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Putting tidal waves into crunchable data

May 21, 2014 Multimedia News 3 Comments

The San Francisco Bay has powerful, silent tidal currents that influence all objects it comes in contact with. And Boriana “Bobbie” Viljoen has observed first hand the horrors of people being swept away by this invisible “river.” As a designer and a surfer, the SF State master’s student has identified a problem with the current ways ...

Grad student combines tech and design to benefit people

May 21, 2014 News 1 Comment

Trevor Myers, a 31-year-old graduate design industry student, has just registered his start-up business: Small Mouth Design. “Because I have a small mouth,” Myers said. “It’s a family thing. I mumble a bit.” With his long blonde hair hanging loosely at his shoulders, a faded black T-shirt over black jeans to match, the meticulously thorough ...

Professor creates a space for student inventions

May 21, 2014 News 1 Comment

Mark Ciotola remembers where it all began: as a young boy when he created his own ice cream flavor with a 15 cent licensing fee to his friends. Since those days, the SF State Design Industry lecturer has worked on several start-ups, a 3D visualization system, done extensive research for NASA and created the blog ...

Combining art, technology, and Lake Merced

May 21, 2014 News 2 Comments

Technology at SF State shows itself most prominently through design projects, business students creating the latest app and other companies coming to SF State. But some of the most interesting pieces turn out to be coming from the art department. More specifically, the conceptual information arts department, or CIA. Classes in this department learn to ...

Design showcase brings student concepts to life

May 21, 2014 News

When she realized that some elderly people have difficulty using touch screen devices, Ani Abgaryan set out to find a solution. The final product is Confage, an educational game that helps seniors help to gain confidence using the growing number of touch screen devices. Abgaryan, a graduate student studying design at SF State, was named a finalist ...

SF State’s second annual Lavender Graduation celebrates the accomplishments of the LGBTQQIA on campus

May 18, 2014 News

When most people imagine lavender, they imagine a flower, or a purplish hue. But for many queer graduates at SF State, lavender represents something more personal: an accomplishment. Forty-nine graduating students of SF State’s LGBTQQIA community gathered in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for the second consecutive Lavender Graduation ceremony on ...

Xpress remembers Stephen Guillermo, Nov. 27, 1987 – May 3, 2014

May 14, 2014 News

UPDATE: SF State will award Stephen Guillermo a posthumous degree in international relations this summer, the University announced in a press release. Guillermo, who was shot and killed entering the wrong apartment May 3, was just a few units away from receiving his degree, according to Mary Ann Begley in the press release. Stephen Guillermo, an ...

Family seeks justice after slaying of son, SF State student

May 14, 2014 News

Family and friends of Stephen Guillermo, an SF State student who was shot and killed after mistakenly entering the wrong apartment, urged the District Attorney this week to investigate the incident and press a murder charge on the shooter.  Starting last Wednesday, family and friends staged a three-day-long protest outside San Francisco’s Hall of Justice, ...

Students increase abuse of study drugs as finals close in

May 13, 2014 News 1 Comment

With finals week approaching, students are more likely to be found in the library than in the pub, and some who are buckling under endless workloads may look to study drugs to stay focused. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011, an estimated 5 percent of Americans between the ages of ...

University plans to shift ownership of Cesar Chavez Student Center

May 13, 2014 News

SF State plans to shift control of the Cesar Chavez Student Center from an independent organization to the university’s corporate entity UCorp starting on June 30, a move that may threaten the employment of 125 student center employees, according to a union representative. According to Donna Olivera, a member of the Coalition to Stop Synergy ...

Man sustained non-fatal shot to head in Ingleside

May 7, 2014 News

A man was non-fatally shot in the head today while walking southbound on Ashton St., between Holloway Ave. and Head St. The suspect is still at large, and no description has been provided yet. The victim, who has not yet been identified is still conscious and has been transported to San Francisco General Hospital for ...

Security cameras in Humanities Building removed after catching pyro

May 7, 2014 News

Three security cameras that were installed on the first three floors of the Humanities Building have been removed after they served their purpose in identifying an arsonist in more than a year ago. The UPD funded the camera installation in the Humanities Building as a matter of public safety and to aid in the investigation ...

SLIDESHOW: Gators pitch in on Pride parade float

May 7, 2014 Multimedia News

[HTML1] For the first time ever, parade-goers at this year’s San Francisco Pride will see the addition of SF State’s Gator Pride float. At the parade, the float will follow a step team led by the SF State Cheer Team. The University’s contingent, which includes students, community members, alumni and SF State President Leslie E. ...

Man who allegedly shot SF State student released

May 7, 2014 News

A San Francisco resident booked on suspicion of the homicide of an SF State student was released from jail Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. The door handle of the apartment where Stephen Guillermo was shot and killed Saturday, May 3. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress Amisi Sudi Kachepa, 68, surrendered to ...

FDA proposal could limit the sale of e-cigarettes

May 6, 2014 News 1 Comment

The Food and Drug Administration released a new proposal April 24 to regulate e-cigarettes, which could be a significant step toward helping college students breathe more easily. The proposal would ban the sale of e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that turn nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that can be inhaled,  from vending machines, require disclosure ...

