Peaceful Berkeley rally sparks conversation but offers no solution

April 29, 2017 News

Despite a handful of minor arrests and several enthusiastic debates, the “alt-right” rally in Berkeley on Thursday ended on a surprisingly peaceful note. In stark contrast to rallies and protests since February, conversations and handshakes transpired between opposing parties and there was no sign of the violence that plagued recent protests. The civility may have ...

Letter from the editor

April 16, 2017 News Opinion

The SF State community experienced an especially trying past week. The surprising announcement and sudden cancellation of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s speech Thursday stirred controversy and invoked emotional response among multitudes of individuals and organizations — reactions rippled out from our campus and into the international realm. Given the fallout from Barkat’s speech in April ...

We the media stand united

February 28, 2017

We the people of the media stand united in defense of the First Amendment and loyal to the public we are charged with serving. Today, the Golden Gate Xpress joins college and professional media outlets across the country to condemn recent attacks on the freedom of the press. The current administration has declared a war ...

Day 9 in Trumpland

January 28, 2017 Opinion

Another three executive orders were signed by the president today, all of which are important in some way. But Saturday’s biggest story centered around the sudden and chaotic implementation of Trump’s refugee ban. Among the 109 people detained at airports across the country were several legal residents and green card holders. Protests sprung up at ...

Day 8 in Trumpland

January 27, 2017 News Opinion

Extreme vetting: With yet another executive action signed on Friday, the new president has adopted some extreme measures to vet refugees seeking to enter the United States. CNN obtained a copy of the draft and reported that it contains a 30-day ban on all refugees from seven different countries, including Iraq and Syria, and will ...

Day 7 in Trumpland

January 26, 2017 Opinion

Voter fraud: Thursday began with the anticipation of a press conference to address the president’s recent obsession with voter fraud. Initial reports indicated that he would sign a directive ordering an investigation into what he believes could be up to 5 million fraudulent ballots cast for Hillary Clinton. Despite the hesitance of many in his ...

Day 6 in Trumpland

January 25, 2017 Opinion

It was a busy day for the new president as he began implementing changes that would be felt for many years to come. Immigration, border security and the wall: President Trump authorized the immediate planning and future construction of the “wall with a big, very beautiful door” along the southern border of the U.S., and ...

The first 100 days of President Trump

January 25, 2017 Opinion

Donald J. Trump made a lot of huge promises on the campaign trail, and in early November he published his “Contract with the American Voter,” which outlined his priorities for the first 100 days of his presidency. Now that he’s become President Trump, we’ll be looking at what he and his administration actually do with ...

Nonprofits step up where Prop Q falls short

December 7, 2016 News

When voters were asked to consider Proposition Q, it was billed as a “housing not tents” initiative. Now that it’s passed, the city and Department of Public Works are given license beginning in January to remove tents from public sidewalks with a minimum of 24-hours’ notice, offering one night’s shelter space in exchange. But what ...

Faculty accuse SF State of breaching contracts

November 25, 2016 News 1 Comment

What constitutes a legally binding contract? The answer to that question has several SF State faculty members at odds with University administration. An article published by Inside Higher Ed on Monday has exposed what seven professors are calling a breach of contract, and that number is quickly growing. It is common practice for universities to ...

An open letter to all Americans

November 16, 2016 Opinion 2 Comments

Slinging derogatory terms around to describe political leanings has become commonplace in modern American discourse – neither the left-wing nor the alt-right are innocent in that. But one word you don’t hear in many of our polarized conversations of late is the only one that really matters: human. There was a time when politicians and ...

First-time voters wade through the 2016 election

November 8, 2016 News

In this historic election, first time voters will help decide whether California will legalize recreational marijuana and repeal the death penalty and whether our next president will be the first woman to hold the position or the first reality star. Millennial voters have the potential to cast 31 percent of the total ballots. This year ...

Prop 64 kicks up opposition from unexpected places

November 1, 2016 News

California is a mecca of cannabis agriculture and production. Small growers, especially in the Emerald Triangle, have made a living and created a culture around the industry. According to a recent report by The ArcView Group, the state generated $2.7 billion in legal cannabis sales 2015. On Nov. 8, voters will decide if legalizing recreational ...

Peace and Freedom Party candidate talks socialism

October 26, 2016 News

Gloria La Riva doesn’t expect to become the next American president. She knows the odds are stacked against any third-party nominee, let alone a socialist. But that isn’t stopping her from running for the second time. In some states, La Riva will be on the ballot with vice presidential candidate Dennis Banks as the Peace ...

CFA voices strong support for Prop 55

October 7, 2016 News

California Faculty Association members pushed hard in favor of Prop 55 during a student press conference held on Thursday.   CFA President Jennifer Eagan and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon led the conference and explained how the loss of the tax revenue would impact the state’s largest public university system. Prop 55,  known as the ...

Latino enrollment rises, graduation rates lag behind

October 5, 2016 News

Latinos, Chicanos and Mexican Americans comprise the largest ethnic group on the SF State campus. Combined, they make up nearly one-third of the student population. The majority of universities and colleges have shown increased enrollment across the country, but data shows graduation rates don’t rise as quickly as admission numbers do. The University’s enrollment numbers ...

Suit accuses University of racial discrimination

September 28, 2016 News 26 Comments

A civil rights complaint has been made against SF State and specific faculty members alleging racial discrimination, conflicts of interest and violations of academic policies in the school’s hiring practices. According to the complaint for damages and injunctive relief, filed in January in San Francisco Superior Court:    “Plaintiff alleges that he was repeatedly denied ...

Voter registrars capitalize on Trump unpopularity

September 28, 2016 News

The life-size image of Donald Trump in the quad was not hard to notice, but the tape holding it together was less obvious. One member of the Republican Student Union stood guard next to the cardboard cutout in an effort to protect it from being ripped in half again as it had been earlier on ...

Tax would levy 1 cent per ounce

September 21, 2016 News

San Francisco voters will decide whether or not to add a tax on sugary beverages this November. Proposition V, if it passes, would levy a 1 cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, sweetened ice tea and energy drinks. It would not change taxes paid on food or other beverages. When both ...

Young medical cannabis patients lose access

September 7, 2016 News

Connor Caporicci can’t buy a lighter or pipe to smoke his medical-grade cannabis. Caporicci, a 19-year-old business management major, is a medical cannabis user with a legal prescription for the drug. This is the dilemma some 18 to 20-year-old legal card holders are facing now that California has begun enforcing its new Tobacco 21 Law. ...

Racially charged message found in ethnic studies room

August 27, 2016 News 1 Comment

Update from University spokesperson Jonathan Morales: “UPD has reached out to individuals who may have knowledge of the incident and they ask anyone with more info to come forward to help them identify who may have written the message.” Faculty members of the SF State College of Ethnic Studies department found a racially charged message ...