Visiting quake researcher shares research, warning

September 28, 2016 News

Scientists and educators gathered last week to hear a visiting professor’s latest research on the San Andreas Fault. Kim Blisniuk, assistant professor in the department of Geology at San Jose State University, discussed the 100,000 year geomorphic history of large earthquake displacements on the fault in the fourth installment of the Distinguished Speakers Series hosted ...

Campus sees change to peer education

September 28, 2016 News

The watermelon pink shirts with a recognizable PEACH symbol used to be a common sight in the quad and many could recognize them at first glance. The shirts were worn by members of Peer Education Advocating Campus Health created in 2005 to serve students through workshops, educational programs, and counseling services. They have been missed ...

Suit accuses University of racial discrimination

September 28, 2016 News 26 Comments

A civil rights complaint has been made against SF State and specific faculty members alleging racial discrimination, conflicts of interest and violations of academic policies in the school’s hiring practices. According to the complaint for damages and injunctive relief, filed in January in San Francisco Superior Court:    “Plaintiff alleges that he was repeatedly denied ...

Climate Justice Speaker Series teaches through art and music

September 28, 2016 Life

Ashel Eldridge, a musician with the green hip-hop group Earth Amplified, began the first Climate Justice Speaker Series of the semester with a chant. With his eyes closed and head bowed, the spiritual activist recited an indigenous Japanese chant to introduce the topics of art, climate justice and spiritual activism on Wednesday evening. This presentation ...

Students unwind with therapy dogs

September 28, 2016 Life

On Dasher, on Prancer, on…Brixton? Brixton, a 31/2-year-old golden retriever, worked alongside his two king charles cavalier spaniel buddies, Dasher and Prancer last week at the first day of the semester-long Therapy Dog Tuesday program. “We started out working in senior centers and psych wards,”  20-year-veteran therapy dog escort, Jane Twomey,  said. “But they really ...

ECO students share harvest at equinox garden party

September 28, 2016 Life

The sun was shining, pumpkins were picked and home-dried lemon verbena tea and apple cider was shared, as the Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students gathered in the Sol Patch garden to celebrate the Fall Equinox. Located on the corner of Font and Lake Merced, behind Mary Park Hall, the Sol Patch Garden was the scene ...

New SF State Task Force To Help Student Success

September 28, 2016 News

This September, invitations were sent out to students, staff and faculty to form the first ever campus task force at SF State that will identify barriers to success for first-year students and develop a plan to combat student attrition.     “Research shows that freshmen student success in the first year of college is one ...

Watch parties hunker down for first debate

September 28, 2016 News

On a warm Monday evening, television screens flickered and heated discussions boomed as students both on and off campus watched the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. In Parkmerced, the Republican Student Union, led by club president John Byerly, gathered to watch the debate at the home of their vice president Brian May. “Clinton ...

Voter registrars capitalize on Trump unpopularity

September 28, 2016 News

The life-size image of Donald Trump in the quad was not hard to notice, but the tape holding it together was less obvious. One member of the Republican Student Union stood guard next to the cardboard cutout in an effort to protect it from being ripped in half again as it had been earlier on ...

Colombia is not “Narcos”

September 27, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=’Still from “Narcos” courtesy of Netflix ‘ align=”alignnone” width=”800″][/media-credit] Sometimes I hesitate to tell people that I’m from Colombia, because whenever I do it’s usually met with ignorance. Either people don’t know where to point the country out on a map or they ask me: “Is Colombia really dangerous?” But lately, one response I’ve ...

Survey of Native American art arrives, two decades in the making

September 27, 2016 Life 1 Comment

Wood sculptures and imagery of tribes at war fill the Fine Arts Gallery in “When I Remember I See Red,” the first historical survey of works by 36 contemporary Native American artists in California from the ‘60s to the present. “What you have is the regional value in the kinds of things that they’re showing. ...

Fight to end housing and food insecurity spreads across campus

September 25, 2016 News

A new group’s campaign to end housing and food insecurity at SF State has gained momentum in recent weeks thanks to growing support across campus. What began in August as a collaboration between Health Promotion and Wellness, Residential Life, Associated Students, Inc. and the Dean’s Office has officially become The Ad Hoc Advisory Work Group ...

College Of Ethnic Studies Hosting Speaker Series To Raise Climate Awareness

September 22, 2016 News

On Wednesday SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies will launch a two-month-long speaker series, sponsored by SF State’s Climate Justice Initiative. The college aims to raise awareness about the inequalities that arise with climate change through music, art and political theatre. The series’ inaugural event will feature performances by Ashel “Seasunz” Eldridge; a green hip-hop ...

Students To Be Relocated For Construction Of New Creative Arts Building

September 22, 2016 News

SF State plans to demolish two on-campus housing sites and replace them with a new mixed-use Creative Arts building, which will include dorms, classrooms, retail stores, and an 800-seat concert hall. The new building is part of the University’s Master Plan, which incorporates the construction of the Wellness Center and other replacement buildings including Clinical ...

