The Berkeley Beacon

Optional opportunities should be inclusive

March 1, 2017

At issue: Expensive networking opportunities Our take: Extra-curricular trips shouldn’t be only for the wealthy The communications studies department boasts connections with professionals in the field around the country and the globe. They offers trips to Iowa, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire...

Punching Nazis won’t end white supremacy

March 1, 2017

Nearly six years ago, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs raided the home of Osama bin Laden, killing the terrorist leader and burying his body at sea only hours later. The following day, the news of his death dominated my seventh grade literature class as students cheered what President Obama called “the m...

Broadening horizons in unexpected ways

February 22, 2017

I went into my gap year in Paris with preconceived notions of how much I would learn about the language and culture of France. But at the end of my experience, I realized that immersing yourself in an unfamiliar culture teaches more than that. I learned how to wonder about the way the world looks to tho...

Self-care is more than a trend

Self-care is more than a trend

February 22, 2017

I stumbled across yet another self-care comic while scrolling through Tumblr the other day. Titled “50 Ways to Take a Break,” it features illustrations of candles, bubble baths, tea, and nature.  Underneath was the user’s caption: “Practice self-care!!!” It was nothing new, but after seeing this phrase recycled hundreds of times over my Facebook and Tumblr f...

Saturdays are not a snow day solution

February 22, 2017

At issue: Saturday makeup classes Our take: It's the freakin' weekend.    Among winter storm warnings, snow flurries turning to white outs, and howling winds and rumbling snow plows, once crowded streets and sidewalks become barren. This is a reality for many in Boston. Instit...

Recognizing the consequences of loving the game

Recognizing the consequences of loving the game

February 15, 2017

I was raised on red, white, and navy blue—on game day nachos, screaming at the TV, and a godlike vision of Tom Brady. When it comes to the rules of the game of football, I can’t tell you much. I know the touchdown, the interception, the two-point conversion. But that’s not even the...

Lack of preparation causes pandemonium

February 15, 2017

At issue: Chaos caused by Pats parade Our take: The school should not have been open during the parade Whether it’s the World Series, the Stanley Cup, or the Super Bowl, a Boston win is a Boston parade. And a parade is thousands of people coming into the city, and onto Emerson’s campus...

Obama’s Legacy: The fallacy of the perfect presidency

February 15, 2017

  The year is 2013. Edward Snowden has leaked information detailing the massive metadata spying operation carried out by the National Surveillance Agency under President Barack Obama. The results are immediate, and a pattern emerges. The president of Brazil cancels her trip to the U.S. in prot...

Let’s create a sanctuary that counts

February 8, 2017

Last November, the Beacon published an article entitled “Emerson declared a sanctuary campus.” We watched as the article was passed around on social media, becoming one of the most shared articles of the semester. Unfortunately, we were wrong. The article correctly reports that the faculty assembly...

Speaking out against abortion’s stigma

February 8, 2017

I slumped to the floor with my back pressed against the tiled wall in the bathroom of a cafe in  Concord, Massachusetts where I attended a pretentious boarding high school. I overheard latte orders being shouted at bustling employees by shrill white women in Lululemon yoga attire as I held my he...

Commodification of tragedy

Commodification of tragedy

February 8, 2017

I am standing in the gift shop of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, head slightly cocked, puzzling over the cover of a book. It is The Diary of a Young Girl, the revered diary of Anne herself. A small seal in the corner reads: “Now available as an app!”  Contemptuously, I wonder: what ...

Class divides create disconnect

February 1, 2017

Most of the people I have met at Emerson College arrive at our small, private school with a wealthy background. I think of their economic advantages as a positive opportunity for change through education, since many of my peers identify as progressive in their advocacy. However, entering Emerson, I o...