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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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A Thanksgiving on-campus: a guide to an improvised feast on campus

A Thanksgiving on-campus: a guide to an improvised feast on campus

By Lucia Thorne, Layout Editor
February 4, 2022

Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce piled high on plates across a long table have come to symbolize thanksgiving — a holiday famous for its food. But, for some Emerson students staying...

Frankie’s Declassified Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Frankie’s Declassified Thanksgiving Survival Guide

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 4, 2022

Thanksgiving break is one of the two back-at-home holidays during the fall semester, and a big celebration throughout the country. It’s a time for loved ones, good food, and spending too much money on...

We need to examine the tragic history of this popular holiday

We need to examine the tragic history of this popular holiday

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
February 4, 2022

Thanksgiving is seen as a day to be grateful, to remember and honor the blessings of the past year, but many continue to willingly ignore the reality of the holiday. Supposedly created to commemorate peace...

The seasons of self discovery

The seasons of self discovery

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
February 4, 2022

When I made the 1,500 mile move from Miami to Boston for college, I knew many invigorating changes were awaiting my arrival.  I knew I was journeying to a beautiful city, one I spent countless years...

Goodbye Hot Girl Summer, Hello Sad Girl Autumn

Goodbye Hot Girl Summer, Hello Sad Girl Autumn

By Dionna Santucci, Staff Writer
February 4, 2022

Are you facing an unshakeable urge to don chunky knit sweaters? What about a sudden affinity for listening to Bon Iver on repeat? Maybe it’s just a newfound taste for hot chocolate at all times of the...

The people left behind

The people left behind

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
February 4, 2022

TW: This article mentions suicide, suicidal thoughts, and grief  *Names changed for privacy When I was eight months old, my second cousin John*, who was like a brother to my mom, killed himself....

The psychology and science behind new years resolutions. Do they really work?

The psychology and science behind new year’s resolutions. Do they really work?

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
February 4, 2022

As we get closer and closer to the end of this year and try our best to prepare for another, many embrace the practice of setting New Year's resolutions. After this year of insurrections, COVID variants,...

New Year. New Diet. The toxicity of Diet Culture

New Year. New Diet. The toxicity of Diet Culture

By Rachel Hackam, Contributing Reporter
February 4, 2022

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of dieting and issues regarding body image.  With the new year, comes “New Year’s Resolutions,” often including self-imposed goals of weight loss...

The new year is the perfect excuse for total self-reinvention— here’s how

The new year is the perfect excuse for total self-reinvention— here’s how

By Vivi Smilgius , Editor-in-Chief
February 4, 2022

Every time Jan. 1 rapidly approaches, with it comes dozens of Instagram posts announcing fitness journeys, wardrobe purges, and a slew of other reformatory gauntlets disguised as New Year’s resolutions.  Some...

All the Headaches and Hurdles of 2021

All the Headaches and Hurdles of 2021

By Dionna Santucci, Staff Writer
February 4, 2022

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of violence, death, suicide, and racism.  The events of 2020 left many entering 2021 with hope or skepticism, but mostly uncertainty. We were soon met...

Jan. Letter From the Editor

Jan. Letter From the Editor

By Campbell Parish, Magazine Editor
February 4, 2022

After a long year filled with jaw-dropping events and unforgettable memories, it’s now time to ring in 2022. In honor of New Year’s, the theme of our January edition of The Beacon Magazine is New year,...

Courtesy Shelley Parish Photography

Letter From The Editor

By Campbell Parish , Magazine Editor
October 11, 2021

Mental health. We need to talk about it. It’s a topic that has been considered taboo for ages and opening up about one’s mental state can be an emotionally draining subject for those struggling.  The...

Illustration by Lucia Thorne

The people left behind

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
October 11, 2021

TW: This article mentions suicide, suicidal thoughts, and grief *Names changed for privacy When I was eight months old, my second cousin John*, who was like a brother to my mom, killed himself. I met...

Experiences from the 28 Percent

Experiences from the 28 Percent

By Mariyam Quaisar, Campbell Parish
October 11, 2021

TW: This story contains mention of racism, hate speech, and contains strong language Being a person of color at Emerson is undoubtedly a challenge. Boston is a diverse city, but a predominantly white...

Mariyam Quaisar poses during a photoshoot.

Emerson’s promises of diversity fell short for me

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
October 11, 2021

TW: This story contains mentions of racism, hate speech, and strong language I decided early that whatever college I attended had to have a diverse community. There must be a Bollywood dance team, Indian...

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....

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