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 ...

Earlier Black Friday openings push working students’ plans

November 28, 2014 News

While most people enjoyed traditional feasts and family gatherings this Thanksgiving, many retail workers had to compromise their plans to work during the Black Friday frenzy. Stores that were previously closed on the holiday, like Best Buy and Target, opened late Thanksgiving afternoon this year. SF State student Caesar Juarez has worked at the Macy’s ...

Native Americans give thanks for continued culture, remember past

November 26, 2014 News

As the sun rose above the horizon one November morning, years of what one Native American SF State student described as anger began to wane, transforming his perspective on Thanksgiving Day. Nicholas Gomez, a descendant of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation, a tribe that has resided in the Monterey Bay area for thousands of years, was 25 years old ...

Police survey the scene as protestors shut down both directions of traffic on the I-980 freeway in Oakland, Calif. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Crowds have gathered for two days in a row after word that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for killing teenager Michael Brown. Peter Snarr/Xpress.

Ferguson protests continue in Oakland streets

November 25, 2014 News

UPDATE: Protesters moved towards north Oakland and were able to block traffic for a second time Tuesday on I-580 near 34th Street by climbing up an embankment. Once police were able to clear the group from the freeway, protesters continued to the intersection of West MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue. At approximately 9:40 p.m., masked ...

The Capoeria Club at SF State practices their art in the Gymnasium at SF State. Annastashia Goolsby/Xpress.

Martial arts meets music in the Capoeria Club

November 25, 2014 Multimedia

Look, it’s martial arts. No, it’s acrobatics. No, it’s capoeira. Among a dozen sport clubs at SF State, the Capoeria Club, consisting of a Brazilian martial art incorporated with dance, acrobatics and music is one of the most enthralling. Despite being a mere five years old, the club attracts students who want to stay in shape, ...

James Cartmill holds an American flag upside-down at the protest in Oakland after a freeway takeover at the Grand Avenue Exit. Protests broke out in the streets of downtown Oakland at Broadway in response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in Oakland, Cali. Amanda Peterson/Xpress.

Oakland streets aflame after officer not indicted in Michael Brown case

November 24, 2014 News

UPDATE: Oakland protesters scaled a wall at MacArthur Boulevard to return to I-580, only to be met by police who forced them to turn around. The march back to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza was peaceful with no incidents between demonstrators and police, until it reached the downtown area. Masked protesters dressed in black smashed windows ...

Dominique Turner struts down the runway during the 2nd Annual Runway Show & Salsa Party at Jack Adams Hall Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.

Student models shine in runway show celebrating women of SF State

November 21, 2014 Life

Dominique Turner, a third year Africana studies major at SF State, prides herself on her African American culture and her gender. Turner had an opportunity to express her pride in the 2nd annual Runway Show and Salsa Party in honor of the women of SF State. Turner, among 40 other female students and alumni, volunteered ...

Minnesota's center Savanna Handevidt tries to draw a charging foul from SF State forward Michelle Sutton during a home game Thursday, Nov. 20. SF State Gators lost against the Minnesota Dragons 67-78. Annastashia Goolsby/Xpress.

Gators lose to Minnesota State in season home opener

November 21, 2014 Sports

The SF State women’s basketball 2014-15 regular season home opener was spoiled on Thursday evening, as they lost against a physically stronger and larger Minnesota State Moorhead team, 78-67. Minnesota State’s height advantage was apparent from the opening tip-off, as they dominated the rebound battle and forced the Gators to shoot long, contested three pointers throughout ...

Panel comes together for transgender day of remembrance

November 20, 2014 News 1 Comment

At three years old, Mitch Hymowitz told his parents that his penis was growing and that he couldn’t wait to get older and be a man. His parents fired back by reminding him that he was born a girl. “My whole life has just been conformity,” Hymowitz said. “Conforming to femininity and gender roles and ...

Obama takes step in right direction for immigration policy in some students’ eyes

November 20, 2014 News

President Obama wielded his authority over Congress today with a plan for immigration reform that has the potential to ease the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented people–and students–living in the country. Members of congress voiced concern over the president’s executive actions prior to the speech, including House Speaker John Boehner who released a ...

