Suspect in Justin Valdez shooting faces murder charges

September 27, 2013 2 Comments

The alleged shooter of SF State sophomore Justin Valdez faces three felony charges including murder, and is being held without bail, the San Francisco District Attorney’s office announced today in a press release. Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, is charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of an illegal assault weapon. “Due to witnesses and ...

SF State, friends and family remember Justin Valdez at candlelight vigil

September 27, 2013

[set_id=72157635960529643] SF State students, professors, friends and family met to remember recently deceased student Justin Valdez at a candlelight vigil yesterday night atop Cesar Chavez Student Center. “He was fearless. He didn’t fear life,” said Valdez’s older sister Jessica Labidi. Valdez, a 20-year-old SF State sophomore, was shot in the back of the head Monday night ...

Alleged shooter of Justin Valdez also SF State student

September 26, 2013 1 Comment

SFPD announced the 30-year-old male suspect detained for charges of murder of SF State student Justin Valdez is also an SF State student, in a press conference today. Valdez, a 20-year-old SF State sophomore, was shot in the back of the head and killed as he got off the M-Oceanview train at Randolph and Bright Streets in ...

Cover letters can make or break that job opportunity

September 25, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

Graphic by Holly Nall Most of us can’t get past “To Whom It May Concern” and “My name is…” when starting our cover letters, granting us less than a second glance in the application stage. Cover letters are tricky business in the world of job applications. They provide a chance to put together everything you ...

Taser program standardization stretches statewide for CSU police

September 25, 2013 News 3 Comments

While campus police officers across California use pepper spray, guns, handcuffs and batons; SF State’s University Police Department officials propose another tool be added to their utility belt — the Taser — which would make the campus one of the last in the California State University system to be patrolled by officers armed with conducted ...

SF State student Justin Valdez shot and killed in Ingleside

September 25, 2013 5 Comments

UPDATE: Medical examiners have confirmed with Xpress the 20-year-old male victim was SF State sophomore Justin Valdez. San Francisco police have released footage of a homicide suspect taken prior to a shooting that left one man dead Monday. According to police, an unidentified 20-year-old male was shot in the back of the head Monday at 9:49 ...

Refugee aid should be extent of global involvement in Syria

September 24, 2013 Opinion

“The great tragedy of this century,” is the Syrian Civil War, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. He is not referring to the 110,000 and rising casualties, but the scale of humanitarian devastation both in Syria and in the surrounding region. Three resolutions face the international community on how to handle ...

Music majors critiqued by renowned clarinetist in Master Class

September 24, 2013 Life 1 Comment

[HTML1] SF State music majors, invited to play by their professors, hit the stage last Friday, Sept. 20 for critique from Yale professor and clarinetist David Shifrin for the May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center’s Master Class with the Alexander String Quartet. “I definitely think the master classes motivate us to definitely strive for more ...

California should legalize non-citizen driver’s licenses

September 24, 2013 Opinion

Cartoon by Kirstie Haruta California will soon become the tenth state to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. The bill, which Gov. Jerry Brown signaled he would sign, will enable an estimated 3.5 million non-citizens in California to become legally registered drivers with the state, and obtain liability insurance that would protect them and others ...

Cinema grad preps costumes for Fruitvale Station film

September 24, 2013 Life

Amanda Ramirez, 26, watched a group of actors push and shove each other on the Fruitvale BART Station platform. In the mid of the roughhousing, the cinema graduate noticed a button pop off of character Officer Caruso’s uniform and fall along with his walkie-talkie. When Director Ryan Coogler called cut to talk to an actor, ...

Illuminated Library exhibits art made from literature

September 24, 2013 Life

A three-dimensional map of Moscow, constructed of burnt pieces of literature and poems, is framed and mounted on a wall in the Fine Arts Gallery located in the Fine Arts Building at SF State. The scene is artist Matthew Picton’s depiction of a fire set ablaze by Napoleon’s army in 1812. A quote from “War and Peace” lingers ...

Women’s volleyball loses both matches in home opener

September 24, 2013 Sports

The Gators were underdogs in their own house this past weekend, losing to nationally ranked teams UC San Diego (#8) and Cal State San Bernardino (#22) in their first two home matches of the season at The Swamp. The Gators fell in three sets to the UC San Diego Tritons (9-1) Friday, then watched victory ...

9/24-10/1 SF State news briefs

September 24, 2013 News

Special Education credential program receives grant The U.S. Department of Education will provide SF State with a grant to aid students who want to become early childhood special educators, a career that is in demand. The 1.2 million dollar grant will aid the Careers and Inclusive Resources Related to Children’s Learning in the Early Years (CIRCLE) ...

Men’s soccer defeat CSULA for first time in seven years

September 24, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157635861659504] SF State’s first conference win could turn out to be their biggest, as the men’s soccer team bested defending California Collegiate Athletic Association south division champs Cal State Los Angeles 1-0 for the first time in the last seven years, Friday Sept. 20. The Gators registered the first blemish on CSULA’s record, as the ...

La Raza celebrates Latino independence days

September 23, 2013 Life 1 Comment

Vibrant banners and flags of Latin American countries adorned the stage in Malcolm X Plaza, Wednesday, as La Raza Student Organization celebrated its Festival de las Americas, an annual event in honor of Latin American independence days.  Many of SF State’s Latino organizations including Hermanos Unidos, MEChA and ALAS were present at the event, tabling and selling ...

