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CFA approves salary increase

May 3, 2016 News

The California Faculty Association announced the tentative approval of a 5 percent salary increase starting June 30, a 2 percent increase on July 1 of this year and a 3.5 percent increase starting July 1 of next year will go in front of the board of trustees during its meetings on May 24-25. A little ...

Students approve Gator Pass for Fall 2017

May 2, 2016 News

SF state students voted nearly 3-to-1 in favor of the Gator Pass after the student elections April 11-15. Students will have unlimited access to the Muni buses and light rails of San Francisco as well as receive at least a 25 percent discount on BART rides to and from the Daly City station. It was a combined effort of ...

‘Dump Trump’ rally advocates for voter registration

April 26, 2016 News

Almost forty students gathered in Malcolm X Plaza chanting “Dump Trump” during an anti-Trump rally Monday, April 25, holding signs with Donald Trump’s face crossed out and printed with the slogan. The event, hosted by the San Francisco Democratic Party, featured speeches by SF State students and San Francisco elected officials. The rally focused on what the speakers called ...

Women scientists foster community with new club

April 19, 2016 News

Women majoring in physics and astronomy at SF State can now easily network with each other, thanks to a new club on campus. Formed in November 2015 by physics lecturer Dr. Reiko Toriumi, the Women In Physics and Astronomy club was founded to support the community of female physics and astronomy majors within SF State, according ...

Bonita Tindle breaks silence about viral dreadlocks video

April 16, 2016 News 170 Comments

Bonita Tindle spoke out on her Facebook page for the first time since the video of a confrontation between her and a white student with dreadlocks, Cory Goldstein, went viral March 28. Tindle talked about how her life has changed significantly over the past few weeks regarding the contents of this video. She stated in ...

Students rally for transparency at SF State

April 15, 2016 News 1 Comment

A group of around 25 students rallied on 19th and Holloway avenues Wednesday to bring attention to the wide range of issues affecting SF State as of late. Issues surrounding the College of Ethnic Studies, the California Faculty Association and an independent financial analysis released last week were among the concerns of the students. “Hey ...

IDEAS gets closer to confirming Dream center

April 15, 2016 News

Associated Students, Inc. voted to support a Dream Center for undocumented students on campus last Wednesday, April 13. “The goal is to let the institution know that undocumented students are here and we are your classmates,” said Miguel Castillo, graphic design major and president of Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success, the group that proposed ...

Candidates face off in ASI presidential race: Q&A

April 12, 2016 News

CORRECTION: In the print version of this article, the candidates’ responses to questions 5-7 appeared under the wrong names. Shannon Deloso’s responses appeared under Evan Gothelf’s name and Gothelf’s responses appeared under Deloso’s name. ASI elections for the Fall 2016 semester kicked off this week. Fifteen positions are available and students have until Friday, April 15 to ...

Black Lives Matter Founder addresses misconceptions

April 12, 2016 News 4 Comments

SF State graduate student and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, spoke at SF State Monday about the organization’s origins and misconceptions about it. Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and an SF State graduate student, founded the organization with two other friends in 2013 after the not-guilty verdict George Zimmerman received from the death of Trayvon ...

SF State professor maps ‘super earth’

April 12, 2016 News 1 Comment

Stephen Kane, a physics and astronomy professor at SF State, and his team have discovered and constructed a thermal image map of a new planet, named 55 Cancri. The new planet is the first of its kind to be discovered and draws striking similarities to Earth. 55 Cancri is a terrestrial planet, which means it ...

Financial analysis of SF State reveals no structural deficit

April 11, 2016 Life News 1 Comment

Eastern Michigan University accounting professor Howard Bunsis visited SF State Thursday, April 7 to examine the University’s uncertain financial situations, with special attention given to the Ethnic Studies funding controversy. Bunsis announced that SF State was not operating at a structural deficit like administration officials previously claimed, and that money should not be cut from ...

Black Student Union condemns SF State, media over viral video

April 11, 2016 Life News 25 Comments

Members of the Black Student Union gathered in the quad Friday to read a statement supporting student Bonita Tindle and condemning SF State and the media for endangering Tindle. “We, the Black Student Union do not support the mass publication of videos, articles and any other statements that misrepresent this incident,” the statement read. “This ...

General Union of Palestine Students storm meeting with Jerusalem mayor

April 7, 2016 News 43 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’71893′] “The Middle East, Israel in particular, have always been hot topics for this campus,” Assistant Director to San Francisco Hillel Rachel Nilson said before introducing Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat for an open dialogue with SF State students and community members. Her statement turned out to be prophetic when, minutes after Barkat started his ...

UPDATED: CFA and CSU have reached agreement; strike postponed

April 7, 2016 News 1 Comment

The California Faculty Association Board of Directors and the California State University agreed earlier Friday to terms to postpone the strike which, if approved, would amount to a nearly 11 percent general salary increase over the next two fiscal years. “The Bargaining Team has recommended that a tentative agreement between CFA and CSU management be ...

BREAKING: CFA and CSU meet to negotiate in last days before system-wide strike

April 6, 2016 News

With the proposed California State University system-wide strike a week away, the California Faculty Association and the CSU have agreed to enter a 48-hour media blackout period to allow negotiations to resume without interruption, effective immediately. During this blackout period, neither party will speak with the media or administer interviews, in addition to ceasing all ...

Ethnic Studies students publicly call White and Wong

April 5, 2016 News 3 Comments

Flanked by “Where’s White?” posters, students gathered onstage in Malcolm X Plaza Tuesday to confront CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, who cancelled his visit to SF State without explanation. White was to address the financial issues surrounding the College of Ethnic Studies. “Today, Chancellor White was scheduled to visit our campus, but his visit and ...

