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Bernardo Balbuena Simonard, political science major was one of about 300 students who had their admissions to SF State rescinded. He poses for a portrait at his home in Park Merced, Sunday, Aug. 30. (James Chan / Xpress)
02 Sep 2015

Students dropped from classes days before school began

When it comes to college admissions, students know that the bigger the envelope the better. But even after receiving a thick envelope containing a letter of acceptance, Bernardo Balbuena Simonard, a

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Kim Mealy, director of diversity and inclusion programs with the American Political Science Association will be speaking on Sept. 3 in the HSS Building at SF State. (Courtesy Photo Brandon Moffitt)
02 Sep 2015

APSA Director Kim Mealy to speak to SF State students about diversity

Kim Mealy, director of diversity and inclusion programs with the American Political Science Association said she hopes she can motivate SF State students to increase the presence of minority groups

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Campus police facilitate a pedestrian safely awareness on the corner of 19th Ave. and Holloway at SF State Tuesday, Sept. 1. (Brian Churchwell / Xpress)
02 Sep 2015

SF State police equipped with Tasers despite history of opposition

Access to Tasers will be mandatory for all University police following a recent collective bargaining agreement between California State University and the State University Police Association. Assistant Vice Chancellor of

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Finance Department Chair Ping Hsiao takes down the names of students with prerequisites who were waiting to be added to a new Finance 350 section in the Business building at San Francisco State University on Thursday August 27, 2015. (Joel Angel Juárez /  Xpress)
01 Sep 2015

Petitioning students succeed in adding new sections

Two new sections of Finance 350 opened up Aug. 27, following a petition by business students who were crashing classes in an attempt to add the course. Finance 350, or business finance,

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01 Sep 2015

University police to carry Tasers following CSU mandate

A new bargaining agreement between California State University and the State University Police Association Aug. 27 gave campus police access to an array of new equipment, including Tasers and pepper

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27 Aug 2015

SF State alumnus suspected in Virginia shooting dead after self-inflicted gunshot wound

Police confirmed the death of Vester Lee Flanagan II, an SF State alumnus and the suspect of the on-air shooting that left two dead and one critically wounded in Virginia Wednesday.

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26 Aug 2015

Alleged Virginia shooter graduated from SF State

The Virginia gunman accused of killing a television reporter and cameraman live on the air Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. was believed to be an SF State graduate from the broadcasting

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26 Aug 2015

Lifting the fog: A student’s guide to exploring San Francisco

San Francisco is known for many things: fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, fog, cable cars— did we mention fog? It’s also known for its plethora of diverse bars and restaurants.

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San Francisco State University alumni and Section 504 protester, Dennis Billups, poses for a portrait at "Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights" exhibit held by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in the lobby of SF State administration building. (James Chan / Xpress)
26 Aug 2015

Exhibit celebrates historic civil rights victory for people with disabilities

In April 1977, nearly 100 disabled people occupied the fourth floor of the Federal Building in San Francisco to demand their civil rights. Almost 38 years later, the unfamiliar story

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HEAD START: Gunner Troy receives help from his teacher, Arnetta Smith, on an exam in his first year experience class during Summer Bridge at SF State Wednesday July 22, 2015. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
26 Aug 2015

Program builds academic bridge to SF State

While some students spend their summers relaxing, others get an early start hitting the books, learning to navigate around campus and utilizing college resources offered to students during the Summer Bridge program,

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Melanie Susanne Olivieri, 23-year-old SF State undergraduate who died Aug. 9, poses for a portrait Jan. 2012 at the Container Store. (Brie Hooper / Special to Xpress)
26 Aug 2015

SF State student remembered after unexpected death

Transfer student Melanie Susanne Olivieri, a 23-year-old SF State undergraduate with a passion for design, travel and helping others died Aug. 9 at a residential hotel in the Mission District.