ASI merger results in appointment of new interim director

November 19, 2014 News

A divided Associated Students Inc. board of directors confirmed Wednesday a letter of appointment for an interim executive director of the Enhanced Auxiliary, increasing administrative oversight of student government. The confirmation of Aimee Barnes, assistant director of program and services, during its weekly meeting split the board and student center faculty, with seven members approving ...

Working in retail instills valuable traits in college students

November 19, 2014 Opinion

As the holiday season fast approaches, any student working in retail knows the perils of trying to keep up with the pace of customer and managerial demands. Some say the job is easy, people working these jobs know better. However, working in retail instills important values in college students by exposing them to real life ...

A line needs to be drawn in student-teacher relationships

November 18, 2014 Opinion

It starts with a chat during a professor’s office hours. Then the relationship thickens, and a cup of coffee is shared among buddies. Soon after, the two find themselves getting beers in the pub, discussing topics from the most recent lecture. Before you know it, a professor and student are having drinks outside of campus ...

Crime scene investigators John Evans and Lyn O'Connor speak during an intermission in the preliminary hearing of Nikhom Thephakaysone at the Hall of Justice, Nov. 18, 2014. Nashelly Chavez/Xpress.

Fingerprint links suspect to Valdez shooting

November 18, 2014 News

In a preliminary hearing postponed for months after SF State student Justin Valdez was shot and killed, investigators presented fingerprint analysis Tuesday to connect a suspect to last year’s murder. Nikhom Thephakaysone, who pleaded not guilty to the murder of the 20-year-old Valdez as the student stepped off an eastbound M-Oceanview Muni train in the ...

Cross country team excels in heat, has high hopes for upcoming Regionals

November 18, 2014 Sports

SF State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams returned from incredible Saturday finishes, running over hills in 100 degree weather at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship race, and now set their minds on Regionals. “I was very happy with how the team performed. We ran very well and have progressed nicely throughout the season,” ...

Wrestlers test skills at Roadrunner open among Division-I schools

November 18, 2014 Sports

After an impressive win over the Division-I Cal Ploy Mustangs, the SF State wrestling team traveled to Fresno, Calif. to compete in the Roadrunner open and build off of their momentum. The Gators were one of a few Division-II teams to compete at the open alongside nine Division-I schools. The participants included No. 9 Illinois, North Carolina, ...

Propsed UC system tuition increase stirs controversy among students

November 18, 2014 News

The University of California president’s proposal to increase tuition by 5 percent over the next five years, which is scheduled for a Nov. 19 vote, has drawn opposition from students and concern within the California State University system. The proposal, announced Nov. 6, would result in an added cost of $612 to students for the ...

SF Green Festival makes its rounds to educate community on living green

November 18, 2014 Life

Green Festivals have been educating communities all over America for about 13 years now, providing healthier alternatives for living economically, socially and all-around environmentally. Thousands of people attended Green Festivals across the country in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago this year, and last weekend at Fort Mason was San Francisco’s turn to ...

The SF State University Chorus performing in the 13th annual Harvest Concert at Lakeside Church Friday Nov. 14, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.

Harvest Concert showcases SF State choruses’ semester-long training

November 16, 2014 Life

Amid winter colds and midterms, four SF State vocal groups have trained all semester for a harvest concert where they performed their skills for charity. The concert at Lakeside Presbyterian Church last Thursday featured four vocal groups: the Women’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, the University Chorus and an independent SF State-based student group of voice students called Vocal Point. Penny Bloomenthal, a staff member ...

Game against Stanford Cardinal marks sixth loss of season for hockey

November 16, 2014 Sports

SF State’s best hope at skating to its first win of the season got derailed Saturday night, as the team fell to 0-6 following a 21-5 blowout win for the Stanford Cardinal at Nazareth Ice Oasis in Redwood City. Despite drawing first blood with a power play goal from defenseman Matt Gault just two minutes into the ...

