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Congressman creates comic book to encourage youth

February 19, 2015 News

Congressman and activist John Lewis called on students to stand up for their beliefs and speak out against social injustice at a discussion in the Library Annex Wednesday, Feb. 18. Lewis’ visit to campus comes after the reveal of his comic book titled “March: Book Two,” released last month and co-authored by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell ...

City College’s fight for accreditation continues

February 19, 2015 News

City College of San Francisco will have a chance to respond to, and potentially reverse, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ decision to yank the college’s accreditation following a Feb. 17 court ruling against the commission. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against the commission in 2013 for unfair business practices after ...

Student found dead in San Mateo due to boating accident

February 19, 2015 News

An SF State student was found dead off of Coyote Point in San Mateo following a boating accident involving two other victims Feb. 17, University officials confirmed. Luis Rubalcaba, a student in SF State’s criminal justice department, was the second body recovered in the search effort, according to Interim Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley. ...

Marginalized couples undergo stress, professor’s study shows

February 19, 2015 News

Sweat dampened Frankie Olivares’ palms as he linked hands with his partner and headed home from work. Even after a six-hour shift, the familiar feel of his boyfriend’s hand wasn’t enough to undo the bundle of nerves tightening in his stomach. Olivares, 26, is in a same-sex interracial relationship with a six-year age gap. Over the past year, Olivares and his ...

Future unclear for part-time faculty

February 18, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong assured students the University will help provide classes in the face of an upcoming $3 million campus-wide budget cut. Every department, including academic, administrative and athletics, will submit an action plan to brace for the deficit, but it will not affect faculty employment, according to Wong. “The last thing I ...

Organization develops database to track abusive officer activity

February 18, 2015 News 1 Comment

Amid the anti-police brutality movement and Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, an SF State student organization is zeroing in on tracking abusive officer activity and increased police accountability for misconduct. The Black & Brown Liberation Coalition is an organization created to combat racism and raise awareness on issues regarding police and people of ...

Policy update bans BART commuters from using e-cigs and vapes

February 17, 2015 News

Commuters can no longer use e-cigarettes and vaping devices on BART property, according to a recent update to their no-smoking policy. The ordinance, passed Feb. 12,  is a remedy to complaints the company has received about smoking, BART Communication Officer Taylor Huckaby said. Unlike the former policy, the new no-smoking ordinance includes vaping and will be enforced through patron ...

University Corporation holds future of long-time vendor

February 17, 2015 News

As far back as he can remember Felix Meng has worked alongside his parents at their restaurant, Asia Express, in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State. He grew up in the building and recalls starting out as a cashier in the second grade. After 18 years, Felix balances being ...

Officials warn commuters after measles outbreak hits Bay Area

February 12, 2015 News

The first confirmed case of measles in Contra Costa County Feb. 11 spurred health officials to alert thousands of BART commuters of possible exposure. The county’s health services and the San Francisco Department of Public Health issued a widespread alert to BART riders following an infected LinkedIn employee’s commute to work in San Francisco last ...

Alumna’s body acceptance inspiring for Love Your Body Week

February 11, 2015 News 5 Comments

In a society captivated with dieting and waist size, one SF State alumna fights back. Virgie Tovar is a self-declared fat activist, body image expert, sexologist and author whose promotion of fat acceptance and self-love has received significant attention from the mainstream media. “My goal is to eradicate diet culture because I’m done watching people ...

Thousands gather in Oakland to protest fracking

February 11, 2015 News

Blue and yellow flags colored the streets as thousands of people swarmed through downtown Oakland Feb. 7 to demand the end of structural fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, in California. The March for Real Climate Leadership, organized by a broad coalition of groups around the state, called on Gov. Jerry Brown to be a climate leader and ...

Late-night sexual assault increases campus awareness

February 11, 2015 News

An unknown subject allegedly groped a female’s breasts and groin and threatened her with a sharp object on campus Thursday morning, according to a report by University officials. The University Police Department received reports just before 1 a.m. of a suspect who pulled a female victim into the bushes outside Burk Hall. The assault continued ...

Current and upcoming graduates fearful of losing homes

February 11, 2015 News 1 Comment

After living in University Park North for two years, SF State student Jesse Garcia has established himself socially and professionally and considers the area his home, but as a soon-to-be graduate, he fears his residency is threatened by a recent change in housing policy. In a series of meetings beginning Feb. 4, residents of UPN and University ...

Police receive report of sexual assault outside Burk Hall

February 5, 2015 News

A University email alert informed students and staff of a reported sexual battery that took place on campus Thursday morning at around 1 a.m. The University Police Department received reports of an unknown male suspect who followed the victim down from the Cesar Chavez Student Center to the pathway between Burk Hall and the Student ...

New housing policy to uproot former students from University residences

February 4, 2015 News

A new housing policy from University Property Management will displace some of the residents living in off-campus housing beginning next semester. Residents of University Park North and University Park South who are no longer students will not be offered new leases, Philippe Cumia, Director of the Student Housing Program, said during a town hall meeting ...

