‘Tis the season to be horny

December 3, 2013 Opinion

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta As the end of the year approaches, when summer is but a distant memory, people tend to find themselves surrounded by couples (or in a relationship themselves). This period of autumn/winter, better known as “cuffing season,” is prime time for fireside cuddling, movie marathons and cozying up with a big mug ...

Modern statistics prove anyone can be a ‘slut’

November 5, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

While not quite in the double digits, the number of people I’ve slept with is relatively high for my age and gender. My name is Kristen Martz and I’m a slut — according to modern statistics. A little over two years ago, a film called “What’s Your Number?” was released. In case you missed it ...

Xpress staffer reflects on losing mother to breast cancer

October 7, 2013 Opinion

At age 35, my mother was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I was eight. I vaguely remember her losing her hair while getting more ill and weak with chemo treatments. After a brief period of remission, the cancer came back — and with a vengeance: Stage IV breast cancer, found in her bones. A ...

SF State alumni and student bands play for charity

May 27, 2013 Life

While some bands use their shows to earn money for their own future endeavors, others choose a different path: one of charity. Recently, a trend has risen where bands connect with humanitarian groups to fundraise money, food or other goods to donate. Of these newer humanitarian acts is The Stone Foxes, composed of four SF ...

SEPAL discovers most effective study habits

May 15, 2013 News 2 Comments

From all-nighters to intense cramming sessions, many students will go to extreme lengths to get that much desired grade. While these habits may get the quick grade (if successful), there are some recommended strategies to better understand the material. SEPAL, Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, at SF State is conducting various research projects on ...

Vocal performance student discovers lost Filipino love songs

April 23, 2013 Life

Standing at a mere 5-foot-3, 22-year-old Rachel Larsen is packed with passion and —  surprisingly — one of the biggest voices you’ve ever heard. As a graduating senior this May, pursuing a degree in vocal performance, Larsen performed her senior recital March 8, which is a final project requirement for all performance music majors. While ...

The Bay Bridge becomes canvas for massive light sculpture

March 19, 2013 Life News

Billed as the largest light sculpture in the world, The Bay Lights officially illuminated over the San Francisco Bay two weeks ago, bringing a bright new addition to the city’s skyline. The massive 1.8-mile long, 500-feet high art display includes an impressive 25,000 LED lights and 100,000 feet of cable. Set to run every night ...

SF State's guide to St. Patrick's Day events

March 13, 2013 Life

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here again and the events are endless. Since the early 1800s, San Francisco has bathed itself in green clothing and pints of Guinness to celebrate this Irish holiday. As with previous years, this weekend boasts celebrations all over the city for three days, Friday to Sunday. For students still looking for ...

Before the Brave joins Noise Pop Festival lineup, plays Depot

February 26, 2013 Life

Philosophy major Kyle Teese finishes a day of classes, hops on his bike, and rides out to the Mission to practice with his band. Though many students are members of local bands, few have the same bragging rights as Teese, who drums for local band, Before the Brave. Before the Brave has made a striking ...

'Humans vs. Zombies' game infests SF State

February 19, 2013 Life 2 Comments

The zombie virus has recently infected pop culture and has since successfully spread to SF State. From comic books to video games, students can’t seem to get enough of the undead. For some students, watching the zombie apocalypse on the big screen isn’t enough excitement. They need to be in the middle of the action. ...

Music alumna finds niche in teaching, performing

February 16, 2013 Life

Alexandra Sessler has just finished a day at the office teaching students and, while most working people are heading home for the night, she is now rushing to her nighttime performance. Teacher by day and performer by night, SF State professor and recent alumna Sessler has a true passion for her singing. Since Sessler realized her ...

SF Beer Week expands to record-setting numbers

February 4, 2013 Life 1 Comment

With more than 80 styles of beer available, the craft beer market is stronger than ever and slowly stealing wine’s spotlight in the food-pairing world. “Beer has just as much to offer to consumers in terms of experience and taste,” Brian Stechschulte, executive producer of the San Francisco Brewers Guild, said. “There are more styles ...

Bay Area death metal drummer beats cancer, rebounds as touring member

January 27, 2013 Life

Andrew Baird, drummer of a local death metal band Fallujah, was diagnosed with cancer a year ago at age 21. Almost instantly, the daily worries of the average young adult disappeared as Baird and his bandmates realized he was now fighting for his life. “I honestly thought nothing was wrong. I was incredibly healthy, probably ...