Nearly 50 years later, students remember campus protest

February 27, 2015 Multimedia News

Hundreds of students cried “On strike, shut it down,” fists raised to the sky as they marched through Malcolm X Plaza while they passed police officers donning riot gear. This is what SF State looked like from November 1968 to March 1969. Nearly 50 years have passed since the 1968 strike, but current Black Student Union members ...

Student remembered for hard work ethic after unexpected death

February 25, 2015 News

Trudging through the backcountry areas of San Mateo county with Search and Rescue Explorer Post 830, SF State student Luis Rubalcaba spent much of his late teen years working with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office participating in search and rescue missions. Head held high wherever he went, Rubalcaba caught the attention of professors and peers with his positive ...

Recent measles case prompts vaccination debate

February 25, 2015 News 1 Comment

The recent measles case on BART and the multistate outbreak may indicate developing problems with vaccination levels, according to public health officials. Measles cases in the United States reached a 20-year high with more than 23 outbreaks and 600 individual cases recorded in 2014, according to a press release published Jan. 29 by the Centers for Disease Control ...

Dance artist expresses complex ideas through movement

February 25, 2015 Life

The dancer raised one arm and held it in the air to meet the pinch of sunlight creeping through the window. The slow piano music resonated out of the speakers, but it did not move her, she moved on her own terms. Her contoured muscles were redefined with each new line, using her wheelchair as a part of her emotional expression. “The movement tells me ...

Students utilize social apps to look for love

February 25, 2015 Life 2 Comments

Cassidy Napolitano knew that when she started using the well-known dating app, Tinder, it would be an interesting experience, but in an age where the average person spends 162 minutes on their mobile device per day, according to a study done by Geek Wire, she had no idea true love may be as easy as swiping left or right. “I was embarrassed ...

Right to vaccinate child belongs to the parent

February 25, 2015 Opinion

We live in a world where modern medicine has cured diseases, extended life expectancy and overcome hurdles that were once considered science fiction, but with the stigma that continues to surround vaccinating children, living a healthy life has become less about choice and more about keeping up with the Joneses. It is pretty safe to ...

Student organization collects books for political prisoners

February 24, 2015 News

Recalling his visit to the Philippines last summer, biology student Jordan Ilagan remembered the clusters of up to 30 prisoners crammed in 5-by-10 meter cells too small to stretch an arm or leg. “They weren’t like traditional American prisons where you get like a cell, you get like a bed,” Ilagan said. “These were a ...

Pitcher bounces back from surgery, stronger than ever

February 24, 2015 Sports

Under the parched and sweltering desert sky, Gators’ pitcher Peter Reyes could feel the strands of his ligaments tear with each heave of the ball to home plate. Ignoring the pain only made matters worse for the junior pitcher and eventually his elbow gave out. It was inevitable that he would have to endure Tommy John surgery, a reconstruction of ...

Romantic partners unessential during young adulthood

February 24, 2015 Opinion

Sitting in my bed staring at the wilting flowers I bought for myself on Valentine’s Day, I realized I recently started dating myself and I really, really love me. Knowing this now, I see how many great things happen when you’re single. Don’t get me wrong, everyone loves to be loved, wants to be held or yearns for a ...

Sexual objectification creates gender inequality

February 24, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

Over the years, sexual objectification has sadly become subconsciously normalized in our culture, and needs to change if our society ever wants to reach gender equality. There is no justification for objectifying women, or any human for that matter. It is sexist, discriminatory and goes against everything we strive for as a country that promotes ...

Regionals to test wrestler’s competitive edge

February 24, 2015 Sports

The SF State wrestling team has endured an up-and-down battle this season with tough losses to ranked teams in the nation. As the team heads to the 2014-2015 NCAA Division II West Super Regionals hosted at Colorado State University-Pueblo this weekend, their minds are set in securing a ticket to Nationals. Fourteen teams will participate ...

Women’s softball drop four at home, optimistic on upcoming road trip

February 23, 2015 Sports

Despite playing some of their sharpest ball of the season, the Gators were overwhelmed by a potent Humboldt State Lumberjacks offense, dropping four straight games on Friday (0-4, 1-6) and Saturday’s (1-9, 1-9) double-headers against the current conference leaders. “I don’t think that the scores reflected how we feel about the games this weekend,” said ...

University police reports attempted robbery over weekend

February 23, 2015 News

An attempted robbery was reported to University Police near the main entrance of the library Saturday at 1:15 a.m., according to a University report. A man reported being approached by an unknown male suspect as he was walking on the inner campus pathway near the J. Paul Leonard Library where he was asked if he had a phone, ...

Senior night inspires emotional first win of season

February 23, 2015 Sports

  As the chances of a Chico State Wildcats comeback slimmed during the final minutes of Saturday’s game, a marked change swept over The Swamp gymnasium. Frantic expressions on the faces of furiously defending SF State players faded into cautious optimism and then melted away altogether into uninhibited elation. The home crowd seemed to fear the ...

Accountability necessary in light of recent police brutality

February 21, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

Law enforcement officers carry an incredible amount of authority, but with that power comes the need for responsibility and accountability. An official Police Academy credo enlists officers “to protect and to serve,” but with a recent plethora of police brutality cases flooding the media, it’s no wonder people are starting to question the value of ...

