Smooth sounds abound at Treasure Island Music Festival

October 17, 2018 Life 1 Comment

Rosy sunsets, good food and a wealth of diverse music set the tone right at this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival. After taking a year off, the festival made its comeback in a new scene, the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, overlooking the San Francisco skyline. The two-day festival hosted notable acts such as ...

Community praises the life of Dawn Mabalon

October 10, 2018 Life 0 Comments

Family, friends, colleagues and mentees gathered in the Annex 1 building of SF State to honor the beautiful life of Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon. The celebration that took place on Oct. 6 highlighted the triumphs of the beloved professor who passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 10. The lively event was accompanied by DJs, speakers, performances ...

Rolling Loud takes on the Bay Area

September 18, 2018 Life

The all-around hyphy nature the Bay Area is known for returned to the Oakland Coliseum for the third annual Rolling Loud Festival. The festival drew in a powerhouse of names from the hip-hop community, including Travis Scott, YG, Young Thug and many more. The festival that housed a crowd of 40,000 hip-hop heads also included ...

Childish Gambino’s chilling new music video addresses gun violence

May 9, 2018 Opinion

Ah, what a time to be alive. Childish Gambino just released two new singles this past Saturday and the internet went wild, as they should. Donald Glover, also known as his alter ego Childish Gambino, is back and better than ever. Glover hosted and was a musical guest this past Saturday on “Saturday Night Live” where he performed his two new singles. It feels ...

“Hair” brings in sold out crowd opening night

May 2, 2018 Life

Tie-dye and vintage costumes graced the hallways of the Creative Arts building in honor of “Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Music,” an SF State musical production directed by Laura Wayth. Opening night drew in a sold-out crowd and non-stop cheering from the audience after each musical number. Tyler Brilla, a communicative disorder major, described ...

I won’t be able to buy a home in my beloved Bay Area

April 18, 2018 Opinion

Born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay, the Bay Area holds a very special place in my heart. My parents immigrated from Mexico to San Francisco for a better life for me and my sister, but little did they know this so-called ‘better life’ came with a lot of stress. I imagined ...

Student costume designer prepares for production

April 18, 2018 Life

Fabric is plastered all over the walls of Room 122 in the Creative Arts building, alive and vibrant. Rachel Herscher is seen scurrying around the room, picking up clothes and accessories from fabric tables and dressing up the actors in potential costumes for this year’s theater production of “Hair.” Herscher is a fourth year SF State ...

The Fringe: short stories written and directed by students

March 9, 2018 Life

The anticipation inside Room 104 of the creative arts building was at an all-time high. Actors in costumes and directos all scurry around the room putting final touches to their plays. As he calmly sits in his chair in the front row of the theater and observes his actors practicing his short play, Refugio Garcia, ...

My best friend is a Dreamer

February 28, 2018 Opinion 1 Comment

The cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program left many angry and disgusted by Donald Trump for his senseless acts. Many people went on social media to express their thoughts on the cancellation of the program, but it left me at a loss for words. This would mean that my best friend ...

Diversity in the Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble brings students closer to home

February 27, 2018 Life

Loud chatter turned into soft murmurs as the professor walked in. The students gathered their instruments and prepared their voices for a three-hour practice which many would find excessive, but for these students, it’s a getaway. As the group practices a rendition of “Niña,” the pasty walls in the classroom become more lively with the ...

Rappers ditch lean to bring awareness

February 14, 2018 Life

Codeine, also known as lean, has been sensationalized by the rap community making it popular with college students. An SF State student, who would like to remain anonymous, said the rap community has influenced his lean intake. “They influenced me to keep drinking it cause they made it sound gangster as f––k and I was ...

13 sections of music courses have been cancelled at SF State

February 7, 2018 News 1 Comment

Music students are scrambling at the last minute to find available classes with open seats to fulfill their graduation requirements. The music department sent out an email on Jan. 26 announcing the cancellation of several music courses, including many ensemble classes led by Allen Biggs, who has been teaching in the music department for ten ...

Oscars finally diverse after 89 years

January 31, 2018 Opinion

As actor Tiffany Haddish reads the list of nominees for Best Director for the 2018 Academy Awards out loud, I can’t help but think ‘Maybe this year will be the last year of white male domination for this award.” I was right. This will be the first year that the category isn’t dominated by white ...