Dying with dignity laws give us even more freedom

November 11, 2014 Opinion

When 16-year-old Palo Alto High School student died last October after being fatally struck by Caltrain commuter train, authorities ruled it an apparent suicide. After hearing the news, I stopped and wondered what circumstances arose for this young man to have killed himself. Perhaps he was clinically depressed or was bullied in school and didn’t ...

An Artist’s Account: dancer Matthew McKines

November 11, 2014 Multimedia News

This is the first in a series of vignettes profiling students and the spaces they are going to lose as a part of the consolidation of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. Matthew McKines is a dance student who has taken on the leadership role of organizing fellow dance students and getting their voices ...

Animation student finds inspiration from alum turned Pixar producer

November 11, 2014 Life

From a monster-filled factory to talking cars, alumnus Jonas Rivera continues to expand our imaginations and inspire up-and-coming animators. Since his last class at SF State, Rivera has been a part of the Pixar family, living out his childhood dreams. With no regrets, he missed his college graduation to start working at his dream job ...

Frederik Green, Sylvia Lin and Howard Goldblatt speak with Huang Chunming, who could not attend the gathering due to a recent diagnosis of cancer, during Tales of a Beautiful Island, a reading of famous fictions written in Mandarin by Huang Chunming and translated into English by former SF State Professor Howard Goldblatt.

Renowned Chinese translator and former professor shares insight on campus

November 10, 2014 Life

Famed Chinese translator and former SF State Professor Howard Goldblatt returned to the University in a presentation of works by Taiwanese literary figure. The reading session last Saturday was organized by SF State’s Chinese program and presented by Chris Wen-Chao Li and Frederik H. Green, who are both professors of the program. Goldblatt introduced himself ...

Hockey continues losing streak against UC Davis Aggies

November 8, 2014 Sports

The Gators’ hockey season continued its downward spiral after suffering a 21-3 trouncing at the hands of the UC Davis Aggies in Oakland Friday night. It was the team’s fifth-straight loss and the second blowout suffered at the hands of a strong Aggies squad in less than a week. A silver lining did make an ...

Volleyball wins final home game against Monterey Bay 3-2

November 7, 2014 Sports

The SF State volleyball team kicked off its final homestand with a dramatic 3-2 win over CSU Monterey Bay Friday night. The two teams had an even first set, exchanging points throughout the frame. The Gators were able to pull away with a 5-0 run and win the set 25-20. Junior Jaclyn Clark attributed their ...

UDPATED: Power outage sweeps SF State campus

November 6, 2014 News

A power outage struck campus Thursday evening, causing evacuations in the J. Paul Leonard Library and residential buildings for a couple hours. Lights first shut down at approximately 8:43 p.m. and emergency backup lights came on several seconds later until power was restored. PG&E representatives said they were still analyzing the reason for Thursday’s power ...

Professor Rabab Abdulhadi stands beside GUPS President Lubna Morrar as she recites a poem by Samih Al-Qassem, at the 7th Annual Edward Said Mural Celebration in the SF State Student Event Center on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Palestinian students embrace the power of culture, celebrate activist mural

November 6, 2014 News

Students paraded with Palestinian flags at Malcolm X Plaza for the seventh annual celebration of a mural painted on the student center that features prominent Palestinian educator, writer, philosopher and activist Edward Said. Members of the General Union of Palestine Students expressed their appreciation for the piece of cultural representation through song and dance at ...

Landis pre trial hearing postponed until January 2015

November 5, 2014 News

The pre-trial hearing for former SF State professor Mark Landis was postponed until Jan. 6 due to his absence, said Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn today in court. According to defense attorney Thanh Ngo, Landis did not have to be present since his charges are still considered misdemeanors. Landis, 38, was charged with a 16th ...

(Left to right) First time voters Ryan Doyle, Lindsey Herbert and Xiomara Duran cast their ballots in the Junior Towers at SF State on election night Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Helen Tinna/Xpress.

2014 Midterm Election Wrap up

November 5, 2014 News

The Nov. 4 midterm election brought new and repeat voters to the three polling locations within SF State proximity, who helped determine local and statewide races and propositions. Some campaigns encountered heavy competition, including the District 17 State Assembly seat that pit supervisors David Chiu and David Campos against each other and resulted in a ...

