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Yessenia Gutierrez


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Yessenia Gutierrez | Already tired of Trayvon Martin?

Finding justice represented the difference between feeling safe in this country, and having it painfully highlighted how marginalized, even sacrificed, some people are in the legal system that superficially is meant to provide equal protection.

July 17, 2013

Yessenia Gutierrez | Midsummer night blues

A part-time internship at the PSPCA (Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and conducting research for my Latin American and Latino Studies thesis aren’t exactly wastes of time. But I want my summers to be more than just another line of ink on high-gloss resume paper.

July 10, 2013

Yessenia Gutierrez | Shopping for pride

As I looked down at my pins, I started thinking about my need to physically display my personality. Why was it so important to me that people could recognize the pride colors on my wrist, the Guatemalan flag on my books, the soy product brand on my bookbag? Thinking back to PrideDay, I realize that this need might not be unique to me.

June 12, 2013

Yessenia Gutierrez | No speaky Spanish, my love

Just know that fulfilling a requirement is not the same as understanding a language or its accompanying culture. Learning the language means little without learning about its people.

May 22, 2013

Yessenia Gutierrez | Affirmative action applicant

A focus on socioeconomic status without looking at race wouldn’t address the problems affirmative action seeks to remedy.

December 3, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | Legalize it — but don’t forget Latin America

It’s time the United States reviews its position on the war against drugs in Latin America.

November 26, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | Breaking into a community

Rhythmic Damage, the annual breaking — or break dancing — event has gained a following beyond Penn.

November 19, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | You are what you consume

We choose our purchases to reveal who we are, so much so that even our personalities are commoditized.

November 13, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | But what do you eat?

The key tenet of veganism is not to cast judgment on others, but to ensure that we are knowledgeable about the food served on our plates.

November 5, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | We pledge allegiance — but to what?

When I turned 16, I wasn’t worried about getting a car. I was worried about becoming a Guatemalan citizen.

October 16, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | Like a song? Cover it

In truth, the musical world is a big old love fest, with artists referencing, sampling and covering each other all the time.

September 30, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | The secret life of a cultural Catholic

Religious conversations with family will always be tricky. I struggle to decide whether to explain my lack of faith or brush their questions away to save us from an upsetting conversation. Either way, a part of me will remain hidden from them.

September 23, 2012

Yessenia Gutierrez | Wanted: Upperclassmen

During the beginning of each school year, we are all involved in making sure freshmen know what’s what on campus. We want them to know about our club, our major, our leadership opportunities. Yet most of us don’t know half of what occurs at Penn.

September 16, 2012

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