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A love letter to the Dining Hall

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 has to offer—the Dining Hall.  Moving to America comes with a lot of

Illustration Lucia Thorne

What the hell happened to Wendy’s money?

“How you doin’?!” When I was 9 years old, my grandmother used to make me repeat talk show host Wendy Williams’ famous catchphrase. She assessed my voice for my ability to parrot the pure diva and the unhinged, shit-talking confidence

The rise of the video essay: a study in loneliness

I think we’ve ALL seen the eight-hour-long Victorious video essay on our YouTube recommended page. If you haven’t at least heard of this two-part series, you must be living under a rock. Admittedly, YouTube recommended this video to me because

Marvel’s Moon Knight does not pull his punches

Right from the start, Marvel’s Moon Knight is a fast-paced nightmare adventure that cleanses the palate of the formulaic Marvel mold.  The first episode does not explicate upon past events or take a limp shot at tying this series into

Illustration Lucia Thorne

Aesthetic in a Vacuum: Euphoria and Latina Sexuality

HBO’s Euphoria caught the attention of fans and critics alike, attracting an audience of 6.6 million for the finale of Season 2 alone. From a post-football practice locker room sequence of 30 — originally supposed to be 80 — penises,

Robert Pattinson is the Batman for the 21st century

Less than a year has passed since the world last saw Batman on the silver screen. With Hollywood’s latest take on the caped crusader, though, the world might just forget they ever saw another. The Batman’s Batman is a far

College burnout pulls the rug from under your feet

Another night I find myself curled into a ball of self-pity, my tailbone aching from the wooden chair I have been glued to for God knows how long. Tears well in my eyes like clockwork, only a few will fall

Internet trolls rejoice, Trisha Paytas is pregnant

Social media exploded with the news of the YouTube star’s pregnancy on Monday, and opinions could not be more divided. In the aftermath of the announcement, one consensus rings true: we all need to live through the next nine months,

Age doesn’t exist for accountability, stop acting like it does

I was freshly 17 when the pandemic started. I witnessed a global recession, the first-ever second impeachment of a United States president, numerous climate change catastrophes, and most importantly, the continuation of unjust racially-motivated murders and the call to action

Editorial: It’s okay to demand more of our administrators

William Gilligan, our interim president, has recently claimed that The Beacon has fallen victim to the “media environment where many…..pick and choose their facts.” Gilligan has taken it upon himself to respond to last week’s editorial, where Beacon staff discuss

Sam Levinson and Blackness: Did the white man get it right?

BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominated writer, producer, and director of the hit HBO show “Euphoria,” Sam Levinson has faced controversy at all levels of his career. From his 2018 satire film, “Assassination Nation,” which the Los

Jan. Letter From the Editor

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, new you. The cover,

Donations needed to overcome worst blood shortage in over a decade

The American Red Cross, an organization that collects and distributes nearly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, is pleading with the public to help alleviate stress on an exhausted national blood reserve. The non-profit sounded alarms after nearly two

Boris strikes again—but his apology won’t get him far

“Everyone has made personal sacrifices, some the most profound, having been unable to see loved ones in their last moments or care for vulnerable family and friends,” writes Susan Gray in her report explaining the findings of her investigation into

The Toxicity of Girlbossing

Let’s discuss the nauseating term put forth by millennials: “Girlbossing.” People started praising the all-mighty girlboss in the early 2000s, ala The Devil Wears Prada.  However, at that time we had yet to name this strong successful woman, she just

It’s ok to put your orgasm first

The other night, I came to the realization that every time I’ve ever told a guy that I orgasmed, it’s been a lie. While these lies were never meant to be hurtful or disrespectful, the truth came as an intense

Performative activism can’t change the fast fashion industry

People love to feel like they are doing some noble thing for the greater good while in reality, they are accomplishing the bare minimum. This usually takes place through “performative activism,”  the idea that pretending to do something is better

Don’t let the media affect your confidence in the bedroom

Finding and exuding confidence can be difficult due to certain societal standards and pressures that have rudely established what it means to be “attractive.” This difficulty can unfortunately travel into the bedroom, a place where confidence is key. Not only

Why we still love ‘Twilight’

Why do the Twilight movies make us so intensely, undeniably uncomfortable?  Is it because we are instantly shown a problematic love story between an abusively gas-lighting 107-year-old horny vampire and an emotionally starved white 17-year-old pick-me girl? Or maybe it’s

Shane Dawson, YouTube’s racist old Grandpa

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of racism, pedophilia, zoophilia, and sexual harassment.  It’s August 2018, and Shane Dawson’s “The Secret World of Jeffree Star” is premiering to millions. Jeffree Star is known for his controversies, but if anyone can

Dive right in, head first

Let me tell you a story about a guy who meets a girl. They like each other, there’s sexual attraction, so eventually, they want to have some sexy time. They find a place to get down and dirty, they kiss,

Going home for the holidays is a privilege

This Thanksgiving, following a pandemic, many of my peers and I were able to experience the warm feeling of being able to go home and take in a semblance of normalcy. For me, that meant spending time with my family

Don’t stuff your animals; team anti taxidermy

Don’t taxidermy your precious pet. After all, there’s a reason why the vet doesn’t tell you you’ll get your pet back in good shape if it dies. As I scroll through TikTok, I look at the curated videos suggested to

It’s OK to get attached after sex

Losing one’s virginity is usually a powerful moment in one’s life, and it often results in feeling a strong connection to whomever they lost it to. I’m here to tell you that such a feeling is normal, and nothing to

Is Taylor Swift revolutionary or is she just white?

