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Monday, November 3, Students, parents and faculty gathered in Knuth Hall for to discuss the future of the dance department's studio FA203 Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Dean reconsiders proposed dance space following town hall meeting

November 4, 2014 Multimedia News

Tensions ran high at the packed town hall meeting in Knuth Hall yesterday where the SF State community met to address the conversion of the Fine Arts dance studio into a campus museum. “You’re taking away our church,” said dance major Becky Kalinowski. “(The dance studio) means that much to this program.” Bernardi told the ...

Students came for kink but left with an education at campus bondage workshop

November 2, 2014 News

Ropes, scarves and neckties awaited curious students in the Rosa Parks conference room at the Educational and Referral Organization for Sexuality’s Kink and Bondage workshop Wednesday. The 83 person crowd wasted no time engaging in the workshop as instructors Shay Tiziano, “expert kinkster” and education director of the SF Citadel, and Jade Taylor, a health education student, ...

Mark Dreger (left) and Janice Li (right) taking biking to the first stop of prospective sites concerning cycling traffic by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Transportation experts meet with community to refocus 19th Avenue project on bicycle friendliness

November 2, 2014 News

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency and local bicyclists came together Saturday to reimagine a more bike-friendly transportation corridor for 19th Avenue. Representatives from the SFMTA invited local bicyclists to the J. Paul Leonard Library Saturday to discuss a proposed project that would realign the M-Ocean View Muni line to facilitate a growing population and alleviate ...

Bamby Salcedo entwines hands with Deziree Miller after Q&A with actvist in the ROMC Reading Room on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

Trans visibility film screening invites students to an open discussion on the realities of gender transitions

October 30, 2014 News

As part of a global movement toward trans visibility, an internationally recognized transgender Latina activist paid SF State a visit Thursday for the only Bay Area screening of a film documenting her story. Students gathered at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center to watch Dante Alencastre’s film “Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story,” which chronicles Salcedo from her drug addiction ...

Faculty votes unanimously to merge dance program with theater arts

October 30, 2014 News

Theater arts faculty members and two tenure track dance professors voted to move the dance program out of the School of Music and Dance and into the theater arts department Monday, commencing the first step to official University approval. The program’s move was approved in an overwhelming 18-0 vote, according to Interim Chair of theater ...

Midterm Elections 2014: State propositions and elections

October 30, 2014 Multimedia News 1 Comment

With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, voters will soon pile into poll booths next Tuesday, casting their ballots to determine the fates of local and statewide elected positions and proposed measures. Among the high-profile selections, San Francisco residents will decide on two different transportation propositions, a sugary-beverage tax and a minimum wage proposition. ...

Midterm Elections 2014: Local measures

October 30, 2014 Multimedia News

With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, voters will soon pile into poll booths next Tuesday, casting their ballots to determine the fates of local and statewide elected positions and proposed measures. Among the high-profile selections, San Francisco residents will decide on two different transportation propositions, a sugary-beverage tax and a minimum wage proposition. ...

Valdez trial postponed after Assistant District Attorney falls ill

October 30, 2014 News

The preliminary hearing for the man accused of murdering SF State student Justin Valdez was postponed until Nov. 18, due to Assistant District Attorney John Rowland’s sickness. Judge Brendan Conroy announced the decision to delay the hearing for Nikhom Thephakaysone, who was charged with shooting 20-year-old SF State student Justin Valdez last fall. Thephakaysone is accused ...

The Persian Studies Center in the Humanities Building Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

Student enrollment decrease for Persian studies

October 28, 2014 News

Low student enrollment in the Persian Studies program triggered three class cancellations this fall, causing concern within the 2-year-old minor. “I’m worried that they’re going to take it away,” said Nagin Iqbal, who decided to minor in Persian Studies last spring. “It’s the first CSU to have a Persian Studies program and we’re very lucky ...

Pro-Palestinian protestors march along 7th Street toward the Oakland shipyard in an effort to block Israeli cargo company Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

Pro Palestinian protestors continue blockade of Israeli cargo ship in Oakland, have high hopes for near future

October 28, 2014 News 6 Comments

A crowd of pro-Palestinian protesters rallied last Sunday in West Oakland as part of continued efforts to deter the unloading of an Israel-based shipping line. Participants at Block the Boat, the blockade event, initially prepared for the arrival of Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., a major Israeli cargo company, at 5 a.m. Saturday. When the ...

Demonstrators attempt to take the future of city college into their own hands during commission trial

October 28, 2014 News

The accreditation saga of City College of San Francisco embarked on a new chapter yesterday as the trial against the accrediting commission threatening its existence commenced. Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse in support of City College and many made their way upstairs to the hearing, overflowing the courtroom with advocates for the prosecution. ...

Campus offers a portal to the past with a collection of decades old items

October 26, 2014 News

A new exhibit is bringing a hidden timeline of artifacts from SF State’s performance history to J. Paul Leonard Library this October. The exhibit, titled That’s Entertainment, runs from Oct. 10 to Jan. 30 and showcases a series of photos and items curated by the University archives on the fourth floor. The oldest article featured ...

