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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 ...

Study shows Trump supporters’ racial bias

October 17, 2016 News

It’s been a month since Hillary Clinton publicly expressed regret for grouping half of Donald Trump’s supporters into a “basket of deplorables,” saying they are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” While NPR may say that there is no data to support Clinton’s accusations, Jason McDaniel, an associate professor of political science at ...

White nationalist group no-show at University rally

October 17, 2016 News 2 Comments

A news helicopter hovered over Malcolm X Plaza today as students and faculty gathered for a planned rally by a European heritage advocacy organization, but the group unexpectedly changed the location of the protest. Identity Evropa, an “organization dedicated to promoting interests of people of European heritage,” according to their Facebook page, retweeted a post ...

Posters found on campus linked to conservative activist group

October 14, 2016 News 3 Comments

The David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative activist group, took responsibility for posting fliers around the SF State campus on Friday that depicted a professor as a terrorist sympathizer, according to a press release issued by the center.     “Our goal in placing these posters on prominent campuses across America is to expose the ...

New UPD chief brings old-school touch to community policing

October 13, 2016 News 1 Comment

After a 25-year career with the U.S. Park Police that included stints as a detective, a narcotics enforcement officer and a DARE officer, SF State’s new Chief of Police Jason Wu said he still considers himself a student. “One of my philosophies in life is that it’s good to have exposure,” Wu said. “You always ...

University police suggest caution in wake of recent burglaries

October 13, 2016 News

SF State police are currently investigating nine burglaries that happened between Sept. 2 and Sept. 21 in University Park South.   According to University police, three of the burglaries were forced entries, with suspects gaining access into the building by breaking windows and doors and two of the burglaries had no signs of forced entry. ...

Board of Supervisors hears panels report on SFPD transparency

October 13, 2016 News

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors heard from judges and members of the public at their meeting last week to address the findings of the Blue Ribbon Panel’s report on transparency, accountability and fairness in law enforcement.   The Blue Ribbon panel is an advisory body to the San Francisco district attorney. It was formed ...

Trump avoids addressing sexist tape in second debate

October 9, 2016 News 1 Comment

The second Presidential debate of 2016 began with the highly anticipated topic of Donald Trump’s sexual assault comments from a recently surfaced 2005 hot mic tape. The tape was recorded prior to an interview with NBC “Today Show” host Billy Bush, published by the Washington Post, in which Trump made sexually aggressive comments about women, ...

CFA voices strong support for Prop 55

October 7, 2016 News

California Faculty Association members pushed hard in favor of Prop 55 during a student press conference held on Thursday.   CFA President Jennifer Eagan and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon led the conference and explained how the loss of the tax revenue would impact the state’s largest public university system. Prop 55,  known as the ...

University welcomes new police chief

October 7, 2016 News

After a yearlong search, SF State has appointed Jason Wu to head the University Police Department, according to a statement released Friday.   “Wu demonstrated himself to be a strong, strategic leader and creative problem solver with a clear student development focus,” the statement said.    The new police chief is a 25-year veteran of the ...

SF State student found dead near campus

October 6, 2016 News 1 Comment

An SF State student was found dead near Stonestown Galleria on Wednesday, according to a statement released by President Leslie E. Wong. A police investigation is underway in the death of the student, accounting major Maxim Tolstov. Foul play is not suspected, according to the statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Maxim’s family and ...

University found guilty of retaliation against former employee

October 6, 2016 News

SF State was found guilty of retaliatory practices in a lawsuit brought by a former employee, in a verdict reached on Friday at San Francisco Superior Court.   The lawsuit was filed in February 2015 by Dr. Rashmi Gupta, who worked as an assistant professor of social work from 2006 until her termination in June ...