Bay Area celebrates 20 years of campus Malcolm X mural

May 6, 2014 News

May Day marked the 20th Annual Malcolm X Mural Celebration for SF State, while students and Greek life from around the Bay Area joined together to honor the mural’s creation. According to the Cesar Chavez Student Center, the intent of the mural, along with the dedication of the plaza, was to honor, promote and understand ...

SF State student shot to death in SOMA

May 5, 2014 News

An intoxicated SF State student was shot and killed early Saturday morning when he entered a third-floor unit, two floors beneath his apartment at Mission and Fifth Streets, according to the San Francisco Police Department. SFPD discovered Stephen Guillermo, who was scheduled to graduate at the end of this semester with a degree in international ...

Ethnic studies cutbacks protested in campus rally

April 29, 2014 News

[HTML1] Ethnic studies may be in danger in California, according to CSU Students for Quality Education. Students and faculty gathered at a rally organized by SQE in front of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building April 23 to speak in favor of protecting the Ethnic Studies department. Several SF State students and professors vocalized why ...

ASI veteran Kenneth Collins clinches presidential seat

April 29, 2014 News

The official results of the 2014 Associated Students, Inc. Board of Directors election are in, and Kenneth Collins will serve as the new ASI President. “We are the voice of students,” said Collins. “If we’re not getting their voices, we’re not doing our job.” Collins says he not only wants to be the voice for ...

Route Zero presents alternate transit options to students

April 29, 2014 News

A group of bike riding instructors and sustainability strategists toured SF State for the first time Thursday, April 24, giving students the opportunity to learn about alternative forms of transportation. “Our goal is to present a holistic approach towards sustainability for students and faculty,” said Antonio Capretta, the owner of Toward Route Zero, a college ...

VIDEO: Potentially habitable planet found by SF State professor

April 23, 2014 News 1 Comment

[HTML1] A team of astronomers including an SF State professor have discovered the first Earth-size planet that may harbor liquid water in our galaxy’s coveted habitable zone. SF State physics and astronomy Professor Stephen Kane helped in the discovery of planet Kepler-186f which is 500 light-years away and roughly the same size as Earth. The ...

Campus honors Greenwell’s involvement at SF State

April 23, 2014 News

Joseph Greenwell, the Dean of Students, will leave SF State after eight years of service April 30, to begin his new career at UC Berkeley in the fall. Greenwell was the first stand-alone Dean of Students at SF State in more than two decades. He has also served as Interim Associate Vice President for Student ...

Campus-grown food turns into gourmet luncheon at Farm to Fork

April 22, 2014 News

Vegetables from SF State’s Sol Patch garden and farms’ within a 200-mile radius of campus, provided hundreds with a four-course, all-vegetarian lunch to enjoy Thursday, April 17. The Sustainability Office partnered with the Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECO Students) and Chartwells Dining Service to provide a locally-sourced meal offering vegetarian and vegan dishes for ...

Supervisors Campos, Chiu hold heated debate at SF State

April 20, 2014 News

Supervisors David Campos and David Chiu traded jabs in a heated debate last Wednesday in the Leonard Library to rally support in their campaigns for state assembly in the upcoming June elections. The two supervisors attacked each other’s morals, legislative styles and personal journeys to Harvard Law School. Chiu and Campos, both Democrats, while similar ...

UPDATE: Parts of Science Building scheduled to re-open in two weeks

April 16, 2014 News

SF State officials are scheduling staggered times for faculty and staff to enter the Science Building April 28, according to Ron Cortez, vice president and chief financial officer of administration and finance. With one month left in the semester, some faculty will again have access to their labs while others will remain relocated in pop-up ...

SF State hosts first Accessible Adventure Day

April 16, 2014 News

Students and faculty got a chance to experience some of their favorite recreational activities in a different way yesterday, at SF State’s first Accessible Adventure Day. Alfredo Andrade, a kinseology major, gets a hands on experience on what it’s like to be a wheelchair-user while playing accessible bowling on the lawn at Malcom X Plaza ...

Community turns out for fourth annual 5K Walk, Run & Roll

April 16, 2014 News

While most were still tucked in bed sleeping off the night before, over 300 people rose and headed to Cesar Chavez Student Center before 8 a.m. to join the fourth annual SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll. And not one, but two Gator mascots — one donning a full purple and the other a ...

Fraternity brings AIDS awareness to campus

April 16, 2014 News

Covered in balloons and lines of tables, the quad became a space to educate students on the impact of HIV and AIDS in their community. Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, hosted their 18th annual Multicultural AIDS Awareness Day (MAAD) last Thursday and encouraged students to get tested. The fraternity started planning the ...

First standalone Dean of Students in 20 years leaves for UC Berkeley

April 15, 2014 News

The news of Joseph Greenwell’s departure has left colleagues with bittersweet feelings. SF State’s Dean of Students recently announced that he will move from one Bay Area college to another. Joseph Greenwell, Dean of Students, talks with Jebril Fayyad, founder and president of United People for Peace, at SF State’s Accessible Adventures Day held in ...

ASI announces results for 18 student government positions

April 12, 2014 News

Kenneth Collins was announced as the new ASI president this morning, April 12. In addition to the presidential position, another 18 positions were announced including vice presidential positions and other representatives at large. The voting capped off a week filled with events where the candidates could present their platforms to the student body. “It’s amazing ...