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Students join NoDAPL protest in downtown San Francisco

November 15, 2016 News

Picket signs and burning sage filled downtown San Francisco as students and community members gathered in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the North Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday, taking part in a nationwide day of action.   The early morning protest began at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with prayers from people ...

Racial Tensions Rise at SF State Post Election

November 14, 2016 News 2 Comments

Fliers that read “Are you sick of anti-white propaganda on college campuses? You are not alone,” in bold, black letters were found outside of the Cesar Chavez Student Center early Monday evening. A link was printed below the message, therightstuff.biz, which leads to a blog claiming to be the home of the ‘edgiest podcast’ of ...

Voting system questioned in wake of close election

November 13, 2016 News 4 Comments

Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election but millions of people aren’t ready to throw in the towel and accept that fact just yet. Many are demanding changes to be made through anti-Trump demonstrations that are popping up across the country and a petition – that is spreading like wildfire across the internet – is ...

Emotions run high at post-election open forum

November 11, 2016 News

Mariel De Paz, political science major, wearing a shirt that read ‘Undocumented and Unafraid’ in bold white letters tearfully expressed how she felt post election in an open forum organized by the University on Thursday. “I got home and my mother was crying. She felt like she couldn’t protect me and that is the worst ...

Racially charged message found in Creative Arts Building

November 9, 2016 News

UPDATE: According to a University spokesperson, “UPD is investigating the message left yesterday in the Creative Arts building, and asks that anyone who has any information to please contact them. We take this incident very seriously and are committed to ensuring that SF State is a safe and welcoming place for all of our students, ...

SF State students march against Trump on Market Street

November 9, 2016 News 1 Comment

[slideshow_deploy id=’74387′]   SF State students waved flags representing Mexico and LGBTQ+ and held signs with messages like “Dump Trump” as they gathered in Malcolm X Plaza on Wednesday. With plans to march in solidarity against President Elect Donald Trump and join protesters downtown, the crowd of about 50 students packed onto M train heading north. “This ...

Hopeful Engardio suffers second loss in District 7

November 9, 2016 News

Four years ago, Joel Engardio ran for District 7 Supervisor and placed fourth. Last night, he placed second. Engardio’s watch party took place at the Squat and Gobble restaurant on West Portal Avenue with supporters and campaign employees who have been campaigning for him since the spring. “When I actually sat down to talk to ...

Poly sci watch party ends in dark mood

November 9, 2016 News 1 Comment

Professors and students came into the Political Science Department’s watch party in Mckenna Theatre confident that the 45th president would be democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. But as the night continued, the room filled with anger and frustration as Trump gained momentum, eventually winning the 2016 presidential election. The American politics professors hosting the event, Marcela ...

Trump wins, 200 students march

November 9, 2016 News 1 Comment

[slideshow_deploy id=’74302′] A crowd of around 200 students took to the streets in protest of President Elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night. “Fuck Donald Trump,” and “The people united will never be divided,” were among the chants heard from the group, heading to 19th Avenue from the University. After a controversial ...

First-time voters wade through the 2016 election

November 8, 2016 News

In this historic election, first time voters will help decide whether California will legalize recreational marijuana and repeal the death penalty and whether our next president will be the first woman to hold the position or the first reality star. Millennial voters have the potential to cast 31 percent of the total ballots. This year ...

Students gather for campus watch party

November 8, 2016 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’74256′] SF State’s Political Science Department is currently hosting a presidential election watch party in Mckenna Theatre. The event includes commentary from four of the department’s professors and live streaming of election results. American Politics professors Marcela Garcia-Castanon, Justin Peck, Joel Kassiola and Francis Neely led the event. Politics of each candidate, live updates ...

Social Justice event shows students’ mixed feelings on election

November 8, 2016 Life News

On the first Wednesday of the month, artists used their work to discuss injustice, U.S government and society as a whole at “Social Justice in My Life” in The Depot. Local artists sold political artwork, MCs and rappers performed spoken-word and breakdancers showed off their footwork to approximately 50 audience members. Although election day was ...

Students march against homelessness and hunger

November 2, 2016 News

Campus Against Student Homelessness and Hunger will march on Nov. 3 to remind the campus that not every student has a bed to sleep in or knows when their next meal will be. CASHH is a student-formed club that started as a project from an American politics class, taught by political science  lecturer Robert Ovetz, ...

Conflicting death penalty ballot measures to appear in upcoming election

November 2, 2016 News

With the presidential election quickly approaching, California voters will weigh in on a total of 17 propositions, including Proposition 62 which will suspend the death penalty if passed. Prop. 62 is a death penalty statute that seeks to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without parole. This initiative applies to ...

Degree Planner launching in November aims to ease scheduling

November 2, 2016 News

Students will have a bit more help when it comes to planning and creating class schedules when a new online roadmap called “Degree Planner” is launched on Nov. 21. The planner works to create a class schedule that fits a student’s major, putting them on track for graduation. Initially, it will be available for degrees ...

Second armed robbery within four days occurs Halloween night

November 2, 2016 News

A male victim contacted the University Police around noon yesterday to report an on-campus strong-armed robbery, according to a campus-wide email sent by Vice President & Title IX Coordinator Luoluo Hong. This incident marks the second armed robbery to occur on campus in the span of a week. The robbery occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. ...

