Women’s basketball suffers unfortunate loss to Cal State East Bay

February 28, 2014 Sports

[set_id=72157641680411695] UPDATE:Amid offensive struggles SF State’s women’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, resulting in a 58-50 loss in their second-to-last game of the season. Senior guard Katie Batlin had a game high 21 points to lead SF State, but the only other Gator to accompany her in double ...

Baseball team wins in 12th inning, now on four-game winning streak

February 28, 2014 Sports

[set_id=72157641681136064] UPDATE: The entire SF State baseball team piled on Fernando Escobar as he rounded first base, after getting the walk-off hit against the Cal State Bernardino Coyotes in the bottom of the 12th inning to win 4-3 Friday. “I didn’t expect for all of them to pile up on me,” said Escobar. “It hurts being on the bottom ...

Christian speakers get a rise out of students on campus

February 27, 2014 News

[set_id=72157641591567354] Three Christian speakers got a reaction from students when they paid a visit Wednesday, Feb. 26 to spread what they believe is the gospel. Kahafre James, a member of Hip Hop For Change, holds a sign reading “this guys is a douche” as Greg S. Davis debates with a crowd of students in front ...

Track and field senior overcomes fear, breaks record

February 26, 2014 Sports

SF State record-breaking high jumper Tiana Wills is one of the best in the nation — with a fear of her own sport. “I’m afraid of heights,” Wills admitted. “So I don’t like to know what height I’m jumping at. The less I know the more I won’t be scared.” Senior Wills leaped with the ...

Banning peanut butter doesn’t make it safer

February 26, 2014 Opinion

For many, it’s a fond memory to think back to all the times they brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school for lunch. Although there were times we wished for variety in our sandwich choice, the memory still clings to us like peanut butter to the roof of a mouth. The number of ...

Chilean speakers inspire SF State’s first student union

February 26, 2014 News

SF State’s first student union held its opening event that featured three Chilean student activists to speak about social activism in Chile as apart of their national speaking tour Friday at The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. The San Francisco Student Union consists of both SF State and CCSF students and aims to incorporate local schools into their organization. They intended on ...

“Progressive Proof” printmaking exhibit is art made entirely of paper

February 26, 2014 Life

[set_id=72157641542988655] Looking at the art pieces at the Progressive Proof’s opening reception, you wouldn’t believe they were made out of paper. Curator and Assistant Professor Susan Belau put on the art exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery to showcase nine women artists that will be at the 42nd SGC International Printmaking Conference on Mar. 27. ...

Celebrities provide break from hard news

February 25, 2014 Opinion 1 Comment

What’s your news homepage look like? Probably a combination of tragedies in Ukraine and Syria, concerns about health care and celebrity news. Some don’t think that celebrity news fits on pages like Yahoo and USA Today — but they’re wrong. Celebrity news isn’t about self-indulgence; it’s just the human interest story on the front page ...

Gator wrestlers eye chances at national championship

February 25, 2014 Sports

With the disappointment of both Dylan Phillipy and Isaiah Hurtado missing the national championships last year, the Gators wrestling team approaches the NCAA Division II Super Region Championships this year with a renewed focus on nationals. After missing most of last season, including the regional meet, due to injury, Phillipy is back and ready to ...

GreenHouse playwriting program wins $10,000 grant

February 25, 2014 News

SF State’s GreenHouse Playwriting program received a $10,000 grant that will give five MFA students their first step into the professional world of theatre. GreenHouse is an independent theatre production program run by SF State playwriting undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty from both the creative writing and theatre arts departments. GreenHouse will ...

Campus continues celebrating Chinese New Year

February 25, 2014 Life

[set_id=72157641338924664] Excited voices and laughter reverberated off of the walls and ceilings of Jack Adams Hall. The aromatic scent of Chinese food wafted through the room and each table was covered in a bright red tablecloth and scattered with colorful confetti and Chinese candy. A feeling of warmth filled the room as a mix of students, ...

Strategic Planning Committee looks into tightening student admissions

February 25, 2014 News 1 Comment

[set_id=72157641340168013] SF State could soon tighten the entrance guidelines that give Bay Area students priority admission, while also holding students outside that area to higher admission standards. Members of the Strategic Planning Coordination Committee, a group headed by SF State President Leslie E. Wong which focuses on improving the campus, met Friday Feb. 21. One ...

SF State students join Venezuelan anti-government demonstrators

February 23, 2014 News

[set_id=72157641443758544] SF State students linked hands with hundreds of demonstrators to form a human chain on the Golden Gate Bridge today in solidarity for mass anti-government protests in Venezuela that have plunged the South American country into turmoil. Around 300 people marched across the Golden Gate Bridge, dressed in all white, or the red, yellow and ...

