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Pride celebration livens Oakland, highlights marginal community

September 13, 2018 Life Multimedia

The Oakland Pride Parade and Festival extols positivity, love, and the acceptance of one another within the LGBTQ community annually, with this year taking place in downtown Oakland, Calif. The festival and its creators seek to educate the greater community about equality, civic involvement and responsibility for others in a ever-changing social landscape. Tristen Rowean/Golden ...

Last chance for Greek life recruitment on campus

September 12, 2018 Life

For the past two weeks, sororities and fraternities have occupied the quad in hopes of recruiting new members into the Greek life. What initially began as a two-week tabling recruitment on campus will now extend for a third week with most of the sororities and fraternities returning, according to Janelle Martinez, a recruiter from a ...

Troye Sivan: Bloom review

September 12, 2018 Life Opinion

It’s been three years since Troye Sivan dropped his debut album, “Blue Neighborhood,” that told a story of a young queer boy yearning for love and somewhere to belong. It’s a different story now for Sivan, who isn’t afraid to share his truth and love bites with his lover. The Australian singer-songwriter started his career ...

Laugh the stress away at The Depot

September 11, 2018 Life

When due dates for assignments start to pile up and interfere with work schedules, stress for students can escalate quickly. Some students turn to comedy, whether it’s unwinding after class at one of The Depot’s comedy nights or watching their favorite comedians at home. Either by making people laugh or sitting back and laughing, some ...

SF State alumnus killed in Chicago crossfire

September 11, 2018 Life News

A gifted 25-year-old SF State alumnus who had survived cancer was killed when caught in the crossfire of a shooting in Chicago on Sept. 2, just days before starting his PhD program at Northwestern University. Shane Colombo was an academic all-star, according to his former professors and friends. He survived lymphoma when he was 15 ...

SF State veteran reflects on the impact of 9/11

September 11, 2018 Life

This Sept. 11 marks the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which involved the hijacking of four commercial passenger planes by the terrorist group al-Qaida, resulting in the deaths of 2,996 Americans and $10 billion worth of damages to infrastructure, according to the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. It was the first ...

UPD to offer active shooter response protocol training for Safety Week

September 10, 2018 Life News

The University Police Department will offer training sessions next week on how to respond to an active shooter on campus as part of SF State’s Campus Safety Week, put on by the school’s enterprise risk management department. According to UPD Chief Jason Wu, SF State’s training program was implemented in 2017 and — in addition to ...

Burglar breaks into student residence

September 9, 2018 Life News

A student living in SFSU housing got a shock Saturday afternoon when she encountered a burglar in her apartment as she walked out of her bedroom. The victim called University Police at 4:14 p.m. to report the break-in at the University Park North residential building. “As she exited her bedroom, she noticed the suspect walking ...

Local artist uses work to fight oppression at SF State art show

September 8, 2018 Life

Dressed in a blue printed button-down shirt with his shoulder-length hair gracing the top of his shoulders, Christian “L7” Cuadrado walked into the room with a small piece of sage poking out of the top of his pocket. “It’s to calm my nerves,” he said. “I picked it on the way here.” He hosted his ...

Comedy night gets underway at The Depot

September 7, 2018 Life News

Moonwalking hosts, jokes about depression and no sun –– it was all part of the fun at The Depot’s first comedy night of the fall semester, held on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. With sign-ups starting at 5:30 p.m., the open mic event presented 28 SF State student comedians. In addition to jokes about their depression ...

Hiero Day honors the hip-hop community

September 6, 2018 Life

Hyphy beats, marijuana smoke and good vibes filled downtown Oakland this Labor Day as people of all ages from all over the Bay Area attended the seventh annual Hiero Day Music Festival, where hip-hop legends and up-and-comers celebrated the city’s culture and music scene. The festivities kicked off at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3 ...

Prof hopes violence and suicide prevention course goes viral

September 3, 2018 Life News

An SF State professor studying violence and suicide prevention hopes a new health and wellness course will lead to fewer tragedies among students who sign up and cause a ripple effect among their peers. The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative, a collaboration between the College of Ethnic Studies and the Wise Wishes organization, started one of two ...

Queer People of Color campus group returns to SF State

September 3, 2018 Life News

A defunct SF State advocacy group that was influential for shedding light on issues affecting queer people of color back in its day is about to be revived. The campus organization Queer People of Color (QPOC) was first formed in 2005 by graduate students of the Ethnic Studies program.  During a recent meeting of the Queer ...

