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

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Home Away from Home

Zackery Stehr, Staff Writer
December 21, 2022

It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday as London Deutsch’s classroom starts to fill with smoke and the smell of burning chemicals. Today, her class is testing different fabrics’ reactions to flames. Students...

(Justine Brady / Xpress Magazine)

Finding the Fusion

Justine Brady, Diversity Editor
December 11, 2022

The marinated sweet pork hisses back at the chef as he gently tosses the meat onto the hot grill. The sound of the knife striking the cutting board can be heard from the kitchen as onions, jalapeños and...

Devon Chulick, game master for “Total Party Chill,” behind his DM screen recounting the party’s previous battle on November 29th, 2022. One player was polymorphed into a dinosaur while another was downed fighting in a dragon’s lair. (Oliver Michelsen / Xpress Magazine)

Delving into the Dungeon

Oliver Michelsen, Multimedia Editor
December 9, 2022

It was in a booth at a Round Table Pizza where Devon Chulick discovered his love for roleplaying games. His mother had purchased him a “choose your own adventure” book. Chulick — a toddler at the...

Francesca Caccia uses the squat machine in the Mashouf Wellness Center at SF State for a “regular” workout in San Francisco, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2022. Caccia says working out makes her feel good after, and she comes in as often as she can to “stay healthy and fit.” (Tatyana Ekmekjian / Xpress Magazine)

A New Gym Culture

Caroline Van Zandt, Staff Writer
December 11, 2022

At 16 years old, Emilia Russell knew the pros and cons of working out in public gyms. On the positive end, working out meant better health, more endorphins and new friends at fitness centers. Getting catcalled...

The organizers and vendors of the Soobin Cup Sleeve event at My Cup of Tea in San Francisco on Dec. 3, 2022. (Miguel Francesco Carrion / Xpress Magazine)

Krazy 4 K-Pop

Ciara O'Kelley, Staff Writer
December 9, 2022

On most nights, SF State's Mashouf Wellness Center is filled with students and faculty working out, playing basketball and rock climbing. But on some nights in room 122, something else entirely is going...

(Joshua Carter / Xpress Magazine)

Take Note of This!

Caroline Van Zandt, Staff Writer
November 22, 2022

Locals recognize SF State for its diverse student population, gorgeous campus and history of activism. Even its buildings are packed with personality. If you’re ever walking through the student-housing...

Savor the Scream

Savor the Scream

Destiny Walker, Staff Writer
November 18, 2022

Cindy Campbell screams as the phone rings in her quaint suburban home. Her screech amplifies as the camera quickly zooms into her face — then, dead silence. She picks up the phone and Ghostface, a white-masked...

Josh Nero holds a sheet of negatives up to the light in his apartment on campus during a portrait session on Nov. 3, 2022. Nero, a third-year student, has shot film for years, and hopes to make a career out of film photography. (Juliana Yamada / Xpress Magazine)

Out of the Picture?

Kamal Taj, Staff Writer
November 11, 2022

As one steps into the void, their eyes narrow to help adjust to the darkness. The pitch black gives way to a martian red. A dank, metallic smell of chemicals strikes the back of their nose. The sounds...

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Paint or Pixels? The Ongoing Battle Between Tradition and Tech

Eian Gil, Managing Editor
October 14, 2022

From Twitter bots to robots making coffee, advancements in artificial intelligence have allowed for more and more technology to permeate into our daily lives. It's difficult to point to a corner of the...

Michael J. Payton Press Photo. (Courtesy of Michael Payton)

The Michael J. Payton Story

Angelina Casolla, Staff Writer
October 14, 2022

In the summer of 2002, Ja Rule’s “Down 4 U,” the second single off the compilation album “Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc.,” was number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Fascinated by its sound, Michael...

Paulina Rosil, 21-year-old fashion designer and SF State student, prints T-shirts with original designs and ironic phrases in her apartment in San Francisco, Calif., on Sept. 12, 2022. Each tee Rosil sells is specially made-to-order per customer. (Tatyana Ekmekjian / Xpress Magazine)

The Tea on Tees

Giovanna Montoya, Staff Writer
September 16, 2022

Think back to 2002. Pop culture is dominated by merciless tabloids that control the narratives of socialites and celebrities presented to an unforgiving public. Fashion is the safest form of retaliation.  Following...

A wall of Funko Pops fill the right side of the Pop Plug’s storefront in Santa Clara, and are all organized by genre on Aug. 31. (Ciara O’Kelley / Xpress Magazine)

Fun in Funko

Ciara O’Kelley, Staff Writer
September 16, 2022

When someone steps into Kari Kauhaahaa’s home, their eyes are immediately drawn to the back of her living room. In the area surrounding her sliding glass door, about 200 Funko Pops can be found stacked...

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