[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] SF State graduate Leila Mzali will be traveling to Afghanistan to participate in a five-month internship with Skateistan, a a non-governmental organization used to help empower Afghan girls and street kids through skateboarding and education opportunities. Photo by Samantha Benedict /
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="Luke Zavala plays in the band Girls Big Baby Guru at Balancoire in San Francisco's Mission District on Thursday, May 17, 2013. The performance was part of a benefit show called "Rebels With A Cause" featuring two other bands, where proceeds
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Samantha Battles, a photojournalism major, will be moving to Fresno after graduating this Saturday to coach volleyball at the high school she once attended, Buchanan High. Battles has played volleyball since third grade and coached since high school. Photo by Dariel
This year SF State will once again be joining one of the country's largest LGBTQ celebrations at the San Francisco Pride parade June 30 — and this time with a float.
"The Pride parade is an extraordinary opportunity for the University to show our support for and pride in
More than 4,000 graduates attended SF State's graduation ceremony, Saturday, May 25, 2013.
Graduates and their friends and family gathered in Cox Stadium to celebrate. Guest speaker, Larry Baer, CEO of the San Francisco Giants, said this is the “greatest class ever.”
Class of 2013 has more
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Tourists hop onto the trolley at Powell and Market Streets on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and head over to Fisherman's Wharf, a popular destination point in San Francisco. Photo by Jessica Worthington / Xpress[/caption]
Now that the stress from finals is finally
Everyone got a bronze coin for graduating drug rehab. Well, at least they did at the one I went to. All the ceremonies were the same. The coin is passed around among the patients. Each person then holds the coin, rubs it between their fingers
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Decensae White (32) shoots from the free throw line during a game against the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters Dec. 1, 2012. The Gators went on to win 60-55. Photo by John Ornelas / Xpress[/caption]
SF State star basketball player Decensae White
It's that happy time of year, where many of us watch as our peers graduate and go off into the world and their future careers. No doubt, graduating is a tremendous accomplishment. It takes a lot of work, even some blood, sweat and tears at
Saturday May 18, 40 graduating students of SF State's queer community, along with their supporting friends and families, gathered to attend the first Lavender Graduation at SF State.
In light of the Associated Students, Inc. Queer Resource Center opening last fall, the inaugural ceremony, funded by ASI,
Finals have once again crept into the lives of SF State students as they try their best to save their GPAs before mentally checking out for summer.
This means students face extremely long hours cramming a semester's worth of knowledge to solidify their passing grades before entering that three-month
Two people were arrested on SF State campus yesterday afternoon after they stole a laptop from a mall shopper, then fled to campus, according to University authorities.
Three people stole the laptop from a shopper near the Apple Store in Stonestown Galleria, then fled the scene in
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jacky Chow, a senior criminal justice major, dressed in his job interview attire on Monday, May 20, 2013. Photo by Mike Hendrickson / Xpress[/caption]
As the class of 2013 prepares to leave life at SF State, many graduates find themselves on the
SF State hosted its share of excitement this past week with six arrests, two protests and a load of stress to students, staff and faculty.
The arrest of six non-resident persons at SF State on the night of Thursday, May 16 sparked a protest of about
A few years ago, it was normal to graduate with a bachelor's degree in four years or less.
Since starting college at SF State in 2009, Kourtney Evans has had to delay her graduation due to financial hardships.
