Michael Ritter marches and chants in a picket line in front of SF State Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Students and faculty members gathered at the corner of 19th and Holloway avenues occupying part of the campus entrance.

Faculty members ask students to join in solidarity for new labor contracts

October 7, 2014 Multimedia News 1 Comment

SF State faculty marched along the corner of Holloway and 19th Avenue today, marking the 99th day without a new labor contract. Students and other organizations joined the California Faculty Association’s picket line in solidarity. “Their working conditions are our learning conditions, and visa versa,” said SF State student and Students for Quality Education intern ...

UPN Gardening specialist, Linda Jo Morton, holds the mint plants that will be planted as what she called a homeopathic and ecologically sound way to repel the mosquitos in University Park North, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Mint plants: a possible solution to mosquito problem in UPN

October 6, 2014 News

Residential Life at SF State is fighting back against a constant swarm of mosquito attacks that have plagued University Park North residence halls for years by planting mint-plant gardens to repel the insects. “My left eye looks like I got socked in the face,” said UPN resident Candy Cheatham, whose face is swollen from mosquito ...

Third elected ASI official steps down since the start of the semester

October 6, 2014 News

Another elected official of Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors cited personal reasons when she stepped down last week from her position as vice president of university affairs, marking the third resignation since the start of the semester. Virginia McBride, former vice president of university affairs, said she would rather focus on her studies than ...

SF State student shot and killed in East Palo Alto

October 4, 2014 News

An SF State student was shot and killed in East Palo Alto Friday evening. Police found Mark Madden, 20, dead from gunshot wounds when they responded to a shooting at 5:08 p.m. on the 1100 block of Laurel Avenue, according to various news reports. His father, Marquis Madden, confirmed the death on Facebook early Saturday ...

Sister Roma, joined by fellow drag personalities at San Francisco's City Hall, expresses her gratitude for Facebook's decision to revisit its "Real Name" policy, making it possible for drag queens and kings to maintain their online identities on Friday, Oct. 2, 2014.

Drag queens rejoice in success over Facebook’s real name policy

October 2, 2014 News

Drag queens kicked up their heels in celebration of a victory over Facebook’s real-name policy at San Francisco city hall today. The social network promised to adjust protocol after a meeting with LGBT activists yesterday. Facebook has been under fire for weeks over its real-name policy, which allows users to report accounts for displaying false ...

University continues international partnerships following trip to China

October 1, 2014 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong signed a letter of intent to build a partnership between a Chinese university and the College of Business Sept. 24, marking another presidential visit this year to create partnerships with foreign institutions. “This is the beginning of developing a new partnership between our universities based on friendship,” Wong said at ...

Second ASI official in the fall semester resigns for personal reasons

September 30, 2014 News

Associated Students Inc. (ASI) vice president of finance resigned Sept. 17, the second resignation of a student government official since the beginning of the semester. Ramon Gonzalez, who was elected vice president of finance in May, resigned from ASI’s board of directors due to “personal reasons,” according to President Sara Padash, who received his letter ...

Supporters and members of SF State's General Union of Palestine Students, as well as general onlookers, listen to speakers during a gathering to remember the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Malcom X Plaza Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

GUPS remembers lives lost in 1980s Shatila massacre

September 30, 2014 News 1 Comment

The General Union of Palestine Students paid tribute to victims of the 1982 Sabra and the Shatila massacre, an act they hold Israel responsible for, as Israeli student groups stood steps away on campus Tuesday. “We’re here to commemorate the loss of life,” said GUPS President Lubna Morrar of the spoken word, dancing and hip-hop ...

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D, a 43-year-old Associate Professor of Raza Studies at SF State, poses for a photo at Thomas L. Berkley Way (20th Street) and Telegraph in Oakland in front of the mural "We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For" by Jessica Sabogal, a Colombian American graffiti artist. Photo taken in Oakland, Cali. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

Student-teacher bond integral to professor’s proposed school

September 30, 2014 News

“He thinks he can go to Berkeley,” his math teacher said to him in front of the entire class. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, a Raza Studies and Education professor at SF State, still remembers those words 25 years later, proof that the relationship between a student and teacher goes beyond the classroom. After graduating from the University ...

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, freshman check out a display showing various condom styles and shapes at the Residential Life Sexpo, an event held by dorm the RAs to help educate incoming students on issues relating to sexuality.

Campus community shares intimate details at first ever residential life Sexpo

September 29, 2014 News

Campus residents came for the dildos and stayed for the sexually explicit stories by their resident assistants (RAs) at Sexpo, a sexuality lifestyle event organized by Residential Life on Thursday night. First-year students asked questions about pornography, virginity, fetishes, sex toys, and relationships to a panel of five RAs. Organizers advertised a sex toy raffle ...

