Immigration reform headed toward fruition

November 30, 2012 Opinion

The issue of immigration and how to address the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants who currently reside in the U.S. has always been politically contentious, but recent shifts in demographics make us confident that reform is closer than ever to becoming reality. Our country is changing and groups that have long been marginalized are finally ...

Bay Area storm leaves roughly 5,100 residents without power

November 30, 2012 News

An estimated 5,100 residents are currently without power in the Bay Area as of in result of this morning’s storm, according to an email from Fiona Chan, PG&E’s spokeswoman. Chan said the outages are a result of damaged utility poles due strong winds and heavy rain. As of 1 p.m., power outages are affecting 2,000 ...

Gradspring offers job hunting website for recent college graduates

November 29, 2012

College graduates have come to understand the stress and competitiveness of the job market all too well, and bridging the gap between college grads and companies has become a job in itself. Gradspring, an online job board and career resource for new graduates, might be the solution for students seeking post-graduation employment. More than 3,000 ...

Graduate student Gina de Vries sparks queer activism through writing

November 29, 2012 Life

In a tiny bedroom full of books and trimmed with pink Christmas lights, writer and activist Gina de Vries’ experience melds with her talent for fiction. While much of de Vries’ work is confessional and autobiographical, she incorporates fictional devices as well, from combining characters, putting real people in places they’ve never been, or just ...

Students, advocates work for immigration policy reform

November 29, 2012 1 Comment

Students and immigrant rights organizations plan to capitalize on the momentum from the 2012 election in which Latino voters favored Barack Obama over Mitt Romney 3-1. Lawmakers are beginning to discuss reforming an immigration system that has decades of backlogs for legal immigration, exploitative working conditions and limited pathways to citizenship for the estimated 11.5 ...

Muni to launch new line for 5-Fulton during spring

November 28, 2012

After a long day of school, business major Justin Helzberg wants to get home so he can kick off his shoes, doze off for an hour and catch up on homework. However, waiting for the 5-Fulton means it’s going to be a rough ride home. “I get on towards the end of the line,”  Helzberg, ...

Streetscape project aims to improve pedestrian safety on 19th Avenue

November 28, 2012 1 Comment

One of San Francisco’s busiest roads is undergoing a green transformation in hopes of improving safety. “Nineteenth Avenue is one of the most dangerous streets in the city,” Rachel Gordon, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works, said. “It’s been under radar to make it safer.” The 19th Avenue Streetscape project aims to make 19th Avenue ...

Lecturer revives history of baseball class

November 28, 2012 Sports

The smell of freshly cut grass, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd as the ball flies over the outfield fences are all familiar to baseball aficionados, but will soon be the subject of lectures and exams. For the first time since 2008, University history lecturer Mark Sigmon will revive the course ...

PHOTOS: Harvey Milk, George Moscone celebrated at City Hall

November 28, 2012

Yesterday marked the 34th anniversary of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone’s death. Among the crowd that flocked to City Hall to commemorate the assassinations of Milk and Moscone were former Mayor Willie Brown, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Mayor Ed Lee and Moscone’s youngest son, Jonathan Moscone. Speeches were held at the afternoon vigil, which ...

Students partake in yoga to relieve end-of-semester stress

November 28, 2012 Sports 5 Comments

Deep breathing, a long stretch and a well-earned “namaste” can do wonders for a person’s mental outlook. With finals looming, some SF State students have found a way to relieve stress and body tension with Campus Recreation Group X yoga classes, which enables them to concentrate on their studies. Although yoga offers a wide range ...

Philosophy professor Bas van Fraassen earns Hempel Lifetime Achievement Award

November 27, 2012

For some scholars, receiving a lifetime achievement award means the hard work is over. But not for philosophy professor Bas van Fraassen. “(I) don’t plan to take it as saying that now I can stop working,” he said. Van Fraassen was awarded the Hempel Lifetime Achievement Award by the Philosophy of Science Association at a conference in ...

Freshmen opt for romantic relationships rather than hookups

November 27, 2012

A recently published study has revealed that hookups – noncommittal sexual forays – might not be as prevalent in a woman’s first year of college as is commonly thought. The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine study was published in the “Journal of Adolescent Health,” “Are Hookups Replacing Romantic Relationships? A Longitudinal Study of First-Year Female ...

Study abroad programs now include Israel after nearly 10 years

November 27, 2012 2 Comments

After almost a decade of being suspended, the Office of International Programs has opened up the opportunity to study in Israel despite recent violence in the Gaza Strip. The current semester was the first time the program has allowed students to apply to the University of Haifa in Israel for study abroad. While no students from ...

Ceramic Guild sells handcrafted pieces for holiday sale

November 27, 2012 1 Comment

Christmas music fills up Room 192 of the Fine Arts Building, which is filled with carefully placed bowls, mugs and plates with a kaleidoscope of colors. The Ceramic Guild started the annual sale Nov. 26 and continues until Nov. 30. The club offers all kinds of dishes: bowls, cups, mugs and plates. Handmade bowls range ...

