Student voice must be at the forefront of change

December 1, 2015 Opinion

President Leslie E. Wong announced that a pouring rights agreement would not be settled Nov. 19 to a bevy of students and faculty members in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The response from those in attendance was clear: Thanks for making the right decision, but include us in the conversation at an earlier point. “Behind my back, ...

SF State Aussie goes up and over to chase his dream

December 1, 2015 Sports

Swapping the crocodiles of Australia for the Gators of SF State has proven to be a good decision for standout forward Damien Rance. The Gators are undefeated through their first five games, but perhaps more important for the freshman economics major is the realization of a basketball dream that began in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. ...

SF State prepares for heavy rain brought by El Niño

December 1, 2015 News

With El Niño rapidly approaching, California is predicted to have one of the most intense and wettest winters in the past 100 years, according to Frank Fasano, interim associate vice president of facilities and service enterprises at SF State. “The main El Niño impacts will come during late December through March,” said David Reynolds, the lead meteorologist ...

Being a virgin in your 20s is nothing to be ashamed of

November 30, 2015 Opinion 2 Comments

While everyone is Netflix and chilling, bumping uglies and sliding into DMs, I’m keeping my cherry in tact. I’m 21 years old and still a virgin, and I really haven’t gone any further than making out with a boy. I’m knocking the books instead of knocking boots, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. It ...

Athletes must commit young to bring greatness to U.S. soccer

November 30, 2015 Opinion

All eyes locked onto Jordan Morris after an unusual deflection gave the U.S. Men’s National Team rookie an opportunity for a debut goal. A slick touch of the ball and a cheeky nutmeg of the goalkeeper later, and the college boy turned international wunderkind was pulling off his best FIFA 16-inspired fist pump celebration for his first international ...

Victim reports on-campus rape to University police

November 23, 2015 News

A rape was reported at Mary Ward Hall Nov. 21, according to SF State’s crime, arrest and fire log. Officers responded to the victim and took a report around 6 a.m., according to the crime log, which states that the victim was incapable of providing consent. SF State’s director of news and news media Jonathan ...

Taste of the Bay celebrates 19 years of culinary creation

November 20, 2015 Life

Backlit by the commanding city views atop the Metreon center, the SF State hospitality and tourism management department hosted the 19th annual Taste of the Bay fundraiser for a night of local wine, food and charity. The student-run event brought alumni, students and industry professionals together for charity Wednesday night. The money raised was committed ...

SPEAK finals take top five to poetry invitational

November 20, 2015 Life

Ten poets wielded their words as weapons in the fight for a spot in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Tuesday at 7 p.m. in The Poetry Center. Spoken Poetry Expressed By All Kinds, or SPEAK, holds the annual event in search of the five best spoken poets to represent SF State at the CUPSI ...

CFA files unfair labor practice complaint against CSU

November 20, 2015 News

The California Faculty association has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the California State University system, according to a CFA press release. Contract negotiations have been at a standstill and CSU faculty are frustrated and disappointed with the Chancellor’s  salary offer of a 2 percent general salary increase for faculty, according to the release. CSU ...

Woman reports indecent exposure at University Park South

November 19, 2015 News

A woman reported an indecent exposure incident at University Park South Thursday morning, according to a safety alert sent out to the campus community. The woman was walking in a courtyard at the 1700 block of Holloway Avenue at 9:55 a.m. when she saw an unknown man walking ahead of her, according to the alert. ...

President Wong: No pouring rights agreement at SF State

November 19, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong announced he will not sign a pouring rights agreement with a major soda brand during a town hall meeting Thursday at the Seven Hills Conference Center. “I have to tell you, I have not touched a sugary drink in three decades,” Wong said. “After careful review of the concerns ...

Crowd-mapping comes to SF State

November 19, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State students explored the different applications of crowd-mapping at the Institute for Geographic Information Science’s first mapathon event Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the HSS Building in celebration of Geographic Information Sciences Day and National OpenStreetMap Geo Week. “It’s a way to use crowdsourcing to get spatial information about places that are potentially vulnerable ...

