Every day should be Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 30, 2016 Opinion

November is Transgender Awareness Month and it’s always thoughtfully capped off with Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes trans people who have lost their lives to violence. I know I don’t speak for all trans people, but I for one love having a whole month dedicated to awareness ending on a grim note that also ...

Voting Third party is a waste

November 9, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos ” align=”alignnone” width=”465″][/media-credit] Does anyone remember the name John Hagelin? Or what about Monica Moorehead or David McReynolds? Do the names Howard Phillips, Harry Browne and James Harris ring any bells? While these names don’t mean much today to even the most politically savvy, back in 2000, they had a crucial ...

‘Modern Family’ plays lip service to social progress

October 26, 2016 Opinion

“Modern Family,” now in its eighth season, has the baffling ability to be simultaneously progressive and outdated. For a TV show that boasts both a gay couple and an interracial couple as part of the main cast, it still manages to rely heavily on stereotypes that are tiresome, irritating and sometimes deeply offensive. This season’s ...

LGBT History Month forgets own history

October 21, 2016 Opinion 3 Comments

When you visit the LGBT History Month’s website, you’re presented with a list of 31 famous members of the community, one for each day of the month. These icons, as they’re referred to on the website, are selected based on their success in their career, their status as a celebrity or political figure, or their ...

Kid Cudi’s post about depression reveals society’s failure to treat mental illness

October 11, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Screenshot of Facebook post by Kid Cudi” align=”alignnone” width=”577″][/media-credit] Trigger warning: this story contains potentially distressing material and language about depression, suicidal thinking and trauma. Last week, rapper Kid Cudi posted a candid, heartfelt note on Facebook revealing his struggles with depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation and announcing that he was checking himself into ...

SF State student found dead near campus

October 6, 2016 News 1 Comment

An SF State student was found dead near Stonestown Galleria on Wednesday, according to a statement released by President Leslie E. Wong. A police investigation is underway in the death of the student, accounting major Maxim Tolstov. Foul play is not suspected, according to the statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Maxim’s family and ...

“(Re)Assignment” film makes a mockery out of trans bodies

September 6, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

For a while now, I’ve been eager to share my disappointment with the lack of authentic transgender representation in TV and film. I’ve felt that watching shows and movies that wanted to present the transgender experience but still cast cisgender actors to play the part was the equivalent of being fed table scraps. Yes, I ...

“Freshman 15” sets a dangerous standard

August 27, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Photo illustration by George Morin” align=”alignnone” width=”406″][/media-credit] When I left my last final my first semester freshmen year, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Then, I stepped on a scale and realized, to my horror, that the weight apparently had been transferred from my shoulders to my stomach. Without ...

How I learned to stop worrying and love being a super senior

May 18, 2016 Opinion

Next week, thousands of SF State students will pack into AT&T Park, turn their tassels and graduate. Unfortunately, I will not be one of them, despite the fact that I’m finishing my 8th consecutive semester at this university, which typically signifies the end of one’s college career. But SF State, I quickly found out, is ...

Students and faculty break a sweat during annual 5K race

April 26, 2016 Life

In the early morning hours, Malcolm X Plaza, usually desolate during the weekend, was energized by a modest but eager crowd dressed in purple and gold shirts, tight running shorts and brightly colored Lycra. The group of around 100 people was there for the sixth annual SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll Sunday, April 24, a ...

Financial analysis of SF State reveals no structural deficit

April 11, 2016 Life News 1 Comment

Eastern Michigan University accounting professor Howard Bunsis visited SF State Thursday, April 7 to examine the University’s uncertain financial situations, with special attention given to the Ethnic Studies funding controversy. Bunsis announced that SF State was not operating at a structural deficit like administration officials previously claimed, and that money should not be cut from ...

Black Student Union condemns SF State, media over viral video

April 11, 2016 Life News 25 Comments

Members of the Black Student Union gathered in the quad Friday to read a statement supporting student Bonita Tindle and condemning SF State and the media for endangering Tindle. “We, the Black Student Union do not support the mass publication of videos, articles and any other statements that misrepresent this incident,” the statement read. “This ...

General Union of Palestine Students storm meeting with Jerusalem mayor

April 7, 2016 News 43 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’71893′] “The Middle East, Israel in particular, have always been hot topics for this campus,” Assistant Director to San Francisco Hillel Rachel Nilson said before introducing Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat for an open dialogue with SF State students and community members. Her statement turned out to be prophetic when, minutes after Barkat started his ...

