Tuition increase anger being misdirected

December 26, 2011 News Opinion

Nine seems to be the magic number for next year’s 2012-2013 academic budget. A nine percent tuition increase was passed 9-6, with nine of 24 trustees missing from the meeting. Since when is nine of 24 a majority? It’s just not right. The tuition increase added more fuel to the fire spreading across college campuses ...

Consider small businesses when it comes to Christmas spending

December 24, 2011 Opinion

Ten people were severely pepper sprayed last month. No, they were not the UC Davis students who were defending their right to protest, but shoppers at Walmart buying discounted Xbox video game consoles during Black Friday. Black Friday is meant to help provide Americans with discounted goods so we can spend more. But why are ...

Students seek the best places to study during finals week

December 23, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Paper is strewn about, everyone loses sleep over how prepared they are and fingers get tired from endless Internet searches. No, it’s not Christmas; it’s the end of the semester. But, like Christmas, finals can make it difficult to find a moment of peace amid the chaos. ...

Forkin' Frisco: A guide for Financial District food finders

December 22, 2011 Life

Forkin’ Financial District Unless your daily outfit consists of a suit and tie and you work a job that has you dodging accusations of being part of the 1%, chances are you don’t make it to the Financial District much. But why not? You don’t have to be a banker to enjoy a good meal ...

Occupy SFSU camp shut down after overnight dispersal warning

December 21, 2011 News 3 Comments

The Occupy SFSU encampment has been cleared from Malcolm X Plaza after an immediate dispersal order was given by the university early this morning. The order came from the University at 12:15 a.m. stating that the students were to leave the plaza immediately. If students did not leave they would be subject to a “Dispersal ...

Youth advocate John Burton celebrates his birthday at SF State

December 16, 2011

One of California’s most notable advocates for foster youth will celebrate his birthday at SF State Friday, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is invited.  But rather than champagne schmoozing and thousand dollar fundraiser seats, laptop scholarships and backpack giveaways will be the main focus at this party. The man of the hour is John ...

VIDEO: Lalo Gonzalez occupies SF State

December 14, 2011 News

In recent months, as the Occupy movement spread across the nation and world, thousands of people have become supporters or participants of protests and marches against corporate greed. SF State criminal and justice major, Lalo Gonzalez, became involved with the Occupy movement in San Francisco shortly after it all began in late September. A long ...

VIDEO: SF State student Josh Ornelas moves through finals

December 14, 2011

Josh Ornelas is ready to graduate – in fact, he already has jobs lined up for his post-university life – but like the rest of us, he has to deal with finals before that world can become a reality for him. In this video he talks about how dance and movement finals compare to the ...

SF State's Fashion Network Association hosts winter runway show

December 14, 2011 Life

Diversity was on display at the Fashion Network Association’s winter runway show, which showcased collections and designs from SF State’s apparel design and merchandising students. Over 30 student designers presented their work at the show “Impressions.” From dusty gold cocktail dresses to complete menswear outfits, the runway show gave students a stage to share their ...

PHOTOS: Father, husband, fighter, coach— Nick Bellomo

December 13, 2011 Sports

Photos by Nelson Estrada Nick Bellomo is a father and fighter. This story is a glimpse into his life. Bellomo has been practicing muay Thai for several years. He met wife met at a party in SF State where now, they have an 8-month-old daughter. In this story, Bellomo prepares for an upcoming fight. However, ...

Trust a dominating force in BDSM relationships

December 13, 2011 2 Comments

Trust is the foundation of any relationship, especially one that involve whips, handcuffs and choking. BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. It is a type of erotic play for two consenting people who enjoy either dominating or being dominated. Maria Duong, a freshman at SF State, was introduced ...

Bus Rapid Transit construction delayed again

December 13, 2011

San Francisco public transit has hit yet another snag in the road. Originally planned for 2004 and again in 2006, a Bus Rapid Transit system would have brought a high speed bus that functions like a “subway above ground” to San Francisco commuters. Most recently slated to open in 2012, construction has now been moved to ...