Research fuels evaluation of campus climate for LGBTQ+ students

November 2, 2016 News

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story had misspellings of the names “Darius Bost” and “Colleen Hoff.” Additionally, the acronym “CREGS” was missing an “S” at the end.  Students, staff and faculty will submit a letter to SF State administration addressing concerns about the campus climate toward LGBTQ+ students and recommendations on how to work ...

Prop 64 kicks up opposition from unexpected places

November 1, 2016 News

California is a mecca of cannabis agriculture and production. Small growers, especially in the Emerald Triangle, have made a living and created a culture around the industry. According to a recent report by The ArcView Group, the state generated $2.7 billion in legal cannabis sales 2015. On Nov. 8, voters will decide if legalizing recreational ...

Ethnic Studies speakers series continues with event on clean energy

October 28, 2016 News

The College of Ethnic Studies speaker series continued last week by raising awareness of the harm caused by large utility companies like PG&E. Jessica Tovar, organizer for Local Clean Energy Alliance, led a discussion which included the audience by covering issues with utility companies, such as the requirement to sell 33 percent renewable power by ...

League of Filipino Students talk peace in the name of sovereignty

October 28, 2016 News

The League of Filipino Students discussed the civil conflict between the government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines during a presentation at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center last week.   “It’s kind of weird, right now in the Philippines that the national sovereignty movement, where everybody is being really nationalistic, ...

Armed robbery occurs at student dorms, no injuries reported

October 28, 2016 News

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that “several attempts were made to contact the University for more information regarding the robbery,” when if fact Golden Gate Xpress made two phone calls to the University for a statement but did not leave a message requesting comment and did not make any other attempts.   ...

Voting rights remain an issue for undocumented students

October 27, 2016 News 1 Comment

In a time of anti-undocumented rhetoric, the idea of voting rights remains a beacon of hope for undocumented Americans eager to join the political process. “Because voting is considered both a right and a privilege, it’s malleable in a lot of cases to the political right, unfortunately,” said political science professor Marcela Garcia-Castanon. The 2016 ...

Poli-sci major fights for refugee education

October 26, 2016 News

Alisar Mustafa wants to change the lives of those affected by the civil war in her homeland of Syria through awareness and education. Mustafa is a 20-year-old junior majoring in political science and minoring in Middle East and Islamic studies at SF State. “Even though I lived there for 14 years, studying it from a ...

Linguist frames presidential debate

October 26, 2016 News

“Trump uses the brains of others to his advantage. He has 50 years of experience as a self-interested salesman,” said former UC Berkeley linguistics professor and author George Lakoff during his “Framing the Debate” lecture at SF State last week. Lakoff’s analytical presentation on Trump’s language and behavior began by explaining the neural mind of ...

Panel discusses Syrian refugee crisis

October 26, 2016 News

Guests helped themselves to authentic Syrian food and received henna tattoos for cash donations at the “Hearts for Syria” panel discussion held in the J. Paul Leonard Library Monday night. Approximately 35 people attended the third discussion panel of its kind, coordinated by SF State student Alisar Mustafa. “I really wanted different global perspectives,” Mustafa ...

Peace and Freedom Party candidate talks socialism

October 26, 2016 News

Gloria La Riva doesn’t expect to become the next American president. She knows the odds are stacked against any third-party nominee, let alone a socialist. But that isn’t stopping her from running for the second time. In some states, La Riva will be on the ballot with vice presidential candidate Dennis Banks as the Peace ...

Drought not nixed despite bouts of heavy rainfall

October 24, 2016 News

Over the weekend, the unfamiliar sound of the pitter patter of rain intensified to a din as people donned their rain boots and lugged around their waterlogged umbrellas in the first rainstorm that San Francisco has seen since March. Despite the early rainfall however, California’s drought is far from over. In the space of three ...

Ethnic Studies seeks funding in new grant application

October 21, 2016 News

The College of Ethnic Studies has applied for a $100 million grant in hopes of expanding the College’s reach and impact. The 100&Change grant, provided by the MacArthur Foundation, is open to any organization and has received an estimate of 10,000 applications from all over the world. “I heard about it on NPR, and I ...

Trump continues clumsy references to Latinos in final debate

October 20, 2016 News

“We have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out,” republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said during the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas, NV. Trump’s use of the word hombre, which is the Spanish word for man, marked a bizarre bilingual moment that may have further alienated ...

Queer Alliance works to recover from embezzlement

October 19, 2016 News

SF State’s Queer Alliance is attempting to re-register their club status for spring 2017 after a two semester long absence due to embezzlement of funds by a former member, said Queer Alliance Director Stuart Castaneda. The club was unable to re-register with the University due to lack of funding after the theft, resulting in loss ...

Advising initiative aims to speed graduation

October 19, 2016 News 1 Comment

SF State plans to hire an advising specialist this semester to help implement their initiative to increase graduation rates of current students. The California State University Chancellor’s Office has recently set new benchmarks for graduation rates. As part of the Campus Student Success Plan in SF State, the advising department is doing its part to ...

Hacking club geared up for hackathon

October 18, 2016 News 1 Comment

SF State’s Hacking Club ventured from its computer room in the science building on Saturday to attend a hacking workshop and training day in downtown San Francisco presented by Hacking EDU and IBM. The workshop was hosted by Dev Bootcamp on Folsom Street, a web development bootcamp that works to provide technical and interpersonal skills ...