Parkmerced residents gather to discuss housing relocation

November 15, 2014 News 1 Comment

Hundreds of residents living in Parkmerced will be relocated as part of a redevelopment project to add almost 6,000 new housing units to the neighborhood starting next year. The project, approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in May 2011, will add new housing units in Parkmerced, according to the San Francisco Planning Department. ...

Conversion of one of two dance studios postponed until Fall 2015 semester

November 14, 2014 News

Dance students celebrated Thursday upon notification that the conversion of the dance studio in the Fine Arts Building room 203 would be postponed until the Fall 2015 semester. Daniel Bernardi, interim dean of the college of liberal and creative arts, informed the program in an email to faculty and students that the college would hold off ...

Yasmine Curmi, R and D for Galaxy Deserts, straightens the sample deserts for the guests at the Taste of the Bay event presented by the hospitality and tourism department at the City View on top of the Metreon in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Daniel Porter/Xpress.

Taste of the Bay finds new home in downtown San Francisco

November 14, 2014 Life

Exquisite culinary creations, California-grown wines and panoramic views of downtown San Francisco brought foodies together to enjoy a night put on by the hard-working students of SF State. Students of the hospitality and tourism management department have been encouraged overtime to volunteer at the University’s biggest ticketed fundraiser event from their first class all the ...

CFA and CSU reach agreement on first-year contract, will negotiate for following years

November 14, 2014 News

The California State University board of trustees ratified a tentative agreement with the California Faculty Association Wednesday, which outlines a three-year contract for faculty members. Ongoing negotiations between the CSU and the CFA about salary structure and workload have come to a standstill, but the tentative agreement outlines specific details for the first year’s payment policy. ...

ASI board of directors to temporarily remain in command of student funds after vote

November 13, 2014 News

Associated Students Inc. board of directors rejected a proposition that would authorize university supervision of student governed funds Wednesday, in an effort to maintain control of their accounts. The proposal would have granted a University official oversight over four accounts belonging to the Cesar Chavez Student Center, which merged with ASI earlier this semester. Members ...

Seniors give an emotional goodbye in their final volleyball game

November 12, 2014 Sports

Senior night kicked things off for the Gators volleyball team with a packed gym chanted that “Go Gators” along side SF State’s cheerleading squad, while the team’s seniors Jacquie Brice, Melissa Horton and Jazmine Williams walked onto the court with their loved ones. The emotional farewell to the senior leaders was matched by an equally emotional game, ...

Andrew Reggi poses for a picture the morning after winning his match 8-1 against Cal Poly Pomona in San Francisco Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

Wrestler works to become All American

November 12, 2014 Sports

Isolated, SF State wrestler Andrew Reggi stretched and waited patiently for his next match, while a song by rapper Drake rang through his headphones to block out the noise of the room. He concentrated on his first move on the mat, with victory on his mind, he said. Reggi, a fifth year senior from Berkeley, Calif. returns ...

Jack Hyde high-fives a player from the girls soccer team, while he holds presents the team got for him. Coach of the women's soccer team at SF State, Jack Hyde, is retiring this season, so the team made Oct. 22 Coach Jack Hyde Day, right before the girls soccer team at Cox Stadium in San Francisco, Calif., on October 22, 2014.

Coach Hyde says goodbye after 35 years at SF State

November 12, 2014 Sports

An illustrious 35-year coaching career came to an end for the father of women’s soccer at SF State this semester, when he decided to step down and end an era for SF State athletics. Jack Hyde, 70, joined the University’s soccer program in 1979, where he coached the men’s soccer team and taught physical education. Since then, he ...

Mayoral canidate Joe Tuman poses for a photograph Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.Mayoral canidate Joe Tuman poses for a photograph Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Professor juggles workload during bid for Oakland mayor

November 11, 2014 News 3 Comments

When professor Joseph “Joe” Tuman gave a lecture on the regulation of Internet content to a packed classroom, he offered no hint that he was also running for mayor of Oakland. But the communications professor, who has been teaching at SF State since 1987, spent the first part of the fall semester balancing these two ...