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New changes breathe life into vista room

September 23, 2015 News

Andrew Mason steadily diced cucumbers and red peppers, as America’s 1972 hit song “A Horse with No Name” softly filled the Vista Room kitchen. A large plastic vat of bright red watermelon puree sat next to him, waiting to be mixed with the vegetables he spent most his morning cutting for that day’s special: watermelon ...

Professor and documentary crew may snag Emmy Monday night

September 23, 2015 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’67809′] In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State rampaged through Iraq, causing the near destruction of the Iraqi government and the rekindling of the U.S. military role in Iraq.  In the midst of the chaos, SF State journalism professor Sachi Cunningham, PBS “Frontline” correspondent Martin Smith and his film crew members spent two weeks capturing the ...

New database helps students prepare for college debt

September 22, 2015 News

[media-credit name=”(James Chan / Xpress)” align=”alignright” width=”459″][/media-credit] Andrew Vai, a senior sociology major graduating this spring, said money is always on his mind. After accumulating $15,000 in debt, he lives paycheck to paycheck, struggling to afford everyday expenses. “I barely get by because I have to think about bills and if I have enough money to ...

Taser plan sparks mixed reaction

September 16, 2015 News

Campus police must undergo 36 hours of training before the University provides them with Tasers, according to a Statewide University Police Association official. Campus police won’t be allowed to touch or hold a Taser until they complete an eight hour training class according to Jeff Solomon, the president of SUPA. He said officers will then have to ...

Frustrated students wait in long lines for free shuttle

September 16, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State students who use the school’s free shuttles to Daly City BART said they are frustrated with the long wait to board buses. Their concerns come only a semester after the University contracted transMETRO, a full-service shuttle company, to operate a new fleet of buses between campus and Daly City BART, according a Golden ...

SF state faculty dive deep for undocumented students

September 15, 2015 News 4 Comments

SF State faculty members and community activists swam from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park Sept. 13 to raise awareness and funds for Continue the Dream scholarships for AB 540 students. The “Swim for Sueños” fundraiser draws awareness about undocumented and AB 540 students. It also serves as a way to fund the Continue the Dream ...

Event spotlights issues faced by LGBTQ people of color

September 11, 2015 News

A discussion on queer and transgender communities of color in the Bay Area’s ever-changing landscape brought together more than 100 people at the Coppola Theatre, Thursday, Sept. 10. “This is an important topic because of the social and political history of the Bay Area,” said sociology professor and department chair Andreana Clay, who is also a ...

SF state reforms title IX

September 11, 2015 News

In response to a number of new laws to protect students from sexual harassment on university campuses, the California State University system released an updated policy forbidding sexual misconduct on all 23 CSU campuses. “A campus that is safe for all students is a necessary condition to a supportive learning environment,” said Luoluo Hong, Title ...

New dean aims to provide best education possible

September 11, 2015 News

SF State’s new associate dean of academic planning, Lori Beth Way, said she hopes to help students reach graduation while receiving the best education possible. “My main concern is, what do faculty, students and staff need in regards to curriculum development and student learning?” Way said. “Where do faculty, staff and students want to go in ...

Updated policy bans vaping on campus

September 10, 2015 News 1 Comment

As clouds of vaporized nicotine syrup from e-cigarettes have risen across the country, so have concerns about potential negative health effects. SF State’s new smoking policy will ban their use on campus beginning Sept. 8. “The President’s office carefully examined its smoking policy,” said Adrianne Bee, interim associate vice president of SF State. “SF State ...

Remapping planned for Muni routes

September 9, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State students will see changes to their Muni routes beginning Sept. 26 as part of a citywide Muni improvement program, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority announced Aug. 28. The changes are part of SFMTA’s Muni Forward campaign, an effort to update the transit system to make it “better, safer and more reliable,” according to the project’s site. The plans involve ...

