Oakland Raiders look to build through draft

April 30, 2015 Sports

Last season the Oakland Raiders once again finished with a losing record of 3-13, but something was different. They produced five starters from their 2014 draft class: Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson, Justin Eliis and T.J Carrie. Mack and Ellis earned a place in the NFL’s All-Rookie team for 2014, something that has not been done by ...

Gender identity warrants public recognition

April 28, 2015 Opinion

When Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced on national television last week that he has been transitioning into a woman since the 80s, viewers no longer saw the awkward, introverted figure the former champion athlete had become over the years. Instead, we witnessed a renewed individual, full of gusto and confidence and ready to reveal a persona ...

Contract terminations of Parkmerced employees, lead to picket lines

April 28, 2015 News

After the recent termination of Parkmerced janitors and handymen, the former staff and their supporters picketed April 23 for the second time in two weeks. When Preferred Building Services replaced Villas Parkmerced Maintenance Management as contractor, 32 employees’ contracts were terminated April 10. Parkmerced residents received an email from management discussing a contractor and staff transition after a ...

Students strut in heels to raise awareness for sexual violence

April 28, 2015 Life

The men of on-campus Latino organization Hermanos Unidos ditched their sneakers and strapped on high heels to help raise awareness for survivors of sexual assault during the Walk In Their Heels event in Malcolm X Plaza April 20. SF State psychology major Wilton Marin, a member of Hermanos Unidos, said wearing heels was a fairly positive experience, but he noticed a lot of ...

Sol Patch Garden roots itself within student community

April 28, 2015 Life News

Tiny sprouts of kale, spinach, lettuce and chard jutted up through a layer of soil on display at the reopening of SF State’s Sol Patch Garden April 23. Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students president Caitlyn Morrell provided tours at the event and explained the purpose of the garden, which is located next to the Mary Park resident hall. “We wanted ...

Egg donation holds more value than just money

April 28, 2015 Opinion 50 Comments

I always thought women who sold their eggs for money were only characters in Lifetime movies or weird 20-something college dropouts trying to make a quick buck. A few months ago, however, a friend of mine told me she was planning on studying abroad and when I asked her how she was financing her trip, she casually replied, “Oh, ...

Muni improvements assure faster commute for students

April 28, 2015 News 2 Comments

Additional reporting done by Steve Calderon  As the Municipal Transit Agency service improvements rolled out across the city Saturday, SF State sophomore Andrea Rios said she waited nearly half an hour at the intersection of 19th and Holloway avenues for the 28 bus to arrive. The changes are part of Muni Forward, a campaign to improve service for some ...

Storybook created for underserved children

April 28, 2015 Life Multimedia News 1 Comment

The first time Daniela Morales met Francesca, a preschooler in the Tenderloin, she learned about the young girl’s fascination with birds and how she would give them names and make up stories about them. In return, Morales has developed a story for Francesca. “My story is about this little bird, Francesca, whose family is a family of migrating birds and Francesca’s really scared to ...

Sophomore pitcher emerges in another breakout season

April 28, 2015 Sports

When SF State pitcher Megan Clark steps onto the raised gravel to begin her pitching performance, everything moves in sync. The precision of her pitching mechanics trickle down to her placement of the softball as it hurdles toward the catcher’s mitt. The evenly knotted purple bow holds back her bronze ponytail and the symmetrical eyeblack coats her cheeks. Tattooed ...

Former pianist fines new tune in jazz drumming

April 28, 2015 Life

At center stage in a dimly lit auditorium, formally trained piano player Lilian Wu riffs and shuffles smoothly into her drums, giving music lovers an afternoon of jazz drumming masterpieces. Wu, who is receiving her Bachelor of Music in jazz performance, grew up playing classical piano and began playing the jazz drums just five years ago. She presented ...

Assistant coach helps team reach new heights in first year

April 28, 2015 Sports 1 Comment

Sharing laughs and chattering away with teammates about what the new track and field season would bring, Jordan Guerrero remembers when she first met new head coach Kendra Reimer and assistant coach Marissa Chew early this semester. With a swift hand moment, Guerrero recalls Chew snatching the roll sheet from Reimer and saying a simple hello to the Gator squad. ...

