San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors wants to control your life

March 31, 2014 Opinion

The Board of Supervisors is obsessed with every infinitesimal detail of our daily lives, to such an extent that goes beyond their job requirements and into controlling our day-to-day routines. If you don’t believe this, just look at the laws they’ve passed, or tried to pass, during the last few years. Several recently proposed bans and ...

Pan African fashion show unites culture and conquers stereotypes

March 30, 2014 Life

  Tuesday, March 18, the Black Student Union deconstructed stereotypes to reconstruct African culture through their annual Pan African fashion show in Jack Adams Hall. Students modeled clothing lines from six Bay Area designers and performed in a showcase of four customary African weddings, blending the contemporary and the traditional. The show encompassed the culture ...

Beyond psychology: professor coached Judo at Olympic level

March 30, 2014 Sports

David Matsumoto wasn’t interested in the sport of Judo when he first started at seven years old. But being the youngest of three boys, he was expected to follow in their footsteps when his time came. “In fact, I hated it for a number of years, until I got better,” the SF State psychology professor ...

The race begins: students network at CSU Hospitality Career Expo

March 30, 2014 Life Multimedia

[HTML1] In a few months, thousands of graduating students will leave college life behind and be launched into the working world, losing themselves in the seemingly endless search for a real job. SF State seeks to provide plenty of opportunities for students and soon-to-be-graduates to boost their sorely-needed job prospects. SF State’s hospitality and tourism ...

Historic graphic novels bring professor’s lesson plan to life

March 29, 2014 News 2 Comments

History and comic books may seem like an unlikely pair; that’s why history professor Trevor Getz prefers the term “scholarly graphic novel” to define his work so far. Getz takes areas of study he describes as “flattened” for a textbook and gives them layers. The reader is no longer limited to interpreting the material through ...

Baseball players leave home to play with Division I athletes

March 27, 2014 Sports

Two Gator baseball players got a rare opportunity last summer: live with complete strangers while playing with Division I athletes. Catcher Mark Lindsay and pitcher Peter Reyes both had this chance. Volunteer families housed them for approximately three months, while providing food, shelter and transportation. “It was definitely strange at the beginning, but I got ...

Murder trial of SF State student could begin this year

March 27, 2014 News

The trial of a San Francisco man charged with murdering an SF State student last September could begin by the end of this year, prosecutors said Thursday. Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, allegedly shot SF State sophomore Justin Valdez, 20, on Sept. 23, 2013, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. A slender and inexpressive Thephakaysone appeared ...

Harsh statistics bring professionals together to discuss LGBTQ suicide prevention

March 26, 2014 News

Compared to the national average of 8-10 percent suicide attempts of adolescents, the LGBTQ community has over twice that number with a 30 percent attempted suicide rate amongst adolescents. These facts brought professionals together for the Conference on LGBT Suicide Prevention Friday, March 22. The San Francisco American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), health care providers ...

Softball team loses to Chico, despite strong pitching

March 23, 2014 Sports

With the bases loaded and only one out in the fourth, the Gators were poised to turn a one-run deficit into a comfortable lead. A few pitches later, that chance turned into a double play instead. Despite strong pitching, SF State was unable to take advantage offensively as the team lost both games to Chico ...

BREAKING: One person injured in shooting on Brighton and Holloway

March 20, 2014 News

Police officers on the scene of the shooting at Brighton and Holloway. Lights are shining on the spot where the shooting took place. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress One person has been shot in the ankle in the Ingleside neighborhood, when shots were fired earlier this evening on Brighton and Holloway. According to KRON4, ...

A Day in the Life of the Gator (VIDEO)

March 20, 2014 Multimedia

[dropcap style=”box”]A[/dropcap]s I first put on the green mascot on, it hit me: I would be in front of a crowd, dancing my ass off, running around in costume and being silly. I got a little nervous. It’s just not something everyone does in his or her lifetime. I made sure I brought water and ...

