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A four alarm fire broke out at approximately 6:50 pm on the evening of Jan. 28 at the intersection of 22nd and Mission Street. Twelve people were rescued from the blaze, which claimed the life of one man and hospitalized four. Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said that firefighters had “Knocked on every door” of the building just before the fourth alarm sounded, and they were forced to evacuate.
28 Jan 2015

Fire ablaze in Mission neighborhood

A structural fire tore through a Mission Street building Jan. 28, killing one person and injuring at least four others, according to fire officials. The San Francisco Fire Department received

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28 Jan 2015

Cal State system commits to increase graduation rate

The Chancellor of the California State University system announced a new plan to improve graduation rates at the State of the CSU address in Long Beach Jan. 27. In his

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SF State students file into the newly improved Daly City Bart shuttle on their first day back at school after winter break on Monday, Jan. 26.
28 Jan 2015

A slew of new shuttles arrive for students on first days of semester

New shuttle bus service made available for student commuters to on beginning days of the spring 2015 semester

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An SF student holds a hormonal IUD. The health center on campus is now offering the Intrauterine devices to students on Tuesday, Jan 27.
28 Jan 2015

Health Center provides females with new birth control option through IUDs

SF State introduced intrauterine devices as a birth control option offered to female students on Jan. 5, making spring 2015 the first semester the service is available. Student Health Services is equipped

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The score board at AT&T Park is seen from the side of the park in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday January 26, 2015.
27 Jan 2015

SF State first public university to commence at AT&T Park

SF State graduates will celebrate the University’s 114th commencement this year at San Francisco’s beloved AT&T Park. SF State will be the first public university to carry out its graduation at

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Tuesday, January 27, Fire fighters respond to a report of smoke in Mary Park Hall. Although there was no fire, they suspect that the smoke originated from some burt food on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
27 Jan 2015

Firefighters respond to alarm at University dorms

Fire fighters responded to a fire alarm at the Mary Park Hall dorms at approximately 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. No fire was detected and the building was not evacuated, according to

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23 Jan 2015

ASI board attempts to slow Panda Express deal

Associated Students Inc. moved to pump the brakes on a vendor deal between SF State and Panda Express during its board meeting Wednesday with a resolution urging University Corporation to

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A new president of ASI, Phoebe Dye, stands in front of Cesar Chavez Student Center in San Francisco, Calif., Jan 27, 2015.
22 Jan 2015

ASI appoints new president after leader resigns

Associated Students Inc. appointed a new president Jan. 21 following the resignation of the board’s leader. Former Vice President of Internal Affairs Phoebe Dye assumed Sara Padash’s role as president during the

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08 Jan 2015

Community celebrates the life of beloved professor

Amidst civil war in the African country of Angola, Patricia Thornton partnered with native refugees and warriors in their fight for independence in the 1970s. Thornton’s commitment to the cause touched

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03 Jan 2015

National restaurant chain Panda Express to be possible university vendor

SF State University Corporation may create a new vendor policy and welcome a national restaurant chain to do business on campus in the coming semester. A recent proposal to offer

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Maria José Pastor separates a bee’s head from its thorax to determine an approximate age and collect data on the frequency of a fly’s decision to choose a bee based on its level of maturity.
16 Dec 2014

Photostory: Zombie effect on bee populations prompts thesis study

Despite recent efforts, honey bees are experiencing a rapid decline in population caused by the parasitic fly Apocephalus borealis. The microscopic fly, often referred to as the zombie fly, begins

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(Left to right) associate dean Susan Shimanoff,  dean Daniel Bernardi and associate dean Todd Roehrman, the dean staff of the college of liberal and creative arts, field questions from Xpress staff members during a formal interview Wednesday Dec. 3. 
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14 Dec 2014

Shifted State: New interim dean looks to reconfigure college

Changes within an SF State college are linked to the appointment of a new interim dean. Now, the arrangement of department spaces is in flux as faculty grapple to find their space at the University.

