulting company Margolis Healy & Associates held meetings exclusively for students on Tuesday to gather information in an open discussion about their perceptions of the college’s procedures to prevent and respond to sexual assault and sexual violence.

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Two orgs appeal and constitution changes at SGA meeting

SGA approved two appeals to a marketing student organization and a fraternity, and members amended constitution.

SGA discusses award show and new position

At Tuesday’s meeting, SGA allocated $16,540 to ERA and appointed a new GLBT commissioner.

SGA requests to raise activities fee by $20

SGA is recommending the Board of Trustees to increase the Student Activities Fee by $20 per year.

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SGA approves appeal, sets dates for elections

The Student Government Association allocated $3,161 to Your Magazine during its Feb. 18 meeting.

AEPhi gets over $6k in appeal for annual event

SGA unanimously approved a $6,421.82 appeal by Alpha Epsilon Phi for its 10th annual Ribbons on the Runway fundraiser.

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SGA grants $4,857 to poetry group

The Student Government Association approved an appeal for funds for the Emerson Poetry Project help fund a five-day trip to the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

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Student Government Association held first meeting

The Student Government Association accepted four resignations and appointed two commissioners to fill open positions during the first meeting of the semester on Tuesday.

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Dining upgrades for spring semester

Sodexo is taking its first renovation steps in the dining hall, the Little Building Convenience Store — better known as the C-Store — and the Max Café, located in Piano Row. The projects will be completed by the end of winter break, according to Steve Canario, Emerson’s director of dining services.

Application issues complicate admissions process

With high school seniors all over the country rushing to beat the early action deadlines in early November, missing supplements and recommendations can bring the application process to a grinding halt.

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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.

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.

Group teaches MDMA safety

In the midst of a nationwide drug fad that has garnered negative media attention, Emerson Reform hosted a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to address the pros and cons of MDMA usage with student attendees.

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Elevators continue to run safely despite missing tests

While jammed in an elevator, awkwardly squeezed against the seven other students trying to get to class in the Walker Building at 8:27 a.m., the color of the slip of paper allowing the elevator to run may not cross the mind of a student running late to class. However, the difference between blue and white licenses is the difference between having passed all of the tests required by the state, or only four of the five.

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Panel addresses race and violence in media

On Thursday, tears were shed on and off the stage of the Cutler Majestic Theater after panelists shared stories of violence and loss.

College receives $2 million donation for financial aid, largest in history

In July, Emerson College received the largest gift in the financial aid department's history: $2 million from Leo Hindery Jr. and wife, Patti Wheeler Hindery. The donation will predominantly go to financial aid and to helping students take part in activities they could not afford on their own.

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Students respond to Sodexo

When students are asked about the dining hall food provided by Sodexo, one word is repeated over and over again: disappointing.