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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, ...

New health center appointment system speeds up service

September 12, 2016 News

Students have found relief from overcrowding and long waits in the Student Health Center since the implementation of a new online appointment system last semester. In the past, the SF State health center has struggled with overcapacity in the waiting room due to an online booking system that wasn’t designed to adequately categorize appointments by ...

Ethnic Studies Department Wins Two Hero Awards

September 12, 2016 News

The San Francisco Human Rights Commission and its Equity Advisory Committee has presented two Hero Awards to the College of Ethnic Studies for their activism and perseverance in gaining adequate funding for the department. The Ethnic Studies Student Organization and the Ethnic Studies Student Resource and Empowerment Center won in the student and organization categories ...

New cloud-based system will connect all 23 CSU libraries

September 12, 2016 News

SF State will introduce a new $3 million cloud-based platform that will link all California State University library databases.  In the works since last year, the new United Library Management Service will make it faster and easier for library technicians to move data as well as catalog, monitor and order books by Summer 2017. “The ...

Anonymous letter mocks University’s recent Title IX efforts

September 10, 2016 News

Copies of an anonymous letter accusing SF State of victim blaming were found posted in the hallways of the Health & Social Sciences Building and in the Creative Arts Building on Saturday.  The letter’s heading read “AN ALTERNATIVE TO SAN FRANCISCO STATE’S VICTIM BLAMING EMAIL, HERE’S SOME ACTUAL RAPE PREVENTION TIPS.” Listing 10 tips for preventing rape, ...

Petition criticizes SF State’s relationship to Palestinian university

September 10, 2016 News 7 Comments

Amid ongoing tensions at SF State surrounding Jewish and Palestinian relations, a petition questioning the University’s partnership with a Palestinian university has garnered nearly 1,300 signatures since Wednesday. The partnership with An-Najah National University, in the form of a memorandum of understanding – a document that signifies mutual respect and collaboration – is one of ...

Student protests result in new protocol

September 9, 2016 News 3 Comments

The University has introduced new and more effective protocol for dealing with protests after a heavily criticized handling of a visit by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.   “We failed our students,” President Leslie E. Wong said in a statement released about a five-step protocol that will be used for future events. The controversial protest, led ...

New bill aims to speed graduation

September 7, 2016 News

A new bill labeled “The California Promise” aims to help students graduate quicker from a four-year university. The bill, unanimously approved by the State Senate on Aug. 30, will bring a glimpse of hope for some students, but places a promise of a degree in a timely manner out of reach. The goal of the ...

New Dream Coordinator welcomed at first annual UndocuGators event

September 7, 2016 News

Associated Students, Inc. welcomed new dream coordinator, Norma Salcedo, at the first annual UndocuGators welcome night on Aug. 31. ASI, Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success and the AB 540 Task Force have worked together to develop a Dream Center at SF State. The dream coordinator position was created to help organize the Dream Center ...

Young medical cannabis patients lose access

September 7, 2016 News

Connor Caporicci can’t buy a lighter or pipe to smoke his medical-grade cannabis. Caporicci, a 19-year-old business management major, is a medical cannabis user with a legal prescription for the drug. This is the dilemma some 18 to 20-year-old legal card holders are facing now that California has begun enforcing its new Tobacco 21 Law. ...

Investigation of Barkat protest leads to new University protocol

September 3, 2016 News 6 Comments

  On September 1, SF State released an investigative report of the General Union of Palestinian Students’ protest of the SF Hillel event with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The report was accompanied by a five-step protocol for the University police and student affairs to handle future protests. In a letter released by President Wong about ...

New initiative smoothes path to graduation for health and science students

September 3, 2016 News

SF State is developing a program called the Causeways Initiative to help create a graduation pathway for incoming undergraduate health and science students. Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning Jennifer Summit said the initiative was created to address problems with low graduation rates and high dropout rates in impacted health majors. “We wanted to ...

Gators have new guardian

August 31, 2016 News

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the Gator Spirit Statue made its appearance by the entrance of the gymnasium, four days before the new freshman class moved in. After trying from different angles, a little boy climbed onto the back of the alligator that holds a sphere of written words under its front feet. The perch is ...

Housing safety concerns raised

August 31, 2016 News 1 Comment

When Stephanie Berrospe, sophomore criminal justice major moved into her new on-campus apartment at University Park North, she was met with an unexpected sight. Instead of welcome banners and resident advisors walking around speaking with parents and residents, Berrospe found herself in front of a cracked building with broken windows boarded up with cardboard and ...

Summit begins year long interim provost position

August 30, 2016 News

When Jennifer Summit, dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, steps into the position of interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs on Thursday, colleagues expect her to excel in the challenging new role. Summit is temporarily replacing Sue Rosser, who was recently appointed to the state Chancellor’s Office, effective Thursday. Summit’s appointment will ...

Fired employee sues SF State for $1 million after alleged hack

August 30, 2016 News 1 Comment

A former SF State information security officer claimed in a lawsuit that she was fired in a University attempt to sweep “under the rug” a 2014 hack involving a significant student records breach including financial records and password reset functions. “We’ve had minor cases,” former employee Mignon Hofmann said of her work at SF State. ...