Student promotes voter engagement on campus

September 9, 2015 News

Naeemah Charles, the vice president of external affairs for SF State’s Associated Students, Inc. describes her parents as “pretty radical.” “That is what first got me into politics, and with my background of being an African American woman of color, even if I didn’t want to care about politics, politics constantly affect me,” Charles said. ...

CSU faculty seek fair compensation

September 9, 2015 News

SF State faculty are demanding higher wages as the California Faculty Association and California State University administrators renegotiate the current collective bargaining agreement. The CFA, a union for CSU faculty and staff, is demanding a 5 percent general salary increase for all faculty as well as a 2.65 percent service salary increase for any eligible faculty for the ...

SF State student sues Chris Brown after San Jose nightclub shooting

September 3, 2015 News

An SF State student who was shot at a Chris Brown show in San Jose in January filed a lawsuit against both the singer and the night club Aug. 27, the Mercury News reported. Paul Briley, 22, was one of five people wounded during Brown’s Jan. 10 concert at The Fiesta Nightclub in South San Jose, according to the report. Court records state that ...

Students dropped from classes days before school began

September 2, 2015 News

When it comes to college admissions, students know that the bigger the envelope the better. But even after receiving a thick envelope containing a letter of acceptance, Bernardo Balbuena Simonard, a transfer student from City College of San Francisco, is one of nearly 300 students who had their admissions to SF State rescinded this semester. “Last ...

APSA Director Kim Mealy to speak to SF State students about diversity

September 2, 2015 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’67237′] Kim Mealy, director of diversity and inclusion programs with the American Political Science Association said she hopes she can motivate SF State students to increase the presence of minority groups and women throughout the political science profession. “Political science is a lens through which we can view a diverse collection of current affairs and ...

SF State police equipped with Tasers despite history of opposition

September 2, 2015 News 1 Comment

Access to Tasers will be mandatory for all University police following a recent collective bargaining agreement between California State University and the State University Police Association. Assistant Vice Chancellor of CSU, Michael Redmond, announced the agreement Aug. 27 in an email to all 23 CSU presidents and police chiefs, among others. CSU and SUPA deemed ...

Petitioning students succeed in adding new sections

September 1, 2015 News

Two new sections of Finance 350 opened up Aug. 27, following a petition by business students who were crashing classes in an attempt to add the course. Finance 350, or business finance, is an upper division core requirement for all business majors. Without it, students are unable to take the last few classes needed for graduation. Quynh ...

University police to carry Tasers following CSU mandate

September 1, 2015 News

A new bargaining agreement between California State University and the State University Police Association Aug. 27 gave campus police access to an array of new equipment, including Tasers and pepper spray. The collective bargaining agreement between the CSU and SUPA mandates that the CSU provide “tactical and safety equipment deemed essential to protecting” students, faculty ...

Alleged Virginia shooter graduated from SF State

August 26, 2015 News

The Virginia gunman accused of killing a television reporter and cameraman live on the air Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. was believed to be an SF State graduate from the broadcasting department, official sources said. “Right now all I can confirm is that a student by the name of Vester Lee Flanagan graduated from SF State ...

Lifting the fog: A student’s guide to exploring San Francisco

August 26, 2015 Life News

San Francisco is known for many things: fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, fog, cable cars— did we mention fog? It’s also known for its plethora of diverse bars and restaurants. For a city that doesn’t even measure 50 square miles, it packs in a lot of interesting places to eat, drink and hang out. Whether you’ve ...

Program builds academic bridge to SF State

August 26, 2015 Life News

While some students spend their summers relaxing, others get an early start hitting the books, learning to navigate around campus and utilizing college resources offered to students during the Summer Bridge program, a college preparedness program for incoming freshman. Gunner Troy, a Summer Bridge participant, said the program gave him a jump start on college life at ...

SF State student remembered after unexpected death

August 26, 2015 News

Transfer student Melanie Susanne Olivieri, a 23-year-old SF State undergraduate with a passion for design, travel and helping others died Aug. 9 at a residential hotel in the Mission District. Friends and family remember the visual communication design major for her wit, art and kindness. “Melanie was beautiful, smart and talented,” said Natalie Olivieri, Melanie’s ...

