Opinion

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
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Don’t Shoot!

The recent acquittal of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has sparked some very well deserved outrage amongst Ferguson protestors. The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the underlying racism in this issue are glaringly obvious. But while racism is one of the causal reasons for Brown’s death, I think the real catalyst is the increasingly violent reactions we are seeing […]

by · December 3, 2014 · Opinion
All Over the Place for the Holiday

All Over the Place for the Holiday

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Post-break I’m already having trouble sliding back into my normal eating routine with smaller portions. I felt as if all I did at home over break was eat and eat, and almost little to nothing was the usual healthy entrees. I can preach about how to lose holiday pounds, but I’d rather touch on how to remain […]

by · December 3, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Capitalism At Its Finest

By Nick Arena Black Friday The holidays are coming on fast with Thanksgiving rapidly approaching. Soon we will all be home enjoying massive homemade meals with our loved ones. And let’s not forget Black Friday. Who could forget the day that we go out to buy excessive amounts of material possessions the day after we count ourselves thankful for all […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Opinion