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Shannon Garrido

Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief

Shannon Andera Garrido Berges (she/her) currently serves as editor-in-chief, formerly she managed global content and covers news centered around the Caribbean. Her interests include Dominican politics, pop culture, and environmental reporting. She is an undergrad at Emerson College, majoring in Journalism.
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Illustration by Rachel Choi.

Panem Today, Panem Tomorrow, Panem Forever: Exploring the Social Implications of “A Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes.”

By Shannon Garrido and Hadera McKay
Published December 6, 2023

Citizens of Panem, in the name of nostalgia and not-so-carefully concealed social commentary, the time has come to delve into another dystopian teen drama...

Student support surges for Emerson Union for Resident Assistants amid recognition denial

Student support surges for Emerson Union for Resident Assistants amid recognition denial

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published November 23, 2023

On Friday, the Emerson Union for Resident Assistants (EURA) and members of the Emerson College Students’ Union (ECSU) organized a rally commencing at...

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Rising Tides: The oyster industry faces climate change challenges and solutions

By Shannon Garrido, Hailey Akau and Bryan Liu
Published November 8, 2023

  The world is your oyster, until it isn’t.  ​​On Sept. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory about...

Illustration by Hailey Akau.

Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana—Bad Bunny’s journey through evolving trap

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published November 8, 2023

Opinions expressed in Beacon Op-Eds are not necessarily shared by the entire staff. It is the responsibility of Opinion editors to elevate each individual’s...

An attendee looks through one of the books donated to the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School at the On the Same Page Bostons book donation campaign launch event on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023.

Student-city partnership “On the Same Page Boston” rewrites the learning narrative

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published October 25, 2023

In the heart of Boston, a collaboration between students and the city is rewriting the narrative of learning. Faced with the challenge of teaching students...

Letter from the editor

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published October 18, 2023

On Wednesday, The Berkeley Beacon published an article titled 'Hamas’ Attack: A Tragedy for Israel and a Death Knell for Palestine,' written by Staff...

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‘Shelter in Solitude’: A heartfelt tale of compassion, and unlikely bonds amidst isolation

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published October 7, 2023

“Shelter in Solitude,” written by and starring Siobhan Fallon Hogan, delves into the story of shared solitude among unlikely pairs. The dramatic comedy...

Illustration by Rachel Choi.

Is there a disconnect between Hispanic international students and Hispanic-American?

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published October 4, 2023

As I near the end of my college journey, I grapple with the realization that I never truly connected with the Hispanic community at Emerson.  Despite...

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Emerson College to host annual Eat Local Challenge Sept. 26

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published September 26, 2023

On September 26, 2023, the culinary team at Emerson College, in collaboration with Bon Appétit Management Company, will be embarking on a culinary journey...

Should we have school spirit?

Should we have school spirit?

By Shannon Garrido, Hadera McKay, Sasha Zirin and Hailey Akau
Published September 20, 2023

After the events of orientation, where eager Emerson freshmen were welcomed by shrill undergrads serenading them in their cars, it's natural for incoming...

Spotlight on success: Boston Arts Academy Foundation secures Emerson Grad as Events Director

Spotlight on success: Boston Arts Academy Foundation secures Emerson Grad as Events Director

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published July 16, 2023

Emerson Alumni Valerie Becker-Nogueira ‘08 has been appointed director of events and corporate partnerships at the Boston Arts Academy Foundation.  Becker-Nogueira,...

Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

Erik Muurisepp, campus life official who steered college through pandemic, to depart at end of month

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published July 13, 2023

Erik Müürisepp, the college’s associate vice president for campus life, will be accepting the position of vice president and dean of students at Curry...

The United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.

SCOTUS decisions on race-based admissions, student loans spark backlash

By Shannon Garrido and Camilo Fonseca
Published July 2, 2023

In successive rulings last week, the Supreme Court ruled against affirmative action and a plan that would have forgiven federal student loans, drawing...

ECPS Survey of Undergraduates finds funding and tuition should be the top priority for incoming president

ECPS Survey of Undergraduates finds funding and tuition should be the top priority for incoming president

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published June 7, 2023

A recent survey by the Emerson College Polling Society reveals that 62 percent of the undergraduate student body believes funding and tuition should be...

Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, Kent State shooting survivor John Filo discusses modern journalism

Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, Kent State shooting survivor John Filo discusses modern journalism

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published April 20, 2023

A little more than half a century after the 1970 massacre at Kent State University, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Paul Filo feels that...

