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 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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?...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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”...

Cut Short
Cut Short
By Dana Gerber, Jacob Seitz, Belen Dumont, Domenic Conte, Parker Purifoy, Chris Van Buskirk, Jakob Menendez, Ziqi Wang, and Dylan Rossiter
May 11, 2020

The Beacon Magazine interviewed 16 different seniors to get their perspective on how the coronavirus pandemic upended their final year on campus....

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