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A Raunchy Romp Through Literature

A Raunchy Romp Through Literature

Story and illustrations by Paul Kelly

May 12, 2020

Entering that balmy room on the fifth floor of the Rue de Montreuil from the novel cold always proved uncomfortable. My glasses fogged and my face warmed to a horribly Celtic shade of carmine. Evé Tournier’s, with whom I shared an odd relationship at the time, brown-back was bare and showcased the fres...

The story behind the ink

Galen Leach, tattoo artist in San Francisco

Story by Anne Lima

May 12, 2020

Tattoo art can be as exciting as it is addictive. While versatile in technique, it is beautiful in appearance. The tattoo industry is a fascinating one, with a history that dates back over thousands of years to ancient Asia and Africa. Drawing from individual inspiration and artistic expression, most t...

Fucking ourselves over with sex

Fucking ourselves over with sex

Story by Fernando Martinez and Photo by Maddison October

May 12, 2020

When we don’t know how to deal with ourselves and our feelings or with others and their feelings, we each seek refuge differently. Some people splurge their money online shopping in the name of “Treat Yo Self.” Others plan an epic night out or night in with their friends, laced with the substan...

Letter From the Editor

Letter From the Editor

Amy Bigelow

May 12, 2020

Running a magazine is a lot like managing a band. One that consists of 14 members, several managers and one phenomenal record producer - thanks Joanne. Releasing our fourth and final album, I mean digital magazine, of the semester has been both a challenging and rewarding experience that I wouldn't trad...

“Makeup” your identity

Shelley Wang

May 11, 2020

Different makeup products have been designated specifically for women over the last few decades. Makeup advertisements from brands like Maybelline and Olay often feature actresses or models who promote a more youthful appearance.  Beyond the desire to look younger, there are other reasons why people choose ...

Nicaragua’s First Daughter shares #Metoo Story in New Documentary

Nicaragua’s First Daughter shares #Metoo Story in New Documentary

Paul Kelly

May 11, 2020

Despite the obvious distance imposed by the threat of COVID-19, the words that seemed the ripest on the lips of everyone present in the March 13 Zoom meeting with Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo were those of agradecimento.  Sociologist, former member of the Nicaraguan National Assembly and First Daughter o...

Deciding who is essential: how the virus has impacted small businesses in Texas

Deciding who is essential: how the virus has impacted small businesses in Texas

Patrick Tamayo

May 1, 2020

As the highly contagious novel coronavirus spread across the nation, small businesses have had crucial decisions to make — regardless if they were labeled essential or non-essential. Being deemed non-essential basically forced business owners to cease operations and close their doors if they could...

Star Wars cosplayers remain dedicated during COVID-19

 Stormtrooper Craig Gaylord joined Police Officer Kenny Ferrigno from the Santa Rosa Police Department to model proper social distancing and encourage residents to wear appropriate face coverings in public

Paul Kelly

May 1, 2020

“It was one of the first movies I remember watching where I was completely enthralled,” Thomas Orlando, amateur “Star Wars” costumer, said. “I didn’t wanna take my eyes off the screen.” “Star Wars,” the 1977 American epic space opera, now a multiformat, media franchise, garnered one of ...

SFSU coach reflects on the current state of sports during COVID-19

SFSU coach reflects on the current state of sports during COVID-19

Diani Ellis

April 30, 2020

“Quarantine got me into the best shape of my life, but [quarantine] has also stopped me from showing off the shape I am in,” said Tom Lyons, a full time Cross Country and Track field coach at San Francisco State University. Since the beginning of March, all outdoor activities and sports have been pu...

Lockdown Looks

Shelbie Wayne's Night Out look.

Story Fernando Martinez

April 29, 2020

Our lives have unraveled with the coronavirus and sheltering-in-place. Any and all sense of order we may have had once got thrown out the window into the now more wild wilderness that is the outside world.  Many of our human interactions are now virtual. Well, significantly more now than before. No matter w...

Would you like some cake with your quarantine? How people are celebrating birthdays during lockdown

Would you like some cake with your quarantine? How people are celebrating birthdays during lockdown

Shelley Wang

April 28, 2020

For over a month, the United States has been in lockdown and people are unsure how much longer it will extend. With the shutdown of non-essential businesses and establishments, people are forced to get creative when celebrating their birthdays in complete isolation at home.  Many birthday plans ...

Art doesn’t stop because of shelter in place

Art doesn't stop because of shelter in place

Ryce Stoughtenborough

April 28, 2020

The current state of our world is turbulent, to put it lightly. Amid the panic of COVID-19, every country, city and the people within it are faced with the uncertainty of the future. Although America has allowed occupations deemed essential to progress — putting millions of other Americans out of work ...

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