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The B-Side: “Old Town Road” is a decade-defining yeehaw anthem

The B-Side: “Old Town Road” is a decade-defining yeehaw anthem

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

January 22, 2020

If there was one song that no one could escape hearing in 2019, it would be Lil Nas X’s country-trap banger “Old Town Road." The song went diamond in the U.S., and holds the record for most time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts for a record-breaking of 19 consecutive weeks, with four...

Head Over Feels: Navigating hook-up culture as a serial monogamist

Head Over Feels: Navigating hook-up culture as a serial monogamist

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

January 22, 2020

I am a Taurus sun sign with Cancer moon and Venus placements. Astrologically speaking, that means I’m a clingy little baby when it comes to relationships. It means I get attached to people too easily and I break my own heart in the process when they can’t reciprocate the intensity of my feelings...

The stigma of moving on from non-monogamous relationships

The stigma of moving on from non-monogamous relationships

By Jacob Seitz, Assistant News Express Editor

January 15, 2020

A few weeks ago, I received a text from a friend. “My man you know I love you,” she began. “But you just got out of a serious long term long-distance relationship. I know you are infatuated with this girl but I personally think the best thing for you might be to give yourself some time to be alone...

Black, Angry, and Female? The consequence of stereotypes

Black, Angry, and Female? The consequence of stereotypes

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

January 15, 2020

I’ve been stereotyped before. Last week, my neighbor told me that I speak like a white person, as if African Americans cannot speak properly. When I was around the age of ten, a counselor at a Girl Scout camp complimented my intelligence and asked me why I was so smart. To her surprise, black people a...

Cannabis Column: My drink of choice? Cannabis

Cannabis Column: My drink of choice? Cannabis

By Clarah Grossman

December 14, 2019

My mom peer-pressured me to drink in high school.  When I say peer-pressured, I do not mean she encouraged me to do keg stands or taught me how to play flip cup while downing as many beers as possible. With a few months shy of my first semester in college, my mom became concerned over my lack of ...

Person of Color Column: Filipino food is my love language

Person of Color Column: Filipino food is my love language

By Melissa Rosales, Columnist, Podcast Producer

December 14, 2019

This winter break I’m bringing home two suitcases: one full of clothes, one empty.  I'll fill the empty one with frozen Filipino food like sapin-sapin (layered glutinous rice and coconut dessert), Mama Sita’s special Filipino marinades, silvanas (two frozen cashew-meringue wafers with buttercream...

Film Column: The fine line between edgy and irresponsible entertainment

Film Column: The fine line between edgy and irresponsible entertainment

By Althea Champion

December 13, 2019

Holding television characters accountable for their actions is a relatively new concept that, when attempted, usually falls flat.  The victim is often left as nothing more than just that, and the perpetrator is considered redeemable. Despite the ground we have covered as a society through validating the...

Career Column: Are you writing a trash can resume?

Career Column: Are you writing a trash can resume?

By Sara Pirzada

December 13, 2019

Have you ever been ghosted by an internship?  You start by pouring your heart and soul into a word-vomit cover letter and a resume that exemplifies your can-do spirit and your superior efficiency in Microsoft Office. Finally, you press "send" on the application to your dream company, and then ...

Person of Color Column: Mom, meet my ‘friend’

Person of Color Column: Mom, meet my ‘friend’

By Diti Kohli

December 12, 2019

My high school boyfriend’s dreary old minivan was a staple in our driveway. He hugged my mom when they crossed paths in public, watched football games with my brother, and lovingly tackled my dog when he came through the front door. During my first winter break back home, my first college partner ...

Head Over Feels: Where can I show my queer identity?

Head Over Feels: Where can I show my queer identity?

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

December 12, 2019

During the first semester of my freshman year in 2017, I walked into my suite mates’ room and closed the door behind me. “I think I’m bisexual,” I told them, to which they both responded, “Cool! Me too.” This marked the first time I officially came out to someone, even though I knew I ...

Farewell Column: What The Beacon taught me

Farewell Column: What The Beacon taught me

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

December 4, 2019

I’ll never forget the first time I had one of my articles critiqued for The Beacon. I was a first-semester freshman and had just written my first real journalistic article. It was a simple season preview for the men’s soccer team, which felt daunting at the time, but later would be something I coul...

Farewell Column: It’s been real

Farewell Column: It’s been real

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

December 4, 2019

When I first joined The Beacon my first semester freshman year, I never once imagined I would be where I am now, as a managing editor, writing a farewell column. I was just a bright-eyed young journalist, looking to pick up any pitch possible and get a byline.  Two years later, I am somehow second in comm...