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Bike thefts around campus anger cycling students

November 4, 2015 News 2 Comments

Nolen Brown, a senior majoring in science and geology, said he received a text message from a friend warning him that the Bike Barn on campus had been broken into Oct. 25. Running down to the Bike Barn, he discovered that his $3,000 bike had been stolen. “I was enraged,” Brown said. “I was really ...

SF State reports victim beaten and robbed on campus

November 1, 2015 News

A woman was reportedly robbed and beaten with a baseball bat Sunday at SF State, according to a crime safety report sent out to students and faculty. The victim was walking near the designated smoking area by Mary Ward Hall around 1 a.m., according to the report. The victim said she was walking with a friend when three female suspects approached her. One of ...

Two-party system scrutinized in on-campus debate

October 30, 2015 News 1 Comment

The Political Science Student Association questioned the two-party system during a debate at SF State Oct. 29. Christopher Larson, an urban studies and political science double major, and Michael Lin, a political science instructor, discussed whether significant change was possible in the two-party electoral system. The debate was moderated by Baelaya Berendsen, the vice president of PSSA. ...

Athlete remembered for drive

October 28, 2015 News

Despite undergoing grueling chemotherapy treatments that made it difficult to breathe, SF State graduate student Ariana Luster made school and athletics her top priority until the very end. “She came to every class while going through chemotherapy, no matter how bad she felt, because her education was that important to her,” said Marty Martinson, her ...

Resurrected business club provides opportunity for women

October 28, 2015 News

After being inactive for nearly four years, SF State’s Women in Business Club is being restarted as Providing Opportunities for Women, which held its first meeting Oct. 26. SF State business students Brenda Ibanescu, Jodi Chen and Abigail Pearse took on the unique challenge of resurrecting a dead organization at SF State. “I sought out a women ...

Rehabilitation program leads campus debate over prison labor

October 27, 2015 News

SF State has spent more than $600,000 on furniture and services from the California Prison Industry Authority in the past fiscal year from July 2014 to June 2015, according to university records. The University has utilized services from CALPIA, a prison labor agency that assists inmates with occupational skills, for more than 15 years, according to Stephen ...

Former student athlete dies from pancreatic cancer

October 26, 2015 News

Ariana Luster, an SF State student and track and field athlete, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, after a year-and-a-half-long battle with cancer. Luster was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer July 17, 2014, according to her GoFundMe page. Luster was a declared health education major, according to an email from Atina Delfino, a lecturer in ...

National day of action prompts SF State student rally

October 23, 2015 News

SF State historic organizations voiced their opposition to the California State University mandate that equipped all campus police with Tasers during the National Day of Action to Stop Police Brutality Thursday. The CSU and the State University Police Association agreed to allow campus police to arm themselves with new equipment, including Tasers and pepper spray, Aug. 27. ...

ASI pouring rights meeting cancelled

October 21, 2015 News

The Associated Students Inc. town hall meeting to discuss the pouring rights agreement scheduled for Wednesday noon has been cancelled, according to ASI President Phoebe Dye. The topic will be discussed during the regular public ASI meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, according to Dye. “This town hall was not ...

Student rally draws attention to social injustices

October 20, 2015 News

Associated Students, Inc.’s Project Connect organized a SPEAK OUT rally Tuesday at noon in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The rally was organized to allow student organizations to speak out about various social issues, according to Project Connect intern Lashawnda Rainey, 21. “This event was inspiring for students, because it gives them an ...

Protest sparks action from President Wong

October 20, 2015 News 1 Comment

Associated Students, Inc. will host a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at Malcolm X Plaza to discuss a potential pouring rights agreement at SF State, according to Liana Derus from the Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students. The meeting comes after a student protest in J. Paul Leonard Library last week, when more ...

CFA kicks off strikevote

October 19, 2015 News

The California Faculty Association kicked off the first day of their strike vote Wednesday as part of their Fight For Five campaign to secure a 5 percent raise. Any California State University faculty that are members of CFA will vote to approve job actions or a full strike, said SF State’s CFA Chapter President Sheila Tully. “We are willing to ...

