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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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Three weed dealers––Jamie, Alex, and John––who spoke with The Beacon on the condition of anonymity, discussed their life as dealers on campus and how it impacts their customers.

Let’s Be Really Blunt: Student dealers on what it’s like being “The Plug”

By Campbell Parish and Karissa Schaefer
May 1, 2021

College students, often overwhelmed by the pressures of schoolwork, social life, and on-campus extracurricular commitments, not to mention jobs, have increasingly turned to weed as an outlet for their...

 Even as white and Black people use cannabis at similar rates, Black people are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested on charges of weed possession, according to a 2020 ACLU report.

The luxury of neighborhood dispensaries deny America’s racist cannabis criminalization

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
May 1, 2021

In 1936, a film titled “Reefer Madness” hit the silver screen. Originally titled “Tell Your Children,” the black & white cinema explored the “dangers” of smoking weed through a tale of...

Smokey Coffeeshop is just one of the many social cannabis consumption spaces in Amsterdam.

Massachusetts must open social cannabis consumption spaces

By Clarah Grossman
May 1, 2021

There we were, three college seniors in pajamas on the back porch, huddled close together in the Boston cold, sharing a celebratory joint after one of us got a full-time job post-graduation.  Except,...

New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Brookline.

Boston dispensaries turn a new leaf amid pandemic

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
May 1, 2021

Pure Oasis, the first recreational dispensary to open in a major city on the East Coast, opened its doors for the first time in Boston on March 9, 2020, only to close them two weeks later. The shop was...

An intimate look inside the lives of student sex workers

An intimate look inside the lives of student sex workers

By Ann E. Matica and Dana Gerber
February 26, 2021

On the fifth floor of the Colonial residence hall, every Sunday night around 6:30 p.m., Jenna got ready for work. She stripped off her clothes, found a good angle, and snapped some nude photos of herself....

The craving for physical touch during a pandemic

The craving for physical touch during a pandemic

By Sabine Waldeck, Columnist
February 25, 2021

When was the last time you were able to run into your friend’s arms and give them a big hug? Last time you were able to kiss your partner? Embrace your Grandma? For the safety of the people around you,...

Hes got spunk: Stop shivering and start cooking

He’s got spunk: Stop shivering and start cooking

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
February 25, 2021

I’m from New York, which is not a very endearing way to start any sentence, but stay with me. When I moved up to Boston for college, I thought I was completely prepared for the harsh Massachusetts winters....

The Complete history of the Marlboro Merger

The Complete history of the Marlboro Merger

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
November 12, 2020

In the fall, Potash Hill is silent. The smell of dying trees, turning leaves, and rotten apples on the forest floor wafts through the air. At the former site of Marlboro College, a serene and remote school...

Donald Trump in Nashua, New Hampshire

The social division and emotional trauma fostered by Trump’s America

By Katie Redefer and Shawna Konieczny
October 14, 2020

Four years ago, Americans introduced themselves to President Donald J. Trump by marching onto the streets in defiance, huddled shoulder-to-shoulder sharing hand-knit hats, protesting across all 50 states...

Tris Arthur dropping off her absentee ballot application in the mailbox outside of the Colonial Theater.

Why your absentee ballot might not count

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
October 14, 2020

Days after Noah Matalon moved into the Little Building to begin his Emerson career, his mom paid him a visit. She buckled into her Acura RDX and made the two-hour drive east on I-84, from West Hartford,...

The Oxymoron of Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Ideology

The Oxymoron of Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Ideology

By Paige Thimmesch
October 14, 2020

Remember when you first learned of oxymorons in grade school, and you sat in class for the rest of the day thinking of new ones? They’re kind of funny, the irony that exists in a few simple words. Jumbo...

Hear me out: I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Let me explain

Hear me out: I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Let me explain

By Camilo Vilaplana
October 14, 2020

Many people believe it is impossible to marry the idea of social liberalism with economic conservatism. This is simply wrong. In fact, Libertarians define themselves as just this. We advocate for minimal...

The Little Building residence hall.

What Emerson didn’t tell you on the tour

By Ziqi Wang
September 29, 2020

The reality Emerson sold you on your tour as you walked into the Majestic Theater isn’t as polished as the ivory pillars that support that building—as you’ll soon find out. For years, the college...

Zeiana Andrade sitting on the steps of her parents’ Dorchester apartment.

This city wasn’t made for us

By Melanie Curry
August 28, 2020
The college is surrounded by every kind of store, restaurant, and coffee shop you could ask for. The one thing missing is Black culture.
Magazine Editor: Reminiscing on my first year

Magazine Editor: Reminiscing on my first year

By Jakob Menendez, Magazine Editor
August 28, 2020

  I’m listening to Souk Eye by the Gorillaz while I write this. (You should play it for your new roommate if you want them to think you have a great taste in music.) One of my best friends, Ben,...

One lone onlooker sitting in the lifeguard chair at Constitution Beach, watching planes take off and land at Logan Airport.

Five social-distance-friendly activities that don’t suck!

By Jakob Menendez and Diti Kohli
August 27, 2020

Welcome to a semester at Emerson with no dorm parties, shows, or sporting events. While the pandemic has thrown the traditional “college experience” out the window, Boston still offers plenty of outdoor...

Cut Short

Cut Short

The Beacon Magazine interviewed 16 different seniors to get their perspective on how the coronavirus pandemic upended their final year on campus. All of the words in this edition are their own, with no...

Will Van Gelder

Will Van Gelder

By Domenic Conte, Magazine Editor
May 10, 2020

I was in my dorm room, at ELA, sitting at my desk. I knew it was gonna happen like an hour or two before because my girlfriend is friends with an RA. When they moved classes online in Boston, I knew that...

Evelyn Hernandez

Evelyn Hernandez

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
May 10, 2020

When the second email came out saying we had to leave, it was more like a rush, especially because after spring break. It’s my favorite time being in Boston. I was excited that I could go home because...

Daysia Tolentino

Daysia Tolentino

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
May 10, 2020

I was at my desk finishing work for one of my internships because we had just been ordered to start working remotely that day for that internship. I checked my email and saw the email from President Pelton...

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