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Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

Ciara OKelley

Ciara O'Kelley, Diversity Editor

Ciara O’Kelley is a current journalism major and Africana Studies minor at San Francisco State. This is their second semester working on Xpress Magazine and first semester as an editor. She covers popular culture, music, food and anything falling under those categories. In their free time, you can find Ciara reading, writing fiction, baking or slaying a 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzle.

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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....

SF State Spider-Punk watches over campus as he hangs from the balcony and steps atop the Cesar Chavez Student Center. (Leilani Xicotencatl / Xpress Magazine)

Into the SF State-Verse

Ciara O'Kelley, Diversity Editor
March 23, 2023

On Halloween of 2022, four different Spider-men strike the iconic crouched-down pose for a picture at SF State. What looks like a scene right out of a Marvel movie is actually something arguably cooler:...

Sign of The Roxie Theater, one of the oldest continuously operated cinemas in San Francisco, Calif. (Leilani Xicotencatl/Xpress Magazine)

Silver Screen Send-Off

Ciara O'Kelley, Diversity Editor
March 13, 2023

The smell of fresh popcorn wafts through the air as people wait in line to buy their tickets. The anticipation and excitement is almost palpable as groups from all walks of life gather to enjoy two hours...

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, Diversity Editor
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...

Tangled in the Web

Tangled in the Web

Ciara O'Kelley, Diversity Editor
November 24, 2022

If you look closely at the hands of someone who spends a lot of time on their phone, you’ll notice a distinct characteristic: dented pinkies. Many people who spend hours at a time on their phones can...

Customers browse in The Booksmith in Haight Ashbury on Oct. 7, 2022. (Juliana Yamada / Xpress Magazine)

Turning the Page on E-books

Ciara O’Kelley , Staff Writer
October 14, 2022

For a book lover, nothing is quite as delightful as stepping into a bookstore. There’s the smell of hundreds of new books, the sound of crisp pages being flipped through and fresh spines being cracked,...

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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