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The Longest Day in Havana

‘The Longest Day in Havana’

By Sophia Pargas, Content Managing Editor
April 3, 2023

As ten-year-old Mercedes Jacobs sat in the Havana airport in 1962, the wait was long and her clothes were heavy. Already classified as an adult, she was only allowed three dresses on her journey to Miami,...

Maddie Khaws family.

Asian enough

By Maddie Khaw, Assistant News Editor
April 3, 2023

I’ve felt like an imposter from a young age in both parts of my biracial identity—my whiteness and my Asianness. I’ve never felt “Asian enough,” though the reasons may seem stereotypical or superficial...

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
April 3, 2023

Radiohead’s 1995 alternative chart topper, “Fake Plastic Trees,” is about my Christmas tree. The eponymous fake Chinese rubber plant lives rent-free in my mom’s closet—but having a deeply...

Hailey Akau and her family.

Hugs and Honis for my ʻOhana

By Hailey Akau, Assistant Multimedia Editor and Magazine Section Editor
April 3, 2023

My first year of college, I realized just how little my Hawaiian identity existed in Boston. I remember a distinct feeling of isolation as I came to terms with the fact that barely any of my peers understood...

Anastasia Petridis dancing.

A Love Letter to Greek Dance

By Anastasia Petridis
April 3, 2023

The hat looks heavier than it feels. Colorful flowers cover the right side of my head, while thin chains dangle on the left attached to metal medallions. A thick, itchy strap secures the hat on my head...

Safta Rachel in her garden.

Behind the Name

By Rachel Hackam
April 3, 2023

When meeting someone new, the first thing you learn about them is their name. A name serves as an identifier, signaling who someone is. A person’s name comes with a story. It says something about a person’s...

A Nomad’s Cookbook for People Who Always Miss Home

A Nomad’s Cookbook for People Who Always Miss Home

By Rachel Choi, Multimedia Managing Editor
April 3, 2023

Food is necessary for the body, but it’s also necessary for the soul—and I don’t mean that in a metaphorical way. So many of my most cherished memories are associated with a particular dish; I think...

Writer Karenna Umscheid sits on her dorm bed, looking at the posters on her wall.

A sophomore’s guide to surviving your first semester at Emerson

By Karenna Umscheid
August 30, 2022

Taking good notes, going to office hours and turning your assignments in on time are all tips you’ll see when you search for general college advice. What you won’t be able to read about are the specifics...

Jan. Letter From the Editor

Jan. Letter From the Editor

By Campbell Parish, Operations Managing editor and Magazine Editor
February 4, 2022

After a long year filled with jaw-dropping events and unforgettable memories, it’s now time to ring in 2022. In honor of New Year’s, the theme of our January edition of The Beacon Magazine is New year,...

The Independent magazine was established in 1976 and turned into its own non-profit organization in 2007.

New courses to revitalize The Independent Magazine

By Emily Cardona
May 1, 2020

Five Emerson departments are collaborating to offer two courses in fall 2020 that will take over the production of The Independent, an indie online film news magazine created in 2007, according to college...

Juniors Emilie Krone (left) and Liza Rogulina (right) started their own zine over winter break. Thomas Bloxham / Beacon Correspondent

Juniors feature creative artwork in self-produced zine

By Juliet Norman, Opinion Editor
April 11, 2019

Juniors Emilie Krone and Liza Rogulina toyed with the idea of producing their own publication since meeting freshman year during an Introduction to College Writing class. The pair sat on the idea for...

AutonomoUs artist collective to highlight resilience

AutonomoUs artist collective to highlight resilience

By Ian Sloan
September 6, 2018

Cindy Luu ‘17 realized what it meant to be a survivor from a young age. The writing, literature and publishing major wrote her senior thesis, How Do You Love, as a collection of short essays explaining...

Ben Schifano created Without Collegiate Approval so artists wouldnt have to fear rejection. Photo by Rida Ashraf / Beacon Correspondent.

Rejected art finds home in Without Collegiate Approval

By Isabel Sami
April 22, 2018

After witnessing student artwork get rejected by organizations and faculty on campus, junior Ben Schifano created a solution: Without Collegiate Approval, an online collection of art where Emerson students...

Natalie Harper, the vice president of SheCult, is helping lead the charge to publish a magazine.

SheCult collective plans to publish magazine

By Emily Mason
October 12, 2017

In fall 2016, SheCult was founded to create a network for queer artists. This year, the collective is publishing its first full-length magazine, to be released at the end of the semester. The president...

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