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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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29 Mar 2015

Alumni remembered after deaths by Oakland fire

When SF State alumnus Daniel “Moe” Thomas and his roommate Davis Letona walked into a room, friends said they brought a sense of tenderness and intellect with them. Those who

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21 Mar 2015

University under federal investigation for handling of sexual assault

The Office for Civil Rights added SF State to a list Wednesday that will include them with 104 college campuses under investigation for their handling of sexual violence. The federal examination at

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A student grabs a free root beer float at the Founders Day root beer float table at Malcolm X Plaza Wednesday, March 18. (David Henry / Xpress)
19 Mar 2015

Founder’s Day celebration rooted with floats

A line of students snaked across the quad near Malcolm X Plaza Wednesday as the University handed out 1,899 free root beer floats in honor of the University’s Founders Day. SF State

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The current dean of the College of Science and Engineering Sheldon Axler stands in the office which will be taken over by his successor in the summer at his office in Robert A. Thornton Hall at SF State Monday, March 16. (Hyunha Kim / Xpress)
19 Mar 2015

Dean of the College of Science and Engineering to step down after 13 years

The dean for the College of Science and Engineering will step down from his position after 13 years and make way for an engineering professor from the Midwest to take

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Police interview an elderly woman who struck a mother and daughter in front of The City Sports Club at the Stonestown Galleria Wednesday, March 18. (Helen Tinna / Xpress)
18 Mar 2015

Mother and child struck by car while crossing Stonestown intersection

Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle while crossing an intersection at Stonestown Galleria Mall Wednesday. A woman and her 5-year-old daughter were walking through the crosswalk at 20th Avenue

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Grupo Folklórico Los Mejicas perform at the 4th Annual Associated Students Women’s Conference: Empowered Women Empower Women at Jack Adams Hall Saturday, March 14. (Melissa Minton / Xpress)
18 Mar 2015

Annual conference promotes equality and empowerment for women

A former leader for the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panthers Party and political prisoner for her involvement with the group shared her experience and wisdom March 14 at

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18 Mar 2015

Other victims come forward after suspect arrested

A total of six victims have come forward to the University Police Department in connection to a suspect arrested in Park Merced Thursday for multiple counts of indecent exposure, according

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Colia Layfette Clark speaks to students, teachers and community members in the Pierre Coste Room at CCSF Tuesday, March 10. (Marlene Sanchez / Xpress)
18 Mar 2015

Crucial Selma activist disagrees with film accuracy

Colia Lafayette Clark, a leader in the fight to gain voter rights for African-Americans in Selma, Alabama, shared her first-hand experiences at SF State as part of a national tour to discuss

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14 Mar 2015

Suspect identified in indecent exposure reports

SF State police arrested a suspect Thursday connected to a reported indecent exposure March 9, according to University officials. The University Police Department arrested 19-year-old Kaine Sinclair and booked him

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13 Mar 2015

Two incidents of indecent exposure reported to University police

An incident of indecent exposure at University Park North Wednesday was reported to the University Police Department, according to an SF State email alert. The indecent exposure is the second

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The opening event was provided by a cultural blessing from Danza at Oakland's International Women's Day on Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015 (Katie Lewellyn / Xpress).
11 Mar 2015

Hundreds gather in rally to embrace working women

Aztec dancers dressed in feathered headdresses blessed the crowd as they blew on conch shells and the air filled with incense. Hundreds of people of all ages swarmed in the center

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San Francisco State students Alexa Johnson (right) passes Brandon Glajchen, a computer science major, the challah bread during the opening Shabbat ritual at the San Francisco Hillel Jewish Student Center Friday, March 6. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
11 Mar 2015

Campus community responds to anti-Semitic title

  The Star of David necklace has become a second skin for 19-year-old Jacob Mandel, who wears his jewelry proudly but subtly underneath his striped, button-up shirt. The Jewish student

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SF State transfer student Sam Gebru, 22, majoring in Economics,   takes advantage of his day off from two jobs and a full time school schedule Oakland, Calif. Friday, March 6. (Katie Lewellyn / Xpress)
11 Mar 2015

