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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,...

Capturing Life From The Half-Pipe

Capturing Life From The Half-Pipe

Story by Andrea Williams

March 24, 2020

The entrance to the darkroom at San Francisco State University feels more like an entrance to a time machine than a printing room. The door consists of a small circular space, just big enough for about three people, with spinning metal walls that enclose its travelers in complete darkness before ope...

Culture Cannot Be Erased – A Central American Perspective

Culture Cannot Be Erased – A Central American Perspective

Story and illustrations by Paul Kelly

March 24, 2020

Scanning the sanguine walls, dripping with paraphernalia, it was easy to miss the Nicaraguan flag enamel pin and modest portrait of Guatemala’s national bird: the resplendent quetzal. They stood as the lone representatives of Central America on a predominantly Mexican wall.  Aurora Macha, member...

A Day in the Dirt

A Day in the Dirt

Photo story by James Wyatt

March 20, 2020

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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...

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...

For the people, by the people

For the people, by the people

by Patrick Tamayo, archival photos courtesy of El Tecolote archives

March 20, 2020

A San Francisco plainclothes officer was shot and killed May 1, 1969. The officer and his partner had approached and confronted a group of men they suspected of possessing stolen items. A struggle ensued and one of the officers was shot dead. Several days later — like the start of a bad joke — four ...

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...

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 ...

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