#ICEoutofCA protest

February 28, 2018 News

SF State students from multiple organizations gathered and walked out in protest in reaction to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids throughout the Bay Area on February 28th. Students chanted throughout campus and building halls, “Join us, Walk out, share you care. We will not stand for this,” leading the crowd down 19th Street, ...

My best friend is a Dreamer

February 28, 2018 Opinion 1 Comment

The cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program left many angry and disgusted by Donald Trump for his senseless acts. Many people went on social media to express their thoughts on the cancellation of the program, but it left me at a loss for words. This would mean that my best friend ...

Don’t hate Elizabeth Swaney, hate the game

February 28, 2018 Opinion Sports

Although I’m not someone who usually follows the Olympics, I have taken note of Hungarian-American freestyle skier Elizabeth Swaney this year. Chances are, you have too. Swaney has not been in the spotlight for her Olympian talent or backstory about her life-long pursuit of competing in the games. It’s actually quite the opposite. The Oakland ...

Track the progress, field the results

February 28, 2018 Sports

In life, we are often defined by the choices we make. Sometimes they’re small choices, like what to eat for breakfast or what shoes to put on before leaving the house. Other times, these choices can be a lot bigger, with life-altering consequences. For senior Simone Reynolds, a thrower on the women’s track and field ...

The fashions of Chinese New Year

February 28, 2018 News

Along with constant celebrations, such as big family dinners, parades, lighting firecrackers and handing out money in red envelopes during one of the most celebrated times of the year in Chinese culture, men and women dress in their most vibrant Chinese New Year garments to accentuate the beauty of this holiday. “The qipao is the ...

SF State develops new “Animals on Campus” policies

February 28, 2018 News

SF State’s Department of Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) is currently developing new policies regarding emotional support animals on campus. When it comes to animals on campus, the University currently only has policies implemented for service animals which are defined as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for ...

Dean breaks glass ceilings

February 28, 2018 News

Between 1942 and 1964 Ernest C. Dillard held multiple different leadership positions as a staff member with the International United Automotive Workers (UAW). In each position, he was the first African American person to hold the position. Seventy years after Dillard began working with the International UAW his granddaughter, Linda Oubre, broke ground herself as ...

Black STEM students change narrative

February 28, 2018 News

*Revisions were made to this story on March 2 to correctly attribute Jasmine Sims for quotes regarding Katherine Johnson, and to clarify BE-STEM’s collective purpose. History tends to be written by people with power, and for as long as the United States has existed, people who don’t identify as straight, white men have not had ...

Letter from the editor

February 28, 2018 Opinion

Xpress, at its best, seeks out diversity in stories and celebrates exceptional individuals on campus –– an homage to San Francisco State University’s long-standing history of activism and advocacy. We are conscientious of the nuances each story requires and thus push for fair and equitable reporting. Our mission as a campus publication is to offer ...

Diversity in the Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble brings students closer to home

February 27, 2018 Life

Loud chatter turned into soft murmurs as the professor walked in. The students gathered their instruments and prepared their voices for a three-hour practice which many would find excessive, but for these students, it’s a getaway. As the group practices a rendition of “Niña,” the pasty walls in the classroom become more lively with the ...

No push to fill empty storefronts in the Castro

February 27, 2018 News

The Castro District has been collecting empty storefronts for the past couple of years. Known for its rainbow theme and historic contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, the Castro District has become a bit duller these days, due to the looming presence of empty storefronts lingering along the sidewalks. During the Castro Merchants monthly meeting, ...

Impaction lifted on majors

February 27, 2018

On March 4 in the J. Paul Leonard Library, SF State will conduct the last of three hearings to remove the impaction status on Environmental Studies, Apparel Design and Merchandising, Child and Adolescent Development and Dietetics majors for the 2019-2020 school year. According to the CSU website, an impacted campus constitutes that there are more ...

Four seniors, one last opportunity

February 26, 2018 Sports

While The Swamp is always packed on game nights, the crowd was a little bit different on Saturday, Feb 24. Instead of being filled with SF State students, the majority of the crowd was made up of friends and family members of the four men’s basketball seniors. Before the game started, the seniors were escorted ...

SF State unable to get bats going in series opener to Stanislaus State

February 24, 2018 Sports

SF State lost their series opener, 2-0, to the Stanislaus State Warriors at Maloney Field on Friday afternoon, Feb. 23. The Gators were coming off a tough four-game series with seventh-ranked UC San Diego where they earned their first two wins. Head coach Tony Schifano gave senior pitcher Matt Hernandez the start following a spectacular ...

DACA program deadline looms over our undocumented immigrants

February 21, 2018 Multimedia

While Congress fails to reach a decision about the Obama-era program DACA, approximately 690,000 undocumented enrollees are lingering without a clue as to what their futures hold. Undocumented immigrants are losing their protections everyday, but the Mar. 5 deadline marks the date where up to 1,000 people a day will lose their temporary immigration statuses. ...

