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Person of Color Column: Reconciling my mental health with my culture

Seren Cho - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

By Seren Cho

October 19, 2019

Part of my identity is made up of being academically successful, or, for a better use of the term, a “know-it-all.” Growing up half-Korean in a Korean-dominated household, I learned that I couldn’t accept anything less than 100 percent. At a younger age, this type of perfection was achievable—...

Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough

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By Editorial Board

October 17, 2019

The two-year vacancy in the Title IX office is finally being filled. But the hiring process for the Deputy Title IX Coordinator has brought its own shortcomings.   The position has remained vacant since January 2018. In the meantime, the college hired outside investigators to serve on a case-by-case basis. On Oct. 4, the Social Justice Center sent out a campus-wide ema...

Students with disabilities need clearer housing processes

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

October 16, 2019

Prior to entering my sophomore year of college, I anticipated that the housing process would be as simple as the one my freshman year. But of course, when you have a chronic disability, the structure of our society often fails you and makes your life harder than it should be.  My transition into hou...

How “Fleabag” made me reevaluate my love life

Dana Gerber - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

October 15, 2019

Warning: Spoilers for the TV show “Fleabag” ahead.  In the explosive second season of “Fleabag,” the first scene features the main character staring at her bloody reflection in a pristine bathroom mirror. She’s been punched during a family scuffle. She quietly wipes the blood off her fac...

Coping with acne insecurities in college

By Jess Ferguson, Opinion Editor

October 13, 2019

Part of me thought that when I first came to college, acne would be a thing of the past. Though I have struggled with it for years, I always assumed it was some juvenile thing I would grow out of. Four years after my acne started, my skin still has its issues. Since moving into college—because of...

Using music to find inner peace after a breakup

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

October 11, 2019

It’s late May, and I’m sitting in the driver’s seat of my mom’s car parked in front of my now-ex-girlfriend’s apartment. I’m sobbing uncontrollably into my hands as they rest on the steering wheel. The breakup was not entirely out of the blue, but it still hit me hard. My summer hadn’t...

Separate the college’s policies on CBD and THC

New England Treatment Access in Brookline began selling cannabis after opening in March. Beacon Archives.

By Editorial Board

October 9, 2019

On Saturday, The Beacon reported that a group of college administrators are “discussing and finalizing policies” regarding the on-campus usage of CBD, a natural compound in cannabis. A group of college officials, including the deans of campus life and interim community standards director, will determ...

Managing my money before it was too late

By Ziqi Wang, Deputy Magazine Editor

October 9, 2019

When my dad first brought up finance management to me, I was still in elementary school and laughed at the idea. He was working to become a salesman at his company back then and pored over books on money management and investment every day. He suggested I read some, so I flipped through a few pages. ...

Person of Color Column: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month away from home

Jade Lopez - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

By Jade Lopez

October 9, 2019

When Sept. 15 arrived, the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, I was eager to go to the Dining Center to see the foods they’d be serving that day. However, my heart broke when I opened up the Emerson app and realized there were no Hispanic foods being served. Much to my surprise, there was nothing displ...

Little Shirt, Big Pants: Do you think I could find that at Goodwill?

Megan Ellis - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

By Megan Ellis

October 8, 2019

I’ve never been huge on name brands. Not because I don’t appreciate them—the history and glamour behind brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci are something I can get behind, but simply can't afford. This isn't taboo for me though—I grew up in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, a town completely ridden of name ...

Letter: Alumnus responds to “College removes long-time WEBN faculty”

Letter: Alumnus responds to

October 7, 2019

To the editor: Re "College removes long-time WEBN faculty" (News, October 1) The other day, my morning producer called me to check in on a script I was writing. As a way of small talk, he asked if I went to Emerson. I said, ‘yes,’ assuming he had attended the school as well; then, naturall...

Speak up alongside people of color, not for them

By Jin Ko

October 4, 2019

Race is complicated—that goes without saying. Anyone, especially people of color, who just read the first sentence, knows that race can affect everything, from how the cashier looks at you when you order a cup of coffee to making a good impression for a job interview.  I grew up in a small town in northern New Je...