Stringent gun regulations only way to stanch flow of blood

October 31, 2015 Opinion 10 Comments

San Francisco’s last gun shop, the High Bridge Arms, is scheduled to close later this month as a result of strict gun regulations in the city. According to The Guardian, gun dealers in San Francisco are required “to carry liability insurance, report inventory details and keep records of ammunition sales.” These regulations are in addition ...

Two-party system scrutinized in on-campus debate

October 30, 2015 News 1 Comment

The Political Science Student Association questioned the two-party system during a debate at SF State Oct. 29. Christopher Larson, an urban studies and political science double major, and Michael Lin, a political science instructor, discussed whether significant change was possible in the two-party electoral system. The debate was moderated by Baelaya Berendsen, the vice president of PSSA. ...

Study by the sea

October 28, 2015 Life

[slideshow_deploy id=’69067′] On a bright afternoon with a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge, students traversed rocks looking for crabs, seaweed and other ocean life. The field trip to tide pools along the jetty at the San Francisco Marina Monday, Oct. 26 was a hands-on learning experience for SF State professor Dr. Edward Carpenter’s Biological Oceanography ...

Athlete remembered for drive

October 28, 2015 News

Despite undergoing grueling chemotherapy treatments that made it difficult to breathe, SF State graduate student Ariana Luster made school and athletics her top priority until the very end. “She came to every class while going through chemotherapy, no matter how bad she felt, because her education was that important to her,” said Marty Martinson, her ...

Resurrected business club provides opportunity for women

October 28, 2015 News

After being inactive for nearly four years, SF State’s Women in Business Club is being restarted as Providing Opportunities for Women, which held its first meeting Oct. 26. SF State business students Brenda Ibanescu, Jodi Chen and Abigail Pearse took on the unique challenge of resurrecting a dead organization at SF State. “I sought out a women ...

Queering the Castro brings stories of Intimacy into public spaces

October 28, 2015 Life

What is the purpose of spoken word or performance art? For some, performance art serves as a tool to merely express their frustrations. For the queer, trans, people of color participating in Radar’s Queering the Castro, Hella Close: Stories of Queer Intimacy series, however their readings of private, personal and vulnerable love stories serve as platform ...

Anti-queer organizations continue to support hate

October 28, 2015 Opinion

People who support companies that donate to anti-queer organizations are also promoting anti-queer causes. Stopping at Memories Pizza, a restaurant who has been openly discriminatory against gay couples, on a vacation to Indiana may seem justified at the time if you need a quick bite to eat, but people need to realize that they are biting into ...

Our culture is not a costume

October 28, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Reid Cammack” align=”alignright” width=”515″][/media-credit] The scariest part of Halloween is not the monsters or gory costumes but how ignorant people are about other cultures. During Halloween, we often see people dressed as Native Americans for “Cowboys and Indians” partner costumes, the fiesta girl or Día de Los Muertos costume, the mystical belly ...

Interactive: SF State student digs record reaches all-time high

October 27, 2015 Multimedia

    EXPLORE THROUGH THE BLUE STARS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLAYERS. A dig is a defensive statistic in volleyball that is awarded when a player keeps a ball in play that would have otherwise registered a point for the opposing team. Jessica Nicerio, a senior libero, stands center court in ready position. She stands alone as ...

Rehabilitation program leads campus debate over prison labor

October 27, 2015 News

SF State has spent more than $600,000 on furniture and services from the California Prison Industry Authority in the past fiscal year from July 2014 to June 2015, according to university records. The University has utilized services from CALPIA, a prison labor agency that assists inmates with occupational skills, for more than 15 years, according to Stephen ...

Fantasy gambling threatens America’s game

October 27, 2015 Opinion

I’ve had my ups and downs with sports gambling. I’ve sulked about the over-under even when my favorite teams were winning, almost had my ass kicked by a bar full of Manny Pacquiao fans and leaped off my couch because of meaningless touchdowns or home runs more times than I care to admit. What I haven’t ...

Gators look to take a chomp out of eSports scene

October 27, 2015 Sports

Members of the SF State League of Legends club are preparing to get their minds focused and mouses clicking for a major upcoming League of Legends collegiate competition. The Gators will be competing in the League of Legends North American Collegiate Championship, a single elimination gauntlet that includes over 300 colleges across North America. League of Legends is a ...

Grandmaster instructor kicks cancer with help from Taekwondo

October 27, 2015 Sports 4 Comments

About a dozen students dressed in white martial arts robes and colored belts made their way down into the basement of Burk Hall. Before stepping onto the blue mat, they bowed in respect to their instructor and the class begins. Grandmaster Bill Dewart, an eighth-degree black belt who has been practicing taekwondo for 50 years, is not short on life experiences. He ...

History buff opens gym after graduation

October 27, 2015 Life 1 Comment

With a master’s degree in history and an extensive background in fitness under her belt, SF State alumna Tia Kilpatrick combined her seemingly unrelated set of skills to open her own fitness studio, Versa Indoor Cycling, earlier this month. Located on the corner of 27th Avenue and Taraval Street, Kilpatrick described her gym as a “smart studio” ...

Students host secret shows throughout city

October 26, 2015 Life

Shrouded in the dappled moonlight that filtered though the eucalyptus trees in John McLaren Park, a crowd of more than 80 people swayed to the acoustic sounds of a guitar. Coordinated by the Secret Show Society, Saturday night’s concert is part of the larger trend of invite-only events held under a cloak of secrecy.  “We started ...

