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Giants’ World Series Trophy Tour to Stop at SF State

The three SF Giants trophy will be at SF State. Photo from the Giants Twitter
The three SF Giants trophy will be at SF State. Photo from the Giants Twitter

The trophies commemorating the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014 will visit SF State on Wednesday as part of an ongoing tour.

The Giants spent more than fifty seasons without winning Major League Baseball’s top prize after moving to San Francisco from New York in 1958. They finally brought a championship to San Francisco by beating the Texas Rangers four games to one in 2010. The team followed this up with a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers two years later. Last year, the Giants won the World Series, this time in seven games over the Kansas City Royals. Between San Francisco and New York, the Giants have won eight titles.

The World Series trophy is the only piece of championship hardware in the four major American professional sports leagues not named for a specific individual. Its official name, The Commissioner’s Trophy, sets it apart from the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, the National Basketball Association’s Larry O’Brien Trophy, and the National Football League’s Vince Lombardi Trophy. Tiffany & Co. builds a new trophy for each year’s top baseball team.

The San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour began on January 7th and will run through Opening Day at AT&T Park on April 13th. Most of the tour takes place in California, extending as far south as San Luis Obispo, though it will also make stops in Nevada, Oregon, and even New York.

All three trophies will be at SF State on February Four from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall. People will not be allowed to line up before 9:00 a.m. Each person may take one photo. Those in a group may either take separate pictures or one all together. A Giants representative may cut off the line early to ensure the trophies are able to leave on time and being in line during the scheduled time does not guarantee a chance to get a photo of them.

SF State gets a new ride

SF State's new shuttle bus. Photo by: Olympia Zampathas/Xpress Magazine
SF State’s new shuttle bus. Photo by: Olympia Zampathas/Xpress Magazine

SF State has announced that there is a new fleet of shuttle buses to take the place of its old fleet. The new grouping of vehicles are said to be better for the environment, faster boarding, and are roomier to boot. They’re nearly the size of a Muni bus typically used for the 28 line.

“Coming Monday: SF State will launch new fleet of shuttle buses with increased capacity with faster loading times that run on eco-friendly compressed natural gas,” stated SF State’s Facebook account on Thursday.

The ride to and from the campus mainly services the community from the Daly City BART Station to SF State and is still free to students.

Some commuters on campus Thursday were already able to ride in these new-fangled machines.

Judging from the comments and over 1,800 likes on the post since yesterday, it looks like the majority of students are excited to see this change to their commute.

Now we just need those student-discounted Clipper cards everyone was talking about two years ago.

Exploring the Creative Arts Building

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Exploring different departments on your university campus can lead to some interesting encounters and some fun videos. We were lucky enough to have Miguel Verdugo and David Bookbinder let us record them performing Grand Duo Concertant Op. 48.

Filmed, produced, and edited by Jannelle Garcia, Jayda McClendon, and Olympia Zampathas.

Multi-faceted Mom

Kang "Kay" Young Kye holds her daughter, Khole, as they observe animals at the San Francisco Zoo for Family Day with other families of VET members. (ALL PHOTOS By Amanda Peterson/ Xpress Magazine)
Kang “Kay” Young Kye holds her daughter, Khole, as they observe animals at the San Francisco Zoo for Family Day with other families of VET members. (ALL PHOTOS By Amanda Peterson/ Xpress Magazine)

Upper division business courses probably do not sound like too much fun to some. They are probably also not classes where you expect to see someone so comfortable and poised as Kang Young “Kay” Kye. As she calmly takes her seat in the front row of the small auditorium, you would probably never guess this senior lived such a busy life outside of her full course load. Not only is Kye an international business major, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and the president of the Veterans’ Club on campus, but also a full-time mother to her two year old daughter, Khloe.

At SF State, over one hundred parents entrust the campus daycare, the Early Childhood Education Center, to guide their child’s first years, and roughly 25 percent are single parents like Kye. The daycare enrolls children from six months old to three years in the infant to toddler program and three years to five years old in the preschool program. The daycare has been at SF State for forty-two years, since approved by  Associated Student, Incorporated (ASI) and the California State University (CSU) board of trustees in 1971 and opened its doors on October, 10th 1972.

“It’s actually an exceptional program,” says the twenty-eight year old. “It’s just all around a very very amazing daycare center and also they give priority to students and low-income students and of course, just like any student, we’re all pretty broke right? They also prioritize veteran families as well, which has been a huge plus as well.”

