Get your winter started off right with some local holiday fun

December 19, 2014 Life

SF State experiences a severe drop in population during the winter when everyone goes home for winter break. But if you’ve got job obligations, decided to take winter classes, or don’t celebrate Christmas, you might be among the group of students who are looking for ways to engage the holiday spirit away from home. For ...

Photostory: Historical figure provides character for city tours

December 16, 2014 Life

Former SF State student Joseph Amster dropped out of school more than three decades ago after deciding a Theatre Arts degree would not take him to where he wanted to go in life. In 2011, Amster returned to San Francisco, where he began a career dressing up and giving city tours as historical figure Emperor ...

Men’s soccer ends season with most wins since 2005

December 16, 2014 Sports

The Gators had the most wins in a season since 2005, where they won 10 games. The Gators started the year having their longest unbeaten streak at six games since 1980, only to hit the road and go on a five game losing streak against top opponents. Although the losing streak tanked the team in ...

Ethnic studies program to be implemented into local Bay Area high schools

December 13, 2014 News

After much anticipation from educators, students and other community members, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Dec. 9 to implement an ethnic studies program in each of the district’s high schools. The resolution, set to unroll in 2015, is estimated to cost $469,833 per year and will expand the ethnic studies pilot ...

Film screening highlights health risks of cellphone use

December 13, 2014 News

When an award-winning Bay Area filmmaker heard that a fellow graduate student’s father had developed a brain tumor after years of cellphone use, he asked himself if there could be a relationship between the two. “I was curious to answer that question,” said Kevin Kunze, the director and editor of an investigative documentary that explores the ...

Torrential storm soaks the Bay Area; Schools issue closures

December 12, 2014 News 1 Comment

San Francisco residents braced themselves Thursday as a storm caused sweeping power outages, flooding and public transportation disruptions. The National Weather Service issued advisories for San Francisco County Wednesday Dec. 10 through early Friday morning, citing strong winds, high surf and flash flooding. The heavy rain and strong winds prompted the closure of all public ...

Breast cancer survivor and poet is honored by poetry center

December 12, 2014 Life

SF State’s Poetry Center honored the work of a poet who has transformed her breast cancer diagnosis into messages of survival and strength during a poetry reading Dec. 6. Anne Boyer is a friend to many, a well-known poet, a single mother and a woman whose life was suddenly interrupted at the beginning of this ...

Professor responds to opinion on race

December 11, 2014 Opinion

Javon L. Johnson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at SF State. Golden Gate Xpress embraces each person’s ability to have an opinion and would like to thank Dr. Johnson for this week’s contribution. On Dec. 3, Golden Gate Xpress published their weekly newspaper filled with articles on ...

Destruction and vandalism not appropriate route for meaningful protests

December 11, 2014 Opinion

Regardless of their affiliation, a black bloc activist’s purpose is the same; participate in acts of vandalism, build barricades, agitate other protestors to create in-fighting and create general disorientation. Typically aligned with the political ideology of anarchism, they can be an individual or part of a group. This form of activism has increased in popularity in the last few years, ...

Student activists join in on Berkeley protest against police brutality

December 11, 2014 News

Nearly 50 SF State students rallied in Malcolm X Plaza Monday before joining a mass march through the streets of Berkeley to protest recent police killings of unarmed black men. The rally was organized by SF State’s Black and Brown Liberation Coalition and focused on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both killed ...

We should end prejudiced ban on gay blood donors

December 11, 2014 Opinion

Lifting an outdated ban that restricts gay men from donating blood is being considered by the Food and Drug Administration and could potentially save millions of lives. The 31-year-old policy was created to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in response to the growing AIDS crisis in the ’80s. This is an outdated policy that diminishes the rights of ...

Mushrooms and other fungi featured at 45th annual Fungus Fair

December 10, 2014 Life

       While California’s drought has dried up vegetation throughout the state, rain arrived just in time to support new mushroom growth during the Fungus Fair Dec. 6 and 7 in Golden Gate Park. The Mycological Society of San Francisco hosted its 45th annual Fungus Fair, attracting mushroom and fungus enthusiasts from all over the ...

Double the Trouble: Twin alumni co-principal at East Bay high school

December 9, 2014 News

At 9 years old, Ron and Reggie Richardson amazed passersby while dancing in sync to Michael Jackson’s music in their neighborhood streets. Today as adults, they have taken their connection further, into their new jobs as co-principals of a San Leandro high school. The 38-year-old SF State alumni recently started their positions at San Leandro ...

Confiding in someone can help overcome depression

December 9, 2014 Opinion

I gave up on my plans to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene so I could be close to the pin-up girl of my dreams. My revised strategy to earn my degree locally and then one day secure a writing position with the Sacramento Bee was a tough decision, but at the time I knew everything was going to ...

