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Michael Sanchez emcees the Mobilize For Change: Poetry, Unity, and Liberation event at the Depot on Thursday, April 17, 2015. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
22 Apr 2015

University policies brought to light through spoken word

Students expressed their concern for the current state of University education through spoken-word poetry at the Depot April 16. The Student Union of San Francisco hosted “Mobilize for Change,” an

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Najee Amaranth, of the The Oakland Mind, performs before hundreds of demonstrators rallying for a $15 minimum wage Wed. April 15, 2015. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
21 Apr 2015

Protesters congregate in Oakland to push for minimum wage increase

Hundreds of demonstrators shut down Bay Area streets and restaurants April 15 as part of a nationwide fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Protesters rallied in Oakland fast food

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Food is being served at the Farm to Fork event by the Office of Sustainability and Chartwells in the Quad on Thursday April 16. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
21 Apr 2015

Farm to Fork delivers with local sustainable food

Students and members of the San Francisco community enjoyed a mix of tangy grapefruit wedges and crisp beets folded into a medley of fresh organic greens as one of the sustainable dishes

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A General Union of Palestine Students, GUPS, member Awwad Yasin waives the Palestinian flag during the Israeli Apartheid Week Rally in Malcolm X Plaza Friday, April 17. (Zhenya Sokolova / Xpress)
21 Apr 2015

Palestinian community gather in rally of Israeli Apartheid Week

A mock wall stood at the entrance of Malcolm X Plaza between the stage and the Cesar Chavez Student Center as a simulation of the barrier in West Bank in

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Villas Park Merced janitors and handymen picket around Park Merced on Wednesday April 15. They have been terminated and a new crew of janitors by a new contractor will be hired. (Emma Chiang  / Xpress)
19 Apr 2015

Union workers picket due to recent termination of contracts

Picketing with signs that read “Preferred Building Services Save Our Good Jobs,” former janitors and repairpersons protested the termination of their contracts with Villas Parkmerced Wednesday. Led by union organizer

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17 Apr 2015

President Wong lifts controversial ban on University travel to Indiana

SF State President Leslie E. Wong lifted the ban on University-funded travel to Indiana Friday. The lift of the ban would take effect immediate, Wong said in a mass email.  Wong implemented

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16 Apr 2015

Technical problems postpone ASI elections

Associated Student, Inc. postponed the 2015 Spring Elections due to technical difficulties with the online voting ballot. ASI announced via email that voting scheduled for last week would instead be

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Passengers enter the Inbound M train on 19th Ave. and Holloway Tuesday, April 14. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
15 Apr 2015

University progresses on path to discounted transit passes

The commute from Fairfax to campus costs linguistics major Alexander Williams $6 each way, and compounded over dozens of trips every semester, the expense has become a strain for which he

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SF State alumna Molly Diedrich poses for a
portrait in front of a wall of former students, faculty and staff Aat UCSF Medical Center Tuesday, April 14. (Helen Tinna / Xpress)
15 Apr 2015

Alumna honored for charity work by cancer research organization

An SF State alumna is the youngest candidate in the running for the Bay Area chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Woman of the Year award. LLS’s national fundraising competition,

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Protesters hold up signs in front of the police at City Hall demanding access to enter on National Walk Out Day Tuesday, April 14. (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Protesters convene at City Hall to voice animosity toward police brutality

Two groups of protesters converged on San Francisco City Hall Tuesday afternoon to call attention to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and participate in a national day of action.

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(from left to right) Leilanie Dacuycuy, Jasmine Calix and Logan Limm inflate condoms to make balloon art during the Multi-cultural Aids Awareness Day in the quad Thursday, April 9. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

AIDS Awareness Day evokes memory of 1980s epidemic

SF State alumnus and AIDS activist Cleve Jones remembers the University during the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic began. By the Fall of 1985 many members of the community were dead, dying

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SF State's League of Filipino students (FLS) Aaron Agudelo (left) and Patrick Racela (right), begin the 12th Annual Filipino Mural event inside the Jack Adams Hall on campus, April 8, on Wednesday evening (Katie Lewellyn / Xpress)
10 Apr 2015

Filipino community celebrates culture and murals

The Filipino community came together in tribute of the 12th Annual Filipino Community Mural celebration at SF State April 8-9. A coalition of six Filipino student organizations, together known as

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09 Apr 2015

Contractor linked to waste disposal controversy sentenced to prison for bribery

The former owner of an environmental waste disposal firm that contracted with SF State was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Thursday. Stephen Cheung, 49, pleaded guilty to more

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President of SFSU's MedLIfe chapter Adolfo Luna greets a guest at the fundraiser event inside of Menchu Hall Thursday, April 2. (David Henry / Xpress)
08 Apr 2015

