Commencement ceremonies are overrated

May 18, 2016 Opinion

It’s graduation day. You stand in line along with thousands of other graduating students, waiting to take the walk across the stage that marks the end of your college career. As Pomp and Circumstance swells, you wait for student after student to walk ahead in front of you, until it’s finally your turn–and all you have ...

I don’t need a squad to turn up

April 26, 2016 Opinion

When DJ super-duo Skrillex and Diplo, collectively known as Jack Ü, played back to back concerts in downtown San Francisco this month, groups of 20-somethings flooded Market Street, their kandi-clad hands clasped together as they migrated to and from each show. Like many of them, I had been awake and at my laptop at 9:59 ...

Earth Day is more important now than ever

April 21, 2016 Opinion

This Friday will mark the 46th annual Earth Day. Since this holiday isn’t accompanied by raucous partying, excessive drinking or any special types of food, like many popular holidays are, it may seem like one of the more insignificant holidays. Even if you don’t usually care about Earth Day, you should care about this one. ...

Women scientists foster community with new club

April 19, 2016 News

Women majoring in physics and astronomy at SF State can now easily network with each other, thanks to a new club on campus. Formed in November 2015 by physics lecturer Dr. Reiko Toriumi, the Women In Physics and Astronomy club was founded to support the community of female physics and astronomy majors within SF State, according ...

L train changes anger Sunset residents

April 5, 2016 News 1 Comment

Residents and shop owners alike in the Sunset District’s Taraval Street have collected signatures opposing the proposed changes to the train stops in the area. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing a number of changes for the L Taraval designed to improve safety in the area. Taraval Street is one of the streets in ...

Tinder should swipe left on creating deep connections

March 29, 2016 Opinion

Tinder, as infamous as it is, has become the cultural norm as far as dating goes among the under-30 set. Meeting a potential date or hookup on the app has become almost more normal than meeting them through any other medium, virtual or otherwise. Last weekend, when I told my 30-year-old stepsister I had a ...

I can’t catch a ball and I don’t care anymore

March 15, 2016 Opinion

I’m 24 years old, and I can’t catch or throw a ball. When I was in elementary school, I tried participating in after-school soccer and basketball and other sports like gymnastics, karate and dance, but never with positive results. My gymnastics teacher even asked me to drop out after four years of being enrolled in the ...

Safety concerns about Uber remain despite settlement

February 15, 2016 Opinion

Most people I know would rather call an Uber after a late night out rather than spend hours on any of San Francisco’s nighttime buses, which run sporadically and take forever. Unfortunately, Uber might not always be the safest option. On February 11, Uber agreed to settle two lawsuits for a total of $28.5 million, which will go ...

Social media used as perpetual ego boost

February 3, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Kelsey Lannin” align=”alignnone” width=”576″][/media-credit] According to most people’s Instagram accounts and Snapchat stories, a typical week consists of house parties, crowded bars and shenanigans with their roommates. And cats, because for some reason, this generation really loves cat pictures. For most young people, however, a normal week actually just consists of work and/or school, ...

Amy Schumer labeled feminist despite misogynist ‘Trainwreck’

January 26, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

Actress Amy Schumer is widely, and wrongly, regarded as a feminist. Contributing to this misconception are her ballsy, empowering speeches, including her acceptance speech for last week’s Critics’ Choice Award’s MVP Award for her performance in the 2015 film “Trainwreck,” in which she proudly introduced herself as a “plus-plus-size actress.” She also shared a booty-call story from her ...

Women empowered through use of social media

December 14, 2015 Life

After being in two abusive relationships as a teenager, California College of the Arts student Camille Urso uses her online presence to reach out to female victims of domestic violence. “Though this world is set up to make sure I am a self-loathing and submissive victim, I will never again see myself in that light,” one caption on ...

Being in relationships in your 20s is a mistake

November 3, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Reid Cammack” align=”alignright” width=”483″][/media-credit] Between our fixation with dating apps, our love for shows like “The Bachelor” and our overuse of the term “bae,” our generation is obsessed with relationships. However, your 20s are the absolute worst time in your life to be in one. Your 20s are the first and last time in ...

Documentary chronicles street musician’s story

October 13, 2015 Life

The rhythmic cadence of Larry “Bucket Man” Hunt’s joyous drumming reaches the ears of pedestrians three blocks away from the Market Street Old Navy. The downtown sidewalk has been the drummer’s base of operations for the better part of a decade. “I ain’t trying to get rich,” Hunt said. “I just want to make people happy.” Hunt ...

City life worth paying the hefty price

October 13, 2015 Opinion 2 Comments

Last week, I was dancing at a bar in the Castro on a Wednesday night with some friends and one of their cousins who was visiting from Utah. Around 11 p.m., one of my friends wanted to leave to go eat, but the cousin protested, saying, “I’m out dancing on a Wednesday. This doesn’t happen ...

Californians need to cut water usage

September 30, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit id=292 align=”alignright” width=”318″][/media-credit] Unless you live under a rock, you’re probably aware that California is in a severe drought. For the past year or so, most restaurants have had cards on their tables explaining that water is only served upon request and “brown is the new green” signs have popped up on more and more ...

Muni plastic transfers: taking the bus is now for the rich

September 2, 2015 Opinion 51 Comments

San Francisco’s public transit system is best known for three things: rarely being on time, frequently breaking down and giving out those long, colorful, paper transfers that crafty commuters can fold up to make it look as if they have more time left to ride. One of those things is about to change. San Francisco’s Municipal Transit ...

Lifting the fog: A student’s guide to exploring San Francisco

August 26, 2015 Life News

San Francisco is known for many things: fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, fog, cable cars— did we mention fog? It’s also known for its plethora of diverse bars and restaurants. For a city that doesn’t even measure 50 square miles, it packs in a lot of interesting places to eat, drink and hang out. Whether you’ve ...