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Anzhelika Holdobina photographed in Ukraine before the war.

A connection resistant to displacement, battling loneliness during times of war

By Margarita Ivanova
September 17, 2022

It was late February during my study abroad program in The Netherlands when I first heard about Russia’s potential attack on Ukraine. The talk of an invasion was simply a rumor until Thursday, Feb. 24....

Reading is trending, and that’s a good thing

Reading is trending, and that’s a good thing

By Rachel Hackam
September 17, 2022

The summer before second grade, I caught the reading bug. With the help of the pandemic and online bookish content, many others have since caught it, too. Social media platforms like Youtube and Tiktok...

This just in: Many can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to do unpaid labor!

This just in: Many can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to do unpaid labor!

By Ana Sophia Garcia-Cubas Assemat
September 17, 2022

It is the summer of 2022 and I’ve just gotten an internship—unpaid—at a literary review magazine. While an unpaid internship was by no means my best-case scenario, it is better than the internship-less...

Michael Bay

Someone call an ambulance for Michael Bay’s new action flick

By Charlie Ambler
April 21, 2022

Someone call an ambulance, but not for Michael Bay! Because his career is alive and well.  Upon watching Bay’s latest action movie, Ambulance, I’m sure he will be calmly waiting for his Oscar....

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

Farewell column: An ode to the student paper that made me love journalism

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
April 21, 2022

I remember my first Monday Beacon meeting like it was yesterday. Dozens of students bustled around the Bill Bordy Theater in the Fall of 2018, chatting with one another about news around the world and...

A writer’s goodbye, why we still love YouTube

A writer’s goodbye, why we still love YouTube

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
April 21, 2022

Content warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault.  When I was 14, I hugged a YouTuber who would later be outed for having inappropriate relationships with minors. Later, said YouTuber...

A love letter to the Dining Hall

A love letter to the Dining Hall

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
April 21, 2022

As another school year comes to an end, it’s time that as a student body, we start acknowledging and appreciating one of the best features Emerson College has to offer—the Dining Hall.  Moving...

Cover of book “Cole and Sav: Our Surprising Love Story.” / Courtesy Wikicommons

The LaBrant Fam just sank its career—and we got a front-row seat

By Adri Pray, News Editor
April 13, 2022

On behalf of all women, Cole and Savannah LaBrant can go to hell. On Saturday, “The LaBrant Fam” released a 40-minute documentary-style YouTube video outlining their views on abortion. The couple...

Illustration Lucia Thorne

What the hell happened to Wendy’s money?

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
April 13, 2022

“How you doin’?!” When I was 9 years old, my grandmother used to make me repeat talk show host Wendy Williams’ famous catchphrase. She assessed my voice for my ability to parrot the pure diva and...

Illustration Lucia Thorne

Season two of Bridgerton exceeds all expectations in both scandals and representation

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
April 6, 2022

My skin is still tingling from season two of Netflix’s Bridgerton, and I finished the new episodes almost a week ago.  While the casting of season one was immaculate, this season topped it off with...

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When talking about Ukraine, the Academy should put its money where its mouth is

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
April 6, 2022

There is something sinister about sitting on a dirty dorm couch while watching the recent award shows and seeing the words ‘donate’ after a five-minute montage of atrocities.  On March 27th, during...

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The rise of the video essay: a study in loneliness

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
April 6, 2022

I think we’ve ALL seen the eight-hour-long Victorious video essay on our YouTube recommended page. If you haven’t at least heard of this two-part series, you must be living under a rock. Admittedly,...

As promised, Cheez-Its continues to ‘defy our Cheezpectations’—a little too much

As promised, Cheez-Its continues to ‘defy our Cheezpectations’—a little too much

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
April 6, 2022

From the second they started, it became clear that no aspect of this year’s Academy Awards would be relaxing. Those who sought respite in the commercial breaks, however, did not find it. One particularly...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

Gender discrimination case against Emerson College reflects on discussions with the Union

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
April 6, 2022

Longtime Emerson staff member Anna Feder is suing the college after allegedly being denied a promotion due to gender-based discrimination on the part of a senior administrator. Feder, Head of Film Exhibition...

Illustration Lucia Thorne

How you feel about the slap at the Oscars says something about your perception of Black men

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
March 31, 2022

“Keep my wife’s name out of your f—cking mouth!” Those were the words that— muted in the producers’ attempts to de-escalate the gravity of the situation for viewers—were unmistakably uttered...

Beacon Archives

Emerson students deserve transparency on the efforts administrators make with their finances

By Editorial Board
March 23, 2022

The Berkeley Beacon editorial staff is back with another edition of, “how many times will we have to say the same thing?”  Emersonians received a community-wide email on Mar. 17 by Interim President...

Hailey Akau

Linking clothing and queerness might ‘boost visibility,’ but it also encourages stereotypes

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
March 23, 2022

Last Wednesday afternoon, the New York Post tweeted a link to an article titled “‘Dressing like a lesbian’ is the sexy and ‘powerful’ new fashion trend.”  The image accompanying the tweet...

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Spielberg’s West Side Story Is Not the ‘Progressive’ Remake We Hoped For

By Christina Horacio, Copyeditor
March 23, 2022

With the release of this year’s Oscar nominations, Steven Spielberg's 2021 film adaptation of West Side Story has returned to the spotlight. The remake received seven nominations, including Best Picture....

Illustration Lucia Thorne

Aesthetic in a Vacuum: Euphoria and Latina Sexuality

By Allison Armijo
March 23, 2022

HBO’s Euphoria caught the attention of fans and critics alike, attracting an audience of 6.6 million for the finale of Season 2 alone. From a post-football practice locker room sequence of 30 — originally...

Robert Pattinson is the Batman for the 21st century

Robert Pattinson is the Batman for the 21st century

By Camilo Fonseca and Frankie Rowley
March 18, 2022

Less than a year has passed since the world last saw Batman on the silver screen. With Hollywood’s latest take on the caped crusader, though, the world might just forget they ever saw another. The...

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