Gospel choir cultivates community

December 11, 2015 Life

The large classroom echoes with the sound of students being welcomed into Jack Adams Hall, until they quiet down and fix their gazes on their professor. Choir instructor Ja Ronn Thompson walks onto the stage and begins his first lesson with a chant, his voice booming across the stage. “We sing with-” Thompson leads. “Passion!” The class roars. ...

Students create human banner to celebrate centennial anniversary

November 16, 2015 Life

Draped in blazing colors of orange and red to match the Golden Gate Bridge behind them, a crowd of more than 200 people formed a human sign reading “100!” at Crissy Park Saturday in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary. The group cheered with their hands held high as a helicopter photographer snapped ...

#Prayforparis debate steers away from the real issues

November 16, 2015 Opinion

Browsing through the familiar blue-lined Facebook icon, I perused the daily newsfeed on my iPhone. There, I observed a new trend that was littered throughout the daily feed: dueling hashtags of #prayforparis and #dontprayforparis were scattered in the comment section of Pray for Paris’s Facebook page, leaving a bitter taste in my mouth. Rather than banding together ...

Charity focuses on rebuilding homes destroyed in natural disasters

November 6, 2015 Life 1 Comment

The top 90’s hits bumped through a dimly lit bar as a face painter skillfully traced over student’s faces. The Day-of-the-Dead-themed All Hands fundraiser dedicated the event to victims of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the Gulf Coast. Loretta Lowe has been a lecturer at SF State teaching event management for the last 17 years. She regularly volunteers ...

Women should not be fearful of weight lifting

November 3, 2015 Opinion

The repetitive thud of footsteps echoes throughout the cardio room in SF State’s Village Fitness Center. A group of girls run on the treadmill, all wearing the same grim expression on their face as they crank out 30 minutes of monotonous cardio. When I enter the weight room, though, I notice a complete gender shift. There are only male ...

SF State students find safety in gym

October 20, 2015 Life

Small beads of sweat gather on the forehead of sophomore Uwaila Aigbovo as she works on her weighted squats. Even though she is uncomfortable, Aigbovo said she would rather bear the heat of restricting attire than the uncomfortable male gaze while working out at the gym. “I don’t wear shorts at the gym,” Aigbovo said. “I ...

Spilled ink: students share tattoo stories

September 22, 2015 Life 1 Comment

[slideshow_deploy id=’67689′] Twisting lines of blue ink wrap around a pale thigh to form dark waves. Further down the tattooed leg lurks a hammerhead shark, peeping almost coyly out from the bottom of a current. A black octopus is tucked in the safety of a shadow. So far, this work of living art has taken ...

SF State should nix calorie-fad and eat natural

September 21, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit name=”(Harlan Frost / Xpress)” align=”alignright” width=”725″][/media-credit] The crinkle of a Nabisco snack draws my attention as I zero in on the woman sitting two desks across from me. My heart breaks as I hear her boast to her friend: “Look girl, I’m being healthy! It’s only 100 calories!” What she thinks of as a ...

Experimental percussion ensemble faces termination

September 9, 2015 Life

Scattered around the room of SF State’s percussion ensemble class, everyday objects are tapped and beaten to create musical cadence. While traditional instruments, ranging from acoustic guitars to drums are used, unusual tools are scavenged by members of the class and repurposed. One student slaps the palm of his hand with a black wooden panel in time with the ...

Guitarist plays on heartstrings

September 2, 2015 Life

“Where words fail, music speaks,” is the quote Sean Thompson, 22, lives by. Thompson, an SF State music major with an emphasis in composition, said he was excited about his career in music, and is constantly pushing himself any chance he has to be a better musician. But life outside of performance halls and concerts ...