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We can cancel online orders, not human beings

English poet Alexander Pope, once said “To err is human,” alluding to the fact that all people make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are more serious than others, like knocking over the coffee mug onto your expensive computer or accidentally

Being OK with not feeling OK

As a Latina woman, I’ve always been surrounded by happiness and the mindset that everything is fine. Even my grandma, who fought depression all her life, always put up a positive front. My mom—a single mother—never showed signs of weakness.

When it comes to COVID testing, where’s the accountability?

Since the start of the fall semester, Emerson has taken considerable action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks on campus. Unlike other universities that have reported more than 1,000 student cases, like Pennsylvania State and Arizona State

2020 is not 2016. Here’s why that matters

Donald Trump supporters and Democrats have one similar perception of this year’s election: that it will follow in the steps of 2016.  Though it appears America is heavily divided on almost every important issue on the ballot, there is similar

Navigating the U.S. election season as an international student

“How’s the U.S. election vibe? Who do you think will win? Does any candidate pose policies that hurt China or international students?” I received this list of questions from family and close friends back home during the first presidential debate

My birthday present this year? Stories.

Almost nothing about my 21st birthday will be how I imagined. It won’t take place in a crowded bar. My friends won’t buy me frozen margaritas and toast to another year in the books. I won’t celebrate in a nice

We were never getting the college experience we expected

For those of you who spent too much of your childhood obsessing over Legally Blonde and Beverly Hills, 90210, like me, you probably had an inflated image of what college life would be like when you got here. I imagined

Mail-in voting is still not accessible for everyone

This election season, a vast majority of the American population is likely going to vote by mail. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended just about everything in our American way of life, including the way we vote.  Like anything else, voting

Mail-in voting is easy. Here’s why you should do it.

What does it mean to vote? When anyone casts their ballot in a normal year, they are fulfilling their civic responsibility as an American citizen. But this November, for the first time in a long time, there is a pandemic

My love letter to The Max that is no more

Obviously, a lot has changed on campus because of the pandemic. But what bothers me the most is not the online classes, nor is it the frequent testing, social distancing, or mask-wearing.  What I miss most is The Max. “But

Letter: OneEmerson?

When I see OneEmerson plastered on walls and headlining emails, all I do is think. I think of the students who live through police brutality and racial injustice on a daily basis and it isn’t just some liberal game of

Letter: Ruthanne Madsen, VP of Enrollment, responds to Gina Martin article

The Office of Financial Aid at Emerson College is devoted to providing access to education for all students with financial need. Unfortunately, inaccurate descriptions of individual circumstances and the College’s response to financial aid situations are prevalent—they can misrepresent the committed

Letter: POWER responds to Gina Martin article

As members of Protesting Oppression With Educational Reform (POWER), a group working to advocate for BIPOC students, we have a vested interest in how The Beacon and other predominantly white organizations on campus portray the BIPOC community. We do our

Time to look at the silver lining

In a room full of pessimists, I am the first to say that the world is going to hell. Nowadays, I cannot believe I am alone in that assertion, especially among my Gen Z peers who also attend Emerson College.

Let off-campus students test somewhere else

Testing all Emerson students weekly is both a noble goal and a requirement this year. It’s been widely proven that the most effective way to pin down the coronavirus before it spreads—or shortly after its transmission begins—is through frequent testing

There’s a new opponent this year: COVID-19

Jillian Kay is a middle blocker for the Emerson women’s volleyball team. Kay is a rising sophomore studying broadcast journalism. When COVID-19 cases first surged in March, I had no idea how much the virus would challenge my athletic identity.

We really, really shouldn’t throw parties

By now, you may have heard a joke or two leading up to this semester—something like “off to school for a few good weeks” or “don’t make your room look too nice, since it’ll probably be empty by next month.”

Remote learning is different, but that’s not a bad thing

As Emerson moves forward with its reopening plans for the fall semester, many students have raised concerns about the value of online classes. Is it comparable to the in-person experience, they ask, when teachers only appear through a screen, sometimes

A weekly email is not enough

Throughout the summer, Emerson administration has sent students sporadic emails. In June came the announcement that campus would reopen in late August. A few weeks later, updates on tuition and then dining flooded students’ inboxes. And just recently, administrators proliferated

Letter: What will we do with our fear?

