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Kyle Bray

Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design

Kyle Bray is a former Visual Managing Editor for The Berkeley Beacon. He worked for the paper from Fall 2017-Fall 2019. He also served as the Sports Editor and Music Columnist.

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The Berkeley Beacon News Hour: Kasteel Well, Guy Fieri, Primary Race

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour: Kasteel Well, Guy Fieri, Primary Race

March 9, 2020

On this episode of The Berkeley Beacon News Hour, an alumni host Kyle Bray filled in for Ryan Ribeiro and was joined by our new Deputy Column Editor, Katie Redefer who lead the show with coronavirus coverage...

The B-Side: “Old Town Road” is a decade-defining yeehaw anthem

The B-Side: “Old Town Road” is a decade-defining yeehaw anthem

January 22, 2020

If there was one song that no one could escape hearing in 2019, it would be Lil Nas X’s country-trap banger “Old Town Road." The song went diamond in the U.S., and holds the record for most time spent...

The Office for Civil Rights currently has one open investigation into the college after a parent of a former student alleged that the college discriminated against their son.

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour 12/13: Semester wrap up

December 13, 2019

Listen to "The Berkeley Beacon News Hour on WECB 12/13: Semester wrap up" on Spreaker. Berkeley Beacon editors went live on WECB with the latest episode of The Berkeley Beacon News Hour—a morning...

Farewell Column: What The Beacon taught me

Farewell Column: What The Beacon taught me

December 4, 2019

I’ll never forget the first time I had one of my articles critiqued for The Beacon. I was a first-semester freshman and had just written my first real journalistic article. It was a simple season preview...

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton and Marlboro President Kevin Quigley walk together on Peltons first visit since the merger announcement. Cho Yin Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour on WECB 11/25: Massachusetts bans plastic bags and Marlboro merger updates

November 25, 2019

Listen to "The Berkeley Beacon News Hour on WECB 11/25: Massachusetts bans plastic bags and Marlboro merger updates" on Spreaker. Berkeley Beacon editors went live on WECB with the latest episode...

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour 11/18: New vape ban, ECPD diversity, and graduate student union ban

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour 11/18: New vape ban, ECPD diversity, and graduate student union ban

November 18, 2019

Listen to "The Berkeley Beacon News Hour on WECB 11/18: New vape ban, ECPD diversity, and graduate student union ban" on Spreaker. Berkeley Beacon editors went live on WECB with the latest episode of...

An Asset Transfer Agreement, signed by Emerson and Marlboro, revealed that Emerson expects to receive just over $20 million from the merger.

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour 11/15: Latest on the Marlboro College merger

November 15, 2019

Berkeley Beacon editors went live on WECB with the latest episode of The Berkeley Beacon News Hour—a morning radio program dedicated to discussing both campus and city news with a splice of music in...

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour 11/13: Marlboro College merger

The Berkeley Beacon News Hour 11/13: Marlboro College merger

November 13, 2019

Listen to "The Berkeley Beacon News Hour on WECB 11/13: Marlboro College merger" on Spreaker. Berkeley Beacon editors went live on WECB with the latest episode of The Berkeley Beacon News Hour—a morning...

Sophomore Carolyn Vaimoso (left, airborne) averaged 4.5 kills per set before her season ending injury last year. Carol Rangel / Beacon Staff

Sophomore recovers from season ending injury with award winning year

October 31, 2019

As Carolyn Vaimoso lay on the court after falling in the first set of a conference matchup against Coast Guard in September 2018, the only thing going through the then freshman’s head was that she definitely...

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Using music to find inner peace after a breakup

October 11, 2019

It’s late May, and I’m sitting in the driver’s seat of my mom’s car parked in front of my now-ex-girlfriend’s apartment. I’m sobbing uncontrollably into my hands as they rest on the steering...

Juniors Patrick Westervelt (left) and Simon Olarte (right) cooked dinner for President M. Lee Pelton. Photo courtesy of Kris Theorin

Students host President Pelton for dinner

April 9, 2019

When juniors Patrick Westervelt and Simon Olarte studied at the Kasteel Well campus in the Netherlands together last year, they jokingly debated about who could cook better. Westervelt said he and Olarte...

