Small businesses succeed more often in San Francisco

May 10, 2013 News

Much like marriage, small businesses have a high failure rate. According to statistics by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 56 percent of small businesses are destined to fail within their first four years. In San Francisco small businesses can breathe a little easier. According to a study released by Thumbtack, a website where people can ...

Typhoid alert issued for Stonestown Nordstrom Cafe customers

May 3, 2013 News

Students who have dined at the Nordstrom Cafe located in the Stonestown Galleria may have been exposed to typhoid fever after a food handler was diagnosed with the bacteria earlier today, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Those who ate at the location on April 16, 17, 18, 20 or 27 may ...

SF State bribe scheme defendants plead, "Not guilty"

April 26, 2013 News

  After failing to make a plea Wednesday, April 26, the former SF State official and his alleged accomplice in an ongoing bribery scheme were arraigned today. Robert Shearer, former SF State director of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, and Stephen Cheung, Vice President of Chemical HazMat Technology, pleaded not guilty to the 246 felony ...

Thousands gathered at Hippie Hill for 420 celebration

April 22, 2013 Life 1 Comment

[HTML1] On 420, an annual, unofficial holiday celebrating the cannabis plant, many marijuana enthusiasts pay homage to their favorite herb — by smoking it. This year it was no different. Thousands of people gathered at Hippie Hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Saturday, April 20, to celebrate 420. However, the gathering at Hippie ...

Trojan alleviates tax season stress in SF

April 16, 2013 News

Tax season can be a trying time for many people — a 2011 OfficeMax survey called “Tax it to Me” found that four in 10 people would rather give themselves a haircut than file their taxes. This is where companies like Trojan, a company known for its distribution of condoms and sex toys, come in. April ...

Distracted drivers provoke crackdown on statewide enforcement

April 9, 2013

Sneaking a peek at your phone while behind the wheel is never a good idea, but it could be extra costly this month as the California Highway Patrol cracks down on distracted drivers. When approached for the 2011 Statewide Traffic Safety Survey conducted by the California Office of Traffic Safety, drivers felt that cell phone ...

New legislation to expand buffer zone around Planned Parenthood clinics

April 3, 2013 News

If proposed legislation becomes law, women in San Francisco may get the chance to walk into Planned Parenthood clinics without having to wade through a sea of protesters. Supervisor David Campos introduced legislation March 18 that would create a 25-foot buffer zone around reproductive health service facilities in San Francisco. The proposed law aims to ...

St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts hundreds for celebration

March 17, 2013

Though Ireland may be more than 6,000 miles away, this doesn’t stop San Francisco from taking part in Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. On Saturday, March 16, hundreds gathered to watch the 162nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the day before the actual holiday, celebrating Irish culture and tradition. This year, the theme of the parade ...

Earthquake study warns SF of increasing risk

March 8, 2013

During the first 10 years of the 21st century, earthquakes around the world claimed the lives of at least 700,000 people, while earthquake-related deaths in the 20th century topped out at 1.5 million. The death toll from earthquakes is expected to rise even more, according to a study by scientists at the United States Geological ...

CCSF students occupy Conlan Hall in protest to accreditation process

February 21, 2013 News 8 Comments

Lalo Gonzalez, a 24-year-old student working toward his teaching accreditation, doesn’t mind getting arrested if it gains awareness of what’s currently happening at City College of San Francisco. On Feb. 21 starting at 1 p.m., a group of CCSF students, including Gonzalez, rallied together on their campus to protest the administration’s lack of communication with students ...

Same-sex couples arrested at Valentine's Day protest at City Hall

February 20, 2013 Life

While many couples rejoiced in San Francisco’s City Hall on Valentine’s Day after having their marriage recognized by the state, several same-sex couples were hauled away in zip ties by the San Francisco Police Department for pursuing that same rite of passage. Every year, for the past 13 years, same-sex couples have marched into the ...

One Billion Rising moves SF to dance for awareness

February 15, 2013 News

[HTML1] On Feb. 14 — the day otherwise known as Valentine’s Day — people all around the world chose to dance for domestic abuse awareness. Hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall of San Francisco to participate and support One Billion Rising, a woman’s advocacy group, who sought to educate the general public on the ...

Nudity ban ignites protest, fuels opposition to supervisor's seat

February 12, 2013

A gathering of nudists and naturists bared all at a protest against the citywide ban on public nudity at San Francisco’s City Hall on Feb. 1. In light of the situation, political nudity advocate George Davis announced his candidacy for District 8 Supervisor. If Davis goes through with his plan to run for office, he ...

Measure to rename SFO to Harvey Milk could go to ballot

February 6, 2013 News

After his assassination 35 years ago, Harvey Milk, former San Francisco Supervisor and the nation’s first openly gay elected official, may get the chance to have his name on the ballot one more time. There have been recent efforts in the form of a ballot initiative proposed by Board of Supervisors member David Campos, to rename ...

