Behind the Scenes of ‘Nostalgia’

December 23, 2015 Life Multimedia

[slideshow_deploy id=’70117′] SF State senior and apparel design and merchandising major Lia Herrera has only lived in the United States for eight years, but is already planning to take her designs national. “I would like to be the designer of my own clothing company; I will probably take my designs to New York,” Herrera said. ...

Interactive: SF State Faculty voice the need for five percent

December 17, 2015 Multimedia News

Why is there a need for a five percent salary increase from the California State University administration? Portrait Series by Emma Chiang The California Faculty Association is in its first year of salary negotiations for their three-year contract with California State University management. In November 2014, CSU administrators and faculty approved a three-year collective bargaining ...

Boxing helps SF State student become mentor

December 16, 2015 Multimedia

SF State student Jaime Caudillo, Jr.,  found a place where he can put his books down and his gloves on and become a mentor for youth at the East Palo Alto Boxing Club. “Boxing is my passion, but it’s not my priority,” Caudillo said. “My priority is to graduate from college first and have a ...

Weaver interprets abstract art through his scarves

December 15, 2015 Multimedia

Kilian Farrell-Alvarado is a studio art student working on his final project for weaving 1. He is making 3 scarves that have abstract and interpretative meaning behind them that relate to current events that have happened or he noticed in his neighborhood. His work comes from a passion to help people think outside the box ...

Women empowered through use of social media

December 14, 2015 Life

After being in two abusive relationships as a teenager, California College of the Arts student Camille Urso uses her online presence to reach out to female victims of domestic violence. “Though this world is set up to make sure I am a self-loathing and submissive victim, I will never again see myself in that light,” one caption on ...

Student cruises into nautical career

December 11, 2015 Life

Tourists shiver with cold as they huddle in line, waiting to be shepherded onto the boat and take their seats. They snap pictures of the Bay as the boat departs and SF State senior Josh Scerri steers them toward the infamous Alcatraz. Scerri has worked with Alcatraz Cruises for the past five years in a job that is ...

Gospel choir cultivates community

December 11, 2015 Life

The large classroom echoes with the sound of students being welcomed into Jack Adams Hall, until they quiet down and fix their gazes on their professor. Choir instructor Ja Ronn Thompson walks onto the stage and begins his first lesson with a chant, his voice booming across the stage. “We sing with-” Thompson leads. “Passion!” The class roars. ...

Pouring rights agreement falls flat as students rise up

December 8, 2015 Life News

President Leslie E. Wong’s refusal to sign a pouring rights agreement Nov. 19 drew critical interest from news organizations across the Bay Area, but also brought up the question of student power at SF State. Wong stated in an email that he decided to decline the agreement after considering health studies and comments put forth by the ...

New statue to spark student spirit

December 8, 2015 Life News

SF State will be getting a new statue in the near future as a part of 2015’s Senior Class Gift campaign. The statue, which has been dubbed the Gator Spirit Statue, will be a 10-foot bronzed gator featuring engraved plaques that can be purchased by current students and alumni, according to the project’s website. According ...

SF Hillel Gathers Students for Texas Disaster Relief

December 8, 2015 News

As the SF State community gets ready for the upcoming winter break, one student is preparing for an “alternative break” to help rebuild a community in San Marcos, Texas that was devastated by October’s severe flooding. Jordan Weiser, a junior hospitality and management major, will be traveling with a group of about 15 people through the San ...

FALL SPORTS WRAP-UP

December 8, 2015 Sports

[slideshow_deploy id=’69982′] The advent of touted first-year head coach Tracy Hamm was as-advertised. The women’s soccer team cracked the .500 win-loss margin for the first time since 2011 and outscored their opponents 26-22 on the season. A strong freshman class and a talented crop of transfers combined for more than half the roster, establishing Hamm as an ...

‘The Voice’ caters to judges, not contestants

December 8, 2015 Opinion

One of my favorite parts of the weekend is when my friends and I get together, sit down and have a makeshift Socratic seminar about the world’s most important issues. This week, we discussed our new lord and savior Saint West, how terrible the new Superman movie looks, and how we feel about Blake Shelton and ...

SF STATE WRESTLER PURSUES GREATNESS WITH HEART AND GRIT

December 8, 2015 Sports

The sound of wrestlers being thrown to the mat and the rabid crowd bounced off the pale green trees during SF State’s outdoor wrestling meet against Division I California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Nov. 7. Mixed with the cries of the spectators were shouts of encouragement from 6-foot-4, 285-pound SF State heavyweight Sam Alnassiri. ...

Being Brazilian is not an “other” option

December 8, 2015 Opinion 2 Comments

Marking “other” on surveys as part of my racial demographic is insulting and belittling to my ethnicity. The SF State Climate survey asked me to define my race as: African American, Asian, White, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Other. Many surveys also ask me, “Are you Hispanic or Latino?” As a Brazilian, I do not categorize myself under the Latino or ...