SF State evicts environmental program from Tiburon property

November 18, 2015 News 10 Comments

After five months of negotiations, SF State finalized its decision to evict the Tiburon Salmon Institute from its property at the Romberg Tiburon Center Monday. SF State officials had been in negotiations with the Tiburon Salmon Institute since June, after thousands signed a petition protesting the abrupt eviction of the project from the Romberg Tiburon ...

Gators end losing streak with first win

November 18, 2015 Sports 1 Comment

Last year it took the Gators 24 games to get a win, this year it only took three. The women’s basketball team ended a two game skid tonight and improved their record to 1-2 with a 67-63 win over Notre Dame de Namur University. “Just feels good to win,” said head coach Dennis Cox. “We ...

Hockey president sets gold standard

November 18, 2015 Sports

Since trading in their Rollerblades for ice skates and beginning to play competitively, the progress of SF State Ice Hockey has been spearheaded by its president and most senior member, Matthew Gold. “I’ve been involved in about everything,” Gold said. “I’ve been closely involved in recruiting – I’ve been out in the quad tabling and ...

Students voice solidarity at vigil for Paris victims

November 18, 2015 News 2 Comments

SF State senior Kareezia Younger said she was in her home, 20 minutes away from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, when she received an alarmed phone call from her mother Friday evening. What Younger didn’t know was that Paris was besiege by the deadliest terror attack France has ever seen. “I was trying not ...

Graffiti artists fight for expression in the public domain

November 17, 2015 Life

On the north side of 19th and Holloway avenues, several large graffiti pieces were buffed off of the stone wall, leaving behind blurry streaks of blue spray paint. Just across the street, two more pieces peeked out from behind the overgrown brush. For street artists like SF State student Haidar Abu al Hasan, known by his ...

Volleyball seniors dominate in last home game

November 17, 2015 Sports

With bouquets in hand and tears streaming down their faces, three graduating seniors on SF State’s volleyball team took to the Swamp Gymnasium for their final home game last week. Jaclyn Clark, Arianna Cruz and Jessica Nicerio returned Friday for a game that saw the Gators steamroll the visiting California State University, San Marcos Cougars in ...

Education is the only way to root out transphobia

November 17, 2015 Opinion

Although San Francisco is often thought of a safe haven for LGBTQ community, the ugly reality of transphobic violence and discrimination tells a different story. Time and time again, we are reminded that being transgender in our society is misunderstood and feared. The U.S. as a whole must shift its reliance on the gender binary ...

Miss San Francisco 2015 represents city through philanthropy

November 17, 2015 Life

Volunteering at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen with an open heart and outstretched hands, SF State communications major Felicia Stiles, Miss San Francisco 2015, has a passion for performing acts of service. Stiles said that her love for San Francisco makes serving her community a rewarding experience. “It’s really an honor to represent such a great city,” Stiles ...

ROTC program converts students to U.S. Army officers

November 17, 2015 News

Cadets dressed in camouflage lay hidden in thorny bushes, aiming their replica M4 paintball markers at the enemy below. Suddenly, the whirring sound of the bullet-less markers broke the silence, as the cadets shot at the enemy in the cover of the birch trees below. One by one, the opposition fell onto the yellow grass at Camp Tamarancho in ...

SF State prepares for heated pouring rights discussion

November 17, 2015 News 1 Comment

The campus community is preparing for a heated debate as students, faculty and staff get ready to meet with President Leslie E. Wong and the Pouring Rights Review Committee Nov. 19 to discuss whether SF State should sign a pouring rights agreement. “We pride ourselves on our students’ passion and willingness to speak out on issues ...

SF State comes together for international education week

November 17, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State’s community gathered to celebrate the global and cultural diversity that makes the University unique as the Office of International Programs kicked off its 16th annual International Education Week celebration Monday. “We have faculty, staff and students from all around the world,” said Office of International Programs Associate Director Jay Ward. “Coming from an ...