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

The B Side: Let artists’ unfinished work rest in peace

February 6, 2019

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion’s newest project, Members Only, Vol. 4, was released on Jan. 23—just in time for his 21st birthday. The project features verses from the rapper himself along with...

Brendan has raised over $10,000 for the Cam Neely Foundation, a foundation that helps provide support for cancer patients and their families. Photo by Anna Moon / Beacon Correspondent

Freshman fundraises to run Boston Marathon for brother with cancer

January 30, 2019

Freshman Brendan Beauregard will never forget how he spent the day on Sept. 15, 2017. Sitting in the living room of his family home in Medfield, Mass. texting his friends, he received a life-changing...

Junior Gavin Faucette (center, No. 7) led the Lions in scoring for the second season in a row. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Junior forward earns First Team All-Conference honors

November 29, 2018

Two Lions took home individual honors for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference postseason awards earlier this month. Junior forward Gavin Faucette made the NEWMAC All-Conference...

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

The B Side: Less is more in the streaming age

November 14, 2018

My first listen of Vince Staple’s newest project FM! disappointed me. It had nothing to do with the quality of the album but rather the length. FM! clocks in at 22 minutes in length, 14 minutes...

Veronica Alberts will be the only senior captain in the 2019 fall season. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Women’s soccer to face Springfield in NEWMAC semifinal

October 31, 2018

The college’s No. 3 seed women’s soccer team will face No. 2 seed Springfield College in the semifinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs. Emerson defeated No....

Veronica Alberts (No. 11) runs past Babsons Maya King (No. 23). Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Women’s soccer wins first home NEWMAC playoff game in college history

October 31, 2018

Emerson’s women’s soccer team claimed the first home conference playoff win in school history by beating the Babson College Beavers 1-0 on Tuesday. Junior forward Veronica Alberts scored the game’s...

Ryan Rinaldi (center) poses with the Emerson Cheer Squad after finishing a routine. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff

Junior jumps into cheer squad as male cheerleader

October 29, 2018

When Ryan Rinaldi transferred to Emerson from the San Francisco Art Institute, he did not anticipate becoming a cheerleader. But after attending the organization fair in his second year at Emerson, the...

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

The B Side: Brockhampton breaks the hip-hop mold

October 17, 2018

Brockhampton self-proclaimed itself as the “best boy band since One Direction." Its quick rise to fame and early success proves the group earned the title. The hip-hop collective set a new career...

Darius Boamah challenges for the ball in Emersons 1-0 loss to WPI. Photo: Abbey Finn/Beacon Correspondent.

Late goal sinks men’s soccer against WPI

October 1, 2018

The men’s soccer team lost to Worchester Polytechnic Institute 1-0 after conceding in the final minute of the game Saturday afternoon. Head coach Bryan Harkin said that, despite the loss, his...

RJ Dziejma (No. 14) scored the Lions lone goal against Coast Guard. Kyle Bray / Beacon Staff.

Men’s soccer looks to contend with young squad

September 11, 2018

The men’s soccer team aims to contend this season with a squad full of new faces after losing key seniors from its previous season. The team added 16 new players to their roster for the 2018 season...

Jenna Case (No. 22) challenges for the ball in Emersons 1-0 victory over Wesleyan. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff.

Women’s soccer aims for playoffs after disappointing 2017

September 11, 2018

The women’s soccer team aims for its furthest playoff run since 2016 following a tough 2017 season. Last season, the Lions trailed 3-7 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference...

Emerson baseball faces off against Rivier University at St. Johns Prep. Photo Courtesy of Julie Levine.

Stadium deal gives baseball, tennis teams new home

September 9, 2018

Emerson’s baseball and tennis teams will play their home games at a new venue for their upcoming 2018 season. The Athletics Department reached a one year deal with St. John's Preparatory School to...

The softball diamond on Rotch Field now has dugouts for both teams. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff.

Turf, locker rooms upgraded at Rotch Field

September 5, 2018

Rotch Field—Emerson’s home venue for soccer, lacrosse, and softball—underwent renovations to improve the facility over the summer. The renovations include a replacement of the field’s turf...

Tyler Trudeau (right, No.7) stands alongside teammate Xu Lulu in a 2018 IQA World Cup match. Photo courtesy of Miguel Esparza/USA Quidditch.