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13 Dec 2014

Ethnic studies program to be implemented into local Bay Area high schools

After much anticipation from educators, students and other community members, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Dec. 9 to implement an ethnic studies program in each of

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Documentary filmmaker Kevin Kunze explains to the audience his reasoning for creating his film "Mobilize" Monday Dec. 8. 
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13 Dec 2014

Film screening highlights health risks of cellphone use

When an award-winning Bay Area filmmaker heard that a fellow graduate student’s father had developed a brain tumor after years of cellphone use, he asked himself if there could be

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Dorm resident Rainey walks to the designated smoking area on her way to her room in Mary Ward Hall Thursday, December 11, 2014. Rainey says that the dorms have been hot, because everybody is staying in with the windows closed. "Netflix has been slow because everyone's taking up the bandwidth." Helen Tinna / Xpress
12 Dec 2014

Torrential storm soaks the Bay Area; Schools issue closures

San Francisco residents braced themselves Thursday as a storm caused sweeping power outages, flooding and public transportation disruptions. The National Weather Service issued advisories for San Francisco County Wednesday Dec.

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Students with their hands up in protest, join together with the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition and gather at Malcolm X Plaza for a protest against police murders and for unity, justice, equality and peace. The BBLC encouraged students to join in the protest at SF State, Monday, Dec. 8 in San Francisco, Cali. 
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11 Dec 2014

Student activists join in on Berkeley protest against police brutality

Nearly 50 SF State students rallied in Malcolm X Plaza Monday before joining a mass march through the streets of Berkeley to protest recent police killings of unarmed black men.

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Twins, Ron, left, and Reggie Richardson sit for a portrait in Reggie's office at San Leandro High School, where they are co-principals Tuesday Nov. 18. Michael Duran/Xpress
09 Dec 2014

Double the Trouble: Twin alumni co-principal at East Bay high school

At 9 years old, Ron and Reggie Richardson amazed passersby while dancing in sync to Michael Jackson’s music in their neighborhood streets. Today as adults, they have taken their connection

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08 Dec 2014

ASI to shift supervision in newly approved agreement

Associated Students Inc. approved a new Memorandum of Understanding Dec. 3 that would maintain supervision of its executive director to the board of directors. The new MOU, an agreement made

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XPRESS SPORTS

SF State students play a pick up game of soccer between their classes on campus Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015.
27 Jan 2015

U.S. Open Cup qualifying match comes to Cox Stadium

SF State’s Cox Pavilion will host a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament qualifying match for the Nor-Cal Adult Premier League Jan. 31. SF City Football Club will face Stanislaus United Academica

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SF State Gator players come together in a huddle before returning to the court against the Academy of Arts Urban Knights at SF State on Tuesday Nov. 25, 2014.
27 Jan 2015

Men’s basketball looks to keep momentum going

After a 14-12 season that finished in a disappointing loss to Chico State in the playoffs last year, SF State’s men’s basketball team looks to build off last season. Led

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SF State forward Savannah Camp and guard Leticia Galarza try to intercept a pass between the Dragons during a home game Thursday, Nov. 20. SF State Gators lost against the Minnesota Dragons 67-78.
27 Jan 2015

Despite tough start, women’s basketball continues to fight

Women’s basketball still fighting, despite their tough 0-16 start to the season. The women Gators look to pick up in the last half of the season.

