Golden Gate Xpress San Francisco State News, Sports, Lifestyle & Culture, Opinion, Multimedia 2017-03-24T06:50:50Z WordPress Anna Gonzalez <![CDATA[Tuition hike approved by CSU Board of Trustees]]> 2017-03-23T04:13:56Z 2017-03-23T04:13:56Z Amid protests Wednesday, the California State University system’s governing board voted 11-8 to raise tuition at its 23 campuses – the first raise in six years.

Tuition will increase by $270 per year for in-state students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, up from the current rate of $5, 472 for undergraduate students, which “will generate $77.5 million in net revenue for student success initiatives,” according to a CSU press release.

Timothy White, CSU chancellor, said in a statement that he had no desire to request the increase, but that the funding is required to sustain and ensure a quality education.

“Today’s vote by the California State University Board of Trustees to increase student tuition will unfortunately only increase student debt and make it more difficult for California’s students to graduate from college debt-free,” said 7th District Assemblyman Kevin McCarty in a press release following the vote.

The CSU system released a statement on their website that said: “The tuition increase allows the CSU to recruit more faculty, hire more advisors and add more classes. The proposal also increases the CSU’s commitment to its State University Grants so that students who receive these grants are not adversely affected by any change.”

The CSU website claims that “more than 60 percent of CSU undergraduate students who meet financial aid eligibility will continue to have their tuition, and any increase, fully covered by state waivers, Cal Grants and the CSU’s State University Grant.”

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, representing the 65th District, sent a letter backed by 25 signatures of members in the California Legislature urging the Board of Trustees to reconsider increasing tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year.

In the letter, Quirk-Silva asks the Board of Trustees members to “reconsider the way in which we fund higher education, because high tuition costs constrict access to our institutions of higher education, and deny students and their families the dream of obtaining a degree.”

Lea Fabro <![CDATA[ASI inspires students to fight against tuition increase]]> 2017-03-21T02:36:49Z 2017-03-21T02:36:49Z 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 created in 2016 in an effort to stabilize the budget and safeguard against state debt.

“What does that mean when you have students who are living in their cars, who don’t have enough food to eat, and are just struggling to get by?” LoBuono Gonzalez asked. “I feel like today is when we need to be spending that money.”

ASI called students to meet and talk about the possible increase and encouraged them to participate in a protest at the Board of Trustees delegation meeting scheduled for March 22 in Long Beach.

ASI will present testimonials from students reflecting how the 5 percent tuition increase for California residents and the 6.5 percent increase for non-residents will affect them.

LoBuono Gonzalez said she began spreading the word in October 2016. ASI has sent newsletters to students including links to information about the increase and hosted a town hall meeting last fall to discuss how students can share their testimonials.

According to LoBuono Gonzalez, the goal last Wednesday was to get at least 40 students to sign up to join the protest against the hike. Student protesters plan to take a charter bus from SF State to the venue in Long Beach on Tuesday.

In September of 2016, California State University system Chancellor Timothy P. White emailed the California State Student Association to announce the proposed tuition increase that would take effect in fall 2017, according to LoBuono Gonzalez.

In the same email, White identified top priorities the Board of Trustees plans on addressing with the increased revenues, including Graduation Initiative 2025, enrollment growth, academic facilities, campus infrastructure, employee compensation and mandatory costs like healthcare and retirement for employees.

“The money will go to adding more classes to help students graduate on time,” said Elizabeth Chapin, CSU public affairs manager. “A lot of the classes in the highest demand are unavailable and adding more of those will require more faculty and student advisors.”

According to Chapin, if the state fully funds the CSU system, plans for a tuition increase will be rescinded.

On March 22, the Board of Trustees will be voting on the tuition increase, but even if passed, a final decision will not be made until June when the governor releases the 2017-2018 budget.

Gonzalez thinks the decision on a tuition increase is time-sensitive and needs to be addressed immediately. During the testimonial event she asked students for their opinions and personal stories about how the tuition hike would impact their lives. Students wrote their thoughts on cards, which ASI will bring when they visit the senator and assembly members’ offices.

Rachel Yun, a business major, expressed her frustration about living in an expensive area, such as the Bay Area.

Yun said that she would just have to obtain more loans to cover the added expense from a tuition hike and worries about how she would cover the summer term tuition.

“I’m a full-time worker and a full-time student,” said health education major Loida Morales. “I am also doing an internship to build up my network and my career. A tuition increase means I’d need to work more, which means I won’t have time for a lot of things.”

Being a full-time student while working part time is a struggle that many students already experience with the current tuition.

BECA major Yzabel Cabral also fears she won’t be able to afford equipment necessary for student success nor to take the time off to spend time with friends and family.

“I need a lot of stuff for my major and with a tuition increase; I won’t be able to invest in my career,” Cabral said. “I won’t have time for my social life at all and being able to spend time with friends and family makes me feel good. If I can’t do that because of work and school, then I’ll get stressed out.”

Students like Katherine Jaramillo and Michael Morrisroe aren’t worried the issue will personally affect them but are concerned about the impact to others students and society.

“Any increase is just going to further the gap between those who can afford education and those who cannot,” said Morrisroe. “Knowledge should not be only for those people who can afford it.”

Attendees gathered to form the phrase “No Hikes” toward the end of the Wednesday’s event and 37 students signed up to participate in the March 22 protest in Long Beach where the Board of Trustees will be voting on the proposed tuition increase.

Eli Walsh <![CDATA[Gators drop doubleheader, series to UC San Diego]]> 2017-03-19T23:09:40Z 2017-03-19T23:09:40Z SF State’s baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to 10th-ranked University of California San Diego on Friday, falling to 4-19 and 2-13 in conference play.

Game one started as a pitcher’s duel. Gator starter Andrew Najeeb-Brush worked in and out of trouble through the first four innings, allowing a triple to lead off the game and runners in the first, third and fourth.

The Tritons finally broke through in the fifth inning. Catcher Michael Palos nearly popped out to first baseman Chris Nicholson, but Nicholson dropped the ball in foul territory. On the next pitch from Najeeb-Brush, Palos lined a single into right center and advanced to second when the ball got past right fielder Jack Harris. With two outs in the inning, Najeeb-Brush allowed a double that snuck past Nicholson down the first base line, scoring Palos.

“I knew they had a good lineup,” Najeeb-Brush said. “I knew I needed to come out with some good stuff of my own.”

The Tritons’ 1-0 lead didn’t last long, however, as the Gators took the lead in the sixth. Catcher Dalton Pizzuti, hitting cleanup despite slugging .162 in 15 games played coming into Friday, launched a solo home run to right center, tying the game at one.

Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and one out, second baseman Zac Neumann stepped to the plate. Neumann grounded out to third, but it was good enough to push across the go-ahead run and give the Gators a 2-1 lead.

Najeeb-Brush, despite working through a lot of traffic due to his four hits and two walks allowed, as well as three errors, finished the seventh inning with a flourish, striking out two.

“My slider and fastball were definitely key components,” he said. “My splitter was also very handy. Just being able to throw off hitters and change their eyesight and keep that in the back of their mind.”

“Andrew was lights out,” head baseball coach Tony Schifano said. “He absolutely dominated the number 10 team in the country.”

“Andrew pitched like a top of the rotation guy,” he said.

Najeeb-Brush was lifted from the game to start the eighth in favor of Ryan Bohnet, who made his first relief appearance of the season.

Bohnet, normally a starter, had to tightrope out of danger in the eighth after allowing a leadoff single to Triton third baseman JD Hearn. Hearn advanced to second on a wild pitch by Bohnet and then to third on a ground out to shortstop. With one out and the tying run at third, Bohnet got a ground out back to the mound, freezing Hearn at third.

The next hitter, first baseman Tyler Durna, worked the count to 3-2 before Bohnet struck him out swinging on a high fastball, eliciting a chorus of cheers from the Gator bench.

Bohnet allowed a leadoff single in the ninth. The Tritons then sacrificed the runner over to second. After a walk and a flyout to center, the Tritons had runners on first and third with two outs. Bohnet got two strikes on right fielder Jack Larsen, but Larsen lined a double into the right field corner that gave the Tritons a 3-2 lead.

“We had a little miscommunication on the pitch call to Larsen,” Schifano said. “And he made us pay.” Schifano declined to comment on what the miscommunication was.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Gators got runners on the corners with two outs. Left fielder Jacob Lopez took off for second base, only to stop in his tracks when the catcher Palos threw down to second. When Palos threw, Jackson Kritsch, the runner at third, stole home. The double steal tied the game at three and pushed the game to extra innings.

“I let the hitter hit and then he got to two strikes and I said ‘OK we’re going to have to manufacture something,’” Schifano said. “Fortunately, they threw a ball high at home.”

“We made them play catch and they didn’t,” he said.

In the tenth, Bohnet allowed a single and a long home run to right field by Durna. The two-run clout put the Tritons back out front, 5-3.

The Gators brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the tenth, but the Tritons held on to win their 19th game of the season.

In game two, the Tritons did early damage against Gator starter Brent Montgomery, scoring two runs on three hits and two walks. The Gators plated two in the second inning on a two-run single by Sam Schmidt. Schmidt played half of game one as well after he replaced third baseman Bryce Brooks, who exited with a wrist injury.

“You always got to be on your toes,” Schmidt said. “Bryce actually came up to me and said ‘Hey, get your mind right, my wrist kind of hurts’.”

“He’ll probably rest this week and then hopefully be ready for conference,” Schifano said, referring to the Gators’ series against CCAA foe Cal State San Marcos next weekend.

UC San Diego added a run in the second, chasing Montgomery after two innings.

Right-handed junior Garrett Ciuk relieved Montgomery, but allowed a run in the third and a pair of runs in the fourth on six combined hits. Ciuk lasted only two innings as well and the Tritons led 6-2 after four innings.

“We just didn’t get the effort we needed early in the game on the mound,” Schifano said. “We fought back in the second and then we just go out there and give up another run in the third which is unacceptable.”

Matthew Hernandez relieved Ciuk and managed to stop the bleeding for the first two innings he pitched, but allowed a run on a walk, a double and a ground out, increasing the Tritons’ lead to 7-2. The Gators managed just three hits and a walk in the seven innings after scoring two in the second. Sophomore right-hander Cameron Kurz closed out the 7-2 win for the Tritons.

“Our pitching did well, our defense struggled in the first game and then kind of flip flopped in the second game,” Schmidt said when asked where the team goes from here.

“I guess it’s just putting it all together eventually, for our team. Just all clicking at the right time.”

Aaron Levy-Wolins <![CDATA[Hackathon draws hundreds of student techies]]> 2017-03-24T06:50:50Z 2017-03-19T19:11:00Z The long bunker-shaped building was filled with sounds of boisterous chatter and clicking keyboards as students implemented code. Computers were strewn amid headphones and virtual reality headset-wearing students working late into the night. The sleep-deprived techies fueled up on energy drinks and water in an attempt to push through the 24-hour hackathon.

Roughly 350 students came from places near and far, some from San Francisco and others traveling internationally, to participate in SF Hacks, the first ever held at SF State.

Teams of students joined forces to build and develop products like websites, Android and iOS apps, virtual reality worlds and video games.

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Held in the Annex, students arrived at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to check in and set up their teams.

At 11:30 a.m., the opening ceremony began with tech company representatives and event sponsors welcoming the participants to the hackathon.

After a pizza lunch, the teams dove into their projects. Some students, stranded without teams, entered a team-building conference and formed new ones.

Workshops were held throughout the day with topics ranging from iOS app development to the science behind Bitcoin trading.

Hackers build projects with technology and code during SF Hacks at the SF State Annex in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017. (Aaron Levy-Wolins/Xpress)

Students worked steadily, chatting among themselves and snacking on chips, energy bars and organic yogurt cups.

SF Hacks was the brainchild of the SF State-based student organization INCUBED and its members put in the effort to host the event.

“INCUBED is a student-run organization that fosters startups and entrepreneurship,” said Tony Chen, INCUBED treasurer and outreach manager. “We are working to be the first and only student incubator, student-run incubator at SF [State], similar to Y-Coordinator at Stanford and many other incubator projects around, especially [in] Silicon Valley.”

Chen said the hackathon idea sparked around November of last year when SF Hacks founder and INCUBED vice president, Lan Paje, joined the student incubator’s team.

“It just brings people together,” said Paje. “Even people who don’t create a project, it’s like a small community.

Lan Paje (bottom right), SF Hacks founder and INCUBED vice president, a computer science and journalism double major at SF State takes a photo with part of the INCUBED team at a photo booth during SF Hacks at the Annex at SF State in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017. (Aaron Levy-Wolins/Xpress)

He mentioned seeing a group of SF State students who were in the same computer science class but had never spoken to each other, who formed a group while waiting in line during the morning check-in.

“You know, when you’re in a room of like awesome people, it’s really inspiring and makes you want to be better,” said Paje.

Audrey Garces <![CDATA[Courts freeze Trump’s travel ban, again]]> 2017-03-17T21:14:13Z 2017-03-17T21:13:41Z Two federal judges blocked Trump’s second attempt to instate a travel order against Muslim-majority countries. Before it could go into effect at midnight as planned, the ban was frozen by the courts, much like the first one.

