In June of 2021, I found a graphic t-shirt depicting Marsha P. Johnson, the now-celebrated gay rights movement leader, in a suburban Target. The image shows Johnson holding a protest sign that reads “power to the people.” The shirt sells for $15 plus tax.
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"It just feels like one thing after another," state Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai said, her tone soaked in anguish as she described the painful realities of her constituents in northeast Arizona. She told stories she says her colleagues in the legislature can't fathom. Families living on the Native American reservation are experiencing consequences of climate change unique to the region, including the loss of medicinal plants, the destruction of vital agriculture and the smoky remnants of fires slithering into the arid desert.
Sakura Thomas emailed ASU Housing on Jan. 8, requesting gender inclusive housing for the upcoming school year, a dorming option for students who prefer to choose their roommate regardless of biological sex.
Jarrett Lowe spent a lot of time to himself when the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. in March 2020, often browsing TikTok and Twitch. But that time wasn’t spent watching viral dance videos.
When the Pac-12 canceled all conference athletic competitions in the fall, it was widely regarded as a necessary decision amid a pandemic. Athletes, coaches and fans came to terms with the fact their seasons would not follow a normal timeframe. While football eventually got its chance to compete, dozens of other Division I sports were either canceled or delayed to the spring semester. This means teams like volleyball, soccer and cross country are now occupying the same space on the calendar as traditional winter and spring sports like basketball and baseball.
Hundreds of cars file through 12 lanes to wait the required 15 minutes post-vaccine as late as midnight on a Friday. Most people appear excited to receive their vaccine, others look tired and ready to crawl into bed.
They once scanned the crowds, making quick and subtle eye contact with dozens of slightly strung-out faces.
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Brothers Scott and Steve Leader walked to a train station after a Red Sox game in Boston in August 2015. The brothers found a 58-year-old man, homeless and sleeping outside of the train station. They proceeded to urinate on him, assault him and break his nose with a metal pole, leaving him with multiple other injuries.
I walked into the pharmacy with my mom. I told the worker my name and the prescription I came for. As the words left my mouth, heat crept up my face and my stomach tied itself in knots, a combination of excitement and anxiety washing over me. The pharmacy technician turned around to grab my order.
Six years ago, Meg Bruening — an associate professor at ASU's College of Health Solutions and former faculty advisor for the Pitchfork Pantry — researched food insecurity among college students. What she found inspired the creation of the Downtown Phoenix campus' student-run food bank.
The data could not show the time her professor made light of Black Lives Matter in front of an entire class.
Elizabeth Baer wanted to become a wind musician in an orchestra, her family thought she might attend fashion school and for a long time, she wanted to be an anesthesiologist. But at 17, she joined the military and learned to build bombs.
I first felt the sting of imposter syndrome at a college preparatory high school against a sea of white faces — a feeling I suppressed in an attempt to hold on to what was my promised ticket to a better life. To quote Claudia Rankine in her celebrated work Citizen: An American Lyric, "I feel the most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background."
The great Greek philosopher Aristotle attempted to explain how to live a virtuous life through balancing 12 extremes of temperament. The idea of “virtue through moderation” was also present in the Pythagorean cup I took home as a souvenir from a trip I took to Greece as a gangly 11-year-old.
Standing in a crowded line, both of us reach for our debit cards to pay for two tickets like we’re in a Western, he’s always quickest to the draw, even at the concession stand — unless we stuffed snacks into my small, leather shoulder bag. Then, entering a dark room with a medium popcorn in one hand and a large drink in the other, we only stop to scan the room for that perfect seat. We almost finish the popcorn while watching the previews and remind each other to turn our phones off before the movie starts.
Along with the academic stress of college and all that goes with it, students also have to navigate the dangers of critical health issues, one of which being the coronavirus pandemic.
In late August, Djuan Porter, also known as Black Dahlia, won a New York drag pageant all from the comfort of her Phoenix home. Instead of performing in front of a live audience, Dahlia performed alone, in front of a screen.
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The State Press is choosing to publish two versions of this story — one in English and one in Spanish — to more accurately represent the experiences of the diverse community of ASU students we cover in this and other articles. The Spanish version was written and edited by staffers fluent in the language, just as any story would be.