Sugary drinks may get warning labels in California

February 22, 2014 News

Soda drinkers and vendors at SF State may soon find sugary drinks sold on campus will have a label to warn against negative health effects. State Senator Bill Monning introduced a bill Feb. 13 which could require that soda companies place a warning label in clear view on all beverages containing 75 calories or more per 12 ounces, according to the Sugar-Sweetened ...

News isn’t the place for celebrity gossip

February 22, 2014 Opinion 2 Comments

With the era of ever-expanding technology among us, media outlets are everywhere we look. They continue to feed us more information, whether we want it or not. However, with great power comes great responsibility and those with such authority are losing touch with what the public needs to hear: the dependable news. We’ve always been ...

Baseball team sweeps double header against Cal State Stanislaus

February 22, 2014 Sports

UPDATE: Dominant starting pitching, allowing only two runs in both games combined, gave the Gators the edge in the sweep over the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors Saturday afternoon at Mahoney Field. The Warriors came out swinging, scoring two runs and leading for the first half of the game. Starting pitcher Jack Veronin shut the Warriors down for the ...

Screenwriter Sam “Batman” Hamm talks on genre writing

February 22, 2014 Life 1 Comment

Screenwriter Sam Hamm during his speech in Coppola Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Building, Thursday, Feb. 20. Hamm is the second of three guest speakers featured in a screenwriting series hosted by Assistant Cinema Professor Julian Hoxter. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress Genre screenwriter Sam Hamm might not want to be a one-hit ...

“Queer Your Rights” conference educates LGBT students on rights for housing, employment

February 21, 2014 News

[set_id=72157641286296534] The Queer Resource Center put on the first “Queer Your Rights” conference last Thursday in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. The event was hosted by the Queer Resource Center, in conjunction with the Legal Resource Center, and ASI. Its  purpose was to educate students in the LGBT community about the legal rights and resources that are ...

African-American journalist Greg Tate speaks on Afrofuturism

February 21, 2014 Life 1 Comment

In celebration of Black History Month, SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies featured Greg Tate, an African-American journalist and musician, as a speaker to 65 students and five faculty members about Afrofuturism and black science fiction. On Monday, Kenneth P. Monterio, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, introduced Tate to the audience, and added that ...

SF State may not be the Gators for long

February 19, 2014 News 4 Comments

University President Leslie E. Wong dances with the SF State gator mascot at Malcolm X Plaza on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in preparation for the second SF State Harlem Shake video. Photo by Virginia Tieman / Xpress, 2013 SF State President Leslie E. Wong recently stated in an interview with Xpress that he was looking ...

Chamber music festival honors world-renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin

February 19, 2014 Life

Paul Yarbrough, artistic director, speaks to the audience of the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 in Knuth Hall. Photo by Ryan Leibrich / Xpress As the lights dimmed in Knuth Hall on Sunday, the last night of the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival began. Incorporating concerts and ...

Changing the Gator won’t change campus spirit

February 19, 2014 Opinion

Strength and steadfastness are the reasons SF State students chose the alligator as their mascot in 1931, and there is no reason to change that. However, school officials have recently contemplated the change to forge a new image for the school and to bolster the image of student athletes. But what could be more formidable ...

Students search for definitive answer on why Wong said no to Tasers

February 19, 2014 News

SF State President Leslie Wong talks with Xpress news staff about his decision not to arm University police officers with Tasers Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress After an exclusive meeting last week President Wong told Xpress staff about his decision not to arm campus police with Tasers. Since the decision, student groups involved ...

ASI members work towards affordable public transportation

February 18, 2014 News

Students enter the M-line train on 19th Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 18. ASI is proposing a new student fee to help subsidize transportation costs for students. Photo by Ryan Leibrich / Xpress Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is seeking to bring about an initiative that would allow for an SF State student discount pass on public transportation. ...

Gators defeat No. 14 ranked team in the nation

February 18, 2014 Sports

[set_id=72157641071222705] A career game from the Gators’ senior guard Jennifer Le led SF State to a dominant 15-point victory over Cal Poly Pomona Saturday. The Broncos entered the game as the No. 14 ranked team in the country, but were held in check by the Gator defense losing 78-63. “Tonight, defense was key to the ...

Anime Club holds maid-themed cafe for Valentine’s Day

February 18, 2014 Life

[set_id=72157641173073123] While lovers were having Valentine’s Day dinner, members of SF State’s Anime FX club held a maid and butler themed cafe in Jack Adams Hall. According to one of the club’s officers, freshman Meri Hambalek, the club wanted to take advantage of the holiday that coincided with their open house. “It’s Valentine’s Day, so why not have a ...

Politics don’t belong in the Olympic games

February 17, 2014 Opinion

Every four years, representatives from 88 nations gather in one location somewhere in the world to perform the art of athleticism. The Olympics are an event to shower athletes with medals that they have trained intensely to win. The 2014 Winter Olympics have been the total opposite of this. Host nation Russia and the city ...