'Drunkorexia' spreads influence, affects students' health

February 28, 2013

College students are no strangers to foregoing food. Eating takes time and money, two things students are almost always short on. But some students are going to extreme lengths to cut costs. Skipping meals before a night of drinking is a growing trend known as “drunkorexia,” and experts say it can have damaging effects on ...

Chinese New Year Parade draws thousands of spectators

February 27, 2013 News

[HTML1] Lions jumped, dragons danced, and bands marched in Chinatown this past weekend as thousands of people crowded the streets to watch what has been named one of the world’s top ten parades by the International Festivals and Events Association. San Francisco’s Chinese New Year celebrations culminated this past weekend with the grand finale Southwest ...

SFSU Confessions marks new outlet for campus gossip

February 27, 2013

Editor’s note: Due to the possible punitive action SF State could take against the administrator of the “SFSU Confessions” page were his/her identity revealed, we have decided to keep the administrator’s identity anonymous. We will hereto refer to them as “The Admin,” and use a “he” pronoun, though the Admin’s gender is not necessarily male. ...

Before the Brave joins Noise Pop Festival lineup, plays Depot

February 26, 2013 Life

Philosophy major Kyle Teese finishes a day of classes, hops on his bike, and rides out to the Mission to practice with his band. Though many students are members of local bands, few have the same bragging rights as Teese, who drums for local band, Before the Brave. Before the Brave has made a striking ...

California gun ban reality hits target on heated debate

February 26, 2013 News 2 Comments

The red light came on at the Coyote Point Shooting Range in San Mateo, Calif. signaling the shooting area was now “hot.” Andy Navarro stepped over the red line, placed his AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle on the table next to a tiny pillow and perch; sat on a small stool and began thumbing 5.56 mm bullets ...

Students deserve affordable, local housing

February 24, 2013 News Opinion 1 Comment

In case you haven’t looked for a place to live in this city recently, here’s a nugget of obvious information: this city sucks for house hunting. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for renters, San Francisco finds itself embroiled in a heated debate over a proposed amendment that would allow more ...

Planned obsolescence shortens longevity of electronics

February 24, 2013 News Opinion

According to the 2012 Accenture Consumer Electronics Products and Services Usage Report, the highest selling products in 2012 were smart phones, high-definition TVs, computers and tablet PCs. About 23 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds are high consumers, meaning they buy at least two new electronics a year. Think about it. How many iPods or MP3 ...

Social media, hashtag era invites simple opinions

February 23, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country,” the late Kurt Vonnegut said. The Twittersphere and news world erupted after Marco Rubio’s grasp for a drink of water during the Republican response to the State of the Union address. The kind of society that ...

Removal of Olympic wrestling draws sharp criticism from Gator wrestlers

February 22, 2013 Sports

By Dave Alexander For a sport that features holds, pins and take-downs, SF State wrestlers find themselves grappling with a different type of opponent — the future of their athletic career. Earlier this month the International Olympic Committee officially removed wrestling from the ballot for the 2020 Olympic Games. This decision comes as an outrage ...

CCSF students occupy Conlan Hall in protest to accreditation process

February 21, 2013 News 8 Comments

Lalo Gonzalez, a 24-year-old student working toward his teaching accreditation, doesn’t mind getting arrested if it gains awareness of what’s currently happening at City College of San Francisco. On Feb. 21 starting at 1 p.m., a group of CCSF students, including Gonzalez, rallied together on their campus to protest the administration’s lack of communication with students ...

Oscar-nominated alumni anticipate award night

February 21, 2013 Life 1 Comment

It’s hard to imagine what being stranded in a boat with a Bengal tiger has to do with the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. It turns out their connection runs straight through the Creative Arts Department at SF State. Alumni David Gropman and Ethan Van der Ryn have each been nominated for film’s highest honor for ...

Controversy looms over potential condo conversion law

February 20, 2013 News

The flames of discord rage on between homeowner advocates and tenant rights activists over a new law that, if passed, would allow for a onetime citywide increase in the amount of residential units that could be converted into condominiums. The Condominium Conversion Impact Fee would grant eligible owners of tenancy in commons a onetime opportunity to ...

Same-sex couples arrested at Valentine's Day protest at City Hall

February 20, 2013 Life

While many couples rejoiced in San Francisco’s City Hall on Valentine’s Day after having their marriage recognized by the state, several same-sex couples were hauled away in zip ties by the San Francisco Police Department for pursuing that same rite of passage. Every year, for the past 13 years, same-sex couples have marched into the ...

Impacted majors may nearly double at SF State

February 19, 2013

The path through SF State, from application to graduation, might be getting a little bumpier next year. University administration announced Feb. 19 that it will be proposing the impaction of nine additional majors for the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester. The proposed majors include accounting with a concentration in business, biology, communications, criminal justice, ...

