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Five thousand happy SF State students will be celebrating their graduation at the 114th commencement ceremony at AT&T Park this Friday.
The six-hour-long event is going to be an exercise in patience, at least for me. Don't get me wrong, I could
The Bible warned me about temptation, sin and most bad things in the world, but it didn’t warn me about the hell of trying to graduate college in four years.
While I give my high school a lot of credit for preparing me for college, they
With graduation right around the corner, it is important to keep in mind the people who loaned us a shoulder to cry on, who sent us reminders to keep going and who value our education more than we do — our parents.
Like most immigrants, my parents
With a plethora of reports flooding the media regarding recent police shootings and incidents of brutality captured on video, it should come as no surprise when everyday citizens want to band together and march on the streets in protest. But with a recent addition of
Recently I discussed the concept of sexuality with one of my classmates and when she asked me to define my own sexual orientation, like many of my friends have done in the past, I did not have an answer for her. My reason for not answering her question
In the past couple of months, I have noticed a trend of hunting stories and photos come across my Facebook newsfeed. The photos did not include only small game hunting like ducks and rabbits, but trophy hunting where people kill rare animals like giraffes, lions and elephants.
Most recently I
San Francisco has a long history of being a diverse city, a living and breathing melting pot of civilization that honors and supports the unique eccentricities of every citizen. But with the recent influx of million-dollar startups and tech giants, the landscape has begun to
Last weekend at work a customer asked me, “What are you?” Thrown off by the ambiguousness of the question, I thought to myself, "A woman?" After considering the unresponsive and confused look on my face, he rephrased the question to, “Like, what races are you?” I
When Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced on national television last week that he has been transitioning into a woman since the 80s, viewers no longer saw the awkward, introverted figure the former champion athlete had become over the years. Instead, we witnessed a renewed individual, full
I always thought women who sold their eggs for money were only characters in Lifetime movies or weird 20-something college dropouts trying to make a quick buck. A few months ago, however, a friend of mine told me she was planning on studying abroad and when I asked
[caption id="attachment_65869" align="alignleft" width="600"] Golden Gate Xpress Photo Editor Daniel Porter, sports his man bun for a portrait at the studio in the Humanities building Monday, April 27. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)[/caption]
Hairstyles can be viewed as a personal timeline, a day-to-day freedom of expression that
When my mom called me one afternoon, I was expecting a regular conversation– catching up and seeing how my family was doing– but what she told me gave me the chills. She said my cousin Deana had been in a vehicle collision while under the influence of alcohol
In the span of two short weeks, death plagued my daily routine. In less than fourteen days, four of my five roommates lost somebody close to them—a friend, a neighbor, a family member. The emotion was overwhelming and I started drinking alone, isolating myself because
An Xpress editor wrote an opinion piece April 1, supporting Leap, a new transit option launched in San Francisco with the goal of providing a better public transportation experience. Leap is a luxury bus service that follows a Muni route to and from the Marina
I watched my grandfather lie peacefully in a mahogany casket as they lowered him slowly into a burial plot. His casket was filled with objects that mattered the most to him: his cowboy boots, hat, a Mexican flag and photos of his grandchildren. He was a man who loved his
Despite the fact that one in 10 Americans take antidepressants, depression is an illness that is still considered somewhat of an enigma according to Psychology Today.
It is difficult to categorize the group that it affects due the large symptom pool that includes abnormal sadness, disinterest,
Graduation day is often a time for parents to rejoice that their plan of putting their child through school has finally come to fruition. For me, college has always been my plan, and I have thoughtfully envisioned walking across that commencement stage since I was old enough to understand what having
The arrival of April means not only that spring is in the air, but festival season is upon us as well. This is what I look forward to all year long, not because of the occasional sunny days we see in San Francisco, but because I
San Francisco is a place of opportunity. While some move here to start a business, others move for the plentiful jobs this metropolis has to offer. The opportunity to live out the American dream of starting something new and different should never be shamed, nor
A friend and I recently happened upon John Green’s novel-made-film, "The Fault In Our Stars," while looking for something to watch on TV. I tried to sit quietly through the movie's cheesy dialogue, but after a few minutes I finally exploded into a hysterical tirade about how I
Women’s History Month celebrates the historical impact of women and should be seen as an opportunity to teach men an important lesson: listen.
Coming from someone who was raised by a single mother, a few aunts and too many strong women to count, I learned women
The murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina by their neighbor, a white male with vocal anti-theist leanings, instantly alarmed those in the Arab American community. But early coverage demonstrated indifference to the crime, and it took hours of social media users questioning media
My generation does not define me, nor does it hold truths for who I am and what I stand. Every time I have browsed through the Internet in the past few months, I have come upon a study, article or explanation of why my generation is the most stupid,
As I walked inside the doors of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia last fall, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of patriotism and pride for my country. Red, white and blue flags decorated the home where Betsy Ross hand-sewed the first American flag
My childhood dream of playing professionally in the NBA was not motivated by money but rather the need to go out and play the game with which I had fallen in love. That’s what most young athletes want to do when they are still in elementary and junior high school. But when you insert
I saw the strongest man I know fall to the ground in tears and tell me he failed as a father. No choice of words I spoke or the number of hugs I gave him could stop his breakdown of emotion, but the experience molded me into
As a child of immigrant parents, my background and upbringing are similar to many in the United States. Growing up, I felt invalidated because I never saw anyone share my story and culture in the mass media. That was true until I decided to check out
With the college basketball season underway and March Madness right around the corner, the sport will garner attention from all over the nation. Fans will fill out post-season tournament brackets, players will celebrate and a champion will arise when it’s all said and done.
While the players
The day I packed my bags to move into the dorms, my parents gave me a pink bottle of pepper spray and told me to always keep it on me. At first I was a bit confused as to why I needed it but that might have been
We live in a world where modern medicine has cured diseases, extended life expectancy and overcome hurdles that were once considered science fiction, but with the stigma that continues to surround vaccinating children, living a healthy life has become less about choice and more about
Sitting in my bed staring at the wilting flowers I bought for myself on Valentine's Day, I realized I recently started dating myself and I really, really love me. Knowing this now, I see how many great things happen when you're single. Don’t get me wrong, everyone loves to
Over the years, sexual objectification has sadly become subconsciously normalized in our culture, and needs to change if our society ever wants to reach gender equality. There is no justification for objectifying women, or any human for that matter. It is sexist, discriminatory and goes
Law enforcement officers carry an incredible amount of authority, but with that power comes the need for responsibility and accountability.
An official Police Academy credo enlists officers “to protect and to serve,” but with a recent plethora of police brutality cases flooding the media, it’s no
It all began in the beginning of last summer. The spring semester just ended and I had traveled home to Orange County to spend summer break with my family. When I saw my brother upon my return, I did not recognize him. He had lost about 20
Like many women, I’ve had my fair share of uncomfortable catcalling, whistling and inappropriate heckling while trying to engage in daily activities.
While not every man who opens his mouth on the street has a sexual agenda, I have encountered all types of men--from 18-year-old boys walking home
The word feminist is tossed around in everyday conversation as if it were a trending hashtag rather than a movement that requires action.
Women have come a long way from the 18th century, when we were defined as society's domesticated, modest and religiously moral beings void of opportunities in political voting,