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Laura King

Former Editor-in-chief

Laura King is a senior journalism student at Emerson College. She is minoring in publishing.

King was the editor-in-chief of the Beacon spring 2017. In her three years at the paper, King has covered campus construction and renovation, issues of inequality in Emerson curricula, and changes in administration.

King can be reached at

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Senior plucks note in every Mass. town for ukelele song

The pair visited 20 to 30 towns nearly every weekend of the summer, whenever Wisch could get time off from his Boston catering job, and Keenan could commute into the city from Bolton. Sometimes they did day trips, other times they stayed with friends.

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Undergrad Outlook: challenging curriculum is the ideal machine 

This year, instead of settling into a seat at a computer lab, freshmen journalism students pulled out their dazzling new top-of-the-line MacBooks. They’ll learn how to use video editing program Final Cut Pro X, which has been loaded onto their laptops along with the rest of their CreativityKit software. And then, they have the opportunity to continue playing with the software at 3 a.m. from their dorm rooms.

Give them hell—they can take it

I can only hope that the Emerson community remains at least as critical of this newspaper when I’m no longer a part of it.

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Depa delegates executive treasury duties

He has worked for the past two years to allocate the Student Activities fee fund—$190 per full-time undergraduate, more than $500,000 total.

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Solomon reflects on SGA presidency

Emily Solomon accidentally became executive president of the Student Government Association. The two top vote-getters for the position turned it down, and then-freshman Solomon’s name was the next highest on the list with 12 votes—though she had not been running.

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SGA 2017 write-in campaigns

Write-in candidates for SGA's 2017 election.

A guide to voting for SGA

SGA's 2017 digital ballot goes live on Wednesday, April 5 at 12 a.m. We've created a guide on how to cast your vote.

Letter from the Editor: An appeal for trust

In my ideal world, people look to the Beacon when something happens that they don't understand. But even I know that isn't quite true.

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New dorm to showcase social spaces

The new residence hall at 2 Boylston Pl. is nearing completion after nearly two years of construction.

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Recognizing the consequences of loving the game

I was raised on red, white, and navy blue—on game day nachos, screaming at the TV, and a godlike vision of Tom Brady. When it comes to the rules of the game of football, I can’t tell you much. I know the touchdown, the interception, the two-point conversion. But that’s not even the point of it to me.

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Nonfiction narratives: facts find focus

The point of nonfiction is to tell something in its most truthful tone—sometimes an imperfect one.

Bubbles of bias cloud perceptions

Somehow, we got lost in a liberal bubble that blocked out their sound.

Beacon's best: Must-see sites for fall frolicking

Beacon fall favorites!

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Dreaming in doodles toward a career in game design

Once her computer booted up, and a gaming or horror podcast sounded through her headphones, Lamb drew until she completed the piece—a total of five hours later.

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No housing lottery for 2017 upperclassmen

Juniors and seniors will not be offered on-campus housing next fall.

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Emerson community loses Professor Emeritus Walter Littlefield

"He was my mentor." —Gregory Payne, chair of the communication studies department

College announces Commencement speakers

Novelist Alice Sebold will give the undergraduate address at this year’s commencement ceremony.

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Year in review: Cultural competency, college-wide

After students flooded a monthly faculty assembly meeting last spring with demands for cultural competency, President M. Lee Pelton promised change would be made.

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Rosas remembered for clever comedy and authenticity

Last spring, Ishmael Rosas performed stand-up at The Hideout, a bar in Faneuil Hall. He and his friend, fellow Emerson student Natalie Torres, had signed up for the open mic after participating in similar events on campus.

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Crane installed at construction site for new dorm

A crane was installed last weekend at the site for the new 2 Boylston Pl. residence hall, according to Margaret Ings, associate vice president for government and community relations.

Pelton signs document in support of immigration reform

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton signed an amicus brief in support of President Barack Obama’s two executive actions on immigration reform. The document is filed in the Supreme Court case United States v. Texas, in which Texas and 25 other states will challenge the policy this April.

New dean appointed for School of Communication

The college has appointed Raul Reis as the new dean of the School of Communication, according to an email sent to the Emerson community by Michaele Whelan, chief academic officer.

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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.

MBTA to end late-night train hours

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will end its late-night weekend schedule on March 18.

ECPS tracking polls conclude for Super Tuesday

Emerson College Polling Society correctly predicted that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would take Massachusetts’ Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively, on Super Tuesday.

College names new Elma Lewis leader

Emerson named Judy Pryor-Ramirez as the new executive director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research. Pryor-Ramirez will begin transitioning to the college throughout this semester, and will officially take on the title in July, according to a school-wide email sent last week by Sylvia Spears, vice president for diversity and inclusion.

