The Berkeley Beacon

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Holy Politics, Batman! Gotham and the 99 percent

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, often considered more explicitly right wing than any blockbuster of recent memory, draws a clear line — anti-capitalist observation is fine, but any direct action against the rich or revolutionary moves towards the redistribution of property will lead to a dystopian nightmare.

The Polarizing Pop of Political Catchphrase

The 2012 presidential election — the first time many current college students will take to the polls—  may be the most polarizing race in decades. That’s the impression left by the Pew Research Center’s annual values survey, published in June, which found the deepest divide between Democrats and Republicans in 25 years. Many factors have congealed the grudges that choke Capitol Hill, some blame falls on the over-the-top rhetoric both parties have resorted to, showcased at their conventions in Tampa and Charlotte.

Letter to the editor from Interim Marketing Communication Chair Donald Hurwitz

"We are also trying, hard, to serve what are now upwards of 350 minors across Business, E3 and Marketing Communication, but we are especially constrained by shortages of space and faculty."

Don't stress over summer internships

Students today are much more serious and focused than I was, which is probably a good thing. But as I watch them cram summer classes in so they can get done with school faster, I wonder if they’re missing out on the chance to absorb some of the material they’ve learned. Students also obsess about internships the way I used to obsess about sunscreen.

Coachella and forcing a cultural moment

For the past two weekends, Coachella Valley in Indio, California was flooded with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the country and around the world. These pilgrims — many fans of dancing, ecstasy, and sweat — come to experience the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The exciting challenge of healthy diet

Granted, one does not need to adopt extremes on either end of the nutrition spectrum. Most of us are fortunate enough to not have to eat McDonald’s or other cheap grub for every meal or limit our eating restrictions to cleanses consisting of liquid.

Think small for summer internships

An internship at a small office means people knowing your name and your work. You don’t have to struggle to get noticed—you will get noticed.

Guilty pleasures are best over breakfast

But this is the drama that makes these news magazines irresistible. Last week was a media circus in the most unapologetic sense of the word. If you don’t have any stake in these rivalries, let a morning news show into your home. Give them your loyalty.

Editorial: SGA session a frosty Pelton pow-wow

Where SGA delivered questions that were wordy, somewhat repetitive, and novice-sounding, they were received by Pelton’s prepared talking points in a way that witnesses say seemed at times aggravated and aloof.

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.