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‘Alice’ is Dark, Gritty, Unusual

‘Alice’ is Dark, Gritty, Unusual

By Rachel Fitterman For those looking for a break from the usual, the 1988 Czech film “Alice” delivers. It’s a reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” but deviates from the cutesy norm into something much more nightmarish. There is nothing explicitly graphic or gory in director Jan Švankmajer’s Wonderland, but the low-tech stop motion and underlying violent themes […]

by · December 3, 2014 · A&E
(Tyson Luneau/Beacon Staff) Singer duo Dala, Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, performed at Gallery 51 last Wednesday.

Dala Returns with More Holiday Music

By Rachel Fitterman MCLA Presents will bring cheer to the stage with Candian folk-pop duo Dala in “A Very Special Holiday Show.” Members of the Allegrettos and Harlequin will open for a night of acoustic festive music. Dala have visited the College twice before, and they are back to perform another holiday-themed show after their first holiday performance in 2012 […]

by · December 3, 2014 · A&E, Slideshow
Poet Embraces Her Own Differences

Poet Embraces Her Own Differences

By Harmony Birch Cheryl Savageau, a Native American poet, grew up in the fifties; a time where being an “Indian” wasn’t as accepted as it is today. “A lot of times I didn’t realize that what we called ourselves was French Canadian which was a way to cover up what we really were,” Savageau said of feeling as though she […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Features, Front Page, News, Slideshow, Top Stories
MoCA to get $25 Million Expansion

MoCA to get $25 Million Expansion

By Rachel Fitterman Mass MoCA will double the size of its campus thanks to a $25.4 million state grant. Governor Deval Patrick spoke at the museum Monday Nov. 17, praising the investment for long-term thinking and focus on improving the education and infrastructure of North Adams. “Art completes us and makes us full citizens and full human beings,” Patrick said. […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Front Page, News, Top Stories
Photo by Nick Arena.

New NFL Hockey Team in Town Hits the Ice

By Juanita Doss Rock music blared through the speakers as players fled through the locker room doors and onto the ice, hitting black pucks into white netted goals. The Berkshire Battalions are the newest franchise in the Federal Hockey League, with players from all over the world. Their coach Dan Farrell, who calls himself a “full-contact nerd,” started the Battalions […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Front Page, News, Top Stories
SGA Discusses Plans for Spring

SGA Discusses Plans for Spring

By: Nicholas Swanson The Student Government Association (SGA) is looking forward to execute new ideas for next semester. New plans include an increased discipline for the smoking policy, representation on Campus Safety Advisory board committee, and extension of withdrawal period. Campus Safety Advisory Board Committee According to SGA treasurer Nicholas Hernigle, Public Safety Director Joseph Charon wishes to have at […]

by · November 19, 2014 · News, Top Stories
Photo taken by Osakpolo Igiede.

Vargas: Change in Culture Requires Political Change

By: Nicholas Swanson Jose Antonio Vargas is an undocumented immigrant living in America who arrived from the Philippines in 1993, at the age of 12. Last summer he was arrested by border control when attempting to board a plane to leave Texas. The authorities brought him to a detention center, which he called a jail, and was placed in a […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Front Page, News, Top Stories
Gaming and Computer Clubs Join Forces

Gaming and Computer Clubs Join Forces

By Isabel McKenzie The Gaming Alliance and Computer Society have come together to put on a release party for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Super Smash Bros. video games. The event will take place tomorrow in Murdock 218 at 5pm. The two clubs collaborated to co-sponsor the release party, and so have the ability to offer both games. […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Front Page, News, Top Stories
Photo by Agnella Gross.

Langston Shares Case Study of Secularism

By Idalis Foster “If the U.S. were to insert the Indian theory of secularism into its legal system, then prostate Mormons could practice polygamy, or religious institutions like colleges and/or Hobby Lobby could exclude birth control and abortion coverage from health care insurance,” said English/Communications Professor David Langston. Langston analyzed both possible effects of the secularism debate in India and […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Front Page, News, Slideshow, Top Stories
Photo by Alexander Butfilowski.

Senior Arts Management Major Branches Out

By Nicole L’Etoile Alexander Butfilowski, a senior, photographer, and Arts Management major, has taken full advantage of all the things MCLA has to offer and made the most of his college experience. Butfilowski grew up in Greenwood Lake, NY, and came to MCLA as an undeclared major, eventually hoping to become a secondary education major.  After only one semester, however, […]

by · November 19, 2014 · A&E, Features, Front Page, Slideshow
Photo taken by Agnella Gross.

Chruściel Reads Contemporary Polish Poetry

By Christopher Johnson North Adams, Mass.—Ewa Chruściel began reading in a solemn but sincere voice that soon became the eloquently and intricately repetitive, alliterative, detailed poetry that is her trademark. As she says in one poem: “repetition is innovation.” Her work deviates from many of the traditional Polish poets, like Czesław Miłosz or Zbigniew Herbert. A simplistic comparison would be […]

by · November 19, 2014 · A&E, Front Page, Slideshow
Oregon Surges Ahead to #1 in College Football Power Rankings

Oregon Surges Ahead to #1 in College Football Power Rankings

By Tyler Bacon 1.Oregon Ducks (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) Oregon has already clinched the North Division, and since there are only games against teams with losing records remaining before the Pac-12 title game Dec. 5, it’s all about keeping momentum and holding onto its current playoff ranking. The Ducks are fourth in the nation in scoring, at 46 points per game, […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Sports, Sports Front Page
Men’s Basketball Opens Season With Victory

Men’s Basketball Opens Season With Victory

By Tyler Bacon The Men’s Basketball team won its season opener against Maine Fort Kent on Saturday by a final score of 68-55. Adam Conquest scored game highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds in his first game in a Trailblazer uniform. Paul Maurice came off the bench to score 11 points, while Ruben DelRosario, Tyriq Rochester, and Khalil Paul […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Sports, Sports Front Page
Trailblazers Topple Daniel Webster

Trailblazers Topple Daniel Webster

By Jesse Collings The Women’s Basketball team shook off a quiet first half and used a strong second half to open its season with a victory, defeating Daniel Webster College at home on Saturday, 61-53. Both teams started off the game cold, with MCLA holding a slim lead, 7-4 with 17 minutes left in the first half. The Trailblazers then […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Sports, Sports Front Page
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