Dating the enemy

Off the Beat

A bad EDM remix was blaring over the speakers, the alcohol was nonexistent and still, my head was already pounding by the time he looked at me from across the dance floor. That’s where I met him, in a sweaty jumble of bodies. He was cute in a blonde-suburban-white-boy-next-door kind
Read More…

People holding signs and collectively saying "protect TPS"

We must protect Temporary Protected Status

Since 1990, the Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, program has provided legal and humanitarian protection to immigrants in the U.S. fleeing natural disasters, war and political unrest. At the end of 2017, President Trump threatened to terminate the TPS program and deport more than 320,000 TPS beneficiaries already living in
Read More…

Undocumented students across the UC standing together

UC must get more funding for undocumented students

On Jan. 11, Gov. Gavin Newsom put forward a $209 billion state budget proposal that outlines his vision for the state. The bill includes a series of funding increases for the UC, which signal a welcome departure from former governor Jerry Brown’s more restrained appropriations. The governor’s proposal allocated $1.3
Read More…

Settled in myself

Off the Beat

Three summers ago, I stood in my neighborhood and watched a strip of fire burn on the distant mountainside across the San Fernando Valley. Last winter, we felt the threat of fire as dry winds blew our windows open and the Thomas Fire burned in nearby Ventura County. With each
Read More…