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March 28, 2018 News 1 Comment

XPRESS: What is your response to SF State’s Tenants Rights group ‘condemnation’ for allegedly raising rents on employee housing and evicting residents who have retired? WONG: We’re in a very complex issue now [with] what I would like to call legacy tenants that were in those spaces when we purchased that property in 2005. We ...

Student voice must be at the forefront of change

December 1, 2015 Opinion

President Leslie E. Wong announced that a pouring rights agreement would not be settled Nov. 19 to a bevy of students and faculty members in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The response from those in attendance was clear: Thanks for making the right decision, but include us in the conversation at an earlier point. “Behind my back, ...

Education is the only way to root out transphobia

November 17, 2015 Opinion

Although San Francisco is often thought of a safe haven for LGBTQ community, the ugly reality of transphobic violence and discrimination tells a different story. Time and time again, we are reminded that being transgender in our society is misunderstood and feared. The U.S. as a whole must shift its reliance on the gender binary ...

Inaction is not an option in the face of racism

November 10, 2015 Opinion

University of Missouri President Timothy M. Wolfe handed in his resignation Monday after football players and a graduate student rallied against his inadequate response to a string of racist incidents. “This institution is a source of pride for the state and beacon of hope for many young people from all walks of life, and it ...

Prison reform is crucial as Obama urges new post-incarceration reforms

November 3, 2015 Opinion

President Barack Obama announced a comprehensive plan Nov. 2 to bolster rehabilitation for former inmates.  At the top of his list is an $8 million grant to fund reentry education programs for those previously in jail and an $8.7 million grant funding permanent supportive housing programs that will provide stable housing and end the cycle of chronic homelessness among ...

Stringent gun regulations only way to stanch flow of blood

October 31, 2015 Opinion 10 Comments

San Francisco’s last gun shop, the High Bridge Arms, is scheduled to close later this month as a result of strict gun regulations in the city. According to The Guardian, gun dealers in San Francisco are required “to carry liability insurance, report inventory details and keep records of ammunition sales.” These regulations are in addition ...

Sex education must be more comprehensive

October 20, 2015 Opinion

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this month mandating sexual health education for all students in public schools from seventh to 12th grade as of Jan. 1, 2016. Prior to this, state law merely sanctioned schools to teach “age-appropriate” reproductive health education and only mandated that they educate students about HIV/AIDS. Though Brown’s law ...

Housing must not isolate disadvantaged students

October 14, 2015 Opinion

Diversity has always been at the core of our university’s values. In November, SF State will celebrate the 46th anniversary of the College of Ethnic Studies, the only one of its kind. The school was just ranked No. 24 on Best College Reviews’ list of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country. As we ...

Food waste contributes to economic disparity, ecological calamity

September 30, 2015 Opinion

It’s incredible that millions of people in this country don’t know where their next meal is coming from. What’s even more incredible are the billions of pounds of consumable food that is casually tossed in the trash every year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled their plan earlier this month to ...

House’s Planned Parenthood bill attacks women’s rights

September 22, 2015 Opinion

The U.S. House of Representatives announced its intention to violate the inalienable rights of American citizens Friday, when it voted to deny millions of women access to affordable reproductive health care. The House passed a bill to freeze all federal funding for Planned Parenthood Sept. 18. According to the bill text, the plan would withhold ...

Wage gap too large to ignore

September 16, 2015 Opinion

The fact that women make 78 cents over their lifetime to every dollar that men make over theirs has become well known in the last few years, but recent data from the U.S. Department of Education compiled by the New York Times paints an even grimmer reality. According to the article, women enrolled at elite colleges ...

Standardized testing is an artificial measure of success

September 10, 2015 Opinion

A person’s life shouldn’t be defined by the failure of one standardized test, and California Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to make sure that it isn’t. On Friday, Brown asked Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to amend Senate Bill 172, which would retroactively grant diplomas to California high school students who have failed the California Exit Exam ...

CSU oversteps authority on Taser issue

September 2, 2015 Opinion

The California State University reached an agreement with the State University Police Association Aug. 27 that mandates that campus police officers have access to an array of equipment, including Tasers. In an email to the CSU presidents and police chiefs, among others, Assistant Vice Chancellor Michael Redmond outlined the details of the new collective bargaining ...

Students must call for action as loan crisis reaches critical mass

August 26, 2015 Opinion

For many students, earning a college degree follows the same narrative: attend college, take out student loans and, upon graduation, spend the years that follow working to pay off what is owed. But the process of paying off student loans isn’t as straightforward as making payments month after month. The reality is that students face ...

Staff Editorial: Opposition drives dedication

January 29, 2015 Opinion

We are all here to better our education and find success in the professional world, but it really doesn’t have to be so damn scary. As students, we are regularly quizzed on what our plans will be once we are free from the gripping perils of college existence, but as journalism students, we are constantly ...

A line needs to be drawn in student-teacher relationships

November 18, 2014 Opinion

It starts with a chat during a professor’s office hours. Then the relationship thickens, and a cup of coffee is shared among buddies. Soon after, the two find themselves getting beers in the pub, discussing topics from the most recent lecture. Before you know it, a professor and student are having drinks outside of campus ...

Bay Guardian’s closure sparks new era in local journalism

October 21, 2014 Opinion

Since the San Francisco Bay Guardian closed last week, columnists have been hypothesizing about the cause. Was it a bad business model or the paper’s dwindling progressive audience? Whether the event signifies the death or rebirth of local news, it was a turning point for local journalism. Any solution to the problem will come from ...

University funds should be spent on students, not buildings

October 15, 2014 Opinion

Capital funds don’t come along easily, so when they do, they better be spent on something worthwhile. A $86.4 million wellness center—or a campus extension in Hunter’s Point—may be nice to have, but there are more pressing matters to resolve first with such constrained funds. SF State, your eyes are bigger than your pocketbook. They ...

President Wong supports student activism at SF State

December 11, 2013 Opinion 2 Comments

Drawn by Kirstie Haruta From the strike of 1968 to today’s student organized rallies, SF State has a legacy of student involvement and activism — as it should. Through the years, there has been a growing sense of disengagement from the student perspective. Unfortunately, this has resulted in ambivalence toward the University and its community. ...

Alleged shooter of Justin Valdez to be arraigned today

October 2, 2013 News

Nikhom Thephakaysone will be arraigned today, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. on three felony charges including the murder of Justin Valdez; they were both SF State students. Valdez, the 20-year-old sophomore was fatally shot in the back of the head at about 9:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, after getting off an eastbound M-Ocean View Muni ...

Shed cynicism, stay hopeful in memory of Justin Valdez

October 1, 2013 Opinion

The random and senseless killing of Justin Valdez this last week left SF State and its extended community of family and friends shaken. Too often we are bombarded by local news of motiveless and unnecessary murders, young lives being cut short and the heartbreak of losing a loved one. We are left confused, devastated and ...

California should legalize non-citizen driver’s licenses

September 24, 2013 Opinion

Cartoon by Kirstie Haruta California will soon become the tenth state to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. The bill, which Gov. Jerry Brown signaled he would sign, will enable an estimated 3.5 million non-citizens in California to become legally registered drivers with the state, and obtain liability insurance that would protect them and others ...