With the upcoming re-release of Taylor Swift’s award-winning album Red on Friday, it’s about time to investigate exactly why we love this white woman and her mediocre singing voice so much.  The easiest conclusion would be that we like her

Stop kink shaming: all types of sex are valid

People have sex. That is a concept that society has come a long way in wrapping its head around, which is great. Now, society needs to wrap its head around kinks and the wide array of fetishes that people may

Democrats could lose electoral power if they don’t unite

“The honeymoon is over,” according to CNN political commentator Van Jones. That is indeed the case as democrats are heading towards ugly midterm elections. Less than a year from the midterm elections, the Democratic party must reunite to pass Biden’s

We can’t continue to ignore the toxicity of fraternities

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 mind around—Greek life.  Although the idea of a sorority is hilarious to me due

Down with the drinking age

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 1984, the legal drinking age in the United States has been 21

Keemstar, The Bogeyman of YouTube

Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of racism, homophobia, sexual assault, suicide, and pedophilia. YouTube drama trending on Twitter can only mean one thing—Keemstar crawling out of the basement he lives in to spew out the worst take anyone’s ever

Fraternities and Colleges perpetuating a culture of abuse

Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault and rape. On Friday, Oct. 8, a female student at the University of Delaware was kidnapped, strangled to the point of unconsciousness, and assaulted by her ex-boyfriend.  Brandon Freyre, a 20-year-old

Harassment of journalists in Kashmir is getting worse every day

India’s government is treating journalists in Kashmir as terrorists, and it is disproportionately affecting Muslims. From being unnecessarily arrested to beaten, attacked and murdered, journalists in Kashmir fear for their lives as they try to do their jobs but are

Get the vaccine, your lack of sympathy is showing

When the general population became eligible for the vaccine on April 19, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths drastically declined, providing the much-needed glimmer of hope.  But with the arrival of the highly-transmissible Delta variant in late June, those hopes were shattered

New prison is a step in the wrong direction

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, or in this case, a replacement. Massachusetts intends to do so with a $50

Turning Point U.S.A, should there be a voice for them on campus?

Emerson students erupted with justified anger after the recent Turning Point U.S.A Emerson tabling event in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway, when the organization passed out stickers reading “China kinda sus” on Sept. 30. In the midst of this controversy,

Running with your crisis

It is noon on a Sunday, you wake up in the clothes you wore last night. You are extremely hungover and the only thing messier than you is the state of your room. Your head is pounding from last night’s

Pandemonium at Paramount

Imagine arriving for the first time at college, already bubbling over with nervousness and excitement, ready to learn and adapt to your new environment, overjoyed to be part of a new community. You get settled into your dorm, hit it

A year without Jenna Marbles

It’s Virgo season, beech, and Jenna Marbles is nowhere to be found. Over a year has passed since Jenna Marbles left YouTube, and as we pass her 35th birthday on Sept. 15, the internet misses its favorite Virgo. YouTube as

The Hypocrisy of Choice in Texas

With abortion rights once again at risk, it seems “personal freedom” is only justified in the eyes of pro-life Republicans when it comes to their right to not wear a mask or opt-out of a life-saving vaccine, and not women’s

Stop trauma dumping on your friends and strangers

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 we feel bad, without stopping to think about the effect it

The environment, your sanity, and student budgets

For the average student, being an environmentalist comes with a hefty price tag. Eating organic foods and exclusively supporting eco-friendly brands are expensive choices to make— especially if you’re spending upwards of $51,264 a year in tuition alone. For the

Post 9/11 Islamophobia still terrifies American Muslims

After the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, the entirety of the American population was traumatized and devastated. However, it slipped the minds of many that Middle Eastern and Southeast Asians residing in the United States of America could feel

The Impossible job market for students

For young people everywhere, looking for employment after graduation has become much more difficult. High competition, little work experience, a pandemic, and the recession it caused, have made it increasingly difficult for recent graduates or even current students to navigate

Haiti current climate is not for you to dismiss

It seems like with everything happening in Haiti, the media has been searching for single incidents that could explain away the nation’s current climate. On Wednesday, July 7, former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by unknown operatives, and his

The spark of a climate revolution

Over the course of the past 20 years, Chevron Corporation, the second-largest oil company in America, has spent billions of dollars trying to silence those who have opposed them and their practices.  Steven Donziger is the environmental lawyer who led

Is this year really COVID safe?

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 could finally revert back to normal at Emerson College, I would have probably said

U.S. media coverage of Palestinian struggles lags behind

Calling family is something that the average person sees as routine, not an emotionally grueling task. You talk about your day, maybe complain a bit about the traffic or how you didn’t get enough sugar in your coffee this morning.

Tuition strike urges Emerson to redistribute funds

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 consecutive year. While already battling financial uncertainty during a pandemic, students must now make

Emerson College, a gentrifying force

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 and another to come in and occupy so much that it completely changes

Colorism dominates the Dominican beauty industry

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 COVID-19 pandemic in January. She had offered an essential service to Dominicans—natural hair care, a

Femicide in India defines the country’s patriarchy

TW: This op-ed contains graphic mentions of misogyny, sexual assault, domestic abuse, and murder. On April 10, a 26-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband in Delhi, India. The woman, Neelu Mehta, was repeatedly stabbed 25 times in

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