SF State faculty picket in solidarity with colleagues

November 17, 2015 News

Dressed in bright red shirts reading, “I don’t want to strike but I will,” SF State faculty, students, and staff rallied in support for higher wages during the California Faculty Association’s Fight for Five campaign Tuesday. The picket was organized by faculty across all 23 California State University campuses to show solidarity with the CSU ...

Feminists can make sandwiches too

November 17, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Eva Rodriguez” align=”aligncenter” width=”800″][/media-credit]Whenever I tell someone that I am a feminist who enjoys cooking and cleaning, people tend to react like I just committed an atrocity. Thanks to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, anybody can call themselves a feminist with a simple re-tweet, like or reblog; however, not everyone who does so knows ...

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing welcomes the roaring ’20s

November 17, 2015 Life

One year after the world commemorated the onset of World War I with candlelight vigils, SF State’s theatre department will put on their second main stage production of the year, a ’20s-themed rendition of “Much Ado About Nothing,” at the Little Theatre Thursday, Nov. 19. SF State’s version of the show is set in 1919, one year after ...

DWTS needs to dance with more same-sex couples

November 17, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Jocelyn Carranza” align=”alignright” width=”496″][/media-credit]It is a pretty accepting time for the gay community right now. It’s nowhere near perfect, but there’s been significant progress toward full acceptance. Unfortunately, some still believe gay people exist only to convert their children into Satan-worshiping sodomites. Seeing, let alone interacting with the gays, will send you ...

Man caves perpetuate patriarchy

November 16, 2015 Opinion 388 Comments

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Reid Cammack” align=”alignright” width=”427″][/media-credit]After a recent shuffle at my boyfriend’s house, he’s moved into a room with only one other person instead of two. I couldn’t be more excited about it, because that means I won’t have to wake up to a chorus of farts and guttural snoring whenever I spend the night. The ...

Students create human banner to celebrate centennial anniversary

November 16, 2015 Life

Draped in blazing colors of orange and red to match the Golden Gate Bridge behind them, a crowd of more than 200 people formed a human sign reading “100!” at Crissy Park Saturday in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary. The group cheered with their hands held high as a helicopter photographer snapped ...

#Prayforparis debate steers away from the real issues

November 16, 2015 Opinion

Browsing through the familiar blue-lined Facebook icon, I perused the daily newsfeed on my iPhone. There, I observed a new trend that was littered throughout the daily feed: dueling hashtags of #prayforparis and #dontprayforparis were scattered in the comment section of Pray for Paris’s Facebook page, leaving a bitter taste in my mouth. Rather than banding together ...

Facebook is dead to me

November 16, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

In middle school and high school, I used Facebook to post about my day, share pictures of my recent family vacations and see what romantic relationships had formed, but boy, how times have changed. Recently, it seems like the social networking site has died down. It’s become a repository for political debates between family and friends and bogus articles from ...

Project Connect celebrates 10 years of helping students

November 14, 2015 News

More than 200 people celebrated Project Connect’s 10-year anniversary at Jack Adams Hall, uniting current and former members of the program, as well as teachers from San Francisco’s Unified School District. Project Connect’s mission is to promote higher education of the student body and help facilitate graduation for underrepresented communities, according to the program’s website. “A decade ...

Men’s basketball opens season with overtime victory

November 14, 2015 Sports

SF State let their 10 points lead slip away early in the second half against Pacific Union, but the Gators were unwilling to leave their opening night with a loss and pulled out a 67-63 overtime victory, Saturday. After a strong first half, the Gators looked to be too much for the Pioneers. They were ...

Interactive: Senior soccer duo reflects on time as gators

November 12, 2015 Multimedia

                         CLICK ON THE PURPLE GATOR ICONS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLAYERS   The SF State men’s soccer team finished with a winning record for their second consecutive season, the first time they have done so in 35 years. Center back Max Talbert and forward Jakob Velega are both seniors who played their last ...