Question and answer with interim provost addresses the Graduation Initiative 2025

May 17, 2017 News

In an interview with Xpress, San Francisco State University Interim Provost Jennifer Summit sat down to discuss the CSU Graduation 2025 Initiative. The initiative aims to “raise attention rates, strengthen student learning and improve student experience at all levels,” according to the “Student Success and Graduation Initiative” website. The goal also includes getting 33 percent ...

Anti-Trump aerobics: a new way to protest

May 3, 2017 Life 1 Comment

Correction: A previous version of the article contained a spelling error of Burdugo. Berdugo is the correct spelling. The error has since been corrected below. Blue sweatbands, red leg warmers, ‘80s Madonna workout music and the collective chant of “don’t build a wall” were all part of a free anti-Trump aerobics class hosted at Alley ...

Muni needs to improve reliability

April 5, 2017 Opinion

I was recently standing on the corner of 45th Street and Sloat Avenue in the unusually warm San Francisco air -— with small beads of sweat forming on the back of my neck and around 15 pounds of camera equipment in tow. I was patiently waiting for the 57 bus when it completely drove past ...

SF State astronomy professor looks for habitable planets 14 light years away

February 22, 2017 Life Multimedia

An SF State astronomy professor is making headway with his research on exoplanets that may have conditions to support life. Stephen Kane, who teaches Introduction to Astronomy, Stellar Astrophysics and Exoplanetary Science at SF State’s physics and astronomy department had his work published in the latest issue of the prestigious peer-reviewed Astrophysical Journal, gaining him ...

“I love you” doesn’t come in a box of chocolates

February 15, 2017 Opinion

Ever since I was a wide-eyed 11-year-old in middle school, I dreamed about receiving a lavish heart-shaped box of chocolates, secret love letter or bouquet of red roses stuffed in my locker as a way of one of my  crushes admitting and professing their love. I wanted to be included in the traditional gift-giving reciprocity ...

SF State submits report for sustainability rating

February 1, 2017 News

The Office of Sustainability at SF State will submit a report February 1 to participate in a sustainability rating program that tracks and assesses efforts for maintaining a food and waste sustainable and environmentally friendly campus, according to an SF State campus memo. STARS, or Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, is the program offered ...

Report finds CSU funding decreases as student needs increase

January 25, 2017 News

The California Faculty Association released a report to faculty members revealing that the rising number of minority, low-income and first-generation students receive less funding throughout the 23 CSUs than what the predominantly white student population in the 80s received. According to the report’s Executive Summary, “California is spending less for each student today, when nearly ...

Trump inaugurated and protests break out

January 20, 2017 News

On a rainy day in Washington D.C. at 12 p.m., Donald J. Trump was sworn in at the steps of the Capitol Building as the 45th president of the United States. At the same time, violent protests erupted throughout the nation’s capital in response, according to the New York Times. Things became violent about an ...

SF State student killed, boyfriend arrested

December 19, 2016 News

An SF State student died early Saturday morning from injuries sustained during an alleged domestic dispute, according to ABC7 News. Kron 4 News reported that police were called to the victim’s home at 18 Fairview Avenue in Daly City around 12:07 a.m., where Ariana Hatami was identified with severe injuries and taken to San Francisco ...

Crab returns to Vista Room with clean bill of health

November 30, 2016 News

Steaming bowls of cioppino are one of the dishes that may be graced with the return of crab to the kitchens of the student-run Vista Room this winter. Crabbing season was shut down last year on the California coast due to a harmful algae that was being found in dungeness crabs. “Last year the entire ...

SF State hosts post-election Community Forum

November 29, 2016 Multimedia

SF State hosted a Community Forum on November 10, to allow students and faculty a safe space to voice their feelings and opinions regarding Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. The event held in Jack Adams Hall, was lead by Derethia Duval, the director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Read more: Emotions Run ...

My relatives’ love of Trump brings hateful rhetoric to Thanksgiving dinner

November 16, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos” align=”alignnone” width=”800″][/media-credit] At the start of Thanksgiving break last year, I was excited. I was looking forward to spending the holiday with my uncle, cousins and grandpa, despite the tedious two-hour drive to Sacramento. Sitting around a cramped table with family, re-connecting over roast turkey and steaming plates of mashed potatoes ...

Degree Planner launching in November aims to ease scheduling

November 2, 2016 News

Students will have a bit more help when it comes to planning and creating class schedules when a new online roadmap called “Degree Planner” is launched on Nov. 21. The planner works to create a class schedule that fits a student’s major, putting them on track for graduation. Initially, it will be available for degrees ...

If Donald Trump were president of our university, he would be fired

October 26, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos ” align=”alignnone” width=”560″][/media-credit] Imagine if we had a president at our University who would not allow undocumented students to receive an education, made birth control difficult to get and who spoke disrespectfully about women, people with disabilities and people of color. If the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, was president of ...

Drought not nixed despite bouts of heavy rainfall

October 24, 2016 News

Over the weekend, the unfamiliar sound of the pitter patter of rain intensified to a din as people donned their rain boots and lugged around their waterlogged umbrellas in the first rainstorm that San Francisco has seen since March. Despite the early rainfall however, California’s drought is far from over. In the space of three ...

Hacking club geared up for hackathon

October 18, 2016 News 1 Comment

SF State’s Hacking Club ventured from its computer room in the science building on Saturday to attend a hacking workshop and training day in downtown San Francisco presented by Hacking EDU and IBM. The workshop was hosted by Dev Bootcamp on Folsom Street, a web development bootcamp that works to provide technical and interpersonal skills ...

“Bite the Ballot” aims to register 3,000 students

October 5, 2016 News

The smell of sizzling tacos wafted through the air, as the sound of Buffalo Springfield’s ‘60s psychedelic rock song “For What It’s Worth” serenaded a crowd of about 40 at Malcolm X Plaza at the annual “Bite the Ballot!” voter registration event, Wednesday afternoon. The event, which continues into Thursday, brought local candidates and proposition ...

Interactive Profiles: Meet ASI’s Executive Board members

October 4, 2016 Multimedia

The Associated Students, Inc. Executive Board, consists of a selection of leaders from student government, with aims to encourage collaboration across the campus in addition to serving as a resource for student groups and organizations. New board members stressed the need to improve unification at SF State and said they welcome student input. To learn ...

Visiting quake researcher shares research, warning

September 28, 2016 News

Scientists and educators gathered last week to hear a visiting professor’s latest research on the San Andreas Fault. Kim Blisniuk, assistant professor in the department of Geology at San Jose State University, discussed the 100,000 year geomorphic history of large earthquake displacements on the fault in the fourth installment of the Distinguished Speakers Series hosted ...

Wellness Center overshadows the need for better student dorms

September 15, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Jessylyn Los Banos ” align=”alignnone” width=”560″][/media-credit] Walking past the shiny new facade of the new wellness center that is under construction, I can’t help comparing it to the lackluster appearance of my apartment building in University Park North, clad with dangling wires and broken windows. When I first moved into UPN as a junior ...

BECA’S Studio One Gets a Facelift from ABC 7 Donation

September 13, 2016 News

ABC 7 KGO donated its studio news set to SF State’s broadcast and electronic communication arts department, where the set will replace the four-year-old set in BECA’s Studio One. The set will also be used for the department’s student-run newscast “State of Events” which is slated to air later this fall according to Vinay Shrivastava, ...