Opinion Archive

  • By Jess Gamari   Over the course of your internet journey, it’s likely you’ve come across a quiz which determines if you are more left or right brain oriented. Those of us who are “right brained” are typically creative, artistic, and open-minded, thinking in terms of visual and colors. In...

    Lies in mind

    By Jess Gamari   Over the course of your internet journey, it’s likely you’ve come across a quiz which determines if you are more left or right brain oriented. Those of us who are “right brained” are typically creative, artistic, and open-minded, thinking in terms of visual and colors. In…

  • By Makayla-Courtney McGeeny   The cold winter season brings on various challenges, not only with snow and ice, but with fighting boredom with food. One of the hardest things for anyone in the winter is staying active to avoid the winter worries. Whether it’s just winter or the freshman 15,...

    Bigger than biceps: Winter worries

    By Makayla-Courtney McGeeny   The cold winter season brings on various challenges, not only with snow and ice, but with fighting boredom with food. One of the hardest things for anyone in the winter is staying active to avoid the winter worries. Whether it’s just winter or the freshman 15,…

  • So, according to the NFL, the world might not be ready for an openly gay football player just yet. In a report from Mother Jones on Sunday, Defensive End Michael Sam, who is coming up on this year’s draft, announced he is gay. In response, a number of NFL personnel...

    Foul play in the NFL

    So, according to the NFL, the world might not be ready for an openly gay football player just yet. In a report from Mother Jones on Sunday, Defensive End Michael Sam, who is coming up on this year’s draft, announced he is gay. In response, a number of NFL personnel…

  • By Jess Gamari   Before you head out to the store and grab Valentines cookies and candies for your sweetheart, you may want to double check the ingredients list for inclusion of artificial vanilla flavoring. Unless you’re using pure vanilla extract, it’s possible you may be consuming the secretion from...

    Secretion secrets

    By Jess Gamari   Before you head out to the store and grab Valentines cookies and candies for your sweetheart, you may want to double check the ingredients list for inclusion of artificial vanilla flavoring. Unless you’re using pure vanilla extract, it’s possible you may be consuming the secretion from…

  • By Gabriel Kogel   With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, as a clerk at a pharmacy, I’m living through a swirl of boxed chocolate hearts and rose-colored cards. Despite a definite flowery nausea that settles on me by the end of it, I think it’s important to celebrate love. Romantic love lifts...

    Finding true love this Valentine’s Day

    By Gabriel Kogel   With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, as a clerk at a pharmacy, I’m living through a swirl of boxed chocolate hearts and rose-colored cards. Despite a definite flowery nausea that settles on me by the end of it, I think it’s important to celebrate love. Romantic love lifts…

  • By Jesse Collings   The Winter Olympics are more of a news story and less of a sporting event. The biggest stories of the Winter Olympics will hardly be about men like Ole Einar Bjørndalen, the most decorated Winter Olympian in history making another run at the gold. No, the...

    The Winter Olympics are decadent and depraved

    By Jesse Collings   The Winter Olympics are more of a news story and less of a sporting event. The biggest stories of the Winter Olympics will hardly be about men like Ole Einar Bjørndalen, the most decorated Winter Olympian in history making another run at the gold. No, the…

  • Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Persistence of Spirit” snuck up on me.  The vibrancy and energy on display in this exhibit immediately drew me in, though I knew next to nothing about it. One could argue that this show is specifically attuned to the interests of the artistically-minded college student....

    “Spirit” transports viewers to culturally-rich Haiti

    Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Persistence of Spirit” snuck up on me.  The vibrancy and energy on display in this exhibit immediately drew me in, though I knew next to nothing about it. One could argue that this show is specifically attuned to the interests of the artistically-minded college student….

  • Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “20 Feet from Stardom” captured my heart in the summer of 2013. It was nowhere near the best documentary released, not in a year when giants like “The Act of Killing” and “Leviathan” and intimate masterpieces like “Stories We Tell” were unleashed upon the world,...