Student volunteer group to provide aid in Peru

Shadowing doctors, checking vitals and dispensing prescriptions may sound like costly training only available at medical school, but for six SF State students it is the experience they can expect on

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David Hysinger teaches his Fundamentals in Real Estate class in the Business Building Monday, April 6. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
08 Apr 2015

Real estate careers at forefront of Bay Area program

In the midst of experiencing one of its biggest development booms in history, with commercial real estate prices up 90 percent, the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco found themselves in a quandary–

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08 Apr 2015

Former Mayor of San Francisco to deliver commencement address

The former mayor of San Francisco, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, will speak at SF State’s 114th commencement ceremony next month, according to a University announcement released Tuesday, April 7. “Throughout his career, Lieutenant Governor

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Hearing Officer for the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Carlos E. Torres takes a break in the J. Paul Leonard Library after a career fair that took place in the gym Friday, April 3. ( Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
07 Apr 2015

Alumnus arbitrator advocate for undeserved communities and labor rights

Representing San Francisco senior citizens in legal matters like racial discrimination and housing, SF State alumnus Carlos Torres began his career as an advocate for underserved communities. Torres said he

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(from right) SF State student drivers Cody Lee, Lyft, and James Shumate, Lyft and Uber, sit in Lee's car which he uses to pick up passengers for work Monday, April 4. (Katie Lewellyn / Xpress)
07 Apr 2015

Startup rideshare policy in question for drivers

Rolling through the Financial District in his orange Honda Fit, SF State senior James Shumate spends his evenings shuttling passengers who hail his service. Shumate, a cinema major, began driving

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XPRESS SPORTS

The SF State softball team celebrates after winning the second game of the doubleheader against Cal State East Bay at the Softball Field on Saturday, April 25. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
26 Apr 2015

Gators softball sends off graduating seniors with win

The SF State softball team said their goodbyes to three of their seniors Saturday afternoon, as Courtney Gravel, Lucy Fernandez and Selina Rodriguez took the field for one last time

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22 Apr 2015

Outfielder’s layout catch highlighted on SportsCenter

Lying dazed on the grass in deep center field with a baseball nestled in the webbing of his glove, Nick Jackson could not hear the fans in Maloney Field’s wooden

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SF State Gator baseball outfielder Daniel Souza and the track team's captain Hilary King prepare to ask a few questions after the Scholar Athlete Reception at the Seven Hills Conference Center Monday, April 20. (Daniel E. Porter / Xpress)
21 Apr 2015

Student athletes recognized at academic banquet

Coaches and faculty honored 54 Gators who accomplished a 3.5 GPA or higher in the Fall 2014 semester at the 2015 SF State Scholar Athlete Reception at the Seven Hills Conference Center April

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17 Apr 2015

Men’s baseball hold onto early lead to beat Chico State Wildcats

The Gators clung to a first-inning lead through the next eight frames of their Friday home game against the Chico State Wildcats, staving off the visitors with poised pitching and

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SF State Gator Laura Stokes jumps hurdles during the Johnny Mathis Invitational at Cox Stadium Saturday, March 21. (Courtesy of SF State Athletics / Gerome Wright)
14 Apr 2015

Personal records elevate track and field squad at Chico State meet

The SF State women’s track and field squad returned from an outstanding team performance at the Chico State Distance Carnival and Twilight Meet April 11. The team placed fourth overall

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SF State Gators player Joseph Chedid (#15) slides into third base during a game against the Academy of Art Urban Knights on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Men’s baseball kickoff home stance with loss against Academy of Art

The SF State Gators baseball team began a six-game home stand with a 8-4 loss to the visiting Academy of Art Urban Knights in a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon.

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Sandra Magallon poses for a portrait at the Babyface Boxing Gym in the Pacifica on Tuesday April 6. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Boxer punches through adversity with passion

Feminist studies and sociology major Sandra Magallon said it only took a sparring match with a champion fighter and a resulting bloody nose for her to get hooked on boxing.

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Brianna Bright throws the frisbee to her teammate during SFSU's Ultimate Frisbee team's practice on the West Campus Green Friday, April 10. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Ultimate Frisbee team sails into season with two new teams

Two ultimate Frisbee teams occupied the artificial turf of the West Campus Green for the first time in SF State’s history on Friday. As men’s team member Cooper Wright whipped a

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Koby Barela # 7 runs with the ball as a few players block a path for him during SF State's intramural flag football game Monday, April 6. (Angelica Williams / Xpress)
07 Apr 2015

Intramural sports fuses rivalry and leisure

Behind a wooden score table on the dusk painted turf of SF State’s West Campus Green, three student officials lounged in folding chairs, cracking jokes as they watched a stoic quarterback prepare for his

