PHOTOS: Blue Scholars executes electrifying performance at The Fillmore

December 6, 2012 Life

The Seattle-based music group Blue Scholars, made up of MC Geologic and DJ and music producer Sabzi, returned to San Francisco for their “Town All Day” tour on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at The Fillmore. The Blue Scholars brought along fellow Seattle hip-hop groups to the show, including The Physics and Brothers From Another. This was ...

Makers Market Fair fosters handcrafted creations by local artists

December 6, 2012

Colorful artwork and creative handmade pieces filled the halls of the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery Dec. 5 for the kick off of the Makers Market Fair. Local and independent artists gathered in hopes of promoting local community art and handmade crafts. The fair featured dozens of vendors and booths all comprised of artwork ...

SF supes approve 220-square-foot micro-apartments

December 5, 2012 Life 1 Comment

They say good things come in small packages, but perhaps not for housing. San Francisco’s limited housing market will soon include micro-apartments in an effort to provide more affordable options to technology workers and students. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved building micro-units, shrinking the minimum size for apartments to a mere 220 square ...

Norman Yee named District 7 supervisor after close race

December 5, 2012

Counting ballots took longer than usual in the race for District 7 supervisor, but Norman Yee, president of the San Francisco Board of Education, snagged the open seat left by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. Yee is a product of the public school system and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UC Berkeley, then his ...

Decensae White powers his way to Gators' basketball court

December 5, 2012 Sports

Against all odds, Decensae White was determined to pave his own way. After three years of Division I basketball, he found his place as a Gator. White, 24, has gone down the road less traveled on his way to SF State. A former blue chip college recruit, the Pacifica native was raised to be a basketball ...

Haunted dorm stories spark supernatural interest

December 4, 2012 6 Comments

Not many think of SF State as the perfect setting for a horror movie or a true ghost story. Eric Michael Jones and Catherine Anne Copeland were found dead in Copeland’s room on the third floor of Mary Ward Hall in 1994. Jones and Copeland had dated briefly, but had broken up. According to an LA ...

Campus crime update: Mall vandals, door sealers and drunken shenanigans

December 4, 2012

Let’s Go To The Mall…Today! There was a group of subjects that vandalized the Stonestown Galleria Dec. 1. When officers responded, the subjects were detained and told that the Stonestown security would hold them until the San Francisco Police Department could respond. While vandalism is something that shouldn’t be endorsed, come on, how can you ...

Children's Campus spreads holiday cheer with toy drive

December 4, 2012

‘Tis the season for finals and tuition payments as the holiday season begins and the end of the year draws near. As students, faculty and staff prepare to close the semester, holiday spirit is emerging all over SF State. The Children’s Campus is getting in the spirit of the season and recently teamed up with ...

City attorney questions safety of Monster Energy Drinks

December 4, 2012 Life

Some say they’ll give you wings, others claim they’ll unleash the beast, but certain city officials claim they’re downright dangerous. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is challenging claims that Monster Energy Drink has safe levels of caffeine for its customers. Herrera is requesting that Monster provide evidence that the product is as safe as ...

Bears! Bears! Bears! packs flurry of emotions in first full-length album

December 4, 2012 Life

After an arduous recording process, the band Bears! Bears! Bears! is finally ready to deliver its new album full of danceable doom and gloom. Self-described as “the Bay Area’s most depressing party band,” Bears! Bears! Bears! fell naturally into music that moves crowds emotionally through lyrics and physically through sound. The first full-length album, “All ...

'Revive' fashion show to feature student work

December 3, 2012 Life 1 Comment

The holidays have always been big for fashion, but this winter, the Fashion Network Association is upping the wow-factor with a fashion show fueled by 30 student designers. Revive When: 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: Jack Adams Hall in Cesar Chavez Student Center Cost: $5 with student ID, $10 general admission. Tickets sold ...

The Fashion Blueprint: 'Revive' fashion show takes dark spin on fairy tales

December 1, 2012 Life

Fairy tales are a part of everyone’s childhood, but the Fashion Network Association’s leading designer Iris Chu has turned it into reality. Chu’s collection will feature a dark color palette based on Grimms’ fables, especially Little Red Riding Hood, in FNA’s upcoming winter show, Revive. BV: What inspired you to choose this particular theme? IC: ...

The Ins & Outs: How quickies can relieve holiday stress

December 1, 2012

The holidays and finals are coming up fast and the stress is enough to get to anyone. Stressed out students can turn to tried-and-true methods of drinking more caffeine until they can push through and chain smoking, but here’s a healthy alternative: a quickie. Quickies, brief and usually spontaneous sexual encounters with little or no ...

Men's basketball edged out by Cal State East Bay Pioneers

December 1, 2012 News Sports

The Gators opened up CCAA play against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers Friday night in a fiercely competitive match that ended 80-76 to the Pioneers. The game had the makings of a prizefight, with both teams striking heavy blows early on, only to be put on the ropes by the other. [HTML1] “We didn’t ...

Women's basketball loses to Cal State East Bay Pioneers 38-46

December 1, 2012 Sports

The rainy weather dampened more than just the ground as the Gators lost their third conference game of the season, 38-46, to the Cal State East Bay Pioneers. After scoring evenly in the first seven minutes of the game, the Gators began to lose their initial four-point lead near the middle of the first period, ...

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, ...