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Mental health services fall short despite student fee increase

May 19, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State currently has no psychiatrist on staff to write prescriptions for students despite yearly increases to the student health fee to increase mental health staff and services. SF State students lobbied the administration in 2012 to raise the mandatory student health fee to increase mental health services on campus over the next five years, which included ...

Students plan to participate in “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” graduation

May 18, 2015 Life News 2 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’66618′] As graduating students prepare for commencement, some will use the opportunity as a final form of student activism by putting their hands up to show solidarity for the victims of police shootings. The Black Student Union and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán are organizing students to participate in the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot Graduation” during several ...

Professor to offer class on climate justice

May 15, 2015 News 1 Comment

Ethnic studies professor Philip Klasky garnered support and input from student activists for a new class on climate justice that could be offered next semester during a meeting April 9 at the J. Paul Leonard Library. The class, called “Race, Activism and Climate Justice,” was proposed by Klasky in January and will explore the unequal effects climate ...

UCorp to strike a deal with beverage vendor

May 13, 2015 News

The campus community may soon experience a homogenizing of beverages available at SF State if University Corporation strikes a deal with an official beverage vendor in the coming months. The partnership for pouring rights, as articulated in a Request For Proposals issued by UCorp, would grant one beverage company exclusive selling, advertising and promotional efforts on SF State ...

Grassroots alumna in mayoral race against incumbent

May 13, 2015 News

As Amy Farah Weiss walked her candy apple red bicycle in front of the steps of City Hall, the Bay Area native handed out voter registration sheets from the basket of her cruiser on a windy day in May. She paused to chat with local activists Andy Blue of San Francisco coalition Plaza 16 and Pirate Mike about the ...

Celebrity surprises students with chance to appear on television

May 13, 2015 News

Students gathered anxiously at the Serramonte Center May 11 to await the results of a string of tweets released from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The first of several tweets appeared May 8, saying “Hey, Daly City, CA! I hope you get a lot of rest this weekend because on Monday you’re gonna have a chance to be on ...

ASI to draft policy to affect future of mural process

May 6, 2015 Life News

[slideshow_deploy id=’66165′] By incorporating the voices of students, faculty and elected representatives, SF State’s murals have had a long-standing reputation of brazen social justice advocacy and demand for cultural visibility. “Approving a mural at SF State is a multi-step process structured to involve students and reflect campus passions,” said Associated Students, Inc.’s College of Liberal and ...

Fair allows students to explore social issues

May 6, 2015 News

SF State’s 22nd annual African American Health Fair departed from the event in years past Tuesday, widening the scope of the event to focus on the social health issues that affect the black community. The ran the event, which was held at Jack Adams Hall and was open to all students. “We are covering racism as the topic ...

Student organization honors Native American tribes through Pow-Wow

May 6, 2015 News

Dancers dressed in feathers, headdresses and buckskin shawls taught students simple footwork for the round dance to the beat of drums at the heart of campus during the 40th anniversary powwow. The Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations hosted the powwow at the center of campus on the lawn next to the Malcolm X Plaza May 3. A powwow is ...

Muralist uses art to inspire youth community

May 6, 2015 Life Multimedia News

Twenty years ago, on Cinco De Mayo, Carlos “Kookie” Gonzalez’s mural was dedicated to Cesar Chavez at SF State. Click on the icons to hear the artist talk about specific the elements of the mural and how it came to be. (Produced by Sergio Portela and Photo by Drake Newkirk). Jazz and Latin music streamed from a ...

System-wide CSU study to survey housing and food services

May 6, 2015 News

This month marked the outset of a yearlong study of services conducted by the California State University on all 23 campuses to identify students struggling with housing and food issues. CSU Long Beach social work professor Rashida Crutchfield will head the study and said the number of students facing these problems is underreported. “I think the population ...

