Taser debate sparks student protest

November 25, 2013 News 1 Comment

The escalation of the Taser debate resulted in a rally in Malcolm X Plaza Friday, where students protested against what they see as the silencing of student voice on campus. Protesters also spoke out against the auxiliary merger between Associated Students, Inc. and the Cesar Chavez Student Center that threatens the benefits for some SF ...

Rain showers hit SF State

November 20, 2013

[set_id=72157637891230496] Students lift umbrellas and duck away under building overhangs as rain showers hit SF State Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Muslim students gather in the Quad for community prayer

November 19, 2013

[set_id=72157637865344524] The Muslim Students Association (MSA) came together for Friday prayer, or Jumaa, last week on the Quad at SF State. Fridays are a day or community prayer for Muslims. They usually gather in a mosque to pray and listen to the Imam, the person who leads prayer. Once every semester, MSA holds prayer outside in ...

EROS hosts 5th annual Sexuality Career Fair

November 19, 2013

[set_id=72157637861718245] Educational & Referral Organization for Sexuality (EROS), and Associated Students, Inc. hosted its fifth annual Sexuality Career Fair yesterday to give students an opportunity to learn about careers in the sexuality field. The event, held in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, featured nearly a dozen different Bay Area and San ...

SF State head athletic trainer takes pride in recovered players

November 19, 2013 Sports

In 2007, SF State Head Athletic Trainer Bryce Schussel helped former SF State basketball player David Van Someren return from a torn ACL that cost him most of the 2006-2007 season. At a game against Cal State Bakersfield the next year, Schussel watched Van Someren sink a game winning shot. “He looked up at me ...

SF State mourns death of long-time journalism lecturer

November 19, 2013 News

Raul Ramirez, an award-winning journalist and longtime SF State lecturer, died of cancer Friday at his Berkeley home. Ramirez, 67, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late July. Ramirez taught journalism at SF State for 30 years and specialized in investigative reporting and public affairs. Since 1991, he worked as the executive director of news and public ...

Taser dispute rouses plans for protests

November 19, 2013

A group of students against the University Police Department’s proposed use of Tasers hosted a meeting in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Cesar Chavez Student Center room T143, Tuesday, to discuss plans to protest Taser use until its demands are met. The demands include full disclosure of UPD’s Taser regulations and reduction of lethal weapons ...

Cinema student wins Best Director and Best Picture at Campus MovieFest

November 19, 2013 Life

Student director Andrew Wong doesn’t just stand out for winning Best Picture for his film at Campus MovieFest, but for his reaction. “Once they announced it was me, I stood up and I screamed,” Wong, a 19-year-old cinema major, said. “My heart was pounding so hard I was certain my friend could actually hear it, ...

Typhoon Haiyan media coverage dehumanizes severity of disaster

November 19, 2013 Opinion

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta The devastation of Typhoon Haiyan that occurred in the Philippines Nov. 8, killing nearly 4,000 people and rising, is rightly garnering massive media coverage. In times of huge catastrophes, the framing and topics media choose to cover can dehumanize the severity of the situation, and draw attention away from what truly ...

University has yet to answer why campus police need Tasers

November 19, 2013 Opinion

Tasers, Tasers, Tasers… I get it – I’m tired of hearing about SF State’s Taser debate, too. But is the solution to let the administration do whatever they want because we’re annoyed that it’s taking too long to resolve?  That sounds childish. UPD and the school’s administration need to prove to us why they need ...

Detroit Pistons practice at SF State gym

November 19, 2013 Sports

Students peaked through the small windows at SF State’s main gym to catch a glimpse of a surprise spectacle. The Detroit Pistons, in the midst of a West coast road trip, stopped by The Swamp for a full practice session Thursday en route to Sacramento for their game against the Kings after a blowout loss ...

President Wong invites SF State community to Strategic Planning Kickoff event

November 19, 2013 News

[set_id=72157637826397053]   Monday, a dry-erase board was set up in Malcolm X Plaza, and on it was the question: What would make San Francisco State a better place? President Leslie E. Wong and his Strategic Planning Committee encouraged students and faculty to write their suggestions, which varied from “lower tuition” to “free parking,” on the board for SF ...

SF State women’s basketball outruns Menlo College for win

November 16, 2013 Sports

This Friday, Menlo College couldn’t keep up with SF State women’s basketball’s quick shifts to offense. The Gators outran the Lady Oaks for most of the game, allowing them to score at will and coast to a 66-58 victory. “We really try to get the ball up and down the court in a hasty manner,” ...

Students assemble to discuss Taser-use by police at SF State

November 14, 2013

[set_id=72157637685910014] [HTML1] Live streaming by Jasmin Taylor A group of more than 50 students organized in Malcolm X Plaza, Thursday night, to speak out against the proposition of SF State University Police Department (UPD) carrying Tasers. Students organized the event, but the audience was also comprised of ASI representatives and a few University staff members. ...

Women’s basketball beats Pacific Union in Gator’s home opener

November 12, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157637620237685] After a slow start to the season, the SF State women’s basketball team took its first lead of the year with seven minutes to go in the first half of the game Tuesday. The Gators wouldn’t trail the rest of the game, besting Pacific Union 76-45 in the Gator’s home opener. “Anytime you get ...

SF State students learn Krav Maga for self-defense

November 12, 2013

[HTML1] [set_id=72157637471681164] Last Thursday the Women’s Center, an Associated Students Inc. program, and I-Team, a student-led group that works to create and promote Israel awareness on SF State’s campus, combined efforts to a self-defense course for students. The Krav Maga self-defense class  took place on SF State’s main lawn in front of the Cesar Chavez ...

