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 ...

Simplified FAFSA to launch in October

August 24, 2016 News 1 Comment

Long lines snaked around the Student Services Building on Monday, Aug. 22 as students anxiously waited to speak with financial aid counselors. “It’s crazy, it gets stacked up here every year,” said junior Nowell Francisco, who sat on the floor waiting for his turn. “It’s a pain, but it’s really important. There’s no way I ...

SF State students share their experiences with homelessness

July 20, 2016 Multimedia 1 Comment

A California State University survey released in February reported that roughly 8 percent of students experienced homelessness in 2015. Of the 23 schools surveyed, SF State’s support offerings for housing and food insecure students fell below average. In the video: Golden Gate Xpress speaks with three people who faced housing insecurity during their time as ...

Female victim reports sexual battery near Burk Hall

October 1, 2015 News

A female victim reported being sexually battered in the lobby of Burk Hall by an unknown male suspect Wednesday night, according to a university email sent out by Title IX Coordinator Luoluo Hong. The suspect reportedly approached the victim on the pathway between Burk Hall and the Gymnasium. He initiated a conversation with the victim ...

Alleged Virginia shooter graduated from SF State

August 26, 2015 News

The Virginia gunman accused of killing a television reporter and cameraman live on the air Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. was believed to be an SF State graduate from the broadcasting department, official sources said. “Right now all I can confirm is that a student by the name of Vester Lee Flanagan graduated from SF State ...

SF State student remembered after unexpected death

August 26, 2015 News

Transfer student Melanie Susanne Olivieri, a 23-year-old SF State undergraduate with a passion for design, travel and helping others died Aug. 9 at a residential hotel in the Mission District. Friends and family remember the visual communication design major for her wit, art and kindness. “Melanie was beautiful, smart and talented,” said Natalie Olivieri, Melanie’s ...

SF State welcomes the largest incoming freshmen class in history

August 26, 2015 Life News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66951′] Long lines of students wrapped around Mary Ward Hall during Move-In Day Aug. 20 as SF State’s largest incoming freshman class in the school’s 116-year history readied for the new semester. “It’s a really good school with great programs and internships,” said freshmen nursing major Gina Greengrad regarding her decision to attend SF State. “Plus, everyone ...

SF State student’s death deemed suspicious by police

August 12, 2015 News

Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old SF State student who died at a residential hotel in the Mission District early Sunday morning. Jesse Stanton, the clerk of the medical examiner, confirmed that the body was of San Francisco resident Melanie Olivieri, who died at the scene at 6:53 a.m. Olivieri attended SF State as a ...

Construction begins for new wellness center

June 28, 2015 Life News 3 Comments

Members of the SF State community donned purple hard hats for the Mashouf Wellness Center groundbreaking ceremony June 25. The ceremony was held at the corner of Font and Merced boulevards, where the new $86 million structure will wrap around the existing softball field.   Campus planner Wendy Bloom said the project will benefit SF State by ...

Seniors slammed with graduation fees

May 20, 2015 News

Kinesiology major Deanna Johnson has saved every cap and gown she has ever worn, but this year the high cost of graduation will leave her collection one short. “It’s ridiculous, I wanted to buy my cap and gown, but it’s over $200 just for the gown,” Johnson said. “I have my cap and gown from ...

Undocumented graduates celebrate at first annual Beyond Borders ceremony

May 19, 2015 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66654′] Undocumented students celebrated with their friends and families at the first annual Beyond Borders Graduation held at the SF State Annex May 17. Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success, a student organization founded in 2008 to help undocumented students with issues related to AB540, coordinated the graduation. IDEAS worked in collaboration with Project Connect, ...

System-wide CSU study to survey housing and food services

May 6, 2015 News

This month marked the outset of a yearlong study of services conducted by the California State University on all 23 campuses to identify students struggling with housing and food issues. CSU Long Beach social work professor Rashida Crutchfield will head the study and said the number of students facing these problems is underreported. “I think the population ...

