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Don’t let the media affect your confidence in the bedroom

Don’t let the media affect your confidence in the bedroom

By Mariyam Quaisar, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
January 20, 2022

Finding and exuding confidence can be difficult due to certain societal standards and pressures that have rudely established what it means to be “attractive.” This difficulty can unfortunately travel...

The Berkeley Beacon releases first  diversity audit in the organization’s  75-year history

The Berkeley Beacon releases first diversity audit in the organization’s 75-year history

January 12, 2022

Since fall 2020, when The Beacon saw more than a dozen staff resignations as a result of a toxic, racially-insensitive newsroom culture, we have been working to reflect and reexamine The Beacon’s organizational...

Why we still love Twilight

Why we still love ‘Twilight’

By Hadera McKay
December 11, 2021

Why do the Twilight movies make us so intensely, undeniably uncomfortable?  Is it because we are instantly shown a problematic love story between an abusively gas-lighting 107-year-old horny vampire...

The far-right is controlling the Republican Party, and Kevin McCarthy is embracing it

The far-right is controlling the Republican Party, and Kevin McCarthy is embracing it

By Justin Chen, Assistant Opinion Editor
December 10, 2021

Since Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) became a law maker, I have been calling her and her close colleagues from the House Freedom Caucus such as Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Congressman...

The Flag of the Dominican Republican

Why independent journalism is dying in the Dominican Republic

By Shannon Garrido, Content Managing Editor
December 10, 2021

I knew early on that journalism was a main interest of mine. So, I decided to take a three-month internship at HOY newspaper, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR).  I didn't think much of it,...

Shane Dawson, YouTube’s racist old Grandpa

Shane Dawson, YouTube’s racist old Grandpa

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
December 10, 2021

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of racism, pedophilia, zoophilia, and sexual harassment.  It’s August 2018, and Shane Dawson’s “The Secret World of Jeffree Star” is premiering...

Dive right in, head first

Dive right in, head first

By Mariyam Quaisar, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 2, 2021

Let me tell you a story about a guy who meets a girl. They like each other, there’s sexual attraction, so eventually, they want to have some sexy time. They find a place to get down and dirty, they kiss,...

The Future Of Historical Plaques - And How Emersonians Shape It

The Future Of Historical Plaques – And How Emersonians Shape It

By Gabel Strickland
December 1, 2021

In 1807, it was where John Quincy Adams envisioned the laws that would govern our nation for centuries to come. Now, it's where Emerson students get Starbucks coffee in the morning. These two realities...

Going home for the holidays is a privilege

Going home for the holidays is a privilege

By Margarita Ivanova
December 1, 2021

This Thanksgiving, following a pandemic, many of my peers and I were able to experience the warm feeling of being able to go home and take in a semblance of normalcy. For me, that meant spending time with...

Don’t let apathy stop you from grieving the loss of a pet

Don’t let apathy stop you from grieving the loss of a pet

By Shannon Garrido, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

When we lose a family member, we are told to grieve. We cut our days short, we make funeral arrangements, we take time off, or drown ourselves in work. We do whatever it takes to get by.  For so many,...

Don’t stuff your animals; team anti taxidermy

Don’t stuff your animals; team anti taxidermy

By Campbell Parish, Magazine Editor & Operations Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

Don’t taxidermy your precious pet. After all, there's a reason why the vet doesn't tell you you’ll get your pet back in good shape if it dies. As I scroll through TikTok, I look at the curated videos...

It’s OK to get attached after sex

It’s OK to get attached after sex

By Mariyam Quaisar, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 18, 2021

Losing one’s virginity is usually a powerful moment in one’s life, and it often results in feeling a strong connection to whomever they lost it to. I’m here to tell you that such a feeling is normal,...

Is Taylor Swift revolutionary or is she just white?

Is Taylor Swift revolutionary or is she just white?

By Hadera McKay
November 11, 2021

With the upcoming re-release of Taylor Swift’s award-winning album Red on Friday, it’s about time to investigate exactly why we love this white woman and her mediocre singing voice so much.  The...

Vaccine mandates arent fascism; theyre a public health imperative

Vaccine mandates aren’t fascism; they’re a public health imperative

By Shannon Garrido and Lucia Thorne
November 11, 2021

Life gets you down sometimes, and that’s understandable. But if you ever feel worthless or unwanted, just remember this past Sunday, a group of what are clearly very “well-rounded” individuals gathered...

Travis Scott fans need to re-evaluate their relationship with the artist

Travis Scott fans need to re-evaluate their relationship with the artist

By Vivi Smilgius, Deputy Express Editor
November 10, 2021

A year ago, or even a few weeks ago, believing people shouldn’t die at concerts wouldn’t be considered remotely controversial. But after eight people died at Astroworld in Houston on Saturday, it seems...

Stop kink shaming: all types of sex are valid

Stop kink shaming: all types of sex are valid

By Mariyam Quaisar, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 10, 2021

People have sex. That is a concept that society has come a long way in wrapping its head around, which is great. Now, society needs to wrap its head around kinks and the wide array of fetishes that people...

Democrats could lose electoral power if they dont unite

Democrats could lose electoral power if they don’t unite

By Justin Chen, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 4, 2021

“The honeymoon is over,” according to CNN political commentator Van Jones. That is indeed the case as democrats are heading towards ugly midterm elections. Less than a year from the midterm elections,...

Super stoked to get super soaked;  We should all buy a vibrator

Super stoked to get super soaked; We should all buy a vibrator

By Mariyam Quaisar, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
November 4, 2021

Sept. 26. That’s the day my life changed, the day I met the best friend any girl could ever ask for.  From that first day I met him, Gavin has been by my side through thick and thin, through good...

We cant continue to ignore the toxicity of fraternities

We can’t continue to ignore the toxicity of fraternities

By Shannon Garrido, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

Since moving to this country and dipping my toes into what is considered the “American college experience,” there is one thing I still can't wrap my mind around—Greek life.  Although the idea...

Students sit in a computer lab.

Grad students must overcome the barrier of age and program differences to thrive

By Charlie Brian Ambler
October 28, 2021

As post-undergraduate programs increase exponentially in enrollment, according to a report from the United States Census Bureau, the social division between undergraduates and graduates persists. This...

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