Arts and entertainment summer releases in the Bay Area

May 24, 2014 Life

Arts and entertainment have ended at SF State, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy quality shows off campus this summer. There are a variety of movies, plays and concerts to see throughout the Bay Area for those who wish to stay in The City or who want to seek out culture across the ...

Top ten Gator sport highlights of the year

May 23, 2014 Sports

This year has been an impressive year for Gator sports. From basketball, to soccer, to track, we are all very proud of our fellow Gators. Here is tribute to some of the best displays of athleticism from the past school year.   10) MEN’S SOCCER: The Gator’s upset CSULA 1-0 Sept. 20, 2013, who was ...

Congratulations to the Journalism Department’s graduating class of 2014!

May 23, 2014 News

  2014 JOURNALISM GRADUATES   Rhys Kawika Alvarado Rachel Catherine Aston Beza Beneberu Samantha Darian Benedict Michele Lesley Bird Justice Paul Boles Haley Brianna Brucato Stephanie Danelia Castillo Nicole Kiana Dobarro Haydee Annette Farrell Lovelie Selica Faustino Thomas Delbert Figg-Hoblyn Gabriella Petra Gamboa Guadalupe Gonzalez Kristie Rebecca Haruta Melissa Vanity Landeros Craig Thomas Lifto Erica ...

IN-DEPTH: A Byte of the Valley

May 21, 2014 Multimedia News

See the full collection on Medium at: https://medium.com/a-byte-of-the-valley At a campus surrounded by Silicon Valley and the tech boom, it’s no surprise that technology has begun to shape the SF State campus through a variety of student entrepreneurs, app developers, engineers and designers — but also the aim of the University itself. A close look into ...

Get outta town, summer day trips for the Bay Area

May 21, 2014 Life

As Charming as Parkmerced and the Outer Sunset may be, the rest of the Bay Area ain’t so bad. Not going home this summer? Make friends with someone who has a car and get to know what’s what. 1. Oakland (19.8 miles from campus) San Francisco can feel like an island sometimes, what with water ...

Putting tidal waves into crunchable data

May 21, 2014 Multimedia News 3 Comments

The San Francisco Bay has powerful, silent tidal currents that influence all objects it comes in contact with. And Boriana “Bobbie” Viljoen has observed first hand the horrors of people being swept away by this invisible “river.” As a designer and a surfer, the SF State master’s student has identified a problem with the current ways ...

Grad student combines tech and design to benefit people

May 21, 2014 News 1 Comment

Trevor Myers, a 31-year-old graduate design industry student, has just registered his start-up business: Small Mouth Design. “Because I have a small mouth,” Myers said. “It’s a family thing. I mumble a bit.” With his long blonde hair hanging loosely at his shoulders, a faded black T-shirt over black jeans to match, the meticulously thorough ...

Professor creates a space for student inventions

May 21, 2014 News 1 Comment

Mark Ciotola remembers where it all began: as a young boy when he created his own ice cream flavor with a 15 cent licensing fee to his friends. Since those days, the SF State Design Industry lecturer has worked on several start-ups, a 3D visualization system, done extensive research for NASA and created the blog ...

Combining art, technology, and Lake Merced

May 21, 2014 News 2 Comments

Technology at SF State shows itself most prominently through design projects, business students creating the latest app and other companies coming to SF State. But some of the most interesting pieces turn out to be coming from the art department. More specifically, the conceptual information arts department, or CIA. Classes in this department learn to ...

Design showcase brings student concepts to life

May 21, 2014 News

When she realized that some elderly people have difficulty using touch screen devices, Ani Abgaryan set out to find a solution. The final product is Confage, an educational game that helps seniors help to gain confidence using the growing number of touch screen devices. Abgaryan, a graduate student studying design at SF State, was named a finalist ...

Don’t go dancing this summer, go Redisco!

May 19, 2014

Packed bars and VIP table service at bougie nightclubs consume urban nightlife nowadays.  If any young person in San Francisco is asked what their Thirsty Thursday night plans consist of, the answer is more than likely hanging out in a bar, feeling sardine-like as they attempt to sip on a beer without being elbowed and ...

