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Grant funds initial research for SF renewable energy plan

February 22, 2011 News

While San Francisco is most famously known for its cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and progressive politics, within the next decade it will also be recognized as the greenest city in the country. On Feb. 1, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the spending of a $250,000 grant by the Department of the ...

Barbie learns a lesson at SF State

February 22, 2011 News

Whether you are full-figured, curvy or thin, whether you are a man or woman, chances are you have felt some unwanted pressure about your appearance at one point or another in your life. But why should you be told how to look? Why should your size be a topic of debate? This is where SF ...

Surprise fire drill shakes up Humanities building, tests system

February 21, 2011 News

The Humanities building received a late night jolt tonight at 7:30 p.m. when a semiannual fire drill signaled for students and faculty to evacuate the building. To simulate a real fire, no one was notified. “Why tell them? If you tell them, they won’t leave,” said Daniel Ho, senior health and safety officer for the ...

A date with Anyaka Munro

February 21, 2011 News

Jose Camins is a 28-year-old male passing time as a server at the Cheesecake Factory in San Francisco’s Union Square. He spends most of his day serving to the whims of “ungreatful customers who don’t know how to tip.” While his days are made for serving others, his nights are made for serving himself. Schooled ...

Gator men 14-9 after loss to Lumberjacks

February 19, 2011 News

The SF State men’s basketball team suffered a tough 78-65 loss at home Friday to the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. The Gators are 14-9 overall and 12-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association after last night’s game. Leading the way for the Gators was senior guard Marquel Hoskins; who finished the game with a game high ...

National Condom Week brings promotion of the female condom

February 17, 2011 News

The Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health group gave out bags of free condoms and lubricant this week as part of National Condom Week. PEACH, a peer program dedicated to promoting positive health decision in nutrition and sexuality, offered students bags including instructional sheets for sexual health. According to PEACH volunteer Laurel Stephens, National Condom week ...

Faculty vote on college merger currently underway

February 16, 2011 News 2 Comments

A campus-wide faculty referendum is current­ly taking place this week concerning the Univer­sity Planning Advisory Council’s recommendation to reduce the number of colleges from an eight to a six-college “plus one” structure. The faculty is voting on three different options for the merger that was recommended by UPAC. The voting began Feb. 11 and continues ...

Offer made to former cheer coach in embezzlement case

February 15, 2011 News

Ashlee Nicole Haley, the former SF State cheer coach who is charged with 29 criminal offenses including one felony count of embezzlement, was set to have a recommendation for sentencing at 9 a.m. at the Hall of Justice Tuesday. The recommendation will now take place on March 1 due to an offer made to Haley ...

Stow Lake set for upgrade

February 15, 2011 News

The tranquil waters of the Golden Gate Park landmark Stow Lake will undergo changes after a new concession lease for its neighboring boathouse goes into effect in mid-March. New tables, a new fleet of boats, and a change from a food stand to a small restaurant that serves locally-grown and sustainably produced options are all ...

Stars shine bright for SF Filipino community

February 15, 2011 News

On Feb. 11, SF State’s Beta Phi sorority hosted the Starlight Show – a dance, poetry and spoken word event – to help fundraise for a local non-profit, Books for Love. The multi-faceted showcase, held in Jack Adams Hall on Friday, raised around $500 for Books for Love, an organization that donates children’s books to ...

Gators caught kissing in the rain

February 15, 2011 News

Despite the cold weather, Malcolm X Plaza heated up with Valentine’s Day fever as couples leaned close together and stared deep into each other’s eyes. But the only public display of affection was with a three-inch plastic iPod case. On Feb. 14, the SFSU Bookstore hosted its fourth annual Kiss an iPod contest, where couples ...

Castro 'Honor Walk' to pay tribute to LGBT icons

February 15, 2011 News

People touring the Castro district will soon have more than its iconic flag to photograph as the development of the San Francisco Rainbow Honor Walk – a proposed collection of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people displayed in plaques similar to the stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame – is placed on city streets. ...

Protesters celebrate Mubarak resignation

February 12, 2011 News

An initial protest transformed into celebration Friday after former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak resigned from office after 18 days of democratic demonstrations. The ANSWER Coalition’s planned protest at UN Plaza Feb. 11 was made unnecessary after Mubarak announced an end to his 30-year term.  Crowds chanted in Arabic as the tricolor Egyptian flag flourished ...

Parkmerced redevelopment plans substantial growth

February 11, 2011 News 1 Comment

San Francisco’s Planning Commission held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss Parkmerced Investors’ $1.2 billion redevelopment project of the Parkmerced neighborhood. The project includes the construction of 5,679 new residential units while another 1,538 units are to be demolished and then replaced in phases spanning the next three decades. The project would total 8,900 new units. ...

Board of Supervisors ban unsolicited Yellow Pages

February 9, 2011 News

In an attempt to reduce both its ecological footprint and recycling costs, San Francisco is making efforts to curb the dissemination of unwanted phone directories. The Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance Feb. 1 to ban the unsolicited distribution of Yellow Pages phone books for a three-year trial period. The ordinance, which was proposed by ...

