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Op-ed: Suppressed into spiritual silence

We need to practice what we preach—accepting different beliefs and different viewpoints in all realms of identity. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

By Diti Kohli, Managing Editor

October 25, 2018

Last week, as my Introduction to College Writing class engaged in a conversation about global religious persecution, my professor urged my classmates and I to narrow our scope—to focus on the opinion of religion on our own campus. My peers' accounts of mockery and ignorance towards their beliefs...

EDITORIAL: Supporting students’ athletic endeavors

EDITORIAL: Supporting students' athletic endeavors

By Editorial Board

October 25, 2018

At issue: Recognizing student athletes' dedication. Our take: We’re all in this together. Last Saturday, the women’s soccer team earned a spot in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs. Since the Lions joined the conference five years ago, they only qualified four ...

Age of the Twink: When sexuality steals your youth

Kyle Labe - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

By Kyle Labe

October 22, 2018

Over the summer I celebrated my best friend’s 21st birthday with him and some others from high school. We drank beer, sat around a fire pit, and shared memories. They chatted about camping trips and summer vacations, senior weeks and afterschool activities, yet I sat in silence. I had nothing to ad...

Op-ed: Realizing the bittersweet nature of Family Weekend

I’m lucky that my family is able to make the trip to visit me, but for many students, this isn’t an option. / Photo illustration by Cullen Granzen

By Katie Redefer, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

October 21, 2018

I felt isolated and overwhelmed during my first night in Piano Row residence hall. Once my parents left, the distance between my dorm room and my Delaware home sank in. Throughout high school, I grew jaded with my hometown and yearned to explore new places. Because of this urge to explore the country, th...

EDITORIAL: Making changes before the climate does

EDITORIAL: Making changes before the climate does

By Editorial Board

October 18, 2018

At issue: Student engagement with sustainability Our take: We must do more Over a week ago, the New York Times detailed a seemingly apocalyptic future, with worsening food shortage, rampant poverty, and intensified natural disasters. The article cites a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on C...

The B Side: Brockhampton breaks the hip-hop mold

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

October 17, 2018

Brockhampton self-proclaimed itself as the “best boy band since One Direction." Its quick rise to fame and early success proves the group earned the title. The hip-hop collective set a new career milestone when its first major label album iridescence claimed the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard 2...

LETTER: Healing and Advocacy Collective responds to “When ‘the best course of action’ isn’t enough”

LETTER: Healing and Advocacy Collective responds to

By Letter to the editor

October 16, 2018

For anyone who is reading this, we talk about power-based interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, the Title IX process, and reference some current cultural examples. To the Community: We are writing in response to both the news article and editorial that was published last week in th...

LETTER: Sylvia Spears responds to “When ‘the best course of action’ isn’t enough”

LETTER: Sylvia Spears responds to

By Letter to the editor

October 16, 2018

Open Letter to the Beacon I would like to express my appreciation to the Beacon and its editorial board for their interest in the hiring process for College’s Title IX investigator. As Vice President for Equity & Social Justice, the Office of Title IX Equity & Access reports directly to me....

Op-ed: Defying the temptation of notifications

Any bing from my phone induces dread because it may be yet another addition to my never-ending to-do list. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

By Hannah Ebanks

October 14, 2018

Recently I’ve had the urge to throw my phone in the trash. It started toward the end of the summer, when breaking news alerts constantly reminded me that the outside world wasn’t the same as my lazy vacation. Since school started, my number of daily notifications has skyrocketed due to my busy sche...

Op-ed: Exercise for women shouldn’t come with threats

Even during evening runs on the Common, I find myself locating stores, lit areas, and clusters of people to run to if I’m ever in danger. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

By Katie Schmidt

October 11, 2018

Two summers ago a man in a car followed me while I jogged in my neighborhood. After two instances where he insisted I stop running and speak to him, I fled to my former high school's  swimming pool, which was thankfully nearby and hosting a swim meet. When I turned away from his car, the man yelled...

EDITORIAL: When ‘the best course of action’ isn’t enough

EDITORIAL: When ‘the best course of action’ isn’t enough

By Editorial Board

October 11, 2018

At issue: Vacant Title IX lead investigator position Our take: Refusal to communicate renders ambiguity The Office of Title IX Equity and Access still does not have a lead investigator after an eight-month search, and the office took down the job posting earlier this month after two out of the three qual...

Op-ed: Speaking up to dismantle cultural barriers

International students may hesitate or avoid interacting with domestic students because of the language barrier and cultural differences.  / Photo illustration by Erin Nolan

By Flora Li

October 9, 2018

One day, as I sat struggling with a reading assignment, my roommate simply asked, “What’s up?” I wasn’t sure how to reply. In China, I never studied such exchanges in my English classes. I asked her, “How do people usually respond when asked, ‘What’s up?’” She told me I could just ...