LCA moves forward with space allocation as anthropology finds home

February 21, 2015 News

A cast-off department finally found a home over winter break, while a thriving program upgraded its space in the first of many changes coming to the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. The anthropology department, which has been in a state of flux since its merger in 2011 with the College of Arts and Humanities, ...

Congressman creates comic book to encourage youth

February 19, 2015 News

Congressman and activist John Lewis called on students to stand up for their beliefs and speak out against social injustice at a discussion in the Library Annex Wednesday, Feb. 18. Lewis’ visit to campus comes after the reveal of his comic book titled “March: Book Two,” released last month and co-authored by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell ...

City College’s fight for accreditation continues

February 19, 2015 News

City College of San Francisco will have a chance to respond to, and potentially reverse, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ decision to yank the college’s accreditation following a Feb. 17 court ruling against the commission. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against the commission in 2013 for unfair business practices after ...

Student found dead in San Mateo due to boating accident

February 19, 2015 News

An SF State student was found dead off of Coyote Point in San Mateo following a boating accident involving two other victims Feb. 17, University officials confirmed. Luis Rubalcaba, a student in SF State’s criminal justice department, was the second body recovered in the search effort, according to Interim Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley. ...

Women’s softball swept in doubleheader

February 19, 2015 Sports

The Gators were unable to escape their recent offensive rut, dropping a pair of games 10-2 and 7-0 in a Wednesday doubleheader against the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans. “We didn’t really come out to play today, on offense or on defense,” said SF State’s head coach Cristina Byrne. “They played great ball, and ...

Marginalized couples undergo stress, professor’s study shows

February 19, 2015 News

Sweat dampened Frankie Olivares’ palms as he linked hands with his partner and headed home from work. Even after a six-hour shift, the familiar feel of his boyfriend’s hand wasn’t enough to undo the bundle of nerves tightening in his stomach. Olivares, 26, is in a same-sex interracial relationship with a six-year age gap. Over the past year, Olivares and his ...

Gallery to sweep away art lovers with ocean atmosphere

February 19, 2015 Life

Sitting in a black room under a prismatic blue spotlight, surrounded by the sounds of the sea, art graduate student Anthony Wilson was swept up by the oceanic magic of the artwork that will be unveiled under the name Hydrarchy: Power, Globalization and the Sea at SF State’s Fine Art Gallery Feb. 21. The show is part of an interdisciplinary examination ...

Alumna uses fashion to empower incarcerated women

February 19, 2015 Life

While in a penitentiary in Peru, a group of women meticulously embroidered hints of their rich culture into trendy clutches and backpacks. With the help of an SF State alumna, the produced goods now serve as building blocks for their prosperous future. Amanda Smiles began her non-profit organization Ruraq Maki in 2009, after a study abroad program ...

Rock band’s local recognition elevates to West coast tour

February 18, 2015 Life Multimedia 1 Comment

Sex, drugs and teenage rebellion collided to set the scene for Hungry Skinny’s first show in a former nun convent in the Haight-Ashbury district. The San Francisco band that has committed to rocking out, partying hard and having a good time since day one continues to serve up classic, reckless rock n’ roll four years later. “Our first show we ...

Couples on campus show their love in unique ways

February 18, 2015 Life Multimedia

Note: A name in this article has been changed in order to preserve the source’s privacy. The source will be referred to as “M”. As many celebrate Valentines Day around the world, some SF State couples demonstrate that love can succeed in a variety of nontraditional ways. HARLEEN & MARC Marc Wheeler, 22, and Harleen Dhillon, ...

Future unclear for part-time faculty

February 18, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong assured students the University will help provide classes in the face of an upcoming $3 million campus-wide budget cut. Every department, including academic, administrative and athletics, will submit an action plan to brace for the deficit, but it will not affect faculty employment, according to Wong. “The last thing I ...

Organization develops database to track abusive officer activity

February 18, 2015 News 1 Comment

Amid the anti-police brutality movement and Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, an SF State student organization is zeroing in on tracking abusive officer activity and increased police accountability for misconduct. The Black & Brown Liberation Coalition is an organization created to combat racism and raise awareness on issues regarding police and people of ...

Catcalling not a compliment for young women

February 18, 2015 Opinion

Like many women, I’ve had my fair share of uncomfortable catcalling, whistling and inappropriate heckling while trying to engage in daily activities. While not every man who opens his mouth on the street has a sexual agenda, I have encountered all types of men–from 18-year-old boys walking home from school to a dad adjusting his child’s car ...

Policy update bans BART commuters from using e-cigs and vapes

February 17, 2015 News

Commuters can no longer use e-cigarettes and vaping devices on BART property, according to a recent update to their no-smoking policy. The ordinance, passed Feb. 12,  is a remedy to complaints the company has received about smoking, BART Communication Officer Taylor Huckaby said. Unlike the former policy, the new no-smoking ordinance includes vaping and will be enforced through patron ...

University Corporation holds future of long-time vendor

February 17, 2015 News

As far back as he can remember Felix Meng has worked alongside his parents at their restaurant, Asia Express, in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State. He grew up in the building and recalls starting out as a cashier in the second grade. After 18 years, Felix balances being ...