Students without children of their own may not be very informed when it comes to what it takes to be a parent while going to school. Kye mentions that as a parent, not only are you responsible for yourself, for your homework, and for attending class, but also for the well-being of your child.

“After I had her, I didn’t go to school [campus], but I enrolled and took online classes,” says Kye. “So I took three online classes my spring semester so I was able to stay home with her still but still continue my education.”

Not only does Kye prove that being both a parent and a student is possible, but that if you manage your time and prioritize, there is no limit to how far you can go in life — and Kye embodies that.

“I think balance is a really important thing,” advises Kye to other parents who are also students. “What I learned is that even though you might want to do 100 percent at everything, sometimes it’s just not possible. So it’s just being comfortable with whatever you’re capable of doing. So as long as you’re trying your best, you should be proud of the challenges that you are already overcoming.”

Kye will graduate from SF State in the Spring of 2015 with a Bachelors degree in international business. She hopes from there to pursue, as she refers to it, a “civilian career” as an international relations representative for a corporation that operates globally.

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  • Kyle, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, bears a heavy burden as a heavy load as a single-mother, a student, and president of the VETS (Veterans Education Transition & Support) student organization at SF State, and still finds ways to balance all of her responsibilities with grace, putting motherhood first.
  • Kyle explains to a newcomer what the organization does and how to get involved. The VETS Corner, located on the first level of Burk Hall in Room 153, was officially opened on November 9th, 2012, and is a place for student veterans to socialize or make use of a quiet room for study or computer use.
  • The twenty-eight-year-old International Business major, sits the front row of Room 218 in the Business Building at SF State for her first class, Seminar on Business in Society. Kye has back-to-back classes twice a week as a full-time student and is interested in international work opportunities after graduating in Spring 2015 with a B.A. from SF State. Kye began the undergraduate program in 2012 as a single-parent when daughter, Khloe, was 3-months-old. Kye takes education seriously, but does not strain for the perfection to get straight As as she used to. Balance is now what Kye strives for, juggling the responsibilities of being a student, a parent, and president of the VETS student organization at SF State.
  • After a long day at school, Kang “Kay” Young Kye carries her two-year-old daughter, Khloe, to the reception for the opening of the group exhibition “Coming Home, A Veteran’s Experience” at The Art Gallery at SF State.
  • Kye (left), leans in for a kiss with boyfriend, Christopher Michael Lee, after giving a toast with veteran families at the Veteran Family Thanksgiving Dinner at Kay’s home in Daly City. The house was filled to the brim with veterans and their families and friends, who were gathered together as a family for good times and traditional Thanksgiving fare.

 

Gators hockey driven by passion despite struggles

The Gators at hockey practice. (Martin Bustamante/ Xpress Magazine)
The Gators at hockey practice. (Martin Bustamante/ Xpress Magazine)

The SF State Gators ice hockey team was born out of a passion for the sport. As one of the school’s twelve club sports, it was organized last year by students who wanted to play so much they created a team themselves.

The team plays Division Three hockey as one of five teams in the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association. San Jose State University and Stanford are among the other schools in the association. Last season, the Gators had no coaches but are now coached by ex-players. All but two of the players were born in California with one born in Illinois and one in Guatemala. The Gators have gotten off to a poor start this season, as they have lost their first five games and saw two players fall to serious injuries in the first three.

 

Get to know some of the players:

 

 

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Andrew Duenes. (ALL PHOTOS By Martin Bustamante/ Xpress Magazine)

Andrew Duenes, a mechanical engineering major, is an alternate captain and the team president. He plays on the wing for the Gators. He got interested in hockey as a small child. “I started watching hockey at a young age,” he writes in an email interview. “Both of my parents watch hockey all the time.” He started playing roller hockey when he was five.

The Gators voted for club officers for the first time this year, electing Duenes president. “My job is basically to look over the club and make final decisions,” he writes. He knows he can rely on the other officers. “I trust my other officers to do their job, making this year pretty easy for myself,” he writes. “I couldn’t do much without my other officers.”

