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Sex is an asset in or out of a relationship

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
September 28, 2022

Sex comes in a variety of forms—we all know that—but we can all agree that there’s a difference between making love to a significant other versus doing the deed with a rando. Either path to shag...

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Stop airing out your beef on missed connections and grow up

By Hailey Akau, Beacon Correspondent
September 28, 2022

Since the beginning of my time at Emerson College, I have come to despise the numerous Instagram accounts known among my peers as “missed connections.” Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept of providing...

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Glamorizing murder cases for entertainment is unethical

By Christina Horacio, Copyeditor
September 28, 2022

Infamous serial rapist and killer Jeffrey Dahmer is once again trending after the release of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series “Monster: the Jeffrey Dahmer Story” on Sept. 21.  A prominent murderer...

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Stop judging Olivia Wilde’s relationship and start judging her morals

By Christina Horacio, Copyeditor
September 22, 2022

Olivia Wilde’s upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling, starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, has generated quite the controversy. With rumors of affairs, costars spitting on other costars, and general...

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André should be the heartthrob of ‘Victorious,’ but Nickelodeon and its viewers are racist

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
September 21, 2022

André Harris should be the heartthrob of “Victorious:” it’s as simple as that.  Since I thought up this “hot” take, I’ve asked a number of peers and friends what their outlook is, and...

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A Starr is born: how the media made a name for Monica Lewinsky

By Meg Richards
September 21, 2022

He wrote her like the main character in a fan fiction—something to be consumed but not respected.  “She told him that she had a crush on him. He laughed, then asked if she would like to see his...

Anzhelika Holdobina photographed in Ukraine before the war.

A connection resistant to displacement, battling loneliness during times of war

By Margarita Ivanova
September 17, 2022

It was late February during my study abroad program in The Netherlands when I first heard about Russia’s potential attack on Ukraine. The talk of an invasion was simply a rumor until Thursday, Feb. 24....

Reading is trending, and that’s a good thing

Reading is trending, and that’s a good thing

By Rachel Hackam
September 17, 2022

The summer before second grade, I caught the reading bug. With the help of the pandemic and online bookish content, many others have since caught it, too. Social media platforms like Youtube and Tiktok...

This just in: Many can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to do unpaid labor!

This just in: Many can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to do unpaid labor!

By Ana Sophia Garcia-Cubas Assemat
September 17, 2022

It is the summer of 2022 and I’ve just gotten an internship—unpaid—at a literary review magazine. While an unpaid internship was by no means my best-case scenario, it is better than the internship-less...

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Twitter demands for the return of the Kohinoor back to India are well grounded

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
September 15, 2022

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Indians are demanding the return of the Kohinoor diamond, which is set in a crown made for Queen Elizabeth I. While this request may seem insensitive to some...

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Cape Cod Bay will probably be polluted with radioactive waste within 10 years

By Adri Pray, News Editor
September 9, 2022

It is projected that by 2027 Holtec International will have disposed of one million gallons of potentially radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay. The self-described “diverse energy company” purchased...

Comedy news programs are paving the way for a new era of journalism

Comedy news programs are paving the way for a new era of journalism

By Gabel Strickland
September 8, 2022

They conduct interviews with high profile figures, expose corruption in large corporations, and keep you up to date on the latest political news. And, somehow, they manage to make you laugh. They’re...

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The anxiety of gun violence looms in higher education

By Chloe Els
September 7, 2022

During orientation week, the Emerson College Police Department told every first year about an active shooter training offered on campus. Although new Emerson students have not had a chance to participate...

‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ is Gen Z’s entrance to the celebrity memoir

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
September 7, 2022

On April 4, 2022, Entertainment Weekly released the first look of the cover of Jennette McCurdy’s memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died.” McCurdy, largely known as a star of the popular early 2000s Nickelodeon...

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Someone call an ambulance for Michael Bay’s new action flick

By Charlie Ambler
April 21, 2022

Someone call an ambulance, but not for Michael Bay! Because his career is alive and well.  Upon watching Bay’s latest action movie, Ambulance, I’m sure he will be calmly waiting for his Oscar....

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Farewell column: An ode to the student paper that made me love journalism

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
April 21, 2022

I remember my first Monday Beacon meeting like it was yesterday. Dozens of students bustled around the Bill Bordy Theater in the Fall of 2018, chatting with one another about news around the world and...

A writer’s goodbye, why we still love YouTube

A writer’s goodbye, why we still love YouTube

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
April 21, 2022

Content warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault.  When I was 14, I hugged a YouTuber who would later be outed for having inappropriate relationships with minors. Later, said YouTuber...

A love letter to the Dining Hall

A love letter to the Dining Hall

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
April 21, 2022

As another school year comes to an end, it’s time that as a student body, we start acknowledging and appreciating one of the best features Emerson College has to offer—the Dining Hall.  Moving...

Cover of book “Cole and Sav: Our Surprising Love Story.” / Courtesy Wikicommons

The LaBrant Fam just sank its career—and we got a front-row seat

By Adri Pray, News Editor
April 13, 2022

On behalf of all women, Cole and Savannah LaBrant can go to hell. On Saturday, “The LaBrant Fam” released a 40-minute documentary-style YouTube video outlining their views on abortion. The couple...

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What the hell happened to Wendy’s money?

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
April 13, 2022

“How you doin’?!” When I was 9 years old, my grandmother used to make me repeat talk show host Wendy Williams’ famous catchphrase. She assessed my voice for my ability to parrot the pure diva and...

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