VIDEO: SF State takes on romantic tragedy 'Lorenzaccio'

November 27, 2012 Life

The stage of SF State’s Little Theatre is an arena of manufactured shadows. Giant mirror-plated pillars surround the stage and can be rotated on command to bounce the ominous lighting in any direction. Xpress caught up with some of the actors and the director backstage for the SF State adaptation of “Lorenzaccio,” a romantic tragedy ...

Campus crime update: A bathroom bandit, a bookstore thief and a stolen vehicle

November 27, 2012

Urine? You’re out! Officers observed a women’s restroom window that someone had attempted to open in the Gymnasium Nov. 22. After some serious investigating, it was determined that access was not gained by this bathroom bandit. In all fairness, sometimes controlling your bladder is just not an option. When there is a window of opportunity, ...

Board of Supervisors narrowly passes public nudity ban

November 20, 2012 News

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors narrowly passed a measure banning public nudity 6-5 Tuesday afternoon. The ban will be in effect for parks, plazas and on public transportation. The ban does not prohibit nudity at local fairs and festivals, such as the Folsom Street Fair and San Francisco Pride Festival. First-time violators will be ...

TechSF to prepare SF residents, students for technology, IT fields

November 20, 2012 News

San Franciscans majoring in technology and IT fields at SF State have new reason to be hopeful that they will avoid joining others in the unemployment line. Through a grant program launched in March, San Francisco will be working with local tech companies and educational resources, such as SF State and City College of San Francisco, ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Lingerie enhances intimacy, seduction

November 17, 2012 Life 2 Comments

Shopping for lingerie can be daunting, but don’t get your panties in a bunch just yet. Lingerie is not only an important staple in a woman’s life, but in her relationship as well. Lingerie is not the same as the undergarments women wear in their daily lives. It is meant for special occasions, and the ...

Students rally against consolidation of CCSF diversity departments

November 15, 2012 News

City College of San Francisco held a rally today to protest the consolidation of their diversity departments that would eliminate classes, jobs and opportunities. The Occupy SFSU‘s Ad Hoc Solidarity Committee joined the rally to support the students at CCSF and conserve a wide variety of diversity classes that were hard fought here at state. ...

How the perfect haircut gets the girls

November 15, 2012 Opinion

If you’re anything like me, a 21-year-old male college student, you have a lot on your mind. There are classes to attend, tests to study for and part-time jobs to show up to. These are all valid concerns that you really want to take care of, but never quite get around to. You have been ...

Delayed fee votes prove student activism matters

November 15, 2012 Opinion 1 Comment

This past week has been a bit of a roller coaster when it comes to the CSU’s budget. Students scored a monumental victory with the passage of Proposition 30, as California voters decided to raise their own taxes to try and salvage our financially beleaguered system. Fresh off the heels of that success, the CSU Board ...

Incoming CSU chancellor requests 10 percent pay cut from Board of Trustees

November 14, 2012 News

In a surprise move today, incoming CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, requested that the CSU Board of Trustees reduce his state-funded salary by 10 percent. “Despite the passage of Proposition 30, there remain grave economic issues to solve in California and the California State University,” White said in a statement published on the CSU website.  “The success ...

Prop. 30 to benefit students with tuition rollback, rebate

November 14, 2012 2 Comments

As a student who uses federal and state loans to pay for his education, Aaron Fisher tracked the passage of Proposition 30 throughout election night. “Prop. 30 was a ‘pass or doomsday’ proposition for me,” Fisher, a political science major at SF State, said. “I’m glad that the (California State University) base tuition will not ...

CSU Board of Trustees delays proposed fee votes

November 14, 2012

The California State University Board of Trustees has shelved the controversial fee vote which was set to take place Nov. 14 in the wake of the passage of Proposition 30. California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees had proposed a vote that would have added three new student fees ...

'Ocha Zanmai' conference fosters awareness of Japanese, Korean tea ceremonies

November 13, 2012

Living in a world with stressors and constantly moving from point A to point B, some people choose to immerse themselves in enjoying a cup of tea with friends. Some of these people practice the art of chanoyu, an ancient Japanese tea ceremony. San Francisco, dubbed the “gateway to the East” by some, shares a 118 ...

"Hot & Heavy" book launch spotlights fatphobia issue

November 13, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Bold, bubbly and unabashed, Virgie Tovar is on a mission to transform the meaning of the F-word most weighed down in negative societal assumptions — fat. A sexologist, activist, coach, writer and vlogger, Tovar’s fight for body positivity and acceptance has most recently culminated in “Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and ...

Newly launched Wheelz offers car-sharing services to students

November 13, 2012

Urban drivers have an innovative new option to rent vehicles in San Francisco — even a ride that might be just next door. After success at several universities throughout the state — including UC Berkeley and Stanford — Wheelz, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service, has opened an office in the city. “(San Francisco) is the mecca ...

SF State Black Student Union extends support to local high school students

November 11, 2012 News

As a way to continue its legacy of community outreach, the SF State Black Student Union will be hosting 250 BSU students from Northern California high schools on campus Nov. 17 for the Black Student Union Northern Region Conference. The annual conference is sponsored by United Black Student Unions of Northern California. Participating high school ...