Students gather in plaza to celebrate Malcolm X’s birthday

May 6, 2015 News 1 Comment

For those who were relaxing in Malcolm X Plaza, the sound of chanting started out barely audible. A brief moment later, observers were witness to a crowd of students and teachers marching and shouting different slogans. “Calling out the violence of the racist police, we ain’t gonna stop till’ our people are free,” students chanted as they ...

Muslim Zionist voices personal transformation

May 1, 2015 News 3 Comments

Kasim Hafeez, a self-proclaimed Muslim Zionist, spoke at the Rosa Park conference center April 16, after being asked to tell his story of transformation by an Israeli awareness group on campus. Hafeez has spent the last two years speaking as an advocate for Israel. Born and raised in Nottingham, U.K., Hafeez said he was exposed to graphic ...

Contract terminations of Parkmerced employees, lead to picket lines

April 28, 2015 News

After the recent termination of Parkmerced janitors and handymen, the former staff and their supporters picketed April 23 for the second time in two weeks. When Preferred Building Services replaced Villas Parkmerced Maintenance Management as contractor, 32 employees’ contracts were terminated April 10. Parkmerced residents received an email from management discussing a contractor and staff transition after a ...

Sol Patch Garden roots itself within student community

April 28, 2015 Life News

Tiny sprouts of kale, spinach, lettuce and chard jutted up through a layer of soil on display at the reopening of SF State’s Sol Patch Garden April 23. Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students president Caitlyn Morrell provided tours at the event and explained the purpose of the garden, which is located next to the Mary Park resident hall. “We wanted ...

Muni improvements assure faster commute for students

April 28, 2015 News 2 Comments

Additional reporting done by Steve Calderon  As the Municipal Transit Agency service improvements rolled out across the city Saturday, SF State sophomore Andrea Rios said she waited nearly half an hour at the intersection of 19th and Holloway avenues for the 28 bus to arrive. The changes are part of Muni Forward, a campaign to improve service for some ...

Storybook created for underserved children

April 28, 2015 Life Multimedia News 1 Comment

The first time Daniela Morales met Francesca, a preschooler in the Tenderloin, she learned about the young girl’s fascination with birds and how she would give them names and make up stories about them. In return, Morales has developed a story for Francesca. “My story is about this little bird, Francesca, whose family is a family of migrating birds and Francesca’s really scared to ...

University policies brought to light through spoken word

April 22, 2015 Life Multimedia News

SF State’s Student Union organized the event Mobilize for Change at The Depot April 16. The event allowed for students and student organizations to discuss the issues and problems that the campus community faces and featured spoken-word poetry from Reza “Dregs One” Harris, Larica Fantasia Jacko and DeMareon Gipson. Listen to them here. Simply hover over the icons ...

Protesters congregate in Oakland to push for minimum wage increase

April 21, 2015 News 1 Comment

Hundreds of demonstrators shut down Bay Area streets and restaurants April 15 as part of a nationwide fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Protesters rallied in Oakland fast food restaurants, including primarily McDonald’s locations, to demand living wages and a workers’ union for employees before marching from 14th Street and Broadway Avenue in Oakland to Sproul Hall at ...

Farm to Fork delivers with local sustainable food

April 21, 2015 News

Students and members of the San Francisco community enjoyed a mix of tangy grapefruit wedges and crisp beets folded into a medley of fresh organic greens as one of the sustainable dishes served at the 6th Annual Farm to Fork lunch April 16. The luncheon was held outdoor at the main quad and was co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability ...

Palestinian community gather in rally of Israeli Apartheid Week

April 21, 2015 News

A mock wall stood at the entrance of Malcolm X Plaza between the stage and the Cesar Chavez Student Center as a simulation of the barrier in West Bank in Israel to draw attention to the current affairs on that side of the world. The General Union of Palestine Students hosted a rally to commemorate Israeli ...

Union workers picket due to recent termination of contracts

April 19, 2015 Multimedia News

Picketing with signs that read “Preferred Building Services Save Our Good Jobs,” former janitors and repairpersons protested the termination of their contracts with Villas Parkmerced Wednesday. Led by union organizer Colin O’Leary from United Service Workers West, the picketers marched around Parkmerced’s leasing offices. O’Leary said the protestors will continue to picket until Preferred Building ...

