SF State students fight to meet with professors as class sizes grow

April 10, 2012

As budget cuts widen the chasm between student and faculty populations, some students may be struggling more than others for a little face time with their full-time instructors. In 2010, some SF State disciplines had nearly 100 students per professor, according to various data from the SF State enrollment office and school budget binders. Business ...

SF State restructures departments as part of college merger

April 3, 2012 News

While last year’s college consolidation involved a considerable amount of restructuring, more extensive department reorganization looms in the distance. Turning some departments into programs whilst merging others is the University’s next step to save funds, according to Provost Sue Rosser. Such a transition from department to program includes changes such as sharing funding, resources and ...

VIDEO: What would compel you to become more involved in student politics?

March 28, 2012

Most students at SF State know that their status as a commuter school has resulted in low participation rates in campus activities. Associated Students Inc., the campus student government, has famously held elections where candidates run unopposed, and voter turn out is slim. Here, SF State students answer what would compel them to become more involved in ...

UPAC college merger savings falling short of projected $1 million

March 28, 2012

If last year’s complex college merger has saved the SF State $1 million, it is unclear where that money came from, or where it ended up. To date, the University has not explicitly listed the administrative costs the merger eliminated. While the University Planning Advisory Council cited early on in the consolidation process that the ...

Benefits of SF State college merger still not apparent to some

March 14, 2012 News

One year ago, SF State traded an eight-college structure, two deans and two assistant deans for six colleges and a projected $1 million in savings. But a year after the fact, the merger still seems to be a decision with varied reactions among students and faculty. The merger was first proposed to soften the blow ...

Day of Action rally draws diverse crowd

March 1, 2012 News 1 Comment

Protesters of all professions and ages spoke, sang, chanted and marched while waving brightly-colored signs in English, Spanish and Mandarin during a rally for education and social service funding in front of City Hall this evening. Members of San Francisco community organizations, labor unions, and Occupy movements at the rally addressed a host of problems ...

New BART cars being made overseas is no surprise to experts

February 24, 2012 News

Commuters tired of BART’s carpet-lined compartments have a lot to look forward to in the coming years as the transportation service begins shopping for a firm to build new trains, though the consideration of foreign firms to construct the cars has caused some controversy. The 40-year-old train car fleet will be completely replaced by one ...

Muni to add new streetcar route for America's Cup

January 31, 2012 6 Comments

The San Francisco Municipal Public Transportation Agency plans to extend public transportation to funnel the influx of foot traffic during the America’s Cup races summer 2013, with test runs of the new lines this summer according to SFMTA Urban Planning Initiatives Manager Peter Albert. “The goal is to avoid congestion on the waterfront, giving people ...

SF State hosts memorial service for late professor

December 13, 2011 News

Red drapes line the stage walls, where about 50 current members of the SF State wind ensemble sit on stage, instruments poised, their heads turned away from their sheet music to look up at a video projection of Edwin Kruth teaching his music class from a time before they, and even some of their parents, ...

SF State: are we prepared for a major earthquake?

December 1, 2011 News

It could happen at anytime, anywhere. It starts with distant rumbling followed by the subtle sway of the ground beneath, the superficial evidence of a tumultuous tectonic tumble seething underground. San Francisco has experienced several earthquakes during the past few months, with three at or above 3.8 magnitude during October. “I’ve been here for three ...

Turkey-abstinence on Thanksgiving a humane way to spend the holiday

November 15, 2011 Opinion 1 Comment

There is a stuffed bird carcass lying headless in the middle of your dining room table. It’s the only remains of an animal whose lifetime was spent immobilized in disease-ridden confinement, force-fed antibiotics and a subject of physical violence. Happy Thanksgiving. Abstaining from turkey consumption on Thanksgiving is a way to protest inhumane practices by denying ...

Proposition H will limit opportunities for children, schools

October 31, 2011 Opinion 1 Comment

San Francisco’s Proposition H cleverly disguises an elitist agenda as a policy “for the kids.” Yet the prop has potential to reintroduce class-informed boundaries into the local education system, and must not be voted into policy. The proposition tries to make it official city policy to try to place kids in high school and below in the public school ...

VIDEO: SF State event spotlights Tokyo kimono school, Japanese culture

October 18, 2011

A Japanese student in a bright red kimono teetered into the Humanities Symposium on black, glossy 24-centimeter tall platform sandals Tuesday, as one of the sights to behold at the Kimono Show at SF State. Ten SF State student volunteers modeled kimonos alongside 12 students from the Yuki Kimono School in Tokyo to the tune ...

SF State creative writing professor selected to edit poetry anthology

October 11, 2011

Hearing the word “poetry” might put some to sleep, but post-modern American prose isn’t anything like Emily Dickinson. SF State’s creative writing professor Paul Hoover was selected by publishing giant W. W. Norton & Company to edit a post-modern American poetry anthology that will feature experimental forms of written word. The anthology will reflect the ...

Republicans: a look at political minority at SF State

October 6, 2011 1 Comment

In a campus that is home to students of different religions, races, ages, ethnicities and classes, there is one group whose absence is palpable. If Republicans do in fact exist at SF State, some students might think they’ve gone into hiding. SF State’s Republican voice has gone somewhat muted in the year-and-a-half long absence of ...

Ocean Beach coastline might disappear due to beach erosion

September 24, 2011 News

The next time you’re at Ocean Beach, make sure to take a picture for the grandchildren, because it might not be there much longer. According to a study published by SF State economics professor Philip King, a phenomenon called beach erosion is making the coastline of Ocean Beach disappear. The erosion will cause $540 million ...

Women often outnumbered in engineering

September 14, 2011

In every engineering classroom Ingri Lopez has stepped inside, she routinely finds herself as the lone female in an area of men. While female students outnumber their male counterparts at SF State by more than a 12 percent difference, the gender ratio in engineering classrooms is contradictory. “It seems like a manly thing,” said Lopez, ...

Parking Day SFSU

Students turn parking spaces into parks for PARK(ing) day

September 12, 2011

Students who drove to SF State Thursday might have noticed the campus was a few metered spaces short due to temporary gardens, beds and benches erected in their place for the school’s third annual PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day didn’t just cause headaches for those trying to find parking, but also allowed design students to demonstrate ...

Dream Act will aid rather than deter economy

September 5, 2011 Opinion

The second part of the California Dream Act has shimmied past the state legislature and now awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s promised stamp of approval. Though the law is long overdue, not everyone is a fan. While there will be no name-dropping, there are certain sects of society that think of the Dream Act as the ...