SF State fights student homelessness

May 9, 2018 News

A leadership panel on homelessness tackled barriers and solutions to student homelessness in the wake of recent tent encampment sweeps on the streets of San Francisco. Justin Wellins of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Homeless Outreach Team explained that San Francisco has the highest number of laws criminalizing homelessness. The most recent law, according to SF ...

Mashouf sees increase in petty theft

May 2, 2018 News

Mashouf Wellness Center experienced 10 petty thefts, which accounted for at least 60 percent of the total petty theft incidents on campus in the past 60 days. According to the University Police Department crime log, petty theft is currently the most frequent crime committed on campus followed by vandalism, auto burglary, grand theft and burglary. ...

SF State opens a new museum

May 2, 2018 News

Ancient triple nesting sarcophagi stole the spotlight at SF State’s Global Museum’s inaugural opening on April 26. The new museum featured four different sections: collections from the Americas, Oceana, Africa, and ancient Egypt. In choosing the art pieces for the inaugural opening, Director of the Global Museum Paige Alison Bardolph and her team considered key ...

Social media ‘brain hacking’

April 4, 2018 Opinion

Everything I’ve hated about myself — from my hair, to my body, my accomplishments, my relationships — stemmed from what I’ve seen on social media. It goes without saying that social media is a part of most Americans’ lives. I don’t know anybody who isn’t on social media. It’s fun. It’s a way to connect ...

ASI Farmer’s Market will start accepting EBT cards

March 28, 2018 News

After a two-year process, SF State’s farmers market will soon be able to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to address food insecurity on campus. In 2016, the CSU Chancellor’s Office released a report indicating that approximately “one in four students were food insecure and one in 10 were housing displaced.” Adding EBT access to ...

Mental illness and gun control: Is it to blame for mass shootings?

March 7, 2018 Opinion 1 Comment

When mass shootings, especially school shootings, occur in the United States, gun advocates always blame the shooter’s mental issues while the opposing side chooses gun control laws as a solution. Immediately after the mass shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Fl, I couldn’t help but notice my far-right Facebook friends ...

Gig economy makes filing taxes for students complicated

March 1, 2018 News

Many students working in the “gig” economy struggle during the tax filing season due to lack of knowledge regarding their obligations and deductions. “Gig” economy jobs include occupations that are not permanent such as Uber, Lyft, Door Dash and other short-term contracts or freelance jobs. Last filing season, students who were in the gig economy ...

SF State develops new “Animals on Campus” policies

February 28, 2018 News

SF State’s Department of Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) is currently developing new policies regarding emotional support animals on campus. When it comes to animals on campus, the University currently only has policies implemented for service animals which are defined as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for ...

On-campus petty theft and burglary on the decline

January 31, 2018 News

Burglary incidents at SF State experienced a steady increase over the past couple of years. While petty theft incidents have decreased, it continues to be the most frequently reported occurring crime on campus. According to University Deputy Chief of Police Reginald Parson, burglary and petty theft may be attributed the University’s open campus policy that ...

Untouchable portrays viewpoints on racism and white privilege

December 15, 2017 Opinion

With just the right amount of angst and passion, Eminem’s Untouchable details the two sides of racial injustice. The first two verses of the song confront the criminalization of the African-American culture, a practice that was once widely accepted and though it has been reduced, it still exists today in our criminal justice system. Eminem’s ...

Campus-wide repairs caused hot water shut-down

December 13, 2017 News

Water line repairs on campus caused an emergency hot water shut down affecting Mashouf Wellness Center on Nov. 14 and the Vista room on Nov. 17. University facilities services sent the wellness center an email on Nov. 14 stating that they had to shut down hot water amenities in all nonresidential buildings in order to ...

More LGBTQ+ visibility can lower stigmas

December 6, 2017 Opinion

From the legalization of same sex marriage to the inception of all-gender public restrooms, this nation has made some remarkable progress when it comes to accepting and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals as members of society. However, it’s undeniable that Donald Trump’s anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, from his campaign to his presidency, has made all of this progress seem ...

Public prayer aims to reject misconceptions about Islam

November 22, 2017 News 2 Comments

Muslim students from SF State and CCSF gathered on Friday afternoon to pray at Malcolm X Plaza despite having had to face criticisms in the past. SF State’s Muslim student association, in partnership with CCSF’s MSA, arranged to do Jumaa, a congregational Friday prayer, together. SF State’s Muslim students usually did this in the Rosa ...

Wasting food is more than just a moral issue

November 21, 2017 Opinion

Every week for the past months, I have thrown out at least five bags of kale mixes that I had forgotten about. I felt guilty each time, because not only was I wasting food, but money as well. Food waste goes beyond just moral or financial issues. It’s also an environmental issue that needs to ...

New undergrad advisor brings fresh perspective

November 1, 2017 News

Jason Jacobson, the new director of Undergraduate Advising Center at SF State, talked about his past career achievements and future plans as students piled up at the advising center to seek out assistance in navigating their paths to graduation. Jacobson left his position as the retention and academic success coordinator of the Thunderbird academic program ...

ASI moves forward with a new board after a controversial election

May 2, 2017 News

The new board members of Associated Students, Inc. took their oaths in Jack Adams Hall on Monday, after weeks of careful deliberation on how to address conflicts surrounding the election. Jacqueline Foley, ASI’s official new president, is releasing a statement this week focusing on moving forward. Foley’s slate, Stronger Together, dealt with grievances during past ...

