Tinder should swipe left on creating deep connections

March 29, 2016 Opinion

Tinder, as infamous as it is, has become the cultural norm as far as dating goes among the under-30 set. Meeting a potential date or hookup on the app has become almost more normal than meeting them through any other medium, virtual or otherwise. Last weekend, when I told my 30-year-old stepsister I had a ...

Video of Student Center confrontation fuels cultural appropriation controversy

March 29, 2016 News 131 Comments

A confrontation between two SF State students caught on video in the Cesar Chavez Student Center went viral Monday. The argument centered around whether a white person wearing dreadlocks constitutes cultural appropriation. Around 4 p.m. in the SF State Student Center, Associated Students, Inc. intern and photography major Bonita Tindle allegedly assaulted environmental science major Cory ...

Frida Kahlo would hate your Frida Kahlo shirt

March 29, 2016 Opinion

I spotted it from across the room and immediately hurried my pace. Gingerly hung in the cold, dead space of a stark, white room in the Museum of Modern Art was a vibrant self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, rich with color. I was surprised that Kahlo had only one piece on display at a world-class museum ...

Instagram update misses the point

March 29, 2016 Opinion

I shared my first photo on Instagram in January 2011, three short months after the app launched on iOS. It’s an awkward, duck-faced selfie snapped in the car and horrendously filtered with X-Pro II (never again!). More than five years and 1,400 photos later, my duck face hasn’t improved, but I’ve learned the art of ...

SF State introduces cigarette litter recycling

March 29, 2016 News

SF State is the first place in San Francisco to collect and recycle cigarette butts at one dollar per pound. Beginning March 16, Sustainable SF State has partnered with the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to provide containers to collect cigarette butts. Filters will be collected by students, then sent to be recycled at ...

Students design shopping cart for elderly community

March 29, 2016 Life

June Fisher loves tomatoes. The 82-year-old occupational health physician and Bay Area product design lecturer requires two walking sticks to compensate for knee problems and general muscular weakness. She can’t sling a shopping bag over her shoulder, and that makes things a little difficult. “A friend of mine said the Civic Center market (had) wonderful ...

SF State shortstop’s baseball roots run deep

March 29, 2016 Sports

A life without baseball is one thing SF State shortstop Bryce Brooks has never experienced. Brooks, a junior transfer from Cal State Fullerton, was introduced to the game at an early age. He comes from a family full of baseball players and coaches – one of whom is former major league outfielder and current A’s bench coach Mark ...

Water and plumbing issue at Cesar Chavez Student Center causes closures

March 29, 2016 News

Cesar Chavez Student Center has reported that the water plumbing was blocked and bathrooms were closed during one of the busiest times of day. The water functions next to Gold Coast Grill & Catering were out of service, earlier today. Xiomara Carranza, 19, who works at Shah’s Halal Food, spoke about how the whole building was out ...

Underserved Bisexual Students More Likely to Binge Drink, Study Finds

March 29, 2016 News 3 Comments

LGBTQ-affirming environments are ineffective in protecting bisexual students from already higher rates of alcohol abuse, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Researchers found that while binge drinking by their heterosexual and homosexual peers decreased as school support for LGBTQ students increased, bisexual students were left unaffected, suggesting ...

UPDATED: Video of Student Center argument goes viral

March 29, 2016 News 15 Comments

A video of an argument between two people in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center started gaining traction online Monday. The video, titled “SFSU 2016 – Campus employee assaults white student for ‘cultural appropriation,'” shows the student, Cory Goldstein, arguing with Associated Students, Inc. intern Bonita Tindle over Goldstein’s dreadlocks. The 46-second clip shows Tindle trying to physically ...

Ethnic Studies controversy surfaces at town hall meeting

March 28, 2016 News 2 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’71308′] Students from the College of Ethnic Studies lined up to air their grievances with President Leslie E. Wong during a tense town hall meeting Monday. President Wong, who was joined by Academic Senate Chair Troi Carleton, used the meeting to talk about the importance of shared governance at SF State. “We live in ...

Gators mash to victory with back-to-back walk-offs

March 28, 2016 Sports

After dropping six of its last seven games, the SF State baseball team bounced back with two dramatic walk-off wins Friday, fending off the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles 8-7 and 3-2. The walk-off spectacle began with two outs in the bottom of the 10th in game one of the doubleheader, when center fielder Nick ...

Update: Fact finder sides with CFA weeks before state-wide strike

March 28, 2016 News

The California Faculty Association announced Monday a third-party fact finder largely sided with the union in their dispute with the California State University over a 5 percent raise. The report was made public today, weeks before the planned CSU-wide strike. “The recession severely impacted the faculty at CSU, and while some progress has been made ...

Asian Student Union honors Women’s Heritage Month

March 23, 2016 News

Tables were lined up, covered with a variety of arts and craft utensils, from markers and scissors to multi-colored beads for making bracelets. The walls were decorated with pictures and biographies of iconic Asian Pacific Islander American women. The ambience grew as conversations escalated, and children’s laughter filled the room with joy. In celebration of ...

Pitching dominates in softball doubleheader spilt

March 19, 2016 Sports

SF State split Friday’s doubleheader versus Stanislaus State as each team’s winning pitchers held the offenses to one and no runs, respectively. Game 1 The Stanislaus State Warriors took game one, 4-0, behind starting pitcher Kylie Ragsdale, who held the Gators offense to no runs and five hits, though the Gators had multiple scoring opportunities. Gators ...

