VIDEO: What would compel you to become more involved in student politics?

March 28, 2012

Most students at SF State know that their status as a commuter school has resulted in low participation rates in campus activities. Associated Students Inc., the campus student government, has famously held elections where candidates run unopposed, and voter turn out is slim. Here, SF State students answer what would compel them to become more involved in ...

Visually impaired cartoonist and SF State student aspires to be published

March 28, 2012 Life

Patrick Ward makes himself comfortable on a bench in Cafe Rosso’s popular patio area, hunched merely 6 inches away from his sketchpad and intent on drawing his next cartoon masterpiece to add to his portfolio. He is visually impaired, making this no small feat. Ward, 28, student and cartoonist, faces unique challenges in both the ...

BART to increase fares in July, amount still unclear

March 28, 2012 News 1 Comment

By Brad Wilson, special to Xpress The cost of getting to school may soon climb higher, with the BART Board of Trustees set to raise fares within the next few weeks that will go into effect by July. BART hosted local community meetings throughout March to hear public feedback on the new plan that may ...

UPAC college merger savings falling short of projected $1 million

March 28, 2012

If last year’s complex college merger has saved the SF State $1 million, it is unclear where that money came from, or where it ended up. To date, the University has not explicitly listed the administrative costs the merger eliminated. While the University Planning Advisory Council cited early on in the consolidation process that the ...

CSU presidents receive pay increases despite budget cuts

March 28, 2012 News

Yet again, the Board of Trustees has authorized more executive pay increases in the same year as they approved a tuition increase. Last Wednesday, while students and faculty at SF State were on Spring Break, the board voted in favor of a 10 percent pay increase for the next CSU Fullerton president and the new CSU ...

SF State women's rugby tackles stereotypes and gender roles

March 28, 2012 Sports

Burly athletes sprinting up and down the field aiming to hit others with bone-crushing tackles aren’t images typically associated with female athletes. A group of 10 athletic women from SF State has taken up the international sport of rugby, defying stereotypical gender roles by playing one of the world’s most grueling sports. The game of ...

Tre Burt and a Big Gust of Wind breaks into San Francisco music scene

March 28, 2012 Life

Deadlines and self-promotion may not be his strong suit, but acoustic crooner Tre Burt is networking his way to becoming a musical staple of San Francisco. Burt, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, has played on nearly every stage available at SF State, many others in the Bay Area and in his hometown of Sacramento. With a captivating ...

Forkin' Frisco: Cole Valley may be small in size, but not in flavor

March 27, 2012 Life

Cole Valley may not be the most bustling tourist attraction, and it doesn’t try to be. This tight-knit community is a diverse range of mom-and-pop restaurants and shops, minus the snootiness. Despite its modest exterior, this neighborhood has a vivacious personality all its own that’s packed into a three-block strip along Cole and Carl streets. ...

Students pay the price to intern

March 27, 2012 Opinion 2 Comments

It’s that time of the school year when I start to wonder where all that financial aid money went. I can look back and justify most of the money I spent this semester. I definitely needed those burritos and I’m hoping those expensive textbooks come in handy around finals time. What I can’t seem to ...

The Ins and Outs: I'm not a slut, I embrace my sexuality

March 27, 2012

By Mehgan Bowers, special to Xpress Looking back on my days as a college freshman, where I am today amazes me. Through the blurs of alcohol, the smell of dirty sex and unknown names of the many conquests I had, I have never called myself a slut. Slut is a derogatory term many people use ...

VIDEO: What are your Spring Break plans?

March 23, 2012 Life 2 Comments

Xpress editors hit the mean streets of SF State to find out what students have planned for Spring Break. From flying to Puerto Rico to getting shoulder surgery, students have of variety of activities planned for the break. Edited and produced by Gil Riego Jr., Nelson Estrada and Juan De Anda

San Francisco LGBT community spotlights injustice

March 23, 2012

Imagine living in a country where being gay is considered a crime. A place where people feel restrained from expressing their sexual orientation, are persecuted and always fear the day they may be imprisoned, stoned, beaten or killed for being gay. International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, commonly known as IDAHO, is a day that ...