Duenes was born in Northridge, California but grew up in West Hills, California. His favorite team in the National Hockey League is the Los Angeles Kings. He describes himself as “a HUGE Kings fan.” He grew up watching them and hoping to play for them one day. He tries to attend at least one Kings game each year and wants to see them face the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center, the Sharks’ home arena, and at the outdoor game that will be held at Levi’s Stadium February 21, 2015. He especially wants to go because he missed the outdoor game the Kings hosted at Dodger Stadium earlier this year. His favorite NHL player is L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick. “He is the best goaltender in the league,” Duenes writes. “Watching him play is awesome, with all of the ridiculous saves he makes.” As a spectator, he loves hockey’s fast pace and the skill the players demonstrate. “All of the moves the players can do and the shots they can make is crazy,” he writes.

He believes more people would enjoy hockey if they took the time to actually watch it. “Go to a game, it will change your perspective,” he writes in reference to those who are uninterested in hockey. “Give it a chance, it’s an amazing sport.”

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Matthew Gold, who majors in history, is the Gators’ vice president and plays left or right wing, “depending on what the coaches need at the time,” he writes in an email interview. He has enjoyed hockey for basically as long as he can remember. He was born in 1993, the year Anaheim, California got an NHL team, then named the Mighty Ducks. His father, whom Gold describes as “a huge hockey fan all of his life,” became an avid fan of the new club. Gold, who was born and raised in Upland, California, also is a fan of the team now named the Anaheim Ducks.

Gold got away from the sport for a while until a friend took him to game during his junior year of high school, “and I fell in love again,” he writes. That game also prompted his interest in playing hockey. He starting out on roller skates until late in his freshman year when he discovered SF State had a team. Then, he writes, “I put on ice skates and began actively working to start playing ice hockey.”

He loves hockey’s speed and constant action. “There’s never a dull moment in hockey,” he writes. His favorite aspect of the game is the camaraderie seen even among opponents. “And the best part is after all the hitting and chirping, for the most part, teams can put everything aside and shake hands at the end of the game,” he writes. “There’s a brotherhood in hockey that you won’t find in any other sport.”

He encourages those who say they do not like hockey without having watched the sport to give it a chance before passing judgment. “Don’t knock it til you try it,” he writes.

Gold appreciates how well the team gets along. “This team is one of the tightest I’ve ever played on,” he writes. “I’ve never had so much fun playing hockey.”

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Corey Bemis

Corey Bemis, a freshman who majors in history, is a forward. He has played hockey competitively since he was thirteen. He started out playing roller hockey and only made the switch to ice hockey this season. He admits it is a change, but he was able to make the transition easily. “It was pretty smooth,” he says. The biggest adjustment for him was the difference in skating style, but he reached the same speed on the ice that he was accustomed to off it “after two or three practices,” Bemis says.

The Cupertino native is a lifelong Sharks fan. “I’ve always been obsessed with hockey,” Bemis says. “I’ve been going to Sharks games since I was eighteen months old.” His favorite NHL players are Tommy Wingels and Tomas Hertl of the Sharks. “He’s a fun player to watch,” he says of Wingels. He dislikes but respects the rival Kings. “It really goes to show the Kings’ strength,” Bemis says of L.A.’s historic comeback victory against the Sharks in the first round of the 2014 playoffs in which the Kings became the fourth team to win a seven-game series after losing the first three contests.

“I’d say it’s a growing sport,” he says of hockey in California. People “really should give it a chance.”

 

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Paul Klein, a computer science major, plays right wing. He grew up in a family of hockey players and has been involved with the sport from a young age. “I started playing hockey a long time ago,” he says. Klein is from Laguna Niguel, California and is a fan of the Ducks. He played hockey at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, one of the first high schools in the state with a hockey team. He played the sport in the first year a team hit the ice at both JSerra and SF State. He first got involved with the Gators after seeing Andrew Duenes, now the club president, sitting at a table the team set up and wearing a Kings jersey. He thinks the presence of a hockey team at SF State is a sign of the move “toward making it a more athletic school.”

Klein talks about his team’s passion for the sport. “We really do care about the sport of hockey,” he says. He encourages people who are interested in finding out more about the Gators to stop by their table, which is out on the quad every so often, or to visit their Facebook page.

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Ryan Murnane

 

 

Ryan Murnane, a history major in his third semester at SF State, is a defenseman and alternate captain for the Gators. He was introduced to the sport by his father and started out playing pond hockey when he was about ten. He loves that it is “one of the fastest sports there is, always going,” he says. He was born in Wheeling, Illinois but grew up more in and around Sacramento.

His favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks. He will also root for “anyone who plays against the [Boston] Bruins.” He has a particular distaste for that team because he thinks they play dirty. His favorite player of all-time is Steve Yzerman, a Hall of Famer who played for Detroit. Among active players, he says, “I really like the way Steven Stamkos plays.” Stamkos plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I think it’s the greatest sport,” Murnane says. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

 

 

 

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Michael Parra, a criminal justice major in his fifth semester at SF State, plays on the wing– “left preferably”–for the school’s ice hockey club. He started out in the sport by playing street hockey with his brothers in front of their house in San Bruno when he was about six years old. Now twenty-six, he is the oldest member of the team, which he calls “a pretty young group.” The average age of the players is nineteen. He feels a sense of responsibility to the rest of the team because of his age and because of his varied experiences, having both played and coached, been captain, and dealt with injuries. “I want to provide a sense of leadership to the younger guys,” he says. He has played in two international tournaments, one in Canada and one in Florida. “It was actually pretty cool … being able to play in a serious but fun environment,” Parra says.

His favorite team and player in the National Hockey League are his hometown San Jose Sharks and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively. He feels hockey “has grown a lot” in California but more so in the southern part of the state. “As the years have gone on, the sport has really progressed, especially in So Cal,” he says. He admits a begrudging respect for the Sharks’ Southern California rivals, the  Kings and the Ducks. “I can’t really stand So Cal sports teams, but I admire their business practices in Anaheim as well as LA,” he says. “They’re doing the right thing off the ice.” He adds that the Kings’ goalie, Jonathan Quick, can be “the best player in the world” when he is at the top of his game.

He thinks more people would enjoy the game if they would only give it a chance. “It’s unfortunate that in the Bay Area, it doesn’t get as much respect as football or baseball, and I think that’s because people don’t understand it,” Parra says. “If people had someone explain it to them…it only takes a couple games to get hooked.”

Parra truly loves the game. “Hockey—I live and breathe it,” he says.

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Casey Ticsay is a sophomore BECA major in her first season with the Gators. She was exposed to hockey early on. “My family is a hockey family,” she explains. Her father and uncles played the sport. “I’m glad I thought to grow up with it because now it’s my life,” she says. She started playing hockey when she was eleven. “I’ve always played on boys’ teams,” she says, because there were not enough girls to field a separate team. She did briefly play for an all-girls travel team as a kid, but she prefers to be on male teams because it is what she is used to and because she likes the “more aggressive” style of play. She feels her gender has never put her at a disadvantage or made other players look down on her. “I liked how they didn’t treat me any differently,” she says of the boys and men she has played with and against throughout her time in hockey. In fact, she believes skating with the guys has helped her. “It made me a lot tougher and stronger,” says the five-foot-two defenseman.

She is from Granada Hills, California and has long loved the Kings. I’ve been a “huge fan of the Los Angeles Kings since I was a kid,” Ticsay says. “I’ve been going to games literally since I was a baby because of my dad.” One of her favorite players is L.A. defenseman Drew Doughty, though she says, “I love everyone on the team.” She is also a fan of some of the greats from the past. My dad “always talked about the older players [such as] Bobby Orr, Stan Mikita. I like them,” she says.

Ticsay loves hockey and was grateful for the opportunity to keep playing in college. She says she was really glad when she found out SF State has a team because she had played a lot in Southern California and “would have missed it” if she had to stop. She speaks passionately about the sport. “I think it’s exciting,” Ticsay says. “I think hockey’s an amazing sport. I could talk about it all day.”

One in a Million: A day in the life of student activist, Brittany Moore

Brittany Moore (left) joins thousands of protestors out front of the City Hall at the end of the Millions March in San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. (Sara Gobets/Xpress Magazine)
Brittany Moore (left) joins thousands of protestors out front of the City Hall at the end of the Millions March in San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. (Sara Gobets/Xpress Magazine)

Words and Photos by Sara Gobets

While many students are locking themselves in their rooms or living in the library until finals are over, SF State student Brittany Moore is using study breaks to take to the street and continue her work as a student activist. Moore currently holds a 4.0 GPA in her five courses and hopes to finish the semester strong, but that doesn’t mean shirking her responsibilities as founder of the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition on campus or diminishing her active dedication to the Black Lives Matter movement. Scroll through the photos and take a walk in her shoes as a student activist attending in the Millions March in San Francisco.

