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The awkward decision of moving back home after graduation

May 21, 2015 Opinion 3 Comments

[media-credit name=” Harlan Frost” align=”alignleft” width=”433″][/media-credit] Five thousand happy SF State students will be celebrating their graduation at the 114th commencement ceremony at AT&T Park this Friday. The six-hour-long event is going to be an exercise in patience, at least for me. Don’t get me wrong, I could not be more excited to be done with ...

Alumnus arbitrator advocate for undeserved communities and labor rights

April 7, 2015 News

Representing San Francisco senior citizens in legal matters like racial discrimination and housing, SF State alumnus Carlos Torres began his career as an advocate for underserved communities. Torres said he developed his passion for labor rights while working at La Raza Centro Legal, a nonprofit legal service in the Mission District. “It was really working ...

Student remembered for hard work ethic after unexpected death

February 25, 2015 News

Trudging through the backcountry areas of San Mateo county with Search and Rescue Explorer Post 830, SF State student Luis Rubalcaba spent much of his late teen years working with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office participating in search and rescue missions. Head held high wherever he went, Rubalcaba caught the attention of professors and peers with his positive ...

Student found dead in San Mateo due to boating accident

February 19, 2015 News

An SF State student was found dead off of Coyote Point in San Mateo following a boating accident involving two other victims Feb. 17, University officials confirmed. Luis Rubalcaba, a student in SF State’s criminal justice department, was the second body recovered in the search effort, according to Interim Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley. ...

Late-night sexual assault increases campus awareness

February 11, 2015 News

An unknown subject allegedly groped a female’s breasts and groin and threatened her with a sharp object on campus Thursday morning, according to a report by University officials. The University Police Department received reports just before 1 a.m. of a suspect who pulled a female victim into the bushes outside Burk Hall. The assault continued ...

Police receive report of sexual assault outside Burk Hall

February 5, 2015 News

A University email alert informed students and staff of a reported sexual battery that took place on campus Thursday morning at around 1 a.m. The University Police Department received reports of an unknown male suspect who followed the victim down from the Cesar Chavez Student Center to the pathway between Burk Hall and the Student ...

Cal State system commits to increase graduation rate

January 28, 2015 Life News

The Chancellor of the California State University system announced a new plan to improve graduation rates at the State of the CSU address in Long Beach Jan. 27. In his address, Timothy P. White, seventh chancellor of the CSU system, celebrated the achievements of the program, discussed the current state of affairs and announced a ...

SF State first public university to commence at AT&T Park

January 27, 2015 Life News

SF State graduates will celebrate the University’s 114th commencement this year at San Francisco’s beloved AT&T Park. SF State will be the first public university to carry out its graduation at the park since the stadium opened in 2000. Moving the ceremony from Cox Stadium to AT&T Park will save money and provide the school with ...

Torrential storm soaks the Bay Area; Schools issue closures

December 12, 2014 News 1 Comment

San Francisco residents braced themselves Thursday as a storm caused sweeping power outages, flooding and public transportation disruptions. The National Weather Service issued advisories for San Francisco County Wednesday Dec. 10 through early Friday morning, citing strong winds, high surf and flash flooding. The heavy rain and strong winds prompted the closure of all public ...

Mark Dreger (left) and Janice Li (right) taking biking to the first stop of prospective sites concerning cycling traffic by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Transportation experts meet with community to refocus 19th Avenue project on bicycle friendliness

November 2, 2014 News

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency and local bicyclists came together Saturday to reimagine a more bike-friendly transportation corridor for 19th Avenue. Representatives from the SFMTA invited local bicyclists to the J. Paul Leonard Library Saturday to discuss a proposed project that would realign the M-Ocean View Muni line to facilitate a growing population and alleviate ...

Campus Sustainability Festival encourages students to engage protecting the environment

October 23, 2014 News

SF State students and volunteers from around the Bay Area came together last week to celebrate the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Festival with environmentally friendly activities like planting fruit orchards and repurposing discarded jeans. Various departments, several student clubs and a few outside nonprofit groups collaborated to put together eight events on campus — many ...

Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, poses for a photo after his lecture on "Updates From the Front Lines of the Climate Fight" at McKenna Theatre Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Global warming and SF State: famous environmentalist Bill McKibben shares thoughts on campus

October 19, 2014 News

Best-selling author and outspoken environmentalist Bill McKibben lit a fire underneath SF State students Thursday with a lecture on climate change and the global fight for environmental justice. SF State’s environmental studies department invited McKibben to lead a discussion on 350.org, an international climate movement that seeks to incite change through globally coordinated grassroots campaigns. ...

Design student rethink urban space for worldwide (Park)ing Day

September 23, 2014 News

Tiny parklets and environmental installations sprung up around campus last Thursday in celebration of Park(ing) Day, an annual event reclaiming urban space for public use. SF State students in the design and industry department organized nine unique installations this year, all of which were geared toward critically examining how we utilize environmental resources.  Rebar, an ...

The Cox Stadium is usually bustling with students exercising in the morning but the recent rainfall left the track and field deserted Thursday morning, Sept. 18.

Bay Area experiences first rain in months

September 18, 2014 News

SF State experienced some much needed rain early Thursday morning for the first time in more than a month. Showers began to fall all over the Bay Area as a Pacific weather system moved across the northwestern part of the state, bringing unseasonably cool temperatures and light winds, according to the National Weather Service. Beth ...

A stump is all that remains of a tree that was taken down in front of the Ethnic Studies and Pyschology Building, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

University to eliminate more than 100 hazardous trees

September 16, 2014 News

Grounds staff removed the first of 103 trees deemed hazardous on campus last week. An expert who surveyed the area over the summer recommended several trees for removal because of their weakening structural integrity and proximity to high-density walkways, according to an email to faculty. SF State plans to remove the most dangerous 55 trees ...

A sprinkler head hides in the gardens above the Student Health Center on camp at SF State. Many of the irrigation systems on campus have been converted to reduce water use says, SF State sustainability coordinator, Sharon Darophonhdeth.

University could face doubled rates amid new water regulation

September 8, 2014 News

City utility officials approved double rates to take effect Oct. 1 for customers who do not reduce their water consumption by at least 10 percent of what they used during the corresponding month last year. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) approved the mandate, which applies to customers with accounts specifically for outdoor watering, ...

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has grown tremendously famous on social media, but some argue that the trendiness of the challenge oversteps the merit behind the charity. Dominique Santos / Special to Xpress.

Trendiness in Ice Bucket Challenge overshadows the charitable message

September 2, 2014 Opinion

Can we stop the whole ice bucket challenge thing now and just go back to donating? The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media phenomenon that is intended to promote awareness about ALS, a crippling disease that affects between 12,000 and 30,000 Americans, depending on where you get your figures. The ...

Tim Stone, third year, works the front desk at the Bike Barn at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday September 2, 2014. Stone has been working at the bike barn for a year now.

SF State rolls out new bicycle maintenance program

September 2, 2014 News

A new bike safety and repair program will wheel through campus starting mid-September to accommodate the growing bicycling community and curb the University’s environmental impact. The Power to the Pedal project will sponsor bi-monthly educational workshops to provide information on bike safety and repair, as well as a mobile maintenance station on campus. According to ...