The Berkeley Beacon

Legal intoxicants demonstrate necessity of drug reform

Legal intoxicants demonstrate necessity of drug reform

November 4, 2014

I was sitting on my friend’s couch with a huge bong between my legs. A Beatles instrumental hummed from his Jambox speaker as I burned the herbs in the bowl, let the smoke fill my lungs, and blew a thick white cloud out into the air. Within minutes I was feeling the effects. An innocuous comment about...

Needy students deserve more from financial aid

November 4, 2014

At issue: Students raise money for their tuition. Our take: They shouldn’t need to. It’s no secret that Emerson is an expensive place to be. With its ever-increasing tuition bills, one would imagine that the school would compensate by providing students with more financial aid. After all...

Meme Supreme: Justice Ginsburg’s internet fame

November 4, 2014

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hasn’t been on the cover of Vanity Fair. There haven’t been Saturday Night Live skits poking fun at her pantsuits or the cadence of her speech. But after two decades as a judge in the highest court in the United States, the 81-year-old Ginsburg is the oldest sitting Supreme C...

Dedicate library space to student desires

November 4, 2014

At issue: Underused library space undergoes yet another rebranding project. Our take: Really? Just over a year after the Will & Grace set was announced to relocate to Emerson Los Angeles, questions still remain as to what to do with the now-vacant space in the Boston campus’ Iwasaki Librar...

Emerson bites off less than it can chew

Emerson bites off less than it can chew

September 25, 2014

While some college students live exclusively on ramen noodles and Capri Suns, many others rely on Sodexo, Emerson’s food provider, for their daily dining. We are lucky to enjoy so many eateries with kind employees and specific environmental goals around our school’s space-conscious campus. ...

Social media presents emotional outlet for users

September 25, 2014

Wake up. Tweet about how tired you are. Make a green juice smoothie for breakfast. Post a picture of it on Instagram. Check the news. Share an article and post your own commentary on Facebook. See a picture of your ex and their new boo on Facebook and post a rant on Tumblr. Tl;dr: For members of our genera...

Props for profs fly under students’ radar

September 25, 2014

At issue: Professors recognized for an array of achievements. Our take: Let’s not waste this opportunity. Emerson students are busy—walking through the Boston campus, it’s hard to not find a student juggling a to-do list of footage to edit, interviews to schedule, screenplays to finish, ...

The privilege pill

April 24, 2014

The light from a lamp glints off the aluminum surface of the Red Bull cans lined up along the back of the desk. Fingers are poised over the keyboard, tense and unmoving. A hand reaches into a backpack and pulls out a little baggy, shaking it until a small round pill falls into the palm. The substance i...

Political convictions, not correctness

Political convictions, not correctness

April 24, 2014

A certain reaction comes to all of us each April — successive disbelief at having finished your freshman year of college, suddenly being halfway done and then, astonishingly, being on the cusp of graduation.  When I first took to these pages, I was nervous to publicize my views on such...

Learning to play fair

Learning to play fair

April 20, 2014

Growing up, I aspired to be a professional athlete. When I realized that dream would never come true, I combined my passion for sports and storytelling into journalism, something I hope to turn into a career. But throughout my years of soccer, volleyball, and writing, all that mattered was that myself,...

The global effects of Afghan elections

April 17, 2014

Last week, Afghanistan witnessed an estimated 60 percent of its 12 million eligible voters participate in elections to select a new president, amid threats of Taliban attacks. And while drawing long-term conclusions over any event in Afghanistan is always risky, after 13 years of conflict, this democr...

Emerson’s new initiative bad for business

April 10, 2014

At issue: Emerson is expanding business offerings Our take: It shouldn't be so major Emerson’s getting down to business—or so it seems. The college hired a new director for its entrepreneurship program, Lu Ann Reeb, after Karl Baehr, the founder, passed away; professors are de...