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Board of Trustees faces uncertainty in moving forward

Board of Trustees faces uncertainty in moving forward

By Idalis Foster With this unexpected end to a long presidential search, the Board of Trustees is uncertain as to how to begin the process again and has not set a deadline for the search since it has yet to begin. Tyler Fairbank, chair of the Board of Trustees, and William Dudley, incoming vice chair of the Board of Trustees, […]

by · April 9, 2015 · News
Some thoughts on Polish films

Some thoughts on Polish films

By: Shirin Hijab   Recently I watched Małgorzata Szumowska’s “In the Name Of,” a film detailing the closeted psychology of a homosexual priest who’s trying to help troubled youth. Polish cinema has a history of very peculiar Catholic films, from last year’s “Ida” to “Mother Joan of the Angels,” where a priest falls in love with the woman he must […]

by · February 18, 2015 · Opinion
Photo by Mitchell Chapman/The Beacon

V-Day Gala: success

By: Mitchell Chapman Couples and singles alike were greeted by two flavors of chocolate-covered strawberries and a large dance floor below pink paper lanterns and paper hearts during the Valentine’s Day Gala. The annual event, sponsored by the Berkshire Towers Advisory Board (A-Board), was a welcome distraction for many from the recent snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. “It was really fun,” […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
Red Sox GM visits Berkshire County

Red Sox GM visits Berkshire County

By: Jesse Collings             The weather outside was a bitter, biting cold and the snow on the ground made downtown Pittsfield look more like the North Pole than a city, but despite the icy climate, fans from all over Berkshire County came to the Old Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield to talk about baseball. The Pittsfield […]

by · February 12, 2015 · News
‘American Sniper’ depicted terrorists

‘American Sniper’ depicted terrorists

Dear Editor,              ​I am writing to you to comment on the article “Islamophobia and the barbarity of imperialism,” in the Arts & Politics column of this past week’s issue of the Beacon. Personally, and I hope I’m not alone here, but I was offended and disgusted by the comments made about the film biopic of American military veteran Chris […]

by · February 12, 2015 · Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Club member Liz Salvetti and S.T.A.G.E president Carrisa Sacherski pose after creating a playlist for the event.

College holds annual Sextival with a twist

  By: Gionna Nourse A plethora of clubs will join each other once again to educate students about safe sex and sexuality, this time with a burlesque theme at this year’s Sextival on Feb. 28. “Sextival has in many ways been a representation of my love and energy, and this is an event that means quite a bit to me,” […]

by · February 12, 2015 · News
MCLA Network Down

MCLA Network Down

MCLA’s network is currently down. MCLA IT is  working diligently to find a solution. Expect issues with WiFi, Logging onto campus computers, and accessing personal files on accounts.

by · February 11, 2015 · News, Online Exclusive
College receives award for outstanding community service CNCS honors College

College receives award for outstanding community service CNCS honors College

By Gionna Nourse MCLA was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in December 2014, in appreciation of its student-based volunteer, civic-engagement, and service learning efforts throughout the year. 2014 is the fourth year the college has been honored by the CNCS with this prestigious award. The CNCS […]

by · February 4, 2015 · News
Photo by Agnella Gross.

Recognizing the Ferguson Case

Last Friday the Black Student Union (BSU) held a candlelight vigil in recognition of recent protests in over ninety cities that occurred after the grand jury’s decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

by · December 10, 2014 · Front Page, News, Slideshow, Top Stories
Students Hold Ongoing Conversation on Race

Students Hold Ongoing Conversation on Race

By Idalis Foster Over the past few weeks, the news of a Cleveland child shot for playing with a air soft gun and the announcements of both Officer Darren Wilson and Officer Daniel Pantaleo being let go after grand juries decided not to indict them, have become a catalyst for protests and rioting across the country. On Tuesday, Theresa O’Bryant, […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Front Page, News, Top Stories
SGA Selects Senate Secretary

SGA Selects Senate Secretary

By: Nicholas Swanson Rachel Durgin, Class of 2018 senate representative, was newly elected and sworn in as the SGA senate secretary. Before Durgin was elected, all candidates were reminded that an executive cabinet member is not allowed to hold another e-board position for a SGA funded club; however, if funding is received elsewhere it is acceptable. According to SGA president […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Front Page, News, Top Stories
Student Entrepreneur Creates Artwork for Music Album Covers

Student Entrepreneur Creates Artwork for Music Album Covers

By Juanita Doss With a creative mind and a love for music, Brandon Valdes’ company DevantNY (Devant) was born. Valdes, a freshman studying business and marketing, created the company two years ago in the Bronx with his brother and their mutual friends. “We all like the same type of things, so we decided to put our creative ideas together and […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Features, Front Page, Top Stories
SGA Plans to Promote Awareness for Sexual Assault in Spring

SGA Plans to Promote Awareness for Sexual Assault in Spring

By Christopher Johnson Student Government Association (SGA) is trying to increase conversation on campus while there are some possible future changes in the policy of handling sexual assault cases, according to Theresa O’Bryant, the interim vice president of student affairs. “SGA is partnering with the ALANA club council, Women’s Center, and Inter Greek Council (IGC),” Brendan Peltier, president of SGA […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Features, Front Page, News, Online Exclusive, Top Stories
New Tracking Program to be Followed when Disposing Food Waste

New Tracking Program to be Followed when Disposing Food Waste

By Isabel McKenzie Aramark abides by a new waste disposal ban which promotes more environmentally friendly food disposal practices. The ban requires institutions that create over one ton of organic material every week to repurpose or donate any useable food. Governor Deval Patrick’s administration put the ban into effect on Oct. 1 this year. It requires large institutions, including supermarkets, […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Front Page, News, Slideshow, Top Stories
Historic Churches Left Vacant

Historic Churches Left Vacant

By Gionna Nourse The city of North Adams is struggling to find a use for vacant churches. They are caught between the desire to keep the architectural beauty, and the need to find a sensible solution for residents. Back in 2008, St. Francis of Assisi Church, located in downtown North Adams, closed its doors due to financial troubles. St. Francis […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Features, Online Exclusive