Finals disrupted following bomb threat

May 24, 2017 News

** Ian Williams contributed to this article. The HSS building was shut down earlier today due to police activity in the wake of a bomb threat, according to Mary Kenny, director of news and new media. Kenny said in an email that the University had received a bomb threat and the HSS building had been ...

Thousands gathered at Hippie Hill 2.0

May 21, 2017 Life Multimedia News

Every April 20, cannabis lovers have converged on the grassy knolls of Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park to smoke marijuana and celebrate the “stoner’s holiday.” This year, San Francisco took matters into its own hands and decided that with the recent passing of Proposition 64, which made recreational marijuana consumption legal in the state ...

SF State athletics to remain under Division II competition

May 19, 2017 Sports

Almost two decades of Division II.  Students at SF State have been questioning why the university’s sports teams don’t compete under Division I.  The Gators have been a part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II for 19 years. With the men’s basketball team being ranked as high as 13 in the NABC Coaches ...

Defendant pleads not guilty in slaying of SF State student

May 18, 2017 News

The suspect in the killing of an SF State student pleaded not guilty to all counts this morning at the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City. Frederick Tran is on trial for the slaying of Ariana Hatami, his girlfriend, on the night of Dec. 17, 2016. Tran had just been released from jail after a ...

URM science students face disparity despite higher graduation rate

May 18, 2017 News

SF State students continue to face a lack of diversity in science departments despite a recent increase in graduation rates for underrepresented minority students.   As the percentage of underrepresented minorities (URM) students graduating within six years in the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) at SF State has increased, the gap in graduation rates ...

Bay Area students work together to study Oakland lead levels

May 18, 2017 News

SF State biology students are teaming up with high school students in East Oakland to test the amounts of lead in their community using samples of dust, paint, water and hair. In a recent Reuters report, nearly 3,000 communities’ nationwide lead samples were double those of Flint, Michigan. Just last year, Flint was highly discussed ...

Crossways pose threat to SF State students

May 17, 2017 News 1 Comment

Traffic accidents killed three people in San Francisco between April 28 and May 1. One victim, Meda Hacopian, 77, was killed while crossing Lake Merced Boulevard at Font Boulevard, the same intersection slated for SF State’s Mashouf Wellness Center. This junction is at the end of one of the city’s high-injury corridors — the 12 ...

Future campus life: predictions from the graduates of 2017

May 17, 2017 Life

With the new Mashouf Wellness Center nearing completion and proposed construction plans ahead, future graduates reflect on their time at SF State while predicting how campus life may differ for future students. Student life is anticipated to shift if the new construction projects presented to the CSU Board of Trustees are approved. Specifically, there are ...

Freshman finishes first year with Chicago performance

May 17, 2017 Life

As he swung his hips around, dressed in a dazzling, sparkling outfit, drama major Nick Christman sent the audience spiraling into laughter. The 19-year-old freshman performed the role of the court clerk in SF State’s production of “Chicago,” holding a Bible aloft as a fellow actor – playing a witness – placed his hand on ...

Question and answer with interim provost addresses the Graduation Initiative 2025

May 17, 2017 News

In an interview with Xpress, San Francisco State University Interim Provost Jennifer Summit sat down to discuss the CSU Graduation 2025 Initiative. The initiative aims to “raise attention rates, strengthen student learning and improve student experience at all levels,” according to the “Student Success and Graduation Initiative” website. The goal also includes getting 33 percent ...

Why my parents will not be attending my graduation

May 17, 2017 Opinion 1 Comment

My parents and I have always had a strained relationship. My mother met my father, who was considerably older than she was, and began to experiment with drugs. He was her way of rebelling against my grandmother after they emigrated from Mexico. From a mix of confusion, fear and drugs I was born to my ...

Advising attempts to alleviate student graduation roadblocks

May 17, 2017 News

After hitting multiple roadblocks when trying to meet graduation requirements, BECA student Tim Blair was finally able to graduate in Winter 2016 – two years after his original expected graduation date. “I always had issues with classes,” Blair said, noting the time blocks of classes was also a problem as many necessary classes seemed to ...

SF State graduate student identified as Treasure Island homicide victim

May 16, 2017 News

The victim of a homicide on Treasure Island Wednesday has been identified as an SF State graduate student. He was identified by the medical examiner Friday, weeks before accepting his master’s degree, SFGate reported. Although initially identified as Guo Yuchuan, his professors knew him as Yuchuan Guo, according to the same report. Treasure Island Development ...

Student debuts award-winning interactive film on YouTube

May 11, 2017 Life

One award-winning SF State student is making waves in the film industry with the use of interactive technology. Broadcasting and electronic communication art major Shane Murphy debuted his innovative short film, “Sirens,” on YouTube this week. The story of two brothers trying to survive the “hood” in San Francisco’s Ingleside District uses the TimePlay app ...

Annual Happy Concert offers stress relief before finals

May 11, 2017 Life

Students looking for a relaxing outlet before finals can find musical respite inside the Creative Arts Building’s Knuth Hall. Victoria Neve, classical piano professor and Inara Morgenstern, accompanist and lecturer, have been relieving students’ stress with the Annual Happy Concert for more than 20 years. The free concert on May 15 from 1-2 p.m., is ...

