The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, February 25, 2017


GOP identity crisis calls for reality check

In any official capacity, the GOP won’t choose between talkshow windbags and critical minority voters, just as it won’t choose bipartisanship over extremism; it will continue to provide loopholes for high-income supporters to the detriment of middle and lower-class Americans.

Dismal event turnout? Pay attendance forward

Emerson College is an academic institution—but it’s not academics that keep us in meeting rooms and rehearsals until 11 o ‘clock every night. This school is characterized by its thriving array of student-run organizations.

A clarification of the Beacon's op-ed policy

In the Beacon’s opinion section, we are accustomed to respectfully editing the words of students who disagree with our private views and that of the Beacon’s editorial board. The diverse opinions we publish are what make that page an arena for students and faculty to exchange ideas.

NEASC review to take college's temperature

The peer review by external administrators and academics should help prevent Emerson from drowning in its own reflection. A school with such a fierce sense of its own personality risks out-of-touch immersion in its own mythology.


Photo essay: a first-time voter

Although my decision was easy for various reasons, many were undecided until they were already in the polling booths. I voted for the reinstatement of President Obama in the White House. The 2012 election season was a combative one, which ended with only a 2 percent difference in the popular vote. Our current bipartisan country has more extremes than cohesions, creating quite an oil and vinegar dressing for our “mixed salad” of a country.

It’s time to challenge the size zero cult

Culture is not the only factor that contributes to eating disorders — to think so would be to simplify a complicated psychological condition to just one factor among many.

In Further Defense of Big Bird and PBS

The marketplace does many things well, but television is a unique industry. It has been continuously demonstrated, for example, that mass media shapes our perceptions and behaviors.

The debate over debates

If anyone seeking such a high power position could address a resolution to the economic crisis or the unrest in the Middle East in 90 seconds, we are all in trouble. Debates, however, do give the candidates a chance to articulate to a global audience a summary of their short and long term agenda for the next four years.


Endorsing Mitt Romney

In a state that historically votes deep blue, and where a recent Suffolk University poll shows President Obama with a 32-point lead over Mitt Romney, it almost seems pointless for me to tell voters registered in Mass. why they should vote for Governor Romney on Nov. 6.


Endorsing Barack Obama

This year, it seems that the pundits are talking about issues that hit a little too closely to home; they’re finally talking about us, as young voters.

Election fatigue sets in during home stretch

As the finish line approaches, we must remember that the race to better our world continues beyond this election.

Don’t waste your undergratuate years on campus

For as poetic as we wax about our surroundings, each barely-dressed clubgoer who trips out of Estate in the early hours of Friday mornings calls into question whether the emperor is really wearing clothes.


Rejection is a bummer, but try, try again

You can’t be accepted until you’ve been rejected. It’s that simple. Sure, there are some rare cases where the first piece out is a winner, but I guarantee you, rejections will follow.

WLP majors deserve more credits

Costs that seem petty take their toll on the wallets of working students who, as Zaman said, sometimes consider the length of their work against the cost of printing.

Our generation must affirm affirmative action

Although America may no longer be at the starting line of the race, we are certainly not at the finish, and that is something we must not ignore.