Cross-country has small victories despite illnesses during CCAA meet

October 29, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157637111228303] The SF State cross-country teams’ toughest opponent at last Saturday’s California Collegiate Athletic Association championships was not one of the conference rivals running the wooded trails beside them. Surprisingly, the Gators’ biggest battle of the meet was with ill-timed injury and illness. Nagging pain and lingering colds affected several SF State runners, particularly Bruk ...

Missing Towers and UPN master key places hundreds of residents at risk

October 29, 2013 News

[set_id=72157637109792654] A master key that opens doors to every apartment and dorm room in University Park North (UPN) and the Towers at Centennial Square is missing after a theft, SF State officials announced Monday. The University Park North contains at least 697 unfurnished apartments and additional furnished apartments. The Towers at Centennial Square houses 588 students, ...

Arab Israeli citizen shares minority experience with SF State

October 29, 2013 News 1 Comment

In an underground conference room in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, a normally controversial man almost went unnoticed. At previous events where he has spoken, pro-Palestinian protestors have burst out in defiance, but Oct. 28, Ishmael Khaldi spoke to a small crowd of 15 students with no disruptions. Khaldi was Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat and ...

Strung Out gives a stage to acoustic guitarists

October 29, 2013 Life 1 Comment

A variety of acts performed at The Depot’s monthly acoustic show, Strung Out, Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Depot regularly features a few acoustic artists, but the Strung Out event features a hand-picked lineup of some of the popular acoustic acts around SF State. “This event used to occur about one and a half (years) ago, ...

Male students walk campus in heels to educate on sexual violence

October 29, 2013 News

[set_id=7215763710764677] Last Tuesday, groups of male students put a new spin on the phrase “walk a mile in her shoes,” as they walked campus in high heels to teach students about sexual violence and to collect donations for programs that aid abused women. Male volunteers donned the ladies’ footwear to participate in the annual “Walk In ...

SF State musician Sean Thompson releases EP

October 29, 2013 Life

[HTML1] While guitarist and singer Sean Thompson is no stranger to the stage, having performed in a band at his hometown in the Butte county area of Northern California, his short time at SF State has provided him with some lasting memories. “One of the best feelings of my entire life, one of the best ...

SF State votes, but not during this election

October 29, 2013 News 1 Comment

[set_id=72157637105713506] 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. “For ...

Ban the bottle movement uncaps at SF State

October 29, 2013 News

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student organization at SF State, attempts to ban the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles on campus, using last week’s Sustainability Fest as a platform for its cause. At the two-day SF State Sustainability Fest, TGIF hosted a water taste test challenge, which aimed to show students that when they ...

Equity Week points out cost of high education, student debt

October 29, 2013 News 2 Comments

Monday, SF State celebrated Equity Week in Malcolm X Plaza to highlight inequalities in higher education. Equity Week, a 12-year-old national college campus event, attempts to draw attention to unfair circumstances in higher education for students, faculty and staff, focuses on the high cost of education and the work conditions for non-tenured instructors. SF State’s event ...

SF State’s Voice contestants perform a final song before finale

October 26, 2013 Life

The 12 remaining contestants of SF State’s Voice competition took to the Jack Adams Hall stage for the final round Wednesday, Oct. 23, giving the singers one last chance to prove their worthiness to take the title of the SF State Voice 2013. Unlike last week’s battle round, which required members of the same team ...

Taser concern dominates discussion at campus safety forum

October 24, 2013 5 Comments

SF State President Leslie E. Wong led a panel discussion on campus safety in Jack Adams Hall this afternoon, where he was hit with a barrage of student concerns about the University Police Department’s proposed use of Tasers. With less than 20 students in the audience, Alejandro Garcia Ochoa said the panel was not effectively ...

UPD awaits Taser approval from President Wong

October 23, 2013 News 2 Comments

At a party last fall in Redwood City, a fight over drugs broke out. Officers arrived at the scene and SF State student Daniel Atwood decided to make a run for it. He hadn’t gotten far before an officer fired a Taser at him. The probes locked onto him and sent him into a spasm, ...

Pioneer TV journalist Belva Davis returns to SF State

October 22, 2013

Belva Davis, a TV journalist who reported on SF State’s ethnic studies student riots, made a return to campus to present her new memoir chronicling a 50-year career in the Bay Area as the first black female TV journalist in the West. Six SF State departments sponsored the event. Africana studies, cinema, broadcast and electronic ...

Gator Madness rallies fans and athletes for winter sports

October 22, 2013

  To mark the beginning of winter athletics at SF State, Gator fans and athletes gathered at The Swamp (main gymnasium) to celebrate the first Gator Madness last Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight. The athletic department hosted the kick-off rally, which consisted of team scrimmages, fan relays and even a half-court shot competition worth ...

Women’s basketball starts season with four veterans and tough defense

October 22, 2013 Sports

SF State women’s basketball is looking to do something that has never been done before in team history: raise a California Collegiate Athletic Association banner. With four experienced veterans and a tough defense, head coach Joaquin Wallace said the team has the goods to reach the top of the conference, but lack of points at ...

Students sobered by suicide prevention conference

October 22, 2013 News

The 1,100 backpacks that covered the lawn in front of Malcolm X Plaza last Friday morning brought SF State student Patty Mazariegos to tears. Each bag represents the number of students who commit suicide each year — and she once had suicidal thoughts of her own. “To think that my backpack could be lying here ...