University granted $17 million in mission to expand diversity in sciences

October 24, 2014 News

The National Institutes of Health granted SF State $17 million this month to promote the success of marginalized students and train faculty within the natural sciences. NIH, a national medical research agency, awarded Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity, or SF BUILD, the grant, which will be disbursed over the next five years. The program is ...

Campus Sustainability Festival encourages students to engage protecting the environment

October 23, 2014 News

SF State students and volunteers from around the Bay Area came together last week to celebrate the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Festival with environmentally friendly activities like planting fruit orchards and repurposing discarded jeans. Various departments, several student clubs and a few outside nonprofit groups collaborated to put together eight events on campus — many ...

Portrait of Cecilia Lam.

SF State student remembered as hard-working, passionate woman

October 22, 2014 News

Roller backpack in tow, Cecilia Lam would tap down the campus halls with her Hello Kitty walking-cane, her sounds alerting classmates and faculty of her presence. Lam, a fearlessly outspoken, hard-working woman, had her life cut short last week, allegedly at the hand of her ex-boyfriend. “She was the type of person that would defend ...

University debates controversial fees that could begin 2016

October 22, 2014 News

SF State students could face a student success fee on top of their tuition starting in 2016 if faculty, administration and the student body can all agree–and the governor is willing to approve it. The University’s Student Affairs Committee is considering the pros and cons of imposing a mandatory fee that would pay for extra ...

Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, poses for a photo after his lecture on "Updates From the Front Lines of the Climate Fight" at McKenna Theatre Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Global warming and SF State: famous environmentalist Bill McKibben shares thoughts on campus

October 19, 2014 News

Best-selling author and outspoken environmentalist Bill McKibben lit a fire underneath SF State students Thursday with a lecture on climate change and the global fight for environmental justice. SF State’s environmental studies department invited McKibben to lead a discussion on 350.org, an international climate movement that seeks to incite change through globally coordinated grassroots campaigns. ...

CFA reaches tentative agreement over labor contracts with CSU

October 16, 2014 News

The California Faculty Association reached a tentative agreement over contract negotiations with the California State University system Oct. 15 Though not set in stone, the agreement is a step closer to a finalized contract. The agreement came shortly after the CFA held a week of action at campuses across the state earlier this month. According ...

Ahkeel Mestayer (front right) participates in an exercise during the "Feminism for Bros" event at J. Paul Leonard Library in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.

Feminism for Bros workshop redefines theory as all gender-variant

October 16, 2014 News 1 Comment

A discussion-based workshop titled “Feminism For Bros” invited all genders to redefine what it means to be a feminist and joined the gender inequity conversation at SF State yesterday. “There are negative stigmas to feminism and we want to start or continue that struggle to dispel them,” said moderator Mazin Jamal. “It‘s not just a ...

Arsenije Peric, the music director for Talija, provides musical accompaniment with his accordion during a special guest lesson in the Gymnasium dance studio on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014. Peter Snarr / XPress.

Campus consolidation pushes dance students out of studio

October 16, 2014 News 4 Comments

Dance students could lose one of two rehearsal spaces next semester to make room for a new museum in the Fine Arts Building, in an effort to consolidate the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. “There’s much to be lost and little to be gained,” said Matthew McKines, a dance major.  “It’s like taking away ...

Wendy Bloom, Campus Planner points to a before and after illustration at her computer of the wellness center is being built at SF State at Font and Lake Merced Boulevards Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The center will open in 2018, free for SF States and a fee for faculty. Amanda Peterson / Xpress.

Future wellness center named after alumni donor

October 16, 2014 News

Funding for a new performing arts center will be redirected to construct a $86 million recreation and wellness center, which was recently named after the donor who contributed the largest individual primary gift to the University. Associated Students Inc. confirmed Oct.1 that the school’s future Recreation and Wellness Center would be named after SF State ...

History major Joseph Scimonelli registers to vote at the campus government and community relations table Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The event was intended to encourage students who have not yet registered to participate in the November election.

University prioritizes student voter engagements in upcoming elections

October 14, 2014 News

As the Oct. 20 deadline to register for the general election approaches, SF State officials and students are focusing on campus political engagement. In an effort to get students involved in this year’s Nov. 4 election, the University launched a summer partnership with TurboVote, an online platform that assists users registering to vote and informs ...

Trending gun violence sparks interest in students at Residential Life’s “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”

October 14, 2014 News

A somber ambiance filled the Towers at Centennial Square conference center as a timeline of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death was read last night. The descriptions leading up to his Aug. 9 death in Ferguson, Mo. sparked countrywide protest and debate over gun control. The “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” discussion followed last week’s “Fruitvale Station” film screening ...

Mandi Yan (right) poses for a photo next to a MH-60S helicopter during a tour onboard the USS America Monday Oct. 13, 2014.

Civilians get a taste of naval life at annual Fleet Week

October 13, 2014 News

A sea of tourists, locals and military personnel crowded The Embarcadero this weekend for Fleet Week, where ship tours and the Blue Angels air show welcomed more than 2,000 military personnel to the city. With temperatures in the mid seventies, street performers and the occasional panhandler took advantage of the crowds, while vendors came out ...