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Graduating criminal justice major and record setting athlete, Hilary King, jumps 5.79 meters, in the long jump, taking first place at Cox Stadium Friday, April 3. She recently broke the Women's record at SFSU by jumping 5.79 meters. (Helen Tinna / Xpress)
07 Apr 2015

Senior captain breaks school record in long jump

As she steps on the track, Hilary King places her left foot on the measuring tape and focuses on the 86-foot runway and blocks out everything. With one last breath,

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SF Gator Mark Lindsey waits for a pitch during the double header versus CSU Monterey Bay on Friday, April 3. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)
07 Apr 2015

Veteran catcher devotes last season to make history

Sitting in the bullpen after picking up two wins against the visiting Cal State Monterey Bay Otters, senior catcher Mark Lindsay said he comes into every game with the same

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SF State Gator Matt Vera (7) hits his bat on the ground at the game against Cal State Stanislaus Warriors on Sunday March 29. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
31 Mar 2015

Gators on track to playoff berth halfway through season

The combination of good offense and defense has pulled the SF State men’s baseball team from a rocky 2-8 start to winning eight of their last twelve games, giving them a

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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

22 Apr 2015

Hundreds gather in Mission to march in solidarity for Walk Against Rape

Hundreds of men and women gathered around the Women’s Building in the Mission District to march in solidarity for the survivors of sexual assault for San Francisco Women Against Rape’s 10th

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SF State student and co-director of CockTales, Vincent Lim (left) sits with Nathan Barone for a portrait in a theater on campus on Tuesday, April 21.  Barone will perform a spoken word piece in the production CockTales. (Helen Tinna / Xpress)
22 Apr 2015

CockTales promotes student discussion on gender through performance

Before being diagnosed with the painful musculoskeletal condition Fibromyalgia halfway through his sophomore year of college, 24-year-old Nathan Barone associated being a man with his ability to play sports. “It forced me

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Randy Sarafan installs his piece "Bedfellow" in the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Fine Art Gallery Thursday, April 9. (Hyunha Kim / Xpress)
22 Apr 2015

Personal struggles portrayed through masters thesis art show

Rolling on a wheeled wooden frame in the corner of SF State’s Fine Arts Gallery, a queen-sized mattress enabled with motion detectors makes its way across the floor. It indiscriminately approaches anyone

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Theater major Jennifer Marte sleeps for her scene as a few of the cast members they rehearse Sunday, April 19. The upcoming play called “Puddles” will be performed at the Greenhouse Festival Saturday, April 25. (Katie Lewellyn / Xpress)
21 Apr 2015

Mermaids, murder and love come to life in student playwright

The sounds of accusatory shouts and heavy fist-pounding punctured the silent hillside neighborhood of Rockridge in Oakland as several sets of footsteps darted across the wooden floors of the cream colored cottage at the end of Pedestrian Way. Amongst the domestic

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Combat officers collect behind an Abrams Main Battle Tank in a scene from the docu- mentary “Peace Officer” filmed in 2012 and directed by SF State alumni Scott Christopherson and Reeny McCauley. (Courtesy of "Peace Officer")
15 Apr 2015

Alumni directors duo shed light on social issues through documentary

While filming the award-winning documentary “Peace Officer” in 2012, SF State alumni Scott Christopherson and Reeny McCauley did not realize the social issue they were highlighting would coincide with the Ferguson unrest that incited the

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Christine Brandes (right), voice teacher, directs dance student Nadia Endara at rehearsals for "La Calisto" opera in the Creative Arts Building at SF State Monday, April 13. (Zhenya Sokolova / Xpress)
15 Apr 2015

Professor discovers passion for classical music as a soprano

Assistant professor of music Christine Brandes’ pursuit for a career in classical music started in a small church in rural Ohio where she was raised but has led to her

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A group of SF State students pose for the camera at the front of the line for the G-EAZY concert at the Annex the evening of Fri. April 10. The show was the last hit of a weeklong celebration for SF State's annual Rhythms Music Festival. (Kate Fraser / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Rhythms Music Festival brings familiar faces and new Bay Area talent

Under the vaulted ceiling of the Annex, a congregation of approximately 1,120 students ceremoniously raised their camera phones as rapper G-Eazy emerged from a veil of smoke into a single spotlight. Ambient background lighting gradually rose around

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Ryan Cassata performs two songs at the Sacred Grounds Cafe open mic on Thursday April 9. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Trans activist uses life story and music to educate public

During an open mic night performance, singer-songwriter Ryan Otto Cassata exuded a confident demeanor that he said has been the key to his national recognition as a civil rights activist in

