SF State gives a Giant farewell to graduating class of 2015

May 22, 2015 News

Students donning purple caps and gowns filed into the the typically orange-laden AT&T Park Friday during SF State’s 114th Commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, for the first time in SF State history. More than 30,000 people were expected to attend the graduation, according to SF State’s ...

Former mayor readies for commencement address

May 22, 2015 News

At eight years old, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom convinced his younger sister, Hilary Newsom, to help tear up the backyard and create a six-hole miniature golf course. As Hilary Newsom made cookies and lemonade to sell, Newsom said he went through the neighborhood selling tickets. “He definitely started his entrepreneurship in the beginning,” Hilary ...

Graduates style caps to express individuality

May 22, 2015 Life

[slideshow_deploy id=’66716′] In a sea of 5,000 graduates wearing the same purple cap and gown, some students have said it is nearly impossible to stand out and express one’s individual style. Many students have taken it upon themselves to conceive a unique design for their caps in preparation SF State’s graduation ceremonies. In the weeks ...

The awkward decision of moving back home after graduation

May 21, 2015 Opinion 3 Comments

[media-credit name=” Harlan Frost” align=”alignleft” width=”433″][/media-credit] Five thousand happy SF State students will be celebrating their graduation at the 114th commencement ceremony at AT&T Park this Friday. The six-hour-long event is going to be an exercise in patience, at least for me. Don’t get me wrong, I could not be more excited to be done with ...

Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBTQ campus community

May 20, 2015 Life News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66668′] Sprigs of lavender, lavender tablecloths and lavender stoles decorated Jack Adams Hall May 17 for the Queer and Trans Resource Center’s third annual Lavender Graduation. For SF State’s LGBTQQIA students, it was a time of inspiration and triumph for the graduating class of 2015. Universities across the country host Lavender Grad to honor lesbian, ...

Journalism professor earns fond farewell

May 20, 2015 News 1 Comment

Yvonne Daley is no stranger to investigative journalism. Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, the SF State journalism professor she said she was always asking the deeper questions from a very early age. “I was always trying to find out the secrets, to get the story behind the story,” Daley said. “Being the youngest of ...

Is the four year college degree a myth?

May 20, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

The Bible warned me about temptation, sin and most bad things in the world, but it didn’t warn me about the hell of trying to graduate college in four years. While I give my high school a lot of credit for preparing me for college, they didn’t give me a realistic view of what it ...

Graduation holds more meaning for latino parents

May 20, 2015 Opinion

With graduation right around the corner, it is important to keep in mind the people who loaned us a shoulder to cry on, who sent us reminders to keep going and who value our education more than we do — our parents. Like most immigrants, my parents came to the U.S. in search of a better ...

Seniors slammed with graduation fees

May 20, 2015 News

Kinesiology major Deanna Johnson has saved every cap and gown she has ever worn, but this year the high cost of graduation will leave her collection one short. “It’s ridiculous, I wanted to buy my cap and gown, but it’s over $200 just for the gown,” Johnson said. “I have my cap and gown from ...

Journey to america leads to dreams fulfilled

May 20, 2015 News 2 Comments

The U.S Department of State provides up to 55,000 diversity visas to countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. For 25-year-old physiology major Pingdewinde Sam, his chance of coming to the United States was greater than he thought. Sam was among the lucky 7 percent of applicants who were chosen to receive ...

Undocumented graduates celebrate at first annual Beyond Borders ceremony

May 19, 2015 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66654′] Undocumented students celebrated with their friends and families at the first annual Beyond Borders Graduation held at the SF State Annex May 17. Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success, a student organization founded in 2008 to help undocumented students with issues related to AB540, coordinated the graduation. IDEAS worked in collaboration with Project Connect, ...

Guide to 2015 summer music festivals

May 19, 2015 Life

At the end of the claustrophobic tunnel of final exams, projects and term papers, the tiny light of summer sun holds the promise that better times are to come. With festival season straight ahead, the Golden Gate Xpress has compiled a guide to 2015’s most anticipated summer music festivals spanning from the northern forests to ...

Curious mind experiences artistry on a unique level

May 19, 2015 Life

Studio art major Suzanne Laverty has created a new avenue of art in her painting titled “Fish,” which she created for her painting class at SF State. She said her curiosity has helped her explore her surroundings and create new narratives within her paintings. “It’s an interesting experience,” Laverty said. “I’ll start working on it ...

Mental health services fall short despite student fee increase

May 19, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State currently has no psychiatrist on staff to write prescriptions for students despite yearly increases to the student health fee to increase mental health staff and services. SF State students lobbied the administration in 2012 to raise the mandatory student health fee to increase mental health services on campus over the next five years, which included ...

Track team eclipses individual success

May 19, 2015 Sports

[slideshow_deploy id=’66206′] The unassuming pursuit of personal bests aided SF State’s women’s track and field team as they broke multiple school records over the span of the season thus far and placed sixth overall in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. “We had a lot of growth and improvement in a short period of time,” said head ...

Students plan to participate in “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” graduation

May 18, 2015 Life News 2 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’66618′] As graduating students prepare for commencement, some will use the opportunity as a final form of student activism by putting their hands up to show solidarity for the victims of police shootings. The Black Student Union and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán are organizing students to participate in the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot Graduation” during several ...

