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Travis Scott: A rager for a new generation

October 15, 2018 Latest Opinion 0 Comments

“‘99 took Astroworld, it had to relocate – Told the dogs I’d bring it back; it was a seal of faith,” proclaims Travis Scott on his track “Stargazing” off his album “Astroworld,” released in August. This is a testament to the monstrous image the 26-year-old Houston native has carved out for himself. Known by many monikers, ...

Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation a step closer to erosion of US

October 3, 2018 Opinion 0 Comments

Trump-ism has spread from the executive branch to the GOP and now threatens the legitimacy of the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination has been delayed pending an FBI investigation into sexual accusations made against him by three women. The GOP should not confirm him until these accusations against him have been resolved. This Trump-style phenomenon ...

U.S. foreign aid withdrawal also hurts America

September 17, 2018 Opinion

The United States’ goodwill around the globe might be the most important saving grace this country has against truly widespread animosity against America. The international policies this administration has adopted so far — not to mention all of our fearless leader’s badmouthing of other countries — appears dead-set on alienating our former allies. Meanwhile, we’re ...

Staying social on campus

August 29, 2018 Opinion

College is a place that is filled with new opportunities and experiences. It is the place where you can meet new people, try new foods and create new memories. But how can you maintain a social life through classes, homework and tests? Our focus while in college is to pass our classes and do our ...

Letter from the Editor, Fall 2018

August 28, 2018 Opinion

Fifty years ago this fall our university’s core values and principles were redefined. It took the longest held student strike in United States history to redefine these values, and it is all thanks to the courage, persistence and resilience of our university’s Black Student Union, as well as members of the student group the Third ...

OP-ED: A’s bullpen the strength of the team

April 4, 2018 Opinion

The 2018 season has begun, and there is little hope that the Oakland Athletics will make the playoffs, but there is one place where they have improved: the bullpen. Over the offseason, the A’s made pitching a priority, and relief pitching was at the top of that list. They added veteran long man Yusmeiro Petit, ...

Don’t hate Elizabeth Swaney, hate the game

February 28, 2018 Opinion Sports

Although I’m not someone who usually follows the Olympics, I have taken note of Hungarian-American freestyle skier Elizabeth Swaney this year. Chances are, you have too. Swaney has not been in the spotlight for her Olympian talent or backstory about her life-long pursuit of competing in the games. It’s actually quite the opposite. The Oakland ...

Olympics gather us all

February 21, 2018 Opinion Sports

Every two years, something comes along that captures my attention and enthralls me – the Olympic games. I know I’m not alone. Each time the games come around, I have no difficulty finding people who are following along with the different sports. Some are interested in the local angle, such as Vincent Chou, the Palo ...

Why my parents will not be attending my graduation

May 17, 2017 Opinion 1 Comment

My parents and I have always had a strained relationship. My mother met my father, who was considerably older than she was, and began to experiment with drugs. He was her way of rebelling against my grandmother after they emigrated from Mexico. From a mix of confusion, fear and drugs I was born to my ...

When Trump supporters and tequila mix

May 10, 2017 Opinion 2 Comments

This past weekend was Cinco de Mayo and contrary to what so many ignorant people believe, it is not in fact Mexican Independence day, which is actually September 16 if anyone actually cares. Cinco de Mayo marks the Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army defeated the French Army attempting to occupy the land. The ...

NFL draft picks perpetuate negative treatment of women

May 9, 2017 Opinion Sports

The NFL has proven itself to be a hard-hitting sport both on and off the field. Just as viewers have become accustomed to the innate aggression of the game, they have also become all-too complacent with the frequency of sexual assault and domestic violence allegations brought against the league’s players. In 2014, the relative NFL ...

Me, myself and Coachella

April 28, 2017 Opinion

Going to Coachella was a last-second decision. The best sorts of adventures start that way. You don’t plan out challenging or memorable moments, they plan you. Like a perfect storm I got the days off, bought a ticket and hopped into a friend’s car. Part of the thrill of Coachella seems to be how impulsive ...

Trump’s scandals are more terrifying than Hillary’s

November 9, 2016 Opinion

When I visited my family this past weekend, mere days before the presidential election, the first thing my father asked me was whether I was still voting for the “criminal.” As a conservative Republican, he was, of course, referring to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but my response to him was simply: “are you still voting ...

Millennials are not selfish, we are realistic

October 21, 2016 Opinion

It’s no secret that millennials have been dubbed the “selfish generation.” There are many attributes we possess that have given us this reputation. But the one that irks me the most is the fact that many of us are in no rush to settle down, with only 26 percent of us getting married between the ...

I skipped dorm life and I’m glad I did

August 23, 2016 Opinion

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 appealing. But even though I dreaded dorm life before I ...

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 ...

Sex work doesn’t devalue people

May 10, 2016 Opinion

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 that was August 16 and a large note that read ...

My sorority helped me find my individuality

April 26, 2016 Opinion

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 joining my sorority. I was the girl who never ...

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. ...

Free market system devalues education

April 19, 2016 Opinion

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 and around American universities and their approach to teaching, which I ...

San Francisco leads the way with new family leave bill

April 12, 2016 Opinion

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 leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the ...

Kobe Bryant irreplaceable to the very end

April 12, 2016 Opinion

There will never be another Kobe Bryant. His competitive drive to be the best ever was second to none. His teammates have reinforced the fact that Kobe’s the hardest-working player to ever step on the hardwood. He was willing to outwork everyone to be the very best. I attended my first Lakers game last year, in ...

Climate change is a shared crisis

April 12, 2016 Opinion

The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; climate change is real and accelerating every second. In the last year alone, we have experienced record-breaking heat and droughts that have impacted millions of people and have cost billions. Who is responsible for climate change? We are set up to believe that we are the culprits and we made climate ...

Racist rhetoric deepens divide

April 5, 2016 Opinion 6 Comments

Over the past few weeks, Xpress’ coverage of both the College of Ethnic Studies funding controversy and the viral dreadlocks video has drawn a particularly nasty breed of Internet denizen out of the woodwork and made it very clear that the type of education provided by the College is fundamental to racial discourse in the ...

Adoption jokes are nothing to laugh at

April 5, 2016 Opinion

Nothing gets under my skin more than an adoption joke. I was adopted at the ripe young age of 5 months old. Fortunately, I was afforded the immense privilege of leaving the foster care system early. My parents never sat me down and had a “talk” with me about how I was adopted, instead I ...

Misogyny in our society nearly kills R&B artist Kehlani

April 5, 2016 Opinion

Celebrity news has seen yet another case of slut-shaming and double standards this past week. R&B singer Kehlani was accused of cheating on her boyfriend Kyrie Irving with her ex, Canadian singer and rapper PartyNextDoor, after PND posted a photo on Instagram of him holding her hand in bed. Even though the picture was only ...

Trans people need more than a day of mourning

April 4, 2016 Opinion

March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility. If you weren’t aware, or didn’t even know that such a day existed, that’s understandable. It’s typical for trans people to be invisible, at least until we are brutally murdered for simply existing. It then becomes a grotesque kind of hyper-visibility that makes a spectacle of our deaths and ...

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 ...