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

Yara Jeries, a marketing major, stares up at the ceiling inside her dorm at University Park North, one of SF State’s student housing complexes, on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Jeries has lived in this dorm since Fall 2022 and shares it with 2 other people. (Gina Castro / Xpress Magazine)

Now What?

Caroline Van Zandt, Copy Editor
June 3, 2023

Yara Jeries has deadlines to meet. No, not homework due dates or upcoming tests. Not credit card bills or car insurance payments. She has international student deadlines. If Jeries fails to find employment...

A person mounted on the edge of SF State’s Cesar Chavez Center Steps, on March 15, 2023. (Leilani Xicotencatl / Xpress Magazine)

Brutalist? Or Just Brutal to Look At?

Sarah Bowen, Online Editor
May 25, 2023

What’s the first thing visitors to SF State notice? The grassy quad? The flashy library? The long line at Quickly? The large number of concrete buildings? SF State’s buildings don’t share much...

Young Democratic Socialists of America member Bethany Padilla holds a sign for a student housing protest at SF States Malcom X Plaza. (Leilani Xicotencatl / Golden Gate Xpress)

Where Did All the Students Go?

Ciara O'Kelley, Diversity Editor
May 23, 2023

Quieter quads, closed facilities, smaller classes with fewer sections. SF State students returning to campus after Covid have likely noticed these and other changes associated with a drop in enrollment....

Self-portrait of Leo Stillwell.

Love Letters from Leo

Eian Gil, Editor in Chief
May 21, 2023

The nerves along one side of the young boy’s spine were severed, leaving a 12-inch scar on the small of his back. Living in pain and needing to wear a corset to keep his spine straight, he regularly...

Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnulo, Tight Ends coach Tom Melvin and Head Coach Andy Reid celebrate their Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)

From SF State to Super Bowl

Jack Davies
May 19, 2023

The football program sold hotdogs around campus for $1 apiece to help fund gas for roadtrips on the bus with a hole in the floor.  They didn’t complain about the lack of funding or the situation...

Elsa Hernández observes the view of the city during her visit from her new job on Tuesday, March. 28, 2023. (Andy Damián Correa / Golden Gate Xpress)

The Moment of Truth

Andy Damián-Correa
May 17, 2023

27-year-old Elsa Hernandez, who graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in social work from SF State, was dressed in black shorts and a blue shirt as she stood at the Fitness SF gym at the Embarcadero. Hernandez...

Navid Mehdipour listens during the Q&A portion of Turning Point USA’s event featuring Riley Gaines at SF State on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Mehdipour is the president of the SF State chapter of Turning Point USA. (Miguel Francesco Carrion / Golden Gate Xpress)

The Turning Point USA Playbook

Aiden Brady
May 16, 2023

SF State rarely makes national headlines. However, for a couple of weeks this spring, the often overlooked campus became the latest battleground in the culture wars. The university was cast into an unfamiliar...

A Cruise vehicle driving through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. The company is the only one that has approved by the CPUC for rides carrying passengers without a test driver . (Oliver Michelsen / Xpress Magazine)

Self-Driving City

Oliver Michelsen, Multimedia Editor
May 15, 2023

A Cruise vehicle with its hazards flashing slows and then comes to a stop, blocking the right lane as cars head east down Fulton. It’s dark, about 10 p.m. It’s hard to see too far ahead, but there...

Tanya Ochoa demonstrates one of SF States best spots to take graduation photos: the Quad. (Daniel Hernandez / Xpress Magazine)

Capture the Moment

Daniel Hernandez, Design Editor
May 13, 2023

It has been four, or more, years since this year’s graduates dressed in deep purple and gold regalia started their educational journey’s at SF State. The students, alongside their families, have spent...

Zitlali Ramirez measures Maddie Acinos upper body in the Burk Hall at SF State in San Francisco Calif., on Wednesday,  March 29, 2023. Her next steps are taking note of the new measurements and changing accordingly. (David Jones / Xpress Magazine)

SF State’s Finest in Fashion

Zackery Stehr, Managing Editor
May 10, 2023

Zitlali Ramirez walks into the J. Paul Leonard Library dressed in head-to-toe black: baggy bondage pants detailed with chains and white lace, a hoodie with silver studs and platform Dr. Martens with black...

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

The Michael J. Payton Story

Angelina Casolla, Senior Reporter
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...

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