Racially charged message found in ethnic studies room

August 27, 2016 News 1 Comment

Update from University spokesperson Jonathan Morales: “UPD has reached out to individuals who may have knowledge of the incident and they ask anyone with more info to come forward to help them identify who may have written the message.” Faculty members of the SF State College of Ethnic Studies department found a racially charged message ...

Rosser leaves for CSU, University searches for permanent replacement

August 27, 2016 News

Current Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Sue Rosser will join the California State University Chancellor’s office on Sept. 1 after seven years at SF State according to a recent press release. The provost and vice president of academic affairs is responsible for the creation and implementation of the academic priorities and the allocation ...

Incoming students make their beds and their mark at SF State

August 26, 2016 News

Move-in day at SF State was a big day for a lot of freshmen, including Nick Day, an 18-year-old skateboarder from San Diego, Joseph Asicam, a 17-year-old foster youth from Stockton and Taya Patterson, a 17-year-old filmmaker from Ontario. Even though Day said it was hard to be away from his friends, he was excited ...

Simplified FAFSA to launch in October

August 24, 2016 News 1 Comment

Long lines snaked around the Student Services Building on Monday, Aug. 22 as students anxiously waited to speak with financial aid counselors. “It’s crazy, it gets stacked up here every year,” said junior Nowell Francisco, who sat on the floor waiting for his turn. “It’s a pain, but it’s really important. There’s no way I ...

SF State Provost Sue Rosser leaves University for chancellor’s office

August 5, 2016 News

SF State Vice President and Provost Sue Rosser will be leaving her position on Sept. 1, according to an announcement from President Wong on Thursday.    Rosser will be joining the California State University chancellor’s office as special advisor on research development and external partnerships, while continuing to work with Wong on special projects. In ...

Man shot near SF State campus

June 18, 2016 News

A man was shot Tuesday at 12:20 a.m. at Lake Merced Boulevard and Higuera Avenue, according to an email safety alert from SF State Vice President of Student Affairs, LuoLuo Hong. San Francisco police arrived at the scene to find the victim who was then transported to the hospital. University police responded to the incident ...

Sunshine and words of advice illuminate 2016 Commencement at AT&T Park

May 28, 2016 News

The aromas of perfume and barbeque sauce mingled in the breezy McCovey Cove air as graduates, their friends and their family filtered into sunny AT&T Park for the 2016 SF State Commencement on Friday. After thanking those in attendance and praising the accomplishments, diversity, and sheer size of this year’s graduating class, SF State President ...

Grad ticket scarcity creates student-run black market

May 18, 2016 News

*Students’ names have been changed to preserve confidentially. The “SFSU Class of 2016” Facebook group page has transformed into a black market for the buying and selling of graduation tickets. A limit of seven tickets per student with purchase of graduation regalia has sparked this demand, as students scramble to find alternative ways to get their family, ...

Chickenpox infects three on SF State campus

May 13, 2016 News

Three SF State students have been diagnosed with chickenpox, a highly contagious disease also called Varicella, between April 23 and May 13, 2016 according to Alastair Smith, director of Student Health Services. People may have been exposed to the chicken pox while on campus in the following areas: J. Paul Leonard Library, University Park South, the Humanities Building, the ...

Hunger strike ends, agreement reached

May 11, 2016 News

One hospitalization and 10 days later, the SF State administration and hunger strikers have come to an agreement and called an end to the strike. “It’s disappointing that it took a hunger strike and that it took 10 days into a hunger strike to get it to these negotiations,” said Sofia Cardenas, an organizer for the ...

Wong speaks out amid week of turbulence

May 10, 2016 News

President Leslie E. Wong surfaced for a press conference Monday behind closed doors in the Administration Building, expressing concern for the hunger strikers’ health and his commitment to creating “an open and deliberate process” to address the issues within the College of Ethnic Studies. He said the protesters’ list of 10 demands actually parse out ...

Hunger striker rushed to hospital, still on strike

May 10, 2016 News

Hunger striker Julia Retzlaff, 19, was rushed to Clínica Martín-Baró Monday around 10:30 p.m. Doctors at Clínica Martín-Baró sent Retzlaff to Kaiser Permanente, where she received an IV. After three hours of care, Retzlaff returned to the hunger strike campsite around 2 a.m. Tuesday to sleep in a tent. “I’m still on strike,” Retzlaff said, ...

Office of the President locks doors to strikers

May 4, 2016 News

President Leslie E. Wong ordered his office locked down Wednesday in response to the hunger strike for the College of Ethnic Studies. Wong’s office is on the fifth floor of the Administration Building, and access to both the elevator and stairs has been blocked. “When protest activity occurs on campus, the fifth floor is closed to the ...

Emotional ties to Ethnic Studies fuel hunger strike

May 3, 2016 News

Ethnic studies changed 18-year-old Hassani Bell’s life. “I grew up in East Oakland and I remember hearing gunshots from my window, feeling helpless, hating myself because I couldn’t help that person who would scream,” Bell said. “Just to know they were suffering – that was something I couldn’t live with.” High school introduced Bell to ...

Students go on hunger strike for ethnic studies

May 3, 2016 News 1 Comment

A group of SF State students began a hunger strike Monday, saying they will not eat until the administration allocates $8 million to the College of Ethnic Studies. SF State students and faculty gathered in Malcolm X Plaza Monday to protest the SF State budget and looming spending cuts to the College of Ethnic Studies. Students Hassani Bell, Julia Retzlaff, Sachiel Rosen ...