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  • SF State student activist and founder of the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition Brittany Moore pours over her notes in her apartment on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. She currently holds a 4.0 GPA in her five courses and hopes to finish the semester strong.
  • Moore texts other members of the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition to coordinate a meeting place on the way to the Millions March in San Francisco, Saturday Dec. 13, 2014.
  • Moore and other SF State students spot more members of the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition in the crowd as the Millions March protestors make their way down Market Street.
  • SF State student Imani Davis (right) picks out a poster from a stack made by the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition during the Millions March in San Francisco.
  • Moore starts a chant while marching down Market Street during the Millions March.
  • Moore (left) joins thousands of protestors out front of the City Hall at the end of the Millions March.
  • Moore raises her fist in solidarity out front of City Hall.
  • Moore hands out Black and Brown Liberation Coalition pamphlets in front of City Hall.
  • Moore offers cuties to fellow protestors out front of the Civic Center after the Millions March.
  • Moore rolls up her poster at the end of the Millions March.
  • Moore takes BART with other protestors in search of food after the the march.
  • Moore and other protestors gather to eat, drink, and unwind at Cava 22 restaurant in the Mission.
  • (From left to right) Yesenia Mendez, Yuri Clark, Mekdes Clark, and Brittany Moore watch footage protestors outside of a Bart Station.
  • Yuri Clark (left) and Moore walk home after a long day of protesting.
  • Back at her apartment, Moore rubs her tired eyes while checking the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition Facebook.

Foodelicious at SF State

Tired of eating at the same place everyday? Do you want to try something new, but have no idea where to begin to look? Here are the five food venues that generate the most revenue at SF State. The list is based on a survey conducted by the Cesar Chavez Student Center in October 2013 and includes responses from three thousand five hundred and ninty students. The study also revealed that students use the Student Center mostly for the food venues. The dishes I chose are my personal favorite items. Take a look! You might discover your new favorite place.

 

1. Ike’s Place

Dish: Barry B Sandwich

Ingredients: Turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato, on Dutch crunch bread.

Price: $ 8.98

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The Barry B sandwich from Ike’s. (Airha Dominguez/ Xpress Magazine)

Veggies are super fresh. Good flavor of the turkey with the crunchy Dutch bread. The bacon adds a salty flavor.

 

2. Taqueria Girasol

Dish: El Cabo

Ingredients: Rice, beans, choice of meat, pico de gallo salsa, cheese and cream.

Price: $6.25

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The El Cabo,  a burrito made with rice, beans, pico de gallo, you choice of meat, cheese, and sour cream. (Airha Dominguez/ Xpress Magazine)

Large burrito. Meat is bland. Rice and refried beans are flavorful. You can choose between green or red salsa if you want to add a little bit of spicy flavor.

 

3. Natural Sensations

Dish: Beagle H

Ingredients: Avocado, feta, cheese, pesto and tomato, choice of bread.

Price: $3.45

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The Bagle H made with avocado, feta, cheese, pesto, and tomato. (Airha Dominguez/ Xrpress Magazine)

The taste of the pesto combined with the avocado and feta cheese on a wheat bread is tasty. Tomatoes are fresh daily. You can choose the bread.

 

4. Gold Coast Grill & Catering

Dish: Freshman Burger Combo

Ingredients: ½ lb. of Fed beef served on toasted sesame bun with the fixes: mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. It is also served with your choice of: French fries, Cole slaw or spring mix salad with balsamic dressing.

Price: $8.75

The Freshmen Burger: a delicious steak burger made with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles.  (Airha Dominguez/ Xpress Magazine)
The Freshmen Burger: a delicious steak burger made with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. (Airha Dominguez/ Xpress Magazine)

The piece of the steak is juicy. The hamburger is a good size. I could not finish it all, so I saved half of the hamburger for the rest of the day.

 

5. Café 101

Dish: Vegan maple donut

Ingredients: maple and chocolate glaze.

Price: $1.25

A vegan maple donut from Cafe 101. (Airha Dominguez/ Xpress Magazine)
A vegan maple donut from Cafe 101. (Airha Dominguez/ Xpress Magazine)

It was the perfect size, not to big, not too small. The chocolate glaze and the maple flavor make the perfect combination. The taste is sweet, but not too cloying.

 

 

Runway show celebrates women and their acheivements

 

Yemeni Mendez struts down the runway for the Women Center's second annual runway show.
Yesenia Mendez struts down the runway for the Women Center’s second annual runway show.

