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Head Over Feels: The story doesn’t end here

Head Over Feels: The story doesn’t end here

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

May 11, 2020

I started writing love columns by accident.  One Wednesday during the first semester of my sophomore year, my boyfriend at the time broke up with me at approximately 5:30 p.m. I had a Beacon production meeting at 6 p.m. So, I pulled myself together, and by that I mean I showed up to our old base...

Love Column: Right person, wrong time is a myth

Love Column: Right person, wrong time is a myth

By Lara Hill, Deputy Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

Last semester posed an interesting dilemma for my love life. I had just emerged from a serious, long-term relationship in October 2019, and I planned on studying abroad at Kasteel Well the following semester. I approached my dating life very casually, still using dating apps like Tinder. I didn’t intend to find something serious because I was worried about finding the “right” person at the wrong time. 

Farewell Column: If this is it, it’s been a hell of a ride

Farewell Column: If this is it, it’s been a hell of a ride

By Jacob Seitz, Assistant News Express Editor

April 24, 2020

When I was looking to transfer out of my tiny liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio—a town east of Dayton with a population just shy of Emerson’s student body—I ranked the potential schools using a few categories: 1. The size of the city. 2. The proximity of the campus to good dumplings. 3. The s...

Cannabis Column: Munchies smoked my eating disorder

Cannabis Column: Munchies smoked my eating disorder

By Clarah Grossman

April 20, 2020

After multiple rips from a bong and eating a whole package of cookies, I found myself sprawled on the floor of my freshman year dorm, full. I had just made my way through four episodes of Face/Off and one package of Chewy Chips Ahoy. As I stared at the ceiling, I found myself enthralled with the outward c...

Isolated castle or populous city: I felt safer at Kasteel Well

Kaitlyn Fehr

By Kaitlyn Fehr

April 8, 2020

On March 6, all 81 Kasteel Well students were brought back to Boston by the college due to rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19. We were told this decision was made out of the best interest for our safety—yet in the three weeks following our return home, the confirmed cases of coronavirus in...

How student journalism saved me during the COVID-19 crisis

Photo credit: Ally Rzesa

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

March 20, 2020

On Friday, March 13, Emerson College announced it would close its residence halls, effectively kicking us all out of our dorms. Across campus, students cried, raided The Max, and frantically texted their parents. Only the night before, in 172 Tremont, my colleagues and I stayed up until the wee hours...

Farewell Column: Too much love, not enough time

Farewell Column: Too much love, not enough time

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

March 16, 2020

The newsroom had been planning a Beacon party for weeks.  We spend so many hours in a work setting that we need time with each other without all the stress and pressure. And then our lives were flipped upside down and inside out by the COVID-19 pandemic that has sent shockwaves rippling around the ...

Letter from the Editor: The world is changing

Chris Van Buskirk, Editor, The Berkeley Beacon

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2020

The view from the third floor of 172 Tremont St. may not look different from only a week ago but the tone and anxiety permeating Boston is tangible.  Excuse the cliche, but one could cut through the stress and distraught felt by college students with a knife. The rise of COVID-19 has been swift ...

Expectation vs Reality: The mental and emotional impact of studying abroad

Expectation vs Reality: The mental and emotional impact of studying abroad

By Lara Hill, Deputy Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

A few weekends ago, I went bar hopping with my friends in Amsterdam. You would probably expect me to be dancing and singing to the reggaeton music playing at the bar, living my best life abroad. Instead, my mind was overwhelmed with negative thoughts. I spent half the night isolating myself, holding...

Solved: The Myth of Reverse Racism

Solved: The Myth of Reverse Racism

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Magazine Editor

March 11, 2020

A few weeks ago, I scrolled on my TikTok “For You” page and stumbled across a video of a white girl claiming that every race can be racist.  I stared in shock for a few seconds before reading the comment section, expecting other TikToker users to educate this woman on her definition of racism...

Strapped for Cash: The financial aid system is broken

Strapped for Cash: The financial aid system is broken

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 11, 2020

Every year when October rolls around, I dread filling out the application for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA.  It takes me weeks to complete over 100 questions while I walk my mom through the bizarrely complex online portal that requires her signature. The s...

The Long Road Home: Weathering Storm Ciara back to the castle

The Long Road Home: Weathering Storm Ciara back to the castle

By Christopher Williams

February 26, 2020

WELL, NETHERLANDS—A major winter storm raged across northern Europe on Feb. 9 and delayed transport back to the Netherlands as Kasteel Well students wrapped up their first independent travel weekend. The storm, referred to as Storm Ciara, brought thunderstorms and high winds up to 75 miles per hour to multiple countries between ...