SF State Terminates Adjunct Status of World Renowned Astronomy Professor

October 19, 2015 News

SF State terminated the 16 year-long adjunct status of world renowned astronomy professor Geoffrey Marcy in response to reports of a sexual harassment scandal at the University of California, Berkeley Oct. 14., according to Interim Associate Vice President Adrianne Bee. Marcy, who taught at SF State prior to teaching at UC Berkeley, was the subject ...

SF State readies for earthquakes with ‘Great California Shakeout’

October 17, 2015 News

To prepare students, faculty and staff in the event of a disaster, SF State conducted the Great California Shakeout Oct. 15, which tested the emergency notification system and all the University’s modes of communication. A recorded tape of an earthquake rumbling was played in the quad while Sgt. Abraham Leal, interim coordinator for the University ...

Police charge SF State alumnus with possession of child pornography

October 15, 2015 News

San Francisco police arrested an SF State alumnus Oct. 8 on suspicion of possession of child pornography and the use of hidden cameras, SFGate reported. Police charged Duane Ackerman with several counts of felonies and misdemeanors which include possession and distribution of over 600 images of child pornography, the sexual exploitation of a minor and a concealed ...

ASI votes to keep current funding model for historic organizations

October 15, 2015 News

In a unanimous decision, Associated Students, Inc. voted against a previous motion to decrease funding for historical organizations Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall. SF State historic organizations currently receive a total of $85,000 in funding each year for events. After a two-week debate regarding  budget relocation, ASI voted to keep the current ...

Protest erupts during Coca-Cola pouring rights forum

October 14, 2015 News 7 Comments

More than 30 students protested against SF State’s potential pouring rights agreement with Coca-Cola Co. at the J. Paul Leonard Library Wednesday. The protesters demanded better communication from the University moving forward with the agreement, citing a lack of shared governance at SF State. “We demand a public town hall forum with President (Leslie E.) Wong himself,” said Celia Lobuono ...

Students’ landlord issues tackled at housing workshop

October 14, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State’s Legal Resource Center tackled problems and concerns regarding living arrangements in San Francisco during its first landlord/tenant workshop Oct. 12. “This workshop aligns with the mission for our program – to educate, inform and help empower the SF State community,” said Associated Students, Inc. Legal Resource Center Director Kaylin Masis. Students voiced their concerns and received legal ...

Sexual assault bill incites controversy at SF State

October 6, 2015 News 1 Comment

After an SF State graduate student was sexually assaulted, she said her own skepticism about the incident influenced her decision to not approach police. “I doubted that there was enough evidence and that enough had happened to me to be worthy of anyone believing me or this person being punished for it,” said Sage Russo, ...

Business conference empowers women in the corporate world

October 6, 2015 News

SF State’s College of Business will focus on teaching women the skills they need to succeed in corporate enterprise at a leadership conference Oct. 8-9. The Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum, a two day gathering at SF State’s downtown campus, will feature talks and workshops giving young women the tools to navigate the male-dominated world of business, according to the ...

Delay in voting decision creates tension between ASI & historical organizations

October 6, 2015 News

The Associated Students, Inc. Finance Committee addressed concerns regarding the group’s allocation of funds Monday, after growing criticism for a proposal that would reduce budgets for historic campus groups. “After sitting in the meeting, I can see the board blaming (historical organizations) when this proposal was just dropped in our lap last minute,” said Hermanos ...

Frustration bubbles from major soda brand entering SF State

October 6, 2015 News

Members of environmental student groups at SF State said they are growing frustrated as the school moves forward with a pouring rights agreement, seeking a deal in which a major soda brand will represent 80 percent of all vendors on campus. “The way that President (Leslie E.) Wong has been going about this contract is very ...

