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The 10 songs that got me through my first year at Emerson

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
Published May 24, 2021

One of my favorite ways to connect with people is through music. During my first year at Emerson, I discovered so many great new songs that are part of...

Students marched through downtown Boston to protest gun laws and advocate for change. Photo: Daniel Peden/The Berkeley Beacon

The Other American Epidemic: Gun Violence

By Editorial Board
Published April 22, 2021

TW: This editorial contains mentions of gun violence, homicide, and suicide.  Since the pandemic began, the U.S. has shifted much of its attention...

Police restrict the south campus gate at Boğaziçi University in Turkey.

Protesting for educational freedom, Free Literature is getting support from Emerson’s Professor Swanson

By Mariyam Quaisar and Karissa Schaefer
Published April 15, 2021

A group titled “Free Literature” (Serbest Yazın in Turkish), made up of students from Boğaziçi University in Turkey, have been protesting for educational...

Let it Sing: A Cabaret of Color

Third annual ‘Cabaret of Color’ highlights BIPOC performers

By Campbell Parish and Lucia Thorne
Published April 1, 2021

The pandemic may have halted live stage productions, but it can’t stop the Musical Theatre Society’s third annual Cabaret of Color from showcasing...

Students working on a film set.

Productions amid a Pandemic: how student films are being affected by COVID-19

By Margarita Ivanova, Correspondent
Published April 1, 2021

Visual media arts majors involved in creative projects outside of school have had numerous opportunities taken away from them during the pandemic. Despite...

A janitor working in the dorm hallway.

Editorial: Emerson’s staff and faculty deserve better

By Editorial Board
Published March 31, 2021

Emerson would be nothing without the hard work of its staff and faculty. They are tasked with cleaning our spaces, providing equipment for us, teaching...

The Instagram account @EmersonBathroomReviews is the brainchild of a first-year student who wanted to jump onto the Emerson Instagram bandwagon. The account aims to “ensuring all lions know where to find relief.”

Emerson students looking out for peers with bathroom rating Instagram account

By Campbell Parish, Assistant Living Arts Editor
Published March 31, 2021

Emerson students are finding unique ways to bring comedy to campus, and some are crappier than others. @EmersonBathroomReviews on Instagram is giving blunt...

Soledad OBrien speaking to graduates during 2019s commencement ceremony.

Should Emerson host in-person graduation?

By Editorial Board
Published March 25, 2021

As college students, the driving force to get us through 8 a.m. classes, midterm exams, and the ever-rising tuition rate is the monumental closing event...

David Dobrik’s kingdom of bullying

David Dobrik’s kingdom of bullying

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
Published March 25, 2021

Trigger Warning: This column contains mentions of racism, homophobia, ableism, and sexual assault. Over the past couple of years, the YouTube community...

Stupid Jupiter Jewelry becomes fashion trend donned across campus

Stupid Jupiter Jewelry becomes fashion trend donned across campus

By Campbell Parish, Assistant Living Arts Editor
Published March 24, 2021

Thanks to first-year Christina Casper’s handmade jewelry business, Stupid Jupiter Jewelry, brightly-colored floral necklaces are creating a sense of...

The Lions’ next game is against Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. on April 10.

Emerson women’s lacrosse falls to Coast Guard 17-9

Published March 20, 2021

The women’s lacrosse team lost its opening game of the season Saturday, falling to Coast Guard 17-9 at Rotch Field. Senior midfielder Kelli Mark and...

Katie Redefer is a senior journalism major and the Editor-in-Chief of The Berkeley Beacon.

Letter from the Editor: Reflecting on a year of the pandemic

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
Published March 19, 2021

The past 12 months may have been the most unprecedented year of our lifetime. The first pandemic of the 21st century transformed life as we knew it in...

The Flag of the Dominican Republican

Pandemic highlights education inequities in the Dominican Republic

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published March 11, 2021

On Feb. 14, the Dominican Republic’s Minister of Education, Roberto Fulcar, affirmed that there is still no set date for the return of students to the...

President Joe Biden

Biden needs to live up to his campaign promises

By Editorial Board
Published March 4, 2021

Joe Biden took office just over a month ago, and we’re already disappointed. At a time when millions of Americans are facing illness and job insecurity,...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts must improve its COVID-19 vaccine distribution

By Editorial Board
Published February 25, 2021

After a year filled with tragedy, the possibility for a return to a normal, pre-pandemic life lies almost entirely in the hands of vaccines for COVID-19....

The Pandemic made loungewear exclusive for elites

The Pandemic made loungewear exclusive for elites

By Camryn Ciancia, Correspondent
Published February 17, 2021

Since the pandemic began in March of last year, our time has been consumed by WiFi and computer screens due to the nature of remote living. Suddenly, people...

The exterior of Paramount Theater on Washington Street.

Emerson, please take care of your students in quarantine/isolation

By Editorial Board
Published February 17, 2021

Staying in isolation or quarantine after testing positive for or being exposed to COVID-19 is rarely a pleasant experience. The basic necessities like...

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Author of The Fact of a Body

Emerson alumni team up to adapt “The Fact of a Body” for HBO series

By Campbell Parish, Staff Writer
Published February 10, 2021

CONTENT WARNING: This article contains mention of sexual violence and murder. Alum and writer Alex Marzano-Lesnevich’s ‘09 book The Fact of a Body...

Seventeen Valentine’s Day movies for every emotion

Seventeen Valentine’s Day movies for every emotion

By Mariyam Quaisar, Managing Editor
Published February 10, 2021

February 14 is fast approaching, and the love-filled day stirs up quite a few emotions. Luckily for you, The Beacon has a number of movie suggestions for...

Marias Taqueria

Why local businesses need student support now more than ever

By Editorial Board
Published February 3, 2021

COVID-19 has decimated countless American businesses. In 2021, many are struggling under new COVID safety regulations, which force them to reduce seating...

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