Personality portrayed through hairstyles

April 28, 2015 Opinion

Hairstyles can be viewed as a personal timeline, a day-to-day freedom of expression that shows how a person has changed over the years. But when I decided to wear my hair in a man bun, I never expected the varied responses I would encounter. My journey into the world of the man bun began the ...

Closing pitcher breaks 20-year record in career saves

April 28, 2015 Sports

Standing at 6 feet and 3 inches tall, Cory Davis is a right-handed pitcher for the SF State men’s baseball team. Davis is 23 years old, loves baseball and country music and is also recognized as a record-breaking athlete. Davis saved his 17th game after the double header against Cal State Dominguez March 21, beating ...

Fashion show to debut student designers work

April 28, 2015 Life Multimedia

On the fourth floor of Burk Hall, 18 apparel design students meticulously cut, stitched and sewed together clothing in preparation for the runway show where their pieces will come to life one last time before graduation day. The anticipated moment will take place at the Runway 2015: Transcend fashion show, a display of the graduating class’s designs ...

Healing Art Series: Road Trip

April 28, 2015

This series of audio slideshows chronicles the work of three fine arts graduate students. These artists discover self-healing as they crochet, sew and sculpt. Road Trip Mourning the death of her father, fine arts graduate student Alexandra Lederer dedicated her final thesis gallery, entitled “The one left behind” in honor of his life. Using saws, sanders, ...

Healing Art Series: Childhood Redeemed

April 28, 2015 1 Comment

This series of audio slideshows chronicles the work of three fine arts graduate students. These artists discover self-healing as they crochet, sew and sculpt. Childhood Redeemed When Shan Jiang came to America from Dalian, China she was envious of American children who grew up playing with their siblings. Because of her traumatic childhood being neglected by her ...

Healing Art Series: Threads Reclaimed

April 28, 2015

This series of audio slideshows chronicles the work of three fine arts graduate students. These artists discover self-healing as they crochet, sew and sculpt. Threads Reclaimed Before coming to graduate school, Leah Virsik quit her demanding job as a graphic designer, a working environment she did not fit in according to Virsik. Virsik, a master’s student ...

Gators softball sends off graduating seniors with win

April 26, 2015 Sports

The SF State softball team said their goodbyes to three of their seniors Saturday afternoon, as Courtney Gravel, Lucy Fernandez and Selina Rodriguez took the field for one last time in the purple and white Gator uniform. The Cal State East Bay Pioneers tried to spoil the festivities with a win in the first game ...

CockTales promotes student discussion on gender through performance

April 22, 2015 Life

Before being diagnosed with the painful musculoskeletal condition Fibromyalgia halfway through his sophomore year of college, 24-year-old Nathan Barone associated being a man with his ability to play sports. “It forced me to surrender and understand I won’t be able to do the things that were part of my identity as man,” Barone said. “It left me ...

Personal struggles portrayed through masters thesis art show

April 22, 2015 Life

Rolling on a wheeled wooden frame in the corner of SF State’s Fine Arts Gallery, a queen-sized mattress enabled with motion detectors makes its way across the floor. It indiscriminately approaches anyone in close proximity in an attempt to seduce them into bed. “Bedfellows” is part of fine arts graduate student Randy Sarafan’s collection “Objects Behaving Badly.” The series is an ...

University policies brought to light through spoken word

April 22, 2015 Life Multimedia News

SF State’s Student Union organized the event Mobilize for Change at The Depot April 16. The event allowed for students and student organizations to discuss the issues and problems that the campus community faces and featured spoken-word poetry from Reza “Dregs One” Harris, Larica Fantasia Jacko and DeMareon Gipson. Listen to them here. Simply hover over the icons ...

Student cyclist undergoes testing for exercise lab

April 22, 2015 Life

Between commuting to school, running errands and recreational riding, it is not unusual for student Jan Peña to peddle 100 miles a week on his bike. Having an analysis system fastened to his face while a team of students measure his heart beat and rate of perceived exertion while he cycles, however, is unusual for the 43-year-old kinesiology major. Peña is a ...

