The Berkeley Beacon

Editorial: Emerson Today’s shrinking awareness of journalistic integrity

Editorial: Emerson Today’s shrinking awareness of journalistic integrity

By Editorial Board

April 4, 2019

At issue: Updates on Emerson Today Our Take: New content introduces more conflicts of interest Recent modifications to Emerson Today, an outlet run by the college’s Marketing Communication Department, have only created more issues with how Emerson communicates information to students. Last...

Pro / Con: Executive order links free speech and college funding

Pro / Con: Executive order links free speech and college funding

April 3, 2019

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 21 that connects federal funding for colleges to the enforcement of free speech on campus. The president claims conservative students have been silenced on college campuses, and the order aims to provide them with a platform to speak publicly...

Op-ed: When the news coverage ends but the agony doesn’t

Op-ed: When the news coverage ends but the agony doesn’t

By Robbie Shinder

April 3, 2019

Fear and disbelief struck the Parkland, Florida community for a second time. After the murder of 17 innocent people during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, one would think the pain could not get any worse. On March 17, 19-year-old Sydney Aiello, who graduated from Stone...

Editorial: The Berkeley Beacon endorses Pelton for President of the United States

Editorial: The Berkeley Beacon endorses Pelton for President of the United States

By Editorial Board

April 1, 2019

At issue: 2020 Presidential Race Our take: #Pelton2020 President M. Lee Pelton officially announced his candidacy for president of the United States today, April 1, 2019. With over a year and a half to go until the 2020 election, the editorial board of The Berkeley Beacon would like to announce o...

Editorial: College becomes increasingly inaccessible to students

Editorial: College becomes increasingly inaccessible to students

By Editorial Board

March 27, 2019

At issue: College announces 4 percent tuition increase Our take: Prioritize students' financial security over investments A college-wide email from President M. Lee Pelton on March 21 announced a 4 percent increase in tuition for the upcoming 2019–20 academic year and as a result, annual tuition now ...

Op-ed: Don’t let peer pressure trick you into partying

Op-ed: Don’t let peer pressure trick you into partying

By Katie Schmidt

March 27, 2019

When I attended community college, I became an inside joke with my friends because I didn’t go out that often. If you stayed in on the weekend, or avoided a party because you had too much work, or weren’t feeling up for it, you “sounded like Katie.” While I dedicated myself to getting good grades, ...

Person of Color Column: The languages of my nation

Person of Color Column: The languages of my nation

By Riddhima Dave

March 27, 2019

Since coming to America, people often say to me, “Your English is excellent for a...” and then they trail off from there. I have encountered this statement, or something along these lines, at least once every time I travel to the United States from India. It always leaves me wondering—I spe...

Op-ed: Parental leave policies don’t support families’ needs

Op-ed: Parental leave policies don’t support families’ needs

By Diti Kohli

March 27, 2019

Teary-eyed and six months pregnant, Emerson program manager Nicole Martignetti held her belly gently. After quietly shutting her office door, she recalled returning to work after her 12-week maternity leave following the birth of her first son in 2013.  “Babies are so small at three months. They...

Op-ed: Using personal branding as a means to landing a job

Op-ed: Using personal branding as a means to landing a job

By Danielle Finelli

March 23, 2019

“Please write about your personal brand story.” That was the final question on my summer internship application. Luckily, I had done my research and studied self-marketing. But before this semester, I assumed branding only applied to companies. Every brand is created with a personality in mind, and companies...

Editorial: Nearby dispensary opening offers opportunities for responsible consumption

Editorial: Nearby dispensary opening offers opportunities for responsible consumption

By Editorial Board

March 21, 2019

At issue: students’ cannabis use Our take: cannabis can benefit students of age   The closest dispensary for medical and recreational cannabis will open this Saturday in Brookline. A 20-minute drive from the Emerson campus and located off of the E green line Riverway stop, the dispensary w...

Op-ed: Risking financial security for a coveted college education

Op-ed: Risking financial security for a coveted college education

By Emily Cardona

March 21, 2019

Low-income students, like myself, frequently get put in a position where we must put aside our basic necessities, including toiletries and food, to attend Emerson. Low-income students, or those coming from households that make under $65,000 annually, across the country struggle to attain a college ed...

Person of Color Column: There is no right way to look like a person of color

Person of Color Column: There is no right way to look like a person of color

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

March 20, 2019

For the first 13 years of my life, as I grew up in Fortaleza, Brazil, I never heard the term “white-passing.” No one ever questioned my ethnicity because I “looked white” until I moved to the U.S. The centuries of immigration and racial integration within the Brazilian community from Asia, Europe, Afri...