Second ASI official in the fall semester resigns for personal reasons

September 30, 2014 News

Associated Students Inc. (ASI) vice president of finance resigned Sept. 17, the second resignation of a student government official since the beginning of the semester. Ramon Gonzalez, who was elected vice president of finance in May, resigned from ASI’s board of directors due to “personal reasons,” according to President Sara Padash, who received his letter ...

Supporters and members of SF State's General Union of Palestine Students, as well as general onlookers, listen to speakers during a gathering to remember the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Malcom X Plaza Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

GUPS remembers lives lost in 1980s Shatila massacre

September 30, 2014 News 1 Comment

The General Union of Palestine Students paid tribute to victims of the 1982 Sabra and the Shatila massacre, an act they hold Israel responsible for, as Israeli student groups stood steps away on campus Tuesday. “We’re here to commemorate the loss of life,” said GUPS President Lubna Morrar of the spoken word, dancing and hip-hop ...

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D, a 43-year-old Associate Professor of Raza Studies at SF State, poses for a photo at Thomas L. Berkley Way (20th Street) and Telegraph in Oakland in front of the mural "We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For" by Jessica Sabogal, a Colombian American graffiti artist. Photo taken in Oakland, Cali. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

Student-teacher bond integral to professor’s proposed school

September 30, 2014 News

“He thinks he can go to Berkeley,” his math teacher said to him in front of the entire class. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, a Raza Studies and Education professor at SF State, still remembers those words 25 years later, proof that the relationship between a student and teacher goes beyond the classroom. After graduating from the University ...

Facebook infiltrates users’ private lives for profit

September 30, 2014 Opinion

After seven years of sharing random aspects of my life to friends and acquaintances, I decided to delete my Facebook account permanently last May. I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to commit social suicide. I deleted my account after Facebook updated their application, allowing them to record and identify music through your ...

Women’s cross country drops out from Sonoma State Invitational

September 30, 2014 Sports

Nearly snatching first place in the team’s season opener, SF State’s women’s cross country team decided to drop out of the Sonoma State University (SSU) Invitational scheduled for Oct. 4, to concentrate and prepare for the meets in November. “In the past (SSU Invitational) falls on a good weekend. This season it’s too early,” Coach ...

SF State Gator midfielder Sam Merritt, #10, fights for a ball in the corner against Cal State East Bay player Steven Henry, #25, at Cox Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Sara Gobets / Xpress.

Men’s soccer win their first CCAA game against Cal State East Bay

September 30, 2014 Sports

SF State won its first CCAA game Sunday against Cal State East Bay(CSUEB) in an exciting 3-2 overtime thriller, following a disappointing draw earlier this week against Cal State Stanislaus. “We were just waiting for that first win today,” Head Coach Matt Barnes said. “We looked a little bit tired today, so we made a ...

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, freshman check out a display showing various condom styles and shapes at the Residential Life Sexpo, an event held by dorm the RAs to help educate incoming students on issues relating to sexuality.

Campus community shares intimate details at first ever residential life Sexpo

September 29, 2014 News

Campus residents came for the dildos and stayed for the sexually explicit stories by their resident assistants (RAs) at Sexpo, a sexuality lifestyle event organized by Residential Life on Thursday night. First-year students asked questions about pornography, virginity, fetishes, sex toys, and relationships to a panel of five RAs. Organizers advertised a sex toy raffle ...

The Alexander String Quartet, starting from the left: Zakarias Grafilo on the violin, Frederick Lifsitz on the second violin, Paul Yarbrough on the viola and Sandy Wilson on the cello, perform at the Mckenna Theatre during the Liberal & Creative Arts Opening Day Festival at SF State in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

The Alexander String Quartet shares the wonders of chamber music with all

September 28, 2014 Life

A world-renowned string quartet has been quietly living in the Creative Arts Building, teaching music to students for more than 25 years. The Alexander String Quartet kicked off the opening day of the Morrison Artists Series’ admission-free concerts at SF State. Established in 1955, the founder of the series, Edward Hohfeld, believed that chamber music ...

SF State hockey suffers ‘bad beat’ in season opener to Spartans

September 28, 2014 Sports

Penalties, breakdowns and injuries left a mark on the SF State Gators’ 14-3 season-opening loss to the SJSU Spartans at Sharks Ice in Fremont Saturday night. “It was a bad beat,” Coach Kevin Barlow said following the game. “We’re a new team. We’ve only had four solid practices, so there’s only so much you can ...

Alcatraz visitors observe Ai Weiwei's “Trace”, an art installation of over 175 portraits made entirely of LEGO, each face depicting a subject of political detainment, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Famous Chinese artist’s latest exhibition on Alcatraz Island explores freedom and restraint

September 27, 2014 Life

Art and activism collide on Alcatraz Island in Ai Weiwei, a Chinese contemporary artist’s latest exhibition—an exploration of freedom and restraint. Once a confinement for the nation’s most notorious criminals, the former penitentiary now houses seven unique installations, all a part of the exhibition. The list of attendants did not include the Weiwei. He is one ...

