VIDEO: Faculty and students discuss Day of Action

February 29, 2012

As the March 1 Day of Action approaches, SF State faculty and students discuss the issues that have motivated them to participate in this national movement. Students for Quality Education, or SQE, is a student-run component of the California Faculty Association that advocates for student rights in public higher education. Three students from SQE sat down ...

SF State students and faculty share their stories for Day of Action

February 29, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Frederico Villalobos Walter Parenteau Joe Kloythanomsup Kim Geron Rachel Stower Lauren Stower Sheila Tully Sadaf Malik Siraj Shabber Jocelyn Palenco Ann Robertson James Quesada Evelyn Mendoza Salma Elshakre Zachariah Barghouti Stephen Georgiou Alejandro Murguia For Federico Villalobos, the factors that led to his participating in the Day of Action could no longer be ignored. “Why ...

America's Cup stirs up controversy in San Francisco

February 29, 2012

Residents and organizations in San Francisco recently appealed the findings of the final Environmental Impact Report for the 34th America’s Cup, but were disappointed when construction was approved by the Board of Supervisors despite their protests. The EIR determined the impact event-related construction would have on air and water quality in the Bay Area, which ...

Nonmonosexuality deserves recognition within LGBTQ communities

February 29, 2012 Opinion

The LGBTQ+ community may fly a rainbow flag, but if you don’t exactly fit into the L or G, things start to feel uncomfortably black and white. Without a niche to call their own, people with beyond gay, lesbian and straight identities–also known as nonmonosexual–find themselves under attack from both the gay/lesbian and straight ends ...

Day of Action: Get off your butt and participate

February 29, 2012 Opinion 1 Comment

We can no longer afford to tolerate the apathy that has stagnated social movements on this campus. Consider the actions surrounding March 1 your invitation to get out of your seats and reclaim your educational benefits that have been taken away over the last few years. Things have gotten so bad that you really don’t ...

Triathlon added to list of club sports at SF State

February 29, 2012 Sports

The newest club sport on campus is one of the most challenging athletic activities: triathlon. While the idea of running a three-sport event may intimidate some people, the founding members of the triathlon club team have embraced the sport and encouraged others to do the same. “I ran my first triathlon a few years ago,” ...

Local band capitalizes on viral YouTube video

February 28, 2012 Life

Before writing off that sixth installment of the latest YouTube video trend as an overdone joke, consider what might be accomplished from jumping on the bandwagon. James Guttman, a fourth-year marketing major at SF State and vocalist in the local band High Society, did just that. With his “Shit Band Guys Say” video, an offshoot ...

An SF State student's solution to stuttering

February 28, 2012 Opinion 3 Comments

I quietly applauded myself after I successfully finished a presentation in front of my Community: Changes and Development class last semester without having to use the word “community.” I had a list of synonyms I prepared beforehand like “group,” “populace” and “citizenry,” which were words I knew I could say fluently. I didn’t care if ...

Recording industry has its eye on illegal downloads

February 28, 2012 Life

The time-consuming process of browsing the internet for cheaper alternatives to iTunes and Amazon might be worth it to the cash-strapped student, but only until the recording industry finds out. Internet users have been subject to lawsuits by businesses such as the Recording Industry Association of America for years, made even more serious by recent ...

The Ins and Outs: Don't exhibit your sexual talents in public

February 28, 2012

Having sex outside sounds like a lot of fun, but when California state law can actually ruin your life for doing it, the stakes might be too high. Even though nudity is legal in San Francisco, having an erection while naked or getting down in public definitely isn’t. According to section 314 of the California ...

Forkin' Frisco: Looking up the outskirts of Nob Hill

February 28, 2012 Life

Forkin’ Nob Hill At its core, Nob Hill is one of the swankiest neighborhoods in the city. It’s home to luxury hotels, high-rises and, of course, upscale restaurants. Though Nob Hill is ritzy in the middle, its edges pack in some urban personality, with convenience stores and dive bars occupying the Tendernob and supermarkets bordering ...

PHOTOS: Third annual San Francisco polar plunge

February 26, 2012 Life News

Roughly 1,000 people took a plunge into San Francisco’s frigid bay as part of the third annual Polar Plunge. Families and costume-wearing participants filled the bleachers at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, where they waited patiently to rush into the water in support of the Special Olympics of Northern California. San Bruno native Jack Torres, 5, suffers ...

SF State women's basketball team copes with disappointing outcome to season

February 24, 2012 News

The SF State women’s basketball team lost their final game of the season against their California Collegiate Athletic Association opponent Cal State LA, 72-55, despite freshman Farrah Shokoor’s game-high 17 rebounds. The Gators, who were already eliminated from the conference tournament, ended the season 1-6 in the final seven games. They finish their season 8-20, ...

SF State seeking student input on selecting new campus restaurant

February 24, 2012

Sheets of white paper have been plastered in the windows of the vacant space between Carmelita’s La Petite and the Bookstore since summer 2011, but now the search for what type of food establishment will fill the void left by the former tenant, Jessie’s Hot House, is underway. According to Travis Northup, chairman of the ...

New BART cars being made overseas is no surprise to experts

February 24, 2012 News

Commuters tired of BART’s carpet-lined compartments have a lot to look forward to in the coming years as the transportation service begins shopping for a firm to build new trains, though the consideration of foreign firms to construct the cars has caused some controversy. The 40-year-old train car fleet will be completely replaced by one ...

Only public meeting on presidential search goes overlooked

February 23, 2012 1 Comment

The only opportunity for students, administration and faculty to directly express their opinions on SF State’s presidential selection with the CSU Board of Trustees was met with snide remarks, high expectations, unanswered questions and disproportionately low attendance. Only about 15 people spoke during public comment in a crowd of approximately 70, a majority of them ...

Tree crushes car on Lake Merced Blvd., unclear who will pay for damage

February 22, 2012

A large tree branch that fell on Lake Merced Boulevard before 6 p.m. crushed a parked car, blocking traffic for hours. “When I came out here it was already smashed,” said Abraham Iniguez, a physiology major. “I hit the panic button on the car and I am like ‘Yea, it is mine.’” Iniguez explained that ...

SF State cinema professor brings life to the big screen

February 22, 2012

By Monica Quesada, special to Xpress Sometimes life imitates art. Sometimes, art and life become so intertwined, it’s hard to tell which is imitating the other. Britta Sjogren, SF State cinema professor and award winning filmmaker, finished last September the production of her fourth film, “Beyond Redemption,” about bouncing back from difficulties. For Sjogren, overcoming ...

CSU to limit salary increases for new university presidents

February 22, 2012

The California State University Board of Trustees officially adopted a policy that will place a limit on the compensation that newly-hired campus presidents can receive. Under the new policy, CSU presidents are only able to receive 10 percent more than their predecessor’s base pay. “It doesn’t necessarily mean the president that comes in will receive ...