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Hazardous materials shut down Science Building for the entire spring semester

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BY DAVID MARIUZ dmariuz@mail.sfsu.edu

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INFO BOOTH: Qina Tan, a senior physiology major, Helen Goldsmith, the interim dean of undergraduate studies, Kim Altura, the director of the advising center and Jason Hang, a GatorAider, provide information to students whose classes have been relocated due to the closure of the Science Building Monday, Jan. 27. see CLOSURE on page 2

Third season of Do It Live! alumni theater group begins with “The Tempest” BY LAUREN SEWARD lseward@mail.sfsu.edu

Inside Cardinal wrestling halt Gators winning ways

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Alumni’s art offers new view of seaweed

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SHAKESPEARE: Samuel Richie (Sebastian, left) and Nathan Tucker (Antonio) gaze in awe at their swords during a scene of Do it Live’s production of “The Tempest” Friday, Jan. 17.

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Closure leaves many questions unanswered CONTINUED FROM THE FRONT PAGE

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It just sucks that my classes are in the Towers now.

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SETTING UP SHOP: A construction worker works on a new lab for a class in T-P4 behind Thornton Hall Monday, Jan. 27, 2013 at SF State due to the closure of the Science Building.

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It forces me to teach in a less than optimal setting.

Cinema professor chosen as possible candidate for mission to Mars BY MICHAEL BARBA mdbarba@mail.sfsu.edu

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I guess I just have to walk farther.

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ROCKET WOMAN: Jan Millsapps, a cinema professor at SF State, is one of 1,058 candidates chosen by the spaceflight project Mars One to take a one-way trip to Mars in 2024.

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Sustainability group pushes to highlight growing bike community needs BY BRADLEY FOCHT bfocht@mail.sfsu.edu

A $10,000 grant was awarded to the Cesar Chavez Center’s Sustainable Initiatives program to host a series of bicycle safety events. The events are set to begin in the fall of 2014 and continue through the spring semester. They will include workshops on bike repair as well as bike safety. “Our goal is to bring the SFSU biking community together and promote sustainable

transportation by making biking more accessible for both new Cameron Bingley, Sustainability Manager and Co-President of The Green Initiative Fund. The Cesar Chavez Center’s Sustainable Initiatives program (CCCS) received the grant last November from the Mary A. Crocker Trust, which donates to charitable organizations through-

out the Bay Area. But the idea to improve the Bike Barn and implement a pitched in July by The Green Initiative Fund, a student-lead sustainability organization. The series was created to assess the demand for an improvement to the Bike Barn, such as adding a physical bike workshop where students could buy bike

attend educational workshops and seminars. “It is important that we host this project because it will help to increase the amount of people who choose a sustainable mode of transportation to school,” said Bingley. The series will focus on three main themes for beginners to -

dence building, maintenance workshops and safety seminars. For students who are new to ing workshop will teach students the rules of the road, best possible bike routes in the city and get students on their bike to practice safe riding. building workshop there will be informational seminars on how to ride safely with other cars as well as how to properly preform safety checks on various parts of the bike. CCCS has also created a maintenance workshop which will teach students how to propbike chain and proper seat and handlebar positions. Other universities like UC Davis have created their own successful bicycle repair shop to accommodate the bike community on their campus. According to the UC Davis Bike Barn website, the Bike Barn services over 10,000 bikes a year at their repair station and also provide bike rentals as well as an area to purchase parts for cyclists to make the repairs themselves. “We have a place where people can park their bikes, they

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BIKES: Senior Environmental Studies major and the Health and Social Sciences Representative for the Associated Students, Inc., Miguel Guerrero, rides his bicycle out of the Bike Barn located in Lot 6, Tuesday Jan. 28.

