Forkin' Frisco: Dodging the fog whilst dining in the Richmond

November 28, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Richmond The Richmond district, only a quick bus trip from SF State, is a quiet residential neighborhood peppered with a few major commercial boulevards that are home to a variety of restaurants. You can find everything from Korean food to Greek in this laid back hood. Though the weather is almost always dull and ...

Marriage not always bliss for young couples in college

November 28, 2011 News

Flower arrangements, seating charts and bridesmaids dresses typically don’t go hand in hand with homework, group projects and finals in a young college student’s thoughts. But SF State student Leona Bouzidi, 29, was 19 years old when she decided to elope and get married to her now ex-husband after knowing him for only six weeks. ...

VIDEO: Searching for the best pickup artist at SF State

November 28, 2011

Xpress’s very own online managing editor Sara Donchey and reporter Brian Balisi hit the campus in search of the best pick-up lines people can come up with. The gamut of replies are run through by everyone with attempts ranging from cheesy quotes to from-the-heart replies. Camera by Gil Riego Jr. Production by Brian Balisi and Gil Riego Jr.

Occupy SF protesters clash with Black Friday shoppers

November 26, 2011 News 1 Comment

Occupy SF and Black Friday shoppers were at odds Friday evening as protesters tried to spread their message about corporate greed by blocking entrances to some major retailers on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Demonstrators marched around Union Square just before 4 p.m. and then sat down in the middle of ...

Forkin' Frisco: Thanksgiving grocery shopping in the city

November 24, 2011 News

Forkin’ Thanksgiving Thanksgiving means copious amounts of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. And if you’re one of the brave souls preparing Thanksgiving dinner, it also means a copious amount of groceries. Fear not! The vendors on this list will be more than happy to help you assemble all the supplies needed for a ...

Forkin' Frisco: Unique eats in the Tenderloin

November 19, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Tenderloin For many, mentioning the Tenderloin conjures up images of a rough neighborhood. While it may have its problems, the Tenderloin also has a rich history and complex ethnic makeup. It’s ethnic and social diversity means there are a number of unique and largely unknown restaurants in the neighborhood. SWEET TOOTH Hooker’s Sweet Treats ...

VIDEO, PHOTOS: California Faculty Association strikes at Cal State East Bay

November 18, 2011

A one-day strike took place at Cal State East Bay yesterday by the California Faculty Association members as the result of ongoing pay disputes with the California State University system. Tense negotiations have been occurring for two years as the CSU denied faculty members pay increases that were promised to them in the union’s contract. ...

Cornel West speaks to rapt audience at CSUEB

November 18, 2011 News

Wide-eyed spectators stared intently toward the stage at the man wearing a black three-piece suit, thick black glasses with hair as loud as Don King. On a wet and cold Thursday night hundreds of students, faculty members and fans crowded into the University theatre of Cal State East Bay to listen to special guest lecturer ...

Alcatraz Island exhibit highlights Native American history

November 17, 2011 Life

The American Indian occupation of Alcatraz may have ended in 1971, but the Native American presence still remains active in the Bay Area highlighted by the “We Are Still Here” multimedia exhibit on the island opening Nov. 20. The exhibition not only tells the story of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, but aims to ...

Faculty strike continued throughout afternoon at CSUEB

November 17, 2011

Members of the California Faculty Association from throughout Northern California gathered today at Cal State East Bay as part of a planned strike in protest of on-going contract disputes with the CSU system. Cornel West, philosopher, author and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, arrived at Cal State East Bay at about 4 p.m. ...

UPDATED: CSU Board of Trustees approves nine percent tuition increase

November 16, 2011 News 3 Comments

This story has been updated to reflect University president Robert A. Corrigan’s response to the fee increase. The story was originally published Nov. 16. The California State University Board of Trustees voted today to approve an additional 9 percent tuition increase for all CSU campuses for the upcoming academic year. Tuition will be increased by ...

VIDEO: How to stuff, truss and roast a turkey

November 16, 2011 News

Former professional chef and Xpress Arts and Entertainment reporter KC Crowell shows you how to stuff, truss and roast a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Produced by KC Crowell and Scott Graf Video by Scott Graf and Gil Riego Jr.

Local community center to host turkey giveaway

November 15, 2011

While some search through the supermarket in pursuit of the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, others have to wait in line hoping to get a semblance of a Thanksgiving meal. Ocean Merced Ingleside Family Resource Center will be providing 376 turkeys for families who need extra assistance during the holidays. “Every year we do a turkey giveaway ...

Older students find a way to fit back into classroom scene

November 15, 2011 News 1 Comment

The average educational cycle is thought to be primary school, high school and then straight to college, but for some, returning to college after decades was the best life option. SF State student Matt Heitland, 40, is transitioning into another round in college after graduating with a master’s degree 13 years ago from Drake University ...

