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Personal Essays


Monday, December 18th, 2017

Saddening But Not Surprising

By Alexandra Flores, Staff Writer I would like to say that the current amount of sexual harassment accusations is astonishing, but I cannot. Sexual harassment has always been a problem; it is not really “news” although I am glad that it is finally being addressed. Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, Minnesota senator...

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Camp Flog Gnaw 2017

FIRSTHAND: My personal experiences and highlights of attending the 2017 Camp Flog Gnaw carnival and music festival. By Kelsey Chamberlain, Staff Writer As soon as I tore open the pearl pink envelope and looked over my new...

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

I Can Hate Myself, Thanks

By Celesté Johanson, Staff Writer Every morning, I look in the mirror and point out everything I hate about myself. I spend a lot of time cursing my hair for being so frizzy and making me look...

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Let’s Not Go Mental

By Michelle Boulos, Editor This “mental health” commentary during tragedy needs to stop. It doesn’t help families of victims knowing that their loved ones were senselessly killed because someone is “mentally ill.” It doesn’t help those who...

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

What Patriotism Really Means

By Ernie Mendez, Staff Writer Patriotism never seemed to be used in a positive context whenever I heard of it. The first time I heard the word was in history class; we were studying World War II...

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Stop Telling Your Non-Straight Peers to “Just Come Out”

By Marley Brady, Staff Writer As author P. C. Cast once said, “Gender preference does not define you. Your spirit defines you.”  Unfortunately, many people don’t believe this; many believe that sexuality actually does define you— that...

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Paths: A Personal Essay

By Caleb Gonzales, Staff Writer A car honks. Vehicles fly past my left, far faster than I can keep up. I look down at my speedometer, and it reads about 17 miles per hour. I push myself,...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The End to a Long Reign

By Caroline Iglesias, Staff Writer As a 17 year old Cuban-American girl, I have grown up in an establishment highly influenced by the Cuban culture. From savoring a fresh-out-of-the-oven Pastelito de Guayaba (Cuban pastry filled with guava...

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