The Berkeley Beacon

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Absence policy works for workshops

At a small, specialized school like Emerson, we rely on our peers as much as our professors to create a satisfying classroom experience and develop our education. Nowhere is this more evident than the workshop classes in the writing and film programs.

Nonfiction is for facts, not fibbers

Even professionals have forgotten the first rule of writing nonfiction: it has to be true. If writers can’t meet that challenge, they have an ethical duty to step down from the truth and label their work accurately.

Editorial: Infighting and bloated agenda mar SGA plan

Politicians make lofty goals every day. “Reforming academics” in a college setting sounds as vague as “fixing the economy” does on a national scale. Like economic reform in American political discourse, academic reform oversimplifies dozens of diverse and often unrelated goals into an easily digestible buzz phrase.

Editorial: Journalistic integrity not a laughing matter

Boloco’s April Fool’s Day email may have given Emerson students momentary heart attacks with its claims to remove all free burritos and raise prices, but some tomfoolery this Sunday proved more offensive than funny.

In Mass., three strikes, you’re out

Due to lapses of judgment in reporting and editing, the op-ed published April 5 titled "In Mass., three strikes, you're out" by Beacon contributor Amelia Ashmall-Liversidge identified two sources by name as repeat criminal offenders. Though the information was taken on the record, Editor-in-Chief Alexander C. Kaufman, Managing Editor Carly Loman, and Opinion Editor Hayden Wright determined on April 23 that publishing names was inessential to the story, and pulled the piece to limit the risk of compromising sources.

Marrying the W, the L, and the P

Emerson should offer classes specifically created to teach students how the different components of literature work with one another.

Letter to the editor from Tau Zaman

Don’t compromise the truth to relish in snide editorializing. It’s unbecoming of a school newspaper that I want to be proud of—a paper that should epitomize the communicative talent at Emerson College.

Editorial: SGA candidate endorsements

The editorial board endorses candidates for executive positions and in contested races.

Editorial: Considerations for SGA candidates

We trust that SGA will keep fighting the big battles on our behalf. Those, like dining services reform, are essential. But as speech night nears, we want SGA candidates to consider how they can balance those lofty goals with results-based initiatives.

Have some class; don’t play hookey

Last week became a record-breaker as skies cleared and the weather channels touted 80 degree days. These rising temperatures seemingly elevated the number of students choosing blankets on The Common over seats behind desks.

An Empire State of mind for Emerson

The college should establish an external program, similar to those in Los Angeles and Washington, in Manhattan, allowing prospective New Yorkers to intern and study for a semester, while living in Emerson-administered dorms or apartments.

A dose of ethics for magazine classes

Perhaps the line between “arts” and “communication” at Emerson is drawn a bit too broadly.

Kony 2012: rebels without a pause

KONY 2012 went right for that Achilles heel. It told us, perhaps rightly so, that we are living in an incredibly important time.

Editorial: SGA won't show us the money, again

In total, $69,250.62 of the student activities fee—that we pay in tuition—is unaccounted for in the SGA public record.

Letter of tuition suggestions from the SGA

We fully recognize and respect that tuition increases are a necessary method of sustaining the College’s yearly operations. Bearing that in mind, what follow are the conclusions we came to regarding the student body’s experience with yearly tuitions. Please consider our 10 findings and suggestions.