Nine contestants remain after SF State Voice battle rounds

October 22, 2013 Life

While the second stage of SF State’s Voice competition was billed as “The Battle Round,” there was an air of companionship and goodwill among the former teammates turned opponents, making the event seem like less of a battle, and more of a goodbye. The event, that took place in Jack Adams Hall Oct. 16, pitted two ...

“The Unmentionables” play brings together student and faculty talent

October 22, 2013 Life

“Standby for intermission, light cue 28, house lights and sound cue intermission,” Maggie Manzano said. She whispered into her headset and communicated with the entire crew of “The Unmentionables” during their performance Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Little Theatre at SF State. As soon as Manzano got confirmation that all actors were off the stage, ...

Women’s Center opens after long search for staff

October 22, 2013 News

The Associated Students, Inc. Women’s Center opened its doors six weeks late this semester because of staffing delays. The Women’s Center is one of seven ASI programs that provide services and resources to students, funded by a mandatory student fee of $54 each semester. Jamila Ali, associate executive director of ASI said positions for center director, assistant ...

SF State hosts week of free Halloween events

October 22, 2013 2 Comments

Oct. 25 Costume Dodgeball Tournament Friday, Oct. 25, Campus Recreation will host a costume dodgeball tournament in Gym 100 at 6 p.m. Though the entry deadline for teams has passed, students can watch teams compete. Source: Student Life at SF State Oct. 25 Nightmare on Holloway A Halloween-themed dance party will take place Friday, Oct. ...

Don’t let college love eclipse your post-graduate ambitions

October 22, 2013 Opinion

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta Upon entering college, I was determined to graduate in three years, move back to Los Angeles, and become a glorious success. But those plans came to a screeching halt when I met my boyfriend, and for the first time I understood the desire to align your life with someone else’s. Movies ...

The end of the BART strike frees Bay Area from commuting stress

October 22, 2013

The BART strike is over and the 30,000 students, faculty and staff at SF State, along with the rest of the Bay Area, can finally rest easy knowing trains will keep running. The announcement Monday of a tentative agreement between BART unions and management brought an end to months of arguments between the two sides ...

Cross-country teams prep for championship meet in Chico

October 22, 2013 Sports

The SF State cross-country teams will kick off their post season Oct. 26 at the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship meet in Chico, Calif. It is the first of three pit stops on the Gators’ trek back to the NCAA Division II national championship, where the men finished 22nd as a team last year. Chico State, winner of ...

SF State leads state in university fossil fuel divestment; CSUs follow example

October 22, 2013 News 1 Comment

The student group Fossil Free SFSU presented their fossil fuel divestment campaign to the California State Student Association (CSSA) during their monthly conference Oct. 12 at Cal State East Bay to encourage all California State Universities to also divest. Associated Students, Inc. Vice President of External Affairs Sonya Soltani prompted Fossil Free SFSU — the same ...

Wage negotiation can make or break your career

October 22, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

Graphic by Holly Nall I’m sure you and I have both wondered, “Am I getting paid enough for this job?” We work at coffee shops and chain stores and earn minimum wage to pay the bills, but as we grow into degree-level professionals, the question is, how much should you be paid? There’s a lot ...

Women’s soccer in playoff contention despite loss

October 22, 2013 Sports

A gloomy afternoon at Cox Stadium would foreshadow a grim outcome for SF State against an undefeated Cal State Stanislaus team. The visiting Warriors defeated the Gators 1-0 in overtime Sunday, which halted SF State’s streak of four straight games without a loss. “It’s all about results,” said head coach Jack Hyde. “You feel good ...

Campus kicks off week of sustainability education events

October 19, 2013 News

Today kicks off SF State’s fourth annual Sustainability Fest, an event designed to draw attention to green initiatives on university campuses nationwide. The University has expanded the nationwide event Campus Sustainability Day into a two day event covering Oct. 23 and 24. It’s a time to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovation of sustainability in higher education on each ...

SF State endures day one of BART strike

October 18, 2013

Friday, commuters across the Bay Area awoke to the painful realization that this was day one of a BART strike. Union representatives announced Thursday night their employees would walk off the job after a 28-hour marathon negotiation ended at an impasse. Both sides traded jabs Friday and accused the other side of being at fault ...

BART strike approaches: Walkout at midnight

October 17, 2013 News 1 Comment

BART trains will not run Friday after unions announced their intention to strike earlier today after a marathon 30-hour bargaining session. Talks between labor and management negotiators broke down and the federal mediator, George Cohen, headed home after failing to bring the two sides together. The strike will start at midnight. After both sides agreed to ...

SF State wrestling returns with best recruiting class in years

October 17, 2013 Sports

[set_id=72157636603413454] The Gators will start the 2013 season from a tenth place finish in the NCAA Division II National Championship last year. Three returning wrestlers are expected to lead the team back to success, but head coach Lars Jensen says the key to propelling the team to an even higher ranking lies within the recruiting ...

Woman drives onto 19th Avenue Muni tracks, causes M line delay

October 16, 2013 2 Comments

SF State faculty and students’ commute was delayed earlier tonight due to a stuck car on the Muni tracks at 19th Avenue and Crespi Drive. An unidentified 49-year-old woman drove her car onto the light rail tracks along 19th Avenue as she crossed Junipero Serra Boulevard headed northbound. The woman said she panicked and sped ...