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Shannon Garrido

Shannon Garrido, Content Managing Editor

Shannon Garrido (she/her) manages global content at The Berkeley Beacon and covers news centered around the Caribbean. She is an undergrad at Emerson College, majoring in Journalism.
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‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ keeps terrible mystery writing alive

November 30, 2022

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, abuse, murder, and suicide. A few weeks ago I wrote a column on the 2010 hit show “Pretty Little Liars” and the masterful consistency of its Halloween episodes....

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ set the standard for Halloween episodes

October 26, 2022

Picture this, it’s 2011.  Rebecca Black has just released “Friday,” Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards, and the second season of what would become...

Big Night Live has suffered a terrible attack, as singer Yola blew the roof clean off

Big Night Live has suffered a terrible attack, as singer Yola blew the roof clean off

October 2, 2022

English singer-songwriter and musician Yola Carter made a stop at Big Night Live in Boston on Sept. 21 to perform her latest album “Stand For Myself” on a US tour.  As I power-walked through the...

A love letter to the Dining Hall

A love letter to the Dining Hall

April 20, 2022

As another school year comes to an end, it’s time that as a student body, we start acknowledging and appreciating one of the best features Emerson College has to offer—the Dining Hall.  Moving...

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When talking about Ukraine, the Academy should put its money where its mouth is

April 6, 2022

There is something sinister about sitting on a dirty dorm couch while watching the recent award shows and seeing the words ‘donate’ after a five-minute montage of atrocities.  On March 27th, during...

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Gender discrimination case against Emerson College reflects on discussions with the Union

April 6, 2022

Longtime Emerson staff member Anna Feder is suing the college after allegedly being denied a promotion due to gender-based discrimination on the part of a senior administrator. Feder, Head of Film Exhibition...

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Cirque du Sol-heyy

March 16, 2022

Cirque du Soleil welcomed its audience back after temporarily pausing its operations with clownery, camp, and circus magic in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic over spring break. When the production was forced...

‘The world is watching’: the Boston community stands in solidarity with Ukraine

‘The world is watching’: the Boston community stands in solidarity with Ukraine

March 3, 2022

Blue and yellow speckled the Boston Public Garden Sunday afternoon as protestors held Ukrainian flags and signs high, showing their denunciation of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. Supporters held posters...

The Dominican Republics border wall cements what we knew: its immigration policies are xenophobic

The Dominican Republic’s border wall cements what we knew: its immigration policies are xenophobic

February 23, 2022

As of this year, spike, metal, and concrete will occupy the Dominican-Haitian border, as a wall is currently being constructed where the countries meet. Elon Musk-enthusiast and President of the Dominican...

The psychology and science behind new years resolutions. Do they really work?

The psychology and science behind new year’s resolutions. Do they really work?

February 4, 2022

As we get closer and closer to the end of this year and try our best to prepare for another, many embrace the practice of setting New Year's resolutions. After this year of insurrections, COVID variants,...

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World’s Hottest tour causing climate change

January 27, 2022

To all my Spanish-speaking readers who enjoy reggaeton, Bad Bunny’s Instagram announcement should have had you at the edge of your seat. Benito announced on Jan. 24 that he was going on a stadium tour...

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Why independent journalism is dying in the Dominican Republic

December 10, 2021

I knew early on that journalism was a main interest of mine. So, I decided to take a three-month internship at HOY newspaper, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR).  I didn't think much of it,...

Don’t let apathy stop you from grieving the loss of a pet

Don’t let apathy stop you from grieving the loss of a pet

November 18, 2021

When we lose a family member, we are told to grieve. We cut our days short, we make funeral arrangements, we take time off, or drown ourselves in work. We do whatever it takes to get by.  For so many,...

Vaccine mandates arent fascism; theyre a public health imperative

Vaccine mandates aren’t fascism; they’re a public health imperative

November 11, 2021

Life gets you down sometimes, and that’s understandable. But if you ever feel worthless or unwanted, just remember this past Sunday, a group of what are clearly very “well-rounded” individuals gathered...

We cant continue to ignore the toxicity of fraternities

We can’t continue to ignore the toxicity of fraternities

November 4, 2021

Since moving to this country and dipping my toes into what is considered the “American college experience,” there is one thing I still can't wrap my mind around—Greek life.  Although the idea...

Down with the drinking age

Down with the drinking age

October 27, 2021

As an immigrant, I’ve found a long list of things that don’t make sense in the U.S., but the drinking age being 21 might take the cake.  Since 1984, the legal drinking age in the United States...

Texas should look to other countries before stripping away women’s rights

Texas should look to other countries before stripping away women’s rights

October 14, 2021

Over the course of my life, I feel like I have been watching women’s rights walk a tightrope across a giant canyon. But, when I was home in the Dominican Republic this summer, something felt different.  While...

New prison is a step in the wrong direction

New prison is a step in the wrong direction

October 7, 2021

MCI-Framingham, built in 1877, is one of the oldest women’s state prisons in the U.S. Needless to say, the facility is in need of structural repair, or in this case, a replacement. Massachusetts intends...

The Jonas Brothers performing at Fenway Park.

The Jonas Brothers blew up Fenway Park

October 6, 2021

You don't have to be a 12-year-old girl with the pitch of a hyena to be a Jonas Brothers fan, some of us are 19-year-old girls and our voices resemble the screams of a castrated goat. The Jonas Brothers’...

Stop trauma dumping on your friends and strangers

Stop trauma dumping on your friends and strangers

September 24, 2021

There is something that I have noticed in my youth — a lack of consideration. Young adults are ready to jump at any opportunity to tell the world why we feel bad, without stopping to think about the...

