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Pods that are expected to be on Mars, ready for arrival in 2024 (Mars One website)
04 Mar 2015

Out of this World: Alumna in the running for one-way trip to Mars

When SF State alumna Kenya Armbrister was 10 years old, her father asked her if she would travel to outer space if given the opportunity. Without hesitation, she responded with a

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(From right) Nick Kordesch, Caitlin Steele, both are the Sustainability Coordinators at SF State, and Miguel Guerrero, the student coordinator, kneels down next to the newly painted bike path sign which runs along the east side of Cox stadium Monday, March 2. (Daniel Porter / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

University to host state-wide conference on sustainability

SF State has been selected to host this summer’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, a platform that encourages innovative solutions to sustainability issues throughout colleges across the state. The conference will

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JP Sacramento, right, electrical engineering major and Veteran formally stationed in Alaska and Anthony Rueda, graduate student and Veteran formally stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas point to their stations locations on a map in the  Veterans Services Center at SF State Monday March 2. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

University to provide student veterans with housing

SF State released applications Tuesday for designated off-campus housing that will carve out space for student veterans, according University officials. For the first time, the University offered a community dedicated to

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Mauricio Moreno, a junior, smiles at a sign held by Megan Chen saying "Marrow me" as he visits the AADP table at Malcolm X Plaza Thursday, Feb. 26. (David Henry / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

Registry recruits students for bone marrow donation

Inspired by his cousin who once had leukemia, freshman Arturo Duarte swabbed a tissue sample from his mouth on campus last week as part of the process to register as

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Ruben Canedo, research and mobilization coordinator at UC Berkeley, asks Estela Bensimon a question after her presentation at the Latinos in Higher Education forum Friday, Feb. 27. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

Forum to prepare campus for potential changes in Latino community

Northern California college students, faculty and staff determined ways to improve the university environment for the Latino community during The Latina/o Students in Higher Education forum Feb. 27. The focus

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03 Mar 2015

Students address social issues through spoken word

Students stood up and spoke out at SF State’s first official Speak Out event Feb. 25 in Malcolm X Plaza. Members of several campus organizations performed spoken word poetry to address

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Police respond to a bomb threat on Bartlett Street between 22nd and 23rd streets in the Mission District on Friday February 27, 2015. People were told to remain situated and residents in the surrounding area evacuated their homes. Police cleared the scene at about 10:45pm. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
01 Mar 2015

Bomb threat in Mission revealed to be hoax

San Francisco police and bomb squad responded to a bomb threat on Bartlett Street between 22nd and 23rd streets in the Mission District Friday evening. The bomb squad discovered a

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27 Feb 2015

Nearly 50 years later, students remember campus protest

Hundreds of students cried “On strike, shut it down,” fists raised to the sky as they marched through Malcolm X Plaza while they passed police officers donning riot gear. This

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25 Feb 2015

Student remembered for hard work ethic after unexpected death

Trudging through the backcountry areas of San Mateo county with Search and Rescue Explorer Post 830, SF State student Luis Rubalcaba spent much of his late teen years working with the San Mateo

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Mira Medan, a Registered Nurse, preps the MMR vaccine at the Student Health Center on Tuesday Feb. 24. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
25 Feb 2015

Recent measles case prompts vaccination debate

The recent measles case on BART and the multistate outbreak may indicate developing problems with vaccination levels, according to public health officials. Measles cases in the United States reached a

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Photo Illustration by Zhenya Sokolova / Xpress
24 Feb 2015

Student organization collects books for political prisoners

Recalling his visit to the Philippines last summer, biology student Jordan Ilagan remembered the clusters of up to 30 prisoners crammed in 5-by-10 meter cells too small to stretch an

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23 Feb 2015

University police reports attempted robbery over weekend

An attempted robbery was reported to University Police near the main entrance of the library Saturday at 1:15 a.m., according to a University report. A man reported being approached by an unknown

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A paper sign denotes the new home of SF State's anthropology department, the fifth floor of the Fine Arts building. The department moved over the winter recess. (Kate Fraser / Xpress)
21 Feb 2015

LCA moves forward with space allocation as anthropology finds home

A cast-off department finally found a home over winter break, while a thriving program upgraded its space in the first of many changes coming to the College of Liberal and

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Donna Montero reads "March: Book One" after her book was signed by the authors Congressman and activist John Lewis and Andrew Aydin in Annex I at SF State on Wednesday February 18, 2015. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
19 Feb 2015

Congressman creates comic book to encourage youth

Congressman and activist John Lewis called on students to stand up for their beliefs and speak out against social injustice at a discussion in the Library Annex Wednesday, Feb. 18.

