VIDEO: Filipino American community enhances cultural presence

December 21, 2012 Life

From their involvement in the Civil Rights Movement to their continuing struggle today to help the Filipino WWII Veterans acquire benefits, the Filipino American community of San Francisco continuously expands its rich history. Filipino American community leaders in San Francisco in the ’60s paved the way for generations after them to become community leaders themselves. ...

VIDEO: Gamers unite at Street Fighter anniversary tournament

December 20, 2012 Life News

Many people enjoy playing video games like Street Fighter, but a select few have dedicated their lives to becoming the very best and competing at the highest levels. The people who come to watch these events view fighting games as more than just a hobby — they are a lifestyle. San Francisco was home to ...

PHOTOS: Groundskeepers nurture SF State

December 20, 2012

At 5:30 a.m. most people are still fast asleep, but for the groundskeepers at SF State, the work day has already begun. Baudelio Enriquez, Erasmo Flores, Juan Torres and Ricardo Martinez combined have more than 40 years of experience maintaining the SF State landscape. They look out for broken branches laying on the many paths ...

PHOTOS: SF State students learn value of labor

December 16, 2012 Life

For a college student, getting a job can be a crucial step in staying afloat as an independent adult. Most students find that keeping a steady job and doing well in school can be difficult. There is a conscious effort at SF State to keep its students employed as the majority of the University’s workforce. ...

PHOTOS: SF State students sculpt final projects

December 16, 2012 Life

Brass knuckles or an intricate windmill? The sky’s the limit for what students in the sculpture II class at SF State can create. Anything that involves steel, wood — or even buttons —  sparks creativity in each student. The week before finals, in this class, looks different than most. There are no books, computers or ...

The Ins & Outs: Five tips to indulge in your sexual self

December 15, 2012

The end of the semester is officially upon us and our second round has officially come to an end. But before I go, I’d like to give you the five most important pieces of advice I can give to the sexually active college student. Stay sexually active. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Final fashion tips

December 15, 2012 Life 1 Comment

The time has come for me to sashay away. It’s been a great semester telling you about the latest fashion trends, the do’s and don’ts and sharing my knowledge on what’s hot and what’s not. Before I say farewell, the last piece of advice I leave you with is dressing well for all occasions. Gentlemen, ...

Holiday fundraising organizations strike success in nightclub events

December 14, 2012 Life 1 Comment

December marks a month full of peppermint candies, ice skating and caroling. It’s a time when everyone feels compelled to give back. Fundraising events poised in nightclubs and bars are becoming popular for the 18 and older crowd. Charity organizations like Yuppie Friday, made up of of young Bay Area affluent professionals, are specializing in fundraising ...

SF State leads California public university system with affordable education, efficient administration

December 14, 2012

California’s state plan for public education promises college students affordable higher education, but a steady decrease in state funding for the past 50 years threatens that promise. In fact, 81 percent of  Californians say that California’s public university regents and trustees are not doing enough to control rising tuition costs, according to a Reason-Rupe/Princeton poll. Despite a tuition ...

Campus crime update: A drug bust, bottle smashing and a false alarm

December 14, 2012

Where da weed at? A verbal altercation broke out at The Village at Centennial Square Dec. 6. Officers responded and approached the squabblers to abate the altercation. Upon further investigation, it was determined one of the subjects was in possession of marijuana. The subject was cited and released. With the market for “purp” at it’s ...

SF State artist forges storytelling craft

December 13, 2012 Life 2 Comments

Rather than simply picking one medium to master, April Martin Chartrand has gone so far as to completely create her own art form altogether. Her art form called  “fiberalchemy,” is her attempt to find the most personal and accurate way of expressing herself. She uses extreme heat or cold to manipulate the texture of painted fabrics ...

Gaming is good for your health

December 13, 2012 Opinion

It started with “Pong.” A simple game of table tennis on a black and white TV screen. Two lines represent paddles and a square dot for the ball. Nerds rejoiced as gaming fever hit the world in 1972. The gaming industry has come a long way since then. Social media has opened up the world ...

Students need to take course evaluations seriously

December 12, 2012 Opinion

The role of student and professor are pretty rigidly defined. We students do our best — or at least try to convince our professors that we do — all semester and then we patiently wait for our benevolent instructors to post our grades. But at the end of each semester the tables get turned and ...

U.S. Supreme Court grants review of same-sex marriage cases

December 12, 2012 1 Comment

As gay and lesbian couples in Washington began to tie the knot Dec. 9, under the state’s new law recognizing same-sex marriages, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases that could extend constitutional equal protection principles to same-sex couples looking to marry. In California, same-sex marriage rights have been a roller coaster of ups ...

