On one of his trips as a traveling salesman to support his writing career, Sunil Yapa’s laptop was stolen from his hotel room in Chicago. It contained the complete, 600-page manuscript of his first novel.
Last year, alumna Stephanie Sandoval and her best friend Antonio shared Four Lokos before nights out. After his death, she scoured campus for as many flavors of his favorite drink she could find to place on his altar.
In one of Jasmine Bell’s poems, she compares her abusive relationship to being lit on fire. Her body is singed, and she is left in ruins. But at the end of the poem, she states, “I will not be burned again.”