SF State professors weigh in on Syrian war

September 19, 2013 News

The United Nations announced Monday, that the Human Rights Commission will be investigating the 14 chemical weapon attacks, to find who is responsible for the war crimes. The U.N. has released an official report that shows “indisputable” evidence that chemical weapons were against civilians, according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The U.N., however, will not confirm ...

Pentagon Papers’ Daniel Ellsberg speaks on campus

September 19, 2013 News

It was standing room only Tuesday in Humanities 587 as SF State’s history department celebrated Constitution Day by hosting a panel about government surveillance and citizens’ constitutional rights featuring Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers which exposed government deception during the Vietnam War. The panel, called “Civil Liberties and National Security in ...

Glass class cancelation protest rallies small group

September 18, 2013 News 1 Comment

Students and arts department alumni protested the cancelation of glass class at Malcolm X Plaza this afternoon. Though not a big crowd, the 15 students with signs chanted slogans and asked passersby to sign their petition. “Glass is art!  Sign our petition!  Glass is art!” chanted Mat Porkola, student in SF State’s College of Extended ...

Poets stop at SF State to reflect on new works

September 18, 2013 Life

Book tours carry different meanings for Sara Mumolo and Kate Greenstreet. In one case it’s about learning to balance newfound motherhood and life on the road, for the other it’s facing the possibility of her last tour. Both poets crossed paths at the Poetry Center Friday to read selections from their latest works. “I think ...

Men’s soccer faces multiple injuries in shutout game

September 18, 2013 Sports

The men’s soccer team faced Sonoma State in an evenly-matched game Friday afternoon that ended in a shutout and Gator loss.  In an intensely physical game where two SF State players had to leave due to injuries, a goal by Sonoma State forward, Brenton Frame, gave his team the only goal it needed in a 1-0 victory ...

Glass art program’s end spurs rally

September 18, 2013 Life

SF State’s College of Extended Learning glass blowing class, created in 1972, is the third oldest continuous glass program in the US. Three weeks ago,College of Liberal and Creative Arts Dean Paul Sherwin told Instructor Nate Watson of the class’ termination after Fall 2013. Sherwin reasoned the decision was made because the department needs more ...

Women’s soccer unravels in tough conference game

September 17, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157635499299601] Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the SF State women’s soccer team as they fell to rivals Sonoma State 3 – 0 at Cox Stadium. The Gators were thrown into the fire immediately as they opened up the conference play against last year’s CCAA north division champions. Sonoma State ranked 18th in the NCAA ...

Job hunting requires more than copy, paste

September 17, 2013 Opinion 1 Comment

We all have that friend who always brings up how “hard” he or she is looking for a job. That friend is always insisting he or she needs a job and is trying hard to find one, but end up scrolling through Facebook and sending out three emails with copied and pasted resumes and cover ...

New roommates bring valuable life lessons

September 17, 2013 Opinion

Fall semester for many SF State students, especially freshman, means new professors, classes and people to meet. A roommate is unavoidable for those who choose to live on campus, and a bad roommate will only increase the stress of an already busy student. Many freshmen and campus residents are forced to squeeze into a dorm ...

University police begin Taser training

September 17, 2013 News 3 Comments

University Police Department officers patrolling the campus and surrounding areas may soon carry electroshock weapons. These devices, commonly known by the brand name, Taser, are designed to generate an electric current that can disrupt a person’s muscle control. The University Police Department is drafting plans for their use after the California State University Chancellor’s Office approved the ...

Gator rugby aspires to be big-ticket University sport

September 17, 2013 Sports

[HTML1] Video by Daniel A. Nelson [set_id=72157635603049864] After going completely defeated last year in their debut Division I-AA season, the SF State rugby team hits back with a vengeance. This season, the Gators will focus on getting more wins against division rivals like Stanford, Chico State and San Jose State, but has its sights set ...

Career Center holds part-time job fair

September 17, 2013 News 1 Comment

Last Thursday’s part-time job fair, hosted by the Student Involvement & Career Center (SICC), provided SF State job seekers an opportunity to find employment. This event gathered 33 business representatives into the Quad by the Cesar Chavez Student Center and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Off-campus employers recruited current and recent SF state students for ...

Students revive SF State community garden

September 17, 2013 News

In a neon orange beanie and customized duct tape shoes, Eco Students President Tyler Wescott tenderly tucks lettuce into the earth of its new home with a blanket of straw to help keep the moisture in. Wescott leads the effort to rebuild and replant the community garden hidden behind a wall of bushes near Mary Park ...

Trey Songz woos Bay Area college students at free concert

September 17, 2013 Life

R&B’s “Mr. Steal Yo Girl,” otherwise known as Trey Songz, didn’t have to steal any young women at his back-to-school free performance. Still, Trey Songz managed to satisfy the mostly female audience with a stellar performance that rivaled a paid show. Amazon Student and Pandora co-sponsored the Aug. 15 event at the Fox Theater in ...

Library hosts Cesar Chavez photo exhibit

September 17, 2013 Life

The J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State frames the life of Cesar Chavez and the members of the United Farm Workers with an exhibit on the fourth floor that brings to life the conditions of the symbolic 1975 1000-mile march to unionize farm workers. Sponsored by the Labor Archives and Research Center, Marching Through ...

Student Life brings hip-hop community to the stage

September 17, 2013 Life

As the lights dimmed in the auditorium, Alfredo Remulla strode across the stage and waited for the music to cue his performance. Usher’s “You’ll Be In My Heart” began to play throughout the venue and the audience watched as Alfredo’s frozen body started to alternate between sporadic gestures and calculated movements. Friday, the Student Life ...