Cigarette butt littering adversely affects environment

March 24, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

Warning: this content contains material that may not be suitable for those who have an addiction to cigarettes but those who care about the environment should keep reading. Accordingly, the author insists that no one attempt to read this information if he or she is not in for a serious reality check. Disposing of cigarette butts is ...

I'm a hipster and I know it

March 23, 2013 Opinion 4 Comments

You can’t do anything without being categorized. If you listen to a certain type of music, wear various clothing articles, enjoy artsy-fartsy films or drink your coffee black, it is inevitable that someone out there is going to place you in a social category. Apparently, for the past few years of my existence, I have ...

Humboldt State Lumberjacks defeat Gators in doubleheader

March 22, 2013 News Sports

By Frank Leal The SF State Women’s softball team faced off against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks in a doubleheader ending in defeat for the Gators on Friday, March 22, 2013. Both teams had dueling pitchers leaving each other little room to make it back to home plate. Gator pitcher Emily Gibson (4) stunted the Lumberjacks offense with continuous ...

Greek community prepares for leadership reorganization

March 21, 2013

The Fraternity Sorority Council, the sole governing council over all members of Greek-lettered organizations, has been proposed by the Greek community to be reconstructed into a president’s council. There have been attempts in previous years to restructure the FSC, but they were never approved due to a lack of input from students. If approved, presidents ...

Campus movement to divert funds from fossil fuels gains steam

March 20, 2013 Life News

By Nick Ciccetti Surrounded by a city cloaked in ecological friendliness, a group of students at SF State are doing their best to force the University to align their investments with the principles of the community. Calling themselves San Francisco State Fossil Free, a group of twenty or so students are determined to pass a ...

CA bill will make online courses transferable

March 20, 2013 News 1 Comment

Students are all too familiar with the sting of being rejected from an overcrowded class and the hopelessness of signing up for yet another wait list. Those days of despair may soon be a thing of the past when the California Senate introduces a bill that would require public colleges and universities to grant credit ...

Photo of the Week

March 20, 2013

March 20 The Golden Gate Xpress will feature a photo every week in print and online from SF State students — and it could be yours! Email your photos: xpressnewsstaff@gmail.com

Drug trends evolve at SF State

March 19, 2013 News

With midterms approaching, students are advised to study hard and be prepared. “Paul” takes this advice to the extreme. The 21-year-old political science major started stocking up on amphetamine pills weeks in advance. He said the drugs help him stay up late to study and write papers. “Paul” doesn’t have an attention disorder, nor a ...

The Bay Bridge becomes canvas for massive light sculpture

March 19, 2013 Life News

Billed as the largest light sculpture in the world, The Bay Lights officially illuminated over the San Francisco Bay two weeks ago, bringing a bright new addition to the city’s skyline. The massive 1.8-mile long, 500-feet high art display includes an impressive 25,000 LED lights and 100,000 feet of cable. Set to run every night ...

Broncos baseball seizes victory from Gators

March 18, 2013 News Sports

  Photos by Jessica Worthington / Xpress The SF State Gators returned to the field after their four-game sweep two weeks ago but were hit hard in a game against the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos that ended with a Gator loss of 11-1, Sunday, March 17. The Gators will return to Maloney Field on Friday, ...

St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts hundreds for celebration

March 17, 2013

Though Ireland may be more than 6,000 miles away, this doesn’t stop San Francisco from taking part in Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. On Saturday, March 16, hundreds gathered to watch the 162nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the day before the actual holiday, celebrating Irish culture and tradition. This year, the theme of the parade ...

Job market analysis will keep majors from becoming impacted

March 17, 2013 News Opinion

With the number of impacted majors proposed to nearly double in Fall 2014, a team of Xpress writers took the time to analyze the beginnings of impaction. Impaction happens when the number of students in a given major exceeds the resources the University can provide to serve those students. If the proposals become a reality, ...

Unplugging unused appliances saves money, environment

March 17, 2013 News Opinion 1 Comment

It has two, sometimes three, protruding teeth that suck energy right out of its host. It’s probably around your house, slowly leeching away as you read this. It sounds like something straight out of Twilight. But it’s an environmental issue that needs addressing. The vampire effect or phantom load is electricity consumed by an electronic device while it is ...

The drone next door: The negatives of drone implementation

March 16, 2013 Opinion 1 Comment

[HTML1]Unmanned aerial vehicles — more commonly known as drones — have become invaluable to the United States military. Their presence increases every year in carrying out “necessary” assassinations against “terrorists,” as does the controversy surrounding their use. In a world ruled by Murphy’s Law, analyzing a newer military technology’s role shouldn’t be discouraged. Especially when that technology is finding ...

