Sunshine and words of advice illuminate 2016 Commencement at AT&T Park

May 28, 2016 News

The aromas of perfume and barbeque sauce mingled in the breezy McCovey Cove air as graduates, their friends and their family filtered into sunny AT&T Park for the 2016 SF State Commencement on Friday. After thanking those in attendance and praising the accomplishments, diversity, and sheer size of this year’s graduating class, SF State President ...

Student-run fashion show slays downtown San Francisco

May 24, 2016 Multimedia

Nearly 500 people gathered to watch student designs grace the catwalk at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria, Thursday, April 28, for “Runway 2016: Emerge,” SF State’s 21st annual spring runway show. “Emerge” was produced entirely by students — juniors and seniors from the apparel design and merchandising department in collaboration with students from BECA. ...

Award show celebrates BECA students at SF State

May 21, 2016 Life

In Studio 1 of the Creative Arts Building at SF State, a group of 40 students run around working like efficient ants. Some are practicing lines from a manuscript, some are dragging stage linoleum, others are adjusting lights and three of them discuss whether the table with the awards should be standing on the stage or off. ”Off ...

Graduating student-athletes look ahead to life after sports

May 18, 2016 Sports

Jaclyn Clark One thing every graduating senior can probably agree on is how quickly their college journey passed. Some student-athletes have primarily focused on their sport and academics during their time at SF State, so there hasn’t been time for them to gain real-world experience. At least that’s the case for Jaclyn Clark, former outside hitter for the Gators. ...

Grad ticket scarcity creates student-run black market

May 18, 2016 News

*Students’ names have been changed to preserve confidentially. The “SFSU Class of 2016” Facebook group page has transformed into a black market for the buying and selling of graduation tickets. A limit of seven tickets per student with purchase of graduation regalia has sparked this demand, as students scramble to find alternative ways to get their family, ...

Aerial dance performance brings SF State labor archives alive

May 18, 2016 Multimedia

Flyaway Productions, a Bay Area dance company, was commissioned by the Labor Archives and Research Center to create an aerial site-specific performance, choreographed by Jo Kreiter, to promote the 30th anniversary of the Labor Archives and Research Center in the SF State library. According to Director of the Labor Archives, Catherine Powell, the performance was ...

Oscar-winner Jonas Rivera to share his story with graduates at commencement

May 18, 2016 Life

Accepting an Academy Award is one of those seemingly intangible pipe dreams that most people only fantasize about. For SF State alumnus Jonas Rivera, the Oscar-winning producer behind Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out,” taking the stage with director Pete Docter in February was nothing short of surreal. “It didn’t hit me until we were done,” ...

Ethnic studies documentary premiers at the right time

May 18, 2016 Life

Black and white archival footage of students marching, with fists held high, captures the racially-charged conditions on college campuses in the late 1960s in a new documentary that made its Bay Area premiere at Castro Theatre May 15. The film focuses on the student-led demonstrations that sparked the creation of numerous Ethnic Studies programs across ...

How I learned to stop worrying and love being a super senior

May 18, 2016 Opinion

Next week, thousands of SF State students will pack into AT&T Park, turn their tassels and graduate. Unfortunately, I will not be one of them, despite the fact that I’m finishing my 8th consecutive semester at this university, which typically signifies the end of one’s college career. But SF State, I quickly found out, is ...

Commencement ceremonies are overrated

May 18, 2016 Opinion

It’s graduation day. You stand in line along with thousands of other graduating students, waiting to take the walk across the stage that marks the end of your college career. As Pomp and Circumstance swells, you wait for student after student to walk ahead in front of you, until it’s finally your turn–and all you have ...

I rushed through college and I regret it

May 18, 2016 Opinion

I may be a part of a small minority, but I don’t exactly want to graduate just yet. I spent my first year or so at SF State planning my transfer to another school. Like so many others, I realized shortly after moving here that this school didn’t offer enough classes, and more importantly, didn’t ...

Students perform their final music projects at The Depot

May 17, 2016 Life

Friday, SF State will host its first ever Electronic Music Class Show, where students from Music 436 will present their final synthesized music projects at The Depot. “It’s always a great experience for the students to have a culminating concert where they can display the work that they have been crafting during the semester,” said ...

Chickenpox infects three on SF State campus

May 13, 2016 News

Three SF State students have been diagnosed with chickenpox, a highly contagious disease also called Varicella, between April 23 and May 13, 2016 according to Alastair Smith, director of Student Health Services. People may have been exposed to the chicken pox while on campus in the following areas: J. Paul Leonard Library, University Park South, the Humanities Building, the ...

Hunger strike ends, agreement reached

May 11, 2016 News

One hospitalization and 10 days later, the SF State administration and hunger strikers have come to an agreement and called an end to the strike. “It’s disappointing that it took a hunger strike and that it took 10 days into a hunger strike to get it to these negotiations,” said Sofia Cardenas, an organizer for the ...