Judge Derrick K. Watson ruled on Wednesday that the travel restrictions could have caused the plaintiff, Ismail Elshikh, the imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, irreparable harm based on religious discrimination.

Watson issued a temporary restraining order to halt the travel ban unless the Department of Justice appeals the ruling.

“This ruling makes us look weak,” Trump said at a rally in Nashville on Wednesday night. “We’re going to fight this terrible ruling.”

The second ruling came out Wednesday night when U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang ruled against a major element of the order that would have suspended nationals of the six countries from obtaining visas.

The new ban differs from the original by removing Iraq from the list of banned countries, as well as allowing those with green cards and visas to enter the United States. It suspends nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days.

“The second ban is more dangerous than the first ban because it didn’t cause as much of an uproar since it made exceptions this time,” said Amran Alsiday, an SF State student and Muslim Student Association board member. “They made it a smarter and more efficient ban. This is the time we have to push for more activism.”

Watson cited Trump’s past rhetoric in his ruling to prove “any reasonable, objective observer” would see that the order’s stated secular purpose is only ‘secondary to a religious objective’ of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims.” He also said it had not been proven by the federal government that the ban was needed to protect the U.S. from terrorist infiltration.

“It creates a stigma and a bias against these countries,” said Alsiday, who has family members in Yemen. “You start seeing people looking at you in a certain way because you are from a banned country.”

A judge in Washington challenged the first travel ban in February and halted the effects of it after chaos ensued at airports across the country.

Alsiday felt the impact of the travel ban personally when his cousin’s husband was denied entry into the U.S. from Yemen after the two-year process of obtaining a visa.  

Ten days later, the judge’s ruling allowed Alsiday’s in-law, Esa AlWasli, to fly into San Francisco International Airport and reunite with his wife and meet his nine-month-old baby for the first time.

Though it was financially crippling to purchase a second ticket to the U.S., AlWasli and his family acted as soon as possible after the news broke. It was a relief for the entire family once AlWasli arrived, Alsiday said.

Trump has indicated that he will fight to ensure his second travel order will be instated this time, despite challenges from the two federal judges.

“We’re going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court,” Trump said in Nashville. “We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe.”

Alsiday still has many family members back in Yemen that will be affected by future travel and immigration roadblocks imposed by the federal government. He says it is a crucial time for people to be activists and know their rights.

“This is the part they don’t understand, that we do feel discriminated against because of this ban,” Alsiday said. “If you’re coming here, you want to create a family, you want a better future, you want to live the American way of freedom and opportunity.”

Reneé Smith <![CDATA[Gators drop game one in series against Tritons]]> 2017-03-17T07:37:02Z 2017-03-17T07:28:32Z SF State men’s baseball dropped their first series game 6-2 against nationally-ranked team University of California, San Diego on Thursday, March 16.

“We prepared like we always do, staying consistent with our work and we knew we have to play our best if we want to win,” catcher Johnny Juarez said. Juarez went 3-4 on the day with two singles and a double.

The Gators starting pitcher Dillon Houser threw six full innings allowing four runs on five hits. The Tritons began their scoring streak in the top of the second with an RBI single that drove a runner from third in.

Bottom of the second Gator outfielder Chris Hayman singled, scoring Juarez and moving runners. Outfielder Jacob Lopez recorded another RBI for the inning scoring outfielder Trevor Greenley.

The Gators huddle together in their game against UC San Diego Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017. The Tritons beat the Gators 6-2. (Aaron Levy-Wolins/ Xpress)

Tied at 2-2 heading into the top of the third, UCSD stuck on another two runs taking the lead 4-2.

“We got those two runs early but both of the (UCSD) pitchers were throwing really well,” Houser said.

Both teams were unable to find their way to home plate through the next six innings due to an ongoing battle between pitching and defense. Houser tagged in relief pitcher Cyril Vojak who allowed two runs on three hits in the ninth inning.

The Tritons scored an extra two runs from an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to center field, which forced another pitching change that brought in Brett Elgin. Elgin got the final two outs of the inning. Unfortunately, the Gators were unable to produce any runs at the bottom of the ninth and the Tritons walked away with a 6-2 win.

“I thought we competed really well,” head coach Tony Schifano said. “We are going up against an absolutely formidable program and if we make a defensive play early in the game, it’s a 2-2 ball game all the way up until the eighth – I’m really proud of the guys.”

The goal for SF State, now 2-11 in the conference, is learning from mistakes and fighting harder in games ahead.

“I think everybody is frustrated losing the first game of the series but we still have an opportunity and that’s why baseball is so amazing,” Schifano said.

“We can play with these guys, we competed on every pitch — as a coach you’re looking for positive things throughout the game that you can build on for the future.”

Xpress Editors <![CDATA[Response to Gay student shares story of discrimination at Student Health Services]]> 2017-03-21T02:09:35Z 2017-03-17T00:34:51Z The following is a letter to the editor in response to Gay student shares story of discrimination at Student Health Services from Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Gene Chelberg.

The health, well-being and safety of all SF State students is of primary importance to us in Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, especially those working in the Student Health Services Fee funded units (Counseling & Psychological Services, Health Promotion & Wellness and Student Health Services). Student Health Services (SHS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran’s status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression in the provision of medical treatment and care. Consequently, we were quite concerned to read of Jose Francisco’s recent experience at SHS as detailed in his opinion piece on March 9, 2017.

SHS provides basic medical services to all currently enrolled students who pay the Student Health Services Fee.   However, the fee does not cover most laboratory tests, including those for HIV and STIs. Therefore, all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identification, are charged by SHS for the costs associated with these types of tests.

If students have a financial need that prevents them from being able to afford the charges for the tests, SHS offers the following three options:

  1. Refer them to their personal or family health insurance, if they have it; 2. If they don’t have health insurance, refer them to any one of several SF community clinics that provide free HIV/STI testing, such as Planned Parenthood or Strut, a community-based organization that provides sexual health and medical services for men who have sex with men; and 3. If they meet the eligibility requirements, enroll them in Family PACT.

The requirements to enroll in Family Pact are set forth by the State of California in compliance with federal guidelines. The four eligibility criteria for enrollment in Family PACT are as follows:

  1. California residency;
  2. Family income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines;
  3. No access to other source of health care coverage for family planning services, or do not meet the criteria specified for eligibility with Other Health Coverage; and,
  4. Have a medical necessity for family planning services.

If a student does not meet all four eligibility criteria, SHS is unable to seek reimbursement, on their behalf, from Family PACT for the cost of any HIV/STI lab tests.

We have reached out to Mr. Francisco to discuss his experience and to explore any recommendations that he may have for enhancing SHS services. Navigating the details of health care reimbursement can be frustrating and difficult, particularly in the ever-changing health care landscape. SHS is continuously seeking opportunities to identify new resources to provide low-no cost health services to all SF State students. We welcome feedback and ideas for how we might improve the services provided to the student community.

Gene Chelberg

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Nicole Ortega <![CDATA[Conservative-leaning students express concern for lack of intellectual diversity]]> 2017-03-16T20:26:02Z 2017-03-16T20:26:02Z SF State ranks in the top 21 percent of surveyed universities in overall diversity, and top 2 percent when rated specifically for ethnic diversity, according to College Factual, but some students are feeling a lack of diversity on campus.

The University has embraced these kinds of statistics in the past, publishing articles on the communications page to highlight things like the University’s ethnic and economic diversity rate, given by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.

SF State may be known for ethnic and racial diversity, but since the election of President Trump, certain students feel the University could be doing more to foster different viewpoints and encourage the acceptance of different political opinions on campus.

The Republican Student Union is the only active right-leaning student organization on campus, where members claim to face criticism in their day-to-day lives because of the University’s liberal spirit.

Brian May, RSU vice president, said he joined the organization in order to communicate his thoughts and political views without being judged. However, when using a platform to reach out to students on campus, such as tabling, expressing political views that differ from the predominant one becomes challenging.

May said the RSU faced harassment from students and people walking by when tabling for Donald Trump during the campaign season last year.

“Some people would come over and try to push our members and throw our papers,” May said. “We were giving out Constitutions and people would rip them up.”

May said that after Trump won the election, the RSU no longer tabled, as it might put some members in danger.

Johnny Khu, a senior studying political science and a member of the Political Science Student Association, said he wants to see RSU members table again in the future.

“I would love it if (the RSU) got out there and just expressed their opinions and have people listen to them … Have that constructive dialogue,” Khu said.

Karina Gomez, a biology major and new member of the RSU, said she feels the organization is “somewhat a safe space” for her on campus to discuss her political beliefs as a right-leaning Libertarian.

“It’s pretty rare to have a woman (and) person of color as part of a Republican Student Union,” Gomez said. “I joined because I feel like (I) don’t identify with any other group at the school. I feel like I’m not welcomed for my beliefs and I’m labeled …– or, I’m mislabeled for something that I’m not.”

Both May and Gomez said they feel a discomfort on campus because of the liberal environment.

May said he feels that discussing political opinions in classroom settings can be difficult because some liberal-minded professors may disagree with his views.

“It’s hard to speak out when, you know, 98 percent of the class believes in what the teacher’s saying,” May said. “If the teacher’s preaching that, they’re just gonna keep going to that left. Teachers should be showing more viewpoints.”

May feels President Wong and some faculty members use rhetoric that does not protect conservative-leaning students, which is a big problem in his view.

Amy Kilgard, a professor from the communications department, said looking at the facts of a topic, recognizing that different individuals’ thoughts are not monolithic, and having difficult discussions – those discussions with foundationally challenging viewpoints – with one another are some areas professors could improve.

Kilgard said she believes individuals with more conservative-leaning views may feel like they do not have proper spaces to share their opinions.

“The idea of a safe classroom has never existed,” Kilgard said. “Even though we have the desire to create safe classrooms, ‘safe’ always means safe for some people and not for others.”

Mary Kenny, a University spokesperson, said the University encourages any member of the community who feels unsafe or threatened to contact the University Police Department.

The University is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming campus environment for our entire community, protecting the freedom of expression for all members of the campus community, and providing a space in which diverse ideas and opinions can be exchanged,” Kenny said. “This includes the Republican Student Association.”

The RSU contacted the UPD after an incident in which a member was attacked while tabling last September. Following the UPD’s instructions, RSU contacted the department to have UPD representatives present for a future tabling session, but received no response.

According to Troy Liddi, UPD lieutenant, units responded to the incident, and upon investigation learned that no parties involved in the incident wanted to pursue any further action.

“We have a vested interest in protecting all student organizations here on campus,” Liddi said. “If such activities cross the line into criminal conduct, we take these violations seriously.”

Kilgard said that while she thinks there are many reasons for a large division in thinking, echo chambers seem to play a significant role.

“If I am a person who believes one set of things, I go to the channels that tend to reinforce or replicate those things I believe in,” Kilgard said. “I hear the same things over and over and they become entrenched in my feelings.”

Kilgard added that she does not believe society should see itself as divided, but should instead acknowledge that individuals have different opinions and complexity.

Dr. Javon Johnson, performance and communication studies assistant professor, said he doesn’t see much of a divide in regards to present-day communication, and that there have always been disagreements between groups in society throughout history.

“I think we like to think of ourselves in these sort of magical, historical moments,” Johnson said.

Johnson went on to compare present-day political rhetoric to the civil rights era, conveying a perpetual divide in the way people have thought throughout history.  According to Johnson, the idea that liberal-minded professors can affect the learning of conservatives students is a concept “designed to protect an already advantaged group.”

“What I’m more concerned with is what’s happening with the most disadvantaged students in this so-called ‘liberal University,’” Johnson said.

Johnson also said that articles identifying university campuses as liberal or conservative is something he does not personally agree with. He said while universities can be known as liberal, they can also have conservative practices.

Khu said he does not feel the University creates an environment where different opinions can be debated, adding that it is ultimately up to the students to demand such environments and create more dialogue – even suggesting open-debate events for students who wish to participate.

“You need a good format to have these sorts of conversations,” Khu said.

Ian Thompson, also a member of the Political Science Student Association, said it’s unfortunate people are unwilling to hear one side of an issue because they want to feel morally superior.

“We have to let go of our moral superiority for 10 minutes to listen to what other people have to say,” Thompson said. “It would be helpful to understand what life is like for other people.

Both May and Gomez said conservative-leaning students ultimately just want their ideas to be heard.

“We need to show them we have a common ground with them and we’re all pretty much going for the same thing,” Gomez said. “We’re all trying to reach the same goal, pretty much.”

Lea Fabro <![CDATA[Student moms struggle with lack of campus facilities]]> 2017-03-17T17:24:00Z 2017-03-16T20:01:19Z 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, for nursing moms who spend a good amount of their time away from home and have no access to a private room, pumping as often as needed can be challenging.

SF State currently offers three lactation rooms accessible to both faculty and students. These rooms are located in the library, science Building and Children’s Campus. SF State Human Resources reports that at least 20 students have used these rooms since August 2015, but Sophia Schmagold-Stevenson was never informed about these rooms, and had to look for alternative options.  

