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The Berkeley Beacon

Maddie Barron

Maddie Barron, Opinion Co-Editor, Magazine Editor

Maddie Barron (she/her) is a sophomore WLP major with a minor in journalism. She serves as editor for the Beacon Magazine and co-section editor of the opinion section. Maddie is an It Girl, philanthropist, lover, gardener, and the Princess Diana of Goose Creek, SC.
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A gal’s guide to love languages on Valentine’s Day

By Maddie Barron, Co-Opinion Editor
Published February 14, 2024

Opinion editors are not responsible for agreeing or disagreeing with their writers but rather elevate each individual’s specific voice. Dear Maddie,  I’m...

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ADVICE: We are SO back, but you have to believe it

By Maddie Barron, Co-Opinion Editor
Published January 24, 2024

Opinion editors are not responsible for agreeing or disagreeing with their writers but rather elevate each individual’s specific voice. Dear Maddie,  We’re...

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Do you even want us here?: Attending Emerson as a poor student

By Maddie Barron, Staff Writer
Published October 18, 2023

When Emerson announced its four percent tuition increase, the Emerson Student Union rightfully led the campaign to fight rising costs and lack of aid....

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Looking back: Advice for incoming freshmen and sophomores

By Maddie Barron and Maddie Khaw
Published April 26, 2023

Dear Maddies, How has this year been for you both, navigating through freshman and sophomore year? What’s your crash course to surviving these years...

Attendees painting pots.

Campus organizations host Earthfest to reflect on sustainable strides

By Maddie Barron
Published April 26, 2023

Emersonians celebrated a year’s worth of sustainability strides and reflected on further increasing climate awareness at the 2022-23 Earthfest on Saturday,...

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ADVICE: How do I know if someone is right for me?

By Maddie Barron and Maddie Khaw
Published April 19, 2023

Dear Maddies, I’m struggling with a new relationship, as I’m feeling some anxiety about whether this is the right person for me or not. How do you...

Brief site crash makes registration ‘unnecessarily stressful’ for sophomores

Brief site crash makes registration ‘unnecessarily stressful’ for sophomores

By Maddie Barron and Maddie Khaw
Published April 12, 2023

For many, course registration is a stressful event each semester, as students scramble to log in before their classes fill up completely. This semester,...

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ADVICE: How do I become comfortable with solitude?

By Maddie Khaw and Maddie Barron
Published April 12, 2023

Dear Maddies, Ever since I started at Emerson, I’ve realized that I’m uncomfortable with doing things alone. I’m anxious to go places like the...

A Student Government Association meeting in spring 2020.

SGA to host spring elections at end of week

By Adri Pray and Maddie Barron
Published April 5, 2023

Candidates for the 2023-24 Student Government Association have spent weeks marketing their campaigns to the Emerson community, who will choose their representatives...

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ADVICE: How do I cope with imposter syndrome?

By Maddie Barron and Maddie Khaw
Published April 5, 2023

Dear Maddies, I need some advice about imposter syndrome! Everywhere I turn at Emerson, everyone else seems to be doing more—and doing better—than...

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Emerson’s historic “Jelly’s Last Jam” comes alive after four-year roadblock

By Meg Richards and Maddie Barron
Published April 5, 2023

Though the cast of “Jelly’s Last Jam” wasn’t mic'd, their powerful voices resonated throughout the Semel, echoing Emerson’s first all-Black musical’s...

EPI alum discuss their experiences at the conference.

Grads, professors discuss Emerson Prison Initiative

By Maddie Barron
Published March 29, 2023

The Emerson Prison Initiative held its first conference on Friday in the Bill Bordy Theater. The program, which offers incarcerated persons at the Massachusetts...

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ADVICE: How do I avoid awkward encounters on campus?

By Maddie Barron and Maddie Khaw
Published March 29, 2023

Dear Maddies, How do I deal with seeing people I don’t like on campus? I keep seeing my enemies and exes everywhere I go.  Sincerely, Avoidant...

David Hogg addressing protesters in the Boston Common.

Activist David Hogg organizes gun regulation rally on Boston Common

By Maddie Barron
Published March 29, 2023

Dozens of local Boston students met at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand with March for Our Lives in support of gun regulation on Saturday. The group...

St. Patricks Day Parade crowd.

‘We’re out here having a great time’: South Boston hosts annual St. Patrick’s Day parade

By Maddie Barron
Published March 22, 2023

On Sunday, attendees of the 2023 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade did not need the luck of the Irish to have a good time. Spirits were high, both...

Wellness Center to host Sexual Health Fair Friday

Wellness Center to host Sexual Health Fair Friday

By Maddie Barron
Published March 2, 2023

The Emerson Wellness Center will host the Come as You Are Sexual Health Fair on Friday, March 3, featuring a variety of activities for students to learn...

Cambridge City Hall displaying a Black Lives Matter banner next to an American flag, before signs of protest.

Hundreds rally for answers over fatal police killing of Arif Sayed Faisal

By Maddie Barron
Published February 15, 2023

College students across the Greater Boston area met Monday night on the steps of Cambridge City Hall as part of a coalition seeking justice from the deadly...

Emerson students can listen in to The Round Room podcast to be informed about international news by their peers, Monica Rivera Sosa and Natalie Vasileff.

[Photo] ‘From students, for students’: Students create podcast to inform about international events

Published February 15, 2023

Emerson students can listen in to "The Round Room" podcast to be informed about international news by their peers, Monica Rivera Sosa and Natalie Vasileff.

Protestors sitting outside of the State House.

‘I have no place to go’: Demonstrators push for rent control legislation at State House

By Maddie Barron
Published February 1, 2023

Residents from across Massachusetts met in front of the State House on Saturday to show support for proposed legislation that would allow cities the option...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

The ideal birth control: No Nut November

By Maddie Barron, Staff Writer
Published November 16, 2022

Despite the magic in the air this holiday season, there won't be many sleigh bells jingling in anyone’s chimneys this winter.  With the current array...

Geoff Diehl gives his concession speech alongside running-mate Leah Allen.

Diehl concedes to Healey; his supporters don’t

By Maddie Barron
Published November 9, 2022

At the Boston Harbor Hotel, voters for former Massachusetts State Representative Geoff Diehl gathered to await what they hoped to be the election of another...

Ali Deva performing a tarot card reading.

Befriending a psychic: the inner-workings of mediumship

By Maddie Barron
Published October 26, 2022

Reverently resting in a box in Ali Deva’s apartment are her first set of tarot cards. These cards, bent and tattered from use, were bought by Deva in...

‘We need to do more’: diversity within Emerson and the class of ‘26

‘We need to do more’: diversity within Emerson and the class of ‘26

By Maddie Barron
Published October 19, 2022

Conversations surrounding racial and economic disparity within the Emerson community followed a series of mandatory meetings hosted by Emerson’s Division...

Trans flag waving in front of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Anti-trans protesters met with counter-protesters at Boston Children’s Hospital

By Maddie Barron and Chloe Els
Published September 21, 2022

Dozens of counter-protesters gathered outside of the Boston Children’s Hospital Sunday in response to the highly controversial visit of Canada-native...

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