U.S. Supreme Court grants review of same-sex marriage cases

December 12, 2012 1 Comment

As gay and lesbian couples in Washington began to tie the knot Dec. 9, under the state’s new law recognizing same-sex marriages, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases that could extend constitutional equal protection principles to same-sex couples looking to marry. In California, same-sex marriage rights have been a roller coaster of ups ...

Students, advocates work for immigration policy reform

November 29, 2012 1 Comment

Students and immigrant rights organizations plan to capitalize on the momentum from the 2012 election in which Latino voters favored Barack Obama over Mitt Romney 3-1. Lawmakers are beginning to discuss reforming an immigration system that has decades of backlogs for legal immigration, exploitative working conditions and limited pathways to citizenship for the estimated 11.5 ...

The stuff and things dreams are made of: a post-election analysis

November 9, 2012 Opinion 1 Comment

After a general election with campaigns that lasted more than a year, cost more than $6 billion and included thousands of hours of cleverly edited TV ads featuring scary-voice narration, one soundbite ascends above all the rest as the most succinct description of U.S. politics in 2012 and beyond. The one-minute monologue summed up the will ...

Student veterans face unique challenges transitioning to college

November 7, 2012 2 Comments

Striking out into the Afghanistan countryside to find the enemy was “just a job” to City College of San Francisco student and U.S. Army veteran Miles Foltz. As president of the CCSF Veterans Alliance, Foltz helps other student veterans navigate their GI Bill benefits and shift from military to college life, but the transition is ...

San Francisco on track for zero waste goal

October 17, 2012 1 Comment

What do a banana peel, an empty soda can and that essay you never picked up last semester have in common? They’re all trash, and in San Francisco, they have an increasingly small chance of ending up in a landfill. San Francisco has reached a milestone by diverting 80 percent of its garbage into recycling, ...

Board reinstates Ross Mirkarimi as sheriff

October 10, 2012 1 Comment

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejected charges of official misconduct and reinstated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on Oct. 9 in a special meeting that stretched more than nine hours. Four supervisors voted to reinstate Mirkarimi as sheriff and seven voted to remove him. A three-fourths majority, or nine votes, was required to remove him. “The ...

Prop. 37 requires food companies to label genetically modified food

October 3, 2012 2 Comments

The nation and the world are watching California for the outcome of Proposition 37, which will require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients if passed in the Nov. 6 election. The proposition would set a regulatory precedent for the biochemical food industry, which consists of global conglomerates in control of much ...

PHOTOS: Thousands at Critical Mass celebrate its 20th anniversary

September 29, 2012 Life News 1 Comment

Thousands of bicyclists descended into downtown San Francisco Sept. 28 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass. The throng of cyclists clogged city streets for several blocks at a time, annoying some drivers as they continued a San Francisco tradition of proclaiming bicycle safety and overwhelming the city with sheer numbers. “People will swat at ...

Undocumented SF State students wary of deferred action program

September 5, 2012 News

President Barack Obama’s unilateral change to immigration enforcement policy announced June 15 could afford many undocumented students an opportunity that most U.S. citizens take for granted – the chance that they may one day be able to legally work in their fields of study. “It’s awesome that we have something like this, and it’s hope ...

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed retires amid budget crisis

August 29, 2012 News

Charles B. Reed led the CSU system through an era of cuts to the university’s state funding. In the past four years alone, Sacramento legislators have slashed more than $1 billion from the university system’s coffers, according to the CSU’s budget history publication. At the same time, enrollment in the CSU system has grown, adding ...