The Berkeley Beacon

Christina Bartson

Managing Editor

Christina Bartson is the managing editor for Arts, Lifestyle, and Events at The Berkeley Beacon. She is a junior communications studies major with a double minor in journalism and philosophy. 

She hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, a land of many trees, the Big House, and a plethora of bookstores. She's previously interned at NPR and WBUR's Here & Now, and worked in the outreach and media department of JVS Boston. 

At the Beacon, she's written about the college's Bright Light film series highlighting marginalized voices in Hollywood and the conflict of medical marijuana use on campus. She's contributed opinion pieces on the power of girl bands and the recreational use of Adderall for academic gain, and while abroad in the Netherlands she was a Kasteel Well columnist. 

Bartson can be reached at

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Alum’s created persona featured on Funny or Die

“I know the character so well, I’ve actually become the character,” Gonzalez said.

Beacon's best: Must-see sites for fall frolicking

Beacon fall favorites!

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Costume makers stitch a show together

Madison Gordon perches on a stool with the sleeves of her Kelly green blazer rolled up. She’s intently focusing on adjusting the hem of a dress, carefully plucking strings with a small, sharp silver device called a seam-ripper.

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A reason to read into religion

The consequence of this, I believe, is that we harbor misconceptions about the religious and their faiths, and this lack of understanding, and fear even, is a catalyst for intolerance, prejudice, and violence.

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Girl bands raise the volume on women’s stories

Girl bands naturally facilitate conversations about what it means to be a woman.

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Alum’s published illustrations draw outside the lines

In a nod to the past and a jab at pop culture, Dylan Klymenko illustrated a parody book series by author Dan Zevin that depicts questionably matured characters in four books: “Little Miss Overshare,” “Little Miss Basic,” “Mr. Humblebrag,” and “Mr. Selfie.”

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Bright Lights highlights marginalized voices

There’s a new rating system tucked in the pages of the Bright Lights Fall 2015 program—instead of classifying a picture based on the content’s maturity, it highlights its diversity.

Beacon's Boston: fiction, film, and fine arts

Here are some recommended bookstores, movie theaters, and museums, as chosen by Beacon staff.

Beacon's Boston: sip, sit, and shop in these spots

Check out the Beacon Staff's recommended cafes, parks, and thrift stores.

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Would-be cougars receive brunt of sexist blame

“Cougar” attaches a stigma to the kinds of relationships that have been normal for men to practice for years.

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Fast fashion's lasting woes

A culture that shops fast fashions enables the institutions like sweatshops that it employs, along with the women’s oppression and environmental degradation that comes with them.

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After finding value of verse at Emerson, alumna becomes poet laureate

Danielle Legros Georges, who graduated from Emerson in 1986, said she is ready to grow poetry’s prestige in the city and engage Boston residents in expression and connection.

World of difference: Rediscovering goodness far from home

I’ve been working to unravel the thick web of skepticism that I learned to spin and start believing more in our intrinsic goodness.

Balancing wellness and wanderlust

“Maintaining my health requires stability and control, but while traveling, there’s an inherent desire to be impulsive and free.”

The privilege pill

It’s easy to understand the temptation of a pill that can help you focus and complete your work more quickly, but this quick-and-easy remedy hurts users.

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Medical marijuana users face strain on campus

Currently, the college doesn’t distinguish between recreational marijuana and medical marijuana use, according to the school’s drug policy. In Emerson’s eyes, McHale isn’t treating a medical problem when he lights up a joint; he’s just getting high.

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Students will run Boston Marathon as bandits, again

Unregistered runners — or bandits — are a part of the Boston Marathon’s history, and a common way for Emerson runners to participate in the 26.2-mile feat.

Women’s Leadership Summit

Over 100 Emerson students, faculty, and staff have posed with a sign that reads, “I’m with a feminist,” for a week-long photo campaign hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Speaker draws connections between drug use, immigration, and violence

Ruben Garcia, a native of El Paso, spoke at the college and told an audience of 50 community members, “I’m here to say the blood that’s being shed in Mexico is partly started right here in Boston among Emerson students.”

