The Berkeley Beacon

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mysterious novelist chronicles femininity, independence

Elena Ferrante, a contemporary Italian author who’s gained a large following in the United States, is most widely known for two things: her highly-acclaimed Neapolitan series and her identity, which was a mystery until last September.


Students struggle to find rehearsal space

For Patricia de la Garza, a junior performing arts major, the lack of rehearsal space at Emerson has consistently been a struggle throughout her time at the college.


Somber stories clean up at yearly award show

A man in a bear suit falling in love, a clown coming out of retirement, and an assault survivor preparing to box—were just a few shorts featured at the 17th Annual Emerson College Film Festival on Saturday in the Bright Lights Screening Room.


News Feed brings online fights to debate stage

The News Feed, a new EIV show that premiered Monday evening, brings passionate debaters from real Facebook fights to a live studio to discuss controversial topics face to face.

Mouth Moods mashups mix laughter with nostalgia

“One Week” by the Barenaked Ladies is, frankly, not profound. Sure, it’s emblematic of the ‘90s and (almost obnoxiously) catchy, but for most people, that’s where its value ends: nostalgia. But on Mouth Moods, Neil Cicierega’s January 2016 addition to his line of mashup mixtapes, “One Week” becomes something different.


Alum Watsky shares essays from his book

Freshman marketing communication major Cassandra Cloutier waited in line for two hours last Monday for tickets to see the rapper and poet who inspired her to attend Emerson.

Bright Lights to feature student short films

Students who dream of watching their work on the big screen can now see their short films screened before films like Arrival and Moonlight.

Hot takes: Beacon talks Oscars

Members of the Beacon Staff share their thoughts on this weekend's Academy Awards.

Boston students hit LA for the Oscars

Students attending Emerson’s Oscar Talk in Los Angeles will have an opportunity to learn about the film industry from working professionals in their field.

Confronting Count Olaf: Unfortunate Events undermines authority

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events promises to live up to the melancholy implications of its title with a theme song that tells viewers the show will “wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day.” The series is based on the popular children’s books by Daniel Handler.


Sophomore spotlights students of color in photo exhibit

Bethany Owens is on a mission. It’s seemingly simple, but all too complex. The name of her photo exhibition says it all: "Being a Person of Color in America." It’s an expressive look into the lives of those who feel ignored—a chance to get their stories told.

Two alumni producers get award recognition

In the heady sci-fi flick Arrival, linguist Louise Banks uses her expertise to communicate with strange aliens in an unusual monolithic spacecraft. Loving tells the true tale of a husband and wife arrested for their marriage in 1958. Their case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, resulting in a federal knockdown of interracial marriage laws.

Beacon Spotify: Staff-picked Valentunes

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to love songs. Some people think that they are wonderful expressions of one of the most pure emotions. For this contingent, the lyrical valentines are sweet, relatable, and an overall good time.


New class encompasses all roles of performance

Before our ancestors first put chisel to tablet some 5,000 years ago, humans could only tell stories by word of mouth. This semester, 10 students are getting in touch with their prehistoric roots with a new performing arts course on solo performances and oral histories.

Pulitzer poet memoir portrays childhood

I was first introduced to Tracy K. Smith four years ago when a mentor of mine casually named a couple of contemporary poets worth checking out. I purchased her second book, Duende, at the time, and it’s stayed with me ever since. Her poems were unlike anything I’d ever read—lucid yet dreamlike, brutal yet almost celestial in tone, full of beauty without being too precious.