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Strapped For Cash: Experience doesn’t pay the bills

Strapped For Cash: Experience doesn’t pay the bills

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

February 12, 2020

Last summer, a clip of U.S. Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez went viral on Twitter. Standing alongside fellow Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, she shouts into the camera, “Experience doesn’t pay the bills!” Ocasio-Cortez is highlighting the challenge I and so many other working-class young adults are plagued with following college graduation: not all students can afford to work an unpaid internship. As a college student, acquiring an internship before landing a job feels like a requirement. Internship fai...

Accountability, not agendas

Accountability, not agendas

By Editorial Board

February 12, 2020

On their last show of 2019, The New York Times’ podcast The Daily welcomed their very own Executive Editor Dean Baquet into the studio for an episode titled "The Lessons of 2016." In this episode, Baquet goes back and forth with Michael Barbaro, the show’s host, about The Times’ coverage of the...

Truth matters in the war against coronavirus

Truth matters in the war against coronavirus

By Jocelyn Yang, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 12, 2020

In my five years spent studying in the U.S., I've never been so worried about my family in China as I have now. When my dad recently said over the phone it was fortunate for me to return to the States before the coronavirus outbreak began, I told him I felt sad that I couldn't be with him while our fa...

Ableist discourse hurts the disabled community

Ableist discourse hurts the disabled community

By Shruti Rajkumar, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

In 2009, Spread the Word gained traction in the public school system of Colchester, Connecticut, my hometown, as well as in schools across the country. The campaign spread awareness about the derogatory and negative connotations that the “R-word” holds towards people with cognitive disabilit...

Letter: T. Hunter Wilson responds to President M. Lee Pelton’s “Marlboro Promise” letter

Letter: T. Hunter Wilson responds to President M. Lee Pelton’s “Marlboro Promise” letter

By T. Hunter Wilson, Marlboro College Faculty Emeritus

February 8, 2020

Marlboro College Faculty Emeritus T. Hunter Wilson responds to President M. Lee Pelton's letter to Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley sent in December. Pelton's letter is available here.  Dear President Pelton, Much of the first part of your letter recites the very general case for the challenges a...

Financial Equity Board should maintain transparency during financial discourse

Financial Equity Board should maintain transparency during financial discourse

By Editorial Board

February 5, 2020

The Student Government Association submitted a proposal for a new Financial Equity Board this semester to advocate for the financial needs of the Emerson College student body. The proposal, written by SGA Executive Treasurer Abby Semple, aims to create a broader dialogue around financial equality. The...

The unseen side effects of slave films

The unseen side effects of slave films

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

February 5, 2020

When I was around ten years old, I watched a miniseries titled Roots that explored generations upon generations of slavery. At such a young age, I never connected the characters of Roots and their suffering with my ancestors. As I grew up, however, and slave movies such as 12 Years a Slave and The Bi...

Treat coronavirus epidemic with caution, not racism

Treat coronavirus epidemic with caution, not racism

By Xinyan Fu, Columnist

February 5, 2020

It’s been more than a month since the first report of the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China.According to the World Health Organization’s latest Novel Coronavirus Situation Report, as of Feb. 3, there have been 17,391 cases confirmed, of which 17,238 are reported in China. The number of reported deaths...

We shouldn’t have to adapt foods for Americans

We shouldn’t have to adapt foods for Americans

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer

February 3, 2020

The first time I tried sushi in a Boston restaurant, I noticed something was off — it didn't taste like the sushi I grew up eating in the Philippines. There was a lack of something but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I was alarmed as my friends enjoyed eating it as if they didn’t ev...

Educate students on inclusive language for students with accessibility needs

Educate students on inclusive language for students with accessibility needs

By Editorial Board

January 29, 2020

Most people grow up learning how to use sensitive language surrounding different kinds of communities. We were all at one point in our lives taught how to avoid using sexist, ageist, and racist language, and how to discuss a topic without disrespecting anyone or making anyone uncomfortable. However,...

Letter: “It’s a Closure, Not a Merger”

Letter: “It’s a Closure, Not a Merger”

January 29, 2020

Jonathon Podolsky is the moderator of Local Frogs: Hampshire College Alumni of Western MA and has been very active in the saving Hampshire College movement. If you would like to send a letter to The Beacon please email [email protected] Letters for print must be sent by Wednesday, 6 p.m. EST and n...

How TV brought me closer to my brother

How TV brought me closer to my brother

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise Editor

January 29, 2020

In my household, the TV remote often feels like a fifth family member. My mother unwinds with reality shows, and my father weeps to black-and-white films. I’ve always been partial to trashy sitcoms, while my brother rarely diverges from his steady diet of Sunday Night Football. Once in a blue mo...

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