Graduate to empower Afghan kids through skateboarding

May 27, 2013 Life

Leila Mzali was online searching for an image of a girl on a skateboard when she stumbled upon a picture of an Afghan girl skateboarding. She clicked the photograph and was redirected to a site titled “Skateistan,” a non-governmental organization used to help empower Afghan girls and children working on the streets through education — ...

SF State alumni and student bands play for charity

May 27, 2013 Life

While some bands use their shows to earn money for their own future endeavors, others choose a different path: one of charity. Recently, a trend has risen where bands connect with humanitarian groups to fundraise money, food or other goods to donate. Of these newer humanitarian acts is The Stone Foxes, composed of four SF ...

Graduating SF State athletes discuss life after college

May 26, 2013 Sports

Summer is fast approaching and graduation is lurking around the corner. Many of SF State’s graduating athletes, from cross-country to volleyball, spent most of their college lives deeply involved in their sport and are now preparing for the working world outside the University’s bubble. Life after college for Samantha Battles, a defensive specialist on the ...

SF State gators float into Pride parade

May 26, 2013 Life News 2 Comments

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 the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” SF State President ...

SF State graduation brings in thousands

May 25, 2013

[set_id=72157633700637480] 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 than 8,000 graduates. It is one of ...

Xpress recommends these San Francisco summer destinations

May 25, 2013 Life

Now that the stress from finals is finally over, SF State students may wonder what to do with their free time this summer. Across campus students are packing up their dorm rooms and apartments, checking out summer jobs and trying to decide how to spend the next three months. Before heading for the hills, check out ...

Ex-heroin addict says farewell to addiction

May 25, 2013 Opinion

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 and says something like: “I put strength and hope in ...

Athlete Decensae White charged with involvement in murder

May 24, 2013 Sports

SF State star basketball player Decensae White was arrested last week in Redwood City and extradited to Atlanta with charges of the involvement in the death of rapper Lil Phat, according to NBC Bay Area. White, 25, is one of five men allegedly involved in the murder of Lil Phat, whose real name is Melvin ...

Registration woes weigh heavy on returning students

May 24, 2013 Opinion

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 times. Something as simple as enrolling in classes necessary to ...

Queer Resource Center hosts first inaugural Lavender Graduation

May 24, 2013

[HTML1] 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, was proposed by students to acknowledge and celebrate ...

Gators crawl out of the library to study

May 23, 2013 News

[HTML1] 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 period of no homework. While the library is a ...

Theft at Stonestown leads to arrests on campus

May 22, 2013

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 a Honda. The trio drove to Holloway Avenue at ...

Students in debt question if college is worth the cost

May 21, 2013 1 Comment

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, and sustaining myself are all out-of-pocket expenses and ...

Student athletes gear up for summer training

May 21, 2013 Sports 1 Comment

With the semester coming to a close, it’s time for those overstressed, overworked students to unwind and kickback in the summer glory. But for student athletes, the end of the school year is only the beginning to an intensive summer of training. “Summer is difficult for us,” said Kelly Coffey, the men’s soccer assistant coach. ...

Psychology graduates get alternative ceremony

May 20, 2013 News 1 Comment

The drama of the psychology department graduation celebration is finally at a close: Student Lea Lunden’s low cost alternative ceremony for psychology graduates is now nearly fully funded, helped along by a $1,000 donation from the California Democratic Party Chair John Burton. The alternative celebration slated for May 25 will cost $15 a ticket, and has ...

Film and theater students collaborate on short film

May 19, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157633498982996] 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 writing and performing for film and theater class ...

Legalized industrial hemp benefits environment

May 19, 2013 Opinion 3 Comments

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 latest material used to make eco-friendly products. Hemp ...

SF Commune activists protest dorm arrests at SF State

May 17, 2013 News 23 Comments

[HTML7] [HTML6] 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 “SFPD Used Excessive Force on Mary Ward ...

Pretentious posers taint San Francisco's food scene

May 17, 2013 Opinion 8 Comments

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 are valid. Bandwagoning is a real issue. But I’m here ...

SF State professor hones novelty art in glass blowing

May 17, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157633497920050] 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 of other artists while still being able to ...

Protest breaks out after arrests at SF State

May 16, 2013 News 131 Comments

Editor’s Note: There is some graphic content in the videos posted in this article [HTML2] [HTML1] Videos courtesy of Nick Morris and Natasha [HTML3] 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. At around 7:30 p.m. residential advisers ...

Cellphone theft afflicts San Francisco

May 16, 2013 News 1 Comment

Celina Curato bitterly remembers the times her phones have been stolen. Once at a club and another on the bus on her way home from SF State. “It was super crowded and I was holding the top bars and when I went to grab my phone, it was gone and the bastard had already turned ...

Finals fail to measure or aid student success

May 16, 2013 Opinion

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 pressure. Tackling the task of closing out a semester can ...

SEPAL discovers most effective study habits

May 15, 2013 News 2 Comments

From all-nighters to intense cramming sessions, many students will go to extreme lengths to get that much desired grade. While these habits may get the quick grade (if successful), there are some recommended strategies to better understand the material. SEPAL, Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, at SF State is conducting various research projects on ...

Cannes Festival showcases SF State film graduate’s work

May 15, 2013 Life

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 receives 16,000 student films, the 28-year-old film graduate was anxious to know the verdict. “I thought it ...

Bangladesh safety monitor trumpets workers rights at SF State

May 14, 2013 Life

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 far-flung tragedy. Students are at the opposite end of ...

Constant computer use results in health risks

May 14, 2013

Students everywhere are doing it: at home, at work and on campus. Unsafe practice can result in chronic pain, exhaustion and even disease. Many are not aware of the risks, but using the computer can be hazardous to your health. As the semester draws to a close, students spend increasingly long hours hunched over the ...

Bay to Breakers bans backpacks after Boston bombings

May 13, 2013 News 3 Comments

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 backpack to the race anyway. He plans to run the race just like he did last year: wearing only a silver ...

Tap water remains best choice for SF

May 12, 2013 Opinion 3 Comments

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 and Americans spend billions of dollars each year to ...

Rediscovering sex on the first stretches of sobriety

May 12, 2013 Opinion

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, neglected. While I was strung out on heroin, sex ...

Online dating secret tips revealed

May 11, 2013 Opinion 1 Comment

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 thing’s for sure: Online dating has gone from the ...

Online dating increases in popularity among students

May 10, 2013 Life News 1 Comment

Julie Feinstein Adams spent two tiresome years on JDate, an online dating website for Jewish singles, going on dates that led her nowhere. One year later, after helping a close friend with her online profile on Match.com, Adams made an account for herself, which is where she met Scott — and they are now happily ...