The Berkeley Beacon

Claire Nobles


Claire Nobles is the editor-in-chief of The Berkeley Beacon. She is a senior journalism major with a double minor in political science and digital media & culture.

Originally from Houston, her previous work at the Beacon has been primarily in the sports section, where she's written about the athletic department's first logo, covered playoff series, and reported on the school's struggle to transition to its new conference.

She currently works at the Boston Globe city desk, where she reports on breaking news for the metro section of the newspaper.

Nobles can be reached at

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Taking time for a post-grad pause

I’m also realizing the weight of the expectation that I have to go straight into the professional world after this.

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College announces plans for new dining facility

Emerson College will have a new permanent dining hall and student social space by fall 2017, President M. Lee Pelton announced in a campus-wide email on Thursday. It’s scheduled to open simultaneously with the new 2 Boylston Pl. residence hall.

Emerson loses sophomore student

Ishmael Carlos Rosas, a 20-year-old sophomore visual and media arts student, passed away on Feb. 29.

College readies website for mobile

Emerson will update its website on Sunday in preparation for an anticipated overhaul in fall 2017, according to a school-wide email from Andrew Tiedemann, vice president for communications and marketing.

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Lions hire alum as new baseball head coach

After former head coach Dave Hanley stepped down in early May, the baseball team found his replacement just a month later in June when the athletic department hired former independent league player Jerod Edmondson.

Baseball team finds new coach in former pro

Former independent league player Jerod Edmondson will take over as Emerson baseball’s head coach, according to a post on the team’s Facebook page, announced in late June.

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Class of 2015 graduates with laughter and words of wisdom

Over 900 students from the class of 2015 graduated from Emerson College on May 18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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Lions not quite at home in the NEWMAC: A year in review

Emerson athletics released its first logo, three teams made the playoffs, and the department introduced its new director, Patricia Nicol.

For athletics, full-time coaches still a full-time search

In fall 2013, the athletic department said it wanted to have every coach be full-time just two years later. But with that deadline quickly approaching, it doesn’t appear that the department will make its goal—of the 14 varsity sports, only eight have full-time coaches.

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Lions struggle to become king of the urban jungle

The college’s new, permanent athletic facilities may be more convenient, but they’re not perfect, as they’ve presented a slew of new problems for athletes and coaches alike.

NEWMAC News: Spring season wrap-up

For the second straight year, no spring sports will qualify for the NEWMAC playoffs.

Softball sweeps Smith for season's first NEWMAC win

The softball team earned its first conference victories in April 11's sweep of Smith.

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Men's volleyball caps best season with most awards yet

Emerson’s men’s volleyball team had four players recognized by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s end-of-season awards.

Men's volleyball posts first .500 record in program history

The men’s volleyball team went 13-13 this season, the first time the program posted a not-losing record in its six-year history. Despite being eliminated from the first round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoffs on April 7, the team ranked among the best in the country in several statistical categories.

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Women's lacrosse looks for late season success

With three conference games left on the schedule, the women’s lacrosse team has already matched its conference win total from last season. The Lions are currently 6-4 overall, with a 2-3 record in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference—good for the fifth spot in the rankings—but still have their toughest opponents to come.

Preview: Men's volleyball aims for upset in quarterfinals

The Lions will face third-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology on April 7 in the first round of GNAC playoffs.

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'Powerhouse' sophomore controls lacrosse’s offense

Meredith Weber is the leading scorer for the Lions, with 27 goals so far this season. She’s coming off a freshman campaign where she started all 15 matches and scored a team-high 48 goals.

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Freshman stabilizes Lions in both aspects of the game

In volleyball, players tend to specialize in offense or defense. Freshman Nick Rusk, however, is a bit of an oddity: He’s second on the team in both kills and digs, which he credits to his beach volleyball experience.

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Three schools, 14 varsity sports, one team

They wear the same purple and gold uniforms, tap their IDs in the lobby of Piano Row, and may even know more about the Lions than the average student, but several of the department’s student-athletes aren’t actually enrolled at Emerson College.

Women's lax aiming for first NEWMAC playoff appearance

Though Emerson’s women’s lacrosse team failed to qualify for the postseason last year, players are attacking this season with the confidence of making the playoffs, according to head coach Kathryn Egizi.

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New women's lacrosse coach no stranger to the NEWMAC

Kathryn Egizi, Emerson’s new women’s lacrosse coach, will see some familiar faces on April 15—her former team, the Wellesley College Blue. Up until last June, Egizi was one of their assistant coaches.

Basketball teams ball off the court, too

The Emerson women’s basketball team has the most players recognized by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference for academic success, the conference announced on Feb. 23.

Fans flock to quarterfinals

About 40 fans showed their Lion pride at the men’s basketball team’s quarterfinal loss to conference rival Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Feb. 25.

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Despite injury, Macy Day parades on

After an ACL injury on Jan. 5 during basketball practice, Macy Day’s senior basketball and lacrosse seasons prematurely ended.

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Playoff push imminent for men's ball

After posting a 3-3 conference record through Jan. 24, the men’s basketball team lost four consecutive games to New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference opponents, putting their postseason hopes in jeopardy. But on Feb. 11, it snapped its losing streak with a 68-55 win over the Coast Guard Academy.

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Volleyball confident with midseason form

Boston’s recent snowstorms have canceled one men’s volleyball game and several practices, but according to head coach Ben Read, the team is using this time off to their advantage by resting up.

Late Lions adapt to new level of play

Though they are playing different sports, these two athletes are both facing similar challenges as latecomers. But their teammates and coaches say they are adjusting well.

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Lions logo gains ground with unveiling on court

Emerson’s athletic department officially unveiled its new logo on the floor of the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym in a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 24.

NEWMAC News: Playoff picture Jan. 29

With the end of basketball season just around the corner, find out what the playoffs look like right now for the Emerson Lions.

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Women’s basketball focuses on defense after break

The Lions are 4-4 in New England Women and Men’s Athletic Conference play, and 9-7 overall. Their four conference wins already match their total NEWMAC wins from last year.

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Men’s basketball gears up for conference play

While most students were still on winter break, the Emerson men’s basketball team was already hitting the court.

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Men's ball looks to rebound from tough first quarter

At this time last year, the men’s basketball team was 5-3 and preparing for Division III powerhouse Amherst College, an eventual upset win for the Lions. A year later, Emerson is 3-4 and underperforming with a more complete roster.

Men's soccer receives honors

The Emerson’s men’s soccer team received the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row on Wednesday.

NEWMAC News: A farewell to fall

A final look at the fall sports' seasons.

25 Lions honored for academics

Emerson had 25 athletes named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference teams for fall sports, the department announced on its website Monday.

NEWMAC News: Playoff picture Oct. 23

With fall sports winding down, find out where the Lions are in the playoff hunt.

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Women's soccer lights up the night

Members of the women’s soccer team set a goal for themselves: each player needed to raise at least $100, or $2,400 collectively, for an annual cancer awareness walk.

NEWMAC News: Playoff picture

Find out where the fall Emerson sports teams stand in the NEWMAC playoff race.

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New ordinance old news for Emerson

Emerson College said it won't be affected by the new NCAA concussion ordinance because it already had such protocols in place.

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New leaders emerge for women’s volleyball

In just one year, sophomore middle hitter Julianna Augustine saw her role shift from a freshman rookie to a mentor to her younger teammates on the volleyball team.

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Women’s soccer builds upon NEWMAC experience

Despite narrowly losing most games last season, the Emerson women’s soccer team is looking forward to its next season in its new, tougher conference.