Daddy dating at SF State

March 15, 2016 Life 1 Comment

*Names omitted for privacy Their first date introduced her to Michelin Star cuisine – 12 decadent courses at a fine-dining spot downtown, each paired with the sommelier’s choicest wine. “It was just the fanciest thing I had ever experienced,” she said, recounting an estimated $1,100 bill and the beginnings of a lavish eight-month relationship. “I didn’t ...

I can’t catch a ball and I don’t care anymore

March 15, 2016 Opinion

I’m 24 years old, and I can’t catch or throw a ball. When I was in elementary school, I tried participating in after-school soccer and basketball and other sports like gymnastics, karate and dance, but never with positive results. My gymnastics teacher even asked me to drop out after four years of being enrolled in the ...

Students come together to raise money during SF State’s 117th anniversary

March 15, 2016 News

Heavy beats and the fragrant smell of grilled chicken wafted through Malcolm X Plaza Tuesday afternoon as students celebrated SF State’s 117th anniversary. The event was centered around SF State’s founding and its transformation into the school it is today. SF State opened its doors in March 1899 as the San Francisco State Normal School, a small, ...

Deans weigh in on Ethnic Studies funding controversy

March 15, 2016 News

Last Tuesday, five of the deans of SF State’s six academic colleges signed a letter supporting the initiation of a task force to investigate the funding concerns in the College of Ethnic Studies. This suggestion follows weeks of protests by students at the College of Ethnic Studies after hearing about the possibility of spending cuts in the wake of ...

El Niño isn’t a cure for California’s drought

March 15, 2016 Opinion

San Francisco recently experienced nearly two straight weeks of rainy weather thanks to El Niño, which was enough to make some people forget about one of the largest issues still facing California – the devastating and ever-mounting drought. When a relatively large storm rolls in and engulfs the city in a dense, gloomy haze of wetness, ...

Students affected by El Niño’s wrath

March 15, 2016 News

Power outages and flooding affected SF State and its students this past weekend due to the increased rainfall from El Niño. This weather has hindered on-campus Café Rosso, nearby Stonestown Galleria and student housing. “On Thursday we got a lot of rain, and it caused one of our drains to clog, making the water unable ...

Adderall benefits may not be worth side effects

March 15, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

Sitting in the library for hours on end studying for midterms is an all too familiar experience for many students. That one little pill can ease the stress and hassle of studying sounds more than tempting. More likely than not, you’re familiar with Adderall, a pill used to treat ADHD and frequently used by students to improve ...

SF State solidifies relationship with national parks internship

March 15, 2016 News

Since 2012, SF State students have been part of an exclusive parks conservation internship available only to students on a few San Francisco campuses. The internship gives students firsthand knowledge and work experience, and has reconstructed the way students feel about conservation and national parks services. Wednesday, March 9, a memorandum was signed to solidify the ...

Gators’ battle for All-American status comes up short

March 15, 2016 Sports

The wrestling program ended its season Friday with two national qualifiers competing in the Division II National Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Junior Sam Alnassiri went 1-2, grabbing the 12th spot in his weight class, while Fern Giron lost both of his matches. Neither wrestler won enough matches to become an All-American, which was ...

Revolution Club calls for April student strike against mass incarceration

March 15, 2016 News

Halfway through a speaking event hosted by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and the Revolution Club, main speaker D’andre Teeter proposed something radical to the attending students on Thursday. Teeter, the Bay Area organizer for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, demanded a student strike in April against mass incarceration. “We want to issue a broad ...

Steeplechase record-holder unfazed by defining moment

March 15, 2016 Sports

Sophomore track athlete Adriana Calva has always been fast, even as a 7-year-old soccer player sprinting around the field and dashing past the defense. Fully aware of the natural speed she possessed, Calva decided to try out track and field her freshman year at Lynwood High School. She knew she wanted to commit to track ...

SF State discussing multi-million-dollar facility with Giants Community Fund

March 15, 2016 Sports

SF State and the Giants Community Fund are in preliminary talks to construct a $3.5 million multi-functional facility for the Junior Giants by Maloney Field, for which the California State University Board of Trustees unanimously approved the conceptual stages March 8. Vice President for University Advancement Robert Nava said the facility would include at least three ...

Music department hosts its first-ever Music Electronic Week

March 14, 2016 Life

The brazen trumpet sounds alert the crowd that the show is commencing, while the escalating electronic dance music beats give the venue energy and the dynamic tones emanating from a trombone land a sweet drop Friday afternoon at Knuth Hall. SF State’s school of music hosted its first ever Music Electronic Week Monday, March 7 through Friday, March ...

Celebrity gender identities aren’t news

March 14, 2016 Opinion

Following in the footsteps of sister Lana Wachowski, “Matrix” director Lilly Wachowski has come out as a transgender woman, but not entirely on her own terms. In a statement to the Windy City Times, Wachowski revealed that reporters have been hounding her agent for the past year, threatening to publish stories about her gender transition. After ...

Vanpool gives SF State employees a new option for carpooling

March 12, 2016 News

SF State is partnering with 511 SF Bay and Enterprise Rideshare to bring vanpooling to campus employees starting March 1. Employees can join a Vanpool and commute from Contra Costa County, AlamedaCounty and San Mateo County. Enterprise Vanpool is gathering groups of employees commuting to and from the same general area and providing safe and ...