Opinion

Back in the USSR

Back in the USSR

  By: Shirin Hijab Some places on earth seem to be forgotten, at least their histories or what happened there. What can we say happened in Abkhazia? Over the years since the fall of the USSR, there have been many conflicts and ethnic tensions between Georgia and Abkhazia, the first being an actual country that claims the second as its […]

by · March 5, 2015 · Opinion
Manly muscles

Manly muscles

By: Makayla-Courtney McGeeney They’re ugly and dirty, heavy and loud, and make women look like men. It’s heavy weight lifting. I’m here to debunk the fear of looking like a man when you only want to “tone,” whatever that means. Everyone has muscle and it just takes a little bit of digging to help them come out from hiding. No […]

by · February 27, 2015 · Opinion
2022 World Cup continues to raise questions

2022 World Cup continues to raise questions

By: Jesse Collings Ever since soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, announced Qatar as the host for the World Cup in 2022 it has puzzled soccer pundits the world over. Out of the finalists for the bid, Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States, Qatar stuck out like a sore thumb. Qatar was the only nation to never have […]

by · February 27, 2015 · Opinion, Sports
Sodium, sodium everywhere

Sodium, sodium everywhere

  By: Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Usually I see it happen more in the summer, but after a bad day or so of eating, I can tell immediately (especially after eating at the café last week…). My fingers and toes swell up and I feel like a balloon. I can thank salt for that. For people who don’t normally consume salt in their […]

by · February 19, 2015 · Opinion
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
‘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
“Better Call Saul” portrays a realistic America?

“Better Call Saul” portrays a realistic America?

  By: Shirin Hijab It’s been a while since “Breaking Bad” was labeled as one of the greatest shows of all time and this past Sunday we experienced the tragicomic spinoff “Better Call Saul” (reviewed on page 6). Vince Gilligan, the creator of both shows and sometimes director of episodes, doesn’t seem to have particular sympathy for the line of […]

by · February 12, 2015 · Opinion
Were we taught the right ways?

Were we taught the right ways?

  By: Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Back in elementary and middle school, we were given about 30-60 minutes of recess. This included the most popular activities like hopscotch, tag, foursquare, kickball, etc. Recess was everyone’s favorite period of the day, even in the winter when we could bring our snow gear to school and have snowball fights to act as a break in […]

by · February 12, 2015 · Opinion

QB Win-Loss ratio, does it even matter?

  By: Jake Mendel When I was watching the pregame coverage of the NFC and AFC championship games, they used two stats that really didn’t make any sense. One was that Andrew Luck was 0-3 against the Patriots and that Russell Wilson is 9-0 against Peyton and Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees (All super bowl MVPs). […]

by · February 5, 2015 · Opinion, Sports
Islamophobia and the barbarity of imperialism

Islamophobia and the barbarity of imperialism

  By: Shirin Hijab In the afternoon of MCLA’s first snow day, I spent some time watching a short film directed Mustafa Abu Ali called “They Do Not Exist.” I’d read about this film online find and then found it on YouTube and was thoroughly gleeful. Throughout the month of January and probably through December I’ve been hearing all about […]

by · February 5, 2015 · News, Opinion
Reshaping the mind and body

Reshaping the mind and body

  By: Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   Welcome back to the snowy Berkshires, just in time to touch on New Year’s resolutions, which I’m sure most of you have already disregarded at this point. What would this column be without cliché resolution banter? Let me state my resolutions first and then explain why they are what they are. Be more aware of […]

by · February 4, 2015 · Opinion
Netflix and the Lost Art of Film

Netflix and the Lost Art of Film

By Christopher Johnson Netflix serves about 50 million viewers worldwide in 50 different countries, according to its own overview statement. For $7.99, a person can stream what is available. But, as Timothy Stenovec in The Huffington Post notes, what is available is dictated by how much Netflix is willing to pay for a specific movie and so they do not […]

by · December 10, 2014 · A&E, Opinion
Tyler Bacon.

NFL Remains Ignorant of Instances of Domestic Abuse

By Tyler Bacon A lot of attention has been given lately to the long-term effects of concussions that NFL players suffer and become inherent to the game. But the league has consistently turned a blind eye to blows sustained by women at the hands of many NFL players over the last decade. That all changed when TMZ released a video […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Opinion, Sports, Sports Front Page
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Good Night and Good Luck

By Nick Arena The end of the semester is upon us once more. For some, myself included, it is the very last. There have been ups and downs, but I can’t say that I would change any of it for the world. I’ve grown as a person, and I have found something that I truly love doing. Unfortunately, student newspapers […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Opinion
All Over the Place For the Holiday Part 2

All Over the Place For the Holiday Part 2

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney So, you’ve eaten all these sweet treats and extra calories and have no idea how to get rid of the bloat before wearing your holiday suit. The usual options flowing through would be endless hours of cardio and starving yourself, but there’s much more to it than that. By burning more cals during the holidays, high intensity […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Opinion