“Bite the Ballot” aims to register 3,000 students

October 5, 2016 News

The smell of sizzling tacos wafted through the air, as the sound of Buffalo Springfield’s ‘60s psychedelic rock song “For What It’s Worth” serenaded a crowd of about 40 at Malcolm X Plaza at the annual “Bite the Ballot!” voter registration event, Wednesday afternoon. The event, which continues into Thursday, brought local candidates and proposition ...

Latino enrollment rises, graduation rates lag behind

October 5, 2016 News

Latinos, Chicanos and Mexican Americans comprise the largest ethnic group on the SF State campus. Combined, they make up nearly one-third of the student population. The majority of universities and colleges have shown increased enrollment across the country, but data shows graduation rates don’t rise as quickly as admission numbers do. The University’s enrollment numbers ...

SF State denied grant money for HSI-STEM program

October 5, 2016 News

SF State was absent from the list of schools, published Friday, that announced awards of federal grant money given to eligible Hispanic Serving Institutions. The University applied to one of the three grant programs offered, the HSI-STEM program,  competing against 414 other institutions. Belinda I. Reyes, associate professor of the Latina and Latino studies department, ...

Car Break-ins On The Rise

October 5, 2016 News

[media-credit id=433 align=”alignnone” width=”742″][/media-credit] Car break-ins near SF State and the surrounding Taraval area have risen 30 percent in two years, according to police incident reports.     There have been 46 auto burglary reports around SF State in 2016 so far.  More than half of those incidents occurred in University Park North along Buckingham ...

Pence wins debate by close margin, says CNN poll

October 4, 2016 News

The 2016 vice presidential debate took place Tuesday with moderator Elaine Quijano guiding the candidates. Quijano, a CBS anchor, is the first Asian American to moderate a VP debate. Contrary to her predecessor Lester Holt, she appeared to keep both the candidates within their speaking times. Quijano has been actively covering political stories this campaign ...

University leads in deaf-blindness education

October 3, 2016 News

This semester, the Department of Special Education started the third cycle of its deaf-blindness training program to prepare graduate students in their role as special education teachers. In 2014, a U.S. Department of Education grant of $997,685 funded the innovative program run in collaboration with the California Deaf-Blind Services. Through this partnership, selected graduate students ...

Parkmerced Construction To Affect Student Parking

October 1, 2016 News 1 Comment

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance on Tuesday that will vacate streets around SF State to make make way for construction and redevelopment of the Parkmerced area.   Scheduled to start in March 2017, construction will take approximately two years to complete, during which time parking spots and garages near SF ...

Visiting quake researcher shares research, warning

September 28, 2016 News

Scientists and educators gathered last week to hear a visiting professor’s latest research on the San Andreas Fault. Kim Blisniuk, assistant professor in the department of Geology at San Jose State University, discussed the 100,000 year geomorphic history of large earthquake displacements on the fault in the fourth installment of the Distinguished Speakers Series hosted ...

Campus sees change to peer education

September 28, 2016 News

The watermelon pink shirts with a recognizable PEACH symbol used to be a common sight in the quad and many could recognize them at first glance. The shirts were worn by members of Peer Education Advocating Campus Health created in 2005 to serve students through workshops, educational programs, and counseling services. They have been missed ...

Suit accuses University of racial discrimination

September 28, 2016 News 26 Comments

A civil rights complaint has been made against SF State and specific faculty members alleging racial discrimination, conflicts of interest and violations of academic policies in the school’s hiring practices. According to the complaint for damages and injunctive relief, filed in January in San Francisco Superior Court:    “Plaintiff alleges that he was repeatedly denied ...

New SF State Task Force To Help Student Success

September 28, 2016 News

This September, invitations were sent out to students, staff and faculty to form the first ever campus task force at SF State that will identify barriers to success for first-year students and develop a plan to combat student attrition.     “Research shows that freshmen student success in the first year of college is one ...

Watch parties hunker down for first debate

September 28, 2016 News

On a warm Monday evening, television screens flickered and heated discussions boomed as students both on and off campus watched the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. In Parkmerced, the Republican Student Union, led by club president John Byerly, gathered to watch the debate at the home of their vice president Brian May. “Clinton ...