Alum overcomes seizure, stroke to win gold at Quidditch World Cup

September 3, 2018

Three days before one of the most anticipated moments of his life, Tyler Trudeau ‘16 found himself in a hospital bed. At 2:30 that morning in late June, Trudeau had a stroke and seizure at his girlfriend’s...

Senior Molly Goldstein fields a ground ball. Courtesy of Jillian Gearin.

Softball secures first NEWMAC playoff spot

April 22, 2018

Emerson’s softball team will face Babson College Beavers in the first round of the playoffs for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference after clinching the program’s first playoff...

Geoff Gray (center) became the 18th player in college history to score 1,000 career points. Photo: Daniel Peden/Beacon Staff

Star point guard claims Beacon Men’s Lion of the Year

April 19, 2018

With the spring season winding down, and commencement just a few weeks away, we are pleased to announce our Lions of the Year. Our staff selected one outstanding male and one outstanding female athlete...

Neely Eddleston (center) is tied for second in the NEWMAC in wins. Courtesy of Jillian Gearin.

Outstanding pitcher claims Beacon Women’s Lion of the Year

April 19, 2018

With the spring season winding down, and commencement just a few weeks away, we are pleased to announce our Lions of the Year. Our staff selected one outstanding male and one outstanding female athlete...

Kelli Mark (left) leads all freshmen with nine points. Photo: Daniel Peden/Beacon Staff

Lions winless heading into final conference games

April 17, 2018

The Emerson women’s lacrosse team had a tough start to their season after losing six nonconference games. Midway through conference play, the team is still hunting for their first win of the season. With...

Eddleston traveled to Italy in high school to promote the return of softball to the Olympics. Photo: Zivah Solomon/Beacon Correspondent

Freshman pitcher dominates NEWMAC

April 12, 2018

Freshman pitcher Neely Eddleston did not expect to play a big role going into her first season at Emerson. However, in the second week of the season, she was named pitcher of the week for the New England...

Joris Pijpers (center, No.12) pumps up the team prior to the game. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff

Lions fall in GNAC quarterfinals

April 11, 2018

History repeated itself in Providence on Tuesday as the Emerson men’s volleyball team lost their fifth straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinal playoff match. The No.6 seeded Lions...

Willinger (center) featured in all of the Lions games this season as a freshman. Photo: Dylan Rossiter/Beacon Staff

Freshman assists team and prospective students

April 9, 2018

Freshman Sam Willinger is set to become a familiar face at Emerson College on and off the court. On the court, Willinger featured in all of Emerson men’s volleyball team’s 24 matches during the...

Emerson mens lacrosse opened its NEWMAC play with a 28-6 loss to Springfield College on March 30. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff

Men’s lacrosse: Lions face injury woes as conference play begins

April 2, 2018

The Emerson men’s lacrosse team began conference play in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference with a tough 28-6 defeat to Springfield College on March 30 after losing multiple key...

Presti has spent 11 years with the Oklahoma City Thunder as its General Manager. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff

Presti ’00 leads Oklahoma City Thunder front office

March 22, 2018

While Sam Presti ‘00 wasn’t drafted to the NBA, he made a name for himself off the court in the front offices of the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Presti’s NBA career began...

Gray (left) was named first team All-Conference and Boyle (right) was named second team All-Conference. Photos: Daniel Peden/Beacon Staff

Gray and Boyle named to NEWMAC All-Conference teams

February 28, 2018

Four of Emerson’s basketball players received honors from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference this week. Junior Geoff Gray of the men’s basketball team was named to the...

Emerson junior Natalie Busch dribbles against Babson on Wednesday. The women’s basketball team lost 85-57. Photo: Chris Van Buskirk/Beacon Staff

Lions fall to Babson in first playoff game since 2015

February 21, 2018

Babson College proved too much for Emerson women’s basketball team as the Lions lost 85-57 in the quarterfinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs Wednesday night....

Emerson lost 78-48 in their only meeting with Babson this year. Photo: Kyle Bray/Beacon Staff

Women’s basketball to face Babson in quarterfinals

February 17, 2018

Emerson's women’s basketball team will face off against No. 3 seed Babson College in the quarterfinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The...

Eastin Ashby is Emerson womens basketballs all-time steals leader.

