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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...

No Student is an Island

No Student is an Island

Izzy Alvarez

September 21, 2019

To walk into room 354 in Burk Hall is to walk into an oasis of tranquility. Snacks and drinks are perched next to the door for students who might have missed breakfast. Desks are arranged in a circle so everyone is seen. An ambient light shines in the corner of the room and white orchids in a tall vas...

Roasts and Robots: How Automation Might Change the Way We Eat

Roasts and Robots: How Automation Might Change the Way We Eat

Joshua Chan

May 21, 2019

On Market Street in San Francisco near the Montgomery BART station, there’s a tiny, sleek storefront with a black sign reading “CAFE X.” It blends in with pretty much every other piece of brutalist, almost oppressively gray concrete architecture around it. At first glance, it looks like its almost...

Editorial: Words in Red

Editorial: Words in Red

Amelia Williams

May 16, 2019

The Monday morning pro-life advocates came to campus, I got my period. I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival for the last two weeks, and smiled as I looked down at my bloody underwear. I am an unwed, twenty-four-year-old living at home trying to finish my bachelor’s. I am no one’s idea of a mother....

Need an Emergency Lyft?

Need an Emergency Lyft?

Megan Jimenez

May 14, 2019

Nothing says ‘welcome home’ more than throwing up a week’s worth of food. Sheila Huitron was puking her guts out for days, upon her return to San Francisco after a couple weeks’ long vacation to Indonesia. “I couldn’t keep any food down at all,” she stresses. “Because it lasted for...

The Cultural Taboo of Mental Health

The Cultural Taboo of Mental Health

Joshua Chan

May 3, 2019

Hillary Peregrina didn’t know what to do with her feelings of depression when she was fourteen. As a Filipina-American teenager, Peregrina felt like she didn’t have a say in her mental health, and didn’t seek help for it until she was twenty-two-years-old. “I pretty much recognized from when...

Paper to Electronic

Paper to Electronic

Ingrid Mera

April 30, 2019

Slouched on a few chairs outside of the empty shopping center, a group of young men sat laughing, cracking jokes as people walked past them. Smoke filled the air around them in heavy grey-white clouds. “Here,” said one of them as he handed a small, black vape pen to his friend sitting next to...

Ruthless and Toothless

Ruthless and Toothless

Amelia Williams

December 26, 2018

When you were young and green and didn’t yet earn an allowance or have a cellphone, losing your teeth was a rite of passage and fiscal gain. It could be bloody, and painful and weird—or worse, swallowed—but holding up a little piece of yourself that would somehow transform into a five dollar bill...

My OCD Brain

My OCD Brain

Carolina Diaz

December 26, 2018

Psychiatrist offices don’t always have long, bed-like couches, sometimes there are chairs, and sometimes those chairs have armrests and wheels. Sometimes they’re upholstered and other times they are not. Sometimes the chairs are soft and swallow you up, others have rigid backs, force you to sit up...

Putting Down the Razor

Putting Down the Razor

Megan Jimenez

December 15, 2018

It’s a Thursday night, and Eduardo Wagar is hanging out in the corner of the backyard patio at the Eagle bar in the SOMA district of San Francisco, nursing a beer and a cigarette as he chats with a security guard. It’s early in the evening at the Eagle, so the patio is quiet and mainly empty as a...

Mind on Lockdown

Mind on Lockdown

Annie Gieser

December 13, 2018

Story by Annie Gieser, Illustrations by Janett Perez Two loud bangs and a glance between my eleventh grade English teacher and me was all it took for my class of twenty to dart into the corner of the classroom. Two bangs and a glance changed me. Read More »...

Mental Illness in The Black Community

Mental Illness in The Black Community

Jeremy Julian

December 10, 2018

For some, the daily experience of life isn’t exactly grand. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that roughly one-fifth of people in the United States experience some kind of mental illness annually. Add in the stress of class disparities and racial tensions and things can seem pretty blea...

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