Forkin' Frisco: Dining judgement-free in the Marina

January 11, 2012 Life

Forkin’ Marina Most neighborhoods in San Francisco get a bad reputation because of crime, dirt or some other perceived malaise. However, bizarrely, the Marina seems to raise an eyebrow for the polar opposite reason. Most people scoff at the perceived affluence and snobbery that is often associated with the area. In the end, it doesn’t ...

Forkin' Frisco: A guide for Financial District food finders

December 22, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Financial District Unless your daily outfit consists of a suit and tie and you work a job that has you dodging accusations of being part of the 1%, chances are you don’t make it to the Financial District much. But why not? You don’t have to be a banker to enjoy a good meal ...

SF State's Fashion Network Association hosts winter runway show

December 14, 2011 Life

Diversity was on display at the Fashion Network Association’s winter runway show, which showcased collections and designs from SF State’s apparel design and merchandising students. Over 30 student designers presented their work at the show “Impressions.” From dusty gold cocktail dresses to complete menswear outfits, the runway show gave students a stage to share their ...

VIDEO: Occupy SFSU camp keeps stocked pantry

December 11, 2011 News

Bags of rice, sacks of beans and cans of tomatoes. While this may sound like the contents of anyone’s pantry, these are only some of the groceries in the well-stocked kitchen tent at Occupy SFSU. Protesters have been occupying Malcolm X Plaza in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for a little more than ...

Hacktivism: the intersection of advocacy and technology

December 1, 2011

Anyone who has attended protests or been involved with activism in the last few years can tell you: The times, they are a changin’. Tools of activists used to include self-published pamphlets and posters. Networking happened in person at organizational meetings. These days, in a time of advancing and evolving technology, the tools have evolved ...

Forkin' Frisco: Dodging the fog whilst dining in the Richmond

November 28, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Richmond The Richmond district, only a quick bus trip from SF State, is a quiet residential neighborhood peppered with a few major commercial boulevards that are home to a variety of restaurants. You can find everything from Korean food to Greek in this laid back hood. Though the weather is almost always dull and ...

Forkin' Frisco: Thanksgiving grocery shopping in the city

November 24, 2011 News

Forkin’ Thanksgiving Thanksgiving means copious amounts of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. And if you’re one of the brave souls preparing Thanksgiving dinner, it also means a copious amount of groceries. Fear not! The vendors on this list will be more than happy to help you assemble all the supplies needed for a ...

Forkin' Frisco: Unique eats in the Tenderloin

November 19, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Tenderloin For many, mentioning the Tenderloin conjures up images of a rough neighborhood. While it may have its problems, the Tenderloin also has a rich history and complex ethnic makeup. It’s ethnic and social diversity means there are a number of unique and largely unknown restaurants in the neighborhood. SWEET TOOTH Hooker’s Sweet Treats ...

Forkin' Frisco: A local's guide to dining in North Beach

November 13, 2011 Life

Forkin’ North Beach Neighborhoods like North Beach are typically the first to be visited by tourists and the last to be visited by residents. And as any visitor will soon find out, North Beach holds a lot more than Italian restaurants. What was a haven for the beatnik movement in the 1960s is now a ...

Ike's Place SF State opening delayed again

November 7, 2011 Life

By this semester, many students thought they’d be able to get their “dirty sauce”-smeared sandwiches from the SF State location of Ike’s Place. The sandwich shop, named after founder Ike Shehadeh, that found so much success in its Castro location that its long lines eventually forced them to expand to a larger location, was scheduled ...

Transgendered woman from Cuba shares story with SF State students

November 6, 2011 Life

On paper, the story of Mavi Susel’s transgender experience reads like so many others. A young boy grows up feeling like an outcast from his peers, plagued by the struggle of inhabiting a body that he doesn’t feel matches his gender. Bullied by peers and facing disappointment from family members, Mavi’s adolescence was plagued by ...