Student Athletes Awarded at Annual Banquet

May 11, 2016 Sports

After practically living in their practice and game uniforms for an entire season, SF State student athletes got to dress up and put on their best for the end of the year Student Athlete Banquet. Held Tuesday night, laughter and excitement filled the air as athletes entered the Annex 1 on State Drive, the home ...

Talk daddy to me

May 10, 2016 Life 1 Comment

An all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii for lava-gazing chopper rides and dolphin kisses in sapphire lagoons trumps any dude asking, “Hey girl, what’s your sign?” At least that’s what Donald says. The 62-year-old San Francisco-based construction mogul whose dating profile rounds down to age 46 said he’s chasing fantasy. Among his roster of past relationships are ...

Facebook’s bias damages news credibility

May 10, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

A report released Monday morning by Gizmodo caused an uproar among GOP supporters after a former Facebook employee revealed the company’s influential “trending topics” section may have a hidden agenda. The former employee claimed Facebook intentionally withheld certain stories from the section that pertained to right wing and conservative topics. Several other former members of ...

Tattoo stigma fades away for SF State professors

May 10, 2016 Life

Joanne Taylor, an SF State professor in the College of Business, is known by her students for being extremely charismatic, intelligent and passionate about her profession. At UC Berkeley, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and music, as well as her doctorate in performance studies. Like other teachers, Taylor is passionate about her education, but also ...

Bernie supporters revive archaic gender attitudes

May 10, 2016 Opinion 5 Comments

America is at a turning point when it comes to feminism. The wage gap for women is slowly closing and there are more and more options in California for paid family leave. There are still those who believe that women’s rights is a battle that ended in 1920 when women won the right to vote. Sorry to ...

Wong speaks out amid week of turbulence

May 10, 2016 News

President Leslie E. Wong surfaced for a press conference Monday behind closed doors in the Administration Building, expressing concern for the hunger strikers’ health and his commitment to creating “an open and deliberate process” to address the issues within the College of Ethnic Studies. He said the protesters’ list of 10 demands actually parse out ...

Sex work doesn’t devalue people

May 10, 2016 Opinion

My family’s 2006 calendar hung in the kitchen next to the fridge. It was a NASCAR calendar, the same one we get every year. The days were marked with special events for church, birthdays and the first day of school. In the middle of all that was August 16 and a large note that read ...

Award-winning shortstop striving to make the pros

May 10, 2016 Sports

Whether she’s diving and stretching her body out for ground balls or pivoting and driving her body to turn a clutch double play, shortstop Jennifer Lewis makes plays at an elite level. Lewis is finishing her collegiate career with a slew of honors. She was named to the first team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association after a great 2016 ...

Hunger striker rushed to hospital, still on strike

May 10, 2016 News

Hunger striker Julia Retzlaff, 19, was rushed to Clínica Martín-Baró Monday around 10:30 p.m. Doctors at Clínica Martín-Baró sent Retzlaff to Kaiser Permanente, where she received an IV. After three hours of care, Retzlaff returned to the hunger strike campsite around 2 a.m. Tuesday to sleep in a tent. “I’m still on strike,” Retzlaff said, ...

Gators outlast Seawolves for senior day win

May 9, 2016 Sports

The stands at Maloney Field were filled with emotion Sunday, as the SF State baseball team honored five seniors for senior day. Strong pitching from senior Peter Reyes helped the Gators avoid a season-ending four-game sweep, as they outlasted the Sonoma State Seawolves, 5-2. In his final start as a Gator, Reyes earned his third ...

Rough sixth inning sinks Gators

May 7, 2016 Sports

It’s the top of the sixth. Bases are loaded. Two outs. The count is 0-2. The pitch fires from the mound. CRACK! And the Sonoma Seawolves score a 3-RBI double to cinch a win against SF State Friday, May 6. The SF State men’s baseball team missed the win for their first game of a ...

Office of the President locks doors to strikers

May 4, 2016 News

President Leslie E. Wong ordered his office locked down Wednesday in response to the hunger strike for the College of Ethnic Studies. Wong’s office is on the fifth floor of the Administration Building, and access to both the elevator and stairs has been blocked. “When protest activity occurs on campus, the fifth floor is closed to the ...

Emotional ties to Ethnic Studies fuel hunger strike

May 3, 2016 News

Ethnic studies changed 18-year-old Hassani Bell’s life. “I grew up in East Oakland and I remember hearing gunshots from my window, feeling helpless, hating myself because I couldn’t help that person who would scream,” Bell said. “Just to know they were suffering – that was something I couldn’t live with.” High school introduced Bell to ...