Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

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The rise of MAGA and political extremism

By Emma Siebold, Staff Writer / April 17, 2024

I’ve become fearful of red baseball caps.  It’s an involuntary reaction—I literally do a double-take. I analyze the design—is that white text...

Right-wing conservatives declare war on the FBI for doing its job

Right-wing conservatives declare war on the FBI for doing its job

By Dennis Catrini, Beacon Correspondent / March 9, 2023

The GOP considers itself the party of law and order—I disagree. If there was ever any doubt, former President Donald Trump’s ever-present disruption...

The madness over McCarthy could help the Democrats in 2024

The madness over McCarthy could help the Democrats in 2024

By Meg Richards, Staff Writer / January 25, 2023

After a week of humiliating deliberations, phone calls to “DT”, and a near-miss physical altercation on the House floor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)...

Illustration by Meg Richards

America’s biggest haunted house: the echo chamber

By Meg Richards, Staff Writer / October 26, 2022

Alt-right fringe conservatives are repackaging the same witch-hunt rhetoric that got the likes of Disney’s Sanderson Sisters hanged 400 years ago. The...

OISA Director Andrea Popa

International students relieved by reversal of Trump-era visa policy

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large / September 9, 2021

Much of Emerson’s international student community is breathing a sigh of relief after a Trump administration rule that would have limited the amount...

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 / 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...

Why you should care about Trumps second impeachment

Why you should care about Trump’s second impeachment

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

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 / 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...

Rioters stormed the United States Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election.

“It’s absolutely terrifying”: D.C.-area Emerson students denounce insurrection at U.S. Capitol Building

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor / January 6, 2021

Emerson students living in the Washington D.C. area expressed fear and outrage as a right-wing mob supporting President Donald J. Trump stormed the U.S....

Shawna Konieczny is a junior IDIP major from Medford, Wisconsin.

Why I am one of the voters that helped Wisconsin go blue

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer / November 10, 2020

Four years ago, I had just turned seventeen. I was balancing the stress of school at Medford Area Senior High in Wisconsin, a social life, and the mental...

Demonstrates carry a peace sign flag on Boston Common in reaction to Joe Bidens presidential victory on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Professors breathe sigh of relief upon Biden’s win

By Dana Gerber, News Editor / November 7, 2020

Political science professor Mneesha Gellman was hiking in the woods with her family Saturday morning, trying to distract herself from the ongoing election,...

Known on his profile for his butterfly clips and bicycle, Hand makes his followers laugh with mainly comedy content.

Two students front @tiktokforbiden ahead of Election Day

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer / October 28, 2020

Sophomore Austin Hand used his half a million TikTok followers to help establish TikTokers For Biden, an account rallying young voters behind Democratic...

I, along with many people who study, work, or live in between these two countries, am balancing on a wobbly cultural bridge. And it also seems the once-strong international journalism community I used to aspire to be a part of is eroding.

Caught in the middle of the U.S. and China conflict as a journalist

By Jocelyn Yang, Opinion Editor / August 4, 2020

When I first landed in the U.S. during high school, the customs officer asked me what I wanted to pursue as a career. When I told him journalism, his immediate...

I did so many things to create a sense of belonging for myself in this unfamiliar country by empowering myself with knowledge and experience, only to learn that the future I wanted for so long might not even exist, and this country does not welcome people like me.

The U.S. I wanted to study in no longer exists

By Ziqi Wang / July 9, 2020

My boyfriend texted me right after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students would need to leave the U.S....