The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

Shooting the Stars – Video

May 14, 2022

This video was created to accompany "Shooting the Stars" by Oliver Michelson. Video created by Oliver Michelson and Rene Ramirez.

Passengers sit inside while muni passes the 19th Avenue station on Wednesday, April 27.  (Rashik Adhikari / Xpress Magazine)

Gator Pass Still Doesn’t Cover all SF State Students — Here’s Why

Emily Cardenas, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  Every day James Aguilar’s alarm blares at 6:30 a.m. A couple of snoozes later, he usually makes his way out of bed. He dresses warmly in preparation for the morning’s nippy weather when he...

Lick Observatory’s 40-inch lens telescope building on April 29, 2022. Though 20 miles away from the closest source of light pollution, photos taken from atop Mt. Hamilton still must deal with the weather and the faint glow of distant San Jose. (Oliver Michelsen / Xpress Magazine)

Shooting the Stars

Oliver Michelsen, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  Andy Macica caught his first picture of a supernova by accident. He shot Messier 51, what he refers to as either M51 or “the Whirlpool Galaxy,” 23 million lightyears away on his home telescope....

Bars and spikes placed on ledges in front of the windows of Combined Reality and Levy & Co. on the corner of Market St and Guerrero St in The Castro on May 8, 2022. (Garrett Isley / Xpress Magazine)

San Francisco’s Anti-Homeless Architecture

Garrett Isley, Staff Photographer
May 13, 2022

  Throughout San Francisco, there are partitioned benches, slanted seating, incongruous planters and spiked ledges. To those with a bed to sleep in and a roof over their head, these may seem like...

A photo of a person popping bubble wrap in front of a microphone on May 9, 2022. (Xpress Magazine / Paris Galarza)

Why do People Love ASMR?

Justine Brady, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  Long nails lightly tap against a microphone, the sound of cards shuffling as fingers slowly graze each card in the deck. These are just a few of the noises that send waves of tingles down Mia...

Different styles of tamales pictured at La Espiga de Oro Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District on May 5, 2022. Although the restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine, La Espiga de Oro also offers traditional Honduran and Guatemalan tamales. (Maximo Vazquez / Xpress Magazine)

Tamales Wrapped in Different Flags

Lorena Garibay, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  It’s 3:35 in the afternoon, and the smell of sweet bread and salsa combines as patrons of the Guatemalan panaderia, Eterna Primavera, get in line to order. Blanca Estella Ruiz is in the kitchen...

A man walks his dog on Philosopher’s Way in John McLaren Park on May 6, 2022. This 2.7 mile trail provides its hikers with views of the bay and various neighborhoods in the city. (Garrett Isley / Xpress Magazine)

Three Lesser-Known Hiking Trails in the Bay Area

Anne Kristoff, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  As dust-like dirt lines the midsole of broken-in athletic shoes and the sun beams down across the vibrant green foliage, sweat begins to drip from the brow. Hikers mindfully pass each other along...

A clean prep station in Pizza Amigos on May 8, 2022. (Abraham Fuentes / Xpress Magazine)

The Mystery Shrouding Ghost Kitchens

Albert Gregory, Managing Editor / Copy Editor
May 13, 2022

  On a narrow street in Oakland, tensions are simmering.    In what was once considered a quiet neighborhood, residents are awoken by the sound of delivery trucks dropping off supplies...

Student Residential Assistants Claim Poor Working Conditions

Student Residential Assistants Claim Poor Working Conditions

Cash Martinez, Social Media Editor
May 12, 2022

It was little things, at first.   Little things, said former resident assistant Tori Bell, that were part of a much bigger problem — issues within San Francisco State University Residential...

A photo illustration compiling excerpts from different sex education material throughout the 1900s and early 2000s and a photo by Mario Suriani from the Associated Press showing AIDS research advocates in the 1983 New York pride march. (Oliver Michelsen / Xpress Magazine)

The Search for Queer Sex Ed

Emily Cardenas, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

  When Gordon Nipper had his first exposure to sex education, he was in the fifth grade. Even at the time, he didn’t feel that what he was learning applied to him. It was the experience itself...

Jaime Hiraishi, a partial owner of Wine Down SF, pours a glass behind the bar at the SoMa location on May 7, 2022. Whenever possible, the owners source “natural wines” and try to support other minority-owned businesses. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

Cheers to Women-Owned Bars

Caroline Raffetto and Anne Kristoff
May 13, 2022

  Jaime Hiraishi stands behind the bar at Wine Down SF and peers out at customers toasting and enjoying a glass of wine during happy hour. It reminds her of when she and her business partner Sarah...

Photo illustration by Morgan Ellis. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

Forage for the Future

Justine Brady, Staff Writer
May 13, 2022

In less than a month, Heidi Herrman will reunite with the ocean tides along the Sonoma coast, waiting patiently for the receding water of early sunrise. Herrman and her assembled team of 10 will soon load...

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