Life at SF State

Su! April 18 Concert Recap

IamSu!, a 23-year-old HBK Gang rapper from Richmond blew the doors off the Annex at SF State in this amazing concert. Check out our video recap of this concert brought to campus by SLAB, programming for students by students.

New to San Francisco? A Quick Guide to Muni

Back to school, means back to commuting. This week thousands of students will be coming to and from San Francisco State. Some will be walking, others biking and driving, while a huge number will be using MUNI, many of those for the first time. Here are our quick tips on becoming a MUNI navigating pro, and keeping safe while doing so.

Living on Campus? Make sure to check out Housing’s award winning Muni Tours on Saturday August 24th. The Residents Hall Association will be pairing up with incoming freshmen residents to take them on tours of the Muni system to San Francisco landmarks.

The basics:

  • When you board a Muni bus or train you will either pay $2.00 cash fare, or tap your Clipper Card to deduct the fare/activate a monthly pass.
  • When paying with cash make sure to take a paper transfer. This is proof that you paid and you may be asked to show it to Muni Police at any point during your ride or when you get off the bus.
  • A paper transfer can be used to get on any Muni line until the time shown on the transfer.
  • You can ride either the Muni Metro Light Rail, that runs both below and above ground, or you can ride street Busses. The fare is the same on both types of vehicles, and they run on similar schedules. However, the light rail runs below Market street, allowing access to more of the city than individual bus lines.

Our Tips:

1. Clipper Card:

The clipper card is SF Muni’s electronic payment system, and a total MUST HAVE for commuting students. However, if you aren’t commuting, sometimes cash transfers are a better way to go. Often paper transfers will expire after the 90 minute clipper transfer time, which means if you come home before your paper transfer expires it is only a two dollar round trip. That saves you two bucks because hey, every dollar counts. Right?

You can load transit passes, cash fare and BART transfer’s to your clipper card. If you take the extra step to link your clipper card to your bank account, you will have the option to autoload your Clipper Card with cash fare and monthly passes. This is pretty convenient but it also allows you to gain back your balance should you ever lose your card.

Riding BART? When you exit the Daly City BART station, a free transfer onto the 28 Muni Bus will load onto your Clipper Card.

2. Inbound v. Outbound

This is a tricky one for some commuters. Double check, maybe even triple check, that you’ve boarded a bus going the right direction. Pay special attention at the underground stations, it’s not the easiest to know what direction you are headed when you are underground.

3. Apps will save the day.

Like grocery shopping and sending selfies to friends, navigating the MUNI system is exponentially simpler with a smart phone. You can look up directions and get bus times on apps like MuniWatch, Muniverse or MuniApp. There are a number of apps, and they vary from Android to iPhone so try out a few and find the one you like best.

Being MUNI savvy doesn’t require a smart phone however. You can access bus arrival times on your SF State Gateway, at the Cesar Chavez Student Center’s info desk. If your away from campus, is pretty accurate and easy to use; calling 511 with your bus stop number will work away from home.

4. Maps Maps Maps.

Most bus stops have the MUNI system maps on the bus shelter and even the underground light rail stations also are still sporting them. Even if you ALWAYS have your cell phone that has Google Maps on it and you will NEVER need it, learn to read these maps. It’s a great skill to have when you end up, without a cell phone, in North Beach instead of Fisherman’s Wharf and you have to find your way home.

5. Safety

The number one safety tip on Muni, and most places, is to be aware of your surroundings. It’s a simple way to keep pickpockets at bay. Also check out these safety tips from the SFMTA’s theft prevention website.

  • Stay awake. A pickpocket’s easiest victim is a sleeping customer. If you feel drowsy, it’s best to get up and stand.
  • Stay alert. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Beware of loud arguments or commotion. Incidents can be staged to distract while a pocket is being picked.
  • Backpacks are prime targets for pickpockets. Never wear your backpack on your back. Either carry it in your hands or by your side.
  • Carry wallets inside coat or front pants pocket – never in a backpack.
  • Close all handbags and carry them securely in front of you.
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of money in public.
  • If you are the victim of a pickpocket, get help immediately.

Now that you are a Muni pro, get out there and enjoy San Francisco for all it’s worth.

Seriously! A large part of why SF State is such a great place to go to college is because of the endless activities and the abundance of great food options. So get out there while you can and milk it for all it’s worth.

The Rhythms Music Festival returns to SF State!

Festival season has made it’s way to the SF State campus next week, as Associated Students Inc. returns with the Third Annual Rhythms Music Festival! Rhythms plays host to world renowned talent, educational panels, career opportunities, and our SF State Battle of the Bands. We’ve prepared a full overview for you, so you don’t miss a beat!