    “20 Feet from Stardom” sheds light on murky music industry

    Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “20 Feet from Stardom” captured my heart in the summer of 2013. It was nowhere near the best documentary released, not in a year when giants like “The Act of Killing” and “Leviathan” and intimate masterpieces like “Stories We Tell” were unleashed upon the world,…

  • By Jesse Collings   In the United States, there are a lot of holidays that celebrate America. There is the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and many other lesser known holidays. Each of these holidays celebrate different topics, but they all aim toward...

    America’s game, America’s day

    By Jesse Collings   In the United States, there are a lot of holidays that celebrate America. There is the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and many other lesser known holidays. Each of these holidays celebrate different topics, but they all aim toward…

  • An Associated Press article on Jan. 22 detailed President Barack Obama’s new initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, which will involve the White House Council on Women and Girls. The initiative will involve a 90-day deliberation process, producing recommendations for colleges on how to best combat sexual assault....

    Man up!

    An Associated Press article on Jan. 22 detailed President Barack Obama’s new initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, which will involve the White House Council on Women and Girls. The initiative will involve a 90-day deliberation process, producing recommendations for colleges on how to best combat sexual assault….

  • Finally, after two excrutiatingly long years, BBC’s “Sherlock” is making a return. On Jan. 19 at 10 p.m., following an episode of “Downton Abbey,” the third series premier will be aired on PBS. I cannot contain my excitement. This critically acclaimed series has caught the eye of mystery lovers and...

    “Sherlock” premiers on PBS in January

    Finally, after two excrutiatingly long years, BBC’s “Sherlock” is making a return. On Jan. 19 at 10 p.m., following an episode of “Downton Abbey,” the third series premier will be aired on PBS. I cannot contain my excitement. This critically acclaimed series has caught the eye of mystery lovers and…

  • Rumors about the Boston Celtics aiming for a higher draft pick by losing have been floating around fans and the media since pre-season. These assumptions just don’t make any sense. For one, it is illegal in the NBA to throw games for any reason. The NBA would already be investigating...

    Celtics for draft pick… you’re wrong.

    Rumors about the Boston Celtics aiming for a higher draft pick by losing have been floating around fans and the media since pre-season. These assumptions just don’t make any sense. For one, it is illegal in the NBA to throw games for any reason. The NBA would already be investigating…

  • By Jesse Collings   In the growing crisis that American education is becoming, a simple and reasonable solution is right within arms-reach of most citizens; increased parental involvement. While most parents are readily willing to say that they are very interested in their child’s education, there is a large chunk...

    More parental involvement needed

    By Jesse Collings   In the growing crisis that American education is becoming, a simple and reasonable solution is right within arms-reach of most citizens; increased parental involvement. While most parents are readily willing to say that they are very interested in their child’s education, there is a large chunk…

  • By Gabriel Kogel   In October, journalist Isaac Avilucea’s employment with the North Adams Transcript was terminated after a sports feature he wrote about Cheyanne Alcombright, a 15-year-old soccer player, came under intense criticism from parents and school officials. What landed Avilucea in hot water was his focus on the...

    Shoot the messenger: How not to report news

    By Gabriel Kogel   In October, journalist Isaac Avilucea’s employment with the North Adams Transcript was terminated after a sports feature he wrote about Cheyanne Alcombright, a 15-year-old soccer player, came under intense criticism from parents and school officials. What landed Avilucea in hot water was his focus on the…

  • A recent study by the Guttmacher Institute showed that due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of privately insured women who are no longer paying for oral contraceptives has increased from 15 percent to 40 percent. This is a good step in the right direction for reproductive rights...

    Birth control vs. God

    A recent study by the Guttmacher Institute showed that due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of privately insured women who are no longer paying for oral contraceptives has increased from 15 percent to 40 percent. This is a good step in the right direction for reproductive rights…

Page 4 of 24« First...23456...1020...Last »
Have a suggestion or feedback? Send us an e-mail at beacon@mcla.edu