Muni employees rack up $100,000 in overtime hours

January 28, 2013

Doubling one’s salary in overtime hours is a dream for some — but for a few San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency workers, it is a reality. According to the San Francisco Controller’s Office, which oversees the city’s accounting and auditing, a handful of SFMTA employees made more than $100,000 in overtime alone. One SFMTA electronic ...

Student evaluations impact teachers' tenure track

December 11, 2012

Students have the power to determine the course of a teacher’s career at the end of each semester, and they may not even know it. Student course evaluations, given out at the end of every semester to gauge a teacher’s performance, are a key factor in determining whether a faculty member is worthy of promotion ...

Freshmen opt for romantic relationships rather than hookups

November 27, 2012

A recently published study has revealed that hookups – noncommittal sexual forays – might not be as prevalent in a woman’s first year of college as is commonly thought. The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine study was published in the “Journal of Adolescent Health,” “Are Hookups Replacing Romantic Relationships? A Longitudinal Study of First-Year Female ...

'Ocha Zanmai' conference fosters awareness of Japanese, Korean tea ceremonies

November 13, 2012

Living in a world with stressors and constantly moving from point A to point B, some people choose to immerse themselves in enjoying a cup of tea with friends. Some of these people practice the art of chanoyu, an ancient Japanese tea ceremony. San Francisco, dubbed the “gateway to the East” by some, shares a 118 ...

Genderqueer community at SF State breaks gender labels

November 7, 2012 3 Comments

Gender, race and class are all semantic devices used to categorize a person and put them into a certain box. But what happens when people refuse to be put in a box in terms of gender? Those who refuse to be classified as male or female are known as genderqueer. Genderqueer is a form of identity ...

VIDEO: First-time voter expresses excitement over Election Day

November 6, 2012

Freshman Karina Banuelos votes for the first time, after four years of being invested in the Obama campaign. Banuelos is a sociology major, working her way through school. She believes that being socially aware could help prevent future corruption in the government.

BECA senior Danny Myers looks for love in 'Bad Girls Club' spinoff

November 6, 2012 Life

SF State has had its fair share of famous alumni — including actors Danny Glover, Jeffrey Tambor and Dana Carvey — once gracing its halls, but the University’s newest aspiring celebrity is taking a different path toward Hollywood stardom. Danny Myers, a senior broadcast and electronic communications art major, recently gained attention as a contestant ...

Puzzle questions test job applicants' mental reflexes during hiring process

October 30, 2012

As a student coming out of the University of South Florida graduate school in the late 90s, Chris Wright was looking for a job. On his search, he encountered an interview question designed to test his ability to think on his feet. Ten years later, Wright, now an assistant professor of psychology at SF State, has ...

Prop. 38 prioritizes K-12 funding but leaves higher education behind

October 24, 2012

College students need to be wary of where they place their vote for education this November, with competing propositions that could result in both a higher income tax and a $150 increase in tuition on the line. California’s Proposition 38 would give the state billions of dollars to put into its struggling K-12 education system, ...

Lack of state funds places more emphasis on scholarship funding

October 16, 2012

In an economic climate where tuition fees support the University more than the state of California does, scholarships have become even more pertinent. While more scholarship money is being awarded to students than in previous years, fewer financial opportunities are now offered at SF State. The University processed more money for scholarships in 2011-12 than 2008-09. ...

Employee Assistance Program to offer SF State staff workplace counseling

September 25, 2012

Employee Assistance Program information sessions Eat Right, Live Well: Oct. 30 in Library Room 121 from 11 a.m. to noon or noon to 1 p.m. Holiday Safety and Welness: Nov. 8 in Library Room 121 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., presented by Human Resources and professor of Holistic Health, Erik Peper. Happy “Affordable” Holidays: ...

UPDATE: Third case of chickenpox reported at SF State

September 20, 2012 2 Comments

UPDATE 8:15 p.m., Sept. 20: The director of Student Health Services reported a third case of chickenpox today in an email addressed to student residents. This is the second case of chickenpox involving a student who lives on campus, according to the email. “In addition to attending classes, this student has participated in campus move-in, ...

SF State to debut community garden during Sustainability Day Oct. 24

September 19, 2012

The lot behind Hensill Hall at SF State has been many things — a softball field, a construction site for the campus fuel cell and now the site of a community garden. The community garden, dubbed the Campus Community Farm, will debut Oct. 24 during Sustainability Day, a campus-wide event put on by SF State ...

Princeton Review awards SF State perfect green score

September 4, 2012 5 Comments

SF State is greening its way up the ranks, according to the Princeton Review. The standardized test preparation and college admissions consulting company rated 806 colleges based on greenness and overall sustainability. Out of those colleges, SF State was one of the 21 to receive a perfect score. Sustainability Programs Manager Caitlin Steele attributes this success ...