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Freshman and their parents fill the walk ways to the dorms on move in day Thursday Aug. 20 at SF State. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
26 Aug 2015

SF State welcomes the largest incoming freshmen class in history

Long lines of students wrapped around Mary Ward Hall during Move-In Day Aug. 20 as SF State’s largest incoming freshman class in the school’s 116-year history readied for the new semester. “It’s a

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12 Aug 2015

SF State student’s death deemed suspicious by police

Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old SF State student who died at a residential hotel in the Mission District early Sunday morning. Jesse Stanton, the clerk of the medical

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SF State gardener, Hugh Ennis, gives a landscape tour to a group of 15 attendees at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Wednesday July 22, 2015. (Xpress / Emma Chiang)
26 Jul 2015

SF State rallies around greener campuses during state-wide conference

The largest-ever California Higher Education Sustainability Conference emphasized the urgent need for sustainability on college campuses July 20-24 at SF State. This year was the first time SF State hosted

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(From left) SF State alumnus and Bebe Stores founder Manny Mashouf,  raises his shovel next to Phoebe Dye, president of Associated Students, Inc. and President Leslie E. Wong during the Mashouf Wellness Center groundbreaking ceremony at the SF State softball field Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Xpress / Qing Huang)
28 Jun 2015

Construction begins for new wellness center

Members of the SF State community donned purple hard hats for the Mashouf Wellness Center groundbreaking ceremony June 25. The ceremony was held at the corner of Font and Merced boulevards, where

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SF State graduates sit in the stands at AT&T Park after the 114th Commencement ceremony held for the first time at AT&T Park Friday, May 22. (Jenny Sokolova/ Xpress)
22 May 2015

SF State gives a Giant farewell to graduating class of 2015

Students donning purple caps and gowns filed into the the typically orange-laden AT&T Park Friday during SF State’s 114th Commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held at AT&T Park, the home of

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Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom hold his daughter Montana while waving at Giants' fans during the 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series parade Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012. (Katie Lewellyn / Xpress)
22 May 2015

Former mayor readies for commencement address

At eight years old, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom convinced his younger sister, Hilary Newsom, to help tear up the backyard and create a six-hole miniature golf course. As

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Graduates pose for a picture at the third annual LGBTQ "Lavender" Graduation Ceremony at Jack Adams Hall held on Sunday, May 17. (Jenny Sokolova / XPRESS).
20 May 2015

Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBTQ campus community

Sprigs of lavender, lavender tablecloths and lavender stoles decorated Jack Adams Hall May 17 for the Queer and Trans Resource Center’s third annual Lavender Graduation. For SF State’s LGBTQQIA students, it

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XPRESS SPORTS

Jessica Nicerio practices ball control during women's volleyball practice at SF State in the gym on Monday Aug. 31. (Ryan McNulty / Xpress)
02 Sep 2015

Women’s volleyball team anticipates a successful season ahead

It’s all about the team. That’s the philosophy for this year’s women’s volleyball team, according to the players. “Our emphasis so far has been building team chemistry,” said senior captain

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Members of the SF State women's cross country team throw  medicine balls to each other during practice at Cox Stadium Monday, August 24. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
02 Sep 2015

Women’s cross country team hits ground running

The clatter of footsteps rang incessantly throughout Cox Stadium as the women’s cross country team competed in their first time trial of the season. Assistant coach Sam Ahlbeck peered occasionally down at his watch to check their

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01 Sep 2015

Soccer captain chases major-league dream

Max Talbert, a 22-year-old senior and SF State men’s soccer captain, threw new black soccer jerseys into the waiting arms of his teammates during the first week of school. Members

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SF State’s Women’s Soccer team poses for a group photo on West Greens on Thursday, August 27. (Angelica Williams / Xpress)
01 Sep 2015

Soccer team heads into season with fresh perspective

For the first time in 33 years, the women’s soccer team will have a new head coach, and Tracy Hamm said she feels like she’s up to the task. “Its a unique opportunity

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Tony Schifano, new Head Coach of the Gators’ baseball team, poses for a portrait at SF State baseball field Monday, Aug 24, 2015. (Qing Huang / Xpress)
26 Aug 2015

New faces flood athletic department

The moving boxes sat freshly unpacked in the offices of three recently-hired SF State head coaches after a busy summer of personnel decisions for second-year Athletic Director Charles Guthrie and the

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Members of the SF State men's soccer team pass the soccer ball around during practice at Cox Stadium Friday, August 21. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
26 Aug 2015

Solidified soccer team looks promising

Twenty-eight pairs of soccer cleats trod onto the sunken field in the middle of Cox Stadium before Friday afternoon’s practice. The herd of try-out hopefuls had thinned for the final time, and