SF State’s Project Rebound expanding to more CSU’s

October 6, 2015 News

Project Rebound, a program helping the formerly incarcerated obtain college degrees, will be expanding its program to 10 other California State Universities in Fall 2016 after over 20 years of providing services at SF State, according to Project Rebound Director Jason Bell. Entering his final semester at SF State after four years in Project Rebound, ...

SF State weighs in on gun control

October 6, 2015 News 1 Comment

A mass school shooting at an Oregon community college Oct. 1 sparked debate over gun laws and safety within the SF State community. The gunman, Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, who was a student at Umpqua Community College, used six illegally purchased guns in the shooting that left 10 wounded and nine dead, according to a Los Angeles Times article. Harper-Mercer, who was ...

Female victim reports sexual battery near Burk Hall

October 1, 2015 News

A female victim reported being sexually battered in the lobby of Burk Hall by an unknown male suspect Wednesday night, according to a university email sent out by Title IX Coordinator Luoluo Hong. The suspect reportedly approached the victim on the pathway between Burk Hall and the Gymnasium. He initiated a conversation with the victim ...

Italian-American film exhibit explores ethnic identity in cinema

October 1, 2015 News

Scattered across the dimly lit hall of the Museo Italo Americano in the Marina District, trophies illustrate the legacy of Italian-American cinema.Francis Ford Coppola’s old, yellowed copy of “Heart of Darkness,” lay face up, turned to page 106. Scribbled in the margin of the left-hand side is a note to himself that reads,“ It was work ...

SF State historical organizations speak out against ASI funding cuts

September 30, 2015 News

Tensions between long-standing student organizations and the Associate Students, Inc. Board of Directors grew high during a meeting in Jack Adams Hall Wednesday after a proposal to decrease funding for historic groups. ASI former Vice President of Finance Marco Fuentes said he is furious about the proposed cuts. “They are trying to diminish SF State’s ...

Transgender students report highest levels of sexual assault

September 30, 2015 News

Transgender and gender-nonconforming students experience higher levels of sexual assault, according to the Association of American Universities’ Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct released Sept. 21. In the report, 31 percent of transgender, genderqueer, questioning or non-conforming students said they had experienced some kind of unwanted sexual contact since enrolling in college, including ...

Spike in car theft jolts SF State

September 30, 2015 News

Marika Mizianty, a sophomore cinema major at SF State, said her nightmare began last week when she discovered that her green Honda CR-V was missing from her parking spot on Holloway Avenue. “My car’s my baby, so it’s so rough,” Mizianty said. “I searched all Saturday, all through Parkmerced. I felt like I was losing ...

BSU creates a safe space for African American students

September 29, 2015 News 3 Comments

The Black Student Union will bring attention to everyday gender issues surrounding members of the black community by kicking off this year’s first Black Kings and Queens meeting Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. BSU Senior coordinators Hannah Wodaje and Ismail Muhammad said they are working hard this year to improve the way black youth ...

CSU Faculty announce plans for potential strike

September 25, 2015 News 1 Comment

The California Faculty Association will vote next month on whether the organization will carry out a California State University system-wide strike in protest of stagnant faculty wages. The vote was announced in a press release Thursday, in response to the unresolved bargaining agreement between the CSU and the CFA. The labor union and the chancellor’s ...

Constitution Day deconstructs domestic violence

September 23, 2015 News

Kit Gruelle, a survivor of domestic abuse, retold her story to an attentive audience Sept. 17 in McKenna Theatre during the screening of ‘Private Violence,’ a documentary about domestic violence against women. After freeing herself from a life-threatening relationship with her husband, Gruelle said the experience became a motivating factor for helping other victims of ...

New sustainability calculator encourages green dining

September 23, 2015 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’67844′] The Real Food Challenge partnered up with Associated Students, Inc. to introduce an assessment calculator developed by the RFC at the Vendor Sustainability Project Wednesday at a launch party in Malcolm X Plaza. The calculator was created by RFC, a student-run branch of the national food activism organization, and assesses food on campus ...