Gators keeper kneels in solidarity

November 16, 2016 Sports

On a summer night Arianna Wesley was almost hit by a car on her stroll to the gym. She exchanged words with the the driver, a white male, who responded by popping his head out the window. When he saw that Wesley was a Black woman, he replied “Shut up, Shaniqua,” turning a stereotypical Black ...

IDEAS discusses undocumented student safety

November 16, 2016 News 1 Comment

Representatives of Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success spoke to the academic senate on Tuesday about their concerns for the safety of SF State’s undocumented community on campus in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as America’s next president. Pamela Ortiz, president of IDEAS, and Janet Lopez, a member of the organization, explained ...

An open letter to all Americans

November 16, 2016 Opinion 2 Comments

Slinging derogatory terms around to describe political leanings has become commonplace in modern American discourse – neither the left-wing nor the alt-right are innocent in that. But one word you don’t hear in many of our polarized conversations of late is the only one that really matters: human. There was a time when politicians and ...

My relatives’ love of Trump brings hateful rhetoric to Thanksgiving dinner

November 16, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos” align=”alignnone” width=”800″][/media-credit] At the start of Thanksgiving break last year, I was excited. I was looking forward to spending the holiday with my uncle, cousins and grandpa, despite the tedious two-hour drive to Sacramento. Sitting around a cramped table with family, re-connecting over roast turkey and steaming plates of mashed potatoes ...

SPEAK prepares for national slam poetry competition

November 15, 2016 Life

After holding their last open mic of the semester on Tuesday, Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds are organizing a slam poetry team and setting their sights on national competition. While SPEAK’s monthly open mics are open to everyone — including, rappers, singers or storytellers — the preliminary rounds for the College Unions Poetry Slam ...

Students join NoDAPL protest in downtown San Francisco

November 15, 2016 News

Picket signs and burning sage filled downtown San Francisco as students and community members gathered in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the North Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday, taking part in a nationwide day of action.   The early morning protest began at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with prayers from people ...

Racial Tensions Rise at SF State Post Election

November 14, 2016 News 2 Comments

Fliers that read “Are you sick of anti-white propaganda on college campuses? You are not alone,” in bold, black letters were found outside of the Cesar Chavez Student Center early Monday evening. A link was printed below the message, therightstuff.biz, which leads to a blog claiming to be the home of the ‘edgiest podcast’ of ...

Career fair normalizes work in the sex industry

November 14, 2016 Life

Dildos, pornography videos, self help sex books, goodie bags filled with condoms and lube lined the table at the entrance of the eighth annual Sexuality Career Fair. Hosted by the Education & Referral Organization for Sexuality, the fair took place in Jack Adams Hall and drew an audience of around 50 students. “I hope that ...

Men’s basketball dominates Penguins

November 13, 2016 Sports

SF State’s men’s basketball team had a strong showing against the Dominican University of California which landed them back to back wins and a impressive 2-0 start to their 2016-17 season after a 91-67 victory in the finale of the San Francisco State Tip-Off Classic. Trailing by six points early in the 1st half, the ...

Voting system questioned in wake of close election

November 13, 2016 News 4 Comments

Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election but millions of people aren’t ready to throw in the towel and accept that fact just yet. Many are demanding changes to be made through anti-Trump demonstrations that are popping up across the country and a petition – that is spreading like wildfire across the internet – is ...

Efficient offense leads Gators to victory

November 12, 2016 Sports

The San Francisco State Tip-off classic opened up with the Gators winning their season opener with a decisive 84-69 win over the Academy of Arts. The Gators started off strong and led by as many as 14 points in the first half. They maintained the lead throughout most of the game by dominating the Urban ...

Emotions run high at post-election open forum

November 11, 2016 News

Mariel De Paz, political science major, wearing a shirt that read ‘Undocumented and Unafraid’ in bold white letters tearfully expressed how she felt post election in an open forum organized by the University on Thursday. “I got home and my mother was crying. She felt like she couldn’t protect me and that is the worst ...

Design Gallery displays collection of revolutionary newspapers

November 11, 2016 Life

A series of evocative underground newspapers from the ‘60s and ‘70s were artistically arranged in the Design Gallery of SF State’s Fine Arts Building room, a collection shared by Black Panther Party historian and archivist Billy X Jennings. The exhibit highlighted the graphic design of the newspapers, which used revolutionary and provocative images that challenged ...

Racially charged message found in Creative Arts Building

November 9, 2016 News

UPDATE: According to a University spokesperson, “UPD is investigating the message left yesterday in the Creative Arts building, and asks that anyone who has any information to please contact them. We take this incident very seriously and are committed to ensuring that SF State is a safe and welcoming place for all of our students, ...

SF State students march against Trump on Market Street

November 9, 2016 News 1 Comment

[slideshow_deploy id=’74387′]   SF State students waved flags representing Mexico and LGBTQ+ and held signs with messages like “Dump Trump” as they gathered in Malcolm X Plaza on Wednesday. With plans to march in solidarity against President Elect Donald Trump and join protesters downtown, the crowd of about 50 students packed onto M train heading north. “This ...