In the beginning of spring semester, Schmagold-Stevenson, mother to a 14-week-old boy and currently in her last semester at SF State as a cinema major. booked a studio in the Fine Arts Building to pump breast milk. She was too shy at first to admit why she needed the private room, so she told the person in charge that she needed some “quiet time.” Out of guilt, she later came clean and informed him that she reserved the studio to pump her breast milk.

“I talked to my midwife and my milk went down because I didn’t pump enough while I was away from my baby,” Schmagold-Stevenson said. “This all resulted because I didn’t have a safe place to pump.”

She resorted to supplementing her son’s feeding with some formula out of concern for his low weight.

Sophia Schmagold-Stevenson, of cinema major, and Bennett Stevenson, her 4-month old son, pose for a portrait on the 4th floor at Fine Arts Building of SF State campus on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. A room at the building has been reserved for Schmagold to pump breast milk, for she wasn’t informed there are locations on the campus designated for this service. (Lauren Elizabeth/Xpress)

According to Academic Institutional Research Director Darryl Dieter, the University has no data showing how many registered students are mothers. However, SF State does know of 72 students who are parents and enrolled at the Early Childhood Education Center, according to Interim Director Erica Almaguer.

“In regards to nursing mothers, If they are enrolled at the ECEC, I will find a space for them to pump here at the Center,” Almaguer said.

Glendy Peraza, a junior criminal justice major enrolled at the ECEC, drops off her child at the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She chooses not to pump on days she has classes.

“I didn’t have a place to pump so I didn’t pump all day and just pumped at home,” she said. “Even if I knew about the lactation rooms, I don’t think professors would have granted me permission to leave class to pump.”

Schmagold-Stevenson, who expressed a huge amount of gratitude for being fortunate to have such understanding professors, said she would love to see more facilities and resources, such as more changing tables and accessible lactation rooms.

“We should change something in the school,” Schmagold-Stevenson said. “I’m lucky to have professors who are willing to accommodate me during this time, but there’s probably a lot of nursing moms who need a private space but are too shy to ask.”

The University has one changing table on campus, which is located in the library. When Schmagold-Stevenson needs to change her baby, she does it in a room one of her professors provides. On the other hand, Peraza does not have this kind of private-room access. Peraza once had to change a diaper on the floor of the business building when her baby had the stomach flu because the library was too far.

According to SF State’s Facilities and Services Enterprise, the department of Capital Planning, Design and Construction was in charge of installing changing tables. A CPDC representative said he did not know who was responsible for the decision to set up the changing table in the library, and it’s still unclear whether there are any plans to add more in the future.

“We try to install baby changing stations whenever we open a new restroom and we’re looking into how we can best identify their locations on the campus map legend,” Mary Kenny, director of news and new media, said.


Reneé Smith <![CDATA[Gators split series with nationally-ranked Wildcats]]> 2017-03-16T05:36:04Z 2017-03-16T05:36:04Z The Gators battled their hearts out but were unable to shut out nationally-ranked number six Chico State University in the second half of the softball series Wednesday, March 15 at SF State.

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SF State Sophomore, INF, Madison Collins (13), goes for the double play the 3rd inning against the Chico State Wildcats at SF State on March. 15, 2017. (Kyler Knox/Xpress)

First game pitcher Megan Clark had a strong hand hovering over the Wildcats and was able to keep them from reaching home plate through six innings. Behind her were eager Gators unafraid to lie out to save runs.

“They weren’t afraid to go for the dive so it was really nice to see them laying out and keeping the ball in the infield to prevent runs,” head coach Lisa McKinney said.

Both teams saw no runs through six innings, as it was an intense battle between pitchers and defense. At the top of the seventh, Chico State lit up the scoreboard 4-0 with a grand slam to strike first.

The Gators refused to hang their heads and continued to fight back against the sixth national ranking team, scraping up two runs in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run RBI from outfielder Aryn Guzman. However, the Wildcats took game one 4-2.

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SF State Junior catcher, Celeste Adriano (12), gets the final out in the top of the 5th inning after a bunt against the Chico State Wildcats at SF State on March. 15, 2017. (Kyler Knox/Xpress)

“We knew Chico was going to come back fighting because they’re not used to losing,” third baseman Gabby Reta said. “Before yesterday’s game they’ve only lost one game the whole season.”

In the second game the bats came alive for the Gators as they struck first early in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI from Reta. Second game pitcher Lindsey Cassidy, along with the defense, did not allow Chico State to reach base until the third inning.

In the top of the third the Wildcats found themselves pulling ahead 2-1 and tacked on another two runs in the top of the fourth. Leading 4-1, Gators closed the gap 4-3 with RBIs from second baseman Madison Collins and designated hitter Delanie Chrisman.

SF State once again pulled ahead during the bottom of the sixth 6-4 but tied with Chico 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning.

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SF State Senior, INF, Kasie Trezona (16), swings for the softball against the Chico State Wildcats at SF State on March. 15, 2017. (Kyler Knox/Xpress)

With tensions high, Chico produced three runs and the Gators were unable to answer back, giving the Wildcats their second win of the day with a score of 9-6.

“Whenever a team drops two they’re going to come out and fight a little bit harder so I feel like Chico came out stronger today,” Clark said.

Despite the loss, McKinney saw power and desire from her girls and was excited to see the team compete to their fullest capability.

“We have all the faith in the world in our hitters and we know what they’re capable of and I think they did a really good job of feeding off of each other,” McKinney said. “I was proud of all the hits that came together and I was really happy with how the girls responded – down 4-1 and came back to score a couple.”

Now 7-13 in the conference, the Gators will gear up to play Stanislaus State (7-9) Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18.

“I think this is a really positive thing for us that we are on an upward slope coming out of this,” Reta said.  “We just need to come into the next games knowing we can play with the best in the nation and spin that for the next series.”

Reneé Smith <![CDATA[Gators take down sixth in nation in first half of series]]> 2017-03-16T15:49:33Z 2017-03-16T04:58:59Z SF State women’s softball team took an early 2-0 series lead against nationally-ranked Chico State University during Tuesday’s double-header.

First game pitcher Megan Clark threw a complete game against the sixth ranking Wildcats, holding them to just four hits and one run in a 4-1 win. Clark was just one short pop up away from tucking a complete game shutout under her belt.

The Gators struck early, scoring a total of three runs by the end of the second inning. Chico State was finally able to put points on the board in the fourth, but SF State answered back, eventually handing the Wildcats their second loss of the season.

“We had a lot of three-up-three-down innings and we came out and won so it was great,” Clark said.

The winning didn’t stop there. The Gators continued, handing Chico State their third loss of the season by a score of 2-1 during the second game of the double header.

In the bottom of the first, SF State was able to capitalize on errors and be the first to strike with a pair of runs. Although these were the only runs of the second game for the Gators, they were still able to walk away with the win from a combined effort of strong defense and pitching from pitchers Aryn Guzman and Lindsey Cassidy.

“I think the girls felt really good and they came out and played ball the way that they wanted to and the way that we knew they could,” head coach Lisa McKinney said. “They were relaxed in the box and had great at bats, all of our pitchers did a really good job on the mound and our defense played really well – we didn’t have a single error yesterday.”

Reneé Smith <![CDATA[Pitching variance in baseball and softball]]> 2017-03-16T04:27:43Z 2017-03-16T04:27:43Z Although similar in concept, baseball and softball differ when it comes to one of the most important aspects of the game — pitching.

Baseball became recognized as an official sport in the 1840s and since then has taken the athletic world by storm, becoming one of America’s favorite pastimes. A key part of the game is pitching and delivery.

Although there is no official rule in baseball requiring a pitcher to deliver a ball overhand, pitchers go into a stretch mostly overhand and with different grips, with the goal of getting out of an inning by either a strikeout or fielding out. Compared to softball, which has an underhand delivery, baseball’s overhand delivery is a trademark of the sport.

According to RulesOfSport, “In baseball, the pitch is almost always done overhand or sidearm. We say ‘almost always’ because there is nothing in the rules stopping a baseball pitcher throwing underhand. It is almost unheard of though, because pitching overarm or sidearm enables the pitcher to throw with a lot more power and speed.”

SF State Gators’ Brent Montgomery (31) pitches against the Stanislaus State Warriors at SF State on March 12, 2017 in San Francisco, Calif. (Mason Rockfellow/ Xpress)

Softball became an organized in 1887 as an indoor sport. It was created to allow athletes  to play and practice through the different climates on any given day.

During the 1970s, softball and baseball were said to be equivalent sports, but softball became a woman’s sport because schools that hosted softball teams had the right to deny women to play baseball while softball was available.

Because it started indoors, there was no mound for a softball pitcher to play off of. Throwing from a flat surface for multiple pitches and innings at a time has the potential to damage an athlete’s arm, so the delivery became underhand.

“The underhand motion softball uses is considered a more natural motion than the overhand motion used in baseball,” Michael Krekes wrote in his article “Underhand motion in softball is better for arms” for The Natchez Democrat.

Aside from the motion, both softball and baseball pitchers deliver from different distances and mounds. Baseball pitchers stand on a raised mound slanted towards home plate while softball pitchers are on flat ground with a white chalked circle known as the “pitching circle.”

As for distance, baseball pitchers throw from 60 feet 6 inches, and softball  players throw from 43 feet. Even though there is a 20-foot distance between the two pitching points, the velocity of each ball that passes the plate can be equivalent to one another. Because of the distance gap, a softball can reach home plate faster than a baseball.

Depending on the pitchers and type of pitch thrown, the speed of a 70-mph softball fastball could have the same outcome as a low 90-mph baseball fastball because of how the ball catches speed from each distance. In college softball, the average pitch can range from 59 to 64 mph, whereas in college baseball average speeds can range from 80 to 95 mph, contributing to its velocity.

Types of pitches for both sports are generally the same when it comes to the motion and spin of the ball. However, there are certain pitches that only one or the other can normally throw.

“The size and the density of the baseball and softball are a major factor but also the style of throwing,” said SF State pitcher Jordan Yrastorza. “Baseballs are smaller, making it easier to hold different types of grips and softballs are larger but are released from an underhand position.”

The main pitches in softball are the fastball, changeup, curveball, drop ball and a pitch called a rise ball, which is a movement baseball doesn’t typically see. In a rise ball a pitcher releases with a backspin giving the pitch an illusion that the ball is traveling upwards from an underhand delivery as it approaches the plate, when in reality the ball falls slower than any other pitch.

Baseball has three main pitch categories that include fastballs, breaking balls and changeups. Among the fastballs they have a four-seam, cutter, splitter and forkball. Three pitches In the fastball category alone are not common in softball.

A cutter’s movement breaks towards the pitcher’s glove side as it approaches home plate, it is straight for the most part and looks like a fastball to those batting. Because of the grip baseball pitchers use, it is rare for a softball pitcher to achieve the same break and movement.

Some pitches may also have different grips depending on the pitchers and the sports. Because a softball is bigger than a baseball, softball players have had to adjust their grips to get the same outcome.

At the end of the day baseball and softball are played with generally the same rules and goals. Despite having a difference when it comes to their pitching styles, distances and types of pitches, it still comes down to the game itself and what an athlete will do with their talents.

Gracie Ngo <![CDATA[Japanese Americans see history repeating itself]]> 2017-03-16T00:54:49Z 2017-03-16T00:36:31Z Seventy-five years after the issue of Executive Order 9066, Asian Americans fear the rhetoric that led to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is experiencing a revival, scapegoating a new vulnerable group: Muslim Americans.

Despite this dark stain on American history, the continued hate and abuse toward immigrants and Muslim Americans has not subsided. Nationally, it has only gotten stronger.

“So much of what Trump wants to do against immigrants is very similar to anti-Japanese and racist attitudes that existed during the war,” said SF State journalism professor Jon Funabiki, whose parents were interned at Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming.

Funabiki credits the growing anti-immigrant sentiments in the U.S. to the rapidly-changing economy and the declining support for civil rights and the first amendment.

“He’s (President Trump) challenging everyone to be super patriotic and nationalistic, which is very dangerous,” says Funabiki.

Ruqaiya Modan, a Muslim Women Student Association board member at SF State, said misconstrued words fuels extreme patriotism and demonizes the Muslim community.

“Words like ‘jihad’ are harmless. We use that word to describe self-defense, not violence,” said Modan. “And no one has the right to call me a terrorist.”

However, anti-immigration rhetoric is more than an idea, it has manifested into very real legislation under the Trump administration.

Days after President Trump’s inauguration, a directive to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries was enacted, sparking major protests in airports nationwide, including at San Francisco International Airport. The executive order was revised on March 6, removing Iraq from the list of banned countries, and giving exemption to current visa holders and permanent residents.

Although Trump’s defense of the travel ban plays into the hands of Americans who are fearful of terrorists attacks by Islamic extremists, critics believe the executive orders are in violation of constitutional and basic human rights.

Modan, who participated in January’s protest at SFO, witnessed disheartening scenes of families being separated during the protest.

“I almost cried,” Modan recalled. “But it also felt so amazing to see so many people come to support Islam and our people.”