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SF State dancers rehearse choreography for Kamala Devam's piece "The Shedding" Tuesday, April 7. It will be performed at this year's spring concert Return and Renew on Saturday. (Hyunha Kim / Xpress)
08 Apr 2015

Dancers to demonstrate women strength through concert

Donned in gruesome face masks, members of SF State’s dance company’s writhed about the stage in a nightmarish dance of demons inspired from ancient Japanese folklore. The company’s upcoming dance piece, “Kijo,” is just one of

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Jhanie Custodio (center), SJSU students, and Doug Mcleod (left), a UC Santa Cruz graduate, battle each other in Street Fight IV Ultra at the Folsom Street Foundry Thursday, March 26. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
07 Apr 2015

Gaming community finds home in Folsom Street Foundry

The clicking of buttons and loud chatter inside of the Folsom Street Foundry did not distract the last two competitors of the Ultra Street Fighter IV video game as attendees gathered

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Owner of Mozzeria Melody Stein prepares ingredients for the dinner service were they serve pizza's cooked in a wood-burn oven and a variety of small dishes Wednesday, March 18. (Zhenga Sokolova / Xpress)
31 Mar 2015

Local pizzeria success provides business model for the deaf

When the phone rings at Mozzeria, the Mission pizzeria owned by SF State alumna Melody Stein and her husband Russ, it doesn’t make any sound. Instead, strategically positioned lights, located above the front

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Cory Teese practices music in his room in the Sunset district as he prepares for an up coming show were he will play his complete album from his one-man band Flowers in the Fence Monday, March 30. (Daniel Porter / Xpress)
31 Mar 2015

Student musician embraces sound to express spirituality

Inspired by the bone-chilling gloom of winter, Cory Teese took up his guitar and transposed his melancholy feelings into chords. By springtime, Teese had emerged from a contemplative fog with

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XPRESS OPINION

(Graphic by Jourdon Ahn / Xpress)
21 Apr 2015

Drunk driving affects personal connections

When my mom called me one afternoon, I was expecting a regular conversation– catching up and seeing how my family was doing– but what she told me gave me the

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21 Apr 2015

Self reflection vital for path to finding-oneself

In the span of two short weeks, death plagued my daily routine. In less than fourteen days, four of my five roommates lost somebody close to them—a friend, a neighbor,

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(Graphic by Jourdon Ahn / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Wealth gap widened due to upscale bus line

An Xpress editor wrote an opinion piece April 1, supporting Leap, a new transit option launched in San Francisco with the goal of providing a better public transportation experience. Leap

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Sergio Portela poses for a portrait at Balmy Alley in the Mission District on Tuesday April 14. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
14 Apr 2015

Cultural stigmas should not steer you away from heritage

I watched my grandfather lie peacefully in a mahogany casket as they lowered him slowly into a burial plot. His casket was filled with objects that mattered the most to him: his cowboy boots,

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14 Apr 2015

Recent plane crash places blame unfairly on depression

Despite the fact that one in 10 Americans take antidepressants, depression is an illness that is still considered somewhat of an enigma according to Psychology Today. It is difficult to

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07 Apr 2015

Future for post-graduates job stability unknown

Graduation day is often a time for parents to rejoice that their plan of putting their child through school has finally come to fruition. For me, college has always been my plan,

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The lead singer of Metallica, James Hetfield, performs in front of thousands at the Lands End Stage during Outside Lands in San Francisco Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (Godofredo Vasquez/ Courtesy of the S.F. Examiner)
07 Apr 2015

Festival experience outweighs high ticket prices

The arrival of April means not only that spring is in the air, but festival season is upon us as well. This is what I look forward to all year long,

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Sarah Stock rides Leap Transit toward downtown San Francisco out of the Marina district Monday March 30, 2015. (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
31 Mar 2015

Recent luxury bus lines beneficial for future of transportation

San Francisco is a place of opportunity. While some move here to start a business, others move for the plentiful jobs this metropolis has to offer. The opportunity to live

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31 Mar 2015

On-screen romance projects incorrect representation

A friend and I recently happened upon John Green’s novel-made-film, “The Fault In Our Stars,” while looking for something to watch on TV. I tried to sit quietly through the movie’s cheesy

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25 Mar 2015

Gender equality needs male attentive silence

Women’s History Month celebrates the historical impact of women and should be seen as an opportunity to teach men an important lesson: listen. Coming from someone who was raised by

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23 Mar 2015

Equal attention vital for lives lost in recent shootings

The murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina by their neighbor, a white male with vocal anti-theist leanings, instantly alarmed those in the Arab American community. But early coverage

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17 Mar 2015

Current generation perceived incorrectly in media

My generation does not define me, nor does it hold truths for who I am and what I stand. Every time I have browsed through the Internet in the past few months,

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