Typhoon Haiyan media coverage dehumanizes severity of disaster

November 19, 2013 Opinion

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta The devastation of Typhoon Haiyan that occurred in the Philippines Nov. 8, killing nearly 4,000 people and rising, is rightly garnering massive media coverage. In times of huge catastrophes, the framing and topics media choose to cover can dehumanize the severity of the situation, and draw attention away from what truly ...

Cinema grad preps costumes for Fruitvale Station film

September 24, 2013 Life

Amanda Ramirez, 26, watched a group of actors push and shove each other on the Fruitvale BART Station platform. In the mid of the roughhousing, the cinema graduate noticed a button pop off of character Officer Caruso’s uniform and fall along with his walkie-talkie. When Director Ryan Coogler called cut to talk to an actor, ...

The Depot showcases weekly events

September 10, 2013 Life

The Depot is known for holding a variety of entertaining events in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Here’s a few to check out this week.  “Live Music” Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 Live performances by salty rock band, Hot Flash Heat Wave; dreamy pop music duo, Seatraffic; alternative rock band, Stars are Projectors and math folk ...

15-year-old pianist wins first in SF State professor’s competition

September 10, 2013 Life

[set_id=72157635468719399] The crowd fell silent and gazed toward center stage as the pianist, Alex Chien, sat at the black grand piano. His fingers tapped the black and white keys and his head followed the melody of Franz Liszt’s “Rhapsodie Espagnole.” At the end of his performance, he rose and thanked the clapping audience, including his dad ...

Back to school shows to see in August and September

August 26, 2013 Life

Summer is coming to an end and it’s about that time to jump out of bed and chase down MUNI, crash that impacted class and wait in a winding line to purchase books. But it’s also time to get acclimated to school and take advantage of the fun, friendly student-priced opportunities SF State has to ...

Graduate to empower Afghan kids through skateboarding

May 27, 2013 Life

Leila Mzali was online searching for an image of a girl on a skateboard when she stumbled upon a picture of an Afghan girl skateboarding. She clicked the photograph and was redirected to a site titled “Skateistan,” a non-governmental organization used to help empower Afghan girls and children working on the streets through education — ...

Cannes Festival showcases SF State film graduate’s work

May 15, 2013 Life

While waiting to learn if he was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival, Joey Izzo received an unexpected email from the festival requesting more information. Having submitted his short film for a slot in the prestigious film festival that receives 16,000 student films, the 28-year-old film graduate was anxious to know the verdict. “I thought it ...

Diatribe advances legacy of female artists

May 9, 2013 Life

Establishing an artistic medium for creative output is of utmost importance to artists. For Diatribe, a group composed of local female artists, they have found theirs. “Technically, Diatribe means a forceful, bitter attack towards someone or something. We loved the term so much after Rubie, one of our original members, rephrased it as a ‘witty ...

MFA Thesis Exhibition spotlights students' unique art

April 18, 2013 Life

The professor sits in front of his art students and discusses the status of their upcoming exhibition. As soon as he dismisses them from their meeting they disperse into sections of the room. There are students placing frames of large photographs on a wall, a student standing on wood chips tinkering with a projector, students ...

PACE promotes Filipino performing artists with 'Talentado'

April 14, 2013 Life

From an original spoken word piece dedicated to an ading (Tagalog for younger sibling), to a performance by an Internet sensation with over one million views on a single video, the Filipino American community showcased their talent in “Talentado,” April 12, at SF State’s Jack Adams Hall. About 100 guests came to Talentado, the talent ...

UpCycling exhibition displays waste transformed into art

April 10, 2013 Life 1 Comment

Tablecloths as dresses, wire hangers as a lighting fixture and leftover scraps of lumber used to build a stool may look like ordinary do-it-yourself projects, but together they make up SF State’s latest exhibition working to inspire students to partake in a new trend of recycling — upcycling. Upcycling is a term used to describe ...

SF State alum forges innovative art form

April 2, 2013 Life

What may appear to be junk or random items can be the inspiration to a new art mechanism for artist Doron Fishman. Fishman, 43, has made a career for himself combining his two passions in life: art and engineering. Though he graduated from SF State in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical ...

SF State showcases Asian inspired gallery, 'The Moment for Ink'

March 14, 2013 Life

Lucy Arai, 57, became enthralled with ink art while she was experimenting with her calligraphy brushes, sumi ink and handmade paper. Now she sees ink as a medium of art that tells the story of a movement that has inspired her for decades. “Exhibiting art in ink by Asian-Americans and Asians in America juxtaposes the ...

SF State Pride Prom provides LGBTQ community with party on campus

March 5, 2013

At 36, Vincent Mares was finally given the opportunity to participate in a tradition most experience in their high school years. “I never went to my high school prom, but I feel like I’m making up for it now,” the communications major said. In its third year, SF State Pride Prom continues to be a ...

'Catfishing' can cause harmful obsessions

March 3, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

Lately, I’ve been watching a show called “Catfish” on MTV. It has made me realize that our generation is obsessed with how we appear online in our social media profiles. “Catfish” is a documentary series that helps two people who have met through social media meet in person for the first time. People who catfish usually ...

Student director adapts pivotal film to SF State stage

February 13, 2013 Life

Stephan McGrue, 22, is making history by producing and directing the first all-black leading musical cast at SF State with “That Jones Gal.” As a theater arts major, McGrue was inspired to have an all-black cast by watching his best friend Jasmine Williams, 22, direct the SF State Theatre alum’s production “36thStreet Blues presented by ...

'The Dutch Mona Lisa' graces SF with American tour opening

February 8, 2013 Life

San Franciscans have the opportunity to view one of the world’s most acclaimed paintings at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, featuring Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece, “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” The de Young Museum is the first venue in the American tour of “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis.” It ...