ECPS polls Massachusetts, Texas to finish primary coverage

The Emerson College Polling Society found that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are tied among Democratic voters in Massachusetts. The two candidates each hold 46 percent of the vote, with 5 percent undecided, according to a Feb. 22 press release.

Polling Society accurately predicts Iowa, NH election results

The Emerson College Polling Society correctly predicted that Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders would win the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

College continues to address issues of cultural competency

President M. Lee Pelton sent an email to the Emerson community on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day outlining the college’s goals to continue diversity efforts.

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Engagement Lab to offer new graduate program

Next fall, the Engagement Lab will welcome 10 students and begin its graduate program in Civic Media, Art & Practice, the first full academic degree offered by the lab.

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With new policy, hoverboards not in Emerson's future

A ban on “hover-boards, self-propelled scooters, or similar devices” from being used or stored on any of Emerson’s campuses was announced in an email sent to the student body on Jan. 4.

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The arithmetic of attendance: Students juggle priorities

On Monday mornings, junior Madeline O’Hara catches a green line train to campus for her noon class. It’s an intense dance course with five total students, and the professor often holds them beyond the class’ end. O’Hara then sprints from the Paramount Center to the sixth floor of the Ansin Building for a 2 p.m. course where, she said, her professor takes attendance three minutes before class begins and does not tolerate tardiness.

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Committee formed to make decisions on Colonial

An ad hoc task force within the Board of Trustees will review several options for the future of Emerson’s Colonial Theatre and the relocation of the dining hall during the renovation of the Little Building. A final decision is expected to be made on both issues by March 2016.

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Talks on Tumblr must go beyond the blog

There needs to be a deeper knowledge of the intersectionality of these issues in order to invoke major change.

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Trustees, Faculty Assembly discuss Colonial's future

The Board of Trustees, who will make the decision regarding the future of Emerson’s Colonial Theatre, met last Wednesday to discuss options for the building.

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new residence hall

A groundbreaking event for Emerson’s new residence hall took place at 2 Boylston Pl. last Thursday. The new dorm is expected to host 380 students.

Overseers connect with students through panels and classes

The Board of Overseers hosted an event on Tuesday to provide professional mentorship for students and allow board members to gain a better understanding of the college.

Mid-semester safety checks administered in dorms

Student dorm rooms were inspected for health and safety last week by resident assistants, a procedure that usually does not happen until residence halls close for Thanksgiving.

Rebranding survey out next month

A survey meant to collect data for Emerson’s rebranding initiative will likely be released much later than originally anticipated.

Community reacts to Colonial theater plans

Community members, both of the college and in the greater Boston area, have expressed outrage at the possibility of Emerson’s Colonial Theatre ceasing to be a historic space for performing arts.

Emerson ranked #1 for journalism

Emerson was recently named best overall journalism bachelor’s program of the year in a list published by USA Today.

Administrative position created to evaluate use of college property

The college is creating an administrative position that will focus on space planning and oversee the two residence hall construction projects.

Emerson professor faces traffic citation and discrimination

On June 22, writing, literature and publishing Associate Professor Jabari Asim was cited for a traffic violation he did not commit. On Sept. 8, the charge was cleared at a hearing at the Newton District Court, but Asim, 53, said his experience reflects racial biases in the criminal justice system.

Demolition continues on Boylston Place dorm

The new 1-3 Boylston Place residence hall is in the demolition phase of construction, a process that started early this summer and is scheduled to be completed in August 2017.

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College to reevaluate use of Colonial Theatre

The future of the Emerson Colonial Theatre  is unclear, according to President M. Lee Pelton.

College hires first full-time Title IX coordinator

Emerson has named Pamela White as the college’s first full-time Associate Vice President for Title IX and Clery Act Coordinator, according to an email sent on Sept. 2 by Sylvia Spears, vice president for diversity and inclusion.

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VMA television studios to broadcast in high definition

Emerson’s two television studios now have the technology to broadcast in high definition (HD), according to Brooke Knight, chair of the visual and media arts department.

Emerson tops Princeton Review list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges

Emerson has been named the most LGBTQ-friendly institution for higher education by The Princeton Review, reclaiming the position after falling to third on the list in Fall 2014.

Fraternity suspension lifted early after appeal

Emerson’s chapter Sigma Alpha Epsilon will return to campus Fall 2015 from a semester-long suspension.

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New managing director settles in at Engagement Lab

Emerson’s Engagement Lab named Mariko Davidson the new managing director, according to the department's newsletter.

College responds to Dateline episode featuring former students

In an email to the Emerson community, President M. Lee Pelton responded to the NBC Dateline episode on campus sexual assault that featured the stories of two former Emerson students.