New California labor laws raise wages for working students

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HOUSANDS OF new laws came into effect at the start of the new year, some of which will affect SF State students. More than 40,000 new laws and regulations were passed countrywide, 800 of which were in California alone. A handful of these new laws include minimum wage increases, labor laws, gun restrictions and rights for immigrant and transgender students, according to the National Conference of State Legislature. Starting July 1, working students in California will see minimum wage rise to $9.00. San Francisco already increased its minimum wage to $10.74, the highest in the United States, according to the United States Department of Labor.

New laws at-a-glance: •40,000 new laws across the nation •800 new laws in California •Minimum wage increases to $9.00 in California, San Franciscos minimum wage is $10.74 However, the wage increase affects the people working on campus in a different way. “For students who work on the campus, even though the campus is in the city and county of San Francisco, the city and county say the minimum wage doesn’t apply because it’s a state run institution, so the state minimum wage applies, which is only $8 an hour,” said

•California’s minimum wage will increase again in 2016 to $10. •90 percent of minimum wage workers are older than 20. Source: US Department of Labor and The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement

Bill Sokol, a labor lawyer and lecturer in the labor studies department at SF State. Employees of private vendors, such as the SF State Bookstore or the Village Fitness Center, are paid at the state rate, which is different from San Francisco’s city minimum wage. Public vendors not associated with the University, such as The Village Market and

Peets, are paid at the city rate. “It’s perfect because it’s on campus,” said Alyssa Tunnelle, a senior working as a student assistant in the American Language Institute. “It’s not the highest paying but it’s so convenient. Everyone is so nice know I’m a student.” In addition to new minimum wage laws, employers are no

too,” said Andy An, a Bike Barn employee. For students who bike to SF State the nearest repair shop is over a mile from campus on Ocean Ave., or nearly two miles away on Taraval. “It is really important to teach bicycle safety, especially in urban areas,” said Caitlin Steele, the Director of Sustainability & Energy for the University. “I hope this program helps to make sure our bike commuters arrive on campus safely.”

BY EMILIA ROSALES eer@mail.sfsu.edu

longer allowed to question a person’s status before hiring them. This means immigrants can work legally in California. It is now against the law for employers to report workers to immigration authorities based on suspicions, according to the United States Immigration and Citizenship website. “There is a whole anti-imfocused on Latinos, around the news media. The stigma of being Latino and undocumented is a big stresser. There is just a lot more stressers that can affect undocumented students,” said Karla Castillo, who is involved with the counseling and psychological services at SF State. Most of the new laws with the power to affect students have already come to fruition, but by mid-year all of the new laws will be in effect.


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“Flower Power” gallery installation provides insight into turbulant past

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HE CESAR Chavez Student Center’s Art Gallery’s latest exhibit shows how peace, love and some revolutionary vibes shaped the 1960s civil rights movement in the Bay Area and at SF State. In honor of February’s Black History Month, the gallery will present its reception for “Black Power, Flower Power” from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. The photo exhibit showcases the works of husband and wife artists Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch in a collaboration illustrating the Black Panther Party and San Francisco during the 1960s. Baruch’s collection, titled “Haight-Ashbury, 1967,” depicts the district’s culture, full of anti-war sentiments and The main collection, titled “Black Panthers, 1968,” provides a look into the party’s history within the Bay Area. The Black Panthers were a progressive political organization known for its use of weapons

BY ANNA HECHT ahecht@mail.sfsu.edu

Husband and wife photo collection chronicles San Francisco’s transformation during the 1960s revolution era and radical tendencies, but this was only its outer appearance, according to Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Serie Mcdougal. “It was more of an organization about power and self-determination,” Mcdougal said. “More so than self-defense. That was only one aspect about the party.” According to the San Francisco State College Strike Collection, group members spread their Malcolm X-inspired agendas to the University in events that led to the 1968 student strike. One such member was George Mason Murray, a Black Panther member and English instructor who was suspended by order of then-Chancellor Glenn Dumke, after allegedly saying threatening remarks at a rally and on campus. Black Student Union, students formed demonstrations and sit-ins

