SF State’s music scene fosters vibrant community

April 30, 2013 Life 2 Comments

[set_id=72157633375486561] By Kristen Martz and Lovelie Faustino As new students living in the dorms at SF State, Gregory DiMartino and Julian Borrego weren’t allowed to practice their music in their rooms. Instead, they would walk about campus with their instruments, rehearsing and writing new songs. “Julian and I would go on night walks with our ...

Irresponsible medicine disposal harms the environment

April 28, 2013 Opinion

It’s no secret that the medications prescribed by doctors aren’t always healthy for us, but their disposal is even harmful for the environment. Whether it’s through the natural process of digesting these medications or disposing of them in the trash, both have had lasting effects on the creatures that inhabit the earth. There have been ...

Pioneers take Senior Day doubleheader

April 27, 2013

[set_id=72157633352037707] SF State Gators fell short in a doubleheader against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers on Senior Day, losing both games Saturday, April 27. The Gators came out on the bottom after 11 innings in the first game with a final score of 8-4. After 7 innings in the second game, the Gator seniors ...

Gators split doubleheader with Pioneers, end season

April 27, 2013 Sports

[HTML1] After splitting a doubleheader with Cal State East Bay Pioneers Friday, April 26, 2013, the Gators softball team started strong, sending the Pioneers packing with a 7-0 first game earlier today. The Gators started the second game on top making first run in the bottom of the second inning. They lost their momentum after ...

The greatest revelation that beat addiction

April 27, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

This is the final installment of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. It was early in the morning and I was dope sick again. The monotony was disgusting. But I hurt bad and needed money for heroin. I ...

Wife of alleged bribe schemer arrested

April 26, 2013 News 3 Comments

The wife of the former SF State environmental health and occupational safety director who allegedly took part in a bribery scheme that cheated the University out of millions of dollars, was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property by University Police, according to an internal memo obtained by Golden Gate Xpress. After a sting ...

SF State bribe scheme defendants plead, "Not guilty"

April 26, 2013 News

  After failing to make a plea Wednesday, April 26, the former SF State official and his alleged accomplice in an ongoing bribery scheme were arraigned today. Robert Shearer, former SF State director of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, and Stephen Cheung, Vice President of Chemical HazMat Technology, pleaded not guilty to the 246 felony ...

Former SF State director allegedly partook in bribe scheme

April 24, 2013 News 1 Comment

A former SF State official is facing 128 felony counts for allegedly taking bribes costing the University millions of dollars. Robert “Bud” Shearer, a former SF State director of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, stands accused of involvement in a seven-year bribery scheme that stole millions of dollars from the University while students faced increasingly ...

SF State's bomb threat response was simply too late

April 24, 2013 News Opinion

With all that has gone on in the last week in Boston, you’d think that a bomb threat at a large public university would warrant a rapid and robust public response from that university’s administration. But that was not the case at SF State. After a suspicious package was reported in the Creative Arts Building Monday ...

Students decry SF State's delayed bomb threat warning

April 24, 2013 News 2 Comments

In the shadow of the Boston Marathon bombing, the nation grieves and stands at high alert. Amidst the fear of terrorism, a smaller drama played out at SF State Monday, April 22 — a bomb threat on campus. The “bomb” turned out to be just an ordinary black shoebox. It is still unknown, and difficult ...

SF State community copes after multiple catastrophes

April 24, 2013 News 1 Comment

By Lulu Orozco  Within a few days last week, a number of tragic events hit the country leaving college students, who are already struggling to get through their last month of finals, to cope with tragedies on a massive scale. Monday, April 15, the sound of two terrifying bombs shook and frightened runners near the ...

Photo of the Week

April 24, 2013

April 24 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

Broadway's hit 'Avenue Q' graces Little Theatre stage

April 23, 2013 Life

“Avenue Q” could be described as Broadway’s little engine that could. In 2004, the show reached legendary status when it unexpectedly won the Tony award for best musical over the mega-blockbuster, “Wicked.” Since then the show has gained a massive following and is considered a staple in musical theater. The show focuses on a group of neighbors trying ...

New LGBTQ safe zones aim to reduce crime, increase security

April 23, 2013 Life

Tommi Mecca still doesn’t totally trust the police. For years, Mecca said the police harassed him and others for being gay. “I’m 61, and I grew up in a time when we got beaten up by the cops,” said Mecca, an activist and counselor for the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. Mecca’s mistrust of the police ...

Vocal performance student discovers lost Filipino love songs

April 23, 2013 Life

Standing at a mere 5-foot-3, 22-year-old Rachel Larsen is packed with passion and —  surprisingly — one of the biggest voices you’ve ever heard. As a graduating senior this May, pursuing a degree in vocal performance, Larsen performed her senior recital March 8, which is a final project requirement for all performance music majors. While ...

Thousands gathered at Hippie Hill for 420 celebration

April 22, 2013 Life 1 Comment

[HTML1] On 420, an annual, unofficial holiday celebrating the cannabis plant, many marijuana enthusiasts pay homage to their favorite herb — by smoking it. This year it was no different. Thousands of people gathered at Hippie Hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Saturday, April 20, to celebrate 420. However, the gathering at Hippie ...

Bay Area punk musician sustains activist lifestyle

April 22, 2013 Life

With smoke slowly floating out of his mouth as he sits on the legendary stage that he built at Burnt Ramen, the former underground venue inside the iron triangle of Richmond, John Eppard is at home. At 50, many would consider it time to give up on music, touring and activism, but Eppard has never ...