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19 Feb 2015

City College’s fight for accreditation continues

City College of San Francisco will have a chance to respond to, and potentially reverse, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ decision to yank the college’s accreditation following a

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19 Feb 2015

Student found dead in San Mateo due to boating accident

An SF State student was found dead off of Coyote Point in San Mateo following a boating accident involving two other victims Feb. 17, University officials confirmed. Luis Rubalcaba, a

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Photo Illustration (Daniel Porter / Xpress)
19 Feb 2015

Marginalized couples undergo stress, professor’s study shows

Sweat dampened Frankie Olivares’ palms as he linked hands with his partner and headed home from work. Even after a six-hour shift, the familiar feel of his boyfriend’s hand wasn’t enough to undo the

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A Fremont bound bart train arrives at Fruitvale station in Oakland Tuesday, Feb. 17.  (Daniel Porter / Xpress)
19 Feb 2015

Bay Area commuters still cautionary after no link to first measles case

No new cases have been linked to last week’s BART rider who was the first confirmed case of measles in the Contra Costa County, according to the San Francisco Department

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XPRESS SPORTS

(From left to right) SF State Wrestlers Johnny Costa, Jordan Garrola, Andrew Reggi take a photo after practice Tuesday, March 3. (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

Three wrestlers at top form, advance to National tournament

The purple mats that spread across the floor of SF State’s wrestling room and typically teem with energetic athletes will feel unsettlingly barren in the weeks leading up to the

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SF Gators clear off the Maloney field to prepare for the second game against Fresno Pacific Sunbirds part of a three game weekend series on Saturday Feb. 21, 2015. Fresno Pacific Sunbirds swept the Gators 11-6 and 5-0. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

Superstitions are key to players mental success

Through a fan’s perspective, baseball is a game all about stats, strikeouts and home runs, but to the players, superstitions and rituals play a large part. From not stepping on

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SF State Gator Will Hein (21) slides in for a homerun during Sunday's game against Cal State L.A Golden Eagles. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

Men’s baseball closes out weekend with series split

A ninth-inning barrage of Gators’ offense wasn’t enough to erase CSU Los Angeles’ lead in a 5-4 loss on Sunday, preventing SF State from besting the red-hot Golden Eagles in

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SF State Gator Cory Davis (28) pitches during the ninth inning during the game against the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles at Maloney Field on Friday, Feb. 27. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
28 Feb 2015

Offense comes alive for men’s baseball in win over Cal State Los Angeles

The SF State baseball team kicked off its long string of division play with a Friday afternoon 9-5 win over the visiting Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles. The Gators

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Gators' pitcher, Peter Reyes shows off his scar following his recovery from tearing his UCL and undergoing Tommy John surgery, a reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. (Helen Tinna / Xpress)
24 Feb 2015

Pitcher bounces back from surgery, stronger than ever

Under the parched and sweltering desert sky, Gators’ pitcher Peter Reyes could feel the strands of his ligaments tear with each heave of the ball to home plate. Ignoring the pain only made matters

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San Francisco State's Sam Alnassiri puts a leg hold on Cal Baptist's David Dill's at SF State's gym during the match Friday, Jan. 30. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)
24 Feb 2015

Regionals to test wrestler’s competitive edge

The SF State wrestling team has endured an up-and-down battle this season with tough losses to ranked teams in the nation. As the team heads to the 2014-2015 NCAA Division

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Sophomore Tori Bellin (#16) embraces junior Jenny Obbema (#5) after she pitched one of six shutout innings . Humboldt  takes both games in the doubleheader, winning  game one 4-0  before taking the nightcap 6-1 in game two.  (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
23 Feb 2015

Women’s softball drop four at home, optimistic on upcoming road trip

Despite playing some of their sharpest ball of the season, the Gators were overwhelmed by a potent Humboldt State Lumberjacks offense, dropping four straight games on Friday (0-4, 1-6) and

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SF State Gators senior Bren Haley (#3) dribbles the ball around Chico State Wildcats player Mike Rosaroso (#31) during their game on Feb. 21, 2015. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
23 Feb 2015

Despite loss, men’s basketball show resilience on Senior night

It was a back-and-forth Saturday night battle at The Swamp for SF State’s men’s basketball squad who fell short to Chico State Wildcats 65-57. The night kicked off with the

