The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, October 10, 2015


American media infected by sensationalist ebola coverage

In its wall-to-wall coverage of the epidemic, the American media has presented few actual facts, clouding the true nature of the virus and provoking the descent into sensationalism.

Editor's note

The thoughts of the Beacon staff are with Straus’ family and friends during this painful time; we wish to extend our sincere condolences. And in this time of mourning and tribute, the Beacon would like to provide the Emerson community with a space to honor Straus through the written word.

After tragedy, a time to remember and reflect

At Emerson, we surround ourselves with signs of vitality: the vigor of campus activities, the bustle of the Common, the promise of a diploma. But this tragedy throws the fragility of life into sharp relief.

Reductive stereotypes stifle middle aged women

Hillary Clinton is only one example; sitcoms often problematically show elder women as erratic, witless, and dependent.


Game recognizes game: virtual spectator sports on the rise

The sports world is becoming more diverse and inclusive, and esports will one day swim in the mainstream.

Lack of communication lands dining reform in a pickle

With an abundance of miscommunications, it's clearly time for the sides to talk turkey.

Animal House-style parties created by gender stereotypes

There are systematic impediments that prevent women from finding a way to empower themselves in party culture.


Execution procedures need injection of transparency

A standardized national procedure for carrying out a death sentence would be beneficial, but more critical is transparency from execution chambers across the country.

College's legal response requires a closer look

The brusque language simply reflects the parlance of law, and its bluntness doesn't necessarily represent how the administration feels about the issue or its students.

Aged tragedies not lost on younger generations

Corporate interests taking precedence over corporate sensitivity isn’t news, but the backlash from young shoppers is.


Emerson ought to smoke out the competition

Emerson should be an institutional leader, accepting the medical marijuana cards of its students, not rejecting social progress.

Props for profs fly under students’ radar

Too often, students miss out on important chances to build relationships with Emerson's bevy of notable professors with significant accomplishments.

Social media presents emotional outlet for users

The fact that social media is used as an emotional outlet does not say that our communication skills are deteriorating but rather says that they are evolving to become more inclusive.


Emerson bites off less than it can chew

Emerson’s dining hall options expose the college’s fundamental misunderstanding of the food needs of its students.

Failed logo reveals lack of opportunity

Emerson students are here to learn by doing. Being sidelined on important opportunities doesn't allow students to accomplish that goal.