The Berkeley Beacon

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Sustainable clothing never goes out of style

In a city where it can be so easy to cycle through outfits on a whim, we need to make sure we aren’t playing into the hands of big businesses.

Language about language

Emerson’s focus has always been about using the right words to get points across clearly, and that’s not going to change just because we want to use inclusive language.

Transfers deserve scholarship equity

Transfer students do not have the same opportunities to be considered for their work in the way that others are.

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Collaborative care is the future

I still find myself longing for a polyamorous alternative to the household models we currently have in place.

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Veganism is a form of activism

We can easily use the power of the dollar to make environmentally friendly food choices.

Bull or bear, the stock market is a boys club

<p class="p1">I somewhat dreaded Sunday afternoons

Exploiting students for the sake of exposure

Young people are manipulated into working for free all the time in the name of "exposure," "building a portfolio," or just plain "experience."

Saturdays still not a snow day solution

It’s bad enough that our go-to college policy is to make up snow days on the weekend.

Letter to the editor: In response to “Bridging the Divide Between Majors”

Dear Editor, Your editorial “Bridging the Divide Between Majors” (Jan. 26) asserts that “departmental divisions” hinder students’ opportunities to take courses outside of their major. The School of the Arts shares your concerns. Improving students’ ability to move between departments and disciplines is a priority for us, and, while not instantaneous, we have made considerable improvement.

Punching Nazis won’t end white supremacy

Nearly six years ago, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs raided the home of Osama bin Laden, killing the terrorist leader and burying his body at sea only hours later. The following day, the news of his death dominated my seventh grade literature class as students cheered what President Obama called “the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda.” But what began as a celebration soon erupted into a heated argument between me and my classmates over their glorification of a violent death.

Optional opportunities should be inclusive

At issue: Expensive networking opportunities Our take: Extra-curricular trips shouldn’t be only for the wealthy

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Pretending to be broke isn't cute

In college, being broke is strangely glamorized.

Saturdays are not a snow day solution

At issue: Saturday makeup classes Our take: It's the freakin' weekend.

Broadening horizons in unexpected ways

I went into my gap year in Paris with preconceived notions of how much I would learn about the language and culture of France. But at the end of my experience, I realized that immersing yourself in an unfamiliar culture teaches more than that. I learned how to wonder about the way the world looks to those not standing in my shoes.

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Self-care is more than a trend

I stumbled across yet another self-care comic while scrolling through Tumblr the other day. Titled “50 Ways to Take a Break,” it features illustrations of candles, bubble baths, tea, and nature. Underneath was the user’s caption: “Practice self-care!!!” It was nothing new, but after seeing this phrase recycled hundreds of times over my Facebook and Tumblr feeds, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.