Trump’s scandals are more terrifying than Hillary’s

November 9, 2016 Opinion

When I visited my family this past weekend, mere days before the presidential election, the first thing my father asked me was whether I was still voting for the “criminal.” As a conservative Republican, he was, of course, referring to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but my response to him was simply: “are you still voting ...

Hopeful Engardio suffers second loss in District 7

November 9, 2016 News

Four years ago, Joel Engardio ran for District 7 Supervisor and placed fourth. Last night, he placed second. Engardio’s watch party took place at the Squat and Gobble restaurant on West Portal Avenue with supporters and campaign employees who have been campaigning for him since the spring. “When I actually sat down to talk to ...

Intel exec creates new opportunity for Latino students

November 9, 2016 Sports

SF State cross country runner Kenny Trejo has had a successful career as a Gator, but as his final season of cross country comes to a close, he is focusing on his ultimate goal of finishing his major in industrial design. Although Trejo’s major and athletic ability may seem to be separate entities, he plans ...

White nationalists are America’s ISIS

November 9, 2016 Opinion

As Americans, we view extreme terror organizations like ISIS as a foreign concept. But believe it or not, we are not far from the same revolution in our own country. Even though we’ve powered through this tough election season, our battle with the racism it exposed is far from over. Countries aren’t built in a ...

Poly sci watch party ends in dark mood

November 9, 2016 News 1 Comment

Professors and students came into the Political Science Department’s watch party in Mckenna Theatre confident that the 45th president would be democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. But as the night continued, the room filled with anger and frustration as Trump gained momentum, eventually winning the 2016 presidential election. The American politics professors hosting the event, Marcela ...

Voting Third party is a waste

November 9, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos ” align=”alignnone” width=”465″][/media-credit] Does anyone remember the name John Hagelin? Or what about Monica Moorehead or David McReynolds? Do the names Howard Phillips, Harry Browne and James Harris ring any bells? While these names don’t mean much today to even the most politically savvy, back in 2000, they had a crucial ...

Trump wins, 200 students march

November 9, 2016 News 1 Comment

[slideshow_deploy id=’74302′] A crowd of around 200 students took to the streets in protest of President Elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night. “Fuck Donald Trump,” and “The people united will never be divided,” were among the chants heard from the group, heading to 19th Avenue from the University. After a controversial ...

First-time voters wade through the 2016 election

November 8, 2016 News

In this historic election, first time voters will help decide whether California will legalize recreational marijuana and repeal the death penalty and whether our next president will be the first woman to hold the position or the first reality star. Millennial voters have the potential to cast 31 percent of the total ballots. This year ...

Students gather for campus watch party

November 8, 2016 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’74256′] SF State’s Political Science Department is currently hosting a presidential election watch party in Mckenna Theatre. The event includes commentary from four of the department’s professors and live streaming of election results. American Politics professors Marcela Garcia-Castanon, Justin Peck, Joel Kassiola and Francis Neely led the event. Politics of each candidate, live updates ...

Election exhaustion sets in for students

November 8, 2016 Life

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos” align=”alignnone” width=”696″][/media-credit] Nervousness, indifference and distrust are just some of the feelings that SF State students have cited as effects of election exhaustion in the final stretch of the 2016 Presidential election. While it might be easy to assume these feelings were normal a few nights before election day, this issue ...

Social Justice event shows students’ mixed feelings on election

November 8, 2016 Life News

On the first Wednesday of the month, artists used their work to discuss injustice, U.S government and society as a whole at “Social Justice in My Life” in The Depot. Local artists sold political artwork, MCs and rappers performed spoken-word and breakdancers showed off their footwork to approximately 50 audience members. Although election day was ...

Runway show promotes intersectional feminism

November 8, 2016 Life

Cheers erupted throughout Jack Adams Hall Friday night as women of all shapes, ethnicities and gender identities walked confidently down a runway to promote who they are and what being a woman means to them. Associated Students, Inc.’s Women’s Center hosted its fourth annual fashion show with a new theme: “Come As You Are.” The ...

Professor makes Shakespeare accessible, modern

November 7, 2016 Life

In a darkened room of The Flight Deck theater in Oakland, actors entered the stage speaking multiple languages while moving around a post-apocalyptic set filled with debris and rubble. This twist on Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” was performed on the last Sunday evening in October by the Ragged Wing Ensemble and adapted by SF State’s ...

Student jazz ensemble shares Afro-Cuban music and culture

November 7, 2016 Life

After technical difficulties delayed the start of the recital, SF State’s Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble smoothly transitioned from microphone checks to a vibrant, exciting performance that energized the audience in Knuth Hall in late October. John Calloway, music lecturer and director of the 20-student ensemble, conducted the performance while playing the guiro, a handheld Latin American ...