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

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

The Berkeley Beacon


Letter from the Magazine Editor

By Maddie Barron, Magazine Editor & Assistant Opinion Editor / April 20, 2024

Readers,  I knew I wanted this edition of The Berkeley Beacon Magazine to be about the United States, because selfishly I needed to create something...

Modeled by Paige Victoria

Photos: Cigarettes in Gen-Z

By Carson Dyer, Beacon Correspondent / April 17, 2024

Cigarettes are back. Is it the inherent uncoolness of vaping or the nihilism of a younger generation? Photos by Carson Dyer, modeled by Paige Victoria...

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God bless history teachers, Colin Powell, and the ghost of Americana

By Gavin Miller, Beacon Correspondent / April 17, 2024

I had Mr. McAllen in mind when I started thinking about “Neo-Americana.” He was my middle school social studies teacher, and he bled red, white, and...

Modeled by Sam Shipman and Maddie Barron

‘Till divorce do us part: a generation of marriage skeptics

By Margaux Jubin, Staff Writer / April 17, 2024

As a woman, I know that, societally, my future goals should include marriage and children. One may call me a scorned child of divorce, but even as full...

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The resonating echoes of 9/11 in country music

By Meg Richards, Staff Writer / April 17, 2024

A year after the attack on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, country music goliath Alan Jackson released the emotive and poignant anthem “Where Were...

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Monopoly on dreaming: Disillusionment of the American Dream

By Rachel Choi, Illustrations/Graphics Editor & Chief Copyeditor & Social Media Manager / April 17, 2024

Three things I learned when I became sentient: the alphabet lied to me, the world was, in fact, not my oyster, and the American Dream was the white man’s...

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The rise of MAGA and political extremism

By Emma Siebold, Staff Writer / April 17, 2024

I’ve become fearful of red baseball caps.  It’s an involuntary reaction—I literally do a double-take. I analyze the design—is that white text...

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Raised by nature: An all-American farm life

By Margaux Jubin, Staff Writer / April 17, 2024

I feel safest on the grass, in the dirt, and at the top of any mountain. I value nature more than anyone I know. At 1850-feet altitude on a peak in...

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Saturn’s son

By Ty Gavin, Beacon Correspondent / April 17, 2024

A naked titan crouching in darkness, clutching the torso of a pale, dangling body, about to tear rib cage in two; some bold script pasted over in modern...

Illustration Rachel Choi

Brain-drain in a post-Roe America

By Vivi Smilgius / April 17, 2024

For Tennessee-based obstetricians like Laura Andreson, work has become a lot more complicated since June 2022. Andreson, who began practicing as an...

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Chic sustainability: the art of American thrifting

By Ella Donaghue, Beacon Correspondent / April 17, 2024

The year was 2017. My YouTube homepage began filling up with videos of young men and women scouring their local Goodwills and Salvation Army stores for...

Illustration Rachel Choi

Dear Grandma

By Maggie Kaprielian, staff writer / April 17, 2024

Dear Grandma, It’s taken me a while to smile when they say our name. If only I had grown up with you braiding my hair and telling captivating stories...

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How pop culture is changing indigenous narratives

By Kaitlyn Smitten, Staff Writer / April 17, 2024

With the popularity of Martin Scorsese's newest movie “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a great deal of attention has been brought back to Indigenous populations...

Modeled by Salem Ross, Photo Rumsha Siddiqui

The sacred echoes of my Texas Catholic high school

By Danielle Bartholet, Assistant Living Arts Editor / April 17, 2024

The statue in the entry hall served as a better reminder of the shadow over our shoulders than any nun brandishing a ruler could have. It was a...

Photo: Hailey Akau

Allston Christmas: The communal yard sale nobody asked for

By Derek DiTomasso / November 8, 2023

  For some, Allston Christmas is the most resourceful time of the year. There’s college kids moving in and out, and seemingly everyone abandoning...

Photos by Ashlyn Wang

Unraveling the Sustainable Threads of Denim Culture

By Bryan Liu, Living Arts Co-Editor / November 8, 2023

In the 1947 Broadway production of Tennesee Williams’ play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Marlon Brando wanted his jeans so tight that costume designer...

Illustration: Rachel Choi

Picking Up After College Kids: Environmental Sustainability Efforts at Emerson

By Merritt Hughes, Opinion Co-Editor / November 8, 2023

From move-in to move-out, the average college student is going to produce over 600 pounds of waste and trash.  At Emerson College, we have cut that...

Photo: Hailey Akau

Colonization’s toll on Hawaiʻi: Lahaina’s devastation and the fight for Indigenous resilience

By Hailey Akau, Assistant Multimedia Editor and Magazine Section Editor / November 8, 2023

  On August 8, 2023, my family and I huddled in front of the television watching the local news as wildfires ravaged the historic Lahaina town...

Illustration: Meg Richards

Why can’t I wish upon a star in Boston?

By Meg Richards, Staff Writer / November 8, 2023

  This past summer, my boyfriend hosted bonfires on his parents’ farm for all our friends and coworkers to hang out at. During the final bonfire...

Photo: Bryan Liu

Rising Tides: The oyster industry faces climate change challenges and solutions

By Shannon Garrido, Hailey Akau and Bryan Liu / November 8, 2023

  The world is your oyster, until it isn’t.  ​​On Sept. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory about...