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Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela

After the quiet melancholy

By Matthew Davis, Contributing Writer January 24, 2022

Going Down   The pain of our pieces not fitting after years of assembly My rage at wet towels and wet socks The joy of seeing your face again The pain of watching you go The comfort of my...

Dugan described moving to New York City for college as the start of a new journey. (Image courtesy of Kiersten Dugan)

The library of my mind

By Kiersten Dugan, Features Editor December 9, 2021

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a Library." —Jorge Luis Borges As I prepared to leave my home and start my journey somewhere new, I thought about every home I’ve had to leave...

(Staff Photo by Brooke Nguyen)

Dear New York City

By Lorraine Olaya, Copy Chief October 18, 2021

New York, this is my love letter to you. It’s been some time since I’ve seen the sparkle in your water and sunset reflecting off your buildings. And it’s been a while since I’ve stared up at the...

(Illustration by Adelaide Miller)

Voicemail Message #2: Echoes

By Bianca de Ayala, Contributing Writer September 27, 2021

Not available. At the tone, Please Record your message. . When you are finished recording, you may hang up or dial one for more options.  . . . . . Oh. You’re still here.  Surely, you’ve...

(Illustration by Adelaide Magdalene Miller)

Voicemail Message #1: Burnout

By Bianca de Ayala, Contributing Writer September 13, 2021

. . . . Not available. . At the tone, . Please P l e a s e  Please.  . Record your message. . . . . Hello? . . . . I’m still here. . . . . It’s been a while. . 55 days, 1320...

An exploration of the impact a global pandemic can have on ones body and self-image. (Illustration by Natalie Olaya/natalieolaya.com)

Flaca o gorda: My struggle with pandemic weight gain

By Lorraine Olaya, Copy Chief August 30, 2021

Content warning: This piece discusses weight gain and body image issues. I stand in front of the mirror, my hands on the jeans bunched up around my thighs. They refuse to be pulled up any higher. My...

Despite the wave of hate crimes and the history of xenophobia against their community, Asian Americans remain strong. (Illustration by Sally Chen.)

Even before they were a headline

By Lorraine Olaya, Deputy Copy Chief May 6, 2021

Disclaimer: This collaborative work was not created by someone of Asian or Pacific Islander descent; however, it was compiled using the words of contributors, credited at the end, who are of Asian or Pacific...

A seemingly idyllic sidewalk in Middletown, Connecticut. (Photo by Eugene Hu)

The Foreigner

By Eugene Hu, Contributing Writer May 3, 2021

                      “I’m boycotting your Chinese bricks!” Tim said to me. It was dusk in Middletown,...

Bipolar Disorder: A Radiator and a Window

Bipolar Disorder: A Radiator and a Window

By Abbey Whelan, UTA Voices Editor April 27, 2021

The second I heard the radiator creak and groan on the first day of winter, I knew I was screwed. I had never seen a radiator before moving to New York City. I hadn’t given it much thought until that...

A representation of Wus Shanghai. Ashley reflects on her grandparents and feelings of loss. (Photo by Ashley Wu)

Char

By Ashley Wu, Deputy Managing Editor April 23, 2021

In summers, you used to visit your Wai Po at her small condo in a complex of identical buildings interlaced with ponds. Most of the ponds were pale green and smattered with algae. Stones made footpaths...

Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Forgotten dreams come back as inspiration

By Vaishnavi Naidu, Under the Arch Managing Editor April 12, 2021

It was a blisteringly hot summer day in June of 2019. The jasmine flowers populating the terrace wilted from the heat. Beads of sweat rolled down our tanned faces. Pari Naidu, my mother, balanced on her...

Illustration by Charlie Dodge.

What Does It Feel Like To Lose a Best Friend?

By Vaishnavi Naidu, Under the Arch Deputy Editor September 7, 2020

What does it feel like to lose a best friend?  One you thought you couldn’t possibly lose. The best friend who managed to stand the test of time, who was constant even as everyone else walked in...