"My loans barely cover my tuition. Rent, books, bills,
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kaitlin Dick runs sprints in Cox Stadium at SF State on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Photo by Mike Hendrickson / Xpress[/caption]
With the semester coming to a close, it's time for those overstressed, overworked students to unwind and kickback in the summer
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Lea Lunden, soon-to-be SF State psychology graduate, stands in the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. This amphitheater is the alternate location for the psychology department's graduation on Saturday, May 25 for SF State psychology students. This graduation, thought up and
Photos by Virginia Tieman / Xpress
Narrative directing is a class that brings together writers, performers and cinema majors who collaborate for one main goal — to make a short film. For this course’s final project, the students collaborated with the advanced cinematography class and the
There’s a certain green plant with a reputation for its psychedelic effects and was known to help Bob Marley get through his days. Marijuana gets all the fame, but lesser known is its family member, industrial hemp. This column is about hemp's gift to us all
The pain was agonizing. I told the doctor in the emergency room to slice open my thigh and drain the pus. Once he could do that, I would be on my way. There was an abscess deep in the muscle and my thigh had swelled
SF Commune activists and SF State students gathered at Malcolm X Plaza today in protest of "police brutality" during the removal and arrest of six non-residents from Mary Ward Hall last night.
The group of approximately 50 protesters held signs that read "End Police Brutality" and
Giants won the second World Series in three years. Niners went to the Super Bowl. Warriors are in the playoffs. There has been a lot of smack talk about bandwagoning and Bay Area teams in the past few seasons. Bona fide sports fans, your points
After graduating art school, Nathan Watson has managed to stay busy and keep his creative endeavors going at full force.
With a master's in fine arts and bachelor's in history, Watson says that one of his greatest achievements is to be able to work on behalf
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Several non-residents were arrested and forcefully removed from Mary Ward Hall at SF State this evening after a fire alarm was set off in the dorm.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="Commuters who take public transportation have been targeted by cell phone thieves. Commuters are often unaware of their surroundings making them easier targets of theft. Photo by Samantha Benedict / Xpress"][/caption]
Celina Curato bitterly remembers the times her phones have been stolen.
Final exams, end of semester projects and bouts of nightlong cram sessions are upon us. With all the talk of assignments, worth a quarter to a third of our grades, it could be difficult to not crumble — or at least crack — under the
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="Biology students group together in the SEPAL classroom as they study for a final exam on Monday, May 13, 2013. Photo by Gabriella Gamboa / Xpress"][/caption]
From all-nighters to intense cramming sessions, many students will go to extreme lengths to get that
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="782"] Photo courtesy of stepsistermovie.com[/caption]
While waiting to learn if he was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival, Joey Izzo received an unexpected email from the festival requesting more information. Having submitted his short film for a slot in the prestigious film festival that
The collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory building, which produced American and European retail clothing, reverberated around the world. The tragedy left 1127 low-wage workers dead and thousands injured caused by neglect of safety standards by building owners.
SF State recently identified its connection to this
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="SF State students in the Holistic Health course taught by Erik Peper are finding increased productivity and happiness with the implementation of stretch breaks that occur multiple times throughout his three hour lecture on Monday, May 6, 2013. Photo by Frank
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When Bay to Breakers officials announced that this year's race would now include backpacks to its list of banned items, Bob Hearn didn't mind. The 47-year-old software company CEO wasn't going to bring a
The water in San Francisco is not only some of the crispest water found on the planet, it’s safe to drink and probably safer than bottled.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, bottled water is the fastest growing beverage in sales in the United States
Soon after the dope sickness, the anger and the depression, my cravings to use drugs slowly began to disappear. Without drugs and alcohol, I faced a whole new set of challenges. I became obsessed with sex.
For years, heroin caused my sex drive to remain dormant,
Gone are the days of “boy meets girl.” These days, a more likely scenario is “boy likes girl’s profile, girl lurks through boy’s pictures, boy flirtatiously messages girl.”
Who doesn’t have a friend with a great online dating story? Whether awkward, scary, sexy or dreamy, one
It wasn't until the artist lifted his handheld machine from my skin — as it buzzed like a dental drill — and wiped my ink and blood splattered arm clean that I realized I had just made a decision that would affect me for the
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="Julie Feinstein Adams met Scott Adams after she helped a close friend create a Match.com profile. She and Adams have been married for 7 years. Photo by Frank Leal/Xpress"][/caption]
Julie Feinstein Adams spent two tiresome years on JDate, an online dating website