Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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Emerson students, faculty reflect on post-Roe America

By Maeve Lawler, Deputy Enterprise News Editor
November 2, 2022

On June 24—the day Roe v. Wade was overturned—Sophia Drummond, an Emerson student from Arkansas, saw a trigger ban go into effect in her home state.  “It was just very immediate,” Drummond...

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Student musicians make Emerson’s lack of music education work for them

By Dionna Santucci
November 2, 2022

Within the first few months of her freshman year at Emerson, Taj Dharmadji released two singles, one of which dropped the first day of orientation week. Now, a year later, she embodies the quintessential...

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Switching majors at Emerson College: what it’s like and how to navigate the process

By Gabel Strickland, Staff Writer
November 1, 2022

Laurel Frisbee, who attended Emerson from 2018 to 2019, switched majors four times during her first year. She went from journalism to writing, literature, and publishing to visual media arts—for two...

From top left to bottom right: Emerson alumni Sam Crimmins, André Archimbaud, Gaby Dunn, Dustin Straube, Steven Rowley and Kasey Fielding. / courtesy

Safe spaces, section 8 and student loan debt: Emerson alums say they (mostly) don’t regret the financial risk

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
August 30, 2022

For many freshly graduated Emersonians, monthly loan payments are a harsh awakening to the real world of work—or lack thereof—as creatives. While movements toward student loan debt relief have alleviated...

Students organize against tuition rises and other inequalities this fall

Students organize against tuition rises and other inequalities this fall

By Abigail Lee , Magazine Editor
August 30, 2022

On April 1, Dylan Young, a then first-year visual media arts major, attended a student protest in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway. About 50 students gathered that Friday afternoon, a small but loud assembly...

Former staffers speak out on working conditions, racial and gender disparity and lack of growth opportunity at college

Former staffers speak out on working conditions, racial and gender disparity and lack of growth opportunity at college

By Adri Pray, News Editor
August 30, 2022

Angie attended Emerson during her undergraduate years and loved the experience so much she enrolled in the college’s graduate program, eventually landing a full-time staff position at the college. 21...

Writer Karenna Umscheid sits on her dorm bed, looking at the posters on her wall.

A sophomore’s guide to surviving your first semester at Emerson

By Karenna Umscheid, Staff Writer
August 30, 2022

Taking good notes, going to office hours and turning your assignments in on time are all tips you’ll see when you search for general college advice. What you won’t be able to read about are the specifics...

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, Editor-In-Chief
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, Business 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, Operations Managing editor and 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,...

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Letter From The Editor

By Campbell Parish , Operations Managing Editor and 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...

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