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Why I consider myself ‘differently-abled’ — not disabled

Jordan O’Kelley, Community News Reporter December 9, 2021

I used to be an objectively worse student than my peers in elementary school: I got lower grades, was worse at physical activities, and was immature for my age.  Three years later, I got into Cal State...

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Getting off the baseball plate for a fresh slate

Nicholas Juarez, Community News Reporter December 9, 2021

Growing up, I never prioritized academics. My weighted grade point average was 2.7 when I graduated high school.  I thought baseball was going to take me far in life. Unfortunately, I was wrong. The...

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The day that changed my life, maybe forever

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter November 24, 2021

I will never forget the color of the sky that day: A vivid blue flecked with clouds. It was a slightly cool day Nov. 18, 2020, at the outdoor skatepark my friend and I frequented. But on this day,...

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How I became the ‘princess of clubs’ in my own Alice in Wonderland adventure

Xennia Hamilton, Community News Reporter November 20, 2021

In high school, I didn't have many friends. I was shy, a bookworm and simply was the person who didn’t speak much. That was until I met my best friend, Robert Canales, in senior year. It would change...

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My reason why: How I became homeless and faced the worst night of my life

Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter November 18, 2021

Some of the toughest battles I have faced in life came from within: Not feeling accepted, doubting my self-worth, feeling angry and depressed. It all seemed to hit me at once in a series of unfortunate...

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Memories of Maywood: A love letter to an imperfect city

Michelle Leon, Community News Reporter October 5, 2021

When I was 4, my dad was shot outside of our home in Tijuana. Though he survived, my parents knew we had to leave but where to? The answer was clear: Maywood, California, where my mother was raised. That...

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From the verge of flunking to graduating with honors and landing a journalism job

Joshua Letona, Contributing Writer May 12, 2021

It took me five-and-a-half years to finish college. Go ahead. Make fun. I can laugh about it now because I am on the other side. I have a degree that nobody can take away and found a career that...

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Next stop: Back to campus this fall

Erick Cabrera, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

That annoying ringing. I often asked myself, “Why?” when I heard it. I would stare at the pitch dark ceiling for a few minutes then look to my left.  The time: 4:25 a.m. I’d turn off the alarm,...

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A battle with myself

Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

It started when I was 10 years old. “You need to start eating less,” my friend told me. That’s when it hit me: My classmates are almost all thin. Over the next few days and weeks, self-doubt...

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Big reptile, big monkey: A meditation on “Godzilla vs Kong”

Ethan Axtell, Copy editor April 30, 2021

“Godzilla vs Kong.” I keep wanting to write “King Kong vs Godzilla” since that was the title of the original 1962 showdown between these two nasty heavyweights. A film that I actually owned on...

Stephanie Presz plays at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Alan Snodgrass.

Notes of sexism in the music industry

Stephanie Presz, Community News Reporter April 19, 2021

“Sweetheart, could you transfer me over to a guy? I’d like to speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about.” I had heard versions of that a number of times before working at the Guitar...

The last birthday party I shared with my sister. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Medina

My ‘forever best friend’: Love lives on after death

Stephanie Medina, Community News Reporter April 17, 2021

In some ways, Oct. 29, 2017, was a typical morning. I woke up early, showered and got ready for work. But something gnawed at me all morning and my anxiety only grew worse when my mom, Susan Raya, called...

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