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The SF State Gators celebrate after winning their last home game of the season against the Chico State Wildcats on Feb. 21, 2015. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
23 Feb 2015

Senior night inspires emotional first win of season

Coach Dennis Cox looked upward and away from the camera, blinking back tears in the midst of an poignant post-game interview before collecting himself emotionally and recalling the moments of the victory that finally broke the spell of

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Freshman Sara Higa singles in game two of a doubleheader against The University of Hawaii at Hilo at SFSU Softball Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (David Henry / Xpress)
19 Feb 2015

Women’s softball swept in doubleheader

The Gators were unable to escape their recent offensive rut, dropping a pair of games 10-2 and 7-0 in a Wednesday doubleheader against the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans.

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Sports treatment tables sit in the new Sports Medicine room located in the Gymnasium at SF State, Tuesday, Feb. 17.
17 Feb 2015

Renovated training facility more accessible for student athletes

Sounds of student-athlete chatter, whirling cold tubs and a flat-screen TV that remains perpetually tuned in to ESPN spill out of SF State’s new athletic training room and into the

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Danny Souza and Mark Lindsay pose for a portrait at practice. Feb. 17.
17 Feb 2015

Friendship plays vital role in leading team

Building their friendship since the beginning of their Gator baseball career, senior starters Danny Souza and Mark Lindsay have used that camaraderie to influence the baseball squad with their leadership. On

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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Miles Scott plays in a field while filming the documentary. (KTF Films / Courtesy to Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

Batkid plays as inspiration for upcoming film

One little boy’s dream to fight crime as his favorite superhero transformed San Francisco into Gotham City for a day and is now the inspiration for a major motion picture

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Javon Johnson, an assistant professor of Performance and Communication studies at SF State, recites poetry to a group of students in the Humanities Auditorium Friday, Feb. 26. (Hyunha Kim / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

Professor uses power of words to educate and entertain

Looking out into a sea of eyes staring back at him, Javon Johnson reeled in the audience’s attention with wit and laughter. After a few jokes that eased the crowd

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Michael Arcega collects thrown away materials into a shopping cart to be used to create art in his studio at Recology SF Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)
03 Mar 2015

One man’s trash is an opportunity for a professor to create art

As artist Michael Arcega sorted through a mountain of disordered garbage and inhaled massive amounts of dust, he kept only the most sentimental items: a framed photo of a wide-eyed dog, a fully packaged Matrix VHS tape

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Laura VanDuren, 55, first year fine arts graduate student holds her new project of sewn together citric skins in front of her face in the sculpture studio at SF State Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. She hopes to create a landscape of citric skins that represent healing and repair of the broken pieces of her life and in others. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
01 Mar 2015

Grad student uses citrus skins for spiritual healing and art

Dried out citrus skins and a spool of bright blue thread lay scattered on a table in the sculpture studio of the Fine Arts building. For Laura VanDuren, a fine

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Dance artist Alice Sheppard goes through one of her dance moves with her wheelchair during a rehearsal before her performance in the Humanities building Tuesday Feb. 24. 2015. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
25 Feb 2015

Dance artist expresses complex ideas through movement

The dancer raised one arm and held it in the air to meet the pinch of sunlight creeping through the window. The slow piano music resonated out of the speakers, but it did not move her, she

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25 Feb 2015

Students utilize social apps to look for love

Cassidy Napolitano knew that when she started using the well-known dating app, Tinder, it would be an interesting experience, but in an age where the average person spends 162 minutes on their mobile

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Classical composer, Elinor Armer, writes down a few notes on sheet music while she plays piano in Berkeley Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 (Katie Lewellyn / Xpress)
24 Feb 2015

World-renowned alumna plays as role model for young women composers

  SF State alumna Elinor Armer, a world-renowned pianist, composer and teacher, is celebrating her 75th birthday with a series of jubilee concerts throughout the Bay Area, including one held Feb. 26 at

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A pirate ship sits in the middle of the room while Emily Vanags, an Art History Major, prepares the Hydrarchy Gallery on Tuesday Feb. 17. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
19 Feb 2015

Gallery to sweep away art lovers with ocean atmosphere

Sitting in a black room under a prismatic blue spotlight, surrounded by the sounds of the sea, art graduate student Anthony Wilson was swept up by the oceanic magic of the artwork that

