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University Corporation seeks replacement for Asia Express vendor

April 4, 2015 News

University Corporation released a Request For Proposals April 3 inviting businesses to apply for tenancy in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The RFP process will determine which business takes over the lease for current proprietors Frank and Shally Meng, who operate Asia Express on the lower level of the student center. Before UCorp can consider a ...

ASI Elections 2015: Meet the Candidates

April 2, 2015 Multimedia News

In the upcoming ASI election, where most candidates run unopposed, students will decide between two contenders for the position of Vice President of Internal Affairs. Current VP Sarah Pishny is seeking re-election as newcomer Evan Gothelf challenges her for the seat. With different platforms, both candidates bring their own unique ideas and experiences to the potential role. Vice ...

Students targeted in scam through babysitting service

March 31, 2015 News 5 Comments

The story of a deaf mother in need of assistance for her son who uses a wheelchair compelled one SF State student into accepting a part-time nanny job. But her empathy almost cost her $3,000 in an online scam. Sophomore Lauren Well signed up for Care.com, a third party website that employs users for family and home care, ...

President Wong responds to anti-gay legislation by issuing ban on Indiana travel

March 30, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong issued a statement Monday banning university-funded travel to Indiana in response to that state’s recent religious freedom legislation. No SF State funds will be appropriated to support employee or student travel, according to a mass email sent by Wong to faculty, staff and students. Travel authorized prior to Wong’s announcement will require approval from the pertinent departmental vice ...

African American enrollment suffers from continuous structural inequality

March 30, 2015 News

Enrollment of African-American students in the California State University system has decreased by 2.4 percent compared to a decade ago, according to CSU statistical reports. Disparities facing African-American youth including underfunded schools, police violence and joblessness contributed to their decrease in enrollment, according to Shawn Ginwright, associate professor of Africana Studies at SF State. Ginwright ...

Graduate student hired for Amtrak research

March 30, 2015 News

Whether it was working dead-end jobs as an assistant to a local florist or an employee at Domino’s Pizza, SF State student Morgan Pentruff never felt fulfilled in her work place until now. Pentruff has been selected by the University as a research assistant for an extensive, state-wide project, which she said credits her work ethic as the key ...

Alumni remembered after deaths by Oakland fire

March 29, 2015 News

When SF State alumnus Daniel “Moe” Thomas and his roommate Davis Letona walked into a room, friends said they brought a sense of tenderness and intellect with them. Those who knew them remember them for their creativity, intelligence, and immense love for other people. Letona, 27, and Thomas, 36, were killed in a three-alarm blaze ...

University under federal investigation for handling of sexual assault

March 21, 2015 News

The Office for Civil Rights added SF State to a list Wednesday that will include them with 104 college campuses under investigation for their handling of sexual violence. The federal examination at SF State for a pending Title IX investigation was opened March 10, according to the OCR. Title IX is federal law that requires all public ...

Founder’s Day celebration rooted with floats

March 19, 2015 Life News

A line of students snaked across the quad near Malcolm X Plaza Wednesday as the University handed out 1,899 free root beer floats in honor of the University’s Founders Day. SF State originated as the San Francisco State Normal School, a small women-only teaching academy on Powell Street in March 1899. The school was decimated in the ...

Annual conference promotes equality and empowerment for women

March 18, 2015 News

A former leader for the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panthers Party and political prisoner for her involvement with the group shared her experience and wisdom March 14 at the 4th Annual Women’s Conference organized by Associated Students, Inc. Ericka Huggins spoke to the 300 audience members at the conference in Jack Adams Hall to join her ...

Other victims come forward after suspect arrested

March 18, 2015 News

A total of six victims have come forward to the University Police Department in connection to a suspect arrested in Park Merced Thursday for multiple counts of indecent exposure, according to University officials. UPD officers arrested Kaine Sinclair near campus March 12 after they witnessed the suspect exposing himself to a woman, according Deputy Chief ...

Crucial Selma activist disagrees with film accuracy

March 18, 2015 News

Colia Lafayette Clark, a leader in the fight to gain voter rights for African-Americans in Selma, Alabama, shared her first-hand experiences at SF State as part of a national tour to discuss the movement on March 10. While speaking with students during the event, which fell on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, Clark criticized ...

Suspect identified in indecent exposure reports

March 14, 2015 News

SF State police arrested a suspect Thursday connected to a reported indecent exposure March 9, according to University officials. The University Police Department arrested 19-year-old Kaine Sinclair and booked him on multiple misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, according to a Clery alert sent from Vice President of Enrollment Management and Title IX Coordinator Luoluo Hong ...

Two incidents of indecent exposure reported to University police

March 13, 2015 News

An incident of indecent exposure at University Park North Wednesday was reported to the University Police Department, according to an SF State email alert. The indecent exposure is the second of two reported on off-campus housing to the University Police Department within two days. In the most recent incident, a female victim said she witnessed ...

Hundreds gather in rally to embrace working women

March 11, 2015 News

Aztec dancers dressed in feathered headdresses blessed the crowd as they blew on conch shells and the air filled with incense. Hundreds of people of all ages swarmed in the center of Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland and prepared their chants to march alongside the drumline in commemoration of International Working Women’s Day. “Tell me what ...

Campus community responds to anti-Semitic title

March 11, 2015 Multimedia News 5 Comments

  The Star of David necklace has become a second skin for 19-year-old Jacob Mandel, who wears his jewelry proudly but subtly underneath his striped, button-up shirt. The Jewish student began his education at SF State before it was recently named one of the top anti-Semitic schools in the country, otherwise he said he might have been misled about the ...

