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Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

Mario Miranda poses with a coffee maker in the Latinx Student Center.

Silent Struggles

Amy Burke, Staff Reporter
April 22, 2024

Every day, Emmanuel Padilla opens the doors of the Latinx Student Center, where individuals are met with a warm, colorful and welcoming environment. The center serves as an emotional support system for...

People walk past the UCSF Alliance Health Project van outside of the Student Services building.

Are SF State Students Having Safe Sex?

Amy Burke, Staff Reporter
March 20, 2024

At the heart of college campuses nationwide, an epidemic is quietly preying on the lives of students like a thief in the night. A survey conducted by market research company Pollfish found that one in...

Graphic depicting disproportionate rates of access to health insurance and usual source of care among non-U.S. citizens.

The Epidemic of Anxiety

Amy Burke, Staff Reporter
March 20, 2024

Anxiety and depression are two formidable opponents plaguing the lives of many college students all over the country, leaving behind a trail of stressed and overwhelmed minds. As the pressure to excel...

Yeida Elias Sandoval, a third-year student majoring in criminal justice with a minor inLatino studies and sociology, resumes her midterm preparation by consulting her notesafter a brief mental break, on oct. 31, 2023.(Feven Mamo/Xpress Magazine)

Mental Health During Projects and Exams

Lydia Perez, Staff Reporter
December 1, 2023

Students balancing school, work and personal life can create an impact on students' mental health. According to the research paper “Trends in College Student Mental Health and Help-seeking by Race/Ethnicity:...

An empty classroom on a Wednesday afternoon in the Humanities building on Nov. 30, 2022.  (Nadia Castro / Xpress Magazine)

Wake Me Up When Winter Ends

Nadia Castro, Diversity Editor
December 9, 2022

As the sun goes down around 4 p.m. and the breeze hits frozen noses, classrooms  become empty. With only three to four students showing up, professors begin to wonder where their students are. The population...

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Caroline Van Zandt, Copy Editor
October 24, 2022

At its best, social media serves as a platform that brings people from all sorts of backgrounds and beginnings together to share experiences or new ways of thinking. At its worst, it acts as an echo chamber...

Claire Miller climbs a rock climbing wall at Pacific Pipe Climbing in Oakland, Calif, on October 11, 2022. (Destiny Walker/Xpress Magazine)

The Climb

Destiny Walker, Staff Writer
October 14, 2022

  Lynna Davis, a pharmacy student in San Francisco, grew up not knowing anything about sports — until one day at the gym, she saw a climbing wall and it sparked curiosity in her. At first, she...

Babe Smart Truco pets their emotional support dog Faba while walking on campus at SF State on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Faba accompanies Smart Truco everywhere, from their home off campus to each class. (Juliana Yamada/Xpress Magazine)

Campus Impawsters

Nadia Castro, Diversity Editor
September 16, 2022

As students make their way to Cafe Rosso and their classes on campus, so do their animals. Tails wag as dogs walk next to their owner, and cats in backpacks peer out at the students from inside their bubble.  While...

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Finding pleasure during a pandemic

Fernando G. Pacheco, Staff Writer
December 18, 2020

Hookup culture has changed. It now includes flirting behind a face mask, standing 6 feet away. Nude pictures have become treasured commodities, as the outside bears a ‘proceed with caution’ sign.  Self-isolation...

The challenges of being an EMT worker and a college student during the pandemic

The challenges of being an EMT worker and a college student during the pandemic

Adriana Morga
December 15, 2020

Fernanda Tovar, 21, shares her story working as an EMT for Mexican Red Cross in Tijuana, Mexico while she also attends college.

Down the Drain

Down the Drain

Alyssa Brown
December 12, 2020

Water. We use it throughout the day, from brushing our teeth to watering our plants. It travels hundreds of miles through aqueducts to reach us, and then we pour it down a drain. According to the Washington...

Illustration by Erica Gray

Entering the healthcare frontlines

Erica Gray, Staff Writer
November 5, 2020

A family walked into Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to care for their one-month-old newborn, who had recently tested positive for COVID-19. As Joanna Stephenson, a nurse of only six months,...

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