What my education failed to teach me

December 6, 2017 Opinion

Throughout my 17 consecutive years of education, I’ve gained both a passion for learning and huge distaste for the American education system. One of the many problems in this system I’ve encountered is the fact that I was lied to when it came to the reality of how America came to be. Most of what ...

Trump declares Jerusalem capital of Israel

December 6, 2017

President Donald Trump broke from decades of U.S. policy Wednesday morning as he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a press conference at the White House. The recognition has been met with varied responses, with people like Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Sanz warning of possible instability as a result of the declaration. ...

Experimental College creates fundraiser for Syrian refugees

December 5, 2017 Life Multimedia

by Roxanne Hernandez, Garrett Bergthold, Bryan Ramirez Students from SF State’s Experimental College produced an art gallery fundraiser on campus for the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Monday Dec. 4, 2017. Alisar Mustafa, political science major, who teaches an experimental class about Syria and the Middle East, assigned her students to create interactive art for the ...

Wildfire sweeps through Ventura County

December 5, 2017 News

A wildfire erupted early on Tuesday morning and swept into the city of Ventura, California burning over 45,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate. Over 100 structures have been confirmed destroyed including but not limited to a large apartment complex, a hospital and a psychiatric facility, according to the LA Times. The ...

Broadway veteran revitalizes students with skating influenced choreography

December 3, 2017 Life

In creative arts, talent alone is rarely enough to achieve success. With any heralded dancer, actor or musician, there’s always a grinding component of hard work that constantly bubbles beneath the surface. Mark Davis, an assistant professor in musical theatre and studio voice, knows this combination well. Davis grew up in Rochester, New York, but ...

Lady Gators overpowered by Cal State Dominguez Hills

December 3, 2017 Sports

The Gators women’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros team Saturday night and lost 91-76. Junior forward Jhaina Stephens scored a season high 31 points and added 14 rebounds, but the overall team performance was not nearly strong enough to combat the explosive offensive attack from the Toros. The Gators ...

Gators fall to the Toros in double overtime

December 3, 2017 Life Sports

On the second night of a two game homestand, the San Francisco State men’s basketball team lost to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros 86-82 in double overtime. This outcome occurred despite the Gators holding a six point lead with 19 seconds remaining in the first overtime. A frenzied sequence of events caused this comfortable ...

Women’s basketball downed by Cal State LA

December 2, 2017 Sports

The California State University, Los Angeles Golden Eagles proved to be too much for the San Francisco State women’s basketball team Friday night, as the Eagles beat the Gators 68-61 in the Purple Out game. The Gators looked good in the first half, as eight points from Tyiteyana Jefferson in the first 10 minutes of ...

Students clash with religious activists at SF State

November 29, 2017 Multimedia News

  His sign read: WARNING, fake Christians, homosexuals, abortionists, party animals….rebellious women, liars, Muslims, masturbators, murderers….liberals, crossdressers, Buddhists…HELL AWAITS. Kevin Farrer came to SF State to send a message. He was doused in coffee for it. His fellow activist, who refused to give his name, was knocked down, had his sign ripped from his hands ...

Revisionist history continues in America’s educational system

November 29, 2017 Opinion

Indigenous history in the mainstream American educational system is, at best, revisionist and at worst, a dismissive attempt to cleanse the white American palate of the genocide propagated by our ancestors. What most Americans understand as Thanksgiving is recorded as a harvest celebration in 1621 between the local Wampanoag people and the pilgrims. The festival ...

The Sunrise Ceremony

November 29, 2017 Life Multimedia

There were over 5,000 people in attendance at the annual Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. The ceremony has been held on Alcatraz Island since 1975 to commemorate the occupation of the Island in 1969. This year the ceremony brought together many different tribes and Native Americans from all over the Bay ...

Inside Tenderloin: Community gathering on Thanksgiving

November 29, 2017 Multimedia

There are a lot of stigmas around Tenderloin District in San Francisco: high crime rates, drugs and homelessness. However, people showed the strong connection within the community on Thanksgiving Day as 500 volunteers came and served 5,000 meals to residents, according to Ryan Hsu, a member of San Francisco City Impact. “Tenderloin is beautiful,” Hsu ...

Local artists share passions in pursuit of building community

November 29, 2017 Life News

One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions for the word “collective” is “involving all members of a group as distinct from its individuals.” There may as well be a picture of Macro Waves next to that sentence. Macro Waves is a Bay Area art collective, composed of six artists – Robin David, Jeffrey Yip, Thavin Rajanakhan, Dominic Cheng, ...

Men’s basketball falls short in non-conference home game

November 26, 2017 Sports

The San Francisco State University men’s basketball team came up short in a back-and-forth bi-yearly matchup against the Pacific Union Pioneers on Nov. 25. This was the first game for the Gators at home. The Gators were off to a slow start. The Pioneers led the Gators by 10 at one point in the first ...

Women’s basketball claim the throne in post-Thanksgiving game

November 26, 2017 Sports

The San Francisco State women’s basketball team got the win over the visiting Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts in the final game of the Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 25. The team was coming out of the dark after back-to-back losses against California State University, East Bay and Fresno Pacific. Junior Forward Prime Stephens notched a ...

Thousands gather at Alcatraz Island for Indigenous Ceremony

November 24, 2017 Life News

Before dawn broke, thousands of people occupied Alcatraz Island to commemorate Indigenous history. Andrea Carmen, the executive director of the International Indian Treaty Council, welcomed the sun by shedding light on the Pequot Massacre, which some believe led to the declaration of thanksgiving. “We are here to remember them [ancestors] and honor great warriors,” said ...