Kendama: A whole new ballgame

February 21, 2018 Multimedia

An eclectic group, known as Kendama Club, meets regularly on the SF State campus as an unofficial club. The club revolves around a Japanese skill toy that has attracted students from all walks of life and has brought them closer simply by playing together. It’s a game of tricks, where the mission is to have ...

Olympics gather us all

February 21, 2018 Opinion Sports

Every two years, something comes along that captures my attention and enthralls me – the Olympic games. I know I’m not alone. Each time the games come around, I have no difficulty finding people who are following along with the different sports. Some are interested in the local angle, such as Vincent Chou, the Palo ...

Started from the mat, now we’re here

February 21, 2018 Sports

What a difference a few months can make. After being unsure of the state of their wrestling team coming into 2018, SF State wrestlers are capitalizing on a revitalized program. “Starting the season we were all scared, like, ‘Oh, the program might get dropped,’ until now — we’re 25th in the nation,” said redshirt senior ...

SF State wins doubleheader 6-1, 7-0

February 21, 2018 Sports

SF State softball won both games of a doubleheader against Notre Dame De Namur on Monday, Feb. 19 at SFSU Softball Field by scores of 6-1 and 7-0. The team won the first game by opening with a two-run first inning, and they never looked back. They added a run in the second frame but ...

“Just take your s—t with you”

February 21, 2018 News

Mission Dolores Park, a cornerstone for residents and popular hang-out spot for tourists, is littered with trash and empty bottles from the day’s recreational activities. The state of the park is a far cry from years past. Trash left behind at the park is an issue that has prompted the formation of  Love Dolores, an ...

#METOO

February 21, 2018 Life

The #MeToo movement started a dialogue on college campuses, causing administrators to reflect existing prevention education policies. For 22-year-old SF State student Giovanna Archiga, the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaign needs to go beyond social media to achieve a long-standing impact. “The hashtag is a good place to start to get people talking,” said Archiga. “If ...

Exhibit explores LGBTQ community

February 21, 2018 Life

SF State’s design space is exhibiting an interactive installation where members of the LGBTQ community are featured through hand-drawn portraits in an effort to emphasize the dynamic history of the queer community through mid-March. The project, A People’s Museum of LGBTQ History, was inspired by creators Kate Jarboe and M. Wright. The two became inspired ...

ASI president wants Wong gone

February 21, 2018 News 4 Comments

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Jacqueline Foley detailed her frustration with the mistreatment she and fellow students, staff, faculty and administrators received under SF State President Leslie Wong’s authority in a Statement that was emailed to Wong and his administration last week. “I have experienced horrific, disrespectful and appalling behavior from administrators on this campus,” Foley ...

Students struggle to find the time for the Lunar New Year

February 16, 2018 News

Over a quarter of the world’s population is celebrating Lunar New Year today, or what is also called the Spring Festival in many other countries including: Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Thirty-five percent of San Francisco’s total population is made up of people from Asian backgrounds — almost half of that demographic is Chinese, according ...

When the Stars begin to Fall

February 16, 2018 News

As part of Black History Month, SF State’s School of Music put on a selection of spiritual concert songs — songs with deep ties to the history of enslavement in the United States. The songs were from the Tuskegee Institute and Beyond to commemorate famous African American spiritual songs — religious folk music closely associated ...

Scripts and soundscapes

February 15, 2018 Opinion

As someone who doesn’t watch many movies, I couldn’t give the most informed answer as to how diverse and meaningful soundtracks are to films. What I do know is that the anticipation for “Black Panther” is intense. Another thing I know is that, arguably, the most successful rapper today, Kendrick Lamar, and his label directly ...

Gators past and present face off in alumni game

February 14, 2018 Sports

The Women’s soccer alumni returned to SF State’s Cox Field on Saturday as teachers, engineers, pharmacists and coaches. For a short time, they were Gators once again. A small crowd of about 30 friends and family were in attendance to watch the alumni, who fielded 19 former players from the SF State soccer program including ...

Love comes in multiples

February 14, 2018 Life

Monogamy is a relationship style that is normally practiced by the masses. The stigma behind having multiple partners is on the rise.   The relationship style known as polyamory seems to be gradually entering its way into mainstream, essentially becoming a conventional practice in a sexually progressive society that is being driven by today’s millennials.   ...

Women’s rugby team on the rise

February 14, 2018 Sports

A small, but tightly knit group of women is working hard to fuel the up-and-coming women’s rugby team at SF State. Sophomore Hailey House is the founder and captain of the team. House originally played on the women’s team at the University of San Francisco, where she noticed that a good portion of the team ...

Amazon Go (Get a New Job)

February 14, 2018 Opinion

Amazon’s latest feat of successfully opening and operating a nearly fully-automated “cashierless” convenience store, dubbed “Amazon Go,”  impressed me for two reasons. One, I’m from the Bay Area, which means I’ve been conditioned to eat, breathe and live tech. Two, they found a way to trick customers, who usually have an extremely difficult time returning ...