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16 Jul 2015

Athletic department welcomes new head softball coach

A new era of SF State softball began Monday with the announcement of a new head coach after a month-and-a-half-long search. Lisa Allen, an accoladed transplant from Division II Montana State

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Freshman Jackie Foley jumps over a steeple during the women’s 3000m steeple at the 2015 CCAA Championships at Cox Stadium Saturday, May 2. (Melissa Minton / XPRESS).
19 May 2015

Track team eclipses individual success

The unassuming pursuit of personal bests aided SF State’s women’s track and field team as they broke multiple school records over the span of the season thus far and placed

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A parks and recreation major Russell Meglio tries bowling from a wheelchair at Accessible Adventures Day in front of the gym in Don Nasser Family Plaza Thursday, May 7. (Kate Fraser / Xpress)
13 May 2015

Annual event brings attention to accessible recreation

SF State student Rosie Blanckenburg reared her wheelchair onto the thick treads of its haunches, elevating its smaller set of neon-lit front tires into the air. She whirled the chair

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SF State Gator Jennifer Lewis collides with Holy Names University Marissa Romero on a double play attempt in game one of a doubleheader at the SFSU Softball Field Friday, March 13. (David Henry / Xpress)
06 May 2015

In Review: Women’s softball find footing late in season

  The hallmarks of a demoralizing year plagued the Gators during their 1-13 start to the season, but their record did not prevent the young squad from establishing themselves as

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SF State Gator Alex Jones earned the silver medal in the shot put competition during the 2015 CCAA Championships at Cox Stadium Saturday, May 2. Jones set her personal record with a throw of 13.35 meters. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
06 May 2015

Shot-putter makes comeback despite academic barriers

Lifting her right leg up, Alex Jones swirled in a fast motion and aimed her arm straight to the sky, launching the sphere shot put into the air before it landed in the sand

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SF State senior gator Cory Davis (28) hugs the SF State baseball coaches during the senior ceremony before the game against Cal Poly Pomona at Maloney Field Sunday, May 3. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
05 May 2015

Men’s baseball ends season with emotional win for graduating seniors

The Gators turned a 7-2 punishment of the league-leading Cal Poly Pomona Broncos into a dramatic final act for the seniors that took to Maloney Field for the last time on

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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Sean Thompson, SF State music major, preforms for a small crowd at  the Velo Rouge Cafe in the Outer Sunset Friday Aug. 28. (Imani Miller / Xpress)
02 Sep 2015

Guitarist plays on heartstrings

“Where words fail, music speaks,” is the quote Sean Thompson, 22, lives by. Thompson, an SF State music major with an emphasis in composition, said he was excited about his

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Philip Gann's sculpture "Planet System Under Construction" hangs at SF State a part of Colored Warnings in the Associated Students Inc. Art Gallery Thursday August 27.  
(Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
02 Sep 2015

SF State alumnus curates sci-fi exhibit on campus

Colorful toy guns hung on the walls as bronze, animalistic masks stared at onlookers from across the room and detailed sculptures of futuristic planets dangled from the ceiling.  Eerie horror music

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01 Sep 2015

Creative minds converge at SF Zine Fest

Competition for gallery space and limited resources have always been obstacles in visual artists’ careers. Fanzines, or zines, are one approach to surmounting this creative struggle. Zines are a self-published

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26 Aug 2015

Lifting the fog: A student’s guide to exploring San Francisco

San Francisco is known for many things: fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, fog, cable cars— did we mention fog? It’s also known for its plethora of diverse bars and restaurants.

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Allison Doody, senior theater student at San Francisco State University, pretends to practice her lines at Lake Merced August 25, 2015.  (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
26 Aug 2015

SF state students selected for international dramatic arts seminar

The illustrious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art opened its doors to 11 students from the U.S. and one from Canada. Through the Performing Arts Abroad program, SF State theatre majors

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Brad Hogarth in his first semester at SF State as Assistant Professor of conducting and wind ensemble poses for a portrait in the creative arts building on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. (Ryan McNulty / Xpress)
25 Aug 2015

New Conductor Causes Fanfare in Music Department

With a trumpet and conductor’s baton in hand, musician Brad Hogarth’s ambition has sent him across continents on every face of the globe to share his craft. Throughout his career, he has been invited to

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SF State students dance while waiting to participate in the Pride Parade in the Civic Center San Francisco on Sunday, June 28, 2015 (Xpress/Emma Chiang)
29 Jun 2015