for the reinstatement of Murray and to protest against the unfair treatment of minority students. it inspired the faculty to become more involved than they were already,” Mcdougal said. In collaboration with the gallery’s exhibit, the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center will host various events during the day, including live music and an interactive art project. It will also “Slavery by Another Name,” which explores why slavery did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation. An open discussion with former Black Panther Party Chairman Elaine Brown The discussion is part of the “Created Equals Series,” which Interim Program Development allows the center, through the use

ings on topics such as civil rights, racism and social justice. Shakir said the center chose Brown to speak because of her experiences in the party, but for her present work as well. “She still works very actively in campaigns and initiatives to change the school to prison pipeline and free political prisoners who have gotten unfair treatment,” Shakir said. “She understands that system so well that we thought that she would be an excellent speaker for this particular topic.” Gallery Manager and Curator Carolyn Ho said she is looking forward to students and faculty viewing the exhibit and learning something new about an Bay Area. “I hope that someone goes into the show and understands that the Black Panthers weren’t strictly and stereotypically active with machetes and all wear military uniforms,” she said. “They were actually a community organization. They were really about taking care of one another.”

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The Depot 6 to 9 p.m.: Talk of Shamans, Wax Children, Tino Drima

Room 117A, Gymnasium Building 7 p.m.: Presentation: “The 99% Ride.” Inspiring talk by Dirk Spits, who is riding over 17,000 miles to help raise awareness and education around people living in poverty in Central and South America

The Depot 5 to 7 p.m. Broken Mic & Strung Out Night

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Beachcombing alum uncovers the hidden beauty of sealife in campus exhibit BY WILL CARRUTHERS wcarruth@mail.sfsu.edu

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HE BEAUTY of nature is on vivid display in the main lobby of the Administration Building this semester in the form of three large images of seaweed. Josie Iselin, the artist behind the images, earned a master’s in 1994. Iselin is a photographer, writer and book designer and the three images on display come from Iselin’s seventh book, “An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed.” The Check out the video on book is coming out GOLDENGATEXPRESS.ORG in March. It was the diverse colors and forms of interest in seaweed as a subject. of a previous book but felt that it deserved its own book once she began experimenting with different types of seaweed. “Once I started exploring seaweed a little further as a visual artist and a designer it was just intoxicating because (seaweed) has these really strong forms, really intense colors that range from kelly green to magenta to pale pinks to these beautiful olive browns,” said Iselin. Along

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COASTAL GIRL: Josie Iselin, a photographer, artist and book designer makes intimate portraits of sea-

with the form and color of seaweed, Iselin is interested in the fact that the plant is slightly unknown to humans, hidden beneath the surface of the ocean. Iselin collected many of her seaweed samples from Fort Funston, located west of Lake Merced and SF State, and the Duxbury Reef in Marin County. Other samples came from the East Coast. While growing up

in New York, Iselin vacationed with her family in Maine, and has continued to visit the East Coast since moving to San Francisco. “An Ocean Garden” showcases seaweed from beaches on both coasts of the country. Iselin’s book and the exhibit are a mixture of science and art. Iselin tried to present the beauty of nature while explaining some of the science behind it in accom-

panying captions. As part of that goal, Iselin wanted to show and explain the difference between different seaweed populations. “One of my goals was to make the seaweed from Maine look as lovely as the seaweed from out here in California,” said Iselin. “(In California) you have a really robust variety of all three categories, the browns the greens and the reds, whereas on

the East Coast, the browns dominate, you don’t have as many of the reds, such as the really beautiful magentas and the pale pinks.” Sharon Bliss, the Fine Arts Building Gallery Manager, was interested in Iselin’s work in part because of the connection to science. Although a date has not been scheduled, a talk on the biology of seaweed may happen later during the semester, according to Bliss. The exhibit is part of an ongoing program at the Alumni Hall Gallery in the Fine Arts building. Each semester, the artwork of an alumnus with a master’s degree is displayed in the gallery. Bliss aims to showcase a different type of art in the space each semester. Iselin’s prints caught the eye of one student standing in line in the main lobby of the Administration Building. “It’s nice to see some new artwork,” said Sam Rosen, a third year cinema major, “I see a lot of older alumni art on campus, but I think they should do more of this.” The exhibit will be open until July 1. Iselin will be present for an opening reception and book signing on April 4, from 3-5 p.m. and will be giving an MFA visiting lecture between 5:30-6:30 p.m., on April 24, in FA 193.