Creative Arts Building evacuated due to bomb threat

April 22, 2013 News

[HTML1] The University Police Department evacuated the Creative Arts Building due to a bomb threat Monday morning. Students were allowed back into the building directly after UPD removed a black Converse shoebox from the premises. Although there is no official confirmation, the shoebox is believed to be the suspicious object. @SFState_News tweeted “UPD reports bomb ...

41st Annual Pilipino Cultural Night celebrates history through the arts

April 22, 2013 News

By Daniel Mariano For 20-year-old Susy Ibañez, stage fright had always been an obstacle. Because she had no prior dance training, Ibañez felt shy and uncoordinated. She never would’ve performed on stage or even auditioned for a dance until she became a part of SF State’s Pilipino Cultural Night last year and performed in front of a ...

Hybrid cars may not always be so eco-friendly

April 21, 2013 Opinion 17 Comments

SF State is a commuter campus, which means many students use public transportation or drive to campus to attend classes. Some students find themselves feeling particularly “green” while driving to school in their hybrid electric vehicles, because it uses less fossil fuel than a standard vehicle. Unfortunately, hybrid electric vehicle owners aren’t asking questions regarding the true ...

Gators sweep Coyotes in doubleheader

April 19, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157633282188957] By Mike Hendrickson / Special to Xpress The Gators’ softball team shutout the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes 5-0 in the first of their two games, and squeezed by 5-4 in the second game that ended in extra innings, Friday, April 19, for a doubleheader sweep. The Gators play the Coyotes again tomorrow April ...

Muslim Student Association hosts community prayer, promotes faith

April 19, 2013 News 1 Comment

In the middle of SF State‘s quad on a sunny Friday afternoon, about 60 people sat shoeless in front of a scholar dressed in white garb and a kufi, listening to him preach mankind’s forgetfulness of its creator, Allah. Several spectator students sit nearby listening in on the sermon. This is Muslim Student Association’s “Jumaa ...

New SF proposal would limit tobacco licenses in city

April 18, 2013

Cigarettes might be more difficult to buy in some neighborhoods if a youth influence organization gets their way. Youth Leadership Institute, an organization in the field of youth development which works to build communities that invest in youth, has presented their initiative to several city supervisors that would put a limit on the number of ...

SF State acclaims student leaders

April 18, 2013 News

You know those lazy students you sometimes see in class — the ones that barely ever show up, don’t contribute to groupwork and generally are a pain in the neck? Tonight, SF State’s Seven Hills Conference Center was filled with over 130 students, and none of them fit that description. The 8th annual Dean of Students ...

MFA Thesis Exhibition spotlights students' unique art

April 18, 2013 Life

The professor sits in front of his art students and discusses the status of their upcoming exhibition. As soon as he dismisses them from their meeting they disperse into sections of the room. There are students placing frames of large photographs on a wall, a student standing on wood chips tinkering with a projector, students ...

Earth Day inspires student events at SF State

April 17, 2013 News

[HTML1] Tote bags made from T-shirts, a bike-powered concert, and students from Fossil Fuel SFSU shouting “dance for the Earth” emphasized SF State student appreciation for Earth Day at Malcolm X Plaza on Thursday, April 17. The group, SF State ECO Students, tabled the event, as well as many others such as Fossil Fuel SFSU. Fossil Fuel ...

Photo of the Week

April 17, 2013

April 17 Photo by Jessica Roberts 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

'CockTales' series aims to reshape view of masculinity

April 17, 2013 Life

Eduardo Benitez has always had to be silent. As a child he wasn’t allowed to cry during a sad movie. As a teenager he wasn’t allowed to show any affection toward his wounded siblings and as an adult, he wasn’t allowed to come out as a gay man. In fact, Benitez said he wasn’t allowed ...

Beloved disability activist, professor remembered at reception

April 16, 2013

Friends, colleagues and loved ones celebrated disability activist and SF State professor Paul Longmore’s life and works at the University’s downtown campus in a series of speeches titled “Mischievous Entanglements: The Embodied Histories of Paul K. Longmore — Scholar, Teacher, Activist.” The SF State history department and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability hosted ...

SF State students respond to Boston Marathon tragedy

April 16, 2013 News 1 Comment

The two bombs that struck the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, killed three, injured more than 170 people and shocked the world. The Associated Press reported that the FBI discovered the bombs were hidden inside kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and shrapnel. The SF State community expressed sympathy ...

SF rent resource puts SF State student on the map

April 16, 2013 News

SF State student Adam Millman doesn’t work during the school year, relying entirely on his financial aid to pay the bills. The mechanical engineering major said about 60 percent of that aid goes toward rent, leaving not much behind. “I have just enough money for food,” Millman said, adding that he is cheap, which allows ...

Trojan alleviates tax season stress in SF

April 16, 2013 News

Tax season can be a trying time for many people — a 2011 OfficeMax survey called “Tax it to Me” found that four in 10 people would rather give themselves a haircut than file their taxes. This is where companies like Trojan, a company known for its distribution of condoms and sex toys, come in. April ...

Trying sobriety in the trenches of addiction

April 15, 2013 Opinion

This is part two of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. As a drug addict, I spent most of my time engaged in some type of inappropriate behavior. Lying, stealing and abusing drugs were some of my favorites. ...

Water main bursts, Muni veers off track

April 15, 2013 News

[HTML1] A San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency M-line train veered off the tracks Monday afternoon while passing through a flooded 19th Avenue at 19th Avenue and Sargent Street. Authorities and witnesses on the scene say a water main burst, flooding the street with nearly a foot of water and sand. No one was injured. “Water ...

Toros crush Gators 14-2 in series finale

April 14, 2013 News Sports

The SF State baseball team lost to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Maloney Field at SF State in this weekends four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association series finale. The Gators started off in the lead and stayed 2-0 until the fourth inning. In the fourth, the Toros took the ...