SF State mourns death of long-time journalism lecturer

November 19, 2013 News

Raul Ramirez, an award-winning journalist and longtime SF State lecturer, died of cancer Friday at his Berkeley home. Ramirez, 67, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late July. Ramirez taught journalism at SF State for 30 years and specialized in investigative reporting and public affairs. Since 1991, he worked as the executive director of news and public ...

Costly Rhythms Music Festival attracts low student turnout

May 7, 2013 Life 1 Comment

[set_id=72157633444991328] With a headliner as prominent as Big Boi, of the Grammy award-winning hip-hop duo OutKast, and a price tag of $30,000, one might expect Thursday night’s Rhythms Music Festival to be a jam-packed affair. That just wasn’t the case. The Atlanta-based rapper played the jams, but to a noticeably dismal student turnout. The concert, hosted ...

Broadway's hit 'Avenue Q' graces Little Theatre stage

April 23, 2013 Life

“Avenue Q” could be described as Broadway’s little engine that could. In 2004, the show reached legendary status when it unexpectedly won the Tony award for best musical over the mega-blockbuster, “Wicked.” Since then the show has gained a massive following and is considered a staple in musical theater. The show focuses on a group of neighbors trying ...

'CockTales' series aims to reshape view of masculinity

April 17, 2013 Life

Eduardo Benitez has always had to be silent. As a child he wasn’t allowed to cry during a sad movie. As a teenager he wasn’t allowed to show any affection toward his wounded siblings and as an adult, he wasn’t allowed to come out as a gay man. In fact, Benitez said he wasn’t allowed ...

CA bill will make online courses transferable

March 20, 2013 News 1 Comment

Students are all too familiar with the sting of being rejected from an overcrowded class and the hopelessness of signing up for yet another wait list. Those days of despair may soon be a thing of the past when the California Senate introduces a bill that would require public colleges and universities to grant credit ...

Iconic production 'Our Town' hits SF State's Little Theatre

March 12, 2013 Life

Click Here To See Photo Gallery Grover’s Corner is a small town populated by 2,642 regular folks. They’re mostly a God-fearing people with 85 percent identified as Protestant, 12 percent Catholic and the rest “indifferent.” As one person noted, “It isn’t a very important place when you think of all New Hampshire.” The ordinary town sets the backdrop for ...

SF State film graduate achieves dream job as director for CAAMFest

March 7, 2013 Life

Masashi Niwano knew he wanted a career in film early on when, as a young boy, he’d revel in the company of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers while his parents worked late nights. As the festival director for the Center of Asian American Media’s CAAMFest, formerly known as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Niwano has ...

Oscar-nominated alumni anticipate award night

February 21, 2013 Life 1 Comment

It’s hard to imagine what being stranded in a boat with a Bengal tiger has to do with the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. It turns out their connection runs straight through the Creative Arts Department at SF State. Alumni David Gropman and Ethan Van der Ryn have each been nominated for film’s highest honor for ...

Cry to God incites debate over free speech on campus

February 19, 2013 News 2 Comments

Issues regarding freedom of religion and speech have taken center stage at SF State after a group of self-proclaimed born-again Christians, known as Cry to God, incited heated reactions from students Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Quad at Malcolm X Plaza. The trio arrived on campus that afternoon bearing a sign with slogans such as ...

SF State alumnus' hunt leads to 'The Institute,' Slamdance acclaim

February 5, 2013 Life

Spencer McCall embarked on a peculiar scavenger hunt through San Francisco four years ago. His experience set the foundation for “The Institute,” his first feature-length film, that last month screened to great acclaim at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. ‘The Institute” is a mind-bending documentary about an alternate reality game, known as ...

VIDEO: SF State student director revamps Greek classic, 'Eurydice'

January 29, 2013 Life

Ben Calabrese is captivated by the action unfolding on stage; two star-crossed lovers, one on a table and the other on a chair, lean in for a passionate kiss when suddenly the table slips out from underneath. And so goes the unexpected nature of a show’s rehearsal and its focused director, who observes and takes ...