Alumni production company gives advice to current theater majors CONTINUED FROM THE FRONT PAGE

Toll said he feels a “successful” company is one that can grow in size and expand its quality of each following play. “For me, the success Do It Live has experienced is in the quality of our work,” said Toll. “Sure, our budget has grown, and our reputation has grown, and out ticket sales have grown modestly, yet steadily... But the quality of the work, in my opinion, just gets better and better by show.” In the past three seasons, Do It Live has put on 17 plays, including an ongoing production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” In contrast to the negative stigma over downsizing such a large play, Toll said that the company is thrilled with what the piece has become, regardless of the lack of theatrical devices normally used in such a production. Kevin Olivas, a senior economics major, said Do It Live’s pest” was “intense and full of energy with decent transitions and noticeably passionate acting.” Deemed “impossible” for small theater companies to perform due to its vast depth and

magical elements, the founders decided to go against the odds and adapt the show for the small stage after dreaming of producing the play since their days studying under professor Bill Peters at SF State. Focusing on Shakespeare’s “parent death” dramas, Toll and Hand decided to wait until later in their careers before attackTempest” under the advice of Peters, who acts as Prospero, a revenge-seeking father, in the current production. Their time studying at SF State taught the three founders more than patience alone, said Toll, who feels that the department’s lack of funding and endearing “scrappiness” teaches students how to “do it all.” “Everybody leaves the department not knowing ‘just how to act’ if you’re an actor,” Toll said. “You know how to put up lights, and how to make some sound design. Then you bring them together to use all those tools.” For those theater majors who

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SHIPWRECKED: Andrew Nolan (Gonzalo, left) and Anthony Agresti (Trinculo) perform a scene of Do it Live’s production of “The Tempest” Friday, Jan. 17.

are in fear of being torn apart in search of a creative outlet after college, Toll suggests that in addition to persistence and hard work, developing an interactive community among fellow actors while working in small compa-

nies is key to a successful future. “Don’t stop auditioning if you’re an actor,” Toll said. “Don’t stop designing if you’re a designer. Hone your talent. Don’t stop studying even after you’re done taking classes.”

The complete third season of Do It Live is set to be announced within the next few weeks, and the company plans to continue European plays that aren’t seen in the city often.


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Radiation in Pacific Ocean does not phase U.S. government

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Polar bears along the coast of Alaska are suffering from fur loss and open sores. Coast are disintegrating into piles of white ring are bleeding from their gills and eyes. Despite this knowledge, the government refuses to announce how much radiation is infecting our atmosphere. It should be obligatory that this information is released regardless of the dosage present; because the list goes on. The population of sockeye salmon from Alaska is at a historic low, thousands of birds are dropping dead in Oregon and sea lions along the California coast are experiencing an unusual mortality rate, according to Peak Oil. All this horrible death and disease to our marine animals can be linked to the explosion of the Fukushima Daiichi Power

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Thanks to the currents circuand the planet’s placement of the United States, Alaska and Mexico were directly effected and continue to suffer three years later. So why is seafood still being sold and encouraged to eat three

and exported $5 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is apparent why the gov-

of omega-3 fatty acids.

on the sale of seafood in our country, but it does not mean that it is a safe product to keep consuming. According to the United

that cares more about money

the Effects of Atomic Radiation,

be taken off the market, not only would it cause mayhem in the entire United States, it would be

millisieverts (mSv) has no direct evidence of affects on human

stamps, tags and permits generate $25 billion a year in federal, state and local taxes, according to the National Shooting Sports

creates an increased risk of cancers such as lung, skin and breast cancer. The government has not to the amount of radiation in

If U.S. consumers are safe Ocean, then why are we not speare thousands of marine animals dying and developing disease at the same time? The radiation leaking from Japan still poses a threat to Ocean. There are traces in our are buying and ingesting into our body.

