Local pizzeria success provides business model for the deaf

March 31, 2015 Life

When the phone rings at Mozzeria, the Mission pizzeria owned by SF State alumna Melody Stein and her husband Russ, it doesn’t make any sound. Instead, strategically positioned lights, located above the front door and along the bar flash in color-coded pulses. It’s one of the many ways technology has helped Melody and Russ become owners of the ...

Student musician embraces sound to express spirituality

March 31, 2015 Life 1 Comment

Inspired by the bone-chilling gloom of winter, Cory Teese took up his guitar and transposed his melancholy feelings into chords. By springtime, Teese had emerged from a contemplative fog with the creation of his first album and his one-man band Flowers in the Fence. SF State English major Teese said he indulges his creative spirit ...

Recent luxury bus lines beneficial for future of transportation

March 31, 2015 Opinion

San Francisco is a place of opportunity. While some move here to start a business, others move for the plentiful jobs this metropolis has to offer. The opportunity to live out the American dream of starting something new and different should never be shamed, nor frowned upon. But for some reason, individuals that come up ...

On-screen romance projects incorrect representation

March 31, 2015 Opinion

A friend and I recently happened upon John Green’s novel-made-film, “The Fault In Our Stars,” while looking for something to watch on TV. I tried to sit quietly through the movie’s cheesy dialogue, but after a few minutes I finally exploded into a hysterical tirade about how I hate plot lines similar to many of Green’s other novels.They ...

Gators on track to playoff berth halfway through season

March 31, 2015 Sports

The combination of good offense and defense has pulled the SF State men’s baseball team from a rocky 2-8 start to winning eight of their last twelve games, giving them a renewed focus to make playoffs. The Gators had trouble winning at home early in the season, losing their first five games at Maloney Field. Shaking off ...

Women’s softball show midseason offensive progress

March 31, 2015 Sports

Looking out over the pock-marked infield, coach Cristina Byrne measured the expressions on the faces beneath purple SFSU visors. The white bases of SF State’s softball diamond were already stained reddish-brown by the cleats of the visiting Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. It was the second inning of the afternoon game March 21, and the Gators had ...

Students targeted in scam through babysitting service

March 31, 2015 News 5 Comments

The story of a deaf mother in need of assistance for her son who uses a wheelchair compelled one SF State student into accepting a part-time nanny job. But her empathy almost cost her $3,000 in an online scam. Sophomore Lauren Well signed up for Care.com, a third party website that employs users for family and home care, ...

President Wong responds to anti-gay legislation by issuing ban on Indiana travel

March 30, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong issued a statement Monday banning university-funded travel to Indiana in response to that state’s recent religious freedom legislation. No SF State funds will be appropriated to support employee or student travel, according to a mass email sent by Wong to faculty, staff and students. Travel authorized prior to Wong’s announcement will require approval from the pertinent departmental vice ...

African American enrollment suffers from continuous structural inequality

March 30, 2015 News

Enrollment of African-American students in the California State University system has decreased by 2.4 percent compared to a decade ago, according to CSU statistical reports. Disparities facing African-American youth including underfunded schools, police violence and joblessness contributed to their decrease in enrollment, according to Shawn Ginwright, associate professor of Africana Studies at SF State. Ginwright ...

Graduate student hired for Amtrak research

March 30, 2015 News

Whether it was working dead-end jobs as an assistant to a local florist or an employee at Domino’s Pizza, SF State student Morgan Pentruff never felt fulfilled in her work place until now. Pentruff has been selected by the University as a research assistant for an extensive, state-wide project, which she said credits her work ethic as the key ...

Alumni remembered after deaths by Oakland fire

March 29, 2015 News

When SF State alumnus Daniel “Moe” Thomas and his roommate Davis Letona walked into a room, friends said they brought a sense of tenderness and intellect with them. Those who knew them remember them for their creativity, intelligence, and immense love for other people. Letona, 27, and Thomas, 36, were killed in a three-alarm blaze ...

Gender equality needs male attentive silence

March 25, 2015 Opinion

Women’s History Month celebrates the historical impact of women and should be seen as an opportunity to teach men an important lesson: listen. Coming from someone who was raised by a single mother, a few aunts and too many strong women to count, I learned women don’t need men to speak for them. I discovered through observation ...

Equal attention vital for lives lost in recent shootings

March 23, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

The murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina by their neighbor, a white male with vocal anti-theist leanings, instantly alarmed those in the Arab American community. But early coverage demonstrated indifference to the crime, and it took hours of social media users questioning media intentions until news outlets across the country started broadcasting details ...

University under federal investigation for handling of sexual assault

March 21, 2015 News

The Office for Civil Rights added SF State to a list Wednesday that will include them with 104 college campuses under investigation for their handling of sexual violence. The federal examination at SF State for a pending Title IX investigation was opened March 10, according to the OCR. Title IX is federal law that requires all public ...

Founder’s Day celebration rooted with floats

March 19, 2015 Life News

A line of students snaked across the quad near Malcolm X Plaza Wednesday as the University handed out 1,899 free root beer floats in honor of the University’s Founders Day. SF State originated as the San Francisco State Normal School, a small women-only teaching academy on Powell Street in March 1899. The school was decimated in the ...

