Category: Opinion

Tuition talks are a two-way street
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Tuition talks are a two-way street

When student protesters marched across campus and into Faculty Assembly last fall, they called for more than just a few conciliatory remarks and an email from administration. They asked for real, immediate structural change for the benefit of disenfranchised students of color, and they were promised action. Now, months later, they are seeing their demands...

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The strange nature of success

This issue marks my last week at the Beacon. Once I submit my thesis next week I will also experience my last week as an undergraduate student. It’s been a busy three and a half years at Emerson, between studying abroad and internships and housing fiascos. Though hectic, I always told myself that this messiness,...

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Letter to the Editor: Women’s basketball team responds to toxic masculinity op-ed

By The Women’s Basketball Team In the Beacon’s most recent issue, our former teammate and close friend, Kenna McCafferty, added her voice to the #MeToo movement. In her opinion article, she discussed the negative effects of toxic masculinity on both men and women and insightfully reflected on her own experiences within the Emerson Athletics Department. Her...

Tired of being tired: Physical illness and mental health
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Tired of being tired: Physical illness and mental health

Even though the movie came out eight years ago, I often think about how Jacob Black pretended he had mono to cover-up his transition into a werewolf in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. After the big reveal, Bella brought this up, mockingly saying, “Mono…” Her tone implied a triviality in the excuse.“Yeah, I wish,” Jacob said, with...

Breaking the silence, breaking the mold
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Breaking the silence, breaking the mold

At issue: Marginalized voices are speaking out Our take: The Beacon should amplify these voices No American woman has been selected as Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 80 years. Yet the publication recently selected a group of individuals largely comprised of women they dubbed “The Silence Breakers” of sexual assault the Time 2017 Person...

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Social spaces should cover the bases

It’s a typical Monday morning and I’m getting work done in the CoLab before my class in a couple hours. With coffee in hand, a fully charged laptop, and a lengthy study playlist, I’m ready to get to work. Suddenly, I’m interrupted by a Facebook Messenger notification—but it’s not on my computer. It comes from...

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Women deserve to feel safe on their own campus

At issue: the lack of women in ECPD Our take: sexual assault survivors need police they can trust It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in law enforcement. Only 28 percent of employees in the Boston Police Department and 15 percent in federal law enforcement agencies are women. Those are disappointing percentages, but Emerson’s police department fails to reach...

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Let’s agree to be mean

I like to keep lists. On my phone, tucked somewhere between story ideas and grocery lists is a short note simply entitled, POTENTIALLY UNHEALTHY ATTITUDES ABOUT WRITING. It has several entries, some more ridiculous than others, but there is one core tenet: “If you don’t hate yourself by the end of a workshop, you’re not doing...

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Plagiarism does not deserve discourse

At issue: The invitation of Marsha P. Johnson director Steve France Our take: Artistic integrity isn’t up for debate  Last month, Reina Gossett, an African-American transgender activist and filmmaker, accused director David France of stealing research from her for his documentary, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. France is a cisgender white man. The controversy surrounding...