SF State’s Ultimate Frisbee club returns after five years

December 17, 2013 Sports 1 Comment

[HTML1] Video by Tony Santos and Treya Winfield Nearly five years ago, SF State lost its small but talented Ultimate Frisbee club when its founders graduated. Now, the disc-throwing sport is making a return to campus. Two juniors, Gianna Tesler and Graeme Brunst, restarted the club this semester with hopes that, this time around, the ...

BECA student goes viral on YouTube with new hip-hop music video

December 13, 2013 Life

Although he tells listeners to “keep it to a minimum,” SF State senior Michael Payton has taken his musical career to the next level with the release of his new track titled, “Minimum.” Payton is no newcomer to making music, having started the process around the age of 11. “Minimum” marks his first commercial success, ...

Students evacuated after small dorm fire

December 12, 2013 News

The students living in the Towers at Centennial Square and Science and Technology Theme Community dorms were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a fire in one of the trash rooms set off the alarms. “It wasn’t enough to set off the sprinklers, just set off the smoke detector,” said firefighter Chief Kirk Richardson. “We aren’t going ...

SF State geographers use ‘hexacopter’ to study California landscapes

December 12, 2013 News

Peter Christian, a geographical information science graduate student, stands with the hexacopter being used to survey California landscapes. The hexacopter is a cheaper and safer way to get photos of California. Photo by Gavin McIntyre / Xpress SF State geographers have successfully used an unmanned aerial vehicle to survey California landscapes for the first time. ...

SF State graduate creates San Francisco’s first comic book superhero

December 12, 2013 News

The Phenomenal Specter X, a creation of a SF State graduate, vigilantly watches over San Franciscans and keeps citizens safe from villains. Enrique Morales, a 2007 graduate from SF State with a bachelor’s degree in drama, is the creator of The Phenomenal Specter X, San Francisco’s first comic book superhero. Morales, born and raised in San Francisco, watched Batman, ...

Teaser: SF State Wind Ensemble’s special Star Wars multimedia show

December 11, 2013 Life

[HTML1] The San Francisco State Wind Ensemble will perform a special Star Wars multimedia show this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Knuth Hall. Clips from all 6 Star Wars films will be projected behind the ensemble while it performs selections from the series soundtrack. This is the first time the wind ensemble has incorporated multimedia assets ...

Non-student groups force President Wong to address student rights of free speech

December 11, 2013 News 20 Comments

At the “State of Emergency” rally Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, the phrase “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers” was written with chalk onto the stage in Malcolm X Plaza. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress SF State President Leslie E. Wong sent out a mass email to the campus community Monday, addressing a balance between ...

Lack of offense leads to Gator loss in SF State’s CCAA opener

December 11, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157638563784966] Chico State quieted a raucous crowd at The Swamp Friday night as they out-rebounded the Gators on their way to a 67-50 victory in SF State’s CCAA opener. Chico State won the rebounding battle 41-23 and SF State shot 27.3 percent from the field in the second half and 35.6 percent for the game. ...

President Wong supports student activism at SF State

December 11, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta From the strike of 1968 to today’s student organized rallies, SF State has a legacy of student involvement and activism — as it should. Through the years, there has been a growing sense of disengagement from the student perspective. Unfortunately, this has resulted in ambivalence toward the University and its community. ...

Gators trump reigning conference champions at The Swamp

December 11, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157638563565693]A stout defense brought the women’s basketball team to a 82-65 win over the Chico State Wildcats Friday night at The Swamp, giving the Gators their first win over the reigning CCAA champions in six years. The Gators kept tight coverage on the Wildcats in their first conference matchup, managing six blocked shots and 13 ...

Power outage in Lot 20

December 9, 2013 News

Students arrived to Lot 20 today, Monday, Dec. 9 2013, to find signs on the payment meters that read, “Due to power outage, free parking today.” The power outage in the lot took out the lights, elevators and payment machines inside the building. The signs were placed on payment machines in the morning by the ...

Student designers get recognized in this year’s FNA winter show

December 8, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157638429038523] Edgy and elegant student-made apparel designs graced the runway Friday evening during the “Brilliance: The Gems of San Francisco State” Winter Runway fashion show, hosted by the Fashion Network Association or FNA, a student organization. About 40 models exhibited the works of 30 student designers shortly after 7:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student ...