Is this year really COVID safe?

Is this year really COVID safe?

September 2, 2021

If you would have asked me in mid-June whether I thought removing the mask mandate and relieving some social distancing measures was a sign that things could finally revert back to normal at Emerson College,...

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Tuition strike urges Emerson to redistribute funds

September 2, 2021

As many Emerson students might be aware, at the beginning of March it was announced that tuition will increase for all undergraduate students for the second consecutive year. While already battling financial...

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Emerson College, a gentrifying force

August 3, 2021

Most Emerson students reap the benefits of private education in the heart of Boston for a good four years. But it’s one thing to temporarily occupy space and another to come in and occupy so much that...

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Colorism dominates the Dominican beauty industry

May 19, 2021

Ingrid Patricia Grassals, founder and owner of Go Natural Caribe, the first natural hair salon in the Dominican Republic, shuttered her salon doors due the COVID-19 pandemic in January. She had offered...

The way we experience the weather says a lot about our positionality and our privilege.

Climate change is detrimental for people living in poverty

April 21, 2021

A few days ago it was raining, and for the first time in a while, it wasn't too cold for me to enjoy the drizzle. Whenever I see rain, my mind immediately travels back home to the Dominican Republic, where...

It’s one thing to engage in fearmongering by spreading conspiracy theories on a Facebook message board, and another to give them more coverage on prominent news platforms.

Fear-mongering in the media has spiraled out of control

April 7, 2021

On March 25, NPR published “Few Facts, Millions Of Clicks: Fear Mongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online.” In the story, NPR analysts point out that while the odds of dying after receiving a COVID-19...

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Yearly tuition increases should not become the norm

March 31, 2021

On March 15, Emerson announced a “flexibility week” meant to tackle the steady decline of students’ mental health. That same week, it was announced that not only will Emerson students not receive...

Heres some tips and tricks from The Beacon editorial board on getting vaccinated.

When will I get the vaccine?

March 19, 2021

Amid seven new variants of the already malicious novel coronavirus reaching the United States, my fellow Emerson students and I wonder: when will we get the vaccine?  Emerson students have received...

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Pandemic highlights education inequities in the Dominican Republic

March 11, 2021

On Feb. 14, the Dominican Republic’s Minister of Education, Roberto Fulcar, affirmed that there is still no set date for the return of students to the classrooms. He said that decision will depend on...

The first amendment protects citizens against criminal and civil sanctions, but it doesn’t protect government officials against impeachment and conviction.

Trump should have been convicted. Here’s why.

February 24, 2021

Most of us can agree that the Senate’s vote on Feb. 13 to acquit Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 Capital attack was more than disappointing. Not just because we want to put ‘Trump talk’ to rest, but...

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and companies like McKinsey have benefited from it the most.

America’s opioid epidemic lies in the health care system

February 16, 2021

On Feb, 4, NPR released a segment of their morning edition broadcast, where they discussed the current legal state of consulting giant McKinsey and Company. Recently, the company reached a total of $573...

Why you should care about Trumps second impeachment

Why you should care about Trump’s second impeachment

February 10, 2021

It’s been one month since the House of Representatives introduced articles of impeachment against former President Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection. The argument against him? The role he...

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Giuliani told voters that he is responsible for the decline of the New York City crime rate. Studies have failed to link the tactics of the Giuliani administration to this large decrease in crime rates.

How good is Rudy Giuliani at establishing law and order?

February 6, 2021

In February of last year, the president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, hired Rudy Giuliani as a consultant for national security services. Today, the former New York City mayor is being sued...

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

January 24, 2021

Moving onto campus for the first time as a freshman is daunting. Stepping out of your comfort zone while meeting new people from different backgrounds is one of the building blocks of the college experience....

Why are so many people hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Why are so many people hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

January 15, 2021

Amid a pandemic that has taken 1.96 million lives and is set to infect many more, the world anxiously awaited a vaccine. Vaccines typically require years of development before reaching the clinic,...

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nations capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Bidens Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The Capitol attack that could have been prevented

January 9, 2021

On the day Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over incumbent President Donald Trump, a violent mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists attempted to overrun the Capitol building.  Trump...

As more residents in the tropics confine themselves to their homes this winter because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase “when America sneezes, the Caribbean catches a cold” comes to mind.

What Biden’s win means for key industries in the Caribbean countries

November 23, 2020

As inauguration day approaches, leaders of Caribbean countries are coming together to congratulate the newly elected president, Joe Biden. As we move from an administration that strained international...

For Hispanic men who support Trump in the states, there are shared traits. They are proficient English speakers, they share similar economic ideals that include record unemployment and entrepreneurship, and they consume the same kind of media.

Peering into the U.S. election from the Dominican Republic

November 3, 2020

Tension is in the air on Election Day. Even across the world, people are anxious to know what lies ahead for the United States and how it will affect them for the next four years.  Here in the Dominican...

There is so much doubt that its a “risk with almost no reward” situation for those in countries dependent on tourism.

International destinations at risk: How to be considerate travelers during COVID-19

October 28, 2020

Several countries around the world are highly reliant on tourism for generating foreign exchange, attracting international investments, increasing tax revenue, and providing job opportunities. Many have...

Searching for a resemblance between 2016 polls and the current moment isn’t an effective way to determine who is ahead in this race. After the public outrage from the first presidential debate, we need to compare how they are different and why that matters.

2020 is not 2016. Here’s why that matters

October 13, 2020

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...

Far fetched as my expectations were, none of us pictured freshman year this way, with me logging onto Zoom to attend classes, professors office hours, and student organizations’ meetings.

We were never getting the college experience we expected

September 23, 2020

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...

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