San Francisco neighborhoods fed up with Ellis Act evictions

March 20, 2014 News 7 Comments

SF State professor and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia used to carry poems in his pocket. But stopped because he kept pulling out eviction notices. Murguia was one of more than 60 people who crammed into a Glen Park bookstore to listen to a panel of politicians and activists address San Francisco’s housing crisis ...

SF State’s eateries welcome Halal, boba and Bánh mì

March 20, 2014 Life

Nervous Factor performs for SF State students inside the Cesar Chavez Building during the grand opening of Quickly, Ha Tien Cove, and Shah’s restaurants in San Francisco on Thursday, March 13. Photo by Godofredo Vasquez / Special to Xpress The warm weather was the perfect setting to celebrate the newest eateries that SF State has ...

Senior high-jumper places third in championships, named All-American

March 20, 2014 Sports

Tiana Wills practices the high jump on the track at Cox Stadium Monday, March 17. Photo by Jenny Sokolova / Xpress Senior high-jumper Tiana Wills has been named an All-American, but she is full of disappointment. “I was not expecting to get third place, especially knowing I can go higher,” Wills said of her performance ...

All marine mammals performances are inhumane

March 18, 2014 Opinion 1 Comment

Sitting in the splash zone during an orca performance can easily be the highlight of any child’s trip to SeaWorld. Unbeknownst to a five-year-old, the seemingly happy-go-lucky whale swimming before them has been taken out of its natural habitat, dumped into a minuscule chemical-infused pool and suffers the heartache of living a life, trapped until ...

Nursing undergrads head to Peru, bringing medical supplies and aid

March 18, 2014 News

Growing up in India, SF State nursing student Sudha Saravanan witnessed a need for medical aid — and a shortage of people who could give it. After immigrating to the United States 17 years ago Saravanan decided to pursue a career in nursing, ignoring the dissenting voices of her friends and husband who doubted the profession ...

Softball faces loss in doubleheader with Cal Baptist

March 18, 2014 Sports

SF State’s Selina Rodriguez (24) tags out Cal Baptist’s Jacque Lopez (14) at first base during the Gators game against the Lancers at SF State’s softball field, Saturday, March 15, 2014. The Gators lost the game 0-1. Photo by Gavin McIntyre / Xpress SF State was unable to come up with the upset in their doubleheader ...

‘Troubling Borders’ anthology shares stories of Asian American women through art, literature

March 18, 2014 Life

Stillness in the air cast a gloomy scene, as Christilily Chiv shared heartbreaking and painful words of her family’s life before coming to America. A small gathering of students sat patiently, listening to three other womens’ painful past lives living under a diaspora. The Poetry Center, Asian American studies department and the Diasportic Vietnamese Arts Network sponsored ...

Don’t get mad about bridge tolls

March 17, 2014 Opinion

With only 11 percent of SF State students living on campus, it’s safe to say that some of the remaining 89 percent commute across the Golden Gate Bridge and would be affected by the raising of the toll. An increase of $1 has been approved for crossing the famous bridge this year, with additional increases eventually ...

ECO Students plans Earthbench by Thorton Hall

March 14, 2014 News

SF Lowell Highschool Outdoor Garden Classroom Year of The Water Dragon Earthbench. Started Fall 2012 and finished Spring 2013. Earthbench seats over 35 students and serves as an outdoor classroom for Lowell’s educational garden. Photo courtesy of Brennan Blazer Bird / Special to Xpress The Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECO Students) has plans to ...

New band The Pull pushes new EP

March 14, 2014 Life 1 Comment

(From left) Austin Hunter, Christian McArdle, and Davis Tamano commence practice in their friend’s garage, despite the absence of six other members of The Pull Saturday, March 8. Photo by Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress A year ago, Christian “Verbalistic” Mcardle-Hankin was tired of being a solo emcee. He wanted to share the stage with someone. ...