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The Online Beacon

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Top 10 Films of 2023: A Critic’s Guide

Alex Miller, Staff Writer April 8, 2024

Honorable Mentions: Infinity Pool, War Pony, Anatomy of a Fall, Robot Dreams, American Fiction, Under the Light, Strange Way of Life, Beau is Afraid, A Better Tomorrow, Asteroid City, Bloodhound, Strange...

Students Relax as MCLA Hosts a Self Care and Safety Night

Students Relax as MCLA Hosts a Self Care and Safety Night

Ainslie Lafko, Staff Writer January 31, 2024

There is no question that college students are some of the most stressed and overworked members of adolescent society. As a result, many of them often put taking care of themselves on the backburner in...

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An Act to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products: A New Bill From the Massachusetts Senate

Em Marlay-Wright, Staff Writer December 10, 2023

On October 26th, 2023, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed, 38-0, a bill titled, An Act to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products. This bill, if made into a law, would require safe and...

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November 28th’s City Council Meeting: A Recap

Em Marlay-Wright, Staff Writer December 7, 2023

On Tuesday November 28th, the North Adams City Council met at the City Council Chambers for a meeting. The meeting started off at 7 pm with a communication from the Mayor about the Tax Classifications...

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An Update on Venable Hall: Mold and an Immediate Closure

Em Marlay-Wright, Staff Writer November 28, 2023

An email was sent out to students on November 15th, 2023, at 5:36 pm by Barbara Chaput, the Executive Director of Human Resources, announcing the Venable was being closed down and that numerous groups...

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A Farewell to Rapinoe and Krieger: The End of an Era

Em Marlay-Wright, Staff Writer November 20, 2023

This past Saturday, soccer fans said goodbye to not one, but two US Soccer legends, as they both played their final game in the 2023 National Women's Soccer League Championship. Megan Rapinoe (Portland...

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The Lavender Voices Lecture Series: Dr. Genny Beemyn

Em Marlay-Wright, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

On November 8th, 2023, Dr. Genny Beemyn visited MCLA to speak, as a part of the Lavender Voices Lecture Series. These are lectures that cover LGBTQIA+ issues and topics in order to try to ensure that LGBTQIA+...

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Gotham FC vs. Portland Thorns: NWSL Semi-final Match

Em Marlay-Wright, Staff Writer November 15, 2023

The 2023 National Women's Soccer League Playoffs have been keeping soccer fans on the edge of their seats. To start off the post season, Gotham FC, which was ranked 6th going into the playoffs, beat the...

The Struggles of Voting: A Conversation of Working-Class Citizens

The Struggles of Voting: A Conversation of Working-Class Citizens

Em Marlay-Wright, Staff Writer November 13, 2023

This past month, the North Adams City Council met to discuss potentially extending the polling hours on the upcoming Municipal on November 7th. This came as a result of numerous North Adams Residents complaining...

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“The Holiday”: An Honest Review, Almost Two Decades Past the Release

Alex Miller, Staff Writer November 10, 2023

"It is a chick flick, I think it is a very satisfying movie for women, I think they should go, take your girlfriends, don't drag your boyfriend, I think he might be a little frustrated." - Aisha Taylor. “Nancy...

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Killers of the Flower Moon: An Artistic Review

Alex Miller, Staff Writer November 6, 2023

"Can you find the wolves in this picture?" These words, gravelly, dissonant, uttered with an almost childish timbre and curios naivete from an even more gravelly Leo (as Ernest Burkhart), hang in the...

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Asbestos is BACK in Venable Hall!

Jackie Cohen, Staff Writer October 9, 2023

We have all been wondering what’s happening with Venable Hall and Freel Library for a while now. Why was it closed down for work, and what does asbestos have to do with it? According to Asbestos.com,...

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