BART considering discount for frequent riders

November 15, 2011 News

San Francisco is a city largely dependent on public transportation. Fare hikes have been the norm lately, but BART is now considering offering discounts to high volume commuters. A new system discussed by the BART Board of Directors would have riders who use the transit system on a daily basis pre-purchase a high-value ticket good ...

Stone Foxes taking blues rock to the top

November 15, 2011 Life

A few years ago, The Stone Foxes were falling asleep in 8 a.m. statistics classes at SF State and getting busted for smoking pot on campus. Now, the four man bluesy rock band – who all hold degrees from the University – have hit the stage at Outside Lands and heard themselves in a Jack ...

Turkey-abstinence on Thanksgiving a humane way to spend the holiday

November 15, 2011 Opinion 1 Comment

There is a stuffed bird carcass lying headless in the middle of your dining room table. It’s the only remains of an animal whose lifetime was spent immobilized in disease-ridden confinement, force-fed antibiotics and a subject of physical violence. Happy Thanksgiving. Abstaining from turkey consumption on Thanksgiving is a way to protest inhumane practices by denying ...

Friends with benefits: one way to ruin a friendship

November 15, 2011 Opinion 1 Comment

We all know the situation—two friends blurring the line between friendly and friendlier. In all honesty, the idea of no commitment, no strings attached lovin’ may sound like a great idea at some point to anyone. However, there are two words that can easily be used in this situation: Bad. Idea. The fabled friends with ...

Campus crime update: theft, arson and a creeper in the window

November 15, 2011 News

Window Watching Remember the “Jurassic Park” scene where the velociraptors were looking for the kids in the kitchen? Well, a similar scene went down last Thursday at noon when a person was caught snooping in apartment windows along Winston Drive. They were presumably searching for small children to consume or fertilized dinosaur embryos. The culprit ...

Financial woes force SF State students to move back in with parents

November 14, 2011 News

Many graduating seniors have mixed feelings of excitement and fear with the end of the school year rapidly approaching and the looming question of “what’s next?” hanging over their heads. With unemployment still at 9 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and financial woes affecting many students, moving back home with their parents ...

Xpress Thanksgiving editorial: what we're thankful for

November 14, 2011 Opinion

The Xpress staff is looking forward to the Thanksgiving break next week. In acknowledgement of the holiday we would like to take this time to reflect with our readers about what we give thanks for. Here is what our editors are appreciative of: 1) Our readers. There wouldn’t be a reason to publish without you. ...

Thanksgiving: where to eat in San Francisco

November 14, 2011 Life

Don’t want to cook this year? Give thanks to others for doing all the work for you. Here is a list of restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving. 1300 on Fillmore $59 3-course menu, $28 for children under 12. Seatings: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., & 4 p.m. Ame Offering their regular menu along with ...

Student ID cards based on test scores violate privacy

November 14, 2011 Opinion

A new academic incentive program, implemented this year by two California high schools, has angered many students, parents and state education officials. John F. Kennedy High School and Cypress High School, both public four-year schools in the Anaheim Union High School District, started a new incentive program for students based on their Standardized Testing and ...

Forkin' Frisco: A local's guide to dining in North Beach

November 13, 2011 Life

Forkin’ North Beach Neighborhoods like North Beach are typically the first to be visited by tourists and the last to be visited by residents. And as any visitor will soon find out, North Beach holds a lot more than Italian restaurants. What was a haven for the beatnik movement in the 1960s is now a ...

Friends with benefits: unlike movies, can be complicated

November 13, 2011

In a poster for the movie “No Strings Attached,” Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher smile at each other while putting their clothes back on in a disheveled bedroom; the tagline reads “Friendship has its benefits.”  A similar movie about friends having casual sex and then falling in love also came out this year: “Friends with ...

Art exhibit explores gender in new light

November 11, 2011 Life News 2 Comments

Art is a tool that can change the world, inspire leaders and shape entire cultures. However, can even the best art completely restructure centuries of female objectification? A new San Francisco art exhibit plans to do just that 117-fold. SOMArts in San Francisco is currently showing the exhibition “Man as Object – Reversing the Gaze,” an ...

SF State volleyball falls to nationally-ranked Sonoma State

November 11, 2011 Sports

The Gators couldn’t prevent history from repeating itself as the University’s volleyball team surrendered a 3-0 sweep to nationally-ranked #23 Sonoma State Friday night in Rohnert Park, Calif. In the final weekend of the 2011 season the team couldn’t sustain momentum long enough to topple the tough Seawolves’ offense and fell 19-25, 20-25, 12-25. “We ...

Egg donation: profitable or risky?

November 11, 2011

Fliers asking young women to donate their eggs with the incentive to get compensated with up to $8,000 are a common sight around campus. Last November, Emily Watson, a 22-year-old SF State English graduate student, decided to donate her eggs for “purely financial reasons.” Watson saw a Facebook advertisement asking interested parties to consider donating ...