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Associate Professor Hannah Haynes recently launched her new book “Deflecting Whiteness: co-opting Black and Latinx Identity Politics.”

MCLA Professor Hannah Haynes Holds Launch for New Book

Chloe Golebiewski, Staff Writer December 12, 2022

On Thursday, December 1st, Hannah Noel Haynes, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at MCLA, launched her new book, “Deflective Whiteness: Co-opting Black and Latinx Identity Politics,”...

SGA: Maple, The New Multicultural Center, & Opportunities for Students

SGA: Maple, The New Multicultural Center, & Opportunities for Students

Lily Richard, Staff Writer December 12, 2022

SGA has been experiencing a shortage of student involvement but is expecting more of a presence with incoming freshmen in the foreseeable future. “We had a lot of students interested in our election...

MCLA is currently looking to hire a new faculty member to oversee study abroad.

MCLA Looks to Create Expanded Study Abroad Position

Lily Richard, Staff Writer December 12, 2022

MCLA is looking forward to a new focus on studying abroad but its new leader has big shoes to fill. “The role that we’re thinking about is a much bigger role than we’ve had in the past, which...

The 14 alumni together after the reading.

Alumni Share Original Creative Writing Pieces at Reading Event

Dylan Slonka, Staff Writer December 12, 2022

The Alumni Reading event, held on November 8th between 6 and 8 PM, yielded a huge turnout to see the 14 returning alumni gather to read their work aloud and talk about what they’ve been up to since...

SGA: Student Leadership, Townhouse Construction, and Attendance Policies

SGA: Student Leadership, Townhouse Construction, and Attendance Policies

Chloe Golebiewski, Staff Writer November 20, 2022

On Monday, November 7th, Student Government Association (SGA) held a meeting about recent concerns of the MCLA community with President James Birge as the guest speaker of the meeting.  President...

MCLA’s Radiology program is looking to expand their outreach into the North Adams community and also prepare students for careers in the field. (photo by Lily Richard)

Radiology Program Aims to Prepare Students for Successful Careers

Lily Richard, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

The Radiology program is focusing on the success of its students and hopes to have a positive impact on the local medical community. “All of our students that graduated last semester had job offers...

SGA: Campus Climate Survey, Curriculum Changes, and Upcoming QSU Events

SGA: Campus Climate Survey, Curriculum Changes, and Upcoming QSU Events

Dylan Slonka, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

The Student Government Association meetings of October 24th and 31st discussed several different things that will impact student life in a positive way on campus. On October 24th, the meeting proceeded...

Whats Scarier: Halloween or Midterms? Freel Library Holds Monster Mash Study Event

What’s Scarier: Halloween or Midterms? Freel Library Holds Monster Mash Study Event

Dylan Slonka, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

The Freel Library’s “Monster Mash” study event was held on October 12th and saw an attendance of quite a few students. The event, spearheaded by Dr. Amber Engelson, the chair of the English...

SGA: Advocacy, Accessibility on Campus, and Blobfish Fundraiser

SGA: Advocacy, Accessibility on Campus, and Blobfish Fundraiser

Nicole Lemire, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2022

Student advocacy, accessibility on campus, and the senior class blobfish fundraiser were all discussed at the Oct. 17 Student Government Association meeting, among other topics. This week’s guest...

Fall Day of Service a Success and a Return to In-Person Volunteer Sites

Fall Day of Service a Success and a Return to In-Person Volunteer Sites

Jillian Currier, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2022

On October 15, students, faculty, and staff gathered on campus to volunteer their time and hard work for MCLA’s Fall Day of Service. Continuing their efforts from the spring semester, there were...

This year’s Day of Dialogue occured on Oct. 19, 2022. The theme was “Racism is a Public Health Issue.” This is a theme that the organizers of the event felt was very relevant to current events.

“Racism is a Public Health Issue”: MCLA Holds Annual Day of Dialogue

Chloe Golebiewski, Staff Writer October 31, 2022

MCLA’s 5th annual Day of Dialogue occurred on Wednesday, October 19th. This year’s theme was “Racism is a Public Health Issue,” which is very relevant today. The Keynote Session, presented...

Dr. Birch recently spoke with The Beacon about the issues being faced by the Comm. department, as well as potential solutions. (Photo from mcla.edu)

Birch Reflects on Communications Department’s Struggles, Urges College to Show More Support

Nicole Lemire, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2022

MCLA’s Communications Department is facing numerous challenges including a lack of professors and removal of essential technologies by the college, says one MCLA professor. Currently, there are...

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