Annual conference promotes equality and empowerment for women

March 18, 2015 News

A former leader for the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panthers Party and political prisoner for her involvement with the group shared her experience and wisdom March 14 at the 4th Annual Women’s Conference organized by Associated Students, Inc. Ericka Huggins spoke to the 300 audience members at the conference in Jack Adams Hall to join her ...

HIV survivor shares personal story in hopes to educate

March 18, 2015 Life 18 Comments

When Gladys “Gizzy” Somarriba found out she tested positive for HIV in January of 2013, she immediately worried about what her family would think of her. “I told my mom over a text message, asking her if she would still love me,” Somarriba said. “I was crying hysterically, I was embarrassed. I didn’t want her ...

Other victims come forward after suspect arrested

March 18, 2015 News

A total of six victims have come forward to the University Police Department in connection to a suspect arrested in Park Merced Thursday for multiple counts of indecent exposure, according to University officials. UPD officers arrested Kaine Sinclair near campus March 12 after they witnessed the suspect exposing himself to a woman, according Deputy Chief ...

Crucial Selma activist disagrees with film accuracy

March 18, 2015 News

Colia Lafayette Clark, a leader in the fight to gain voter rights for African-Americans in Selma, Alabama, shared her first-hand experiences at SF State as part of a national tour to discuss the movement on March 10. While speaking with students during the event, which fell on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, Clark criticized ...

Professor discovers link between cold temperature and weight loss

March 17, 2015 Life 1 Comment

While most people consider dieting to be cutting out their favorite desserts or juice fasting with only fruit and vegetables, scientists are buzzing about the latest and possibly most extreme weight-loss regimen called cold diet, where one exposes themselves to below-freezing temperatures to shiver away the weight. Good Morning America reporter Becky Worley published an investigative video segment last month exploring ...

Cinema student rolls his way to success with skateboard brand

March 17, 2015 Life

At 17 years old, Sam Gershwin watched intently over his father’s shoulder as his experienced hands moved over the canadian maple to fashion Gershwin’s first home-pressed skateboard. As a woodworking craftsman, Gershwin’s father showed him the ins and outs of pressing his own boards in their garage at home. What started as a hobby, soon flourished into a business model that incorporated Gershwin’s love ...

Current generation perceived incorrectly in media

March 17, 2015 Opinion

My generation does not define me, nor does it hold truths for who I am and what I stand. Every time I have browsed through the Internet in the past few months, I have come upon a study, article or explanation of why my generation is the most stupid, selfish and entitled generation of all time. People in their ...

Veteran on track to break into All-time hits record list

March 17, 2015 Sports

[dropcap]P [/dropcap]awing at the dirt with the spikes of her cleat and scanning the field over thick stripes of eye black, SF State’s standout shortstop enters the batter’s box in similar fashion before each at-bat. Her posture screams confidence but still maintains the torturous touch of calmness that unsettles pitchers and edges defenders onto their ...

Wrestlers close out season at National tournament

March 17, 2015 Sports

A Gator wrestling trio said goodbye to the 2014-2015 season after placing 39th overall among the 48 teams competing in day one of the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships March 13 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mats covered the wooden floors of the Chaiftez Arena, as the Gator wrestling trio Andrew Reggi, Jordan Gurrola and Johnny Costa ...

Recent attempt to ban the American flag, undermines patriotism

March 17, 2015 Opinion

As I walked inside the doors of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia last fall, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of patriotism and pride for my country. Red, white and blue flags decorated the home where Betsy Ross hand-sewed the first American flag in 1776 and created the iconic image that represents the ...

Suspect identified in indecent exposure reports

March 14, 2015 News

SF State police arrested a suspect Thursday connected to a reported indecent exposure March 9, according to University officials. The University Police Department arrested 19-year-old Kaine Sinclair and booked him on multiple misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, according to a Clery alert sent from Vice President of Enrollment Management and Title IX Coordinator Luoluo Hong ...

Gator offense takes center stage in doubleheader sweep

March 13, 2015 Sports

The Gators combined lights-out pitching with the long-awaited clutch hitting that has eluded the squad this season, downing the Holy Names University Hawks 4-0 and 9-1 for the team’s first doubleheader win at home Friday. Pitcher Megan Clark forced Hawks hitters into difficult pitch counts that resulted in countless easy outs during her first-game shutout. ...

Two incidents of indecent exposure reported to University police

March 13, 2015 News

An incident of indecent exposure at University Park North Wednesday was reported to the University Police Department, according to an SF State email alert. The indecent exposure is the second of two reported on off-campus housing to the University Police Department within two days. In the most recent incident, a female victim said she witnessed ...

Students respond to 50 Shades of Grey hype

March 12, 2015 Life 1 Comment

For SF State freshman Ariana Fletcher, bondage/discipline/sadism/masochism is more than a trend brought on by the new film “Fifty Shades of Grey”. BDSM is her sex life. Though the controversial blockbuster aroused enough viewers to make it the highest grossing R-rated film after its first weekend in theaters, for 18-year-old Fletcher, the film portrayed her ...

Hundreds gather in rally to embrace working women

March 11, 2015 News

Aztec dancers dressed in feathered headdresses blessed the crowd as they blew on conch shells and the air filled with incense. Hundreds of people of all ages swarmed in the center of Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland and prepared their chants to march alongside the drumline in commemoration of International Working Women’s Day. “Tell me what ...