Learning to love through years of addiction

March 16, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

I wanted to begin my new column with a story about injecting heroin into my penis, but my girlfriend, Nicole, warned me it may be too soon. The audience might not be ready, she reasoned, it was like going for anal on the first date. I laughed. Her joke made me so proud. I don’t ...

Muralist community provides tours of iconic SF art

March 14, 2013 Life

There are many ways to immerse yourself in the artistic culture of San Francisco but few of them give you a walking tour of that culture led by the artists themselves. Precita Eyes is a private nonprofit organization of muralists in San Francisco. Founded in 1977 by artists Susan and Luis Cervantes and other artists, ...

Gator cycling team racks up successes at Slugfest

March 14, 2013 News Sports

By Deborah Rod The little-known SF State cycling team has been happy to play the role of underdog, having one of the smallest teams to compete in the state. The team isn’t letting their small size diminish their expectations, however, racking up a series of impressive victories over the last few weeks. “I’m very (proud) ...

SF State showcases Asian inspired gallery, 'The Moment for Ink'

March 14, 2013 Life

Lucy Arai, 57, became enthralled with ink art while she was experimenting with her calligraphy brushes, sumi ink and handmade paper. Now she sees ink as a medium of art that tells the story of a movement that has inspired her for decades. “Exhibiting art in ink by Asian-Americans and Asians in America juxtaposes the ...

SF State's guide to St. Patrick's Day events

March 13, 2013 Life

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here again and the events are endless. Since the early 1800s, San Francisco has bathed itself in green clothing and pints of Guinness to celebrate this Irish holiday. As with previous years, this weekend boasts celebrations all over the city for three days, Friday to Sunday. For students still looking for ...

Photo of the Week

March 13, 2013

March 13 The Golden Gate Xpress will feature a photo every week in print and online from SF State students — and it could be yours! Email your photos: xpressnewsstaff@gmail.com

WASC tests SF State in accreditation review

March 13, 2013 News

By Matt Saincome and Ellie Loarca SF State went through an evaluation of their standards and practices by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges last week. Accreditation allows SF Sate students to receive financial aid, transfer to graduate schools, and shows that the University is being held to certain standards of education.  “Pretty much what we do ...

Students face impaction; SF State solicits feedback

March 13, 2013 News

For SF State biology major Heather Smith, 33, a passion for health care was more than just a calling, it’s in her blood. “My mom was an emergency room clerk,” Smith said. “I first saw people coming in through emergency room doors when I was in elementary school.” The health bug bit her hard. Now ...

Impaction leads students to alternate majors

March 13, 2013 News

After being denied acceptance to the nursing program, Vincent Castoro thought he could avoid the problems associated with impaction by majoring in kinesiology. He was wrong. “I was initially going for nursing, but it turned out to be impacted and I didn’t end up getting into the nursing program, so I opted for kinesiology, which ...

SF State struggles to match demand for popular majors

March 13, 2013 1 Comment

Super seniors aren’t the cool kids on campus, they’re just students who got stuck here, couldn’t get the classes they needed and didn’t graduate on time. An impacted major isn’t a constipated army officer; it’s a tool college departments use to control enrollment when a major attracts more students than the resources available. It’s no ...

Impaction yields competition, offers some success

March 13, 2013 News

By Lulu Orozco Meghan Fuller hasn’t had the typical experience of a student in an impacted major at SF State. Though the 35-year-old pre-licensure nursing major applied to a number of universities in anticipation of stiff competition, she’s had a relatively easy time moving through the highly sought after program since she got her acceptance ...

Spike in crime at SF State area calls for heightened precaution

March 12, 2013 News

After a late night study session on campus, philosophy major Elizabeth Mathiasen was walking home around midnight when she noticed she was not alone. “I walked faster and even took a different route home and he was still half a block behind me,” she said. Perpetrators such as this, look for opportunities in darker areas, ...

Iconic production 'Our Town' hits SF State's Little Theatre

March 12, 2013 Life

Click Here To See Photo Gallery Grover’s Corner is a small town populated by 2,642 regular folks. They’re mostly a God-fearing people with 85 percent identified as Protestant, 12 percent Catholic and the rest “indifferent.” As one person noted, “It isn’t a very important place when you think of all New Hampshire.” The ordinary town sets the backdrop for ...