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Iris Skateboards Revives Broken Boards, Supports S.F. Skate Scene (Video)

Sitting in the garage workspace of his Outer Sunset home, George Rocha grabs an old skate deck from a pile of hundreds of boards stacked against the wall. Rocha reads the deck like a palm, feeling its worn textures and grooves. But rather than telling its fortune, he guesses its past.

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SF State votes, but not during this election

Nicholas Lucas campaigns for prop A protecting San Francisco retirees during a Sunday Street event on Arguello boulevard on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress
Nicholas Lucas campaigns for prop A protecting San Francisco retirees during a Sunday Street event on Arguello boulevard on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress

In 2012, SF State was a polling location for the first time in three years. With a presidential election and Proposition 30 on the ballot, students shattered the University’s student-voter registration goal with 4,060 registered.

This year’s municipal election ballot, however, lacks two items that capture student’s interest: presidential candidates and education-specific props.

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SFMTA launches Bicycle Strategy to increase bike development, safety

Julie McNamara packs her 12-hour day into her Rickshaw commuter bag before leaving home.

The 21-year-old SF State graduating senior is not only double-majoring in English and Spanish, she works part-time teaching English as a second language at Marshall Elementary School in the Mission — and she also nannies on the side.

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ParaNorman exhibit spooks stop motion enthusiasts at Cartoon Art Museum

San Jose State University students, Lucie, left, and Amy Roberts, right, and Nelson Wells look at the structural makeup of a puppet from the stop motion animation film, "ParaNorman," at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Roberts sisters are animation majors, and Wells is majoring in creative arts. Photo by Tearsa Joy Hammock / Xpress
San Jose State University students, Lucie, left, and Amy Roberts, right, and Nelson Wells look at the structural makeup of a puppet from the stop motion animation film, “ParaNorman,” at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Roberts sisters are animation majors, and Wells is majoring in creative arts. Photo by Tearsa Joy Hammock / Xpress


Tim Burton is often credited for pioneering — or at least reinventing — the medium of stop motion animation with his classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The technique allows animators to create a tangible world with real sets, but it’s a world with endless unknown and unreal possibilites.

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