Former student athlete dies from pancreatic cancer

October 26, 2015 News

Ariana Luster, an SF State student and track and field athlete, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, after a year-and-a-half-long battle with cancer. Luster was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer July 17, 2014, according to her GoFundMe page. Luster was a declared health education major, according to an email from Atina Delfino, a lecturer in ...

“The Force Awakens” is bound to disappoint

October 26, 2015 Opinion

A long, long time ago in a barn far, far away, the Virgin Mary gave birth to a little, bloody baby Jesus. Mary gave life to our lord and savior so we could eventually celebrate his birth with bright Christmas trees and overplayed Mariah Carey songs. But she did not push out a messiah so ...

Golden goal catapults Gators past Broncos

October 25, 2015 Sports

The SF State’s men’s soccer team gave their nine seniors a grand farewell on senior day, defeating the 17th ranked Cal Poly Pomona Broncos in an overtime thriller, 1-0. The game winner came in the first minute of overtime, on a cross from midfielder Robert Kelly that connected with the head of midfielder Jordan Wusstig. ...

Gators buck the broncos 3-2 at SFSU senior night

October 25, 2015 Sports

The SF State women’s soccer team won their final home game of the season Friday defeating Cal Poly Pomona by a score of 3-2. It was the final game ever for four of the Gators seniors with friends and family cheering on Karin Nordin, Molly Schuster, Danielle Vidal, and Kaylyn Toyama as they they were ...

Costume dodgeball makes for spooky intramural fun

October 24, 2015 Life

Draped wall to wall in cobwebs, caution tape and skeletons, SF State’s gym was transformed into a Halloween-themed arena Friday night. Six costumed dodgeball teams competed with one goal in mind: to knock each other out of the tournament and slide into the finals. Campus recreation hosted its sixth annual costume dodgeball tournament Friday, open ...

Gators scrap out win against Coyotes

October 23, 2015 Sports

The SF State men’s soccer team snapped their seven game winless streak Friday, beating the Cal State University San Bernadino Coyotes 1-0 in a back-and-forth and rough-and-tumble contest. The game winner came off the foot of Gator forward Ashley Watson on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. “There was a handball in the box, ...

Gators trump Coyotes 1-0

October 23, 2015 Sports

Thanks to arguably the goal of the season late in the game from Vanessa Penuna, the SF State women’s soccer team defeated Cal State San Bernardino on Friday by a score of 1-0 “It was awesome, one of the most beautiful goals of the season,” said defender Jada Williams. “Just perfect placement. When we saw ...

National day of action prompts SF State student rally

October 23, 2015 News

SF State historic organizations voiced their opposition to the California State University mandate that equipped all campus police with Tasers during the National Day of Action to Stop Police Brutality Thursday. The CSU and the State University Police Association agreed to allow campus police to arm themselves with new equipment, including Tasers and pepper spray, Aug. 27. ...

Freshman artist illustrates social inequality

October 21, 2015 Life

Odessa Blackmore, an 18-year-old freshman at SF State, said she was walking down Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland early one summer morning when she learned that a black man had been shot by police. According to neighbors near the scene, the man had passed out in his car with a handgun and refused to get out when ...

Capoeira club embodies the ‘art’ in martial arts

October 21, 2015 Life Sports 1 Comment

Cries of “bananeira,” “amazonas” and other Portuguese terms coalesced with traditional Brazilian instrumentals as members of SF State’s capoeira club flipped and kicked across the gymnasium floor during their Friday afternoon practice. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporatesthe combined elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Its distance from mainstream martial arts is what makes ...

Climbing club reaches for recognition

October 21, 2015 Sports

While scaling neon-studded climbing walls might not compare to the crags and clefts of the Yosemite Valley, it’s an experience that Samuel Crossley and Jacob Fuller, the co-founders of SF State’s rock climbing club, said they felt that other students should have the opportunity to embrace. “Sam and I had been climbing together for a few ...

ASI pouring rights meeting cancelled

October 21, 2015 News

The Associated Students Inc. town hall meeting to discuss the pouring rights agreement scheduled for Wednesday noon has been cancelled, according to ASI President Phoebe Dye. The topic will be discussed during the regular public ASI meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, according to Dye. “This town hall was not ...

Reality shows lack luster of former glory

October 21, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Reid Cammack” align=”alignright” width=”479″][/media-credit] I’ve never been a particularly avid watcher of “America’s Next Top Model,” but when I’m home all day and there’s an “ANTM” marathon running, you bet your ass I’m watching it. I’m watching the first makeovers, the go-sees, the terrible Covergirl commercials, and I’m definitely watching when Tyra announces ...

Student rally draws attention to social injustices

October 20, 2015 News

Associated Students, Inc.’s Project Connect organized a SPEAK OUT rally Tuesday at noon in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The rally was organized to allow student organizations to speak out about various social issues, according to Project Connect intern Lashawnda Rainey, 21. “This event was inspiring for students, because it gives them an ...

Protest sparks action from President Wong

October 20, 2015 News 1 Comment

Associated Students, Inc. will host a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at Malcolm X Plaza to discuss a potential pouring rights agreement at SF State, according to Liana Derus from the Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students. The meeting comes after a student protest in J. Paul Leonard Library last week, when more ...

Sex education must be more comprehensive

October 20, 2015 Opinion

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this month mandating sexual health education for all students in public schools from seventh to 12th grade as of Jan. 1, 2016. Prior to this, state law merely sanctioned schools to teach “age-appropriate” reproductive health education and only mandated that they educate students about HIV/AIDS. Though Brown’s law ...