Hearing is believing

May 9, 2018 Sports 1 Comment

Sometimes the removal of sight can provide a glimpse into a misunderstood world. Danny Vang sure thinks so. Vang, a social work major who is partially blind, wanted to introduce an activity to his campus that would help people better understand the blind community. Goalball was his method of choice, and the Mashouf Wellness Center’s basketball court served as the ...

SF State appoints new athletic director

March 29, 2018 News Sports

SF State has found its new athletic director, and she comes with Gator ties. Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins was officially announced as athletic director on Thursday, March 29. Shrieve-Hawkins’ most recent position was as associate athletic director at Saint Mary’s. She “supervised multiple sports programs, academic and student services, sports medicine, strength and conditioning and internal operations,” ...

Op-Ed: UConn women keep winning without spotlight

March 28, 2018 Sports 4 Comments

Any college basketball team that reaches 11 straight Final Fours is obviously going to be plastered all over every news site, right? That’d be the case if the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team was the opposite gender. UConn just surpassed John Wooden’s UCLA dynasty’s record for consecutive Final Four appearances. The same UCLA dynasty ...

Welch provides the juice

March 15, 2018 Sports

SF State’s wrestling team discovered that for them, positivity and success go hand-in-hand. After a dismal 2017 season in which no Gator was a national qualifier, 2018 was a bounce-back campaign. “Our goal this season was to get qualifiers, and we accomplished that,” said head coach Jason Welch, who just completed his first season with the ...

Puck is life

March 7, 2018 Sports

The hour hand and minute hand meet at the apex of the clock. It’s another 12 o’clock practice. 12 a.m., that is. For SF State’s ice hockey club, this is one of several obstacles that must be dealt with in order to maintain their team. “Hockey’s a really expensive sport as it is, which is ...

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 ...

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 softball? Anything but soft

January 24, 2018 Sports

Change can be scary, but for SF State softball, change is nothing new. After finishing no higher than 6th place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in the past three seasons, SF State’s softball team is ready for redemption. The six seniors will have to help lead a team laden with freshmen and transfers. They’ll ...

Black Lives Chatter

December 13, 2017 Life

“When we say black, what does that mean?” Jarrel Phillips, artist and curator, asked himself that question in order to assemble his latest exhibit. “I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence,” on display in the Associated Students’ Art Gallery, explores the way black people and their culture are viewed and discussed within and outside ...

Black lives chatter

December 12, 2017 Life

“When we say black, what does that mean?” Jarrel Phillips, artist and curator, asked himself that question in order to assemble his latest exhibit. “I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence,” on display in the Associated Students’ Art Gallery, explores the way black people and their culture are viewed and discussed within and outside ...

SF State design students contribute their work to local organizations

December 7, 2017 Life

SF State interior design students capitalized on an opportunity to create artwork for more than self expression and public admiration. The University chapter of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers, faced the task of creating a piece for an HIV/AIDS fundraiser held by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. “The DIFFA Steering Committee, of which ...

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, ...

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 ...

Distortion and fuzz cause a buzz

November 9, 2017 Life

Reverb and delay pave the way for the latest exhibit at the SF State Design Gallery, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts building. Pedal Culture held its opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 2. It was curated by Ron Light, SF State anthropology alumnus from ’71. Light spent the past year scouring Youtube ...

Local artist collective spotlights importance of mental health

October 24, 2017 Life

Mental health and the excessive use of technology are discussed in the latest exhibit at SF State’s  Associated Students’ art gallery. Macro Waves, an artist collective based in Oakland, held the opening reception for NVM (never-mind) on Thursday, Oct. 19. It was originally scheduled for Oct. 12, but due to the air quality concerns from ...

Mumble rap or crumbling rap?

October 17, 2017 Opinion

I once protected hip hop’s values –– I was the one championing supreme lyricism. My favorite rapper is Lupe Fiasco, so if anyone wasn’t in that same wordplay stratosphere, I immediately called them trash. If I could decipher an artist’s lyrics in under two listens, then what was the point of listening to the song ...

Two SF State students put together an art showcase to strengthen community

October 16, 2017 Life

Art and activism were prevalent at a SF State student-curated show in the Mission District. Jules Retzlaff, a cinema major, and Lilith King-Smithson, an Africana studies and multimedia double major, put together their second art and social event at Heartspace, a community development center. Heartspace is a membership-based rentable unit for “local healers, teachers, artists ...

Archival upheaval: Artists showcase how they choose to document history

September 28, 2017 Life

Professional artists are displaying various ways of documenting history at SF State’s latest exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery, “Recollected: Photography and the Archive.” The artwork, a mixture of photography and paintings, showcases each artist’s area of emphasis. For Ian Everard, that came in the form of early 20th century photographs. Everard, a third generation ...

Gallery hosts queer conceptual art show

September 12, 2017 Life

“Queer Virality” held its opening reception in the Associated Students Inc. art gallery on Friday, Sept. 8, which displayed conceptual art from several different artists. Renae Moua, the show’s curator, chose a theme that hit very close to home as a queer person of color. She’s frustrated by the lack of artistic spaces for people ...