Women’s basketball seniors to be honored Saturday

February 7, 2018

Emerson women’s basketball will honor its two seniors—Maya Savino and Eastin Ashby—against Mount Holyoke College on Saturday. Ashby and Savino both began playing for the Lions their freshman...

Sophomore Kate Foultz drives to the basket against Springfield. Emerson lost 72-60 on Saturday.

Women’s basketball: Springfield sweeps Emerson with road win

January 28, 2018

Emerson women’s basketball suffered a setback Saturday, as they lost 72-60 to first place Springfield College. While the Lions could not avenge their previous 30-point loss on Jan. 13, this performance...

Emerson’s women’s basketball team struggled against Babson on Wednesday, losing 78-48. Photo: Beacon Archives.

Winter break recap: Healthy women’s team looks to build on winter break success

January 18, 2018

With 11 games left to play, the Emerson women’s basketball team (5-10) occupies the final NEWMAC playoff spot with a conference record of 3-5. After a six game losing streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12,...

Ashbaugh (middle) poses with friends after finishing the race.
COURTESY OF CHRISTINA ASHBAUGH

Despite bike accident, senior XC runner makes final race

November 20, 2017

Cristina Ashbaugh raced in the final meet of her cross country career only 12 days after being hit by a car. The senior was hit at the intersection of Exeter and Beacon streets while riding her bike...

Emersons womens volleyball team fell one win short of the postseason.
OJASVANI DAHIYA / BEACON CORRESPONDENT

Women’s VBALL falls one win short of playoffs

November 15, 2017

The Emerson women’s volleyball team went into its final match against Springfield in a win-or-go-home situation, needing a victory to make the NEWMAC playoffs. The day ended in disappointment for the...

Men’s soccer pulled out a NEWMAC win in its final game.
BETHANY HAMLIN / BEACON STAFF

Men’s soccer recap: Harkin realistic after disappointing season

November 8, 2017

Men’s soccer head coach Bryan Harkin set a lofty goal to make the NEWMAC playoffs with his team this season, but the Lions finished far from it. The Lions finished with an overall record of 5-10-2,...

Emerson and MIT players donned blue warmups as part of their effort to raise funds for Soccer Without Borders at their game on Saturday.
KYLE BRAY / BEACON STAFF

Lions cap off senior day with NEWMAC win

November 1, 2017

While Saturday’s clash with MIT barely affected the men’s soccer team’s NEWMAC standing, the game was far from meaningless. On senior day Saturday, senior midfielder Franco Araujo O'Neill scored...

Playoff roundup: Women’s volleyball last chance for Lions

October 26, 2017

As the NEWMAC postseason approaches, Emerson’s fall sports teams find themselves in danger of missing out altogether. While both of Emerson’s soccer teams have been eliminated from playoff contention,...

Sophomore Gavin Faucette leads the team with six goals.
DANIEL PEDEN / BEACON CORRESPONDENT

Men’s soccer notebook: Offensive woes continue as team yet to score in NEWMAC

October 11, 2017

Both Emerson and Babson went into their clash last Saturday with a record of 0-3, looking for a crucial win to revive their NEWMAC playoff hopes. In the end, Babson defeated the Lions 2-0. After the loss,...

Men’s soccer can’t make it two in a row against Coast Guard

September 24, 2017

While Emerson’s meeting with Coast Guard last season ended with a historic 1-0 Lions’ victory, this year’s meeting was not as joyful, as the Lions fell 2-0 on Saturday. Coast Guard came into Boston...

Lions goalie David Kemp has made 11 saves.
HARDIK PAHWA / BEACON CORRESPONDENT

Freshman goalkeeper gets starting experience

September 20, 2017

While most players’ first game is an enjoyable moment, freshman goalkeeper David Kemp got a baptism by fire. With three seconds left in regulation of Emerson’s men’s soccer season opener against...

Gavin Faucette (#7) has paced Emerson’s offense with three goals BETHANY HAMLIN / BEACON STAFF

Men’s soccer preview: Playoffs not out of reach

September 13, 2017

After the men’s soccer team achieved its first NEWMAC win last year, new head coach Bryan Harkin set an ambitious goal for this season— a playoff appearance. “We are going in with the mentality...

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