University float represents queer community during the SF Pride Parade

Riding in a pick-up truck bedecked with rainbow-colored streamers, SF State students and faculty joined the thousands of San Franciscans who flooded Market Street in support of the 45th annual

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Communications major Lyndsie Moore decorates her cap on Wednesday, May 13 in her apartment in University Park North (Jenny Sokolova / Xpress).
22 May 2015

Graduates style caps to express individuality

In a sea of 5,000 graduates wearing the same purple cap and gown, some students have said it is nearly impossible to stand out and express one’s individual style. Many

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Graduates pose for a picture at the third annual LGBTQ "Lavender" Graduation Ceremony at Jack Adams Hall held on Sunday, May 17. (Jenny Sokolova / XPRESS).
20 May 2015

Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBTQ campus community

Sprigs of lavender, lavender tablecloths and lavender stoles decorated Jack Adams Hall May 17 for the Queer and Trans Resource Center’s third annual Lavender Graduation. For SF State’s LGBTQQIA students, it

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19 May 2015

Guide to 2015 summer music festivals

At the end of the claustrophobic tunnel of final exams, projects and term papers, the tiny light of summer sun holds the promise that better times are to come. With

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19 May 2015

Curious mind experiences artistry on a unique level

Studio art major Suzanne Laverty has created a new avenue of art in her painting titled “Fish,” which she created for her painting class at SF State. She said her

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Eva Rodriguez shows Issi Sherren what her new tattoo will look like in a Mary Ward Hall dorm room Friday, March 6. (Daniel E. Porter / Xpress)
13 May 2015

Dorm room tattoos buzz throughout student community

Blue latex gloves, sterilized needles and rubbing alcohol lay sprawled out on a wooden desk, reminiscent of a surgeon’s table. The Mary Ward Hall dorm room filled with the mechanical

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XPRESS OPINION

02 Sep 2015

Muni plastic transfers: taking the bus is now for the rich

San Francisco’s public transit system is best known for three things: rarely being on time, frequently breaking down and giving out those long, colorful, paper transfers that crafty commuters can fold up

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02 Sep 2015

CSU oversteps authority on Taser issue

The California State University reached an agreement with the State University Police Association Aug. 27 that mandates that campus police officers have access to an array of equipment, including Tasers.

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01 Sep 2015

Free The Nipple Campaign: A breast bearing fight for equality

I posted a topless photo of myself on various social media platforms over the weekend– not because I was seeking attention, but because I was trying to prove a point. First, I freed the

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31 Aug 2015

Miley Cyrus can’t, but should, be tamed

I can’t wait to sit my future children down and tell them where I was when President Kanye West announced his presidential run. I’ll then reminisce about my MTV memories of Madonna

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26 Aug 2015

Students must call for action as loan crisis reaches critical mass

For many students, earning a college degree follows the same narrative: attend college, take out student loans and, upon graduation, spend the years that follow working to pay off what

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25 Aug 2015

Media distorts body image

In 2015, you can wear a computer on your wrist, eat brownie-batter-flavored Oreos and follow a San Franciscan fog cloud on Twitter, but apparently you can’t live your life without someone

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25 Aug 2015

From one misanthrope to another: A letter from the lonely hearts club

I’ve never really been a joiner. I don’t like people all that much and I’m an introvert, but even someone as maladjusted as me has realized that just keeping my

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21 May 2015

The awkward decision of moving back home after graduation

Five thousand happy SF State students will be celebrating their graduation at the 114th commencement ceremony at AT&T Park this Friday. The six-hour-long event is going to be an exercise in

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20 May 2015

Is the four year college degree a myth?

The Bible warned me about temptation, sin and most bad things in the world, but it didn’t warn me about the hell of trying to graduate college in four years.

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20 May 2015

Graduation holds more meaning for latino parents

With graduation right around the corner, it is important to keep in mind the people who loaned us a shoulder to cry on, who sent us reminders to keep going

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13 May 2015

Police take step in right direction of accountability with body cameras

With a plethora of reports flooding the media regarding recent police shootings and incidents of brutality captured on video, it should come as no surprise when everyday citizens want to

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13 May 2015

Sexual orientation more than just a label

Recently I discussed the concept of sexuality with one of my classmates and when she asked me to define my own sexual orientation, like many of my friends have done in

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