Gold stole presented to newly inducted Gold Key Honor Society members.

Gold Key honor society recognizes outstanding teacher excellence and student achievement

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published April 12, 2023

Emerson celebrated students and faculty that displayed outstanding academic achievement and teaching excellence in the 2022-23 academic year by inducting...

Constellations’: the multiverse of what if’s

‘Constellations’: the multiverse of ‘what if’s’

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published April 12, 2023

Boston’s Vermillion Theater staged their interpretation of “Constellations,” portraying young love throughout different universes—highlighting...

Illustration by Rachel Choi

Supernatural teen drama genre takes another blow to the chest with Paramount+’s Wolf Pack

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published April 5, 2023

The human embodiment of a downward spiral, Jeff Davis—who was also once a decently respected director and creator—has fallen victim to a culture of...

Vermilion Theater’s second production of “Constellations” highlights the importance of queer love on stage

Vermilion Theater’s second production of “Constellations” highlights the importance of queer love on stage

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published April 5, 2023

The legacies of queer love stories on stage have been breaking barriers for theater since Broadway’s 1983 production of “La Cage.” This weekend,...

Where to go; Dominican food in Boston

Where to go; Dominican food in Boston

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published April 3, 2023

Although Boston provides a diverse and eclectic selection of authentic food from all around the world, Dominicans have a pretty heavy presence in the local...

‘Las tres causales’ son un derecho humano

‘Las tres causales’ son un derecho humano

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published March 2, 2023

“Las tres causales,” or “the three causes,” is the never-ending debate that has hundreds of thousands of Dominican women dressed in green protesting...

SGA approves new appeals and announces financial town hall

SGA approves new appeals and announces financial town hall

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published February 26, 2023

At the Feb. 24 meeting, the Student Government Association granted a budget appeal for the Emerson Skunks, the college’s ultimate frisbee team, swore...

SGA to vote on Esports appeal

SGA to vote on Esports appeal

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published February 15, 2023

The Student Government Association is considering a budget appeal of Emerson Esports, which would grant the student gaming organization nearly $4,000 to...

Teen Wolf: The Movie, another failed Hollywood remake

Teen Wolf: The Movie, another failed Hollywood remake

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published February 1, 2023

In the age of reboots and remakes, Hollywood's latest victim is none other than MTV’s classic “Teen Wolf,” which has already been revived twice:...

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‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ keeps terrible mystery writing alive

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

Illustration by Hailey Akau

‘Pretty Little Liars’ set the standard for Halloween episodes

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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”...

A love letter to the Dining Hall

A love letter to the Dining Hall

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

Photo: Shannon Garrido

Cirque du Sol-heyy

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

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

By Adri Pray, Zhuo Huang, Gabel Strickland and Shannon Garrido
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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....

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?

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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....

Graphic for Worlds Hottest Tour website.

World’s Hottest tour causing climate change

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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Why independent journalism is dying in the Dominican Republic

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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....

Vaccine mandates arent fascism; theyre a public health imperative

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

By Shannon Garrido and Lucia Thorne
Published 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...

We cant continue to ignore the toxicity of fraternities

We can’t continue to ignore the toxicity of fraternities

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

Down with the drinking age

Down with the drinking age

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

New prison is a step in the wrong direction

New prison is a step in the wrong direction

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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,...

The Jonas Brothers performing at Fenway Park.

The Jonas Brothers blew up Fenway Park

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

Stop trauma dumping on your friends and strangers

Stop trauma dumping on your friends and strangers

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

Is this year really COVID safe?

Is this year really COVID safe?

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Tuition strike urges Emerson to redistribute funds

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

Ansin Building of Emerson College

Emerson College, a gentrifying force

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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Colorism dominates the Dominican beauty industry

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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 way we experience the weather says a lot about our positionality and our privilege.

Climate change is detrimental for people living in poverty

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

The Office of Financial Aid in the Union Bank Building.

Yearly tuition increases should not become the norm

By Shannon Garrido and Lucia Thorne
Published 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...

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

When will I get the vaccine?

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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Pandemic highlights education inequities in the Dominican Republic

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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.

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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....

Why you should care about Trumps second impeachment

Why you should care about Trump’s second impeachment

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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?

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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,...

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published October 28, 2020

Several countries around the world are highly reliant on tourism for generating foreign exchange, attracting international investments, increasing tax...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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

By Shannon Garrido, Editor-in-chief
Published 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...

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