The Taser debate should stop, says Xpress news editor

November 12, 2013 Opinion 5 Comments

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta The entire dispute over Tasers is ridiculous and needs to end so we can move on to more important things. SF State President Leslie E. Wong should drop any pretense of caring what students think and simply announce to the campus community that the University Police Department is arming its’ officers ...

Student center remembers Richard Oakes in 11th annual celebration

November 12, 2013 News

Next Thursday, Nov. 21, the SF State Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC) will host the 11th Annual Richard Oakes Celebration to commemorate the life of Mohawk Native American Activist Richard Oakes. The celebration, which is open to the public, will explore Native American community activism on campus and in the San Francisco Bay Area through ...

Students win big prizes at ASI Casino Night

November 12, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157637619792916] The Cesar Chavez Student Center may lack the glitz and glamour of the Vegas Strip but on Friday, Nov. 8, the Associated Student, Inc.’s Casino Night brought some of the excitement of Sin City to the SF State campus. The event gave students with a valid identification card a voucher worth 250 credits to ...

SF State runner clinches spot at cross-country nationals

November 12, 2013 Sports

The SF State men’s and women’s cross-country teams were unable to punch a ticket to the NCAA Division II National Championship meet during the West Region regional meet Saturday morning in Spokane, Wash. Neither placed in their respective race’s top five teams, a position that would’ve clinched them a spot. The men finished eighth and ...

Cinema alum discusses Hollywood screenwriting career with students

November 12, 2013 Life

Before his career as a Hollywood screenwriter, there was once a time when SF State alumnus Anthony Peckham’s most interesting job was to refile an entire room at the Pacific Stock Exchange. “The previous clerk had not believed in the tyranny of the alphabet,” Peckham said. After some refiling and a little patience, Peckham would ...

Theater students play 18th century actors

November 12, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157637487741844] Theater students dressed in 18th century garb and periwigs stood in a hall of the Creative Arts Building as they prepared themselves for their most recent play, “The Stage Mutineers.” The musical comedy had its first showing in the Studio Theatre at SF State Nov. 7 and ended Nov. 11, under the direction of ...

Rappers delight with open mic show at The Depot

November 11, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157637500760555] Among a mostly empty arrangement of tables and chairs at The Depot’s Rapper’s Delight Wednesday, Nov. 6, Michael Payton gets on stage for the third time begging someone to take advantage of the open mic. Payton, from KSFS radio, struggles to keep the small audience entertained as he says, “I’m going to get Stephanie ...

Ex-con teaches prison reform class at SF State

November 10, 2013 News

From cocaine trafficking to prison to teaching, Michael Santos, a newly hired criminal justice lecturer, offers SF State students an insider’s perspective on the prison system through his class, The Architecture of Incarceration. This class examines the country’s prisons, the people inside, the way they are treated and the justice system that has put them ...

Edward Said mural turns 6 years old

November 8, 2013 13 Comments

[set_id=72157637620834436]  UPDATED: 11/12/2013 The Palestinian national anthem echoed through Jack Adams Hall last Thursday, as SF State hosted its sixth annual celebration of the campus’s mural honoring the late Edward Said, one of the most influential voices for the Palestinian struggle, and a strong advocator for peace in the Middle East. The Palestinian cultural mural, ...

University replaces 3,000 locks after loss of master keys

November 7, 2013 News

The entire block of housing units in University Park North and the Towers at Centennial Square were re-keyed last week after two master keys opening about 3,000 resident’s doors were reported stolen Monday, Oct. 28, according to University officials. The University responded to the crisis and managed to re-key all the affected apartments and dorm ...

Project Connect hosts eighth annual Transfer Day

November 6, 2013 News

  UPDATE: 11/12/13 Last Wednesday, Bay Area community college students interested in transferring to SF State gathered at the Cesar Chavez Student Center for the eighth annual Transfer Day. Project Connect: Recruitment and Retention Resource Center, an Associated Students, Inc. program that works to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low-income and historically under-represented ...

SF State gets new courses with environmental focus

November 5, 2013 News 2 Comments

A $38,207 grant provides Gators with the opportunity to enroll in five new environmental focused courses starting Spring 2014. The Office of Sustainability at SF State recognized the opportunity of the ‘Campus as a Living Lab’ Grant Program and told University professors, who then developed the five courses, according to Caitlin Steele, director of sustainability and energy. The ...

Comedic play brings humor to Day of the Dead celebrations

November 5, 2013 Life

“The Still Life Cabaret,” a comedic play coupled with song and dance, highlights the significance of Día de los Muertos. Written and directed by SF State professor Carlos Baron, the play focuses on a group of children who have passed away and return to their homes on the day of the dead to catch a ...

Men’s soccer loses despite last minute goal

November 5, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157637364235336] A last-minute goal by freshman midfielder James Aguirre wasn’t enough to overcome a two-point deficit against the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. The Gators lost 1-2 Sunday in their final game of the season to cap a 3-14-1 overall record. The team hosted a celebration after the game to celebrate seniors Anthony Rodriguez and ...

Penis size matters, but so do erogenous zones

November 5, 2013 Opinion

Graphic by Holly Nall It’s a question that has plagued the sexes for thousands of years since the first phallic images appeared: Does penis size matter? Depending on whom you ask you’ll get a flat out “Penis size is everything,” or you might hear, “It’s not the size of the ship, it’s the motion of ...

Millenials lose themselves in flashy technology

November 5, 2013 Opinion 1 Comment

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta Many associate my generation with its strong love of technology and apparent inability to pull itself away from a flashing screen. This is a misconception though. My generation does have an obsession, but it’s not with the screens themselves — it’s what’s on them. When you see someone on their phone, they ...