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Road sharing with ride-sharing leads cab cooperative to bankruptcy

January 26, 2016 News

When it comes to getting around San Francisco, students have wide range of options. Despite filing for bankruptcy Friday, the city’s largest taxicab co-op, Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc., remains one of those options. Though many students surmised SF Yellow Cab filing for bankruptcy reflects the burgeoning app-based ride-sharing market, pointing to companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and ...

CFA threaten to strike while waiting for decision

January 26, 2016 News

The California Faculty Association is on the verge of a system–wide strike for a 5 percent salary raise for all CSU faculty members. Currently the CFA and the CSU are in the fact-finding process, which is when a neutral third party receives a written brief from both sides and writes a report that will essentially become the final verdict. The report ...

Interactive: SF State Faculty voice the need for five percent

December 17, 2015 Multimedia News

Why is there a need for a five percent salary increase from the California State University administration? Portrait Series by Emma Chiang The California Faculty Association is in its first year of salary negotiations for their three-year contract with California State University management. In November 2014, CSU administrators and faculty approved a three-year collective bargaining ...

Pouring rights agreement falls flat as students rise up

December 8, 2015 Life News

President Leslie E. Wong’s refusal to sign a pouring rights agreement Nov. 19 drew critical interest from news organizations across the Bay Area, but also brought up the question of student power at SF State. Wong stated in an email that he decided to decline the agreement after considering health studies and comments put forth by the ...

New statue to spark student spirit

December 8, 2015 Life News

SF State will be getting a new statue in the near future as a part of 2015’s Senior Class Gift campaign. The statue, which has been dubbed the Gator Spirit Statue, will be a 10-foot bronzed gator featuring engraved plaques that can be purchased by current students and alumni, according to the project’s website. According ...

SF Hillel Gathers Students for Texas Disaster Relief

December 8, 2015 News

As the SF State community gets ready for the upcoming winter break, one student is preparing for an “alternative break” to help rebuild a community in San Marcos, Texas that was devastated by October’s severe flooding. Jordan Weiser, a junior hospitality and management major, will be traveling with a group of about 15 people through the San ...

Gators fall to Warriors

December 7, 2015 News

The SF State women’s basketball team (3-4) fell to California State University, Stanislaus (6-2) 61-54, after being unable to overcome a huge first half by the Warriors Saturday, Dec. 5. Warrior point guard Alysa Valentine scored a game-high 28 points on 8-9 shooting from 3-point range. Tatsiana Dashkevich and Laura Lawson both led the Gators with ...

Faculty sheds light on necessary changes to improve graduation rate

December 3, 2015 News

Critical improvements to SF State students’ academic progress may be in store as a group of faculty members under the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning presented their findings on student success in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. As part of SF State’s plans to improve its six-year graduation rate from ...

Emergency staff respond to 911 call inside the Humanities building

December 3, 2015 News

First responders received a call shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday morning from staff in the Humanities Building reporting a medical emergency. One faculty member, who did not want to be named, described her colleague as having stroke-like symptoms as she frantically attempted to get the attention of emergency staff. “We do not know what happened ...

Harassment scandal shifts perspective on Title IX

December 2, 2015 News 1 Comment

Allegations of world-renowned astronomer Geoffrey Marcy’s sexual harassment of students while teaching at SF State and University of California, Berkeley and recent changes to Title IX have raised questions about professor-student relationships.  Marcy taught at SF State from 1984 to 1999 in the department of physics and astronomy and remained an adjunct professor until two ...

Faculty space to reopen after 10-year hiatus

December 2, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State President Leslie E. Wong donated $100,000 this year to bring back the University Club on campus, according to the Campus Memo. The University Club was a restaurant and lounge for SF State employees designed to increase collaboration and foster a greater sense of community, according to senior assistant librarian Meredith Eliassen, who said it ...

SF State prepares for heavy rain brought by El Niño

December 1, 2015 News

With El Niño rapidly approaching, California is predicted to have one of the most intense and wettest winters in the past 100 years, according to Frank Fasano, interim associate vice president of facilities and service enterprises at SF State. “The main El Niño impacts will come during late December through March,” said David Reynolds, the lead meteorologist ...

Victim reports on-campus rape to University police

November 23, 2015 News

A rape was reported at Mary Ward Hall Nov. 21, according to SF State’s crime, arrest and fire log. Officers responded to the victim and took a report around 6 a.m., according to the crime log, which states that the victim was incapable of providing consent. SF State’s director of news and news media Jonathan ...

CFA files unfair labor practice complaint against CSU

November 20, 2015 News

The California Faculty association has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the California State University system, according to a CFA press release. Contract negotiations have been at a standstill and CSU faculty are frustrated and disappointed with the Chancellor’s  salary offer of a 2 percent general salary increase for faculty, according to the release. CSU ...

Woman reports indecent exposure at University Park South

November 19, 2015 News

A woman reported an indecent exposure incident at University Park South Thursday morning, according to a safety alert sent out to the campus community. The woman was walking in a courtyard at the 1700 block of Holloway Avenue at 9:55 a.m. when she saw an unknown man walking ahead of her, according to the alert. ...

President Wong: No pouring rights agreement at SF State

November 19, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong announced he will not sign a pouring rights agreement with a major soda brand during a town hall meeting Thursday at the Seven Hills Conference Center. “I have to tell you, I have not touched a sugary drink in three decades,” Wong said. “After careful review of the concerns ...

Crowd-mapping comes to SF State

November 19, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State students explored the different applications of crowd-mapping at the Institute for Geographic Information Science’s first mapathon event Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the HSS Building in celebration of Geographic Information Sciences Day and National OpenStreetMap Geo Week. “It’s a way to use crowdsourcing to get spatial information about places that are potentially vulnerable ...

