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Emerson rises up against Ferguson jury decision

Members of the Emerson community are participating in protests and discussions after a Missouri grand jury decided not to bring charges against the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August.

Emerson Police hiring detective

The Emerson College Police Department seeks to hire a detective specializing in investigating crimes and assisting students with domestic and dating violence and harassment prevention, according to a job posting on Emerson’s website.

Clery Act reporting policies changed

The United States Department of Education published a set of amendments to the Jeanne Clery Act last month that require stricter policies for reporting stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence.

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Emerson disputes voluntary municipal payment sum

President M. Lee Pelton said what the college does pay is fitting based on the benefits that Emerson has provided to Boston, and because any additional payments to the city would reduce funding for academics.

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Housing director to leave Emerson

David Haden, Emerson’s associate dean and director of housing and residence life since 2005, will leave the college after this semester, according to an email sent to the Emerson community Wednesday afternoon.

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In SGA initiative, administration sees redundancies

The Student Government Association is waiting for a response submitting a dining initiative earlier this semester. The problem, a senior administrator said, is that many of the listed concerns have already been addressed.

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College honors faculty members

President Pelton and a group of about 50 professors and students gathered in the theater to honor faculty members in an event co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Spirit of Emerson.

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Student station managers no longer paid at WERS

For the first time in seven years, student station managers at WERS, the college’s student-run public radio station, are no longer being paid for their work.

Family of 22-year-old BU student files wrongful death suit

The family of a 22-year-old Boston University student who died in a fire last year plans to file a wrongful death suit against the landlords and brokers of her former apartment building, according to the Boston Globe.

Former UMass student sues university

A former University of Massachusetts Amherst student is suing the institution, claiming he was wrongfully expelled and mistakenly found responsible in a sexual assault case, according to a Boston Globe report.

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College honors late professor

On Nov. 1, Karl Baehr entered his Entrepreneurship I classroom in the Tufte Building and slammed a bag down on the front table.

Emerson professor Karl Baehr, 54, passes away

Karl Baehr, a 54-year-old Emerson marketing professor and senior executive in residence, died last night, according to an email President M. Lee Pelton sent the Emerson community Thursday afternoon.

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Firm to complete external review

A New England professional services firm that focuses on school safety will review the college’s compliance with the federal anti-discrimination law Title IX and the Clery Act, a statute that requires disclosure of campus crimes, according to President M. Lee Pelton. This decision came after three students filed a federal complaint against the college with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last month, claiming Emerson mishandled their sexual assault cases.

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Student comes forward as part of complaint

Sarita Nadkarni, an Emerson junior, revealed on Tuesday she filed a federal complaint against the college with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The document, submitted earlier this month, said the college violated Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law, while dealing with students’ sexual assault cases, said Nadkarni.

Faculty votes to start chair searches internally

Emerson faculty members voted to begin searches for permanent chairs for academic departments in a faculty assembly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22. This decision will be passed on to the administrative academic affairs board for final review, according to Michaele Whelan, the vice president of academic affairs.

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New LA campus to incorporate more students

When Kevin Bright arrived at 99 Summer St., an Emerson office space, workers in the quiet area were well-aware of who had walked through the doors. With his dramatic rustlings of his long gray hair, and his loud, raspy voice, Bright livened up the place.

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"Will & Grace" set to move to LA

The set of popular sitcom Will & Grace will move from its current location in the Iwasaki Library to the college’s new Los Angeles center this semester, according to Kevin Bright, the center’s founding director.

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Administrators speak on sexual assault policies after complaint

Emerson administrators reviewed current sexual assault policies and expressed their optimism about upcoming changes to the procedure in an exclusive interview with the Beacon Wednesday. This was the first time school officials other than President M. Lee Pelton publicly spoke after students reportedly filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, saying the college’s response to alleged sexual assaults violates Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law.

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Students file federal complaint, say college mishandled sexual assault cases

A group of Emerson students filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last week, stating the college’s response to alleged sexual assaults violates Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law, said sophomore Sarah Tedesco and junior Jillian Doherty, who are currently the only public complainants.

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Elma Lewis' long legacy of high standards: Over decades, new center's namesake spread the arts

Lewis’ impact is far-reaching — an arts activist and educator, she established African-American artistic centers and was a persistent presence in the Boston community.

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With WERS cuts, urban music community loses major platform

After WERS staff cancelled two popular urban music shows in August, students raised concerns about a lack of diversity in the station’s programming and its listeners.

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Vandalism found in library

Library staff discovered two swastikas drawn in yellow chalk on one of the Iwasaki Library’s pillars. The pillars were recently painted with chalkboard paint so students could interact with one another, according to Robert Fleming, executive director of the library.

Changes at WERS leave some student staff disappointed and displaced

In an attempt to become financially independent, WERS, Emerson’s student-run public radio station, made unprecedented changes to the 68-year-old organization, said Jack Casey, the general manager. Channel representatives hired a new professional host and cancelled two popular late-night urban music programs.

ECPD-sponsored programs hope to bring officers and students together

In an effort to become more connected with students this year, the Emerson College Police Department will launch a community-liaison officer program and offer department-run classes, said Chief of Police Robert Smith.

