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What’s wrong with weed?

What's wrong with weed?

Story by Shelley Wang and Photos by Paige Acosta

May 12, 2020

Within the state of California, marijuana has been legal and decriminalized for years. Yet, many people still choose to believe the various stigmas attached to this controversial plant. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Two decades later, in 2016, the...

“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 ...

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 ...

Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious” shows viewers the beauty of ethnic cuisines


Shelley Wang

April 23, 2020

Food is a source of connection for many, often signifying who they are and where they come from. The United States is known to be a melting pot of different cultures and though a lot of ethnic foods have been culturally accepted, there are many foods that still have cultural stigmas attached, especially ce...

Body Image Flashback

Body Image Flashback

Story and illustration by Shelley Wang

March 20, 2020

The early 2000s was “so fetch” as former mean girl Gretchen Weiners would say — from the Juicy Couture with Uggs sweatsuit fashion phenomenon, to the birth of primetime reality TV and celebrity tabloids galore.  Specifically, tabloid mania created a large amount of backlash for celebrity women a...

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