Though San Francisco brings a sense of safety to Modan’s personal life, she recognizes that the city also has a history of taking discriminatory action against immigrants.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, men of Japanese ancestry and prominent community leaders were sent to a U.S. Army base on Angel Island, which served as a detention camp.

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World War Two propaganda created by the Office for Emergency Management’s War Production Board

Christen Sasaki, an assistant professor in the Asian American studies department at SF State, said the FBI had an eye on Japanese community leaders prior to the attack.

The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation shared one such story of Rev. Asataro Yamada, who was presumed guilty before he was tried. Before the Alien Enemy Hearing Board in San Francisco, Yamada had to proclaim his loyalty to the United States. Despite his son having served in the U.S. Army, the FBI ordered him to be interned at Angel Island, before relocating him to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming.

Journalists, ministers and those who were labeled by the government as “pro-Japan” were detained at Angel Island, many for the remainder of the war.

The targeting of Muslim Americans parallels the Japanese American experience during the internment era, according to Sasaki.

“The executive order was passed by FDR because of mass hysteria,” said Sasaki, who specializes in Japanese American history and believes the same hysteria is drumming up national fear of Muslim Americans and immigrants.

Though Sasaki clearly sees the parallels between anti-Japanese rhetoric in the 1940s and anti-Muslim rhetoric of today, Funabiki said many Americans are still blind, even citing the internment order as a precedent to the travel ban.

“People aren’t used to being with people with diverse backgrounds; people feel threatened,” Funabiki said. “I fear that they are not focusing on the root causes of the problem, and they are attacking the wrong problems.”

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers in Virginia compared the attack on Pearl Harbor to terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in a statement back in November 2015, after halting assistance to Syrian refugees.

“It appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies,” said Bowers.

Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and former spokesman for the Great America PAC, defended his choice of words after calling Japanese internment a “precedent” to a suggested Muslim registry when he appeared on Megyn Kelly’s FOX news show this past November.

“Call it what you will — it may be wrong,” said Higbie. “But we need to protect America first.” Since the travel ban was issued in January, several states have filed lawsuits against the federal government.


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Mason and Grace Funabiki holding their son Guy Funabiki at Heart Mountain Internment camp in 1943 (Courtesy of John Funabiki).

Funabiki understands the consequences of extreme nationalism firsthand.


Growing up, his parents dodged questions about the days of their internment. “They wanted us to blend in as much as possible,” said Funabiki of his parents, Mason and Grace Funabiki.

Funabiki’s parents married in fear of being separated during that time. “They didn’t know where they were going; they were just told to get on a train,” Funabiki said.

Sasaki describes the trains used to transport Japanese Americans where the windows were boarded up and people were packed in like sardines. “Sometimes what we forget is they didn’t know whether they were going to come back,” Sasaki said.

Sasaki said the Japanese American community is standing strong behind the Muslim American community. Many joined the protests at airports and the Women’s March in January to voice their dissent for the travel ban.

George Takei, an internment camp survivor and well-known Japanese-American actor and activist, condemned the Trump administration and travel ban in an interview with Democracy Now in February.

“He’s [Trump] not learned the lesson of the internment of Japanese Americans, because if he’s really learned that lesson, if he has studied that, he would know that the lesson is we must never do that again,” Takei said.

Funabiki and Sasaki urge the media and America’s youth to continue the fight against bigotry targeted at minority groups in the United States.

“Despite the hardships that we’re going through right now, what I find so inspiring about ([what)] the younger generation is doing is that you are learning and taking the time to learn,” said Sasaki. “It gives me hope.”

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Timeline comparison of then and now (Sadie Gribbon, Xpress).

Katherine Minkiewicz <![CDATA[After deluge of rain, end of drought nears for California]]> 2017-03-16T15:52:01Z 2017-03-16T00:09:44Z Several large rainstorms walloped the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of the state since the start of the new year, moving California out of a five-year drought and into a lush scene of greenery.

As of March 7, the U.S. Drought Monitor California calculates 76 percent of the state to be out of the drought. The meteorological drought, which is a period of subnormal rainfall, has been over for approximately three weeks.

Despite the fact that the five-year drought state of emergency will soon be over, the effects, – most notably the water table heavily relied on by farmers – will be felt for years to come, hidden beneath the replenished landscape.

According to SF State meteorology professor John Monteverdi, parts of the state experienced the wettest winter on record, especially in the Sierra Nevada, Cascades and in Sacramento. Although the whole state is “completely” out of drought conditions, Gov. Jerry Brown has not officially declared the drought over, but plans to do so at the end of the rainy season.

San Francisco has already received 4 inches above its yearly rainfall average with six weeks remaining in the rainy season.

“Reading the downtown San Francisco rain gauge at face value shows us that this is San Francisco’s 14th or 15th wettest winter in 160 years since the gauge started collecting rain totals,” Monteverdi said.

The Sierra Nevada also received an above-average snowpack. According to Monteverdi, if all the snow in the Sierra Nevada melted right now, it would equal 80 inches of rainfall.

Even though the meteorological drought is over, the California Central Valley water table is still quite dry and “needs to be mitigated,” according to Monteverdi.

“Central Valley farmers get water from a complicated water resource system with the feds restricting their water use, so a lot of corporate farmers pumped the hell out of the aquifers, so there’s a depletion,” Oswaldo Garcia, SF State meteorology professor said.

Aquifers or water tables are a vital resource because in an average year of rainfall, they can provide up to 40 percent of the state’s water resources for drinking and agricultural use, according to

However, as Garcia said, farmers have been using these groundwater resources for the past five years, drying up available resources. This can make it more difficult for portions of the state like Southern California to recover from drought conditions, where approximately two-thirds of residents rely on underground sources for water.

Some areas of the state, such as the Southern coast and Imperial County near the Palm Desert, are still experiencing small-scale drought conditions, according to Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a U.S. Drought Monitor contributor.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor California, only 1.1 percent of the state, the Imperial County area, is still in severe drought. Only 8.24 percent of the state, the Southern California coast and the Catalina Islands, are experiencing moderate drought conditions.

This is a significant difference compared with levels seen last October where 83 percent of the state was in extreme or severe drought.

Fuchs and the collaborative team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Association of State Climatologists at the U.S. Drought Monitor have been working to track the drought and rainfall totals in California every week with “40-50 different date indicators each week from different timescales,” and will continue to do so into the dry summer months.

“We have a network of what I call local experts around the country, about 425 of these people and about two to three dozen out in California that correspond with us,” Fuchs said. “People know what’s going on in their backyard better than anyone else.”

He explained that communication is vital, because true understanding of conditions is hard to distinguish with physical data alone.

Through this method, Fuchs and his team are able to keep track of water issues that may develop, improve, or may not be reported through the national data stream.

Even though conditions are significantly improving, Fuchs says recovery from effects like aquifer depletion may take longer than the five-year drought itself.

Despite the long recovery, Fuchs said this year’s heavy rainfall was a welcoming and surprising sight after the disappointing results of last year’s El Nino, which failed to bring as much rain as anticipated.

“We don’t get any bonus for showing more drought or less drought on the map each week.” Fuchs said. “We were really concerned with the people who were being impacted: the farmers and ranchers, those who are running out of water and have their wells go dry, or anyone who is suffering hardships, and so it is nice to see when an area has been impacted to see those improvements coming.”

Monteverdi also remains positive about the outlook of San Francisco and the state’s water supply because April and May often bring rain showers.

“Even if it stopped raining and we didn’t get one more single drop of rain, we are still finally really good on water.”

Bridget Pocasangre <![CDATA[Mission Edge Cafe and Rotisserie brings healthy, organic meals to the community]]> 2017-03-15T22:27:31Z 2017-03-15T22:27:31Z If you’re in the mood for healthy food with a South American twist, head to “the top of the hill” in Daly City to fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.

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Irene Canales, daugther of Mission Edge Cafe owner Javier Canales, holds a 10 oz latte ($3) at the cafe for a portrait on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Mission Edge Cafe and Rotisserie is a Peruvian and American-style cafe offering healthier alternatives at reasonable prices — not too far from the SF State campus, located at 5999 Mission St. on the corner of Templeton Avenue.

Huevos rancheros is the customer go-to. The dish, prepared with two eggs (any style),  cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream with pinto beans, two corn tortillas and avocado on the side, is priced at $8.75.

“We use large brown organic eggs for all of our egg products,” said Irene Canales, barista and the owner’s daughter. “The veggies, we also get them all organic. We go get them twice or three times a week and the salsa we make ourselves.”

According to hostess Yamel Vallejo, customers also go for the omelet, served during breakfast hours until 3 p.m. The dish, priced at $8.75 and stacked with scrambled eggs, ham, swiss cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and spinach, gives customers plenty of fuel to start their day. Slices of avocado are neatly added on the side, with a small portion of pico de gallo and warm toast.

Owner Javier Canales wanted to use his 25 years of restaurant experience to bring healthy, organic, grass fed and free-range food to the community he’s been a part of for three decades. Canales opened the doors to his family restaurant in April 2015 with the knowledge of how to build the business himself, and create a space where he and his family could provide a dine-in feel with fresh and healthy meals.

“My community doesn’t have anything sustainable and organic to eat here,” Canales said. “Everything around here is all conventional, like greasy foods … There are no choices for people like me that eat healthy.”

Their menu draws on American-style meals and traditional dishes from Javier’s native Peru. Vallejo mentioned that the owner’s Peruvian background is a big reason why they offer items such as Chicha Morada, a cold refreshing purple drink made from purple corn, pieces of pineapple and cinnamon priced at $3.00.

Irene Canales said customers also favor the Aguas Frescas, a fresh fruit drink made with any fruit. She said the flavor options they offer each day of the week are Lemonade mixed with berries, Chicha Morada and Passion Fruit.

“We sometimes do Horchata, which is a big seller,”  Irene Canales said, speaking of the cold, sweet, rice milk mixed with cinnamon. “People love using the Horchata milk also for lattes … Milk and cinnamon, you mix it in and you make a really yummy Horchata latte.”

Javier Canales said that although the restaurant is busiest Thursday through Sunday, some customers come in every day.

“They did a really spectacular job with the look of the place,” Greg Kennedy, a daily customer that stops by for a meal in the afternoons, said. “It’s very welcoming and clean. The food is very good. I like that the food is organic. I always feel good after I eat here. I never had a bad meal.”

Madeleine Neale <![CDATA[Where are students heading for spring break?]]> 2017-03-15T22:22:24Z 2017-03-15T22:18:27Z Many SF State students will join the masses of travelers during next week’s vacation, but some will stay behind because they simply can’t afford it.

Around the country spring break has become a traditional rite of passage where many students head to the beach to relax, unwind, and party it up with friends after a long first half of the semester.

According to the Travel Channel, this year’s hottest spring break destinations are tropical escapes for students, including the Bahamas, Cancun, Daytona Beach and Cabo San Lucas.

Ryan Spork, 21, and friends will return to Mexico this March for what has become an annual trip. The group of eight are heading to Cabo San Lucas for a week of fun in the sun, and plan to stay in a private condo rented through Airbnb.

“It’s a way to release stress, like right now I am doing midterms and literally counting down the hours till I can leave class,” Spork said.

Emily Rekoon, 20-year-old communications major, will also be travelling to Mexico for her first spring break outside of California.

The SF State junior saved up her money to afford the trip, but is now living scarcely to make sure she can splurge while she is away.

“This is the first year I’ve had enough money to plan a trip like this,” Rekoon said. “It’s hard being able to save while living in San Francisco because everything is so expensive.”

As a result of the high cost of living in the Bay Area, many students are opting to use the break to make money, instead of making plans to spend money. A recent poll conducted by Statista, revealed that 27 percent of the respondents said they planned to spend this year’s spring break working.

For 19-year-old Lauren Labogin, spring break will consist of selling tickets amid the sounds of squealing kids and the smell of movie popcorn, as she could not get time off from her job at Century City Cinema in Daly City.

The SF State cinema major was hoping to return home to Visalia, California for some part of the week, but with the four-hour travel time, it would mean only having one day to spend with family before having to return to work again.

Instead, Labogin will remain on campus and use her free time to explore more of San Francisco.

“The hardest thing about staying on campus over break is that the dining center is closed, as well as the gym,” Labogin said. “It’s also rough because all my friends are leaving so I’m going to be alone most of the time.”

The campus dining centers will close Saturday, March 18 and reopen again on March 27, leaving students on campus to fend for themselves.

This is just one of the reasons Adriana Cassibba, who lives in the Towers at Centennial Square, is returning home to Morgan Hill, California over the break.

The political science major is really excited to take some time off from studying to catch up with people she hasn’t seen in awhile.

“I’m going home to visit family and have a little ‘me time’ away from school,” Cassibba said. “After all the hard work everyone puts in during the beginning of the semester, it’s nice for us to be able to have a little break away from it and go home and see family.”  

Roxanne Hernandez <![CDATA[Fraternity to host Multicultural Aids Awareness Day in April]]> 2017-03-15T22:21:48Z 2017-03-15T21:18:32Z For over two decades, Alpha Phi Omega has been doing its part to help educate people about HIV and AIDS.