With a pink flower in her hair, Yesenia Mendez struts down a runway barefoot in a long floral dress, showcasing her free-spirited personality. The biology major and African-American studies minor is one of the forty students participating in SF State’s second annual runway show.

It was far from your typical runway show since models were given the opportunity to control how they were presented. Each one wrote a biography about themselves, which was read during their walk. They even selected their own runway song.

Mendez  wore a beautiful, traditional dress,  but what grabs the audience’s attention is her confidence when she slowly walks down the stage with a big smile on her face.

Instead of wearing clothing made by designers, the models chose their own outfits, ones representing their inner beauty. The event, which was organized by the Women’s Center, celebrated the diverse women of SF State and their achievements. More than two hundred-students showed up at Jack Adams Hall to honor them.

“In my bio, I wrote that I want to be a doctor and travel around the world to assist people,” Mendez said. “I feel this is something that has to be really acknowledge because not a lot of people know what you are doing and what your goals are.”

  • (From left) Women's Center assistant director, Hanna Wodaje, and director, Shani Winston, get ready to present the models for their organization's 2nd annual Runway Show on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)

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  • (From left) Women's Center assistant director, Hanna Wodaje, and director, Shani Winston, get ready to present the models for their organization's 2nd annual Runway Show on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)
  • Francine Shakir poses at the end of the runway. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)
  • Sharlana Turner strikes a pose in her angel outfit at the end of the runway. Each model got to showcase an outfit that represented their culture, their career path, or their personality. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)
  • With glass in hand, Toni Harry makes her last walk with her fellow models up and down the runway. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)
  • Joanna DeVilla glides down the runway. (Lorisa Salvatin/ Xpress Magazine)

Shani Winston, director of the Women’s Center, was the one who came up with the idea. 

“The women here are representing their goals, their career path, what are they doing in life,” Winston, said.

For the first time two staff members participated in the event.

Francine Shakir, Culture and Arts Director at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center at SF State, saw this runway show as an opportunity to empower women.

“I think it is very important that women’s voices are heard in a public forum,” Shakir said. “Often times, women who are in settings that are dominated by men for example, classrooms, don’t feel their voices are heard.”

The runway show was followed with a salsa party with music by the SFSU Afro-Cuban Ensemble.

 

Stormageddon arrives; SF State classes canceled

Last week, I was telling a friend of mine in the Philippines (where I went to high school) that with the amount of rain we were getting last week in the Bay Area, classes would have been canceled. I have suffered through power outages, water seeping through ceilings, and trees blocking roads where I lived in Metro Manila. She questioned why that [class cancellations] could not happen here. I know the comparisons are extreme but the reasons to cancel are the same: anticipation of power outages, floods, and most importantly, our safety.

Two umbrellas battled and lost its life in my hands during the rain last week. So last night after reading multiple warnings of this massive storm, I went to Target to buy another. The whole umbrella rack was clean; there was not one left. So I went to another Target and there was one left dangling. I inspected it and found that its thin wires —I knew in comparison to the ones I had last week­—would not last this upcoming storm. So finally I drove to Walmart and asked the salesperson to direct me to the umbrellas. She pointed me in the right direction but warned me that she did not think any were left. There were three: two camouflage, one clear with a neon green outlining, and one turquoise, which felt like the strongest of the three and decided I had found my protector.

Fast-forward to late in the afternoon today and ahead of the storm tomorrow, SF State officially announced the cancellation of all Thursday classes. When I got the confirmation, I was relieved. With the amount of BART and MUNI delays on a normal day, and fighting through the rain on the streets of the city, I was anxious about what the storm would do to commuters like myself. So thank you, SF State officials.

With finals week coming up, the cancellation on Thursday would have been, for most students, the last day of regular classes and now others having to reschedule exams already taking place this week. Yes, others have had finals deferred and other work to be put on hold but this is all for our safety. Let us use this time to catch up on assignments and spend time studying, and more importantly, the much-needed sleep we are going to need to get through the final days of this semester.

XPress Magazine’s guide to finals at SF State

Contributed to by Tami Benedict

Step 1: Realize that you have not bought the books for the finals.

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Step 2: Frantically scour the internet for PDFs of the aforementioned books.

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Step 3: Try to read said books as fast as possible. Two chapters should be enough to write a paper, right? Alternately, SparkNotes.

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Step 4: Know that you probably won’t sleep for the entire week. Invest in cheap coffee by the bucket.

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Step 5: Understand that the final project that was given to you a month ago is due in two days. You haven’t looked at the assignment since it was announced.