SF State’s second annual Lavender Graduation celebrates the accomplishments of the LGBTQQIA on campus

May 18, 2014 News

When most people imagine lavender, they imagine a flower, or a purplish hue. But for many queer graduates at SF State, lavender represents something more personal: an accomplishment. Forty-nine graduating students of SF State’s LGBTQQIA community gathered in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for the second consecutive Lavender Graduation ceremony on ...

VIDEO: “Lost and Found”

May 16, 2014 Life Multimedia

[HTML1] Many of us living in the Bay Area have a peaceful stroll along the beach, but few of us have done it with such purpose. Brenton Bostwick, an artist from Marin County, has taken California coastline strolls and turned it into an art. Growing up, Bostwick always wanted to be a painter, and to ...

The graduates: meet the boys of local band ‘Tommy Boys’

May 15, 2014 Life

What does one do after getting their college degree? Sit back, start a band and record an album, of course. [HTML1] After graduating from SF State this past year, alumni Tyler Johnson and Robbie Donovan are holding off on their careers to make music. The band, Tommy Boys, has been weaving their way through the ...

SF State names new athletic director after year-long hunt

May 14, 2014 Sports

SF State has named Charles Guthrie the new athletic director today, May 14, after nearly a year of searching for a new one. Former Athletic Director Michael J. Simpson retired in July 2013, and Bill Nefel has stepped in until now as interim athletic director. Guthrie previously held the same position at Clark College of Vancouver, Wash. ...

Fashion Forecast: how to dress when it’s sunny in SF

May 14, 2014 Life

San Franciscans have a multi-faceted arsenal of rain gear and are well-versed in the concept of bundling up when the fog rolls in. But they are a bit thrown off when the sun comes out. Unlike most cities where it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, San Francisco is known to ...

Photoshop takes the standard of beauty too far

May 14, 2014 Opinion

Ever wonder who decided a skinny frame, blond hair and clear skin was the ideal image of beauty? Ever wonder what influenced why you put those clothes on this morning? Well, it all started in 1966. Lesley Lawson, more commonly known as Twiggy, was a mid-1960s model and actress. Twiggy’s thin build, big eyes and ...

Xpress remembers Stephen Guillermo, Nov. 27, 1987 – May 3, 2014

May 14, 2014 News

UPDATE: SF State will award Stephen Guillermo a posthumous degree in international relations this summer, the University announced in a press release. Guillermo, who was shot and killed entering the wrong apartment May 3, was just a few units away from receiving his degree, according to Mary Ann Begley in the press release. Stephen Guillermo, an ...

Family seeks justice after slaying of son, SF State student

May 14, 2014 News

Family and friends of Stephen Guillermo, an SF State student who was shot and killed after mistakenly entering the wrong apartment, urged the District Attorney this week to investigate the incident and press a murder charge on the shooter.  Starting last Wednesday, family and friends staged a three-day-long protest outside San Francisco’s Hall of Justice, ...

The right to bear arms is essential to our lasting freedom

May 13, 2014 Opinion

Welcome to the United States, home of beer, cheeseburgers, free speech and lots of guns. We also have an entire system of laws that protects our right to enjoy all four of these things. Our founding fathers believed that a citizen’s right to bear arms was important enough to be in our constitution. According to ...

Students increase abuse of study drugs as finals close in

May 13, 2014 News 1 Comment

With finals week approaching, students are more likely to be found in the library than in the pub, and some who are buckling under endless workloads may look to study drugs to stay focused. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011, an estimated 5 percent of Americans between the ages of ...

University plans to shift ownership of Cesar Chavez Student Center

May 13, 2014 News

SF State plans to shift control of the Cesar Chavez Student Center from an independent organization to the university’s corporate entity UCorp starting on June 30, a move that may threaten the employment of 125 student center employees, according to a union representative. According to Donna Olivera, a member of the Coalition to Stop Synergy ...