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Community praises the life of Dawn Mabalon

October 10, 2018 Life

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 ...

Local comics roar crowd in comedy showcase

October 9, 2018 Latest Life

Students and members of SF State’s comedy community gathered at The Depot on Oct. 3 to listen and laugh at comics who stepped on stage and shared their wit during Comedy Night. The Depot is a hot spot where students can interact with each other, perform and watch performances throughout the year. As performers, students ...

SF State celebrates Banned Books week

October 8, 2018 Life News

Through the power of spoken word and dialogue, students and performers honored challenged literary works and expressed their thoughts and emotions on topics such as femininity, race, gender, sex, power systems and homelessness. The Associated Students’ Richard Oakes Multicultural Center celebrated banned books week on Thursday, Sept. 27 with performances from Hablo Rodriguez-Williams, Nickel River, ...

SF State alumnae nominated for 2018 National Book Award

October 4, 2018 Latest Life

SF State alumnae, poet Rae Armantrout and writer Rebecca Solnit, are among six Bay Area authors nominated for the 2018 National Book Award, according to KQED. The National Book Foundation released its longlist of nominees last month, which included four other Californian authors with Bay Area connections. The awards covered five different categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, ...

San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair reinforces consent

October 2, 2018 Life Multimedia

Under the fierce sun of the last Sunday of September, skin-tight black latex, leather bondage and stark nudity dominated Folsom Street in the SOMA district of San Francisco, with the theme of consent becoming the focus of the show. Folsom Street Events held its 34th street fair this weekend, welcoming a quarter million kinks to ...

Kavanaugh case prompts emotional survivor stories on social media

October 2, 2018 Life

As the scandal of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh unfolds in front of the public eye, with his defense team consisting of a misogynistic president infamously known to be a womanizer and perpetrator of sexual assault, victims around the world are reliving the trauma of sexual assault with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional testimony. ...

Karen Korematsu makes momentous visit to SF State

October 2, 2018 Life News

Fred Korematsu was an American hero who fought the government’s internment of Japanese citizens during WWII to the highest court in the country. Seventy-six years later, his daughter took the podium at Jack Adams Hall on Sept. 17 to talk about her father’s legacy. Karen Korematsu began by making a point: How many in the ...

SF State creative writing professor releases first collection of poems

October 2, 2018 Life

After eight years of working toward her book release, Heather June Gibbons, an SF State creative writing professor, debuted her first full-length book, “Her Mouth As Souvenir,” during a reading at the Poetry Center on campus last week. The Bay Area poet has already been awarded the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University ...

DACA and undocumented students still live in fear

October 2, 2018 Life

According to the Dream Resource Center, SF State has 500-700 undocumented and DACA-receiving students who are still waiting on the current presidential administration and judge’s’ decision regarding DACA to realize the fate of them and their families’ lives. President Donald Trump moved to phase out DACA over a year ago on Sept. 5, 2017. DACA ...

Poetry Center kicks off semester long series

September 28, 2018 Life

The SF State poetry center is opening its new reading series “Tripwire Cross-Cultural” with a two-night long presentation on September 27 and 28. Writers, poets and literary translators, Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, who started the language experimentation collective Antena, opened the reading series with a reading of their original works at E.M. Wolfman Book in ...

Latinx communty connect at networking event

September 27, 2018 Life

The Latinx Faculty, Staff and Student Tardeada took place on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 4-6 p.m. at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the College of Ethnic Studies, the event aimed to unite student organizations, particularly those revolving around Latinx people, ...

Comic books inspired famed author and civil rights leader

September 27, 2018 Life News

Most of the time, superheroes are a work of fiction. But when author Andrew Aydin saw civil rights champion John Lewis in action, he had a better idea. When Aydin started working for Lewis, he convinced the Georgia congressman to write an autobiographical comic book. Lewis agreed on the condition that Aydin help him create ...

“All Together Now” celebrates community and collaboration in Fine Arts Gallery

September 26, 2018 Life 1 Comment

Artists and members of the public and the SF State art community gathered at the “All Together Now” art exhibition’s debut in the Fine Arts Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 22, where they celebrated community. The gallery’s purpose is to “celebrate community as a means of resistance,” according to the Fine Art Gallery’s website. Artists supporting this ...

Campus vending machine temporarily shuts down

September 26, 2018 Life News

Students’ only option for late-night and weekend snacks is shut down, but fear not, the campus vending machine is going to reopen “any time now,” according to Chris Farmer, The University Corporation director of operations. Farmer said he could not be more specific about the reopening of the machine, billed as “the only automated convenience store on ...

Basic hygiene products give hope to homeless in San Francisco

September 25, 2018 Life

Imagine not being able to shower, brush your teeth or have menstrual products for days or even weeks. There’s an ongoing issue with the lack of hygiene products available to low-income communities and to individuals who call the streets of San Francisco their home. Meghan Freebeck, founder and chief executive officer of Simply the Basics, ...

