St. Luke's Episcopal Church hosts weekly Sunday Night Mic event

May 9, 2012 Life

On Sunday mornings, the large wooden doors of the St. Luke’s Espiscopal Church open for their Holy Eucharist and worship with Rector Dana Corsello. But, on Sunday nights, they open for a different reason: so the people of San Francisco can rock out with musician Roem Baur. Baur hosts the weekly Sunday Night Mic event. Anyone ...

SF State's Runway 2012 fashion show showcases secondhand clothing

May 1, 2012 Life

Armed with scissors, pins and sewing machines, students in the Advanced Apparel Design Problems class transformed clothing they found at a Goodwill store into new and trendy outfits that will grace the runway along with their senior collections tomorrow at “Runway 2012: Defined.” The Fashion Network Association’s Spring 2012 fashion show not only gives students ...

Sf State theatre arts extends annual One-Act Fringe Festival

April 9, 2012 Life

Most playwriting students at SF State never get to see their creations come to life on stage with actors, design or sound. This is exactly why Roy Conboy, head of the playwriting program at SF State, created the One-Act Fringe Theatre festival 15 years ago. Last semester, Conboy and three students spent their Thanksgiving break ...

Day of Action at SF State dampened by bad weather

March 1, 2012

A low turnout and rainy weather brought gloom to SF State on Thurday’s walkout as a part of the national Day of Action for Education. Despite many flyers posted throughout campus announcing the event, only about 100 people gathered in the Cesar Chavez Student Center to protest budget cuts and tuition increases. The protest at ...

SF State student and alums Do It Live!

January 30, 2012 Life

Commitment, hard work and friendship are three of the elements that helped one SF State student and two alumni create and maintain their own theater company a year ago, Do It Live! Productions. It was more than four years ago, in the Fall semester of 2007, when three SF State freshmen met in the school’s ...

Trust a dominating force in BDSM relationships

December 13, 2011 2 Comments

Trust is the foundation of any relationship, especially one that involve whips, handcuffs and choking. BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. It is a type of erotic play for two consenting people who enjoy either dominating or being dominated. Maria Duong, a freshman at SF State, was introduced ...

Abstinence an option for some SF State students

December 8, 2011

Five years after they started dating in their senior year of high school, SF State graduate student Alyssa Palfreyman had sex with her husband Sam for the first time. Waiting to have sex until they were married was a decision the two of them had made individually previous to their relationship. It was seven months ...

Friends with benefits: unlike movies, can be complicated

November 13, 2011

In a poster for the movie “No Strings Attached,” Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher smile at each other while putting their clothes back on in a disheveled bedroom; the tagline reads “Friendship has its benefits.”  A similar movie about friends having casual sex and then falling in love also came out this year: “Friends with ...

Egg donation: keep your eggs in your basket

November 9, 2011 Opinion

Got eggs to spare? Because with a price tag of $5,000 for a few eggs, a woman’s ovaries may seem like a gold mine. Egg donation centers have been targeting young women, such as college students and graduates, who are strapped for cash. According to “The Project on Student Debt,” the average California college student ...

Designated smoking areas at SF State become social hub for smokers

November 8, 2011

Students show up to the two designated smoking areas of State Drive in small waves, chatting, mingling and lighting one another’s cigarettes. The smell of smoke lingers, isolating the smokers from the rest of the campus. Instead of feeling like outcasts from the heart of the University, they have found a community that fosters socialization and companionship, but ...

Long-distance relationships: Overcoming difficulties

November 4, 2011

Holding hands, kissing and going out on dates are all typical ways to showing affection when in a relationship, but these kinds of intimate interactions can be difficult when your partner is not physically nearby. SF State Professor Ivy Chen devotes an entire lecture of her Sex and Relationships class to long distance relationships. “They’re ...

Breaking up online: how social media can affect the end of a relationship

October 18, 2011

Relationship status: Heartbroken. Ending a relationship is hard enough, but in the digital age, things have become more complicated with social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr changing the way we relate and communicate with people. “(Social media) makes people’s lives much more public and therefore, sometimes less intimate,” said Ivy Chen, SF State ...

VIDEO: What gets you stressed and how do you cope?

October 11, 2011 Life

Students are no strangers to stress. With work, school, finances and family to worry about, stress tends to be an unwelcome presence in many students’ lives. But how should they deal? Xpress asks SF State students what grinds their gears and how they choose to chill out.

LGBT conference aims to uplift transgendered community at SF State

October 11, 2011

If you look at the concept of gender through black and white lenses, you’re missing out on the colorful array of ways to understand and express identity. Although SF State is a welcoming hub for characters ranging from the taciturn to the flamboyant, there are little to no places specifically for transgender people to convene. The ...

SF State recognized by Princeton Review for being green

September 20, 2011

The multiple tricolored disposal bins, the lingering aroma of organic coffee and the light breeze of passing bicyclists in clearly-marked bike lanes do more than create a picturesque scene of SF State. Aside from beautifying the campus, these efforts, along with other initiatives, have earned SF State the distinction of being recognized by two environmental ...

New Parents Council intended to keep parents of SF State students in the loop

September 12, 2011

SF State has always been a melting pot of students, professors, administrators and other faculty members. As of this semester, we now add parents into the mix. The Parents Council is an organization founded this semester, by the University, to increase the communication and community of student’s family members within the school. The council was ...

VIDEO: SF State Students talk masculinity in "Cocktales"

April 13, 2011

Personal stories of experiences and challenges with masculinity were among the many topics discussed at the third annual Cocktales event at SF State, hosted by campus prevention programs in hopes of brining an end to sexual violence. Along with several SF State students, director Isael De Guzman created a space where people can heal together ...

International Women's Day celebration brings discussion of oppression

March 17, 2011 News

“Power to the Pussy!” Seven women clad in matching pink shirts and berets chanted on stage at SF State’s Knuth Hall March 10, as they demanded a revolution in name of this year’s 16th-annual International Women’s Day Celebration. Art forms of all mediums – including theater, poetry and dance – were incorporated into the event, ...

Cee Lo's tribute to Elton John fails to impress

February 22, 2011 Opinion

Cee Lo Green joined forces with Gwyneth Paltrow and a band of Muppets for a performance inspired by Elton John circa 1977 at this year’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. This odd collection of a 2011 Grammy award winner, an Oscar-winning actress and Jim Henson’s creations put on a show that was without a doubt memorable, but ...

Parkmerced redevelopment plans substantial growth

February 11, 2011 News 1 Comment

San Francisco’s Planning Commission held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss Parkmerced Investors’ $1.2 billion redevelopment project of the Parkmerced neighborhood. The project includes the construction of 5,679 new residential units while another 1,538 units are to be demolished and then replaced in phases spanning the next three decades. The project would total 8,900 new units. ...