The Paisano

Mid-semester self care

Alex Hanks

April 2, 2019

With the home stretch of the semester commencing, stress levels on campus seem to be at peak levels. Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel, for many of you (including myself) that light seems nearly unattainable at times. Personally, balancing my jobs, schoolwork, and finding room to take...

Dear AJ: How can I love myself and my body?

Photo Credit: Andrew Salinas/@AK_4hoto7

Alejandro Lopez

March 6, 2019

Hello loyal and fellow readers. I hope you are preparing for your week long vacation (Spring Break) or if you work, it’ll just be a normal week, sorry! With Spring Break comes: intoxicated college and sometimes high school students, partying on the beach (weather permitting) and plenty of people showing...

Dear AJ: Don’t feel single on Valentine’s Day

Photo Credit: Andrew Salinas/@AK_4hoto7

Alejandro Lopez

February 13, 2019

Valentine’s Day. A day dedicated to not only to St. Valentine, but to “romance.” This may be a wonderful day for loving individuals in relationships, but for those that don’t have a significant other, like me, it’s a huge reminder of just how single we are. Just a side-note before conti...

Old Flames Renewed

Old Flames Renewed

Rolando Ramos

February 13, 2019

Ugh...this is it. I mean Karlie told me she’d call me today. RING RING! Here we go…I press send on my cell phone, my hand shaking. “H-h-hello?” I say. Real smooth, genius. “Hey, is this Eddie?” she replies in her energetic, bubbly voice. “Yeah…?” “HEY! It’s Karlie! How are you doing?...

PLUR

Photos courtesy of Ethan Pham/The Paisano

Ethan Pham

March 30, 2018

Peace. Love. Unity. Respect. PLUR is the four letter acronym that nearly everyone in the rave community knows by heart. PLUR is a term that transcends the dance floors and bass-ridden spaces of the rave community. What once started as a simple set of principles has manifested into an entire ideology...

The one that got away

Dating invisible people. Graphic by Chase Otero

Kimiya Factory

November 8, 2017

Light brown, almost hazel eyes. Golden brown skin. Little blonde hairs that compliment geometric tattoos that dance up and down his forearm. When you care about someone, deeply care about someone, every fiber of their being radiates like the sun’s brightest rays. The way they look at you when you ...

Honestly unlearning jealousy and honestly relearning love

The polyamory flag consists of a top blue bar for openness and honesty among partners, a red middle bar for love and passion, a black bottom bar for solidarity of those who must hide polyamourous relationships and a gold pi symbol for the letter “p” representing emotional attachment to others. Photo Couresty of Wikipedia Commons

Enrique Bonilla

October 19, 2017

Honesty: it’s a key factor in building and maintaining relationships, particularly the “ideal” romantic relationship many fantasize and mope over. It’s difficult to maintain honesty throughout a lifetime. It’s understandable. We are all imperfect. We all have desires. We all have fears. We...

Breaking the heartbreak

Breaking the heartbreak

Ethan Pham

May 4, 2016

Heartbreak is a universal human experience, but having a broken heart can serve as an opportunity to strengthen oneself. Nothing will ever hurt quite like the loss of a love in your life, but the good part of hitting rock bottom is that you can only build yourself up from there. When I went through m...

Love is worth it

Love is worth it

Alyssa Gonzales

April 18, 2016

On the expedited conveyor belt to adulthood, we are trained to focus on our future and the actions that will get us there, and love gets filed into the “when I’m older” compartment of our minds. If there is one thing that should not be pushed aside or done half-heartedly, it is love. College...

Sex, Love & Hip-Hop

Sex, Love & Hip-Hop

Jade Cuevas

April 18, 2016

Think of the last party you went to. Perhaps it was a casual kickback with friends (and friends of friends). Or maybe it was littered with people you had never met. Drake’s “Hotline Bling” or Travis Scott’s “Antidote”, prompting party patrons to smile and “dab” as they continued to dance...