Rampant social injustice and inequality perpetuates chaos

years our country has slid further into a state of distress, where some of the most devastating violence is being carried out by civilians and war is being waged by government entities. The country feared Christopher Dorner, mourned the death of Boston Marathon runners, witnessed The Dark Knight come alive in Colorado, wept in solidarity with Virginia Tech, bled

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our ocean and air, but claims, “we don’t really need to do that because we’re predicting very low levels.” It is deceiving that we are not being disclosed how much radiation from Fukushima we are actually living in; especially because a “low level” is still considered toxic. Prolonged exposure to a low dose of radiation can cause cell damage over time, and when repairing itself incorporate errors. This can lead to cancer even after years or decades have

in the naval yard of our nation’s capital only weeks before a man indulged in self immolation at the National Mall. Just last week, the people of Maryland witnessed a mall shooting that resulted in the death of two young employees. In all of these incidents, motives ranged from radical Jihadism to mental illness, gun control and political oppression.

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to the breaking point of any of this type of chaos is bred from sustenance from the breast of oppression. The U.S. government has proposed cures that center around increased militarization of police, while simultaneously demilitarizing civilians. This will not solve the underlying problems that breed circumstances like acts of terror or mass shootings. These problems stem from the diminishing social justice that signals the failing of society and the inevitable fall of a regime. the world has witnessed a vast increase in social unrest that is most notable in the Middle East and North Africa, but reaches all corners of the globe. Interestingly, each country that has seen a spike in social upheaval have all loosely followed a similar pattern. A dwindling economy stoked a reason to angrily take to the

streets. This was most prevalent in Egypt, where the protests resulted in violent backlash from the government and further suppression of individual rights. Excessive force led to a larger protest reaction from the population. The same process took place escalated into full scale violence against civilians. In Syria, it turned into a full scale civil war that is still raging today. tries engaged in civil war, others decided to violently end the uprisings through murder, curfew and imprisonment, such as in Bahrain. Other governments evaded critical spotlight long enough for the population to lose interest and eventually they successfully diverted the public eye somewhere else. This is what happened in the United States after the Occupy Movement. No song of praise should ever be sung for those assailants who set an agenda of anger against their fellow man, but the problem

will only continue if authorities continue to look in the wrong spots. Governments should seek to increase positive social institution in times of unrest. For example, many of the recent mass shootings have been said to be tied to mental illness. If the correct institutions were in place and easily available to all of the assailants in the last string of mass shootings would have occurred. Additionally, most guns used in violent crimes are illegally obtained, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. This means that despite President Barack Obama’s push for away from people who obtain them legally, resulting in a direct insult to our Second Amendment right. A greater restriction of rights would only launch the country back into the inevitably violent cycle that has brought end to regimes world wide in the last few years.


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SF State falls to Stanford in dual after being nationally ranked for first time BY CURTIS UEMURA cuemura@mail.sfsu.edu

