Opinion

Independent Candidates Offer Alternatives

Independent Candidates Offer Alternatives

By Christopher Johnson While they are all Independent, the three alternative candidates to Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker—Scott Lively, Evan Falchuk and Jeffrey McCormick—have very different, sometimes contradictory ideas. “As governor, my number one priority will be to create jobs and grow the economy,” McCormick said in a campaign video on his website. “I have a proven track record of […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Features, News, Online Exclusive, Opinion
Graph by Margaret Gugarty.

Students Prefer Coakley, Favor Bottle Bill

By Tyler Bacon Martha Coakley was the preferred choice for governor by MCLA students, but a large number of undecided voters make it a toss-up. Students were overwhelmingly supportive of ballot questions 2 and 4. The Writing and Reporting the News II class conducted an unscientific poll on the upcoming election. The results of the poll have a margin of […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive, Slideshow
Question Two Would Expand Bottle Bill to Water, Juices

Question Two Would Expand Bottle Bill to Water, Juices

By Brittany Gallacher Question 2 on the Massachusetts state ballot aims to expand the Beverage Container Deposit Law to require deposits on all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated liquids, excluding dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medications. Supporters of Question 2 believe the expanded law will increase recycling and reduce the amount of bottles in landfills, while opponents say it is too […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive
MGM Ready to Build In Springfield Despite Poor Economy, Struggling Industry

MGM Ready to Build In Springfield Despite Poor Economy, Struggling Industry

By Gionna Nourse   SPRINGFIELD, MASS. Early last month, three major casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., closed due to the bad economy and lingering effects from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Showboat, Revel, and Trump Plaza said goodbye after over 20 years of entertaining the famous seaside community. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, two casinos located in Connecticut, also used to […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive
Jobs and Tax Revenue vs. Social Impact Drive Debate

Jobs and Tax Revenue vs. Social Impact Drive Debate

By Caitlin O’Neill Casinos: In or out? Ballot Question 3 will allow voters to decide if casinos and other forms of gambling will continue to exist in Massachusetts. However, its wording could prove to be a source of confusion for many voters, because in this case, yes means no. A 2011 law makes casinos, other establishments with slot machines, and […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive
Spurs Sit Atop NBA Preseason Power Rankings

Spurs Sit Atop NBA Preseason Power Rankings

By Jesse Collings San Antonio Spurs- The defending champs have league’s smartest player (Tim Duncan) and best coach (Greg Popovich). Los Angeles Clippers- It’s a make or break year for this talented team; look for Blake Griffin to become an offensive force and possibly generate some MVP buzz. Cleveland Cavaliers- The latest superteam could end up as the league’s best […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Sports, Sports Front Page
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

The Right to Die with Dignity

By Nick Arena A terminally ill, 29-year-old woman will be ending her life on Nov. 1. A USA Today report about Brittany Maynard, a Calilfornia native who has moved to Oregon, stated that the woman has chosen to die with dignity, rather than die in pain. She is suffering from a stage four malignant brain tumor. Maynard made her choice […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Opinion
Tracking Your Goals

Tracking Your Goals

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney So, you want to lose weight and be healthy, but you don’t know where to start. Well, getting an inexpensive fitness tracker is a good way to start getting healthy because you’ll be able to analyze what your strengths and weaknesses are via smartphone app. For my birthday I got a Fitbit flex and all my mom […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Opinion
Falling into a Routine

Falling into a Routine

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney As the bright colors of the Berkshires fall away, our workouts might take a plunge as well. Before we get a jump start on the winter slump, let’s make a few changes to the old exercise routine from summer. Within our area, outdoor activities such as hiking mount Greylock or traveling the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, to name […]

by · October 22, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

The Internet vs. Common Sense

By Nick Arena Halloween is on its way again. That means costumes, candy, decorations, and fake public service announcements meant to scare you more than your local haunted house. The information age has brought breaking news and other important updates to our fingertips, but it has also brought with it a great deal of unverified information. With smartphones, anybody who […]

by · October 22, 2014 · Opinion

Editorial The removal of a large number the Oct. 9 issue of Beacon newspapers occurred on Monday at some time prior to an Open House event, hosted by the Admissions office. The Beacon speculates that the removal was because issue four of the Beacon displayed bomb threat and drug bust news on the front page. These papers were removed from […]

by · October 15, 2014 · Features, Front Page, News, Opinion, Slideshow, Top Stories
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Equality Issues in the NFL

By Nick Arena Last week’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots has sparked yet another controversial conversation in the NFL. On Sept. 29, the Chiefs took down the Patriots with a score of 41 – 14, which is depressing enough as is for any Pats fan. During the game, Hussain Abdullah, a safety for the […]

by · October 8, 2014 · Opinion
Liquid Courage

Liquid Courage

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney For some students, the weekend starts on Thursday, but for others, it may begin late afternoon Friday. What’s one of the first things that come to mind at the start of a relieving weekend? Beers, shots, parties, funneling, shot-gunning, or any way to get drunk quickly. Of course your college years are the best time to experiment […]

by · October 8, 2014 · Opinion
Photo taken by Courtney Alana Smith.

More than I Bargained For

By Courtney Alana Smith The pit in my stomach— you know, the one that only cracks open when fear is present— became unfastened as soon as I sat down in seat 30A. Flight 0728 was a red-eye to London Heathrow, and it just so happened to be the first plane I’d been on since ‘98. My thoughts, recycled over and over […]

by · October 6, 2014 · Extras, Online Exclusive, Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Dress Code Woes

By Nick Arena Apparently Devils Lake High School in North Dakota has banned female students from wearing leggings, yoga pants, jean leggings, or jeggings as they are more popularly known, and tight blue jeans. Why are these articles of clothing being banned? Because they are distracting to male students and male teachers. According to a Gawker.com article, citing Valley News […]

by · October 1, 2014 · Opinion