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I’ve been asked numerous times, “Are you Hispanic or Latino?” and I always have to explain that I’m technically both. While people often use them interchangeably, there’s actually a big difference between the two terms.
I identify with the term
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Sometimes I hesitate to tell people that I’m from Colombia, because whenever I do it’s usually met with ignorance.
Either people don’t know where to point the country out on a map or they ask me:
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Earlier this month, Kanye West tweeted a casting call asking for “multiracial women only,” that caused a stir among fans and critics alike. People took to twitter and the real world to criticize the statement
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On Sept. 5 in Brooklyn during the J’ouvert festival 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau, told a man to get off of her after he approached her and started dancing on her. Moments later Poyau was dead from a close range gunshot to
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Walking past the shiny new facade of the new wellness center that is under construction, I can’t help comparing it to the lackluster appearance of my apartment building in University Park North, clad with dangling wires and broken windows.
To the Editor,
The article, "Young medical cannabis patients lose access” in the Sept. 7, 2016 issue of the Golden Gate Xpress is very misleading. The title claims that medical cannabis patients under 21 will lose access to medical cannabis. That is not true. The law is
I wake up early, makeup smeared and a computer to my side. I think the same thing I do every morning: “I’m too young to be this stressed.” But I have to brush it off and repeat the same day I had the day before.
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For a while now, I've been eager to share my disappointment with the lack of authentic transgender representation in TV and film. I’ve felt that watching shows and movies that
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In today’s world, being politically correct is a general expectation for almost everyone hoping to have a civil conversation. It’s easy to get caught up in discussions about race, gender and privilege without realizing where your opinions are coming from.
Letters to the editor do not reflect the opinion of Golden Gate Xpress or the SF State Journalism Department. Letters to the editor are published as is, unless otherwise noted.
To the Xpress Editor:
Thank you for your article (August 24, 2016) focusing on student homelessness and
Advice from 2016 SF State graduates:
Dahn Quang Nguyen: double major in decision sciences and information systems
To be bold and ask questions. To speak as much as to listen. But listen with empathy and seek to understand others beyond their barriers. To help others is
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When I left my last final my first semester freshmen year, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Then, I stepped on a scale and realized, to my horror, that the weight apparently had
I’ve always considered myself to be a private person. This meant that when it finally came time to move away from home after high school and be on my own, the idea of sharing a tiny dorm room with a total stranger was not very
Next week, thousands of SF State students will pack into AT&T Park, turn their tassels and graduate. Unfortunately, I will not be one of them, despite the fact that I’m finishing my 8th consecutive semester at this university, which typically signifies the end of one’s
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
Like most dramatic changes in a person's life, moving to another country to go to school makes you compare it to what you used to have. There are a lot of differences between the American lifestyle and the Danish one. This much I learned from
Before I left Denmark to go on exchange, some Danes said the only pity about me going on exchange to San Francisco was that the city is so similar to Europe.
And I actually had a little bit of the same perception of San Francisco. But oh boy, I
I may be a part of a small minority, but I don’t exactly want to graduate just yet.
I spent my first year or so at SF State planning my transfer to another school. Like so many others, I realized shortly after moving here that this
A report released Monday morning by Gizmodo caused an uproar among GOP supporters after a former Facebook employee revealed the company’s influential “trending topics” section may have a hidden agenda.
The former employee claimed Facebook intentionally withheld certain stories from the section that pertained to right
America is at a turning point when it comes to feminism. The wage gap for women is slowly closing and there are more and more options in California for paid family leave. There are still those who believe that women’s rights is a battle that ended
My family’s 2006 calendar hung in the kitchen next to the fridge. It was a NASCAR calendar, the same one we get every year. The days were marked with special events for church, birthdays and the first day of school. In the middle of all
The American comedian George Carlin once said that the reason it's called the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it. Looking at modern day America, I think he is right.
The other day, one of my teachers asked the class if
Tuesday night, Donald Trump won the Indiana primary, and Senator Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign.
Across the country, the GOP elite mourned what they see as the loss of the general election and the muddying of the party’s principles. Despite the Republican establishment’s well-documented distaste
Even in the hyper-liberal city of San Francisco, I get a lot of negative reactions when I say I don't eat meat. People assume I'm going to judge them if they eat meat in front of me, or that I think I'm better than them
Facebook has recently been riddled with armchair economic experts espousing the cons of raising fast-food employee wages up to $15 an hour. Unfortunately, most of these propositions are littered with misinformation. In an attempt to illustrate incompetence and somehow disprove the justifications behind a $15 hourly fast-food wage, one
Growing up, I had an assortment of Barbie computer games, official Barbie Christmas ornaments and, of course, dozens of actual Barbie dolls. I loved Barbie’s life in plastic. It was fantastic. I could brush her hair and undress her everywhere. Imagination, life was my creation.
The fairytale goes like this – you find your price charming, you fall in love, get married and live happily every after as the king and queen of hip hop and R&B. But what happens when an unwanted third party steps into the picture?
In the midst of nonstop election coverage and endless Beyoncé think pieces, the story of an 8.5 percent spending increase of total spending on medicines among the pharmaceutical industry over the last year slipped under the radar.
The New York Times reported multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers such as
If you would have told me four years ago that I would be president of my sorority, I would have laughed in your face.
Four years ago, I would have never even fathomed taking on a leadership position, let alone the three I have had since
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
In the past few months the weather has been oscillating randomly from chilly sweater weather to summery heat. Just last Friday I woke up to dreary drizzle, and by the time I had gotten out of class a few hours later the sun was out and
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
Fashion trends at summer festivals often come under scrutiny for their cultural appropriation. Bindis have been one of the biggest trends at festivals and it needs to stop.
Summer festivals like Coachella have their own fashion and set their own trends. Celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kendall
It's that time of year again – when girls wear flower crowns, fanny packs come back in style and fratty electro-bros feel the need to shotgun a beer at 8 a.m. Yes, festival season has returned.
Coachella Weekend 1 has just passed, and now others, like myself, are
After having spent four months at an American university, one of the biggest differences I have noticed is how education here, contrary to Scandinavia, is something you pay for and, in that sense, a part of the free market. This affects a lot of things in
San Francisco’s new paid family leave law is a big step forward for advocates of the cause. New parents who have worked for a company for at least 180 days will now be entitled to six weeks of fully paid leave.
This plan places San Francisco