Ayala-Hil looks to improve upon first season at SF State

May 11, 2017 Sports

The SF State men’s soccer team is back to practice in preparation for their upcoming fall season after completing their 2016 regular season with a 9-6-2 overall record, only four points from a playoff berth. Head coach Javier Ayala-Hil was added to the Gator family last fall, two weeks prior to the first match. Ayala-Hil’s ...

Technology changes the game for student escorts

May 11, 2017 Life

As dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid and gadgets such as virtual reality headsets and Wi-Fi-connected sex toys change the way college students meet, date and have sex, the gray area between human interaction and technology becomes wider by the minute. “The internet obviously opened most doors for me financially, and at least presented the ...

Remembering Chinese exclusion leads to call for American inclusion

May 10, 2017 News

The Chinese for Affirmative Action organization housed a rally at Portsmouth Square Saturday to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act and to protest the recent travel ban and anti-immigrant policies. Approximately 800 people attended the “The Rally for Inclusion,” according to event organizers. The event featured guest speakers and performances by Chinatown ...

Hundreds give feedback to shape University development

May 10, 2017 Life News 1 Comment

SF State’s Ideas Week drew hundreds of students, faculty and staff who gave their input as to what they want to see in the University’s future developments. In an effort to create a community-based master plan for the revitalization of its facilities, the University held events over four days last week, which included focus groups, ...

When Trump supporters and tequila mix

May 10, 2017 Opinion 2 Comments

This past weekend was Cinco de Mayo and contrary to what so many ignorant people believe, it is not in fact Mexican Independence day, which is actually September 16 if anyone actually cares. Cinco de Mayo marks the Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army defeated the French Army attempting to occupy the land. The ...

Jewish community lays blame on Wong

May 9, 2017 News 3 Comments

Additional reporting by Ian Sumner Tensions are rising between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian supporters on campus, as both groups speak out against the unsettling climate they feel the University administration has created. President Leslie E. Wong’s rocky history with the local Jewish community, including the two attempts to have Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat speak on campus, ...

NFL draft picks perpetuate negative treatment of women

May 9, 2017 Opinion Sports

The NFL has proven itself to be a hard-hitting sport both on and off the field. Just as viewers have become accustomed to the innate aggression of the game, they have also become all-too complacent with the frequency of sexual assault and domestic violence allegations brought against the league’s players. In 2014, the relative NFL ...

Record-breaking Gators look to take on Nationals

May 9, 2017 Sports

SF State’s track and field team will send a record nine athletes to compete at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Championships beginning May 25 in Bradenton, Florida. This accomplishment comes on the heels of the Gators’ record-breaking season, which continued this past weekend at the CCAA Championships where the Gator women finished second with ...

Students face long lines to pick up new Gator Pass

May 9, 2017 Life News 2 Comments

A line overflowed outside the Cesar Chavez Student Center as students waited to pick up their Gator Pass made available for the first time Monday afternoon. The pass, which becomes effective in the fall, doubles as a Clipper card and student ID, gives students unlimited free MUNI rides (excluding cable cars) and a 25 percent ...

Inglima steps up as new head coach of Gators men’s basketball

May 9, 2017 Sports

Assistant coach Vince Inglima was named interim head coach of the SF State men’s basketball team after Paul Trevor, head coach of seven years, announced his departure to Stanislaus State April 26. Inglima was hired as Trevor’s lead assistant coach in 2013. During his time as Trevor’s right-hand man, Inglima has experienced the growth of ...

8th annual Farm to Fork Lunch draws big crowd

May 5, 2017 Life

SF State’s annual Farm to Fork Lunch drew in a crowd of nearly 300 patrons hungry to eat and learn about locally-sourced and sustainable foods last week in the quad. As part of Ideas Week for Future State,  students and staff members purchased tickets for Tuesday’s lunch in the quad. Selections a number of different ...

Women’s soccer team prepares to shine in fall season

May 5, 2017 Sports

Walking by Cox Stadium weekdays around noon, voices of women shouting and whistles blowing can be heard from the distance. The smell of freshly cut grass permeates the cool spring air and the sound of cleats striking a soccer ball echoes on the east side of campus. The SF State women’s soccer team is training ...

BECA Finalist at SF State

May 4, 2017 Multimedia News

  Four Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts majors from SF State were chosen as finalists for the competitive and nationwide Television Foundation’s Internship Program offered by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The competitive program offers a variety of different categories for students to apply for based on their interests. According to Miriam Smith, ...

Campus posters allege student group ties to terrorists

May 4, 2017 News

The David Horowitz Freedom Center distributed posters on campus today as part of a campaign criticizing Students for Justice in Palestine of being puppets for Hamas terrorists. The posters, also posted on Stop the Jew Hatred on Campus website run by the Freedom Center, portray the SJP as servants to Hamas. The campaign comes as ...

J. The Jewish News of Northern California details rocky history between Wong and Jewish campus community

May 3, 2017 News 2 Comments

  J. The Jewish News of Northern California published a duo of damning articles this evening outlining President Wong’s rocky history with the Jewish community on campus. The publication, which covers a range of topics that pertain to the Northern California Jewish community, published a news story alongside an op-ed focused on the campus climate concerning ...

SF Build brings diversity into science labs

May 3, 2017

A science lab is often stocked with white laboratory coats and more often than not those laboratory coats are worn by white scientists, but professional Leticia Marquez-Magana has dedicated her career to opening the door for minority students. At a young age, Marquez-Magana became interested in science with a continuous curiosity towards molecular biology. After ...