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,” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Student designs emerge from the studio

April 26, 2016 Life

After three intensive months holed up in the apparel design lab in Burk Hall, the ensembles made by junior and senior students will grace the catwalk at “Runway 2016: Emerge” this Thursday, April 28. While many of the designers had finished their final stitches by Monday, some were still sewing. Among them were junior Kelsey Long ...

Fashion students redesign bookstore duds

April 19, 2016 Life

A jumble of mannequins and measuring tape provides the backdrop for apparel design student Becky Tu as she pins the sleeve on an upcycled ’90s-inspired bomber jacket. Its waterproof shell is made with a deconstructed umbrella. Tu, 27, has been pinning and patterning, pulling 12-hour workdays with her peers in preparation for “Runway 2016: Emerge,” SF ...

Design students win international competition

April 12, 2016 Life 1 Comment

The moment Brandon Lopez and Eric Renard’s names were announced as grand-prize winners of the Stanford Design Challenge, Tuesday, April 5, throngs of supporters and potential investors clamored to bestow their business cards. “Eric was overwhelmed,” Lopez laughed. “And I was on a high as soon as they called our names, so I kind of ...

Instagram update misses the point

March 29, 2016 Opinion

I shared my first photo on Instagram in January 2011, three short months after the app launched on iOS. It’s an awkward, duck-faced selfie snapped in the car and horrendously filtered with X-Pro II (never again!). More than five years and 1,400 photos later, my duck face hasn’t improved, but I’ve learned the art of ...

Students design shopping cart for elderly community

March 29, 2016 Life

June Fisher loves tomatoes. The 82-year-old occupational health physician and Bay Area product design lecturer requires two walking sticks to compensate for knee problems and general muscular weakness. She can’t sling a shopping bag over her shoulder, and that makes things a little difficult. “A friend of mine said the Civic Center market (had) wonderful ...

Daddy dating at SF State

March 15, 2016 Life 1 Comment

*Names omitted for privacy Their first date introduced her to Michelin Star cuisine – 12 decadent courses at a fine-dining spot downtown, each paired with the sommelier’s choicest wine. “It was just the fanciest thing I had ever experienced,” she said, recounting an estimated $1,100 bill and the beginnings of a lavish eight-month relationship. “I didn’t ...

SF State bookstore sells “Life Changing Apparel”

March 8, 2016 Life

At the SF State bookstore, a rack of white hoodies and a few stacks of colorful, college-branded tops are indistinguishable from the rest of the store’s clothing, except for a small sign that reads “Life Changing Apparel.” The factory workers who made these Alta Gracia products earned a living wage. SF State first offered Alta ...

Taking time off rekindles scholastic motivation

March 1, 2016 Opinion

Sometimes school gets the best of you. Sometimes the work load is too much, or the frat parties are too fun, or you’d rather sleep through your morning class and get brunch instead, and then it just feels awkward to go back because the semester’s already five weeks in and everyone probably knows each other ...

Photography book revisits the Philippine Revolution

February 25, 2016 Life

Pulitzer Prize winner and SF State assistant professor of photojournalism Kim Komenich celebrated the release of his book “Revolution Revisited” with a photography exhibition and book signing Tuesday at Leica Store San Francisco. The release comes three decades after Komenich, 59, documented the Philippine People Power Revolution with over 30,000 photographs, earning him the 1987 ...

Design gallery expects to offer innovative exhibitions

February 23, 2016 Life

SF State began construction on a 2,000-square-foot design gallery over winter break on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The gallery, set to open Fall 2016, is part of a larger project that includes the new dance studio that opened this semester in the Creative Arts Building and the reopening of the Global ...

Student designers reveal concepts for their spring runway collections

February 16, 2016 Life

On the fourth floor of Burk Hall, scissors are snipping, sewing machines are whirring, and naked, faceless dress forms are looming in the background as senior designers begin to bring their clothing concepts to life. Ruler in hand, apparel design and merchandising student Wei Kong maps out the pattern for a pair of pants. For Kong and her ...

Apparel Design lecturer inspires with new boutique in the Mission

February 16, 2016 Life

[slideshow_deploy id=’70589′] Inside a bright studio boutique in the Mission, Danette Scheib leans across her design table and a spool of plaid fabric. Tugging at loose threads, she straightens for a moment and begins to wonder aloud if the material might be stretchier than she remembered. Perhaps, too stretchy for a high-waisted pant. The design ...

Keep your moans to a murmur

February 3, 2016 Opinion

I get it. Noisy sex gets you off. Maybe all the moaning turns you on. Maybe it’s the thought that someone might be listening. But some of us have 8 a.m. classes and don’t want to be able to impersonate the bleating crescendo of your climax. Here’s an idea: Remember the “quiet game” you played ...