NBC's Dateline features former students in episode on sexual assault

Two former Emerson students will be featured on an episode of NBC’s Dateline regarding sexual assault on college campuses.

College hires new assistant vice president for faculty affairs

Carol Parker, an Elvin E. Overton distinguished professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, will fill the position of assistant vice president for faculty affairs at Emerson starting July 8, according to an email sent to the Emerson community from Chief Academic Officer Michaele Whelan.

Faculty responds to students’ call for cultural competency education

A motion to create a committee to address concerns about cultural competency at Emerson was unanimously approved at a special Faculty Assembly meeting on May 5.

Emerson students seen as offbeat and ambitious, research says

Research conducted for the college’s rebranding initiative found that Emerson students are “quirky and driven” and that some alumni are unimpressed by the popular “Emerson Mafia” moniker.

Year in review: Where's the money?

Between new construction, facility upgrades, and increased employee salaries, Emerson—which has historically been heavily reliant on tuition for revenue—must find ways to finance the expensive initiatives that it has announced this year.

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Boylston Place dorm construction to start this summer

Construction on the upcoming residence hall in Boylston Place will start this summer, but the existing structure won't get any taller until late in the winter or early next spring.

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Special Section: Surveying Emerson's Climate

Explore the results from Emerson's first comprehensive climate survey, which found that many students felt sexual assault prevention training was lacking, and that there were strong racial divides in their sense of belonging.

Sexual assault prevention programs improving, but sense of belonging mixed

The student component of Emerson’s first climate survey shows that greatest sources of dissatisfaction are the college’s sexual assault and harassment education programs and a sense of belonging among students of various races.

Journalism professors seek to bolster WERS news department

After students and alumni spoke out about campus radio station WERS reducing resources for news coverage, journalism professors met with station management to discuss giving undergraduates more reporting opportunities.

College completes first phase of rebranding

Emerson’s rebranding initiative has hit one milestone: Administrators are finished collecting research involving focus groups and interviews.

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PRIDE rallies for food workers' rights

About 50 students and members of Emerson Progressives and Radicals in Defense of Employees flooded the dining hall during the 6 p.m. dinner rush on April 6 to show support for Sodexo employees undergoing union contract negotiations for higher pay.

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College launches mobile app, plans for improvement

Emerson released a new app called Emerson Mobile for both iOS and Android devices on April 3.

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Emerson launches app for iOS and Android

The app allows users to see Emerson website highlights, search the directory, check availability of computer labs and laundry machines, reserve event space, and get push notifications for school closings and emergencies.

Nightclub in alley closes doors

The building, owned by Emerson, will be renovated to be a part of the new residence hall being built at 1-3 Boylston Place.

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Clery Act calls for thorough reporting from college

Emerson College police officers can be seen patrolling the campus and responding to crimes, but what students don’t see is officers compiling statistics of every crime that happens at the college.

ECPD establishes new self-defense class designed for men

In addition to a women’s self-defense class that has been running since 2011, Emerson College Police Department now plans to hold a class for men on April 6 – 8.

LB elevators break, students wait

Three elevators in the Little Building broke down on March 1, according to an email sent to Little Building residents from Erik Muurisepp, associate dean and director of Housing and Residence Life.

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Linda Moore, former VP of academic affairs, is remembered

During her 10 years at the college, Linda Moore, the former vice president of academic affairs, became an integral part of the Emerson community, from drafting the faculty handbook to faithfully remembering her colleagues’ birthdays.

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Two top administrators leaving college

Jeffrey Schoenherr, vice president of alumni relations, announced he would leave next week. Kelly Bates, who was the founding executive director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning & Research, left on Feb. 6.

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College discusses plans for Little Building in public hearing

The Little Building project will focus on securing the structure, adding student beds by adding a new 13th floor, and revamping the dining hall.

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With focus on ratings, future of WERS news department uncertain

In the latest set of changes that students say are transforming campus radio station WERS from an educational to a corporate enterprise, managers have significantly reduced resources for local and international news coverage.

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Decreasing percent of accepted students elect to enroll

Fewer prospective students are choosing to come to Emerson, and because of this, the admissions office has begun to accept more students, according to annual data published by the college.

Focus groups seek to help create new brand for the college

The members of the advisory group for Emerson’s rebranding initiative were announced on Feb. 6 in an email from President M. Lee Pelton. The group, which includes students, professors, and administrators, will meet and provide updates throughout the year, the email said.

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Leadership transition in Office of the Arts finalized

Emerson’s Office of the Arts, which oversees the college’s theaters and ArtsEmerson, has recently completed a leadership transition that instated a new three-person team of co-directors.

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Suspended fraternity soon up for evaluation

The Emerson chapter of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be evaluated in May after receiving a two-semester suspension from the Conduct Board in November.