UK band Palladino makes mark on the West with blues folk

December 9, 2014 Life Multimedia

The sound of a Fender electric guitar filled the room and a sweet melody soon followed as Rowie Walsh and Fin May of the blues-folk band Palladino jammed out to their song “Time” in their Sunset District apartment on a quiet Saturday afternoon. The two are originally from Norwich, England, where they formed their band in October ...

Immigration reform gives hope to the future for immigrants and families

December 9, 2014 Opinion

President Barack Obama’s action on immigration completely changed the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S. for the better. The president’s immigration reform proves our country’s dedication to freedom and helping others. Republicans will continue to refute, but implementing the reform will keep families together and give hope to millions of immigrants that a better life is ...

Alumni’s apartment transforms into unique art space

December 8, 2014 Life

Thirty years ago a group of students from SF State created a new future for art in San Francisco. Today, artists still use the space, known as The Lab, on the corner of 16th and Capp Streets as a place to go for shared studios, events and exhibitions. Because of living costs, space for artists ...

Fringe Goes Long offers diverse plays written by students

December 8, 2014 Life

After months of practice, edits and rewrites, theater students will premiere student-written plays at their annual Fringe Goes Long event. Beginning three years ago, Fringe Goes Long was created as a program for the theater arts community. Full-length plays are edited throughout the semester and performed in their entirety by actors and actresses who perform the ...

ASI to shift supervision in newly approved agreement

December 8, 2014 News

Associated Students Inc. approved a new Memorandum of Understanding Dec. 3 that would maintain supervision of its executive director to the board of directors. The new MOU, an agreement made between the University and ASI, outlined changes to the original version presented on Nov. 6, which shifted supervision of ASI Interim Executive Aimee Barnes from the ...

There shouldn’t be a spotlight on racism after Ferguson decision

December 3, 2014 Opinion

Michael Brown, 18, lost his life to former policeman Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. What made this shooting so controversial, besides the fact that the altercation between Brown and Wilson escalated to the six shots that killed him, was that the victim was black and the policeman was white. The rest of the world saw the colors ...

Gator Scheduler to help make registration process easier

December 3, 2014 News

The University debuted a new tool that will allow students to personalize schedules based on graduation needs and availability in time for priority registration beginning Dec. 5. Students can insert general education requirements and breaks through the Gator Scheduler feature to better plan around other activities such as work, sports practice and club meetings. “We have heard from students and ...

Cross country falls short for spot at Nationals

December 3, 2014 Sports

SF State’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams returned from the 900 mile trip to Billings, Mont., where they raced in the NCAA Division II West Region Championship. Facing multiple challenges including blistering winds and 30 degree weather, the men’s team placed eighth overall against 22 of the top teams from the West Region. Although they came ...

Lead suspect in Valdez murder trial pleads not guilty

December 2, 2014 News

The man charged with the murder of SF State student Justin Valdez pleaded not guilty to three felony counts Tuesday at the Hall of Justice, one month after new evidence was presented against him. Public defender Robert Dunlap entered the plea on behalf of Nikhom Thephakaysone in response to charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of an illegal assault ...

Some students with financial obligations lose out on turkey time

December 2, 2014 Life News

While Thanksgiving offers many students a break from the stress of school and an opportunity to reconnect with their families, some students simply can not afford to travel back home. Tamiyah Thomas is a first-year student who will spend her first holiday away from home working as a means to provide for herself. “This is the longest ...

University to postpone relocation of two museum collections

December 2, 2014 News

The University Museum’s plan to move two collections into the Fine Arts Building this spring have been postponed until fall 2015, allowing artifacts to be temporarily loaned to other museums and galleries until the grand opening. The Treganza and Sutro Egyptian collections were originally scheduled for a spring 2015 move into FA 203, but the ...

SF State honors staff and alumni that have passed away from AIDS on National AIDS day Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Each flag represents a person who has passed, and around the perimeter are signs bearing some of their names. Helen Tinna/Xpress.

Lives lost by HIV/AIDS commemorated with thousands of flags in quad

December 2, 2014 News

In observance of World AIDS Day, SF State student groups rolled out a series of events on campus Monday to commemorate the lives lost to the disease and educate students. The 2014 theme, Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free generation marked the event’s 26th run. “The diagnosis of HIV or AIDS used to be a death ...

Removing tips will affect quality service in restaurants

November 30, 2014 Opinion

I’ve never had the privilege to receive tips for good service. I’ve worked in retail since I turned 18 and I’ve never understood why people who work in the food industry complain about a slow night. Most restaurant employees that I know get paid an average hourly wage, similar to mine, on top of their ...