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Increase transparency surrounding Section 12 hospitalization

Increase transparency surrounding Section 12 hospitalization

By Thomas Akiona

January 26, 2020

“You’re being held on Section 12 involuntary hospitalization," the psychiatrist said in a calm and collected manner, seemingly unfazed by the unnerving shrieks of the patient in the adjacent unit. It was 9:30 p.m. and I had been waiting in the emergency room for almost eight hours. I occupie...

Recognize me more than just my nationality

Recognize me more than just my nationality

By Xinyan Fu, Columnist

January 22, 2020

As a person who enjoys meeting new people, I hate introducing myself. To be more specific, I hate telling people where I’m from while doing self-introductions because some people are only interested in the fact that I am from China and will start asking me tons of questions about my home country.Don...

Stop using addiction-related language for comedic effect

Stop using addiction-related language for comedic effect

By Jess Ferguson, Deputy Opinion Editor

January 20, 2020

Last January, Devour Foods, a subdivision of the Kraft Heinz Company, aired a Super Bowl commercial to promote their frozen foods. The commercial focuses on a wife who reveals that her husband suffers from frozen food porn addiction. With somber music and a serious tone, the commercial not only dele...

Why the holidays are the worst time of year for some international students

Why the holidays are the worst time of year for some international students

By Xinyan Fu, Columnist

January 15, 2020

It's that time of the year. With tree lights dancing and snowflakes swirling, the holiday hype starts with people shopping for Christmas decorations and gifts. College students are getting ready to go home for a long cozy break with their families. As the song goes, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." We...

Fighting climate change should be everyone’s New Year’s resolution

Fighting climate change should be everyone’s New Year’s resolution

By Melissa Rosales, Columnist, Podcast Producer

January 15, 2020

My New Year’s resolution was to take my vitamins every day. I wanted something simple and attainable considering 2020 is the big year I graduate and start my career. However, my boyfriend said it was lame and I shouldn't be afraid of committing to something bigger, like fighting climate change. Whe...

Letter from the Editor: Incredible journalism isn’t the only thing to be proud of this semester

Letter from the Editor: Incredible journalism isn’t the only thing to be proud of this semester

By Chris Van Buskirk, Editor-in-Chief

December 15, 2019

Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk reflects on the fall 2019 semester, the accomplishments and failures of The Berkeley Beacon, and looks forward to holiday break and spring 2020.

Saying goodbye to ‘Dear Diary’: The reality and benefits of journaling

Saying goodbye to ‘Dear Diary’: The reality and benefits of journaling

By Carlota Cano

December 10, 2019

A key figure in English literature, Oscar Wilde, once admitted: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” On a daily basis, my mind is processing and attending to hundreds of stimuli, and it oftentimes feels like it’s on overdrive ...

Turning our New Year’s resolutions into realities

Turning our New Year’s resolutions into realities

By Jocelyn Yang, Assistant Opinion Editor

December 8, 2019

Counting down to 2020, I've started drafting the list of my New Year's resolutions: read more books, go to the gym every day, get more sleep. But these mirror the plans I had for previous years. And like the past few years, I fear losing track of my progress of these goals only a week after I set them. ...

Mistakes and missteps: Accepting the art of failure

Mistakes and missteps: Accepting the art of failure

By Ally Rzesa

December 3, 2019

I have had plenty of leadership and followership positions, and I have royally messed up all of them. If I could intern in making mistakes, I would reject the position because I deserve to be the executive director of the space cadet department. Although it sucks to be slapped in the face with self-doubt, rejection, and denial on a dai...

Moving away from society’s dependence on contemporary medicine

Moving away from society’s dependence on contemporary medicine

By Carlota Cano

November 18, 2019

On average, 47 million prescriptions are unnecessarily written up by doctors and emergency departments per year across the United States. But there’s a natural side to medicine used to treat pain and illness that's often overlooked. By opting to use natural remedies, people can alleviate pain and ...

Home sweet home: Why going to college nearby can be beneficial

Home sweet home: Why going to college nearby can be beneficial

By Jess Ferguson, Deputy Opinion Editor

November 18, 2019

Throughout the college application process, I felt pressured to attend school somewhere far away from my home in southeastern Massachusetts. Everyone said college was supposed to be about new experiences and newfound independence, which almost always meant leaving the nest and living a plane ride aw...

How holiday sales capitalize on our impulses

How holiday sales capitalize on our impulses

By Jocelyn Yang, Assistant Opinion Editor

November 12, 2019

A new tidal wave of holiday sales is coming. Stores like Hollister, Zappos, and Macy’s email me every day to advertise discounts and remind me of the money I can save while shopping. However, in reality, none of these promotions financially help the shopper. Rather, they encourage me and others lik...