Students should factor sleep into their schedules

December 4, 2011 Opinion

“The party last night was too good to pass up,” “I had to study for that midterm,” “I was on stumble all night and I just needed to click one more time.” These three statements have one main thing in common; they are all real-life excuses for why college students didn’t get enough sleep the ...

Art exhibit explores gender in new light

November 11, 2011 Life News 2 Comments

Art is a tool that can change the world, inspire leaders and shape entire cultures. However, can even the best art completely restructure centuries of female objectification? A new San Francisco art exhibit plans to do just that 117-fold. SOMArts in San Francisco is currently showing the exhibition “Man as Object – Reversing the Gaze,” an ...

VIDEO: The Mint Karaoke Lounge offers inexpensive fun for students

October 25, 2011 Life News

The atmosphere is thick with audience excitement and anticipation. Microphone in hand and a chart-topping song prepared for cheering fans with live-streaming video broadcasted worldwide, the star is now ready to take the stage – as long as he has enough time before the lunch special ends at the local Chinese restaurant. Karaoke is a ...

"Trial of Lucullus" radio play reinterpreted by SF State theater department

October 25, 2011 Life

Radio brings many things to a modern world like irrelevant one-hit-wonders from the ’90s, that dream doctor show at obsolete hours and … the condemnation of Roman generals to Hades? Assistant professor of musical theater at SF State Barbara Damashek, along with master’s degree graduate coordinator and theater professor Joel Schechter, bring to the stage ...

Fashion Network Association prepares for student fashion show

October 23, 2011 Life

What separates man from animals? Some would say it’s opposable thumbs, others the use of tools, while a more select group would say that it’s the ability to do the perfect non-literal cat walk. The Fashion Network Association, based out of SF State, is preparing its fall showcase, set for Dec. 9, which will highlight ...

"Wallflower" play merges 1950s charm with a Shakespearean classic

October 15, 2011 Life

What happens when the magic from the forest of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the shyness and the charm of the 1950s are mixed? Well, other than a very eloquent malted shake order, the two create the innovative SF State theatrical creation “Wallflower.” “Wallflower” is a devised theatrical piece led by guest artist, director and ...

Alternative Press Expo showcases indie publishers

October 6, 2011 Life

There is an unbridled energy that surges from the imagination of an artist into his work. When given free creative control, this power can give birth to romance, intrigue and epically awesome fight scenes, sometimes all on one page. Saturday and Sunday Oct. 1-2, the Concourse Exhibition Center hosted the 18th annual Alternative Press Expo, a showcase ...

SF State music professor honored as educator of the year

September 22, 2011 Life

As the clarinet player in her high school marching band, Dianthe “Dee” Spencer  never thought she would be winning awards and shaping young minds to hopefully one day do the same, but now she plays a different tune. This month, Spencer was honored as the Educator of the Year by the Golden Gate branch of ...

San Francisco resident trains for a good cause

September 12, 2011

Most children were taught that they can’t run away from the issues of the world, but Jessica Coloumbe runs right toward them. Coloumbe, 31, is training and raising funds for when she will run the Nike Women’s Marathon Oct. 16. The race will raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the largest non-profit volunteer-based ...

SF State theater students modernize Shakespeare's "Henry VI"

September 1, 2011 Life 1 Comment

Intrigue, subterfuge, political drama and a ticking bomb ready to go off at any moment. No, this isn’t an episode of “24”. This is Shakespeare. Do It Live Productions, led by Kenny Toll, Shay Wisniewski and Will Hand, has produced a modernized version of Shakespeare’s historical work “King Henry VI”. Directed by SF State alumnus ...

Traveling artist creates recycled artwork in Dolores Park

August 30, 2011 Life

Van Gogh interpreted the shades and colors of France into genius with paint, Michelangelo sculpted and shaped history with marble, but conceptual artist Nicky Wattsfinds inspiration in plaster, recycled paper, and canvasses sown out of sweaters and old bed sheets. Nicky Watts, 28, a conceptual artist originally from Massachusetts, entertained countless passerby in San Francisco’s ...

10 cheap things to do this summer for penny-pinching students

May 19, 2011 Life

After tuition, books, rent and all the other countless academic expenses, students can be left feeling a little strapped for cash by the time summer rolls around. Don’t worry! Here’s a list of ten affordable things to do in San Francisco this summer. 1. Grow-Your-Own Festival | Embarcadero Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 10 a.m. ...

"Dragons & Dresses & Ducklings Oh My!”

May 10, 2011 Life

A flurry of color dances across the stage of the Humanities lecture hall.  Children in the audience laugh as giant ducks, jellybeans, a dragon and an outrageous duke perform not only to produce simple entertainment, but also to educate. Students of communication studies 696: ensemble performance workshop presented a theatrical adaptation of eight children’s books ...

Witches of Reclaiming celebrate Beltane in Golden Gate Park

May 3, 2011 News

Dorothy was out of sorts when she landed in Oz and confronted magical witches waging a turf war; however, if she had run into the witches of Reclaiming rather than Glinda, she probably would have found herself making flower wreaths rather than fighting flying monkeys. Reclaiming Witches—a pagan group with cells locally and internationally—celebrated Beltane, ...

Tricyclists burn plastic at annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race

April 27, 2011 Life

Thousands of determined riders took to the streets of one of the city’s most treacherous hills in a daring downhill slalom Sunday, while riding…plastic tricycles? The participants assembled at 20th and Vermont streets for the 11th annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race to barrel down Potrero Hill on three-wheelers. The unconventional race drew droves ...