Creators Project festival a successful experiment at Fort Mason

March 21, 2012 Life

Two of the most definitive words of this generation are globalization and technology – and many times they’re not always used in the most positive way. But over the weekend, the two were mashed into a mind-bending celebration. Creators Project is a two-day art and music festival sponsored by Intel and VICE magazine, and is ...

ASI voting extended through Monday after technical problems

March 17, 2012 News

Elections for Associated Students Inc. have been extended through Monday following a technical glitch that prevented more than a thousand students from logging in to the online voting website. All San Francisco State University students woke Friday to an email from the SF State Student Center Governing Board informing them that the 19 administrative spots ...

Benefits of SF State college merger still not apparent to some

March 14, 2012 News

One year ago, SF State traded an eight-college structure, two deans and two assistant deans for six colleges and a projected $1 million in savings. But a year after the fact, the merger still seems to be a decision with varied reactions among students and faculty. The merger was first proposed to soften the blow ...

California Faculty Association could strike again

March 14, 2012 News

Another backlash against budget cuts and sacrifices to the education system may hit campuses in the next several months if the California Faculty Association approves a strike in mid-April. CFA is currently asking members to pledge to vote yes on a potential strike. The CFA and California State University administration disagree on a renewal contract ...

SF State track and field athletes excel at national championships

March 14, 2012 Sports

Whether they propel a metal ball or their bodies through the air, three track and field athletes have managed to excel to the highest level of collegiate competition. Sophomore Keenya McDaniel and seniors Meagen Moiola and Luisa Musika represented SF State in three events at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Indoor Track and Field ...

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: California Faculty Association and the CSU

March 14, 2012

Relations between the California Faculty Association and the CSU Administration have been tumultuous and this timeline indicates the time when there was an impasse between the two sides from 1995 to the current situation where there has yet to be a renewal of the contract since June 2010. Faculty members have been denied salary increases ...

No trophies for SF State wrestling team at nationals

March 14, 2012 Sports

In front of 4,000 spectators the top wrestlers from Division II showcased their skills at the sport’s premier collegiate tournament. Unfortunately for the SF State wrestling team, hard work and persistence failed to earn trophies this season. The Gators have sent at least one wrestler to nationals for the past 49 years; but for the ...

CSU, Chancellor Reed continue to bite the hands that feed

March 13, 2012 Opinion

At this rate, someone could very easily turn the saga of the budget crisis into a soap opera. The back and forth between the California Faculty Association and Chancellor Charles Reed has been an ongoing drama. The last 18 months have seen negotiations, demands and foot stomping from both sides. Now, as the CFA Board ...

City ordinance would require businesses to provide bicycle parking

March 13, 2012 News

As more San Francisco residents take to their bicycles as their main mode of transportation, there grows a greater need to provide owners secure parking other than a pole on the sidewalk. New legislation, which will require commercial business owners to either provide secure designated parking or allow riders to bring their bicycles inside, has ...

REVIEW: Will Ferrell delights in new film "Casa de mi Padre"

March 13, 2012 Life

By Tiffany Linter, special to Xpress First came a crazed frat guy, then a culture shocked elf. Then came a high-strung news anchor, followed by an over-the-top NASCAR driver. Now, Will Ferrell has crafted another hilarious and memorable role, a Mexican daddy’s-boy. His newest film, “Casa De Mi Padre” is about Armando Alvarez, a man ...

The Ins And Outs: Losing your sex club virginity

March 12, 2012

Since sex in public comes with all kinds of legal strings attached, you might have decided to bring it indoors. But bumping and grinding in your room with the door closed is just plain boring if you’re a bit of an exhibitionist – so head to a sex club. San Francisco has lots of them ...

SF State resident assistants programs struggle with low attendance rates

March 11, 2012

Last May, Senior Resident Assistant Joviana Carrillo spent nearly a month planning a local area network party for students in the residence halls to play multiplayer video games. After renting out part of the dining hall to hold the event, borrowing ethernet cables, setting up the room to accommodate people’s systems and making fliers and ...

Sunday Streets season kicks off at Embarcadero

March 11, 2012 News

Casually walking or biking in the middle of the street doesn’t seem like the best idea, especially in San Francisco, unless you’re attending Sunday Streets. The City of San Francisco started a free event called Sunday Streets in 2008. It is where a neighborhood is temporarily close on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...