SF State evicts environmental program from Tiburon property

November 18, 2015 News 10 Comments

After five months of negotiations, SF State finalized its decision to evict the Tiburon Salmon Institute from its property at the Romberg Tiburon Center Monday. SF State officials had been in negotiations with the Tiburon Salmon Institute since June, after thousands signed a petition protesting the abrupt eviction of the project from the Romberg Tiburon ...

Students voice solidarity at vigil for Paris victims

November 18, 2015 News 2 Comments

SF State senior Kareezia Younger said she was in her home, 20 minutes away from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, when she received an alarmed phone call from her mother Friday evening. What Younger didn’t know was that Paris was besiege by the deadliest terror attack France has ever seen. “I was trying not ...

ROTC program converts students to U.S. Army officers

November 17, 2015 News

Cadets dressed in camouflage lay hidden in thorny bushes, aiming their replica M4 paintball markers at the enemy below. Suddenly, the whirring sound of the bullet-less markers broke the silence, as the cadets shot at the enemy in the cover of the birch trees below. One by one, the opposition fell onto the yellow grass at Camp Tamarancho in ...

SF State prepares for heated pouring rights discussion

November 17, 2015 News 1 Comment

The campus community is preparing for a heated debate as students, faculty and staff get ready to meet with President Leslie E. Wong and the Pouring Rights Review Committee Nov. 19 to discuss whether SF State should sign a pouring rights agreement. “We pride ourselves on our students’ passion and willingness to speak out on issues ...

SF State comes together for international education week

November 17, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State’s community gathered to celebrate the global and cultural diversity that makes the University unique as the Office of International Programs kicked off its 16th annual International Education Week celebration Monday. “We have faculty, staff and students from all around the world,” said Office of International Programs Associate Director Jay Ward. “Coming from an ...

SF State faculty picket in solidarity with colleagues

November 17, 2015 News

Dressed in bright red shirts reading, “I don’t want to strike but I will,” SF State faculty, students, and staff rallied in support for higher wages during the California Faculty Association’s Fight for Five campaign Tuesday. The picket was organized by faculty across all 23 California State University campuses to show solidarity with the CSU ...

Project Connect celebrates 10 years of helping students

November 14, 2015 News

More than 200 people celebrated Project Connect’s 10-year anniversary at Jack Adams Hall, uniting current and former members of the program, as well as teachers from San Francisco’s Unified School District. Project Connect’s mission is to promote higher education of the student body and help facilitate graduation for underrepresented communities, according to the program’s website. “A decade ...

Mashouf Wellness Center plans for spirituality and sustainability

November 10, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State’s Associated Students, Inc. hosted a town hall meeting to present the progress of the new Mashouf Wellness Center construction to students Monday in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The Mashouf Wellness Center will be a venue for recreational activity at SF State and is slated for completion in 2017, according to the project’s website. “It’s going pretty well; we’re chugging ahead,” ...

3-D printers give students’ designs life

November 10, 2015 News

A 3-D printer, scanners and modeling equipment are just a few of the new tools students can find at MakerSpace, a digital media studio, designed to encourage student collaboration, that opened in the J. Paul Leonard Library Nov. 6. MakerSpace is an environment aimed toward facilitating design projects for students by providing space for teamwork and necessary ...

SF State to hire a dream coordinator

November 10, 2015 News 1 Comment

Undocumented students will see increased support with the impending creation of a Dream coordinator position, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Luoluo Hong. “We are excited to be able to establish this important new role,” Hong said in an email. “Reporting to the dean of students, the position will support the holistic college success ...

College of Ethnic Studies to host fundraiser in celebration of 46th anniversary

November 9, 2015 News

In 1968, SF State experienced University-defining change. As racial dynamics in the United States changed radically, SF State students banded together to fight for a curriculum reflective of the diversity of the campus. After five hard-fought months of protest and conflict, the College of Ethnic Studies was formed in the fall of 1969. To celebrate and ...

Celebrations carve out space for veterans

November 8, 2015 News

SF State kicked off Veteran’s Day celebrations Wednesday with tabling by veteran’s groups on campus. With activities planned throughout the remainder of the week, students have several ways to honor and support veterans on campus. SF State has a sizable veteran population, according to SF State’s Veteran Certifying Official and Program Coordinator, Ben Yang. Yang ...

Former mayor reflects on his time at SF State

November 6, 2015 News

The seats of Seven Hills Conference Center were packed Wednesday as students and faculty gathered to listen to SF State alumnus and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss his experience as a student at SF State. “This school was a golden opportunity for me,” said Brown, who spoke as part of the College of ...

CFA authorizes statewide strikes

November 4, 2015 News

The California Faculty Association authorized a statewide  strike for a 5 percent salary increase, according to the official strike vote results announced Nov. 4. An overwhelming 94.4% of faculty voted “yes” in favor of job actions that include work slow downs or potentially a full strike. “The faculty are angry and justifiably so,” said CFA ...

UPD seeks suspects in armed robbery

November 4, 2015 News

University police are searching to identify three suspects who reportedly robbed and beat a woman on campus Nov. 1, according to Jonathan Morales, director of news and news media at SF State. “(The University Police Department) will utilize all of the tools it has available in order to identify and locate the suspects,” Morales said ...

Health and wellness unit uses therapy dogs to help stressed students

November 4, 2015 News

Crowds of excited students eagerly waited to pet eager pups brought to campus, in just one of the events organized by the new Health Promotion and Wellness Unit. “I feel that the therapy dogs are a great option for those who are really stressed out,” senior psychology major Edna Hernandez said. “It has helped me ...