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“Cave Story” (Top) has vibrant SNES-style graphics while “Iji” (bottom) relies on solid colors and strong profiles. Matt Hotaling/The Beacon

Two Exciting free games

Review by: Matt Hotaling For gamers living on a budget, freeware games—games whose developers have made them available for free for anyone to download—are always appreciated. Two excellent freeware games available on PC are “Cave Story” and “Iji”. “Cave Story” was originally released in Japanese over 10 years ago as “Dokutsu Monogatari”, by single developer Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya. The game […]

by · February 25, 2015 · A&E
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‘Catch Me If You Can’ will shock audience

By: Shirin Hijab The FPA department’s first show of Spring, “Catch Me If You Can” written originally by Robert Thomas and adapted by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, will premiere March 4-7 under the direction of Douglas Jenkins. The essential plot is that Daniel Corban (Marcus Neverson) and his wife Elizabeth arrive at a hotel for their honeymoon and get […]

by · February 25, 2015 · A&E
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Women’s season comes to an end

  By: Jake Mendel Salem State ended MCLA’s season with a 69-64 victory on Saturday. This game was a one game playoff as the winner would advance to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Heading into the game the Blazers were 1-10 in conference while Salam State was 2-9. If the Blazers were to win, they would have had […]

by · February 25, 2015 · Sports
Fink: Recess great for young students

Fink: Recess great for young students

By: Rominda DeBarros Opening up the Brown Bag Lecture series for the 2015 spring semester, Education Professor Dale Fink presented on the topic of school recess in his talk last Friday titled “Elementary School Recess: Essential or Expendable? Insights from Local Teachers and Students.” Fink spoke in depth about the three month long study he conducted at three local schools […]

by · February 25, 2015 · News
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Professor Gillian Jones publishes her first book

Growing up she was a shy kid who wouldn’t say much to anyone. When she turned 10 years old her father gave her a camera, and from that moment on alumnus Gillian Jones, ’91 revolved her life around capturing the beauty in the Berkshires. As a child, Jones spent a lot of time with her aunt who is an artist. […]

by · February 25, 2015 · Features
Women’s basketball falls to Westfield

Women’s basketball falls to Westfield

  By: Jake Mendel On Thursday the Suffolk Rams beat the Trailblazers 58-42, improving to 9-12 while the Blazers drop to 7-16 with two games left to play in the season. Turnovers lead to easy baskets as Suffolk shot 39 percent from the field, including 66 percent from behind the three point line. In the first half, the game was […]

by · February 19, 2015 · Sports
Social media poses danger for athletes on every tweet

Social media poses danger for athletes on every tweet

  By: Jesse Collings Social media has added a whole new dimension to not only sports, but to popular culture in general. Services like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have brought celebrities, whether they are athletes, singers, movie stars or politicians, closer to the general public. It creates a medium that connects fans directly to the celebrity. Before, the fans main […]

by · February 19, 2015 · Sports
‘Fifty Shades of Grey': boring and horrifically oppressive

‘Fifty Shades of Grey': boring and horrifically oppressive

  By: Shirin Hijab “Fifty Shades of Grey” combines an ethically deplorable relationship with one of cinema’s great charms, sex, and results in complete boredom. The film corrects very little from the book, and still presents an outright oppressive relationship as something that should be sexually titillating and apparently, according to the theater I was in, funny. In The Hollywood Reporter, […]

by · February 19, 2015 · A&E
VP of Student Affairs search update

VP of Student Affairs search update

By: Nicholas Swanson The list of candidates for next Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students (VP) has yet to be finalized with attention towards closing weeks of MCLA election for twelfth president. “The search was put on hold because we believe the new (MCLA) president should make an input on the decision for the new VP of Student Affairs,” […]

by · February 19, 2015 · News
Snow days leaves too many missed class days

Snow days leaves too many missed class days

  By: Gionna Nourse Another snow day?! Although these words excite many, it is safe to say the snow this semester has put a damper on class scheduling for professors and students alike. So far this semester, there have already been four snow days. Most have occurred on Mondays, with one on a Tuesday.  Even though professors usually build a […]

by · February 19, 2015 · News
Online surveys used to collect student feedback

Online surveys used to collect student feedback

    By: Idalis Foster The college has been seeking out student feedback in a variety of ways, including online surveys that students can access by looking up links. But recently there has been a large move to use SurveyMonkey by multiple departments on campus as well as bringing prospective professors into classes to get students’ perspectives. Most recently, the […]

by · February 19, 2015 · News
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
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Relaxing indie game hides brilliance

By: Matt Hotaling “Tengami” is a game that seems very simple on paper. It’s a short indie puzzler with a unique aesthetic, but like “Tengami”’s puzzles there is more than meets the eye if you let the game unfold. “Tengami” was developed by the studio Nyamyam Games, a small team made up of only three members. “Tengami”’s visual aesthetic is perhaps […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
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
Rutha Harris delivers empowering songs

Rutha Harris delivers empowering songs

  By: Shirin Hijab The Freedom Singers are a musical group that, probably, not enough people know about. I didn’t know about them until I saw that Rutha Mae Harris was coming to MCLA, and then I was upset at myself for not knowing. The Freedom Singers consisted of Cordell Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Charles Neblett, and Rutha Mae Harris […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E