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 ...

The Ins & Outs: Waiting for the right moment to lose your virginity

November 10, 2012

It’s supposed to be fun, exciting and meaningful like something out of the movies, but anyone who’s lost their virginity knows that it doesn’t always go quite like that. The average age that a person loses his or her virginity is roughly 17 years old, according to the Kinsey Institute. But it’s normal to lose ...

The Fashion Blueprint: How to update your clothes with hardware

November 10, 2012 Life

If you’re looking for some attention this season, ditch the pretty girl tulle and go get some studs. And I’m not talking about hunky men. This fall, hardware fashion rules. From oversized grommets to metal plating and steel-like details, tough hardware meets sleek style to create visually arresting looks. But these flashy spikes can be ...

New version of iLearn to better streamline interface

November 10, 2012

iLearn is preparing to get revamped with new features just in time for the upcoming spring semester. Academic Technology, a resource that offers services for SF State’s learning systems such as CourseStream and LabSpace, recently unveiled a plan for an updated version of iLearn which will offer users easier and quicker ways to access iLearn ...

The stuff and things dreams are made of: a post-election analysis

November 9, 2012 Opinion 1 Comment

After a general election with campaigns that lasted more than a year, cost more than $6 billion and included thousands of hours of cleverly edited TV ads featuring scary-voice narration, one soundbite ascends above all the rest as the most succinct description of U.S. politics in 2012 and beyond. The one-minute monologue summed up the will ...

Exclusive: Angels work their magic at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

November 9, 2012 Life 2 Comments

NEW YORK – Down in New York, the wake of Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop supermodels from hitting the runway Nov. 7, With the floors flourished in pink and walls covered in hearts, 18 makeup artists, 22 hair stylists and seven manicurists turned supermodels into heavenly angels backstage before strutting their costumes at the 17th annual Victoria’s Secret ...

Disability institute enlightens students on disability community

November 8, 2012 2 Comments

SF State recently opened its doors to a new disability institute with hopes of educating students, staff and faculty about disability history and encouraging empowerment on campus. Located in the Humanities Building, the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability has made its prime focus to promote disability studies by academic and cultural approaches. Disability Rocks!: Disability ...

An SF State student's qualms about graded homework

November 8, 2012 Opinion

When I went through my syllabus for one of my courses this semester, my jaw dropped. “Homework will be 40 percent of your grade.” After the first shock, I started to giggle and thought of something my friends and I used to say to each other before taking a pop quiz in high school: “Longest answer ...

Q&A: Steve-O dishes on 'Killer Karaoke,' sobriety and comedy tour

November 7, 2012 Life News 1 Comment

Editor’s note: This post contains some explicit language and material that may be considered offensive. Steve-O, the daredevil who became famous by filming himself being a “Jackass,” is hosting a new TV show on truTV called “Killer Karaoke” where contestants attempt to sing karaoke while going through some extreme circumstances. Xpress caught up with the man, who’s stunts have ...

FX Crowley leads District 7 race after 'formatting error' is fixed

November 7, 2012 News

Ranked-choice voting made it a tight race for the District 7 San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and after a formatting error from the San Francisco elections website, Francis Xavier Crowley has pulled ahead of Norman Yee. At approximately 11:12 p.m. the San Francisco elections website updated the election summary report with a message reading, “due ...

Student veterans face unique challenges transitioning to college

November 7, 2012 2 Comments

Striking out into the Afghanistan countryside to find the enemy was “just a job” to City College of San Francisco student and U.S. Army veteran Miles Foltz. As president of the CCSF Veterans Alliance, Foltz helps other student veterans navigate their GI Bill benefits and shift from military to college life, but the transition is ...

Genderqueer community at SF State breaks gender labels

November 7, 2012 3 Comments

Gender, race and class are all semantic devices used to categorize a person and put them into a certain box. But what happens when people refuse to be put in a box in terms of gender? Those who refuse to be classified as male or female are known as genderqueer. Genderqueer is a form of identity ...

Voters likely to pass Prop. 30

November 7, 2012

Victory for Proposition 30 — Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure intended to prevent massive cuts in state funding to education — looked likely Tuesday night as votes continued to be counted. If passed, Prop. 30 would raise an estimated $6.8 billion in additional tax revenue, according to the Legislative Analysts Office, by raising income taxes ...

Poets share raw, unfettered material at New Sh!t Show

November 7, 2012 Life

Beyond old books and baubles in the depths of a basement performance space, New Sh!t is happening every second and fourth Thursday. The New Poetry Mission, also known fondly as The New Sh!t Show, has a decade of history in San Francisco, but was inherited and refocused by Sam Sax and Nic Alea just two ...