Measure E: More BS From the BOS

November 4, 2014 Opinion 1 Comment

As San Francisco debates important issues like affordable housing and raising minimum wage, the Board of Supervisors is passionately pushing for a sales tax on sugary drinks known as Measure E. While the programs Measure E is earmarked to fund — physical and nutritional education of children — are political slam dunks, it should be ...

Eric Pido, Ph. D. assistant professor in the Asian-American studies department, shares experiences he has been through during the Violence Teach-In hosted at SF State Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Recent death of student reminds others to have a voice against domestic violence

November 4, 2014 News

Prompted by the recent shooting death of an SF State student allegedly at the hand of her ex-boyfriend, the Asian-American studies department hosted a workshop Tuesday to confront the root causes of male violence. Around 40 students and faculty attended the workshop to commemorate Cecilia Lam, who majored in Asian-American studies and advocated against domestic ...

Panic is transmitted faster than disease in America

November 4, 2014 Opinion

Mass hysteria over Ebola has spread faster than the virus itself here in the United States. Although Ebola is a serious issue in Africa and surrounding countries where the virus has destroyed communities, the United States has continued to stay relatively unaffected. There has been only one American death since its outbreak, while six others ...

Monday, November 3, Students, parents and faculty gathered in Knuth Hall for to discuss the future of the dance department's studio FA203 Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Dean reconsiders proposed dance space following town hall meeting

November 4, 2014 Multimedia News

Tensions ran high at the packed town hall meeting in Knuth Hall yesterday where the SF State community met to address the conversion of the Fine Arts dance studio into a campus museum. “You’re taking away our church,” said dance major Becky Kalinowski. “(The dance studio) means that much to this program.” Bernardi told the ...

Prop. E raises money and awareness

November 4, 2014 Opinion

It is November and San Francisco has finally approached the ongoing debate over the soda tax and the health impacts of sugar consumption. Yes, many people arguing against the soda tax say that eating sugary foods is just as bad, but liquid sugar consumption is a whole different science with a slew of negative health ...

The audience gets a chance to ask questions about the films shown during Superfest, the International Disability Film Festival at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Daniel Porter/Xpress.

Comedic ‘Superfest’ discusses disability portrayal in film

November 4, 2014 Life

“How many disabled people does it take to screw in a light bulb?” well-known stuttering comedian Nina G. asked the audience at this year’s Superfest International Disability Film Festival. “One to screw it in and five able-bodied people to say, ‘You are such an inspiration.’” A roar of laughter was followed by applause for the ...

Prop E raises money and awareness of diabetes in our society

November 3, 2014 Opinion

It is November and San Francisco has finally approached the ongoing debate over the soda tax and the health impacts of sugar consumption. Yes, many people arguing against the soda tax say that eating sugary foods is just as bad, but liquid sugar consumption is a whole different science with a slew of negative health ...

Students came for kink but left with an education at campus bondage workshop

November 2, 2014 News

Ropes, scarves and neckties awaited curious students in the Rosa Parks conference room at the Educational and Referral Organization for Sexuality’s Kink and Bondage workshop Wednesday. The 83 person crowd wasted no time engaging in the workshop as instructors Shay Tiziano, “expert kinkster” and education director of the SF Citadel, and Jade Taylor, a health education student, ...

Mark Dreger (left) and Janice Li (right) taking biking to the first stop of prospective sites concerning cycling traffic by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Transportation experts meet with community to refocus 19th Avenue project on bicycle friendliness

November 2, 2014 News

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency and local bicyclists came together Saturday to reimagine a more bike-friendly transportation corridor for 19th Avenue. Representatives from the SFMTA invited local bicyclists to the J. Paul Leonard Library Saturday to discuss a proposed project that would realign the M-Ocean View Muni line to facilitate a growing population and alleviate ...

Phil Shaheen of the Tijuana Panthers performs at The Depot on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

Local musicians keep it creepy at The Depot

November 1, 2014 Life

The Depot flooded with excited fans during their 3-band show the day before Halloween. The lineup included The She’s, Banshee Boardwalk and Tijuana Panthers. All three groups pulled an impressive crowd to the front and received steady cheers, applause and waving from the audience. Many fans showed up to the venue ready for the costume contest ...