The Gators were unable to ride the momentum of being time all year into a victory over the visiting Stanford Cardinal. SF State fell to Stanford 33-8 in their dual meet at The Swamp Jan. 25; the Cardinal came into the match up ranked 25 in Division I wrestling. “We had some close matches,” said head coach Lars Jensen. “We won two matches, but we could have won three or four I thought. (They’re the) toughest team we wrestle all year and I thought we did pretty well.” Seniors Isaiah Hurtado and Dylan Phillipy scored the only victories of the day for the Gators, as the team jumped out to an early 8-4 lead. “I feel like a lot of it is mental,” Phillipy said. “We psych ourselves out a lot...I mean we are up to caliber, a lot of the matches we lost were only two point differences, we didn’t get massacred.” Things went south in a hurry, as the Cardinal would win the next seven matches — including two by pins. JESSICA CHRISTIAN / XPRESS “It’s kind of upsetting seeing them get in their own heads,” HEADLOCKED: Dylan Phillipy takes down Stanford Cardinal Peter Russo during the SF State home match Saturday, Jan. 25. Stanford beat SF Phillipy said. “Again it’s the mental game, they’re Division I, they’re ranked 25 in the nation, “We just have to look at the of Division II wrestling with the “We like being kind of under what are we going to do, instead positives there’s things we have latest poll released Jan. 17. the radar,” Jimenez said. “We University Friday, Jan. 31, and of just going out there and having to work on,” said senior Zach “We’ve beat the number beat nine, 10, 11 in the country then the California Collegiate fun. We don’t give ourselves Jimenez. “It’s a lot better wresnine, 10 and 11 (teams) and we and we are still only 19, someOpen the next day at The Swamp. tling against these guys because are only ranked 19 but that’s times it’s nice to not get the re“I think this team has so showed in that dual meet.” you’re wrestling the best of the all political,” Jensen said. “It’s spect you want, because it makes much more potential,” Phillipy Even with this loss against best and you know what it feels good, we always want to be you want it more.” said. “Our team just needs to Stanford, the Gators’ spirits like, you have that sense that nationally ranked, it’s good for SF State will have six days open up our eyes and see that remain high as they are in the you’ve wrestled the best.” PR and papers and all that but I to recuperate before their busy we are not that far away from midst of their most successful SF State’s recent string of think we should really be ranked weekend when they have two accomplishing all our goals. We stretch of the season, with wins huge victories has vaulted them in the top 15.” duals and a tournament in just just need to get on each other, in six of their last eight meets, into the top 20 national rankings. Not all Gators view their low two days. push these last couple weeks and including three victories over top The Gators are tied for 19 in all ranking as a negative, though. They will host Cal State have fun with it.” 11 ranked schools.

SOFTBALL PREVIEW

Gators youthful roster looks to rebound from down year

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YOUNG CORE of returning players has the Gator softball team poised to duplicate last years early season success when ever Best of the West Invitational championship. SF State returns 11 players from that team, including six sophomores all of who, with the exception of pitcher Jenny Obbema, appeared in at least 20 games last season. “We’re young and we have some talented freshman and underclassmen,” said head coach Cristina Byrne. “If we come to play the way we know how, we can do great things. We have the ability and we have the talent.”

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Despite losing star pitcher, six returning starters give the Gators high hopes for the upcoming season. After a promising start to last season, the Gators hit a midseason slump, which saw them lose 12 straight games before 22-30 record. If they are to replicate their early successes, SF State will have to do so without All-CCAA second team pitcher Marisa Ibarra who graduated last year. “If you were to talk about last years team it would start with Marisa,” Byrne said. “She was our ace on the mound, but what we are really going to miss is her mental toughness.” Without Ibarra the Gators will look to their young group of

pitchers for help. “(Sophomore) Emily Gibson is really stepping up into that role and she has shown that mentality,” Byrne said. “The freshman have also had a really good fall. Megan Clark beat Fresno State on a two hitter, and Courtney Dunkel has been pitching well too.” The team will also be without Ashley Huff who left the team for personal reasons before the season. Huff led the team in at-bats, triples and stolen bases, while also being tied for the team lead in hits. Both players will be missed, but the Gators do return six

players who started 33 or more games for the team last year headlined by shortstop Courtney Gravel, who was an honorable mention All-CCAA selection. “It was really nice coming Missy Andrade. “You don’t realize how much you miss seeing these people every day.” With a roster of 12 underclassmen, SF State will lean heavily on their youth in the coming season. “I had a senior (last year) who I looked up to,” Andrade

out how to help the team.” One aspect the team lacks is senior leadership, as SF State enters the year with only two seniors on their roster. “With so few seniors on the team everyone needs to step up in a leadership role, especially with so many freshman on the team,” said returning sophomore The Gators open their season on Feb. 1, when they travel to Turlock, Calif. to play Cal State Dominguez Hills where they will try to repeat as Best of the West Invitational champions. “It’s a whole new season,” Byrne said. “It’s not about what last year’s team did, or what next year’s team might do, it’s about right now. We can’t look back, rear view mirrors are good for cars but not for us.”