New app examines economic gap

April 5, 2016 News 1 Comment

While a heated conversation about race and economic equality is at a boiling point, a new app for smartphones has come up with a creative solution on how to cool the waters. EquiTable is a Silicon Valley born app that claims to split bills fairly based on current census data, taking into account ethnicity and ...

SF State says campus will remain open during strike

April 5, 2016 News

As the California Faculty Association strike dates loom, SF State faculty are preparing to participate in the first-ever system-wide strike at the California State University, and students are wondering how this affects them and what campus services will still be available. “They just made the announcement and that was it,” said Brittany Barrios, a first-year nursing student. The University ...

L train changes anger Sunset residents

April 5, 2016 News 1 Comment

Residents and shop owners alike in the Sunset District’s Taraval Street have collected signatures opposing the proposed changes to the train stops in the area. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing a number of changes for the L Taraval designed to improve safety in the area. Taraval Street is one of the streets in ...

CFA uses mock trial to explain upcoming strike

April 1, 2016 News

A jury of SF State students and faculty unanimously found Chancellor Timothy P. White guilty on all charges of his crimes against the California State University system during a mock trial  Wednesday at Malcolm X Plaza. The trial, which was hosted by SF State California Faculty Association President Sheila Tully, came on the heels of ...

Video of Student Center confrontation fuels cultural appropriation controversy

March 29, 2016 News 131 Comments

A confrontation between two SF State students caught on video in the Cesar Chavez Student Center went viral Monday. The argument centered around whether a white person wearing dreadlocks constitutes cultural appropriation. Around 4 p.m. in the SF State Student Center, Associated Students, Inc. intern and photography major Bonita Tindle allegedly assaulted environmental science major Cory ...

SF State introduces cigarette litter recycling

March 29, 2016 News

SF State is the first place in San Francisco to collect and recycle cigarette butts at one dollar per pound. Beginning March 16, Sustainable SF State has partnered with the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to provide containers to collect cigarette butts. Filters will be collected by students, then sent to be recycled at ...

Water and plumbing issue at Cesar Chavez Student Center causes closures

March 29, 2016 News

Cesar Chavez Student Center has reported that the water plumbing was blocked and bathrooms were closed during one of the busiest times of day. The water functions next to Gold Coast Grill & Catering were out of service, earlier today. Xiomara Carranza, 19, who works at Shah’s Halal Food, spoke about how the whole building was out ...

Underserved Bisexual Students More Likely to Binge Drink, Study Finds

March 29, 2016 News 3 Comments

LGBTQ-affirming environments are ineffective in protecting bisexual students from already higher rates of alcohol abuse, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Researchers found that while binge drinking by their heterosexual and homosexual peers decreased as school support for LGBTQ students increased, bisexual students were left unaffected, suggesting ...

UPDATED: Video of Student Center argument goes viral

March 29, 2016 News 15 Comments

A video of an argument between two people in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center started gaining traction online Monday. The video, titled “SFSU 2016 – Campus employee assaults white student for ‘cultural appropriation,'” shows the student, Cory Goldstein, arguing with Associated Students, Inc. intern Bonita Tindle over Goldstein’s dreadlocks. The 46-second clip shows Tindle trying to physically ...

Ethnic Studies controversy surfaces at town hall meeting

March 28, 2016 News 2 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’71308′] Students from the College of Ethnic Studies lined up to air their grievances with President Leslie E. Wong during a tense town hall meeting Monday. President Wong, who was joined by Academic Senate Chair Troi Carleton, used the meeting to talk about the importance of shared governance at SF State. “We live in ...

Update: Fact finder sides with CFA weeks before state-wide strike

March 28, 2016 News

The California Faculty Association announced Monday a third-party fact finder largely sided with the union in their dispute with the California State University over a 5 percent raise. The report was made public today, weeks before the planned CSU-wide strike. “The recession severely impacted the faculty at CSU, and while some progress has been made ...

Asian Student Union honors Women’s Heritage Month

March 23, 2016 News

Tables were lined up, covered with a variety of arts and craft utensils, from markers and scissors to multi-colored beads for making bracelets. The walls were decorated with pictures and biographies of iconic Asian Pacific Islander American women. The ambience grew as conversations escalated, and children’s laughter filled the room with joy. In celebration of ...

Students come together to raise money during SF State’s 117th anniversary

March 15, 2016 News

Heavy beats and the fragrant smell of grilled chicken wafted through Malcolm X Plaza Tuesday afternoon as students celebrated SF State’s 117th anniversary. The event was centered around SF State’s founding and its transformation into the school it is today. SF State opened its doors in March 1899 as the San Francisco State Normal School, a small, ...

Deans weigh in on Ethnic Studies funding controversy

March 15, 2016 News

Last Tuesday, five of the deans of SF State’s six academic colleges signed a letter supporting the initiation of a task force to investigate the funding concerns in the College of Ethnic Studies. This suggestion follows weeks of protests by students at the College of Ethnic Studies after hearing about the possibility of spending cuts in the wake of ...

Students affected by El Niño’s wrath

March 15, 2016 News

Power outages and flooding affected SF State and its students this past weekend due to the increased rainfall from El Niño. This weather has hindered on-campus Café Rosso, nearby Stonestown Galleria and student housing. “On Thursday we got a lot of rain, and it caused one of our drains to clog, making the water unable ...

SF State solidifies relationship with national parks internship

March 15, 2016 News

Since 2012, SF State students have been part of an exclusive parks conservation internship available only to students on a few San Francisco campuses. The internship gives students firsthand knowledge and work experience, and has reconstructed the way students feel about conservation and national parks services. Wednesday, March 9, a memorandum was signed to solidify the ...