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Sara White, (left) and Ruth Reyes laugh while they design a bag for Ruraq Maki, a non-profit that creates economic opportunities for low income women Tuesday, Feb. 17. (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
19 Feb 2015

Alumna uses fashion to empower incarcerated women

While in a penitentiary in Peru, a group of women meticulously embroidered hints of their rich culture into trendy clutches and backpacks. With the help of an SF State alumna,

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(Left to right) Ty Thorpe, Garrett Riley, Remy Vale and Sean Russo of the rock 'n' roll band, Hungry Skinny, pose amongst a forest of amplifiers after an impromptu performance Monday February 16, 2015. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
18 Feb 2015

Rock band’s local recognition elevates to West coast tour

Sex, drugs and teenage rebellion collided to set the scene for Hungry Skinny’s first show in a former nun convent in the Haight-Ashbury district. The San Francisco band that has committed to rocking

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Adrian Chen, BECA major and Tina Huang, international business major drink lattes at Andytown Coffee Roasters in the Outer Sunset of San Francisco on Wednesday Feb 11. One of their favorite ways they enjoy spending time together. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
18 Feb 2015

Couples on campus show their love in unique ways

As many celebrate Valentines Day around the world, some SF State couples demonstrate that love can succeed in a variety of nontraditional ways. HARLEEN & MARC Marc Wheeler, 22, and Harleen

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SF State students Andrew Harley, Trevor Ramirez and Alec Kersenboom freestyle a mix of jazz, soul, funk, and R&B in the Malcolm X Plaza at SF State after they performed at the open mic in the Depot on Thursday Feb 5, 2015. Photo by: Emma Chiang
11 Feb 2015

Band’s impromptu show a big hit in Malcolm X Plaza

Psychedelic sounds reverberated through the air Thursday night as student passersby were drawn to Malcolm X Plaza where a musical trio spontaneously started to jam. The unnamed group, comprised of freshman Alec

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XPRESS OPINION

03 Mar 2015

TV series shows Asian Americans under a new light

As a child of immigrant parents, my background and upbringing are similar to many in the United States. Growing up, I felt invalidated because I never saw anyone share my story

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03 Mar 2015

College athletes deserve compensation for talent

With the college basketball season underway and March Madness right around the corner, the sport will garner attention from all over the nation. Fans will fill out post-season tournament brackets, players

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25 Feb 2015

Sexual assault leads women to feel uncomfortable on campus

The day I packed my bags to move into the dorms, my parents gave me a pink bottle of pepper spray and told me to always keep it on me. At

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25 Feb 2015

Right to vaccinate child belongs to the parent

We live in a world where modern medicine has cured diseases, extended life expectancy and overcome hurdles that were once considered science fiction, but with the stigma that continues to

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24 Feb 2015

Romantic partners unessential during young adulthood

Sitting in my bed staring at the wilting flowers I bought for myself on Valentine’s Day, I realized I recently started dating myself and I really, really love me. Knowing this now, I

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24 Feb 2015

Sexual objectification creates gender inequality

Over the years, sexual objectification has sadly become subconsciously normalized in our culture, and needs to change if our society ever wants to reach gender equality. There is no justification

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21 Feb 2015

Accountability necessary in light of recent police brutality

Law enforcement officers carry an incredible amount of authority, but with that power comes the need for responsibility and accountability. An official Police Academy credo enlists officers “to protect and

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Michael Duran runs in the streets of Outer Sunset, off 39th and Lawton on Tuesday, Feb. 17. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)
19 Feb 2015

Weight loss experience shows importance of health awareness

It all began in the beginning of last summer. The spring semester just ended and I had traveled home to Orange County to spend summer break with my family. When I saw

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18 Feb 2015

Catcalling not a compliment for young women

Like many women, I’ve had my fair share of uncomfortable catcalling, whistling and inappropriate heckling while trying to engage in daily activities. While not every man who opens his mouth on

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17 Feb 2015

Feminism more than a trend, but a universal movement

The word feminist is tossed around in everyday conversation as if it were a trending hashtag rather than a movement that requires action. Women have come a long way from the

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15 Feb 2015

Body-positive models are vital for young girls

Growing up, I always wanted to look like the beautiful women I saw in popular magazines like Cosmopolitan or Glamour. I remember the first time I saw the Sports Illustrated

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11 Feb 2015

Recent attacks question campus safety

On any given day, a casual stroll across campus might include seeing friends sunning on the quad, chatting with student club members in Malcolm X Plaza or making a quick

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