Christian club loses support and funding from CSU system

September 27, 2014 News 2 Comments

The California State University (CSU) system derecognized a campus Christian club and its statewide chapters at the start of the semester on the grounds of religious discrimination, denying them access to university funding, campus meeting space and tabling at campus events. The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship requires group leaders to identify as Christian and sign a ...

Thursday, Sept. 25, Hospitality and tourism major Amanda Hoang decides on a drink between classes at Healthy U in the Cezar Chavez Student Center.

Campus is divided over support of controversial anti-sugar measure

September 27, 2014 News

If a tax measure on the November ballot passes, SF State students will soon pay an extra fee for their favorite sugary beverages. Measure E, authored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, would put a two-cents-per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in San Francisco including sodas, sports drinks and some juices. Diet drinks, natural fruit juice and drinks ...

SF State President Les Wong answers questions during an interview given by Xpress editors in the Administration Building Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

Wong envisions changes to University in a Q&A session with Xpress

September 23, 2014 News

Golden Gate Xpress editors sat down with SF State President Leslie E. Wong last week to discuss the future of the University. The Gator president expanded on his plans for a new science facility, a campus extension at the Hunters Point Shipyard and expectations for a redesigned athletics. Here are his responses, edited for clarity. ...

Wong does not regret $3.8 million Science Building shutdown

September 23, 2014 News

The University spent $3.83 million on the temporary closure, remediation and reopening of the Science Building after the discovery of environmental hazards in the facility late last year, according to an SF State official. An estimated $1.3 million in funding for the rehabilitation of the Science Building came from a project the University found “no ...

CSU faculty contract negotiations at standstill after 100 days

September 23, 2014 News

California faculty members approach their 100th day without a new labor contract after months of salary and workload disputes with the California State University (CSU) system. The California Faculty Association (CFA) plans to take action at all 23 of the CSU campuses throughout the week of Oct. 8, including an informational picket line at SF ...

Design student rethink urban space for worldwide (Park)ing Day

September 23, 2014 News

Tiny parklets and environmental installations sprung up around campus last Thursday in celebration of Park(ing) Day, an annual event reclaiming urban space for public use. SF State students in the design and industry department organized nine unique installations this year, all of which were geared toward critically examining how we utilize environmental resources.  Rebar, an ...

California grants first ever scholarship for middle-class students

September 22, 2014 News

The first state scholarship for middle-class students is being offered to nearly 73,000 attendees of California public university systems, according to a California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) spokesperson. The Middle Class Scholarship, headed by CSAC, is eligible to students from families with incomes of up to $150,000. Students must have completed either the Free Application ...

CCSF accreditation crisis heads to trial

September 21, 2014 News

A city judge denied community college accreditors exemption from state law last Friday, upholding the Oct. 27th trial that will determine validity of its sanctions against City College of San Francisco (CCSF) . Both sides called for a summary judgement hearing Sept. 10 and argued the grounds of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit, ...

The Cox Stadium is usually bustling with students exercising in the morning but the recent rainfall left the track and field deserted Thursday morning, Sept. 18.

Bay Area experiences first rain in months

September 18, 2014 News

SF State experienced some much needed rain early Thursday morning for the first time in more than a month. Showers began to fall all over the Bay Area as a Pacific weather system moved across the northwestern part of the state, bringing unseasonably cool temperatures and light winds, according to the National Weather Service. Beth ...

ASI reduces funding by $500 for second year student organizations

September 16, 2014 News 1 Comment

Student organizations that apply for funds from Associated Students Inc. (ASI) this year for the second time will receive $500 less in funds to allocate resources for new student groups. As part of the 2014-2015 ASI Budget, Vice President of Finance Ramon Gonzalez announced Sept. 6 that groups petitioning for ASI support for the second ...

A stump is all that remains of a tree that was taken down in front of the Ethnic Studies and Pyschology Building, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

University to eliminate more than 100 hazardous trees

September 16, 2014 News

Grounds staff removed the first of 103 trees deemed hazardous on campus last week. An expert who surveyed the area over the summer recommended several trees for removal because of their weakening structural integrity and proximity to high-density walkways, according to an email to faculty. SF State plans to remove the most dangerous 55 trees ...

Police officers survey the site of a car accident south of the 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard intersection on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. According to Officer Tad Yamacuchi of the San Francisco Police Department, a 20 year old male, driving the black Lexus, ran into a city light pole on his way to work, when he did not make the slight right. Daniel Porter / Xpress.

Man injured after car crashes into light pole on 19th Avenue

September 15, 2014 Life News 1 Comment

A 20-year-old male received minor injuries after he crashed  his car into a light pole on 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard this evening, according to a San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officer. While attempting to make a slight right, the driver of the black Lexus crashed his car when heading to work Monday, according to SFPD officer Tad Yamacuchi. According to paramedics, the ...