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Tyler Durden loves his explosives. Cambodia does not.

Tyler Durden loves his explosives. Cambodia does not.

By Bryan Liu , Assistant Opinion Editor
January 25, 2023

“Fight Club” is not a movie about fighting.  Author Chuck Palaniuk says “it’s about two men and a woman, and one man, the hero, is shot to death”—which is literally The Great Gatsby. To...

The ramifications of a post-Avatar’ blockbuster landscape

The ramifications of a post-‘Avatar’ blockbuster landscape

By Ryan Yau, Assistant Living Arts Editor
January 25, 2023

When James Cameron announced that the “Avatar” sequels had set release dates, internet discourse commenced about the original movie’s cultural impact—or perceived lack thereof. Doubters noted...

An Open Letter to Emerson’s Social Media Manager

An Open Letter to Emerson’s Social Media Manager

By Hadera McKay , Opinion Editor
January 25, 2023

Dear Emerson College Social Media Manager,  Did your finger slip on the post button? Were you only half-awake? Were you in a rush to get to the labor-free day that my ancestors paid for in generational...

The madness over McCarthy could help the Democrats in 2024

The madness over McCarthy could help the Democrats in 2024

By Meg Richards, Staff Writer, Opinion
January 25, 2023

After a week of humiliating deliberations, phone calls to “DT”, and a near-miss physical altercation on the House floor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been elected Speaker of the House—and on the...

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ isn’t the same

By Roma Welsh, Beacon Correspondent
December 7, 2022

On Friday night, Oct. 4, 2022, I had to face the music: “The Great British Bake Off” isn’t the same.  The episode started like any other. To an average viewer, the show would most likely seem...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

From a biological perspective, Tumblr’s ‘Goncharov’ is a masterpiece

By Rachel Choi, Multimedia Managing Editor
December 7, 2022

Tumblr’s newest hot topic revolves around Martin Scorsese’s 1973 film “Goncharov,” which Tumblr users are deeming the best mafia film ever made, with its intricately-woven storylines coupled with...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

Prioritize aftercare as much as your orgasm

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor In Chief
December 7, 2022

What do you do after having sex? Cuddle with your partner, turn away and take a nap, or worse, wipe the remnants and just scroll on your phone? The emotional aftercare that takes place after sex dictates...

Illustration by Hailey Akau

Is it worth jumping ship from Twitter?

By Ryan Forgosh, Staff Writer, News
December 7, 2022

Elon Musk acquired Twitter on Oct. 27 and promptly got to work setting it on fire. With the hellscape that is Twitter now burning to the ground—and around 3,000 remaining employees working to put...

Illustration by Ryan Yau

‘Wednesday’ is plagued by the influence of the CW

By Ryan Yau, Assistant Living Arts Editor
November 30, 2022

The new Addams family spinoff “Wednesday” released last Wednesday.  The eight-part miniseries focuses on a teenaged Wednesday Addams as she transfers to an outcast-only boarding school—“outcast”...

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‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ keeps terrible mystery writing alive

By Shannon Garrido, Content Managing Editor
November 30, 2022

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, abuse, murder, and suicide. A few weeks ago I wrote a column on the 2010 hit show “Pretty Little Liars” and the masterful consistency of its Halloween episodes....

Illustration by Rachel Choi

The babygirlification of Ghost in COD is threatening the incels

By Rachel Choi, Multimedia Managing Editor
November 30, 2022

Video game franchise “Call of Duty”’s newest installment “Modern Warfare II” was released on Oct. 27, and its revamped visuals and characters have been received positively across the board. However,...

We should ditch Friendsgiving

By Karenna Umscheid, Assistant Living Arts Editor
November 24, 2022

It’s become common to acknowledge that the history of several American holidays is rooted in colonialism. An example includes the refusal of many to recognize Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’...

Illustration by Hailey Akau

The original ‘Gossip Girl’ ate up Thanksgiving episodes

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
November 16, 2022

Thanksgiving—along with being one of the more deeply-offensive and antiquated colonial holidays celebrated in this God-forsaken country—is also a time for unbridled family chaos.  Drunk aunts overshare...

Illustration by Ryan Yau

Gobble gobble: Thankskilling and Birds Aren’t Real reflect new Marxist canon.

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 16, 2022

I’m an addict. I can’t stop watching low-budget, B-list horror flicks that are certifiably shit. I would consider films like “Sharknado,” “Llamageddon,” “Dead Sushi,” and “Velocipastor”...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

Bird flu is flying, turkeys are dying

By Rachel Choi, Multimedia Managing Editor
November 16, 2022

Let’s imagine: you’re sprinting to the nearest Walmart at full speed and hurtling straight towards the poultry section. You’ve finally mastered spatchcocking in theory, and you need that turkey to...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

The ideal birth control: No Nut November

By Maddie Barron, Staff Writer, News
November 16, 2022

Despite the magic in the air this holiday season, there won't be many sleigh bells jingling in anyone’s chimneys this winter.  With the current array of contraceptive options available in a post-Roe...

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Meditated so hard my ass cracked: Buddhism is not Islamophobic

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 9, 2022

When Siddartha Gautama went outside of his opulent palace for the first time and saw poverty, disease, and old age, he drew a central conclusion: existence is pain, life is suffering, and we’re all going...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

The Supreme Court should stay affirmative about affirmative action

By Rachel Choi, Multimedia Managing Editor
November 9, 2022

On Monday, Oct. 31, the Supreme Court held a hearing regarding the legality of race-conscious admission programs, more commonly known as affirmative action, through a lawsuit by the anti-affirmative action...

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Republican candidates appear soft on abortion in a Post-Roe election season. Don’t trust them.

By Meg Richards, Staff Writer, Opinion
November 9, 2022

The morning Roe V. Wade was overturned, a thick silence hung in the air. Everything felt surprisingly small at the moment, but bigger than the human brain could feasibly comprehend. It was both overwhelming...

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Is Kyrie Irving worth keeping?

By Aidan Crooke, Beacon Correspondent
November 9, 2022

If you’re the Brooklyn Nets’ general manager Sean Marks, you’ve likely got a lot on your plate right now. You’ve fired Head Coach Steve Nash and promoted Jacque Vaughn in his place, two of your...

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