Students join Super Bowl celebration

Emerson students celebrated the New England Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win on Sunday night when they joined fans on the Boston Common and again on Wednesday as a parade passed the college.

Suffolk to sell Beacon Hill property

Suffolk University, Emerson’s neighbor, is selling two of its buildings on Beacon Hill.

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Students celebrate Patriots victory

Emerson students celebrated the New England Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win on Sunday night when they joined fans on Boston Common and again on Wednesday as a parade passed the college.

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Students call for better elevator access

After students with disabilities voiced their concerns that access to the second floor of the Little Building was limited, the college installed elevator call buttons on the first floor and better railings for the stairs between the floors.

Emerson police dispatcher promoted to officer

Jacqueline Martinez was sworn into the Emerson College Police Department as a patrol officer this month, according to Emerson’s website.

Emerson ranked for highest cost of living

Emerson was named seventh on U.S. News’ list of colleges with the most expensive room and board fees.

Safety violation results in small fire

A small fire in a suite in the Little Building on Jan. 20 tested Emerson’s new fire alarm system.

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Special section: A half-century of race relations at Emerson

An in-depth look at 46 years of the protests, tenure controversies, administrators, and admissions policies that continue to shape race relations at the college. With special op-ed contributions by Willie Burnley and Taylor Carlington.

Makeup of student body still falls short of advocates’ 1969 goal

After months of debate, the administration agreed to accept 30 black students in the fall 1969 semester.

College to refresh Emerson brand

In 2015, Emerson’s New Year’s resolution will be to change its public image. By next fall, the college hopes to develop several options for a new brand, including a new logo, according to Andrew Tiedemann, vice president for communications and marketing.

Participation in campus climate survey announced

Nearly a third of students completed Emerson’s first collegewide survey on campus culture and sexual assault response and prevention policies, according an email to the college from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Emerson students, local teens connect through civic engagement project

Boston-area teens working with a group of Emerson seniors and a local tech company came to the college on Dec. 1 to present the websites they learned how to design.

Former VP of enrollment starts new job at NYU

Emerson’s former vice president of enrollment, MJ Knoll-Finn, said goodbye to the college this month when she left to take a similar position at New York University.

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College construction to renovate Little Building, expand into Boylston Place

The Boylston Place dorm is meant to house students who would otherwise have lived in Little Building while the 97-year-old structure undergoes long-needed renovations. Combined, the projects could cost $175 million total.

Boston faculty to move West

Two faculty members from Boston will teach at the Los Angeles campus every semester with a new program, according to President M. Lee Pelton’s annual State of the College address emailed on Oct. 31.

College to offer online creative writing master's program

The Writing, Literature, and Publishing department plans to offer an online master’s program in Popular Writing in Publishing by 2016. It will be the country’s first fully online master of fine arts degree that focuses on creative writing, according to President M. Lee Pelton’s State of the College letter.

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New Little Building fire alarm system decreasing evacuations

With Emerson’s new system, only the floor on which a fire alarm sounds and its two neighboring floors will be evacuated.

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Board of Overseers shares innovation insights

Members of the Board of Overseers visited campus to speak to students about their working experience in the communication industry through a series of panels, workshops, and class visits on Oct. 27 and 28.

Emerson alumnus Doug Herzog inducted into hall of fame

Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Entertainment Group and an Emerson alumnus, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame on Oct. 20. Herzog graduated from Emerson in 1981 with a degree in mass communications.

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Experts discuss summer supermarket controversy

Two media officials discussed the leadership styles of Market Basket supermarket board members following this summer’s personnel controversy in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre Monday evening.

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Emerson adds inclusive gender options to application

When prospective students fill out applications for Emerson College this year, they will be able to choose from a more expansive list of gender identities for the first time.

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Emerson boosts sustainability efforts

Emerson’s sustainability program got an update this year that will make it simpler for the college to be environmentally friendly, according to Jay Phillips, the associate vice president for facilities and campus services.

MBTA pilot may become permanent

The pilot late-night MBTA subway and bus service, which began in the spring, is still in effect, and may continue after the yearlong test is up.

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Innovations abreast at professor's hackathon

At a rousing MIT event this weekend full of brain food, dozens of laptops, and heaps of breast-shaped stress balls, Emerson Assistant Journalism Professor Catherine D’Ignazio and her team sought to find ways to improve the age-old breast pump.

Local Dunkin’ cafes offer almond milk 

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced almond milk as a non-dairy option. According to Dunkin’ Brands’ Public Relations and Social Media Specialist Nicole Shepard, customers can choose this substitute in “75 percent of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants,” including those in Boston.

MIT COOP accepts bitcoin

Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently began accepting bitcoins at the COOP bookstore in Kendall Square.