Oakland minimum wage hike leaves students uncertain

March 11, 2015 News

Following San Francisco’s footsteps, Oakland increased its minimum wage from $9 to $12.25 per hour, which went into effect March 2. SF State student Sam Gebru — unsure if the wage hike will have a lasting effect in his life — is one of the many individuals impacted by the increase. A full-time economics student, Gebru, ...

Chinese New Year celebration promotes student program

March 11, 2015 News 1 Comment

The fragrant smell of eggplant in garlic sauce and pork buns hung in the air, drifting through the red lanterns strung from the ceiling of Jack Adams Hall. Branches suspended by fishing wire sported delicate tissue paper cherry blossoms and a single written New Year’s wish: “That we can find and encourage people to donate enough money to start an ...

Anatomy students delve into cadaver dissection

March 11, 2015 News

Under the direction of her instructor, SF State junior Caylin Ofsanko made incisions to peel back layers of skin and fat, revealing the muscular tissues of the human arm. This week Ofsanko and her peers will carve into the lower body of a cadaver, exploring with precision what tendons, muscles and ligaments drive the powerful ...

Summer session to expand curriculum and financial aid

March 10, 2015 Life News 1 Comment

Increased class offerings and financial aid options will transform summer session 2015 into a more complete semester, similar to spring and fall, as detailed in the upcoming March 17 schedule. Starting in June, the University will offer summer session as a state-supported term rather than through the College of Extended Learning. The shift will allow the school to offer more ...

State-level graduation rates turns focus on student outcomes

March 5, 2015 News

Graduation rates across the country are higher than previously reported according to a new state-level report released Feb. 24. The Signature Report 8 State Supplement, a state-by-state national study on college completion, reported the national average for four-year public schools is more than five percent higher than the 59 percent indicated by the National Center for Education Statistics. ...

University to host state-wide conference on sustainability

March 3, 2015 News

SF State has been selected to host this summer’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, a platform that encourages innovative solutions to sustainability issues throughout colleges across the state. The conference will highlight sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impact caused by college campuses. Proposals must be submitted by March 6 to be showcased at the conference ...

University to provide student veterans with housing

March 3, 2015 News

SF State released applications Tuesday for designated off-campus housing that will carve out space for student veterans, according University officials. For the first time, the University offered a community dedicated to veterans, which will launch with residential opportunities for six qualified applicants, located at University Park North, Vice President of University Communications Ellen Griffin said. Among the issues faced ...

Registry recruits students for bone marrow donation

March 3, 2015 News 1 Comment

Inspired by his cousin who once had leukemia, freshman Arturo Duarte swabbed a tissue sample from his mouth on campus last week as part of the process to register as a bone marrow donor. Duarte is now on a list of possible donors eligible to donate his marrow or stem cells to a person in ...

Forum to prepare campus for potential changes in Latino community

March 3, 2015 News

Northern California college students, faculty and staff determined ways to improve the university environment for the Latino community during The Latina/o Students in Higher Education forum Feb. 27. The focus of the forum was to prepare the campus for potential institutional and infrastructure changes in hopes of earning the Hispanic-Serving Institution status, according to Teresa Carrillo, Latina/o Educational Achievement ...

Bomb threat in Mission revealed to be hoax

March 1, 2015 News

San Francisco police and bomb squad responded to a bomb threat on Bartlett Street between 22nd and 23rd streets in the Mission District Friday evening. The bomb squad discovered a suspicious package described as a pipe and wires on Bartlett Street at 7:50 p.m., according to police. After determining there was no threat, officers reopened ...

Nearly 50 years later, students remember campus protest

February 27, 2015 Multimedia News

Hundreds of students cried “On strike, shut it down,” fists raised to the sky as they marched through Malcolm X Plaza while they passed police officers donning riot gear. This is what SF State looked like from November 1968 to March 1969. Nearly 50 years have passed since the 1968 strike, but current Black Student Union members ...

Student remembered for hard work ethic after unexpected death

February 25, 2015 News

Trudging through the backcountry areas of San Mateo county with Search and Rescue Explorer Post 830, SF State student Luis Rubalcaba spent much of his late teen years working with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office participating in search and rescue missions. Head held high wherever he went, Rubalcaba caught the attention of professors and peers with his positive ...

Recent measles case prompts vaccination debate

February 25, 2015 News 1 Comment

The recent measles case on BART and the multistate outbreak may indicate developing problems with vaccination levels, according to public health officials. Measles cases in the United States reached a 20-year high with more than 23 outbreaks and 600 individual cases recorded in 2014, according to a press release published Jan. 29 by the Centers for Disease Control ...

Student organization collects books for political prisoners

February 24, 2015 News

Recalling his visit to the Philippines last summer, biology student Jordan Ilagan remembered the clusters of up to 30 prisoners crammed in 5-by-10 meter cells too small to stretch an arm or leg. “They weren’t like traditional American prisons where you get like a cell, you get like a bed,” Ilagan said. “These were a ...

University police reports attempted robbery over weekend

February 23, 2015 News

An attempted robbery was reported to University Police near the main entrance of the library Saturday at 1:15 a.m., according to a University report. A man reported being approached by an unknown male suspect as he was walking on the inner campus pathway near the J. Paul Leonard Library where he was asked if he had a phone, ...

LCA moves forward with space allocation as anthropology finds home

February 21, 2015 News

A cast-off department finally found a home over winter break, while a thriving program upgraded its space in the first of many changes coming to the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. The anthropology department, which has been in a state of flux since its merger in 2011 with the College of Arts and Humanities, ...