Ilaf

They don’t even have health care

The Jaded Pessimist

My grandfather’s skin clung to his bones as though he’d never eaten before. The gaping holes in his mouth made his speech incomprehensible. Slowly, with quivering arms, he made his way to me by clutching onto a plastic chair he used in place of a walker. He was sick, as
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Elena Stacy_Online

Pot of Gold

Doing Okay (Kind of)

It was just the other day when I was talking to my brothers about flying out of state for the weekend when one of them responded, “I’m an adult. I don’t have time for stuff like that.” My optimism wasn’t yet shaken and I responded with a cheerful, “But life
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Yoojin Shin_Online_Zainab Ali

The Great Democratic Divide

The Privileged Protestor

Donald Trump is maturing politically. His seemingly chaotic campaign method is slowly finding strategic structure with the aid of his airtight, elite family circle that flaunts its connections within Capitol Hill. His running mate, Mike Pence, was chosen with painstaking deliberations; according to a New York Times report, “(a)dvisers and
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The Golden Bears who will not be forgotten

Off the Beat

Nothing seems to matter anymore. Neither the empty space in my living room that provides me ample room to dance about nor the comfort of warm water while showering. Neither the number of people who liked my picture on Instagram nor the fact that my Internet is now beginning to
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Ilaf

Removing the “I” from society

The Jaded Pessimist

A red shadow was cast over our walls and street signs. The ambulance’s flashing lights put on a show none of my fellow suburbians had expected. The stretcher had come and gone, taking a stranger I should have known. I closed the blinds and went back to drinking my coffee.
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Elena Stacy_Online

Working for free

Doing Okay (Kind Of)

Since I turned 16, I have constantly been on the job search. It only took me a few months after my birthday to land my first job at Round Table Pizza. It was what you might call the sixteen-year-old’s dream job: free pizza and discounts. My second job in high
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Yoojin Shin_Online_Zainab Ali

Where’s the justice?

The Privileged Protestor

  By now, we are all too familiar with the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We are exhausted, saddened and afraid. Most of all, we are angry: angry at the indiscriminate police brutality against Black men, angry at the racial conflict that continues to divide us and
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David Gayton_Online

I am not the new white

Semper Feuilleton

A few weeks back, while walking through downtown Santa Barbara with a good friend, I witnessed an unsettling interaction between a homeless man and a young man.  Walking past the pair, both my friend and I heard the young man exhort the older homeless man to get a job “like
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Maggie Lam_Online

Let’s talk

Melting into the Pot

I’m always at least a little hesitant when I buy a flight home to Virginia. The shitty weather, the old friends who won’t stop talking about high school, and the boring, suburban sprawl of shopping malls and “McMansions” all serve as reminders of why I go to a school on
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