Grassroots alumna in mayoral race against incumbent

May 13, 2015 News

As Amy Farah Weiss walked her candy apple red bicycle in front of the steps of City Hall, the Bay Area native handed out voter registration sheets from the basket of her cruiser on a windy day in May. She paused to chat with local activists Andy Blue of San Francisco coalition Plaza 16 and Pirate Mike about the ...

Wealth gap widened due to upscale bus line

April 14, 2015 Opinion

An Xpress editor wrote an opinion piece April 1, supporting Leap, a new transit option launched in San Francisco with the goal of providing a better public transportation experience. Leap is a luxury bus service that follows a Muni route to and from the Marina and Financial districts and boasts comfortable seating, drinks, snacks and onboard ...

LCA moves forward with space allocation as anthropology finds home

February 21, 2015 News

A cast-off department finally found a home over winter break, while a thriving program upgraded its space in the first of many changes coming to the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. The anthropology department, which has been in a state of flux since its merger in 2011 with the College of Arts and Humanities, ...

Band’s impromptu show a big hit in Malcolm X Plaza

February 11, 2015 Life Multimedia

Psychedelic sounds reverberated through the air Thursday night as student passersby were drawn to Malcolm X Plaza where a musical trio spontaneously started to jam. The unnamed group, comprised of freshman Alec Kersenboom, freshman Andrew Harley and junior Trevor Ramirez, played improvised psychedelic jam rock reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane after being cut short ...

Firefighters respond to alarm at University dorms

January 27, 2015 Life News

Fire fighters responded to a fire alarm at the Mary Park Hall dorms at approximately 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. No fire was detected and the building was not evacuated, according to Battalion Chief Lorrie Kalos. “Someone smelled burning food but there ended up not being a fire,” Kalos said. Multiple fire trucks were on the scene ...

Destruction and vandalism not appropriate route for meaningful protests

December 11, 2014 Opinion

Regardless of their affiliation, a black bloc activist’s purpose is the same; participate in acts of vandalism, build barricades, agitate other protestors to create in-fighting and create general disorientation. Typically aligned with the political ideology of anarchism, they can be an individual or part of a group. This form of activism has increased in popularity in the last few years, ...

Police survey the scene as protestors shut down both directions of traffic on the I-980 freeway in Oakland, Calif. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Crowds have gathered for two days in a row after word that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for killing teenager Michael Brown. Peter Snarr/Xpress.

Ferguson protests continue in Oakland streets

November 25, 2014 News

UPDATE: Protesters moved towards north Oakland and were able to block traffic for a second time Tuesday on I-580 near 34th Street by climbing up an embankment. Once police were able to clear the group from the freeway, protesters continued to the intersection of West MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue. At approximately 9:40 p.m., masked ...

James Cartmill holds an American flag upside-down at the protest in Oakland after a freeway takeover at the Grand Avenue Exit. Protests broke out in the streets of downtown Oakland at Broadway in response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in Oakland, Cali. Amanda Peterson/Xpress.

Oakland streets aflame after officer not indicted in Michael Brown case

November 24, 2014 News

UPDATE: Oakland protesters scaled a wall at MacArthur Boulevard to return to I-580, only to be met by police who forced them to turn around. The march back to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza was peaceful with no incidents between demonstrators and police, until it reached the downtown area. Masked protesters dressed in black smashed windows ...

Conversion of one of two dance studios postponed until Fall 2015 semester

November 14, 2014 News

Dance students celebrated Thursday upon notification that the conversion of the dance studio in the Fine Arts Building room 203 would be postponed until the Fall 2015 semester. Daniel Bernardi, interim dean of the college of liberal and creative arts, informed the program in an email to faculty and students that the college would hold off ...

An Artist’s Account: dancer Matthew McKines

November 11, 2014 Multimedia News

This is the first in a series of vignettes profiling students and the spaces they are going to lose as a part of the consolidation of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. Matthew McKines is a dance student who has taken on the leadership role of organizing fellow dance students and getting their voices ...

Monday, November 3, Students, parents and faculty gathered in Knuth Hall for to discuss the future of the dance department's studio FA203 Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Dean reconsiders proposed dance space following town hall meeting

November 4, 2014 Multimedia News

Tensions ran high at the packed town hall meeting in Knuth Hall yesterday where the SF State community met to address the conversion of the Fine Arts dance studio into a campus museum. “You’re taking away our church,” said dance major Becky Kalinowski. “(The dance studio) means that much to this program.” Bernardi told the ...

Students came for kink but left with an education at campus bondage workshop

November 2, 2014 News

Ropes, scarves and neckties awaited curious students in the Rosa Parks conference room at the Educational and Referral Organization for Sexuality’s Kink and Bondage workshop Wednesday. The 83 person crowd wasted no time engaging in the workshop as instructors Shay Tiziano, “expert kinkster” and education director of the SF Citadel, and Jade Taylor, a health education student, ...

Faculty votes unanimously to merge dance program with theater arts

October 30, 2014 News

Theater arts faculty members and two tenure track dance professors voted to move the dance program out of the School of Music and Dance and into the theater arts department Monday, commencing the first step to official University approval. The program’s move was approved in an overwhelming 18-0 vote, according to Interim Chair of theater ...

Author Don Waters signs a copy of his book for creative writing major Jessica Gonzalez, senior, after a lecture in the Humanities Auditorium Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.

Creative writing alumnus turned author shares excerpts from new book with students

October 21, 2014 Life

Vivid depictions of the sprawling emptiness of the Southwest, drug smuggling and the importance of multi-generational friendships are what readers can expect from Don Waters’ new book “Sunland.” Waters, a graduate of SF State’s creative writing program, read excerpts from his book to students last week. “Sunland” is the fictional story of Sid Dulaney, a ...

Arsenije Peric, the music director for Talija, provides musical accompaniment with his accordion during a special guest lesson in the Gymnasium dance studio on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014. Peter Snarr / XPress.

Campus consolidation pushes dance students out of studio

October 16, 2014 News 4 Comments

Dance students could lose one of two rehearsal spaces next semester to make room for a new museum in the Fine Arts Building, in an effort to consolidate the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. “There’s much to be lost and little to be gained,” said Matthew McKines, a dance major.  “It’s like taking away ...

Poet Stephen Ratcliffe reads excerpts from his book "Selected Days" in The Poetry Center Thursday, Oct. 2. Annastashia Goolsby / Xpress.

Distinguished poet recipient of annual book award for nature-inspired works

October 4, 2014 Life

Soft-spoken and tranquil are two words synonymous with Stephen Ratcliffe’s personality and poetry, the latter of which was honored with a special award on campus. Ratcliffe received the Poetry Center’s Book Award for his “Selected Days” poetry collection Thursday and read from the works that garnered this prestige. Ratcliffe, who was born in Massachusetts, has ...

Hollie Hardy laughs during a Q&A with the Writers on Writing class in the Humanities Building auditorium. The poet gave tips on being a writer in the Bay Area to many of the creative writing undergraduates and MFA students Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

Turbulent events in Oakland spark emotion in alumna Hollie Hardy’s poetry

September 17, 2014 Life

Former student Hollie Hardy’s return to her alma mater brought a blend of personal expression and political commentary as she read to listeners her first published poetry collection. Hardy visited the University Sept. 15 to read selected poems from her collection, “How To Take a Bullet: And Other Survival Poems.” With a raspy voice from ...