Brown Bag Theatre gives students chance to work on numerous plays

December 6, 2013 Life

[HTML1] SF State’s Brown Bag Theatre class is not held in a paper bag, rather the name of the class is inspired by a 1920s tradition. “I think it probably even goes back to prohibition days when you used to carry around illicit liquor in a brown paper bag,” said Bill Peters, a professor at SF ...

Thousands sail to Alcatraz to commemorate Native American activists

December 5, 2013

[set_id=72157638369936963] While most Bay Area residents are still dreaming of perfectly cooked turkeys, deliciously crafted gravies, and pumpkin pies made from decades-old family recipes, thousands of Native Americans and non-Natives flock to Pier 33 to sail off to Alcatraz before the sun rises on Thanksgiving Day. The Sunrise Ceremony, often referred to as UnThanksgiving, is ...

Undocumented students get access to SF State’s EOP for the first time

December 5, 2013 News

[set_id=72157637818233503] For the first time, the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), at SF State has begun to admit AB 540 criteria students and undocumented students into its program upon their admission to the University. This school year, there are 3,000 SF State students enrolled in EOP, or 10 percent of the University’s population. EOP helps recruit and ...

Strategic Planning Committee meeting draws poor student turnout

December 3, 2013 News 1 Comment

[set_id=72157638338122364] The Associated Students Inc. hosted a town hall event Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the J. Paul Leonard Library in support of SF State President Leslie E. Wong’s new strategic plan. President Wong has worked on a new strategic plan — the goal, mission, and objective for improvement for the University in the coming years — with his committee ...

World AIDS Day at SF State draws small crowd

December 3, 2013 News

[set_id=72157638339215874] Red pins exploded across campus Tuesday as SF State celebrated the 25th annual World AIDS Day with free HIV testing and presentations about getting tested, safe sex and culturally competent care. Campus organizations including the Women’s Center, Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health (PEACH), Creating Empowerment through Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education (CEASE), the Education and ...

SF State alumni: Where are they now?

December 3, 2013

Class of 2012 B.A. in humanities with a minor in Italian Williams, born and raised in San Francisco, chose to attend SF State because of its consistent celebration of diversity. Since graduating, Williams went the entrepreneurial route and started skincare center, Acqua e Sapone Aesthetics, which she owns in downtown San Francisco. The center is just ...

New shuttles shorten students’ wait time for daily commute

December 3, 2013 News 1 Comment

Last month, the University invested $83,000 to add two additional shuttles to the fleet that transports students from the Daly City BART station to campus, in order to accommodate the growing commuter population at SF State. SF State’s shuttle service is available to students and faculty who commute from Daly City BART and runs Monday ...

New art exhibit displays ’60s student protests at SF State

December 3, 2013 Life 1 Comment

[set_id=72157638336845403] It’s been 45 years since the longest campus strike in U.S. History took place at SF State and to this day it remains an honored, historical University event. Monday, Dec. 2, Catherine Powell, director of the Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC) and exhibition curator, hosted the opening ceremony for the exhibit, “Striking Images: ...

‘Tis the season to be horny

December 3, 2013 Opinion

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta As the end of the year approaches, when summer is but a distant memory, people tend to find themselves surrounded by couples (or in a relationship themselves). This period of autumn/winter, better known as “cuffing season,” is prime time for fireside cuddling, movie marathons and cozying up with a big mug ...

Former DI player closes college basketball career with Gators

December 3, 2013 Sports

When Katie Batlin steps to the free throw line, she puts her hand over her heart in remembrance of her brother, Phil, who was struck by a car and killed in 2004 on St. Patrick’s Day. He was her biggest fan. “My brother Phil really loved coming to my games and was the loudest person ...

Ceramics sale signals end for glass class

December 3, 2013 News

[set_id=72157638335849986] Snug in the middle of campus amidst the signs and free candy sit hundreds of ceramic goods available for the SF State community to purchase. The Ceramic Guild Annual Holiday Sale began this Monday and continues till the end of the week in the Fine Arts Building room 192. The glass blowing class, which is ...

Pro surfer student heads to Mavericks Invitational surfing competition

December 3, 2013 Sports 1 Comment

[HTML1] Video by Gavin McIntyre, Craig Lifto and Daniel A. Nelson The window for Mavericks Invitational in Half Moon Bay officially opened this November, and the wait for Northern California’s surfing spectacle has started. The competition summons the world’s best big-wave surfers, like Hawaii’s Shane Dorian and South Africa’s Grant “Twiggy” Baker, to local phenom and ...