The Berkeley Beacon

Maya Pontone

Assistant Opinion Editor

Pontone can be reached at maya_pontone@emerson.edu.


Articles

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Activism for applause or for a cause?

If our current president is any indication, the line separating entertainment and politics grows blurrier every day, and it’s difficult not to notice the surge in socially-conscious celebrities.

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Activism for applause or for a clause?

If our current president is any indication, the line separating entertainment and politics grows blurrier every day, and it’s difficult not to notice the surge in socially-conscious celebrities.

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What does it mean to be an ally?

By taking the time to step back and consider your own unique privilege, you make yourself more aware of what your role is in today’s social movements. You don’t want to accidentally overstep your limitations and further marginalize voices that are already beneath yours.

Punching Nazis won’t end white supremacy

Nearly six years ago, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs raided the home of Osama bin Laden, killing the terrorist leader and burying his body at sea only hours later. The following day, the news of his death dominated my seventh grade literature class as students cheered what President Obama called “the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda.” But what began as a celebration soon erupted into a heated argument between me and my classmates over their glorification of a violent death.

The Symbiotic Pursuit of Social Justice

The purpose of allyship is not about being a good individual person in a corrupt society, but about actually helping dismantle the institutions that enable this corruption.

Bookstore announces renovations and partial move

Part of the Emerson College Bookstore is scheduled to relocate on Dec. 5, to a new location in the Tufte Performance and Production Center.

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Students get voice in campus health conversation

The Student Health Advisory Board—a collaboration between Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services, the Center for Health and Wellness, and the Disability Services Office—will serve as a forum where students can be involved in the improvement of health services and boost campus well-being.

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Emerson pre-college program points in write direction

“I had a group of friends who I could always show my poetry to, and they would always be cool listening to me, like an audience at home,” he said.