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True humor earned, not learned

September 30, 2015

If you ask me what my favorite joke is, I’ll laugh to myself for five minutes straight before choking out, “You know what really gets my goat? El Chupacabra.” This is exactly the reason I become extremely uncomfortable when people ask me to tell them a joke after finding out I’m...

Comedy major brings laughs and artistic opportunity

Comedy major brings laughs and artistic opportunity

September 30, 2015

The most fun I’ve had in any of my endeavors at Emerson has always been writing and performing in shows with my comedy troupe, Police Geese. When my first semester with the group began, I was introduced to the culture of Emerson comedy. There were open mics where any student could try their han...

In defense of the fangirl

In defense of the fangirl

September 23, 2015

In eighth grade, I was admittedly a Twi-hard: a relentless fan of “Twilight.” I read the book series three times, pre-ordered the “Eclipse novella,” and wrote fanfiction. I belonged to the vampire drama threads, followed various “Twilight”-themed blogs, went to all t...

Students are having a door closed in their face

September 23, 2015

In 2012, Emerson College Police Chief Robert Smith told the Beacon he wanted to increase the college’s use of technology in its security procedures. This week, however, Smith said students’ access to Little Building’s Tremont Street doors over the past year was a computer error—o...

Taking violent music as art, not action

September 23, 2015

Most people, especially our fellow students, know that a person is not his or her job. But while we have no problem seeing that office workers and manual laborers don’t necessarily define themselves by their work, we tend to assume that artists are similar to their art. Of course, this isn&rsqu...

With policy change, mental illness no longer disruptive

With policy change, mental illness no longer disruptive

September 16, 2015

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50 percent of college students rate their mental health below average or poor, 30 percent report that their mental health creates problems with school work, and 25 percent report having had suicidal thoughts or feelings. Some are calling this the coll...

Athletes need more than a part-time leader

September 16, 2015

Emerson’s athletic department recently hired part-time head coaches for both the women’s tennis team and the baseball team, two programs which struggled mightily last year. Though new leadership can help usher in a winning era, these two coaches are automatically at a disadvantage purely becau...

For rap’s female fans, a delicate dissonance

September 16, 2015

Straight Outta Compton—the summer’s big screen adaptation of gangster rap group N.W.A.’s rise to fame—did more than properly suggest to unknowing Emerson College students the proper origin of “Bye Felicia.” As the fifth highest August opening ever, according to Dat...

Letter to the editor from Emerson affiliated faculty

September 16, 2015

The affiliated faculty union, AFEC-AAUP, shares the concerns of the tenure-line and term faculty with confronting racism and rape culture on campus. Many members in our union wished that they could have borne witness to April’s direct action by students in the Faculty Assembly, but we are not in...

In defense of the fangirl

In defense of the fangirl

By Jackie Roman

September 16, 2015

In eighth grade, I was admittedly a Twi-hard: a relentless fan of “Twilight.” I read the book series three times, pre-ordered the “Eclipse novella,” and wrote fanfiction. I belonged to the vampire drama threads, followed various “Twilight”-themed blogs, went to all the midnight screenings, a...

An updated letter from Emerson professors to students

September 10, 2015

We, the undersigned faculty wish to communicate to the student body, and in particular to those who participated in the student occupation of Faculty Assembly to protest racism in and beyond the classroom at Emerson, that we applaud your courage in taking over faculty space, disrupting business as us...

The rise of the real girls

The rise of the real girls

September 9, 2015

She loves to eat a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out with Thousand Island-doused french fries. She purposefully points out her stretch marks, and she even snaps a picture of her Monistat prescription. She’s a woman who, against the odds, isn’t afraid to put on some heal...