Muralist uses art to inspire youth community

May 6, 2015 Life Multimedia News

Twenty years ago, on Cinco De Mayo, Carlos “Kookie” Gonzalez’s mural was dedicated to Cesar Chavez at SF State. Click on the icons to hear the artist talk about specific the elements of the mural and how it came to be. (Produced by Sergio Portela and Photo by Drake Newkirk). Jazz and Latin music streamed from a ...

Oakland Raiders look to build through draft

April 30, 2015 Sports

Last season the Oakland Raiders once again finished with a losing record of 3-13, but something was different. They produced five starters from their 2014 draft class: Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson, Justin Eliis and T.J Carrie. Mack and Ellis earned a place in the NFL’s All-Rookie team for 2014, something that has not been done by ...

Cultural stigmas should not steer you away from heritage

April 14, 2015 Opinion 2 Comments

I watched my grandfather lie peacefully in a mahogany casket as they lowered him slowly into a burial plot. His casket was filled with objects that mattered the most to him: his cowboy boots, hat, a Mexican flag and photos of his grandchildren. He was a man who loved his culture more that anyone I have ever known. My Wayfarer sunglasses blocked ...

Walk-on wrestler becomes first to head to Nationals in 15 years

March 11, 2015 Sports

In his purple SF State wrestling singlet, Johnny Costa knelt to the mat on one knee to attach his ankle band, but inside he was praying in anticipation of his first match at Massari Arena at Colorado State Pueblo University on Feb. 27. It was a tradition his grandfather had taught him to do before every match. ...

Early NCAA recruitment lessens value on childhood

March 10, 2015 Opinion

My childhood dream of playing professionally in the NBA was not motivated by money but rather the need to go out and play the game with which I had fallen in love. That’s what most young athletes want to do when they are still in elementary and junior high school. But when you insert college recruiting into organized athletics, a career in sports becomes more about ...

Gators wrestling keeps chance at Nationals alive

February 3, 2015 Sports

The SF State wrestling team has had its highs and lows throughout the season, but remain with high momentum as Regionals and Nationals approach. The team started off their season with two wins against Division I opponent Cal Poly and Simpson University. From those two match wins, the Gators would follow with two losses against ...

U.S. Open Cup qualifying match comes to Cox Stadium

January 27, 2015 Sports

SF State’s Cox Pavilion will host a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament qualifying match for the Nor-Cal Adult Premier League Jan. 31. SF City Football Club will face Stanislaus United Academica and looks to become the first team in 17 years to represent the city in the U.S. Open Cup. The team began four years ago when ...

Men’s soccer ends season with most wins since 2005

December 16, 2014 Sports

The Gators had the most wins in a season since 2005, where they won 10 games. The Gators started the year having their longest unbeaten streak at six games since 1980, only to hit the road and go on a five game losing streak against top opponents. Although the losing streak tanked the team in ...

Confiding in someone can help overcome depression

December 9, 2014 Opinion

I gave up on my plans to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene so I could be close to the pin-up girl of my dreams. My revised strategy to earn my degree locally and then one day secure a writing position with the Sacramento Bee was a tough decision, but at the time I knew everything was going to ...

Wrestlers test skills at Roadrunner open among Division-I schools

November 18, 2014 Sports

After an impressive win over the Division-I Cal Ploy Mustangs, the SF State wrestling team traveled to Fresno, Calif. to compete in the Roadrunner open and build off of their momentum. The Gators were one of a few Division-II teams to compete at the open alongside nine Division-I schools. The participants included No. 9 Illinois, North Carolina, ...

Andrew Reggi poses for a picture the morning after winning his match 8-1 against Cal Poly Pomona in San Francisco Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

Wrestler works to become All American

November 12, 2014 Sports

Isolated, SF State wrestler Andrew Reggi stretched and waited patiently for his next match, while a song by rapper Drake rang through his headphones to block out the noise of the room. He concentrated on his first move on the mat, with victory on his mind, he said. Reggi, a fifth year senior from Berkeley, Calif. returns ...

SF State Gator forward Cameron DeJong, # 16, volleys the ball out of the air away from advancing Cal State East Bay players, Kellen Crow, #15, and Arthur Ethel, #3, at Cox Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Half way there: Men’s soccer midseason review

October 14, 2014 Sports

SF State men’s soccer team had the best start to a season in 34 years, but the team is going in the wrong direction after four straight losses. Their overall success this year can be attributed to new head coach Matt Barnes, who has his team poised and ready to compete every night. Barnes is ...

SF State Gator midfielder Sam Merritt, #10, fights for a ball in the corner against Cal State East Bay player Steven Henry, #25, at Cox Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Sara Gobets / Xpress.

Men’s soccer win their first CCAA game against Cal State East Bay

September 30, 2014 Sports

SF State won its first CCAA game Sunday against Cal State East Bay(CSUEB) in an exciting 3-2 overtime thriller, following a disappointing draw earlier this week against Cal State Stanislaus. “We were just waiting for that first win today,” Head Coach Matt Barnes said. “We looked a little bit tired today, so we made a ...

Seniors Kevin Johnson (left) and Hayden Roberts (right), who have been buddies since freshman year, stand in Cox Stadium at SF State Tuesday, Sept. 16. Martin Bustamante / Xpress

Bond between two senior soccer players has team on right track

September 23, 2014 Sports

A lot can happen in four years. There are successes, failures, hardships and triumphs, and a pair of SF State men’s soccer seniors have seen them all. Kevin Johnson and Hayden Roberts are in their fourth and final year in Gator uniforms. The two seniors formed a great relationship in their freshman year, and even ...

Volleyball team keeps positive after loss to Humboldt Lumberjacks

September 22, 2014 Sports

The SF State women’s volleyball team lost to the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks in four sets last Saturday. The game started rough for the Gators, with the team playing more as six individuals than as a cohesive unit. They lost the first two sets 25-17 and 25-16. “We’re looking to improve on coming together more ...

Men’s soccer defeats Dominican University of California 2-1

September 17, 2014 Sports

The SF State men’s soccer team improved its record Tuesday after taking out the Dominican University of California Penguins 2-1 at Cox Stadium. The Gators began aggressively by taking shots, controlling the ball and dominating on defense. After 23 minutes, junior forward Sam Merritt scored a Gator goal off an assist from freshman Adam Lenth. ...

New men's soccer coach Matt Barnes interacts with members of the team on Friday, Aug. 29.

New men’s soccer coach known for turning teams around

August 29, 2014 Sports

Everywhere Matt Barnes coaches, he gets results. In his two previous head coaching stops, he took non-contending programs to the playoffs in the first seasons he was there. At his first head coaching job at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he led the team to its first postseason victory and in his second year, he led them ...