SF State welcomes the largest incoming freshmen class in history

August 26, 2015 Life News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66951′] Long lines of students wrapped around Mary Ward Hall during Move-In Day Aug. 20 as SF State’s largest incoming freshman class in the school’s 116-year history readied for the new semester. “It’s a really good school with great programs and internships,” said freshmen nursing major Gina Greengrad regarding her decision to attend SF State. “Plus, everyone ...

SF State student’s death deemed suspicious by police

August 12, 2015 News

Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old SF State student who died at a residential hotel in the Mission District early Sunday morning. Jesse Stanton, the clerk of the medical examiner, confirmed that the body was of San Francisco resident Melanie Olivieri, who died at the scene at 6:53 a.m. Olivieri attended SF State as a ...

SF State rallies around greener campuses during state-wide conference

July 26, 2015 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66862′] The largest-ever California Higher Education Sustainability Conference emphasized the urgent need for sustainability on college campuses July 20-24 at SF State. This year was the first time SF State hosted CHESC, with attendance being the highest in the conference’s 13-year history, according to Katie Maynard, the conference manager and University of California, Santa ...

Construction begins for new wellness center

June 28, 2015 Life News 3 Comments

Members of the SF State community donned purple hard hats for the Mashouf Wellness Center groundbreaking ceremony June 25. The ceremony was held at the corner of Font and Merced boulevards, where the new $86 million structure will wrap around the existing softball field.   Campus planner Wendy Bloom said the project will benefit SF State by ...

SF State gives a Giant farewell to graduating class of 2015

May 22, 2015 News

Students donning purple caps and gowns filed into the the typically orange-laden AT&T Park Friday during SF State’s 114th Commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, for the first time in SF State history. More than 30,000 people were expected to attend the graduation, according to SF State’s ...

Former mayor readies for commencement address

May 22, 2015 News

At eight years old, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom convinced his younger sister, Hilary Newsom, to help tear up the backyard and create a six-hole miniature golf course. As Hilary Newsom made cookies and lemonade to sell, Newsom said he went through the neighborhood selling tickets. “He definitely started his entrepreneurship in the beginning,” Hilary ...

Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBTQ campus community

May 20, 2015 Life News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66668′] Sprigs of lavender, lavender tablecloths and lavender stoles decorated Jack Adams Hall May 17 for the Queer and Trans Resource Center’s third annual Lavender Graduation. For SF State’s LGBTQQIA students, it was a time of inspiration and triumph for the graduating class of 2015. Universities across the country host Lavender Grad to honor lesbian, ...

Journalism professor earns fond farewell

May 20, 2015 News 1 Comment

Yvonne Daley is no stranger to investigative journalism. Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, the SF State journalism professor she said she was always asking the deeper questions from a very early age. “I was always trying to find out the secrets, to get the story behind the story,” Daley said. “Being the youngest of ...

Seniors slammed with graduation fees

May 20, 2015 News

Kinesiology major Deanna Johnson has saved every cap and gown she has ever worn, but this year the high cost of graduation will leave her collection one short. “It’s ridiculous, I wanted to buy my cap and gown, but it’s over $200 just for the gown,” Johnson said. “I have my cap and gown from ...

Journey to america leads to dreams fulfilled

May 20, 2015 News 2 Comments

The U.S Department of State provides up to 55,000 diversity visas to countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. For 25-year-old physiology major Pingdewinde Sam, his chance of coming to the United States was greater than he thought. Sam was among the lucky 7 percent of applicants who were chosen to receive ...

Undocumented graduates celebrate at first annual Beyond Borders ceremony

May 19, 2015 News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66654′] Undocumented students celebrated with their friends and families at the first annual Beyond Borders Graduation held at the SF State Annex May 17. Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success, a student organization founded in 2008 to help undocumented students with issues related to AB540, coordinated the graduation. IDEAS worked in collaboration with Project Connect, ...