The Berkeley Beacon

Friday, November 24, 2017

LGBTQ Column: Taking the bait

When I started watching the first episode of the CW teen drama Riverdale, I was excited, but a little tentative.

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Personality and prose in professor's new book

Meta Wagner is what her new book refers to as an A-lister. She seeks recognition and validation, dreams of fame and adoration, and has an end goal in immortality.

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Cheer team brings bras to homeless

Normally, the Emerson College Cheerleaders occupy their time by backing the school’s athletic teams. This spring, however, they’re aiming to provide support of a different kind.

The art of style stealing

There are no rules regarding plagiarizing style. It’s anarchy. Anybody can take your look.

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Grad student combines data and art to teach teens

This seemingly simple task was part of a larger initiative called DIY Data Art, designed to teach them how to collect and communicate data effectively.

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Children’s author says ‘yes’ to saying no

After volunteering to help her Uncle Alex find his keys, help her mother set the table, and help five other friends and family members, Zoey finds herself at loss. She loves to help people—but she no longer has time to listen to her radio.

Ask Jackie: Like a Virgin

If my friends’ stories have taught me anything, it’s that having sex for the first time can go a lot of different ways.

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Students and faculty make waste wearable

Last winter, Michael Bartz spent 13 hours to fill his entire room—wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling—with 1,800 balloons. He confessed he’d only done it because it had been a dream of his.

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Students to walk in support of suicide prevention

Last semester, Suzie Hicks sat in class, idly scrolling through her Facebook feed in a desperate attempt to relieve her boredom. Through the site’s typically endless feed of political opinions, cute animal photos, and easy recipe videos cycled through Hicks’ screen, one post stood out.

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Students designs device to keep kids safe

About 17 years ago, a regular day at the beach took an abrupt turn when 3-year-old Sierra Ducey found herself lost and completely panicked. Luckily, a man pointed her to the lifeguard who then returned her to her father. For Ducey, now a junior marketing communication major, this experience became the inspiration behind her current entrepreneurial project, Kids Positioning System, or KiPS, a geographic tracking device that enables parents to track their kids’ locations.

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Women’s march organizer gives lessons on leadership, feminism

Weeks after the historic Women’s March on Washington, Emerson students gathered in the Bright Family Screening room to show a different kind of solidarity.

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Bites with Becca: Let them eat cake

This one doesn’t start in the kitchen. It’s around 1 a.m. and the room is dark. My partner and I’s eyes are glued to the television, desperate to know who’s about to be the winner of a Shrek-themed episode of Cake Wars. It’s the third episode we have watched that night, and alas, I sleep through the final round.

LGBTQ Column: Sexuality through literature’s lens

Growing up queer is lonely. One must learn to live with solitude. For me, the only chance I have at being understood is in the pages of a novel.

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Q&A: Dana Morgan, lawyer and pageant champ

Emerson alumna Dana Morgan’s dreams didn’t always focus on a courtroom. Instead, she dreamed of a crown. Although she recently formed her own law firm centered on issues related to immigration, Morgan grew up idolizing beauty pageant contestants and hoping to be one.

Fashion fosters activism

With fashion week coming to an end, what stands out the most to me, besides the fact that Christopher Kane still sends Crocs onto the runway, are the moments when designers used their prominence to make a statement about human rights, whether subtle or grandiose.