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Local candidates await voting returns

November 6, 2018 Latest Multimedia News 0 Comments

Local candidates running for office in San Francisco and Oakland turn out to vote at their respective polling places on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018. Xpress photographers also captured voting on-campus and at SF City Hall and sat in on watch parties at SF State showing Midterm election results. Oakland was also featured in the ...

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 ...

Poohrail turns pro

October 9, 2018 Latest Sports

Skateboarding didn’t come easy to San Francisco resident Terrell Newell, but it was something that just clicked with him. Terrell “Poohrail” Newell started skating when he was just 3 years old. He picked up many hobbies during his childhood, but was hooked on skateboarding after the first time he tried it. His love for Winnie ...

Oakland Tuff Sheds no solution to homelessness, say opponents

October 2, 2018 News

Residents of the E 12th Street homeless encampment have finished rebuilding their shelters following a widespread fire that leveled half of the 450-square-foot area on Sept. 11. Since then, the City of Oakland passed a controversial measure to displace those living in encampments and place them into Tuff Sheds that the city has erected on ...

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 ...

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 ...

Oakland homeless encampment fire reveals human desperation

September 18, 2018 News

Fire engulfed a homeless encampment on E 12th Street in downtown Oakland on Tuesday, Sept. 11, scorching one-third of the shelters along with all the belongings of 30 of the 80 residents. The blaze raised questions about the housing crisis, and the treatment of citizens who need the most assistance. “I was chilling in my ...

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 ...

A’s offer 50 percent off all food to promote new ticket plan

September 1, 2018 Sports

On Friday, the Oakland Athletics gave all fans half of concessions to promote A’s Access, a new ticket plan that replaces the conventional season ticket. A's Access is a new ticket membership plan announced by the team a month ago to give all members access to all 81 home games with different plans to upgrade their seat. Also included is 50 percent off all concessions, 25 percent off merchandise and discounted parking. The A's hosted the Seattle Mariners on August 31st and gave all fans the ability to have the same prices Access members will have during the 2019 season. Prices included $2.50 sodas, $3 hot dogs and even $4 beer. Many fans are exicited for the direction of the club both on the field and in the front office with the Dave Kaval leading the way with his commitment to keeping the team in Oakland and upgrading the Coliseum since his hiring in November 2016.

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 ...

Bay Area students work together to study Oakland lead levels

May 18, 2017 News

SF State biology students are teaming up with high school students in East Oakland to test the amounts of lead in their community using samples of dust, paint, water and hair. In a recent Reuters report, nearly 3,000 communities’ nationwide lead samples were double those of Flint, Michigan. Just last year, Flint was highly discussed ...

May Day in Oakland draws renewed support in times of Trump

May 2, 2017 News

Thousands marched in May Day demonstrations in Oakland bringing renewed vigor to a day of protest with recently flagging numbers. An estimated 2,000-3,000 protesters rallied outside Fruitvale Village before marching to San Antonio Park in East Oakland. Recently, the annual day of protest has become associated with the immigrants’ rights cause but the Oakland event ...

SF State alumni’s efforts lead to a Pulitzer Prize

April 26, 2017 Life

Several SF State alumni were part of the team that won the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize earlier this month for breaking news coverage of the Ghost Ship fire for the East Bay Times. The fire broke out in December of last year at a warehouse party hosted by the Ghost Ship Artist Collective in Oakland, killing ...

Black Panther Party exhibit extended due to high demand

February 22, 2017 News

Thousands have shown up to the golden anniversary exhibit that reflects on one of the most militant organizations of the Civil Rights era.   Workers at the ticketing desk said “All Power to the People: The Black Panthers at 50” is creating the largest turnout for any one exhibit they had ever hosted at the ...

Women’s March calls for action after historic turnout

January 25, 2017 News

The Women’s March on Washington has launched a new campaign called “10 Actions for the first 100 Days” after more than 200,000 women, men and children joined sister marches throughout the Bay Area on Saturday. The campaign sets out 10 actions over the course of 100 days, according to the Women’s March site. The first ...

Students spark discussion on structural violence in self-built art exhibit

January 25, 2017 Life

Personal moments and intriguing faces were displayed along the walls of the student-built art exhibit “Potential,” which was held at popular Oakland art venue The Flight Deck, on the first Friday of the year. Through black and white photography, live performances and interactive artist-to-audience conversation, the idea of structural violence evolved into a space of ...

SF State remembers Jennifer Mendiola

December 16, 2016 News

Last Wednesday, SF State alumna Jennifer Mendiola was officially named as a victim of the deadly Oakland Ghost Ship fire. Two other SF State victims had been identified days before, Michela Gregory and Donna Kellogg. “The entire campus community expresses its profound sadness at the news that San Francisco State alumna, Jennifer Mendiola, perished in ...

Campus groups hold memorial for Michela Gregory

December 15, 2016 News

Students and faculty gathered in front of the the Cesar Chavez Student Center Wednesday afternoon, where the Metro College Success Program and the Metro Association of Social Equity Student Organization held a memorial for SF State Student Michela Gregory, one of the 36 victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire. All who had words ...

Threatened creative spaces are a haven for underrepresented artists

December 13, 2016 Opinion

One of the enduring thoughts  I will take away from this semester is that art is not only a powerful vessel of self-expression, but a tool of representation for a public much larger than an individual. Costanoan Ohlone historian and activist Ann Marie Sayers highlighted the importance of that representation as a guest speaker at ...

Thousands gather in mourning at Oakland vigil

December 6, 2016 News

Over 2,500 people came together Monday evening at a pagoda on Lake Merritt holding candles, glow sticks and flowers to mourn the loss of the people who died in a fire that engulfed the artist space known as the Oakland Ghost Ship Friday night. Speakers welcomed attendees to the microphone to share their thoughts. Tears ...

Protesters congregate in Oakland to push for minimum wage increase

April 21, 2015 News 1 Comment

Hundreds of demonstrators shut down Bay Area streets and restaurants April 15 as part of a nationwide fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Protesters rallied in Oakland fast food restaurants, including primarily McDonald’s locations, to demand living wages and a workers’ union for employees before marching from 14th Street and Broadway Avenue in Oakland to Sproul Hall at ...

Oakland minimum wage hike leaves students uncertain

March 11, 2015 News

Following San Francisco’s footsteps, Oakland increased its minimum wage from $9 to $12.25 per hour, which went into effect March 2. SF State student Sam Gebru — unsure if the wage hike will have a lasting effect in his life — is one of the many individuals impacted by the increase. A full-time economics student, Gebru, ...

James Cartmill holds an American flag upside-down at the protest in Oakland after a freeway takeover at the Grand Avenue Exit. Protests broke out in the streets of downtown Oakland at Broadway in response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in Oakland, Cali. Amanda Peterson/Xpress.

Oakland streets aflame after officer not indicted in Michael Brown case

November 24, 2014 News

UPDATE: Oakland protesters scaled a wall at MacArthur Boulevard to return to I-580, only to be met by police who forced them to turn around. The march back to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza was peaceful with no incidents between demonstrators and police, until it reached the downtown area. Masked protesters dressed in black smashed windows ...

SF State professor runs for 2014 Oakland mayor

September 10, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635475036524] SF State professor Joe Tuman announced last July his plan to run for Oakland city mayor for the second time in the 2014 election. His second bid for mayor comes at a time of high crime rates in Oakland. Many consider the police department to be understaffed and overwhelmed, creating what Tuman describes as ...