The Berkeley Beacon

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Succesful gun discourse hindered by ideology

The rheotric surrounding the gun ownership debate since the Newtown shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, has been marked by ideological schizophrenia.

Activist & service orgs deserve recognition and support

The ORRB uses inconsistent reasoning in granting and denying recognition to student organizations, while some service and activist organizations follow all of ORRB’s recommendations and are still rejected.

Gun control lacks X chromosome

Both the absence of representation among the panelists and the omission of a discussion about how women are affected by gun violence provides a lack of understanding of the issues as a whole.

My big fat Greek fashion show

Imagine what can be accomplished with a grant of over $8,000 to raise funds for a charitable cause. But when more than a third of that funding is sunk into a dessert display, it’s hard to believe that money was spent in a way to best benefit the nonprofit.

We bleed purple and gold, sometimes

Emerson’s basketball players must compete each week with the support of only 61 people, on average, according to the athletic department’s website, leaving the squeak of their soles to echo in a nearly-empty gym.

Thumb_140_tedesco_opinion

All quiet on the equality front

And that’s why allowing women to serve in combat roles is such a positive thing; It sets a precedent that says women can do whatever men can.

Some thoughts deserve more than a tweet

The sevenscore letter limit demands parsimony, brevity, and (it would seem to follow) wit.

Space should belong to everyone

Before the school begins designating space for a particular organization, it needs to ensure that there are enough locations for any group to meet and students to hang out.

Thumb_140_opinionfnl_verrill

A challenging future for the young

The largely depressed state of our economy is a generational problem, one that will only fester if further left untreated, devastating the job prospects of Emerson graduates more than those from many other schools.

A new appreciation for print in the digital age

In its brief golden age, the e-reader has taught me something. It has made me appreciate print in a way I never could if I hadn’t unwrapped my Kindle that Christmas, or my iPad the next.

Thumb_140_dating_opinion_photo_rgb_1000

Love: not just a tweet away

It’s been said time and time again to me since I first started to use the internet: “Don’t trust anyone that you talk to online.”

Sticks and stones, words hurt

The first time I was called a bitch, I didn’t really know what it meant. I was in the lunch line at my elementary school, and when one of my male peers tried to cut me, I voiced my sense of injustice quite loudly. He turned to me and said, “Don’t be such a bitch.” That shut me right up.

SGA neglects to post minutes

The SGA finds itself shirking the responsibility again, with no minutes posted since October 23.

Less than a local, more than a tourist

I wouldn’t feel right calling myself a local because it’s not home yet: I’ve built nothing here, enhanced nothing, left no existential mark.

Thumb_140_sandyhook_moeller

Firearms, fatalities, but finally a discussion

Sensible gun laws are possible, and the time for debate and action on these laws is now, as initiated by President Obama and other members of Congress in the past month.