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SF State students gogo dance their way to a degree

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October 31, 2011

By Lina Abascal Photos by Elijah Nouvelage It is Wednesday night, and it isn’t school, boy troubles, or a long day at work that’s stressing out SF State students Ally Forrest, Noella Haverkamp, and their friend Brigitte Bakr. As the ladies frantically throw booty shorts, fishnet tights and bras ar...

Death of the Dive Bar

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October 31, 2011

It’s 2:30 in the afternoon on a Sunday and Clooney’s, the sizable dive bar on the corner of 25th Street and Valencia, is in full swing. Older patrons with carved faces line the horseshoe-shaped bar while the only young people in the joint—a few late twenty-somethings along the back wall—nurse hang...

Put a Lid On It

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October 31, 2011

By Liz Ireland Photos by Gregory Moreno On a bright Sunday across the bay in Oakland, James Frank’s kitchen slowly fills with the sweet smell of boiling grape juice and sugar. The sunlight that streams in through an open window, adding to the aromatic heat wafting through the small, open kitchen. A...

Beyond Ambiguity

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October 31, 2011

By Julio Cortez Photos by Gregory Moreno It’s a warm Thursday evening in San Francisco’s Union Square, a bustling shopping destination for those ready to indulge in wool-rich fall essentials during the current Indian summer transition. Bradley Miller, a downtown makeup extraordinaire, gazes at Z...

Green Roofs give San Francisco a sustainability edge.

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October 31, 2011

By Sage Kemmerley Photos by Elijah Nouvelag They sit silent on rooftops and cling quietly to walls. They sneak into small corners of concrete and spread out over thousands of square feet. They’re here, and they mean to stay. From above, these patches of green and bright colors that dot the cityscap...

Staying in the freedom zone

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October 31, 2011

By Natalia Vasquez Eric Verduzco A thick scattered group of clouds race the Monday commuters home for a hot dinner, diving over one another in clusters that intertwine in delicate yet aggressive patterns. Nobody enjoys the first day of the workweek, and any interference with its commencement snowballs...

What’s Klout all about?

October 28, 2011

By Jessica Graham With her eyes fixed on the computer screen, Angela Doll Carlson, Tweets, posts and shares her way to a higher Klout score. Her goal: to get one person to actually reach out to her and bring her a donut. Klout measures influence across social networks. The San Francisco-based company cr...

Life inside the artist’s den

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October 28, 2011

On the outside it almost blends in as any other building on the street. Its faded pink color and brick stairs give it the similar face of many San Francisco apartments. It isn’t until you notice the small details about the building – the cross plastered above the second story windows with intricate deta...

Fine arts students duke it out at LitQuake Body Slam

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October 28, 2011

By Tamerra Griffin Inside the dimly lit Cafe du Nord, soft chatter buzzes about.  San Francisco’s young literati--outfitted in thick-rimmed glasses and carefully coiffed “unkempt” hairdos--brave the chilly mist outside, huddling around folding chairs and clutching beer bottles and glasses of ...

Found in translation

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September 28, 2011

By Tamerra Griffin Photos by Hang Chen Halfway up one of the less intimidating slopes on Filbert Street rests the North Beach/Chinatown campus of the City College of San Francisco.  Its front doors are thrown open, either beckoning pupils inside, or combating the lack of air conditioning with a cross ...

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