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Evan Sporer

News Editor

Evan Sporer is the editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Beacon as of June 2013.

Previously, he served as the news editor of the Beacon, editing and planning all the content for that section. He also previosuly served a managing editor of the Beacon, overseeing the news and sports section, and as the sports editor, and assistant sports editor during pervious semesters. During his time on the Beacon, he has reported on a number of topics, including scandal inside the athletics department, the termination of college employees, Emerson sporting events, and the Beanpot Hockey Tournament.

Sporer currently works for SB Nation, covering the NHL and NCAA hockey. Prior to that, he worked on the Boston Bruins gamenight staff. He also spent a summer interning at, where he was a regular contributor.

His sophomore year, Sporer was worked on the high school sports desk at the Boston Globe. He reported on local high school sports action, and assisted with compiling scores and statistics for the sports department.

A Brooklyn, New York native, Sporer is slated to graduate in May 2014 with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Business Studies.

Sporer can be reached at


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Learning to play fair

There’s almost a paradox in athletes like Derrick Gordon having to use the media to publicly express their sexuality.

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Through a different lens, alumni hope to shed light on culture

Sam Mathius and a trio of other Emerson alumni are preparing to begin traveling through South America to shoot a documentary leading up to and through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Jim O'Brien retires as men's basketball coach after three seasons

After spending three seasons as the head coach of the Emerson men’s basketball team, Jim O’Brien announced his retirement today.

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New athletic director looks to reach alumni

As Emerson’s new athletic director, Patricia Nicol said she’ll have to wait until she officially begins her duties May 19 to really have any concrete plans for changing the department. She did, however, emphasize the importance of alumni relations.

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Patricia Nicol accepts job to become Emerson's new athletic director

Emerson has hired Patricia Nicol to be its new athletic director, according to Dean of Students Ronald Ludman, and a statement released by the college today. Nicol is currently serving as the athletic director at Southern Connecticut State University.

The Beacon's Oscar Picks

The Beacon's in-house selections for Oscar gold.

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LA Center opens up, not just to students

The Los Angeles program has traditionally been considered a satellite semester with an internship. But during the second day of move-in, Bright describes his vision as one where Emerson gives back to the surrounding Hollywood community.

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Men's basketball upsets reigning national champion Amherst

Facing Amherst College, the reigning Division 3 champions, and ranked the No. 1 Division 3 team in the nation this season by, Emerson pulled off an upset on par with any other in the program's past, snapping the Lord Jeffs' 29-game win streak with a 91-79 victory at Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym.

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Coping with devastation, 8,000 miles away

The natural disasters that desolated the southern region of the Philippines have Filipino students at Emerson fearing for their families’ well-being, and searching for how they can make a difference in the other hemisphere.

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Outside the Lines: Emerson softball star brings talents to Red Sox

Next to the five former ballplayers, Lynn Herman’s light blonde hair and 5-foot-8 frame stood out . But it was just another day at work for the Emerson alumna, now an ambassador and ball attendee for the 2013 world champion Red Sox.

RA said she was forced to resign

A resident assistant was fired from her position after attempting to assist one of her residents who had been sexually assaulted, according to a press release from End Rape on Campus obtained by the Beacon. In a later statement to the Beacon, the RA said she was forced to resign and not fired.

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After loss, student tries to pay her way

Sitting in the front seat of a crowded van with her Emerson softball teammates, Alex Magistro was trying to get comfortable. The team was on its way to the final dinner of a preseason spring training trip in Florida. Magistro, who had sustained a concussion earlier in the week, was nauseous and ready to go back to Boston.

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Eight taken to local hospitals, released

As uncertainty and fear surrounded the streets of Boston on Monday when two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the city’s annual marathon, the college locked down its campus and activated its emergency notification system.

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Emerson on lockdown after explosion during Boston Marathon

Two consecutive bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today at 2:50 p.m., injuring several Emerson students, and, according to the Boston Globe, killing two and injuring at least 107.

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Emerson's open community noted as gay marriage cases brought to court

For 10 years, Isabelle Dikland said she hoped she could one day legally marry her partner, Amy. But while at Emerson, Dikland never had to face situations where she or her classmates were excluded for their sexual orientations.

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Students drop out in pursuit of careers

At the end of the summer of 2011, Andrew Hawryluk felt like he knew what he wanted to do for a living. And, he said, he thought he was ready to start doing it.

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Emerson at odds with nightclub over name

Its own slogan proclaims itself to be “Hollywood’s sexiest scandal.” But now, a speakeasy located less than two miles away from Emerson’s forthcoming Los Angeles campus has caught the attention of college administrators.

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College continues the process to restructure the liberal arts program

Faculty from across the college have responded to a proposal for academic restructuring, some expressing dissatisfaction with the potential reorganization.

Isis story sparks internet debate

Willie Burnley, a freshman writing, literature and publishing major, wrote an essay for online Isis Magazine — an Emerson publication — titled “The Race Problem at Emerson,” sparking impassioned arguments in the post’s comment section and other forms of social media.

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New class shows increase in applications

Emerson’s admissions office is reporting a 10 percent increase in overall applicants this year, according to M.J. Knoll-Finn, the vice president for enrollment.