BART board approves plan for shops at stations

February 2, 2011 News

Uninviting, barren, cement structures are currently the norm for most of the BART system’s stations. A new plan recently approved by the BART Board of Directors hopes to change that, bringing new food kiosks and other shops to the transit hubs in an effort to raise revenue and increase traffic throughout the rail system. “This ...

Funding approved for bicycle parking

February 2, 2011 News

With 16 percent of San Franciscans saying in 2007 that they used a bicycle as a mode of transit at least once a week, new plans to facilitate their use are underway. “In the past four years, the number of people biking has increased by nearly 60 percent,” said Leah Shahum, executive director of the San ...

Panel participates in teach-in to educate about Egyptian uprising

February 2, 2011 News

As millions of Egyptians flooded Tahrir Square in Cairo, SF State faculty and students took part in a teach-in to spread information and promote conversation over the volatile situation. “We are at the junction,” Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, associate professor in the race and resistance studies department, said to a packed room. “The Egyptians don’t ...

Marchers in Bay Area show support for Egypt uprising

February 1, 2011 News

With the protests in Egypt to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime ally of the U.S. government, continuing to build momentum, several Bay Area organizations and community members believe the end of Mubarak’s rule is nearing. “We have faith in the possibility that Mubarak, the iron grip on the nation of Egypt, will be loosened ...

Changes in store for ASI

February 1, 2011 News 1 Comment

The Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors hit the ground running this semester with talk of big change at their first meeting. The board is reviewing its lawspeaker position, which has judiciary and parliamentary duties and also acts as elections commissioner, to ensure the three duties do not create a conflict of interest. “It’s just good practice. ...

Protesters, supervisor voice concerns about KUSF sale at rally

February 1, 2011 News

Protesters gathered in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon against the sale of the University of San Francisco’s bandwidth for radio station KUSF to the University of Southern California. “They forced everyone out of the building Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. after they sold KUSF to the classical station without telling anyone,” said former KUSF ...

Green classes in students' future

January 31, 2011 News 2 Comments

Recently approved general education requirements at SF State promise to better align the campus with its goal of sustainability and educate students on how to live a greener life both in and out of the classroom. Undergrads entering the University as early as fall 2012 will follow a new GE path that requires students to ...

Clubs banking procedure set to change

January 26, 2011 News

Between 2008 and 2009, former SF State cheer coach Ashlee Nicole Haley allegedly spent more than $20,000 of cheer club funds on personal expenditures. This included food, rent and a trip to Las Vegas, according to court reports. The University Police Department began an investigation of Haley sometime in 2009, which culminated in Haley being charged with ...

Free tax help to be offered to students and faculty next week

January 26, 2011 News

In light of the upcoming tax season, students and faculty who earn less than $49,000 annually can have their tax returns done for free. The SF State chapter of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which enlists the help of over 200 student volunteers every semester, will provide their services in SCI 205 beginning Jan. ...

Financial pressure looms for students

January 25, 2011 News

When Gov. Jerry Brown began the process of passing a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year by releasing his proposal earlier this month, he detailed the grim outlook for California’s higher education system. If passed, the budget will see a reduction in state subsidizing by $500 million and place even more financial pressure on students. “We ...

CSU opens door to spring students

January 24, 2011 News

In the wake of the 10.8 percent cut to enrollment experienced during spring 2010, a one-time increase in state funding opened the door to approximately 2,000 new students at SF State for spring 2011. A $60.6 million allotment in the state’s 2010-2011 budget allowed enrollment to stabilize this semester with the addition of approximately 30,000 ...

Anti-abortion supporters rally thousands in San Francisco

January 22, 2011 News

Thousands of anti-abortion and abortion rights advocates flooded The Embarcadero’s Justin Herman Plaza on Saturday for the seventh annual Walk for Life West Coast. The rally occurred amidst heightened attention over abortion and marked the 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Abortion rights have once again been brought to the national stage as conservatives use the ...

Edwin Lee voted in as interim mayor of San Francisco

January 22, 2011 News

Following a months-long stand off between progressives and moderates on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Edwin Lee was unanimously voted in as interim mayor of San Francisco on Jan. 11. He replaces Gavin Newsom, who departed the office after winning the lieutenant governor’s race. “It is an honor to represent and lead the city of ...

UPAC recommends college merger

January 20, 2011 News

The University Planning Advisory Council released a 13-page report today with several recommendations for easing the estimated $32 million deficit that now faces SF State. The 12-member council, established in December 2009 to establish budget savings, collaborated to release the report that recounted the steps leading to the substantial shortfalls and provides suggestions as to how the ...

Cheer coach may "resolve" case Feb. 15

January 19, 2011 News 1 Comment

Ashlee Nicole Haley, the former SF State cheer coach, charged with multiple felonies including grand theft, made her appearance in San Francisco Superior Court today for a pre-hearing conference at 10:30 a.m. By 10:40, the hearing was over. Haley, with her attorney Sujung Kim representing her, asked Judge Jeff Ross to schedule another hearing for ...