Voter registrars capitalize on Trump unpopularity

September 28, 2016 News

The life-size image of Donald Trump in the quad was not hard to notice, but the tape holding it together was less obvious. One member of the Republican Student Union stood guard next to the cardboard cutout in an effort to protect it from being ripped in half again as it had been earlier on ...

Fight to end housing and food insecurity spreads across campus

September 25, 2016 News

A new group’s campaign to end housing and food insecurity at SF State has gained momentum in recent weeks thanks to growing support across campus. What began in August as a collaboration between Health Promotion and Wellness, Residential Life, Associated Students, Inc. and the Dean’s Office has officially become The Ad Hoc Advisory Work Group ...

College Of Ethnic Studies Hosting Speaker Series To Raise Climate Awareness

September 22, 2016 News

On Wednesday SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies will launch a two-month-long speaker series, sponsored by SF State’s Climate Justice Initiative. The college aims to raise awareness about the inequalities that arise with climate change through music, art and political theatre. The series’ inaugural event will feature performances by Ashel “Seasunz” Eldridge; a green hip-hop ...

Students To Be Relocated For Construction Of New Creative Arts Building

September 22, 2016 News

SF State plans to demolish two on-campus housing sites and replace them with a new mixed-use Creative Arts building, which will include dorms, classrooms, retail stores, and an 800-seat concert hall. The new building is part of the University’s Master Plan, which incorporates the construction of the Wellness Center and other replacement buildings including Clinical ...

Author explains intent of letter critical to Title IX

September 21, 2016 News

In response to a campus-wide email sent out by Luoluo Hong, Title IX coordinator and vp of student affairs, a student wrote an open letter accusing SF State of victim blaming and perpetuating rape culture. The author explained their intent in an interview with Xpress. The student, who asked to remain anonymous, posted copies of ...

Tax would levy 1 cent per ounce

September 21, 2016 News

San Francisco voters will decide whether or not to add a tax on sugary beverages this November. Proposition V, if it passes, would levy a 1 cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, sweetened ice tea and energy drinks. It would not change taxes paid on food or other beverages. When both ...

ASI launches food program at weekly farmer’s market

September 18, 2016 News

Associated Students, Inc. is finalizing a program that will allow students to make purchases from the farmer’s market at SF State using using Electronic Benefit Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Officially approved in July, the program is expected to launch in October, according to Horace Montgomery, director of programs and services for ASI, applied ...

Teach-in shows solidarity with Standing Rock

September 16, 2016 News

Students, faculty, and community members gathered for a solidarity teach-in, in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Thursday. The tribe has been protesting against the construction of the North Dakota pipeline for several months because it jeopardizes access to clean drinking water and encroaches on their sacred lands. “We are Standing Rock. Everyone ...

Afro floor coming to SF State in 2017

September 15, 2016 News 3 Comments

SF State is working on bringing an Afro floor to student housing as soon as fall 2017, confirmed University spokesperson Jonathan Morales in an email. The floor would not solely be dedicated to Black students, but would also be open to anyone interested in learning about a community different than their own. The University’s push ...

Election course tackles presidential race

September 15, 2016 News

Every four years, the political science department offers a course examining that year’s approaching presidential election. This year’s course, the 2016 presidential election public lecture series, is designed to inform students about the election in a non-partisan manner and show the community the type of engagement that is encouraged at SF State. Every Tuesday three ...

BECA’S Studio One Gets a Facelift from ABC 7 Donation

September 13, 2016 News

ABC 7 KGO donated its studio news set to SF State’s broadcast and electronic communication arts department, where the set will replace the four-year-old set in BECA’s Studio One. The set will also be used for the department’s student-run newscast “State of Events” which is slated to air later this fall according to Vinay Shrivastava, ...