XPRESS NEWS

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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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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04 Apr 2015

University Corporation seeks replacement for Asia Express vendor

University Corporation released a Request For Proposals April 3 inviting businesses to apply for tenancy in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The RFP process will determine which business takes over the

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Sarah Pishny, left, VP of internal affairs and political science major talks with Forest Klein, right, liberal and creative arts representative, both ASI candidates for next semester, Fall 2015 in the Malcolm X Plaza on Thursday March 19. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
02 Apr 2015

ASI Elections 2015: Meet the Candidates

In the upcoming ASI election, where most candidates run unopposed, students will decide between two contenders for the position of Vice President of Internal Affairs. Current VP Sarah Pishny is seeking

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Lauren Well a recreation, parks and tourism major holds her phone with the email scam from Care.com in front of Whole Foods Market on Ocean Ave. where she works Sunday, March 29. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
31 Mar 2015

Students targeted in scam through babysitting service

The story of a deaf mother in need of assistance for her son who uses a wheelchair compelled one SF State student into accepting a part-time nanny job. But her empathy almost cost

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30 Mar 2015

President Wong responds to anti-gay legislation by issuing ban on Indiana travel

SF State President Leslie E. Wong issued a statement Monday banning university-funded travel to Indiana in response to that state’s recent religious freedom legislation. No SF State funds will be appropriated to support employee or student

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30 Mar 2015

African American enrollment suffers from continuous structural inequality

Enrollment of African-American students in the California State University system has decreased by 2.4 percent compared to a decade ago, according to CSU statistical reports. Disparities facing African-American youth including

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30 Mar 2015

Graduate student hired for Amtrak research

Whether it was working dead-end jobs as an assistant to a local florist or an employee at Domino’s Pizza, SF State student Morgan Pentruff never felt fulfilled in her work place

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XPRESS SPORTS

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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SF State Gator infielder Lucy Fernandez tags a Cal State San Bernardino runner out at third base in game one of a doubleheader at SFSU Softball Field Friday, March 20. (David Henry / Xpress)
31 Mar 2015

Women’s softball show midseason offensive progress

Looking out over the pock-marked infield, coach Cristina Byrne measured the expressions on the faces beneath purple SFSU visors. The white bases of SF State’s softball diamond were already stained

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Junior shortstop Jennifer Lewis scores in game two of a doubleheader against Cal State San Bernardino at SFSU Softball Field Friday, March 20 (David Henry / Xpress)
25 Mar 2015

Gators softball continue to show offensive growth against Cal State Bernardino

The Gators continued their trend of offensive improvement throughout a four game series against conference opponent Cal State San Bernardino, dropping a pair of games on Friday (0-5, 4-7) before splitting

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SF State's softball player Courtney Gravel, senior, takes a break for a few moments as she prepares for the teams doubleheader Friday, March 13, 2015 (Angelica Williams / Xpress)
17 Mar 2015

Veteran on track to break into All-time hits record list

[dropcap]P [/dropcap]awing at the dirt with the spikes of her cleat and scanning the field over thick stripes of eye black, SF State’s standout shortstop enters the batter’s box in

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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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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Andrew Harley and Alec Kersenboom belt out a tune at The Depot, Feb. 25, 2015. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
26 Mar 2015

Trio amplifies student community with classic rock sound

In the tiny space of their dorm room, band members Alec Kersenboom, Andrew Harley and Trevor Ramirez of Speakeasy, created a rock ‘n’ roll sound that flooded the halls of

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Gladys Somarriba poses for a portrait in front of 2nd and Market in downtown San Francisco. March 17, 2015. (Angelica Ekeke / Xpress)
18 Mar 2015

HIV survivor shares personal story in hopes to educate

[dropcap]W [/dropcap]hen Gladys “Gizzy” Somarriba found out she tested positive for HIV in January of 2013, she immediately worried about what her family would think of her. “I told my

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Jessica Wong, kinesiology major, measures the resting metabolic rate, RMR, of Kolten Lundholm to calculate the caloric expenditure in the Kinesiology lab SF State Monday, March 9. (Emma Chiang / Xpress)
17 Mar 2015

Professor discovers link between cold temperature and weight loss

While most people consider dieting to be cutting out their favorite desserts or juice fasting with only fruit and vegetables, scientists are buzzing about the latest and possibly most extreme weight-loss

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Sam Gershwin, a SF State cinema major and the owner of skate company Freakwency, stops for a portrait at the lowledge; a popular skate spot across from the West Campus Green on Monday, March. 16, 2015. (Kate Fraser / Xpress)
17 Mar 2015

Cinema student rolls his way to success with skateboard brand

At 17 years old, Sam Gershwin watched intently over his father’s shoulder as his experienced hands moved over the canadian maple to fashion Gershwin’s first home-pressed skateboard. As a woodworking craftsman, Gershwin’s father showed

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XPRESS OPINION

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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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17 Mar 2015

Recent attempt to ban the American flag, undermines patriotism

As I walked inside the doors of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia last fall, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of patriotism and pride for my country. Red,

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10 Mar 2015

Early NCAA recruitment lessens value on childhood

My childhood dream of playing professionally in the NBA was not motivated by money but rather the need to go out and play the game with which I had fallen in love. That’s what most

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