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SPORTS

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THE UPCOMING

GATOR SCHEDULE TRACK + FIELD

BASEBALL Feb. 1, 11 a.m.

Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, TBA

V. Central Washingtown Unversity (double header) Maloney Field – San Francisco

Ed Jacoby Invitational and Multi Jackson’s Indoor Track – Nampa, Idaho

MEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m V. Cal State Stanislaus Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena – Turlock, Calif.

Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.

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A LOOK BACK:

WINTER SCOREBOARD MEN’S BASKETBALL v. Sonoma State, Dec. 13: won 69-65 v. Washington State, Dec. 18: lost 80-50 v. Sonoma State, Dec. 22: won 83-62 v. Cal State L.A., Jan. 3: lost 78-71 v. Cal State Dominguez Hills, Jan. 4: won 79-68 v. Cal Poly Pomona, Jan. 9: lost 66-56

v. Humboldt State, Jan. 11: won 82-73 v. #9 Cal State San Bernardino, Jan. 17: lost 75-65 v. UC San Diego, Jan. 18: won 82-68 v. Cal State Monterey Bay, Jan. 24: lost 78-72 v. Cal State East Bay, Jan. 25: won 71-64

V. #24 Chico State Art Acker Gymnasium – Chico, Calif.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SOFTBALL Feb. 1, 11:15 a.m

Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m

Feb. 1, 6 p.m.

V. Cal State Dominguez Hills Pedretti Park – Turlock Calif.

V. Cal State San Marcos Pedretti Park – Turlock Calif.

Feb. 2, 10:15 a.m.

Feb. 2, 12:30 p.m.

V.Chico State Pedretti Park – Turlock Calif.

V. Dominican University of California Pedretti Park – Turlock Calif.

V. Cal State Stanislaus Pedretti Park – Turlock Calif.

v. William Jessup University, Dec. 12: won 77-67 v. Sonoma State, Dec. 13: won 62-52 v. Sonoma State, Dec. 22: lost 69-63 v. Cal State L.A., Jan. 3: won 80-57 v. Cal State Dominguez Hills, Jan. 4: lost 79-64 v. #24 Cal Poly Pomona, Jan. 9: lost

73-60 v. Humboldt State, Jan. 11: lost 93-85 v. Cal State San Bernardino, Jan. 17: won 59-48 v. UC San Diego, Jan. 18: lost 62-54 v. Cal State Monterey Bay, Jan. 24: won 66-59 v. Cal State East Bay, Jan. 25: lost

WRESTLING

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 1, 11:15 a.m

V. Cal State Stanislaus Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena – Turlock, Calif.

V. Chico State Art Acker Gymnasium – Chico, Calif.

WRESTLING Jan. 31, 1 p.m.

Jan. 31, 3 p.m.

Feb. 1 9 a.m.

The Swamp – San Francisco

V. Simon Fraser The Swamp – San Francisco

California Collegiate Open The Swamp – San Francisco

v #11 Mercyhurst College, Jan. 3: won 21-15 Menlo Invitational, Jan. 4: placed 1st out of 11 teams, Isaiah Hurtado (133), Andrew Reggi (197), Zach Jimenez (184), Hildelv Manzur (285) won their respective divisions v #14 Simpson University, Jan. 11: won 51-0 University of Nebraska-Kearney Midwest Duals

v #11 Adams State, Jan. 18: won 26-16 v Chadron State, Jan. 18: lost 18-13 v #9 Western State Colorado, Jan. 18: won 24-12 v Northern State University, Jan. 18: won 29-12 v #25 Stanford University, Jan. 25: lost 33-8

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