Mr. Fix It: Finding less crowded study areas at SF State

May 16, 2012 1 Comment

While I was enjoying my last day of the semester, vaguely listening to the professor give his final lecture while giving my full attention to Facebook, I realized my work as Mr. Fix It wasn’t quite over yet. A loyal follower posted a picture of students having to study on the floors of the new ...

Mr. Fix It: Understaffing a contributor to fix-it problems at SF State

May 9, 2012

In my short time of trying to fix things at SF State, I’ve gotten away with being a few minutes late to classes due to malfunctioning clocks. I’ve seen restrooms at their worst and I’ve impatiently sat through Web pages continually reloading themselves. I have discovered that these problems persist because we don’t have enough people to ...

SF State seniors share struggles in meeting requirements before graduation

May 9, 2012

Your dream of wearing that elusive SF State purple cap and gown can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful about completing all the requirements for graduation. Seniors and super seniors alike are marking the dates for various graduation ceremonies, but with absurd amounts of homework and hurrying to finish up last-minute essays, ...

SF State graduate beats the odds of foster care and helps others

April 17, 2012

Sokhom Mao grew up in the foster care system with his five siblings under the care of abusive relatives and in several group homes, after his mother passed away when he was 12 years old. “Growing up with my aunt and uncle was a horrible experience,” Mao said. “My aunt was extremely abusive – physically, ...

Institutionalized racism apparent in killing of Trayvon Martin

April 16, 2012 Opinion

For the past month I have followed all things related to the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. I’ve watched the people march in anger wondering why Zimmerman hasn’t been brought to trial, heard all the songs in tribute to Martin and now seen legal analysts break down the Martin case like an NFL draft ...

Mr. Fix It: No time wasted on repairing campus clocks

April 9, 2012

The day started off like any other day. I arrived 10 minutes early for my 8 a.m. class after having studied deep into the night. I decided to put my head down in hopes of catching a few Zs before the professor started lecturing. I awoke in a panic, according to the clock I’d been ...

City ordinance would require businesses to provide bicycle parking

March 13, 2012 News

As more San Francisco residents take to their bicycles as their main mode of transportation, there grows a greater need to provide owners secure parking other than a pole on the sidewalk. New legislation, which will require commercial business owners to either provide secure designated parking or allow riders to bring their bicycles inside, has ...

PHOTOS: Rally for education at Capitol building ends in arrests

March 6, 2012 News

[HTML1] Sixty-eight protesters including two SF State students were arrested Monday evening after they refused to leave the state Capitol building as part of the rally for higher education. Hundreds of demonstrators took over the Capitol rotunda after thousands rallied at the steps of the Capitol building to protest budget cuts to higher education earlier ...

Daniel Gonzales recalls his 43-year history at SF State

February 15, 2012 2 Comments

He can overwhelm your brain with endless amounts of information, but he would probably rather tell you a good joke straight from his unfiltered, fast-talking mouth. Asian American studies Associate Professor Daniel P. Gonzales, who teaches Asian American and American Ideals and Institutions as well as Pilipinos in America: Problems of Transition, is currently awaiting ...

AIDS Memorial Quilts back on display in San Francisco

February 14, 2012

An elderly man dressed in all white grabs the attention away from the large multi-colored, heavily decorated AIDS Memorial Quilt, as he reads off the names of the people that were lost to AIDS. The man charged with the tradition of reading the names, Paul Sporer, said he was one of the first to make ...

Number of Chinese students at SF State rapidly rising

February 7, 2012

An unstable economy and rising tuition has not deterred students overseas from obtaining a degree in the United States. According to statistics from SF State’s Office of International Programs, Chinese students in particular have shown the highest rise in numbers coming to the U.S. with the number of enrolled international Chinese students at SF State ...

SF State alumni-produced hip-hop show comes to an end

February 3, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Musicians today rely heavily on the Internet to become the next big thing, but think back to a time when YouTube stars didn’t exist and blogging seemed like a foreign language. In 2002, a television show called Distortion 2 Static was created to highlight some of hip-hop’s biggest stars as well as up and coming ...

Students seek faster path to degrees through vocational and trade schools

January 31, 2012

The rising cost of tuition and the constricted job market have students open to enrolling in alternative institutions, like vocational schools, in hopes of earning a degree. Lisa Westlund, a counselor at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, said there is no simple answer to give to students who don’t know what to do ...

SF State students find ways to maneuver around loans

December 9, 2011

Going to college has never been scarier, but it’s not that hard to please professors or the endless amounts of reading that’s making students squeamish, it’s carrying a huge financial debt after graduation. According to The College Portrait, a project and website designed as a tool for future students and their families to easily find ...

Student stress peaks during preparation for finals

December 1, 2011

She hypnotically stares into her MacBook while constructing a book for her design class and unwillingly lending an ear to the professor lecturing about Asian American studies. The MacBook is strategically hidden so the professor never notices her disobeying his ban of laptops. Being busy has become normal for SF State student Altarose Calaguin, 22, ...

Cornel West speaks to rapt audience at CSUEB

November 18, 2011 News

Wide-eyed spectators stared intently toward the stage at the man wearing a black three-piece suit, thick black glasses with hair as loud as Don King. On a wet and cold Thursday night hundreds of students, faculty members and fans crowded into the University theatre of Cal State East Bay to listen to special guest lecturer ...

Older students find a way to fit back into classroom scene

November 15, 2011 News 1 Comment

The average educational cycle is thought to be primary school, high school and then straight to college, but for some, returning to college after decades was the best life option. SF State student Matt Heitland, 40, is transitioning into another round in college after graduating with a master’s degree 13 years ago from Drake University ...

VIDEO: Jason Manalang's tribute marathons

November 7, 2011 1 Comment

SF State student Jason Manalang runs marathons in tribute to his father who passed away from cancer. He set a personal goal to run a marathon a month, and in December he will be crossing the finish line for the twelfth time. Filmed and edited by Andrew Lopez with audio and interviews by Brian Balisi ...

Bay Bridge construction to make for safer, prettier commute

October 17, 2011 News

The Golden Gate Bridge is considered by most to be San Francisco’s most beautiful landmark, but the neighboring Bay Bridge boasts the most attention with more than 280,000 vehicles traveling across the span every day. A newer and stronger bridge is set to open to traffic in 2013 and the new tower is already overshadowing ...

Young mother juggles school, work and parenthood

October 6, 2011 News

Going to school can be difficult with the burden of high tuition costs, long work hours and an endless amount of homework assignments. While most students struggle to carry the heavy load associated with going to school, SF State student Khay Hembrador takes it in stride while holding her 2-year-old. Hembrador, 23, sets her eyes ...

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More graduates behind or defaulting on student loans

September 21, 2011

While many college students are rationing their student loans by living on a Top Ramen diet, this may be only the beginning of their financial woes. Students nationwide are having an increasingly difficult time paying for school, and the default loan rate has risen from 7 to 8 percent according to the U.S. Department of ...

Taxi fare to increase throughout the city

August 30, 2011 News

Finding a taxi cab can be a daunting task that takes a lot patience and, now with a fare increase that was approved Monday, more dollars in your pocket. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency representative Paul Rose said the SFMTA board unanimously approved a measure to increase the taxi starting fare from $3.10 to  $3.50 ...