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The environment, your sanity, and student budgets

The environment, your sanity, and student budgets

By Charlie Brian Ambler
September 17, 2021

For the average student, being an environmentalist comes with a hefty price tag. Eating organic foods and exclusively supporting eco-friendly brands are expensive choices to make— especially if you’re...

Post 9/11 Islamophobia still terrifies American Muslims

Post 9/11 Islamophobia still terrifies American Muslims

By Mariyam Quaisar, Living Arts Editor
September 17, 2021

After the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, the entirety of the American population was traumatized and devastated. However, it slipped the minds of many that Middle Eastern and Southeast Asians residing...

Editorial: First-years deserve time to reacclimate after a year and a half of isolation

Editorial: First-years deserve time to reacclimate after a year and a half of isolation

By Editorial Board
September 10, 2021

Over the past year and a half, all of us have had to learn to live with the “new normal” of Zoom classes and socially distanced classrooms. However, we upperclassmen should consider ourselves lucky....

The Impossible job market for students

The Impossible job market for students

By Shannon A Garrido
September 10, 2021

For young people everywhere, looking for employment after graduation has become much more difficult. High competition, little work experience, a pandemic, and the recession it caused, have made it increasingly...

Haiti current climate is not for you to dismiss

Haiti current climate is not for you to dismiss

By Shannon A Garrido
September 10, 2021

It seems like with everything happening in Haiti, the media has been searching for single incidents that could explain away the nation's current climate. On Wednesday, July 7, former Haitian President...

The spark of a climate revolution

The spark of a climate revolution

By Margarita Ivanova
September 9, 2021

Over the course of the past 20 years, Chevron Corporation, the second-largest oil company in America, has spent billions of dollars trying to silence those who have opposed them and their practices.  Steven...

Letter from the Editor: Reflections on a year of turmoil at The Beacon

Letter from the Editor: Reflections on a year of turmoil at The Beacon

By Charlie McKenna, Editor-in-Chief
September 2, 2021

Almost a year ago this week, The Beacon was rocked by controversy. Nearly 20 staff members resigned. The paper faced fury from within its ranks and from the Emerson campus. All of it was deserved — we...

Is this year really COVID safe?

Is this year really COVID safe?

By Shannon Garrido, Deputy Opinion Editor
September 2, 2021

If you would have asked me in mid-June whether I thought removing the mask mandate and relieving some social distancing measures was a sign that things could finally revert back to normal at Emerson College,...

U.S. media coverage of Palestinian struggles lags behind

U.S. media coverage of Palestinian struggles lags behind

By Margarita Ivanova
September 2, 2021

Calling family is something that the average person sees as routine, not an emotionally grueling task. You talk about your day, maybe complain a bit about the traffic or how you didn’t get enough sugar...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Tuition strike urges Emerson to redistribute funds

By Shannon Garrido, Deputy Opinion Editor
September 2, 2021

As many Emerson students might be aware, at the beginning of March it was announced that tuition will increase for all undergraduate students for the second consecutive year. While already battling financial...

Ansin Building of Emerson College

Emerson College, a gentrifying force

By Shannon Garrido, Deputy Opinion Editor
August 3, 2021

Most Emerson students reap the benefits of private education in the heart of Boston for a good four years. But it’s one thing to temporarily occupy space and another to come in and occupy so much that...

A sign on the window of Emersons coronavirus testing site at Tufts Medical Center.

Letter from the Editor: Why we stopped daily COVID-19 updates

By Charlie McKenna, Editor-in-Chief
June 29, 2021

As The Beacon’s new editor-in-chief, I wanted to explain why we made the decision to pivot to weekly updates on the state of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a departure from the daily updates that we have...

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

By Illona Yukhayev
June 16, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she’s not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor....

The Flag of the Dominican Republican

Colorism dominates the Dominican beauty industry

By Shannon Garrido, Deputy Opinion Editor
May 19, 2021

Ingrid Patricia Grassals, founder and owner of Go Natural Caribe, the first natural hair salon in the Dominican Republic, shuttered her salon doors due the COVID-19 pandemic in January. She had offered...

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

By Illona Yukhayev
April 27, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she's not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor.  Every...

When relationships inevitably did disintegrate pre-social media, they were more easily forgettable. Now, even if someone is no longer in my life, they are still just a few clicks away.

Social media forces us to relive our relationships over and over

By Juliet Norman, Opinion Editor
April 22, 2021

With a simple Google search, I can find out the employer of my middle school crush, know that my high school boyfriend is pledging to a fraternity, and see photos of an old classmate’s newborn baby. Social...

Students marched through downtown Boston to protest gun laws and advocate for change. Photo: Daniel Peden/The Berkeley Beacon

The Other American Epidemic: Gun Violence

By Editorial Board
April 22, 2021

TW: This editorial contains mentions of gun violence, homicide, and suicide.  Since the pandemic began, the U.S. has shifted much of its attention to improving public health. Despite this, an epidemic...

The way we experience the weather says a lot about our positionality and our privilege.

Climate change is detrimental for people living in poverty

By Shannon Garrido, Deputy Opinion Editor
April 21, 2021

A few days ago it was raining, and for the first time in a while, it wasn't too cold for me to enjoy the drizzle. Whenever I see rain, my mind immediately travels back home to the Dominican Republic, where...

Pursuing a theatre degree is all dreamy and glamorous—until a faculty member breaks the news that Summer Stock won’t be doing any Lin-Manuel Miranda productions this summer, so “don’t get your hopes up.”

We Are Here: college theatre programs need to create more inclusivity for students of color

By Amaris Rios
April 14, 2021

If someone asks me to sing “Breath” from In The Heights one more time, I think I might actually escort myself back to Puerto Rico. When I auditioned for Emerson’s musical theatre program, I remember...

Heres some tips and tricks from The Beacon editorial board on getting vaccinated.

Here’s how you can get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Massachusetts

By Editorial Board
April 14, 2021

Since the pandemic began, millions across the globe have waited anxiously for their turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It took months of trials and setbacks, but President Joseph R. Biden now expects...

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