Professor to offer class on climate justice

May 15, 2015 News 1 Comment

Ethnic studies professor Philip Klasky garnered support and input from student activists for a new class on climate justice that could be offered next semester during a meeting April 9 at the J. Paul Leonard Library. The class, called “Race, Activism and Climate Justice,” was proposed by Klasky in January and will explore the unequal effects climate ...

UCorp to strike a deal with beverage vendor

May 13, 2015 News

The campus community may soon experience a homogenizing of beverages available at SF State if University Corporation strikes a deal with an official beverage vendor in the coming months. The partnership for pouring rights, as articulated in a Request For Proposals issued by UCorp, would grant one beverage company exclusive selling, advertising and promotional efforts on SF State ...

Dorm room tattoos buzz throughout student community

May 13, 2015 Life 4 Comments

Blue latex gloves, sterilized needles and rubbing alcohol lay sprawled out on a wooden desk, reminiscent of a surgeon’s table. The Mary Ward Hall dorm room filled with the mechanical buzz of a tattoo machine as 18-year-old studio art student Eva Rodriguez traced the outline of a forestscape. Rodriguez has been tattooing and piercing SF ...

Grassroots alumna in mayoral race against incumbent

May 13, 2015 News

As Amy Farah Weiss walked her candy apple red bicycle in front of the steps of City Hall, the Bay Area native handed out voter registration sheets from the basket of her cruiser on a windy day in May. She paused to chat with local activists Andy Blue of San Francisco coalition Plaza 16 and Pirate Mike about the ...

Rainbow Floor: A dorm environment aimed at community

May 13, 2015 Life

Hallways decorated in brightly colored murals and LGBT artwork is what University Park North Area Coordinator Paul Renolis said he envisions for the future of the Rainbow Floor he helped implement for SF State residents in Spring 2014. The Rainbow Floor is located in building A on the second floor of the , and is one ...

Alumna heads facility for women on path to recovery

May 13, 2015 Life

Every thing was going well for Annette Rivera until she experienced a bipolar onset in her early twenties that led her to self-medicate and lose sight of her future, she said. Rivera was born in the Bronx but spent most of her young life in Omaha, Nebraska. Eventually she made her way to San Francisco at just 18 years ...

Sexual orientation more than just a label

May 13, 2015 Opinion

Recently I discussed the concept of sexuality with one of my classmates and when she asked me to define my own sexual orientation, like many of my friends have done in the past, I did not have an answer for her. My reason for not answering her question was not because I don’t know how to define my sexual orientation ...

Trophy hunting requires more restrictions

May 13, 2015 Opinion 11 Comments

In the past couple of months, I have noticed a trend of hunting stories and photos come across my Facebook newsfeed. The photos did not include only small game hunting like ducks and rabbits, but trophy hunting where people kill rare animals like giraffes, lions and elephants. Most recently I saw a photo of a woman proudly lying next ...

Celebrity surprises students with chance to appear on television

May 13, 2015 News

Students gathered anxiously at the Serramonte Center May 11 to await the results of a string of tweets released from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The first of several tweets appeared May 8, saying “Hey, Daly City, CA! I hope you get a lot of rest this weekend because on Monday you’re gonna have a chance to be on ...

Annual event brings attention to accessible recreation

May 13, 2015 Sports

SF State student Rosie Blanckenburg reared her wheelchair onto the thick treads of its haunches, elevating its smaller set of neon-lit front tires into the air. She whirled the chair around on its axis as trails of pulsating color scurried to keep up. After a few revolutions, she halted to converse with some classmates in ...

Despite diverse reputation, San Francisco begins to blend in

May 6, 2015 Opinion

San Francisco has a long history of being a diverse city, a living and breathing melting pot of civilization that honors and supports the unique eccentricities of every citizen. But with the recent influx of million-dollar startups and tech giants, the landscape has begun to change, leaving a homogenized hull of a once colorful cornucopia ...

ASI to draft policy to affect future of mural process

May 6, 2015 Life News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66165′] By incorporating the voices of students, faculty and elected representatives, SF State’s murals have had a long-standing reputation of brazen social justice advocacy and demand for cultural visibility. “Approving a mural at SF State is a multi-step process structured to involve students and reflect campus passions,” said Associated Students, Inc.’s College of Liberal and ...

In Review: Women’s softball find footing late in season

May 6, 2015 Sports

 [slideshow_deploy id=’66150′] The hallmarks of a demoralizing year plagued the Gators during their 1-13 start to the season, but their record did not prevent the young squad from establishing themselves as an enigma of the California Collegiate Athletic Association by the end of the 2015 season. “So many teams would’ve packed it in early by ...

Fair allows students to explore social issues

May 6, 2015 News

SF State’s 22nd annual African American Health Fair departed from the event in years past Tuesday, widening the scope of the event to focus on the social health issues that affect the black community. The ran the event, which was held at Jack Adams Hall and was open to all students. “We are covering racism as the topic ...

Collaborative project sews new path for inmates

May 6, 2015 Life

Every Monday since the beginning of April, a unique group of women have transformed piles of slightly damaged tablecloths into handmade totes with the hopes that their needlework and stitchery could create a sense of entrepreneurial independence when they are released from the San Francisco County Jail. The Pilot Sewing Project is a six-week program created ...