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

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

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

How student journalism saved me during the COVID-19 crisis

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise 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

Letter from the Editor: The world is changing

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, Kasteel Well Editor and Copy 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 Arts 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 Lifestyle 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 ...

Everything has changed—except my love for Taylor Swift

Everything has changed—except my love for Taylor Swift

By Jess Ferguson, Deputy Opinion Editor

February 26, 2020

It was 2007, and I distinctly remember opening up my seventh birthday present: a black SanDisk MP3 player. At the time, I thought I was the coolest first-grader in the world. I blew out my candles and immediately ran downstairs to purchase my first song, which changed my life forever, “Teardrops on...

Learning to love both of my “faces”

Learning to love both of my “faces”

By Diana Bravo, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

February 25, 2020

When I look in the mirror, I don’t recognize the face that looks back at me as completely “mine.” Of course, I know it’s my face. I’ve never undergone any sort of cosmetic surgery nor do I want to. When I imagine myself, however, I’m always wearing a full face of makeup. My skin looks...

It’s hard to watch The Bachelor when you’re not straight

It’s hard to watch The Bachelor when you’re not straight

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer

February 19, 2020

‘Tis the season—The Bachelor season. While I’m excited about The Bachelor, Peter Weber’s fantasy suite dates, and glad the drama of stolen champagne bottles are behind us, I’m worried about watching next Monday night’s episode. I’m especially worried for Victoria Fuller. Not because W...

My roots were only seen when they were worn by a white person

My roots were only seen when they were worn by a white person

By Shruti Rajkumar, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

In my sophomore year of high school, I was excited to find out about a course called Asian Studies. The popular course focused on the significance of Indian religion, traditions, holidays, food, traditional clothing, and music, and incorporated field trips to temples and mosques. At the time, I was grateful...

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