SF State playwright encapsulates hilarity of everyday life

December 12, 2012 Life

It’s one thing to recall a moment of hilarity in everyday life and quite another to translate that amusement into writing. Graham Gremore, a master’s degree candidate at SF State in creative writing with an emphasis in playwriting, humorously puts it all out there when he’s writing plays or reading his works on stage. “A ...

TIMELINE: MTV remains respected source of music

December 12, 2012 Opinion

There used to be a time when MTV was all about TRL rather than GTL (gym, tan, laundry). It was these days when more video premieres flooded the network than reality show dramas. Since its launch in 1981, MTV has evolved into a pop culture phenomenon as it transitioned from daily video countdowns to reality ...

Textbook buying alternative entices students

December 12, 2012

When it comes to buying textbooks, most students expect to pay big bucks, face book shortages and wait in long lines at the SFSU Bookstore, but BIGWORDS.com may be the solution to alleviate book buying difficulties. BIGWORDS.com takes the lowest prices of books from top online book sellers, such as Amazon and Chegg, and gathers them ...

Students resort to secondhand parking passes for cheaper alternative

December 11, 2012

College students are always looking for means of saving money. Selling or giving away parking permits has given students that mean. It’s illegal to sell — or even give away — the daily parking permits that are sold for $6 in the parking garage, according to University spokeswoman Ellen Griffin. “Parking permits are not transferable ...

"Venus On Mars" unfolds cosmic tale

December 11, 2012 1 Comment

With NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover constantly sending back new data about Mars, eyes are on the sky. SF State cinema professor Jan Millsapps’ gaze has been pointed toward the skies for years. Her second history-based novel, “Venus On Mars,” is all about finding one’s place in the cosmos. Millsapps had a release party for the book ...

VIDEO: Queer Rebels revitalizes QPOC performance art

December 11, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Through an “unapologetically, riotously gay” performance, Queer Rebel Productions is shaking out the rugs under which the histories of queer people of color have been swept. Partners in work and in life, KB Boyce and Celeste Chan saw an absence of spaces available for queer artists of color and, with a grant from the San Francisco ...

Jazz@Work fuses music with business customs

December 11, 2012 News 1 Comment

Entrepreneurs are always looking for new ways of doing business and often turn to CEOs, venture capitalists and money managers for inspiration. But SF State lecturer and jazz musician Andrew Speight believes that it’s jazz musicians they should turn to. Speight and business management professor Ron Purser have worked together to create Jazz@Work, a workshop that combines ...

Punk quells straight edge stereotype

December 11, 2012 Life

The term straight edge was coined in the Minor Threat song “Straight Edge” more than 30 years ago, but after decades of misrepresentation, the term has been skewed. Straight edgers don’t drink, smoke or do drugs. Some don’t engage in promiscuous sex, consume animal products, or drink caffeine, but the three core tenets of straight ...

Student evaluations impact teachers' tenure track

December 11, 2012

Students have the power to determine the course of a teacher’s career at the end of each semester, and they may not even know it. Student course evaluations, given out at the end of every semester to gauge a teacher’s performance, are a key factor in determining whether a faculty member is worthy of promotion ...

Gator men's basketball throttles Sonoma State Seawolves

December 9, 2012 News Sports

The Gators were able to stifle the Sonoma State offense in a key win before winter break. The Gators handled their opponents easily Saturday night, trouncing the Seawolves 63-49 at The Swamp in the team’s second meeting this week. Both teams entered the game 2-1 in CCAA play respectively, with the Gators leaving with the ...

The Fashion Blueprint: Finding the right holiday dress for you

December 8, 2012 Life

We want to look our best during the holidays — especially single ladies. So get into the mindset of looking sharp. The hunt is on for that perfect holiday dress. “This holiday season, I think women are looking for the ‘wow’ factor look,” Kristen Silva, personal stylist for Nordstrom, said. “The holiday season is the ...

The Ins & Outs: Why vibrators can boost sexual confidence

December 8, 2012 1 Comment

Gift giving can be miserable. Finding the perfect gift for a partner — even a longstanding one — can be even more difficult. Choosing a sweater or a necklace has become the solution for holiday gifting to a significant other, but big retailers are way off the mark. Everyone needs a vibrator. Just hear me out. ...

Leave 'Boy Meets World' alone

December 6, 2012 Opinion

It’s Boy Meets World, yeah it’s Boy Meets Worlds. I bet you read that to the tune of the iconic intro theme song of the ‘90s sitcom that defined a generation, didn’t you? I know I did. The coming-of-age-story of Corey and Eric Matthews, Shawn Hunter and Topanga Lawrence played out on our TV screen ...

Energy drink binge not worth the health risks

December 6, 2012 Opinion

The end of the semester has left our campus full of sleep-deprived zombies. The final push toward winter break has left so many baggy-eyed students wandering around that some have turned to stimulants to power through those all-night cram sessions as we all look for that extra boost to catapult us into the job of ...