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Influenza hits student body on campus

As Boston and the rest of the country have been hit hard by the flu this season, Emerson’s Center for Health and Wellness has seen a similar influx of students flocking to the third floor of 216 Tremont complaining of sickness. Since returning to campus from winter break, one to two students per day have been diagnosed with influenza or a similar illness, said Jane Powers, the director for health and wellness.

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With website active, Pelton continues gun violence initiative

As part of President M. Lee Pelton’s initiative to engage Emerson and colleges across the country in conversations on gun violence, the president’s office launched a website dedicated to the topic.

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College pres. talks gun control

It was while listening to the radio in the car driving through Concord, Mass. with his 13-year-old daughter Sophia that President M. Lee Pelton said he first heard multiple children had died in an attack in Newtown, Conn.

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Student-athletes find solace as director resigns

Current and former students who had publicly protested the employment of Athletic Director Kristin Parnell over the past three months got their wish May 17 when the administrator announced her resignation.

College’s Athletic Director announces resignation

After a year marked by controversy and tension in her department, Athletic Director Kristin Parnell announced her resignation, effective May 25.

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Athletics to see changes

Weeks after a widely circulated petition focused the ire of frustrated athletes and alumni on the athletics administration, President M. Lee Pelton announced the formation of the Athletics Working Group to evaluate the department and form plans to strengthen it.

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Journalism chair to step down at semester's end

Ted Gup, who has served as the chair of the journalism department since 2009, will step down from his position at the end of this semester and go on sabbatical for one year.

Alumni stop donations, want change for athletes

Some alumni have vowed to stop donating to Emerson until the college investigates concerns about Athletic Director Kristen Parnell raised by a recent petition signed by hundreds of current and former athletes.

Emerson changes athletic conference

After competing in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) since 1995, Emerson athletics announced Tuesday its acceptance into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) starting in next year

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Alum starts petition to have athletic director removed

Hundreds of disgruntled students, alumni, and former coaches signed a petition this week calling on President M. Lee Pelton to review Athletic Director Kristin Parnell’s employment. Following a Beacon report last week that junior women’s basketball player Olivia DiNucci will not be returning to the team next season, former men’s basketball player Kabir Moss started an online petition that day garnering 200 signatures early this morning.

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Basketball star won’t return to program next season

Olivia DiNucci, the second all-time leading scorer in Emerson women’s basketball history, said Saturday she will not play her senior season, saying she was frustrated by this past year of basketball and what she sees as a growing rift between athletes and Athletics Department officials.

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Seniors shine in men’s basketball’s last home game

The 2011-2012 season has seen its trials and trepidations for the men’s basketball team. But this past Saturday, everything came together for the Lions as they defeated Anna Maria 68-45 for the team’s senior game.

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Emerson alumna wins contest, covers Super Bowl

When Cassidy Brettler went to the Super Bowl last year, she did so with the help of Verizon, and took her Flip cam wherever she was permitted, making videos for her YouTube channel. This year, working for Motorola, Brettler will be back at the Super Bowl, but in a much grander capacity. Following a nationwide search to choose one reporter for the Ochocinco News Network (OCNN) sponsored by Motorola as it covers Super Bowl XLVI, Brettler, who graduated from Emerson last May, was chosen as the winner.

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Women's basketball drops fourth straight

Trailing by 25 points, and shooting 25 percent from the field, Emerson had put itself in a huge hole against a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival. And a short 20 minutes later, the visiting Monks handed Emerson its fourth straight GNAC loss, 82-46.

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Three’s company: 3rd woman scores 1,000 points

Her name hangs in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym for all to see. Thirteen letters sewn onto a purple banner— a testament to both her work ethic and skill level— immortalizing her legacy as an all-time women’s basketball player. That name has become a part of a calling card synonymous with the success of the Emerson women’s basketball team.

Director of Counseling Center fired last month

Cheryl Rosenthal, who served as the director of Emerson’s Counseling Center for more than six years, was fired from the college Nov. 21.

Noonan spends day hosting ‘sidewalk retirement party’

One day after George Noonan was fired from Emerson College, the former Director of Public Safety was back on Boylston Street—where he patrolled the college’s campus for years—hosting what he described as his retirement party.

Penn State scandal casts light on cultures of entitlement

While participants in major collegiate athletic programs are heroized for their capacity to bring glory to their institutions, it is becoming impossible to ignore the growing culture of exemption that certain administrations promote.

Men’s basketball routed in opener versus Ramapo

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Men’s team looks to flourish under new coach

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Men’s team looks to flourish under new coach

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Women’s soccer drops to ninth with conference loss

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A dangerous and speedy weapon

Carmen Trobaugh remembers scoring goals, even at age seven.

Tennis team cleared of allegations

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Jim O’Brien, former D1 coach, to head basketball team

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A decade later, a New Yorker finds closure

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In final year, softball seniors aim for title

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Talk it out: Communication helps tennis to first win

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BU grad student helps tennis team prepare mentally

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Spirits high, men’s tennis set to make run at GNAC

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Norwich bounces Emerson out of GNAC tourney

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Northeastern cruises, takes down Harvard 4-0

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BC needs overtime to down Hockey East rival BU

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Blowout victory keeps Emerson winning streak alive

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Dear Pats fans: get over it and watch the Super Bowl

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