Student vigilante tries to recover stolen phone

February 19, 2013 3 Comments

An SF State student was allegedly mugged tonight on 19th Ave. as she waited for her bus home, losing her Android phone to two thieves in the latest electronics theft to hit campus. The victim, Nao Funada, a 20-year-old computer science major, was looking at a blog on her cell phone as she waited at the ...

'Humans vs. Zombies' game infests SF State

February 19, 2013 Life 2 Comments

The zombie virus has recently infected pop culture and has since successfully spread to SF State. From comic books to video games, students can’t seem to get enough of the undead. For some students, watching the zombie apocalypse on the big screen isn’t enough excitement. They need to be in the middle of the action. ...

Cry to God incites debate over free speech on campus

February 19, 2013 News 2 Comments

Issues regarding freedom of religion and speech have taken center stage at SF State after a group of self-proclaimed born-again Christians, known as Cry to God, incited heated reactions from students Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Quad at Malcolm X Plaza. The trio arrived on campus that afternoon bearing a sign with slogans such as ...

Thousands march in SF against Keystone XL pipeline

February 18, 2013 News 1 Comment

[HTML1] Tommy Diestel, a student of Butte College, held a megaphone and led some of the thousands of people who marched near the Embarcadero in San Francisco during a climate rally on Feb. 17, in his favorite chant, “Don’t frack with California.” Fracking is the process of extracting shale gas and other types of natural ...

Study abroad offers unique way to study, experience the world

February 17, 2013 News Opinion

You’ve already heard this speech: study abroad is an opportunity not to be missed. But only about 500 SF State students study abroad every semester, according to the Office of International Programs at SF State. This means the majority of SF State students will not have studied abroad by the time they graduate. So although ...

Greenwashing misleads consumers' decisions

February 17, 2013 News Opinion 1 Comment

Imagine you stumble upon a clear container filled with bright green dish soap. It reads: “for every bottle of soap you buy, twenty cents will be donated to help save giant kapok trees found in the Amazon Rainforest.” Realizing you can kill two birds with one stone, you put the product in your cart and feel charitable because you’re ...

Music alumna finds niche in teaching, performing

February 16, 2013 Life

Alexandra Sessler has just finished a day at the office teaching students and, while most working people are heading home for the night, she is now rushing to her nighttime performance. Teacher by day and performer by night, SF State professor and recent alumna Sessler has a true passion for her singing. Since Sessler realized her ...

Taekwondo demonstration excites SF State club

February 15, 2013 News Sports

The Taekwondo Club at SF State is expecting visitors from a foreign collegiate team of athletes, Feb. 16, to demonstrate new techniques and talk about changing regulations in the sport. The visiting team is flying from Shinsung University in South Korea. According to Bill Dewart, the club’s coach and a faculty member of the kinesiology ...

UPDATE: Village Building C evacuated after fire alarm

February 15, 2013 News

A fire alarm was activated in Building C of the Centennial Village apartments at 10:37 this morning, according to SF State Spokeswoman Ellen Griffin. The alarm was activated due to a fire on the third floor, according Daniel Perez, who lives in Building C. “The alarm went off around 10:45,” he said. “They just started ...

One Billion Rising moves SF to dance for awareness

February 15, 2013 News

[HTML1] On Feb. 14 — the day otherwise known as Valentine’s Day — people all around the world chose to dance for domestic abuse awareness. Hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall of San Francisco to participate and support One Billion Rising, a woman’s advocacy group, who sought to educate the general public on the ...

Restrictive dieters split on campus food options

February 15, 2013 3 Comments

SF State serves up a variety of dining options, but for students who are on restrictive diets, grabbing a meal on campus can be a challenge. Not to be confused with “fad diets,” the short-term weight loss plans which enjoy fleeting popularity, restrictive diets are usually a long-term or even lifetime commitment for which motivations ...

SF State alumnus births international art collective

February 14, 2013 Life

Audiopharmacy Prescriptions kicked off their tour in San Francisco at Public Works, an art gallery, bar and community space in the Mission District, performing to hundreds of fans singing along and dancing, Feb. 7. By Feb. 15, Teao Thompson, 35, SF State communications graduate, along with bandmates Ras K’Dee, Keepyahjoy, and Kwome, will be en route to ...

College Labor connects students with paying gigs

February 14, 2013 Life 4 Comments

When SF State sophomore Kevin Mendizabal was in dire need of a job last semester, two of his closest friends directed him to a website where he doesn’t have to look for work. The work looks for him. The website, College Labor, is a Bay Area network founded by San Francisco natives Joey Toboni and ...