SF State students take part in California Coastal Clean-up Day

September 25, 2018 Life News

Eleven SF State students decided to not sleep in last Saturday in order to participate in the California Coastal Clean-up Day at Fort Funston. The beach at Fort Funston Park buzzed with activity as dogs and their owners played catch, and friends and families placed litter into garbage bags. Overhead, thrill-seekers soared through the sky ...

Associated Students to celebrate Banned Books Week

September 21, 2018 Life

The Associated Students’ Richard Oakes Multicultural Center will be celebrating Banned Books Week at the Cesar Chavez Center Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Banned Books Week will be featuring several spoken word performances by Hablo, Nickel Rivera, and Destiny Evans; as well as book readings and an open mic ...

Poetry center debuts poetic series

September 21, 2018 Life

SF State’s poetry center is hosting their first new Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series on Sept. 26-27 at E. M. Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland. Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, poet-translator-activists, will be presenting their work around Antena, which focuses on language justice and language experimentation collaborative. Their work also talks about focusing on writing, art- and book-making, translating and ...

Musicians meditate to diminish stage fright and examine their sixth sense

September 20, 2018 Life

Feet planted on the floor, spines straightened and supported, hands relaxed and eyes closed as the first meditation of the Mindfulness for Musicians lecture took place in Knuth Hall. Stage fright, creative blocks, performance injuries, and critique of practices and performances are only a few of the anxiety-ridden obstacles that could interfere with a musician’s ...

Leaders of tomorrow begin at Project Connect

September 19, 2018 Life News

SF State’s newest student mentors, role models and activists vowed to use their influence to positively impact under represented communities and promote higher education during the 14th annual Project Connect open house on Sept. 19. The event served to introduce Project Connect’s newest group of student interns, recruited this fall while also handing out free textbooks, ...

S.P.E.A.K’s first open-mic night of the semester

September 19, 2018 Life

S.P.E.A.K will debut its first open-mic night of the semester at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. S.P.E.A.K, an acronym for Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds, is a group on campus whose mission is to allow students from various backgrounds and perspectives to share their ...

College students need more education with STDs on the rise

September 19, 2018 Life

Sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high and continue to grow each year. And although it can be an uncomfortable conversation to have, students need to take their sexual health seriously since the majority of cases are among young people between the ages of 15 to 24. “Students and others should consider STD testing ...

Music City’s show at The Depot gets political

September 19, 2018 Life

“Fuck borders, fuck ICE, keep families together,” a student sang during her set Thursday night at The Depot’s event with Music City.  Combing today’s political climate with music, student Mae Powell said she wanted to avoid getting political in her music ever since Donald Trump was elected president because music was her escape. But that ...

Chinatown celebrates annual Autumn Moon Festival

September 19, 2018 Life

San Francisco’s Chinatown was filled with Cantonese opera music playing over the noise of the crowd as the smell of Chinese food, smoke bombs and the sound of lottery wheels spinning pervaded the streets. The 2018 Autumn Moon Festival, held on Sept. 15 and 16, invited people from all over the Bay Area for a day ...

Asian-Americans’ successful roles in mainstream Hollywood

September 19, 2018 Life Opinion

Asian-Americans have scratched the surface of romantic comedies in Hollywood and are paving the way for future ethnic groups to dominate the film industry by making it big on both the big screens and small screens this summer . The Netflix original film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and Warner Bros. film “Crazy ...

Poetry Center hosts award-winning queer writers

September 19, 2018 Life

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the critically acclaimed SF State Poetry Center hosted Whiting Award 2018 recipients, Brontez Purnell, and Tommy Pico, both prolific writers within contemporary LGBTQ+ spoken word and performance. Purnell, originally from Alabama, has been performing and writing in the Bay Area for over ten years. He is the frontman of the local ...

J & A — From August to May Podcast (Ep. 1)

September 18, 2018 Life Multimedia

On Sept. 7, TMZ was the first to report that Mac Miller had passed away from an apparent overdose and a week later fans continue to grieve the death of the young artist. As one fan wrote on Twitter, “losing Mac Miller feels like losing an old high school friend. It feels like we all ...

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 ...

Mashouf gears up for exciting second year

September 14, 2018 Life 1 Comment

After undergoing two years of construction beginning in 2015, SF State’s Mashouf Wellness Center has successfully completed its first year of operations. There is plenty of excitement surrounding the wellness center as it heads into its second year and prepares a few new programs to offer. “We’re super excited,” said Director of Campus Recreation Pamela ...

Relationships formed on air

September 14, 2018 Life

Radio DJs are taking the SF State media world by storm with many new additions to the broadcast and electronic communication arts department. New music and various genres inspire student DJs — along with provocative conversations on the societal issues surrounding them, music and culture. SF State got started with its first online radio station, KSFS, in ...