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Police transparency is an absolute necessity

September 9, 2015

On May 27, a 20-year-old man named Feras Morad chose to ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms while in a second story apartment in Long Beach, Calif. He had a severe reaction to the drugs and jumped out of a window on the apartment’s second story, shattering his leg on the pavement below. His friends r...

Emerson’s rebranding effort offers opportunity

September 9, 2015

At issue: College enters second phase of rebranding initiative Our take: Community feedback highlights areas of improvement The college’s rebranding initiative is long overdue—the last comprehensive review of Emerson’s brand identity was completed in 2004—and has taken ...

The rise of the real girls

The rise of the real girls

By Jackie Roman

September 2, 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 healthy pounds and post unflatter...

Letter from Emerson professors to students

May 13, 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 usual, an...

#IAmEmerson? rally raises the bar

May 8, 2015

At issue: #IAmEmerson? demands college create and enforce cultural sensitivity training for faculty and students Our Take: Tuesday’s walkout sets a solid precedent for demanding change on campus. A student-led campaign titled “#IAmEmerson?” is demanding change and establishing courses...

After 100 issues, an editor says farewell

After 100 issues, an editor says farewell

May 6, 2015

There’s something beautiful about emerging from the Beacon office on a Thursday morning—having finally finished the print edition—and seeing the sunrise. After being in an underground office for over 12 hours, after the last dregs of Starbucks lattes have long dried up, after the red...

Arguments for the right battle arguments for the reasonable

May 6, 2015

From a young age, we’re taught to learn from our mistakes, and that we should see errors as educational opportunities that we can use to better ourselves for the future. Despite this, everyone hates being wrong. It’s such a terrible feeling that we often go to great lengths to avoid it. ...

Climate survey underscores need for diversity education

Climate survey underscores need for diversity education

April 29, 2015

At issue: Results of Emerson’s climate survey are released. Our take: There is a disconnect on issues of diversity that administrators ought to address. Emerson’s first collegewide survey of the campus climate presents many significant results. Some are laudable, like the finding that nea...

Hillary has her flaws, but she’s equality’s best bet

Hillary has her flaws, but she’s equality’s best bet

April 29, 2015

I need you to win this, Hillary. I realize that is partially out of your control, but I need you to keep your head up and campaign vigorously till the very end. Don’t allow your critics to deter you or weaken your will to fight. You know why you are doing this. You know that women and minority ...

Hulu show doesn’t do Emerson (social) justice

April 29, 2015

At issue: Hulu show Resident Advisors, written by Emerson grads and supported by the college Our take: It’s offensive—and it’s not even funny This was going to be Emerson Los Angeles’ time in the spotlight—the first big break for the two-year-old, $85 million building, located quite...

Millennial readers ought to be shown journalism’s receipts

April 29, 2015

It took me many months to accept Spotify’s paid plan into my life. I was a skeptic of the music streaming service, holding fast to some quasi-hipster, haughty principle: I liked owning the music downloaded to my laptop, and I frequently gave a self-important sigh whenever I privately considered...

Climate survey underscores need for diversity education

Climate survey underscores need for diversity education

By Editorial Board

April 23, 2015

At issue: Results of Emerson’s climate survey are released. Our take: There is a disconnect on issues of diversity that administrators ought to address. Emerson’s first collegewide survey of the campus climate presents many significant results. Some are laudable, like the finding that nearly...