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A dose of ethics for magazine classes

December 13, 2012

For a good part of my first four semesters writing and editing this college newspaper, something restrained me from going so far as to call myself a journalist. As far as I knew, I wrote, but didn’t report. I edited journalism, but I wasn’t a journalist. As a writing, literature, and publ...

An Empire State of mind for Emerson

December 13, 2012

Each year, droves of Emerson graduates migrate from sleepy Boston to the bustling epicenters of their chosen industries. Filmmakers and actors head to Los Angeles to pursue work on the silver screen, an easy transition from spending a semester interning and studying in the college’s expanding ...

Have some class; don’t play hookey

December 13, 2012

Despite that fact that these past few months have been a winter washout,  students who were kept inside on gray days are now coming out of hibernation in full force. Even the Boston Police have taken notice.  “Police say students plan to skip school today”  read one headline in...

Editorial: SGA candidate endorsements

December 13, 2012

President—Tau Zaman Finishing the remainder of Jeffrey Rizzi’s elected term has proved uneven, but Zaman’s experience and commitment to SGA suits him to the challenge of leading student government for a full term. With a new start and a laundry list of goals for next year, we urge him...

Letter to the editor from Tau Zaman

December 13, 2012

Dear Editor, I’d like to congratulate the Beacon on dramatically improving the quality of its reporting over the past few years. Overall, I’ve found that your contributors are earnest and professional. This is why I’m disappointed that I don’t see the same qualities in the Beacon&rsq...

Marrying the W, the L, and the P

December 13, 2012

Writing, literature, and publishing. It’s a major unique to Emerson that is the wet-dream of any Wilde-infatuated, Orwell-crushing high school kid — not unlike myself two years ago.  While Emerson is ahead of its competition in offering a major that examines all three...

Nonfiction is for facts, not fibbers

December 13, 2012

It’s said that truth is stranger than fiction, but for some nonfiction writers, not even the truth is strange enough. Barely a quarter of the way through 2012, two emboldened storytellers have met intense, highly-publicized rebuke for bending (or completely fabricating) the truth in unambiguously-lab...

Absence policy works for workshops

December 13, 2012

It’s a common complaint heard in the halls of the Walker Building, the dining hall deli line, the smoke cloud outside of the Little Building. The gripe is that Emerson’s class attendance policy that limits unexcused absences doesn’t treat students like adults, and truant students sh...

Editorial: SGA session a frosty Pelton pow-wow

December 13, 2012

At issue: President, trustees, and SGA meet awkwardly to talk money.  Our take: Meeting did little to bridge the gap between students and administrators. ___________________________________________________ Preparing for important company can be a stressful endeavor. Some people pull out their best...

Guilty pleasures are best over breakfast

December 13, 2012

Last week, for the first time since 1995, NBC’s Today show ratings dropped below its ABC competitor, Good Morning America. The culprit behind this coup at daybreak was none other than former Today anchor Katie Couric, now under contract at ABC. Executives capitalized on the juicy prospect of p...

Think small for summer internships

December 13, 2012

Long gone are the summer days of the bronze age, the era of our most youthful youth. When we were kids we were welcome, even encouraged, to spend endless hours at the pool until our feet became hardened by the sandpaper deck and our fingers adopted a permanent state of prune-like-wrinkle-ness. But t...

Endorsing Barack Obama

Endorsing Barack Obama

December 12, 2012

There is not a day that has gone by in the past six months where I haven’t thought about the upcoming presidential election. How could I not when 24-hour news channels, Twitter followers, phone bankers, and essentially every person I stumble into conversation with has the same message about the...

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