Gators’ vollyball losing woes continue

September 22, 2016 Sports

The SF State Gators women’s volleyball team showed significant improvement but couldn’t handle the Sonoma State Seawolves, unable to win a set for the third consecutive game. Their losing streak extended to five matches, and they haven’t notched a single victory at home. According to head coach Matt Hoffman, despite the loss, he believes his ...

Cheer team gears up for nationals win

September 22, 2016 Sports

Dressed in neatly pressed white and purple uniforms with matching shoes, the SF State cheer team gathers on a mat every Tuesday night in the gymnasium, persistently practicing high-flying basket tosses to perfection. The cheer team is enthusiastic about their 2016-17 season and optimistic about a win at nationals. “We’re hoping to be involved with ...

Talented freshman ready for successful career at SF State

September 22, 2016 Sports

Freshman defender Valentina Riveros has been a star athlete since a young age, and continues to make her mark on the SF State women’s soccer team. Riveros is one of the newest additions to SF State’s women’s soccer team. The skilled freshman has started five of the team’s first six games. “For most freshman at ...

Author explains intent of letter critical to Title IX

September 21, 2016 News

In response to a campus-wide email sent out by Luoluo Hong, Title IX coordinator and vp of student affairs, a student wrote an open letter accusing SF State of victim blaming and perpetuating rape culture. The author explained their intent in an interview with Xpress. The student, who asked to remain anonymous, posted copies of ...

Tax would levy 1 cent per ounce

September 21, 2016 News

San Francisco voters will decide whether or not to add a tax on sugary beverages this November. Proposition V, if it passes, would levy a 1 cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, sweetened ice tea and energy drinks. It would not change taxes paid on food or other beverages. When both ...

Kanye perpetuates colorism with latest project

September 21, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Screenshot of casting call tweet by Kanye West” align=”alignnone” width=”441″][/media-credit] Earlier this month, Kanye West tweeted a casting call asking for “multiracial women only,” that caused a stir among fans and critics alike. People took to twitter and the real world to criticize the statement that left entire communities out to dry. “Kanye West ...

Male Entitlement gives me trust issues

September 21, 2016 Opinion 2 Comments

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos” align=”alignnone” width=”533″][/media-credit] On Sept. 5 in Brooklyn during the J’ouvert festival 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau, told a man to get off of her after he approached her and started dancing on her. Moments later Poyau was dead from a close range gunshot to the face. Stories similar to Poyau’s are what keep ...

Hallway becomes hip hop hub

September 20, 2016 Life

The sounds of hip hop beats and squeaking sneakers fills a Gymnasium hallway as a group of about 20 break dancers hone their skills. With no rules against practicing in the halls, the group has transformed the space into a hub of music, dance and hip hop.   “Folks have been practicing here as far ...

Visual design students make an environmental statement with PARK(ing) Day

September 19, 2016 Life

With coffee brewing, music playing and a hotdog-suited yorkie to captivate passers-by, even the gloomy morning didn’t stop SF State visual design students from attracting crowds on their annual PARK(ing) Day event Thursday. PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide annual event where artists, designers, architects, and many other volunteers transform metered parking spaces into temporary art ...

New gallery displays art works by 10 alumni, 10 years in the making

September 18, 2016 Life

The polished work of alumni from the Department of Design and Industry debuted in the new Design Gallery’s inaugural exhibition on Thursday. The vast, open space of the gallery gave observers ample room to admire the designs from 10 University graduates whose disciplines ranged from product design, interior, apparel and graphic design. “I like seeing ...

ASI launches food program at weekly farmer’s market

September 18, 2016 News

Associated Students, Inc. is finalizing a program that will allow students to make purchases from the farmer’s market at SF State using using Electronic Benefit Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Officially approved in July, the program is expected to launch in October, according to Horace Montgomery, director of programs and services for ASI, applied ...

Richard Leon’s late game heroics give Gators overtime win

September 16, 2016 Sports

The Gators improved their record to 4-1 after freshman forward Richard Leon’s overtime game-winning goal to edge out the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters 3-2 in the Golden Gate Classic. Leon slipped behind defenders, anticipating a pass from sophomore forward Sam Gebremiche, who had a jump on the defender to the ball. Gebremiche passed the ...

Teach-in shows solidarity with Standing Rock

September 16, 2016 News

Students, faculty, and community members gathered for a solidarity teach-in, in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Thursday. The tribe has been protesting against the construction of the North Dakota pipeline for several months because it jeopardizes access to clean drinking water and encroaches on their sacred lands. “We are Standing Rock. Everyone ...

Afro floor coming to SF State in 2017

September 15, 2016 News 3 Comments

SF State is working on bringing an Afro floor to student housing as soon as fall 2017, confirmed University spokesperson Jonathan Morales in an email. The floor would not solely be dedicated to Black students, but would also be open to anyone interested in learning about a community different than their own. The University’s push ...