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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

You don’t have to validate someone else’s content that you may find inconsistent with your political values over the dinner table. Instead, just use holiday time to get together with family members and relax.

How to avoid the hostile political talk at the dinner table this holiday season

By Carlota Cano / November 23, 2020

As the fall semester slowly comes to its end, many students across the country are preparing to return home for Thanksgiving. This year has been a whirlwind,...

As more residents in the tropics confine themselves to their homes this winter because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase “when America sneezes, the Caribbean catches a cold” comes to mind.

What Biden’s win means for key industries in the Caribbean countries

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief / November 23, 2020

As inauguration day approaches, leaders of Caribbean countries are coming together to congratulate the newly elected president, Joe Biden. As we move from...

Connection and communication issues stemming from Zoom discussions trigger the disorder’s inability to regulate emotions more easily, leading to frustration and anger that can last the whole day, no matter how minor the issue. The cruel irony is that the more I think about how I need to pay attention, the less I actually pay attention.

How I managed my ADHD diagnosis during COVID-19

By Theo Wolf, Chief Copyeditor / November 18, 2020

Back in March, it was easy to chalk up the changes in my mental state and my struggles with online classes to the fact that every CNN notification felt...

My arms genuinely do feel like noodles when I go to open the dining hall door. I do think the pizza looks dry sometimes. But after great thought and a lecture from my mom, where she reminded me of the poverty-stricken streets of her hometown in India, I realized my privilege. The realities I don’t see in front of me every day—like poor families living under tarps, eating whatever they can find—are ignored when I whine about there being no croissants in the dining hall.

Take a moment and appreciate the DH food

By Mariyam Quaisar, Managing Editor / November 14, 2020

Why are the doors to the dining hall so heavy? My noodle arms absolutely cannot handle so much weight. Why does it always smell so funky in the dining...

Whether or not we like it or want it on our list of responsibilities, change falls in our hands—on the people. This is the time for us to continue to come together, address these issues, and make this country one.

Even now, the work is not over

By Editorial Board / November 10, 2020

And just like that, President Donald Trump’s reign is over. But the work for equity? For justice? For a better world? Far from done.  Around the...

President-elect Joe Biden visits the cemetery where his son Beau, his wife Neilia, and daughter Naomi are buried.

Biden’s win is defined by his personal losses

By Dana Gerber, News Editor / November 9, 2020

On Election Day, before Joe Biden’s final stops on the campaign trail, he paid a stop to Greenville, Delaware. He attended Mass at Saint Joseph on the...

A child rides a scooter in the middle of hundreds of people celebrating the election of Joe Biden as president on the Boylston Street and Charles Street intersection on Nov. 7.

Biden’s victory is the beginning of an America people can be proud of

By Sabine Waldeck, Deputy Opinion Editor / November 9, 2020

Around four years ago, I became a citizen of these “United” States. I was reluctant to become a citizen because of the reputation Americans had cultivated...

President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.

Optimism of uncertainty: What the Biden-Harris victory means for international students

By Jocelyn Yang, Opinion Editor / November 9, 2020

The whole world has been waiting for this victory — for four years.  As soon as The Associated Press called that Democratic nominee Joe Biden won...

Two attendees listen to the Count Every Vote rally at Boston Common on Wednesday.

Six ways to keep up civic engagement past the presidential election

By Editorial Board / November 5, 2020

The election may be over, but our job as students, citizens, and politically engaged people is not. In fact, voting during a presidential election year...

Standing at the intersection at this historic moment, I feel like I cant pursue my future plan the way I wanted.

As an international student, watching this election sparks fear

By Jocelyn Yang, Opinion Editor / November 4, 2020

Tags related to America have only trended once a while on the Chinese Twitter-like social media platform Weibo since the pandemic began. I remember seeing...

I want to believe that the U.S. is better than that. Better than choosing someone who has continuously shown a lack of empathy and basic human decency. However, I thought that last time. I thought we the people were a united front, not a group that would let ourselves be divided by bigotry and hatred. 

Opinion: How will we cope with another Trump win?

By Sabine Waldeck, Deputy Opinion Editor / November 4, 2020

My stomach has been in knots all day. I have already gotten into multiple arguments with my family members and peers regarding the presidential election....

For Hispanic men who support Trump in the states, there are shared traits. They are proficient English speakers, they share similar economic ideals that include record unemployment and entrepreneurship, and they consume the same kind of media.

Peering into the U.S. election from the Dominican Republic

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief / November 3, 2020

Tension is in the air on Election Day. Even across the world, people are anxious to know what lies ahead for the United States and how it will affect them...

The question raised in the title of this piece is one that is almost unanswerable, and that is due in part to the fact that everything is on the line

Opinion: Will there be mass violence on Election Day?

By Claire Rodenbush, Assistant Opinion Editor / November 3, 2020

While I am cautiously optimistic about the outcome of this year’s election, I am not optimistic about the potential fallout. No matter what the results...

There is so much doubt that its a “risk with almost no reward” situation for those in countries dependent on tourism.

International destinations at risk: How to be considerate travelers during COVID-19

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief / October 28, 2020

Several countries around the world are highly reliant on tourism for generating foreign exchange, attracting international investments, increasing tax...

Each generation likes to believe that they are the best generation so far. They will be the ones to change the system, that impacts the world the most. For this election that might just ring true.

Bring the online push for democracy to the polls

By Sabine Waldeck, Deputy Opinion Editor / October 28, 2020

Many people highly anticipate Election Day. Each and every voter sits staring at their TV screen, hoping they did enough for their candidate to win. This...

Four Emerson students made their way through the cold and rain to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Stefania Lugli / Beacon Staff

Make Election Day an academic holiday once and for all

By Editorial Board / October 27, 2020

A week from Election Day, the country stands more fractured and divided. With experts anticipating a voter-turnout tsunami and young people already reporting...

The Barnes and Nobles at Emerson College on Boylston St.

Waiting weeks for textbooks is unacceptable

By Editorial Board / October 21, 2020

In the midst of midterm season, some students are still waiting on one precious class material: their textbooks.  The campus bookstore has seen severe...

Like Eicher, I also believe in the power of conversation and communication. However, since social media has the ability to reach millions of people almost instantaneously, it can become a dangerous rabbit hole for drama and social exile.

We can cancel online orders, not human beings

By Carlota Cano / October 20, 2020

English poet Alexander Pope, once said “To err is human,” alluding to the fact that all people make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are more serious...

For me, traveling offers a time to disconnect from my hectic daily routine and allows my mind to focus on the beauty surrounding me. This year, however, the summer was different for most of us.

Secure the remote control, not your luggage. The “new” way to travel during pandemic

By Carlota Cano / October 14, 2020

Although my luggage now collects dust and remains hidden in the depths of my closet, I often think back to the days when I traveled around Spain with my...

Searching for a resemblance between 2016 polls and the current moment isn’t an effective way to determine who is ahead in this race. After the public outrage from the first presidential debate, we need to compare how they are different and why that matters.

2020 is not 2016. Here’s why that matters

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief / October 13, 2020

Donald Trump supporters and Democrats have one similar perception of this year’s election: that it will follow in the steps of 2016.  Though it appears...