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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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Yvonne Daley laughs at something a student said during her Feature Writing class Wednesday, April 22. This semester marks the end of her teaching career in the Journalism Department. (Daniel E. Porter / XPRESS).
20 May 2015

Journalism professor earns fond farewell

Yvonne Daley is no stranger to investigative journalism. Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, the SF State journalism professor she said she was always asking the deeper questions from a

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20 May 2015

Seniors slammed with graduation fees

Kinesiology major Deanna Johnson has saved every cap and gown she has ever worn, but this year the high cost of graduation will leave her collection one short. “It’s ridiculous,

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Pingdewinde N. Sam, biology graduating senior, looks in the microscope at drops of blood in Blake Riggs Lab Monday, May 11. (Emma Chiang / XPRESS).
20 May 2015

Journey to america leads to dreams fulfilled

The U.S Department of State provides up to 55,000 diversity visas to countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. For 25-year-old physiology major Pingdewinde Sam, his chance

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Undocumented graduating seniors line up in anticipation to receive their diplomas at the first annual Beyond Borders graduation in Annex 1 Sunday, May 17. (Tate Drucker / XPRESS).
19 May 2015

Undocumented graduates celebrate at first annual Beyond Borders ceremony

Undocumented students celebrated with their friends and families at the first annual Beyond Borders Graduation held at the SF State Annex May 17. Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success, a

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19 May 2015

Mental health services fall short despite student fee increase

SF State currently has no psychiatrist on staff to write prescriptions for students despite yearly increases to the student health fee to increase mental health staff and services. SF State

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MEChA graduates raise their hands in solidarity for victims of police shootings at the Malcolm X Plaza Friday, May 8. Graduates are invited to raise their hands at commencment. (Katie Lewellyn / XPRESS).
18 May 2015

Students plan to participate in “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” graduation

As graduating students prepare for commencement, some will use the opportunity as a final form of student activism by putting their hands up to show solidarity for the victims of police shootings.

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SF State Professor Philip Klasky sits next to the pond with giant rocks on campus to take a portrait Wednesday,April 15. (Angelica Williams / Xpress)
15 May 2015

Professor to offer class on climate justice

Ethnic studies professor Philip Klasky garnered support and input from student activists for a new class on climate justice that could be offered next semester during a meeting April 9

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Police block traffic and pedestrians from a neighborhood near 19th and Holloway avenues after receiving reports of suspicious package Wednesday, May 13. (Nashelly Chavez / Xpress)
13 May 2015

Police investigate reported suspicious package near SF State

The San Francisco Police Department responded to reports of a suspicious package in a neighborhood near 19th and Holloway avenues Wednesday night. Police tape blocked traffic and prevented pedestrians from entering

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A student fills up his soda at the SF State campus Subway, located in the village Tuesday, May 12. University Corporation is seeking a beverage company to partner with to retain pouring rights on campus. (Helen Tinna / Xpress)
13 May 2015

UCorp to strike a deal with beverage vendor

The campus community may soon experience a homogenizing of beverages available at SF State if University Corporation strikes a deal with an official beverage vendor in the coming months. The

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Mayoral candidate Amy Weiss takes a moment from her day of campaigning in front of City Hall during a May Day worker's rights rally Friday, May 1. She gathers signatures for the upcoming election. (Helen Tinna / Xpress)
13 May 2015

Grassroots alumna in mayoral race against incumbent

As Amy Farah Weiss walked her candy apple red bicycle in front of the steps of City Hall, the Bay Area native handed out voter registration sheets from the basket of her

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SF State students wait with hand designed Emoji balls while participating in a Twitter challenge during a recording of The Ellen DeGeneres Show at Dick's Sporting Goods in Daly City Monday, May 11. (Angelica Williams / Xpress).
13 May 2015

Celebrity surprises students with chance to appear on television

Students gathered anxiously at the Serramonte Center May 11 to await the results of a string of tweets released from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The first of several tweets appeared May 8, saying

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06 May 2015

ASI to draft policy to affect future of mural process

By incorporating the voices of students, faculty and elected representatives, SF State’s murals have had a long-standing reputation of brazen social justice advocacy and demand for cultural visibility. “Approving a mural

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Students get food during the intermission at the screening of Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism at the African American Health Fair in Jack Adams Hall Tuesday, May 5. (Melissa Minton / Xpress
06 May 2015

Fair allows students to explore social issues

SF State’s 22nd annual African American Health Fair departed from the event in years past Tuesday, widening the scope of the event to focus on the social health issues that affect the

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XPRESS SPORTS

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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Adriana Calva, a freshman civil engineering major, blasts through the water during the 3000 meter women’s steeplechase Sat. May 2. Calva placed 11th overall. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
04 May 2015

Personal records broken at final conference meet

SF State’s women’s track and field hosted the 2015 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships at Cox Stadium April 30 through May 2, where teams from across the conference competed in a