Iwasaki hosted youth essay contest

Emerson College hosted the What’s My Dream showcase on April 2, featuring youth finalists from the Bird Street Community Center’s essay contest.

Students film Barcelona

Students in the Sports Communication course will create a documentary that aims to frame sports as a uniting force for Spain.

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Pedaling for diabetes research, student makes and films history

After 50 days, 3,363 miles, 13 states, and four flat tires, Greg Auerbach crossed the country on his bicycle and raised over $4,000 in donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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College launches new opportunity for students to pursue startups

Emerson’s new Accelerator program will provide additional opportunities and resources, including $6,000 each semester, and allow undergraduate and graduate students to pursue startups.

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Backseat narratives take the wheel with Proyecto Carrito

On March 15, two maintenance workers, two teachers, and four students will ride to Indianapolis aboard a 1997 Nissan Quest minivan, which will be fully wrapped in sticker sheets imprinted with their writing.

Polling Society: African-Americans believe race relations are worsening

Emerson College Polling Society’s most recent survey found that more than half a century after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 61 percent of African-Americans feel race relations are worsening.

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Mexican artists honor black political leaders with painting

A three-by-four foot acrylic painting of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Barack Obama is now on display on the 10th floor of Walker Building.

City approves new dorm construction project

Boston’s city government cleared the way for Emerson College to build a new residence hall at 1-3 Boylston Place — a scaled-down version of the proposal that was declined in August 2013.

Meager student attendance at Title IX advocate talks

Student turnout continued to be low at the final presentations by candidates for Emerson’s new sexual assault prevention and response advocate.

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Library seeks design team for empty space

The Iwasaki Library is organizing a design team made up of the faculty library committee and undergraduate and graduate students to brainstorm the future of the vacant space, former home to the Will & Grace set.

E3 Fund named after founder

To honor Baehr and continue to support the popular program, Emerson established the Karl Baehr Memorial Fund in December, according to Donald Hurwitz, associate professor and interim chair of the marketing communication department. The fund was announced formally at Baehr’s Jan. 17 memorial.

Assault advocate to be hired by January

Emerson College will hire a sexual assault prevention and response advocate in mid-January, according to Robert Amelio, director of diversity education and human relations. This is a new professional position created this semester in response to student complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights asserting that the school’s handling of sexual assaults violated Title IX, the federal gender equality law.

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Comcast brings free TV to students’ laptops

For Emerson students, watching television can be homework. The aspiring broadcast journalist watches CNN while eating her morning Cheerios, and the future comedy writer tunes in to Saturday Night Live once a week. Now these students have another option for watching TV through Emerson’s pioneering use of Comcast’s new online service, Xfinity on Campus.

Students say goodbye to set

Josephine Cooper, a sophomore performing arts major, stood in the kitchen of the Will & Grace set in Emerson’s Iwasaki Library and, as she pretended to use the sink, flashed a smile for a photo.

Chilean and Emerson students work to change national image

A Chilean flag and pumpkin carved with the words “change agent” sat at the center of a conference table on the sixth floor of the Walker Building. A Chilean student asked a group of Emerson students what they associate most with Chile: football, food, or the rugged, beautiful terrain. “Soccer,” they said in near unison, and laughed.

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Communications professor completes robocall research

A robocall seems like an idea out of a 1970s sci-fi film—dated and easily dismissed—but according to research by Spencer Kimball, a scholar-in-residence at Emerson, these prerecorded phone messages for political campaigns have the public’s attention.

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In class, language joins workers and students

Students sit shoulder to shoulder around a long table, each holding lyrics to “Here I Am,” a song the group wrote about immigrating to a new country.

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Bird Street connects students

Randy Boston stands with a microphone in hand and looks into the camera. “I’m here to spread knowledge on top of truth,” he said. “I’m here to help you help other people. The words that come out of my mouth—I hope it impacts your heart.”