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Freedom, Politics, and RVs on Lake Merced

An RV is parked on Lake Merced Boulevard in San Francisco, California.

By David Sjostedt and Photos by Harrison Rich

February 18, 2020

“They’re just going to try and kill freedom,” says Michael Stoddard as he stared at the dirt beneath his fingers. His hands are clasped in the air, as if holding a powerful orb he can’t take his eyes off of. “There’s going to come a time when they’re going to try and corral people. I lo...

We Are Not Inspiration Porn

Vang stands outside San Francisco State University's quad. (David Sjostedt)

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...

Women in Film

Natasha Sharapova is a woman documentary filmmaker in the Bay Area(Xpress Photographer William Wendelman)

Janae Rodriguez

September 23, 2019

In an industry often dominated by their male counterparts, many Bay Area women are paving a path for themselves via their passion for filmmaking. A 2018 study by San Diego State University found that women only made up 20% of all writers, directors and producers of the year’s top 250 domestic grossing...

No Student is an Island

Illustration by Chloe McDaniels

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...

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....

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...

The Coming Out Experience

Jezebel Yana poses for a portrait in her living room in San Francisco, California. Yana, a 21-year-old transgender woman from Los Angeles, left home at 17 because of continual emotional abuse from her family regarding her gender preference and has lived in San Francisco since. (Niko LaBarbera/Xpress)

Nikko Avellana

March 1, 2019

At seventeen years old, Mar Pierce was nervous. She had just realized that she was bisexual and, although nervous, built up the courage to come out to her mom. Pierce’s mom accepted her bisexuality with support and admiration. This was the beginning of Pierce’s coming out experience, and i...

It’s Not JUST Hair

It's Not JUST Hair

Zanesha Williams

December 21, 2018

Solange Knowles made a soundtrack for being black in America, mostly recognized by her anthem “Don’t Touch My Hair”. Dance worthy, the song forces a smile upon your face and causes an inevitable movement in your feet. The hook leads into a symphony of upbeat trumpets. She sings, “They don’t...

The Importance of Them

The Importance of Them

Greg Ragaza

December 3, 2018

It is a typical Monday afternoon at the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University. Busy—the kind of busy where booming conversations blend together until no actual sentences or distinct words can be comprehended. All the tables in the lobby are filled by people studying or conversin...

Queer People of Color Makes its Way Back to SF State

Ashesh Arora, the Director of Events for the Queer Alliance, holds the new shirt for Queer People of Color.

Nikko Avellana

November 29, 2018

More than a decade after it was first formed, an advocacy group for queer people of color is making its return to San Francisco State University. Read More »...

Down, but Not Out

SF State student Eugene Riley, 25, talks to an old friend Bubbles, middle, a friend that he met while he was living in the streets of San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (David Rodriguez/Xpress)

Julian Espinoza

November 26, 2018

Story by Julian Espinoza and David Rodriguez. Photos by David Rodriguez. As a child, Eugene Riley, now twenty-five, frequently visited San Francisco State University. His mother studied there and he had, owing to several years of playing the violin, even performed at a seminar in the Creative Arts buildi...

Ready or Not, Virtual Reality is Here

Margaret Karleskind tries Virtual reality for the first time. September 27th, 2018. (Francisca Velasco/Xpress)

Antonio Dos Santos Lau

November 5, 2018

Imagine having the ability to visit any place in the world that you wanted. Not only that, but imagine being able to get there in a matter of seconds. No hassle of having to book a flight and then sitting through a grueling plane ride across the world. What if, on your next lunch break, you were able...

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