San Francisco tenants' rights protect renters from bad landlords

December 13, 2011 Life

Carolina Portella, a 20-year-old student at the Academy of Art University, moved from Palo Alto into what seemed like a perfect situation: a cheap room in the Mission district with her friends. However, she quickly found that the situation with her landlord left a lot to be desired. Her landlord starts making loud noises on ...

CSU budget cut by another $100 million

December 13, 2011 6 Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the California State University budget would be cut by an additional $100 million in a press conference earlier today. The new cut is a result of lower-than-projected California tax revenue than was projected when the state budget was passed in June, and comes on the heels of a pre-existing $650 ...

SF State hosts memorial service for late professor

December 13, 2011 News

Red drapes line the stage walls, where about 50 current members of the SF State wind ensemble sit on stage, instruments poised, their heads turned away from their sheet music to look up at a video projection of Edwin Kruth teaching his music class from a time before they, and even some of their parents, ...

Occupy movement set to shut down Port of Oakland

December 12, 2011 1 Comment

Occupy demonstrators are attempting to shut down every major port along the West Coast this morning, including the Port of Oakland. Protesters are hoping to make a statement and cause a significant profit loss for EGT Development, the operator of a new grain terminal at the Port of Longview in Washington, and Goldman Sachs, one of ...

Letter to the editor: SF State English Department addresses President Robert A. Corrigan

December 11, 2011 Opinion

An Open Letter to Robert Corrigan, President of San Francisco State University We, the undersigned faculty of the Department of English at San Francisco State University, are greatly disturbed at the recent escalation of police violence against peaceful protestors on California campuses. We firmly believe that debate, dissent, and criticism of existing power structures are ...

VIDEO: Occupy SFSU camp keeps stocked pantry

December 11, 2011 News

Bags of rice, sacks of beans and cans of tomatoes. While this may sound like the contents of anyone’s pantry, these are only some of the groceries in the well-stocked kitchen tent at Occupy SFSU. Protesters have been occupying Malcolm X Plaza in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for a little more than ...

SF State students find ways to maneuver around loans

December 9, 2011

Going to college has never been scarier, but it’s not that hard to please professors or the endless amounts of reading that’s making students squeamish, it’s carrying a huge financial debt after graduation. According to The College Portrait, a project and website designed as a tool for future students and their families to easily find ...

Social media should not replace traditional news outlets

December 9, 2011 Opinion

My first encounter with a news publication going under was in my hometown of Hollister, Calif. In the year that I was there, the already small staff of four that ran the weekly publication was reduced to two because of lost funding. I understood more clearly later that the reason for this newspaper’s decline was ...

Occupy SFSU still undecided on camping over winter break

December 9, 2011 News

Occupy SFSUcontinues to camp out at the Malcolm X Plaza in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. They are hoping to bring awareness to the ongoing issues within the University such as budget cuts and how it has impacted them. The students pitched tents Thursday night as a response to the ongoing budget cuts ...

Dr. Edwin Kruth's memorial service held at SF State

December 9, 2011

If students are willing to come back to school decades after they have graduated to honor a teacher, there must have been something special about the man. And there was. Dr. Edwin Kruth died at 90 years old Feb. 22 of this year. His legacy at SF State is made of more than 40 years ...

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Twenty-four hours with Occupy SFSU

December 8, 2011 News

After the Dec. 1 rally and march at SF State against the nine percent tuition increase and budget cut on the CSU and UC systems, the Occupy SFSU protestors set up an encampment at Malcolm X Plaza, in front of the Cesar Chavez Student center. Most of the Occupy SFSU participants are SF State students, ...

Abstinence an option for some SF State students

December 8, 2011

Five years after they started dating in their senior year of high school, SF State graduate student Alyssa Palfreyman had sex with her husband Sam for the first time. Waiting to have sex until they were married was a decision the two of them had made individually previous to their relationship. It was seven months ...