Music Marketing Conference
Friday, April 26
5:00 – 8:00 pm
SFSU Downtown Campus

Just before the Rhythms Music Festival kicks off, join the SFSU Marketing Association for a rare and unique Music Marketing Conference! The panel of professionals will cover aspects of talent management, content strategy, and some legal aspects of music marketing.

The panel includes:

  • Hisham Dahud (Moderator), Digital strategy director, Fame House
  • Michael Brandvold, Freelance music marketing consultant
  • Gian Fiero, CEO, Fiero Flair
  • Joe Frabotta, Online marketing manager, Evil Eyes
  • Sara Merriman, Integrated Marketing Manager,

Full Music Marketing Conference Info


Careers in the Music Industry : Panel
Monday, April 29
4:00 – 7:00 pm
SF State Library 121

Ever wondered what it’s like working in the music industry? There’s a lot of work happening behind the scenes, and a whole lot of career opportunities! Whether you’re looking to have some specific questions answered by the pros, trying to get your foot in the door, or simply interested in opening your eyes to the world of music, this panel is for you!

The panel includes:

  • Kerry Fiero (Moderator), Music Recording Industry Professor: Events & Marketing
  • Faben Alula, Account Manager,
  • Michael Ashburne, Entertainment Attorney, MRI Professor
  • Noah ‘DJ DIALS’ Cunningham, Promoter, Producer, DJ
  • Marco de la Vega, Promoter, 120 Minutes, Y3k, Future Perfect
  • Nate Mezmer, Founder, Wintersalt Music Festival, Eye Heart SF
  • Abby Sprague, Agency Associate, High Road Touring
  • Al Williams, House Manager, Mezzanine SF

Full Careers in the Music Industry Panel Info

SF State Battle of the Bands
Wednesday, May 1
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

The SF State community is teeming with student talent, and if you want to see what it’s all about, you don’t want to miss the 2013 Battle of the Bands! After a round of preliminary judging, five student band finalists will take the stage hoping to win a spot opening up for Big Boi, and tons of other prizes!

There will be a Runner Up Showcase from more student bands on Tuesday, April 30 in The Depot, from 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Full Battle of the Bands Info

Rhythms Music Festival Concert
Thursday, May 2
6:30 – 10:30 pm
Student Event Center (The Annex)

The headlining showcase of this year’s Rhythms Music Festival welcomes Big Boi (former member of Outkast), Wallpaper, Pilot Touhill & the 2013 SF State Battle of the Bands Winner! The event will take place at the newly crowned Student Event Center, and is open to all SF State students for free! Make sure you bring your Student ID, and come early to ensure entry!

Full Big Boi, Wallpaper Concert Info

Noise Complaint : Rhythms DJ Showcase
Friday, May 3
10:00 pm – 1:30 am
Student Event Center (The Annex)

We’re closing out the 2013 Rhythms Music Festival with a bang, bringing some talented student DJs and producers to the stage. The bass will be pounding, the lights will be bright, and we’re going to take the SF State campus to the next level, together!

The event is open to SF State students (with ID). To register a non-student guest, please complete this form prior to the event.

Full lineup will be announced soon! Click here for Full Info!

Upcycling: Transforming Old into New through Apparel and Furniture Design

The Upcycling exhibit featured at The Art Gallery transforms ordinary items thought of as trash into garments, accessories and furniture. Upcycling is the process of converting discarded materials (‘waste”) into new products to decrease the usage of raw materials.

All of the pieces featured are made by SFSU Apparel Design & Merchandising and Interior Design students to encourage awareness on ways to reuse the materials around us for upcycling. The pieces made varied from used tablecloth dresses to a poptart dress to side tables.

Erica Gallardo made her piece for her Apparel and Design Merchandising class. The piece she made was a chandelier out of hangers. She was advised to look around her house to find something she was about to throw away and use it as inspiration.

“Being an ADM major, it opens your eyes to all the materials you never looked at before. You really see that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’”

Exhibit Activities include a Swap Rack: A Clothing Swap: This rack prompts the SFSU community to bring a clothing item in usable condition to swap for another piece that you love.

Also, Bit By Bit: A Collective and Participatory Art Instillation and Experiment where visitors can contribute using sewing materials, old fabric, and embellishments provided to a single mannequin as a community project. The final mannequin will be included and cataloged as part of the show.

All of the items were clearly well thought out and well put together. My personal favorite would have to be the the dress made from Metro cards, shopping bags, maps, and pins. The dress was so expressive in what the maker wanted me to think of (New York) and was to commemorate the experience of the New York Fashion Trip.

Be sure to check it out Upcycling! The Exhibition will be showing until Monday April 22nd (Earth Day) at The Art Gallery on the Terrance Level of Cesar Chavez Student Center. The Art Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.