Trans people need more than a day of mourning

April 4, 2016 Opinion

March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility. If you weren’t aware, or didn’t even know that such a day existed, that’s understandable. It’s typical for trans people to be invisible, at least until we are brutally murdered for simply existing. It then becomes a grotesque kind of hyper-visibility that makes a spectacle of our deaths and ...

CFA uses mock trial to explain upcoming strike

April 1, 2016 News

A jury of SF State students and faculty unanimously found Chancellor Timothy P. White guilty on all charges of his crimes against the California State University system during a mock trial  Wednesday at Malcolm X Plaza. The trial, which was hosted by SF State California Faculty Association President Sheila Tully, came on the heels of ...

Ethnic Studies controversy surfaces at town hall meeting

March 28, 2016 News 2 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’71308′] Students from the College of Ethnic Studies lined up to air their grievances with President Leslie E. Wong during a tense town hall meeting Monday. President Wong, who was joined by Academic Senate Chair Troi Carleton, used the meeting to talk about the importance of shared governance at SF State. “We live in ...

Students come together to raise money during SF State’s 117th anniversary

March 15, 2016 News

Heavy beats and the fragrant smell of grilled chicken wafted through Malcolm X Plaza Tuesday afternoon as students celebrated SF State’s 117th anniversary. The event was centered around SF State’s founding and its transformation into the school it is today. SF State opened its doors in March 1899 as the San Francisco State Normal School, a small, ...

Revolution Club calls for April student strike against mass incarceration

March 15, 2016 News

Halfway through a speaking event hosted by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and the Revolution Club, main speaker D’andre Teeter proposed something radical to the attending students on Thursday. Teeter, the Bay Area organizer for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, demanded a student strike in April against mass incarceration. “We want to issue a broad ...

Celebrity gender identities aren’t news

March 14, 2016 Opinion

Following in the footsteps of sister Lana Wachowski, “Matrix” director Lilly Wachowski has come out as a transgender woman, but not entirely on her own terms. In a statement to the Windy City Times, Wachowski revealed that reporters have been hounding her agent for the past year, threatening to publish stories about her gender transition. After ...

San Francisco startup launches “Uber for birth control”

March 7, 2016 News

For people living in the United States, obtaining birth control can be a complex and expensive process. A new San-Francisco-based app called Nurx launched last December and is offering a solution to getting birth control on time and at an affordable price. Founded by Hans Gangeskar and Edvard Engesæth, Nurx is the latest in a long ...

San Francisco raises age to buy tobacco to 21

March 3, 2016 News 3 Comments

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products within San Francisco from 18 to 21 years old. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on June 1. Tobacco sellers would be given a one-year grace period during which they will be reminded of the law via ...

President Wong responds to Ethnic Studies students’ demands

March 1, 2016 News

President Leslie E. Wong responded to the list of demands from students and faculty of the College of Ethnic Studies Monday as promised in last Thursday’s meeting. In his statement, which he sent out via email to Ethnic Studies faculty and students and posted on his webpage, Wong reiterated that there won’t be a reduction of ...

Cis actors continue to take credit for trans rights

February 23, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

When I heard the news that a movie would be made based on the life of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, I was cautiously optimistic. When I heard that Eddie Redmayne, a cisgender actor, would be playing Elbe, that optimism plummeted. This isn’t the first time a cisgender actor has been cast in the role of ...

Muni train derails near SF State, causing delays

February 12, 2016 News

A Muni train carrying six passengers derailed Friday morning on 19th Avenue near SF State, leading to a temporary shutdown of the station. “No one was injured in the M train derailment at the Muni stop at 19th and Holloway avenues,” said San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose. It’s still unclear how the ...

SFMTA looks to community for feedback on 19th Avenue project

February 5, 2016 News 1 Comment

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency had its first public meeting of 2016 at the Seven Hills Conference Center to discuss the 19th Avenue/M Ocean View Project, which plans to realign the M-Ocean View Muni line in order to accommodate the growing SF State population and make 19th Avenue safer and more accessible. “Our overall goal is to ...

Spike in car thefts in SF State area results in heightened security

February 3, 2016 News

SF State and the surrounding community has seen a recent spike in both auto burglary and vehicle theft over the last two months. According to SF State’s crime, arrest and fire log, 10 reports concerning vehicle break-ins and thefts of vehicles were made in January alone, with the most recent report of an auto burglaries made Sunday, Jan. ...