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01 May 2015

49ers to rebuild team with NFL Draft

The San Francisco 49ers come into the 2015 season after a meltdown offseason headed by the mutual parting of head coach Jim Harbaugh and owner Jed York. The once proud

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30 Apr 2015

Oakland Raiders look to build through draft

Last season the Oakland Raiders once again finished with a losing record of 3-13, but something was different. They produced five starters from their 2014 draft class: Khalil Mack, Derek

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Pitcher Megan Clark, a sophmore communications major, Sat. April 24, 2015. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
28 Apr 2015

Sophomore pitcher emerges in another breakout season

When SF State pitcher Megan Clark steps onto the raised gravel to begin her pitching performance, everything moves in sync. The precision of her pitching mechanics trickle down to her

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Marissa Chew, assistant coach for the women's long and triple jump athletes, jumps into the sand with her team beside her at Cox Stadium Tuesday, April 21.
28 Apr 2015

Assistant coach helps team reach new heights in first year

Sharing laughs and chattering away with teammates about what the new track and field season would bring, Jordan Guerrero remembers when she first met new head coach Kendra Reimer and assistant coach Marissa

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SF State Gator pitcher Cory Davis takes a portrait after the game at Maloney Field Friday, April 24. Davis has made 21 saves this season.(David Henry / Xpress)
28 Apr 2015

Closing pitcher breaks 20-year record in career saves

Standing at 6 feet and 3 inches tall, Cory Davis is a right-handed pitcher for the SF State men’s baseball team. Davis is 23 years old, loves baseball and country

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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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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Ariana Fletcher poses for a portrait in the library on Tuesday May 12. Fletcher lives on the Rainbow floor at the Village at Centennial Square. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
13 May 2015

Rainbow Floor: A dorm environment aimed at community

Hallways decorated in brightly colored murals and LGBT artwork is what University Park North Area Coordinator Paul Renolis said he envisions for the future of the Rainbow Floor he helped

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Executive director of Good Shepherd Gracenter Marguerite Bartling takes a photo in the house they allow up to thirteen women to live and recover from their addictions Monday, May 11 (Sara Gobets / Xpress).
13 May 2015

Alumna heads facility for women on path to recovery

Every thing was going well for Annette Rivera until she experienced a bipolar onset in her early twenties that led her to self-medicate and lose sight of her future, she said. Rivera

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Dr. Connie Ulasewicz and Keno Greene, one of the five graduate students in a Social Entrepreneurship class, present fabric to student inmates who will use to make tote bags at the San Francisco County Jail Mon. May 4, 2015. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
06 May 2015

Collaborative project sews new path for inmates

Every Monday since the beginning of April, a unique group of women have transformed piles of slightly damaged tablecloths into handmade totes with the hopes that their needlework and stitchery could

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Women wraps herself with the Mexico flag for annual Cinco de Mayo festival in the Mission District on May 5, 2015. (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
06 May 2015

Cinco de Mayo day of celebration for Bay Area

Among the crowd gathered around the south end stage on 24th and Valencia streets Saturday, three bleary-eyed teens in multicolored ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches swayed their arms and hips

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06 May 2015

Mobile app finds gender-neutral bathrooms for nonconforming people

Click through the above image to see where gender-neutral bathrooms are located on campus.  Data collected from sfsu.edu (Produced by Eva Barragan). Deciding which restroom to walk into isn’t normally

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XPRESS OPINION

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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13 May 2015

Trophy hunting requires more restrictions

In the past couple of months, I have noticed a trend of hunting stories and photos come across my Facebook newsfeed. The photos did not include only small game hunting like ducks and rabbits,

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06 May 2015

Despite diverse reputation, San Francisco begins to blend in

San Francisco has a long history of being a diverse city, a living and breathing melting pot of civilization that honors and supports the unique eccentricities of every citizen. But

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(Illustration by Jourdan Ahn / Xpress)
06 May 2015

Understanding culture means ignoring generalizations

Last weekend at work a customer asked me, “What are you?” Thrown off by the ambiguousness of the question, I thought to myself, “A woman?” After considering the unresponsive and

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28 Apr 2015

Gender identity warrants public recognition

When Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced on national television last week that he has been transitioning into a woman since the 80s, viewers no longer saw the awkward, introverted figure the

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28 Apr 2015

Egg donation holds more value than just money

I always thought women who sold their eggs for money were only characters in Lifetime movies or weird 20-something college dropouts trying to make a quick buck. A few months ago, however, a

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Golden Gate Xpress photo editor, Daniel Porter, sports his mini man bun Mon. April 27. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
28 Apr 2015

Personality portrayed through hairstyles

Hairstyles can be viewed as a personal timeline, a day-to-day freedom of expression that shows how a person has changed over the years. But when I decided to wear my

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(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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