Pushing Vegan — The Vegan And Skateboarding Communities Intersect

Thirty-five-year-old Kerry Weber wakes up at six in the morning to commute to work at a tech campus in the South Bay. Weber is a lab engineer who skateboards any chance he can get, whether that be at his workplace or after hours when the parking lots are empty. On the weekends he prefers to skate in the early mornings, to avoid younger teens who just lounge around skate spots. After his skate sesh at Berkeley Skate Park, he proceeds to brunch at Oakland’s vegan cafes, Hella Vegan Eats or...

Choosing Freedom — A Story About Overcoming A Life Sentence

  At first, transitioning had its difficulties for Curtis Penn, a San Francisco State University student. He’d turn the shower on and commence the activity fully clothed, water seeping through his shirt layers. His feet were adorned with shower shoes — a familiar comfort of separating his skin from whatever pathogens lay hidden in a dirty floor. The shower was clean that day, but memories of prison grime were still fresh. Even with this new-found personal space, Penn was still not comfortable enough to proceed without old habits. Before washing...

Under Pressure — How Access To Mental Health Resources Affect Academic Success

  As Amanda Campbell walks through campus, she calculates if there is enough time to grab a bite to eat after her third class of the day and some time before her eight-hour work shift. Whilst juggling her schedule, she remembers that she still needs to run an errand and finish an assignment, all the while managing her time for her commute from San Francisco to Dublin. Campbell, a full-time fine art major at San Francisco State University, is so often preoccupied with thought, that she is unable to enjoy...

Wearing The White Hat — Hackers Seek Certification To ‘Go Legit’

 The sound of rapid typing fills a dark apartment, illuminated only by a dim computer monitor. Elliot Alderson gazes at a command prompt on his screen with strings of code consuming all of his attention. His goal is shutting down one of the biggest conglomerates in the world as he hacks his way into Evil Corp, relinquishing the common people of debt. This scene appears frequently on the award-winning television series, Mr. Robot, and is the most recent media portrayal of a contemporary hacker. Around holiday time of 2013, Target...

Fostering A Family

  GSP students Zemaye Jacobs and Joel Martin-Dill  join GSP caseworker Melanie Ramirez-Carpio during a cooking class at the San Francisco Cooking School. Recently, the program added a few new events, like the Cooking Project Event to create student bonding. Lauren Saldana // Xpress Magazine Move-in day at San Francisco State University is always a chaotic time. Luggage and boxes are everywhere. Cars, filled to the brim, try to find the best parking spot. Emotional families help their young college students settle in. Among the new students this year is...

Readymade: Using Toilet Paper To Explore The Human Experience

Along the colorfully painted stairwell to Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, audience members decide whether red or white wine will accompany them to their seats. They exchange dialogue in suspense before settling into metal folding chairs leveled perfectly to see the stage ahead. Across the back of the stage are three rolls of toilet paper stretched from right to left, drifting to the rhythm of the voices. “Are you sure you want to sit in the front row?” A mother asks her young daughter, whose blonde hair bounces as...

Twelve Rounds On Industrial Way — Boxers At Fire In The Ring Go The Distance

The inside of the boxing gym is a percussionist's dream. The sound of speed bags play the fills while jump ropes carry a constant beat against the matted floor. It’s a place dense with activity, from the chaotic buzzing-about of young kids, to the confident, purposeful movement of their coaches. One of two twenty-foot rings creaks under the combined weight of Laron Mitchell, a thirty-six-year-old heavyweight boxer on a 14-0 winning streak, and Oscar Avila, a volunteer, who holds mitts for a young boxer who is clearly new to the...

Home Is Where The Art Is — Homeless San Franciscan Creates His Living

Ronnie Goodman spends a lot of his time in the black-walled basement of the Redstone Building in San Francisco’s Mission District. Before he takes anyone down there, he makes sure to light an incense stick to somewhat mask the mugginess. He’s also sure to play some music in the background — most of the time it’s Billie Holiday. The room is lit with different festive ornaments: purple Halloween bat lights and white Christmas lights dangle haphazardly from the walls and ceiling. There are no windows. Goodman, about sixty years old,...

Breaking Points — Act I: Relationships

During a dimly lit dinner 800 ft above ground on the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower Restaurant, my partner and I discussed our future as we enjoyed the 360 degree view of the city. Some nights we preferred sleeping outdoors, so we would grab a couple bottles of wine and sleep on the beach underneath the starry night. My most treasured date was the adventure we embarked on when we woke up at five in the morning and hiked ten miles to a secluded bridge where we bungee jumped 140 ft....

Rare Frequency — Music In 2016 Is The Wild West

In 2016, artists and music lovers have grown accustomed to the idea of surprise albums. Every few weeks it feels like the internet loses its mind over another under-the-radar surprise release that people claim is the end all, be all of music. In 2013, Beyoncé, or “Queen Bey” as her notoriously rabid fan base “The Beyhive” call her, created a seismic shift in the music industry when she dropped her self-titled visual album, Beyoncé without notice. The album, which went on to be a colossal double-platinum hit, was instrumental in...

Growing and Knowing

As I watched media coverage of the neighborhoods filled with people who look like me — people of color — awaken from a restless slumber, I was mesmerized. The consciousness flowed through the protests in almost all of our cities, fierce, like electricity zapping through and animating frankenstein’s monster. The next step was clear: We need to be able to do everything for ourselves. The idea of depending on anybody for personal needs was bred into me as unacceptable, and yet somehow I found myself relying solely on outside sources...

Femininity As A Decisive Tool For Change

Do you ever wish you could handcraft your perfect presidential candidate, then convince the whole country voting for this candidate would ensure all their needs — political, social, environmental, and emotional — would be met? It’s the twenty-first century, why aren’t handcrafted candidates a thing? My perfect candidate would be empathetic down to her core, would act morally without an agenda, level with her potential voters, express herself freely, and use her femininity to help heal our country’s wounds, all the while appealing to voters on both sides of the...