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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. 
Amanda Peterson /Xpress
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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Protesters yell with their hands raised in the air, "Hands Up Don't Shoot!" Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Oakland, Cali. Downtown Oakland protesters speak out in response to the grand jury decision to not indict police officer name for the murder and killing of Eric Garner by a NYPD white police officer who choked Garner to death for allegedly selling single cigarettes. 
Amanda Peterson / Xpress
04 Dec 2014

Garner decision sparks protests in streets of Oakland

Hundreds of demonstrators joined an emergency march through Oakland Wednesday afternoon in protest of a grand jury decision to not indict a New York police officer involved in the death

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03 Dec 2014

Gator Scheduler to help make registration process easier

The University debuted a new tool that will allow students to personalize schedules based on graduation needs and availability in time for priority registration beginning Dec. 5. Students can insert general education requirements and breaks

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02 Dec 2014

Lead suspect in Valdez murder trial pleads not guilty

The man charged with the murder of SF State student Justin Valdez pleaded not guilty to three felony counts Tuesday at the Hall of Justice, one month after new evidence was presented against him.

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02 Dec 2014

Some students with financial obligations lose out on turkey time

While Thanksgiving offers many students a break from the stress of school and an opportunity to reconnect with their families, some students simply can not afford to travel back home.

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02 Dec 2014

University to postpone relocation of two museum collections

The University Museum’s plan to move two collections into the Fine Arts Building this spring have been postponed until fall 2015, allowing artifacts to be temporarily loaned to other museums

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SF State honors staff and alumni that have passed away from AIDS on National AIDS day Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Each flag represents a person who has passed, and around the perimeter are signs bearing some of their names. Helen Tinna/Xpress.
02 Dec 2014

Lives lost by HIV/AIDS commemorated with thousands of flags in quad

In observance of World AIDS Day, SF State student groups rolled out a series of events on campus Monday to commemorate the lives lost to the disease and educate students.

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28 Nov 2014

Earlier Black Friday openings push working students’ plans

While most people enjoyed traditional feasts and family gatherings this Thanksgiving, many retail workers had to compromise their plans to work during the Black Friday frenzy. Stores that were previously

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26 Nov 2014

Native Americans give thanks for continued culture, remember past

As the sun rose above the horizon one November morning, years of what one Native American SF State student described as anger began to wane, transforming his perspective on Thanksgiving Day. Nicholas Gomez,

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Police survey the scene as protestors shut down both directions of traffic on the I-980 freeway in Oakland, Calif. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Crowds have gathered for two days in a row after word that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for killing teenager Michael Brown. Peter Snarr/Xpress.
25 Nov 2014

Ferguson protests continue in Oakland streets

UPDATE: Protesters moved towards north Oakland and were able to block traffic for a second time Tuesday on I-580 near 34th Street by climbing up an embankment. Once police were

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James Cartmill holds an American flag upside-down at the protest in Oakland after a freeway takeover at the Grand Avenue Exit. Protests broke out in the streets of downtown Oakland at Broadway in response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in Oakland, Cali. Amanda Peterson/Xpress.
24 Nov 2014

Oakland streets aflame after officer not indicted in Michael Brown case

UPDATE: Oakland protesters scaled a wall at MacArthur Boulevard to return to I-580, only to be met by police who forced them to turn around. The march back to Frank

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XPRESS SPORTS

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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18 Nov 2014

Wrestlers test skills at Roadrunner open among Division-I schools

After an impressive win over the Division-I Cal Ploy Mustangs, the SF State wrestling team traveled to Fresno, Calif. to compete in the Roadrunner open and build off of their momentum.

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A shot on goal sails past Gators goalkeeper Cilian Variot during a match against Stanford Cardinals in Redwood City Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. The Gators lost 21-5. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.
16 Nov 2014

Game against Stanford Cardinal marks sixth loss of season for hockey

SF State’s best hope at skating to its first win of the season got derailed Saturday night, as the team fell to 0-6 following a 21-5 blowout win for the Stanford

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12 Nov 2014

Seniors give an emotional goodbye in their final volleyball game

Senior night kicked things off for the Gators volleyball team with a packed gym chanted that “Go Gators” along side SF State’s cheerleading squad, while the team’s seniors Jacquie Brice, Melissa Horton

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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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. 
Helen Tinna/Xpress
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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Dominique Turner struts down the runway during the 2nd Annual Runway Show & Salsa Party at Jack Adams Hall Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.
21 Nov 2014

Student models shine in runway show celebrating women of SF State

Dominique Turner, a third year Africana studies major at SF State, prides herself on her African American culture and her gender. Turner had an opportunity to express her pride in

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18 Nov 2014

SF Green Festival makes its rounds to educate community on living green

Green Festivals have been educating communities all over America for about 13 years now, providing healthier alternatives for living economically, socially and all-around environmentally. Thousands of people attended Green Festivals

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Associate professor of the communications department Christina Sabee and Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, Twitter's former chief scientist share the stage in the Humanities Auditorium, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Amanda Peterson/Xpress.
16 Nov 2014

Twitter’s former chief scientist talks social media, apps and finding happiness in it all

It’s not every day that a person would tweet about his or her departure at a company, to the company. Abdur Chowdhury, former chief scientist of Twitter, did so and

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The SF State University Chorus performing in the 13th annual Harvest Concert at Lakeside Church Friday Nov. 14, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.
16 Nov 2014

Harvest Concert showcases SF State choruses’ semester-long training

Amid winter colds and midterms, four SF State vocal groups have trained all semester for a harvest concert where they performed their skills for charity. The concert at Lakeside Presbyterian Church last Thursday featured four vocal groups:

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Yasmine Curmi, R and D for Galaxy Deserts, straightens the sample deserts for the guests at the Taste of the Bay event presented by the hospitality and tourism department at the City View on top of the Metreon in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Daniel Porter/Xpress.
14 Nov 2014

Taste of the Bay finds new home in downtown San Francisco

Exquisite culinary creations, California-grown wines and panoramic views of downtown San Francisco brought foodies together to enjoy a night put on by the hard-working students of SF State. Students of

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XPRESS OPINION

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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18 Nov 2014

A line needs to be drawn in student-teacher relationships

It starts with a chat during a professor’s office hours. Then the relationship thickens, and a cup of coffee is shared among buddies. Soon after, the two find themselves getting

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Pedestrians walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 in San Francisco, Cali.
11 Nov 2014

Overcharged locals should not pay to walk across our bridge

The mind of a typical college student is racing with questions like, “How am I going to pay my rent this month?”, “Where am I going to get my next

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11 Nov 2014

Dying with dignity laws give us even more freedom

When 16-year-old Palo Alto High School student died last October after being fatally struck by Caltrain commuter train, authorities ruled it an apparent suicide. After hearing the news, I stopped

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