Outfielder’s layout catch highlighted on SportsCenter

April 22, 2015 Sports

Lying dazed on the grass in deep center field with a baseball nestled in the webbing of his glove, Nick Jackson could not hear the fans in Maloney Field’s wooden bleachers as they yelled out the distinct tune that precedes ESPN’s sports highlight videos. SF State’s leadoff hitter would have another chance to hear the ...

Protesters congregate in Oakland to push for minimum wage increase

April 21, 2015 News 1 Comment

Hundreds of demonstrators shut down Bay Area streets and restaurants April 15 as part of a nationwide fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Protesters rallied in Oakland fast food restaurants, including primarily McDonald’s locations, to demand living wages and a workers’ union for employees before marching from 14th Street and Broadway Avenue in Oakland to Sproul Hall at ...

Mermaids, murder and love come to life in student playwright

April 21, 2015 Life 2 Comments

The sounds of accusatory shouts and heavy fist-pounding punctured the silent hillside neighborhood of Rockridge in Oakland as several sets of footsteps darted across the wooden floors of the cream colored cottage at the end of Pedestrian Way. Amongst the domestic upheaval, SF State creative writing major Adam Ambriz stood in the corner peering over his laptop, taking notes of stage direction as the actors of his play “Puddles” rehearsed ...

Farm to Fork delivers with local sustainable food

April 21, 2015 News

Students and members of the San Francisco community enjoyed a mix of tangy grapefruit wedges and crisp beets folded into a medley of fresh organic greens as one of the sustainable dishes served at the 6th Annual Farm to Fork lunch April 16. The luncheon was held outdoor at the main quad and was co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability ...

Palestinian community gather in rally of Israeli Apartheid Week

April 21, 2015 News

A mock wall stood at the entrance of Malcolm X Plaza between the stage and the Cesar Chavez Student Center as a simulation of the barrier in West Bank in Israel to draw attention to the current affairs on that side of the world. The General Union of Palestine Students hosted a rally to commemorate Israeli ...

Drunk driving affects personal connections

April 21, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

When my mom called me one afternoon, I was expecting a regular conversation– catching up and seeing how my family was doing– but what she told me gave me the chills. She said my cousin Deana had been in a vehicle collision while under the influence of alcohol and slammed into a semi-truck. The police said that based on the ...

Student athletes recognized at academic banquet

April 21, 2015 Sports 1 Comment

Coaches and faculty honored 54 Gators who accomplished a 3.5 GPA or higher in the Fall 2014 semester at the 2015 SF State Scholar Athlete Reception at the Seven Hills Conference Center April 21. Apryl Guisasola, academic coordinator for the Gator Academic Resource Center and part of the NCAA Senior Woman Administrator, organized the event to honor each scholar athlete for ...

Self reflection vital for path to finding-oneself

April 21, 2015 Opinion

In the span of two short weeks, death plagued my daily routine. In less than fourteen days, four of my five roommates lost somebody close to them—a friend, a neighbor, a family member. The emotion was overwhelming and I started drinking alone, isolating myself because it felt good. I skipped class and called out of ...

Union workers picket due to recent termination of contracts

April 19, 2015 Multimedia News

Picketing with signs that read “Preferred Building Services Save Our Good Jobs,” former janitors and repairpersons protested the termination of their contracts with Villas Parkmerced Wednesday. Led by union organizer Colin O’Leary from United Service Workers West, the picketers marched around Parkmerced’s leasing offices. O’Leary said the protestors will continue to picket until Preferred Building ...

President Wong lifts controversial ban on University travel to Indiana

April 17, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong lifted the ban on University-funded travel to Indiana Friday. The lift of the ban would take effect immediate, Wong said in a mass email.  Wong implemented the ban last month in protest to the state’s religious freedom laws. “I believe that statements made by businesses, municipalities and our University helped to shed ...

Technical problems postpone ASI elections

April 16, 2015 News

Associated Student, Inc. postponed the 2015 Spring Elections due to technical difficulties with the online voting ballot. ASI announced via email that voting scheduled for last week would instead be held April 13 until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. ASI Education Representative Linda Duncan said the problems did not originate with ASI. “We were using a third ...