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AMC Theater by the Common.

Movies don’t need to be a cinematic masterpiece to be worthwhile

By Lucia Thorne, Layout Editor
April 8, 2021

As we all start slowly returning to sitting in front of the big screen, a once-wide selection of movie showings is lacking as a result of the pandemic. We can either see screenings of classics or movies...

Still from A Quiet Place: Part II.

Fifteen movies that COVID took from us by postponing their release

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
March 17, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic delayed more than 100 movies from being released in theaters in the past year, and pushed several straight to streaming platforms. As a result of the numerous film postponements,...

Britney Spears

New documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’ released, reviving discussion of conservatorship

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
February 28, 2021

The New York Times’ “Framing Britney Spears” Hulu documentary was released on Feb. 5, of this year, yet Britney Spears has remained in a conservatorship since January 2008. Devoted fans are pushing...

Need a distraction? Here are some of the best true crime podcasts to listen to

Need a distraction? Here are some of the best true crime podcasts to listen to

By Campbell Parish, Magazine Editor
February 28, 2021

CONTENT WARNING: This article contains disturbing language and mentions of homicide Podcasts have been my go-to outlet to distract me from what's going on in the world around me. Especially with a pandemic...

The unwavering patriarchy in India is deeply rooted in the history of the country, and it starts with the Indian family dynamic. The husband and father is the head of a household, making sons the desired offspring, while daughters can be seen as a burden..

New legislation in India causes farmer protests over corporate privatization

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
February 10, 2021

Since Aug. 2020, farmers in India are protesting new laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that significantly lessen government regulation around sale, pricing and storage of produce. Three bills...

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
December 22, 2020

2020 has been a year of disappointment. Internships were cut. Intense feelings of isolation and general melancholy reigned in relation to the state of the world. People turned to baking, crafts and other...

A worker dispensing salt along the Washington and Boylston Street intersection.

11 ways to celebrate the holiday season COVID-free

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
December 22, 2020

Decorating, family time, movies, shopping, and holiday food are just a few hallmarks of the holiday season. But in a normal year, no one has to account for a global pandemic while mapping out their December...

Hes Got Spunk: He texts me, he texts me not

He’s Got Spunk: He texts me, he texts me not

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
December 15, 2020

Much like everyone in my generation, I use dating apps. Tinder, Grindr, and Hinge are currently downloaded on my phone. And despite the desperation that list gives off, I don’t particularly like dating...

Cured (2020) is an American documentary directed by Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon.

Film review: ‘Cured’ reminds us the necessity of LGBTQ+ activism

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
November 11, 2020

After four years of the Trump administration rolling back LGBTQ+ protections, particularly those protecting the trans community, documentaries like Cured, which will be available through PBS later this...

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 toll from losing three grandfathers within the...

It’s sad, really, that I’m numb to these things. So numb that when I saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t feel surprised, angry, frustrated, or sad.

POC Column: Dear White People

By Melanie Curry
July 3, 2020

I once had a small, insignificant, ten-minute conversation with my high school friend Kelis that my mind will never let me forget.  One day, Kelis walked into a Georgian Nordstrom to window shop, and...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Mom, meet my ‘friend’

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
December 12, 2019

My high school boyfriend’s dreary old minivan was a staple in our driveway. He hugged my mom when they crossed paths in public, watched football games with my brother, and lovingly tackled my dog when...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: My mission to say my name correctly

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
September 24, 2019

My name is Diti.  It is short and sweet—four basic letters that, despite their simplicity, are curiously foreign to most Americans. I’m Indian, and because lengthy names are common in my culture,...

Melanie Curry - Graphic By Ally Rzesa for The Berkeley Beacon.

Person of Color Column: Black History Month deserves a school-wide celebration

By Melanie Curry
February 27, 2019

I was sitting in an Uber with my friend Sydnie when my driver started telling us about his childhood in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His story didn’t particularly interest me until he began to question us...

Kyle Labe - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

The Red Cross picks politics over science

By Kyle Labe
February 21, 2019

When I was in high school, the American Red Cross would sometimes station one of their “bloodmobiles” in the parking lot. A doctor, nurse, and phlebotomist collected pints from willing donors, and...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Accepting the “brown” label

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
February 20, 2019

In July 2015, a Huffington Post Canada article about the fashion choices of a Bollywood star’s wife sparked controversy because of its headline, “Shahid Kapoor’s New Wife Mira Rajput’s Outfits...

Abigail Hadfield. - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Managing multiple identities

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
February 5, 2019

For the first 18 years of my life, I viewed myself as white. When I came to Emerson, I realized that even though I am mixed, I could still belong to communities of color. I grew up in a white community...

Katie Redefer - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Read It and Weep: Writing fan fiction shaped my adolescence

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
January 29, 2019

At 12 years old, I spent most school nights in my room writing new tensions, romances, and plot twists for my Harry Potter fanfiction that I shared with fellow Hogwarts fans online. My years as a teenage...

Melanie Curry - Graphic By Ally Rzesa for The Berkeley Beacon.

Person of Color Column: From majority to minority

By Melanie Curry
January 21, 2019

As I was eating lunch one afternoon, my half-Latina friend asked me a question I’ve been waiting to hear since enrolling at Emerson: “Is that your real hair?” It comes as no shock to me that...

Grace Griffin - Graphic By Ally Rzesa / Berkeley Beacon Staff

Head Over Feels: Have some respect. Stop ghosting.

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor
January 14, 2019

My last “breakup” happened with a guy whom I never officially dated. I use the term “breakup” loosely because he didn’t end things with me—he ghosted me. For about a month, I regularly...

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