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,
Growing up, I always wanted to look like the beautiful women I saw in popular magazines like Cosmopolitan or Glamour. I remember the first time I saw the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in high school and was determined to have the body of 2008’s cover
On any given day, a casual stroll across campus might include seeing friends sunning on the quad, chatting with student club members in Malcolm X Plaza or making a quick pitstop at the convenient store for a snack before class. As of last week, it
Today's television is quickly evolving, reflecting a change in society's attitudes involving LGBT issues. One of the most groundbreaking of these programs is "Transparent," Amazon’s widely lauded foray into the streaming genre. After watching the show, however, it was difficult to reconcile the show’s praise with
For those who are single, Valentine's Day may not mean much. It acts only as a reminder that there is no “special someone” to present you with extravagant gifts. I suppose in some ways that makes single individuals lucky--it means they have nothing to prove. For couples on the
The only thing truly predictable in journalism is the unpredictable. Sure, news is going to happen all day every day, but trying to determine which stories will make the most impact often requires a sixth sense—or just the right amount of influence to create your
Cigarette smoking is known to be an extreme health hazard, yet people still continue to do it. Some may believe that switching over to electronic cigarettes to cut back from the traditional tobacco stick is a healthy choice, but that idea is becoming known by
Self-deprecation as a source of comedy has been the basis of many of the most acclaimed acts and shows of all time. The “look at how internally corrupt I am” schtick has given the entertainment world some of its best characters, from Seinfeld's George Costanza to
We are all here to better our education and find success in the professional world, but it really doesn't have to be so damn scary.
As students, we are regularly quizzed on what our plans will be once we are free from the gripping perils of
I don't know why sitting around my living room table with a glass of wine prompted a discussion of organ donations on a Thursday night, but telling my roommates I wasn't a donor shocked them. I could not give them a clear reason as to how or why I
SF State students may soon be a short walk away from dining at the nation's leader in Chinese fast food if a deal between University Corporation and Panda Express brings the restaurant into the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
I know I love
“Now no one is going to hire you!” is what I hear from my parents every time I tell them about the new ink I get. I am sure that I am not the only tattooed young adult attempting to get a job that has
The 2014 cross-country season brought many obstacles to the young women’s team. One of the main obstacles the team faced was bringing in the new runners to an unfamiliar system and a new level of competition. The team was made up of only three returning
Javon L. Johnson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at SF State. Golden Gate Xpress embraces each person’s ability to have an opinion and would like to thank Dr. Johnson for this week’s contribution.
On Dec. 3, Golden Gate
Regardless of their affiliation, a black bloc activist's purpose is the same; participate in acts of vandalism, build barricades, agitate other protestors to create in-fighting and create general disorientation. Typically aligned with the political ideology of anarchism, they can be an individual or part of a group.
This form of