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Safety Nets on the Golden Gate

Safety Nets on the Golden Gate

by Diani Ellis

March 24, 2020

Since it’s opening day in 1937, the bridge has had on average about 30 people each year take their lives by climbing over the edge and leaping off. Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has decided to go further with building a barrier to prevent suicidal jumpers. With figuring out the ...

People of the Bay: Cloud & Billie

People of the Bay: Cloud & Billie

Video by Ryce Stoughtenborough

March 24, 2020

Lifelong San Francisco resident Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum speaks fondly of her service dog, Billie. The two can be seen throughout the Castro District stopping for pets from friends or getting treats from dog-loving shop owners. Billie, a sensory processing service dog for Autism Spectrum Disorder, helps...

Processing Life’s Problems One Laugh At A Time

Processing Life’s Problems One Laugh At A Time

by Fernando Martinez

March 24, 2020

The stage setup for the comedy show at Oakland’s All Out Comedy Theater consists of a lone, black microphone perched on top of its stand, sitting in between an elongated black-cushioned armchair. “The jokes you’re gonna hear tonight will be about mental illness. We’re not OK, and that’s OK,...

Food For Thought and Your Wallet

Food For Thought and Your Wallet

Photo story by Maddison October

March 20, 2020

Cooking on a college student’s budget is often difficult to do, but hopefully these recipes might help inspire some new additions that are relatively cheap and can last a couple of days. Some of the ingredients are “staples” that should in your fridge or your cabinets (such as honey, olive oil, butt...

Service Dogs 101: Intro to the good boys and girls of the Bay Area

Service Dogs 101: Intro to the good boys and girls of the Bay Area

by Ryce Stoughtenborough

March 18, 2020

The first time Billie, a sensory processing service dog, saved the life of Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum, 33, was during the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade. Galanes-Rosenbaum, a Castro District native who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), experiences severe panic attacks when she experiences too much s...

Honey, let’s not shrink the bee population

Honey, let’s not shrink the bee population

by Clara Applegarth

March 18, 2020

The honey bee is the glue that holds ecosystems together through pollination. An insect so small, but so gargantuan in its purpose. But honey bees are being threatened as the climate grows more extreme and human interaction, in the form of deadly pesticides, harms them. In July, President Trump pu...

Recovery through sport: Aaron McMihelk, USMC

Recovery through sport: Aaron McMihelk, USMC

Video by William Wendelman

February 26, 2020

Aaron McMihelk is a retired Marine who was paralyzed during basic training due to an allergic reaction to the immunizations he received entering boot camp. Aaron fought his way through depression and physical challenges to find his passion, training horses. Through the Semper Fi Fund resources and his...

Hey Toxicity! Let’s break up.

Hey Toxicity! Let’s break up.

Story and Illustration by Sam Joson

February 25, 2020

I was 16 the first time someone I was dating didn’t take no for an answer.  But I stayed because — at the risk of sounding like I’m defending them — I generally didn’t feel unsafe. Underappreciated and neglected? Yes, but not really unsafe. Somehow, I’d convinced myself that the absenc...

Fertility Awareness Method?…Bueller?

Fertility Awareness Method?…Bueller?

Story by Clara Applegarth, Illustration by Paige Acosta

February 25, 2020

While women continue to make impactful changes in 2020, with more females getting elected into Congress and having better representation of bodily anatomy prompted by protests, many women continue to stick with the pill as their choice of hormonal birth control. If we can break the glass ceiling in ...

Cosmic Caveman

Cosmic Caveman

Story by Ryce Stoughtenborough and Photos by Maddison October

February 24, 2020

Brett Vanhorn was sitting in his Honda Fit Sport on the corner of Castro and 18th Street. He was shoveling globs of peanut butter into his mouth with the help of the handle of a plastic fork. Vanhorn is an artist, and it is not hard to tell from his car. Lilac, yellow and electric green paint smudge...

Does social media harm us?

Does social media harm us?

Janae Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

From the time we wake up to the time we lay our heads at night we are bombarded by filtered vacation photos, edited engagement pictures, blurred selfies and sometimes news. Social media has become the center of the world.  It can be hard to weed through what is real and what is fake — which can t...

We Are Not Inspiration Porn

We Are Not Inspiration Porn

David Sjostedt

September 30, 2019

It’s the first day of school, and the hallways filled with students are especially loud.  While most students don’t spend months preparing in advance, some have spent much of their academic careers learning how to properly advocate for themselves in the classroom.  Higher education for people wit...

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