Christian club loses support and funding from CSU system

September 27, 2014 News 2 Comments

The California State University (CSU) system derecognized a campus Christian club and its statewide chapters at the start of the semester on the grounds of religious discrimination, denying them access to university funding, campus meeting space and tabling at campus events. The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship requires group leaders to identify as Christian and sign a ...

Thursday, Sept. 25, Hospitality and tourism major Amanda Hoang decides on a drink between classes at Healthy U in the Cezar Chavez Student Center.

Campus is divided over support of controversial anti-sugar measure

September 27, 2014 News

If a tax measure on the November ballot passes, SF State students will soon pay an extra fee for their favorite sugary beverages. Measure E, authored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, would put a two-cents-per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in San Francisco including sodas, sports drinks and some juices. Diet drinks, natural fruit juice and drinks ...

Jessica Nicerio of the San Francisco State Gators digs the ball back into play during a match against the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. The Gators won the match 3-2 Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

Volleyball team wins game against Cal Poly Pomona Broncos

September 26, 2014 Sports

After falling behind 2-1, the SF State Volleyball team picked up a thrilling five set match over the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos last Friday at the Swamp. Both teams exchanged blows throughout the first set, with each team staying within striking distance of each other until the Gators gained a bit of momentum, resulting in ...

SF State President Les Wong answers questions during an interview given by Xpress editors in the Administration Building Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

Wong envisions changes to University in a Q&A session with Xpress

September 23, 2014 News

Golden Gate Xpress editors sat down with SF State President Leslie E. Wong last week to discuss the future of the University. The Gator president expanded on his plans for a new science facility, a campus extension at the Hunters Point Shipyard and expectations for a redesigned athletics. Here are his responses, edited for clarity. ...

Seniors Kevin Johnson (left) and Hayden Roberts (right), who have been buddies since freshman year, stand in Cox Stadium at SF State Tuesday, Sept. 16. Martin Bustamante / Xpress

Bond between two senior soccer players has team on right track

September 23, 2014 Sports

A lot can happen in four years. There are successes, failures, hardships and triumphs, and a pair of SF State men’s soccer seniors have seen them all. Kevin Johnson and Hayden Roberts are in their fourth and final year in Gator uniforms. The two seniors formed a great relationship in their freshman year, and even ...

Erwin Rodriguez (left) and Ernst Wullenweber (right) square off with their respective teams during a scrum at practice on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

SF State Rugby Club fights for a field

September 23, 2014 Sports 1 Comment

They are SF State’s only Division-I representatives. In 2012, they enjoyed their first undefeated season. On Saturday, they finished fourth in the grueling Pac West Sevens Tournament at Sacramento State, bringing home the Shield award. They are the Gators Rugby Football Club, and to date, their toughest opponent is the school they represent. Over its ...

Women in sports are drastically underrepresented

September 23, 2014 Opinion

How many 4-year-old kids could name the starting lineup for the 1997 to 1998 Chicago Bulls team? To this day, I still clearly remember jumping on our beaten down grey couch out of excitement when the Bulls won the championship that season. If my older brother turned on Sportscenter while I played with my Barbie ...

Wong does not regret $3.8 million Science Building shutdown

September 23, 2014 News

The University spent $3.83 million on the temporary closure, remediation and reopening of the Science Building after the discovery of environmental hazards in the facility late last year, according to an SF State official. An estimated $1.3 million in funding for the rehabilitation of the Science Building came from a project the University found “no ...

CSU faculty contract negotiations at standstill after 100 days

September 23, 2014 News

California faculty members approach their 100th day without a new labor contract after months of salary and workload disputes with the California State University (CSU) system. The California Faculty Association (CFA) plans to take action at all 23 of the CSU campuses throughout the week of Oct. 8, including an informational picket line at SF ...

Eat Real Festival feeds the hungry and educates the curious

September 23, 2014 Life

As a mixture of barbecue and sugary sweets wafted through the Oakland air in Jack London Square, Bay Area locals perused tons of food venders, Do-It-Yourself workshops and educational conventions at the Eat Real Festival. After five successful years, the three-day festival began Friday, Sept. 19, and took a different spin on things. The event ...

Design student rethink urban space for worldwide (Park)ing Day

September 23, 2014 News

Tiny parklets and environmental installations sprung up around campus last Thursday in celebration of Park(ing) Day, an annual event reclaiming urban space for public use. SF State students in the design and industry department organized nine unique installations this year, all of which were geared toward critically examining how we utilize environmental resources.  Rebar, an ...