SF State leads California public university system with affordable education, efficient administration

December 14, 2012

California’s state plan for public education promises college students affordable higher education, but a steady decrease in state funding for the past 50 years threatens that promise. In fact, 81 percent of  Californians say that California’s public university regents and trustees are not doing enough to control rising tuition costs, according to a Reason-Rupe/Princeton poll. Despite a tuition ...

Gaming is good for your health

December 13, 2012 Opinion

It started with “Pong.” A simple game of table tennis on a black and white TV screen. Two lines represent paddles and a square dot for the ball. Nerds rejoiced as gaming fever hit the world in 1972. The gaming industry has come a long way since then. Social media has opened up the world ...

"Venus On Mars" unfolds cosmic tale

December 11, 2012 1 Comment

With NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover constantly sending back new data about Mars, eyes are on the sky. SF State cinema professor Jan Millsapps’ gaze has been pointed toward the skies for years. Her second history-based novel, “Venus On Mars,” is all about finding one’s place in the cosmos. Millsapps had a release party for the book ...

Jazz@Work fuses music with business customs

December 11, 2012 News 1 Comment

Entrepreneurs are always looking for new ways of doing business and often turn to CEOs, venture capitalists and money managers for inspiration. But SF State lecturer and jazz musician Andrew Speight believes that it’s jazz musicians they should turn to. Speight and business management professor Ron Purser have worked together to create Jazz@Work, a workshop that combines ...

Philosophy professor Bas van Fraassen earns Hempel Lifetime Achievement Award

November 27, 2012

For some scholars, receiving a lifetime achievement award means the hard work is over. But not for philosophy professor Bas van Fraassen. “(I) don’t plan to take it as saying that now I can stop working,” he said. Van Fraassen was awarded the Hempel Lifetime Achievement Award by the Philosophy of Science Association at a conference in ...

International Education Week unearths cultural awareness

November 5, 2012 News

SF State will host the world’s largest International Education Week Nov. 13 through 16, according to the Office of International Programs. “We have no money, everything that we do is donated from other departments (involved in the project),” Jay Ward, director of International Education Week, said. “It’s a volunteer effort from start to end.” Programs ...

Why we need a televised science debate

November 3, 2012 Opinion 1 Comment

Hurricane Sandy reminds us that global warming is not a topic to be swept under the rug. However, when Shawn Otto, CEO of ScienceDebate.org asked both presidential candidates to participate in Climate Desk Live, a science debate held in D.C. on Nov. 1, neither showed up. The Obama campaign sent a surrogate and the Romney ...

Prop. 32 reduces political power of unions

October 31, 2012

As the role of money in politics continues to increase, one proposition facing California voters aims to limit contributions from certain groups. Yet opponents say that special exemptions in the law leave the political process open to outside influence. Proposition 32 would stop unions and corporations from using payroll money for political purposes and prevent ...

AB 540 cultivates academic opportunities for undocumented students

October 9, 2012

With the current immigration-conscious political climate and a possible Barack Obama victory this fall, undocumented students could be looking forward to fewer roadblocks along the path to higher education. Acts of legislation like Assembly Bill 540, which grants eligible undocumented students access to in-state tuition, and the recently enacted DREAM Act, are changing the scenario ...

SF State researchers show smart growth urban planning conserves energy

September 25, 2012

There’s more to this green revolution than just reuse, reduce and recycle. The effort to conserve the planet will have to include changing the ways in which people get where they need to go. A new behavioral economics study out of SF State shows how “smart” urban growth can contribute to a reduction in vehicle ...

SF State ZomBee Watch encourages community to help track 'zombified' bees

September 19, 2012

Researchers at SF State are calling on all citizen scientists to do their part in tracking bee parasites, a possible link to the disappearance of honeybees in hives across the U.S. In 2011 entomologist John Hafernik and graduate student Christopher Quock found dead bees crawling with maggots in the northern corner of the SF State campus. ...

SF State psychology professor publishes article linking hate speech to violent acts

September 12, 2012

This November, students will have to sift through speeches and public appearances from the nation’s political leaders and candidates of this election cycle to cast a meaningful vote. Here at SF State, psychologists have peeled back another layer of our political reality. University researchers have found that verbal cues given in speeches by ideological leaders can ...

SF State to host job fair Thursday Sept. 6

September 5, 2012

“Now Hiring.” The phrase can be both a blessing and a curse. These words, especially when posted on the internet, lure many lost, confused and discouraged job seekers into possible scams and inevitable dead ends. Fortunately for students, SF State offers solutions to unemployment that can give students professional experience for the future. “I enjoy ...