The fraternity is hosting its 21st annual Multicultural Aids Awareness Day, or MAAD, in the Malcolm X Plaza April 13 to help students and the surrounding community learn about HIV and AIDS.

Raymond Yu, MAAD chair, said it’s important to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS because it is a worldwide epidemic. He said not everyone around the world knows about these infectious diseases, including his parents.

“My parents came from China, and they don’t even really know what HIV/AIDS is,” Yu said.

According to Yu, the organization educates by using fun activities to capture people’s attention and create incentive. In the past, they’ve handed out bingo cards at each booth, and once someone gets a stamp from each table they can redeem a slice of pizza at the main tent.

“That’ll increase the likelihood of someone going around to learn about things related to HIV/AIDS,” Yu said. “Because who doesn’t like free pizza?”

According to last year’s Facebook event page, the organization also offered free HIV testing, cultural performances, speakers, condom and ribbon giveaways, and education workshops.

Deion Dela Paz, MAAD co-chair, is in charge of booking special performances.

“We usually have cultural performances to show that this is a worldwide epidemic and that we stand together as a whole,” Dela Paz said.

Dela Paz said she’s participated in the event for two years and loves the idea of spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS.

“I know people who really have no idea about AIDS/HIV… it’s amazing knowing I’m informing people about this,” Dela Paz said.  

Yu said he became involved with this event because he feels that he is giving back to the community. By teaching others about these diseases, he can help save lives.
“I feel like HIV/AIDS is something a lot of people look over,” Yu said. “They think that it’s something they can never get or it’s something that is easily cured.”

Kaylee Fagan <![CDATA[The Fake News Watch: Conspiracy Theories (Ep. 6)]]> 2017-03-15T06:32:15Z 2017-03-15T06:30:57Z  

With alternative facts and fake news on the rise, The Fake News Watch is where we check the facts, call out the bullshit, and learn to identify the difference. In a deeply divided political world, we all have a responsibility to seek the truth and share it.

References and Additional Reading:

“Here’s Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories,” by Mandy Oaklander for Time

“The Influence of Control on Belief in Conspiracy Theories: Conceptual and Applied Extensions,” by Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Michele Acker

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Eli Walsh <![CDATA[Gator bats come alive, split Stanislaus double header]]> 2017-03-14T05:21:47Z 2017-03-14T05:21:47Z SF State’s baseball team notched its first home win of the season Sunday as it took the first game of a double header, 12-5, against California State University Stanislaus.

The player of the day was Jordan Abernathy, SF State’s DH and the number three hitter in both games. Abernathy led the charge as the Gators put up 12 runs against three pitchers for the Warriors. The junior went 3-4 with two doubles, five RBI and two runs scored.

The Warriors scored two in the first but the Gators bit back to put up four in the second, two of which were the result of an Abernathy single back up the middle. Abernathy was thrown out at second on the play trying to advance, ending the inning.

The Warriors did get a run back the next inning to cut the lead to 4-3, but the Gators broke the game open in the fifth. After Abernathy plated three more with a bases clearing double, first baseman Chris Nicholson hit a long home run that ended up in the parking structure behind left center field when it stopped rolling. The home run capped off a five-run inning as the Gators made it 9-3.

The Warriors and Gators continued to trade runs for the next few innings, with the Gators having the final play and scoring two in the eighth to make it 12-5. Cy Vojak closed out game one, allowing just one hit over three innings to earn the save.

In game two, the Warriors built up a six-run lead by the fifth inning, doing damage against starter Allen Ressler and relievers Jack Cornish and Marco Gonzales. Abernathy got the Gators on the board with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth, but the Warrior lead proved insurmountable.

The Warriors put two more on the board before closing the Gators out to win 8-2. Ressler took the loss for the Gators, his first of the season.

The Gators, now 4-16 (2-10), will take on conference foe UC San Diego at Maloney Field on Thursday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and follow it up with a double header against the Tritons at Maloney Field on Friday.

Kelsey Matzen <![CDATA[A Day Without Womxn: SF State’s Spin on the National Event]]> 2017-03-14T22:57:01Z 2017-03-13T23:45:17Z Students and allies gathered in Malcolm X Plaza to recognize “A Day Without Womxn” Tuesday afternoon.

“We want to represent women who can’t leave school or work,” said 19-year-old Chloe Bogle, a political science major. “It’s our way or resisting.”  

Though the event was organized by San Francisco Students Resist, other student organizations were invited to participate, like “Everything Great About You,” an LGBTQ+ network and Unite for Reproductive and Gender Unity.

“We want to stand in solidarity with all women being attacked and make sure they have a safe space and encouragement to share their experiences,” said 20-year-old Alisar Mustafa, president of SF Student Resist. “We want to make sure we’re incorporating art and using art to express ourselves and raising awareness for the intersectionality of the issues that all women go through.”  

Wednesday was the nationally observed “Day Without Women,” but organizers chose to hold their event a day early in order to stand in solidarity with people unable to participate in the official day.

“A Day Without Womxn” drew crowds of students throughout the two-hour event, and featured several artists and speakers who shared their experiences. A large group of people sat in the middle of the plaza, making signs and drawings to hang up around the plaza.

The signs reflected current problems regarding women’s rights and read things like,  “My body parts are not up for grabs” and “Take your politics off my body.”

Rachel Laventure, an 18-year-old member of SFSR, created a short zine called “Things I Wish I Could Say To…”  that detailed her experiences growing up as a multiracial person and how she wished she could have called people out for the microaggressions targeted at her.

Several non-student allies, like 27-year-old Rachel Nilson Ralson, came to show support as well.

“We all need each other moving forward,” Nilson Ralston said. “The contributions of women have been long unrecognized.”

Organizers stressed that the point of “A Day Without Womxn” was not to protest but to recognize the importance of women and demonstrate how different things would be without them, according to 20-year-old Annie Ford, a Spanish major.

“It’s supposed to be super relaxing and therapeutic, we’re just enjoying each other’s company,” Ford said. “We should all feel like a 10.”

Several students were seen wearing red string around their wrists as a symbol of solidarity with people who were unable to participate in A Day Without Women.

“In a culture where people aren’t protected, some women can’t afford to take a day off,” said Jillian Salazar, 27-year-old sexuality studies major and URGE member. “It’s important to make space for women who can’t resist with us.”


Eli Walsh <![CDATA[Stanislaus rains on Gators’ homecoming parade]]> 2017-03-13T02:06:35Z 2017-03-12T07:27:36Z SF State’s baseball team continued its skid on Saturday, dropping its home-opening doubleheader to California State University Stanislaus and falling to 3-15 (1-9).

A rain-soaked February washed away any chance of the Gators playing at Maloney Field for the first month of the season. The Gators had two “home” games already under their belt coming into this weekend’s four-game series.

The Stanislaus State Warriors ended the homecoming party early in the first game. After the Warriors’ cleanup hitter reached on an error by Gator second baseman Zac Neumann in the second inning, the Warriors hit two singles and two sacrifice bunts that resulted in a pair of runs scoring.

The Warriors held onto a 2-0 lead until the sixth inning when they added on three more runs after a walk, pair of singles and an error by Gator third baseman TJ Conroy. The fifth run, scored on a single to center field, chased Gator starter Dillon Houser from the game. Houser finished 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits, striking out none, walking one and allowing five runs, only one of which was earned.

The Gators got on the board in the bottom half of the sixth thanks to a single by left fielder Jacob Lopez and a double to right by shortstop Bryce Brooks. Brooks finished game one 2-3 with an RBI, his sixth of the season.

The Warriors and Gators traded runs in the eighth, upping the score to 6-2. That margin was short lived, however, as the Warriors broke the game open in the ninth. The Gators gave up three runs on a pair of doubles, expanding their deficit to 9-2. A 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning sealed a game one win for the Warriors.

The Warriors slowly built up a lead again in game two, leading 4-0 by the sixth inning. The Gators plated a run in the bottom of the inning on catcher Dalton Pizzuti’s double, but still found themselves down three runs heading into the bottom of the ninth.

With the bases loaded and two outs, shortstop Jackson Kritsch knocked in one with a single, but it was the next batter, first baseman Chris Nicholson, that did the most damage. Nicholson’s two-run single tied the game at four and sent the Gators and Warriors into extra innings.

The Gators  traded the lead in the tenth, thanks to a single and a handful of walks in the fifth of the game.. The Gators threatened in the bottom half with a leadoff double by DH Jordan Abernathy, but went out rather quietly after that, succumbing to the Warriors, 6-4, for their sixth straight loss.

The Gators will try to get back on their game Sunday with another doubleheader at Maloney Field against the Warriors. First pitch for game one is set for noon and 3 p.m. for game two.

Kana Yasuda <![CDATA[Project Censored confronts “fake news” phenomenon]]> 2017-03-13T18:18:51Z 2017-03-12T06:17:38Z Project Censored – SF State hosted a forum to talk with students about the importance of confronting “fake news” in today’s society.

The organization encourages students and faculty to rethink the idea of what news is and develop critical thinking skills to do so.

Kenn Burrows, Project Censored – SF State advisor and health studies lecturer, arranged the forum and holds regular weekly meetings open to students on Wednesdays at 10:30  a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Holistic Health Learning Center, located in the Health and Social Sciences Building.

Mickey Huff, Project Censored director and Diablo Valley College social science and history professor, was invited to speak.

“Is the problem really fake news or is the problem a lack of critical thinking skills and a lack of critical media literacy education in our population?” Huff asked. “Fake news wouldn’t be a problem if we had a society of educated people critically about sources.”

Huff said the development of social media has allowed the public to easily share news stories without critically thinking about the accuracy of the information, therefore inaccurate information quickly spreads to the broader public.

“What are you digesting at the time? How much critical analysis research and fact checking is happening in 90 seconds?” Huff asked.

Mickey Huff, the director of Project Censored, speaks to students about fake news in HSS Room 154 at SF State on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Sarahbeth Maney/Xpress).

Project Censored, a 40-year-old research organization, works to educate the public about the importance of the free press in a democracy by exposing news censorship and has studied the issue of propaganda over the last decade as well as the recent phenomenon of so-called “fake news.”

Burrows said student researchers who have studied journalism or broadcast and electronic communication arts agree that their experience at Project Censored provides them with the larger picture of what is going on.

“Now they want to be in journalism in a deeper way,” Burrows said. “They were dissatisfied with their training that didn’t help them [be] prepared to wholly see the world and how to help journalism help the world.”

Christopher Oscar, a writer and a producer working with Project Censored, released a documentary film, “Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News,” in 2013.

The film, which Oscar spent six years making, compiled interviews of those involved in the organization and documented their efforts to educate media literacy and manage propaganda and censorship in news media.

Oscar and his production team are currently working on another film with new interviews and information, which may be completed by September 2017.

Kamila Janik, a consumer and family studies major, said Wednesday’s talk was relevant because everyone needs to think critically about the issues being raised under the current administration.

“I think it’s very important to go back to the facts and basics,” said Janik, who worked with Project Censored last semester and showed interest in joining again after attending Wednesday’s event.

Oscar said the recent increase in downloads of the film demonstrates a rise in public interest about the topic.

The producer believes the domination of “fake news” in headlines has caused the film to take off. “It’s been called up by a current president,” Oscar said.

“He’s attacking the media. He uses the words ‘fake news.’ He knows how to use media.”

Reneé Smith <![CDATA[Gators manage series split in extra innings]]> 2017-03-12T05:08:56Z 2017-03-12T05:02:30Z SF State’s women’s softball team walked away with a 2-2 record against California State University San Marcos Saturday as they split the final two games.

Gator pitcher Lindsey Cassidy put up a strong fight against the Cougars in game one but eventually fell 2-3 after a late rally wasn’t enough to grab the win.

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Junior Gator pitcher Lindsey Cassidy in her wind up March 12 in the two-game series against California State University San Marcos in San Francisco, Calif. (Renee Smith/Xpress)

Both teams left the scoreboard blank until the top of the third where the Cougars pushed a sacrifice bunt that resulted in the first run of the game, 0-1. The Gators loaded up the bases in the bottom of the third by capitalizing on errors but were unable to send any women home.

San Marcos continued to pressure SF State as they tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Down 0-3, pinch hitter Mallory Cleveland stepped into the box and sent a ball over the outfield fence with a two-run homer that closed up the run gap.

“At the beginning of the inning coach told me to be ready but I didn’t expect me to go in,” Mallory said. “Honestly, I was just trying to make contact and I was thankful for the hit – I just wanted to get to home plate because my team looked so pumped and I was just so excited.”

Outfielder and pitcher Aryn Guzman said the Gators came out strong but thought the hits just weren’t “falling in the right spots,” that they weren’t “stringing hits together.”

“Mallory’s homerun got us back in it, but I think we were just too excited and anxious to finish it.”

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Senior pitcher/outfielder Aryn Guzman in her wind up against California State University San Marcos on Sat., March 12 in San Francisco, Calif. (Renee Smith/Xpress)

In game two the Gators were amped up and jumped on the Cougars early on, scoring once in the first and twice in the second inning.

Leading 3-0, starting pitcher for the second game, Guzman, was able to keep San Marcos from finding their way to home plate. Megan Clark stepped in to replace Guzman in the top of the sixth inning.