Oakland minimum wage hike leaves students uncertain

Following San Francisco’s footsteps, Oakland increased its minimum wage from $9 to $12.25 per hour, which went into effect March 2. SF State student Sam Gebru — unsure if the

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A lone wish dangles from a cherry blossom branch at SF State's Chinese New Year festivities held in Jack Adams Hall Monday, March 9. (Kate Fraser / Xpress)
11 Mar 2015

Chinese New Year celebration promotes student program

The fragrant smell of eggplant in garlic sauce and pork buns hung in the air, drifting through the red lanterns strung from the ceiling of Jack Adams Hall. Branches suspended by fishing wire sported delicate

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XPRESS SPORTS

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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SF State's Alex Abono and Menlo Oaks' player Tyler Thomas battle to get the upper hand in a match on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
17 Mar 2015

Wrestlers close out season at National tournament

A Gator wrestling trio said goodbye to the 2014-2015 season after placing 39th overall among the 48 teams competing in day one of the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships March

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Sophomore outfielder Aryn Guzman trots home after hitting a home run in game two of a doubleheader against Holy Names University at SFSU Softball Field, Friday, March 13, 2015. (David Henry / Xpress)
13 Mar 2015

Gator offense takes center stage in doubleheader sweep

The Gators combined lights-out pitching with the long-awaited clutch hitting that has eluded the squad this season, downing the Holy Names University Hawks 4-0 and 9-1 for the team’s first

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SF Gators player Selina Rodriguez, #24, doubles during the second game of a double header against Cal State Dominguez Hills on March 6, 2015. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
12 Mar 2015

Women’s softball drop four at home, despite offensive improvement

Despite making strides towards being more effective on offense, the Gators dropped four straight to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros in two double-headers on Friday (2-5, 3-10) and Saturday

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SF State Gators player Udun Osakue ,#21, dribbles past the San Bernardino Coyotes defenseman Gilbert Parga ,#1, during a game at the Gators home on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (Sara Gobets / Xpress)
11 Mar 2015

Veteran players receive high honors in conference

Despite a 2014-2015 season where the SF State Gators men’s basketball team went below .500 in the win-loss column, seniors Bren Haley and Udun Osakue wrapped up their basketball career

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11 Mar 2015

Walk-on wrestler becomes first to head to Nationals in 15 years

In his purple SF State wrestling singlet, Johnny Costa knelt to the mat on one knee to attach his ankle band, but inside he was praying in anticipation of his first

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(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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XPRESS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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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Ariana Fletcher, a freshman math major, lays amongst her treasured stuffed animals as she holds her new leather paddle used for BDSM play in her dorm room Monday Mar. 2. (Martin Bustamante / Xpress)
12 Mar 2015

Students respond to 50 Shades of Grey hype

For SF State freshman Ariana Fletcher, bondage/discipline/sadism/masochism is more than a trend brought on by the new film “Fifty Shades of Grey”. BDSM is her sex life. Though the controversial

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The Learned Ladies cast warms up before opening night by running through songs and games in SF State's Little Theater Saturday, March 7. (Kate Fraser / Xpress)
10 Mar 2015

“Learned Ladies” play educates using comedic satire

Dressed in immaculately curled wigs and dramatic 17th Century garb, the characters of French classic play “Learned Ladies” pit love and knowledge against each other in an over-the-top family feud. SF State’s

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SF State alumna Mayette Santos, community coordinator of the clothing website TOBI, takes a moment of her work day at the office in South San Francisco Monday, March 2. (Zhenya Sokolova / Xpress)
10 Mar 2015

Alumna designs career path towards fashion

After an interest in nursing dissipated and classes for health education were impacted, Mayette Delos Santos defaulted to an unsure educational path in business, a major that prepared her for a career at major online

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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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XPRESS OPINION

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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10 Mar 2015

College education priority over financial struggles

I saw the strongest man I know fall to the ground in tears and tell me he failed as a father. No choice of words I spoke or the number of

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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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