Martians take over campus

April 19, 2011 Life 1 Comment

Break out the tinfoil hats—SF State is under an alien attack. In order to fight alien anxiety, graduate student David Daw and renowned SF State metaphysics professor Dr. Richard Pearson held the campus’ first Martian Life and Visitation Conference last Friday. The conference discussed the strange occurrences at the University with documents, firsthand accounts and ...

Students respond to power outage

April 18, 2011 News

At approximately 11 a.m. Monday, power went out all over the SF State campus, followed by the incessant ringing of fire alarms. “There was a fire alarm ringing in the hallway but we couldn’t hear it that well, it was like an alarm clock,” said Spanish major Jimmy Hassler, whose class in the third floor ...

VIDEO: SF State calls for an end to violence against women

April 12, 2011 Life

Video by Brittany Doohan In honor of V-Day, SF State women are proving to peers that they can stand up to violence. Knuth Hall hosted the first of two performances Tuesday of “The Vagina Monologues” to educate students and stop violence against women and girls in celebration of V-Day, a global movement to spark events ...

Pranksters share tricks of public shenanigans

April 7, 2011 Life

Many traditional stories have been told by the warm light of a fireplace, invoking nostalgia that is passed down through generations. However, the story of more than 40 people dressed like Pee Wee Herman and touring North Beach in celebration of Paul Reubens’ Day is not usually one of them. Unless you attend a Fireside ...

Comic book lovers geek out at WonderCon

April 3, 2011 Life 1 Comment

There is a place where capes and masks are the norm, where comic books and superheroes are the topics on the tip of everyone’s tongues and where stormtroopers haggle over the price of a laser blaster. That place is WonderCon. This past weekend, the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco hosted the 25th annual WonderCon, ...

Bands begin six-month battle for prized title

March 22, 2011 Life

Hercules. Hector. Achilles. Odysseus. Much like the glorious heroes of mythology, champions walk among us today, fighting for dominance in their field. Weapon of choice: electric guitar. The DNA Lounge in downtown San Francisco served as the venue for the start of a six-month series of “Battle of the Bands” shows. Every month eight bands ...

Parade launches St. Patty's party

March 16, 2011 News

If green is your favorite color, you love finding pots full of gold coins and you have four-leaf clovers in your yard, then you’re already prepared for the greenest holiday of the year. On March 12, San Francisco hosted its annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which marched its way through downtown to City Hall. Crowds ...

Citizen Review Board approved by BART police

March 11, 2011 News

BART officials finalized a committee of 11 members Thursday for a newly established Citizen Review Board as part of the BART Police Department. According to BART officials, the creation of the board is in response to the January 1, 2009 shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by BART officer Jonhannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale station in ...

Budget cuts run deep for SF students

March 8, 2011 1 Comment

David Quintana is not an overly anxious man, but even he worries about the future of his education. In the face of impending and threatening budget cuts, he attempts to maintain a calm and cool demeanor but also realizes the magnitude of his situation. Quintana, 19, has been through all the loops that budget cuts ...

Mario Kart races to the canvas

March 8, 2011 Life

As the cliche goes you only have one life to live, but that does not apply to video games like Super Mario Brothers or Duck Hunt. Now, even art fans can fully appreciate the omnipresence of gaming. On March 4, Giant Robot, the magazine franchise-turned-boutique in the Upper Haight, curated a show titled “Game Over ...

Gators march to CCSF in protest of budget cuts

March 2, 2011 News

The Postman will carry his mail through sleet and snow, rain and hail, to get it to it’s destination, but mailmen have nothing on agitated college students protesting massive budget cuts. A group of approximately 100 students and faculty trekked through light-yet-constant rain in an almost two mile march from Cesar Chavez Student Center to ...

What cold? Teams dive into Bay for a good cause

February 28, 2011 Life

Despite chilly winds, a man in a giant penguin suit merely shivered before plunging into the frigid San Francisco Bay along with more than 600 others. The Special Olympics Northern California held its third annual “Polar Plunge” Feb. 26 in which hundreds of individuals and groups collected donations for their cause and jumped into the ...

San Franciscans exchange beats through an old favorite

February 22, 2011 Life 1 Comment

  Some would say the window to the soul is through one’s iTunes playlist, and the San Francisco Mixtape Society intends to tell all. The San Francisco Mixtape Society, which encourages people to trade mixtapes or CDs, held their fifth event Sunday at the Make-Out Room in the Mission.  As a free event, the Mixtape ...

Bike ballet gets boisterous in Bayview

February 15, 2011 Life 2 Comments

What do you get when you take a group of charismatic women that mixes funky dance moves with daring stunts on bikes? The answer: the Bay Area Derailleurs bike dance team. The San Francisco-based Derailleurs threw a cabaret-themed party Friday in the Cyclecide Warehouse near the Bayview neighborhood. The Derailleurs are like-minded women who organize ...

Power of love expressed through long-forgotten genre

January 31, 2011 Life

Showing that you’re in love with someone doesn’t usually involve a sailor’s costume with a hula hoop or a coordinated magic act on trampolines, but a new San Francisco performance piece may change all that. Z Space Theatre Company, in conjunction with local director Mark Jackson and actor-singer Beth Wilmurt, has created “The Companion Piece,” ...

SF Sketchfest rings in the laughs

January 23, 2011 Life

If you had told Garry Shandling 30 years ago that 1,400 people would pay money and crowd into a theater to see him, he probably would have made a joke that it was his public execution. Roaring laughter spouted out of the Castro Theatre on Thursday as organizers paid tribute to actor and comedian Shandling as ...