The Berkeley Beacon

Friday, August 26, 2016

Love column: Removing stigma through discovery

I masturbate with the same regularity that I wash my sheets—every other week, unless I find myself with some extra time and a need to randomly throw a load of linens in the washing machine. Just like laundry, self-stimulation differs greatly based on the person.

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Year in review: Entrepreneurial enterprise projects

If you find yourself crunching on gourmet, customized trail mix while reading a new Spanish-language magazine in a Boston greenspace, make sure to document it on a new app.

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Students get a second chance at a high school classic

Traditionally, high school proms call for drinking punch, posing for pictures, and dancing in a dark room. For some, however, it was a night of feeling forced into wearing a gendered outfit—and the performance that comes along with an outfit that’s ill-fitting to your identity.

Carr on Culture: Minority bias on and off screen

If you’re a fan like me, then you may have noticed a recent alarming trend: Overwhelming amounts of people of color and LGBTQ+ characters are being killed off their shows.

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Money, get away, new cashless options

Going to a restaurant with friends usually ends up with a fight over the bill. For many students, this could mean scrounging up dollar bills from the bottom of their bags. Now, however, with the rise of money transfer apps, gone are the days where you have to worry about having physical cash to pay back a friend.

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Trngle is a new matchmaking service for artists

Two years ago, on the University of Oregon campus, two friends set out to make a music video but didn’t know where to look to recruit or build a film crew. This was the light bulb moment for Harry Holmes, the once-cinematographer who’s founding an online networking platform to connect creative people to projects.

Lions, tigers, and butt plugs—oh my!

“Can you wash a butt plug in the dishwasher?” a voice called from the back.

Dix Pix: Ivy Park crosses athleisure's racial boundary

If “Formation” didn’t bless us enough, Queen B has just upped the ante yet again by co-founding a 200-piece activewear collection, entitled Ivy Park, set to release in mid-April in Topshop and Nordstrom stores.

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It's a buyer's market for students at Emerson

Akin to The Hunger Games, Emerson’s lottery housing selection process is a high-stakes gamble and students have just begun to volunteer each other as tribute to pick out the best rooms.

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Costume makers stitch a show together

Madison Gordon perches on a stool with the sleeves of her Kelly green blazer rolled up. She’s intently focusing on adjusting the hem of a dress, carefully plucking strings with a small, sharp silver device called a seam-ripper.

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Mentoring program helps students leap forward

The venture is called Emerson Literacy Education and Empowerment Project (eLEEP), and it was founded by Cooke-Jackson and Paul Mihailidis, an associate marketing communication professor, six years ago.

Love Column: Finding one's own freedoms

Abstinence equals freedom. That was the core of my public school sex education—a dominantly heteronormative scope at that.

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New podcast covers everything and the kitchen sink

Tom Carroll can talk about almost anything— from March Madness to hot dogs, he’s creating conversation and casting it onto the interwebs in his new podcast series Tom Talks.

Carr on culture: Is HeForShe really for her?

The video came to my attention after a friend humorously tweeted, “Emma Watson beatboxing makes me not want to be a feminist.”

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Students bouncing and backing nearby nightlife

Snaking through crowds of patrons, carrying heavy buckets of ice, and trying not to slip on spilt vodka cranberries made up a typical shift at the now-closed Stage Nightclub for Dalton Kearney, a barback. His roommate, Christopher Piettro, stood outside at the door.