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

Oliver Michelsen

Oliver Michelsen, Staff Writer

Oliver Michelsen (he/him) is a third-year journalism major and media literacy minor. In his spare time, he enjoys building lego sets with his cat, watching sci-fi movies and exploring San Francisco, where he currently resides.

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[Video] 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.

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)

[Video] Shooting the Stars

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....

A John Deere utility vehicle sits outside of the groundworks facility on March 29, 2022. The groundsworkers use this to travel around campus early in the morning to conduct their routine maintenance. (Rene Ramirez / Xpress Magazine)

[Video] They Speak for the Trees

April 15, 2022

When SF State grounds manager Robert Murphy and the rest of the grounds team arrive on campus at 6 a.m., it is eerily quiet. The sun won’t rise for another hour, and students and faculty won’t begin...

They Speak for the Trees – The Bleed Podcast

April 15, 2022

This podcast was created to accompany the story They Speak for the Trees by Oliver Michelsen.

SF State’s Complicated Relationship with Free Speech – Video

March 18, 2022

  This video was created to accompany the story "SF State’s Complicated Relationship with Free Speech" by Oliver Michelsen, published on March 18, 2022. 

A photo illustration of the outside of SF State’s HSS building, 2022, and a photo taken by Nacio Jan Brown, a photographer for the San Francisco Express Times, of Black Student Union member John Cleveland in a physical conflict with police outside of SF State’s HSS building during the Third World Liberation Front strikes of 1968. (Rene Ramirez / Xpress Magazine)

[Video] SF State’s Complicated Relationship with Free Speech

March 17, 2022

In November of 1968, thousands filled San Francisco State University’s campus in a revolutionary strike to protest racial inequities in the school’s curriculum and admissions. For five months, Ronald...

K’Zhane McGill uses her iPad at her desk in San Francisco on Feb. 7, 2022. (Rene Ramirez / Xpress Magazine)

[Video] Crucial SF State Mental Health Services Struggle to Meet Demand

February 18, 2022

It was another cold San Francisco afternoon in February as Lizzie sat on the bench outside SF State’s student services building. It wasn’t until about half an hour before closing that she mustered...

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