Just moments away from the Gators taking game one, the Cougars rallied together and were able to tie it up by stringing powerful hits together and finding holes that sent the game into extra innings. Able to keep San Marcos down, the Gators came up once more in the bottom of the eighth.

With runners in scoring position, second baseman Madison Collins knocked in the winning run with an RBI single, giving the Gators the 4-3 win and their second win of the four-game series.

“I wasn’t thinking that we were in extra innings,” Collins said. “A lot of times I would just breathe through it and tell myself it’s just another pitch and the next one ended up being the winning one, so it was nice.”

Head coach Lisa McKinney adjusted the lineup throughout both games and found that the right mesh for each game is a learning experience for not only the coaches, but the team as a whole.

“Taylor (Elliot) and I work together really well and we talk to each other before the games about who had good warm ups, we always have it on our mind about who could be a pinch hitter if someone is struggling,” McKinney said.

“We have a lot of faith in our hitters that they can go in and do the job and obviously Mallory Cleveland was an awesome example today.”

Although the series is split, McKinney believes she saw adjustments from her team and came away with lessons learned.

“I think we made a better adjustments today off the pitchers even though some hits didn’t go our way, but that’s just the name of the game,” McKinney said. “Overall I think we learned as a team what we need to do to get the W – just making sure that we play a full seven innings.”

Jason Rejali and Kana Yasuda <![CDATA[Police lock down Valencia Street in armed standoff]]> 2017-03-11T07:32:00Z 2017-03-11T07:24:51Z Police have arrested an armed suspect at the Crown Hotel in the Mission district after a more than seven-hour standoff with police Friday, according to NBC Bay Area.

SFPD closed off Valencia Street between 16th Street and 18th Street after they received a 911 call at 1:55 p.m. about a person who brandished a gun at a victim inside an apartment building on the 500 block.

The victim was in the building to perform pest control service when the tenant wielded a firearm. The victim retreated and called the police. The first officers to respond were from the SFPD Mission Station and crisis intervention-trained police officers.

Residents of the building were evacuated immediately and people living near the lockdown area were given a phone number to call if they needed shelter.

Sgt. Mike Andraychak stated that around 6:00 p.m. an armored rescue truck arrived at the scene in front of the building with a crisis negotiator. Officers were situated inside and outside the building while the suspect was in room with a clear view of Valencia Street.

“The subject lives in an apartment that has a window that overlooks Valencia Street,” said Sgt. Andreychak during a press conference. Officers used a loudspeaker on a vehicle in front of the building to reach out to the suspect.

Kelsey Gibbs and Nick Levoch went to get lunch and left their two dogs in their vehicle. When they came back, police told them that the area had been closed down and that their car was in front of the building where the standoff was occurring.

Verbal communication between authorities and the suspect locked inside the building continued after 6:30 p.m. and at least once, the suspect came out of the apartment to speak with officers. No weapon was seen with the subject at the time. Andraychak continued to establish rapport while the suspect was still armed.

According to CBS Local News, the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody just after 9 p.m. – she was then transferred to a hospital for evaluation. By 10 p.m. the Mission Station reported that the situation on Valencia Street was winding down.

Eli Walsh <![CDATA[Gators look to next season despite tough playoff loss]]> 2017-03-14T22:53:59Z 2017-03-11T06:21:05Z LA JOLLA — SF State’s men’s basketball team saw their historic season come to an end Friday night with a loss to #13 ranked California Baptist University, 71-50.

After keeping the game close in the first half, the Gators were on the wrong side of a 42-25 point second half, which allowed CBU to pull away.

“My hat goes off to Cal Baptist — I thought they played outstanding,” head coach Paul Trevor said. “I thought they really turned up the pressure in the second half and took us out of what we wanted to do offensively.”

The Gators started fast out of the gate in their first NCAA tournament game since the 1993-94 season, going on an 8-2 run in the first three and a half minutes.

“I thought they started the game a little sluggish and we jumped on them a bit,” Trevor said. “Then they got a little momentum — they got their energy back.”

California Baptist University head coach and SF State alum Rick Croy called an early timeout after the Gators’ 8-2 run “just to remind them of their intentions coming into the game,” he said.

“We were going to be tough on D, that was our focus, and whatever happened on the other end of the floor, we’d live with the results.”

The Gators couldn’t contain the Lancers after taking the early lead. The Lancers, playing in their fourth consecutive tournament, went on a 12-0 run to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“When you get to the NCAA tournament, experience counts,” Trevor said. “Knowing what to expect, knowing how to win these games.”

“I’m glad we kind of got the feet wet,” senior center AJ Kahlon said. “Guys like Warren [Jackson] and my brother [Josh], Jase [Wickliffe], I expect them to be back here and to be totally ready since they’ve experienced it.”

California Baptist’s aggressor, senior guard Michael Smith, scored a total 21 points against the SF State.

“He’s a very good player,” junior guard Warren Jackson said. “He can score the ball in a lot of ways. Once he hit his first shot, it was hard stopping someone like that.”

The Lancers found their tactic against the Gators early, keeping All-Conference senior Coley Apsay quiet in the first half despite him being on the floor for 12 minutes. Apsay, who averaged 11.7 points a game during the regular season, finished Friday with four points.

In spite of the loss, Trevor and the Gators still see the season in a positive light.

“[The seniors] set the standard for what San Francisco State basketball is all about,” Trevor said. “I couldn’t be more proud of who they are and what they’ve meant to this program.”

“To even be here is incredible,” Kahlon said. “We didn’t get the result we wanted today but it’s awesome to even have the chance.”

Jackson, who will be returning next season, said he plans to take the lessons he learned this year into 2017-18, his senior season.

“When we started the year we didn’t expect to come this far,” he said. “But we put in a lot of work and a lot of effort and I think we can definitely carry that over to next year.”

Reneé Smith <![CDATA[SF State splits series with San Marcos]]> 2017-03-11T05:49:17Z 2017-03-11T05:49:17Z In a double header against California State University, San Marcos Friday, the Gators walked away splitting the games in half 6-1 and 1-2.

In game one, Gator pitcher Megan Clark came out and held on strong, not allowing the Cougars to score through seven innings.

At the top of the second inning, first baseman Sara Higa found herself with the first run of the day thanks to the sacrifice fly from third baseman Gabby Reta. Higa lit up the scoreboard 3-0 from a two-run homerun over the center field fence.

“I played against the first pitcher in high school — I kind of had an idea of what she was going to throw,” Higa said. “I saw it and I adjusted, luckily it went over the fence.”

The Gators continued their rampage, stacking three more runs in the bottom of the sixth with a combined effort from the team, including a two-run RBI double from catcher Celeste Adriano.

“I just like to remain calm and see my pitch and find it,” Adriano said. “I’m very patient at the plate and I like to look low and inside.”

SF State walked away with the first game win, but dropped the second game against the Cougars.

“We might’ve went in thinking that we are going to win because we won the first game,” head coach Lisa McKinney said.

Game two was a battle of the defenses and pitchers. Pitcher Aryn Guzman threw five complete innings allowing no runs.

Higa once again illuminated the scoreboard with a solo shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the second inning. Her home run was the only run the Gators saw in the second game.

During the five innings with Guzman, the Cougars were suppressed and unable to answer back to Higa’s homer. At the top of the sixth, San Marcos took a 1-2 lead, capitalizing on Gator errors and took game two.

“Unfortunately, in the sixth inning we just had too many errors,” McKinney said. “If we clean up the sixth inning, we come out of that game 1-0, but that’s not what happened so we just learn from it.”

The Gators will face off against San Marcos again tomorrow at 11 a.m and 1 p.m. McKinney believes her team will come back with a new approach that will have the Gators walking away with the series win.

“Just making an adjustment early and putting pressure on their defense as early as we can,” McKinney said. “I was just really excited to see them play to what they’re capable of because we haven’t really shown it often in our games so it was nice to see today, and I’m looking forward for more of that for future games.”

Jason Rejali <![CDATA[Three students’ vehicles broken into near campus]]> 2017-03-11T02:40:57Z 2017-03-11T02:40:57Z Three student’s cars were broken into Friday morning on Lake Merced Boulevard near the corner of Font Boulevard.

One incident break ins was reported to University Police Department 11:50 a.m., according to Sgt. Dave Rodriguez.

Communications major, Kyler Brown, said nothing was taken from his recently purchased bought his 2015 Nissan. According to Brown, the suspect(s) broke in from the small back window and tried to reach into the trunk. “They must have been scared and thought it had an alarm, and it doesn’t, I need to get one,” Brown said.

Journalism major, Ivan Corona, said he returned to where he parked his car Thursday night and noticed his passenger and back windows were smashed around 10:45 a.m Friday. The suspect(s) also reached into his glove compartment, which was opened when he found his car.

The third vehicle was parked only a couple cars down from where Brown’s and Corona’s vehicles were located. San Francisco Police Department will be investigating these incidents since the vehicles were technically parked off campus grounds, said Rodriguez.

No information regarding the suspects was available at the time of this publication.


Laura Monique Ordoñez <![CDATA[Leading ladies in Bay Area sports break down gender bias]]> 2017-03-11T02:44:54Z 2017-03-10T22:21:54Z The Women in Sports Symposium held at SF State was a jump-start to Women’s History Month, emphasizing the role of women in the sports field.

CSN Bay Area anchor Kelli Johnson speaks to the crowd at the CSN Bay Area Tomboy Symposium at the Coppola Theatre at SF State on February 28, 2017. (Tate Drucker/Xpress)

The symposium, held the last day of February, served as a preface to the matriarchal month. Hosted by CSN Bay Area anchor Kelli Johnson and moderated by pioneer sports journalist Joan Ryan, the all-woman panel discussion featured some of the top names in the Bay Area sports scene. The speakers shared their journeys and highlighted the importance of fostering female leadership and gender equality, not just for one month, but always.

Two of the three featured panels focused on each panelists’ experience working their way to elite positions in a male-dominated industry.

Amid a packed audience of both women and men in SF State’s Coppola Theatre, award-winning columnist Ann Killion kicked off the first panel by sharing her experience entering the world of

Joan Ryan, a 13-time Associated Press Sports Editor Award-winning journalist, speaks to the crowd at the CSN Bay Area Tomboy Symposium at the Coppola Theatre at SF State on February 28, 2017. (Tate Drucker/Xpress)

sports journalism at a time when opportunities for women were just beginning to open up.

Killion explained that growing up during the women’s liberation movement inspired her to push past barriers.

“In the 80s, newsrooms were looking to diversify,” Killion said. “There was a sensibility that it would be a good idea.”

Killion noted that although a gender dynamic change in the newsroom was inevitable at that point, change was only tolerated in small doses.

“As I’ve said, there’s a uterus hire at most sports departments, which is one, one uterus, not a bunch,” Killion said — eliciting laughter from the audience.

Killion paved the way for the next generation of all-star sports journalists such as San Francisco Giant’s in-game reporter Amy Gutierrez, better known as Amy G. to many Bay Area baseball fans.

Gutierrez admitted her job is definitely the “uterus job in baseball,” but recalled that jobs like hers didn’t really exist when she was growing up.

“As a little girl I did not have Amy G. to look at and say ‘I want to do what she does,’” Gutierrez said. “I feel that, in and of itself, is a huge accomplishment for women in sports.”

Gutierrez, along with many of her fellow panelists involved in the Bay Area sports industry, made it clear that, although the role of women in the industry has become more normalized, especially in the Bay Area, misogyny and gender biases are still present, no matter how subtle or subconscious.

Producer of radio station KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” show and CSN Bay Area audio engineer Taneka Smothers spoke about gender bias she encountered early in her career. The SF State alumna remembered interviewing for a sound editor position at KNBR shortly after graduating.

Smothers said a male program director walked into the room during her interview and asked what position she was applying for. When Smothers told him she was interviewing for the open sound editor position, the man gave her a quizzical look and took a seat beside her.

“He sat down and instead of asking me questions about the job, he asked me questions about sports,” Smothers said, receiving a disgruntled reaction from the audience.

Smothers said after “proving” her knowledge of sports and editing, he was elusive, telling her there was a long list of candidates and he would have to call her back the next week, seemingly brushing her off as a black female candidate.

In the end, the program director called Smothers that same evening, offering her the job as a sound engineer. This moment not only launched her career at KNBR, but also helped establish the fact that women hold equal qualifications as the men in a male-dominated industry.

Gutierrez playfully gave Smothers grief for becoming part of the KNBR team, as Gutierrez discussed that one of her most memorable moments of gender bias was directly related to the on-air talent from the sports-oriented radio station.

On July 10, 2009, during Gutierrez’s second year covering the Giants, lefty pitcher Jonathan Sanchez stunned the MLB with the team’s first no-hitter in more than 30 years. Gutierrez said she knew Sanchez would be her milestone interview as she watched him embrace his teammates.  

When Sanchez approached Gutierrez for the on-air broadcast interview, he leaned in to give her a hug, which she happily accepted, congratulating him on his pinnacle moment.

That small, seemingly harmless moment turned into a scandal.