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16 Dec 2014

Men’s soccer ends season with most wins since 2005

The Gators had the most wins in a season since 2005, where they won 10 games. The Gators started the year having their longest unbeaten streak at six games since

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16 Dec 2014

A look back at women’s cross country season

The 2014 cross-country season brought many obstacles to the young women’s team. One of the main obstacles the team faced was bringing in the new runners to an unfamiliar system

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10 Dec 2014

Despite strong start, Gators hockey outplayed against San Jose State

The Gators hockey club played some of its best hockey of the season against San Jose State University Friday night, but an inability to play consistently ultimately cost them in

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Drew Feldman poses at Cox Stadium with the medals he won from the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships and CCAA this season Thursday, Dec. 4. 
Annastashia Goolsby/Xpress
09 Dec 2014

Cross-country runner goes from sideline to the front of the pack

After two years of sitting on the sidelines and almost losing his ability to walk, SF State cross-country runner Drew Feldman beat the hurdles of his injuries to bounce into a

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04 Dec 2014

Men’s wrestling to compete in one of the nation’s toughest tournaments

After a week off and a strong showing at the Nor Cal Open last month, the SF State wrestling team (1-0) will head to Las Vegas for the 33rd annual Cliff

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03 Dec 2014

Cross country falls short for spot at Nationals

SF State’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams returned from the 900 mile trip to Billings, Mont., where they raced in the NCAA Division II West Region Championship. Facing multiple challenges

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Minnesota's center Savanna Handevidt tries to draw a charging foul from SF State forward Michelle Sutton during a home game Thursday, Nov. 20. SF State Gators lost against the Minnesota Dragons 67-78. Annastashia Goolsby/Xpress.
21 Nov 2014

Gators lose to Minnesota State in season home opener

The SF State women’s basketball 2014-15 regular season home opener was spoiled on Thursday evening, as they lost against a physically stronger and larger Minnesota State Moorhead team, 78-67. Minnesota State’s

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18 Nov 2014

Cross country team excels in heat, has high hopes for upcoming Regionals

SF State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams returned from incredible Saturday finishes, running over hills in 100 degree weather at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship race, and now

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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

SF State freshman, Chandler Leighton was recently awarded a ticket to Hollywood after auditioning on the 14th season of American Idol. Leighton said she decided to give the competition a shot after singing videos she had posted online caught the attention of Idol representatives, who suggested she try out. The San Francisco auditions where Leighton was awarded her “golden ticket” happened back on Sept. 26, but are scheduled to air on January 28.
29 Jan 2015

SF State student earns golden ticket in American Idol audition

With butterflies in her stomach and a black guitar in tow, an SF State audio production student swooned the American Idol judges with a sweet melody. Chandler Leighton, 19, earned

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Actor Curtis Armstrong sits for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco Friday, Jan. 16. 

Frank Ladra/Xpress
28 Jan 2015

Curtis Armstrong nostalgic about past movie career

It has been 30 years since audiences first watched Booger picking his nose in the memorable film, “Revenge of the Nerds”. The man who played the notoriously imprudent character, actor Curtis Armstrong, 61, is

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Humanities lecturer Peter Richardson on Tuesday January 27, 2015.
28 Jan 2015

Professor writes book in remembrance of The Grateful Dead

Turning 50 years old this year is the iconic jam band The Grateful Dead, who once occupied the streets of Haight-Ashbury, acclaimed the musical influence to the Acid Tests and

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27 Jan 2015

Winter break shows a different side of dorm life

Now that classes are back in session and students have returned from winter break, the campus is back to its regular routine with restaurants open, staff workers back to work

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19 Dec 2014

Get your winter started off right with some local holiday fun

SF State experiences a severe drop in population during the winter when everyone goes home for winter break. But if you’ve got job obligations, decided to take winter classes, or

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Joseph Amster looks into the mirror while dressing for work in San Francisco, Calif.  Thursday Dec. 4.
16 Dec 2014

Photostory: Historical figure provides character for city tours

Former SF State student Joseph Amster dropped out of school more than three decades ago after deciding a Theatre Arts degree would not take him to where he wanted to

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Lauren Levin reads a poem of her own titled "Leak" inspired by Anne Boyer's writing at a Poetry reading in honor of Boyer at Ruth's Table in the Mission District, Saturday, Dec. 6.
12 Dec 2014

Breast cancer survivor and poet is honored by poetry center

SF State’s Poetry Center honored the work of a poet who has transformed her breast cancer diagnosis into messages of survival and strength during a poetry reading Dec. 6. Anne