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College police plan for heightened building security in spring

The Emerson College Police Department will roll out a series of new procedures this academic year, including changes to building entry policies, pending approval from President M. Lee Pelton. The changes would tighten security on campus, said Chief of Police Robert Smith.

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New food provider to take over campus dining

Emerson will have a new service provider come the fall, France-based company Sodexo. This change will come with a reorganization of the meal plan system and fresher food, according to Jay Phillips, the associate vice president for facilities and campus services.

Tuition, aid leave some with doubt

Last June, Sean Clampett said his parents sat him down to talk about what he described as a huge problem. After his first year at Emerson, the current sophomore said he lost most of his financial aid package. Clampett said he knew if his tuition issue was not resolved, he would be forced to leave Emerson and attend a community college.

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Recycling and Kasteel Well initiative pass

At its meeting on Thursday, the Student Government Association passed an initiative for a recycling program on campus and another to alter the course offerings at Emerson’s Kasteel Well program in the Netherlands.

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Community stands strong after bombings

Gathering to reflect upon and share stories from the bombing that abruptly ended the Boston Marathon, a tense and teary-eyed crowd filled the Cutler Majestic Theatre Wednesday morning. Members of the Emerson community gave their accounts of the incident, and thanked one another for their support over the past 72 hours.

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College increases security after bombing forces abrupt end to Boston Marathon

Security at Emerson and across Boston will be heightened tomorrow, as classes remain on a regular schedule after two explosive devices were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, less than a mile from the college.

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Alumni skeptical of WERS' pro hire

WERS, Emerson’s student-run public radio station, has operated for 67 years without the on-air assistance of a professional employee during peak hours. But after the college announced it was seeking to hire a professional to work with students during the weekday morning shift, alumni have voiced their concerns and threatened to stop donating to the college.

College offers trip to Japan

A summer history course is set to expand academics outside the classroom, taking 10 students on a weeklong trip to Japan.

College employee robbed near campus

A college employee was robbed near the Ansin Building on Wednesday morning, according to an email Emerson College Police Department Chief Robert Smith sent the Emerson community an hour later.

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Poor attendance and makeshift location hinder speech night

A clogged, impromptu hallway venue and missing candidates marked a messy start to the Student Government Association Candidate Press Night Wednesday.

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Two debate for SGA presidential seat, the only contested position

In a debate for the position of Student Government Association President, Benjamin Halls and Paul Almeida traded sharp comments and explained their goals with the hope of taking the title.

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College to implement liberal arts council

President M. Lee Pelton announced his changes to the structure of the college’s liberal arts program to a faculty forum on March 21, including a new oversight council, smaller class sizes, and changes to the tenure process.

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Second panel talks video games, guns

Talks of blood spatter, brass knuckles, and brainwashing engaged the audience in the Semel Theater Monday night during “Who’s to Blame? Gun Violence in Media and Electronic Games” — the second panel discussion in President M. Lee Pelton’s “Made in America” series.

Student group campaigns for stricter responses to sexual assault

In response to a Facebook group and email campaign advocating for sexual assault awareness at Emerson, administrators said they will work to create a dialogue for sexual assault victims and their advocates on campus.

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Campus radio station to hire its first ever professional host

WERS, Emerson’s student-run public radio station, will hire its first professional full-time host in its 67-year history. The host will assist student disc jockeys during the weekday morning show, said General Manager Jack Casey.

Financial office adds two new staff members

After assessments of the department, the Office of Financial Affairs has hired two new staff members, according to Maureen Murphy, vice president for administration and finance, who announced the hirings in an email to the Emerson community.

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Fraternity raises money for brother's top surgery

Members of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Emerson helped raise funds for new brother Donnie Collins’ female-to-male top surgery, a procedure that will remove breast tissue and flatten his chest.

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Sorority granted full appeal for fundraiser

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Student Government Association awarded Alpha Epsilon Phi $8,095.24 for its ninth annual “Ribbons on the Runway” fashion show.

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A capella group's appeal capped after miscalculation

The Student Government Association granted Noteworthy, an on-campus a capella group, $1,437.08 on Tuesday to record its second album, a significant decrease to the $4,100.98 the organization originally asked for.

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Panel begins discussion series

In a passionate discussion focused on the ban of certain guns, four panelists took the stage in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre Monday.

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Halls balances SGA talks

Nicknamed the “contrarian” by his fellow SGA peers, Halls said he consistently plays the devil’s advocate at meetings to initiate more multi-faceted conversations.

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College to review, revise campus security

Emerson College Police Chief Robert Smith will meet with President M. Lee Pelton and the President’s Council, a group of top administrators, on Feb. 12 to discuss the findings in an investigation he completed on local college campuses’ security systems, said Smith.

Students restart Polling Society

Pursuing the goal of informing students on political, societal, and cultural issues, the Emerson College Polling Society has re-emerged after a seven year hiatus.

The Castle: not for the faint of heart

Shortly after receiving a confirmation of my spot in Emerson’s Kasteel Well program this July, a 20-page long information packet hit my inbox.