Tutoring center renamed to honor former student

February 4, 2015 Life News

SF State Metro Academies Initiative dedicated their student resource center Feb. 3 in honor of an alumnus of the program who was killed last fall. The Mark Madden Student Resource Center, located in HSS Room 247, was renamed after an SF State student who was shot and killed in East Palo Alto Oct 3. Madden ...

Student Health Center encourages student input on national survey

February 4, 2015 News 1 Comment

This month the Student Health Center will invite students to participate in the largest health survey ever conducted at SF State. Emails directing students to the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment II will hit inboxes Feb. 9 through 20. The ACHA designed the survey to document health trends on college campuses and clarify students’ ...

Community residents voice support on Hunters Point expansion

February 3, 2015 News

Bayview residents voiced their support for the possible SF State Hunters Point campus expansion Jan. 31 at the Bayview YMCA Community Room. SF State hosted an open forum for members of the Bayview community to discuss how neighbors can benefit from the potential campus extension at the Hunters Point Shipyard. District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, SF State ...

Fire ablaze in Mission neighborhood

January 28, 2015 News 1 Comment

A structural fire tore through a Mission Street building Jan. 28, killing one person and injuring at least four others, according to fire officials. The San Francisco Fire Department received notification of a two-alarm fire burning at 6:50 p.m. on the corner of the 22nd and Mission streets, which rose to four alarms within 40 ...

Cal State system commits to increase graduation rate

January 28, 2015 Life News

The Chancellor of the California State University system announced a new plan to improve graduation rates at the State of the CSU address in Long Beach Jan. 27. In his address, Timothy P. White, seventh chancellor of the CSU system, celebrated the achievements of the program, discussed the current state of affairs and announced a ...

Health Center provides females with new birth control option through IUDs

January 28, 2015 News 1 Comment

SF State introduced intrauterine devices as a birth control option offered to female students on Jan. 5, making spring 2015 the first semester the service is available. Student Health Services is equipped to insert the thumb-sized devices, brand named Mirena, which prevent pregnancy with a 99 percent effectiveness for up to five years. The health center will also offer ParaGard, an ...

SF State first public university to commence at AT&T Park

January 27, 2015 Life News

SF State graduates will celebrate the University’s 114th commencement this year at San Francisco’s beloved AT&T Park. SF State will be the first public university to carry out its graduation at the park since the stadium opened in 2000. Moving the ceremony from Cox Stadium to AT&T Park will save money and provide the school with ...

Firefighters respond to alarm at University dorms

January 27, 2015 Life News

Fire fighters responded to a fire alarm at the Mary Park Hall dorms at approximately 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. No fire was detected and the building was not evacuated, according to Battalion Chief Lorrie Kalos. “Someone smelled burning food but there ended up not being a fire,” Kalos said. Multiple fire trucks were on the scene ...

ASI board attempts to slow Panda Express deal

January 23, 2015 News

Associated Students Inc. moved to pump the brakes on a vendor deal between SF State and Panda Express during its board meeting Wednesday with a resolution urging University Corporation to postpone negotiations with the company until Feb. 19. The board hopes to establish a vendor services advisory assembly to assist UCorp with any further decisions ...

ASI appoints new president after leader resigns

January 22, 2015 Life News

Associated Students Inc. appointed a new president Jan. 21 following the resignation of the board’s leader. Former Vice President of Internal Affairs Phoebe Dye assumed Sara Padash’s role as president during the ASI board meeting. Padash, whose resignation was announced at the meeting on her behalf, stepped down after graduating, according to Executive Director Peter Koo. “She graduated ...

Community celebrates the life of beloved professor

January 8, 2015 News

Amidst civil war in the African country of Angola, Patricia Thornton partnered with native refugees and warriors in their fight for independence in the 1970s. Thornton’s commitment to the cause touched the hearts of those in the community, leading them to bestow her the name “Chinosole,” meaning “That to which we aspire but is difficult to achieve… freedom,” ...

Ethnic studies program to be implemented into local Bay Area high schools

December 13, 2014 News

After much anticipation from educators, students and other community members, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Dec. 9 to implement an ethnic studies program in each of the district’s high schools. The resolution, set to unroll in 2015, is estimated to cost $469,833 per year and will expand the ethnic studies pilot ...

Film screening highlights health risks of cellphone use

December 13, 2014 News

When an award-winning Bay Area filmmaker heard that a fellow graduate student’s father had developed a brain tumor after years of cellphone use, he asked himself if there could be a relationship between the two. “I was curious to answer that question,” said Kevin Kunze, the director and editor of an investigative documentary that explores the ...

Torrential storm soaks the Bay Area; Schools issue closures

December 12, 2014 News 1 Comment

San Francisco residents braced themselves Thursday as a storm caused sweeping power outages, flooding and public transportation disruptions. The National Weather Service issued advisories for San Francisco County Wednesday Dec. 10 through early Friday morning, citing strong winds, high surf and flash flooding. The heavy rain and strong winds prompted the closure of all public ...

Student activists join in on Berkeley protest against police brutality

December 11, 2014 News

Nearly 50 SF State students rallied in Malcolm X Plaza Monday before joining a mass march through the streets of Berkeley to protest recent police killings of unarmed black men. The rally was organized by SF State’s Black and Brown Liberation Coalition and focused on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both killed ...