Kim McLarin is a writing, literature, and publishing associate professor and a graduate program director. Dear Emerson Community, These are frightening times. We fear for ourselves, our families and friends, our students and staff and colleagues, the College itself. We

We’re putting faculty and staff in danger

In a world toppled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson administration gave students a choice: return to an altered campus and participate in a mix of in-person and online classes or opt to go fully online. (Another handful, alternatively, chose to

Don’t be the reason someone gets COVID-19

Around this time each year since I officially entered Emerson, I’ve always found myself coming to campus with a certain worry.  As an incoming first-year student two years ago, my biggest concern was if students and faculty thought I was

Difficult conversations are one step toward racial equity

Sophia Speciale is a rising senior studying visual and media arts. Like many young couples these days, my ex-boyfriend and I met on the dating app Bumble. We connected quickly while text messaging and clicked on our first date. We

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

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

I shouldn’t have to prove my sports knowledge to men

Ever since I first became invested in sports, especially football, I have experienced situations where I wasn’t taken seriously due to my gender. As a young woman, I don’t look like someone who could easily name every Super Bowl champion

Black at Emerson: Confronting racism through social media

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

POC Column: Dear White People

I once had a small, insignificant, ten-minute conversation with my high school friend Kelis that my mind will never let me forget.  One day, Kelis walked into a Georgian Nordstrom to window shop, and a white sales associate approached and

Stop going on mission trips

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

Letter: A shameful end for Marlboro

T. Hunter Wilson served as a faculty member at Marlboro College for 47 years.  The Marlboro College Board of Trustees is moving toward a shameful end. They have signed a Purchase and Sales agreement with the Democracy Builders Fund that

Safety trumps socialization: stop putting servers at risk

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.

For a more equitable community (and newsroom)

On June 1, as inklings of warm summer air crept in, a massive protest overtook the streets of Boston, just steps from Emerson’s campus. Demonstrators marched to get justice for the countless Black lives lost at the hands of the

Letter: False assumptions

Christopher Stetson Wilson is the administrative associate to the chair of Emerson’s Journalism Department. Wilson is also an Emerson graduate student studying creative writing. Claire Rodenbush’s opinion piece on June 16 (“Emerson should work for a more affordable hybrid experience”),

Emerson should work for a more affordable hybrid experience

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

Regaining control during quarantine

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

Head Over Feels: The story doesn’t end here

I started writing love columns by accident.  One Wednesday during the first semester of my sophomore year, my boyfriend at the time broke up with me at approximately 5:30 p.m. I had a Beacon production meeting at 6 p.m. So,

Right person, wrong time is a myth

Last semester posed an interesting dilemma for my love life. I had just emerged from a serious, long-term relationship in October 2019, and I planned on studying abroad at Kasteel Well the following semester. I approached my dating life very

Letter: Rejecting the idea of us versus them

Kerry Ferrell is an Emerson College class of 2020 graduate. I wholeheartedly reject the idea of an “Us versus Them” mentality at Emerson in regards to the handling of sexual assault on campus. Rather, I see it as “Those Compassionately

Letter: It is Us Versus Them

Claire Rodenbush is a rising junior at Emerson College who was recently elected as SGA’s executive president for the 2020-2021 academic year. My initial reaction to the opinion piece “Us Versus Them” was one of disgust. Telling survivors of sexual

Editorial Board: Claire Rodenbush is the outside change SGA needs

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated every facet of life at Emerson College, making the Student Government Association’s spring election more important than ever. The actions of the next executive president will determine the course for an organization that has completely

Munchies smoked my eating disorder

After multiple rips from a bong and eating a whole package of cookies, I found myself sprawled on the floor of my freshman year dorm, full. I had just made my way through four episodes of Face/Off and one package

Letter: Amy Tudor responds to Kevin Quigley statements

Amy Tudor is an alum of Marlboro College and affiliated with I Believe In Marlboro College, a group of alumni and community members opposing Emerson College’s acquisition of Marlboro College.  In a March 19 Berkeley Beacon article, Emerson-Marlboro merger still

Maintaining normalcy in spite of drastic changes

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

The Berkeley Beacon shuts down after 73 years

We are pained to announce that The Berkeley Beacon, the college’s only student newspaper, plans to shutter operations effective Wednesday at 10  p.m. after more than 73 years of serving the Emerson community.  After necessary funding was denied, we concluded

Seniors are robbed of a milestone by not walking in person

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

How student journalism saved me during the COVID-19 crisis

On Friday, March 13, Emerson College announced it would close its residence halls, effectively kicking us all out of our dorms. Across campus, students cried, raided The Max, and frantically texted their parents. Only the night before, in 172 Tremont,

Letter: Covid-19 Tuition Refunds

Abigail Semple is the Student Government Association’s executive treasurer for the 2019-2020 academic year.  I wish this wasn’t happening. I wish I could finish my senior year on campus, I wish I could have all the traditions that the graduating

Continuing campus news coverage amid a global pandemic

It’s been a hectic week, to say the least. There are 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts as of Monday, according to public health officials. The college made the decision Friday to ask students to leave residence halls at

Letter from the Editor: The world is changing

The view from the third floor of 172 Tremont St. may not look different from only a week ago but the tone and anxiety permeating Boston is tangible.  Excuse the cliche, but one could cut through the stress and distraught

Letter: Don’t make decisions based on rumors

Abigail Semple is the Student Government Association’s executive treasurer for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Everything right now is hectic. Things are overwhelming and scary. But, we all need to remember to care for ourselves, which means sleeping, eating, washing your

