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Federal student privacy laws need a second look

November 5, 2014

After serving as an orientation leader during this semester’s move-in, I thought I knew Emerson’s alcohol and drug policy inside and out. During training, we were drilled on the privacy rights of students and the details of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. College stude...

Pelton’s term reflects prioritization of community needs

November 5, 2014

At issue: Past administration marked by fiscal focus Our take: Under Pelton, now more responsive to student and faculty desires   Few, if any, students at Emerson today were around before current president M. Lee Pelton took office in 2011. The former president, Jacqueline Liebergott, accomp...

Aged tragedies not lost on younger generations

November 5, 2014

In mid-September, retailer Urban Outfitters released a Kent State University-branded sweatshirt as a part of its “vintage find” line. Tattered with what appeared to be bullet holes and with stains the color of blood, the $129 sweatshirt’s description praised the garment’s “excell...

Emerson ought to smoke out the competition

Emerson ought to smoke out the competition

November 5, 2014

With the recent legalization of marijuana in of Washington and Colorado, and the decriminalization of the drug in several other states, it’s clear the general opinion on the substance is shifting. There have been calls for similar legislation to be introduced in other states, including Massachusetts...

Execution procedures need injection of transparency

Execution procedures need injection of transparency

November 5, 2014

Clayton Lockett was scheduled for execution on the night of April 29, 2014. Fourteen years earlier, Lockett was sentenced to death for a first-degree murder conviction, in addition to nearly 3,000 years in prison for other crimes. As Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials readied the cocktail of ...

Animal House-style parties created by gender stereotypes

November 4, 2014

The smell of sweat filling a musky basement, warm beer sloshing out of solo cups, cheers erupting from the nearest beer pong table. Welcome to the classic college frat party, where the jungle juice flows, the house music blasts, and everyone is in pursuit of a good time—until something goes awry.&nb...

Lack of communication lands dining reform in a pickle

November 4, 2014

At issue: SGA submits dining proposals; Emerson says many are already addressed.Our take: Consider the debate with a grain of salt. The Student Government Association is hungry for change in dining hall offerings. The only problem, according to the administration, is that a lot of the chang...

Game recognizes game: virtual spectator sports on the rise

Game recognizes game: virtual spectator sports on the rise

November 4, 2014

Despite what your mother said when you were young, there is now a way to make money by playing video games all day—but you have to be really good. If you haven’t heard of the game League of Legends from your nerdy friend, you might have missed an important piece of gamer news. This game,...

American media infected by sensationalist ebola coverage

American media infected by sensationalist ebola coverage

November 4, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently declared the 2014 Ebola epidemic the largest outbreak of the disease in history. 24/7 news coverage of the virus’ horrors have only fanned the flames of the public’s fear. But despite how dangerous the media makes Ebola seem, America...

Editor’s note

November 4, 2014

The loss of Jocelyn Amelia Straus, a freshman political communication major, was a devastating shock to our community. The thoughts of the Beacon staff are with Straus’ family and friends during this painful time; we wish to extend our sincere condolences. In this time of mourning and tribute, the Be...

After tragedy, a time to remember and reflect

November 4, 2014

On Wednesday, our hearts collectively sank when we learned our community lost one of its youngest members. Jocelyn Amelia Straus, a freshman political communication major from El Cerrito, California, died in her dorm room Tuesday night. College is about new starts. For many of us, Emerson is our first home away from...

Reductive stereotypes stifle middle aged women

November 4, 2014

When former first daughter Chelsea Clinton gave birth to her first child in September, headlines circulated about everything from the significance of the infant’s name to whether there should be talks about preparing the White House for a nursery. Though Politico decried much of the speculation s...