Gators fall to Warriors

December 7, 2015 News

The SF State women’s basketball team (3-4) fell to California State University, Stanislaus (6-2) 61-54, after being unable to overcome a huge first half by the Warriors Saturday, Dec. 5. Warrior point guard Alysa Valentine scored a game-high 28 points on 8-9 shooting from 3-point range. Tatsiana Dashkevich and Laura Lawson both led the Gators with ...

Project Rebound mural sheds light on incarceration

December 5, 2015 Life

The twisting and contorting bodies of prisoners are trapped in one corner of the mural, as a phoenix unfurls its vast, bright-orange wings, drawing the eyes upward. Vivid memories from past and present incarcerated convicts haunt the bottom of the portrait. In the middle, a clock showcases the time left in jail and hints of hope for a ...

Men’s basketball win streak ends on Purple Out Night

December 5, 2015 Sports

It was a packed house at the Swamp Gymnasium, and the purple-clad home crowd chanted “Let’s go Gators!” and “San Francisco,” but that wasn’t enough for the SF State men’s basketball team to retain their unblemished 5-0 record. The Gators had their first televised game of the year, and their hope of an undefeated season was spoiled ...

Last-second free throws propel Gators to victory

December 5, 2015 Sports

Trailing 46-47 to California State University, Chico with six seconds left, SF State’s Tatsiana Dashkevich had three free throws to take the lead after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. During a televised game, in front of the largest home crowd of the year, Dashkevich made all three free throws to help seal a 49-47 Gator victory. ...

Faculty sheds light on necessary changes to improve graduation rate

December 3, 2015 News

Critical improvements to SF State students’ academic progress may be in store as a group of faculty members under the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning presented their findings on student success in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. As part of SF State’s plans to improve its six-year graduation rate from ...

Emergency staff respond to 911 call inside the Humanities building

December 3, 2015 News

First responders received a call shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday morning from staff in the Humanities Building reporting a medical emergency. One faculty member, who did not want to be named, described her colleague as having stroke-like symptoms as she frantically attempted to get the attention of emergency staff. “We do not know what happened ...

Atomic reggae rocks SF State

December 2, 2015

[slideshow_deploy id=’69827′] Iridium is one of the chemical elements, but at SF State, it is a student band’s name as well. “It is very, very metal,” said Blair Nishio, the lead vocals of the band. “We have seven members in the band, and Iridium’s atomic number is 77.” Nishio also said the number seven represents vibrations and energies. ...

Harassment scandal shifts perspective on Title IX

December 2, 2015 News 1 Comment

Allegations of world-renowned astronomer Geoffrey Marcy’s sexual harassment of students while teaching at SF State and University of California, Berkeley and recent changes to Title IX have raised questions about professor-student relationships.  Marcy taught at SF State from 1984 to 1999 in the department of physics and astronomy and remained an adjunct professor until two ...

Gators ranked last in scholarship funds for conference

December 2, 2015 Sports

[media-credit name=”Graphic by Eva Rodriguez” align=”alignright” width=”663″][/media-credit]Successful programs in the fiercely competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association depend on talented scholarship athletes to take them to the top. With the lowest scholarship funding in the conference, SF State faces the challenge of competing in the CCAA every season. The Gators ranked last in total funds among CCAA ...

Faculty space to reopen after 10-year hiatus

December 2, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State President Leslie E. Wong donated $100,000 this year to bring back the University Club on campus, according to the Campus Memo. The University Club was a restaurant and lounge for SF State employees designed to increase collaboration and foster a greater sense of community, according to senior assistant librarian Meredith Eliassen, who said it ...

SF State students get first-hand Army experience

December 1, 2015 Multimedia

Darren Singh, an SF State creative writing major, talks about his experience as a cadet in the Army ROTC program. The tactical missions they participate in teach students how to react in stressful situations when they are under fire. University of San Francisco’s Army ROTC Dons Battalion has been training students to become commissioned officers ...

Go-go dancers reveal demands of entertainment industry

December 1, 2015 Life

Outfitted in a matching black lingerie set with blue-laced trimmings, elbow-length gloves and knee-high platform boots, business major and go-go dancer Mel Green shimmied the night away underneath the dazzling lights at City Night’s weekly Electro Pop Rocks party. Green began dancing in 2012 after she was scouted by a representative from the national go-go team Juicy SF. The representative initially messaged ...

Scientology tarnishes Cruise’s star power

December 1, 2015 Opinion 978 Comments

I’ve made a lot of questionable decisions in my lifetime. I am a 21-year-old man who goes to One Direction concerts. I sleep in a bed covered in orange dust from off-brand Cheetos puffs, and, last weekend, I had a conversation about lasagna-like vaginas with a famous drag queen. But all of that is just water ...