The Berkeley Beacon


The U.S. I wanted to study in no longer exists

I did so many things to create a sense of belonging for myself in this unfamiliar country by empowering myself with knowledge and experience, only to learn that the future I wanted for so long might not even exist, and this country does not welcome people like me.

By Ziqi Wang, Deputy Magazine Editor

July 9, 2020

My boyfriend texted me right after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students would need to leave the U.S. if their university transitions to online-only learning this fall. My first thought was, “Maybe this is a sign telling me that staying in the U.S. is ...

Black at Emerson: Confronting racism through social media

The school must hold a mirror to itself, showing the college what they are, rather than the facade they want others to see. For a school that preaches diversity and prides itself on modernity and liberalism, Emerson does not practice what it preaches.

By Maxx Carr, Creator of @blackatemerson

July 6, 2020

Maxx Carr created the Instagram account @blackatemerson, which presents Black students at Emerson with a platform to anonymously discuss the injustices they’ve experienced on campus. Carr is a second-year student majoring in creative writing. I grew up in New York City, described to many as a cultu...

Stop going on mission trips

Poverty is not a two-week fix. Mission trips are not going to magically erase a community's daily struggles and overall lack of resources.

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Opinion Editor

June 29, 2020

When I was a sophomore in high school, one of my classmates asked for donations through a GoFundMe link on her Facebook page. When I clicked on the link, I expected her fundraiser to cover the cost of family medical expenses or new books for a low-income school. Instead, it called for $2,500 to fund he...

Safety trumps socialization: stop putting servers at risk

Dining out may not seem scary now that new safety precautions are in place. But staying home is the best course of action to ensure the health of both you and your server.

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Opinion Editor

June 22, 2020

When I am slated to waitress my restaurant’s closing shift, suggesting new appetizers and giving wine recommendations is something I usually look forward to. Dining at a restaurant is meant to be a relaxing night without the responsibility of cooking. COVID-19 threw this widely-loved experience ou...

Emerson should work for a more affordable hybrid experience

The ideal solution would be to decrease tuition, allowing for more applications, more students, and in the end, a more accessible Emerson.

By Claire Rodenbush, SGA Executive President

June 16, 2020

Claire Rodenbush is the Student Government Association Executive President for the 2020–21 academic year. Rodenbush is a third-year student studying creative writing.  The following is a message to the Emerson Board of Trustees: You have a moral obligation to significantly decrease tuition for t...

Regaining control during quarantine

Regaining control during quarantine

By Emily Cardona, Deputy Sports Editor

May 28, 2020

I didn’t even notice the heavy blanket that formed on my body at first. I didn’t even notice my depression and anxiety were triggered.  I never thought I would have to leave campus without emotional preparation, I thought I had another month and a half before I had to go to my hometown of Mo...

Us versus Them: Reaching across the aisle to our administrators

The college is still trying to ascertain how the new federal Title IX regulations will impact college policy.

By Kaitlyn Bryson

May 5, 2020

Kaitlyn Bryson is a senior at Emerson College and serves as a student representative on the Title IX working group created by President M. Lee Pelton in the summer of 2019. She is also a contributing Op-Ed writer.  Last spring, my morning started out like any other. I got ready for my Gender in ...

How Animal Crossing reconnected me with my friends during COVID-19

Residents of the island celebrate the opening of a new bridge in Crocoville.

By Tomas Gonzalez, Visual Managing Editor

April 15, 2020

Today, I did something I hadn’t done in a while. I went outside to meet up with some friends—except, I didn’t leave my sofa. My friends and I went fishing, visited a few shops, and even took a trip to the museum. It was a fun-filled day, and we did it all while talking to candy-colored, gibbe...

Maintaining normalcy in spite of drastic changes

By Jocelyn Yang, Deputy Opinion Editor

April 7, 2020

Recently, my dad told me on the phone that after 70 days of home quarantine, he was finally able to go out following China’s ease on their lockdown. I almost screamed when hearing this good news. COVID-19 had forced him to stay at home since the start of the outbreak in late January—he had to wor...

Seniors are robbed of a milestone by not walking in person

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer

March 31, 2020

In an email to the Class of 2020, President M. Lee Pelton announced that Commencement on May 9 and 10 will be postponed.  “No doubt, this news comes to you already anticipated,” he said. Maybe I’m an unwavering optimist, but I didn’t anticipate this—even when I read that UMass Amhers...

Let others cope with uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 on their own terms

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

March 11, 2020

On Tuesday, I followed along on my phone as I flew back to Boston and watched school after school announce their plans to address the COVID-19 outbreak. My boyfriend received the notification that his school, Suffolk University, would be moving all courses online and closing residence halls, requiring...

Good customer etiquette empowers the service industry

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer

March 11, 2020

The quote “put yourself in someone else’s shoes” takes a hard look at empathy. Whenever I see a “Masshole" driving in Boston, I just remember my mom telling me, “they probably just really need to poop.” While I chuckle on the roads and actually grow some empathy for crazy drivers, I wish...