Forkin' Frisco: The Sunset District's hidden gems

October 30, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Sunset When you think of the Sunset neighborhood, images that come to mind are likely of a quiet suburban neighborhood filled with fog and ample parking. Because of its proximity to SF State, many students find their home here as well. And while the Sunset isn’t widely regarded as a restaurant destination, those familiar ...

Halloween: the harms of exploiting cultural stereotypes

October 28, 2011 Opinion

Ah, Halloween. That magical holiday when people of all kinds transform into whatever they want to be, if only for a night. A holiday that fills the streets with geisha girls, cowboys, indians, and everything in between. It is a harmless holiday where everyone gets to pretend. But how harmless is dressing yourself in cultural ...

Forkin' Frisco: Dining on Haight Street

October 23, 2011 Life

  Forkin’ Haight Street For many, Haight Street might conjure up images of hippies with flowers stuck into their long hair, but the truth is that this street runs through two distinct neighborhoods. While the Upper Haight is still a hotbed of counterculture, the Lower Haight offers a much more contemporary atmosphere. There are a ...

San Francisco artist displays laser-cut sculptures in Mid-Market art walk

October 18, 2011 Life

You will be hard-pressed to find any paintbrushes or charcoal pencils in the studio of San Francisco-based artist Nicole Aptekar – though you will find a behemoth, humming laser cutter. Aptekar has been creating works of art using tools more commonly found in manufacturing plants since 2005. This was when she shifted her focus from ...

Forkin' Frisco: A guide to San Francisco street food

October 18, 2011 Life

Forkin’ the streets Street food has never been more popular in San Francisco and beyond. Mobile chefs working out of everything from repurposed taco trucks to improvised carts have changed the culinary landscape. Street food gives cooks who might not have the capital to invest in a brick and mortar restaurant an opportunity to share ...

Marijuana decriminalization: the middle ground both sides seem to miss

October 11, 2011 Opinion

The debate around the legalization of marijuana is always a fun one to watch, especially for those who enjoy catching argumentative fallacies. There is a special kind of hyperbole swung around by both sides. According to those who are against any form of legalization, their opponents are just a bunch of stoned hippies. According to ...

Stonestown farmers market brings fresh food to Lakeshore

October 4, 2011 Life

Sunday morning the Stonestown Galleria looks like it does most days. Cars make their way through the parking lot and teenagers saunter along with shopping bags as Muni trains rumble down 19th Avenue. However, the scene is wildly different in the shopping center’s back parking lot. Around the corner and into the western parking lot ...

Forkin' Frisco: Culinary contrasts South of Market

October 3, 2011 Life

Forkin’ SoMa The South Of Market district, otherwise known as SoMa, is a neighborhood of contrasts. It experienced a fair amount of growth during the height of the tech boom and continues to attract a large number of start ups and entrepreneurs. Sprinkled within condos, businesses and nightclubs are some really great eats, you just ...

Forkin' Frisco: Enjoying variety in Hayes Valley

September 28, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Hayes Hayes Valley has become a destination neighborhood in the last few years for those with some cash to burn. The streets are lined with upscale boutiques and manicured Victorian apartments. Still, its proximity to the bustling Civic Center neighborhood and Market Street mean that people from all walks of life pass through the ...

Tuk Tuk Thai: a touch-and-go option for campus eats

September 5, 2011 Life 1 Comment

After a couple of semesters avoiding the steam tables and can-liberated food in the cafeteria, it became apparent that I couldn’t embargo campus food forever. It was about that time when I began to eat at one of the more promising campus eateries, Tuk Tuk Thai. The pocket-sized restaurant which boasts a similarly-sized menu, nestled ...

Jessie's Hot House evicted from Cesar Chavez Student Center

September 5, 2011 Life 1 Comment

Students returning to campus with hopes of mac and cheese and fried chicken will have to settle for a lunch with a little less soul after the closing of Jessie’s Hot House over the summer. The restaurant, formerly nestled in the southwest corner of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, had been dishing out savory home-style dishes ...