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic deserve transparency

College officials announced Tuesday that the school will transition to classes online for the rest of the semester due to the global spread of COVID-19. Emerson is among a list of local colleges including Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Suffolk

Solved: The Myth of Reverse Racism

A few weeks ago, I scrolled on my TikTok “For You” page and stumbled across a video of a white girl claiming that every race can be racist.  I stared in shock for a few seconds before reading the comment

Good customer etiquette empowers the service industry

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

Strapped for Cash: The financial aid system is broken

Every year when October rolls around, I dread filling out the application for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA.  It takes me weeks to complete over 100 questions while I walk my mom through

Letter: Secrecy at Marlboro College

Rebecca Boyden is a former resident of Marlboro whose father was a teacher, Dean, Trustee and Acting President at Marlboro College for over 30 years I am profoundly disturbed by the levels of secrecy which are now accepted at Marlboro

Letter: Elections Shenanigans unacceptable

Brad Dye graduated from Emerson College in 2006 and served as the Student Government Association’s elections commissioner for three years.  As the person who served as SGA Elections Commissioner for three years, and oversaw the College’s transition from paper balloting

Prioritize student safety amid COVID-19 concerns

Kasteel Well officials announced on Feb. 24 that they canceled their planned four-day mandatory academic excursion to Milan, Italy, and barred students from traveling outside the Netherlands until March 15 out of concern for the recent spread of COVID-19 in

Everything has changed—except my love for Taylor Swift

It was 2007, and I distinctly remember opening up my seventh birthday present: a black SanDisk MP3 player. At the time, I thought I was the coolest first-grader in the world. I blew out my candles and immediately ran downstairs

Learning to love both of my “faces”

When I look in the mirror, I don’t recognize the face that looks back at me as completely “mine.” Of course, I know it’s my face. I’ve never undergone any sort of cosmetic surgery nor do I want to. When

Sacrificing sleep should not be the norm of college life

The ‘college triangle’ states that students can only have two of the following: good grades, a social life, and enough sleep. The first time I saw this triangle years ago, I chose to prioritize “good grades” and “social life” without

We support staff members joining the union

This is an important year for the Emerson College Staff Union. The group plans to start renegotiating their contract with the school next spring. They held a meet-and-greet event on Feb. 14 at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery to talk

Accepting being single as a hopeless romantic

As a college student studying in a new city, finding relationships isn’t as easy as it seems. There are nightclubs, parties, and dating apps, but in my experience, none of those ever lead to anything serious. From what I realized,

It’s hard to watch The Bachelor when you’re not straight

‘Tis the season—The Bachelor season. While I’m excited about The Bachelor, Peter Weber’s fantasy suite dates, and glad the drama of stolen champagne bottles are behind us, I’m worried about watching next Monday night’s episode. I’m especially worried for Victoria

My roots were only seen when they were worn by a white person

In my sophomore year of high school, I was excited to find out about a course called Asian Studies. The popular course focused on the significance of Indian religion, traditions, holidays, food, traditional clothing, and music, and incorporated field trips

Parkland, two years later

Every year, Feb. 14 represents a day of love. Valentine’s Day. But this year, and for every year of the rest of their lives, many people will not celebrate love and instead mourn the deaths caused by this hateful act

Strapped For Cash: Experience doesn’t pay the bills

Last summer, a clip of U.S. Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez went viral on Twitter. Standing alongside fellow Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, she shouts into the camera, “Experience doesn’t pay the bills!” Ocasio-Cortez is highlighting the challenge I and so

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Accountability, not agendas

On their last show of 2019, The New York Times’ podcast The Daily welcomed their very own Executive Editor Dean Baquet into the studio for an episode titled “The Lessons of 2016.” In this episode, Baquet goes back and forth

Truth matters in the war against coronavirus

In my five years spent studying in the U.S., I’ve never been so worried about my family in China as I have now. When my dad recently said over the phone it was fortunate for me to return to the

Ableist discourse hurts the disabled community

In 2009, Spread the Word gained traction in the public school system of Colchester, Connecticut, my hometown, as well as in schools across the country. The campaign spread awareness about the derogatory and negative connotations that the “R-word” holds towards

The unseen side effects of slave films

When I was around ten years old, I watched a miniseries titled Roots that explored generations upon generations of slavery. At such a young age, I never connected the characters of Roots and their suffering with my ancestors. As I

Treat coronavirus epidemic with caution, not racism

It’s been more than a month since the first report of the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China. According to the World Health Organization’s latest Novel Coronavirus Situation Report, as of Feb. 3, there have been 17,391 cases confirmed, of which

We shouldn’t have to adapt foods for Americans

The first time I tried sushi in a Boston restaurant, I noticed something was off — it didn’t taste like the sushi I grew up eating in the Philippines. There was a lack of something but I couldn’t put my

Don’t underestimate the importance of faculty of color

I arrived at Emerson in fall 2018 where I quickly noticed my environment consisted of mostly white students and people. While I never mind being taught by a white professor, I never noticed the impact of learning under a professor

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