Category: Opinion

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Listen this time

At issue: Student protest for inclusive excellence Our take: Ignoring the problem is not a solution The day to day bustle of campus life was interrupted on Tuesday when over 300 students marched into the college’s monthly faculty assembly meeting to protest complacency toward discrimination against students of color. The #ThisisEmerson protest followed quickly on the heels...

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No time to slack on student safety

At issue: Promptness of Emerson emergency alert system Our take: Time is not on our side On Sept. 12, a man unaffiliated with the college was shot on Boston Common by an active shooter. Students were warned of the attack at 6:59 p.m. via text messages and phone calls powered by Rave Alert, the official emergency communication...

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Op-Ed: Legitimizing Latinx lives

With Halloween right around the corner, I’m already preparing myself for the abundance of Día de los Muertos costumes—costumes that reduce a sacred Mexican holiday when families and friends honor their deceased loved ones to nothing more than spooky face paint and floral hairpieces. And one of the worst aspects of this problem is how...

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Editorial: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

At issue: Attitude towards Sodexo workers Our take: Treat service workers with dignity A new school year, a new dining hall—fine, Dining Center—petition. From mice to food quality, Emerson students have drafted countless Change.org petitions and napkin notes, detailing their myriad grievances with the school’s dining services. And yet, while complaints about Sodexo are no...

Op-Ed: Homelessness on Campus
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Op-Ed: Homelessness on Campus

It is not uncommon for students shuffling down Boylston street to shirk away from helping, acknowledging, or even considering the individuals experiencing homelessness who exist in the same urban space as we do. Part of this ambivalence stems from the harmful idea that homeless people are dangerous and unworthy of empathy. We have been taught...

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Students talk media representation

by Michelle Aviles and Monica Petrucci How has representation of a certain group improved in TV and film? What can be done better? In the eyes of Hollywood, all Asians are the same. It doesn’t matter that I am Korean; in the film industry, my identity is no different than that of any other Asian. In the...

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Op-Ed: Emerson put my sexual assaulter before me

The Beacon reviewed documentation and email correspondence around this case to verify its results and timeline. Click here to find further reading about the current state of Title IX at Emerson and our ongoing coverage of the topic. Two of Emerson’s core values are moral courage and ethical engagement—we don’t uphold them. I was sexually assaulted by another student...

Op-Ed: Streaming beyond the mainstream
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Op-Ed: Streaming beyond the mainstream

Polyamory is having a moment in pop culture right now. And by that, I mean that a moderately popular animated Netflix show had a sub-character with eight polyamorous gay dads as the butt of the joke a few times over the course of 12 episodes of its most recent season. That same program, Bojack Horseman, also...

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Editorial: Teaching cultural competency goes both ways

At issue: Semantics of social justice in the classroom Our take: Professors still have a lot to learn It’s a scene every Emerson student has experienced in some form or another: a single student raises a trembling hand in class to correct a professor on an issue of cultural competency. Whether it’s explaining the use of gender...

Op-Ed: Say my name: recognizing trans identities
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Op-Ed: Say my name: recognizing trans identities

When I first began to look at Emerson College back in my junior year of high school, a big factor influencing my choice of school was the LGBTQ culture. I wanted to know what kind of community I would be entering if I attended, and I was thrilled to see that the school seemed to...