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Some Amanita muscaria mushrooms are displayed at the annual Fungus Fair, put on by the Mycological Society of San Francisco. Sunday, December 7th, 2014. 
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10 Dec 2014

Mushrooms and other fungi featured at 45th annual Fungus Fair

       While California’s drought has dried up vegetation throughout the state, rain arrived just in time to support new mushroom growth during the Fungus Fair Dec. 6 and

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09 Dec 2014

UK band Palladino makes mark on the West with blues folk

The sound of a Fender electric guitar filled the room and a sweet melody soon followed as Rowie Walsh and Fin May of the blues-folk band Palladino jammed out to their

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08 Dec 2014

Alumni’s apartment transforms into unique art space

Thirty years ago a group of students from SF State created a new future for art in San Francisco. Today, artists still use the space, known as The Lab, on

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08 Dec 2014

Fringe Goes Long offers diverse plays written by students

After months of practice, edits and rewrites, theater students will premiere student-written plays at their annual Fringe Goes Long event. Beginning three years ago, Fringe Goes Long was created as a

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23 Nov 2014

Dreams of big ideas and startups draw in students at Autodesk’s college night

Hungry college students were treated to free drinks and barbecue as well as insightful information on the tech industry at Autodesk’s College Night event in downtown San Francisco. Julia Papapietro,

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XPRESS OPINION

29 Jan 2015

Staff Editorial: Opposition drives dedication

We are all here to better our education and find success in the professional world, but it really doesn’t have to be so damn scary. As students, we are regularly

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28 Jan 2015

Donating organs is more than just checking off a box on a DMV application

I don’t know why sitting around my living room table with a glass of wine prompted a discussion of organ donations on a Thursday night, but telling my roommates I

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Patrons line up to order food at the Panda Express in the Stonestown shopping mall Tuesday January 27, 2015.
28 Jan 2015

University should focus on healthier food options, not Panda Express

SF State students may soon be a short walk away from dining at the nation’s leader in Chinese fast food if a deal between University Corporation and Panda Express brings

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16 Dec 2014

Tattoos do not have to dictate connotations in workplace

“Now no one is going to hire you!” is what I hear from my parents every time I tell them about the new ink I get. I am sure that

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11 Dec 2014

Professor responds to opinion on race

Javon L. Johnson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at SF State. Golden Gate Xpress embraces each person’s ability to have an opinion

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11 Dec 2014

Destruction and vandalism not appropriate route for meaningful protests

Regardless of their affiliation, a black bloc activist’s purpose is the same; participate in acts of vandalism, build barricades, agitate other protestors to create in-fighting and create general disorientation. Typically aligned with the political

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11 Dec 2014

We should end prejudiced ban on gay blood donors

Lifting an outdated ban that restricts gay men from donating blood is being considered by the Food and Drug Administration and could potentially save millions of lives. The 31-year-old policy was created to prevent

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09 Dec 2014

Confiding in someone can help overcome depression

I gave up on my plans to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene so I could be close to the pin-up girl of my dreams. My revised strategy to earn my degree locally

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09 Dec 2014

Immigration reform gives hope to the future for immigrants and families

President Barack Obama’s action on immigration completely changed the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S. for the better. The president’s immigration reform proves our country’s dedication to freedom

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03 Dec 2014

There shouldn’t be a spotlight on racism after Ferguson decision

Michael Brown, 18, lost his life to former policeman Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. What made this shooting so controversial, besides the fact that the altercation between Brown and Wilson escalated to

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30 Nov 2014

Removing tips will affect quality service in restaurants

I’ve never had the privilege to receive tips for good service. I’ve worked in retail since I turned 18 and I’ve never understood why people who work in the food

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19 Nov 2014

Working in retail instills valuable traits in college students

As the holiday season fast approaches, any student working in retail knows the perils of trying to keep up with the pace of customer and managerial demands. Some say the

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