One Tooth Wonder

November 22, 2017 Multimedia Sports

The gym at West Ranch High School was booming. The stands were roaring from parents cheering on their kids as they were able to sneak into the 2014 CIF Southern Section Playoffs. It would be the last game of the season for the Wildcats unless they were to beat a higher division team of Long ...

Public prayer aims to reject misconceptions about Islam

November 22, 2017 News 2 Comments

Muslim students from SF State and CCSF gathered on Friday afternoon to pray at Malcolm X Plaza despite having had to face criticisms in the past. SF State’s Muslim student association, in partnership with CCSF’s MSA, arranged to do Jumaa, a congregational Friday prayer, together. SF State’s Muslim students usually did this in the Rosa ...

Six overlooked gems of Bernal Heights

November 22, 2017 Life News

Bernal Heights is arguably one of the most overlooked neighborhoods in San Francisco. Nestled between the Mission district in the north and Excelsior in the south, Bernal Heights has evolved over the past 30 years due to gentrification and the tech boom. On the same streets that once experienced the height of the crack epidemic ...

Price to live on campus set to rise, again

November 22, 2017 News 1 Comment

Everyone living on campus including staff, faculty and students will receive a 5 percent rent increase with the signing of their next rental contract. It’s the first chunk of a maximum 30 percent rent hike set to build up during six years of incremental increases through 2023. The increases are necessary to keep up with ...

Free alpha test for collegiate gamers

November 21, 2017

Have you ever wanted to try a game out before anyone else? It could be easier to achieve than you think. On Friday at the penultimate meeting of the year for the League of Gaming Club at SF State, a guest speaker introduced a new alpha for an upcoming mobile game. An alpha is a ...

Wasting food is more than just a moral issue

November 21, 2017 Opinion

Every week for the past months, I have thrown out at least five bags of kale mixes that I had forgotten about. I felt guilty each time, because not only was I wasting food, but money as well. Food waste goes beyond just moral or financial issues. It’s also an environmental issue that needs to ...

Warped feelings about The Warped Tour

November 21, 2017 Opinion

When I read the statement the founder of The Vans Warped Tour published, a piece of my teenage heart died. “With many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that the last full cross country run of The Vans Warped Tour will take place in 2018,” the words displayed on the tour’s website. Without this ...

Gas line damaged outside Student Services Building

November 17, 2017 News

On Friday, roughly around noon, there was a gas leak outside the Student Services building at SF State. “We were using a jackhammer to make repairs to the waterline, but no one told us about the gas line,” said Rufino Gomez, plumber for Express Plumbing. “Nobody knew about the gas lines and so we mistakenly ...

Depot’s Broken Open Mic showcases raw talent

November 17, 2017 Life Multimedia

by Janel Jackson-Oliver, Bridget Pocasangre, Lea Fabro SF State’s popular student hang-out, the Depot, hosted its signature open mic event on Wednesday, Nov. 15, showcasing volunteer’s talents such as singing, playing an instrument, reading their poem among others. Each performer is given about 10 minutes stage time to share their talents.

Seeing an artist early on may be the best time to do so

November 15, 2017 Opinion

I attended my first concert in 2011, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It was a Big Sean show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco during his “I Am Finally Famous” tour. “Finally Famous” was my favorite album at the time, and hearing Sean make the songs come to life was amazing. It sounded ...

FedUp Episode 1: Sex on college campus

November 15, 2017 Life Multimedia

FedUp is a podcast on issues that college students face that may not feel comfortable talking about. Created by Golden Gate Xpress reporters, Vitta Oliveri and Aria Brock, they delve into the issues that students talk about and face in their lives. My name is Vitta Oliveri, I was born in San Diego but grew ...

Faith unites the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

November 15, 2017 Sports

In the living room of San Francisco State baseball coach Tony Schifano, something bigger than any game is happening with a group of athletes from Gator athletics. Each week, these athletes meet as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club, or FCA. Since its founding in 1954, FCA has strived to combine two key elements: faith ...

Cell phones: Give yourself a break from the screens

November 15, 2017 Opinion

I hate cell phones. Always have and always will. Unfortunately, like many of my peers, my day-to-day life requires one at all times. My major requires me to stay in touch with sources, my academic life requires communication with professors and, being in a long distance relationship, it’s my sole lifeline to my partner. Looking ...

New Moves: Flux, strapped for time

November 15, 2017 Life

Rushing on stage with music and the sound of water in the background, the first dancers of the last performance of New Moves: Flux took the stage a month earlier than in years past. New Moves usually premieres in December, but Ray Tadio, teacher of the choreographers for the show, found that the department was ...

Trio of seniors named all-conference

November 15, 2017 Sports

For the first time in team history, three women’s cross country athletes were named all-conference after finishing in the top 15 in the CCAA Championship race on Friday, Sept. 22. “That’s a big accomplishment for us and the program,” head coach Kendra Reimer said. The Gators also broke, or came close to breaking, multiple San ...

Former wrestling coach alleges discrimination

November 13, 2017 News

SF State’s former men’s wrestling coach, hall-of-famer Lars Jensen, has filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging age discrimination. Former SF State Athletic Director, Charles Guthrie, has since resigned from his position and has since been removed from the SF State athletic website. But, he was under fire this ...

Experimental college makes its second go around

November 13, 2017 News

The Experimental College is being restarted within the political science department this fall semester with four courses being taught by students. This pilot revival program was inspired by the college’s first run at SF State back in 1968, where students designed courses that they wanted to be taught and formed an untraditional way of teaching. ...