Sol Patch Garden roots itself within student community

April 28, 2015 Life News

Tiny sprouts of kale, spinach, lettuce and chard jutted up through a layer of soil on display at the reopening of SF State’s Sol Patch Garden April 23. Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students president Caitlyn Morrell provided tours at the event and explained the purpose of the garden, which is located next to the Mary Park resident hall. “We wanted ...

Farm to Fork delivers with local sustainable food

April 21, 2015 News

Students and members of the San Francisco community enjoyed a mix of tangy grapefruit wedges and crisp beets folded into a medley of fresh organic greens as one of the sustainable dishes served at the 6th Annual Farm to Fork lunch April 16. The luncheon was held outdoor at the main quad and was co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability ...

Technical problems postpone ASI elections

April 16, 2015 News

Associated Student, Inc. postponed the 2015 Spring Elections due to technical difficulties with the online voting ballot. ASI announced via email that voting scheduled for last week would instead be held April 13 until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. ASI Education Representative Linda Duncan said the problems did not originate with ASI. “We were using a third ...

AIDS Awareness Day evokes memory of 1980s epidemic

April 14, 2015 Multimedia News

SF State alumnus and AIDS activist Cleve Jones remembers the University during the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic began. By the Fall of 1985 many members of the community were dead, dying or caring for loved ones who contracted the disease, Jones said. “SF State was hit very hard – almost all of the gay male students ...

Student volunteer group to provide aid in Peru

April 8, 2015 News 5 Comments

Shadowing doctors, checking vitals and dispensing prescriptions may sound like costly training only available at medical school, but for six SF State students it is the experience they can expect on their trip to Lima, Peru next month. The students are members of Medlife, an organization that partners with poor communities in Latin America to provide ...

Annual conference promotes equality and empowerment for women

March 18, 2015 News

A former leader for the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panthers Party and political prisoner for her involvement with the group shared her experience and wisdom March 14 at the 4th Annual Women’s Conference organized by Associated Students, Inc. Ericka Huggins spoke to the 300 audience members at the conference in Jack Adams Hall to join her ...

Summer session to expand curriculum and financial aid

March 10, 2015 Life News 1 Comment

Increased class offerings and financial aid options will transform summer session 2015 into a more complete semester, similar to spring and fall, as detailed in the upcoming March 17 schedule. Starting in June, the University will offer summer session as a state-supported term rather than through the College of Extended Learning. The shift will allow the school to offer more ...

State-level graduation rates turns focus on student outcomes

March 5, 2015 News

Graduation rates across the country are higher than previously reported according to a new state-level report released Feb. 24. The Signature Report 8 State Supplement, a state-by-state national study on college completion, reported the national average for four-year public schools is more than five percent higher than the 59 percent indicated by the National Center for Education Statistics. ...

University to host state-wide conference on sustainability

March 3, 2015 News

SF State has been selected to host this summer’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, a platform that encourages innovative solutions to sustainability issues throughout colleges across the state. The conference will highlight sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impact caused by college campuses. Proposals must be submitted by March 6 to be showcased at the conference ...

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 ...

Officials warn commuters after measles outbreak hits Bay Area

February 12, 2015 News

The first confirmed case of measles in Contra Costa County Feb. 11 spurred health officials to alert thousands of BART commuters of possible exposure. The county’s health services and the San Francisco Department of Public Health issued a widespread alert to BART riders following an infected LinkedIn employee’s commute to work in San Francisco last ...

Alumna’s body acceptance inspiring for Love Your Body Week

February 11, 2015 News 5 Comments

In a society captivated with dieting and waist size, one SF State alumna fights back. Virgie Tovar is a self-declared fat activist, body image expert, sexologist and author whose promotion of fat acceptance and self-love has received significant attention from the mainstream media. “My goal is to eradicate diet culture because I’m done watching people ...

Student Health Center encourages student input on national survey

February 4, 2015 News 1 Comment

This month the Student Health Center will invite students to participate in the largest health survey ever conducted at SF State. Emails directing students to the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment II will hit inboxes Feb. 9 through 20. The ACHA designed the survey to document health trends on college campuses and clarify students’ ...