Outside Lands brings the noise

August 16, 2018 Life

Outside Lands Music & Art Festival descended upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the tenth anniversary last weekend– attracting thousands of SF residents, as well as travelers, dedicated to catching the main headliners including Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, and Florence + The Machine. The festival featured artwork, a new area dedicated to legalized cannabis ...

DREAMer approaches graduation

May 16, 2018 Life

At eight years old, Kenia Perez,  now 21, and her mother crossed the Mexican border to the United States in search of a new home in the perceived Land of Opportunity. At the time, Perez did not fully understand the significance of pursuing the supposed American Dream. It seemed more like folklore, like the stories ...

Diverge: design students featured in annual fashion show

May 16, 2018 Life

Spirits ran high as Apparel Design and Merchandising students at SF State prepare to showcase their designs at this year’s runway show, Diverge.   The annual fashion show, which happens every spring semester, highlights the many pieces designed by SF State’s fashion design students.Kameron Santos, a junior at SF State, prepared by putting finishing details ...

First in the Family

May 16, 2018 Life

After four years of hard work and perseverance, first-generation college student Esther Landaverde will proudly take the stage at SF State’s 2018 graduation ceremony where she will receive her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, with an emphasis in social justice and sustainability.    Landaverde was born and raised in Inglewood, California where she lived until ...

Art display addresses the importance of student mental health services

May 10, 2018 Life

The California Faculty Association is advocating the importance of mental health on California State University campuses with a traveling art display called Tissues for Issues. Throughout the month of May, Tissues for Issues will be making single day stops at various CSU campuses to highlight the underinvestment of mental health within the CSU system. The ...

Foreign and American fashion: a form of expression

May 9, 2018 Life

Fashion can hold many meanings throughout different cultures. For students, it can be used as a way to create a daily identity and to express their very own brand of individuality. Americans constantly try to embrace the latest styles and cheapest trends to show to society. But through foreign eyes, style can be viewed as ...

Coming face-to-face with masturbation

May 9, 2018 Life

SF State’s Education and Referral Organization for Sexuality, EROS, hosted an event that discussed the stigmas and health benefits that surrounded the subject of masturbation. The act of mastubation for some individuals is an uneasy topic to wrap their head around. The solo act is still a taboo subject that most people are too embarrassed or scared ...

Mexican for a day

May 6, 2018 Life

Cinco de Mayo is a highly anticipated day that is celebrated among Americans all across the U.S. Despite the holiday’s popularity, however, some feel it fails to truly embody the historical moment where Mexico fought against oppression in La Batalla de Puebla and instead continues to be a day where Mexican culture is appropriated. “[Cinco ...

“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 ...

The sex-positive community gives back

May 2, 2018 Life 1 Comment

Sex work has notoriously been reduced to a surface-level outlet for pleasure. But for one particular industry professional, her role as a sex worker has given her tools to give back to the community in a multitude of ways. Andre Shakti, a 29-year-old professional dominatrix in the Bay Area, says her work has evolved to ...

Taste of the Bay

April 29, 2018 Life

On the 26th of April, over 20 restaurants and breweries gathered at the Metreon in downtown SF in a display of originality, ultimate craftsmanship and community at the annual SF State fundraiser, Taste of the Bay. Each year, the event gives students and food fanatics alike the chance to get to know their city through ...

High taxes, high reward?

April 25, 2018 Life

Thousands of people gathered for the annual 4/20 festivities in Golden Gate Park, the first since the legalization of recreational cannabis. From cannabis infused brownies to lemonade, attendees had their pick of product but not necessarily the product they would have chosen. Recreational sales for the substance began on Jan.1 in California after approval of ...

Student explores Satanism

April 25, 2018 Life

Since he was a kid, Shea Bilé says he has lived in a mystic world. Growing up in a haunted house, being exposed to disembodied voices, incidents of dreams, flickering lights, visits from his late great grandfather that brought the spontaneous smell of fresh cut roses. “My mother was pretty mystical. She was a self-proclaimed ...

Fashions of Coachella

April 18, 2018 Life

Coachella is the one festival music-lovers look forward to every year. With the great lineup for 2018, it’s bound to bring in thousands of people from all over the world. Even though Coachella is built around the amazing performances and popular artists, the fashion has evolved and has become a big part of its tradition. ...

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 sago continues: best Asian dessert cafes in San Francisco

April 18, 2018 Life

Sago is a semi-sweet dessert that can be eaten cold or warmed up, making it a perfect selection for any weather. Throughout San Francisco, small Asian cafes harbor the delicious yet relatively unknown dessert. According to a study done by the Department of Biosource Production Science at Ehime University, Japan, sago is a vital and ...