President Wong lifts controversial ban on University travel to Indiana

April 17, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong lifted the ban on University-funded travel to Indiana Friday. The lift of the ban would take effect immediate, Wong said in a mass email.  Wong implemented the ban last month in protest to the state’s religious freedom laws. “I believe that statements made by businesses, municipalities and our University helped to shed ...

Technical problems postpone ASI elections

April 16, 2015 News

Associated Student, Inc. postponed the 2015 Spring Elections due to technical difficulties with the online voting ballot. ASI announced via email that voting scheduled for last week would instead be held April 13 until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. ASI Education Representative Linda Duncan said the problems did not originate with ASI. “We were using a third ...

University progresses on path to discounted transit passes

April 15, 2015 News

The commute from Fairfax to campus costs linguistics major Alexander Williams $6 each way, and compounded over dozens of trips every semester, the expense has become a strain for which he would welcome assistance. SF State students and administration have discussed implementing a transit pass over the years, but despite neighboring institutions like University of San ...

Alumna honored for charity work by cancer research organization

April 15, 2015 News

An SF State alumna is the youngest candidate in the running for the Bay Area chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Woman of the Year award. LLS’s national fundraising competition, which officially awards both Man and Woman of the Year, recognizes candidates who raise as much money as they can for the organization. After 10 weeks, the two people from ...

AIDS Awareness Day evokes memory of 1980s epidemic

April 14, 2015 Multimedia News

SF State alumnus and AIDS activist Cleve Jones remembers the University during the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic began. By the Fall of 1985 many members of the community were dead, dying or caring for loved ones who contracted the disease, Jones said. “SF State was hit very hard – almost all of the gay male students ...

Filipino community celebrates culture and murals

April 10, 2015 Multimedia News

The Filipino community came together in tribute of the 12th Annual Filipino Community Mural celebration at SF State April 8-9. A coalition of six Filipino student organizations, together known as Mula Sa Ugat, convened in Jack Adams Hall to honor the Filipino Community Mural that depicts the conflicts their ancestors endured and overcame. The mural was painted ...

Student volunteer group to provide aid in Peru

April 8, 2015 News 5 Comments

Shadowing doctors, checking vitals and dispensing prescriptions may sound like costly training only available at medical school, but for six SF State students it is the experience they can expect on their trip to Lima, Peru next month. The students are members of Medlife, an organization that partners with poor communities in Latin America to provide ...

Real estate careers at forefront of Bay Area program

April 8, 2015 News

In the midst of experiencing one of its biggest development booms in history, with commercial real estate prices up 90 percent, the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco found themselves in a quandary– there was no one to run the buildings once they were built. According to BOMA SF Foundation, one of the most demanding issues facing the commercial real estate ...

Former Mayor of San Francisco to deliver commencement address

April 8, 2015 News

The former mayor of San Francisco, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, will speak at SF State’s 114th commencement ceremony next month, according to a University announcement released Tuesday, April 7. “Throughout his career, Lieutenant Governor Newsom has been a strong advocate for California’s world-renowned higher education system,” President Leslie E. Wong said in the press release. “He has shown principled, innovative ...

Alumnus arbitrator advocate for undeserved communities and labor rights

April 7, 2015 News

Representing San Francisco senior citizens in legal matters like racial discrimination and housing, SF State alumnus Carlos Torres began his career as an advocate for underserved communities. Torres said he developed his passion for labor rights while working at La Raza Centro Legal, a nonprofit legal service in the Mission District. “It was really working ...

Startup rideshare policy in question for drivers

April 7, 2015 News

Rolling through the Financial District in his orange Honda Fit, SF State senior James Shumate spends his evenings shuttling passengers who hail his service. Shumate, a cinema major, began driving for rideshare startups Uber and Lyft as his primary source of income at the end of March. He said as an Uber and Lyft driver, ...