ASI board members discuss new election process

April 28, 2017

The Associated Students, Inc. board of directors ruled that a re-election would be too expensive after the judicial council made the proposal due to grievances candidates filed against one another. Candidates filed grievances against one another this past month during the ASI election, claiming that their opponents have broken election codes, such as campaigning in ...

Berkeley police investigate alumnus connection to rally assault

April 23, 2017 News 17 Comments

The Berkeley Police Department is investigating a former Diablo Valley College teacher accused of assaulting a Trump supporter at a protest in Berkeley. Anonymous users on 4Chan, a public online bulletin board, identified philosophy professor Eric Clanton as the masked man who hit a Trump supporter over the head with a bike lock at a ...

Tuition freeze bill moves through state Assembly committees

April 20, 2017 News

The Higher Education Committee approved Assembly bills Tuesday that will benefit California students if passed, including one that would freeze tuition until December 2020. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and leaders of the California Faculty Association authored AB-393, also known as the Student Protection Act, which could freeze California State University system tuition to December 2016 rates. ...

Allegations of misconduct plague ASI election

April 19, 2017 News

The Associated Students, Inc. judicial council held a third hearing that tackled grievances filed against ASI candidates suspected of breaking election code. Rodrigo Polidano, a science and engineering representative candidate, filed a grievance against his opponent Mohammed Alnuzaili, accusing him of posting campaign fliers in certain areas of campus not allowed for campaigning. Alnuzaili posted ...

Students and faculty gather to tackle Islamophobia

April 7, 2017 News 2 Comments

The Muslim Student Association organized a teach-in event on Thursday afternoon in order to give Muslim students and faculty a chance to communicate their concerns and thoughts on Islamophobia Students encouraged faculty to create a welcoming environment for Muslim students in light of today’s political climate by addressing ways to combat prejudices within the SF ...

University Park South experiences a second break-in this year

April 5, 2017 News

An apartment in the University Park South area was burglarized on Saturday night while tenants were out. University Park South is an apartment complex owned by the University where some students reside due to its convenient location near campus. According to University Police Department Deputy Chief Reginald Parson, UPS has seen 10 residential burglaries since ...

Indecent exposure reported at the J. Paul Leonard library

April 2, 2017 News

An indecent exposure incident occurred in the J. Paul Leonard library Saturday afternoon. The incident happened at 3:19 p.m. on April 1 when a non-SF State affiliated female, who was studying on the fourth floor of the library, alerted the University Police Department of a man with his shorts down, holding his erect penis while ...

ASI inspires students to fight against tuition increase

March 20, 2017 News 2 Comments

Associated Students Inc. collected testimonials from students at Malcolm X Plaza Wednesday to reject a tuition increase proposed for the fall semester. “This is crunch time,” said Celia LoBuono Gonzalez, ASI’s vice president of external affairs. “We really need students to step up and speak their stories.” LoBuono Gonzalez discussed the rainy-day fund Gov. Brown ...

Student moms struggle with lack of campus facilities

March 16, 2017 News

Student mothers are struggling to find a private place to pump breast milk and make diaper changes due to the lack of campus resources for students who have children. According to the Mayo Clinic, pumping stimulates milk production and it is recommended that women pump “for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday.” However, ...

ASI partners up with SF-Marin food bank to help feed hungry students

March 4, 2017 News

Associated Students Incorporated and the SF-Marin food bank launched a pop-up food pantry on campus to address food insecurity among students. ASI, which is in charge of the weekly farmers market in front of the Humanities building, has always been interested in finding ways to help eradicate food insecurity on campus, according to Horace Montgomery, ...

Student Affairs’ healthy snack program goes unnoticed

March 2, 2017 News 1 Comment

The Health Promotion and Wellness unit of Student Affairs launched Nourishing Minds this semester in order to promote healthy snacking habits, but students remain unaware of the new program due to lack of advertising. The program is designed to help students determine which specific snacks and food help students achieve success. The department piloted the ...

Student Health Services promotes wellness with Halloween spirit

October 27, 2016 Life

Student Health Services hosted a Halloween-themed open house Wednesday to promote stress management techniques and student success. The Student Health Center was transformed into a Halloween house and costumed staff handed out treats to attract students to come in and talk about stress management techniques. The SHS Open House planning committee thought this was the ...

Student seeks unconventional relationship by unconventional means

October 22, 2016 Life

While many young people who are seeking a relationship turn to online dating apps, Alex Wong decided he would try an unusual approach. Wong, a broadcast and electronic communication arts graduate student, posted flyers in the Humanities, Health and Social Sciences and Business buildings seeking responses from women who are willing to engage in a ...

New USCF-baseed bioengineering center opens its doors to SF State

October 11, 2016 Life

SF State is partnering with Blue Sky, a bioengineering center based at University of California San Francisco, and has selected seven graduate students and seven faculty members to participate in the center’s research projects. The National Science Foundation has recently released funding for both the bioengineering center and its researchers, which will include seven SF ...

New health center appointment system speeds up service

September 12, 2016 News

Students have found relief from overcrowding and long waits in the Student Health Center since the implementation of a new online appointment system last semester. In the past, the SF State health center has struggled with overcapacity in the waiting room due to an online booking system that wasn’t designed to adequately categorize appointments by ...