Gutierrez said KNBR specifically targeted her, criticizing her for the moment.

“Tim Lincecum wins the Cy Young Award that week and all they talked about was me hugging Jonathan Sanchez and how unprofessional I was,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said credibility is one of the most difficult issues she deals with as a female sports reporter. She felt her credibility was questioned in that moment because she was a woman who had an emotional reaction.

“Thank God this many years later I can say I wasn’t upset that I did it then and I’m not upset that I did it now,” Gutierrez said unapologeti

cally. “I was me — that’s who I am. If you throw a no-hitter I’m going to give you a hug.”

Gail Hunter, the Golden State Warriors VP of Public Affairs & Event Management, answers a question on a panel at the CSN Bay Area Tomboy Symposium at the Coppola Theatre at SF State on February 28, 2017. (Tate Drucker/Xpress)

Many of the panelists emphasized how finding a mentor in their field impacted their success. Yet, a majority of the mentors to these strong women were men in the industry, which may seem counterproductive to the discussion of gender bias.

“I feel really fortunate that I always had a number of people that have guided me professionally along the way,“ said Catherine Aker, director of corporate communications for the Oakland A’s. “I have to say, they’ve all been male. I’ve never had a female mentor.”

Aker said now that she’s established herself in the field, she is trying to change the male mentor dynamic by supporting young women as they begin their careers.

Neda Tabatabaie, San Jose Sharks vice president of business intelligence, said the role of men is just as important as that of women when discussing gender bias.

Tabatabaie recalled sitting in a meeting with a consulting firm with all men.

“As usual I was the only woman in the room and they didn’t want to hear what I had to say, “ Tabatabaie said. “I knew my numbers, I knew my data, everything and they just were not listening to me.”

Tabatabaie said the men on her team took a stand that day to make sure she was heard and she has stood her ground in her department ever since.

“Not only as women (do) we need to amplify each other’s voices, but the men in the room need to also do that more,” she said as the audience cheered and applauded.

The panelists also touched on the importance of women in sports acknowledging their own strength and worth within the industry. As female sports reporters, they know there is a deeper story behind the statistics and analytics.

“I am there to bring you something you did not see,” Gutierrez said. “I am there to bring a human element to this game, to make these young men tangible in some way and understandable.”

Ryan said writing in her own voice instead of conforming to writing from the perspective of a man has allowed her to bring a different point of view to the table.

“It’s your own voice that brings the most value,” Ryan said.

Pamphlets for the CSN Bay Area Tomboy Symposium at the Coppola Theatre at SF State lay spread on a table on February 28, 2017. (Tate Drucker/Xpress)

The Women in Sports Symposium served as a prelude to the new CSN-produced “Tomboy” documentary premiering March 10 at 8 p.m. on CSN Bay Area and Sunday, March 12 on CSN California.

The documentary is a culmination of elite female athletes, along with journalists and sports executives, discussing gender bias in sports. The film delves into how this bias develops subconsciously at a young age, which is when girls need to be empowered to promote gender equality.

Both the symposium and the documentary aim to help broaden feminist-based movements that work toward gender equality, and dissolving subconscious and institutionalized gender bias in our nation and around the world.

In the final moments of the panel discussions, Gutierrez reminded the audience of where the true advocacy begins.

“Just a bit of advice, if I were to give it to the women in this room, please support other women,” Gutierrez said. “I think we’re our own worst enemy in this.”

She stressed the strength in numbers that comes as more women enter the sports industry in higher leadership roles.

“There’s more of us and we need to embrace that, and love that and support that,” Gutierrez said.

Eli Walsh <![CDATA[Gator baseball, student-athletes rock the Swamp in support of men’s basketball]]> 2017-03-10T20:20:04Z 2017-03-10T20:20:04Z Anyone who’s seen an SF State men’s basketball game at Don Nasser Family Plaza this season has most likely noticed a lot of raucous, energized Gators cheering on their fellow student-athletes from behind the baseline.

Some of the most energetic of those in the student-athlete section are the members of the baseball team who have attended “about 90 percent” of the basketball team’s home games this season according to senior infielder Bryce Brooks.

“The baseball team is insane. I love those guys to death,”  senior men’s basketball forward/center, AJ Kahlon said. “The energy they bring to our home games, it’s electrifying. It makes us want to go out that much harder.”

Junior second baseman, Zac Neumann, said the baseball team knows how important it is to have school spirit and support SF State’s athletes.

“Energy from the crowd can play a major factor in the success of a team so we wanted to make sure we did everything we could to help our team win,” he said.

Part of that support involves a dress code.

“We always coordinated what to wear to the games,” Neumann said.  “We came up with different themes throughout the year.”

Among those were a golf theme, a beach theme and a sports jersey theme.

Brooks said starting pitcher, Dillon Houser, is usually the one to inform the baseball team when it will be a theme night and what the theme is going to be.

Neumann said they went with the jersey theme for last Tuesday’s conference playoff game against Cal State LA, which the Gators won 93-67, because the team won during the previous jersey night.

“Seeing our guys win such a big game like that last home game was awesome because afterward they were intentionally coming to us and showing their appreciation,” Neumann said. “It made us feel like we were a part of the team and a part of the victory.”

“We have a really tight community within our athletic department, it’s really nice,” head basketball coach, Paul Trevor, said. “We were 13-1 in the Swamp. No (opponent) wants to come to the Swamp and part of that is because we have such great student-athletes and student support.”

Trevor wants his team to be grateful for the support they receive from other students and student-athletes.

“All these programs work just as hard and they’re all working for the same goal so we want to support each other,” he said.

“It is always fun to go to those basketball games because I feel like we act as a 6th man on the court and it really affects the opposing teams that come into the Swamp,” Brooks said.


Segun Giwa <![CDATA[All-Conference Gators leading the way in historic season]]> 2017-03-10T19:47:20Z 2017-03-10T19:47:20Z Although they fell short in the CCAA championship game against University of California, San Diego Saturday night, the Gators are having an extraordinary season. This point was highlighted this weekend when four players of this year’s men’s basketball team were named to the CCAA All Conference Team members. Junior and senior guards Warren Jackson and Coley Apsay made First Team, senior center AJ Kahlon made Second Team and senior guard/forward Nick Calcaterra earned Honorable Mention

At 25-5, the Gators are currently in the midst of their best season in SF State history. The team is ranked 19 nationally in Division II and preparing for their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 1993-1994 season. Seventh year head coach Paul Trevor won his 100th career game on Feb. 4 against Chico State, becoming the fastest coach in school history to win 100 games.

SF State is second in the CCAA in scoring and 3 point field goal percentage at 78.6 ppg and 39.6 percent respectively. The Gators’ explosive offense correlates to the efficient play on the perimeter from Jackson, Apsay and Calcaterra. Coaches and players on the team raved about the perimeter shooting and ball handling.

“Nick, Warren and I compliment each other’s games really well,” Apsay said. “When Warren drives, he sucks the defenders into the paint where he can then kick out the ball to us on the perimeter. We’re explosive together.”

The chemistry the three have developed on the perimeter makes the Gators dangerous on both ends. Not only can they score in bunches, but they also play aggressive defense, causing havoc in passing lanes and creating turnovers. Apsay currently leads the CCAA in steals per game at 2.4 while Jackson and Calcaterra rank in the top 10 with 1.6 steals per game each.

“On defense we play really well together because we have a great amount of trust in each other’s movements,” Calcaterra said. “I love playing with them.”

The Gators’ swarming perimeter defense would be nothing without the rim protection of AJ Kahlon. If an opposing player penetrates past a perimeter defender into the paint, it is Kahlon’s responsibility to contest the shot and make it difficult for the offensive player to score. Kahlon is excellent at his job, averaging nearly 1.8 blocks per game, third in the nation. It makes the backcourt players’ job easier if they know the big man behind them has their back if their opponent gets past them.

“AJ is our defensive anchor,” Trevor said. “He sets the tone for us defensively. He’s one of the reasons we’re one of the best defensive teams in the nation.”

SF State leads the conference in scoring margin at +11.1.

This is the first time in school history that SF State has had four players make the All-conference team. Assistant coach Vince Inglima made the All-Conference team as a guard for Sonoma State in 2006, ironically the team the Gators had to beat to get into the CCAA championship game against UC San Diego this past weekend. Inglima was the recruiter who brought Apsay and Jackson from their community colleges, and he has clearly built a bond with those players.

“When I came to SFSU he helped develop me and my teammates into the offensive force we are now,” Apsay said. “He’s become one of my greatest role models.”


Anna Gonzalez <![CDATA[Bay Area activists attend “A Day Without Women” at SF City Hall]]> 2017-03-15T03:07:45Z 2017-03-10T02:14:59Z Activists gathered at San Francisco City Hall as the rally for “A Day Without Woman” kicked off on Wednesday. Women and male allies came to stand up and show solidarity with women of all backgrounds.

A large group of women took the day off from work to participate and demand equal pay, fight for reproductive rights, and put an end to gender discrimination. The crowd gathered at Civic Center Plaza an hour before the rally began.

The Women’s March of San Francisco, which facilitated the January Women’s March in D.C., organized the rally at City Hall and asked women, regardless if they could take the day off or not, to wear red in solidarity.

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors President London Breed was among many female speakers that attended the rally.

“What’s so amazing about you all being here today is that you’re saying to the whole world that we are together,” Breed said to the crowd. “We stand strong, we stand proud, we will protect a woman’s right to choose, we will protect reproductive health and everything that we stand for here in San Francisco.”

Organizers and advocates had one objective for the rally: to show the world how crucial women are to the socio-economic system, and that women are demanding acknowledgment and respect.

“As women, we don’t just talk about what we’re going to do, we roll up our sleeves, and we get it done,” Breed said.

Ashlee Flores, 30, attended the event in hopes of keeping up the momentum.

“I’m here to strike and do what I can to raise the conversation and demonstrate how important women are in society and communities,” Flores said. “Creating a day for women to come together and sort of highlight those issues, I think, is important.”

Flores believes anybody can be a feminist, and those who believe in equal rights between men and women should attend other events supporting women like Wednesday’s rally.

Jessica Zou, 30, took the day off from her ad agency job to participate in the gathering at City Hall.

“We talk about women’s march and that was on a weekend,” Zou said. “Having this during the workweek I think is impactful.”

Zou believes that frequent and consistent events like this are the key to seeing changes in policy.

“I think sustaining events like this, and the actions we take in between them, is the answer to making a greater lasting change in society,” Zou said.

SF District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer also spoke at the rally and made it clear that women’s rights should not still be a debate.

“I speak to the women here and I speak to our male allies; this country is dominated by a dominant culture of white males and we can see the power that they are wielding now,” Fewer said. “The idea that we have to fight for our reproductive rights again, and again is just insulting.”

“So I want to say to all women, do not let them separate us, do not let them divide us around race, class, and whether we are born with female anatomy or not, we are women.”

The speakers and activists stressed that now is more important than ever to come out and celebrate women and that women need to stay united and continue their fight.

“We are working together, we are working smarter, we are working stronger, we know there are bigger fish to fry in Washington D.C.,” Breed said.


Jose Francisco <![CDATA[Gay student shares story of discrimination at Student Health Services]]> 2017-03-13T19:07:12Z 2017-03-10T01:10:06Z Note: This article is special to Xpress.
UPDATE: A previous version of this submitted opinion article included a portrait of the author. Per his request, we have removed his picture due to safety concerns.

Being a health educator for freshmen at Gateway High School means I must walk my talk, and I do — especially when being mindful about my own health. Recently, I got my routine HIV and STI test at SF State’s clinic. This was the first time I was denied equal access to such services.

Growing up I always felt different, particularly among other boys. I remember in elementary school how I was tormented by a bully who would call me gay in front of other kids. I had no idea how he knew, or how he could see this part of me that even I did not fully understand.

Now, while sitting in the clinic, I was told by the nurse I would not be allowed free access to the same health care services as my heterosexual counterparts would.

As a health educator, I understand the importance of being honest with my doctor and other health care providers, especially when questioned about my sexual health. I disclosed to my nurse that I identified as gay, which ultimately resulted in me being denied access to our school’s free HIV and STI testing program.

SF State’s clinic is part of the government funded Family PACT program, which allows free HIV and STI testing for heterosexual men and women concerned about reproductive health. This means straight men and women can access these services for free. While I, on the other hand, had to pay $217 (for the exact same services), and was subject to bigotry from my counseling nurse.

I felt the same torment of my bully in 5th grade while I was inside SF State’s clinic that day. But this time, I was being oppressed by a larger institution, one that should have provided equal access to adequate care, regardless of my sexual orientation.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014 “gay and bisexual men accounted for 83 percent of new HIV diagnosis among all males age 13 and older.” If gay men are most at risk for contracting HIV, why am I denied HIV and STI testing that my heterosexual peers would otherwise get for free?

SF State must stop this discriminatory practice against the LGBTQ+ community. The University must provide HIV and STI testing services free of all cost, regardless of one’s sexual orientation, since there is already a program allowing this for straight men and women.

Furthermore, government funding must place greater emphasis in providing affordable, adequate and non-discriminatory health care services and programs for the LGBTQ+ — especially with health issues leaving my community at risk.

