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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 ...

Revolution Club calls for April student strike against mass incarceration

March 15, 2016 News

Halfway through a speaking event hosted by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and the Revolution Club, main speaker D’andre Teeter proposed something radical to the attending students on Thursday. Teeter, the Bay Area organizer for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, demanded a student strike in April against mass incarceration. “We want to issue a broad ...

Vanpool gives SF State employees a new option for carpooling

March 12, 2016 News

SF State is partnering with 511 SF Bay and Enterprise Rideshare to bring vanpooling to campus employees starting March 1. Employees can join a Vanpool and commute from Contra Costa County, AlamedaCounty and San Mateo County. Enterprise Vanpool is gathering groups of employees commuting to and from the same general area and providing safe and ...

Harvard offers solidarity to SF State through social media

March 8, 2016 News 1 Comment

Over the weekend, students and faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education pledged their solidarity with SF State through social media in the wake of the potential College of Ethnic Studies spending cuts. The Facebook page Defend and Advance Ethnic Studies at SF State posted a picture on Friday of Harvard Graduate School of Education students holding ...

San Francisco startup launches “Uber for birth control”

March 7, 2016 News

For people living in the United States, obtaining birth control can be a complex and expensive process. A new San-Francisco-based app called Nurx launched last December and is offering a solution to getting birth control on time and at an affordable price. Founded by Hans Gangeskar and Edvard Engesæth, Nurx is the latest in a long ...

Student organizations rally at federal courthouse

March 3, 2016 News

SF State students from Movimiento Estudantil Chicano de Aztlán and the Black and Brown Liberation Coalition met at the Phillip Burton Federal Building Tuesday morning for the “Amor por Alex” rally. Alex Nieto, a former City College of San Francisco student and community activist, was shot and killed by four San Francisco police officers in 2014 at Bernal Heights Park.  More ...

Ribbon cutting celebrates new dance studio

March 3, 2016 News

The dance department welcomed a new dance studio Wednesday with an invite-only ribbon cutting ceremony. “I couldn’t be happier (about the new studio),” department Chair Todd Roehrman said. “It’s a wonderful celebration of a space that’s long overdue, it’s not only a studio for dance classes, but it’s going to be a rehearsal space for ...

San Francisco raises age to buy tobacco to 21

March 3, 2016 News 3 Comments

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products within San Francisco from 18 to 21 years old. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on June 1. Tobacco sellers would be given a one-year grace period during which they will be reminded of the law via ...

Public transportation safety concerns pose issues for SF State

March 2, 2016 News

The University Police Department and Parking and Transportation have created a new policy after the California Highway Patrol recently conducted routine inspections on several of the campus shuttle buses provided by Transmetro. This is one of the many safety concerns being worked on among several recent security flaws throughout San Francisco. The CHP discovered that several shuttles had broken axles as a ...

Ethnic Studies cuts date back to 2008 crisis

March 2, 2016 News

As students meet to organize against potential spending cuts at the College of Ethnic Studies, SF State officials are cautioning that the issue is more multi-faceted than it appears. “What’s been happening is the College of Ethnic Studies has been spending more than its budget allocation, and the University has been covering that with reserve ...

Global hot spot expands to SF State

March 1, 2016 News

SF State added a new wireless system to campus Monday that will work alongside the existing Wi-Fi to allow guests from participating schools to easily access the Internet for free. The system, eduroam, boosts access to the Internet throughout campus and works on other participating campuses to ensure an easy connection for both staff, students and researchers traveling to other schools. “It ...

Tensions flare at CSU East Bay during chancellor visit

March 1, 2016 News

Faculty and students came toe-to-toe with Chancellor Timothy White at Cal State East Bay to express their frustration as part of a contentious listening tour forum Monday afternoon. White’s listening tour, during which he visits all 23 CSU campuses throughout the state to listen to each community’s concerns, comes in the midst of stalled contract ...

President Wong responds to Ethnic Studies students’ demands

March 1, 2016 News

President Leslie E. Wong responded to the list of demands from students and faculty of the College of Ethnic Studies Monday as promised in last Thursday’s meeting. In his statement, which he sent out via email to Ethnic Studies faculty and students and posted on his webpage, Wong reiterated that there won’t be a reduction of ...

GUPs demonstrates solidarity with Palestinian journalist

February 23, 2016 News 2 Comments

The General Union of Palestine Students came together at Malcolm X Plaza Tuesday afternoon in a demonstration of solidarity with Palestinian journalist Mohammed Al-Qeeq, who is being imprisoned without charges by the Israeli government and is currently on a hunger strike. Rabab Abdulhadi, associate professor of race and resistance studies and an advisor and founder ...

Sustainability of new wellness center highlighted at community meeting

February 23, 2016 News 1 Comment

Capital Planning, Design and Construction met Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Jack Adams Hall with the campus community to discuss the sustainability features of the new Mashouf Wellness Center. The $85.6 million Mashouf Wellness Center will include cutting-edge water and energy efficiency, and plans to obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification from ...

