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Nostalgic for Harvard: its not what you think

Nostalgic for Harvard: it’s not what you think

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
February 23, 2023

I hate CC100: Foundations of Speech Communications—and that has nothing to do with my teacher or my classmates; it’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me. I’m just too good at public speaking. I...

The sun sets over Boston Common as viewed from the newsroom of The Berkeley Beacon in the campus center at 172 Tremont St. on March 12, 2021.

It’s hell, but it’s worth it: The Beacon on The Beacon

By The Editorial Staff
February 3, 2022

With The Beacon celebrating its 75th anniversary, we wanted to share our thoughts on the paper. This paper has given us a lot. It has given us a fucked sleep schedule, unrelenting stress, a love for 172...

A 1967 edition of The Berkeley Beacon, the oldest in the organizations office.

‘It’s a gateway drug’: The Beacon celebrates its 75th anniversary

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 1, 2022

Seventy-five years of The Berkeley Beacon.  The Beacon has been Emerson’s only student-run independent newspaper since its first edition of Feb. 1, 1947. It has continuously published print editions...

Farewell Column: If this is it, it’s been a hell of a ride

Farewell Column: If this is it, it’s been a hell of a ride

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
April 24, 2020

When I was looking to transfer out of my tiny liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio—a town east of Dayton with a population just shy of Emerson’s student body—I ranked the potential schools...

Photo credit: Ally Rzesa

How student journalism saved me during the COVID-19 crisis

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 20, 2020

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...

SGA and Beacon clash over proposed amendment

SGA and Beacon clash over proposed amendment

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 23, 2019

Tensions erupted on Tuesday between members of the Student Government Association and The Berkeley Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief Christopher Van Buskirk over a proposed amendment to SGA’s constitution...

Evan McDonald (left) and Jeru Berry (right) created No Whites Allowed and the documentary won the Audience Award at Emersons Film Festival. - Photo by Thomas Bloxham / Beacon Correspondent

Alumni ‘No Whites Allowed’ documentary exposes Emerson’s lack of diversity

By Cassandre Coyer
April 2, 2019

Evan McDonald ’18 joined comedy troupe Emerson Comedy Workshop in January 2016 as the first black man to ever join in its 40 years of existence. After acknowledging the lack of inclusion in comedy troupes...

Some students use the front of the nightclub as a place to smoke between classes. Photo by Tivara Tanudjaja / Beacon Correspondent

Whisky Saigon could end 10-year lease in 2022

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
November 28, 2018

Whisky Saigon, an upscale nightclub on Boylston Street, will weigh the decision to renew or rescind its lease with the college in 2022 for the first time. The club’s contract with Emerson gives the...

EDITORIAL: Moving forward one issue at a time

EDITORIAL: Moving forward one issue at a time

By Editorial Board
September 6, 2018

At issue: Editorials are our perspective of campus news. Our take: Give us a chance, we’re students too. A new semester means a new editorial board. This year we’re proud to announce that our...

EDITORIAL: Spot the ethical dilemma in our funding

EDITORIAL: Spot the ethical dilemma in our funding

By Editorial Board
April 26, 2018

At issue: SGA has overseen the Beacon’s budget since 2011 Our take: For us to progress, we need our funding guaranteed Today, college newspapers across the country ran editorials under the hashtag...

Charlesgate Confidential will be released on Sept. 18. Photo courtesy of Scott Von Doviak.

Beacon alum draws up art heist mystery

By Ally Rzesa
April 4, 2018

On March 17, 1990, art thieves slashed 13 paintings from the walls of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Although the paintings were never recovered, Scott Von Doviak ‘89 wrote a novel about a...

Students board a bus headed for Washington, D.C. ahead of the national gun-reform rally. Belen Dumont / Berkeley Beacon

Students ‘March for Our Lives’ in D.C.

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
March 24, 2018

Standing with a friend in front of the Dining Center, sophomore Brian Sweeney waited to board one of two overnight shuttle buses headed to his hometown of Washington, D.C. at 10 p.m. on Friday. There,...

Letter to the Editor: Faculty Council responds to Lowrie memo and student protests

November 15, 2017

Faculty Council recently met with President Lee Pelton, Provost Michaele Whelan, and VP of Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears to discuss the student protest and its aftermath. While we support Anthony...

Op-Ed: The fraught intersection of mental health and queer identity

By Shelby Grebbin
November 9, 2017

In the past twenty years there has been positive sociological shift toward a greater public understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ identities. Yet the reality for many LGBTQ youths is not all rainbows....

Editorial: Staff salaries are more important than real estate

By Editorial Board
November 9, 2017

At issue: Building acquisition amid union negotiations Our take: Now is not the time to snag another property The college announced their decision to purchase a $24 million property facing Boston Common...

Op-Ed: Legitimizing Latinx lives

By Maya Pontone
October 19, 2017

With Halloween right around the corner, I’m already preparing myself for the abundance of Día de los Muertos costumes—costumes that reduce a sacred Mexican holiday when families and friends honor...

Editorial: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

By Editorial Board
October 12, 2017

At issue: Attitude towards Sodexo workers Our take: Treat service workers with dignity A new school year, a new dining hall—fine, Dining Center—petition. From mice to food quality, Emerson students...

Many of us are taught to think of the homeless as different, separate from us in every possible way.
Cassandra Martinez / Beacon Staff

Op-Ed: Homelessness on Campus

By Colette Lippman
October 11, 2017

It is not uncommon for students shuffling down Boylston street to shirk away from helping, acknowledging, or even considering the individuals experiencing homelessness who exist in the same urban space...

Seniors Suzie Hicks and Ellie Penfield-Cyr are expanding Project WOW into a five-day Hidden Lantern festival.
Lindsey Toomer / Beacon Correspondent

Hidden Lantern festival to shine light on mental health

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor
October 4, 2017

Last April, over 200 students packed into a Walker classroom for the one-night event Project WOW, an art fair promoting mental health. The festival will return for five days this November under a new...

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