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College hires new police chief

Following the controversial firing of former Director of Public Safety George Noonan, the college officially announced the hiring of his replacement, Robert Smith, in June.

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Grad student to talk about global injustice

Graduate student Nadia Zaffar, a former reporter for Pakistan’s first English-language television news channel, will serve as the student commencement speaker for the graduate class next month, college officials announced Wednesday.

With marketing classes full, some forced to drop minor

It was two hours before Kara Pantano could register for the final marketing communication course she needed to fulfill her minor in the subject, when she said she checked her registration access page for the last time.

Search for new college police chief launches

Nineteen weeks after George Noonan was fired, a committee of students and staff members met to discuss desired qualities for a new director of public safety and work toward appointing a new chief last Wednesday in a closed meeting in the Walker Building.

Official WLP chair, vice president hired

The college announced they filled two administrative vacancies April 5, naming a chair to the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department and selecting a new deputy for President M. Lee Pelton.

Unidentified man enters 216 Tremont St., attempts theft

A man with three active warrants for his arrest allegedly tried Tuesday to steal an unattended purse and rummaged through an office in 216 Tremont St. before fleeing arrest, police said.

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Officials discuss cost of higher education at economics panel

Four politically active panelists engaged in a heated debate about financing higher education in a discussion organized by Emerson Democrats, Emerson Republicans, and Emerson Peace and Social Justice Tuesday night in the Walker Building.

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Senatorial candidate appeals to Emerson’s college democrats

United States Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren stumped for building the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as she appealed to scores of students last Saturday at the College Democrats of Mass. convention held at Emerson.

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SGA candidates for Fall 2012

Find a full list of the candidates at yesterday’s Student Government Association speech night below with each hopeful’s year, major, and goals if elected.

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After firings, ECPD officers form union

Emerson College Police officers and dispatchers voted to unionize in a department-wide poll Feb. 23, according to officer and ECPD Union Vice President Erik Tebeau. The department made this decision to ensure legal assistance 24 hours a day and solidarity within the unit, said Tebeau.

Officer fired for alleged Internet abuse

Weeks after college administrators fired Emerson College Police Department Chief George Noonan, a seven-year employee of the college, another officer, Edward Villard, was pink-slipped for allegedly visiting inappropriate websites, Villard said. Now, Villard said Noonan’s firing — which students and faculty learned of Dec. 14 in a mass email — was prompted by what he described as Noonan’s delay referring Villard to the Human Resources department following an investigation into his alleged Internet misuse.

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Fire in Back Bay leaves off-campus students without electricity

After a three alarm fire left much of Boylston Street dark Tuesday night, off-campus Emerson students living in the area will remain without power until at least tomorrow, Boston fire officials said. Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department spokesman, said crews responded to a fire caused by a 115,000 volt transformer on Scotia Street at 6:27 p.m. Tuesday. The building, an electrical substation owned and operated by NStar, is adjacent to the Back Bay Hilton hotel, which was immediately evacuated.

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Radio concentration moves to School of Communication

The radio concentration, currently under the visual and media arts department, will move to the school of communication as a minor for the fall semester, college administrators said. Jonathan Wacks, chair and professor of the visual and media arts department, said his department could no longer support the program.

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Interest in outreach mentor programs increases at Emerson

In a town hall-style talk with local college students at Emerson on Feb. 6, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan identified mentoring programs as a major aid in closing the education gap in high and low income communities. In the past few years, Emerson College-affiliated mentoring organizations like Teach For America, Jumpstart, and Peace First have seen an increase in the number of students eager to participate in such programs.

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Sen. Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Education visit Emerson

When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan— the first member of a presidential cabinet to take one of Emerson’s five stages —took the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre stage Monday, he was met with a series of questions about education at community colleges, quality K-12 education, and college affordability. He joined Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton and U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts for a question-and-answer session with more than 100 college students.

D.C. study program now accepting applications

When Kathryn Lagreca heard the familiar beep of her Blackberry’s email notifier at work, she glanced down to check the message. The sophomore political communication major said she was surprised to find an email announcing her acceptance to the Washington D.C. program. “It was very anticlimactic,” said Lagreca. “But I did have a celebratory Boloco dinner after work.” Lagreca and up to 19 of her peers will have the option to spend the Fall 2012 semester at the growing four-year-old Washington Center study program interning and engaging in two four credit seminar style classes, currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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College expands study abroad

Emerson administrators announced London Now, the newest addition to the college’s growing number of study abroad opportunities, in an email to students, parents, and staff Friday afternoon.

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ECLA construction to begin March 8

Emerson administrators this week announced March 8 as the official date for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Emerson College Los Angeles (ECLA) facility, a project that will cost approximately $85.5 million and is expected to finish in spring 2014.

Director of Public Safety fired from college

After seven years with the Emerson College Police Department, George Noonan was fired from his position as Director of Public Safety this morning.

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Administration to propose curriculum changes

Over the past three decades, general educational requirements have drastically changed at Emerson College, causing debate among alumni, educators and students.

SGA candidates call for campus upgrades

Student Government Association candidates focused their speeches around student life this Wednesday.

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