Collaborative project sews new path for inmates

May 6, 2015 Life

Every Monday since the beginning of April, a unique group of women have transformed piles of slightly damaged tablecloths into handmade totes with the hopes that their needlework and stitchery could create a sense of entrepreneurial independence when they are released from the San Francisco County Jail. The Pilot Sewing Project is a six-week program created ...

Fashion show to debut student designers work

April 28, 2015 Life Multimedia

On the fourth floor of Burk Hall, 18 apparel design students meticulously cut, stitched and sewed together clothing in preparation for the runway show where their pieces will come to life one last time before graduation day. The anticipated moment will take place at the Runway 2015: Transcend fashion show, a display of the graduating class’s designs ...

Alumni directors duo shed light on social issues through documentary

April 15, 2015 Life

While filming the award-winning documentary “Peace Officer” in 2012, SF State alumni Scott Christopherson and Reeny McCauley did not realize the social issue they were highlighting would coincide with the Ferguson unrest that incited the nation. Christopherson, the director of the film, and McCauley, the film’s editor, met in the same class at SF State and both graduated with an master ...

Professor discovers passion for classical music as a soprano

April 15, 2015 Life

Assistant professor of music Christine Brandes’ pursuit for a career in classical music started in a small church in rural Ohio where she was raised but has led to her perform at the nation’s most renowned orchestras and symphonies. The tick of the clock pierced the vocal studio in the creative arts building as Brandes tried to decide on the ...

Future for post-graduates job stability unknown

April 7, 2015 Opinion

Graduation day is often a time for parents to rejoice that their plan of putting their child through school has finally come to fruition. For me, college has always been my plan, and I have thoughtfully envisioned walking across that commencement stage since I was old enough to understand what having a college degree meant. Through these four long and hard ...

Crucial Selma activist disagrees with film accuracy

March 18, 2015 News

Colia Lafayette Clark, a leader in the fight to gain voter rights for African-Americans in Selma, Alabama, shared her first-hand experiences at SF State as part of a national tour to discuss the movement on March 10. While speaking with students during the event, which fell on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, Clark criticized ...

Campus community responds to anti-Semitic title

March 11, 2015 Multimedia News 5 Comments

  The Star of David necklace has become a second skin for 19-year-old Jacob Mandel, who wears his jewelry proudly but subtly underneath his striped, button-up shirt. The Jewish student began his education at SF State before it was recently named one of the top anti-Semitic schools in the country, otherwise he said he might have been misled about the ...

Alumna designs career path towards fashion

March 10, 2015 Life

After an interest in nursing dissipated and classes for health education were impacted, Mayette Delos Santos defaulted to an unsure educational path in business, a major that prepared her for a career at major online boutique Tobi.  The California-based startup has offices in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and serves more than 150 countries around the world. The company’s ...

Batkid plays as inspiration for upcoming film

March 3, 2015 Life

One little boy’s dream to fight crime as his favorite superhero transformed San Francisco into Gotham City for a day and is now the inspiration for a major motion picture starring and backed by Julia Roberts. The vision for the upcoming film stemmed from cancer survivor Miles Scott, then five years old, and his wish to ...

One man’s trash is an opportunity for a professor to create art

March 3, 2015 Life

As artist Michael Arcega sorted through a mountain of disordered garbage and inhaled massive amounts of dust, he kept only the most sentimental items: a framed photo of a wide-eyed dog, a fully packaged Matrix VHS tape and an obscene amount of unopened wine bottles. While these items were once considered too mundane to keep, they are the inspiration behind Arcega’s immersive installation, ...

Alumna uses fashion to empower incarcerated women

February 19, 2015 Life

While in a penitentiary in Peru, a group of women meticulously embroidered hints of their rich culture into trendy clutches and backpacks. With the help of an SF State alumna, the produced goods now serve as building blocks for their prosperous future. Amanda Smiles began her non-profit organization Ruraq Maki in 2009, after a study abroad program ...

Catcalling not a compliment for young women

February 18, 2015 Opinion

Like many women, I’ve had my fair share of uncomfortable catcalling, whistling and inappropriate heckling while trying to engage in daily activities. While not every man who opens his mouth on the street has a sexual agenda, I have encountered all types of men–from 18-year-old boys walking home from school to a dad adjusting his child’s car ...

Alumna quits job in pursuit of art passion

February 5, 2015 Life

Layla Fanucci stood on the foot of her couch contemplating the big, blank space that resided on her living room wall. The inability to find an art piece lively enough to fill the space is what led the former music teacher to quit teaching music after 25 years and pick up a paint brush. That ...