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Hayden Wright

Opinion Editor

Hayden Wright is the opinion editor of The Berkeley Beacon. He is a writing, literature, and publishing major with a minor in visual studies. He joined the staff of the Beacon as an opinion columnist in the fall of 2010. As the deputy arts and entertainment editor for the 2011 spring semester, Wright continued contributing to the opinion section and wrote various A&E features, including an interview with Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham.

Wright has been the opinion editor and a member of the Beacon's editorial board since the fall 2011. He is an office assistant in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson, and currently works as a freelance research assistant for a nonfiction book project.

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A tale of more than two cities

I’d humbly remind students that there’s more to life than cramped Williamsburg apartments and fetching coffee for Mario Lopez.

The devil is in the details

As a rule of thumb, before launching a media-intensive money drive, double check that the cause it supports is not the result of a bureaucratic mistake

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Dear Emerson students, you’re not that busy

Perennial midterm Facebook statuses about Netflix, red wine, and procrastination show that Emerson students aren’t always diligent worker bees buzzing around the library and Student Activities Center.

Hillary Clinton, the Washington scene-stealer

The good news is that the tricky, polarizing Hillary is virtually irrelevant to this electorate. We are not Clinton Democrats. We know Obamacare, not Hillarycare. We were children during President Clinton’s impeachment and less than a decade old when George W. Bush took office.

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.

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At Emerson, the third place should be a charm

Self-imposed quiet study does not facilitate the exchange of ideas; it isolates students further. From long solo hauls on different MBTA lines to energetic group project meetings, many of us spend our time cocooned inside our own heads or hypersocially chasing professional ambitions.

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.

A dose of ethics for magazine classes

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

Confronting the moment every urban student fears

I didn’t choose to get attacked, but I chose to live in one of the best cities in the world. Part of owning that choice is realizing that the advantages of our urban campus are worth the risks.

Student government officials deserve a little credit

Without a specific department to call home, Emerson’s SGA falls into a minority of collegiate student governing bodies that go uncompensated for their service.

The benefits of a funnyman meddling in serious business

Despite those mixed messages, Colbert’s straight face challenges anyone to call his candidacy a fraud. His efforts are satire incarnate, acting in the real world.

Perry’s lame resurrection of “birtherism” a textbook non-issue

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Warren primed for star turn in pursuit of Kennedy’s former seat

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Our generation must defend reproductive health services

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Gallivan brings sass, gayness, friendship to Emerson

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College Kitchen dares dormers to go gourmet

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Oscar winner revives The Merchant of Venice at the Cutler

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What we can learn from Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy

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Aggregation nation: Why two news sources are better than one

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With three guild wins, The King's Speech heats up Oscar race

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