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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Student choreographer debuts showcase

April 11, 2018 Life

The University Dance Theater show, “Mortals and Angels,” is a modern dance showcase choreographed by faculty and students of the company. The program consists of eight different performances, but on opening night only six were debuted at SF State. Out of the six, one was fully choreographed by modern dancer, SF State student Jessica DeFranco. ...

New York artist dazzles San Francisco

April 11, 2018 Life

Stream lights flicker and euphoria floods the air at the Great American Music Hall as swarms of people crowd the stage awaiting the arrival of the featured artist, Morgan Saint, to take the stage as the opening act for the American pop-rock duo, Missio. Growing up in New York on the eastern end of Long ...

Breathe in, stress out

April 4, 2018 Life Multimedia

Stress is a term students are all too familiar with. With the hurdle of midterms barely surpassed, graduation sending seniors into emotional turmoil and finals just around the corner, it’s no wonder college has become synonymous with stress. But in Holistic Health 380: Western Perspectives, SF State students are taught how to view stress in ...

Transgender Visibility: A Work in Progress

March 31, 2018 Life

The spirit of the first-ever recorded act of collective queer resistance to social oppression and police harassment in the U.S. occurred took place in the Tenderloin District in August 1966 and was embodied at the campus sponsored event for International Transgender Day of Visibility (ITDOV). “It’s nice to see that other people care about trans ...

Sucia: a Latina Cinderella story

March 7, 2018 Life

She travels far. All the way to allá [there].” This line embodies the spirit of “Sucia,” a girl who is determined to reach her dreams after she realizes that she cannot be herself in a place where no one else is like her. Even if it means leaving home, she’s eager to see herself represented ...

Making the most with Madison: Best of broth worlds

March 7, 2018 Life

San Franciscans have always seemed to appreciate noodles. Maybe it’s the mild-cold weather that makes a bowl of noodles cozy or the cheap price point that attracts a crowd. Whatever the reason, noodle-oriented franchises are being noticed, and two new ones are here to stay. Ippudo SF is a sleek and modern   – slightly ...

The fashions of Chinese New Year

February 28, 2018 News

Along with constant celebrations, such as big family dinners, parades, lighting firecrackers and handing out money in red envelopes during one of the most celebrated times of the year in Chinese culture, men and women dress in their most vibrant Chinese New Year garments to accentuate the beauty of this holiday. “The qipao is the ...

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 ...

Students have a lot to learn from wine

February 14, 2018 Life

When faced with the choice of what to drink at a party, students often feel they only have two options, cheap, watery beer or hard liquor filled with regret. While both appeal to the student’s stretched budget, a third option exists and is often left behind: wine. College students will be the first to tell ...

#NationalCondomMonth launch event creates a dialogue

February 8, 2018 Life

The Health Promotion & Wellness unit held their first #NationalCondomMonth launch event at Malcolm X Plaza on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The condom themed event included interactive activities for students like a condom dispenser scavenger hunt, condom community art piece, spin the condom trivia wheel, safe sex materials and resource tables. “This is the first year ...

Expensive city, expensive commute

February 7, 2018 Life 2 Comments

Not all students at SF State have the luxury of living on campus or even in San Francisco. Students travel from all over the Bay Area, including Alameda, Marin and Sonoma County. Only about 4,000 students live on campus, according to SF State’s Strategic Marketing and Communications. Students who commute don’t have to face the ...

How to get to Cuba under Trump Administration

January 24, 2018 Life Opinion

In 2015, Barack Obama tweaked a travel ban, kicking the door open for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba for  the first time since the Cold War. He didn’t outright legalize tourism, but he essentially gave U.S. citizens the go-ahead to travel. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba re-opened and people were able to book direct flights ...