I presented my concerns not only to my peers, but to the health clinic the following week.

My phone calls were thrown around and I was left clueless. So, I continued my questioning and contacted the California representative of Family PACT. In our phone conversation, I explicitly asked, “Am I not allowed this service because I am a male who happens to have sex with other males?” She replied, “Accurate,” and asked if I had any further questions.

Appalled, I hung up on her. Again, I felt the same torment I had experienced from my bully in elementary school. But in this instance, there was no school bell to alleviate my powerlessness and my bully’s abuse.  

Nicki McClelland <![CDATA[University takes steps to discontinue campuswide impaction]]> 2017-03-09T21:12:38Z 2017-03-09T21:12:38Z SF State held its third and final required public hearing at the University library to discuss proposed admission changes and the discontinuation of the current campuswide impaction status for the fall 2018 semester.

The final hearing was held on Monday. The hearings have been held throughout the month of February, and have served as platforms to get the public’s input on the plans SF State has to eliminate its campuswide impaction status and improve the admission process.

Proposed admission changes would primarily affect first-time freshman and transfer students, especially those outside the six local counties currently given priority admission: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara. New guidelines would remove the priority admission that local students currently receive, and provide equal access to all California students eligible for California State University system admission.

Enrollment management interim assistant vice president and host of the public hearing Ree’shemah Thornton said the announcement of removing the campuswide impaction status has been met with positive reactions.

Patrice Mulholland, Office of International Programs assistant director, said discontinuing campuswide impaction gives international students more incentive to apply.

“I see people not as willing to apply,” Mulholland said about international students. “They want to make sure they can get in and get out.”

According to Thornton, enrollment rates dropped overall when the campus declared impaction in 2014, which created additional challenges and higher admission standards. Thornton said potential students are discouraged by the campuswide impaction status.

The University is anticipating that applications for first-time freshmen and new transfers for fall 2017 will be approximately 5 percent below the school’s application quota to reach the undergraduate enrollment capacity for California residents, according to data presented at the public hearing.

“Impaction doesn’t mean impossible,” Thornton said. “Student’s think they can’t get in and don’t even apply.”

Thornton said impaction status was implemented in 2014 to ensure students received authentic admittance and had access to the right amount of classes and instructors.

“The purpose of impaction wasn’t to be a barrier to students,” Thornton said.

Undergrad Admissions Director Edward Carrigan said impaction is a last resort in managing student population. Carrigan said that looking at curriculum for individual programs is the approach that needs to be taken.

“Majors need to be better structured so that people can get through the curriculum and not get stuck in bottleneck classes,” Carrigan said.

Carrigan said having the right amount of staff and classes offered is also an important factor in impacted majors. Each individual program is being reviewed to see if changes can be made to remove impaction from certain majors in addition to removing the campuswide impaction status, according to Carrigan.

As of now, a proposal has been submitted to remove the impaction status from the interior design major. Other impacted majors will remain under review.

The proposal must be approved by the Chancellor’s Office by April 1. If approved, campuswide impaction discontinuation and the changed admittance guidelines will be effective for the fall 2018 semester.

Nicole Ortega <![CDATA[Campus efforts to mitigate sexual assault don’t guarantee safety]]> 2017-03-09T15:26:17Z 2017-03-09T15:26:17Z Harmony Notman works full-time at Stonestown Galleria, only a short distance from her Village at Centennial Square residence on campus, but the walk makes her nervous.

Notman leaves her job in the evenings carrying pepper spray and wearing only one earbud, uneasy and worried about her physical safety due to recent incidents of sexual assault on campus.

There were 19 reports of sexual assault on campus between 2013 and 2015 — all but one incident occurred in the residence community, according to the 2016 Campus Security and Fire Report.

Notman said while she feels the University does well in its effort to inform students about sexual assault incidents and how to avoid and prevent them, she believes there is room for improvement.

“As far as the dorms go, I feel safe inside them knowing there are RAs (resident assistants) on the floor and always someone at the front desk,” Notman said. “But I do feel like there could be more security patrolling campus at night.”

According to the University Police Department’s “Timely Warning” page, the most recent sexual assault cases reported to campus police were in December, where the victim had met the perpetrator minutes earlier and again in January. This type of crime remains an issue despite University efforts to prevent them.

“Based on our experience, sexual assault and sexual violence can happen just about anywhere on campus, as well as off-campus,” said Luoluo Hong, SF State vice president and Title IX coordinator. “The most common denominator is that the respondent is usually somebody known to the complainant, or just recently met them.”

A campus climate survey of college students found that approximately 23 percent of females and 7 percent of males have been victims of rape or sexual assault.

The 2016 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics Research and Development Series also found that sexual assaults often go unreported due to the crime’s personal and sensitive nature, the victim’s lack of confidence in a satisfactory outcome through the legal system, and at times, the victim failing to acknowledge that he or she was sexually assaulted.

A female SF State student, who preferred to remain anonymous, was sexually assaulted last semester near campus but is still undecided about whether to report the crime or not as she doesn’t know if it would lead to punishment.

“I’m in the process of still deciding whether or not to pursue it,” she said. “When it happened, his (perpetrator’s) roommate was there but they were friends since elementary school, so if I do pursue it I’m afraid that (UPD) aren’t going to believe me.”

The student said the incident also deepened her pre-existing anxiety condition and that she now takes prescribed medications for treatment.

“On most days, I can’t go to sleep without thinking about what happened,” she said. “I get panic attacks.”

Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor in the Psychology Department, said experiences of sexual assault can cause post-traumatic stress symptoms and even erosion of self-worth.

“It is not uncommon for the victim to feel guilty for ‘letting it happen’ or not fighting back harder,” Hagan said.

Hong said that university campuses have a duty to provide care and resources under the administration of Title IX, a federal regulation that primarily prohibits sex discrimination and sets sexual violence and harassment reporting requirements in academic environments.

The UPD works with Title IX coordinators by providing reports of sexual assault on campus as they happen, according to Deputy Chief Reginald Parson.

Parson said that campus police have tailored procedures in an effort to combat crimes such as sexual assault and to inform students and faculty about safety issues.

The UPD Community Liaison Unit looks at crime trends and statistics to develop informational presentations and documents focused on crime prevention and safety tactics for community members. The department plans to offer annual safety programs to students such as informational meetings and Coffee with a Cop events.

One program UPD is interested in pursuing is the “Safety Walk,” a program designed to inform students how to safely travel from one part of campus to another.

Many reports of sexual assault originate from residence communities, according to Parson. In response to sexual assault and other crimes on campus, Parson said UPD has worked to increase patrols in order to have a stronger presence.

SF State representatives responding to sexual assault victims are trauma-informed, according to Hong, which requires an understanding of the psychological and neurological trauma victims experience.

“We provide information about available resources and answer questions about the administrative investigation versus criminal investigation processes,” Hong said.

Hong said the Title IX department also encourages victims to seek medical treatment, crisis intervention and counseling support and offers students referrals to access support.

Title IX also works to protect the victim’s privacy, needs and preferences.

Parson said that while the UPD provides information on their “Timely Warnings” page about how to prevent sexual assault, there is difficulty in enforcing the measures.

“It’s kind of hard to say, ‘If you do this, if you do that, then you won’t be a victim of sexual assault,’” Parson said. “Really, the responsibility is with the suspect.”

Nicole Ortega <![CDATA[Alpha Kappa Psi hosts DJ event to benefit cancer research]]> 2017-03-09T18:43:31Z 2017-03-09T07:20:45Z The Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity threw the largest event in the fraternity’s history on Friday, a benefit concert to help fund cancer research through City of Hope.

The concert, HeartBeats, took place at the Annex Building and featured four local DJs, including Bay Area native, Giraffage.

City of Hope is a nonprofit research center, graduate school and hospital, where Jason Adauto, vice president of services at Alpha Kappa Psi, spent his time when his best friend received treatment for leukemia.  

After his friend died in 2012, Adauto came up with the idea of hosting an event to donate the revenues to City of Hope. Adauto was in his first year of college at the time.

“(The concert) will just spread over all about City of Hope and cancer research at the same time,” Adauto said.

Leukemia is a leading form of cancer among adolescents and young adults ages 15-39, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Darla Claypool, City of Hope director of corporate philanthropy, said that the research center’s mission “combines scientific innovation with human compassion, creating medical miracles in the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

“We treat the whole person, not just the illness, by also giving each patient and their loved ones the spiritual and emotional support they need,” Claypool said.

The center’s website states that cancer drugs such as Avastin, Herceptin and Rituxan were created from technology pioneered by the center’s staff. The City of Hope in Duarte, California was ranked No. 20 in a U.S. News & World Report of adult cancer hospitals.

HeartBeats is the first major donation event the fraternity has held, but AKPsi has worked on other benefit projects.

The fraternity previously initiated the “Soap for Hope” project in which the service committee of the fraternity upcycles, meaning they create new products from old objects. According to the fraternity’s upcycling site, they produce soaps, candles and scrubs from leftover coffee grounds supplied by Peet’s Coffee & Tea on campus.

The small project led to the planning of the HeartBeats event. Adauto said he not only had the goal of raising awareness and donating to City of Hope, but also hoped the concert would build more rapport among students on campus.

Steven Wong, the executive vice president for AKPsi, performed at HeartBeats under his stage name DJ Havek.

During the marketing and planning for HeartBeats, Wong said he was reminded that cancer research provides hope and recognized that students have the capability to organize for a cause.

“We put this concert together not just to foster student life, but for showing the community it can organize everything in-house,” Wong said.

Bay Area native Charlie Yin, also known as Giraffage, performs as the headliner for HeartBeats on March 3, 2017. Proceeds from the event will be donated to City of Hope in order to benefit cancer research. (Nicole Ortega/Xpress)

Bashir Habboub, a senior civil engineering student, said that he enjoyed the event and was happy to know his money was going to benefit cancer research.

“I wish we could just find a way to cure this disease (cancer) because I don’t want to see anyone else suffer,” Habboub said. “I’m really happy I contributed to such a great cause.”

Adauto said the fraternity intends to have annual events similar to the benefit concert in order to further donate to causes like cancer research in the future.

“It hasn’t been an easy process since it’s our first time, but it’s definitely been worth the whole ride,” Adauto said.

Gracie Ngo <![CDATA[City Hall plans to create transgender district]]> 2017-03-16T16:20:40Z 2017-03-09T00:35:21Z Supervisor Jane Kim stood on the steps of City Hall in early February and introduced legislation to transform a six-block stretch in the San Francisco Tenderloin into the nation’s first government-sponsored transgender district.

“The idea is to create a safe space to bring out the history of the transgender community in the Tenderloin,” says Barbara Lopez, Supervisor Jane Kim’s legislative director and co-writer of the legislation.

Lopez, who collaborated with transgender community leaders and advocacy groups, hopes the legislation will come to a vote after a community review and before the city’s next budget cycle to begin development by the end of March or early April.

“Another safe space is a nice thing. It’ll definitely help homeless queer youth. Especially in the Tenderloin,” said Emma Herms, a 20-year-old women and gender studies major at SF State.

The six-block stretch designated for the development of the new cultural district will be named Compton’s Transgender, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual District, paying homage to the Compton Cafeteria Riot, which predates the Stonewall riots by three years.

The riot ties the Tenderloin to one of the first LGBT civil rights uprisings in the United States. Gene Compton’s Cafeteria, a coffee shop frequented by transgender individuals in the 1960s, became the site of a two-day resistance against transgender violence. The demonstration was sparked in 1966 after continued abuse against transgender people by the San Francisco Police Department.

After last year’s 50th anniversary of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, the transgender community in the Tenderloin began to push harder for a trans-centric and nongender conforming district, according to Lopez.

“Our goal is to memorialize, stabilize and plan,” says Lopez.

“They need that community more than ever. Especially in this political climate. People don’t know how to address the trans community and trans people in general,” said Meghan Bonifacio, a 19-year-old pre-apparel design and merchandise major at SF State who identifies as a gay man.

The cultural district is the first of two major components of the legislation. Supervisor Kim negotiated $300,000 in funding from a housing developer to build affordable housing for the community at 950 Market St., according to Lopez.

Since Supervisor Kim’s announcement of the new district, President Trump has rescinded the transgender bathroom guidelines put in place by Obama.

In a press release, Supervisor Kim claims minority groups in the U.S. have never been more at risk.

Nessa Perez, a 21-year-old interior design major at SF State, has been called “it” and chased out of bathrooms for identifying as a trans-nonbinary person.

Herms, a fem-presenting gender-fluid person, experiences similar anxieties.

“People don’t take my identity seriously,” they said. Herms said they are misgendered a lot and not represented in the national conversation about LGBT rights.

Herms, who fears the validation of bigotry more than President Trump himself is thankful for the planned inclusion of nongender-conforming people in Compton’s TLGB.

“Folks who don’t know the Tenderloin – it has a history of inclusion. We have a large trans population and a large Muslim population from the (six banned countries),” says Lopez. “The Tenderloin has been the place where immigrants go, where trans and nonconforming people go to live and thrive.”