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Step 6: Office hours have become your best friend. Beg for mercy and leniency.

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Step 7: Realize you haven’t eaten all day, proceed to shovel down the cheapest, greasiest fare in existence.

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Step 8: The barista at the coffee shop knows your name and drink order by now. This may be a good thing.

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Step 9: Stake out a space in the library, preferably next to an outlet. Get your bitch face on whenever someone is talking.

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Step 10: Hear people in library having mental breakdowns, understanding where they are coming from. Commiserate and take relief in the fact you aren’t crying…yet.

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Step 11: Realize you forgot your laptop charger at home. Give up, decide no work is being done and you’re destined to fail and live a life of mediocrity.

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Step 12: Look at the final review sheet, don’t understand any of it, and know that you are screwed.

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Step 13: Follow these steps as your Plan B.

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A look into Queer Women’s Fashion

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Kelly Reddy-Best takes a look at a student’s piece in one of her classes. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Reddy-Best)

A woman’s appearance has been shown in studies to be one of the top indicators of stress in their daily life. Women tend to pick at all the layers that compose their appearance: their clothing choices, body type, and how their overall style represents them in the outside world. So what if on top of the many layers that the average women is concerned with there was an added coating of sexual orientation?

Fashion designer, scholar, activist, and professor at SF State, Kelly Reddy-Best has immersed herself into the inter-workings of a self-identified, queer woman’s outlook on her appearance through fashion.

“I’m interested in understanding how people experience clothing—clothing identity and experience—and how an individual’s identity influences their experiences in the world. I’m particularly interested in minority populations—populations that are stigmatized — where they experience something negative,” explains Reddy-Best on why she began this research.

The Oregon State graduate began working on this study, which was published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Education and Technology, in October of this year with her partner and co-author Elaine L. Pederson. They conducted interviews with twenty women, ages ranging from eighteen to thirty-five, who identified themselves as openly queer.

“The women had to identify as female, even if they were transsexual, and they also had to self identify as queer and be out with their sexual orientation because if somebody is not out or hasn’t explored their sexuality they are going to have a different experience,” shares Reddy-Best.

Reddy-Best stands with a colleague after winning an award for a study done on the same subject matter. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Reddy-Best)
Reddy-Best stands with a colleague after winning an award for a study on clothing identity.  (Photo courtesy of Kelly Reddy-Best)

The qualitative-style research lasted two weeks, in which the women had to write daily in diaries about their experiences and how negatively stressed, on a level of one to five, they felt on daily basis due to their experience with their appearance and fashion choices.

“I was really looking for everyday experiences, not blatant discriminations, but everyday feelings of ‘oh I feel uncomfortable’ but you’re still going to go to work but are just unsure about how you feel,” the apparel and merchandising professor says.

The study, which was part of Reddy-Best’s dissertation for her master’s degree from Oregon State, was one of curiosity and a passion to create equality through her many avenues of work.

“I want equality, and as a professor that’s something I can do. I have the ability and the time to think about these things and to show that when you do a study and back it up, you can show people that it is actually happening and that its not just a stereotype,” Reddy-Best declares.

Almost all of the participants in the study had felt a shift in their appearance when they had first came out and most of them wanted to appear overtly queer to the public. Reddy-Best shares that her participants and many members of the LGBT community feel held back because of how they feel they should look and dress.

The study also highlights how different every-day experiences are for queer women compared to heterosexual women, especially in the work place.

“Some women wanted to be identifiable to other queer women, some would just wear a rainbow bracelet to work or cut their hair. For others it would be in the layers of clothing; someone would just wear men’s boxers and it wasn’t necessarily because people would see but because they knew they were wearing it,” the New Jersey native discloses about her participant’s strides to express their sexual orientation through their fashion choices.

Everybody has different layers that could be incorporated to their appearance like race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, which might cause distress in your daily life; for some of the participants in the study they had multiple, conflicting layers – some women were queer and African American, which created additional tension in both their personal and professional life.

At the end of the two-week trial, Reddy-Best and Pederson organized follow-up interviews, where they went over the daily diary entries and pictures the participants had taken and helped them understand what triggered the level of stress they felt on that particular day.

Reddy-Best hopes to keep studying the history of fashion and dress and understanding how and why people wear things. Her second study, which focused on queer women’s shopping experiences and how they identify their style, was submitted to the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference in North Carolina in early November.