Update: Students meet as financial issues loom for Ethnic Studies

February 23, 2016 News 1 Comment

Graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Ethnic Studies met Tuesday to discuss and finalize their demands in the face of financial difficulty for the college. Students and faculty learned last week that the College of Ethnic Studies is facing financial difficulty and may face cuts, the Golden Gate Xpress previously reported. According to ...

Student protests lead to new electronic water fountains

February 23, 2016 News

Filtered water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains will soon replace five standard water fountains on campus. The Office of Sustainability and President Leslie E. Wong initiated this project, which was supported by students and staff in large numbers after protestors filled the pouring rights open forum last semester. “They will help remind people that they are actually helping ...

Win for debate team opens door to nationals

February 23, 2016 News

SF State’s forensics team snagged a victory this weekend, taking first place in the District Qualifier and Pacific Championship at the University of Southern California. The tournament, held Sunday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 22, consisted of five match-ups against Stanford University, USC, Fresno State, Arizona State University and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It ...

SF State to potentially cut College of Ethnic Studies budget

February 18, 2016 News 3 Comments

Faculty in the College of Ethnic Studies were informed in a meeting this morning about upcoming budget cuts that would drastically reduce the amount of classes available to students for the upcoming fall semester. Shannon Deloso, the Ethnic Studies representative for Associated Students, Inc., attended this morning’s meeting and was upset to hear the news. ...

Students flock to AT&T park to enjoy Giants FanFest

February 16, 2016 News

A sea of people, decked out in orange and black, wraps around AT&T Park, patiently waiting in a seemingly never-ending line into the ballpark. Inside is the same herd of orange and black, not only in the stands, but swarming across the field. Fans are excitedly running around, snapping selfies and pushing through crowds to catch a glimpse ...

Lack of advertising curbs student exposure to app

February 16, 2016 News

The developers of SF State Mobile, the college’s first-ever mobile app, are seeking feedback from students to determine which features should be included in the platform’s second iteration. A lack of advertisement of version one, however, has stymied students’ exposure to the app and left the developers with limited feedback since the app’s debut Feb. 3. Inquiries ...

Update: SF State bans hoverboards from campus

February 16, 2016 News

An email to the student body Monday morning announced that the 2016 Housing License Agreement has added hoverboards to the list of wheeled items that are banned on campus. “Safety is dependent on our commitment to each other,” said President Leslie E. Wong at a safety meeting Thursday, Feb. 11. Wong, Vice President Luoluo Hong and University Police Department ...

SF State bans hoverboards on campus

February 15, 2016 News

President Leslie E. Wong has banned hoverboards at SF State effective immediately. In a meeting last Thursday, Wong said safety is his top priority and that banning hoverboards will help ensure students’ safety. Philippe Cumia, director of student housing and conference programs, sent an email to the student body Monday morning about the change in ...

Muni train derails near SF State, causing delays

February 12, 2016 News

A Muni train carrying six passengers derailed Friday morning on 19th Avenue near SF State, leading to a temporary shutdown of the station. “No one was injured in the M train derailment at the Muni stop at 19th and Holloway avenues,” said San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose. It’s still unclear how the ...

Student-run startup helps students run startups

February 10, 2016 News

Aspiring student entrepreneurs gathered Tuesday afternoon in the J. Paul Leonard Library event room to attend the welcome night of INCUBED, a student-run startup incubator based at SF State. First to speak was Emerson Malca, an SF State alumnus and CEO of StudyRoom, a service for students to share notes and tutor other students on classes. His ...

BSU brings Afro Floor to SF State

February 10, 2016 News

SF State’s housing will welcome a new community-themed floor after a successful bout of lobbying and protests by the Black Student Union. The “Afro Floor” will be available to students interested in living in themed housing on campus and will house cultural artwork and resources for the students. The situation arose after a list of ...

Increased fees bittersweet for art department

February 9, 2016 News

SF State’s art department made its first major increases to instructional materials fees in 20 years this spring, forcing returning studio art majors to pay double or even triple the fee costs of last semester. Of the 80 studio art classes currently requiring materials fees, 38 of those had their fees increased by at least 50 ...

Faculty strike looms over April

February 8, 2016 News 1 Comment

The California Faculty Association announced the dates of a system-wide faculty strike on Monday at a press conference in Sacramento. Jennifer Eagan, the CFA president, said that the CFA board of directors determined the dates of the strike, in the event that the negotiations process fails, on the recommendation of each campus’ chapter president. The board authorized a five-day strike ...

SFMTA looks to community for feedback on 19th Avenue project

February 5, 2016 News 1 Comment

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency had its first public meeting of 2016 at the Seven Hills Conference Center to discuss the 19th Avenue/M Ocean View Project, which plans to realign the M-Ocean View Muni line in order to accommodate the growing SF State population and make 19th Avenue safer and more accessible. “Our overall goal is to ...

Mayor relocates homeless as Super Bowl and El Nino loom

February 3, 2016 News

As Super Bowl 50 quickly approaches, San Francisco officials are trying to relocate the city’s homeless from the Embarcadero, where the Super Bowl City complex was constructed, by adding more beds to shelters around San Francisco. Travelers from all over the world will be in the Bay Area by Sunday, Feb. 7 to see the ...