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VMA department offers free film for photo students

VMA department offers free film for photo students

By Maysoon Khan

February 22, 2018

Students enrolled in photography classes received free film rolls at the start of this semester to help offset costs for assignments. The visual and media arts department began providing six photo-film rolls to every student in one of the nine photo classes, including Introduction to Photography ...

Student band enters the Boston DIY scene

Squitch is touring nationwide starting this May. / Photo courtesy of Charlie Debevoise

By Emily Mason

February 19, 2018

“Fruit punk”—a more lighthearted offshoot of punk music—is band Squitch’s genre of choice. Freshman Emma Spooner started Squitch her senior year of high school, and now the trio is working on their second album, playing shows, and planning a tour for this May. Freshman business of creat...

Alum develops plays through coastal fellowships

Two of Andrew Siañez-De La O’s plays are being workshopped through fellowships on each coast. Photo: Zivah Solomon / Beacon Correspondent

By Annika Hom

February 15, 2018

Andrew Siañez-De La O ‘17 saw patriotism and Hispanic culture blend while growing up next to an immigration fort. His experiences in El Paso, Texas, inspired two of his plays that are debuting on opposite coasts. Siañez-De La O finished Sangre Mía through a fellowship with Boston’s Compan...

Urban Arts to exhibit famed South African artist

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

February 7, 2018

On April 21, 2016, William Kentridge covered the Tiber embankment in Rome with six-foot-tall plastic stencils. He used powerful jets to spray the 550-yard section of the wall with water, washing away dirt on the wall to reveal depictions of Italian history. The mural is part of the South African ar...

Junior echoes John Oliver for new EIV show

Paul Ross

By Owen Murray

February 5, 2018

This semester, junior journalism major Paul Ross plans to bring political commentary influenced by political comedians Stephen Colbert and John Oliver to Emerson Independent Video with his show Paulitics. Each episode features news, discussions, and a monologue from Ross—the show’s host and exe...

Owen Elphick pens way into Poet’s Corner

Owen Elphick is the youngest writer to be published in The Hartford Courant's Poet's Corner. Photo: Cassandra Martinez/ Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Shih

February 1, 2018

The largest daily newspaper in Connecticut recently published eight of Owen Elphick’s poems in its monthly Poet’s Corner column, making the sophomore writing, literature, and publishing major the youngest poet ever to have his pieces featured in The Hartford Courant. Robert Rennie McQuilkin, ...

Climate meets culture at State House event

The cardboard mosaic will be installed in the State House from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Photo: Justin Scott Johnson / Beacon Staff

By Annika Hom

January 25, 2018

Paintings depicting zebras running through grasslands, trees with neon tops, and environmental pleas such as, “Whatever you do, see the planet and save it,” decorated the lobby of the Massachusetts State House Tuesday morning. These are just some of the approximately 250 painted cardboard pie...

“Lights Down Low” singer recruits student photographer

Mike Zahar's photographs of MAX have been featured by Billboard and iHeart Radio. Photo: Courtesy of Mike Zahar / Berkeley Beacon

By Ian Sloan

January 25, 2018

Young artists may fantasize about seeing their work featured in magazines and concert promotions, but junior visual and media arts major Mike Zahar knows the feeling well. His portraits of alternative singer Max Schneider, who performs under the name MAX, have been featured in Billboard magazine ...

Alum performs song “Skinnyfat” to satirize body image

Amber Gideon has moved on from ballads and taken on comedy in her songwriting. (Courtesy of Amber Gideon)

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

January 18, 2018

The inspiration for the newest single “Skinnyfat” by Amber Gideon ‘06 came from peers teasingly comparing her body to Jell-O in high school. Her self-noted, seemingly never disappearing muffin top and apparent ability to gain weight even after eating just one meal also influenced the lyrics. T...

Senior’s horror anthology picked up by pub club

Senior's horror anthology picked up by pub club

December 14, 2017

Allison Rassmann recently invited her parents to an upcoming magazine launch party, but the senior writing, literature and publishing major is hiding a secret from her family. The Tuesday "launch" at the Bill Bordy Theater is actually for her first published book, Under Floorboards, Under Skin. "They think they're...

Projections transform Little Building into a work of art

Projections transform Little Building into a work of art

December 7, 2017

Eerie music, a growing crowd, a mysterious countdown projected onto the Little Building—it was almost a dystopian scene on Boston Common Friday night. When the countdown ended, an amplified voice introduced President M. Lee Pelton, who walked across one of LB’s higher floors in the form of a tin...

Senior’s horror anthology picked up by pub club

Allison Rassmann's horror anthology Under Floorboards, Under Skin will be available Dec. 12. Photo: BROOKE NORTHRUP/Berkeley Beacon

By Dylan Rossiter, Operations Managing Editor

December 7, 2017

Allison Rassmann recently invited her parents to an upcoming magazine launch party, but the senior writing, literature and publishing major is hiding a secret from her family. The Tuesday "launch" at the Bill Bordy Theater is actually for her first published book, Under Floorboards, Under Skin....