This week’s Beacon Beat, our weekly news roundup, features the Emerson College Polling Society, a group studying playwright residencies, a look at Dirt Magazine and other new publications, and a profile of men’s basketball recruit Michael Thorpe.

This week’s Beacon Beat, our weekly news roundup, features the Emerson College Polling Society, a group studying playwright residencies, a look at Dirt Magazine and other new publications, and a profile of men’s basketball recruit Michael Thorpe.