San Francisco Giants fans celebrate their 2014 World Series victory in the Civic Center Plaza outside of city hall Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Giants fans celebrate at Civic Center after World Series win

November 1, 2014 Sports

The weather let up and the crowd thickened in the afternoon, where five Jumbotrons broadcasted from beyond as the San Francisco Giants parade made its final turn behind city hall. Giants Public Address Announcer Renel Brooks-Moon opened the ceremonies before handing it off to radio play-by-play man Jon Miller, who handled player introductions. Mayor Ed ...

Get It Indy performs a song for the first time at the The Depot on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2014.

Rappers turn out for The Depot’s Turn Up event

October 31, 2014 Life Multimedia

The Depot created quite a stir at SF State as quick-spitted words and deep beats echoed through the Cesar Chavez Student Center from a group of up-and-coming Bay Area rappers who gathered together to show students what the hip-hop culture has to offer. The group of diverse rappers graced the stage, showcasing their individual styles, talents ...

Manager Bruce Bochey accompanies the World Series Trophy during the parade Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Ecstatic Giants fans pack downtown streets for celebratory parade

October 31, 2014 Sports

Die-hard Giants fans crammed Market Street in San Francisco Friday afternoon for a parade to celebrate the city’s third World Series championship in five years. Fans waited behind the barriers lining Market Street in anticipation for their favorite players, who cruised down the parade route in sleek double-decker busses. Clouds of black and orange confetti ...

Bamby Salcedo entwines hands with Deziree Miller after Q&A with actvist in the ROMC Reading Room on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

Trans visibility film screening invites students to an open discussion on the realities of gender transitions

October 30, 2014 News

As part of a global movement toward trans visibility, an internationally recognized transgender Latina activist paid SF State a visit Thursday for the only Bay Area screening of a film documenting her story. Students gathered at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center to watch Dante Alencastre’s film “Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story,” which chronicles Salcedo from her drug addiction ...

Fin May (left) and Rowie Walsh, members of Palladino, perform for the Student Talent Showcase in Jack Adams Hall Thursday Oct. 29, 2014.

Campus’ best give their all in Student Talent Showcase

October 30, 2014 Life

The futures of SF State alum Andrew Liu and freshman Stephanie Gatica are on the rise since winning Student Life’s 2014 Student Talent Showcase. The up-and-coming artists competed in the annual showcase Wednesday evening in Jack Adams Hall, with Liu winning the rap category, and Gatica winning the singing category. The talent was separated into ...

SF State Gators player Karla Uribe and the rest of the women's soccer team decorate the railing at Cox Stadium to honor their graduating players on their last game Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

Women’s soccer team says a bittersweet goodbye to their long time coach in unsuccessful final game of the season

October 30, 2014 Sports

In the final game of the season, SF State lost 3-2 to the Sonoma State Seawolves in a match that marked the last ever game for veteran coach Jack Hyde and for four seniors on the team. Family and friends cheered aloud from the stands as Hyde, Allison Taylor, Allison Land, Ellie Ceja and Stephanie Vanni were introduced before the ...

Faculty votes unanimously to merge dance program with theater arts

October 30, 2014 News

Theater arts faculty members and two tenure track dance professors voted to move the dance program out of the School of Music and Dance and into the theater arts department Monday, commencing the first step to official University approval. The program’s move was approved in an overwhelming 18-0 vote, according to Interim Chair of theater ...

Midterm Elections 2014: State propositions and elections

October 30, 2014 Multimedia News 1 Comment

With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, voters will soon pile into poll booths next Tuesday, casting their ballots to determine the fates of local and statewide elected positions and proposed measures. Among the high-profile selections, San Francisco residents will decide on two different transportation propositions, a sugary-beverage tax and a minimum wage proposition. ...

Midterm Elections 2014: Local measures

October 30, 2014 Multimedia News

With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, voters will soon pile into poll booths next Tuesday, casting their ballots to determine the fates of local and statewide elected positions and proposed measures. Among the high-profile selections, San Francisco residents will decide on two different transportation propositions, a sugary-beverage tax and a minimum wage proposition. ...